Monday, July 25, 2011 | COLUMNS: Things We Love, Uncategorized
Bracing for another week of triple-digit heat? Don’t lose your cool. Here are a few tips and tricks to beat the heat from health experts across the web as well as our Atlanta-based beauty team. (Let’s just say we’re used to it by now.)
Summer is all about fun, bright colors, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this year’s red-hot nail lacquer palette. From electric pinks to high-shine metallics, this season’s sexiest accessory is right at your fingertips—literally. Here’s a quick rundown some of the shades that should be on your fashion radar.
Summer is in full bloom, and florals are all the rage. Big, bold botanicals have grown popular on the runway, from detailed, flowery scenes to large hibiscus and lily prints. Dolce and Gabbana presented lovely, garden party ensembles for Spring/Summer 2011, mixing and matching pieces for a more youthful take on a typically older trend. The idea has blossomed all over summer fashion on blouses, skirts, shoes, swimwear, jumpers, and accessories. You can go crazy and stack floral prints, or you can pair a single, standout piece with neutral details for a subtle, everyday look. Botanical prints are a great way to add colorful and feminine accents to your look, so don’t let your wardrobe wither. Take a moment to stop and smell the fashion!
It’s true, car culture and consumer tastes have come a long way since the heyday of the drive-in theater. Between higher gas prices and breakthroughs in surround sound and 3D technology, this patently American pastime has taken a backseat to more modern modes of entertainment. But for those looking for a trip down memory lane, few things capture the essence of raw Americana like an open-air double feature.
Summer is the undisputed season of the sandal, and while glads and flops have their place, this year we’re crazy for cutouts. Unlike their strappy cousins, cutout sandals offer a wilder design selection than simple twists and braids. From floral filigrees to elegant curves and swirls, they’re an easy way to dress up (or dress down) your summer look.
Attention, fellow cat people. Great news! Cats are totally in style right now. This kitty couture craze started with Rhianna and Diane Kruger’s black, one piece, panther face swimsuits, and recently, cat-themed clothes have been spotted on Paris runways. I suppose designers finally realized that kittens are truly the cat’s meow.
Say what you will about style mags and runway shows. Moms are the original trendsetters, teaching us more about fashion and beauty than we’ll ever know (or care to admit to). And with Mother’s Day a mere two days away, what better way to pay tribute to the women that inspire us, than by reflecting on the very things they taught us?
If you love putting on your own makeup and are constantly doing styles for your friends as well, a career as a makeup artist might be right for you. Training is surprisingly easy, at the high end requiring only a high school diploma or GED and a nine-month to one-year program at cosmetology school. However, in many states you don’t need formal schooling to get certified. As long as you have an eye for color and know how to work with different skin types, you’re practically already there.
St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, and if you’re like me, you don’t keep oodles of green in your wardrobe. I like the color, but for some reason, I just don’t buy a lot of green clothing. Perhaps I should change that, but for now, I can bring out green accents in my clothes with the unprecedented power of eye shadow.