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Celebrity Stylist, Corey Roche’s DIY Fashion Emergency Remedies

This article was created just for the Dangerous Lee Network. Thanks, Corey!

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Corey Roché – Celebrity Stylist: The Real

No matter your finances everyone should base their wardrobe off of staple/statement pieces. Using this method will expand your wardrobe providing you with multiple options and looks. In short, creating the illusion of a larger wardrobe.
Staple/statement pieces are (but not limited to):

  • Women; bags, shoes, jacket/blazer and accessories.
  • Men; shoes, jacket/blazer, belts and hats.
  • You can take your normal everyday jean and tank or t-shirt to the next level by adding a blazer and an after 5 shoe and go to dinner, meeting or even a date!

And if you’re accident prone don’t worry I have some remedies that will assist you along the way to keep your staple/statement pieces in tact to maintain that pristine condition:

I’m a vegan, and I incorporate that into my work [by trying] to use natural, effective remedies

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Corey styling Tamera Mowry-Housley on set of The Real.

ROCHE’S REMEDIES

  1. WATER + VODKA
    If you place these two simple agents into a spray bottle, you have an at-home dry cleaning service. It deodorizes the garments.
  2. BAKING SODA + DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
    These two agents assist me with the removal of a wide range of stains on most fabrics.
  3. CORNSTARCH
    Great for food grease and can be used on leather, silk or other delicate fabrics.
  4. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
    Works well on organic stains such as wine, chocolate, grass, blood or—what I use it most for—armpit sweat.

Treatment is just as important because you do not want to push the stain further into the fabric. [For] food stains, use the edge of a dull butter knife to gently remove residual food without rubbing the stain. [For] liquid stains, be careful not to rub the stain; simply blot it with a dry cloth, then attempt stain removal.

How To Start Building Your Winter Style

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One of the brilliant, or annoying, depending on your perspective, things about the fashion industry is that you need, and are able, to prepare for future seasons as far in advance as possible. The reason it is so necessary is simple. If you wait until the middle of summer or winter to buy your wardrobe essentials, you’ll find that everything that is trend setting is gone.

What people find annoying is that it is impossible to predict what the weather is going to do, particularly if you live in a temperate climate in Europe or a similar location.

We’ve all experienced the frustration of stocking up on shorts and t-shirts in the run up to summer, only for it to rain for months at a time. Similarly, we’ve purchased winter coats and warm accessories only to enjoy a mild winter when it doesn’t even look like it might snow.

Here are some ideas that will help you to start building your winter style over the coming weeks.

Prepare for the Worst

You don’t really have any choice but to do this. Yes, it can be annoying if the weather turns against you, but what is worse: having a thick coat you never wear because the weather is better than anticipated, or freezing half to death because you’ve only got your summer outfits?

Remember to Think Style

It is tempting during the winter months to sacrifice style for function, but this isn’t something you want to be doing too much, if at all. Yes, you might be warm, but if you don’t feel great about what you’re wearing, it is only going to make you miserable and affect other parts of your life.

Check out J-Bees urban clothing for some great examples of what you ought to be looking for this winter.

List Your Essentials

What items are you considering your ‘must haves’ for this winter? Produce yourself a list now of the items you need so that you can start buying without having to splash out on everything all at once.

Here are things that we believe should be at the top of your list.

The Winter Jacket

This is a must, and we’d definitely be going for something like a parka, while a military style jacket is also likely to make you look brilliant this winter. The parka has winter stamped all over it, however, and if you can get one with a detachable inner lining, you’re buying yourself a useful wardrobe piece for the summer, too.

Winter Boots

Palladium boots are a great winter purchase, as they offer comfort, robustness, and protection from the elements, literally ticking every box when it comes to winter style requirements.

If Palladium boots don’t do it for you, then you simply need to consider the warmest, most weatherproof alternative.

Party Dress

Okay, so we’ve moved away from traditional winter style here, but everyone knows that the end of the year is party season, so you need to have a great dress to wear whether it is to the office celebration or when partying with friends and family.

Go for a Quontom dress, or something similar, and you can’t go wrong!

Your Winter Style

Mastering your winter style is crucial for your comfort and confidence throughout the harsher months of the year. Whether you’re looking for an essential winter warming coat, footwear, or something to dazzle at a party, planning now will mean you’re ideally placed to enjoy the latter part of the year.

Charlotte is a fashion lover who can always be found building her wardrobe for future seasons well in advance. Her friends laugh at her for spending the summer thinking about hats, scarves, and thick knitwear, but her diligence often pays off as soon as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

 

4 Ways To Look Fantastic, Regardless of Your Budget

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Keeping up with trends can be a disaster on your wallet. By the time you have built up a worthy wardrobe, the trend has passed and a new one is arising. There are a few ways to keep up, and keep your wardrobe fresh no matter what you put in there. Follow a few simple guidelines, and you can save hundreds of dollars each year and still look fresh and amazing to everyone.

“First In…Last Out”

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner released a new book called “You Are What You Wear” and insights that most people wear twenty percent of their wardrobe eighty percent of the time. Think back on the past week and the clothes you have worn. Now think about the week before. Chances are you are wearing a majority of the same clothing week after week.

You are not only physically wearing down the fiber of your clothes, but you are not fully utilizing your closet. Go through and look at all of the clothes in your closet and dresser. Chances are you have a few hidden gems that you completely forgot about. Use some of the older shirts with new ones to create new combinations.

Fashion experts agree that after wearing an outfit, hang it in the back of your closet. Slowly pull from the front and bring out some old favorites. If you have a lot of clothes that you own but will not be wearing them anymore, consider donating them to a thrift store, or host your own yard sale. You can get rid of some of your old clothes, and you can get a few bucks for them instead of collecting dust in the back of your closet.

Check at Thrift Stores/Retail Stores

The cost of clothing can get a little extreme at times. Thrift stores can hold hidden treasures for some styles you may find a little extreme. There is a least one person everyone knows that can wear practically anything. You may have never thought to combine hot pink pants with an interesting top. Not only does it work, but he/she pulls it off beautifully. Get creative, you can put together intricate outfits without breaking the bank.

There are some stores that carry name brand products at a fraction of the cost. Consider shopping at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Sure, some of the products may have a little snag in the lining, or be last year’s styles, but they can be greatly reduced. In fact, less than five percent of the products within the TJ Maxx and Marshalls store lines have imperfections.

These stores truly care top of the line products at a fraction of the cost, in thanks to their marketing strategy, shop for jeans or pants that never seem to go out of style. You can get name brand products such as Levi’s among others for cheap. They carry many dresses and jewelry as well for those who are looking to accessorize without breaking the bank.

Consult with Friends/Get Creative with your existing wardrobe

As many teenage women can attest, some of their friends help create their fashionable outfits. They can help you find some new twists and creative ideas you would not have thought of.  You can try on different outfits and have your very own fashion show. You will be surprised at some of the combinations that will arise. It is a great way to spend the afternoon with friends and expand your wardrobe.

Shopping with friends can also save you money. Ask for opinions before you rush home and rip the tags off. You may realize you have other feelings for the same piece you loved in the store. They can give you honest answers and help you piece together outfits. If you are about the same size and weight, consider swapping clothes.

Exchange a shirt here for a skirt or a dress for a few days. You can mix and match and the possibilities are endless. Be sure to take care of each other’s clothes and if you do have the misfortune of ruining an article of clothing (let’s face it, it happens), be kind and replace it.

Invest in Timeless Pieces…and Take Care of them

If you are going to spend a fortune on your clothing, this is the one area of your wardrobe that you should focus on. There are trendy outfits that will expire and be lost in the world of fashion, and there are other outfits that will hold their integrity through the years. A pair of jeans and a relaxing t-shirt has forever placed itself on the relaxation list. Everyone has their necessities, such as pea coats, white dresses, black dresses, dress pants, among others.

Once you have spent the money on said timeless articles of clothing, ones that you intend for years, the mission is to preserve them. They are considered timeless for a reason, and they will last as long as you take care of them. Follow the washing and drying instructions. Do not run them through the dryer if it is to air-dry. Try to avoid using bleach, and invest in a garment shaver. It will trim the loose ends off of your attire without creating snags and holes.

Try not to wear your new fashion staples every day. If it is a jacket, try to avoid washing it after every wear. Chances are it did not get that dirty after being worn for a few minutes to and from work.

Dressing fashionable no longer has to revolve around your budget. You can save your hard earned money and toss it aside for the adventures you will be having while wearing your newfound wardrobe. Be sure to look for the deals, explore the clothes you already have; but most importantly, get creative. You will be surprised at how many different options you already own and have merely forgotten. Create new styles; even start your own trends. Take the lead in the fashion world among your friends, and you can do it for cheap.

This article was written by Mitchell Lodowski of Manhattan Time Service. He is a master watchmaker with over 35 years of horological experience. Trained in Poland and Switzerland Mitchell’s skill level allows him to work on some of the most complex timepieces ever created, including double tourbillons and minute repeaters (including the famous calibre 89 Patek Philippe pocket watch).  Follow him on Google+, Facebook and Youtube.

 

Say No To All Black Everything: How To Properly Work Black Into Your Wardrobe

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Black is a beautiful color when it used properly and in moderation.  When you are putting together your outfits, though, the key would be to make sure that you keep it that way.  Black is one of those bold colors that can either be worked into an outfit very good or very badly.  Determining which end of the spectrum it ends up at is the responsibility of the person that is putting the outfit together.  How, then, can you properly work black into your wardrobe?

Use Black Only as a Highlight

The color black is too bold to dominate an entire outfit so you need to tone it down by only using it within your outfit as a highlight.   When you highlighting something, you only focus on accentuating certain parts and sections, right?  Well, when it comes to your outfit the same will apply.  Do not focus so much on black outfits.  Focus on how you can highlight the average outfit with black instead to truly understand its power.  How so?  You need to be able to coordinate contrasting colors to balance against the boldness of black.

Balancing the Black with Contrast Colors

Think for a moment about a solid black tie that you would have to match with a shirt and suit.  If you went with a black suit, this would give you the all-black look.  While this may be acceptable in moderation or for certain dignified events, it truly is not something that you want to wear all of the time.  However, let’s focus on how contrast colors can be working into this suit in order to completely enhance your appearance.  One of the best parts about working with such bold colors is that you do not need to make drastic changes just to enhance the overall appeal of your outfit.  For instance, just by changing the color of your dress shirt in that black suit scenario you will be able to change the dynamic of the entire suit.

Enhance Your Colorful Outfit with Black Accessories

Another great way that you can highlight your outfit with just the right amount of black is to focus on working black accessories into a colorful outfit.  By using black accessories in moderation, you will not have to worry about dominating your entire outfit or appearance with the color.  However, you would still be able to enhance your appearance with the boldness of the black when effectively used as a complement for your clothing.  There are many different black watches, necklaces, bracelets and even tungsten rings that are black which can truly set a high standard for your overall fashion.  Tungsten rings seem to be gaining popularity around the world over the years, but most critics and customers alike have applauded the dignity and overall classy style of black tungsten rings.

Maintain Control at All Times

Even though you may be excited about black and you may even consider it as being one of your favorite colors, you truly do not want to have it dominate your wardrobe.  Instead, use the boldness of this color as a highlight and accent for your wardrobe to help elevate your fashion sense and enhance your overall appearance.

This article was written by Adam, a professional content writer and personal fan of fashion and style for many years. He personally owns a black tungsten ring and enjoys using it and other black accessories to enhance the appeal of his everyday outfits.

 

5 Ways To Wear A Blazer

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The blazer is probably the most versatile of all the items of clothing you will ever purchase and is a wonderful staple piece of clothing to have in your wardrobe. Of course, of all blazers the navy, two button kind is the most on-trend at the moment.

We would suggest trying on a number of blazers first as not all fits are the same, even if the size suggests otherwise. This is often even the case for designers and jackets can differ within a range.

The great thing about the blazer is that it can carry you through a whole host of occasions and just has to be teamed up with an item beneath to do so. So, let’s take a look at the ways you can wear a blazer.

V-Neck Cardigans

A crew neck t-shirt and a deep V-neck cardigan and you’re away. Add a blazer on top of this outfit and you’re looking classic and stylish. It’s also quite warm and also affordable and so there’s no excuse not to add it to your wardrobe.

Plaid Shirts

The plaid shirt has been round for season after season now and gives the blazer a modern look and a contemporary fit. Adding a little colour underneath is also good and looks great against the strong navy blazer. Of course, you can also use a white button down short for more formal occasions.

Thick Knits

The thick knit is such a practical and useful piece of clothing and also looks attractive. Retro shawl collars and cable knits are big at the moment and can really work well with the blazer. Use an interesting pattern to really make things more interesting, but not too out there. It’s ideal for colder climates or offices.

Printed T-Shirts

The classic mix and match, teaming a blazer with a printed t-shirt is quite a cool style trick that manages to wonderfully combine the formal with the casual. You can even manage to perform your own t-shirt printing quite easily.  It adds a sense of the cool and is also a practical accompaniment for when things get a little cooler at night. Team it up with some denim and you’re set for a night out.

V-Neck Jumper

A fine merino knit V-neck jumper works well with the blazer and an accompanying button down shirt. It’s ideal for the office and can also take you into those Friday evening drinks too, allowing you to take a chameleon like approach.

The blazer is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe, so invest in one and you’ve bought yourself half of a new wardrobe.

Author Byline: Colin O’Donnell writes for a UK site called 1clickprint.com that provides personalized t-shirts in the UK. He has a long history of writing about fashion dos and don’ts.

4 Things All Women Need in Their Closet

When it comes to women’s fashion, there are certain staples that are timeless and able to be versatile. It is important that your wardrobe has some of these basic needs such as camisoles and a cocktail dress to ensure that you have a fully functioning wardrobe. Here are the top things that every woman should have in her closet.

1) Camisoles

When it comes to reinventing an outfit that you have grown tired of, layering can do wonders. That is where your camisoles will come in. You really cannot ever have enough of them or enough of a variety of colors. They are perfect for days lounging in sweats or to go under a nice blazer for an interview. Also, they are great for when you shrink your favorite shirts and lose the length; layering the camisole underneath will give that long look once more.

2) The Perfect Pumps

When you find the right pair of heels, you just know it. Not all women enjoy wearing heels, but some may need to for formal occasions or for work. That is why you want to be sure you have at least one good pair of pumps that fit you and do not hurt your feet. You never know when a job opportunity may present itself and you need to go to an interview or when you are going to go out for a night on the town with your best friends.

3) Fitted Blazer

A blazer is so much more than a suit jacket, for women it can be a real statement piece. Blazers are not reserved for business wear or more formal occasions like they may be for men, women have the luxury of dressing their blazer however they want. To really make a statement when rocking your blazer, add a fun broach to the lapel that truly speaks to you. Have these items in your closet and you will be ready to take on the world.

4) The Little Black Dress

No woman should have a closet that is void of a cocktail dress. The “little black dress” is such a key item in any girl’s wardrobe. You never know when you will need a banging outfit to go out for drinks or to a social gathering. Even better is that what once was reserved for dressier occasions can be transformed into everyday wear. Take your favorite cocktail dress, pair it with a casual jacket and shoes, and you can let that little black dress see the light of day.

Author Byline: Patrick Whalen is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow him @2patwhalen.

 

Fashion Faux Pas: Wearing One Color

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While plain, simple clothes can offer a timeless appearance, wearing outfits that are limited to just one color can easily backfire.  Monotone outfits may not date easily, but if there no accents and no variations in shades, then you can end up with an outfit that looks boring and dull.

Some people opt for single color outfits because they’re comfortable and easy to pull together.  If you don’t consider yourself to be a fashion expert, then you may think you’re playing it safe by wearing all black, or all navy.  After all, by keeping your outfit simple you’re avoiding the risk of committing another fashion faux pas – that of wearing clashing colors or overly busy prints.  Unfortunately, if all your clothes are one color, you could well be committing another fashion faux pas – wearing boring clothes, or clothes that don’t accent your best features – just because they’re one of your favorite colors.

Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

If almost all of the clothes in your wardrobe are the same color, then it’s probably a good idea to start accessorizing.  Consider changing up your monochrome outfits with a colored belt or hat. Accessories are versatile things, and you can build up a collection of items to suit different seasons and occasions – for example; a winter hat, a summer cap, various styles of gloves and belts, and bags or purses to suit different social settings.

Embrace Trends

Another way to encourage yourself to experiment with different colored clothes is to embrace new trends.  You already have a good basic wardrobe built up, so if you buy items that are in fashion then you can use these as accents to your existing wardrobe.  When fashions move on, you can keep the old items and still use them as part of your own personal style.

Build Fashion Confidence

If you’re consciously choosing to stick to one color because you don’t want to get caught out in public wearing clashing pants and shoes, then why not spend a few minutes learning about complimentary colors.  Once you know what works, you’ll be able to experiment confidently.

Invest in a color wheel (they’re easy to find in art stores), and try to remember which colors are where, or at least which colors look good with your favourite fashion staples.  Once you know which colors to look out for, and which to avoid, you can match clothes together easily.

Patterns can be harder to work with than solid colors, so you may want to just add contrast by matching your dress with a new hat, but if you’re feeling adventurous then you can really brighten up an outfit by making use of stripes or check patterns.  Two-tone patterns are a great staple of men’s fashion.  Women need to be more careful when experimenting with stripes; as a general rule, horizontal stripes make you look bigger, but vertical stripes can have a slimming effect. However this does depend on colors, the width of the stripes, and the body shape of the person wearing them.

This is a guest article written by Amy Fowler on behalf of suppliers of outdoor clothes and accessories such as hats and gloves.

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