Designer Backpacks – The Ultimate Fashion Accessory

For the fashionable among you designer backpacks are absolutely essential. They are both modern and trendy but also have an element of uniqueness that separates them from your typical handbag. They are perfect for a more relaxed occasion when you are not looking to dress up to much. Of course the designers name brand plays an important part but this really just goes to show the quality of the item you will be purchasing.

Designer backpacks can be found in all the top name’s collections from Louis Vuitton to Prada. They also come in a variety of different patterns and fabrics so you can have a bag for all occasions. Some of my favorite designs are silk and leather but you can get almost anything to suit your style.

For the most part the quality and status of owning such a nice item will also be reflected in the price. That’s not to say that the cost is too high or prohibitive, but they will almost always be higher than a standard backpack. But it is not just the name you are paying extra for here, the actual bag itself should be of far higher quality and a noticeably better made item as well.

One thing that you need to be careful of when purchasing a designer backpack is that it is authentic and not just one of the many fakes that can be found. On first glance they can often appear very real and you could be forgiven for not noticing the difference. But in almost all cases the problems are in the small details such as bad stitching and poor materials. They will probably not last very long and you will be left disappointed with your purchase.

Top Ten Fashion Do’s For the Plus Size Fashionista

Last week, I guest blogged over at Full- Figure Plus about the Top Ten Fashion Don’ts for the plus-size Fashionista. Today, I bring you back to the other side of the spectrum. Now that we know what you are not supposed to do when it comes to fashion, let us address the “do’s” of fashion from the plus size perspective!

Embrace Your Curves

Yes, you are a plus-sized woman- so what? You have curves that are not going away any time soon, and this is okay. So what is a plus-size Fashionista to do? Embrace your curves. Own your curves. Love your curves.  Once you come to terms with you and your beautiful curves, fashion will no longer be a hindrance but now a joy that you eagerly look forward to! In addition, the societal barriers will no longer stifle your inner Fashionista! So… have you embraced your curves yet?

Think Outside Your Traditional Fashion Box

Gone are the days when plus-size fashion was ever called fashion! We now have options that stretch way beyond Torrid, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, and Ashley Stewart. While nothing is wrong with these designers, there are so many more that bring high fashion to you! Thought you could never wear jeans? There is Svoboda, Embody Denim, and James Jeans! Dying to don a designer dress? Then rock a fabulous frock from Monif C., Qristyl Frazier, or Anna Scholz. These are only a few of those who are available to you! Get my drift? Experiment! How will you know what works for your curves, if you do not venture out?

Accessorize to Maximize

Polishing off your look has never been easier, especially now as there are more and more designers who are catching on, that not all jewelry is created equal! I would be so frustrated when wanting to buy a ring or bracelet that did not accommodate my size. A necklace that stopped just short of hitting the right mark- you know?

To complete your look, you should always fashion either earrings and a few bracelets or a necklace and a fabulous ring! Do not forget your fierce handbag and your wicked heels! Its all about your finished look for your style!

Love Thy Tailor

While many plus-size designers are paying attention to your curves, there is always a need to tailor your pieces that look custom designed for you! What a better way to make a $100 jacket look like a $500 one! Tailoring your outfit creates a polished look that pulls your outfit all together! Nothing looks worse than really cute jeans that are anchoring your curves to the ground! A dress that gapes in the hips only adds to your curves, rather than accentuate them! If you are lucky enough to not have to tailor your pieces- then this rule does not apply to you (although most women with curves will benefit from a nip and tuck of their fits!)

Invest in Your Fashion Staples

Now, I have been told by many designers for the Plus-Size woman that they hear complaints about some of their prices. While I could agree with you in this economy right now, there are few items that you MUST invest in, in order for you to build and sustain a working wardrobe!  Why? These pieces are timeless and seasonless, meaning that no matter the time of the year or whatever trend is hot, you can easily take your key item and update your wardrobe with accents rather than buying a whole new wardrobe each season. These are your classics. What are they? Every woman must have an amazing button up blouse, pair of tailored trousers, at least two pairs of butt hugging boot cut jeans (dark wash), the curve loving LBD (Little Black Dress), and a professional pant or skirt suit.

Walk with Confidence

Nothing kills an amazing outfit than an insecure person. It distracts from the outfit, only bringing attention to you and how uncomfortable you are, rather than how beautiful you are!  Yes, it does take some time to build up that confidence, but the only way you can do this, is to fake it until you make it! Wearing confidence is beautiful, allowing your beauty to reflect and enhance your fashion choices! Do not be shy or apologetic for your curves- OWN THEM!

Accentuate the Positive

Now ladies, we all have our favorite assets, yes, even you! What are they? Do you love your waist line? Then rock cinched waist belts or dresses. Love your legs?  Then show them off with shorter dresses! Basically, when you enhance whichever assets you like the best, your confidence will show through, allowing the Fashionista in you to shine! Don’t know your best feature? You probably already know without even knowing it! Ask yourself, what do you feel most comfortable in, then why? Chances are you will find a reason that relates to your best assets! Me? I love my waist and my cleavage, so I opt for pieces that enhance those curves! I am comfortable and I feel good.

Camouflage the Flaws

We all have areas we don’t necessary hate, but do not love either, and that is okay! What you do is hide those flaws! By experimenting with shapes and colors, you will learn how to hide these “flaws” and accentuate those which work for you! Now, by reading this, you are no longer able to say that your whole body is a flaw- NOT ALLOWED! I loathe my tummy and my handles, so you will often see me in a flowy top that flows away from the tummy area that has a v- neck and has an empire cut!

Have Fun and Take Risks

Clearly finding amazing fashion can be a challenge for a Plus Size Fashionista for the obvious reasons, but that should not detract from the play with fashion! With more and more emerging designers, you are able to experiment with color, shapes, fits, cuts, and pieces that you once thought “not allowed” now that designers are designing with you in mind! Never worn color? Be daring in Yellow! Never worn jeans? Be sassy in the right Skinny jeans! Never gone sleeveless? Be sexy in a strappy bra- friendly top! Get my drift?

Let your Style Define Your Curves

Each season, the fashion industry highlights the different trends, looks and styles for the season. Take these trends, digest them, and make them work for YOU! Never be dictated by your curves to only wear a particular look! Your clothes and fashion choices should define, enhance, and compliment you and all your wonderful curves! So what is your style? Laid back, boho chic, classic, trendy, or tomboy? Whichever it is, Never let your curves define your style, let your STYLE define your Curves! Keep it Curvy!

Some Popular Fashion Accessories

Accessories are considered one of the greatest assets of a woman. Women look beautiful and complete when she wears fashionable clothes and accessories. Today, market is full of fashion accessories. You can easily find designer wears and accessories from a local store. Also, you can do shopping from an online fashion store. At one store, you can find accessories which are matched well with your personality. There are many stores which have branded outfits and accessories at a very good range, you do not need to compromise on quality and durability of the accessory. You have many options if you are not satisfied with one store you can easily move to the other.

Popular Fashion Accessories

Jewelry

It is all-time favorite accessory of fashionable women. There are several varieties of gold, silver, platinum and other types of metals present in the online and local fashion jewelry house. But if you are shopping for gold and platinum jewelries then make sure that the shopping store has good reputation in the market and has better quality jewelry. To know the purity of gold it is good to know the karat of gold. Some gold jewelry houses are selling 10 karat gold jewelry which is considered very low in quality. The 14 karat gold jewelries are good. Do not buy 24 karat jewelries as these jewelry items are easily bent. If you are planning to buy a ring then try to buy platinum or white gold ring which is studded with diamonds. It will bring smile on the face of your fiance.

Handbags

Handbags are very popular accessory of women and teenage girls. Women love to carry designer handbags but are very expensive. That is why numbers of women like to buy replica handbags. These handbags are very cheap and are copycat of designer handbags. It is very hard to make difference between the real and the fake one.

Shoes or Boots

Look of a woman is never complete without a pair of good sandals. It is very necessary to make combination between clothes and shoes in order to find remarkable look. To get good combination you can do shopping from an online fashion store. From an online store you can find perfect combination that is well matched to your persona.

Fashion & Culture: The Mods – Where Did They Come From?

Far apart from the golden age of 1950’s America, 1950’s Britain was still on rations, and struggling to get over the devastation suffered in World War II. However, for the British youth a new dawn was rising. Thanks to full employment and hire purchase and a new found freedom from National Service, the British youth was on their own two feet with money in their pocket and they wanted everybody to know about. A new movement known as the “teddy boys” was emerging across the UK, influenced by American Rock ‘n’ Roll and as Bill Haley’s cult movie “Rock Around The Clock” premiered in the Trocadero in London’s Elephant and Castle followed by outrage from the British establishment and joyous riots from the youths, the Ted movement was now alive and kicking.

Ever eager for a scoop, the press did not fail to capitalise on this new front page fodder. Soon the violence, and imminent danger that the Teddy Boys posed to British society was all over the front pages. From the prime minister to the archbishop, the British establishment was in turmoil as they watched their once dutiful youths turn into unruly wild cats. Whether much of this was by natural progression or greatly fuelled by the press, the outcome was a rough, dangerous youth movement that was loving every minute in the limelight and indeed acting up to it.

The teddy boys were here and soon the music makers and fashion retailers caught on to a new and untapped market. Very soon, commercial Rock’n’Roll was being slopped out and Teddy Boy fashions were on the high street and every kid wanted a quiff and a flick-knife. Thus, almost as quick as they had come, they were burnt out by their own famed notoriety and at now at odds with themselves for becoming everything they despised, just another high street fad, the Teds were gone.

By late 1950’s the original teddy boys were no more, broken up into various sub cultures, most fell by the wayside but two major groups remained and grew from the ruins of what was once the Teddy Boys to become the “Ton Up Boys” and the “Coffee Bar Cats”…

The “Ton Up Boys”, were those teddies that had held the motorcycle and American Rock’n’Roll as their foundations and now wore leather, big boots and rode British machines to and from various road side cafés.

The “Coffee Bar Cats” aspired to a more Latin look, and their neo Italian style appreciated modern jazz, ventless thin lapelled box suit jackets and they chose Italian scooters as the superior mode of transport for such well dressed Cats…

It’s not hard to figure how these late 50’s early 60’s sub culture’s and indeed underground fashions grew into the Mods and Rockers of the mid 60’s.

The Coffee Bar Cats felt they were the modern movement and the Ton Up Boys represented all that was gone and should remain buried in a pile of dirty bikes and dirty leathers. Hence as they grew and needed to encompass all their new members, they eventually termed themselves the Modernists and the Mods were born.

The “Ton Up Boys”, enjoying the same growth in numbers and being known for their love of Rock ‘n Roll found themselves becoming the Rockers.

Unsurprisingly the Rockers did not agree with the Modernist view of themselves as outdated and somehow lower class. They saw the Mods with their dandy dress, penchant for wearing eyeliner and popping pills at every opportunity as an insult to all that is British and macho.

The Rockers did not like the Mods and the Mods did not like the Rockers.

The lines were drawn…..

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The Perfect Fashion Jewelry for Spring Break

Spring break…two words that mean tropical islands, mixed drinks, fun in the sun, parties, new people and no school. College students look forward to spring break each year. This is the one time of the year when students can relax, cut loose and have some fun without having to worry about tomorrow’s test or yesterdays overdue homework assignment.

For college students in countries around the world spring break has become the perfect opportunity to book tropical vacations in paradise. Many students spend weeks picking out their wardrobe for spring break. While the clothes are important the accessories are even more important. To purchase those hot, summer accessories, shop at Fashion Obsessed.

There are several different pieces of jewelry that are perfect for spring break. While swimming in the ocean or working on your tan make sure you look your best with the right fashion accessories. Some of the hottest spring break looks include what is known as “beach” jewelry.

Shell necklaces are sold in countless stores located within walking distance of the beach. A shell necklace screams spring break, vacation and fun. Many shell necklaces come in different colors. The lighter shells, such as the white or pink shells, look great on any one who has a tan.

Another great piece of jewelry that is trendy during spring break is a hemp necklace. A hemp necklace has been popular for many years during the warmer months. Many hemp necklaces or bracelets are decorated with colored beads or crystals. This is a great way to add a dash of color to a casual spring break outfit.

Spring break is about hitting the nightlife scene hard. When going out wear colors that will attract others attention in a good way. Wear a beaded necklace, bracelet or earrings. To dress up an outfit wear a precious or semi-precious stone. Spring is about colors so make sure to choose vibrant jewelry such as turquoise, amethyst or pink sapphires.

Fashion experts agree that yellow gold is another spring break must have. Yellow gold is a sun friendly material. This type of gold is fantastic to wear during the summer months because it does not lose color intensity from being exposed to the suns rays for a long period of time.

Spring break goers should make sure to pack beaded jewelry in their accessory bag. Beaded jewelry is an excellent way to reveal your individuality, versatility and creativity. There are so many different possibilities when working with beaded jewelry. Let the inner you speak with a gorgeous beaded necklace.

Jewelry that is worn during spring break should be light and airy. This means thin necklaces and thin bracelets are better choices then chokers. Other materials to wear during spring break are leather and wood. A chunky leather bracelet is a must have. To find out more about spring break fashion accessories visit http://www.fashionobsessed.com.

When choosing spring break accessories make sure that the accessories compliment your outfit. If you are wearing a bikini your best accessories would be an ankle bracelet and a shell necklace. For a night filled with adventure and excitement choose vivid beads or semi-precious stones. Do not be afraid to be daring as spring break only happens once a year.

Fashion Trends

Successful retailers need to forecast the fashions that their consumers will be seeking. Even top designers routinely perform surveys prior to designing their seasonal lines and the large retailers consult forecasting specialists prior to purchasing stock for their stores. So how does the independent boutique retailer gain access to valuable industry information and trend predictors?

Above all observing what’s going on in the weekly celebrity glossy’s and monthly fashion magazines, will give you an upfront view of the new names in design, what consumers will be shopping for and where the trends are headed.

Consumer spending is powerfully influenced by the media but tempered by the economy so to find out what consumers are actually buying it is advisable to make frequent visits to busy similar retailers and local shopping malls. Take time wherever possible to chat with sales assistants. They are in the frontline and this gives them a unique perspective of consumer’s needs and what the customer is seeking. Other extremely rich sources of information will be found online in the magazine fashion forums, Elle, Vogue, InStyle etc have very active fashion consumer forums. These are useful indicators for finding out what is being purchased and the buzz on upcoming styles.

In the past, US retailers looked to European retailers for market trends. Today, more US retailers are finding inspiration closer to home. There is a wealth of undiscovered local designers in our own back yard who are acquiring a dedicated following. With little detective work you can find these rising stars and establish a relationship that will be mutually beneficial.

Other important ways to anticipate the trends is to subscribe to industry trade publications like Accessories magazine, Apparel News and WWD. These publications are essential especially if you are a boutique in a small town and do not plan to attend industry trade shows. These magazines also now have websites which give up-to-date trend reports.

Today, between each marked fashion trend, we experience new adaptations on the fashion standards and especially routine-retro-revivals. Currently this is taking the form of spandex, leggings, 80’s fashion and the neo-preppie look. Wayfarer sunglasses as popularized by movies such as “The Blues Brothers” and “Risky Business” have returned (but in larger sizes and bolder colors) and even some of biggest names of the 80’s and 90’s fashion modeling scene are enjoying a career revival with major fashion and cosmetic companies featuring them in ad campaigns.

The best way to anticipate new fashion trends is to seek relevant visual input wherever you can – in vintage stores, flea markets and in the street. There are also an abundance of fashion blogs and online showcases discussing what the locals in major cities are wearing, thse are an invaluable resources. Chief amongst these are The Satorialist, Streetfashion.net, London Street Fashion (ftp2.dns-systems.net) and styleandthecity.com.

Whether you are an established retailer or a current boutique owner, ongoing research and trend watching is a vital function of your business if you are to evolve and succeed. Spotting trends or even setting trends will be achieved by keenly observing the market, paying attention to street trends and knowing your industry. As ever ‘knowledge is power’ in this case it is the power you can leverage into strong sales!

Upcoming Modelling / Fashion Change

Japan is famous in robotics industry. Now it is trying to grow its robotics market to a full-fledged industry. Recently, Japan has introduced a robot model in fashion industry, yielding a new term ‘robotic modeling’. This mechanical model is a new trend and a new direction in fashion industry, which will replace human models eventually.

In a fashion show, Japan brought forward a robot model that was humanoid. It had a female face that resembled ‘anime’ face. ‘Anime’ is a Japanese cartoon character. It weighed approximately 95 lbs. The she-bot or the female bot has not yet reached the level of human models, but the scientists are working to reach that level. A scientist said that it still needs 20 to 30 years to attain a human level in robots. This model has some of the human like characteristics like facial expressions. The she-bot showed expressions of anger, surprise, smile, and blink. It had a feminine voice too.

The biggest challenge in developing model robots is to create body parts small enough to resemble like a female, for example, slender legs and arms. Moreover, the robot could not pose elegantly like human models do. Another question comes up that will robotic modeling cause a good bye to fashion girls? Will the robot model reach the sensitive balance of a human model? Scientists who are responsible in creating the robot model are still confused, yet they do show hope also.

Money spent on robotics is fairly high. Many people do question whether such a big amount of money should be spent on this industry or could it be spent on better areas like medical, economy, and climate. They are of an opinion that people won’t need any robot but would be needing money for their health.

Fashion Ecommerce Design

Fashion is an art that requires an amazing sense of understanding to sell it. No one just buy any art piece for nothing. When it comes to branding and setting business goals in the fashion industry, a lot of new ideas and techniques are invested for better business. Fashion companies all over the world have spent large amounts for their brands because they know just setting up a simple catalogue will not serve the required purpose. Here are the steps for ecommerce solutions to facilitate your business in the fashion industry.

Considering the booming market for fashion, effective fashion ecommerce has conjoined itself with outstanding design, good customer experience and excellent marketing, along with qualitative content. A good retail ecommerce website can take your business to good profits. Good designs, extensive information about your work and fantastic pictures are really needed to make your website entertaining for your visitors. Let us see following points, which you can incorporate for your fashion ecommerce design:

  1. Try to make your ecommerce website design creative and appealing, which is easy to load and use by the consumers.
  2. Make sure that your retail ecommerce website reflects the actual designs of your brand.
  3. Using the benefits of ecommerce solutions, create content which is informative, catchy and entertaining for your customers. It should help your buyers understand about the brand they are going to invest in, its background, history and its unique characteristics.
  4. Choose items that can be searched online easily.
  5. Generate an ecommerce system online that your customers can use to order the same items and products as they can buy from your stores. This will help you in building brand loyalty and long-term customer relationship building.
  6. Give extensive details of your products, for example dresses, purses, cosmetics, summer fashion line, discount items, etc.
  7. Provide high quality images and shots of your products.
  8. On your retail ecommerce website, it is extremely essential that you use all possible ecommerce solutions for the best outcome of your fashion website. Make sure that your shopping procedure is error free for your consumers, so that they do not find the whole process a hassle.
  9. Use rich components of media, for example Java or Flash to make your ecommerce fashion website suitable for all sorts of online users.
  10. Search and locate various ways and methods of recognizing your regular customers and keep them updated regarding your latest special offers and promotional deals.

Here are some pointers to keep you   updated  with the latest information you may require to set up your  fashion  ecommerce website. Along with your offline business, this online presence will serve you good in terms of good relationship building and getting maximum exposure for your fashion line.

Fashion Buying

Fashion buyers forecast industry trends and transform them into effective business proposals. Careers in fashion buying are extremely popular and challenging.

As a fashion buyer, you need to know what trends sold in the past and what is likely to be popular in the future. It is advisable to keep yourself updated on the changes in trends. You need to have a thorough knowledge of what’s been happening with the fashion changes in the past as this will help you decide what’s needed in the future. In fact fashion buyers must work months in advance, so that the goods are ready when the season starts. It helps to have a formal degree in fashion buying. You can also opt for an internship with the major stores and established companies to gain sufficient experience.

Attend fashion shows and keep yourself updated on all the latest aspects of fashion. Make a meticulous research on the quick selling styles, fads and other trends in the past and the present. Also, be original, inventive, organized and be primed to take risks. Work on your communication and interpersonal skills, as you might have to take bold decisions.

A fashion buyer gets to know about the newest and hot trends before anybody else does. You get the privilege of setting trends and predict what the next hot thing will be. You get to travel globally and meet interesting people. You also get to order interesting items from the major fashion capitals of the world. On the whole fashion buying is a very thrilling career, after all very few get the opportunity to formulate and set trends.

Update Alaska: News From The Front

Stopped into The Fishin’ Hole the other day, which happens to be one of my favorite fishing tackle/outfitter/sandwich shops. (Talk about your one stop shopping!!)

I was looking for a good 8 weight line to take to Alaska.

What I came away with was an update from about four different people who had just returned from Alaska.

Now, for those of you that have been following my upcoming maiden trip to The Last Frontier -you know that I am headed up there in a week from now. So it was nice to hear some first hand reports on what is going on, and how the fishing is doing.

Of course I am a little concerned that right there in the tiny town of Shady Cove, Oregon–there were four people who have recently been to Alaska right there at that given moment in that fishing tackle/outfitter/sandwich shop! If you take the ratio of those four people at that given time and the odds that they had been to Alaska and multply that out over the entire nation…. well….. you come up with a pretty dang high number!

And to think I was worried about the mosquitoes.

Anyway, one fella happened to have a photo album and all I had to say was that I was headed up to Alaska–and of course he pulled out that album and showed me some rather dandy Halibut that weighed in at 178 pounds. He also said if he didn’t have one of those belts that you strap on to fight Marlin, he would probably be recovering from hernia surgery. I of course said the fish was nice– but I was more concerned with the mosquitoes.

He told me they didn’t bother him.Hmmmm now that sounds fishy to me.

Another person reported that the Kenai–the LOWLY Kenai— fished well and they caught some really nice King Salmon. They weren’t bragging about size so they were either really big or really small.

Not sure.

They also went Halibut fishing and caught some 20 pounders, certainly not big by Alaskan standards. They also reported that every person on the boat puked their guts out.

Now there is something to look forward to. I hope I am fishing out of a Princess Cruiseliner–but I doubt it.

I also asked them how the mosquitoes were?

To quote them: ” OH MY GOD- THEY WERE BIG AS BIRDS!!”

Nice. Puking, scratching, and hernia surgery!!

We discussed the various options of Deet and netting, but it sounded like that only made it more challenging for the skeeters to find a way to make your life miserable.They described the mosquitoes approaching, ‘like a black cloud’ and then enveloping them in a blood sucking frenzy.

Sounds like a Stephen King novel.

One gal produced a bottle of some ” natural” deet free repellant, and offered up a very weak, “our friends used this up at Diamond Lake last week and said this stuff is ‘the bomb’.”

Unless she meant “bug bomb”–I wasn’t about to start experimenting with anything unproven. Besides, the difference between Diamond Lake mosquitoes and the Kenai Peninsula mosquitoes is probably like the difference between Peoria and Yankee Stadium. I told her I’d try it but I would need her cell number so I could be sure to call her at midnight if her”natural” spray was ineffective.

She pulled that bottle off the counter faster than a Ford truck recall goes out.

So it sounded like fishing was going about as expected, and the mosquitoes were going as expected also.

I also received a call from another buddy who wanted to go fishing on the Klamath River, in California, the week after I get back. He is an Alaskan fishing veteran so he had all sorts of good information to offer up about catching Silvers, including a “special” fly pattern that he developed and ties himself. I am now going to be his official “field tester” –because I suspect he thinks- if I can catch a fish with it…then it has real marketing potential. So look for it’s appearance on the “two guys with flys” website if it works. If not… well… you can always look for my swollen festering mosquito welts.

I have also checked in with my good friend Tom, who if you remember, floated the Kisaralik River last month. He is back and reported a successful trip, in the respect that no one was eaten by a Bear, and they returned with same number of people they left with.

Oh, and the fishing was great for BIG TROUT, and of course–Deet had little or no effect at stopping the onslaught of mosquitoes.As evidenced by his scabbed over arm full of bites and “Calamine lotioned” skin color.

Also received a phone call from Ranger Kurt–and he pretty much just laughed maniacally and kept saying things like: “August in Alaska” “August in Alaska” “HA HA HA ha…….”

Perhaps a few to many bites from his last trip??

Well, that is about it from the front.

I’ll be busy this week getting ready-and soaking my clothes in Deet…

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