Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
June 10, 2015

Fashion is not just about what you wear on your back. It’s a lifestyle. You have to live it, fully. Every aspect of your life should be calculated to appear fashionable. It might seem like a mammoth task, but there are ways.

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The first thing you need to do is look at where you’re living. The middle of nowhere is not fashionable. Not even in a vintage sense. The log cabin in the wilderness look might be in, but not if there’s nobody around to see you. For maximum fashion, you want maximum exposure.

Where is heavily populated, but also on the bleeding edge of fashion? New York. That’s where. New York is a city that contains all sorts. It’s a mixing pot of people has made it an exciting and eclectic place to be. From the delis to the coffee houses, New York is wall to wall fashion.

So what about your home? Your home is a reflection on you. If it’s not fashionable, neither are you. Home fashion can be a pain to arrange sometimes. Personal fashion is a lot more manageable and small scale. Cut out the middleman with home fashion. Use monthly furnished rentals in NYC for a stylish home with none of the effort.

Once you’ve got a place to set up, and then you can start to think about yourself. Stylish clothes and haircuts are the first places to start, but what if you’re struggling to look good even with them?

Exercise and a good diet will sort you out. It’ll help your complexion. It’ll make your hair shiny and full. It’ll maybe even lose those few extra pounds you’ve been carrying. Looking good isn’t difficult. You just have to take care of yourself.

Once you’re looking well physically, then you can try again with the shoes and hair. Both neat and messy styles are in at the minute. It all depends on how you want to portray yourself. If you’re the bohemian type, grow your hair out or get it cut in a style that will grow out.

If you like it neat but fashionable, you’ll find no end of barbers with the skill to cut it right. If you want something with a little more edge, try shaved sides.

You could even go so far as to shave it all off if you like functionality and have a nicely shaped head. It’s always advised to decorate your face if you have a shaved head though. A pair of glasses or a piercing should suffice.

As for clothes, stay on the edge of trends. Always stay one step ahead of the mainstream. There will be several inspirational people in New York to give you clothing ideas. Pick what you like, and copy that. You’re only as fashionable as those around you.

It might seem shallow to be fashionable, but you have to think about why you do it. Do you do it to impress others or yourself? If being fashionable makes you happy, do it. It’s hard work, but it’ll be worth it.

June 5, 2015

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Revolutionary concepts, vibrant colors, dazzling contours: where art and the material world mingle, fashion flourishes – and it’s one of the most enticing and exciting industries on the planet. For the ultimate fashion lover, it’s easy to see why the poetry of cloth on skin carries such a huge appeal and why so many creatives pursue a life-long dream of designing. It’s also a viable industry for potential investors, and if you’re thinking of throwing in your heart, soul, and wallet, there are ways to make your venture into the fashion world successful.

Constantly evolving

Like all creative industries, fashion is always undergoing transformation. This can make it a challenge to keep current, but it also means endless potential to look into innovative new ventures, especially now that micro-industries, niches, and grassroots players are also making their mark on the stage alongside the big guns. Evolution also means growth, something that carries instant appeal to any prospective investor.

Assess your options

Like most commitments, before you plunge into any kind of investment, it’s important to consider your options. It’s not all about the catwalk – you can pursue investments in wholesale (which includes department stores, outlets, and specialty stores) as well as internet retailing; both have the capability to reach a wide audience. It’s important to recognize that there is a wide distinction between the art aspect and the retail aspect of fashion. Necessity and trend, as well as affordability, are the current dictates of the market where consumers are concerned, so understanding the target audience and delivering a quality product is essential. During a slower period of growth, clothing is an area where people are willing to turn to discount options, and this can present a challenge for higher-end apparel, though there will always be buyers. Additionally, all walks of the fashion industry are immensely competitive. It’s important to do your research, have confidence in your team/company, and believe in your product as well as know how to market it effectively.

Zady founders Soraya Darabi and Maxine Bédat have successfully embraced the contemporary culture and optimized social media and other marketing to turn their startup into a success story. Their ethos relies on principles of grassroots quality craftsmanship as well as sustainability, and is an excellent example of how even small ventures can transform into lucrative investments. Yet their principles also unify them with the successes of larger corporations.

The renowned M1 Group, led by Mohammad Najib Mikati (see his profile on Bloomberg), strongly believes in investing in smaller ventures as well as larger ones in order to diversify the industry, remain competitive, and sustain longer periods of growth. For several years, M1 Group has been behind some of the most substantial achievements in various investment ventures in real estate, travel, fashion, energy, capital, and more. With its investments in fashion, M1 Group has helped many smaller ventures and their respective designers and entrepreneurs to flourish.

With trends constantly changing, new enterprises and new ideas emerging, and an increasingly diverse market, if you have a passion for fashion, it could be well worth the time and investment. Your next investment could transform an artist’s dream into fruition and provide a successful financial return for you.

June 5, 2015

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Cosmetic surgery is a $12 billion dollar business in the US. Every year, more than 15 million Americans go under the proverbial knife. The knife itself is now only used in invasive processes. Both invasive and non-invasive techniques are used to sculpt your face and body, for a variety of reasons. These can range from looking younger or more attractive, to hiding scars or reducing body fat. Whatever the reason, there is some due diligence and thinking to be done prior to the procedure.

Since the procedures are often expensive and make long-lasting changes, it is best to do some legwork before you fix your appointment. Here are five basic things you should consider before going for your surgery:

Do some research

Find out more about the procedure you will undergo. A relevant search will throw up many options. Look for articles that highlight both the benefits and the risks involved. Find out more about the different techniques and products. Do some research and establish the approximate cost of the procedure. The area of cosmetic surgery is lightly regulated, so there is little standardization across its practitioners. Based on the costs, this is also the right time to judge if you really need to have the procedure. If you have to take a loan in order to fund the procedure, perhaps you should consider if you can do without it.

Now is the time to consider the risk involved. Obviously many procedures are complicated and expose the patient to considerable risk, but some cosmetic surgery, like Lasik, is almost risk-free. Cataract Surgery in San Antonio and other cities is almost 100% risk-free.

Get your GP involved

At some point in time, you’ll have to decide on the doctor and venue. Get your GP involved. Chances are he will have colleagues or friends in the field who can recommend a reputable doctor for your case. Collect some names and then pay personal visits to the locations to gauge your comfort factor.

Check if you can use a non-invasive technique

Many women use fillers for years before they feel the need for invasive surgery. Find out if there is a non-invasive procedure to give the result you want.

Make sure your goals are realistic

Be realistic about what your looks will be, after the surgery. Your rhinoplasty is not necessarily going to make you look like Brad Pitt or Mila Kunis.

Stay focused

If you have gone through the above points and you are still convinced about the procedure, then stay focused and good luck with the process. There is nothing more uplifting than a new improved you.

At the end of the day, like with all surgeries, there can be complications. It’s best to be prepared for them. On the other hand, a successful surgery can go a long way in lifting our self-esteem. That on its own is reason enough to go through with it. Doing the right due diligence is the first step towards your cosmetic surgery.