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How To Pick The Perfect Dress

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT DRESS

A dress is just a  plain simple dress until you bring it to life. A lot of women say there shopping for the perfect dress, But what does that mean?  Is there such a thing as the perfect dress just waiting on the hanger to be purchased? Absolutely not!  Any dress can be made into the perfect dress, by just adding your charisma, personal style & flare.

When getting into the mindset of looking for a dress start by asking yourself what are the things you love about your body, then find a dress that accentuates that particular part of you. Look at the type of event you are attending, ask yourself is it a casual formal, dressy occasion. Another question to ask is how do you plan on making your own unique statement.  Next, let’s consider what’s your personality like? Are you playful, adventurous, sexy,  or conservative etc?

Knowing your personality is very important,  this is how you will bring your dress to life, it is also how you will show how unique and beautiful you are. The final piece of finding the perfect dress is adding flare. This is how you will accessorize your dress and really add your personality to it, think about the color, style, type of shoe you will wear to make your outfit pop, the jewelry you will add, how eccentric or basic the jewellery piece will be.


lastly, Your hairstyle and makeup choices will complete the entire look making the perfect dress a hit & you simply outstanding.

 

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Cozy Up In Our Sweater Cardigan

The Winter Magic Sweater

Do you ever want to be fashionable, trendy, warm & cute all at the same time?   When buying a great fashionable piece this winter that’s exactly what you should be considering.
Yess! A great sweater should be all that, and more!

When looking for a sweater, look for a sweater that can be worn with almost anything not just your favorite pair of jeans. Buy a sweater that’s able to magically transform you into either a casual, dressy or a super chic dresser! This winter we are featuring our comfy, versatile adaptable sweater, it can be worn as a tunic sweater, a sweater dress, cardigan or just a fashionable duster coat.

Learning how to buy a staple piece is a great way to get the most value for your dollar. This season considers the many wears you can get out of our comfortable versatile sweater, also the many seasons you can wear it through is endless.

Lastly, think about how fashionable and on-trend you will look each time you change up or add your personality to our perfect versatile comfortable sweater.

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Hello 2017!

On behalf of the Management team and Voluptuous models, we would like to bid everyone a happy New Year! We are so excited to share all of our new adventures and upcoming fashions for 2017 with you. We wanted to start out with a blank slate to let you know how beautiful and unique you are without anything added. At Voluptuous we always observe the beautiful woman first, then we add the fashions to make her outstanding!

 

To start off our year we are introducing our Bralette & boy short set’s because we believe what’s underneath is as equally important to helping you feel incredible. Our Voluptuous models will continue to show you that we all bodies are unique & sexy.

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By early spring we want to make room for the new in-between woman and how fantastic she looks in our clothing. She is just curvy & unique but does not fit into traditional sizes, we identify her as the #sexynewwoman.

Finally, we invite you to Shop our new Bralette set & start your new year off dressing sexy from underneath!

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27 Things You Need To Do Before Summer Is Over

1. Eat something fried, delicious, and awful for you at a local fair.

2. Get drunk in the cheap seats at a baseball game.

3. Do one touristy thing in your city/town that you’ve never done before.

4. Turn off your phone and go read in a park.

5. Or better yet, at the beach.

6. Ice cream No. 1 after lunch.

7. Ice cream No. 2 after dinner.

8. Also important: beach ice cream (or sherbet, if the spirit moves you).

9. Go for a night hike.

10. Stargaze.

11. Wake up early and get all the best stuff at the farmer’s market.

12. Make lemonade from scratch.

13. Have a picnic in the park.

14. Or just a “picnic.”

15. Have your all-white outfit moment.

16. Get on a boat

17. Build a fire and make s’mores.

18. Go to an outdoor movie.

19. Or an outdoor concert.

20. Walk somewhere you usually would have driven or taken public transit to.

21. Invite friends over, make water balloons, and see what happens.

22. Make grilled pizza.

23. EAT ALL OF THE BARBECUE.

24. BOOZY WATERMELON

25. In the event of a thunderstorm, try to capture the perfect lightning bolt photo.

26. Jump off something tall into a body of water.

27. Wear jorts. ( Jean Shorts)

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10 Reasons Women Need Their Girlfriends

Every woman has done it, and every woman has had it done to her—the minute you start a new relationship, your girlfriends are pushed to the back burner. But no matter how wonderful the man, it’s unlikely he’ll ever replace that much-needed time with friends, whether it’s bonding over the season finale of The Bacheloretteor a heart-to-heart over coffee. After all, says Carmen Renee Berry, MSW, coauthor of Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties, women (much like men) speak their own language. But more than that, our girlfriends are the family we choose for ourselves. Below, a few reasons—some silly, some serious—why we’ll always need one another.

 

1. Shopping
If you want to share the experience of shopping with someone, says Berry, rather than have someone follow you around, bring a girlfriend. Plus, no matter how wonderful your partner is, he will never grasp why the choice between red alligator and red patent leather pumps is oh-so-important.

2. Group Therapy
Whatever issue you’re facing (relationship, work, general breakdown), there’s no better fix than the unique perspectives of your friends. Plus, Berry says, “You don’t have to explain much for a group of girlfriends to know exactly what you mean.”

3. Bethenny Getting Married—or Any Reality TV Show
No matter how hard we try to change their minds, men have long deemed our guilty pleasure intolerable. But that’s OK. Your man doesn’t have to have all the same interests as you. Instead, use it as the perfect excuse to get together with your friends on a regular basis.

4. Girls Night Out (or In)
Whatever the evening’s events, sometimes even just the pre-party can ignite the insightful, rejuvenating conversation you didn’t even know you longed for. Plus, just being in the presence of a group of people who love, support and complement you can give you a sense of playful freedom, often bringing out a side of you that you forgot was there.

5. Venting
Boys will be boys, and sometimes their can’t-read-your-mind responses prompt the need to commiserate. On the other hand, sometimes they deserve a round of applause—and nothing serves as a better reminder of how lucky in love you are than a sigh from your girlfriends as you recap his most recent romantic gesture.

6. Sex and Body Talk
You may have a question your boyfriend or husband wouldn’t know the answer to, Berry explains. Not to mention, somewhere deep inside, you want your love interest to continue seeing you as the goddess he did when you first met, which might make discussing your most recent yeast infection a bad idea.

7. Dance Therapy
When there’s no holding back, dancing takes on a whole new realm of possibilities. And, while there are plenty of perks to getting down with a group of super-fun guys, there’s nothing like getting your groove on with ladies who won’t care how sweaty you’ve gotten by the end of the night.

8. For the Truth…When Nobody Else Will Give It to You
Ultimately you want friends who make you feel good about yourself, but it’s nice to be able to ask a question and receive an honest response—whether it’s regarding those unflattering low-rise pants or that boy who will never fit in with your family. But Berry warns, “The point of constructive criticism is to improve the life of your girlfriend—not to be a ruse for trying to make her change.”

9. Because They Can Relate To You
You need people who, for better or worse, have been through what you’ve been through. After all, wisdom derives from experience. But either way, ladies tend to listen, explains Berry, while men feel the need to solve a problem. When her garbage disposal broke, Berry says, “My girlfriend listened while I lamented, and I felt much better; my male friend showed up at my door with a new garbage disposal, which he promptly installed.”

10. To Be a Better Girlfriend
It’s important to do things separately—whether vacations, dinners, etc.—because you’ll be a better woman, girlfriend or wife for it. A woman with her own network of friends will naturally be less codependent on her partner, which helps nurture a positive relationship. Plus, it’s unrealistic to expect to get everything you need from one person all the time, explains Berry.

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10 Things To Stop Doing If You Want To Love Your Body

I run my hands against the different fabrics in my closet. This is my ten-pounds ago blouse. I fit into it just last summer, but today it is snug and unflattering. And here is my 20-pounds ago dress. Even when I fit into this beautiful thing, I felt fat and unattractive. Up here are my jeans that span across six different sizes, including my 50-pounds-lighter-pants.

My closet is a reflection of my life-long battle with my weight. Reluctant to get rid of old sizes, I allow my guilt to set in because I can no longer fit into them. With a dedicated focus on my health, I hope that one day soon I will return to these smaller size clothes.

This was a journal entry from a year ago.

For the past 25 years, I’ve struggled with weight. But if we’re being honest, weight was never the issue. My real problem was lack of self-acceptance.

If we hate any part of ourselves, then nothing is ever good enough. No matter what number I was on the scale, whether my chest bones were poking out or whether I had so many rolls on my body I couldn’t fit into a public seat comfortably, the issue was never the weight.

But it was much easier to blame my body than to take responsibility for my own insecurities and examine my lack of self-worth. The weight roller-coaster was a reflection of my imbalanced thoughts. If I felt unworthy and unloved, my body would turn into my enemy.

No matter my weight, my doctor would always tell me I was healthy and fit. But in my mind, well,that was where the real battle was. When you hate any part of yourself, it doesn’t matter what others say about you. You won’t believe them until you feel it for yourself.

For decades, I used my body as a personal punching bag, abusing it with my thoughts. I’d say things like:

  • The reason you didn’t make the dance team is because of your size.
  • He didn’t call you back because of your thunder thighs.
  • You aren’t more successful because the size of your body.
  • You won’t get what you want because the way you look.

Self-shame, ridicule and humiliation were my everyday habits. I would put my happiness into achieving a certain body weight. And until that happened, I would be doomed to sit on the sidelines of life, not getting what the pretty, thin and beautiful did.

This was the old me. The one who thought all of the problems in her life were because of her body. Little did I know at the time that all of the problems in my life weren’t problems at all, but actually pathways.

Today, my life is much different. I look in the mirror and say compassionate, kind things to myself. I enjoy my food and no longer fear the calories, nor do I obsessively count them. I look forward to going shopping again, because I like the way my clothes fit. I no longer avoid mirrors or eye contact. The radical shift? Self-acceptance and self-love.

Several months ago, I made it my full-time mission to look at the areas of my life that weren’t going well. The one focus was my body and learning how to accept it.

Self-love is about acceptance and seeing yourself as the gift you are. Today, I am in love with myself because I respect my body. I see my body as a tool and teammate. My body helps me live my full potential. I listen to it and honor what it needs.

If you are struggling to love yourself or your body, you can let go of certain things in order to reach the love you desire. Here are 10 things to stop doing today if you want to truly accept and love your body (and, well, all of yourself).

1. Stop blaming your body for the bad things in your life.

It’s not your body’s fault. Instead say, “Thank you, body, for being with me on this journey.”

2. Stop letting a look or comment from someone else determine how you feel about yourself.

That person probably wasn’t judging you. You are judging yourself. Instead say, “Self, I forgive you. I send you love.”

3. Stop thinking you aren’t in the body you are supposed to have.

You are in the best body for you. Let your body be your teacher and guide you to more love.

4. Stop letting the number on the scale or your pant size define you.

You are more than any number. What matters most is how you feel, not how you look.

5. Stop judging yourself by what you can’t do and instead celebrate what you can.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. The limitation is in your mind. Start saying “I can” and watch how your life transforms.

6. Stop being mean to yourself when you look in the mirror.

You are more beautiful than you can truly see.

7. Stop joining in when your friends compare and trash their own bodies.

You hurt yourself when you bash yourself with others. Instead, celebrate your natural beauty and each other’s successes.

8. Stop thinking your looks are more important than how you feel.

Your health is not determined by your size. Focus on feeling good and everything returns to balance naturally.

9. Stop waiting to reach your goal to enjoy your body.

Your life is happening now. You can choose to hate yourself or love yourself. Choose love.

10. Stop thinking you don’t matter because of the size your body.

Life is far too hard as it is without you being at war with yourself. When we get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

Enjoy the miracle that is you.

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13 Pro Secrets to Sweat-Proofing Your Summer Makeup

Summer is full of wonderful things — but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. We asked top makeup artists to spill their best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.

1. Start with the proper base.

The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply to it. “Use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning,” says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, adding that you should opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. If you aren’t sure what type of moisturizer works best for your skin type, use our dermatologist-advised guide.

2. Invest in a primer.

You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. “Primers are definitely the way to go in summer,” says New York City-based makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff. “They don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in place.”

3. Bronze believably.

“Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin,” says New York City-based makeup artist Troy Surratt. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look.) Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades — they’ll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony­tail.

4. Keep things light.

If you want to keep your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. “If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it,” says Stiles. “Makeup likes to move around when it’s hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.”

5. Skip the shimmer.

Everyone loves a nice, dewy glow, but there’s a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. “Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin,” warns Stiles.

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6. Go sheer.

“Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer,” says Surratt. To lighten up your look, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye colors. Use a lipliner pre-application if you need extra definition, but go for a nude shade to keep that carefree feeling, or try “invisible” lipliner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you almost can’t go overboard.

7. Give your eye shadow staying power.

For longer-lasting shadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. “It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer,” says Seattle-based makeup artist Sharona Schweitzer. For the ultimate in all-day wearability, layer a powder over a cream. Doubling up works for liner, too. “Apply your regular pencil or cream liner, then use a small angled brush to press dark shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear,” says Schweitzer.

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8. Ditch the powder blush.

Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you’re still using the same powdery formula, your flush might be getting cake-y faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. “Stains are great for longevity in hot weather,” says Stiles. “Use a gel or blush stain, then blend a touch of a cream blush on top of it.” Want to increase its wear? Dust a light, invisible setting powder overtop. Just be sure not to get too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.

9. Play with vibrant colors.

Just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now’s the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, “livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin,” says Surratt. If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start — you can follow our blush guide to find your perfect shade.

10. Stop shine and add glow.

A slick T-zone instantly telegraphs the message “I’m hot” — and we don’t mean sexy. To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. “They’re cheap and easy— you just press and go,” says Sheriff. If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow up with a pressed powder with a hint of luminescence. “You want to eliminate shine, but you still want to look a little glow-y, especially in summer,” says Surratt.

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11. Swap out thick lipsticks.

Toss your heavy matte lipsticks for the summer and try the season’s simplest trend: stains. These long-lasting formulas offer sheer coverage that can be built up, making them super versatile. “Stains are lovely because you can always add a lip balm to add moisture without worrying about the color traveling,” notes Stiles. Try sweet pink or peach shades for a traditional summery look, or go bold with tangerine and grape colors for something more daring.

12. Wade into waterproof.

Love to swim? Don’t worry about getting raccoon eyes — there are lots of amazing long-wear beauty products out there these days. “Invest in a good waterproof mascara, or if you’re blonde, get your eyelashes tinted,” advises Stiles.

13. Keep prep items in your purse.

Never look oily in a photo again by staying prepared with purse-size products that are so perfect for travel. “Carrying blotting papers is a great way to whisk away the sweat and oil without piling on more product,” says Stiles.

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Plus Size Confidence: 4 Things That Men Find Attractive In Women

Many people would assume that fresh faced eighteen and nineteen year olds are viewed  as more attractive than women in their late 20’s and early 30’s but that’s false.  UK online website, The Daily Telegraph recently posted the results of a study revealing the average that women are viewed more attractive by men and other women.  The magic number is 31.   There are a number of reasons why women in this age group are viewed as beautiful but here are a few things that make plus size women attractive.

Your curves – Just about every man is either a breast man, a butt man or both. Pure and simple, it is just the animal in them that immediately draws their eyes to one or both of these areas. Don’t be afraid to flaunt your favorite body part. Whether you are wearing tight jeans that show off your figure or just making sure that he is watching when you go the bathroom and shake in that oh so special way, show it off.

Your lips – Men are also obsessed with lips. Look at the amount of Google hits for Angelina Jolie and you will quickly see what we are talking about. Sexy lips are just way too hard for a man to look away from or not notice. They are the epitome of defining sex for men as those lips are going to be kissing his lips and if he is lucky, a little bit more! Whatever you can do to enhance their appearance will have them coming out of the woodwork for you.

Your personality – Now that we have covered some of the physical aspects of what makes a woman attractive, how about the mental aspect of it. Once you get him sitting next to you, you have to keep him there.

The first thing you need to do is be yourself. Men can usually tell when you are faking it as you make some awkward comment thinking you know what you are talking about because it is of interest to him. If you don’t know about it, ask him about it and let him teach you before making a foolish statement that has him looking at you like you have 20 heads coming off of your neck.

Your intelligence – Regardless of what you are hearing, men love intelligent women. The girl that is as dumb as a box of hair is great for a one night stand, but hardly the type of woman that he wants to be around his friends and family. Don’t be a know it all, but don’t play stupid either. He will know pretty quickly if he plans on a one night stand or you have the possibility of something more.

Don’t ever change who you are for a man. You may be highlighting some of your characteristics, but they are still you. Any man that can’t appreciate you for what you are doesn’t deserve you in the first place!

THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT MAKE YOU STAND OUT.  THESE ARE JUST A FEW. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTE ABOUT YOURSELF?

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10 Places In Toronto You Should Take A First Date To During Summer

Going on first dates during the winter pretty much sucks. There are a lack of options when it comes to first date ideas. Dinner? Coffee? Anything that doesn’t involve standing out or walking around in the freezing cold?

Good thing it’s finally warm enough to have options, hurrah! If you’re into the whole dinner/drinks thing, at least now you can hit up a patio. If you’re feeling a more fun/adventurous date, we’ve got some first date ideas for you to try this summer. It’s time to come out of hibernation mode.

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1. Jays Game @ Rogers Centre

Whether your date is a sports fan or not, Jays games make for great first dates. Seats in the 500s are pretty affordable. Grab an overpriced beer and an overpriced hot dog and it’s basically a nice date!

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2. The EX

The CNE doesn’t open until later on in the summer and as always, it only lasts two short weeks (tear, tear). Be sure not to miss it – it’s a worthy experience! Just make sure not to spend all your cash trying to win prizes from games – they will eat your money.

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3. Canada’s Wonderland

A little more on the expensive side, unless you have season passes. If one of you has a season pass, you can even use the “bring-a-friend” discount. You can get to know each other in the never ending line-ups and break the ice by screaming in terror/excitement. Make sure your date’s a ride warrior, or it probably won’t be much fun for either of you. Wonderland opens May 3rd!

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4. Allan Gardens Conservatory

Allan Gardens is a gorgeous botanical garden and a major landmark in the city. It’s completely free to visit. You can enjoy the sights and smells of the exotic plants while getting to know your date and basking in the serenity. It’s open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily, so you can grab some lunch or dinner afterwards.

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5. Distillery District

If you’re going to do the basic drinks date, you might as well take your date somewhere nice ‘n fancy – try the Mill St. Brewery. After that, you can take a walk around the district and take in the beautiful historical architecture. Don’t forget to check out the love lock installation.

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6. Picnic @ Toronto Islands

Take the ferry over to the Toronto Islands and have a cute ‘lil picnic. Either pack your own lunches or grab some takeout sandwiches from somewhere. Maybe you could even stay long enough to watch a romantic sunset over the skyline.

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7. Picnic @ High Park

If you don’t feel like venturing out that far, have a picnic at High Park instead. Take a walk around and bask in the beautiful cherry blossoms – it’s best to visit in late April or early May to see them in full bloom. Even if you don’t get to catch the cherry blossoms, High Park is still a worthy place to visit for a first date. There’s even a free zoo!

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8. The Beaches

The Beaches make for a really great first date place when it’s warm enough. If you’re looking for a place to eat or drink, grab some burgers at The Burger’s Priest or drinks at Breakwall BBQ. Hit up the beach afterwards and watch the incredible sunset.

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9. Summerlicious

Nothing says romance like delicious food. With the prix fixe menus, nice meals are a lot more affordable.

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10. The Docks Drive-In Movie Theatre

Regular movie dates are too basic – you can’t even talk to each other. Catch a flick under the stars at the drive-in and you can whisper all you want… Unless you’re the type of person who doesn’t like talking during movies. Either way, it’s an experience that’s different and unique. Try it!

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Spring/ Summer 2016 Eyewear Trends

The Fashion Week shows from New York to London, Milan to Paris featured a theme of eclecticism where designers really played with prints and textures and savory flourishes such as that of lace, embroidery, crystal details and lots of sequins. Glitters and sparkle really took flight. The opulence noticed was also to be found on the innovative spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends that often took us to the future and back. We notice everything from the true to form wayfarers and aviators but also some rather odd and flashy versions of those accessories we so love to boast.

The year and the spring/ summer seasons seem to really bring the focus onto new forms of art, which means the minimalism of the makeup can easily be countered and balanced with the maximalism of what you wear on your face, from the jewelry to the eyewear. Style will be the main reason you wear them, as opposed to sun protection, and the sheer size of some of the glasses might throw you for a loop.

Glamorous as they are, the summer 2016 sunglasses are certainly wearable and will be further accentuating the theme of individualism. The extravagance aside, we really need to turn our attention to the fabulous art and the positively perfect product designs while transcend beyond mere fashion and functionality. The details and the overall aesthetic make this part of the outfits generate the most effectively stylish part of all the different trends we may talk about.

The top 2016 eyewear trends noticed on the runway include:

#1: Oversized Sunglasses Are a Must

This is the theme that you should take care to follow best. While you might like tiny glasses, it is the oversized that rules the runway for the spring and summer seasons of 2016 and we expect it will continue on into the fall and winter as well.

We see round frames with floral embellishments at Dolce & Gabbana, along with candy striped butterfly frames, square frames with golden glitters at Gucci, gorgeous aviators at Chanel with the engraved looks, and those round Escada pieces with the double wires. We see oversized squares at Cg, rounds at Custo Barcelona, combinations of round and cat at Marni and D lenses at Felder Felder, the likes of Boss, Bibhu Mohapatra and Banana Republic not too far behind.

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#2: Cat Eye Sunnies Still Rule Supreme

Surprising as it may seem, while the cat eyes do reign supreme and seem to appear all over the place, they are not as big as we had expected previously. On the contrary, the cat and round combination is what many are rooting for now, combining two of their most revered styles into a single look. The cat alone can be seen though, appearing at Eudon Choi, as well as on the infamous Moschino runway show featuring humans in traffic colors and signage.

At Anna Sui, it is all about the floral details, particularly when they appear on a forest green frame encompassing gentle amethyst lenses. Of course, things can take a distinctly yellowish color as well, springing to life with the beauty of the spring and all its glory at Dries Van Noten with a cat eyed yellow-lensed bottomless rimmed pair of glasses.

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#3: Intriguing Geometric Sunglasses

If you prefer the rectangular look over than of the round or cat eye, you are in luck! Everything you may want can be seen on the runways, including some gorgeous futuristic Marco de Vincenzo pieces that are right out of the matrix, while at Costume National the geometric shape takes an interesting roundish form.

It goes hand in hand with the whole IT boom happening around the world. At Marni, it is all about the geometric combinations as the common theme of round meets cat eye switches to square in pentagon designs in brown and other earthy colors.

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#4: Aviators Still Dominate the Style

Gorgeous aviator sunglasses can be seen all around, from the futuristic but gorgeous Chanel pieces with the multiple hues and the engraves frameless designs to the crescendo effects on the Acne glasses that have a rather shooting star look to it, double tailed and all. Furthermore, Stella McCartney makes sure to pack a pretty punch with the red and green framed reflective glasses that cover up half the face with their oversized appeal, the dark lenses only adding to the funky results we are faced with. With House of Holland, the red turns to yellow though, the frame picks up some mesh and the wire rims appear to hold those sunshine yellow lenses in place.

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#5: Titillating Detailing All Over

Details, details, and details… There are all types and forms and designs in terms of details, from the barely there to the over the top embellishments. The former can be visualized through the Chanel glasses that come in different hues but all seem to share a similar engraved design that has a rather futuristic effect to it. Titillating details you want? Check out the round-lensed beauties we see at Opening Ceremony with the waving lace details across the top, along the brow-line. We notice lovely details appear at Dolce & Gabbana with their buggy appeal, even more insect related as the floral embellishments appear on all sides.

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#6: Irregular Shapes to the Lenses

Colors differ from lens to lens obviously, but having uniquely shaped versions of them is rather unexpected and thoroughly lovable, especially the red double wire rimmed amethyst hued blob-like lenses, where it seems that the edges of a formerly perfectly circular piece has been melted at Kenzo.

Animal shapes keep popping up all around, as they did on the shoes and the handbags. Now we notice their silhouettes on the summer 2016 sunglasses as well, including the red and white striped Dolce & Gabbana pieces with the dark lenses. Stars can also be seen on the lenses, the frames taking on the colorful forms at Giamba, where gorgeousness means star-shaped glasses.

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#7: Square that is Not Really Square Shield Sunglasses

Rounded glasses are great and all, but it is the square that appeals to so many of us out there and that is exactly what Felder Felder has vowed to give us, only with its own flair. This is a look we notice also at Ralph Lauren, the double wire rims and darkest of dark lenses really giving the style an interesting appeal. It is a gorgeous trend, especially when you add candy apple red to a similarly colored frame, the eyes clearly visible behind the coloring, as seen at Emilio Pucci.

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#8: Cat and Round Combinations Peek Through

You love the cat eye because it adds to the sexiness of an outfit. You love the round frames because of the hipster effect. You want them both in one, and the spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends bring such a stylish combination. Fendi has heard your cry for the best of both worlds and gives it to us in a 3D, bug-eyed, cat and round mixture that is sure to leave one demanding more. Add the top color of the year, the aqua blues, and you certainly cannot go wrong.

Marni also shows immense love for this particular style, opting to bring in colorful cat eye tops to dark and round lenses, the colors ranging from reds to blues to pinks and browns.

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#9: Dark Lenses Are a Favorite

Lenses can come in many different colors but it appears that the dark is holding tight to the top slot, with good reason. It is the best to protect against the fierce glare of the sun in general, making designer pieces such as the grey rimmed techy looking futuristic lenses at Marco di Vincenzo, the round and cat eye combinations with aqua detailing at Fendi, and the red and white stripes on the frames of butterfly shapes sunglasses made to match with the outfits at Dolce & Gabbana look positively delectable.

We see futuristic sunglasses for 2016 with crescendo wayfarers at Acne, cat eyed beauties at Isa Arfen, and lovely aviators at Chanel. Dark lenses in a red and black color combine at Marni, the frames and interesting detailing taking over at Opening Ceremony, and it is all about the black lens with the colorful frames in a cat eye fashion as per the Moschino spring/summer 2016 show. The dark lenses are in and we are loving every aspect of it.

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#10: Gold & Glitter on the Frames

Gold has been appearing within the metallic versions of each trend, so we expected its appearance on the spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends department as well. Shimmering gold on oversized clear-lensed askew square frames can be spotted at Gucci, while Dolce & Gabbana ensures we get a rather royal treatment happening, the bejeweled frames only adding to the golden appeal of the trend. The enamel daisies, miniature cherubs and overabundance of jewels make for the more prominent of spring/ summer 2016 sunglasses seen on the Fashion Week runway shows yet, an intentional dose of kitsch having been added to the tourism-themed show.

Golden frames in a clear plastic come up at Cg with square lenses, while it is golden wire rims at Marni we are looking at, particularly on the round with cat eye combinations in different colors; these include pink, light blue and earth red. We love glittery style quite a bit actually, particularly the silvery versions available from the Cushnie et Ochs collection, D-shapes, dark lenses and all. It looks especially good with tanned skin, hair pulled back and vampy dark lipstick to boot.

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#11: Matching Sunglasses to Your Clothes

If you like interesting inspirations, look no further than Dolce & Gabbana. Remember when we noticed handbags matching clothing and nails matching makeup? Yes, you guessed correct! We also have sunglasses that match with the outfits worn, from the colors to the patterning, including the red and white stripes we have so clearly noticed at Dolce & Gabbana. It’s an interesting butterfly shape as well! This trend is noticed also at Carolina Herrera where the black double rimmed glasses with the white detailing match beautifully with the black dress with white embroidery across to chest.

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Chub Rub Be Gone: How To Prevent Inner-Thigh Chafing

Just in time for summer: 3 must-know tips (and my top product picks) to prevent the dreaded chub rub.

 

“Hey, can you come look at this? It’s killing me!”

I kicked my legs up in the air and spread them wide to give my husband full access to the horror between them. He confirmed it: I had developed, for the first time ever, the dreaded disease of the thick-thighed: CHUB RUB.

If you’ve ever dealt with inner-thigh chafing, then you understand the pain and embarrassment that comes along with it.

My thighs touch. There, I said it. In the age of the coveted thigh gap, mine smush together. For the most part, this is fine; but once the weather warms up, the problems begin.

When you combine sweat and friction together, you create chafing–a painful, burning rash. It takes forever for the spots to heal because it’s nearly impossible to keep your thighs from touching for the week or so it takes to clear up. Even worse: If left untreated, chub rub can lead to nasty yeast infections. Ain’t nobody got time for that! (Is that still funny?)

Over the past few summers, I have become quite adept at avoiding chafing, and now I am sharing that information with you. Just call me “The Chub Rub Whisperer” or something.

STOP MOISTURE BEFORE IT STARTS

To prevent chafing, you must first prevent moisture. Some women will put super-strength antiperspirant along the inner-thigh area, but I didn’t have much luck with that. I should have known, since super-strength antiperspirants don’t keep my pits from sweating either. What can I say? I am a disgusting, sweaty blob.

 I’ve had much better luck with body powders. My personal favorite is Lady Anti Monkey Butt powder. It’s pink; that’s how you know it’s for the ladies!

This pink powder is powerful and patented. (That alliteration was both accurate and necessary.) It has magical micro-particle polymers that glide over the skin and absorb sweat. The pink color is attributed to the addition of calamine–you know, that pink, chalky stuff you put on poisin oak and bug bites.

Lady Anti-Monkey Butt helps keep my thighs cool and dry for hours on end, but some women are turned off by the big monkey butt on the front. I don’t get it, but whatever. If you need something a little less obvious on your bathroom counter, Lush also has a lovely dusting powder called Silky Underwear–so sexy, so mature. It also comes in an inconspicuous bottle that won’t draw any attention to your ladybits’ issues.

UP THE SLIP

Sweat-absorbing powders won’t be enough to tackle Chub Rub if you are doing anything more than sitting at a desk, or in my case (a teacher during the summer) lying in bed all day watching reruns of CSI and Law and Order: SVU. If you are actually going to get out and move around–you know, exercise or walk to work or whatever–you are going to need to add a specific product to prevent chafing, the actual physical act of your thighs rubbing together as you move.

The holy grail of anti-chafing products is Body Glide. I’m sure it was originally formulated to keep marathon runners from getting blisters, but now anyone with chubby thighs can reap the benefits.

Body Glide is a waxy skin lubricant that resembles a stick of deodorant. You apply it to any nooks and crannies that might chafe, and it allows your thighs to glide across each other as opposed to rubbing and creating a crotch fire of epic proportions.

Like Anti-Monkey Butt Powder, Body Glide comes in a specially formulated “For Women” version, but the only difference I can see is the stupid pink top. Monkey butts I’m OK with, but patronizing me by changing the color of the lid–how dare you!

If you aren’t afraid to visit that sketchy “Family Planning” aisle at your local drugstore, you can also pick up Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. Me, personally? Since losing my periods (thanks, IUD!) and having no desire to buy condoms or pregnancy tests, I avoid that section of the store. I don’t want my ovaries to be reminded of their job and feel inclined to start working again. However, this Monistat product is theoretically the perfect combination between a moisture-absorbing powder and a friction-decreasing gel lubricant.

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CHANGE YOUR UNDIES

My number-one trick for avoiding chub rub: a good pair of fitted men’s boxer-briefs. Boxer-briefs are cotton, so they are super-breathable, and they fall at the perfect spot on your thighs to prevent the two from touching and rubbing.

I wear boxer-briefs under all of my dresses and skirts. Originally, I just stole my husband’s, but eventually I did invest in some of my own.