Five Tips for Accessorizing and Making the Most of Any Outfit
If you're looking for ways to make your look even more fabulous, or want to make small changes that will turn your outfit from work-related to evening-ready, here are a few tips that will draw extra (positive) attention to any outfit:
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize. Nothing makes an outfit stand out more than the right accessories. If you're wearing a monochromatic outfit, a great belt, flashy necklace, or fashionable handbag will definitely get you noticed. If you're in professional clothing most of the time, adding an accessory or two will make your outfit more interesting. However, it's important to match the accessories with the outfit, so that your look will be both fashionable and appropriate. For instance, a big, chunky necklace may work great for evening wear, but not for the office. Accessorizing with pearls, thin belts, and brooches look wonderful with pants suits or business-like skirts and tops. Bohemian-style tassel belts, hoop earrings, and sequined handbags compliment outfits with denim or suede quite nicely. And, depending on the season, a good pair of sunglasses could add just the right touch to any outfit. Be sure to purchase glasses according to your face shape, and don't try to match the color of your sunglasses with the color of your outfit (i.e. peach-colored shades with a peach outfit is a big no-no.) Classic lenses and frames in black and brown work well with any outfit, and the right frame shape will make you look fashion-savvy and sophisticated.
It's all about the shoes. Every woman knows that shoes are the foundation of any outfit. The perfect pair of shoes can turn an average outfit into a fabulous ensemble. When you're choosing shoes for an outfit, there are a couple of things to think about: Where are you going to wear the shoe? How long will you have the shoes on? Will the shoes give your outfit a whole new look, or will they be consistent with the look of the clothes? This will help you determine what pair of shoes to match up with your clothes. For work, choose shoes that are both comfortable, but make a statement. Kitten heels or wedge heels will provide a little more comfort than a stiletto or pump, and the right flat shoes can make a pants or skirt outfit just the right touch of business-casual style. If you have an engagement right after work and don't have time to change, simple switching out shoes can make a big difference. For instance, if you've been wearing flats all day, try a heel in a bright, eye-catching color if your outfit is monochromatic. Or, if you've worn heels in the daytime, a beautiful flat accented with sequins or embroidery will work well with just about any outfit.
Let you hair down-or wear it up. Changing your hairstyle can make your outfit look completely different. If you usually wear your hair up or in a bun to work, try wearing a long ponytail, or even letting your hair all the way down. A freer, flowing hairstyle tends to compliment professional outfits well, and helps you not to look too stuffy. A new hairstyle can also make you look more approachable, and indicates that you're not afraid to try something new every once in a while-and this can go a long way in both your social and professional life. Hair accessories are a great way to change the look of your hairstyle as well. Jeweled barrettes and flowers can help to spice up any outfit, and adding these things to your hair for the evening if you've got to go out right after work will give you a new, refreshed look without taking up too much time. Of course, it's important to keep your hair well conditioned and to keep your ends trimmed so that you'll look your best whether you're going out with friends or preparing for a day at the office. If you color your hair often, be sure to have your roots re-colored as often as necessary. Highlights are also a good idea to give you a look that is both appropriate for the office and great for social events.
Use a splash of color. Color is your friend. Whether you like a little or a lot, you can make your outfit unique and classy by adding the right colors in the right places. Colors and shades that work for everyone include gold, silver, and bronze, so use these to your advantage. For instance, if you're wearing an all white outfit, a gold belt, shoes, or handbag could make all the difference. Or, if you're wearing an all-black outfit (which most people are guilty of from time to time) try shades like turquoise, maroon or red, or even shades of green to give your suit an extra pop. Choose colors based on your skin tone to determine which colors will look best on you. If you have reddish (or warm) undertones in your skin, try peaches, reds, and oranges to spruce up your outfits. If your skin has yellow (or cool) undertones, blues or greens will work best. And, don't be afraid to use color in your makeup, too (not too much, of course). For instance, a colorful eye shadow looks great paired with toned-down lips and cheeks. Remember, your eyelids are darker than the rest of your face, so the color you see in the package won't look exactly that way on your face, so choose colors that are a little lighter than the shade you want. For blue eyes, blue, purple, or gray shades work best; for green or hazel eyes, try green, tan or apricot shades; and for brown eyes, copper, bronze, or green shades are complimentary. And, instead of using lipstick, try a gloss. Most lip glosses with a gold or peach tint go well with any skin tone.
Invigorate more than one sense. Sure, people will see you looking great once you follow the guidelines for creating a great outfit, but you want to leave more than one impression when you walk away. Instead of having people simply say, "Wow, she looks good", they'll also be asking "What's that fragrance?" Wearing the right fragrance with your outfit can help people to get a glimpse into your personality, and will make you feel more confident in your clothes. When you're at work, select scents that are understated and fresh; something with vanilla or lavender accents usually works best. For the evening, jasmine, ginger, and citrus accents can make you more energetic. Matching your fragrance with the colors of your outfits will also make your look a little more consistent. For instance, if you're wearing brown or tan, a vanilla-based scent will bring the look together. And, while you're spritzing, try a little face spritzer that includes a toner and skin clarifying ingredients like vitamins C and E. These will wake up your face and give your skin a healthy glow while helping you to beat fatigue.
As the sport of kayaking grows and more people take up the sport, the question arises:what type of kayak should I buy? Learn here!
The sport of kayaking is rapidly becoming one of the most popular sports in America. With the advent of ESPN and the extreme sport films more and more people are deciding to take up kayaking. However, many people are at a loss when trying to decide what type of kayak is right for them. In this article, we shall look at the different major types and what they for. You, the paddler, must examine what you are interested in and what level of excitement you are seeking.
The first place to go to decide on a kayak is your local sporting goods store. Even Sam?s Club offers a recreation type of kayak, albeit, a low end type. It works fine,
if you are just beginning to paddle. Quite a few canoe and kayak shops offer what are called "Demo Days," where you can actually try out several different types of kayaks on the water to get a feel before you buy. Sometimes, they also carry used kayaks which can be a real bargain for the beginning kayaker. You can also use the liveries, in streams, that rent kayaks for trips. Usually, they will carry several different brands of kayaks, mostly beginner types, that you can try on local streams. It is usually good to try before you buy. This way you have some idea of the comfort, agility, stability and tracking of the kayak.
The second thing to consider is what type of paddling do you expect to do? Are you interested in learning about whitewater kayaking? Do you expect to mostly paddle flatwater streams, with perhaps a little Class 1+ to 2 type water? Are you going to paddle lakes and bays of the ocean, which are primarily wide open spaces of water? Are you interested in paddling in the ocean, either island to island or playing in the surf? Do you want to play in rapids under waterfalls? There are many types of paddling experiences and boats to go with each. Many times, you start out with one type of kayak and venture on to another for a different type of paddling. You may predominantly paddle flat water, but occasionally take a trip on slightly faster water. You may enjoy it, as your adrenaline starts pumping, and decide to take up whitewater.
In deciding to learn whitewater kayaking, it is generally a good idea to start at a kayak shop that specializes in teaching whitewater kayaking. They can provide you with an idea of what type of eqipement you will need. Many YMCA?s also offer classes as do many of the kayaking clubs that are found all over the country. Whitewater kayaking is exciting, but also can be dangerous, so the expense of lessons is well spent. A good teacher will put you in the type of kayak you need and show you what to look for when you buy your own. Whitewater kayaks are extremely agile but also very tippy. They are made to provide quick turns and maneuverability because the type of water they will be used in is rough and fast moving. They are also quite tight around the body and are supposed to be that way so that the paddler becomes "one with the boat" and can move easier in the water, as in doing Eskimo rolls and escape maneuvers. They is also a sub-class of whitewater kayaks called play boats which are used by "rodeo" kayakers and for trick paddling.
The next type of kayak is the recreation boat. This is usually a very stabile, easily paddled boat that seats either one or two people and is usually where most people start out. They are used for flatwater and small lakes, and can be made out of a variety of materials: plastic, wood, fiberglass and kevlar. Kevlar is the lightest material, but also the most expensive. It is usually not used in the general recreation kayak. Kevlar and fiberglass are usually used more in the high end recreation or touring kayaks. These kayaks are the most pleasant for quiet waters in streams and marshes. They provide a stable platform for relaxing and enjoying the outside. They usually provide some space for day tripping equipement like lunch and cameras. Again, there is a variety of sizes and fits and you need to try sitting in one before you buy. Another good way to try out boats is by joining a club that has trips to different streams. These are usually rated by ability level and is a good place to learn about any information regarding kayaking.
One step up is the touring kayak. These can also vary in size, shape and cost. They are generally longer and sleeker. This contributes to a better tracking ability that helps during a long paddle. They usually have spaces in the hull for camping equipement and other odds and ends for a trip. The lightest ones are also made of kevlar. The ocean going kayaks are considered touring kayaks and sometimes will have a rudder attachment for controlling direction in the seas. They are usually moderately stable and again will be for either one or two paddlers. They are not quite so good for small streams because of their length, but a good paddler can usually navigate one of them through a moderately small stream.
Sit on top kayaks are another class which has become more popular over the past few years. These are exactly what they are called. You sit on top. They can be a fun boat for surfing and paddling, since some people prefer not to be enclosed in a kayak out of fear of being caught in the boat. However, you are exposed to the water and will more than likely have to invest in a wet suit to keep warm when the weather and water run to the chilly side. They also tend to be a little more unstable as the center of balance is higher. This is balanced by the ease of getting back on, since you don?t have to contend with climbing into and over the side of the passenger compartment.
As you can see, the variety of boats is high. The best way is to try, try, try the boats out, until you find one that you find most comfortable for you and your needs. There is no point to having a whitewater kayak if all you do is paddle around a lake. Use the right kayak for the type of paddling you do, and you will enjoy kayaking for many years to come. Of course, you may end up with a garage full of different kayaks, but that?s a subject for another time!
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