Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Painting Fashion Accessories



Painting Fashion Accessories
Creating fashion accessories really opens the door for your individual gifts and talents to be expressed in the purses you design and wear. Although many folks are wearing the name brand handbags, there are millions I'm sure who would like to have a totally off-the-wall custom designed purse. With this being the case, why not make it yours.
We see this evident with a number of celebrities. Though they may not create the purses themselves they sure know just how to get their hands on stunning hand-made artistic purses. Well known celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria are sometimes photographed with their art bags.
When placing fabric paintings on fashion accessories for the first time, you want to choose something that's within your ability to create if you are painting. Another way to dive into this creative stream is to purchase the ready-to-sew painted fabrics and design your purses from there. This way frustration is kept to a minimum. When you allow your thoughts and creative juices to flow unobstructed you really stand a better chance of completing the project. From that point you grow to an even more challenging level.

Fashion with a Conscience





Fashion with a Conscience
A few weeks ago G8 leaders failed to set a date to end their agricultural export subsidies. While Western consumers enjoy low price clothing, they often forget that it hardly reflects the true cost of fashion. Conventional cotton is highly subsidised in countries such as the US and China. According to Oxfam, the US pays three times more in subsidies to its 25,000 cotton farmers than its budget for aid to Africa's 500 million people. These subsidies make it impossible for third world countries to compete on international markets resulting in lower export earnings and even costing some countries more than they receive in debt relief.
Beyond economics, conventional cotton production has also many negative environmental impacts. While it is often described as the "Natural Fibre", cotton requires more pesticides and insecticides than any other crops. According to PAN UK (Pesticide Action Network) cotton accounts for 10% of all pesticides and 22.5% of insecticides applied in agriculture. It takes 1/3 of a pound of pesticides to produce a single tee shirt. The same pesticides and insecticides that are linked to cancer are being sprayed onto field affecting farmers, health as well as the wildlife and the environment.
The "Make Poverty History" campaign has had tremendous success in raising the awareness of many issues facing the developing world. Yet fashion produced in environmentally friendly and under fair-trade conditions still represents only a tiny fraction of the global textile market. However, with exciting new labels and designers, eco-fashion has developed a stylish and contemporary look in keeping with our modern lifestyles.

Flat Shoes or High Heels: When to Wear





Flat Shoes or High Heels: When to Wear
Nowadays, women really identify with their shoes. In fact, due to the people's great love for it, more and more designers have innovated and created amazing pairs suitable for everyone's needs. The best shoes come in different types, color, styles and patterns. High-heeled shoes are sophisticated and viewed as a very typical part of a woman's wardrobe. On the other hand, flats are a very good option in terms of convenience, class and practicality. However, the question of what to wear when is always posed. Gone are the days of flats discrimination. they are now appropriate for all kinds of clothes that you would wear: be it formal and informal attire. Alternatively, high heeled shoes may not fit perfectly for most of the clothes that you wear every day. This in turn becomes the reason why many people buy flats.
Women tend to wear high heeled shoes for big events like prom and wedding. However, dressy flat shoes, designer flat shoes and flat prom shoes are becoming more and more appropriate for your party needs. Like high heeled shoes, these flat shoes are designed to bring elegance and beauty to your wardrobe. In fact, there are women who chose to have flats on their wedding day. Moreover, as can be seen today, even stars flaunt their gorgeous flat shoes. The convenience flat shoes offers, gives you an advantage over high heels.
Yes, high heels are very nice, lovely, trendy and chic. Yet, these kinds of shoes are often times uncomfortable. Hence, if you want to take your fashion statement to a different level, then you can always have flats that will bring you the comfort that you need. They guarantee you the superior satisfaction that you need.

Girls High Heel Shoes




Girls High Heel Shoes
Originally, high heels had the primary purpose of assisting Egyptian butchers in their duty, and to give horse riders a firmer grip. However, they are used today for the enhancement of a woman's legs and make them look very long. When Catherin de 'Medici, wife of the Duke of Orleans wore her heels, all women realized just how much she said without uttering a word, and they took after her.
The Platform Heel has a thick heel layer running from the toe to the heel of the shoe. It was popularized by the Spice Girls in the 90s. Wedge Heels are similar to platform heels, though their heel area is wedge shaped.
Stacked heels are made of thin wooden layers fixed to form a flat block or high heel. Spool Heels are spool shaped with a wide top and bottom, and a narrow middle section. Stilettos are thin and sharp pointed, and the most popular of the kind.
Ankle high boots are popular with today's generation as they can be worn with skinny jeans, long and mini-skirts, leggings, tights and jeggings (jeans + leggings). Shoes with ankle straps are usually worn with long dresses and gowns, and have been around for about a decade. Mules are generally casual shoes meant for night gigs or everyday clothes. Peep toes display a small part of the toes peeping from the shoe, and they can be quite nifty.

Maladies of High Heels




Maladies of High Heels
High heels with open toes may look very sexy, but can be a nightmare for the toes. When standing up and walking, the toes can sometimes be pushed through the opening, even through small peekaboo openings. When one walks, the toes normally spread out. Such natural action may compel the toes to stretch the opening bigger. While doing so, the toes can easily get bruised.
Non-pointed toes cause fewer problems for the toes too. They are better, when one plans to wear high heels for more than four hours. Furthermore, larger non-pointed toe boxes can enable a model to wear high heels for long periods of time, even for several days without ever taking off the shoes.
There are many causes of heel pain. The pain itself is identified into two groups, pain beneath the heel and pain behind the heel. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the fascia ligaments in the foot. This ligament attaches the heel to the back of the foot. When this ligament is stretched irregularly, it develops small tears which cause inflammation and pain in the heel. Plantar fascitis arises when there is no arch support in the shoe, having flat feet, a sudden foot injury or excessive pressure on feet, normally happens in modelling and fashion industry.
Another cause of heel pain can be from the formation of a heel spur. A heel spur is a hook of bone that develops beneath the heel. Heel spurs manifest themselves as an abnormal growth that forms when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. Female models have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to certain types of footwear that are worn on a regular basis.

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