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Perfect Hats to Wear With any Hair Type

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Today we want to share some great fashion info about perfect hats to wear with any hair type. Hats are one of those accessories that we love – or at least love the idea of. Many of us love the way that hats look on models or store shelves, or those wonderful outfit Pinterest boards. But once we get the hat ourselves, we wonder if we should actually wear it. Will it make my hair greasy? What if it makes my ears poke out? Does it really go with this outfit?

These are all common questions we ask about hats for women. No matter what style of hat we choose, we often second-guess ourselves and our style. The good news is that there are some tricks to finding the right hat for your hair length and style. There are also some hats that can easily work with any hair type or style.

Perfect Hats to Wear With Any Hair Type

No matter what type of hair you have – curly, straight, long, short, or textured – there are a few hat styles that just work. Take a look.

Beanies

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Beanies work on everyone. You may see them mostly recommended for people with short hair, but they honestly look great on everyone. And the great thing is that there are many styles of beanie to choose from – slouchy, knitted, crocheted, embellished, etc. There are truly beanies for every style and occasion.

Baseball Cap

Baseball caps are great for all hair types and styles. There are many ways that you can style your hair under a baseball cap to get a great sporty or casual look. Braids are a great way to add some style to a baseball cap, or you can leave your hair down to show off your locks. If you have thick or curly hair, you might end up with a bit of “hat head” if you wear your hair down, but you can avoid this if you brush your hair back before putting on the cap.

Bucket Hat

Bucket hats were all the rage in the 90’s, but they are still widely available and worn today. A bucket hat is a great casual way to get a beachy vibe into your wardrobe. If you have wavy or textured hair, a bucket hat is a good choice because it won’t flatten your locks. You can style a bucket hat to get a punky, beachy, or athletic vibe.

Floppy Hat

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Floppy hats are increasingly popular thanks to television shows with gothic-inspired wardrobes (think American Horror Story). But floppy hats are not just for those looking to channel Wednesday Adams or Stevie Nicks. Now, floppy hats are a staple to many wardrobes because of their versatility. Floppy hats have more room, which means you can let your natural hair shine without worrying about it going flat. No matter how long your hair is, or what texture – a floppy hat is a versatile accessory that can be dressed down for a casual beach/outdoor vibe. Or, dress up a black floppy hat with a black dress and colorful heels.

The Cherry on Top

If you want to up your hat game, try one of these styles to put the cherry on top of your outfit or style. A well-chosen hat can really make a difference in how your outfit comes together. It can also help you make a statement while protecting your eyes and face from harmful UV rays. 

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A new Generation of Fashion Designers, led by Saya Zalel

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A new generation of fashion designers, led by Saya Zalel. Discover her latest projects and astonishing story to the top of her field.

Born in the old capital of Kazakhstan, three years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to the country’s independence, Saya Zalel became one of the most respected fashion designers of her generation. 

She grew up in a pretty interesting time, when the echo of the Soviet era was slowly fading, creating a complex cultural landscape : « Even though the soviet has been exhausted, the remained ideology subsequently weakened the cultural identity of the Kazakh people. Then it was heavily affected by the Western world. We were the new generation that absorbed the mix of nostalgia and the influence of clashing cultures. »— says Saya

From music prodigy to fashion dreams

Before she became the established fashion designer that she is, Saya Zalel had an unusual story that could inspire a movie of its own !

As a young child, Saya was a violin prodigy and took part in multiple competitions held in Europe and her home country. She spent her whole childhood practicing violin from early morning till late night, preparing for the next concert or competition. 

But by the age of 16, she realized that she didn’t want to pursue this path as a musician, and wanted to try herself in another creative field. And she chose fashion.

She started with the basics, worked hard and learnt how to thread the needles ; then a step at a time, she discovered a new universe that she became passionate about.

Learning and becoming the best

Her brother was studying in Edinburgh at that time, so she decided to move there to learn English, and transferred to the Herriot-Watt university branch in Dubai, where she prepared for her new dream : NYC.  One of the best place to reach her full potential. 

Saya Zalel was accepted at the highly competitive MFA fashion design and Society program, where she challenged herself as a designer. 

« An MFA is a two-year crazy creative experience. That period was one of immense growth for me. I’ve reflected a lot on my values and what I want to communicate as a designer. »— says Saya

Her hard work and talent were soon remarked upon by her teachers and fashion professionals, and Saya was offered to showcase her experimental work at the New York Fashion Week in 2017. 

Her work didn’t go unnoticed, and in 2018, she showcased her whole collection at the New York Fashion Week, inspired by her culture’s philosophy and traditional craft.

Hanne Gaby. photo by MAT+KAT

That’s how her career took off, and her work being showcased all over the world, from New York to Paris, worn by celebrities such as Tiffany Young, Dani Miller (Surfbort), Kristina Tontery-young, Hanne Gaby, or Nanna from OF MONSTERS AND MEN…

Saya Zalel’s signature and new projects

Saya Zalel’s creative process is unique, : she doesn’t sketch as most traditional designers do. 

« I feel like it limits my creative process. I am more of an intuitive designer. I always try to surrender to my intuition and imagination to accelerate creativity. »

As a textile-driven womenswear designer, Saya tends to always begin with the vision of a textile becoming a garment and through applying traditional tailoring techniques. Then, she construct the garment to fit the body through an intuitive design process where fabric manipulations inform the silhouette.

With such talent, singularity and recognition, Saya Zalel has been selected for the foremost Artist Residency Program, created by Stonehenge NYC, whom she closely collaborates with. 

« I have been lucky to be selected as one of the winners for the Artist Residency Program. It is a one-year residency where artists can live rent-free in Manhattan and collaborate with the company throughout the year.

It’s been helping me focus more on my creative work, and I am happy that such initiatives do exist and strive to give artists community time and space to create an amazing art! »

Saya Zalel is currently working on her new collection, heavily influenced by her cultural heritage, incorporating upcycling and traditional craft. She plans on collaborating with local artisans from her home country, and we can’t wait to discover her new work!

POPPY/STREAMYS AWARDS. styling SAMANTHA BURKHART

A post-pandemic view on the fashion scene

The pandemic brought a much-needed moment of pause and reset in the fashion industry. 

We discussed with Saya Zalel about her view on the post-pandemic fashion scene and new inspiration.

« Even though it seems like the fast-fashion is going back to a regular cycle, there are still some positive changes, I guess.  More  people are becoming aware of the harm that this industry is causing to the environment. As a result, there is a substantial growing interest in buying sustainable and vintage clothing, each of which is more eco-friendly than shopping seasonally. 

In addition, more brands are opting out of traditional fashion weeks and seasonality and establishing their own production calendars instead. I feel seasonality is an outdated and unnecessary model that only causes overproduction and waste.

The direct-to-consumer model is growing super fast, and I think it creates an opportunity for smaller brands or start-ups to connect with consumers, grow their brands, and make their voices heard through online platforms.

I  have been overwhelmed in excess of fashion for a while, and I have reflected a lot and asking myself where I belong in the industry.

I decided to hold back and take my time before jumping to the next project.  There are so many brands and new names now, and the market is hyper-saturated. I would not want to create a meaningless piece of clothing that will not serve the purpose and eventually end up in waste. My focus now is to make a garment considering its longevity, so I’m working more commercially in terms of my designs, creating functional but still exciting pieces. »

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Interview With Renowned Chinese New York Photographer

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Q: Gloria, I am glad you are here today for the interview. In the past few months, you have created series of very unique fashion photographs, can you tell me what distinguishes you from other New York fashion photographers conceptually or aesthetically?

A: When we talk about the concept and aesthetic, these are really big questions. Basically, I think the biggest difference between mine and others is that I pay more attention to the beauty of the models themselves rather than the clothing. I think clothing displayed by different people can show different tonality and produce completely different effects. So how to use the beauty of ordinary people who are far away from mainstream beauty in order to show the clothing is what I pay more attention to. Eventually, it’s the people wearing the clothes, not the other way around.

Q: We found that in your artworks, most of your models do not meet the general standard of beauty. There are maybe some elderly people and children. They may have various body shapes. Can you explain why you prefer to work with them?

A: As I mentioned before, I prefer to focus on “people” themselves. There really isn’t anybody who is more beautiful or uglier than anyone else. It’s just the way we were trained to see ordinary people in a different way from the mainstream “beauty”. So I would love to see how unique those models are when I abandon those “beauty rules”. I don’t think beauty has a simple standard. It should be diverse. For example, in my photos, the smiling faces of these slightly fat children are extremely beautiful. When they put on clothes designed for adults, you may feel that they show a unique feeling in their outfit. The displacement of the clothing and people is intriguing. I believe shooting with ordinary people helps me to explore the complicated relationship between fashion and people, which has always been my mind since I started shopping at 14.

Q: In your artworks, you usually ignore the models’ body shapes. Or let’s say that you blend the fashion style with their natural body very well so the audience don’t realize they are “not beautiful”, how did you achieve that?

A: I’m not that kind of person who only focuses on the traditional standard of beauty. There are too many beauties being chosen for photography. Personally, I prefer recording bodies that naturally change over time, such as elders. They may have wrinkles and their body shapes are not slim anymore, but they have natural changes over the years. I feel like there is a charm of time surrounding them. I think the word “beauty” is constantly changing, especially in the fashion field. In my own definition, my kind of beauty is so much about being genuine. I like people who are genuine about their looks, who accept their age and body shape genuinely. And I think maybe the reason why the fashion and models blend together well is the fact that I was also being very genuine with people participated in my projects , so they return me with their genuineness. 

Q: Can you explain a little more about the process of choosing a model?

A: It takes a relatively long time for me to find the best fit models for my projects, but I think it deserves that. I am always in a “casting director” mode, whenever I am walking on the street, taking subway… I would walk up to strangers on the street and ask for their numbers and just save a bunch of contacts, waiting for the right project to come up. Since the pandemic, it became extremely difficult to cast people on the street because everyone is wearing masks and nobody wants to talk with a random strange woman like me. So I went online to look for amatuer actors/actresses who are available for shootings. When I meet them, I like to talk with them so that I could learn about their experience, their understanding of the concept and their feelings about the clothing. Most of them have very different understandings towards fashion from mine. For example, in order to finish the shoot for King Kong magazine, I had conversation with 60 older models, including those who are not professional models. And then I  finalized several models that I was very satisfied with. Fortunately, the preparation process finally gave us a wonderful result. Even though they don’t post like professional models, their own body language and personality bring out something very genuine and unique. 

Q: There are many models from minorities in your artworks. Can you tell us the reason? And how is your work related to the discussion of racial representation in the fashion industry right now?

A: Yes it is. As a Chinese woman, I realize how hard it was growing up in China as a chubby girl. In order to escape the “thin and white” beauty standard which is very popular among Chinese women, I like to dig deeper on other culture to see what the alternatives are. Ever since then, I can’t take my eyes off minorities. They just have very interesting and unique concept for beauty, while the western media is constantly filled up with the same thing: tall, slim, glamorous. I think it’s my duty to bring diversity to the beauty industry through my lens, because I know it would encourage other young girls with different cultural backgrounds to look at themselves in a more understanding way instead of pursuing the one “true” beauty. I mean, girls would do anything to look more like the “standard beauty”, they would go on unhealthy diet, expensive surgery…

The western beauty standard is taking over many local culture, and is changing the way people from different culture look at themselves. There has been a loss of diversity in the fashion industry, and I try my best to present something culturally irreplaceable.

Q: What’s your opinion about the differences between the aesthetic of beauty in the U.S. and the standard in China?

A: At the first glance, there is a huge difference (laughs). Like I said, the aesthetic of beauty from China, or even Asia, are those white and thinner girls; while here in the U.S., people prefer those wheatish skin and plump girls. But if we look closer, they are essentially not much different from one another, because both of them are promoting a very limited understanding of beauty, and people are encouraged to spend endless amount of money on it. Ironically, Chinese woman would collect a full drawer of skin whitening products while the Americans like to visit tanning salons. Although I started my photography career first fighting against the Chinese standard of beauty, now I am actually fighting against any form of beauty representation that refuse to open up for more interpretation.

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A Look at Syd & Pia

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Fernanda Medina, founder and creative director of independent jewelry brand, Syd + Pia NYC started jewelry back in college. Initially, she was studying fashion illustration at FIT and then Parsons School of Design.

While at Parsons, she took a tour of the jewelry department, where she became enamored by the process of creating 3D pieces as opposed to a flat sketch. She got genuine gratification from the possibilities of using her hands and heavy work tools to build pieces that were not only jewelry but also house objects; therefore, she immediately switched departments.

She took off to start a family which is where the name Syd + Pia came from. The name is a combination of her first born, Sydney and Pia is her youngest daughter, Saffia. Saffia was difficult for Sydney to pronounce as a child so she started calling her Pia.

AMer college, Fernanda landed a corporate position in jewelry design, designing flat on paper. She discovered her confidence and value when she noticed that her sketches were never edited by any higher-ups and were selling really well in the companies’ market.

Through it all, Fernanda always found to build with her hands, creating personal handcrafted jewelry pieces on her workdays off. Many of her friends wanted to buy the pieces she wore on any given day. Fernanda realized, between the success in her corporate position and the feedback she received for her own pieces…that this was her calling to launch Syd + Pia. It started as something that Fernanda love as a business prac/ce that she equally adores being a part of.

“I’m designing jewelry that offers bold statements effortlessly” Fernanda stated. The critical part of Syd + Pia is maintaining the craftsmanship at a high level yet keeping an affordable high end price point. In general, the pieces are metal driven and possess a sleek finish. The brand uses affordable materials that feel luxurious and special like brass plated in 1 micron of gold, sterling silver and bronze accented with gold filled chains or sterling silver chains and her favorite component to work with, genuine pearls in all shapes and sizes.

With the designs, Fernanda is always thinking of ways to redefine classic silhouettes by incorpora/ng different elements. For example, the hoop earring is con/nuously getting a new interpretation in Syd + Pia. Fernanda is a traditionalist in her craM and jewelry silhouettes in some sense in her designs, yet she dares to modernize and redefine it. Fernanda thinks that’s what makes a Syd + Pia piece so unique. To con/nually redefine classic silhouettes but daring to make them bold. She thinks that’s what makes the pieces universal for many kinds of consumers.

In the process, Fernanda always starts with, “would I wear it?” It then expands to the people that are following the brand. she feels the people following the brand are in a way like her. “We’re people passionate about standing out, and we invest in ourselves. We do this by investing in luxury and unique items without spending thousands. We care about upping the ante in our wardrobe. We also care about responsible fashion by shopping and supporting local independent brands.”

In a way, it’s a New York story. To dare to be passionate about our hustles and dreams in a luxurious, confident, and stylish way.

Syd + Pia has been featured at Henri Bendel in New York, W Stylelab at the W Hotel Time Square, December Thieves in Boston and Flock GiM, a specialty boutique in Austin, TX. The brand has had the pleasure of being featured in many publications and television, including but not limited to High Maintenance, series on HBO, Vogue IT, Harper’s Bazaar USA, Elle Vietnam, Elle Canada, Elle USA, Nylon, LadyGunn, Instyle USA, L’Officiel, Raine Magazine, El Diario NY newspaper, WOR Radio 710 AM, Joan Hamburg’s Bridal Show, the Dominican newspaper El Caribe and many more online and paper publications.

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The Dichotomy of Myth & Modernity

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Michael Fausto, a luxury evening and ready to wear brand, centers on the dichotomy of myth and modernity.

Trained in the ateliers of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Badgley Mischka, designer Michael Fausto Oliu was able to hone his design skills under the tutelage of master artisans. Just after graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and working for prominent fashion houses of New York, his gowns were donned by Robin Roberts at the Oscars, Allison Janney at the Emmys, and Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards. With designs featured in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, and WWD, he decided to embark on creating a collection of his own vision.

Launched in October 2019, the debut presentation was hosted at the illustrious Baccarat Hotel in New York. Over the following months, his fantastical silhouettes and crafted textures garnered admiration from industry and media alike. In addition to features in WWD and a partnership with luxury silversmith, Christofle, his designs are consistently pulled by stylists for editorials and red- carpet dressing. Celebrities such as the iconic Carmen Dell’Orefice, Emmy-winner Laverne Cox, Oscar-winner Julia Kennelly, and starlet Bailee Madison have been dressed in his designs.

The brand’s latest collection plays on a similar idea of modern-age couture; combining structured silhouettes with vibrant colours and intricate detailing. From unparalleled, flattering silhouettes to swing dresses that act like modern-day ball gowns, Michael’s undeterring ability to combine his learned skill set and expertise with a thorough understanding of the market creates pieces like no other.

Michael Fausto aims to serve the modern heroine. Delivering a refined sensibility coupled with a flare for drama, this clothing is made to exalt women. Since the world began, women have worn the title of creator, mother, lover and countless more; and it is our goal to celebrate every incarnation.

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How Retro Style Clothing is Making a Comeback

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Today we’d like to discuss how retro style clothing is making a comeback. So it seems like there is an end in sight to lockdown with restrictions lifting, and we can’t wait. As a glimpse of ‘normality’ returns, we’re seeing friends for the first time in months, hitting pubs and restaurants for an inside meal, and getting outside after what seems like an eternity inside. So, whether you want to make an impression, boost your confidence or simply feel great – your wardrobe matters this summer.

After so long of not going out, it can be challenging to think of something to wear, and for many of us, we don’t want to spend a fortune on a whole new wardrobe. Well, we have great news for you.

Didn’t you hear? Retro is in.

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That’s right, retro style clothing is making a comeback in a big way, and we are completely here for it. So start digging through your wardrobe and find the brightest and best from all the old eras because whether or not this summer weather decides to make a comeback, you can be sure retro fashion has.

Don’t have anything that’s suitably retro? Reseller apps like Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Depop are great starting points to build your wardrobe with unique pieces.

Unique Style

retro style clothingThrough all the years of fashion and the trends that have come and gone, it is safe to say that there have been ups and most definitely downs. Despite this, we have been left with some truly unique styles, especially regarding some retro style clothing.

You’ll find distinctive signature looks bound to let you stand out from the crowd and make a statement. Mod clothing originated in the late 50’s but came to the forefront of fashion in the 60’s. Since then, it has cemented itself throughout the years as one of the most unique looks around, with a slick and sharp feel.

The influence of mod fashion can still be seen throughout certain clothing pieces today and helped build what we know as modern fashion. Then there’s the oversized lapels, shoulder pads and bright colours of the 70’s era – or maybe you’re after something more classic, like a 90’s silhouette or some killer cat-eye shades?

Whatever calls to you, there’s a decade to suit, and we’re looking back fondly at retro fashion, so now is the perfect time to try your hand at dressing retro.

Timeless Pieces

Another reason why we see such a resurgence in retro style clothing because the styles never truly leave us. They’re just reimagined. Retro style clothing pops up throughout the eras with a twist to fit that time. Hawaiin shirts, for example, initially came into fashion in the early 90’s and are now the must-have shirt for any guy or girl for those summer parties and BBQs.

So when you shop retro, you know that you’re investing in timeless pieces that will always be ‘in’ for you – because what matters most is your personal style!

Tell A Story

retro style clothingWho doesn’t love a good story? Especially one your clothes can tell for you. Retro style clothing offers such a rich and cultural story about the time it was created, what was ‘in’ fashion, and which pieces or looks are standouts from that era. Retro clothing is a glimpse into the past, into the lives of the people that have loved the clothes before you.

For many, when wearing retro-style fashion, it’s not just about the clothes, but what they mean to the individual and their background. They’re not just mere garments but an iconic piece of history that has its own soul and story to tell.

For some, it could be a personal story; if it is possibly clothing that parents or grandparents used to wear, this legacy is carried on.

For others, it’s a chance to hark back to a period, a movement, or a sentiment that makes sense to them. Dressing in retro clothing means you’re bringing back to life a cultural moment in history and expressing yourself in a unique way!

Sustainability

Reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s the defining statement for current generations, so it’s no surprise that many of us are trying to factor it into several aspects of our lives, including our fashion. So many of us are trying to find ways to be more sustainable and make more conscious decisions about what we buy. This is where pre-loved fashion comes in.

By rehoming, shopping vintage and investing in those retro pieces, we’re ensuring that the pollution and wastage levels from the fast-fashion industry are lessened.

It’s no longer just a fashion statement we are making with our clothes.

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5 Amazing Bracelets That are More Than Just Beautiful

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Today we want to share 5 amazing bracelets that are more than just beautiful. Jewelry in all manner of forms has been enjoyed in different cultures for thousands of years. Rings are exchanged in marriages across the world, and some women choose to wear a black ring to symbolize power and strength. Jewelry is not always something that is worn as an accessory, it can have a deeper meaning.

In some countries, gold is brought as an investment but also as a way of displaying wealth. While gold doesn’t always yield the same return as stocks or bonds, it has grown by 330% over the last 15 years and is an investment that can be enjoyed and worn.

Other materials used in jewelry can have different spiritual powers, and bring about protection, or luck. Bracelets have traditionally been a way to harness power, luck, protective forces, healing properties, and perhaps even magic.

For some, a bracelet may just look attractive and nice to wear, but it may be holding more power than you realize. 

The spiritual power of precious metals and stone

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It is believed by many that different precious metals have their own powers. Silver, gold, steel, and natural stone are commonly used for this. 

Gold

This metal has long been seen as a symbol of wealth, and in some cultures, it is normal to flaunt this. Gold is a popular purchase in some Asian countries such as Thailand, where it is worn and shown off in good times but in a period of hardship can be redeemed for cash.

It is also believed that gold can open the Crown Chakra, which is also known as the sahasrāra chakra in Sanskrit, is the key, or bridge to the cosmos. This can help to overcome black energy and bring about a higher level of understanding and spirituality. 

Silver

This precious metal is linked forever with the Moon, and Goddesses such as Diana, and Artemis. It is believed that not only can silver protect but provide good luck and help with psychic abilities. It is also well documented that silver can be used in the prevention and treatment of infections, dating back to 4000 BC or earlier. 

Steel

This metal may not be the obvious choice when it comes to bracelets or rings but it has some powers of its own. Firstly, steel is hypoallergenic, making it better than silver or gold for allergy sufferers. It is heat, corrosive, and scratch-resistant, and it is believed by some to offer protection against psychic attacks and negative energy. 

Natural stone

Gemstones and natural stones can reduce stress and help the wearer to focus. Gemstones are varied and come with individual powers and healing abilities of their own. 

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The use of gemstones in bracelets

Below you can read about five very different bracelets that each have their own significance and power. Before you dive below, here are a few gemstones and their abilities. If you are considering designing your own or buying jewelry for someone special, then you might want to think about what each stone means and what it can bring.

  • Onyx – beautiful stone that is linked to the Root Chakra, and brings control over emotions
  • Amethyst – can help with several symptoms including pain, insomnia, arthritis, and circulation
  • Peridot – helps in relationships by reducing jealousy and anger
  • Ruby – this deep red gem can bring about devotion
  • Turquoise – throughout lore, this stone has been known to bring balance to its owner
  • Sapphire – can bring about inner peace and help with meditation

However, some of the most powerful bracelets do not contain precious metals or gemstones. Some of them are simple in design but have hidden strengths that may surprise many people. Some of them are well known in certain cultures, while others may be new to you. 

Kabbalah and other religions

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A scarlet string bracelet is worn by followers of Hinduism, Kabbalah or Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism.

Depending on the wearer, the bracelet may be made of a number of beads or may contain one single gold bead. They may also just be a string with no other adornments. The bracelet is used to symbolize many things in each religion.

In Hinduism, it can show if a woman or man is married. Unmarried women wear it on the right wrist, and married females, on the left. The string is sacred and is used to bring luck and protection.

Kabbalah followers use the bracelet partly for protection. Before the bracelet is worn it must be tied seven times while reciting a prayer. Traditionally, these bracelets were cut from a string that was wound seven times around Rachel’s tomb. 

Evil eye bracelet

Anyone wearing an evil eye bracelet will be hoping to invoke the power of God and bring protection to themselves. The symbol of the evil eye goes back to around 5,000 years ago and has been used in many cultures and religions. It was probably first used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans but was adopted by Christians, and by the Jewish and Muslim faiths.

Someone wearing one of these bracelets can look for protection over material items in their life or spiritual life, depending on how they wear it. If you want to look after your career, finances, or material assets, then it should be worn on the right wrist. If however, you want to care for your emotional wellbeing, then it is worn on the left.

This is because the left side of the body is thought to be linked to the emotional side of our makeup. 

Laos’ baasi bracelets

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North of Thailand, and landlocked by China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam, lies the secretive country of Laos PDR. The country is made of several ethnic tribes with Lao Tai being the largest, followed by Khmu, and Hmong. Despite the diversity in tribes, Theravada Buddhism is practiced by around 66% of the population.

Ceremonies in Laos are known as baasi or a baci ritual. They are used for many purposes but generally, they are there to provide luck and prosperity. During the ritual, thirty-two white string bracelets will be tied to the recipient. These strings represent the 32 guardian spirits or khuan, and the tying ritual is to bind these protective spirits to the individual.

This is often done before someone goes on a long journey to ensure that they are in perfect balance and have all their khuan with them. 

Charm bracelets

A charm bracelet can, at first glance, look like a pretty piece of wrist jewelry. To the owner though, they can have deep personal, religious, or even spiritual meaning.

Many bracelets are handed down from one generation to another, and some are given to mark certain events in one’s life. Charms can be added to the bracelet to aid in protection or luck or to mark the birth of a child, with a zodiac symbol for instance. 

Rheumatism copper bracelets

Metal has often been believed to have healing effects, and this is partly because the human body contains traces of different elements itself. Copper is one of these metals, and its purpose is to reduce inflammation.

Rheumatism bracelets these days can look very elegant with intricate engraving but they are much more than just a piece of jewelry. It is believed by many users that copper is absorbed through the skin to help bring relief to pain and inflammation.

Summary

Five very different bracelets that have much more going on than meets the eye. One of the jewelry trends that are going to take over may be items with hidden meaning, power, and healing abilities. Although some of these are linked to ceremonies, others such as the evil eye can be worn by anyone.

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Afrodite by MG, When art and Sustainability Comes Together

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Afrodite by MG is an artistic and sustainable jewelry brand, and we are presenting our first collection “Heirlooms” with hand-carved art-jewelry made in Italy.

Afrodite by MG has been founded in Oslo by the two young entrepreneurs, Malin Benneche Gulsrud and Oda Victoria Reitan. The Norwegians met while studying Art History in Rome. They are both passionate about culture, art, aesthetics, marble sculptures and travels, and have tried to merge their passions into beautifully crafted jewels.

afroditeAs a result of the adoration of art and beauty, every piece of jewelry is created based on the combination of Scandinavian design and the cultural heritage of ancient history. The brand above all unites the characteristics of the goddess Afrodite: love, beauty, mystery, and passion, into their unique jewelry. In the collection “Heirlooms”, the materials and shapes were inspired by the Greek goddess Afrodite. The mother of pearl cameo is a tribute to her sculptural female curves, the pearls represent her origin and the gold reflects her divinity.

The manufacturing process takes place in Italy, which represents excellent quality and exceptional craftsmanship. The cameos are carved in Torre del Greco, Napoli, a city known for their tradition of creating cameos. The jewelry is put together in Piemonte, another renowned region for its excellent craftsmanship.

By having the pieces made in Italy, the brand also makes sure that the factories are both socially and environmentally sustainable.

Afrodite by MG means exclusive jewelry made with respect for craftsmanship, sustainable process, and deep connection with art and history.

For more information: www.afroditebymg.com
Or on the brands instagram: @afroditebymg

Summer Fashion Trends you need in your Closet

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Summer is fast approaching, and I am here to provide you with all the trends you need to keep your closet full of the latest trends. 

Trucker Hat 

Trucker Hat from Amazon

Trucker Hats are becoming a huge trend. Whether you are having a bad hair day, or if you just feeling trendy these hats will guarantee you to look stylish. They can be found on Amazon and many other stores. 

Hibiscus Printed Dresses

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The perfect summer dress. Make a trendy statement with an hibiscus printed dress, they can be found everywhere. 

Midi Dress 

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Midi Dresses are perfect for dressing up or down. You can where them anywhere, whether it be a girls trip, brunch or dinner. These dresses are perfect for the summer and keep you looking stunning. 

Swirl Print Tops 

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Swirl Printed tops are so cute, and can make any simple outfit a statement. These Swirl Printed tops come in tanks, crops, and long sleeves, and can be found just about anywhere. 

Beaded Necklaces 

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These beaded necklace are trending, and they make the 13 year old me feel like I was doing something right. They add such a cute element to every outfit.

Baguette Bags

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Baguette bags are so trendy and perfect for the summer. They are the perfect size to fit just the essentials while adding some style to any outfit. 

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Best Workout Leggings in Your Budget 2021

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Today we want to share the best workout leggings. The effect of work out or arduous exercise becomes most effective while accompanied with suitable sets of workout apparel. Being a set of joggers, thigh holders, a pair of good running shoes or just a pair of sports leggings each of these ensure a fantastic body grasp while sweating strenuously either at gym or an open field.

Among all, workout bodysuits or leggings thrash up a bit more higher potency for being flexible and endowing maximum support to the body. Despite being stretchable and weaved delicately, workout leggings are quite flamboyant as well. Because, in the modern definition of fashion these have striking imprints. Therefore, in this blog let’s roster up some of the top brands, popular for fabulous workout leggings within a decent budget.

However, before starting you must be aware that these brands do not only knotch variating budgets for workout leggings but each of their products delicately yet distinctly differs from each other. Moreover, active coupon offers keep on rolling as well. For example, At this moment you can buy a pair of leggings from Nike sale 2021 at just 40% off or can pick up a set of women’s sportswear including leggings from Adidas at 50% off etc. Hence, let’s not waste more time on the anecdote, directly delve into the discussion.

Slim woman sitting on floor in studio

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Best Workout Leggings in Your Budget 2021

To help you with your choice, we have compiled some of the best workout leggings that you can buy at a budget, in 2021. Take a look at these below:

Live In Space Dye High Waist Leggings

If your intention is looking for heavy exercise supportive apparels which also shows an artistry with colours and syntax, although not so flashy, then these high waist leggings are for you.These space dye leggings are not just of attractive appearance but highly functional. Moreover, the colour syntax it provides is neutral but refreshing in most cases. For being high waist, squat proof and utterly flexible and devoid of dirt it’s already of impressive craze among sports persons and athletes. Hence, if you’re yet to try this one go for it without a hesitation.

Nike Women’s Leggings

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Being one of the top and most effective sportswear brands, Nike always try to reach out maximum potency which has reflected on its’ women leggings as well–designed with sleek balck colour based on simple designs. No…that doesn’t mean to have a boring look! If you look at one of these, you can easily sense the meaning of simple but classic appearance! That’s what it does. While one side Nike leggings are of decent look, another side has inexplicable potential which helps your knees, thighs and calves to be flexible even after a challenging workout! As the sale is going on you can grab a pair of these under $50. So, hurry up to get one.

ASOS Bershka Gray Camo Sports Legging

If you are someone who likes camo pants to full-length ones, this is one of the best and most affordable options. It has a neutral and muted design which concordantly balances fashion and efficiency. It is high waisted, which gives a robust support to the body stem and belly, that keeps the nerve strong even after tiring fatigue. Besides, it has a meshy part on the knees which maintains body ventilation, therefore, comes out to a great relief during a suffocative environment.

Forever 21 Active Mesh Panel Legging

Do you know the benefits of mesh panels in joggers?…it keeps the body ventilated. Albeit, you can’t catch up it’s plus point in a normal situation but while phasing through heavy exercise at the gym or an air locked environment, you can surely sense the bliss. Not only it keeps your body airy but keeps it intact from odor and itchiness. Therefore, giving a try to Forever 21 mesh leggings could be an attractive option for your next purchase! It has a simple, decent appearance which is handy at a lucrative price as well, namely under $30, which is quite affordable…right?

Lamibaby High Waisted Yoga Pants

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What could be better than a pair of good yoga pants? And that too with pockets! This high waisted yoga pants from Lamibaby is of pure satisfaction and purposive in terms of service. Albeit,  a pair of pockets may not meet a purpose at yoga, but the same come out as purposive while at running and jogging to carry useful items such as, fitness tracker, phone etc. Besides, this pair offers great belly control that helps while you run or jog comfortably. The material of the pants is also slightly thicker than normal which is not uncomfortable at all rather keeps you warm during chilly mornings.

H&M High Waist Seamless Leggings

The workout leggings from H&M basically come in three colours and offer a seamless fit. These are so easily carried that everyone prefers to put on even after the workout. It’s high stretchable nature helps users to comfortably stretch out, squatting, lunging and finish all heavy leg exercises with an ease. Moreover, being quickie washable these have another scale of popularity.

Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft Colour-Block Leggings

The colour block leggings from Old Navy are cute, stylish and most importantly under a perfect budget. Not just affordable price tags very often it’s become handy at greater discounts too. It’s belly supporting high waist belt would help your core tight during your exercises. Despite all these features, it is waived with knee pads to protect from any injury during work out or other outdoor activities.

Conclusion

A good pair of leggings not only make you comfortable during the workout session but also keep you safe and keep you away from hurting yourself. There are plenty of affordable options that might be on the cheaper side but provide adequate results. Moreover, plethora of additional discount coupons that come in effect on a rolling basis turn your purchase more worthy. So, go ahead and buy a pair of good workout leggings to enjoy your workout sessions every day.

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Tips to Finding Your Perfect Bikini

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Today we want to share some great tips to finding your perfect bikini. Trying to get a perfect summer body for the beach? We’ll let you in on a secret. You already have the perfect summer body! Enough of the patriarchal structures trying to fit women into a corset. You no longer have to be in “shape” to fit into the perfect bikini.

At Bananamoon.com, we have something for every size. Just follow these tips, and you will find yourself on the beach, in that bikini you have been dreaming of, soaking in all the sun.

Don’t ignore your body type

finding your perfect bikini

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While you don’t have to change the way you look, all women indeed have different body types.  Deciding on a swimsuit or bikini keeping in your body type will add a certain effect to the way you look.

Apple

An apple-shaped body refers to the type where the person has a heavier upper body and a comparatively lighter lower body. Therefore, it will be wise not to wear something prominent as bottom wear and focus on a supportive bra top.

Straight

People with straight figures tend to have no or fewer curves. Therefore, the idea is to create an illusion of the same. The best way to do that is to find a bikini with fringes, flounce details.

Apart from that, you can also try an outfit with heavier bottom wear and a Brazilian top.

Hourglass

finding your perfect bikini

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In the case of an hourglass body, the upper body and the lower body share a similar equation of curves. Therefore, your attire has to style, taking that into account. If you wear something like a triangle top, try to pair it with shorts. This will ensure that the upper receive as much coverage as the lower body.

Pear Shape

A Pear-shaped body has more bust in the lower body with a small upper body. To highlight the latter, you can use a tip with an interesting neckline or something that catches the attention quickly.

Make sure you are comfortable enough

Not a lot of people are too keen on comfort when it comes to fashion. That’s where we disagree with them. If you find a good stylist or a good brand (like us!), they will manage to find you designs that are both attractive and comfortable.

If you are not comfortable with what you are wearing, how will you flaunt yourself in that very outfit? Your mind will keep wandering to where it hurts and how you want to take it off.

Hence, don’t go overboard. Sexy and cozy don’t have to be alternatives.

Pay close attention to the size chart

Now, we all would agree that the best way to shop for bikinis is to try them out. However, with this pandemic on our heads, online shopping seems to be the only way out.

Don’t fret; we have a way out! Our website posts pictures of a bikini from every possible angle and complements it with an illustrative size chart. Thus, all you have to do is take your measurements and decide which one suits you the best.

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3 Ethical Fashion Companies You Should Buy From

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While the fashion industry is notorious for its environmental wastefulness and often poor treatment of its workers, buyers often wish to make a difference, but are lost when it comes to navigating such a complex industry. However, there are many options when it comes to making sure your clothes come from moral and sustainable platforms. Here are 3 ethical fashion companies you should buy from.

 

1. thredUP

 

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Given the second hand nature of all their listed products, this online thrift-store’s values revolve around sustainability. ThredUP wishes to challenge the fashion industry’s unnecessary obsession with “newness”, lessening the amount of discarded clothing in landfills. They use innovative technology to process thousands of garments a a day, while spreading education of the environmental benefits of buying used fashion. They even collaborated with Olivia Wilde to create a second hand t-shirt collection, promoting the significance of second hand fashion to mainstream audiences. With a wide arrange of options of 35k brands, ThredUP is suitable for any shopper. Take their original fashion footprint calculator quiz if you want to make a positive impact!

 

2. American Apparel 

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At its height of popularity, American Apparel dominated internet platforms such as Tumblr with their sexualized, high flash photography advertising and straightforward designs. It originally went bankrupt in 2017, shutting down 110 stores. However, the brand was revived by Canadian manufacturer Gildan Activewear, the second most sustainability managed apparel company, who revamped its image to highlight female empowerment. Currently, American Apparel operates as an online only platform. Currently, the brand emphasizes its “ethically made and sweatshop free culture. According to their website: “All production employees at our owned facilities earn significantly more than the legally-mandated minimum industry wages in all the countries where we operate. Moreover, in the majority of our locations, our employees receive valuable competitive benefits such as 24-hour access to medical clinics, free transportation to and from work, subsidized meals, and access to financial aid programs.” They also value the LGBTQ+ community, donating to the Trevor Project and the Montreal Pride Parade. 

 

3. Reformation

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Reformation is a vintage inspired clothing website known for its elegant and feminine silhouettes. Founded in California, Reformation opened downtown Los Angeles’ first sustainable factory in 2013. Their sustainable practices include being 100% carbon neutral (meaning no carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere), and tracking its environmental impact through a tool called RefScale. They are also dedicated to creating safe, healthy environments for their workers. According to their website: We do so through partnerships with industry groups like the Fair Labor Association, conducting on-site social responsibility audits, and a commitment to ensuring workers have a voice in our organization. Although their styles may be on the pricier side for many, the high quality of the clothing proves to be a worthwhile investment that will last you years. With their classy and flattering options, Reformation offers the perfect combination of ethical and stylish.