Fashion Accessories – How to Update Your Look

Are you interested in updating your appearance, at least in terms of your fashion? If you are, you may not only want to examine the latest in clothing fashion trends, but also the latest trends in fashion accessories. Fashion accessories are rapidly increasing in popularity, particularly in our celebrity-obsessed culture. But many of us still do not know exactly how to use them to our best advantage.The term “fashion accessories” is very broad and includes a number of products. Just like fashion clothing pieces, accessories come in virtually every size, shape and style under the sun. There are fashion accessories that are designed for children, teens, men, women, petite sized, and plus sized individuals. Below are a few of the major fashion accessory items you might want consider in order to keep your look current and expand your coordination options.The most well known fashion accessory is of course, jewellery. For teenagers and children, fashion jewelry pieces that are popular often include colourful, oversized pieces, as well as charm necklaces or charm bracelets. For men, a popular piece of jewellery often includes large pendant necklaces, many of which display a cross or another popular or meaningful symbol. As for women, popular pieces of fashion jewelry include watches, earnings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and so forth.Another major fashion accessory that you might want to look at is a new handbag. While purses can also be trendy, it is the handbag that has become a real status symbol and major fashion accessory. They come in a huge array of different styles so it is common to own more than one if your budget allows. In fact, many women out there like to match their fashion accessories, including their purses and handbags, with the clothing that they wear.Updating your handbag every season can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update your whole look. If your wardrobe is filled with classic pieces that flatter your body shape and suit your colouring, then simply choosing a new trendy handbag can instantly bring your look up to the minute.Travel bags are also considered a fashion accessory, but differ from handbags in that a lot of them are designed for both sexes. A travel bag is generally a small bag that can be used as carry-on luggage for a plane ride, a nappy/diaper bag or a laptop carrying case. It can also be the so called “man bag” that is increasing in popularity all the time. Many major fashion labels also have their own luggage line as well.Shoes are also a fashion accessory, although many do not necessarily consider them to be. Most often, women’s shoes are associated as fashion accessories, as opposed to men’s shoes. One of the reasons for this is the amazing array of women’s shoe style available, for example: athletic shoes, casual sandals, elegant sandals, flat dress shoes, stilettos, kitten heels, sling backs, mules, pumps and the list goes on. As with handbags and purses, most women own multiple pairs of shoes and aim to coordinate their shoes, especially for work, with the rest of their ensemble. Shoes can make or break an outfit, so think about the type of image you want to portray and make sure your shoes fit with that theme.Belts are also a major fashion accessory. While for many men and boys, belts are not necessarily a fashion accessory as much as a fashion necessity to hold their pants up; the same isn’t true for women. Women’s belts come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and styles and virtually every season there is a new “must-have” style. There is everything from casual, crocheted belts to wear with jeans, to elegant, black leather belts as a pair of slimline black trousers for work.Belts, handbags, purses, travel bags, jewellery and shoes are just a few of the many fashion accessories that you can use to make a good outfit into a great one. Accessories can be real statement pieces and a way to show your personality in an otherwise classic outfit. Fashion accessories are a great way to spice up any wardrobe, especially one that could use an updating.

Real Beauty – Bliss!

Beauty is truth’s smile
when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.Beauty is in the ideal of perfect harmony
which is in the universal being;
truth the perfect comprehension of the universal mind.— Rabindranath TagoreThe entire concept of real beauty can be hard to define, despite being a well-known term. Everyone has their own opinions about what constitutes real beauty. One way to think about it is to consider what makes you smile in such a radiant way that it attracts people to want to be in your presence. Ideal beauty is that which is admired or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture for perfection.Just like Audrey Hepburn’s iconic quote:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.There would be hardly any person who would not like to look beautiful. Over a period of time beauty slowly fades away owing to age and what’s left are signs of aging. To combat these signs, people use numerous methods like anti-aging creams, Botox, among others. They seek to keep their beauty (which they believe is physical) intact for as long as possible. This is how they fool themselves into believing that they are a thing of beauty. They earn to be dazzling and remain the centre of attraction.Fair complexion, sharp features are not the only criteria for being beauteous. These are external factors. External beauty is like water bubble, exists only for some time. Apart from the face hidden behind those layers of makeup, there is a heart; sublime, full of love and connected to your mind.That is real contentment. You need to make yourself comely to experience the real beauty.Helen Keller said, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” Every single character existing on the earth is born beautiful. Moral qualities, ethical standards, principles are added advantage to real beauty. Intellect and intelligence with beauty is a rare quality. And when someone has internal and external beauty it is ‘icing on the cake’. Beauty and youth are often regarded as synonymous to each other. Balance of body and soul is much important than using a wrinkle removing cream.Let me run ideas through my mind and see where it takes me. Let’s consider good-looking people, places, objects, amazing scenario’s at a gallery, perceptional different angled photograph or let’s drill down to a more materialistic living like the breathtaking architecture of my bungalow, with a balcony over-looking a serene swimming pool. I have mouth-watering food sitting on a table beside me, sending out the most heavenly aroma that is tantalizing to the mind, and tickling my taste buds.I could go on with more description but it would be painfully mundane to read, which is why I’ll leave it as “blah blah blah.”Having seen life under best circumstances with best resources (mom//dad/bro/friends/teacher/ money… & what not) with best living conditions & then having fallen away & apart with these things temporarily, to get it back in a new format & living terms, I realize that Beauty is a very relative terminology, quite misunderstood & I dare say, quite misapplied too.So then what’s real beauty for me?I think & believe that the real beauty is to realize that I am able to realize, think, analyze, decimate, disintegrate, learn – unlearn, believe & still redefine my belief system or call it fine tune.The real beauty therefore is that I am a human, which is the gift of nature, and I am able to realize that there is GOD in many forms & functions, many of his manifestation are even called bad & I am mutely looking at it to understand what nature is telling me.And the real beauty based on the above idea for me is knowledge; the assimilation of different pieces of information, when put in a logical manner is invaluable knowledge.
Knowledge alone is real beauty.Having said this, I want to say that if I place a book of esoteric knowledge of yore & some fine prints of wisdom on a donkey’s head he does not become knowledgeable. What will make him knowledgeable is the right application of that knowledge in the right place, in the right measure, at the right time, and how does one get it apart nature’s Grace? One gets it through the guru – the proverbial teacher.Hence the Guru or the teacher is the real beautyThe teacher, who gave me understanding and perception, of what is what & how to see it. If not for the right teacher, I could still think that 2 + 2 = 5 and still live like a donkey without realizing the 2 = 2 of life.And who gave me the teacher? That’s a blind answer – my DAD. He put me through education both formal & informal & while giving me this he gave me as a bonus a bunch of friends from school to college, which I would filter over a period of time through experience & maturity.Hence father is the real beauty.And who gave me my father? My mom pointed him out, because she is the only human who actually knows the truth of whose seed made me. We all know the mom’s journey of parenting. Let me not make it emotionally touchy & elaborate on it, we all know what our mom’s are. Period.Hence my mother is real beauty.Now tell me how do I get a good mom, I can’t make a choice, actually no one took my permission to give me this birth – absolutely choiceless.So the real beauty is the fact that I realize that there is someone up there taking care of my soul.Mata, pita, guru, good mitra (Friend) & god are the real beauty – put them all & mix it – it’s god’s grace.I realize that I am a unique creation of this nature, none like me & second to none, no one has ever been created like me in eons that have passed by in this universe & there never will be one like me in the future of this universe. I am me, I am a blessing of my parents, I am the good wishes of my well wisher’s, I am the hope of all those new tomorrow’s that will unfold through me, I am the child of gratitude, the mother of all virtue’s – I am Rewa and the real beauty is I can realize it.For me Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Miss World Aishwarya Bachchan are equally beautiful to Maharani Gayatri Devi, Mother Teresa, Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi, Lata Mangeshkar or a rural women working in the field all day yet efficiently takes care of her small world. Beauty is so divine that it inspired Kalidas to write Meghdoot and Tulsidas to create Ramayan.Summary is God’s ever beautiful creation is WOMAN who nurtures and creates a new life.Satyam Shivam Sundaram – Truth is God and God is beautiful

Getting Kids To Like You – Tips For Great Relationships Between Kids And Their Nanny Or Parent

It’s day one on your new nanny/babysitting job and, as is often typical, your kids have decided they either hate you outright, will hate you, or at the very least, are going to see how much they can get away with under your watch. Now what?I’m not going to refer to the kids I nanny/babysit as charges because that is just a weird word. It sounds like something you do with credit cards, or African elephants. So I’ll just call them my kids. They’re not my biological children, and while most nannies can and do respect who the children’s real parents are no matter how absent they may be, it feels right to just say “my kids” when talking about my charges. I’m an important part of their lives and they mine, and when I’m on the job they are mine to keep alive and happy. I have officially nannied for six kids and babysat for countless others over the course of 10 plus years. Obviously I’ll change their names, to Alice, a first grader, Bobby and Chase, grade-school age twin brothers, and Dave, Eli and Frank, three brothers in grade school. By the way, these tips also work for parents trying to find a way to relate to growing and changing children.So start right away by Being Firm. This sounds so counter intuitive, but every kid I’ve ever babysat or nannied for has responded extremely positive to me being firm and strict from day one. Alice was very wary of me from the beginning as she had never really had a nanny before, and when I was firm with her, she hated me for it. She actually went a whole night not speaking to me, and threw a couple impressive temper tantrums screaming for her mother. Since Frank is overall a laid back and obedient child I didn’t have to be firm with him often. But when I finally had to punish him he freaked out. He actually voluntarily put himself in time out for more than an hour and did nothing but stare at the wall, amazing for a first grader. You might have to go through a couple weeks of a cranky child while you’re being firm. But every kid under my watch has come out of this period respecting me more. Alice was a terror for two weeks, then turned into an absolute sweetheart. Frank warmed up to me more than ever after I punished him for the first time. He never hugged me until after the first time I punished him.The problem is, a lot of kids have parents who are so absent they don’t want to waste any time punishing their kids when they do get to see them, so your kids may have a huge backlog of timeouts they need to cash in. Kids actually crave the structure that comes from punishment. Subconsciously, they want you to notice them when they’re doing things wrong and punish them for it. You are telling them that you care enough to correct them so they’ll be better kids. Once you’ve established that baseline respect by being firm from day one, you can become friends and let up a little and let them get away with a bit, like a Coke after supper or staying up a little past their bedtime. But don’t do any of that until your kids have demonstrated that they respect your authority.Punishment. Get the hose. Certainly you should talk to the parents about their views on getting children to behave and techniques for punishment, but don’t feel you have to use the same techniques the parents do, unless they tell you to or they object to your own techniques. I almost always use either “time outs” on the naughty mat/corner/bed channeling Supernanny, or I prevent an older child from calling over a friend or going out, sort of a temporary grounding. And I almost always tell the parent about what happened. Don’t be embarrassed to tattle or worried your kids will hate you. It is better their parents hear it from you than the child’s spin on it, most likely doctored to make you look bad. Surprisingly some parents fall for this carefully crafted pint-sized PR, so get to them first.Talk to them like Adults. It’s natural to talk in that soothing baby voice pigeon-speak to younger kids, but try not to. Kids know you’re doing it and it’s patronizing. Try to use the same respectful tone of voice you would use with an adult, even with a child as young as two. Use your normal vocabulary, and if they don’t know what something means, don’t worry they’ll ask.Listen to them. Really listen to what they want to talk about, respond to them and ask questions. Act really interested in what they have to say even if you’re not. Kids get a lot of “uh huh, uh huh”‘s from adults who aren’t really listening. They know when an “uh huh” really means I’m not listening. They will love it if you give them your full, sincere attention.Give them input and choices in their lives. Obviously a kid with too much control over the situation is unhealthy. But a lot of kids feel like they have no control in their lives–parents are out of town or absent, they’re dumped on the nanny against their will, they’re scheduled to do activities they don’t really want to do, etc. A lot of bad behavior comes from this feeling of out of controlness. Give them back a little control in subtle ways. Ask them if they want chicken or hamburgers for dinner, milk or juice. Ask them what jeans they want to wear, where they want to ride in the car, what homework assignment they want to work on first. You’re giving them control without really giving up control, but to them it feels like their opinions really count.Have Little Secrets. Never do anything major behind the parents’ back like doing the child’s homework for him or taking him somewhere without telling anyone, but it’s okay to have a few things that are just between you and the kids. Bobby, Chase and I had a code phrase for I love you that no one else knew. One time I helped Chase secretly cheat on a board game and we didn’t tell anyone else. We giggled about that all day. And sometimes kids will confide in you things about their lives and their parents that would just hurt their parents’ feelings if they knew. Eli told me that I handle Frank a lot better than his mom does. That’s just something I would never tell her. Bobby told me that he knew some of the nannies he has had did not like his mother. He was trusting me with this information. It’s our little secret. Let them know you’re on their side–you want what’s best for them, you want them to be happy and have fun.Be into the things they like. You don’t have to become a champion Wii gamer, but start developing interests in their activities and hobbies. Learn the rules of football if they play that so you can talk about it. Ask them to teach you how to play their favorite video game. Play it on two player mode. Watch the TV shows they’re into from time to time. Go see the movies they like. Try the food they’re into. Listen to their music. You will seem so cool in comparison to other adults. Try to get them interested in your shows, hobbies and pastimes too. I got Alice hooked on two of my favorite kid-appropriate TV shows, so when we watched TV it wasn’t always her favorite shows, it was some of mine, too. We both enjoyed it. Involve them in necessary chores you have to do like laundry and cooking. Most young kids are thrilled to help, especially if you let them press all the buttons.Be a Kid. Get down and dirty with them. Join in whatever they are doing, be it sports, video games, TV. Kids are usually thrilled to have you play, too. You’re not as good as a playmate their age, but if you do things with them they will really enjoy your company almost as much. Eli sometimes didn’t even think to call up friends when he knew I was coming over because we always have just as much fun together.Kids aren’t always going to like you instantly. Understand that this takes time. But if you plug away at being firm but a great playmate and confidante, most kids are going to come around very quickly. If they’re not coming around in a few weeks, then you might want to think about whether this household is going to work for you. Because being a nanny is painful when the kids never warm up to you.

Beauty Products Online

Beauty products online allow you fast and easy access to many top cosmetics retailers. You can buy all your health and beauty products from secure health and beauty shops and chemists online. There are separate beauty aids for men and women. Just by clicking your mouse on the online websites, you can have beauty products delivered to your door.Skin care products, cosmetics, dietary supplements, makeover products, perfumes, lipsticks, and other skin supplements are available for purchase online. Online you can also find beauty products that are made from natural herbs and essential oils. Certain online department stores specialize in offering discount beauty products. There are also shops that sell only luxury beauty products and top quality brands.Most of the beauty product manufacturers have their own websites that provide more details regarding their products. There are a number of websites displaying lists of some of the best shops selling beauty products online. There are even sites that display the week’s top seller of a particular product group, which makes it easier for you to judge the market value of a product. Beauty products for sale on the Internet have to satisfy specific guidelines to ensure quality.Most of the beauty products purchases from websites include shipping charges along with the listed price. Some companies charge shipping fees later during the delivery of the product. Pay Pal is a commonly accepted payment method for online purchases. For international purchases, some of the most popular credit cards such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa can be used.

What Can French-Style Lighting Add To Your Living Room?

A home’s living room is quite hard to light because so many people use it for so many different purposes. In a family home it’s going to be the one room where kids want to watch TV and play board games while adults want to chat, read and use their tablet or laptop. This article will explore the ways that French-style lighting can be used to enhance your living room.

Chandeliers Give Excellent Ambient Illumination

If your ceilings are high enough, your living room can benefit from the extra brightness that gorgeous vintage French chandeliers can offer. It’s recommended that good ambient lighting should be up to 3,000 lumens and chandeliers are a great way to provide this. Chandeliers give you a huge range of options from the shade type to the size and power of the bulbs. You can choose between shades that throw light downwards or project it upwards. With upward-facing shades, chandeliers not only illuminate the room but they bounce a lot of light off the ceiling which is very relaxing.

Paint Your Room To Brighten It

You can enhance the effect of French-style lighting by painting your ceiling and walls in a light color. Upward facing shades around each bulb of your chandelier will give your living room excellent ambient lighting. Before you choose French-style lighting, you should consider redecorating to get the most out of the lights – it is hard to brighten a room with dark colors.

Save Money On Reading Lights

Reading lights should be at least 400 lumens. You can also use reading lamps to add a soft ambience by choosing the right French-style table top lamps. Online shopping sites often let you pick out French-style lampshades in a style of your choice. You can easily add these to your existing lamps if you want to save money. It won’t give your living room the same quality of styling as proper French-style lamp bases would, but it’s a good place to start. You can investigate different French-style shades such as St Germaine, Montmartre or Marais and see which one best suits your tastes.

How to Use Lamp Shades Effectively

Classic French-style lamp shades can dramatically improve the ambience of your living room. Drum-style shades with pleats will give you a soft diffused glow by directing light down and towards the ceiling equally. A white collie-style shade with small pleats will give you less ambient lighting but will increase the amount of light directed down to give you a more pleasant reading experience. A drum shade would be more effective in an area of your living room where you want ambient light while a collie shade will be ideal for a desk reading light.

Floor Lights

It’s easy to find a French-style floor lamp online that suits your tastes. There are some beautiful torch-style lamp shades that will throw light up onto your ceiling and illuminate your room beautifully. Floor lights let you create a pleasant atmosphere in your living room without harsh direct lighting. Choose lights with around a 70″ height for your living room and you’ll be replicating the warm glow of wall-mounted lights or sconces for a fraction of the cost. Unlike wall lights, free standing floor lights don’t require an electrician to install them.