10 Great Winter Fashion Trends This Season

It’s that time of the year again with snowflakes falling, yuletide cheer and Christmas shopping, hot cups of coco and cozy warm fireplace with sizzling embers of coal crackling away. But what’s heating up the fashion scene this winter, a closer look reveals some interesting insights on the latest winter fashions.

This seasons winter colours

True to the season, soft snowy white shades seem to be a good choice for clothes that blend in with the winter theme. Another popular colour to helps produce a sharp contrast is Black and various shades of bright black; while dull and muted greys give a nice warm and fuzzy touch and hues of rich red right through to mellow maroon are reflective of the season.

For women, earthy colours ranging from the deep shades of olive, maroon, brown, deep blue’s to chocolate brown are colours set to form the trend. While for men, muted shades of pink, lavender, brick red, grey, deep shades of purple and black are what’s going to be setting the stage for fashion.

Hair

Choosing the right hair style to go with the fashion and season can be a daunting task. You don’t want to be seen in last year’s styles and certainly not something that’s not the hottest rage at the moment. So if you’re trying to figure out the hairdo that’s the pick of the season by stylists and fashion models;  it’s time to let you in on that little secret, apparently for women wearing your hair in the all so classic ‘Bob Cut’ seems to be the favoured trend this season.

Men on the other to make the cut will have to aim to get their hair into the bushy straight yet carefully dishevelled look that gets tucked away into the tops of their mufflers.

Hats

If you like hats you’re in luck, this season hoods, hats and caps are the rage. Large knitted beanies or those furry oversized Moroccan hats all in this winter. The styles in vogue are hats that are either huge and puffy or tiny and pointed. Fur lined hoods blended into the garment are also turning heads this winter.

Coats

This season coats come with a nice thick mantle like look that feature tousled sleeves and funnelled collars. Other patterns included coats with widely placed collars and a rich furry texture.

Fabrics

The prevailing tendencies for fabrics this season are fabrics that are over-worked with several different effects across their surfaces. The fabrics are very solid or concrete with a sort of untamed natural feel blended with soft lustres. Prints around the winter theme are almost subtle while the focus in on rich exterior of the fabric.

Lightweight wool or reworked cottons are the base for designs that will debut this winter.

Effects

Complementing the feel and textures of fabrics the designs around these effects that are set to make the stage this winter, range from, long pleats, to subtle wrinkles and clearly visible overstitches, to the blistered and tangled effects.

Cashmere worked in with regular wool and mohair is blended to give the fabrics a light yet visibly textured look. While some of the other fabrics are roughly cut to give a thatched heavily threaded effect. Most knits are made with heavily emphasised gages to draw out the raw protective feel against the winter chill.

Denim is one of those fabrics that will probably be around forever, this winter, the theme is a slight gleam in the denim with an oxidised look. In fact this seasons going to have you seeing a lot of ultra cool effects.

Scarves

This season, trade in your old winter muffler for those large woollen scarves that can be draped over your shoulders like a stole. Embodied with various prints on dulled wool the scarf lends a casual yet protective loo to the wearer be it a man or a woman.

Footwear

Ankle length shoes in shades of silver and grey are this winters winner. They shriek elegance and comfort in a very casual sort of way. For women transparent slippers laced with silver give an almost Cinderella effect.

Jewellery

Jewellery designs highlighting the winter season are marvellous add ons’ silver snowflake pendants and large broaches like a sprig of holly or mistletoe make some really eye catching accessories. Chunky silver bracelets and large but light earrings that dangle add to the effect.

So, make sure you watch out for these lovely trends that are bound to take the country by storm. And honestly, you really do not have to own expensive designer wear to make a statement. Even your local stores will stock up on some of these new designs. This winter season ensure you treat yourself to some of these trendy fashions and go paint the town red!

8 Great Gift Ideas For Your Boss This New Year

The New Year is a Festive time – and its time for loving, sharing and celebrating. Gifts, by far are the best way to express one’s feelings and intent and a thoughtful gift is always well reciprocated. When it comes to picking a New Year gift for your boss, people usually find themselves in a state of perplexity; especially if they are running low on funds or perhaps if they are not sure about their bosses likes and dislikes. With a few helpful tips and ideas; you will be able to pick the right gift for your boss and a well intended gift is bound to be treasured for a lifetime and is usually well reciprocated.

A Desk Calendar/Planner

A desk calendar or planner would not only fit within your budget; but also proves to be an ideal New Year gift for your “busy as always” boss. If your budget allows you to be a bit flexible; you could even think of gifting a set of matching desk calendar and planner. This way, your boss would have easy access to his appointment schedules and each time he/she picks up that planner; he’s going to be reminded of your thoughtful gesture; no matter where he is. Pick a calendar or planner that goes well with your boss’s personality and taste.

Gift Baskets

With a gift-basket; you have the advantage of picking a custom-made gift basket; which can perfectly fit within your budget and gives you the flexibility of choosing individual items for the basket. If you are facing a paucity of time or if your budget allows; you can even opt for a pre-made gift basket. Choose from stationary items to luxury chocolates to expensive pen sets, cuff links or perhaps some mini electronic gizmo. Stuff that basket with gifts that you think will complement your boss’s personality and can be put to good use.

A Pen and Pencil Set

Although this may seem as a banal gift idea; an elegant and well crafted pen set is usually well accepted and reciprocated and makes for an ideal New Year gift for your boss; be it male or female. You could even consider upgrading the pen and pencil set by getting it engraved by your Boss’s initials or perhaps his company name. Just exercise your imagination well; and then decide on how you want to have it engraved. A wide variety of pen sets are available in wood as well as metal. If you don’t have the time to go shopping to a physical novelty store; consider buying it online. That way; you are subjected to a wider variety of options and many online stores offer decent discounts during festive season.

Tickets to a show, Concert or Game

This gift sure sounds like fun. Gift two or more tickets to your boss for a concert, game/sport or perhaps a show or performance. It’s the best way to remind him that he too like everyone else needs to snap out of his busy schedule and enjoy a nice night out at his favorite venue. Before you buy that ticket for him, it is a good idea to find out about his favorite sport, music band or performer. After all, you do not want to put him/her through an endurance test! If you are still unsure; take the advice of your colleagues or associates.

Gift Certificates

With a gift certificate; you not only get the flexibility with your budget but also on the type of gift. You could pick a gift certificate for his favorite restaurant or store; depending upon his preference and your budget. Gift certificates could range any where between $20 to $100 or perhaps more. Gift certificates are also available for online shopping and this way your boss has an option to pick an item that best suits his/her requirement. Remember; with a gift certificate you could never go wrong especially if you are unsure of your boss’s likes and dislikes.

Treat your Boss to a Lunch at his favorite Restaurant

Let your Boss indulge in some epicurean delights. Find out about his favorite cuisine and restaurants in town and make sure you book a special table in advance as festive time is usually chock-a-block. This way; you also get to spend quality time with him and talk shop while treating him/her to his favorite cuisine.

You can never go wrong with a Bottle of Wine

Well, consider this option only if your boss is not a complete abstainer. However, the bottle will definitely be popped open on New Year’s Eve and make it a perfect New Year’s gift for your boss. Choose between expensive or inexpensive and red or white wine depending on your budget and your boss’s preferences.

Golf Gifts

Find out if your boss is an avid golfer or even a beginner golfer. There are various golfing gifts available online to choose from that would fit your budget as well.

3 Tips on Choosing the Right Perfume for You

With the thousands of fragrances in the market, it can sometimes be tricky to choose the one that is perfect for your taste, personality, the occasion, and other factors. Check out the following basic tips that you may find useful when choosing and even wearing the perfect perfume for you.

Determine your budget.

Perfumes are priced in a very big range, from very inexpensive colognes to luxurious designer brands. Determining your budget or the money you are prepared to spend beforehand will help narrow down the choices and will save you a lot of time.

Know what particular smell you want and go for it.

Decide on what type of fragrance you want based on what use the perfume would be to you. For instance, is it for special occasions? Is it to please or seduce a lover? Is it for everyday wash and wear? If you plan to please someone, make sure to research on the particular fragrances he or she likes. If you want it to be an everyday whiff you can wear to work or school, you may want to buy a lighter and fresher scent. If it’s for big parties and formal events, choose a perfume that makes a stronger impact by blending well with your body chemistry.

Other factors like the weather or season are also important to consider. For instance, if you live in a very humid setting, floral fragrances with a woody or musky base often complement the sultry weather. If you’re often surrounded by a lot of people in near proximity, don’t choose a very strong perfume because not everyone likes perfume. Citrus, sea breeze and other herb and floral fragrances are often fresh and rejuvenating, perfect for someone always on the go. If you will be out on a date and want to heighten the romance, choose a scent that is a bit stronger but not overpowering. Usually oriental spices project confidence and sophistication. Meanwhile, aromatic blends are perfect for men who like to smell like a true man exuding with machismo and security.

Examine carefully before buying.

When you’ve finally narrowed down your choices and you’re ready to go to a perfume shop, don’t forget to carefully examine each perfume you fancy before getting ahead of yourself and purchasing. Take note that your nose can only handle so much and testing 20 perfumes consecutively will prove to be futile. Before you start spraying a perfume on your wrist, spray it first on a card or paper and decide if you like it. If not, move on to the next. Once you find a scent you think is perfect, start testing it on your body. Apply a small amount on your wrist or at the back of your arm. Sometimes the saleslady will offer to apply some in her own skin and have you smell it. This is a no-no because each of us reacts to perfumes in different ways. Make sure the perfume is perfect for you by putting it on your own skin. Wait for a few minutes because fragrances start to grow on you and smell different after a while.

It bags are the classic cars of the fashion set

Handbags are the new shoes, the must have “it” accessory that has all the fashion-istas clamouring for the latest offering from popular designers. It’s also a market that has more in common with the male-dominated world of classic cars than you’d realise.

Few of you will have missed the fuss a couple of months ago when Sainsbury’s sold 20,000 “I’m not a plastic bag” Anya Hind-march totes for [pound]5 each. Within hours those same unbleached cotton bags were selling for in excess of [pound]150 on eBay. “Every girl has a handbag,” says Christie’s specialist Monica Turcich, “and every girl wants one. Women now want the ‘it’ bag and the one nobody else is carrying. They’ve always been popular and they are the section of our 20th-century fashion sales for which we get the most phone calls, but now they are doing particularly well because everyone wants handbags, whereas 10 years ago there weren’t the ‘it’ bags like we have today, simply the classics.”

Like cars, most of the more recent designer handbags which sell through dealers and auction houses make significantly less than their original retail price, losing value the second the initial purchase has taken place. That is good news for both collector investors and handbag enthusiasts, but there are some exceptions to the rule.

Last March Christie’s sold a red Hermes crocodile skin Kelly bag for [pound]10,800, this had only been purchased in 1994 and was originally a bespoke product. The Kelly bag is the “holy grail” of the classic handbag world according to Turcich. “Chloe and other more contemporary bags are more driven by what’s popular now, but for Hermes and Chanel’s quilted bag, these are classics which never go out of style and are always useable.” Kelly bags can be bought for [pound]600 and can often be sold on for [pound]1,000- [pound]2,000, which isn’t bad for a bag which might have been bought back in the 1960s.

There’s no doubt that most handbags are being bought to be used, it’s not an investment market in the same way as many other collectables such as paul smith,Abercrombie and Fitch,dsquared etc, but again there are parallels to the car market. By buying a classic bag and looking after it, you are unlikely to lose money, rather see a steady gain with the added return of enjoying using it.

Hindmarch’s “I’m not a plastic bag” bags are unlikely to make it to “classic” status, they are after all mass-produced cotton totes, but other handbags from her range might well do so. So far Christie’s has-n’t sold any Hindmarch bags, but Turcich says she wouldn’t be surprised if they start turning up at auction soon and she wouldn’t turn them away. “Kylie Minogue was pictured carrying a Chloe bracelet bag around a few years ago which sparked a fashion and now we are selling the same thing at auction.”

There is a pristine one in the next auction which is estimated at [pound]800 to [pound]1,000 along with another Chloe handbag in the same lot. “I think Chloe has started the ‘it’ bag scene” adds Turcich, “I don’t know how long it will take for them to become classics of their own, but I’m sure these will hold their value in five or 10 years’ time. People just don’t seem to have paid attention to the fact that handbags have become the new shoes in the last few years, there is now an appreciation of the design that goes into them. There are shoe designers that are artists and so too with handbags.”

It’s not always about big names, a few weeks ago Ms Minogue was at the shop of Tony Durante, a handbag dealer at Alfie’s in London, and purchased a white raffia bag with a horse’s head on the front for around [pound]200. Brightly coloured raffia bags are in at the moment because it’s summer. Durante says that Kylie loved this particular bag because it was unusual. Buying it from a vintage fashion dealer she’s unlikely to bump into another celebrity carrying one. Durante says that his customers are looking for this “unusualness” factor.

If you do want to retain the value in your handbag then you should go for one that is in excellent condition, is a good design and beautiful. Some “it” bags will undoubtedly go down in value as fashions change, but the classics should stay steady.

Choosing to Be a Consultant and a Business Coach

The inquiry in the personalities of most specialist co-ops and advisors today is whether they should add business training to their current consultancy business and why they ought to get it done.

Most importantly, business instructing is unquestionably a piece of the assistance business. Anyone and everyone can, and does, consider themselves a mentor or the like. There appear to be many sorts of instructing accessible today, and so called mentors offering these courses. The issue is the manner by which to guarantee your training customer that their purposes behind searching for instructing, and the inspiration driving their training drives depend on solid business needs. You need to guarantee them that, as the mentor, you follow measures that are entirely solid, yet additionally have a quantifiable result; that this specific mentor really understands what he/she is doing, and has a comprehension of their business.

The vast majority profit with working with and being instructed by an expert mentor and there exists a mentor with a strength practice that is focused on the specific requirements of practically a wide range of individuals searching for help. Anybody needing to be a mentor, to work with chiefs and business pioneers should have the option to see how the business climate functions. The current specialist co-op and the expert are in an ideal situation to have the option to give concentrated and designated training administrations to a business commercial center that they are now a piece of.

An expert specialist organization and a business advisor have restricted market reach. As one of them, you are restricted to the customers who are inside your space of specific ability and it restricts your pay and customer base. Expanding into training can open up another and a lot more extensive market and can give you a lot additional promoting openings. Instructing can likewise build the benefit of your business complex and is an exceptionally compensating field of work, just as being profoundly productive.

As a specialist organization, you can cut out a specialty for yourself by work in explicit and very much picked spaces of instructing. Specialization is useful for everybody. In addition to the fact that it enables you to build your rates, and likewise your general pay, it additionally empowers you to center your abilities and consideration, which is useful for the customer. As a specialist co-op who is likewise a mentor, you can utilize your private information on the customer’s business to assist them with laying out specific and pertinent business objectives; you can show them the most ideal approach to accomplish those objectives; and you can work out, related to the customers, how to best assess and afterward change their advancement. Additionally, odds are that as a specialist organization, you as of now have the important delicate abilities like correspondence, tuning in, instructing, and prompting alongside your administration qualities. Nonetheless, remember that you should upgrade existing abilities. It is likewise suggested that you get familiar with the best training strategies, procedures, and specialized devices from a trustworthy organization.

Business instructing has become an extraordinary methods for specialist organizations to increase their pay and secure their future. Business training is the best method to join monetary ability, the executives abilities, and general business information and use it to fan out into another warning business giving the customer the best quintessence of that load of abilities.