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What Is Your Style? – 8 Style Quotients And Their Traits Explained

What Is Your Style? – 8 Style Quotients And Their Traits Explained

The guy that is so “Sporty”. She is so “Classy”. We often hear such remarks. But have you wondered what exactly these styles means? Have you wondered, what traits, dressing styles go along with each of these style quotients? Read on to know more about 8 different such style quotients:

Frumpy:

Your life is over burdened with work commitments to even spare time for your looks. Appearance is secondary or tertiary in your list. You prefer easy and comfortable clothing over the fashionable ones. You generally do not co-ordinate what you wear, more so in such a hurry or dislike to check your reflection on the mirror. You pick up the most comfortable pair of clothes on display and do not mind walking out in slippers. You generally window shop without much personal interest. Whatever glitters does not catch your eye. You priority is your work and practicality and feasibility and the comfort that it offers. You love who are, and have no qualms or regret about it!

Casual:

You like to let your hair down at most of the times, are extremely comfortable in your skin and value comfort over anything! You don’t fancy products in vogue always; it has to suit your personal taste to land up in your wardrobe. You prefer to chill out with your peeps over cold coffee or beer (if you are within the permissible limit), gossip, catch up with latest releases in your shorts! You are laid back when it comes to fashion, so you mellow your style to keep the fun factor intact while making yourself an easy combo to slip on! You love colors and free-flowing silhouettes. You love wavy prints and strut around in your shorts with your sport shoes or casual t-shirts on!

The Girl/Boy Next Door:

Your sparkling eyes and dimpled smile do all the talking! You have easy, uncomplicated and appealing way with others; traits which are easily recognizable by your baggy jeans, sweat-shirts and carelessly ruffled hair! You have an easy-going air about yourself which is reflected by your gestures and attire alike. You love to share a laugh with everyone around you, eat out with your girls and also occasionally gossip/ bitch about other girls. You love to receive and give flowers, chocolates make you go weak in the knees and you love your old and faded jeans way more than anything in your life! You are recognized around for your pony tails and the cute ear piercing and did we stress on the fact your “cute” smile!

Sporty:

You are extremely active and like to reflect the same from your sense of dressing. Functionality rules foremost than fashion and a colorful closet is also your asset! You love your track pants and drool/ window shop every time you pass by an Adidas, Nike, Puma or Reebok store. Cool Athletes have influenced you enough with their athletic looks in shorts or mini-skirts to make you take notice of yourself. Sport-stars and their sporty style appeal …

Western Influence on Indian Fashion Wear

Western Influence on Indian Fashion Wear

Due to British colonialism in India, India’s culture has been significantly affected by the West. With globalization, Indian fashion today does reflect the Western influence. Halter tops, handkerchief-cut kurtas etc are common today and have become a part and parcel of one’s wardrobe. With 28 states, 7 union territories and multiple dialects, India is a land of great diversity and each state has its own unique fashion.

Conventional sarees, blouses, salwar kameezes and necklines have undergone great changes. The latest Indian fashion trend has a touch of the West. Indian fashion designers are working day in and day out to meet the new demands of the market. Let us see some of the Western influences on Indian dresses.

Short- Style Kurtis

Even a few years ago, traditional kurtis with bold prints were popular among the masses. Though they still continue to be in demand, yet short-style kurtis with halter necklines are giving their traditional counterpart a tough competition. Earlier, kurtis were worn along with chudidars, but today wearing them over jeans is the latest Indian fashion. Right from a celebrity, to the girl next door, short-style kurtis are a rage. Floor length anarkalis are also in high demand these days.

Casual Crinkled Crepes & A-Lined Skirts

Lehengas have always been loved by ladies among all age groups. The traditional embroidered lehenga is one of the best Indian bridal wears. However, lehengas have evolved into a casual crinkled crepes and A-lined skirts which are considered ideal for a party, social gathering or an informal meeting.

Half-Lehenga Style Saree

Saree is the most traditional Indian wear. Sarees are the perfect wear during weddings, religious functions and parties. However, the latest Indian fashion has seen the evolution of a new style saree which mixes both the saree and lehenga into a single wear. This is capturing everyone’s attention. This type of saree is known as half-lehenga style saree. This is pretty comfortable for those who are not well-acquainted with the traditional hanging saree.

Strap & Halter Neck Blouses

Earlier and even now, short-sleeved or long-sleeved blouses are very much popular among ladies. However, today blouses with straps and halter neck styles have also started making inroads. These types of blouses have become very common and are in great demand.

Denims

Denims are highly popular among men and women in India. Earlier in parties, formal wear was a common sight. Though it still is, yet today in many parties and even in offices, there is no dearth of people wearing denims. There are several international brands of denims available in India and each and every day the market is witnessing arrival of new designs.

There are always new styles which are developing from time to time. The western influence on Indian clothing is making them trendy and elegant. A new design can evolve anywhere. It is up to us to adapt to the changes according to our own style, convenience, preference and choice.…

Trendy Formal Wear for Women!

Trendy Formal Wear for Women!

Working women always found themselves in confusion while selecting the office wear. Modern trends have made the formal clothes quite stylish and colorful. Now, professional ladies have enough hot and trendy choices in formal clothing that they can wear to their workplace. The formal dresses are now no longer dull and boring, unlike earlier days. Jot down the ideas given below to spruce up your professional look:

Fashionable Kurtis and leggings: Ladies, to keep yourself fat ease while juggling between the different office tasks, introduce designer kurtis to your formal collection. The light fabric, impressive prints, and cool colors available in kurtis make them a must-have for every working lady, especially for the summer season. Elegance comes effortlessly in these kurtis and they can be instantly paired up with trousers, jeans or leggings. The finely crafted necklines and embroidery make kurtis a hot favorite among the females. Wear sandals or slippers with kurtis to attain an easy look.

Classy trousers and wide leg pants: To enhance your professional look, grab some classy trousers and wide leg pants. Wear them with colorful blouses and shirts to attain a classy formal look. Neutral shades like beige and gray would pep up your classy formal appearance. To add to your style, carry a big leather handbag. Pumps on feet would complement your attire.

Western dresses to ooze your ‘oomph’ factor: Dresses such as pencil skirts and fitted blouses help ladies to accentuate their curves, but in a professional manner. Silky and ruffle tops and knee length dresses can add more charm to your personality. Wear these dresses to your office to spread a fresh breath of style. Team them up with gladiators or thin heeled shoes. Don long and stylish necklaces with these dresses.

Pick bright colors: Neutral shades certainly rule the world of office wear, but now you can splash exciting hues at your workplace. Solid colors and funky hues are now no more restricted to fun clothing. Workplaces welcome the gals wearing eye-catching colorful attire. So, add more colors to your formal collection. Wear bright colored jeans or trousers within heeled boots. Accessorize with glossy belts.

Business casuals: To keep yourself at ease, pick some business casuals like t-shirts, shirts, and jeans. Carry a cool look and feel comfortable while wearing the attractive tees and tailored jackets. To make your casual look influential, put your feet into casual shoes. Accessories such as beaded necklace and cute earrings would pep up your style.

To get a new professional look, try the above suggested kurti styles and other style mantras. Become a woman of substance while wearing statement dresses at your workplace. Refresh your formal collection while adding some more trendy garbs. Get over the dull and boring formal appearance that you used to flaunt until now. Indulge in style and carry a unique persona while picking your formal wears from some designer labels. Keep giving surprises to your colleagues while adorning tunics every now and then. Discover a personalized style with these …

Europe's New Jews

Europe's New Jews

They inhabit self-imposed ghettoes, subject to derision and worse, the perennial targets of far-right thugs and populist politicians of all persuasions. They are mostly bound to menial jobs. They are accused of spreading crime, terrorism and disease, of being backward and violent, of refusing to fit in.

Their religion, atavistic and rigid, insists on ritual slaughter and male circumcision. They rarely mingle socially or inter-marry. Most of them – though born in European countries – are not allowed to vote. Brown-skinned and with a marked foreign accent, they are subject to police profiling and harassment and all manner of racial discrimination.

They are the new Jews of Europe – its Muslim minorities.

Muslims – especially Arab youths from North Africa – are, indeed, disproportionately represented in crime, including hate crime, mainly against the Jews. Exclusively Muslim al-Qaida cells have been discovered in many West European countries. But this can be safely attributed to ubiquitous and trenchant long-term unemployment and to stunted upward mobility, both social and economic due largely to latent or expressed racism.

Moreover, the stereotype is wrong. The incidence of higher education and skills is greater among Muslim immigrants than in the general population – a phenomenon known as "brain drain". Europe joins the best and the brightest – students, schools, scientists, engineers and intellectuals – away from their destitute, politically dysfunctional and backward homelands.

The Economist surveys the landscape of friction and withdrawal:

"Indifference to Islam has turned first to disdain, then to speculation and more recently to hostility … (due to images of) petro-powered sheikhs, Palestinian terrorists, Iranian ayatollahs, mass immigration and then the attacks of September 11th, executed if Not planned by western-based Muslims and succored by an odious time in Afghanistan … Muslims tend to come from poor, rural areas; most are ill-educated, many are brown. Politicians. They speak the language of the wider society either or not at all, so they find it hard to get jobs. Their children struggle at school. Withdraw into their own world, (forming a) self-sufficient, self-contained community. "

This self-imposed segregation has multiple dimensions. Clannish behavior persists for decades. Marriages are still arranged – related brides and grooms are imported from the motherland to wed immigrants from the same region or village. The "parallel society", in the words of a British government report following the Oldham riots two years ago, extends to cultural habits, religious practices and social norms.

Assimilation and integration has many enemies.

Remittances from abroad are an important part of the gross national product and budgetary revenues of countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Here their frantic efforts to maintain the cohesive national and cultural identity of the expats. DITIB is an arm of the Turkish government's office for religious affairs. It discourages the assimilation or social integration of Turks in Germany. Turkish businesses – newspapers, satellite TV, foods, clothing, travel agents, publishers – thrive on ghettoization.

There is a tacit confluence of interests between national governments, exporters and Islamic organizations. All three want Turks …

Why Learn Foreign Languages?

Why Learn Foreign Languages?

Our world is getting ever more connected and the citizens of the world are rapidly bridging national, social, and linguistic differences. When crossing cultural boundaries, language is the single most important tool. Language provides the key to broadening career and educational opportunities, enhancing the exchange of ideas and information, and of course enjoying the beauty of other cultures.

For many people who stopped learning languages ​​at school and have not been involved since then, the prospect of learning new languages ​​can be rather daunting. It can take hard work to reach a good standard and then there is the challenge of maintaining that level of profitability. But there is no reason why you should not enjoy and succeed in learning languages ​​like Hindustani or Chinese. Even though people are all different – they learn at different speed levels and have different pronunciation – they tend to be best when it comes to learning and to communicating. With the right attitude, learning techniques, and guidance, you can master any language. The many benefits are obvious.

Understand the World

"Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery" – Mark Amidon

Language is the source of many misunderstandings, especially so when communicating across cultural boundaries. Although English is often known as a widely spoken and understood language in the world, it is still far from sufficient for understanding cultures of other linguistic backgrounds. It goes without saying that you gain more from a visit to a country if you can converse in the local language and actually get to know the people rather than just communicating in English with people in the tourism industry or academic elites. Use of even the most basic vocabulary helps to break down barriers and establish good relationships. It shows your respect towards the people of the country and that you take a genuine interest in them.

A basic knowledge of the destination language is a reasonably small task to achieve and should be included in anyone's preparations. Learning a selection of key words or expressions specific to your sector or profession enables you to reach out and find or provide meaning in conversations. Being able to get your message across in the language of your destination culture allows you to transition more comfortably and increasingly immerse yourself. You will be able to express your thoughts and speak for yourself, thus inviting opportunities for new friendships and gaining the trust and respect of your hosts.

Reveal the Heart of Culture

"To have another language is to possess a second soul" – Charlemagne

Words shape the way we think. We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a refining framework for it. Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. It introduces you to a different way of thinking and looking at the world. Any language …

An Overview of Ironing

An Overview of Ironing

Introduction.

Ironing is a task that must be completed – but very few want to do. It can be tricky, time-consuming, and a single mistake can mean the whole item of clothing needs ironing again. The next time your ironing; remember how fortunate you are with this brief ironing overview.

What is Ironing?

Ironing is using a hot object to remove creases in clothes. The reason for ironing is simply to make clothes look neater, new, and fresh. It can also be performed to kill fleas/lice, etc – but most of the time, it is simply the visual appearance of clothing reason.

The reason ironing works is actually quite scientific – and here comes the science bit: The molecules of the clothing actually changes when the heat and weight are applied, making them line up and stretch out. As the fabric cools, the molecules keep in the same position.

The history of ironing.

Long before your modern day steam iron – people would heat “iron” weights on their cookers, and use them to iron cloths. Before that, people have tried to remove lines, wrinkles, creases from clothes with wood, heated stones. The first electric iron was created in 1882 by Mr Seeley – he named it the “electric flatiron”. Other names for an iron include clothes iron, flat iron, or smoothing iron.

Today, irons have evolved to use steam and special coatings to make it much more easier – the iron will glide, and the steam will super heat the clothing to make ironing cotton and other fabrics much easier.

The Ironing Board

An iron board is the irons best friend – modern day boards feature fabrics and materials that do both sides of the clothing at once – saving time. Remember to insure that the board has these features, as some cheaper boards will be no more than a sheet of wood covered in a material. These will not give you any of the benefits of the new designs.…

The History of Camisoles

The History of Camisoles

Believe it or not, that camisole you are wearing has quite the history. Modern-day camisoles come from the historic chemise. Let’s take a closer look into the history of camisoles.

Chemises were originally worn by both men and woman. The “ancient” chemises were more specifically used as undergarments, worn always under the primary set of clothing. As the fashion world changed from medieval times, so did the chemise.

During the Renaissance period, the corset became a fashion “must-have.” The first corsets were worn under the chemise. It was only a matter of time, however, that the fashion industry (even then) began looking for a new solution to the chemise. Afterall, the corset became more elaborate and ornate. The long, thin chemise was not hiding the corset well, so a solution needed to be found.

The solution came during the Victorian era. It was the camisole. Can you believe that the camisole dates back to the Victorian period? Camisoles solved the chemise dilemma. Instead of being long and bulky, the camisole was light and short. Woman soon discovered that they could effectively hid their corsets without also adding weight: the chemise. Camisoles hid the corset well and also kept the illusion of being “thin.” Camisoles soon joined chemises in the fashion “must-have” category. Since panties had not yet been designed, both the camisole and chemises were used as undergarments.

Corsets were not used as widely during the turn of the 20th century, due to rising health concerns. Similarly, women began to enjoy athletics during this time. Thus, bloomers were designed to appeal to the athletic, yet still feminine, woman. “Teddies” became extremely popular because it combined the camisole and bloomers, attached into one piece.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that the teddy became divided into two pieces. Designers began experimenting with teddies… making them “sexier” (shorter, tighter, etc). The 1920’s era marked the beginning of modern-day camisole sets.

Since the 1920’s, the camisole has been taken from being an undergarment to being both an undergarment and outer garment. Camisoles are one of the most widely used staple wardrobe item among women of all ages and backgrounds. Truly, the camisole has come a long way since its origination during the medieval times and clearly defines femininity.…

Made in China – Designer Handbag Fashion Totally Misunderstood

Made in China – Designer Handbag Fashion Totally Misunderstood

Wow! What’s all this garble about “everything” made in China being counterfeit or fake? Do people understand the design and manufacturing process? Or, are they just determined to squabble about one of the manufacturing industry’s greatest resources?

True, there’s been a lot of media about children’s toys being manufactured poorly. Shame on China for the mess they’ve created. They’ll fix the problem, or they’ll lose business. We all learn from our mistakes, right? Or, at least the smart folks learn. And, let’s face it, China is no dummy!

China has been manufacturing most of the clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories stocked in all the major department stores throughout the world for many, many years. And, this is not going to fade or go away. China offers low-cost labor for low-end to high-end designer handbags, clothing and just about anything around the house.

Most people don’t understand the truth about the Made in China label. China has been producing most of the Designer Merchandise sold in the USA for very long time. Why? Because the price to manufacture in China keeps prices as low as possible for consumers. People complain about the high price tags on designer handbags, clothing, shoes, and accessories. If the same item made in China was made in the USA or Europe the prices would be doubled or tripled.

If the Hermes Birkin bag was assembled by hand in China instead of France, the price would not be $7,000.00 each. If Italian leather was sent to China for the assembly of Prada handbags, the prices would not be $3,000.00 each. Please put things into perspective.

Burberry’s new management decided to use China for some of its assembled manufacturing needs and people went crazy. The thought of using a designer handbag made in China is misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misguided. The product made in China consists of the same quality of fabric as if it were made in the USA, France, England or Italy. The only difference is the designer item was assembled in China, or any other country offering a cheaper assembly manufacturing process.

Most of the high-end Designers buy fabrics, leathers, and materials from the USA or Europe, pay a premium price for the high-quality fabrication, and then negotiate manufacturing in China. The materials and specifications are sent to China and made. Representatives from each of the Design Houses travel to China or other manufacturing countries to supervise the process. The finished products are shipped to the USA and other parts of the world for sale. It’s a process kept sweet and as simple as possible. It creates jobs and produces a global economy.

Most consumers don’t know the designer manufacturing process or understand the details. They see a Made in China label and assume it’s a counterfeit item or fake. In reality, it’s not. It’s a moderately priced item made in a country which has been stereo-typed. And, we can’t blame the consumer because most of the junk, counterfeit and fake merchandise bearing the trademarks of …

Nail Fungi

Nail Fungi

The group of fungi sometimes generally referred to as nail fungi are actually various fungal species that fall into two groups. The most common are the dermatophytes, species that are actually adapted to live on skin, hair, nails, and horn, and cause infections in humans and animals in those sites. The second group includes environmental species, fungal species that do sometimes infect nails but usually grow on other food sources in nature.

Published facts about fungi often suggest that fungal nail infections are passed directly from person to person. Fungi produce "conidia," spores that are resistant to environmental conditions and that can remain viable in clothing (like socks), shoes, towels, and places where there is constant moisture such as swimming pool decks and shower stalls. For the dermatophytes, spores in shared shoes and linens and in public places where people go barefoot are significant modes of transmission. For the others, exposure to soil or decaying organic matter is probably more significant. All nail fungi are opportunists: they exploit opportunities presented by exposure to many people, and by the susceptibility of individuals.

One of the interesting facts about fungi that infect hair and nails is that they do not live on living tissue. Hair, nails, and the outer layer of skin cells on our skin are not alive. These parts of our bodies have no nerve endings or blood supply. Nails are formed of skin-like cells piled densely together layer upon layer continuously and pushes out onto the tips of fingers and toes to form a protective layer. Nail fungi grow and spread between these cells, drawing nutrients from the non-living cells. This is also one of the things that make fungal nail infections difficult to treat: topical treatments often fail to penetrate the hard nail, and oral drugs delivered to the site in the blood do not reach the fungal growth.

Although infections caused by nail fungi often appear with little warning, there are things we can do to decrease the chances of acquiring them. First, do not share footwear or buy second hand shoes, and launder socks, towels and other linens frequently. Keep your shoes clean and dry and try not to wear the same pair day after day so that they have lots of time to dry out. Allow as much air circulation around fingers and toes as possible. Keep nails trimmed and clean, and attend to even minor injuries promptly: another of the well documented facts about fungi is that they can gain entry through breaks in the skin and nail injuries. Finally, wear some kind of footwear around swimming pools and in public showers and dressing rooms.

If signs of a fungal infection do appear, see a doctor promptly as these infections are much easier to clear up before they are too advanced. …

Reiki Clothing

Reiki Clothing

Is it possible to acquire the benefits of Reiki without actually practicing it? Is there any other way the energy of Reiki can be communicated? Is there a way to effectively channel the energy of Reiki to others?

Many Reiki healers were involved in various experiments to see if it was possible to impart the healing power others by different means. Thanks to those millions of experiments, now we know various ways in which Reiki can be channeled to others. The most popular way in which energy can be obtained is from Reiki infused clothing.

What is Reiki Clothing?

Reiki clothing refers to clothing that is wholly infused with Reiki energy by an efficient Reiki healer. After a short meditation session, the clothes are infused with Reiki energy. This attire imparts the Reiki energy to those who wear it and surrounds the person with the power of Reiki. Wearing Reiki clothing has a good deal of benefits and you will feel the impact of the Reiki clothing when you switch back to your regular outfit. That is when you will realize the immense transition you went through in all three dimensions of your life – your mind, body and soul.

When can Reiki Clothing be worn?

Reiki clothing holding such great energy can be worn anytime of the day. It can be worn through the day when you are most active going about your daily chores; this way you will be able to carry out your tasks with ease and without your energy being drained. You can also wear this clothing when you go to bed. This is the time when your body is in recharge mode and if you wear Reiki clothes while sleeping, it will greatly assist the rejuvenation process. You can wear it during celebrations or gatherings to add more radiance to yourself. Reiki clothes is also ideal to wear during any religious ceremonies; the energy would help you connect deep with the superior being.

What materials can be used to make Reiki Clothes?

Reiki clothes are made using different types of cloth, but what really matters is the energy charged into the clothing. Reiki clothing is made from cotton, lycra, cashmere, silk etc. Other clothes includes tee shirts, denim jackets, tunics, skirts, pants, tank tops and almost all other fashionable forms of clothing. Reiki clothes made from silk are quite popular as it is believed that the properties of silk greatly complement Reiki.

Benefits of Reiki Clothing:

Wearing Reiki clothes has numerous benefits:

1. Balances your body vibrations and revitalizing you from within.

2. Lets you receive enjoy all the benefits of Reiki energy.

3. Helps your body to heal itself.

4. Increases your spirit and energy, and also keeps your energy levels from becoming exhausted.

5. Boosts your confidence and enhances your way of life.

Thanks to Reiki Clothing, it is possible to effectively pass on energy to others without the actual practices. The well-balanced energy completely redefines your life and the way you go …