Fashion Tips for Pear-Shaped Women

Everybody and every body is different — that’s what makes our world such a beautifully diverse place to live. But for some women, dressing for their particular body shape is more challenging than others. For pear-shaped women in particular, the discrepancy between upper and lower body sizes can be frustrating. But with a little research, dressing for a pear-shaped body can be easy and fun.

Highlight Your Assets

Often, women with pear-shaped bodies have smaller upper bodies than lower-bodies. If this is true in your case, use it to your advantage by highlighting a trim tummy or great breasts. Choose tops that cling to your upper body while leaving your pant or skirt choices on the looser side. If you have a long, slender neck, highlight it with multi-strand necklaces that drape in rows to show off the elegance of having an elongated neckline.

Use Color to Your Advantage

A major mistake that both pear-shaped and overweight women make when selecting wardrobe choices is thinking that by dressing all in black, they will be creating an overall slim silhouette. While it is true that black is a slimming color, for pear-shaped women, dressing in a monochromatic color scheme of any color or shade can create a boxy effect. Instead, choose a bright color or interesting patterns in a top, shirt or blouse, and stick to a black, navy or dark gray pair or pants or skirt to create the streamlined look you want.

Dress Your Best

Dresses are the pear-shaped woman’s secret weapon. When selecting dresses, aim for an A-line style that is fitted on top and gives a slight flare on the skirt. Avoid fitted dresses or pencil skirts. The use of A-line or empire waist dresses camouflages wider hips and thighs that characterize the pear-shape. Thus, dresses give the illusion of having a figure that is as small as the upper body all over. However, pear-shaped women still need to adhere to the typical “light on the top, dark on the bottom” mantra of dressing.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

An often overlooked but seriously important part of making the most of your pear shape is your choice of footwear. Too commonly, women think that footwear has no impact on the appearance of their body shape, but they are woefully misled. The number one best choice in footwear for a pear-shaped woman is the pointed toe, which creates a nice, extended look to the leg. Stiletto heels will throw off the balance of your look, but other types of heels will help elongate the look of the leg. One shoe style that pear-shaped women should avoid at all costs is the rounded-toe style, which cuts the foot off and gives the appearance of stunted legs.

Invite: SJP Collection Pop Up Shop Opening with Sarah Jessica Parker in NYC

Sex and City’s favorite -friend in our head- Sarah Jessica Parker is set to launch her highly anticipated shoe collection exclusively at Nordstrom stores and on February 28, 2014. The SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is a new collection of shoes crafted by artisans in Italy and imported handbags, reflecting Sarah Jessica’s personal looks and feminine style. The savvy style maven states, “I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late 70’s and early 80’s. I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come.”

Along with shoes, the complete line will include SJP handbags which maintain to be functional pieces but with a fun and fashionable twist which can be carried by the everyday.

The shoe prices range from $195 to just under $500. The entire shoe collection is made in Italy from high quality leathers and materials, while handbags bags will retail from $245 to $375.

The line will also feature the “Manhattan” trench coat to complement the collection as a whole. The New York City SJP Collection Pop Up shop will be open to the public from Friday, February 28th to Sunday, March 2nd.

There will be an Invite Only preview launch on February 26 in NYC.

Sarah Jessica Parker will present her line in person at the following Nordstrom stores and locations. Visit the site for more details

February 28-March 2 – NYC Pop-Up Shop
372 West Broadway, New York City

March 5 – Nordstrom Flagship, Seattle

March 6 – The Grove, Los Angeles

March 7 – Michigan Avenue, Chicago

March 8 – Aventura, Miami

March 9 – NorthPark Center, Dallas

The SJP Collection will be available online and in the following Nordstrom Stores:

Fashion Valley (San Diego)
The Grove (Los Angeles)
San Francisco Centre (San Francisco)
Santa Anita (Arcadia)
South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)
Topanga (Canoga Park)
Valley Fair (San Jose)

Aventura (Aventura)
International Plaza (Tampa)
Village of Merrick Park (Coral Gables)

Ala Moana (Honolulu)

Michigan Avenue (Chicago)
Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook)
Woodfield Shopping Center (Schaumburg)

Natick Mall (Natick)

New Jersey
Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill)
Garden State Plaza (Paramus)

New York
Roosevelt Field (Garden City)

Washington Square (Tigard)

The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)

Houston Galleria (Houston)
NorthPark Center (Dallas)

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Arlington)
Tysons Corner Center (McLean)

Downtown Flagship (Seattle)

Peter Gerakaris at Bergdorf’s

You’re walking up fifth avenue and then bam! You get hit with all this color and not sure what it is you’re seeing. A mannequin in a crinkled Pucci dress with a hat-head in the center of a storm of honey combs, leaves, acid wash, and colors that take you for a spin. And at the bottom, a mirror absorbs all the images and confuses you even more.

It’s all this and more at Bergdorf Goodman’s window display by Peter Gerakaris at 58th street and fifth avenue in New York City. His display is titled “Rappaccini Origami Terrarium (Nocturnal View).” It’s a mixed media installation with origami sculpture, part of the new art installation “Art Matters!”

Kind of sounds like the name of an opera and so it is with a diva causing lots of drama in her own world spun with an explosion of origami. The center of this installation is calm like a tornado, but as you get towards the edges, the mayhem begins. Folded triangles cut into faces, honey combs bounce on top of each other, and then you think you figured it out and then wham, you didn’t.

Lash Loft touches down in Deep Ellum to an “eye”-deally promising location

With just a bat of an eye, Lash Loft held its grand opening soiree and opened its doors to a fashionably savvy crowd at its Deep Ellum location on March 13, 2014. The trendy and posh location sits at the corner of Commerce and Main in an area that is experiencing tremendous growth and development and which promises much success and profitability for the future of the newly opened lash extension boutique.

Some of Dallas’ “best dressed” were in the building including popular fashion blogger, Cris Zaragoza of My Fashion Juice and race car driver cutie George Jackson. Guests indulged in precious caviar, champagne cocktails and chocolate covered strawberries while enjoying the plush interior of the newly designed loft.

The Lash Loft promises to be the leading location in the Deep Ellum district for eyelash extensions. From silk to synthetic extensions, the Lash Loft’s certified eyelash technicians are sure to make believers out of anyone who sets foot within its doors. Prices range anywhere from $250 and up for a full set, with touch-up pricing beginning at $25. Feeling diva-esque? Add an additional $50 to any service for a Lash Loft house call where you can get the same relaxing and expert lash experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.

With eyelash extensions being all the rage in the beauty industry right now, the Lash Loft is definitely going to make its mark in Dallas as one of the elite locations for eyelash extension services.

UpSkale “Hair for a Cause” Hair Show

You are invited to “Hair for a Cause” Hair Show hosted by Platinum Hearts Events & Creations on March 23, 2014. This event will be in honor of two time breast cancer Survivor Angel Ligon and a local community member recently diagnosed with kidney failure in need of a kidney transplant, Gary Shepard. This is the 2nd show for a cause and the numbers are getting stronger. The proceeds from ticket sales and donation go directly to the recipients.
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Hair for a Cause will be featuring a few of La Grange, Georgia’s finest in the Beauty Industry, Ms. Danyelle “The Make Up Maven”, Makeup Artist, Courtland “La Mente De Shaheed”, Wig Creator and Mrs. Athena Dixon-Wheelous, Hair Stylist and Barber. They will all be showcasing their GOD-given talents in the Hair for a Cause Hair Show on March 23, 2014 at Del’Avant in LaGrange, GA. This awesome trio shares the passion on wanting to help women to find that beauty inside and let it shine out. With over 10 years experience they have been helping women all over Georgia to feel empowered. They are surly putting Georgia on the map in the Beauty Industry.

Here is a little background on our featured stylist that have volunteered their services for this awesome cause. When asked, “what drives you and why?” They answered, Danyelle: “An addict, I think I need rehab I’m so bad…lol I’ve been this way since childhood, since I was able to read and spell the words make up!!! My profession and passion for this industry chose me. But, I’m a skin care fan, so love the skin you’re in!”

Athena-“My passion is to bring the beauty outward!”

La Mente De Shaheed- “I make wigs because it is simply what I want to do. I am a fashion designer by trade. I have always had a niche for anything that was dealing with someone’s appearance (besides make-up). I didn’t choose this field, it chose me. The first wig that I ever made for someone was a deep purple and black A-symmetrical stacked bob for someone’s Halloween costume. They wanted to channel Nikki Minaj. In the meantime, my grandmother was battling cancer and she asked if I could make her a wig that wouldn’t scream, “I am wearing a wig!” That is what drove me to making lace units. Sadly she passed before I even started on one for her. I now make wigs for cancer patients, alopecia sufferers, and burn victims quite often. I do also just make wigs for commercial use (everyday people) as well!”

Thank you to all that have donated their time and skills for this great cause!

We ask that you please share this event to everyone that you know. This event was put together for people that are in need of prayers and monetary blessings.

To make donations please call 706-407-1891

Let’S Know How to Buy Kids Shoes

Parents are concerned about their children. They want to take every small decisions pertaining to their children with great care. They buy the finest products for them and don’t compromise for the quality. No parents would give priority to money over the quality while buying any product for their children.

But, what if they don’t know the right things and features when they shop for a particular product? They might spend lots of money but still they won’t be able to get the right product for their kid. It is the case when they want to buy the kids shoes. When children are growing they should be allowed to stay bare feet so that they can get the natural foot development. It is good for proper bio mechanics of movement. It is considered that the bare feet enhances natural foot motion, and leads to proper strength in muscle tones.

Parents should understand this basic principle and should not force kids to wear shoes. If they will ask the shoe sellers then they will suggest the parents to buy the shoes that are more of miniature versions of adult shoes. They might have elevated heels and some other features like extreme cushioning that is not good for children’s feet. So whenever you want to buy kids shoes make sure to take care of some important points.

The kid’s shoes should have ultra-thin sole. It will enhance the natural foot movement. A child will be able to use its natural ability to absorb ground forces. They should be low and flat with no elevated heels. It should be comfortable for all the activities like running, climbing and all. Shoes without the heels are perfect for lateral movement. Kid shoes should be made from soft and supple material. They should be flexible enough so that it can bend easily. Parents should specially take care of the toes area. There should be ample space in the toe area. It should be wide enough to allow comfortable movement of toes within shoes. It is so because children’s feet are widest at the ends of the toes. The natural arch of the shoes provides a strong grip while walking. The stability is compromised when the heel is elevated.

The kid’s shoes should have a mid sole or an outside sole. It comes useful when they work o hard and rough surfaces like concrete, rock and asphalt. The material of the shoes should be soft and washable. It is necessary o keep the shoes clean otherwise it can result in problems. Focus more on grip rather than on traction while buying the shoes. Last but not the least; outer appearance should match with the kid’s preference. They should love the design and colors of the shoes they wear.

Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott found dead in her Manhattan Apartment

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott and girlfriend of Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger was found dead Monday, March 17 in her New York City Manhattan Apartment.

The 49 year old who was with Jagger for more than a decade and allegedly committed suicide today before police were called to her Chelsea apartment at 10:05am.

The 6’4” beauty was a former model and a stylist for many A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Scott launched her first clothing line in 2006 and has designed for brands like Banana Republic.

Although the medical examiner has not confirmed the cause of death, police are saying that it appeared to be suicide. Wren was found “unconscious and unresponsive” by her assistant at 10:00am.

The BBC reports that Mick Jagger is “completely shocked and devastated.” The rocker is currently on tour and tweeted just hours ago, “Looking forward to the first show in Perth.”

Halloween Costumes Store in Aurora Spicing Up The Celebrations

Halloween costumes store in Aurora are the only place kids want to go shopping when the festival is approaching. Yes, it is the place, where they can discover their entire dreamland that leads them to the sparkling celebration of the festival. Be it Gothic outfits, witchy clothing or scary masks, everything is available in such stores. Without these outfits and accessories, it is not imaginable to have fun during Halloween, if you are not all set with the crazy stuff in the house. Get ready for the blast and for that you need to make a shopping list in advance. It will make you feel simply excellent and superb about yourself and you can cherish this festival and its fervor like never before.

If you are lucky enough to have kids in the house, you cannot skip going to the best Halloween costumes store in Aurora. It is the place, where you can pick up all the amazing stuff for you and kids. Children are always interested in adding beauty and value to the festive season. You just need to stand by them and help them choosing their outfits creatively. If you find it unreasonable to spend a lot of money for scary costumes because you will not be able to use them in future, there are alternative solutions for you.

Arlington Heights Halloween Costumes rentals are widely famous in the marketplace. The reason behind this is enhanced benefits of the same to the customers. They can rent the costumes as per their requirements and return them back once the festival is over. This saves their pocket from excessive expenses and they can celebrate the festival in the way they wish to. Also, you need not to be worried about the maintenance part of the outfits you take on rent. You are going to return them back once the celebration is over. If you had bought them, then they would have become your responsibility and it was necessary for you to take care of them until the next festive season. And even after doing that you never know whether your kids would want to wear them or just say they are out of fashion.

These important pointers have increased value of Arlington Heights Halloween Costumes rentals amongst people. It helps them to look for the variety of outfit and accessory options and pick the best ones selectively. It’s fun to rent Halloween dresses and spice up the party.

Top 5 best resale shops in St. Louis

Looking for a place to buy and sell old clothes, shoes, and accessories? With an impressive resale market, St. Louis has plenty of shops to do just that, and more. From consignment, to on-the-spot buying, selling, and donating, there are many options in the area. These shops are not your typical thrift stores. There is no trash, only treasures. You may luck up and find some recycled styles that you can feed right back into your closet.



Clayton: 8211 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117, 314-725-3456; Webster Groves: 7930 Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63119, 314-961-2525;

This unique resale shop offers upscale fashions for women, men and children. Everything from designer apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes, ties, scarves, hats and fine collectibles can be found inside the ScholarShop. With two area locations (Clayton and Webster Groves), collections are varied. ScholarShop has many sales and promotions throughout the year, ensuring that shoppers will find great bargains. This store is great for those who are looking to donate and shop for a cause. Donations are accepted at both locations and donators will receive a statement at the end of the tax year, itemizing the value of their salable donations through the year. All purchases made support students in the area through the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Avalon Exchange

6388 Delmar Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63130, 314-725-2760;

From the on-trend and in-season pieces, this is a great shop to buy, sell and trade the latest fashions. Offering clothing for men and women, its collections include vintage pieces, designer labels, denim and leather. One-of-a-kind styles that cannot be found anywhere in St. Louis lay hidden on the racks. If in the market for a bold statement piece or a costume for a themed party, this is arguably the best shop in town, attracting a diverse group of sellers. Those with piles of gently worn trendy clothing should definitely give Avalon Exchange a visit. Store credit or cash is offered for items that the store chooses to buy.

Women’s Closet Exchange

Women’s Closet Exchange

11575 Gravois Rd St. Louis, MO 63126, 314-842-8405;

Coined one of the best resale shops in the country, Women’s Closet Exchange is the focal point of the television show, Resale Royalty. The show is produced by Coolfire Originals. The shop is owned and operated by resale guru, Sue McCarthy and her two daughters, Diana and Laura. These fashion savvy ladies take on a style conscious clientele who are looking for the best designer buys in town. They are committed to authenticity, and they typically buy items that are recently purchased. This is the perfect shop for socialites to take their luxury fashion items that may have been slightly overphotographed in hopes to sell them and score some new pieces for their closets. Buying guidelines and seasonal windows for those interested in selling are available on the store’s website.

Back On The Rack

2535 S. Brentwood Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63144, 314-963-7575;

Featuring a variety of designers and popular brands for women, Back On The Rack is centrally located in Brentwood. The collections are constantly changing; one can be sure to find some well-known brands in women’s fashion here. This shop will pick up your unwanted items, appraise them, and pay you, leaving you free of worry of what will sell. As far as consigning items, there are a few guidelines listed on the shop’s website.

Upscale Resale Boutique

Upscale Resale Boutique

10042 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-821-8161;

Owned and operated by Willows Way, a local nonprofit organization serving people with mental and physical disabilities, Upscale Resale Boutique offers a warm shopping experience. The shop is known for its personable staff. Consignments are by appointment only, so be sure to call in advance to sell. Upscale Resale Boutique carries designer names such as Prada, Juicy Couture and Chanel. Shop with a piece of mind knowing that all proceeds from purchases and consignments go to helping those with disabilities by creating opportunities.

An in-depth examination of Garcia v. Google

On February 26th the Ninth Circuit court of appeals handed down a ruling that, taken to its logical conclusion, could have a significant impact on both the movie and photography communities. In the case of Garcia v Google, Inc., actress Cindy Garcia asserts a claim to a copyright interest in a portion of a video she acted in.

Although this case applies to an actor in a movie, the principles apply equally to a model in a photograph. Anyone who has worked with a talented model would agree that her creativity in posing and expression contributes to the final photo; the court has now created the presumption that performers who are creative are owners of copyright to that creation: “An author ‘in a constitutional sense’ is one ‘to whom anything owes its origin; originator; maker.’ Feist Publ’ns, 499 U.S. at 346 (quoting Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884)). In other words, the creator of copyrightable artistic expression is an author. Which is why, for example, Sinéad O’Connor can claim a copyright in her performance of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ even though the song was written by Prince.”

The appeals court stated that: “We need not and do not decide whether every actor has a copyright in his performance within a movie. It suffices for now to hold that, while the matter is fairly debatable, Garcia is likely to prevail.” [emphasis added.]

The court recognizes the apparent problems with its ruling: “As the above discussion makes clear, any analysis of the rights that might attach to the numerous creative contributions that make up a film can quickly become entangled in an impenetrable thicket of copyright.” But they dismiss the issue based on their understanding of the way movies are produced: “But it rarely comes to that because copyright interests in the vast majority of films are covered by contract, the work for hire doctrine or implied licenses.”

While that may be true for most movie productions, it is not true for most photographs. There is often no contract in advance of a shoot that discusses usage, and “work for hire” generally does not apply to models even in professional commercial photo shoots. Even when a “model release” is used, it typically deals only with the model’s rights of publicity and privacy, not copyright, since it has generally been understood that the copyright in a photo belongs to the photographer unless there is something in writing to the contrary. This ruling challenges that understanding.

It can be argued that by granting a release of those privacy and publicity rights in the “model release”, the model is also granting an implied copyright usage license. But that is not established law. Even if it is true, the limitations on that implied license are not clear; if a model argues that a subsequent use of a photograph by a photographer is outside the scope of what she thought she agreed to, the “implied license” may provide no protection. As an example, suppose the photographer tells a model that her picture will not appear on “an adult website”. If he later uses it on his own personal photography page or model mayhem portfolio that contains nudes, is that outside the scope of the implied license? The court opinion suggests that it may be: “A clear sign that Youssef exceeded the bounds of any license is that he lied to Garcia in order to secure her participation, and she agreed to perform in reliance on that lie. Youssef’s fraud alone is likely enough to void any agreement he had with Garcia. But even if it’s not, it’s clear evidence that his inclusion of her performance in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ exceeded the scope of the implied license and was, therefore, an unauthorized, [copyright-]infringing use.”

In this case there was no valid written contract or release, which points strongly for the need for a release whenever a photographer shoots pictures of a model. With no release, the copyright license which may be implied by a release is that much harder to demonstrate. If a model objects to any online use, for instance, she now has standing as “an author” to demand the picture be taken down with a DMCA takedown notice.
The court seems not to view this as a settled issue; it has remanded the case back to the trial court to determine whether or not Garcia does, in fact, have a copyright claim. But the wording of the order prejudices the outcome: “Neither party raised the issue of whether the author of a dramatic performance must personally fix his work in a tangible medium. Because the question is not properly before us, we do not decide it. The parties are free to raise it in the district court on remand.”

By stating the charge to the trial court in those terms, the appellate court is asking the judge to decide what has already been decided in a string of cases: the author does not have to personally “fix” his work. An example from the Third Circuit makes this clear, but adds an additional requirement not mentioned in the Ninth Circuit opinion: “That statutory language and the Supreme Court’s guidance produce a definition of an author as the party who actually creates the work, that is, the person who translates an idea into an expression that is embodied in a copy by himself or herself, or who authorizes another to embody the expression in a copy. The definition, however, has limits. When one authorizes embodiment, that process must be rote or mechanical transcription that does not require intellectual modification or highly technical enhancement . . . .”
There are two issues here: the work is fixed under the authority of the creator, and the fixation must not be something that itself requires creativity. Both seem to fail in this case, but neither is mentioned, leaving the trial court with no charge to examine them.

But in a photo shoot the “authority” to fix an image may be open to question. When a photographer or client hires a model for a shoot, arguably the images are “fixed” under the authority of the photographer or model. But whose “authority” operates in a TFP collaboration, or when the model requests and pays for the shoot? That seems less clear.

As the court itself seems to recognize, these issues are far from settled law even within the Ninth Circuit. Further findings by the trial court will clarify them to some extent; further appeals are also likely. But if this ruling by a two to one majority of a panel stands, photographers and models may have to change the way they do business.