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Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino. CFW presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City and other selected cities.

Where to Flaunt Your Fashion as You Emerge From Isolation

As we come back blinking into the light, the returns of theater, live music, restaurants, nights out, fashion shows and (for some of us) the office, the questions of what to wear — now that we’re more than just (literally) talking heads — is starting to loom large once again. New York, London and Milan Fashion Weeks have just come and gone, and instead of seeing a single trend, there’s been a mishmash of ideas. The Guardian thinks there’ll be 21 ‘tribes’ going forward into next year, with everything from vaporwave moving from visual arts into fashion, to goblincore. As we nervously put down the sweatpants, let’s have a look at some of the key ideas from spring/summer 2022’s designs.

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The office

While it’s going to be nice to make a touch more effort, it seems designers at London Fashion Week haven’t let go of the idea of comfort yet — however there’s no move to resurrect the power suit just yet. Instead, the 90’s are still big – specifically England in the early 90’s – hemlines are relaxed, jeans are baggy. Prints are bold – think plaids and florals; colors are primary. Don’t be afraid to dust off your chunky platforms; if we’re putting something on our feet it doesn’t have to be plantar fasciitis-risking heels quite yet.

The big night out

If you’re hitting the casino, that might be the time to show off. While most of us have been gaming (and shopping) online in the comfort of our own homes over the past period, some of the poker rooms of Las Vegas remain fairly upscale. However, as the new generation of female poker professionals like Kara Scott and Vivian have shown, there’s way more to the card table than cocktail dresses and LBDs. New York showed us that the long knit has definitively made the jump from the high street to high fashion; asymmetric shapes and cold shoulders turn practicality on its head. Pairing up flowing lines with a tight clutch purse makes for a smooth transition from day to eveningwear, as shown in our article “6 Awesome Looks This Summer: How to Accessorize Properly.”

The beach

Starved of travel over the pandemic, if you thought beachwear was going to be a key trend for next season, then you’d be correct. Resort wear sales are up 240% in 2021 over 2020. Miami Swim Week pointed to a continuation of what we’re seeing in everyday styles. Florals are everywhere, kaftans are big, comfort is emphasized. However the swimwear underneath the sarong gets more adventurous as we get back into shape for next summer. Think futuristic fabrics in textured bikinis, more straps than a Rolex accessories dealer and cut-outs galore. And again, with the bold accessorizing, crochet wraps and belly chains will be ubiquitous.

Getting dressed up is going to mean different things to different folks over the coming seasons. As we’ve mentioned above, even heading to the office could feel like preparing for a fashion show after the last year and a half. But when it is finally time to do it, enjoy the process!

Acclaimed Soprano Nicola Said Sings at the Global Short Film Awards Cannes Film Festival 2021

Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently delivered an electrifying performance at the Global Short Film (GSF) Awards Gala during the prestigious international Cannes Film Festival 2021.  The festive gala event was organized by entrepreneur, producer and fashion designer Andres Aquino and held at the luxurious Villa Forbes (Villa Elegance) in Cannes, France.

Soprano Nicola Said with Producer, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Andres Aquino at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Soprano Nicola Said with Producer, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer Andres Aquino.

Nicola performed Je Veux Vivre from the French opera Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and Quando Me’n Vo from Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème.  Both were specifically chosen to accompany the theme of life and love, and beauty and love. Also performing at the event was world-renowned violinist, Edmond Fokker van Crayestein.  Nicola sang in front of a number of distinguished guests from the entertainment world, including Dr. Olympia Gellini, founder and president of the Family Film Awards, The American World Film Awards, Olympia Awards City Of Lights and member of the GSF Awards jury; Karl Bardosh, New York University associate professor, screenwriter, director, producer, pioneer in the field of mobile phone cinema, and member of the GSF Awards jury; and award-winning actor and producer, Vincent De Paul.

Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.Nicola Said and Emmy Award-winning actor Vincent De Paul.

Nicola was first introduced to producer and designer Andres Aquino by award-winning Hollywood composer William Camilleri, and then asked to sing at this prestigious event held to coincide with the iconic Cannes Film Festival. “Nicola, you came, you sang and you conquered Cannes, transporting us to a magical and delightful world where you rule with your powerful voice,” said GSF Awards Founder and Director Andres Aquino, adding  “…I am looking forward to seeing you at our next Couture Fashion Week event in New York.”

Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein at the Global Short Film Awards in Cannes, France
Soprano Nicola Said with world-renowned violinist Edmond Fokker van Crayestein

In a nod to her Maltese heritage, Nicola wore a stunning gown generously sponsored by top Maltese designers Charles & Ron, while her travel was supported by the Malta International Airport. Upon her return from Cannes, Nicola said “taking part was an amazing experience. I met fantastic people in the entertainment industry and have just been invited to sing at Couture Fashion Week New York!”

Nicola is the Malta Airport Foundation Ambassador and a Joseph Calleja BOV Foundation Scholar. She has been supported by the DrakeCalleja Trust, Janatha Stubbs Foundation, and the Ian Tomlin Scholarship. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course, for which she was granted a full scholarship.

Nicola, who is represented by The Music Partnership, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex at an event presented by the Duke of Edinburgh, at St. James’s Palace and Kensington Palace in the UK. She won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.

Aside from Malta and the UK, Nicola has performed internationally, including in France, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Germany, China, Poland, Hungary and other countries. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Malta.

Visit Nicola Said on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

6 Awesome Looks This Summer: How To Accessorize Properly

6 Awesome Looks This Summer: How To Accessorize ProperlyThe world of fashion never stays still. Right after you have decided on that look that is something you see in a fashion show, the next styles come rolling in. This sends multitudes to the shops in search of something ‘current’ rather than outdated. It’s no surprise when you think about it, because if fashion never changed lots of people would go out of business.

Another thing that keeps us on the move is the seasons. We get all our winter gear together, and then comes the spring. Once again we change our clothes to accommodate the new temperatures and styles. It may be that you’re thinking about the summer next. Perhaps you’re happy with the clothes you own but are looking for some new accessories. If that’s the case, you’ll appreciate these six ideas, whether you’re a man or a woman.

1.   Jewelry

●      For Ladies

You may have noticed women walking around with several bracelets on their arms. This piled-on look is something largely associated with the 1980s, but it’s back in fashion. People are wearing silver, ceramic beads, and copper bracelets. Check out the cuff bracelets and pearl versions too.

Tribal jewelry is also increasingly popular these days, often being made from stone, clay, or wood. Whether it’s pendants in a feather design or geometric shapes, people are wearing it in such colors as silver and turquoise.

●      For Men

Many men are looking for watches that are both functional and that make a fashion statement. Durable versions are being bought by those who are regularly active outdoors, including watches with straps made from aluminum, steel, or precious metals. Cufflinks are also in vogue, looking most impressive when they are of a simple design. The key is to ensure they match the rest of your attire.

You can get loads of inspiration by trawling the internet. If you’re visiting the best jewelry stores you can schedule virtual appointments with jewelry specialists and access gold buying services. Whether you’re after diamond earrings, gunmetal cross pendants, or gemstone jewelry there will always be something that appeals.

2.   Clothing Accessories

●      For Ladies

Because white summer dresses are plain in color, a tote bag that matches your lip color could be ideal. A detailed bracelet and a straw hat wouldn’t look out of place either. If you are wearing a floral dress the design will be ‘busy’ enough so don’t go for overly bright accessories. Instead, choose delicate silver jewelry.

●      For Men

Even something like a knitted tie can find a place in your summer wardrobe. If you wear brown or black belts, that’s fine, but summer is the time to liven up and experiment with brighter colors. Many guys are opting for woven belts on dark slim-cut trousers. Try wearing some humble sneakers and overlay a white T-shirt with a Cuban collar shirt.

3.   Hair Accessories

●      For Women

Busy hair is fine at the moment, so you won’t be out of place wearing cloud-like scrunchies or elegant pearl clips. The latter can be worn with one on each side at the front or by having one on each side of your head, in a typical 1990s style. You may know ladies who are wearing messy buns, perhaps with a ribbon around them. They are back in vogue, alongside bows worn across ponytails.

●      For Men

Hats can keep your head in the shade and provide UV protection. If they’re breathable you’ll battle less with sweat, too. Baseball caps are all too common to impress anyone, so why not try straw trilby hats or fedoras, or linen newsboy caps. Panama hats and a T-shirt are great for presenting a casual look, too. For your feet, you could add a pair of white streamlined high-top Converse.

4.   Things To Carry

●      For Women

Ladies will always have things they need to bring around with them, which provides the perfect opportunity to display something fashionable. Why not carry a clutch purse? They’ve been a favorite for generations, but have endured in terms of popularity and are well worth considering.

●      For Men

Tote bags are very practical items for carrying things around. Being open-topped they are easier to access than backpacks, plus they will be kinder to your clothes in terms of creases. If you’re the outdoor type, why not go for a nylon version that’s waterproof and scuff proof? Go for a bag in a dark neutral color. This way it will be easier to match it with different outfits.

6 Awesome Looks This Summer: How To Accessorize Properly

5.   Sunglasses

●      For Women

They can be bright and funky and come in a range of different colors. There are star-shaped polarized glasses you can buy and brightly colored sports frames. Check out the versions with glittering rhinestones too.

●      For Men

As with any glasses frame, it’s important to consider your face shape. They can either be a distinctive feature or a pair that compliment your looks. You might want to go online and look at aviator glasses, the Wayfarer, or Club Master designs. If you go shopping in person, you might like to bring someone with you for a second opinion.

6.   Fragrances

●      For Women

Scents relate more to your overall impression rather than your appearance, but they are nonetheless essential. Your budget may be the deciding point when it comes to choice, but there are many great brands out there. Check out Versace Bright Crystal for some floral scents, or Chanel No. 19 Poudre for some powdery softness. There’s also Tom Ford Soleil Blanc which is a spicy blend containing things like tuberose and jasmine.

●      For Men

Something with a citrus twist is very seasonal but it’s important to try before you buy. Peoples’ bodies react differently to aftershave just as they do to medication. It’s best to go to a scent shop and spray some on yourself, and then wait for twenty minutes. If you have a partner, be sure to involve them in the choosing process too!

Your accessories, whether they are carried or worn, all create a lasting impression on your friends. You’ll look, feel and smell good, and be able to enjoy the summer for all it’s worth.

Rising Star Sia to Be Featured at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes

Rising Star Sia to Be Featured at the Global Short Film Awards Gala in CannesSia is a young aspiring dancer, actress and model with a brilliant future ahead of her. Sia will appear in the Global Short Film Awards Gala in Cannes, France on 12 July 2021 as a model for fashion designer Andres Aquino. She will also be seen on the world-famous red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Sia is looking forward to the tremendous opportunity in participating in these exciting events in Cannes.

Currently a high school sophomore in the USA, Sia is the daughter of immigrant parents; her dad is an IT professional and her mom is a photographer and social worker. Sia has a keen interest in fashion, acting and dance, and has participated in various pageants, competitions and acting workshops in both the USA and India. She is currently studying kathak (Indian classical dance), and is fluent in English, Gujrati and Hindi. Sia is vice president of her high school fashion club, and participates in various cultural, academic, social and volunteer services.

Now in its sixth annual season, the Global Short Film Awards was founded by Andres Aquino, who is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.

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How to Dress Like Your Favorite Hollywood Celebs

How to Dress Like Your Favorite Hollywood CelebsThroughout modern history, consumers have relied on and turned to celebrity endorsements and magazine placements to discover the latest fashion trends. As fit and trim people brimming with talent and success, they become models and influencers of style for everyday people trying to find similar success in their own way.

Looking to add some Hollywood fashion and flair to your wardrobe? Here are four items you can add to your closet to dress like your favorite Hollywood celebrities.

1. A Bikini

With summer on the horizon, it’s time to start tracking down your bikini of choice for weekends at the swimming pool or your big beach vacation. You Beauty provides a list of some of the top bikini styles for this summer, based on top celebrities’ endorsements or creations. For instance, Emily Ratajkowski owns a swimsuit line called Inamorata that other celebrities are thrilled to wear. Her hallmark design is a triangular bikini top featuring extra-long straps that spiral down along the torso as well as matching bottoms that tie on the sides. Her bikini suits come in a variety of colors and patterns.

2. Active Wear

Many celebrities create their own lines of activewear. For instance, country star Carrie Underwood developed her own brand, Calia, which features comfortably adorable sweatpants that seem more like yoga pants crossed with long johns and much more. But there are many other ways to work out or enjoy casual afternoons shopping like your favorite celebrities. Case in point: Jessica Alba loves comfortable tracksuits, while Eva Longoria likes to sweat without any hindrance with a seamless jog bra and spandex pants.

3. Sexy Lingerie

Sometimes, part of the secret to your favorite celebrities’ stunning curves and trim figures lies beyond excellent genetics, a clean diet and an unwavering devotion to a superhuman fitness regimen.

They sometimes get some help from sexy, form-fitting lingerie that accentuates their curves and improves troublesome spots. Not only that, but many stars wear high-quality lingerie and intimates as part of their outerwear, wearing a bodysuit with a pair of jeans and a cardigan sweater.

Consider Jennifer Lopez’s low-rise pants and peek-a-boo thong or Halsey’s demi-cut, corseted bodysuit, suggests Christina Baez at US Magazine. You can adopt this layering technique and body-enhancing strategy by investing in high-quality, affordable lingerie and intimates that will help you achieve the Hollywood look you oh-so desire.

4. Closet Organization

While this isn’t a shoe brand or article of clothing, the top celebrities love organizing their closets, so create a better organization of your closet. You don’t need to do it all at once, but adding a shoe organizer or some small totes is a great way to start living like a Hollywood celeb. With a little focus on order, you’ll always know where your favorite sweater is, or you’ll more easily recognize when you’ve not worn a blouse for over a year and donate it. You’ll love working with a clear, organized space to put together your celebrity-inspired outfits.

Dressing Like a Celebrity Isn’t Difficult When You Get Creative

As you look to take some fashion inspiration from your favorite celebrities, you’ll soon find you’re developing your own unique style. In the meantime, learning the beauty of organization, finding flattering fitness fashionwear, picking out the perfect bikini, and strategically layering your undergarments and lingerie to your advantage are great pathways to achieving celebrity style.

 

The 7 Best Designer Belt Bags To Buy In 2021

The 7 Best Designer Belt Bags To Buy In 2021

If you are searching for a practical but stylish fashion accessory, you should consider buying a designer belt bag. The belt bag, also commonly known as the fanny pack, bumbag, or waist bag, is a type of bag previously associated with tourists, but is now one of the most fashionable items out there.

Belt bags were a hit in the ’90s, and it’s taken two decades for the belt bag to make a comeback. Moreover, it looks like this time it’s here to stay. Season after season, you won’t miss seeing the belt bag on the runway, which shows its popularity. It’s easy to see why: belt bags are fashionable, functional, and practical. Read on for some top must-have belt bags. Check out Bagover.com to find other vintage and pre-loved designer bags!

1.   Louis Vuitton monogram bumbag

The Louis Vuitton monogram bumbag will set you back around $1800, but it’s worth every penny. The LV bumbag is one of the most popular belt bags on the market today.

Fashioned in the Louis Vuitton famous monogram canvas, this bumbag combines a sporty design with a chic aesthetic, and it’s also versatile. You can wear it as a crossbody, at the waist, or as a shoulder bag.

Its practicality allows you to be hands-free and still carry all your belongings like car keys, phone, and a few essentials.

2.   The Bottega Veneta waist bag

The Bottega Veneta design is among the most expensive belt bags. Guilty pleasures can take various forms, and this is definitely one of them. It may cost you a pretty penny, but we consider this belt bag an excellent investment given the quality of the handiwork and the intricate stylish design.

Made from the softest Italian leather with a casual silhouette that’s perfect for the weekend, it features a magnetic fastener on the top for security. The chunky gold chain can be fastened around your waist or across your body for a stylish look.

The Bottega Veneta belt bag can perfectly fit all your essentials without compromising on style and appeal. You can wear it to compliment your favorite dress for a party or date night or a low-key, casual function with trousers and a nice top.

The 7 Best Designer Belt Bags To Buy In 2021

3.   The Gucci belt bag

All the major fashion brands have put their twist on the fanny bag, and Gucci was not left behind. The Gucci belt bag is made from soft leather and comes in beige, red or black. All these look amazing, but you will definitely love the black one with the striking gold-tone logo.

The Gucci belt bag also features a quilted effect and eye-catching chevron pattern; the only disadvantage of this luxury bag is that most people can’t keep their hands off.

You can adjust the belt for the best fit, and you can carry all your essentials like your makeup, phone, or keys. There is also a zipper to secure your stuff.

4.   The Fendi utility belt bag

Fendi has reinvented the workman’s staple and helped us waive aside all preconceptions about utility belts. The Fendi utility belt bag deserves a place on the catwalk because it’s not only convenient but can help you make a stylish statement.

The bag is well-crafted and comes with two pouches for your coins, cards, or phone. It also has a D-ring and a carabiner clip to hang your keys or ID card. The combination of FF plaques and tan leather gives this belt bag a massive boost on the style stakes.

You can wear your Fendi utility belt bag with a blazer jacket and a midi skirt or a long structured jacket for everyday office attire.

The 7 Best Designer Belt Bags To Buy In 2021

5.   Jacquemus small waist bag

If you are looking for a minimalist and clutter-free belt bag, the Jacquemus waist bag is your best bet. The bag is designed and comes in a unique shade of white and is the perfect go-to accessory for summer evenings. It’s ideal for cinching in the waist of a loose dress highlighting your curves and adding structure and shape.

The small size of this belt bag works well in its favor. It looks stunning while still convenient with an internal slot pocket for carrying credit cards. The Jacquemus belt bag is made from calf leather with a gold logo detailing that’s intricately refined against the off-white.

It also comes with extra detail – the double belt strap, which you will not see on other belt bags but looks amazing and stylish.

6.   The Saint Laurent clutch belt bag

The Saint Laurent clutch belt bag is perfect if you are always on the go. The belt bag doubles as an after-dark-appropriate clutch. After a long day wearing it on your waist, remove the adjustable belt strap and brighten up your evening by carrying it as a clutch bag paired with your favorite evening dress.

The expert craftsmanship and an eye for statement design makes this fanny pack an excellent example of the iconic brand’s luxury bags. The timeless black color against the gold logo makes the bag the perfect evening accessory.

7.   Alexander Wang women’s belt bag

If you are looking to buy a waist bag that will stand the test of time and still look good with age, then choose a leather one like the Alexander Wang belt bag.

The combination of black leather and silver zippers and a chain offers a sophisticated streetwise look with a subtle biker edge. Pair it with a white dress for dramatic effect, but it would look equally impressive paired with jeans and a white shirt.

The Alexander Wang belt bag comes with various pockets to store all your essentials and keep them in order.

The 7 Best Designer Belt Bags To Buy In 2021

The belt bag looks awesome when worn across the body, where it seems fashionably casual and offers easy access to any essentials.

When buying the ultimate belt bag, consider the design you want, size, and material. A belt bag is perfect for the everyday look, and if you choose designer pieces that have put a spin on the standard fanny pack, it helps you make a fashion statement.

Juanita DeSilva Wins People’s Favorite Online Contest

Juanita DeSilva people's Favorite Contest WinnerCouture Fashion Week NY producer Andres Aquino is pleased to announce Juanita DeSilva is the winner of the latest online People’s Favorite Contest. Juanita is a rising star: producer/actress of film, theater and TV, as well as a model, dancer and choreographer. A native of Sri Lanka, now a US citizen, Juanita has an extensive theatrical background and a degree in business, among other achievements, not the least of which is being the proud mom of 3 boys. She has appeared in TV shows such as Ballers, Code Black, Scandal, Criminal Minds and Veep, as well as the films Scorpion Girl: The Awakening, Switched, Wine Tasting, Cyber Café, Annabelle Crane and I Am Sorry. She is currently busy working on film projects.

“Congratulations, Juanita!” says Andres Aquino. “We look forward to seeing you on the cover of Italy-based international publication Deamina Magazine, and in other editorials.” As the overall People’s Favorite Contest winner, chosen by online voters,  Juanita will also receive a special set of beauty products from BWOW Cosmetics from London, and more.

Visit Juanita DeSilva on Facebook.

Top 5 Makeup Ideas for Self-Portraits

Top 5 Makeup Ideas for Self-Portraits

Self-portraits define a person and create the first impression that online users apply to determine whether to follow or subscribe to a business. While a portrait with quality makeup can impress and fetch you more followers, a plain old selfie will have the opposite effect.

Thus, it is essential to customize your selfies with the latest makeup ideas, especially if you intend to use them in your business portfolio. If you want to add a touch of creativity to your self-portrait, we have outlined the top five makeup ideas to get you covered. Check them out.

1. Take Portraits In Natural Light

Artificial lights tend to alter the original color of the subject. If poorly used, they may end up making your makeup, skin color, and texture less flattering. Taking your portraits in natural light will help you avoid the frustrations that may result from the use of artificial lights.

For quality images, you need to capture the selfies in an open scope while ensuring that the light hitting your face is soft. By so doing, you will give your image a glowing face, sparkling eyes and add some light to the background. This blend of actions will add natural glamour to your makeup.

2. Concentrate With Bold Colors

Top 5 Makeup Ideas for Self-Portraits

Cameras are not 100% accurate, and in most cases, they tend to produce discolored images. The only viable solution to this problem is using bold makeup colors to give your portrait a perfect and youthful look. However, you don’t have to apply dark green shadows on your eyelids or blue lipstick. Some colors can be a big turnoff, especially on business websites. Just remain simple with bold but attractive colors.

For instance, you can improve your facial looks by using simple mascara makeup and red lipstick. Alternatively, you can add eyelashes and lipstick on existing portraits in your handset using the selfie editing apps. You don’t have to be skilled to use the apps. Rather, reading various guides on how to add eyelashes to facetune photo and perform other applications can take you through the photo-editing process successfully.

The use of the online apps will save you from the burden of taking photos every time and still give you the most desired portrait makeup results.

3. Make The Portraits As Natural As Possible

Top 5 Makeup Ideas for Self-Portraits

Though foundation can help enhance your looks, too much of it will give your portraits a more textured and perfect look with a less natural feel. As professional photographers do, you should use a foundation that hides fewer details of your face/ body to give your portrait a more natural look.

You can seek advice from a professional makeup artist if you don’t know what type of foundation you can use to accentuate your authentic natural look. It can be easy to achieve your portrait goals with a natural-looking portrait as more online users will find it attractive.

4. Use A Translucent Powder To Create A Matte Effect

Although natural light is the best for naturally looking portraits, it can make you sweaty and give your images a shiny effect. Applying a thin layer of translucent powder on your face can help eliminate sweat and keep makeup intact. If you have oily skin, the powder will give your skin a dry and even look for great images.

5. Ensure Your Outfit And Reflectors Complement Your Makeup

Top 5 Makeup Ideas for Self-Portraits

Indeed, you will concentrate less on the outfit while taking your portrait. However, a significant part of the outfit will appear in the portrait most times. And, if the outfit color is too bold, it may clash with the bold lipstick or other makeup, creating an unflattering look. That said, you should stick to a simple outfit that won’t interfere with your natural look or bold makeup.

On the other hand, reflectors can help eliminate dark circles like sweat if positioned well while taking the portraits. However, a wrong reflector color can badly impact your makeup and make your portrait less appealing. You can always consult a professional makeup expert on which reflector colors are ideal for your makeup.

Conclusion

Quality portraits can create a good first impression. They can also aid in attracting more follower and leads to your site. With the above tips, you can generate quality portraits and make your online journey a success. However, the tips are not exclusive; you can combine them with your own  custom photography skills or third-party insights to develop more quality portraits.

Top Herbal Teas That Can Boost Your Health

Herbal tea is one of the world’s healthiest drinks. It is, in fact, a mix of herbs and added spices and dried fruits. Herbal tea, called tisane, is made from various dried parts of plants, from leaves and roots to flowers and seeds. There are many useful plants that can make a good healthy tea. Better yet, if several different herbs are mixed together, then they give an even tastier and healthier drink.

Most herbal teas don’t have caffeine, so they’re well known for having a soothing and calming effect. But that’s not the only benefit of drinking this type of tea. Depending on the plants the tea is made from, it can help with many health issues. That’s because the most popular tea herbs have medicinal properties, being full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Here are some of the most popular plants for herbal tea that offer lots of health benefits.

Top Herbal Teas That Can Boost Your Health
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Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is considered a medication in some countries and it’s been used as a remedy since the dawn of time. That says a lot about its potency and usefulness in boosting health. The first thing that comes to mind regarding this tea is that it helps with sleep, because of its soothing and calming effects. It also helps with reducing stress and anxiety and lowers blood sugar levels.

Besides sleep, chamomile tea is also known for helping with stomach problems, calming the upset stomach. That includes menstrual pain as well as other muscle cramps and spasms. It is also good for protecting the liver. Being full of antioxidants, flavonoids, and other compounds, chamomile tea is considered to be anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can help with health problems from a common cold to some types of cancer.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea has menthol in it, and can help relax abdominal muscles and soothe an upset stomach. It eases discomfort caused by diarrhea, bloating, and gas, and can relieve irritable bowel syndrome and constipation problems, and even help with motion sickness. If you suffer from indigestion and heartburn, peppermint tea is your best bet to help solve that problem.

The stomach is not the only thing this tea can help with. Peppermint contains menthol that acts as a decongestant. That means it can help clear mucus that builds up in the airways during common colds, easing breathing, relieving coughs, and soothing sore throats. It can also help with headaches, fatigue, and anxiety. Besides drinking peppermint tea, inhaling its steam can relieve respiratory problems and headaches.

Top Herbal Teas That Can Boost Your Health
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Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red bush tea, comes from South Africa’s rooibos plant that is part of the legume family. It is a bush with leaves that look like needles, and when dried they get that reddish color for which the tea is known. This tea is mainly popular only in South Africa, but that has been changing in recent years.

More and more people are learning about its many health-beneficial properties since it contains a lot of antioxidants and minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, potassium, etc. Besides antioxidants, rooibos tea is full of anti-inflammatory compounds and vitamin C. It helps ease many diseases and issues like cholesterol, digestion, improving circulation and blood pressure, bone health, and more. It also helps keep hair and skin healthy and strong, as well as relieving allergies and eczema.

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm is a plant from the mint family that’s very easy to grow. It is mostly used for its mild sedative effects because it reduces cortisol levels but doesn’t make you drowsy. That makes it a great helper with insomnia, anxiety, and even depression. It is a sort of a “spirits-lifter” type of tea and can be drunk hot as well as cold.

Other benefits of lemon balm tea are that it improves antioxidant levels, helps with digestion, and heart health because it improves arterial elasticity. It can also benefit skin elasticity. Another notable benefit of this tea is that it’s a brain stimulant, helping with concentration and memory. It’s good served hot and cold, and goes well with lemon or honey for added flavor.

Ginger Tea

With a very strong, spicy flavor this tea is great for drinking both hot and cold, on its own or mixed with other herbs. Ginger is one of the most healthy herbs there is, so its benefits are plentiful. It’s known to help with stomach problems such as indigestion and nausea related to motion sickness and especially morning sickness with pregnant women. Its spiciness improves circulation, helping with digestion and better absorption of nutrients.

Ginger root is used worldwide as a remedy for a variety of health issues besides digestive ones. Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve respiratory problems like congestion and allergies. Its antioxidants, high concentration of vitamins C, B3, and B6, and plenty of minerals, boost the immune system, help with heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and protect against cancer. It also relieves stress and pain in muscles and joints (osteoarthritis). Adding lemon and honey can make the flavor better, masking the spiciness of the ginger.

Top Herbal Teas That Can Boost Your Health
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Hibiscus Tea

This pale red drink, made from dried hibiscus petals, has a sweet and a slightly sour taste that is delicious served hot or cold. It has a great many health benefits among which are its antibacterial properties that help fight E. coli and the like, and boost immunity in general. Full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamin C, it helps fight off cancer and protects the liver.

Another known benefit of hibiscus tea is lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure which helps combat heart disease. It boosts metabolism and reduces body fat, making it a great choice for weight loss regimes and specific dietary programs. The diuretic properties of hibiscus help with water retention and circulation issues.

Final Thoughts

Tisanes or herbal teas come in a variety of flavors and blends, and offer many health benefits. Since they don’t contain caffeine or sugar, they are an excellent choice for those who want a healthy drink without feeling jittery all day long. There are many plants and herbal blends used for teas. These are just the ones that are used often and can help the most with health issues.

Not only are they chock-full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-beneficial compounds, but they are very tasty as well. Adding honey instead of sugar and some lemon can make them even healthier and more delicious. If you add some ice to the herbal tea you can make it a great drink for summer, so you can be healthy all year long.

Spruce Up Your Spring Outfits with These Fashion Tips

Spruce Up Your Spring Outfits with These Fashion Tips
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We are in the midst of spring and there is almost no other time of the year when you get the sudden urge to completely revamp your fashion style.

It is common to get a little tired of your style and to feel that your clothes, shoes, and accessories are no longer fun or stylish, so it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It can seem like an impossible task to get your style in order so that you feel satisfied.

Finding the perfect piece in your wardrobe is not always easy, but when you do, you’ll know it instantly. It will give you a boost of self-confidence and make you feel that you can conquer the world.

Read on for some great fashion tips to help you spruce up your ensemble this spring.

Statement T-Shirts

Spruce Up Your Spring Outfits with These Fashion Tips
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All of us have probably lost count as to how many t-shirts have come and gone in our closets. This is nothing uncommon since the plain t-shirt is a staple piece and works in all situations – with a skirt for a party, with trousers for work, with jeans for any occasion.

If you want to add some creativity and freshness to your look, why not do so with statement tees. A t-shirt with a print can switch up the entire look and make it more intriguing.

Statement t-shirts have taken the world by storm as clothing has become the perfect tool to make a statement, and stand out while still being able to look on-trend and cool. If you wish to express your beliefs, spread some positivity and stay true to yourself, there are beautifully designed Christian t-shirts for ladies used as a way to inspire yourself and others and speak up about something you stand for. Wear them with your favorite jeans, skirt, or even under a blazer during chilly spring nights.

Leather Jackets To Look Cool

As spring brings mild weather, a stylish leather jacket is a timeless investment that you will be able to wear every year in an infinite number of ways. There is a wide selection of trendy alternatives, while the classic black biker jacket is always a stylish purchase and works flawlessly with your flowery spring dresses, giving an edge to your look.

A smart style tip to keep in mind when you are going to purchase a leather jacket is to think beforehand about what color and leather material you prefer. Think about the choice of leather and try several different models, because once you have found the right one, it is a clothing item you can use for several years to come.

Combine Bold Colors, Patterns, Styles

Spruce Up Your Spring Outfits with These Fashion Tips
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If you like a lot of colors and different patterns, springtime is by far the best time to try out different options. In fact, in recent years it has been shown that the more “wrongs” you make in your combinations – the more right it looks! To go against classic fashion rules is both fun, and it also signals that the person possesses independence and creativity.

By mixing different patterns, you create an exciting outfit with simple means. If you want different patterns, you should focus on the colors to match. For introverts, a good fashion tip is to start matching different patterns in the same colors, before tackling several different color palettes.

A completely different trick is to choose a single color and use clothes with different structures and materials. Let your imagination run wild when it comes to patterns and colors and choose what you are comfortable in.

Bralette To Go With Your Outfits

Spring is a time when you are looking to wear a more relaxed outfit, but one that’s still trendy. It is easy to achieve a trendy look that is both relaxed and dressed up at the same time by adding details. Sneakers, heels, T-shirts but also a bralette can make the look completely different.

You can wear it with a slip dress, under a blazer, shorts or with a complete denim attire, which will make the bralette the focal point. Invest in a piece in your favorite color that looks flattering on your skin and you’ll be dressed for all the spring events.

If you wish to opt for a slightly chic variant, throw on one with high-waisted trousers, shorts, or a skirt and oversized jacket. It works equally nice for more festive occasions, but to amp up the look, you can show off a bralette with little extra details such as sequins and pearls under a sheer ensemble.

Spring Hat

Spruce Up Your Spring Outfits with These Fashion Tips
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Today, both men and women can, with the help of the right kind of accessories, make their outfits more personal and unique. When we talk about accessories, many people immediately think of jewelry, bags, and shoes, but it can also be hats, watches, cell phone cases, and much more.

Since spring weather is often unpredictable, hats are the perfect transformative accessory, shielding you both from strong rays of the sun and drizzling rain. Not only is it a cool and effortless component for all your spring looks, but the hat is also good for your “bad hair days” and a great addition to fit your dresses and jeans.

You can wear a hat whenever and wherever, you just have to choose the right model for your head and a color that works well with the remaining colors in your wardrobe.

Waist-Cinching Belt

We can easily say that adding a belt to your outfit is the biggest fashion hack, an accessory that can be used in many different contexts and ways. It is an important fashion tip as it gives personality to an entire look.

The belt’s original purpose is, of course, to hold your pants and skirts up, but it should also be seen as a shape creator and a detail that spruces up an entire outfit.

A white belt for spring, or example, worn with an otherwise all-black outfit, creates a completely different fashion statement. The belt is available in all price ranges and is an underrated styling detail that easily gives life, color, and personality to any outfit.

With the belt, you can also create shapes – you can give a straight dress or generous shirt a shape by smartly putting the belt at the waist, alternatively on the hip, letting the fabric flow or bunch over it for a slightly cooler relaxed feeling. You can also wear a belt over your coat or blazer. An eccentric-looking belt is eye-catching and creates a fashion-forward appearance.

Final Thoughts

As the season of renewal, spring is the perfect time to spruce up your outfits.

Those who are looking to go beyond the basic combinations can recreate their spring outfits by wearing a statement tee, putting on a leather jacket, while playing with a chic hat and a waist-cinching belt as game-changing styling tools.

Lastly, there are no rules when it comes to refreshing spring outfits, so let your creativity and love of fashion flow.