Traits Of a Good Fashion Designer

It's easy to watch a fashion show and expresses your opinion about models that are seen on the catwalk. Yet, how many of us are actually aware how much efforts are involved in every piece of clothing?  

Being a fashion designer and creating clothes for themselves and for others is a beautiful and creative work, but also very demanding. Do you dream about a fashion designer career?  Do you think that the design of clothing could be one of your hobbies? I’ve assembled traits that you need to be in good shape as a fashion designer:

1.    Creativity is the key feature of every fashion designer. It moves you forward and forces you on the creation of new fashion trends. You will hardly be a successful designer, if you only follow the fashion and enjoy buying and combining accessories. You need to start, roll up your sleeves and make your ideas and imagination into a concrete piece of clothes.

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Best Hobbies for a Woman

Hobby is a way to spend our free time well and to express our creativity. It can connect us with friends, reduce anxiety stress and improve our memory. If you are in a hobby that requires physical activity, hobby may well affect on your health. Men and women are not of the same caliber, and generally do not have the same interests. While it is permissible for women to deal with a hobby that is characterized as "male hobby", in this article  we will deal with hobbies designed for a typical woman. If you want to express your creativity and let your imagination run free, you can select one of the following hobbies for a woman:

  1. Knitting and sewing. A little wool, needles and a little patience and you can make a scarf, hat, beautiful tunic or sweater. On the Internet are now available tips on knitting, and knitting workshops getting more popularity. Knitting is a relaxing hobby, and when you feel nervous, it is better to reach for knitting needles than for sedation. Sewing requires investment in the machine, although you can sew manually for the beginning. All this skills can be learned through experience, and the results of this hobby are unique pieces that have a practical value. When you develop your skills of sewing and knitting, tailor them well with imagination, and you can become a good fashion designer.

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How Virtual Identity Inspire Your Real Self

Today it is quite normal to have some kind of virtual identity, whether you are creating a character in some  game, or you present yourselves on social networks. The way we present ourselves in the real world and the virtual world may be different. However, we mainly projected our  virtual personality based on some part of ourselves. The virtual identity may reflect what we carry in ourselves. We can create what we want to be - our "possible personality".

In reality, it is often difficult to achieve the goals due to social, political, economic, and personal limitations or fears. When you create an identity and when obstacles are not real, it is easier to achieve your "possible personality". The virtual identity can inspire you to try things that in real life you would not try, because of the limitations which exist, or one that you have imposed on yourself. 

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Choosing The Best Swimwear For Your Body Shape

Choosing The Best Swimwear For Your Body ShapeShopping for swimwear puts most women under great stress. The frustration and fear you get when you can’t find a swimsuit that fits you and looks good too is something that every woman undergoes at one time or other. I’ve helped design swimsuits for a few clothing lines and from the experience, here are some best tips that help you select the right swimsuit for you based on your particular body type. Ranging from athletic body type to curvy types, here are some useful tips that will help you pick out a spectacular swimwear that fits and most importantly flatters your frame.

Big chested

For big chested women, finding a bathing suit is difficult as the bottom half is small, while the top half is bigger. To deal with this, you can buy separates, and mix and match them. Strategic embellishments and some tailored adjustments help to make things better. You get slimming and supportive type of garments, which help to alter the shape. Or you can use dresses that gather in waist region. This creates a nice flattering division of the hips and chest.

Small bust

In case you have small busts, you need to find a suit that builds your bust and gives an elongated frame for your body. Suits that are high cut at the waist make your legs look like they go on and on. This type of bust building dress is feminine and retro, and really looks good whether you are sunbathing by the pool or inside the pool. It can even heat up the pool with the hot looks you are sure to get. Speaking about heated atmosphere, you get special heating systems for pools that keep you comfortable in chill weather, even if your suit isn’t.

Pear shaped

For those with pear shaped bodies, it is either compromising with an unflattering bottom or top. Actually, this need not be so. A cutaway styled suit helps to accentuate the small waist and hides the hips you’re embarrassed to show. This style is both demure and sexy, and you can happily go on that trip to the tropical beach, you had planned for some time now.

Plus sized

Being plus sized doesn’t mean you can’t wear a good-looking swimsuit and look sexy in it. What many women look for in a suit is it should have not only a sexy style, but be practical too. Sturdy straps, good cover for the backside and a supportive bra are important requisites to be satisfied. One-piece swimsuits look good on plus sized women and you can up the beauty quotient with solid colors and interesting detail. And one piece suits give greater warmth too. Since, I use solar powered pool heating system, for my pool it not only reduces my electricity bills, but also keeps me comfy, even when the weather is cold.

Athletic build

While an athletic build gives you a toned and lean figure, you find it hard to add that feminine touch to your body. Small hips and bust don’t give you that flattering and sexy shape you love to flaunt. A color blocked tankini style top with a solid bottom to break the long torso can change that lean physique into a more appealing one.

What A Fashion Model Needs Most

What A Fashion Model Needs MostIt is difficult for fashion designers to show their designs attractively without a fashion model. I’ve met many aspiring models who aim at making it big in the field, but don’t know how to go about it or the necessary attributes they need. Nowadays talent hunt for selecting models is done via social media such as Facebook too other than the traditional spots such as Broken Doll Models or Model Mayhem.

The basic criteria on how a fashion model looks like differs based on the designer and the agency hiring them. In addition, the criteria tends to change based on the project involved and its specific needs. For instance, a fashion or editorial project not connected to beauty requires criteria such as the following in relation to female models:

  • Minimum height requirement is five feet eight inches;
  • Measurements: 34-24-34 (with one or two inches added or taken);
  • Dress size: Zero to four (unless you need a plus sized model);
  • Age: 18 to 26 years (In many major fashion fields 24 is the retirement age of models);
  • Face needs to be symmetrical. Almond shaped eyes are vital and should be well spaced apart. Chiseled and oval face, semi full lips, and high cheekbones are ideally required;
  • Neckline should be long and elegant;
  • Nice glowing hair would look good, if not wigs can be used as substitute;
  • Shoe size should be between 8 and 10;
  • Visible tattoos are not allowed.

The clinching factor

While the above criteria are the general requirements for a model to be selected instantly, she should have a photogenic face. This is important, as many models that look drop dead gorgeous face to face, don’t look even remotely good on camera. In fact, what you see as a captivating face on camera can be something average or nondescript in reality. Moreover, having a clear skin free of scars and acne is must. Nowadays you have special skin care machines such as those available at Camilas Beauty to help maintain a clear and attractive skin.
Skill requirements

Every model should have two basic skills:

  • The ability to pose angularly and elegantly is a key factor that makes or breaks a model. Fashion poses differ from those in other genres. You need to look thin and long with neck elongated. Proper angles of legs and arms should be posed to the camera. Since in fashion modeling you are selling jewelry or clothes unlike glamor modeling where you stress on your body more, the sexiness is not a necessary attribute here.
  • The facial expression should go well with the wardrobe and the theme of the shoot. Eyes are the most expressive and hence focused on more. Smizing is a term used by fashion experts to describe smiling with eyes. This doesn’t mean mere smiling but coming out with the entire expression solely with your eyes. Model who don’t depict this expression properly; stand to lose many assignments, because of this factor.

An ideal model should be rested well before the shoot and keep with the timings and most importantly attend the shoot with face scrubbed clean and hair washed without any tangles. This makes the task easier for the hair stylists and makeup artist to do their work. Otherwise, this may delay the shoot unnecessarily.

Great Fashion Designers from Whom I Gain Inspiration

Great Fashion Designers from Whom I Gain InspirationI love to cherish my style of creating and designing clothes. As well as love for fashion, my style did not come overnight. Whatever you do, you'll always have someone to be your role model. For me, of course, role models are the great designers, whose energy and way of designing motivate and inspire me to create and to be more original. These are the fashion designers from whom I gain inspiration:

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

This brave woman moved the boundaries and brought the femininity in fashion. Her models were the real fashion reform of the 20-century. Coco took off from women uncomfortable clothing that was more armors than anything and introduced practical clothing items. Her style is something universal, which has not been changed for years. Her little black dress it is well known - clothing article that every woman must have. There is also a knee-length skirt and a jacket as the perfect business combination. Her models are a perfect matching for your wardrobe.

Vivienne Westwood.

This is another woman in the fashion world, which has left a strong mark. What I especially like about her is ability to be different, without fear of being unaccepted. She turned fashion into art, rebellion, and she knows how to make ordinary things glamorous. On the one hand, she is a wizard. If I ever have the desire to do something different, I know where to get the feel.

Gianni Versace.

He was, and still is, the great name of the fashion scene. He was known and recognized for its models that emphasize femininity, among which I can mention a siren dress. It is something really special when dress designing is in question. I love how he mixes fashion and art and his experimentation with different materials in making clothes.

Yves Saint Laurent.

He was a talented designer who perfectly fit in art and clothing. It's no secret that he found inspiration in the works of Shakespeare or Picasso. His style was glamorous, and good standing on everybody. Femininity is seen in his models, but also in the perfumes. However, his quest for inspiration is what I love to look up to him.

Giorgio Armani. He showed that simple and casual can be modern and does not have to be boring. This made him popular and gladly accepted fashion designer. No matter how he played with materials, his clothes are always primarily comfortable, and it was a frequent guest on red carpets around the world. He's here as an example that persistence and hard work can bring an extraordinary success.

Of course, all these people are just an extra inspiration, in addition to those people around me who inspire me. Finally, my inspiration does not come only from people. I draw inspiration from the beautiful places. And sometimes it is possible to gain inspiration from the ugly things and events. Creativity serves us make the world more beautiful. I can be inspired by someone else's work, but the spirit and energy inspire much more.

The Dawn of African Fashion Designers

The Dawn of African Fashion DesignersThe African continent is growing at a very speedy rate in virtually every sector; from booming middle class population, rapid technological advancement to fastest growing economies on the planet, it should be no surprise to see the African fashion industry is also climbing up the ladder to make its presence known in some of today’s most prominent international fashion events; the main designers spearheading this growth of the African fashion brand are;

Duro Olowu

The Nigeria born and professionally trained lawyer made a breakthrough back in 2005 when he won “Designer of the Year” in the British Fashion Awards. His trademark prints give his work a unique touch that has attracted him a huge worldwide client base.

Lisa Folawiyo

The second Nigerian on the list and owner of “Jewel By Lisa” is known for creative ability to revolutionize Ankara fabric into fashionable prints with fun and vibrant design, she produces a wide range of clothes and jeweled accessories which won her the African Fashion International Designer Award in 2011. She started back in 2005 making embellished Ankara Skirts but is now a bright LED light bar like those at LIGHTBARREPORT at the top of African fashion designers list.

David Tlale

The South African born fashion designer is one of the most creative designers from the continent with his collections being described as “memorable and wearable. He broke into the fashion design industry after winning the Elle talent competion and earning the best new designer of the year 2003, he is now a usual participant of some of the best world fashion shows such as Paris Fashion Week. His designs are known to be bold, daring and dramatic

Deola Sagoe.

She is a Nigerian and the proud owner of one of Africa’s most popular cloth line which shares her name. She has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren on some of the world’s biggest fashion shows. She has been crowned the best African designer, appointed as UN designer for UN World Food Programme.


The Somalia born twin sisters moved to the US during the Somalian civil war, Ayaan and Idyl formed the fashion label Mataano which has been very successful in the fashion world since it first collection back in 2009. The media attention the sisters have been getting has only increased their market presence in the fashion world. The two sister act as a good LED light to all other young African Islamic girls that they can be anything they set out to be. 

Aisha Obuobi

The founder of Christie Brown fashion brand started the brand while still in university and as grown up career-wise to win awards such as Emerging Designer of the year award at Arise Fashion week. Her brand entails fusing Ankara prints and bright pieces to exude that bright attractive African look. She now showcases her collections at major fashion events such as the Paris Fashion week.

This is just a small portion of the vast amount of African born fashion designers, infect more than 90% of African designers are operating in small scale hence their lack of success in the international fashion scene, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and the dawn of African fashion design is fast approaching.

When Fashion Is No Concern

When Fashion Is No ConcernAs a fashion designer, I’m often caught up thinking of colors, patterns or other visuals which would make a piece of clothing look good, or complement a day’s wardrobe overall. It’s not often I find myself looking at situations when fashion is no concern, but I know there are several of those, a few I could name right off the top of my head. I can also say with confidence they are always clashes of form versus function. For instance, fire, police and EMT personnel have lots and lots of pockets in their uniforms, and what makes them look fairly ugly also makes them highly functional.

That’s just naming a few instances where fashion is no concern for the people wearing the clothes. One I kind of want to focus on today is in sports, specifically in aquatic sports like swimming, boating and rafting. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a fashionable life suit, but there’s no doubting the importance of their function. On the other hand, I’ve actually designed a handful of swimsuits in the past, and I know people who are lying around on the beach like to look good while they do it. But swimming in mostly still waters and kayaking down a moving river or boating on the ocean are very different things.

I mean, have you ever tried kayaking yourself? I’ve been out on the ocean in a boat before, and I’ve gone swimming too many times to count anymore, but I’ve never been in a tiny boat on a set of rapids somewhere with nothing standing between me and the water full of rocks. Well, nothing except the clothes I would be wearing, anyhow. This is another time where function definitely beats out form; even I would be fine looking terrible if it meant I’d be safe in a boat from a place like Kayakouch. I feel those boats are built a bit more sturdy than the average human body.

A bit of prevention is worth a ton of cure, or so I’ve been told. In the case of traveling or enjoying sports while on the water, I tend to agree with that sentiment. However, even though fashion is no concern when you’re trying to get into the right gear to survive a potentially bad situation, that doesn’t mean the boat you’re using has to look bad too. You could try out this good fishing kayak if you don’t know where to start, but I would recommend something else.

Rather than just assuming a specific kayak is going to work for you because it works for someone else, you should definitely shop around in this instance. You wouldn’t just buy an auto sight unseen and hope things worked out for the best, am I right? I am if you’ve got any sense in your head. And if you do, then you need to go with a kayak that suits your needs. Consider the number of people who will be boating, the supplies you’ll need to carry and how much space you’ll need for everything when shopping.

Natural Hide Designs

Animal skin and fur are some of the most primitive sources of heat and warmth, and constitute some of mankind’s earliest clothing options. Tanned or even raw skin, as long as it’s clean and preserved, makes a pretty great clothing material even today. It’s tough and durable, but soft and warm, comforting but not annoying to wear, easy to clean but just as easy to destroy with reckless care. As I’m always looking for new or, more accurately, interesting clothing design choices, furs and skins do come up on my radar on occasion. There are just a few obstacles to overcome if I want to work with these goods.

Probably the biggest obstacle of all is actually sourcing the materials. People stress very much about cruelty-free items in clothing, food and even gemstones, so if I were to make something with animal skins, I would need to be able to say they were harvested in a humane fashion. But then this is kind of difficult to do, since the animal must be dead for me to be holding its skin. You see the issue? To be fair, I’m more of a designer than a manufacturer of clothing; other people make the clothes I come up with. So I could just let them worry about the particulars, except that’s not the way I do things.

For one, I do need to create a kind of prototype for the piece of clothing I’ve drawn up. I do this to see if things in person look as good as I’ve imagined them in my mind, and yes, sometimes they don’t. But I can’t say for sure if an article of clothing looks right until I’ve made one for myself. This in turn brings me back to the sourcing issue. It might be possible to get fresh leather and other hides from hunting myself, and I do actually have access to a few tools for that job, including some nice hunting boots my father got me for my birthday some time back. He’s always trying to get me to get out of the house.

This is where all those other obstacles pile on. What type of leather would be best for making the piece of clothing I want to make? What animal can I get it from? What’s the best time in season to go hunting that animal? Where can I reliably find that animal? And it’s not like there are any clear cut answers either; it seems like every man, woman and child who goes hunting has their own special tips and tricks when it comes to these things. It’s a shame that doesn’t have any information on this.

I’ve been hunting before, with my dad and other members of our family. It’s not like I’ve never gone on such a trip. But it is like I haven’t been in a solid decade now because I haven’t. The word “rusty” comes to mind all of a sudden. I think I’ll stop this now and go give my dad a call to see what he thinks about it.

Sourcing Designs

Fashion designers are like any other artist – writers, painters, musicians, you name it. They try to create something out of nothing while often hoping that creation is received well by people with the money to pay for it. Finding the inspiration to create those pieces of art is sometimes difficult, other times totally impossible. It’s not something you can force like pushing hard to finish strong at the end of a sporting event. You kind of have to let it come to you. You also need to be willing to look in strange places to find those inspirations. I can’t speak for everyone, but I often find design ideas where I wouldn’t expect to.

Now I’m not going to share all of my secrets here, but I will say one thing. I tend to look in places where other people just don’t when I’m trying to come up with new designs, patterns and schemes. I’ve actually found a lot of inspiration looking at electronics and electronic devices. I’m talking about appliances, both big and small, and to be very specific in this case, I’m talking about karaoke machines. I know what you’re thinking already – what’s there to see in a karaoke machine? Well I’ll explain, and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

I was recently inspired by a machine while at a party with some friends where karaoke was one of the favors. To be honest, it was more the setup with the good karaoke machines, screen and speakers rather than the actual machine itself. See, there was a kind of uniformity in the setup, where there didn’t seem to be too much going on at the left or the right; it looked like it was designed well. I am to include that uniform look and feel in much of the clothing I design. There are few things more embarrassing than a shirt or dress that looks lopsided.

Color schemes in electronics are also made specifically to be eye-catching in some cases. The machine I have in mind now had some rather bold colors, but the combination of the two looked good rather than garish, and it created a good overall impression. This is another quality I aim to reproduce in my clothing. Single color outfits are appropriate for some cases, but I find a bit of color in one’s wardrobe can make them more approachable. Maybe it has something to do with people who dress all in one color appearing to be stricter.

Actually, I’m always looking for the clashing of colors. There are few places I see this more often than on the screens of karaoke machines as they roll through words, filling in blank text with a color that typically doesn’t mesh well with the background behind it. While some colors do look good together, other pairs just shouldn’t be. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all, but there are still some things I just don’t think will ever look good. Designs can be found everywhere – good designs are far rarer on the other hand.

Biggest fashion houses across the globe

Fashion houses are names to reckon with. We all come across these names on a regular basis, but little do we know about the details. There are thousands of fashion houses trotting the globe. But there have been a few names that have stood up and these are few of the most popular ones in today’s times.
Here, we are bringing to you a compilation of some of the most famous names in the fashion industry:

Chanel: This French fashion house is one of the most popular ones in the world now and it has been the same for the last many years. Coco Chanel, more aptly, Gabrielle Chanel is the name behind this huge establishment. Having been brought up at an orphanage, Coco started her career sewing hats and then there was no looking back! Spread over 310 locations, this is indeed one of the best in fashion!

Gucci: This one’s another European name that has its hold across the globe. It is currently being owned by a French company. Gucci generates one of the highest grossing revenues in the fashion industry. With stores in about 278 locations across the world, the company is worth US $12.1 billion. This 94 year old brand is the heart of the fashion industry.

Dior: Another French company makes it to the list of the biggest fashion houses across the globe. Ever since its inception in 1946, Dior has been one of the forerunners in the world of fashion accessories, exclusive footwear, jewelry, timepieces, fragrance and make up products. A lot of celebrities make big fans of Dior including sports stars. Also, if boxing is your passion, these heavy punching bags will be of use to you. 

Prada: This famous Italian fashion house specializes in fashion accessories, shoes, perfumes, watches and the likes. Mario Prada is the name behind this fashion house! 250 worldwide boutiques is testament to the strong hold of this name in the world of fashion. IN fact, in 2007, Prada even started making mobile phones with LG Electronics.

Burberry: Europe has been the forerunner of the fashion industry across the world and that is evident from the list. England joins this list with its fashion house of Burberry. This is one of the oldest brands, having started in 1856. It basically specializes in clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics. Founded by a 21 year old Thomas Burberry, this is a rather popular name in fashion.

Versace: This Italian fashion house makes it to this list of the biggest fashion houses. This is a rather new brand, having been founded in 1978. With Milan as its birth place, this brand mainly focuses on textiles and apparel. It operates in over 80 stores across the world with a net revenue of EU €479.2 million. Versace got a lot of recognition in 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore one of their dresses the Annual Grammy Awards. With a lot of international coverage, Versace is a name to reckon with!

Clever Accessories To Add To Ones Clothes

There are a number of accessories that an individual can add to their clothing in a bid to spice up their wardrobe. Individuals who are interested in fashion are always looking for new ways to improve their fashion sense and accessories are one great way of doing this. In most cases, people usually relate most fashion interests to women but just because one happens to be a man does not mean that they cannot take the time to look good. Accessories can therefore be used by both men and women and as such the advice offered on such a subject is one that can actually be utilized by both sexes. Accessories can be defined as additional items that are included in one’s overall look and as such there are a large number of alternatives that one can choose from when picking the best accessory for use. In most cases, dressing is referred to as the clothes that one needs to cover up in simple terms while everything else can be considered to be accessories.

When Does One Need Accessories?

One can use accessories whenever they feel like it. The use of accessories can be matched to the kind of event that an individual may be attending. Colorful and noticeable accessories for instance would not match with what can be described as a formal event and would be better suited for more laid back occasions such as attending a friend’s party for example. Formal events on the other hand would be an ideal occasion for the more classic accessories that may not be exactly loud with regard to standing out from the main dress code. This means that the accessories used in such events should blend in with the entire outfit so as to bring about a sort of unification to the whole getup.

Types Of different accessories

There are a number of accessories that one is able to choose from. It should be noted that as mentioned earlier, an accessory adds to the final get and thus one cannot consider a pair of comfortable shoes like these for example as a fashion accessory. This is due to the fact that one needs footwear in most instances when looking to leave the house. Some other items that can be considered to be fashion accessories however include items such as:

1.       Jewellery

Jewelry can be considered to be one of the most common type of fashion accessories that is used by individuals. In the past jewelry was considered as a sign of wealth and was usually only worn by people of status. However this was because of the material that was used to make this jewelry such as expensive metals and diamonds which was something that was not afforded by most people. However, new materials have been used such as wood and even plastic that are much more affordable compared to their most expensive counterparts.


Hats are another common accessory that is used by most people. There are a large number of different kinds of hats that one can choose from and it is essential for one to choose the proper hat for the proper occasion. 

Matching Your Wardrobe With Your Activities

The need to ensure that one has matched their outfit with the particular event they are attending when going out is one that has been overlooked by a large number of people on a frequent basis. The need to look presentable or at times, absolutely stunning has undermined the need for being practical and in some cases such situations have left individuals regretting their dress choice after a couple of hours.

Looking good is not a crime but it can certainly feel like one when one is left in an uncomfortable situation due to the decisions they made whilst leaving the house. Practical dressing, as one can refer to the art of dressing for the occasion does not hinder an individual from looking their best. As a matter of fact, it ensures that one is able to kill two birds with one stone as they are able to look good and remain comfortable at the same time. 

There are a number of factors that one needs to take into consideration when going out and these elements play a large role in the level of comfort that they are able to experience whilst attending the event. These factors do not only deal with the kind of clothes an individual has but also brings in elements such as the expected environment the event an individual is going to will be held.

The environment has to do with various issues as well such as the weather, the time of day and the type of people that are expected to be there. There is a story of an unsuspecting woman who attended an agricultural charity event and was left feeling exposed due to the fact that the LED grow lights (like those you can find here: that had been placed around the location played on the transparency of her dress leaving it semi-transparent for all and sundry to gawk at.

These situations are easy come by should one not be aware of their potential surroundings and thus it is essential to hold an initial renaissance of the surroundings one plans to spend their time in. 

Some other elements that can be taken into consideration when deciding on the appropriate dress choice can include: 

  • The terrain of the environment – This plays an important role in the type of shoes that an individual is able to choose from. Natural terrain may not be suitable for shoes such as high heels which would be difficult to walk in. 
  • The nature of the event – The kind of event that one is going to should be one of the first things to be considered as it will determine the dress code that one is able to employ. Some events are kind enough to provide a dress code in their invites while others expect those attending to have prior knowledge of what is expected of them. 
  • The weather and time of day – When the event is taking place and where will also play a significant role in the kind of clothes that one is able to choose. Outdoor events held during the night for example will usually require a layer of warm clothing to ensure an individual does not freeze to death in the midst of their attendance. 

Nail Art In and Beyond Reality

Nail art is pervasive. It shows up everywhere – in movies, photography, restaurants, parties and even in places outside of reality, like in video games. It’s no secret that women like to stand out with unique looks that attract the attention of onlookers, but I don’t think anything shows up everywhere quite like nail art does. I actually got to thinking about it after going through a lengthy process to get my avatar’s nails done in Second Life, which probably isn’t the only video game out there which offers an option like this. It took about as much time as really getting my nails done, what with all the options there were.

While it doesn’t feature any nail technician schools, I’ve found that Second Life really does kind of feel like a second life sometimes, what with all the things there are to do, places there are to visit and people there are to see. I won’t lie – I’ve actually looked to some of the designs found in the game when creating designs of my own, back in the real world. That’s not to say I steal those ideas, because I don’t. It’s interesting though, all the places where people can draw inspiration from, if only they’re paying attention at the right time.

Getting back to nail art specifically, it has really come a long way from simple polish and coloring agents. Now there are ceramic nails, which are made from clay or silicates and more or less pasted on top of the existing nail. These are sort of like hair extensions, but for finger nails. Unlike paint or polish which can be flashy but are ultimately flat, ceramic nails can actually allow for three dimensional art because designs can be built on top of the ceramic base. While they would normally destroy a human nail and cause some pain, they are being placed on the nonliving extension and so do no harm.

Flowers, rainbows, sunbursts; basically anything bright and colorful can find a good place to expose itself on the nails of a person. Because of the flashy and bulky nature of some of these ceramic designs, some people consider them gaudy and wouldn’t be seen wearing them. Thankfully, there are a number of other ways to make nails look better. There are acrylics, gels and silks, all of which come with their own benefits and disadvantages. For example, I wouldn’t wear acrylic nails because a bad connection or adhesive could cause them to literally rip your natural nails from their beds. Other people like them.

I think what design comes down to in the end is how it makes the viewer feel. Regardless of whether we’re talking about clothes, cars, carpets or nails just to name a few things, it’s all about how the end product makes the viewer feel and whether they like what they see or not. If they don’t, you can bet they won’t be wearing it. If they do though, then you’ve got a customer. So, one of the main things in design is to focus on creating imagery which is pleasing to the eye. This is tough though, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Venturing into dress designing

I was invited by one of my clients to a golf competition she was taking part in. I had designed quite a number of her dresses. Over time, we became good friends and she had been trying to get me to play golf, which I had avoided until now. But she persuaded me to at least attend the competition as a spectator and see her golf prowess.

Since it was my first ever live golf show, I was excited and thrilled to be there. I found that it is certainly a casual and friendly game though she said that the rule have been changed now and made more practical and friendlier. For instance, she said that it is allowed to play the game in sneakers and show your enthusiasm with fist pumps and high fives. And I could see kids in the spectator side, which made the game livelier.

She said that there were new advanced tools like the range finder, see nice place for more info, which helped to play the game better. And you were allowed to play your favorite music while playing. Golf has really changed for sure. I told my client so. She had been badgering me for some time to help her design her own dresses as she was going abroad and couldn’t come to me as she did now.  I gave her some tips on the ways to design great dresses.

Fashion designing as well as dressmaking need great creative skills. You need to have good understanding of the field and acquire some skills both by practice and by theoretical means. Here are some tips you’d find useful in your dress designing

  • Understanding the latest trends, colors and clothing ranges is the first priority
  • Learn on how the patterns can be used to create maximum impact. Use the flat, commercial and tracing patterns and the pattern block and choose their right sizes. You also need to have knowledge on pattern alteration
  • The different type of synthetic and natural fibers available should be known to you. This will have great influence on the patterns and designs you create
  • You need to be familiar with the equipment and tools needed for dressmaking including the tape measure, scissors, needles both hand and machine, stitch ripper, sewing machine, ironing board, flat surface for cutting and over locker.
  • You also need to know how zippers are inserted, and the placement for waistbands, buttonholes, stretch sewing, stitching seam models and other such details for getting the design right
  • The design collection should be replete with your skills in design and drawing. Further, you need to have a good eye for the themes and colors.
  • The colors, themes and patterns should be in line with the lifestyle of your client. Knowing about the hairstyle, body shape, make -up and planning on a wardrobe will help in putting together an impressive collection
  • If you are deciding on venturing into a business in design, you need to have a system, research on the customers and the fundamental business format and different types of operation.

Dress designing tips

While designing clothes needs artistic skills it is also a skill, which can be learned to perfection. There is a big difference between designing and drawing clothes, and this difference can be a big deciding factor on the career path you choose. While drawing clothes is just putting your ideas into drawing, designing clothes is more comprehensive and conveys a particular lifestyle. It involves creating colors and silhouettes into new fabrics, which complete the lifestyle perfectly. Designing not only needs talent but you also need to follow some rules, if you want to get a well-designed and researched collection.

Research is vital

The most significant part in a design process is researching as much as you can about your customer. You need to have images of the life of your customer. Know what she does daily, during the weekend and at her workplace and the money she earns. Also find out about her preferences in clothes and the type of dress she wears. When you know as much as you can about your customer, you will be able to create a design that she will certainly buy. When you create the designs, make sure to include the images and the research, so you can give a comprehensive presentation.

Color palette should match

Pick out a color palette that is consistent with the interests of your customer. The pictures you have created along with other inspirational ideas you have regarding the design should be displayed clearly on a board. For instance, if you are inspired by seaside beauty, you need to include beaches, foliate, cuisine of a seaside place and add in the pictures you have of the customer. The color palette needs to be consistent with the shopping habits of your customer. The colors should blend well and contain a harmonious fusion of base, neutral and accent colors.

Realistic clothes

When you design, make sure it is realistic and can be worn actually by the customer. Design lengths and dimensions that suit your customer aptly. The sewing method also makes a great deal of difference to the design. I usually use my serger for the exclusive design, which I do myself to get the authentic and actual appearance I had designed. The trim, buttons and other details need to be perfect and inspired to get the beautiful look you had aimed at. And remember that the price needs to be factored in while you design the details. The more intricate the details you add, the more expensive the dress from the design will be.

Diversified presentation

Having different silhouettes is necessary, while you present the design. The lifestyle of the customer dictates the type of clothing and style she needs. Having a mix of stripes, plaids, prints and solids is necessary to maintain the balance and give a diversified choice for the customer to choose from. The fabrics should be chosen likewise. Include leather, chiffon and other fabric varieties and design in such a way that they complement each other.


Designing is as you can see not a simple case of drawing an idea that had come to your mind. There are so many aspects to be taken care of, before you get down to the actual design creation.

Longboard tricks that impress

My experience with longboarding started during my high school days, when the boys used to make fun of us for not taking up the sport. I used to secretly practice longboarding at home, so I could surprise them with my skill. Soon I got caught up with the sport and now it has become part of my fun activity. Though I don’t get the time to longboard with my busy schedule, I do use it now and then. Recently when I had visited one of my friends’ home, I learnt some new tricks. She lives in a hilly region and we had an exhilarating time bombing the hills.

I learnt that even if you don’t have a nicely paved hill, it is possible to get an exciting experience on the board, when you learn some of the new tricks. And my friend insisted that you need to have a good longboard to get the best out of the tricks you learn.

Longboard tricks have for a long time evolved from the skateboard grabs, flips and other maneuvers. But the new tricks I learnt are entirely of a new culture and style and have been tweaked to perfection making the ride a beautiful and exciting one.

The increase in size of the longboard along with the weight makes it possible for the rider to use innovative ways of garnering the friction, gravity and will power in creating some adrenaline-charged longboard tricks.

And these tricks are possible to do only when you are completely dedicated to the sport. My friend for instance, has a nice longboard, which he found at this website, and she used it for some awesome tricks. You need practice as well as a creative spirit to excel in these tricks. And the best way to boost the downhill skill is to learn longboard dancing or ballet as it is often called. This is derived from the surfing movements and needs great coordination and balance.

Walking on the plank is a trick where you literally walk the length of the board as it glides on the pavement. You need to bend your knees, keep your arms balanced and alter your posture so all your muscles are focused and ready for the tricks. First try the one foot variation called as chopping the wood or use the cross stepping move done in surfing. When you have mastered this technique, you can try out placing feet parallel over the nose.



Another trick I learnt is lifting the tail or nose from the ground and using just two wheels to slide. Get into a comfortable posture and keep your arms spread out eagle fashion, so you are well balanced. This trick varies with the type of board you use. When you are able to do this trick called manual for a few feet, you can then try the G-turn in the manual position. This can further be modified, if you want to truly impress your neighbors with your longboard skills. You can walk your board in 180 degree without moving until you perform a slow roll on them and then do the big spin, which is difficult but you feel great when you have achieved it.

Getting in shape in 7 days

I had been working round the clock for the past few weeks to get ready for a fashion show, when one of the models participating in the show asked for my help. She had been attending parties nonstop for some time and it had resulted in her putting on more weight than necessary. Now she couldn’t fit into the clothes she was supposed to wear for the show. She was frantic and wanted some effective way to get rid of her excess weight before the show. I find many people eat uncontrollably only to be sorry for it later on when it is not possible to reverse the weight gain. But I assured her that she could make it to the show without much trouble, if she followed some of the tips I gave her. These tips help not only in short term weight loss, but also keep your weight in control always.

A boot camp regimen does great things for your weight. It reduces weight, keeps you physical fit, and free of serious illnesses and boosts immunity. If you are looking to shed calories in a few days’ time or for some special occasion or just want to keep down your weight this regimen helps you immensely. This boot camp regiment gears you up for meeting the physical and mental challenges of even greater weight loss goals in future. And when you face the challenge of losing weight in a short term and succeed in it, you will be motivated to further keep fit and healthy.

Tackle your daily diet. Throw out all the unhealthy and nutrient lacking foods from your kitchen and fridge. Use lean meats, whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits. For the next, few days make sure your snacks and meals contain no processed foods and only foods that are high in nutrients and fiber. Divide your meals into portion and restrict the calories you take in.  Use a nutritional calculator to find the calories you need.

Aerobics is a great way to keep you losing weight effectively. Perform aerobic exercises for 30 minutes. I use my power rack, which I found at for a daily dose to keep me fit. You should increase the duration to another fifteen minutes after you get used to the 30-minute exercise schedule. Keep increasing each day. Put on music, while you exercise, to reduce the fatigue.

Drink sufficient amount of water to keep you hydrated and to flush out the toxins in your body. Further, when you are hydrated you will eat less too. Dehydration can lead to muscle weakness and fatigue so you need to keep on replenishing fluids you lose while exercising.

Weight resistance training should be added to your aerobic routine. Do weight resistance workouts for minimum of three days in a week. Pick out five different workouts and do three sets of 12 repetitions. This will increase metabolic rate, muscle mass, and reduce the weight.


Before you start on the grueling exercise routine, you need to consult with your physician. When you add the right changes in your diet and physical activity, you are sure to reach your weight loss goal successfully.

Beautifying the Boring

Part of the reason I wanted to become a fashion designer was to make beautiful things people would enjoy looking at. I think that’s something a lot of designers try to do, with mixed results. Some projects just aren’t worth the time and effort it would take to complete, however. That or at least they seem like they wouldn’t be worth said time and effort. More than a few times, I’ve thought about dressing up one of those faceless training dummies martial artists use when practicing moves. I know, I know, it’s really out there; but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it would be fun to do.

Well just think about it from my perspective, for a bit. Those dummies are blank canvasses to work with. They’re expressionless, there’s nothing there at all! They’re just begging for someone to put a face on them if you know what I’m saying. I mean, look at these things. They’re actually kind of scary if you ask me. At least those big, ugly, orange dummies I remember from back in my high school days had faces on them, even if they did look pretty mean. Looking at these grappling dummies, there’s not much to be done to improve them either.

You can’t really give a manicure or a pedicure to something that has no fingers or toes. These dummies don’t even have hands and feet really; their limbs just kind of round off and end, making them look kind of like amputees. They don’t have faces either, but at least their heads vaguely resemble the size and shape of an actual head. As a designer, I’m always looking at things from different angles and perspectives, trying to catch any little glimpse I might be missing, or to capture a view I didn’t know was there. Even these dummies can be interesting, depending on how you look at them.

Looking at and thinking about these combat dummies got me thinking about other boring, featureless things that could stand to be beautified as well. I do clothing, not architecture, but I don’t think I need a degree to tell you modern construction looks so boring and lifeless that all the lofts, office buildings, condos and other structures going up kind of look the same to me. I don’t even attribute that to my critical eye for finding was to make things look better; that’s just a casual observation I’m sure a lot of other people share.


Getting to the point of it all, beautifying the boring is not something which is always easily accomplished. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint, bright colors and unique patterns will be enough to take something morose and make it interesting. There are some times where the subject just can’t be saved or made to look better though, like is the case with these silly dummies. They’re just so ugly, there’s not any saving them. I’m sure they serve their purpose well enough, but they just don’t have any aesthetic value.

A Familiar Feeling

I think there are some things, some feelings, which only come to gamers, or those who enjoy playing video games. Recently, I experienced a feeling I think lots of other gamers have felt before, but which I really can’t remember feeling in the past. I saw something in a favorite game of mine that I just simply had to have, here in the real world. I knew I couldn’t get an exact reproduction, because it was a unique piece that was hand-crafted by someone else playing the same game as me. But I started searching for a suitable facsimile soon after I saw the startling item, which was a piano.

Now because it was no Steinway, Bechstein or Baldwin, I couldn’t just go find the same thing at a store somewhere and buy it. I knew that. Next, because it would take an exorbitant amount of money to get one of these high-end piano makers to come up with the custom design I wanted, I knew I wasn’t going to be getting my hands on it anyhow. That’s the real familiar feeling here – forget what I said before about seeing something and wanting it. What I think we can all really identify with is wanting something and not being able to have it.

If I just wanted some junky digital piano, I would have gone to a website like for a guide to buying digital pianos. A little reading, a little research and I’d be on my way to making an informed purchase. But because the piano I really wanted was pretty much impossible to get, none of this mattered. No amount of reading or research would help me get closer to it. There’s an acute degree of hopeless about wanting something and knowing you can never have it; it’s a positively dreadful feeling.

In the end, I did settle on getting a digital piano. It’s been a long time since I played an instrument and the urge to get my hands on one was too great to ignore, even if it isn’t the one I wanted after all. I did end up going to that piano website too, to check out their ultimate buying guide, the one I mentioned previously. Well, that and a few other guides. And customer reviews. There’s so much information available to shoppers now that it can take days or even weeks to read enough before you feel ready to buy something. I know I’m not the only one that happens to.

I went with something from Yamaha, but let me tell you that digital pianos are not cheap these days. After looking through their website I found several items called stage pianos that were selling for thousands of dollars each. They looked just like what I bought but, you know, with a price tag ten times as large. There’s another feeling I think a lot of people are familiar with – wondering why someone would possibly spend so much money on a particular item.