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While I was looking for comfy gel inserts a while back, I landed on these things called shoe lifts. They’re inserts with heels! Having these can transform your shoes into wedges, which is a really neat thought. Here are the different kinds you’ll see being sold and the type of shoe they’re best for.

The goal of shoe lifts are to add height and create a more slender look to your legs while keeping the heel a secret. You can only really wear them with flat shoes—sneakers, ballet flats, etc. Every flat shoe is different though, so it’s not a guarantee that shoe lifts will fit just any flat shoe. You’ll have to do some trial and error.

I’m giving the following kinds of shoe lifts their own names, but you may see them named as something else elsewhere. You’ll just have to remember what they look like. They can come in different colors, materials, and styles. Although shoe lifts come in one size, you need to keep in mind that the pairs are different for men and women.

These are the most common kinds:

1) Heel Only Stackable

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These shoe lifts go from your heel to about a couple of inches into the center of your sole (Twilight Zone music cue). You should get these heel-only inserts with three stacks at most. There might be pairs out there with more, but you’ll have to be really lucky to manage stuffing them in your tennis shoes.

2) Whole Foot Stackable / Non-Stackable

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These inserts look more like your regular pair of shoe inserts, because they cover your whole sole. They are different from your regular inserts, because they have detachable heels. You can cut the tips to fit your feet.

3) Sock Inserts – Heel Only,  Stackable / Non-Stackable

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These guys come with somewhat rounder and smoother surfaces, so that they can be discreet inside your socks while being worn as is without your shoes on. I’ve worn these at house parties that required guests to remove their shoes with no problem. They don’t make a noise when you walk around. You can also wear these inside your shoes, because I personally think they are the most comfortable kind. The red pair I have above are more like sock inserts, because they are smoother and not too high. The more common sock insole looks like this.

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So now that you know what these are, who wants to get a  FREE set of stackable inserts for men & women from Lift Height Insoles valued at $70+? Just follow the instructions below, making sure you do the two required methods of entry. I will be checking & deleting the entries that are not done, potentially disqualifying you from the contest. There will be multiple winners! Open to all. Contest ends 9/14.

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Vintage Wedding

August 27th, 2013

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Why Choose a Vintage Wedding?

Upon hearing the coveted words “Will you marry me?” the countdown to wedding day begins.  Months of decision-making, planning and scheduling ensue to construct a day filled with the magic of a fairytale romance.  Every contemporary couple can achieve the look of a whimsical fantasy with the help of a proper ambiance.  One popular theme that seems to work its way into even the most extravagant modern wedding is vintage and here’s why:

Vintage Reveals the Inner Magic:

Think of the wedding day as the middle chapter of a love novel, bridging the beginning of a relationship to the rest of their shared lives together. Each and every couple dream of their wedding as a form of expression for their everlasting devotion. Vintage designs, décor, and attire add a sense of tastefulness and character to the wedding that will make the romantic narrative seem timeless. The word vintage need not be associated with merely describing dusty antiques or old-fashioned garb; it goes beyond the style to define an aura and aesthetic that evokes nostalgia for a classic era that has come and went, but left a larger-than-life impact. Vintage represents something that will be around for years on end, no matter how faded, chipped, or weathered it becomes, much like the newlyweds’ affection for one another.

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Through the Eyes of Vintage:

Vintage themes work for various parts of the marriage process outside of the wedding.   Recently, engagement announcements have become more and more popular. Couples can set the vibe of their wedding right away with a classy engagement shoot in their favorite old-fashioned parks, buildings, or shops.   A vintage setting creates the old movie flair, bringing the trends of a historical romance into the modern world. Additionally, the couple can dress as formally or informally as desired.

Lace is the perfect accent for a vintage themed wedding. Many retailers, such as David’s Bridal and Alex Bridal, offer gowns, veils, shoes, and various other vintage-inspired attire and accessories. Incorporating bits of lace and pearls contribute a refined sense of elegance to any celebration.

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Vintage evokes both a warm familiarity and a sense of fantasy, transporting guests to a time that can never be visited. The décor options are endless and lend themselves to a diverse range of designs. The glitz of the 1920’s can be celebrated with gold jewelry, flapper dresses, candelabras and ornate centerpieces, while a rustic charm can be achieved with mason jars, homey china, eclectic furniture and soft, off-white hues. You can mix and match different time periods and themes to achieve a vibe that specifically embodies your personality, preference and relationship.

Wedding themes go in and out of being trendy, but vintage themed weddings always make sense; they express true romance through classic values. Vintage gives brides and grooms a chance to recreate their favorite cinematic, historical, or royal romance, and they can often do so without spending a fortune. Ultimately, vintage has snuck its way into mainstream style, leaving your wedding wistful and forward thinking at the same time.

Photo sources: I Adore StyleWedding Chicks - BridezillaRuffled BlogBering Photography

 

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Black onyx Vastu PyramidHeidi Daus “Chinois Mystique” Black Onyx RingDarcusTori Round Black Onyx Earrings

Are you tired of reading about how this type of crystal and that type of crystal is supposed to make you feel this and that, without giving a scientific explanation that makes sense to you? You’ve come to the right article.

Crystals, gemstones, and jewelry have been talked about extensively from a fashion perspective but little is known about their transcendental properties of healing. These precious stones might not be the cure for cancer (or are they?), but they can and do so much as affect moods for sure—whether psychosomatic or not. Like certain colors, pictures, personalities, or places make you feel different things, crystals just like everything else emit energy. You don’t have to ask a shaman to confirm this. You can ask your science teacher.

ENERGY HEALING

There are two types of energy healing—Veritable and Putative. Energy used to treat illnesses that is verifiable is called Veritable Energy Medicine. That includes light therapy and radiation therapy, which you’ve probably seen in your hospital’s pamphlet. The Putative kind is where gemstone or crystal healing belongs to.

The point of any type of energy healing is to restore the balance of your own body’s energy to normal by introducing other energy. When someone is sick, their energy field is imbalanced.

COLORS, ATHEISTS, AND ALIENS?

More common to our knowledge is color. Colors come from the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, or light. We perceive colors when the light receptors in our eyes interact with the part of the spectrum that is visible to us. Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Our eyes are limited, because what we see (colors) compose only a very small portion of the whole spectrum. This fact alone supports my belief in energy healing, the spirit world, and ultimately a God.

It’s foolish to be an atheist and discount belief in angels, God, demons, and even aliens when there is a whole universe that’s unexplored. To me, being an atheist means you declare you know everything. It’s better to be an agnostic and be open to the possibilities. To be smart is to admit you don’t know everything.

BLACK IS THE COLOR THAT ABSORBS ALL LIGHT ENERGY

Going back to colors. Black, as you’ve probably learned in kindergarten, is what you get when you mix all your crayons’ colors together. Black absorbs all the light in the spectrum, and none of it gets reflected back to you. So the gemstone black onyx technically then is the gem in your jewelry that absorbs all energy.  The things that cause you to be stressed out and sick, with this theory, should all be taken away by close proximity to the black onyx. This should restore your body to normality.

The next time somebody says all this is just in your brain, tell them that everything we perceive comes from our brain.

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Something for you. Here are a pair of round black onyx stud earrings by DarcusTori that I like. They are simple, small (6mm) and authentic, so you get the benefit of the black onyx from everyday usage. I don’t usually wear earrings, but these would be dynamite as a gift. If you are a customer of theirs, you can use the promo code “0704″ to get these free (up to three pairs!). The promo is good through Halloween, October 31.

 

 

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I got this pencil skirt from Pinkyee (fyi mostly lingerie site), which is actually a corset skirt. I never knew these things existed. It isn’t steel boned, so it’s very comfortable to wear. It does tighten and/or loosen a bit, both in the front and in the back, to some extent. I like that the skirt is high waisted, which is really the reason why I got this skirt. The lace I just think of as mostly decoration. The quality is fair, but it is only $26!

I believe I now have two pairs of high waisted skirts that go below the knee and two high waisted pants. I think I want to slowly eliminate my low waist jeans and skirts when I can, because 1) it’s hard not to keep my back and undies from showing when I bend over, 2) high waisted bottoms make anyone look taller, and 3) they’re retro!

High waist anything doesn’t necessarily make you slender, so keep that in mind. It can play up existing curves but also make you look much bigger around the tush! Think of SNL’s “mom jeans.” It really is great for any body type, but it will make the pear shaped body look more pear shaped, which is not what most pears want. Although I am a pear myself, I still like high waist pants and skirts for the reasons I mentioned above.

On another note, have you all seen Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the teen choice award this year? It really took me by surprise. Since it didn’t win Video of the Day on Hannity’s show, I will put it up here. Listen and learn, young readers. Sexiness is about being smart.

Hardly any idea nowadays is original, but some ideas give birth to experiences that are totally new and fresh to the consumer. Auctions for example have been around as far as 500 B.C., but eBay revolutionized the way we think about and deal with auctions through the Internet. Everyone can now start and participate in an auction—everyday, anytime. eBay has existed since 1995, and after them came a slew of other auction sites with different business models and niches.

So here comes our niche: FASHION. The most popular style websites and fashion apps have their mommies too. Learn about our latest friends in the fashion industry and their family resemblance.

1. Social Bliss – StumbleUpon/Pinterest for Fashion Finds (web: free)

Whereas StumbleUpon and Pinterest could be for ANYTHING, Social Bliss is purely for your fashion finds. Want to stumble a site or pin an image that’s related to fashion? You can use Social Bliss for that. They have a button labeled “Spot It” that you can install on your browser for fast grabbing just like StumbleUpon.

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2.  TopHatter – eBay for Fashion (iOs app: free)

Although eBay has its own category called Fashion Vault, TopHatter is unique wherein it’s more like The Sims and eBay combined. You are a cartoon bidder in a cartoon room, with other cartoon characters, participating in real auctions. This perhaps sounds more like Second Life but with more innocent avatars :) If you are a seller in either eBay or TopHatter and are ready to send out your packages, you can also take advantage of delivery services in the form of an auction as well. What? Yes like they say, no idea is original!

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3. Fashion Terms – Wikipedia/Dictionary (iOs app: $1.07)

I’d say the Fashion Terms app is more like a Dictionary than Wikipedia. It gives you a concise definition with illustration for each term. If you’re anything like me, I need something like this if I am going to at least pretend that I know a thing or two about fashion ;-)

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4. Trendabl- Instagram for fashion (iOs app: free)

Tumblr/Twitter is instant blogging.  Instagram is instant picture blogging. Trendabl is instant picture blogging about fashion.

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There are so many fashion-related apps and sites out there that are definitely noteworthy but are not on this list. Can you name anymore that may have a resemblance to an older online idea?

Glad I made it to the cut! Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers for picking my post for this week. The entries below look highly interesting as well.

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“But if fashion were easy, wouldn’t everybody look great?” ~Tim Gunn

I usually open with a title for Links à la Mode.. but this week, it’s a quote found in one of our links. Tim Gunn did say it best, if fashion were EASY, everyone would look great! But alas it’s not. It’s tricky, specific, fickle, and highly personal. We all spend our entire lives getting dressed, but how many truly have style? This week we have a mix of the things you need to find your own personal way to fashion. So grab your cuppa and read these links!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

 

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As we head for the end of the summer season, many a fashionista will already be looking ahead to autumn and winter. Particularly canny fashion fans will be looking at the predicted trends – or just thinking about what looks appealing to them (like many of us who swear don’t like following trends) – and scouring current stock to see which items they can buy early and use to lead the trend. This is a particularly good idea when it comes to investment items, because mid-season and end-of-season sales can generate some great bargains.

As you can see in the above photo, George Harrison is wearing a kind of boot that is familiar to us today—a variation of the Chelsea Boots called the Beatle Boots. Andy Warhol’s sketch of the iconic boot is shown on the right!

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THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOT

Originating in the Victorian era as a practical female riding or paddock boot, Chelsea boots are distinguished by the elastic sides that run from the welt to the top of the close-fitting ankle seam. This allows them to be slipped on and off easily, which is as useful today as it ever was. Being an ankle boot, Chelsea boots can be worn year-round and this combined with their iconic status makes them an excellent investment piece.

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Traditionally, Chelsea boots have been flat-, or almost flat-, heeled, but today’s designers are playing fast and loose with this rule and have developed stack-heeled, platform and even stiletto versions. Many are also experimenting with materials. The traditional boot is of course leather and this still predominates, but there is everything from floral prints through velvet to leopard-print faux leather out there at the moment. Some designs mix materials, with the toe made distinct from the rest of the boot by use of metal, contrast leather or man-made fibers. It’s well worth checking out the current crop of limited edition Chelsea boots if you want to score a pair.

Then what are Beatle boots? John Lennon and Paul McCartney in ’61 were inspired by the Chelsea boots they found during their nights out in London made by Anello & Davide, and so they had made four pairs for the rest of their band, The Beatles to complement their suit image!

The Chelsea boot being worn today:

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INVESTMENT DRESSING

Chelsea boots can be bought at most price levels, but you will pay more for a very distinctive look. As with most shoes and boots, better quality materials will also be reflected in the price. However, a good pair of Chelsea boots will last you for years, so as long as you do your research and pick a pair that will work with the majority of your wardrobe, any investment is likely to justify itself on a ‘cost per wear’ basis.

Mark McNairy Chelsea Boots (from here)

Never forget that Chelsea boots can be worn with just about anything – baggy trousers being the possible exception – so once you have a pair, have some fun experimenting with your wardrobe. The recent resurgence of grunge means that you can take a pretty retro tea dress and team your boots with that. The monochrome look of skinny black jeans and white top with Chelsea boots is also a classic. Or you could take the look back to its Victorian roots and team the boots with a long steam punk skirt and a adequately layered corset top. The rest, as they say, is up to you.

Melissa Ray is a fashion writer and blogger with long experience of the UK fashion scene. Melissa is particularly interested in customized and limited edition fashion items, such as the current range of limited edition Chelsea boots.

Some notable wearers of Beatle Boots:

  • Roy Orbison
  • The Doors
  • The Kinks
  • The Byrds
  • The Beach Boys
  • Iggy Pop
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Andy Warhol
  • Beetlejuice
  • Riff Raff (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
  • Sid (Hey Arnold)

 

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