Sabtu, 20 Juli 2013

What do you imagine people with these names to look like and be like?

Q. (inc middle names)

Zachary Winston - Appearance & Personality?

Ivy Madeleine/ Ivy Magdelen (you choose the one you like better) - Appearance & Personality?

Heidi Elizabeth - Appearance & Personality?

Jasper Luke - Appearance & Personality?

Noah Winston - Appearance & Personality?

Lilly Florence/Florence Lilly (you choose the one you like better) - Appearance & Personality?

Audrina Lilly - Appearance & Personality?

*most detailed answer gets points*

x hannah

A. Zachary Winston, Lawyer, tall, slim, intelligent. A Roman nose, dark eyes and hair, designer clothing, like YSL or Dior. A bit pretentious, but quite a kind person.
Ivy Madeleine, Florist, pretty, dainty, with a flair for interior design and, naturally, floral arrangements. Blonde hair which is long and gently wavy, blue-green eyes. Gentle, kind happy person, who would befriend most people.
Heidi Elizabeth, Horse riding school owner, tall, athletic build. Attractive in an upper class haughty kind of way. Short bobbed hair which is mid brown and wavy. Doesn't go in for feminine things like make up or perfume. Has a rigid character, loves animals, horses and dogs mainly. Takes a bit to get to know, but if she's your friend she's a friend for life.
Jasper Luke, Playboy, son of an English family of 'old' money. Trendy, designer clothing, fast cars and women are Jasper's interests. He's quite good looking, mid height, fit, healthy looking, blonde hair, brown eyes. He's quite shallow and has no interest in anything that requires a committment. Lives life to the fullest at his parents' expense.
Noah Wilson, School teacher, average looks, dark hair, brown eyes, a bit scruffy, but clean. Not interested in fashion or what he looks like. Functional clothing, basic, strong shoes etc. Intelligent, and has a broad knowledge of most subjects. Has not much common sense though. He's interested in women who are on his wavelength but not seriously enough to consider marriage.
Lily Florence, Artist or writes romance novels, she floats around in romantic flowing dresses and wears her hair long and soft, she's blonde with green eyes. She's willowy and has long fingers. Lives in a dream most of the time. She's waiting for her knight in shinning armour to carry her off on a white stallion.She loves all animals and people, and is always ready to help anyone that needs her help.
Audrina Lilly, Works in a bookshop, and likes people to think she's intelligent, which she isn't. Auburn hair, green eyes, mid height, slim build. Buys only the best of clothing, shoes and perfume, makeup etc. that she can afford. Can be quite catty as she like to be the centre of attention, and if another girl is prettier or getting more attention, she can be nasty.

I am doing an internship with a teacher. I have no idea what to wear for my first day!?
Q. For my education class, we are required to do observation hours in classrooms in the area. I am not sure what to wear. The days that I work are on Fridays so what should I wear? I have the basic black dress pants, but do not know where to go from there! Or where to get things at a reasonable price for a college student. Please help!

A. Black dress pants are a good basic to have but they need to have bootcut or flared leg openings to really be considered dressy. Black and white blouse are good but you can also mix in color too. Take a look for blazers and cardigans with color or some some color block tops. You could also look into grey and tan colored wide leg pants. For shoes, I'd stick with heels of some kind but not over 4 inches high. Have fun with jewelry and keep your nails painted.

Look at Macy's, NY & Co. Ann Taylor and Dillards for classic pieces. Be careful trying to go too trendy with things like skinny pants, cropped pants and leggings. Avoid the teen stores.

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Good sandals to wear Spring 2011?

Q. Okay, well, to start, I'm a teen girl (high school). Also, I'm VERY self-concious about the way my feet (mostly toes) look. They're not exactly pretty... at all! haha.... So, what are some good sandals to wear in Spring/Summer 2011 that either don't show the toes or would make me feel better about my feet... thanks! :)

A. I'm self conscious about my feet too! Want to know what's really trendy for the Spring/Summer 2011 shoe season? The Sperrys Top Siders! They are so so comfortable- I have two pairs! They look good with dresses, shorts, you name it and the great thing is that there are so many various styles that they can literally look amazing with anything. If you're really self conscious about your feet like I am, these are great because their an actual shoe, and they are literally like walking on clouds. The "break in" process took literally a day!
Here's the link:

If you're interested in the ones I got, here are the links for those too- I'm really into fashion and stuff and got tons of compliments from the two pairs that I bought :)***7********9173907*M090&stockNumber=9173907&showDefaultOption=true

I got those in the Skyblue/Platinum color,

I bought those in the Platinum Gold color! Both are extremely comfortable, and I highly suggest checking out that website because Sperries are a total must for 2011!!!!

BTW, I highly doubt that your feet are ugly, but if you beg to differ, I would def check out those links.
Wish you the best of luck and hope I helped!

Are gladiator sandals still "in" for 2011?
Q. What do you think? Also, what type of bottoms look good with them?

A. no, they are not in anymore unfortunatly.
flat heeled wedges are very trendy for spring 2011 though.
go take a look at your local DSW or any shoe store and you can find cute ones.

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Jumat, 19 Juli 2013

How to make the switch to preppy over the summer?

Q. I wanna make to switch to the preppy style over the summer so can some one is already preppy help me I'm guy so i can really say I have know Idea what I'm doing!

A. Here are your preppy basics: (Depending on budget, I'd recommend Macys)

Polo shirts (Lacoste, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo), Button downs (from the same companies), Khaki pants, Trendy Jeans(AnF would be cheapest, can look into more expensive jeans like seve, true religion, etc.) Plaid shorts for the summer (pair with polo shirts), flip flops, casual boating shoes (Sperry, sold @ Macys), In the winter you can try out blazers with jeans, sweater vests, and anythign argyle! Good luck!

What clothing items are essential for the summer?
Q. Also, describe your style if you can. (trendy, reserved, bohemian, earthy, relaxed, classic, edgy, sophisticated, etc.)
Thanks in advance! (:

A. My style! Well I like to play with all the styles I can but ill definitely go for the classy edgy yet sophisticated and trendy look! (-everyone loves is a unique look u just have to find/make your own!-)
Some essential items u should have ..
-denim shorts
-colored shorts (olive green, tan, white, black,coral)
-distressed denim and boyfriend crops
-dresses in great patterns such as floral, tribal patterns, solids (halter, strapless, spaghetti strap, etc)
-skirts (denim mini's, high waisted ones, etc)
-pocket tee's
-cardigans (of all lengths and colors as they are SO versatile.)
-basic tanks
-button down shirts, just roll up the sleeves and unbutton a few of the buttons and wear with a tank underneath (plaid, white, a light blue pin stripe, etc. . . )
-flip flops (brown leather ones, black, white, etc. )
-shoes (gladiators, wedges, nude colored shoes, etc. )
-fun accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, and scarves (bright colors such as turquoise, corals, etc. )
-belts (skinny belts in a variety of colors, a skinny leather braided belt, and a wide leather braided belt, a black thick belt that you can use to belt dresses,etc!
God I just went through my closet! LOL remember accessories are your best friends sunglasses are essential and of course lip gloss! Hope this helps! Bye

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When should males start buying from mens?

Q. I am 5 feet tall. my shoe size is 6.5, but i always wear a half size bigger so that i can make them last longer while i get newer shoes so i can have alot of them. And one more thing, whats the difference between Kids, Juniors, and Men. not really kids, andmen, but how is juniors different from men and kids and what is it? Also i'm turning 13 next month

A. My personal feeling is that you should star buying men's clothes when you start high school. This includes both men's departments, and also stores meant for both teens and young adults, like American Eagle and the like.

Also, in a department store, the differences are something like
Kids = for little kids
Juniors = trendy crap
Men's/Ladies = a variety of clothes meant for adults, or teenagers who prefer classics over weird fads and trends, but you have to find what's right for you because these sections have things meant for 15-year-olds all the way to things meant for 100-year-olds.

What brand of shoes has good, trendy, looking slip-on shoes for teenagers/men?
Q. Not vans. Can you please give me a brand AND//or link?

A. Steve Madden

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Where to get casual bridesmaids dresses?

Q. I live in the north ga/tn area. I would prefer stores I could actually visit. We are having an outdoor August wedding. The groomsmen are going in slacks and white button-ups. Our colors are pink, black and white. (Black and white are more of the accent colors) I want something casual, but not too casual. This is still a wedding, after all. Any suggestions? I'd like to keep it under or around $50. They are paying for their own dresses and I see no reason to make them spend an arm and a leg.

A. As it's a casual day wedding, look around at different stores for a nice sundress.

Something like this at Macys

for a little more trendy wedding

A maxi dress would be great and it would be something they could wear again. That might be too casual but a nice chiffon one or one with ombre dye. I know the simple cotton ones are too casual.

There are a lot of dresses on sale in the store though that aren't on the website that look similar to this

Do you have a Maurice's near you? I've bought several of their dresses. Look at New York and Company as well (though their website is horrible).

For online sites, I've ordered from several. I don't have many stores so I have ordered from Body Central, Chadwicks, Newport News, and Venus. I've loved all their dresses though Body Central...isn't for larger women. I am self conscious about my midsection as I could stand to lose 10-15 lbs but I'm usually a size 8 and not a large woman but I wear a large in Body Central and couldn't begin to wear a medium. Most of their dresses don't come in XL.

I would look at Kohl's too. They have a lot of nice summer dresses. How old are your bridesmaids?

Also don't overlook a big bridal store like David's Bridal. I don't know how many bridesmaids you have but they have many discontinued styles that you can get on sale.

Don't overlook how you can accent a dress. You might find a great dress that doesn't quite have enough pink. You can go get hot pink shrug or sashes to go over it. Black and white prints are big.

You could easily include a bright pink in with accessories--bangles, chunky necklace, bright shoes.

Stores like Sears, JC Penny's, H&M if you have one, Jones New York, JCrew all carry dress that would be perfect. Any chain that is located where your bridesmaids are would be great. I'd overlook anything that would be too difficult for them. Many stores are in Atlanta but no where else in the South. Also overlook discount centers and places like TJ Maxx as their inventory isn't consistent. If you are all close by, you could do a weekend trip to an outlet mall. I know there is a Tanger Outlet in Sevierville, TN; Commerce, GA; and Locust Grove, GA. This site can help you find more /usa50.html

Good shoe store for large size in DC area or online?
Q. I'm looking for trendy, cute women's shoes, size 13. Shoes for business and fun. I'm located in the DC area so anywhere here or online. Any suggestions?

A. I'm the same size and I have the same problem!

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Kamis, 18 Juli 2013

Spring trends for 2011? Need SERIOUS fashion help!?

Q. Hey y'all.

So basically, I'm a sweat pants and sweat shirt type of gal. I kind of fell into the winter blues this year, which naturally meant me slumming it out at school in messy sweats every day. I don't think there's anything wrong with sweats (at all) but when it becomes an everyday thing (and when I'm even wearing stained ones) it kind of becomes problematic. I also gained a little bit of weight this winter which also makes me want to hide away in sweats (for lack of a less dramatic term).

It's starting to warm up a little bit again and I'm really wanting to look cute for the 2011 spring and summer! I'm saving up a little bit from my job so I can afford a little bit more because I am in SERIOUS need of new clothes; most of mine are ripped, stained, stretched, or just way to old and worn out. I have enough to pretty much buy the spring essentials, but I was just wondering about you would recommend me to buy for this new year.

Please provide really detailed examples and if you'd like to (I'd love you for it), post links of things you think are cute or that I should add to my closet. I'm basically fashion challenged so post anything you think is cute AND COMFORTABLE. :) Comfort is key for me!
And listen ... any input is greatly appreciated ... anything at all!!

Thanks so much in advance!
Sorry for the grammar mistakes ... I just noticed a bunch of them. Oops!

and THANKS so much for the answers so far.

A. First off, stock up on tons of basics. It's different for every girl, but they should just be pieces that you wear A LOT (jeans, shirts, etc.) and that fit your personal style the best. They should also be pieces that you can wear throughout the seasons, winter, spring, summer. Since you're going to be wearing these a lot, splurge more on basics. The more basics you have, the more options. For example, some of my basics are:

White oxfords or button downs
Tights in tons of patterns and colors
Slouchy cardigans
A pair of HIGH heels
Tons of vintage jewelry
A-line skirts (I'm short and petite)
A leather handbag

This way, you won't need to purchase a completely new wardrobe. Just mix in the basics you have with your trendier and warmer pieces. Since it's spring, instead of completely renovating my wardrobe, I only need to buy several things like linen shorts, floral dresses, etc. In the long term, it will save you a LOT of money. And when Fall comes around use the same basics to match with newer purchases.

That's why it's best to spend more money on things you wear a lot. I always buy trendier pieces at cheap stores like Forever 21 because they have SO many styles and whatnot at good prices.e As for my basics, I get them high-end at places like Comme des Garcons, Opening Ceremony, or Barneys. It can be expensive but since they have amazing sales on good basic items, I don't need to buy too many things. As for shoes, I always splurge on these. After all, you're going to be walking around in them all day. Instead of concentrating on quantity, focus on QUALITY. My basics have lasted me for years since I get them cleaned seasonally. Take care of your clothes and they take care of you.

Hope I helped!

Back to school outfits 2011?
Q. im a girl, by time i go back to school ill be 13 and im going to 8th grade. I'm looking to start shopping for my back to school clothes, and I was wondering if anybody had ideas?? i want to look cute but not follow every trend. And I want it to be comfortable and cute. Any ideas?
ALSO: i only have a budget of $200 for the whole year

A. Summer-y:
bright colored (Neon and color blocking)
tribal print
neon tank
floral top
Lace/crochet tops and dresses
nautical shirts
crop tops for sure!!!
Flowy cardigans or lacey/ see through
flowy blouses,
Bodycon Skirts- Good with loose top
White or Khaki capris
White jeans
In detail:
sun dresses<-- Adorable to wear with a cardigan, statement jewelry, and sandals!

Lace/crochet tops, nautical tops (stripes, navy & white) These 2 are my favorite summer trends! Looks good with a statement piece (Long necklaces with a giant gemstone/pendant/design, owls, Feathers! Feather earrings! Gold studded bracelets! Multiple friendship bracelets<- Nordstrom has a lot)

Popular= crop tops/ Dolman tops! Pretty much anything flowy!

Cardigans (one flowy or lacey and another short sleeved sleeved one) You can get them at Forever 21, Macy's, etc. For plain ones you can get them at Nordstrom too!

Sandals: Gold- Steve madden! And now those tan,leather ones with many straps!
Flip-Flops: Striped, colorful, metallic- Havaianas Also try them with a bow/flower in the middle
TOMS- eco, and helps children in LDC's
Sperry- Cute!

Get shoes at:
A.M. Eagle
Urban outfitters
Dillard�s, Nordstrom, macy�s

Stop at Retail stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, or dillard's. I'm pretty sure Nordstrom has TOMS and all of them have havaianas, Steve Madden, and Sperry's and cute clothes!

Stop at stores that buy extra inventory from department stores like T.J. Maxx or Marshalls which also have designer names (Juicy, Guess, Steve Madden, Coach)

Common- Abercrombie, A&F, A.M. Eagle, VS PINK
For trendy stores try Forever21. and other favorite trendy stores of mine are:
Urban outfitters!!
Free People!!
Zara/ H&M/ Bebe
Vs Pink (This might be common)

Haha! the Fall runways shows came out a few days ago but here is just the general gist of it:

70s fashion
Like the '50s and '60s coming back, so are the '70s! There are two main aesthetics: '70s bohemian, and '70s sophisticated glamour. This includes dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day! High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin.Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Also layering over beaded necklaces or a vest!

Pleats- Popular in spring and also for fall! However, then pleats will be worn paired socks or tights and heels, and some cosy layers on top. A rock-chic pair of boots, mixed styles for contrasts (like flowly pleated skirts with a bohemian fur or a tough biker jacket), etc....

Fur Clothing- as always...
Bell Bottoms- aka Flare jeans
Wide Leg Pants

Leather-ware harness
Choker necklaces
Cuff bracelets!

Colors: This year fall is slightly different! Bright colors are also going to be trendy with fall!
Bronze shades?
Midnight blue, silver, and gray shades
Forest green and plum

Oh! and I think that the popular tribal print will be slightly reinvented as a trend for Autumn too!
Uhh Feather, Tribal, Army green will be popular in both seasons!

Dress nonchalantly. Don't overdo it or under do it by wearing sweats. I think the 2nd and 3rd days are the days you should wear you cute new stuff :D. Be different!
Oh! I was going to add... you should also buy cute jackets like white jean jacket, cropped jean jacket, etc over dresses (very cute) or tanks that don't meet dresscode and Miss me jeans, uggs, Juicy couture, Pink hoodies, Coach bags are also popular

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Rabu, 17 Juli 2013

How do I open up my own skateboard line?

Q. I want to make my own line of skateboard clothing, shoes, decks, and skateboard assesories. i have my ideas alrwady, but how do I put my ideas out there, or get my ideas made? Like how did quicksilver get their start? Element, independant, or flip? I just want some way to get my designs out without becoming a phenominal skater? I know i put this in local business but i don't know where else it goes. However I want more than local. Anyway, please help!

A. Following is a lengthy history of the development of Quiksilver, if you would like to look or a great business model in your industry of interest:

Company History:

A celebrated name among surfers across the globe, Quiksilver, Inc. designs and distributes casual sportswear, beachwear, and snowboard wear, marketing its apparel under the Quiksilver, Roxy, Private Surf, Que, and Raisin labels. Although Quiksilver produced a broad range of apparel items for several distinct types of customers during the mid-1990s, the company's chief focus has been setting fashion trends for surfers. Founded by two young American surfers in 1976, Quicksilver recorded enviable success with its boardshorts, swimsuits, and other surfing apparel and accessories during its first decade of business. Encouraged by this success, the company's management diversified into other types of active wear during the 1980s and began selling merchandise through department stores, rather than dealing exclusively with smaller specialty shops. The maturation of the narrowly focused start-up company developed it into a multi-faceted corporation that reigned as a market leader during the 1990s.


The Quiksilver name first appeared in the United States thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of two inveterate surfers, Robert B. McKnight and Jeffrey Hakman. Hakman was the more accomplished surfer of the two, having won several international surfing championships, but McKnight shared an equal passion for the sport and its attendant lifestyle. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, McKnight graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in business in 1976, the year he decided to move to Oahu, Hawaii, and spend his days surfing on the island's world renowned north shore. While on Oahu McKnight renewed his friendship with Hakman and together the two surfing addicts discussed their desire to start a business that could finance their days on the beach. They decided to try to get the licensing rights for Quiksilver, a six year-old company based in Torquay, Australia, where it was founded by two surfers, Alan Greene and John Law.

For McKnight and Hakman, obtaining the licensing rights to Quiksilver represented a perfect opportunity to turn their favorite pastime into a vocation. The company's boardshorts and swimsuits, which were tight-fitting and outfitted with velcro straps, were quickly becoming the rage among surfers in Australia, turning the Quiksilver brand name into a highly coveted, trendy label. McKnight and Hakman hoped to achieve commensurate success with the Quiksilver name in the United States, but neither of the two aspiring entrepreneurs thought of creating a beach wear apparel empire, particularly McKnight, whose business intentions were modest. Reflecting on his entry into the business world, McKnight explained, "I thought I could make a few shorts and stay near the beach and party." Despite his less than grandiose plans, McKnight soon found himself guiding the fortunes of a rapidly growing, flourishing enterprise. "I never thought the business would fail," McKnight remembered, "I just didn't expect it to get so big so quickly."

McKnight and Hakman's surprising success with the Quiksilver brand name began in April of 1976, when Hakman entered a surfing competition in Australia. Hakman won the event, and as luck would have it, he met Greene and Law and sat up all night with Quiksilver's owners eating, drinking champagne, and discussing the possibility of securing the U.S. licensing rights to the Quicksilver name. After plates of food and bottles of champagne, Greene and Law agreed to sell Quiksilver's U.S. rights to McKnight and Hakman on one condition, a unique proviso that became the first obstacle the two Americans had to hurdle in order to launch themselves into business. The duty of fulfilling Greene and Law's demand fell solely to Hakman; McKnight, back in Hawaii, could be of no assistance. Greene and Law informed Hakman that they would agree to the proposal provided Hakman ate the large paper doily under his plate, which Hakman promptly did. After swallowing the plate-sized piece of paper, Hakman shook hands with Greene and Law and placed a call to Oahu to tell McKnight of the good news.

McKnight, who spearheaded the business end of the venture, offered the specifics of the proposal to Greene and Law. McKnight and Hakman invested no money, but agreed to pay a royalty of one percent of sales for three years, which jumped to three percent after three years, and an additional one percent of sales to support international promotions. Next, McKnight hurried to secure the capital required to launch the business. He returned to California and asked his father, who was a sporting goods importer, to lend him $20,000 to finance a production run of Quicksilver apparel. McKnight's father agreed, and a few months after Hakman's all-nighter with Quicksilver's Australian owners, the two young Americans were ready to start production for their new company, Quiksilver U.S.A.

McKnight and Hakman debuted their first line of apparel in the summer of 1976. They bought some fabric on credit and manufactured 600 pairs of boardshorts, featuring six separate designs, for their first season. The two entrepreneurs then took their boardshorts, which were priced higher but were more colorful than similar merchandise produced by established rivals Ocean Pacific and Hang Ten, and peddled them to three surf shops in Southern California. With their product distributed, all McKnight and Hakman could do was wait and see if they had made a prudent move. In nine days, the 600 pairs of boardshorts were nowhere to be found on the shelves and racks of the three surf shops, having sold out with encouraging speed.

Several years after their remarkably successful inaugural year of business, McKnight and Hakman found themselves surrounded by a wealth of new competitors, as start-up company after start-up company entered the active beach wear industry. The influx of new competition created a contentious marketing environment for companies like Quiksilver, but McKnight and Hakman kept their operation lean, eschewing debt, and remained tightly focused on producing the type of merchandise that first launched them toward success. Describing this period in the company's history, McKnight noted, "While everyone else was making swimwear, we were setting the standard for surfwear," an approach that would hold Quiksilver in good stead in the decades ahead. "We've been successful," McKnight went on to explain, "because our philosophy has always been to bring the image off the beach and into the stores. Since we were all surfers, we knew what kids wanted."

1980s Expansion

McKnight's commitment to his business strategy successfully carried Quiksilver through its fledgling years, creating a firmly established company by the beginning of the 1980s. The 1980s witnessed a host of sweeping changes that reshaped Quiksilver as it maneuvered through its corporate adolescence, beginning in 1981 when Hakman exited the business, leaving on amicable terms with McKnight to return to Australia and surf. Four years later, a turning point in Quiksilver's history occurred when McKnight took Quiksilver to the next plateau of the retail apparel business and began distributing Quiksilver merchandise to department stores.

The foray into the retail mainstream began gradually and conservatively, manifesting two defining characteristics of Quicksilver's development during its first decade. The move into department stores marked the beginning of the company's evolution into a more sophisticated enterprise. As the 1980s progressed, Quiksilver became more than a business whose chief objective was to finance McKnight's surfing and partying at the beach. A full-fledged corporation was in the making, propelling Quiksilver's growth forward at a substantially faster pace and engendering the attendant pitfalls of rapid growth.

Following McKnight's decision to expand Quicksilver, the company celebrated the conclusion of its first decade of business by completing its initial public offering of stock in December 1986, when annual sales were up to $19 million and the stock market was receptive to small-sized companies like Quiksilver. McKnight and his minority partners sold 50 percent of the company to the public, raising $16 million to bolster Quiksilver's financial foundation as it developed its department store business. With the proceeds gained from the public offering, McKnight bought the Quiksilver trademark for the United States and Mexico, paid off all the company's short- and long-term debts, and expanded Quiksilver's line of production runs in preparation for greater department store business. From 1986 the company operated under the name Quiksilver, Inc.

As Quiksilver intensified its involvement with department stores, eventually distributing its merchandise to retailers such as Macy's, Marshall Fields, Dayton Hudson, and the Dillard Group, McKnight decided to a bring in someone with greater experience in dealing with department stores. In July of 1987, McKnight hired John C. Warner, who at the time was senior vice-president and general merchandising manager of Macy's Department Stores' Denver operation. Initially, Warner was hired as head of sales, but he quickly proved to be a tremendous asset and seven months after joining the company was named chairman and chief executive officer of Quiksilver.

With Warner occupying the two top managerial posts and McKnight serving as president, Quicksilver moved headlong into fostering the growth of its department store business. Sales in 1987 amounted to $30 million and shot up the following year to $48.3 million, while earnings rose to $3.7 million. Sales to department stores made up 40 percent of Quiksilver's $48.3 million in sales in 1988, and offered tangible evidence that the company had made commendable progress into the retail mainstream. The company's range of merchandise had expanded substantially as well, growing well beyond the original line of six styles of boardshorts. Once the sole source of revenue for the company, boardshorts by the late 1980s accounted for only 18 percent of total annual sales, while the balance was derived from a host of different apparel items. T-shirts accounted for 15 percent of total sales, shirts 11 percent, pants 12 percent, fleece wear 9 percent, walking shorts 27 percent, jackets 4 percent, and surfing accessories another 4 percent.

In addition to these products, the company was also moving beyond purely surfing-related merchandise, diversifying its business as the strength of the Quiksilver brand name increased. In 1988, the company introduced six skiwear designs, offering the same number of styles as it had 12 years earlier with boardshorts. The initial success of the skiwear line nearly matched the initial success of the boardshort line, selling out in five weeks and grossing $500,000.

The growing spectrum of Quiksilver products appeared in roughly 2,000 stores nationwide during the late 1980s, including in the original three surf shops that purchased the company's first line of boardshorts in 1976. Fueled by this vast distribution system, annual sales leaped from the $48 million registered in 1989 to more than $70 million in 1989. By this point, when sales to department stores accounted for nearly 50 percent of total sales, some industry observers predicted that the company would become too big and low-price retailers would begin selling their merchandise, a development that would erode profitability and potentially tarnish the appeal of the Quiksilver name to the hard-core surfing set. Aware of the problem, Warner confided to a California Business reporter in 1989, "We have no illusions that our growth as Quiksilver in our existing businesses is limited somewhat down the road, but we want to continue growing and will do so by acquisition, start-up, or licensing."

1990s Diversification

As the company entered the 1990s, it continued to record robust sales gains. Sales in 1990 neared the $100 million mark, fueled by the continued success of the company's traditional line of surfing apparel, but the early years of the decade signalled a disruption in Quiksilver's rousing 1980s rise. Two trends emerged during the early 1990s, both of which negatively affected Quiksilver. First, a nationwide economic recession developed, sending many retailers reeling, particularly the large department stores that accounted for the bulk of Quiksilver's business. To combat the recession, department stores reduced the amount of square footage devoted to selling young men's apparel among other things, which caused Quiksilver's sales to dip. Exacerbating this development was the growing popularity of the "grunge" look during the early 1990s, a fashion style that embraced muted, earthy hues rather than the flashy, colorful styles that had predicated Quiksilver's popularity during the 1980s. As a result, Quiksilver's neon boardshorts were no longer the rage of the day, and the company began to suffer.

To beat back the effects of the recession and changing fashion tastes, Quiksilver diversified its apparel lines and re-focused its efforts toward selling to specialty stores. In 1991, the company acquired Na Pali, S.A., the European licensee of the Quiksilver brand in Europe, and established a subsidiary headquartered in France to design and produce Quiksilver apparel for all countries in Western Europe. By the mid-1990s, Quiksilver was collecting more than 30 percent of its total annual revenues from its European operation, a definite contribution to the company's resurgence by the middle part of the decade. Help came from elsewhere as well, including the company's foray into producing snowboard clothing and its entrance into the market for women's sportswear. Women's sportswear became a key facet of Quiksilver's business following the company's November 1993 acquisition of The Raisin Company, Inc., a manufacturer of women's swimwear and sportswear. Aided by the addition of a strong European business, a return to the specialty and surf shops, and the expansion of its apparel lines, Quiksilver survived the recession and stood firmly positioned as a market leader by the mid-1990s.

During the mid-1990s, Quiksilver derived roughly 40 percent of total revenues from surf shops and nearly 45 percent from specialty shops. After building its department store business significantly during the latter half of the 1980s, the company had largely abandoned these retailers by the mid-1990s, deriving less than 15 percent of total sales from department stores. This shift back to the company's roots was perceived as a positive step by a number of industry analysts, as was the company's encouraging financial growth. Between 1992 and 1995, annual net income rose from $371,000 to more than $10 million, while sales leaped from $89 million to $172 million. As the company prepared for the late 1990s in the wake of this robust growth, expectations were high, fueling confidence that years ahead would strengthen Quiksilver's market position as a dominant force.

What types of footwear looks well with an abaya in a school setting?
Q. For those who're wondering: The abaya is a huge long length dress like a cloak that covers the whole body including arms and legs. They are made out of silk/cotton and worn over Muslim womens' normal dresses.

Now sneakers/runnign shoes don't look at all good with an abaya, so what would do?

A. Hi :)

with an abaya, focus on the color.. If your Abaya is black you can wear black shoes or funky colors that match the scarf, the purse and your accessories

as to what shoes.. during the summer/ warm days :

- Flats (so cute with the abaya)

- Flip flops.. just chose a decent model, I hate it when girls come to the university with beach slippers and call that flip flops.. or any flat open sandals..
Go crazy with the nail polish color and match to the accessories ;) . Revlon and may other brands offer those polishes that you put on and take off by peeling them. Quick and easy
- If you're not afraid of high heels, they can be very feminine especially with a black abaya.. They take it to a hole new level.
- Sneakers are fine but I I don't like them on abaya. I think they can do with a funky outfit, like a colored scarf, and a long sweater and pants (in a neutral color then you match the sneakers to the scarf for example.

For cold days, it gets harder because the abaya is especially designed for the desert and hot weather.. If you insist on wearing the abaya, chose a thick material to match the winter shoes. Wear them with ankle boots (very trendy this fall)

All the best honey ;) XoxO

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What should one wear to a job interview to work at a 5 star hotel?

Q. My brother got a call for a job interview and he said they told him to dress appropriately as if he was to work for the hotel. He said he's gonna wear part of his tuxedo, like the white shirt, tie, black vest, slacks, and dress shoes. I thought it was a little weird that he's gonna wear a black vest, it makes it too fancy. But maybe that's how it should be. Do you think it's good or what do you recommend?

A. While men may have less variety when it comes to workplace attire, they also are subjected to more stringent definitions of what is appropriate for the office. When it comes to deciding what to wear on an important interview, in almost every situation the more conservative the suit, the better the choice. Very few men can wear suits right off the rack, and you should always take your suit to a tailor to ensure that it fits you properly before wearing it on an interview.

Navy Blue
Choose a two piece, solid colored, matched suit constructed from wool or a wool blend for your interview. Navy blue is a dark blue color. Do not wear a powder blue suit or a bright blue suit, or try to match your jacket with pants that are another color. Buy your pants and jacket together, so that you can ensure that they are exactly the same shade of navy blue. Unless you are interviewing for a job in a creative field such as graphic design, you should choose a jacket with two or three buttons. Four buttons may look too trendy and adding a vest looks ostentatious.

Charcoal Grey
Charcoal grey is a dark grey color. For men, lighter colored neutrals such as dove grey and tan are seen as too informal for a job interview. Traditionally, black suits are seen as too flashy. Even though other men in the office may be wearing these colors, you need to wait until you are actually hired before you start experimenting with your look. At an interview, you want to be remembered for your qualifications and what you say, not how you look.

What to Wear with Your Suit
Choose a full-sleeve, button up shirt in white or light blue, even if it is summer. Wear a conservative silk tie that is no less than 3 1/4 inches wide. According to Career Builder, image consultants recommend a red tie for a navy blue suit or a burgundy tie for a grey suit. If you want to wear a tie with a pattern, choose a subtle pattern. Do not wear a tie with cartoon characters on it. Wear black socks that cover your ankles, and black leather shoes with a matching belt. Carry a briefcase or portfolio with you instead of a backpack or loose papers, and remove any jewelry other than a wedding ring or watch.

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How can I completely change my clothing style?
Q. I always wear jeans, tee shirt, tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt. Occasionally, I'll get dressier. What I'm asking is how I can go from tee, jeans, and sweatshirt to more fashionable. I'm in high school so there is a budget, so nothing crazy please. Also, I want a variety of styles. Not just girly or boho, a selection, variety. Also, if you could list the stores were I could find the items that would be helpful or maybe where you shop. Thank you.

A. Try Toms instead of sneakers. They're still comfy but also can be dressed up or down. DIY your t-shirts with cut-outs and crop them if you want something a little more fun (you don't have to crop them really high!). Last throw in colored skinny jeans (Forever 21 has tons ranging in price from $15.80-$29.80 so they're affordable). Instead of a regular sweatshirt try an oversized sweater or a Brandy Melville-esque sweatshirt (it doesn't have to be brandy just the oversized style they have). To all of these you can add some fun necklaces and earrings to keep them casual but still less plain. A denim shirt is also a good, trendy, affordable piece that you could throw over a dress or a t-shirt to add a little extra to your outfit. Also a good circle skirt would be a good addition because you can tuck your t-shirts into them (I do it all the time) to be casual but also dressy at the same time.

I hope this helped!

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Help me find cute outfits for a cookout kids age 3 and 11?

Q. We are going to an anual cookout with hay rides and a huge bonfire. It's usually slightly cool at night like 55-65 but during the day warmer like 70-79. Can you help me find trendy outfits that would be weather appropriate for my 2 kids. My daughter wears about a 14 and son wears about a 3t-4t. Cutest outfit will get you 10 pts! Thanks!

A. Girl-
and you could bring just a little zipp-up and for shoes really anything.

Bottoms: just jeans

What are somethings a 16 year old teen boy can do in New York ?
Q. this Spring Break , i'm going to New York with my auntie. So i was wondering , what are some things a boy my age can do ? Like malls , or teen clubs or shoe stores / clothing stores. If you've been there recently or live there currently let me know on things I can do.

A. You are going to have so much fun! I will list off a few things for you!
1) Empire State Building. Very touristy thing to do but it really is cool I prefer to do it at night to see the city all lit up but either way it's a must do.
2) Broadway show. If you have the option to go definitely do it. When I went to NY with my family at 16 I did not want to go see Mary poppins on broadway...thought it would be boring. Turned out to be unbelievable.
3) Times Square. Idk where you will be staying but you HAVE to make the journey down there. So many cool things you will be blown away. Lots to do!
4) Shopping. Check out 5th ave it's where the spendy shops are but there it is a very awesome place. Even if you don't buy anything it's a cool place to check out.
5) Serendipity. Check out this place they are famous for there frozen hot chocolate.
6) The met. This may not be for you since it's an art museum but it's famous and alot of people check it out.
7) China Town and Little Italy. These places are crazy I think you would enjoy checking them out!
8) SoHo. This is a really cool part of town. Very nice and trendy, it's where alot of celebrities stay.

So much more to do!
Central Park. Statue of Liberty. Freedom towers. Dinner cruise around manhattan. Brooklyn bridge.
There are lots to check out and fun places everywhere. You will definitely not be bored and I'm sure you will find cool places while you are there!

Have fun!

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Can someone help me create a catchy yard sale ad?

Q. I want an ad that will stand out and attract many customers. Something a bit more catchy than regular yard sale ads. Here is what I have and please create a catchy ad out of this!!

Nice yard sale, tons of trendy clothing for girls 4T-6X, boys 3T-5T, junior plus and womens sizes 12-20, womens shoes size 10, toys, and misc. Don't miss this sale!


A. Well it does need a little Inspiration!!
OK not sure what the prices are for the things you plan on selling but you could try this:

Don't miss the Trendy yard extravaganza!! Boys, girls, junior plus, and women's clothing from a large variety of sizes. Have tots we have toys, in need of stuff we have miscellaneous of it. Come through, and sale out!!

LOL!! hope it helps a little or gives you an idea!!

Can a girl that looks like a boy be cute?
Q. Okay I know this is probably stupid to ask just please help me. I'm a girl with really short hair and I dress like a boy. I like to dress like a girl sometimes but I think my face and hair clash with the clothes. I don't think it's very possible for me to look cute. Please help.

A. Oh hon, I'm sorry you think you aren't cute. If I was a betting person, I would bet you are cute.

Yes, I do think some girls that look like a boy are cute.

Here are a few things to think about to bring out your feminity to make you even cuter than what you already are:

One thing you may want to consider is letting your hair grow a little longer if you really like it short. You can still have a cute short hair cut if you prefer short short hair.

Another thing you may want to consider is wearing feminine accessories like pretty jewelry, carry a cute bag (handbag) and wear pretty scarves, and even cute shoes, and other feminine accessories.

Another thing you may want to consider is wearing some make-up, not dramatic at all though. I suggest going to the make-up section at a mall and tell someone you want a make-over and that you don't won't a dramatic look.

Have you thought of wearing just plain, comfortable girl's clothes? There is a huge variety of them out there. And there is a huge variety of very trendy cute girl's clothes at very good prices.

I really hope this helps hon. And another thing, these things will help you acquire the confidence you seem to need and make you feel better about yourself --- and this is not a stupid question. We all feel better when we have a different look and change is good!

It is very posssible for you to look even cuter than what you do now!

I sincerely hope I've helped.

God bless you dear,

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When traveling to Paris, France, How much money do you usually bring?

Q. How much money should you bring when traveling to France? ( or Paris, France)

A. Depends on how long you stay. I can tell you the general fees for things:

Dining out usually costs on average 15-25 euros per meal (may include a glass of wine or dessert). 25-50 euros for nicer restaurants. And 250 euros for Michelin starred restaurants. Just stay away from tourist traps.. they make them more expensive than it's worth. You can go cheap and get a crepe or kebab off the street for 5 euros. Baquettes/Croissants cost 70 cents to 1.10 euro/each. Bottle water is about 3 euros. Oh and a cup of coffee french-style is around 5-6 euros. Glass of wine can be 4-8 euros/glass or 12-20 euros per bottle. Vodka in a club will cost 50 euros. Champagne in a club 100 euros and up depending on the brand.

To see the sites, average in about 7-15 euros per ticket for places like (most museums, Eiffel Tower, Bateau Mouche).

Metro tickets inside Paris one way cost 1.60 euros/ticket or 11.40 euros for 10 tickets. You can transfer with the same ticket, just so much that you stay inside the metro. If you think you will be hopping around to many neighborhoods, and will be using the metro a lot in a day, and you plan to stay a week or more, invest in a carte orange, which offers a weekly/monthly pass for unlimited rides, and could be cheaper than buying individual tickets.
You can also bike around with the Velib, which can be 1 euro for 1 hour and 2 euros for 7 hours..etc. Taxis don't take rides under 5 euros, and prices are not that cheap. I've gotten a taxi go across Paris for 25 euros. To/from airports to city is around 50 euros. And getting them on a Saturday night in front of a bar or club will be godsent. To order a taxi will cost you upfront 9 euros because they have to clock it where they are and the distance to it takes to get to you.

Nightlife and Entertainment can range from 4 euros / beer, 8-10 euros cocktail, 15-25 euros for cocktails in chic clubs, and 10-20 euros for cover at the door. The cabarets like the Moulin Rouge and the Lido can cost 100-150 euros a ticket (includes a bottle of champagne). And music clubs can be up to 10-50 euros depending on who is playing.

The theater can be cheap if you go to french indie acts 5-10 euros/ticket. If you go to more well known ones like at the Comedie Francaise it can be upwards to 50 euros/ticket. The Opera, if you are lucky to get a seat can be upwards to 100 euros/ticket. Bastille's Opera sells last minute seats for cheaper prices. But you have to be there on will call to see if there are any.

A good french haircut will get you from 90-120 euros without color. (if that's something you'd like to do)

Hammam, spas, and massages will be from 35-75 euros.

Clothing! Depends on your tastes. Cheap cheap clothes 5-10 euros off these racks off the street. Average is 30-50 euros per piece for better styles. Trendy styles can be 50-100 euros per piece. And for the Great brands.. average 500-1500 euros per piece. That's how they roll! :) Shoes, same deal.. you can get cheap shoes for under 10 euros. Expect the nice french/italian brands to be 500-1000 euros. Good sneakers are 65-100 euros.

What I would suggest is map out your plan before you get here, and check the sites, museums, restaurants you know and want to go to. Then you can use these prices as a general guide for your price range. For more precise prices on the attractions, they have websites on almost everything. But I would say, you can spend an average of 50-75 euros a day if you don't do/buy pricey things. There are ways to do it frugally, like looking for the free museum days, or walking (since Paris sites are almost clustered together) or eating at bistros in non-tourist places (they are cheaper and sometimes you get very great food).

And the safe thing is to have a backup Visa card/ Travelers checks.

Good Luck and safe travels!

How can I avoid looking like an obvious tourist in Italy?
Q. About 11 people from my Italian club (at school) are going to Italy with a tour group called CHA. My Italian teacher, who has organized two trips prior to this one, wants us to wear CHA's backpack when we're over there, in order for her to see us easily. I personally think that it's just going to be an even more obvious indicator that we're tourists, aside from the fact that we'll be traveling in a group...

As far as I know, no one else has had to label themselves a tourist in such a way on her two previous trips. Any suggestions on how I can *try* to convince her to drop the whole "wear the backpack with the obvious CHA label" idea?

Also, for those of you who live, have lived, or have been to Italy in the past, what do they usually wear? I was considering bringing several of my Hollister shirts, plus a few plain (non-labeled) shirts, and jeans. Will this just scream "TOURIST!," or do they have/wear Hollister over there?

Thank you!

A. I am an American who used to live in Italy. Yes, matching backpacks will bring attention to the fact that you are all in a tour group, so if you do end up having to use them, just be careful and pay attention to who is around you. If you are going to be carrying anything valuable in it, you might want to consider buying and using one of those tiny padlocks for travel - that way if someone does have the intention of trying to get into it when you're not watching, they won't be able to.

As for clothing - one thing that usually indicates a tourist is light clothing. Italians tend to wear darker colors. Many American tourists wear pastels and white tennis shoes - easy to pick out in a crowd. Many Italians don't even wear shorts in the summer when out in the towns. Italy does have many trendy shops, but the styles there are somewhat different than what we wear in America. A suggestion is that you take some extra money and purchase a few items of clothing there - you can wear it while there and not look like a tourist, but you can also bring it back here and have something none of your friends will have! Italians also tend to wear clothing tighter than Americans, so just watch the sizing.

With regard to jeans, most American tourists wear jeans - they are not the easiest to find in Italy, but most Italians that I knew there wished they had some!

My overall suggestion: Just wear what you're comfortable in - try to take darker clothing if you don't want to stand out - but remember, this is your vacation and whatever you do, just ENJOY and not worry about what others are thinking.

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What can I put into my shoes to stop them from irritating my achilles?

Q. I know that in general, vans, converse, and other trendy shoes are generally not good for your feet, but what causes this? Is there anything that can be done about this issue?

A. Thats becasue they make shoes for the looks these days, and not support. Get some arch supports. Try Dr Scholls, or store brand, thats all you need.

Does anyone know where I can find size 13 womens shoes in the Chicagoland area or online?
Q. I am looking for trendy shoes to wear out as well as high heels. Anything from flats to going out shoes. I will shop online or in a store.

A. Im having trouble too-I need shoes for my sweet 16 and im a size 10.5! I cant find any anywhere. I went to, they have nice shoes-just i didnt find what i want in my colors!

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Where can i find heelless shoes that are size 13?

Q. I've been looking everywhere possible and i really can't find any. I'm starting to think they don't make them that big. I'm disappointed. If you know anything please let me me know. Thank you!

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What are good websites for teen girls?
Q. I need a website that is good for teen girls. I could be a virtual world, a magazine website, a game website, a fashion website, ect. It would be great if the website had games or if it was virtual but anything will do. It would also be cool if it was a designing web site. Thanks!

Age Directory is a simple web directory that uses Yahoo BOSS to calculate the accurate age of your favorite celebrities.
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Open Fashion is a Social Shopping Fashion Community to:
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In modern times what qualities does the Japanese culture think of as beautiful in a woman?

Q. im doing an adaptation of every man with Japanese influences. what would the modern Japanese society say constitutes a beautiful looking for a physical description. i know women like to have larger eyes, even having surgery to get them, and some wear contacts that are light. also who in there society would be an extremely wise and knowledgeable person?

A. Japanese female beauty trends and subcultures:

- Large eyes
- thin and well-projected nose bridge
- prominent chin.
- small face
- bleached white teeth
- Thin body, big beasts, hairless body
- Trendy eyebrow looks
- Healthy look
- Jutting shoulders, angled elbows and hips
- crescent eyebrows
- bleached hair
- makeup enhancing the eyes
- modern (western) hairstyles.
- high heel shoes
- Traditional clothing (kimono) made modern
- Nape of the neck is a erotic part of the body
- Cute appearance through frilly or child-like clothing with small body
- High voice
- Some girls imitate animes with over the top dresses and accessories that sometimes contrast strikingly. (Example: Lolita fashion style)
- sexy fit body (meant to be sexual and sassy intimidation for men)
- Goth styles are popular
- miniskirts
- b-girls (Japanese girls wear ethnic clothes and frizzy hair styles common among African Americans. They also tan their bodies)
- certain youth sub-cultures are aimed at shocking or intimidating portraying sexual power

The Japanese view wisdom and silence as more important than knowledge. There emperor is viewed as very wise and knowledgeable but also discreet in his manner. Men are perceived as more wise or knowledgeable than women. The father is still the head of the house and has the most power.

What can of pants can I wear to a wedding?
Q. I'm going to a wedding and as everyone know you have to dress fancy. I am not going to wear a dress! I am looking for fancy pants but I also want them to be a little rockish. I also want them not to cost much. Please help!. Put the store and type of pants!

A. I like your style! Since you want a look that's a little edgy yet still elegant, I would suggest going in one of two ways: 1) silk pants or 2) jumpsuit.

1) If you're super daring, I would suggest going for silk pants. Pair them with a grey top, a black blazer, strappy high heeled sandals and a silver necklace for evening and a light tank, a soft blazer, nude pumps and a gold necklace for day-time:
Total: $209

Total: $220

2) Another trendy look would be a jumpsuit. It could be dressed down for a day wedding with wedges and dressed up for an evening wedding with sexy pumps. Pair both looks with a cute clutch.
Total: $255

Total: $157

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What are some things that I can do to become more fashion forward?

Q. I am thinking about taking a job at a salon as receptionist but here's the problem, my look is casual! What are things that I can do to look cute and trendy without looking like I am try to hard. I need Ideas for nails, shoes, perfumes, and accessories, and clothing but all clothes have to be black.

A. To be a receptionist, you have to WOW them with your skills, not your look- but how your high your Hygiene is is definatly important!
a WEEK before you go for a job intervue:
-get a classic neon colored streak through your bangs, red, purple, teal, lime green, orange, yellow, pink- do what does with your hair color and most outfits.
- Have your split ends snipped off by a professionel.
- if you have alot of money, get a pedicure and manicure to match your streak. RED and ORANGE look vibrant and energetic. BLUE and TEAL is proven to make people more open-minded.
a NIGHT before your big day-
-Use a mask on your face and feet.
-Wash hair throughly and use conditioner.
-Pick out an outfit for tommorow- something that matches your streak. Add a necklace and earings, no bangles.
The morning of-
-wash hair again, style as usaul
-Add some sunsilk defrizz 24/7 creme for curly/wavy hair, (dry) or flat marvel by goldwell for straight/limp hair. work some herbal essences totally twisted mousse through damp curly hair, and herbal essennces body envy volumizing mousse to limp hair. let air dry. goof luck- and remember- look 'YOU'!!
good luck!


What is a cute casual outfit I can wear to school?
Q. My wardrobe is pretty basic, lots of t shirts and jeans. Can you guys help me make a couple cute outfits I can wear to school? I'm looking for something a little trendy and casual. My style is generally somewhat preppy and laid back. I love stores like forever21, american eagle, nordstroms, aeropostale, abercrombie, lulu's, bloomingdales, delia's and dsw. If the clothing items you choose could be from those stores or other easily accessible clothing retailers, I'd really appreciate it. thnx.

A. My advice is to always have some good wardrobe basics that can add a little something different to a simple outfit. I would suggest always having:

- boots! boots are huge right now, especially since it's winter. They add a hot and classy vibe without hopefully being trashy. Uggs are always good if you want to be comfy and casual. Slouchy boots (like the ones in this picture: in black, camel, grey, or creme are very fashionable. Also, fringe boots and tall leather boots are cute too. Heels add a commanding and sexy vibe to your legs and the way you walk.

- belts. Don't get anything too trashy or tacky. Stick to stuff like leather. (abercrombie or hollister. Forever 21 has some funky stuff but some stuff is also cheap and looks just as nice)

- Simple v-necks (anywhere. i like forever 21)

- Jeans in lots of different washes (if you're lucky to be really skinny and you have the money, try abercrombie or hollister.)

- rugbys! they're cute and preppy and give an instant casual, yet presentable look. (abercrombie, AE, pretty much all of the stores you asked for)

- Converse. They're classical and adorable, but stick to the lo-tops. Try DSW,, foot locker, or pretty much any shoe store.

- scarves. whenever i have a "blah" type of day, i wear a simple t shirt and a scarf because it looks like i put in more effort into looking good than i actually did. (try nordstroms, delias or pacsun)

- big earrings. attracts attention to your face and makes you look mature and cute. (forever 21 or charlotte russe)

- Yoga pants. Get black, navy and grays. They really make you feel skinny and confident, but make sure you wear a thong! American Eagle, Victorias secret, or Target. Pretty much every store that sells athletic clothes have them too.

On top of that, i usually stick to skinny jeans (hydraulic jeans from nordstroms are a great brand) and flowy, banded shirts (forever 21). I hope i helped(:

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i need some links to some nice clothes for guys..retro..leather shoes..?

Q. whether uk or usa..just some nice shops online..for fashionable trendy clothes for men!

A. Men clothing -
Men shoes -
Men watches -
Hope this helps
Good luck!

Where can I buy cool clothes, bags, belts etc for my 14 year old son in the UK or online?
Q. He has some money to buy clothes with. He is going to buy a hoody, bag, belt and buckle, shoe laces, T-Shirts and jeans. He doesn't know where from. He is not a chav. He is quite fashion conscious. It's out of his birthday money and he wanted me to look at good shops for him (i don't know why either) where is a good place to start. He is into music like green day and muse. His favourite clothes brands, i think are airwalk, animal, Vans, stuff like that. He knows freespirit and Topman already but they are both quite expensive and I'm not sure if I'll be able to find jeans that fit him there, tops yes but trousers i'm unsure about.

A. Top man at top shop is very trendy or abercrombie and fitch is great very fashionable but can be abit pricey x

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Senin, 15 Juli 2013

How can I dress better without looking like a tool?

Q. I've never taken a deep plunge into fashion, so going all out with the latest would not be in my character. I'll wear skinny jeans, but scarves seem awkward if not for cold weather. I don't really understand how to use accessories, or colors, or matching. I'm also short, so any advice on short guys dressing trendy would be greatly appreciated.

A. shirts = plain white tees, graphic tees (no logos if possible), & the occasional abercrombie shirt (dont overdo it tho, or you'll look like a douchebag!)

jeans = anything! guys can pull off virtually any style, so dont limit yourself. heres some inspiration: -skinny jeans are tricky to pull off, so try on a lot of styles before you buy

NO fashion scarfs! please leave those to women

shoes = you can go with skater vans:

the universally loved converse: (high or low tops)

or (depending on the occasion) a flip flop:

for hoodies and jackets, there are many looks you can go with.

skater = vans, element, fox (you can buy these brands at Pacsun)

beachy-casual = abercrombie, hollister, aeropostle

preppy = the gap

What would be appropriate attire for a middle-aged woman to wear to relative's wedding?
Q. My aunt told me my cousin is engaged and the wedding will likely be late summer or early autumn. I assume I will be invited, but I don't know if it will be formal or casual. I don't own any really "dress-up" clothes. The best thing I have right now is a pair of jeans with no holes or tears and a scrub-type top with butterflies on it. Getting me to dress-up is like getting Peppermint Patty to wear a dress. Any suggestions?

A. Arg - Middle age - That's me and it's tough to go shopping, isn't it? You don't want to wear something too young and trendy and end up looking like a "Real Housewife", yet you don't want to look like an old lady wearing Sag Harbor, either. You also want to wear something that you would wear again. Every woman should have a few good staples in her wardrobe. For example, a little black dress. Once you have one, you'll find yourself wearing it all the time.

You can't go wrong with the LBD:

OR something pretty like this:

IF you can't hang with the dress idea, consider a pretty pants suit with a colorful top:

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Minggu, 14 Juli 2013

Are sandals really bad for your feet?

Q. Do they cause you trouble when you get older?

A. Are flip-flops damaging your career?

New York - With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers -- as well as to feet.

Lauren Cardinale, 25, who works at West Glen Communications, wears beaded or other fancy flip flops to the office -- when she can get away with it.

"Occasionally I wear flip flops to work," she said. "I wear nicer shoes if I'm meeting with clients or if I know there will someone in the office who doesn't approve of flip flops."

Cardinale is one of thousands of young women in New York who consider flip-flops an essential part of their summer wardrobe.

An online survey conducted for retailers Old Navy and Gap found flip-flops topped the list of wardrobe items that college and high school students planned to wear to work this summer.

More than 31 percent of women said flip-flops were the single "must have" item for work this summer.

But many companies disagree.

"The dress code says no beach wear and flip-flops are considered beach wear," said a spokeswoman for BNP Paribas.

Style gurus warn that flip-flops, which are worn mainly by younger women, could be harmful to a career.

"Shoes convey the mood of a woman. Wearing flip-flops conveys the mood that you are relaxed and on vacation. That's not a good message in the office," said Meghan Cleary, a style commentator who wrote the book "The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You."

Doctors say it's not just careers they could harm.

Physicians at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons say flip-flops are linked to a growing number of heel problems among teens and young adults.

"We're seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group that usually doesn't have this problem," said spokeswoman Marybeth Crane in a recent statement.

She said flip-flops with thin soles have no arch support and can accentuate any abnormal biomechanics in foot motion which eventually brings pain and inflammation.

Flip-flops are far from new, dating back at least 70 years and believed developed out of traditional Japanese woven or wooden soled sandals in New Zealand.

The basic flat sole with a Y-shaped strap, that passes between the toes and around either side of the foot, is known in every nation and to every social class.

In developing countries, they are the cheapest -- and often only -- form of footwear, easy to make and easy to fit.

The term "flip-flop" derives from the noise they make while slapping against the wearer's heels and the floor but they are also known as thongs in Australia, jandals in New Zealand, and slippers in Hawaii.

But flip-flops took on a new life among the young and trendy a few years ago. They have surged in popularity with shops now selling them in every conceivable colour, with sequins, flowers, and even bridal flip-flops with over 300 Swarovski crystals on the straps for about $140 (77 pounds) a pair.

Last June the Northwestern University's champion women's lacrosse team was widely criticised for wearing flip-flops when they visited the White House and met President George W. Bush.

Ellen Campuzano, president of the Committee of Colour and Trends, a New York-based forecasting service specialising in footwear and accessories, thinks flip-flops' popularity will wane.

"Usually these trends come and go in about five years," she said. "I think we've reached the peak, they can't be any more widespread, so maybe next summer something will replace them."

Should I take all the hosiery out of my 4 sockdrawers and hand them out to the chicken legged women I saw?
Q. I was in a foodcourt downtown today where there are alot of office workers. I was shocked at the number of women who although they were wearing dresses (I give them points for that) they were bare legged! It is totally gross to look at white chicken legs under a dress. I am light skinned myself and never go bare legged in public, let alone to an office job. I also saw women in slacks with open toed shoes. Yuck, who wants to look at toes and feet in a food area? I have about 100 pairs of trendy tights and hosiery. Should I take them downtown and hand them out to my poor bare legged sisters?

I don't care if the weather is hot, looking good comes before comfort.

A. i agree 100% they should cover up those legs

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