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How To Choose Hat For You

Friday, February 29th, 2008

stylist hatHats are one of this season’s hottest accessories, but they can also be one of the most difficult to pull off. While most people consider hats only for special occasions, some of the most recent styles are very adaptable and can be worn for both casual and formal events. The key to choosing the right hat is balance. Choose a hat that is best suited to your face shape, body, and wardrobe. Most importantly, always choose a hat that reflects your personality and sense of style.

Consider Your Overall Shape

If you’re petite:

  • Choose hats with a small brim and low crown.
  • Avoid big hats, which can be overpowering to small frames.

If you’re tall:

  • Choose hats with a wide brim and a shorter crown.
  • Avoid narrow, angular-shaped hats.

If you’re full-figured:

  • Wide, full-brimmed hats can add balance to a curvy figure.
  • Consider Your Face Shape

If you have an long face:

  • Avoid narrow brims, which can add length to your face.
  • Choose wide hats with curled or floppy brims.

If you have a round face:

  • Choose hats with high brims and angular shapes.
  • Avoid round, circular, or floppy-shaped hats.
  • Always choose hats that are wider than your face.

If you have an oval face:

  • Congratulation! You can get away with almost any style of hat.
  • Experiment with a variety of styles to find what works best for you.

Choose the Correct Size

Always try on a variety of hats to find the correct size for you. The average size for women’s hats is around 21 or 22 inches. If a hat feels too tight or too loose, try a slightly larger or smaller size.

Consider Your Hairstyle

Don’t just drop your newly chosen hat on top of your regular hairstyle, especially if you have really long or full hair. Instead, try tucking your hair behind your ears or pulling it back into a low ponytail. This can help balance and proportion your look and ensure that your upper half isn’t over-powered.

Protecting Your Hair from the Sun

Friday, February 29th, 2008
by Sck

hair careSummer is vastly approach and with summer comes the harsh rays of the sun. While most of us remember to protect our skin with sunscreen, often we forget to pay attention to our hair. The sun can damage hair’s cuticles, leaving your hair dry, brittle and frizzy. It can also make hair’s color fade and if you have fine or chemical-treated hair, the sun’s harsh rays can be extremely worse.

To prevent the summer sun from damaging your hair, check out these great tips:

In the Sun

  • Look for an SPF spray made for hair. If you can’t find an SPF or you’re in a pinch, you can use a sunscreen made for you skin. Apply ½ cup water with ½ teaspoon 25 SPF sunscreen. Mist on damp hair before styling. You can also apply undiluted sunscreen to the center part of your hair. If the sunscreen is too messy, try a lip blam with the highest SPF you can find. Be sure to wash the sunscreen from your hair using a deep-cleansing shampoo after you get home.
  • Look for styling products that have SPF built into them. Manufacturers are now providing consumers with SPF protection via hairsprays, styling gels, mousses, etc.
  • If you do choose to use a styling product with SPF protection, keep in mind that most contain alcohol, which can dry your hair out faster than the sun.
  • If you can’t find SPF for your hair, you can try using coconut, jojoba, sunflower or olive oil in your hair. To use, simply apply the oil to your hair before going out in the sun. The heat from the sun will help to penetrate the oil into your hair shaft. You should note however, while the oil will condition your hair and repair it before it becomes dry and brittle, it won’t protect from all sun damage.
  • Wear a hat or bandana if you’re going to be out in the sun. Choose a hat that has a wide brim all the way around. This will not only protect your scalp, it will also protect your skin. For bandana, wrap them starting at your hairline and leave the pointed end covering the rest of your hair. Look for fabric that is made from a very tight weave and is less likely to allow light to pass through it.
  • Put your hair into a french twist or bun when the summer heat is at it’s hottest. Putting your hair up will protect your scalp and the hair that is closest to your scalp from the sun.
  • Out of the Sun
  • Treat your hair to a deep conditioner at least once a week to help tame hair frizzies and put back the moisturizer that the hot sun can take away. Look for products that say, “replenish” or alcohol –free since these are designed to add moisture to the hair.
  • Wrap your hair in a plastic cap overnight to restore moisture lost from the sun and prevent frizzies.
  • If you color or bleach your hair and you’re a blonde or a brunette, have your colorist go half a shade darker to prevent the sun from fading the color. If you’re a redhead, try a color-locking treatment to prevent fading.
  • Finally, if you really want to prevent sun damage to hair, avoid the sunlight during the peak sun hours. This is when the sun is at it’s hottest. If it’s impossible to do so, wear a hat or SPF and try to stay in the shade where it is possible.

Headband Trend

Friday, February 29th, 2008

headbandIf you’re ready to make a stylish statement, look no further than the headband. These five headbands will perform double duty by keeping your hair off your face and adding some color to your coiffure at the same time. Just remember, slim widths or wide, short hair or long, headbands are hip!
Slim Double Strand

    Silk or satin, fabric or plastic, it’s available in hundreds of colors and one of the most popular styles around.

    • Slinky Sleek

    Beloved by celebrities and socialites alike, a trendy, woven strap is the perfect combination of stretch and glamour, guaranteed to highlight any hairstyle. This one has a touch of metallic to add a tiny bit of shimmer, perfect for date night.

    • Silky Scarf

    With tons of patterns on a variety of fabrics, these are soft enough to wear sleek & slim or bohemian wide, and all make a fashionable style statement. From dressy dresses to jeans, they look good with everything.

    Plus: The colorful geometric prints are a great way to make a bold statement for those of you who shy away from wearing too much color, and really pops if you wear all black.

    • Animal Instincts

    Whether you choose a python print, a zebra stripe, or leopard spots, an animal print headband is about to become one of your favorite accessories!

    Probably not a look you’ll wear every day but it’s posh and polished, fun and flirty, and a total must-have for sure. Try one, you won’t be disappointed, and the extra thick 2″ band will tame any wild style.

    • Printed Perfection

    A stylish, satin elastic band like this can be worn scrunched or smooth makes a pretty accent for just about for everyone. A fashionable find for sure!

    Ready for the best part? These headbands not only look great, but they are all comfortable too. No more headband headaches, you know we love that. Hooray for headbands, they are sure to become your new favorite hair accessory, hands down!

    Historical Places In Romania

    Friday, February 29th, 2008
    by Sue

    The World Heritage Lists sites with outstanding universal value. Seven Sites are in Romania. Following are outstanding significant historic places in Romania.

    Romania is a land of majestic castles and ancient medieval towns. Romania is famous to movie goers as the land of Dracula movies. Located in the former Eastern Bloc of Europe, Romania is becoming known as a great vacation area for snow skiers. Winter in Romania can be harsh. The best season for non-skiers to visit is summer.

    • Churches of Moldavia

    Churches of moldavia15th-16th century frescoes on painted exterior walls of seven churches are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art. The churches in northern Moldavia are unique in Europe. The paintings represent complete cycles of religious murals on all facades. the paintings are outstanding in composition, elegant outline and harmonious colors.

    • Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains

    Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, Transylvania: fortresses built in the 1st centuries BC and AD, under Dacian rule. the fortresses demonstrate a fusion of military and religious architectural techniques. The fortresses defended the Geto-Dacian kingdoms, which had exceptionally high cultural and socio-economic levels in this era. The well preserved remains of the fortresses are in spectacular natural surroundings. the site was selected as an outstanding example of this type of defended site.

    • Danube Delta, Dobruja Region:

    The waters of the Danube flow in the Black Sea. These waters form the largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas. The Danube Delta is home to over 300 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish species in numerous lake and marshes.

    • Monastery of Horezu

    Monastery of Horezu, Region of Wallachia. The monastery was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantine Brancovan. The monastery is considered a masterpiece of”brancovan” style.the building is known for architectural purity, balance, rich sculptural detail, composition, votive portraits an painted decorative works. In the 18th century a school of mural an icon painted was established. the school was famous throughout the Balkan region.

    • Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania:

    Transylvanian villages that provide a vivid picture of the cultural landscape in southern Transylvania. The seven villages, with their fortified churches, show a settlement pattern and organization of the family farmstead. They have been preserved since the late Middle Ages. The buildings illustrate building styles from the 13th to 16th centuries.

    Meditation and Beauty

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008
    by Sue

    Meditation and Beauty  Meditation releases the unlimited power of the subconscious. It enhances inner as well as outer beauty. Ageless body and timeless mind can be achieved by daily practice of meditation, listed below are practical tips for effective result-oriented meditation.

    What does meditation do?

    Builds concentration: Effective meditation helps develop concentration. A difficult task, thereby is completed in lesser time and more effectively than ever. The power of the mind is enhanced and thereby stress levels are cut down drastically. Lower stress, automatically means better control over situation and a relaxed frame of mind even in difficult times, which invariably means a happy and radiating face and an active body to match.

    Matured and thoughtful attitude: By regular meditation along with chanting of meaningful affirmations, one develops and strengthens the power of the mind. This leads to a thoughtful attitude towards every task in life. Such an attitude reduces stress levels and enables an individual to see the ‘best’ in every situation. This optimism reduces the ageing process and enables a woman to be in best shape in body and mind.

    Enhancement in positive emotions: Meditation enhances positive emotions like love, respect, happiness etc. Positive emotions are very useful for balanced secretion of vital hormones within the body. Functioning of glands becomes balanced and proper. Negative emotions like anger, hatred, jealously etc. are harmful to the body. Process of ageing accelerates by excessive negative emotions. Positive emotions make us young and energetic, happy and joyful. It is through meditation that positive emotions can be increased and we can remain in the zone of positive emotions throughout the day.

    Unleashing the power of the subconscious mind: We all know that the power of our subconscious mind is many times more than that of our conscious mind. We can call subconscious mind as divine mind or in other words it is the divinity within us. During meditation we pacify our conscious mind and activate the subconscious mind. We can use the unlimited power of our subconscious mind through meditation. We can achieve beauty, health, vigor, vitality, happiness etc. by taking the help of the divine mind within us.

    How to meditate effectively?

    Sit in a relaxed position: Fix a place in the house for daily practice and a fixed time for doing meditation. Do not change this time and place of meditation, you can sit on the chair or on the ground in crossed legged position. Clothing should be loose and comfortable. Keep thin pillow under your buttocks if you are sitting crossed legs on the ground. This will ensure proper circulation of bloods to your legs.

    Take deep breath followed by a longer exhalation. Repeat it twice or thrice. During exhalation consciously relax all parts of your body.

    • Close your eyes gently and start observing your breathing. Your breathing will become slow and rhythmic.
    • Start observing your thoughts. This will make your mind thoughtless and relaxed.
    • Start uttering in slow self-audible voice. Utterances should be short and well worded before meditation. For example … I am beautiful … I am powerful… I am healthy etc.
    • Your utterances should be supported by strong emotions and visualization

    By this way you can make yourself happy and beautiful. This is the simplest and most practical, result oriented method of meditation. We have everything within us we should not totally depend on outside things. Therefore make resolution and daily meditate for a beautiful body and mind forever.

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