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Choosing the Right Type of Jeans

When choosing a new pair of jeans, you should be aware of the body type you have. This doesn’t refer to the waistline alone, which should also be kept in mind, but to the structure of your torso. The build is classified into three types; slim, medium and heavy.

Another thing to consider is your height. Taller people look good in most regular and straight leg jeans. Shorter people should consider medium or high rise jeans and straight leg cuts. With those factors in mind, let’s look at the different types of jeans.

Types of Cut

1. Straight Cut has equal leg width from waist to leg openings.
2. Slim Fit was designed to accentuate the thighs and buttocks.
3. Skinny was designed to be tight-fitting from top to bottom so that the shape of the legs can be seen.
4. Relaxed Fit is almost similar to straight cut but is slightly wider at the thighs.
5. Boot Cut was designed to accommodate the wearing of boots that is why the space is wider below the knees.
6. Flare Leg has a wide cut below the knees but fits waist and thighs snugly.
7. Stretch are tight-fitting to create the illusion that the person has toned buttocks and thighs and a flat stomach.
8. Loose Fit accentuates the buttocks and fit the waist snugly but the legs have a straight cut.
9. Capri has leg openings just below the knee. They are longer than shorts.
10. Cropped or Cuffed are longer than capri. Cropped hides three-fourths of the legs while cuffed has folded leg openings.

Types of Rise

Rise refers to the distance between the waist and the crotch of the jeans.
1. Low Rise jeans sits low or below the hips.
2. Medium Rise jeans sits slightly higher on the waist.
3. High-Waisted jeans sits high on the waist and can hide big bellies.

Types of Wash
1. Raw Denim is unwashed, stiff, and dark in color.
2. Acid Wash uses pumice stones and chlorine so that there is a contrast in the color of the fabric.
3. Rinse Wash softens the fabric ad washes off residual dye. Applying starch strengthens the warp.
4. Mid Wash removes more dye in the fabric than rinse wash. The fabric becomes soft and has a light blue color.
5. Light Wash creates a very light blue color because the washing process is longer.
6. Dirty Wash creates a well-worn or distressed jeans. There is a yellow or brown tint.
7. Stone Wash washes dried jeans in a washing machine with volcanic rocks or pumice stone so that the material looks faded.
8. Bleach Wash uses bleaching products to alter the blue shade of the fabric.
9. Black or Grey uses a different dye than the indigo-colored jeans.
10. All-Over Tinting is done to make changes in the indigo hue. Direct dye is used and then fixed.
11. Coated Denim uses a coating of polyurethane to make the fabric last longer.
12. Vintage Finishing has a worn look. The fabric is sprayed with bleach, scraped, and then whiskered.

How to Care for Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds are an investment. Precious gems increase in value over time. If you’re planning to sell some of your items in the future, you need to keep them in good condition. Here are the ways to keep your diamonds shiny for years.

Inspect for Damages

Before placing your diamond in a jewelry box, inspect the item for scratches. If the stones are loose, don’t wear the jewelry again until you’ve taken it to a jeweler for repairs. Check the mounting, prongs, setting and the luster of the gem.

Correct Jewelry Box

Any expensive jewelry such as diamonds should be stored in a fabric-lined case. If possible, each piece should be placed separately from the others to prevent damages. Diamonds can scratch other gems when the clasps and chains get tangled. Remember that diamonds are considered the hardest gems so they should be placed separately to protect other gems.

Travel Case

You can place your jewelry in fabric pouches or wrap each one in tissue paper and then place them in a small bag. There are also smaller jewelry boxes made for traveling. Always pick the design with individual compartments.

Avoid Oil and Grease

While diamonds are easy to clean because they’re durable, they could attract grease and oil. Don’t spray on your oil-based perfume while you’re wearing your jewelry. Use the scent before you put your diamonds on. As a general rule, you should apply all cosmetics and body products first before wearing your jewelry.

Take it Off

Don’t use your jewelry while you’re working out, cleaning, or performing any strenuous task. Not only are they distracting but you could damage the stones and the metal with the chemicals from external sources and from your body. Take off your jewelry when you go swimming. You could lose the piece and damage the metals.

Cleaning Diamonds

Diamonds are tough so there is no need to take it to a professional cleaner if you handle it properly. You can soak the jewelry in mild soap and water overnight then wipe with a soft cloth. The problem, however, is how to clean the type of metal used, the setting of the jewelry, and the other gems used in the piece. Avoid using bleach, ammonia-based cleaning solutions, abrasives and strong detergents as a general rule.

Annual Cleaning

If the jewelry isn’t made up of just diamonds, you can take it to a professional jewelry cleaner once a year for thorough cleaning and repairs. There are other options you can do at home besides wiping with cloth or soaking it in soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are convenient, but the process could damage other gems and some jewelry settings. Ask your jeweler for recommendations.

Fresh and Easy Ways to Style Your Jumpsuit

 

Offering the same level of chicness and ease of dressing as your favourite dress, jumpsuits are the best alternative to your staple dresses. The problem though is there’s only a handful of times where you can repeatedly wear this clothing piece and get away with. While getup repetition isn’t a crime, we all definitely want to make the most out of our purchases. With that in mind, we listed down six stylish ways for you to wear your jumpsuit.

  1. Pair it With Your Office Basics

Breathe new life to your staple work ensemble by pairing them up with your favourite jumpsuit. Switch your usual pencil skirts and tailored trouser to a pair of comfortable and elegant culottes jumpsuit.

  1. Give it Some Feminine Touch

A black jumpsuit doesn’t need to be paired with sullen-coloured clothing pieces. In fact, you can wear it with bow blouses or blush-toned statement tops to pull off a lady-like and polished look.

  1. Belt It

It’s crucial that you avoid losing your figure when wearing a jumpsuit. Make use of the jumpsuit’s belt or add your own choice of belt to define your waist. Cinching your jumpsuit right at the waist will help in giving you that curvy look, thus adding some femininity in your ensemble.

  1. Pull Off a Stylish Weekender Look

Cap off your vacation mood by wearing an easy pair of jumpsuit. Simply layer on an oversized denim jacket or a long vest and you already have a comfy and stylish ensemble perfect for that weekend getaway that you’ve been waiting for.

  1. Style it in a Sporty, Casual Way

The easiest way to sport a jumpsuit is to wear it like your favourite bottoms. Simply slip on a cosy hoodie or sweater, and you’ll be ready to run errands throughout the day, while still staying in style.

  1. Don it as Your Night Out Ensemble

Jumpsuits aren’t only meant for office and casual day outs. They can also make for a chic night out ensemble. Considered as a great alternative to your little black dress, a jumpsuit layered with lace tops is definitely a perfect getup for a night full of cocktails and dancing.

Stylishly wearing a jumpsuit isn’t rocket science – you can just don it and go. However, knowing what accessories and layering pieces to wear with this closet staple will definitely help showing your personal style and taking your jumpsuit styling to a whole new level.

Surprising Alternative Uses for Micellar Water

 

Micellar water has been making some noise in the beauty world lately. This French pharmacy beauty staple is slowly becoming a gentle alternative to chemical-based cleansers formulated to draw out impurities from your face without stripping off its natural oil, leaving your skin perfectly hydrated and supple. Aside from keeping your face free of any makeup and grime accumulation, micellar water also has other amazing uses and some of those uses are as follows:

  1. Skin Mist

When you’re under the prickling heat of the sun, easily spritz a good amount of your micellar water to lift off the dirt from your skin, and keep it hydrated and fresh. This also works as a refreshing cleansing wipe after sweating out in the gym.

  1. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Perhaps you already know that you need to clean your makeup brushes once a week to get rid of acne-causing dirt and product build-up. To help you with that, simply pour a good amount of your micellar water into a cup and individually swirl your makeup brushes (careful not to wet the brush handles). Once you’re done, just leave your brushes dry out.

  1. Makeup Stain Remover

Run out of your trusted makeup stain remover? Worry not, since micellar water can do the trick. All you’ve got to do is soak a cotton ball or tissues with the cleanser and dab it on the stained area. Just be extra careful in using it on delicate fabrics like silk and lace.

  1. False Eyelashes Remover

We know just how much ripping off your falsies sting, and fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Since micellar water is a makeup remover, you can simply soak up a cotton pad with it and gently it onto your eyelids to remove your lash adhesive. An easy and pain-free falsies remover!

  1. Hand Wash

If you’re blessed with sensitive skin and is afraid that using rubbing alcohol could dry up your hands, then opt to wash your hands with your micellar water. Just a few drops of it is already enough to clean your hands the way it cleanses your face.

Micellar water works wonders as a facial cleanser, but it can definitely do more than just rid your face off makeup and dirt. So be sure to keep your micellar water handy to save yourself from all the stresses of holding your makeup look together to keeping all your beauty tools clean.

Maximizing Parental Control Over Social Media

 

Many people say that this is the “social media” era. The world has become a place where everything is influenced by social media. No one can underestimate its grasp. What is good about social media is the easy proliferation of information. However, the bad side is how this information will be used. Everyone has the responsibility to use information for good causes.

Speaking of bad side, when children are being exposed to social media, they tend to overdo it especially without parental guidance. Many Singaporean parents are showing concern. With this, it is important that you think about maximizing your parental control over social media. How will you do this? First, you have to curb their usage of the most popular social media platform on earth – Facebook.

Here is a guide in restricting Facebook access to your children’s smartphones:

On their iPhones

If your children have iPhones, you have to know everything about it. Do not let your kids know more than you do because if that is the case, they will simply adjust the restriction and you will end up just fooling yourself.

Go to “Settings” under the “General” section. Look for the “Restrictions” button and then choose “Enable Restrictions” (this is just on top of the screen). Once you are here, do not be surprised as you will be prompted to set up 4-digit passcode. Slide the button to “Off”. If you do not want your children to install Facebook, just tap the “Installing Apps” to “Off”.

On their Android

If your children are using Android phones, you can also restrict Facebook access. You just need to open the “Google Play Store”. Look for the “Application Settings” and then set PIN for purchases. This is effective as your child cannot install apps that you do not approve (in this case including Facebook).

If you want to make sure, you can choose to avail an app that has the power to lock or block other apps. At the end of the day it is your choice.

Note that the tips provided above are for smartphones. What will happen if your children are out and you cannot monitor their usage in school or other places? The best thing that you can do is to explain why you need to restrict or curb their usage. You need to teach your children how to behave safely and appropriately on the internet regardless of the platform they use so whether you are there or not, they will know how to handle it.

Paving the Way to More Peaceful Sleep: A Guide to Preparing Kids for Bed

 

At a young age, kids should know the importance of sleep for their mental and physical development. It is the duty of the parents to instil this importance. But sometimes kids to not just sleep no matter how badly you want it. They are active and sensitive that you cannot just put them to sleep. If you have troubles putting your kids to sleep, it is high time that you think about a bedtime routine.

Bedtime routine will keep your kids disciplined and you will not worry about them oversleeping or exhausted. However, you need to pave way and help the kids prepare for sleep. This is not so hard. Here are some tricks that you can administer:

  • Do not let them watch media: When it is near bedtime, do not let your kids watch media especially scary ones. You have to know that children below 6 are fear-reactive. This means that if they see something weird, they will be bothered. Avoid exposing them to television at least ninety minutes before their sleeping time.

 

  • Quiet down: If kids hear their environment active, they tend to go with the vibe as well leading to exhaustion. If it is near bedtime, make an effort to quiet down. Book reading, lullaby and massage always do the trick. If your kid wants a cuddle, you should give it. For parents who are breastfeeding, a quiet surrounding is peaceful – a beautiful moment.

  • Give positive attention: Sometimes when kids are little difficult to put to sleep, you tend to consider negative attention. Kids appreciate positive attention. Before going to sleep, make an effort to say how much you love him/her or what a beautiful day it was and then more good things to look forward to tomorrow. Never underestimate what positive attention can do because it can make a big difference at the end of the day.

 

  • Be a good company: When getting your kid to sleep gets awry, you tend to be frustrated especially if you are tired. You will find it hard to deal with him/her gently. Your goal should be to see your kid happily settle and your words should be calm and your demeanour is kind.

 

  • Respond: Sometimes kids have night mares and it is normal for them to cry or call out. When this happens, always respond. This is so they will know they are not alone and you are always there for them.

 

Parents here in Singapore should know these.

Choosing a Wedding Reception Dress

In the recent years, many brides in Singapore are choosing two bridal dresses for the big day: one for the ceremony and another for the reception. The gown for the ceremony looks more formal and usually restricts movement, such as mermaid silhouettes and ballgowns. Brides who opt for these ceremony dresses prefer to change into a completely different dress for the reception, so they can dance and move around comfortably.

A bridal studio offers a myriad of options to choose from. If you consider switching into a comfortable reception dress on your wedding day, make sure to keep these tips in mind.

1. Go Short

One great thing about having a second bridal wardrobe is that you can pick a shorter and more comfortable type of dress. Many boutiques in Singapore have collections of short wedding dresses—some are more formal while others look casual. If you’re going for comfort, a halter style with flowing skirt would be a perfect pick. For a more formal choice, you can go for a tube or sweetheart top with fuller skirt.

2. Go Long But Keep it Simple

If you wish to wear a floor-length dress for your reception, ask your bridal boutique for more forgiving silhouettes and dresses made of comfortable materials—think empire waist and sheath dresses. The one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want your reception dress from the amazing bridal studio in Singapore to outshine your ceremony gown. Beadings and laceworks are fine, but keep them less than your ceremony dress.

3. Have Fun With Colours

Brides don’t always have to wear white. Choosing a coloured reception dress is a new trend that more and more Singapore brides are embracing. For instance, if your wedding colours are purple and pink, choose a cocktail dress in the shades of those colours or a beautiful red dress. An important point to remember, however, is to not choose a colour that matches your bridesmaids. You want to stand out at your reception, not to blend in with the crowd.

4. Let Your Personal Style Shine

Stay true to your style when choosing a ceremony dress and a reception dress. Your style will tie both looks together. For example, if you aim for a fairytale-like wedding, choose regal style dresses. For the ceremony, wear a ballgown or a princess style wedding dress, with intricate beading and off-shoulder sleeves. For your reception dress, pick a sweetheart, A-line, tea-length dress. When both of your dresses reflect your style, the outfit changes will flow seamlessly together.

5. Include Traditional Pieces

If you want a touch of your culture in your wedding, your reception dress can be a great way to represent it. For Singapore brides, you can wear a cheongsam. Choose the shorter style for a more comfortable choice. Another way is to accessorize accordingly if you don’t want to don a traditional dress. Instead of wearing a cheongsam, accessorizing in red and gold would be a tasteful option to keep your culture subtly included in your celebration.

6. Consider Transition Dresses

Some boutiques carry dresses that can be worn in different ways, so make sure to ask your bridal studio for this collection. Some full skirts can be removed to reveal a short dress underneath, long sleeves can be detached to reveal off-shoulder straps, or boleros can be removed to reveal sleeveless or tube top. By wearing a dress with these elements, the transition from ceremony to reception look is automatically cohesive since the body of the dress is retained.

7. Mind the Fabric and the Beading

If your wedding gown displays opulence and elegance, carry this glamorous look into your reception by bringing the exquisite elements from your ceremony gown to your reception dress. For example, if your first dress is adorned with heavy beadwork, ask your bridal boutique consultant for dress options in sheath silhouette with beaded neckline or sash/belt that hints at the opulence of your wedding gown.

When to Change Dresses?

First off, plan things ahead of time. Have the dress, shoes, and jewellery (yes, some brides switch all the accessories, too) all laid out in the master’s room of your reception venue. Designate one or two of your friends (but definitely not three or more) or your wedding planner to help you change. If you bring too many people in the changing area, it might take longer for you to change than necessary.

Ideally, you can change right after the ceremony, before the reception starts. However, some brides choose to change after the first dance or before the party started. If you prefer changing while the reception is going on, make sure not to be gone for more than 10 minutes or your guests will notice you have been gone long enough. Your wedding planner should be able to keep you on schedule and urge you to get back to the party if you’ve been in the changing room for too long.

Having two wedding dresses is a relatively new trend in Singapore weddings, so don’t confine yourself to a certain fashion rule or expectation. Take advantage of this opportunity to spice things up in your wedding day, to be creative with your look and to surprise your guests, and most of all, your groom. But remember, it isn’t necessary to change into another dress. If you love your wedding gown and prefer not to take off the dress you painstakingly put on earlier, you can certainly wear it throughout the night.

Things You Shouldn’t Say to Chronically Tired People

 

Who wants to be tired all the time? No one wants to be chronically tired but if work is involved, some women can’t help but falling into this trap here in Singapore. This is not good because the body needs rest and in case you still do not get it, the body will shut down on its own one of these days. What’s more annoying is that people around you are rubbing it on your face.

People around you should be more considerate if not compassionate about you. It would be great if they are aware of the things that you do not want to hear. If you notice someone who is chronically tired, here are the words that you should never mention to them:

“Everyone is sleep deprived these past few days”

You see them tired and then you just assume that they are sleep-deprived. You even said “everyone is sleep deprived these past few days”. You have to be careful and not sound like complaining or taking things lightly because to the ears of the chronically tired women, you are plainly annoying and just saying things that you do not know.

“You should try cutting back on your coffee”

You also need to avoid mentioning to a chronically tired woman about cutting back on her coffee. When you have sleepless nights, you will get tired easily and some attribute your lack of sleep to coffee. It just happens that you drink a lot of coffee. When a woman is tired, do not rub it on her face that she should try cutting back on her coffee because it means cutting back the receptors that keeps her alert. You are just making unsolicited advice.

“But you are just exaggerating, right?”

The woman is claiming that she is chronically tired but you still say “but you are just exaggerating, right?” That is a no. Women know the difference of sleep-deprived and chronically tired. All know the difference of exaggeration and merely stating facts.

“You have to get more sleep”

You can help the woman by not constantly bugging her of the things that she missed. She already knows what to do and if you will not help her achieve something, quit asking her to get more sleep. Rest assured she thought of that numerous times.

“Are you eating well?”

You are just concerned and that is good but if you constantly rub it on her face to eat right, you should not bother mentioning food at all unless you have plans of giving her a hearty and healthy meal. She doesn’t need your diet suggestions.

Hacks to Get Rid of Eye Puffiness

 

Perhaps the most painful thing that you could ever take is getting comments saying that you look older than your age. The worse thing is you think they are right because deep inside you feel tired and old. It is time that you turn these thoughts and remarks into something beautiful. Why don’t you start with your under eye puffiness?

Under eye puffiness is a normal sight here in Singapore. There are times that you can wear it proudly because it means you worked hard but most of the time, under eye puffiness is not a pleasant sight. Feeling fresh is really a struggle these days especially if you see your eyes droopy and tired. The bags are pretty annoying and it is the classic sign of fatigue and stress.

You should not fret. It is not too late to turn it around by restoring your former glory and beauty. There are many handy yet effective ways to get rid of your under eye puffiness or dark circles. Here are some:

  • Get some potato: Most people only know cucumber. It is time that potatoes are introduced. Potatoes can help with diminishing the size of the puffiness. You will see improvements as soon as you get rid of the potato from the eyes. Make sure to refrigerate the potatoes first before slicing it into two. Place the potatoes so it will cover the problem area and then leave it be for at least fifteen to twenty minutes and voila – you will see the difference.

  • Allow some milk: If you noticed that your under eyes are too puffy than normal, you have to consider the help of milk. Make sure it is chilled. In a pan, dip the cotton pads and place it immediately on your eyelids fir twenty to thirty minutes. This can help cool off the eyes.

 

  • Get some oil: Another regimen that you can use is adding vitamin E to a bowl of water then dipping cotton pads. You should immediately put it on your eyes for twenty to thirty minutes. This can help with the swelling.

 

  • Tea bags: If you have tea bags, you can use it. You should first chill it by putting it in cold water and putting it in the refrigerator for few minutes. The two tea bags should be placed over your eyes for at least thirty minutes. After that, you can wash your face and eyes using cold water. You will surely feel rejuvenated.

 

These are just some of the things that you can consider when you think about improving eye puffiness.

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Best Music School

Given the good number of singing competitions in the world today, vocal training has become a growing industry. In fact, it has also sparked great interests in song writing, singing, and music in general. With the great number of schools in Singapore that’s offering courses in music and singing, how will you be able to choose one that will develop your singing prowess to its fullest? Here are the guidelines for doing just that:

How to Find the Best Music School

1. Research on the Credentials of the School
Knowing more about the music school you’re interested to enrol in is crucial so you’ll have more confidence that the time and money you spend there will not be in vain. Do this by researching on the background of the school, and how long it has been established. This will serve as an indicator of the school’s reputation, stability, and standing in the industry. After all, you wouldn’t want to invest money taking vocal lessons in a school with a bad reputation.

Other than the school itself, do consider checking on the background of its directors as well. Are they more a musician, or do they have a good business background? Knowing these things is important as it affects the vision of the business, as well as the school is managed.

2. Check the School’s Connection to the Music Industry
This will depend on the focus of the music school in question. Some music schools in Singapore focus more on developing the next singing idol, so they’ll likely have more connections with record companies, recording studios, as well as artiste management companies. These schools with reputable singing class in Singapore also likely have their own music publishing house so their students could send their songs to this house, and compete for a place in the next recording album of an artiste.

Other schools, on the other hand, focus on developing world class performers, making they have more connections with performance venues like theatres, concert halls, cafés, and even prestigious art venues in the country. This allows schools to organize concerts and shows for the students so they could start building up their confidence onstage, and be given more exposure.

3. Know the Courses Offered by the School
Knowing what courses is offered by a particular music school will give you an idea of the school’s strengths. For instance, some music schools focus more on giving singing lessons, while other offer programmes in audio engineering, song writing, and more. It’d also do you well to know the credentials of the instructors who will be teaching the relevant courses.

Choosing a school that offers the course that you want will give you a head-start over others in terms of music education, vocal training, and in achieving the results that you want.

What to Consider When Looking for a Music School

1. The Music Degree
One of the most important thing to consider when choosing a music school is the degree it offers. Most schools offer at least two types of music degrees: performance and education. Some offer more specialized degrees like composition, audio engineering, music history, and music therapy. While some focus on arts degree with emphasis on music, involving less intensive ensemble performance and singing lessons.
Choosing a school that offers the degree you want to take will definitely help in honing your musicality so make sure that you enrol to one that provides just that.

2. The Faculty
Another important thing to consider is your potential mentors. Cross-check your degree’s curriculum with the resumes of the vocal coaches to see if they’ll be able to teach based on their experiences, and not just on academic theories. So ensure that you enrol in vocal lessons or classes with coaches who are experienced enough, and with whom you can personally connect and establish a good relationship.

3. The Location
Location is another important consideration in choosing a music school that you’ll be attending. Some schools are located in the heart of the major cities, while some are situated in rural areas. Still, both locations have their own advantages: Schools located in smaller towns have fewer distractions, and lower cost of living. Colleges situated in major cities, on the other hand, offer a more thriving and historic music scene. Plus, there’s also an established partnership between the school and the big names in the music industry.

So consider on what kind of environment you want to learn and get experience from before deciding as to which music school you’ll be enrolling in.

4. The Cost
The cost of studying in a music school is another factor worth considering as you decide on which school best fits your needs. That said, you might be faced with choosing between a prestigious and far-away school that costs a lot, and a lesser-known, nearby college that costs less. Still, there’s no wrong or right choice, only what’s best for you. Oftentimes, getting an expensive education is worth every dollar, but sometimes a cheap education can be as effective in helping you hone your music skills.

But no matter what music school you end up choosing, remember that what you get from them is what you put into them. Every type of education has its own advantages, and it’s now up to you to capitalize on them.

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