Give Mom the Gift of Glamour with HSI Professional Products

Your mom deserves the best! Surprise her with a 10-in-1 gift that will make her feel like a beauty queen! With HSI Professional’s Groover Master Kit, let mom choose between 10 different curling wands to match her look of the day! Whether she wants to keep it casual with bouncy beach waves or keep it classy with corkscrew curls, mom can easily switch the curling barrels to match her vibe.

Give the gift of glamour with the easy, convenient and unique features from the Groover Master Kit. What better way to show mom your love and appreciation than with the hottest hair tool on the market! Spoil mom on her special day to make it one to remember!

The Groove Master Kit – 10-piece Interchangeable Curling Wand Set is specially designed to help declutter and save money on curlers and salon visits! With different shapes and sizes, you can achieve those loose beach waves or more formal tight curls, with one hair tool! This hair curler set is easy to use and can heat up within 60 seconds!

HSI Combo

HSI Combo

HSI Groove Master Kit:

  • Heats up in just 60 seconds!
  • 360-degree swivel cord makes it easy to curl those tough to reach locks
  • Heat-resistant glove prevents burned fingers
  • Carrying case so you can get ready anywhere
  • Just push a button to change the barrel

For more information, visit www.hsiprofessional.com.

Spring Fitness 2018!

Pump your readers up for beach runs, hiking trails, and outdoor spring fitness! We have a great round-up of products that will keep you hydrated and looking good.

Farm To Feet: $17

Do you live for weekend adventures, long hikes or beach runs? Farm To Feet creates ultralight roll-top socks specifically designed for everyday wear, hiking, or an active lifestyle! These socks provide comfort compression from top of the sock thru the middle arch to minimize foot fatigue and provide a superb fit. They offer targeted cushioning and reinforcement in the heel and ball of foot to provide comfort and durability where needed most. Made with 100% American materials.


By Lilla: $48

These cute festive bracelets double as hair accessories – throw your hair in a pony or have some cute festive bracelets with By Lilla! They are on a mission to get rid of all ugly hair ties and change the world – one beautiful hair tie at a time.


Evicii: $52

Evicii Athletica seeks to create apparel that compliments your journey in fitness and life. These pieces are created to be truly versatile in use, edgy enough to wear out but functional enough to get a good sweat sesh in. This collection has been referred to as the little black dress for the actively inclined.

Love Bottle: $25

Stay hydrated and trendy with Love Bottle!Proudly made in the USA, Love Bottle is crafted with up to 40% recycled, eco-friendly glass. On a mission to reduce the use of single use plastic, Love Bottle is a friend to the environment and a positive voice for change!

 

SugarSky: $22 -$30

SugarSky is an affordable & fashionable way to spice up your gym outfit! With their original designs, and fabrics made from 79% recycled water bottles, these hand-sewn headbands are a must have! These headbands can be worn in a variety of ways, and even offer 35+ UV-rating for sun protection!


StraitSwim: $95 – $180

Compliment all of your hard work in the gym with beautiful suits from StraitSwim! Experience this sophisticated and customary swimwear line that is inspired by the very traditional islands of the Torres Strait in the most Northern part of Australia. This is swimwear you will want to live in!

Glim Water: $39.48

We all need water to survive, but are taking full advantage of all that your water can do for you? This year, reap the nutritional benefits of Glim Water, a brand that takes pride in providing affordable, nutrient-filled water without sacrificing taste. Perfect for the health-conscious and fitness lovers, enjoy premium, nutritionally enhancedwater wherever you go!


Sufficient-C: $39.99

Need a post-workout pick-me-up? If so, Sufficient-C is the health insurance you need! Not only does it taste great, but all you need is a little water. Sufficient-C® High Dose Lemon Peach Immune-Ade drink mix is the health insurance you need and an outstanding way to fortify your immune system and compensate for losing that important gene! Convenient and incredibly refreshing, Sufficient-C® goes well with meals, is a thirst quenching treat after a hot workout and simply satisfying to drink just because…It is 100% water soluble so there are no particles floating about making it aesthetically pleasing as well!

Ameribag’s Healthy Back Bag: $110

A Healthy Back Bag is the perfect combination of fashion and function, making gym style effortless. Can be worn crossbody for full back health benefits or over the shoulder to grab and be on your way! Ameribags unique shape keeps weight evenly distributed across your back…so no pulling, no crooked necks or uneven shoulders.

Great Success for Emirati Designers From Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council at Paris Fashion Week

Sharjah-based Council highlights worldwide expansion for women in crafts

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Two Emirati designers from the second cohort of Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council’s ‘Azyame’ Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme have taken another giant leap forward in gaining international recognition after showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 collections as part of Paris Fashion Week at AQ Market showroom.

Khulood Thani, of BINTTHANI, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Khulood Thani, of BINTTHANI, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Khulood Thani, the designer behind the BINT THANI label and Ayten Al Khayat, Founder of RAW by Ayten, are both members of the second batch of the Azyame programme, first launched in 2016 by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, an affiliate of Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, to provide a select group of designers and entrepreneurs with the skills needed to develop and grow their fashion brands.

The year-long programme, just one of the Irthi’s initiatives to empower women in all craft sectors, provides a series of workshops and personalised mentorship sessions from experts and practitioners in the fashion industry, including the London College of Fashion, as well as access to showcasing opportunities, such as the prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

For the Emirati entrepreneurs, it was an outstanding opportunity to be mentored by some of the industry’s most respected figures who work with young designers and growing fashion companies to develop their business models and selling strategies.

Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, during her participation at Paris Fashion Week

Designer Ayten Al Khayat, of RAW by Ayten, showcased her new collection, ‘Terra,’ through which she explores the strength and wistful nature of women with high-end textiles and complex craftwork layered onto nude and navy tones from a ready-to-wear line of dresses, pants, coats and tops. The soft materials are accented with stone, leather and embroidery finishes – treasures found in Middle Eastern sand.

Ayten Al Khayat, who was mentored on the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme by Angela Quaintrell, said: “Angela and the team at Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council worked endlessly to make sure we received the exposure required to bring in the buyers through the door. Although this was the first time I showcased my collection at Paris Fashion Week, the feedback has been very positive. This was definitely a dream come true for me!”

Khulood Thani’s BINT THANI label made its debut with the latest ready-to-wear collection ‘Bauhaus Influences,’ which creates clever layering through asymmetric and wrap silhouettes, with adaptable pieces also providing versatility. The collection carries a seasonal palette with strokes of bold colours such as red, white, black and green, contrasting with more industrial grey-blue and silver that express the use of the different materials during the Bauhaus movement.

Summing up the experience, she said: “It has been amazing to have been part of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, which has been invaluable to the creative and the business side of BINT THANI. By linking my brand to such an immensely high-profile event as Paris Fashion Week, it has received exceptional exposure to the international market.”

Reem Bin Karam, Director of NAMA said: “All NAMA affiliates work to enable women across all fields on a local and global level, following in the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of NAMA. Abiding by this philosophy, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council consistently presents highly capable and creative women and provides them with unique opportunities to raise awareness for their exceptional work and craft, such as through Paris Fashion Week, widely accepted as one the most influential events of the year. The two Emirati designers have gained large recognitions from their appearance and can expect tangible results, which is ultimately what Irthi seeks to provide.”

The second and on-going edition of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme also has a focus on the latest ethical and sustainable fashion practices, an aspect that both designers have been supported to embrace this season. In addition, as part of the designers’ commitment to the programme, each of them will ‘give back’ to the UAE’s craft sector by promoting and sharing their new-found skills and business knowledge.

Fashion consultant Angela Quaintrell was highly impressed with this year’s cohort, inviting both RAW by Ayten and BINT THANI to exhibit their AW18-19 collections as part of AQ Market in Paris: “It has been extremely exciting having Kholoud and Ayten at AQ Market. They have both had interest from international buyers which I am sure will influence the local market to carry their brands. I think that through the Azyame Programme they have both developed their collections and can justify a position on the international fashion stage.”

This showcasing opportunity follows Irthi’s most recent international partnership with luxury department store Fenwick of Bond Street in July 2017, which created a unique pop-up retail space for 10 talented designers from the UAE, five of whom were part of the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, who benefitted from an internationally recognized presence for each of their labels.

About Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council

Representing both traditional and modern crafts across the Middle East, North Africa, South East and Central Asia regions, working with partner organisations and championing artisans and designers, the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is looking at the empowerment of women professionally and socially.

The council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women, by developing new market opportunities, and sectors, delivering social development programmes and vocational training, as well as preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.

Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council is an affiliate of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, an organisation that was established under an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Top 5 Reasons to Consign, From an Expert

 

Getting rid of a dress that cost you an arm and a leg and was your favorite item a few years back is not as easy as it sounds. However, as the seasons change, so should your wardrobe.

Luxury Garage Sale (LGS), a leading online authenticated luxury consignment store with boutiques across the country, makes selling these items easy, stress-free and lucrative. We sat down with Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal, the founders of LGS, to learn more about consigning and why people should do it. “In 2011 when we started LGS, people were not as vocal about shopping consignment or consigning their items. Today, people have become smarter shoppers and are proud to share when they find a deal or are able to sell an item for cash,” explained Buchberg. There are so many great reasons to consign, but with the help of Brielle and Lindsay, we put together our top five:

  1. Trends and styles change. Like the seasons, fashion changes. There is no need to hang onto items that aren’t practical or that you won’t wear. If you look at it and ask yourself why you ever bought it, then consign it.
  2. Your wallet will be happy. Selling clothes through consignment is a great way to earn money. And, let’s be real, we all want more money to buy new clothes. Consigning gives you the perfect opportunity to then buy new items to add to your collection.
  3. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Just because you may not be in love with the item any longer, doesn’t mean everyone feels the same. Someone else might be dying for the purse you think was so last year.
  4. It’s stress-free. Consignment shops, specifically Luxury Garage Sale, handle it all. From picking up the clothes (or providing prepaid shipping labels), to pricing the items and sending you an invoice, you don’t have to lift a finger. It couldn’t be easier so you have no excuse.
  5. It’s good for the environment. This is one reason that many people don’t think about. However, you are helping reduce the carbon footprint by recycling your clothes. Not only are you partaking in a type of recycling, you are giving someone else in the community the chance to enjoy a one-of-a-kind piece at a more reasonable cost.

Now that spring is finally (hopefully) among us, it is the perfect time to go through your closet and put together a pile of items to consign. Cleaning out your closet not only gives you instant satisfaction and have a positive effect on your stress levels, it gives you the opportunity to update your wardrobe. The concept of consigning has now become the norm, so people are consigning more regularly because they know they can buy a luxury item and reconsign later to get some of their money back” added Lindsay. So, there’s no excuse to not go clean out your closet and contact Luxury Garage Sale for a prepaid shipping label.

Kelly Ng Named Lead Designer for Dubai International Fashion Event

Kelly Ng, haute couture’s answer to fashion, is set to open International Fashion Week Dubai on April 5, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. with exhibitions on April 6 and 7. The Dubai opening will feature an exciting capsule fashion show of 10 Kelly NG dresses, including haute couture wedding and evening dresses. The stunning evening dresses will be part of her Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection, and will give interested customers a sneak peek into Kelly Ng’s much-anticipated new collection. The illustrious fashion week will be hosted by Princess Rashel Pouri at the luxurious Palazzo Versace Dubai; Kelly will be in Dubai from April 2-7 to meet customers and accept orders.

International Fashion Week Dubai brings together top International designers from all over the world under one platform to showcase their talents; Kelly Ng’s ability to capture the essence of sophisticated glamour through her feminine, contemporary and unique couture designs has allowed her to rise above the crowd and gain the honored title of Opening Lead of the show. There are currently plans to finalize a partner in the Middle East who will showcase and carry the Kelly Ng Bridal line and future Couture Eveningwear line.

Kelly Ng’s latest 2018 Spring/Summer Collection is inspired by the hauntingly beautiful The Rite of Spring by composer Igor Stravinsky. This collection celebrates the rebirth, regrowth, and renewal that accompanies Spring and the cycle of nature. Silhouettes are architectural, yet graceful and romantic while textures are light and translucent. The palette starts with rose pink, and extends to pale blue, deep rich red, sophisticated black, pearl white and off white; it glides gracefully through the colors of Spring and ends with the hope of reawakening.

Those interested in her haute couture designs can visit the Kelly Ng official website www.KellyNgCouture.com. Customers can also visit District 5 Boutique in the USA to directly place an order (https://shop.district5boutique.com/Kelly-NG_c768.htm).

About Kelly Ng: Each Kelly Ng couture dress is a one-of-a-kind, signature garment specifically tailored for each client’s measurements, body stance, and personal preference with extreme attention to craftmanship and detail. Ranked by DAC as 1st Designer of the World in 2018 Fashion Apparel and Garment Design, winner of the 2018 PLATINUM Award (highest award given in Fashion Design), winner of the 2017 GOLD Award for both Couture Dresses and international design, and recipient of dozens of other high-ranking awards in her career, Kelly Ng’s talent is widely recognized and undeniable.

About The Ross Group: The Ross Group is a luxury and lifestyle public relations agency that has been in business for 23 years. The Ross Group has a passion for the entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle industries. TRG specializes in public relations, marketing, and product placement in films, TV, red carpet events, combining global promotions with those film and television shows where brands are integrated.

Award Winning Beauty Expert Opens STUDIO AHN Salon in Beverly Hills

STUDIO AHN, the high end boutique hair, makeup and beauty salon for women and men, is slated to be launched by internationally acclaimed Hyewon Ahn at 224 S Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA. The studio features the complete range of services including cutting, coloring, styling, hair and eyelash extensions, professional or personal custom wigs, face and body painting, make-up, and special events requirements including bridal or photo shoots. The interiors of the over seven hundred square foot space has been designed as a blend of modern sophistication and vintage details to emphasize the team’s dedication to on-trend styles while evoking a warm, welcoming beauty destination for everyone. Carefully selected fine wood, laid out in alternating panels, highlight variations in shade and texture punctuated by brick and beautiful antique furnishing.

Studio Ahn was conceived by Hyweon Ahn to go beyond the average salon to reflect the limitless possibilities of creative beauty she has conceived in her multi disciplinary career. Her mastery in the craft of designing and creating beauty through makeup, body paint and applications is widely recognized in the fashion and entertainment industries, leads an exceptional team of beauty artists for the studio. She will also be on hand to take exclusive appointments. Studio Ahn will operate daily from around 10am to 6pm.

ABOUT HYEWON AHN

Hyewon Ahn is the renowned make-up, body painting, wig design, and special effects artist whose acclaimed fashion, photography, film, TV, and theatre work has appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, The Guardian and Tatler, as well as in various film projects including the Harry Potter franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s Cinderella, and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Her illustrious roster of clients includes iconic fashion brands Christian Dior, Cartier, Vivienne Westwood, and Alice Temperley. She has worked on principal artists, choruses and actors for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, the Savoy Theatre production of “Cabaret” and the London Palladium’s “A Chorus Line”, episodes of the BBC’s hit series Dr Who, and for the world renowned Madame Tussauds Museum where she worked on the wax models of Kate Winslet, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley, Queen Elizabeth II and David Beckham. Her highly regarded reputation is well earned for meticulous attention to detail. As a recognized authority in her field Hyewon has conducted master classes worldwide to instruct emerging artists.

Rising Up: One Down Syndrome Supermodel’s Story of Inspiration

We’re thrilled to share the inspiring story of supermodel, activist, and inspiration Madeline Stuart. Modeling is not easy. It takes commitment, time and discipline. But Madeline takes all that and adds passion, breaking boundaries and overcoming what some would see as a disadvantage. 

Madeline is proof that anything is possible. Doctors once told her mom she would never amount to anything because she has Down syndrome, but 21 years later, she continues to prove them wrong while inspiring thousands along the way. She was just featured in Vogue Australia and is currently taking Europe by storm, walking the runways at London and Paris Fashion Week. Today, on World Down Syndrome Day, she is getting ready to meet Albania’s president to show off her collection.

She is starting 2018 the fittest she’s ever been. She committed to healthy eating and exercising, working out 6 days a week with a personal trainer and sprinkles in time on the basketball court and on the field playing cricket. She’s lost over 50 pounds… an especially challenging goal for someone with Down syndrome.

Her love for modeling and inspiring others with disabilities to stay healthy and fit keeps her going. Today, Madeline’s striking photographs have been seen by millions around the world. She’s been featured in major magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Forbes, Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day to name a few.

Next on her to-conquer list is a bikini shoot. For now she plans to continue to rock the runways at Milan Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and in Istanbul. 

 

Learn more about Madeline by visiting her social media sites:

Fashionable Gifts for the Trendy Guy on Your Shopping List

Men often get a bad rap for dressing like slouches, especially when what they wear is under their own control. While we all have men in our lives with t-shirts that they’ve owned since the ‘80s; some of us also know men who are trend-setters. The latter can be harder to buy for, as we are anxious to get them something that will please their picky sense of taste. Don’t panic, though, as we’ve got your back (or, really, his back). Read on for fashionable gift ideas for the trendy guy on your shopping list.

A Masculine Man Bag

The man purse is an oft-used punchline but the reality is men need something stylish to store their goodies in just as much as women do. If your dapper dude is a workout fanatic, likes or needs to travel, or commutes into work, he needs a bag that’s both fashionable and functional—and that’s not always an easy task. If you go for a work bag, make sure it suits his work atmosphere and commute, so something leather might not work for someone who gets caught in the rain at least once a week. As for workout bags, you want these to be waterproof on the bottom, stylish on the outside, but also be small enough to store. And when it comes to the weekender, you can’t go wrong with something like this sleek Michael Kors duffle. It’s not the cheapest bag on the market but it will last for a very long time.

A Watch That Works and Wows

If your man is still using his cell phone to tell time, you need to sit him down for a little chat. All grown men should own a watch, and preferably at least one for the active portion of their lives and one that’s more for work and/or going out at night. There are a lot of amazing sports watches that can do everything from tell him where he is if he were dropped in the middle of a desert to timing his next 10-mile hike. If he needs one that will impress both at the office and out at night, check out MVMT leather watches. Bonus: He’ll no longer have any excuses for being late.

Throw Some Shade

Sunglasses are a great gift, as many of us often need them but we don’t think to replace scratched or lost pairs for ourselves. And stylish men like to have a pair for every occasion, so you can’t go wrong. Whether you get him a classic pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers, some sporty Von Zippers for his next time on the slopes, or a pair of classic Burberry sunglasses for the office, he’ll think of you every time he puts them on (and it’s hard to argue with that).

Sneakers

While these have never gone out of style for their pure functionality, there is no doubt sneakers are having a moment. A pair of clean Converse, Adidas, or insanely expensive designer sneakers can even be used in lieu of dress shoes on many occasions. Many men have their groomsmen in these instead of dress shoes on their big days, which surely makes the transition to the dance floor easier. And because they must be clean and flawless-looking to be a proper part of your stylish man’s closet, a new pair of sneaks is never a bad idea. 

He Can Leave His Hat On

Hats are another big part of many men’s lives. While they might not be allowed in the office during the week, he surely dons a variety of them on the weekends. There’s something about a hat that just screams, “It’s time for lounging.” And from a warm beanie for cooler days and/or a ski hat to baseball hats that rep his favorite team and fedoras, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

The trendy men in our lives keep us on our toes when it comes to shopping for them but to that we say: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Buy anything off this list of gift ideas for men and you’ll surely beat Santa at his own game.

How to Update Your Wardrobe Without Overhauling Your Entire Closet

Fun floral prints, pops of color and luxury materials are all making appearances in footwear, accessories and ready-to-wear items this fall. Fashion lovers will have the freedom to update their wardrobe by selecting a few key pieces — without feeling the need to overhaul their entire closets.

Nichole Duck, buyer for shoe retailer Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, is sharing her list of top essentials to update outfits, ensuring they are on-trend and ready for the transition to cooler weather.

Ultra-Feminine Blouses: Women’s blouses containing classic feminine touches are fresh, fun and flirty this season, with updated features such as oversized ruffles, bell sleeves and pretty one-shouldered styles.

Try an off-the-shoulder top with a favorite pair of frayed vintage jeans and neutral over-the-knee boots. Sky-high boots are on-trend in a big way.

Navy as a Neutral: While shades of black and tan are still a much-needed staple in every woman’s closet for the fall season, other popular colors are boldly challenging the traditional neutral color palette.

Brown and navy have always been a popular color combination. To add some warmth on cool autumn days, consider a pair of camel colored boots with a slim profile to accentuate a navy pencil skirt or shirt dress.

Versatile Prints and Embellishments: A fresh flower arrangement may not first come to mind when we think of the leaves changing colors. However, this season’s apparel offerings are virtually overflowing with pretty floral patterns and designs that are so lovely and unexpected, they may inspire us all to host fabulous autumn garden parties.

Other embellishments, such as lace, embroidery and iridescent accents that sparkle and shine, even during daytime, will be evident in finishing details to enhance any outfit for a variety of occasions. Try a pair of perforated cut out booties with a stacked heel to complete the look.

Velvet Crush: Designs cut from this rich fabric will be seen in a variety of gorgeous jewel tones. The decadent material can be infused with other popular fall items, like pleated gold skirts, sheer materials and such footwear as a pair of effortlessly chic mules with a hint of sparkle.

Booties’ Big Moment: While more casual-inspired footwear is definitely still on trend, Duck says it’s time to make room in the closet for more booties, especially as they feature an endless variety in features. Think lace-up detail or perforated patterns — heel heights and toe shape.

For more ideas on how to venture into the fall season in style, visit offbroadwayshoes.com. They have styles to accommodate a range of fashionistas — from top designers and name brands.

No matter which trends fit your personal style, you can make fall fashion simple by updating your entire wardrobe with just a few new pieces for the season. (StatePoint)