Celebs Change Clothes For Oscars After Party Celebrations

After running the gauntlet of the red carpet, enduring a lengthy ceremony and cringing through a string of Seth MacFarlane “jokes”, all in the name of that coveted little gold statue, Hollywood’s elite breathed a collective sigh of relief as they left the Academy Awards to let their hair down at the Oscars after-party of their choice. Some headed to Elton John’s star-studded AIDS Foundation party, while others graced the Governor’s Ball or the Vanity Fair celebration. Of course, most celebrities wouldn’t dream of going from the Oscars to the after party without a change of clothing – the post-Awards celebrations give them a chance to be more daring, more casual or simply to show off another enviable outfit from their designer wardrobes. Let’s take a look at three of the evening’s best-dressed ladies.

Jennifer Lawrence

The Silver Linings Playbook star will undoubtedly look back on her debut Oscars ceremony ensemble with mixed feelings in the years to come – the gorgeous Dior dress made her look like a fairytale princess, but the voluminous skirt caused her to take a dramatic tumble on her way up the stairs to collect her Best Actress Oscar. There was indeed a silver lining for Jennifer at the Vanity Fair after party however – the 22-yeqar-old starlet switched to a simple yet sophisticated metallic Calvin Klein dress. She sparkled in this streamlined floor-length number as she posed for photographers with her treasured Oscars statuette.

Anne Hathaway

Sources say the Best Supporting Actress winner was planning to wear a red Valentino number to the ceremony, but apparently changed her mind at the last minute when it was rumoured that Le Mis co-star Amanda Seyfried would be wearing a similar gown. Hathaway opted instead for a classic and simple floor-length Prada number in baby pink, which she accessorised with jewellery from Tiffany & Co. For the after party, the actress chose a custom-made Yves Saint Laurent dress in grey, accentuated with a glittering gold halter neck (which incidentally, perfectly matched her newly awarded Oscar statuette).

Jessica Chastain

The Zero Dark Thirty actress may not have taken home the Oscar she was hoping for, but she was definitely a winner in the style stakes. Jessica Chastain paid tribute to the glamour of “Old Hollywood” in a sequined gown by Armani Prive, in a tone somewhere between nude and golden, which perfectly complimented her red hair and fair complexion. Jessica decided to stick with this excellent fashion choice as she attended the Governor’s Ball, but this wasn’t her only Oscars outfit – she was snapped the night before at the Chanel pre-party, wearing a cream-coloured Chanel dress with plunging neckline.

Now that the Oscars after parties are over and the red carpet has been rolled up for another year, we might have to content ourselves with pics of stars in tracksuit pants and baseball caps as they unwind after a busy awards season!

Budget Accessories For Moms

Mom style is usually defined as a pair of sweats, a ratty looking sweatshirt, and a beat-up pair of sneakers. However, nowadays many moms are defying that stereotype and managing to look chic while still chasing around their kids at the park. They do this by wearing great accessories that can make any outfit look extra special even if it’s the same jeans and cotton top that they wear every other day.

But what if you are a mom on a budget? It’s hard to look trendy and in style with the perfect accessories when you don’t have a lot of money to spend each season. However, by picking accessories that make the biggest impact you can still feel stylish without breaking the bank. If you’re a mom on a budget below are a few budget accessory ideas from mother’s jewelry to a new lipstick color that will get you started in revamping and updating your most basic outfits.

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Mother’s Jewelry

This budget jewelry trend brings together two of the things that moms love most: their kids and a bit of bling. Mother’s jewelry focuses on simple shapes, brightly colored birthstones, and engravings of little one’s names to make a statement that goes beyond fashion. For instance, many mothers wear a simple mother’s necklace with children’s names stamped on a circle pendant with their everyday outfits. It’s a sweet trend that won’t make a mom look ridiculous unlike tight leather leggings which should only be worn by sixteen-year-olds and fashion models with no hips.

Printed Scarf

Have you ever put on jeans and a t-shirt and felt boring? The best way to cure that feeling is by adding a printed scarf to your outfit. Scarves are the perfect accessory whether it’s the dead of winter or a hot summer day. If it’s winter try and wear a heavier knitted scarf. In the summer wear a light cotton scarf in fresh and bright colors. Although there are many solid colored scarves available printed scarves work best to bring an element of interest to an otherwise plain outfit.

Pretty Headband

Headbands aren’t just for teenagers and babies. The trick to wearing a headband as a mom is to pick one that is sleek and colorful; leave the bows and flowers to the younger crowd. A pretty headband is a way to accessorize your outfit and keep your hair out of your face without resorting to the ubiquitous pony tail holder or butterfly clip. Headbands can keep your hair looking polished without seeming like you’re trying too hard.

Cute Clutch

Of course, most moms have to lug around giant bags all day to be able to carry all of their possessions plus their kid’s things too. However, a cute clutch is the perfect organization device to keep your cash, keys, and lipstick from being buried at the bottom of your bag. When you need to run into the store to pick up a quick snack for the kids you can grab your clutch and leave the giant hobo bag in the car. Nowadays, clutches are extremely trendy and they can be found in many styles from minimal black leather to funky urban stripes. Choose your favorite style and carry it with you always.

New Lipstick

Most moms forget, but lipstick is the ultimate accessory. Whether you prefer a nude pink or a fire engine red, lipstick can make you look polished, awake, and pulled together faster than any button up shirt can. If you haven’t worn lipstick in a while try visiting the makeup counter and asking a makeup artist to choose a color for you. The makeup artist might surprise you with a shade you wouldn’t normally wear but go for it. Remember that makeup artists are professionals and if you really don’t like it you can always wipe it off.

A Guide To Great Wetsuits For Men

Over the past couple of years, there has been an increase in a number of ‘iron man’ type events that are being held on a local and national level. This is reflected by a greater number of men competing in each of these events. Although events such as triathlons can be undertaken by professionals, a lot of amateurs are now getting involved too as the training is a great way to get fit whilst the event itself can prove self-aspiring. In this guide we take a look at the types of wetsuits for men offered online – whether for a special event or for a water sport hobby such as surfing or diving.

Why Wear a Wetsuit

Before looking at the different types of wetsuit available to buy online, we need to determine why men wear wetsuits in the first place. The main reason is that a wetsuit helps to prevent heat loss whilst in the water, offering your body protection from the cold and hypothermia.

A wetsuit can also help to streamline the body to make it cut through the water better for swimming. Wetsuits are also worn for modesty and convenience as they offer all over body protection. Finally a wetsuit can offer the body limited protection against bites and stings in the water as well as from chemicals and pollution.

The Importance of Fit

Due to how wetsuits are designed to work, fit is a very important factor. Wetsuits typically work the opposite way to a dry suit and trap a small amount of water next to the skin which acts as an insulator. For this process to work effectively, the wetsuit needs to be tight enough to trap the right amount of water without affecting your performance. A wetsuit which is too tight will not trap water well and may restrict your movement in the water, making swimming and other activities difficult. A loose fitting wetsuit might create too much drag and actually have a negative impact on your movement through the water.

Different Types of Wetsuit

There are three main types of wetsuit which are ideal for water based events as activities such as swimming, surfing and diving. The first is the full body wetsuit. This typically comes as one garment which has long sleeves and long legs to offer full body protection. Some full body wetsuits come with integrated hoods and shoes too although typically these accessories are available to buy separately.

The second type of wetsuit is the three-quarter suit. This type of suit offers the torsi full protection but has three-quarter length sleeves and legs, making it ideal for slightly warmer temperatures. The third type of wetsuit is the shortie which is only used in very warm waters. A shortie has short-style legs and short arms yet still covers the entire torso.

As well as one-piece wetsuits, it is also possible to buy wetsuits in two pieces which can include separate trousers, usually with a vest style top section attached, and a separate jacket.

Conclusion

There are a number of wetsuit manufacturers (such as Speedo Swimwear) out there who offer both performance and style when it comes to wetsuits, enabling you to find the perfect wetsuit for your needs.

How To Care For And Style Your Feather Hair Extension

Feather hair extensions are a great way to add a splash of colour to your hair without the damage of having to bleach it. There are a number of different styles and colours available and they are a simple way of making any style way more interesting. Like standard hair extensions, the feather variety come in various forms, some are temporary whilst others are more permanent.

In order to keep your feather extensions looking good for as long as possible it is important to look after them. They should always be handled carefully and if you expose them to water or get them tangled you will shorten their life considerably.

How to wash your feather extension

If your extensions are bonded with your hair then you will need to wash them when they begin to look dirty or oily. The feathers are like skin and require a certain amount of moisture to remain healthy looking. Avoid harsh shampoos as they will try out your feathers and shorten their life span. Instead, you should use a gentle shampoo and follow up with plenty of conditioner. The conditioner will replace the natural moisture to the feather ensuring a sleek and smooth look.

How to handle and style your feather extension

Always handle with care. By being too rough you will end up with a frizzy extension that won’t last long. When washing the extension you should run your hands down the feather – never ever scrub them!

If your extension is a temporary clip on then you should remove them and lay them flat on a towel to dry. If they are bonded to your hair then gently dry them on a downward direction. Most permanent extensions can be styled, flat ironed and dried but be aware that excessive styling can cause permanent damage or worst case breakage. If your extension is made of real feather you can still curl them as you would your own hair. Carefully wrap it around the curling iron and style as you would your own hair – be careful not to leave it on the iron for too long or you will damage the extension.

How to Store your extensions

If your extensions are of the clip in variety you should store them safely when not wearing them. Never place them in a drawer or make up bag. The ideal way to store them is to clip them somewhere safe where they can hang and not be damaged.

Choosing What To Wear For Your Wedding For All Parties

When it comes to outfits for weddings the immediate thought goes straight to the bride and the wedding dress. The groom and bridal party’s outfits are just as important and everything should blend seamlessly together. With this in mind how do you go about choosing outfits to suit everyone that all tie in together.

The Bride

The brides outfit does tend to come before the groom. Try to discus colours and styles before choosing the dress and try to come to an agreement. Typically bridal dresses are white so sometimes there is little to match to the groom and bridal party. Consider small details and try to tie them in. For example will the groom and bridesmaids be wearing silk in anyway, consider incorporating this into the wedding dress. Think about the colours that the bridesmaids will be wearing, is there a small detail that can be done in the same colour on the brides dress? Detail is key and just small touches will pull the whole thing together.

Consider style too, if the bridesmaids are wearing unique, unusual dresses don’t go for a traditional wedding dress, choose something a little quirky and in a similar style to the bridesmaids. Think of dresses in terms of eras, every style fits in somewhere, try and choose dresses from the same periods.

Groom

Many of us think there is little choice when it comes to choosing the grooms wedding outfit, assuming it’s ‘a suit…or a suit!’ There any many details to consider when it comes to the grooms wedding outfit, such as cut, colour and detail. Similarly to the bride and bridesmaids, for the suit try and choose a style from the same era as the dresses. Choosing something unusual when everyone else has gone for traditional will look outlandish and will stand out like a sore thumb. Tie colours in with your button hole flower and your pocket handkerchief.

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid’s dresses can often be the most difficult outfit to get right. You need to find a dress that suits more than one person, that everyone is comfortable in and that ties in with the brides dress and the groom’s suit. In many cases bridesmaids may be of all ages, so dresses that are appropriate for adult bridesmaids may not work for children. If you cannot have the same dress for everyone choose dresses in the same colours and fabrics but of different cuts. Try to keep the dresses as similar as possible, or make sure the linking factor between them stands out.