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20 Ways To Look Marvelously Hot In Winter

20 Ways To Look Marvelously Hot In Winter

Each fall is practically Christmas for all fashionistas worldwide. Runways are filled with fresh ideas, innovative approaches and creative designs, so it’s pretty hard to keep your focus on one thing only. However, when the whole thing is over we can easily determine what the must-wear items are, thanks to the general highlights and those items which made a strong personal impression on us individually.

As far as I’m concerned, there are twenty different trends and currents that all fashion enthusiasts should be aware of. Being fabulous isn’t an easy task – it comes from thorough research, so start reading.

1. OTK Boots

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    Whether you have visited a runway show or not, I’m positive that you have witnessed the development of this trend – over-the-knee boots are practically the base of the street style this fall. Everywhere I turn I see a pair of gorgeous OTK boots staring at me, so this is a must-have item. Among other stylish suggestions on their runway show, Burberry went a step further with their boot designs.

    2. High Waist

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      I’m thrilled that high waist is big again. There’s probably nothing more feminine than when a women emphasizes her gentle waist. Besides, a good belt or a great cut can do wonders for your figure, so you should experiment until you find the right design.

      3. One Shoulder Cut

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        Showing skin is a gray area – no one can really draw a strict line that parts tasteful from plane rude, so everything is mostly up to personal taste. But, there’s one cut everyone will agree on – whether you go with a one shoulder dress or shirt, you won’t make a mistake. Besides, it adds a little bit of mystery to the outfit.

        4. Ladies Wear Gloves

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          Here’s another trend comeback that made me really happy – gloves. I love them in all shapes, textiles and sizes because there’s something quite distinguishing about them. Whether you’re a glove person or not, you should be wearing them – they protect your skin and make you look stylish. This is one of those stylish tips no woman should ever miss out on.

          5. Victorian is Back

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            If you’d like to add a bit of edge to your outfit, garments inspired by Victorian era fashion should definitely be a part of you fall collection. These bold pieces really contribute to making you look classy and powerful, so if that’s an impression you’d like to leave go all Victorian.

            6. Soft, Feminine Bohemian

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              On the other hand, if Victorian era clothes aren’t really your cup of tea, and you’d prefer to celebrate your femininity through more casual outfits, your choice of clothes should be Boho and Boho only. It’s quite nice that there’s a trendy selection from the opposite end of the spectrum, so that no one feels like they’ve been denied a chance to let their personality shine.

              7. Put on Some Fuzz

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                Putting together an outfit that’s both beautiful and useful isn’t always easy, but now you can combine stylish and warm clothes thanks to fuzz. It’s everywhere really – on collars, cuffs, waist – so you won’t have to suffer out in the freezing cold this winter in the name of fashion.

                8. All in White

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                  We all know that a classic white shirt is one of those essential ten items that should be found in every woman’s closet, but this fall is practically a golden age for those who adore white in general. It’s quite strange, because these collections are usually inspired by fall colors, but we can all agree that going for white is a nice change of pace.

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                  9. Patches Are In

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                    Once again, the complete opposite of bright and white, those who are fond of vividly colored garments will be able to find a wide selection, because this fall is all about the patches, and my suggestion is to go with ponchos.

                    10. Eastern Motives

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                      The lands of the East have a long, recognizable history, and the motives that are derived from it carry strong symbolism. This fall, you’ll be able to see a lot of garments inspired by Eastern cultures – they’re quite enigmatic and mystical, which makes them very desirable.

                      11. Dramatic Capes

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                        If you’re up for a bit of drama, now is the right time to get a cape. Many different brands decided to go with them as an important part of their collections, so you’ll have a wide selection with different lengths and buttoning available.

                        12. Powerful Pant Suits

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                          There’s something irresistible about menswear – similar to Victorian inspired clothes, pant suits make every women feel strong and powerful. You’ll be able to find these outfits in fifty shades of gray – literally. The women who can’t get enough of menswear should definitely check out what else is trending. These clothes can really drag you in, so remember to put on something Boho from time to time, just so you don’t wake up one morning and see that you essentially have a men’s closet.

                          13. Slip Dresses

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                            This isn’t one of those things that are designed to subtly hint at the untold natural beauties hiding beneath layers of fabric – obviously, slip dresses can be taken off in a matter of seconds. If you’re wondering what you should wear on your big date, look no further.

                            14. Comfy Culottes

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                              Fashion isn’t always comfortable – as a matter of fact, it isn’t in most cases and all fashionistas know it. However, this fall brings us culottes, so you can have a break from time to time and enjoy those rare moments of comfort. The thing that makes them so attractive is their skirt-like appearance – so you’ll be wearing pants, look feminine in them and be comfy the whole time. Pretty awesome, right?

                              15. Fringe, Fringe, Fringe

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                                If you like when your clothes do dancing movements while you walk, you need to get at least a couple of different garments with fringe. Fashion is all about finding a way to express your personality, and if you’re playful and fun your clothes should be as well.

                                16. Windowpane Check

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                                  It’s like Scottish plaid has been minimalized – like everything in fashion lately. The windowpane check design is everywhere; on skirts, dresses, coats and pants, so you really can’t make a mistake whatever you decide to go with.

                                  17. Polka Dots

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                                    Whether they are in black and white, big or small, polka dots somehow can’t go out of style. They emit that lively 50s spirit which was the age of huge divas, so if you’re up for something evergreen, this is the pattern to go with. The fact that you decide to go with something classic like this doesn’t mean you fall into fashion stereotypes you see day after day – it only means you know what’s good.

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                                    18. Duster Coats

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                                      Sure, capes are dramatic, but if you want to achieve a truly dramatic look that draws the attention of the whole room when you enter and enables you to turn heads on the street, a duster coat is an absolute must have.

                                      19. Cozy Knitwear

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                                        When you’re feeling a bit less dramatic, and when you want your clothes to keep you warm, knitwear should be your choice. This fall brought us many different designs and patterns and you should be happy to know that all of them are quite cozy.

                                        20. Fall Colors

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                                          Other than white, there are no particular surprises this year, you just need to get the shade right. Naturally, burnt orange and olive and army green should be the base of your fall palette, and you should climb your way up from there with dusty violet, different shades of gray, and earthy brown tones.

                                          That pretty much covers it. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next big trend that will break the internet is, but I’m sure it will be one of these twenty runway ideas. What’s your favorite?

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                                          Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                          Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                          Why is this so critically important to you?

                                          The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                          Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                          1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                          Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                          When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                          • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                          • The man facing the judge.
                                          • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                          • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                          • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                          • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                          These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                          Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                          Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                          2. Accept Your Fear

                                          Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                          We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                          And here’s what can be done.

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                                          3. Get Some Perspective

                                          I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                          And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                          That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                          We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                          So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                          • Are you really at risk?
                                          • Will this kill you?
                                          • Which leads us on to..
                                          • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                          4. Hold a Hand

                                          As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                          Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                          We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                          Ask yourself:

                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                          • Could that really happen?
                                          • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                          By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                          5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                          This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                          Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                          The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                          It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                          For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                          Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                          6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                          I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                          Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                          Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                          Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                          Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                          Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                          7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                          Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                          I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                          It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                          One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                          Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                          It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                          8. Assume the Worse

                                          If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                          Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                          • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                          • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                          • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                          And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                          When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                          Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                          9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                          If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                          Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                          Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                          10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                          One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                          11. Go with Fear

                                          When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                          I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                          Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                          One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                          However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                          We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                          12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                          And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                          The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                          What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                          13. Own Your Fear

                                          Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                          We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                          You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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