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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 September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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