Top 5 Tips to Look Trendy in Spring 2017

Top 5 Tips to Look Trendy in Spring 2017

Christmas season flashed by, but it doesn’t mean that time to shine is over. Quite the opposite: spring is right around the corner and we won’t believe you if you say you don’t want to freshen up your wardrobe and look trendy this season.  Check out the top 5 style tips we’ve prepared – and hit the outlets for new outfits!

Colors: Dreaming of the Great Escape

Spring-2017 colors are sprightlier, lighter, more vibrant versions of FW 2016 Pantone palette. Like the latter, current color trends are also inspired by nature, yet the fall-winter earthy feel gives way to vivid, fresher hues. The sunny Primrose Yellow and exuberant Pink Yarrow will make your days bloom even if the skies are gray, the relaxed Island Paradise and optimistic Greenery are bound to lift your spirits. Lapis Blue and Flame bring summer days closer, at least visually. Pale Dogwood is a subtle variety of pink that will flatter any complexion; Hazelnut is a safe bet as a basic color, and calm, confident Niagara and Kale complement any of the above hues splendidly.


Patterns and Details: Stripes and Slogans

The two main pattern trends are undoubtedly stripes of all colors and weights be it office-style pinstripes or their broader colorful counterparts, reminiscent of beach umbrellas and deck-chairs. And, yes, this spring you can combine different kinds in one outfit! The second trend is ‘chatty tees,’ shirts and tops speaking words of wisdom… or, rather, slogans. Want to make a statement? Let your garment speak for you – literally.


Accessories: Bold is King

Designers unanimously favor statement pieces and not only should they be eye-catching (that sort of goes without saying), but of impressive size as well. Bold mismatched earrings are quite the rage; it’s perfectly okay to even wear a statement piece in one ear. It’s not like you lost the other, it’s just too good on its own. As for neckpieces, embrace (once again) chokers and the variety of designs they come in, you won’t be bored. If you still need something more, huge eccentric pendants are there for you. Quantity also matters: deck your arms and fingers with handfuls of bracelets and rings. And don’t leave out belts. They can magically transform the simplest outfit whatever way you wish, from a Disney princess look to a buccaneer queen.


Shoes: Higher, Fancier, Flashier

Fashion world turned away from the previous year’s ubiquity of down-to-earth sneakers, opting for the opposite. Models in SS 2017 shows mainly wear heels, be it coquettish kitten heels, stilettos, or acrophobia-inducing platforms. All sorts of ties and laces are welcome, as well as ruffles, bows, fringe and other embellishments – and ultra-shiny materials, no matter the kind of shoe. Beware: Crocs followed the lead for glitz and bling thus, ugly shoes are back on the runway, and you’ll meet them in the streets before long! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Hair: Wild or Sleek, Casual or Side-Split – Take Your Pick

Volume seems to be the buzzword of the coming season, and the more, the better – so feel free to use anything from the bag of tricks that styling industry has to offer. It doesn’t even have to look natural – quite the other way round, in fact: if you’re feeling bold, switch to an 80s hairstyle, and you’ll undoubtedly turn every head. If you favor less peculiar coiffures, other SS 2017 trends will accommodate. Choose curls, a bit messy for a natural vibe, casual braided buns, braids of all shapes and sizes, wet-looking hair, or the diametrically opposite – sleekness rules the runway, too. And bangs, yes with all this versatility, there’s plenty of room to experiment.

When color and sunshine are seeping back into nature, it is only logical to let new colors into your wardrobe and your life. Which of these trends are you eager to try? Feel free to share!


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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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