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Chic Ways To Tie A Scarf That Will Make You Look Outstanding This Winter

Chic Ways To Tie A Scarf That Will Make You Look Outstanding This Winter

Brrr … the cold weather is setting in as autumn’s cooler winds whistle down the chimneys and nature loses its color as leaves pale and flutter to join the heap on the ground. The woollies start coming out and everyone is draped in many layers. But the cold weather shouldn’t stop you from looking trendy: you don’t have to go around looking like a stuffed toy because of the warm clothes you wear! You can look hot with the use of the most simple of accessories in your wardrobe—the scarf.

Wearing a scarf over your woollies gives you a nice burst of color. While many people wait for the cooler weather to start wearing scarves, you don’t need a season or a reason to wear one, you can wear them all year round.

There are several ways to tie a scarf. Of course, there is the standard method of wearing a scarf by draping it over the shoulders from the back to the front, with the two ends of the scarf running down the lapels of your coat, or you could try flinging the scarf over one shoulder.

Below are some different ways to look smart in a scarf this fall. While most people will be wearing their scarves flung back across both shoulders or dangling down their chests, you can stand out and accessorize differently.

Simple scarf knots

If your style is simple yet stunning, you could go for the basic wrap-and-tie look, which isn’t difficult. You just wrap the scarf around your neck once and tie the sides of the scarf in the middle over your chest, while the free ends dangle below. A variation of the wrap-and-tie look is to wrap the scarf around your neck twice and the second time tie your scarf over your chest and let the ends float free.

    You could also go for the muffler, which is probably one of the most common ways to wear a scarf, as it covers the chest from the cold. The muffler usually pops out of the coat or shirt, while the ends are tucked into the front of the coat and the loop around your neck is invisible.

    If you want to dramatize your look, drape your scarf over your shoulders and then throw one end of the scarf over the opposite shoulder giving the look of a drape—this is called the dramatic. You could also wear the scarf like a cape—the cape wrap—which is similar to the dramatic drape and covers both your shoulders but is tied right below the neck.

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      You never knew you could be so creative with your simple scarf, hey? Why don’t you try the four-in-hand choker? Don’t worry it isn’t complicated. You wrap the scarf around your neck twice and then instead of letting the ends hang loose, you tuck them in around your neck giving a chic look to your outfit.

        If you feel cold, you could spread your scarf over your shoulders and then tie a knot under over your heart, giving a neat look called the shoulder duster.

        The shrug wrap is also an interesting way to wear the scarf. Bring the scarf from behind your neck to the front and take the two ends and cross them in the front, only to tie them behind your back. The front part covers the chest area, but gives you a great look. You could wear a short necklace or brooch to make it look trendy.

          The Slip knot is another familiar way to wear a scarf nowadays. You fold your scarf lengthwise and insert the loose ends into the loop. You tighten the scarf in such a way that the loop with the two ends popping out cross over at the front of your neck.

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            Circle scarves

            The DIY circle scarf is quite fashionable, especially if you are wearing a solid color and your scarf is a contrasting hue or a blast of color. The DIY circle scarf is worn wrapped around the neck like a multi-layered necklace. It keeps you warm and makes you look classy. You could strategically pin a brooch so that it adds to the elegant look.

              The double loop is a looser version of the DIY circle scarf. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice and then tie the loose ends behind your neck, so you can’t see the knot and let the layers of the scarf fall in front.

                Tie-style knots

                The necktie knot, as the name implies, is tied like a necktie. It makes you look serious and tidy. You can take it off without untying the knot and slip it back on again. Like the necktie knot, the square knot looks like a tie knot, only bigger and loosely hanging mid-chest. This, again, is easily worn and taken off without going to the trouble of untying it. You just slip it on.

                   

                  The Girly Windsor sounds quite royal and is an interesting play on the ordinary necktie. Place the scarf behind your neck and let the ends fall in the front and tie knots in both, allowing one of the knots to be looser than the other. Then tuck the tighter knot into the looser knot and pull to tighten. This will give you a tidy look as if you were wearing a loose tie.

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                    Most of you won’t remember Pan Am: it was once the largest and the main international airline in the US. The air hostesses wore their scarves tied around their necks. The short scarf would be tied right under the chin, with the short loose ends pointing out in a style called the Pan Am knot. This style looks good on shirts, especially collarless shirt.

                      If you like a traditional-but-fancy style you could use the bow tie. Put the scarf around your neck, allow the loose ends to come in the front in equal length. Tie a bow tie at chest level and allow the loose ends to fall below the bow.

                      Scarf Bow

                        Everything French is fashionable, even a simple French knot. Tying a French knot looks great, especially a double wrap French knot: you wrap the scarf around the neck twice and then tie a knot on one side of the neck, letting the ends hang loose—preferably with one end pointing downwards and the other one casually left to float between your shoulder and chest.

                        How to Tie a Scarf: Double Wrap French Knot

                          Head scarf styles

                          The scarf is undoubtedly a great accessory and can be used in various ways. If you want to, you can use it around your head, tying it in different, beautiful styles. The simplest way to wear the scarf is the head wrap. As the name implies, you wrap the scarf around your head, just following the structure of the head. You could pin a brooch on it to make it look chic.

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                            Those who want to show hair can tie the scarf like a headband knotted at the nape of the neck. You could leave the loose ends to fly on your back, determining the length you want as you like.

                            An interesting way to wear the scarf around the head is by twisting your scarf and then wrapping it on the head. You could cover your hair, or you could allow it to look like a bandanna, showing hair. Of course, when we wear a scarf on our head, we can’t resist tying it in a bow. This gives you a girlish look and adds texture to your scarf.

                              If you want to look wild, then the bandanna wrap is the style for you. It says, “I am a stylish rebel,” and is the easiest style for your scarf. And why not try the forehead wrap? Tie the scarf around from the back of your head, so that the knot (which could be a Pan Am, bow, or be tucked in) comes in the front. You could pin a brooch onto the knot, giving it a chic look.

                                So, if you haven’t tried wearing a scarf until now, this fall is your chance to keep warm and look trendy.

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                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                1. Stress Eating

                                I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                2. Nail Biting

                                Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                5. Smoking

                                Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

                                Smoking risks

                                  6. Excessive Drinking

                                  All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                  • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                  • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                  • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                  • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                  • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                  If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                  If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                  7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                  Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                  If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                  A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                  “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                  And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                  While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                  Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                  Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                  8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                  There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                  In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                  Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                  Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                  9. Watching Too Much TV

                                  I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                  Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                  Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                  It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                  10. Being Late

                                  Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                  Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                  Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                  11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                  Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                  I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                  Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                  12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                  Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                  Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                  Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                  By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                  Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                  13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                  In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                  Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                  Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                  And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                  Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                  Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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