Month: February 2019

Merrell Shoes

For the spring/summer 06, the colourful Merrell ‘Pacific’ range of sandals, feature a sun light activated anti-bacterial foot bed to ward off bad smells. The Chameleon II ‘Kahuna’ sandal, designed to impress the outdoor adventurer, is a technical performer featuring; a pig skin upper with breathable neoprene lining, a patented cushioned mid-sole, a Microban foot bed and Vibram sole. Incorporating all the technical features of the Kahuna, the Chameleon II Convertible has a removable neoprene back strap. This sandal is ideal for water sports or adventure walking. Another very popular part of The Merrell summer range is the Waterpro ‘Ultra-sport’, great for scrambling across a slippery deck. Useful features are the ventilated uppers and drainage ports for quick drying.

For the Autumn/winter range the Merrell Spirit ‘Tibet High’ is a winter boot with soft leather and lots of detailing of the laces and buttons. The special Polartec lining and spun wool collar make the Spirit range very comfortable and feature the pretty snowflake designed outsole give plenty of grip.

Stylish Stiletto Heels

Most women have many pairs of stiletto heeled shoes in their wardrobe. They are simply main types. Some give them a sexy look while others make them appear as a businesswoman. You can also find one that is appropriate for just any occasion.

Just like many good things, stiletto heels too were first designed in italy. They became extremely popular in the 50s. Not only women, but men also wore stiletto. Unbelievable! But true. Stiletto heels would go well with formal outfits. Men wore it to add two or three inches to their actual height and were in a search for better (taller) personality.

After the mid seventies, stiletto shoes were seen more as an erotic content than as a measure to make one taller. Women begin to see it as a source of confidence and power. Of course stiletto shoes were part of bedroom life for a number of couples across Europe and America.

If you hit a ladies footwear store, you will be amazed at the variety of shapes and sizes available for stiletto shoes. The style of the shoes depends much on your choice of occasion to use them. The price as you guess is on the higher end. Given the nature of usage of stiletto heels – only in select occasions, you can expect to keep the shoes for at least a few years, justifying your investment.

Leather Pants and Jeans

Leather apparels are no longer the domain of males. Today, you find innumerable envious designs for women. The leather pants and leather jeans category is no exception. Finding the right pants and jeans in leather can at times get a little daunting. Though, many of the leather apparel manufacturers are stocking leather pants, you might not get to see the best of designs. The internet works out to be a treasure trove for the best and latest designs in leather apparel and accessories, especially leather jeans and leather pants. http://www.leathericon.com is one such site that stores some of the best and latest designs in top quality leather at comparatively economical prices. Of course, good quality leather products are seldom cheap.

Though, leather is comparatively very durable than other fabrics, it does need to be pampered with a little care. Immediately clean away all stains from water or other liquids. It is always best to let the leather dry at room temperature only. You could alternatively use hair dryer if need be, but remember that too much heat makes the leather shiny. Use of household cleaning fluids should be avoided as far as possible. Shoe cream, mink oil or saddle soap will darken the leather pants and may spoil its entire look. It is advisable to use water or stain repellents which are also available online. However, avoid an overuse of wax or oil as it could clog the supply in your leather pants.

Charm Bracelets

As time passed, charms lost their protective spiritual functions and became fashion jewelry. The 1890’s saw a renaissance of charms, especially in Victorian England, where elaborate and intricate jewelry was in vogue. Queen Victoria helped popularize the trend by wearing a charm bracelet of small lockets holding family portraits.

WW II caused another revival of charm bracelets in America in the 1940’s and 1950’s, as soldiers stationed abroad picked up charms as souvenirs in the European cities they visited and brought them home for wives and girlfriends. The fashion trend continued well into peacetime.

Charms still remain a popular jewelry item, as personalized keepsakes in an increasingly mass-produced jewelry market. Popular themes include horoscope signs, birthstone charms, travel souvenirs, and family keepsakes. Many women start collecting charms when they are children, and the charm bracelet grows along with them, reflecting hobbies and personal experience. A charm bracelet can hold a small replica of a graduation cap, wedding bells, or lockets with children’s photos.

Charms are also a popular gift because of their affordable price. An intricate silver charm can be obtained for less than ten dollars, though it is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on a charm made of 18K and set with gems.

Italian charms, a genre in and of themselves, do not dangle from a chain like traditional charms. Instead, they are soldered onto flat links which snap onto an extensible bracelet. They are embellished with letters, symbols, pictures or stones, or have enamel pictures painted on them. Charms can be snapped on and off these modular bracelets to create new configurations to match different moods and outfits. They are traditionally made of stainless steel or 18k gold. Italian charms are of the same standard size and the resulting bracelet can be customized to fit every wrist; a small size holds 17 or less links, a medium 18, and a large 19 or more.

There are different companies which produce Italian charms, but all brands can be interchanged on the same bracelet. The basic “starter” bracelet of blank links costs approximately five dollars, and the charms cost fifteen dollars and up. China also manufactures Italian charms, and while these are popular (and, as with most Chinese goods, very competitively priced), some consumers report occasional oddities such as reversed images and poor fit.

Gothic Clothing

Gothic clothing uses a look that includes what some people feel is a sexy, sleek, and wild look. Not everyone is going to dress in a suit and tie for work, and if you are not in that group, consider gothic clothing to set your mood for fun all day and all night long. Gothic clothing is based on the use of tight corsets, tight clothing, leathers, the look of chains and an overall style that is different from many other types of designers and styles that are available.

Most gothic clothing is not available in retail stores offline. You can occasionally find a gothic clothing store offline, but in larger cities. Prices for gothic clothing are going to be a bit higher, as you are purchasing a specialty item, one that will take you back in time to a point where costumes where a daily habit, and the costumes wear worn by those who had the most power in that time, and the most wisdom.

Gothic clothing often times represents a more animal looking side to life. The animal prints of the leopard and the tiger are often times very popular with the gothic clothing you can find for sale online. The tiger prints in bold yellow, black, and sometimes in white with black are popular as gifts, for wearing, and to set your wardrobe out among the rest. Leopard prints in red, white, black and sometimes in yellow are exciting additions for those who want to have the gothic clothing feel extended in their life.

Gothic clothing purchases can be completed online. You can find many gothic clothing retailers online, from different countries that are going to add that something special to your wardrobe, and that others in your friendly circle are not going to have. You can mix and match gothic clothing to include pants, shirts, shorts, tops, tanks, and neckwear or head gear that is fabulous compared to the boring type of suits and outfits that are available through other retailers. The gothic clothing lines are exciting, sexy, and sultry, setting your own style to be one that will make you a step above the rest in your crowd. If you are in the rock scene, in the punk scene or if you are a partygoer, you are going to love what you can find online in the gothic clothing sections.

Look at Large Clothing

When pregnant, searching for the right clothing is sometimes tricky. Although there are many large-sized clothes only few actually look good. Consequently, finding proper large clothing is a bit of a challenge. Here are some tips what you could look for when you are searching for clothes while expecting a baby.

First of all, even if you don’t feel like spending money on maternity wear, you’ll still have to buy at least some pants designed for mothers-to-be. There is no getting around it. You can find many nice and comfortable maternity pants; maternity jeans are also available if you would like to invest some more money in clothing. Whatever you choose, just keep in mind that when it comes to pants large clothing will simply not do.

As far as buying underwear is concerned, you don’t have to worry about it. You can just purchase large clothing that suits you best. Finding larger sized panties and bras will be an easy task.
If you are a nursing mother you might want to have nursing bras. My advice is not to bother buying them. Find nice bras in large clothing stores instead. When trying on some pay attention if they provide enough support and if they are easy to unfasten. I personally didn’t like the difficult clasps of the regular nursing bras, so I purchased some larger-sized bras.

Many mothers-to-be insist on having maternity shirts but you can save some money and buy big shirts instead. I had a favorite shirt which I wore during most of my pregnancy; it was not a maternity shirt, I took it with discount from a large clothing store. My husband’s large clothes were quite helpful, too. As I had a winter pregnancy, I needed large pullovers and big button down shirts which I was lucky to find in our closet. My husband didn’t mind giving them to me, so I had plenty of comfortable outfits to wear at home.

When you are expecting a baby, you should invest some money in purchasing a few pairs of good maternity pants. As far as all other types of clothing are concerned, you can buy them all from a large clothing store. You can also buy a large hospitable robe or any kind of sleepwear, but don’t bother looking for maternity night gowns as they are not comfortable at all.

Layered Hair Styles

Apart from its versatility, layers have many other advantages. For instance, adding layers can modernize an old style without too drastic of a change, and layers can be both flirty and elegant, making them appropriate for any age. What’s more is that different layers can add natural volume to hair your hair without the use of chemicals and layers can also help hair that is damaged by split ends since layering requires cutting these split and broken ends off. This gives hair a more polished appearance. Creating layers can lighten very thick, heavy hair, allowing its natural waves to appear in medium and long styles and layering can be of particular advantage for those who suffer from migraine headaches since layering can give some relief with the lighter styles it creates.

But while layered hair can work well with most types of hair and hairstyles, there are some drawbacks that you may want to evaluate before layering your hair. Firstly, very curly hair does not layer well, because the shorter layers tend to curl too much and this disrupts the layered look creating a scruffy appearance. Secondly, folks who like to change their styles frequently may not want to have their hair layered as it can take quite a while to grow out them out, depending on how fast your hair grows and how short your layers are.

The best way to grow out layers is to keep the bottom layer at an unchanging length, allowing the upper layers time to catch up with it. But it can get very boring and tedious and many people get frustrated by the wait and work. Also, if layers are done in such a way as to enhance the shape of your face it can make your features stand out too starkly. And while layers can be cut in many different lengths, the best range for layers is to keep them below the earlobe on long hair and below the eye on short hair, otherwise they may look out of control.

Take Care of Sheep Skin Boots

Keep in mind that sheep skin boots are made from an animal’s skin, and animals do get exposed to the elements. They get wet and dirty and they recover from this exposure to the elements, so it is safe to assume that your new boots can be safely cleaned as well. Boots made from a sheep’s skin are in some ways delicate, and they can be easily damaged by chemicals or by scratches and other types of abrasions. To maintain that expensive, soft look of the sheep skin, never use inappropriate chemicals when cleaning. And always use soft rags that will not scratch or otherwise damage the surface of the boots.

The first thing you should do after purchasing a pair of sheep skin boots is to apply a spray sealant type product to the boot. Be sure to follow the product’s directions for use. Taking this step is more of a preventative measure. It will offer a certain degree of protection by blocking soil and water from penetrating into the sheep skin.

When you do need to clean your sheep skin boots start by using a soft brush or a soft, dry cloth. Apply light pressure and simply try to buff out the stain. If that approach does not work, you can purchase a cleaning product that is recommended for wool. The cleaning product use instructions may or may not require the product to be mixed with lukewarm water. Always read the label first and proceed as instructed. Shoe stores are a good place to locate an appropriate cleaning product to use on sheep skin boots. Searching the Internet is another good way to locate an appropriate cleaning product . If using the Internet, just be sure to take whatever steps are necessary to protect your credit card information.

Once you have successfully finished cleaning your sheep skin boots, they will need to dry. You should never use or expose your boots to extreme heat sources when drying. In the path of direct sunlight, in front of a crackling fire or heater or inside a dryer are the places where these boots should never be allowed to roam. Exposing your boots to these extreme sources of heat likely will cause significant as well as permanent damage to the delicate sheep skin. Instead, find a nice shady spot to place your boots so that they can air dry naturally.

Never attempt to dry clean your sheep skin boots. The chemicals that are used in the dry cleaning process are harsh and abrasive and will definitely cause damage to the boots. So go ahead and get your boots dirty. They can be safely cleaned.

Science Fiction Clothing

Now the U.S. Airforce has made Science Fiction come to life. There is a new technology which attaches nanoparticles to clothing fibers using microwaves. These chemicals will repel water, oil and bacteria, because they are directly bounded to the nanoparticles. These two elements combine to create a protective coating on the fibers of the material. This coating both kills bacteria, and forces liquids to bead and run off.

The U.S. Military spent more than 20 million to develop the fabric.

“During Desert Storm, most casualties were from bacterial infections – not accidents or friendly fire.” Jeff Owens, one of the scientists who worked to develop the process said.

They treated underwear of soldiers who worn them for several weeks and it was found to stay hygienic. Not only did the underwear stay clean, but it was also reported that it cleared up some skin complaints.

In 1951, there was a film called, “The Man in the White Suit.” This film had the general idea of clothes that never got dirty. In 1961, the Science Fiction writer, Stanislaw Lem, wrote about spray-on clothing, in his novel, “Return From the Stars.” In the Utopian world of the novel, life’s necessities are readily available to every one – including single-use, original clothing.

Once again the science world brought science fiction to true life.

Fabrican is fabric in a can – yes, it’s true. Spray on a shirt or dress, right out of the can. The fabric looks similar to a thin cotton teeshirt, but it’s very clingy. Fabrican is the creation of Manel Torres, a post-graduate from the Royal College of Art.

This cloud of non-woven cloth is made by spraying a chemical formula directly onto the skin. Thousands of fibers splatter against your skin. The fibers bind together to create disposable apparel. It’s as tough as hemp for some uses, or soft as silk for others.

As the future comes to us at warp speed, another idea in a novel is coming to life. In William Gibson’s 1984 novel, “Neuromancer,” he writes: The Panther Modern leader, who introduced himself as Lupus Yonderboy, wore a polycarbon suit with a recording feature that allowed him to replay backgrounds at will.

A real-life polycarbon suit is the dream of Greg Sotzing of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs.
He has developed threads of electrochromic polymers which change color in response to an applied electric field.

This is how it works:

A mixture of differently colored threads would be knitted or woven into a teeshirt or blanket, along with a small number of thin metal wires connected to a battery pack and a micro-controller. The crisscrossing wires effectively divide the shirt into pixels. Each colored thread changes its state at different voltages, so by varying the voltage between different pairs of wires you can change the color of each pixel. By connecting the controller to a camera, it could even be made to switch the pixels to display a pattern matching your surroundings.

Fancy Dress

Nowadays Spiderman oufits have web shooting attachments and advanced muscle definition and, for all I know, are made from space age materials, a far cry from the all in one nylon catsuit style of my youth.

Recent films such as the Lord of the Rings and the culmination of the preposterous Star Wars Trilogy (something else that was definitely much better when I was a kid) have led to a massive upsurge in the number of costumes available and the demand for them. And interestingly this demand is being led as much by adults as children.

Fancy dress shops are booming and online searches for fancy dress top 10,000 daily. Wigs, accessories and masks are among the top sellers as well as period fancy dress.

For example 70s fancy dress is a massive market, influenced no doubt by the many 70s nights that people go to at various tacky, sticky-carpeted discos throughout the UK. Although why anyone thinks that wearing an afro wig and flares will disguise their obvious ugliness and lack of style is beyone me. Also the afro wig makes you sweat heavily in a hot and busy nightclub…. So I was told be an ugly unstylsih person once.

No doubt 80s fancy dress will be growing in popularity soon. Which for me would mean dusting down the Spiderman costume, but for others I guess its espadrilles and shoulder pads all the way!