Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kelly Brook flaunts her curves in sexy bodycon dress at Cosmo Ultimate Women Awards

SHE'S known for her sexy hourglass figure, and last night Kelly Brook made sure her trademark curves were well and truly on show


The 35-year-old model looked senstational as she arrived at last night's Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards which were held at London's One Mayfair.
Wearing a black and nude optical illusion dress, Kelly posed up a storm on the red carpet and couldn't have looked happier to have all eyes on her.
The sleeveless dress fell just above her knee and clung to her curvaceous frame in all the right places.
Kelly teamed the figure-hugging garment with a pair of black strappy heels as she posed with one hand on her hip.Source

Porsha Williams flashes the flesh in a VERY sexy beige dress and fur coat for Watch What Happens Live in NYC

She's appeared on Watch What Happens Live numerous times, so Porsha Williams knows the drill when it comes to making a lasting impression.   
The 33-year-old tempted wandering gazes in a very sexy beige dress that put her cleavage and toned pin on full show, thanks to a revealing slit that met at her hip.
With her lovely hair worn down in loose curls, Porsha beamed as she whisked her way to and fro an appearance on the Bravo program in Manhattan on Sunday.

The reality star showed off her slender waistline with a golden belt, and teamed her frock with a luxurious black fur coat.
She highlighted her complexion with smokey eye shadow, a slick of candyfloss lipstick, and polished off the look with a bit of coral blush.
Clearly proud of her ensemble, the reality star took to Instagram to show off her evening wear.

Beyonce Flashes Sexy Thigh In Revealing Dress At Billboard Event

Check out that leg! Beyonce showed off her toned bod in a revealing maroon dress at the Billboard Women In Music Luncheon — talk about one hot momma!

Beyonce, 33, looked super sexy in her look for Billboard’s Women In Music event. She was all smiles as she posed for pics with her thigh on full display — in the freezing cold might we add. She is a total rock star!

Beyonce’s ‘Billboard’ Women In Music Fashion — Sexy Thigh-Bareing Dress

Beyonce works hard for that body, so why not show it off? The mother-of-one attended the Billboard event at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC on Dec. 11 and looked like a vision in red.
She showed off her left leg in a nearly hip-high slit. The maroon-colored dress featured elbow length sleeves and ruching at the waist — super flattering.
To keep somewhat warm, Beyonce wore a purple coat with gold embellishments draped over her shoulders.Source

Women who love footwear need to head to Alexandria’s Shoes

Waterloo Region Record
Alexandria’s Shoes based in St. Jacob’s, Ontario sells the finest selection of footwear in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. In business for more than 19 years, Alexandria's Shoes has earned a reputation for carrying the finest selection of quality footwear and accessories for women who pride themselves on being fashion forward. Owned and operated by Mary Reger, Alexandria's Shoes offers something for everyone - footwear and accessories for the office and leisure time.
The dedicated and knowledgeable staff at Alexandria’s Shoes ensures that each and every customer finds the perfect items, and that they fit like a glove. Set in the beautiful village of St. Jacob's, Alexandria's is the most popular spot in the region for trendsetting and unique women's shoes and accessories. From casual to evening footwear, Alexandria's vast inventory is always changing. You will find unique and specialty European Brands not found anywhere else.
Women who love shoes and who like to accessorize with them should head to Alexandria’s Shoes today. Convenient hours and ample parking make it easy for customers to spend time at the store. A true fashion boutique experience awaits at Alexandria’s Shoes. Did we mention that the store is open seven days a week?
Please visit them in-person, give them a telephone call at 519-664-3149, or check them out Source

Shoes With Sex Appeal: Why Women In High Heels Make Men Weak In The Knees

A pair of 4-inch heels can make the difference between being a wallflower and being the center of attention in a room. High heels add the finishing touch to any ensemble, making them a girl’s best friend. According to a recent study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, women who wear high heels are found to be significantly sexier to men.
"Women's shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men's behavior," said Nicolas Gueguen, lead author of the study from the department of social behavior at the University of Bretagne, according to the press release.
Heels force the pelvis to tilt so that your backside and your chest stick out more in comparison to flats. This elongates the female body and accentuates one of the most desirable traits found by men: long legs.
From an evolutionary standpoint, a woman’s leg length is tied to the state of her health and fertility. A 2008 study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found leg length is a good indicator of nutrition, since legs stop growing once women reach puberty. If a woman has long legs, she most likely grew up in a good environment, which can yield a positive effect on fertility.
Gueguen sought to observe the effect of sartorial appearance by conducting a series of four studies on the length of women’s shoe heels. In three out of the four studies, the French female participants were identically dressed in black suits with straight skirts and white shirts. Most of the participants were all brunettes because previous studies showed that men were more likely to approach blonde women over brunettes and ask them out on dates. The only noticeable difference among these women were their shoes.
The first three studies involved a woman confederate wearing black shoes with no heel, a 2-inch heel, or black pumps with a 3.5-inch heel asking men for help in various circumstances. The woman switched shoes after soliciting every 10 people.
In the first study, the women asked men to respond to a short survey on gender equality. The findings revealed women garnered the most responses when wearing the highest heels, with 83 percent of the men approached agreeing to spend three to four minutes answering questions. In comparison, 47 percent answered the questions when women wore flats.
Gueguen was curious as to whether this pattern could be seen when four women approached both men and women to answer some survey questions. The second study asked men and women to participate in a survey on local food habit consumption. Similar to the first study, men were more likely to respond when the women wore the highest heels — 3.5 inches — with a rate of 82 percent compared to their flat counterparts who only got 42 percent to say yes to the survey request. However, only 33 percent of women agreed to answer the survey, regardless of their heel height.
Since the men in both studies were receptive, Gueguen sought to test his obvious attraction hypothesis by observing men and women who were walking in back of the female participant. For the third study, the women were asked to walk ahead of the “targets” and then drop a glove in an oblivious fashion. The findings revealed 93 percent of men chased after the women when they wore high heels to return the glove, while only 62 percent did when she wore flat shoes. In this scenario, women were also more likely to track down the high-heeled women than their flat counterparts by 52 percent and 43 percent, respectively.
In the fourth and final study, Gueguen wanted to observe if high heels actually make men more likely to pursue a woman as a romantic interest. He strategically placed women wearing different heel heights in three bars as he sat them at tables near the bar where their shoes were visible to those standing and walking around the area. It took men about eight minutes to approach a woman wearing heels compared to those wearing flats, which took about 14 minutes.Source

What's behind shoe obsessions?

It was a bright pink pair of saltwater sandals that began Katie Rosen's love affair with shoes — beyond the normal need for foot protection, that is. "I was about 5 or 6, and I was totally obsessed with them," Rosen says. "I was very fastidious about those sandals."
Rosen is now 39 and an attorney in Seattle. But back then, just barely into elementary school, she was entering the vast Sisterhood of the Shoe Obsessed. Rosen now recounts painful stories about her shoes, like the time the 3-inch heel on a black patent leather Christian Louboutin broke in court. Or when her black Jimmy Choo flip-flop was swallowed by quicksand while she was at the beach.
This affinity for shoes is not unique. Shoe mavens are everywhere, eager to show off their latest footwear finds, collecting pairs like kids with baseball cards or hipsters with LPs. Ask one, and she'll preach about how shoes make or break her outfit, how shoes can change the way she feels, how shoes let her personality sparkle without saying a word. Shoes are, without a doubt, the most important piece of fashion.
What shoe are you?: Take our personality quiz
The USA WEEKEND Program: Listen to an interview with fashion expert Valerie Steele
"When you ask, 'What do women want?' — the answer seems to be shoes," says fashion historian Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
"It might help if you think of shoe shopping as the ultimate happy form of shopping," says Steele, the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on fashion, including 2013's Shoe Obsession. "If buying a bathing suit is the most humiliating and depressing part of shopping, then buying shoes is the most delightful part."
Shoes are forgiving. Shoes are loyal. Put on a few extra pounds, and your favorite strappy, metallic sandals will still fit, unlike that ruthless pair of skinny jeans that mocks you in the mirror.
"While you may age out of plunging necklines and miniskirts, a woman of any age can enjoy a stiletto or vampy toe cleavage," says Michelle Madhok, founder of SheFinds.com, a style and shopping resource.
But an enduring fit is just the tip of the pointed toe pump. A special shoe makes a statement. You might not embrace glitter, animal print, metal studs or bold prints on your clothing, but on shoes? Yes, please.Source

Do comfy shoes mean you have to sacrifice style?

As more women – particularly among the over 50s – vote with their feet against high heels, we seek out wearable shoes with a wow factor
“The days of running around in uncomfortable shoes are over,” declares footwear designer Tracey Neuls when we meet in her Marylebone shop. “I think it’s ridiculous. It impairs women and I don’t think there’s anything sexy about being in pain at work or while you’re walking around.”
A YouGov poll from last week suggests she’s right. Surveying 2,000 women over 50, it confirmed that grown-up shoppers dress to please themselves and want to feel comfortable, and for the majority that doesn’t involve wearing high heels.
I take the zero-tolerance approach to sore feet. As a comfy shoe obsessive, with the Pinterest board to prove it, I’m always on the look out for easy, run-around styles. I’m 51 and would rather wear Liberty print Nike Air Max (Burgundy Belmont) than Nan Shoes. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “If a woman rebels against high-heeled shoes, she should take care to do so in a pair of fancy flats.” I stopped wearing heels around the time I stopped being a fashion editor on a glossy magazine. After a bout of Plantar Fasciitis (a painful foot condition common in women over-40) my longstanding love of trainers and shoes I could actually walk in was reignited.
Women over 50 form the UK’s fastest growing consumer group, and I often wonder if the power of the grey pound will keep fabulous flats forever in vogue. “Maybe it’ll happen because there are more women in the work force,” continues 47-year-old Neuls, “Women with stuff to do and places to go, need footwear that works.” Fortunately, we are seeing the rise and rise of frump-free, statement styles; from Phoebe Philo’s Furkenstocks to Orla Kiely’s collaboration with Clarks (I’ve got my eye on the Orla Dorla loafer), shoes that are designed by women for women. And this makes me and my old lady feet very happy.Source


PARIS — The well-heeled Marilyn Monroe reportedly once said if you give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.

The allure of high-heeled shoes is no secret among women, who have used them to entice men from the streets of Ancient Rome to the New York City sidewalks of Carrie Bradshaw. Heels have also been a controversial symbol in the battleground of sexual politics.

Now a scientific study in France has measured their power.

Scientists from the Universite de Bretagne-Sud conducted experiments that showed that men behave very differently toward high-heeled women. The results, published online in the journal "Archives of Sexual Behaviour," may please the purveyors of Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo shoes yet frustrate those who think stilettos encourage sexism.

The study found if a woman drops a glove on the street while wearing heels, she's almost 50 percent more likely to have a man fetch it for her than if she's wearing flats.

Another finding: A woman wearing heels is twice as likely to persuade men to stop and answer survey questions on the street. And a high-heeled woman in a bar waits half the time to get picked up by a man, compared to when her heel is nearer to the ground.

"Women's shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men's behavior," says the study's author, Nicolas Gueguen, a behavioral science researcher. "Simply put, they make women more beautiful."Source

Miss World 2014: Without the blatant sexism, it's pretty dull

Miss World held its 64th final in London with 121 women battling to win the crown. Radhika Sanghani went down to watch and found it wasn't the sexist show she'd been expecting

Hundreds of women in floor-length gowns and Louboutin heels stood outside London’s ExCel centre for the Miss World 2014 final. The unofficial dress code consisted of hair blow-dried into perfect Kate Middleton-style waves, gowns covered in rhinestones and bridal make-up – and this was just the audience.
Standing amongst them in my winter-appropriate clothing, I knew that watching the final was going to go one of two ways: I’d either feel incredibly uncomfortable watching a line of judges grade women on their looks, or I’d be so swept up in the glamour of it all that I’d come away wishing I was a beauty queen myself.
As a feminist, I was pretty sure I’d end up feeling the former. Only, I didn't.
After sitting through several hours of the contest, I was not disgusted by the sexism, but I also wasn’t excited by the pomp and pageantry either - I was just seriously bored.
I’d expected the beauty pageant from Miss Congeniality and Drop Dead Gorgeous – a glitzy affair with talent rounds and contestants showing off their bodies by twirling around on stage in bikinis. But that just wasn’t the case.Source

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas fashion: a guide for pregnant women

Dressing for the festive period is always tricky. When you’re pregnant, it is a minefield. Here are some top tips to see you through every seasonal occasion in style

Just because you’re shaped like a bauble, it doesn’t mean you have to look like one.
There are lots of exciting things about being pregnant. But maternity wear is certainly not one of them. Despite more fashion-forward brands than ever before, we mothers-to-be are still faced with a homogeneous sea of dark jersey and horrendous nana bras. And at no other time of year will those of us lugging a bump around feel the injustice of this more keenly than in the runup to Christmas. When the shops are awash with sparkly sequins, jewel colours and jolly jumpers, we’re left to forlornly nose through a couple of racks of black stretchy dresses and maternity jeans.
But I want to get something on record: it doesn’t have to be like this. At six months pregnant, I have found a way through the pain. Mix your maternity basics with a few well-chosen regular pieces (ie pieces that will actually remain in wardrobe rotation well after the baby arrives), and you’ll be the belle of the ball this festive season. And not because you’re shaped like one.
Here is my guide to dressing your bump for the holidays.Source

Fighting the tyranny of thinness: Can media make room for larger women?

Overweight people – or, more accurately, overweight women – are still discriminated against in fashion, television, movies and advertising. Israeli activists rate their chances of finally changing things as far better than slim.

 When the artist Haley Morris-Cafiero goes out to take videos of herself, she does not treat herself as the main subject. Although she is in the center of most of the clips, causing the drama that they document, her real subject is something different: the responses of passersby to her body, which is that of a fat woman. Equipped with a tripod and accompanied by an assistant, Morris-Cafiero goes out to crowded places, and her films almost always show a response of disgust – whether from a group of derisive adolescents, tourists who stare at her as she eats ice cream, or an on-duty police officer making fun of her as she stands on the sidewalk, talking on the telephone.

If Israeli journalist and writer Ariana Melamed had a similar artistic interest, she could have made video clips that were just as damning. If she had pulled out her cellphone last summer, she could have shown the stranger who spat in her face as he angrily muttered, “Fat slob.” Instead, she documented the incident on her Facebook page, using the weapon she had developed to cope with such incidents: her sharp tongue. “Fat women are such a terrible threat that they cannot be seen in advertisements (except for ones about weight loss, right?), filmed for television or employed as spokespeople or in public relations, create a positive impression in any job interview or be seen in public with anyone,” she wrote then, taking the opportunity to start a discussion about the place – or, more precisely, lack of one – of fat women in the Israeli media.Source

Sunday, 14 December 2014

New store going small in the Village

MUNCIE When Tamar Lask decided to open a business near Ball State University in Muncie, she decided to do something different.
She didn’t open Juniper, her women’s fashion store, in the new $60-million Village Promenade commercial-and-apartment development.
Instead, Lask and her husband, Peter, opened their third Juniper store in the Uni-Mart building across University Avenue from Village Promenade.
Lask said the decision was an easy one.
“Muncie Mall was not on our radar, not even a little bit,” Lask said. “We wanted to be adjacent to campus. We did inquire about Village Promenade., but we really liked the charm of the older space. And having real storefront windows appealed to us. It was smaller. We wanted to keep it simple. We wanted to keep it intimate.”
So Muncie’s newest clothing store and the Village’s newest business moved into the Uni-Mart, one of the neighborhood’s oldest commercial structures, having been built 80 years ago and still home to businesses like Insomnia Cookies.
The Ball State-area location is the latest move for Tamar and Peter Lask, who have been slowly growing in the retail business in Ohio and Indiana.Source

Glam Up Your Holiday Party Style With This Season's Trends

Everyone loves a good holiday party — the champagne, the eggnog, the sugar cookies.
But if you're going to one of these shindigs, you're going to want to look sharp.
This season the classic holiday trends are back: sparkles, deep reds, and bauble-like jewelry. 
If the event's a little on the fancy side, you'll definitely want to go for a cocktail dress and heels combo.
But if it's more low-key, a few great holiday-styled accessories are the way to go.
Happy holidays.Source