How To Break in Flats Without All The Blisters

(PCM) Fall is in full swing, and chances are, you’re feet are aching from trying to break in new flats – whether they’re ballerinas, loafers, or even “comfort” walking shoes. Is it possible to break in shoes without all the pain and suffering? Yes, yes it is!

Here are a few helpful tips for getting over that break in period without all the blisters and bandaids!

1. As soon as you get your new pair of flats home, put on a thick pair of socks and grab your blowdryer. Point the hot air directly where you feel the most tightness. This will help stretch out the material and speed up the break in process. Continue to wear them with thick socks around the house – the longer the better.

2. Apply antiperspirant to the areas prone to blisters. This will help reduce the formation of blisters caused by slippery sweaty feet, but believe it or not, antiperspirant helps block blisters from forming even if your feet aren’t sweating. If the back of your ankles are cut up or full of blisters, chances are your shoe is too big and the blisters are caused by the shoe slipping and rubbing in the back. A heel cushion can help with this.

3. If all else fails, buy some shoe inserts! Shoe pads work very well for easing discomfort, whether it’s in your heel, foot pad, or toes.

And no matter where you’re going, pack a pair of flip flops in your bag; at some point you’ll be able to take off your shoes, and you’ll be glad you did!

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Tips to Stop Heavy Sweating

If you’re used to sweating heavily when the heat is on, you’re probably waiting with open arms for the fall season ahead. Instead of wishing summer away, take care of it with these tips:

Apply deodorants at night. For most deodorants, the active ingredient has to get down into the sweat duct to clog it. If you apply it in the morning, when people typically sweat more, it washes off. Try applying it at night before bed, and see if it makes a difference throughout the day.

Switch to higher-strength deodorants and antiperspirants. Try over the counter products first, and if that doesn’t work, talk to your doctor about getting a prescription.

Carry deodorant or antiperspirants with you, especially on days when you have a stressful meeting or interview. Reapply them in the middle of the day, or before the stressful event.

Choose the right clothes. Certain fabrics are better for combatting sweat. Clothes with looser weaves, such an cotton, are lightweight and breathable which can make you feel cooler. Silk, on the other hand, makes you feel hotter. Avoid light colors, like white and grey, which show more sweat than dark colors, prints, or patterns.

Dress in layers. An undershirt can help soak up sweat for men, and for women, a camisole top or dress shield can make a big difference.

Skip spicy lunches. If you know certain foods make you sweat, such as hot peppers, just don’t eat them – especially on hot, summer days!

Wen all else fails, keep an extra top in your bag, office, or car.

If you think you sweat more than normal, talk to your doctor to make sure you don’t have an underlying cause or issue. But remember: sweating is natural. Everyone sweats and no one cares if you do! It’s hot out there, and you’re body needs to cool itself somehow.

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Aspiring designer Andrew Warren Discusses Curated Crew Of Privileged Friends With DuJour Magazine

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(DuJour) Andrew Warren, the 22-year-old grandson of fashion mogul David Warren, who made his name in the ’70s with the sort of prim and polished “social occasion” dresses that women bought at Bloomingdale’s and Saks. The younger Warren is a budding fashion mogul himself, with a collection of edgy ready-to-wear pieces he launched in 2013 called Just Drew. Warren’s friends, a young, beautiful, pedigreed group that appears throughout Warren’s widely followed Instagram account.

Andrew on his notable friends: He knows his friends are interesting to strangers. He handpicks his crew—which at the moment includes Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy, Reya Benitez and Tiffany Trump—as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, “weeding out,” as he says, the ones who don’t fit

Reya Benitez, the 23-year-old daughter of John “Jellybean” Benitez. Her father was the resident DJ for Studio 54 and has produced tracks for Madonna and Whitney Houston. “Everyone always says [my DJ name] should be Little Bean, but I want to create my own name without any help from my father. I don’t want to be overshadowed by him.”

Kyra Kennedy, the 19-year-old daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was scooped up by Warren in Aspen last December and quickly became a fixture of Warren’s feed. Her dad has called and requested that she “clean up her Instagram,” but as far as Kennedy, a freshman at FIT, is concerned, she’s just having a good time.

Tiffany Trump, the Donald’s second youngest and only child with ex-wife Marla Maples, says, “I don’t know what it’s like to have a typical father figure,” says Trump. “He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person.” She’s debating whether to go to business school or law school after college.

Read more:  http://dujour.com/news/andrew-warren-tiffany-trump-gaia-matisse-kyra-kennedy-reya-benitez/

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High School Student Sent Home For Wearing “Inappropriate Attire”

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(PCM) Recently, a Kentucky high school student was sent home from school for an absolutely ridiculous dress code violation. She posted images of her so-called inappropriate outfit on Reddit and they have since gone viral.

The student was told by her school principal to cover up her exposed collar bone, as it was distracting to the male students. The student contacted her mother, who came all the way to the school to deliver her daughter a scarf to put on so that she would not be sent home from school, however despite the fact that the scarf covered nearly all of her exposed neckline, she was still sent home for the violation.

Outraged over the ridiculousness of an exposed collarbone being a dress code violation, the mother and daughter launched an online petition to have Woodford County High’s eleven year old dress code policy updated and changed. You can show your support and sign the petition here!

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FOX’s ‘Empire’ And Saks Fifth Avenue Team Up To Bring Hit Drama’s Iconic Style To Life

(FOX) FOX’s record-breaking drama EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue announced today an exclusive partnership to bring the highly covetable fashion inspired by the #1 broadcast entertainment series to life. EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue’s multi-platform collections will be available in-store, online and on-screen and will celebrate the hit drama’s dynamic, buzz-worthy fashion timed to the series’ second season premiere in September.

The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent the hit drama’s glamorous aesthetic including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from MCM.

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Exclusive EMPIRE-curated windows will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York and Beverly Hills flagships from September 10 through October 7. EMPIRE actor Trai Byers will also be featured on the cover of Saks Fifth Avenue’s fall magalog in Saks Fifth Avenue Collection’s Fabric #1.

“This unprecedented partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and MCM celebrates EMPIRE’s mark on the fashion world,” says Jeffrey Godsick, President, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The influence EMPIRE has had on so many aspects of popular culture proves it has the ingredients to become a stand-alone fashion brand.”

“The lines between fashion and entertainment are intersecting,” said Marc Metrick, President Saks Fifth Avenue. “Harnessing this moment is a key underpinning to our strategy as it brings energy and uniqueness to the shopping experience at Saks.”

Items from each designer will be curated to create an EMPIRE collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and saks.com. The EMPIRE looks will also be available online at each brand’s website and stand-alone retail locations.

In addition, Saks will host a September launch event in New York and men’s luxury made-to-measure suiting events throughout September and October at locations in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Bal Harbour, San Francisco and Atlanta. For more information, please visit saks.com.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE returns as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. A drama about a family dynasty, set within the world of music, glamour, danger and power, EMPIRE shattered ratings records every week in its debut season; spawned hit records “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful”; and made Cookie Lyon a household name.

Choosing The Best Jeans For Your Body

Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to freshen up your wardrobe – especially your jeans! That’s right; you’ll be parting with those comfortable shorts and summer dresses before you know it, but all in exchange for your wonderful fall collection! Who doesn’t love a pair of skinny jeans and knee-high boots?

Jeans are a wardrobe staple year-round, but fall is when we start pulling them out of hiding – and often only to find that they don’t fit as well as they used to. Maybe all those margaritas, summer barbecues, and lounging at the pool caught up to you, or maybe it’s just time to update your wardrobe. Whatever the case, if it’s time to go jean shopping, you’ll want to follow a few tips to make the experience a pleasant and successful one!

Shopping for jeans can be a nightmare. We’ve all been there. Unless you know what type of jeans work best for your body type, you can spend hours trying on pair after pair, and walk out empty-handed and extremely discouraged. So here are some tips to finding the best jeans for your body, and having a successful shopping trip!

Straight leg jeans are the most flattering jeans; all body types, from pear shaped to plus-sized, can wear these jeans. Cut straight from the knee down, they slim the legs without being skin tight like skinny jeans. They are especially forgiving if you are curvier in the hips, thighs, or calves. You can wear these jeans with heels, low boots, and flats. Avoid wearing tall boots with straight leg jeans because they difficult to fit over these jeans without getting a bunched-up look.

Skinny jeans are definitely the direction to go in if you’re petite or thin. Skinny jeans help add some curves to straight body types by hugging even the slightest contours of the body. Both cropped and longer skinnies look great on petite girls with those short legs! Just roll up the extra length into a cuff. They also show off an hour glass shape nicely, and are also the perfect jean for wearing tall boots – no matter what you’re body type. If you don’t like tight or stretchy jeans, these are not for you. But try on a pair before you decide; they might surprise you! If you like loose tops or wear a lot of longer shirts, you need a pair of these! The slimness of the jeans really balances out a boxy or loose top, and help show off your frame. Skinny jeans work great tucked into boots, or with flats and heels.

Boot cut jeans are flattering on everyone, and is definitely the best style for curvier girls.  The clean lines and straight fit throughout the leg really just streamline everything. Plus, they have just enough opening at bottom to fit boots underneath to help lengthen the leg!

Flared jeans are big this fall, and are a refreshing change from all the straight and skinny cuts. They look good on just about everyone, and are great for those on the short size who are trying to add a little height, or for those who want to balance out curvier hips and thighs. These jeans were practically made for chunky heels and wedges. Flared jeans do tend to be on the longer side, for this reason in my opinion. So if you have short legs prepare to spend a little extra on getting them hemmed, but make sure you don’t take too much off – nothing looks worse than short flared jeans! You want just a tiny bit of the shoe to show, maybe about one inch. They should be snug around the hips and thighs, and flare out from the knees down. I just bought this pair from Express ($120), and aside from being too long, they fit great! I can’t wait to get them hemmed and pair with my favorite chunky heels!

A few extra tips:

Avoid tiny pockets and pockets that are too far apart, they will make your butt look larger and wider than it is. Unless of course you have no booty!

Leave the high-waisted jeans for the tall and thin ladies. Remember that photo of Jessica Simpson in those high-waited jeans?! Not a good look.

A dark wash is super-flattering, it hides any lumps and bumps, and really just slims you all over. Light jeans and colors are better for thin, straight body types.

If you are looking for a distressed wash choose styles with some shading down the front of the thigh. Fading helps lengthen the legs – just make sure it isn’t too harsh or you will look silly.

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