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  • Color Analysis

    Learn How to Determine Your Perfect Colors in Three Easy Steps!

    Have you ever noticed how certain colors tend to light up your face, while others seem to make you look dull and tired? Wouldn't it be nice to know which colors look best on you, and which ones to avoid? Our thorough three step Color Analysis can help you figure out just that! By limiting your wardrobe color choices to colors that best compliment you, you will find it easier to coordinate clothing and accessories, and in turn save both time and money.

    What is "Color Analysis"?

    Color Analysis, also called "Skin Tone Color Matching" or "Color Seasons", is the process of determining the colors that best suit an individuals natural coloring. There are several ways of analyzing personal coloring. The most well-known is "seasonal" color analysis, which places individual coloring into four general categories: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

    According to a British study, there is evidence that suggests that the colors worn by a person can affect how they are perceived by others. For example: red and pink are thought to signal sexual attractiveness, particularly when worn by women, while dark colors like black or navy may convey the impression of authority - in turn making the wearer seem less approachable. The theories of color analysis also teach that certain colors are capable of emphasizing or, conversely, de-emphasizing an individuals attractiveness to others. Unflattering colors may make a person look pale, for instance, or draw attention to such "flaws" as wrinkles or uneven skin tone. Flattering colors are thought to have the opposite effect.  Continue reading

  • How To Measure Women's Pants

    When it comes to shopping for pants online, it can be hard to find the perfect fit - and most store don't make it any easier! I truly think most stores offer up vague pant size guidelines and estimated item measurements just to confuse us! It's silly when they suggest that an item "runs big" or "runs small". "Big" / "Small" compared to what? The reference is subjective and just plain confusing when you consider that fact that sizes vary widely between style and designer; and in addition, everyone has a different body shape and fit preference. So what's a girl to do when she's on the hunt for that perfect fitting pair of pants? The answer lies in the following equation:

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  • Scarf Tying 101

    A Guide For Everyone Who's Knot Quite Sure.

    Love the scarf trend but just can't seem to pull it off? Well don't worry, Labellush.com is here to help! Whether you're tangled up in silk shawl, cotton wrap, soft pashmina, or bulky knit - we've got some basic tips that will help you wrap your neck in perfection!

     

    How to Tie Square Scarves:

    How to tie a square Scarf Bandana
    Fold your scarf in half on a diagonal so that it forms a triangle. With the long edge facing up wrap the scarf around your neck and tie the two farthest corners together, so that the scarf hangs loosely around your neck. Rotate the knot to the back or side (depending on your preference) and adjust the drape to finish off the look.
    Choker
    Lay your scarf out flat on a diagonal. Fold the top and bottom points into the center so that they meet. From the edges that have formed roll the top and bottom up towards the center until they meet, and then overlap. Your scarf should now form a long thin strip. Wrap the scarf around your neck and tie with a double knot to secure. Rotate the knot to the side, back, or front (depending on your preference).
    How to Tie a Bow Tie Scarf Bow Tie
    This style works best with a large square scarf. Lay your scarf out flat on a diagonal. Fold the top and bottom points into the center so that they meet. From the edges that have formed roll the top and bottom up towards the center until they meet, and then overlap. Your scarf should now form a long thin strip. Wrap the scarf around your neck and tie a bow (as you would your shoelaces) in the front. Fluff the bow and voila, you have a feminine take on the classic bow tie.

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  • Denim Distressing 101

    How to Break 'Em In Without Breaking the Bank.

    If you've been paying any attention at all you've probably noticed by now that destroyed denim is by far one of the hottest fashion trends for Fall 2009. Packed with attitude, recession friendly and oh-so-versatile it's no wonder why everyone from teens to grandmothers are embracing the trend. But while the look may be busted up and broken down, don't expect to find quality distressed jeans on the sale rack. Designers know that crafting beautifully broken in denim takes extra time and money so prices usually range on the high-end (anywhere from $150 -$280 for designer labels). If you are anything like us, you probably find these figures at little hard to swallow, so we suggest a do-it-yourself approach instead. With a little bit of effort, the Labellush "Denim Distressing" guide and a careful eye you too can master the destroyed denim trend without breaking the bank.

     

    JeansRipped / Torn / Frayed:

    Ripped, torn, and frayed jeans imply a sense of history and that will add unique character to your look. From natural looking wear and tear to fully shredded rocker chic, the key to achieving this look lies in moderation. Keep in mind that the cuts you make will get larger over time as your jeans experience additional wear and washing. Labellush recommends that you start out small and practicing first on a pair you plan to toss.

    Process:

    • Put your jeans on. With your washable marking pencil, draw lines where you plan to make your cuts. Normally jeans wear out the fastest in the knees and thighs, so for a more natural look keep your markings above the knee.
    • Remove your jeans. Take you scissors and cut through your guide marks. Start off small; you won't get the full effect until they are washed, and you can always enlarge the cuts later if needed.
    • As an alternative to scissors, you can achieve greater variation in your distressing by using a cheese greater, or rasp. Locate the area that you wish to distress and position your wooden block (or other flat hard surfaced object) inside your jeans behind the area you wish to work. Rub lightly for mild distressing, or harder to create more visible wear (i.e. holes, tears).
    • Wash and dry your jeans as normal. Review the results, if you desire a more destroyed look repeat the process until you are satisfied.

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  • Closet Organization

    Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Closet and Reinvigorating Your Style.

    It is commonly believed that one's personal presentation is a perfect reflection of their life. Meaning, if someones life is chaotic and disorganized then most likely their appearance will be too; and vice versa of course. The theory is not surprising when you consider the natural effects of such lifestyle: Organized people have more time to spend on their appearance and take less time in their preparation, while people with lives in chaos probably can't find a clean pair of socks. For those who strive to refine their style Labellush.com recommends there is no better place to start than in the closet.

    1. Start by Sorting:

    The first step in organizing your closet calls for you to take everything out. That's right, you need to take it down to the bare bars. Take everything out, piece by piece, and sort each item into one of five piles: "Toss", "Fix", "Clean", "Sell / Consign", and "Keep".

    Anything that is worn out, or damaged beyond repair should go in the "Toss" pile - clothes do not regenerate themselves, and they are not going to look any better six months from now.

    Items with broken hems, small holes, missing buttons, or in need of alteration / resoling should go into your "Fix" pile and be addressed later; whether that means doing the repairs yourself, or dropping them off at the tailor / cobbler.

    Any clothing that is dirty or soiled should go into your "Clean," or rather "To Be Cleaned" pile. These garments will need to either be washed or dry-cleaned depending on their care specifications.

    Piece's that are out dated, or that you have never worn for one reason or another, but still have value should go into your "Sell / Consign" pile. Selling or consigning quality clothing that you no longer wear can be a great way of generating extra funding for your "closet renovation" or new wardrobe.

    Hopefully, most of our clothing will end up in the "Keep" pile. All of your quality basics, signature items, and investment pieces should be present. These items, along with those in your "Clean" and "Fix" piles will be the only ones that make it back into the closet.
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