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Top 5 spring shoe trends


Show us a woman who has enough pairs of shoes and we’ll show you a woman who hasn’t been spring shoe shopping yet. This season, it’s all about stylish comfort — gone are the days of bunions, blisters, and teetering home on five-inch heels. Read on for the top five shoe trends that will step up your look this spring.

Top 5 spring shoe trends


There will always be a time and place when you need to strap on those stilettos, but unless you’re heading to a red carpet event, these days fancy flats are appropriate for just about every occasion. Thanks to Valentino’s Rockstud flats and Aquazzura’s now-iconic, strappy lace-up styles, flat shoes are now part of every fashion gal’s vocabulary. Still unsure? “Wearing flats opens you up to a wide variety of outfits, and you can wear them red evening dresses uk up or down,” says Justine Barber, co-founder and designer behind Canadian shoe brand Poppy Barley. “They can also be sexy,” she continues, “especially a cut-out style like a d’Orsay, which elongates the leg, exposes the curve of your instep, and showcases the ankle.” In addition to lace-up styles, oxfords and slippers are still on trend and pair well with everything from denim and shorts to skirts and dresses.


The athleisure trend continues its reign, taking on a slight retro tennis vibe this season — think polo shirts, pleated skirts (midi not mini), visors, bomber jackets, and V-neck cricket sweaters. In footwear, this translates to sneakers ranging from the iconic — Adidas Stan Smiths, Nike Blazers and New Balance 574s — to the skateboard slip-on styles available at every price point and from every designer brand. “There’s certainly no need to sneak around in athleisure footwear,” says Crissi Giamos, PR Director at Town Shoes, who suggests wearing these styles “with everything from yoga pants to flirty dresses.”


Espadrilles are always apropos in warm weather, and anyone who’s ever tied on a pair can easily see why. Comfortable and easy to wear, they’re a versatile alternative to gladiators or flat sandals, with the added benefit of transitioning from day to night. Their prevalence on the runways, though, that was a small surprise. “Who would have thought this sensible, comfortable style would make it on the international runways?” says Giamos. Designers such as Alexander Wang, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, Proenza Schouler, Valentino and even Saint Laurent have created high-end versions of the simple Catalan shoe, in everything from denim to mesh to brocade and traditional canvas, of course.

How to wear them? According to Giamos, “This style is best shown off with full, flowy skirts, cropped pants or boyfriend jeans.” But you’d be forgiven for wearing them with pretty much anything.


“The most exciting shoe trend for me this season is mules of all kinds,” says Barber. “They’ve been out of fashion long enough that they feel fresh again, and they’re an easy sell to women because they slip on and are comfortable.” For pointy toed heels, look to designers such as Gianvito Rossi and Jimmy Choo; if you prefer a stacked heel, go for Rachel Comey, Acne Studios or the stunning silver or cheetah print calf-hair version by Poppy Barley. Gucci and Mansur Gavriel made the best sporty, open-toed styles; and flat mules resembling slippers can be found at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Pierre Hardy. Whatever your shoe beat, mules are literally everywhere. “They’re both classic and fashion forward, and pair easily with culottes, skirts, shorts and red evening dresses,” explains Barber. ‘Nuff said.

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How to Look Thinner For Your Wedding


How to Look 7kg Thinner For Your Wedding Without Losing Weight

  All the brides-to-be out there rocking a strapless or sleeveless plus size prom dresses need to work more than their triceps and biceps. Many women sweating for the wedding often forget about strengthening their shoulders, but it can make all the difference in how you look and feel while walking down the aisle. According to celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen, when you tone your upper back and shoulders, it helps you achieve a long and lean "V-shaped" back that can make you appear up to seven kilos thinner.

  Start incorporating a few sets of the following moves into your strength-training routine for fit, strong, and shaped-up shoulders that you'll love showing off long after your ceremony and reception.

  Kneel on the floor, and then sit all the way down so your lower legs are under your bum. Lean forward a little bit, making sure you are leaning from your torso and not just your neck. Then extend both arms so they are behind your bum, palms facing up. Make sure they are floating behind you, not touching your back.

  Squeeze your arms together so the weights almost touch, and then move back to starting position.

  This counts as one rep.

  Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand so your palms face in toward the sides of your body.

  Start with the right side first. With control, keep your arm straight (but don't lock that elbow) and as you inhale, raise your right hand up toward the ceiling. You want your palm to be facing down and your arm to be parallel to the floor. Then as you exhale, slowly lower your hand back to your body. You should be able to see your hand in your peripheral vision. Your arm won't be directly out to the side but slightly forward.

  Do the same move with your left arm.

  Then do both your right and left arms at the same time.

  This completes one rep.

  Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with the knees slightly bent. Keeping your back flat, bend forward at the hip joint.

  Exhale and lift both arms to the side, maintaining a slight bend in the elbows and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Then, with control, lower the dumbbells back toward the ground.

  This completes one rep.

  Stand with your feet hip distance apart, arms by your sides, with a dumbbell in each hand. Engage your abs to create a stable base.

  Reach your left arm out to the side doing a lateral side raise until your arm is parallel to the floor, keeping a slight bend in your elbow. Simultaneously, bring your right hand toward your armpit by bending your right elbow out to the side. Return back to the starting position.

  Reach your right arm out to the side for a lateral side raise as you bring your left hand toward your armpit. Then, return back to the starting position.

  This counts as one rep.

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How to make remote working work


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Not too long ago, the concept of letting your employees work anywhere besides the office seemed like insanity.

How would you know whether they’re working or not?

Wouldn’t they be tempted by the sand and sea at their doorsteps?

The office is the best place for focused, productive work, no?

Today, these questions are asked far less frequently. Granted, many managers may still harbor the same doubts in their minds, but the success of several fully distributed companies (Buffer, Automattic, and Zapier immediately come to mind) have at least planted the possibility that, hey, it might actually work.

At Piktochart, we’ve chosen to go a third way: by being semi-distributed. This means that we do have headquarters — located on the sunny island of Penang — where some of us work. But at the same time, there are several team members (myself included) who work in the US, Argentina, Barcelona, Singapore, Melbourne, and most recently, Japan.

Going semi-distributed

It wasn’t always this way. Back in 2011, the early Piktochart team worked exclusively out of our headquarters in Penang.

Circumstances, however, caused our fearless leader and founder Ai Ching to reconsider this. A huge fraction of our users come from the USA, and she was inundated with customer service calls from this part of the world as late (or as early) as 2am.

As you can imagine, it was hard to keep up.

“[So] we started our hunt on Odesk — now Upwork — and found John, who is still with us today,” she recounts on Nerds, Piktochart’s internal blog.

Working in the Eastern Standard Time zone, John had the honor of being Piktochart’s first remote worker. With that came a new set of considerations:

“At that time, we did not quite know how to deal with remote workers,” she said, “and we hired them as freelancers for the first year and a half.” These freelancers had a ‘no strings attached’ relationship with Piktochart. “We would not have to think about including them in our Monday Mornings Meetings, getting their feedback via surveys, consider the perks of being in Piktochart for them, etc.”

The turning point came when our Head of Marketing, Marta, decided to head back to Europe after spending a year in the Penang office. She wanted to be closer to home, and Piktochart supported her. Ching knew that things would have to change going forward. “We then realized that there were two pressing challenges. We had to make sure that the remote workers truly felt like they were part of the team, and that the two groups were treated on an equal footing.”

Making remote working work

Since then, our remote team has grown rapidly. Working across five time zones, we’ve had our fair share of problems, but we’re happy to report that things have been working out well.

Constant feedback and incremental changes have played a huge part in bringing us to where we are today.

Naturally, the onus of making it work doesn’t fall solely on the company. A lot of the responsibility for staying healthy and happy falls on the remote worker him/herself, too.

Through the months and years spent hunting down reliable wifi sources and delicious coffee on-the-go, our team of globetrotters have learned a thing or two about how to make remote working, well, work.

Now, we’re here to spill those secrets. Some may seem more sophisticated than the rest, but make no mistake — every small tip and trick counts in ensuring a happy working life on the move.

Here we go.

1. Ensure clear work-life separation

Think that remote workers get less done? In reality, even with the abundant distractions that present themselves throughout the day, the opposite is more often true: we just can’t stop working, even after “office hours” are over.

Will Fanguy, Blog Editor

“Headphones = don’t talk to me. Even if I’m not listening to music or a sound generator like noizio, my family and the general public know that if the headphones are on, I am in DO NOT DISTURB mode. I don’t like to close the door to my office because it makes my dogs cry, but headphones are enough for me to stay in the zone.”

“Also, it’s important to set lunch and break times away from the computer. This one came from my wife. The quickest way to burn out is to never really stop working. Even a slow-burning candle is still burning. Take time away from work during the day. It gives you a chance to get a different perspective on something that might be holding you up.”

Marta Olszewska, Head of Marketing

“It is important to clearly define work spaces and working hours. Draw a line between working spaces and resting spaces. Have breakfast, take a shower, dress up properly (sometimes even put makeup) to get in the zone.”

“Because of the fact that half of my team is seven hours ahead, I need to start early. I tend to start answering my Slack messages from the bed, the bathroom, and so on. By the time I have my breakfast — muesli and coffee — in front of me, I’m already too far into my conversations and often neglect to eat. Then I find myself starving from 12 to 1pm with nothing in my fridge. Lesson learned: now I make sure I ALWAYS have breakfast before even thinking of turning on my devices.”

“It’s also crucial to get organized and implement a little routine that works for you. Because of my location (being between two time zones where most of my teammates are), I tend to communicate in the morning, focus on my stuff in the early afternoon, take a break, and start again when the Americas wake up. It naturally formed a routine that works for me.”

Romi Viola, Spanish Community Champion

“Find a balance between work and leisure time. Know when to unplug, for example, by turning off notifications from Slack on your phone and refraining from checking emails during night time (which is daytime in Penang, our headquarters).”

“Also, do not do housework while on duty. Sometimes, it’s hard to focus with a messy room, or knowing that there are people coming over later and the house isn’t very clean. If I can’t focus, I simply head to another location (there are a lot of cafes nearby) so I won’t waste time doing extra stuff. Focusing is major! I’ll always have time to clean later, but deadlines are more important on my list.”

Maxi Albella, Designer

“Adapt to a schedule and try to get used to it. Sometimes, we lose track and don’t have a clue as to how many hours we’ve worked that day. So, try to create a schedule so you don’t end up working more than you should. Making lists is another practical way to have your daily tasks organized. Because you are working with no one else around you, you can easily forget about what you have to do next.”

“And be sure to schedule in some exercise time. We spend too many hours in front of the computer — sometimes in uncomfortable positions, especially if you don’t have a desk and a comfortable chair. So I recommend to spend at least one or two hours exercising. Don’t forget to work your back, too. Also, it’s a good opportunity to go outside and get some daily rest.”

Cara, Customer Delight Champion

“Don’t feel the need to conform — stick to your own style and find out what you personally define as a routine. Having your very own routine or rhythm going allows for better focus, so that you stay organized throughout the day.”

2. Be well-equipped wherever you are

Whenever you’re lacking supplies in the office, all it takes is a short trip to the company storeroom (just ten steps away) to get yourself equipped.

Or, if you’re feeling bored, you can simply reach over and tap your colleague on the shoulder for a chat and a game of ping-pong.

Not so when your “office” spans more the entire world. Finding the right tools to use, a community to plug into, and so on are now your responsibility. Welcome to grown-up life.

Jacqueline Jensen, Community Evangelist

“Join Remote Year, or Hacker Paradise. I am part of Remote Year’s fourth cohort, and I couldn’t be more excited! Remote Year organizes a trip for a cohort of 75 professionals to travel alongside interesting people while working remotely. Applicants must already have a remote job — Remote Year is not a recruiter or placement agency. I will be spending six months in Europe and six months in South America starting June 1, 2016. Hacker Paradise is another great way to dip your toes into working remotely abroad without committing to the full year that Remote Year requires. The team organizes trips for remote works to places like Bali, Thailand, Tokyo, Barcelona, and Costa Rica. The team just added Porto, Portugal to their line-up.”

“ is also awesome for getting to know others in your community. Whether you are in your home city or traveling to a new city, their groups are everywhere, for any interest. I’ve attended meditation groups, found a documentary film screening, and learned to code all using”

“For the constant travelers: these compression cubes from Eagle Creek are my favorite travel item. They feature a compression zipper, which makes for more space savings than you ever thought possible. For a recent two-week trip to New York City, I packed t-shirts, pants, blouses, and dresses in my compression cube set. I am planning to get another set before I embark on 12 months of straight travel with just a carry-on bag.”

Will Fanguy, Blog Editor

“Use tools that make you want to work. I have notebooks and pens and pencils that I love to use, so I unpacked them first [we recently moved into a new house] because they make work more enjoyable. I also unpacked my desk “toys” early on and put stickers on my laptop soon after getting it. If I have things I like to use and a place I want to be, work is less of a chore and more of a thing I want to do.”

John, Customer Delight Champion

“I’ve learned the hard way to always have a backup plan for almost everything that can go wrong because it usually will at some time: lost internet connection, dead hard drive with all work-related items gone, etc.”

Daniel Tay, Content Strategist

“Get the best tools that you can afford. Anything cheaper will likely spoil quickly, especially if you are always traveling, and you’ll end up wasting precious time heading out to buy the same tool again, and again, and again. My Macbook Pro, Logitech Marathon M705 wireless mouse (Wirecutter’s top choice), and Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard have served me well over the years, and I believe they will continue to do so.”

3. Communicate often

One of the biggest arguments against having a semi- or fully-distributed team is that it will inevitably be harder to communicate well. To make up for that, remote workers need to communicate often, and better.

Romi Viola, Spanish Community Champion

“Find the best way to stay up-to-date with the buzz over at headquarters. Slack is very helpful; we also have Facebook and WhatsApp channels, and I check those every day as well. I miss having a lot of co-workers to socialize with, so I make do with these channels.”

“Plus, I get together with freelance and remote friends here in Cordoba in order not to miss the “office” vibe that much.”

Will Fanguy, Blog Editor

“Edit everything before you send it. Before! When you’re remote, so much of your communication is written. Even as a professional writer and editor, once we get into chat, I have a tendency to let my filter lapse. That’s not a great idea, especially when there are different time zones and cultures to consider. Make sure you read and re-read what you’ve written before you hit send. Then read it again after you hit send.”

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Shampoo commercial hair: Stylists share secrets from the set


We may never know how the ads above achieved those beautiful looks, but what are some techniques used in the industry?

TODAY Style decided to investigate and ask a few hair experts to share the secrets they've witnessed on set of various commercials.

Smoke and mirrors

Hairstylist Damon Givens has seen endless photo-shoot hacks. "Some examples include stapling hair into place, spraying hairspray on the brush instead of directly onto the hair, inserting Styrofoam balls to create shape, mixing glitter with gel to enhance light reflection and create the 'shiny hair' look, crinkling foil with heat to add texture or even using wooden sticks or textured cardboard to shape a bun," he shared.

And that boxed hair color? The results aren't remotely as instant as they may seem. "I personally have experienced boxed hair color productions where a colorist spends 2-5 hours making the color perfect," said Miguel Angarita, master colorist at mizu new york salon, who worked with a name-brand hair line on their commercial.

Hairstyle geography

Pay attention to shot positioning. "When a shampoo commercial model is laying on the ground and it appears as though she's got tons of hair, there is typically a large piece of cardboard attached to the middle of her head with extensions taped on," shared Sheenon Olson, celebrity stylist and creative director for ATMA Beauty.

That scene may be getting even more additional assistance. "This is often shot in front of a green screen while a guy in a green suit comes in and essentially moves the model's hair around to make it appear bouncy or windblown," said Olson.

The secrets of hair commercials revealed


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And those slow-motion flips take more than just fancy video editing. "In many shampoo commercials, a custom piece (that looks similar to a hockey stick) is used when the shampoo-commercial model is shot from behind flipping her hands through her hair," said Olson. "In the second before she puts her hand through her hair, an assistant will quickly flick the hair back with this piece — essentially ensuring that the hair moves evenly in a rounded shape, which is most attractive!"

The Beyoncé effect

"During hair commercials, the illusion of movement is faked by using huge fans. We call that the 'Beyoncé effect,'" said Angarita. Similarly, Angarita added, well-placed spotlights help create extreme shine and enviable light reflection.


The volume and body you see in commercials may not have been created with any hair product at all!

"One secret I have been using for years is to rinse hair with rice water," said celebrity hair stylist Peter Lamas.

To make the rice water, Lamas said he boils 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water for about 15 minutes before removing the rice and saving the water in a bottle. Allow the water to cool completely before use. Squeeze out any excess rice water out, then apply a hydrating oil to damp hair. Dry it with a hair dryer, focusing on the roots using with a large round brush to create more volume, he advised

"The rice water is filled with vitamins and proteins and the natural starches act similarly to a setting lotion without weighing hair down," Lamas explained.

And that's not the only pantry item on set. "Olive oil spray is often used to make the hair really shiny," Olson said.

So, it seems like some on-set secrets can be used in real life ... if you don't mind using a salad-dressing ingredient in your hair.

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Paris Fashion Week AW16


Dries van Noten AW16

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The Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten, occupies a particularly adored place in the heart of all true fashion magpies. For his new AW16 collection he offered his acolytes a reassuringly signature proposition, but one which was no less inventive for it.

The fashion world is full of cults: aesthetic bands around which those with exacting taste can find anchor and style solidarity. There's nothing like an avant garde offering to inspire collective individualism.

But, oh, to live in a world curated by Dries Van Noten: your estate would be extensive, your elaborate garden would be eclectically perfect, your hair artistically unkempt, your chief abode a carefully curated work of objets d'art. Heavy-hued drapes would frame your person as you lay, lingering on your damask chaise longue, drenched in a vintage silk robe, sipping on honey-sweetened tea, quietly contemplating fracking and your concerns over Brexit.

Perhaps you're in the throes of a heady love affair: then be reassured you're au courant. For winter Van Noten took his cue from the decadent passions of Edwardian aesthetes the Marchesa Casati and Gabriele d’Annunzio, unveiling a collection which drew in eccentric tropes from British and European aristocracy, all set to a poetic, if slightly sinister, soundtrack featuring a beating heart.

There were excellently over-the-top fuzzy leopard coats, trousers and jackets (all pleasingly faux), burgundy velvet ankle boots with curved bronze heels, lashings of purple (which is shaping up to be the key hue for next season), pearls woven into lattice string vests, prep school striped pyjamas as well as blazers complete with heraldic insignia (a little too accurate and tense-making if one actually went to a prep school) and deliciously chunky oversized Arran knits. Loosely shaped midi skirts and wide leg trousers were fashioned from Prince of Wales check wool, clutch bags were ornately feathered, satisfyingly large chunks of coloured gem jewellery were worn against simpler black tops to great effect. And obviously, there were sequins and intricate heavy beaded embellishments. All ideal for anyone who would aspire to the epitaph, "age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety."Read more at:formal dresses uk


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Flirting with Ava Gardner


‘She was a little drunk, and I thought I might have a shot with her’: Taki, on Ava Gardner.

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It was 1958. I was 20 years old and playing on the tennis circuit. I was good, or at least good for Greece, and it was a charmed life. I played in the Caribbean and along the Riviera, but my favourite tournament was in Barcelona. I liked the surface and played well there.

Tennis in those days was a lot like society. The top players would warm up with the “rabbits”, as they referred to us – like aristocrats talking to gamekeepers – while the middle-ranking players stuck to each other, like the middle classes. All the players were very friendly to each other – there was none of the modern crap with coaches and everyone sticking to their own teams all the time.

It was also very sociable. I had gone into tennis basically to meet girls. Most of the tournaments, apart from Wimbledon and the French Open, were played in country clubs. They were full of girls who would come along to watch you play, which was an opening to talk to them.

One night in Barcelona, the group of Spaniards we were with invited us out to the flamenco, and then someone asked if I wanted to be introduced to Ava Gardner. Of course I did. She was the most beautiful woman ever, and a top star. The nightclub was full of smoke. It was a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie. She was also a little drunk and I thought I might have a shot with her. She was in her late 30s and I was in my early 20s. Sadly she was there because she was having an affair with Luis Miguel Dominguín, the greatest bullfighter of all time, who was so good-looking. There was no chance for me.

She thought I was Spanish because I was dark and suntanned, and asked if I was a bullfighter.

“Matador?” she asked.

“No,” I replied.




“No. Señora Gardner, yo soy jugador de tenis.”


“Miss Gardner, just because I play tennis doesn’t mean I am gay.”

She laughed. She had asked it very politely. She was a good southern girl, and in Spain at that time tennis had a reputation as being quite a girly sport. When I got back to my group, they all laughed, too.

I never met her again. Of all the beautiful women and movie stars I have met, she stands out: friendly and flirty and so, so pretty.

The following year was The Dangerous Summer, the bullfights that Hemingway covered for Life magazine. They were good days.

Many years later, in 1984, I was living in Cadogan Square in London and used to go running in Hyde Park. Ava lived in Ennismore Gardens at the time and I saw her walking her dog. But I didn’t want to go up to her. She was old and she looked pretty tired. I admired her so much. I didn’t want to bother her.Read more at:celebrity dresses


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