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15 September 2014

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THE LETTER: SEPTEMBER


HELLO,  READERS!
First of all there will be no article from Unique fashion week. I accidently caught the cold and I wasn't able to go at events. I am sorry.

I guess all of you have seen updates on the site like our new about page, layout and subscribe. We're growing so fast, all thanks to you!

Our tumblr is now broadcasting all the best from fashion weeks. Check it out! Link is in our sidebar!

And something about our new category Style Log by Kyle! Kyle is very good in writing about style and his articles are helping you to find great style! Stay tuned, more articles to go!


I need a help!

What editors should do:

  • searching for potential writers, contacting them
  • doing pr(mostly commenting on blogs)
  • redacting articles(making them look like this)
  • posting at our tumblr blog
What ML will do for you:
  • you can ask for accreditation as ML Mag editor on fashion events
  • your name will be in our about page
  • you can publish your articles
  • we will write for you recomendation letter, if you'll need one
  • no money sorry its freelance project
How to apply: 
  • Send to nastyakono@gmail.com your name, age and why you want be our editor
  • I will contact you as soon as possible!


Ml is very thankful for all support! 


9 September 2014

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Fashion is an investment, and clothes are like relationships


Fashion is an investment, and clothes are like relationships
This is something I've come to realize throughout the years. In the same way you invest your time and energy into your friendships and relationships, you invest your money into the things that you purchase, and it's only natural that you expect something in return. After all, relationships are two-sided and it's always a "give and take". When it comes to clothes, the thing we should expect from them at the very least is versatility and long-term use. That is why we need to pick and choose which pieces to invest a lot of money in, and which pieces we can get at a cheaper price and lower quality.

Think of it this way. There are some people in our lives that are mere acquaintances because they do not give us anything substantial or beneficial in the long-term, so we pass by them in the halls and say "hi" but that's as far as it goes, because ultimately they have no further use for us. Thinking about it in terms of clothing and accessories, these are the pieces that are trendy and seasonal, which means they come and go in the blink of an eye and so we do not necessarily need to invest a lot of money into them. It's okay to purchase pieces like these at a lower price even if it means that they will tear or break easily, because by that time they're probably out of style anyway. It's just like giving your acquaintances a little bit of your time but not too much, because once the fun runs out, they disappear from your life eventually.

The same principle can be applied to people that are close to you, such as your friends, boyfriends, and families. It's okay to invest so much time, effort, and energy into those relationships because they are durable, long-lasting, and will be beneficial to you for your entire life. These are like the clothes and accessories that are classic and timeless, which means you'll be able to wear them throughout all seasons in a long time to come. Investing a lot of money into these kinds of things is worth it, because in return you are receiving years and years of use. A $50 cardigan, for example, might seem a tad bit overpriced, but if you think about it in the long run, it is actually worth every penny because you will still be able to wear it 10, 20, and even 30 years from now.

To put it simply in "designer" language:


"A limited edition Louis Vuitton Miroir Speedy might seem like a good choice of purchase, but in the end, you'll realize that a classic Monogram Neverfull might just be the better option."

1 September 2014

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Getting rid of the habit of wearing black



A lot of people have e-mailed me telling me how much my blog and my Mode Lab articles inspire them to want to wear bold patterns and prints. The problem is, a lot of them feel hesitant about doing so because they are so used to wearing black and don't know how to wear anything else besides that. 
If you ask me, I'd say that getting rid of the habit of wearing black is like giving up smoking.


Wearing black has become such an ingrained habit nowadays that people seldom strive to try anything "new" anymore. In fact, wearing black is almost as addictive as nicotine.

When we smoke cigarettes, we experience a certain feeling of calmness. Similarly, when we wear black, we get a familiar comforting feeling because we all know that "no one can go wrong with basic black". And it's true -- black always makes us look confident and sophisticated.



However, if you are a fashion-conscious human being (if you're not, you're reading the wrong blog), then I
 must urge you to step out of your comfort zone and experiment a little more with new things.

Giving up "black" is like giving up cigarettes -- you have to take it one day at a time. Don't go into shock by suddenly thrusting yourself into the world of colors and prints. Instead, start slow by incorporating subtle pops of color into your outfits by wearing colored accessories, bags, and shoes. After a couple of months of doing this, you will start to feel more comfortable with colors and be able to wear dresses, cardigans, and jeans in bright and bold hues. Once you've grown accustomed to doing this, you will then start to feel excited about mixing and matching different prints and colors together.





Much like giving up cigarettes, however, there will always be a time where you'll experience a period of withdrawal and go back to wearing the black that you love so much. The good thing about it is that when that time comes, your desire to wear black will merely be a "want" instead of a "need", which means you'll be perfectly comfortable to wear other colors too depending on your mood.


I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I personally find it boring how designers often use black as the predominant color in their collections. Since "everyone looks good in black", isn't it kind of a cheap cop-out to resort to this ancient method of looking good? 
It's like you're admitting to yourself that you do not have a good sense of style or eye for fashion because you only wear something that you know would look good on everyone else too.

BY: KYLE RODRIGUEZ

FROM: The Stylish Bipolar 

(http://www.thestylishbipolar.com/)


MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR




25 August 2014

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Indian Fashion Part 1-Different Variations of the Indian Salwar Kameez




Indian Fashions can be confusing. Between the salwar kameez, shalwar kameez, churidars and parallel suits, it is sometimes hard to know exactly what you want.



Traditional Salwar Kameez

Traditional suit consisting of three pieces: a loose fitting, drawstring pajama like pant, a long, tunic style shirt and a long, complimenting or matching scarf. It is generally accepted that the kameez should come below the knee to the mid-calf region. The kameez is usually fitted throughout the shoulder and bust area and loose from the hips down to the hem. Side walking vents (splits) are added to both sides. Bollywood Fashion (Bollywood is the movie industry of India) tends to depict the salwar kameez with a tight, fitted look along the shoulders and bust areas. Most everyday wearers opt for a bit more room in their suits for comfort and mobility.
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Churidar Kameez Suit
The kameez in this suit is like the traditional salwar kameez suit however, the bottoms are cut close and tight to the leg with a good deal extra length added so the material will wrinkle up around your ankle. This style of pant is called Churidar after the Hindi word for bangles Churi.
Parallel Suit
Parallel suits are an updated version of the salwar kameez,  very popular among the younger generations of Indian women and many Non-Indian women as well. They are also known as a trouser suit or pant suit in Indian fashion clothing. They usually consist of the same three pieces found in a salwar kameez suit; however, this style of suit can be found without a dupatta as well. The difference between the parallel suit and salwar kameez suit is in the cut and style of the parallel suit. It features a trouser like fit through the hips and thighs and can either be straight down to the ankle like a trouser/pant or it can have a slightly flared leg similar to a boot cut pant. The flare can also be very wide depending on the individual suit and  suit wearer’s taste. The most popular choice at this time is the slightly flared look. The pant is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The top is much shorter than a traditional kameez, and is usually worn above the knee or at hip level. These suits can also be sleeveless, with thin straps, or compeletly strapless depening on the design.


Pajami Style Suit
This style suit is very similar to the churidar suit because it features the same long kameez. The difference is that the pajama (bottoms) does not have as much length in the lower leg and does not wrinkle around the ankle. It is a very slim fitting leg look.

















Afghani Suit
This style suit is basically the same as a salwar kameez suit as it consists of the same three pieces. The difference lies in the cut and style of the suit. The salwars are very loose, featuring a many pleated look. The salwar is very baggy and is often embroidered along the leg or ankle. The kameez is shorter than a traditional suit, ranging from mid-thigh to above the knee. This suit can be sleeveless.


Indo-West Fusion
This term is often used to describe salwar kameez (shalwar kameez) suits that combine both Indian and Western styles and designs.  The parallel suit (as described above) is a good example of Indo-West Fusion and these two terms are often used interchangeably.



















Kurti or Kurta Kameez
Kurti and Kurta are words used to often describe a shorter tunic style shirt. These terms are often used to describe the Parallel Suit. This is very popular and is worn with leggings.




















Patiala Suits or Punjabi Suits

This style suit is famous in the state of Punjab is a type of female trousers which has its roots in Patiala City in the Northern region of Punjab state in India. The King of Patiala in earlier times had its Royal dress as Patiala Salwar. It  has a close resemblance to the pathani Suit which has similar loose lowers as salwars and long knee length top known as kameez. Over the decade the dress now is not worn by men but has classically transformed itself with new cuts and styling into women's Patiala salwar.
The reason why the patiala dress is preferred by most of the women of Punjab and other regions of Northern India is its comfortability and durability in summers. Since the patiala salwar is very loose and stitched with pleats its a very comfortable outfit to wear. Its distinguishing characteristic is folds of cloth stitched together that meet at the bottom. Patiala salwars require double the length of material to get stitched. The fall of the pleats of the Patiala salwar is such that it gives a beautiful draping effect.




Anarkali Suit

It is a combination of a long kurta and bottoms that are usually in the form of a churidar. The kurta is fitted on the bust and normally features large pleats flowing around the legs like an umbrella.
Anarkali dresses owe their name to Anarkali, a famous courtesan in the court of the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. The story of Anarkali is famous because of her affair with the Emperor's Son Salim, that ended in tragedy when Anarkali was buried alive behind a wall. This style is immortalised by her.
The styling of the dress has evolved over time, with trends ranging from floor lengths to normal length ones that end below the knees. Some newer Anarkali Salwar suits are short to suit the modern generation.


 Each Salwaar Kameez is a Rich Fashion and Historical Tradition of its Own !





AUTHOR: Mary Anthony

16 August 2014

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The Purple Lipstick



Today I'm going to talk about one of the more controversial shades when it comes to makeup -- The Purple Lipstick.
This seems to be one of those things that people either love or hate, so today I want all of your opinions regarding this trend.

I've seen a lot of models and celebrities rocking purple lips and I personally have always thought it looked cool. Purple lipstick looks quirky, daring, and a little avant garde. 

But is purple lipstick better suited for the runways and high fashion magazines? To be honest, my immediate answer to this question was going to be "yes". However, I remembered that I started my fashion blog to show and prove to people that there are no rules when it comes to fashion, and that you can make anything work if you try. So what better way to put my idea to the test than by buying myself a purple lipstick (or two) and trying it out for myself? I ended up buying these lip tints from EXCEL Paris, two of which are purple (one dark and one light).

Here are some photos of me wearing the lighter shade (second one from the left in the above photo).


What do you think? Personally, I feel like I can make it work. I think one of the most common "problems" that people face when it comes to purple lipstick is that oftentimes it can make you look like you're dying from hypothermia lol.

Because of this, I came up with some simple solutions to avoid suffering from this dilemma.

1) Add color to your face using a little bit of bronzer. The goal here is to look a bit tan and avoid looking pale as much as possible to avoid having that "Corpse Bride" look.

2) Sweep a small amount of blush onto your cheeks just to give yourself that "flushed" aura and a livelier vibe.

3) Choose the right shade of purple. If you have a tan complexion like I do, choose a brighter and lighter shade, whereas if you have a paler skin tone, go for a darker purple. Doing this creates contrast and prevent you from having that dull look.


So now, ask me that question again. Is purple lipstick strictly for magazines and fashion shows? My answer is "NO".

Like I said, you can wear anything you want (be it clothes, accessories, makeup, etc.) and make it work as long as you tailor it to suit your style and your personal look. Of course, confidence is a must! I know that's a very typical thing to say, but it really is true. When you're confident, you can make anything look fierce.

How about you? What do you think of purple lipstick? Yay or nay? Do you think it looks okay on me?

*Fashion tip: Purple lipstick will look especially nice when combined with edgier outfits.

x
BY: KYLE RODRIGUEZ
FROM: The Stylish Bipolar (http://itsthekyliebabii.blogspot.com)

6 August 2014

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Futuristic Jewellery with a Social Cause



Stunning and beautiful ALBEDONITE Stones are the jewellery of the future, featuring as one of the finalists in The Wowcracy Endless Fashion Week these are designed by a very talented designer Elena Corchero.





Elena Corchero

Elena Corchero is a 'Technology Artisan' a term coined by her specialising in smart materials, electronics for wearables and new prototyping technologies. Her work has earned many international awards, exhibitions and publications. She studied Fine Arts in Spain, specialised in Interactive design in Germany, and is an alumni of MA Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in London and a former MIT Media Lab Europe researcher.
In 2008 Elena founded her studio Lost Values in London to focus her work and research on the use of new technologies to challenge the role of an artisan, sustainability responsibilities and the multidisciplinary integration between science and art.
Many of her projects have evolved into innovative brands such as LFLECT, reflective wool products locally sourced and produced, ZIPPYKIT, designing smart materials educational toys, and ECOLORIUM an environmental brand that contributes to Skin Cancer Research.


Project ECOLORIUM



The ECOLORIUM House is a British brand of luxury lifestyle products, recently awarded at Enjoia't Contemporary Jewellery Competition, and it is the third smart-materials brand developed by STUDIO LOST VALUES - The smart twist of sustainable design - Founded by Technology Artisan Elena Corchero.An Eco-Friendly lover will definitely love to wear the beautiful ALBEDONITE a cultivated stone with shades of white crystals and a subtle appearance of Rose Quartz. These stones have a very peculiar behaviour they reveal their colourful nature a bright buzzing fuchsia when exposed to UV rays. This change can bring to our attention the dramatic and dangerous invisible changes of Global Warming.
There is a very special cause attached to this wonderful project:
 
For every piece purchased online you contribute with donations to Melanoma Skin Cancer Research. Hence join in changing the future with this innovative Jewellery!

You can pre order the project here:-
http://www.wowcracy.com/en/lab/user/13831/project/1213




AUTHOR: Mary Anthony

FROM: Beautilicious Freaks 

31 July 2014

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: "PRINT IS THE NEW BLACK"

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There is a huge difference between "dressing well" and being "fashionable". In my opinion, just because you dress nicely does not automatically mean that you are stylish. Being fashionable means being daring and trying out new things, and most importantly, it involves thinking outside the box.


Gone are the good ol' days when basic black was everyone's favorite go-to outfit. Now, clothes are becoming more and more vibrant -- prints, patterns, and colors are worn together to create striking ensembles. Basically, the bolder, the better!



I used to be the type of person who almost always wore black. To me, black was classy and chic. While that may still be true today, people are becoming more and more competitive in the world of fashion and somewhere along the way, style has evolved into something more eye-catching and daring.

When the TV show Gossip Girl first came out, the first thing I noticed was the characters' wardrobe choices. Let's face it, we all watched that show mostly because it provided a lot of style inspirations in the form of Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen.





What I noticed about the characters of Gossip Girl back then was that even though they each had their own personal style, they all had one thing in common: their clothes were always bold and colorful, which was part of the reason they attracted so much attention. Gossip Girl characters are perfect examples of mixing and matching done right.

As soon as I realized this, I started experimenting more with colors and various prints, and the rest is history (or so they say). While wearing simple black and white outfits will always be something I'll go back to every once in a while, I must say that I prefer wearing a creative mixture of patterns and different colors.

I deeply encourage all of you to be more experimental when it comes to fashion because ultimately, that's what it's all about -- fun, creativity, and expression.




Someone asked a friend of mine recently for ideas on what she could pair with her new floral leggings. My friend responded, telling her that "a plain black top or plain white top" was the only option.

This somehow saddened me because as much as I love my friend, I realized how narrow-minded some people still are when it comes to fashion. Now, please don't take this the wrong way. I am not saying that my friend has no sense of style. I'm just merely pointing out that a lot of people become complacent when it comes to picking out their clothes, and they no longer try to think outside the box.

If you ask me what you could pair with floral leggings, my answer to you would be an endless list of possibilities: Perhaps a leather jacket? Or a striped sweater? Or maybe polka dots? Stripes? Or a white top, yellow top, blue top, green top, red top, etc.? Like I said, the possibilities are endless. Definitely not just a white or black top.



With my blog, I really hope I can inspire people to become more creative when it comes to picking out their outfits. If you're not comfortable wearing so many prints all at once, maybe you can try mixing and matching colors first? There is no hard-and-fast rule on what works and what doesn't. The key here is to experiment with different things and various combinations until you find what looks good on you.

I do understand that everyone has their own personal style, and not everybody will like the whole "print on print" trend. My aim here is not to force you all to wear things that you don't want to. I only want to inspire you to not go beyond the norm.

In life, you're given a choice. Do you choose to be plain and blend in with the rest of the crowd? Or will you choose to be daring, unique, innovative, and be remembered?

After all, nobody ever made their mark in history by playing it safe.



BY: KYLE RODRIGUEZ
FROM: The Stylish Bipolar 
(http://itsthekyliebabii.blogspot.com)


30 July 2014

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GIVEAWAY IS OVER




Congrats, Lucy! We contacted you by email!
Our giveaway has gained a lot of attention. Thanks a lot!
Thats why we decided to do it once a month or two. You'll find it on our Facebook page. (Its brand new page- https://www.facebook.com/modelabmag )

Tomorrow we'll be glad to publish first and amazing article of our new writer Kyle! Don't forget to read it!

 P.S. We change our commenting back to google. Disqus is not good for our blog-magazine.

7 July 2014

HELLO, READER! IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME

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Its my honor to open new version of Mode Lab Mag with great giveaway.


YOU CAN WIN WHOLE NEW OUTFIT BY VARIANTA!


VARIANTA IS NEW MANUFACTURE CLOTHES BRAND FROM CZECH REPUBLIC. 


AND TAKE PART IN OUR GIVEAWAY


1. LIKE VARIANTA'S FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK 
2. FOLLOW ON TWITTER
3. COMMENT UNDER THIS POST WITH YOUR FB NAME, 
TWITTER ID AND EMAIL

OR USE RAFFLECOPTER



a Rafflecopter giveaway


YOU CAN HAVE FREE CLOTHES THAT COST ALMOST 70$

PS. IF YOU DON`T ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, DON`T COMMENT. IT'S CONFUISING. THANK YOU
AND CONTACT FORM IS NOT FOR COMMENTING.

16 June 2014

[EDITOR`S LETTER] MODE LAB 2 LVL


Hello, readers! With increasing numbers of followers we need to do rebranding next week. Rebranding will not be limited with new layout but also new ideas to make our project better. 


Two groups of writers: 

First group is for everyone that sends us their articles. But day by day amount of articles are increasing with unbelievable speed. So now all posts have to be edited and maybe we won’t be able to publish your post.

Second group is for our full-time writers who will write about topics we choose for them or about they want and it will 100% be published. Their names will be shown in sidebar. And they will have page on our blog with contacts and links so people can always find them on social sites. To be our full time writer you need to answer few questions and send us one article about everything.


Photographers are welcome:

Photographers who wants to promote their work can send us three or more photos in good quality with link on their website. 


ISSUE magazine: 

On September we start to work with new format. Every three months we will choose the best articles and photo posts and combine it to one issue magazine.


NO outfit posts:

Several times our editors found in our email few outfit posts. So I should warn you: WE DON’T PUBLISH POSTS WITH ONLY OUTFIT PHOTOS! If you want to share your super cool taste, you can change it to article. How? Choose one key-thing of your outfit. And tell us how to combine it in more outfits.  

DIY category:

DIY posts are great! 


TO OPEN NEW FACE OF MODE LAB WE WILL DO GIVEAWAY NEXT WEEK! 


We won’t tell you all the ideas. Let it surprise you. 


Thank you for being interested in our project. 


MODE LAB TEAM


6 June 2014

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[Mary Anthony] Indian Belle at Cannes : Sonam Kapoor




There have been quite a few Diva's Wowing at the Cannes this year and one of them is definitely The Official Indian Beauty, Ambassador of International Brand L'Oreal and a Fashionista in her own right: Sonam Kapoor.


AUTHOR: Mary Anthony

FROM: Beautilicious Freaks



27 May 2014

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HODA KATEBI: THE REAL MONSTERS IN YOUR CLOSET


So I guess our childhood fears were warranted, after all~
But unfortunately, the real thing is much more terrifying than anything my imagination could have constructed and placed in my closet...



A recent investigation launched by Greenpeace East Asia found that "hazardous chemicals have been found in children's clothes and shoes made by major brands including Disney, Burberry, and Adidas" that are not only being washed into waterways across the world and contaminating drinking water, but are also dangerous to the children wearing their clothing! Such "little monsters" hiding in the clothes in children's closets have the ability to enter our bloodstream and do anything from promoting tumor growth to altering hormones and mutating reproductive organs! Now that's something to really fear for!

Disney, American Apparel/Primark, GAP, and Addidas are already on the Boycott List (we're on top of our game! c; ) (also p.s. now that I so conveniently put the link here for you, so you might as well take a look!), but for this detoxing campaign specifically, there is more you can do that just boycotting these brands! Let's take active action to end their usage of these toxic chemicals in their children's clothing! 



(Photo via Greenpeace, toxic chemical waste via GAP)

Educate yourself! Interested in the deets? Check out Greenpeace's full report here!
Also, get the list of all the brands that have committed to detox--and those that need a bit more...pressure c; here!

 Tell these brands to clean up and detox now!





Sign the Manifesto! 
Join the global movement and add your name to the list of people who care about fashion and ethics! 
http://check it out and sign here! bit.ly/1mAxP8B

Spread the Word! 
The more people that take action, the more pressure we can put on these companies! Blog/share/tweet/email/talk about this issue! Already with your support Burberry, Zara, H&M, and others have agreed to detox, with the latest brand committing to detox on February 10th, 2014!Hooray! Let's keep this momentum going! 

Together, let's make these toxic monsters just as imaginary our childhood fears~ 

<(") 


Hoda is an Iranian activist and fashion blogger from Oklahoma going to school in Chicago. Her blog, JooJoo Azad, meaning "Free Bird" in Farsi, is filled with photography of personal style and discussions on social-responsibility within the fashion industry. Warning: this site is more than just pretty pictures. 

You can find her on her blogFacebok pageTwitter, or Instagram.

8 May 2014

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Mary Anthony: Killing it At The Met Ball 2014



The big night has come and gone and we have seen a lot of amazingly dressed attendees capturing our attention with dressy gowns, rebels who wore short dresses, some risqué style and gentlemen behaviour Oh! and also to mention a lot of PDA going on *blush*
Lets take a look at the fashion event of the year MET GALA 2014 !
AUTHOR: Mary Anthony 

6 May 2014

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Hoda Katebi: EASING INTO BUYING FROM PHILANTHROPIC BRANDS

As a student in Chicago, I have yet to see the weather warm up yet (I don’t think this city understands the concept of “spring”)! I’m mostly keeping warm with one of my favorite pieces—a light sweater (also a perfect transitioning piece from winter to spring!). But spring sweaters only provide external warmth and happiness—however will I keep my insides warm!?
The obvious solution--buying from socially-responsible philanthropic brands! There are thousands of brands that not only create their products from completely fair-trade and eco-friendly materials, but also donate much of their profits to a noble cause--everything from animal welfare to combating human trafficking and child labor! (See? Aren't you warming up already?) c;

Using a spring sweater as the starting point, the three boards below are created from stores that are not on the Boycott List (see I told you you can be fashionable without shopping at J.Crew or Gap!) and then have one additional item from a philanthropic brand! 

You don't have to be dressed head-to-toe in philanthropic clothing, but even having just one or two little things from a company that is supporting a great cause can make a difference--both to your outfit/happiness and to people around the world! 


But you're probably thinking "oh gosh this is probs super expensive tho" because we think (okay fine it's kind of true, too) that most charitable and socially-responsible companies are also way out of our budget--we're so used to the cheap clothes brought to us by exploitation and child labor. But with just a bit of looking you can find all-around amazing organizations that have designed and created beautiful and affordable pieces! And here, I already did the looking for you--all you need to do is sit back and enjoy (and support them!)~ 
Lush, an all-around amazing brand, not only creates all of its hand-made products ethically with natural and healthy ingredients, but is also incredibly philanthropic! In fact all of the profits from the purchase of their Charity Pot lotion goes directly towards small, grassroots organizations globally. They've already donated 350+ charities around the world that are helping with everything from environmental conservation to animal welfare!

Check out their Charity Pot Lotion (from only $5.95-$22.95) and read more about its work here: 

Hand crafted by Cambodians who are from underprivileged backgrounds or suffering from disabilities, 10% of proceeds from the Brave Collection bracelets are donated toward fighting human trafficking. So not only are you helping create jobs in Cambodia for people who would otherwise be denied work, you're also helping in the fight against a horrible human right violation!

Check out the Brave Collection ($38.00) here: http://thebravecollection.com/pages/shop

This statement Sunburst Necklace is handmade by artisans in India who even helped during the design process--in fact Mata Traders employs a team of 600+ Indian artisans who are heavily involved in the entire production process! Moreover the organization takes a prominent role in fighting poor child labor laws in India!

Check out the Sunburst necklace (also available in yellow!) ($32.00) here:  http://www.matatraders.com/handmade-necklace/sunburst-necklace-white/prod_809.html

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See? Buying socially responsible pieces that give back are not only easy and make you feel (and look!) good, but they are also affordable for most budgets (the total range of these items are from $5.95-$38.00)! Just their presence on the sets above just lifted the whole mood of the mood board (yes, trust me, if you took them off the whole board got dark and gloomy), and warmed them up--inside and out, and I'm sure they will do the same for you! c;

Also, if you didn't like my picks be sure to check out their site anyway--they all have quite a variety of do-good items! 

Hope you have a lovely day, and thanks for reading! 

<(‘)

AUTHOR:
Hoda is an Iranian activist and fashion blogger from Oklahoma going to school in Chicago. Her blog, JooJoo Azad, meaning "Free Bird" in Farsi, is filled with photography of personal style and discussions on social-responsibility within the fashion industry. Warning: this site is more than just pretty pictures. 
You can find her on her blogFacebok pageTwitter, or Instagram

3 May 2014

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Mary Anthony: Expectations from THE MET GALA 2014

Waiting impatiently for this year's biggest event can also term it as 'The Fashion Oscars' which is just a few days away from now coinciding with Cinco de Mayo : The MET GALA 2014 !



So what is it that makes it so special this year?

First Lady Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon on the exhibit—and Anna Wintour's gallery—the morning of May 5th. She will also speak at the ceremony, but it's unclear if she'll attend the gala.
This year's exhibit will honour Charles James: Beyond Fashion, a great American couturier. Nearly every important work of James' career will be on display, spanning his career from the early '20s to the late '70s. This is the first single-designer show since 2011's ode to Alexander McQueen.

The Cost of Fashion
But the actual news is this year the attendees will have to shell out a little more from their deep pockets as the tickets are costing a whopping $25,000. 

Strict Dress Code 
And the Oh so Immaculate Dress Code this year : The White Tie and Decorations 
Its a total Vintage Royal theme. A surge of evening gloves and jewelled themed gowns are expected from the ladies. French glovemakers Perrin Paris are expected to cover the digits of a number of attendees. As for the men A black tailcoat, a waistcoat, a wing-collared shirt, and white bow tie,bonus accessory to keep an eye out for: Top hats. What makes me curious is to see the 'Decoration' part, I'm guessing some medals or something like a State Affairs event style (would be interesting). So there will be hardly any room for the worst dressed this year, just Ladies n Gentlemen's !

The Expected Attendees So Far

   Prada: Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Dockery
   Prabal Gurung: Zoe Saldana
   Givenchy: Amanda Seyfried
   J. Mendel: Taylor Swift
   Diane von Furstenberg: Margot Robbie, Olivia Munn
   Tommy Hilfiger: Zooey Deschanel
Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz will be in attendance with a mystery celebrity, and not with in house model Emma Stone. Other guests include Jessica Chastain, Emilia Clarke, Naomi Watts, Jessica Pare, Allison Williams, and current cover girl Kim Kardashian.

Let's wait with bated breath for the Most Royal Turnout Event of this Year (till then let me polish my Etiquette!)


AUTHOR: Mary Anthony 

30 April 2014

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Pauline V: TARTAN PEAS

The most surprising thing in fashion is the way everything comes back one day. The sixties have now a new youth. Good bye bad collections of the 60’s and hello new one of2010 inspired of 1960. Good bye bad joining colors from the 80’s and hello beautiful color-block looks! Winter 2013-2014 knows also the comeback of a vintage piece of fashion: the tartan. You can say “Ew, tartan seriously?” Yes, but don’t be worried about, it has been reworked. You probably saw it on Podium or in streets, the tartan were everywhere!  Dress, tie, coat, skirt etc… 
  
Saint Laurent’s winter 2013-2014 collection

And if you want to be really fashionable, to wink at last winter’s trend, get married this year and ask for a Tartan wedding cake, isn’t it lovely ? 

Too good to eat – designers cake
Does it seems so bad? And if you’re still not convinced, Spring is soon here so you may prefer flowers and veil like Elie Saab or Giambattista Valli collection.

  

      Elie Saab                                                    Giambattista Valli



AUTOR: PAULINE V


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29 April 2014

Mary Anthony: From Saree to Saree-Gown: The Drape Story

The age when I started playing dress up with my mom's clothes there was only one thing that I was obsessed with 'Saree' yes the six yard drape that is worn in a traditional as well as fashionable way in India one can call it as the National Symbol in Fashion, its sexy, elegant and mesmerizing! I couldn't drape it then so I used to just round it up my waist and wear all the colourful bangles, bindi, makeup and necklace and feel like a perfect 'Indian Princess' to amuse me further my mom used to click pictures of me in that attire and I would happily pose. She always has a huge collection so it was a different 'Saree' everyday! Well I know how to drape it now and still pose in it (Old habits die hard!)
AUTOR: Mary Anthony