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It’s a lot easier to recreate than you think, explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Steph Brinkerhoff. It’s best to start on wavy or second-day hair to give the look added texture. It also doesn’t hurt to spray a little hairspray or spray wax in it beforehand to add a little grip and grunge. Here’s how to get the look…  

1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.

2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.

3. Repeat on the opposite side.

4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.

5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.

6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun. 

7. Secure with bobby pins.

Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!

Article published in partnership with Latest-Hairstyles.com and Steph Brinkerhoff 

 

These mini fashion-bloggers-to-be may not be dressing themselves, but they know exactly how to work their looks. From babies in beanies to toddlers in tiny boots, here are 10 fashionable tots  to follow on Instagram.

 

 

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Meyhem makes paper dresses with the help of her mom, at the age of five she has even landed a collection with J.crew!

Follow @2sisters_angie

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Little Kyan’s hat collection could rival any well-dressed adult’s.
Follow @jetaimekyan

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Four  year old Rylee already has her own style staples: sunglasses and black booties.

Follow her mom @kelli_murray

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Little Genesis is another four-year-old trendsetter with perfect poses down pat.

Follow @miss_gabby_13

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From her mini Louis Vuitton bags to her tiny Chanel flats, this is one designer diva in the making.
Follow @babyellestyle

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Cute! Cute! Cute! That’s all we have to say about this little man.

Follow @deegstyle 

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Stella loves patterns, from birds to bananas to lipstick pouts.
Follow @lindseybelle

 

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little Alonso has style for days thanks to his stylist mom.

Follow @luisafere

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How cute is this little one? We love her style and her round sunglasses are oh so glam!

Follow @stylebythoi

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We’re loving the outfits from @jilljose, especially the mini Kimono.

 

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This Valentine’s Day, plan a really hot date. And no, it doesn’t involve Champagne, chocolate or cheesy Hallmark cards. Nope, it’s with your colorist. When many people think of Valentine’s Day,  the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy color scheme. Why not fully embrace the spirit of the holiday and rock holiday-appropriate hair? Use the day as an excuse to get creative with romantic colors, whether they be a trendy lavender, pop of bubblegum pink, or swoon-worthy crimson.

Get ready to be wowed by these amazing shades of pink, purple and red. Pastel colors are really on trend right now, and, after all, what girl doesn’t like pink? There are so many pretty shades! Take a look at these inspiring and unique hairstyles, and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your ideal hair color for valentines day.

 

 

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When you’re wearing something new, something you love, or something that felt completely out of your comfort zone but makes you look a million bucks, you want to turn heads. But, that feeling doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. Who’s to say that you can’t leave a lasting impression by wowing passers-by with what you wear – wherever you go.

 

Go-to glamour doesn’t have to be saved for the celebs. If you want to feel like a style star, then why not work on upping your fashion game and bring out the big guns on a daily basis, and not just for something special. After all, you’d always make sure that your makeup is on point, so why not do the same with your style?

 

If you want to look good all day, every day, think small. It’s always the little things that count, and the tiniest details can really make the biggest impact!

 

Start At The Bottom

 

To get yourself started and in that style start frame of mind, you’re going to need to start right at the very beginning. It’s not always easy to look good, but you can learn to nail it with ease. If you want your entire outfit to shine, you ought to get the base layer sorted first. That means you need to make sure that you have underwear that not only looks good but fits well too (with styles like Freya Bras). When your underwear fits, your style will sing.

 

Moisturise

 

With your underwear ticked off, let’s talk skin. Now, you might think we’re here to talk style, and really we are. But, if you want to work on making your outfit look incredible, you have to put in the groundwork – and sometimes, that involves a lot more than just the clothes. So, you need to start with the perfect base. If your skin is looking dull, dry and lacking in life, your outfit won’t do much to improve that. But, if you’re skin is moisturised, shining and looking chic, your look will shine with it.

 

Get The Right Fit

 

Just like your underwear, you’re going to want to work with clothing that actually fits you. You might be tempted to go by your normal size when you’re buying something new, or try to fit into a size that you think you should be – but don’t, it’s not the way to buy. Instead, you need to forget about numbers and wear what looks good. Yes, start with your size in the first instant, but if you need to size up, don’t feel bad – if the outfit looks better, who cares?

 

Accessorize

 

Although it’s easy to place a lot of importance on your clothing (and it’s still okay to do that), you need to stop thinking of your clothes as the outfit. They’re not the entire outfit, they’re just the basic foundation. To make your style really stand out, you have to accessorize. Not everyone understands the importance of accessories, but they should. Accessories have the power to make or break an outfit, and without them, that same outfit can look boring, empty and incomplete.

 

Brush Up

 

As much as we’d love them to last a lifetime, so clothes will fall apart or look worn a lot quicker than others. It might be down to the quality, but it can also be a cause of how we care for them. To make sure that your clothes always look on point, you might need to invest in a clothes brush. By using a clothes brush, not only can you keep your clothing items looking fresh and clean, but you can brush off those annoying little bits of lint that can make you look messy.

 

Size Up

 

Let’s be honest; heels aren’t always that comfortable. A shoe can look incredibly sexy, but it can be a pain to wear. When that happens, we’re torn between looking good and suffering, or wearing something else that doesn’t work as well, but feels comfortable. But, there is also another option. If you are buying new shoes, go up and extra half an inch. You can sometimes find that you get a little more wiggle room and the pain is that much bearable – or even nonexistent.

 

Blend In

 

As much as you might feel like you want to stand out (and of course you do if you want to turn head), more often than not, it’s blending in that has the bigger effect. But, not with the crowds of course – the background instead. Regardless of the season, you can find a style that not only suits it, but sets it off. So, when you’re styling a look, make sure to take the time of year into account, as well as the occasion, and your outfit will set itself off in style.

 

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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.

 

Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?

 

So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.

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For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.

 

Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!

 

Are you rushing?

 

Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.

 

Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.

 

You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.

 

In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!

 

Is your makeup disorganized?

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Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.

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This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.

 

Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?

 

Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.

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Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.

 

Here are six of the best fashion illustrators to follow on Instagram NOW

Who: @nadiacoolrista
Follow for: Life-like sketches of the fashion elite, from Diana Vreeland to Miroslava Duma.

 

 

 

Who: @paperfashion
Follow for: Kate Rodgers has a penchant for using a variety of materials in her sketches—including watercolor, sequins, beads, lipstick and even leaves.

 

 

 

Who: @sarahhankinson
Follow for: Illustrations of everything stylish including runway looks, lacy bralettes and the It-bag of the season.

 

 

 

Who: @meganhess_official
Follow for: With a client list including the likes of Chanel, Dior, Tiffany’s, Prada and more, Megan brings fashion to life in her ultra-glam and feminine sketches.

 

 

 

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Who: @lenaker
Follow for: From Balmain to Gucci, this Russian-based illustrator has sketched all of the best looks from the major fashion houses.

 

 

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Who: @Curvysketchs

Follow for: High fashion,from original designs to runway styles, draw on a plus size figure

 

When you think of exploring Malaysia. Mount Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur may be the first destinations that spring to mind.

One of the lesser known hotspots is Johor Bahru.  Fantastic for shopping, dining and as well as being home to Legoland Malaysia,  Johor has something for every intrepid explorer.

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Like most parts of west Malaysia, the climate is generally hot and humid with a mean temperature ranging from 27-30 degrees. Wet during the inter monsoon periods from April to October, during the rest of the year Johor is usually dry with occasional showers.

Accommodation is varied in style and expense but staying near the heart of the action isn’t difficult and there are many a budget hotel nearby Legoland Johor Bahru, The first 1st International Park in Malaysia, it opened in 2012.  Like its worldwide counterparts you are guaranteed a fun, if pricey, day out.

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An alternate is Danga Bay, the largest recreational park in Johor and location of choice during the festive season. Easily accessible through the network of main roads makes this place a frequently visited spot by the locals and tourists alike.

If the feel of the sands between your toes is calling the 22km long Pulai Desaru Beach is beautiful. Offering up a jaw-dropping view of the South China Sea with tropical rainforest backdrop. Sibu Islands also offer sun and fun with various activities including fishing trips and jungle trekking.

Shopping is a must in Johor with several malls on the have-to visit list. City Square Johor Bahru, Aeon Tebrau City, Holiday Plaza and Plaza Pelangi all offer various brands at affordable prices. Grab a bargain at  the Johor Premium Outlet, a haven for the designer brand buff.. Packed out a weekends it’s important to get there early.

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Food in  Johor s incredible with an enticing array of seafood that offers the fruits de la mer as fresh as they could be. The Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant is one of the most reputable Chinese restaurants in Johor. The variety of seafood on offer here is amazing. If you can deal with Live seafood tanks offering you the option of choosing your dish from tank to tummy then it’s the restaurant of choice for the freshest seafood around. Dining costs a little more but it’s well worth it.

Locals also frequent the Ark Restaurant, an all-you-can-eat steamboat eatery. This place allows you to try a variety of foods for a set price, and a reasonable one at that. If you long for a taste of home, the place to go is the George & Dragon café. Hailing the best best steaks in town and the desserts are none too shabby either. You will always to pay more for Western food so try to be a little adventurous.

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Getting around is limited on public transport to buses and taxis, which can work out quite pricey so best to hire a car in order to get to all of the place of interest on offer.

So consider Johor and marvel at this jewel in Malaysia’s crown.

If you are looking for a fun-filled and seasonal break this winter, why not treat yourself to a long weekend in beautiful Vancouver? Vancouver is a city of contrasts, where the wilderness is never far away, even if you are in the heart of the urban sprawl. So sit back and relax and read on to find out what you can do for a 48-hour stay.

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Trip Preparation

 

As you are traveling under such a short time constraint, it’s best to do a little preparation before the weekend you travel. This should include checking that your passport and documents are present and correct. Some travelers will need and eTA to gain access into Canada. To see if this applies to you, you can find out more, by clicking the link.

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It is also worthwhile checking out what season activities are available such as ice skating or skiing. You will want to plan your time well, so you get to experience everything in the city that you want to do. Luckily below you ‘ll find a guide to the things you won’t want to miss.

 

Exploring The Wilderness

 

First of all, you will be able to get out and enjoy the mountain ranges. This is perfect if you are into walking or running. There are also organized tours and trails that you can make use of like the Tofino Plane Crash Hike. This is where you get to go on a stunning and challenging walk to the site of a downed plane.

 

It is important that you are aware of the safety information when you are in the countryside. This is because the weather can get pretty extreme during the winter. If the snow is coming down and you still want to get out and about to explore the surrounding areas, then it might be best to do it by dog sledge or snow cat.

 

There is also the opportunity to go caving or climbing depending on the weather conditions. Of course, it’s is always recommended that you pick a professional company that offers these experiences. That will ensure that they know the terrain well, and are up to date on any safety concerns.

 

Do you want to escape all the hustle and bustle of modern society by staying out in the wilderness? But so you need little more style that a traditional tent and bucket situation? Then try out a site that offers glamping.

 

If you choose to glamp, you can spend the night in a hidden tree house at Shuswap Lake. They come complete with your own wood burning stove to keep warm, a rocking chair and a draped bed. Who said when camping you have to rough it?

 

Nightlight

 

As a big and bustling city, there is plenty to do in Vancouver once the sun goes down. You could try your luck on the roulette tables at the casino or dance the night away in one of the many clubs like Caprice or The Roxy.

 

Then there are some more cultural things to do. Check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. They play in sites across the city such as the Anvil Centre, Michael J. Fox Theatre: and St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church. Or, you can catch one of the many dramatic performances like Christmas presence at the Pacific Theatre. Or the Christmas Carol at Capilano University.

 

If you are looking for a more traditional night out with drinks and dancing, then Granville Street is a good location to try out. Craft beer joints and pubs can be found here. But be warned it is often full of students that get a little rowdy after one too many beers

 

If you are looking for a more classy socialite focused hangout, then why not try Yaletown instead. There you will find the well-dressed elite sipping on cocktails after a hard days work. Quieter but more refined than Granville street you can spoil yourself with a little luxury while still having a great time.

 

Food

 

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Of course, no winter weekend in Vancouver would be complete without sampling some of the delicious local cuisines. As it is a coastal city, Vancouver is well known for its high-quality seafood.

 

One of the best places to try the bounty of the sea is at the Blue Water Cafe. It has an interior like a French bistro with black and white tiles, low-level lighting and crisp white tablecloths. So, you may be surprised to discover that it serves sushi as well as traditional seafood dishes. But when the fish is sourced from your doorstep, why not.

 

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There is also the five sale restaurant, which is located right on the harbor. It’s easily spotted as it actually does have five canvas sails affixed to the roof. Well known in Vancouver for its seafood, it has a more a la carte vibe. Choose from lobster bisque, caviar, carpaccios or even oysters if you are feeling really luxe. Of course, there are delicious stress and desserts for those who don’t want to indulge in the fruits of the sea.

 

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Also if you find yourself by the harbor in the day, you can always pick up some delicious deep fried fish and chips from the food shack Go fish. OK, so it’s not so much at the high end of things, but it’s fresh, crisp and delicious. So it makes the perfect lunch on the go.

 

City Activities

 

If the cold weather is too much for you and you’d rather stay in the city and check out the things to do there, then you are in luck. That is because there is plenty that you can fill your days with in Vancouver.

 

How about exploring nature in a more civilized way by visiting the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. There you will find a rose garden in the English Tradition. You will also be able to explore the maze and other botanical delights.

 

If you have a credit card that is just burning a hole in your pocket, then you might want to head over to Robson Street. There you will find all the big name and luxury stores, so you can shop your heart’s desire. Or why not head over to SoMa or South Main to the non-locals, there you will find some quirky antique shops and stylish Canadian boutiques.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not enjoying the autumn weather. It makes the trip to work painful, and it affects all our weekend plans. And as well as this, there are pumpkins everywhere; is is necessary for everyone to have pumpkin soup at this time of the year? Therefore, autumn is the perfect time to get away and do some traveling. However, it’s hard to know where to go this season to have an enjoyable holiday. After all, you don’t want to visit somewhere that’s going to be just as cold as where you are now. Therefore, here are some of the most amazing places to visit this autumn.

 

Lisbon

 

If you fancy enjoying some last-minute Mediterranean sun, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It’s still warm during fall so you can enjoy some heat away from your hometown. As well as this, it’s less expensive to find a hotel to stay in during autumn. It means that you can stay in a charming hotel in the city without having to splurge the cash. As well as spending some time on the beach, you can do some sightseeing at the fabulous National Azulejo Museum. Remember to take your camera as you will get some beautiful photos in Lisbon during the fall.

 

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Morocco

 

A lot of people don’t consider Morocco as somewhere they really want to visit. But it should be on your radar as there is so much to see and do. And as well as this, the best time to visit is during autumn, so it’s the perfect place to escape to now. The warm weather means you can head to the beach for some sunbathing in November! Also, the markets are amazing, and you will buy plenty of items to take home with you. The food is also incredible; you need to try the sizzling meat skewers! You can also expect some fantastic service while you are staying in Morocco. A lot of people don’t realize how great typical Moroccan hospitality can be. You can check out my previous blog for everything you need to know about visiting beautiful Morocco.

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Florida

 

If you are looking for the sun, you should book a trip to sunny Florida. The sunshine state stays hot all year round. Therefore, you can enjoy some hot weather on your holiday. You can either head to the Florida Keys or Miami, if you are looking for some amazing beaches. Or have some fun at one of the many parks at Walt Disney Land!

 

Paris

 

When you head to Paris, you are always going to find a lot of people in the center. After all, it’s one of the most popular cities in the world. But going there in autumn, you will find it a lot quieter. In fact, it’s a pleasure to walk around and look at the top landmarks without the hustle and bustle of thousands of people. And you will find hotels bring down their prices, so you will get a good deal if you head to the city of love this fall.

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You can check out this feature for more places to visit this autumn to escape the bad weather.

 

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So you’re trying to choose your next travel destination. There are so many factors to consider. Weather, culture, safety, affordability. You want to be able to afford the trip without breaking the bank, but you also don’t want some bog standard trip that will leave you yawning. You’d like a break from the chill of home. You want to try out new foods. You want to be able to walk the streets without fear of harassment. So where do you head? Well, Malaysia would be a good place to start.

Malaysia is a cultural hub, with influences from cultures across the globe. There’s a range of delicious cuisine on offer here. Restaurants serve Mexican, Chinese, Continental and Malaysian dishes that will leave you full but still wanting more. Beyond delectable cuisine lies architectural genius and marvelous displays of historical artifacts. Beautiful churches and museums a plenty. Take time out to take a look at St Paul’s Church and the Sultanese Museum in particular.

Whether active or sedentary, there are places and activities that will fulfill all of your wishes. Vast areas showcase clean beaches, vibrant rainforests, impressive waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. If you’re on holiday to relax and recuperate, lie back in a hammock with a fruity cocktail. If you’re restless and always need to be doing something, there are plenty of alternative options to basking in the sun. Go on treks or try out snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Maybe you’re a shop-a-holic. If so, you’re in luck. Kuala Lumpur is one of the shopping capitals of the world. The city’s huge shopping complex offers everything. From designer brands to handmade trinkets. Amazing discounts, offers and sales are frequently available to travellers. If this sounds right up your street, book a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Saving Money

Believe it or not, all of these things are relatively affordable. You just have to be smart with your spending and make choice purchases as you go. Here are a few tips and tricks to make great savings on your Malaysian holiday.

Book Accommodation Early

It’s frequently the case that the earlier you book, the greater savings and discounts you can get. Check out price comparison sites for good deals. Remember that you can often bargain. Prices are often negotiable and some hotels and rooms to let will negotiate prices. Especially if you are staying for a week or longer.

Indirect Flights

If you’re not in a rush, you might like to consider indirect flights. These are often cheaper. They might see you stopping over in a different location for a few hours as you change flights, but the saving is often worth it.

Peak Times

Avoid peak times. This is when prices go through the roof. If possible, don’t travel during school holidays, as the travel industry takes advantage of parents who only have select slots to get away for a summer break.

Cut Back On Excesses

Some things just aren’t necessary. Extra leg room might be more comfortable, but that money can be better spent somewhere else. Pack light to avoid excess baggage fees. Many of us overpack and realize we’ve barely touched some of the things we’ve taken on holiday with us.

Have you ever wanted to just stare at the most beautiful islands on Earth? Here they are, in their full glory.

 

Maui, Hawaii

 

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Maui is one of the most unusual islands in the world. It sits atop a 10,000-foot volcano, but don’t let that put you off. The island plays host to many of the traditional tourist attractions, including golf and scuba diving in its warm Pacific waters. The island is also a great place to hike, thanks to the elevation of the central volcanic mountain. Along the way, you’ll discover waterfalls, black sand beaches from the volcanic ash, and marine life. Many people who venture to the island also enjoy watersports, including surfing and windsurfing. There’s even some fashionable shops.

 

 

Andaman Nicobar, India

 

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The Andaman Nicobar Islands are a chain of more than 300 islands over 1,000 miles off the east coast of India. They’re famous for their dense tropic jungle and unique wildlife. In fact, the islands host some of the most unusual species in the world, being so far away from the nearest land.

 

 

Bora Bora, Pacific Ocean

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The island of Bora Bora is a tiny volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. It’s just six miles wide and two miles long. James Cook, the eighteenth-century British explorer, called the island the pearl of the Pacific. And he wasn’t joking. Here you’ll find warm waters and a lagoon that circumnavigates the island. The primary industry here is tourism. Here tourists get to enjoy some of the most magical island experiences in the world, including swimming with fish. But because Bora Bora is so isolated, it costs a lot of money to service it with supplies. As a result, the prices are high. If you want to go to this little spot of paradise, you’ll have to save your money.

 

 

Galapagos, Pacific Ocean

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The island of Galapagos isn’t just a beautiful tropical paradise. It’s also an island that had an enormous bearing on the future of science. It was here, more than 100 years ago, that Charles Darwin was inspired to think up the theory of evolution. Since then, his theory has stood the test of time. As you might expect, the wildlife of Galapagos is truly unique. It’s nothing like the life found throughout the rest of the world. It evolved separately, along its own path.

Galapagos is an island around 600 miles to the west of Ecuador in South America. There’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy the unique wildlife on the island at the Charles Darwin Research Station. There are also many white sand beaches teeming with island life. For the adventurous, a trip to the island’s Sierra Negra volcano is always a treat.

 

St. Martin, Caribbean

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No tour of the world’s best islands would be complete without a mention of the Caribbean. St Martin represents all we associate with the Caribbean: laid back lifestyle and wonderful weather. But it’s an island that also has it’s own interesting history. The island is carved up into two parts. The north is controlled by the French, the South by the Netherlands. In the north, you’ll find beautiful food and high cuisine. In the south, you’ll find casinos and a healthy nightlife.

Fashion is a creative outlet that allows us to express ourselves to the outside world. So if you’re lacking in confidence, your outfit will give you away almost instantly. Believe it or not, the contents of your wardrobe have the ability to increase your confidence levels. They can transform you from shy and quiet to wild and outgoing, simply by changing what you wear and how you wear it. Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize the correlation between clothing and our personality. So we continue to wear clothing that doesn’t make us feel fabulous or that suits us. This can quickly make your wardrobe uninspiring and your love of fashion may even begin to wane.

Thankfully, there are plenty of things we can do to become confident dressers starting today. Take a look at the following hacks that all fashionistas use.
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What’s the occasion?

If you feel under or overdressed for a particular occasion, this can have an adverse impact on your confidence. So before you start getting ready each day, question what the occasion is. You might be heading to work or going on a blind date. Knowing the answer to this question is vital in ensuring you choose clothing that looks good while also being appropriate. If you’re unsure what you should be wearing, relax! You can talk to your boss about what they consider to be appropriate workwear and use this to influence your style choices. You can look at blogs or videos that offer advice on date night or wedding fashion. There are also plenty of insightful guides online which can make choosing the right attire much simpler. Take a look at realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/ to help you get started.

 

 

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Another option is to ask your friends for their opinion on your potential style choices. Their input will be invaluable and could stop you from wearing something you regret. Why not host a mini runway show where you can try on potential outfits in their entirety. This will not only let your friends see the overall look you want to create, but also allows you to see how comfortable it is to wear. High heels, tight jeans and dresses which are too short are all things that can affect how you feel in an outfit. If you don’t feel at ease or experience discomfort, it will be easy to tell. So be realistic about your outfit choice and never wear anything that is painful to wear. That way it will be impossible for you to feel anything but happiness and confidence.

 

Photograph yourself

People who lack confidence in the clothing they wear are often unsure about what their personal style is. If you fall into this category-don’t panic! Finding your own style is not as difficult as you might think. Start by looking in your wardrobe and look for items or colors you have multiples of. This is a strong indicator of the kind of clothing and colors you find enjoyable and comfortable to wear. Now you know what the key items in your wardrobe are, it’s time to start experimenting. Fashion is all about fun and pushing your boundaries. So start teaming these staples with other items in your wardrobe. For instance, your favorite band t-shirt might look good with a pencil skirt or when worn over the top of a maxi dress. You can wear it tucked in, knot it or even layer it underneath strappy tops and dresses. For more ideas on styling, see Popsugar.co.uk

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Whenever you find a combination that you feel amazing in, take a photo of it on your phone. You can then use this as a reference in future when you’re stuck for outfit inspiration. You should also do this when trying on clothes in a store. Look through the photos you have taken, and it shouldn’t take long for a signature style to present itself. Whether your style is glam grunge or vintage queen, start looking for more clothes and accessories that suit your more defined look. Doing this will also make it easier to determine what styles and colors don’t work for your body shape and skin tone. Knowing this will help you avoid making a fashion faux pas in future.

 

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Don’t forget what’s underneath

One of the simplest ways of making you feel more confident about what you are wearing is by prioritizing what’s underneath. We all have hangups about our bodies, which can profoundly affect our self-esteem. From muffin tops to cellulite, these issues can stop us wearing the clothing we long to wear. But wearing the right undergarments can be a simple way of temporarily masking some of the imperfections which may be holding you back. Spanx products are a fabulous choice that can help smooth out your body and make your clothing look better. A well-fitted bra can also help you do this while also improving your posture too. If you haven’t had a bra fitting for a while, use the useful guide on barenecessities.com.

Another option is to consider removing your hangups or improve their appearance. That way you won’t have to feel self-conscious when wearing tight dresses or short skirts. There are many ways in which you can do this from applying anti-cellulite creams but there is nothing better than good old exercise and healthy eating There are also non-surgical cosmetic procedures you can try, such as coolsculpting which can tone your body too. You can find out more about this online at liposuction-sandiego.com/coolsculpting/.

Just remember that your flaws are what makes you unique and unlike anyone else. By removing every imperfection you may have, could stop you from being you.

 

 

Take what you have learned from this guide and use it to start dressing more confidently each and every day. The boost that your personal style gives to your self-esteem will be hard to ignore. It may even get you that promotion or give you the push you need to talk to your crush. So never leave the house feeling down about your outfit choice ever again.

 

Thanks to Mairéad Duffy who attended this event for me in NY while i was stuck in GA :(

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The first of the runway shows in the Lower East Side for Art Hearts Fashion, presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, took place on Monday night. The location was the stunning Angel Orensanz Event Space, a 19th century gothic revival synagogue. Its balconies, dramatic arches and high vaulted ceilings, illuminated in a host of colors that contrasted with atmospheric shadows, made the perfect setting for a runway show.

However, things didn’t begin smoothly, which was due to begin at 6pm.  At 7.15pm the doors were still shut and a massive queue stretched down Norfolk Street. Fortunately Fashion Week is one of the few times when waiting around is bearable, as there are so many outlandish outfits on display, and as it turned out, the night was well worth the wait!

First up was Hale Bob, with their trademark bohemian chic prints, bright colors, silks and velvets. The collection contained a lot of loose-fitting, floaty pieces; mixed materials and a kaleidoscope of colors, particularly turquoise. They also featured some dark jumpsuits.

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Ibrahim Vukel, up next, was quite the opposite, showcasing a fabulous collection of close fitting gowns in strong colors- white, black and red predominantly. Cut-out sheer panels featured heavily.

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Sanja Bobar was last of the first round of shows, with the biggest collection thus far, in white, cream, dusty pink and gold tones. Her gorgeous range of evening and bridal gowns showcased lots of floaty sleeves, and flattering trumpet, a-line and mermaid silhouettes. There were lots of low backs, high necks, applique designs, and again cut-out sheer panels were prominent.

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After a break, the shows resumed with a dramatic collection of designers, beginning with Fernando Rodriguez. Once again the collection was heavy on sheer panels, with mostly white and gold colors, with some striking azures. Flowing chiffon sleeves and high necks were visible also.

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Elochee followed, and the show took an androgynous, futuristic turn, with more structured designs, panelling, boxy shapes, harder lines and many geometric patterns and long sleeves. Shades of black, white and grey featured, with dashes of mustard.

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Willfredo Gerardo was the final collection of the night, with a dazzling display of luxurious, full length gowns and jumpsuits. Spectators were treated to lots of sparkling silvers and blacks, sheer fabrics and plunging necklines. A hush descended on the room in anticipation of his crowning piece, and he didn’t disappoint, with a spectacular black and silver ballgown. Modeled by the stately Anna Kile, its sharp sweetheart neckline and fabulous full skirt was the highlight of a truly memorable night.

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