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Tim Gunn on Fashion, Florals and the Royal Wedding

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Tim Gunn, America’s favorite fashion mentor, is best known for his work on Project Runway alongside Heidi Klum. Through his subtle wit and attention to detail, Gunn redefined the understanding and appreciation of modern fashion as we know it. On meeting him a few weeks back when he was getting ready for the Command x Gilt Pop Up Shop in New York City, I was gratified to realize that in-person, Gunn is gracious, wickedly sharp and incredibly kind. In other words, Tim Gunn personifies his catchphrase and seems to always “Make it work.”

In addition to his keen knowledge of fashion, Gunn has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of design history. He spouted architecture tidbits and design history and proudly referenced his past at Parsons School of Design where he served as associate dean before becoming Fashion Design Department chair. I’m certain I blushed fiercely when I mentioned teaching a class I developed in partnership with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. Gunn asked me the name of the course, and when I told him, A Short History of Beauty Culture from Cleopatra to the Kardashians, he drolly responded “Well, at least I like the first part, let’s just skip the ending.”

Gunn shared some of his thoughts on how to update your personal look and your home without breaking the bank.

Flowers everywhere: Floral patterns tend to pop up frequently during the spring, with this year being a flowery fashion bonanza. In case you’re wondering, florals go in and out of fashion for clothes, but they can be really tricky when used in home decor. “I think with interiors it’s different,” Gunn said, “because you’re living it and not just wearing it.” He referenced hyper-feminine and florally infused designer Betsey Johnson saying, “I don’t know how Betsey Johnson lives, but I would imagine it’s like her clothes. That’s got to be hard.” If you’re a die-hard floral fan, Gunn suggests using it in limited quantities and spread throughout your home instead of in high concentration in certain spots. Bedrooms and sofas could work, dining rooms—not so much.

With all this talk of florals and royal wedding mania, I was sure that the chintz and cabbage roses traditionally favored by the royal family would set off a craze on our own shores. Not so, according to Gunn. And though he covered the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton for ABC News back in 2011, he’s not really planning on binging the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s a style thing he said, and he isn’t really expecting much of a “celebration of fashion there.”

Your home vs. your personal style: Gunn said even in the fashion industry, one can grow tired of looking at eye-catching items all day. “You’re surrounded by beauty all day and sometimes you just want to shut it off,” he said. For that reason, his own home is decorated in muted shades and neutrals. “I feel like our homes truly are like a nest, the one place where you have to feel comfortable. I have a very neutral palette to my apartment inspired by the colors of limestone. Color is having a moment, but if that’s not your thing you can achieve the same effect with artwork. And keep moving everything around your home- the furniture, the artwork, the rug that doesn’t serve you, the upholstery you never liked. Just because something has been in your family for generations doesn’t mean it will work for you. I use artwork to really bring in more palpable color.”

Get Moving: Gunn grew animated when talking about his partnership with Command, the brand better known for their sticky strips and hooks. As he explained it, you can update your home all the time by switching things around regularly. “I think color can revive you and your home,” Gunn said. “In my home it’s all the colors of my book collection. I think people don’t realize how you can change the look of things by repositioning them. I move things around as opposed to trading things out, so it always feels new.”  The new invisible or decorative items in the line allow you to hang your art temporarily and keep moving it around. Gunn also artfully arranged small gold hooks that can be used as decorative in and of themselves, or more glam when hanging favorite pieces of jewelry. “I like that you can move something 3 inches to the right, or change an arrangement in a room and change everything,” he said. “But don’t just change one part of a room, because moving pictures or furniture changes the proportions of the room and the visual relationships between what’s on the wall and what’s around it.”

Decorating battles: Meanwhile, what do you do if you live with someone who has terrible taste? Do you have to let them add their zebra printed metallic table to your living room? “You pick your battles,” Gunn said. “I’m not sure there’s one right way to solve it,” he said gesturing to an extremely shiny rhinestone and metallic pillow. “Maybe you add a pillow. No, not even a pillow. Maybe you add a border–a very thin border– and leave it at that.”

P.S. I tried some of Tim’s tricks for quick spring home updates. After struggling to arrange some hooks in a vee shaped design I kind of gave up, but my walls overall look so much better!

Original Article by: Parade

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Top Ways to Buy a Smartwatch

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Nowadays, smartwatches have become our most dependable companions. There are extra features to it, apart from a normal phone, like sending text messages, receiving messages, making calls. Smartwatches always allow you to stay in touch with the World, in a more convenient way than a smartphone. We get many notifications like fitness tracking, WhatsApp notifications, Facebook notifications, and many others through a smartphone. There are certain points you need to consider when you are by the small watch.

Compatibility

The first and the most important thing you need to consider when you are going to purchase a Smartwatch is compatibility. All the smartphones or not compatible with all smartwatches and so, we need to check if your current smartphone is compatible with the model of the Smartwatch you want to purchase, or else you need to check the models which are compatible with your smartphone and then purchase them.

Most of the functions work based on the compatibility and the connection between a smartphone and a smartwatch. Especially if your smartphone is an Android phone, you need to check only for Android smartwatches. If your smartphone works on any other operating system, you need to check only the smart watches on the same operating system; otherwise, synchronization function will not work.

Display

Most of the smartwatches come with the LED display but still, there are some smart watches which have an LCD display. Thus, while selecting your smartwatch, make sure the display is LED because it has many additional features. You can go through the notifications just by swiping the screen, for entering any app you need to touch, just with a finger. If it is a touch screen these kinds of features are available with smartwatches produced by many good companies such as Apple, iPhone, Samsung, etc.

As the features increase, your convenience increases and so does the price. Search for a model which fits your budget and which is more convenient for you. There are also ladies watches and gents watches as a part of smart watches. You should also consider this because ladies watch are stylish, delicate and gents watches give you a handsome look and which look little bigger.

Personalization

Nowadays, many companies offer you a personalization option, so that you can choose all the features according to your taste and requirement. It also helps you a lot in saving, memory, and money. You can customize your mobile and now, it is a trend to wear Smartwatch, which looks more traditional. Keeping all this in mind, you can select your watch and customize the options.

Notifications

The best facility of smartwatches is the notifications it provides us. You need not carry your smartphone all the time with you and you need not worry about missing an important call or message or an email. You get all the notifications through your Smartwatch, whether it is an incoming call or text messages or a Facebook update. It helps you to keep in touch.

Fitness

There are also some fitness features, available in smartwatches. Nowadays, when you walk or do an exercise or consume some food, it shows you how many calories we have burnt or how many calories are approximately consumed, so tracking becomes easier. There is another option of saving your past records so that you can understand whether to increase your diet or decrease, or make any modifications to the current workouts. It also helps you to monitor your heart rate, so that any unavoidable situations can be avoided, like a heartbeat which is significantly above normal. Select the models which allow you to be fit.

Battery Life

The most important point you have to consider, while purchasing a smartwatch is its battery life. Many smartwatches nowadays are armed with good performance rate and with the good life of the battery, you need to charge your smartwatch regularly just as you charge your mobile. You should keep in mind that some smartwatches have very less battery life and they get discharged very soon. You should make sure that you purchase a Smartwatch with good battery backup and good battery life. This is very important as you cannot constantly keep changing your smartwatch.

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Deciding Between Adorning Yourself with Pearls Cultivated in Freshwater and Saltwater

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Pearls never go out of style. They are elegant and symbolize purity. Jewelleries made of pearl are in huge demand. Regardless of whether they are man-made or natural, pearls are formed when many layers of nacre are produced by molluscs inside a shell. This is caused by the presence of an irritant.  In natural pearls, irritants are some type of organism while in cultured ones; a tissue is placed as a substitute for irritant.

Pearls can be classified in many ways. The quality and price of a pearl is dictated by where it is grown. The two main types are fresh water and saltwater pearls. Though the advances in technology work on narrowing the differences between both, each of these has specific characteristics with respect to appearance, durability and price.

How are both the types created?

Owing to the rarity, both of these are mostly cultured and not natural. The mussels are implanted with tiny pieces of mantle tissue in freshwater pearl farms while in the case of pearls cultured from saltwater, a perfectly round nucleus is inserted into an oyster. Over a period of several months to 7 years, pearls are formed. The quality of nacre gets better with the time period for cultivating the pearl. The ones with a higher time period are expensive which is why pearls cultured in saltwater are costly.

Difference between both the types:

Due to the thicker nacre coating of freshwater pearls, they are less prone to chipping and more durable. In terms of lustre, saltwater ones are more lustrous and glossier. Freshwater pearls are come in various colours and round and oval shapes while the latter is usually round which have higher demand.

Choose freshwater ones if:

  • You are worried that it may be handled roughly or lost
  • You are looking for cost-effective pearls
  • You aren’t bothered about the slight variations in shape
  • You are going to be using it for daily-use

Choose saltwater ones if:

  • You are looking for perfectly round pearls with excellent lustre
  • You are willing to invest more
  • You are looking for a treasured piece and want to pass it down for generations
  • You are going to be wearing it for special occasions

Pearl jewelleries have been modernized and look chic than ever. Add it to your jewellery collection.

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