All Things Bright and Shiny

Given the state of the currency exchange, it’s no wonder that the dollar-dictated export industry of Cebu is in mayhem. Jewelry designers, who placed Cebu on the fashion map, now have to tighten their belts to prevent costing mishaps and employee cuts. That plus rising prices of raw materials once cheap in native shores are now constantly increasing at frightening degrees. Designers now not only have to think of aesthetic elements but whether the design is actually achievable for mass production. This sacrifice would sometimes equal to lesser beads and finishing, and especially lesser areas for jewelry designers to play in.

Perhaps from boredom or in rebellion of the economy, jewelry designers fought back the only way they know how: to design with creativity alone in mind. At least for one night. This battle cry was made by members of the Cebu Fashion Accessories Designers Guild (CFADG) and contestants from its first Cebu Fashion Accessories Design Competition who took the runway at PAGCOR’s Teatro Casino last 3rd of May. They garnered nothing but applause from contemporaries with a visual celebration of all things opulent.

Big and bold, jewelry has certainly come a long way from being just an add-on. The concept of jewelry wearability, for example, has shifted from whether it can blend well with the overall unit to whether it can stand out alone despite bare canvass. This seems to have been proven by entries to the competition, all-striking in production and artistic detail.

Noreen Tseng’s creation of gold plates that curtain down into a diamond-shaped design is perfect case in point. It trails down from the model’s neck down to the whole torso, giving the illusion of a thousand reflections mirrored back at the viewer. The vertical inclination elongates the wearer and its clean craftsmanship is apparent at closer look. This chinita and her creation won the judges’ hearts as she won all special awards, the Cebu Daily News Choice Award, the Y101 Choice for the Professional Category Award and Zee Magazine’s Choice Award. Nothing seems sweeter however than winning the overall price of being the first CFADC Designer of the year for the professional category. This promising designer is sure to be seen at upcoming fashion scenes. It is best to watch out for her.

Joining Noreen at the professional category are works of Alpio Saban, Jehser Yares, Ariel Carsula and Ronnie Tragantin with clothes by Brendon Val Cenon. Ronnie’s work, dominated by bright colors of gold, amethyst and pink is also interesting in terms of functionality. A matching clutch bag is attached to the belt, and the belt attached to the overall neckpiece. Each part connected to the overall whole seemed tedious to do but Ronnie pulled it off.

In CFADG Chairman’s Mark Anton Masa’s speech, he declares the group is unified at providing a venue for young Cebuano designers to showcase their work. To develop artistry and a place in the fashion accessory industry are also motives he and the other 4 members share. That’s why the group catered not only to practicing individuals but non-professionals as well. The competition was a debut of sorts for these individuals with diverse styles, techniques and raw talent to be developed for the fashion industry’s future.

Romlyn Basiga’s combination of gold, pearls and amethyst precious stones was an elegant member reminiscent of the Victorian era. Its choker draping down to three broochlike elements and matching earrings is very high end and ideal for long necked clients whose asset can carry the piece well. Romlyn bagged home the Designer of the Year award for the non-professional category.

Opposite to Basiga’s piece is Carlo Rodriguez’s copper wire creation. Shaped into a sun accented by blue stones, Carlo’s work evokes a tribal feel very similar to the designer himself who seems to be more at home in a band than in the catwalk. The ease at which he pulls off his masculinity despite a femininely dominated group makes him one to watch out for as well. His work was Cebu Daily News’ choice for the non-professional category. Y101’s Choice award was given to Helen Tragantin for her headdress and armband that extends at both sides to connect with rings. Zee Magazine’s Choice Award honored Arturo Sanchez, Jr. for his black links with gold and diamonds. Clothes were provided by Edwin Alba.

Not to be outdone, the CFADG members also shared their artworks for inspiration ranging from the retro to the ethereal, down to the eclectic and warrior like. Each designer had a theme in mind with matching clothes by respected designers. There was Jamie Zanoria’s Cielo e Tierra, Ciege Cagalawan’s Torrid Acid, Mark Tenchavez’s Saturnina and Dianne Espera’s Free Love. The runway was capped off by the president himself, Mark Anton Masa’s Babylon, an impressive shield-like creation, evoking war and redemption.

The night was a reminder of all things good and beautiful in the Cebuano accessories industry, a spark of hope in the somewhat elusive place for designers and companies today. No matter the amount of tribulations faced though, there is no doubt as to the potential and ingenuity these individuals possess in their fingertips.

To manipulate metal and stone is in itself a feat but to manipulate it into a thing of beauty is cause for admiration. If Cebuano pride is to be resurrected, one reason is surely this. It is simply too sparkly to go unnoticed.


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Top 4 Tips to Choosing Petite Fashion

Petite fashion is designed specifically with women who are 5’4″ or under in mind. Therefore, proportions of petite clothing are tailored to fit the petite frame best. Petite women who have tried shopping in regular departmental stores often find that they return home empty handed – nothing fits well enough. It is often frustrating not finding something that fits. This is often caused by not looking in the right department. Therefore, this article explores the top 4 ways to get the best results for the petite lady.

Knowing where to look

First tip on petite fashion is simply – knowing where to look. Departmental stores nowadays have gradually started to establish a petite section. Therefore, be sure to keep an eye for this section when shopping for new clothes. Online stores are also great places to shop for petite fashion, especially fashion from the Asia region. This is because clothes from Asia region are usually tailored to fit the petite frame. They are also as stylish and fashionable too.

Dressing to your advantage

Petite women can also look taller by dressing to their advantage. Clothes that make you look taller are good options to consider when purchasing new clothing. Vertical stripes make a good choice because it enhances the illusion of an elongated frame. The same goes for color-matched sets, they tend to give an illusion of continuity, hence making you look taller. Also, heels are a vital part of a petite lady’s wardrobe as it instantly adds height to you.

Walking tall and keeping a good posture

Surprisingly, having the right clothing is only winning half the battle. You will find that walking with confidence and keeping a good posture actually helps you to appear taller too. The positive vibe does get through to others and you will be sure that this does contribute to the illusion of being taller.


Accessories play an important part in completing your look. A medium length necklace helps to elongate your frame. It is therefore quite flattering for a petite frame. However, necklaces that are too long may actually do quite the opposite. It is also a matter of trying it out and deciding if you look good with it on.

Petite women deserve to get top fashion and dress beautifully and following these tips will certainly get you there. Happy shopping and do enjoy choosing your petite fashion.

Anna Cousinz loves petite fashion, especially being a petite size herself. She runs an informational website to share her experiences in petite shopping adventures. She talks about topics such as Petite Tops [], petite jackets, and petite apparel in general. Visit her at Petite Fashion [] and never again have to return from shopping, empty-handed anymore.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Personal Beauty Consultant

Everyone is so busy these days, rushing here and there. In our age of technology we are missing so much of the human interaction in our customer relations. In today’s world we can buy most anything from a discount store, department store, or online. Many times we make these purchases based on the advertising and the emotion behind the advertising only to realize we do not truly want to use the product nor do we like what it does or said it would do!

So now, why do you need a personal beauty consultant? Have you ever walked into a department store, gone to the counter and really needed some help in choosing either skin care or a specific color cosmetic question? Then only to find the gal behind the counter has very little, if any, knowledge about the products, doesn’t even wear them herself, and you certainly don’t want to look like her?!

Or have you ever had a “mascara emergency” where you are going out of town and the store you buy your favorite mascara is closed? Having a personal beauty consultant prevents those disappointments.

So here are the 5 reasons why you need a personal beauty consultant:

1. Try before you buy. Yes, you can actually try products on your face before making your initial purchase decision. The opportunity to experience a product will help you decide if you like the way it feels and even more importantly like the way it looks! How many times have you ever seen a lipstick shade in the tube you thought was absolutely gorgeous only to get it home and it looks horrid on you! Then what happens to that purchase? We throw it in the back of a drawer in our bathroom forever reminded of our buying mistakes! Have you ever done that? Also, with a personal beauty consultant you have the opportunity to try all the products and how they work together, not just a hodge podge of products!

2. Receive customized information an recommendations for your skin type, tone and makeup preferences! Many times we see makeup applications that look great on models that have no similarities to our skin tone, type or how we prefer to wear makeup. A personal beauty consultant can make recommendations for you to try based on their experience so you can see how you feel in a new look! If you are dealing with a certain skin condition or a product that is causing problems for you, they have the expertise to make a recommendation of a product and how to fix it!

3. Update your cosmetic look by season. You can choose to see your beauty consultant for a hot new look whenever you feel like it! Even as seasons change your skin may also change. Your mood for your makeup will also change! How many years have you been wearing the same color eye shadows? Do they date how old you are? Can you remember how it feels to have a fresh new look and the comments you receive from your circle of influence? As the fashion industry changes, isn’t it fun to have an updated makeover to see how you feel in the new trendy looks?

4. Receive hot new fashion and trend information on a regular basis. When you have a personal beauty consultant, they will make sure you are receiving the latest news, tips, trends, new products that are out and all kinds of information to keep you in the loop! You will not receive this from and department stores! Are you a gal that likes to be “in the know”. You can be with your personal beauty consultant providing the hot new information via her catalogue mailings, monthly beauty newsletters, and other correspondence as is necessary.

5.The final reason why you need a personal beauty consultant …! Have you ever purchased a product, used it all, loved it enough that you wanted more of it but could not remember the shade? Your personal beauty consultant will keep up with this information for you! It is their job! I know I have thrown away tubes and bottles when they were empty thinking I could remember the shade, only to get to the store and be so confused! Or even when you try a sample of a product, wouldn’t you love if a consultant could remember the samples they gave you to try so when you are ready to buy the product you don’t have to remember the name! It is awesome!

So find your self a personal beauty consultant today. Look for brands that offer the services I mentioned above. Once you find a personal beauty consultant, treat them like husbands. You can have as many as you want in your lifetime but only one at a time! This benefits you by your consultant knowing what products you have tried, are using and which products are on your wish list! This will help you with your beauty routine in the future!

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Runway Report 1 – Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week

The Lakme Fashion Week in Bombay saw a grand opening with designers Neeta Lulla and Manish Malhotra spinning out their best and a befitting finale with the class and pure elegance of Tarun Tahiliani. om prêt to couture, there was a unique blend of color on display, right from the sacrilegious to the conventional. It was a rare treat to see taupe, beige, nude and ivory glammed up with silver and gold and shimmering Swarovski crystals and gota work at Neeta Lulla’s bridal show, which was unreservedly feminine.

Lending an edge to the soft styles were floor length jackets teamed with kurtas and saris. The fashion maestro himself, Manish Malhotra had rich, royal hues of cobalt, burgundy, red and old rose with opulent embroidery and stylized silhouettes, a shoo in to make any bride feel like a princess on her wedding day. The menswear which saw shades of beige, olive and grays, had paneled kurtas, bundgalas and stately sherwanis with a rather interesting mix of texture and embroidery.

Giving a very unique twist to bridal fashion was none other than Anamika Khanna, who had models parading in perfectly gorgeous silver and gold bridal ensembles with ‘Black’ dupattas, boldly draped across. Since the ‘black’ dupatta aspect may be considered a strict ‘no no’ at some bridal functions, one can always play with another vivid color to go with the stunning bridal lehengas.

Mid week saw designer Rocky S present a very unusual and chic all men’s line with Tarun Tahiliani bringing in the finale with an array of beautifully fashioned drapes, togas, shimmering sequined gowns and majestic saris. A synchrony of regal styles and modern separates, the designers creative touch and beautiful craftsmanship was clearly visible in men’s and women’s couture bridal wear as well as the tailored boleros, shirts and trousers with ethnic accents.

Conceived as an epitome of the traditional, elegant and contemporary, Shehnaai is a platform for all things celebratory. Shehnaai Couture and Events is NY’s first Indian Couture House nurtured by the creative synergy of some of India’s greatest talent. Shehnaai also offers complete Event Planning Services, where we can be brought on board for the smallest referral to the planning and management of an entire event.

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Teen Fashion – The New Rage!

Fashion is ubiquitous which is not restricted to a particular age or gender. It is relative and varies from person to person. Each individual has his or her own tastes and comfort level according to which one should dress up. People need to be very cautious about what suits them and what not. The most important category of people who are fashion enthusiasts are the teens of today. Nowadays teenagers have become quite conscious of how they carry themselves in public. Many of them follow trends religiously but they also need to be very careful not to follow anything and everything.

Today there is an array of choices in clothes, footwear and trendy accessories. Usually teens of today have a strong sense of style and they are aware of how to look exceptional thereby standing out in the crowd. Teens should dress according to their age in order to retain their exuberance and cheerfulness.

Teenagers usually prefer wearing jeans with a trendy top or shirt in vibrant colors like blue, pink, green or red. This is one of the basics that all teens wear in their daily routine. Young girls prefer wearing skirts and short dresses too that look really elegant and fashionable. Girls even like to adorn stunning accessories to team up their outfit in order to get that perfect look. These accessories may include a beautiful piece of jewelry or trendy handbags. There is a wide range of stylish handbags that girls can choose from and make a perfect style statement. It is highly important for young girls to adorn right kind of accessories which would compliment their attire and bring out their personality.

How to dress right?

Teenage girls need to take special care while dressing up. They need to wear something which is in sync with their personality as well as comfortable at the same time too. Here are some of the few tips as to how to dress up like a diva:

  • The most comfortable piece of clothing is jeans and a trendy top. Girls prefer wearing bright colors in tops which gives them a vibrant look. It is quite fashionable and easy to carry.
  • There are certain occasions such as prom which require a special type of formal dressing that looks elegant and which girls should carry with great poise and style. Such dresses are beautifully embroidered using beads and sequins. These dresses are available in stunning colors such as pink, purple, blue and various others.
  • Teenage girls must know their body type to dress appropriately. For instance, girls with broad waistline and bottom should avoid low necklines and wear long dresses. Empire dresses are a fabulous choice for petite girls as they tend to look taller in such dresses. In order to accentuate long legs, girls should go for short skirts and dresses.

Teens have been great trend-setter when it comes to style and glamour. Trends are meant to be followed by today’s youth. However, they should not turn completely blind to all the glitz and glamour. They should make prudent choices in order to avoid being in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.