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Baby Hats: A Buying Guide

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

baby_hats Ah those cute baby hats—they all look so cool and fashionable, so it’s kind of hard choosing one from the other. Who would have thought that hair accessories as simple as these can give you such a difficult time arriving at a buying decision? Well, fret not because there are lots of mommies out there who are in the same boat as you are. Of course, you want your baby to look at its best, so no rush in choosing the right baby hat for your little one. But to help you on this dilemma, we have listed here a few pointers to guide you when buying cute baby hats.

1. Consider your baby’s head. This is basically the first thing that you have to look into because babies, just like adults, won’t want to wear something that doesn’t fit right. (more…)

The Many Purposes of the Gloves

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Many Purposes of the GlovesJust as shoes were made to protect the feet, gloves serve the same purpose: to protect the hands. Just the same, there are many ways in which the gloves do its job.

The medieval times saw the creation of gloves made of metal as part of armor. Cowboys and farm workers made use of the leather gloves.  Queen Elizabeth was said to have worn gloves sprayed with some concoction that helps ward diseases off. Surgeons, dentists, nurses and other hospital staff also used gloves but in a different way and made of entirely different material which is often these three things: latex, polyisoprene and neoprene. In all these, the purpose of the glove is for protection.


Fresh Look at an Old Favorite, the Ear Muffs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Not so many people are aware that our modern way of living has exposed many of us to sounds that can be so loud that it may lead to some hearing issues. This is why the old time favorite, the ear muffs can come in handy with a good purpose. Another reason to put ear muffs to good use is that they also make good fashion accessories while serving the purpose of ear protection.

Back in the late 1800s, the ear muffs are typically made with simple framework composed of wire and some cloth or fur. They are used to combat the cold winds and keep the ears warm during winter season when the cold temperature really bites.  (more…)

Top 3 Winter Essentials for your Baby

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Winter can be both fun and stressful at the same time. But if you’re a first-time mom, you’ll find this season more stressful than fun because you need to go the extra mile just to keep your baby warm at all times. If you have already prepared your boots, jackets, gloves, and warmers, then it’s time you get your little one some basic winter essentials. Where to get started? Well, you can check out first these top 3 winter essentials for baby before you get the more intricate stuff like car seat covers and humidifiers.

1. Long-sleeved shirts and heavy fabric blankets. Your baby needs the added layering, as the weather becomes colder—which is sometimes too much for your little one to bear. These long-sleeved shirts and even the short-sleeved ones can very much do the trick of providing that extra warmth that your baby needs. However, sometimes the added layering is not enough to keep your baby warm. (more…)

Top 3 Winter Accessories

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

No matter how high your tolerance is when it comes to cold weather, there’s no denying that you’d need one or more winter accessories to help you feel warm and comfortable. Well, it’s quite easy to say that all you need is a reliable bubble jacket and you’re good to go; but little do you know that winter accessories will make it all the more easy for you to do your activities during this cold season. So, whether you stay indoors most of the time or outdoors to play sports and do other worthwhile activities such as snowboarding and skiing, it pays to equip yourself with these top three winter accessories.

Winter hats—They come in many different types, so you’ve got more options to choose from. From pom-pons and furry trapper hats to cable knits and baggy beanies, you sure won’t run out of anything to wear to keep your hair and head protected from the cold weather. (more…)

Beyond the Beanie: Unusual Ways to Keep Warm

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

warm in winter Sometimes regular old coats and hats are just boring.  You get sick of wearing the same ones every day, don’t you?  And who wants to cover up a sharp outfit with a baggy sweater, just to stay warm?  Beanies and berets and cups of steaming coffee are so obvious. Sometimes it’s nice to have a few alternative ways to stay cozy when the temperature drops.  Here are my favorites.

  • A shawl/pashmina/poncho/ruana wrap.  They’re one-size-fits-all, and they’re easily put on or taken off.   (more…)

Natural Color: Animal-Inspired Fashion

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Back in the day, when unusual furs, feathers, and other exotic animal decor were precious commodities, having a tiger-skin rug or an eagle-feather headdress were major status symbols.  If you had the skill or the money necessary to acquire them, then you got respect to go with it.  Nature has given us some of the most beautiful and interesting colors and patterns, which we borrow in order to beautify ourselves and our surroundings.  Fortunately, you don’t have to be a hunter to use the natural world for inspiration anymore.

The most popular animal prints are truly striking; leopard spots, zebra stripes, peacock feathers.  Tigers, cows, giraffes, snakes and more have lent their colors and patterns to apparel and accessories.   (more…)

Home Decor: It’s Not Just for Martha Stewart Anymore!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

home decor

Going into a home where everything is perfectly arranged and coordinated can be cool, but it can also be intimidating.  If you don’t have a natural flair for spatial relations, moving past milk crates and a futon can be sort of scary.  But your dish towels don’t have to match your pot handles; there’s more to having an attractive home than that!

I always tell people who are moving, put up your curtains right away.  You could have a housefull of cardboard boxes and partially-assembled Ikea stuff, but if you’ve got curtains in the window, your place looks lived in and put-together.  It’s practically magical. (more…)

Accessorize Like a Superhero!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Superhero You have to admit, superheros always look good.  They’re fit, they’re put-together, and anyone who can save mankind from a deadly scourge is going to have a certain appeal.  With all the superhero movies that have been coming out lately, I decided to take a closer look at what makes them so attractive.

Superheros are incredibly modest – well, in some ways.  Skintight jumpsuits and spangly leotards aside, they love masks.  They don’t want credit for their good deeds!  Sometimes you just feel like hiding in plain sight, in which case a mask would be just the ticket.  If you’ve been crying and don’t want anyone to know, all you have to do is whip out your trusty half-mask.  It’s too bad they aren’t a current fashion trend. (more…)

Pet Accessories: Adorable or Awful?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Dog Accessories As much fun as it is for me to dress up my baby daughter, you’d think I would understand that pet owners get a similar kick out of cute accessories for their animals.  But I have to admit, I cringe when I see a dog that’s better dressed than I am.

I mean, it really is understandable.  If your puppy has really long hair, it might need a barrette or two to keep it out of her eyes.  A short-haired animal living in a cold climate might need the additional warmth provided by a coat or sweater.  You can get paw-printed collars and sparkly ID tags.  I’m even down with the old bandana-around-the-neck thing: I would have tied a Yankees one around my dog’s neck during the World Series, he just wouldn’t let.  But a Swarovski crystal choker that costs over $100?  Doggie sunglasses to protect them from the UV glare on ski trips?  Hand-knit cashmere Fair Isle sweaters? (more…)

I Feel Like Blogging About…Vacation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Beach vacation Everyone needs spring break.  No, I don’t mean the kind where you spend a week getting drunk in Cancun (although if that’s what floats your boat, who am I to argue?).  I mean that the weather is taunting you with the occasional ray of sunshine, even a warm day sandwiched between the cold rainy ones, and your allergies are due to break out at any moment.  THAT is the time that you need to take a day to sleep in, eat some waffles, and possibly leave the house to do some shopping.  Before all the activity – whether holidays, sports, yard work, whatever – associated with spring and summer sweeps you away. (more…)

I Feel Like Blogging About…Toys

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

old toys I watched Toy Story 3 recently, and it got me thinking about all the stuff I used to play with back in the day.  I miss my old Creepy Crawler Workshop, and my gymnastics Barbie with the hinged knees and elbows.  Did any of you actually act out games with your Barbie dolls?  Because all I remember is getting them dressed in various getups, and then switching them all to a new clothing theme until I got sick of those tiny little snaps.   (more…)

Popular Celebrity Hats

Monday, January 17th, 2011

taylor swift red beanie The UK’s Telegraph recently posted a gallery on their fashion webpage of celebrities photographed wearing various winter hat styles.  For those of you who like to see what popular actors, models, and other personalities are wearing, there’s good news: most of what they’re wearing is totally normal and easy to replicate on your own.

Simple beanies and furry “trapper hats” (remember the ushanka from last week?) appear to be all the rage among people who have their pick of the latest fashions.  Check out the gallery here, and then check out some of our best winter offerings below.

2011’s Color of the Year

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Experts have agreed that the hottest color in the new year will be one they dubbed “honeysuckle,” a bright, warm pinky-red shade.  The Pantone Color Institute, which sets trends for the fashion and home industries, chose it for its liveliness, saying that it “lights a fire to the senses.”  They also describe it as hopeful, and I agree that it is definitely an upbeat hue.

The experts who chose it suggest pairing it with white rather than black, and predict that honeysuckle will appear in materials with complimentary colors like blues, greens, and oranges (more…)

If You’ve Heard All These Expressions, I’ll Eat My Hat!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

English is a funny language, full of weird expressions that people use without always knowing why.  My inspiration for this post came when I searched Google News for the word “hat,” to see if there has been anything interesting going on in the world of accessories lately.  But most of the hits that I found had to do with hockey players scoring hat tricks!

So, I got curious, and found a website that explains the meanings of all kinds of strange idioms.   Then I hunted up a whole bunch of hat-related sayings.  How many of these have you actually heard used in conversation?

  • Hat trick*: to score three times in one game (especially in hockey or soccer) is called a hat trick. (more…)

Top 7 Annoying Hair Trends

Friday, December 10th, 2010

hair trends Ok, I freely admit that this is my opinion, and you all probably disagree with me.  But in every generation, there are some fads that come and go that people look back on and say “I can’t believe I went out looking like that.”  Here are my predictions for styles that, twenty years from now, people will remove all images of them from their photo albums to avoid having their kids snicker over them.

  1. The big hair bump.  If you push your headband forward a little, ok.  But when your bump towers over your forehead like Marge Simpson’s bouffant, it stops being flattering and starts looking ridiculous. (more…)

Big-Screen Hair

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Tangled, Rapunzel, movie The latest Disney movie, Tangled, hit theaters last week, and it is all about hair.

Well, sort of.  It’s an adaptation of the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, Rapunzel.  This Rapunzel’s hair has magical healing properties, and she finally escapes from her tower with 70 gorgeous blonde feet of it – that comes in handy in some unusual ways.  Check out this trailer, it looks great!

Hair has been a major feature in quite a few Hollywood hits.  Hair, the hippie subculture classic, was based on the ’60’s hit musical of the same name.   (more…)

Turns Out the Pilgrims Had More Style Than You Thought…

Friday, November 19th, 2010

pilgrim clothes Everyone knows that the pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620 wore all-black clothing with white aprons and collars and big buckles on their shoes.  And the Native Americans they ate with on Thanksgiving wore big feather headdresses.  Duh.  Every picture you ever saw of them proves it!

Only, not.  If you actually visited Plymouth back then (or the Plimoth Plantation Museum today), you’d see people dressed in lots of colors, and shoes that slipped on or laced up.  Check out the photos below, of reenactors in authentic garb.  Info is courtesy of the Plimoth Plantation website.

It actually wasn’t that easy to dye cloth black back in the day, which meant that true black clothing was expensive, and saved for best.   (more…)

Hat Ingredients II: The Edible Kind

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Last week, I posted about the “ingredients” that go into making an actual hat.  This week, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite subjects: creative baking.

I had this Betty Crocker Kids Cookbook when I was little (it actually belonged to my mother when SHE was little…) that was full of fun, easy recipes.  Some of them were actually tasty.  There was a huge section full of gorgeous cakes, complete with full-color photographs, in the most fascinating shapes; an igloo, a drum set, a bunny rabbit, and so on – including directions to creating an incredibly realistic-looking hat cake. (more…)

I Feel Like Blogging About…Books

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Some authors are better than others at description.  Some bring in loads of tedious details just to take up space, and others leave almost everything up to your imagination.  Back when I read Great Expectations in high school, I learned that it’s packed with unnecessary descriptions because Dickens was paid by the word – so he made darn sure he got his money’s worth!

But the best authors can tell you only exactly as much as you want to know.  I know that some people tend to skip the descriptive parts of a book, but I’ve always lingered over them, forming precise pictures in my mind.  I like to know what everyone looks like!

Laura Ingalls Wilder, for example (the Little House books), does a great job of describing clothing.   (more…)

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