Monday, December 31, 2012

Scarf Basics and More

The fashionable crowd wears a scarf with almost every outfit. A versatile collection of scarves includes a variety of colors, shapes and fabrics. There are inside wear and outside wear scarves.

Scarves With Benefits: 
While scarves are considered an accessory, not a wardrobe necessity, they add a great deal to an outfit. They have many purposes, some of which are:

  • Scarves enhance an outfit by adding color, texture and dimension.
  • They update an otherwise dated outfit with color. Popular and trendy scarf designs include overall florals, very popular animal prints and chic metallics.
  • The texture that a scarf adds to an outfit is unparalleled, whether it is a warm and bulky knit or a thin and silky adornment.
  • A fashionable scarf keeps any neck warm and cozy, regardless of the fabric.

Tying it Up

There are an unlimited number of ways to wear a scarf. Again, it depends upon the desired look. A scarf can be knotted, around neck or just at the scarf ends, looped, loosely draped, tied in a bow and more. There are innumerable websites offering illustrated instructions for different scarf tying techniques. Check the web for details for the perfect site that fits your needs.
The basics of how to wear a scarf begin with the shape of the scarf. There are squares of varying sizes and long, thin scarves of varying lengths. The shape and size of the scarf will dictate how it will be worn.

Fabric Choices

The popular fabric choices in scarves include fine silk, luxurious satin, cotton and warm, wool weaves and knits. Making the fabric choice for a scarf is personal but there are a few basic guidelines to help make the decision:
Silk: This fabric dresses up a day wear or evening outfit on the inside. The soft, flowing fabric also can enhance a solid color wool dress coat on the outside.
Satin: This thick, soft and luscious fabric is a dressy addition, a step up in weight from the thin silk option, to a suit for day or evening wear. Satin scarves are often dual tone with one color presenting on each side.
Cotton: This fabric especially works for summer wear. Yes, a scarf is a fashionable summer outfit accessory. Jersey is a popular form of stretchy cotton that allows a stable palette for sequin or studded embellishments on a scarf.
Linen: A linen scarf made of flax a fiber is another summer wear choice, but dressier than simple cotton, option.
Knits: Knit scarves can be a fine gauge thin knit, worn inside or out, or a bulky, warm outside knit. Knit scarves include such fibers as mohair, cashmere, wool and more. A knit scarf can be fabricated from these fine wools fibers:

  • Alpaca, which is warm, soft wool.
  • Cashmere, which is ultra soft and warm.


Pashmina is fine cashmere wool originating under the outer hair of Himalayan goats. The fibers are woven into a fine wool fabric, which is popularly used to make oversized pashmina scarves and shawls.
The term, pashmina, has quickly become a generic term that incorporates any woven, oversized scarf worn draped over the shoulders, around the waist or otherwise.

A Basic Scarf Statement

Not only does a scarf make a fashion statement, it also adds warmth, texture and dimension to any outfit. Long, short, tied, draped, floral, solid, lightweight or bulky, a scarf can do so much to finish an ensemble.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Let's Talk: Textbooks

I'm all about saving money and looking to get the best deal and let's face it, as a college student, textbooks are expensive. There's no way you can save money and get a great deal. I avoid the college bookstore like the plague, because it's too expensive. So, I resort to either buying them online or renting them online. My school allows you to rent them, but it's still expensive.

For the past 2 years, I've used Chegg, a textbook rental site. Compared to my school, it's a lot cheaper. But, I found an even cheaper textbook rental site called Campus Book Rentals and they are a lot cheaper than Chegg.

I rented my history textbook, Making America, on Chegg this year.

As you can see above, Chegg's price is $59 (plus tax and shipping). Campus Book Rentals' price is $45.51, plus FREE SHIPPING. I'm all about saving money, getting the best deals, and free shipping. So, you know where I'm renting next semester.

Campus Book Rentals saves you 40-90% off of bookstore prices, offers FREE shipping both ways, flexible renting periods, they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented, and you can highlight in the book. I love the fact that they have a flexible renting period, unlike Chegg, and that they donate to a great cause.

If you don't know what Operation Smile is, it's a charity for children who are born with a cleft. They heal children's smiles. These children are unable to speak, eat, socialize, and smile. In some places, these children are shunned and rejected and in many cases, their parents can't afford surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile has been giving smiles back to these children. They give free surgeries to children and young adults born with cleft lips, palates, and other facial deformities.

So, how does it work? Check out the video below. RentBack

The views expressed in this article were my own. I would like to thank Campus Book Rentals for asking me to write this article and commissioning me for it.

Have a lovey day!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sponsor In January

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Have lovely holiday! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let's Talk: Doomsday

If you've been living under a rock (and I assume you haven't been), doomsday's tomorrow (or whenever you read this today). According to everyone, that means we die. Yay

FALSE! Newsflash! Nothing going to happen tomorrow (or today)! We aren't dying and the world isn't going anywhere. You'll still have those lovely bills to pay the next day. You'll still have that doctor's appointment that you've probably been avoiding (or trying to get out of because you thought the world was ending). You'll still have those tests to study for and papers to write. Life will continue. 

So, what's happening then? What's all the hoopla all about? Let me explain. 
Warning: Explanation will be a little lengthy and I will be going into astrology. 

The Mayans didn't have a leap year, so their calendar is shorter than ours. Their year of 2012 ended last July. So, according to the Mayans, 2012 has come and gone. If the world was going to end, it would habe ended last July. They weren't predicting the end of the world. They based their calculations on a five thousand year cycle and predicted that one event calendar was ending on December 21, 2012 and another one beginning on December 22, 2012. They were simply predicting the end of the five thousand year solar or planetary calendar. We’re entering into another era, that’s all. Right now we’re in the age of Pisces and on December 22nd we’ll be entering the age of Aquarius.

What does this exactly mean? These ages that we go through, isn't part of astronomy. It's part of astrology. The Sun goes through all 12 signs of the zodiac annually and the zodiac also changes signs approximately every two thousand years and is called the precession of the equinox. Each zodiac lasts on average for about 2,150 years actually. The sun’s position at the time of the March, or vernal, equinox moves in front of a new Zodiac constellation. The Age of Aquarius begins when the March equinox point moves out of the constellation Pisces and into the constellation Aquarius. So as we're move into a new era on December 22nd, we are going through a transitional change. 

So, what's going to happen in this new era? Well, the symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, but in reality it is not water, but knowledge that is being poured. This era will bring forth a drastic change and humans will be affected. The Age of Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of shocking and revolutionary change and is associated with freedom, social justice and new technology. Basing on the Zodiac characteristics of Aquarius, this new age will be more about computers, modernization, revolution, humanitarianism, autonomy and democracy. It is believed that this new era will inspire a massive shift of global consciousness. People will be more aware and concerned about the whereabouts of the world. 

The is era will last until the year 4000 (approximately). The next era the future will see is Capricorn. So, we'll be in Aquarius for sometime. 

Have a lovely day/night! 

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