7 Tips to Get the Look Right for a Black-Tie Party


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For most women, dressing up for a ‘black-tie’ affair is a daunting task. You are confused about whether you need to go for a floor-length gown or wear that new favorite of yours, the cocktail dress you recently purchased.

‘Black-tie’ events usually start after 6 pm and require men to come dressed in smart tuxedos. Though the attire for ladies is not specified, it is pertinent you wear something that goes with the nature of the function.

Here are a few tips for you to make dressing up for the gala easier.


1. A Long Gown Is My Only Option?

Long and dressy gowns used to be customary, but that’s no longer the case. If you are not particularly a ‘gown person’ or are not interested in purchasing a gown for a one-off occasion, a beautiful cocktail dress can perfectly serve your purpose.

Make sure your dress is capable of holding its own in a formal gathering comprising mainly men in tuxedoes and women in gowns. If you are confident on that count, rest assured your cocktail dress will work fine.

Dressy separates like a beautiful silk top and a long satin skirt also look great for formal evenings, but many etiquette experts advise them for ‘black-tie optional’ events only.

Also, there are a few rules you may do well to abide by. Your dress should not be too revealing and the cocktail dress should ideally not have a too high a hemline.

2. What Color Should You Go For?

Ankle-length gowns look beautiful in light and pastel shades. Gowns have a very flattering and inherently dressy silhouette, so you can keep the colors toned down.

Peach, cream, pale pink and blush are great colors for gowns. Deep red, plum and darker shades also work beautifully. While wearing dark colors keep the accessories and embellishments to a minimum. This will give you a classy and elegant look.

Cocktail dresses in rich and attractive colors are apt for black-tie events and formal parties. Metallics like gold and silver, beige, brown and jewel tones like emerald green, fuchsia, pink and red are among the all-time favorites. A black cocktail dress can never go wrong, and don’t forget to add the right amount of glamor with chic accessories.

3. Accessorize with Care

Accessories can make or mar your look. So be careful with what you choose.

A sparkly pair of earrings or studs, a bracelet, and a delicate necklace will complete and complement your look. With intricate and heavy gowns, jewelry should always be kept simple.

If you are looking to dress up your outfit, you can go for big chandelier earrings or a statement neckpiece. Oversized collars and intricate bib necklaces are trending now. But make sure you don’t overdo the look. Statement pieces look great with simple dresses and you should wear them either alone or with minimal accessories.

An evening bag or a clutch in silk, satin, velvet or brocade will look great with your formal attire. Embellished and fringed clutches are also in vogue. Red, gold or black clutches work well with any outfit.

4. Get Your Shoes Right

Killer heels add oomph and glamor like nothing else, and most of us consider them an absolute must in party wear. If you plan to wear high heels make sure you are comfortable in them. Keep in mind you may have to stand for long periods of time and it will become difficult to enjoy the evening if your feet are hurting like hell in your shoes.

Kitten heels make you look sexy without hurting your feet.

While wearing high heels, ensure the hem of your gown barely touches the ground. If you have a long train, short heels will go unnoticed.

Platform pumps in nude and black look great, and are high on comfort as well. Strappy stilettoes are perfect, provided you have mastered the art of balancing in them.

So pick and choose a style that is sexy and comfortable, and goes well with your outfit.

5. Don’t Forget the Basics

If you are wearing a body-hugging outfit, make sure you wear the right kind of underwear or the unflattering panty-lines will ruin your dress. Silk, satin and other slinky fabrics require special care because they are smooth and clingy and accentuate the visible panty lines.

If you are bust-heavy, a backless dress may not be the right choice.

Make sure you try out the gown or the cocktail dress and find the perfect fit that is flattering, classy and chic. Custom-made dresses can be made to fit to perfection, and you can have one in your favorite color as well! So do give them a try.

6. Hair and Make-up Maketh a Lady

Old etiquette may demand you to wear your hair up, but you can go with a style that you are comfortable with. If you feel you look good with your hair down, keep it so by all means. Have a professional blow-dry and you are ready to go. You can go for soft waves or curls which look charming and graceful.

If you are going for an up-do, a chignon or a bun will be apt. Add wispy tendrils of hair to frame your face beautifully and you are ready to rock!

You can keep the make-up minimal because gowns and cocktail dresses are quite the attention-grabbers by themselves. A freshly done manicure and pedicure are a must. Well-groomed hands and feet are as essential as make-up, if not more.

A great primer, suitable foundation, and some light luster with a dab of blush will make you look fresh and glowing.

You can choose to highlight your best feature, like your eyes or lips, and keep the rest of the make-up minimal. A bright-colored lipstick or beautifully done smoky eyes will do the trick.

7. Round It off with the Best

Invest in a chic and classy coat. It will go with your lovely gown and complete the look.

A designer fur-coat is desirable, so is a beautiful pashmina or a silk shawl.

Don’t pull out your plaid coat from the closet because it just won’t work.



Black-tie events are an opportunity to dress up, look good and pamper yourself, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to do so, and do remember to have fun!



Author Bio: Millie Rainer writes about a variety of things such as DIY, hospitality, fashion, and tech. She is looking to build up her authority as a blogger – so she is excited to explore new topics. Follow her on Twitter @MillieRainer.

Perfect Pair of Jeans for Every Occasion

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It’s the summer time, which means enjoying the weather and going on new adventures! Whether you’re headed on vacation, to the beach, work, or the park, there are jeans for every occasion. Jeans are not only comfortable, but they can help you re-create an outfit when you can’t figure out to wear. Who doesn’t love a great pair of jeans? This summer come up with multiple ensembles that incorporate your favorite pairs of jeans, and you will never find yourself saying you don’t have anything to wear.


Bootcut Jeans for a Horseback Ride

Horseback riding during the summer is a blast, and wearing bootcut jeans makes the occasion even better. Wear bootcut jeans the next time you go horseback riding for a positive experience. Of course this pair of jeans can be worn during other occasions as well, but wearing them horseback riding will help the event go smoothly because you will feel comfortable and at ease. Prior to going horseback riding make sure your jeans aren’t too tight — wear a pair that is your correct size and is stretchy. You can test them out by going on a quick bike ride. That way when you’re in a full gallop on a horse your outfit will feel just right.


Cute and Casual for a Concert

Have you been to a series of concerts yet? If you have not, it’s about time you purchased a few tickets to your favorite concerts! Ripped jeans for women are perfect to wear to concerts, not only because they are edgy, but because they help keep you cool since they are ripped and show more skin. Ripped jeans look amazing with a boxy shirt, tank top, or even a flowy top depending on your mood and the weather. If you live in a cooler climate bring along a biker jacket or sweater depending on the look you are going for and enjoy your night out at an amazing concert!


Designer Jeans for a Friday Night Date

Going on dates during the summer is something to look forward to, and wearing the perfect date night outfit when meeting up with a special someone makes you feel like the princess you are. Designer jeans can certainly glam up your ensemble. Find a pair of jeans with sequins and pair your designer jeans with playful accessories like a pretty necklace and a favorite pair of high heels for a complete ensemble.


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Over Fifty and Fit: Simple Strategies for Healthy Aging



You’re getting older, but that doesn’t mean you should slow down. You still have a lot of life in you, and there’s a lot you can do to stay healthy. While many people “give up” when they hit 50 – believing they are “over the hill,” – this is a time to rejoice. You have the wisdom earned by your younger years and enough vitality to make it to 80. Here’s how.



Lift Weights


Most people avoid lifting weights for their entire life. But, lifting is one of the best ways to build and preserve muscle at any age. No, you won’t be the hulk that you could be in your 20s. But, you can still build and preserve muscle – muscle that you’ll desperately need in your advanced age.


You see, building muscle isn’t just something to think about. It’s something you need to do. Many senior citizens meet an untimely and early end because of a hip fracture or loss of balance – both of which can be attributed in part to weakened muscles. Additionally, weight lifting is proven to increase mitochondria in your cells – the powerhouses that provide those cells with energy. By building muscle, you will be helping to prolong your life.



Reduce Alcohol Consumption


There are various methods to decrease alcohol consumption when you’re older – especially if you’re used to drinking several times a week. Why bother decreasing alcohol consumption? While some studies show that a glass of wine a day can be beneficial, it’s also true that alcohol produces a toxic substance in the body – called acetaldehyde – that needs to neutralized by enzymes in the liver, specifically the P450 family of enzymes, aldehyde dehydrogenase, alcohol dehydrogenase, and catalase.


All of this sucks up important resources that could be used for other purposes that will improve your quality of life.



Work On Mobility


As we get older, we sometimes become less mobile. Mobility training is one way to improve your mobility as you get older. Forget stretching – most of what you hear about it is wrong. Instead, work on improving your range of motion through exercise, like walking, unloaded and loaded barbell training, and mobility-specific work that includes trigger points and possibly active massage.



Eat Healthier


Everyone needs to eat healthier, but what does that mean? There are so many ideas out there right now about what to eat and what not to eat. One of the best sources for information about a customized diet is Chris Kresser.


Oh, and forget about switching to fad diets like vegetarianism, veganism, juicing, or popping a handful of supplements. Those don’t work.


What should you opt for? Preferably, a customized diet that takes into account known food allergies and non-IgE food sensitivities. If you can’t afford the necessary medical testing to figure this out, opt for a non-inflammatory diet consisting of lots of veggies, some fruit (non-sweet, like berries), some nuts, unprocessed meats of all kinds including fish and organ meats, and some natural animal fats like pastured lard and butter which have a healthy balance of saturated and monounsaturated fats, and limited plant-based fats like coconut and olive oil.



GUEST BLOGGER: Steve Tucker’s passion for holistic medicine grows from his penchant for research and healthy living. When not working with patients of all ages, he often blogs about natural ways to stay healthy. Follow Steve on Twitter.


Risky Business: The Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism


Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon and the principal motive for the decision to get on a plane to see out treatment in another country is primarily the cost factor.

More people than ever before are now considering cosmetic surgery and undergoing procedures to alter their personal appearance for cosmetic or sometimes medical needs, but cost should definitely not be the sole motivation for seeking treatment abroad and there are certainly dangers attached to medical tourism.


Reputations come at a price

When you consider using someone with a track record and good reputation like Plastic Surgeon Dr Robert Goldman, this is often factored into the price that you are going to pay for your procedures and should provide you with a level of comfort and peace of mind that you are trusting your body with someone who wants to ensure that you are completely satisfied after the work has been done.

Mr Goldman is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and this means that you can check on his and any other registered surgeons qualifications and suitability for carrying out the procedures you are thinking of having done.


Know who is holding the knife

It is not always so easy to check on the qualifications and reputation of the surgeon you are flying out to another country to meet with for probably the first and only time. Checking into a Bangkok hospital to get breast augmentation work done or to have a tummy tuck can seem very attractive when you see that you might be able to get the work done for less than you would pay for the procedures in Australia, but when you might only get as little as a five minute consultation and there may even be a language barrier to overcome, there is definitely a risk attached to choosing your plastic surgeon purely on price alone.


Do your homework

It is fundamental advice, but when you consider that it is your body that you are subjecting to cosmetic surgery and mainly you that has to accept the consequences afterwards, it is really important to do your homework beforehand.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are not the only recognized body to alert members of the public to the inherent risks of traveling overseas for surgery. Protecting patient safety is a number one priority for professional bodies like the ASPS and you should look for similar auditing or quality assurance standards from any overseas provider of cosmetic procedures.


Rectifying mistakes

The fact that a good number of cosmetic surgeons registered in Australia, spend their time rectifying complications arising from cosmetic procedures that have been performed in overseas facilities, should be a fair indication of the importance of doing your homework and ensuring that the price you are paying does not turn out to be a false economy, when revision surgery is required after you return to Australia.

It is well worth remembering that cosmetic surgery wherever it is performed is real surgery with real risks attached to it, so despite the apparent attraction of a cheaper surgery option being packaged with a beach holiday abroad, you really need to be alert to the potential downside and dangers associated with cosmetic surgery tourism.



GUEST BLOGGER: Michelle Smythe is a dedicated medical professional. With research and experience, she often blogs about common medical questions and concerns in the modern world.