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November 2010

6 Style Lessons My Grandmother Taught Me

Jillian Interlichia is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on the subject of becoming a medical transcriptionist for the Guide to Health Education.

Both my grandmothers were eminently stylish.  One was the product of the depression, a woman where stylish and frugal went hand-in-hand, and the other somehow managed to raise four boys without ever smudging her lipstick.  Here are six things that I learned from them – life lessons disguised as style lessons.
    •    My maternal grandmother and I used to play a game in the mall.  She’d hold a blouse, or a dress, or a pair of shoes, and say “who is this?”  It was up to me to pick which mutual acquaintance this piece best embodied.  The game could tend towards the mean-spirited at times, but the one thing it taught me: own it.  If you have a style all your own, you’re going to become recognizable, even to that five year old tagging along with the adults.  Isn’t that what style is about?
    •    Accessorize.  The maternal grandmother, again, lived through the depression.  Once material things were affordable again (for her, the 60’s and 70’s) chunky necklaces and earrings became her signature piece.  She’d let me play with her jewelry box and, heaven help me, the accessory bug hit me, too.
    •    It’s all in the attitude.  There’s a photo of the same grandmother driving her children around in my grandpa’s old army jeep.  She’s wearing a giant bow and a polka dot dress.  You can tell from the look on her face that she think the jeep is just a further accessory of this ensemble – army wife chic.
    •    Lipstick is a necessity.  My paternal grandmother, of the aforementioned “perfect lipstick,” bought me my first tube at age eight.  It was Disney Princess themed.  I was never quite the same adept as she was – that first tube, in pastel pink, was her favorite color but I’ve never been able to pull it off – but she made the point that if your lips are worth looking at, your words are worth listening to.
    •    The Little Black Dress.  She had tons of them.  Some of them were clearly from the 70’s.  Others would have been classic for years to come.  She was the first person I ever thought was beautiful, and I feel like the little black dress had something to do with that.
    •    Shoes are the icing on the cake.  Paternal grandma wore heels every day of her life until one fateful day when a variety of foot, tendon, and heel problems made the doctor ban pumps from her life forever.  Not to be daunted, she found the most stylish shoes I’d ever seen any grandmother wear.  If you’re dedicated to fashion, you will be able to find something that will satisfy yourself and the health experts.

Jillian Interlichia is a guest blogger for An Apple a Day and a writer on the subject of becoming a medical transcriptionist for the Guide to Health Education.

Hot UK Label , Yumi available in Australia!

The Spring/Summer 2010 collections at Yumi offer unadulterated escapism, evoking precious memories of childhood. With trends inspired by innocent events and activities from days the formative years, this season play host to youthful styling suitable for all ages.

Divided into three distinct trends, ‘Seaside Picnic’ provides inspiration for the first story with quirky touches of nautical and retro holiday camp glamour. Mini anchor and heart motif prints sit on summer dresses including dainty chiffon and structured bubble prom styles. The predominant maritime colour palette of black, white and navy is enlivened with flashes of pink. Detail is key with soft ruffles and lace detailing adding softness to the contemporary structured silhouettes.

Hero item; Nautical reigns supreme, the anchor print dress offers a modern twist to a trend showing no signs of fading, nautical colours and fresh shapes are combined to create an innovative new look.

The Vintage fairgrounds of yesteryear create a retro backdrop for the second trend, fusing iconic imagery with modern design; a genuine’ Lucky Dip’ collection of must-haves. Merry-go-round horses find their way onto jersey dresses with ruffle detailing, whilst bold florals add interest to early 1980’s inspired sundresses. Envisage a colour palette of vivid brights set against candy floss shades: a tombola of tones...

The finale to the collection offers heart-warming reminiscence for every little girl at heart with ‘Dressing up box’. For every girl who remembers sitting at their mum’s dressing table, practising make-up trying on a bit of grown up glamour this range is for you. Remaining true to the youthful aspects of the Yumi style but with twists of chic styling, the signature lace dresses are adorned with pearl and beaded necklaces adding a demure edge to these soft shift shapes - offered in classic black and cream tones with flashes of dolly mixture hues.

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Yumi Head of Design Catrin Watkins comments,
“The Yumi woman is always adventurous yet playful. Spring summer is the season for energy and spark...Bold colours and retro shapes should be worn with energy and verve. Make a statement…this is the season to experiment.”


EDITOR’S NOTES; Yumi is the sister brand of Uttam London and is available to purchase through key independent stockists nationwide.  The brand is internationally acclaimed and has a celebrity following that includes Lily Allen, Sienna Miller, and Alesha Dixon.

Hot UK Label UTTAM London comes to Australia

Spring Summer 2010 sees global fashion brand, Uttam London, combine modern prints with intricate handcrafted detailing to create a distinctive style, free-spirited, confident and individual. Showcasing three Key themes as focus throughout the entire collection; Vintage Romanticism, Nature and Retro Brights.


The in-house designed prints of bold abstract flowers and delicate butterflies work with proportion and scale to create an eclectic style, all united with the Uttam London signature attention to detail.

The 1920’s & 1930’s provide the foundation of creativity for the first trend; combined with contemporary fabrics, finishes and styling these decadent designs offer glamour and decadence through full length column gowns and vintage style detailing. Re-interpreted and re-worked scale and proportion create a truly modern take on this stylish era for a new generation.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration and this Spring Summer channels a plethora of flora, fauna and wildlife to stunning effects. Foliage and ornate birds adorn cotton tea dresses whilst hand crafted embellishment provide added interest and evoke a crafted from nature appeal.

Concluding the stories is the ‘Abstract Retro’ collection which combines 1960’s inspired silhouettes with bold, bright and abstract graphic prints. Volume plays an integral role, A-line designs are updated with the addition of pleats and panels whilst buckles and daring embroidery make for a modern statement look.

Uttam London Head of Design Justine Lee comments,
“From vintage styles to exciting new graphic prints, Spring/Summer is about experimenting and creating a definite look. Delicate to bold; prints and colour are key, be brave with both to discover a new individuality.”


EDITOR’S NOTES; Founded in the late 1990’s by fashion entrepreneur Uttam Nepal, Uttam London has grown from it’s modest beginnings of selling handmade knitwear from Nepal and the Far East in London’s Camden Market to become a leading global brand. With an established in-house design team drawing inspiration from London street style combined with emerging trends, Uttam London offers a liberated collection that appeals to a style conscious consumer with an eye for intricacy, creativity and quality. The brand is available to buy from key independent boutiques nationwide and major department stores around the globe.

Toxic Burden- Women Put 515 Chemicals on their Faces Everyday

Revealed... the 515 chemicals women put on their bodies every day

Women and beauty products - it's a love affair that's been going on for centuries. And no wonder. There's nothing like a new lipstick or favourite perfume to make us look and feel good. Or so we thought...
In fact, according to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent 'anti-ageing' promise, are causing us to age faster.
Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, found that the average woman's daily grooming and make-up routine means she 'hosts' a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.

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Many of those are also used in products such as household cleaners, and have been linked to a number of health problems from allergies and skin sensitivity to more serious hormonal disturbances, fertility problems and even cancer.
Parabens, for example, which are designed to preserve the shelf-life of your cosmetics, are one of the most widely used preservatives in the world, and are found in shampoos, hair gels, shaving gels and body lotions. But their use is becoming increasingly controversial - a range of different studies has linked them to serious health problems including breast cancer, as well as fertility issues in men.
Research from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine suggests that some parabens we had previously presumed to be safe, such as Methylparaben, may mutate and become toxic when exposed to sunlight, causing premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Methylparabens are found in more than 16,000 products, including moisturisers and toothpastes. Cosmetic producers have always defended their use of parabens on the grounds that they can't be absorbed into the body.
But many leading researchers disagree, including Dr Barbara Olioso, an independent professional chemist, who says: 'Research shows that between 20 and 60 per cent of parabens may be absorbed into the body.'
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There are a number of laws designed to protect us from dangerous chemicals in cosmetics, but researchers worry that they don't go far enough. For example, cosmetic manufacturers are required to list their ingredients, but they don't have to tell us about any impurities found in the raw materials or used in the manufacturing process, so long as they don't end up in the finished product.
The industry insists that our cosmetics are safe. The Cosmetic Toiletries and Perfumery Association said last night: 'Stringent laws require all cosmetics to be safe, and each product undergoes a rigorous safety assessment. The number of ingredients in a product, or whether it is natural or man-made, has no bearing on how safe it is.'
They also say that any chemicals are present in safe doses that can't harm us. While that may be true, there is some disagreement over what constitutes a 'safe' level - for young people and children, or sensitive adults, these levels may not be so safe at all.
And even if the relatively small amounts in individual products don't hurt us, there is growing concern over the number of products women use daily, and the cumulative effect of so many chemicals being used all over our bodies every day, for many years.
As Charlotte Smith, spokesperson for Bionsen, says: 'Women have never been more image-conscious and their beauty regimes have changed over the years, from a simple "wash & go" attitude, to daily fake-tan applications, regular manicures, false lashes and hair extensions.
'Lots of the high-tech, new generation cosmetics and beauty "wonder" treatments naturally contain more chemicals to achieve even better results, which, of course, means women apply more chemicals than ever before.'
If you want to protect yourself from chemical overload, reduce your overall cosmetics usage; switch to natural or organic products, and read the labels on your beauty and grooming products with care.
The Women's Environmental network has more detailed information and advice about ingredients contained in beauty products: www.wen.org. uk; The Cosmetics Database, a website which gives a 'hazard rating' for products: cosmeticsdatabase.com. Or read Skin Deep: The Essential Guide To What's In The Toiletries And Cosmetics You Use (Rodale), by Pat Thomas.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/beauty/article-1229275/Revealed--515-chemicals-women-bodies-day.html#ixzz14mNdE2s5