Take Your Fashion Statement To The Beach

Written by Sher Matsen


Itís that time of year when we pack up our bags and head torepparttar beach forrepparttar 148471 day to enjoy those warm sunrays andrepparttar 148472 refreshing sound ofrepparttar 148473 lapping water.

So what constitutes a good beach wardrobe. Well there are certain essentials that none of us forget. On goesrepparttar 148474 swimsuit and bathing suit cover, flip flops on our feet. Beach bag has been packed withrepparttar 148475 essentials Ė sunglasses, floppy hat, towel and a good book. Great Ė gotrepparttar 148476 basics covered but what aboutrepparttar 148477 rest.

So if we are so prepared for a day atrepparttar 148478 beach, why is it byrepparttar 148479 time we get home we look pretty worn. Here are some helpful tips to make your day atrepparttar 148480 beach fun and keep you looking fashion fresh all day and allrepparttar 148481 way home.

First before you leave home, if youíve got long hair pull it into a high pony tail or fun knot. Use some funky hair accessories that will stay in place when youíre swimming. Try a fun colored bobble or some firm fastening clips in bright summer colors. If you pull your hair up your neck will stay cool and youíll look fresh all day with your neat hairdo.

Second slather yourself in sunscreen before leavingrepparttar 148482 house, then tossrepparttar 148483 sunscreen in your bag so you can reapply after a swim or every few hours. A sunburn is not only unhealthy and painful, itís unattractive, so donít let yourself turn intorepparttar 148484 lobster ofrepparttar 148485 day. Your sunscreen should be a SPF of 15. It doesnít hurt to use a strong SPF on your face or your entire body if you burn easily.

Your beach bag should be large enough to hold your supplies forrepparttar 148486 day. Why not get something fun and fashionable to keep you looking fashion fresh. Make sure youíve got allrepparttar 148487 daily essentials in your bag Ė sunglasses, sunscreen, a good book, a floppy hat, some lip gloss, and any other makeup touch ups youíll want. If you plan to wear eye makeup make sure itís waterproof. Stay away from heavy foundations.

If you must apply something use a bronzer moisturizer. Itís also a good idea to bring lip balm with an SPF15 to protect your lips. It never hurts to put some moisturizer inrepparttar 148488 bag. Include a snack and plenty of fluids. Itís important not to get dehydrated.

Okay great weíve gotrepparttar 148489 basics covered now what aboutrepparttar 148490 wardrobe basics? If youíre planning to wear a swimsuit itís usually easiest to put it on at home, that way youíre not chasing down change rooms. So great Ė first on goesrepparttar 148491 swimsuit. Now what to wear for a cover?

Well youíve got plenty of choices. A tank top and shorts, tank and skort, or a nice light cotton dress all work well over top. Choose something thatís easy to put on and take off, and choose fabrics that breathe to keep you cool. I also suggest including a long sleeved cotton blouse just incase you start to burn you can protect your shoulders and arms.

Captivating Cameos

Written by Sher Matsen


There is something about a cameo that it truly captivating. Be itrepparttar attention to fine detail,repparttar 148470 elegance ofrepparttar 148471 portraits, there is simply nothing quite as beautiful as a cameo, and they never go out of style. Cameos can be made from variety of materials, such as abalone, wood, bone, coral, ivory, agate, glass, plastic, various shell types, and layered hard stone which comes in a variety of colors.

Molded cameos are usually made of glass. They usually consist of either one or two colors. Oftenrepparttar 148472 colors are swirled together. Glass cameos are usually quite shiny. Molded cameos are also molded from plastic. The wedgwood style cameos were made from plastic. Plastic makes a terrific imitation shell cameo. Older cameos were often made with celluloid using two colors. Occasionally, but not very often, natural materials are molded. One way to tell if a cameo is molded is to look for a roundness inrepparttar 148473 detail and a lack of sharp and precise lines. To identify glass cameos look forrepparttar 148474 presence of mold marks and ridges or dimples onrepparttar 148475 back.

Shell cameos are carved from a single piece of shell. Shell is soft, so it is very easy to carve. Shell cameos are usually two colors. Shell cameos have a thin concave back, withrepparttar 148476 exception of abalone and mother of pearl which are usually flat onrepparttar 148477 back and somewhat thicker. Coral Cameos are usually a single color, and also have a flat back.

Agate cameos are carved withrepparttar 148478 same technique that shell cameos are carved. Agate has one main advantage, becauserepparttar 148479 carver is able to seerepparttar 148480 layers of color fromrepparttar 148481 side and knows that these layers will basically be flat. Stone is much harder to carve. A good hard stone cameo is often under carved atrepparttar 148482 junction whererepparttar 148483 portrait meetsrepparttar 148484 flat plaque. At a quick glance stone often looks like an applied cameo, however upon closer examination one can determine it to be stone.

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