The Chic Sportswear Look

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Contrary to what you thought Sportswear and Chic can go together. Here's some helpful tips to achieve that chic sportswear look:

- Mix white with a a bit of grey or blue - Tuck slim fitting shirts into loose pants - Tuck fitted tanks into tailored shorts - Use a belt to define your waste - Keep your hair simple - Keep your accessories simple - Mix preppy favourites with teenties inspired seperates - Loose capri pants with a fitted tank and cotton jacket - Mix and match classic seperates in cool shades

The Dazzling Rhinestone

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Rhinestones have a glittering past. Originally rhinestones where referred to Czechoslovakian or Bohemian glass dating as far back asrepparttar 13th century in Bohemia andrepparttar 140768 Czech Republic. Both have a history steeped in beautiful hand blown glass as well as molded and cut glass. By 1918 glass was no longer limited to functional items. Czechoslovakian glass began to make its appearance in dazzling and brilliant jewelry. This Czech glass became known as rhinestones. Rhinestones were manmade gems from highly refined glass. By using various metalsrepparttar 140769 glass was colored torepparttar 140770 desired shade. It was then pressed into molds. Each stone was then ground and polished by machine, resulting in a brilliant glass stone. Oftenrepparttar 140771 stones were foiled onrepparttar 140772 back which increased their brilliance. Today,repparttar 140773 same refining process is still used. You will often here rhinestones referred to as paste. Originally paste was referred to a glass stone that made of ground glass which was molded and then melted, producing an opaque dense glass frosted stone. Paste had many air bubbles and swirl marks. The high lead content glass was then polished and faceted, and set on either copper or silver resulting in a brilliant stone. Todayrepparttar 140774 term paste usually refers to rhinestones. In Europe rhinestones are often referred to as paste, strass, and diamante. Austria is another area with a history in rhinestone production. In 1891 Daniel Swarovski created a new glass cutting machine which quite literally revolutionizedrepparttar 140775 jewelry business. This machine could cut faceted glass, producing finely finished product in a very short time. Prior to this invention it would take a very long time for each stone to be hand cut and finished. Swarovski’s background in glass making, combined with his glass cutting machine soon found him producing rhinestones with a lead content of over 30%. The brilliance of these rhinestones was superior to anything seen onrepparttar 140776 market. Swarovski wasn’t content with his invention andrepparttar 140777 best rhinestones ever seen. His next invention was once again transforming torepparttar 140778 jewelry industry. He created a vacuum plating forrepparttar 140779 backs ofrepparttar 140780 stones with silver and gold, reducingrepparttar 140781 need for hand labor. Still today Swarovski rhinestones are recognized asrepparttar 140782 highest quality inrepparttar 140783 industry. Over 80% of rhinestone jewelry manufactured in America use Swarovski rhinestones. Rhinestones have played an important role in costume jewelry for hundreds of years. It is used to enhance and accent, and sometimes rhinestones will providerepparttar 140784 entire design. Duringrepparttar 140785 Victorian period common motifs for jewelry included snakes, flowers, and hands most often adorned with rhinestones. The 1890s were a time for extravagant jewelry heavily adorned with rhinestones. As time moved forward designs became simpler with figural shapes once again making their fashion statement. However this time they were small and more elegant with small rhinestone accents. Duringrepparttar 140786 Edwardian period extravagance had made a comeback with diamonds and pearls beingrepparttar 140787 focal point. Once again rhinestones were in heavy use, often used to imitaterepparttar 140788 real thing.

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