Wardrobe Basics – Items Every Women should have?

Weather you are just starting out in this world and need to put a foundation wardrobe in place or if you are giving your wardrobe a refresher here are some wardrobe ideas to help you get started.

Two pairs of dark slacks – either black or navy blue. Go with a slim cut in a wool crepe or a seasonless cotton.

One pair of dark slacks for the evening with a fuller cut. These can be a fabric that drapes either a light wool or jersey mix.

Two pairs of jeans -one hemmed for heels and the other hemmed for flats. Jeans that are hemmed for heels you should see just the toe box.

Three skirts – a pencil skirt, a A-line skirt which incidentally looks good on all body types and a skirt in a neutral fabric so you can mix and match with others items like tweed, wool or boucle.

Shirts – A white button front shirt and a few t-shirts.

Three sweaters – The fabric should be a lightweight, merino or cashmere.

  • One should be black and match your black trousers.
  • The second one should be more neutral like off-white, camel or taupe.
  • The third sweater should just simple be a sweater that you love and feel great in. Nothing too dressy – one you can wear to the office and with jeans.

Two Jackets

  • A tailored jacket that matches your black pants.
  • A sporty leather jacket

Three coats

  • A classic trench coat or raincoat with a zip -out wool liner for multiple seasons.
  • A knee-length transition coat that works for day and night.
  • A winter coat in a wool or cashmere blend or if you live in a warmer climate try tropical wool.


  • A little black dress

Three Bags

  • A classic leather style with clean lines that works for everything.
  • A catch all fun tote bag
  • A envelope shaped, bracelet style for the evening.

Shoes (5 pairs)

  • A pair of black pumps 2.5-3.5 inch heel in a the current style.
  • A evening shoe with a close toe in a black satin.
  • A pair of tall black boots
  • Bad-weather boots
  • A pair of sneakers or tennis shoes.

(via Modeling and Beauty)

Tips to help make/keep you thin

One treat at a time.It is ok to have a cheeseburger once in a while but don’t use the justification that since you are already splurging that it ok to order the French Fries along with it. Allow yourself an occasional treat, as long as it is accompanied by smarter food choices like fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you can’t just have one – avoid them. There are some treats that you can’t just have one so it is best to just avoid those treats altogether. You may discover that a chocolate chip cookie triggers uncontrollable cravings but one square of dark chocolate appeases your sweet tooth quite nicely.

Don’t lose weight for some one else. Reset your weight lost goals so they revolve soley around you. Sit down and figure out the benefits to you of changing your lifestyle. Writing down your goals can really help.

Avoid winter weight gain. Keep a bikini or a skimpy sun dress on the back door of your bathroom so you can visualize yourself wearing it every time you head for the leftovers.

Genetics are not on your side but… there are still things you can do. First of all set realistic expectations. First of all, you may never be a size two but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a healthy size 10. Small things like walking to the grocery store, choosing the stairs over the escalator can really make a diiference. Research shows that people who are physically fit and maybe carry a few extra pounds as opposed to people who are their ideal size and not physically fit.

After that workout I can eat anything. Most people over estimate the amount of calories burned. After a great workout reward yourself with a bath or a massage not food.

Avoid buffets. Most people love buffets because of the variety but they also tend to overindulge. To be safe just avoid them.

Remember make lifestyle changes don’t diet. Quite simply diets don’t work long-term so you are better off to make simple lifestyle changes and keep them up over time.

Avoid the hefty salad. A salad heaped with tons of toppings can be just as many calories as a burger. Be realistic about what goes on your salad. Adding a ton of croutons and you might as well be eating a sandwich.

Sweet and Carbs boost your serotonin but thankfully so does exercise,sex and low-fat carbohydrates so choose wisely.

Just because you brought it at the health food section doesn’t mean it is healthy. Organic potato chips have just as many fat grams as regular potato chips so be warned.

Pace yourself with the slowest eater at the table. Studies have shown that eating slower can be more enjoyable and led to less calorie consumption.

Let’s meet for a walk instead of let meet for drinks. Either way you are getting the same social interaction but also doing something good for yourself. Studies have shown that having an exercise buddy can lead to longer exercise. (Written and contributed by: Natalie Hogarth)

secrets for beautiful skin

Beauty Tip: What is the single best thing you can do for your skin?

Quite simply – wear sunscreen.Ultraviolet radiation damages the skin and can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, age spots, and cancer. Take extra precautions to make sure your skin is not exposed to the sun’s rays. Use a natural sunscreen, or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen (at least SPF 15) everyday.

What is the second best thing you can do for your skin?

Drink lots of water.That means at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking water is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy. Water helps to hydrate the skin and move waste and nutrients through the system.

Beauty Tip: Things you do daily for your skin.

Aside from the sunscreen and the water consumption, exercise, rest, and good nutrition lay the foundation for beautiful, healthy skin. A proper diet is not only good for your overall health, it also helps to ensure that your skin will receive all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that it needs to maintain and repair cells.

Ways to combat the dry skin that comes with age.

Older skin has fewer sweat and oil glands than younger skin. Dry skin may be caused by frequent baths, certain cosmetics or medications. Avoid using harsh soaps when bathing, and if possible, cut back on the number of baths or showers each week. A sponge bath with warm water may help to clean and revive skin without stripping the skin of its valuable moisturizers. When you do use soap, try using a natural very mild soap that does not contain any dyes, parabens or perfumes. Follow up the bath with a moisturizing lotion concentrating on problem dry areas. A good all natural moisturizer is one of the foundations for a healthy skin care regimen. Continue moisturizing throughout the day to keep skin healthy. Your hands and face are particularly susceptible to daily damage, and may need to be moisturized several times.(Written and contributed by: Natalie Hogarth)

Internet Models & Photographers Explained Part 3

Internet models tend to think that they are in demand and making a career out of modeling because they are getting paid jobs with “internet photographers”. Not true. This is a dead end street and should not be considered “professional” modeling nor anything you can make a career out of. True professional modeling most commonly involves working on projects which are used to bring in money (advertisements, brochures, catalogs, web sites, and more).

Photographers that pay models to work with them can only afford to do so if they are working on projects in which actual photos of the model are intended for some purpose that will generate money.

“TFP” (time for prints/cd) agreements typically do no allow for commercial use of photographs. If a photographer is providing the majority of their services for free, or worse, paying models to work with them, then they are likely not professionals because anyone whose sole source of income is photography could not afford to do this.

Professional photographers can and do pay models when/if they are working through a 3rd party on a specific product in which the photographer is paid (and the model either compensated by the photographer or the 3rd party).

Internet models tend to think that paying for photos is unnecessary or completely undesirable. Why pay for photos when there are “internet photographers” willing to shoot them for free? Anyone serious about modeling understands that paying professional photographers is a worthwhile investment and typical for anyone interested in attaining some degree of status in the field.

Professional photographers do occasionally provide TFP, but often do so with a specific purpose in mind. This is usually to test a new idea, new equipment, or try different techniques. It is also sometimes done to establish a working relationship with a model and determine their value for future paid projects.

Models who shoot TFP often do so to obtain experience, work with a new photographer, or add new photos to their portfolio. (Written by Zero Dean)