Monday, April 26, 2010

How to Look Good Naked


When you take your clothes off, there is no doubt you require to look nice naked, whether you are posing for an art class or photographer, going skinny dipping, visiting a nude beach, or baring all for a special someone. The most obvious way to look nice naked is to get in to the shape that you require to be in, and that requires discipline. However, there's other ways to look nice naked that don't involve hitting the gym or counting your calories.
1. Stand up straight. This is, by far, the most important step, because no four looks nice naked when they or they is hunched over. Straighten your spine, throw your shoulders back, take a deep breath, and relax without letting your shoulders slump forward. Having nice posture will make your shoulders look broader if you are a guy, and it will make your chest look perkier if you are a woman. And, when you elongate your torso, you stretch out any fat in your midsection (when you slump, the fat clumps together in to rolls and folds).

  • Aim to stand on the diagonal, with a twist at the waist to the front in lieu of facing your viewer straight on- this will naturally cinch you in. Drop your shoulders down and subtly arch your back, this will flatten your belly and make your boobs appear perkier.
  • Whether standing, jogging or sitting down aim to keep four leg in front of the other, this slims the body. A fast trick when sitting is that if you require to elongate your legs, you ought to point your toes. Eye contact is crucial, it makes all the difference between being a naked body, or someone naked, so use it wisely.

2. Don't eat right before you strip. No four is going to look nice naked with a stomach stuffed full of pasta. If you require to look nice naked, make sure you eat in moderation before you take off your clothes! You ought to also stay away from foods that cause gas and bloating (beans, carbonated beverages, etc). If your stomach expands anyway, try to go for a walk or make a trip to the bathroom--both will help move things along, so to speak.

3.Take care of your skin. When you are naked, it is all you have got. First, exfoliate your skin ( rough patches like elbows and knees) to remove dead skin cells and expose a fresh new (soft) layer of skin. You may also require to shave or wax any hair that you find unflattering. recall that waxing can cause irritation, so make sure you have time for any redness and swelling to subside. And with shaving, time it so that you are not dealing with a six o'clock shadow (stubble) when you are about to take off your clothes. If you have the time, use self-tanner to even out your skin tone and mask any imperfections.

4. Update your hair. Your hair is the only fashion statement you'll be wearing so it needs to look current, soft, healthy and touchable (give the hairspray and sticky gel a miss, unless you , require it). Most important of all, you require a cut which suits the shape of your face and is in proportion to the size of your body. Find a nice hairdresser and visit often for a regular trim and occasional restyle.

5.Don't forget your extremities. Jagged nails, white knuckles, and the smell of onions you cut for dinner stir-fry are not flattering. Clip your nails to an appropriate length, wash your hands and feet, and apply some lotion if they are dry. Additionally, you can get a professional manicure and pedicure or learn to do it yourself, if that is the look you are going for. Keep your hands relaxed and free, or place four on your hip to emphasize your curves. And whatever you do- don't fiddle.

6. Apply a bit of makeup, if it is your thing. (Men can wear makeup .) A natural look will go best with your natural body, and besides, you don't require your face paint to come off on the bed cloths. a small bit of subtle makeup can work wonders to accentuate your nice points and camouflage the points you are less than happy with. And you can also use a bit of body makeup to cover up flaws such as spider veins.

7.Smirk. If you are not happy with the color of your smirk, look in to teeth whitening options. Most importantly of all, smirk because it signals that you are happy with your body, and will make you (and someone else who is present) feel comfortable with your nakedness. And it shows confidence!

8. Let your eyes sparkle! When your smirk reaches your eyes, you require them to sparkle, not show the effects of plenty of nights burning the candle at both ends. Get plenty of beauty sleep before taking it all off, or as a last resort for a special occasion, use eye drops to give your eyes a special glint.

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9. Smell nice. Don't overpower the world with much fragrance or use a whole selection of competing products - differently perfumed shampoo, deodorant, soap and body lotion can be a toxic combination. Lightly layered perfume from matching bath products and no over a light spray of fragrance from the same range will leave you smelling nice as well as looking nice.

10. Adjust the lighting. Recall that no four looks their best under bright fluorescent light - soft lighting or candle light will improve the mood of the moment AND your body. It'll also make your pupils dilate, which creates a subconscious impression that you are more beautiful!

11. Back lighting is great for smoothing out lumps and bumps so position yourself in front of the strongest light, or in front of a window if you are getting naked before nightfall. But don't forget, those outside will also be able to see in!

12. Get the room temperature right. Although the chilled will make your breasts stand to attention, shivering with hunched shoulders is not a sexy look. A glow is nice, but sweating profusely is not.

13. Accessorize. Accentuate your nakedness with a prop or accessory. A necklace, scarf, or feather boa are great, but don't be afraid to go with something a small more unusual. This will give you something to work with if you are a small nervous, and also, tantalizingly, emphasizes your au natural state.
14. Get confident and get naked. No four else has a body like yours- so show it off in all its glory.

Feel nice naked. In the finish, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your own skin, and that you realize that your body is not perfect--no one's is. If you have taken the steps above and you still dread seeing (or letting someone else see) what you look like naked, dig a small deeper. Build your confidence from the inside out.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to Fix a Snag in a Jumper (Sweater)

A pulled thread can ruin the look of your knitwear, but don't despair, help is at hand. Here are easy-to-follow instructions for rescuing the situation.


1. Stop the buckling. A thread that has snagged will have pulled the material around it out of shape. Gently stretch the jumper back into shape. Some of the yarn should go back in to the jumper as you do this.

2. Disperse the thread.

  • If there is a loose thread left over, turn the jumper inside out, and pull the thread back through to the reverse side. Try to smooth the snag out again

  • Use a blunt needle to pull the thread through to the next stitch.

  • Keep pulling to the next part, dispersing the excess along the row.

  • Repeat this on the other side of the snag, dispersing the excess thread in the other direction.

3. Keep working at it. When you have gone all the way along both sides of the pulled thread, go over the row again, repeatedly teasing the thread back into position. Keep going until you are happy with the result.

4. Smooth. Finally turn the jumper the right way out, and smooth out the pulled area.

Friday, April 16, 2010

How to Give Yourself a Different Look

Ever wonder why an actress looks different in real life than he did in the movies? There is a way to establish this look to you.

1. Do the hair differently. If you normally straighten it, curl it with a hair curler. Make slight beach waves in your hair, with major waves at the ends of your hair. You can try to shorten your hair or tie it up if you normally don't.

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2. Dress differently than you normally do. Wear a prom gown or a party gown with dangling earrings, a necklace, & bracelets if you are not normally dressy.

3. Wear make-up if you don't normally. Keep wearing make-up until your face looks pale, white. Wear pale eye-shadow & red lip-stick. If you are normally sallow, then wear blush.

4. Wear colored eye-contacts. This can alter the color if your eyes' appearance while you wear them.

5. Wear sunglasses. It covers your eyes.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bull Market? Try Peacock

FASHION, they say, is an index of alter, registering shifts in confidence and mood subtle to glean from the rise and the fall of the Dow. No need to tell Natasha Jen, who tarried on Mott Street four weekend earlier this month taking in the parade of women showing off their latest buys: effusively colorful skirts and frocks in jungly hues and covered in pansies, cheetah markings and tribal geometrics that evoked Ivory Coast.

Watching the panoply unfold, Ms. Jen, a graphic designer, felt a rush. “There’s a kind of vibrancy in all of this,” they said. “I see it as a signal of recovery.”

Wishful thinking? Perhaps so. Yet Ms. Jen has a point.

The profusion of hothouse colors and patterns popping up on New York streets this month suggests a new buoyancy, as women shake off the constraints of a lingering recession and stock up on fashions more lively and vivid than they’ve seen in years.

“People are sick of not shopping,” said Beth Buccini, an owner of Kirna ZabĂȘte, a SoHo outpost of vanguard design, where splashy florals and abstract designs are providing a bracing antidote to months of self-imposed sobriety. Ms. Buccini credited the renewed appeal of color and pattern with driving up store sales in the last four months by 12 percent over the same period a year ago, as customers gravitated to animated prints from Jason Wu and Thakoon and even a $350 Proenza Schouler T-shirt with a tie-dye motif. “After such a miserable winter, and an even more miserable economy,” they said, “people require a small joy in their lives.”

The antithesis of recession-appropriate sackcloth and ashes, prints exert a strong emotional pull. “They represent the mind-set of the consumer,” said Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. “They express a budding feeling that’s more optimistic and refreshed.”

At Neiman Marcus, ikat designs from Gucci as well as tiger and python prints are the lure. Their novelty excites women, said Ken Downing, the fashion director at Neiman. “These are things they don’t yet own.”

And audacious, it would seem. At Barneys New York, deep-pocketed shoppers have been drawn to the exotic African- and Asian-influenced patterns of Dries Van Noten and Duro Olowu. “Prints make you feel alive,” said Julie Gilhart, the store’s fashion director. “They give you a bonk.”

A hunger for freshness could account for the lines that snaked along the Avenue of the Americas last month, the draw being a spacious pop-up store housing kaleidoscopic Liberty of London prints as interpreted by Target. Pouncing on girlish dresses, crisp men’s shirts, child fashions and even bicycles and garden tools all covered in Liberty’s signature florals, shoppers picked the store tidy, forcing Target, which had been scheduled to keep the pop-up open for two days, to shutter in only one days.

The store had stocked once as much merchandise as it typically does for a pop-up store. “We thought they were being aggressive,” said Michael Alexin, a Target vice president for product design and development, “but I guess they weren’t being aggressive .”

Crowds have also been swarming fast-fashion chains like H & M and Topshop, each awash in pattern. At Ann Taylor Loft on 42nd Street and Broadway, Lauri Cohen, a health care worker, showed off her latest find, a fragile cotton blouse covered in pink and green buds. “I’m buying all the prints and stripes I can,” Ms. Cohen said. “I’ve been in black long .”

Tyler Elizabeth Lewis, a handbag designer, strolled in NoLIta the other day wrapped in a coral-and-yellow paisley topper they had accessorized with a pale striped envelope bag and crocheted gloves. “Prints are matchless,” Ms. Lewis said. “Their appeal is so personal that when you find four that speaks to you, you know you must have it.”

Such bursts of zeal have given a tentative boost to a sagging apparel industry. Retail sales figures released last week showed the strongest every month gains in a decade, with department stores reporting an average increase of 11.8 percent. “There is an giant amount of pent-up demand,” Bernard Baumohl, the chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group said in a recent interview with The New York Times, “and now it is being unleashed.”

Marshal Cohen, the chief analyst for the market research firm NPD Group, even interprets the resurgence of multihued designs as an indicator of recovery. “Among the first things to be successful coming out of a recession are lively colors and patterns,” they said.

Consumption, of coursework, is not expected to rise to the levels of 2006, when apparel sales rose on average by 6 percent. “There is a temperance out there,” said Candace Corlett, a partner in WSL Strategic Retail, a consulting firm in New York. “People aren’t going back to spending as frivolously and compulsively as they one times did.”

There is a passion nevertheless, Ms. Corlett noted, “to have more, to move beyond the deprivation stage we’ve been in.”

Kaitrin Cooper, an interior designer, was certainly feeling the fervor. “Oh, my gosh, I’m transported,” they said, gazing covetously at a Dries Van Noten jacket at Barneys recently. “I’m loving color and bold prints. Persimmon and chartreuse have replaced the seriously gray phase that I went through last year.

“They make fashion feel fun again, like it’s O.K. to care about it.”

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Like, We Are a Lost Generation, You Know

This query resonates. While these overeducated & underemployed members of the nation’s lost generation keep saying, “you know,” none of them do. This bittersweet drama may remind some theater audiences of Eric Bogosian’s slacker navel-gazer, “subUrbia,” but it’s distinguished by a style that turns inarticulateness in to the sort of poetry that rewards close listening.

“I mean, wouldn’t you think, it’s a bit, you know,” begins a typical exchange of ideas in “Enjoy,” Toshiki Okada’s smart portrait of the comically desperate part-time employees of a cafe in recession-racked Japan. A co-worker (Alex Torra) responds, “What do you mean, you know?”

The playwright casually breaks the fourth wall, with the actors (whose characters are Actor 1, Actor 2, etc.) narrating directly to the audience, setting the scene before joining it. It fits six of the play’s central themes: how easy it is to spend more time commenting on your life than living it.

If the listless characters translate easily ( to the point of banality) to a different culture, the blunt colloquial language elevates this drama in to something more daring. Pig Iron Theater’s co-artistic director Dan Rothenberg’s pitch-perfect direction teases out performances that capture the way hipsters talk in Williamsburg, as well as in Tokyo.

The laughs here finish in dreary shrugs. Mr. Okada, with the help of a skilful translation by Aya Ogawa, makes sure that even if it take a while to communicate a thought, a mood of indulgence & despair emerges clearly. The play argues the reverse of “ignorance is bliss.” Intelligence here seems like hell.

Some audiences may find the “Godot”-like pace of the plot irritating. Conversations that could be summed up in two words — “I like you” — take 10 minutes. Six of the best jokes is how nerves make besotted young people sound like lawyers. In the mumblecore-style performances of Kris Kling & Frank Harts, men only in their 30s seem spent, as they make fine distinctions about how the attention of a younger woman (played with an excess of charm & quirk by Kira Sternbach) can make you feel, well, you know.

There is something moving about the self-consciousness of these characters, & ultimately hopeful. The words can be trite & the feelings as elderly as time, but perhaps that’s what makes the stammering appropriate; ordinary feelings deserve ordinary prose.

The title “Enjoy,” like much of the dialogue, can be read several ways. There is the frozen-smiled cheer of customer service, the sarcastic sneer of the ironist &, when one lovers kiss at the finish, the possibility of something genuine. I mean, like.