Spring fashion alert: wide leg trousers!

wide leg trouser spring 2012 photo credit: kimberly-lyn via flickr

Silky wide leg trousers are a major fashion trend this season. They are over sized and in many colors, including floral prints. When choosing this style of pants look for ones with inverted pleats because they will slim your legs. Choose fabrics that will flow to make your outfit appear breezy and laid back. The ones that are a silk blend will be the most durable.

Your hem will need to be longer and it should hide most of your shoe. Always wear heels with this look so you do not appear stumpy. Wedges would be a shoe choice for these trousers. They will make your legs look longer and you will appear thinner.

Do not choose a size that appears too baggy because this will make you look heavier than you really are. Pick a medium to high rise, this will emphasize the smallest part of your waist. You will appear to have a hour glass figure. If you want to add more emphasis on your shape just add a belt. When picking a waistband in these trousers go with a drawstring for a more casual look. If you want a more dressy look pick a button fly waistband. These will make the trousers look more fitted to your body.

Wear fitted tops or structured jackets on your top half to offset the fullness in the pants. This will balance your shape and give you a more put together look. Try to avoid looking like the trousers are to large and ill fitting. No one wants to looks frumpy. But with correct fit these pants will become a item that you wear all the time. These trousers will be a great addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.

Spring 2012 nail color trends

Finally, winter is dwindling away and spring is on the way. So it is time to get your fingernails and toenails ready for the new season. Here is what we be popular in spring 2012.

classic red nail polish photo credit: imaxtree.com

(1) The minimalist approach to fingernail color is a big trend. The very flash and elaborate nail colors of last year are now giving way to a more classic look. Nude, cream, and beige will be popular this spring. You will see alot of gray, white, and pale pink. If you choose a color from this pallet keep your nails rounded. This will make your hands seem longer. A great choice from these colors is a creamy beige. It can be worn for day or evening and will give your nails a elegant look with little effort.

(2) What was once old is new again this season. Classic red, burgundy and pastel colors will be very popular. The reds are inspired by the 1950s. Picture the styles of Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly and you have captured the trend. If you are going to choose a shade of nail polish from this pallet wear your nails short to medium in length. So not to over power your look by drawing all the attention to your fingernails.

(3) For those of us that like to add a little flash to fingernails, fancy patterns will be popular. Nail Technicians can do amazing things with glitter and a airbrush gun! These fingernails are not just polished, but a work of art. These designs can be tailored to your personal taste, from elaborate designs to the more demure. If you are planning a spring vacation, fancy patterned nails would be perfect for the occasion. Remember fashion should be a expression of your personal style.

(4) Chrome nail colors that make your fingers shine will be popular to. Some have reflective pearly finishes, jockey strips, and half-moons. This style of nail polish is a perfect fit for the fashion forward among us. You will even see geometric checkered manicures these season. This nail art will be a perfect accessories to match the flirty springs fashions.

Enjoy the warmer weather and show off those nails. Its time to get outside and have lots of fun.

Quick beauty tip of the day: Moroccanoil!

I have naturally dry, frizzy, and wavy hair. Moroccanoil is the best line of hair products I have ever used on my hair. My particular favorite is the Intense Hydrating Mask. I apply it to my hair then cover it with a shower cap and wear it around the house when I am doing some chores. I wash it out in the shower and it leaves my hair super soft and silky. You can even sleep with this product on your hair for a extra boost. You can check’em out online at http://www.moroccanoil.com.

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– Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath.

How to find quality nail services

Nail Salon Photo Credit: CosmoPolitician Monica D. from Flickr

When you call to book your appointment or if you are going to walk-in at a salon, you should first ask if all the nail technicians working in the salon are licensed. If they are not, it would be best for you to not get any services there. It is a North Carolina law that all nail services providers should be licensed by the state.

Once you enter the salon, check for the sanitation grade. The salon has to post the grade where the public can see it. Even if you already have a regular nail salon, always check for changes in the sanitation grade. If it is anything less than an A Grade, it would be a good idea to cancel your appointment and seek services at another salon. Always take note of the general cleanliness of the salon. If it does not look clean to you, then it is not.

If you are planning on receiving a pedicure, always check the whirlpool tubs for cleanliness. These tubs are the most difficult thing in the salon to clean, so it is very easy for employees to skip important steps in sanitizing them. The pipes that filter the water in and out can often go unsanitized between clients. So a quick check of that area could save you a lot of pain and difficulties in the future.

A great resource for anyone seeking salon nail services in our state is the North Carolina Cosmetic Arts website. They provide an endless amount of information about salons located all over the state. If you are a regular customer of nail salons it would be a great idea to become familiar with this site and check it periodically for updates.

Here is the link for their site…

http://www.nccosmeticarts.com/consumer.aspx