Refreshing

We all like clean clothes, but tossing your togs into the washing machine isn’t always necessary. To combat that “not so fresh” feeling sans water, the United Kingdom’s Love Your Clothes campaign has a few suggestions – or “hacks,” if you will.  Watch the video above to learn how you can rejuvenate your garments without sending them to the harsh washing machine.

Source: Ecouterre

Chanel Classic Reborn

fallback-1280x720Imagine a time where social etiquette dictated that you match your shoes with your outfit.  Actually maybe don’t… it’s too depressing.

Well in 1957, after ‘inventing’ the little black dress, the braided suit and the much lusted after quilted bag, Gabrielle Chanel broke with convention again to bring her patrons the two-tone shoes, liberating women from the antiquated perception of elegance.

Starting with the signature black and beige, Chanel subtly varied the colour palette over the years, but continued to use the sling back silhouette until the 60’s, when the foot was enveloped completely.

This AW16, creative director Karl Lagerfeld re-embraced Gabrielle Chanel’s two-tone style sending every look down the catwalk in the classic heels. Whether the model was sporting a trouser suit, or an evening gown, the shoe stuck. Demonstrating, in Karl’s words, how ‘the slingback has become the most modern shoe’.

With the new collection launching in stores this week, the Parisian fashion house has made exclusive slingback videos on their youtube with the fashion world to celebrate the reintroduction of one of Gabrielle Chanel’s most underrated but revolutionary designs.

10 Decades of Beauty

Wanna see something cool?  This is a seamless transition of 10 decades of beauty trends in less than 90 seconds!

Cut Video’s “100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute” takes a model through 10 transformations, revealing the hair and makeup styles of years past. The clip speeds by quickly, but it takes a team of styling professionals to mold a pretty girl into each decade’s beauty standard.

As the looks range from the bobbed pin curls and cupid lips of the 1920s to the bouffant and crimson smile of the 1950s, the video also explores popular expressions of femininity. A woman in the 1960s might sport a peace sign along with bright blue eye shadow, and a more recent style of glossy lips likely demanded a selfie in 2010.

It’s no secret that hair and makeup styles evolve over the years, and we’re broadly influenced by popular media, conforming to certain trends to fit in. But with the stance on what is considered beautiful changing so drastically every 10 years or so, maybe we can hold off on jumping on each and every fashion bandwagon. As someone who irreparably fried her hair, I recommend not beating your appearance into submission simply for a style that will fade. Also, that picture of you sticking out your tongue and making a horn symbol with your hand could haunt you on the Internet forever.

As for today’s beauty standards? Looks like they don’t mean much, and they’re likely to mean even less tomorrow.

Source: Samantha Cowan contributor for TakePart