It's that time of year again, Valentine's day! Sometimes it's a dreadful holiday whether or not you're in a relationship, there are all types of stresses that come with this day. But it really shouldn't be that way. If you're stressing because there is no romantic love in your life, you should take 2010 to have a different attitude. It's just another day and a chance to love and pamper yourself no matter what stage of life you're in. I'm no Dr. Phil, but letting a naked angle with a bow and arrow get you down is just plain ole silly. Holidays are just a way for the industry to try to boost the economy with spikes in consumer purchases anyway. There's no reason why you shouldn't use this day to give yourself some love! If you are in a relationship, the stress of Valentine's day is still there. How do you top the gift you bought last year? How do you think of creative ideas besides just dinner and chocolates? What if you don't have a lot of money? If you're with someone and Valentine's Day has been a dud in the past, also let 2010 be the year where you're not going to let anything get you down.
If you don't have money, set up a picnic in the park and find projects to do together. Spending time together is ultimately the idea of this romantic day. Do small cheesy gestures around the house for laughs and be silly. Do not take this day so seriously. If you are planning on buying gifts, don't waste your money on trinkets that spell out, "I love you". Instead, know your partner's interest.
If you're looking for gifts for your girlfriend or wife, ask yourself, what does she like? Is she a fashion girl? Is she into cooking? Has she been mentioning she needs more scarfs or jewelry or perfume? Is there a book she keeps saying that she wants to read? Is she an eco chick? Women are pretty easy to shop for in my opinion. You have so much to choose from with us. When thinking about what to get for your woman, keep in mind that we want to feel 3 things: pampered, sexy and appreciated. With those 3 things in mind, you should have no problem coming up with the perfect day and gift for your girlfriend or wife. Here are some ideas:
90% of women love massages. Spa day? Easy enough! If you don't have money, how else can you pamper your woman? Draw her a bath and put rose petals in the tub and light some candles. Simple, easy AND cheap. If you don't have a bathtub for some reason, how else can you pamper your girl? Well, if on a normal day she cooks for you, take out time to learn a recipe and give her a break! Cook her a meal and don't forget the little romantic details. Light candles, put rose petals on the table and give her love messages in her pasta. She will melt. You can literally go to the dollar store and find red table linens, red toasting flutes with hearts and other Valentine's day decor that makes her feel like you totally put in the effort to make it special for her. It does not take a lot of money to please a woman. It just takes effort. If you're not that creative and you can't cook, pamper her with gift certificates to get her nails done or to the tanning salon. How much is that? Like $20-$30? Cheap and very much appreciated!
Lingerie is the easiest way out. After you draw her a bath, lay out some lingerie and surprise her. Lingerie makes a woman feel sexy and ultimately, it is a gift for the guys. You don't always have to go for the high end La Perla lingerie in order to make your woman feel sexy. I have found a bunch of sexy lingerie under $50 that'll do the trick. If your girlfriend is normally self conscious about her body, this might not be the way to go. Sometimes I feel sexy just by putting on a pair of delicious high heels. One year my boyfriend got me these really hot stilettos that I get compliments on every time I wear them. Every time I get a compliment, I feel sexy and I think of him because I felt like he knew exactly what I liked. However, if your girl isn't a shoe gal, how about drawing her a bath and then laying out a date night dress that she can wear to dinner later. If you drew her a bath and laid out a sexy dress that she can wear to dinner later (whether you eat in or go out), you will be scoring major points for Valentine's day!
At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel appreciated. We not only want to see it, we want to hear it. We all want reassurance that this is the relationship we want to be in because the other person appreciates all of the things you do throughout the year. One Valentine's Day, my boyfriend left a gigantic oversized card on my windshield and wrote down a huge list of all the things he appreciated about me. It was cute, funny (mainly because I'm notorious for getting parking tickets and I thought it was a huge parking ticket), romantic and thoughtful. I will always refer to that moment as a great Valentine's Day surprise. So remember, tell the other person how much you appreciate them. If you're creative, write a poem or a silly love song to make them laugh. However you do it, it's important to reflect on why you're in the relationship rather than pick at all the things wrong with it. This is a day where you shouldn't be allowed to bicker, but rather enjoy the other person's company.
With those 3 things in mind, I promise you will have a successfully enjoyable Valentine's Day. You can't go wrong if you put forth the effort. One thing I dislike the most is when I ask my boyfriend, "so where are you taking me for dinner?" and he replies, "I don't know, where do you want to go?" Ugh! So annoying. Have a plan in mind and show that you thought of specific ideas to appreciate the other person.
If you're still at a loss for gift ideas, here are some of my top Valentine's Day Favorites:
Lingerie from $14.99-$38
Sexy Stiletto Shoes From $20-$150
Sexy Valentine's Day Date Dresses under $50
Acne is undoubtedly the most common skin complaint in teenagers. A bad skin condition at any level needs to be treated by an experienced dermatologist. Acne can get moderate to severe in teenagers if it remains untreated. And, the scars which are caused by acne will also result in an emotional hurting and distress in social situations. Following are some tips for teenagers to avoid acne.
According to dermatologists, diet plays a chief role in how your skin performs. Consumption of a balanced diet is a must for all your body functions to perform nicely. An old saying "you are what you eat" is proved to be absolutely true when it comes to skin condition.
Even if a few researches disapprove that diet affects skin, it will be a good idea to avoid eating oily foods, sweets, chocolates and French fries etc should be avoided in order to keep your acne in control.
To drink large quantity of fluids is tremendously essential for a healthy looking skin. Water is extremely important for the absorption and digestion of foodstuff. Water is also in charge of carrying several nutrients to the skin and removes different sort of wastes from the cells, and maintains body temperature at a normal level.
Washing your face at least two times in a day with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser will eradicate dead skin cells and unnecessary oils from the skin. It is highly advisable to avoid scrubbing your skin harshly. By scrubbing your skin hard would not help your skin but it will in reality aggravate the skin and can actually result in inflammation of your acne.
It is highly recommended to eat a low-fat diet if you want to get a glowing and healthy skin. Consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables is highly effective as they are full of antioxidants which are essential to maintain your skin’s suppleness and proper nourishment.
Regular exercise/ aerobics with a healthy diet will increase the supply of blood to the skin. An increased supply of blood to the skin surface will not only result in the emergence of a healthy radiance on the skin, but it will help to purify your blood and protects you from various diseases.
Nick has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. His work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for best acne treatment, skin regimes etc. For more articles on acne and its causes please visit http://www.quickacneremedy.com/
Rihanna's style reminds me a lot of Lady Gaga's. Her style is unique, powerful and sexy. She is a trendsetter and always exudes confidence whether on the red carpet or going out to lunch with some friends. She hardly wears something that I don't understand. You know when someone puts something on and you think to yourself, "I don't get it. What made them think this is ok?" Yea well, not Rihanna. Not in most cases at least. There are a few outfits that may be a little wackier, but I can always be inspired by her look. That's why I am celebrating her style and showing you how to replicate her look at any budget.
Rihanna in all Black
Who says all black is boring? When you add something as over the top as this very ruffled top, add the belt, pair it with the liquid leggings and finish it off with lace up knee high boots, no one will be snoozing over your look. Of course, most of us are not on the red carpet holding little awards and being judge for our style. So I took this look and toned it down enough for everyday wear, but spicy enough to express your own spunk. This look is cute, fun and great for a going out look without being uncomfortable.
- Deena & Ozzy Military Hat
- Black Large Silver Buckle Stretch Belt
- Black Plunder Buckle Strap Boot
- Short Liquid Leggings
- Ruffle Soutache Top
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Rihanna in Feathers
This dress is just absolutely gorgeous and without a doubt, it is probably couture and cost as much as a year's salary. However, you can capture the essence of this silver strapless feather detailed dress for a special occasion for fractions of the price. Am I starting to sound like a commercial yet? That's only because I was so excited to stumble upon so many dresses with that same look that is great for prom, or a dressy evening out on the town. I did the research, now all you have to do is try it on!
- Ivory Strapless Feather
- Sue Wong Strapless
- Ivory Halter Mini
- Black Feather Cocktail
- Yves Saint Laurent Cage ankle boots
- Gryphon The Feather Dress
- Boutique 9 Isha Pointy-Toe Platform
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Rihanna in Bold Colors
This dress is adorable! It's just a daytime dress made of a rayon fabric. The boldness comes in the pattern and color and the chunky belt offsets the lightness of the fabric and accentuates your waistline. The higher up you place that belt, the more you draw attention to your bustline as well. You can pair it with simple shoes like Rihanna's or something chunkier if you want to balance the belt. Add an extra splash of color with your clutch and voila! You're off to lunch with your girlfriends or spending a Saturday afternoon shopping at LA's most high end boutiques!
- Silk Explosive Floral
- Studded Wide Elastic Belt
- Lodis Checkbook Clutch
- Crinkle T-Strap Platforms
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You don't always have to be tall and toothpick thin to be hot hot hot. Kim Kardashian is only 5'3", with a very bodacious body and very sexy style. I thought she looked so good at the 2009 Kentucky Derby! So, I want to show you guys how you can replicate her look at an affordable price.
The Casual Look
Usually it's hard to wear an everyday look that is comfortable and makes a statement. The Bohemian look is very good for this. It's loose fitting and the patterns and accessories are fun and make an impact. Since it's practically summertime and the weather is so beautiful out, I thought I'd interpret this look more for summer.
- Pleated Batik Top - $22.99
- Funky Fringe Sandals - $24.80
- Butterfly Ring - $4.00
- Beaded Chain Necklace - $6.99
- Hydraulic Destroyed Shorts - $28.99
2009 Kentucky Derby
As mentioned, I loved her style on the red carpet at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. So of course I had to replicate this one!