Month: December 2014

EVERY RUNWAY LOOK FROM 2014 VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW

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This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show took place in London, England for the first time since the show began. The Angels flew overseas on a private jet decked out with plenty of pink, VS emblems, and champagne.

The show was as big and exciting as ever, featuring performers Taylor Swift (singing ‘Blank Space’, duh), Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier. The Angels were impeccable and looked to be having a blast as they walked the runway to some of our favorite songs, with Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio wearing the two — yes two! — fantasy bras of the year. Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift also had a couple of cute BFF moments on the runway, and it was adorable.

 

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MY SELECTION OF SHOES FOR A SPECIAL EVENING

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BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

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There’s something magical about January 1 that makes you want to better yourself. We always think of it as a fresh start — a chance to be a new, improved you. And, here are eight things that are guaranteed to help you look and feel better. Want to know the best part? No gym membership required.

Master DIY Nail Art
News flash: The nail art trend isn’t going anywhere. So if you have yet to experiment with patterned polish, now’s the time to give it a go. The key: Start slow. Become a wiz at basic two-tone designs, and by the time spring rolls around, you’ll be ready to rock a more elaborate creation like swirls or itty-bitty blooms. Check out this video for some easy ideas for nail art novices.
Test-Drive a New Hair Color
Nothing says makeover like a freshly colored coif. And because summer is often a time to lighten up with highlights and ombre, winter seems the ideal season to spice up your strands with bold, allover color. Our favorite hues range from classics like rich auburn red to the more risqué violet.
Practice Safe Skin Care
If you only do one thing for your beauty routine this year, this is the biggie: Invest in a lotion that boasts UVA/UVB SPF. It’s a double win because you will get the benefit of smoother, more luminous skin while preventing future skin damage like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer. Use this chillier time to make daily application a habit. It should be easier because you’ve got a lot less ground to cover (hooray for sweater weather!).
Learn How to Properly Define Your Brows
This resolution takes a bit more dedication and practice, but once you’ve mastered the art of the arch, you’ll thank us. If you’ve ever overplucked (ahem, guilty), shading and shaping with a brow liner will help make your brows symmetrical and help bring out your best features. The secret is all in the tool. A 3-in-1 pencil makes application a cinch, even for those of us who have never been able to color between the lines (guilty again).
Purr-fect the Cat-Eye Liner
Another #beautydare that requires a bit of finesse: the ultimate winged liner. Find your favorite formula and practice. Lots. Our go-to: L’Oréal’s Infallible The Super Slim. It has a superfine felt tip, which makes it easy to be precise, and it stays on basically forever (OK, about 12 hours).
Work on Being Slick
That’s our cool way of saying use hair oil! We know it seems a bit counterintuitive, as we’ve dedicated our hair routine to avoiding slick strands. But, the benefits — oils help to heal the hair cuticle, sealing and softening your strands — are proven. And the potential pitfalls — like greasy, weighed-down hair — are more of a myth.
Rock a Bold Lip
There’s something very empowering about swiping on a rich shade, and it’s worth trying at least once. But it can be a bit daunting if you’re not used to such a strong pout. Start by narrowing down your options virtually with the Makeup Genius app (which lets you try on makeup using face-tracking technology — seriously you can blow kisses or bat your eyelashes, and your virtual makeup will, too!).

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STREET STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: THE WINTER OVERCOAST

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Stif there’s one person who’s had the biggest influence on my style, it’s my mom. Over the years she’s dispensed many valuable pieces of advice and sartorial anecdotes to guide me as I’ve grown into my own sense of dressing. One particular thing that has always stuck with me, particularly in the winter months, is that you’ll never regret investing in coats-and every woman should have a wardrobe of coats. Much like a great pair of shoes, a coat can make any outfit look much more pulled-together and sophisticated.

Enter: The winter overcoat. I have a few coats to get me through these freezing New York City winters, but I’ve never been truly obsessed with any of them. (It’s kind of hard to swoon over down, no?) All through the fall, I craved an update and an addition to my cold weather wardrobe.

Back in October I stopped by the…

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STREET STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: THE WINTER OVERCOAST

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Stif there’s one person who’s had the biggest influence on my style, it’s my mom. Over the years she’s dispensed many valuable pieces of advice and sartorial anecdotes to guide me as I’ve grown into my own sense of dressing. One particular thing that has always stuck with me, particularly in the winter months, is that you’ll never regret investing in coats-and every woman should have a wardrobe of coats. Much like a great pair of shoes, a coat can make any outfit look much more pulled-together and sophisticated.

Enter: The winter overcoat. I have a few coats to get me through these freezing New York City winters, but I’ve never been truly obsessed with any of them. (It’s kind of hard to swoon over down, no?) All through the fall, I craved an update and an addition to my cold weather wardrobe.

Back in October I stopped by the Tibi sample sale in Soho to see what I might find. I’m a huge fan of the brand, and wore two Tibi dresses (here and here) on repeat to all of my wedding events this past summer. As I browsed the racks, my eyes zeroed-in on this marine blue mohair coat. I slipped it on and it was all over-my coat game was forever changed.

The great thing about this coat is that its foundation is totally classic-a menswear-inspired silhouette with wide lapels, a double breasted closure and deep pockets. It’s not hard to find a coat shaped like this from a multitude of brands, often in neutral shades of black, grey and camel. However, when you add the element of a furry, bright blue fabrication, this coat feels totally fresh and modern. Best of all, it feels special. I have a feeling this will be one of those pieces I hang on to long after mohair is trendy, to pass on to the next generation.

With a statement coat like this, I like to keep everything else I wear pretty simple. I went with another classic-my slip-on Vans-a crewneck navy sweater and vegan leather leggings from Paige.

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STREET STYLE TIP OF THE DAY: A BOMBER JACKET

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If there are two trends we have talked about a lot this season, it’s the bomber jacket trend and the plaid trend. Both looks are incredibly versatile and can dress up or down an outfit. Combine those two trends and what do you get? Holiday perfection!

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Latin America. The new El Dorado of the world economy

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Latin America

The new El Dorado of the world economy

Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico

European exporters to growing markets

America del surLatin America! More and more companies are looking with interest to Latin America and almost always with good reason. Here’s a close look on a continent that has yet to offer many opportunities for Italian exporters.

In recent years in Latin America countries such as Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico, have gained a leading position and claim a more important role in the world economy. To what extent can Swiss companies benefit from their ambitions?

Latin America is a growing market with excellent prospects. Witness also the data of the Swiss export economy: in 2012 the Red Cross exports, not only to Latin America. grew by 10% and in 2013 by 6.4%. These are record values in the current comparison. However, economic development does not follow the same trend in all countries. On the one hand there is the Pacific Alliance with Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru and Chile as full members. This alliance brings together, as it were, the liberal economic forces in Latin America. On the other side we find the Mercosur, with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela, which is opposed to the Pacific Alliance for its protectionist orientation. The largest differences between these two economic blocks are found in the growth of GDP in 2012; gross domestic product of the Pacific  Alliance increased by 4.6%, or two and a half times compared to Brazil’s economy by far the strongest among the states of Mercosur. The disparities are also particularly evident in exports. In 2012 the countries of the Pacific Alliance have exported goods to the value of $545 billion dollars, while Brazil only $ 243 billion. For example, only Mexico 50% more of Brazil. Mexico, in fact, not only produces for its domestic market and manages to be very competitive on the world market, which of course is reflected on the dynamics of growth.

Mexico, the locomotive, “Chile, the first class”  The actor stronger in terms of economic potential in theSchermata 2014-12-20 alle 05.00.36 framework of the Pacific Alliance is Mexico, in which the future would benefit even better and with this potential stability. To this end, however, it must first reduce its dependence on the United States. Seventy-five percent of Mexican exports are directed to its great northern neighbor. It is a concentrated risk that Mexico wants to evade, with a greater orientation toward the south, or to South America, and to the west, or to Asia. To keep the economic trend of recent years, Mexico and other states of the Pacific Alliance must invest even more in infrastructure, especially in transport networks, whose construction in mountainous areas on the western Andean slope presents many difficulties. A task which seems made for Swiss suppliers. In most countries huge investments are also required in the fields of mining, in health care, in energy supply, water management and waste disposal. Namely classical infrastructures whose quality ultimately determines the direction in which to continue the economic development in the countries of the Pacific Alliance and, in general, of Latin America.

Schermata 2014-12-21 alle 02.51.24Switzerland, for example, has signed a bilateral free trade agreement with all countries of the Pacific Alliance. Even with Chile, which, thanks to the political and economic stability and good growth rate (5.6% in 2012), associated with the low level of inflation and reduced debt, is confirmed as the first of the Latin American class. Despite the relatively small size of the market, Chile is increasingly appreciated by European SMEs as a gateway or test market for South America by virtue of the investment friendly climate and the ease of access to the market.

In all countries there is a strong demand for innovation and cutting edge technology, to increase efficiency and economic productivity. Moreover, in Latin America the trend is toward very strong consumption. In the face of rising incomes there is also a growing demand for better living standards and the demand for high quality products, these needs can only be met by imports from abroad.

The euphoria on the Pacific Alliance is to the detriment of Brazil and Argentina. What are the strengths of these two countries?

Despite the boom in the countries of the Pacific Alliance, Brazil continues to be the most important player in South America in economic terms. It should be noted that Brazil is the sixth world economy, although in 2013 the GDP grew by a modest 0.9%. However for 2014 it is expected to recover with an increase in earnings of 2.6%. The pressure exerted by civil society is of little weight in this area. The social unrest of the last few months, in fact, were triggered primarily by deficiencies in public transport and health services that can only be solved if in the coming years, Brazil will invest heavily in medical infrastructure and public transportation. At the same time we must do everything possible to increase productivity, such as targeted measures against the bureaucracy that rules prevails in the country.

Brazil and Argentina, the giants of the market  In 2014, as the host country of the World Cup, Brazil is theargentina-brasile center of attention in the world. Argentina – Brazil presidential and parliamentary elections that are scheduled for next October will attract international attention. In addition, many targeted investments are aimed to conquer the electorate, but that should continue even after the elections, to dispel the danger of another wave of protests. 2016 will be followed by another mega event, the Olympic Games. Brazil, therefore, can’t afford to pull the oars in the coming years. To make a good impression in front of the rest of the world and not fall behind the competition in their own continent, the giant must focus more than ever on investments.

As we have seen, in Latin America there are two coalitions. An interesting scenario. On the one hand there are the giants Brazil and Argentina. Here it should be noted in particular the potential market for consumer goods offered by the country of Samba, with its 200 million inhabitants and the expanding middle class. Unfortunately, Brazil is a very complex market with many obstacles to access, high taxes and high costs paid by the undertaking (cost of doing business) and because of an excessive bureaucracy where protectionism is prevalent. The same is true for Argentina which, with 40 million inhabitants, has a smaller market and less lively in terms of purchasing power compared to Brazil, but to make it less competitive. However, on the business with Argentina adversely affect the restrictions on foreign trade under President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has become even more stringent.

On the other side we have the smaller countries of the Pacific Alliance, who can’ hold a candle to Brazil in terms of size, but they have on their side easier access to the market and a more open liberal economic system. Establishing a company in Chile, for example, is much easier than in the countries of Mercosur.

15d406f06ce12f2ac57cb5137d1afc69_XLIn a nutshell: for those who is on markets by large numbers and are able to deal with administrative obstacles above, Brazil is the right choice. Those who considered it important, easy access to the market, and to make the first experiences in South America and is looking for an entrance that can be used as a hub or test market should move towards the countries of the Pacific Alliance.

What Uruguay has to offer?
Uruguay is small, with just over three million inhabitants, but is conveniently located between Brazil and Argentina, the two giants of the Mercosur. But, above all, Uruguay is by far the most liberal and open country economically among all the states of the “Common Market of the South.”

Uruguay, the jewel   Economic charts rank Uruguay in first place, or at least in the first three, among the Southernuruguay350 Latin American countries. In practice, it is at the same level of Chile, the most virtuous of the continent. Here is what it has to offer. Uruguay: a small cohesive market, and therefore easy to penetrate. Two million people, in fact, live in the capital, Montevideo, or its suburbs. At the same time in Uruguay there are, in progress or planned, many large projects designed to better position the country, which is still heavily dependent on agriculture, such as square industry, particularly for the mining sector and services in the financial and IT.

At first glance, the countries of Central America do not appear to be the primary destination for European SMEs. Nevertheless, with certain strategies and in some situations, the readiness of the international market towards Central America may make sense: to export samples that have already covered more markets, for example, in countries such as Panama or Costa Rica with a relatively high complementary per capita income is definitely interesting.

Central America – wide variety of small-scale                                                                                                       pana-MMAP-mdEven a hub in Panama is convenient, especially from a logistical standpoint. The country is politically stable and offers a huge advantage because thepanamacanale currency local currency – the Panama Canal – Panamanian balboa, is tied to the dollar. Or follow a systematic strategy, a niche, pointing to unexplored segments, where the product offered is not yet on the market. Of course, the market potential is not comparable to that of Brazil, but in return the margins are higher in the absence of competition. At last but not least, the countries with low wages such as Nicaragua are increasing including production plants ideal for high density areas of labor, thanks to numerous free trade areas.

Latin America has the strength and dynamism as well as the political and economic stability necessary to continue to grow in the long term? The answer is’ yes, but you can’t give a summary response. More than 20 latinoamerica_camuflada_con_sus_banderas__335798_t0_bcountries of the continent are too different from each other in size, economic strength or history. Take for example Brazil. The country is at a crossroads. In terms of economic development is a big step forward compared to other South American states? The claims of the population have never been so high. Expectations for the country as a business and industrial center grow from year to year. And the whole world is watching. The World Cup, the Olympics, as well as the growing economic status or BRICS, all places, obligations and responsibilities, primarily with regard to better positioning in the international economy. Because, in the long run, no state can survive only with domestic trade and consumption, even Brazil. The only way to progress is to open and liberalize the market further, invest more in infrastructure and improve productivity. The prospects of this are optimistic or at the very least not negative. The Brazilian government has understood the sign of the times. Over the next two years we will see if it will also be able to draw the right lesson.

imgresFor states of the Pacific Alliance, in particular, it is expected a very promising future. For almost twenty years it has been politically stable. However, they are still a number of measures to increase the added value in the long term. In other words, Latin America should not focus solely on the export of raw materials, but rather invest in a sustainable way in the development of industries and services. Especially in view of a more important role in the world economy and in the creation of additional jobs to ensure economic, political and social stability. This process is already under way and should be pursued further.

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LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN! CHIC FLATS FOR EVERY HOLIDAY PARTY

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Got an irrational fear of toppling over the minute you slip on your sky-high stilettos for the evening? Samesies. And with the holiday season finally among us, we’re sure you’re already huffing and puffing at the mere thought of having to wear those babies all night, huh? We don’t blame you! It can get pretty scary up there, especially with a couple ofNaughty Rudolphs in your system (hehe). Well, Janes, we have some really good news for you:

You can ditch your heels and rock a pair of party flats instead!

Yeah, we said it. Bejeweled, metallic, oxford, smoking, d’Orsay, and a million other styles are totally acceptable, too. Woah, did we just hear a universal sigh of relief? We feel ya’ll. So if you foresee a night (or three) filled with drinks, dancing, and debauchery, you’re going to want to take this post seriously. But if you’re still not fully convinced, then these street-styled ladies should do the trick. Warning: ultra chic #OOTDs ahead!

Check out this collection of street-styled ladies incorporating flats into their festive attire.

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6 WAYS TO WEAR SPARKLE

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Sparkle. You’ll hear this word over and over this season. Because, while all year we’re able to shine bright by wearing sequin skirts and glitter nails, by December something takes over that has you wearing more bling than you care to admit. You don’t have to wear layers of sparkle to show off your love of the holidays or things that glisten. Even Human the Cat is a sucker for things that reflect. 🙂 Sometimes we can risk going overboard when trying to look as glamorous as possible, so today I’m tackling the more subtle ways to glimmer. For the days when you want to dial it back a notch but still catch the eye of your crush, here are six ways to wear sparkle whether you’re rocking a pencil skirt and blouse or boyfriend jeans and a white tee.

1. Eyes – Glitter on the lids is an eye-catching way (pun intended) to get noticed. You can layer cosmetic grade glitter over your existing makeup with a liquid sealer or use eye shadows that already have glitter and metallic hues blended in. Think, dramatic eye with a simple outfit. Brush the glitter across the center of your eyelid to the outer edge on a cat eye to add some flickers and flair. Your eyes will be a bit of a tease that only shows off when you close your lids.

2. Shoes – There is something about glittery heels that I can NOT get enough of. Maybe it’s some strange Dorothy “No Place Like Home” thing or just that nothing quite makes me feel like I can reach the sky more than stand out heels, but owning a pair of glitter pumps or rhinestone heeled sandals in muted or neutral tones enhances any outfit. If you ever feel underdressed for a night out with the girls, grab these Jeffrey Campbell Dulce Pumpswhile running out the door and they’ll elevate your outfit instantly.

3. Bag – One of my favorite every day ways to twinkle is by carrying a bag that has just a touch of sparkle. No matter what you’re wearing this glitter and mint envelope clutch from thislovesthat will match perfectly and give your overall look a feminine but subtle glow. You can DIY a bag like this with glitter and sealant spray to make your own custom design. If you’re not into pastels or bright hues and find yourself leaning more towards black and grey, you too can even carry a glitter accent bag. Just find one with a single stripe or geometric design in a dark hue that will only reflect when caught just right by the light.

4. Jewelry – While statement necklaces are dominating just about every woman’s jewelry drawer, an everyday way to class up a t-shirt and jeans type of day is with big chunky crystal or glitter bracelets. You can wear stacks on stacks on stacks, or one bigGlitter Finish Hinge Cuff.  Adding these bracelets to your outfit will turn your casual clothes into a fashion-forward ensemble.

5. Shirt – One misconception is that glittery wardrobe pieces are meant to be worn together or saved exclusively for nice events. Those days are over! Now you can mix shiny co-ords (like thisNew Years one) with basics and wear wherever you want. Sequin skirts have always stuck in fashion but this year get yourself a sequined top. When the chunky cuff above doesn’t do it for your sparkle fix, trade our your plain white tee for a boxy sequin top, toss on boyfriend jeans and white Chucks and tackle your day in style.

6. Lips – Immediately you might think that glitter on the lips will look too much like costume makeup or even not wearable, but I assure you, it is! All you need to do is pick a glitter the same shade of your lip color to apply over your lipstick. Apply color as usual and then using your finger or a wet brush (Aqua Seal drops work nicely for blending and setting loose glitter) and dab on your lips. Since the glitter is the same shade it just adds shimmering flecks. The finer the glitter the better – you want your lips to still look smooth not chunky.

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