Wedding Dress trends for 2012

Wedding Dress trends for 2012Brides magazine has published the latest wedding dress trends for 2012. These pieces of information will turn out useful for all brides to be, regardless of the season in which they will walk down the aisle, so make sure you read the entire article.

Illusion necklines represent the most recurrent trend of the year, judging by the numerous fashion designers who adopted them in their bridal collections. Critics have described it as an “illusion” because this element of the dress is usually made out of sheer, delicate material that is embellished with various designs. The neckline is transparent enough to see some skin without being, however, vulgar.

The majority of the wedding dresses that have been created this year are unique because they have two tiers.  This design is perfect for brides who want to camouflage wider hips because the top tier is not tight fitting.

Most wedding dresses in 2012 will be embellished with horsehair trim. This doesn’t mean that the dress will be made out of horsehair; it is a synthetic material that is often used on the underskirts of gowns to create a crisper hemline. Last year’s collections included many dresses that were turned inside-out. The trend is continued this year by exposing the underlay fabrication as a visible hemline treatment, looped sash or bodice detail. Horsehair trims are great for brides to be who want to add volume to their skirts without carrying a heavy dress.

If you prefer romantic dresses, you should probably opt for a wedding gown that has lace sleeves. This trend was inspired by Kate Middleton’s wedding dress in 2011 and will definitely confer a royal look to the one who wears it. If you like lace you can opt for a model that is almost entirely made out of this fabric; either way, you will find many similar dresses in designers’ shops.

The color of the wedding dress has been subject to modifications, as well. White dresses have long been replaced by ivory or nude shades, but this trend becomes even more visible in 2012. If you want to be a fashionable bride, you will choose a soft pink or a blush dress for your wedding day.  

Christian Dior released its Spring 2012 Couture Collection

The prestigious fashion house Christian Dior released the first photos of its Spring 2012 couture collection on the official website. The new clothing items were also present during the fashion show which was held in Paris this week. The majority of the critics who were present at the event were delighted with the new Dior creations.

Designer Bill Gaytten, the predecessor of John Galliano at the House of Dior created an amazing vintage-glam couture collection for the upcoming spring season. He has worked for the last 16 years for Dior; therefore, it was not very difficult for him to capture the essence of the Dior brand and transpose it into the new collection.

The new collection encompasses various models that are fit for any occasion and for any personality. The majority of the dresses were made out of soft and silky materials. Jackie-O inspired dresses did not miss from the new collection. Gaytten manifested a particular interest in vintage Victorian dresses which were often displayed at the presentation.

Although there were many vintage looking designs, the modern accents were also visible at the show. The modern elements that House of Dior proposes for Spring 2012 are leather insertions and the use of sheer layers that expose the beautifully constructed garments.

Almost every single model of the show included elements of exclusive embroidery. This technique is specific for the Christian Dior brand which was always praised for its artistic craftsmanship.

Pencil skirts, A-line and Jackie-O dresses continue to be the favorite items of the warm season, a trend which is continued from the previous years. Crocodile skin and leather will be in great demand next season, according to Gaytten. The key element for a great look is to contrast tough garments like crocodile skin jackets with dresses and skirts made out of soft and sheer materials.

Celebrities will most likely queue in front of the House of Dior next year in order to get one of the Victorian-like dresses. These models left everyone speechless at the fashion presentation due to their flirty billows of tulle that caressed the floor while the models strolled down the runway. A red carpet-worthy collection, indeed!

Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe curls in 4 steps

If Michelle William’s look in “My Week with Marilyn” impressed you so much that you want to experience it yourself, here are 4 easy steps to do so. And if you have some styling skills, you don’t even need a hairstylist for this.
 
If you saw Michelle Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, you probably thought what we did, too: “She is amazing!” Her look is so similar to the 50s star’s that it makes you wonder what were those other directors making Marilyn Monroe movies doing searching for all the wrong girls to impersonate the most famous blonde in the world.

Before getting to work, you must have you hair dyed blonde and cut to the same length as in the photo. If you don’t have it, you can still get Marilyn’s curls, but mixed with your own personal style.
 
The first thing you have to do is apply a styling spray on your hair, one that can be used with a hairdryer. Then use the hairdryer to blow the hair out. After that, separate the hair into more sections. Each section has to be one inch-wide, approximately. Take each hair section and apply a firm-hold spray. Be sure to spray it from the root up, on all the hair’s length.

The next step is taking each sprayed section of hair and wrapping it around a curling iron that was previously heated. Pin each of the curls to the head.
Step three consists in removing all the pins from your head and applying a spray for amplifying the volume.

And finally, the last part of the styling includes applying an anti-humidity spray so your hair won’t go flat in a few hours. Separate de hair with your fingers to give it a more natural look.

If your hair is too thin, be careful not to apply too much of the styling products. If you oversprayed it, search for another styling product that would ease-up the volume of the others.

Kelly Preston lost 39 pounds with Organic Liaison

The Organic Liaison weight-loss program helped Kelly Preston lose 39 pounds after her baby was born. The actress told People magazine that the program, which also helped Kirstie Alley lose weight, has left her slimmer than she was before getting pregnant.

Kelly Preston recently showed off her post-baby bod and she looks great. The actress, who is the life partner of Hollywood icon John Travolta, has given birth to little Benjamin a year ago. Now, she confesses to People magazine that she is slimmer than she was before getting pregnant. And she feels great. “I lost 39 pounds, have more energy than I had 20 years ago — and I feel amazing”.
 
The actress’ secret is the Organic Liaison weight-loss program. It was presented to her by Travolta’s acting partner along the years, Kirstie Alley, who famously reshaped her body while competing in “Dancing with the Stars”. Alley followed the Organic Liaison weight-loss program and lost 100 pounds in spring.  Months after, she still looks amazing.

“When I got pregnant at 48, I didn’t know if my body would bounce back”, says Kelly Preston. So when she found out about the organic supplement system called “Rescue Me”, which was part of the weight loss program, she was thrilled. This way, she got rid of the annoying cravings and maintained a high energy level throughout the day.  She loved the program so much that she is now the spokeswoman for Organic Liaison.

Even if he is turning 50, Preston feels much younger. “I’m going to be turning 50 next year — holy sh–! Hey, 50 is the new 30.”

Miranda Lambert, proud of her big butt

Singer Miranda Lambert is proud of her body, especially when it comes to her “big butt”.  The Grammy winner told Shape magazine that her lifestyle goal is not to be on a diet, but to embrace healthy habits, even if that means having a “big butt”…which she doesn’t mind having, that is.

Country star Miranda Lambert is working out and trying to eat healthy, like any other stars who spend most of her 24-hour-day in the spotlight. Even if, at a first look, her figure doesn’t say about her “Lambert is a fitness guru”, she assures Shape magazine that she really hits the gym constantly.  When she is touring, she is adapting her exercise program to her schedule, so she would maintain her physical tonus. “When I’m touring, I have to think of workouts that don’t require a gym”, she says. “My favorite is running up and down the stairs at the arena, which is good cardio and great for my lower body”. Great idea for so many others who, for one reason or another, don’t get to see the interior of a gym for months in a row!

So what does she use for motivation? We all need it when it comes to maintaining out fitness program constant. “I listen to Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’ when I exercise”. Plus, she confesses that she has in mind this image of Beyonce’s perfect body, which makes her push herself harder.

For those of you with very busy schedules which don’t allow you to eat healthy, Lambert has the answer. Even if it’s not the best idea, the singer says that, when touring, she often stops at fast food restaurants. But instead of ordering the usual menus, she goes for the “alternative to that cheeseburger”.  After trying several diets such as Atkins and doing Nutrisystem several times, Miranda says that there are things about your body that you simply must accept. “I don’t mind having a big butt—they’re back in style”, she says.

What to keep and what to throw away from 2011’s trends

Seventeen magazine has gathered opinions from the readers on matters regarding what to keep and what to throw away from the trends in 2011. In addition to that, find out which couples in 2011 have been voted the cutest.

2011 has come with big changes in the fashion and beauty world. From color combinations, to sparkles, to animal prints and so on. So here is what you can keep in your closet and what to kiss goodbye with no regrets.

Hang on to the lace skirts, the animal print pants and the pink and red combinations. They are still sexy, still hot, still on! Match them with mermaid braids, or with short and shaggy bob haircuts.

Forget about the harem pants. Selena Gomez was seen wearing them at a concert and they did not impress, at least not in a good way.  Having your face overpainted is out of trend, also. Too much color, too much sparkle, too much face skin covered turns you into a circus freak.  Forget about the wild long painted nails, ditch the neon clothing and accessories, and the printed rompers, too.

When it comes to voters’ most loved couples this year, on top of the preferences is the duo Kristen Stewart – Robert Pattinson. Along with them, the other cutest couples in 2011 are:

Emma Roberts and Chord Overstreet
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

What was your favorite 2011 trend and which 2011 couple you find the cutest?

How does Cindy Crawford manage to look stunning at 45?

Supermodel Cindy Crawford is 45 years old, but that is something you can only read on her ID card. How does she manage to look so stunning after all this time, given the fact that she has also given birth twice? It is very simple, actually. Stick around to find out!

She was one of the most beautiful, most popular top models of the 90s. And now, at age 45, she looks just as good. We are talking about Cindy Crawford. On Friday, she was recently spotted on the beach of Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico. She was in the company of her family, husband Rande Gerber, son Presley and daughter Kaia. The family spent their vacation together with other celebrity friends: supermodel Molly Sims and husband Scott Stuber, and Hollywood actor George Clooney, who brought along his new girlfriend, Stacy Keibler.
 
Cindy was wearing an animal print over-the-neck bra and a black bikini.
 
When talking about the tricks used to maintain her supermodel figure, Crawford says there are no special tricks. All you need is a healthy living style. So what does that mean? “It’s a combination of a lot of things”, she explains. “I don’t smoke, I don’t take too much sun on my face — all those things”.  In addition to healthy living habits, a healthy diet helps, as well.  Balanced meals help Cindy maintain her weight. And if you do these things for years, they “add up”.

Once you start integrating the healthy habits into your lifestyle, you will never be in the situation of dieting or exercising for the sole purpose of losing the extra pounds. “I’m never off the wagon, so I never have to get back on the wagon”, says Cindy and that is the whole secret.

Can Jennifer Hudson get sexier than this?

“American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson showed up at the American Music Awards (AMA) 2011 looking amazing. She donned a sexy above-the-knee silver dress that complimented her curves. Could she ever look sexier than this?

Check this photo out! Jennifer Hudson’s new silhouette is so close to perfection. The silver dress, the shining pumps, they both help her to better show off her newly-slimmed figure at the American Music Awards 2011, which was held live in Los Angeles, at the Nokia Theatre. Of course, a fitness trainer would probably have something to comment in regard to her knees, but that would just be “desperately trying to find something to pick on”. The Oscar-winning beauty has shed all those extra pounds like they were never there.

Hudson’s extra weight was highly mediatized. She has begun her weight loss program in 2010, under the close supervision of Weight Watchers. Since April 1, 2010, she is the spokesperson for the company. That year, she told InStyle magazine that with the help of the Weight Watchers program she had lost a total of 56 pounds and confessed that she didn’t want to lose any more weight. However, in February 2011, she told Oprah Winfrey in one of her appearance on the show – The Oprah Winfrey Show – that in the meantime she had managed to lose another 24 pounds.

Meanwhile, her private life has led to rumors about splitting from her beau, David Otunga.  But the 30-year-old “Where You At” singer says to Access Hollywood that the wedding plans are still on. The only thing that the couple can be guilty of is a long engagement. Hudson and Otunga are engaged since September 2008.

People magazine names Bradley Cooper “sexiest man alive”

This year, People magazine names actor Bradley Cooper “the sexiest man alive”. The actor is ranked at No. 1 in the sexiest men on the planet top. The list is populated with other Hollywood names, such as  Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey, Jude Law and Johnny Depp, who in the past 10 years got the award twice. And when people thought the magazine couldn’t produce yet another hottie of the same caliber, they handed in Cooper.

Bradley, lead star of “The Hangover”, doesn’t seem to be comfortable with his new achieved title as he is unsure of his merit in deserving it. He keeps expecting Dax Shepard to jump him and reveal the whole thing was just another elaborated Punk. Even though he admit he can look pretty great at times, he describes himself as an average decent looking guy who can display some horrifying moments.

The magazine pinned the decision on a few main factors: looks, inclination for grand romantic gestures, including hopping in a plane to go woo a lady, and his box-office appeal. People didn’t disclose the identity of the lucky lady, though. But, they pointed as Cooper’s greatest sexy assets his killer smile and “dazzling baby blue eyes”.

Despite him insisting on being single, Cooper was spotted on and about in the company of Jennifer Lopez making his fans jump to conclusions. “If you’re a single man and you happen to be in this business, you’re deemed a player. But I don’t see myself as a ladies’ man”, he told People.

And since no special lady is there to jump up and down at dating the sexiest man alive, Cooper says he is sure to have one who will be incredibly happy with his new title, his mom.

Bradley’s acting career started in 1999 when he stared in the TV series Sex and the City and was consolidated by his role in yet another successful series Alias, where he played Will Tippin. Throughout the years he stared in movies and television series like: I Want to Marry Ryan Banks, Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch, Kitchen Confidential, Yes Man, Nip/Tuck, Valentine’s Day, The A-Team (2010), Limitless.

Cooper is currently filming for his latest movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines”, where he is playing a police officer. He has two other projects on the side, The Silver Linings Playbook, co-starring Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence, and the adaptation for Paradise Lost.

Hilary Duff feels sexier since she is pregnant

Since she is pregnant and her baby bump shows more and more, singer and actress Hillary Duff confesses she feel sexier, as she can wear tighter dresses. The Hollywood blonde added some high heels to go with her hot pregnant lady look and admits to feel great.

The actress attended the launch of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer, Monday in Hollywood, wearing a green lime tight short dress and tan pumps. During an interview about her pregnancy for Us Weekly, Duff said that the early stages made her want to wear loose outfits. At that time a woman mostly feels a bit bigger than she would normally do, but mostly doesn’t show she is expecting a baby at all. Later on, when the figure changes visibly it become easier for the 24 years old Hilary to wear tighter clothes even though finding some that still fit becomes a challenge.

Hilary and her husband Mike Comrie announced the pregnancy in August. Ever since Duff wore one hot outfit after another, ranging from tight leather pants to tight skirts, making it obvious that she wasn’t going to stop showing off her figure.

The five months pregnant future mommy, told Ellen DeGeneres during a show last month that she is having a boy and revealed her latest craving that is bound to make people sweat.

She eats tones of spicy food, all day, every day to the expense of her husband’s jokes. ‘Did you put any eggs in your hot sauce?’ There’s just tons of hot sauce everywhere!”, she told Us Weekly.

Duff’s acting career started with the lead role in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and includes productions like: Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2 and A Cinderella Story.

Her interests run in two other different areas as well. Her music career includes threes platinum albums: Metamorphosis, Hilary Duff and Most Wanted and a gold one, her latest album Dignity which produced the biggest hit she had so far “With Love”. Duff also showed interest in the fashion industry when she released her own clothing line called Stuff by Hilary Duff.