Who Are You Really Dressing For?

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Written by Sara Essoufi

Women dress for women, not men. This concept is a popular belief that many hold and have chosen to perpetuate. Although, is this really true for all women? And, what about men? Does this have any relevance to them?

Of all the women in my life, I can say for a fact that they do not always dress for other women. Absolutely not. Girls do not put themselves through the maintenance of skin tight skirts and short shorts to please the strangers we walk past each day. No. Those outfits are usually meant for the attention of another purpose…if you know what I’m saying.

Plus, what about the boys? They can’t always be left out when it comes to clothing. Men also dress for their own intentions. Whether it be to impress at a job interview or casually carry on with their friends, it seems that dressing per occasion is something we have in common with the opposite sex. Of course, dressing for the occasion in addition to objective.

When leaving the house, we approach the world with our best foot forward. Oftentimes, that first foot is our appearance. And, whether or not it is a person’s best foot…is subjective. At least, our physical appearance is the first thing people see and create an impression of. The truth hurts but appearances do make judgments. Don’t worry though because knowing this, you can use it at your advantage to create the impression you want…and that is power.

Whether on your way to a first date, interview, night out, party, or what have you…your outfit expectations change. Certain events call for certain unwritten rules that are expected to be followed. For example, wearing white to a wedding where the bride is supposed to be the only one in white would not only make a fool of yourself, but would also be viewed as extremely disrespectful. Of course, if that is an impression you are okay with…well then there are always exceptions. But for the most part, your wardrobe choices also show your concern for the respect of the event. And overall, people are pleased with values such as respect and consideration.

When it comes to your downtime where you have the most freedom, it’s good to dress absolutely and completely for yourself. Dress according to your aesthetic value, body shape, insecurities, strengths, comfort level, and basically, however you like. The unique and possible traditional choices you make contribute to the definition of your style and emphasize personality. So this is where you are allowed to play around and rebel!

In general, dressing for yourself should be a common motif in all of your wardrobe choices no matter where you are going and what you are doing. How you choose to present yourself every time you make that first step out the door, makes a difference in your life. Knowing this, enable yourself to create exactly the impact you want and live life to the fullest.

“American Horror Story: Coven” Season Premiere Review

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Written by Alyssa Hernandez; Edited by Melissa Frost

Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Lange all come together in the fascinating season of “American Horror Story”. I was given the privilege to watch the first episode of “American Horror Story: Coven” last night in Linda Vista Community Hospital, appropriately named the third most haunted building in the US, with few others.

New to “American Horror Story” are Katy Bates and Emma Roberts who could not fit their parts any better. The title of this season gives the theme away — it’s about a coven of New Orleans young witches who learn how to fight those that oppress them. I don’t want to give too much away, but Taissa Farmiga and Jessica Lange channel their inner witches and do an impeccable job. For those of you that are AHS veterans, you are sure to have some what the f*** moments while watching the season premiere, but as the story progresses, these moments will hopefully start making more sense.

Kathy Bates portrays Madame LaLaurie, a crazy slave owner, who acts so gruesome in some scenes that it’s a bit difficult to watch. However, with that being said, there is some humor sprinkled throughout, and yes, I actually laughed. In the season premiere episode we are introduced to the characters, why they’re in New Orleans, and what special powers they have as witches. Throughout the episode it’ll be going back and forth to modern time and back to the 1830s which Katy Bates character comes in; and she is one hell of an actress! Overall, this episode kicked AHS off with a bang!

So is “American Horror Story: Coven” worth watching? Yes! If you loved the first two seasons, then you’ll love this season; however, don’t be discouraged if you haven’t watched the previous seasons. Staying true to AHS, the story lines do not carry over from season to season. What are you waiting for? Go catch the season premiere episode and tune in every Tuesday evening on FX to catch these witches in action!

What’s the Big Deal on Vogue’s September Issue?

Written by Sara Essoufi

“Feel it. Look how heavy it is. It’s the September issue, ” says a fellow passenger.  Looking out my plane window atop the clouds, close conversation attracts my attention.  Passing the time aboard a 2 ½ hour flight, cialis many are left to their own devices upon which to occupy themselves.

Magazines are a popular choice for brief distraction often flooding supermarkets, grocery stores, gift shops, and bookstores.  Each issue celebrates a brief moment in time focusing on fashion, celebrity, politics, home, or self-improvement. Of all the year’s issues, the month of September carries a definite prominence. But, why?

American Vogue’s current September issue boasts the premiere It-girl, Jennifer Lawrence, on the cover of a 903-page book.  Nine hundred three pages!  Falling just a bit short of last year’s 917 pages.  All of these pages decorated with beautiful, fun, flirty, and some strange but interesting pictures.  Images of flawless models in luxurious clothing give it their best shot to sell it.

That’s it: sell what they are showing.  The September issue is about provoking the public to change up their style, or at least inspire, for the approaching seasons.  Summer is over and fall is on its way.

When the autumn winds roll in, both men and women will have to choose the coats, boots, sweaters, and possible scarves in which to arm themselves.  So should you choose a new trench coat, or possibly prefer a leather jacket?  Will you get the nerve to bust out some knee-high boots or opt for a more sensible riding boot? Scarves or no scarves?  This is your opportunity to decide how you should choose to update, evolve, or transform yourself.  A fresh new start.

Much of this annual tradition dates back to our early school days when we would involve in back-to-school shopping for the new school year.  A whole new wardrobe to be excited about!  New tops and jeans are a nice distraction from the stress of actually having to face boring desks and insignificant assignments.  As the years have passed, the ritual has stayed.

Consider September the “January” in fashion and look to your own wardrobe to see how you can evolve.  Maybe the time has come to throw out some of those old T-shirts that are just not cute anymore.  Trade them in for some new concert T-shirts to run your errands in.  Far more chic!  What about your jeans, or your work attire?  How can you add a few staple pieces to keep that professionalism?  A nice new leather belt might help cinch in that waist, maybe?

Either way, feel free to take part in this occasion as an opportunity to re-invent your style.  Clean out your closet, shop the stores, have some fun with it!

Official ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’ 5.01 Synopses

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The Vampire Diaries returns with an all-new episode titled ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ on The CW Thursday October 3 at 8 PM EST.  Check out the official stills from the season premiere!

After spending the summer enjoying her passionate relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and making sure that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is adjusting after his return from the dead, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is thrilled to move into the dorm at nearby Whitmore College with her new roommate, Caroline (Candice Accola). Still believing that Bonnie (Kat Graham) has been traveling all summer and will soon join them, Elena and Caroline are surprised when a student named Megan (guest star Hayley Kiyoko) shows up and announces that she will be sharing their dorm room. Katherine (Nina Dobrev) makes an unexpected appearance at the Salvatore house and pleads with Damon to help her now that she is human and vulnerable to her enemies. Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) return to Mystic Falls after spending a wild summer in Europe, where they met a mysterious beauty named Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda). Elena can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong with Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Silas (Paul Wesley) makes a terrifying appearance at the “End of Summer” party in the town square.

Source: Vampire-Diaries.net

The Originals returns with an all-new episode titled ‘Always and Forever’ on The CW Thursday October 3 at 8 PM EST.

KLAUS MIKAELSON, THE ORIGINAL VAMPIRE/WEREWOLF HYBRID, RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS IN THIS SPIN-OFF OF “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” — Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans – the city his family helped build 300 years ago. Determined to help his brother, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) leaves their sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) behind and follows Klaus. Elijah learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) – Klaus’ onetime flame – has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie Deveraux (Daniella Pineda). When Sophie reveals some life-changing news, Elijah realizes that the Original family may have been given a second chance at humanity and redemption. Klaus, however, is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Klaus vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. The series also stars Leah Pipes as Cami and Danielle Campbell as Davina.

Source: Vampire-Diaries.net

TV Guide Exclusive: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Cast Promo Poster for Season 5

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TV Guide has an exclusive promo poster from season 5 of The Vampire Diaries! They point out the interesting placement of Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) – he’s in the middle!  What does this mean for his character this season?  It seems as if being in the middle may not be such a good thing!

And look! Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) has returned! Yay!

“This Season we’re really going back to what we had in Season 1, which is what sucked everyone in to begin with,” Somerhalder recently told us while on set in Atlanta. “Our director of photography is using light and darkness to paint the imagery of the story, really accentuating it and creating a mood that helps tell our story. This is a dark show.” – TV Guide

Source: TV Guide

WATCH: Kings of Leon Cover Robyn’s ‘Dancing on my Own’ & Debut New Song

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This is an amazing cover!  Kings of Leon covered Robyn’s single ‘Dancing on my Own’, which can be considered electric pop.  Kings of Leon turned this pop song into a rock song and with Caleb Followill’s powerhouse of a voice.  What’s most interesting to me is they didn’t change the pronouns.  They kept the original lyrics ‘I’m not the girl you’re taking home” instead of changing the words from ‘girl’ to ‘guy’.  They could very easily have done that, but they didn’t and that’s part of what makes Kings of Leon awesome.

In case you are unfamiliar with Robyn’s version, here it is:

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The question is: Which version do you like better?

PLUS: They debuted a new track off their album ‘Mechanical Bull’ releasing September 24! The song is called ‘Beautiful War’.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 5 Extended Promo: “Game Changer”

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Tagline: Change is Delicious.

Looks like Silas will be tricking Katherine and Damon this season! Well, at least for the first episode! There’s a car crash (who’s in it?) and Elena and Caroline give it the ol’ college try, as Damon says.

The Vampire Diaries returns to The CW on October 3 at 8 PM EST!

VIDEO Exclusive First Look: ‘Hart of Dixie’ Season 3 Spoilers

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On October 7, make like Zoe Hart and head back to Bluebell! Yes, that’s right, TV’s best advocate for 24/7 dress shorts is back from her soul-searching trip to NYC and ETonline has your exclusive first look at Hart of Dixie’s third season!

But Bluebell is a much different place when she returns — in fact, it really resembles the town Zoe first encountered back during the pilot as everyone, once again, seems to loathe her!

And Zoe’s not the only one on Bluebell’s bad side in season three! “George makes a humongous mistake at the end of the first episode,” star Scott Porter tells ETonline. “There’s a one-night stand that puts him in hot water with a lot of the town.”

A situation that led Porter to Tweet, “Dammit! Why did #NationalChickenWingDay have to fall on a week when I have shirtless action on Hart of Dixie!?! You will pay, writers room…” When I asked him about his topless Tweet, Porter lamented, “I was just pissed because hot wings are probably my favorite food and we filmed that shirtless scene on National Wing Day! Not only that, but Hooters was having a huge all-you-can-eat special, and I wanted nothing more than to relive my high school days of trying to out-eat the offensive linemen. My record is 62 wings in one sitting.”

But the question remains as to who George will be sharing a bed with. “It’s not one of our series regulars,” he teased. So get your theories going and check out ETonline’s exclusive sneak peek at Hart of Dixie season three, premiering October 7 on The CW.

Source: ET

Highlights from Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 NYFW Runway Show

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See more BTS photos from the Rebecca Minkoff runway show at her instagram!

We have highlight’s from the BCBG Max Azria 2014 NYFW runway show here, including photos and the full video!

Fanspired’s list of coverage for NYFW schedule here.