What is the Most Expensive Handbag? The Hermes Birkin Handbag Sells For a Whopping $377,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong Auction.

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The Birkin bag is the most glorious status symbol for the handbag fashion accessories market. The Hermes Birkin bags are sought after by the wealthiest women, including celebrities such as Jenifer Lopez, Rachel Zoe, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes.

The Hermes Birkin bags are sought after by the wealthiest women, including celebrities such as Jenifer Lopez, Rachel Zoe, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes.

The matte white “Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30” sold for $377,00. The buyer is undisclosed.

Why is the Birkin Handbag so Popular?

The bag is about mystique. It is not advertised on social media, nor do you see ads for it in magazines. You will see it photographed on celebrities and royalty alike.

The quality and craftsmanship are excellent. The timeless classic style is part of the popularity. It takes twenty hours to make this handbag by a special craftsman.

The Birkin is not available to pull off the shelf. There is a waiting list to order one. It is all about creating desire. After all, we all want more of what we can’t have.

How To Buy A Birkin Bag.

You have to have a close relationship with a sales associate. Coveted very wealthy individuals will purchase through an auction house, such as Christie’s, but will pay a high premium as getting one via Hermes.

Make friends with rich people who are already on the list with the associates who may add you to the waitlist.

Consider buying pre-owned. Luxury accessories websites such as  Portero and The RealReal,  guarantee authenticity.

How To Choose The Best Nude Lipsticks and Nail Polish for Spring

It’s all in your skin tone babes!! Swivel up that tube and hold the whole thing in front of your face. It should make you smile and be happy. If it looks good that way, chances are it will look good on your lips.

Holding the tube up to your cheek lets you see the tone of the lipstick and how it appears with your facial skin tone and hair color.

Same goes for nails. Hold the nail polish bottle up towards your face and chest to get a feel how those two coats of color will look with your overall skin tone.  Our hands are always moving around to different parts of our bodies, and those nails look, “Oh So Pretty” when we use our napkins at lunch to blot our lipstick.

Just like this below

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Black Tile: Sophisticated Trends to Upgrade Your Home Now

Black Tile is Trending

There is a new trend in decorating with tile. Using the color of black for tile can transform your home to new heights.

Black tile is the craze of the moment. With different finishes, shapes and color tones, designing with tile in black is becoming a new classic in home remodeling and new construction projects. The look is sophisticated. Black colored tile gives your home a modern, up to date edge.

Endless creative ways to use tile to enhance your home to the fullest extent will bring your home straight into sophistication.  If you updating your home or building a home to resell that will attract buyers who seek something outside the norm- the look is timeless.

The many variations of tones and textures are endless when using tile to decor your home. Black tile, in particular, will give any room a  dramatic look of elegance.

Consider black shiny subway tile with white grout for a standout back splash look in the kitchen. The white grout will help break up the black tile and make it stand out even more.  Dark tile floors give a dramatic hue to kitchen flooring with white marble counter tops and white cabinets. Rich black porcelain glass tiles in your shower paired with chrome fixtures give any old bathroom an updated look.

Dark tile floors give a dramatic hue to kitchen flooring with white marble counter tops and white cabinets. Rich black porcelain glass tiles in your shower paired with chrome fixtures give any old bathroom an updated look.

Choosing a shiny tile over a flat matt tile for the bathroom stall will look exquisite under natural light bouncing off the walls. Do consider brass fixtures and not just chrome. The brass gives a warmer contrast.

What Type of Tile is Best For Each Room?

Tile floors will need extra care depending on the type of tile used. The beauty of them is certainly worth the extra care.

Entrance Way- Slip Resistance Slate

If you are adding tile to your entrance way, consider slip resistant slate. It helps prevent slips and falls for those coming in from the rain and inclement weather. Using dark grout looks great with dark tile and just hides the look of dirt 100 percent.

Kitchen-Stain Resistant Porcelain 

Stain resistant- glazed porcelain is easy to clean, less porous and more resistant to water. They come in a wide variety of styles for indoor and outdoor use. The pros always recommend a darker shade for grout, so black or gray hues are ideal as stains will not show as much, if at all. This tile is also more scratch resistant making it a great choice for high-traffic areas like the kitchen and dining areas, and the family room. Porcelain tile is also fire proof and can last for decades.

Porcelain tiles color runs all the way through the tile, rather as they are called full-body tiles. When color is completely throughout the tile, they don’t show wear, making them a consideration for commercial applications.

Small tiles known as hex tiles create an inviting look to a shower stall. To prevent showing of dirt use black grout with a matt black tile for a bathroom or kitchen floor. The black grout can make it even more dramatic.

Bathroom-Mosaic Tile

If you are placing the tile in a bathroom, small mosaic tile is an excellent option. They come in 12X12  lightweight sheets, which makes for an easy install.  In the bathroom, where more water usually gets on the floor, it is one of the best choices as the grout lines are tighter and the floor has more traction.

For shower stalls, the tiles that give a luxurious look consider glass tiles. While these tiles are more expensive, glass tiles are more water and mildew resistant because they are not as porous.  You can also get more creative with the placement of the tile, creating endless color combinations and designs.

The only disadvantage is the price, which is about $7.00 per square foot. It’s advised to hire an expert on the installation of glass mosaic tile. Repairs can also be costly, but if this fits your budget, it is a great choice to increase the beauty of your home.

Travertine Tile

Oversized Travertine tile is best suited for large spaces such as a living room or dining room and gives a more dramatic effect to the room. They can also be used throughout the home and they look spectacular all throughout a ranch style home. If you live in a colder climate, talk to your installer about radiant floor heating. They are ideal for hotter climates as they give a cool touch to the foot.

Tiles have ratings.When shopping for tile it is advisable to be familiar with the ratings so you can know what to expect from your purchase.

  • PEI Class 1 Rating (No foot traffic) – Recommended for wall use only in residential and commercial applications.
  • PEI Class 2 Rating (Light traffic) – Recommended for both wall use and bathroom floor applications.
  • PEI Class 3 Rating (Light to moderate traffic) – Recommended for countertops, walls, and floors where normal foot traffic is expected.
  • PEI Class 4 Rating (Moderate to heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional.
  • PEI Class 5 Rating (Heavy to extra heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential as well as heavy commercial and institutional applications.

Rating Chart Credit from http://www.nkba.org

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Black tile is not just for the modern home. This photo is an exemplary example of placing a black tile in a remodeled farmhouse.

Do you still want white in your bathroom, but need some depth? This is the perfect way to use black tile while still not forgoing your white and other colored accents. Mix and match tile colors when you don’t want to go all black. You will still obtain a standout look without giving up on white.
Incorporate black tile in a private area as the shower, while still keeping white or other soft hues as the main color theme.
It’s not just ultra modern homes that can carry the black tile look. Older homes in need of updating look fantastic with black slate tile.
This is the new modern traditional, and it’s spectacular. The chrome contrast against the black floor gives a new look to the sophisticated traditional style.
Would you consider using black tile for decorating your home? Please let us know what you did to incorporate the color into your home.

Clear Shoes Are Taking Spring By Storm

What’s so great about clear shoes?

They go with every skin tone.

They look pretty with a pastel pedicure.

They look great on tanned skin.

They work, literally with any outfit from jeans to dresses.

They look especially hot with a glitter dress only Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner could pull off with ease.  But you can too!

Here are the pics:

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Eye Catching Nail Polish Trends for 2017 and Everyday Real Life- Not On Your Mother’s Pinterest Page

Your nails should fit into your real life.

What’s great about changing our nails is that we can alter our look for whatever mood we are in, and change them up as often as we like. The nail designs we choose extend how we want to feel and look. Going to the salon gives us a little down time to relax and reflect. We leave the nail salon feeling fresh, neat and complete.

Where did Nail Polish Originate?

Nail polish originated in China way back in 300BC. Popular colors in the  Zhou dynasty were silver and gold. Highbrow cultures in Egypt wore rich reds deep browns made of henna, while the lower class set painted their nails with lighter colors.

In the Victorian era of the Western world,  any color on the nails was not accepted as being pure and colorless was the way women were to be. That all changed moving forward to the 1920’s when women came out of their shells and became more rebellious. They started wearing color on their nails and painted their faces with makeup. Celebrity Actress Rita Hayworth made red nail polish very popular from her film Blood and Sand from 1941.

With so many types of nail polish to choose from here’s a rundown on the different finishes

  • Cream polish has no shimmer. It’s very smooth, milky and creamy. It is usually sheer or opaque. Think bone and beige tones.
  • Frosty nail polish finishes are very metallic in their look. The color balance has more frost giving it a high luster book.
  • Micro Glitter polish is thick and more chunky. The glitter particles are larger and the feel of the polish is quite rough in many polishes. 
  • Shimmer nail polish is a subtle polish that can also be sheer. It is a metallic polish.
  • Lustre polish has a pearly finish.The colors are usually white gold, pearl, and silver. It is slightly iridescent and not too frosty.
  • Frost is metallic and frosty. The color is more frost than color pigment. Frost was popular in the 70’s.
  • Duo-chrome is light reflective and has two or more colors in it.
  • Prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer gives a 3-D color effect. Think rainbow and what you see on the back of your credit card on the silver holographic part and you see blue, pink.and white pearl.
  • Iridescent nail polish gives a flashy effect incorporated with another color.
  • Opalescent polish has a pearly finish.
  • Matt polish is flat with no shine.

Fun Fact: Neon nail polish has not been approved by the FDA, therefore you will only see the imported brands on the shelves. OPI uses only approved color dyes in their polishes.

With so many finishes and colors to choose from,  we can change our look in and instant. Do you have a favorite nail style?  If so, please comment below.

Danger Alert: FDA Warns about Temporary Tattoos

What is The Danger About?

Temporary tattoos known as “decal” tattoos can potentially be harmful. The dyes used in applications known as henna and black henna are used to create the designs.

Tattoos are drawn anywhere on the body and can last up to two weeks.Children and teenagers also get these temporary tattoos in increasing numbers, they are not just for adults.

Concerning Applications of Tattoos

The application to place a henna tattoo varies. Some have a removable backing that adheres to the skin with moisture, usually adding water to it, and then applying it to the skin.  Decal tattoos will adhere to the skin.

Some companies sell the decals and state that they can be made with any inkjet, or laser printers ink and then applied to the skin. Clearly, a warning sign to be aware of, especially if you child is ordering from a company that sells tattoo making procedures with printer ink. Printer ink has a lot of chemicals in it and is not an FDA- approved cosmetic.  One such company that sells this is “Decalpaper.”  http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/8.htm

Allergic Reaction Warnings

An adhesive tattoo may create a partial barrier between the skin and the image dye. Dyes used that are not approved by the FDA for cosmetic uses are a major concern.

There could be an alarming allergic reaction, as henna dyes are not approved for cosmetic use under FDA regulations.

Since henna is naturally an orangey brown, other dyes can be infused with it to make other colors. These colors are known as black and blue henna.  Black and blue henna dyes contain PPD (p-Phenylenediamine), and it is not permitted for use as a hair dye for skin application.

The PPD dyes will show an immediate color on the skin that is more deep and rich in hue. The henna dyes usually take some time to deepen, about 2- 4 days. Both will last 2-6 weeks depending on washing methods.

Henna dyes may not cause as much of an allergic reaction the same way PPD dyes do.  In small children, it can cause a hemolytic seizure event, if the child has red blood cell enzyme deficiency. If the PPD dye causes an allergic reaction, the skin has the possibility of oozing sores and the potential to leave scars on the skin. If this occurs, seek immediate attention to your doctor or emergency room.

Labeling Concerns

Under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), all ingredients on the labels of these products sold to consumers must be visible but are not required if a salon professional is performing the application.

County fairs and street vendors offering these applications do not have to comply with the labeling of ingredients. Many vendors are not aware of the harmful ingredients and allergic reactions that may occur with the tattoos they are applying on one’s skin.

People getting permanent lip, eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos should address their concerns with their salon’s cosmetologist.

Source of information were taken from FDA.gov U.S Food and Drug Administration.

About the Author: Leslie Cohen is Managing Editor for Cweb.com, and Managing Creative Director for iParis, Paris Jewelry, and Elle Jewelers. She is also a fashion blogger at https://popfashionnewsblog.wordpress.com/

Coach Spends $2.4 billion for Kate Spade

Kate Spade Coach 2.4 billion – CWEB.com Coach will spend US$2.4 billion for Kate Spade, tying together two premier brands in the luxury goods sector that have fought to snare younger shoppers. M&A rumors had already stirring at the time, with reports surfacing that in addition to Kate Spade, Coach was considering an acquisition of…

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How to Order The Right Size for Clothes and Shoes Online With This Nippy Feature

 

Zara.com has partnered with Fit Analytics that helps women order the correct size when shopping for clothes online.  It’s simple to use and helps prevent those dreaded returns on that oh so lovely dress you ordered to wear “that weekend” for a special event.

When shopping for a dress for example, click the little blue button and you will get a pop-up menu just like the picture below. Its will ask some questions like what type of fit you are looking for and voila!

 

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Besides clothing, shoes are a lot more difficult to size online, because many people wear different sizes with different brands. If you are a size 7 in Nike, you may be a size 6.5 in New Balance. Some of the brands are big shoes brands like Puma, Vans, New Balance and Timberland are also using “Fit Analytics.”

“Fit Analytics” realizes that while many people have the same shoe size, they have preferences for comfort and fit.Fit Analytics realizes that while many people have the same shoe size, they have preferences for comfort and fit.
You can get a list of stores that use Fit Analytics here. https://www.fitanalytics.com/stores