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In the first few months of 2014, we have had the Grammys, the Golden Globes, the Baftas, and the Oscars, and enough celebrity envy to last us a lifetime as the stars of film and music dazzled us on the red carpet. With the dust settled on awards season, it is now time to honor those that make all those famous faces so beautiful by dressing them impossibly well.

The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed its power 25 – a list of the most powerful fashion designers on the planet. Here are the crème de la crème:

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1. Elizabeth Stewart
Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock – three best actress nominees at this year’s Oscars – were all dressed by Elizabeth Stewart and all wowed critics with their gowns. She has also produced fashion editorials and shoots, working with everyone from Reece Witherspoon to Warren Beatty.

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2. Petra Flannery
Homeland’s Claire Danes and American Hustle’s Amy Adams are just two of the clients of this risk-taking stylist. Flannery has become the go-to women for Hollywood’s hip trendsetters.

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3. Micaela Erlanger
The breakout stylist of the year, Micaela Erlanger is the stylist responsible for Lupita Nyong’o stunning dress sense. A self-proclaimed “vintage-a-holic, and glamour girl” Erlanger learnt her trade under the late, great Annabel Tollman.

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4. Karla Welch and Kemal Harris
This duo dressed no fewer than nine actresses for the Golden Globes alone, including co-host Amy Poehler who had three costume changes during the show. Kemal and Karla is the world’s first bicoastal styling team.

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5. Leslie Fremar
2013’s most powerful stylist remains as influential as ever, dressing everyone from Julianne Moore to Charlize Theron. Few stylists have a client list that compares to Anna Wintour’s former assistant, and only a handful can claim to be on first name terms with the stars.

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Catwalk fashion trends have a long reputation for not always introducing us to the most practical of styles; however, the recent collaboration between designer Jeremy Scott and Adidas takes strange fashion creations to a completely new level. Spotted at Paris Fashion Week, stiletto sneakers pick up where wedge sneakers left off – merging hi-tops with high heels.

Some might see stiletto sneakers as the latest in sexy workout gear, others just as a fashion disaster. There’s no doubt that ‘sneakettos’ are on-trend; Vogue Japan’s Editor-At-Large Anna Dello Russo has already been spotted out in a pair and it surely won’t be long before the likes Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, or Jennifer Lopez are seen flaunting a pair at the gym or in the club. For me though, this trend is definitely a nay!

Sneakers are your go-to shoes for casual comfort, while stilettos are your dressed-to-impress killer heels. The two merged together simply does not work. Why would Jeremy Scott even think that it does? I mean, what’s next – ballet pointed heels?

Let’s hope that these don’t catch on enough for us all to be forced into wearing them, although something tells me that might well happen.

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All foods contain some amount of nutritional value – even a McDonald’s cheeseburger (although it will do you more harm than good). However, there are certain foods that are so beneficial to your health that these are too good to even be labelled simply as ‘food’. These are the superfoods.

Avocados

High in healthy monounsaturated fat and packed with the powerful antioxidant glutathione, avocados are a must for your fruit bowl. These are also one of the most nutrient-dense foods there is and are full of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, and potassium.

Blueberries

A powerful antioxidant, much of the power of blueberries comes from their deep blue color, which is a by-product of flavonoids – a natural compound that protects the memory-carrying cells of the brain.

Oily Fish

Experts recommend that we all eat one portion of oily fish a week and it is deemed important due to its omega 3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, D and B. Fish such as salmon, sardines, kippers, mackerel, trout and tuna help protect against a build-up of cholesterol.

Brazil Nuts

All nuts are packed with essential minerals, vitamins and fiber, and a small handful four times a week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Brazil nuts are not only tasty, they are a great source of selenium, which is thought to protect against cancer and depression.

Tomatoes

The superfood status of tomatoes comes from the fact they contain a powerful antioxidant known as lycopene. Tomatoes are also full of vitamins A, C and E, contain mineral salts, and are low in calories.

Garlic

Don’t worry about smelly breath; garlic is listed as the top cancer-preventative food. It contains vitamins C and B6, magnesium and selenium, and is a powerful antioxidant. If that’s not enough, it is also an anti-inflammatory food and can reduce blood pressure.

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We all know that salt is a big no-no when it comes to diet, but how useful is it on our bodies?

Okay, before you get excited and begin raiding the kitchen cupboards for some salt to rub on your skin, the stuff that you have on your dinner does not really have any advantages; that’s because it goes through multiple processing methods and is artificially altered in a number of ways.

Sea salt, on the other hand, is the natural salt that comes directly from seawater when the salty water of the ocean evaporates. It is not artificially altered in any way and contains many essential nutrients as a result – nutrients that offer numerous benefits to the skin and hair.

The Salt of the Dead Sea

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All natural sea salt is great on both dry and oily skin and can really add some volume and bounce to you hair, but the salt you’ll find in the Pacific or

even the Atlantic Ocean has nothing on the crème de la crème of sea salt – that from the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea has the highest concentration of salt of any body of water in the world – something to do with it evaporating more water than it takes in, apparently. Anyway, this stuff is a godsend for beauty, so much so that 1,600 people are employed to harvest it day and night.

Dead Sea salt not only helps to maintain skin moisture, nourish skin cells, and give the skin anti-allergenic protection; it helps treat a variety of health conditions, from eczema to dandruff.

Add some Dead Sea salt to your bath water, get in a scrub, and find it in a facial mask, because this stuff really does help make you beautiful.

 

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Rihanna is a global megastar known as much for her music as she is for her style and unique fashion sense. The Barbadian just secured her third cover on Vogue and, in an interview with the magazine, gave some interesting tips of how to achieve her seemingly unachievable look.

RiRi explained that her signature look of heels, tees, and sweatpants began during gig rehearsal:

“It all started in dance rehearsal,” she told Vogue. “When you’re on tour, you go to rehearse wearing sweats and sneaks. Then you practice your song in the heels you are going to wear that night. I realized, wow, that looks cool! I have a friend who is literally searching for cool T-shirts for me all the time because I’m obsessed.”

So that’s how she got the look, but how do you get it? Well, Rihanna divulged further:

On choosing footwear: “It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later,” she said of her Saint Laurent stiletto heels.

On jewelry: “My jewelry’s all fake — from Claire’s. Alternatively, I get it from my mom’s boutique in Barbados. Her shop’s called FAB-U-LUS.” In other words, get down to the mall.

On men’s clothes: “I love baggy things. I wear men’s clothes, men’s shoes, oxfords, creepers.”

On wearing jackets: “This is dope leather. More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better. You can have any silhouette underneath. It gives you an attitude. It makes a gown look cool.”

While we’re all still donning woolly jumpers and bobble hats, now that Christmas is out of the way we can begin to look forward to the warmer weather and what we’ll be wearing in the year ahead.

If 2014 owes you a new wardrobe, here’s what you should be spending your cash on to look good in spring/summer.

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Cropped Jackets

The 90s are back, so be prepared to go all Fresh Prince of Bel Air this spring. Cropped jackets – the boxier the better – will pick up where boyfriend blazers left off to provide a little bit of warmth in the chilly spring shade.

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Bermuda shorts

Continuing on the 90s theme, Bermuda shorts, for men and women, have also been revived. The more outrageous the colour and design here, the better.

Logos

Statement logos, preferably of the music variety, on jumpers and t-shirts will continue to prove popular in male and female fashion. If you were a teenager in the 90s, now is a good time to see if you still have that Nirvana t-shirt.

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Button-up shirts

The button-up shirt or collared blouse has been rolled out by Alexander Wang and Nina Ricci of late, with the option of wearing it in any way you think looks cool.

Sporty chic

Perfect for city-types that are used to dashing from office meeting to social engagement, sporty chic brings movement and comfort to formal fashion, with tennis skirts and silhouettes proving the perfect all-day wear.

Pleats

Something that was barely acceptable in the 1990s and totally outlawed in the 2000s is about to become a huge trend for fashionistas everywhere. Pleats, in a wide range of unconventional designs, will feature heavily on skirts, blouses and, of course, trousers. However, you must not – under any circumstances – try to resurrect pleats from your youth, or the youth of your parent’s.

With many women celebrating their curves rather than trying to diet or hide their bodies away, now is the perfect time to find figure-enhancing clothing that flatters voluptuous body types.

Forget shapeless oversized T-shirts and baggy jogging bottoms – these may hide some imperfections but also make larger women look shapeless. The key to flaunting killer curves is to accent body shape with the right wardrobe.

Loosen Up

Clothes that fit too tightly do not flatter. Pick trouser sizes that fit and fasten well, ensuring that they reach heels. Dark trousers that flare a little at the bottom with similarly colored shoes or boots and a couple of inches of heel make the legs look long and shapely.

Ensure that skirts and dresses fit comfortably over the hips and bottom to prevent them from riding up and accentuating any bulges. Well-fitting clothes actually make the body look slimmer so choose the correct size.

Invest In Shape Enhancing Underwear

Many of the more curvaceous celebrities appreciate the value of underwear that contains supportive panels. To smooth bumps and tummy rolls, wear shapewear that holds in problem areas. With a selection of underwear items to smooth bottoms, tummies or even full body suits, shape wear will discreetly support and hide to make outer clothing sit beautifully.

Flaunt Those Curves

Choosing clothing tailored at the waist will enhance hourglass shapes. Apple-shaped bodies benefit from fitted clothes with empire waists. Hip-hugging clothes flatter pear shapes and draw attention to the neck and shoulders.

Asian beauty, with dark hair and eyes and golden yellow or olive skin, requires makeup that accentuates the colouring rather than creating a mask effect. It is vital to choose the correct makeup and as many brands of foundation contain pink undertones rather than yellow, it is advisable to shop around. Thankfully, some of the larger companies are beginning to recognise the need for makeup to suit different skin tones and are bringing out new ranges.

Sun protection is vital for Asian skin. As it possesses more melanin than Caucasian skin, it requires protection to prevent discolouration.

Here is some makeup advice for those with this unique colouring.

  • Foundation.  Look for a shade with yellow or olive undertones. Try using a primer first, which can correct undertones before foundation application. Alternatively, use mineral makeup, which gives a flawless finish and can be applied only to the areas that require it. It is free of preservatives and does not cause spots.

 

  • Contouring with bronzers, blushers, and highlighters can create a sense of balance to a face that is very round or very wide set eyes. Use a dark shade of bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks and a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones before applying a blusher as usual. Emphasize the inner corner of the eye with a darker colour and blend outwards to create the illusion of the eyes being closer together.

  • Asian eyes can take a variety of eye shadow shades from pinks and greens to gold and cream. For a basic but eye enhancing look apply a light pearl to the brow bone area, soft gold to the inner lid and a dark coffee to the crease, blending well. Line eyes with liquid liner and curl lashes before applying mascara.

  • Avoid light brown lipsticks and instead choose corals, plums, mauves, and bright to deep reds. Glosses or cream lipsticks look best.

With peak bone mass being reached around the age of thirty, building up healthy strong bones during younger years is of huge importance. Factors affecting bone health include diet, smoking and alcohol consumption, family history, and body weight.

The following steps will increase bone buildup and density and ensure that bones remain healthy and strong in later years.

  • Ensure that there is plenty of calcium in the diet. Dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, sardines, and almonds all provide good sources of calcium.
  • Eat a balanced diet with fruit and vegetables, grains and pulses, and plenty of dairy products. Lean meat and fish provide healthy protein as do eggs, nuts and natural yoghurts.
  • Soluble fiber such as oats, beans, fruit, and vegetables produce organic acids in the intestine, which helps to absorb calcium.
  • Some sun exposure is essential for the uptake of Vitamin D, essential for healthy bones. If Vitamin D is lacking, look for fortified foods, which contain a healthy RDA to promote health.
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight will minimize joint problems and prevent fragile bones.
  • Weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running, and tennis is important for the building of strong bones and slow bone loss.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Tobacco can contribute towards bone weakening whilst overindulging in alcohol can increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Some medication including cancer treatments and anti-seizure medication can affect bone health. Any concerns should be discussed with a doctor who may suggest bone health monitoring or taking a bone maintenance medication.

Damage to hair is caused by several factors. Lack of correct nutrients, overuse of heat styling products and chemical damage are the usual culprits. For healthy hair, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains for minerals and nuts and seeds for minerals and vitamins. Lean protein is essential for iron and of course drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

However, what if the damage has already been done? Well, revising eating habits will help in the long term, as will careful brushing and combing, cutting down on shampooing and restricting use of hot styling irons and hairdryers. Regular trims and not bleaching or dyeing hair will eventually allow hair to grow healthily. In the meantime, there are some quick fixes, which will help with hair damage.

  • Look for a deep conditioner containing keratin, labelled for dry or damaged hair. Leave it on for around ten minutes and do this twice a week for the first couple of weeks then continue once a week. Try not to wash hair daily, as it will be stripped of oil and appear even drier than before.

 

  • Try soaking the hair in olive oil or coconut oil, and then wrap hair in a hot damp towel. Using two towels and alternating as each one cools down over an hour will give the most damaged hair the chance to benefit from this treatment. Some find it beneficial to leave the oil on overnight, sleeping in a shower cap or turban. Wash the oil out with a gentle shampoo and comb with a wide toothed comb.

 

  • Cutting off damaged hair is really the only way to repair it and then maintain the new healthy hair with regular trims. Thankfully, there are clip in fringes and hair extensions for those who really cannot bear the thought of short hair. For those with a sense of adventure, there are some wonderful pixie cuts, which are hugely fashionable at the moment.
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