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Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez

Different Styles Of Indian Salwar Kameez 

(Photo:formal dresses brisbane)India has always been recognized for its unusual and elegant traditional attires for women, which not only makes them gracious, but it also determines a woman’s elegance in a way that perhaps no attire could. Since the modern days, Indian fashion has always ruled the fashion industry. Indian traditional dresses are known for their beauty and charm. The traditional Indian Salwar Kameez is the favorite dress of working women as well as homemakers because it provide absolute freedom of movement without deviating from the traditional roots.

The Salwar Kameez is the traditional outfit of the women of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana and it has its roots in central and south Asia and is an everyday dress of both men and women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Salwar Kameez is a dress that has three parts of clothing. The first part of Salwar Kameez is – the Salwar or loose pajama like trousers, the Kameez or tunic that can be of short or long length and a long dupatta or scarf that is used to cover the head. All these three parts of the Salwar Kameez can be designed in so many different ways to give a unique look to every dress. Modern women use the scarf as a stylish accessory and drape it around the neck or over one shoulder in order to have a stylish and elegant look.

History And Origin Of The Salwar Kameez

It is believed that the first traditional Salwar Kameez was designed and worn by the Turkic-Iranian horse riding people of Central Asia. A considerable number of people from this group converted to Islam. Starting from the 12th century, the descendants of these groups started invading India and the Islamic Turkic-Iranian rule was set up in India through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in Delhi and the influence of the Mughal rule was spread over much of northern India and Pakistan. As a result, their culture, traditions, food and fashion, everything infiltrated into these areas and the Salwar suit became a popular outfit among the inhabitants as well. Presently, the Salwar Kameez is worn by women of various religions.

Most Essential Kinds Of Indian Salwar Kameez

1) The Short Kurta

This is one of the recent styles of Salwar kameez developed in India which has a smart fitting dress. It is mostly worn by girls and suitable for slim women. Worn by practical women, these kurtis look very trendy and modern. These short kurtis give a professional look. So it can be worn at office or any other formal place.

2) The Indo Western Style

Indo western is another modern style of the Salwar Kameez dress developed by designers in India. As the name tells itself that it is inspired from western dressing and it combines with the Pure Indian style and an indo-western style to make it more unique and stylish. The pajama of this dress is replaced by a legging or fitted pants and the kurti is gracefully and smartly tailored.

3) Churidar Kurta

One more colorful and showy style of Salwar Kameez is Churidar kurta. It is extremely well-known among all age of woman, particularly the young girls, who like to dress in their outfits in a more stylish way. They can be printed, simple or can be in beautiful embroidery salwar kameez suit styles.

4) Anarkali Style

One of the most elegant and intricate styles of salwar kameez dress is possibly Anarkali. At this time, this style is extremely eminent as a wedding dress. Here the outfit is made in flowy frock style and it represents the modern Indian – particularly of the Mughal times. These Anarkali suits have lately made a great comeback in the world of fashion after many years, and are absolutely here to be in fad.

5) Patiala Salwar Kameez

This is the most common type of salwar kameez that falls in the group of traditional Indian clothes. As the name suggests, the Patiala salwar is a special type of salwar that has its origin in Patiala, a state of Punjab. The salwar has a loose baggy style, and it is paired with a short kameez. This is one of the classical salwar styles that have been worn by women for ages, but it never goes out of style.

The Punjabi salwar kameez consists of a three piece set of the salwar kameez dupatta. The salwar kameez and dupatta are brightly colored and decorated with zari work, sequins and gotta. The salwar of a Punjabi salwar kameez is loose and pleated at the thighs or waist, and narrower at the ankle and the kameez is a short tunic of thigh or knee length. The outfit is extremely comfortable and stylish and is beautifully complemented by the colorful dupatta.

6) Designer Salwar Kameez

In order to create elegant and gorgeous party salwar kameez that are ideal for all occasions, the modern designer salwar kameez blends the traditional charm with western designs. The designer salwar kameez are adorned with intricate stones, beads and sequins along with modern neck designs, sleeve designs and innovative patterns that transform the complete look of the salwar kameez.

Designer salwar kameez come in a wide range of option such as printed salwar kameez, silk, chiffon, tussar and georgette salwar kameez and hand embroidered and chikankari salwar kameez.Read more at:formal dresses

Yes, it’s possible to wear a slip dress during winter and here’s how

The trusty slip dress has been a staple of the cool-girl for decades past, and thanks to a resurgence of late 1990s inspired runway looks in recent seasons, it’s become somewhat of a wardrobe staple.

However, once confined to the restraints of warm weather, the coolest way to style your slip is with layers, layers and more layers.

We spoke to Silk Laundry founder Katie Rackley on everything you need to know about styling your slip, circa 2017.

On unexpected styling

“Obviously the simple layered slip works for everyone – over a tee, high neck or flared long sleeve however you can mix this up and layer a silk dress over a shirt for something a little different. A lot of people think silk dresses can only be worn super feminine but you can toughen it up with an oversized cardigan or trench and a chunky boot like Doc Martens.

I also love stepping away from standard black and wearing bright colours throughout winter. Our new Dahlia and Emerald are super popular and a great way to bring colour into your wardrobe.”

How to make it work in winter

“For winter, you can also layer a slip dress over jeans for something a bit different. In winter I wear my silks with oversized cashmere sweaters and a pair of mules or sneakers and a leather jacket. “

On work-ready slips

For work, I like to make the dress act as a skirt and wear it with a great sweater or an oversized button up shirt, you can then belt or tie the shirt at the waist.”

On the flattering effect of a bias-cut slip

“Naturally, women have curves and the bias cut accentuates the lines of the female form. Bias cut means the fabric is cut diagonally across the grain, which allows for a beautiful drape and fluidity in soft fabrics like silk. When fabric is cut on the straight, it can hang stiff and have little movement.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses | plus size formal dresses

Promoting rural craft through technology

Celebrated Indian fashion designer Anita Dongre, who works closely with artisans in villages, says technology can drive their craft in a big way in the near future. Earlier this month, Dongre launched a stand-alone store of Grassroot — one of her fashion brands focussed on celebrating Indian crafts in luxury pret in Soho, New York.

One of the speakers on a panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ficci-IIFA Global Media Forum in New York on Friday, Dongre spoke about the challenges of working with artisans in villages and how technology helps to ease the process.

“Whatsapp helps… Weavers from Benares can show me samples at a click over Whatsapp while I am sitting in New York. “So, I’d say it is a saviour… There are remote villages like Barmer where phones still have to come in… but that’s where some NGO helps.

“They click pictures and share with us to get approvals. I am sure technology will drive craft too in a certain way,” the designer said. With an experience of well over two decades in the Indian fashion industry, Dongre has multiple brands, each of which make optimum use of ‘desi’ elements.

Her designs are worn widely by celebrities, and was also famously flaunted by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton during her India visit. As a socially responsible designer, Dongre said: “I primarily today see myself as someone creating employment, and that too in rural India.”

“There are some amazing artisans in the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan… And they had reached the dead end because the artisans had the skill of embroidery, but they needed design intervention and a marketplace.

“That’s how Grassroot was born… “But today not only am I now making beautiful clothes and making women feel lovely, but behind every garment that I make for Grassroot, there’s a beautiful story behind it… Of a proud artisan who has created that garment which is handwoven, hand embroidered, and is always done in a village of India.

About the challenges of pursuing this passion, Dongre said: “The challenge is that I work with a team of a really young team of designers. “I have to encourage them to travel to rural areas… It is not easy sometimes, to go into vilages, stay there and work with them. It’s a contemporary design challenge, but it’s rewarding.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | evening dresses

The triumph of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk

The Great Yorkshire Show catwalk set the style bar sky-high this week when it put on a showcase of fashion worthy of a Hollywood red carpet or a Paris runway.

celebrity couturier James Steward presented special-occasion designs named after local Yorkshire beauty spots. Wetherby-based Steward has created pieces for Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, Katherine Kelly and many soap stars, both for the red carpet and TV, including wedding dresses for Coronation Street. He has twice been named Yorkshire Brides Couture Designer of the Year, and is a designer for BBC TV’s Cbeebies channel, interpreting outfits for reality series Marrying Mum and Dad.

His ready-to-wear collection, designed with his sister, Hannah Moody, drew gasps of delight from the audience, with dresses entitled the Chevin, the Birdsall, the Lockton, the Cropton and the Malton, all made in honour of the county.

The highlight of this year’s catwalk was undoubtedly Steward’s bespoke wedding gown, created especially for the show and incorporating Great Yorkshire Tweed, the beautiful green fabric woven for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society by Abraham Moon & Sons of Guiseley.

This year’s Fashion Pavilion catwalk also saw the debut of John Lewis Leeds, showcasing an impressive range of autumn/winter 2017 daywear and outerwear looks for women and men. The looks were styled by the store’s personal shopping team and featured designs from its And/Or, Kin and Loved & Found collections, and from Yorkshire brand Pure Collection, which is stocked in the Leeds store.

Highlighting the retail giant’s commitment to giving a platform to local talent, the Kin by John Lewis selection included pieces by Yorkshire textile and fashion designer Laura Slater.

Georgia Earnshaw, from John Lewis, said: “It was fantastic to be part of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk and showcase a preview of our autumn/inter collections. Our Leeds department store is soon to mark its one-year anniversary and being a part of this iconic Yorkshire event has been the perfect way to celebrate.”

And, on Tuesday, stars of Yorkshire sport and screen joined the models on the GYS catwalk to showcase the countrywear crafted in Great Yorkshire Tweed.

Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom joined former Leeds Rhino player Keith Senior, Yorkshire vets Julian Norton and Peter Wright and BBC TV presenters Amy Garcia and Abbie Dewhurst to model the striking range.

Last year’s show saw the launch of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society men’s jackets, created by Keightley tailors Brook Taverner and made in the tweed, woven in the YAS’s green and gold colours by Abraham Moon & Sons. This year women’s jackets have been introduced, impressively modelled by Amy and Abbie.

Meanwhite, the men’s range has been expanded. Ryan Sidebottom confirmed that he was pleased with his outfit. “It fits perfect, looks smart and it’s Yorkshire. You can’t get better than than that,” he said as he waited backstage before the show.

This year also sees the launch of a competition to find the Great Yorkshire Show’s most stylish people. Visitors, exhibitors and competitors are invited to take a picture of themselves or a friend/colleague/relative at the show and post on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag GYScatwalk to win a John Lewis Leeds personal shopping session, lunch and beauty treatment for two.

The catwalk has become a highlight of Great Yorkshire Show, and is regarded as a prestigious platform for the best of Yorkshire fashion, attracting major high-street names alongside independent designers and up-and-coming graduates from colleges across the county.

There were four shows a day, featuring a 12-strong team of male and female models from Huddersfield-based agency Morton Gledhill The Fashion Team, which also co-ordinates the runway.

Each year, students from Yorkshire colleges and universities are selected to showcase their work. Designers from Harrogate College, Hull College of Art and Design and the University of Huddersfield took part, while hair and make-up was by Harrogate College’s Artistic Team. The University of Huddersfield presented designs from a tailoring project, using cloth donated by Abraham Moon & Sons.Read more at:long formal dresses | formal dresses 2017

Jordyn Woods Collaborates With Addition Elle

Jordyn Woods is teaming with Addition Elle.

The curvy model, who is also Kylie Jenner’s best friend, will partner with the Canadian plus-size retailer on a line of apparel. While Woods has modeled for the company before, which is best known for its lingerie collaborations with Ashley Graham, this is the first time she’s produced a collection with them.

“They embody everything I stand for,” said Woods when asked why she decided to deepen her relationship with Addition Elle. “I’ve been working and modeling with them for years and it was amazing to bring our relationship full circle. They are a style destination for women who embrace their figures so it’s exiting to create something.”

Like many women her age, Woods, who is 19, frequently mixes streetwear with ath-leisure, and Roslyn Griner, Addition Elle’s vice president of marketing and visual display, said Woods has incorporated that into her collection.

“It’s a very on-trend assortment,” said Griner, who added that Woods is signed on to release a second capsule with the brand. “Jordyn loves streetwear and we wanted to make that a part of her collection.”

The line, which will retail from $42 to $178, will be available on Sept. 11. Woods will show the collection during New York Fashion Week in September at Addition Elle’s runway show, which will be followed by a pop-up shop where consumers can purchase pieces from the assortment.

Although Woods believes there has been a great deal of progress within the plus-size category, she said there is a long way to go and that starts with more size inclusivity overall.

“I”m on the fence about the word plus sized,” Woods said. “Why do we need to categorize people by their size? There should be one section that has all size ranges.”

The world will see a lot more of Woods this August when she appears in “Life of Kylie,” Jenner’s own reality TV show that will air on E! In the trailer, Woods has a moment with Jenner where she expresses her frustrations with the friendship, which she called draining.

“We are so close so it was inevitable that I was going to be on the show,” Woods said. “But I’m very curious to see what direction my life is going to go after the show comes out. But I love to make everything positive, so I believe it’s going to be exciting to see a side of our lives that is this personal.”Read more at:short formal dresses | vintage formal dresses

Indian boutique in New Haven donates all profits to international women’s programs

Didi Ananda Vibha is photographed at the Seva Boutique inside of Edge of the Woods Natural Market in New Haven on 6/26/2017. Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media 

(Photo:cheap formal dresses)Tucked away on the upper level of Edge of the Woods Natural Market — somewhere above and between the coconut milk and gluten-free cupcakes — is one of the city’s best kept fashion secrets: a boutique of clothes, bags and other items made mostly in India.

As with many boutiques, the blouses shirts, dresses, skirts, tunics, ponchos, handbags, sweaters, Paschimas, and more are unique, timelessly fashionable and difficult to find in mainstream fashion outlets. They also carry bedspreads, jewelry, wall hangings and paper lamps.

And, 100 percent of the proceeds at Seva Boutique go toward programs to benefit women and children in India, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua. Seva means selfless service in Sanskrit.

The boutique was started and is run by Didi Ananda Vibha, who is part of the Ananda Margamovement, a global spiritual and social service organization with a mission of self-realization and service to humanity, according to the organization’s website. Ananda Marga translated means bath of bliss.

Didi is a title similar to what sister is to nun in the Catholic Church, although Ananda Marga is not religion. Didi’s wear orange, considered the color of sacrifice.

Through meditation centers and service projects throughout the world, the movement, founded in 1955 by Shri Shri Anandamurti, “offers instruction in meditation, yoga and other self-development practices on a non-commercial basis, and responds to social emergencies and long-term social needs.”

Vibha, who became a didi at 16 and has spent decades dedicated in that role, started the boutique about 18 months ago as a service project.

She already had a connection with Edge of the Woods Natural Market’s owners, as they are long-time followers of the movement. They give her the space rent-free, as well as the space to teach meditation and yoga, for which she said she is grateful.

Jessica Mendez, who discovered the boutique by accident months ago while shopping for vitamins, said she’s drawn to the clothes every time she shops at the market.

“These are fashions you can’t find anywhere else,” Mendez said. “I can’t leave without buying something.”

Joyce James said she likes that the profits go to a good cause — and besides, the clothes are awesome.

“They are unique and stylish,” she said. “But I don’t think a lot of people know about this.”

Vibha, a warm, soft-spoken woman originally from India, plays every role at the boutique, situated in part of an upstairs lounge at the popular market, located at 379 Whalley Ave. She’s the merchandise buyer, manager, salesperson, stocker, accountant, in addition to all the other leadership positions she holds in the spiritual movement.

Vibha said she is still trying to figure out what customers want and getting word out about the boutique, but so far, “People love it.”

“They feel satisfied buying here because it’s for a cause,” she said, noting the prices are also reasonable.

Vibha said customers often comment on the “Peace, calm” about the place — and it’s no wonder with her strong Ananda Marga presence there.

In keeping with the movement, she meditates four times a day and says meditation is to “calm, concentrate, expand the mind to that infinite essence.”

She says of keeping clear through meditation, “If you have a bucket of water you can’t see your face in it until the water is calm.”

Vibha, raised in India and raised in the movement — she says bred to become a didi — has been in the United States for 26 years and a didi for 38. She also has a sister who is a didi.

“I feel I’m the richest person in the whole world,” she said, noting her guru, whom she referred to several times as her “master.”

“Money doesn’t get you what you really need… It will buy you clothes and other things, but you cannot find infinite happiness in temporary things,” she said.

She said the spiritualistic movement includes a belief in universalism — that everything on Earth was created by one entity. They don’t believe in nationalism, as “We believe all humanity are indivisible,” she said.

And aside from mediation and yoga being a central part of it, so is a special diet that is vegetarian, and excludes eating onion, garlic, mushrooms because they can “stir your mind” and interfere with meditation.

According to the “Seva Boutique” section on the Edge of the Woods website, “there is only giving and no question of taking. “

The spiritual guru, philosopher and founder of Ananda Marga, Sri Sri Anandamurti, founded the Women’s Welfare Department of the organization in May 1965, creating the didi role, “to uplift women in all the physical mental and spiritual spheres,” according to the market’s website.

Some examples of those who benefit from the work of didis around the world — including from the Seva Boutique — are schools, orphanages, medical clinics, vocational training centers for women and girls.

The Seva Boutique web area says the movement urges social consciousness, “especially around women, so that they are inspired to rise, abolish dogma and annihilate all symbols of slavery and a share in a new era of coordinated cooperation and glorious achievement.”Read more at:sexy formal dresses

Revolutionizing make-up

Revolutionizing make-up 

(Photo:short formal dresses australia)Though Sizi Thapa has no studio of her own, she is still one of the few established make-up artists in the country. She works as a freelancer and lives her days with versatility. Her 10-day make-up workshop, which to a make-up beginner was one of the most informative make-up experiences, concluded on July 4.

Growing up, Sizi did not always aspire to be a make-up artist. While she was fascinated by fashion talks, especially of her fashion enthusiast mother, she pursued Hospitality Management from Malaysia before working for a travel agency in Nepal. One sudden day, she started doing make-up for her colleagues at the travel agency. Her colleagues appreciated her work, and this marked a transition in her career. Pursuing her intrinsic interest then, she took off to Scandinavian Make-up Academy, Bangkok to become a certified make-up artist.

In retrospect, when she looks back, she thinks her career transition was partly fueled by her grooming in Hongkong. Born and raised in Hongkong, she was exposed to fashion trends and styles early on. Adding to that, she travelled a lot with her father, who was required to make frequent visits as a part of his job in the British Indian Army. Extensive international travels meant that she was acquainted with changing fashion trends, and she loved the diversity. Sizi consequently started her career in Myanmar in 2014.

Perhaps that is why Sizi, to this day, likes exploring. After more than two years in the business, she is nowhere close to specializing in any particular field within the make-up industry. She does it all. From ‘High Fashion’ for models in ramps, ‘Doll’ for photoshoots, special effects–of bruises and what not–for movie projects, to bridal make-up.

Sizi’s days are highly unpredictable because she is always looking for exciting new projects. She could only tell of her upcoming projects, not her schedules. Talking about her plans three days on, she said she was supposed to meet Joshna Yogi, a model turned actress, and do a special effects make-up for the latter’s new movie project. The two had worked for a magazine make-up shoot last year. If you show Sizi a picture of someone off the internet, she can tell you what make-up techniques have been used and where. She immediately notices the facial features and can give recommendations to better your face. If that doesn’t make a make-up artist phenomenal, we don’t know what does.

Why did you organize the make-up training session?

I started teaching make-up because I wanted people to have a proper appreciation and understanding of make-up. If we think about it, these days, people go through different YouTube videos, but don’t realize that their skin color is different from the models in the video. I was asked to give training to few self-learners because they evidently lacked that understanding.

Have you considered making YouTube tutorials?

I wish that every aspiring make-up artists has this understanding, which is why I arranged this training class. On a personal level, I realized that if I did a model’s make-up the way I did my own, she is going to look less like herself and more like me. This is because all of us have different facial features. However, I can’t bring myself to make YouTube videos because I am a more passionate make-up artist than a public speaker.

What inspires you to do the things that you do?

I get inspired by the people and situations around me. For instance, when I see a punched face, I don’t think about how horrible the face is, but instead I think about how I could do a close-enough make-up. I even ask my doctor friends to send me pictures of bruises and dead people so that I can inspire from real life incidents. For instance, it helps me to know the color change in a dying body.

What suggestion would you give aspiring make-up artists in Nepal?

One thing that I have learnt in life is to never do free work for anyone, even when starting a career. My advice to my fellow make-up artists is to not disrespect your skills by giving free services. Goodwill earned that way doesn’t really last. People start picking on your previously “great” skills the moment you start charging them. Not only that, it is not a fair competition to other aspiring artists. Instead you could charge less in the initial phase.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses

A fitting tribute to Christian Dior, the designer who dared to break barriers

At its heart was the Bar suit, an outfit that comprised a wasp-waisted jacket and bustled skirt. In 30-40 yards of precious cloth Dior offered a repudiation of every privation and foregone frippery. The corseted jacket also returned women to the age of strict body shaping not seen since just after the First World War.

This wasn’t your standard French revolution. Dior’s first collection had emerged at a time when clothing rations and a 100 per cent purchase tax levied on luxury goods left the entire population weary of making do and mending.

Despite the best efforts of a few designers who lent their talents to the Utility clothing scheme, people had tired of the limited scope of fabrics and styles. But it wasn’t the factory workers who led the rebellion. The signal to abandon the dreary weeds of war came from the top, and when it did the rush to full skirts and longer lengths was unseemly to many.

Politicians and puritans were appalled by its “wasteful” material demands and what Mabel Ridealgh, MP for North Ilford, called the “caged bird” look. “I hope our fashion dictators will realise the new outlook of women and give them the death blow… at curtailing women’s freedom”. Fat chance. Women quickly made it clear that they didn’t want the freedom to wear modest dresses and frumpy jackets. Within a year modified versions of Christian Dior’s vision were everywhere.

His eponymous house is now one of the world’s most successful brands. Maria Grazia Chiuri is the latest designer to take on the role of what she calls “curator of its history”. And what a history there is to curate. It’s one of the reasons Brand Dior has chosen to mark the New Look moment with a blockbuster exhibition. Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams, at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, is the biggest exhibition of his work shown to date.

Here visitors can witness for themselves just how startling La Ligne Corolle, the New Look’s actual title, must have been for women brought up on the fashion equivalent of powdered egg. The Bar suit is there, as are original toiles, sketches, letters and, yes, some of the finest dresses crafted by human hands. If your own austerity budget can stretch as far as a ticket to Paris it’s a fashion bargain, even if you only come home with a postcard.Read more at:evening gowns | cocktail dresses australia

Guide to using essential oils

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(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com)Indulging in essential oils is healthy as they can solve all your beauty related problems, enhance your mood and improve concentration. However, use them right, said experts.

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, have listed the do’s and don’ts that need to be followed:

Do’s

Essential oils can be sensitising. It is necessary to conduct a patch test before purchasing them and making sure it suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause severe skin sensitising and sun sensitivity. So if you have a sensitive skin, it’s always advisable to check with a qualified practitioner first.

Make sure that the product is 100 per cent pure and natural. Non-organic brands may add fillers which often include harmful chemicals and this may harm you in the long run.

Dilute essential oils prior to application. Essential oils can be blended with base oils or carrier oils before applying to your skin.

They are highly concentrated and should never be used undiluted on the skin. It needs to be mixed with carrier/base oil. The ratio should be 3-4 drops of essential oil in 10 ml of base oil. Some oils like olive, almond, jojoba, grape seed and coconut oil can be used as carrier oil.

Always store essential oils in a cool dark place. Essentials oils should be stored in a cool dark place and out of direct sunlight. It is simply to help preserve their potency. Essential oils have a very long shelf life, some even last for years without losing their potency, if stored correctly.

Don’ts

Do not ingest essential oil. They should only be used externally. Though there are many people who use essential oils by ingesting them, this should only be done by consulting a doctor or a medicine practitioner before consuming.

Avoid using essential oils while pregnant or nursing. Every essential oil serves a particular purpose, so it is advisable to consult your dermatologist before buying, especially for pregnant women.

Cinnamon, clove, ginger, jasmine, sage, chamomile are some of the more common essential oils that should not be used by them.

Do not apply essential oils to mucous membranes. Never use essential oils near the eyes or put directly into ears. Some oils may damage your contact lenses, so never touch lenses immediately after using essential oils. These oils are potent and can cause serious irritation to your eyes.

In case you have sensitive skin, and have a history with irritability or rashes then start by applying these oils discreetly. Make a small patch of skin about an inch square, and massage the oil into it.

Wait 24 hours to see if the area has any itchiness or irritation. This will help you safeguard your skin just in case the oil does not suit your skin type.Read more at:backless formal dresses

Festival of Curiosity: a heady mix for inquisitive minds

Ellen Byrne, co-founder and creative director of the Festival of Curiosity: “We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together” 

(Photo:backless formal dresses)Expect a whole lot of mixing next month when the Festival of Curiosity takes off in Dublin. The four-day extravaganza of science, tech, art and general curiosity will feature events around the city centre and the focus is on the old, the new and people having fun and learning together.

Now in its fifth year, the popular festival broadly divides events into a family programme of playful days and an evening programme of curious nights tailored for adults, including a “Block Party” where grown-ups get to play with Lego and bubbles.

“The general flavour this year is a mix of new and old, light and shadow and exploring together,” says Festival of Curiosity co-founder and creative director Ellen Byrne.

This July will see a big focus at the festival on fashion, and particularly what can happen when fashion meets technology, according to Byrne.

“This year we launched Curiosity Studio, supported by Science Foundation Ireland, which is a year-round design research and residency programme. The 2017 call is specifically for fashion designers to explore the future of fashion and technology, and the designers are working with scientists and engineers, learning how to solder and how to make conductive fabrics. They are having a great time,” she says.

Fashion and engineering

“The results will be on show at an evening event that explores runway fashion with a focus on light and illumination. We have so much talent here in Ireland in terms of fashion design and engineering, so we want to see what will happen when their expertise is pooled.”

The Festival of Curiosity will also offer plenty of scope for mixing up sound and vision, Byrne adds, including an evening of mixing music samples at Science Gallery Dublin’s Sound Check exhibition, and other events involving virtual reality and film screenings.

You can sign up for a night tour of the Natural History Museum (or “the Dead Zoo” as it is fondly known) and there are even “secret cycles” where groups hop on bikes and pedal off to a mystery location. “You will be advised what to wear and what to bring, but you won’t know where you are going and what you are doing until you are brought there,” says Byrne. “It’s a curious adventure.”

Byrne and co-founder Vince McCarthy are keen that festival participants get involved together wherever they can, particularly at family events such as the Curiosity Carnival at Smock Alley Theatre, the Curiosity Picnic at Wood Quay, a city-wide treasure trail and a series of talks by explorers.

Make your own record player

“We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together, and there will be inclusive workshops where you can make your own record player and learn how to make sounds in movies,” says Byrne.

A regular favourite at the festival is Dublin Maker, on July 22nd, which is “a celebration of the inventors of Ireland”, according to co-founder Dr David McKeown. “We have coaxed Ireland’s best amateur engineers out of their garden sheds to join the spare-bedroom woodturners, home brewers, crafters and everything in between to turn Merrion Square into an eclectic tented village of creativity,” he says. “There is something for all ages and definitely something you haven’t seen before.”Read more at:mermaid formal dresses