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KristinKristinJune 10, 2021

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Unless you are someone that isn’t particularly interested in the ins and outs of fashion, you have probably stared at yourself in the mirror and wished that you dressed better. It has happened to the best of us, as for whatever reason, many of us are incapable of purchasing the clothing items that we would love to wear, or we simply do not know what we would want to wear at all. 

For a lot of us picking out an outfit is no easy task. No matter how passionate you are and how much you care about what you wear, not all of us were born with the natural ability to be able to style and put together our own outfits. As the more romantic time of the year is approaching, those of you that are stylistically challenged may be worried about what you will wear on dates or go out. Here are 7 romance-inspired outfits perfect for passionate dressers.  

 

The Strawberry Dress 

Something that took the world by storm last year was the strawberry dress. This dress made all of the girly girls out there revert back to their childhood dreams of wearing a beautiful floaty dress. It wasn’t just the style of the dress that lured us in, but the pattern that was used. This dress has a delicate light pink strawberry lining that is the epitome of cute. If you are someone that wants to let their hair down and enjoy a girly day out, why not look into purchasing the strawberry dress. 

 

Fall Romantic 

Fall is the most romantic time of year. This is the time of year when you can cozy up with the person you love and go on romantic dates. Fall also means that you can dress up in comfy clothes. It is hard to argue that fall clothes are not the most fashionable of the year, so why not put together a cute jean and comfy jumper combination that will be perfect for your upcoming fall dates. 

 

Cute and flowery 

There is nothing more romantic than flowers. If you are someone that loves romance core, then you need to have a signature floral look in your closet. If you are a girl, you can match a cute floral skirt with a plain top or vest and if you are a boy, why not add a floral shirt to your lineup. Floral looks are extremely cute and if you are someone that loves to take an Instagram picture and you were lucky enough to receive a rose bear this year, then you will be able to take some cohesive pictures. 

 

Tailored suit 

Now there is nothing hotter than a tailored suit. No matter what your gender is, there is nothing more attractive than an outfit that fits like a glove and if you get the chance to get your hands on a slim fit suit, be sure to. Anyone that wears a suit instantly looks like they are making much more effort than they actually are, so if you plan on heading on some dates or out on the town in the next few weeks or months, be sure to pick up a suit. 

 

A Tight Delight  

Though some of us are hesitant to show our bodies off, it is hard to argue that anything looks better than a tight-fitting dress or shirt. Dressing like this oozes confidence and quickly allows you to create an attitude that makes you extremely appealing to people, even if it is not an accurate representation of who you are as a person, we could all use an occasional confidence boost. 

 

Cottage Core 

If you are someone that likes floaty dresses, tea party-style outfits, and timeless fashion, then you will love cottage core. Cottage core outfits are the epitome of romance, even if that is not the intention of the people who style themselves. There is an association with the clothes that you can find in the cottage core category that instantly reminds us all of the beloved fairy tales and romantic stories from the past. If you love comfy clothing and effortless fashion, then you would love cottage core. 

 

Gothic Romance 

Who says that romantic dresses have to be all flowery and pink? We could not finish this list without remembering those of us who love to dress a bit more on the dark side. Even if you don’t want to conform to the usual looks associated with romance, it does not mean that you have to forget romantic looks entirely. You can take any classic ‘romance’ outfit and add a splash of black. In fact, the strawberry dress that we previously discussed comes with a gothic sister, which is a black dress covered in light yellow moths.  


KristinKristinMay 25, 2021
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 Whilst the conflicts of the 20th Century was an absolute tragedy they have inspired many things today that you may not be aware of. Many popular video games have been based on the events of the 20th Century including games like rainbow siege six, if you’re currently playing this game and struggling then you can find rainbow six siege hacks online to help you with the game. Another thing that came, as a result, is the style inspiration, military-style clothing is a prominent trend. It has been in fashion a long time and it seems unlikely that it will go out of fashion anytime soon. If you’re wanting to achieve that military-style look then we have 6 great tips for you. 

 

The Trench Coat

The trench coat is by far the most iconic military-inspired item of clothing. If the military look is what you’re going for then you have to buy a trench coat as no military look is complete without it. Burberry was commissioned to create trench coats during the war as they needed suitable outerwear for the conditions that they were living in, after this he developed the trench coast as we know it today. There are many variations to the original trench coat long, short, or even colorful. 

 

 

The Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket is a very versatile jacket that tends to go with any outfit you’re wearing. Many people don’t know that the bomber jacket was originally used to keep pilots warm in cockpits as many of the cockpits that they were flying in were so thin there was a chance of freezing. The original bomber jacket was made from leather and was much different from the lightweight bomber jackets that have been in fashion for the last few seasons. 

 

Chino’s

Chino’s now has the reputation as the perfect pants for any events you may be attending that have a smart casual dress code. They are most commonly spotted on college campuses so it may be surprising that Chino’s were originally designed for war. They were based on khakis and played an important part in helping to camouflage soldiers that were stationed in India. Chinos paired with either of the jackets mentioned above is a great military-style look. 

 

Desert Boots

Desert boots are another popular fashion item that is vital to achieving the military style that you want. These boots are popular as with the bomber jacket they are versatile and they are also made with high-quality fabrics. These boots were initially made for soldiers that were stationed in Burma in the 1940s as they needed more comfortable shoes and suede was the best material available.  

 

Cardigan 

This is usually one of the most surprising items that were originally developed for military use. It was developed for those soldiers who were fighting for Britain in the Crimean War, originally, they didn’t have sleeves but the designs were quickly changed to include long sleeves. Now cardigans are one of the most popular items of clothing from every age range from old-age pensioners to children at school. This is another great item to purchase if you’re trying to achieve a military-style look. 

 

Combat Trousers

Combat trousers are another iconic piece of military clothing that any person wanting to achieve a military-style look will need in their wardrobe. They were designed in the First World War as soldiers needed pockets to hold medicine and now they have become trousers that are worn on casual days. Combat trousers and a trench coat are the 2 most important items getting that military style.  


KristinKristinMay 19, 2021
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Some clothing reveals the region of the world from which the wearer resides or identifies. Even in ancient times, clothing held great significance and revealed a lot about the person. Learn about the fascinating history of clothing from around the world; you may be surprised to discover the origins of the clothes you wear in the present day. From the Indian sari to the Vietnamese conical hat, the world is full of different varieties of traditional dress. Some colorful, some immersed in history and specific to the country’s culture, and others due to circumstance or status – they are almost always eye-catching. Learning about them gains you an insight into the country they are part of, so I have rounded up a few items to give you a lowdown on traditional dress around the world. 

 

The Sari, India 

Ostensibly the simplest item of clothing possible – a single length of fabric, up to nine meters long – the sari is also one of the world’s most versatile and stylish garments, which can be draped in dozens of different ways. The sari spans all of Indian society, from simple cotton versions that are woven in the street throughout the villages of India to extremely glamorous contemporary styles that grace the catwalk during India Fashion Week. The sari shares similar features to arabian dresses from Arab culture. 

Kilts, Scotland 

From Braveheart to Strictly Come Dancing, the kilt has been used to represent all things Scottish, anachronistically so in the case of Mel Gibson’s costume as William Wallace. However, visit any Scottish Highland Games, and you will see that kilt-wearing traditions are alive and well, from the immaculately dressed competitive dancers to the pipe players in formal attire and, most impressively of all, the participants in the “heavy events” – for you cannot toss a caber properly unless wearing a kilt. 

Balinese Temple dress, Indonesia 

Anyone visiting a Balinese temple in Indonesia should at least wear two basic elements of Balinese traditional dress, a sash (selendang) and a sarong-style skirt known as a kain. However, the full Balinese outfit for women, which also includes the kebaya blouse, is an elaborate ensemble worn for temple festivals that shows off Bali’s gorgeous textiles, such as ikat weaving and batik, to the full.  

Maasai beadwork, Kenya 

One of the smaller ethnic groups in Kenya, but one of the most recognizable, the Maasai’s reputation worldwide belies its size, no small part thanks to their stunning attire: brilliant red cloth, extraordinarily intricate beadwork, and – for young men – long, ochre-dyed hair. The beadwork in particular contains much meaning, a bride’s collar being the pinnacle of Maasai craftsmanship. 

Herero women, Namibia 

The traditional dress of the Herero women in Namibia is an adaptation of Victorian dress, as worn by the German colonists they fought in a bloody conflict at the start of the twentieth century, and now retained as a proud part of Herero identity. The silhouette is distinctive: a full, floor-length skirt, fitted bodice with puffed sleeves, with a magnificent horn-shaped hat, the shape of cattle horns, completing the look. 

Gho, Bhutan 

In Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom tucked between China and India, it’s obligatory for everyone to wear the national dress. For men, this means the gho, a knee-length gown tied at the waist by a belt called a keram. For formal occasions, a silk scarf, a kabney, is added to the ensemble, the color of which depends on the wearer’s status. For the women, traditional dress is typically an ankle-length dress called a kira, and the equivalent scarf is called a rachus. 

Bowler hats, Bolivia 

Think bowler hats and the first person who springs to mind is an English city gent – Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins perhaps. But in the markets of La Paz in Bolivia, you will see Aymara women, known as cholas, wearing hats that bear a striking resemblance to the classic bowler as part of their traditional outfits. It’s said that a consignment of hats was sold cheaply to local women in the 1920s when they were found to be too small for the European workers they were intended for, and so starting a fashion trend that endures. 

Nagaland, Northern India 

Visit the northern Indian region of Bolivia in December and you will witness a sartorial treat. During the festival each of the tribes of the Nagaland shows their finery, each tribe having its own magnificent style, and with a spectacular range of headdresses on display, incorporating feathers, cane, dyed goat fur, and boar tusks. The region is also known for its crafts and weaving, including beautiful Naga shawls. 

Conical hats, Vietnam 

Vietnam is home to an extraordinary wealth of clothing traditions, with the most elaborate outfits found in the north, such as red brocades of the Flower Hmong people and the decorated headdresses of the Red Dao. However, the most recognizably Vietnamese item is the conical hat, or non la, an essential accessory throughout the country. The version available Hué, non bai tho, has lines of poetry written into the brim, only visible when you hold it up to the light. 

Flamenco dresses, Andalucía, Spain 

Last but not least we have ‘raje de flamenco or traje de gitana’ – these are the flamboyant dresses that finish in a cascade of ruffles (volantes), which are synonymous with the flamenco dancers of southern Spain. Seville’s Feria de Abril is the best time to see them worn by local women. However, the ultimate flamenco dress is the bata de cola, the long-tailed version worn for the style of dance of the same name, an intricate and beautiful dance where the dancer controls the tail so that it swishes and flicks as if it has a life of its own. 


KristinKristinFebruary 27, 2021
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We have all heard the term ‘net worth’ thrown around in many different instances. Usually, we encounter discussions of net worth when we are discussing the worth of celebrities or trying to understand news articles that constantly tell us how much money Billionaires are worth. However, if you were to ask your average person what net worth really is, they may not be able to explain it. There is no wonder why, as the net worth isn’t necessarily talked about in education or even brought up to people who make an average salary. Some people think they may know what net worth is, and if you are one of these people you may be surprised to learn that you’re not getting the full picture of what net worth is.

 

Common misconceptions

Many people believe that net worth is determined purely by the amount of money that someone has in their account. This is in fact a very common misconception and working out your net worth is a little more complicated than that.

 

What is net worth?

To put it plainly, your net worth is essentially the total value of all of your assets, minus any liabilities that you may have.  This includes the worth of any property that you may have, such as your home or a business that you may own. You add this total to whatever amount that you have in your bank account.

However, simply adding together all of your equity does not equate to your net worth and is not an accurate representation of all that you own. It is fair to assume that you have some sort of financial liabilities in your life, such as a mortgage or a car loan. These can not be forgotten when you are trying to work out your net worth, so you need to deduct your outgoing to get an accurate representation of what you are really worth. If that is confusing to you, then an easy way to work it out would be figuring out how much money you would have in your bank account if you sold all of your possessions and took away any outgoing costs that you have.

 

Positive and negative net worth

Though you may not have heard of it before, as well as having a positive net worth, you can also have a negative net worth. This happens when your liabilities outweigh the value of your assets and can often appear when you have a lot of your property bought via finance.  Though a negative net worth may seem scary, it is actually an extremely common occurrence. This is especially the case if you are a student or you have just left college and you are still paying off your student debts. Usually, when people first leave education or become a member of the working world, they have a negative net worth. This is because at that point people usually have more debt than property, but this can be changed within a number of years.

 

Is it important to know your net worth?

More likely than not, you won’t really ever need to know what your net worth is. However, in a time where we have a lot of outgoing and incoming costs, it can be difficult to keep track of how much money we really have. After all, with modern bills such as phone bills and continuous subscriptions, it can all add up without you knowing. When this happens, we can be led to believe that we have more money than we really have and so it is best to know our true worth so that we can comfortably have control of our finances.

 

Different types of net worth

As there are vast differences in the wealth system, it is understandable that there are different ways to measure net worth. Aside from the basics of positive and negative net worth, there is also ultra-high and high net worth. But you may be wondering, what’s the difference between ultra high net worth and high net worth?

As you can probably tell by the name, there is quite a big difference between those with a high net worth and those with an ultra-high net worth. People with high net worth have between one million dollars and ten million dollars, which is a substantial amount of equity. However, people who are considered as ultra net worth usually have over ten million dollars.

 

How can you improve your net worth?

The best way to improve your net worth is by getting rid of any loans or financial obligations that you have, once you have completely eliminated the costs that you have then you will start to gain a positive net worth. There is no point in trying to increase the property you own if you still owe money to others.


KristinKristinFebruary 7, 2021
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It can feel pointless at the moment to put effort into your accessories when they’re a few people to show them off to. However, as with all aspects of our dress, it is important to remember that you are dressing for yourself not other people. Wearing a bright pink bow or adorning our fingers with rings in the shapes of skulls might not have passed in your work environment but you can get away with them at home. In fact, being at home means that if we want to wear our dinosaur hat all day long then we can do so without fear of judgment. So, I implore you to spend this time experimenting with your weird and wonderful accessories in the freedom of your own home. To help I have compiled a list of six of the current hottest accessories brands.

 

Accessorize

It is no surprise that Accessorize made this list, it is named after all for its range of accessories. This high-street staple produces bags, hair accessories, and jewelry that are on trend at affordable prices. Their sister brand Monsoon focuses on fashionable clothing, so at sites where their shops are combined, you can find accessories that perfectly match your clothes allowing you to buy your entire outfit in one go. Their pieces appeal to those of any age, with some items specifically targeted for older or younger customers. So, no matter your age, you are sure to find the hottest accessories for your generation available.

 

Gucci

No matter the year or season, Gucci will always be on-trend. The brand was created by Guccio Gucci and is based in the city of Florence in Italy. Whilst they do produce clothing, their main focus is on accessories. If you can afford their high prices, then their world-famous handbags or golden belts are must-haves. Their pieces are iconic yet timeless so can be well worth their high price tags. Their recent collaboration with North Face has ensured that not only are their items durable they are also practical.

 

Blackshore

Blackshore is a British coastal clothing company that offers a range of handmade designer bags, the most famous of which being their canvas duffle bags. They are made in the local style of Norfolk, using the same type of canvas found in boat covers which makes them waterproof. Their unique style mixed with sea proof practicality helped to win their place on the Make It British’s list of top 30 British made bags. So, if you would prefer to support more locally independent companies instead of worldwide brands then why not spend your money on a well-crafted handmade item from Blackshore instead.

 

Audemars Piguet

Accessorising isn’t just for women. There are plenty of brands dedicated to accessories that cater to men as well. Audemars Piguet is a high-quality fashion brand that specializes in watches ad clocks. The company was founded nearly one-hundred-and-fifty years ago in Switzerland, so they have had plenty of time to perfect their craft. Their quality watches have become a must-have for any professional gentleman.

 

EMP

As stated earlier, we can use our current time at home to experiment and explore accessories that might have gotten us strange looks if we were to wear them in public. EMP is a website that has merchandise from various brands from Disney to My Chemical Romance. They have many fandoms to choose your accessories from including Marvel and Star Wars, and they are always up to date with the hottest TV shows and bands. They also do unlicenced items that cater to a more gothic or grunge look if that is more your style.

 

Claire’s

They might not appear to be the hottest accessories to older audiences, but when it comes to popular accessories for children and teens, Claire’s always has it covered. Whether the latest trend amongst tweens is to wear massive rainbows in their hair or earrings in the shapes of fuzzy pompoms, Claire’s will have it stocked. If you have children in your family and you are unsure of what to buy them, then you can be assured that anything you buy for them from Claire’s will be on-trend, however garishly so.


KristinKristinJanuary 15, 2021
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Fast fashion is a symptom of globalization and capitalism.

 

Fast fashion is the phenomenon of producing clothes at exponential rates to keep up with high-fashion trends set by fashion companies. The ‘fast’ part of fast fashion comes from how the clothes are made, how fast the clothes cycle through fashion trends, and what happens to the clothes after they’ve been discarded – all in the name of fashion, of course.

Before fast fashion, there was seasonal fashion; fashion trends based on the change in weather and the need for different clothing styles. In stark contrast to this, fast fashion took over, taking the need to want in the fashion industry.

 

Fashion of need

According to ‘The Good Trade’ in ‘What Is Fashion, Anyway?’, before fashion was based on fluctuating trends, the fashion industry created its garments on the changes in season, which influenced the changes in fashion at the time. This fashion of need was the prevalent form of fashion, mostly because the industrial revolution hadn’t happened yet. Creators and consumers were bound by (in comparison to current times) rudimentary machinery and manual labor. Not only did this take money, but it also took time. Therefore, clothing was more expensive – consumers couldn’t afford to buy clothes as often as is normal now, nor was there time or money for the clothing industry to create the amount of clothing that cycles through shops in current times.

 

The clothing revolution

‘Bellatory’, in ‘Ready-to-Wear: A Short History of the Garment Industry’, explains once the industrial revolution enveloped the “western world”, clothes could be produced much faster and, therefore, at cheaper rates. Every aspect of the industry was supplemented with technology, making every stage of clothing creation faster.

It was the fashion industry that revolutionized this industry of need into one of want. With clothing now faster to produce, different styles and cuts were easier to make en masse, and the demand for fashion became a new front for the clothing industry. This was the beginning of fast fashion. With advertisements for new and different clothing now part of popular media, the notion of “fashion” became widespread.

‘Bellatory’ explains another large step for the clothing industry was the move from locally produced clothing to internationally produced clothes. Many clothing companies chose to move their factories to other countries, where worker’s pay was cheaper and the lack of regulation meant cheaper production. The clothing industry, operating on a low-expenditure high-production system, began to create clothing at rapid rates, and with the ability to keep up with equally quick fashion trends. ‘Bellatory’ tells us how clothing quality became progressively worse with the new invention of plastic. Again, a cheap material to make, plastic is a huge part of the current clothing industry.

 

Fast fashion and pollution

‘The Good Trade’ tells us about fast fashion and the environment. With the decline in the quality of materials used in clothing, garments don’t last as long and are thrown away quicker. A lot of the clothes made by the clothing industry end up in landfills or garbage incineration – either way, this means pollution.

Despite landfill and incineration, many of the clothes thrown away (a symptom of fast fashion) end up in the ocean and, because of the low-quality materials they’re made with, cause pollution. These pollutants contaminate wildlife and their natural habitats, with the damage occurring irreversible; these pollutants will be in the environment forever. This also directly affects humans in the matter of the food-chain.

 

Fish caught from the sea have these pollutants in their bodies, and we consume those pollutants when we eat seafood. The long-term consequences of plastic pollutants are still unknown but have already been linked to higher rates of cancer.

 

Fashion and the internet

With the rise of the internet, the fast fashion industry’s reach grew even more. With stores placing themselves on the internet, creating an online presence, everyone with access to the internet had access to them and their entire catalog. Clothes shopping didn’t just happen on the high street anymore, people could now buy clothes online and have them delivered to their home. While this may seem normal to us, the internet and its connections were revolutionary to all businesses. just last week i got a great deal on my broadband from here but a few years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find anything as stable.

 

According to ‘The Good Trade’ and ‘Bellatory’, the high street fashion industry has a high turnover of styles and trends. This, of course, is driven by the internet. If fashion companies weren’t online, there would be less demand for new fashions and styles and therefore less turnover of garments. However, the opinion on whether the internet is harming the fashion world is a matter of opinion.

 

Is the internet harming the fashion world?

Those who partake in “high-fashion”, such as that of Paris Fashion Week, maybe of the opinion that the internet is harming fashion. With creators spending an entire year culminating new ideas and transforming them into new innovations for fashion, such creators may dislike the fast fashion of high street companies. The argument could be made that, with so many companies influencing “general” fashion, fashion overall is being polluted with trend fluctuations that aren’t itself fashion.

 

On the other hand, those high street companies whose business largely depends on online sales may disagree and argue “high-fashion” is inaccessible to those who shop at high street stores, and by following, trends are providing those shoppers with the fashion they can relate to.

 

So, what’s your opinion?


KristinKristinJanuary 14, 2021
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Vaping. It is the trend that has swept over the planet in full force. No matter how people try to push back against it, people continually invest in their vapes. It seems like only yesterday vaping had just emerged, riddled with cautious voices crying out against it and people saying it would never catch on. But those voices are now being drowned out and the nay-sayers are quiet. Vaping is here and it is here to stay.

But how does vaping go from being a simple smokers alternative, designed to help people quit, to being one of the biggest industries on the planet. Alongside it also being one of the biggest fashion trends of the 21st  century. Today we are going to do a deep dive on vaping, examining its early years and looking at its eventual rise into fashion icon history.

Humble Origins

Vaping was born out of the ever raging battle against smoking addiction. Smoking is one of the biggest killers on the planet. With proven studies showing its clear links to a number of heart and lung diseases. And, of course, the correlation between smoking and cancer is undeniable.

And yet, despite millions dying from smoking-related illnesses every year, smoking remains legal. This is due to the big tobacco companies having enough money to lobby for laws to stay the way they are. But this battle is where vaping comes from.

Starting out as E-cigarettes designed to give a nicotine hit to the user to help them ween off of cigarettes. Here is something you may not know, the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive but it isn’t actually the worst part of smoking. It is all the dangerous chemicals inside the cigarettes, mixed with the act of inhaling smoke, that causes the most damage. Nicotine still has a number of mental effects that make it horribly dangerous.

So E-cigarettes were a cheaper, safer alternative to smoking. But the issue was this early tech was cumbersome, ugly, and unresponsive. So it went largely ignored for a long time. Until we finally got the first proper Vaporiser.

Vapes

Vaporizer technology was nothing new. Used in a lot of fields from the sciences to medicine and everything in between. But when Vape companies finally released the first batches of flavored vape juice, combined with nicotine, all bets were off. Early adopters flocked and began vaping everywhere they could, leading to a lot of memes and jokes about people who vape.

But eventually, the trend picked up. In relation to its impact on smoking, it did help a lot of people quit. Being able to slowly ween themselves down on their nicotine intake was a valuable tool. But for some people, it was a doubled edge sword. Their nicotine intake now doubled as they could vape inside and smoke outside.

And technology only improved. Soon people were making their own vape juices, exploring exotic flavors. People were getting custom vapes and vape accessories. People began vaping with delta 8 thc and various cbd oils as well. Vaping was seeping into a lot of cultural areas.

Fashion Trend

One day vaping finally hit America in a huge way. Juul pods started surfacing, mini vapes that could be easily concealed, and the lovely flavors associated with vaping made it very enticing for the younger crowd. And then came TikTok.

A wave of influencers would parade themselves around, flashing their vapes for the world to see. And their audience lapped it up and, wanting to be just like their idols, millions began vaping. Suddenly it wasn’t just smokers that were vaping. People were buying non-nicotine based vapes and simply vaping for the flavors. It had become an area all its own.

Soon many fashion icons, aside from the TikTokers, started vaping proudly in public too. Further pushing that vapes were now as much a fashion icon as they were a tool to combat smoking. With companies creating new and exotic flavors every year and the vaping community growing by the day, it seems vaping is here to stay. We have even seen vaping conventions popping up, where people go to compete in blowing smoke, discuss and trade and just be with other vape enthusiasts.

A Dangerous Trend

It would be negligent to look at all this and see it as just a positive. In fact, we would go as far as to say that this may be one of the more dangerous trends to appear lately.

Medically speaking there is little evidence that vaping non-nicotine vape liquid has any negative health effects. Some hospitals have claimed that odd-viscous liquid has been shown to form in the lungs because of it, but these claims are anomalous.

The big danger has come from the influx of young people now vaping. But you might be thinking, where is the danger if the juice is nicotine free.

Smoking addiction is more than just nicotine. It is the lifestyle attached to it. Any smoker will tell you the social aspect of it is what kept them smoking for so long. Vaping could be seen as a gateway to smoking. Or a way to easily get nicotine introduced into their lifestyle. Not to mention vaping is an addictive activity in and of itself. To have so many teenagers now addicted to this lifestyle is not encouraging at all.

But we might be worrying needlessly. What do you think about it all? A welcome fashion trend, or a dangerous sign of the times?


KristinKristinJanuary 13, 2021
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When you think of fashion, I imagine you picture glamorous runways and even more glamorous exclusive parties. The fashion industry is a billion-dollar industry that shows no sign of slowing down. Every year we buy products from some of the big-name brands, which gives them the opportunity to invest in creating even more clothing options. Something that a lot of people do not know is that a lot of big-name fashion brands actually use their influence and monetary power to donate to a number of charities.

 

There isn’t a charitable cause that has not received funds from fashion brands. Usually, the brands will donate to organizations that link closely to the message of the brand, but they are not restricted in which brands they donate to. In recent years, one of the main categories of charity that has been donated by fashion brands is medicare charities. There has been a big increase in brands donating to medicare charities in the last few years for a number of reasons. First of all, the medical sector has been under a lot of pressure for some time now due to a decrease in funding and an increase in demand. This has only magnified through the introduction of Covid 19, which has seen a mass population of hospitals and a drain on medical resources.

 

These brands not only donate to these charities, they also host events with the goal of spreading medical education in mind. But which fashion brands are donating millions to medicare?

 

Alice and Olivia

Alice and Oliva is an online-based fashion brand, offering year-round comfortable clothing to its consumers. Though this brand is by no means the biggest on this list, their contribution to medicare has been astonishing.  Since the start of the Corona pandemic, Alice and Olivia have donated 10% of their profit to causes that are aiding the treatment of Corona sufferers. This is a large part of their profit margin, yet they have promised to continue to do so until a viable cure is found and distributed nationwide.  They have been donating to charities in need since April last year and since then there have been hundreds of reports from charities that they have worked with, thanking them for their generous donations.

 

Skims

Skims is Kim Kardashian’s own clothing line and, much like Alice and Oliva, the brand has been making big steps to help with the current pandemic. The brand has pledged 20% of all profits made from its products to be donated to underfunded hospitals and other smaller health organizations. Skims promises that even after the strain of the pandemic decreases, they will continue to donate profits as they feel that the health care sector, in general, is underfunded and in need of additional funds. They hope that their donations will encourage other brands to take some pressure off of the already strained health sector.

 

 

Tom Ford

Everyone has heard of Tom Ford and the vast amount of money that they have donated to charity is no secret. The brand has been giving back to its community for over a decade, sponsoring several causes and supporting various charities. Even before the start of the pandemic, Tom Ford was donating to dozens of charities that supported medicare. Not only does the brand donate to various charities, but they also host events to spread the importance of the medical sector and also promote new medical findings. Just last year they hosted an event that discussed the advantages in choosing microcannulas over traditional needles with the hope that more medical centers will use them as part of their practices, due to the substantial cost difference between the two.

 

Michael Kors

Michael Kors has been donating to varying medical charities for a number of years due to his own experiences with his mother’s deteriorating health. The brand has donated thousands of dollars to charities specializing in the treatment of diabetes and other long term health conditions. During Michael Kors runway shows, attendees are expected to donate to various charities that Kors represents and there are often raffles that give all the proceeds to these charities.



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