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ACCESSORIES THAT WILL MAKE EVERY OUTFIT WAY BETTER

 

If you follow a slew of fashion girls on Instagram, chances are, you’ve likely already seen most of the season’s biggest trends (think: plaid boyfriend blazers, sparkly boots, and puff-sleeved blouses) in your feed a dozen times over. Now, don’t get us wrong: We, too, love cool, of-the-moment silhouettes and the endless style inspiration from the IG pros that wear them. But every now and again we could use a break from the same ol’ fashions (and filters). That’s why, when we come across a fresh face with an aesthetic that stands out in a sea of cookie-cutter #OOTDs, our hearts skip a beat.

 

Case in point: Lifestyle blogger Sunita V., whose trademark look is built on classic, comfortable staples and versatile accessories, like PANDORA Jewelry’s stunning gems, rather than anything tooover-the-top. When it comes to style, the New York City transplant says, “I’ve always done my own thing. It’s all about what feels the most me.” Which is why her sense of style is ridiculously refreshing. Not only does and dress — to the beat of her own drum, but she looks damn good while doing so (as her nearly 150K followers can attest).

Ahead, Sunita tells us all about how her easy, non-cliché outfits come together, her secret to adding just the right amount of flair to every look, and why individuality is the key to winning style. Talk about sartorial empowerment.

Okay, so tell us, what does personal style mean to you? 
“I see style as a way to reflect my attitude and express how I truly feel, so I always dress based on my mood. I wear whatever feels good in the moment. Usually that’s something eclectic and vibrant — like brightly colored pieces or a mix of textures.”

What types of pieces do you typically gravitate towards?
“I used to be into more form-fitting clothing. But now, after a period of personal growth, I gravitate towards clothing that is free-flowing. It’s all about comfort from top to bottom — booties over sky-high heels, any day.”
         

When you’re putting together an outfit, what’s the first piece of the puzzle? 
“It always starts with my hair. For me, a bad hair day just throws everything off.”

What do you add to your look when you want to take it up a notch?
“Jewelry is always the last thing I add to any outfit; it’s the perfect finishing touch and gives an extra oomph to every look, without being the whole look.”

Tell us about your go-to jewelry pieces.
“I love a bold, chunky statement piece, but I also appreciate the allure of pieces that are more subtle, as long as they have a bit of flair — whether that be within the design or something like a special stone. PANDORA Jewelry’s designs are intricate and beautiful but not too over-the-top, so I can wear them with so much more — for day or night and for a variety of different occasions.”

What’s your trick for making your jewels stand out? 
“This season, I’m all about mixing different metals and styles, and stacking and layering different pieces together. It gives an outfit some dimension and really has the power to complete a look.”

What do you consider when you’re pairing jewelry with an outfit? 
“For me, it’s important that everything looks and feels balanced. In terms of clothing, I don’t want to overdo it because then the jewelry gets lost. I also don’t want to over-accessorize with jewelry because then that becomes the sole focus.”

Every outfit in your Instagram feed is totally your own — as in, you aren’t one to wear what every other blogger is wearing. Why is that?
“I went through a period where I’d wear things that weren’t really me just because they were on-trend, and I didn’t look or feel like myself. Since then, I’ve always done my own thing. It’s all about what feels the most me. Of course, I am inspired by other people’s outfits, but I make sure to wear things in my own unique way.”

How does living in New York City inspire your approach to style and self-expression?
“Seeing people celebrate their individuality is endlessly inspiring. It’s the reason I wanted to live here. There’s no set template for what you have to look like or what you have to wear — you can just be you.”

What do you think your style says about you?
“I feel like my clothes say, ‘I’m comfortable with who I am.’ I wear what makes me feel good, and I think that comes through.”

What do you hope people take away from your philosophy?
“I want to encourage people to express their individuality through clothing and jewelry — and to have fun with it. It’s a beautiful thing — and so refreshing — to see someone with a unique style totally owning their look.”

What’s your best style advice? 
“Don’t feel pressure to follow trends and keep up with anything around you. Just do you.”

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5 THINGS: How To Look Sharp In The Summer And Still Beat The Heat

It’s hot out and you wish you could be in nothing but your underwear, but you have to be around people and look professional. 

These are the essential things you should know when picking out your summer wardrobe.

Pick The Right Fabrics

Fabrics are the most important aspect to consider when you want to look hawt when it’s hot. You want the fabrics you wear to be made of natural fibers, constructed with breathable weaves, and feel lightweight. 
Natural fibers wick away sweat and tend to dry faster; breathable weaves allow air to flow to your skin and cool you off; and lightweight materials keep you from being too insulated. No matter what you’re wearing, you’ll want it to be made of these fabrics:

  • Cotton (poplin, seersucker, madras)
  • Linen
  • Wool (100% lightweight or tropical weaves)

Avoid heavier versions of cotton, like twill and oxford weaves, and skip the silks and synthetics, like polyester. These heavy fabrics will cling to your skin and trap sweat, making you feel warmer and less comfortable.

Pants should be 100% cotton chinos or dress pants made with tropical wool or lightweight cotton weaves, not denim jeans. Jackets and blazers should be unlined or half-lined to promote breathability. When in doubt, weigh clothing items against each other—the lighter the better. And hold fabrics up to the light. If you can see through it a little you’re in good shape.

Go With Lighter Colors



Lighter colors reflect light, which means less heat being absorbed into your body. Darker colors absorb light and heat you up. You don’t have to be decked out in all white to beat the heat—light blues, yellows, pinks, etc. do the trick—but you don’t want to be decked out in all black either. Think of it like this—you’ll probably be cooler wearing a 100% cotton long-sleeve white shirt than black synthetic t-shirt.

Wear Looser Clothing

Tight clothes cling to you and don’t allow your sweat to do its job. You need to give your skin some breathing room by wearing looser clothing. Air flow is key. 
You don’t have to wear clothing that’s a size up or anything, just choose apparel that facilitates that much-needed air flow and doesn’t constrict. Skinny jeans, tights, and sweatpants are not a good idea.

Dresses and skirts are a great option as well since they perfectly balance air flow and comfort. Even so, you’re better off with looser styles over fitted ones. That form-fitting black cocktail dress may look great on you, but it’s going to slowly cook you alive.

Choose the Right Shoes

For men, Antonia Centeno at Real Men Real Style recommends loafers with holes (for the breathability), moccasins or boat shoes (because you can wear these without socks), or Italian leather shoes (since the leather is usually thinner than western-style leather shoes). Whatever you pick, let those puppies breathe as much as you can.
 For women, any open-toe dress shoe will do the trick, but flats with lightweight no-show socks (or no socks at all) work great too.

Manage Your Sweat

Sweat—that’s really what this is all about. No matter how breathable and lightweight your clothing is, you’re going to sweat. And that’s good because your loose clothing will allow airflow to cool you off some. 
That said, you’re still going to sweat a lot and you need to control it as best you can.

When you’re wearing a short-sleeve or long-sleeve button up, wear an undershirt with it. Preferably a 100% cotton undershirt (v-neck t-shirt or wife beater is ideal). It might be a bit warmer to do that, but the cotton will wick the sweat and keep your nice outer shirt from looking like a damp kitchen rag. 
Also, always carry a handkerchief in your coat pocket or purse for wiping sweat away from your forehead and neck. If you use your shirt sleeve, you’ll just make yourself look even more sweaty.

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How to live like an aristocrat

​Royal splendor: The palatial homes and captivating lives of Britain’s modern aristocrats

From Pride and Prejudice to Downton Abbey, Britain’s aristocrats and their opulent homes have long been fodder for popular fiction.

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England

Yet the real life houses of the landed gentry — and the often lavish and eccentric lives of their owners — are as fascinating as the stories drawn from them.

“Great Houses: Modern Aristocrats” takes a comprehensive look at this rarefied world, shining a light on the architectural histories of Britain’s stately mansions and the sagas of the families who own them.

The Rothschild family built 44 grand houses in the 19th century including Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England

The chronicles prove to be sensational. In the first few pages there’s murder, marriage for money, and conniving characters — like the prostitute-turned-dowager-countess who now resides behind bars.

As the book’s author James Reginato writes in the introduction, “It is as much about the people as it is about the houses.”

The homes are a fitting backdrop for the drama, and their rich architectural opulence is examined upstairs and down from the intricate stone exteriors to the artistic treasures that are housed within.

St. Giles House, Dorset, England

“There is something wonderful in watching the layers of history and the passage of time — where materials age and get better with years — which one finds in these houses,” the Queen’s nephew, Viscount Linley, says in the introduction. “You can see how each generation has put its mark on the place.”

The Viscount, who is presently eighteenth in line to the British throne and chairman of auction house Christie’s, clearly speaks from experience.

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17 Unique Baby Girl Names That’ll Guarantee Your Daughter Stands Out

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So, you’re having a girl! Aside from the multitude of tasks you must accomplish before she arrives, you’re now faced with perhaps the most daunting task on your pre-baby to-do list — choosing a name. Because your daughter will (most likely) be identified by this moniker for her life, you want to find one that’s sweet and endearing enough for a baby, but one that she won’t roll her eyes at when she’s a teenager (or a “threenager” in some cases.) And, in some cases, you may want to find a totally unique baby girl name.

Look, there is nothing wrong with choosing a classic girl’s name. After all, these are the monikers that stand the test of time. But do you really want your daughter to be one of five Rebecca’s in her class? Not to mention, going with a unique baby name helps instill the idea that individuality is kind of awesome.
Still, picking a unique baby name isn’t easy. You want it to stand out enough that people think it’s cool, but not so much that they mock your choice. To aid in your search, we’ve compiled a list of unique and beautiful baby girl names that you won’t find on top ten most popular lists. 

1. Allegra
Classy, yet unique, this name derives from the Italian word allegro, a musical term meaning upbeat or to play with joy. It’s the perfect, less known replacement for the more common name, Joy.

2. Ariadne
This moniker is a lesser known form of the name Ariana, and is also the Cretan goddess of fertility. This is a great choice if you’re aiming for classic yet unexpected.

3. Cora
Originally associated with the mythical daughter of the Greek deity Zeus, Cora has gained popularity with the success of Downton Abbey. The matriarch of the Grantham family is both beautiful and headstrong — all things you want your daughter to be.

4. Esmeralda
If you couldn’t have a baby with Ryan Gosling, having a baby that shares a name with his daughter is a close second. Esmeralda comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word meaning emerald.
5. Ember
Short, fiery, and a little bit sassy, this name would be the perfect match for your little firecracker. It could be short for Emberly or an alternative to the much more popular Amber.

6. Florence
A Latin name meaning flourishing or prospering, Florence is more than an Italian city. Several iconic woman share this moniker including the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and musical badass Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.

7. Gracen
An elaborate, unique version of the more popular Grace, this name has been used for both boys and girls. So if you’re looking for something unis*x and unique, Gracen could be the name for your girl.

8. Hero
Culturally a masculine word, Hero of Greek mythology was actually a woman. What better way to empower your child?
 
9. Jessamine
A unique alternative to the tried and true Jessica or Jasmine, Jessamine is an earlier Persian spelling of the jasmine flower.

10. Lana
Meaning beautiful or peaceful, many millennial moms know this name thanks to the talented Lana del Ray. Not a bad namesake if you ask me.

11. Linnea
Among the top five most popular Scandinavian names, Linnea is a beautiful name reminiscent of Swedish flowers.
12. Liv
The Norse word for life was made popular in America by actress Liv Tyler. You can use it as a nickname for Olivia, or let it stand on its own as a more catchy, unique name.

13. Paisley
Originally a Scottish boy’s name, Paisley has become more feminine thanks in part to the floral pattern with the same name.

14. Robin
Adventurous and down-to-earth, this name meaning bright fame would give your little girl a name to match her spunky personality.

15. Rowan
Meaning little redhead, this moniker was almost unheard of until Brooke Shields used it for her little girl in 2003.

16. Sia
Pronounced SEE-uh and meaning victory, this strong name became popular thanks to the Australian songstress behind “Chandelier.” But don’t worry. Naming your child Sia doesn’t mean she’ll be swinging from the ceiling anytime soon.

17. Zaylee
Perhaps the most unique of them all for utilizing the infamous letter “Z”, Zaylee is both carefree and unique. This could be a substitute for more popular names like Kaylee or Hayley.

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7 photos that proves how different Yoruba and Igbo parties are

​Nigerians love a lot of things but there are certain things they love more. One of such is, party. Nigerians love parties.




Different tribes have different ways of celebrating. Some tribes love to party more than others. It is common belief that Yoruba people love parties more than others. Any small thing that happens, they will throw party and sew asoebi.

The photos below will show you how different Yoruba and Igbo parties are
1. How Yorubas spray money 

How Igbos spray money

2. The type of food Yorubas serve 

The type of food Igbos serve

3. When Yoruba people get on the dance floor

When Igbos get on the dance floor

4. Plenty food with sizeable meat at Yoruba party

Not enough food with maggi cube size of meat at Igbo party 

5. When Yoruba drummers show up 

When Igbo drummers show up

6.When Yoruba women decide to step things up

When Igbo women decide to step things up

7. No Yoruba party without asoebi

Asoebi or not, Igbo party goes on

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10 THINGS: Top ten most powerful people in the world

Without much talking, let’s just get to it.

10. Larry Page – CEO, Google


9. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, India


8. David Cameron – Prime Minister, United Kingdom


7. Janet Yellen – Chair, Federal Reserve, Washington, United States


6. Bill Gates – Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


5. Xi Jinping – General Secretary, Communist Party, China


4. Pope Francis – Bishop of Rome, Roman Catholic Church


3. Barack Obama – President, United States


2. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany


1. Vladimir Putin – President, Russia


Source: FORBES

5 THINGS: How to live like a millionaire even as a peasant

A warm good morning to all you DENSDOME readers out there. On today’s episode of 5 THINGS our team of editors will be highlighting the possible/sure ways for everyone to live the life of a millionaire and even better.

As the old saying goes, health is wealth. But, even the wealthy might not live a healthy life as we think.

So, without much talking, here are 5 RULES FOR BETTER HEALTH.


  • LESS MEAT, MORE VEGETABLE:



    Over 70% of the world population today, would rather prefer to eat meat than vegetable. Unlike the days of old when what we so called “poverty” was rampant, all families prayed for was daily bread. If you happen to come from an average family of 6 and above, in most cases, to make matters worse, an extended family, you’ll understand what it means to feed a great multitude.

    So, what better way to keep this growing family population nourished and refreshed, vegetable always was the answer. If you’re the type that takes notes of past, recall and compare the “Meat Eating Family” who couldn’t afford a full pot of soup, but always looks to fill it with meat come what may to the “Vegetable Eating Family” whose joy comes from the full  satisfaction from mommy’s pot. As the old saying goes, “make enough soup, when the pounded yam is finished, we lick the soup.”  

    So has this demand for meat than vegetables lived long till this day. 

    • LESS SUGAR, MORE FRUITS

    Sugar as we know it promotes information. Inflammation which is part of the immune system response, is not always a bad thing. But eating sugary foods can fuel excessive, inappropriate inflammation that serves no useful purpose and actually promotes aging in disease.

    Daily intake of fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keep your digestive system happy.

    Low on calories, eating plenty of fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancer.
    LESS DRIVING, MORE WALKING

    This, without a shadow of a doubt, is self explanatory. Driving often and walking less is not the best for any man.

    Take time out to walk around, at least 15 minutes daily, that way, you can burn out up to 2 calories. Now, think how fit you would look within the next 2 months when you burn 2 calories daily.
    LESS WORRY, MORE SLEEP

    Those knots in your stomach could be more than just an uneasy feeling. Chronic stress can impact the hormones released by your thyroid glands, which regulate your metabolism among other things. If these hormones get off track, it can lead to constipation. 

    Don’t be surprised, the side effects that comes from stress of worry could be worse than the worry itself.

    Sleep on the other hand, a good sleep by the way reduces nerve stress. An average human being should have at least 6 hours of sleep daily.

    PS, whenever you’re worried, go to sleep *smile*
    LESS ANGER, MORE LAUGHER

    This is no longer news, as it is said, less anger, live longer (lol) I just made that up. But seriously, the expression on our faces when we’re angry tells it all, keep that wrinkled face up, oldage would definitely wake you up.

    But if you can wake up everyday and put a smile on your face, folks, there’s nothing like it.
    TODAY’S QUOTE: 

    I BULLY MYSELF, CAUSE I MAKE MYSELF DO WHAT I PUT MY MIND TO _MGK

    How I Learned to Fall Asleep in Under a Minute

    It was the week before my best friend’s wedding, and my anxiety (nerves, plus excitement) had reached epic levels. I wasn’t sleeping, to say the least. Part of that had to do with the maid-of-honor speech I would be giving. I was terrified and could not shut my brain off to fall asleep at night.

    After day three of lying awake until the wee hours of the night, I sheepishly admitted to her that I was too nervous to fall asleep, and she—the bride, who was sleeping like a baby the week before her own wedding—told me I needed to try the “4-7-8” breathing trick.

    She happens to be a licensed wellness practitioner who studies meditation, stress, and breathing techniques, and she told me it would change my life. You simply breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. She explained that the studied combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on our brains and would slow my heart rate and soothe me right to sleep that night. “It works,” she told me. “It’s crazy.”

    I couldn’t wait to put the trick to the test, and to my complete disbelief, I woke up the next morning unable to even remember getting to the eighth second of the exhale because it knocked me out that fast. For the next four nights leading up to the big day, even as my stress increased, I was able to fall asleep the minute I tried the 4-7-8 trick. I also used it to relax in the moments leading up to the speech.

    When you feel stressed or anxious, adrenaline courses through your veins, your heart beats at a rapid rate, and your breathing becomes quick and shallow. So before I get into the specifics behind how the 4-7-8 breathing trick works, I wanted to explain in my own words what it feels like when you try it. To me, the effect of the breathing technique feels almost like a sedative drug, because in order to hold your breath for seven seconds and then to exhale for eight—when your breath is so shallow and short—your body is forced to slow your heart rate. It has no choice. Holding your breath, and then slowly, deliberately exhaling for eight seconds, causes a chain reaction. It feels like going from a mad-dash sprint to a finish line to a slow, leisurely, calming stroll through the park.

    When you first start, you’ll be desperate to just take in another breath, or you’ll want to speed up your counting, but if you stick to the numbers (or at least try to), and don’t take any breaks (in other words, consecutively repeat the 4-7-8 without resuming regular breathing), you can literally feel your heart rate slow down, your mind get quieter, and your whole body physically relax. It washes over you like a calming, relaxing drug. I can never remember getting past the first set of 4-7-8.

    Do you know the feeling of being put under by anesthesia, where you are conscious, and the next thing you remember is waking up? That’s what this is like for me: As soon as I start the practice, the next thing I remember, I’m waking up in the morning and can’t even remember beginning the 4-7-8 count the night before. Crazy.

    Now to the more technical details: People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

    Mindful breathing practices have been a part of yoga and Eastern wellness modalities for centuries but aren’t as popular in Western culture. The most well-known champion of the 4-7-8 breathing technique in the U.S., who is somewhat responsible for the prevalence that the technique does have amongst integrative medicine practitioners, yogis, and those in search of stress reduction and overall relaxation, is Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil.

    Though I’m not promising or claiming (nor does Dr. Weil) that practicing this breathing technique can fight disease or provide clinical benefits, I can tell you one thing: If it affects you like it did me, it will help you fall asleep way faster. Not only is it free, it also works for a number of different instances. In addition to using it to fall asleep in a pinch, you can practice it if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself thinking about something you have to do the next day, in order to fall back asleep; if you are nervous before an event (like a wedding, or giving a speech); if you are angry about something and want to calm down. My friend (the bride-to-be who slept like a baby the week before her wedding), who gets nervous to fly, uses it before flights and during if the plane encounters turbulence.

    It is now what I use to fall asleep every single night, and each morning, I’m amazed at how well it worked.

    Doctors Agree—Stay Away From These Popular Health Supplements

    The supplements we often turn to as beauty or dietary aids may be doing more harm than good, according to new findings from Consumer Reports. Despite populating the shelves at pharmacies and health-food stores across the country, these over-the-counter aids can be contaminated with “dangerous bacteria” and often falsely advertise in terms of their benefits. All signs point to a lack of formalized government regulation surrounding these supplements, which can inadvertently lead to organ damage, cardiac arrest, or even cancer. These are the top five supplement ingredients to stay away from, as reported by Health:

    • Caffeine powder: Used for weight loss, increased energy, and athletic performance.
    • Green tea extract powder: Used for weight loss.
    • Kava: Used for anxiety and insomnia.
    • Aconite: Used for inflammation, joint pain, and gout.
    • Chaparral: Used for weight loss, inflammation, colds, rashes, and infections.

    “These products don’t always contain what they claim to,” explains Ellen Kunes, the health content team leader at Consumer Reports. “That could mean you’re just wasting your money on something harmless—but the reality is, a lot of it is not harmless. … Many times, the FDA only gets involved after they get a report that there’s a problem.”

    Kunes contends that eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, exercising on a regular basis, getting the recommended six to eight hours of sleep every night, and monitoring your stress levels are more than enough to make you feel happy and healthy. “We recommend getting your health from food and healthy habits, rather than popping a pill.”