5 Fashion Rules You Can Break in Style

You don’t have to cut your hair short when you reach 40 or should always wear matching accessories. You can ditch these five common fashion rules and still look stylish like you’re straight out of a fashion magazine.

1. Thou shall keep thy hair short after 40.
The only reason we see on this rule is tradition. Perhaps, this becomes a problem when you go for an unflattering haircut, which actually ages you instead of making you look younger. Rather than going on full bangs, which is no longer flattering for a mature woman, let your hairstylist layer your hair into a face-framing style.

2. Thou shall have matching belt bag and shoes.
While this was once true, its time was so over. Matching your bag to your belt or shoe or your earrings to your necklace can make you look outdated. Instead of matching, mix up your accessories to add interest to your look. Tasteful addition of colours and chunky pieces can instantly make you look polished and modern.

3. Thy hemlines shall fall as thy age rises.
While hot pants are a no-no for mature women, a short skirt will do as long as you think you can rock it with confidence. Let Sharon Stone and Demi Moore be your teacher. You can certainly wear short dresses and high heels even after 40, but be sure to make it look appropriate. Stylists recommend anywhere from three inches above the knee to knee-level dresses. If you’re uncomfortable showing your legs, you can always wear your short dress with fishnet leggings or opaque tights.

4. Thou shall avoid red lipstick during the day.
For decades, lips are always worn in nude during daytime and dramatic make-up looks are reserved for evenings. But because of more and more women love to go beyond their comfort zone, red lipstick—with subtle make-up look—can now be worn during the day without looking overboard. Just don’t pair it with smokey eyes or black eyeliner. As usual, reserve the dramatic look for evening affairs. Wearing red lipstick is a great way to distract people’s attention from your eyes when you have not gotten enough sleep the night before.

5. If the piece doesn’t fit, acquit.
Actually, it’s a matter of flattery, not the fit. Do not rule out a piece that you love if it doesn’t fit you. Know that you might need to tweak it to make it work for you. The only time to give up is when a piece doesn’t look good on you even if it perfectly fits you. Respect your body type and choose something that’s going to look flattering on your shape.

When you love what you see on you and it looks appropriate and flattering, that is what you should be wearing. The key to looking fashionable is not dressing according to trend or following the mentioned fashion rules. Knowing your unique traits while considering comfort will direct you to what works for you and what’s probably won’t.

Learn 5 Different Ways to Keep Memories

Perhaps, all of us have travelled somewhere new or have met unique people. Sometimes, we encounter these fantastic moments that we wish to always remember every bit of detail of it forever.

The best way to keep memories is to freeze them. Fortunately, both old and new technology allows this quite easily. In fact, today’s lives are so well documented that it’s even possible to know what’s going on in other people’s lives—even those people you do not personally know.

For keeping certain memories, here are four different means of storage of new encounters and experiences other than taking photos of it.

Journals or Biography
You don’t need to be famous to write your biography. You have precious experiences, memories and vacations that are wonderful to keep a record of. Keeping a journal allows you to capture the different seasons of your life and the various emotions and journey you walked through. Well-written journals with accurate timelines are always wonderful to relive when the time comes.

Photos
Taking photos is one thing; storing them is quite another. All thanks to the existence of phones and computers, we can conveniently save our vacation photos and access them anytime, anywhere. If you’re worries about your phone or laptop getting lost or broken, you can save your photos in a cloud storage like Google Drive and DropBox.

Memory Jars
Memory jars are a great way to preserve your travel experiences. All you need is a large jar and anything that you find relevant during your travel. This could be collectables, souvenirs or photos. You can even include shells and sand from your beach getaway. The best thing about these memory jars? Unlike photos, you can display these jars as home decor, which are also great conversation starters when you have visitors at home.

Postcards
This is best, though, for longer trips with several destinations. Sending post cards at home isn’t only an easy way to document your trips, it’s also a great way to record your experiences. Post cards may not have as much space as an entire notebook page, but even a few short lines tell a lot about a trip.

Scrapbook
Nothing beats good old scrapbooking when it comes to keeping significant memories. You can pin certificates, letters, memorabilias and photos in a scrapbook. Whoever you’re travelling with, may it be with friends, family or significant other, let them scribble or write beautiful thoughts in it.

Above all, remember to live in the moment. You won’t be able to write about or relive the experiences if you don’t soak up the atmosphere in a certain moment. Appreciate the experiences and the people you’re with to get a full grasp of the moment and be able to remember it forever.

What Should You Do if You Get Locked Out of Your Car?

Just like getting locked out of your house, getting locked out of your car can happen to you at any time of any day. And when it does, it’s important that you stay calm and try to think of a way that you can access your vehicle.

Preferably, you want to gain access to your vehicle in a way that doesn’t cause you to have to break your own windows or locks, and minimize injury. Even at this situation, it would be best to call for locksmith services.

In Singapore and maybe in all countries, to install security systems can definitely keep us safer. But sometimes, such mishaps can happen. Here then are some tips for you to unlock car doors (the safe way)!

Try to do it yourself.
In the off chance that you left a car window open, try and see if you can reach around to unlock a door. If you are lucky, you will be able reach the lock from the outside and open it without having to call a for a car locksmith to unlock the door.

However, you may have some setbacks with trying to break into your vehicle yourself, such as looking suspicious to passers-by, as well as destroying your own car door’s locks in the process.

That is why you would want a car locksmith to duplicate a key beforehand. Research and ask around where to duplicate keys nearby. But remember, most car key copies can only work with the door lock; you won’t be able to start the engine with them.

Ask for help.
You can ask a neighbor, a friend, or a family member to help you unlock car doors.

Alternatively, if you’re new or don’t know anyone, you can always call a locksmith service for lock installation or even to repair a lock if you end up breaking your own unexpectedly. Just don’t opt for a cheap locksmith.

Call a locksmith to break you in.
With a reliable key maker, you don’t need to worry about breaking your car door’s locks – they can make you a duplicate for a fair price. Some even have knowledge on how to unpick your lock without having to destroy it.
Locksmith services can also help you repair lock mechanisms for your car in the rare case that having to unlock car door would result having to break it down, which may happen if you try to do it yourself.

Hiring a key technician can also help you fix broken locks if you’ve been having trouble locking or unlocking the door, even if you have your key.

The best part about having locksmith services is that some have 24 hour locksmith as mentioned earlier. You can count on having them to solve your problems at any time of day and you won’t have to worry about getting locked out even in a late hour.

Even though a 24 hour locksmith may be more expensive, their quality services will make it definitely worth your time and money.

Things Your Wedding Photographer Wishes You Knew (But Didn’t)

Wedding photographers often spend a lot of time to develop their skills and techniques to make a difference in the industry, and they do tend to take it seriously and operate differently from what you’d expect. Here are a few more things that they wish you knew:

1. Your photographer isn’t your planner
Photographers are there to take pictures, which means that they need to know your wedding itinerary and schedule beforehand as well as the venue. They may be able to suggest places that make for good backdrops for excellent shots, but expect that he/she won’t be too impressed by that really expensive walkway.

As with most people, they also don’t like being micromanaged. Instead, give them a detailed plan of your itinerary as well as every kind of picture and angle that you want on your album.

2. Different photographers have different styles
Look up their portfolios before asking them to do your wedding beforehand. Some photographers prefer the classic approach to wedding snapshots while others have a more experimental approach, and their equipment that they have would also match their styles.

With hundreds of wedding photographers out there, it’s important to have a handful whose styles you like. That way, you will have a selection to choose from.

3. Your photographer keeps digital tricks to a minimum
Most would dread approaching the subject of digital editing, so try not to ask them to airbrush that mole away. Besides, the cost of using software to enhance your pictures will end up costing you a good chunk of your budget for the wedding.

If you want to plan a photoshoot, make sure to schedule the ceremony beforehand and tell the photographer.

4. The photographer may have a team of assistants to help him/her
Don’t be surprised when most photographers will have this, because this allows them to take more and better pictures or assist the lead photographer, and others have their own independent covering assignments, and others have their own independent covering assignments.

5. You really should slow your pace down
Planning a wedding is stressful – you’ll be on your feet making sure that everything goes right, but you don’t have to make your big day take place at a breakneck speed. Nice, easy walks and slow altar kisses, for instance, will give your photographer enough time for better shots.

A Brief Introduction to Kayaking

Kayaking is a classic activity that’s great for the sweltering thirty-five-degree weekend heat, especially if you’re an outdoors person looking for a fun alternative to spending the time in an air-conditioned gym. Here are some things you need to know to get started.

Canoeing vs. Kayaking – what’s the difference?
Kayaking involves sitting in the boat with your legs outstretched and paddling with a double-blade paddle.
Meanwhile, canoes are generally smaller, requiring you to “high kneel” (kneeling on one knee) while you paddle with a single-blade oar not unlike those used in dragon-boating.

Apart from the kind of boat and the positioning used in navigating the water, the center of gravity is also a difference between the two.

With kayaking, the center of gravity is much lower because the kayaker is sitting down. Canoeists have a higher center of gravity which makes it trickier to stay on the boat.

Flatwater vs. White-water
Flatwater kayaking is simply kayaking in a more still body of water while whitewater kayaking is done on rapids. Other than the body of water where you intend to paddle as well as the strength of the current, kayaking is almost basically the same throughout.

Competitive vs. Recreational
Recreational kayaks are much wider and can accommodate two people, which makes it easier for newcomers to get used to the sport.

Competitive kayaks, being built for speed on water, are much narrower and can seat only one person. They do, however, have a rudder to make steering easier.

The intensity also varies between competitive and recreational kayaking. There are different categories of competitive kayaking, which are as follows:

Slalom Racing – Also called “whitewater slalom”, this is the most popular form of kayaking where you race downstream through a white rapid while navigating through a series of “gates”.

River Racing – This category simply measures the time it takes you to complete the course. Races are grouped based on the intensity of the rapids, from Category 1 (mild) to Category 5 (raging rapids) and is often thought of as the most exciting type of kayak racing for participants.

Freestyle – This type is closer to gymnastic than actual racing, and your kayak is smaller than those used in racing to allow for a wide variety of acrobatics. Here, your kayak stays in one place while you try to perform different acrobatics and tricks and the winner is decided by a panel of judges.

What is Alopecia Areata?

For most people, getting bald is a process not everyone wants to go through, but there are a few unfortunate individuals who suffer hair loss for most of their life.

Who Can Get Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is not as rare as most people think. It’s an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in most parts of the body that affects millions of people worldwide. In Singapore, statistics show that a significant portion of men aged 80 years and above are affected by alopecia areata. Both men and women can be affected by this disease and the symptoms usually appear during childhood, although the severity differs among individuals. This type of polygenic disease is inherited from parents, but unlike single-gene illnesses, scientists believe that it can develop through contributions from both parents, although family history is not a guarantee that you will get alopecia areata. It’s impossible to tell if a person with alopecia areata will pass on the disease to his/her child because the researchers do not know yet what triggers the illness.

What are the Types of Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which means the person’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles on the body, that is why some people also lose their hair other than that on their heads. But this does not mean the person will not have hair for most of his/her life, because the hair follicles are still alive and can grow anytime. Depending on the site and the severity of the hair loss, alopecia areata can take on some forms, such as; alopecia totalis or the loss of hair on the scalp; alopecia areata patchy, or loss of hair on small patches on the body; and alopecia universalis or complete loss of hair on the head and body.

What are the Symptoms of Alopecia Areata?
When you notice some of these signs in your child, you should consult a doctor to get the right diagnosis and treatment options. Symptoms of alopecia areata may include patches of lost hair on the scalp and other parts of the body; hair growth and hair loss occur at the same time throughout the body; noticeable hair loss within a short period; and dents or pits on the fingernails.

What are the Treatments for Alopecia Areata?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for alopecia areata, although it does not mean that the person will be bald for life. The good thing about this disease though is that it does not cause any health problems. There are available treatments to promote hair growth even after more than 50% of the body hair has been lost. However, you need to talk to your doctor before deciding which treatment is best for you because they work differently for everyone.

Living with Hirsutism

Most women do not want to have thick hair on other parts of the body besides the scalp, but some unlucky individuals must live with a rare condition called hirsutism in which a lot of hair grow on places more common among men.

Can Hirsutism Be Cured?
If you have this condition, you will find coarse, dark hair on your chin, chest, stomach, back, and upper lip. The causes vary and is not often hereditary although it’s more common among families with a history of being hairy. There are studies that point its connection with the level of the androgen or male hormones in the body, that is why most women with hirsutism also suffer from acne and have a deep voice and small breasts. However, certain medical conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and adrenal glands tumors can also raise the level of male hormones in the body. It can also be triggered by medications such as danazol, anabolic steroids, and minoxidil.

Unfortunately, hirsutism cannot be cured, and the most that the patients can do is to reduce the facial hair or body hair by various means. Although the condition will not cause any serious medical problem, it can be an emotional burden to a woman who is pressured by society’s image of a nearly-hairless, smooth-skinned idea of beauty.

What Can I Do to Reduce the Hair?
Hirsutism can be treated with different combinations of approaches, such as oral contraceptives, antiandrogens, topical cream with eflornithine hydrochloride, and hair removal techniques. The last one can be stressful and time-consuming and almost always ineffective, especially if there are a lot unwanted hair. However, women can try other methods such as laser and electrolysis to reduce unwanted hair especially on the face, so that they don’t need to shave, wax or sugar anymore. Several sessions of laser therapy or electrolysis may be required to see the results, and must be maintained properly. The woman might also be required to lose weight or lower the insulin and cholesterol levels to reduce the level of androgens in the body.

Other symptoms of elevated male hormones like acne should be treated separately using oral contraceptives, antibiotic treatments, and topical therapy. In case of hair loss, ironic but not a rare occurrence among those with hirsutism, antiandrogen and androgen suppression is required along with topical treatment to stimulate growth of hair. More serious causes of hirsutism such as ovary tumor, pituitary gland tumor, or adrenal glands tumor will need a thorough testing before the problem can be solved. Most of the time the condition is also associated with diabetes, obesity, and menstrual problems. The last one is usually connected to PCOS, which if not managed, can lead to infertility, insulin resistance, and heavy periods.

Bad Habits that Weaken Your Immune System

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against diseases, which is why those who are immuno-compromised are more susceptible to infections and illnesses than those who are healthy.

However, we are all guilty of a few practices that harm the immune system.

Eating Too Much
Eating regular meals is a must, however, some people tend to eat more servings than their bodies need. Not only will you weaken the body’s protection from infections, but you are also at risk for complications caused by excess weight. Eat only what you can burn and it will be easier to keep an ideal weight.

Lack of Sleep and Rest
A tired body will not be able to fight off diseases so easily, because not only do your hormones fluctuate, your body will also compensate by feeling hungry all the time. Regardless of your work hours, you should still make sure that you get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Too Much Alcohol
Partying occasionally with friends is good for you, but not if you consume alcohol excessively. Studies have shown that alcohol destroys some of the antibodies as well as take you on a path to alcohol addiction. You’ll be more likely to suffer from diseases caused by alcoholism.

All Work and No Play
Your mental and emotional health also plays a role in your immune system. If you’re always stressed, then you’re more susceptible to diseases caused by elevated stress hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate.

Being Grumpy
Arguments with family members and co-workers will not just harm you emotionally, but your body will also have difficulty fighting diseases and recovering from illnesses.

Poor Hygiene
Even if some people claim you’ll get used to the dirt and germs in your home, you will still be prone to harmful organisms. Maybe it’s time to clean that mess under your bed or scrub the toilet to get rid of harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Too Much Sunlight
Sunlight is also good for you, but not if you’re exposed to the intense heat between 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. The harmful UV rays can lead to immune suppression.

Being Dehydrated
Substituting other beverages for water is bad for your health overall. Water is not only supposed to help your organs function properly, but it will also flush out toxins. Put down that soda next time you feel thirsty.

Too Much or Too Little Exercise
Regular exercise will boost your immune system and make you healthier overall, but too much exercise can also lead to stress and physical strain. They key is moderation; get enough exercise and rest equally.