Different specialty boutiques are popping up and the best fashion designers take us back in time, clearly showing that vintage is in. From celebrities to your best friends, wherever you look you can see women sporting either head to toe polished vintage look or at least a little vintage accent like necklace or a purse. Vintage is not only fashionable, it’s also pretty, fun and most of the time very feminine, which is why it’s guaranteed to make a splash at your prom. So if you consider yourself fashion forward, vintage is the way to go.vintage fashion
If you’re not afraid to make a bold statement, you can incorporate vintage into your prom look with an amazing dress. Before you head over to specialty boutiques, take a look in the attic or ask your mother, because there may be some vintage prom dresses hanging around, saved by your mom or even grandmother for an occasion like this. Minor alterations and the right accessories and you’ll show everybody what vintage really means. And if there are no prom dresses saved by the women in your family, take a look at what vintage stores have to offer, as they carry a myriad of items from different decades. You could also design your own vintage-inspired dress and have it made to order, which will allow you to choose everything from the color to the buttons, making it your dream prom dress.
If you prefer to make a more toned down vintage fashion statement, mixing your modern prom dress with vintage looking make up and hair will be a great way to play with your look. Take a look at some old family pictures, the older the better, for ideas on how the women before you wore their hair or did their eyes. Browse online in search of vintage fashion pictures and try different hair dos as well as make up ideas on yourself. Forget about what you’re used to and experiment in search for the perfect prom style that will work with your dress, your hair texture or your facial features and coloring the best. Reach out and have your grandmother help you with an intricate do she used to wear, or make an appointment at the beauty salon to create a professional look, and enjoy that bit of vintage at your prom.

Vintage Tees
Somewhere between going all vintage with the dress  and going minimalist with just hair and make up, there is always a touch of vintage fashion you can pull off easily no matter what your budget. All you have to do is visit a few stores in search of the right shoes, purse and jewelry. Even the simplest dress can be given a flare of vintage with the right accessories, and you don’t have to pay premium for them as many stores carry vintage inspired lines at a fraction of say original 1950’s mint condition pieces. So just take a look around and try mixing and matching the old with the new for a beautiful, interesting prom look.

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Have you recently gone to buy a t-shirt in your usual size, only to get in home and find that it doesn’t fit? If you have then you’re not alone! While many of you may think that it is simply a case of those of us finding this problem having eaten too much of late, there are more and more people discovering this problem.

Using my dad as an example. He is a rather large man who has almost always worn extra-large size t-shirts. There has only been one period in his adult life when he was able to fit into a large size, but that didn’t last for too long.
I have noticed recently that when I go out to buy a new t-shirt, more often than not I need to find a double extra-large size in order for it to fit my dad comfortably. Now I must admit, when this first happened, I thought he had simply put on weight, but all his usual clothes fit and other new clothes such as jumpers, jeans and the like fit with no problems.
This phenomenon is not just limited to a few stores. This has been found to be the case in many high-end street stores and large superstores. There is just no good reason this seems to be happening but it can make shopping a much more involved process than it really needs to be.
Of course, it could all be in the imagination, but there is a pretty good way to check. Next time you go shopping for a t-shirt, take one of your own t-shirts from home that you know fits you well. When you are in a shop, hold up the two together, one on top of the other. I have done this many times and found the new t-shirt to be physically smaller, especially under the arms and around the chest area. If you are buying online, you can compare the measurements of your old, tried and true t-shirt to the size charts made available at the online store.
Now, I realize that for many of you reading this, my revelation may not have much of an impact on you if you are a size small, medium or large. But when you are an extra-large size like my dad, there is not really anywhere else to go with the size, as many manufacturers simply do not make shirts or design in double extra-large size.
Maybe it’s just paranoia, maybe we all have been eating too much in recent months, who knows? All I know for sure is that what used to be a simple trip in to town to get myself or someone else a new t-shirt seems to be a thing of the past. This is also means that because manufactures take shortcuts and less thought goes into those imported tees, we have to be the ones that make the extra effort in finding our correct size.

Are you a skin care product consumer? Do you buy anti aging creams, such as wrinkle creams, neck creams, eye creams, or any other application that goes on the skin to treat wrinkles? If you do, listen up. You need to know where your product was made. If it was made outside of the USA, use caution. Even countries that are first world, such as our neighbors to the north, Canada, do not bide by the same regulations as companies who manufacture in the USA. This can be a big health risk and near impossible to treat should you have future issues with the product.

If you follow the news, you may have seen the recall of the popular weight loss diet pill, Hydroxycut. This was an issue that hit home for me as I work out frequently and have cycled the product off and on for years. This was linked to one death and many liver failures, among other health issues. This pill was sold in GNC, for years. Dating back to my days in high school, we used to take these pills for that little extra “kick.” The outrageous before and after photos drew us in, and the effects after taking the supplement were great as well. Who would have known it would be so dangerous to our health? Even worse, it’s made right nearby in Ontario, Canada. So I took the liberty of delving into the regulations and codes that go into making products in Canada and other countries. I was shocked when I found out to my amazement there exists little or no regulation of product quality control in most cases. Yes, even in Canada. Scary.

Many companies manufacture products that use the name “cosmeceuticals.” This is an even more eery subject I won’t go into too much, but I thought I would touch on it. These companies use that term to imply there is a medicinal (prescription) value to the product, when there is only cosmetic value. It’s an issue that has been getting ire from regulators and is sure to draw heat to these companies and certainly could have them explaining their positions to some authorities. You must look into these companies with the utmost due diligence. If the company uses a term like that, you SHOULD be getting some sort of medicinal value to the product. Also, you should need to consult a physician and/or dermatologist as you will probably want to consult someone if you are getting anything of prescription strength without a valid prescription. That said, a recent Forbes article spoke about how many of these offshore companies are little more than a person with a fancy title mixing creams and lotions in buckets under less-than-approved health code conditions. Yikes!

If you buy a product that was Made in USA, you can rest assured it was made under strict guidelines and in accordance to State Health Board policies and FDA regulations. These two governing bodies routinely inspect USA-based facilities and make sure they are up to code and that all of their employees are certified to do their assigned jobs. There is a great deal of comfort for me as a consumer knowing that I can look up the license and registration numbers of these companies and check their record with these bodies. It’s public record. Can the company that makes product in Canada and other places, such as China, do that? I have yet to find one that can.

Buyer beware when you shop online. There are plenty of companies that cam post that their products are Proudly Made in the USA and the quality is quite impressive. However, many people are out there to get that almighty dollar, and could care less about anything or anyone in their way. Be sure to do your due diligence, and take a good look at companies that make products anywhere but the United States.