Christmas at the Whitehouse
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 27, 2017
Kicking off the holiday season, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree at the White House. Melania Trump stars in the official unveiling of White House decorations. The video that the First Lady tweeted on Monday shows her overseeing wreath developments, confirming that the lights are lights, marking some markings—all while wearing festive chunky knits and a couple over-the-shoulder jackets.
The White House Office of the First Lady’s press release revealed that Mrs. Trump designed this year’s holiday decorations around the theme “Time-Honored Traditions.”
There are room-by-room thematic variations, like the China Room, which “honors the holiday traditions of dining and hospitality” with a table made up for Christmas dinner with Ronald Reagan’s china.
The Library shows off President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1866 edition of A Christmas Carol to honor the tradition of telling Christmas stories. The State Dining Room is now the gingerbread room, and includes Melania’s “signature Christmas wreaths” and so on. It looks nice! Seemed like a lot of work!Start slideshow
Why You Should Be Shopping Nordstrom’s B.P. Section
Nordstrom has to be, hands down, the best store EVER! Not only do they have an amazing return policy (and customer service), but they also have a huge selection of clothing, accessories, beauty and shoes, to choose from. And their sales are simply the best! A simple scroll on Instagram will reveal countless IG fashion bloggers sporting at least something that can be purchased at Nordstrom (and thanks to the LiketoKNow.it app, we can now purchase that same item), and many of notice that it’s from Nordstrom’s Brass Plum (BP.) line! If you haven’t given their junior’s brand a chance, here are a few reasons why you should:
Taking in all of the season’s trends can be overwhelming, especially if you’re someone who isn’t always in the know. Trying to figure out what’s in and what is an easy task when browsing Nordstrom’s BP. Line. They have all of the season’s best trends in one easy and convenient place so that you don’t have to go from store to store to find pieces you need to incorporate into your closet. A simple in-store visit or a stroll on their site will provide you with everything you need to elevate your style for the season!
Trendy items for less
Since trends come and go, you don’t want to spend a fortune each season to update your closet, which is what you won’t do when shopping the BP. Line. The prices are affordable and won’t break the bank, allowing you to get more for your money! And if you have a Nordstrom card, you can easily earn rewards every time you shop, allowing you to accumulate points that earn you money toward future purchases!
Everyone’s body is different and Nordstroms BP. line knows that, which is why they have a variety of sizes! The majority of their clothes go from XX-Small to XX-Large. And thanks to their amazing return policy, you will definitely find a piece you love in a size that suits you no matter what (just as long as it’s in stock).
So the next time you’re looking to update your closet, hit up Nordstrom’s BP. section and you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love!
Rihanna: The Pop Star, Now With a Fashion and Beauty Empire
As Rihanna‘s profile grew towards the end of the decade, her image became arresting. With Umbrella and the album, Good Girl Gone Bad came to an appearance: a distinctive, provocatively heavy-lidded stance, bra tops, bondage straps boots and leather. Whips and riding crops became props.
The imagery’s violence was uncomfortable viewing by her boyfriend, Chris Brown, in 2009. It reached its peak in the movie for S&M, in 2011, where Rihanna wore a dress with the slogans “whore” and “slut” while binding against a wall with layers of clingfilm. The movie was banned in 11 nations. Rihanna told British Vogue that the appearance was “not me. That is just like a part I play. You know, like it is a bit of art, with all these textures and toys to play with.”
Rihanna’s shift from popstrel to controversy-baiting sex symbol caught the attention of the fashion industry. Within six months of the S&M video, she had appeared on the covers of US and British Vogue. In that year’s Grammys, she wore Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture. In Time magazine in 2012, Stella McCartney described Rihanna as “one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most enjoyed, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today.”
But as her fashion connections grew to include an ambassadorship with Dior and collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, Rihanna pursued yet another career, as an actor. She starred in the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and will appear alongside Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling from the hotly anticipated heist film Ocean’s Eight next year.
Tom Ford has clarified Rihanna’s style as “daring, fearless, and continuously evolving.” That fashion has evolved beyond the sledgehammer sexuality of S&M to an exuberant take on fashion that combines a willingness to experiment with a strong sense of self. Where other actors stick doggedly to the look that the stylist has deemed appropriate for their “personal brand,” Rihanna has fun with her clothing.
In 2014, she wore a Swarovski-crystal fishnet bodysuit with matching turban to the CFDA awards, accessorized with a nude thong and a white fur stole. The next year, her Guo Pei dress for the Met Gala prompted an omelet meme. (Fashion observers, however, noted that Rihanna was among very few attendees to have honored the Chinese theme of the exhibition by wearing a dress with a Chinese programmer.) She has embraced the fashion of Vetements with puffa coats and luridly dresses, and helped turn Princess Diana to a hipster millennial crush by sporting her face on a T-shirt.
The past year has marked Rihanna’s transition from fashion plate. One year ago, she transferred her Puma show to Paris, using a collection entitled “Marie Antoinette Goes to the Gym.” This was followed, in March, by sending her models walking down the tabletops of the National Library of France in collegiate-themed streetwear. The Paris fashion week event, which had the air of the world’s most glamorous detention, garnered Rihanna’s most favorable reviews thus far. Her influence has been evident in other designers have followed her lead in casting her favorite version, Slick Woods, who has appeared in each Fenty series and is the face of Fenty Beauty.
At the launch party for Fenty Beauty Rihanna, dressed in a custom-made Oscar de la Renta outfit, Rihanna emphasized the importance of inclusivity. “There has to be something to get a dark-skinned girl, there needs to be something for a pale girl … you want people to appreciate the solution and not feel like: ‘Aw, that’s cute, but it just looks good on her,”’ she told editors. Alongside the strikingly buzz-cut, gap-toothed Woods, Rihanna has chosen the hijab-wearing model Halima Aden as a Fenty Beauty ambassador. Rihanna “makes me feel hopeful for the future of the beauty industry,” enthused one reporter who attended the function.
Three days after the gravitas and business clout of her attractiveness launch, Rihanna took her catwalk bow after her Puma series with one hand in the air and her tongue sticking out. The world is taking Rihanna now, but women just wanna have fun.
How to Identify a Cougar Woman
“Cougars” are popularly defined as women in their 40s (or older) who date significantly younger men, generally at a 10-year age gap or more. Pop culture paints the cougar as predatory and pathetically desperate, but women have recently begun fighting the stereotype: real cougars, they argue, are confident, successful, single women over the age of 40, who — tired of unromantic and narrow-minded men their own age — date younger, more active and more adventurous men. 
Determine the woman’s age.
The generally accepted age group for cougars is 40-plus; however, some people go as low as 35 in their definition. With new creams and procedures available, many men and women are able to look much younger than they are. Some things you can look for, which apply to both sexes:
- Dry, dull and/or thinning hair: both men and women experience a decrease in the quality of their hair as they get older. You might notice that an older woman has brittle-looking hair that lacks the shine and fullness of younger people. Her hair might also be dyed to cover grey hairs.
- Sparse eyebrows and eyelashes: as we age, our hormones drop and hair growth slows, which can make our eyebrows and eyelashes less lush. Some women might opt for pencilled or tattooed eyebrows, and eyelash extensions — so it still might be difficult to judge their age based on these factors alone.
- Thinner lips and eroded tooth enamel: our lips wrinkle and thin with age, and our teeth wear down and erode. You might notice thin lines around an older woman’s mouth, thinner lips (maybe partly hidden with lipliner), and duller or translucent teeth.
- Thin skin: as men and women get older, the smooth skin on their necks gain ridges and wrinkles — unless they use Botox or have a face-lifts, that is. Thin skin will also be apparent on the hands, making veins, knuckles, and tendons more visible.
- Dry and saggy knees and elbows: with age the skin around our knees and elbows begins to dry and sag around the joints. The skin around the elbows in particular can become darker and much drier than the surrounding skin.
Evaluate her makeup.
Evolutionary psychology has shown that when evaluating women’s desirability, physical attractiveness is a more important factor than it is in evaluating men’s desirability. This means that while less attractive men might still be desirable based on their intelligence, humor, income, etc., women are still largely judged on how they look. For this reason, it makes sense that with age, a woman might amp up her makeup routine to try to hide the signs of aging that will make her less desirable.
- You might notice an older woman wearing more foundation and structuring creams and shades to help give her face a smooth, contoured look.
- She might also be more likely to wear lipliner to make her lips look fuller, a brow pencil to fill in her eyebrows, and blush to make her cheeks look more youthful and rosy.
- Contouring is a popular makeup technique right now, used by women in all age groups, from their teens upward.
Don’t think you can judge her by her fashion sense.
The comical cougar stereotype is of a woman wearing clothes that are much too young, and often too tight, for her — usually in tacky fabrics such as animal print. The reality is that women of any age can dress in a tasteless and unflattering manner.
- How a woman dresses — regardless of her age — depends largely upon her own personal sense of style.
- While women of all ages wear push-up bras, older women may find them even more useful as their breasts will sag with age.
Pay attention to her self-confidence.
In general, the older a woman gets, the better she knows herself and what she likes, and the more confident she becomes. Some signs that she is confident:
- Good posture: whether sitting or standing, a person with good self-confidence will likely have a straight back and a head that is well-balanced on the neck, with the chin pointed neither too high nor too low.
- Relaxed: a person with good self-confidence will likely seem relaxed in most situations, perhaps looking around the room with an easy smile, or just seeming generally calm and at peace with herself. She won’t be very fidgety.
- Eye contact: confident people make eye contact and maintain it in social interactions. That said, there’s a difference between maintaining eye contact and staring intimidatingly at someone: looking someone in the eye roughly 60% of the time you are talking to them is a good rule of thumb.
- ↑ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/fashion/15women.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
- ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rediscovering-love/201201/cougars-how-about-sought-after-mature-women
- ↑ http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20410876,00.html
- ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201101/field-guide-the-cougar
- ↑ http://socialanxietydisorder.about.com/od/socialskills/a/Ten-Ways-To-Have-More-Confident-Body-Language.htm