Add a Pop of Color to Your Neutral Attire

Woman posing with pink jacket

Wearing neutrals together is an easy and convenient way to dress, as this does not require too much planning. However, while neutrals are great, adding a pop of color to your outfit can really help to brighten it up and give it that extra special edge.

Bold Shoes
While you likely already own plenty of neutral colored shoes, investing in a couple of pairs of bright and bold footwear is always worthwhile. Since you are going to be pairing them with neutrals, the colors that you go for do not matter too much, as just about any bright color will match, so go for a shade that makes you feel confident and sexy.

A Bright Jacket
With the colder months quickly approaching, it is time to bring out all of your coats and jackets that you stored away for the summer. If you own a brightly colored jacket or coat, this is a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit, and, since it is just outerwear, it means that you will not have to wear that color throughout the day, and can remove it whenever you need to. If your outfit is predominantly black and white, cool colors, or even neons and hot pinks, look great with this, while warmer neutrals tend to work best with rich, jewel tones.

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A Printed Scarf
Scarves are a fantastic way to add some color, as well as pattern, to your outfit, and because of how versatile they are, they can be worn in so many different ways. Whether you wear it as a sash, a headband, around your neck, or as a pocket square, position your scarf in a location that you want to draw the eye to, as the scarf will create a great focal point. Do not be afraid to opt for vibrant prints either, as printed scarves are perfect for adding multiple colors to an outfit.

A Bright Belt
Belts are not only perfect for accentuating the waist, but can also add a burst of color to your outfit, especially if this is the only colorful item that you are wearing. When it comes to color combinations, there are many classic pairings that work brilliantly when it comes to belts, such as a red belt on a black dress, or an electric blue belt on a grey outfit.

Woman in white dress and striking blue necklace and bag

Striking Jewellery
Neutral clothing provides a beautifully clean background to showcase striking jewellery shades, making this a fun and interesting way to add some color to your outfit. A necklace is the easiest way to go, and you could even opt for multiple necklace strands, each featuring a different color.

Outfits that consist of neutral colors are clean and sophisticated, but adding a pop of color does give them a bit more personality. Whether you opt for some bold red shoes or a vibrant printed scarf, do not be afraid to experiment with your outfits and accessories, as you will no doubt come up with some combinations that you love.

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Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

Smiling woman with off-shoulder top in a cafe

A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

Woman with hat and shades in flowery off-shoulder top

The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

Woman posing in off-shoulder white crop top and jeans

Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.

Should You Hand-Wash Your Delicates?

Woman holding a pile of linen shirts in her hands

Whether it be a silk shirt or a lace bra, delicate clothing requires a different level of care compared to your everyday clothing. While you may be able to put these into the washing machine a few times, this will only end up ruining them in the long-term, making it important that you understand exactly how they need to be cared for.

What Exactly are Delicates?
Delicate items of clothing include those made from materials such as linen, silk and wool, as well as those that have been embellished or embroidered. Soft, thin cottons can also be classed as delicate clothing, as these can quickly become damaged in a washing machine due to the high heat and intense spinning cycles.

The Benefits of Hand Washing
While hand washing may take more time than throwing your clothes into a washing machine, it does come with some benefits. By hand washing, you have complete control over the whole washing process, meaning not just over how the garment is handled, but also the water temperature used. With hand washing, you are also able to stop washing as soon as your delicates are clean, whereas a machine would keep going until that cycle has ended, even if your clothing does not need the extra washing time.

How to Hand Wash Delicates
When hand washing delicates, you should always group together similar items, such as having all silk items together and all embellished items together, as this will prevent the materials from each one interfering with the others. Simply fill a basin with lukewarm water, as well as some detergent, making sure to pick one that has been designed for delicate clothing. These will usually be milder, meaning that they will be far more gentle on your clothes. Swirl your delicates around in the basin, paying close attention to any spots or stains, before leaving them to air dry. If you have delicates that can easily be stretched, leave these lying flat on a towel rather than hanging them.

Smiling woman putting clothes into washing machine

Machine Washing Delicates
Some washing machines have a special setting for delicate clothing, but, even if yours does not, there are still ways in which you can wash your delicates in a machine, although this does come with a few risks. To prevent the delicate fabrics from becoming tangled, use the half load option on your machine, and make sure to set it to a cool or lukewarm water temperature, as well as the slowest spin cycle there is. Again, just like with hand washing, delicates should be air dried rather than put into a dryer.

Your delicate clothing is likely to be amongst your favorite items of clothing, so it is important to wash them in the right way, so that they will be able to last for as long as possible. Even if you are not able to hand wash them, make sure that you take the necessary steps before putting them into a machine, as this will prevent them from experiencing any damage.

Kids’ Summer Camp Essentials

Summer camp

Every year, across the USA, millions of children head off to different summer camps, focussing on everything from tennis to space travel for a few weeks over the summer. No matter what sort of camp your children may be attending this year, these are some of the essentials that they should be bringing with them.

Sun Protection
Your kids are likely to be spending more time than usual outdoors while at summer camp, making it essential for them to have the best sun protection possible. From sunscreen to sun hats to sunglasses to after sun gel, be sure to make sun protection a priority when packing for camp.

Waterproof Coat and Boots
Even if the weather is forecast to be bright and sunny for the entire time that your child will be away, you need to ensure that they have some waterproof clothing for any spontaneous downpours. A waterproof coat and a pair of waterproof boots are sufficient, although you may want to include more waterproof items if they are going to be spending their time near water.

Clothing
Everyday clothing is essential at camp, with the type of clothing depending on the type of camp your kid is attending. If the camp has merchandised clothing for sale, it may be worth buying an item for your child, as this may help them settle in even faster.

Nightwear and Underwear
The amount of nightwear and underwear that your child needs to bring depends on how long they will be spending away from home. To help keep underwear organized, store it in a net bag, and pack your child a spare, empty net bag that they can then fill with used underwear.

Toiletries
Toiletries are another essential and are easy to pack in one smaller bag to keep them all organized. In addition to a toothbrush, toothpaste and shower products, include a few extras, such as lip balm, hair ties, a nail clipper, a razor and feminine hygiene products.

Others
There are plenty of other essentials that your child may need, such as insect repellent, a camera, a flashlight and a refillable water bottle. Do not forget to include some pre-stamped and addressed envelopes, as well as writing paper and pens, to encourage your children to write home about their adventures. When it comes to spending money, each camp will have their own policy, so be sure to check with them first. It is also a good idea to include a couple of mementos to remind your children of home, whether this may be a couple of toys from their room or some family photos as this will help them out if they ever start to feel homesick.

Summer camp is often considered to be a right of passage for American children, and with over 12,000 camps across the country, it is easy for kids to find one that offers something that they are passionate about. Each camp usually provides a list of items that children need to bring, as well as others that they should not, so be sure to follow this list carefully in order for your child to be well-prepared for the weeks ahead.

Fashion Subscription Services

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With a package of new and exciting styles arriving at your front door on a regular basis, it is no wonder that fashion subscription services have been rising in popularity, meaning that there are even more to choose from. Whether you opt for a stylist that puts together a customized monthly box based on your own lifestyle, or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that you would not have been able to find on your own, these fashion subscription boxes ensure that you are always looking chic and stylish.

Tog + Porter
Tog + Porter’s fashion subscription service is truly personalized, and once you have set your monthly price point, which can range anywhere from $250 to $1500, the site will pair you up with your very own personal stylist. You will be able to chat to your stylist one on one using Skype or other video chatting programs, during which your stylist will try to learn as much as possible about your personality and your lifestyle. Following on from this, your stylist will then put together monthly boxes that are filled with clothing that suits you and your personality, and once you have seen or worn each item, you can then follow up with your stylist, sharing your thoughts on the choices and seeking advice on different ways to style certain pieces.

The Style Box
The Style Box offers more of a one size fits all fashion subscription service, focussing more on fashion accessories and lifestyle products that have a wide appeal. Boxes are delivered each month, with each box containing between three and six products.

RX Vintage
Searching for stylish, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces can often be time-consuming, but RX Vintage takes all of the work out of it for you. No matter which subscription plan you opt for, you will be able to receive unique vintage pieces on a monthly basis, with the company ensuring that each piece that they send out is in top condition. The fact that these garments are one-of-a-kind mean that RX Vintage needs to be select about how many subscribers they cater to, which is why customers usually have to wait for a subscription spot to open up, unless they are lucky enough to be referred to the site by a friend.

Wantable
The Wantable subscription box is affordable and delivers monthly statement accessories straight to your door. From bold necklaces to chunky bangles, each item that is delivered is always bang on trend, helping you to mix up your wardrobe with new pieces that you may not have otherwise tried. Wantable also delivers boxes of intimates, which are ideal for those who enjoy trying different styles of delicate lingerie.

Fashion subscription services are a great way to try out new styles and trends without having to make too much of an investment. Most companies will usually offer a range of subscription plans, so that you can choose a monthly price point that works for you, before beginning to receive your goods that are worth so much more in value!

Duty Free Shopping

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An average of $40 million is spent at duty-free shops each year around the world, and this number is steadily on the rise. Duty-free shopping has always had a certain allure about it, with duty-free shops able to promise big bargains, as they are exempt from paying duty, otherwise known as local import tax, on the goods that they sell. The duty-free shops that you find in European airports are also VAT free, giving you even more savings. The reason that these shops are allowed to be exempt from paying tax is due to the fact that they are selling goods to shoppers who are leaving the country, which is why the majority of duty-free shops are found in airports and ports.

What To Purchase
With duty-free deals flashing at you from all angles, it can be difficult to know which products are actually providing good value for money. Generally, while alcohol and tobacco products may not do much for your health, they are among the best goods to purchase from duty-free shops. There are also a number of great bargains to be had with makeup and skin care, as well as some luxury goods.

What Not To Purchase
While there are many great deals to be found at duty-free shops, there are certain products that you would be better off purchasing elsewhere. Electronics are one of these, as often the marked down items at duty-free shops will be older models, and the latest models can usually be purchased for a similar price online. The same applies to clothing that has been imported, although clothing that has been made locally is usually a great item to buy from a duty-free shop.

Remember the Limit
Every country will have a limit on the value of duty-free goods that you are allowed to bring in, and it is important to check these before you travel. If you find yourself to be over the limit, you will have to pay tax on the excess, which could mean that your purchases become more expensive than they would have been if you had bought them elsewhere.

While it can sometimes be tricky to work out whether or not you are actually buying an item at a reduced price, duty-free shopping is always fun, with an incredible range of goods from all over the world available to browse through. This is made even better by the fact that most duty-free shops are at airports and ports, providing the ideal way to pass some time while waiting to travel. If there is a particular item that you are hoping to buy, it is always a good idea to do a quick bit of research beforehand, so that you know the average price before visiting a duty-free shop. If you make sure that you are a savvy shopper, then you will easily be able to pick out the very best deals at duty-free shopping, enjoying bargains that you would not be able to find elsewhere.

Hang Vs Fold to Take the Best Care of Clothes

There are some debates almost as old as civilization and whether you should hang or fold your clothes is one of them. Everyone that cares about their clothing has an opinion on which is better. You’ve probably even got your share of anecdotes as to the clear superiority of one or the other. OROGOLD is sure you care about your attire since you care enough to try to look your best. It seems best to see what can be seen in this debate to see if there is anything more to it than simple opinion. Hanging or folding clothes will keep working regardless of what the information that follows, but you may want to consider adjusting your habits to take that much better care of your clothing.

Woman wardrobe

Why is there a Debate?
Trying to look your best is always a chore. Fashion changes from season to season. You have to avoid life throwing random accidents your way that rip clothing. There’s also needing to dog those rogue glasses of wine at social functions to keep the stains away. With all of this, it is hardly surprising that people began contesting whether you should fold or hang clothes simply as a way to feel a sense of control over an aspect of clothing care. Most arguments go that folding your clothes will lead to creases in the clothing that degrade its appearance and will eventually become somewhat permanent over time even with a clothing iron. By contrast, hanging clothing leads to them slowly stretching and distorting over time. This is created with making clothing no longer fit well or leading to patterns no lo longer looking as attractive. There’s a bit of sense in each of these lines of thoughts, but they miss one thing: each fabric type is different.

Hanged clothes in a wardrobe.

Hanging
Hanging clothing is the most visually appealing way of storing clothes. You can open your closet and readily pick through tops and bottoms as you seek the right combination for the day. There’s no question of where you put your favorite outfit as you can find it at a glance. An organized closet also provides a distinct sense of satisfaction. OROGOLD understands all of these aspects. Not all of your clothing will like this approach though. Lighter materials and dressier clothes should typically be hung in your closet. That favorite silk blouse you have? Hang it. The light evening dress for garden parties in the summer? Hang it. These benefit from it because their finer material is lighter than other clothing materials. The weight isn’t enough to drag them down and stretch them. Similarly, keeping them on hangars keeps them in their proper shape and prevents them from getting permanently wrinkled.

Woman keeping folded clothes in her wardrobe.

Folding
Most of us learn to fold our clothes first. This doesn’t go out of style as your age. We just stop folding everything once there’s finally something worth putting on a hanger. You do need to be selective about that though as the stories of fabrics getting stretched and distorted aren’t fully wrong. Clothing made of heavier materials like wool or that use decorative, bottom-heavy designs will suffer from being placed on a hanger. The weight will slowly stretch them out. As a result, you should fold these in half carefully for storage in a dress or another location. This will keep them safe and intact. Additionally, things like t-shirts that are made from coarser materials are easily folded as well. There is no real benefit to hanging them as the rough, more durable materials won’t be distorted by either method easily.

As with many great debates, the truth about hanging vs. folding is a mix of the arguments for both sides. There are distinct benefits to storing specific kinds of clothing in different ways, but for others there is no real effect. OROGOLD suggests going through your closet and dresser to consider the overall weight of the fabrics. It never hurts to reassess your previous storage choices. A quick update to how you’re storing your favorite clothes may be all its takes to extend their lives for years.

How to Cover Tattoos

Woman with a tattoo on her shoulders

Tattoos are a wonderful way to express individuality or commemorate a particularly powerful event in your life with a permanent memento. The problem is that others don’t always appreciate the meaning behind tattoos. This can lead to a variety of social problems ranging from people complaining about the visibility of your tattoo during particular social events or a possible business partner being less certain of how professional you are. OROGOLD understands perfectly well that you don’t want to get rid of your tattoos, but dislike the judgment involved in some circles. As a result, we’d like to recommend a few ways to temporarily keep your “ink” out of the picture and people focused on who you are rather than how you’ve chosen to express yourself.

Intelligent Clothing Choice
This seems fairly obvious, but it is easy to dismiss some clothing options based on the season. If you have a tattoo that is easily covered by a long sleeve, then there is no reason you can’t find a tasteful with light enough fabric to artfully keep your tattoo hidden during a social function. It may be a bit difficult to consider such a thing in summer when you’re inclined to dress lightly, but more cover doesn’t need to mean you need to suffer to hide your tattoo. Simply remember to choose a fabric that breathes and opt for lighter colors if they suit you. You won’t be stuck in the gathering forever, and the novelty of your apparent style may even serve to help you stand out in a crowd.

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Clever Alternate Makeup Use
OROGOLD fully recognizes that a different style of clothing is not always an option though, and as a result we’d like to highlight you actually already have the means to cover up your tattoos sitting with your beauty supplies. Concealer and foundation will work just as well for covering up a tattoo as they will for covering up problem areas of skin. The main trick is making sure that you use them correctly. Remember to cleanse the tattooed area before doing this though. Cleansed skin will always handle makeup better. Other than that, focus on your typical techniques for covering up problem areas. Concealer, foundation, and then some sort of sealer. Don’t forget to blend around the edges either. We recommend testing this sometime before you need to actively hide your tattoo. This gives you extra time to see if you need to get a slightly different shade of foundation to better match the area the tattoo is on.

Professional Kits
If you’re feeling particularly worried about hiding your tattoo, then consider looking for a professional tattoo concealing kit. These typically include products similar to the standard makeup option we just covered, but are slightly thicker to definitively prevent any of the tattoo from showing up. There are some downsides to this though. Like all thick makeup, these kits aren’t the best for your skin over the long term because they can clog pores easily and don’t let your skin breathe. After using a kit, you should be extra kind to the tattooed area to ensure it recovers from the application of the kit. These kits are hard to beat for their effectiveness though and will provide you with extra peace of mind.

You don’t have to give up on your tattoos because someone might express disapproval, but keeping them out of sight long enough for you to establish that they aren’t a symbol of “problem” behavior is typically a good choice. The good news is that society is getting more accepting of tattoos as a whole. Just remember that they aren’t the best things to have visible for particular celebrations or job interviews. Keep OROGOLD’s suggestions in mind the next time you need to look your best…only a little less colorful.