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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015


Chris Collins Exclusive: The Categories Men Put Women In, and How You Can Move Between

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There is a notion that when a man meets a woman, he can immediately put her in a category where he sees that woman playing a role in is life. And I’m here to tell you it’s true….to a certain extent. Now this may seem a bit harsh, but as a man I don’t think we purposely do this. Wait, let me take that back, we completely know that we’re doing when we do this. I just think this is the only way men can make sense out of their relationships with the very intricate and complex, yet magnificent and precious treasure that a woman is. Now that I’ve buttered you up, here’s how it goes.

There are four main categories that men place women in upon meeting them. There is the Girlfriend, the Sex Partner, the Best Friend, and last but not least the once in lifetime, love at first site, myth I’ve only read about in books or seen in movies but I think is completely probable…..the Wife. Now I’m sure there are thousands of sub-categories within the four I’ve mentioned, but to keep this as simple as possible we’ll just stick with these. Oh and there’s another point I need to make.  I’m assuming that the men I’m speaking about are single. If a man is married or in a relationship, well let’s just say that that’s a whole other fish to fry. This as you know can get extremely complicated.

Men are very animalistic in nature. Think of them as animals in the wild. If they see something that attracts them, they either want to kill it and eat it, or love it. Let’s just call this natural selection. Now unless this guy is a cannibal or a nut case, he will in most cases want to love it.  This brings me to my first category, the Sex Partner. Man and woman were created for each other for a sole purpose, and that is to mate and reproduce. And trust me when a man sees a woman from across the room or at a bar and says to himself, wow she’s hot, his headmost instinct is to grab her, rip her clothes off and mate. It could be her beauty, her smile, her style, etc. But whatever it is, that initial allure has sex written all over it. So even before you meet, before you say single word to each other, you have already been categorized as a sex partner.

Now at some point he will muster up the courage to come and talk to you about his plan to have sex with you until you both pass out from exhaustion. And at this point, here is where the real game begins. Within moments he will know if you will stay in that category of you being his sex partner for a little while. Or will there be something that happens during your interaction that suddenly moves you into another? That depends. It will be the difference between him saying, “So do you want to come to my place for a drink tonight” or, “can I have your number so I can take you to lunch tomorrow”. Her are the different scenarios that can ensue.

So now you meet, and he sees that you are just like him, maybe too much like him and maybe he wasn’t as into you as much as he thought he would be. He realizes you both love sports, cats, watching documentaries about veganism or whatever. You laugh and joke all night wondering how the time passed. And all of a sudden he forgets about how bad he wanted to jump your bones, and realizes how cool you are. All he wants to do is hang out with you, grab a beer or do something together that you both have in common. You my dear have now been put in the category of a Best Friend. But hold on, before we go any further. I have a theory about men and women being “best friends”. If one or both of the participants in this friendship is attractive, this friendship will never work. Especially since you two met initially through that attraction. It will always end up one day with one of you crying and confessing how you always loved the other person for years and couldn’t hold it in anymore. Or after a fun night of drinking a laugh turns into a kiss and you both wake up the next morning in bed wondering what the hell just happened. In that case either the friendship ends or you slip effortlessly into the category of either the sex partner, the girlfriend and maybe even one day his wife!! That’ll be a funny story for a wedding speech.

Ok, back the point. Let’s rewind a bit and talk about that initial interaction again. So now when you meet, you blow him away with your wit and your charm. He realizes you are smart and funny with good values, great career, etc. Every box on his continuously changing punch list is checked. This makes you even more beautiful than he thought. He sees, that at least from your initial meeting that you are the girl that he’s been waiting to meet in is unsuccessful quest for companionship. You are now in the category of Girl Friend.  Your goin home to momma!!

And last but not least, the category of Wife. As legend has it, there are some encounters that are Godly and upon meeting a woman you know in that second that she is your wife. I’ve never experienced this yet, but I’m assuming that this is what it would feel like. “When I meet you everything in the room disappears. There is a glow around you, and my heart feels like it’s going to beat out of my chest. Every word you say, sounds like a symphony of Mozart. I look into your eyes and I see your soul. I feel you. You ask, “why are you staring at me like that”, and I’m thinking because all I can do is imagine you playing with our children in our yard. I’m already checking the ring of  your first name with my last. I completely lose time. I’ve known you all my life. You are my Wife”. Wow, what an image!

One very important thing to keep in mind, is that it is very easy to slip in and out and back and forth between these categories. What you imagined in the beginning may not be. Life is funny in the way things turn out sometime. The woman you believed to be your wife may end up being the girlfriend you let get away. Or the sex partner you imagined became the best friend because the your sexual connection was terrible. But trust me, they do exist. You just never know which one you will start or where you will ultimately end up.

Chris Collins a model for Ralph Lauren for 16 years is not your average model. Beyond his looks, and his charm, he’s smart. With degrees in Biology and psychology, planning to be a Doctor later in life, he will soon be using his intelligence and influence on his own platform, as a journalist.  This piece is a sampling of his work and his creation of the long awaited….Chris Collins Report!

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015


Summer Style Advice: Tips To Help You Look Incredible

Summer is the perfect time to re-think your wardrobe and try a totally new style. If you are about to start shopping for some summer essentials, you need some advice to help you choose the best pieces. This season is all about having fun with your current look, and so you must not take it too seriously. Instead, try out a few different trends and see what works for you. Here are some tips to help you look incredible all summer long.

Incorporate glitter into your outfit

A massive catwalk trend at the moment is glitter. You might think that sequins and glitter are for little girls, but not anymore. Now, all the top models out there are incorporating this fun and fresh element into their outfits. If you are feeling brave, you could get a full-length metallic dress. If you are a little more conservative in your sense of style, you might want to consider a sequin necklace. There are plenty of examples of this style on the high street right now, so you had better get shopping.

Since the summer is well and truly festive season, you need to embrace a bohemian style. Flowing dresses and tassels are seasonal favorites when it comes to day wear. Add a pair of designer sunglasses to complete the look and make sure that you look the part. This trend comes back each year, and every time it has a new twist. This year, the look is more eccentric than ever. You should not fear taking an experimental approach to this fashion. Find unique pieces from thrift stores to create an individual look.

Invest in a transitional day to night dress

When the weather is hot, you will likely spend all day and all night out having fun. If there is no time to change, you need a transitional dress that can take you from day to night, while still looking ultra chic. You can get a broad range of transitional style dresses online from Tuchuzy. Choose a piece in a neutral color that will go with most of your current accessories. That way, you can wear the dress all summer long without it clashing at all. Choose a cut that falls just above the knee so that it is ideal for hot weather.

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Dress like a lady not a girl

This year, there has been a shift in emphasis towards how we dress. Ladylike fashion is back with a vengeance. That means that it is time to throw out cute floral dresses and opt for something a little more elegant. Look for sophisticated summer hats and killer shades. If you look at the major fashion retailers right now, they are all selling ladylike pieces. Try to combine both the bohemian and sophisticated trends to create a completely new look for yourself.

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Get some stunning knee-high gladiators

Knee-high gladiators are a winning new trend, and this year there are a variety of styles. If you find it difficult to walk in heels, there are loads of low-heeled versions that you might like to try. The lace-up-look is popular at the moment, and so if you can get some leather gladiators or suede lace-ups, you will be on trend this season. Make sure that you have someone measure your feet before you buy an expensive pair of gladiators so that they fit like a glove around your legs.

Summer style is always colorful and bright. This season, look for pieces that suit your current wardrobe so that you look stylish and unique. When you find a look that suits you, you will feel like a superstar!

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Fashion, Paris, POSHGLAM

Look Like You’ve Just Stepped Out Of A Fashion Mag With These Style Secrets

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Do you love fashion? Lookng for ways to emphasize your taste? From New York to Paris, anyone can achieve a super chic look when they pay attention to certain details. Here are some incredible style secrets that will make you look and feel like a fashion queen:

Quality over quantity

Buying a whole wardrobe of Roberto Cavalli clothing isn’t affordable for most of us. However, when you are on a budget, stick to the mantra of quality over quantity as much as possible. It is far better to have a smaller wardrobe full of beautifully made and well-designed items that fit you perfectly, rather lots of clothing that is cheap and poor quality.

Look after your clothing

It follows from the point above that you should take great care of your garments. Well-pressed clothing will help you to achieve that chic look. Follow instructions for washing items to a T and always deal with stains, damage and other flaws immediately to avoid them getting any worse. Tailoring clothes without experience and skill can end in disaster, so always pay for professional services if you are at all unsure.

Copy your style heroes

If you lack fashion inspiration look to your style heroes for help. Your icons can be anyone from your Gaby Espino to your Mum. Don’t be afraid to borrow fashion and beauty styles from them. But do try to adapt them to suit your individual style and add touches of your personality where you can.

Dress for you

Do not have to be skinny to look chic. It’s all about getting to know your body shape and choosing clothes that flatter you. If you are small in height and curvy in shape, you are unlikely to suit long, straight styles. However, your body will look fantastic in open necklines and nipped waists. Take the time to get to know your body shape and what you feel comfortable in. You know what they say, if you feel great, you look great.

Stand up straight

Never underestimate what good posture can do for your overall look (and health). Slouching and hunched shoulders make you look and feel uncomfortable. Look at catwalk models. They always have impeccable posture. This makes them look strong and confident and means the beautiful clothes they are wearing hang on them perfectly. And this applies to you. There is no point spending lots of time creating chic ensembles if you are just going to slouch in them. It can be difficult to break posture habits, but try your best to remind yourself to tuck in your tummy, throw your shoulders back, and lift your head high.

Be creative

Fashion is all about pushing boundaries and trying something new, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your ensembles. Mixing colors, patterns and textures can lead to much more interesting outfit. Looking at fashion blogs, websites and magazine will help to get your creative juices flowing.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Beauty, Fun, POSHGLAM

Hot and Happening Looks from Hard Candy

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It’s hard to not fall in love with Hard Candy’s newest line of fun products, which have just been released in time for spring.

Among the newest merchandise are a few stand-out items, including a number of brand new shimmering shades of the brand’s iconic nail polish that first propelled Hard Candy into stardom. A brand new luminizer, high-shine lip gloss crayons and their Poppin Pigments multipurpose glitters are also joining the party.

Doesn’t the word crayon just get your artistic gears turning? The lip crayons stain the lips, producing deep lipstick-like color but go on more like a gloss. Best of all Hard Candy claims it won’t dry out your lips, plus it contains a lip conditioner. With excellent true-to-life color, it’s super easy to apply and never requires sharpening.

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The company has also reinvested in its classic nail polish line, which was the first product launched by Hard Candy back in 1995. Polish lovers will find 8 new shades of edgy nail polishes, which come in a series of fresh in-style colors. Among the collection are amusing features like unique and increasingly popular pop art lacquers. Intensely fun, totally non-traditional, completely affordable and 3-free: sounds like a win-win-win-win.

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Though we’re all looking for a boost of colour in February, it’s the luminizer, infused with real 24 carat gold, that’s going to grab attention. Soon beach weather will be upon us and beach weather means the beach look will be back. The Glow All The Way Sheer Glow luminizer is one of Hard Candy’s newest tools to replicate that dewy sun-kissed look – wait, don’t all people come in from the pool looking this stunning?

For the face or the body, it’s a light-weight product with gradual self tanner and is available in five shades, including the boldly named Glamazon Bronze (not for the faint of heart) and the more neutral In the Buff.

*Samples were provided for review


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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

London, Luxury, POSHGLAM

Luxury Bedrooms on a Budget

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Beautiful, luxury bedrooms may seem like a million miles away when your money situation isn’t at its best, but there are plenty of ways to achieve amazing, stylish décor on a budget. Here are 5 tips for turning your bedroom into a style haven.

1) DIY
Bringing out your own creativity can be a great way to decorate your bedroom. You don’t even have to be an artist! You can make your own masterpieces for free. Why not try collecting some shells the next time you’re by the sea? You can make a beautiful collage, especially if you’re going for a summer look in your bedroom. You can also use vegetable stamps to make art.

Beds look great when they’re covered in all sorts of blanket and cushions. Why not break out the needle and thread and make your own bed decorations? You can use old sheets and curtains for fabric, or you can visit charity shops and find some bargains.

2) Websites
There are some great websites for great quality bedroom essentials at reasonable prices. Bedstar offers a wide range of beds and accessories at prices that will definitely fit your budget. It’s also easier to find sales on the internet, so don’t be afraid to hunt around for some chic furniture to go with your bedroom’s new look.

3) Colours
Colours are exceptionally important when it comes to creating a certain atmosphere. Deep, warm colours like red and purple are great for bedrooms as they’re cosier. You don’t have to have a complex colour scheme. It’s easy to create a great looking room by combining any colour with neutral tones, such as black, white or browns. You can use Adobe Colour to make any colour scheme of your choice.

4) Storage
Instead of buying expensive wardrobes and dressers, there are much easier, cheaper ways to create storage space in your bedroom. Beds with drawers work great as they don’t take up any extra room. You can also turn old or cheap shelves and cabinets into stylish places to put your books and CDs with a bit of paint. Add pops of colour here and there to give some life to your bookshelves.

5) Lights
Like colours, lights also have an influence on the atmosphere of the room. Fairy lights are a great way of creating a cosy atmosphere, and cost a lot less on the electric too! They look especially pretty in the winter. Hang some on the wall, or wrap them around the bed frame.

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