The Best Places to Travel in 2016/17

The world is a really big place. But it can seem incredibly small for those of us who haven’t gotten a chance to travel much. Our understanding of the world geographically and culturally is limited to what we are raised around and what media shows us. Often, the portrayal of different parts of the world through media is represented through a pre-disposed perspective. In order to get the most honest, raw view of universal diversity and beauty, traveling abroad is a must.

One of the best times to get some flyer miles and sight-seeing under your belt is before, and even during, your college years. Nowadays, there are a large number of sites and programs that offer young adults. They typically have an age range from 18-25 years old, and are a safe, easy and relatively cheap way to travel. One of the most popular sites for traveling abroad is EF College Break .With over forty programs to choose from, some of which reach up to 21 days, their popularity is hard to beat.

However, if you’re looking for an opportunity to be immersed in a different countries culture, maybe try studying abroad! Programs that your own college offers is an option for a more day-to-day experience to mix with the exciting tourism. While the destination choices are often very limited and occasionally dependent on your major, you get to spend an entire semester abroad. This means you are living life as genuinely as those native to the area. Not to mention, you’ll be able to fulfill college credit while abroad!

So, here are some of the best places to travel in 2016-2017 whether you choose short and sweet, or long and lasting!

Tokyo, Japan:

 

The number of tourists who visit Japan each year is jaw dropping. This year alone, the tourist count could reach 10 million. Yet, this is no surprise with all the unique beauty and fun Japan has to offer. If you’re a fan of fashion, good food or landscapes that leave you breathless, Japan is for you. Being one of the most culturally rich countries, so many people have been making it their travel destination. With this publicity, getting around has also become a lot simpler for first timers visiting Japan.

Krakow, Poland.

Krakow is a popular destination not only for tourists but for a number of people in Poland’s other cities. Well-traveled photographer, Arata, is a native to Japan but resides in Poland. He reflects on Krakow with admiration: “If I answer in simple, it’s because the city has a special atmosphere which other cities don’t have.” As someone who has traveled to cities across Europe and America, Krakow seems to have made the biggest and best impression. Definitely a fun place I would check out!

London, England:

London is an obvious choice for traveling hot spots. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists traveling to Europe and with good reason. Famous for its abundance of high-end fashion, an abundance of historical gems, and the holder of all things Harry Potter, it is easy to understand why the city has so much appeal to such a wide range of travelers.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

One of the biggest fears to overcome for first time travelers? The language barrier. Anyone who has, or is considering going abroad has had to confront the terrifying prospect of facing it. You’re in an entirely new place with no concept of the social norms and only a few foreign words to get by. However, one of the great things about Amsterdam is that nearly all the locals speak English. To make this city even sweeter, eighteen is the legal drinking age. You don’t want to miss out on the experience in Amsterdam. (Especially since it is renowned for its amazing beer and cheese.)

It’s not always about where you go. Some travelers set off with a list of intended places and a determination to make all their sight-seeing dreams a reality. Others show up at the airport with a bag of essentials and pick a destination at random. Regardless of where you go, how you get there, or who you go with, traveling is a ‘must’ to check off your bucket list. Don’t let allow your imagination and comprehension of the world be limited to you’re the local spots you grew up with. Throw yourself out into the world and it will show you the potential for universal beauty.

So, where do you want to go travel Glamorous people? Please comment below and let us know!

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Fall for Denim 2016

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Denim is a timeless staple in everyone’s closet. And by everyone I mean EVERYONE, Men, women, teens, young adults, even little toddlers in teeny tiny denim. What makes denims so timeless is that it come in all types of clothing. It is also so versatile you can either go sophisticated or edgy with the right denim piece. Even celebrities like Rihanna or Beyoncé rock denim on their days off; Walking busy streets and treating them like their own catwalk. Where denim came from as a necessity during blue collar work has transformed into one of the most long-running fundamentals in the fashion history.

With autumn arriving, that means school’s back in session. For this season, denim is heavily emphasized onto ’60s and ’70s style. This means we are seeing denim that ranges from classy, vintage, and a splash of bohemian, giving women a chic and mature look.

To keep you glamorous people on trend, here’s some of the top leading denim trends for this Fall/Winter season 2016/2017.

Flare Jeans

 

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Flare jeans are back and here to stay a while. Used in both casual and professional wear, this style of jean can be used on anyone and worn anywhere. You can dress up your denim with a classy pair of wide leg jeans with heels, or for a more casual look go for a at the knee flare. Another young and hip spin on the flare jean is the kick-flare trend which shows a bit of the ankle. Even though this a slightly bold route, you can still opt to make kick flares sophisticated.

 

Two-toned Jeans

Worn by Kendall Jenner for this past summer, these two toned jeans add dimension to any outfit. Don’t be wary of this “Canadian Tuxedo” in a single pair of pants. I promise you’ll be on point while rocking these jeans. To my dedicated trendsetters, I highly recommend investing in a pair of these jeans to play with during this fall season.

 

Patchwork Denim

Another trendsetter for this season is the patchwork denim wear. Much like the two toned denim, patchwork allows a denim spin on the technique of color blocking. This array of mix-matched patterns of different denim tones provides dimension to the wearer. Through this dimension, you get to show off your fabulous personality and fun style.

Boyfriend Jeans

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Hailed as the new skinny jean of 2015, these comfy go-tos are back once again just in time for the fall season. Who isn’t so happy that boyfriend jeans are back once again? I know I am! Just like the flares and the ever famous skinny jean, boyfriend jeans go with any outfit with more emphasis on a casual tone. (Not to mention how extremely comfortable they are too!)

 

Skinny Jeans

Last but not least, a classic denim look that is always back in season, the skinny jean. A favorite for a majority of people, skinny denim is seen, worn, and adored everywhere. This trend has been on the rise for the past nine years and has transformed into a staple for fashionistas all over the world. Whether you rock your skinny jeans at ankle length, with rips in the knee, or with a pair of chunky ankle boots, these jeans are versatile for any outfit!

Here you have it, the best denim looks to get you geared up and ready for the 2016-2017 Fall/Winter season. Comment below and let us know your favorite way to pull off denim during the chilly months! Or tweet at us a picture of you rocking your favorite denim look @GlamorousPaper! (And if you know how to make the two toned denim work, please let me know what top you paired it with!)

 

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Fall Fashion: What’s Trending Now?

What’s Trending in Fall 2016?

With New York Fashion Week (NWFW) having taken the world by storm, now all of us fashion lovers seem to be left in the wake of: “Well what is it that is trending this Fall?” Last fall, 70’s attire and the colors to go with it was the “it” way to dress. This year NYFW showed us styles ranging from Renaissance to Men’s Wear to 80’s one shoulder. So with such a broad display of fashion to choose from, let’s breakdown feasible pieces to pull off this Fall season.

Let Your Fur Down

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NYFW highlighted a lot of statement fur coats on the runway this year. Whether it be in a fur coat, vest, or shoulder wrap, faux fur is the perfect addition to any fall outfit as the season’s change. As a statement piece, try finding a fur vest to add to your wardrobe this season. A vest is versatile because it will be just warm enough to add oomph to the shorter sleeved outfits at the beginning of the season. But then, in Winter, layer the vest under a coat to add extra warmth!

Look Tan in Cooler Temperatures

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A big color rocked on the runways this past week was tan. This color made its appearance with the classiest of vengeance that have fashion lovers needing to purchase a chic piece. Tan outerwear is the perfect addition if you want to invest in a timeless classic. I suggest rocking a tan cape, which rocks two NYFW trends and creates the classiest couple in outwear this Fall.

Blooming in Fall

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On top of the bright colors seen on the runway, especially dusty pink and yellow, florals are huge this year. Despite florals having a more spring feel, designers’ truly captured the essence of Fall within these bold floral patterns. In order to grow in this trend, look for florals that are small and patterned, either on a blouse or a long dress.

Chokers are not “Basic”

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That’s right, word is in. Chokers have moved from the “basic” category and have become a front runner in Fall accessories. This Fall fashion trend will add glam to any outfit as we move to button down blouses and cocktail dresses. For a classic route, try adding a skinny chiffon scarf to add vintage flair to an outfit. For a dresser event add a blinged out or metal choker to add show-stopping pizazz to your outfit.

70’s Shearling 

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For all of those who didn’t want 70’s fashion to end, never fear because shearling coats made their appearance this season. I for one, love the 70’s fashion trend. So when I saw shearling, I was instantly excited to rock a jacket reminiscent of Hyde or Jackie on “That 70’s Show.” Shearling coat choices were seen in denim, suede, and even leather. Try a shearling coat over a midi-dress and some ankle boots to complete your Fall look.

Tartan, Plaid, Jumpers, and the Revamped “Schoolgirl” 

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Another timeless Fall classic seems to be tartan and plaid. This pattern is always the first thing we see in stores as back to school begins. However, designers at NYFW pay homage to the “schoolgirl” fad by incorporating Tartan fabric into timeless A-line dresses, pencil skirts, blouses, and overcoats. Another item falling under this category were jumpers. Schoolgirl-esque jumpers were given a stylish upgrade as vintage patterns were used, mostly from the 70’s.  Try finding a knee-length jumper dress in a golden yellow corduroy or wool as a statement piece.

Velvet Baby, Velvet

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Velvet is the last major fashion trend for this Fall I feel we can all follow. Through platforms shoes, leggings, or turtlenecks, velvet is the perfect fall fabric to bring richness into an outfit. I would suggest waiting on this velvet fabric until later in the season, because it can be warm to wear. But the best part about velvet, is it looks best on everyone. It is flattering due to it’s darker color and pattern it creates. So my fellow fashionistas, rock that velvet (and don’t worry about Halloween candy or Thanksgiving dinner showing!)

So Glamorous Gurus, grab your latest trends and runway right into fall with all these new looks. If there are other trends from NYFW you’re going to that I didn’t mention, leave a comment below and let us know about it! Or tweet at us @glamorouspaper and #glamorouspaper on all your Fall looks this season. We love to see all the ways you’re going to make this Fall glam!

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Beauty Hacks Put to the Test

DIY hacks to make your beauty routine transition into Fall painlessly:

Fall is coming, or so says the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and dark-colored lipsticks. It’s time to pack away the swimsuits and pull out the sweaters as we buckle down for the back-to-school season. One way to cope with the sudden changes are some good ol’ beauty hacks. If you’re a full-time student, working long hours, raising kids or just like to find the shortcuts to all things in life, hacks are the perfect thing for you. They save money and time, not to mention energy, but do they really work?

Oil as a Makeup Remover…

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Waterproof and sweat-proof makeup are a must-have no matter what the season. They stay put so we aren’t constantly swiping under our eyes, hoping we haven’t started to take on the dark-circled features of a raccoon. Many products claim to remove even the toughest of makeup, but they always leave something behind; a smudge of stubborn eyeliner or dirt deep down in your pores. I struggled with this issue for years until a friend of mine suggested extra virgin olive oil for makeup removal. Oil? Near my acne-prone skin? Much to my surprise, it worked and without the dreaded side effects I anticipated. The oil acts as any liquid makeup remover would- all you have to do is massage the oil onto your skin with your fingertips and wipe it away with a clean towelette.

Don’t let the word ‘oil’ freak you out. As of recently, beauty oils have been rising in the ranks of skincare. Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are just two of many that not only remove all the dirt and makeup from your face but moisturize your skin, as well. Both have been proven to promote hair growth and improve skin but which is better? Depends on what you need it for actually! Coconut oil is the lighter and more absorbable of the two, while extra virgin olive oil is best for a heavy-duty cleaning, like waterproof mascara. Overall, this beauty hack is, by FAR, my favorite.

The Lipstick Saver…

Finding the perfect lipstick is like finding the perfect life partner- this could take a while. You’ve got to do some in-depth explorations and soul searching. But even when you’ve found the perfect match for your skin tone, its durability has no guarantees. Layering and priming can help improve the lifespan of your lip color, but is there really a hack that helps prevent lipstick from getting onto teeth and smudging, too? Some say that all it takes is a bit of tissue paper and your favorite translucent finishing powder to accomplish the impossible. Apply the translucent powder to already lipsticked lips and pat on with tissue!

The hack definitely works, but it has got a few quirks to look out for. Beware of powdering the already matte lipstick. While the hack worked for all the lip colors I tried, it did tend to make matte lipsticks duller and my lips drier. If you can find a hack for this hack (layer those hacks, y’all), have at it and rock those matte lips! Otherwise, this was a decent hack, especially for the glossy lip colors that will slip and slide all over your face, if given the chance.

Bye, Bye, Dry Skin…

So, I’m sure you’ve heard of wonders of exfoliation. In a nutshell, exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Now, there are countless exfoliating products in both drugstores and department stores, but finding the right one for your skin isn’t easy. If you have sensitive skin, you’ve definitely got your work cut out for you. Have no fear, we’ve got another beauty hack could save you from some trouble.

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That wonderfully rich smell that drags you out of bed in the morning called coffee? Well, coffee just upped its game and got a little more amazing. (Get that oil back out, it’s not finished yet!) Take coconut or extra virgin olive and pair it with your coffee grinds for gentle but effective skin exfoliator. But this beauty hacks does its double duty. You can use this same recipe to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite by rubbing it on the backs of legs or any part of your body that needs extra pep! Live in fear of shorty-shorts and crop-tops no more!

Change Your Eye Makeup Game…

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Lining your eyes has become something of an art form, one we aren’t all cut out for, myself included. I dread the mornings where my shaky hands can only manage the less attractive and unintentional sister of the smoky eye. We all know that look: my wings look like a backdrop of a Rocky Mountain view but the clock tells me that that will have to do. To combat those shaky lines, use tape to get that perfectly flicked line and mess-free eye shadow. Especially if you’re still finding your way in the makeup world. Just apply a small piece of tape to the outside of the eye, where you’d like the wing to “wing itself” and line away. Think of it like painters taping for crisp paint lines, but with your eyeliner.

However, I think it goes without saying that this is a process you should treated with caution. Be careful with this because the tape does tug at the sensitive skin around the eyes. This tugging could, in the long run, impact saving the youthfulness of your skin. While I can’t comment on the long-term effects of the ‘tape hack’, it is not something I would recommend using on a day-to-day basis. While flawless-looking makeup is an achievement to be proud of, good skincare is a top priority.

Lipstick VS. Dark Under Eyes …

Sleep doesn’t come easy for most. In fact, the recommended eight hours of sleep is a rare occurrence at best. So, if you’re like me and surviving off a few hours of shuteye, you’ll probably do just about anything to lessen the monstrosity of those dark and puffy under eyes.

Red lipstick as a concealer base for dark circles is a remarkably effective hack. The idea seemed a little whacky to me, why paste over my dark circles with even darker lip color? The concept is similar to many color correctors used for face discolorations, though. Green, orange and red cancel out most imperfections and gives you a great canvas for the rest of your makeup.

Despite being a good hack, I am not a fan of the red lipstick trick. It requires heavier makeup, and layering with both liquid concealer and foundation or doubling up on the concealer. The makeup looked a bit cakey and my skin was all but suffocating under the heaviness I’d burdened it with. I would reserve this hack for special events and shorter periods of wear, if only to avoid the discomfort it caused. Then again, beauty is pain, right? Wrong. As an alternative, use some cool (the cool bit is imperative) green tea bags for your under eyes before bed and first thing in the morning. It’ll work wonders on a day-to-day or long-term basis.

Now that you’ve saved some time and some money for the fast-approaching season, bring on those Pumpkin Spice Lattes, oversized sweaters and buy yourself that perfect fall product you’ve had your eye on!

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Celebrities & Their Clothing Lines

Celebrities often decide to launch their own clothing lines because they know that their names will sell the clothing and do its own marketing! It’s genius. However, with so many celebrities making perfume, shoes, shirts, etc., it’s often hard to decide which ones are the best! Let’s take a look at some of the most successful female celebrity clothing lines!

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Beyoncé decided to, once again, make the world STOP yesterday with her release of Ivy Park. Usually, Queen B has us all bowing down when she releases a surprise album or wears a jaw dropping Givenchy dress, however, this time she had the world getting into formation for her newest project, an active wear clothing line. She released her line called Ivy Park on March 31st on Ivy Park’s Youtube channel. The active-wear is collaboration between Beyoncé and Top Shop’s Owner, Sir Phillip’s Green. The new line by Bey isn’t available until April 14th and it’s already a success. Everyone is talking about how hot the sporty outfits look and we are all impatiently awaiting the release of Ivy Park so that we can be more motivated to workout. You will be able to find her line in over 50 countries and online!

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Another songstress who has found success within the clothing industry is Rihanna. The “Kiss it Better” singer partnered with Puma to create a clothing line that is as BA as you would expect from the singer! Rihanna, who is now the creative director of Puma, helped design the Puma’s Creepers that have been a huge success. The shoes are constantly sold out and everyone wants a pair! Rihanna was also a part of New York’s Fashion Week with her Puma line and has, since then, released her first original shoe through Puma called the Trainer by Fenty. They have also proved to be a success, with many of the colors often being sold out. Rihanna is certainly on top of her game right now!

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Kylie Jenner is another female celeb that has found a lot of success with selling clothes with her name attached to it! Kylie has a collection through PacSun with her sister, Kendall, called Kendall & Kylie. The two sisters also have a collection with Topshop called Kendall + Kylie. The youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner family has also partnered with Puma to create a pair of shoes. Her pair of sneakers called, Puma Fierce, launched today. Of course, most of the colors and sizes are already sold out! So the shoes seem to be a huge success! Kylie also has her own lipstick kit that is following in her older sister’s footsteps and breaking the internet. Kylie’s lipstick kit broke Google. The lipstick immediately sold out when she first sold them. The next time she decided to relaunch them, Google’s Analytics’ stopped working because it couldn’t handle the traffic flow. Kylie, at 18, is definitely making her name within the fashion world!

Tell us some of your favorite celebrities’ clothing lines in the comments and on Twitter with #GlamorousPaper.

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