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Hot Trends in Watches for Summer 2011

What do Enrique Inglesias and Cee Lo Green have in common? They're just the latest in a long line of A-listers to sport the latest range of mens Guess watches. Along with the likes of J Lo and Nicole Scherzinger, they were presented with their watches at this summer's Capital FM Summertime Ball, sponsored by Guess.

Guess have a fabulous new range of mid-price watches this season. As seen at London Fashion Week, the trend for women's watches is going to be lighter colours and extra bling. This Swarovski crystal watch at Watches By Timepiece is a great example of this summer's scorching hot fashion trends. Square bezels and hard-wearing stainless steel to match the pastel trends of this summer's sheer, floaty dresses

Men's watches will be chunkier and have thicker bevels. The Geneva Time Exhibition showcased a number of novelty watches and the trend is firmly on the side of the retro look. All the better to show off in a short sleeve shirt or on the beach.

Implementing Pops of Orange into Your Wardrobe

Implementing Pops of Orange into Your Wardrobe                                                                            Written by Sierra Greenman

Bio: An ocean dreamer at heart and in real life, Sierra Greenman thrives on visiting and living near the beach and could never imagine herself anywhere else.  She recently ventured out into the freelance world and specializes in writing, social media, and graphic design. 
Sierra is a featured fashion blogger at

I admit I’ve never been a huge fan of the color orange. I love eating oranges, but implementing orange into my wardrobe has always been a bit challenging. I’m afraid that it will make my skin look orange, since I have a lighter completion. However, I think I’ve been focusing on wearing an outfit where the entire outfit is orange, in a dress, for example. Instead I should be experimenting with orange by only implementing pops of orange into my wardrobe. That way I won't scare someone away with my complete orange ensemble, but instead I'll make them wish they had enabled pops of orange into their outfit to steal the show that day as well. (Editor note - That's a lot of oranges!)

You see, I've always stuck with my familiar style. I am a lover of pastels with my favorite colors being pink, blue, and the occasional green. I love rainbow like dresses with an array of colors and my other favorite items of clothing to wear are tunics with leggings. However, I think I need a change. I need to start by putting other colors into effect. I have a mission and it will begin with the color orange. I don't know if I would be so bold to wear orange pants as you see below, but demonstrating my theory of coordinating pops of color, I think this style can be done. Let's look at some other ways that splashes of orange can be achieved in an outfit.

Don't forget the nails! This fashionista did an amazing job of painting her nails orange and with the turquoise ring, beige top, and jeans; I am about ready to paint my nails orange right this minute.

Let's not forget about orange lips as well. This gives me hope that that you can have a lighter complexion, blonde hair, and pull off orange lips. With this model's green eyes, she looks positively enchanting.

I love this look above because with a black dress, an orange sweater looks radiant. In this photo, wearing an orange sweater never looked better.
I'm happy to say that after looking at all of these inspirational and fashionable photos, I believe wearing orange may not be as intimidating as it seems. It looks like candy, reminds me of the love that I had for orange soda pop as a child, and makes me wish that summer would never have to end. Plus, maybe in time I'll gain enough courage to wear an entire orange dress. Because, if Blake Lively can pull it off, then so can I. 

Fabulous Summer Fashion Ideas for 2011

Fabulous Summer Fashion Ideas for 2011

Summer is here and along with the hot weather comes a fabulous selection of summer fashion ideas. It's fun to shop for the new and exciting clothing and accessories that will brighten up an already bright summer day.

Shoes are the topic of the summer day. Wearing a pair of strappy sandals either platform style or stilettos will jazz up any summer outfit instantly. Whether they are worn with a cute, comfortable sleeveless dress, a long gauzy skirt, a flowing floral skirt, shorts, capris or summer pants, they will enhance the style of clothes that you may consider to be out of style. These wonderfully fun sandals come in so many colors and designs that it will be hard for anyone to own just one pair.

Strappy sandals could also be flat and even flip flops. They've become more common, even in the workplace. With colorful rhinestones and a comfy low wedge heel, they will also turn a boring outfit into fantastic as soon as you put them on.

To stay in touch with summer fashions you can just add a few new articles of clothing to your summer wardrobe and be ready to face the world. Perhaps just adding two or three pairs of capris, tank tops, and summer shirts will be just the ticket to keep your fashion meter on high. A white dress is also a stunning choice. When the temperatures go up, this little white dress will cool you off in stylish comfort.

To look sexy in the summer heat, the clothes with an open back or shoulder are a must. This look is attractive and smart as well as sexy, and men will certainly be turning their heads to watch you go by. Worn with a great pair of shorts, an open-back shirt is a knockout look.

Shorts are in for the summer and it doesn't seem to matter how long or short they are. Short shorts are still popular, and Bermuda shorts are also cool and practical. With the different prints, plaids and designs, all of these shorts will be screaming for your attention while you are shopping.

When shopping for those amazing summer fashions, don't forget some accessories. Biker belts are big this year. They can be worn over a light summer dress to accentuate your tiny waist and to create a unique look that will capture attention. Combining tough with feminine is also a sexy look that will compliment many women this year.

Don't forget jewelry when wearing those eye-catching summer clothes. A fat, chunky bracelet is fantastic when matched with a chunky necklace. Sometimes they are great just by themselves. Colorful watches with rhinestones are also nice to wear with just about anything. Just by adding a simple gold or silver chain will make the simplest outfit stand out in the crowd. Oh, and don't forget those long, feathery earrings.

Summer is a great time of the year to go out and find the new and happening fashions that you'll love the most. Go out and get them.

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for three years; she currently owns designer eyewear from Dior, Roberto Cavalli and Prada. She also finds great deals on clothing and accessories at

Interview with a Shop Girl

Guest Post written by Christa Jean of

'Interview with a Shop Girl'

Here's what a salesperson is really thinking...

I asked one of my favourite shop girls what I've always wondered....

Q1. Do you fib to customers and tell them they look great so you can earn your commission?

I never lie and say something looks good that looks bad. I don't receive commission, not all stores do and even if I did, it would never be worth it. I want to earn their customer loyalty, rather then one pressured sale.

Q2. Sometimes I feel as if I'm getting a hard sell, I feel pressured, why is this?
It could be that she really thinks it looks great on you, or she really likes a certain garment or label. Sometimes we do get wrapped up in what we love. The best thing to ask yourself is "do I feel great in this". Letting us know how great or not so great you feel will help us get familiar with your style so that we can serve you better.

Q3. Is it annoying when a customer has you help her for a long time and then doesn't buy anything?
Yes it is, but it's part of our job and we hope that you leave the store and you're still thinking about it and remembering our good service. The most annoying thing is when customers ask for discounts and complain about the price. We almost never have control over these things.

Q4. Do you lose your commission if I return an item?
In my sales experience (at numerous places), no.

Q5. Why do you always ask for a phone number and zip code?
The store wants your phone number so they can call and tell you about sales and special events. Sometimes they need to ask for your zip code for credit card security—also so they can track how many people from your area are shopping at the store.

Q6. If a salesperson is rude, what should I do?
Don't shop there, shopping should be a feel good experience! That's my job to help make that possible!

Q7. Is there a best time to shop?
Weekday mornings are often very quiet and you'll get a lot of personal attention

Q8. What can customers do to be better shoppers?
Be informed about store policies—sales, special events, returns, and exchanges. And be polite to me. It'll make me work harder to search for clothes in your size, and I'll tell you about upcoming sales.

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