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Women in Converse: A History IG Intro

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are iconic. Almost everyone can recognize them and countless people call them their favorite shoes, whether high top or low top — and for good reason. The sneakers themselves come in a rainbow of colors and variety of designs, so the styling possibilities are endless. Converse can be dressed up and dressed down, bringing a fun flair to all of your favorite looks. But when did Converse All Stars become a staple of women’s fashion?

The sneakers started as athletic shoes in 1917 — that’s 100 years ago! The shoes originally came in brown and black colors, and were primarily used in basketball. Sales for the athletic shoes were initially slow, until Charles Taylor of the Akron Firestones decided to back the sneakers. It was then that they went from Converse All Stars to Chuck Taylor All Stars, and the shoes became essential for basketball teams across the United States. The shoes were even worn in the Olympics and by soldiers in World War II.

Since their creation in 1917, All Stars have become popular off of the basketball court, primarily among artists and musicians. In recent years, we’ve seen All Stars on almost every celebrity, from Beyoncé or Rihanna to Katy Perry and Kristen Stewart. The popular sneakers have even been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Though we see All Stars almost daily, it’s not certain how the shoes became so popular that they have become a staple in many women’s closets. To celebrate All Stars’ 100th anniversary, created a graphic outlining the history of women and Converse, showing how the shoes have become a fashion icon for women all over the world.

Women in Converse

Out on the Town: 5 Places to Wear a Floor-Length Dress

Nothing exudes elegance and sophistication like a floor-length dress. Many women fantasize about wearing a long, beautiful dress like the celebrities on the red carpet but don’t think they have any occasion to wear such a thing. The truth is there are countless opportunities to wear floor-length dresses. Here are five great places to flaunt it in a formal dress.

1. Date Night

Date night doesn’t always have to be dinner and a movie. Instead, try mixing things up by attending the theater, am opera or a ballet and dressing to the nines in a stunning floor-length dress. Those who prefer doing instead of watching might enjoy taking ballroom dancing classes. Celebrate the completion of the class by donning an elegant evening dress and showcasing your skills on the dance floor of a local bar or restaurant. The two of you will look good and feel even better after a dressed up date.

2. Charity Event

floor-length dress There are many different opportunities to get involved with local or national charities. Many of these organizations hold galas or other formal fundraisers. Attending such events is a great way to give back to the community, network and meet new people, all while wearing a glamorous evening gown. An added bonus: the expense of special clothing worn to charity events may also be tax deductible depending on the nature of the event.

3. Cruise

Every year, millions of Americans vacation on a cruise. While the dress code will largely be determined by the cruise line and its destination, the dinner dress code is often a formal affair. This is an opportunity to wear not just one gown, but multiple floor-length dresses. A seven day voyage might require as many different dresses. That’s something every woman can get on board with!

4. Wedding

A common misconception is that it is taboo to wear a floor-length dress to a wedding if the invitation does not specifically say “white” or “black tie.” Many different etiquette experts and national publications have dispelled this myth in recent years. As long as the dress does not resemble a wedding dress is style or color — think white or cream — it is appropriate for formal or even semi-formal nuptials. In some cases, a light chiffon gown is even appropriate a beach wedding.

5. Girls Night Out

Half of the fun of a girl’s night out is getting ready to go. Get glammed up and head out to a favorite martini bar or have a girl’s night in and take turns snapping and posting pics of each other on favorite social media sites. Other ideas for a glammed up GNO include:

  • Wine tasting event
  • An Oscar party, complete with red carpet entrance
  • Casino night

Any occasion can be a special occasion when dressed in a flowing floor-length gown. With the right silhouette and a few must-have accessories it will certainly be a night to remember. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks either; there are a number of affordable evening dresses to choose from.

The Healthy Hair Diet

You are what you eat. “Taking vitamins is a great way to help make your hair fuller and grow faster. But while you’re patiently waiting, a change in your diet can make a huge difference and even help expedite the process,” explains Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of the all-natural hair growth vitamins Hair La Vie.

“Any foods that would make you break out, such as those filled with sugars and grease are going to cause a buildup on your scalp that’s going to affect the way your hair feels, looks, and grows. Anything that irritates your skin (think ice cream) will bother your scalp, which can damage your hair follicle. A damaged hair follicle will either grow weak hair or not grow hair at all.”

Here are the top foods to enjoy and stay away from in order to maintain a healthy hair diet.

Top Food Don’ts for Healthy Hair

Sweet Treats

Sugary foods like your favorite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin level to rise, which also causes an increase in androgen (a male hormone) in your body. This hormone is known for causing hair follicles to shrink and become irritated. This leads to hair thinning and hair loss.

Greasy Foods

The grease from fatty meats like fried chicken and french fries can cause more secretion on the scalp. Also, a lot of the time after eating greasy foods, people touch their face and hair without washing their hands. This causes both acne and damage to the hair. You need a clean, debris-free scalp or your hair will not grow healthy and your follicle could be damaged.

Salty Foods

Think chips and canned/frozen meals. Consuming a lot of salty meals and snacks will dry your hair out and leave it weak, lifeless, and breaking.


Low Protein, Filler Foods

Starches like pasta and a lot of cereals, which can be low in protein, will leave your hair limp and unhealthy. That bounce and shine most ladies want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein.

Top Food Do’s for Healthy Hair

People should be eating nutrient and antioxidant rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, if they want to grow long, healthy hair — and a strong, healthy body. These foods help hydrate your scalp and strengthen your hair.


Eggs contain the healthy doses of protein, zinc, and iron that your hair and body need. Zinc benefits for hair include promotion of cell reproduction, tissue growth, and repair of broken tissues. It also maintains the oil-secreting glands that are attached to your hair follicles, thus decreasing their chances of falling out.



Tomatoes have antioxidants that aid in scalp circulation. A healthy scalp leads to happy hair. Add them to a salad or mix them into your favorite dish for a pop of color and tons of fresh flavor.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an amazing source of protein, vitamin B5, and vitamin D. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is great for keeping the scalp clean and free from film and debris. This keeps the follicles from becoming irritated and promotes healthy, strong hair growth. Add fruit, nuts, and granola for an energizing midday snack.

Lean Protein

Your hair is made of protein, so it only makes sense that your hair will benefit from opting for healthy lean protein sources like grilled chicken or baked salmon. If your diet lacks protein, your body will begin rationing the protein left, which will lead to hair loss. Protein also has the iron you need for healthier, beautiful hair.

Style Guide: When and How to Wear Pearls

As long as it might take some women to choose the perfect outfit for the day, it can sometimes take even longer to choose the right jewelry to accompany that perfect outfit. After all, how you pair your clothes and jewelry can say a lot about your sense of style and personal taste.

If you’re a woman who frequently fusses over her accessories, it would be well worth it to your future fashion goals to pick up a string (or two, or three) of classic pearls. Pearls are a classic and widely adored jewelry choice because they go with just about everything. When deciding whether or not pearls should be your jewelry choice of the day, here are three considerations to keep in mind.

  • Consider Your Clothing: Will you be wearing slacks, a dress, or throwing on a pair of your favorite sweats for the day? Pearls might not be the right choice for rocking your pajamas, but they are fine for everything else, from your little black dress to a pair of jeans and a nice t-shirt.
  • Consider the Event: Are you headed into work, going out on a date, or just meeting up with some of your girlfriends? Pearls are perfect for these occasions and more, though how you wear your pearls could be updated depending on where you’re going.
  • Consider Your Taste: Are you a pearl girl? No one says you have to wear pearls just one way or in a style that you don’t think compliments you. If white isn’t your thing, you might be able to find some other options, perhaps in different colors or a piece that mixes different types of metals (this one by Bauble Bar is gorgeous!) Rest assured, pearls do look great on just about anyone. They have been able to withstand the test of time for a reason.

Once you’ve decided that pearls are your jewelry for the day, it’s time to choose the length of your necklace and whether to wear it solo or layered.

Check out Charming Charlie’s guide below to learn more about the wide variety of ways that you can wear pearl necklaces.

How to Wear Pearls - One Piece 3 Looks

DIY Beauty Recipe: Shea Butter Flower Bath Bombs

Sometimes all you need after a long day is some time to yourself so that you may gather your thoughts and prepare to seize another day, and there’s pretty much no better place to do that than in a relaxing bath. The bathtub is almost a universal symbol of sweet relief for women — the place where we can hope to catch a few moments of peace and quiet and just be, at least for a little while.

Not only can a hot bath rejuvenate your mental well-being, it can also work some serious magic on your skin. Lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer of has created an awesome Shea butter bath bombs recipe we’re thrilled to be able to share with you. If winter dried out your skin, you’re going to want to take the afternoon to whip up these ultra-moisturizing little beauties!

Shea Butter Flower Bath Bombs Recipe

What You’ll Need:

flower measuring spoons

  1. To make these bath bombs successfully, it is important to have your ingredients measured out and ready to mix, so do that first.
  2. Combine and stir the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and powdered milk in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt the Shea butter along with the oil and honey in a small pot over low heat.
  4. Add the melted ingredients to the dry mixture and whisk until thoroughly combined. For an enhanced spa feel and fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well.
  5. The ingredients should begin to hold together. Working quickly, use your hands to press the mix firmly into the plastic sheet mold. Leave the mixture in the mold for a couple of minutes and then pop out. The easiest way to work with plastic candy sheet molds for this recipe is to put a cookie sheet over the tray, flip the tray over, and then lift the mold off. While one tray is drying, work on the next.
  6. Let the bath bombs dry overnight. The next day, place them in a decorative bag or basket and place them in your bathroom. To use, drop 1 or 2 bombs into your tub and let the tranquility wash over you — and moisturize you in the process!

You can also turn this mixture into a loose bath powder. Simply leave the mixture in your mixing bowl for 24 hours and periodically mix the ingredients to break up the clumps. Once all of the moisture is gone, place the powder into a mason jar. For a decorative touch, tie a colorful ribbon that matches your bathroom theme or colors around the jar.

TUTORIAL: The Rosette Embellished Ponytail

Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol ponytail? It’s quick, easy, and just might be the most popular go-to hairstyle for busy women everywhere. But if you rely on it too often, it can definitely begin to feel drab and uninspired. Instead of feeling like you’re headed out to the gym rather than ready to take on your day, Melissa Cook of has elevated the average pony look into a chic ‘do that will have your friends oohing and ahhing at your amazing styling skills.

The rosette embellished ponytail is pretty, feminine, and will complete any daytime look so that you can conquer your workload, grab lunch with the girls, or even head out on an early evening date. Plus, it takes just a little longer than messily gathering your hair and fastening it with a hair tie, but is ten times cuter. It’s a win/win, and what every woman needs in her beauty rotation.

Ready to get the look? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brush
  • Two clear elastic bands
  • Four to five bobby pins
  • Medium hold hairspray

Rosette Embellished Ponytail Tutorial

Step 1

rosette embellished ponytail step 1

Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles and part the hair in the preferred spot. Separate off small sections of hair on each side of the head.

Step 2

rosette embellished ponytail step 2

Bring the two sections to the back of the head and over the rest of the hair, then tie it together with an elastic band.

Step 3

rosette embellished ponytail step 3

Now braid this small ponytail section into a basic three-strand braid and tie off the end with the second elastic band.

Step 4

rosette embellished ponytail step 4

Roll the braid up and towards the elastic band at the top, creating a rosette shape.

Step 5

rosette embellished ponytail step 5

Pin down the edges of the rosette with four to five bobby pins, making sure they stay hidden underneath.

Step 6

rosette embellished ponytail

Spray with a medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!

Dressing Baby in Style

The majority of baby clothes you see hanging from miniaturized racks are overwhelmingly pastel and oh so cutesy; they probably have animals printed on them or animated characters you’re already sick of seeing. But believe it or not, there are other options out there and luckily they’re becoming a little more popular. If you want your little darling to look adorable without resorting to designs that make you cringe, try dressing baby in any of these smart styles.

Deep Colors

It’s easy to find baby clothes in pastel color palettes, but deep, vibrant colors are starting to catch on. More department stores are offering clothes in shades of black, navy blue, and jewel tones, making it easy for you to dress your little one in hues you’re going to love.

A Sense of Humor

geek onesie

Tee shirts emblazoned with clever sayings have always been on trend, so why not get your little bundle of joy in on the act? You’ll appreciate the humorous quips, and they are guaranteed conversation starters. Honor your favorite movie, super hero, or their general lack of hair. These are the best form of casual wear and they’re perfect for a day out at the park or just relaxing at home.

Early Sports Lover

Sports aren’t just for the boys! Now, say it three times and get your child in on the fun of rooting for the home team. You can find your favorite sports team in outfits for infants, like Yankees baby clothes. Whether you’re dressing baby in an adorable sleeper for grandma’s house or a matching set that’s perfect for the big game, you can find the perfect outfit for your little sports fan.

Ready for Nice Occasions

You never know when you might need a nice outfit. While you don’t need to have a tuxedo in the closet for your three-month old, you can still pick up a little outfit with cute collar and cuffs that will dress them up a bit for a special occasion. For the girls, there are literally countless prints and styles of beautiful dresses for church, a celebration for an older sibling, or their first trip to a nice restaurant.

It is possible for your child to look sharp in their clothes, and you can be proud to show off the great gear you’ve found thanks to some impeccable fashion sense. Have fun with your child’s wardrobe and be sure to take plenty of pictures. While some clothing designs may still make you cringe, it’s easier than ever before to find colors and designs that you’ll love.

Spread Holiday Joy with Custom Photo Gifts from Mixbook + Black Friday Promotion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and whether you’re sending warm holiday wishes to extended family or a yuletide greeting to your closest colleagues, a festive custom photo card or gift adds a special, personalized touch to all of your holiday gift-giving.

To create truly one-of-a-kind holiday cards and gifts, look no further than Mixbook. If you’ve ever created a holiday card featuring your favorite family photo only to have the finished product not match the look or quality of what you had in mind, this is the solution you’re looking for.

Mixbook holiday card

So much more than your average photo gift creating website, Mixbook allows you to create fully customizable photo cards, books, and even prints and calendars featuring your own photographs and artistic vision. Abandoning the concept that you must lock customers into static pre-designed templates, their powerful design software lets you be the artist while maintaining user-friendliness so that anyone can create a beautiful gift that matches their vision.

Mixbook Black Friday Promotion

Don’t wait until the December rush to create and order your holiday cards and photo gifts. Mixbook has an awesome Black Friday promotion going on now that you don’t want to miss out on!

From now until November 30, Mixbook is taking 50% off all cards and 10×10 photo books. As if that weren’t exciting enough, you can also score 40% off site-wide. That’s right, everything else on their website — photo and canvas prints, calendars, everything!

Mixbook love and joy card

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5 Reasons to Consider Custom Gifts this Holiday Season

Exchanging gifts is a magical part of the holiday season, especially when you reach the level of maturity when you realize that giving can be better than receiving. Watching your loved ones unwrap the paper with eager anticipation is such a joy, and although handing someone an item they asked for can be rewarding, a unique gift can add something truly special to the occasion. This year, consider what a custom gift could bring to the holidays.

1. They Can Be Personalized

Unlike other gifts, custom designed presents can be personalized to the person and occasion, along with many other attributes. Whether you want to include a specific message or display the name or family name of the recipient, a customized gift can help create a stronger connection to the gift and the person giving it. These items are more likely to be cherished simply because of the personalization itself.

2. They are Unique

Customized gifts are unlike any other in the world. While commercial items may be fun and highly regarded, they don’t offer the same sense of individuality. Many people are often drawn to owning something that no one else has. A custom gift provides that aspect.

3. A Simple Solution for a Difficult Recipient

Some people can be incredibly difficult to shop for. However, customized gifts can help solve that dilemma. From personalized shirts to coffee mugs, you don’t have to settle for what the retail stores have available. For example, perhaps you could have the person’s favorite saying printed onto a coffee mug they will start their mornings with.

4. Good for Your Budget

Custom gifts don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, many ideas don’t cost much at all when considering the customization involved. A lot of products can cost about the same as some commercial gifts, and some may even cost less.

5. Can Fit Any Holiday or Occasion

A custom present can be created to fit virtually any holiday or occasion. From themes to printed text, these kinds of gifts can be fine-tuned to create just the tone you are looking for. Since you can use your own imagery in most cases, you can lend your own artistic ability to further improve the gift. This is something that commercial presents simply cannot offer.

There are many ways in which you can incorporate custom gifts into this season’s purchases. Many personalized gift sites, like Gifts For You, can help you design the perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping list. Before getting drawn into the commercialized aspect of the holidays, consider what a unique and customized present can offer your friends and family.

Save 25% on All Christmas Cards at MagnetStreet

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with eAccountable. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

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Christmas card

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Folded Cards

Classic Greetings. An enduring look with many templates to choose from. Custom design from front-to-back, your photos will look amazing printed on any one of the three premium papers.


Contemporary Cheer. These classy cards are a terrific option for sharing a few of your favorite photo highlights from the year. Match the paper style to your festive design.

The perfect holiday greeting: a unique photo and message keepsake, plus a blessing for the season.

Christmas card

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