Fashion : Pantone Colours You Need To Keep An Eye On.

The newest Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Report has been released and it features the trendiest colours for the upcoming spring 2018. Their predictions are considered to be quite accurate, so it’s not a surprise that almost all successful and renowned fashion designers consult Pantone reports while working on their latest collections.
So, if you want to be up to date as well and dressed according to the latest fashion, take a look at the list of colours Pantone predicts to be a true craze this spring.

Classic colours as a foundation

Pantone predictions focus, among other colours, on few classic ones including Sailor Blue, Harbour Mist, Warm Sand and Coconut Milk. They should serve you as a base for building your own style since they can be easily combined with other more vivid and extravagant nuances. Furthermore, if you‘re into more classic looks and don’t feel comfortable wearing some crazy patterns, these four colours will sweep you of your feet.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should stick only to them. Instead, experiment a bit and try out some other colours from the Pantone’s report as well. Maybe you’ll end up pleasantly surprised.

Arcadia, Palace Blue and Little Boy Blue

Arcadia, green with blue undertones, Palace Blue and Little Boy Blue, bright and azure blue shades, are perfect for those who would appreciate a touch of mystery to their styling. Furthermore, the first one is a true mixture of modern and retro which makes it simply irresistible. Just imagine how a nice Arcadia sweater would accentuate your eyes and make you look absolutely sophisticated

Ash Rose, Spiced Apple and Almost Mauve – gentle but attractive

Furthermore, if you are one of those women who want to stay true to their own style, but try out something new as well, colours like Ash Rose, Almost Mauve and Spiced Apple are exactly what you’re looking for. The first two, thanks to their gentle pinkish undertones, are particularly great if you want to look professional but easygoing at the same time. The same goes for the amazing Spiced Apple which will break the monotony and make you look super attractive.
Finally, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should get rid of your working clothes, but that you can combine these pieces with interestingly patterned skirts, trousers and blazers in some of the Pantone shades instead. 

Meadowlark, Cherry Tomato and Lime Punch for a crazy night out

No one wants to go out and look exactly like everybody else, but still it seems that a classic black dress is the most usual choice. Well, it’s high time we changed that and the amazing Pantone shades will help us achieve this successfully. No matter whether you go for yellowish ones, like Meadowlark or Lime Punch, or a passionate Cherry Tomato, you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd and that’s exactly what your goal should be.
However, if you find them to be too eccentric for you, you can start with smaller steps, and go for some accessories in these nuances instead. For example, you can combine your outfit with a nice necklace, a scarf or even architectural footwear in order to look modern and elegant.

A few more of Pantone’s colours

We have singled out our personal favourites so far, but, Chili Oil, Emperador (both brown based), Pink Lavender, Blooming Dahlia and Ultra Violet are worth your attention as well. The last three thanks to their different shades of purple and rose are a perfect choice for sunny spring days. Fashionable spring dresses in these nuances will certainly evoke positive feelings and help you look fresh and ready for new adventures.
As you can see, the upcoming spring will bring along so many different choices. Thus, it’s never too early to start experimenting with these colours in order to find which ones suit you the best. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up completely on your current styling. Instead, consider how you can combine what you already have in your wardrobe with these new trends and we guarantee you’ll look better than ever. 

Author
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger. She is very passionate about natural makeup, latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly in fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.

Fashion : 5 Style Rules to Live By.

To many, style is like music – it’s a whole language, a unique way to communicate your preferences, your beliefs and your attitudes to the whole world. And yes, some have a talent for it, while others have to work damn hard to catch with the times and craft their own look.

But just like every Mozart’s cadence has a clear structure, even when it has his famous trill ornaments, a unique style has its own set of guidelines that make it stand the test of time. Let’s see how you can achieve the same with your look!   


Different doesn’t mean better
And simple doesn’t have to be boring. And vice versa for both. It takes time to master this level of finesse, but it boils down to several key things. First of all, whatever you do, you don’t need to dress differently every day, and you should never dress for people, but for the occasion.
Don’t aim to dazzle or impress others, personally. If you’re leading an office life, simplicity can be your most practical, comfortable choice to keep your productivity high and your colleagues to respect you. Simultaneously, you can add a decent touch of flair with the right choice of nail polish, jewelry, or even a powerful Skagen timepiece on your wrist. Be playful, but keep it cool and graceful.


Wear your personality
Life is too short and too wonderful for all of us to wear black socks all the time, or so my significant other claims, and I cannot help but agree. While tighty whities will always be a reasonable garment to own, don’t limit your wardrobe (your undergarments included) to clothes that don’t resonate with your personality!
If you fell in love with that stunning Alice + Olivia mini dress with floral embroidery, then go for it! Or if you simply adore wearing all things plain and monochrome apart from your insanely colorful shoes, what’s stopping you? There’s a need for crisp white shirts and pure black pumps, but don’t be afraid to add some innovation to your style dictionary.


Comfort meets style
Sometimes, trends can be ruthless and dismantle all style choices you otherwise love, and yet there are still enduring items that remain timeless despite (or maybe because) of their simplicity. A great example is our undying love for the hoodie. It’s an icon of youth that we even transformed into an haute garment in the past year, an essential for anyone who loves street style.
Come to think of it, the timeless Birkenstock is practically a family member of every household by now, a must-have, a favorite pick for beach lounging, summer barbecues and casual walks to the store. It’s vacation for your feet, and consequently, a beloved holiday choice for many. And yes, comfort does matter as much as appearance, so don’t throw away your old college sweats or your old flannel shirt – style always makes room for comfort.


Know your size
Ah, the rule many keep forgetting or at least ignoring when it comes to buying your bra size, and picking your dress for the summer wedding (because by then you’ll surely shed those extra pounds off your waist). Always mind your body, not just type, as in choosing the right cut, but also your size, as too tight or too loose doesn’t fly with everything or everyone.
Yes, oversized is popular, and some of you can pull it off, but not all the time and for all occasions. On the other hand, too tight is simply too tight, so if your clothes leave deep indentations in your skin, it’s a clear sign it’s time for a shopping spree!


Posture means style
Supermodels, Instagram stars as well as famous designers all know one dominant truth of a true fashionista – what you wear can only be as good as the way you wear it. No matter your figure, your size, shape or preferences, your attitude is the determining factor of your style.

So even if you’re wearing that hoodie and a pair of torn old sneakers, keep your head held high, your back straight, and all those imperfections we all secretly try to hide will fall into oblivion compared to your resolute posture. Whatever you wear, wear it with pride, and enjoy every bit of that style of yours that adds to your authenticity!  
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About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She's passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

Exclusive Interview With Christopher Korey - Best Male Entrepreneur And Style Inspiration Of The Year 2017.


 So I had the Opportunity of interviewing one of the Most Stylish And Humble Men on the Planet " Christopher Korey" who is also a Highly Recommended Private Realtor In New York, I have to say I am absolutely blown away by his remarkable Personality, I always say "To understand A stylish man, we must understand the definition of style" and Christopher Korey to me is the perfect definition of "Style".

It’s truly an Honour to have this interview with you Christopher, Please tell us a little more about yourself and what was life like growing up?
The honor and pleasure is completely mine. I have owned my own real estate brokerage for going on 20 years now. I was born and raised in New York City in a time that is very different from today. Growing up during that time in New York City exposed me to things both good and bad that formed who I am today. While you certainly grow up fast, the exposure to so much diversity, whether it be people, food or culture is amazing. And certainly, while it's not for the faint of heart, I wouldn't trade it for anything. From the incredible exposure to so many different things and to the street smarts that it instilled in me, I feel truly blessed to have grown up here. It’s in my blood and always will be.

What motivated you to become a Private Realtor? And how does your business differ from other brokerages?
It was more by accident really. I originally wanted to get into interior design but couldn't figure out a way to get clients.So I thought I had the brilliant idea of going to get my real estate license, sell an apartment and then get the design job. Well, what happened to me, rarely happens in real estate. I ended up selling a lot of apartments right out of the gate. I learned to love it and then I wanted to become as good as I could become at it. So here I am 20 years later still trying to get better.

What inspired you to go into the “style” business? And who is your Style Icon?
Another happy accident really.Working in real estate you become very close with your clients. As the relationship grows people feel more comfortable opening up to you. A lot of the questions I would get concerned clothing, style, manners, and life overall. It just sort of evolved into dressing my clients as part of the business. And as the business grew, and social media grew, it just sort of took on a life of it's own. That part of it is not so much a business as it is just who I am authentically. If I can pass that along to people, and help them in some way then I’m truly humbled and thankful.

Where do you see men’s fashion going within the next 5-10 years?
I mean no disrespect, but quite honestly I don't care. I'm all about style, not fashion. The thing about fashion is that it is fickle and it comes and goes. Trends change with the winds and it forces you to follow not lead. Style, on the other hand, is eternal and helps to express who you are in your life at that time. Cary Grant could walk down the street today in the same outfit he wore 60 years ago and still be the best-dressed man on the block. Style and elegance never fade. Fashion does.

Who are your favorite designers and places to shop right now?
At this point in my life, I generally favor custom made clothing. There’s just more choice and control over what you want. I do enjoy various accessories from designers such as Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Hermes and rare finds in local shops and boutiques. It's a different story for women. I can always find classic pieces from various designers that will look good today and in 50 years from now. Those are always my favorites.

What is your philosophy in life?
Authenticity and putting the best version of yourself out there every day. Not just sometimes. Every day.

What is your fashion Mantra?
"Style over fashion and make it authentic to you".

Your pictures always stand out and you inspire so many young people out here with your style and charisma, so tell us how do you juggle between being A Private Realtor and Also an Iconic Fashion/Style Guru and Men’s Wear Influencer?
I am beyond humbled and honored, truly.I never really consider myself iconic, or a guru by any means. I'm just me trying to be the best me possible. In doing what I do, time management is one of my biggest issues. The hustle of my life doesn't know what a clock is. It's pretty crazy actually. If what I do inspires even one person, then it was completely worth it.

What does the word “ELEGANCE” mean to you?
Humility and respect.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Anything coming up that has got you excited?
I would have to say my recent collaboration with the finest shirtmaker I know, Anto of Beverly Hills is what I'm most excited about these days. We launch on September 21st and I couldn't be more proud of what we've created and humbled by the opportunity. There are a number of other projects in the works that will also be launching soon, that I am also very excited about. In addition to that, the release of my new website where I can go much more in depth about things that inspire me is also very exciting. It’s like a style and inspiration journal and is very personal to me. It's just a very exciting time right now and I am in awe of it all and completely humbled by it.


Your motivational quotes also inspire me and a lot of other fans out there, have you ever thought of been a Motivational Coach or Speaker and where do you draw your inspiration from?
You are very kind, Thank you so much. I'm truly honored. I have had a number of offers that were very interesting however I never really thought anyone really cared that much about what I have to say. Then social media came along and changed my view on that a little bit. The number of emails and messages I have received truly has been overwhelming and extremely moving. Again, if I've helped even one person then I'm happy. It is something I think about for the future and in the right forum, I would be honored to do it.

Speaking of fashion, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “fashion fades, style is forever”. What’s your take on this phrase? Do you agree with its message or do you feel fashion does have its place in a man’s lifestyle?
It is an absolute fact. That being said, Everyone has their own individual style. If you have a love of fashion and accept the fact that it changes rapidly, then I'm all for it. As long as what you do and what you wear is authentically you, There's a place for all of it.

There is a vast amount of stylish men gaining popularity on social media and blogs for their incredible sense of style. You certainly are a part of that amazing gang, but what would you say sets you apart from the crowd?
I truly appreciate that. Thank you so much. I admire and respect those guys and truly appreciate what they do and how they do it. That being said, I never compare myself to them or anyone else. What sets me apart is the fact that I'm me and they’re them, and that's the beauty of it. I am my own competition.

What advice would you give to Male and Female individuals hoping to find their Niche in the Fashion/Style Industry?
Try not to follow trends or copy someone else's work. Do what is authentically you, your vision. The world wants to see who you are and how you see things. If it's authentic and it's true to yourself it will find an audience.

Doing what you do as a private realtor is not an easy job, what advice would you give to aspiring Realtors?
The business is very different now than it was 20 years ago when I got into it. I don't envy young brokers getting into this business now. It's not as glamorous, interesting or as fun as it used to be but it still offers great opportunities if you're passionate about it. One thing that has remained constant in this business or any other for that matter are referrals. If you take good care of your clients they will refer you to their friends and coworkers.Take the best care of your clients that you possibly can as they are your best form of advertising.

Style is nothing without the right attitude and confidence. What would you say to those readers who lack confidence in their own style? 
Stop caring what other people think. They don't have to live your life, You do.Wear whatever the hell you want, whenever the hell you want and don't give a damn.When you stop looking for the approval of others confidence comes quick.

Wow, I am blown away by you and your personality, Anything else you would like to add?
I am truly humbled and honored by the opportunity to speak with you and for this amazing recognition. I truly thank you so much.


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Fashion Interview: Male Model Carlos José Talks About His Passion For Modelling In An Exclusive Interview With Linda Bella .#OTSM

What is your Philosophy in life? 
My philosophy in life would have to be “do what you love”. I see so many people studying their butts off in an area they don’t like just to please someone or make money fast, but when they graduate, they find themselves empty and lost.  
On the other hand we have people who study because they really want to, because they enjoy what they do, those people are the ones who are successful, they wake up early everyday to do what they love and nothing stands in their way.  I know the times are tough, but I believe that if one really wants it one can be successful in whatever we decide to do in life.
What were the Major Milestones that gave you that extra motivation boost? 
Well to tell you the truth, my motivation doesn’t come from any milestone I achieve.  I mean don’t get me wrong, it feels incredible to have accomplished something big, but I have to say It comes from the people.  Every time I get a positive or negative comment on a photo or any work I do it gives me that boost.  It makes me want to work harder and it makes me feel good knowing that people notice all the hard work and effort I put in anything I set out to do.
What are some of your Tips and advice for aspiring Models?
It’s a tough business and you meet all kinds of people along the way; you have to be able to handle criticism and handle yourself in all sorts of situations.  
My best advice is to have a great attitude. You never know when there is an opportunity waiting for you in a simple handshake or in a friendly conversation.  
It’s all about how you portray yourself and make your presence felt. Make people notice you for the right reasons and they’ll want to work with you.  Another tip is to use your strengths, you might not have the height, but if you have the body, the hair or something “unique” to compensate, then use it!  Every person has something that makes them special, the trick is finding that and using it to your advantage.
How often do you Work out and what are some of your best Health and Fitness tips?
I work out about 6 times a week, I try to divide it in a way that I have my weight lifting, my cardio and the most important thing, “my diet”. 
I honestly didn’t believe in it but when I tried it, there was nothing more to say, “you are what you eat” and that’s coming from a guy who has a real sweet tooth.  
Honestly I could eat just about anything!  But I don’t because I realize that you need discipline to sustain the way you want to look. Diet is key.
What are some of your latest and upcoming projects?
What I can tell you for sure is that I’m working very hard to put myself out there so that other agencies around the world can see me, that’s my main goal right now, to get signed outside Puerto Rico and hopefully do well for myself. 
Since the start of your career what has been the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome? 
I’d have to say my shyness, and some insecurity, when I got into this whole fashion business I was incredibly shy around crowds and new people. If I know people I love to joke around, and spend time laughing and having fun, but those insecurities, killed me, I was always worried about what people thought I was just looking for a way to fit in.  
One day I just decided to stop worrying, I let myself go and that’s when everything changed for me, everything was going my way, I was meeting new people, and making a name for myself. In a way this whole modelling experience has helped me come out of my shell.  
I’m even acting in commercials, TV shows and movies, which is something I never thought I’d get to do!  Modelling, has transformed me, helped me grow and prepared me for new adventures to come. Bring it on!
Name few of your favorite Designers and Photographers you have worked with from the beginning of your career? 
I’ve worked with many great fashion photographers during my short career, each with their own unique style and flare.  Some photographers I’ve worked with are: 
Edwin J. Lebron, great photographer and friend, Jaime Rivera, Abnel Gonzalez, Felipe Torres, Eliezer Hernandez and Christobal Berrios who is a great friend of mine and has helped me out tremendously!  
I’m sure I’m forgetting some (sorry guys!!!) but everyone I’ve worked with has been an amazing professional and a good person.  

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian Wed At A Star-Studded, French-ball Style Ceremony In New Orleans. Congratulations To The Lovely Couple.


Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian wed at a star-studded, French-ball style ceremony in New Orleans this week, with the bride opting for a custom Alexander McQueen ball gown to wear for her nuptials.

Star-studded audience: Kim Kardashian (far left), Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé (center), LaLa Anthony (second from right) and Ciara were all in attendance at the wedding

Interview: Derek Blanks [ American Celebrity Photographer,Illustrator,Director And Producer] Covers OTSM’S Entertainment And Lifestyle Issue.

Derek Blanks is a talent unlike others who share his craft. Respected media brands like CoverGirl, ESSENCE, BET Networks, and Sony Music Entertainment, to name a few, frequently seek him for iconic campaigns and cover shoots while celebrities’ request him exclusively for personal photo sessions including the Alter Ego, as made popular by NeNe Leakes of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Hello Derek, thank you for taking the time to talk to us! We’d love to hear a little more about your background in photography and how you got started in the field.
I’ve always had a love for art and being creative. Most people don’t know that I didn’t start out doing photography. I’ve been drawing since I’ve been able to write. I was introduced to painting in the 7th grade through private painting lesson that my dad paid for. And I attended the Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, MS from 3rd grade through my senior year. I always knew I wanted to be an artist for a living. From high school, I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art. So I’ve been doing some form of art almost all of my life.
My first celebrity job was shooting the red carpet for the Ludacris Foundation. I guess it was a success because shortly after they hired me to shoot for his “Tantra” energy drink. I was extremely nervous, but I worked past my nerves and did the job. Ludacris made it easy for me because he was really cool and easy to shoot. 

When working with celebrities, is there a specific protocol that takes place when you get booked for the shoot?
Typically they’ll call or text me and I’ll have my assistant or my mom, who is the business manager at my studio, work out the logistics and the money side of things. If it’s a commercial job or something coming from a record label, I’ll let my agent handle the specifics.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?
I honestly have so many moments that have been pivotal to my career that I really wouldn’t be able to pick just one. If I had to name one shoot that I was really excited about, I would have to say shooting Gabrielle Douglas for the cover of Essence Magazine right after her Olympic win, was pretty big for me.

You’ve really worked with a lot of artists and entertainers as well. What is it like photographing celebrities and also designing the Photos?
I treat all my clients like celebrities so I look at it the same.  I try to make them comfortable because if they’re comfortable, it will show in their images. As far as designing, I have a graphic design background as well. My first job out of college was as a graphic designer so it’s pretty easy to put it all together. With technology evolving every day, my job gets easier and easier to do.


What are your latest and Upcoming Projects?
I’m most known as a photographer, but I’m also a director.  I just completed a commercial for G-Technology drives. I have a few video projects in the pipeline coming up. I’m doing a power shoot and a few test shoots in Los Angeles. I try to do about 3 or 4 power shoots and at least 2 to 3 photography workshops in Atlanta each year.

What advice would you give aspiring Photographers, Graphic Designers, and People wishing to excel in the Photography and creative design Industry? 
Do what you love. Don’t do something because of the money it can potentially give you. If you do what you love, eventually the money will follow. Once you’ve developed what it is that you would like to do, always be willing to learn more about it. Growth can only help you.


What was the most surreal moment you ever experienced during a photography shoot?
I was shooting Chaka Khan and the studio caught on fire. It was totally unexpected, however, she was so professional, she continued to pose. She had a great attitude about the situation. That’s a moment I’ll never forget. She even jokes with me about her being so hot that she caused the fire.


 Lol ! Yes she is Definitely Hot!! So What inspired your previous Project “Alter-Egos”?
Digital manipulation has always been interesting to me. Wanting to merge my photography and drawing/editing component of my art was something that I saw as a welcomed challenge.

What is your favorite lighting modifier ?
I don’t have a favorite modifier. I try to figure out innovative ways to light things so that I don’t have to use modifiers. I use non-traditional forms of lighting like shooting through blinds or a cut-out piece of board that I created. I think that’s what sets my work apart from other photographers.


Where do you visualize yourself in 6years?
I’m starting to delve into television now so in 6yrs, I can definitely see me directing movies.

What inspires and motivates you daily?
Everything from billboards, magazine ads, walking down the street, etc. Really anything visual inspires me.

What’s your philosophy about life?
Life is short and you have to try to accomplish all your hopes, dreams and goals or you’ll later regret it.

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