Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mustard foot bath..

A warm gentle and relaxed care for feet....

Ingredients :

  • 5 tbl spoon of mustard powder.
  • 2 tbl spoon of spearmint leaves.
  • 2.5 cups (625 ml) of pure spring water.
  • 5 drops of lemon myrtle essential oil.
  • 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

Method :

Make an infusion with the mustard spearmint and water. Add oils as you fill your your foot bath with warm water (temperature as per your suitability).

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stiletto Fantasy.....!!!

Oh, the Stiletto. How I love you! High heel shoes were worn by men and women courtiers. The design of the stiletto heel originally came from the late Kristin S. Wagner but would not become popular until the late 1950s. The stiletto heel came with the advent of technology using a supporting metal shaft or stem embedded into the heel, instead of wood or other, weaker materials that required a wide heel. This revival of the opulent heel style can be attributed to the designer Roger Vivier and such designs became very popular in the 1950s.

Take a look in any shoe store right now and you will see they are packed with vertiginous heels stretching to their, four and even five inches high. They don't make for easy walking I can tell you. But now we are being warned of a much more serious danger posed by sky high shoes than just a trip or embarrassing tumble in the street.
The irrefutable sign that you've found the perfect pair of shoes? They magically breath new life into any number of garments that have been hanging more-or-less unloved in you closet. They look as fantastic with a pair of skinny jeans and fitted navy blue blazer as they do with a black pencil skirt and ruffled silk blouse.

When you want to look your absolute best, you need to wear the best. You need a brand that expresses style so luxurious and perfect that people automatically know the name behind the design. And when your pursuit for amazing style takes you to your need for shoes, you can look for that mystical perfection in high heel stiletto shoes. Stiletto style shoes are one of the most known styles, earning longstanding respect as one of the finest fashions in the industry.

If you want to make a statement with you image, then you’ll want to make sure you make that statement with the help of a gorgeous pair of stilettos. You can actually make a wide range of statements thanks to the luxurious variety they offer, including stiletto pumps, stiletto high heels, stiletto boots, metal stilettos and more. The choice is yours, and when you choose from strictly stiletto, it’s impossible to go wrong. You see, the stiletto style is named after a type of short knife or dagger that features a long and thin blade. As a part of that, this style will always be on the cutting edge of new fashion. However, high heel stiletto shoes are also amazing in their ability to honor retro and classic styles as well, granting a truly varied and beautiful line of shoes and heels.

A version of the stiletto heel was reintroduced as soon as 1974 by Manolo Blahnik, who dubbed his "new” heel the Needle. Similar heels were stocked at the big Biba store in London, by Russell and Bromley and by smaller boutiques. Old, unsold stocks of pointed-toe stilettos, and contemporary efforts to replicate them (lacking the true stiletto heel because of changes in the way heels were by then being mass-produced) were sold in street fashion markets and became popular with punks, and with other fashion "tribes" of the late 1970s until supplies of the inspirational original styles dwindled in the early 1980s. Subsequently, round-toe shoes with slightly thicker (sometimes cone-shaped) semi-stiletto heels, often very high in an attempt to convey slenderness (the best example of this being the shoes sold in London by Derber), were frequently worn at the office with wide-shouldered power suits. The style survived through much of the 1980s but almost completely disappeared during the 1990s, when professional and college-age women took to wearing shoes with thick, block heels. However, the slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback after 2000, when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.

Stiletto heels are particularly associated with the image of the femme fatale. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing, and often feature in popular culture.
Stiletto heels undoubtedly concentrate a large amount of force into a small area. The great pressure transmitted through such a heel (allegedly greater than that exerted by an elephant standing on one foot can cause damage to carpets and floors. The stiletto heel will also sink into soft ground, making it impractical for outdoor wear on grass.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pamper your feet

Women’s feet have thus inspired many poets to complete on them. Popularly called lotus feet, a pair of dainty. Clean well-shaped feet have indeed been many an owner’s pride and a neighbor’s envy. You too can own a lotus feet by caring from them and using them easily available raw materials to attain a pair of desirable feet.

There was a time when women were- covered from head to toe. In fact, they wore veils and one could not see their faces. The feet were the only visible part of there body. This was a common practice in many countries.
The feet and toes are the foundation for our body, and mobility. They need to be flexible and strong, well giving us balance. The average person will walk more then 250.000 miles. (That is the distance from the earth to the moon).

Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 muscles, 31 joints, 107 ligaments, and has over 7000 nerve ending in each foot. Twenty five percent of all bones in our body are in your feet. (52 bones in a pair of feet), this show that the feet are extremely important to the body.
Your foot care should start first with a sensible pair of shoes. A well fitting shoe should be half an inch longer than your foot, thus allowing some moving space for your toes. Before you buy a pair, put in a walk around for a few minutes to ensure that it doesn’t pinch or hurt.

By following a few careful dos and don’ts you can look after your feet. First, some basic rules:
Exercising your feet, and giving them a pedicure are the very basic necessities that go a long way in ensuring that your feet remain soft, shapely and supple.
The first golden rule is to buy shoes of the right size. Apart from the size, you have to ensure that the length of heels that you are buying, does not de-stabilize you. People with bad backs should not wear pencil heels that hurt the spine .One should buy shoes in the afternoon or evening when the feet are swollen from the days walking. This will ensure that you get the right fit and size.

Milk bath for feet:
3c. Warm, whole milk or you can use powder milk.
In another bowl mix 1/2c. Sea salt or sugar and 1/3c olive oil.
Soak feet in the milk for 20mins, then exfoliate with salt mixture, rinse and apply a moisturizer.
Use a natural oil or aloe vera gel since feet require more than a simple lotion.
Use tea tree oil at the first sign of an infection.
For cranked heels mix a few drops of lemon juice in Vaseline and apply gently to heels.
Pamper your Feet and your Body will Appreciate You.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Pair for Wedding....

There is romance in the air when a wedding takes place. Many feet will also be up there in the air. Fewer will be on the ground! It is time for fantasies to come alive, dreams to be realized and brides to be dressed from head to toe. So what about wedding shoes, how beautiful will they be and be picked up from where and most of all who will design them?

Frankly today it is easier to fetch the wedding shoes online, look at picture books and get them custom made and also fly across the continent and get a few pairs. Are the wedding/reception gown, sari and other clothes in place? It is much easier to choose when the dress is ready especially for the bride.
The most important accessory of dressing is the footwear. For the various outfits, there is a variety of footwear, but shoes are universal type, that has the maximum in terms of choice. From sports to formal to casual, from leather to cloth, there are all kinds of material and styles.
Shoes are also country-specific. In India it is commonly said, “One can know the class of a person by looking at his or her shoes.”
Bridal shoes don’t have to be special but they definitely have to be striking enough to blend with the bridal dress or gown that will be worn. Of course they come in the special category of designer shoes, as they may not be worn with other party outfits. Internationally there are several companies catering to only bridal shoes. Over the years they have perfected the art of making them more comfortable.

Usually to match the ivory gown or white gown materials that are used for bridal shoes are satin or silk in shape of ballerina shoes. Hey are most comfortable when the brides have to dance. Some enterprising young brides do go in for low heels (maybe because of the short height!) but as long as they are able to carry off and spend the D-day easily without having to kick away the heels then it is fine. In India hours long ceremonies during marriages mean that the bride will need comfortable slip-ons. For one part she will have to sit for long and then wear them to another part of the ceremony. What’s more in India embroidered outfits need handling too. So few brides will be able to lo down on the feet care.
Brides in India wear usually red ghagara cholis saris or salwars. Gold or silver sandals, slippers or strappy shoes are ideal. Also in large gatherings they are a tendency of shoes getting lost. So having an extra pair of wedding shoes is also advisable.
As for others they could go for a combination of fashion and comfort. Ladies wear those high heals only with good skirts and if you have good legs to carry them. No one wants to see a wobbly pair of feet waiting for on a fine occasion like a wedding. Plenty of choices from leather, suede, silk and other materials are available for shoes. And if you are part of the baarat and will dance wear flat embroidered jutis. They will let you dance away without the stress.
A nice tip especially for the bride would be to match her embroidered evening handbag with shoes! The idea has been quite a buzz about a bride choosing to use color for her shoes. Infact, the bride can embrace the color concept and match the flowers with the shoes. Please don’t mix western shoes with Indian dresses. Fusions don’t work on all occasions. Wedding is definitely not the occasion for this mix but matching will certainly rock!

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