10 Must-Have Sneakers for Every Collection

10 Must-Have Sneakers for Every Collection

Nike pioneered what we now know as the modern running shoe back in 1972 with the Cortez and have been pushing the limits ever since. In 1987, their Air technology burst from the midsole, resulting in Visible Air (and millions upon millions in sales). While Max Air worked its way through all categories, running was where its impact was felt most. Sergio Lozano’s Air Max 95 is an all-time classic, but it’s not alone.

Alternatives: Nike Air Max 90 “Infrared,” Nike Air Max 1

Greatness By Designer

Like the GZA once said about something totally different, “you gotta read the labels.” The Gucci Tennis 84 has been a legendary sneaker in the game for decades now, and designer-label joints have been poppin’ since Ballys first came out of Switzerland. There’s been plenty of options since when it comes to the highest of high-end, so save that Flight Club money and step up to the plate.

Alternatives: Atu Matsumoto Cowhide Sneaker, Kanye West x Louis Vuitton Jasper

Born In The USA

No way you could just name one New Balance that is a must-have for the sneaker rotation, although the classic “steel grey” 1300 is a good a place as any to start. The brand takes style and comfort to another level and, their “Made in USA” line should be a necessity to the American wardrobe — and any collector’s racks. If the 1300 isn’t your style (who ARE you?), there are always the custom options of the 574 or 993, or other USA-made classics like the 990 or 998.

Alternatives: New Balance 574, New Balance 998

Skate Essentials

It’s not just Weezy, everyone’s got skate shoes in their arsenal these days. And whether they’re a basic OG like the Vans Era or some modern joints like the Supra Skytop II, there’s something for everyone whether you own a board or not.

Alternates: Nike SB Stefan Janoski, Supra Skytop II

The Game Changer

No one’s had an impact on the sneaker game quite like Michael Jordan (and Tinker Hatfield). The black/cement Air Jordan III could be considered the greatest Js of all time, you can rock them with virtually anything from khakis, camo shorts, even a suit if you are willing to risk it. No sneaker has ever looked better with jeans and a hoodie. Tinker’s elephant-print trimmed mid-cut design helped keep Mike with Nike and did for sneaker design what the ’57 Chevy did for cars. That said, it wasn’t the only J that flipped the script.

Top 5 Women’s Most Expensive Shoes in the World

Top 5 Women’s Most Expensive Shoes in the World

Let’s face it, women love shoes, we love shopping in general. I can’t even say shoes top it. There are those who are more into shoes, more into bags, more into jewels, clothes, perfume and so on. But overall shopping is second nature.

Depending with what you are into, and what dominates a huge part of your wardrobe, there is an item you can pay any amount within your for and there are things you would set a limit of what you are willing to part with.

Going back to shoes, a huge number buys shoes based on impulse. “It’s nice, looks pretty, I want it” other things like quality, type and price come after the attraction. That is when you ask yourself is it quality; can you afford it, where will you wear it to? Do you really need it? (Ok, we hardly ask ourselves the last two questions)

Having said that, how much would you be willing to part with to own a quality shoe? Check out these most expensive shoes in the world thus far.

Kathryn Wilson’s Pumps- Made For Auction : Price $ 418, 450

most expensive shoes

This shoe was designed for a charity auction, auctioned for $ 418, 450.  Yes you heard it, not to mention that they are not even wearable. It is probably just lying on a display somewhere. It features million worth diamonds each hand pasted one by one with large gemstone on each toe.

Stuart Weitzman, Diamond Dream Stilettos- “karat Diamonds” : Price $ 500,000

most expensive shoesThis shoe might not look as elegant from far, but it is handcrafted with about 150, 030 karat diamonds.  This is for the lovers of diamond.

It was worn by Anika Noni Rose for the 2007 Oscars.

Original ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers- “There is no place like home” : Price $ 612,000

most expensive shoesThese red pair was sold off at an auction for $ 612,000. Why is it so expensive you might ask? It is an iconic shoe. It was worn by the character Dorothy in the movie “The Wizard of Oz”

Stuart Weitzman Marilyn Monroe Shoes- “Monroe’s earrings” : Price $ 1 million

most expensive shoesImagine a shoe named after you, not just any shoes, a whopping $ 1 million shoe. If you are more into class, then this shoe is pure class adorned with Swarovski crystals. They were named after Marilyn Monroe and the designer used her earrings worn. It was auctioned for $ 1 million.

6 local and affordable shoe brands

6 local and affordable shoe brands

If you’re a self-confessed shoe addict who’s looking for the best value for your money (like most broke millennials out there), you don’t need to look any further. There are tons local shoe brands out there that are more than able to give you stylish and unique footwear to complete your best OOTDs. Other than the fact that they’re more budget-friendly than international competitors, these brands put a spotlight on Filipino craftsmanship and locally sourced and produced materials. Plus, it’s always a grand thing to support the Filipino economy.

These six labels right here may have been around for a while, but have continued to create only the coolest footwear to make us look fly. From Doc Martens-inspired boots to chic boho sandals, there’s something for everyone. Check out these Scout-approved local footwear brands for your next shoe shopping trip.

Renegade Folk


Renegade Folk started way back in 2007 with a group of young Filipino entrepreneurs who wanted to showcase local craftsmanship in footwear. From small pop-ups in seasonal bazaars, they are now one of the most followed local footwear brands in the country. They’re recognized for making comfortable leather slip-ons that don’t sacrifice comfort for style (and vice versa).

Wolfe

For the nature lovers who want suede slip-ons that are comfortable to wear, Wolfe is the brand for you. Inspired by everything earth and nature, the brand features warm and neutral tones that are best for your next beach trip.

Apricot Shoes

For dainty leather pieces, Apricot Shoes is your go-to. The local brand has slip-ons and sandals that are handmade in Marikina (which is of course, famous for their shoes), with pastel colors that may just catch the eyes of y’all girly girls out there. Another plus? Their products are all under P1000! Don’t know about you, but that’s a total steal to us.

The Nobleman

Don’t worry, guys. We got you. If you’re a dude looking for quality leather boat shoes that won’t burn a hole in your pockets, The Nobleman is the brand for you. For around P2000, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with handcrafted shoes that embody the classic Filipino gentleman.

Ylla Shoes

Ylla Shoes is famous for footwear that use responsibly-sourced materials from all over the country. They highlight hand-woven textiles in their designs, with colorful fabrics and unique designs that are 100% Filipino-made.

9 BENEFITS OF SOCIALIZING

9 BENEFITS OF SOCIALIZING

Just imagine what would happen if you were made to stay all alone at some place for a long period of time without any kind of interactions with people? Any normal person would be exhausted of the loneliness. The reason behind this is that humans are social animals and they love living amidst people.

In today’s modern world, things are changing and machines are overpowering us making us more gadget-dependent. People are interacting with one another in the virtual world and real time interactions have become rare.People communicate with each other via social media platforms, chat messages and special apps on their smartphones. But face-to-face interaction is becoming something of the past.

Society on the whole is suffering. Socializing with people is a very healthy habit.Various research studies are being carried out to understand the value and importance of socializing with striking results regarding a wholesome human development. People who have been brought up in a lonely ambience tend to develop more problems as they grow up than people who have been brought up amidst lots of social contact.

It is high time that you shun your smartphone for a while, do away with interacting on virtual media spaces and get down to real things in life. Go out, meet people, and see how direct interactions and socializing can change your worldview and your overall wellbeing.

Here are the 9 most important benefits of real-time socializing:

  • Helps in building positive and constructive relationships via the real social networks that are formed.
  • Socializing plays a pivotal role in improving overall growth and development of an individual.
  • As per Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by SAGE, socializing enhances mental functioning, as the mind is kept occupied with real thoughts.
  • Stress and anxiety levels can be reduced to a great extent. Solutions to problems may be found in dialogue.
  • It provides great opportunity to understand various kinds of people, their mannerisms, personalities, thought processes and so on. Socializing develops better understanding of human perspectives and attributes.
  • Socializing is a great tool for development of self-confidence and giving your self-esteem the required boost. It kicks out shyness and hesitance from an individual making him ready to face the world in a smart manner.
  • It provides happiness and joy when you meet your family and friends in real rather that online life, as you can share issues and emotions more explicitly.
  • Socializing is a great way of giving and getting emotional, physical and spiritual support. Even if you are feeling down and upset with something, friends and family can help you overcome the difficult period with ease. They can cheer you up, provide the required encouragement and bring back your lost zeal and enthusiasm.
  • As per BUPA, socializing reduces risks of various kinds of ailments. Research reports have shown that socializing can help in preventing age related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

There is no denying the fact that chats, social media, emails and video calls are highly convenient modes of remaining connected to friends and family, but they lack human touch.Human connection is vital for a beneficial society. 

Many older people are now reaching out to technology to keep pace with the younger generation. But in spite of all these efforts, there is a gap that remains to be bridged, which can only be done by human contact.

Walking together, playing games, mentoring, tutoring, getting involved in volunteering jobs, joining discussions in real time, going to movies, going for picnic and excursions or short trips – these are some simple ways of socializing. Ram up your social life and you will understand the crucial difference that makes.

10 healthy lifestyle tips for adults

10 healthy lifestyle tips for adults
  1. Eat a variety of foods
  2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates
  3. Replace saturated with unsaturated fat
  4. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables
  5. Reduce salt and sugar intake
  6. Eat regularly, control the portion size
  7. Drink plenty of fluids
  8. Maintain a healthy body weight
  9. Get on the move, make it a habit!
  10. Start now! And keep changing gradually

1. Eat a variety of foods

For good health, we need more than 40 different nutrients, and no single food can supply them all. It is not about a single meal, it is about a balanced food choice over time that will make a difference!

– A high-fat lunch could be followed by a low-fat dinner.

– After a large meat portion at dinner, perhaps fish should be the next day’s choice?

2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates

About half the calories in our diet should come from foods rich in carbohydrates, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. It is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal. Wholegrain foods, like wholegrain bread, pasta, and cereals, will increase our fibre intake.

3. Replace saturated with unsaturated fat

Fats are important for good health and proper functioning of the body. However, too much of it can negatively affect our weight and cardiovascular health. Different kinds of fats have different health effects, and some of these tips could help us keep the balance right:

-We should limit the consumption of total and saturated fats (often coming from foods of animal origin), and completely avoid trans fats; reading the labels helps to identify the sources.

-Eating fish 2-3 times a week, with at least one serving of oily fish, will contribute to our right intake of unsaturated fats.

-When cooking, we should boil, steam or bake, rather than frying, remove the fatty part of meat, use vegetable oils.

4. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should try to eat at least 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fresh fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and a piece of watermelon as snacks, and a good portion of different vegetables at each meal.

5. Reduce salt and sugar intake

A high salt intake can result in high blood pressure, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are different ways to reduce salt in the diet:

-When shopping, we could choose products with lower sodium content.

-When cooking, salt can be substituted with spices, increasing the variety of flavours and tastes.

-When eating, it helps not to have salt at the table, or at least not to add salt before tasting.

Sugar provides sweetness and an attractive taste, but sugary foods and drinks are rich in energy, and are best enjoyed in moderation, as an occasional treat. We could use fruits instead, even to sweeten our foods and drinks.

6. Eat regularly, control the portion size

Eating a variety of foods, regularly, and in the right amounts is the best formula for a healthy diet.

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help control hunger, but snacking should not replace proper meals. For snacks, we could choose yoghurt, a handful of fresh or dried fruits or vegetables (like carrot sticks), unsalted nuts, or perhaps some bread with cheese.

Paying attention to portion size will help us not to consume too much calories, and will allow us to eat all the foods we enjoy, without having to eliminate any.

-Cooking the right amount makes it easier to not overeat.

-Some reasonable serving sizes are: 100 g of meat; one medium piece of fruit; half a cup of raw pasta.

-Using smaller plates helps with smaller servings.

-Packaged foods, with calorie values on the pack, could aid portion control.

-If eating out, we could share a portion with a friend.

7. Drink plenty of fluids

Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it’s very hot or they are physically active. Water is the best source, of course, and we can use tap or mineral water, sparkling or non-sparkling, plain or flavoured. Fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, milk and other drinks, can all be okay – from time to time.

8. Maintain a healthy body weight

The right weight for each us depends on factors like our gender, height, age, and genes. Being overweight increases the risks of a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

Excess body fat comes from eating more than we need. The extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient – protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol, but fat is the most concentrated source of energy. Physical activity helps us spend the energy, and makes us feel good. The message is reasonably simple: if we are gaining weight, we need to eat less and be more active!

9. Get on the move, make it a habit!

Physical activity is important for people of all weight ranges and health conditions. It helps us burn off the extra calories, it is good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases our muscle mass, it helps us focus, and improves overall health well-being. We don’t have to be top athletes to get on the move! 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity is advised, and it can easily become part of our daily routine. We all could:

– use the stairs instead of the elevator,

– go for a walk during lunch breaks (and stretch in our offices in between)

– make time for a family weekend activity

10. Start now! And keep changing gradually.

Gradual changes in our lifestyle are easier to maintain than major changes introduced all at once. For three days, we could write down the foods and drinks we consume throughout the day, and make a note of the amount of movement we made. It won’t be difficult to spot where we could improve:

– Skipping breakfast? A small bowl of muesli, a piece of bread or fruit, could help slowly introduce it into our routine

– Too few fruits and vegetables? To start with, we can introduce one extra piece a day.

– Favourite foods high in fat? Eliminating them abruptly could fire back, and make us return to the old habits. We can choose low fat options instead, eat them less frequently, and in smaller portions.

4 Must Have Things For Your Mandir Design

4 Must Have Things For Your Mandir Design

Pooja room in your home is considered as a holy place wherein one can meditate, pray and perform rituals on daily basis. There are different mandir designs and with the type of space and décor, a mandir design varies in each home. It can be a full designated room for the prayers or just a shelf beautifully adorned with idols and other spiritual elements. Following are the four things that one needs to consider and have for a beautiful home temple.

Choose The Right Room

If you can designate an entire room for rituals and prayers, then go for a space which is located on your ground floor and not something on upper floors or the basement. In the earlier days, homes were designed in a way that each one had a separate room for religious activities. You must have seen homes with a mandir near the living room or kitchen but never opposite or adjacent a bathroom or washroom. If you are a believer of Vastu, then consider having your mandir in the northeast corner or centre of the house. This basically means that the room should face the north or the east direction. Also, make sure that the room is designed with two doors and not one.

Furnishing Of The Mandir Room

A room for Pooja must be kept clean and shining always with the least number of furnishings. You can use a simple low table or a beautiful bench and even a shelf to place the idols of different Gods. The room can be designed with storage cabinets to keep different things for rituals. This storage space can be in the form of cabinets or shelves or tables depending upon the type of space you have. Include other comfort things like rugs, cushions and more which can be used for praying. Always use materials which are natural like wood and marble for constructing different furniture items for the room. Keep the colour of the walls white or lighter shade of blue and generously lit up with ceiling lights and lampshades.

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Create A Shelf For Pooja

Not every home is blessed with enough space to create a home temple. But that should not disappoint you. Instead of a room, one can use a shelf which would be similarly useful. This shelf should be neat and clean and should be used only for spiritual purposes. A shelf which is used instead of a room can be placed anywhere like living room, dining room or the lounge area. Just make sure it is not near the bathroom.

Take Care Of The Religious Area In The Your Home

Whether it is a complete Pooja room or just a shelf, it is very important that it is taken proper care of. The idols of Gids should not be placed facing each other and they should also never be broken or chipped. Make sure no items like flowers or vases obstruct the face of the idols.

Top 3 fashion mistakes that make you look older

Top 3 fashion mistakes that make you look older

often use the phrase, “You have your whole life to look old.” Think about it. Dressing too old is just as bad as dressing too young. How then are you supposed to navigate the median strip when it comes to your style?Again, think about it! I am pretty sure if I asked you to name the top 6 mistakes women make when dressing too young, you could easily spit out a list as you closed your eyes and envisioned one of your most recent spottings. Mine was last week at the Mall where a mom and daughter were dressed like summer twins. My head was spinning as I was thinking almost out loud – quick give that mom a bathrobe!Here’s a quick too-young list to get your juices flowing –

  • Too much cleavage, yes Mildred, there is a limit
  • Jeans with too low a rise, exposing even more cleavage
  • Wearing 6-inch heels with your boyfriend jeans at a backyard barbecue
  • Sporting a crop top, any kind of crop top
  • Thinking Victoria’s Secret is just the cat’s meow
  • Wearing a ponytail, since forever

In my line of work, I find that more women dress too old than too young, meaning that their wardrobe choices are better suited to someone one to two decades beyond where they are. Oftentimes we will pull something out of the closet and our eyes roll as we envision her accessorizing the dress with an afghan.

The reasons why these lovely ladies have spiraled down this path abound. The short list includes weight changes, foot issues, what they define as comfortable, a lack of time and/or interest in keeping up with what is current, not budgeting for their wardrobe and even peer pressure – yes, peer pressure still exists for BA50’s.

Many women admittedly lack the expertise to know where to shop and what to shop for. Even though women account for 85% of consumer purchases, approximately 40% of them hate to shop citing feelings of over-whelm and lack of self-confidence leading to dressing room depression.

Commonly heard as I stand in the shadow of a client’s closet is “I recognize my look is dated, but haven’t a clue where to begin.”

5 Instagram fashion trends we seriously hope will make it to 2016

5 Instagram fashion trends we seriously hope will make it to 2016

For those who can’t be bothered flipping through magazines, Instagram is kind of our go-to place for fashion inspirations.

With social influencers, bloggers and fashionistas sharing and modelling their favourite (affordable) brands, it all goes to reinforce the fact that you don’t have to wear designer dresses or look like a supermodel to make fashion work for you.

Which is why Instagram is always worth looking at for the latest fashion trends and here are a few we’ve spotted this year that we hope will make it to 2016.

12 Instagram fashion trends we seriously hope will make it to 2016

For those who can’t be bothered flipping through magazines, Instagram is kind of our go-to place for fashion inspirations.

With social influencers, bloggers and fashionistas sharing and modelling their favourite (affordable) brands, it all goes to reinforce the fact that you don’t have to wear designer dresses or look like a supermodel to make fashion work for you.

Which is why Instagram is always worth looking at for the latest fashion trends and here are a few we’ve spotted this year that we hope will make it to 2016.

1. Tulle skirt

Floaty and feminine, tulle skirts have been everywhere on Instagram (thanks to Carrie Bradshaw from Sex And The City who brought the ballerina-inspired skirt back in fashion).

Now social media’s it-girls are finding fresh and modern ways to wear tulle – pairing them with chambray shirts, slogan tees and soft knits. And here’s one of our favourite looks from this year.

2. Boyfriend jeans

Okay, ripped baggy jeans might bring back memories of the 90s grunge era reminiscent of Kurt Cobain, but today it’s more than just about that worn-down, I-don’t-really-care-about-how-I-look vibe.

Fashionistas are paying homage to this androgynous style that allows you to look bang on trend without looking like you’ve put in too much effort. Just throw in a pair of kitten heels and nude lipstick and you’re all casual chic and ready for a great night out.

Here’s one of our favourite looks from 2015.

3. Cami dress

Again so 90s (think Monica from Friends) yet so versatile, we hope the classic cami dress is here to stay for a while. Wear it on its own during hot summer months or cover up with a full-sleeve tee underneath during autumn, this dress pretty much suits all occasions.

This college-girl look is an all-rounder and definitely worth having in your wardrobe.

4. Baggy knits

Thanks to endless posts of fashionistas wearing baggy jumpers (while holding a hot mug of coffee) on Instagram, chunky knits are now officially cool.

It’s all about working that baggy jumper with the right accessories – so you don’t look like a fluffy sheep when you are out in the cold winter streets (not that we have anything against sheep!).

We love this effortless look – the beige jumper paired with a skater skirt and finished with a gorgeous green cross body bag works so well.

5. Dungaree playsuit

That’s right, playsuits aren’t just for kids. In fact, we’ve seen different kinds of playsuits over the last few years – floral, prints, cut-outs, plunging necklines… the list goes on.

But let’s take a moment to appreciate the humble short dungarees – another 90s look that disappeared from the clothes racks before the internet had the opportunity to make Mario memes.

But now dungarees are back – and our favourite look is not denim, but a more sophisticated chic yet comfy polyster version.

3 best maternity jeans

3 best maternity jeans

When you can no longer do up the button on your favourite skinny jeans, it might be time to invest in a maternity pair designed to accommodate your growing bump. We know these are trousers you might only wear for four to five months, but there are plenty of affordable options out there – from the high street as well as pregnancy specialists.  Take it from us: swapping a digging-in waistband and trousers two sizes too big that you have to hoick up every few seconds, for something actually made to fit a growing little human is pretty liberating.

So, which trousers will work for you? Maternity jeans come in a range of styles. There are under-the-bump and over-the-bump options, or those with stretchy panels designed to expand with your impending arrival. The under-the-bump pairs should fit comfortably below your belly with a soft elasticated waistband. The over-the-bump styles come with an integrated stretchy band that, as the name suggests, fits over your tummy and helps keep you feeling together.

Some mums-to-be may find that under-the-bump styles work best for the second trimester and then move on to over-the-bump options as they get bigger. You might also find that a belly band can help any under-the-bump pairs stay where they should if you are finding your crotch heading for your knees. The best way to see what works for you is to try on a range of styles and see how you get on.

1. Asos Ridley Skinny Jeans: £28, Asos

Several of our mums-to-be swore by these affordable skinnies from Asos. They come in a range of washes – black, as well a few different blue hues – and in under-the-bump and over-the-bump options, as well as in a bigger-than-average size range (6-20). Tall or shorter ladies love the fact that they are also available in longer-leg and petite sizes.

2. Seraphine Dark Slim Leg Over the Bump Maternity Jeans: £49, Seraphine

We were impressed with London-based Seraphine’s comfy jeans. This slim-fit pair are a good compromise if you’re not a skinny jeans fan. We found that unlike many, these stayed up without unladylike tugging and have a button and fly beneath the concealed over-the-bump band, so if your top creeps up they look pleasingly like an ordinary pair of jeans. We just wished they came in more than one leg length.

3. Topshop Maternity Leigh Jeans: £38, Topshop

We like the fact that this under-the-bump pair comes in a 30 leg, so are ideal for the vertically challenged. They are super-comfy and a flattering fit. The wide waist band is comfortable, however we did find there was some slipping down, so we’d suggest the added support of a maternity bump band (New Look does a good set of three). These also come in black. The cut is a bit more generous than the standard Leighs, so bear that in mind before you buy.