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Here’s an Elegant Way for Men to Look 2-3 Inches Taller

Here’s an Elegant Way for Men to Look 2-3 Inches Taller

I’m fortunate to be quite tall, 6’2” in fact. Sometimes I even feel too tall and I find myself wishing that I was just a little shorter, but in all honesty, I love my height! I’m perfect for the runway. Maybe I should be strutting my stuff on the catwalk instead of simply writing about fashion for you guys. But you’d miss me too much if I stopped blogging, right? Of course you would.

My height is great, but for those of you fine gentlemen who are somewhat vertically challenged and looking for a way to increase your height without going to the extreme (stilettos anyone?) there is actually a stylish solution to adding a couple of inches to your frame…

Shoemakers from Spain have perfected an elegant way to make men look taller. Woman wear stilettos to increase their height. Sure, there are even some men who love wearing stilettos, but the part of the male population who do not want to buy into the feminine style needed a more subtle approach. Soy Alto designs mens elevator shoes to look stylish and traditional on the outside, but with a raised platform on the inside to give men extra height. This way, men can look 2-3 inches taller while wearing seemingly normal shoes.

Soy Alto height-increasing shoes have been a wonderful success ever since their initial launch in 2009. They have reportedly received a great audience in the market, and are known for delivering quality. They have a large collection of raised-platform shoes to choose from that include many different colors, designs, styles, and textures. From casual and formal shoes to boots and sneakers, their collection offers great variety for all trends and tastes. They have also just released an entirely new Autumn/Winter Collection (2014-2015).

Thanks to Soy Alto elevator shoes, there’s no need to complain about your height (or lack thereof) any longer. Don’t like stiletto heels? Get yourself a pair of elegant height-increasing elevator shoes in a more traditional style, and look normal while increasing your height. Happy shoe-shopping shorties!

It’s all about Perspective

It’s all about Perspective

At a special event on September 9, 2014, Apple announced the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iconic Apple Watch. The event was live-streamed via Apple.com, and a complete keynote presentation recording is now available to watch on the Apple website. I’m a huge Apple fan-boy and a strong believer in Apple’s “Think Different” philosophy. Apple opened the special event with an amazing video detailing their philosophy. Take a look…

Epic, isn’t it? This creative introduction made me love Apple even more and got me really excited for the news they had in store. I’m not going to share too much information on their new products here (I don’t have press privileges to use their images, sorry) but I do recommend you visit the Apple website to learn all about their awesome new products. I’m in love with the new iPhone and Apple Watch! Go browse, click, explore and drool at the awesomeness that is the result of thinking from a different perspective and seeing things differently.

3 Ways to Look Great on a Budget

3 Ways to Look Great on a Budget

Did you know that you can look great without breaking the bank? Sure, it’s nice to have a wardrobe that’s full of haut couture, but your wallet may not always agree with you.

Here are three ways you can still look great on a budget…

Store Labels

Many clothing stores stock their own unique Store Labels. While these aren’t considered high-end fashion brands, they are also designed by skilled fashion designers and often mimic, or even improve upon the designs that are seen on the runways. The downside here is that your garment won’t be sporting a high-end label, and the fabric and stitching of your garment won’t necessarily be as good as the more expensive brands, but you can look great on a budget.

Some shoppers even prefer Store Labels over high-end fashion brands, because the affordable price point makes it more appealing. It comes down to a matter of personal preference. The question is; do you want to spend all your money on one high-end item, or would you rather buy four or five Store Brand items of similar design for the same price that you would’ve spent on one high-end item? For the budget shopper, Store Brands are generally the preferred choice.

Thrift Shopping

Thrift shopping as a suggestion for fashionistas on a budget is generally frowned upon, because it creates the false impression of labeling the shopper as a second-rate citizen who can only afford hand-me-down garments. The truth is, that many unique high-end fashion pieces are no longer available from current collection retailers, but there is a chance that you might stumble across that rare vintage item in a thrift shop.

Not only is Thrift Shopping easier on your budget, but you also get to wear beautiful vintage garments that are truly unique because no one else can get hold of them anymore. Thrift shopping is a great way to build up an affordable high-end label wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Clothing Vouchers

My personal favorite is Clothing Vouchers. Many quality online stores offer regular sales and discounts through vouchers. From free shipping to 75% off sales, Clothing Vouchers give you the opportunity to obtain even high-end fashion brands at greatly discounted prices.

The most effective way to keep track of limited-time Clothing Vouchers is to regularly check websites that are specifically created for the purpose of serving voucher codes from an array of different online stores.

Click here for new look voucher codes.

Other possible solutions to look great on a budget may include; designing your own clothing, or supporting local market shops. It really is true that money doesn’t buy style. You do not need unlimited funds to look great! Looking great on a budget is as easy as knowing where to shop, and when. I hope that these three suggestions will help you! Do you have any budget shopping suggestions? Drop them in the comments below…

5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet Covers

5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet Covers

If you need a phone case and you love London, then you need to have a look at the great collection of London inspired phone and tablet cases available from fancyasnuggle.com. With one of these phone cases you’ll be able to take a little piece of London with you wherever you go at a price you’ll hardly believe. And Fancy a Snuggle has a phone case to suit your make and model of phone. Here is a sample.

Westminster Palace

image1 5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet Covers What can be more London than the Palace of Westminster, the centre of Government in Britain? The beautiful image on the phone case perfectly captures the beauty of this ancient building with its magnificent architecture highlighted by the cleverly positioned floodlights. Engineered to the highest standards, this phone case is produced from durable lightweight plastic that allows you easy access to the ports and controls while protecting your phone from the rigours of daily use.


Tower Bridge at night

image2 150x150 5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet CoversLondon’s iconic Tower Bridge is beautifully captured in the night-time image on this classic phone cover. It’s not only a great way to carry London with you, but it’s also the perfect way to safeguard your phone against the wear and tear of daily use. Precision engineered from lightweight, durable hard plastic, this phone cover is practical and comfortable to hold and looks as good as the city it represents.



The band of the Guards

image3 150x150 5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet CoversMarching bands have an attraction for people of all ages and the bands of the Brigade of Guards proudly marching in their red tunics and bearskin hats are truly a sight to behold, and one that makes a stunning image on a phone cover. This one depicts the band of the Grenadier Guards, the oldest of the five Guards regiments. This gorgeous lightweight, practical phone cover is engineered from hard plastic to the highest standards and will make you the envy of all your friends. It’s the perfect way to remember London.


London phone box and Big Ben

image4 150x150 5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet CoversTraditional red telephone boxes and Big Ben are unmistakable symbols of London. They are as much a part of the city as the London Bobby or the River Thames. It’s hard to imagine a better image of London to carry with you. Produced from the finest hard plastic to give your phone a lightweight, durable protective cover that will save it from the bumps and scratches that come with everyday use, it’s also highly practical, comfortable to hold and with all the controls and ports easily accessible. Great looks and functionality – what more could you ask from a phone cover?


London’s iconic black taxis

image5 150x150 5 London Inspired Phone and Tablet Covers“Where to, guv?” Instantly recognisable, London’s black taxicabs are as iconic as Big Ben itself and create the perfect memory of Britain’s capital city. This vibrant image looks superb on fancyasnuggle.com’s phone cover and beautifully complements the fine craftsmanship that went into its manufacture. Lightweight, durable and admirably fitted to protect your phone and make it convenient and easy to use, this phone case is an accessory that lovers of London cannot be without.

Umberto Luce Men’s Handmade Footwear Review

Umberto Luce Men’s Handmade Footwear Review

From the smooth manner in which the designer name of Umberto Luce so elegantly rolls off the tongue to the look of its graceful script on paper, one can’t help but envision this brand as being an epitome of sheer class and sophisticated style. However, within the world of men’s high-end fashion this handmade footwear brand from Mexico encompasses all of the above special qualities and so much more!

For instance, it’s also the chic-modern looks, full-grain leather with soft bovine lining and beautifully hand-painted designs that brilliantly combine: in order to make the comfortable boots, shoes and sneakers at umbertoluce.com a fashionable force to be reckoned with. Each collection is a true work of art. Footwear that’s saturated with various deep and rich neutral tones/shades of wine, brown and black; as well as a variety of graduated color combinations express truly appealing styles. The interesting use of distressed and smooth leathers (as well as the clever combination of these two opposing textures), along with contrasting color laces exudes a chic and sophisticated style that highlights today’s quintessential modern man.

Just imagine, the creation of timeless elegance can be as simple as donning a pair of Umberto Luce’s Peek Dress Shoes with a sharp suit to a business meeting, or to a formal occasion. In contrast, their hand-painted Baalam Handy Shoes and unique handmade Péepem Boots are the perfect pieces to complement semi-casual/casual attire; such as a pair of indigo or black denim and a crisp clean shirt/t-shirt. Even the classic retro sneaker has experienced a modern twist with the introduction of Umberto Luce’s official new Huub Sneakers leading the way: with their sleek style and elegant look.

The name Umberto Luce doesn’t only sound and look good when spoken or written in print, the men’s designer brand is also synonymous with class, style, elegance and uniqueness. Considering the plethora of fashionable designs they have created, there’s no doubt that they will continue to inspire, and lead the way in men’s high-end fashion footwear for many years to come.

[ Review Written by Yve Goodwin ]

It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift

It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift

It’s amazing how much I’ve changed as a person since getting back into business and taking an active approach towards personal development. Looking back through old tweets and blog posts; I don’t even recognize my old self anymore. I’m even becoming less of a potty-mouth, can you believe it? – not because it’s a bad thing, but just because I know that I need to start playing the “pleasing the people” publicity card instead of offending everyone when I’m trying to get a certain point across. In the past I’ve been known to be insulting and disrespectful towards certain movements or individuals whenever I had a different point of view. This rude, opinionated approach meant that, instead of actually getting my point across and helping the other party in the process, I pushed the other party away and prevented myself from ever being taken seriously. I guess that I’ve finally become mature enough to accept and admit that I’ve been taking the wrong approach. If I have offended you in the past, I am sorry.

My mission is to make you think, to make you open your mind to ultimate awareness and consciousness, instead of blindly following and accepting what you’ve been previously taught and brainwashed to believe. This goes for all areas of life including: Business, Education, Personal, Relationships, Spiritual, etc. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t claim to be some all-knowing genius and life-coach. Heck, I haven’t even completed my formal education, and I’m living a simple life of solitude. But, I have spent the past 5+ years of my life studying and practicing various different approaches towards achieving happiness, and I would like to share what I’ve discovered with you, even if it means that I have to become less of a potty-mouth in order to get my point across.

I am also undergoing a total paradigm shift; a change in thought pattern, both consciously and sub-consciously, as well as building completely new habits formed around this shift in thinking. This not only keeps me in a near-permanent state of joy, but also brings me closer to my goals. By achieving all my goals and becoming successful in all areas of life, I will be able to stand as a shining example of the fact that, through a shift in thinking, and by building healthy habits, anything is possible. People can change for the better. I am changing, and so can you!

At first, I wanted to completely erase all negative and questionable content from my blog and social media feeds in order to turn a new leaf, but then I realized; keeping everything online is actually a great way to document and show that, no matter what the starting point may be, and no matter how checkered the past may be; anything is possible. I’ve already had some friends call be crazy, telling me that I’m living in my own little world, a fantasy inside my head, and that I should be real and logical. To me, a paradigm shift is the most logical step towards achieving goals, and living with a strong belief that no goal is too big – anything is possible. As children we all have big dreams, but then as we get older, society teaches us to limit our dreams. From what I have studied; those who achieved their greatest goals and changed the world are those who never stopped dreaming big. Anyone who tells me that my goals and dreams are too big, illogical, or nothing but a fantasy, deserves no place in my life.

I hereby invite you to join me on my journey from how I used to be; a depressed, rude, unfocused and negative procrastinator – to how I now see myself; a strong and successful individual, happy and in love with life, living my dreams and helping others to create their own happiness in the process. It will be a never-ending journey of personal growth and discovery because there is always more to learn, experience, enjoy, and share. And who knows; maybe my personal progress and lifestyle improvements will help you build a greater awareness, live in total consciousness, create your own happiness and distance yourself from negativity. Let’s take the journey together!

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