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Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s And Don’ts For College (Males)

As promised, we are back with more college fashion tips but this time for the guys. The typical male tends to take a more laid-back approach to his college fashion. While college doesn’t require you to wear a suit, men must aim to find the right balance between presentable, well put-together and casual. After all, you do want to make the right first impression (on the ladies) and don’t want to seem like you just rolled out of bed.

Here are our very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college males to ensure you start the semester right.

DO practice good hygiene.

Though this goes for both male and female, it is more common among males to roll out of bed or leave the gym after a sweaty workout and head straight to class. Do take a shower (this includes washing your hair) and don’t forget the deodorant. It won’t hurt to use some cologne either, as this is the true attention getter.

men batheDO pull your pants up!

The sagging pants era has died out (thank God!), so please pull your pants up. There’s nothing attractive about seeing your underwear, or watching you having fun struggling to keep your pants from preventing you from falling. Wearing a belt is the best solution, or you can purchase pants that (idk) actually fit.  

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DO dress up every once in a while.

Guys, we understand that going through the struggle of putting together an outfit every morning is not your thing, but it never hurts to dress up every once in a while. Upgrade that t-shirt to a polo, and throw out the sweatpants for a nice pair of jeans. You’ll be sure to pick up a few compliments throughout the day.

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DON’T wear graphic t-shirts bearing profanity, sex, violence,etc.

Graphic t-shirts are the rave, and wearing those containing fun sayings and designs is the in thing. However, though it may not be stated in the rule book that such type of clothing is not permitted, it is unacceptable when your lecturer has to stand in front of you and see some of these inappropriate images and writings. Like the girls and their stilettos, ditch these for the classroom and save them for the parties.  

DON’T wear shorts that are too short

The short shorts trend seems to have slowly been making its way into men’s fashions. Shorts on a guy is fine if the length is appropriate, but when it becomes way too short, it is no longer flattering. The general rule is that your shorts should hit about one to two inches above the knee. Keep it that way.

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As one fashion-blogger, Joshua Smith, wrote “always know where you are: flip-flops are for the beach, jerseys are for sporting events and free shirts are for the gym”. Do dress right for the occasion and don’t settle for being just okay.

 

Be sure to share your comments, thoughts and other fashion tips with us!!

 

Thank you to our fashion tips contributor:

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger

www.ashleighem.com

 

Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s and Don’ts For College (Females)

It’s almost time to hit the books once more, and one of the biggest problems female students face is how to dress for school on a daily basis. Without a doubt, college is nothing like high school, and though you don’t need to create an entirely new you, you will need to make some changes in order to look the part.

The following are some very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college females to help get through the school year.

DO accessorize

Accessories work like a charm in adding some pizzazz to a plain and ordinary outfit. However, this doesn’t mean you should pile on every single jewelry you have in your collection. Less is really more in this case. Opt for some nice studs or hoops, add a long charm necklace, or get funky with some cute arm candy. You’ll be amazed at how this takes your outfit to a whole new level.

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DO keep an eye out for sales

As college students, we know shopping for outfits for school can be quite difficult because of limited funds. One tip, is to take advantage of sales, both in stores and online, which allows you to stay fashionable on a budget while saving money. Be sure to purchase pieces that you can mix and match so you can switch things up a bit and create different outfits.

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DO dress comfortably

Dressing comfortably does not mean throwing on a pair of sweatpants or looking sloppy. It is possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. The key is to ensure that your clothes fit; not too big, but not too tight to the point where it restricts your movement or reveals too much. Ensuring that your outfit is appropriate for school will make you feel even more comfortable as you won’t attract any unnecessary attention, as well as wearing outfits that express your personal style will leave you feeling confident.

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DO use sunscreen

You can use a foundation or moisturizer that has SPF. There is no escaping the sun, so you need to protect your face, especially on campus where one must embark on long journeys in the sun just to get to class. Sun exposure also causes age spots and nobody wants that.

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DON’T wear leggings as pants

Substituting leggings for pants should never be done. No matter how attractive you think you look in them, it looks tacky and is inappropriate.  Instead, pair it with a long tunic, an oversized shirt, or even a dress or skirt for a casual look that covers your, uh, ‘lady bits’.

DON’T wear heels on campus

I don’t know about you, but wearing flats from class to class is hard enough, let alone heels. Unless you have an interview or a presentation that you need your heels for (even then, I suggest you bring them in your bag and slip them on when you arrive), you don’t want to be the talk of the town after you wobbled in them and fell flat on your face. Save your six inches for the club and save yourself the embarrassment.

DON’T reveal too much

Yes, I get it. You finally get the chance to say goodbye to school uniforms, and you’re so excited to wear casual clothes to school, you end up wearing nothing at all. Many colleges/universities don’t have a dress code, and so many girls make full use of this opportunity to stroll across campus with their chests and buttocks falling out of their clothes. Cover up and save those revealing outfits for the parties.

DON’T use heavy coverage

Opt for very light foundation and spot conceal where necessary. Too many girls make the mistake of going heavy on the make up. Less is more, also applies in this situation. You never want to look as if you’re wearing plaster on your face.

COVERAGELook out for fashion do’s and don’ts for college males later this week!

Thank you to our contributors:

Fashion tips

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger

www.ashleighem.com

Makeup tips

Sue Gregg

Makeup Artist

IG: @suethemakeupgirl

Girl Meets World Cup

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The memes were out, the early warnings were declared – men should not be disturbed during these matches.

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These warnings were warranted. True fans (man or woman) should get the opportunity to have their undivided attention focused on an unpredictable sport like this. The ball is after all very round, and anything can happen. Anything, like the Brazilian 7- 1 massacre at the semi-finals. I laughed that day because it was a complete shock to see at this level and also I have a very cynical sense of humour. A thrashing defeat of that nature on home soil, is sure to be a “this day in sports history” feature in the near future.

Honourable mentions should now be made to the commentators whose sarcasm really kept me (and by large us)  going this entire world cup. Their wit and play on words were unmatched, and really added that spice to make the games complete.

“A nation’s sorrow is now complete”

“What should have been a dream turned into a nightmare”

“They are leaking goals like a sieve”

“It looks like rain or it may be the tears of a heart-broken nation”

“Oscar scores the most pointless goal of the World Cup”

brazil-goalsThe African teams were a pleasant surprise, Suarez’s continuous biting problem was a disgrace, Neymar’s injury was unfortunate, the players were plagued with injuries and this world cup showed that one man can’t carry an entire team. The club greats like Ronaldo, Hernandez, Rodriguez, Van Persie and Rooney could not carry their teams to the finals.

64 games later, Germany and Argentina both scored the goals or defeated their opponents to make it to this final battle. With more yellow cards than goals at the finals, fans would have hoped that either Mueller or Messi would have showed up to be in real contention for the Adidas Golden Boot Award. This award was given to the well-deserving Colombian Rodriguez.Thankfully, penalty shootouts would not decide this finals as Gotze, declared the winning team before the final whistle of the 120 minutes of play.

The Germans would get two trophies, as World Cup 2014 winners and Manuel Neuer being awarded the well deserved Golden Glove Award. They played as a team and will continue to celebrate this victory for the next four years. No short praises for the Germans, who played a well-paced game all World Cup.

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The real MVPs of World Cup 2014 for me, are the goalkeepers. Those saves were ……. well there are absolutely no words to describe them. The leaps, jumps, dives, rolls and clutches, in the end, were the deciding factors for the winners of each match. Tim Howard (USA), Guillermo Ochoa (MEX), Sergio Romero (ARG) have had some of the most spectacular goal saves this championship.

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Whether it was because of work or unplanned conversations, it was a good feeling to be among persons, and hold my own in a football conversation. This didn’t happen over night. It took having google open a few times to get some information, but men like to know that you are willing to show a little interest. Ladies, this is the time you get to win a few points for not being able to play fifa. But I mean, I have grown. In the group stages, I was messaging a German fan and he wrote “neuer” and I responded “never what?” thinking that he made a mistake. But hey, if you ask me now, you would be surprised at just how many players I can name, test me ;)

My desire for #WorldCup2014 was more about gaining a better appreciation for this sport, that united persons across the globe to cheer, cry and argue every four years. Their animation for these games is head to head with my enthusiasm at every track event, worse watching Olympics. With my true allegiances in tact, you can imagine that my one (wo)man jury is still out on whether this is in fact the “Greatest Show on Earth”.

It is now all over. Congrats to the German fans (including myself who through association found myself cheering for the team). We are all now back to our average lives, well Commonwealth Games will begin next week :). Until then see you at #WorldCup2018 brought exclusively to Jamaica on TVJ.

 

The Greatest Show On Earth

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This World Cup has been an exciting show of intense competition. The group stages alone had 136 goals. We have seen stunning upsets, nerve-wracking battles on the pitch and heart wrenching defeats. The 2014 World Cup has definitely lived up to the hype of being “The Greatest Show On Earth”.

32 teams vied for the title but only one team won. This was the same team who made it to the finals in the previous world cup and suffered a tragic loss. The beginning of the tournament was filled with high hopes, eager players, new state of the art goal line technology (which still has yet to prove worth the hassle), and let’s not forget that cool magical foam spray used by the referees. It mostly looks like a can of shaving cream, but that’s none of our business.

image #1The first match of the 2014 World Cup featured the host nation, Brazil – the team that was a big favourite, up against a seemingly less formidable Croatian team. Within minutes of the match starting, Croatia got a point as a result of an own goal scored by Marcelo. That may or may not have been an insight of events to come for Brazil, but we will get to that later. Brazil eventually beat Croatia 3-1, solidifying their claim as the best and reassuring their fans that they could go all the way.

image #2On day two, Spain faced Netherlands. As the defending champions, Spain was poised to win this match easily. That was a thought that resonated in the minds of the Spanish fans. The reality however was outrageously contrary.

The Netherlands were awarded a penalty at the half-hour mark, and was then up by one. That was when the floodgates opened and a flood of goals ensued (literally). Spain lost 5 goals to 1. The match featured a very impressive header and goal from Robin van Persie. At that moment Netherlands were seen as the team to beat.

image 3The group stage was an exciting show of skill and tenacity. Many teams who were expected to be sent home early, fought hard to stay in, and many who were expected to go through, went home.

Despite the lack of high expectations, some teams that impressed were: Algeria, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States of America, Greece, Nigeria, Switzerland and Belgium.

The popular teams that were expected to go all the way, or at least to round of 16, but didn’t were: Portugal, England, Spain and Italy. Their extremely early exists from the world cup were a major shock for most, however their departure in no way impacted the excitement of the tournament.

Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, France, Colombia, Costa Rica and Belgium all made it to the quarter finals. At this point the phrase “the ball is round” was never any truer. Each team had an equally good chance of making it to the finals, and none would go down without a fight.

Germany beat France 1-0, Brazil also got the better of Colombia 2-1. That Brazilian victory would however prove bittersweet. Their poster boy and ‘saviour of the team’ who had been said to be ‘carrying the team on his back’ was severely injured and would miss their next match; so too, Thiago Silva, their captain. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior suffered a back injury after a very bad tackle from Juan Zuniga. Neymar was out of the world cup with a fractured vertebrae. He literally broke his back ‘carrying his team’.

Brazil's forward Neymar rolls in agony after his collision with Colombia's ZunigaArgentina got the better of Belgium 1-0 and, Netherlands and Costa Rica battled to a nil all draw at the end of regular time. The winner was eventually decided in penalty shootout which ended in victory for the Netherlands.

The first semi-final featured a match between a very strong and proven German team, and a highly famed and at the same time greatly criticized Brazilian team. It was to be an epic clash between two football giants, however the reality paled in comparison to our expectations as it was a brutal and embarrassing onslaught of goals, goals and more goals.

Brazil was thrashed!! Germany scored an amazing 7 goals to Brazil’s one, which was scored at the very last minute. This was the third time any team lost by that much in a World Cup semi-final. Spain fans could now hold their heads up a little higher. The team played horribly, left the defence wide open, they had no heart and according to many fans defeated themselves.

image #5Argentina and Netherlands were next, this match was expected to be very exciting….it wasn’t. It was still a good tactical and strategic match. Both teams attacked and defended well but not many sparks flew. The great Lionel Messi or as he is known by many fans “The God” did not produce any goals, and the Netherlands defence did everything they could to suppress his efforts.

Arjen Robben who many were counting on to seal the deal and dismantle the Argentine defence was also neutralized. They played to a nil all draw in regular and extra time. Penalty shootout decided and sent Argentina to the finals.

Pablo Zabaleta, Robin van PersieNow that the final had been set, the battle for third place was imminent. Brazil and Netherlands were vying for that third place finish. With the memory of their embarrassing semi-final defeat to Germany, many thought Brazil would come out with all guns blazing to restore their dignity and their nation’s pride. While the Dutch were just going through the motion wanting to get another win under their belt.

The match began and within minutes Netherlands received a very questionable penalty as a result of a challenge on Arjen Robben from Thiago Silva. Brazil was then down by one, and in similar fashion to their match against Germany, the goals kept coming however there was a slightly more modest score line in this match. The Netherlands hammered the final nail in the Brazilian coffin beating them 3 nil, to take the third place spot.

image #7Germany vs Argentina, two teams who have frequently faced each other in a World Cup final the last times being in 1986 and 1990. This was a clash of giants. Both teams had proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Unlike many of Argentina’s matches this one was filled with excitement, both teams attacking and aggressively pressing the other. Many players succumbed to injuries and harsh tackles.

image 8Higuain had the best chance to score and give his team the win however his attempt was unable to reach the back of the net. That squandered opportunity would come back to haunt the Argentines. The brutal back and forth battle continued to a nil all draw at the end of regular time.

Extra time began and the battle continued with both teams having many opportunities to score. The Germans rattled the bar a few times. Both Romero and Neuer had to WORK!

Time continued to wind down and it was looking more and more like penalty shootout would decide the winner, until a spectacular goal in the 113th minute from Mario Gotze put Germany in the lead and strengthened their chances of winning the 2014 World Cup. At the end of extra time Argentina was unable to answer back with an equalizer.

Germany is now the 2014 World Cup Champions!!!

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“The Greatest Show on Earth” is now at an end. While reminiscing on a good thing, how could we forget to mention the goal scored against Spain by Robin van Persie. That “flying header” showed great athleticism, instinct, reflexes and courage to pull off a goal like that. It seemed so surreal that his attempt would actually score.

Robin van Persie

Disclaimer: It’s Pixel Perfect in no way takes responsibility for the non-branded images used in this post. They were all sourced from fifa.com

World Cup 2014 – Frenzy of Upsets

World Cup is one of the most anticipated and biggest sporting events in the world. After all, it only happens once every four years. With a vigorously contested month of quality football, many persons around the world gather to watch this event in bars, lounges, theaters or their homes.

Jamaicans surely do love football and are very passionate about the sport and the teams they support. The Reggae Boyz aren’t in Brazil, and if you were to ask which teams most Jamaicans support (true fans or wagonists) you are sure to hear countries such as Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy and England.

With the semi-finals set to kick off in a few minutes, many of the big teams have performed more or less as expected. Brazil trumped Colombia in the quarter-finals – beating them 2-1, while Germany got the better of France with a 1-0 victory. Argentina also moved past the Belgians getting a 1-0 win, however Netherlands had a hard time defeating Costa Rica in the 90 minutes. That match then went into extra time and penalty shootout, where the Dutch finally clinched their victory.

The stage has been set, for what should be a very exciting semi-finals as the popular names you’ve expected to do well are about to meet. Upsets, victories and tears are sure to be seen over the next 27 hours.

Brazil will do battle against Germany, later today at 3pm.

Blog - BRA vs GERWhile Argentina will face Netherlands tomorrow.

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But, what of the other popular teams you ask?

In case you weren’t following the proceedings of the tournament, a few of the teams many Jamaicans hold near and dear to their hearts, have been unceremoniously knocked out of the world cup. Persons have been sent into a frenzy of upsets, heart-breaks and depression, frantically trying to make sense of such an abrupt end to what was the beginning of their team’s World Cup 2014 campaign.

Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo aka CR7 holds his head in despair. He was expected to carry his team to victory, however, that expectation quickly faded into a faint dream.

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Spain: A big favourite for 2014, there were high hopes and massive expectations for these defending champions. They had a team filled with quality players but were unable to perform when it mattered most.

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Italy: With four titles and two runners-up slots, this team was also expected to do well in the world cup, but had to face the disappointment of failing to move out of the group stage.

ItalyEngland: English fans suffered a devastating blow, having to watch their team finish at the bottom of Group D with 1 point – two losses a nil all match. This is a team filled with potential that will hopefully do better in the future.

englandThe early exit of these teams have lead to resignations, deep discussions of coaching mistakes, inaccurate and biased officiating and of course a slew of funny memes about these teams.

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This has been an exciting and surprising World Cup thus far; it is arguably the most exciting …. ever. It has seen the rise of teams that have been overlooked in the past, teams that have made it to the round of 16 for the first time in history, as well as the fall of teams that have had rich and successful World Cup campaigns in the past.

The ball is round.

This is the nature of the competition.

Only one team can win and every team wants to win!

This World Cup has definitely favoured the underdog teams so far. The next few hours will prepare us for the finals as the popular teams of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Netherlands are sure to battle to the final whistle.

Conquest & Surrender to Bacchanal 2014

Have you seen #Tingkerbel and #ting at Carnival 2014?
Yuh been wukin’ up at UWI Carnival, Bacchanal Fridays, Cocoa J’ouvert & Colour Festival?
It's a Carnival ting!
It’s a Carnival ting!
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Jamaica’s 2014 Carnival Season is two weekends away from coming to an EPIC end. So just in case you havn’t been #WiningUpOnAllTing you still have time.
Your next two weekends won’t be complete without knowing which events, costumes, makeup artistes and accessories are available to make you the most #TEMPting to end Carnival 2014 on a high.
Let’s get you ready to #MashUpEverything!!
Events
  • Bacchanal Beach J’ouvert – April 19

This is the ultimate beach party …. soca music, dancehall music, all drinks … all day, live performances, James Bond beach (anywhere but Kingston). Keep the attire beach sexy, and ensure that it is something you won’t mind getting dirty. Pre-sold and ‘at the gate’ tickets are available just in case you havn’t quite made up your mind as yet. #Wine&Wuk responsibly, so unless you are planning to purchase a VIP ticket, ensure that you eat before and during (food will be on sale) those 9 hours of partying.

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  • The Ultimate J’ouvert Fete & Road March – April 25

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Partying from night until morning and then taking over the streets of New Kingston. If you couldn’t make that trip to Oracabessa, you don’t have to be left out of the j’ouvert experience. Revellers partied on the beach. Kingston gets to party then fete the most in the streets of New Kingston.

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The Ultra++ team will also be ready to perform as #UltraWillHaveATruckOnTheRoad. Be sure to contact an ultra ambassador to purchase those tickets early.

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  • Glitter Tattoo Day – April 26

For the last 5 years, known makeup artist, Sasha Bowie has been having this event on the day before Carnival Road March. She offers something extra: water-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof glitter tattoos, to make your carnival costume stand out so much more. Be sure to visit Glitter Tattoo Day 2014 to get directions and further info on this event.

Glitter Tattoo designs

  • Carnival Road March – April 27

m nwhen the whistle blow & the big truck play, we go wine down low, whether night or day, coulda rain or storm, nothing cyah stop we, from jumpin’ on the road, on carnival daym n

The ultimate parade to complete the carnival season. This is the reason people have been going to Chai studios, gym, socacise, marathons ….. all in the name of fitting into those expensive sexy outfits and having the stamina to be the monster winer. The costumes sponsored this year by: Pure Country, Digicel, Smirnoff, Fame FM, Jamaica Observer and Ammar’s will have the men and women on full display while they enjoy themselves during the Road March.

5 Carnival Costumes for 2014
5 Carnival Costumes for 2014

For the faint pocketed, and those wishing to be less exposed, Bacchanal 2014 has you covered. Pure Country has sponsored two additional outfits to make your carnival march experience just as enjoyable and more comfortable for you if you prefer being more covered up. While Bacchanal Jamaica has a limited edition t-shirt section (no boy shorts etc) available for patrons. Visit Bacchanal Jamaica for more details.

Tanks & T-shirts sponsored by Pure Country
Tanks & T-shirts sponsored by Pure Country
Makeup Artistes & Accessories
  • Sasha Bowie

A seasoned makeup artiste for over a decade, Sasha specializes in professional makeup art services for avant-garde, high fashion, carnival, bride/bridal party, evening wear, graduation/graduation balls. Her other services include temporary tattoo application, false lash adhesion and image consulting. Though Sasha posted last month that she is fully booked for carnival 2014, she does have carnival products available for sale. Visit SashaBowie Makeup.Images.Art for more details. Be sure to book her early for next year if you like her work.

  • Tiffany Davidson

A professional makeup artist for over 3 years, Tiffany specialises in makeup for weddings, carnival, pageants, prom/ball, graduation and photo/video shoots. She also does facial waxing, eyebrow tinting, eyebrow shaping and false lash application. Visit Tiffany Davidson Makeup Artistry to find out if she is available to do your makeup for carnival this year. She also has carnival products on sale.

  • miSim Clothing by Simone Michelle

This fashion designer offers her female clients a choice of apparel and bags. Last year for carnival season she designed miSim slip on fanny packs, ideal for holding cellphones, lip gloss, money and keys while you’re feting. Visit Ms.Sim to contact her for details (we heard that she should have fanny packs available next week).

miSim fanny packs

If you have the #RealestBumpaInTown, you’re a #RollyPolly, you plan to #WineAndWuk, or will be the #HappiestManAlive, we hope that you will be able to enjoy the rest of Carnival Season 2014.

Conquest & Surrender to Bacchanal 2014