Every season Marie Jo rolls out a new collection that takes the success of the previous season and builds on it by introducing new colour variations and introduces in a few new stories that can either excite the senses or leave you a bit flat, not literally of course. Whatever personal opinion you have of their design and styling there is never any faulting their comfort and fit.
This season has seen the re-colouring of Jane in chocolate brown. The Marie Jo Jane was a great success in the summer in the ivory and black and saw the introduction of the italian style briefs. The italian briefs manage to combine the shape of a traditional briefs with the seductiveness of having the back completely sheer. A great style for ladies who are looking for something a little more seductive than the rio brief but don’t enjoy wearing thongs.
The success of the new style of briefs means it has also been incorporated into another story, Anais. This is simply one of the most beatufiul and seductive designs I have seen from Marie Jo and it will be hugely popular for Christmas. There is an abundance of lace in either an opulent deep purple or the seductive black. Not only is there a beautiful soft balcony bra Marie Jo has introduced a stylish take padded plunge. The bra halters around the neck and has two wide leavers lace straps delicately drapping down the back. I am not sure how practical it will be but it is top of my shopping list especially as it is available in the E Cup.
Purple is a key colour this season in all the lingerie and it is used beautifully in the embroidery of the Amalia story with its strong floral design that manages to avoid being too pretty and twee. The Marie Jo Amalia is also available in a black and blue colouring with ivory lace. I am not so sure on this colouring so it will be interesting to see the take up from customers. The story also has a bustier which seems to be undecided on whether it is pretty or practical. The cups are heavily embroidered but the top quarter of the cup is plain which gives it a slightly unfinished feel. I can’t see it attracting the gentleman buyers and I think ladies would rather go for the pretty lace of the Anais basque. It looks too much like lingerie to be worn as a top, but I am often proved wrong on these things but I wouldn’t risk a big investment in this piece.
Every season Marie Jo flirts with prints and this year they have produced a pretty dotted designed enhanced by a lace trim. The subtlety of the colouring will benefit this design as prints can be a tricky sell especially when Marie Jo L’Adventure does them so well at a lower price point. The blue colouring is particularly appealing but I expect the black as always will do the best. As with any autumn winter collection black features heavily with Mary also joining the grouping. It is also available in red and natural. The Mary bra in natural is reminiscent of the Frida that was such a huge success a few seasons ago but the most notable feature of Mary story is the new styling push up bra with an extra wide lace band around the rib cage. It really adds a seductive look to this story which otherwise would barely warrant much of a mention.
A Marie Jo collection wouldn’t be complete with out a new colouring of the eternally popular Avero. Both the purple and the pacific blue are both strong colours but are still very flattering for the paler European skin tone as well as darker skin tones making them appealing to a wide range of customers.
Marie Jo always deliver a strong collection with a solid combination of wearability and glamour. There is a reason it is so enduringly popular with customers and has a such a loyal following. Having already put in an order for the spring summer collection I guarantee that the success of Marie Jo will continue long into the future.
A new season is a new beginning. The weather is cooling off and new clothes are needed, so that makes it a good time to also get a new hair style to go with it. It’s a nice feeling to start a new season with a fresh color, cut or style and there are lots of gorgeous new autumn hair styles to choose this fall.
Before anything else, it is crucial to find a skilled stylist. An untalented stylist will generally not produce results anyone will be happy with so finding a gifted one is important. Women who do not already have one they are satisfied with need to look up a new one; online they can find out what clients are saying about a stylist or they can ask around for a recommendation.
To pick the right style, a woman has to determine what would look best with her face shape, features and coloring. A style in a magazine that looks great may look horrible on another person. It’s very individualized. For those who have no clue what they want, they can ask their stylist for suggestions or consult hair magazines.
Women who already have short hair and are looking for a new style; have several sharp and playful styles to choose from. Many of these feature the “messy” tousled look which is popular now. A few of these fun styles include; the 60′s retro crop with a long fringe (like the Fab Four), messy layered bob, and curled-edge bob with side fringe. A punkish 80′s mod look is popular too, that is teased in the front. For a bold statement, there is the mod, asymmetric fringe cut and the chin-length, fringeless bob.
For long hair there are even more sultry and sexy styles this fall. Again, the messy look is in such as big, loose curls and loose waves. A lot of these styles call for the heavy use of hot rollers and curling irons. The classic “Farrah” look seems to have made a come-back as well with the iconic blown-back waves. Women who already have curly or ethnic hair should feel free to let it flow, as volume is the in look now. Layers are a hit as well, since they do wonders to add volume and also make one look younger. Updos, buns and low ponytails are stylish and simple ways to change looks easily.
Where colors are concerned, not every woman is daring enough to go extremes; but for those who are white blonde is a hot choice, although it is safer on shorter hair as it can easily ruin ends. Multi-tone highlights are in demand for all hair colors with their eye-catching contrast and anti-aging effect. Other nice tones for a youthful look include “dirty” blonde and honey shades of blonde.
There are also many fun and whimsical hair accessories available that can bring attention to and be a cute addition to any style. This season barrettes, combs, clips and head wraps are all in style in various designs, many are similar to the 80′s styles such as bows and the like.
Whether someone has long or short locks, if she is looking for a feminine and sexy new autumn hair styles since there are many flattering ones to choose from.
Believe it or not, some areas of Texas do have seasons beyond “hot” and “cold.” When fall comes around in Austin, where do you go to take advantage of that brief, perfect weather? As the capital city of Texas, Austin has a lot going on all the time. Specifically for the autumnal season, whether you’re a native or a visitor, here are the top 5 activities you won’t want to miss.
5. The Barton Creek Greenbelt. At 7.9 miles long, ranging across 809 acres, the Greenbelt has something for every nature-lover. This long trail invites hikers, joggers, bikers and dog-walkers (with a leash) alike. Even if you just want a long meandering, the Greenbelt’s perfect. With rocky cliffs, waterfalls and creeks and beautiful greenery, it’s an ideal break from the expansive Texas desert surrounding the Austin area.
4. Texas Hill Country Wineries. Exploring the Texas Hill Country has never been so flavorful. Although the wineries are generally open for visitors, scheduled tours are available for tastings, wine and food pairings and lectures. They also frequently host arts and crafts, bands and general entertainment. The fall colors make the wine meanderings particularly enjoyable.
3. Hill Country Music. Surrounding the hub of Austin, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” the Hill Country gives a different musical taste in the form of rustic folk tunes. Barbecue in the Hill Country has a beautifully robust flavor; not to be outdone by the wine, consider having a hearty lunch before going out for your wine tasting.
2. Austin Film Festival. Starting in 1994 and running every October since, the Austin Film Festival brings together an incredible array of up-and-coming and spotlight filmmakers. One week of panels, films and rich networking opportunities gives Austin film enthusiasts a wonderful time.
1. Austin City Limits. Second only to South by Southwest (SXSW) in popularity, Austin City Limits (ACL) gathers incredible musicians of almost every genre in venues all over Austin. ACL concentrates all the music into a tight 3-day event with bands playing from the morning till the wee hours of the next morning.
Interested in any of the above events? Make a vacation out of it and stay at the Relax’n houseboat for a night or few. Located on Lake Travis, Relax’n is near the Hill Country amenities and offers all the water recreation options expected in the heat of the Texas fall. Enjoy the houseboat’s hot tub, full bar and world-class chef in between concerts, films or hikes. Call Relax’n today to reserve your stay on the luxurious Austin houseboat.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year for a wedding, with brilliant colors in the trees and festive decorations going up in homes. Color and festivity can enliven even the most elegant of weddings as well, bringing fresh choices for the entire wedding party. But mother of the bride dresses for an autumn ceremony can be particularly engaging with all the new choices available today.
For a casual wedding, the bride’s mom might choose to wear a pantsuit that picks up some of the colors of the season. A 3/4 Brocade Jacket & Chiffon Pant Set in heather and black will reflect one of the subtler colors of the leaves on the trees surrounding the backyard wedding ceremony. The jacket is in heather brocade fabric and features 3/4 length sleeves with a delicious detail at the sleeve hems, plus three black buttons down the front.
A satiny black ribbon accents the waist, and the portrait style collar is flattering to any woman. The pants are of black chiffon with wide legs that will give her that graceful flutter of fabric as she strolls up the aisle to take her seat. This two-piece set will help Mom stay beautiful and comfortable throughout the ceremony and reception.
A slightly more sophisticated wedding requires more elegant garb. Mother’s 3/4 Sleeve Shantung Three Piece Suit in seafoam blue will reflect the subtle color of the autumn sky. This outfit features a tank bodice under a jacket that closes with a single button. The skirt is knee length and features a subtle swirl pattern in the fabric. The entire ensemble shimmers delicately as it gives Mom that slimming silhouette that she’s been working for since her daughter set the date.
Gold is an obvious color choice for fall, and when it comes in soft sueded Charmeuse fabric, it can create an elegant silhouette for the mother of the bride. The One-Shoulder Sueded Charmeuse Side Drape Dress begins with a dramatic one-shoulder neckline before skimming down the body to flare slightly at the calves. This full-length dress is the height of sophistication, and Mother will be, too.
If Mom prefers a more modest gown but still wants that shimmer of gold, the Lace and Charmeuse Bolero Jacket Dress will be perfect. The bolero is covered in lace, as is the bodice of the spaghetti strap dress beneath it. The waist of the dress is empire cut with Charmeuse ruching that falls into a full skirt. The cut is flattering and modest, but with the classy look that Mom deserves.
A subtler shade of gold is perfect for more casual weddings, as is the Short Sleeve Dress with Jeweled Button Detail. This dress features short sleeves and a portrait collar for elegance, with a bow and jeweled buttons to wrap the dress closed. The fabric is “foxy gold” satin, an understated shade of gold that sill looks stunning. Mother will look beautiful as well as youthful in this fall fashion favorite.
The bolero jacket seems to never go out of style, and when it tops a dress in an understated shade of royal blue, it’s perfect for an autumn wedding. The Stretch Shimmer Three-Quarter Sleeve Short Jacket Dress is comfortable in a stretch fabric that gives off an understated glow. The dress is short with slender straps and is pleated horizontally down its length for a fresh new take on the slim dress. The blue is stunning and perfect for the season. So, too, will be the mother of the bride when she wears this flattering two-piece ensemble.
Black is perfect for any formal occasion, even a wedding, and when the little black dress is embellished with lace, it can be a real stunner. The Portrait Collar Knit Dress with Lace Skirt will give any mother of the bride a graceful silhouette. The collar flatters the neckline while the beaded lace skirt flatters the legs. The skirt falls to the knee in a slim line that is elegant as well as comfortable.
Champagne is another color that suits the cool weather of autumn. The Hammered Shimmer Cap Sleeve Short Tier Dress is lovely, elegant, and unique. The open neckline gives Mom a chance to show off a lovely necklace, and the tiered skirt will flatter her figure and make her legs look fabulous. This is a comfortable and feminine dress that is perfect for a formal or semi-formal wedding.
For the ultimate in formal sophistication, the mother of the bride might choose a One-Shoulder Taffeta Ball Gown with Side Drape. This dress comes in plum, a special color for fall, and that shade combined with the iridescence of the taffeta will give the wearer a glow that everyone will notice. The side-drape of this gown is flattering on any figure, and the full skirt will make her feel like a girl as she whirls around the dance floor at the wedding reception.
The mother of the bride is one of the most honored guests at any wedding. Be sure she looks her very best in a striking and form flattering dress.