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What is Perfume

What is Perfume

What is perfume? Perfume is made from either natural ingredients like the essential oils of plants or the musk of animals, spices and man made chemicals. The mixture of these ingredients are blended with an sd alcohol (which is a very pure form of alcohol) or oil.

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Shopping tip 101 Shopping tip One of the best ways to stay focused while shopping is to take a picture with you out of one of your favorite magazines. If you take an image with you, not only will it help you and a sales staff to pull together the look you want, but it will also help you stay focused on what you came to the store for in the first place as well as save money.
Source your magazines-meaning pull out the information that inspires you, put it in a binder and recycle the rest. I started doing this when I was in college and it has been a lot of fun. It also saves time and space.


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I love womens shoes. I have no idea why I love them as much as I do. It is a true obsession.

All the girls in my family seemed to be afflicted with it, thought some have it more then others.

I thought for the longest it was some weird little oddity that only my family had.

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Corsets Fashion History



What is a bustier?

It is a one-piece, tight-fitting, sleeveless garment, designed with cups and flexible boning.

It is meant to fit around your breasts and down around your ribcage. It usually ends at the waist unlike a corset.

Hooks and eyes, cord or ribbon, connect most of them. They are almost always strapless.

They are  meant to define a woman’s shape and enhance her breasts.

They are often worn on the outside directly over the skin, or over other garments like blouses, shirts & t-shirts.


Corsets have had a few other incarnations.

The “Swan Bill” corset from the Edwardian era alleviated the issues from the earlier stays but produced back problems.

The rigid corsets fell out of vogue once again, this time to de-emphasize the hips, not the bust line.

Brassieres were introduced as well as girdles.


By the late 18th century, the empire waist style dress became the vogue and de-emphasized the natural waistline.  Stays were shortened to extend just below the breasts.

As the early 19th century rolled around the “Victorian Era” emphasized the natural waistline once again, focusing on the hourglass figure. Stays became known as corsets and went from the breasts down to the top of the hipbone.

The skirts of dresses were very full and pads were used at the shoulders to exaggerate the smallness of the waist. bustiers are still the same basic shape, but they are available in numerous materials.
In the late 20th century, the new freedom of expression arrived. Sex and women’s rights were prominent and impacted women’s fashion designs.
Fetish wear became the craze. Entertainers and trendsetters alike wore clothing to emphasis their sexuality.

They are still the same basic shape.

They are available in numerous materials. Not just for undergarments or bedroom costumes anymore, they are now mainstream and worn to be seen under sheer clothing or over other garments.

You can find them built into all styles of women's dresses, evening dresses, party dresses and wedding gowns.

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Designer Labels to Look for:

Bottega, Veneta, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier,Versace, Emanuel Ungaro, Araks

Fashion History

Modern bustiers are a reincarnation and modified version of their earlier 16th century linen cousins. They were called the “payre of bodies” and “stays”. Stays had shoulder straps and a small waist ending in flaps.

Their shape was an inverted cone meant to compliment the large multi-layered skirts below. They pushed up the breasts, narrowed the waist and straightened the back
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