Fitness & Proper Wear of High Heels in Gym Class?

May 02, 2013 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance, High heel tips and suggestions, How To Walk In Heels

Whether women love to wear high heels or just love the attention they get when they do, many do not know how to walk in them properly or torture their bodies when they do.

 
Heel Hop There is now a gym class in Los Angeles, CA where one can go to not only get a workout, but also learn the how to properly wear high heels! Kamilah Barrett’s Heel Hop class at Muscle Mechanics is offering a low-impact workout which costs $15 for an hour long class, where 30 minutes is spent on toning and 30 minutes on tips for proper wear, spinal alignment, balance, and foot positioning. This sounds like a pretty good investment compared to the possible injury and discomfort that many women experience from improper wear.
   
Kamilah is famous for being a finalist on FOX’s “So you think you can Dance” and for being a lead dancer in music videos for 50 Cent and R. Kelly, just to name a couple. She has traveled the world as a professional choreographer, dancer, singer, and actress. She was first discovered by the music legend Prince.
   

Can’t make it to California for one of her classes? You can now purchase her training video online for $19.99. We are sure it can’t truly compare to taking her class, but until they are available in a gym near you, it may be the next best thing!

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FitFlops Rather Than Flip Flops

June 27, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance
We normally like to discuss high heels, but most people do not wear them, nor do we suggest it, all the time. Now that it is officially summer, you may want to consider a pair of FitFlops rather than wearing regular flip flops. These seem to be designed much like the toner athletic shoes that we discussed back in July.
 
The FitFlop is supposed to help tone and tighten your leg muscles while you walk in them. The benefits are:

- help increase leg and bottom muscle activity (up to 30%). (so you feel less ache in your hips and knees)

- absorb more shock than a normal shoe (up to 22%)

- help realign ground force reaction closer to your joints

- reduce foot pressure and pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis

Wearers have also reported relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, RLS (restless leg syndrome), scoliosis and degenerative disc disease.

FitFlops retail at around $50+. The original version, was launched in June 2007 and has sold over 10 million pairs. Sports footwear companies like Reebok soon followed suit and introduced their own ranges. Now don’t get the wrong idea. This type of footwear is not as good for you as a pair of trainers. Those with conditions such as flat feet should avoid them completely.

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Prom Fashion for 2011

April 11, 2011 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance, High Heel Fashion

Prom season is quickly approaching. While many have already made all their arrangements, some are still trying to find the right dress, reserve their tux, make last minute floral orders, limo reservations and hair and tanning appointments.

 

Floral Prom Dress

Many girls look to their favorite movie and music stars for fashion ideas, seeing what they wear for the red carpet and award ceremonies and incorporating their own style. There are several key trends from floating florals, whimsical whites and charismatic colors to sparkling short dresses, one-shoulder gowns and Grecian goddess looks. It is said that ‘big’ and ‘bold’ and ‘beautiful’ are the key phrases this year. It’s everything from all-over sequins to lots of embellishments with ruffles, feathers and lace treatments. This is not a year for the meek and timid.

Images courtesy of eDressMeProm.com

There are several things to keep in mind when purchasing your shoes for prom. Comfort and ease of walking are of upmost importance. If you do decide on going with dyeable heels, make sure you allow for the time for the store to dye them. Most places require approximately one week time. Also keep in mind that they dye is water-soluble and will bleed or stain if exposed to moisture, custom dyed shoes look different indoors than they do outdoors, and finally it is not possible to get a perfect color match due to the textural differences between the shoe fabric and the dress material being matched (unless your shoes were made from the same fabric as the dress). Keep in mind that lower high heels and heels with an ankle strap are much easier to walk and dance in than are slip on mules and platformed high heels.

 

For the guys, classic black tuxedos with a snug fit and slim jacket are hot this year. If you want to go all dapper, then try a white dinner jacket a la James Bond. Guys most oftenly rent their tux and shoes and avoid alot of the outlay that the girls succumb to, but quite often are responsible for the cost of the limo rental, prom tickets and professional photographs taken at prom.
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Wearing Flip Flops as Harmful as Wearing 3 Inch Heels?

June 10, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance, News
Who would think that wearing flip flops could be just as harmful as wearing 3 inch high heels?
Justin Shroyer, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette has recently performed a study of more than 100 people wearing flip-flops, looking at how the shoes affect legs and feet. His findings were that when one wears flip-flops, the muscles on the front of the shins (tibialis anterior) work harder than they do when people are barefoot. The increased muscle activity may be a result of the toes trying to grip the shoe to keep it in place. Flip-flops also shorten your stride length and can cause pain in your lower legs. Some short-term issues related to flip-flop use would be heel and arch pain, tendinitis, shin splints, sprains, splinters, cuts, and toe injuries. Long-term problems might be stress fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas. Flip flops by Old Navy
Flip flops by Aetrex

Most physicians recommend that if one insists on wearing flip flops, the more the shoe conforms to your foot, the better off your foot and leg will be, something similar to what is shown to the left. The wider the straps, the better. Also, try to get a sandal with a back strap. Back straps take some of the stress off your toes and decrease the demand for them to work so hard.

Even with a comfortable flip-flop, you should limit your use to no more than a few hours of wear, as is recommended with the wearing of heels. Foot exercises are also a good idea, no matter if you wear flats, sneakers or high heels.
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The Best and Worst Fashion Trends of the Past Decade

January 04, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance, News
The past decade has seen many different fashion trends come and go, some new and some old. There are several trends that appear on both sides of the best and worst list.

Best Fashion Trends

1. Leggings. They have been a great fashion addition from this last decade, allowing women to keep their legs covered, yet shapely, in all sorts of fun fabrics and colors. You can pair them with any length dress, or wear them under pants as a way to keep warm.

2. Classic ballet flats. They are comfortable and can be dressed down or up depending on what you pair it with.

 

Uggs

3. Uggs. They are great to wear as house-shoes and to go around town.

4. Crocs. They are great for outside wear, remarkably sturdy, and an essential summer fashion item.

5. 80’s colors / clothes.

6. The casual woman in all of us loved the sweat pant as a must-wear.

7. Making high fashion accessible and popular for the masses.

8. For those not want to commit and wanting to experiment, fake tattoos.

track suits
Harem Pants

Worst Fashion Trends

1. Harem Pants: Looking Aladdin-chic lasted about a hot second.

2. Hobo-Chic: Roll out of bed, throw on a cloak, and add some Louboutin heels to the mix.

 

4. Leggings as pants: Tron-inspired leggings, sequin-adorned, "jeggings."

5. Destroyed Denim: At what point did it ever make sense to drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans that already look like they’re 10 years old?

6. Uggs: From trendy to just plain Ugg-ly.

7. The Juicy Tracksuit: Reaching its height in popularity around 2003, the Juicy Couture tracksuit now serves as the base of many Halloween costumes.

leggings
 
1980's fashion

8. Visible Thongs: Now teenage girls think it’s hip to let their thongs hang out of their lower-than-low-cut jeans.

9. ’80s Re-Revival: How many times will we hear "the ’80s are back"?

10. Jersey Everything: Draped jersey everywhere in 2007 and 2008.

11. "Ironic" Hipster Fashions: Granny glasses, mustaches, acid-wash jeans, plaid, Arab scarves, and pretty much anything American Apparel ever produced since 2000.

 
 
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Prom: Look good without breaking the bank!

April 15, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - Advice and Assistance

It’s that time of year again for many high school guys and girls. The school year is almost over, which means that prom is on the mind of many teens. The average cost incurred for females is $375-$1225 and $245-$1195 for males. But you don’t need to break the bank to make the night a memorable one. Below are listed a few ideas to help save a couple bucks.

As always, shoes are an important part of the outfit. Girls, keep in mind that a low heel with an ankle strap is best. You are going to be on your feet a lot dancing and a broken ankle is not what you want to have to ruin the night. Whatever shoe you decide on, this pair of shoes does not have to be a one night wear. Find a pair that you can wear for prom and other occasions. Silver or black are usually popular choices as they can go with so many different outfits.

Guys, you don’t need to go out and buy a tux. You can normally get good deals on tuxedo rentals, especially if you mention a student discount. Ladies, consider renting a dress if possible. After all, you’re only wearing it once. Whether you rent or buy, start shopping early so you won’t be rushed into an expensive, last-minute choice. Also consider wearing a dress from a previous occasion or swapping with someone else. You also never know what you may find at a second hand store or some areas sponsor a dress donation program.

Another cost saving idea is to consider beauty schools as an inexpensive way to get your hair, nails and / or makeup done. The student gets the practice and you get the look you desire at a fraction of the cost at a standard salon. Also, don’t forget about the makeup counter at the department stores. Many times you can get a free makeover with the purchase of some beauty products.

What about transportation? Many teens insist that the only way to go is to opt for a limo. If this must be the method of transportation, book in advance to bargain for the best deal. Going in with another couple or friends also brings down the cost as more people will be chipping in toward the price of the ride. Most limos seat at least four people, but check with the rental company to determine the different rates depending on what size limo they have available.

Many girls and guys drop a fortune on tanning prior to prom night. Tanning booths are no safer for the skin than baking in the sun, so skipping the tan is an easy way to save money. If you desire a golden glow at a cheaper price, consider tan creams and sprays from your local pharmacy or retail store.

Photos taken at prom can be very expensive. Save some money and use your digital camera. Most digital cameras have built in software for special framing or come with software programs to assist in editing the picture if needed. You can print out copies on your home computer or take it to a photo development store to make copies.

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