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Transform Yourself with Hair Loss and Beauty Solutions from Chiquel

Transform Yourself with Hair Loss and Beauty Solutions from Chiquel

There is no faster, less-extreme way to completely overhaul your look, than to put on a wig, extend the length of your hair or clip on a fringe. Celebrities like Beyonce, Niki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga are all fans of transforming themselves (often overnight!) using wigs, hair pieces and extensions.

Chiquel is a fashion wig retailer who specialises in wigs, hair extensions, hairpieces and even eyebrow wigs! Born from a desire to help people feel and look their best during stages of hair loss, Chiquel works with their customers closely to provide the best hair loss and beauty solutions to suit them, whether that is a custom designed wig, or human hair extensions to fill out a thinning mane.

Now there are wigs, and then there are wigs. The difference with Chiquel is not just in the exceptional customer service their clients receive, but also in their quality. They might not be the most affordable hair solutions but if you want a natural, high-quality solution to changing your look, covering up hair loss or simply to add length to your current cut, then Chiquel’s online store is where you’ll find everything you’ll need to achieve this.

Below are a few samples of actual hair solutions available from Chiquel:

Lana Lace Front Human Hair

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This gorgeous lace front, long length wig incorporates 100% human hair, soft layers and more than enough body! The lace front design and monofilament top give you the most natural-look with an invisible hairline. This style can be worn tied up or let loose showing off the natural waves.

Tova Synthetic Monofilament

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The Tova incorporates a trendy, pixie crop with flipped ends and wispy layers. What’s more, this synthetic wig is easy to style so you have full creative control to change it up when you feel the need. This style is available in a variety of colours including: Dark Chocolate, Coffee Latte, Harvest Gold and Maple Brown.

Easibang Hair Piece

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This clip-in fringe is the easiest way to transform your hairstyle, or find out if you actually look good with bangs before making the chop yourself. This human hair clip in attachment is lightweight and creates a natural looking fringe without the need to cut your own bangs. This hair piece can even be styled to create different looks.

Easixtend 16 inch Elite Clip On Hair Extensions

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Arguably the best hair extensions on the market – Easixtend are designed to blend naturally with your own hair. These come in a variety of lengths and piece numbers, and are available in more than 24 colours. What’s more, you can even straighten, curl or colour them.

Weft Permanent Hair Extensions

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At Chiquel, you can order either standard or custom weft permanent hair extensions. These use a state of the art beaded design which means no more glues, waxes or other chemicals. Choosing custom weft, allows you to create the hair extensions you want by tailoring the colour (block, two-tone or regrowth), length and hair type (Brazilian, European or Russian).

These are just a few hair solutions available from Chiquel. They have an extensive range of human hair, synthetic, costume and lace front wigs, synthetic, human hair, temporary and permanent hair extensions, hair pieces and even fake eyebrows and eyelashes to choose from. Chiquel are based in Melbourne, Australia but offer international shipping so you can order online and have it shipped to you, wherever you are in the world. Check out www.chiquel.com.au to view all the hair and beauty solutions they offer.

Beautifully Handmade Evening & Cocktail Dresses from DressInElegance

The online store Dress in Elegance provides high quality cocktail and formal dresses. The store offers a wide selection of cocktail dresses in a variety of styles that are made with high quality fabrics. Traditional silhouettes and clean lines are combined with trendy pieces and handmade embellishments to create stylish and elegant cocktail wear. From fun and flirty to simple and sophisticated, the cocktail dresses collection has a frock for every occasion. Here are a few of the gorgeous dresses from the Dress in Elegance cocktail range.

Lilac Strapless and Sweetheart Tutu Knee Length Dress

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Feminine and fun, this white cocktail dress is perfect for parties. With a classic sweetheart neckline, the white satin bodice is tailored to fit. The knee length skirt is inspired by a tutu and is made with soft lilac tulle.

 

Red Peony Strapless Knee Length Dress

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Red is always a popular choice for bold and confident women. Lace decorates the bust of this satin dress. Silver beads and sequins embellish the lace. A waistband is created with embellished lace and a trio of peonies. Intricately detailed, each peony is hand crafted. Gathering in the waist adds soft ruffles to the skirt, making it comfortable and flattering. This little red cocktail dress is appropriate for a hot date.

Short Black and Blue Vintage Lace Dress

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Modern with a touch of vintage, this 1920s inspired vintage cocktail dress is perfect for a night out on the town. It is a double layer dress made with satin, lace and gauze. The blue satin adds a fun touch to this sophisticated cocktail frock. The blue layer has a sweetheart neckline and the top layer has a double v-neckline. A wide lace band with intricate black beading cinches and emphasizes the waist of this knee length dress.

Burnt Orange Strapless Knee Length Bubble Dress

 

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Golden rose satin is used to create this fun and flirty cocktail gown. It has a strapless neckline, which is a popular choice for cocktail attire. The trendy bubble skirt adds a volume to the skirt. The double bow adds a cute touch to this elegant cocktail dress.

The Excelsior Chair

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Thanks a lot to Gautier Chiarini, designer and founder of the ChairMan, for donating his Excelsior Chair, to the charity auction tomorrow at Mesa with proceeds going to Free Lunch for Children. Made in Jingdezhen, Chiarrini calls the Excelsior “a tribute to the Chinese millenary craft of porcelain making with an anachronistic foreign concept of space. It is a prototype of a series of numbered chairs to be released this spring.”

Color Your Iphone 5

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Release inner rainbow with this Paul Smith swirl molded case made just for that brand new iPhone 5 available here. The grained leather coating with the designer’s iconic stripes will show the owner to be as playful and quirky as his phone is functional. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for the man who has everything including a naughty little child trapped inside of him.

Scales of Silk

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The wisest of the creatures in the Chinese zodiac, snakes strike quickly and accurately, invariably taking all by surprise. As we enter their year, those born under this sign will need an accessory representative of their refinement and mastery of complexity. These limited edition print scarves in delicate silk are from British label Vassilisa, which takes its name from a fairytale Russian maiden whose beauty and skills at weaving fabric captured the heart of a prince.
Even those who are not snakes themselves should celebrate the year with something scaly. The blue version is here and other colors are here, all from go-british.com, online purveyors of all that has the whiff and feel of England.

The T2 by Lumigon

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Stylish people are a bit tired of iphones. Their seeming inescapability has started to grate. T2, a polished Danish smartphone in stainless steel and glass, might be a good alternative for those hungering for something that combines functionality with aesthetics.

 

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The universal remote control lets users operate electronic equipment at home at a range of up to 20 meters and T2 can even recognize user’s gestures, meaning menus can be navigated by just a wave of the hand holding the device. Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® is also top of the line. By electronics design firm Lumigon and operating with Android, T2 will be available in selected markets in Europe and Asia by the end of 2012.

Jupe by Jackie

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Founded by designer Jackie Villevoye, Jupe by Jackie is a new Amsterdam-based brand that specializes in ties and bow ties.

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Relying on India’s expert hand-embroidery needlework, Jackie focuses on individuality, quality, and subtlety rather than loud prints and patterns; classic silhouettes in impeccable color combinations are simply embellished with minimalist designs like flowers, lines, and borders.

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You can get Jupe and Jackie at this website and now at Colette in Paris.

 

An Online Streetwear Bazaar

One of the best online resources for the streetwear fanatic, Berlin’s def-shop.com offers a huge range of hip-hop, skater and other urban styles at very reasonable prices made even more attractive by the ongoing summer sale. Beyond affordability, thoroughness is a hallmark of this site. Items are helpfully organized by styles – like “hip-hop” and “skater” and also fit.

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They are available in just about every color one could possibly want. Especially novel are the Raw Blue Basic Skinny Fit Jeans in Green (above). These would go nicely with a slim cardigan and perhaps even, rolled up, with tasseled loafers. This is to say that there are many items from the skater/streetwear repertoire that could be incorporated into a more traditionalist look like my own.

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Especially comprehensive is the shoe selection. From K1X gray wool boots (above) to the K-Swiss Hof III CVS VNZ Sneaker Classic in Blue/White (below).

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Again, these are styles “street” enough to…well…be on def-shop.com, but still classic enough to grace the wardrobes of more mature males, who might be evolving into a more understated style.

 

NPC x Lacoste Dragon Sneakers

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In collaboration with mainland street style boutique New Project Center (NPC), French apparel company Lacoste has released their take on the iconic Broadwick trainers to commemorate the year of the dragon. Aside from celebrating the mythical zodiac, it’s also noteworthy that this is the first Mainland Chinese brand to partner with Lacoste. Shiny leather scales coat the shoe, while other dragon motifs decorate the in and outsole. The 500 limited edition pairs come in red, gold, and silver – traditionally auspicious colors in Chinese culture.

 

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Stimulating Sekts

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The Schwansee Trocken is the perfect sparkling wine for your stylish courtyard party, as I have found. The price is reasonable, but the taste is similar to entry-level champagnes – that is to say, it is dry and immensely drinkable. Without seeing the bottle, all but true connoisseurs might mistake it for Moët & Chandon. One can certainly be fabulous while drinking Schwansee.

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Schwansee Rosé blanc et noir must be the best priced sparkling Rosé on the market. Fragrant but crisp, this will work nicely at a sunny afternoon picnic nearby Xihai.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Cheers for sponsoring Stylites’ Spring Preening party with Jeans Team last Thursday. Cheers offers the best values in Beijing for good table wines as well as sekts for parties.

You can also follow them on weibo.

 

 

Song Tao and Zi Zao Studio

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With China’s design school churning out graduates and droves returning from the top schools abroad, the number of designers plying their trade has been increasing rapidly. Designer, curator, and entrepreneur Song Tao – a true mover and shaper – champions a fresh, but distinctly Chinese, aesthetic. Known for his product and interior design, Song is perhaps even more famous for the work he has done on promoting his peers.

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Armed with a master’s degree in plastic arts from the Sorbonne, Song returned home to found Tao Gallery, a design space, in 1994. In 2002, he started ZI ZAO SHE, a brand that promotes his designs alongside those of other rising stars. This brand is known for its re-interpretations of classic Chinese shapes in contemporary materials like lucite. Subsequently in 2009, he spearheaded the China Furnishing Designer Brand Alliance and founded O Gallery in Beijing’s 798, a one-stop destination for viewing the work of China’s top designers as well as that of top international stars.

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Song has curated shows from the Ullens Center to Art Beijing with a participant list that reads like a who’s who of contemporary Chinese design: Shao Fan, Sun Wentao, Liu Feng, Jia Li, Chen Darui, Ma Xiaowei, Wang Zhenfei, Fei Ruo, Xie Dong, Wen Miao, Xiao Tianyu, Gu Qigao, Wang Ke, Shi Jianmin, Gao Yiqiang, Huang Ying, and others. Many of these same designers have work that is available at O Gallery.

The future is bright for design, says Song. “The success of luxury brands like LV here in China taught us that people buy the real thing once they have the money” he comments. “Now plenty of people have the money. If they appreciate design, they will definitely pay for the original.”

Double Happiness

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Founder of Yaang and chief director of Kieperzapfen Design, Wang Yang studied traditional Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art and worked in Hamburg and Berlin for several years.

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1. What are the biggest influences on your work?

Artists including Andy Warhol, Giorgio Morandi and Chen Laolian. I also like Song Dynasty bird and flowers paintings and landscapes from the Ming and Qing.

2. Is your work part of the current drive toward Chinese retro and nostalgia?

Chinese culture has so much to explore and my goal is to make products with a visual language that sparks an emotional response in customers.

3. What are the main challenges for you?

Beyond the issues of cost control, finding new channels, and working with suppliers that we always face, we always seek an attractive design language.

4. Where is China design now?

Chinese design is in its infancy since the proceeding period was so empty. Many clients and customers
remain unwilling to spend on design, though trends are positive. Many designers are working hard to get
China on the design map. Competition is growing, so how to find your place and then settle down and just produce good design is an issue.

 

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The Harmony Sofa

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Many Chinese designs reference classic furniture of the Ming and Qing while introducing elements from modern design. The Harmony Sofa by Xiao Tianyu, at curated shop Wuhao, always attracts admiring gazes and cheerful loungers.

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This comfy piece adds a wooden back right out of the Ming to the what looks very much like kind of “pouf” chair one might find in a college room or casual parlor in the West. A event graduate of Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Xiao not only fused East and West, but also rigid with relaxed.

Gao Yiqiang

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Beijing-based Gao Yiqiang has created some of the most inspiring shapes in Chinese design. He finds inspiration everywhere from toys to calligraphy and ordinary household objects. He who studied industrial design at the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University, has contributed to several books including Chinese Furniture and its Culture.

Among his missions is reconciling elements of traditional Chinese furniture like belief in spirits and preeminence of social status with Western influences such as dot, line, surface. His Ming Chair (above) is a good example of this type of blend.

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The 8mm chair, with a shape inspired by randomly folded paper is probably his most iconic piece. He transferred this shape to stainless steel board, challenging the limits of the stainless steel board’s elasticity and toughness. Like most of his work, this one has not gone into production. Of course this won’t be for long. In Gao’s opinion “Individuality is becoming a way of life that guides consumption, and the younger generation is taking the lead.”

Product Designer: Huang Ying

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An interview that was included in my article “Designing China” in the September 2011 issue of Surface Asia:

1. What is the scale of production for your designs?

My items are all produced on a small-scale aside from the slippers. We make about a few thousand a year.

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2. What are the main challenges for you?

Often, our volumes of materials and manufactured items are too low, so producers are reluctant to work with us. Copyright might become another issue.

3. What are the influences on your porcelain-wear?

The translucent spots called “Ling Long” originate in Jingdezhen, China’s traditional porcelain production capital. I altered the rice shape of the “Ling Long” to a square and applied it to a modern bowl. My vases are based on the concept of multi-function and re-combination. They can be separated into different parts.

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4. Why did you seek to put landscapes on coffee tables (top photo) and what type of landscapes are they?

In traditional China, the ideal life was living in nature by mountains and water. Houses centered around a garden with stones and plants built on a limited scale to symbolize Nature. Nowadays, we live faraway even from these small gardens. Space is limited especially in such dense cities as Shanghai. My landscape tables have an organic shape and with the help of a gardener Lu Yuxin, who studied miniascape making in Japan, I tried to built quiet environments with the small lichen ball and plant as the symbol of the mountain and forest.

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Graduating from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University in 1990, Huang Ying has worked in fashion, interior design and marketing for multinationals. She co-founded home accessory company, Isting, in 2000.