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How to Get that “Boho Chic” Vibe

Boho Chic Style Made Easy

Some 50 years after the Summer of Love, hippy chic styles continue to inspire, with brands like Anthony Vaccarrello or Céline paying homage to times gone by in Paris, London, New York, and Milan. Belgian firm Marylise, meanwhile, presented a knockout collection at the Barcelona Bridal Week with beautifully designed dresses that hark back to the glamor and soft femininity of 1970s fashion, ever so present in urban looks and sported by stylish celebrities – everyone from Nicole Richie right through to Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, and Selena Gomez. If you are a millennial and are worried about getting the boho chic look right, the best piece of advice is not to go overboard. Start off by accessorizing, build up your confidence, and follow these tips for a look that will stand the test of time.

Boho chic materials and cuts

In general, hippy chic materials comprise either bright paisley-style prints or light cotton-based fabrics. Light and breezy is the word; forget tight-fitting outfits. Freedom, expression, and comfort are key to acing the boho chic look. You might pair an oversized cotton top (preferably with a square neckline and brightly colored embroidery) with skinny jeans  or a paisley dress with flat cowboy boots. A long floral- or paisley-printed skirt will also work well with a short top in a simple neutral hue like white. Try to blend ‘something old with something new’ for an updated take on this popular look.

Choosing the right accessories

A good pair of flat brown leather boots (think cowboy style or just below the knee) will add a nice touch to a hippy dress or top; additional accessories to own include leather bracelets, dangling earrings, and of course, the classic hippy metal: silver. Pair an Indian silver imperial necklace with a simple top and jeans; clip a vintage brooch onto your blazer, or use traditional imagery such as lotus flowers in your jewelry and hair accessories. Remember that less is more; that is, if you are opting for an oversized necklace, forego the dangling silver engraved earrings and vice-versa.

Flat shoes are key

A minimalist pair of leather sandals in the summer or flat boots are key when it comes to capping off this look to perfection. If you paint your toenails, stick to natural hues and try to select sandal styles that show off as much skin as possible. The key is to look as carefree and bare as possible in the summer; ideally, your sandals should be so simple it almost seems as though you’re walking barefoot!

Matching makeup

Nude is once again a favored look on the world’s top catwalks; when it comes to boho, however, it is always the way to go. Consider using a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, foregoing heavy coverage. Keep eyelids bare, using just a touch of mascara without any eyeliner if possible. The lips and cheekbones play a starring role in this look. Tinted lip gloss in nude or earthy tones work well, and don’t go shy on the illuminator… the key is to look like Nature’s child… and that means that skin should glow with youth and vitality.

If you want to get the boho look just right, remember to go maxi, opt for chic tones, and accessorize. Choose natural looks for your hair and makeup and go as minimalist as possible in your footwear. Finally, keep statement pieces to a minimum and opt for a natural glowing look when it comes to skin.

Instagram Releases New Update: IGTV to compete with YouTube

Instagram has released a new update called IGTV which many see as a threat to the OG YouTube!

Instagram’s latest update “IGTV” is coming for YouTube! Rewind to the year 2012, when Instagram was acquired by Facebook and the app had proven itself to be a platform that was here to stay. Since Facebook’s wise acquisition of Instagram the popular social media platform has rapidly out grown similar apps such as Snap Chat. With over a reported 1 billion active Instagram users, Instagram has strategically launched their latest extension of the app.

IGTV will function within the Instagram app itself as well as a separate functioning app. IGTV competes with YouTube as it has been presented as a platform that will allow users to upload videos up to an hour long. As most of you are well aware, Instagram currently allows users to upload videos to their profiles but with an extremely short time limit of 60 seconds. Users with upwards of 10,000 followers will be able to upload videos 60 minutes long, any profiles with less will be able to upload videos with a maximum of 10 minutes. The invention of IGTV will allow creators another outlet to upload videos for entertainment rather than short updates such as IG stories. IGTV’s main variance from YouTube will be that videos will be shot vertically just as you would hold your cell phone, rather than horizontally. Celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian were of the first to begin uploading lengthy videos to the app when it launched on Wednesday.

The main question about this new app is: how will Instagram choose to monetize it? Instagram users/creators often make money partnering with brands themselves in order to make money off of their Instagram posts. As of yet, Instagram does not have a way to pay creators directly. YouTube of course monetized their platform with Google Adsense, paying creators for impressions, and clicks on ads displayed before, throughout and or after their YouTube videos. Instagram claims they do plan to monetize the app eventually in order to compensate their creators however we are to assume that is to come down the line. As of now the app has only been live for about 24 hours.

Will IGTV effect the lifespan of YouTube? YouTube is the OG of social media platforms, and is by far the largest. It will take some time for Instagram to catch up, if it ever does, but there is a chance. Instagram seems to strategically update their platform putting them at an advantage to out do others. The implementation of IG stories worked in their favor after a Snap Chat update essentially blacklisted Snap Chat itself. The use of Snap Chat has plummeted since their last update gone wrong, and the of IG stories has blatantly sky rocketed. Between controversy surrounding YouTube, related to Logan Paul’s wildly outlandish stunt with a dead body earlier this year, and new updates preventing small YouTuber’s from the ability to participate in Google Adsense earnings. Instagram may be able to cater to those who are frustrated with YouTube, and allow those with smaller social media followings to earn an income from them in time.

The home page allows you to see suggestions created for you, videos from who you’re following, the “popular” page, as well as videos to continue watching.

IGTV launched for both Apple and Android users and you can login easily with your existing Instagram account. View others videos, follow new channels, as well as create your own right within the app. Will you be using IGTV?