IRS Takes Action to Ensure Accurate Tax Preparation by Preparers

The IRS has been sending out letters to income tax preparers for the past few years reminding them of their obligation to prepare accurate tax returns on behalf of their clients. During the month of November, the IRS started sending out letters to more than 21,000 tax preparers across the country. The reason for these letters is because the returns prepared during the past tax season have shown a high percentage of inaccuracies and misinterpretations of the tax law. The agency will be focusing on preparers who prepared a large number of individual returns with Schedules A (Itemized Deductions), C (Profit or Loss from a Business), and E (Supplemental Income or Loss) during the past filing season.

The letter contains an enclosed documents related to Schedules A, C and E. The documents address some tax issues that the IRS review considers to have been misunderstood or misinterpreted.

Tax return preparers are expected to be knowledgeable in tax law. They are expected to take the necessary steps to file an accurate return on behalf of their clients. These steps include reviewing the applicable tax law, and establishing the relevancy and reasonableness of income, credits, expenses and deductions to be reported on the return.

In general, preparers may rely on good faith client-provided information. However, they can not ignore reasonable inquires if the information furnished by their client appears to be incorrect, inconsistent with an important fact or another factual assumption, or is incomplete. Tax preparers must make appropriate inquiries to determine the existence of facts and circumstances required as a condition of claiming a deduction or a credit.

Both the tax preparer and their clients may be adversely affected by incorrect returns. These consequences may include any and all of the following:

• If their client’s returns are examined and found to be incorrect, they (the client) may be liable for additional tax, interest and penalties.

• Preparers who preparer a client’s return for which any part of an underestimate of tax liability is due to an unreasonable position can be assessed a penalty of at least $1,000 per tax return.

• Preparers who preparer a client’s return for which any part of an underestimate of tax liability is due to recklessness or intentional disregard of rules or regulations by the preparer, can be assessed a penalty of $5,000 per tax return.

The letter further goes on to state that preparers in addition to their responsibility to exercise due diligence in preparing accurate tax returns for their clients should also be aware of the IRS’s tax return preparer requirements. This includes entering the Tax Preparer Identification Number on all returns prepared for compensation and adherence to the electronic filing requirements.

IRS revenue agents will be conducting 2,100 compliance visits nationally with members of the tax preparer community. The purpose of these visits is to make sure that preparers are complying with the current return preparer requirements and to provide information on new preparer requirements effective for the 2012 tax season. These visits are expected to start in November 2011 and be completed by April 15, 2012.

Taxpayers should be careful when choosing a tax preparer. While most paid preparers provide honest and excellent service to their clients, there are some that make common mistakes or engage in fraud and other illegal activities.

Reputable preparers will ask to see receipts and other documentation when preparing a tax return. They will ask numerous questions to determine whether expenses may be claimed as deductions or qualify for favorable tax treatment. By choosing a reputable preparer you can avoid additional taxes, interest and penalties that could result from an examination of your tax return.

In summary, the IRS continues to monitor tax return preparers. They are looking to make sure they are in compliance with tax return preparer guidelines and they continue to review tax returns in which there has been shown a high degree of inaccuracies and misinterpretations of the tax law.

Different Fashions – Alternative Fashion Styles

Clothing was always, ever since man started wrapping himself in various animal fur, a statement of a certain kind. Fashion, as a style popularized and excepted by many in modern day, just deepened that statement’s importance. Choosing one style or another gave people in all cultures a way of expressing themselves, and as there was always a fashion followed by majority of society, there was another, somewhere in the back of it, denying and rejecting it.

Alternative fashion styles are tightly close to music genres of what is also labeled as “alternative”, such as rock and roll, punk, gothic, hardcore, and all varieties that rose up from those. Many social and cultural issues are brought up by associating a subculture with a type of music and a way of clothing, such as denying status quo of classes, governmental policies, distribution of power, and identity policy which majority popularized. Identity, in fact, is the most important aspect of alternative fashion and as an embodiment of it, it produced a variety of styles, to show the same variety of opinion, discontent, or rejecting the traditional values which are always transformed in shape but steady in structure in the mainstream fashion.

Reimagining one’s own identity is a process that is followed by changes in personal appearance and usually approaching values of a subculture which offers to individual a better view of society. Those values are mirrored in music, clothes and accessories. Influenced by vintage and retro fashion, dress styles, forms of visual and performance art, personal attitudes towards concepts such as individuality, consumerism, social constructs on behavior, and considerations of availability and utilitarianism, rock and roll and punk had a very strong ground to stand on when social criticizm through clothing became unseparable part of the genres.

Since the 50s and 70s which were the turning point years, rock and roll and punk styles got multiplied by many, and brought us gothic, cyber gothic (and other varieties of gothic fashion which is still one of the strongest alternative movements in creation of new gender roles and identities and social boundaries), industrial (strongly influenced by military uniforms), Beatniks, Metal, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal (and many subgenres of metal music which has their own set of clothing styles), Hippie, Riot grrrl, Lolita, Mod, Ero kawaii (and many, many, many Japanese influenced styles with a strong influence on Western fashion, alternative and mainstream, such as Elegant Gothic Aristocrat), and many more. Individuality is an important part of alternative fashion, but there are always patterns (otherwise we would not call it a fashion), and even punk fashion, as an extreme form of rejecting social system through hairstyle, piercings, ripped clothes etc has a certain structure which can except anyone who wants to join it.

As styles change, and we are going further in time from the origins of musical genres which brought us new fashion(s), it is apparent that they are still here, regardless of gender, class, age or culture, transforming and giving people a stronger voice to say “We are different, and we want more”.

School Library Provision and Services in Sierra Leone

Introduction

Harrod’s (2000), defined school library as an organized collection of books placed in a school for the use of teachers and pupils, but usually for pupils. It may comprise books of reference and or books for home reading and in the care of a professional librarian, or teacher-librarian. It is variously call “Instructional Materials Centre”, “Learning Centre or Media centre.”

The School library serves as a service agency which supports the schools’ objectives and provides materials for all subjects and all interest of pupils and teachers. The school library is a supportive resource of the school curriculum, its provisions, services, and development is directed at aiding school programs (Kinnel, 1994).

Libraries generally have as their main purpose acquiring, processing, storing and disseminating information to which school library is not an exception. The school library has a vital role to play in the information service. They provide materials relevant to the curricular needs of everybody with the school community. The importance of providing such resources cannot be overemphasized if the school library is to be an instigator of and support for resource based learning in the school.

Also, in relation to information skills, the library and its librarian, make available materials and services in different varieties to allow both pupils and the school community to use these skills in finding the information they need.

The purpose and philosophy of school library service are rapidly being understood and accepted by school administrators and teachers. The fact necessitates that the school librarian be thoroughly familiar with those purposes such as guidance, the reading program and the enrichment program for pupils and teachers. However, Albert Academy library has no trained and qualified librarian, who understands and performs those purposes in order to ensure that the service provision is fully attained.

Albert Academy School Library

The Albert Academy was inaugurated on the 4th October 1904. It was until 1975 when the Albert Academy Alumni Association in their meeting thought it wise that such a reputable institution must not go without a library as the development of school libraries was at its highest peak at that time. An idea to erect a library building was born with the collaboration of the alumni association and the owners of the school that is the United Methodist Church. The library was established with the aim of having a place where pupils could go and explore new ideas to further strengthen their school curriculum activities and leisure as well.

The library was officially opened to the entire school community by His Excellency the late Dr. Siaka P. Stevens on 4th October 1976, then President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and also a member of the Albert Academy Alumni Association class of 1922. The library was named after him following the immense contribution he made towards establishing the library for the school community. The Albert Academy Library has a mission to “Support school curriculum activities by providing materials of relevance in the school process and to introduce new and improved information sources to help make the school to be in line with modern standards of education.”

The objectives of the Albert Academy school library are as follows:

I. To provide pupils with library materials and services most appropriate and most meaningful in their growth and development;

ii. To participate fully in school programs as it strikes to meet the needs of pupils, teachers, parents and others community members;

iii. to stimulate and guide pupils in all phases of their reading that they may find increasing enjoyment and satisfaction and may grow in critical judgment and appreciation;

iv. To make available new development and keep pupils abreast of modern trends in education recognize reader’s needs and keeping them well informed in order to create a well dynamic educational environment;

v. To work with the teacher in the selection and production of educational materials that meet the aims of the curriculum, offer guidance in the use of collection, evaluation of education programs and materials, facilitates the location, organization and maintenance of materials efficiently; and

vi. To help pupils to become skilled users of libraries and of printed and audio-visual materials.

Library Provision at Albert Academy School Library

A major role in the information service provided by modern school library is in the provision of materials relevant to the curricular needs of pupils and teachers. In recent years, the curriculum activities have moved to another level, where the school being supportive resource of this movement, must endeavor to house a variety of print and non-print materials and have access where possible to electronic sources of information which are also part of the information resources in the library.

Given the demands of the modern school curriculum, the school library must now house a wide variety of print and non-print materials and have access, where possible, to electronic sources of information. The Albert Academy School provides printed materials, book, fiction and non-fiction as well as pamphlets, newspapers, chart, pictures, monographs, manuals, handbooks, textbooks and other reference books the library also provides non-books materials which include audio and audio-visual materials, slides, tape-slides, video cassettes, and CD ROM’s. Although these are not materials in the traditional sense, they still constitute resources for use by pupils and teachers. Use of electronic sources help school libraries to present pupils and teachers with a concept of a School Information Centre which is not continued to the school but is a link to an unending supply of information (Herring, 1988).

Albert Academy School Library Services

The purpose of establishing Albert Academy School Library is to provide services for both pupils and teachers in a bid to fulfill one of its major purposes, which is to aid curriculum goals by providing services that are indispensably linked to the fulfillment of this purpose.

One of the principal services of the Albert Academy School library is to act as back-up to the under resourced school program. Even advanced countries cannot easily stock materials ranging from five thousand (5,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) in a small room to provide help to school programs. Therefore, they see the need for central stock of materials which can be borrowed for differing lengths of time (lending service) and also for reading and consultation services. This is done in order to augment the school curriculum at the Albert Academy which is inclusive of the Basic Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts.

Albert Academy School library also provides inter-library loan services requests. This is particularly valuable to senior pupils studying topics across subjects offered in depth. Pupils who cannot afford to purchase or access such expensive materials benefit from this type of library service. Through inter-library loan services, materials are sourced from other schools libraries for the benefit of both pupils and teachers.

A reference service is also provided at Albert Academy School library. The School Librarians spend a sizeable proportion of their time providing what in other libraries term would be termed as reference service. In providing a reference service, school Librarians perform a similar role to that of other librarians. In a reference interview in school, each pupil is treated as important as the other and given the Librarian’s full attention. This is achieved by personal assistance given to the pupils and teachers in finding specific information whether direct or indirect. Some of the reference materials at the Albert Academy School Library are dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, yearbooks, biographies newspapers, maps and charts, and the academic and administrative calendar of events or the operation of the school.

One of the most valuable services provided by Albert Academy School library is that of information provision. The Albert Academy School library keeps the teachers and pupils informed about new educational resources and development in the fields of interest to them by displaying the jackets of books that just arrived. The Albert Academy School library uses Current Awareness Services (CAS) to achieve this goal. This is done by identifying the information needs of both teachers and pupils and meeting these needs. Linked to the CAS is the Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and this is more particular with teachers. This ranges from keeping individual teachers informed about new resources in the library or about newly published materials, to alerting teachers to meetings and course demands or event linked to their curricular interest.

Challenges of Library Provision and Services at the Albert Academy School Library

No matter what an organization has to count as success, is bound to face certain difficulties that stand before it as challenges to its success. School Libraries in Sierra Leone, especially Albert Academy School Library are not without challenges.

To start with the library and its resources have been ignored by the pupils and teachers. Despite their all-important nature of service provision in support to them they do not see it as a valuable part of their activities. This is because most teachers and pupils do not get adequate supply of textbooks and other materials directly linked to the curriculum program and most teachers prepare pamphlets for sale to pupils from which there teaching is based. This has caused most of the pupils to heavily depend on those sources instead of the library resources.

The School Library has a staffing challenge. For example the Albert Academy School Library has no professional library staff to handle an information service for over two thousand pupils and teachers.

Furthermore, the library has a challenge with space. The space provided for the library from inception is now not enough for the school. The school population in terms of teachers and pupils has grown relatively high to over two thousand (2000) pupils and staff as compared to the space provided for a little over Five hundred (500) pupils and staff about 40 years ago. It has become difficult to access the library and its resources.

In addition, there is a funding problem. The Albert Academy School Library is faced with the difficultly of securing funds from the schools authorities for an effective collection development. The library depends heavily on donations and gifts to stock its collection and most of these materials given in this guise are not reflective of the courses offered in the school curriculum. Often, the school administration has to spread meager financial resources across a wide spectrum of school needs.

The establishment of the computer laboratory with slight internet facilities independent of the school library has also created a problem for the Albert Academy School Library. The teachers and pupils would prefer to visit the Computer centre for Internet services much more that visiting the library. The separation of the Internet facilities from the library services has posed a serious threat to the library provision and services.

Also, it is quite proven that the Albert Academy School Library lacks the capacity to provide for the visually impaired or handicapped. The absence of school library materials in the Braille format prevents blind and the partially sighted pupils to utilize the available library resources in their schools libraries.

Final, the issue of preservation of library materials is not a common practice for the Albert Academy School. This preservation is supposed to ensure that the materials last long because of their frequent use. It has become difficult to access funds to preserve materials that are under threat of wearing out through continuous use.

Despite some gloomy predictions on the future funding of education and possible restrictions on the availability of resources at the Albert Academy School Library, the future of the school library seems assured. It can be argued that because of current educational and technological trends, there has never been a greater need for well-resourced and professionally staffed school library than it is now. The emphasis on the individual’s-the child’s and the adult’s-ability to find and use information effectively is likely to continue in schools, at work and for leisure pursuits. A future society dependent on electronic information for its prosperity will need an information curriculum in its schools. Hence the availability of good school library provision and services in the school curriculum cannot be overemphasized (Kargbo, 2000).

Choosing the Ideal Modern Home Furniture

Selecting the right furniture for your home may be a little challenging especially if you do not have an idea where to look and what to look for. Most people these days are either too busy or simply do not have the idea to find furniture sets that would match the design of their house. Furniture sets are actually essential components of the house since it has a lot of functions and it enhances the overall design of the house both indoors and outdoors. A simple home could even be turned into something special with the aid of furniture sets.

There are different sets of furniture available in the market such as modern dining sets, television stands, book shelves, a modern coffee table, and many others that you can use to further improve the overall look of your house. Since you will have plenty of options, you would need to consider first what you would really need most especially if you have a limited budget. Determine which ones to buy, compare different rates from different furniture shops, and do a little surfing on the web to gain more information.

You would also need to consider which parts of your house the furniture would go. Common areas of the house which have furniture are the living area, the dining area, patio, and individual rooms. The part of the house which has the largest space is usually the most ideal part where different types of furniture are placed. It follows that the design and the color of the furniture you use complements the color of the house. Depending on your preferences, you could also try to mix and match different designs or colors and see if it would fit your requirements.

Though it is just normal that most people buy furniture because of its outside appearance, functionality and the type of materials used should also be given importance. Different types of materials are ideal for different parts of the house. For example, it would be a nice idea to use furniture made from stainless steel outside of the house instead of those which are made of wood or plastic since it is more durable. It would also be nice to use wooden furniture indoors if you want your house to project a vintage or classic look. How you use and where you put your furniture could also affect how long they will last.

Another great idea when it comes to choosing the right type of furniture to use in your house is getting recommendations from other people. You can seek advice from family, friends, or even your neighbors. If you are willing to spend extra, you may hire the services of expert individuals such as interior designers or you may even hire design firms. All these would depend on how much budget you would have, what you want, and what you need. Ensure that you consider all the important factors before you make the final decision so that there would be no regrets and so that you will achieve the end result that you are really aiming for.

Fashion Design Style – Adorn and Attract

Fashion has been the highlight of almost all civilizations known to mankind. Starting off as a mechanism to cover ones nakedness, dress, head gear, leg wear and other accessories are today seen as a fashion statement to convey one’s social standing.

Accomplishments in fashion design style are increasing very fast. Fine craftsmanship and talent is utilized to design clothing, jewelry, bags, watches and various items. One has to have a basic awareness on the changes in fashion. Those who are employed (self employed or other-wise) in the field of fashion design style, must take into account the desires and looks of costumers. They either work independently or as a group.

The complimenting style that looks admirable in a model may not be appealing to everyone. The designer has to take into consideration the preference of the person who is expected to wear the outfit. They have to make calculations on various combinations of materials with extensive ranges. It also involves the color, pattern and the style. Selecting the right type of style would give welcome appreciation. They also take into account the right kind of outfit for children, men and women.

The fashion design industry practices the basic three types of fashion style.

Designers should be accurate while designing the clothes exclusively for a peculiar customer on the basis of measurement. More priority should be given to the quality of the material and the fabric used for designing the clothes. It should be perfectly stitched within the time.

Readymade clothes are easily available to the public where more preference is given to the cut of the clothes. To exhibit their exclusiveness, these kinds of clothes are not available in large quantity and they are sold at higher rates.

The final one depends on the mass market where fashion industries wait for season to attract the customers. These clothes are sold in the branded name, low of cost to consume time. People make the best use of this opportunity to purchase these clothes with the view that they are affordable.

Numbers of schools are offering new comers to study fashion design style which includes extensive training in many modules. To promote a good fashion design style, all you need is a creative mind for a perfect designing. Even though the designers have their own style of executing things, when designing clothes for another person, they need to apprehend the environment in which they are designing.

School Bus Drivers Can Text and Drive in Some States

In the early morning hours of every school day, youngsters board a yellow and black bus and head to an exciting day at school. We rely and trust that knowledgeable and responsible school bus drivers will deliver and retrieve our children each day, with safety as their number one priority. According to the American School Bus Council, each school bus equals 36 cars, which means that children have a better chance at a safer ride to and from school rather than riding in a standard vehicle. Even the safest, most law abiding drivers are at risk for being involved in an accident with a distracted driver. Taking your children out of the backseat and on to a school bus should be a safer alternative, but recently in some states, school bus riders are at risk of being involved in an accident caused by distracted driving. The distracted driver? The trusted school bus driver.

Laws Against Texting and Driving

According to the U.S. Government Website for Distracted Driving, currently 41 states ban text messaging while driving and for good reason. No one, regardless of what they think or say, is good at texting and driving. Texting and driving, as separate actions, require visual, manual, and cognitive attention. Choosing to combine the two actions, at the same time, is a potentially lethal decision. While many drivers may argue that they have texted while driving without an incident to date, we all know it only takes one small incident to change life forever. Some drivers are self-proclaimed multi-taskers, boasting at their ability to drive the kids to school, while drinking piping hot coffee, texting co-workers, and keeping the car within the speed limit.

Studies show that multi-tasking doesn’t really exist. When you try to do more than one thing at a time, your brain struggles to prioritize the task at hand. For example, when you are driving, your visual attention is on the road, your manual attention is on the wheel, and your cognitive attention is in tune to driving. Once you hear the beep of a text notification, your brain suddenly “switches gears”. Your eyes may remain on the road, your hands may be on the wheel, but you are suddenly thinking about the text message and who may have sent it. The alert nags at you until you reach into your purse and check your phone, causing you to take all attention from driving.

Considering all the potential dangers of texting and driving, why are the school bus drivers in particular states allowed to text while transporting dozens of innocent children? Against the Golden Rule?

In September, a student, riding the school bus, took a video of the bus driver texting while driving. At one point, the driver was using her knee to control the wheel and struggled to stay within her lane. While the driver was suspended, the video footage has left many parents feeling uneasy, rethinking their morning transportation plan. While those states that allow it ban texting while driving, school bus drivers are allowed to text if the messages are work related. Even if school bus drivers pledge to use their cell phone for work related information, who will monitor to make sure the term “work related” isn’t be used loosely?

More importantly, how would a cell phone interfere with a bus driver’s performance? A school bus driver’s occupation can be rewarding and stressful. Safely transporting children is the main objective of the job, which doesn’t (and shouldn’t) allow for error. In addition to being a safe driver, according to United States Department of Labor, bus drivers are expected to have good customer service skills, be in good physical, mental and emotional health, have patience, good hand/eye coordination, and excellent vision and hearing. If a driver becomes immersed in “work related” text messages, he/she cannot perform the following important tasks:

Watch traffic and people carefully to ensure the safety of children getting on and off the bus
Take care of the needs of children with disabilities
Keep order and safety on the school bus
Understand and enforce the school system’s rules regarding student conduct
Report disciplinary problems to the school district or parents

Although texting laws have a few exceptions, it is safer and smarter to adhere to the “no texting and driving” law rather than trying to read between the lines or slip through a loophole. Texting and driving can injure, kill, and change your life in a matter of seconds. The next time you walk your child to the bus stop, will you trust her life in the hands of a texting bus driver or will you drive her to school, risking the busy roads filled with distracted drivers?

Travertine Tiles – Perfect Choice to Match Your Home Furniture

Traver-tine tiles are one of the best tiles that you can avail out in the market. There are lots of people who choose these tiles to be their flooring tiles. But sometime you feel bored having the same kind of tiles like your neighbors. There are some homeowners who feel monotonous about having the same pattern and design for their home. This is the reason why there are some homeowners who are planning to build their home who want to choose materials that is unusual in order to have a distinct and unique appeal.

There are lots of home improvement stores out there that are selling different materials that are ideal for that homeowner who are improving their home or planning to build their dream home. There are varieties of tiles that you can choose from and for sure you will be able to achieve the look and ambiance that you always wanted for your home. As you go on with your search, you will surely encounter those Traver-tine tiles. These tiles can be a perfect choice if you are dreaming of a new and distinct look for your home.

Home furniture is also one of the important matters that you need to consider when improving your home. But the choice of appropriate furniture will still depend on the tiles that you want to install for your home. And as you choose Traver-tine tiles for your home, you have to pick furniture pieces that will go well with your tiles.

The designs and patterns of Traver-tine tiles give homeowners a good choice in making their home unique and beautiful. And for sure you will realize that these tiles are a valuable investment because it can last for a lifetime. It is durable enough just like any flooring materials that are available out in the market. Easy maintenance of these tiles is also an additional point why it is the best option that you can choose from. By simply sweeping it with soft bristle broom and wiping it with soft cloth you are done cleaning it. You can be sure that you will love to have these tiles for your home because you do not have to apply some wax to make it shine; it has natural shine that will make your home glitter.

And if in case you already have existing furniture pieces that you love, then you can choose the right design and pattern of Traver tine tiles that will compliment the existing furniture that you have. With this you will probably end up with a home that you can be proud of.

Affordable Care Home Furniture For All

The average age of life expectancy is constantly creeping up and because of this the nursing industry is taking off. It would be nice to know that if we are fortunate enough to make it into one of these homes that we could live out the remainder of our lives in comfort.

If you have ever visited a one of these home your will be only too aware that some of the care home furniture is not exactly fantastic. This is down to the way that these organizations are funded. Some of these are run by private companies who would rather invest the money into other revenues than themselves.

Thankfully there are a number of companies on the market at present who supply classic, contemporary but maybe more importantly for a number of company’s cheap care home furniture. Sometimes people wrongly assume that because something has been made cheaply that it is not a quality product. This couldn’t be further from the truth; these products have been mass produced and because of this they can be made for less.

When you are looking to make care home furniture you need to ensure that you are producing a piece of equipment that will stand up to the stresses and strains that will be put upon it by an elderly person. People lose their strength when they are older and put huge pressures onto the framework of chairs when removing themselves from them, because of this it is essential that the frame of the structure is secure.

It is also very important that care home furniture is made with a degree of stability. If a chair is manufactured too soft then people will sink into the product and struggle more when they are attempting to get back to their feet. Because of this it is essential that the correct foam is used that will give essential support but will provide individuals with an appropriate level of comfort.

With the list of requirements needed to make this furniture, it is strange that any company would wants to make it especially at affordable prices. You can find these companies online simply by putting a short search into Google. Hopefully because there are a number of companies out there that are producing these products the nursing homes will be able to replace the care home furniture on a more regular basis and all their residents will be able to live out their days in comfort.

Beauty Cosmetics Tips

Since foundation is the palette on which you will paint, it is the first important step in the process of good cosmetic application. A good moisturizer containing sunscreen should be applied, followed by a spot concealer to cover any blemishes, spider veins, or dark areas in pigment. To choose the perfect shade of foundation, a three stripe test should be done along the jawbone. The shade that more closely matches the skin tone should be chosen. If the match is good, it will be unnecessary continue foundation past the jaw line.

One of the best beauty cosmetic tips concerns contouring, which is best done at this point. Using a very light, almost white, foundation, and a tiny brush, paint any obvious wrinkles. With a finger, gently blend this by patting it, You will notice that the wrinkles almost disappear because light colors bring out shadows. This principle works with darker colors in the same way. If you have a double chin or a round face, you can use a darker foundation shade or powder in that area to slim the face. Most foundations last longer if covered by a light dusting of complimentary facial powder.

Once the foundation is set, facial features should be dramatized. The eyebrows are often forgotten, but a touch of eyebrow pencil works to create framework to make the eyes pop. To lift the eyebrows and create space above the eyes, a light eye shadow should be applied to the entire eyelid all the way to the brows. Using a sponge brush, a base color can be applied from the eyelid into the crease of the eye. Then, for a particularly dramatic look, you can make a triangular shape with a darker color at the outer corner of the eye. These colors should be blended upward and outward with small strokes.

To finish the eye, you can either use an eye pencil in small, feathery strokes or, if you don’t feel capable of drawing a straight line, you can use a dark shadow along the edge of the lid to create a line. One of the beauty cosmetic tips suggested by experts is to line only half of the area under the eye from the corner back toward the center. This makes the eyes look significantly larger. A coat of mascara is the perfect finishing touch.

Beauty cosmetics used on lips and cheeks add youthful vitality. A lip liner keeps lip color from feathering into the lines around the mouth but should blend well with the lipstick. Cheek color should begin on the apples of the cheek and sweep upward. A great beauty tip is to use a bit of powder to clear any excess blush.

All of these simple beauty cosmetic tips should result in a natural look that can be worn for any occasion.

Luisa Cerano Fashion Styles Incorporates Nautical Themed Clothing and the Slim Illusion Effect

A new trend of nautical themed clothing is bursting out on to the fashion scene. There has been a major resurgence in the proliferation of pinstriped blouses. The advantage of pinstripes gives the optical illusion of a thinner, more complimentary to the body fit as opposed to older designs such as swivels which are now becoming redundant. Catwalk reports from January-March 2010 are also predicting a resurgence of tapered trousers and flanneled tunics. This is clearly a cataclysmic period for the entire fashion system when celebrities are flaunting themselves in public wearing clothing from a forgotten era. Perhaps we are merely experiencing silhouettes of a future that is yet to come. What have we become? We are looking into the eyes of a futuristic society where we will be able to order a product as soon as it comes off the catwalk. With these kind of advancements trends may become increasingly unimportant with consumers preferring to lean to their own spontaneous inclinations. It’s times like these that make us nostalgic of the pre-internet era. Thankfully in this time of extreme confusion and darkness there are still cutting edge designers to lead us to the light of fashion excellence.

The emergence of European lines in the American market is a highly sought after look by women of all ages. Major lines with high credentials that do not fit the bland ‘high brand’ labels are gaining increasing popularity with the ‘rich nice’ of socialites who want to separate themselves from the super edgy and the cliche.

The Luisa Cerano fashion collection provides modern, elegant and unique clothing for those who want to express themselves to the fullest. Cultivating mainly Italian fabrics, flawless craftsmanship is used to deliver a striking collection of distinct clothing. From shirts and knitted tops to an array of leather and fur items, Luisa Cerano provides a sophisticated yet stunning collection of clothes for the contemporary woman. Such fashion is certainly welcomed in a world where liberated women are becoming increasingly comfortable in “hipster sweats”. While it is certainly a comforting feeling as the smooth velvet layer brushes against our sensitive skin; we must be very careful. Are we creating rationalizations for our enjoyment of this somewhat decadent trend or is it genuinely the most fashionable look on the catwalk? As tempting as it is to rejoice in donning pajama bottoms, it is not our duty as fashion worshipers to look elegant?