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Not all celebrity fashion trends are that easy to follow - especially as most of us don't have celebrity-sized budgets to spend on accessories, or jewelry designers and retailers asking us to wear their products to a party. Celebs don't just get asked to wear certain pieces of jewelry and other accessories - they're often paid a fee to do so. At a big do like the Oscars or a similar red-carpet event, some stars might be using their own necklaces, rings or earrings. However, it's far more usual practice for them to wear jewels which are on loan for the occasion.


For example, at this year's Oscars, Naomi Watts wore a stunning Bulgari High Jewelry diamond necklace, while Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner wore a matching earrings and necklace combi from Tiffany & Co, which complemented her gray-green Galvan dress perfectly. Cate Blanchett also underwent the Tiffany treatment, with a pair of platinum drop earrings that featured marquise and round diamonds and a platinum starfish cuff bracelet from the Tiffany Blue Book Collection.

However, for everyday life, it's heartening to see that many celebs opt for simpler jewelry touches that we can all find similar versions of, should we wish to follow their lead.

This year, for example, there are plenty of celebs who've been spotted out and about wearing a simple bar necklace - with a range of different outfits. Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba have both been seen in a simple jeans-and-jumper outfit with a bar necklace. Rihanna, on the other hand, has paired hers with a buttoned-up collar shirt and tailored jacket.

Some celebs go for the personalised option, with their name engraved on the bar (in case anyone didn't recognise them, perhaps?). From the simplest of designs to some really intricate ones, monogram necklaces are another personalised jewelry choice that can be matched up with numerous different outfits. Plenty of famous necks have sported them, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson, Sandra Bullock and Rashida Jones.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 15:33

Makeup must haves

Make up Must haves

Our make-up bags, like our wardrobes are often over-flowing with every imaginable product on the market. Because as soon as we enter a shop, it is like walking into a candy store, and you know what they say about kids in a candy store, you simply need to have it all.

After all we are women and make-up and fashion is our addiction, so yes we want and of course need all the latest must have make -up products.

So to fuel your addiction here is the latest Make-Up must haves!!

With any addiction there is a down side, you love make -up, you love wearing it, but hate the hassle of removing it. Well here is a simple but yet brilliant solution for you. The Makeup Eraser, a microfiber cloth that not only removes all make -up but, wait for it, also exfoliates!

What more can you ask for in a pretty pink microfiber cloth.

After having tried it, I believe that this is Simply a mastermind creation, as it removed all my make-up even the stubborn bits. No make -up remover required as all I needed was the cloth and water and viola I was left with clean glowing skin.

I am sure that like me you use up a whole bottle of make-up remover in one month and need to buy a new bottle. But with the Makeup Eraser you will save money as you can use it for over a 1000 washes which should last you longer than one month. It is also a great, make-up must have, for sensitive skin beauty junkies, in the heat and has no fragrance or alcohol ingredients that is harmful to sensitive skin.

Because all you need is the microfiber cloth and water. Simply Genius!!!

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Available @ Boots

Our next must have, is a firm favorite to the stars including Kim Kardashian. This multitasking product has 6-in-1 features, it can be used as a repairing mask, it moisturizers and hydrates, primes and removes make-up. Works on all skin types and has a combination of shea butter and emollient oils that helps to rebuild, rejuvenate and repair the skin for a healthy looking complexion.
This magical product, that is loved by so many, it is called Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Brought to us by legendary French skin care brand Embryolisse.


My skin loved the product. It is a very nice lightweight cream that easily absorbed into my skin leaving it with a glowing complexion without any oily residue. Perfect for mixing with foundation.

Available @ Boots


Must have number 3 is defiantly a product to have, because we spend hours on achieving the perfect brow. So if you have had tweezer after tweezer to achieve the perfect brows. You will love, Rubis Tweezers a favourite of make-up artist like Bobbi Brown, who described it as “the Ferrari of tweezers”.

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Rubis tweezers are a Swiss Brand. So you can be sure that it is design at its finest. Each tweezer is hand crafted with perfect tips to remove even the shortest of hair. It is made of resilient, antacid stainless steel and can be sterilized in acid or boiling water.

I agree with Bobbi Brown, I loved the tweezers. It is a great tweezer, it is nice and sharp. Easy to use and grabbed even my shorter hair strands, which are usually a pain to pluck. Best of all it came in my favorite color RED! After using it I got rid of all my other tweezers for the best in Swiss Design.

Get yours at the following retailers - Harvey Nichols stores, Fenwick stores, www.lookfantastic.com and www.rubis.co.uk 

If your make-up is on point and you are looking good, you got to smell fabulous. So the last must have is something, that comes in the hottest color on the fashion scene, Rose Gold.

Monsoon Rose Gold

Monsoon Rose Gold is an Eau De Perfume, for the chic sophisticated lady. The perfume itself is rose gold and comes in a cute tear drop shaped bottle with a rose tinted cap and lid and is packaged in a white box with rose gold details.

Featuring top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic, for a clean, fresh scent combined with rose, tuberose neroli and cyclamen, giving the fragrance a deeper, more floral scent. With base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber, leaving you with a soft, musky and powdery scent.

I love the packaging, as it gave off a chic feel, and the bonus was obviously, that the perfume itself was Rose Gold. And I love musky fragrances because it is so sensual. So if you want to express your sensuality and be chic and sophisticated at the same time, Monsoon Rose Gold is the fragrance for you.

Available @ uk.monsoon.co.uk 

There you have it, your Make up must haves and your must have fragrance.

By Deborah St. Louis CEO

Monday, 11 July 2016 17:40

A Maid Of Honour On A Budget

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I have been asked to be the Maid of Honour at my cousins wedding and I am over the moon. I was told not to spend too much on my outfit as she was sticking to a tight budget. Apart from getting my outfit together which had to be red I was told, I also was in charge of getting the party boxes to entertain the children during the evening.

I decided to purchase the party boxes from Little Party Parcels as I could get them pre-filled. The boxes would be silver and filled with magic sets, stickers, mini doodle pads, colour swap crayons and Bufferfly gliders. My one duty was sorted thanks to Little Party Parcels.

The red dress I purchased was from ASOS and was an absolute bargain at £15.50p in the sale. It was a Missguided Lace Overlay Bodycon dress. I fell in love with it; it was perfect to wear at the beginning and the end of the evening for the party.

Next I needed some shoes, I found some Mid Heel Barely There Sandals in white, which were New Look shoes but I had found them at ASOS. The shoes were £17.99p. I was so pleased with myself for managing to keep the costs down.

All I needed now was a piece of jewellery to set my outfit apart from all the rest. A pearl necklace would be perfect I thought. I was lucky enough to be gifted one from Schmuckwerk. They sell all types of beautiful jewellery including silver and glass lockets. I will be buying all my jewellery for special occasions from there. I cannot wait to show my pearls off at the wedding, they will add some much needed class to my outfit.

Written by Hayley Sweeney


Over the last few months, CEO of Fashions Finest, Deborah St Louis, has been working closely with the ladies at The Branding Initiative. It was a pleasure to finally get to meet her in person when we were both invited to #BeInspired at Bentley Birmingham for an evening of luxury cars and fashion for Female Entrepreneurs.

Bentley Birmingham are leading the way amongst the luxury car industry in realising that the female empowerment movement represents women, globally, not only fighting for places on corporate boards but also in carving their own nichés as entrepreneurial superstars! And let me tell you, at the Bentley Birmingham ladies event, organised by Chameli Chowdhury, we met a fair few female entrepreneurs that are, for want of a better phrase, kicking ass!

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Upon arrival, we were greeted with a chilled glass of Ruinart champagne. The scene was set with pop up areas dedicated to fashion, jewels, art and a showcase of NSPCC Childline, Bentley’s choice of sponsored charity. Bentley aim with this event was to “combine inspirational names from the worlds of luxury style and fashion” and they didn’t disappoint!


With only 20 Bentley dealerships across the UK and 4 of them managed by Sytner, Bentley Birmingham is switched on to what it means to use affiliate, attraction and digital marketing to increase exposure to the brand and broaden their client base. Marketing towards women is a smart move. Connecting luxury cars to other luxury items like fashion and jewels is an even smarter move! I mean, what other luxury car brand is so in tune with women in business that they showcase luxury shoes and handbags to match the car?!



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Meet “Purple Rain”, the stunning Bentley that comes with bespoke hand made shoes designed and crafted by Kate Spence. Kate designed for and managed the Jimmy Choo brand for seven years before establishing her own luxury couture footwear brand for women in 2012.


Deborah St. Louis was especially keen to listen to the keynote from catwalk designer Alice Temperley of Temperley London, Deborah’s connections to London Fashion Week with Fashions Finest being the second largest off schedule event organiser for LFW.


Throughout the summer Bentley Birmingham are exploring what inspires people and how that inspiration becomes a luxury item and creating something exquisite that perfectly balances form and function. Female entrepreneurs are the perfect target market to add huge value to that. What inspires us? What drives us? We’ll be interested to see what Bentley Birmingham come up with. What we would love to see is a catwalk show, showcasing up and coming designers, mixing new innovation traditional luxury. With more events lined up like that of #BeInspired, we have no doubt that this is going to be an interesting summer for Bentley!


Deborah St Louis and Melanie Jones were delighted to meet Jenny Lee Holt at the event, a huge supporter of The Branding Initiative and fellow female entrepreneur and Director of Spectrum Telecoms. Together we browsed the cars, fashion and diamonds. Luxury bespoke jeweller S.P Green of Birmingham showcased some stunning pieces at the event and we had our beady eyes on a beautiful diamond and sapphire piece – blue and white to match our logo of course! What better way to spend a Friday evening?!


Deborah St Louis and the ladies at The Branding Initiative would like to express huge thanks to Bentley Birmingham for the invitation. We look forward to working with you more over the coming months.


For more information about Bentley cars, please contact Chris Gretton.

For more information on The Branding Initiative, our services or our programs, please contact us here.

Written by KellyAnn Schiavo - Co-founder of The Branding Initiative, Women in Business Ambassador & Blogger

No Needles, No Effort. 

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Growing up I was never really a princess, make-up and nails kind of girl and even today I prefer flip flops to heels and only wear make up at weekends (mostly).

I’m quite loyal to my make-up and don’t tend to shake it up by using new brands. I’m 40 and I’ve never had surgery. I wouldn’t entertain messing about with my face for the fear of it going drastically wrong and I don’t much wish for people to see my lips enter a room before I do!

I was intrigued therefore when I was introduced to Transformulas Lip volume gel – beauty with surgery. It claimed to add volume to lips without surgery or needles just giving “volume, definition and less wrinkles”. The wrinkles bit caught my attention as I’m getting a bit older and don’t fancy the idea of a train track mouth so I thought I’d give this product a go.

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Transformulas Lip Volume comes in a handy box containing a 10ml handbag sized silver canister of lip gel and a sachet of hydrating cream called ‘hydration gold’ (it is actually gold!). Note that the product claims to ‘enhance’ women’s lips so if you rush out to buy this, don’t expect to resemble Kim Kardashian over night! Whilst the results vary for everyone, it is suggested that you see results immediately.

Note: Contains macadamia nut oil.

Here’s what I found:

Having washed and moisturised my face using my normal products, I conditioned my lips using the hydrating gold. Once that had appeared to dry in, I applied the Lip Volume gel. I was expecting a stronger tingle than I got and was surprised that I didn’t see any results immediately. It looked and felt as though I had applied a layering of Vaseline or other lip gloss.

However, after about an hour, I returned to the mirror to check and I swear my bottom lip did look fuller. Was it all in my mind or did this product actually work?

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I followed the instructions using the gel three times a day for ten days. Whilst my lips, when the gel is on, are smooth and do appear more defined, I’m not sure if they are more voluminous. The gel is extremely conditioning and as the size of the container is a bit bigger than a normal lip gloss, I did use it throughout the day as I normally would.

After a few days, I applied lip liner to create more definition (again, definition created by the liner or by the product?) as it suggests on the box and a coating of my usual gloss. Only then was I surprised to see that my lips did in fact look more luscious and plump!

For best results Transformulas Lip Volume should be used 3 times per day for 30 days and claims to ‘work with the body’. I’m not sure how it works with the body as no other information on this is provided. After the 30 day application, you can reduce to once a day or wear over lipstick as a conditioner.

My overall verdict on Transformulas Lip Volume is that it is super creamy and super conditioning. My lips felt. I’m not convinced that it volumised my lips by working with my body but once lip liner was applied, it did add to the volumised effect and that lasted for as long as my lipstick stayed on. On the box it says “use with a lip pencil to gain the look of natural glossy lips with the benefits of a lip balm”. This is exactly what the product I did, so: hydrating and conditioning is a thumbs up whilst volume is a thumbs down as I think this was created by the illusion of the lip liner, not by the product.

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Disclaimer: I am not an ambassador of the Transforumlas brand and all opinions are my own.

Written by KellyAnn Schiavo - Blogger, Women in Business Ambassador and Co-founder of The Branding Initiative

Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:34

Rose Treats From Cosyfeet

I have been recently gifted with a few treats from cosyfeet.com. I received a Rose body lotion, Rose moisturising cream, Rose cleanser and Rose toner. I have always loved Rose scented bubble bath but to be honest that was the only product with Rose I had ever tried. I had been told me about these products a few months ago but unfortunately I had not got hold of any. I have just learned that my face and body have been missing out on being completely pampered with these Rose products.

Every morning and evening I have been using the Rose cleanser, toner and moisturising cream on my face and using the Rose body lotion everywhere else on my body once a day. It has made such a difference to my skin.

My face is clearer and feels so fresh throughout the day and my legs have never been so silky which is wonderful as it is now dress and skirt season. One of the best things about the body lotion and moisturising cream is that they easily rub into your skin and makes it feel instantly soft. The Rose scent is beautiful and strong but yet not overpowering like other scented beauty products that I have tried in the past.

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Even though these Rose products provide you with all the luxury that I am sure you deserve, they all cost less than £50. If you would like your face and body to feel and look as fantastic as mine then get your products at www.cosyfeet.com.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Monday, 16 May 2016 18:16

A Not So Lazy Urban Sunday

Sunday is family day in our house. It’s not so much a day of rest but a day of doing. We like to spend time with the children just hanging out with no plans and no stress. We decide what to do as we’re doing it and as with most outings it usually starts or ends with food and drink.

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Today wasn’t any different. We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsular (think O2, Emirates Cable Cars and surrounding areas). We originally intended to go to the Greenwich Ecology Park which is amazing for the children as they can bird watch, pond dip and spot water scorpions but as we approached the river, I was side tracked by the distant beat of an African drum.

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We stumbled across the Urban Village Fete and let me tell you, it was the best day out we’ve had as a family in ages! The atmosphere was amazing, the sun was shining and there was literally everything there from music to crafts, food and drink, clothes and even luxury dog food!

The Urban Village Fete was set up to put a spin on the traditional fayre. It was colourful. It was modern. It was innovative. Even the cranes that littered the Thames skyline were coloured! The fete attracted a really good mix of local suppliers, craftsmen and performers. At one point, the DJ was taking requests from the public which resulted in about 100 people dancing on green grass banks to Madness’ Baggy Trousers – coming from Liverpool, it was a pivotal cockney moment for me and it was a pleasure to join in with the crowd!

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There were so many cool people selling their wares but my favourites definitely were Little Sparrow Tea, Pinkster Gin and the Bus Bar Company – all drink related, go figure!

We Brits love our tea and I am no exception to that rule. Imagine my excitement when I found Little Sparrow Tea that claims “each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”. I kid you not, the display was mesmerising! I tried the Russian Caravan and sure enough I was transported straight to a trail of caravans transporting tea from China to Europe via Russia. It’s said that the smokiness of the flavour comes from the fires lit at night to keep the tea transporters warm. It definitely warmed me up!

Next up was Pinkster Gin, totally English with its HQ out near Cambridge. It’s a pink artisan gin made from berries and it’s so tastily refreshing. My summer is most definitely sorted!

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After browsing the stalls, we took the children to the activity area where they drew, made paper vegetables and made dream books for the library. This was great as I instil in them to work hard for everything so writing down their dream got them thinking as to how they will achieve it. They now realise it’s not so easy to get to Disney Land after all!

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I absolutely adore days filled with random surprises and this didn’t disappoint. I was spotted taking colourful photographers by another photographer which resulted in my pictures being included in her gallery. When you’re out doing what you love and people you don’t know show their appreciation, it totally makes everything you strive for worthwhile.

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Before heading home we, we sat chatting to revellers who had perched themselves with direct access to the Bus Bar Company – an old route master totally kitted out as a travelling pub. As I sat listening to the music, watching the people and seeing my children enjoying themselves, I felt utterly grateful to live in such a buzzing, thriving city where you can go out for a leisurely walk and happen upon a totally adventurous day.

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Sundays were most definitely not made to be lazy!

Written by KellyAnn Schiavo

Disclaimer: All pictures and opinions are my own.


With our busy lifestyles, spending long hours staring at a computer screen in heat conditioned offices and then heading off to party in windy conditions, as fun as it might be, takes a heavy toll on our health, including our eyes.

The environmental conditions combined with all those hours spend in front of a computer and enjoying our crazy social life, as well as the “not so nice” hay fever season leaves ours eyes feeling tired, dry, red and puffy and add to that an annoying headache. Believe me it is not a nice place for your eyes to be in.

I can vouch for that, as a sufferer of daily itchy irritated sore eyes. So you can image my joy when I was asked to try out the Bio True –re wetting drops and the Bio and Thera Pearl Eye-ssential mask.

First let’s get the business part out of the way with some product Facts

The Bio True rewetting drops comes in a 10ml dispenser with control grip making it easy to use in the office, during leisure time or while travelling. It is also preservative free and can be used for six months once opened.

It delivers instant and natural hydration because of its specific preservative free formulation based on hyaluronic acid.

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The drops contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a favorite ingredient in beauty and skincare products. It is this essential ingredient that helps to keep your eyes lubricated and hydrated.

I tried the drops first as I suffer from daily itchy irritated sore eyes and was really looking for something to give me greater relieve, then previous products I have tried. I found that with Biotrue rewetting drops, instantly hydrated my eyes allowing me to get back to glaring at my computer screen.

I did however have one little problem with it, and it was that I found the blue bit, on the dispenser, that you have to push down a little awkward and would have preferred a squeeze bottle. But other than that I love the product and would highly recommend it.

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Provides 20minutes of soothing stress relief and relaxation, it also reduces puffy eyes and relieves headaches. What’s more it is re-useable so you can use it for 20minutes every day. The mask uses unique Pearl Technology which means it can retain its temperature.

When used cold, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask

• Relieves puffy eyes
• Takes the sting out of a brow wax
• Relieves headaches

When used hot, THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask

• Provides soothing stress relief
• Relieves symptoms of dry eye/computer strained eyes, as well as blepharitis, and it can also treat Styes

Headaches are the biggest annoyance to me and because I am not a fan of painkillers. I often go to bed with a headache only to wake up with the same annoying headache. So the THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask, wow a perfect product. My headache was gone before I even got under the covers and I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and headache free.

Get your Bio true –re wetting eye drops in Boots and Superdrug. The eye drops come in a handy 10ml dispenser (£9.49), which can be used for six months once opened. They also come in single-dose packs (£6.49) Just the right size, to carry around with you in your handbag, to use wherever and when you need relieve from dry itchy eyes.

THERA°PEARL® Eye-ssential Mask is available from Superdrug RRP £7.99

Sunday, 01 May 2016 16:09

5 Best Jewelry Trends in 2016

So are you ready to welcome the fine jewellery trends setting up for year 2016? We don’t always have time to discuss the economy or world politics all the time. We all do regular things such as waking up, brushing teeth, getting dressed, open and staring at our closet and try to get the best items there that we actually like. Most of us are also curious about the recent fashion trends and start revamping our closet. In order to inform you about the fine jewelry trends, here are the best jewellery trends for 2016:

1. Oversize Earrings and Diamond Necklaces

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Remember the Oscar Awards where many celebrities were wearing oversized earrings and even oversized diamond necklaces to flaunt at the event. You can also get customized earrings depending upon your personal requirements.

2. Statement Necklaces with Finest Crystal Work

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This would definitely be one of the popular custom jewelry trends in 2016. The finest crystals working on statement necklaces make you look elegant and charismatic.

3. Crosses

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Today, we live in a global world and no more appreciate things merely on the basis of their religious association. You are now free to choose any rustic jewelry pieces or any customized jewelry without any hesitation of being judged by others. ‘Crosses’ is one of the finest and religiously customized jewelry items which is expected to be echoing in the jewelry market in 2016.

4. Chains

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I am not kidding. Chains would definitely be back in fashion and it would also be coming in different forms such as palm bracelets, chokers, belts and double chain earrings in different colors, sizes and shapes.

5. Hoop

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This trend will remain evergreen or would be trending at least for a long time. Their geometric forms, conventional designing and a chain fragment to make a hoop make them the fine jewelry items globally.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:05

Italian Street Style: 5 Tips for Inspiration

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Before I married my husband I didn’t pay too much attention to fashion. I was a student and happy in thrift store hand-me-downs, mixed with high street latest must-haves. Then, I was a traveller and spent the best part of 18months hanging around beaches in Thai fishing pants and flip flops. My nails were chipped and unpainted. My hair was bleached and crispy from the sun and my lips hadn’t been glossed in months!

Marrying an Italian was a revelation. Having style is like breathing air in Italy. The nation is brought up on “la bella figura” which literally translated means “a good figure”. It’s better understood as “a good image” and of course, Italians love to have a good image!

I had to up my game. I had just married into a country where Valentino designs the police uniforms and the footballers are kitted out by Armarni! Slowly I introduced colour into my wardrobe, I wore nail varnish and make-up and over time, I “Italianised” myself.

Italian fashion is so effortless. When I’m in Italy there’s nothing better than sitting at a cafe in a piazza and watching the world go by. The girls look glamorous and the men look polished. They don’t even try. I make so much more of an effort with my appearance when I’m in Italy. It’s not a case of fitting in but more a case of not standing out!

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Here are my top 5 tips for achieving the Italian look, Street Style:

1) Accessories – Italians, male and female, love to match! Never leave home without a bag, necklace and sunglasses. Styles and shapes need to coordinate. If the necklace is small, the ring is huge! There is no age limit on accessories – it’s a cultural norm.

2) Big Hair – Italian women love nothing better than a blow dry. The bigger, the bouncier, the curlier, the better! Looking coiffed is almost a birth right in Italy!

3) Colour – It has to match. Colour coordination is big business. The shoes, the bag, the belt, they all have to complement each other, not necessarily in the same tone but you must accent your outfit.

4) Make-Up – Never EVER leave home without it. If you’re not made up, you have no self respect. Simple as that. Make-up matches the outfit, it finishes you off. Eyes are usually bold and lips soft. Nails and feet must be painted at all times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mother in law without varnish!

5) Mess it Up! – Once you’ve done all of the above, mess it up. Don’t look like you’ve worked too hard. You’ve managed the chic, now you need to adopt the style. Street style is huge in Italy when on Saturday’s you’ll find Tewnty-Somethings meandering around the piazza purely to show off their outfit. They’re tailored but trendy, cool but casual.

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Italian street style is not about making an effort. It’s about being chic. The women are elegant and feminine whilst the men are suave. Style in Italy comes as easy as eating pasta!

Written by Kelly Ann Schiavo

Monday, 25 April 2016 19:28

4 Tips to Look Fashionable in Low Budget

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Most people have a desire to wear clothes that are latest and fashionable. But it seems that keeping up with latest fashion without having lots of money in your pocket is really difficult these days. This is because designer label items of clothing and clothes inspired by celebrity clothing are certainly very expensive and out of reach of the common man. However, there are many ways to look fashionable and trendy without breaking the bank or burning a hole in your wallet.

Focus upon classic, timeless items of clothing

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If you try to catch up with the latest fashion and buy clothes accordingly, you will find that half of the garments in your wardrobe are such that you have no interest in wearing them. Fashion trends keep on changing and new and stylish clothes start to look outdated pretty quickly. But there are clothing items that remain timeless and classic such as black trouser, little black dress, white skirt, and so on. You can always look fashionable with the help of these classic items of clothing without spending a lot of money.

Buy more with less

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There is nothing to worry if you do not have enough money to buy a designer dress for a party next week. Just take out your old party dress and get it ready for the event. Now buy new accessories to wear and carry during the function. Believe me, most people become engrossed with your handbag and the bracelet that you have worn instead of gazing at your dress. These bold and bright accessories give an altogether new look to your old dress and you become a star of the evening.

Keep an eye on sales

It goes without saying that like early bird that catches the worm, you can lay your hands on beautiful and fashionable dresses if you are aware of the end of season and clearance sales being organized by stores in your area. Also subscribe to receive news about discount sales on online stores to make the most of these opportunities.

Be Street Smart

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You can look fashionable and trendy in very little money by buying items of clothing from vendors on fashion streets of your city. Believe me, you can beat all your friends wearing designer labels if you buy stylish clothes from street fashion and know how to accessorize to look very glamorous.

Last but not the least, pay attention to your beauty and hair care to dazzle others in cheap clothes and accessories.


No matter you’re a teenager or someone in 20s, first date is always a big deal for all of us. Yes, you are confident, clever and charismatic enough to charm your partner at your first date but this does not mean that you should not plan out for your first date.

Just imagine if you’re learning to drive first time and you hit it to a pole, will you have the same confidence to learn driving the next time. No, you don’t. Your confidence might not be shaken but it did hit you somewhere. Similarly, your first date is not something you can ruin just like that. Here are the 3 most important styling tips for your first date so that you don’t mess it up:

1. Be Casual

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You may not believe in “First impression is your last impression” but this does not mean that your partner also does not believe in it. Primary advice for you here is to wear something that really fits the occasion. For instance, if you’re just here for a coffee, a casual dress with a comfy and cozy sweater and ankle boots will be enough to charm him.

2. Be Gorgeous and Sexy at the Same Time

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If you know your first boyfriend through some online forum and you may know what his likes and dislikes about a woman’s dressing, you can use these tiny details at your first date with him. However, first date does not really mean that you’re going to have sex with him right away. So you need to look gorgeous and sexy at the same time. So it will be great if you wear a cool and elegant top with a cute and somewhat striking and attractive skirt to charm your man.

3. Formal and Dazzling Outlook

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In case, you’re meeting your man for an after-work drink, it’s important for you to wear somewhat a formal dress to mark your presence. You cannot simply go into your casual trousers in this case. In order to get the perfect attire for your first date, you can wear skinny jeans along with a stunning blazer and high neck blouse.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 13:00

Top 6 Legging Trends to Follow in 2016

When it comes to the most comfortable garment, leggings are one of the most preferred fashion trends for women. However, as we all are experiencing diversity and globalization today, so we have countless types of leggings available in the market and we sometime get confused whether to buy a specific one or not. Analyzing their flattering ways, level of comfort they provide and being able to wear it on regular basis, here are the top leggings trends you can follow in 2016 without worrying that you’re going to regret your decision eventually:

Don’t forget to read important rules to follow while wearing leggings as these rules can make you look charismatic and appealing in public instantly.

1. Translucent leggings

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If you are looking forward to trying out something unique and trendy in 2016, translucent leggings which offers you the best Canadian legging designs but decorated with North American tattoos taken from the Indian tribes.

2. Leather Leggings

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If you want to look super-cute, glamorous and appealing in public gatherings, go with the glossy, soft but attractive and traditional leather leggings as it will make you look stunning and appealing in public. Usually, women prefer to wear black leather leggings in addition to green and dark blue leather leggings. What color would you be choosing this year?

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3. Jeans Leggings


Would you really think that your wardrobe is complete without jean leggings? It’s the trend that’s going to last for decades now and you just cannot help wearing jeans leggings wherever you go.

4. Classic Leggings

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There is always room for wearing vintage and classic leggings especially if you like leggings with high waist. You will look stunning and elegant in high shoes and strict blouse. Classic leggings are especially recommended for fall and winter seasons.

5. Floral Leggings

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Floral leggings are often associated with the most feminine type of legging and that’s why every girl wants to wear it. Most often women like to wear it in Spring and Summer Seasons. However, today autumn designs are also available in different colors, which propose a little bit darker tone in the shades of dark blue and burgundy.

6. Printed Leggings

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That’s a relatively newer trend and if you think that you can only get leopard or tiger printed leggings, printed leggings are much more than that. So ready to witness some fascinating printed leggings this year.

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Basic Rules to Follow Here

• Match it with your over-the-knee boots
• Make it a flirty cocktail dress by choosing not so bright colors
• Get yourself a moto-jacket with your favorite leggings when you are done with your routine work out

Saturday, 16 April 2016 11:38

Cru Kafe 100% of Deliciousness

Never heard of Cru Kafe? Well there is no time like the present, it is UK coffee week after all.

CRU Kafe was founded in 2013 by three friends who wanted to get the best possible coffee out of their Nespresso® machines. It is Fairtrade and 100% organic deliciousness.

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Photographer Trashy Blonde

For the past month I have freely enjoyed the taste of Cru Kafe first thing in the morning and a coffee break with my friends and colleagues and I’m not sure what I will do when it’s all gone. Here’s what I received…

1. Intense - Hazelnut with dark chocolate & cherry12 Capsules/Pods per pack. A powerful bold espresso, combining an exceptional Indonesian Arabica with one of the worlds best Organic Robustas. Roasted dark to bring out a deep chocolate body, this coffee is perfect for those who are looking for a strong, black coffee @6.99 per pack.

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2. San Antonio - Single Origin Guatemalan Ground Coffee250g Capsules/Pods per pack Full bodied and naturally sweet with a lovely rounded earthiness in the mouth @5.99 per pack.

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Cru Kafe are even giving everyone the opportunity to have a taste for free so what are you waiting for?

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Written by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)

Shoes Fashion
Today, shoes are more beyond the things we need to walk on. Now it’s more about personal flair and how shoes offer an attractive and appealing finishing touch to your outfit. Usually, it’s easy to talk about different types of shoes but it’s pretty hard to narrow them as per your personal taste and preference. Many online platforms offer a variety of attractive and stylish shoes depending upon your personal as well as professional requirements. Here are a few popular products you should pick at least once in life:

1. Ballet Flats

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It was one of the most iconic shoe style shown in one of the popular movies of 50s named as “Funny Face”. Ballet flats are normally known for its comfort and classy style. It provides you with numerous kinds of beaded, studded, quilted as well as the ballet flats made from plastic along with different colors and designs for our customers. Ballet shoes are mostly preferred to use casually like when you’re going around somewhere on a weekend or some casual event with your partner.

2. High Heels

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As women sometimes want more than a classy pump in the form of sandals, peep toes and slingbacks in order to offer a unique, trendy and appealing flair in their life. High heels offer you a whole range of high heel shoes in terms of color collection, design and innovation to soothe your craze for high heels.

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3. High Heel Boots

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Women cannot wear the open high heel sandals during winter but this does not mean that you need to wait for other seasons to wear high heels again. You can complete your passion for high heels through high heels which offers you a taller, sexy and classier look on almost every outfit. It is especially recommended for working women as they have to walk around at different places during winter on daily basis. Imagine yourself with a pair of high heel boots along with a knee length skirt or fitted trousers depending upon your outfit requirements, your personality will surely prove to be appealing and convincing at a glance.


Are you ready to upgrade your wardrobe for 2016? No matter what kind of tops or other clothes you’re buying, you just cannot deny the importance of jeans. It’s like a new fashion symbol which everyone has to wear with no exceptions. It does not matter whether it’s winter, spring or any other season of the year, you always love to buy yourself a wide range of jeans due to its new silhouettes, soft fabrications and washable jeans.

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However, we should always pick the right pair of jeans, which also matches with the fashion trends of that particular season. This blog will be talking about the jean trends for woman. Here is a list of latest and popular 5 women jeans trends you should be following in 2016 if you’re a true jean lover:

1. Cropped Jeans

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If you need a short length jean along with comfortable and easy strides in relatively hotter period, cropped jeans will be the best jean for you. Cropped jeans are cooler, breathable and playful, thus the best choice for you in Spring Season 2016.

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2. Kick Flare Jeans Style

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It is almost like cropped jeans but with an addition of a flared hem. It’s a relatively new jeans trend among girls, which allow them to express a bit of leg action and make it a flirty jean type.

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3. Flared Jeans

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In case, you like the indigo hues and two-toned blues on your jeans, flared jean is the best jean for spring and summer months. It’s a trusted denim silhouette, so it would be best in quality and fabric.

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4. Deeply Distressed Denim Style

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Want to get a cool-girl vibe look? Deeply distressed denim style will make you look elegant and allow showing your wild side. Won’t that be exciting?

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5. Raw-Edge Jeans

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If you love to wear raw hem due to its loose and seamless feature, raw-edge will give you a casual and cool look on your weekends at home or at any hill station for a family trip.

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Friday, 08 April 2016 12:52

Friday Fashion Picks

It's Friday and the weekend is just around the corner. Maybe you are stuck for ideas of what to wear with the ever changing weather, well just incase you are here are some fashion picks we love and know you will too.

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 14:30

Best Spring Looks

Want to stand out from the crowd? Why not add a bit of YELLOW and brighten up your wardrobe this springtime!
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You can call it Activewear, Athleisure or sportswear but no one can deny the fact that it’s been on rise for a few years now and people are ready to move from usual fashion trends to Activewear especially in western countries. Initially, activewear was just present in the gyms, crossfit, dancing classes and yoga studios but it has now been present in almost everywhere.

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There are many companies which are producing original and attractive activewear for both men and women, and world-class designers are using their creative designing skills to craft this new fashion trend in the world. Here are a few reasons as to why people are adapting to the activewear trend:

1. Activewear Are Colorful and Attractive


There was a time when clothing companies only design typical activewear which people wear while working out or going to the dance or yoga classes. However, today with the increasing interest of people in activewear trends, more and more colorful and exclusive activewear designs are becoming available in the market catching the attention of people.

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2. The Status of Practical Market for Activewear

Those who still think that activewear does not have the capability to compete with usual fashion trends should see that according to a research report conducted by NPD, in August 2013, $36 billion sales for activewear and athletic footwear were recorded and the growth rate was up to 7 percent in 2013.

3. Activewear Offers You a Stunning and Charming Look

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Who does not want to look good? Even today men want to look as good as women. Activewear are becoming popular especially among women as they offer them a stunning and charming appearance in front of others. It also allows them to feel good and happy.

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People are always busy in search of better resources. Usual clothes are losing the charm they used to have in the past. Now people actually want something different and unique, which also has the potential to seek attention of other instantaneously and today activewear is the one of the best fashion trends people especially women are actively adapting. With more and more beautiful and innovative design availability of activewear, women prefer activewear over usual clothing.


4. Helping you to be in the Right Body Shape – The Motivating Factor

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From day one, failing to follow a standard workout routine is one of the most common problems people face on regular basis. Although today workout has become cool for all of us and everyone wants to be get the right body shape all the time yet most of us are unable to follow what we are required to do for regular workouts. On the other hand, being in activewear all the time provides a kind of motivation for people and forces them to follow their daily routine. Moreover, it can also be used as a casual wear at any place.

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Would you be willing to work out wearing a boring and same activewear all the time? Obviously, you won’t. You need motivation not only in your mind but also with a few external motivating factors and your activewear is one of them. Wearing colorful, charming and attractive activewears will definitely allow you to keep your motivation for workout and to be in the perfect body shape. So choose a fancy activewear which has pockets or have a spare jacket while working, so you can easily put your important belongings such as money, keys and smartphone. Don’t try to text or hold your belongings while working as it will distract your attention

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:02

5 Unique Hair Styles to Follow in 2016

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Whether you’re a movie and television fan or not, you often get fascinated by the hair styles you often see of these famous actress on screen and always want to get such haircuts for yourself. Well, in the world of fashion, there is a number of famous haircuts you can get even from your local saloon instead of going to a celebrity saloon where famous hair stylist work. In order to guide you with the best and unique hair styles, here are 5 unique haircuts you should be following in 2016:

1. Easy Bed-Head Haircut

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Although its name does not sound perfect to your attire yet when you wake up like Cara Delevingine, it’s like the smooth, casual and perfect haircut you always wanted.

2. Beachy Waves

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You can even get this beachy waves haircut simply at home. When you woke up tomorrow after sleeping on your curls, don’t make the ends of your curling hair smooth and straight to get beachy waves haircut.

3. Side Part Haircut Trend

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This trend is meant for a casual day-out. It just needs you to put your charming hair behind your ear and go for a deep side part from the other side. Now here you go! You are ready to flaunt your ironed hair.

4. Kittenish Pony

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This is a little bit informal and a unique approach for a haircut. It’s also sometimes known as super high pony as you load on the layers. It needs you to have long hair locks and if you don’t have it, you will have to get clip-in extension to have the same volume need for Kittenish Pony.

5. Touseled Waves

If you’re not a high maintenance women and just want to get a haircut for an event you’re just going to, touseled waves is the perfect hair style for you. Its loosely wrap strands and hair waves will make feel comfortable, soothing as well as charming in public. Have you ever seen Dakota Johnson in Touseled Waves haircut? Do look out for it.

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Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 fashion trends are claimed to be heavily influenced by the Korean designs. There was a catwalk show conducted in Seoul last year where collections of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 were presented along a colorful inter-seasonal line. Here are some of the fashion trends which somewhat bring similarities between Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 collections and Korean designs:

1. The Jogakbo Tradition – The Patchwork

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One of the famous fashion clothing trends is the tradition of Jogakbo or in other words, patchwork. It’s definitely inspired by the Korean culture. Its colorful pattern was presented in Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 with an oversized flower button. Celebratory stripes are also used in this dress.

2. The Pink Petal Dress


This show also featured a traditional Hanbok in a highly fashionable and trendy manner. It was a petal and pastel pink dress which also included a black trim. There are also many other dresses which also are inspired from traditional Korean dresses.

3. Jeogori

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It’s a conventional jacket which offers the appearance of an extreme empire waist. It is often worn with the traditional hanbok.

Here are a few more fashion trends of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 from Korean culture:



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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 20:35

Louboutin range of nude shoes

What do you think of the new Louboutin range of nude shoes for every skintone?

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:49

Stage 4 Bond Jewellery & Diamonds

Stage 4 is all about the creation of the piece. Jake who I am sure you all remember hearing about in stages 1,2 & 3 but if you do not I will refresh your memory. Jake is the wonderful gentlemen who wanted to find the perfect ring for his future wife.

After Jake made the decision on what he thought to be the perfect diamond, the people at Bond could now create the piece exactly how Jake had designed it. It would be the exact image.

Bond utilise’s various techniques in their manufacturing. They ensure that the highest quality and precision standards are upheld. Where some pieces are created entirely by hand others are created utilising CAD 3D mouldings and sometimes a mixture of both, these are worked and crafted by Bond’s expert craftsmen.

Jake’s ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould which will be created initially to ensure perfection. This is then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing is then carried out.

Jakes ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould being created initially to ensure perfection. This then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing carried out.

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Website: www.bondjewellery.co.uk 

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:53

Thai Kosai Massage Therapy

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The weekend before last I was in London for my first Fashions Finest show so I knew I would need something to help relax me, as I was nervous.

When I arrived in London with my friend Kirsty we visited Thai Kosai for a massage. Kirsty opted for the Thai Aromatherapy Massage and I chose the Deep Tissue Massage as I suffer from backache.

The atmosphere as you enter Thai Kosai is an ambient and warm. It has a Thai themed reception area with a welcoming hostess who offered us both some herbal tea and then led us down some stairs to a hallway which continued the same Thai theme in an effective way.

Kirsty was shown to her room and I was shown to mine. I was asked to prepare for the massage and was handed a towel to place over my body after I had undressed and lay on the bed. As I lay on the bed I listened to the soft audio that played.

After a brief wait, the masseur entered the room and introduced herself then asked if the room temperature was to my liking and if so was I ready to begin?

I was more than ready every bone in my body was aching at this point. The massage was amazing and she made sure that every part of my body was taken care of. I was all I expected and more. The massage was truly enjoyable and my once achy back felt free from pain. The pressure she used to massage me was just right, not to soft but careful not to be to rough.

She was very thorough and spent a good amount of time on each problem area and I was so relaxed I nearly fell asleep a few times during the 60-minute massage. The massage is definitely worth the £90 that it will cost you.

The massage was a pleasant experience and the surroundings were beautiful, the staff there are friendly and welcoming and I would definitely recommend that you visit www.thai-kosai.com and see for yourself.

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Valentines Day can be difficult when it comes to finding that perfect present. Red roses and a card are a little out dated, while some find that a simple ‘I love you’ is enough for them on the most romantic day of the year. But one gift that will never let you down is the perfect piece of jewellery, whether that be a classic silver bracelet, a beautiful pair of stud earrings or a timeless necklace.

Hazel and Kent have an amazing array of sparkling jewellery to choose from, with lots of wonderful pieces that will look perfect with your fresh, spring wardrobe. With prices ranging from £8-£230, there’s something for everyone with stylish accessories and dozens of great brands to choose from, including Guess, Fiorelli and Espirit. We’ve picked out some of our favourite pieces and how to style them for the new season.

Every girl should own a pair of special earrings which go perfectly with any outfit. There are plenty to choose from on the Hazel and Kent website, with varying colours, shapes and sizes. The silver and gold Daisy earrings are a great option to go with a pretty floral dress, or for something more dressy try the stunning Kit Heath for a more glamorous look if you’re heading out for a romantic meal on Valentines.

I love the Topaz Silver Round studs, a bargain for only £12.50. These sparkly jems are easy for work paired with a smart black suit and will see you through to evening too, such is their simple shape and design. And, they sparkly beautifully too! Check out the photos below of me modelling my Topaz earrings.

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Rings are a huge spring trend, with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigan favouring the stack ring look. For a more artsy style, look no further than the Pasha silver plated ring in the abstract shape of a 3D circle or for that extra special piece, the violet Baccaret flower ring is a wonderful, at £210. We couldn’t help but fall in love with Hazel and Kent’s beautiful selection of necklaces too, with the trendy DKNY stainless steel ring necklace a particular favourite. (Look to the catwalks of Lanvin and Saint Laurent in regard to how to wear statement jewellery this season – bold and chunky basically.)

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If you’re still struggling with gift ideas, than there’s always the old pearl favourite. Pearls have long been associated with a certain effortless style, and are usually a sentimental heirloom piece, much loved by the likes of Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor. Hazel and Kent have the perfect necklace, in the shape of the simple Perlissimo freshwater heart necklace. Sweet and stylish, this show stopping item will be sure to get heads turning when worn with a LBD or dressed down with a cashmere jumper and tailored trousers.

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So there you have it. This year, there’s no excuse not to find that ideal present for that special someone on Valentines Day.

For more gift ideas, visit Hazel and Kent’s website at: www.hazelandkent.co.uk


Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:57

Dominican Hair Care To Tame Your Frizz

When you have a daughter with long curly hair it is wonderful but problems can occur when their hair gets frizzy and dry and you are unable to find the right hair care. Every month we have to try new products as they do not moisturize the hair properly and it once again becomes frizzy especially at the front of her hair. Over the past two weeks I have tried Dominican Hair Cares;

Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair shampoo (1): This is said to revitalize your hair and contains vitamin E, which nourishes dehydrated hair. Each strand of your hair gets coated with Biotin to leave your hair feeling moisturized, hydrated and it stops any further damage to your hair. (I washed my daughters hair with this shampoo and then rinsed it off).

Doctor Cabello Biotin magic hair treatment (2): This promises to give new life to damaged and tired looking hair. Also full of vitamin E, Biotin and B5 it restores your hairs natural volume, repairs any damage and adds a healthy sheen to your hair. (I left this on my daughter’s hair for 20 minutes before rinsing it out).
Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair balsam (3): This is said to give your hair the loving care that it deserves. The vitamin E and Biotin rich conditioner instantly refreshes your hair and stops any breakage. (I left this in my daughter’s hair for 10 minutes before rinsing it out).

Doctor Cabello Biotina leave-in conditioner (4): This is suitable for any hair types just like all the other products in their range but was specially created for bringing moisture to dry hair. Just like the other products it too is enriched with vitamin E and Biotin to give your hair that healthy feeling and look. (As it is a leave in conditioner I massaged this into my daughters hair after towel drying it).

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After using all the treatments in her hair the frizz was no longer and her hair became silky as the tangles were no more. Her hair is now back to the curly, shiny and healthy texture that it once was. As her hair is so easy to comb through now she is able to do it herself which saves me a job in the mornings. Her hands always seem to be stroking at her hair feeling how soft it is, she loves how good it feels. www.dominicanhaircare.co.uk 

Written by Hayley Sweeney

I love reviewing beauty product and when I was sent the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil I couldn’t wait to try it out.

I have been using the cleansing oil now for one week as I think a week give your face time to get used to a new product. I like to keep my cleansing to a minimum so normally use two methods when washing my face 1. Wipes 2. Face wash and i usually find that neither removes fully every trace of makeup or daily grime. I don’t normally use a daily cleanser but getting used to adding this into my regime was a breeze especially when I saw how much more it cleaned my face and removed the last traces of makeup.

The oil comes in a lovely packaging and once opened it’s presented in a glass bottle with a pump. The consistency is a lovely and thick oil so you don’t need to use too much and it does not drip everywhere. My method was to massage the oil into my slightly damp face then remove with a damp cotton wool pad which left the face feeling great, totally clean, moisturised and hydrated all at the same time.

What gave the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil extra bonus point for me was that it used 100% natural ingredients. It did have a slight unusual smell which I guess was from the bran but it still did not put me off.

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Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a 100% natural cleanser that also includes avocado seed botanicals. More about the ingredients below:

Rice Bran Oil

  • Light and easily absorbed
  • Improves skin's elasticity, complexion and tone
  • Includes squalene, gamma-oryzanol, beta-carotene, lycopene, co-enzyme Q10, polyphenol oxidase, calcium, potassium and magnesium

Borage Seed Oil

  • Rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid which aids in the maintenance of healthy skin
  • Maintains suppleness and moisture content of skin
  • Beneficial for treatment of dry skin conditions, inflammation and dermatiti

100% natural ingredients and no fragrance. No parabens, sulphates, petro-chemicals, PEGs, phthalates or plastic fillers.

I think the Rossi Rice Bran & Borage Seed cleansing oil is a great product and worth every penny but if you don’t want to take my word for it why not buy a bottle and try it out for yourself. The hydrating cleansing oil (100ml) retails at 14.95 which isn’t too pricy as it will last a long time if used wisely. You can get it from www.rossiuvema.com

Enjoy and happy cleansing with Rossi Uvema!

Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 17:05

Tickled Pink Kigurumi Unicorn Costume

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Every year at Christmas and on New Years Eve I dress up. There is something about those two dates that makes me want to wear fancy dress, the dates and the fancy dress partiesthat I get invited to. This year thanks to Tickled Pink fancy dress I will be dressing up in a Kigurumi purple unicorn costume. It is purple and white, has a long purple tail and on the hood it has the Unicorn’s ears, eyes nose and it has its famous horn, which is yellow.

As it is a onesie it is comfortable too. It has a low cut crotch and one size fits all. The sleeves and around the ankles are elasticated so you will not get the bottoms dirty. I absolutely love it and it is less than 40 pounds. If purple is not your colour there is no need to worry because it comes in pink and blue.

With the Kigurumi costumes you could also be a Fox, Leopard, White Tiger, Red Panda, Zebra or a Giraffe. As this costume is so easy to move around in you will not have to miss out when it is time to dance, you can whip and naa nae all night long.

Tickled Pink fancy dress provide many other outfits for you to choose from, they have Superhero’s, Pirates, Disney costumes, Halloween and Army costumes. They have a range of accessories to go with all the costumes, face paint and make-up, hats, wigs and moustaches and weapons and armour for all those going into battle for the night.

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If you have not already got the perfect fancy dress costume for all the festive parties go online at Tickled Pink fancy dress and get yours.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:44

How couture came to the races

Although many of the world's top fashion shows can provide an fascinating introduction to the next season's styles, for many who are interested to see what the latest range of cutting-edge designs look like in real life, there's no better way than by simply visiting the races.

Horse racing has enjoyed a long and close relationship with the aristocracy in many countries, and because of this many top couture houses have sought to use these spectacular occasions to unveil their latest creations.

So here's a look at how high-end fashion has managed to gain access to the racing world and provide an extra dose of entertainment alongside the betting options and of course the racing itself.

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The introduction of ladies days as the pinnacle of fashion for many racing events has been greatly enjoyed by spectators, attendees and of course the press who relish the opportunity to comment upon the fashion successes and mistakes of the many celebrities who flock to the event.

Because of the huge amount of attention that many race-going celebrities attract, there's a great deal of competitiveness amongst many of the high-end designers to get such celebrities to wear their latest creations.

Although many of the prestigious events attract aristocratic celebrities such as Zara Phillips, it's invariably the fashion faux-pas of some of the more alcoholically-enhanced racegoers that attracts the greatest amount of press derision.

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In order to not attract the wrath of the fashion police, it's always a good idea to take a few tips from some of the top designers in the country. So we asked Denise Mahmud from the London-based brand Moixa who specialise in beautifully-crafted and trend-resistant clothing her thoughts and advice on fashion at the races.

Why do you think horse racing events have become such an important part of the fashion calendar?

Considered a formal social event, horse racing has had close ties to fashion for decades. Since the early 1900s the races have been a place to see and show off new fashion trends.

If you had to design an outfit for the races, how would you get around the restrictions over dress codes in regards to hem lengths?

I designed outfits for the races every year. I try to help my clients understand that lady-like doesn't have to mean boring. Instead of working around the restrictions, I try and make them a feature that reflects the client's personality and style.

Do you approve of the rise of fascinators?

Personally, I'm not a fan of fascinators. They're like an Alice Band gone wrong.

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Denise Mahmud's advice regarding dress codes is of key importance when considering fashion at the races. Many of racing's key social events such as Royal Ascot will frequently implement restrictive codes of dress for different areas of the racecourse and as such, it's always a good idea to check with the race course's website before attending.

The subject of fascinators is particularly sensitive in the world of racing, as many particularly outrageous designs have led to top racing events such as Royal Ascot banning the offensive headwear.

However, much as betting is part of the fun of Ladies Day thanks to sites like Betway who have a handy new mobile betting feature on their website, it's always important to remember to embrace the style challenges with a degree of fun and enthusiasm.

Fashion Solutions

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Whilst it can be tempting to try and adapt some of the latest designs from the couture houses into your look for the races, keeping your hemlines traditional and perhaps embracing some exciting new colours and textures could be a better way to approach this fashion dilemma.

Online boutiques such as Little Black Dress have provided a good selection of race-day dresses that capture a degree of sophistication thanks to some sharp 1960s cuts, whilst the subtle use of feminine floral imagery softens the look to make it perfect for the coming of spring.

As the many of the racing world's top events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup tend to take place in the colder months of the year, it's always a good idea to try and layer up too. On-trend textures such as coloured suede can provide all of us with a stylish look that will keep us warm when we're out at the track all day. And if you're feeling particularly countrified, then you can always pay a fashion tribute to horse-racing's country origins by adopting a tweed look in the form of a sharply-fitting blazer.

So whether you're sipping champagne in a chic A-line dress in the executive box, or cheering on one of the favourites in the race in your warmest winter jacket, make sure that you have fun with your look and celebrate your betting at the races with the very best in British fashion.

Saturday, 12 December 2015 11:46

The Pyjama Store

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At this time of the year I love lounging around at home, sitting by the open fire reading a book in my comfy pyjamas and drinking a hot chocolate with maybe a tiny splash of Baileys in. When it is the evening and I read a good night story to the children I like to make sure that I feel comfortable so choosing the right nightwear is a must. If I am not in the right night attire, then when it comes to falling asleep it is an absolute nightmare. Having my beauty sleep is a must.

When I was looking online the other day trying to find some new pyjamas to treat myself to I came across a website called The Pyjama Store in London. I instantly fell in love with all that they had. As I have not yet won the lottery (buying a ticket would help) I knew I could only choose a few to order. How would I manage to just pick a few, when everything they had looked so elegant and luxurious?

After I spoke to the lovely James who owns the store he told me that he would gift me with a pair of Ce Soir pyjamas with black and ivory stripes. To say I was delighted would be an understatement. I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all they had to offer. One of my favourite pyjamas are: Three J: NYC ‘Jamie’ cotton white with grey trim. The Pyjama Store provides for men, woman and children so that no one in the family will be left out. Pyjamas are always a much needed present so why not treat your family and friends to some this Christmas?

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Have a look online at www.thepyjamastore.com and then you and your family can sleep as well as I do at night.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 18:19


If you suffer from sweaty feet you really need to get your hands on a pair of slimsoles.

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We tested them out for a week and they are comfortable and keep your feet fresh and dry all day long. They also have a grip foam to prevent the insole from bunching or sliding. Slimsoles are up to a UK women’s Size 9. For a comfortable fit, follow the printed guidelines on the insoles just cut them down to your shoes size.

Available in many highstreet stores and directly from Odor Eaters. Slimsoles are a musthave for anyone suffering from sweaty feet.

Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis CEO


Bond Stage 3 result result

We are currently onto stage 3 with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. Jamie has decided on the perfect design with Jake so it is finally time to add what I would call the sparkle. It is time for Jake to go to Bond’s consultation suite and decide on what diamonds they should use for the engagement ring.

Having been told what Jakes budget was earlier on in the stages, Jamie has been able to find a number of diamonds for him to view and choose from. The diamonds all have unique characteristics; carat weight, colour and clarity. What all the diamonds will have in common is that they are all in a round brilliant cut that matches the design impeccably.

Jake was shown each diamond one after the other and had the differences of each one explained to him. He was told what impact this particular diamond would have on the rings price. After viewing 6 diamonds Jake fell in love with a stunning 1.16ct, D colour diamond.

The ring for Jakes future wife will include a 16 small 0.03ct stones set within the shoulders of the ring. All of the diamonds must match the centre stone on colour and clarity so that the brilliance and sparkle of all the diamonds will be equal. After Jake found the 16ct centre diamond he then found the smaller stones that would accompany.

Now the design and diamonds have been selected the real magic can begin; the creation stage. Even I am excited at this stage so I can only imagine how Jake must be feeling.


Written by Hayley Sweeney

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:38

The Bare Minerals Experience

What an enjoyable few hours spent this evening at the Bare Mineral counter at House of Fraser Nottingham.

I braced the wintery weather and was warmly welcomed by the two hosts with a glass of bubbly and strawberries dipped in chocolate and a raffle ticket.

Guests were given an overview of some of the best Bare Mineral products and offers in the range which would make great gifts for Christmas for family and friends.

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We were also able to see a demo of the products being applied to two of regular people, one young and one more mature. The looks were nice and natural and showing how just adding a little more colour, eyeliner and heavier mascara can transform the face from a day look to evening look using one simple pallet.

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After the demo we were given the opportunity to test and purchase any product we wanted and with every purchase we received a raffle ticket to win one of the lovely gifts on offer. I purchased the mineral powder and stoke of light eyebrightner for darker skin tones which was nice and light but had good coverage. Just how I like it!

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 Tha raffel was finally drawn and i won two prizes one of which was possibly the best on the table. The prizes were - travel makeup brushes, a gold bag with mineral powder, lip gloss, eye shadow, eye shadow brush, eyeliner and a makeup brush.

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Before the evening ended we were all presented with a Bare mineral goody bag which contained even more fabulous gifts to sample from other brands within House of Fraser such a perfumes, eyeliner, body wash mineral foundation to name a few.

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To say this was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience is putting it lightly and I have lots of lovely products and gifts to try out over the next few months.

If you have never used Bare Mineral products I suggest you give them a try.

A big thank you goes out to the ladies who hosted the event and I look forward to attending another event again soon and telling everyone all about it.

More information about their products here: Bare Minerals

Written by Fashions Finest Director Deborah St. Louis 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:14

One-piece wonders


According to H&M the jumpsuit is this season’s chicest around-the-clock piece. As it's the festive season why not go for colour or glam it up with glitter. When it comes to the shoes, dress it down with a pair of flats or rock it with elegant in heels.


Bond Jewellery and Diamonds 2

I promised you that I would be back with more information on Jake and creating the perfect engagement ring for his future wife and this is the next instalment. We are now onto the second stage with Bond Jewellery and Diamonds. As Jake has now clearly explained to Jamie exactly what piece and style he likes, the process is able to move on. Stage two is where Jamie and the other employees at Bond Jewellery and Diamonds get together and begin to develop the perfect design for Jakes beautiful fiancé. This process involves sketches and computer-aided design.

Jamie is knowledgeable and keeps up to date with all the up and coming trends on the market so that his customers will never be disappointed with their designs. All the while Jamie keeps in constant contact with Jake sending him their ideas via meetings and emails. This gives the client full control in creating the perfect piece for their partner. Keeping the client involved is important as this is their way of expressing their love to another. Everything about the whole process must be perfect.

After a design has been decided on Jake will move on to selecting the right diamond or diamonds.

Website: www.bondjewellery.co.uk

Written By Hayley Sweeney

Saturday, 07 November 2015 22:28

AEOS - Active Energised Organic Skincare

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I was asked to review AEOS facial products and hand cream and to be honest as I like a simple daily cleansing regime I was a little overwhelmed by all the different products and wondered if I would be able to continue for more than one day with the process. However I was willing to give it a try.

After persevering with these products I have to say I love everything about them. From the moment you open the pack, the presentation, the textures, the smells, everything. My face felt clean refreshed ready to take on the day and then also cleaned from all makeup and grime of the day ready for bed.

Favourite products from AEOS have to be 1. Dew Facial Wash 2. Gentle Cleansing Lotion 3. Enriching Moisture (blue) and 4. Realive Serum. All containing organic and essential oils like lemon, neroli, honey just to name a few.

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However my ultimate favourite and #musthave from the AEOS range has to be the AEOS Enriching Spelt Hand Cream oh my days, this product felt like silk on the hands and the smell was out of this world. I shared it with my girlfriends and the expression on their face said it all. Nourished hands is all I can say.


Would I buy these products again? Absolutley!

Thank you AEOS for allowing me to test your products it was a pleasure!

More information about AEOS products here www.aeos.net

Reviewd by Fashions Finest CEO Deborah St. Louis

Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:40

A Fashionable Shopping Bag

Having little girls makes you realise just how many bags they need (want) in their lives, I can’t tell you an exact number but I can tell you that’s it’s a lot. They need bags to take out when they go shopping with their friends (probably for more bags), bags for their toys, bags for their make-up etc.

Every time I go food shopping with my girls and they have picked up a few of what they would call vital essentials on the way round they insist on having their own bags to put them in. Buying them their own jute bag every time we frequent the shops can end up being quite pricey. I wished they could just stick to the one bag.

One of my friends told me to check out bags at ClaireaBella Classics when I told her my problem. What I saw on their website solved all my problems. I could choose a jute bag and then pick what design to have on it. Each of the designs where girls, you could pick what skin tone the girl was and what outfit she would wear. You could even pick what accessories she has. To make the bag even more perfect for your little girls, you can have their name added to it. I instantly knew my girls would fall in love with them. I picked the large jute bag costing just less than forty pounds.

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It is not just jutes bags that you can buy at ClaireaBella but also suitcases with the same designs. This is a case that you wont be losing easily at the airport. They have many more gift ideas for the girls; you just need to look online. They sell make-up bags, latte mugs, personalised hoodies, and my favourite; wine glasses. There really is too much for me to mention, you need to have a look for yourselves, you will not be disappointed.

ClaireaBella has many celebrity fans such as Amy Childs, Kelly Brook, Fern Cotton and The Saturdays.

Written by Hayley Sweeney