Summer is wedding season! It’s time to get out your shoulder-baring dress and flaunt tanned and toned legs. But if you’re feeling less than fabulous after a cold winter, now is the time to start getting ready to shine for those summer events.
Healthy Diet And Detox
True radiance starts from within, so the first step is to ensure you’re giving your body high quality fuel. Cut out the refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine; have water or a mocktail instead of a cocktail! Fresh fruit and vegetable juice in a refreshing cool drink will leave your eyes bright and your skin glowing. A healthy detox diet focussing on lean meat and leafy green vegetables will help you sleep well and wake refreshed and energised.
Sun Kissed Curves
Tanned summer skin doesn’t have to involve hours under the harsh rays of the sun or a sunbed. A high-quality airbrush tan will give you that gorgeous bronzed glow while ensuring you take care of your skin.
Keep your beautiful eyes looking flawless in those emotional moments with a high quality waterproof mascara. Or even better, invest in getting your eyelashes dyed by a professional beautician. You won’t regret it when the bride walks up the aisle and the tears start flowing!
A wedding is an excuse to add the latest fashion to your wardrobe. What better occasion than a glamorous summer event to get out the short skirt and Manolo Blahniks? Don’t let less-than-perfect legs hold you back from wearing what you want and looking your best. Varicose vein procedures these days are quick and low-impact.
Sun In Your Hair
Whether the big event will be set in a garden, a church or another special venue, you’ll want to keep that sunshine shimmer in your hair. Book in a visit to your favourite hairdresser a week before the day to achieve a subtly highlighted look that will turn heads.
Exfoliate For Gorgeous Skin
Exfoliation will buff away the winter chills to reveal your flawless spring skin to the world. Gently stroke your skin with a loofah or body scrub to remove dead cells and get a fresh glow. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté areas, but be gentle, as this skin is more delicate than the skin on your legs and arms.
There are lots of temporary cellulite fixes that can help you look your best in that little black dress. Drinking lots of water is key, as hydration will improve the texture of your skin and help your body release any retained fluid. Replacing the refined sugars in your diet with green vegetables will also help your body reduce dimpling.
Quick-fix Body Toning
Get a head start on summer with a combination of heavy and lighter weight resistance training, flexibility exercises and bodyweight workouts. Focus on the muscles that respond fastest to strength training – the shoulders, arms, lower abs and calves. Beginning even a short routine 6 weeks out from the big event will give you a sleeker, toned body, with inches lost around the middle.
Keep your skin fresh and smooth with a refreshing moisturising plan. A high quality and effective deep moisturiser will hydrate and penetrate the skin. Look for one that includes plant and marine active constituents to make your skin glow the natural way.
Finish The Look With A Pedicure
A pair of sweet feet peeking out of your open-toed heels will complete your sexy ensemble. Check out this hot DIY pedicure for a professional look.
Are you cutting back on caffeine drinking more water just to achieve healthy glowing skin?
Well for anyone who struggles to drink even 1 litre of water a day as i do this is a great alternative from OVIO. On tasting the drinks i instantly thought of the hot herbal tea infusions part of my daily intake but this although very similar comes cold and delivered in a bottle. They smell amazing and when you drink them, it’s apparent it’s water but with a hint of fruit.
‘Bursting with goodness, the mighty olive leaf is one of Nature's little miracles. Jam-packed with polyphenols and flavanoids (really healthy stuff) it inspires you to feel full of life’.
Lemon & Mint – It took some time for me to get used to this one as I felt the mint was too strong and I could not taste the lemon enough. But it was still refreshing.
Cucumber & Juniper – A nice combination no one flavour stood out more than the other
Strawberry & Elderflower – Although I am hooked on #lemon flavoured deserts and drinks this one out of the three was my favourite, with a lovely sweet and fruity smell.
Retailing at £9.54.for a pack of 6, that’s £1.59 per bottle from www.oviowellness.com
Give it a try for yourself and let us know what you think.
Written by Fashions Finest #CEO Deborah St. Louis
My hair texture is fine, professionally highlighted, tends to dry out on the ends and its naturally curly, with a tendency to frizz and fly out in all directions.
I’ve been using both products for over a week now. I only used small amount of mousse to start with but slightly larger amount that suggested on the packaging works better with my fine hair. Both products work best when used together, however the mousse worked best on my towel dried hair, after I brushed it. After I dried my hair I used small amount of oil to smooth the waves.
Overall, I am pretty impressed by both products – hair stays nice silky texture for about two days without the need for washing and the ends aren’t drying out. The hair keeps its shape and there is no uncontrollable frizzing. I only needed to use a bit of the serum in the morning to get the hair under control without having to wash it again. I prefer both products to similar hair products that I’ve been using so far.
Both products can be purchased from Boots - Salon Science Cellumax Volumising Foam PhytoCellTec Swiss Apple 150ml - 17.00 and Salon Science Reglosse Smoothing Serum GSP-T Swiss Grape 50ml - 18.00
Writtten by Trashy Blonde
As I am now 31 years old and I have started to notice my body changing in ways that I am not too happy about, I have found myself frantically searching for a product to remove the bags from under my eyes. I wanted them to have that youthful sparkle once again. For a few weeks I have been using Essentials AA skincare collections Seaweed and Aloe refreshing eye gel. It comes in an easy to carry beige and green bottle with a pump style top and is suitable for all skin types. It soothes the skin and can be used for removing make-up.
The Seaweed that is in the eye gel is rich in vitamins and minerals and when not being eaten it can be applied directly to the skin. Seaweed is said to both strengthen and soothe skin and also has a natural anti-inflammatory so it keeps redness of the skin to a minimum.
The Aloe in the gel also known as the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians and has been used in medicines for centuries. It heals wounds while treating many other skin conditions. Unlike other eye gels this one will not break the bank as you can buy it online for only £6.96p.You only need to use a small amount therefore a 50ml bottle could last you a long time. After only using the eye gel a few times I noticed the puffiness around my eyes calming down. My family and friends have commented on my appearance and have been asking what my secret is. I was more than happy to share it with them and tell them that it was Seaweed and Aloe gel from Essentials AA skincare collection. Finally the area around my eyes feel youthful again, they are refreshed and ready for what life has to throw at me.
Written by Haley Sweeney
Most people that smoke are trying to give up. Cigarettes damage your health and are costly. Not to mention that the smell they produce due to the burning tar and chemicals in the tobacco seem to cling to your clothes, walls, furniture and hair. As a smoker these are all things that I loathe about smoking. When I was asked to review Vitastik’s, which are vitamin vaporizers, I was excited. Could this really be a cheaper, healthier alternative to cigarettes? I hoped so.
Each vaporizer came in a different colour and when you puffed on one a light would come on at the end to mimic a real cigarette. Vitastik’s produce no smoke, no tar just flavoured vapor. They are designed to give you the vapor of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, CoQ10 terpenes and phytonutrients through inhalation. As phytonutrients can be found in plants you can see that they are quite natural.
I was sent five different Vitastik’s to try:
Calm- Vanilla and Macha Green Tea:
This had a slight sweet taste to it and it was in fact calming.
Grace- Peppermint and Spearmint:
This tasted minty and reminded me of the mint sweets that restaurants give you at the end of a meal to refresh your mouth.
Relax- Blueberry and Blackcurrant:
If you are a fan of sweet things then this would be the Vitastik for you. This one had a intensely sweet taste to it.
Refresh- Mint and Peppermint:
This had an extremely minty taste and left my mouth feeling quite refreshed after.
Energize-Orange and Grapefruit:
This was my favourite, it had a wonderful fruity smell and taste to it.
I for one will be swapping my cigarettes for Vitastik’s from now on, I can use them indoors knowing that no harm will come to my children and the slight smell that they do produce is fantastic.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
I am obsessed with tea, most of the women in my family are. It seems to keep me warm in the winter yet keep me cool in the summer. There is virtually nothing that having a cup of tea will not solve or at least I like to think there isn’t. I imagine that with every sip my problem gets that little bit smaller. So when I was given the opportunity to review Quinteassential’s award winning White Elixir tea I jumped at the chance. The tea is said to promote a smooth complexion and inner glow. It is a white tea infused with Jasmine flowers, gingko leaves and spirulina algae. The Jasmine and gingko complement each other exceedingly well and it contains the perfect amount of Jasmine.
When made the tea has a wonderful aroma and it tastes amazing when you have it both hot and cold. I suggest that when you buy it, you try it both ways. White Elixir tea is what I would use to impress a lunch date or my Mother on the morning of her birthday. This tea is bound to brighten up anyone’s day and comes well presented in a posh colourful box that is suitable to give as a gift to even your fussiest of friends. It really is the perfect tea for all tea lovers.
How to make White Elixir tea:
1. Boil Kettle
2. Scoop one teaspoon of loose tea and place in one of the tea bags
3. Close teabag with one of the sticks provided
4. Pour boiled water over teabag and leave to brew for two minutes
5. Sip tea and relax
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Whether you’re planning a destination wedding to a sunny locale or are holding your wedding during the popular summer months, you’ll want to make sure that you’re cool, comfortable, and gorgeous on your special day. Here are a few tips to help you select a wedding gown that’s both stylish and practical in hot weather.
Strapless wedding dresses are popular enough in cool weather weddings for their figure flattering fit, but they’re particularly useful for keeping cool when the sun’s blazing. Keep your neck, arms, and shoulders bare to take advantage of cooling breezes while showing off your best assets at the same time. Strapless dresses are far from a one-style affair – you can vary the neckline to create balance. For example, ruching can enhance a small bust, while sweetheart necklines draw the eye up and away from a larger bottom.
Choose Breathable Fabrics
Many traditional wedding gown styles are surprisingly lightweight, particularly when fashioned out of light, breathable fabrics. If you’re planning a summer wedding, avoid synthetic fabrics like the plague. These will weigh you down and make you sweat. Instead, opt for materials like chiffon, organza, tulle, silk, or lace. These let your body breathe on a day when you’re already more prone to breaking a sweat.
Consider Shorter Length
Many of the most iconic wedding dresses aren’t necessarily floor-length. Take a look at this infographic from Vashi to see a range of famous dresses in different lengths. Celebs including Marilyn Monroe, Keira Knightley, and Cindy Crawford all opted for dresses at or above the knee. If you’re not ready to wear a shift or prom dress in a formal setting, you could choose to change out of your main wedding dress into a shorter, breezier, and cooler dress for the reception!
Are you looking to update your wardrobe with clothes that are fashionable but functional? And by that we mean clobber that’s bang on trend and manages to keep you cool on those hot summer nights. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some inspiration that will point you in the right direction when shopping for summer.
Evening Maxi Dresses
It’s all very well wearing a cute vest top paired with shorts to go down the beach, but that just won’t do for the evening. Why? Well, it’s a bit casual for one, and two, that’s what maxi dresses are for! These dresses are the ultimate way to amp up the glamour without looking too overdone.
Say hello to a gorgeous belted ombre dress. This orange number will cinch you in at the waist, and with a floor sweeping length, you’re certain to feel elegant for an evening of al fresco dining. The chiffon material is lightweight, making it the perfect dress to wear on a sweltering summer night. Why not accentuate the beautiful bandeau neckline with a statement necklace? You’re sure to look divine.
Belted Ombre Maxi Dress: £60 at Jane Norman
Going Out Dresses
Are you going out for a strawberry daiquiri (or five!) and a dance? Then you’ll no doubt want to wear something a bit dressier. Swap that maxi dress for a short but sophisticated going out dress; you can’t let loose on the dance floor in a to-the-floor number now, can you?!
This slinky lace dress is the ultimate party dress this summer. The stunning scalloped trim and lace detail makes for a winning choice to wear out on the town, and with a below the knee length, it’s not too short.
With thin straps and a cross over back, this dress is a must have for the upcoming sunny season. And best of all, you can choose from eye-catching pink or classic black – let’s face it, everyone loves a little black dress!
Strappy Lace Dress: £30 at Jane Norman
Named after the fashion icon Brigitte Bardot, it’s no wonder bardot tops are making a comeback this summer. Why? Well it’s a stylish staple for SS15 that exposes a bit more skin that’s subtly risqué, so if you’re looking for an evening top, a bardot top is your best bet.
Effortlessly create a super sassy look with an off-the-shoulder top that flaunts an attractive sweetheart neckline. Team with skinny jeans, plus a pair of killer heels, and you’ll be good to go.
Embrace sixties style by introducing this timeless essential to your summer wardrobe and not only will you look flirty and feminine, you’ll feel cool in the balmy evening with those shoulders out.
Sweetheart Off the Shoulder Top: £25 at Jane Norman
So, there you have it. Now you know what summer staples to incorporate into your wardrobe to be on trend this season. Are you interested in adding these key pieces to your collection? Then look no further than Jane Norman. Here you’ll find fashion-forward clothing, shoes and accessories for women who love to stay up-to-the-minute with trends.
With summer fast approaching there is an influx of special occasions to dress up for, from the races to weddings to hen parties. We all get excited for an excuse to get our glad rags on and get all dolled up to have fun with friends and loved ones. But before you go weaving in and out of the rails searching endlessly for that perfect outfit, here's some inspiration to get you started.
So if you want to go for a fresh summer look, a monochrome dress is a great choice. Whether it's a print or plain, it'll look great against your (hopefully) sun kissed skin, and leaves you open to glam it up with bright accessories. The cut of the first dress is flawless with its open sides and high neck, the perfect balance of sophisticated yet sexy. The marble swirled print dress is very flattering with its layered waist and asymmetric design. For an event like the races or a wedding opt for a more delicate sandal style shoe. If you feel daring enough, the pure white dress is simple yet stunning and a great option in the hot weather. Monochrome floral prints are gorgeous, look bang on trend this season wearing them in a dipped hem or Bardot style.
Of course bright and bold prints are always something you want to wear when the sun comes out, expressing that fabulous feeling the good weather brings. Busy florals are a popular option, as are graphic geometrics. The halter neck style daisy dress with skater skirt is great for a fun and feminine look. The A-line dress with geometric patterns is a fabulous look for those who prefer to wear something a little less figure hugging but still flattering. Feel like a hippy princess in the washed out floral stripe maxi dress. A little less bold, the spring green dress with scattered floral print is the picture of elegance with its high neck and midi length. Make the most of high neck style dresses with a classy updo.
NUDES AND PALES
Dresses in more subtle tones can be just as striking as bold and vibrant hues. There is beauty in simplicity, and with a natural makeup palette and some classy accessories, you can guarantee an elegant and feminine look. From the draped pale pink style above, to the sweet powder blue ensemble with pretty capped sleeves, to the embellished peach beauty, the selection above will suit various shapes and tastes.
By Sarah Mac Crossan
After seeing pictures of Your Tea pop up on Instagram for the 50th time I decided that I had to see what the fuss was all about. I had to know whether this was just another detox phase people were going through or if it was the real deal. I was kindly gifted some Tiny Tea, Skin Tea and Tea Face, now it was time to start my teatox.
Tiny Tea is a 14 day teatox, which does not contain laxatives and is supposed to help your body by clearing your skin and reducing body fat. If this was all true then it would be just what I, and millions of other women were looking for.
When I opened the super cute packaging to begin my teatox and added water to teabag in my mug, I was afraid of what it would taste like. Would I really be able to stick to it for 14 days if the taste was awful? After making the tea (30 minutes before a meal) I drummed up the courage to have my first sip. To my absolute delight it barely had any taste to it. For the rest of the teatox I added a slice of lemon or a spoon of honey to add to the taste.
Only days after starting the teatox I started to notice my body changing. My skin was indeed clearer, my stomach was now flat and my energy levels were through the roof. I was uncertain of why I had so much energy, was it the sheer excitement of having a flat stomach at long last? Either way Tiny Tea was the reason I was feeling so good.
You can see online that Your Tea has a 14 day eating plan for you stick to while on your teatox. I must admit that I did not stick to the menus everyday but I still look and feel fantastic. Your Tea has various other teas that I’m eager to try. Have a look online and see what teas they have to help you. After I have tried the Skin Tea and the Tea Face which is a scrub made from tea granules and is said to heal scars and even skin tone, I’ll be back to tell you all about it.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Most adults do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. This can cause havoc with both our bodies and brains. Sleep should be seen as a priority, just like eating everyday. I have found myself tossing and turning unable to sleep recently but I have found two solutions. Sleep star masks and Dream water. The sleep mask enables me to block out any unwanted light at this time of year and I can use it when travelling. This mask combined with my discovery of Dream water work well. If you are over 18, not pregnant, nursing or taking any medication and are having trouble sleeping then this would be perfect for you.
All you need to do is drink a full bottle of Dream water 30 minutes before you go to bed. (Try chilling it in the fridge before drinking). You will then fall into a relaxed state before drifting off to sleep. I have had some of my best nights sleeps when using Dream water and Sleepstar masks. I wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to take the world on. I would highly recommend them to anyone with sleeping problems.
The mask that I have been using is the deluxe eye mask from Sleepstar. Not only do they do what it written on the packaging by blocking out all the light they are also comfortable, affordable and one size fits all. They even come in an array of colours so you can pick one to match your bedroom décor.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This year's much anticipated Chanel Cruise show was held in Seoul, where the fashion house showcased their pre spring/summer 2015-2016 collection. The location of the shoot was the astonishing futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, in South Korea.
The show was astoundingly impressive, right from the colourful pokadot invitations to the catwalk stage. The minimal room contained small colourful stools, which were dotted around at different heights. The show was nothing short of being breathtakingly young and lively. The curves and sweeping designs of the floor were filled with large colourful spots.
The collection was full of wacky and fun colours, contrasting patterns, patchwork, and zigzag stripes. The combination of garments included some tailored concepts, as well as loose fitting dresses and sleeves; the collection was colourful and had an animated quality. Designs also included some signature Chanel looks including the colourfully woven jacket silhouettes and pencil skirt styles, as well as the Chanel flower the – camellia, which was artistically constructed in a pop art fashion.
There were also some exquisitely embellished evening wear designs, which were full of intricate detailing, including some light chiffon fabric beautifully garnished with elaborate small sequin designs.
The models hair and makeup was just as stunning, Sam Knight who was responsible for creating the looks said that: "Karl sent me images, photos and paintings of traditional hairstyles worn by ancient Korean nobility, and we then made 120 and black hair braids from synthetic hair dressed with beeswax to keep it in place" He also added that he moulded it "into different shapes, from cute Minnie Mouse ears to large triple back buns, and traditionally inspired crowns, almost making them into hats which were fastened with clips and combs onto each girl's hair."
The Mini mouse looking hair was also possibly a reflection of the Korean Manga cartoon genre, which brought a bright and spirited feel to the event.
I like to think we will see this trend filtered down into the high street, perhaps with big braided buns, and plaits. The doll like makeup was very wearable too; from bright pink and red lips, to subtle blusher on the apple of the cheeks; (perfect for summer). The brows were outlined creating precise symmetry.
We are also seeing the return of false lashes but in a small micro mini version, in the middle of the bottom lash line. If this look is too daring for some perhaps opt for a thicker mascara look on the outer corners of the bottom lash line, it will add definition as well as making the eyes appear larger.
The Guest List for the event was star-studded as expected, with everyone I'm sure wanting first dibs on the clothing, we saw the likes of Chanel 'It girl' Kristen Stewart, veteran of the catwalk Gisele Bundchen, as well as the very talented British actress Tilda Swinton.
Karl Lagerfeld's vision for the show was truly magnificent, and inspirational.
Written by Aaminah Saddieq
This editorial used simple lighting with the sole aim of having the images in contrast black and white with varying texture.
Models: Floret Fauna & Dovile Paciauskaite
MUAS: Rosita baiamonte & Sheila Nessa
Designer: Helen Woollams @ Hellavagirl
Photography & art director: Dayo Awe
Assistant photographer: Amma Adjei
As my eyes water in this forever changing English weather, my eyeliner never stays on for long. I decided that it was time to go permanent. Having seen pictures of the work that Daisy had done recently, I knew that she was the right lady for the job. I wanted permanent eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyelids.
On entering the salon I was asked to fill out a medical form, which took longer than expected as my hands I must admit were shaking. I was nervous about the procedure. After taking my form Daisy instructed me to lie down on the bed. I was asked what look I was going for with the eyeliner and then the pre-num was applied to my eyes.
Daisy told me that it would feel a little uncomfortable at first but then I would not feel anything. They say to never trust a bold barber but I felt safe trusting a beautiful beautician; I instantly relaxed after Daisy had talked me through it. When the pre-num had been on for 15 minutes Daisy began.
I could hear the hum of the needle and the music that was playing in the background. All I felt was a slight scratching at first and then nothing. When I say nothing it did feel like a wet cotton bud sliding from side to side over my eyelids which was a nice feeling. Three layers were added to my eyes, these are called passes.
After the procedure my eyes felt sore but this was to be expected. To say I was pleased with the results would be an understatement. I had to keep my eyes dry for a week after and I was told that I could loose up to 50% of the colour but would go back for a top up 4 to 6 weeks later.
To anyone out there that wears eyeliner on a daily basis, stop what you're doing and get in contact with Daisy. You will look fantastic and save yourself so much time and money. It is only two hundred and fifty pounds for what I had done.
To contact Daisy click on the link: www.facebook.com
Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney
I love to paint my nails, its quite thearaputic. The only problem I have is that they do not last more than two days before they chip. So when I heard about gel nails at Ruby's corner (that were on offer) I had to get them. With gels your polish could last up to a month, a date with Prince Harry could not keep me away. I decided to treat myself and have my fingernails and toes done.
On arriving at Chez Titine the nail technician who was extremely friendly and made me feel as if I was catching up with an old friend sat me down. She then proceeded to buff my nails and file them to achieve the perfect shape. Buffing I am told is an important part as it helps the gel polish to grip to the nail.
The colour choice was limited but I have been told that more colours are on order. I picked black and red. After putting the gel polish on which was called Geleration, I had to place both my hands and toes under a UV lamp to allow them to dry. After this process, a coat of finish was added to my nails.
Within a few minutes my nails were dry. I have had nothing but compliments about how they look. I have had them on for a few weeks now and I'm secretly hoping that they will chip so I can have them re-done. I cannot wait to see what exciting new colours will be available.
To perfect your nails click on the link: Ruby's Corner
Written by FF Blogger Hayley Sweeney
27 March witnessed the opening of the 30th Anniversary Season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. It was the maestro of the Russian fashion, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, who traditionally was the first to present his new Fall-Winter collection 2015-2016 Nocturne. The first block of the show featured female demi season coats that became the signature garments of the Fashion House. Principal core of the collection made the formal suits, slim fit jackets and straight dresses accomplished with massive accessories. There were silk wine-coloured skirts with mixed textures, combination of graphic and floral prints on the evening gowns, plenty of adornment - which still left the collection in harmony with the calm and compete colour palette and the choice of silhouettes. Little black dress with the asymmetric collar and bright insets performed in stained-glass technique was according to designer the major highlight of the collection. As for the male line - classic coats, straight-cut suits and shirts with prints made personally by hand of Vyacheslav Zaitsev took the catwalk.
Some of the designers who took part...
Yulia Prokhorova Beloe Zoloto
More information about the designers who took part can be found on the MBFWR site here: www.mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru