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The Science Behind Stretch Marks

Between 50 and 90 percent of women who are pregnant experience stretch marks during pregnancy or after giving birth.

Stretch marks form in the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, when the connective tissue is stretched beyond the limits of its elasticity.

Under normal circumstances the connecting fibres in the dermis can slowly stretch to accommodate growth, however, rapid growth such as through pregnancy, can cause the dermis to tear, allowing deeper layers of skin to show through.

Mama Mio have a range of products available to help sooth stretched skin, and combat stretch marks, and even help stop them appearing!

Made with all natural ingredients, and Full of super- elasticising Omega-packed organic oils in an organic Shea Butter base, they can help protect your tummy (and boobs, hips and thighs) from pregnancy stretch marks, and give your skin super strength and elasticity during the 9 month s-t-r-e-t-c-h!

The Tummy Rub Butter

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RRP £23.50

A velvety smooth butter. Rich in natural Omegas to instantly soothe a dry and itchy tummy.

The Tummy rub butter contains Organic Shea Butter which Provides a protective barrier to lock in moisture and helps build elasticity.

Clinically proven to protect against and prevent stretch marks, and increase skin elasticity by 20% in 2 weeks!

The Tummy Rub Oil

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RRP £27.00

A lightweight, silky blend of natural oils which absorbs quickly to boost your skins rejuvenation.

The tummy rub oil contains Organic ingredients and added vitamin E to protect your skin as it stretches.

Skin feels stronger and looks renewed.

Why not join the debate, and find out which you like the best? Butter or Oil?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:36

How to Bring Back the ‘80s to Your Style

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From vibrant colours, to shoulder pads and excessive ruffles, everything was on point in the 1980s.

Even though minimalism has been around for quite a while, we’re noticing the ‘80s roar, trying to make their comeback into the 21st century. If you've been looking forward to spicing up your wardrobe with fanny packs, classic t-shirts, or maybe scrunchies, this is the right time to do it.

Whether you want to play with colours, sparkle all the way with sequins or maybe ruffle the outfits up, we’ve got a few suggestions that’ll make you bring the ‘80s fashion back all the way.

Miniskirts

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One of the favourite pieces of clothing in the 1980s was, by far, miniskirts. Whether wool or leather, they were often rocked with leggings and a big jacket on top. Today, with an array of miniskirts, you can pair a black leather one with fishnet stockings and ankle boots, throw a leather jacket over a ruffled top and you've got yourself a true Madonna look.

Just make sure you crimp your hair, add bold makeup and you’re good to go.

Bring Back Ruffles

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One of the key looks of the ‘80s were precisely ruffles.

From tops and jackets to dresses, skirts, pants, and even shoes and bags, ruffles are everywhere today. That’s why you won’t have any trouble bringing the ‘80s vibe back to your outfit with structured ruffles on an evening dress.

Think about matching a blush pink top with thin straps with a pair of white trousers and a classy nude clutch to go with your nude sandals.

Nothing says 1980 as off-the-shoulder tops with a few ruffles on them, so consider this option as your go-to top choice for the evening.

High-waisted Denim

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Thank God for high-waisted denim, because it makes every figure look gorgeous.

No matter the shape of your buttocks, or the size of your hips – high-waisted denim will add a certain dose of sex appeal to your outfit while making you feel amazing in your own skin.

So, to make a statement with your ‘80s outfit, think about matching a classic telnyashka t-shirt with a pair of high-waisted denim jeans. Tuck the t-shirt in, put on a black belt with big buckle, and throw over a black blazer with shoulder pads for the ultimate ‘80s look.

Include Neon Colours

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Unlike today, people weren’t too afraid to experiment with colours and embrace the eccentricity back in the 1980s.

That’s precisely why everything from work outfits to gym wear was in bold neon hues. So, to make the ‘80s alive again, feel free to include vivacious colours into your everyday ensembles.

Let decadent designs become a part of the 21st century and have fun with bold colours such as gold, magenta, fuchsia, and cobalt. A magenta blouse matched with bold yellow trousers and fuchsia heels is all you could want for an extravagant ‘80s vibe.

Go With Sequins

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A little sparkle never hurt anyone, so bring back the glamour of the ‘80s with a lot of sequins.

What was worn as a night ensemble back in the day, can now be a gorgeous daytime outfit.

If you’re going for a unique and eye-catching look, a sequin dress is your go-to option. To make it stand out even more, match it with a pair of sneakers and throw on an oversized denim jacket. A white t-shirt underneath the dress plus a pair of ‘80s retro style sunglasses and you’ll pull off an outlandish look everyone will envy you for.

Fashion Accessories To Rock

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Aside from incredibly retro sunglasses, the ‘80s were also known for statement jewellery, fanny packs, bold headpieces and gloves.

The key for the decade was definitely silk gloves with layered jewellery, that added a certain dose of sophistication to an entire look.

For an extravagant ‘80s vibe, think about rocking a pair of oversized earrings along with a fanny pack and a statement pair of sunglasses.

Don't worry about going too far, because the ‘80s were all about taking the fashion to the extreme. You'll be able to tone all the accessories down with a neutral outfit and let the adornments speak for themselves.

If you’re looking for a decade to bring back to your wardrobe, the 1980s are definitely the most versatile one. From oversized accessories to bold colours and excessive ensembles, everything in the 1980s screamed eccentric. Therefore, if your wardrobe needs a bit of spicing up, dig into the ‘80s fashion and you’ll find a myriad of inspiration.

Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:23

Faces Of Beauty

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We love this beauty shoot!

Directed and shot by Joanna Mitroi Photography, these photographs are simple, yet elegant.

The photographer has used clever lighting, and plain backgrounds to capture and highlight the great skin and stunning features of model Magda Swider.

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Here we can see Joanna has explored the diversity of one model, by capturing differing poses and angles.

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From sightly unruly - wispy and wild hair, to a tamed ethnic braid style. Joanna has cleverly focussed attention to Magda's lips and eyes, to draw out her unique features.

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Makeup and hair: Kitty Noofan

Model: Magda Swider

Photographer & shoot director: Joanna Mitroi Photography

Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:12

Menswear-Inspired Pieces for Women

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In high-fashion and fast-fashion menswear-inspired pieces have become an indispensable part of many a collection. Take for instance, Erdem, who created an entire spring 2019 line inspired by “Stella and Fanny, who in fact were Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, who lived as women in the 1860s.” The collection is absolutely stunning, and it’s a perfect amalgamation of the masculine pieces turned feminine. Women have been drawing inspiration for their outfits for decades – just look at Diane Keaton in Annie Hall – the woman actually took actual menswear pieces and made them her own.

Decades later, we’re still obsessed with this type of style, and given that numerous designers have created brand new pieces of this variety for us to integrate into our outfits, let’s see what the five essential menswear-inspired garments are and how we can rock them and still retain a certain air of femininity.

The Bold Type

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Not just a name of a TV series, but an ultra-glamorous, surprisingly feminine look completely snagged from the gentlemen. We’ve gotten pretty familiar with the concept of the power suit, but one of the biggest fashion icons of today – Blake Lively, has taken it upon herself to show us how it’s really done. The actress has recently appeared to a number of events rocking conspicuously men-inspired suits, complete with wide-leg pants – like in those older, more traditional men’s suits, and she has even upgraded the look with pinstripes, vests and even ties. Just looking at her makes us wonder – is it Blake, or do suits actually look better on women? Dear fellas, we didn’t want to step onto your territory, but if suits keep getting this good, we just might be obliged to.

The Best Of Both Worlds

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Sure, sneakers are universal. However, most sportswear brands have made sure that there is a clear distinction between men’s and women’s sneakers. However, we did manage to find a loophole in one of the world renowned Skechers brand, which has somehow managed to create the perfect sneakers which are in no one’s and both lands at the same time. The design and some of the colors are clearly masculine, but we can totally picture ourselves pulling a Bella Hadid and rocking them full-athleisure style with black leggings, a puffer jacket and a hoodie. Just as no one puts baby in the corner, no one tells us which colors of sneakers are for women. We will be making that decision, thank you very much.

Take It Away

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The next time you go shopping for shirts, make sure you turn left or right – wherever the men’s department is. That is where you will find the impeccable and iconic crisp, white Oxford shirt that you can rock perfectly. Men’s shirts have, for some reason, always been better than women’s, so just grab one in a size that will fit you right – meaning, a tad loose, but in your size and you can rock it with a great deal of items. It’s such a versatile piece of clothing that you can rock it with a full-on power suit, high-rise culottes and a fitted blazer, on its own with a cool pair of boyfriend jeans, or even with a pencil skirt. Leave a few buttons undone for an air of nonchalance, roll up the sleeves when the mood strikes you, and voila – you have the perfect top for any and every occasion.

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We’ve already mentioned them, but they still do deserve a room of their own – the mighty boyfriend jeans. We have a firm belief that boyfriend jeans will never go out of style, as they are the perfect mixture of masculine and feminine vibes. The degree of the individual ‘vibe’ always depends on what you pair them with. If worn with an oversized blazer and oxford shoes – you’ll definitely have a more masculine look. If worn with a fitted blazer, a dressy top or an ultra-breezy feminine blouse, they’ll lean more on the feminine side. That is what makes them so perfect – their incredible power of modification and transformation. That is what also makes them one of the must-haves.

The Original Boy Piece

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We’ve come to our last must-have piece, one that you probably already own, but perhaps weren’t aware it originally belonged to men. Yes, it’s one of the first pieces we took and made our own – the motto leather jacket. Hey, it’s such a cool and versatile piece that can, given the right combo, look super-edgy and even make you look a little tough if you want to, or be completely casual and. It’s no wonder we drew inspiration from men, adapted the jacket to fit and flatter our bodies and it’s now a signature staple of women’s fashion.

So, now that we’ve come to the end, how many of these items do you own and which ones will you be purchasing first? Hey, if you have a man in your life – steal his Oxford shirt. We steal their hoodies, why stop there?

Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:47

5 Common Mistakes When it Comes to Fashion

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1. Avoiding Wearing More Than One Bold Colour

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It is a common misconception that you can only wear one bold colour at a time at the risk of visual offence. However, a phenomenon has hit the 2018 runways known as colour blocking, a technique that allows you to go daring with your bold colours and yes, wear them at the same time. Colour blocking is when a garment or outfit is composed of finite blocks of colour. Leading designers have revisited this trend which was hugely popular in the 1960’s and 80’s by adding a modern twist to create unique and exciting styles that have been adopted by high-street retail. It may seem as though it is not the easiest trend to pull off however with a little guidance, you can ditch the old habits of wearing one colour at a time and start colour-blocking.

A top tip when it comes to colour blocking is to wear a belt. The general rule for ladies designer belts this season is the bigger the better. This is perfect when it comes to colour blocking as a thick black or brown belt will neutralise and break up the bold colours, as well as accentuate the waistline.

2. Same Sizing It for Everything

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Sizing can vary dramatically according to the store, brand and item of clothing so it is important that you don’t always go for a set size as this can lead to ill-fitting clothes which is a definite fashion mistake. Cheaper clothing typically fits way bigger so instead of worrying about numbers, it is better to pay attention to how things look on your body. Purchasing clothes that fit a desired weight is also a big mistake when it comes to fashion as aspirational shopping is not only a waste of money, but a waste of space in the wardrobe as the clothes you buy sit unused until you reach your fitness goals. It is much smarter to invest in your new wardrobe once you have reached your fitness goals.

In order to choose the right size, it is always best to try the clothes on when you are in the shop to avoid disappointment when you get home and another trip to return the ill fitted items. Make use of the sizing charts and ignore the tags as this will give you a more accurate size guiding designed to be more personalized to your body shape and size.

3. Believing that Menswear Should be Worn by Just Men

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A trend that has dominated the winter fashion season is the oversized look, whether this be sweatshirts, t-shirts or coats. When looking for oversized items, it is always a good idea to have a look in the mens section as this can often give you the perfect oversized fit that you are looking for.
A classic way to transform menswear into womenswear is by ditching the dress and wearing a men’s shirt as an alternative. This looks super cute with bare legs and some heels to add some femininity to the shirt, whilst still innkeeping with the shirts formal masculinity. Shapeless blazers with large shoulder pads can also very easily transform a boring outfit into something cute and chic perfect for a smart-casual vibe.

4. Low Waist Jeans with Crop Top

A trend from the 90s and 2000s that should most certainly be left there. Crop tops can still be part of the necessity section in the wardrobe, along with low rise jeans however the two should no-longer be paired no matter how much you like your stomach. Pair your crop-top with a high-waisted pair of jeans as this is super flattering for the figure and accentuates your waistline. High-waisted trousers also give the illusion of an elongated lower body tricking the eye into thinking you are taller and slimmer.

5. Different Belt and Shoe Colour

This rule should be taken loosely as it doesn’t always apply. If your belt is neutral coloured such as black or brown, then wear whatever coloured shoe you wish. A black belt with some leopard print boots would work really well together as long as the rest of the outfit remains neutral and black. A bold belt and bold coloured shoes should be avoided as these will clash. When it comes to bold prints it is best to have one piece that is centre of attention, instead of two pieces fighting for attention.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:48

Beauty Essentials for the Winter

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With the cold winter months fast approaching, it can sometimes be difficult getting into the swing of things, particularly when it comes to our beauty regime.

After a long summer of a light dusting of bronzer and a dab of liquid glow, it’s now time to aid our winter beauty needs to have us looking and feeling the best during the festive season.

Skincare

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The harshness of the cold weather can cause many adverse implications for our skin such as dehydration, breakouts and redness. It is important to consider that no skin is the same so treating it accordingly is key.

Although it is a common conception that oiliness only occurs in the hot summer months, this is not true. Oiliness can actually occur more during the colder months due to the body producing excessive oils to keep the skin hydrated naturally. This means that investing in a good oil balancing cleanser is essential in order to reduce shine and ensure that your makeup stays on all day.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is perfect for those with Oily skin during the winter months, but also great for those who are spot-prone. Use this cleanser at night for best results as it removes excess oil, dirt and makeup leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean!

Alternatively, if you are someone that suffers from dryness as a result of the cold temperatures, then the Clinque Moisture Surge would be the perfect investment for you. This moisturiser works non-stop for 72 hours for immediate and long-term hydration.

What is great about this moisturiser is that it is a light, gel-cream that is quickly absorbed meaning it doesn’t make your makeup slide like most heavy moisturisers do.

Sparkle And Shine

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Your makeup is just as important as your outfit, particularly during the Christmas season. Christmas really wouldn’t be Christmas without some face glitter to create the ultimate festive eye. Whether you are going on a Christmas night out with work or for festive drinks with friends, or on a works Christmas night out, there is no need to hold back on the sparkle.

If you want a more subtle glitter makeup look, why not try a dramatic smokey eye using a blend of black and brown shadows, then apply a touch of glitter to the inner corner to add a pop of sparkle as well as elongating the eye shape.

Or if you want to go all out, create a cut crease using a thick concealer and then generously pat glitter onto the eyelid using a flat brush. Make sure you apply glitter glue prior to glitter application for a long-lasting sparkle.

If you are feeling extra daring this year, be sure to try a sprinkle of green or red glitter for even more of a festive look.

Bronzed Goddess

After a summer of having a natural glowing tan, the thought of having to go back to the fake tan mitt once a week is miserable. So how do we keep up our summer glow whilst avoiding the streaks of fake tan?

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion.

This genuinely is a worthwhile investment that can be used all year round. The creamy, moisturising lotion is perfect for keeping your skin beautiful and soft, whilst adding a healthy bronze colour to it for a natural looking glow, perfect during the winter months. You can gradually build a soft tan within a few days whilst deeply nourishing the skin. It also smells of chocolatey deliciousness, leaving you smelling good enough to eat!

Luscious Lips

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We all know the feeling of chapped and cracked lips that come during the colder months where it feels like nothing will make them feel moist again. It is so important to invest in a balm that will actually work.

Tip: Although Vaseline is used worldwide, it is actually just like applying a thick layer of oil on top of the lip which your pores are unable to absorb. So, while it may feel moisturising, it is in fact, doing absolutely nothing apart from clogging the pores which, if used on the skin, can cause spots. It is also extremely greasy and if worn in the sun will fry your lips like oil in a chip pan.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm contains honey and other quality oils that that protect your lips as well as repair damage. For intense action, you can use as a lip mask by applying a thick layer to the lips before bed which will repair the lips during the night then top up in the morning to hydrate for the day.

A dark lip is the perfect way to make a seasonal statement. No Christmas makeup look would be complete without a deep red lip. If you don’t fancy doing a dramatic eye, then a dark lip is the perfect alternative. Although red is the most popular, why not try a deep plum for a super beautiful autumnal look.

MAC have a huge variety of lipsticks ranging from nudes to daring darks. They also come in three different formulas (matte, satin and creamy) to suit your style and preference. This is also great if you have dry lips, as the creamy lipstick will not dry them out further.

Hair

We can often forget about the importance of the health of our hair focusing on just our skin. With the essential expenses of Christmas presents and good skin care, the though of spending more money on hair care is understandably off-putting. No need to worry, you can make a DIY hair treatment that will work just as well.

Try a mixture of avocado and coconut oil for silky smooth hair and extra shine. The avocado contains oils and proteins that will smooth the hair and create shine, and the coconut oil is great for penetrating deep into the hair shaft for intense moisturization.

Heat the coconut oil in the microwave untill it melts into a pouring liquid. Stir in crushed avocado to create a paste and then work into the roots, through to the ends. Leave in for a few hours or overnight for extra intensity.

This treatment is sure to protect your hair from the dry winter winds.

Monday, 17 December 2018 14:27

Last minute gifts for him!

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With Christmas literally days away, and very few shopping hours left until the big day, the race is on to complete the seemingly never ending list of friends and family we need to buy for.

If you have yet to buy something for the men in your list, we are here to help!

From socks to watches, Jacamo has plenty of gifts to choose from, and with ‘three for two’ on stocking fillers, and next day delivery available, there is still time to shop online!

Comfy And Cosy


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Who doesn’t love lounging around in pyjamas this time of year!

This ‘man of steel’ lounging set will keep him looking cool but staying warm this winter.

You could even splash out and treat him to a warm fleecy dressing gown, and slippers to really go that extra mile!

Grooming

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If its skin and hair care he enjoys, then look no further than this L’Oreal Men Ultimate Grooming Set with everything he needs to stay looking and smelling sharp this season. A great gift to satisfy all of his male grooming needs.
There are also smaller sets available which are great as stocking fillers!

Clothing

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There is plenty of top named brand clothing available at Jacamo, and if sizes and styles of Jeans available seem like a bit of a minefield, the handy fit guide can help you decide!

Jacamo has a great range of winter coats and jackets to choose from, and with returns up to 15th January, you can’t go wrong buying him a coat to keep him warm this winter!

Technology

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If it’s tech he is into, then with loads of deals available there is plenty to choose from, like this 2-in-one laptop/tablet, with plenty going on inside!
If that’s not his thing, then who could resist a virtual reality gaming pack. With stunning visuals, 3D audio and intuitive controls from PlayStation, this will appeal to the boy inside every man!

And For The Man Who Has It All...

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There are plenty of novel and quirky gift ideas available, like this pack of 6 vinyl coasters. Guaranteed to be a conversation starter in any home!

Whatever gifts or stacking fillers you are still on the hunt for, check out Jacamo.co.uk for a wide range of choice and ideas.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:02

How To Wear The Velvet Trend During Winter

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After what felt like an endless summer, the autumn and winter fashion season is well underway. Velvet comes in and out of fashion each winter, but this year it is getting serious.

There are many reasons why you should be loving this classic winter fabric - it can be dressed up, styled down, looks great on accessories and is also perfect for the festive season.

Adding a splash of velvet to your look can instantly transform it and make it feel so much more romantic and glamorous without being too over the top.

For a more casual look, pair the velvet element with trainers, chunky, glamorous jewellery and statement bags.

The material is super cosy and warm, which is perfect for winter.

There are so many ways to style and shop velvet this season, from chic velvet sets to long robes.

Here are some simple ways you can wear the velvet trend this winter.

Rich Colours

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Velvet fashion is perhaps the most elegant and sophisticated when in rich jewel tones, but that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find some lighter tones which are chic as well!

If you are ever in doubt when it comes to wearing velvet, stick to the deeper and darker shades. They are going to be your safest option if you don’t want to get it wrong.

Black velvet is a classic go-to, but don’t be afraid to play with the jewel tone department - think emerald greens, deep blues and bold reds.

Seek The Smooth Velvet

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It’s very easy to find pieces made from crushed velvet, but you should always be wary. It is easy for even the most expensive designs to look cheap if the velvet is crinkled and ruffled, so look for smooth velvet which speaks to you and your styles.

It is easy to differentiate when you are looking at different velvet designs as the right fabric will feel and look great. By pairing together the right jewel shades with smooth velvet pieces, you will create the perfect basis to start your search.

If you don’t want to add a velvet piece to the main bulk of your wardrobe, take a look at investing in some velvet shoes. They’re sure to add a splash of style to whatever you are wearing.

Add It To Your Professional Wardrobe

Suits or blazers made from plush fabric may sound a little strange, but it can make for a great look. If you opt for a velvet blazer paired with a silk top, then you’ll have two extremely luscious fabrics next to one another, giving a rich and luxurious style.

Velvet fashion is also wearable as other pieces of outerwear. Coats are a great piece to invest in if you don’t want to wear velvet throughout the day and it is one of the most luxurious and striking iterations of velvet you can add to your wardrobe. It’s easy to style, as you can wear it over pretty much any style of outfit without having to worry about it overpowering anything.

Wearing A Velvet Dress

You may find that a velvet dress is one thing you are missing from your wardrobe, especially during the winter.

Velvet dresses are seen at their most feminine when styled on the runway, as they can show just how versatile the fabric can be.

You can go playful and short with dresses which contain velvet ruffles or you can even go more luxurious with velvet making up the body of the dress. Either way, velvet adds so much to even the most standard of dresses which come in similar styles or designs.

If you do wear a velvet dress, let that be the main star of your look. You don’t need to worry too much about accessorising a velvet dress as the fabric speaks for itself. Simply add a pair of complementary shoes, a simple bag and maybe a piece of jewellery and you’re ready to go no matter the time of year.

Accessorise

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Whilst velvet chokers have been in style for a while now, this winter is the perfect time to add to your velvet accessory collection. Velvet scarfs look amazing with even the simplest of outfits, especially if you are looking for ways to stay warm and stylish this winter.

One of the best velvet accessories you will be able to find is a handbag. A lot of the top designers and fashion houses have recently focused a lot of work on velvet handbag designs and styles, so you’re sure to find your dream bag in no time if you have a browse around.

If you don’t want to go that bold, why not start off your velvet collection in the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of women's sleepwear sets that come with velvet styles, so you can see if you like the style and feel of the material before you invest in something a little more daring.

Plus, they’re warm to get cosy in over the winter!

It’s extremely easy to add velvet into your everyday looks, and you’ll find just how well even just a splash of velvet can completely transform your outfit from day to night.

Velvet is a winter trend which everyone should get behind.

Written by Natalie Wilson

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:00

Take Your Winter Look From Day to Evening

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When talking about winter fashion, most of us gravitate to oversized sweaters, thick coats and bulky scarves.

It’s important to have stylish pieces that not only keep you warm, but also express your personality.

With these women’s winter fashion essentials, you can easily go from running errands during the day, to a night on the town without having to stop at home.

The Classic “Little Black Dress”

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Most women have the classic little black dress tucked away in their closet. In the past, this timeless piece was saved for only the most important events. However, in recent years, the 'LBD' has become a more transitional wardrobe staple.

A unique little black dress can take you from the office to an evening soiree effortlessly. While at the office, try wearing a white button down blouse underneath or a bolero jacket over it. Remove the blouse and add jewellery to dress it up for after hours.

Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are the perfect way to look polished and put together at the office, but sleek and sexy when out with friends.

I recommend wearing a slim turtleneck with your skirt during the day and adding chic bomber jacket at night. Look for pencil skirts with lace cut-outs or classy embellishments – these additional details will add interest to your garment and make your overall outfit 'pop'.

A Silk Blouse

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Silk blouses work at the office, on a date, at happy hour, and even at a Christmas party.

Just like the pencil skirt, a silk blouse masters the ability to make polished look sexy.

Keep it professional by wearing a tailored blazer to the office. At night, throw on a leather jacket to take the blouse from professional to flirty. Top it off with a pair of studded heels for the perfect combination of chic and edgy.

The Jacket

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Everyone has their winter coat, but the key to women’s winter fashion looks going from day to night is the right jacket.

From bombers to blazers and everything in between, the right jacket can add the perfect amount of flare. Some jackets everyone loves are navy blazers, camo jackets, and moto jackets.

So which jacket style do I recommend? It’s always going to be the jacket you feel most confident in because that’s the jacket that’s going to look best on you.

The Right Accessories

Even the chicest outfit needs a little bit of accessorising. Sometimes, simply adding a necklace or a different handbag is all it takes to go from daytime chic to night-time edge.

Accessorising can be hard. Over accessorise and you could look a little costume-ish, but under accessorise and you’ll look a little bare. Here’s a roundup of the perfect pieces to add, so that you look stylish, classy, and perfectly fashionable.

The Perfect Clutch

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The main difference between daytime and night-time looks is the bag you’re carrying.

During the day you want to keep all your essentials with you: your planner, lipsticks, laptop, tablet, and everything else but the kitchen sink, right? However, at night, you probably only need some lipstick, powder, a mirror, credit cards, and cash. Carrying less means you don’t need a large purse.

A clutch is the perfect size to hold all your night-time essentials while keeping the focus on your outfit. Swap out your daytime work tote for a smaller bag like this classic clutch.

Statement Jewellery

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During the day, you want to keep your look focused on the business. This means you don’t want people distracted by your outfit. So, when the sun goes down, that means it’s time to play.

Swap out your simple pearls or studs for some eye-catching statement earrings. These look great with your unique 'LBD' or your silk blouse.

Jewellery is a quick, time saver when you’re trying to go from the office to happy hour.

Scarves And Wraps

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It’s cold outside and you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. In fact, scarves and wraps encourage style. You’ll love the way your jacket pairs with a cashmere or infinity scarf. Wrap yourself in soft cashmere for warmth, style, and comfort.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to choose dark colours. Don’t let the world forget about colour with winter styling.

Printed silk scarfs can add both colour and intrigue to an otherwise plain outfit. Don’t be afraid to switch out your daytime scarf for a fun night-time scarf.

Women’s winter fashion looks are loaded with ways to keep your spirits high even when the temperatures are low. Stay warm and happy shopping!

Written by Tess DiNapoli

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:12

Stylish Must-Haves

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As 2018 comes to a close (gasp), I think back to what has or what can make me more productive and inspired as a business owner and creative. The list is long and is still being written; but fear not, I have my top six that I selected for your enjoyment (hopefully) and gift-search ideas. Enjoy!

Therapy Big Ideas Soft Bound Notebook (£10)
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For those creative ideas or business plans that are yet to be realised, why not write them down? I have found that some of my greatest ideas were written on paper, not on a tablet or phone. Interesting, right? But for what it's worth, why not get a cute notepad that gives you reason to create new ideas in the new year?

Bobble Insulate Water Bottle (£21.99)
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Drink water hot or cool in Bobble's cute insulate bottle- such a good money-saver! And you can keep beverages hot for up to 12 hours. It is eco-friendly and durable, with a double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel which is BPA free.

Biba Bag For Life (£8)

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100% organic cotton tote, for your every day use. Do away with countless plastic bags and contribute to saving the environment. Also, think of all the pennies you could save in just 6 months when you shop with a Bag for Life.

Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator (£30)
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This antioxidant-rich moisturiser hydrates skin and boosts its radiant look. Don't let the winter's harshness get to your skin!

Urbanista Seattle Wireless Headphones (£99.99)
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Compatible with Android, IOS and Windows, these sleek and comfortable wireless headphones are a dream grab for anyone on the go. If the stylish design isn't enough to draw you in, how about the fact that you can manage both your music and phones calls?

Linea Etched Copper Box Range (£22)
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Both stylish and practical! We know so many things can be stored digitally these days, but for those precious things that clutter your home or work space, these boxes are great. Boxes come in different sizes.

Visit www.houseoffraser.co.uk for all items.

What are your favourite items this season?

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Clothes designers can’t always be strong in every area of clothing that they design and right now, the area to shop, with the strongest fashion impact is in the accessories department.

At the moment, more is definitely more and that means that our wardrobes are in for a huge transformation with the purchase of just a few items.

If you want a fast-track to an updated wardrobe for winter, then check out some accessories with the highest impact that you can add to your collection.

Sculptural Earrings

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Big earrings are the new avocado on toast - big, fun earrings don’t need to cost a fortune.

It can be easy to get carried away with the size and colours, so try and choose something that you know you will be pleased to still see and use in a year or so.

Whilst small and dainty earrings had their time in 2017, 2018 has seen accessories go back to bold. 2019 is set to see earrings become much more minimalist and modern - think geometric and sculptural shapes in gold and silver.

Whether you pair with a black roll neck or a high-power work suit, a pair of earrings is sure to add to any outfit.

Diamanté Shoes

If you can’t help but enjoy something with a little bit of sparkle, then your wardrobe is sure to benefit from a dazzling pair of diamante shoes.

Crystals, gemstones and diamanté can all be found studded onto some of this seasons biggest shoe trends, from stiletto heels to encrusted diamanté thigh high boots. There’s no shortage of shoes that have been transformed with a few jewels.

A great way to add some style to a basic jeans and jumper combo, you need a pair of sparkly shoes in your wardrobe this winter.

Unusual Handbag

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Whilst a classic black tote is ideal for work, you don’t want to just have one style of handbag as you go from the weekdays to weekends or days to evenings.

Bag designers are currently having a lot of fun, from unusual fabrics, such as velvet and suede, to fun details like chain handles and sequins, there is no bag which is too 'out there'.

If you are having trouble finding a bag that is both weird and wonderful (and within your price range) then have a browse through your local charity or vintage stores - they’re sure to have plenty of budget-friendly options for you to choose from.

'Extra' Makeup

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Thanks to festivals and the resurgence of 80's and 90's fashion, makeup has had a complete transformation over the past few years. Trends were once simple and elegant, but now more is better.

Glitter makeup features heavily in most makeup looks, whether it’s across your eyelids, in your brows or used as a highlighter. Neon and gold are also really popular, with contrasting colours spread across your eyelids, cheekbones and lips.

'Snake' Into The New Year

Snake print is one of those things that doesn’t look different when expensive or affordable. When the pattern is in a neutral shade, you’re sure to find a pair of boots or a shirt which will last way beyond the initial trend.

If you’re looking for a pair of snakeskin print boots, then a 90's heels and toe shape is the perfect style and possibly the most sophisticated item of clothing you’ll find on the high street this winter.

Written By: Natalie Wilson

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:57

Stylish Gifts

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The season of joy and giving is approaching and as every year the struggle to find the right gift for friends and family is once again a nightmare. So, to take the stress away we have compiled a list of stylish gift picks for every Him and Her and the kids. And to make it easier for you we kept it all under one roof, all gift ideas are available at Debenhams online or in-store

HAPPY SHOPPING !!

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This sweet tasting Raspberry infused Gin is the perfect gift for the G&T connoisseur.

For the skin care junky a Clarins skin solution set is the ideal gift, and for the makeup enthusiast a makeup blockbuster gift set will offer the ultimate makeup collection that will last all year long.

For the fashion conscious the Jenny Packham - Black embellished diamond velvet bag, will be a flawless edition to her occasion handbag collection.

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A bold Rum for a bold man, the Peaky Blinders black spiced Rum! Or, for the beer maker a DIY Beer or Cider making kit.

For the gym junky the Men’s Society gym kit is the ideal essential for his gym bag, and the Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant - black leather hold-all is perfect gift for the man that loves to travel.

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Gifts for the homemaker,the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 coffee machine with its sleek space saving design is the ultimate gift for the coffee lover.

The Abigail Ahern multi coloured Leopard embroidered cushion will be a loved edition to the decor obsessed and pair that with a lamp from the MW -Matthew Williamson collection and she and her living room or bedroom will love you forever!

Last but not least the gold metal multi coloured glass lantern will be a great last minute gift or stocking filler.

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For the sweet tooth give him or her their own Milkshake maker, and the Alice Scott, Pink and Green Palm Print 'Lunch Goals' Lunchbox for the #instagoals school girl.

For the creator and Lego builder the 'Jurassic World - Blue's Helicopter Pursuit' set, and for the gadget lover you can find a host of geeky gifts - from Smartphone photo printers to smartphone projectors.

Now that everyone else's presents are sorted...its time to make sure Santa knows what you want for yourself this Christmas!

HAPPY HINTING!!!

Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:04

Fresh Off the Runway: Winter Fashion Made Affordable

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Summer is quickly becoming a distant memory, and the weather is reminding us daily that it is time to ditch the summer wardrobe and say hello to a new season of fashion, cosy nights in and an abundance of chocolate.

Although it can often be difficult getting into the swing of things after a seemingly endless summer, particularly when it comes to transforming your wardrobe from bikinis to jumpers. No need to stress, you’re top 2018 Winter trends are coming your way making your Christmas that little bit easier!

Boots

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We all know Winter wouldn’t be Winter without a great pair of boots (or three) and it’s no secret that Alexander McQueen’s Winter boot collection is breath-taking. The collection hosts an array of gorgeous styles ranging from chunky ankle boots to sexy leather thigh-highs. Or nod to the 60's with the beautifully elegant leather mid-calf length boots with a round toe and block heel.

Luckily, such pieces haven’t gone a miss, and high-street retail has brought out their own interpretation of boots, saving you a whole load of money this Winter.

Pair your thigh-highs with an oversized knit for a cute yet effortless look which is often modelled by Ariana Grande. Or if the thought of bare legs is making your shiver, you can wear with jeans or tights. In the Style is a great place to look for affordable boots that are inspired by the catwalk.

Coats

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Being cold is not an option this year, as an over-spill of coats from the runway take over the high street in an abundance of styles, you are sure to find one that suits you! A particularly popular trend this Winter is the shearling jacket that has originated from the Stone Age where sheepskin was used to protect and insulate. Almost 2.5 million years later, this historical classic has made it onto the 2018 runway, being interpreted by a range of designers in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and bomber, all combined with essences of Shearling. A piece we cannot ignore is by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail, costing a total of £2900.

If that’s too hard to swallow, the high-streets have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway at totally affordable prices making it a worthwhile investment this Winter. This smart sophisticated jacket looks super cute worn causally with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some casual shoes, adding an essence of boldness and grunge to a ‘made no effort’ outfit.

Alternatively, a statement coat is a perfect way to effortlessly add a pop of colour and texture to a neutral or black outfit, making you look like you are fresh off the runway. Oversized bomber jackets are super on trend this season as well as faux fur and long trench coats. The options are endless, and each are a great way of making a statement as well as staying warm and comfortable this Winter.

Home Comforts

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Fashion doesn’t always have to leave the house, particularly during the cold festive months of Winter. Keeping up with Winter trends begins at home.

Although it may not seem obvious, sleeping trends are a thing and are becoming increasingly popular, particularly on the high-street. Women's sleepwear is a forever expanding category and is being payed more attention to in the fashion industry with an abundance of styles to choose from. You can now find over 1000 sleepwear styles online making the perfect necessity for a cosy night in, or a great stocking filler for your loved ones. A popular sleepwear style this year is the traditional shirt and trouser set that you can find in an array of different colours and fabrics.

Oversized Sweatshirts

This trend is a definite favourite as it offers comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with anything. You can find these sweaters anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top trick is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your sweater with some thigh-high or ankle boots or some Mum jeans and trainers for that super cute 90's skater look. If you want to dress this look up, then switch the sweatshirt for a chunky knit. The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark weather with a pop of vibrancy. You can find affordable pieces like this in River Island, Primark and Topshop.

Written by: Poppy Jones

It’s official – Christmas is just around the corner and the work party season has well and truly arrived!

But how do you dress for a Christmas party if the venue of choice is less than conventional? With bosses choosing quirkier venues to host the festive celebrations, many of us have been left wondering just what on earth to wear.

You can’t go far wrong with the little black dress, but what if your work party requires something a tad more practical? Luckily, River Island have got you covered with this handy guide on how to dress for any office party venue:

Sophisticated Stately Home:

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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you could be celebrating your work Christmas party in a stately home or castle. Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a ball in your surroundings. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, you may want to opt for something more comfortable.

Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so wear what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).

Bowling And Drinks:

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Who doesn’t enjoy showing off their competitive side? If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.

Comfort is the name of the game here – but you’ll want to keep it stylish, of course. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your work-wear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.

You can’t go far wrong with this summer’s hottest trend – culottes. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season.

Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.

Traditional Restaurant Meal:

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A meal and drinks is the traditional Christmas party format.

A traditional meal in a restaurant is the most common choice of Christmas party format. But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.

If the little black dress just isn’t your thing, you may want to try something a bit more daring. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go!Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table.

This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.

Party On A Rooftop Terrace:

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Let’s face it, we all wish summer could last forever. Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change!

Rooftop terrace parties give you the chance to really show off your style credentials – think red dresses, sequins or long glittering ball gowns. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.

Outdoor venues definitely call for a good coat. This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar.

If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:33

All the Fashion Inspiration A 2019 Bride Needs

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For a true diva, a wedding is a perfect opportunity to show off her styling skills. If the wedding happens to be your own, then it’s practically a fashion paradise just waiting to happen, and picking out the right attire and accessories is probably one of your favourite parts of the whole event.
If you’re giddy with happiness at the very prospect and can’t wait to show off the hottest trends, then get ready to be the most modern, gorgeous bride in 2019. For our eager fashionistas, here are some popular styles that should inspire all sorts of fun outfit ideas for your ceremony.

Daring, Sexy Crop Tops

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We love the idea of getting the kind of wedding outfit that you can wear even after the event, and the crop top and long skirt combo is one of the trendiest things that you can pick up. It’s definitely sexy, but what’s even better is just how damn elegant it can look. With only a hint of your midriff bared, a sleeveless or off-the-shoulder crop top can be downright demure, and if you pick a simple one you can even utilise it for different occasions. Imagine a marriage anniversary a year from now, and you wearing it underneath a sleek blazer? But not only that, a two-piece outfit like this can make it easy to change into something more comfortable after the ceremony, so you can bring a soft pair of pants or a simple skirt to change into for that wild after party you were planning—everyone loves a bride that shows off two outfits in one go.

As for the bottom half, pick a long, dramatic skirt that swishes as you walk, or maybe go for something a little more form-fitting and pick a mermaid cut that will flatter your curves.

Dramatic Jumpsuits

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Wedding jumpsuits are a great invention, and they’re a great choice for brides who want to be a little more comfortable and still leave an impression. Most of the cuts look very sleek and polished, and they’re very popular with corporate queens and important business women because they give off an aura of power and luxury that can be really fun at weddings—who says that everyone needs a frilly dress? If girly outfits are not your thing, pick a jumpsuit and throw a blazer over it for full effect.

Pure, Unadulterated Sophistication

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Meghan Markle is to thank for this blessedly wonderful trend. For ladies who believe that elegance lies in simplicity, her Givenchy wedding dress was an inspiration that is still highly recognised as the ultimate form of royal sophistication. It’s influencing bridal trends everywhere, and the clean cut, simple silhouette, and lack of fussy or excessive details mean we’re getting garments that truly represent feminine grace. To pull this off, find wedding dresses that have traditional cuts and pair them with very simple, natural makeup and minimal jewellery. The trick here (and the reason everyone was so impressed with Meghan’s attire) is to let your own beauty be the biggest ornament—anything you wear is just there to enhance it.

Floral Fantasy

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Reem Acra gave us a very interesting blend of floral details and metallic for 2019, and this is a very good direction for the kind of bride who loves the romanticism of weddings. Whether the flowers are subtle lace details on your veil or something that covers the whole dress, it’s hard to go wrong with something like this—you’ll feel like a princess and look totally feminine and demure.

Mini Lengths

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Not every dress needs to be huge, puffy, and dramatic. Shorter wedding dresses are a great choice, particularly if you picked a venue where you expect your guests to dance and be a little more active instead of simply sitting around. Look for garments with shimmery details or a fun feather trimming, and feel free to incorporate a 1920's vibe into the whole thing. The mini dresses actually work really well with finger curls, smoky eyes, and jazzy dance tunes. Of course, you can also go for sheer panels over a soft satin base if you prefer a little more serious kind of look. Just make sure to pair your dress with a really good pair of heels that will elongate your legs and make you feel more glamorous.

Headband Accessories

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When it comes to accessories, they seem to be focused mostly on one statement piece, and for 2019 that’s going to be a headband. Whether it’s pearls, shimmery gemstones, or simple satin ribbons, brides will be turning to hair ornaments to complement their attire and make them look just a touch more ethereal. If a headband doesn’t go with the hairstyle you were planning, consider wearing a circlet—they’re easy to incorporate with any kind of up-do, and they can make you look very regal.

Luminous Skin

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No more heavy, cakey makeup trends, gals. We’re slowly shifting more towards natural looks, and you no longer have to worry about elaborate eyeliner or buckets of bronzer that will completely change your natural skin tone. Next year invites minimalism, so master the art of natural makeup and enjoy the way it enhances your best features.

Your wedding is a great opportunity for you to play with fashion! Go as traditional or as out-of-the-box as you like, and have fun showing off your style.

Written by Sophia Smith

Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:05

Christmas Wish List 2018

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Christmas is almost here again, and the countdown to Santa’s sleigh bells will begin very soon. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with deciding what to buy for everyone else, and leave yourself until the very last minute!

If you have just realised that’s you, don’t panic. Some of Fashions Finest designers are on hand to help you out.

Whether it’s finding the perfect accessories for your Christmas ‘do’ or a statement dress for the New Year’s party, check out these pieces, with a word from their designers too. 

Valdenize Soares

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This stunning scarf is 100% silk, and measures approximately 90x90cm square. The main motif has a crown to denote the Queen Bee that is central to the picture and commands the other elements.

This statement piece is artwork in itself, and can be worn to add to your holiday outfit this season.

Price: £55 with free UK shipping

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Saraden Designs

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Saraden Designs ‘Vanity’ hair comb is a one of a kind piece which has been designed using Saraden Designs Handmade, light weight metallic fabric in various pastel tones. Each piece has been stencilled out, cut and rolled into its shaped before being hand sewn into place.

Vanity is very full bodied with an extensive colour palette of pink, purple, yellow, gold, blue, silver and white. It is a perfect piece to brighten up any outfit and it is one of Sarah’s favourite designs. The design is very light in weight and is secured to the head with a comb.

Price: €190

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Twozzday

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Twozzday’s latest collection, is now officially available for purchase!

This London collection was the end of a summer, nationwide tour ending in London. Stay warm this holiday season, and enjoy the style and comfort Twozzday’s collection affords you.

Price: $40-$222

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Hellavagirl

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This dress will really make a statement at the new year’s party! Made from midnight black, stretch velvet, it is a panelled dress with a beautiful fishtail shape, and iridescent shimmer throughout. This dress boasts statement sleeves and puddle train.

Size UK 8-16 available (lead time 14 days)

Price: £495 plus £10 UK shipping

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Kepaza

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Elise cardigan is a stunning cardigan made in soft viscose and is perfect for both every day or a party. Over a dress this will keep up warm and looking fresh. Available in glacier print and phantom black.

Price: Cardigan $350

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Hermosa

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These glasses are gorgeous eyewear with a clear tint. They are not weather restricted, and can be worn to accessorise any outfit over this festive period and beyond. Note the beautiful pearl and hand detailing which make the piece unique.

Price: £50 with free UK shipping.

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Very Rich Style

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VRS breathes its fashion aesthetic into its first ever fragrance for men and women, ‘Forever’. Sumptuous and unforgettably sultry, the fragrance takes one on a journey through Florentine Iris, Oriental Ambergris, Bourbon Vanilla, Geranium, Calabrian Bergamot, and Suede.

Available now just in time for the holidays!

Price: $90

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ShayJaffar

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This Rubellite jumpsuit is inspired by the Rubellite gemstone itself. Contrived in New York City, only three pieces are crafted of the design. It is now available for pre-order exclusively on Shay Jaffar online store.

Not only this, but if you are one of Fashions Finest lovers, the promo code FFXmas will guarantee you 20% discount upon order!

Price: $3,880

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Olya Sookie

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Look no further for the ideal outfit for all glam events coming your way this festive season! The Nephilim dress from the atelier of Croatian designer Olya Sookie is ideal for all Christmas and new year’s parties and guarantees a striking entry into the New Year. 

How better to mark this time of year, than to look like an angel that has come down to the earth! Contribute to the magic of the season in the airy, silver-white dress that gives you an ethereal vibe.

The Nephilim dress is handmade, and can be fully customized for you! (maybe a warmer edition for the colder weather) Contact us without hesitation, we will make the dress represent the real you!

Price: £470

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Misora Nakamori

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These limited edition heels are made by hand, through collaboration with an Italian artisan, boasting the top care and expertise of a craftsman’s hand. They are made with a leather upper, and originally crafted wooden heels to make your chosen party outfit special this holiday season.

Price: £860 with free UK shipping

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Quillattire

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Retro Blue waterproof windbreaker. This is a limited edition, unisex teal colour wind breaker. (Model wearing size M.)

It boasts a pouch pocket front, with invisible zip compartment and a button front pocket perfect for your valuables. You even get another invisible side zip for your wallet and phone.

The inside is lined with a mesh that is printed with our signature bespoke retro leopard print, and text printed on the sleeves reads 'I am who i am. Your approval is not needed.’ Cord is in black and a half zip at the front. 

A cool, statement piece that can be dressed up or down to accentuate your choice of dress this holiday season!

Price: £68

Get the look here! 

Happy Christmas Shopping, and may all your wishes come true this holiday season! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:26

The Perfect Purses for Autumn & Winter

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For many, autumn and winter are a new chance to swap out those summer and spring styles for cold weather classics, like fuzzy sweaters, knit hats, and purses that complement your seasonal attire. It’s time to start off fresh again, and breathe some life into your wardrobe! Don’t throw away all your old bags, but adding some new classics to your closet for the new season will help make it easy to create the wardrobe looks you wait all year long to show off! Here are a few purse styles and shapes that will help you upgrade your collection from old to new again - without completely modifying your current collection.

Micro-mini

Minimising is in and with these micro minis all you need is your phone, credit card, and a lip gloss for the perfect night out. This is ideal for those cocktail dress nights out on the town, where you don’t want to lug around your regular mini bag.

Unique Clutches

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The classic clutch never goes out of style. This autumn and winter, try a clutch that is a little more unique, like a hard plastic acrylic bag or a woven clutch - they make for an artistic touch to any outfit, and are a true statement pieces of their own. You can find simple envelope style cross-body clutches, as well as intricate textured designs. Try pairing these with a casual pair of jeans and blouse to really make it stand out.

Doctor Bag

This old-school look will have you replacing your classic totes with a much cleaner and more professional look. Totally roomy, you’ll love stuffing this bag with all your work and daily necessities! Match this with any office look or your date night apparel for a sophisticated style that’s versatile for your day-to-night lifestyles.

Belted Bags

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You may be thinking fanny pack at the mention of belt bags, but this strappy design is a great autumn accessory, especially when hitting up those outdoor activities and festivals. Out of sight and out of mind, the strap fits snug around your waist when adjusted properly and won’t steal the show away from your outfit. When you’re out and about, pair your belt bag with your favourite leggings and comfy sweater!

Decorative Pouches

Not quite a clutch, and not quite a wrist-let, this combo makes it easy to grab and go. The pouch design is also super flexible, and makes it easy to throw in all sorts of necessities without cramming items in like a puzzle to fit just right. This little bag makes the perfect accessory for those fun dates nights! Whether you’re hitting the local carnival, or go-kart raceway, this flexible bag will look great with your semi-casual attire.

Scarf Strap

Yes, that’s right! A purse with a scarf strap has the combination of fashion and convenience — all in one. The soft strap won’t weigh heavy on your neck and shoulder, and will look creative too! Scarf straps allow more room for creativity, with bold and exciting patterns, and colours that add a little something to your little black dress.

Circle Purse

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Don’t be a square, and hop on board to this vintage comeback! The circle purse usually features a small wrist-let to hold onto, and a convenient snap closure. Circle bags have been massively popular this year, and it’s easy to see why - this retro look will pair great with a short and sassy dress for parties, and bring that old-school design we all dream about!

Lady Bags

Super clean and minimal, this classic purse means business. The sleek look will create a sophisticated style when matched with your office wear, and can easily go from work to happy hour! Dressed up or dressed down, it’s easy to match this feminine look to almost all your wardrobe styles.

Ring Handle Bag

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Switch out your evening clutches for something a little more modern, like the new ring handle bag. This look brings a retro vibe and makes going out more fun when you can let it hang from your wrist, rather than struggling to carry it tucked under your arm all night. This little sidekick will look classy when you match it with your sleek trouser suit outfits.

Bucket Bags

There’s a new modern twist to the traditional bucket bag. These bags keep their structured design, but offer a little more fashion to them with special designs like woven looks to add a little something to your everyday attire. The bucket style makes it easy to carry an assortment of things with you at all times. Whether you’re a mum on-the-go or a busy manager, this is the bag that has all the room you need.

Switch It Up

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When you’re getting bored with last cycle’s purses, bags, and clutches, substitute your formerly classic styles with these new remixes.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:21

Be Your Own Success

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BE YOUR OWN SUCCESS, a mantra by which Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry has lived, from the beginning of her career in Paris in 1998 to her success now.

Launching her first collection at the Leclaireur in Paris, followed by an invitation to show at Paris Fashion week in 1999, to her successful partnership with Virgin Airlines. A partnership which has seen her gold BYOS bar as the 10th best seller in the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy Magazine - 2016. Her success has seen her pieces being worn by the Royals, and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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Each and every piece in her collection has a timeless elegance and a playful mix of texture and colour to it. Making it a dream to wear for women who love to add colour and texture to their everyday outfits.

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Drawing inspiration from life, culture and world events, she designs each piece as something personal, for her the designer as well as the wearer. It is this personal connection that adds a sense of vibrancy and beauty to each piece.

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She wants women to feel that, they are the driving force behind their own success and that, when you put on one of her bracelets, earring or necklaces, that you are empowered to be yourself and to build on your own success.

"It’s about being you, knowing what makes you tick, what makes your heart work, what makes your mind work, and embodying that.” -Melissa Curry

Find and shop her collection today at www.melissacurry.com

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These days, if you’re not an influencer, chances are you have at least one in your life. It’s a pretty tempting and interesting hobby that can turn into a lucrative job. That’s why so many stylish people, people who love to travel, those who know how to write or are amazing makeup artists have turned their focus from something else and opted for a career change. So, if you want to show appreciation for the person who is always giving you fashion and lifestyle advice, give them something related to their job. If you’re feeling lost, that’s totally okay.

We’ve got you covered with the ultimate gift, so you never make a mistake again. After all, a bad gift is worse than no gift at all.

If You’re Feeling Generous

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Those amazing photos they post don’t just come out of thin air. There is a lot of equipment and editing involved, so make sure to subtly enquire how happy the person is with their camera or lens. If they express dissatisfaction, do a little research and find the best camera for their needs and get it for them. You have no idea how much this will mean to them. Seriously, the camera is crucial for their job, and they will love you forever for this gift.

If You Want To Be Practical

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Influencers are constantly glued to their phones. They either post stories, IGTV videos and even Instagram posts. No wonder their phone’s battery life is so short and everywhere they go they look for a place to ‘plug in’. Well, if you want to lend your influencer a helping hand, you will get them the strongest power bank there is. This way, they can safely scroll, post, answer messages and check their comments without worrying about running out of ‘juice’. You will be seen as a real life-saver.

If You’re Not Fashion Or Beauty-savvy

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It’s completely normal that you don’t know what the hottest bag or shoe or even makeup brand is this season. You’re not the one checking out every fashion show and following all the fashion Instagram accounts – you’re pardoned. Therefore, if you want to do something nice but are completely clueless, simply get your influencer a memorable prepaid Visa card. This way, you’re not giving them money per se, you’re giving a kind of a gift card, which has a lot more warmth to it. By doing this, you’re giving them the chance to buy what they have been craving and not something you randomly picked out. Don’t get us wrong, you may have great taste, but they are influencers for a reason; they are rarely impressed, but they definitely will be by this savvy move.

If You’re A Genius

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You may not know this, or perhaps you even do, but influencers love a good #flatlay photo. They work very hard to set up each detail that will wind up on Instagram, so one of the things you can do is get them a yearly subscription to Vogue magazine. It doesn’t seem like the most creative gift, but trust us, sometimes a cover page of Vogue can save an entire pic. You will be the hero who saves #flatlay, and more than that, you will show that you are actually interested in what the person in your life does and loves.

If It’s Staring You In The Face

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Let’s face it, every influencer loves a designer something. It can be a wallet, a bag, a belt with the brand’s logo or even a pair of shoes. When it comes to designer goods, especially accessories, there is essentially no way you can do it wrong. A Gucci or a Carolina Herrera belt will make her scream with happiness, and if your budget allows you, check out some of the trendiest bags of the season and snag one of them. She will literally be the happiest girl on the planet. We promise you this.

Everything Newest

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In order to get this one, you would have to be obsessed with makeup, and you’re probably not. That is why we are here.

You see, influencers are supposed to have all the new makeup launches first, and if yours isn’t already on PR lists, she has to snag them herself. This is where you come in. One of the newest things all beauty gurus are buzzing about is the Cherry collection by Urban Decay. This is a great gift, especially for fall and winter as all the colors are very warm and season-appropriate. Then, there are tons of new releases from one of the hottest brands of the day – Fenty Beauty. You can get her the new Gloss Bomb in shimmering pearl, one of the new Stunna lip paints and the Diamond Bomb highlighter. She has to show off her look using only the newest products, so surprise her with the knowledge you have on makeup and grab these goodies. Don’t worry, we won’t tell we gave you the skinny.

Shopping for an influencer can be difficult, but that’s why you have us. Hopefully, we have you covered for the next couple of birthdays and important anniversaries. Good luck, shop smart!

Friday, 19 October 2018 19:13

Theo & George Everyday Comfortable Style

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With sustainability and comfort, as their main focus, the Dublin based brand Theo & George founded by Katie O’Riordan, has fast become the go to for women looking for clothes that are easy to wear and are made to move in. Whether you are looking for something stylish for the office or just for running around with the kids, Theo and George offer a range that will make you feel, live and move better.

The brand sells exclusively online and offers the modern day women a collection of timeless and stylish pieces for every occasion in her busy day. From easy to wear classic t-shirts, to luxurious cashmere all made for everyday wearing. Each and every item is made from high quality ethically sourced materials for premium quality and sustainability.

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Here are 5 pieces that has fast become our favourite “must add “ to wardrobe items.

Go through your day with ease and comfort in the soft and lightweight Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck paired with the versatile Gretta Wrap Skirt.

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Nothing is more versatile then the classic V-neck T-shirt, from running around the city to doing school runs. Their Jill V-neck t-shirt is oversized and super soft for easy movement and comfort all day long. Available in colours white, pink, black ,grey and navy.

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The easy to slip on Leigh Slip dress is made for easy layering on those cooler days. Pair it with the Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck for a sleek and sophisticated day look.

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The sheer Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck is lightweight and the perfect layering partner for those days when you just need something easy to slip into. Paired with the Bridget Track pants.

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The Bridget track pants, available in black and green, with its high waisted elastic band, makes this jogger pants the go to for comfort and style, whether you pair it with trainers of heels for a ultra sport lux look.

The Karina zip back t-shirt dress is another wardrobe must have with its zip detail at the back. Perfect for a chic and comfortable look.

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Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com

Friday, 19 October 2018 11:12

2019 Makeup Tips: All About the Minimal

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Minimal makeup has become a huge trend recently. Was it ever really gone? Of course, bare face with nothing on it is not the same thing. The point of minimal makeup is to enhance your strengths and hide the things you are not too happy about, such as redness, pigmentation or spots. But how do you achieve the perfect look that can deceive somebody into thinking you really have nothing on?

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Take Care of Your Skin at All Times

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway because how you wash your face is important. Especially if you have an event coming up and you’ll like to do minimal makeup – there’s a lot of space for mistakes. So use a gentle soap or a wash and a flannel cloth. You don’t want to use an exfoliant at this point, as it can bring out the redness in your complexion. Other times? Yes, but don’t overdo it, as physical exfoliation can damage your skin.

Moisturise

For the minimal makeup, you want to make sure your skin is soft, supple and hydrated. So there’s a step you don’t want to miss: moisturizing. Apply just a pea-sized amount of moisturizer all over your face. Apart from feeding your skin, this step will ensure that your makeup sits right there, but it won’t make your face look greasy. Just what we need!

Use a Foundation Made For You

Okay, maybe you don’t have access to a whole team making shades for a major makeup company, but you do have access to all the shades... so all you have to do is choose the right one. This is a crucial step but so many people are missing it and end up using the wrong colour, which ends up looking funny on their faces, to say the least. Invest some time into choosing the right foundation, and not only when it comes to color but texture as well. What do you want from a foundation, perfect coverage or just a little help, glowing or matte finish? When you do end up choosing the foundation – and remember, the colour of your skin also changes from winter to summer – remember to blend well. You’re not going for the clown look, but the minimal one!

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Use Little Tricks for the Eyes

We understand if you’re a mascara lover who cannot get enough of coats, endless mascara coats! But minimal makeup is all about being... well, minimal. What you can do, though, to draw attention to your eyes, is curling your eyelashes. This can really do much more than just applying mascara, no matter how good it is. If you’re not too sure about your curling skills, or just don’t want to be doing it every morning, try looking into eyelash extension deals, as there are some really good ones that won’t take last pounds out of your wallet. By having eyelash extension, you get to keep perfect eyelashes for a long time, with no effort. Worth considering.

Conceal if Needed

If there are any problem areas after you’ve put on your foundation, reach for a good concealer. Sometimes there are no problem areas, but since the colour of our skin is not even in all the areas of the face, you might want to use it anyway. If you have any dark under-eye circles, swipe the brush under your eyes, where you’ve already applied the concealer, then pat with your finger to blend.

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Don’t Use Bronzer

This might come as a surprise to bronzer-loving girls, but even though it can look extraordinarily beautiful, you will want to skip it when trying to achieve a minimal look. Minimal makeup is all about trying to work with what you’ve got already; you don’t want to mess with the natural colours of your face, just work with them to bring out the best.

But You Can Use Blush

A lot of girls have memories of their grandmothers telling them they look amazing when they blush a little, be it from embarrassment or running. So blush is allowed in the minimal makeup (minus the sweat from working out, or the overall feeling when you feel awkward!). but try making it as soft and close to your natural blush as possible. Cream blushes work best for the soft look you are trying to achieve. Apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks – so exactly where you would blush naturally – and blend until you have a colour that’s very subtle, but still noticeable.

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Play with the Colour of Your Lips

Luckily, there is an abundance of shades that can work amazingly with the natural, minimal makeup. And a decade ago we thought nude is just one colour! You can use any nude shade you like, but you can also apply a little cream blush you just used on your cheeks to your lips – this will enhance their natural pigment, thus making them super lovely.

And Don’t Forget Your Eyebrows

Eyebrows can make it or break it – and by “it”, we mean your complete look. You don’t want them to have a very strong line. Actually, you want them to be natural, but with little help. So if your natural eyebrows are very light, blend a colour to give them a little shape. Bonus trick: use eyeshadow instead of a brow pencil. This gives you a much softer, more natural look.

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And there you have it – a natural makeup look that looks almost as if you have nothing on your face, but so much different from an actual bare face, and so much better. Enjoy the look and the compliments you will be getting!

Saturday, 13 October 2018 10:09

The biggest fashion trends for men this SS19

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It’s the time of year again when huge brands have just come together to showcase their new collections and style pieces during fashion weeks around the globe and eager fashionistas are keen to see what the new trends will be for next season. Although the trends seen on the catwalk may seem a bit far-fetched and unwearable to most, it is those trends that trickle down and influence the styles that we come to see on our high street. Therefore, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a style icon, you can get ahead of the curve for next season by looking at the new trends coming through during Fashion Week. To help, we’ve rounded up some of the most prominent men’s fashion trends for SS19, as seen on catwalks of recent.

Shorts

And by shorts, we mean short shorts, in all variations and colours. Many brands showcasing future trends included men’s shorts in their catwalks. From leather shorts to elasticated, sporty styles and everything in between, expect to see short shorts on the rails of fashion rails up and down the land. Keep it casual and create an effortless outfit by teaming with a slouchy knit or relaxed bomber jacket.

Shades Of Green

Sage and khaki is a colour trend predicted to be huge this spring/summer. Think earthy green colours and you’ll be on the money when it comes to fashion colour trends next season. From sage trouser suits to khaki trench coats and military style trousers. Neon colours, such as fluoro lime, were also a big hit in the trends set to be huge in SS19. However, if a relaxed, subtle look is more your thing, why not try a trend-inspired muscle fit hoodie in khaki green or if you aren’t daring enough to go full sage, add a sage green tie to a grey tailored suit.

Tailoring And Double Breasted Jackets

There was a big return in tailored clothing across London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Taking inspiration from the 80s, tailoring is set to make a huge comeback in the spring and summer months of 2019. The suiting shape of next season is the double-breasted jacket. Although tailored suits are in, the tight, traditional shape of suits in years gone by are no more. Instead, opt for oversized, fluid shapes with an equally oversized double-breasted jacket which are best worn open this spring/summer ‘19. For the brave, suits worn with bare chests were also a huge trend on the catwalk.

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Bucket Hats

For those of you who love to rock a bucket hat at a festival, we have some good news for you… bucket hats are making a huge come back this spring. Taking inspiration from the 90s music scene, Britpop and the Stone Roses and injecting a new, stylish twist, the traditional bucket hat has come a long way from the days of Kangol, with designer brands such as Fendi and Valentino jumping onto this trend for SS19. Many bucket hat designs seen on the catwalk adorned printed or textured designs, with patchwork also making an appearance on these classic hats.

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Dad Jeans

Over the years we’ve seen an array of denim trends, from flare jeans to oversized denim jackets, embellished to ripped, and now it’s time for the dad style jean to make its way to the top of the denim trends for next season. A top tip is to opt for a medium or light-wash denim effect for a dad jean that can be perfectly teamed with a more “out-there” patterned shirt or jacket.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 17:30

Autumn 2018 Fashion Trends You Can Shop Right Now

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Even though the fashion month is in full swing, we won’t be seeing those trends ‘come to life’ for months to come, but that’s perfectly fine, as there is an entire universe of fall trends that are just getting their place in the limelight and are just waiting for us to shop and flaunt them. Given how inspired and inspirational, not to mention far from drab and inconspicuous the autumn 2018 trends are, there is no chance you won’t shine and make yourself feel just a little bit better in amazing clothing that spites the autumn, which, let’s face it, can be gloomy sometimes.

There is a plethora of trends, but we have chosen the very best for you, and the best part is, they are now all yours for the picking, so pick away and go dazzle.

You’ll Love It

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Whether we’re keen on a particular pattern or not, the runways have a way of making us inclined towards it once we see it on the models. Such is the case with animal print, about which opinions have been heavily divided, but more and more people are giving in to the trend. A statement leopard print coat seems to be all the rage right now, at least according to the street style section, and we have to say, it looks pretty darn classy when worn with neutral colors. However, if this isn’t really your cup of tea, you can always embrace the trend in a more subtle manner, with a pair of leopard print ankle boots for instance, which are enough to elevate an outfit but not as risky as a larger garment, so you don’t run the risk of making a fashion mistake.

Puff It Up

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One of the most romantic trends, at least in our opinion, is the puff-sleeve trend that has been spotted on a number of garments, from simple tops to dressy blouses and even amazing autumn dresses. The best part is that, since the jeans plus a dressy top trend has made a low-key comeback, you can feel free to rock your puffy blouse with a pair of mom jeans or any other jeans that do your body justice and feel amazing. The fabrics are usually soft, so you can always put a trench coat over the blouse if it gets chilly and you’ll look amazing and a little ostentatious – in the best way, when you remove the coat.

Check, Please!

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The popularity of the grey oversized checked blazer, usually long enough to serve as a tuxedo dress at times, doesn’t seem to be dwindling down. If you haven’t grabbed your version, make sure to hop to it ASAP, because the pattern didn’t only mark the fall season but also has staying power, which makes it a great investment. Aside from that, with the mixture of menswear-inspired garments and those purely feminine, you’re going to need this baby to exude those mixed vibes. And if it remains as popular as it is now, it might just dethrone the mighty trench coat.

In Layering We Believe

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Some are still in mourning over the end of summer, but instead of wallowing, jump on the amazing layering train, which allows you to show your mad mixing and matching skills and lets you unleash your inner fashion persona. There’s no need to say goodbye to dresses, as you can buy women’s dresses online, amazing and affordable ones at that, and practice the art of smart and chic layering. You can rock strappy dresses with shirts underneath and exude those trendy ‘90s vibes, and add a touch of athleisure with a warm and cozy pair of sneakers and cool and trendy polka dot tights. Finish off the look with a luxurious-looking long grey cardigan and bam – you’ve got yourself some layering gold.

A Complete Inevitability

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After a close inspection of the street style section of every fashion capital from Oslo to New York and London, the verdict is in, and the white boot trend still remains untouchable. Whether you’ll go for knee-high or the ankle ones is irrelevant, you simply must snag a pair. They have proven not only their chicness, but also their versatility; they’ve been rocked with simple jeans, tracksuits, frilly dresses and power suits. So, it’s time for us to give in and let them elevate our look and mystically blend into each one at the same time. We don’t know how, but these boots have become a complete style chameleon.

Colour-block It

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Carolina Herrera may have given away the creative reigns, but she did leave us with one final message – always be elegant and don’t be afraid to play with colour. One of the absolute best looks, one that we presume will be remembered and worn for years to come, is the one featuring a simple crisp white shirt, a ball gown skirt and a wide belt in a contrasting colour. This is a look worthy of the red carpet and meeting the queen, but it is also great for going out or even rocking it at work. We have been reminded, once again, that there is so much beauty in simplicity, even when that simplicity includes colour-blocking. As pieces like these are easy to find, go and find your go-to colours and mix like there’s no tomorrow.

Power Up

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Finally, let us not forget about
the mighty power suit. Every woman should own one, whether she is a ladyboss or not, because we all deserve to feel and look powerful. There are so many cuts that you can choose from fitted and oversized tailored blazers and wide-leg trousers in checked pattern, pastels or saturated colours, so make sure you pick one out and wear it as often as you can because this is unquestionably the outfit of autumn 2018.

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Adapting to changing seasons is no easy task when trying to balance appropriate clothing and keeping up with fashion trends. As seasons and trends change, so does the relevance of certain items in your wardrobe and your favourite, go-to garment of choice last Autumn may no longer be “on-trend” or looking in great condition. The key to creating a wardrobe that can be easily adapted to seasonal trends is to mix staple, timeless and versatile pieces with trend-led statement items so that you won’t have to completely overhaul your wardrobe every time a new season rolls around. Just because the leaves are starting to turn brown and shrivel up, doesn’t mean your sense of style has to as well. We’ve rounded up five essentials that every man needs in their wardrobe to keep them looking sharp this autumn.

Warm Basics

Streetwear is a trend that is currently taking the fashion industry by storm and it shows no signs of slowing down. Bulk your autumn wardrobe up with some staple streetwear basics that can be layered under trendy jackets or jumpers. Whether you’re relaxing at home or layering your basics and using them as an undershirt on colder days, having a plain crew neck t-shirt in simple colours such as white, grey or black is a must-have for any man’s wardrobe this autumn.

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Shearling Jacket

In the past year or so, we’ve seen shearling coats in multiple colours for women and now it’s time for the men’s shearling jacket to burst onto the scene. If there’s anything you should do this autumn, it’s to invest in a quality shearling overcoat that will keep you warm during the cold months. Leather is also a huge trend this autumn, therefore, you could even mix the two trends and by purchasing a shearling lined jacket with an outer layer crafted from a mix of leather and suede to add texture and detail and be bang on-trend.

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Check Pattern

A quick browse through the “new in” section of many fashion websites and it will soon become clear that checks are a huge trend this autumn. The catwalks have embraced this trend and models have been seen dressed from head to toe in bold and bright checked patterns. If all over check isn’t your thing, then we suggest teaming a checked shirt under a double-breasted jacket (also on-trend this autumn) to create the perfect subtle outfit, suitable for work or casual drinks. If you want to take check to the next stage and make a statement, invest in an overcoat with oversized tartan or plaid check print to transform your autumn look.

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Knits

Gone are the days when a men’s knitted jumper or cardigan is associated with the older generation. The fashion world has taken the autumn/winter staple and injected style into it. It goes without saying that knits are a go-to for most during colder months. However, this year, not only will a staple knit keep you warm but you’ll be creating a stylish autumn look too. Try to stick to timeless bold colours for an effortless, clean look.

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Sturdy Boots

There was a time when sturdy boots were only seen on the feet of hardcore hikers who spend their weekends walking for miles over the hills of the countryside. However, this year, walking-style boots have been adorning the catwalks of major fashion shows, with Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani even getting in on the action. Not only will a pair of sturdy lace up boots transform your footwear into a head-turning, fashion statement this autumn, but they are also extremely practical and comfortable to wear if you do find yourself on a long walk or caught in the unpredictable autumn weather.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 18:19

Luxury Travel Essentials for an Effortless Journey

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They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Still, in order for it to be ‘about the journey’ one must do everything possible to ensure the journey goes swimmingly. That inevitably includes some careful planning in terms of packing, transportation, entertainment and several other elements that will make the journey the one to remember.

If you’re stuck on the idea front, we’re here to lend a helping hand and make sure your journey is as pleasant and luxurious as it can possibly be.

Comfort Like No Other

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As we know, there are plenty of ways to travel in style. If your chosen means of transportation is the mighty plane, you might want to use your miles or save up for first class tickets. Nothing says ‘comfort and luxury’ more than being pampered with extra leg room, super-cozy seats and the best foods and a variety of drinks and snacks to make the time go by.

However, if your chosen method involves staying on the ground, ditch the trains and buses and make sure you get the comfort and the level of luxury you deserve. Long drives can be grueling, but they don’t have to be if you opt for just the right kind of vehicle. There is a good reason Ford is the most trusted and best-selling car brand in both Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, when in doubt, go for one of the Ford SUVs for supreme safety and sense of luxury. What is more, if you have a big family, this brand has got you covered with their line of 7 seater SUVs, so it’s space, safety and luxury all wrapped up in one.

Luxury All The Way

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Whoever said great luggage isn’t all that important simply didn’t know where to shop. Elegant luggage that represents luxury itself is about more than just appearances. The perfect set, which includes matching suitcases and carry-ons, allows you to have everything in one place, neatly organized and yes, it also looks as good on the outside as it is amazing on the inside. And what is inside?

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Well, only the finest clothing items you own. If you’re travelling luxuriously, you must be going somewhere equally lush, so be prepared for everything. Have a gorgeous evening dress, amazing culottes, a Breton top, killer shoes as well as more practical walking ones. A white button-down is a definite must as it will elevate your style even when you’re roaming the streets sightseeing, and designer swimwear is mandatory if your destination involves a beach or a pool.

If travelling abroad, make sure all your travel documents are packed together in gorgeous travel document wallets. Not only do they look sleek but allow you to keep everything well-organized and have a peace of mind and not fall into the passport-searching frenzy.

Look The Part

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If you’re already in first class or having the ride of your life in one of the best cars out there, you simply have to have the looks to match. In the spirit of athleisure, feel free to put on your finest pair of sneakers and channel your supermodel athleisure goddess vibes. As for the rest of your outfit, a stylish white tee tucked into your stunning pair of breezy wide-leg trousers topped off with a statement embroidered blazer will make you look like a million dollars. All you need is that designer bag to complete the look, and of course, let’s not forget a killer pair of specs that flatter your face shape like no other.

What’s In The Bag?

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So, your travel documents are all snug and together, so what else should your bag contain? First off, you don’t want to run out of battery on your phone, so investing in a high-quality power bank is the smartest thing you can do. It’s sleek, doesn’t take too much room and can charge anything from a phone to an iPad, so in case you’re travelling with kids, who will at some point require some digital entertainment, this will absolutely save your life. It also gives you the ability to listen to music or watch a movie, and before you know it, you will have reached your destination.

Noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute god-send, especially if you’re on a plane, so consider this little gadget as well. If you’re on a road trip, don’t forget your camera as you will want to capture these and numerous other moments. Bottles of quality water sitting comfortably in their compartment are always a plus, and if you add a couple of slices of lemon, and a few healthy snacks, it will be almost like you were at a spa.

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Follow The No Makeup Rule

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Whether you’re travelling by plane or car, avoid wearing makeup during travel. Planes tend to suck the life out of your skin, and makeup doesn’t help. Instead, make sure your bag is filled with pampering skincare goodies, such as a sheet mask – no better time like while on the road to place that baby on and replenish your skin. A tinted lip balm and a touch of mascara is all you need in terms of makeup.

Another absolute bag must-have is a facial mist as you have no idea how refreshing it is – it literally has the ability to make you look like you’ve just stepped off the runway and look gorgeous by the time you reach your destination. Hand cream is another must of course, and if you want that perfect touch of glow, Kora Organics Noni Oil is your perfect accessory, the one you should apply right near the end of your journey.

You’re all set. Now, go plan, shop, pack and enjoy this preparatory stage, as every journey should be pleasurable from the first steps to the finish line.

Written by Sophia Smith

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:34

Men’s Travel Outfit Essentials

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Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury, sun-soaked Caribbean island, an adventure-packed city break or a business trip, it is always wise to invest in a stylish yet comfortable outfit to travel in. Celebrities seem to have mastered the art of dressing for hours of travel whilst still looking like they stepped off the latest casual wear catwalk. From luxe bomber jackets to limited edition trainers, men’s athleisure clothing has taken off in recent years and has become a vital part of the modern man’s wardrobe. The growth in this movement has seen streetwear and gym wear weave itself into fashion shows and become centerpieces for fashionable outfits for everyday wear, travel or even a night out.

A top tip for creating a stylish travel get-up is to choose garments that you can layer, not only is this tactic very on-trend but it means that you can add another layer if the aeroplane air con gets too cold or remove layers when you reach your final destination, depending on how hot it is.

Tapered Sweatpants

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Many years ago, sweatpants were usually associated with baggy, unflattering, marl grey jogging bottoms which you would only see on the likes of construction workers in an attempt to stay warm and keep their movement unrestricted or whose wear was strictly restricted to a Sunday evening in winter. However, in this modern day, a slim sweatpant can form the basis of a stylish travel outfit. Tapered sweatpants boast an extended cuff bottom around the ankle to give them a better, more flattering fit. Team with high-tops for an effortless, trendy look.

Twin Set

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The women’s co-ord has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years and now it’s time for the men’s twin set to burst onto the scene. A wardrobe staple for summer and autumn, the comfortable loungewear sets make easy work of looking effortlessly stylish whilst being practical and cozy, ideal for relaxing in on a long journey.

Denim Jacket

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As mentioned above, it is always wise to layer garments for travel so you can add or remove as appropriate and achieve an effortlessly stylish look. A classic example being to wear a plain crew neck t-shirt, a shirt worn open and trendy bomber jacket to finish off the outfit. But the timeless denim jacket can work just as well and is a versatile, easy addition to a travel outfit that provides an outer layer which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.

A Loose Tee

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There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on stuffy train journey or a long flight. For travel, it is always wise to choose a tee that is light and breathable. Stick to a neutral colour palette such as white, black or grey with a relaxed fit for added comfort.

Trendy Holdall

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We all know that travel means having to be responsible for a lot of important documents, such as our passport, boarding passes or money. Therefore, it is essential to carry a holdall or backpack to store all of your essentials. Always ensure that your bag is small enough to be able to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage but big enough if you decide to treat yourself in the duty free. Opt for a statement piece that will tie your outfit together. Leather holdalls in a bold colour block work well and will always act as a stylish accessory to pull your travel outfit together and complete your look.

Written by James Flynn

Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:39

The Hottest Trends Around the Globe

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Fashion is constantly changing and evolving, and we love to see our favourite retro items getting back to fashion, mixing and blending with the modern designs. These days, it’s all about pushing the boundaries and merging the incompatible. No one can resist keeping up with the latest trends and experimenting on a daily basis. Listed below is a roundup of some of the hottest trends worldwide and you tell us what you think.

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Get ready to throw some major shade because skinny cat-eye sunnies are lit this season. The 90s are back and we can't really tell who started this trend, but it's ubiquitous and popular among bloggers and Victoria's Secret models. The Swedish-born bombshell Elsa Hosk likes flaunting her red frames and mixing them with some modern apparel. The 'it' girl and fashion blogger Kenza Zouiten Subosic is also obsessed with the tiny shades. But, if you think that's the only thing these two fashion-savvy influencers have in common, apart from their native country, you are all wrong. They also share the same taste when it comes to the golden hoop earrings, polka dot dresses and bandana scarf pony style. These fashionistas definitely know how to dress girly and chic, and we should all take notes. Of course, these trends are present everywhere around the globe, it’s just that we like how our favourite Scandinavian beauties pull them off with so much confidence.

ThINK Differently

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Australia is a country that supports authenticity and unique styles of different traditions. The land might be down under, but the fashion and everything that comes along is over the top! Therefore, many people like to enhance their appearance by covering their bodies with the coolest Japanese style tattoos. They are extremely popular, and it’s fascinating how the tattoo artists pay attention to every single detail in order to please their customers.

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Lately, it's all about the white strappy heels, and L.A girls are everything but confidential, ‘cause this trend is all over the place! From J.Lo to Kourtney Kardashian, these babies have been embraced big time, and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Nothing not to love about this old Hollywood glam inspired look, and thank you Marilyn Monroe for serving looks ahead of your time!

From Italy With Love

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The summer of 2018 is all about the salty air and sun-kissed hair, along with the stylish hot red bikinis. The color of love and passion is the number one choice when It comes to the bathing suits, and regardless their size, every girl looks gorgeous wearing them. Italian sweetheart Chiara Ferragni has recently worn her one-piece, and we can only bow down to her enviable figure, since she gave birth to a baby boy some time ago. California girls are also keeping up with the same trend, emphasizing their voluptuous curves.

French J'addiction

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Go spread the world that Dior's retro saddle bag is back! These vintage totes with the gold 'D' charm hanging off them are once more huge in the fashion industry, and Dior company definitely knows how to style you like one of those French girls. This gem has already been gotten into the hands of the world's most beautiful supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley, who recently showed off her copy stating that it made her teen dreams come true. And tell me, what's stopping you from having one of these iconic cuties?

All Stripes Everything

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Classic is eternal, and that’s exactly why we have never stopped craving stripes! Blue and red dresses with white vertical stripes are the summer staples to die for, and if you haven’t got yourself one by now, then run to the nearest mall and refresh your closet. Brazilian beauty mogul Camila Coelho is one of the many influencers to have slayed this look, and she looked amazing.

Croatia's Finest

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Croatian women are known for having a great sense for fashion, and according to their street style, looking classy and feminine is as easy as Sunday morning. Model and fashion lover Lidija Lesic is there to prove that. Thanks to her own brand called 'My choice', handmade crochet jewellery and accessories have taken over the Croatian Riviera. Plus, each design pieces are made of natural materials. We have to admit this gorgeous blonde definitely knows how to combine modern and unusual, and we can learn a lot about fashion just by scrolling through her Instagram page.

Regardless of the country we come from, we all seem to speak the same language when it comes to fashion. These are just a few out of many hottest trends around the globe that stole our hearts and money. So, get out of your comfort zone and take some risks, ‘cause little fashion games never hurt anybody.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:12

Yawn: Compatibility Mode

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We all work so hard to find, that one moment in the day where we can just relax, but the more demanding life becomes the less time we have to just relax. And it is those demands and stresses in life that entitles us to some well-deserved relaxation.

So, take that time for yourself, whether it is lounging on the sofa or staying in bed till midday but do it in style, in Yawn sleep and loungewear. Cut for comfort with 100% bespoke cotton, this is a warm-hearted, feel good range of sleep and loungewear with understated style.

Each item is beautifully made and imaginatively designed with hidden messages and illustrations and colourful prints. With each detail bringing joy, love and light to the wearer.

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We all love their classic PJ sets, retailing from £89 (RRP) and available in a wide range of colours carefully chosen to complement each other and the wearer.

And if you are already a big fan of the brand like we are, you will love what they have instore for the New Season.

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For your “me time” luxury they are introducing three new delightful, luxurious and enticing prints, and a showstopper that you do not want to miss out on. All available in September 2018.

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Eve, in the garden of Eden, is a hand-drawn Eden of fine lines and bold botanicals to transport you to a lush green Ethiopia.

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Who does not like a break away to the seaside, well now you can, in their Uncharted collection, a playful watercolour take on the Breton stripe, inspired by a seaside escape. For nights of listening to the waves and finding peace and calm at the sea. Relaxation Bliss!!

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Hideaway is a hunt for hidden details among the blossoms, perfect to escape and hideaway from the world for a day.

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And the delight does not stop there, following on the success of the Pink Chambray pyjama set they are introducing a new chambray Robe, coming in September, made of the softest of softest fabric for a super luxurious feel and look.

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From their Mix & Match collection, now available online, is the luxurious, lightweight cotton-modal jersey. Super soft on the skin for sweet dreams, available in a vest, nightie, t-shirt and long sleeved top to mix and match with the Yawn collection.

And the joy just keeps on coming with the #showstopper for the AW18 season the Dreamcoat retailing at £195. This is luxury personified, with its soft touch to the skin,the Dreamcoat is comfy and stylish, and a must have for rainy days of chilling out on the sofa.

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Now close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a comfy sofa, in your Dreamcoat Yawning away, as you sink deeper into that cosy sofa, dreamily nodding off into a deep slumber.

 

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 14:29

Ultimate Guide to Selfie-Ready Skin

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Applying a primer, a foundation, concealer, and for a huge amount of people, resorting to a technique called baking has become the norm in the face makeup department, and we haven’t even included contouring, bronzing and highlighting. Then we proceed to apply the rest of our makeup, and only once everything is sealed with a foolproof setting spray, are we ready to take that perfect selfie. It goes without saying that our go-to filters are an integral part of the process, and some people go as far as to actually adjust and change their features and erase blemishes and other imperfections. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong about playing with makeup. It should be used as a fun tool with which we express our personality, mood and creativity.

However, the one thing makeup should not be is a shield behind which to hide. The emphasis is, and always should be on nourishing your skin to perfection, so even when you’re bare-faced, you have the confidence not only to trust around town, but actually let the virtual world see you in your full makeupless glory. And how does one achieve that photo-ready skin? It takes dedication and just the right steps, but trust us, there is nothing difficult about it.

The Glow Prerequisite

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Many women out there are still not convinced of the important role exfoliation plays in the process of getting that perfect complexion. Dead skin cells that stay on top of your skin don’t only prevent your skin from breathing, but also clog the pores and the result is lifeless, dull skin. This is particularly visible when using a camera, as you will notice that your skin has become opaque and doesn’t reflect light. In order to shed those dead cells and reveal the radiance that lies beneath, exfoliate two to three times a week. Everything more than that can actually cause irritation and inflammation of the skin, as overzealous exfoliation can actually strip your skin of the natural oils since the dead cells haven’t had time to surface.

All The Right Foods

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The connection between the gut and skin is one that cannot be denied, and a dehydrated body can be spotted from a mile away as when you’re dehydrated on the inside, it reflects on your appearance as well. Insufficient water intake definitely takes a toll on your skin, makes it dull and dry-looking, so it’s vital to maintain your water intake high, and if plain water is ‘boring’ there are tons of water-rich foods that are delicious and that will, in the long run, pay off big time, so choose your favorites and don’t hold back.

Pick Your Tools Wisely

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One of the most common mistakes we make is choosing the wrong skincare for our concerns, skin type as well as our age. Therefore it is paramount to rectify this mistake and how does one go about it? First, you need to establish what your skin type is. Then, you go and look for the best skincare products for your type, and if you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and other issues, choosing wisely is all the more important. Arm your bathroom cabinet with everything from the right cleanser and toner, makeup remover, serum, moisturizer, all custom-picked and personalized to cater to your specific needs.

Be Diligent

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was great skin. It takes good products and plenty of diligence to get your skin where it needs to be. This is why, rain or shine, you should never skip on your skincare rituals and proper steps, both evening and morning ones. The evening calls for a double cleanse, toning, overnight serum, moisturizer, and mornings are a tad breezier as you can get away with a quick wash, daytime serum and an SPF rich moisturizer, and you’re almost ready to go.
The reason nighttime routine is more extensive is because we usually have makeup that needs to be thoroughly removed at the end of the day, and let’s not even get started on the external pollutants that attack our skin constantly. In addition to that, it’s vital not to give up on your products if they don’t work magically within the timespan of two minutes – think of great skin as a marathon, not a sprint; do your best, take it slow and trust in your products as they will deliver. Everything good takes time.

Camera Up!

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Ok, once you’re skin is in spick and span shape, you can add a touch of makeup for that perfect no-makeup makeup look before snapping that perfect selfie, although when the time comes, you will be confident enough to go truly makeup-free. Sheer foundations and radiance-boosting tinted moisturizers are all the rage this season – the season of healthy glow, so snag one of those lightweight products and add an extra smidge of radiance to the skin. Apply some stick or liquid highlighter to the high points of the face, add a few coats of mascara and plump those lips with a touch of lip gloss and you are more than camera-ready.

Find that perfect light, hold the camera above you and point it slightly downward – this way you’ll capture your best angle perfectly, and snap away. Of course, feel free to adjust that pic to fit in with the rest of your Instagram feed in terms of saturation and exposure, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the fact that you don’t have to make any other adjustments. Happy snapping!

Written By Sophia Smith 

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:34

Take A Peak Into AW18

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Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.

But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.

These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.

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We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.

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Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

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Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.

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Emerald Green Pleat Skirt - M&S Collection

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Fluffy AUTOGRAPH Jumper - M&S (out in store soon)

 

Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.

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Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK

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Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS

 

In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.

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Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)

The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season

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Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS

The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.

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Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON

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Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection

And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.

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Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE

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Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE

 

Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.

Monday, 16 July 2018 12:25

Summer by Lela Rose

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For the love of all things colourful, eccentric and romantic, Lela Rose definitely gives us the summer vibes we need. Whether you want to take a stroll down the artistic streets of Venice, or attend a garden show near Hampton Court Palace, Lela Rose definitely ups your fashion game. Effortless sophistication and I'm definitely designer-struck!

What are your thoughts?

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For more Lela Rose, visit www.lelarose.com (also featured in Vogue).

This creative fiend

If you can dream it you can do it, that is exactly the go-getter attitude that pushed Mary Ajayi to pursue her passion for fashion.

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Deciding to become a designer and build a online fashion brand was a easy one for this go-getter Dublin based #bossbabe originally from Nigeria. With a ever growing collection ranging from Maxi Dresses, to Co-ords , home decor and fashion accessories. She is constantly pushing herself to expand her collection and to build a brand filled with timeless pieces for both men and women.

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Her African heritage plays a big part of her design,“as a child, I’ve always opted for African fabric when creating, there’s just something about African prints that I’m fascinated by, it is so unique and I think that’s what makes me stand out from other designers.”

With the beautiful and vibrant aesthetic of the Ankara fabric forming the bases for all her pieces making it both versatile and fashionable. And a true expression of her African heritage and culture bringing to life the eye popping colors and diversity of the ever changing African landscape.

“I want those wearing my pieces to feel connected to their roots, empowered and proud of where they are from”

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If you share Mary’s Love for Africa and African design then pop into her online home and support proudly #blackownedbusiness and bring a touch of Africa to your home and wardrobe.

Thursday, 21 June 2018 18:37

6 Must-Have Summer Accessories

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Oh, is it summer yet? If so, the perpetual hunt for the perfect accessories can officially start. I’m sure you’re all searching for the things you will recklessly spend your cash on, but who are we to judge. Forget about bags this time, because I know you have plenty of them, and get ready to splurge on some hot pieces of accessories. Here are some of the lust-worthy items for the upcoming season, and trust me, you will end up craving for more.

Hoop Earrings

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The bigger the hoop, the bigger the... Oh no, we won't say that out loud. They were once considered trashy and unattractive to be seen on a woman, but look how times have changed since then. Golden or silver, large or small, matte or glossy, these ear candies should never leave once they enter your jewellery box. Whatever colour you choose, they go perfectly with any hairstyle, especially with a tousled ponytail and loose waves. These circular stunners are easy to pair with any outfit as well, and you can also wear them with your favourite bathing suit. Beach goddess alert! Whether you match them with sneakers or a fancy dress, you can’t go wrong. If you haven't got a pair of them yet, it's time for a mini addition.

Skinny Frames Are The New Stunna Shades!

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The 90's are back, people, and the teeny-tiny frames are taking center stage! From street style fashionistas to runway models, these retro pieces made a huge comeback. It seems like Kourtney Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Rihanna can literally put their trademark on them, since they barely take them off. After all, It's not about protecting your eyes from the sun, but it's all for the aesthetics. Although these types of sunnies don't flatter everybody's face shape, you can always choose sunglasses you won't get mocked for, such as round or square-shaped ones. But if you are determined and don’t care about what everybody else think, then there is no shape you can't pull off. Besides, everything is ugly until Rihanna decides it's not!

Less Is More, Always

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Statement necklaces will get you noticed, but subtle necklaces even more. There's something about these accessories that will effortlessly complete your whole look. For ladies who adore the minimalistic charm, golden chain necklaces and subtle, layered chokers are the way to go. Perfect for any occasion, these discreet pieces bring out your feminine and classy side.

Straw Hats Are Amazingly Stylish

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Straw hats with a contrasting ribbon never went out of style. You can wear them during the day, but most importantly, they keep your head safe at the beach. If you are one of those girls who aren't ashamed to speak their minds but you'd rather have your hat speak instead, then embroidered slogan hats should be your staple head accessories for this season. Oversized hats are trending too, and they are all over Instagram.

Trendy Watches

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend? I'd rather say it's a nice watch. These are the most common and the most wearable hand accessories ever, and if you don't own at least one, then we're calling the fashion cops. It's 2018, which means you can wear the same watch with a baggy tracksuit and a glamorous dress. Stylish Daniel Wellington watches made their way into fashion, and Instagram influencers went crazy over them. Who wouldn't? Cuff and anchor bracelets are a perfect addition to this watch and trust me, no one really cares whether they are gold or silver because rules don't apply anymore.


Bandana Oh Na Na

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Bandanas are the easiest hair accessories ever and they look super cute too. You can wear them with different hairstyles, such as voluminous ponytails and messy buns. Since it's summer and our wardrobes are getting more colorful, opt for the floral, red, yellow or white ones. For the beauties who’d like to bring the 60's back, these are super cheap and light-weight too. So make your hair big, and show the world your inner Brigitte Bardot.

So, ready for a little shopping spree therapy? If the answer is yes, look through this list again and spoil yourself with some new fashion updates.

Written by guest blogger Scarlet Gratton 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 19:08

7 Must-Have Items for a Bohemian Chic Wardrobe

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Bohemian chic is one of the fashion trends that will never go out of style – it emerged as one of the leading trends in the last couple of seasons, and it’ll remain dominant this year as well. But do you really know what makes this trend exactly what it is? If the answer is ‘no’, just stay with us and keep on reading, because there are seven must-haves you simply need to have in your boho chic wardrobe. Check them out and enjoy!

The Inevitable Peasant Blouse With Intricate Embroidery

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Peasant tops are making a serious comeback these days, and that’s what makes them an absolute must-have in any fashionista’s wardrobe. Such blouses have always been a massive hit among the boho chic lovers for a good reason – apart from being extremely chic and trendy, these are quite comfortable at the same time, as they’re made from lightweight fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. Just pick one with intricate embroidery and you’ll do a great job!

Fringed Leather Jacket Is An Absolute Must…

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A fabulous fringed leather jacket is also one of the pieces any fashionista simply has to have, and you’ll love to hear that it’s a true representative of the boho chic style. Fringed garments and accessories have been reinterpreted and made more contemporary in the last couple of seasons, and these are a major part of the bohemian style, so don’t forget to incorporate them into your everyday outfits. Of course, you don’t have to go strictly for a leather jacket – eco leather will do more than fine, too!

As Well As A Flowy Maxi Dress

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Flowy maxi dresses make another essential part of a bohemian chic wardrobe, so get at least one such dress if you still don’t own it. Of course, lightweight materials like linen are more than desirable, as they’ll allow you to move with ease while looking stunning as always. Lace is another highly requested fabric, so you should pick a piece that features it and you won’t make a mistake. As far as colours are concerned, you should probably opt for earthy tones like beige, orange, and all shades of brown, as they’ll inevitably bring a bohemian vibe to any outfit.

and A Fabulous Floral Bikini

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If you’re a gal who loves to show off her curves and beautiful body in a gorgeous bikini, you’ll be happy to hear that floral ones are definitely in style. The fact that such swimwear is representative of bohemian chic style makes it even more attractive, so check out Seafolly Bali Hai swimsuits that were heavily inspired by gorgeous floral prints and stunning colour palette typical of boho chic. These pieces will be more than perfect for chilling out at the beach or by the pool, so be sure not to skip them at any cost!

Don’t Skip A Statement Headband Either

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Everyone knows that boho chic is all about details, which is exactly why you need to pay a lot of attention to your accessories. Of course, a statement headband is absolutely inevitable – aside from being really practical and keeping your hair up, it’s a highly fashionable item as well, and you always can make it your signature piece everyone will know you by. Besides that, you can also take your favourite scarf or a bandana and tie it around your head instead of a real headband, which is basically killing two birds with one stone.

You Simply Need To Have A Boho Crochet Vest

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Another garment typical of bohemian style is a crochet vest, which is a piece you simply need to own as the ultimate boho chic lover. Even though such a vest is quite specific and authentic, the fact is that you can dress up any outfit in your wardrobe with it, which just shows how versatile it actually is. This piece is also more than desirable for the festival season, especially for festivals like Coachella. If you’re up for it, remember to get this vest as soon as possible!

Chunky Jewellery Is A Bare Necessity, Too

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As already stated, statement accessories play a huge role when speaking of bohemian chic style, and chunky bangles, rings, and bib necklaces are here to prove this claim. Gold and rose gold, silver and copper are the shades you should pick from, as these are the most likely to follow your boho-themed outfit, and the rule says ‘go big or go home’. However, if that’s a bit too much for your personal taste just pick a long necklace with a pendant made of feathers and you’ll nail your boho look in no time!

As you can see, there are a lot of fabulous garments and statement accessories that define the boho chic look and make it exactly what it is – the ultimate feminine style with a touch of vintage vibes. If that’s what you want to go for, just be sure to have the aforementioned seven pieces in your wardrobe ASAP. Once that’s done, you’ll come up with your bohemian combos like a true fashionista!

Written By Sophia Smith

There is nothing that makes your eyes pop out more than strong, curly, thick eyelashes. It is the best way to effortlessly achieve the gorgeous natural everyday look without spending too much time putting on makeup. Here are 5 essential things you should know before opting for fake eyelashes.

Putting on false eyelashes or getting extensions is perfect if you lead a busy lifestyle, always in a hurry with not enough time to focus on your makeup routine. We all know that putting mascara the right way takes time and that is something that we lack nowadays.

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Eyelash Extensions Last Longer Than You Think

The first thing you should know about fake eyelashes is that eyelash extensions last longer than you probably think. If done properly by an experienced person (and if you take proper care of course) your lash extensions can last up to a month and a half. It is recommended to go for a touch-up or a refill every two or three weeks but if you are careful and take good care of your extensions, you will prolong their lifespan and save money! Just remember not to use oily products or get too much water near your eyes and lashes.

Makeup Doesn't Damage Your Extensions

If you have a habit of putting eyeshadow like every day, don't worry, you can still do so after you go for an extension treatment. You don't have to sacrifice your favorite smoky eye look as long as you avoid using liquid-based eye products because they can damage your false lashes. Stay away from mascara, because, well, first you don't need it you have eyelash extensions, and second, it will damage your extensions and leave them all crusty. Carefully remove your eye makeup with oil-free remover.

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Find Experienced Professionals

If you're not really good at putting false lashes on, rely on professionals to do it for you and find a perfect place for your lash extension treatments. Before choosing a cosmetic salon, make sure that you check the certificates or rewards of the personnel or if all of the employees have completed eyelash extension training. That is the only way to ensure a true professional treatment for your sensitive eyes.

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Avoid Cheap Cosmetic Salons

Lash extensions won't harm your lashes only if they are applied correctly by a professional, using the right products. Therefore if you see a cheap offer and think – what a bargain – just walk away! You shouldn't risk it and always check twice to whom you are giving your trust to do a proper treatment. If you choose an inexperienced person not only he or she can damage your natural lashes but they can cause eye infections, so be smart and extra cautious!

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Check Your Options

Before opting for eyelash extensions you should pay attention to what they're made of. Some extensions are made of animal hair - mink, but there are also silk and synthetic options. Mink is the most common material used for fake lashes and eyelash extensions, therefore, you should check with the salon about the options, particularly if you're vegan! If you have sensitive eyes and skin, in general, you should talk to a professional and explain your problems to see if you can go for an extension treatment or what are the other options if you can't.

Now that you know these five essential tips, there's nothing more to think about. Take some time to find the perfect cosmetic salon with professional personnel and get your lash extensions! Once you try them out, you will never go back to natural ones!

Written by Lena Hemsworth

Saturday, 12 May 2018 10:13

The Next Best Thing

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Your next best shirt

The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.

My Top Pick

The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.

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It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.

The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.

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Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.

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The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.

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If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:32

Summers’s Hottest Scent

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Mark Earnshaw, Fragrance Expert at FAB Creations tips Rhubarb as the hottest note for spring.
 
How is rhubarb transformed into a fragrance note? The rhubarb note is an accord made of different ingredients. It varies from Perfumers to Perfumers. For example, in the case of the brand new L.K. Bennett fragrance, Signature, the nose used a combination of raw material to focus on the fruity and juicy character of Rhubarb.

How would you describe the note – is it fresh, sweet, musky? The rhubarb note is fresh with a fruity facet.

Has it been used in fragrances previously? Rhubarb has been very trendy in Fine Fragrance in the last couple of years, this season we will see it used by a wider array of brands.

How did you discover it as a note and what drew your nose towards it? This note has been part of the Perfumers palette for years now even though it hasn’t been widely used until the last couple of years. It has a refreshing olfactive profile but it’s at the same time very complex. The fruity part of the note is what drew us in.

Is it used as a top, heart or base note? And why? It can be used as a top or middle note depending on the Perfumer interpretation. In our case it is used as a top note as the Perfumer wanted to focus on the fruity aspect with a grapefruit facet. It could be used in middle note if the creator wants more of a heavy/earthy note.

What other notes do you predict to be big for Spring 2018? We’ve identified Black Rice and other rice notes, Peruvian Cherry, honey and honeyed fruits, frozen fruits and sorbets, new greenness from pandan leaf and shiso leaf. Modern woods with fresh incense, leather and pepper.

Summer Scents Containing Rhubarb…

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Missguided Babe Power, £28 The Fragrance Shop

Baisy Dream Kiss

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss, £54.50 The Fragrance Shop

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Mugler Aura, £49 The Fragrance Shop

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D&G No 3 L'imperatrice £28 The Fragrance Shop

Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:32

As Told by Kiki Kamanu

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Lupita Nyongo shared a cute bag on her social media page, during her recent trip to Lagos. Imagine seeing the name of your hometown proudly flagged on a bold and beautiful fashion piece, and adorned by one of the most profilic black actresses of this generation. I fell in love with Kiki Kamanu almost inmediately. And wait until you see their Wakanda bags!

Kiki Kamanu, named after its brand owner, is described as distinctive chic. The brand prides itself in well-crafted, exclusive creations. For more information, visit www.shop.kikikamanu.com.

There's so much to love about this brand. I've shared 3 of my favourite pieces below- check out their website and let me know your thoughts!

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#Lagos Fave Things Leather Trim Tote (tan)

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Monday, 16 April 2018 11:00

Top Fashion Trends From Lisboa Fashion Week

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The biggest event in Portuguese fashion, Moda Lisboa, took place from 8 - 12 March 2017 at the newly renovated Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. This year, the fashion week celebrated its 50th edition and it won't be an exaggeration to say that it was better than ever before.

From all-black looks at Aleksandar Protic to futuristic plastic details at David Ferreira and Imauve, Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season will be highly inspiring, bold, and creative. Let's have a look at some of the most memorable fashion trends presented at the event!

1. New Romantic

1. New Romantic

Duarte, David Ferreira, Filipe Faísca © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Pastels (often combined with darker colours), soft lines, white blouses, slip dresses, plush velvet, satin, lace up, puff sleeves, ruffles, and moody florals – that's New Romantics trend in a nutshell.

According to Fashion Snoops, "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future". Key accessories include pearl earrings, fishnet stockings, statement ring set, embellished mini bag, optical cat eye, and updated Mary Janes.

This fashion trend (shown mainly through clothes, not accessories) was present in many collections for Autumn/Winter 2018-19 including Duarte, Filipe Faísca, Carolina Machado, and Ricardo Preto.

2. Plastic Dreams

2. Plastic Dreams

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"The most out-there trend of 2018 is transparency, or plastic to be particular", says The Guardian and we couldn't agree more.

From transparent boots at Imauve to ultra-bold tops at Luís Carvalho and see-through coats at David Ferreira, this futuristic trend seemed to be quite popular with Portuguese designers.

3. Statement (faux) Fur

3. Statement faux fur

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From fur trims, sleeves, collars, tippets, scarves and stoles, to statement jackets and coats – all (faux) fur lovers will be able to choose something for themselves next season.

Our favourite looks included elegant black fur details at David Ferreira, stylish white stoles at Imauve, and feminine coats at Luís Carvalho.

4. Black Is The New Black

4. Black is the new Black

Ricardo Preto, Dino Alves (R) © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Classic black was seen in many Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collections including Aleksandar Protic who presented all-black looks, Federico Cina (black mixed with bright red), Isidro Paiva (black combined with white or brown), Carolina Machado (thigh high boots and black accessories), and David Ferreira (black fishnets and voluminous sleeves).

Eye-catching colour combinations such as black with golden beige and apricot orange could be seen at Dino Alves show. The versatile Autumn/Winter collection featured a lot of hats and colourful sunglasses as well.

5. Kaleidoscope Of Colours

5. Kaleidoscope of Colours

Gonçalo Peixoto, Awaytomars, Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera

Some designers went in a totally opposite direction and presented bold colourful looks featuring colours traditionally associated with spring such as pink, bright red or yellow.

While in many of those collections colour was taking centre stage, some of them were also enriched with the use of unique prints and patterns (Awaytomars, Kolovrat).

If you are not sure how to wear this trend, there is only one rule that applies: use your imagination and mix various colours and patterns together. The brighter, the better!

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When you look at the images of the never-ageing celebrities such as the lovely Scarlett Johansson or Megan Fox, you’d think that they owe their awe-inspiring appearance to the army of stylists, fitness trainers, and diet gurus. And yet, while they sure do deserve their credit, these stars have a few tricks of their own that they swear by to nourish and cherish their beauty.

To a great surprise and relief for us mere mortals with no access to Hollywood-level lifestyle essentials, you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet this one potent ingredient that can skyrocket your beauty routine: the beloved apple cider vinegar! Let’s see which celebrities swear by this beauty potion and how you can implement it into your own daily routine.

Jennifer Aniston

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Dubbed the most beautiful woman in 2016, it’s no wonder that all the other ladies would love to hear her own secret to warding age off and taking care of her figure. Apparently, she is very keen on taking vitamins on a regular basis, as it helps balance her diet and ensures a strong immune system, but she also started drinking apple cider vinegar every morning to boost her digestion and stay lean.

However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you should be careful with this beauty recipe, despite its potential to improve your hair glow and keep your belly full for longer to prevent those bursts of hunger. You can try introducing one spoon of this natural elixir into your first glass of water in the morning and take it from there.

Victoria Beckham

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This fashion icon and a 43-year-old mom of four has her fair share of knowledge and skill as to how you can benefit your wellbeing and be a brilliant role model for your youngsters with the right self-care choices. One of the key elements of her feel-good morning routine is precisely apple cider vinegar, taken raw, organic, and unfiltered on an empty stomach, as she shared via her Instagram page.

If you want to see the best results, you cannot expect vinegar to do all the work, though! You should also be brave enough to tackle a fitness routine that is close to something Victoria does every day – and more than two hours of exercise is a true challenge even for the fitness freaks among you. Paired with that and a healthy diet, ACV shows potential to help keep those pesky pounds at bay.

Fergie

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Already famous for her statement that she takes “two shots” of the stuff in order to maintain her lovely slim figure, Fergie takes ACV every day before lunch and before dinner to make the most of its impact on the digestive tract. The trick is simple: when you drink your water-diluted ACV before a meal, your hunger will subside and help you eat less and control your caloric intake.

Although celebrated for its ability to help with numerous issues such as acne, weight gain, and dull hair, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are still fairly unknown and not sufficiently scientifically supported to be taken at face value. This is especially important if you suffer from diabetes or have another chronic condition, and it’s best to consult your doctor before you introduce this ritual into your diet.

Scarlett Johansson

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This stunning Avenger has to protect her flawless complexion, and she is known to use the best Mother Nature has to offer in order to do so. We can only imagine the amount of makeup her skin needs to tolerate on a daily basis, and despite its Hollywood quality, these pore-clogging beauty kits can have a long-term damaging effect on her skin.

So, in order to counteract the negative, she uses natural ingredients to keep her skin pure and her complexion radiant. Apple cider vinegar is one of those ingredients found on her list of go-to cleansers used to prevent acne and breakouts, and although, as she says, it can be quite smelly, you’re good to go if you plan to spend the night in the comfort of your home!

Katy Perry

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When you grow up in a home where there’s a huge focus on health and wellness, then it’s no wonder you’d become health-conscious throughout your adulthood. So is the case with Katy Perry, as her own mom taught her the value of choosing natural remedies instead of chemically-infused ones, and sticking to natural, whole foods instead of processed munchies.


No matter how much she likes to play with her makeup kit and experiment with new looks and tricks, her apple cider vinegar obsession is still strong despite any changes she may decide to make to her appearance. Apparently, it helps her immune system remain strong and sturdy, and her digestive tract healthy as well, all thanks to her loving mom who taught her the essentials of a healthy lifestyle.


The bottom line is that we are still learning what surprising and simple ingredients can help us protect our health and beauty, and apple cider vinegar has a long way to go before it fully deserves its reputation as a flawless elixir. It’s crucial to keep our minds open and listen to our bodies, because we are all different and may benefit from a whole variety of solutions!

Written by Sophia Smith

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