So we are officially in Spring, although the weather is not playing along yet, we can look forward to, hopefully, some great summer weather. But while we are not there yet, and we are still working on our bikini bodies. HELLO!! Monochrome, one of the best styling tricks to hide those pesky areas that you are conscious of, while at the same time adding inches and making you appear leaner.
Monochrome is often associated with black or white but there are more colors that you can wear to create that elegant monochrome look. Here are my favorite 6 colors, that if chosen in the shade that compliments your skin tone, will carry you through spring and summer for all those cool monochrome looks.
Cool and tranquil the perfect color for your casual street style, as we all have a denim jacket, cutoff shorts, jeans, chambray shirts, and button-down skirts in our closets.
Light Blue / Indigo Playsuit @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Denim Blue @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Pink for a feminine, romantic and flirty monochromatic look.
Pink @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Green is great if you want to refresh your look. And as we are seeing a lot of the khaki safari trend this season. Pulling of the green monochrome look will be a breeze. Choose hues of green like khaki, hunter green, olive green, and forest green for a fresh chic look.
White, the classic summer color. Although most women find it challenging to wear because the all-white shade, as it is not very flaw flattering. The trick is to pick the right fabric and to make sure that it fits your silhouette and that the design flatters your shape. So if you do have a muffin top, pair a structured vest with a dress, as the lapels of outerwear slims down your shape and defines your waist.
Grey, not always a summer color, but definitely a good choice for a slimming monochromatic look. Just be sure that the color does not drown you out so add splashes of complementing color like blueberry blue, red or fuchsia.
Nude, depending on your skin tone this is a very flattering monochrome look. But like grey it can drown you, so make sure that you pick a shade that is in contrast with your skin tone.
Tired of being confined to night time glamour? This season, metallic will be hitting the streets for SS16!
Unleash your inner magpie with shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories from rose gold glitz to high shine shimmer and of course everybody loves a bit of bling!
Chunky trashy jewellery is a quick way to add some flash to your everyday office outfit and metallic shoes will shine some light to your old faithful jeans and take a casual daytime outfit through to the evening.
Check out some of the hottest metallic trends to wear at all times of the day.
Trousers are great and we love dresses but skirts have a certain ladylike chic to them and you can never go wrong with a well styled skirt ensemble. Here at three looks to inspire you to fall in love with skirts.
Unexpected Hues and Prints
Bury the black and gray and go for a statement making skirt for the office a perfect option for a dull Monday.
Break up a printed midi skirt with neutral separates and accent your outfit with complementing accessories.
Go short, for a lunch date, a shorter hemline will make your legs look longer.
Considering the length of your skirt, the right shoe can make or break your outfit. So go for heels with interesting details.
A striped midi, for those casual weekends, vertical lines are always flattering as they give off the illusion of a longer line.
Try and keep your ensemble as simple as possible using your accessories to highlight the shade of your skirt.
Are you looking to inject some color into your wardrobe? Then look no further than the new La Redoute SS16 collection for chic, sleek French inspired fashion.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection. Bold and bright, in colours ranging from zingy lime, sea green, must-have mustard, bright lemon, true blue and tangerine to liven up any day time look.
Full skirt, belted Red shift dress @ £39
Bomber Jacket in yellow @ £49
Full skirt in green @ £29
Checkered tunic dress in green @ £35
Floaty dress in pink @ £45
Peter pan collar cape in pink @ £55
SUNCOO shift dress in Mustard @ £59
Pleated drop waist style dress with 3/4 length sleeves @ £35
All items available @ www.laredoute.com
I love receiving my monthly subscription boxes in the post whether it is a graze box or one of the many beauty boxes that are available.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the River Island Style Studio Valentine’s Blogger Event which gave me the opportunity to finally experience the Style Studio and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Never heard of the Style Studio?
Well………Style Studio launched in the London and Birmingham flagship shops and offers personal, one-to-one bespoke styling services from retailer’s stylists for a 30 minute, one-hour or two-hour session giving customers the opportunity to find out about the latest trends and collections to, “discover their individual style.”
The Style Studio personal shopper lounge is a large luxurious space with comfy sofas and great lighting and massive fitting rooms, perfect if you wanted to bring your friends to give you the thumbs up on your outfit (Or hands down) there is even a bar in case you work up a thirst during your styling session or you need some liquid courage.
Oh and I have to mention ‘magic mirror’, this baby allows you see yourself in 360 degrees, compare outfit photos or even take selfies that you can upload to your social media or send to someone to get a 2nd opinion on your outfit.
The Valentines event was absolutely lovely I was able to network with loads of amazing bloggers and we were all treated to prosecco cookies and other nibbles yum!
The stylists picked out outfits for each blogger and we all tried on and strutted our stuff in front of the magic mirror we also played some party games none of which I won and talked to the stylists about the collection.
If you would like to give the Style Studio a whirl you can make an appointment via the website: www.riverisland.com
Do you go gaga for Tribal and Kendall Jenner? Then you will fall in love with Mango’s February trend, Tribal Spirit with Kendall Jenner as the face of the collection.
The collection that is inspired by the African savannah, are a mix of ethnic prints and multiple accessories. Evoking the care free- spirit of Spring/ Summer
With pieces coming in a range of earth tone colors that transports you the African savannah at dusk with a beautiful African sunset as your backdrop.
With sheer blouse, outer wear and long flowy dresses in natural fabrics like suede in mustard, camel, browns and sand synonymous with the tribal trend and the unbeatable African spirit.
Shop the collection in store and online @ www.shop.mango.com
Whether it's the oversized boy-cut blazer; a tassel-embellished accessory; or the block-heels sandals, retro fashion has made a come-back and is here to stay!
Comfort and style - what's not to love?
Handmade Wool Coat & Mule Sandals - Zara
Fringed Suede Bag - Mango
What new season pieces are you adding to your wardrobe?
Heels makes you feel sexy and confident and the higher the better!! but they are not always good for the health of our feet and leave our feet feeling and looking like it has been in a war zone. Here are some tips on how to wear your killer heels without causing too much pain to your feet.
Blisters are caused by friction, as your foot rubs against your heel. So reduce friction by wearing a thick strap over the foot as this hold the foot in place and prevents it from slipping around and causing friction points.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
Keep your pedicure short
Wearing heels and walking around in them all day, can make your feet sweat, causing your feet to slide forward, so always make sure that your pedicures are short so it does not cause extra tension on the toes.
Available @ Dune www.dunelondon.com
Running around and on your feet all day, make sure that your shoes are comfortable. Chunky block heels, or cute kitten heels, for all day running around, are a better than those high stilettos’. Keep those supper high heels for date night or girly nights out.
Also make sure that your shoes are not too tight as your feet will not have any room to breathe.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
LILLIAN SLINGBACK - www.hobbs.co.uk
Relieve the pressure
When you are on your feet all day, try to relieve the pressure by slipping of your shoes. You can do this while sitting at your desk, just to give your feet a little breather.
Available @ www.office.co.uk
Sprinkle bottom of shoes with baby powder
The baby powder will soak up any moisture created from the walking in your heel all day. The moisture from your feet sweating can cause friction which will cause blisters. So the baby powder will keep your feet from slipping and thus minimizes blisters.