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.
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.
It is the month of February and I can feel that love is in the air; I would not be surprised if I saw Cupid himself shooting arrows at strangers.
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.
Have you ever found yourself looking at a pair of shoes, boots or trainers and thought to yourself I’d love those if the bows were a different colour, in a different place or they had some more detail to them, maybe even more bling?
This Christmas may your gift giving bring you as much pleasure as your gift receiving!!
Here are some of my favorite gifts for this Christmas. Merry Christmas!!
It goes without saying that you should always buy the best for your very best friend. Spoil her with something sparkly and gold. A cute gold clutch is great for those girly nights out and a gift that she can always treasure.
I love these bags because they scream look at me! The perfect gift for the creative personality, so if your friend loves bold prints she will love either one of these bags to add to her collection.
What girl does not love receiving beauty products to spoil themselves with. The Laura Mercier Crème de la crème luxe body cleanser collection contains four delicious body cleansers in scents of Ambre Vanillé, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée and Tarte au Citron.
Sisley All day all year prestige box is a day and night anti-aging duo that pushes back the visible signs of skin aging. The box contains the All-day all year 50ml anti- aging shield that protects the skin from outside aggressions to help preserve its youthfulness. As well as the Supremÿa 50 ml, a night time repair product that repairs the skins past damage and leaves it looking radiant and youthful.
The true Fashion diva will love these pair of silver boots and a good quality handbag like the Michael Kors Grey tote that will match perfectly with everything in her wardrobe.
Beautiful quality lingerie always makes for a nice gift, whether you buy it for yourself or you get the man in your life to buy it for you.
Remember when buying lingerie; to pay attention to the detail and make sure that what you are buying are comfortable because you want to look sexy but you also want to be comfortable when wearing it.
The classic such as black, pink, red and whites are always a popular option. If you want to steer away from the classics go for navy which suits most skin types. If your man is buying it for you, do some research with him online so that he knows what to buy when heading into the shops.
Fragrance is always a winner whether it is buying your old favorite or trying out something new. Gucci Bamboo is a floral woody scent for the confident yet feminine women.
Coco Mademoiselle for the brave and modern women that loves luxury and elegance, a favorite gift among many women.
Tom Ford Noir Extreme, an amber woody oriental fragrance for the man in your life.
For all those last minute gifts the Martini Shaker set for stay in cocktail evenings. Add a pop of color to her handbag with the Calvin Klein purses. The beautiful painted Cath Kidston Rose bath set contains products with a velvety rose scent enriched with shea butter and glycerin. The gift set comprises of; Painted Rose Shower Gel - 30ml, Painted Rose Body Lotion - 30ml, Painted Rose Bath Crystals - 25g, Painted Rose Soap - 25g and Face Cloth.
We all have that one friend that loves to entertain. Spoil her with any of the Biba art deco collection for nights of great food, good wine and great friends.
If you suffer from sweaty feet you really need to get your hands on a pair of slimsoles.
We tested them out for a week and they are comfortable and keep your feet fresh and dry all day long. They also have a grip foam to prevent the insole from bunching or sliding. Slimsoles are up to a UK women’s Size 9. For a comfortable fit, follow the printed guidelines on the insoles just cut them down to your shoes size.
Available in many highstreet stores and directly from Odor Eaters. Slimsoles are a musthave for anyone suffering from sweaty feet.
Reviewd by Deborah St. Louis CEO
We all know that it’s is often the little extra’s that makes all the difference and nothing adds an extra dose of style like a standout accessory.
This season’s accessories are no different and will instantly upgrade your outfit. Here are our four of my favourite trends for this season.
1. Pom Pom
Fluffy and bouncy a quirky addition to any look
Burgundy pom pom heel @ New look – www.newlook.com
Black fur bobble @ www.primark.com
2. Faux Fur
Faux fur is chic, practical and in demand and with a plush, stylish faux fur collar, you’ll never have to sacrifice fashion for the sake of warmth. This multitasking accessory can be worn as a luxuriously soft scarf or hat.
AW 15 Accessorize uk.accessorize.com
3. The Extra-Long Scarf
A long-length scarf will add instant trend to your look. Add sparkle to it with a standout brooch. Wear it tucked into a belt or loose around your neck.
AW 15 Accessorizeuk.accessorize.com
4. The Bucket Bag
Destined to be autumn’s” IT” bag, the classic bucket bag gets a refined, minimalist update. An absolute essential for the girl on the go. I love black and white grid duffle bag from Primark a definite must to any handbag collection.
Black and White Grid Duffle Bag Handbag www.primark.com