Lizelle Joseph

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 15:08

Christmas Gifts

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 13:28

Winter Coats

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A good quality coat should be an investment pieces, one that you will be able to wear for a few more winters. You need it not only to keep you warm but also to be durable and give you great wear year after year. Here are some suggestions for that new winter coat you have been saving for.

The classic belted Military style is a timeless pieces with its double breasted button fastening and belted waist it is one of those styles that never tires

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Available at Debenhams - J by Jasper Conran

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If you want to keep the classic shape but with a slight rock chic edge then this elegant black coat with its leather detail and buckle and belted finish is the one.

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Available at Debenhams – Todd Lynn

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White would now not be your typical winter colour but with its beautiful striking chic silhouette who can resist and the faux fur trim just takes it up another level

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Available a Debenhams - Star by Julien Macdonald

This longline wool blend coat in dark grey with its checked design and two front pockets are perfect for everyday

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Available at Debenhams - Betty Jackson

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Available at Debenhams – Betty Jackson

What is more classic then a trench coat. This leather trench coat is ultra-feminine and functional, creating a defined silhouette. It is one of those pieces that will look great with even a more casual look.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 18:40

How To Wear Flare Denim

How to wearFlare Denim

Nothing says casual-chic like a pair of flared jeans, so goodbye to skinny jeans. This 70’s flashback is all about a casual retro trend.

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Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Coat @Miss Selfridge, shoe @Miss Selfridge, bag @Dorothy Perkins

Wear a heel with your flares:

The flare shape elongates your legs and a heel will take that illusion one step further. As well as minimize the risk of a bunched up hem.

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Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Jacket New Look, Shoe@ Dune, bag@ Dune and Cami @Very

A perfect hem:

With flares it is all about the hem. Go for a pair with a slightly longer length than the rest of the trousers in your wardrobe.

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Flare denims available @ Miss Selfridge, Blouse @ Very, Cape @ Laredoute, shoes @ Very, clutch @ Primark

Opt for a high- waisted silhouette:

This is the most flattering fit, because any trousers that sits higher on the hips will enhance the leg-lengthening affect and give you a curvy silhouette. Add a belt for a more defined waist.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 18:09

How To Wear A Poncho

How

Coats, jackets and hoodies are the common layers we throw on once the temperature start to drop. But the poncho has become the latest piece of layering to keep us warm and on trend.

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It work well with nearly everything in your wardrobe. Poncho’s can be tailored for a chic formal and or professional style or bohemian in chunky knits, colourful patterns, Aztec prints and or tassels and fringes.

Although poncho’s can appear to be an easy item to wear, it’s important that you choose a poncho that fits your frame. Make sure that it is not too small or to big but that it fits your frame, otherwise you will drown in it.

Necklines such as cowl neck, turtleneck, V-neck, scoop-neck, crew-neck, and boat neck are great as they frame your face and upper body. Whereas boat necks and crew necks tend to make the chest and shoulders look wider, but are perfect if you have narrow shoulders or a small bust V-necks especially are good for women with broad shoulders or a large bust, as it has a slimming effect. If you have a longer neck, go for a turtleneck that has a shortening effect through the neck and face.

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If you want to elongate your frame opt for a ponchos that falls, no lower than two centimetres above your knee.

Petite ladies should be aware of long ponchos as they will overwhelm your petite frame.

To balance out your silhouette, choose bottoms that have a slim fit, especially if you are top-heavy.

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Wear your poncho with slim-fitting trousers, skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts, and slim-fitting miniskirts paired with knee-high boots, ankle boots, and high heels for a chic look.

Go for interesting prints like plaids, Aztec designs, and subtle patterns, as long as the colour is subtle and the print is not too large.

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But remember when wearing a patterned poncho, keep the rest of your look simple.

Keep your accessories modest, especially if your poncho is your statement piece. Keep chunky jewellery to rings and or bracelets. Switch up your shoulder or sling bag for a clutch or a satchels.

A belt is your best option for a shapely silhouette.

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Monday, 02 November 2015 14:04

The beauty of brown

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The beauty of brown, with its earthy base, is an amazing and versatile colour. Ranging from dark rich chocolate, foamy latte, sweet caramel, fragrant coffee beans to warm honey. Classic and sophisticated, a perfect replacement for the timeless and elegant black.

The past season as well as the current season we are seeing deep brown on fringed jackets, rich caramel on wool coats, and hints of the colour mixed into ensembles, with accessories like leather bags and shoes. Wearing brown skilfully means that you can take your everyday pieces and making them feel a little bit more luxe and unexpected.

If black is you daily go to colour, then switching to brown can be a bit intimidating, but shades of brown like tan and beige can be fun to wear and perfect for any season.

If you rather stick to black and play it safe, you can still incorporating brown into your look with accessories in tan or light brown.

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Paired With Lighter Shades

White, off-white, soft grey and cream look chic and sophisticated when paired with tan and light brown colours. The lightness of these shades combined with the darkness of brown will create a look an eye catching look.

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Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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Black

This is probably one of those colour combo’s that might be a big no-no, as it is both such intense colours but the sophistication of both these colours together creates a really chic look.

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Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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Brown and blue is a match made in fashion heaven because the contrast between the shades makes it a pretty combo.

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Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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Wearing it head to toe

As with black and white, tan and camel are colour tones that looks great when worn from head to toe but if you are a bit on the fair skin side you should avoid wearing beige, and for medium skin tones its best to avoid lighter browns, as these shades will make you look washed out.

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Available @ www.laredoute.co.uk

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Available @ www.wallis.co.uk

Also try these shades with beautiful brown, burgundy, light blue, army green and pink.

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Glow on

We love a good highlighter and can definitely no live without our favourite moisturizer and we never leave the house without our much-loved lipstick, but when it comes to skin care and beauty products we want something that will give us beautiful glowing skin.

Waking up with dull and lifeless skin can makes you want to crawl back into bed, in need of more sleep to wake up your skin.

Not to worry ladies, help is at hand with the newest power players to boost your skin and brighten your eyes.

First up is the lastest from Elizabeth Arden, the Superstart skin renewal booster. This products helps to restore the healthy look of your skin's surface layer.

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What does it do; it stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair and renew it self.

How to use it; apply it before your serum or moisturiser, it boosts the results of your skincare products. Your skin looks beautiful, resilient and refreshed, ready to face the day.

Why do you need this product; When the surface layer of your skin is damaged, your skin may not be able to retain moisture, and loses its natural defences to protect itself and will ultimately lose its the ability to renew itself. The Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, was designed to strengthen the skin's natural ability to repair and renew by restoring the healthy appearance of your skin's surface layer.

Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep

This unique gel-in-oil formula with its ultra-light texture that melts into your skin for super hydrated and plumped up skin.

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What I love about this product is, that you immediately see the difference in your skin. It looks smoother, feels softer, suppler and looks nourished. Beautifully revitalised skin.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

This product wakes up your eye area and enhances the performance of other eye creams.

Used as a pre eye care treatment it helps to fight against external environmental factors that can cause damage to the skin. Protecting the skin against moisture loss while working to diminish fine lines, roughness and dryness. A great aid in fighting the anti-ageing war as it strengthens and regenerates the eye area.

The Results:

The skin around your eyes becomes soft, smooth and supple

Improves fine lines and wrinkles

Diminishes dark circles as your skin tone becomes, even bright and luminous

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All in all a winning result!!

Monday, 12 October 2015 15:30

A girl’s best friend, the ankle boot

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Who does not love an ankle boot, it is one of those items that can tie together the overall vibe of your look, whether you are going for, the classics, or sexy glam, office wear or even just your weekend casuals. The right pair of ankle boots can pull it all together.

Definitely one of those items that takes us through every season, the ankle boot, a girl’s best friend.

For every day wear the t shirt/shirt and jeans combo is simple but fierce, pair it with a blocked heel ankle boot for the easy going, just thrown together look.

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Give your basic look and edge with this, black faux leather ankle boot with faux croc back detail and gold trim with its zip and strap detail from Miss Selfridge- Shop for it at here.

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Or keep it simple with this Sole Diva sip detail ankle boot from Simple be.

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Add some interest to your look with the on trend fringe detail or metallic both available at Dune www.dunelondon.com

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Glammed up, the peep-toe or the sexy lace up with a mini dress, keeping the focus on your legs, moving the eyes downward showing off your shoes.

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All pieces available at Primark /Penny’s @ www.primark.com - Black Velvet One Shoulder Dress €14, Belt €6, Faux Fur carf €15, Boots €23, Rings €3, Tights €2

Make sure you really show it off by wearing a plain dress and opt for boots in a different colour. Black always looks good when matched with interesting shoe colour.

Love these lace up with cut out detail from Dune @ www.dunelondon.com

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Or for something similar but with a peep toe, in a different colour, this one from Dorothy Perkins @ www.dorothyperkins.com 

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For the office, go for something a bit more subdued but still fierce 

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Dune – Ona @ www.dunelondon.com 

Or my other fav is this one from Office, a pointed, open back shoe boot with a slim stiletto heel and tassel detail.

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Monday, 05 October 2015 16:37

How To Pan Your Look For The Day

HOW TO PLAN YOUR LOOK OF THE DAY

Plan Your Look The Night Before

Planning your outfits the night before safes you loads of time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear. To make planning your outfits even easier you will need a super organised closet.

Organizing Your Closet

One of the best ways to organize your closet is to keep all of your pieces together and colour coded, meaning tops together followed by pants, jeans, skirts and dresses.

Try and keep your shoes in one place and your tights and socks in one drawer. Jewellery on a stand or in a compartment drawer. Scarves and belts on racks.

Keeping your wardrobe organized gives you more control of your clothes and accessories which makes planning your daily looks stress-free.

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Seasonal Pieces And Trends

Once you know what it in your closet you can identify what is missing, according to the seasons or specific trends and styles that you like.

When you are planning your look according to current trends, do not do the copycat version especially if you are using fashion magazines as a guide. Rather pair pieces in a way that makes it your own and select details from the current fashion trends that accentuate your personal style and turn it into something unique, and completely you.

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Accessorizing

This would be the last step in planning your look, pairing your shoes, handbag and jewellery with your outfit pieces. Dress up simple pieces with bold shoes and accessories.

Categories your accessorize according to;

• Classic accessories: pearl or diamond-stud earrings, silk scarf, leather clutch and classic black pumps
• Glamorous accessories: chandelier earrings, bib necklace, large cocktail ring, crystal-embellished clutch, oversized sunglasses and sky-high heels
• Playful accessories: chunky jewellery, boho bag, and headbands
• Edgy accessories: thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace, studded handbag and black leather booties
• Workday accessories: delicate necklace, classic watch, large satchel or shoulder bag and kitten heels
• Casual accessories: candy-coloured bracelets, cross-body bag, floppy hats and espadrille sandals

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Outfit Combinations

This makes planning a look easy so if you a 9-5 office kind of girl. Your go to combination would be the tailored pants and Blouse. This outfit combination can take your from day to night. Your capsule wardrobe should at least have one pair of tailored pants and a silky blouse. You can re-style this combination by wearing your blouse buttoned up and with a cardigan for a simple office-friendly look. For a night time look and then unbutton the top buttons of your blouse and add some bling. Alter the, at the office look, by switching between heeled and flat shoes.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 20:50

Suit Up

A perfectly tailored suit is not just professional but makes you look polished and stylish whether it’s for work or fun. Suits are back on trend as seen at the Topshop Unique -Working Girl runway show at this year’s London Fashion Week. So get your suit on ladies!!

Here are some of my favourite suit looks.

Mix and match textures and prints for a more luxurious look. Pairing texture like a tweed or wool with a silk or satin adding depth and interest to your office outfit.

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Long gone are those dated, retro boxy suit shapes, keep it fresh and contemporary by going for more modern cuts. Like this Etienne Deroeux trouser suit with its wide leg trousers and trendy modified blazer for an updated twist.

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Go beyond the basic black and opt for darker, richer colours for autumn and winter or select shades like charcoal grey, navy, brown or even plum to add that pop of colour for a sophisticated, work-appropriate attire.

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Keep it stylish and super sexy with a tuxedo style suit paired with a pussy-bow blouse and black stilettos.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:25

It's All In The Detail

ITS ALL IN THE DETAIL

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

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Burgundy pom pom heel @ New look – www.newlook.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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