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We’re all ready for a holiday escape, right? When it comes to your mindset and the level of stress that everyday life tends to impose on you, you can probably land immediately into a luxurious beach chair with a mojito in your hand. You don’t really need to prep for that, you’ve been bracing yourself for that very moment of bliss for months now! However, when it comes to your skin, your nails, and your lovely locks, you could do them a favor by taking a few days to get ready for that upcoming lounging.
Now, before you say that all it takes is a single afternoon to achieve all of your holiday beauty goals, give this guide a chance. After all, you don’t want to find yourself rushing to get your nails done, get a decent haircut, and to get rid of all that unwanted hair – all the hassle might cause you to forget a crucial part of your prep! This way, you can start your holiday in style: cool and relaxed, and above all, stunning!
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The harsh winter winds, cold weather, and all the stress have surely taken their toll on your complexion, but keep in mind that your feet have suffered, too. You’ve been wearing heavy booties, plenty of layers, and if you’ve been religious about your workout routine, then your feet haven’t really had a chance to relax. Dealing with hardened skin, layers of callouses, and dry skin patches can be a pain in the neck.
The sooner you start preparing your lovely toes, the easier it will be for you to transform them into Cinderella-worthy material! Use the weeks prior to your vacation to go heavy on the file. Right before you take a shower, file away at your dry skin to remove any excess. Then, the warm water and the exfoliation will open up your pores, getting your feet ready for a rich lotion. A few weeks later, you’ll have silky-smooth feet!
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About a week before your holiday, it’s time to tend to your tired strands. The same environmental factors that impact your skin and your feet have a profound effect on your hair, plus the relentless usage of styling products and heat can only increase the damage.
Make sure you go for a trim to get rid of those split ends, and get a deeply nourishing mask to revive your locks. If you’re headed to a sunny beach, you need to make sure your hair can stand the salty water and the sun exposure, so it’s vital to focus on moisture and protection.
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We all love to give our lips a touch of vibrant red for a night out, or some blush and mascara to keep the contours of our face vivid and bring out our most wonderful features. However, holidays and makeup don’t mix too well, especially if you plan to spend your days sunbathing, slathering on sunscreen, and enjoying the waves. Still, there’s a solution that brings you the best of both worlds!
As a part of your prepping ritual, head to a reputable aesthetic clinic nearby, where you can take your pick from a selection of permanent makeup procedures. From getting your eyebrows done to perfection, to giving your lips a tint of long-lasting paint, you can avoid clogged pores, smudgy eyes, and running mascara in a matter of a few hours!
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A few weeks before you escape to your little oasis of beauty and rest, devote some of your time to your skincare regime. For starters, most of us are guilty of neglecting our exfoliation needs. To get the best results without overburdening your skin, use natural exfoliants such as coffee or sugar scrubs, once or twice a week, and always follow up with a rich moisturizing lotion.
Use a mild facial exfoliant and don’t forget to stay true to your sunscreen ritual. Of course, we assume you’ve used your facial sun protection lotion throughout the year, so all you need now is to stay consistent to prevent any damage. An occasional exfoliation will help your skin absorb the ingredients even better!
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Finally, as your pièce de résistance if you will, and not the most soothing of rituals on the list, waxing is a must-do for ladies who would like to enjoy soft skin for the duration of the vacation. While it’s not recommended to get it done on the very day of your travels, only one or two days before your trip will be more than enough to give your skin some time to recuperate and be beach-ready.
This will leave you plenty of time to deal with the mani-pedi essentials, choose what to pack for your skincare and beauty for the holidays, and simply bask in that freshly groomed body of yours!
Your body deserves some pampering in the days and weeks before it’s vacation time. Use these tips to prepare for the holiday rush, and you’ll look and feel your best when the fun begins!
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As the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, swimwear trends are slowly edging their way to the forefront of the fashion scene. Like any other in-vogue fashion trend, popular swimsuit design changes from year to year. You can root through your closet for last year’s classic style, but if you want to fill your summer wardrobe with eye-catching bikinis and chic one-pieces, you have to keep up with the current cuts and styles.
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Thankfully, swimwear fashion debuts early. In fact, Miami Swim Week premiered some of the top runway trends in swimsuit fashion that will be all over the beach this year. Here are some of the best styles you should be looking out for, inspired by runway designs.
Although high-cut legs are not a new trend in swimwear fashion, they are a particularly flattering one. Falling higher on the hips, this style elongates your legs and lengthens your entire figure. They can appear in high-waisted or low-rise bottoms, but either way, they are particularly complimentary on almost any body type.
This season, high-cut legs will become especially prominent. You’ll see them paired with a high-rise waistband and a skimpy cut, creating a look that extends your figure while simultaneously drawing attention to your backside.
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Trends are nothing if not cyclical, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that retro styles continuously work their way in and out of popular fashion. This season, retro is back again, primarily featuring styles that evoke 80’s and 90’s fashion. Sporty tankinis, ruching along the bodice, and vivid prints and neon colours will be prominent by the seaside. Polka dots and zippered details will be especially popular, along with suits that feature a little more coverage. Accessorized correctly, you could even pull off many of these timeless styles as a trendy streetwear outfit., you could even pull off many of these timeless styles as a trendy streetwear outfit.
Animal prints have been bringing their wild but neutral look to the runway for several seasons, and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be stopping any time soon. At the same time, animal rights are of the utmost importance in the current climate, so faux fabrics are the new norm. Thankfully, genuine animal skin isn’t a concern when it comes to your swimwear, allowing you to embrace this stylish look without a hint of guilt.
Classic leopard print and sleek snake print will be popular choices for trendy bikinis and one-pieces as a way of bringing flashy, animalistic flair to your day at the beach. A printed top or bottom can be paired with an article in a solid colour for a wholly sophisticated look.
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Basic women’s designer swimwear doesn’t cut it anymore this season. While a sleek, no-frills look used to the height of fashion, swimwear trends are moving towards more intricate designs. Knotted details and elaborate ties are taking over the swimwear scene. Minimalism is out, embellishments that allow the suit to double as a top are in.
Stringy ties that wrap around your body multiple times are a particularly popular way to embrace this trend. If you still veer towards a simpler style, knotted waistbands and decorative ties can also allow you to add this style to your wardrobe. Either way, this season’s trends are moving towards showy adornments, rather than the austere style that was so prevalent in the past.
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Embrace the swimwear trend that resonates with your everyday sense of style, find a cut that hugs your body shape perfectly, and go out and rock it confidently!
Just like the very flavour of summer - blended in a drink altogether, the fashion for summer of 2019 is a perfect mixture of brights, pastels, ease, glams and comfort! The summer fashion trends for women include the classic and elegant fashion styles of trousers and blazers, maxi dresses, slip dresses, structured shirts, pleated skirts and milkmaid tops, with minimalistic styles when it comes to bags and ease and comfort for shoes. The effortless path to exploring the best complimenting shoes for the attires stops at the vast category of sandals, sliders, mules and clogs. The bags as to be considered the value-added accessories are in fashion with shades of blue and beige in clutch bags and tote bags whereas the chic shade of black in the classic backpacks!
Easy Sneakers And Backpacks
Trainers and backpack paired with denim shorts or jeans is the ultimate king of comfort and classic summer appeal. The trainers have been in trend since last year and haven’t really gone out. Trainers in white and beige are perfect summer attire with ease and comfort fused with style, and the glam of prints. The graphic details added, is the millennial twist to the modern yet chic trainer design. When paired with milkmaid tops of bright shades and denim shorts or jeans or a summer dress, trainers can be encorporated into a casual outfit for the beach or even a day out shopping!
Sandals And Clutch Bags
Sandals are the ultimate all-rounder for fashion trends in shoes, with heeled sandals and strappy sandals in black, glimmers of metallic and jewels are perfect alternatives for the less comfortable stilettos and high heels! Small heeled sandals in black are perfect for formal as well as semi-formal party settings, and the flat strap sandals in gold and silver, glammed with jewels are perfect for a relaxed party attire, paired with playsuits or maxi dresses. The strappy heeled sandals in metallic shades also offer a complimenting look to midi dresses or split skirts and dresses as well. Sandals paired with a clutch bag is a multi-purpose duo for many settings!
Sliders And Mules
Sliders and mules are the ultimate casual attire when it comes to dressing for the summer season. The sliders in tan shades offer a perfect compliment to the classic pleated skirt-structured shirt duo this summer. Mules in black with kitten heels, provide comfort and stylish design to the vintage checked blazer-suit outfit for professional as well as casual days-out. Alternatively, brightly coloured mules worn with a simple dress, or coupled with baggy jeans and a thin knit top, offer that vintage look. Sliders and mules are perfect example of summer fashion which is easy and comfortable, yet still having high-end fashion appeal.
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You work hard! Don't let your health and beauty products let you down. Fashions Finest has some great health and beauty buys to tell you about, which we can guarantee will work as hard as you do. Read on to find out some of the things you can buy that pack a punch in the world of health and beauty. These are all tried and tested by us, and great as a gift to yourself, or a loved one this easter.
Envigorate Your Locks With Hair Growth Serum
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Formulated for visible results, and with science and innovation at their core, Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum, £30.00 and Hair Growth Serum intense £45.00, utilises natural active ingredients to provide the hair and scalp with the correct nutrients, nourishment and stimulation for optimum health and growth. They have even put their products to the ultimate test, with a 3-month user trial, yealding fantastic and visible results!
Key ingredients within their formulations are,Red Clover Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine, Chinese Skullcap and Pea Sprout Extract – all natural, but with maximum efficacy at improving hair health. Trust Grow Gorgeous to re-invigorate your locks in no time at all with your choice of serum. Fashions Finest love the devine scent and overall great results this serum offers, working hard for your hair.
Maximise Recovery With Magnesium
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After a hard day at work, or a hard gym workout, putting your body through its paces, treat yourself to a nice relaxing bath to soothe your muscles. Try Daytox Mineral Salt Bath at £4.00 per sachet.
Each sachet, tipped and desolved in your bath provides your body with the essential mineral Magnesium. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath and helps to relax and regulate muscle and nerve function, easing soreness and stiffness. A great way to unwind at the end of a busy day!
Post Shower Frizz-free Curls
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The Only Curls Hair Towel at a cost of £15.00, is a manmade miracle for those of us with curly hair! The towel is made of microfibres which have been developed specifically for curly hair, offering a simple solution for frizz-free curls after washing.
Hair is most fragile when wet and the uneven surface of a regular cotton towel roughens up cuticles and absorbs moisture from only the surface of the hair. Uneven cuticles and imbalanced moisture distribution results in frizz! This towel is small and quite thin, so not too bulky to carry in your gym bag, or overnight bag either. The 100% microfibre smooth yarns leave cuticles intact and absorb just the right amount of moisture for perfect frizz free curls every time! Try it! You will love it. We did!
Roll-on Perfume To Pack A Punch
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For the ultimate quick-fix fragrance pack your Miss Guided 10ml Roll On Babe Power at only £8.00 a pop! This handy little spritzer fits easily into your gym bag, or handbag, so its there when you need it.
Key fragrance notes include a vibrant splash of grapefruit zest and sour cherry, sharpened with crisp apple and pink pepper. It may be small, but this fragrance packs a punch, and one application lingers all day - leaving a provocative lasting impression. The sign of quality when it comes to perfumes in our book.
Make The Most Of A Massage
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A massage can support your wellbeing, as well as help to reduce muscle soreness and inflamation, relax your body, and make you feel great! If you don't have the time to get a massage, or are watching the pennies, you can still work wonders by giving yourself a massage with SheaMoisture African Watermint and Ginger Detox Bath, Body & Massage Oil at a cost of £11.99 a bottle. This refreshing oil combines certified organic Shea Butter with African Water Mint & Ginger to rejuvenate and refresh your skin and tired muscles. The scent is deliciously invigorating, and it's also fair trade, so you can feel great about using it too!
This beautiful massage oil can be used in more than one way too! Pour into a warm bath to create a fragrant spa bath, Gently rub it into your skin after a shower or bath to restore moisture, or you can warm in your hands to use as therapeutic massage oil.
Korres Wild Rose Collection
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Excitingly, Korres are launching a new collection of products, which is set to make its debut this month. The Wild Rose Collection packs a lot of goodness into all it's products, activating radiance with the power of Super Vitamin C and Wild Rose oil. Take the Korres challenge, and transform your skin, with reduced appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and skin fatigue after just one week. Your skin will see dramatically increased radiance and intensive brightening, giving you smoother and younger looking skin. All this wrapped in a new, and ultra- fresh scent.
Enjoy discovering products which work as hard as you do every day, and love reaping the rewards with your beautiful and healthy skin, hair and body.
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Spring has sprung. It is time for a well-known spring cleaning. As well as your flat, you also deserve a makeover. Every woman should treat herself with a couple of indulging treatments in order to get ready for the summer. Let’s check out some of the most popular cosmetic treatments that you should try this year.
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Various alternatives to traditional treatments have emerged. That is also the case with lip fillers. Lip Threading is a brand new way to make your lips look plump. It is a new procedure where threads, composed of poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, a biocompatible synthetic substance, are placed into the lip to stimulate collagen production. Both the shape and the size of the lip are changed. This is different from traditional lip fillers, where hyaluronic acid is injected. Unfortunately, lip threading is said to be more uncomfortable.
So, why do women like it? Well, the trend of looking as if you are not wearing much or any makeup is continuing in 2019 and threaded lips look more natural than lips with fillers. Nothing fake is added here, it is just an improvement to your lips.
As it is said above, the “no makeup-makeup” trend dominates in 2019. When it comes to permanent makeup trends, microblading is more popular than ever. It will give your eyebrows flawless look and shape. In addition, your brows won’t come off after swimming or sweating. Your brows will look perfect even at the beach!
Microblading is a treatment that imitates hair strokes, thus making your brows look feathery and full. You no longer have to waste time on filling those gaps with a brow pencil or mascara and make your brows visible and thick. This procedure is neither complicated nor painful. However, be careful when you choose your microblading artist. Make sure your artist has completed reputable microblading training and gained a certificate and a license. Also, you want someone who is experienced and has a lot of recommendation.
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Mesotherapy has been here for quite some time. It seems like women will not give it up in 2019. Why would they? This procedure that involves the injection of a mixture of vitamins, enzymes, hormones and plant extracts has given great results in skin rejuvenating. It will iron your face, making it soft and clean.
Mesotherapy can be used for other body parts as well. Also, a no-needle mesotherapy is becoming more popular, thus making this procedure more approachable to those who are afraid of needles.
Non-surgical Nose Job
Non-surgical operations are more and more popular. A nose job done without an actual surgery is a new trend. It is also known as liquid rhinoplasty and includes the injection of hyaluronic acid. The nose is shaped to look more attractive and the small imperfections are hidden. It lasts one to two years, after which a touchup is required. However, it is easily reversed if you are not satisfied with the results. Another perk is that it is much faster and less painful than the traditional nose job.
Even though it does not include an actual surgery, a liquid rhinoplasty carries some risks. Therefore, you need to be cautious and choose a licensed esthetician do perform the procedure. Otherwise, some complications might come up.
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You have to start preparing your beach body on time. Hitting the gym or going for a run will definitely give the best results. Also, cut down on sweets and watch what you eat. However, cellulite is very persistent and it takes a lot to get rid of it. It seems like nothing eliminates it completely. Fortunately, there are treatments to reduce the amount of it.
Body contouring is also a non-surgical procedure. There are different ways of fat reduction. Basically, fat cells are targeted and destroyed and the certain body part is reshaped. It can be done in different ways such as laser energy, controlled heating and ultrasound technology, injectable deoxycholic acid or freezing temperatures to target and destroy fat cells. This is an excellent treatment that will help you get an attractive bikini body.
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One of the best investments for personal care is hair extensions. Changing the way you wear your crowning glory is a big help for creating an illusion. Apart from playing with exciting appearances, it is a game changer for people who struggle with hair loss. Quit heavily manipulating your hair. Wear hair extensions to achieve your dream look!
Are you still deciding about getting your hair done? Be exposed to the greatness of hair extensions! Here are the reasons why hair extensions should be in your radar:
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Promoting instant gratification is what you get from switching to hair extensions. They will make you feel and be beautiful in just a snap. Wearing them is the perfect time to customize your look every now and then. You can achieve the long hair looks with hair extensions.
Most women are not fans of delayed gratification. Did you cut your hair short and regret it? You don’t have to wait for months for it to grow back. Hair extensions will do their magic!
Are you dreaming of commercial-look hair? Fear of hair damage is the boundary from reaching your dream look. Sometimes, you just want to leave your hair the way it is with all these skeptical hair products. Think outside of the box and engage in hair extensions!
Play With Hair Color
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Have you ever wondered how your hair would look with a different color? Most women fear the stress and tension it could put to their scalp promoting hair damage. In some cases, it can lead to hair loss or hair thinning. We wouldn’t want to go this far, would we?
With hair extensions, you can play with different colors without causing hair damage. Wearing them will make hair care enjoyable. By adding hair color, it will enhance the look of your crowning glory.
Are you itching to get those caramel highlights? Worry less. Hair extensions will do it for you without having your hair’s health compromised. Step out of your comfort zone. With your hair color, walk in the room with people’s eyes on you.
Increased Hair Volume
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Instant hair volume is what most women are rooting for when wearing hair extensions. The volume of your hair provides ease in styling them and making it look natural. Increased hair volume adds an extra “wow” to your look. As you walk, your hair bounces making it look like a runway show. You don’t have to settle with your dull hair when hair extensions can give you the hair you’ve been dreaming of.
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Are you frustrated with the length of your hair? No matter how patient you are waiting for your hair to grow back, it’s just not enough. Hair extensions are the perfect solution.
Switch your short hair to long hair in a matter of minutes with hair extensions. Additional length to your hair makes it flexible for different hairstyles. No matter what the occasion, you’ll always have a suitable hairstyle when wearing hair extensions.
The use of hair extensions is to add length and volume without manipulating your natural hair with commercial treatments. Why wait for months for it to grow back when hair extensions provide instant length? If you are into something quick and easy, wearing them is the best way to customize your look.
Natural Hair Protected
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One of the best things about using hair extensions is protecting your natural hair from damage. Hair extensions like clip-ins are ensured to protect your hair from chemical-containing adhesives.
Maintaining the health of your natural hair can be tricky especially if you nourish it with chemical-containing hair products. We all have that one goal, to achieve amazing hair results. Wearing them instead of undergoing treatments alleviates the stress and pressure on your hair roots. Keep your hair protected with hair extensions!
Customize Your Hairstyle
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We all have our problems with the styling of our hair. Is it lacking length, color, or volume?
With hair extensions, it leaves no boundaries about how you want to style them. There are easy hairstyles you can wear with hair extensions.
With the right length and volume, it is easier to experiment with different hairstyles. Hair extensions instantly make your look interesting and beautiful. Whenever you want to try a new hairstyle, using them makes it easier to see if it suits you.
Different hair extensions are offered in the market. You can rock a variety of hairstyles from beach waves to traditional curls!
These reasons why you should love wearing hair extensions are just some that make up the list. People wear hair extensions to feel and look confident with their hair. They play a vital part in hair evolution. Moreover, hair extensions help in achieving the hair that you desire without damaging your natural hair. Have the best of both worlds with hair extensions. Rock both short and long hair!
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Playsuits are a versatile, chic and effortless way to show your style for many casual and more dressy occasions. From more laid-back looks to amped-up night out ensembles, playsuit outfits allow you to be creative and have fun with your wardrobe. Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect inspiration for your next playsuit ensemble:
Style With Statement Jewellery
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Playsuits have an effortless chicness about them, and when you’re looking for ways to style it, sometimes you need to look no further than your jewellery collection.
Find your favourite pair of standout earrings or a statement necklace and just like that, you’re ready for the day! We love the idea of using dazzling jewellery to amp up the fun of an otherwise more understated playsuit, or helping to bring out some of the accent colours and prints, with carefully selected bangles, earrings, or a sweet necklace.
SHE’S ON THE WEDGE OF GLORY
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What’s fantastic about a go-to playsuit is that it pairs as beautifully with casual sandals as any other kind of footwear you have in your closet. Figuring out how to wear a playsuit for a night-time engagement can be as easy as trading your flats for a pair of comfortable wedges.
We love the pairing of sophistication and dressiness with the 'comfortability' and ease of wedges. Not to mention, they’ll make your legs look endless in your favourite playsuit!
Show Your Stripes
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The versatility of stripes in today’s stylish patterns is spectacular, and we love to take full advantage of how they give a jump suit a little something extra for any occasion. Stripes sometimes have a reputation for being tricky to tackle, but figuring out how to wear a striped suit is super fun and can be an ultra-flattering and fabulous look!
From understated diagonal stripes to bold horizontal patterns, stripes are a classic and an essential part of our wardrobes all year long. It doesn’t take much to accessorise a striped playsuit for daytime and when you’re ready to head out for the evening, simply add some dazzling jewellery and throw on a moto jacket or breezy kimono to up your look’s sophistication.
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Our hats are off to any stylish trendsetter who loves to wear a fabulous oversized hat. These are an especially great accessory for an eccentric outfit that reads trendy and beautiful.
Leave your hair down with some loose waves and keep your other accessories to a minimum when you opt for a fun floppy or a more structured hat. Between your cute playsuit and lovely hat, you’ll be stealing the spotlight wherever you go!
Belt It Up
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Sometimes, adding some unexpected structure can give a flowy or long jumpsuit a more flattering and chic look. We love the idea of taking a beachside outfit to a dressed up, office-appropriate look by just adding a blazer and a simple belt.
If you’ve been wondering how to get away with wearing a playsuit to the office, consider a longer jumpsuit or more chic and tailored option with a belt, and you’re all set. For a daytime boho chic look, an unexpected tassel at the waist can give your look an effortless feel.
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How do you usually like to style your playsuits? Let us know in the comments!
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Fast fashion is easy for consumers because it’s just that: fast and inexpensive. But in case you didn’t get the memo, our planet is breaking and while the words of ‘sustainable fashion’ may not appeal to the majority, it is actually an important answer to a very real problem. As Megan Markle put it when she spoke at the British Fashion Awards, "2019 is the year where it is ‘cool to be kind’".
Here’s a list of brands that make shopping an ethical and affordable experience as well as it making you look and feel good.
How Sustainable Are Fashion Brands?
There are many different ways a brand can comply with sustainability. The sustainable fashion movement works together to tackle issues such as:
-protecting animal rights
-defending fair pay and working conditions to adhere to workers’ rights
-cutting down on water waste
-counteracting the effects of cheap and fast fashion consumption
-addressing the use of toxic and harmful pesticides and working to develop eco-friendly and recycled materials and fabrics.
With more brands becoming focused on providing a sustainability, there are now more choices for fashion consumers, both online and on the high street.
Since launching her label in 2001, Stella McCartney has proved that it is possible to create ethical, sustainable and fashion-forward collections without damaging our planet. The company is always looking for new ways to be more sustainable as it feels responsible for the resources it uses and the impact its activities has on our planet. All Stella McCartney stores, offices and studios in the UK are powered by wind energy and abroad, they use renewable energy. Recycling is one of the key points of this brands philosophy.
Among the McCartney eco-friendly products, we can find a sustainable eyewear collection made from over 50% natural and renewable resources and raw materials from natural origins such as castor-oil seeds and critic acid. These are just a small portion of all the activities and initiatives undertaken by Stella McCartney.
Thanks to its distinctive and style ‘V’, you have probably already come across this brand which specialises in trainers to die for. Since 2005, Veja has been making fashionable trainers like no other brand, infusing each stage of production with a positive impact. Yes, every single component of Veja footwear has a story.
The cotton originates from an organic farm in Brazil where workers don’t have to worry about the harmful pesticides poisoning their villages, while the rubber is natural and sustainable, tapped by people in the Amazon using traditional techniques. One out of four trainers that Veja make are 100% vegan and they have even created a mesh fabric made entirely out of recycled polyester.
Sports and athletic wear are at the forefront of fashion thanks to the likes of Instagram. However, sportswear may not be at the forefront of your mind when you think of sustainable fashion.
Originating from Sydney, Australia, Horizon Athletic is the brainchild of professional athlete Marlena Gabriel who was in search of the perfect sports garments. Horizons ethics reflect their respect for the surrounding environment, and they hope to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste which is currently polluting our beautiful oceans.
To make their active-wear and sporty swimsuits, Horizon use a material called Econyl, which is a recycled fibre made from consumer waste and abandoned fishing nets. This fabric is 5 time more durable than other leading fabrics when exposed to UV rays, salt water, chlorine and sun cream.
In 2018, Adidas took a huge step towards a sustainable future. Teaming up with a non-profit organisation, Parley, Adidas sold more than one million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic last year, with each shoe preventing around eleven plastic bottles from entering our oceans. Following on from this success, the brand has pledged to be more sustainable promising to only use recycled plastic by 2024. The brand has also promised to become more sustainable in its offices, warehouses, retail outlets and distribution centres with the goal to save an estimated 40 tonnes of plastic per year in total.
After launching their first product in 2003, Finisterre has worked tirelessly to create a collection of clothing which is stylish and built to last. Their recycled insulation jackets were pioneering development in fashion and led the way to create more sustainable practices.
Finisterre has developed their own blend of Merino wool, which took years to perfect and has many benefits. As well as it being sustainable and 100% biodegradable, Merino wool is antibacterial, moisture wicking, soft, breathable and warm; making it the perfect winter knit. Each batch of wool can be traced back to their farms which are found across New Zealand and must comply with Finisterre welfare rules to provide animals with freedom. Each animal must be free from hunger and thirst, have access to shelter and comfort in all weather conditions and they must be able to display their natural behavioural patterns.
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Mothering Sunday in the UK is observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children who had left home to work were given a day off to visit their home town or village, and spend some time with their family.
Centuries ago, in a very religious United Kingdom, it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year everyone would visit the main church or cathedral of the area where they were born or brought up. For this reason, most historians think that it was the return to the 'Mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants and apprentices and living away from home, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. It became usual to pick wild flowers along their journey to present to their mother, or at the church.
These old religious ideas have contributed to our current tradition of spending time with, and giving gifts to mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters – those who have had a caring role in our lives as we have grown up.
As is common at every gift giving time of year, the question of what to buy is uppermost in everyone’s minds – and not least here at Fashions Finest Headquarters! As usual we have searched for some beautiful, creative and interesting gifts and ideas for Mothers and care givers everywhere to enjoy and cherish.
Say It With Silk:
A beautiful silk scarf is a thoughtful, and timeless gift, for any age woman. There are so many styles to choose from, and you can easily find something in her favourite colours.
John Lewis has a great many styles of silk scarves to choose from in their collection, with prices varying.
The Gift Of The Glow:
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Help your mother achieve her glow goals with this exclusive collection of Mio's bodycare essentials. Mio’s body glow kit will amplify her natural radiance, enhance the health and vitality of her skin, and give her skin what it needs to be as strong as she is.
The beautifully presented pack contains four Mio minis and a full size Body Brush for £32.00 with free delivery available.
Missguided’s fragrance Babe Dreams is the delicate and ‘dreamy’ feminine scent of sweet chypre scent, cushioned by a base of patchouli, rich amber and vanilla. The heart is an infusion of velvety rose with orris and violet whilst the top notes compliment with bergamot, pink pepper and red fruity accords.
A great gift for her in spring and summer, because of it’s lightness and slightly sweet scent.
Available From The Fragrance Shop from £8.00
Design.Me has come up with a complete hair care and styling range to ensure she has no more bad hair days…ever!
From sprays that allow her to blow-dry in half the time, and afford super volume, to treatments that will keep her luscious locks conditioned and shiny, she will love the gift of enhancing her hair care routine!
Available at Sally Beauty from £9.95
Give her the gift of radiance! J.ONE HANA skin cream, from South Korea is perfectly portioned in spherical capsules for ease of use, and formulated with the super-powered antioxidant - Nobel Prize-winning ingredient ‘fullerene’.
The cream works to help neutralise skin-damaging free radical activity while nourishing with a blend of macadamia and sunflower oils. Fullerene acts to visually plump and brighten the appearance of skin, while concentrated peptides work to visibly firm the skin for a toned, glowing appearance.
Available from Boots online or instore, with prices starting at £22.00
DAYTOX is a great gift to keep her skin looking and feeling as youthful as she does, and Daytox gradually helps to detoxify the skin and restore its fresh appearance. This is thanks to a combination of clinically tested active detoxifying substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal.
Available from Amazon £18.00
Bags Of Love:
Help her to refresh her accessories with this stylish grab bag, available to buy from Debenhams department stores or online, at £39.00.
Finished in grained faux leather, it features multiple compartments for all her essentials and adjustable grab handles too. With this beautiful tan - brown leather material, this type of gift will stand the test of time.
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A bunch of flowers say I love you just as well as any gift, and even the humble daffodil can brighten up a room with its bright and sunny colour and mellow scents.
If you want to splash out on flowers, then online companies such as interflora can do same day deliveries for Mother’s day, and offer some stunning bouquets!
Give the gift of a personalised bottle of bubbly for mother’s day, and help that hard working lady to relax and unwind with a glass of something special. You can make the message as sweet or as funny as you like, and it’s a great way of showing you have put a lot of thought into her gift.
Available from gettingpersonal.co.uk for £34.99, with next day delivery available!
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Like most fashion trends, jewellery styles come and go based on season and occasion. For the past several years, as far as jewellery is concerned, dainty pieces have favoured over the rest.
This year, designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season and we saw the return of jewellery that is loud, colourful, and makes a statement. Here are some of the most popular jewellery trends everyone will be wearing this Spring, inspired by the runway.
Circles are commonly used to symbolise eternity, and if there is one trend with eternal appeal, it’s the hoop. The hoop earring goes back as far as human's themselves. It goes beyond just being a fashion trend and has been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history.
This season, the timeless style is taking on a bulkier and heavier shape adding a focal point to any outfit, as well as framing the face and complimenting your hairstyle. It appears that we are being encouraged to think outside the circle this year and select hoops that are boasting colour, fabric and spikes, as well as differentiating in shape.
As far as trends go, boho chic has proliferated in recent years and is particularly popular during festival season. Combining organic, colourful and detailed pieces with pieces of simplicity and minimalism creates a bohemian style that is perfect for the glamorous, the fashion-forward and the summer-lovin’ individual.
The boho style is devoted to nature, earth and its elements to its no wonder that many styles of the boho necklace are animal and nature inspired. The elephant is often used on boho accessories because of its symbolism of strength and wisdom, whilst the bird can commonly be found to symbolise free spirit and individualism.
There are many different ways of incorporating bohemian jewellery into your style and the 2019 catwalks embraced the trend with a presentation of diamond encrusted pendants that reflected elements of earth, space and nature. One particularly noticeable element was the flowers of all shapes and sizes that covered the models on the runways. Whether you opt for a delicate pendant or fancy making a bold bohemian statement, this is one ground-breaking trend you can have some fun with this year and the best bit about it is you can never wear too much.
The world is finally catching on to Gucci’s more-is-more approach to fashion and jewellery. This season, runway model’s fingers were laden with rings and bracelets that were stacked high. This newest trend in jewellery is getting some major praise from women everywhere. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to wear all your favourite jewellery at once!
Models were sent down the catwalk with stacks of Alexander McQueen bejewelled bangles adorning their arms and wrists.
Stacking an assortment of stunning statement pieces as well as some plain is the perfect way to create a truly personalised statement whilst incorporating all of your favourite pieces in one go.
Similar to the stacking of bracelets and rings, layering necklaces is a trend that doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon. Whatever the occasion or outfit, layered necklaces are the best way to effortlessly transform your outfit into something of high-fashion chic. As the catwalks demonstrated, this trend is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
The layering of necklaces is a great opportunity for personal expression and allows you to venture into the world of jewellery and to create fashion statements you may never have made before. The most popular and eye-catching way of layering your necklaces is by using chains of a varying length. Begin with a choker necklace and then add two longer necklaces that increase in length to create a timeless elegance with a contemporary twist.
The Year Of Aquamarine
Coloured gemstones are a huge trend for spring 2019, but a particular favourite is the glistening pale blue hues of aquamarine. From pendants to earrings, this pretty gemstone adorns all styles of jewellery elegantly and beautifully.
There is no better way to add some texture and point of interest to you outfit than by adding a beautifully curated stack of pendant necklaces. Artful details can add definition and vibrancy to a plain knit or roll neck. By styling different pendant heights you can create a fashion-forward aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to go OTT with you pendants by pairing a chunky pendant necklace with some contrasting pendant earrings.
Statement Pendant Earrings
Just like hoops, statement earrings are a great form of expression as well as holding the power to transform an outfit. The pendant earring remains a jewellery box staple, but this year it’s been maximised and extended to graze your shoulders.
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With winter drawing to a close, and the weather getting warmer every day remember that “spring cleaning” shouldn’t just apply to organising your home or office — it should also be a part of your spring skin care routine. The unfortunate truth is that while spring may beautify the outdoors, it tends to wreak havoc on skin. Environmental changes can irritate acne-prone skin, dry out or irritate, and tighten skin as well.
There’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to skin care in spring. Outside temperatures, environmental conditions, and how much time you spend indoors versus how much you spend outdoors can have a tremendous impact on your skin’s health. That’s why the changing seasons give you the perfect opportunity to switch up your spring skin care routine.
Remember To Moisturise!
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With more sunlight, higher temperatures, and increasingly dry air outdoors, every trip outside could pose a threat to the state of your skin. Regardless of the season, moisturising should be an essential part of your skincare routine. If you find your winter moisturiser a little too heavy for spring, consider switching to a light lotion during the day and a gel formula in the evening. Keep items like lip balm and mini hand lotions on-hand, especially if you know you’ll find yourself outdoors frequently.
Prepare For Warmer Weather
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While it’s vital to stay moisturised, increased heat and humidity can cause skin to produce more sweat, and as a result, more oil. For those with acne-prone skin, warmer weather often means clogged pores, irritation, and inflammation. You can tackle this as part of your spring skin care routine by opting for oil-free cleansers, toners, and serums. Water-based serums definitely help, as do products with lighter, natural ingredients. Also, as the seasons change and you’re outdoors for longer stretches of time, don’t forget to use broad spectrum sunscreen! If you’re going to be more active or you’re headed to the beach, consider using a water-proof sunscreen as well.
Read Your Labels - Tips On Ingredients
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There are a number of natural, nourishing ingredients that can truly make the most of your spring skin care routine. However, skin care in spring is easy with products that address conditions like free radical damage and clogged pores.
In addition to natural antibacterial qualities, neem leaf extract contains bioflavonoids, potent antioxidants that can protect skin cells and prevent discoloration or signs of ageing. For warmer, sunnier conditions, shea butter protects skin’s natural barrier function, with lupeol blocking enzymes that degrade skin proteins. This helps reduce inflammation and absorbs UV radiation, maintaining skin’s firmness.
For an ingredient that combines powerful antioxidants with antimicrobial qualities, green tea extract can’t be beaten. While its antioxidants reduce free radical damage, green tea extract is also soothing, and can help reduce bacteria on the skin, preventing blemishes.
Make The Most Of Your Spring
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Spring is about renewal. It’s a time that encourages all of us to embrace the beauty of nature with each new day. It’s also an opportunity to make the most out of your spring skin care routine as you naturally become more active. So, be sure to choose soothing, natural products that enrich your journey through self-care.
The thought and craftsmanship that’s put into making lingerie isn’t just to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day or date night. In recent years, lingerie has moved from behind the curtains and beyond the confines of your home and towards a new expression of style. Here’s how you can wear your luxury lingerie sets, in and out of the home.
Wearing Lingerie As Outwear - The Bodysuit
This bodysuit is the most popular form of wearing lingerie as outwear and has taken the Instagram world by storm, particularly after the Kardashian’s were seen sporting this look. Bodysuits offer versatility and can be worn with almost anything to create a super chic look.
Pair your bodysuit with some light-wash blue mom jeans or skinny jeans and layer with a leather jacket and some heels for a super cute summer/autumnal fashion statement. As modelled by Kim Kardashian, go bold and pair your lace bodysuit with some tracksuit bottoms. Add a sporty bomber and some sneakers to create an athleisure vibe or pair with some heels for that true Kardashian look.
Sport-inspired lingerie has made a huge comeback and is definitely here to stay this year. The revival of the 90s streetwear has taken the fashion world by storm and it doesn’t stop at lingerie. With the intention to encourage women into an era of confidence and comfort, the sport-inspired lingerie trend is made up of melange fabrics, logo embedded elastic bands and mesh detailing.
Velvet has made a huge (and surprising) comeback in our wardrobes and so it should come as no surprise that it is going to make its way back into our underwear drawers this year. Plush velvet and velour lingerie sets are the epitome of luxury particularly the feel of soft velvet against your skin. Velvet lingerie typically comes in a pallet of dusky pinks and grey or rich and intense with emerald greens and peacock blues. The great thing about this trend is, just like the bodysuit, it isn’t restricted to the bedroom and can be worn on a night out or even better, on holiday.
Dare To Wear Red
Red is often the colour that springs to mind when you think of sexy luxury lingerie. The colour has been proven to stimulate emotions of passion and sensuality. Like a bull fighter, red attracts a variety of attention stemming from love to anger.
When it comes to women's lingerie collections, red is a staple colour and enables women to feel empowered and sexy. It is a strong trend in fashion and has been a large focal point of new season trends.
As the evenings begin to get lighter and we move closer to spring, the boho trend will begin to emerge. With beautiful rustic colours and earthy tones, the boho prints are inspired by festival fashion with an abundance of Aztec prints, embroidery stitches, ribbons and beading. It has a playful yet sexy feel to it and is the perfect companion for summer. Pair you bohemian bralette with some ripped denim shorts and Dr Martens.
Since the 16th century, the corset has come a long way. Commonly seen on New York’s fashion catwalks, wear your corset over an oversized shirt and some thigh high boots for a super high-fashion look. For a super chic festival look, wear a corset over a loosely fitted dress and some cowboy or biker boots.
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Jess Glynne showcased a classic red lip on the carpet at the Brit Awards. The A-List staple can be taken straight from the red carpet and recreated at home with Illamasqua’s Lipstick Collection at a cost of £20.00 Available to buy here.
Smokey And Seductive
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Maya Jama’s smokey and seductive eyes can be perfected with Illamasqua’s Elemental Pallete, at a cost of £38.00. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks. Available to buy here.
Framing The Soul
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If eyes are the window to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame! Eyeco’s creamy brow powder in one end, with an angled brush on the other end define, shape and fill-in your brows effortlessly, for maximum impact, with minimum input. Available from here at a cost of £18.00
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Dua Lipa took her eye makeup to the next level at this year’s Britt Awards, stealing the show on the red carpet. To achieve her look use the EYECO lash alert, at a cost of £19.00. A botanical fuelled energising formula, infused with caffeine and a double dose of fibres to lift the sleepiest of ‘bed lashes’ for perkier volume, curl and care all day. Lash alert will improve long term elasticity and resilience for naturally thicker lashes around the clock. Available to buy here.
There’s something very gentle and loving about giving someone a gift. The way you show your affection through the act can truly light up your day and make both of you feel connected, and oftentimes the person who’s giving the gift is just as happy as the person who’s receiving it. Of course, this is only true for those mindful presents that you took your time with—you have to think about it carefully, and you have to allow the energy of your emotion to become obvious. The whole process is important, from the moment you pick something out to the way you present it to your loved one.
When it comes to fashion lovers, then the most mindful kind of present is going to be sustainable, beautiful, and above all thoughtful, and as long as you pick something with your heart, it’s going to thrill the person receiving it.
Are you eager to find the right item? Then take a look at some of our top choices.
Backpacks are trendy, they’re practical, and they serve as perfect accessories for everyday outfits. It’s great to get a cute piece that lets you look stylish while carrying all your favourite essentials, and any fashion lover would appreciate something that’s both useful and beautiful.
If you want to make it sustainable you can check out companies such as Rareform, who make their things out of recycled billboards (yes, you read that right). In general, a backpack is a sustainable gift on its own because it allows you to minimise plastic waste—if you have a big handy rucksack where you can carry things, you don’t have to reach for plastic bags at all.
If you want a truly eco-friendly, mindful gift that will impress your friend, then consider giving them sustainable garments. Clothes made of materials such as organic cotton, Tencel, hemp, linen, and especially bamboo are incredibly cosy, light, and breathable, so pick something nice and you won’t regret it.
If you’re shopping for a close female friend or sister, consider getting them good underwear. Our intimate hygiene and the health of our reproductive organs are very much influenced by the kind of undies we wear, and finding something hypoallergenic and soft is definitely a good idea. If you want to make it both fun and practical, get them a delicate g string that will both look sexy and be entirely invisible underneath clothing. There’s nothing a woman appreciates more than good underwear, and this is a good way to help your friend grow her collection of sustainable fashion.
As you probably know, there’s no better feeling than walking out of a salon with the perfect hairdo gracing your head. Your loved one is bound to appreciate the opportunity to have a professional manage their mane for them, and the best part about this gift is that you’re giving someone a relaxing, yet practical experience. They get to sit down, get pampered, and leave the salon looking great, and they’re bound to notice the sheer thoughtfulness of that.
You don’t have to be short on cash to “resort” to DIY crafts. Making something with your own hands is one of the most thoughtful things you can do, and jewellery is a good choice if you’re trying to find something cute and wearable. Take a look at these handy tutorials and start a project if you want to give your loved on a very unique gift.
Stylish Phone Case
Our phone contains a tiny digital world in itself, and most of us can’t live without it. For a fashionista, it’s another opportunity to accessorise, and if you want an easy gift that can appeal to anyone, then pick this. Find a phone case with a stylish design made out of sturdy material, and make sure it will fit the phone model your friend is carrying.
If your friend is into leisure, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, then a trendy reusable bottle is a great gift. Get her something pink and flashy that she can show off at the gym and make sure it’s compact enough for her to wear it in her sports bag.
This is also a sustainable gift that’s simply very practical, so it’s hard to go wrong with it. If you like, you can also include a few other stylish accessories to go with it—for example, a cute scrunchie would fit the sporty theme and it’s bound to be appreciated by any long-haired gal.
Don’t let this occasion go by without thoughtfulness! Pick a gift that screams your friend’s name, wrap it carefully to show them how much they mean to you, and they’re bound to love it.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and the day we celebrate our love for that special someone in our lives has come again.
If, for some reason you have not been spending many hours agonising over the perfect gift for your loved one, and you have now realised you don’t have many days left to find something, Fashions, Finest has come to your aid, and trawled the internet looking for the fun, the sweet and the downright different gifts, so that you don’t have to!
Gifts For Him Or Her:
Chocolate sounds like the obvious choice to give as a gift this valentine’s day, however, hear us out - Pundits is no ordinary chocolate bar!
Made in the UK by a small family run company, they pride themselves on making delicious and tasty chocolate, that is almost good for you! Low in carbohydrates and sugar free, they all look and taste great! The perfect little treat when you are trying to 'be good' but need something nice!
With a commitment to the environment, and boasting a very ethical supply chain, a bar or two of pundits chocolate would guarantee to win your loved ones heart all over again.
Buy online at £3.49 per bar
With over 2,000 experiences to choose from, John Lewis is offering this great little gift for you to enjoy as a couple. A great idea for those harder to please people, because they can choose the activity themselves, or you can spend time choosing together!
At only £39.99, and available online, this gift can work for all tastes.
Photo-Book Of Love!
Make your own photo book of love, by putting together pictures and words of your choice, and developing a personalised love book for your significant other.
Made in the UK, with handy next day delivery available, its a sweet and unique way to spread a little, or a lot, of love.
From £16 and available online here.
For The Traveler
A personalised rail card key-ring could be just the ticket to remind your love one how special they are. This charming personalised key-ring features the instantly recognisable image of a National Rail train ticket, and you can personalise every aspect of the wording to make it unique to your loved one.
For £12.50 each, you can get your own here
Gifts For Him:
Sole Mate Trainer Kit
If he enjoys his trainers, and loves to keep them clean, then this is a cute gift he will be able to cherish and use.
This gift set comes with two bottles of ultra-effective cleaning fluid, and at £20 each, you can say 'I love you' in a truly unique way. Buy it online now.
The Definition Of...
A personalised gift always shows how much care you have put into choosing a present and this Square Slate Keepsake or coaster is no different. Made by Laser engraving into slate, this gift can be personalised with a dictionary definition style name and descriptions of your choice. You can be as naughty or as nice as you like. The choice is yours!
£12.99 each and available to buy here
Fit For A King.
An amazing mix of red wine with sweet and savoury classic snacks all presented in a beautifully dark, woven basket.
If the way to your mans heart is indeed through his belly, then you need look no further than here!
With many other hampers to choose from, even if this one is not ideal, you are sure to find something to his taste!
Available here at £34.95 each
Gifts For Her:
Soap And Glory Scent-Sational Bunch
Who doesn't love a bit of soap and glory in their life!
This great gift tin comes bursting with goodies which will leave her looking and smelling delicious, and feeling very happy too!
Available from Boots at only £20.00 each, why not pamper your lady with this great kit.
Butter London Lacquer
With it's 10-In-1 Formula, and plenty of pretty, sophisticated and long-wearing shades available. As well as loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails, you need not look any further than butter LONDON's Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers to make her feel spoilt this valentines day.
Available from Feel Unique at £15.00 each, she will love the quality, cover and colours of this Nail Lacquer.
Korres Lip Butter
Korres natural pomegranate lip butter in a beautiful burnt pink shade, which will leave a subtle shiny tint on her lips, whilst conditioning and protecting them from the elements, leaving her with perfectly soft and conditioned lips that are good enough to kiss!
At £8.00 and available from Look Fantastic, get yours here!
Shake up her valentines with the instax mini 9 - a compact instant camera with a cute and iconic design. Delivering instant credit card-sized prints - and great for selfies too, she will love using it to capture one-off moments at parties, festivals and fun days out.
At £59.00 each, this gift is available from Amazon
Jewellery Making Workshop Class
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Available all over the country, a Jewellery making workshop would be a beautiful way to treat her this valentines.
Book a session in a workshop near you, and spend some time together designing and making your own piece of bespoke jewellery for each other. What better way to say I love you from the heart.
Prices vary. Find out more here
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The positive impact exercise has on your health and happiness is often underestimated. Working out releases endorphins in the brain and raises your serotonin levels which contributes to your overall happiness.
Studies show that most women feel judged on their appearance when in the gym which results in a less productive workout and even their desire to leave.
Looking and feeling good in your gym clothes is a great way to motivate yourself and feel confident while you are exercising, and you will be inclined to exercise more often.
What To Wear
In recent years, the gym apparel industry has exploded and is continuing to soar thanks to likes of Instagram and fitness influencers that never fail to look good working out. But how do they do it?
The key to looking and feeling good in the gym is to choose items that suit the shape of your body. Not only will this offer maximum comfort, but this will contribute to your overall confidence while working out, so you don’t feel like you have to avoid the big mirrors.
Dodge the embarrassing underwear lines by staying clear of sheer leggings. Investing in a good quality pair of high waisted, black leggings will automatically increase your confidence as they will accentuate your waist and highlight your curves by hugging you in all the right places.
Colour coordinating your gym style is a great way of making it look like you’ve made a little more effort for the gym without looking like you have made too much. Whether you choose to match your top to your pants or your jacket to your trainers, you’re most definitely going to look chic while still being able to reach the top of your fitness game.
Whatever your preferred style of gym apparel, make sure you wear the correct size and shape for your body. Although you might be tempted to hide beneath baggy layers, you will actually feel more confident if you have taken the time to find something that fits your body shape true to size.
Consider what activities you do the most and base your gym wardrobe around this. For instance, baggy trousers aren’t particularly feasible for cycling or spinning and long flowing top won’t keep you covered whilst doing yoga. A fitted performance top works for pretty much everything.
Clothing trends are constantly changing and evolving, even in the fitness world. Remember that basics never go out of style so if you are spoilt for choice or intimidated by the vast range of styles, stick to basics such as black yoga pants as these are a timeless piece.
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Although it isn’t essential that you splurge on some fancy trainers for the gym, you choice of footwear contributes significantly to your overall performance in the gym. What you do in the gym should determine what footwear you choose.
Often modelled by Instagram fitness influencer GracefitUK, white converse are the perfect gym shoes for looking cute whilst working out. The flat sole makes them ideal for lifting heavy weights and squatting resulting in greater impact on the muscles.
If you’re a morning run kind of girl that needs a little extra kick to get you out the door, then why not opt for some bright pink running trainers to add a little fun and style to your gym outfit. Not only do these look great in summer with a tan, but the bright colour and cute style will actually motivate you to run as you will feel good wearing them.
Get Your Gym Face On
Ideally, makeup shouldn’t be worn in the gym however many women find that it makes them feel more confident. If you are someone that likes to wear makeup to the gym, then it is important to use light weight products that won’t clog your skin. Invest in some tinted moisturiser as this will hide blemishes and redness, as well as allowing your skin to breath.
Invest in some waterproof mascara as this will make you appear more awake and fresher, without wearing a full face of makeup. Everyone’s mascara preferences differ so you may have to spend some time searching for the right one. The Revlon Waterproof Mascara is renowned for having one of the best brush heads on the market due to it being super quick and easy to apply making it a great choice for your gym mascara.
A jazzy hold-all bag will not only contribute to your overall gym style, but it will also make your like a lot easier when transporting around the gym. It is never a good look trying to juggle your headphone, towel, water bottle and phone all in one go.
Investing in some wireless earphones for working out will mean you don’t have to worry about a cable getting stuck or tangled on something. You can also get noise cancelling earphones which block out the noise of the gym, helping you to stay focused while exercising.
According to statistics, only in Australia, more than 4.1 million beauty related images are saved on Pinterest each month.
In general, women all around the world are obsessed with both following and setting beauty trends. From pink hair to balayage and flawless naturally glowing skin, we're bringing the top beauty trends women from all over the globe are going crazy for this year.
Dramatic eyelashes are one of the beauty trends Spanish women have had their eye on for quite some time. They say “the more dramatic the better”, so they’ve taken it a step further and decided to go with Russian volume eyelash extensions. Thanks to this technique, you can get super voluminous lashes by applying up to eight superfine extensions to a single eyelash.
When it comes to hair trends, an old-Hollywood style of creating voluminous waves is a major hit in Spain. The ladies are all about getting that ondas al agua, i.e. “waves of the water” that’ll give them that vintage yet sophisticated look.
Buns are the talk of the town in France. Whether you’re a fan of messy buns or braided ones, you’ll rock either of the two equally amazing. Curtain bangs are also one of the hottest hair trends.
When it comes to makeup, French women fell in love with brown eyeshadow hues, which give them that naturally flawless look. However, they have also become a bit more interested in artistic makeup.
Women in France are not afraid to take a risk and experiment with their makeup in more ways than one. From dramatic eyeliners to bold neon colours of eyeshadow and lips, they’re taking the skill of maquillage to an entirely new level.
Flawless skin is the number one beauty trend in the Land Down Under. Healthy, naturally radiant skin is all Australian women are interested in and they know just how to get it. From basic exfoliation, to various cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and light chemical peels you can get in every well-respected beauty clinic in Sydney, your skin will be clear, bright and tight.
After achieving that flawless skin, Australian women prefer to only add a few touches to their face, to create the irreplaceable no-makeup makeup look, which makes them look fresh and beautiful without the use of too many makeup products.
Balayage is by far the hottest trend in Mexico. Even though it’s been a while since the crowd all over the globe went crazy for it a few years ago, this year its popularity in Mexico has increased significantly. The lighter the highlights, and the more transitions from one shade to another there are, the better. What’s more, balayage on brown hair is trending much more than the one on other shades of hair.
Add sun-kissed ends to an entire combination and Mexican women will be in awe with how good their locks look.
One of the boldest hair trends which made it to the top of the list of the most popular trends in Sweden, and we’re talking precisely about pink hair.
We’ve seen Kylie Jenner rocking this fabulous shade on her locks, and the women in Sweden are not much behind, according to Pinterest statistics that show an incredible increase in pinned hair colours on the boards of the women all over Sweden.
In the land of impeccable skin, it would be virtually impossible for glowing skin to stay off the list of the hottest trends in South Korea. This Asian country is known for multiple skin care innovations, and the women in South Korea are doing their best to keep their skin flawless and spread the trend throughout the country and the rest of the world.
Aside from loving radiant skin, Korean women are also starting to be more open to hairstyle changes, with the perm being their number one hair trend.
We’ve seen so many ground-breaking nail trends throughout the years, but only one managed to win our hearts forever. French manicure brings a dose of elegance and simplicity to your nails, allowing you to wear it on any occasion. From everyday affairs to weddings and black-tie events, your nails will look classy and lovely with this manicure, and women in South Africa are making it a huge trend for the year before us.
From glowing skin to bold makeup and innovative hairstyles, we’ve seen plenty of eye-catching beauty trends all over the world.
If you’re having second thoughts about changing your image, just pick some of the current world trends and embrace the change because you only live once, and you can always go back to your old style if the one you picked out doesn’t work to your advantage.
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Almost every bride-to-be says she wants to “look natural,” on her special day. The reality is, however, that appearing unfinished or as if you just woke up can leave you looking tired in your wedding pictures. Not to mention, with an elegant dress on, you want your face to complement your attire.
We want to help glam up your natural features while you get to still look like yourself. So, what can you do to look polished but avoid the caked-on makeup look? Here are a few simple ideas for how to rock the minimal makeup look.
Glowing And Radiant
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There’s a special kind of beauty that comes from having sun-kissed skin. To pull off a glowing, wedding look, try using some bronzer where the sun would naturally kiss your skin – on your cheekbones, jaw, nose, and forehead. Don’t forget to add a little to your neck so everything looks even. After adding a dab of foundation and some concealer, it’s time to select your bronzer shade. Generally, your bronzer should be one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Brush a tiny bit on your wrist first to see if it makes your skin glow or if it looks fake.
If you have naturally dark skin, try using an amber bronzer. If you have a medium-complexion, try a rosy shade. For those brides with fair skin, stick to a honey colour. Always use a wide brush to apply your bronzer, as using a pointed or thin brush can create unsightly, defined streaks. For a softer, all-natural appearance, use an open fan brush and add the colour slowly, building up the shade until you’re happy with the look.
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Eye-shadow can scare off a lot of brides who want to keep things simple. Everything from gradients, glitters, and layers of colour can become overwhelming, but your eye makeup doesn’t have to be complicated. When you’re going for a natural wedding look, applying a few shades subtly can look stunning.
Add some shadows and metallic accents around your eyes. These colours can elevate your iris’ natural colour and give you a stunning smoulder. Metallic shades like gold and copper look vibrant and glamorous. You won’t have to do much else with your face if you perfect your eye makeup game. Finish the look with some eyeliner, mascara, and matte nude lipstick.
Pretty In Pink
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The reason a little rose colour on your cheeks looks flattering is that everyone, no matter their skin colour, has some natural, pink undertones. Once you find the right shade for your skin tone, add some blush and see how it can instantly make you look youthful and bright. The last thing you want is to fade in the background of your wedding photos.
Swirl a small amount of blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Don’t forget to buff the colour out by using large circular motions. Adding your colour this way should create a natural-looking glow that brightens your face. Have fun with your blush, but don’t go overboard with it either.
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If you’re one of the lucky ones who was born with thick and beautiful brows, let them be your main focus. A natural brow with glowing skin and a neutral lip can make a statement without all the other products or contouring. If you want to achieve full, natural eyebrows but your hair is on the lighter side, there a few tools and tricks you can use to make them appear more natural.
Before filling in the gaps of your eyebrows, use a spoolie or angled brow brush to gently and repeatedly brush your eyebrow hair upwards. After you fill in the gaps with an eyebrow pencil, you can brush your natural hairs upwards again to blend in the colour and control any wild hairs. When shaping your brows, it’s important to remember to stay away from dramatic or loud lines. Instead, take the time to carefully apply your colour to even out your natural shape.
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Nothing is more natural than confidence. Therefore, you definitely want to test your makeup look before your big day. When it’s your first time in the makeup chair, try bringing inspirational photos you want to emulate or some images you saved on Pinterest. If you choose individuals who share your skin tone, hair colour, and eye colour, it may be easier to replicate the look.
When you bring samples to your test run, the makeup artist can give you expert feedback if certain details will or won’t work for you. Be clear about what you want, but stay open to your artists’ creativity. Once you’re happy with the result, you can let the makeup artist do their thing, and you can sit back and relax.
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The last thing you want is for guests to arrive at your wedding and not be able to tell who is getting married. You want to look like yourself, no matter what makeup you choose to wear. For example, if you always sport a neutral lip, then stick to your signature look on the big day.
Perhaps even elevate the look and try using a lip stain in the colour you love instead of a lipstick. With all the drinking, dancing, and eating you will be partaking in, you shouldn’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the night. Also, try using a liquid, waterproof eyeliner instead of the one you regularly use so that your makeup stays intact, even if you tear up a few times throughout your big day.
The key is to look like an even more elegant, polished version of the person your significant other fell in love with. Be yourself, and you’re sure to wow the most important person at the wedding.
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The fashion industry is evolving like never before.
With such a vast set of available accessories its hard to distinguish the right amount of additional 'stuff' that can enhance your look.
In a hope to appear more captivating, we tend to over exaggerate our style without the need for it in the first place.
The question is - how to avoid the unnecessary details of your look?
Let us take a look at what things you need to avoid in order to look tasteful and chic.
The Right Choice For The Right Occasion
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The first rule to remember is that you should find accessories that compliment the colour of your outfit and your complexion.
A handbag is generally an accessory every woman needs to invest in, and choosing a high quality, and appealing Italian leather purse will match nearly any combination of clothing.
The right handbag, in a nutral colour can go with many styles and colours of clothing, and will stand the test of time and fashion changes too.
Bright colours in handbags and accessories such as scarves can be great, but be careful to choose them wisely so that you dont look more of a parrot than someone who has an undisputed taste for fashion.
Whenever you are unsure about your definitive choice of colours in accessories, go for blacks, whites and nutral tones, that prove to be adequate for nearly any occasion.
Details That Capture Everyone's Eye
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Keep in mind that it is conceivable to combine large accessories together in one outfit, but there should never be more than two or three of them since you will never want to look overdressed.
Connecting with the material your accessories are made from is generally the right choice, and it can easily show off the level of style that you possess with just the right simple choice.
Try to conclude specifically what is that you want to achieve with your style, and only then add the additional accessories that will enhance the wanted outcome.
Needless to say, your makeup must be made out of colours that build on your outfit, or in a stylish contrast, which might even be the better choice for most occasions.
When in doubt, going for classic and traditional choices is always the right idea, since the general rule "Less is more" does indeed apply to your style and you never know who will compliment your outlook, with the stylish simplicity that you brought with yourself in your new favourite outfit.
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The New Year’s frenzy is slowly cooling down, together with the weather, but there’s a new source of excitement on the horizon: this year’s most prized style collections we’ll soon start flaunting!
Before you know it, the frost and snow will turn into blooming flowers and the sun will start warming the streets, giving us all the more inspiration to get out and try those new, fantabulous trends we’ve all been waiting for.
We’re talking rich hues, funky shapes, experimenting with pairing, some oldies in patterns making a stellar comeback, and of course, novel prints to look out for on everything from skirts to hair accessories.
Yes, this will be a year of playful rebellion, moving boundaries, and setting new norms for the lovers of fashion everywhere.
Let’s dive straight in and help you find your own perfect tee screaming your name, or an eye-popping trend to freshen up your winter dull!
Feathers, Fringe, And Frills, Step Forward
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Texture has always been one of fashion’s loudest voices, and this remains true in 2019.
Many a stunning collection on the runways has boasted quite a number of items with fun and lively textures to add a second layer of excitement to the outfit.
In a sense, spreading your spring and summer wings will not be an issue, it will be made simpler for the presence of colourful feathers on your lovely garments.
The same goes for fringes and frills, all making your clothes come to life, move with you, and taking even the simplest monochrome suits to the next level of sophistication.
This year, frills and fringe will not be reserved for the street, but you’ll see them prominently displayed in every collection for every occasion!
Past Is Not Passe
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Fashion always finds a way to give an homage to all the trends that have the potential for a stamp of timelessness.
That applies to patterns that might be simple, but remain as alluring and relevant as ever in 2019.
Retro prints prove once again that they are and will forever have a reserved spot in the highest ranks of fashion.
This summer, you can sport vivid prints such as polka dots and a touch of ruched fabric with a marvellous one piece swimsuit in one of the summerlicious hues that is shaped to bring out your figure.
It’s that 70’s spirit of femininity and comfortable cuts that will dominate all throughout the warm season ahead!
Tie-dye Meets Neon
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Scandinavian trends have always had the tendency of utilising beautiful asymmetry, paired with love for minimalism, delivering truly outstanding items we can wear for almost any occasion. However, this year will make use of their love for tie-dye: those unique, creative mixes of clashing colours to truly add a soft, flowy feel to your style.
For the sake of spring and summer excitement, you can pair this with another warm weather trend on the rise, and that is the use of neon shades.
Particularly, we’ll love powerful, hot pink, sunny yellow, and Grinch-y green, among many others, all serving the purpose to fun up your wardrobe.
What’s Your Superpower?
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Looking for a cute, but versatile addition to your wardrobe, but you already have transparent boots, and a hot-red tote?
Luckily for all of us in love with comfortable, quirky items, 2019 will reintroduce the long-lost capes, this time with a modern twist or two.
They no longer come in strictly pastel hues and they are definitely not only made of those toasty fabrics that serve only during a harsh winter outing.
The spring and summer of this year will be filled with stripy, colourful, frilled (you’ve guessed it right), and plaid capes, as a perfect addition for those indecisive days of the transitional season.
You can even style them for an haute couture dress and a pair of fancy heels, or you can match them with your ripped denim jeans and the boho-perfect skirts and shirts.
Style Your Pretty Head
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We’ve gone through many a strange and beautiful phase with wearing all kinds of accessories. There have been times when a tiara was a perfectly reasonable choice, and chokers have reigned supreme for quite a long time.
However, perhaps in our search for valuable trends of the past, we have revived our love for hats, and they come as a useful surprise for the sunny days, just in time to shield our complexion!
Take your pick from bucket hats with a splash of neon to keep them eye-catching, opt for veiled hats for an added touch of elegance, or stick to the all-time favourites such as wide-brimmed hats, and you’ll add a whole new level of authenticity to your entire look.
In addition to serving a great purpose in protecting your beauty, you’ll find them in a wide array of colours, patterns, and with added fabrics to make them the key statement piece of your ensemble.
Chances are, you won’t be able to resist any of these trends as soon as the clock strikes spring. However, make sure to look through other upcoming trends on the rise, and make your outfit selection all the more characterful and true to your preferences!
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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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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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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Here we can see Joanna has explored the diversity of one model, by capturing differing poses and angles.
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.
Makeup and hair: Kitty Noofan
Model: Magda Swider
Photographer & shoot director: Joanna Mitroi Photography
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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.
They’re already called that
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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?
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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.
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.
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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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?
Written by: Keji Ewuosho
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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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.
Very Rich Style
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!
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!
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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!
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
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!
Happy Christmas Shopping, and may all your wishes come true this holiday season!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
When you’re getting bored with last cycle’s purses, bags, and clutches, substitute your formerly classic styles with these new remixes.
Written by: Tess DiNapoli
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck 264€- Gretta Wrap Skirt 119
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.
Jill V-neck t-shirt - 39€
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.
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.
Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck 129€- Bridget Track pants 99€
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.
Karina zip t-shirt dress 149€
Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com