Most people in the world would tell you that they love travelling, but hate packing. Perhaps the only people fond of the packing process are Monica-types (Friends), although it’s highly doubtful there are many of these outside the fictitious realm. However, whether you’re an avid traveler who lives out of their suitcase, or even if you travel only for holidays, mastering the art of packing is essential for everyone.
Now, who better to take cues from in this department than fashion editors? Not only do they travel frequently, but they also know clothes and beauty inside out, which makes them THE people to turn to, so let’s.
Two Birds, One Stone
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One of the most ingenious packing tricks is rolling. Yes, roll your clothes instead of folding them. This way, not only do you maximize the space in your suitcase, thus leaving plenty of room for your accessories and beauty supplies, but you also avoid the dreaded creasing and wrinkling. Whether you’re going away on business or on holiday, the last thing you need is a suitcase full of clothes that you have to either iron or go around looking like something from the clearance bin.
Save The Dust Cloth Bags
When you purchase a purse or a pair of shoes, they usually come with a dust cloth bag. Don’t dispose of these, as they will save your life and luggage. Place your bags and your chosen footwear in these before placing them in the suitcase so as to prevent them from coming into contact with your clothes. That helps keep everything neat and clean, plus, it helps the shoes and bags from being squished. Bring an extra one, it will come really handy for separating dirty laundry.
Pre-plan Is The Name Of The Game
There are two kinds of travelers – those who over-pack and end up not wearing the majority of items they carried and those who under-pack and end up missing pieces to create an outfit. In order to avoid either situation, always pre-plan your outfits. A perfect top won’t do you any good if there’s nothing you can pair it with, right? Always make sure to pack a couple of elegant designer dresses, as you never know when the opportunity to wear them will arise. Every trip comes with certain surprises, so always be prepared.
Now, if you’re staying somewhere for an extended period of time, there is little chance you’ll be able to pack a number of separate outfits to last you the entire trip. This is why it’s always a good idea to decide on a color scheme. This is one of the best tricks because non-clashing prints and color palettes go well together, so you’ll be able to mix and match and make outfits seem fresh even when they’re created using a limited number of elements.
All Those Jewels
With the clothes come accessories, but one of the biggest hassles is preventing necklaces from getting tangled. Your best bet is to pack them in plastic wraps. Press 'n Seal is the absolute best choice as this wrap sticks together when you press it, ensuring that necklaces don’t come anywhere near one another.
Beauty On The Go
Investing on lip palettes is always a great idea because it gives you plenty of lip color options without having to carry ten separate tubes. When it comes to the rest of your makeup, always bring your go-to foundation (you don’t want to take chances here), mascara, and your must-have eyeshadow palette. The best thing you can do is pack double-duty products such as bronzer and blush as these can serve as eyeshadow and save you from having to pack an entire palette.
Avoid anything that comes in a glass bottle because there’s always the danger of it leaking or breaking. Refillable plastic bottles are always a wonderful option if you don’t want to purchase travel size creams and skincare essentials. Finally, travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion is a must, unless you’re comfortable with hotel toiletries.
Written by Sophia Smith
I am using SkinYoga’s Coffee body scrub to try and keep the stretch marks and cellulite at bay over the Christmas season. The caffeine in the product is meant to enhance fat metabolism and remove liquid and fat for your skin. The natural oil in it helps to nourish and give your skin an even glow. The scrub is also said to treat inflammation and protect your skin from the sun in the summer.
Take small handfuls of the Coffee scrub and apply onto wet skin in the shower. Scrub your entire body for 5-7 minutes. Follow with your usual shower routine.
Ingredients: Ground Coffee Beans, Pure Coconut Oil, Pure Sesame Oil.
SkinYoga is an Indian brand founded by three sisters Radhika Choudhary, Deepika Choudhary and Jagriti Choudhary. The Coffee scrub comes in a golden coloured packet and smells shockingly of coffee, it is a beautiful smell though. So beautiful in fact that I am scared that I may get it confused with my usual Coffee that I drink every morning.
After using the scrub for a few weeks I noticed that the dead skin cells on my body had gone and I now feel soft and smooth all over. I will continue using the body scrub, as I want to keep my skin and body in shape as I intend on making an absolute pig of myself over the Christmas holiday.
Get your body Christmas ready with SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub. It retails at £32.00 online at Amazon.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This season's accessories and beauty trends are to die for. As we explore the adventures of being a non- conformist. This editorial captures the very essence of being bold and free while baring all that lies beneath.
Photo Credit: Photography- Shola Ajisegbede | @sholaajisegbede for Sniper Ajix Photography | @sniper_ajix
Model- Blessing Obila | @mz_basilia
MakeUp- Temitope | @adella_makeup
HairStylist- Tony Aigbogun | @beautyace7
Styleing & accessorries - Maryanne Alabi | @mayreejay
Location- The Range, Lagos Nigeria
Written by Maryanne Alabi
Photo courtesy of DM Jewelry Designs
It's not a secret that women love jewellery. Receiving it makes them feel and look special. ELENA Earrings by DM Jewellery Designs will make an unforgettable gift for someone who appreciates high quality, artisan products and timeless chic. Made with imported Black Onyx which beautifully accents the sterling silver filigree beads and finished with sterling silver earring findings, this beautiful piece of jewellery is an accessory staple in every woman's wardrobe like the LBD. "The best part of gifting jewellery is that whatever it costs, once gifted it becomes a piece on which you simply can’t put a price tag. It works like a photograph, the memory associated with the gift will carry through with the person for life," says Urban Cocktail and we couldn't agree more.
Based out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, DM Jewellery Designs was established as a result of a life-long enchantment of manifesting visions of radiant jewellery including custom bridal designs. Their mission is to create exquisite pieces of jewellery that celebrates every aspect of a woman. Debora Ann Malouf, owner and creative designer of DM Jewellery Designs, explains, “I will design and re-design a piece until it perfectly captures not only my vision, but also the vision of the client who is involved in the entire custom design process. I refuse to finalize a piece until each one of us experiences what I term as the “WOW” factor.” She continues to state, “Nothing excites me more than manifesting the visions of designs that capture the essence of a woman.”
Photo courtesy of Claycult Cambodia
Bring back those holiday memories and a carefree beach mood with a limited edition of Rudraksha Seed and Ceramic necklace. This stunning long, slightly chunky style necklace, uses three silver capped Nepali seed beads in combination with the specialty ceramic beads. This unique item of jewellery, featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colours, makes a memorable gift which will be treasured for years.
Claycult Cambodia brings the culture of the Khmer people and the colours of Cambodia into their designs. The brand offers a range of exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings in addition to ceramic beads. All items are handcrafted at their studio / workshop in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and the great Angkor temples.
They employ mostly women and adapt the workplace to their lives as much as possible, outsourcing to those who are unable to come to the workshop because of family commitments. Claycult Cambodia encourages education and their staff is paid a fair wage, many of them being the sole supporter of an extended family.
Photo courtesy of LaBante London
Red is officially l y the hot test colour for Fall /Winter 2017. This gorgeous handbag by LaBante London, a Peta-Approved Vegan Brand, will brighten up gloomy winter days and add a touch of glamour to even the most simple outfit.
This elegant and compact bag is perfect for a day (wear it with a casual jacket or coat) or evening out (as a striking addition to an all-black ensemble). Finished with a bow detail to give an extra twist of femininity, it comes with two handy inner compartments to help you stay organised. The shoulder strap can be detached so that the bag can be used as a hand held clutch. Two in one, how smart!
Established in 2009, LaBante London designs and produces accessories with an ethos of 'Fashion With Respect.' What do they mean by that? Their bags and jewellery are not only covetable but also vegan, environmentally friendly, and ethically produced. The brands want to give consumers the experience of luxury, of the finest craftsmanship, of a timeless aesthetic, while respecting the world we live in.
Happy holidays! :)
From clothing that was seen as athlete-exclusive, to something your mom will wear on her busy days, and then finally a step further to something international celebrities will rock on the streets to show off their laid-back attitude, class, and healthy lifestyle. Activewear, or athleisure, is a trend that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s comfort and style combined, it’s high fashion paired with practicality, so is it any wonder that we’re fully embracing this new direction?
This is the trend to follow right now, so let’s chat about how it was influenced, and what’s the most popular way to rock it today.
1. It Girls Sashy Down The Highstreet
From the moment she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid became a relentless gym-goer and healthy lifestyle supporter. We saw her in everything from sexy little purple training bra paired with faux leather leggings, to downright graceful and delicate black ballet leotard paired with a lush grey coat and a big handbag. With some comfy footwear and sassy sunglasses on, she’s giving us life every time we see her leaving the gym.
Kendall Jenner doesn’t lag far behind her bestie either, and her look for the Milan Fashion Week this September was an incredibly successful mix of glamour and chic comfort. An oversized, shoulder-baring white sweater paired with an Adidas-like cropped pants? This girl is killing it with her fashion game. The perfect blend of slouchy and sleek gave her that cool vibe that we’re all longing for.
Take it from the A-lister ladies, this trend is the new version of effortless chic, and look at Gigi, Kendall, Selena Gomez, and even the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.
2. Queen Bey Comes To Rule The Gym
Look, if Beyoncé is loving a trend, then we’re all for it. With her last year’s launch of Ivy Park clothing line and the idea that athleisure is there to celebrate every woman’s body, we’re seeing a significant spike in activewear movement. Pretty little crop tops, simple black and white prints, and giant hoodies are Bey’s go-to ideas for her own line, and we’re loving the casual, soft feel of everything.
Pair slim leggings and a baggy crop top, put on a colorful headband, and you’ll be looking as fierce as our queen.
3. Rihanna Slays It With Puma
After her incredible success with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna seems to be fully embracing body-positivity, and activewear is definitely something that is meant to fit everyone. She paired up with Puma and the collection we’re seeing has this wonderfully retro feel that we’re absolutely loving at the moment. Velour tracksuits, varsity sweaters, turtleneck crop tops, and a bunch of biker shorts, French-cut racy swimsuits, scuba suits, and all of this in bright neon colors.
If you want crazy, if you want color, this is the thing for you, because it ties in fashion with fun, it’s bold, it’s unique, and definitely attention-grabbing.
4. How To Pull It Off Like A Celebrity
Whether you’re a busy lady with a million things to do in a day, or just someone who loves their fashion to be both high-class and comfortable, activewear is probably one of the easiest things to pull off. You just have to let yourself go there, you have to embrace the slouchy, sexy feel of effortless beauty. Gigi Hadid’s combo of all-pink tracksuit and a coat is perfect for a feminine lady who wants some romance in her outfit, and we’re definitely seeing a trend of blue and orange peeking out on the runways for the next year’s season.
Don’t be afraid to make it all more fun though, that’s the greatest thing about this trend. You take something simple, comfy, and then you can feel free to go crazy and get a watercolor splatter print, or something with jungle motives. Ombre looks and geometric designs are also really in.
Embrace the relaxed ease of this trend, ladies! While you’re stocking up on some cute athleisure, why not renew your gym membership and really start enjoying the whole lifestyle?
Written by Sophia Smith
In the world of skincare and makeup, things seem to be changing at the speed of light. It appears like every new day brings a new magical cream, an abundance of serums that promise to change our skin forever, along with numerous other topical innovations. They all boast an abundance of retinol, vitamins, collagen and antioxidants that guarantee a flawless complexion and plump, radiant skin. It was only a matter of time when something new will appear on the skincare market, and now it has. To our surprise, it wasn’t another skincare product, at least not one applied in a traditional matter.
Although the effectiveness of the new drinkable skincare trend is yet to transpire, every innovative step is bound to tickle and intrigue us. If it proves effective, it could change the way we view and practice skincare for good, but as the effectiveness of the new trend still await proof, all we can do is explore the topic with as many pieces of information we have, give it a go and see what happens.
1. Putting Our Finger On It
What is drinkable skincare exactly? Given that it’s a ‘brand new thing’ in skincare, it’s difficult to put a finger on it. The rise of drinkable collagen or even a digestible SPF and probiotics in concoctions that promise to reduce dark spots and dull skin, fight aging and target numerous other skincare issues and concerns is, however, undeniable. The products in question vary from vitamin-rich juices to dry supplements that are supposed to be added to your regular beverages.
Besides, the ‘line’ of products goes as far as to introduce a collagen peptide, a drink whose effectiveness has been studied by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. According to their report, the consumption of this drink has increased skin hydration within an eight-week time span, as well as collagen density in the dermis. The study concludes that the oral supplementation has definitely proven effective in slowing down the aging process, and that is definitely food for thought.
2. The Idea Behind It
Again, it’s difficult to state where the idea for this kind of skincare came from, but given the increasing popularity of fresh-pressed juices that were initially used as a means to detox and cleanse the body from the built-up toxins, this is a safe place to start. It’s hard not to notice that people have been investing in quality cold-press juicers, like the ones by reputable brands such as Kuvings for years now, as they wish to get all the best ingredients out of their fruits and other members of the superfoods family.
The term superfoods has been around for quite some time now. One of their trademark features is the fact that they do wonders for the skin. The holistic approach to skincare has always emphasized the inextricable bond between the gut and the skin, claiming that what we put inside our body is as important (if not more important) as what we put on it. For instance, according to the holistic approach, sedentary lifestyle, a sugar-based diet and food sensitivities don’t only affect our overall health, but inevitably reflect on our skin, and NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD agrees. She states that “research has shown that the bacteria in your gut interact with your immune system, which leads to changes in your skin. Harmful bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation—like redness, acne, and rosacea.”
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the effects of a healthy diet featuring yogurts, and vitamin-packed juices will be easily visible. It’s even less surprising that someone came up with drinkable solutions for all our skin problems.
3. The Future
Predicting the future is a tricky feat, but if the study with collagen is any indication, it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing more and more of these types of skincare products. That being said, this is still a novelty, and one that could fade out just as fast as it came in, so don’t go clearing out your bathroom cabinets just yet. Of course, pressed juices are always welcome, as we know how important vitamin intake is for our health. As for skincare, yes, the connection between body and skin is strong, but whether drinkable skincare products will stand the test of time – well, only time will tell.
Wtitten by Sophia Smith
This summer, I was working on my third collection, Fantasia by KV. A lot of hard work and passion went into every part of it, and I'm glad I can share it with the FF readers!
Fantasia by KV is my first collection away from my afri-western signature mix. I explore the different ways to add exotic and artistic patterns to every day wear. There’s something for everyone.
It's the perfect style balance. Fantasia encompasses the Woman's idealistic sillouette: stylish, practical, comfortable and romantic. This collection boasts of trendy and flattering cuts; for every occasion; with comfort fit and a feminine and exotic touch on the fabric. Every touch, every stride in a Fantasia piece is magnificent, bold and adventurous.
You can view the full collection on the Keji Victoria website - kejivictoria.com.
Check out a few pieces below...
LOLO Jumpsuit with the HONEY Blazer, long length, fitted, with padded shoulders, sleeveless jumpsuit, comfort fit.
The Fantasia Dress, peplum midi dress with print details.
The SUBY Dress, full length A Line dress, cap sleeves.
What are your thoughts on the latest collection?
Lucky for you, we here at Fashions Finest, just love making your life easy, saving you from spending hours in the shopping malls trolling the beauty departments for the best gift.
We have put together our list of beauty gifts, from OMG eyeshadow sets, to the must-have skin-care staples, to much loved fragrance, these are the gifts that we will be giving to our friends and family this Christmas season.
Give the gift of Frankincense in the form of the Amber and Frankincense Diffuser, from Monsoon. Presented in a pretty decorated glass jar, this beautiful scent is a thoughtful gift for a work colleague or a teacher.
This stocking filler is the ultimate beauty gift for all the Glow Getters and jet setters, the Fake Bake Travel Survival Kit. The pack contains: Fake Bake® Papaya Exfoliation & Tan Removal Towelette 7ml, Fake Bake® Coconut Oil Free Moisturiser 10ml and Fake Bake® Flawless Tanning Towelette 8ml.
It is small but handy and Yes, girls loving the Pink ! The Twist & Spritz atomiser from The Fragrance Shop is the perfect companion to the Love Lily Fragrance From Accessorize From Accessorize. It is handy because now your friend, mom, sister or daughter can take her #fav fragrance with her wherever she goes. Fashions Finest fragrance experts love's the fresh feminine scent of Love Lily Also check out The Fragrance Shop's Monthy Subscription Box, if you are looking to give something a bit extra and special.
Looking for that extra piece to add to the ultimate Beauty Gift box that you been putting together since the summer for your #bff then the MakeUp Drop Silicone Sponge is it. This Silicone makeup applicator is designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare by soaking up large amounts of product it ensures flawless application. She will love it !!
Another two great stocking fillers are, Silver Chrome Nail Powder, from SensatioNail while you are at it treat yourself with one of there Polish-to-Gel kits. And the ferrari of tweezers,the Rubis tweezers are the best for precision eyebrow shaping.
Jaguar, we loved it for and on Him for Valentines, now JAGUAR PACE ACCELERATE – FEEL THE ADRENALINE, is a new addition to the range of this dynamic fragrance for the man full of confidence and charisma.
Nude by Nature, created in Australia and loved by all nature loving beauties. The Moonlight brush gift set, available at Debenhams. This is the ultimate 15 piece brush set, for makeup brush fanatics, and it comes in a elegant clutch case making it even more special. Who would not love this beauty, the KAT VON D MAKE UP PALETTE, available at Debenhams, is to die for, full of gorgeous colours that any colour crazy girl would love.
As far as fragrance goes, Ellie Saab is always a firm favourite and the Girl of Now gift set, available at House of Fraser, is a delight for the senses.
For the man that loves to take care of his skin there is the SHISEIDO MEN TOTAL REVITALIZER gift set. Available at Debenhams the set includes, Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Cream 50ml, Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam 30ml, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 10ml and Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye 3ml.
Delightful bath and body treats, from Oliver Bonas, Flora Bath and Body, a combination of fresh freesia, pear, floral desert lily and tropical fig to pamper and rejuvenate. The Soap Bubble, from Bronnley England, with its christmas scent of Apple and Cinnemon encased in a collectable tin bauble makes for a pretty nice stocking filler.
If you really want to treat yourself then the Omorovicza Gold Facial set from Liberty London, is just the thing. Eve Lom a cult beauty favourite has a fantastic range of Christmas set to spoil each and everyone this Christmas. Gift set includes a cleanser and a muslin cloth beautifully packaged in a Christmas bauble.
Because luxury skin care is always such a treat, the Ritual's Gift Boxes are a combination of all the best selling collections, Ritual of Dao, The Ritual of Sakura, The Ritual of Laughing Buddha, The Ritual of Samurai and The Ritual of Hammam. Gift Boxes are available in varying sizes and colours, all made to pamper your loved ones this festive season. Advent Calendar always makes for great gifts and the Ritual's Beauty Calendar's in the shape of a Christmas tree, are packed with treats to make you slow down and enjoy all the best moments of this season. Another great stocking filler, Bronnley's Orchid Hand and Nail Cream Cracker.
The giving and seeing that smile on their faces, sure makes the hassle of shopping for the perfect gift so much more enjoyable.
Everyone deserve a little luxury and it is the season for it ! Together with our Fashions Finest Designers we have compiled an array of lavish goodies for yourself or a friend.
Glitz starts with a gorgeous clutch. The Charlote Emerald Green clutch from The Naan Design, is just luxurious paired with a simple LBD it will just be a knock out at any Christmas or New Year's eve party.
A belt is not often something we would associate with luxury but the CÉLINE Geo Belt in Emerald Green, Gold and Black is just splendidy lavish and will be a nice touch to a jumpsuit to accentuate your curves.
Black is always sleek and sensuous, even in the little details like the MARION Clutch in Black and Gold paired with any color or day or night look this little piece of opulence will stand out.
Blue is a royal color so nothing is more extravagent then the aptly named KATE Saddle Bag Blue paired with a A-line dress for the evening or a pair of indigo jeans and a crisp white shirt for the day. The Kate saddle bag will surely be number one on my lux christmas gift list.
Is there any things as rich as the Giselle a Mutli -coloured fringed and sequined mini dress from designer Tahra Nketia. If you are looking for the flawless NYE party dress then this is it.
Jewelry is such a thoughtful gift and a sparkling pair of earrings will bring a touch of rich indulgence to the one that will recieve it. And this pair are just perfect from designer JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Beautifully designed the Kundan Flower & Pearl Drop Earrings is a treasure worth investing in.
After a long and hard year all we really want to do is just, to drop it like its hot, and have fun and the Unchained Two -piece from Tahra Nketia will help you do just that. Embellished with gold lace, this is a truly extravagant party piece.
Can we ever really get enough of gold jewelry, short answer NO !! These simple yet elegant pieces are from designer Alexandra Jacoumis. The Crown Ring with its intricate and delicate detail of the gold work is from hand sewing with cotton thread makes for a stunning gift.
The elegant Seven Circle Necklace is so dainty and exquisite a true treasure of golden beauty.
Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Black Diamond Shisha Line necklace is the perfect reward for yourself after a hard year of slaving away at work and home.
Love this very versatile Sandra Short jacket in a metallic Rose Gold, from designer label ByVarga. This is a statement piece that you will need in your closet. Because it will jazz-up any dull daytime outfit or just glam up a night time look
A fab pair of heels are just the thing to bring togerther a polished party look. And these heels from designer label Larrit, are sweet, sexy and just magnificent. Shimmer in the Sophia -gold with its sparkly detail and golden heel or be stately sophisticated in the Iyobo -black and gold or the life and soul of the party in the Rita or be all women on your last meeting of 2017 in the Tonto.
Stay warm in this luxurious jacket from desinger Helen Howe Atelier named Victory in Blue . This jacket is cut in stunning blue tweed with suede and decorative military buttons. A superb piece to layer over any party outfit.
A classic look with a beautiful wax print detail at the wrist of the dress- sleeves that gives it just that edge.
Or opt for the Betty Silk Blouse , from BYVARGA, with its beautiful bell sleeves a great piece to dress up a jeans for a relaxed yet lavish christmas lunch.
Make this season all about luxury and spoil yourself with one or even two pieces from our selected designers.
They say this is the season to be jolly, but it is not so jolly when it comes to deciding what gifts to get your love ones. It is tough getting just the right gift, that says I love you or Thank you or that says I appreciate you. But lucky for you, we hear you and we get the struggle of finding the perfect gift. Read on to see some of our Top Picks.
Now if you are more of a practical giver, that loves to give a gift that will be a benefit to your love ones then you will go crazy over our first pick. The BLUEAIR air filter.
These filters are state of the art , manufactured by Swedish firm, Blue Air , they are an ideal gift if your or a family member suffers from Asthma or just to have around the home as they;
¥ eradicates pet dander, all those pesky microscopic flecks of skin shed by animals with fur or feather, which can cause allergies
¥ removes dust mites
¥ eliminates tobacco smoke
¥ targets harmful odours &
¥ combats colds & viruses
Available throughout the UK and stylishly designed BLUEAIR air filter is a our Top choice #forthehome Christmas gift.
Keeping with practical stylish gifts for the #homemaker Then the FRENCH PRESS coffee maker is it. This magnificent coffee maker keeps your coffee piping hot and makes that firts, second and third cup taste like heaven. The gift that every busy #bossbabe home diva needs. It is sleek, beautiful and will complement any kitchen interior. And the best part of it, even if you give it to your sister, mom or friend You can be assured of a good quality cup of coffee everytime you visit. Our Fashions Finest crew of coffee lovers gave the FRENCH PRESS a double #thumbsup
We all love a beautiful home with well placed and stylish decor accessories so here is just a few more gift ideas for the chic and fashionable #decorlover.
The Jonathan Adler Versailles Maze Vase, from AMARA, with its bold geometric print in green and black, and white and gold striped edge and striking square shape with its narrow neck. This beauty is a true #statementpiece for your decor loving friend. For something small but still thoughtful the Marble Vase and Pearl Marble Bowl from Homesense are a pretty good pair of affordable yet glamorous gifts.
Marble is still a hot #decortrend and the Normann Copenhagen Pebble Black Chopping Board will add a touch of class to any kitchen. So this is the ultimate gift for your mom or any one that loves spending time cooking marvelous meals. For the fashion craze chef get the Kate Spade New York Recipe Book she will love it.
Something sweet and chewable always makes for a really thoughtful gift and are the perfect Thank You gift for a colleague or secret santa. Copperpot Originals has two new fantastic festive flavours of fudge, Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge. Delicious , each box of fudge is a festive burst of creamy butter, milk and golden syrup. These mouth-watering sweets has got us chewing all day long because once you pop one in you just can stop chewing them. #fashionsfinest sweetest Top Pick.
Our selection for the #gentlemen in your life is simple and uncomplicated. Our favourite is the Ted Baker - Jungle Print Hip Flask, from Amara, because we just love the #tropicaltheme and then there is the Skultuna - Crown cufflinks or the Kenneth Cole Semi-Precious Stone Cufflinks, House of Fraser, because every gentleman needs a pair of shiny cufflinks. And what man can resist the classic scent of Armanis Modern Leather EDP at House of Fraser , or a stylish Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant Pocket Square from Debenhams. Lastly a gentleman needs shiny shoes and the Ted Baker shoe shine kit from House of Fraser and a Bow tie, from Debenhams, to complete a sophisticated look. You do not need to get all these gift for your man but you can divide it up among all the gentlemen in your life.
We all have atleast one #millenial in our lives so here is just some ideas to keep them #insta happy. They will be snapping away all their trinkest on the Rosanna Trinket Tray with its chic black anc gold design it is uber trendy. Nothing makes a boozy #dinnerparty more fancy then a cool booze decanter like the Rosanna Booze Decanter. Marble and vintage is so in vogue right now , and we are loving the Tatty Devine Vintage Lady Vanity Case and the Marble ring Stacker, all availble at John Lewis. These are all so cute and will be loved by the millenials in your life.
Beauty Lovers will say YES to a thoughtfully put together gift box full of YES TO- SKINCARE. This is skincare that is full of Love and Laughter, and who knows your friend might just invite you over for a Yes To pamper party to share in all the Love and Laughter. With a full range, all natural and organic products , for body, face, hair and lip. With this gift you will offer your friend the blessing of saying YES to every moment life offers her. Take your pick and compile your gift box at YES TO. Fashion Finest LOVES saying Yes To... stunning skin.
Because every beautiful moment starts with a hug and kiss, gift your friend with the most #kissable lips with one of our Top Beauty Picks. Packed with cocunut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed, XO BALM has all the right ingredients to keep her lips kissable all year round.
In this modern age we can not escape technology and whether it is the husband, boyfriend or your son there is a techie geek in all of them. So here is our picks just for them.
Not really techie but it will give that technology lover in your life a bit more style , the Native Union Marble iPhone Dock, from Amara, will make there phone and desk look super glam. Guys and or girls will enjoy this piece of technology the DJI Mavic Pro Drone, from John Lewis, gets a 5 out of 5 in the gift department. Any water and gadget junky will love the Waterproof Camera from Debenhams.
We have a special gift just for you, because you are going to be thirsty after all that #christmasshopping
So spoil yourself with a Ion8 SLIM, exclusive to AMAZON, a gift for your from you. It is; 100% Leak proof BPA free and
¥ Flips open with one hand and can lock closed for safety
¥ Vented, smooth liquid flow for rapid hydration
¥ It has a soft feel for grip and carry strap
¥ Fits any cup holder or kid's backpack
¥ Drinks bottle is dishwasher safe and suitable for hot or cold drinks
Whether you’re looking for some sweetness in the form of a ruffled bikini or craving a bombshell-red sleek one-piece to make you stand out, there’s no doubt that a swimsuit is something very personal.
It speaks of style as much as our everyday fashion does, and it’s one of the most important wardrobe pieces to pack when you’re travelling. Imagine having to get through a vacation in an ill-fitting swimsuit that makes you look terrible. Shying away from the beach and trying to cover up at every chance is no fun at all.
So, to find your perfect piece, we introduce some of the coolest, most iconic swimwear brands that have graced the world, hoping it will inspire some nice shopping experiences.
Let’s start out with a Frenchman, because really, what is life without the French? Dull, that’s what it is. Launched in 1946 by a man named Louis Réard, it followed the end of Second World War and liberation of Europe. Réard, bless his fantastic French mind, is the man who invented the bikini and gave women a way to feel empowered, and to show off their body to their heart’s desire. For the sexy little Bond girl in you, this brand takes alluring and then kicks it up a notch to really make stunning pieces that are perfect for those moments when you want jaws to drop as you walk by.
Straight out of Pretty Women and into your closet, Hunza G is just the brand for some chic, sleek beauty. Worn by Julia Roberts on the set, this is where you’ll find sporty mixed with modern and feel like a fabulous rich Hollywood star as you lounge on the beach. Don’t forget to pair your gorgeous one-piece with a floppy hat and big sunglasses for that mysterious diva vibe.
No one knows beaches and sun-kissed beauty like Australians do, and this marvellous brand aims to bring unforgettable summer fun and classic beauty to women around the world. Founded in 1975, the company makes some of the most gorgeous ladies’ swimwear that’s internationally recognized.
The winners or several Marie Claire’s Reader’s Choice “Best Swimwear” Awards and Fashion Industry Awards, this is where you should turn to if you want quality coupled with trend-setting elegance. From Taylor Swift’s Cabana Rose bikini, to Katy Perry’s chartreuse bustier, and even Gigi Hadid’s beach style, celebrities love this brand’s distinctive style and you can often see it gracing the covers of famous magazines.
How do you capture that unique mix of sweet and naughty that Selena Gomez rocks so effortlessly? Let us tell you her secret: Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuits. The two-piece behind one of the most famous Instagram photos belongs to this fun, colourful brand. Feminine and sassy, it’s for the girl who longs for subtle and sexy swimwear to grace her figure.
Oh, the amount of stunning you can find with this brand. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these Brazilian swimwear makers give you edgy sportswear and groomed, lustrous elegance that will make you look like the statuesque goddess that you are. Not a very subtle brand by any means, but definitely good for when you want to look unique and bold.
Let’s turn to Aussies again, because we just can’t get enough of their bronzed tans and light-hearted fashion sense. High-class bohemian style is the signature of this brand, and their pieces can help you build a beautiful retro look. Why not live out your pin up fantasy by picking a structured one-piece, or high-waisted bottoms? Bright lipstick is a must.
Summer’s short, ladies. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, do you? A sexy gal like you deserves the perfect piece that will accentuate the best features and make you feel like the star of the beach.
Written by Sophia Smith
A fashionable bag that can easily transform a plain outfit into a cute and trendy ensemble is every woman’s favourite accessory.
However, a stylish bag can do much more than just turn you into a trendsetter. The right choice of bag can visually change your body proportions and balance out your figure, making you look thinner or even taller. Therefore, if you want to create a fabulous outfit, it’s essential that you know which bag will flatter your figure the most.
Short And Petite
Proportion is everything when it comes to tiny ladies. If you are short and petite, you should always go for small bags that won’t hide your body. If you carry a large bag, it’ll only make you look shorter than you actually are. A small, stylish bag that goes over the shoulder or over the arm should be your number one choice. However, keep in mind that over the shoulder bags should sit above or at your hip, never below it. Avoid slouching, big bags, and choose a vertical-shaped bag, an oversized tote, or a clutch instead.
Tall And Slender
If you’re tall and thin, you’re in luck, because almost any bag will flatter your body type. From clutches, through shoulder bags to handbags, your figure will look amazing with any bag. However, you should be careful when choosing the perfect handbag. Stick to midsize or large handbags and avoid small ones, because you may appear too tall while carrying them. Bulky and floppy handbags are also a good choice, so feel free to invest in them as well.
If you have an athletic figure, never choose bags of rectangular shape - rectangular bags will add roughness to your body. Rather, you should go for bags that will balance out the angles. Plump, rounded bags such as backpacks are the perfect choice for you. Consider bags with embroidery or studs on the straps or handles.
Apple Shaped Figure And Big Bust
Women with large bust should try to draw attention away from their upper body. Therefore, consider investing in trendy Italian leather handbags with long handles, messenger bags, or even elegant bags that will look amazing over the arm. Tote bags and bowling purses are also great choices that will balance your figure out. Cross-body bags and clutches on the other hand won’t flatter your shape, so it would be best if you stayed away from them.
If you have a pear shaped figure, shifting the attention away from your hips should be your number one priority. Bags with adjustable straps are the perfect choice, because you’ll be able to set the right length for your body type. In case of pear shape, the bag should fall between your hips and waist. You can also add clutches that you can easily slip under the arm onto your list of perfect bag choices. In addition, consider shoulder bags and satchels - they’ll flatter your figure too.
Once again, proportion is crucial, so if you’re a plus size, you should only look for bags that won’t work against your body. Too small a bag will only make you appear even bigger, so invest in well-tailored bags that are proportional to your body and have short to medium straps. Consider large bags with bright prints and oversized clutches. A large satchel or bucket bag will also flatter a plus size figure.
Just as each body type requires different wardrobe to look amazing, they also need different sized bags that flatter their figure. Aside from complementing your outfit, a stylish bag can also help you balance out the proportions of your body, so choose wisely next time you go shopping for the perfect bag. Keep the previously mentioned tips in mind, and you’ll never have to worry about looking too short or too big because of a wrong handbag choice.
After the stormy weather you can feel the icy winter chill in the air so, we have rounded up some cosy knits and coats for you to snuggle up to and keep the cold at bay.
There is nothing as cosy as a polo neck jumper, that is why our first pick is the Rich Red roll neck jumper from Cath Kidston with its cashmere touch and stripe hem. It will keep you warm and snug on any cold day. A great piece for a weekend get away paired with a pair of denims or tucked into a skirt, pair it with boots for an extra warm look.
Next up is the Cream Bardot Cable Knit from Miss Selfridge. Sexy yet fun with its fringe detail, this is a excellent piece for a first date. Paired with skinny jeans and heels for a casual chic look.
Keep up with the Pretty floral trend in this slouchy loose fit Grey Embroidered Jumper wiht its balloon sleeves, from F&F at Tesco. The perfect jumper for a cold day hanging out with friends in your favourite coffee shop.
Stay warm at work in the Silver Tassel High Neck Jumper, from New Look. Pair it with a pair of sexy slingbacks and tapered trousers for a stylish at the office look.
Stand out from the crowd in our top pick is this must have Brown Panel Faux Fur jacket from New Look. Layer it over a dress and a pair of slinky boots and your are set tto brave any stormy day.
Get cozy in the cold weather favourite, Puffer jacket, from PRIMARK. Whether paired with something sporty or glam to stay warm on those nights out a puffer jacket is a must have especially if you can not stand the cold.
The cold weather puts us all in a miserable mood so, if you are looking for something to boost your mood and brighten your dull day then, the Anna Beth Yellow Coat, from River Island, will be the best-loved item in your wardrobe.
For a more classic look, the Wool Blend Dogtooth print coat, from M&S is flawless. Layered over a dress with knee-high boots and belted to show off your figure. This is defiantly a hero piece that will take you through autumn and winter.
The stars of the latest shows in the capitals of the fashion universe haven’t dazzled us only with their bold strut and magnificent charm with which they wear those stunning collections, but they equally amaze us with their physiques! Now, we already know they practice self-discipline in their dietary habits off-season, that’s no secret, but what about their top choices during these fabulous fashion shows?
You may wonder if these gorgeous gals gulp on enormous amounts of coffee just to be able to survive the number of events that surrounds the fashion shows. Yet most of them, including lovely Kendall, focus on water and detox tea – even up to 12 cups per day! The first one being zero-calorie makes perfect sense, but going for tea also serves to keep their complexion pure, and bellies flat.
If in need of an energy boost, then a healthier caffeine option hides in green tea, and other herbal mixes that lower the levels of inflammation in the body, balance their pH levels and help them with their water intake. Now there’s a tasty way to stay hydrated!
Sometimes these ladies have no time for a complete meal, and their shows can deplete their energy levels in no time, so it becomes essential to keep their bodies fueled at all times. As a result, they resort to healthy snack options such as various types of raw nuts loved by Adriana Lima, but this may ring an alarm bell in your mind because they are filled with fats! Yes, they indeed are, but that is precisely what makes them so satiating, and nibbling on a handful can keep supermodels going for hours on end.
They also rely on hefty amounts of raw fruits and vegetables, such as berries which are packed with antioxidants (extremely important for their immune system and their skin health), and Danielle Copperman swears by coconut yoghurt. Brimming with healthy fats and protein, these snacks are ideal for a girl on the go!
But despite their best efforts and all of these dietary guidelines crafted by the world’s best experts in nutrition, supermodels sometimes need an additional boost to their daily meals. When the shows, parties and lack of sleep threaten to wreak havoc on their wellbeing and beauty, models such as Magdalena Frackowiak safeguard their health with the help of micronutrient-dense supplements.
A clear complexion, a strong immune system and flawless hair require a solid amount of vitamins and minerals, and when there’s no time to stick to a meal-plan, using Solgar vitamins and similar supplements to regular meals and snacks ensures all the essential daily needs.
When there’s time, these ladies will not shy away from a veggie-rich omelet, and Anastasia Ivanova even reaches for an occasional slice of bacon to keep her breakfast tasty. Don’t be surprised if you see them munching on an occasional burger, a slice of pizza or even the dreaded pastry such as croissants, because the need for a convenient energy source sometimes trumps your current dietary limitations.
Written by Sophia Smith
From the “full face using only highlighters” challenge, to the numerous ads promising to make you look like a glowing goddess, it’s clear that strobing is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. There’s something so deliciously inspiring about dabbing highlighter on your face, it’s this little step that instantly boosts your confidence and makes you want to admire yourself in the mirror. And when the sun hits your face? Unf, girl. Blinding radiance! Now, we all know how to get the perfect strobe with the help of the right product, but did you know you can also get it naturally? That sexy supermodel skin is entirely possible to accomplish, and we’re here to tell you how.
A glowing complexion is a healthy complexion, and there’s really no amount of highlighter that will help you if you let bad habits and processed food ruin your face. Avoid sugar if you’re prone to breakouts, and eat veggies such as tomatoes, which contain lycopene and may lower acne-promoting hormones. Leafy green veggies, salmon, boiled eggs and blueberries will make your skin look great, and if you want a really healthy boost, add turmeric spice to your food. Here’s a recipe for a turmeric tea elixir that will transform you from the inside out.
If we don’t exfoliate our skin becomes textured, uneven and loses its lustre pretty quickly. So, grab a good scrub and slough away that dirt and you’ll be amazed at the velvety softness of your face. After you exfoliate, apply a face mask to nourish the skin.
Always Wear SPF
This is really important, because most of the signs of aging actually come from sun damage that gathers up over the years. All those wrinkles and brown spots appear if you don’t apply your sunscreen daily, so grab something that has an SPF of 30, and use it every single day, regardless of the season.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Consistent, everyday skincare routine is the key to success. Find a moisturiser that suits your skin type, and consider using a serum as well, especially if you want something with intense anti-aging properties. For very dry skin, hydrating misting sprays can offer instant relief, and you can carry them in your bag and spritz them whenever you feel like you need an extra dose of moisture. This also gives you such a lovely dewy glow that looks natural.
Don’t Neglect Your Neck And Chest
So many people forget to include their neck and chest in their routine. The skin there tends to show signs of aging really fast if we don’t pay attention, so simply extend everything you do with your face, onto your neck and chest area.
Strip Off Your Makeup Before Bed
No faster way to breakouts and dull, ugly skin than constantly forgetting to take your makeup off. Cleansing is important, so use some micellar water to take your makeup off, regardless of how minimal it was. This will ensure your skin keeps it natural, healthy shine.
Get Enough Sleep
Dark circles and puffy eyes hardly scream glowing goddess, so please, try to get enough sleep. The stress that comes from not getting your proper rest reflects very poorly on your skin, and you don’t want to wake up looking like a zombie every day. If you get your 7-8 hours of rest, you’ll have a beautiful brightness to your fact that will draw people in.
Feeling good in our own skin is a truly priceless feeling. There’s nothing like knowing that our skin is so soft and beautiful, that we can just leave the house with barely any makeup on and still look absolutely gorgeous. Remember to drink plenty of water to give it a hydration boost, follow these tips, and get your glow on.
Written by Georgia Selih
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A few bright blossoms makes all the difference! And it is on our most darkest days that we all need a bit of floral enchantment to brighten up our surroundings.
Beautify not just your wardrobe but also your day with these flowery picks. Each piece promises to make a statement and enhance your mood.
Pink and Green Poppy print puff long sleeve maxi dress from LIQUORISH
The Poppy is such a lovely detail on this dress, a symbol of beauty and success, the print just pops against the green backdrop. Making the color scheme and the print both vibrant and reminiscent of a carefree summer with a promise of a joyous autumn/winter.
Floral embroidered jumper from Littlewoods Ireland
This floral embroidered jumper in the colors black, blue and red will be the perfect companion to a pair of your favourite jeans. Pair it with the most delightful pair of floral kitten heel, ankle boots from Primark, and you will be totaly in bloom.
Kitten Floral Ankle Heels Primark
And if you want to complete your floral garden slip into these flowery High Waist Medium Control Briefs from M&Co
There is just something about big flowers that just says look at me. Couple that with a skirt and you are a lady as soon as you zip up that zipper. The vibrancy of the flowers on this full midi skirt from Girls on Film is like a charming bouquet that needs to be shared with the world.
Accessorise it with this ritzy black floral and gold detail handbag from New Look
For a swanky look don on the rather opulent Green floral print faux fur collar coat from New Look
Bring new life and energy to a plain grey pants suits with these red floral embroidered court heel from Wallis.
Love them or loath them, beautiful blooms will always be alluring.
Living in a urban jungle you got to move fast navigating your way through every nook and cranny of old or new places. And doing that in heels can sometimes be a bit tricky, unless you are wonder woman and can run a 10 mile race in a pair of scarlet red stilleto's.
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Regardless of the current makeup trends, lipstick will always complete the whole look perfectly. Therefore, it’s no wonder that choosing the best shade of lipstick is such an important task for many ladies. However, it’s not all about choosing your favorite colour or formula. Unfortunately, some lipstick shades can make your teeth appear more yellow. On the other hand, there are also lipstick shades that will make your teeth appear whiter. With that in mind, you may want to pay attention to the following shades when choosing your next lipstick.
The times they are a changing, but signature red lip will always be the queen among the lipstick colours. There’s nothing that can make your whole look as elegant and edgy as a vibrant red lip. However, you have to be very careful when choosing your perfect shade. If you want your teeth to appear whiter, stay clear from orange- and yellow-based red lipsticks. Instead, always opt for a red shade with blue undertones, since they will cancel out the yellow tones on your teeth.
Pinks are also trendy among all age groups. Moreover, pink feels a lot safer compared to red, which is why so many ladies opt for this gentle shade more than something bold and vibrant. However, precisely because there are so many possible variations with pink shades, you have to be very picky. Basically, avoid warm and coral shades of pink and stick to the cool-toned ones.
Elegant Berry Tones
If you like your pinks but also want to spice up your makeup look a little bit, slightly darker pink lipstick shades with berry tones are a perfect choice. Again, berry colours are cool-toned, with an obvious blue undertone that will make your smile brighter as well. However, purplish hues, in this case, may have a whitening effect that you want if you choose more moisturising lipstick formulas. In case of matte lipsticks, you may want to try them first, in order to see how they pair against your teeth when they dry completely.
Dark lipstick trend is definitely one of the favorite makeup looks for many makeup lovers throughout the world. However, unless your teeth are already perfectly white, you still have to be very careful when choosing your dark lip color. In general, brown shades, no matter how gorgeous and unique, still bring out the warmth (any staining) in your teeth as well. Therefore, it would be wise to stick with dark purples and reds with a strong blue undertone. Luckily, there are plenty of these types of shades in the market!
As one of the most popular and iconic lip shades, nude lipstick colours are bound to find their way to your makeup bag. After all, nude lips are perfect for every day and match beautifully well with darker, smokier eye looks. However, make sure that you avoid “concealer lips” at all costs. Your nude lipstick should have some cool pink tones if you want your teeth to appear whiter. Ditch yellow and beige tones unless you’re happy with how your teeth look. Moreover, glossy lipstick finishes are a much better choice than dry, matte formulas in this case.
What To Pay Attention To
Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips will help you choose your perfect lipstick shades for the most beautiful smile. Still, it’s worth mentioning that frosty shimmers and neons can also make your teeth look more yellow, so, if this is something that concerns you, steer clear from them as well. If you’re planning a teeth correction in the near future, you may want to check this Invisalign vs braces review but, in regards to wearing lipstick and rocking a gorgeous smile, nothing can beat the invisible Invisalign. Of course, don’t forget to take good care of your lips. If you apply a lipstick over chapped lips, it won’t be your teeth that are ruining the whole makeup look.
In the end, the most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable with the makeup you’re wearing. Be yourself and rock the looks that you find flattering – and take into account the mentioned advice when choosing your lipsticks.
Written by Diana Smith