· Book Your Lifestyle are hosting one of the beauty industries sort after beauty advent calendars, that will turn your Christmas into a very happy #GLITZMAS.
· Behind every door to the run up to Christmas there will be 24 prizes ranging from spa days, waxes to urban retreats in luxury salons.
· Doors to the Book Your Lifestyles’ GLITZMAS calendar will open on the 1st December, so make sure you visit www.bookyourlifestyle.com and you may be a lucky winner.
· Each entry to the GLITZMAS calendar will receive 20% off their next order on any Book Your Lifestyle participating salons.
The nights are longer and colder and snuggling up in cosy pyjama’s and staying in bed all day is becoming more and more inviting.
Here are my picks of pyjama’s to keep you warm and stylish by night. So, bring on bed-time!!!
Sleep like and angel in this white Sateen Stripe Revere PJ set from Mark & Spencer’s
Stay in the festive spirit with the black star print pyjama set from Debenhams
Slip into this lavender grey night dress from Primark and keep your feet warm in a pair of grey knitted booties from Mark & Spencer’s for a long and restful sleep.
This set is perfect for a party, silky double breasted pyjama set from Topshop
Sweet dreams in this check blue plaid sleep shirt from Very.
Fall into a deep beauty sleep in this chic pink satin PJ set from Primark and in the morning, slip your feet into these sparkly slippers from Debenhams.
You will feel like a boudoir babe in this floral satin set from Primark.
I hear Beauty Sleep calling and it is sure to be a good night’s sleep in these “fit-for-a-queen” nightwear.
Anyone joining me for an early night?!
The event will include Christmas treats, drinks, and goodie bags. There will also be discounts between 15% - 40% from a range of in store brands like Ona Chan, Latelita London, MCMA London.
Get down and get yourself a Chrstmas treat!
'...classy yet eclectic silhouettes that encourage women to express their individuality...' www.thelineanddot.com. This is the very reason why Line and Dot have successfully been able to attract above-the-highstreet trendsetters. For a Sunny-California-based brand, they also manage to design some stylish coats for us Winter folk! Enjoy my favourite pieces!
(From top to left)
- Blanche Eco Fur Jacket; faux fur jacket with whiskey colour block
- Dalida Moto Sweater Jacket; black ribbed knit with vegan leather Moto jacket
- Wren Maxi Coat; wool and acrylic with polyester lining
What are your thoughts on Line and Dot's collections?
I have been following this product for many years as my skin was prone to spots as a teenager and young adult and latterly due to hormonal breakouts so i jumped at the opportunity to try it out.
Before I even tried out the products I noticed the packaging and branding and loved that I was so nice and clean and easy to use.
Proactiv+ Skin smooth exfoliator, Pore targeting treatment, Complexion perfecting hydrator & Skin purifying mask.
Suitable for all skin types and effective for those with spot-prone skin as well as those who suffer from occasional blemishes, Proactiv+ is a revolutionary dual-therapy anti-blemish and skincare system designed to promote a healthy complexion.
As required with any skincare regiment, it is advice to use the products in the order recommended. Starting at 1) The Skin smoothing exfoliator, then number 2) The Pore targeting treatment and lastly following with number 3) The Complexion hydrator and only using the Purifying mask as needed.
Following the order I found that the products really worked for my skin.
I do advice that the skin be damp before applying the skin exfoliator and to only use a small amount in the palm of the hand and then to work it into a lather on the face and then rinse it off. Following that move onto step number two and three. For me personally the process left my face feeling cleansed and extremely hydrated nd blemish free.
After using the Proactive + 3 step program I would highly recommend it to any one suffering from spot-prone skin and occasional hormonal breakouts.
Proactiv+ 3-Step Core System £19.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
Instant Fix Concealer
The Instant Fix Concealer by Proactiv+ another one of those products that I have always wanted to try.
What does it say on the cover? Instant Fix Concealer by Proactive+
1. Helps clear blemishes while hiding imperfections with the Proactiv+ Instant Fix Concealer. Four shades allow for quick customisation to ensure a skin tone match. It’s natural-looking coverage for flaws, redness, unexpected pimple pop ups and even dark circles. Skin is left looking smooth and flawless with a beautiful complexion!
2. Formulated with spot fighting Salicylic Acid
3. Formulated with soothing and moisturising ingredients
4. Four customizable shades
5. Won’t clog pores
How to use:
Dab onto blemishes, dark spots, dark under eye circles and other imperfections by using a concealer brush or fingertip. Layer and blend as required.
It was great that it came in a small compact case perfect for popping into my handbag for touch ups during the day. The concealer comes in 3 shades of which I used the darkest one, which I found okay and did work for my skin-tone.
But I do think as with most makeup companies they could go a little darker to accommodate darker skin-tones.
The coverage was brilliant and eliminated my dark under eye area as well as other darker areas on my skin instantly. It went on smoothly and did not leave my skin feeling caked as some concealers do.
I would recommend and purchase this product myself again, especially if they do go a shade darker, so it can be mixed as the other three shades found in the compact I was unable to use because it was to light for my complexion and so a bit of a waste. Or maybe just do 2 shades in a pack.
RRP £23.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
By Deborah St. Louis
My main problem is that my under- eye area is dark and that it is hereditary. Leaving me always conscious about my under-eye area, not because I have permanent bags, but ones that come and go, as I work long hours.
Having tried several different product’s I discovered Remescar’s latest Eye, bag and dark circle cream, at their UK launch.
Remescar cream uses Eyesyl, a technology developed by Sylphar, the company behind Remescar.
The cream works on 3 key actions;
á Skin tightening
á Decrease water accumulation
This in turn effectively and immediately erases eye bags and dark circles in just two minutes.
Being the curious creature that I am, I tried the cream as soon as I got home and because the info leaflet said that the cream immediately erases eye bags and dark circles in just two minutes. That info alone got me excited so I just had to try it as soon as possible.
So, after cleaning my face, I applied the cream and waited patiently for two minutes. After just one minute my under-eye area was tightened, as it said it would do, but sadly it did not do anything for my dark under eyes.
You only need a tiny bit and then it's spread from the inner eye to the outer, keeping the face still for at least 1 minute until the process is complete. You will feel a slight tightening and then the job is done.
Be careful not to use too much as it will leave a white residue, as you can see on the image.
Remescar cream is now available instore at all UK Boots stores as well as online for £29.95.
Personally, after using the cream and seeing the results, I feel that it is worth every penny.
By Deborah St. Louis
I suffer from terrible itchy irritated eyes, it has been a lifelong problem and everyday it just becomes more and more annoying. Anything or any environment can set off my eyes and they start to itch and swell and it drives me crazy. I am always trying different products and nothing works or it only works for a little while.
So, in my efforts to find a permanent solution for my itchy and irritated eyes I tried Artelac night-time gel and eye drops.
Artelac Rebalance, is designed for day use and can be used when experiencing recurrent dry, tired or irritated eyes, providing long lasting, sustained hydration and protection during the day.
I applied the Artelac night-time Gel, just before bed, like any other night cream. Soothing and moisturising my eyes while sleeping, when the symptoms of dry eyes are worse as it acts like a conditioner for the eyes. The gel contains a unique combination of ingredients, designed to seal in moisture overnight.
Both products were great, very soothing and moisturised my eyes immediately, with no stinging sensation. Both the night time gel and eye drops are a must for all sufferers of itchy and irritated eyes, as they are great for everyday use.
It is also highly recommended by leading Optometrist, Francesca Marchetti, “I am a real fan of the product duo and I love the fact, that like my skin, I now have a day and night eyecare regime that works and tackles dry eye 24/7.”
Artelac Rebalance and Artelac Nighttime Gel is available from independent pharmacies. Artelac Rebalance RRP £6.95; Artelac Nighttime Gel RRP £4.99.
Written by Deborah St. Louis
The turtleneck is quickly becoming this season’s most valuable player and pairing it with your favourite dress is sure to make you a fashion VIP.
Now why a turtleneck; well for a few good reasons: 1) You can forget your scarf at home and not worry about your neck being cold; 2) it is a nifty base layer as it can be dressed up or down depending on your mood of the day; and 3 the bonus reason, it works well with every neckline from a deep plunging V to crew neckline.
Here is just some of my favourite looks on how you can rock a turtleneck knit with just about any dress in your wardrobe.
Roll Neck Turtleneck And The Slip Dress
Keep it boudoir silky with a smooth pink roll neck turtleneck and an alluring striped waist trimming lace-trimmed slip dress. Add to it a pair of sexy gold ankle boots and a classy clutch and you have a raunchy but edgy #ootd.
Stripped cropped turtleneck and sleeveless button-down denim dress
Stripes and denim will take you back to those crazy hot summer days. So, wear this look on a cold day for a summery #lookoftheday.
Stripe cropped turtleneck @ www.newlook.com , Denim dress @ www.matalan.co.uk, Handbag @ www.next.com, Peep toe ankle boot @ www.dunelondon.com
Grey On Grey
Hit a monochromatic note with this grey metallic spaghetti strap mini velvet dress and grey roll neck jumper and a pair of classic block heel bronze loafers.
Denim Pinafore And Yellow Roll Neck
Have some colourful fun in this blue washed embroidered denim pinafore dress and yellow roll neck jumper for a relaxed day look. Add a pair of ankle boots and black tights and you are set for whatever the day brings.
Denim Pinafore @ www.glamorous.com, Yellow turtleneck @ www.marksandspencers.com , Navy Ankle boots @ www.dunelondon.com, Leather handbag @ www.accessorize.com
You can never go wrong with a wrap dress. Pack on texture and double up on your knits with this wool wrap dress paired with a black turtleneck bodysuit. Finish of the look with a pair of studded black ankle boots and this chic Pony skin fold over leather clutch for added texture.
We gave Transformula WrinkleBlock to one of our team to test out and this is what they thought.
I have been using the WrinkleBlock for about 4 weeks now around my eyes area. I really like the packaging – the top opens up in a simple twisting motion and the pump delivers as little or a lot of cream as is desired. It closes easily too with a simple twist so there is no danger of losing the lid or worrying how to pack the cream in a luggage. The clear container has generous amount (15 ml) of the cream and I seemed to use only a small amount of the cream so far.
I use the cream twice a day – first thing in the morning before I apply any other products and again at night.
On application, the cream seems to tighten the skin immediately around the area it’s been applied to followed by a rather nice tingling sensation. This seems to last for few minutes. The cream has a strong menthol smell which makes it feel more like a medical product and less like a beauty one. I found that rather reassuring and in keeping with the product’s claim to be a non-invasive, safe and injection free alternative to surgery.
I will happily continue to use the product even though I have not noticed any radical changes or disappearance of wrinkles around the eye area. I don’t seem to have any new wrinkles either so i would be inclined to use it as a preventative measure.
13 November 2016
13 November laughter lines
20 November 2016
20 November 2016 laughter lines
The Transformulas WrinkleBlock Line Restriction Crème is available from www.transformulas.com.
2017 marks the 100th year anniversary of the ever-popular Converse All Stars.
"All Star Rocks" (CC BY 2.0) by Lel4nd
The Converse Rubber Shoe Company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, and in 1917 the business created the All-Star design. The comfortable training shoe was originally designed for professional basketball players: for the first time, shoes were made up of a canvas body with a rubber sole and were presented in various colors and patterns. The firm sponsored a basketball team called the Converse All Stars and player Charles ‘Chuck’ Taylor became the face of the team. Chuck travelled around the States teaching and promoting the basketball game in schools and sports clubs, endorsing the All-Star shoes along the way.
Since then, Converse All Stars have never been out of fashion. They are a consistently trendy design which are worn by men and women alike and have even been an accepted fashion item for children.
Women Embrace the Unisex Style
To celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the All Stars, coupon experts Couponbox interviewed Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and curator of a shoe museum in Toronto. She explains how the original male basketball shoe slowly became a women’s fashion necessity, pointing out that the All Stars hit unisex shelves during the hipster fashion era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Female celebrities have endorsed the style over time and are regularly photographed and filmed on TV sporting the trendy shoe. But who are we talking about? Let’s have a look at a few stars who have been spotted wearing them.
In the acting world, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore have all been photographed in a casually styled outfit with matching All Stars. Jodie Foster was seen at a film premiere in a blue silk suit with matching blue Converse and Keira Knightley has often been photographed in her favorite All Stars, coupled with baggy slacks and a knitted cardigan.
Jessica Alba sometimes kicks off her heels and has been photographed playing basketball in loose sports gear and purple All-Star shoes.
Hollywood darling Reese Witherspoon has shown up in a summery, cool outfit of shorts, white top, hat and white Converse All Stars.
Christina Ricci - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
And check out Christina Ricci in the photo above, where she’s wearing casual jeans, a T-shirt and her All Stars. (see video below)
All Stars have not only been fashioned with the casual “baggy jeans” look by celebs. We have also seen them styled with smarter wear, accompanying evening dresses and red carpets.
For instance, Kristen Stewart is known for her imaginative flair for fashion and was photographed at the MTV Movie Awards in a red-and-black mini dress with black Converse All Stars.
Pop Stars and Their Converse
Katy Perry - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
For instance, Katy Perry has been seen with several different styles of Converse and has even been on stage in a bubble-gum dress with bright pink All Stars.
As you see, Converse All Stars well deserve to celebrate their 100th year anniversary and could easily continue for another century as an affordable, long-lasting trendy fashion item. The simply designed training shoe has become a timeless statement that can be worn by A-list celebrities or Joe Bloggs and won’t be easily dismissed.
A little bit of vitamin C in my skincare… yes please!
So, who is Sesderma?
Sesderma has launched in the UK, and is a brand that was established 25 years ago in Spain by a group of dermatologists which soon became successful internationally winning awards for being the most stable formulation of vitamin C in the skincare industry.
Sesderma’s C-Vit range of products are recommended for the prevention and treatment of skin ageing caused by exposure to the sun, stress, tobacco, poor diet and lack of sleep. The products add luminosity and elasticity to the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles I was so excited to try this product. With the cold winter months, here and my health not being at its best, this is exactly what my dark circles underneath my eyes need.
At £18.20 you receive 5 pairs of the eye contour patches wrapped individually in a foil package. The eye patches are infused with 2% encapsulated Vitamin C alongside an antioxidant blend to effectively combat the appearance of dark circles and fine lines within a matter of minutes.
You simply place the eye patches underneath each eye and the area of where Crows Feet form. Leave on for 15 minutes.
You’re very aware that you have the patches on as they’re quite big and very moist from the cleansing ingredients, you almost feel the ingredients working on your skin so I recommend that you possibly apply them whist soaking in a bath. Once the 15 minutes has passed remove them and follow with an eye cream for best results.
The first thing that I noticed after I took the patches off was how fresh and moist my skin felt underneath my eyes. It almost felt as if by magic my skin had come alive. That area felt different to the rest of my face, but the biggest surprise was just how different that area looked. It was lighter, brighter, fresher… just healthy. The rest of my skin, which hadn’t had any products on, looked, dull and tired.
These patches certainly quickly erased the signs of my tiredness and fatigue around my eyes and my initial feeling after trying these patches is that I want to order the rest of the C-VIT range to make the rest of my skin look as good as my under eyes.
Suitable for all skin types and available from John Bell & Croyden for £18.20 for 5 treatments.
It's almost that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas is on! And with the festive period come the stress of gift shopping. So, with the big day just a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas of what your friends, loved ones and family might find under the Christmas tree this year.
Gift sets add an extra special element to your gift for the same price as a single bottle and the additional products, such as shower gel and body lotion, are great for layering the scent for a longer lasting fragrance. Your loved one will be smelling great all day long!
Gift set for under £30-
Ghost Deep Night EDT 30ml & Candle Gift Set - £24.50
Ghost Deep Night is the fragrance of love with powerful notes of Indian Rose and Belle De Nuit blossoms. Orange and apricot notes add a fruity twist whilst a base of vanilla and amber add depth for a romantic and sensual fragrance perfect for strong, confident women.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Under £50
YSL Black Opium EDP 30ml & 50ml Shimmering Body Lotion Gift Set - £49.50 / Save £10
Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. This new glam rock fragrance is full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee, for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals, to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.
Gift set for £50+
Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 50ml & Shower Gel 75ml Gift Set - £74.50 / Save £11
Marc Jacobs Decadence collection is an invitation to indulge. The sensual woody scent symbolises the ultimate in feminine glamour and sophistication.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Him under £40JOOP! Homme Aftershave 75ml & Shower Gel 150ml Gift Set - £32.50 / Save £14
Joop! Homme is a strong, masculine fragrance featuring oriental notes to create a sensual and bold scent for young men. The first burst of cool, fresh spiciness from bergamot and cinnamon unfolds into a subtle, warm floral woody body.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for him under £50
Hugo Boss – The Scent EDT 50ml & 8ml Spray Gift Set - £46.50
Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of BOSS THE SCENT, the new fragrance for men from HUGO BOSS: Irresistible, unforgettable – like a savoured seduction. BOSS THE SCENT has been created for the BOSS Man who plays
seduction slowly, passionately and as an experience to be savoured and returned to time after time.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
All things shiny and embellished are super-apt for Christmas and they are also massive news in the style stakes this season. Bag your sister of friend a cute little bag just right for that new year’s bash.
Bag @ Dune London
From costume jewellery to candles, to make up brush holders, whatever you need to fill that last-minute Christmas stockings.
The gift that keeps on giving
Let your love one’s kick of the new year’s get fit season with a Fitbit fitness tracker to help them stay on track with their new year’s goals.
Fitbit @ Harvey Norman
Lingerie will never go amiss, whether you buy it for yourself or urge your man to buy it for you.
Lingerie @ Littlewoods Ireland
Some “Me time” would be vital after a hectic festive season and with the Ritual’s Advent Calendar Set you can cherish the daily ritual of a moment for yourself. With a range of wonderful products like the Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam, the Ritual of Laughing Buddha Fortune Oil and The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream.
Available @ www.rituals.com
So, whatever is on their and your Christmas Wish list make sure that it is a Merry Christmas with any of our gift selections.
Shoes @ Debenhams
Hello November! Here are some products we know you will love...
1. LQ Joint Care, £24.99 Holland and Barratt A daily collagen shot which helps maintain joints and connective tissues. Containing Glucosamine, Ginger, Lychee, Copper and many more vitamins- this is perfect for those who love exercise.
2. Monsoon Rose Gold, £35.00 www.monsoon.co.uk A feminine yet fruity fragrance that contains notes of sparkling lemon, rose, vanilla and musky scents. This fragrance is perfect for all year round.
3. Rubis Tweezers, £21.50 www.lookfantastic.co.uk and Fenwicks. Dubbed the Ferrari of tweezers by Bobbi Brown herself. These high quality tweezers are made of stainless steel making them easy to sterilize as well as create the hottest brows around town.
Everywhere you look you are seeing velvet dresses from the runway to the shops. This luxurious fabric, with its glossy sheen and soft to the touch fabric makes it ultra- stylish. The Velvet dress is defiantly the trend to be seen in this season. So, if you like it long and sleek or short and playful, here are some simple tweaks to keep you looking glamourous in your velvet dress.
Let the sophistication of the velvet speak for itself, because of its rich texture, velvet does not need much and can make a WOW statement on its own.
Burgundy Velvet Dress @ Hobbs.co.uk
Keep it classy with simple and classic accessories, let the richness of the texture and its sheen speak for itself.
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Add some interest, with prints, cut-outs and lace and or contrasting textures like fur, wool, denim and tweed. You can create a cohesive contrast by keeping the colours a similar shade.
Image Source Pinterest - Rebecca Taylor Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Fashion
Red Velvet Lace Dress @ Topshop
Rochelle Humes - Velvet Burn Out Mini Dress @ Very.co.uk
High Neck Burgundy, mesh cut out dress @ Miss Selfridge
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Keep the glamour for night time and complement your velvet attire with vintage accessories like classic pearls and vintage brooches. But at the same time add a touch of modern day, with fashionable clutches, and a pair of boots and or stiletto’s.
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Image Source Pinterest - Elie Saab couture autumn/winter 2016
Wear it your way, you can wear this iconic fashion staple, in the way that speaks to your sense of style and creating your own WOW statements. So, whether it is adding your own twist of statement accessories or going velvet on velvet. Wear it your way to make your own bold fashion statements this season.
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Image Source Pinterest - Animale São Paulo Fall 2016 Fashion
Smokey eyes, dewy skin, and nude glossy lips were the trend during this seasons Fashions Finest S/S17 London Fashion Week event.
It's a sultry glam look that's dramatic enough for the catwalk and perfect for a night out. While the dark smokey eye may not be suitable for everyone, this makeup trend is much requested and here to stay.
There are many ways to achieve a smokey eye, and adaptable ways to wear it to enhance your features.
Here are some tips to find your best smokey eye:
Start by applying an eyeshadow primer first. This will allow even blending, prevent creasing, and keep your shadow staying in place.
2: Find the right shape to apply eyeshadow and accentuate your eyes.
It could be that crisp-angled-edges and using tape when applying eyeshadow looks great on you. Or an eyeshadow that's applied to look more "oval (less geometric)" and is blended out to the temple, works best for your face.
However, heavily packed on basic black shadow tends to make the eyes look smaller. The idea is to "open up" your face.
3: Pairing gold or silver eyeshadow (if you're a warm or cool tone) with your black smokey eye is a great way to make your eye color "pop" and add glamour to your look.
Add a bit of shimmer to the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes appear larger and more spaced. You can also add glitter to the center of your lid for dimension.
4: Do use a pencil liner on your upper and lower lids and blend it out. You can also apply eyeshadow close to your lash line (on top of the liner) for added effect.
Photographer Ioana Mitroi
The makeup on runway models during London Fashion Week S/S17 for Fashions Finest was provided by sponsors at Academy Of Freelance Makeup AOFM ( www.aofmakeup.com) and led by Key Makeup Artist Ann-Marie Lawson (ww.LawsonMakeup.com )
Written by @dinahraphaelle www.DinahRaphaelle.com
I met Kunmi, founder and designer of MINKU, at a local handmade designer market in Barcelona. It was by far my most interesting encounter at the market that day; a designer who uses the rich and unique attributes of the Nigerian culture, and infuses it into handmade and practical goods. Each Minku item is covered in handmade love and personalised features. It seems that no Minku item is designed exactly the same way. A Minku bag is definitely a lifetime and unique wardrobe piece! Enjoy some of my favourite pieces....
The Ebute Metta Fringe Clutch:
100% leather exterior and strap; with hand-stiched expandable sides.
100% leather exterior, with aso-oke coin-pocket lining.
The Ibaka Work and Weekend Bag:
Mustard yellow vegetable-tanned cow leather with a mesh lamb-leather side pocket
Visit www.minku.com for more beautifully handmade leather goods!
Mango Autumn/ Winter 2016 “Driving To Nowhere” Collection
Hit the road and go on an endless journey with Mango’s, “Driving to nowhere” collection.
The pieces are provocative and glamorous with a rebel edge and totally retro inspired. A true eighties throwback. Taking you on an unknown, unplanned journey to nowhere slowly, where anything can happen.
(Left) Oversized mustard faux fur coat with wide lapels with a Printed Bow neck shirt with a classic collar and long sleeves. With a Biker blacked skirt with zipped pockets detail. A Studded bucket bag decorated with metal star appliqué, drawstring leather fastening and adjustable chain and leather shoulder strap. Finishing it off with black fishnet tights. (Right) Red ribbed crewneck jumper braided layered over a white classic collar shirt paired with slim-fit check trousers with decorative metallic zipper detail tying it all together with a studded skinny belt
(Left) A Houndstooth pinafore dress, black floral jumper with fishnet tights.
(Right) Light grey chunky-knit sweater and embroidered off-white high collar blouse with a Biker mini skirt and fishnet tights
Velvet blazer with patch pockets and removable belt with velvet trousers and animal print pussy bow blouse Accessorised with a round velvet clutch.
(Left) Retro tortoise shell sunglasses, with a leopard print faux-fur coat with fishnet tights and brown leather western style ankle boots
(Right) Black flecked wool-blend coat paired with a black lace pointed collar and bow detail shirt finishing it off with a red biker skirt with front metallic zip detail
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how your style became so plain and lifeless? We’ve all watched celebrities and became puzzled with their everyday polished looks that always seem to be on the point and head-turning.
When it comes to making excellent fashion choices, celebrities are usually guided by styling experts.
However, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a boring look that makes you blend into the crowd: you don’t need a personal stylist, just a bit of insight on how to make your outfit more eye-catching. Here’s how you can do that.
Rediscover The Clothes You Already Have
Let’s face it: you don’t even know what’s going on inside your closet. Many women have overcrowded wardrobes while they actually wear about 20% of what they own. We tend to wear certain items frequently while we completely ignore or forget other fabulous pieces misplaced in the back of the closet.
Make a selection and donate all the pieces that don’t fit you. Make space for new basic pieces that will function as a solid base for combining many different looks.
Essential Pieces To Look For
There are many celebrities that mastered the art of the minimalistic look and there are some great lessons hidden behind it. If you take a minute to study it, you could clearly see how important it is to have essential basic pieces that can be incorporated into different types of looks. This includes a LBD, a jacket, business pants, a pair of jeans, and a couple of blouses and shirts.
In addition to these, it’s good to have at least one full-length dress: maxi dresses always give you a dash of sophistication and elegance, no matter if they’re paired with heels or flats. With street style pushing the limits of fashion even further, a simple slip-on dress could be both a part of the formal look and a casual one: pair it with flats and a leather backpack, style a messy bun and add oversized Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses – and you’ll end up with a sexy-casual look.
Wear a pair of heels and a clutch purse, style your hair in Old Hollywood waves and you’ll become the queen of glamour.
Be Creative And Reinvent
You know the saying: it’s not what you wear – it’s how you wear it. Let’s say you own an oversized boyfriend shirt. You can style it in many different ways: tuck it in your business pants for an office-appropriate look and add a thin belt. Roll up the cuffs and add a bracelet or a nice watch. With leggings, your shirt gets transformed into a casual dress: wear a belt to enhance your waistline and unbutton a couple of buttons for a sexy vibe. Pair it with ankle boots and you’re done!
For a more feminine look, pair the shirt with an A-line skirt: roll up the sleeves to your elbows, add a string necklace – and voila!
Fashion has evolved, which means every piece you own can become a part of a differently styled outfit. Defining your personal style is a fun journey and you should be creative and playful while figuring out how to express your personality through your looks.
Upgrade Your Look With Accessories
Accessories have a transformative power and can bring your outfit from plain to eye-catching smart casual or even add a bit of formal to it. Choosing the right kind of jewelry is a great starting point, but think beyond just that: scarves, barrettes, belts, watches, even glasses can all help in bringing your outfit to life.
Pick subtle thin necklaces for a sophisticated look, or opt for heavy-detailed oversized ones to make a statement when you’re wearing a duo-chromatic outfit or an all-black combo. This type of jewelry will break the dullness of your look while providing you with just the right amount of chic.
With these simple steps, you can give your clothes a much-needed fashion CPR! The trick lies in combining the right pieces together while minding the materials and colors, as well as incorporating the right kind of accessories.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is style editor at High Style Life.
PA5H SPRING/SUMMER 2017 – photographer Simon Armstrong
Formula One and the early ‘90s, bold reds, stylised jumpsuits and unique textures took centre stage alongside sportswear elements inspired by urban American subculture on the PA5H catwalk for spring/summer 2017. Vinyl textiles and light wool were contrasted with stone wash denim accents and metallics. A key piece was the checkerboard-beaded, cropped jacket featuring over 100,000 beads.
Prophetik SPRING/SUMMER 2017 – photographer Daniaal Khalid
Tradition and artisan craftsmanship collide, underwritten in Jeff Garner’s signature use of romantic shapes under his label, Prophetik. Working primarily with black and dark navy silhouettes, spring/summer borders on sombre with hints of whimsy and the ethereal. As one of the world’s most renowned sustainable labels, the collection composed of salmon sustainable leather, hemp silk, Tussah (peace silk), and hand-woven Dupioni, all of which were hand-dyed with plant-based hues at the Prophetik studio in Tennessee.
CIMONE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 – photographer Simon Armstrong
Free-flowing exaggerated movements, overblown voluminous shapes, a tactile fabric mix and tension between polished and raw elements on the CIMONE runway. Designer, Carli Pearson created statement pieces that featured interactive embellishments, while a subtle and muted whitewash was brought to life with a vibrant injection of juxtaposed bold colour, appearing as splashes and stripes.
Fun Affair SPRING/SUMMER 2017 – photographer Simon Armstrong
Abstraction exotica, minimalism and subversion, Fun Affair, by Xi Zhu, strives to create an avant-garde and elegant sphere of design. Merging her Chinese heritage with European romanticism Xi Zhu defines her signature: rebellion meets optimism. The spring/summer 2017 collection is inspired by the New Romantics, '80s power dressing and postmodernism. Highlights include oversized bow-knot shirting, high-gloss slip dresses, flouncy dresses and high-waisted trousers.
“Make it simple but significant”, said Don Draper, a world-renowned character in Mad Men TV series. From the viewpoint of fashion and menswear, the saying does apply to what a man should know when it comes to his choice of clothing items. Below is the list of six things that every man should own in his wardrobe to make him simply significant.
1. An elegant suit
What makes a man genuinely a man other than a properly tailored suit? Even though your job does not ask you to put on a suit to work every day, you will never know what comes when you least expect it. So you better choose a versatile one that would work for all the occasions that might arise such as a wedding, a job interview or even a date in a nice restaurant. More importantly, when buying yourself a suit, choose it wisely. A well fit suit can make a less expensive one more expensive, so think twice before spending money on purchasing a suit with a cheap price that doesn’t fit you at all and, most importantly, makes a suit no longer a suit.
2. A plain T-shirt
Needless to say, a mono color T-shirt is a right fit for every on-the-go guy who always rushes out to an appointment, a meeting or even a date in no time. Your choice shouldn’t be limited to just merely black and white; a diverse collection of colors will be more beneficial one way or another such as navy, green, grey, etc. It is the simplicity in the color and the style that makes a crewneck T-shirt an indispensable item in the closet for such a simple guy. So if you are not always interested in standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear every day, simply grab a plain T-shirt and head out. However, it is advised to buy the popular and up-to-trend brands rather than the unknown ones for a more comfortable and complete experience.
3. A pair of dark jeans
A pair of dark jeans is a good fit for a simple guy to some extent, as it is without any difficulty to mix and match with any item in his closet. Choosing the best jeans is no longer beyond imagination as you now have a wide variety of choices from world-famous brands which are internationally distributed to any part of the world. If you happen to be a tourist in Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, it’s never out of hand to find a perfect pair of Levi’s, Diesel, or Calvin Klein jeans in any shopping center with high quality at a reasonable price.
4. An on-the-go bag
If you are a guy who is always busy getting out on the street with a lot of things to carry with, a bag is a savior to your situation. Today’s life might call for a bag you can put everything into in any minute, so you better have one in case. It could be a backpack, a holdall, a shoulder bag or even messenger bag as long as it’s a fit for your everything. Once you decide to purchase yourself a bag, choose the best one, for a well-known and high-quality bag not only makes you look genuinely good-looking as a whole but also gives you the confidence you need when rushing out on the road.
5. A leather wallet
A wallet is no stranger to a man as it is one of the must-have items every man should never forget to bring along when heading out. The wallet is important to a man like the lipstick to a woman. Lipstick, especially a good-quality and international branded one, is what makes a woman, no matter how pale she is that day, more lively and confident but if she happens to forget it at home, it is sort of a disaster. So is the wallet. Therefore, you have made a wise decision if already buying yourself a high-quality leather wallet to make you the type of man every woman should be looking for. Besides, wallets can be made of various materials, but those of leather are one of the best.
6. A decent wristwatch
Last but not least, a decent wristwatch is a must-have item, so indispensable that every man should get him one no matter what it takes. After getting well dressed, all you need to have the good look is an accessory that inserts the final piece to the complete puzzle. It goes without saying that a watch is the last piece that every man should be looking for. Like any other item, you better buy the good one, favorably the best selling or international branded watches. Once making the purchase, you will not regret for the elegance and completeness it adds up to any outfit of your choice.
So, if you are still puzzled about where to buy a well-known and quality-ensured watch, Cititime Mall is the place you should be visiting when coming to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In Cititime, you have nothing but an endless variety of choices in wristwatches from international brands such as Guess, GC Watches, Oris, Titoni, ST Dupont, etc. More importantly, as a tourist, you can earn a greater advantage of tax refund when purchasing a watch in Cititime Mall. It is the perfect destination for the locals and the travelers to HCMC to not only buy the best watches of their favorite but also have the fulfilled shopping experience.
Brow shaping doesn't come easier than Parissa Brow Shaper wax strips.
Whether you're a beginner or brow junkie these super wax strips make brow waxing at home a breeze.
With 32 applications in a pack for just £6.59 from Boots you'll be able to remove those stray hairs or perfect that arch. Zip that hair off and enjoy perfect brows for 6 weeks then simply repeat.
With clear backing and small size wax strips, placement of the strip is easy, just press on and zip off!
And what's more they include a vial of Azulene Oil to soothe & soften skin and prevents ingrown get hairs.
Save some money and get perfect brows at home.
MBM3244 Baker Rose Gold-Tone Ladies Watch
I am completely in love with my new rose gold Marc Jacobs watch at the moment. It has a modern yet timeless design. I have had so many complements on it. Everyone has been asking me how much I paid for it and where I purchased it. My Marc Jacobs watch retails at £114.99 as it is currently in the sale.
My Marc Jacobs watch has a rose gold-tone stainless steel strap and a rose gold-tone stainless steel round case and a white dial. It also features a second sub-dial at the 6 o’clock mark with rose gold index hour markers and MARC letters on the 12-3 o’clock hour marks and a fold over clasp. It is water resistant to 50m. It is such a simple but classy design. People are drawn to it where ever I go.
Plus Watches sent me my watch and it is not the only watch I have fallen in love with on their site. They sell Emporio Armani, Daniel Wellington and Michael Kors. They also sell various watches for the gentlemen in our lives including Diesel and Hugo Boss. If you need a watch to set you apart from everyone else and to bring a touch of elegance into your lives then have a look online at Plus Watches.
A few lucky people in my life will be getting a watch from Plus Watches for their Christmas present this year.
Written By Hayley Sweeney
A little while ago, I was offered to trial Ariix Prime oil in Calm as I’d posted on my social media that I had had some trouble sleeping. Not least, so had my children and this meant our house had turned into a bunch of nocturnal bats!
Lisa Michelle Pugh, CEO of Diamond Boss, sent me a message asking me if I would like to try her product. Now, in all honesty, I usually either don’t bother reading such messages or I politely decline. In this case, I had been following Leah for a while and thought she seemed to be a lovely reliable girl so I took her up on the offer.
A few days later my little parcel arrived and our journey back to forty winks avenue commenced.
Ariix Prime is fundamentally an essential oil. This is what they say:
“Prime is the easy, natural solution you’ve been looking for to restore harmony in your life”. That’s a pretty bold statement!
So, did it restore harmony in mine? This is what we did.
For the children, I carried out the usual routine of bath, story and bed but in introducing Calm I explained that I had been sent a magic potion to help my children sleep. With ingredients including Neroli, Bergamot and Roman Chamomile, it smells divine. When I opened the children’s oil (pre-mixed by Lisa with a carrier of coconut oil), my three year old son said “Mummy, it smells like Italy!”. Being an Italian family, my children are used to the smell of fresh lemon and sure enough Ariix Calm either smells like an Italian lemon grove, or if you’re Northern English like me, a good old dollop of Lemon Meringue! It smells good enough to eat.
I gently massaged it into the children’s temples and pulse points, as advised by Lisa, and tucked them in. They were asleep within minutes and were so rested they didn’t wake all night. I had to physically drag my four year old daughter out of bed at toilet time! Thinking it was a fluke, I followed the same routine a second, third and fourth night until my magic potion had run out. The same thing happened. Ariix Calm was successful in restoring harmony to my children’s sleep, so much so that they were quite annoyed when it had finished.
I’m not a beauty or pamper kind of girl and I confess to going to bed with panda eyes having not washed off my makeup. Horrific I know, but oh well. So, the thought of making time before flopping into bed to massage my temples was a bit alien to me. However, it was bliss! I made time for a quick facial, I used my Ariix Calm as advised by Lisa (she provided a neat potion without carrier oil for me) and low and behold, I slept like a baby!
So whether you’re four or forty, Ariix Calm is a huge winner for me! I’m not an essential user or buyer and I don’t normally entertain such things but I’m glad that I trusted Lisa enough to give it a go.
An actress and drama teacher, Lisa is clearly an entrepreneurial bossbabe! She is a lovely lady and provided a lot of information with the parcel as well as pre and post follow ups which I thought was extra considerate. I would highly recommend Lisa and Ariix if essential oils are your thing!
*Disclaimer: this is not a paid post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Gold One, because we are worth it!! Now your lips can be literally kissed in Gold, thanks to L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession lipsticks. Available in 5 iconic shades with each one wrapped in 24-Carat Gold pigments for a bold metallic look.
The Color Riche formula provides the richest colour and the best lip care. It is not only rich in color but also full off Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E to prevent lips from drying.
#GOLDOBSESSION there is a shade for every occasion and every mood.
Gold Nude for an easy to wear everyday gold shine
For a girly touch, Pink Gold
Warm up your winter with Plum Gold
High Impact for an unadulterated statement with Pure Gold
Feisty, warm and sexy with a touch of gold, bold and fearless, Rouge Gold
Work the #metalliclip trend this season by using your Pure Gold shade as either a standalone colour for a statement metallic look, or as a topcoat for a subtle metallic finish over any one of the other shades.
If you are daring and want to make a high impact statement, Pure Gold on its own will be #puregoldmetal
For a subtle #metalliclook apply Pure Gold as your base coat and Rouge Gold as your top coat for all day metallic shine.
For a fun #ombremetal look, use any of your fav Gold Obsession colour shade, combine it with the Pure Gold shade, applying it only in the inner centre of the top and bottom lip, for a killer 3-dimensional #boldmetal look.
#GOLDOBSESSION because you are worth it !!
Boots are going long, this season!! From inspired, leg-lengthening styles finishing just an inch below the knees with mid-to-low heel height. Knee long boots are definitely worth the splurge and that coveted
spot in your autumn-winter wardrobe.
Breathe life into your winter outfits with these black lace up over the knee babies from Dune, pair it with a mini skirt or floating dress for a dramatic and daring look.
Sexy is never sensible, that is why these two pairs will definitely be in high demand this autumn winter season, tight to the leg and finishing an inch below the knees with a stiletto heel.
Grey Suede High Heel Knee High Boots @ New Look
Black Suede Knee High Lace Up Stiletto Heel Boot @ New Look
Flat Heel Tan Suede Knee High Boots @ Primark
When it is comfort you after then, I suggest a comfy block or flat heel for all day running around.
Keep it fresh with modern heel shapes like these faded transparent block heel from New Look
As far as functionality and comfort a low block heel is your best option like these beauties from Dune London
This season your choices are endless with so many different shades, patterns, fabrics and even toe and heel shapes to choose from.
Brown Suede Block Heel @ River Island
Black Leather @ Office
Taupe Lace Up @ Wallis
Pink Suede Knee High Boot @ River Island
Style our fav pair with styling with jeans and a slouchy cashmere sweater or a cute A-line skirt for that 60’s vibe. For a classier look layer your boots under a printed skirt and a blouse for the work day.
I am sure that all of you out there have noticed that bigger briefs are on the rise once again? Not quite Bridget Jone’s Diary big but still bigger than usual. The huge difference is that this big is sexy. If you too want some sexy but comfortable briefs then have a look at Bjorn Borg’s black iconic mesh bra and brief set. We have all seen our favourite celebrities prancing around in their designer underwear. We can do the same.
They are made from 91% polyamide and 9% elastine. These materials combined helps to make them feel soft on your body and fit your shape perfectly. I choose a large size to make sure it fit just right. What I love most about this underwear is that it has an elasticated waist as well as underband, this gives it a sporty look and it feels great.
It’s the type of flirty underwear you can wear under your dungarees, or maybe just walk around the house in them on a hot day with a pair of shorts. The set retails at £55, not a high price to pay for such luxury.
Bjorn Borg at Boxers and Briefs is perfect for anyone who likes stylish, quality underwear. You can buy the iconic mesh bra and briefs as a set or separately. I strongly suggest that you treat yourself to both. However if you do not fancy mesh then take a look at what other high fashion underwear Boxers and Briefs have to offer.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
With cooler weather on its way, we will soon be swapping out our strappy sandals for a bit more “foot cover” and with velvet shoes making a must-have comeback this new season. I urge you to stock up!! Whether you like it flat and comfortable, or high and “painfully” stylish there is a pair of velvety shoes just for you. Here are my top picks on the #instababe must-haves velvet footwear.
Make you point, in these Flat Black Velvet pointy flats from Very, perfect for a relaxed look to the office.
You will never get it wrong with Ballerina inspired pumps, whether it just for heading out with the girls or a relaxed first date, if you like it flat and cute, you will love these Velvet lace up pumps, from New Look.
Step it up a notch in these Velvet lace up dolly shoes from New Look, for a cute but chic look to the office.
Bring the drama and steal the show in these Blue velvet court heels from Topshop they are not just pretty with their cutesy bow detail but also ultra-chic too. Step into them and you will be a classy sexy sophisticated boss-babe.
These glittery black velvet ankle boots from New Look, will definitely bring the glitz and glam to any look whether day or night.
If you like it a bit more textured, then I suggest these patterned silver ankle boots from Dorothy Perkins.
Looking for some thigh high sex appeal, then these black velvet knee long boots from Dune London is your number one choice.
Perfect you relaxed weekend look with these grey velvet platform boots from New Look.
A night out will never be the same in these burgundy platform velvet heels from Dorothy Perkins.
Give him a run for his money in these pink velvet come-hither heels, from Topshop, they are soft, playful and definitely sexy.
Your feet will feel luxuriously comfortable in these navy velvet trainers from Dorothy Perkins
You will definitely put the nail in the coffin with these killer strappy velvet stilettos’ from Moda in Pelle
Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid Collaboration
Launching on 9th September at the Tommy Hilfiger shop on 5th Avenue in New York City and on tommy.com, the new capsule collection features nautical inspired designs with a sexy twist.
Have a look at my favourite pieces from TommyXGigi collection below:
Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
London Fashion Film Festival 2016 (LFFF)
After my trip to Mexico City and attending the inaugural Mexico Fashion Film Festival earlier this year, I can’t wait to see the latest fashion films in London.
“Each year the London Fashion Film Festival host a variety of screenings centred on the subject of fashion and film, giving Londoners, film and fashion enthusiasts the chance to watch a number of iconic movies in the heart of the capital. As well as the main Festival, there will be a number of warm up events leading up to the Festival and the opportunity to take part in master classes and discussions with some of the industry’s most well-known names and faces."
- LFFF LFFF takes place on 14 September and you can see the official program here: lfff.co.uk/programme-and-tickets
Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine
New (and Old) Fashion Trends Leopard print is making its mark on the runways (again!) “Leopard print is a symbol of sensuality, confidence, and a liberated state of mind.” says Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci in the latest issue of Vogue magazine. “When a woman puts on a leopard-print coat, she is unapologetic in all that she stands for.”
Other trends to look forward to: plush velvet suits, pleated skirts, oversized coats & jackets, punk-inspired details, high-end streetwear, eclectic mishmash, colourful tights, bold embellishments, hats, and pretty in-pink vibe.
Gucci Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 2016 (Photos by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv)
A Wearable Fitness Tracker Public School’s collaboration with Fitbit, the Silicon Valley brand, may be one of the coolest partnerships this season.
Launching in October, the Type III Paracord bracelet (inspired by military parachutes) allows users to customise the Fitbit Alta and track their fitness progress: calories burnt, activity levels, and even hours slept each night. The device also offers call and text alerts and promises to keep you motivated during (and in between) your workout routine. Unlike many tech gadgets on the market, this smart accessory has a genuine style and it may become super popular with both fashion and fitness crowd.
Have a fabulous Autumn! :)
The wedding day is the most notable day of our lives. While it is the most photographed event of your significant other and yourself, you also enjoy being close to your family and friends. Everyone has their eyes on you, you are the focal point of the event, what more could you want? Perfection? YES! Since this is a onetime white affair in the whole life, why not indulge ourselves into what exactly we desire?
Although some people opt for backyard weddings, in my perception, the wedding day should be unique, exclusive and thus, should be celebrated with the same enthusiasm.
Thanks to the expert wedding planners these days, it is easy to get a beautiful hall decorated with thematic embellishments, giveaways, flowers and what. The question is, are you focusing on yourself enough?
While the groom can appear flawless as soon as he gears up in a suit with the matching tie, is a white gown enough for you? No. An absolutely mesmerizing makeup is a must. With a vast range of makeup products available, you can go for any look you desire. FYI, smokey eye makeup is in!
With that said, let's look at some amazing smoky makeup tips that will complement your wedding dress, your auspicious occasion as well as your overall persona.
Soft Look: Daytime Wedding
This gorgeous soft look is gaining a lot of attention. If you are planning to have a daytime wedding ceremony with a sun shining brightly at you, this look is your go to!
The soft makeup allows you to work on your jewelry and your hair without becoming too flashy. If you are not a makeup lover, this look is perfect for you.
The Elusive Cat Eyes
Cat eyes are everyone's favorite but will you wear this look at your wedding? Why not! By witnessing the picture, this gorgeous look is making the girl appear posh. By throwing in some black eye shadow, gel or winged eyeliner and fake lashes, you can bring the attention towards your eyes. While saying your vows, imagine how happy your groom will be when he looks deep into your eyes. Convinced enough?
The Black Beauty
Check out the breathtaking eye makeup this bride has opted for. This makeup is flawless, unique and bold. While there is no noticeable jewelry, the concentration diverts straight to the eyes.
To achieve this makeup goal, ask your beautician to darken your eyes in a smoky grey fashion while leaving your lips and cheeks nude. The hairstyle can either be simple curls, a gorgeous bun or a bit of both.
It is your big day, choose what pleases your eyes.
Glow like a Star
It is but natural to glow on your wedding day due to the excitement and rush of emotions to the peak. What good is the makeup which doesn’t do justice to the natural glow?
Observe the beautiful illuminating makeup that brings out the glow from within in this bride. The NYX eye shades do justice to her skin tone while the MAC gel eyeliner and the amazing mascara are the cherries on top.
If your skin tone is on the darker side, pick this makeup look and drop some jaws while you are walking towards the aisle!
Bold and Beautiful
If you are a bold career oriented woman, this wedding day look is made for you! I'm sure you don’t get to wear too much makeup to work, hence choose a unique ravishing look for your special day.
The dark smoky eyes and luscious red lips are the perfect models like the combo you must go for.
The bride wears a glowing embellished tiara which complements the whole ice princess fashionable look.
Reds are in!
If you are not an eye makeup fan and want something basic, why leave the lips plain too? Get your hands on the best lipstick range from Maybelline with various shades and textures. I'd suggest the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Color range for luscious looking lips without worrying about smudging, creasing or reapplication.
Go for the red lips, gain all the attention and pose away for those lovely pictures.
Glam it up!
Glam up your wedding look by standing out from the crowd. If you have worn makeup all your life through your high school, prom, gtg's with your girlfriends and everywhere else, let your 'wedding day look' be diverse. Spice it up by stepping away from the norm by choosing a mélange of black and white dress and a feathery shrug. Get yourself some diamonds for the neck and ears, make a partial messy bun with hair accessories and you will be good to go! This all may seem crazy, but imagine the beautiful pictures you will have by your side forever!
Now that we have shown you the top trending smoky makeup looks for your wedding day, why not show you how the smoky makeup is done?
• Blending is the key.
• Apply in smooth strokes. Curl the lashes and Voila!
• White smoky eyes need practice. Application and blending, both matter.
• Cat eyes require precision, patience and the right choice of color combos.
Although you have to run through of all the trendy makeup styles and also learnt how to create unique smoky eyes, have you thought of the factors that can probably ruin your makeup look on the stage? Take a look below.
Tips and Tricks to Save your Day!
All brides make a few mistakes which can ultimately result in a disaster. From hair falling apart crisis to the eyeliner being smudged, all these factors can be eliminated if you lay your eyes on the below-mentioned tips for your oh-so-special day.
• Water Proof is the best
Choose a Mascara which is waterproof and won't create a black tear in case you decide to cry while hearing the vows!
Remember to contour your eyes, your cheeks, the nose and the jaw line. Defining a sleek shape will give you the beauty edge when being photographed.
• No Surprises!
Use the makeup brands you are comfortable with. New brands might not suit your skin and may result in red spots, red eyes or pimples.
• Zit is normal!
All brides fear zits. In case yours just popped out, don’t give it more germs to thrive on by poking it once in a while. Let it be, ice it up and let your makeup artist do her magic.
• Natural lighting is the key
Go for a makeover near the window so that you can use the natural light. This will help you see fine lines, ease in the blending techniques and will help you not become too flashy. The natural light will also allow the pictures to come out perfect, glossy and illuminating.
• Save the Dress
Remember to apply your foundation and other products first and then follow up the wearing of the gown. In case you do the vice versa, the white dress can get stained with makeup.
• Picture Perfect
Go for the bright colored lip colors these days. While your dress is also white, the nude shades can appear washed out in the photos. While everyone will see a pretty you, the pictures on Facebook will suggest otherwise!
I generally do not like the idea of drastically changing my appearance but when a friend, Kim, trainee Microblading therapist, asked me to be a model for her Microblading course I hesitantly said yes. Now I was not really blessed with full eyebrows but loved them none the less!! So although hesitant I agreed to undergo the treatment and was wonderfully surprised at the outcome. Because I now have eyebrows that you can actually see. So I am happy!!
So what is Microblading
Microblading is different from the permanent cosmetic tattoo as it is a more natural option that offers a semi-permanent result. The treatment is done with a pen-like tool that has 11 tiny needles at the tip. The therapist starts the treatment by numbing the skin with a numbing cream and once the skin is numbed she applies cosmetic -grade eyebrow dye. She then sweeps the dye pigment with her tool onto the brow area. The whole procedure takes two hours and you do feel a slight sting but no real pain.
After the first treatment you will have to wait for a period of four weeks to apply the second treatment. Now this is just to fill in any gaps and add a second color for dimension.
After the first treatment, your brows appear very dark and it is a bit of a shock if you are not used to full dark brows. After a couple of days of treating it with Vaseline, there is a slight scabbing but once healed you will see a definite but subtle difference.
So yes, I am defiantly loving my new eyebrows!!
The nice part is, that it is a low maintenance treatment, as after healing you can treat them just as your normal brows and no special care is needed other than staying out of the sun as this will fade the brows quicker. Therapist do recommend that you go back after one or two years for a touch up treatment.
Skin care regime can be tasking; and with the overload of information circling the Internet, it's hard to find the right stuff.
Solution: educate yourself and the skin care ingredients and their benefits. Like the body, the skin needs the right nutrients. We should take advantage of the information age, and know what we are feeding our skin. The Internet can be your best friend (if you use it properly).
Feel free to share your recommended products!
1. Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil.
This contains (amongst several others) rice bran oil, which is an antioxidant.
2. Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil
As its name suggests, it's a great antioxidant product. The pomegranate and carrot seed oils give it its nutritional boost.
3. Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil
With a simple base of meadowfoam oil along with vitamin E, your skin is sure to have the basic nutrients.
Get ahead of Autumn/Winter with these looks from the High Street.
Set free you inner-animal with this High neck skater style animal print pleated dress, paired with the ever so sexy, thigh high black pointed heeled boots. Perfect for the office.
All available @ www.newlook.com
Love, this queen of the street look, with its effortless thrown together pieces, working fabulously together. The Burgundy Maxi slip dress paired with a white roll-neck top and the fab vintage feel, faux fur collar heritage checked coat.
All Available @ www.primark.com
My favorite, the Romantic Boho Wanderer, with a touch of 60’s/70’s cool. The Pink frilled top giving the touch of romance and the A-line embroidered denim skirt bringing the “bohemian wanderer” with the buckled patent leather boot stepping you right into that 70/60’s Cool.
All available @ www.riverisland.com
Subtly sexy, tease your date in this mesh ruffle metallic polka dot top with its cold shoulder detail and A-line gold sequins mini skirt for an added touch of sparkle.
All Available at www.missselfridge.com
Ever wondered why you get breakouts in the same areas? I know I have.
It's good fun being a makeup artist, trying and using so many beautiful skincare products but for the past month to 6 weeks I've been having a problem with my skin. No matter how well I look after it, I've still been getting breakouts. I couldn't work it out, I use the most beautiful skincare products daily, I drink bottles of water a day.. I've even been going makeup free. But I found that I was breaking out down the left side of face. I went to the doctors convinced it was a side effect of my medication.. Apparently not.
I started to search the Internet for clues and came across this image.
It suddenly made perfect sense. I've been having problems with my stomach, constantly bloated and in pain. I was surprised to see that according to this image the area I have been breaking out indicates I have problems with my stomach!!
Surprised even more, now that my stomach problems are starting to calm down so are my breakouts.
It seems to be correct for me... Is it for you?
We are in the last month of summer and as much as we hate to think of autumn/winter, we cannot avoid it because it is coming. But at least we be prepared. So maybe knowing what to expect, you will be a bit more excited about Autumn /Winter.
Bomber jacket has already been a rage all summer season and they are back for another season
For the colder seasons, we see this much loved item updated with sequins, embroidery and prints to elevate if from a key piece into a can’t-do-without item.
Available @ www.glamorous.com
Available @ www.next.co.uk
Another great love of the summer season, the cold shoulder, is back to rule the new season with variations ranging from super cool sexy dresses to knitwear for edgy street wear.
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Available @ www.newlook.com
Making a comeback from the 90s, the minimalist slip dress is here to stay. Take your pick from delicate lace trims, to dainty florals, and classic spaghetti straps.
Available @ www.rivierisland.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Available @ www.missselfridge.com
No A/W season is complete without velvet. The key fabric for the season and no matter how you wear it, crushed, colored, top-to-toe, just make sure that you have something velvet in your new season wardrobe.
Available @ www.primark.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Another one from the 90s is the choker, this season it is back to make a statement and you will love it.
Available @ www.newlook.com
Available @ www.riverisland.com
Seems like we just cannot get enough of them, platform boots and chunky heels. This season we will love them even more as they have been given a new lease on life for A/W 16 in Black suede and velvet making is super-hot especially on those cold days.
Available @ www.newlook.com
Available @ www.newlook.com
If there is anything that I have learned from the world of Fashion, then it is, that it is all about making a statement, we create, design, decorate and dress, too express who and what we are. And what I love is that, we can bring that statement into our living spaces. Because just as we dress to express who and what we are, so we decorate our homes to reflect our personal style.
What better way to dress our living space, be it our bedroom, living room or home office, then to start with our walls. Gallery walls are after all the fashionable décor accessory to be seen in all chic homes.
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A gallery wall with all your favorite prints and art pieces, is the perfect way to instantly elevate the look and style of any space in your home.
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The best part of your fabulous wall gallery is that it will inspire and be the envy of all those who enter your bedroom, living room or home office. So choose prints that make a fashionable statement.
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Achieve the look you want by mixing different kinds of prints, in a variety of sizes and frames. There is no right or wrong, it is all about your style and what best expresses you.
Make a color and print statement by mixing the two together just as you would with your look of the day.
Prints @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
Spice up your living spaces with fabulous focal pieces and turn it into the chicest space.
Prints @ EllebyLizelle Etsy
Loving the minimal looks by luxury designer, Joseph. I came across this brand a few years back, and I absolutely love the comfort-luxury style! My take on Joseph's creative direction is that it uses a canvas of quality and luxury; and allows the individual to add and personalise as they wish.
- Check Jacquard Nicol Blouse
- Nappa Leather Scandal
- Scuba Jog Pants
What isyour favourite Joseph piece?
Not all celebrity fashion trends are that easy to follow - especially as most of us don't have celebrity-sized budgets to spend on accessories, or jewelry designers and retailers asking us to wear their products to a party. Celebs don't just get asked to wear certain pieces of jewelry and other accessories - they're often paid a fee to do so. At a big do like the Oscars or a similar red-carpet event, some stars might be using their own necklaces, rings or earrings. However, it's far more usual practice for them to wear jewels which are on loan for the occasion.
For example, at this year's Oscars, Naomi Watts wore a stunning Bulgari High Jewelry diamond necklace, while Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner wore a matching earrings and necklace combi from Tiffany & Co, which complemented her gray-green Galvan dress perfectly. Cate Blanchett also underwent the Tiffany treatment, with a pair of platinum drop earrings that featured marquise and round diamonds and a platinum starfish cuff bracelet from the Tiffany Blue Book Collection.
However, for everyday life, it's heartening to see that many celebs opt for simpler jewelry touches that we can all find similar versions of, should we wish to follow their lead.
This year, for example, there are plenty of celebs who've been spotted out and about wearing a simple bar necklace - with a range of different outfits. Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba have both been seen in a simple jeans-and-jumper outfit with a bar necklace. Rihanna, on the other hand, has paired hers with a buttoned-up collar shirt and tailored jacket.
Some celebs go for the personalised option, with their name engraved on the bar (in case anyone didn't recognise them, perhaps?). From the simplest of designs to some really intricate ones, monogram necklaces are another personalised jewelry choice that can be matched up with numerous different outfits. Plenty of famous necks have sported them, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson, Sandra Bullock and Rashida Jones.
If you prefer darker colors like black, gray and navy, because of the slimming effect, it is time to embrace color. So step out of your comfort zone and incorporate color pieces into your outfits.
Prints that flatter your figure
Do not over layer, even if you feel you need just one more layer to hide your shape, don’t. Keep it light, comfy and cute.
Do not be afraid of trends, so if the trend is off-the-shoulder, then wear it, nothing is stopping you.
Show off your best bits, so if it is your legs then flaunt it!!
Espadrilles and cool sunglasses are the epitome of summer so pairing the two together just make sense. The espadrilles will give you that casual and relaxed vibe while the color popping Adidas Original sunglasses will give you that cool street vibe look. Pick your pair for a rocking summer!!!
What is better than a pair of denim shorts and a pair of espadrilles. With so many different styles and designs of denim shorts you can really wear a pair every day. I love the one featured from Glamorous especially the 1940’s fringe detail, giving it a touch of vintage glam, pair it with a bodysuit, black espadrilles and your purple color popping Adidas Original sunglasses for a sexy street glam look.
The mini skirt, BOOM, show off your legs!! Keep it playful with a character cropped t-shirt, patched denim mini skirt and lace up espadrilles, paired with the purple tinted sunglasses for a subtle hint of sexy cool.
Classis chic, striped t-shirt and white mini, for a relaxed monochrome look paired with Blue sunnies for a hint of color.
Espadrilles and a mini dress, a girly combo, playful and flirty. I picked the white laser cut-out, off the shoulder dress because the white will show off your glowing tan and the wedge espadrille will give you the extra height, showing off your legs. The color framed sunglasses from the Color Pop Adidas Original collection will just make it all pop.
Don’t you love it when fashion trends come back around? This 90’s throwback was recently featured in a number of designer’s collections during showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes NYFW for Spring 2016.
And now the cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence, and it just so happens to be the perfect way to ease yourself into showing a little skin during this changeable weather we are currently experiencing since you can keep the rest of your arms coverer.
Do you dare to bare (shoulders) this summer?