Gingham is getting a new lease on life this spring/summer season, with a more grown-up look the classic check is sure to rock SS17. So, to help you put your shopping list together, here is some of the new season key items.
Take your pick from the sexy cold shoulder, girly frills, larger-than-life sleeves, crop tops, to preppy tie-waist details, gingham is definitely on my spring/summer hot list.
This new season’s gingham print is moving away from the simplistic black and white print, to bold and bright red’s and blues with added colour through embroider floral accents making the print come alive.
Playsuit are fun and playful, now you can be all of that, plus a total #fashionbabe in this red gingham playsuit, from New Look , and give your onlookers the cold shoulder with a touch of girly frill.
For the classic demure lady, who loves to keep to tradition, this button-down dirndl dress, from Primark, with its bell sleeves and nipped waist, is perfection.
This oversized puffy sleeves gingham blouse is a modern take on the feminine and whimsical style of days gone by. The gingham print with the red embroiderer floral detail, offers the perfect ladylike #lookoftheday and will cause quite a stir on the streets, blouse from New Look.
Strike the perfect balance between edgy, girly and chic with your updated gingham style.
Actress Blake Lively confesses she too is an Urban Decay fan.
In a recent interview she explains how she loves UD electric 24/7 glide on eye pencil.
"The pencil has a little metallic tone" used in the waterline of her eyes the blue metallic tone makes her blue eyes pop and look electric.
Get her look now for £15.50 from www.urbandecay.co.uk
Masculine, oozing power, confidence and charisma, are these the words that you would use to describe your man? If your answer is yes, then this is the perfect gift for him this valentine’s day.
Jaguar Pace with its classic masculine notes of black pepper and cashmeran combined with crystal moss and rosemary gives the fragrance a spicy boldness. Exuding manliness and style, presented in a cool iconic bottle for the cosmopolitan man.
Recommended retail prices: Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 60 ml @ £28.00, Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 100 ml @ £44.00
The fragrance designed to mark the arrival of the new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car. Is a true reflection of this fast and furious car, the vibrant grey and blue glass bottle has a similar bold silhouette to that of the new car and is complimented by the blue-tinted perfume. The compact base is covered with a sophisticated lattice design reminiscent of the famous Jaguar radiator grill. The centre of the bottle is emblazoned with a shiny round silver insignia with the unmistakable brand sign of the legendary cat. The shiny silver stopper creates an attractive contrast to these tones, whilst the packaging is in blue, grey and dark silver with black lettering.
A gorgeous smelling man behind the wheel of a fast car what can be more sexually electrifying, go on shop now and enjoy the experience!!
When Winter sinks it's ice teeth in, we bring out the accesories. There's no need to wait till you're flaunting your summer style again to glam up! So, while the stylish tops and skirts are buried under during the cold months, you can invest in these special Stella and Dot pieces. Spice up your wintry wardrobe with some shiny emblems! Check out some of the jewellery pieces here: www.stelladot.co.uk
Drape Ear Jacket
Pavè Sphinx Cuff
Odeon Pendant Necklace
Alila Lace Cuff
Bliss Statement Necklace
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Buying a gift for your man has never been easier with grüum, facecare, for men, without the fuss.
Now you have the power to revolutionise your man’s bathroom essentials with grüum, a new concept in male grooming. Founded in the UK by four friends grüum was created to deliver personalised quality, simplicity, form and function. Facecare without the fuss.
The grüum concept
Designed as a monthly subscription service, making it easy for the modern man to keep himself looking good, with minimal effort and maximum results.
Inspired by the principles of Scandinavian design, function and affordable quality, grüum likes to keep things convenient, simple and natural.
grüum offers high quality shaving for a fraction of the price. With precision-engineered razors manufactured from high grade Swedish steel. The added roller component helps to lift hair away from the face, creating a close and comfortable glide.
Oska razor handle is the ultimate fusion of form and function; bold styling, striking colours and ergonomic design combine to deliver a gripping shave. osku razor cartridges give a shave as close as the big brand razors.
danne clog-free shave gel can be used clear for maximum visibility and precision, or gently foamed. Infused with soothing Aloe Vera and antibacterial Witch Hazel, with Orange and Eucalyptus for a mild, fresh scent.
grüum Products: Beard
bård beard wash is formulated specifically for facial hair, a gentle cleanser that is blended with essential oils to help maintain the beard’s natural balance. Orange and eucalyptus give it a mild, refreshing aroma.
leif beard oil nourishes and protects beards with natural essential oils. Infused with Argan and Jojoba to smooth and soften the hair, and Vitamin E to moisturise the skin beneath, leif beard oil is available in three subtly scented blends. tor beard wax helps tame unruly facial hair. Combined with Carnauba and Bee’s Wax to give a light, flexible hold, while essential oils and Shea Butter nourish and moisturise.
grüum Products: Cleanse
kóri is a mild everyday exfoliating face wash with exfoliating beads to gently scrub away dirt and unclog pores. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel soothe and calm the skin, whilst Orange and Eucalyptus provide a refreshing hit.
kåre daily moisturiser gently hydrates and reinvigorates the skin to look its best, day and night. It is a light-weight formula that is easily absorbed into the skin. With a hint of Cedarwood for a fresh and zingy scent.
gösta facial tonic is loaded with honest, natural ingredients. Soothing Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Aloe Vera gives the skin some real TLC, while Witch Hazel kills bacteria and refreshes the complexion.
His skin and you will love each of the grüum products whether he and you like the clean-shaven baby face look or the edgy beard look.
This Valentines is the perfect time for both of you to give grüum products a test drive with their gift set. With a great range of gift sets, not matter what you choose, it will be the perfect treat for your man.
Luxury Razor Set - £21
Includes oska razor handle, 3 x 5 blade cartridges
and 2 x 3 blade cartridges.
Shave and Wash Kit - £29.95
Includes face wash, shave gel, moisturiser, shave
tonic, 4 x 5 blade cartridges and oska razor handle.
Beard Maintenance Kit - £29.95
Includes beard wash, beard oil (X3 scents), beard
wax (X3 scents), moisturiser and face wash.
grüum’s online subscription service will have you covered for his birthday or any special upcoming occasion. It is simple and flexible and you will receive premium products delivered to your door.
With no commitments (you’re never tied in), you will receive exactly what he needs to look his best for you. And you can change, pause or cancel your grüum subscription at any time, scaling up or down as his grooming needs change. With grüum kits starting from just £6 per month. It’s the smarter way to keep him looking good. Simple, user friendly, and fuss free.
Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.
According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.
However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.
A Natural Removal
While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.
If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.
Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.
You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.
Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.
It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.
If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.
Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub
So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?
By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.
A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage
It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.
For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.
Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser
It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.
To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.
You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.
If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.
Cumin Seeds and Rice Water
If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.
So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.
Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.
Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask
What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.
Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.
If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com
If your resolution for 2017 is to try something new, we got just the thing for you! Inspired by the catwalks the hottest nail trends for you to try is here. Come on you know you want to, try it and let your hands do the talking.
Black is back!
Simple and chic, black is back, dark nails was spotted all over the catwalk, as seen on Aalto S/S catwalk. This look can easily be recreated, by applying a dark pigmented polish all over the nails such as SensatioNail’s Midnight Rendezvous or alternatively you can try another dark shade such as SensatioNail’s Black Plum with a tint of purple. Perfect for day and night with its edgy gothic twist.
Spotted on the Oscar De La Renta catwalk and many celebrities. This look is in strong contrast to the black. The plain Jane barely-there nail look can be recreated by applying a clear varnish all over the nail, or alternatively a sheer nude shade which will add a hint of colour onto the nail. Do try the SensatioNail’s Barely there or So Rosy gel colours, great for Spring/Summer or when you're looking for a pretty, yet barely there look.
Pop till you drop
Vivid and punchy colours are here to stay!! Bright and bold tones with a twist of colour contrast are right on trend, as spotted on the Jeremy Scott catwalk. This trend is summer perfection. Start practising now and get it down to a T, with the SensatioNail’s Pink Purple People Eater and Island Hopper. To funk it up apply a second shade in a circular shape in the middle of the nail with SensatioNail’s Kiwi Squeeze or even Tropical punch.
This look has been seen almost everywhere and is set to be the biggest trend of 2017. Go crazy graphic and create any nail art your heart desires, from negative spacing, dots, prints and even cartoons, there is no end to what you can create. Our favourite design was spotted at the Christian Siriano show. Consisting of block colours and stripes, these funky fingers are super easy to create. Start by painting half your nail in a blue and the other half white, using gel colours like SensatioNail’s, Mint and White Lily. Once that is dry, use nail strips to create the black graphic lines. Party or festival, this is the perfect nail look.
We are 16 days into the new year and now there is no more turning back, 2017 is officially in full swing. The excitement of a new year is the new things it brings and we are jumping for joy for all the new beauty trends this year will bring.
Here is our quick guide on what’s hot for 2017 and how to get the look.
The barely there, makeup look continues its reign of popularity. Keep your face fresh and dewy with minimal colour and product. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre £20, is the one product makeup artists swear by. Use it as a makeup base to moisturise and transform your skin in an instant. Giving you a dewy and youthful finish. It also doubles up as a repairing mask and primer too. Natural and untouched looking brows, are key to this look, achieve this with the Lord & Berry’s Must Have £14, a brow mascara that locks stray hairs into place whilst also adding a subtle tint.
Finish off the look with a soft and subtle touch of nude lipstick- to recreate an English rose shade with the Lord & Berry’s 20100 Lip Crayon in Charme £12, giving a subtle hint of pink, its creamy texture adding moisture to your lips.
Bright bold popping colour is key for 2017. A bold lip such as PPQ’s Lilac theme is a must this year. As seen on the catwalk, models were sporting the Lord & Berry’s Lip Crayon in La Fiesta, £14. Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this lip colour will show that you are fearless, so embrace it. However, if bright bold and fearless is too much for the office try the Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kiss-proof in Bold Red £15 to make a subtle statement. A liquid lipstick that dries matte, is long lasting and smudge proof, perfect for all those Valentines kisses.
Glow me baby
Another trend that is here to stay so highlight and shimmer away for healthy youthful glowing skin. To achieve this look, apply a highlighter such as the Lord & Berry’s Luminizer stick £14 on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and on your cupids-bow this will give the illusion of a smaller nose, higher defined cheekbones and fuller lips.
For an all over dewy glow to your face, perfect for summer, apply the Transformulas 23 Carat Hydration Gold £41.95. This crème instantly illuminate and adds a hint of 23 carat gold shimmer to the skin. As and added boots is it contains hyaluronic acid that hydrate the skin, help promote collagen and keeps your complexion youthful.
Blush me up
Lastly, another trend that will hit us in 2017 will be the return of the blush-woo! Spotted on the 2016 catwalk in 2017 we will see this trend evolve with blusher now being used across the temples and eyes-adding a stronger and more daring edge.
To achieve this look, apply a blusher such as Lord & Berry’s blush in Lotus, £18 along the cheekbones in a sweeping motion with a brush such as Brushworks Blush Brush £6.99, giving you a soft and subtle rosy glow ready for the day ahead.
We can live without many things but fashion, make-up and jewellery are some of the things that we cannot. So, to feed our need for more of those things we cannot live without. We are always on the lookout to find our next obsession and yes, we found it in ALEXI.
ALEXI London is an online jewellery brand that aims to find pieces that reflect designer looks, but in a more accessible way. All their products are available in three colour ways- Gold, Silver and Rose Gold and all pieces are Sterling Silver, with 18ct Gold or Rose Gold plating.
At ALEXI London, I found rings, necklaces and bracelets that would bring more than just a little sparkling joy to my everyday dressing as well pieces that made me feel truly special.
I fell in love with these Silver Oversized Solitaire Drop Earrings. Dainty and elegant the perfect match to any day or night look.
We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace
Who would not like hugs and kisses every day, well now you can remind yourself to share a Hug and Kiss with these cute Silver Hug and Kiss Threader Earrings
Who says you need an engagement or wedding ring to make a statement when you got this Rose Gold Cross Bar Ring, delicate yet edgy, need I say more.
ALEXI LONDON seasonal, must-have, elegant and contemporary jewellery you will love to wear and love to give. SHOP for yours today with our reader PROMO code FASH10
Violets are Blue Roses are Red, it’s almost that time of the year again, Valentine’s day. Get your gift shopping, for your love-one done early with these great early bird deals from the Fragrance Shop.
For your pleasure and to fit your pocket after the January Blues, the Fragrance Shop is offering up to 60% off on selected fragrances as part of their early Valentine’s Day Event. With a great selection for him and her across their designer brands like Burberry, Roberto Cavalli and Tommy Hilfiger. Get online at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk or shop instore and get yours before the big rush.
Burberry Touch evokes feelings of intimacy, sensuality and sophistication. A luminous and airy oriental fragrance. The perfect gift to spice up your special night.
Fantasy is for the girl that likes her bling with a bottle that is adorned with Swarovski crystals and interlocking rings that represents everlasting love. You will cast a spell on him with this light feminine scent that explodes into a lingering scent of creamy musk and sensual woods.
Mesmerising and exhilarating from the first contact with its scent of amber florals, this fragrance is addictive. Exuding strength and sensuality. You will love and he will melt in it.
Match him as an equal in intimacy and sensuality for and explosion of strong emotions for a fiery night of passion.
A classic fragrance for a classic man, that is not afraid to show his modern flair and sophistication. With its woody citrus spicy scent, it is a bottle of contemporary elegance.
Crisp, clean and refreshing Tommy by Hilfiger, is for the man that is energetic and passionately lives out his dreams.
Let him arouse all your senses with FCUK Friction for Him. A masculine fragrance that is seductive and alluring and just one whiff of it will leave you begging for more.
Make Valentine’s 2017 a night to remember!!
The 60% Off, offer is valid in-store and online between 20th and 31st January 2017
To shop now visit www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/valentines-shop.
Dreary rainy days calls for, “Phone off, kettle on, pyjama time…” and yes, I took YAWN, a luxury sleepwear brand up on that offer. I literally spend a whole day in my favourite, the Blue Chambray set.
Lounging around never felt so comfortable and luxurious as in this soft, of softest cotton chambray PJ set. The bottoms are just perfect, with its soft waistband and drawstring for easy comfort and the top is cosy soft with it large pockets to keep my hands warm and a collar button to cover up against the chill.
Who is YAWN
YAWN is a London based luxury sleepwear brand and in their own words, “Yawn make special, warm-hearted nightwear devoted to relaxation. Unique, hand-drawn prints on super-soft, luxury fabrics, all designed by our team in London”.
I totally agree, I loved my chambray set, my perfect companion for a chilly rainy day of tea drinking and staying in.
There is a cold storm front predicted for the rest of January so why not experience the YAWN luxury for yourself on those cold nights. Float Away to a warmer state of being in their Float Away night shirt and or Pyjama set. Drawing inspiration from Paris the print is set to evoke relaxation, comfort and romance. Float Away into the arms of your love.
February is the month of love so the perfect time to snuggle up with your valentine for a cuddle. Show and share your love in the Lovebirds Night shirt and or Pyjama set with its cute cuddling Lovebird print.
Just like the Lovebirds you will form a lifelong bond with your YAWN Pyjama’s showing it fierce loyalty and affection.
YAWN for the perfect pyjama’s
With celebrity fans from Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and Binky Felstead, Sticky Heelz, the world’s first dual anti -slip system, is selling out fast.
Discreet and easy to use the cushioned connection attaches to the back of your shoe and firmly to the heels of your shoe preventing slipping, painful blisters and discomfort. Improving the fit and comfort of any new shoes. Stopping your shoes from slipping off, allowing you to walk with confidence.
The dual anti slip system even works when you are wearing tights, just place the heel pad on the heel of your foot and your tights over the heel pad.
Sticky Heelz are suitable for all types of shoes from high heels to flat ballet pumps. Improving the fit and comfort of all shoe sizes and even those whose feet are prone to swelling.
Sticky Heelz, the solution to a great night out, your big day and looking office smart all day long.
Each- and- every new year we wow to do better and take on new challenges, promising ourselves that this year we are going to do better than the year before. But come mid-year, and we start to take stock of all our set out intentions to move forward and out of our comfort zones. We realise that we have not achieved half of it. So, the question remains, how do we go about achieving our set out intentions? Personally, I believe that the key to that is Confidence.
Read on to discover my personal tips on achieving New Year Confidence.
Take care of yourself
It is amazing how much of a difference a new hair colour or smelling beautiful and glowing skin can have on your self-confidence. Looking good and feeling great is a fantastic boost to your self-image. So, take the time to take care of yourself indulge in those small things like a new lipstick or trying a new eye-make look. It will turn your mood around from feeling glum and grey to bright and sparkling.
You cannot look all pretty and not be dressed nicely, if you dress nicely, you’ll feel good about yourself. A nice dress or a pants suits will make you feel successful, presentable and ready to tackle whatever the day hold and brings. Invest in good quality items and build your capsule wardrobe with pieces that will make you feel confident when going for that all important meeting or interview.
Re-brand your self-image
Our mental picture of who and what we are, so often determines our confidence. If we feel good or negative about ourselves, we reflect that outwards. In the way, we carry ourselves and how we allow others to interact with us. Let 2017 be the year where you make the choice to re-brand your self-image. Make small changes, like having a mantra, my favourite is, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I AM CONFIDENT, I AM CAPABLE, I AM NOT LESS THEN OR BETTER THEN THOSE AROUND ME, repeat this every morning in front of the mirror and with time you will start to carry yourself in that manner and not allow yourself and others to make you feel small and worthless. Remember, who you want to be and how others perceive you, is your choice. So, choose to show you true worth.
This is an important part of re-branding your self- image and building self-confidence. Positive thinking can open- up new opportunities. It is all about the energy you bring into a situation, so if your energy is positive you will be more open to feel good about yourself and to become the best version of yourself.
A smile lights up your face and will instantly make you feel better and it will help you to be kinder to yourself and those around you. A small but beautiful thing that can have a wonderful chain reaction. Your smile is one of your best assets so use it well this new year.
Good posture will make you feel taller and more confident. If you stand tall and walk with confidence into any room people around you will take notice. Stand straight and pull your shoulders back and stand tall and walk talk and be proud and have confident in yourself, your beauty and that gorgeous smile.
Have a wonderful 2017 and may you achieve at least one of your set out intentions for this new year.
Most people have goals that they want to achieve by the end of a New Year so here are a few of mine.
Having goals in life can help to keep both your body and your mind healthy:
1. Get up earlier in the morning, if not for a jog then to get a few
2. Read 50 books
3. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
5. Start putting money away each week for a rainy day
6. Do some charity work
7. Start doing yoga
8. Start to write a novel
9. Write more poetry
10. Travel more
11. Try cooking new exciting recipes for my family
12. Spend more time with my Grandmother
13. Keep up with a skin care routine
14. Always dress to impress
If you do not already have goals for this year then I suggest you start to write a list, make 2017 your best year yet.
It's been a few years now since I've been a contributor to Fashions Finest blog; and I've been privileged to share my views on a blog platform that is growing and constantly evolving. As a designer (Keji Victoria), I chose to write alongside my craft and share personal views of the industry? Why? While this may be a pretty simple equation, giving that fashion bloggers are poised to also be stylists and trend and design experts, it's good to reflect on real perks of fashion blogging....
(Photo from Instagram)
1. You are connected to what is trendy and relevant
When it comes to writing you really need to stay relevant. I learnt this the hard way- spending so much time digging in to find material, but not always completing the last research stage- is it relevant to my viewers? Years of writing has definitely helped me appreciate the value of of the viewers' interests and needs. It makes writing worthwhile!
2. You are encouraged to share unique opinions and views
While staying relevant is crucial, my blog page isn't the only one that exists to be relevant, and neither is yours. People are always looking for something unique and refreshingly different, it's a battle of the fittest (so to say). I remember some years back, I shared a post on my favorite ways of using a wrap to cover the hair (as seen on Solange); I remember my house mate at the time came to me saying how much she enjoyed reading my FF post and how she sat down attempting the differenthe wrap styles. At that point, I realised that people are definitely interested in what I have to say- useful, relevant, yet unique. Although simple, my research on head wrap styles was a unique compilation.
3. You appreciate the work and accomplishments of others
Since being part of the FF blog family, I have had several opportunities to attend Fashion shows; participate in media and blogger events; and the likes! That is definitely a perk of working with a great platform. The journey has put me in the company of people whose views and styles are as different to my norm, as they could be. When you are set the task of covering a show or collection, you move from simply admiring the work to appreciating the hard work behind it.
4. You step out of your own comfort zone and work
The parallel work of designing (Keji Victoria) and writing constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat: designing keeps you locked in your own world and writing brings you out of it- not to talk of mastering the skills that go behind blog-style writing. I'm never short of inspiration!
Happy new year fashion bugs!
Thanks so much for stopping by my page!Keji Ewuosho X
I am sure that many of us is still recovering from a very festive Christmas but with just a few days away from the biggest end of year party. The countdown to 2017 means more champagne and plenty of more festivities and all of that means we need a killer outfit for the big night. So here are some pieces to give you a kick start in planning the perfect NYE party outfit.
Heading out with your girlfriends for a crazy night of Prosecco and dancing the night away slip on this Metallic Mink Satin Pleated Midi Cami Dress from Glamorous, red suede bow detail heels from Office and small round fur silver chain clutch from Primark
So, you do not really feel like going all out and are just looking for a cute top to go with your jeans like this Emerald green top from River Island and a pair of gold and teal block heels form Office and print detail body bag from River Island
Love the high shine of metallic then you will love this Pink high waisted metallic skirt from River Island, which is currently on SALE and these, pink metallic leather, on point court shoes from Office and the cute gold and pink metallic clutch from TK MAXX
Be the sexy siren in this black figure-hugging pencil skirt with the gold button detail from River Island and the short leopard print fur jacket from Miss Selfridge, and strappy black and gold heels from Office, and gem body bag from Primark.
Got no big plans for the big night, other than staying in with your man, for your own private PJ party then do it in style, in this Navy silk robe, Bronze strappy heels and blue and silver necklace and earing’s from River Island.
Party season seems to go hand in hand with the holiday one, so it’s about time to start thinking about your choice of attire for all those forthcoming events you’ve been invited to. Your outfit should represent the jolly spirit, be elegant and classy - but also a bit edgy - so you should skip the expected ones and feel free to experiment with new, and a bit unusual combinations. This can be a great opportunity to spoil yourself a bit and greet the holidays in a brand-new outfit, or you can check out your wardrobe and find some forgotten jewels, or simply spice up some of your favorite pieces of garments.
When choosing your outfit, like with any other event, you should consider the venue and the type of party you’ll be attending. Otherwise, you can end up over or underdressed, which is the biggest mistake you can make. First ask around how formal is it going to be and then start planning your look. If you need an inspiration, we’ll give you a couple of ideas on how to create a glamorous, chic, edgy and stunning look for the holiday parties.
Her Majesty: LBD
It’s a classic, but with a good dress you can never go wrong. If you want to play safe, choose the little black dress, but spice it up a bit if you want to get the winning combination. Considering the type of venue, for a formal occasion you can liven up a LBD with high heeled shoes in some bright colour and matching jewelry.
If the party isn’t too formal, the choices are numerous: from sparkling or metallic shoes in silver or golden shades, to unusual models, modern, geometrical cuts and various lengths – you can glam up your LBD any way you like. A light, elegant blazer in some bold print over your dress will be a great combination for any occasion.
Instead of choosing the usual materials, like cotton, viscose or synthetics, opt for the more feminine and gentle fabrics, such as velvet, silk and lace. Velvet, as a soft, warm and smooth fabric is one of the best choices for holiday outfit. If you have some velvet dress or skirt left from the ‘90s, now is the perfect time to bring it out and let it shine again. But, if you want to achieve a retro instead of a passé look, you’ll have to make a smart match with your clothes. For example, a velvet skirt in some dark shade (like deep red or green) will go great with a sheer metallic top or a lingerie blouse.
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For a trendy and chic touch, put a leather or bomber jacket over it, like the one from the new women’s Saint Laurent clothing collection. These are also a good example for a piece of clothing that you’ll find very useful even after the holidays are over, so you shouldn’t feel guilty if you have to buy it. One of these jackets can also be a good match when creating an edgy look based on silk or lace garments. For an astonishing outfit, choose a black leather skirt combined with a lace blouse or a silky dress in some bright festive shade, like red or green, and pair it with nice heels or ankle-strap pumps.
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Suits and jumpsuits can be equally elegant and chic like dresses. Instead of a classic women suit, choose a velvet one, with a deep neckline and some sexy, laced lingerie underneath it (but be very careful what you’re choosing, otherwise you can end up looking cheap and tacky).
Monochromatic jumpsuits are also a good solution for a formal event, when they are combined with heels in some bold print, a matching belt and statement earrings. If you decide to go with a two toned jumpsuit, avoid prints on the other parts of your outfit. For the final edgy look, put on a dark lipstick, like deep blue or purple, and your lips will get the velvet touch too.
Sparkle And Dazzle
Holidays are the time of celebration so feel free to shine as much as you like. Add some glitter to your clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and makeup. This way you’ll elevate any outfit and secure a fabulous, bold and “ready to party” look.
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These stylish, chic and sparkling outfits are not reserved for parties only, so feel free to spread this festive feeling around during the whole season. Find a way to include the holiday spirit into your everyday look as it will lift up not just your mood, but also the atmosphere anywhere you go. After all, everyone loves a little bit of glamour and sensation in their lives from time to time, and there’s no more appropriate moment than the holiday season to treat yourself to it. So, seize the opportunity and enjoy it, while it lasts.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. You can find out more about her writing following her on: Facebook Twitter
7 Days until Christmas…. 14 days until 2017…. This year has flown by.
We will soon be in January, those New Year resolutions running through our heads, sticking to our diets, signing up to a gym, looking after ourselves better... missing the festive celebrations and before we know it those January Blues have kicked in…
LADIES… don’t let the blues make you feel down in the dumps; join myself and Benefit Cosmetics and celebrate YOU
At Benefit, they don’t believe in focusing on your flaws but on what makes you FABULOUS! They have your New Year beauty dilemmas covered with the help of 4 Number 1 UK best sellers… I know what’s on my Santa’s list...
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With the UK’s Number 1 Primer – Pore Professional. Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! £24.50
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With 2017 a few weeks away it is good to set out our resolutions early and as the beauty diva’s, that we are, the best place to start is our beauty bag. So here is us, giving you a handy push in getting your beauty resolutions sorted with all the tools you will need to give your beauty bag a 2017 refresh!
Smile with confidence this New Year, with Instant Whites Home kit a 7 day teeth whitening system that is sleek and mess free! The kit includes a 7-day supply of uniquely filled swaps that are clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 9 shades in just 7 days and at a price of £29.99 it is a steal.
Up to 9 shades lighter, I will be smiling from ear- to-ear all day every day at any stranger that passes me by.
The one thing that we as women do best is to Prim and Prime, that is why in 2017 it should be top of our goal list.
This New Year invest in an effective Micellar cleanser from the Cult beauty brand Embryolisse’s. Renowned for their unique formulas that nourish and moisturise your skin. Embryolisse creates products that does not disappoint when it comes to prepping your skin.
Our second fav product from the brand is the Embryolisse CC cream. The perfect base, with its unique skin adapting technology, the formula matches your own skin tone leaving you with the picture-perfect look.
Offering a complete skincare treatment, as it moisturises and smooths out the outer layers of your skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which helps the skin to retain essential moisture whilst the Biosaccaride restructures the skin and helps to protect against premature ageing.
Brilliant product! as it is formulated to ensure your skin always looks fresh. Saving you all those hours, you spend trying to match the correct colour for your skin tone. You now have no reason not to sparkle in 2017 with glowing white teeth and a radiant skin.
Any make-up addict will tell you, that quality tools are essential, because you do not want to be buying new tools every week.
So, to remain the best version of You, invest in quality products and Brushworks can offer you that. They have an amazing selection of quality brushes and sponges in all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices. Making it easy for you, even on a tight budget, to enjoy the finer things at affordable prices.
We all know that having the right brush, means creating the perfect look for day or night is as easy as one, two, three!! We urge you to make this note right at the top of your resolution list, “Throw out all those old make-up brushes and sponge and invest in Brushworks tools.”
This resolution is simple, you are a lady so elegance is what you need even if you think you do not want it. The following products all in Gold, one of the most expensive metals on earth, will add a touch of elegance to your beauty regime in 2017
Whether it’s a slight tinted glow from Fake Bake or the perfect rose gold tweezers from Rubis (because yes tweezers can be pretty too). These luxury tweezers are like no other! Steeped in heritage and even used by Rolex to insert rubies into their masterpieces. It is safe to say these are the tweezers of all tweezers.
Ring in 2017 with sheer opulence and decadence! With just a spritz of Monsoon Rose Gold If that hasn’t tempted you then this certainly will - a spritz of Monsoon Rose gold. This delectable rose themed fragrance is infused with crisp top notes and smothered in warming vanilla base notes to keep you smelling amazing all day and night.
We are all creatures of habit and we all have our go to look, that never disappoints. Perhaps it is your favourite eye shadow stick or that lipstick shade you love.
Throw caution to the wind this New Year and add a shot of something new to your beauty bag.
We know that trying out new colours can be daunting and often make you feel like picking the perfect vamp purples or cobalt blues are as much stress as figuring out how you are ever going to believe in love again now Brangelina are over. With the party season fast approaching It’s not as scary as it seems to try out a few new looks by simply selecting a shade lighter or darker from your classic look so you can subtlety test out what suits you best.
Lord and Berry have the perfect solution with their newest eye shadow range called Reglam sticks. These little wonders are perfect, to take that leap of change in 2017. Add the dark shade to the corners of your eyes to make your eyes smoulder or lighten the inner of your eyes with an iridescent pearl tone to achieve that wide-eyed look.
Happy New You and yes have a beautiful 2017!!!
There is nothing better for the soul than sitting around a table enjoying good food, good wine and great company. So, with that soul enriching idea in mind, I organised a dinner party for my friends with an array of freshly prepared and healthy dishes provided by the lovely folks at GoNutritionUK.
My friends and I totally enjoyed all the dishes, as you can see!!
I received 6 meals from the Cutting Meals Hamper
The Cutting Meals Hamper is designed to make dieting easy. All the meals are low in fats, carbohydrate and packed with quality protein. The perfect selection of meals to help you keep trim and lean with less than 300 calories. All ready to eat after a busy day at work.
Here are the dishes we received...
1. Chicken Katsu with Pickled Ginger Greens: This Japanese dish is a flavour sensation, with tender chicken fillet in a lemon herb crumb covered in a tangy katsu sauce, complemented with fresh veg, all finished with chopped coriander and sliced red chilli. Served with pickled ginger greens- Suitable for freezing.
2. Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens: This Asian inspired dish uses only the finest rump steak, marinated in a sticky glaze and paired with fresh veg along, topped with coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds, and a soy and ginger dressing. Served with wilted Asian greens- Suitable for freezing.
3. Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad: Slow cooked chicken breast is marinated in a spicy piri piri marinade and mixed with fresh baby spinach leaves, spring onion and chilli, all finished with a tangy mango drizzle, grated cheddar and a squeeze of lime, on a bed of fresh seasonal salad- Not Suitable for freezing.
4. BBQ Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw: Succulent BBQ pulled pork is paired with a refreshing mango slaw and complement with sweet corn and pomegranate, topped with a dusting of chopped coriander-Not Suitable for freezing
5. Chicken & Chorizo Bake with Mediterranean Vegetables & Goats Cheese: This cheesy Spanish dish is a taste sensation, with diced chicken and chorizo in a herby tomato sauce, accompanied with courgettes, aubergines and peppers, and topped with creamy goats cheese- Suitable for freezing.
6. Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad: Succulent salmon marinated in a tandoori glaze is complemented with fresh kale and cherry tomatoes, all finished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds- Not Suitable for freezing.
We found every meal to be super healthy and tasty. I would have loved to add some potatoes or rice, because I found the meals to be very meaty. But it was all still very tasty and enjoyable.
My friends loved the pulled pork and devoured that dish with such delight.
The most enjoyable meals, for me, was the Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens, Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad and the Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad.
At first glance it was difficult to know if the food was to be eaten hot or cold and if it could be frozen and eaten the next day. I also initially could not find and the instructions, on the packaging but luckily, I did find it later. So, I contacted the company to find out. They gave me a list of the meals that could be frozen and told me that all the meals can be heated up before eating. (See the instructions in list of meals received).
The only problem with the heating up was, as you will hear in the video, was that some of the meals especially the pulled pork included mango slaw which was not in a separate container so it had to be scooped out then the meat heated and added back to the dish.
If I had to give a score for the company, food and the overall experience I would give it a 10/10 because nothing beats good, yummy healthy food and great friends.
Planning your own spontaneous diner party? do visit www.gonutrition.com and have a look at their Meal Hampers.
Follow them on twitter/Insta @GoNutritionUK
By Deborah St. Louis
With Christmas, just a few sleeps away, it is time to, really get into the joyful spirit with the colour of the festive season Red. So, let’s go bright and bold and spread some holiday cheer.
Feel sassy, confident and just a little naughty in this Bardot style figure-hugging pencil LRD
When slipping into a LRD keep the rest of your look neutral with modest gold and or complementing black-and-white pieces in simple silhouettes to keep it understated but classy.
For just a touch of red, add a red necklace, like the red Martha rubber coated ridge necklace from Oliver Bonas. To make it pop wear it with something blue, like a polo neck jumper, like the Serena polo neck jumper from Oliver Bonas. Just a side note; when mixing bold colours together, keep the lines simple to add to the elegance.
Kick up a storm in the office with a pair of red wide leg trousers, love this cut and style from Topshop, well-tailored and waist cinching all those wonderful things to make you look just as attractive as a really good bottle of red wine.
A well-fitted double breasted blazer adds a certain panache to any day or night look giving off an air of confidence. Literally saying, “I am in control of this Baby!!
Pair that blazer with a pencil skirt and a pair of timeless fiery stiletto’s, like these wrap-around red ones from Very and you will have them all staring for days.
It might be cold outside but you will be so hot in a sexy lacey halter neck bra and briefs from Coco De Mar at House of Fraser.
Bring the festive cheer on your next big night out in this red lace-up satin maxi dress from Pretty Little Thing, definitely my choice for a OMG LRD
Keep it festively retro in this red leather jacket from Topshop, perfect for a casual date when you need to bring the heat.
· 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.
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.