Spring and florals are one and the same but if you are not into florals you will need a new print to rotate into your spring/summer wardrobe. So if florals are not your thing, why not try out these prints.
Bold and in your face, rainbow stripes are not for the faint hearted, but it offers a welcome alternative to the traditional black and white stripes.
Dress @ www.newlook.com
Bardot Top @ www.newlook.com
The iconic 60’s music festival wear to the grungy 90’s street style, with it vibrant twist and splashes of color. Great for beach or everyday wear.
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A print that can easily look more, primary school girl, but the trick is to keep your silhouettes modern and go for smaller dots. But if you do love a bit of dramatics and favor large round circles, keep the rest of your look minimal.
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Chic black and white, print of print – pair polka dot with more polka dots for a more mature look.
Dress and Bag @ Kath Kidston @ www.daisypark.co.uk
Sleek and chic Pinstripes
Available @ www.newlook.com
Jumpsuit @ www.riverisland.com
Shift dress @ www.riverisland.com
Relaxed with a bohemian flair the Eastern inspired tribal
Before I married my husband I didn’t pay too much attention to fashion. I was a student and happy in thrift store hand-me-downs, mixed with high street latest must-haves. Then, I was a traveller and spent the best part of 18months hanging around beaches in Thai fishing pants and flip flops. My nails were chipped and unpainted. My hair was bleached and crispy from the sun and my lips hadn’t been glossed in months!
Marrying an Italian was a revelation. Having style is like breathing air in Italy. The nation is brought up on “la bella figura” which literally translated means “a good figure”. It’s better understood as “a good image” and of course, Italians love to have a good image!
I had to up my game. I had just married into a country where Valentino designs the police uniforms and the footballers are kitted out by Armarni! Slowly I introduced colour into my wardrobe, I wore nail varnish and make-up and over time, I “Italianised” myself.
Italian fashion is so effortless. When I’m in Italy there’s nothing better than sitting at a cafe in a piazza and watching the world go by. The girls look glamorous and the men look polished. They don’t even try. I make so much more of an effort with my appearance when I’m in Italy. It’s not a case of fitting in but more a case of not standing out!
Here are my top 5 tips for achieving the Italian look, Street Style:
1) Accessories – Italians, male and female, love to match! Never leave home without a bag, necklace and sunglasses. Styles and shapes need to coordinate. If the necklace is small, the ring is huge! There is no age limit on accessories – it’s a cultural norm.
2) Big Hair – Italian women love nothing better than a blow dry. The bigger, the bouncier, the curlier, the better! Looking coiffed is almost a birth right in Italy!
3) Colour – It has to match. Colour coordination is big business. The shoes, the bag, the belt, they all have to complement each other, not necessarily in the same tone but you must accent your outfit.
4) Make-Up – Never EVER leave home without it. If you’re not made up, you have no self respect. Simple as that. Make-up matches the outfit, it finishes you off. Eyes are usually bold and lips soft. Nails and feet must be painted at all times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mother in law without varnish!
5) Mess it Up! – Once you’ve done all of the above, mess it up. Don’t look like you’ve worked too hard. You’ve managed the chic, now you need to adopt the style. Street style is huge in Italy when on Saturday’s you’ll find Tewnty-Somethings meandering around the piazza purely to show off their outfit. They’re tailored but trendy, cool but casual.
Italian street style is not about making an effort. It’s about being chic. The women are elegant and feminine whilst the men are suave. Style in Italy comes as easy as eating pasta!
Written by Kelly Ann Schiavo
I’m so so excited about the new Urban Decay collaboration with Disney launching on 5th May. Urban Decay have done numerous collaborations with Disney over the years but this is set to be their best.
Teaming up with Disney’s new film ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ in cinemas May 27th UD bring you a limited edition, pop-up palette with tribute to their favourite characters from the film along with 5 limited edition shades of lipstick to match.
Using the visually stunning film as their inspiration, UD have created 20 new shades of eyeshadows and based them on their 5 favourite characters Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana - The White Queen, Iracebeth - The Red Queen and Time - a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
The eyeshadow palette is arranged into 5 columns by their 5 favourite characters. Simply use the shades in the columns to steal the iconic character looks or mix them up to create countless others.
Each eyeshadow has been made using UD’s ‘Pigment infusion System’ a blend of ingredients that gives every shade it’s velvety texture, rich in colour with serious staying power and bendability. So whether it be the softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film or the bold bright shades seen on The Mad Hatter, each eyeshadow will give you the perfect application.
Team your eye makeup looks with one of the 5 favourite character lipsticks and you will have everything you need to recreate your favourite look from the film.
And what’s more the packaging of the products feature a colourful, kaleidoscopic pattern inspired from the film, flowers, butterfly’s and several quotes from the film make these beautiful new products look pretty in anyone’s makeup bag.
Alice: Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette £45.00
Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick £16.00 each
Starting her career as a stylist Chriselle Lim, the founder of, The Chriselle Factor, this popular LA-based fashion, beauty and interiors blogger, and Youtube is a true style star.
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Clean, classic, simple and elegant drawing from style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelley.
Dress @ Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com – Image Source Pinterest
Chic feminine and sophisticated pieces making her style aspirational and accessible.
Most people have a desire to wear clothes that are latest and fashionable. But it seems that keeping up with latest fashion without having lots of money in your pocket is really difficult these days. This is because designer label items of clothing and clothes inspired by celebrity clothing are certainly very expensive and out of reach of the common man. However, there are many ways to look fashionable and trendy without breaking the bank or burning a hole in your wallet.
Focus upon classic, timeless items of clothing
If you try to catch up with the latest fashion and buy clothes accordingly, you will find that half of the garments in your wardrobe are such that you have no interest in wearing them. Fashion trends keep on changing and new and stylish clothes start to look outdated pretty quickly. But there are clothing items that remain timeless and classic such as black trouser, little black dress, white skirt, and so on. You can always look fashionable with the help of these classic items of clothing without spending a lot of money.
Buy more with less
There is nothing to worry if you do not have enough money to buy a designer dress for a party next week. Just take out your old party dress and get it ready for the event. Now buy new accessories to wear and carry during the function. Believe me, most people become engrossed with your handbag and the bracelet that you have worn instead of gazing at your dress. These bold and bright accessories give an altogether new look to your old dress and you become a star of the evening.
Keep an eye on sales
It goes without saying that like early bird that catches the worm, you can lay your hands on beautiful and fashionable dresses if you are aware of the end of season and clearance sales being organized by stores in your area. Also subscribe to receive news about discount sales on online stores to make the most of these opportunities.
Be Street Smart
You can look fashionable and trendy in very little money by buying items of clothing from vendors on fashion streets of your city. Believe me, you can beat all your friends wearing designer labels if you buy stylish clothes from street fashion and know how to accessorize to look very glamorous.
Last but not the least, pay attention to your beauty and hair care to dazzle others in cheap clothes and accessories.
We spend our summer days in flowery dresses, flowy skirts and maxi dresses but what about that sexy playsuit, a summer must have and the chicest onesie!! It can take you from boardroom to bar in two seconds flat. Keep it fresh all season long, with these #OOTD ideas.
#OOTD for the office
The key to wearing a playsuit to the office, is to keep it professional. So pair it with sophisticated outerwear and accessories and opt for a playsuit in a neutral color with block heels, like the metallic ones featured from Office. Add some texture and creative flair with a printed cropped jacket.
Playsuit @ www.riverisland.com, Shoes @ www.office.co.uk, bag and earing’s @ www.accessorize.com, jacket @ www.primark.com, sunglasses @ www.next.com
#OOTD After hours’ drinks
Playsuit and Jacket @ www.riverisland.com, Shoes @ www.dunelondon.com, bag and jewelry @ www.accessorize.com
The playsuit makes going from office to after hour’s drinks that much easier. Go for a modern but yet boho-chic look, with stylish heels, a crochet jacket and embellished clutch bag. Give it a sexy edge with vibrant red lipstick and simple yet stylish jewelry.
#OOTD Weekend style
Keep it chilled and play up that weekend relaxed look with leather sandals, a tote bag, sunglasses, charm bracelets and statement earing’s.
The talented designer and our very own Britain’s Top Designer winner Helen Woollams CEO of fashion house ‘Hellavagirl’ dressed previous X Factor Contestant Charley Monroe last weekend for The Essex Entertainment Awards.
For the Essex awards we opted for one her Helen’s signature pieces from her A/W16 collection The Birds. Helen then designed and made a bespoke shoulder piece to attach to the dress.
I decided to create a makeup look that was quite glam but remembering that it also needed to be quirky to match Charley’s style. So after prepping Charley’s skin with my favourite skincare products from Nude, Clarins and Dr.Paw Paw I created the perfect look.
I went for flawless skin with a strong bronze contour and highlight, defined brows, a gold sparkling glitter eye over a smoky green and brown winged base and a black eyeliner flick as long as the winged out eye makeup. This added that quirkiness in the look. I then added lots of thickening mascara and a slightly winged pair of false lashes.
I finished the look with the most beautiful shade of red lipstick and pencil from the new GWEN STEFANI range by Urban Decay.
I did a slight wave in her hair pinned to one side and applied long stiletto nails painted in the same shade of red as her lipstick and added gold leaf to match some of the embellishments in the shoulder piece that Helen had made.
Charley looked incredible and guess what? She WON!
Get Charley’s look:
Nude Skincare: Perfect Cleanse, Youth Oil
Caudalie: Beauty Elixir
Clarins: Daily Energising Moisturiser, Beauty Flash Balm, Instant smooth perfecting touch
Benefit: Pore Professional Primer and Don’t Stray eye primer
Dr. Paw Paw: Original balm
Becca: Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade pearl
Mehron UK: Celebre pro HD foundation
Mac Cosmetics: Mineralize SkinFinish natural, Mineralize Skinfinish soft and gentle, Glitter in gold and Gel eyeliner.
Benefit Cosmetics: Zing Brows, Gimme Brow and Hoola Bronzer
Chanel: Blusher in shade Rose Glacier
Bare Minerals: BareSkin complete coverage concealer
Urban Decay: Naked 1 Palette, Perversion black mascara, Gwen Stefani pencil and lipstick in shade wonderland.
Mink and Co Lashes: In smoke
Skin prepping is a massive must have for me before doing any makeup application.
No matter you’re a teenager or someone in 20s, first date is always a big deal for all of us. Yes, you are confident, clever and charismatic enough to charm your partner at your first date but this does not mean that you should not plan out for your first date.
Just imagine if you’re learning to drive first time and you hit it to a pole, will you have the same confidence to learn driving the next time. No, you don’t. Your confidence might not be shaken but it did hit you somewhere. Similarly, your first date is not something you can ruin just like that. Here are the 3 most important styling tips for your first date so that you don’t mess it up:
1. Be Casual
You may not believe in “First impression is your last impression” but this does not mean that your partner also does not believe in it. Primary advice for you here is to wear something that really fits the occasion. For instance, if you’re just here for a coffee, a casual dress with a comfy and cozy sweater and ankle boots will be enough to charm him.
2. Be Gorgeous and Sexy at the Same Time
If you know your first boyfriend through some online forum and you may know what his likes and dislikes about a woman’s dressing, you can use these tiny details at your first date with him. However, first date does not really mean that you’re going to have sex with him right away. So you need to look gorgeous and sexy at the same time. So it will be great if you wear a cool and elegant top with a cute and somewhat striking and attractive skirt to charm your man.
3. Formal and Dazzling Outlook
In case, you’re meeting your man for an after-work drink, it’s important for you to wear somewhat a formal dress to mark your presence. You cannot simply go into your casual trousers in this case. In order to get the perfect attire for your first date, you can wear skinny jeans along with a stunning blazer and high neck blouse.
When it comes to the most comfortable garment, leggings are one of the most preferred fashion trends for women. However, as we all are experiencing diversity and globalization today, so we have countless types of leggings available in the market and we sometime get confused whether to buy a specific one or not. Analyzing their flattering ways, level of comfort they provide and being able to wear it on regular basis, here are the top leggings trends you can follow in 2016 without worrying that you’re going to regret your decision eventually:
Don’t forget to read important rules to follow while wearing leggings as these rules can make you look charismatic and appealing in public instantly.
1. Translucent leggings
If you are looking forward to trying out something unique and trendy in 2016, translucent leggings which offers you the best Canadian legging designs but decorated with North American tattoos taken from the Indian tribes.
2. Leather Leggings
If you want to look super-cute, glamorous and appealing in public gatherings, go with the glossy, soft but attractive and traditional leather leggings as it will make you look stunning and appealing in public. Usually, women prefer to wear black leather leggings in addition to green and dark blue leather leggings. What color would you be choosing this year?
3. Jeans Leggings
Would you really think that your wardrobe is complete without jean leggings? It’s the trend that’s going to last for decades now and you just cannot help wearing jeans leggings wherever you go.
4. Classic Leggings
There is always room for wearing vintage and classic leggings especially if you like leggings with high waist. You will look stunning and elegant in high shoes and strict blouse. Classic leggings are especially recommended for fall and winter seasons.
5. Floral Leggings
Floral leggings are often associated with the most feminine type of legging and that’s why every girl wants to wear it. Most often women like to wear it in Spring and Summer Seasons. However, today autumn designs are also available in different colors, which propose a little bit darker tone in the shades of dark blue and burgundy.
6. Printed Leggings
That’s a relatively newer trend and if you think that you can only get leopard or tiger printed leggings, printed leggings are much more than that. So ready to witness some fascinating printed leggings this year.
Basic Rules to Follow Here
• Match it with your over-the-knee boots
• Make it a flirty cocktail dress by choosing not so bright colors
• Get yourself a moto-jacket with your favorite leggings when you are done with your routine work out
I love décor and interior design and feel that every fashionista needs a beautiful space where she can be herself and express her sense of style. My favorite room to spruce up and make my own is my bedroom because it is the one place where we spend so much time. So why not make this our own fashionable haven. Fill it with the things you love and style it a decorative theme.
At the moment I am loving soft pops of color that inspires white floating fluffy clouds and whimsical day dreams.
Available @ www.primark.com
Sugary powdery pastels, from pale mint, rose pink and serenity blue are top of the interior color trends for SS16. Balance it out with creamy whites, soft grey and a sprinkle of rose gold.
Available @ www.primark.com
If the soft hues are to “girly” for you, go bolder and turn your room into a fiesta with contrasting flaming shades of reds and yellows with cooler tones of greys and blues.
Available @ www.primark.com
Use statement pieces, like duvets, throw pillows and rugs to create a welcoming ambience.
Available @ www.primark.com
If you are a décor styling newbie, the easiest way to start, is with throw pillows, but do not overdo it!! You should use just the right amount of pillows to make your bed look sumptuous and inviting, so the right number should be between 2 and 6 pillows depending on the size of your bed.
Wall art is another great way to add personality to your room.
Throw pillows and wall art Available @ www.primark.com
Never heard of Cru Kafe? Well there is no time like the present, it is UK coffee week after all.
CRU Kafe was founded in 2013 by three friends who wanted to get the best possible coffee out of their Nespresso® machines. It is Fairtrade and 100% organic deliciousness.
Photographer Trashy Blonde
For the past month I have freely enjoyed the taste of Cru Kafe first thing in the morning and a coffee break with my friends and colleagues and I’m not sure what I will do when it’s all gone. Here’s what I received…
1. Intense - Hazelnut with dark chocolate & cherry12 Capsules/Pods per pack. A powerful bold espresso, combining an exceptional Indonesian Arabica with one of the worlds best Organic Robustas. Roasted dark to bring out a deep chocolate body, this coffee is perfect for those who are looking for a strong, black coffee @6.99 per pack.
2. San Antonio - Single Origin Guatemalan Ground Coffee250g Capsules/Pods per pack Full bodied and naturally sweet with a lovely rounded earthiness in the mouth @5.99 per pack.
Cru Kafe are even giving everyone the opportunity to have a taste for free so what are you waiting for?
Taser box - www.crukafe.com
Written by Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest Director)
Now you can sweat like Beyoncé... Well kind of!
R&B megastar Beyoncé and Topshop's billionaire owners, Sir Philip Green are to launch a sexy active wear label called Ivy Park
THE Ivy Park’s debut collection combines fashion led design with technical innovation resulting in an extensive active wear line which is suited for everybody and every body shape.
The collection includes leggings with three different rise options, as well as a range of second skin pieces i.e. tanks with built-in sports bras, bodysuits, and medium-impact sports bras. There will also be streetwear pieces like logo sweatshirts, T-shirts, and parkas which can be mix and matched to create the ultimate outfit for punching a bag or pounding the pavement.
You will be able to shop the Ivy Park collection at Topshop from Thursday 14th April
Today, shoes are more beyond the things we need to walk on. Now it’s more about personal flair and how shoes offer an attractive and appealing finishing touch to your outfit. Usually, it’s easy to talk about different types of shoes but it’s pretty hard to narrow them as per your personal taste and preference. Many online platforms offer a variety of attractive and stylish shoes depending upon your personal as well as professional requirements. Here are a few popular products you should pick at least once in life:
1. Ballet Flats
It was one of the most iconic shoe style shown in one of the popular movies of 50s named as “Funny Face”. Ballet flats are normally known for its comfort and classy style. It provides you with numerous kinds of beaded, studded, quilted as well as the ballet flats made from plastic along with different colors and designs for our customers. Ballet shoes are mostly preferred to use casually like when you’re going around somewhere on a weekend or some casual event with your partner.
2. High Heels
As women sometimes want more than a classy pump in the form of sandals, peep toes and slingbacks in order to offer a unique, trendy and appealing flair in their life. High heels offer you a whole range of high heel shoes in terms of color collection, design and innovation to soothe your craze for high heels.
3. High Heel Boots
Women cannot wear the open high heel sandals during winter but this does not mean that you need to wait for other seasons to wear high heels again. You can complete your passion for high heels through high heels which offers you a taller, sexy and classier look on almost every outfit. It is especially recommended for working women as they have to walk around at different places during winter on daily basis. Imagine yourself with a pair of high heel boots along with a knee length skirt or fitted trousers depending upon your outfit requirements, your personality will surely prove to be appealing and convincing at a glance.
Are you ready to upgrade your wardrobe for 2016? No matter what kind of tops or other clothes you’re buying, you just cannot deny the importance of jeans. It’s like a new fashion symbol which everyone has to wear with no exceptions. It does not matter whether it’s winter, spring or any other season of the year, you always love to buy yourself a wide range of jeans due to its new silhouettes, soft fabrications and washable jeans.
However, we should always pick the right pair of jeans, which also matches with the fashion trends of that particular season. This blog will be talking about the jean trends for woman. Here is a list of latest and popular 5 women jeans trends you should be following in 2016 if you’re a true jean lover:
1. Cropped Jeans
If you need a short length jean along with comfortable and easy strides in relatively hotter period, cropped jeans will be the best jean for you. Cropped jeans are cooler, breathable and playful, thus the best choice for you in Spring Season 2016.
2. Kick Flare Jeans Style
It is almost like cropped jeans but with an addition of a flared hem. It’s a relatively new jeans trend among girls, which allow them to express a bit of leg action and make it a flirty jean type.
3. Flared Jeans
In case, you like the indigo hues and two-toned blues on your jeans, flared jean is the best jean for spring and summer months. It’s a trusted denim silhouette, so it would be best in quality and fabric.
4. Deeply Distressed Denim Style
Want to get a cool-girl vibe look? Deeply distressed denim style will make you look elegant and allow showing your wild side. Won’t that be exciting?
5. Raw-Edge Jeans
If you love to wear raw hem due to its loose and seamless feature, raw-edge will give you a casual and cool look on your weekends at home or at any hill station for a family trip.
Eastern inspired pieces in vivid colors, texture and prints. The SS16 collection from East is an eclectic collection designed to complement your unique individual style. Here are my favorite pieces from the collection.
Yumiko silk maxi dress reminds me of a beautiful sunset
Fall in love with this elegant duster coat designed with the exquisite Kyoto bloom print. A perfect piece a special event.
For some boho magic the Blue silk boho maxi dress is perfection!!
What feels more luxurious against your skin then silk, this Japanese pattern kimono is a real show stopper.
This season loves the bardot style - the off-shoulder. Whether you're going somewhere fancy, or just hanging out with friends, there's pretty much a bardot suitable for every occasion.
The off - shoulder style is definitely flattering; but if you don't enjoy baring all shoulders and collar bone, you can opt for ones that hang on the hinges of the shoulders or the cut out styles.
What's your favourite bardot style?
You can call it Activewear, Athleisure or sportswear but no one can deny the fact that it’s been on rise for a few years now and people are ready to move from usual fashion trends to Activewear especially in western countries. Initially, activewear was just present in the gyms, crossfit, dancing classes and yoga studios but it has now been present in almost everywhere.
There are many companies which are producing original and attractive activewear for both men and women, and world-class designers are using their creative designing skills to craft this new fashion trend in the world. Here are a few reasons as to why people are adapting to the activewear trend:
1. Activewear Are Colorful and Attractive
There was a time when clothing companies only design typical activewear which people wear while working out or going to the dance or yoga classes. However, today with the increasing interest of people in activewear trends, more and more colorful and exclusive activewear designs are becoming available in the market catching the attention of people.
2. The Status of Practical Market for Activewear
Those who still think that activewear does not have the capability to compete with usual fashion trends should see that according to a research report conducted by NPD, in August 2013, $36 billion sales for activewear and athletic footwear were recorded and the growth rate was up to 7 percent in 2013.
3. Activewear Offers You a Stunning and Charming Look
Who does not want to look good? Even today men want to look as good as women. Activewear are becoming popular especially among women as they offer them a stunning and charming appearance in front of others. It also allows them to feel good and happy.
People are always busy in search of better resources. Usual clothes are losing the charm they used to have in the past. Now people actually want something different and unique, which also has the potential to seek attention of other instantaneously and today activewear is the one of the best fashion trends people especially women are actively adapting. With more and more beautiful and innovative design availability of activewear, women prefer activewear over usual clothing.
4. Helping you to be in the Right Body Shape – The Motivating Factor
From day one, failing to follow a standard workout routine is one of the most common problems people face on regular basis. Although today workout has become cool for all of us and everyone wants to be get the right body shape all the time yet most of us are unable to follow what we are required to do for regular workouts. On the other hand, being in activewear all the time provides a kind of motivation for people and forces them to follow their daily routine. Moreover, it can also be used as a casual wear at any place.
Would you be willing to work out wearing a boring and same activewear all the time? Obviously, you won’t. You need motivation not only in your mind but also with a few external motivating factors and your activewear is one of them. Wearing colorful, charming and attractive activewears will definitely allow you to keep your motivation for workout and to be in the perfect body shape. So choose a fancy activewear which has pockets or have a spare jacket while working, so you can easily put your important belongings such as money, keys and smartphone. Don’t try to text or hold your belongings while working as it will distract your attention
We all love to glow, that healthy shine of being sun-kissed!! Bronze, rich, earthy and luxurious, with its metallic sheen giving you just the right amount of shine. Giving your skin a warm glow.
Where and when there is no sun, make-up is the quickest way to add that touch of sun kiss to a pale skin The Bronze Collection from Primark are super easy to use for a quick glow to brighten up a dull complexion.
Whether you’re a movie and television fan or not, you often get fascinated by the hair styles you often see of these famous actress on screen and always want to get such haircuts for yourself. Well, in the world of fashion, there is a number of famous haircuts you can get even from your local saloon instead of going to a celebrity saloon where famous hair stylist work. In order to guide you with the best and unique hair styles, here are 5 unique haircuts you should be following in 2016:
1. Easy Bed-Head Haircut
Although its name does not sound perfect to your attire yet when you wake up like Cara Delevingine, it’s like the smooth, casual and perfect haircut you always wanted.
2. Beachy Waves
You can even get this beachy waves haircut simply at home. When you woke up tomorrow after sleeping on your curls, don’t make the ends of your curling hair smooth and straight to get beachy waves haircut.
3. Side Part Haircut Trend
This trend is meant for a casual day-out. It just needs you to put your charming hair behind your ear and go for a deep side part from the other side. Now here you go! You are ready to flaunt your ironed hair.
4. Kittenish Pony
This is a little bit informal and a unique approach for a haircut. It’s also sometimes known as super high pony as you load on the layers. It needs you to have long hair locks and if you don’t have it, you will have to get clip-in extension to have the same volume need for Kittenish Pony.
5. Touseled Waves
If you’re not a high maintenance women and just want to get a haircut for an event you’re just going to, touseled waves is the perfect hair style for you. Its loosely wrap strands and hair waves will make feel comfortable, soothing as well as charming in public. Have you ever seen Dakota Johnson in Touseled Waves haircut? Do look out for it.
When was the last time, that you took a good look at your lingerie drawer and asked yourself if each piece in there makes you feel gorgeous, and if you would want someone else to see you wear it? If your answer is no, then you know that it is time for a Spring clean.
Here is a guide to the essential items needed in your lingerie drawer.
These are for comfortable everyday wear, with just enough frills and lace to.
M&S Collection High Leg Knickers @ www.marksandspencer.com
M&S Collection High Leg Knickers @ www.marksandspencer.com
Cream Floral Lace Full Brief Knicker British Home Stores (BHS) @ www.bhs.co.uk
Seamless and undetectable under even the tightest dress or white jeans. Get them in every color.
Thong @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Depending on your mood this is a fun little piece as it is part lingerie, part pajama’s and or even beachwear.
B by Ted Baker Playsuit @ www.debenhams.com
Playsuit @ www.bouxavenue.com
Comfortable but sexy Nightdress
The nightdress is back, and it is beautiful enough to wear in front of “your man”, or a girly pamper night sleep over or a great party paired with a pair of killer heels and a denim jacket.
Night Dress @ British Home Stores (BHS) @ www.bhs.co.uk
Night Dress @ British Home Stores (BHS) @ www.bhs.co.uk
It is always a good idea to have a set of lingerie in your drawer for that special night or that romantic weekend away.
Floozie by Frost French Bra and Suspender Thong@ www.debenhams.com
Reger by Janet Reger Bra and Suspenders@ www.debenhams.com
The magic of shapewear is that it is almost like taking and iron to your body and smoothing out all the lumps and bumps into a perfectly shaped figure.
Shapewear @ www.marksandspencer.com
Shapewear @ www.laredoute.co.uk
The perfect bra
Nothing like a pretty bra for a sneak peek under your shirt or low-cut vest.
LUCIE Triangle bra @ www.bouxavenue.com
Super-hold Strapless Bra @ www.marksandspencer.com
Floral and lace bra @ www.marksandspencer.com
Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 fashion trends are claimed to be heavily influenced by the Korean designs. There was a catwalk show conducted in Seoul last year where collections of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 were presented along a colorful inter-seasonal line. Here are some of the fashion trends which somewhat bring similarities between Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 collections and Korean designs:
1. The Jogakbo Tradition – The Patchwork
One of the famous fashion clothing trends is the tradition of Jogakbo or in other words, patchwork. It’s definitely inspired by the Korean culture. Its colorful pattern was presented in Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 with an oversized flower button. Celebratory stripes are also used in this dress.
2. The Pink Petal Dress
This show also featured a traditional Hanbok in a highly fashionable and trendy manner. It was a petal and pastel pink dress which also included a black trim. There are also many other dresses which also are inspired from traditional Korean dresses.
It’s a conventional jacket which offers the appearance of an extreme empire waist. It is often worn with the traditional hanbok.
Here are a few more fashion trends of Chanel’s Cruise 2015/2016 from Korean culture:
If you are looking to inject some Happiness into your wardrobe, then Pantone 19-4049, Snorkel Blue is just what you need. A perfect edition to any wardrobe and chic home.
A beautiful rich color, the marine -inspired blue is the perfect color, to help you relax and escape into the depths of the ocean.
A good choice for a job interview ensemble as Blue is a cool and calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. Blue is a color that generally looks good in almost any shade and symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust.
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Energizing your wardrobe with these pieces
Dune - Caprice and Dallston clutch @ www.dunelondon.com
Rimini Dress www.studio-eight.com
Lace dress @ www.studio-eight.com
Skirt @ www.east.co.uk
Snorkel Blue is also a huge wedding favorite, perfect for bridesmaid’s dresses, groom’s suits and wedding décor.
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Escape to the deep blue sea by adding this color to your home for stylishly chic living rooms or bedrooms.
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So we are officially in Spring, although the weather is not playing along yet, we can look forward to, hopefully, some great summer weather. But while we are not there yet, and we are still working on our bikini bodies. HELLO!! Monochrome, one of the best styling tricks to hide those pesky areas that you are conscious of, while at the same time adding inches and making you appear leaner.
Monochrome is often associated with black or white but there are more colors that you can wear to create that elegant monochrome look. Here are my favorite 6 colors, that if chosen in the shade that compliments your skin tone, will carry you through spring and summer for all those cool monochrome looks.
Cool and tranquil the perfect color for your casual street style, as we all have a denim jacket, cutoff shorts, jeans, chambray shirts, and button-down skirts in our closets.
Light Blue / Indigo Playsuit @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Denim Blue @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Pink for a feminine, romantic and flirty monochromatic look.
Pink @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Green is great if you want to refresh your look. And as we are seeing a lot of the khaki safari trend this season. Pulling of the green monochrome look will be a breeze. Choose hues of green like khaki, hunter green, olive green, and forest green for a fresh chic look.
White, the classic summer color. Although most women find it challenging to wear because the all-white shade, as it is not very flaw flattering. The trick is to pick the right fabric and to make sure that it fits your silhouette and that the design flatters your shape. So if you do have a muffin top, pair a structured vest with a dress, as the lapels of outerwear slims down your shape and defines your waist.
Grey, not always a summer color, but definitely a good choice for a slimming monochromatic look. Just be sure that the color does not drown you out so add splashes of complementing color like blueberry blue, red or fuchsia.
Nude, depending on your skin tone this is a very flattering monochrome look. But like grey it can drown you, so make sure that you pick a shade that is in contrast with your skin tone.
Tired of being confined to night time glamour? This season, metallic will be hitting the streets for SS16!
Unleash your inner magpie with shimmering fabrics and shiny accessories from rose gold glitz to high shine shimmer and of course everybody loves a bit of bling!
Chunky trashy jewellery is a quick way to add some flash to your everyday office outfit and metallic shoes will shine some light to your old faithful jeans and take a casual daytime outfit through to the evening.
Check out some of the hottest metallic trends to wear at all times of the day.
Trousers are great and we love dresses but skirts have a certain ladylike chic to them and you can never go wrong with a well styled skirt ensemble. Here at three looks to inspire you to fall in love with skirts.
Unexpected Hues and Prints
Bury the black and gray and go for a statement making skirt for the office a perfect option for a dull Monday.
Break up a printed midi skirt with neutral separates and accent your outfit with complementing accessories.
Go short, for a lunch date, a shorter hemline will make your legs look longer.
Considering the length of your skirt, the right shoe can make or break your outfit. So go for heels with interesting details.
A striped midi, for those casual weekends, vertical lines are always flattering as they give off the illusion of a longer line.
Try and keep your ensemble as simple as possible using your accessories to highlight the shade of your skirt.
It's official I have found my perfect cleanser.. Oh wait, it's meant to be for my professional kit to use on my clients before makeup application.. Hmmm I'll get another.
Last night I tested the Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly by Nude Skincare for the very first time, and I'm so glad I did. I really tested this product to the max, having a full face of makeup on with gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara this product needed to be pretty special to remove all that...
I squeezed the tiniest amount out of the light mauve tube onto my fingertips, a gel type jelly and spread onto my fingertips on my right hand.. I could see this tiniest amount of product suddenly expanding into what I can describe as a silky gel serum oil. I started to massage this jelly formula into my skin then BAM.. I added water to my face as you do and this jelly/serum/oil texture turned into a soft creamy milk..this tiniest amount of product covered my whole face and eyes and I felt the heavy makeup underneath melting away. I must of spent a good 3 minutes massaging my face because the product just felt so damn good on my skin!
I rinsed away with warm water and NOT to my shock all my heavy makeup had been removed. My skin was clear and felt so smooth, it didn't feel tight just soft and fresh. I quickly added some moisturiser and headed straight onto the Internet to do some research on this product.
What I found out was just as amazing...
My Perfect cleanse is rooted in so much nutrition for the skin. Containing sunflower oil, which is rich in omegas 6 & 9 it nourishes and protects the skin while gently removing dirt & impurities while the Great Burdock root Extract moisturisers the dry areas and purifies the oily areas. There's even Annato seed extract added in to strengthen and shield the skin from daily stressors.
There's so much more in this product that is fabulous for our skin as well as not containing any harmful substances.
We need good nutrients for our body why not have it for our skin also!!
Love this product.
Available from Spacenk.com or SpaceNk stores for £32 for a 100ml bottle
Stage 4 is all about the creation of the piece. Jake who I am sure you all remember hearing about in stages 1,2 & 3 but if you do not I will refresh your memory. Jake is the wonderful gentlemen who wanted to find the perfect ring for his future wife.
After Jake made the decision on what he thought to be the perfect diamond, the people at Bond could now create the piece exactly how Jake had designed it. It would be the exact image.
Bond utilise’s various techniques in their manufacturing. They ensure that the highest quality and precision standards are upheld. Where some pieces are created entirely by hand others are created utilising CAD 3D mouldings and sometimes a mixture of both, these are worked and crafted by Bond’s expert craftsmen.
Jake’s ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould which will be created initially to ensure perfection. This is then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing is then carried out.
Jakes ring will be created against a CAD 3D rendering with a wax mould being created initially to ensure perfection. This then created in platinum before diamonds set in the piece and all finishing and polishing carried out.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
The weekend before last I was in London for my first Fashions Finest show so I knew I would need something to help relax me, as I was nervous.
When I arrived in London with my friend Kirsty we visited Thai Kosai for a massage. Kirsty opted for the Thai Aromatherapy Massage and I chose the Deep Tissue Massage as I suffer from backache.
The atmosphere as you enter Thai Kosai is an ambient and warm. It has a Thai themed reception area with a welcoming hostess who offered us both some herbal tea and then led us down some stairs to a hallway which continued the same Thai theme in an effective way.
Kirsty was shown to her room and I was shown to mine. I was asked to prepare for the massage and was handed a towel to place over my body after I had undressed and lay on the bed. As I lay on the bed I listened to the soft audio that played.
After a brief wait, the masseur entered the room and introduced herself then asked if the room temperature was to my liking and if so was I ready to begin?
I was more than ready every bone in my body was aching at this point. The massage was amazing and she made sure that every part of my body was taken care of. I was all I expected and more. The massage was truly enjoyable and my once achy back felt free from pain. The pressure she used to massage me was just right, not to soft but careful not to be to rough.
She was very thorough and spent a good amount of time on each problem area and I was so relaxed I nearly fell asleep a few times during the 60-minute massage. The massage is definitely worth the £90 that it will cost you.
The massage was a pleasant experience and the surroundings were beautiful, the staff there are friendly and welcoming and I would definitely recommend that you visit www.thai-kosai.com and see for yourself.
Writtten by Hayley Sweeney.
Some months back I came across the Stella&Dot brand; a New-York based luxury and high-street jewellery brand. What stood out to me the most about Stella&Dot is it’s universal element: you can get some ladies together across different generations and everyone will find something to their liking. The timeless qualities inherent in these pieces is the sophistication and simplicity of the gold, silver and copper colours; attractive to anyone who appreciates effortless and easy-to-coordinate jewellery.
A great mother’s day gift idea!
I love looking after my skin and using good skin care products, whether it is products I DIY from my kitchen cupboard or buy instore.
My motto is and has always been that, “beautiful skin begins with exceptional skin care”
I recently attended a No7 skincare event where I learned a bit more about the No7 skincare range, specifically the Protect and Perfect range. This is not a range that I would have used before but after learning more about the range I was quite impressed with it.
We have all seen the television advertisements about the wonder serum that gives you younger and more radiant skin with a visible reduction in fine lines after just a few weeks of use.
Now having received the Protect and Prefect Advance day cream, Early Defence and Protect and Prefect Intense eye creams in our goody bags. I have been using the products for about two weeks now, since the event, and am loving the it.
And although I do not have a lot of visible wrinkles just yet, apart from fine lines around my eye area, which is a problem for many women as you enter into your mid to late 20’s. I have seen an improvement in the reduction of those fine lines around my eye area.
So if you are in your early to mid-20’s, I recommend that you invest in skin care products that works to prevent the early onset of those pesky early aging signs. “Prevention is better than cure”
After two weeks of use my skin is smoother and softer, “just as it says on the tin.” On application the products just melt into my skin and leaves no oily residue, leaving it glowing.
For me the best feature is that it has UVB SPF factor 15 plus 5 STAR UVA giving your skin greater protection from the sun and environmental stresses as you go through your day. Because it is important, especially if we want to prevent early ageing of the skin, to protect it against the sun and outside environmental factors.
These are greats products to start your anti-ageing skin care, keeping that fine lines at bay, for as long as you possibly can.
Best used in conjunction with the Protect and Perfect Advance serum and night creams available in store at Boots or online @ www.boots.com
Are you looking to inject some color into your wardrobe? Then look no further than the new La Redoute SS16 collection for chic, sleek French inspired fashion.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection. Bold and bright, in colours ranging from zingy lime, sea green, must-have mustard, bright lemon, true blue and tangerine to liven up any day time look.
Full skirt, belted Red shift dress @ £39
Bomber Jacket in yellow @ £49
Full skirt in green @ £29
Checkered tunic dress in green @ £35
Floaty dress in pink @ £45
Peter pan collar cape in pink @ £55
SUNCOO shift dress in Mustard @ £59
Pleated drop waist style dress with 3/4 length sleeves @ £35
All items available @ www.laredoute.com
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the River Island Style Studio Valentine’s Blogger Event which gave me the opportunity to finally experience the Style Studio and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Never heard of the Style Studio?
Well………Style Studio launched in the London and Birmingham flagship shops and offers personal, one-to-one bespoke styling services from retailer’s stylists for a 30 minute, one-hour or two-hour session giving customers the opportunity to find out about the latest trends and collections to, “discover their individual style.”
The Style Studio personal shopper lounge is a large luxurious space with comfy sofas and great lighting and massive fitting rooms, perfect if you wanted to bring your friends to give you the thumbs up on your outfit (Or hands down) there is even a bar in case you work up a thirst during your styling session or you need some liquid courage.
Oh and I have to mention ‘magic mirror’, this baby allows you see yourself in 360 degrees, compare outfit photos or even take selfies that you can upload to your social media or send to someone to get a 2nd opinion on your outfit.
The Valentines event was absolutely lovely I was able to network with loads of amazing bloggers and we were all treated to prosecco cookies and other nibbles yum!
The stylists picked out outfits for each blogger and we all tried on and strutted our stuff in front of the magic mirror we also played some party games none of which I won and talked to the stylists about the collection.
If you would like to give the Style Studio a whirl you can make an appointment via the website: www.riverisland.com
Do you go gaga for Tribal and Kendall Jenner? Then you will fall in love with Mango’s February trend, Tribal Spirit with Kendall Jenner as the face of the collection.
The collection that is inspired by the African savannah, are a mix of ethnic prints and multiple accessories. Evoking the care free- spirit of Spring/ Summer
With pieces coming in a range of earth tone colors that transports you the African savannah at dusk with a beautiful African sunset as your backdrop.
With sheer blouse, outer wear and long flowy dresses in natural fabrics like suede in mustard, camel, browns and sand synonymous with the tribal trend and the unbeatable African spirit.
Shop the collection in store and online @ www.shop.mango.com
Love is often best expressed in the smallest of things and in the simplest ways. Often all it takes are three simple words “I LOVE YOU”
You can show and share that love this valentine’s day with this adorable sterling silver charm from the Pandora Valentines Collection.
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Charms are the perfect way to share your journey of love. So why not start that journey with this elegant heart shaped charm engraved with the words “I love you”
Beautifully presented in the Pandora gift pouch and gift bag. Truly a gift of love to treasure!!
Valentines Day can be difficult when it comes to finding that perfect present. Red roses and a card are a little out dated, while some find that a simple ‘I love you’ is enough for them on the most romantic day of the year. But one gift that will never let you down is the perfect piece of jewellery, whether that be a classic silver bracelet, a beautiful pair of stud earrings or a timeless necklace.
Hazel and Kent have an amazing array of sparkling jewellery to choose from, with lots of wonderful pieces that will look perfect with your fresh, spring wardrobe. With prices ranging from £8-£230, there’s something for everyone with stylish accessories and dozens of great brands to choose from, including Guess, Fiorelli and Espirit. We’ve picked out some of our favourite pieces and how to style them for the new season.
Every girl should own a pair of special earrings which go perfectly with any outfit. There are plenty to choose from on the Hazel and Kent website, with varying colours, shapes and sizes. The silver and gold Daisy earrings are a great option to go with a pretty floral dress, or for something more dressy try the stunning Kit Heath for a more glamorous look if you’re heading out for a romantic meal on Valentines.
I love the Topaz Silver Round studs, a bargain for only £12.50. These sparkly jems are easy for work paired with a smart black suit and will see you through to evening too, such is their simple shape and design. And, they sparkly beautifully too! Check out the photos below of me modelling my Topaz earrings.
Rings are a huge spring trend, with the likes of Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigan favouring the stack ring look. For a more artsy style, look no further than the Pasha silver plated ring in the abstract shape of a 3D circle or for that extra special piece, the violet Baccaret flower ring is a wonderful, at £210. We couldn’t help but fall in love with Hazel and Kent’s beautiful selection of necklaces too, with the trendy DKNY stainless steel ring necklace a particular favourite. (Look to the catwalks of Lanvin and Saint Laurent in regard to how to wear statement jewellery this season – bold and chunky basically.)
If you’re still struggling with gift ideas, than there’s always the old pearl favourite. Pearls have long been associated with a certain effortless style, and are usually a sentimental heirloom piece, much loved by the likes of Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor. Hazel and Kent have the perfect necklace, in the shape of the simple Perlissimo freshwater heart necklace. Sweet and stylish, this show stopping item will be sure to get heads turning when worn with a LBD or dressed down with a cashmere jumper and tailored trousers.
So there you have it. This year, there’s no excuse not to find that ideal present for that special someone on Valentines Day.
For more gift ideas, visit Hazel and Kent’s website at: www.hazelandkent.co.uk
Valentine’s day is all about spoiling your love one, showering her with gifts of love and If I, and I am sure any other lady, can ask for anything this Valentine’s day, then it would be the stunning Sesky watch from Sekonda. This watch is a beauty, crafted from gorgeous two tone stainless steel and encrusted with sparkly Swarovski elements, to complement the stylish rose gold tones. A deep blue dial with stone set rose gold tone hour markers. A stunning centerpiece to complete any look.
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The Sesky watch with its rose gold tones is the perfect gift to express your love as rose gold represents love. Plus, you can buy it with confidence as rose gold tones matches all skin tones perfectly
No matter what you wear on your Valentine’s date, you will look stunning, even if all you are wearing is your new Sesky watch. But for some inspiration here are two looks that will have you looking chic and perfectly compliment your new Sesky watch.
Parisian Blue Abstract Print Shirt Dress from New Look, complementing the rose gold tones and deep blue dial.
Shirt Dress @ New Look, Laser cut heels @ New Look, Cobalt Blue Lingerie set @ Boux Avenue , Bag @ River Island
Black will make anything stand out and because you want the attention not just to be on your outfit but also your special gift. This black maxi wrap over dress with front slit, will tease and make that watch pop.
Black dress @ Top shop, Beige suede tie up shoe boots @ River Island, Black lace Lingerie set @ Boux Avenue, leather patch clutch @ Next
We have become so accustomed to the idea that, Valentine’s day is and should be about being in a relationship and that leaves us feeling unloved and hating the day. Valentine’s day is about celebrating love and that love does not necessarily have to be within a relationship. So if you are not part of a couple enjoy the day celebrating the things that you love, your family, friends, your pets or just the everyday things in life that puts a smile on your face.
Love is about many things but I believe that the most important element of love is to love ourselves because if we do not love ourselves first how can we be open to receive the love of others.
We can celebrate our love by spending time with our girlfriends, spoiling ourselves with that special item we have been saving up for, buying our favourite flowers, lipstick or perfume.
So this valentine’s day lets love ourselves by feeling gorgeous and taking care of ourselves first.
Gift yourself with your favourite flowers there is nothing like fresh flowers to brighten up a space and put a smile on our face.
Pamper your self
We all lead such busy lives and our mind is constantly racing with what not to do and ticking of the things on our daily “to do” list that taking time out for ourselves is usually not on our list. So make this valentine’s day a pamper day.
The Spa of the world range from the Body Shop includes bath milk, creams, massage oil and exfoliates for a relaxing and revitalizing spa experience. Available @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Put on your pretties’ dress
A new dress will instantly lift your mood and knowing that you look good will make you feel great and more confident to take on anything the day brings.
Dress available @ www.debenhams.com
Feeling sexy is not always about showing skin, but just wearing sexy lingerie can make you feel sensual. Love yourself and feel gorgeous in beautiful lingerie.
Boux Avenue Valentines collection available @ www.bouxavenue.com
Lastly make a list of all the things you are grateful for and that you love about yourself.
Gold foil print notebook available @ www.primark.com
And remember you do not have to rely on others to make you feel loved and gorgeous So love and celebrate YOU this valentine’s day.