Fashion is constantly changing and evolving, and we love to see our favourite retro items getting back to fashion, mixing and blending with the modern designs. These days, it’s all about pushing the boundaries and merging the incompatible. No one can resist keeping up with the latest trends and experimenting on a daily basis. Listed below is a roundup of some of the hottest trends worldwide and you tell us what you think.
Get ready to throw some major shade because skinny cat-eye sunnies are lit this season. The 90s are back and we can't really tell who started this trend, but it's ubiquitous and popular among bloggers and Victoria's Secret models. The Swedish-born bombshell Elsa Hosk likes flaunting her red frames and mixing them with some modern apparel. The 'it' girl and fashion blogger Kenza Zouiten Subosic is also obsessed with the tiny shades. But, if you think that's the only thing these two fashion-savvy influencers have in common, apart from their native country, you are all wrong. They also share the same taste when it comes to the golden hoop earrings, polka dot dresses and bandana scarf pony style. These fashionistas definitely know how to dress girly and chic, and we should all take notes. Of course, these trends are present everywhere around the globe, it’s just that we like how our favourite Scandinavian beauties pull them off with so much confidence.
Australia is a country that supports authenticity and unique styles of different traditions. The land might be down under, but the fashion and everything that comes along is over the top! Therefore, many people like to enhance their appearance by covering their bodies with the coolest Japanese style tattoos. They are extremely popular, and it’s fascinating how the tattoo artists pay attention to every single detail in order to please their customers.
The Hottest You Can Get Right Now
Lately, it's all about the white strappy heels, and L.A girls are everything but confidential, ‘cause this trend is all over the place! From J.Lo to Kourtney Kardashian, these babies have been embraced big time, and aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Nothing not to love about this old Hollywood glam inspired look, and thank you Marilyn Monroe for serving looks ahead of your time!
From Italy With Love
The summer of 2018 is all about the salty air and sun-kissed hair, along with the stylish hot red bikinis. The color of love and passion is the number one choice when It comes to the bathing suits, and regardless their size, every girl looks gorgeous wearing them. Italian sweetheart Chiara Ferragni has recently worn her one-piece, and we can only bow down to her enviable figure, since she gave birth to a baby boy some time ago. California girls are also keeping up with the same trend, emphasizing their voluptuous curves.
Go spread the world that Dior's retro saddle bag is back! These vintage totes with the gold 'D' charm hanging off them are once more huge in the fashion industry, and Dior company definitely knows how to style you like one of those French girls. This gem has already been gotten into the hands of the world's most beautiful supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley, who recently showed off her copy stating that it made her teen dreams come true. And tell me, what's stopping you from having one of these iconic cuties?
All Stripes Everything
Classic is eternal, and that’s exactly why we have never stopped craving stripes! Blue and red dresses with white vertical stripes are the summer staples to die for, and if you haven’t got yourself one by now, then run to the nearest mall and refresh your closet. Brazilian beauty mogul Camila Coelho is one of the many influencers to have slayed this look, and she looked amazing.
Croatian women are known for having a great sense for fashion, and according to their street style, looking classy and feminine is as easy as Sunday morning. Model and fashion lover Lidija Lesic is there to prove that. Thanks to her own brand called 'My choice', handmade crochet jewellery and accessories have taken over the Croatian Riviera. Plus, each design pieces are made of natural materials. We have to admit this gorgeous blonde definitely knows how to combine modern and unusual, and we can learn a lot about fashion just by scrolling through her Instagram page.
Regardless of the country we come from, we all seem to speak the same language when it comes to fashion. These are just a few out of many hottest trends around the globe that stole our hearts and money. So, get out of your comfort zone and take some risks, ‘cause little fashion games never hurt anybody.
Writtn by Scarlet Gratton
We all work so hard to find, that one moment in the day where we can just relax, but the more demanding life becomes the less time we have to just relax. And it is those demands and stresses in life that entitles us to some well-deserved relaxation.
So, take that time for yourself, whether it is lounging on the sofa or staying in bed till midday but do it in style, in Yawn sleep and loungewear. Cut for comfort with 100% bespoke cotton, this is a warm-hearted, feel good range of sleep and loungewear with understated style.
Each item is beautifully made and imaginatively designed with hidden messages and illustrations and colourful prints. With each detail bringing joy, love and light to the wearer.
We all love their classic PJ sets, retailing from £89 (RRP) and available in a wide range of colours carefully chosen to complement each other and the wearer.
And if you are already a big fan of the brand like we are, you will love what they have instore for the New Season.
For your “me time” luxury they are introducing three new delightful, luxurious and enticing prints, and a showstopper that you do not want to miss out on. All available in September 2018.
Eve, in the garden of Eden, is a hand-drawn Eden of fine lines and bold botanicals to transport you to a lush green Ethiopia.
Who does not like a break away to the seaside, well now you can, in their Uncharted collection, a playful watercolour take on the Breton stripe, inspired by a seaside escape. For nights of listening to the waves and finding peace and calm at the sea. Relaxation Bliss!!
Hideaway is a hunt for hidden details among the blossoms, perfect to escape and hideaway from the world for a day.
And the delight does not stop there, following on the success of the Pink Chambray pyjama set they are introducing a new chambray Robe, coming in September, made of the softest of softest fabric for a super luxurious feel and look.
From their Mix & Match collection, now available online, is the luxurious, lightweight cotton-modal jersey. Super soft on the skin for sweet dreams, available in a vest, nightie, t-shirt and long sleeved top to mix and match with the Yawn collection.
And the joy just keeps on coming with the #showstopper for the AW18 season the Dreamcoat retailing at £195. This is luxury personified, with its soft touch to the skin,the Dreamcoat is comfy and stylish, and a must have for rainy days of chilling out on the sofa.
Now close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a comfy sofa, in your Dreamcoat Yawning away, as you sink deeper into that cosy sofa, dreamily nodding off into a deep slumber.
Applying a primer, a foundation, concealer, and for a huge amount of people, resorting to a technique called baking has become the norm in the face makeup department, and we haven’t even included contouring, bronzing and highlighting. Then we proceed to apply the rest of our makeup, and only once everything is sealed with a foolproof setting spray, are we ready to take that perfect selfie. It goes without saying that our go-to filters are an integral part of the process, and some people go as far as to actually adjust and change their features and erase blemishes and other imperfections. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong about playing with makeup. It should be used as a fun tool with which we express our personality, mood and creativity.
However, the one thing makeup should not be is a shield behind which to hide. The emphasis is, and always should be on nourishing your skin to perfection, so even when you’re bare-faced, you have the confidence not only to trust around town, but actually let the virtual world see you in your full makeupless glory. And how does one achieve that photo-ready skin? It takes dedication and just the right steps, but trust us, there is nothing difficult about it.
The Glow Prerequisite
Many women out there are still not convinced of the important role exfoliation plays in the process of getting that perfect complexion. Dead skin cells that stay on top of your skin don’t only prevent your skin from breathing, but also clog the pores and the result is lifeless, dull skin. This is particularly visible when using a camera, as you will notice that your skin has become opaque and doesn’t reflect light. In order to shed those dead cells and reveal the radiance that lies beneath, exfoliate two to three times a week. Everything more than that can actually cause irritation and inflammation of the skin, as overzealous exfoliation can actually strip your skin of the natural oils since the dead cells haven’t had time to surface.
All The Right Foods
The connection between the gut and skin is one that cannot be denied, and a dehydrated body can be spotted from a mile away as when you’re dehydrated on the inside, it reflects on your appearance as well. Insufficient water intake definitely takes a toll on your skin, makes it dull and dry-looking, so it’s vital to maintain your water intake high, and if plain water is ‘boring’ there are tons of water-rich foods that are delicious and that will, in the long run, pay off big time, so choose your favorites and don’t hold back.
Pick Your Tools Wisely
One of the most common mistakes we make is choosing the wrong skincare for our concerns, skin type as well as our age. Therefore it is paramount to rectify this mistake and how does one go about it? First, you need to establish what your skin type is. Then, you go and look for the best skincare products for your type, and if you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and other issues, choosing wisely is all the more important. Arm your bathroom cabinet with everything from the right cleanser and toner, makeup remover, serum, moisturizer, all custom-picked and personalized to cater to your specific needs.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was great skin. It takes good products and plenty of diligence to get your skin where it needs to be. This is why, rain or shine, you should never skip on your skincare rituals and proper steps, both evening and morning ones. The evening calls for a double cleanse, toning, overnight serum, moisturizer, and mornings are a tad breezier as you can get away with a quick wash, daytime serum and an SPF rich moisturizer, and you’re almost ready to go.
The reason nighttime routine is more extensive is because we usually have makeup that needs to be thoroughly removed at the end of the day, and let’s not even get started on the external pollutants that attack our skin constantly. In addition to that, it’s vital not to give up on your products if they don’t work magically within the timespan of two minutes – think of great skin as a marathon, not a sprint; do your best, take it slow and trust in your products as they will deliver. Everything good takes time.
Ok, once you’re skin is in spick and span shape, you can add a touch of makeup for that perfect no-makeup makeup look before snapping that perfect selfie, although when the time comes, you will be confident enough to go truly makeup-free. Sheer foundations and radiance-boosting tinted moisturizers are all the rage this season – the season of healthy glow, so snag one of those lightweight products and add an extra smidge of radiance to the skin. Apply some stick or liquid highlighter to the high points of the face, add a few coats of mascara and plump those lips with a touch of lip gloss and you are more than camera-ready.
Find that perfect light, hold the camera above you and point it slightly downward – this way you’ll capture your best angle perfectly, and snap away. Of course, feel free to adjust that pic to fit in with the rest of your Instagram feed in terms of saturation and exposure, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the fact that you don’t have to make any other adjustments. Happy snapping!
Written By Sophia Smith
Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.
But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.
These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.
We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.
Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)
Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.
Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.
Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK
Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS
In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.
Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)
The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season
Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS
The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.
Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON
Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection
And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.
Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE
Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE
Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.
For the love of all things colourful, eccentric and romantic, Lela Rose definitely gives us the summer vibes we need. Whether you want to take a stroll down the artistic streets of Venice, or attend a garden show near Hampton Court Palace, Lela Rose definitely ups your fashion game. Effortless sophistication and I'm definitely designer-struck!
What are your thoughts?
For more Lela Rose, visit www.lelarose.com (also featured in Vogue).
If you can dream it you can do it, that is exactly the go-getter attitude that pushed Mary Ajayi to pursue her passion for fashion.
Deciding to become a designer and build a online fashion brand was a easy one for this go-getter Dublin based #bossbabe originally from Nigeria. With a ever growing collection ranging from Maxi Dresses, to Co-ords , home decor and fashion accessories. She is constantly pushing herself to expand her collection and to build a brand filled with timeless pieces for both men and women.
Her African heritage plays a big part of her design,“as a child, I’ve always opted for African fabric when creating, there’s just something about African prints that I’m fascinated by, it is so unique and I think that’s what makes me stand out from other designers.”
With the beautiful and vibrant aesthetic of the Ankara fabric forming the bases for all her pieces making it both versatile and fashionable. And a true expression of her African heritage and culture bringing to life the eye popping colors and diversity of the ever changing African landscape.
“I want those wearing my pieces to feel connected to their roots, empowered and proud of where they are from”
If you share Mary’s Love for Africa and African design then pop into her online home and support proudly #blackownedbusiness and bring a touch of Africa to your home and wardrobe.
Oh, is it summer yet? If so, the perpetual hunt for the perfect accessories can officially start. I’m sure you’re all searching for the things you will recklessly spend your cash on, but who are we to judge. Forget about bags this time, because I know you have plenty of them, and get ready to splurge on some hot pieces of accessories. Here are some of the lust-worthy items for the upcoming season, and trust me, you will end up craving for more.
The bigger the hoop, the bigger the... Oh no, we won't say that out loud. They were once considered trashy and unattractive to be seen on a woman, but look how times have changed since then. Golden or silver, large or small, matte or glossy, these ear candies should never leave once they enter your jewellery box. Whatever colour you choose, they go perfectly with any hairstyle, especially with a tousled ponytail and loose waves. These circular stunners are easy to pair with any outfit as well, and you can also wear them with your favourite bathing suit. Beach goddess alert! Whether you match them with sneakers or a fancy dress, you can’t go wrong. If you haven't got a pair of them yet, it's time for a mini addition.
Skinny Frames Are The New Stunna Shades!
The 90's are back, people, and the teeny-tiny frames are taking center stage! From street style fashionistas to runway models, these retro pieces made a huge comeback. It seems like Kourtney Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Rihanna can literally put their trademark on them, since they barely take them off. After all, It's not about protecting your eyes from the sun, but it's all for the aesthetics. Although these types of sunnies don't flatter everybody's face shape, you can always choose sunglasses you won't get mocked for, such as round or square-shaped ones. But if you are determined and don’t care about what everybody else think, then there is no shape you can't pull off. Besides, everything is ugly until Rihanna decides it's not!
Less Is More, Always
Statement necklaces will get you noticed, but subtle necklaces even more. There's something about these accessories that will effortlessly complete your whole look. For ladies who adore the minimalistic charm, golden chain necklaces and subtle, layered chokers are the way to go. Perfect for any occasion, these discreet pieces bring out your feminine and classy side.
Straw Hats Are Amazingly Stylish
Straw hats with a contrasting ribbon never went out of style. You can wear them during the day, but most importantly, they keep your head safe at the beach. If you are one of those girls who aren't ashamed to speak their minds but you'd rather have your hat speak instead, then embroidered slogan hats should be your staple head accessories for this season. Oversized hats are trending too, and they are all over Instagram.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend? I'd rather say it's a nice watch. These are the most common and the most wearable hand accessories ever, and if you don't own at least one, then we're calling the fashion cops. It's 2018, which means you can wear the same watch with a baggy tracksuit and a glamorous dress. Stylish Daniel Wellington watches made their way into fashion, and Instagram influencers went crazy over them. Who wouldn't? Cuff and anchor bracelets are a perfect addition to this watch and trust me, no one really cares whether they are gold or silver because rules don't apply anymore.
Bandana Oh Na Na
Bandanas are the easiest hair accessories ever and they look super cute too. You can wear them with different hairstyles, such as voluminous ponytails and messy buns. Since it's summer and our wardrobes are getting more colorful, opt for the floral, red, yellow or white ones. For the beauties who’d like to bring the 60's back, these are super cheap and light-weight too. So make your hair big, and show the world your inner Brigitte Bardot.
So, ready for a little shopping spree therapy? If the answer is yes, look through this list again and spoil yourself with some new fashion updates.
Written by guest blogger Scarlet Gratton
Bohemian chic is one of the fashion trends that will never go out of style – it emerged as one of the leading trends in the last couple of seasons, and it’ll remain dominant this year as well. But do you really know what makes this trend exactly what it is? If the answer is ‘no’, just stay with us and keep on reading, because there are seven must-haves you simply need to have in your boho chic wardrobe. Check them out and enjoy!
The Inevitable Peasant Blouse With Intricate Embroidery
Peasant tops are making a serious comeback these days, and that’s what makes them an absolute must-have in any fashionista’s wardrobe. Such blouses have always been a massive hit among the boho chic lovers for a good reason – apart from being extremely chic and trendy, these are quite comfortable at the same time, as they’re made from lightweight fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. Just pick one with intricate embroidery and you’ll do a great job!
A fabulous fringed leather jacket is also one of the pieces any fashionista simply has to have, and you’ll love to hear that it’s a true representative of the boho chic style. Fringed garments and accessories have been reinterpreted and made more contemporary in the last couple of seasons, and these are a major part of the bohemian style, so don’t forget to incorporate them into your everyday outfits. Of course, you don’t have to go strictly for a leather jacket – eco leather will do more than fine, too!
… As Well As A Flowy Maxi Dress …
Flowy maxi dresses make another essential part of a bohemian chic wardrobe, so get at least one such dress if you still don’t own it. Of course, lightweight materials like linen are more than desirable, as they’ll allow you to move with ease while looking stunning as always. Lace is another highly requested fabric, so you should pick a piece that features it and you won’t make a mistake. As far as colours are concerned, you should probably opt for earthy tones like beige, orange, and all shades of brown, as they’ll inevitably bring a bohemian vibe to any outfit.
… and A Fabulous Floral Bikini
If you’re a gal who loves to show off her curves and beautiful body in a gorgeous bikini, you’ll be happy to hear that floral ones are definitely in style. The fact that such swimwear is representative of bohemian chic style makes it even more attractive, so check out Seafolly Bali Hai swimsuits that were heavily inspired by gorgeous floral prints and stunning colour palette typical of boho chic. These pieces will be more than perfect for chilling out at the beach or by the pool, so be sure not to skip them at any cost!
Don’t Skip A Statement Headband Either
Everyone knows that boho chic is all about details, which is exactly why you need to pay a lot of attention to your accessories. Of course, a statement headband is absolutely inevitable – aside from being really practical and keeping your hair up, it’s a highly fashionable item as well, and you always can make it your signature piece everyone will know you by. Besides that, you can also take your favourite scarf or a bandana and tie it around your head instead of a real headband, which is basically killing two birds with one stone.
You Simply Need To Have A Boho Crochet Vest
Another garment typical of bohemian style is a crochet vest, which is a piece you simply need to own as the ultimate boho chic lover. Even though such a vest is quite specific and authentic, the fact is that you can dress up any outfit in your wardrobe with it, which just shows how versatile it actually is. This piece is also more than desirable for the festival season, especially for festivals like Coachella. If you’re up for it, remember to get this vest as soon as possible!
Chunky Jewellery Is A Bare Necessity, Too
As already stated, statement accessories play a huge role when speaking of bohemian chic style, and chunky bangles, rings, and bib necklaces are here to prove this claim. Gold and rose gold, silver and copper are the shades you should pick from, as these are the most likely to follow your boho-themed outfit, and the rule says ‘go big or go home’. However, if that’s a bit too much for your personal taste just pick a long necklace with a pendant made of feathers and you’ll nail your boho look in no time!
As you can see, there are a lot of fabulous garments and statement accessories that define the boho chic look and make it exactly what it is – the ultimate feminine style with a touch of vintage vibes. If that’s what you want to go for, just be sure to have the aforementioned seven pieces in your wardrobe ASAP. Once that’s done, you’ll come up with your bohemian combos like a true fashionista!
Written By Sophia Smith
There is nothing that makes your eyes pop out more than strong, curly, thick eyelashes. It is the best way to effortlessly achieve the gorgeous natural everyday look without spending too much time putting on makeup. Here are 5 essential things you should know before opting for fake eyelashes.
Putting on false eyelashes or getting extensions is perfect if you lead a busy lifestyle, always in a hurry with not enough time to focus on your makeup routine. We all know that putting mascara the right way takes time and that is something that we lack nowadays.
Eyelash Extensions Last Longer Than You Think
The first thing you should know about fake eyelashes is that eyelash extensions last longer than you probably think. If done properly by an experienced person (and if you take proper care of course) your lash extensions can last up to a month and a half. It is recommended to go for a touch-up or a refill every two or three weeks but if you are careful and take good care of your extensions, you will prolong their lifespan and save money! Just remember not to use oily products or get too much water near your eyes and lashes.
Makeup Doesn't Damage Your Extensions
If you have a habit of putting eyeshadow like every day, don't worry, you can still do so after you go for an extension treatment. You don't have to sacrifice your favorite smoky eye look as long as you avoid using liquid-based eye products because they can damage your false lashes. Stay away from mascara, because, well, first you don't need it you have eyelash extensions, and second, it will damage your extensions and leave them all crusty. Carefully remove your eye makeup with oil-free remover.
Find Experienced Professionals
If you're not really good at putting false lashes on, rely on professionals to do it for you and find a perfect place for your lash extension treatments. Before choosing a cosmetic salon, make sure that you check the certificates or rewards of the personnel or if all of the employees have completed eyelash extension training. That is the only way to ensure a true professional treatment for your sensitive eyes.
Avoid Cheap Cosmetic Salons
Lash extensions won't harm your lashes only if they are applied correctly by a professional, using the right products. Therefore if you see a cheap offer and think – what a bargain – just walk away! You shouldn't risk it and always check twice to whom you are giving your trust to do a proper treatment. If you choose an inexperienced person not only he or she can damage your natural lashes but they can cause eye infections, so be smart and extra cautious!
Check Your Options
Before opting for eyelash extensions you should pay attention to what they're made of. Some extensions are made of animal hair - mink, but there are also silk and synthetic options. Mink is the most common material used for fake lashes and eyelash extensions, therefore, you should check with the salon about the options, particularly if you're vegan! If you have sensitive eyes and skin, in general, you should talk to a professional and explain your problems to see if you can go for an extension treatment or what are the other options if you can't.
Now that you know these five essential tips, there's nothing more to think about. Take some time to find the perfect cosmetic salon with professional personnel and get your lash extensions! Once you try them out, you will never go back to natural ones!
Written by Lena Hemsworth
The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.
My Top Pick
The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.
It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.
The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.
Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.
The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.
If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.
Mark Earnshaw, Fragrance Expert at FAB Creations tips Rhubarb as the hottest note for spring.
How is rhubarb transformed into a fragrance note? The rhubarb note is an accord made of different ingredients. It varies from Perfumers to Perfumers. For example, in the case of the brand new L.K. Bennett fragrance, Signature, the nose used a combination of raw material to focus on the fruity and juicy character of Rhubarb.
How would you describe the note – is it fresh, sweet, musky? The rhubarb note is fresh with a fruity facet.
Has it been used in fragrances previously? Rhubarb has been very trendy in Fine Fragrance in the last couple of years, this season we will see it used by a wider array of brands.
How did you discover it as a note and what drew your nose towards it? This note has been part of the Perfumers palette for years now even though it hasn’t been widely used until the last couple of years. It has a refreshing olfactive profile but it’s at the same time very complex. The fruity part of the note is what drew us in.
Is it used as a top, heart or base note? And why? It can be used as a top or middle note depending on the Perfumer interpretation. In our case it is used as a top note as the Perfumer wanted to focus on the fruity aspect with a grapefruit facet. It could be used in middle note if the creator wants more of a heavy/earthy note.
What other notes do you predict to be big for Spring 2018? We’ve identified Black Rice and other rice notes, Peruvian Cherry, honey and honeyed fruits, frozen fruits and sorbets, new greenness from pandan leaf and shiso leaf. Modern woods with fresh incense, leather and pepper.
Summer Scents Containing Rhubarb…
L.K. Bennett Signature Power, £36 L.K. Bennett
Missguided Babe Power, £28 The Fragrance Shop
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Kiss, £54.50 The Fragrance Shop
Mugler Aura, £49 The Fragrance Shop
D&G No 3 L'imperatrice £28 The Fragrance Shop
Lupita Nyongo shared a cute bag on her social media page, during her recent trip to Lagos. Imagine seeing the name of your hometown proudly flagged on a bold and beautiful fashion piece, and adorned by one of the most profilic black actresses of this generation. I fell in love with Kiki Kamanu almost inmediately. And wait until you see their Wakanda bags!
Kiki Kamanu, named after its brand owner, is described as distinctive chic. The brand prides itself in well-crafted, exclusive creations. For more information, visit www.shop.kikikamanu.com.
There's so much to love about this brand. I've shared 3 of my favourite pieces below- check out their website and let me know your thoughts!
#Lagos Fave Things Leather Trim Tote (tan)
#Wakanda Fave Things Leather Trim Tote
Velvet Appliqué Luv Lagos Hoodied Hi-low
Follow @kikikamanu on Instagram!
ModaLisboa No.50 (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)
The biggest event in Portuguese fashion, Moda Lisboa, took place from 8 - 12 March 2017 at the newly renovated Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. This year, the fashion week celebrated its 50th edition and it won't be an exaggeration to say that it was better than ever before.
From all-black looks at Aleksandar Protic to futuristic plastic details at David Ferreira and Imauve, Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season will be highly inspiring, bold, and creative. Let's have a look at some of the most memorable fashion trends presented at the event!
1. New Romantic
Duarte, David Ferreira, Filipe Faísca © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Pastels (often combined with darker colours), soft lines, white blouses, slip dresses, plush velvet, satin, lace up, puff sleeves, ruffles, and moody florals – that's New Romantics trend in a nutshell.
According to Fashion Snoops, "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future". Key accessories include pearl earrings, fishnet stockings, statement ring set, embellished mini bag, optical cat eye, and updated Mary Janes.
This fashion trend (shown mainly through clothes, not accessories) was present in many collections for Autumn/Winter 2018-19 including Duarte, Filipe Faísca, Carolina Machado, and Ricardo Preto.
2. Plastic Dreams
David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
"The most out-there trend of 2018 is transparency, or plastic to be particular", says The Guardian and we couldn't agree more.
From transparent boots at Imauve to ultra-bold tops at Luís Carvalho and see-through coats at David Ferreira, this futuristic trend seemed to be quite popular with Portuguese designers.
3. Statement (faux) Fur
David Ferreira (L,R), Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera)
From fur trims, sleeves, collars, tippets, scarves and stoles, to statement jackets and coats – all (faux) fur lovers will be able to choose something for themselves next season.
Our favourite looks included elegant black fur details at David Ferreira, stylish white stoles at Imauve, and feminine coats at Luís Carvalho.
4. Black Is The New Black
Ricardo Preto, Dino Alves (R) © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Classic black was seen in many Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collections including Aleksandar Protic who presented all-black looks, Federico Cina (black mixed with bright red), Isidro Paiva (black combined with white or brown), Carolina Machado (thigh high boots and black accessories), and David Ferreira (black fishnets and voluminous sleeves).
Eye-catching colour combinations such as black with golden beige and apricot orange could be seen at Dino Alves show. The versatile Autumn/Winter collection featured a lot of hats and colourful sunglasses as well.
5. Kaleidoscope Of Colours
Gonçalo Peixoto, Awaytomars, Imauve © ModaLisboa | Photo: Ugo Camera
Some designers went in a totally opposite direction and presented bold colourful looks featuring colours traditionally associated with spring such as pink, bright red or yellow.
While in many of those collections colour was taking centre stage, some of them were also enriched with the use of unique prints and patterns (Awaytomars, Kolovrat).
If you are not sure how to wear this trend, there is only one rule that applies: use your imagination and mix various colours and patterns together. The brighter, the better!
When you look at the images of the never-ageing celebrities such as the lovely Scarlett Johansson or Megan Fox, you’d think that they owe their awe-inspiring appearance to the army of stylists, fitness trainers, and diet gurus. And yet, while they sure do deserve their credit, these stars have a few tricks of their own that they swear by to nourish and cherish their beauty.
To a great surprise and relief for us mere mortals with no access to Hollywood-level lifestyle essentials, you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet this one potent ingredient that can skyrocket your beauty routine: the beloved apple cider vinegar! Let’s see which celebrities swear by this beauty potion and how you can implement it into your own daily routine.
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Dubbed the most beautiful woman in 2016, it’s no wonder that all the other ladies would love to hear her own secret to warding age off and taking care of her figure. Apparently, she is very keen on taking vitamins on a regular basis, as it helps balance her diet and ensures a strong immune system, but she also started drinking apple cider vinegar every morning to boost her digestion and stay lean.
However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you should be careful with this beauty recipe, despite its potential to improve your hair glow and keep your belly full for longer to prevent those bursts of hunger. You can try introducing one spoon of this natural elixir into your first glass of water in the morning and take it from there.
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This fashion icon and a 43-year-old mom of four has her fair share of knowledge and skill as to how you can benefit your wellbeing and be a brilliant role model for your youngsters with the right self-care choices. One of the key elements of her feel-good morning routine is precisely apple cider vinegar, taken raw, organic, and unfiltered on an empty stomach, as she shared via her Instagram page.
If you want to see the best results, you cannot expect vinegar to do all the work, though! You should also be brave enough to tackle a fitness routine that is close to something Victoria does every day – and more than two hours of exercise is a true challenge even for the fitness freaks among you. Paired with that and a healthy diet, ACV shows potential to help keep those pesky pounds at bay.
Already famous for her statement that she takes “two shots” of the stuff in order to maintain her lovely slim figure, Fergie takes ACV every day before lunch and before dinner to make the most of its impact on the digestive tract. The trick is simple: when you drink your water-diluted ACV before a meal, your hunger will subside and help you eat less and control your caloric intake.
Although celebrated for its ability to help with numerous issues such as acne, weight gain, and dull hair, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are still fairly unknown and not sufficiently scientifically supported to be taken at face value. This is especially important if you suffer from diabetes or have another chronic condition, and it’s best to consult your doctor before you introduce this ritual into your diet.
This stunning Avenger has to protect her flawless complexion, and she is known to use the best Mother Nature has to offer in order to do so. We can only imagine the amount of makeup her skin needs to tolerate on a daily basis, and despite its Hollywood quality, these pore-clogging beauty kits can have a long-term damaging effect on her skin.
So, in order to counteract the negative, she uses natural ingredients to keep her skin pure and her complexion radiant. Apple cider vinegar is one of those ingredients found on her list of go-to cleansers used to prevent acne and breakouts, and although, as she says, it can be quite smelly, you’re good to go if you plan to spend the night in the comfort of your home!
When you grow up in a home where there’s a huge focus on health and wellness, then it’s no wonder you’d become health-conscious throughout your adulthood. So is the case with Katy Perry, as her own mom taught her the value of choosing natural remedies instead of chemically-infused ones, and sticking to natural, whole foods instead of processed munchies.
No matter how much she likes to play with her makeup kit and experiment with new looks and tricks, her apple cider vinegar obsession is still strong despite any changes she may decide to make to her appearance. Apparently, it helps her immune system remain strong and sturdy, and her digestive tract healthy as well, all thanks to her loving mom who taught her the essentials of a healthy lifestyle.
The bottom line is that we are still learning what surprising and simple ingredients can help us protect our health and beauty, and apple cider vinegar has a long way to go before it fully deserves its reputation as a flawless elixir. It’s crucial to keep our minds open and listen to our bodies, because we are all different and may benefit from a whole variety of solutions!
Written by Sophia Smith
Are you getting ready for your prom? We understand how special this occasion is for you!
Prom is the special and memorable night for teens who just passed out from their sweet sixteen age. We can also say a most daunting and exciting time to celebrate the end of high school time, enjoy, meet and greet new and old friends is all you need to spend a perfect night. It is the night to slay and wow your friends with your flattering look which makes you bit perplexed on getting ready for a perfect night. Guys can deal with minimum preps getting on tuxedo and corsage with formal shoes is what they all need. But for girls, it is most complicated to find a perfect dress, matching shoes and accessories, how to deal with makeup and prep your skin for the big day. There are much more things to do for you babes and so much enthusiasm makes you forget the most important thing for your day - It's your hairstyle!
Yes, the fact is your true beauty shines and people have your first impression is by your hairstyle. No doubt, your apparel does reveal your personality but the combination of perfect hairstyle with a perfect outfit - you be the center of attraction!
So beautiful ladies! Get your hairstyle done with the professional salon to have a chic look you can flaunt around!
A perfect hairstyle complementing a perfect look makes your day! Right haircut and styled properly definitely brings out your inner beauty and enhance your overall appearance. Thus book your appointment for hairstyle early because before you choose any hairstyle you undergo several trials to select one hairstyle that looks best on your face. Remember, your Hairdo should speak your character, mingle with your dress and accessories. It should not only look gorgeous but also make you feel comfortable that you can carry until the occasion ends.
Everyone has different taste and choice, some like bold look while some go for classic style, others may want a simple and decent style to reflect a delicate beauty.
Whether you have long hairs or short hairs, various hairstyles like braid, Hollywood waves, updos, natural volume, boho waves, ponytail or glam waves with curls are available that adopts with any hair length. You will find these famous yet sophisticated hairstyles in the below infographic.
Just a matter of fact is, how will you choose the best hairstyle for you? How can you decide and set your heart on one particular style without experience? Don't worry, we realize the importance of choosing a prom hairstyle. Thus, we have collected the trendiest hairstyles for you with images collated in this infographic to give you perfect sense of look before actually applying hairstyle.
Among these seven hairstyles, opt for anyone you will look fabulous! We have handpicked these styles for your special prom night that will help you have a great time with a gorgeous look.
These were the latest hairstyles that are super-elegant, stylish, and most importantly amazing. You can try out any that perfectly blends with your overall look and look like a princess for prom night!
Kindly use our infographic that guides you with trendy hairstyle options for perfect prom night.
Written by Adam Wilson
There is about a handful of things that I cannot get enough of, and pretty jewellery is top of that list. So as a girl does on a quiet night, browsing the world wide web, I stumbled upon YOVA Jewellery and #lovedit !!
Owner and designer Joanne Michulka started Yova Jewellery because she was unable to find jewellery pieces that she liked.
“I was thinking to myself maybe I would design and make my own jewellery, because I always loved jewellery”
The collection is made of titanium, and includes bracelets, earrings and leather bracelets. All the pieces are anti-allergic and is unique and beautiful designed.
Yova Amber Sun @ €80.00
Each piece is very special to her and she is very reluctant to pick her favourites, because we all know that we are not supposed to have a favourite child. But she admits, that, “When it comes to the bracelets, my first love is the Titanium bracelets with gemstones, especially the Amber gemstones. Her chosen earrings are the Anodized titanium earrings as they come in different colors and shapes, and are easy to wear with a simple blue jeans and crisp white shirt or a sleek sexy LBD.
Yodi Leaf Blue @ €25.00
To keep up with the seasons color trends she recommends the understated Yodi Long rectangle Violet earrings perfect for everyday wear.
Yodi Long rectangle Violet @ €25.00
For a relaxed #chic day look, the Red double leather bracelet is easy to stack up with any of your other favourites in your jewellery box.
Yaga red leather double @ €14.00
“My goal is for every woman that wears my jewellery to feel and look beautiful, but I also want every piece to give her the strength to realize her dreams and goals.”
Shop the current collection on www.yova.ie
Nothing like having an organised holiday checklist for your wardrobe style! We all want to look good in our holiday snaps, but we don’t really want the fuss of spending hours each day thinking of how to slay in those holiday photos. I picked some of my favourite staple pieces for a good holiday: easy to style; and effortlessly snap-worthy. I am currently in love with items from Mango and have picked items from there. enjoy!
The sun, the heat, the cocktail in your hand as you lounge by the pool, tanning your smooth, glowing body. There's nothing like a poolside party to remind you that life can be really easy and wonderful sometimes. With the warmer weather coming our way you're bound to get invited to a bunch of events, so how do you make the most out of them?
How do you show off some incredible style skills, feel comfortable, and still manage to swim a few laps and enjoy the cool water? Well, ladies, we've got you covered. Read on for some tips and outfit ideas!
1. Prep Your Face And Body First
No outfit is going to look good if you're feeling insecure, so in order to avoid that, you first need to prep your face and body. A short workout right before the party will make your muscles look more defined and taut, and doing a full body scrub before rubbing in a lotion with sunscreen will give you that lovely, irresistible glow.
Your face is also important, and since makeup is a bit of a hassle at the poolside, we recommend good skincare because there's nothing like that natural summery radiance that can make you look pretty. Cleanse and tone your face, then use a serum to work as a beauty elixir and smooth the skin while also providing nourishing moisture. After this, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and you're done! If you really love makeup and can't imagine yourself going out without your face paint, we recommend a combo of BB cream, waterproof mascara, and a peachy lip gloss.
2. Boudoir Bombshell
Nothing screams bombshell like a high-waisted bathing suit, but to bring out the sex appeal even more, you want to pair that with a sheer dress. A nice wrap dress made of a see-through material that shows the outline of your sexy swimming suit is going to look hot, hot, hot! Flip flops don't really go with this look, so we recommend a pair of delicate-looking slippers to grace your feet, and some hoop earrings to dangle as the breeze blows. You can style your hair into a small bun and then use a colourful hair scarf for some added stylishness!
3. Boho Chic
A bikini paired with a long, flowy maxi dress and a giant straw hat is your perfect little hippie outfit. Pick a big bag to match the hat and wear some string sandals that you can twist around your legs. A row of plastic bangles is a great way to accessorize, and if you plan to wear sunglasses we recommend a nice pair of Lennon glasses.
4. Easy Stylishness With A Crop Top
Pick a two-piece swimsuit with the upper part that looks like a cute crop top and you'll never have to worry about your outfit. Crop tops are simply way too fun and sweet on their own to need much work, so simply pair this with a patterned pair of shorts, some flip flops, and you're done! A long necklace could be a fun little detail to add, and if you need more of a cover-up, simply pull on a baggy, see-through blouse over it.
5. Turkish Vibes
What to do if you want to wear pants to the party but the idea of slipping into your jeans on 100-degree weather is already making you sweat? Well, go for a Turkish vibe and pick salwar pants made of a breezy material! It's the perfect summer garment because it's loose, it's comfy, and yet it looks great on anyone. Whether you wear it over your one-piece or a bikini it doesn't matter, and if you want, you can pair it with a gipsy-style off-the-shoulder kind of blouse.
6. From Poolside To A Night Out
Coming to your pool party after a brunch with your parents? No problem! A t-shirt one-piece bathing suit can be your go-to (it's one of the most demure pieces you can find if you prefer to be covered up). Simply pull it on, wear a flouncy, silk A-line skirt over it, and pull on some sandals. A headscarf and simple bracelet are a great way to style it, and you can wear a brighter lipstick to top it off.
Even a pool party is a good opportunity to engage in some fun fashion! Pick a look that suits your style and make sure to rock it with a smile and a great dose of confidence!
Written by Sophia Smith
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As the saying goes, "Don't cry buy a bag and get over it", so whatever sad woes you are feeling at the moment over this dreadful weather. We have the perfect arm piece for you that will perk you right up.
Beautiful handcrafted leather handbags designed and produced by Crested and Country, a British brand based in Yorkshire, specializing in producing quality leather goods. Owner and founder Emily Frain combines her love for fashion, country life and equestrian style to create her exquisite handbag collection.
Small but mighty, this beauty packs a punch, with the Brown leather beautifully setting off against the luxurious Brown suede and shiny stirrup buckles at each side. Making it the perfect companion to any smart casual office look.
Paired with the Orange maxi skirt, from M&S Limited Edition, and Yellow kitten heel from New Look and tribal print midi jacket from River Island for a understated yet classy look.
Versatile and stylish the Grouse Black bag with its Snakeskin center strap and adjustable cross body strap will go great with any day or night look, as black is always chic and goes with anything.
Paired with a pink and white flower blouse from New Look and wide leg jeans from New Look and black leather cone heel mule shoes from M&S for a casual day look.
Pheasant Tan Bag
Tan bags are set to be all the rage this spring/summer season so, buy this one now! Sleek and well-structured the tan leather and suede flap gives it a sophisticated chic and modern feel. The perfect arm candy for the trendsetting fashionista.
Paired with a trendy graphic print shirt from Oliver Bonas, white cylinder heels shoes from Next and blue wide leg jeans from New look for a high-toned look perfect for a day time lunch date or a casual dinner date.
Miranda Kerr once famously said that - a rose can never be a sunflower and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too.
The beauty of a woman is compared to a flower beautifully. It says that as each and every flower is distinctly pretty, so does each woman!
Everyone has their signature qualities which makes them unique. To celebrate the essence and spirit of a woman, Women's Day is celebrated and a flower for Women's Day would be the best gift. Because a flower is the only object in this whole world which does justice in explaining the beauty of a woman.
Not only as an object of beauty but, there are many more qualities in a flower. All the ravishing women can use these following flowers and enhance their beauty overnight.
The intensely strong fragrance of jasmine flowers reminds us of many memories. This flower can be used to prepare tea which releases depression or anxiety. You can soak these flowers in water and take a bath or use jasmine oil after your bath to feel rejuvenated.
If you keep jasmine flower plant in your lawn or garden, there would be no insomnia or sleeping disorder! If you have a dry skin or suffering from wrinkles, you can crush a few jasmine petals (after washing gently) and mix with a few drops of coconut oil and apply this pack on your face. You would glow in a few weeks if you apply it regularly.
This is perhaps the most widely noticed flower all over India. The yellow to orange colored flowers are attractive and bright. They have been cultivated over the years for many usages. Some beneficial medicinal oils are made from this flower.
Although this is not a soothingly fragrant flower but other qualities of this flower make it a great gift. You can brew three spoons of marigold petals in a vessel for 15 minutes and wash your face with this water daily if you want it to be acne and spot-free.
Quintessentially, a rose is the queen of the garden. You can gift a rose flower plant or a bouquet of roses to the charming ladies in your life. In case you want glowing lips like a red rose, you can use crushed rose petals with a few drops of honey which is a superb natural lip balm. The natural color of your lip would become pinkish red and that would make your appearance more attractive.
To tone your skin or to mitigate the harsh rays of the sun, you can take a half spoon of rosewater and half spoon of glycerin and keep this pack overnight. Wouldn't it be a great idea if you get a bouquet of roses and wish a Happy Women's Day along this vital information to the lady luck?
For a glowing skin and smooth hair, there is no competition to hibiscus. It represents delicate beauty, unity, and peace. In many Asian countries, this flower is mainly used to worship deities. You also must remember our biology classes and dissection of a hibiscus flower.
Well, this is an extremely amazing option when you want to replenish your skin and hair. Hibiscus oil and shampoo are easily available in the market that is targeted for women population. The ageing women population also love this flower for its anti-ageing properties.
This flower represents refinement, grace, and elegance. Lavender holds a sacred place in nature and the amazing look of this flower is something to be cherished for sure. This flower has good quantities of Vitamins and thus it is a lovely option to enhance the beauty of skin and hair. The anti-bacterial properties of lavender help in fighting acne problems. Lavender oil has been discovered as a wonderful aroma oil.
When you are very tensed and everything around you seems to be confusing, just have a bath with a few drops of lavender oil in water. Things would take its own time to normalize but this would help you remain calm in this kind of tricky situations. Get a bouquet of lavender as a special women's day flower for your lady luck.
Apart from these flowers, there are other flowers also like Chamomile, Carnation, or Tuberose that works wonder for a woman's skin. Thus, if you truly want a careful gift for the lovely ladies, you can get Women's Day flowers and share these trivia with them.
Written by Sophie Addison
Brighten up your dull days and start dreaming of sunnier days, with a dash of sunshine with the new year's mostunexpected colour, yellow. The brightest colour in the colour spectrum, yellow means happiness and optimism; the colour of sunshine and creativity. Just the right colour to get our minds and wardrobes ready for sunny days ahead.
The weather might not be all bright and sunny just yet, but an easy way to add a dose of brightness to any day is a skirt, and the yellow frilly wrap skirt will do just that.
M&S Collection jacket, M&S Collection shirt, M&S Collection skirt, Earrings, Bag, and Shoes
Top Pick: This gorgeous yellow Autograph coat, from M&S, in a thick, heavy silk, that would prove a striking cover-up for the office or any special occasion.
Autograph jacket, Autograph dress, Earrings, Bag and Shoes
Keep things mellow and care-free in the chic boho, mustard, black and white embroidered blouse with its tassel detail, from New Look.
Mustard blouse, mini basket cross body bag at New Look
Top Pick: Feel luxurious in this yellow masterpiece from Nine by Savannah Miller. The wrap dress is a must in sunshine yellow and sky blue cloud print. Add a touch of modern vintage with the Victoriana lace blouse and a pair of white trainers for a stylish and relaxed look.
Nine by Savannah Miller Yellow wrap Dress, Lace Blouse and Faith Trainers at Debenhams
Cinched at the waists with its elasticated waist and tie belt, and side slip pockets, these ultra-flattering yellow wide leg yellow trousers from River Island. Will bring some sunny happiness to your "at work" look. Pair it with high-rise heels to elongate your silhouette.
Plus yellow tapered leg trousers, Blue crop top, Trench coat and Yellow tassel Statement earrings at River Island
This yellow crop jacket, from Primark, is just right amount of cheerful happiness to spruce up a casual daytime look.
Jacket, T-shirt , Jeans and Shoes at Primark
Accessories that packs a happy punch; Happy feet, in the Mustard sling back heels with its cute bow detail, from M&S and Ring handle bag from New Look and a pair of glitzy statement earnings from River island.
Mustard bow detail Heels at M&S
Ring Handle Yellow Bag at New Look
Yellow Statement Earrings at River Island.
Yellow is defiantly the colour for a confident and stylish start to the new year and these picks offers a lot be optimistic about. Happy Fashion New Year!!
The fashion world is always ahead of us, and there is a good reason for it. The spring and summer collections have been showcased during September and early October, and we're thankful for the early notice. It gives us plenty of time to summarize our impressions, narrow down our choices, and it gives fast fashion retailers plenty of time to provide their own interpretations of the predicted and dictated trends so they're available to a broader audience just in time for them to rock them.
So, here it is, the list of the best and most wearable trends for you to pick and choose from and welcome spring the way it's supposed to be done.
50 Shades Of Purple
Millennial pink has in the past couple of years been one of the most dominant hues out there, present in both couture gowns as well as athleisure pieces. While the presence of the gender-neutral hue was still strong on the runways, it has been slightly overshadowed by the presence of a variety of purples. So, this spring, take a cue from Carolina Herrera, and rock the dark and powerful purple, Ultra Violet - the official color of the year 2018, as well as lighter pastel hues such as lilac. The romantic and subtle lilac will make you look like walking spring, and you can wear it deep into summer, even be the ultimate resort style goddess.
If You Like It, Flaunt It
If you were saddened by the death of the logo, feel free to rejoice, because logomania is definitely back. It seems as if the logo wasn't dead so much as it was taking a nap while designers were preparing to make it bigger and more conspicuous. Every fashion powerhouse, from Gucci, Fendi to Versace did not hold back on splashing the logo all over tops, bags, dresses, so all you have to do is find your favorite brand and surely find at least one item with your beloved logo on it. When worn in an ensemble that's overall understated and low-key, the logo can look incredibly cool, chic even.
A Little Asymmetrical Party
Spotted at Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and numerous other designers, the asymmetrical neckline is definitely the most captivating trend. The fabric seems to be everywhere - the neck, the collarbone, the shoulders, and yet still leaving plenty of skin exposed for an additional dose of sensuality. Both tops and dresses with this neckline are already available, and Aussie girls have already snagged their asymmetrical party dresses in Australia, and they're rocking them while it's still summer, but northern hemisphere, worry not, your time to shine is just arriving.
The Shifty Times
As much as we anticipate the arrival of spring, we must bear in mind that the season can play tricks on us and bring sudden chills leaving us in dire need of great outerwear. The piece to own this season is an oldie but goldie - the mighty trench coat. If you already own one in a neutral camel hue, make sure it's dry-cleaned and ready for those chilly spring days. Those of you whose wardrobe is short of this item, better hop to it, and while you're browsing, you might want to check the upgraded 2018 version which can be embroidered, or even deconstructed as seen on the models walking for Alexander McQueen.
Power up, suit up - the point is the same. We already know that the power suit of the fall and winter of 2017 was either red or plaid, as these were the dominant color and pattern of the season, respectively. The plaid and red will still be worn during spring, make no mistake about it, but if you wish to be the epitome of spring power, your choice of suit will be a poignant white, complete with a wide-shoulder blazer as done by Tom Ford, because nothing says 'powerful' like shoulders that just don't quit.
Written by Sophia Smith
Date night are special but when it comes to a Valentine's day date it just becomes extra special and dressing up for it becomes mayhem. Because, you do not want to spend too much money on buying a whole new outfit so, to take the stress out of choosing an outfit I have rounded up 10 of my favourite items that is worth the splurge and will go with anything else you might have in your closet.
1. Love these Mom jeans, from Miss Selfridge, with its frill detail in light denim, it is ideal for a low key, movie and a burger date.
Frill mum jeans @ £52.00 Miss Selfridge
2. Pair your Mum jeans with these cute Stripe Kitten Heel Slingbacks, from Miss Selfridge Updating it from casual to chic casual. Throw on a graphic logo t-shirt and a cropped leather jacket and you are set to go.
Black and white stripe kitten heels @ £49.00 Miss Selfridge
3. For that something sexy slip on this sexy number, the Pink Geometric Lace Bodysuit, from New Look, with its flattering V neckline, supporting cross strap front and all over lace. It will leave you looking and feeling sexy.
Pink lace body suit @ £19.99 New Look
4. Going on a date that requires you to dress a bit more smart, then throw on this Red tailored dress, from New Look, with its front cross over and tucked in detail. Drawing attention to your décolletage and slimming your waistline.
Tailored red dress @ New Look
5. Need a sassy pair of heels to complete your look then go with these black spotted suede ankle strap stilleto heels from Dune London.
Velvet ankle strap spotty stilleto's @ £135 Dune London
5. Something short and playful, the Petite Green Stripe Wrap Frill Hem Dress, from River Island, is just that short, playful and sexy.
Green stripe wrap dress with frill hem @ River Island
6. Pair this Dusty Pink frill top, from New Look, with a pair of skinny high waisted jeans, heel ankle boots dinner and drinks or a pair cute flats for a more casual look.
Dusty pink frill detail top @ New Look
7. You both really into fitness and are going all out on a sporty but fun date then the Green and Black Palm leaf print leggings and crop,from top will be a match made in heaven.
Palm leaf print leggings and crop top @ New Look
8. Staying in cuddling on the sofa then a fancy sleep set like the this slinky floral and lace sleepwear set from Ted Baker at Debehams will turn a night on the sofa into a romantic rendezvous.
Ted Baker - silk and lace sleepwear @ Debenhams
9. So, he is taking you to a music gig and you need someting to update your rock star look, then the sleek pair of Black faux leather tapered trousers, from River Island will be a winner.
Faux leather trousers @ £55.00 River Island
10.Planning a stay-in galentines night with your BFF's with some girly pampering, Prosecco and chocolate then the Heart Nightshirt, Heart Bralette and Frill shorts, from Primark will be the perfect ensemble for a night of girly love.
Heart night shirt £11 , Heart bralette £8 and frill shorts £9 @ Primark (penny's)
We don’t know about you, but the thought of new makeup makes us downright giddy. That feeling you get when you grab your brushes and start playing with colours is light-hearted and exciting, and once you add fashion to it and start creating complementary looks, the fun only increases. There’s something delightfully romantic and fresh about spring makeup trends, and this year promises to be a mix of sensual, chic, and bright.
Feeling eager yet? Then check out the trends that range from delicate to bold, and make sure to pick up a few ideas so you can be ready once springtime comes.
From Pat McGrath’s work on Tom Ford’s runway show, to Marc Jacobs’ models sporting an almost bare face with only inky, dramatic eyeliner, this trend is bold, unique, and certainly requires a steady hand! A more wearable version was seen on the Monse runway where the models had double wing liner, but we absolutely encourage you to have fun and go further – Pat McGrath drew thick eyeliner shapes, then added a touch of lip gloss on top to give it that wet, grungy, dangerous look.
When was the last time you saw bright yellow eyeshadow on anyone? Well, our impression from the Novis runway is that it’s a trend that’s absolutely got to gain traction. A dose of sunny yellow on your eyelids? Warmth, happiness, and blooming dandelions in spring! It’s very effective on its own so you won’t need anything more than a touch of mascara to make it work, and it can go beautifully with a simple, demure, white lace dress. You’ll practically be the impersonation of spring with this look.
Lips And Tips
The good old “match your lipstick to your nail polish” rule is coming back, but this time with dark colours in mind. Dramatic black lips on a natural-looking bare face paired with black polish is giving us some real supermodel vibes.
Big Eyes, Bigger Lashes
One of the biggest Australian trends in recent years, huge, dramatic eyelashes, is every Aussie girl’s dream. In the land of pretty much eternal summer and beach time, smudgy mascara is not exactly attractive, so it’s no wonder that ladies are getting eyelash extensions in Sydney, which is famous for its specialists. If you want to forgo mascara and have naturally gorgeous lashes even when you’re completely makeup-free, we recommend trying this out. Christian Siriano seems to love big, bold lashes as well, and most of his models were sporting a 60’s-inspired, clumpy-looking volume accomplished by pilling on a ton of mascara. With extensions, no need clumps!
Highlighter, Always More Highlighter
Miss Rihanna’s touch seems to turn everything to gold, so it’s no wonder her Fenty Beauty has gained such a huge following in a very short amount of time. Her famous Trophy Wife highlighter was seen on almost all models on the Puma runway and we still can’t get over the fact just how good it looks, especially on women of colour.
Messy, smokey, rosy bronze and burgundy eyeshadow might be one of the sultriest looks we’ve seen on the runways, the courtesy of Brock Spring 2018 collection. Instead of the old-school black and grey smoky eyes, we suggest this seductive alternative – it’s more natural-looking, sexy, and goes great with nude lipstick.
So, what’ll it be? Soft and natural, or dramatic and colorful? This year is giving us a ton of options, and we can’t wait to see how you’ll play with your makeup and what kind of looks will you create. We encourage experimenting with all of these and enjoying the varied creativity of 2018 spring trends!
Written by Sophia Smith
2018 promises to be a great fashion year. From Versace's show stopping styles, to Chanel's signature pieces. Highstreet names have done well to capture the trends of this season. So, what styles should every fashionista own in the new year? I'm sure the list would be diverse and unending. My top picks below and in no particular order...
1. Cropped, Multi-shade Jeans
It's a comfortable and versatile item - can throw on heels or cute flats to pair with these jeans.
Mid-Rise Contrasting Jeans by Zara
2. Over-knee High Heels
These 90s/early 00s boots are back! Whether yours is glammed up, with textile, or leather, the more extravagant the better.
Tartan High Boots by Off-White
3. Tailored Trouser Suit
Nothing says effortless style like the right matching item with a flattering sillouette.
Striped Trouser Suit from the Versace Resort 2018 Collection
Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and relaxed. Additionally, it speaks volumes about our personality and interests, and even small details like home accessories can reveal to our guests who we truly are. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we invest in our house and thus present ourselves in the best light. And, in order to help you find some fashionable home accessories that will match your innovative mind, but also stand the test of time, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite ones. Let’s take a look.Mirrors
Although the primary purpose of mirrors has nothing to do with home decoration at first sight, when you consider all the effects mirrors can have on the interior, you’re most likely to change your mind. Not only will your rooms look more spacious thanks to them, but they will add a touch of elegance to the decoration as well. Additionally, you can go for some interesting fashionable mirror frames which will show what a true fashionista you are and that you’re always up to date with all the latest trends.
Photo frames are definitely a great choice if you want to turn your home into a nice and warm place. Thanks to them you’ll have a chance to display your unforgettable memories and have all the dearest people always in sight. Additionally, you can find so many different frame designs and chose those which will go well with the colour pattern of your interior. Furthermore, handmade photo frames have been a true craze over the last few seasons, and their uniqueness will add that final touch to your home. Finally, vintage photo frames are a great way to create a contrast and make a perfect balance between modern and rustic decor.
Going green is absolutely a must this year, and aside from being considered extremely important for our environment, it has become a kind of fashion statement as well. Therefore, don’t even think about skipping potted flowers when decorating your home. They will purify the air making it much healthier, but also serve as great decor. For example, fashionable Wedgwood pots are uniquely designed and thus will catch the eye of all your guests. Finally, make sure to choose low-maintenance plants, since you don’t want to end up with all your flowers dead after a short vacation or a business trip.
Another evergreen house accessory is a rug. Not only do they make your house more comfortable and allow you to walk barefoot without freezing your feet off, but it can serve as a great piece of decoration as well. We advise you to go for a vintage Moroccan rug which is characterised by a minimalistic design and interesting patterns that will be easily combined with the rest of your decor, making your house look polished and elegant. Finally, these rugs are incredibly soft, so you’ll have a chance to enjoy lying on them while reading your favourite book.
Finally, wallpapers are an accessory that has been popular for years and it will certainly stand the test of time. The great thing about them is that there is an abundance of choices that you can go for. You can literally find whichever colour and pattern you like and opt for those that most precisely depict your feelings and personality. Furthermore, instead of covering all the walls, you can always choose an accent one and get bold coloured wallpapers for it. You’ll be surprised to see how such a detail can do wonders and make an entire room look much more interesting and fashionable.
As you can see, decorating your home in such a way that it maintains a modern look for a long time is not that hard after all. You just need to opt for some evergreen accessories and work out the best way to incorporate them into the rest of your house design. Finally, don’t shy away from experimenting and also adding your personal touch since your home should represent who you are, instead of copying the personality of a famous designer.
Written by Will Sandford a Sydney based designer and blogger
Most people in the world would tell you that they love travelling, but hate packing. Perhaps the only people fond of the packing process are Monica-types (Friends), although it’s highly doubtful there are many of these outside the fictitious realm. However, whether you’re an avid traveler who lives out of their suitcase, or even if you travel only for holidays, mastering the art of packing is essential for everyone.
Now, who better to take cues from in this department than fashion editors? Not only do they travel frequently, but they also know clothes and beauty inside out, which makes them THE people to turn to, so let’s.
Two Birds, One Stone
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One of the most ingenious packing tricks is rolling. Yes, roll your clothes instead of folding them. This way, not only do you maximize the space in your suitcase, thus leaving plenty of room for your accessories and beauty supplies, but you also avoid the dreaded creasing and wrinkling. Whether you’re going away on business or on holiday, the last thing you need is a suitcase full of clothes that you have to either iron or go around looking like something from the clearance bin.
Save The Dust Cloth Bags
When you purchase a purse or a pair of shoes, they usually come with a dust cloth bag. Don’t dispose of these, as they will save your life and luggage. Place your bags and your chosen footwear in these before placing them in the suitcase so as to prevent them from coming into contact with your clothes. That helps keep everything neat and clean, plus, it helps the shoes and bags from being squished. Bring an extra one, it will come really handy for separating dirty laundry.
Pre-plan Is The Name Of The Game
There are two kinds of travelers – those who over-pack and end up not wearing the majority of items they carried and those who under-pack and end up missing pieces to create an outfit. In order to avoid either situation, always pre-plan your outfits. A perfect top won’t do you any good if there’s nothing you can pair it with, right? Always make sure to pack a couple of elegant designer dresses, as you never know when the opportunity to wear them will arise. Every trip comes with certain surprises, so always be prepared.
Now, if you’re staying somewhere for an extended period of time, there is little chance you’ll be able to pack a number of separate outfits to last you the entire trip. This is why it’s always a good idea to decide on a color scheme. This is one of the best tricks because non-clashing prints and color palettes go well together, so you’ll be able to mix and match and make outfits seem fresh even when they’re created using a limited number of elements.
All Those Jewels
With the clothes come accessories, but one of the biggest hassles is preventing necklaces from getting tangled. Your best bet is to pack them in plastic wraps. Press 'n Seal is the absolute best choice as this wrap sticks together when you press it, ensuring that necklaces don’t come anywhere near one another.
Beauty On The Go
Investing on lip palettes is always a great idea because it gives you plenty of lip color options without having to carry ten separate tubes. When it comes to the rest of your makeup, always bring your go-to foundation (you don’t want to take chances here), mascara, and your must-have eyeshadow palette. The best thing you can do is pack double-duty products such as bronzer and blush as these can serve as eyeshadow and save you from having to pack an entire palette.
Avoid anything that comes in a glass bottle because there’s always the danger of it leaking or breaking. Refillable plastic bottles are always a wonderful option if you don’t want to purchase travel size creams and skincare essentials. Finally, travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion is a must, unless you’re comfortable with hotel toiletries.
Written by Sophia Smith
I am using SkinYoga’s Coffee body scrub to try and keep the stretch marks and cellulite at bay over the Christmas season. The caffeine in the product is meant to enhance fat metabolism and remove liquid and fat for your skin. The natural oil in it helps to nourish and give your skin an even glow. The scrub is also said to treat inflammation and protect your skin from the sun in the summer.
Take small handfuls of the Coffee scrub and apply onto wet skin in the shower. Scrub your entire body for 5-7 minutes. Follow with your usual shower routine.
Ingredients: Ground Coffee Beans, Pure Coconut Oil, Pure Sesame Oil.
SkinYoga is an Indian brand founded by three sisters Radhika Choudhary, Deepika Choudhary and Jagriti Choudhary. The Coffee scrub comes in a golden coloured packet and smells shockingly of coffee, it is a beautiful smell though. So beautiful in fact that I am scared that I may get it confused with my usual Coffee that I drink every morning.
After using the scrub for a few weeks I noticed that the dead skin cells on my body had gone and I now feel soft and smooth all over. I will continue using the body scrub, as I want to keep my skin and body in shape as I intend on making an absolute pig of myself over the Christmas holiday.
Get your body Christmas ready with SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub. It retails at £32.00 online at Amazon.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This season's accessories and beauty trends are to die for. As we explore the adventures of being a non- conformist. This editorial captures the very essence of being bold and free while baring all that lies beneath.
Photo Credit: Photography- Shola Ajisegbede | @sholaajisegbede for Sniper Ajix Photography | @sniper_ajix
Model- Blessing Obila | @mz_basilia
MakeUp- Temitope | @adella_makeup
HairStylist- Tony Aigbogun | @beautyace7
Styleing & accessorries - Maryanne Alabi | @mayreejay
Location- The Range, Lagos Nigeria
Written by Maryanne Alabi
Photo courtesy of DM Jewelry Designs
It's not a secret that women love jewellery. Receiving it makes them feel and look special. ELENA Earrings by DM Jewellery Designs will make an unforgettable gift for someone who appreciates high quality, artisan products and timeless chic. Made with imported Black Onyx which beautifully accents the sterling silver filigree beads and finished with sterling silver earring findings, this beautiful piece of jewellery is an accessory staple in every woman's wardrobe like the LBD. "The best part of gifting jewellery is that whatever it costs, once gifted it becomes a piece on which you simply can’t put a price tag. It works like a photograph, the memory associated with the gift will carry through with the person for life," says Urban Cocktail and we couldn't agree more.
Based out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, DM Jewellery Designs was established as a result of a life-long enchantment of manifesting visions of radiant jewellery including custom bridal designs. Their mission is to create exquisite pieces of jewellery that celebrates every aspect of a woman. Debora Ann Malouf, owner and creative designer of DM Jewellery Designs, explains, “I will design and re-design a piece until it perfectly captures not only my vision, but also the vision of the client who is involved in the entire custom design process. I refuse to finalize a piece until each one of us experiences what I term as the “WOW” factor.” She continues to state, “Nothing excites me more than manifesting the visions of designs that capture the essence of a woman.”
Photo courtesy of Claycult Cambodia
Bring back those holiday memories and a carefree beach mood with a limited edition of Rudraksha Seed and Ceramic necklace. This stunning long, slightly chunky style necklace, uses three silver capped Nepali seed beads in combination with the specialty ceramic beads. This unique item of jewellery, featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colours, makes a memorable gift which will be treasured for years.
Claycult Cambodia brings the culture of the Khmer people and the colours of Cambodia into their designs. The brand offers a range of exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings in addition to ceramic beads. All items are handcrafted at their studio / workshop in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and the great Angkor temples.
They employ mostly women and adapt the workplace to their lives as much as possible, outsourcing to those who are unable to come to the workshop because of family commitments. Claycult Cambodia encourages education and their staff is paid a fair wage, many of them being the sole supporter of an extended family.
Photo courtesy of LaBante London
Red is officially l y the hot test colour for Fall /Winter 2017. This gorgeous handbag by LaBante London, a Peta-Approved Vegan Brand, will brighten up gloomy winter days and add a touch of glamour to even the most simple outfit.
This elegant and compact bag is perfect for a day (wear it with a casual jacket or coat) or evening out (as a striking addition to an all-black ensemble). Finished with a bow detail to give an extra twist of femininity, it comes with two handy inner compartments to help you stay organised. The shoulder strap can be detached so that the bag can be used as a hand held clutch. Two in one, how smart!
Established in 2009, LaBante London designs and produces accessories with an ethos of 'Fashion With Respect.' What do they mean by that? Their bags and jewellery are not only covetable but also vegan, environmentally friendly, and ethically produced. The brands want to give consumers the experience of luxury, of the finest craftsmanship, of a timeless aesthetic, while respecting the world we live in.
Happy holidays! :)
From clothing that was seen as athlete-exclusive, to something your mom will wear on her busy days, and then finally a step further to something international celebrities will rock on the streets to show off their laid-back attitude, class, and healthy lifestyle. Activewear, or athleisure, is a trend that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s comfort and style combined, it’s high fashion paired with practicality, so is it any wonder that we’re fully embracing this new direction?
This is the trend to follow right now, so let’s chat about how it was influenced, and what’s the most popular way to rock it today.
1. It Girls Sashy Down The Highstreet
From the moment she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid became a relentless gym-goer and healthy lifestyle supporter. We saw her in everything from sexy little purple training bra paired with faux leather leggings, to downright graceful and delicate black ballet leotard paired with a lush grey coat and a big handbag. With some comfy footwear and sassy sunglasses on, she’s giving us life every time we see her leaving the gym.
Kendall Jenner doesn’t lag far behind her bestie either, and her look for the Milan Fashion Week this September was an incredibly successful mix of glamour and chic comfort. An oversized, shoulder-baring white sweater paired with an Adidas-like cropped pants? This girl is killing it with her fashion game. The perfect blend of slouchy and sleek gave her that cool vibe that we’re all longing for.
Take it from the A-lister ladies, this trend is the new version of effortless chic, and look at Gigi, Kendall, Selena Gomez, and even the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.
2. Queen Bey Comes To Rule The Gym
Look, if Beyoncé is loving a trend, then we’re all for it. With her last year’s launch of Ivy Park clothing line and the idea that athleisure is there to celebrate every woman’s body, we’re seeing a significant spike in activewear movement. Pretty little crop tops, simple black and white prints, and giant hoodies are Bey’s go-to ideas for her own line, and we’re loving the casual, soft feel of everything.
Pair slim leggings and a baggy crop top, put on a colorful headband, and you’ll be looking as fierce as our queen.
3. Rihanna Slays It With Puma
After her incredible success with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna seems to be fully embracing body-positivity, and activewear is definitely something that is meant to fit everyone. She paired up with Puma and the collection we’re seeing has this wonderfully retro feel that we’re absolutely loving at the moment. Velour tracksuits, varsity sweaters, turtleneck crop tops, and a bunch of biker shorts, French-cut racy swimsuits, scuba suits, and all of this in bright neon colors.
If you want crazy, if you want color, this is the thing for you, because it ties in fashion with fun, it’s bold, it’s unique, and definitely attention-grabbing.
4. How To Pull It Off Like A Celebrity
Whether you’re a busy lady with a million things to do in a day, or just someone who loves their fashion to be both high-class and comfortable, activewear is probably one of the easiest things to pull off. You just have to let yourself go there, you have to embrace the slouchy, sexy feel of effortless beauty. Gigi Hadid’s combo of all-pink tracksuit and a coat is perfect for a feminine lady who wants some romance in her outfit, and we’re definitely seeing a trend of blue and orange peeking out on the runways for the next year’s season.
Don’t be afraid to make it all more fun though, that’s the greatest thing about this trend. You take something simple, comfy, and then you can feel free to go crazy and get a watercolor splatter print, or something with jungle motives. Ombre looks and geometric designs are also really in.
Embrace the relaxed ease of this trend, ladies! While you’re stocking up on some cute athleisure, why not renew your gym membership and really start enjoying the whole lifestyle?
Written by Sophia Smith
In the world of skincare and makeup, things seem to be changing at the speed of light. It appears like every new day brings a new magical cream, an abundance of serums that promise to change our skin forever, along with numerous other topical innovations. They all boast an abundance of retinol, vitamins, collagen and antioxidants that guarantee a flawless complexion and plump, radiant skin. It was only a matter of time when something new will appear on the skincare market, and now it has. To our surprise, it wasn’t another skincare product, at least not one applied in a traditional matter.
Although the effectiveness of the new drinkable skincare trend is yet to transpire, every innovative step is bound to tickle and intrigue us. If it proves effective, it could change the way we view and practice skincare for good, but as the effectiveness of the new trend still await proof, all we can do is explore the topic with as many pieces of information we have, give it a go and see what happens.
What is drinkable skincare exactly? Given that it’s a ‘brand new thing’ in skincare, it’s difficult to put a finger on it. The rise of drinkable collagen or even a digestible SPF and probiotics in concoctions that promise to reduce dark spots and dull skin, fight aging and target numerous other skincare issues and concerns is, however, undeniable. The products in question vary from vitamin-rich juices to dry supplements that are supposed to be added to your regular beverages.
Besides, the ‘line’ of products goes as far as to introduce a collagen peptide, a drink whose effectiveness has been studied by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. According to their report, the consumption of this drink has increased skin hydration within an eight-week time span, as well as collagen density in the dermis. The study concludes that the oral supplementation has definitely proven effective in slowing down the aging process, and that is definitely food for thought.
Again, it’s difficult to state where the idea for this kind of skincare came from, but given the increasing popularity of fresh-pressed juices that were initially used as a means to detox and cleanse the body from the built-up toxins, this is a safe place to start. It’s hard not to notice that people have been investing in quality cold-press juicers, like the ones by reputable brands such as Kuvings for years now, as they wish to get all the best ingredients out of their fruits and other members of the superfoods family.
The term superfoods has been around for quite some time now. One of their trademark features is the fact that they do wonders for the skin. The holistic approach to skincare has always emphasized the inextricable bond between the gut and the skin, claiming that what we put inside our body is as important (if not more important) as what we put on it. For instance, according to the holistic approach, sedentary lifestyle, a sugar-based diet and food sensitivities don’t only affect our overall health, but inevitably reflect on our skin, and NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD agrees. She states that “research has shown that the bacteria in your gut interact with your immune system, which leads to changes in your skin. Harmful bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation—like redness, acne, and rosacea.”
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the effects of a healthy diet featuring yogurts, and vitamin-packed juices will be easily visible. It’s even less surprising that someone came up with drinkable solutions for all our skin problems.
Predicting the future is a tricky feat, but if the study with collagen is any indication, it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing more and more of these types of skincare products. That being said, this is still a novelty, and one that could fade out just as fast as it came in, so don’t go clearing out your bathroom cabinets just yet. Of course, pressed juices are always welcome, as we know how important vitamin intake is for our health. As for skincare, yes, the connection between body and skin is strong, but whether drinkable skincare products will stand the test of time – well, only time will tell.
Wtitten by Sophia Smith
This summer, I was working on my third collection, Fantasia by KV. A lot of hard work and passion went into every part of it, and I'm glad I can share it with the FF readers!
Fantasia by KV is my first collection away from my afri-western signature mix. I explore the different ways to add exotic and artistic patterns to every day wear. There’s something for everyone.
It's the perfect style balance. Fantasia encompasses the Woman's idealistic sillouette: stylish, practical, comfortable and romantic. This collection boasts of trendy and flattering cuts; for every occasion; with comfort fit and a feminine and exotic touch on the fabric. Every touch, every stride in a Fantasia piece is magnificent, bold and adventurous.
You can view the full collection on the Keji Victoria website - kejivictoria.com.
Check out a few pieces below...
LOLO Jumpsuit with the HONEY Blazer, long length, fitted, with padded shoulders, sleeveless jumpsuit, comfort fit.
The Fantasia Dress, peplum midi dress with print details.
The SUBY Dress, full length A Line dress, cap sleeves.
What are your thoughts on the latest collection?
Lucky for you, we here at Fashions Finest, just love making your life easy, saving you from spending hours in the shopping malls trolling the beauty departments for the best gift.
We have put together our list of beauty gifts, from OMG eyeshadow sets, to the must-have skin-care staples, to much loved fragrance, these are the gifts that we will be giving to our friends and family this Christmas season.
Give the gift of Frankincense in the form of the Amber and Frankincense Diffuser, from Monsoon. Presented in a pretty decorated glass jar, this beautiful scent is a thoughtful gift for a work colleague or a teacher.
This stocking filler is the ultimate beauty gift for all the Glow Getters and jet setters, the Fake Bake Travel Survival Kit. The pack contains: Fake Bake® Papaya Exfoliation & Tan Removal Towelette 7ml, Fake Bake® Coconut Oil Free Moisturiser 10ml and Fake Bake® Flawless Tanning Towelette 8ml.
It is small but handy and Yes, girls loving the Pink ! The Twist & Spritz atomiser from The Fragrance Shop is the perfect companion to the Love Lily Fragrance From Accessorize From Accessorize. It is handy because now your friend, mom, sister or daughter can take her #fav fragrance with her wherever she goes. Fashions Finest fragrance experts love's the fresh feminine scent of Love Lily Also check out The Fragrance Shop's Monthy Subscription Box, if you are looking to give something a bit extra and special.
Looking for that extra piece to add to the ultimate Beauty Gift box that you been putting together since the summer for your #bff then the MakeUp Drop Silicone Sponge is it. This Silicone makeup applicator is designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare by soaking up large amounts of product it ensures flawless application. She will love it !!
Another two great stocking fillers are, Silver Chrome Nail Powder, from SensatioNail while you are at it treat yourself with one of there Polish-to-Gel kits. And the ferrari of tweezers,the Rubis tweezers are the best for precision eyebrow shaping.
Jaguar, we loved it for and on Him for Valentines, now JAGUAR PACE ACCELERATE – FEEL THE ADRENALINE, is a new addition to the range of this dynamic fragrance for the man full of confidence and charisma.
Nude by Nature, created in Australia and loved by all nature loving beauties. The Moonlight brush gift set, available at Debenhams. This is the ultimate 15 piece brush set, for makeup brush fanatics, and it comes in a elegant clutch case making it even more special. Who would not love this beauty, the KAT VON D MAKE UP PALETTE, available at Debenhams, is to die for, full of gorgeous colours that any colour crazy girl would love.
As far as fragrance goes, Ellie Saab is always a firm favourite and the Girl of Now gift set, available at House of Fraser, is a delight for the senses.
For the man that loves to take care of his skin there is the SHISEIDO MEN TOTAL REVITALIZER gift set. Available at Debenhams the set includes, Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Cream 50ml, Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam 30ml, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 10ml and Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye 3ml.
Delightful bath and body treats, from Oliver Bonas, Flora Bath and Body, a combination of fresh freesia, pear, floral desert lily and tropical fig to pamper and rejuvenate. The Soap Bubble, from Bronnley England, with its christmas scent of Apple and Cinnemon encased in a collectable tin bauble makes for a pretty nice stocking filler.
If you really want to treat yourself then the Omorovicza Gold Facial set from Liberty London, is just the thing. Eve Lom a cult beauty favourite has a fantastic range of Christmas set to spoil each and everyone this Christmas. Gift set includes a cleanser and a muslin cloth beautifully packaged in a Christmas bauble.
Because luxury skin care is always such a treat, the Ritual's Gift Boxes are a combination of all the best selling collections, Ritual of Dao, The Ritual of Sakura, The Ritual of Laughing Buddha, The Ritual of Samurai and The Ritual of Hammam. Gift Boxes are available in varying sizes and colours, all made to pamper your loved ones this festive season. Advent Calendar always makes for great gifts and the Ritual's Beauty Calendar's in the shape of a Christmas tree, are packed with treats to make you slow down and enjoy all the best moments of this season. Another great stocking filler, Bronnley's Orchid Hand and Nail Cream Cracker.
The giving and seeing that smile on their faces, sure makes the hassle of shopping for the perfect gift so much more enjoyable.
Everyone deserve a little luxury and it is the season for it ! Together with our Fashions Finest Designers we have compiled an array of lavish goodies for yourself or a friend.
Glitz starts with a gorgeous clutch. The Charlote Emerald Green clutch from The Naan Design, is just luxurious paired with a simple LBD it will just be a knock out at any Christmas or New Year's eve party.
A belt is not often something we would associate with luxury but the CÉLINE Geo Belt in Emerald Green, Gold and Black is just splendidy lavish and will be a nice touch to a jumpsuit to accentuate your curves.
Black is always sleek and sensuous, even in the little details like the MARION Clutch in Black and Gold paired with any color or day or night look this little piece of opulence will stand out.
Blue is a royal color so nothing is more extravagent then the aptly named KATE Saddle Bag Blue paired with a A-line dress for the evening or a pair of indigo jeans and a crisp white shirt for the day. The Kate saddle bag will surely be number one on my lux christmas gift list.
Is there any things as rich as the Giselle a Mutli -coloured fringed and sequined mini dress from designer Tahra Nketia. If you are looking for the flawless NYE party dress then this is it.
Jewelry is such a thoughtful gift and a sparkling pair of earrings will bring a touch of rich indulgence to the one that will recieve it. And this pair are just perfect from designer JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Beautifully designed the Kundan Flower & Pearl Drop Earrings is a treasure worth investing in.
After a long and hard year all we really want to do is just, to drop it like its hot, and have fun and the Unchained Two -piece from Tahra Nketia will help you do just that. Embellished with gold lace, this is a truly extravagant party piece.
Can we ever really get enough of gold jewelry, short answer NO !! These simple yet elegant pieces are from designer Alexandra Jacoumis. The Crown Ring with its intricate and delicate detail of the gold work is from hand sewing with cotton thread makes for a stunning gift.
The elegant Seven Circle Necklace is so dainty and exquisite a true treasure of golden beauty.
Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Black Diamond Shisha Line necklace is the perfect reward for yourself after a hard year of slaving away at work and home.
Love this very versatile Sandra Short jacket in a metallic Rose Gold, from designer label ByVarga. This is a statement piece that you will need in your closet. Because it will jazz-up any dull daytime outfit or just glam up a night time look
A fab pair of heels are just the thing to bring togerther a polished party look. And these heels from designer label Larrit, are sweet, sexy and just magnificent. Shimmer in the Sophia -gold with its sparkly detail and golden heel or be stately sophisticated in the Iyobo -black and gold or the life and soul of the party in the Rita or be all women on your last meeting of 2017 in the Tonto.
Stay warm in this luxurious jacket from desinger Helen Howe Atelier named Victory in Blue . This jacket is cut in stunning blue tweed with suede and decorative military buttons. A superb piece to layer over any party outfit.
A classic look with a beautiful wax print detail at the wrist of the dress- sleeves that gives it just that edge.
Or opt for the Betty Silk Blouse , from BYVARGA, with its beautiful bell sleeves a great piece to dress up a jeans for a relaxed yet lavish christmas lunch.
Make this season all about luxury and spoil yourself with one or even two pieces from our selected designers.
They say this is the season to be jolly, but it is not so jolly when it comes to deciding what gifts to get your love ones. It is tough getting just the right gift, that says I love you or Thank you or that says I appreciate you. But lucky for you, we hear you and we get the struggle of finding the perfect gift. Read on to see some of our Top Picks.
Now if you are more of a practical giver, that loves to give a gift that will be a benefit to your love ones then you will go crazy over our first pick. The BLUEAIR air filter.
These filters are state of the art , manufactured by Swedish firm, Blue Air , they are an ideal gift if your or a family member suffers from Asthma or just to have around the home as they;
¥ eradicates pet dander, all those pesky microscopic flecks of skin shed by animals with fur or feather, which can cause allergies
¥ removes dust mites
¥ eliminates tobacco smoke
¥ targets harmful odours &
¥ combats colds & viruses
Available throughout the UK and stylishly designed BLUEAIR air filter is a our Top choice #forthehome Christmas gift.
Keeping with practical stylish gifts for the #homemaker Then the FRENCH PRESS coffee maker is it. This magnificent coffee maker keeps your coffee piping hot and makes that firts, second and third cup taste like heaven. The gift that every busy #bossbabe home diva needs. It is sleek, beautiful and will complement any kitchen interior. And the best part of it, even if you give it to your sister, mom or friend You can be assured of a good quality cup of coffee everytime you visit. Our Fashions Finest crew of coffee lovers gave the FRENCH PRESS a double #thumbsup
We all love a beautiful home with well placed and stylish decor accessories so here is just a few more gift ideas for the chic and fashionable #decorlover.
The Jonathan Adler Versailles Maze Vase, from AMARA, with its bold geometric print in green and black, and white and gold striped edge and striking square shape with its narrow neck. This beauty is a true #statementpiece for your decor loving friend. For something small but still thoughtful the Marble Vase and Pearl Marble Bowl from Homesense are a pretty good pair of affordable yet glamorous gifts.
Marble is still a hot #decortrend and the Normann Copenhagen Pebble Black Chopping Board will add a touch of class to any kitchen. So this is the ultimate gift for your mom or any one that loves spending time cooking marvelous meals. For the fashion craze chef get the Kate Spade New York Recipe Book she will love it.
Something sweet and chewable always makes for a really thoughtful gift and are the perfect Thank You gift for a colleague or secret santa. Copperpot Originals has two new fantastic festive flavours of fudge, Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge. Delicious , each box of fudge is a festive burst of creamy butter, milk and golden syrup. These mouth-watering sweets has got us chewing all day long because once you pop one in you just can stop chewing them. #fashionsfinest sweetest Top Pick.
Our selection for the #gentlemen in your life is simple and uncomplicated. Our favourite is the Ted Baker - Jungle Print Hip Flask, from Amara, because we just love the #tropicaltheme and then there is the Skultuna - Crown cufflinks or the Kenneth Cole Semi-Precious Stone Cufflinks, House of Fraser, because every gentleman needs a pair of shiny cufflinks. And what man can resist the classic scent of Armanis Modern Leather EDP at House of Fraser , or a stylish Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant Pocket Square from Debenhams. Lastly a gentleman needs shiny shoes and the Ted Baker shoe shine kit from House of Fraser and a Bow tie, from Debenhams, to complete a sophisticated look. You do not need to get all these gift for your man but you can divide it up among all the gentlemen in your life.
We all have atleast one #millenial in our lives so here is just some ideas to keep them #insta happy. They will be snapping away all their trinkest on the Rosanna Trinket Tray with its chic black anc gold design it is uber trendy. Nothing makes a boozy #dinnerparty more fancy then a cool booze decanter like the Rosanna Booze Decanter. Marble and vintage is so in vogue right now , and we are loving the Tatty Devine Vintage Lady Vanity Case and the Marble ring Stacker, all availble at John Lewis. These are all so cute and will be loved by the millenials in your life.
Beauty Lovers will say YES to a thoughtfully put together gift box full of YES TO- SKINCARE. This is skincare that is full of Love and Laughter, and who knows your friend might just invite you over for a Yes To pamper party to share in all the Love and Laughter. With a full range, all natural and organic products , for body, face, hair and lip. With this gift you will offer your friend the blessing of saying YES to every moment life offers her. Take your pick and compile your gift box at YES TO. Fashion Finest LOVES saying Yes To... stunning skin.
Because every beautiful moment starts with a hug and kiss, gift your friend with the most #kissable lips with one of our Top Beauty Picks. Packed with cocunut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed, XO BALM has all the right ingredients to keep her lips kissable all year round.
In this modern age we can not escape technology and whether it is the husband, boyfriend or your son there is a techie geek in all of them. So here is our picks just for them.
Not really techie but it will give that technology lover in your life a bit more style , the Native Union Marble iPhone Dock, from Amara, will make there phone and desk look super glam. Guys and or girls will enjoy this piece of technology the DJI Mavic Pro Drone, from John Lewis, gets a 5 out of 5 in the gift department. Any water and gadget junky will love the Waterproof Camera from Debenhams.
We have a special gift just for you, because you are going to be thirsty after all that #christmasshopping
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Whether you’re looking for some sweetness in the form of a ruffled bikini or craving a bombshell-red sleek one-piece to make you stand out, there’s no doubt that a swimsuit is something very personal.
It speaks of style as much as our everyday fashion does, and it’s one of the most important wardrobe pieces to pack when you’re travelling. Imagine having to get through a vacation in an ill-fitting swimsuit that makes you look terrible. Shying away from the beach and trying to cover up at every chance is no fun at all.
So, to find your perfect piece, we introduce some of the coolest, most iconic swimwear brands that have graced the world, hoping it will inspire some nice shopping experiences.
Let’s start out with a Frenchman, because really, what is life without the French? Dull, that’s what it is. Launched in 1946 by a man named Louis Réard, it followed the end of Second World War and liberation of Europe. Réard, bless his fantastic French mind, is the man who invented the bikini and gave women a way to feel empowered, and to show off their body to their heart’s desire. For the sexy little Bond girl in you, this brand takes alluring and then kicks it up a notch to really make stunning pieces that are perfect for those moments when you want jaws to drop as you walk by.
Straight out of Pretty Women and into your closet, Hunza G is just the brand for some chic, sleek beauty. Worn by Julia Roberts on the set, this is where you’ll find sporty mixed with modern and feel like a fabulous rich Hollywood star as you lounge on the beach. Don’t forget to pair your gorgeous one-piece with a floppy hat and big sunglasses for that mysterious diva vibe.
No one knows beaches and sun-kissed beauty like Australians do, and this marvellous brand aims to bring unforgettable summer fun and classic beauty to women around the world. Founded in 1975, the company makes some of the most gorgeous ladies’ swimwear that’s internationally recognized.
The winners or several Marie Claire’s Reader’s Choice “Best Swimwear” Awards and Fashion Industry Awards, this is where you should turn to if you want quality coupled with trend-setting elegance. From Taylor Swift’s Cabana Rose bikini, to Katy Perry’s chartreuse bustier, and even Gigi Hadid’s beach style, celebrities love this brand’s distinctive style and you can often see it gracing the covers of famous magazines.
How do you capture that unique mix of sweet and naughty that Selena Gomez rocks so effortlessly? Let us tell you her secret: Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuits. The two-piece behind one of the most famous Instagram photos belongs to this fun, colourful brand. Feminine and sassy, it’s for the girl who longs for subtle and sexy swimwear to grace her figure.
Oh, the amount of stunning you can find with this brand. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these Brazilian swimwear makers give you edgy sportswear and groomed, lustrous elegance that will make you look like the statuesque goddess that you are. Not a very subtle brand by any means, but definitely good for when you want to look unique and bold.
Let’s turn to Aussies again, because we just can’t get enough of their bronzed tans and light-hearted fashion sense. High-class bohemian style is the signature of this brand, and their pieces can help you build a beautiful retro look. Why not live out your pin up fantasy by picking a structured one-piece, or high-waisted bottoms? Bright lipstick is a must.
Summer’s short, ladies. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, do you? A sexy gal like you deserves the perfect piece that will accentuate the best features and make you feel like the star of the beach.
Written by Sophia Smith
A fashionable bag that can easily transform a plain outfit into a cute and trendy ensemble is every woman’s favourite accessory.
However, a stylish bag can do much more than just turn you into a trendsetter. The right choice of bag can visually change your body proportions and balance out your figure, making you look thinner or even taller. Therefore, if you want to create a fabulous outfit, it’s essential that you know which bag will flatter your figure the most.
Short And Petite
Proportion is everything when it comes to tiny ladies. If you are short and petite, you should always go for small bags that won’t hide your body. If you carry a large bag, it’ll only make you look shorter than you actually are. A small, stylish bag that goes over the shoulder or over the arm should be your number one choice. However, keep in mind that over the shoulder bags should sit above or at your hip, never below it. Avoid slouching, big bags, and choose a vertical-shaped bag, an oversized tote, or a clutch instead.
Tall And Slender
If you’re tall and thin, you’re in luck, because almost any bag will flatter your body type. From clutches, through shoulder bags to handbags, your figure will look amazing with any bag. However, you should be careful when choosing the perfect handbag. Stick to midsize or large handbags and avoid small ones, because you may appear too tall while carrying them. Bulky and floppy handbags are also a good choice, so feel free to invest in them as well.
If you have an athletic figure, never choose bags of rectangular shape - rectangular bags will add roughness to your body. Rather, you should go for bags that will balance out the angles. Plump, rounded bags such as backpacks are the perfect choice for you. Consider bags with embroidery or studs on the straps or handles.
Apple Shaped Figure And Big Bust
Women with large bust should try to draw attention away from their upper body. Therefore, consider investing in trendy Italian leather handbags with long handles, messenger bags, or even elegant bags that will look amazing over the arm. Tote bags and bowling purses are also great choices that will balance your figure out. Cross-body bags and clutches on the other hand won’t flatter your shape, so it would be best if you stayed away from them.
If you have a pear shaped figure, shifting the attention away from your hips should be your number one priority. Bags with adjustable straps are the perfect choice, because you’ll be able to set the right length for your body type. In case of pear shape, the bag should fall between your hips and waist. You can also add clutches that you can easily slip under the arm onto your list of perfect bag choices. In addition, consider shoulder bags and satchels - they’ll flatter your figure too.
Once again, proportion is crucial, so if you’re a plus size, you should only look for bags that won’t work against your body. Too small a bag will only make you appear even bigger, so invest in well-tailored bags that are proportional to your body and have short to medium straps. Consider large bags with bright prints and oversized clutches. A large satchel or bucket bag will also flatter a plus size figure.
Just as each body type requires different wardrobe to look amazing, they also need different sized bags that flatter their figure. Aside from complementing your outfit, a stylish bag can also help you balance out the proportions of your body, so choose wisely next time you go shopping for the perfect bag. Keep the previously mentioned tips in mind, and you’ll never have to worry about looking too short or too big because of a wrong handbag choice.
After the stormy weather you can feel the icy winter chill in the air so, we have rounded up some cosy knits and coats for you to snuggle up to and keep the cold at bay.
There is nothing as cosy as a polo neck jumper, that is why our first pick is the Rich Red roll neck jumper from Cath Kidston with its cashmere touch and stripe hem. It will keep you warm and snug on any cold day. A great piece for a weekend get away paired with a pair of denims or tucked into a skirt, pair it with boots for an extra warm look.
Next up is the Cream Bardot Cable Knit from Miss Selfridge. Sexy yet fun with its fringe detail, this is a excellent piece for a first date. Paired with skinny jeans and heels for a casual chic look.
Keep up with the Pretty floral trend in this slouchy loose fit Grey Embroidered Jumper wiht its balloon sleeves, from F&F at Tesco. The perfect jumper for a cold day hanging out with friends in your favourite coffee shop.
Stay warm at work in the Silver Tassel High Neck Jumper, from New Look. Pair it with a pair of sexy slingbacks and tapered trousers for a stylish at the office look.
Stand out from the crowd in our top pick is this must have Brown Panel Faux Fur jacket from New Look. Layer it over a dress and a pair of slinky boots and your are set tto brave any stormy day.
Get cozy in the cold weather favourite, Puffer jacket, from PRIMARK. Whether paired with something sporty or glam to stay warm on those nights out a puffer jacket is a must have especially if you can not stand the cold.
The cold weather puts us all in a miserable mood so, if you are looking for something to boost your mood and brighten your dull day then, the Anna Beth Yellow Coat, from River Island, will be the best-loved item in your wardrobe.
For a more classic look, the Wool Blend Dogtooth print coat, from M&S is flawless. Layered over a dress with knee-high boots and belted to show off your figure. This is defiantly a hero piece that will take you through autumn and winter.