It’s official – Christmas is just around the corner and the work party season has well and truly arrived!
But how do you dress for a Christmas party if the venue of choice is less than conventional? With bosses choosing quirkier venues to host the festive celebrations, many of us have been left wondering just what on earth to wear.
You can’t go far wrong with the little black dress, but what if your work party requires something a tad more practical? Luckily, River Island have got you covered with this handy guide on how to dress for any office party venue:
Sophisticated Stately Home:
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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you could be celebrating your work Christmas party in a stately home or castle. Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a ball in your surroundings. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, you may want to opt for something more comfortable.
Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so wear what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).
Bowling And Drinks:
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Who doesn’t enjoy showing off their competitive side? If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.
Comfort is the name of the game here – but you’ll want to keep it stylish, of course. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your work-wear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.
You can’t go far wrong with this summer’s hottest trend – culottes. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season.
Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.
Traditional Restaurant Meal:
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A meal and drinks is the traditional Christmas party format.
A traditional meal in a restaurant is the most common choice of Christmas party format. But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.
If the little black dress just isn’t your thing, you may want to try something a bit more daring. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go!Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table.
This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.
Party On A Rooftop Terrace:
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Let’s face it, we all wish summer could last forever. Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change!
Rooftop terrace parties give you the chance to really show off your style credentials – think red dresses, sequins or long glittering ball gowns. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.
Outdoor venues definitely call for a good coat. This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar.
If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.
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For a true diva, a wedding is a perfect opportunity to show off her styling skills. If the wedding happens to be your own, then it’s practically a fashion paradise just waiting to happen, and picking out the right attire and accessories is probably one of your favourite parts of the whole event.
If you’re giddy with happiness at the very prospect and can’t wait to show off the hottest trends, then get ready to be the most modern, gorgeous bride in 2019. For our eager fashionistas, here are some popular styles that should inspire all sorts of fun outfit ideas for your ceremony.
Daring, Sexy Crop Tops
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We love the idea of getting the kind of wedding outfit that you can wear even after the event, and the crop top and long skirt combo is one of the trendiest things that you can pick up. It’s definitely sexy, but what’s even better is just how damn elegant it can look. With only a hint of your midriff bared, a sleeveless or off-the-shoulder crop top can be downright demure, and if you pick a simple one you can even utilise it for different occasions. Imagine a marriage anniversary a year from now, and you wearing it underneath a sleek blazer? But not only that, a two-piece outfit like this can make it easy to change into something more comfortable after the ceremony, so you can bring a soft pair of pants or a simple skirt to change into for that wild after party you were planning—everyone loves a bride that shows off two outfits in one go.
As for the bottom half, pick a long, dramatic skirt that swishes as you walk, or maybe go for something a little more form-fitting and pick a mermaid cut that will flatter your curves.
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Wedding jumpsuits are a great invention, and they’re a great choice for brides who want to be a little more comfortable and still leave an impression. Most of the cuts look very sleek and polished, and they’re very popular with corporate queens and important business women because they give off an aura of power and luxury that can be really fun at weddings—who says that everyone needs a frilly dress? If girly outfits are not your thing, pick a jumpsuit and throw a blazer over it for full effect.
Pure, Unadulterated Sophistication
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Meghan Markle is to thank for this blessedly wonderful trend. For ladies who believe that elegance lies in simplicity, her Givenchy wedding dress was an inspiration that is still highly recognised as the ultimate form of royal sophistication. It’s influencing bridal trends everywhere, and the clean cut, simple silhouette, and lack of fussy or excessive details mean we’re getting garments that truly represent feminine grace. To pull this off, find wedding dresses that have traditional cuts and pair them with very simple, natural makeup and minimal jewellery. The trick here (and the reason everyone was so impressed with Meghan’s attire) is to let your own beauty be the biggest ornament—anything you wear is just there to enhance it.
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Reem Acra gave us a very interesting blend of floral details and metallic for 2019, and this is a very good direction for the kind of bride who loves the romanticism of weddings. Whether the flowers are subtle lace details on your veil or something that covers the whole dress, it’s hard to go wrong with something like this—you’ll feel like a princess and look totally feminine and demure.
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Not every dress needs to be huge, puffy, and dramatic. Shorter wedding dresses are a great choice, particularly if you picked a venue where you expect your guests to dance and be a little more active instead of simply sitting around. Look for garments with shimmery details or a fun feather trimming, and feel free to incorporate a 1920's vibe into the whole thing. The mini dresses actually work really well with finger curls, smoky eyes, and jazzy dance tunes. Of course, you can also go for sheer panels over a soft satin base if you prefer a little more serious kind of look. Just make sure to pair your dress with a really good pair of heels that will elongate your legs and make you feel more glamorous.
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When it comes to accessories, they seem to be focused mostly on one statement piece, and for 2019 that’s going to be a headband. Whether it’s pearls, shimmery gemstones, or simple satin ribbons, brides will be turning to hair ornaments to complement their attire and make them look just a touch more ethereal. If a headband doesn’t go with the hairstyle you were planning, consider wearing a circlet—they’re easy to incorporate with any kind of up-do, and they can make you look very regal.
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No more heavy, cakey makeup trends, gals. We’re slowly shifting more towards natural looks, and you no longer have to worry about elaborate eyeliner or buckets of bronzer that will completely change your natural skin tone. Next year invites minimalism, so master the art of natural makeup and enjoy the way it enhances your best features.
Your wedding is a great opportunity for you to play with fashion! Go as traditional or as out-of-the-box as you like, and have fun showing off your style.
Written by Sophia Smith
Christmas is almost here again, and the countdown to Santa’s sleigh bells will begin very soon. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with deciding what to buy for everyone else, and leave yourself until the very last minute!
If you have just realised that’s you, don’t panic. Some of Fashions Finest designers are on hand to help you out.
Whether it’s finding the perfect accessories for your Christmas ‘do’ or a statement dress for the New Year’s party, check out these pieces, with a word from their designers too.
This stunning scarf is 100% silk, and measures approximately 90x90cm square. The main motif has a crown to denote the Queen Bee that is central to the picture and commands the other elements.
This statement piece is artwork in itself, and can be worn to add to your holiday outfit this season.
Price: £55 with free UK shipping
Saraden Designs ‘Vanity’ hair comb is a one of a kind piece which has been designed using Saraden Designs Handmade, light weight metallic fabric in various pastel tones. Each piece has been stencilled out, cut and rolled into its shaped before being hand sewn into place.
Vanity is very full bodied with an extensive colour palette of pink, purple, yellow, gold, blue, silver and white. It is a perfect piece to brighten up any outfit and it is one of Sarah’s favourite designs. The design is very light in weight and is secured to the head with a comb.
Twozzday’s latest collection, is now officially available for purchase!
This London collection was the end of a summer, nationwide tour ending in London. Stay warm this holiday season, and enjoy the style and comfort Twozzday’s collection affords you.
This dress will really make a statement at the new year’s party! Made from midnight black, stretch velvet, it is a panelled dress with a beautiful fishtail shape, and iridescent shimmer throughout. This dress boasts statement sleeves and puddle train.
Size UK 8-16 available (lead time 14 days)
Price: £495 plus £10 UK shipping
Elise cardigan is a stunning cardigan made in soft viscose and is perfect for both every day or a party. Over a dress this will keep up warm and looking fresh. Available in glacier print and phantom black.
Price: Cardigan $350
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These glasses are gorgeous eyewear with a clear tint. They are not weather restricted, and can be worn to accessorise any outfit over this festive period and beyond. Note the beautiful pearl and hand detailing which make the piece unique.
Price: £50 with free UK shipping.
Very Rich Style
VRS breathes its fashion aesthetic into its first ever fragrance for men and women, ‘Forever’. Sumptuous and unforgettably sultry, the fragrance takes one on a journey through Florentine Iris, Oriental Ambergris, Bourbon Vanilla, Geranium, Calabrian Bergamot, and Suede.
Available now just in time for the holidays!
This Rubellite jumpsuit is inspired by the Rubellite gemstone itself. Contrived in New York City, only three pieces are crafted of the design. It is now available for pre-order exclusively on Shay Jaffar online store.
Not only this, but if you are one of Fashions Finest lovers, the promo code FFXmas will guarantee you 20% discount upon order!
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Look no further for the ideal outfit for all glam events coming your way this festive season! The Nephilim dress from the atelier of Croatian designer Olya Sookie is ideal for all Christmas and new year’s parties and guarantees a striking entry into the New Year.
How better to mark this time of year, than to look like an angel that has come down to the earth! Contribute to the magic of the season in the airy, silver-white dress that gives you an ethereal vibe.
The Nephilim dress is handmade, and can be fully customized for you! (maybe a warmer edition for the colder weather) Contact us without hesitation, we will make the dress represent the real you!
These limited edition heels are made by hand, through collaboration with an Italian artisan, boasting the top care and expertise of a craftsman’s hand. They are made with a leather upper, and originally crafted wooden heels to make your chosen party outfit special this holiday season.
Price: £860 with free UK shipping
Retro Blue waterproof windbreaker. This is a limited edition, unisex teal colour wind breaker. (Model wearing size M.)
It boasts a pouch pocket front, with invisible zip compartment and a button front pocket perfect for your valuables. You even get another invisible side zip for your wallet and phone.
The inside is lined with a mesh that is printed with our signature bespoke retro leopard print, and text printed on the sleeves reads 'I am who i am. Your approval is not needed.’ Cord is in black and a half zip at the front.
A cool, statement piece that can be dressed up or down to accentuate your choice of dress this holiday season!
Happy Christmas Shopping, and may all your wishes come true this holiday season!
For many, autumn and winter are a new chance to swap out those summer and spring styles for cold weather classics, like fuzzy sweaters, knit hats, and purses that complement your seasonal attire. It’s time to start off fresh again, and breathe some life into your wardrobe! Don’t throw away all your old bags, but adding some new classics to your closet for the new season will help make it easy to create the wardrobe looks you wait all year long to show off! Here are a few purse styles and shapes that will help you upgrade your collection from old to new again - without completely modifying your current collection.
Minimising is in and with these micro minis all you need is your phone, credit card, and a lip gloss for the perfect night out. This is ideal for those cocktail dress nights out on the town, where you don’t want to lug around your regular mini bag.
The classic clutch never goes out of style. This autumn and winter, try a clutch that is a little more unique, like a hard plastic acrylic bag or a woven clutch - they make for an artistic touch to any outfit, and are a true statement pieces of their own. You can find simple envelope style cross-body clutches, as well as intricate textured designs. Try pairing these with a casual pair of jeans and blouse to really make it stand out.
This old-school look will have you replacing your classic totes with a much cleaner and more professional look. Totally roomy, you’ll love stuffing this bag with all your work and daily necessities! Match this with any office look or your date night apparel for a sophisticated style that’s versatile for your day-to-night lifestyles.
You may be thinking fanny pack at the mention of belt bags, but this strappy design is a great autumn accessory, especially when hitting up those outdoor activities and festivals. Out of sight and out of mind, the strap fits snug around your waist when adjusted properly and won’t steal the show away from your outfit. When you’re out and about, pair your belt bag with your favourite leggings and comfy sweater!
Not quite a clutch, and not quite a wrist-let, this combo makes it easy to grab and go. The pouch design is also super flexible, and makes it easy to throw in all sorts of necessities without cramming items in like a puzzle to fit just right. This little bag makes the perfect accessory for those fun dates nights! Whether you’re hitting the local carnival, or go-kart raceway, this flexible bag will look great with your semi-casual attire.
Yes, that’s right! A purse with a scarf strap has the combination of fashion and convenience — all in one. The soft strap won’t weigh heavy on your neck and shoulder, and will look creative too! Scarf straps allow more room for creativity, with bold and exciting patterns, and colours that add a little something to your little black dress.
Don’t be a square, and hop on board to this vintage comeback! The circle purse usually features a small wrist-let to hold onto, and a convenient snap closure. Circle bags have been massively popular this year, and it’s easy to see why - this retro look will pair great with a short and sassy dress for parties, and bring that old-school design we all dream about!
Super clean and minimal, this classic purse means business. The sleek look will create a sophisticated style when matched with your office wear, and can easily go from work to happy hour! Dressed up or dressed down, it’s easy to match this feminine look to almost all your wardrobe styles.
Ring Handle Bag
Switch out your evening clutches for something a little more modern, like the new ring handle bag. This look brings a retro vibe and makes going out more fun when you can let it hang from your wrist, rather than struggling to carry it tucked under your arm all night. This little sidekick will look classy when you match it with your sleek trouser suit outfits.
There’s a new modern twist to the traditional bucket bag. These bags keep their structured design, but offer a little more fashion to them with special designs like woven looks to add a little something to your everyday attire. The bucket style makes it easy to carry an assortment of things with you at all times. Whether you’re a mum on-the-go or a busy manager, this is the bag that has all the room you need.
Switch It Up
When you’re getting bored with last cycle’s purses, bags, and clutches, substitute your formerly classic styles with these new remixes.
Written by: Tess DiNapoli
BE YOUR OWN SUCCESS, a mantra by which Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry has lived, from the beginning of her career in Paris in 1998 to her success now.
Launching her first collection at the Leclaireur in Paris, followed by an invitation to show at Paris Fashion week in 1999, to her successful partnership with Virgin Airlines. A partnership which has seen her gold BYOS bar as the 10th best seller in the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy Magazine - 2016. Her success has seen her pieces being worn by the Royals, and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
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Each and every piece in her collection has a timeless elegance and a playful mix of texture and colour to it. Making it a dream to wear for women who love to add colour and texture to their everyday outfits.
Drawing inspiration from life, culture and world events, she designs each piece as something personal, for her the designer as well as the wearer. It is this personal connection that adds a sense of vibrancy and beauty to each piece.
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She wants women to feel that, they are the driving force behind their own success and that, when you put on one of her bracelets, earring or necklaces, that you are empowered to be yourself and to build on your own success.
"It’s about being you, knowing what makes you tick, what makes your heart work, what makes your mind work, and embodying that.” -Melissa Curry
Find and shop her collection today at www.melissacurry.com
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These days, if you’re not an influencer, chances are you have at least one in your life. It’s a pretty tempting and interesting hobby that can turn into a lucrative job. That’s why so many stylish people, people who love to travel, those who know how to write or are amazing makeup artists have turned their focus from something else and opted for a career change. So, if you want to show appreciation for the person who is always giving you fashion and lifestyle advice, give them something related to their job. If you’re feeling lost, that’s totally okay.
We’ve got you covered with the ultimate gift, so you never make a mistake again. After all, a bad gift is worse than no gift at all.
If You’re Feeling Generous
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Those amazing photos they post don’t just come out of thin air. There is a lot of equipment and editing involved, so make sure to subtly enquire how happy the person is with their camera or lens. If they express dissatisfaction, do a little research and find the best camera for their needs and get it for them. You have no idea how much this will mean to them. Seriously, the camera is crucial for their job, and they will love you forever for this gift.
If You Want To Be Practical
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Influencers are constantly glued to their phones. They either post stories, IGTV videos and even Instagram posts. No wonder their phone’s battery life is so short and everywhere they go they look for a place to ‘plug in’. Well, if you want to lend your influencer a helping hand, you will get them the strongest power bank there is. This way, they can safely scroll, post, answer messages and check their comments without worrying about running out of ‘juice’. You will be seen as a real life-saver.
If You’re Not Fashion Or Beauty-savvy
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It’s completely normal that you don’t know what the hottest bag or shoe or even makeup brand is this season. You’re not the one checking out every fashion show and following all the fashion Instagram accounts – you’re pardoned. Therefore, if you want to do something nice but are completely clueless, simply get your influencer a memorable prepaid Visa card. This way, you’re not giving them money per se, you’re giving a kind of a gift card, which has a lot more warmth to it. By doing this, you’re giving them the chance to buy what they have been craving and not something you randomly picked out. Don’t get us wrong, you may have great taste, but they are influencers for a reason; they are rarely impressed, but they definitely will be by this savvy move.
If You’re A Genius
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You may not know this, or perhaps you even do, but influencers love a good #flatlay photo. They work very hard to set up each detail that will wind up on Instagram, so one of the things you can do is get them a yearly subscription to Vogue magazine. It doesn’t seem like the most creative gift, but trust us, sometimes a cover page of Vogue can save an entire pic. You will be the hero who saves #flatlay, and more than that, you will show that you are actually interested in what the person in your life does and loves.
If It’s Staring You In The Face
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Let’s face it, every influencer loves a designer something. It can be a wallet, a bag, a belt with the brand’s logo or even a pair of shoes. When it comes to designer goods, especially accessories, there is essentially no way you can do it wrong. A Gucci or a Carolina Herrera belt will make her scream with happiness, and if your budget allows you, check out some of the trendiest bags of the season and snag one of them. She will literally be the happiest girl on the planet. We promise you this.
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In order to get this one, you would have to be obsessed with makeup, and you’re probably not. That is why we are here.
You see, influencers are supposed to have all the new makeup launches first, and if yours isn’t already on PR lists, she has to snag them herself. This is where you come in. One of the newest things all beauty gurus are buzzing about is the Cherry collection by Urban Decay. This is a great gift, especially for fall and winter as all the colors are very warm and season-appropriate. Then, there are tons of new releases from one of the hottest brands of the day – Fenty Beauty. You can get her the new Gloss Bomb in shimmering pearl, one of the new Stunna lip paints and the Diamond Bomb highlighter. She has to show off her look using only the newest products, so surprise her with the knowledge you have on makeup and grab these goodies. Don’t worry, we won’t tell we gave you the skinny.
Shopping for an influencer can be difficult, but that’s why you have us. Hopefully, we have you covered for the next couple of birthdays and important anniversaries. Good luck, shop smart!
With sustainability and comfort, as their main focus, the Dublin based brand Theo & George founded by Katie O’Riordan, has fast become the go to for women looking for clothes that are easy to wear and are made to move in. Whether you are looking for something stylish for the office or just for running around with the kids, Theo and George offer a range that will make you feel, live and move better.
The brand sells exclusively online and offers the modern day women a collection of timeless and stylish pieces for every occasion in her busy day. From easy to wear classic t-shirts, to luxurious cashmere all made for everyday wearing. Each and every item is made from high quality ethically sourced materials for premium quality and sustainability.
Here are 5 pieces that has fast become our favourite “must add “ to wardrobe items.
Go through your day with ease and comfort in the soft and lightweight Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck paired with the versatile Gretta Wrap Skirt.
Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck 264€- Gretta Wrap Skirt 119
Nothing is more versatile then the classic V-neck T-shirt, from running around the city to doing school runs. Their Jill V-neck t-shirt is oversized and super soft for easy movement and comfort all day long. Available in colours white, pink, black ,grey and navy.
Jill V-neck t-shirt - 39€
The easy to slip on Leigh Slip dress is made for easy layering on those cooler days. Pair it with the Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck for a sleek and sophisticated day look.
The sheer Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck is lightweight and the perfect layering partner for those days when you just need something easy to slip into. Paired with the Bridget Track pants.
Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck 129€- Bridget Track pants 99€
The Bridget track pants, available in black and green, with its high waisted elastic band, makes this jogger pants the go to for comfort and style, whether you pair it with trainers of heels for a ultra sport lux look.
The Karina zip back t-shirt dress is another wardrobe must have with its zip detail at the back. Perfect for a chic and comfortable look.
Karina zip t-shirt dress 149€
Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com
Minimal makeup has become a huge trend recently. Was it ever really gone? Of course, bare face with nothing on it is not the same thing. The point of minimal makeup is to enhance your strengths and hide the things you are not too happy about, such as redness, pigmentation or spots. But how do you achieve the perfect look that can deceive somebody into thinking you really have nothing on?
Take Care of Your Skin at All Times
This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway because how you wash your face is important. Especially if you have an event coming up and you’ll like to do minimal makeup – there’s a lot of space for mistakes. So use a gentle soap or a wash and a flannel cloth. You don’t want to use an exfoliant at this point, as it can bring out the redness in your complexion. Other times? Yes, but don’t overdo it, as physical exfoliation can damage your skin.
For the minimal makeup, you want to make sure your skin is soft, supple and hydrated. So there’s a step you don’t want to miss: moisturizing. Apply just a pea-sized amount of moisturizer all over your face. Apart from feeding your skin, this step will ensure that your makeup sits right there, but it won’t make your face look greasy. Just what we need!
Use a Foundation Made For You
Okay, maybe you don’t have access to a whole team making shades for a major makeup company, but you do have access to all the shades... so all you have to do is choose the right one. This is a crucial step but so many people are missing it and end up using the wrong colour, which ends up looking funny on their faces, to say the least. Invest some time into choosing the right foundation, and not only when it comes to color but texture as well. What do you want from a foundation, perfect coverage or just a little help, glowing or matte finish? When you do end up choosing the foundation – and remember, the colour of your skin also changes from winter to summer – remember to blend well. You’re not going for the clown look, but the minimal one!
Use Little Tricks for the Eyes
We understand if you’re a mascara lover who cannot get enough of coats, endless mascara coats! But minimal makeup is all about being... well, minimal. What you can do, though, to draw attention to your eyes, is curling your eyelashes. This can really do much more than just applying mascara, no matter how good it is. If you’re not too sure about your curling skills, or just don’t want to be doing it every morning, try looking into eyelash extension deals, as there are some really good ones that won’t take last pounds out of your wallet. By having eyelash extension, you get to keep perfect eyelashes for a long time, with no effort. Worth considering.
Conceal if Needed
If there are any problem areas after you’ve put on your foundation, reach for a good concealer. Sometimes there are no problem areas, but since the colour of our skin is not even in all the areas of the face, you might want to use it anyway. If you have any dark under-eye circles, swipe the brush under your eyes, where you’ve already applied the concealer, then pat with your finger to blend.
Don’t Use Bronzer
This might come as a surprise to bronzer-loving girls, but even though it can look extraordinarily beautiful, you will want to skip it when trying to achieve a minimal look. Minimal makeup is all about trying to work with what you’ve got already; you don’t want to mess with the natural colours of your face, just work with them to bring out the best.
But You Can Use Blush
A lot of girls have memories of their grandmothers telling them they look amazing when they blush a little, be it from embarrassment or running. So blush is allowed in the minimal makeup (minus the sweat from working out, or the overall feeling when you feel awkward!). but try making it as soft and close to your natural blush as possible. Cream blushes work best for the soft look you are trying to achieve. Apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks – so exactly where you would blush naturally – and blend until you have a colour that’s very subtle, but still noticeable.
Play with the Colour of Your Lips
Luckily, there is an abundance of shades that can work amazingly with the natural, minimal makeup. And a decade ago we thought nude is just one colour! You can use any nude shade you like, but you can also apply a little cream blush you just used on your cheeks to your lips – this will enhance their natural pigment, thus making them super lovely.
And Don’t Forget Your Eyebrows
Eyebrows can make it or break it – and by “it”, we mean your complete look. You don’t want them to have a very strong line. Actually, you want them to be natural, but with little help. So if your natural eyebrows are very light, blend a colour to give them a little shape. Bonus trick: use eyeshadow instead of a brow pencil. This gives you a much softer, more natural look.
And there you have it – a natural makeup look that looks almost as if you have nothing on your face, but so much different from an actual bare face, and so much better. Enjoy the look and the compliments you will be getting!
It’s the time of year again when huge brands have just come together to showcase their new collections and style pieces during fashion weeks around the globe and eager fashionistas are keen to see what the new trends will be for next season. Although the trends seen on the catwalk may seem a bit far-fetched and unwearable to most, it is those trends that trickle down and influence the styles that we come to see on our high street. Therefore, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a style icon, you can get ahead of the curve for next season by looking at the new trends coming through during Fashion Week. To help, we’ve rounded up some of the most prominent men’s fashion trends for SS19, as seen on catwalks of recent.
And by shorts, we mean short shorts, in all variations and colours. Many brands showcasing future trends included men’s shorts in their catwalks. From leather shorts to elasticated, sporty styles and everything in between, expect to see short shorts on the rails of fashion rails up and down the land. Keep it casual and create an effortless outfit by teaming with a slouchy knit or relaxed bomber jacket.
Shades Of Green
Sage and khaki is a colour trend predicted to be huge this spring/summer. Think earthy green colours and you’ll be on the money when it comes to fashion colour trends next season. From sage trouser suits to khaki trench coats and military style trousers. Neon colours, such as fluoro lime, were also a big hit in the trends set to be huge in SS19. However, if a relaxed, subtle look is more your thing, why not try a trend-inspired muscle fit hoodie in khaki green or if you aren’t daring enough to go full sage, add a sage green tie to a grey tailored suit.
Tailoring And Double Breasted Jackets
There was a big return in tailored clothing across London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Taking inspiration from the 80s, tailoring is set to make a huge comeback in the spring and summer months of 2019. The suiting shape of next season is the double-breasted jacket. Although tailored suits are in, the tight, traditional shape of suits in years gone by are no more. Instead, opt for oversized, fluid shapes with an equally oversized double-breasted jacket which are best worn open this spring/summer ‘19. For the brave, suits worn with bare chests were also a huge trend on the catwalk.
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For those of you who love to rock a bucket hat at a festival, we have some good news for you… bucket hats are making a huge come back this spring. Taking inspiration from the 90s music scene, Britpop and the Stone Roses and injecting a new, stylish twist, the traditional bucket hat has come a long way from the days of Kangol, with designer brands such as Fendi and Valentino jumping onto this trend for SS19. Many bucket hat designs seen on the catwalk adorned printed or textured designs, with patchwork also making an appearance on these classic hats.
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Over the years we’ve seen an array of denim trends, from flare jeans to oversized denim jackets, embellished to ripped, and now it’s time for the dad style jean to make its way to the top of the denim trends for next season. A top tip is to opt for a medium or light-wash denim effect for a dad jean that can be perfectly teamed with a more “out-there” patterned shirt or jacket.
Even though the fashion month is in full swing, we won’t be seeing those trends ‘come to life’ for months to come, but that’s perfectly fine, as there is an entire universe of fall trends that are just getting their place in the limelight and are just waiting for us to shop and flaunt them. Given how inspired and inspirational, not to mention far from drab and inconspicuous the autumn 2018 trends are, there is no chance you won’t shine and make yourself feel just a little bit better in amazing clothing that spites the autumn, which, let’s face it, can be gloomy sometimes.
There is a plethora of trends, but we have chosen the very best for you, and the best part is, they are now all yours for the picking, so pick away and go dazzle.
You’ll Love It
Whether we’re keen on a particular pattern or not, the runways have a way of making us inclined towards it once we see it on the models. Such is the case with animal print, about which opinions have been heavily divided, but more and more people are giving in to the trend. A statement leopard print coat seems to be all the rage right now, at least according to the street style section, and we have to say, it looks pretty darn classy when worn with neutral colors. However, if this isn’t really your cup of tea, you can always embrace the trend in a more subtle manner, with a pair of leopard print ankle boots for instance, which are enough to elevate an outfit but not as risky as a larger garment, so you don’t run the risk of making a fashion mistake.
Puff It Up
One of the most romantic trends, at least in our opinion, is the puff-sleeve trend that has been spotted on a number of garments, from simple tops to dressy blouses and even amazing autumn dresses. The best part is that, since the jeans plus a dressy top trend has made a low-key comeback, you can feel free to rock your puffy blouse with a pair of mom jeans or any other jeans that do your body justice and feel amazing. The fabrics are usually soft, so you can always put a trench coat over the blouse if it gets chilly and you’ll look amazing and a little ostentatious – in the best way, when you remove the coat.
The popularity of the grey oversized checked blazer, usually long enough to serve as a tuxedo dress at times, doesn’t seem to be dwindling down. If you haven’t grabbed your version, make sure to hop to it ASAP, because the pattern didn’t only mark the fall season but also has staying power, which makes it a great investment. Aside from that, with the mixture of menswear-inspired garments and those purely feminine, you’re going to need this baby to exude those mixed vibes. And if it remains as popular as it is now, it might just dethrone the mighty trench coat.
In Layering We Believe
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Some are still in mourning over the end of summer, but instead of wallowing, jump on the amazing layering train, which allows you to show your mad mixing and matching skills and lets you unleash your inner fashion persona. There’s no need to say goodbye to dresses, as you can buy women’s dresses online, amazing and affordable ones at that, and practice the art of smart and chic layering. You can rock strappy dresses with shirts underneath and exude those trendy ‘90s vibes, and add a touch of athleisure with a warm and cozy pair of sneakers and cool and trendy polka dot tights. Finish off the look with a luxurious-looking long grey cardigan and bam – you’ve got yourself some layering gold.
A Complete Inevitability
After a close inspection of the street style section of every fashion capital from Oslo to New York and London, the verdict is in, and the white boot trend still remains untouchable. Whether you’ll go for knee-high or the ankle ones is irrelevant, you simply must snag a pair. They have proven not only their chicness, but also their versatility; they’ve been rocked with simple jeans, tracksuits, frilly dresses and power suits. So, it’s time for us to give in and let them elevate our look and mystically blend into each one at the same time. We don’t know how, but these boots have become a complete style chameleon.
Carolina Herrera may have given away the creative reigns, but she did leave us with one final message – always be elegant and don’t be afraid to play with colour. One of the absolute best looks, one that we presume will be remembered and worn for years to come, is the one featuring a simple crisp white shirt, a ball gown skirt and a wide belt in a contrasting colour. This is a look worthy of the red carpet and meeting the queen, but it is also great for going out or even rocking it at work. We have been reminded, once again, that there is so much beauty in simplicity, even when that simplicity includes colour-blocking. As pieces like these are easy to find, go and find your go-to colours and mix like there’s no tomorrow.
Finally, let us not forget about the mighty power suit. Every woman should own one, whether she is a ladyboss or not, because we all deserve to feel and look powerful. There are so many cuts that you can choose from fitted and oversized tailored blazers and wide-leg trousers in checked pattern, pastels or saturated colours, so make sure you pick one out and wear it as often as you can because this is unquestionably the outfit of autumn 2018.
Written by Sophia Smith
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Adapting to changing seasons is no easy task when trying to balance appropriate clothing and keeping up with fashion trends. As seasons and trends change, so does the relevance of certain items in your wardrobe and your favourite, go-to garment of choice last Autumn may no longer be “on-trend” or looking in great condition. The key to creating a wardrobe that can be easily adapted to seasonal trends is to mix staple, timeless and versatile pieces with trend-led statement items so that you won’t have to completely overhaul your wardrobe every time a new season rolls around. Just because the leaves are starting to turn brown and shrivel up, doesn’t mean your sense of style has to as well. We’ve rounded up five essentials that every man needs in their wardrobe to keep them looking sharp this autumn.
Streetwear is a trend that is currently taking the fashion industry by storm and it shows no signs of slowing down. Bulk your autumn wardrobe up with some staple streetwear basics that can be layered under trendy jackets or jumpers. Whether you’re relaxing at home or layering your basics and using them as an undershirt on colder days, having a plain crew neck t-shirt in simple colours such as white, grey or black is a must-have for any man’s wardrobe this autumn.
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In the past year or so, we’ve seen shearling coats in multiple colours for women and now it’s time for the men’s shearling jacket to burst onto the scene. If there’s anything you should do this autumn, it’s to invest in a quality shearling overcoat that will keep you warm during the cold months. Leather is also a huge trend this autumn, therefore, you could even mix the two trends and by purchasing a shearling lined jacket with an outer layer crafted from a mix of leather and suede to add texture and detail and be bang on-trend.
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A quick browse through the “new in” section of many fashion websites and it will soon become clear that checks are a huge trend this autumn. The catwalks have embraced this trend and models have been seen dressed from head to toe in bold and bright checked patterns. If all over check isn’t your thing, then we suggest teaming a checked shirt under a double-breasted jacket (also on-trend this autumn) to create the perfect subtle outfit, suitable for work or casual drinks. If you want to take check to the next stage and make a statement, invest in an overcoat with oversized tartan or plaid check print to transform your autumn look.
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Gone are the days when a men’s knitted jumper or cardigan is associated with the older generation. The fashion world has taken the autumn/winter staple and injected style into it. It goes without saying that knits are a go-to for most during colder months. However, this year, not only will a staple knit keep you warm but you’ll be creating a stylish autumn look too. Try to stick to timeless bold colours for an effortless, clean look.
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There was a time when sturdy boots were only seen on the feet of hardcore hikers who spend their weekends walking for miles over the hills of the countryside. However, this year, walking-style boots have been adorning the catwalks of major fashion shows, with Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani even getting in on the action. Not only will a pair of sturdy lace up boots transform your footwear into a head-turning, fashion statement this autumn, but they are also extremely practical and comfortable to wear if you do find yourself on a long walk or caught in the unpredictable autumn weather.
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Written by guest blogger James Flynn
They say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Still, in order for it to be ‘about the journey’ one must do everything possible to ensure the journey goes swimmingly. That inevitably includes some careful planning in terms of packing, transportation, entertainment and several other elements that will make the journey the one to remember.
If you’re stuck on the idea front, we’re here to lend a helping hand and make sure your journey is as pleasant and luxurious as it can possibly be.
Comfort Like No Other
As we know, there are plenty of ways to travel in style. If your chosen means of transportation is the mighty plane, you might want to use your miles or save up for first class tickets. Nothing says ‘comfort and luxury’ more than being pampered with extra leg room, super-cozy seats and the best foods and a variety of drinks and snacks to make the time go by.
However, if your chosen method involves staying on the ground, ditch the trains and buses and make sure you get the comfort and the level of luxury you deserve. Long drives can be grueling, but they don’t have to be if you opt for just the right kind of vehicle. There is a good reason Ford is the most trusted and best-selling car brand in both Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, when in doubt, go for one of the Ford SUVs for supreme safety and sense of luxury. What is more, if you have a big family, this brand has got you covered with their line of 7 seater SUVs, so it’s space, safety and luxury all wrapped up in one.
Luxury All The Way
Whoever said great luggage isn’t all that important simply didn’t know where to shop. Elegant luggage that represents luxury itself is about more than just appearances. The perfect set, which includes matching suitcases and carry-ons, allows you to have everything in one place, neatly organized and yes, it also looks as good on the outside as it is amazing on the inside. And what is inside?
Well, only the finest clothing items you own. If you’re travelling luxuriously, you must be going somewhere equally lush, so be prepared for everything. Have a gorgeous evening dress, amazing culottes, a Breton top, killer shoes as well as more practical walking ones. A white button-down is a definite must as it will elevate your style even when you’re roaming the streets sightseeing, and designer swimwear is mandatory if your destination involves a beach or a pool.
If travelling abroad, make sure all your travel documents are packed together in gorgeous travel document wallets. Not only do they look sleek but allow you to keep everything well-organized and have a peace of mind and not fall into the passport-searching frenzy.
Look The Part
If you’re already in first class or having the ride of your life in one of the best cars out there, you simply have to have the looks to match. In the spirit of athleisure, feel free to put on your finest pair of sneakers and channel your supermodel athleisure goddess vibes. As for the rest of your outfit, a stylish white tee tucked into your stunning pair of breezy wide-leg trousers topped off with a statement embroidered blazer will make you look like a million dollars. All you need is that designer bag to complete the look, and of course, let’s not forget a killer pair of specs that flatter your face shape like no other.
What’s In The Bag?
So, your travel documents are all snug and together, so what else should your bag contain? First off, you don’t want to run out of battery on your phone, so investing in a high-quality power bank is the smartest thing you can do. It’s sleek, doesn’t take too much room and can charge anything from a phone to an iPad, so in case you’re travelling with kids, who will at some point require some digital entertainment, this will absolutely save your life. It also gives you the ability to listen to music or watch a movie, and before you know it, you will have reached your destination.
Noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute god-send, especially if you’re on a plane, so consider this little gadget as well. If you’re on a road trip, don’t forget your camera as you will want to capture these and numerous other moments. Bottles of quality water sitting comfortably in their compartment are always a plus, and if you add a couple of slices of lemon, and a few healthy snacks, it will be almost like you were at a spa.
Follow The No Makeup Rule
Whether you’re travelling by plane or car, avoid wearing makeup during travel. Planes tend to suck the life out of your skin, and makeup doesn’t help. Instead, make sure your bag is filled with pampering skincare goodies, such as a sheet mask – no better time like while on the road to place that baby on and replenish your skin. A tinted lip balm and a touch of mascara is all you need in terms of makeup.
Another absolute bag must-have is a facial mist as you have no idea how refreshing it is – it literally has the ability to make you look like you’ve just stepped off the runway and look gorgeous by the time you reach your destination. Hand cream is another must of course, and if you want that perfect touch of glow, Kora Organics Noni Oil is your perfect accessory, the one you should apply right near the end of your journey.
You’re all set. Now, go plan, shop, pack and enjoy this preparatory stage, as every journey should be pleasurable from the first steps to the finish line.
Written by Sophia Smith
Whether you’re jetting off to a luxury, sun-soaked Caribbean island, an adventure-packed city break or a business trip, it is always wise to invest in a stylish yet comfortable outfit to travel in. Celebrities seem to have mastered the art of dressing for hours of travel whilst still looking like they stepped off the latest casual wear catwalk. From luxe bomber jackets to limited edition trainers, men’s athleisure clothing has taken off in recent years and has become a vital part of the modern man’s wardrobe. The growth in this movement has seen streetwear and gym wear weave itself into fashion shows and become centerpieces for fashionable outfits for everyday wear, travel or even a night out.
A top tip for creating a stylish travel get-up is to choose garments that you can layer, not only is this tactic very on-trend but it means that you can add another layer if the aeroplane air con gets too cold or remove layers when you reach your final destination, depending on how hot it is.
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Many years ago, sweatpants were usually associated with baggy, unflattering, marl grey jogging bottoms which you would only see on the likes of construction workers in an attempt to stay warm and keep their movement unrestricted or whose wear was strictly restricted to a Sunday evening in winter. However, in this modern day, a slim sweatpant can form the basis of a stylish travel outfit. Tapered sweatpants boast an extended cuff bottom around the ankle to give them a better, more flattering fit. Team with high-tops for an effortless, trendy look.
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The women’s co-ord has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years and now it’s time for the men’s twin set to burst onto the scene. A wardrobe staple for summer and autumn, the comfortable loungewear sets make easy work of looking effortlessly stylish whilst being practical and cozy, ideal for relaxing in on a long journey.
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As mentioned above, it is always wise to layer garments for travel so you can add or remove as appropriate and achieve an effortlessly stylish look. A classic example being to wear a plain crew neck t-shirt, a shirt worn open and trendy bomber jacket to finish off the outfit. But the timeless denim jacket can work just as well and is a versatile, easy addition to a travel outfit that provides an outer layer which strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.
A Loose Tee
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There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable on stuffy train journey or a long flight. For travel, it is always wise to choose a tee that is light and breathable. Stick to a neutral colour palette such as white, black or grey with a relaxed fit for added comfort.
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We all know that travel means having to be responsible for a lot of important documents, such as our passport, boarding passes or money. Therefore, it is essential to carry a holdall or backpack to store all of your essentials. Always ensure that your bag is small enough to be able to be taken on an aeroplane as hand luggage but big enough if you decide to treat yourself in the duty free. Opt for a statement piece that will tie your outfit together. Leather holdalls in a bold colour block work well and will always act as a stylish accessory to pull your travel outfit together and complete your look.
Written by James Flynn
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.
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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!
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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