Sophia Smith

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:47

How To Wear Black in a More Interesting Way

There are always fresh style ideas that earn the title of being the “new black” when they have the potential to become timeless, and for a good reason – black is, indeed, timeless in its simplicity, elegance, and sophistication. That is why people who love wearing all-black outfits will never look out of place or anything less than stylish.

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Black remains the one and only hue that will never go out of style and that you can wear for practically any occasion – yup, even in wedding dresses, black sparks joy.
However, there’s no reason to stay in a single hue lane when you choose that full black look. You can mix and match with other colors in a less conspicuous way, through accessorizing, footwear, makeup, and the like. So, to help you with refining your all-black look, we’ve listed a few tips to serve you for any occasion!
 

Add Some Sheen And Texture

 

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Black is one of the most versatile hues you can wear, but few people think of it as something that can come in different shades or versions. That said, you can make sure that your wardrobe isn’t brimming with exclusively one shade of black, and no texture at that. Plus, why not experiment with shimmer?

Black can come with all kinds of built-in sheen depending on the fabric of choice, such as the naturally glossy satin and silk, while cotton is matte and easy to match with, let’s say, black jeans that come in charcoal instead of ink black. Try out textured black with frills, or crushed velvet with its unique texture combo.
 

Seasonal Accessories To The Rescue

 
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Who says you cannot look lovely during winter? In fact, the sheer selection of cozy accessories can add a new level of warmth to your look. Think: wool hats and scarves, gloves, ear warmers, all kinds of leg warmers, etc. You can spruce up your winter look with more than your black basics, so make sure that your add-ons are not just purposeful, but vibrant, too!
Once the warmer months kick in, you can swap your warm accessories with a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun’s nasty rays away from your face, not to mention eyewear in many hues and patterns, as well as purses and backpacks in all shades of the rainbow.
 

Bauble Up Your Black Look

 
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Jewellery is by far the most creative outlet for giving your black outfits a more personal, authentic dimension. All the colorful bracelets, earrings, and layered necklaces make it a dream come true to diversify that all-black wardrobe of yours. However, unlike mass-produced accessories, only unique baubles can truly epitomize your personal look.
Think of all the black as a sophisticated canvas, and then you can design your own locket that will become the pinnacle of your style expression. It can commemorate an important relationship, a milestone, or merely hold the image of someone you love to motivate you in difficult times. The beauty of it is its authenticity and uniqueness, making it by far the most creative way to step outside of your all-black comfort zone.
 

Put Your Best Foot Forward


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While it’s true that most practical people pick black, brown leather, and gray as their go-to footwear colors because it’s simpler to combine that way – if you’d like to expand your palette and your options, then shoes will help you diversify your otherwise black look. An easy way around is to go for nude or beige shoes that are also easy to wear with pretty much anything, and yet they naturally add some contrast to your all-black combo.

However, for a more vibrant option, you can pick bright colors such as lilac, neon green or pink, or perhaps burgundy and emerald for a classier vibe. Even patterns on your shoes can be wonderful with your black look, so animal print shoes, polka dots, and stripes can look great!
 

Let Your Makeup Do The Talking


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If you take great care of your skin, then the glow of your complexion is probably more than enough to complement that black outfit of yours. However, you can always reach for a few simple, yet impactful makeup items in your beauty ensemble and elevate your look with a touch of color – but not too much. For instance, red lipstick goes stunningly well with anything and everything black, and the occasion doesn’t matter.

Then again, you can add a little black liner and mascara to emphasize your eyes, and a touch of shimmer in your natural skin tone to bring some brightness to your lids, and you’ll be good to go for a fabulous, glam event. If you’re playful by nature, even less conventional shades on your lips such as bright orange, pink, and even purple can work well with your black tones.

Minimalism in the shape of all-black tones still leaves plenty of wiggle room for creativity in details. A touch of shimmer or a silver necklace, and you’ll have an outfit that can be transformed into a true reflection of your personality. Have fun with all those little black dresses, pantsuits, and athleisure, and you’ll find that there’s nothing dull or monotonous about black – as long as you start exploring your look from new perspectives!
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 13:51

Shopping Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s difficult to imagine that it’s already been a year since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the way we perform our daily duties and commute to school and work to the way we shop for everything from groceries to clothes and other essentials.

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In the times when social distancing has become a norm and working remotely has become an alternative arrangement for a number of employees, it comes as no surprise that many people are doing their shopping online as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Given the many advantages online shopping has over the traditional in-store shopping and the fact that it’s a much safer alternative in times like these, e-commerce is expected to only gain in popularity during the pandemic and beyond.

Below, everything you need to know about shopping online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Are The Advantages Of Shopping Online?

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First things first, there are many reasons why online shopping may be more beneficial for consumers compared to the conventional method, especially in times like these. For starters, shopping from the comfort of your home is far more convenient. You have more control over your spending, there’s no sales pressure, and there’s more variety – which is a big plus, especially if you’re shopping for clothes and want to get in on the latest trends.

You’re also able to get better deals this way, and you have the option to send gifts as well. There are no crowds which reduces the risk of catching COVID, and you can easily compare prices to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Which Product Categories Are In Demand?

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With online purchases rising, it may be interesting to take a look at the product categories that are in demand. According to a survey, product categories that have experienced a 6-10% increase are electronics, household items, gardening, furniture, and cosmetics. While some websites choose to focus on only one or a couple of product categories, others are more general and sell products from multiple categories.

For instance, if you visit shoppster.com and other similar sites, you’ll be able to find everything from homeware to clothing to electronic devices. Having everything in one place and just a couple of clicks away is less time-consuming, and websites like these can easily become your go-to place for practically everything you need. They’ll often offer loyalty programs which you can use to get various discounts and get the most bang for your buck. On the plus side, companies are working on enhancing their e-commerce experience, so shoppers may expect improvements in everything from delivery times, product descriptions, and product reviews and ratings.

How Are The Delivery Services Handling The Increase In Online Shopping?

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Aside from being a practical and efficient way to get everything you need in a hassle-free and stress-free way, shopping online is also the safest option at the moment. With the number of online orders increasing at a rapid pace, one can’t help but wonder how this increase in online shopping is affecting delivery services and the processing and packaging of online purchases.

Keeping up with the latest updates from the department of health and following all the guidelines is mandatory for delivery services. By taking precautions and enhancing safety measures, they’re able to keep the mail personnel healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. That being said, it might be best for customers to request the mail carriers to place the packages on the floor. That way, there’s no physical contact, which is much safer for delivery personnel, and the method is being increasingly applied for both fashion purchases and food delivery.

What Are The Precautions For Opening Boxed Shipments?

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Other than avoiding transmissions by hand, it’s best for customers to take additional safety steps to prevent the spread of the virus for their own peace of mind. This is especially important if you’re taking care of an elderly person or someone with a chronic condition, in which case it’s advisable to wear disposable gloves when handling packages and mail.

When it comes to online fashion purchases, your safest bet would be to wash any new clothes that have been delivered to you. Although spreading via fabric is not the main way the virus is transmitted, there’s no way of saying how long the virus can survive on fabrics, so taking an extra safety step before trying on new clothes is recommended.

Wrapping Up

An effective response to the public health crisis, shopping online helps you remain healthy and safe during these tumultuous times while also saving time and money in the process.

Now that you’re aware of the advantages of online shopping and all the health-related questions are answered, you can let go of any concerns you may have had about online purchases and shop safely and worry-free during the pandemic.

Monday, 28 September 2020 19:43

How to Promote on Social Media

Fashion and social media go hand in hand. Regardless of whether you’re a niche designer who only wants to target a small market or someone who intends to become a big influence in the industry, social media is one marketing tool you can’t go without.

Everyone and their dog have an Instagram profile these days, so learning how to showcase your fashion designs on popular platforms is a valuable skill. Of course, simply creating a Facebook and Instagram profile for your brand is a great step, but there’s a lot more effort involved in actually making a successful marketing campaign and reaching your target audience.

So, what are the steps that you need to take to promote your brand successfully on social media? We can tell you. Just keep on reading and you’ll learn some pretty nifty tips and tricks.

Hashtags For Instagram

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It’s pointless to post on Instagram without using hashtags. With each post, you want to make sure you put all the relevant hashtags in the description box, and do try to pick the hashtags that are currently trending.

There are several programs that can help you check which hashtags are currently trending, with some of the most famous being BrandMentions and Brand24. These are social media monitoring tools that help you discover trending topics for any keyword that you type in, so use them to figure out which hashtags to include in your Instagram posts.

You do however need be careful not to overstuff your post with irrelevant hashtags. It might be tempting to put every trending word in there, but using too many hashtags and using hashtags that are unrelated to your actual post will lead Instagram to mark you as a spammer and you may even get banned you if you aren’t careful.
 
Create Event Promotions

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The best way to showcase your new collection is through event promotion. You can organize a big sale on your website, give out special coupons, or let people know about any fashion shows that might feature your new collection. But how do you make these kinds of posts stand out on your social media? The answer is - with a lot of visual content. Create sliders with photos of models wearing the new collection, and include photos with relevant info about when the collection is launching. You really don’t need any special skills to do this. If you have a good slideshow app and enough photos of your fashion garments you can make these types of posts in practically ten minutes, and then share them all over social media.

Create A Style Guide

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Along with cool new garments, why not give your potential customers some free fashion advice? This way, you get to show off your new collection by giving people ideas how they can wear different pieces from it, and this can inspire them to go to the store and buy them. Not only that, you’re engaging your audience – by giving advice away for free, you’re giving them something of value. They’ll be more likely to trust your brand and want to buy from it.

Organize A Giveaway

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Giveaways are a great way to get more people to see your fashion collection and to like and follow you on social media. When you organize the event, let people know that there will be several lucky winners who can win a piece from the new collection, and that you will draw them at random. All that people have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on the post and like and follow your brand on Facebook and Instagram. This way, you’ll increase traffic to your page and reward your followers with something special that will make them want to keep coming back to your brand.
 
Work With Influencers

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Choose good influencers to advertise your brand. You don’t have to work with big influencers either – micro-influencers might have small followings, but their audiences tend to be very engaged and trusting of whatever the influencer tells them. If you want to establish a good relationship with an influencer, send them the garments from your collection. If they end up liking them, they’re likely to showcase them on their YouTube channel or social media profile, which is a huge advertisement for you.

Keep your audiences engaged by posting frequently, and get them excited about your new collection by offering special promotions, giveaways, or coupons. Work with influencers to spread the word about the launch, and create interesting content that your potential customers can enjoy. If you cover all these basics, your new fashion collection is bound to be a success.
Monday, 20 July 2020 15:53

Fashion Tips To Make Him Look Great!

You love your significant other, but you are also very much aware that his fashion style needs an upgrade. There is absolutely nothing wrong if you want to help him in this sense and thus accentuate all of his best features.

Alternatively, if your partner is on the hunt for a new job or seems unhappy with his current wardrobe, a fashion makeover is exactly what he needs. This doesn't mean giving up on his characteristic and unique style but simply improving it with a few tips that every man should know.
We are here to help and familiarize you with top fashion rules that will transform your partner’s fashion life.

The Right Fit Is Everything

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While girls tend to care a lot about the size of their clothes, always worrying about getting the proper fit, men seem to do the exact opposite. Some guys will say that they go for slouchy T-shirts and blazers that are two times bigger because they feel more comfortable in them, others will go for a tight shirt in which they can put the focus on the time they spent in the gym. However, they should be aware that the key is in the middle, when the clothes actually fit their body type and when they feel amazing in it and while their best features are accentuated. So, help your boyfriend get rid of all fashion pieces that are not his size and enrich his closet with fresh, new fashionable items that fit him well.

A Few Classic Items Are A Must

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Every person has their own style. Thus, your partner can prefer casual fashion, or be more elegant and classy, or love to wear sporty, athletic clothes. In any case, he will still need a few essentials that can be further matched with unique pieces that are according to his style. Crisp, white T-shirt and at least two shirts of the same nuance, a pair of fitted dark denim jeans, white sneakers, and a high-quality, black biker jacket. With only these items, he can assemble an outfit worthy of any famous actor, singer, or any other celebrity.

In addition, help your boyfriend get a tailored or even custom made suit, in a navy, black, or gray color. A good-quality suit is something that every man of style has to have as he will be grateful for having this classic piece to wear to a job interview, dinner at a nice restaurant, or to a formal celebration.

A Couple Of Accessories To Complete Any Look

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There is something about a luxury watch that makes any man look incredibly dapper. Additionally, a high-quality watch is an accessory that does not have to be appropriate only for formal events; your significant other can wear it with his casual fashion pieces, as it truly gives a special, stylish note to any outfit.

Moreover, another crucial accessory is a cardholder. No matter if he is going to work, to the gym, or for a couple of drinks with his friends, an elegant card holder wallet will be a fashionable and also quite useful component of his overall style. No one can deny that any man looks much better when he has his cards and money neatly organized in a cardholder wallet instead of simply being thrown into the pockets of his trousers. What is more, accessories such as these tell a lot about one’s personality. Thus, a man who knows how to appreciate beautiful fashion details is also a perceptive, confident, and organized person.

When In Doubt, Go For Neutrals

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FashAlthough vibrant colors and trendy patterns can look exquisite on a man who knows his fashion, neutrals are always a safe and none the less stylish option. So, if your partner has too little of those classic fashion pieces, you should help him by enriching his wardrobe with some white, black, brown, grey, and other neutral colors. A few monochromatic tees, with no graphics, together with a couple of shirts in the same tone (no patterns) are essential.

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Also, he should get a hold of dark and light denim jeans, olive and khaki trousers that he can wear with white sneakers, as well as with navy Chelsea boots. Once his fashion confidence starts to build up, he can move on to burgundy bomber jackets, shirts that are in the lavender shade, T-shirts with pronounced graphics, and jeans in a light coral shade. Of course, he should always match these punchier pieces with his staple neutral items, to get a balanced look, worthy of any trendsetter.

Finally, we can say that just with a couple of essentials and high-quality accessories one’s fashion life can completely change for the better. There is no doubt that your boyfriend or husband will love the way he looks by following the mentioned fashion rules.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 12:39

5 Classy Ponytail Hairstyles for 2020

One of the most popular hair looks of all times is certainly a cute ponytail. It suits all hair types, you can wear it both with freshly washed hair as well as when your hair is not as clean, and it is appropriate for almost all occasions. Moreover, a stylish ponytail is a trendy option for a hairdo no matter the season; you can rock it while looking fashionable on a hot summer day and also make a fashion statement with a high ponytail and a colorful scarf during those cold, winter days.

That is why we bring you the top five ponytail hairstyles that will make any woman look incredibly classy in 2020.

Charming Half-up, Half-Down

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This kind of hairdo looks like you have spent hours doing it, but it actually takes very little time. Simply take the upper part of your hair and put it in a high half-up ponytail. Secure it with an elastic and then add the rest of your hair to this half-up and tie everything in a low ponytail. This double pony will look even chicer if you add a romantic velvet ribbon to the lower ponytail and if you pull out the front locks that frame your face. A hairstyle perfect for work, as well as a big celebration.

Classic, High Ponytail

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There isn’t anything more attractive than a tousled high ponytail. You want your hair to be long and voluminous for this hairdo, so if you have short and/or hair that is on the thinner side, use hair extensions. This is the secret that many celebrities use to get their amazing red carpet hair looks, so don’t be afraid to use them yourself. Some of the softest and the best hair extensions are the ones made from natural hair, so always go for extensions that are of the highest quality. In addition, make sure the color of the extensions is the same as the shade of your hair so that when you put the extensions on, everything would look seamless. Thus, when you have achieved the volume and the desired length, simply pull up all of your hair in a tight, high ponytail. Then slightly pull out a few locks, so that you get a bit of a messy look. Moreover, take one strand of hair and wrap it around the elastic that secures the pony. This way, you will get a hairstyle that looks even more powerful.

Classy Bubbles

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The bubble ponytail is truly one of the hottest trends at the moment, so don’t hesitate to try it yourself. It’s actually not as complicated to make, as you only need a few elastics and some texturizing spray. Firstly put all of your hair in a medium-high ponytail. Then brush through the hair and add an elastic to every few inches of the ponytail. Once you have finished, slightly puff out every section of your ponytail in order to get the “bubbles”. Moreover, this hairstyle will look even better if you have bangs that you can blow-dry and then slightly tousle to get a chic and classy look.

Glamorous Low Ponytail

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Bobby pins are any girl’s best friends when it comes to making a sleek hairstyle. However, you can do a modern, sleek pony that doesn’t require you to hide this useful hair accessory, but exactly the opposite. Opt for a center parting and brush through the hair. Use a bit of hair mouse and gather your hair in a sleek, tight, low ponytail, and secure it with a black or brown hair tie. Once everything is in place, take a dozen or so bobby pins that are in the same shade as the hair tie and insert them along one side of your ponytail, just below your ear. Make sure that the bobby pins are properly stacked and visible. This modish hairstyle will instantly make you look like a true trendsetter.
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Ponytail, But Make It Fashionable

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In case you have a big day in front of you and you need to look exceptionally stylish, but don’t have too much time to do your hair, the wrapped ponytail is the best solution. Simply take out your most elegant headscarf and a few bobby pins. Tie your hair in a sleek medium-high or low ponytail and then wrap the scarf around the tail of the pony, starting from the base through approximately ¾ length. Secure the headscarf with a couple of bobby pins and you are done – a luxurious and high-fashion hairstyle in no time.

To sum up, we can say that a classy ponytail is certainly the top hairstyle of 2020. Try out these effortless, yet effective hairdos and look chic and trendy at all times.
It’s sustainable. It’s practical. It’s frugal. You know all this about the capsule wardrobe trend, but you’re still reluctant to sign up for an overhaul of your entire closet. You wouldn’t even know where to begin!

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Fortunately, the whole process is easier than you might think. We’re about to explain everything there is about capsule wardrobe and help you figure out how to create your own.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

When you get up in the morning, how long does it take to put together an outfit? Can you get dressed in five minutes? Or do you have to carefully plan every outfit in advance if you want to look good?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of garments that all coordinate well with each other. Basically, it’s an organised, elegant approach to getting dressed that doesn’t leave much room for error. Instead of waking up to a chaotic closet full of mismatched pieces that you don’t know what to do with, you’ll have a little more order in your life.

A capsule wardrobe is not meant to stifle your creativity, it’s merely meant to be practical. Instead of stuffing your home with a lot of unnecessary garments that you rarely get to wear, you’ll save both time and money by having things that can be.

Where do I start?

We’ll give you some suggestions on what you might need:

● Good pair of skinny or straight-leg jeans
● Tailored trousers

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● Plain cotton t-shirts
● Cardigans

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● Black ankle boots

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● Little black dress
● Trench coat

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● Pencil skirt or A-line skirt

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● White blouse

These are some good basics that you can start with. The aim is to have around 50 pieces of clothing that are easy to mix and match and that always look good on you.

Another thing you might want to think about is how easy it is to maintain a specific garment. For example, does it wrinkle easily, how complicated is it to clean, do you need a special clothes hanger for it — these are things you need to consider if you want to fill your wardrobe with lasting items that don’t require too much maintenance.

The Art Is In The Accessories

Instead of a cluttered closet full of things that you don’t even remember buying, embrace minimalism. Just because your outfit is simple doesn’t mean it’s boring, and it doesn’t mean you can’t make it insanely glamorous with a few accessories.

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If you want inspiration, take a look at Aussie women. They don’t bother with fussy outfits with too many tacked-on details. Those ladies rely on their gorgeous beach tans, sunny smiles, light clothing, and fun statement pieces to show off their carefree, effortless elegance. They find gorgeous jewellery online in Australia and rely on it to bring some sassiness to their look.

And it’s not just jewellery. You can spruce up your plain white tee and jeans combo with a floral scarf and a cute hat. You can wear those same jeans and tee with a leather jacket and ankle boots for a whole different vibe. Fashion is art. You don’t always need crazy cuts and wild colours to stand out. You need skill.

Here are a few suggestions that will make any outfit pop:

● Colourful scarves

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● Big statement necklaces
● Print headbands
● Huge handbags

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● Cateye sunglasses

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● Black heels

Cheap Clothes Are Expensive

Here’s a crazy thought: the best way to save money is to spend more of it. Initially, at least. While this sounds insane, hear us out. When you go to a sale, you usually find a bunch of cheap garments that you can buy in bulk. T-shirts, pants, skirts, sweaters, the whole lot. But since these garments are so cheap, most of them tend to be of very poor quality.

Those shirts might be only ten bucks a piece, but they look a little misshapen and they fall apart after only a few months of wear. You’re basically buying stuff that doesn’t even look all that good on you and that won’t last through the summer. Then you re-buy. Then they fall apart again. And the cycle continues. You waste a ton of money on clothes that look bad, feel scratchy against your skin, and that you have to throw away after a few seasons of wear.

The idea is to invest in high-quality pieces. The idea is to invest in clothes that make you happy. Instead of buying ten shirts just because they are on sale, buy a single one that makes you feel great and look great when you wear it.

Does everything need to be in neutral colours?

Nope. Colours such as black, navy, brown, and beige are simply easy to combine, but you are more than welcome to add some fun to it. Perhaps you’re a redhead that looks stunning in jewel tones, or maybe your bubbly personality can’t do without bright shades of yellow. Maybe you just look good in red.

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The best way to go fill up your capsule wardrobe with effective basics is to have a good selection of neutral pieces and then add a few colourful items that can break the monotony.

You Decide What Your Base Wardrobe Is

You are unique. Your fashion is an extension of your personality, and you shouldn’t fit yourself into a box. Basics such as plain black slacks might work for one person, but what if you’re the kind of gal who mostly wears skirts and dresses?

Everyone’s capsule wardrobe basics are different, because our fashion styles are different. If you don’t like our suggestions, that’s totally okay. Here’s how you can decide what kind of basic garments are right for you: try each and every single item from your closet on. Consider what kind of clothes makes you happy. Consider what looks good. Look at the colours that draw you in.

Once you’re done, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what kind of items you should stick to, and what you need to throw away and refrain from buying in the future.

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The Philosophy Behind Capsule Wardrobe

We love our shiny, pretty, impractical pieces of clothing. We love our sparkly disco dress even though we only wore it to the New Year’s party two years ago. We love our six-inch stilettos even though they make our feet hurt if we wear them too long. We love our skin-tight leather pants even though they always make us sweat and make a weird squeaky sound every time we sit down.

Our delicate pastel suede shoes that can only be worn when the weather is dry, our crop top knit sweater that doesn’t even keep our midriff warm, our chiffon blouse that can only be dry cleaned — these are our babies. They make us look hot. But damn, are they a hassle to wear sometimes.

When you’re rushing to work, when you’ve got to take the kids to school, when you realise your closet is basically falling apart under the weight of all your clothes — this is when you start realising capsule wardrobe might be a good idea.

Not to mention how you could reduce the enormous environmental footprint of fast fashion. With the threat of global warming looming over us, finding more ways to enjoy fashion sustainably is the key to helping our ecosystem survive.

This doesn’t mean you have to throw your old clothes away. Merely consider them. Go through your garments and see whether they are actually of any use to you and whether it makes you happy to wear them.

Final Thoughts

If you’re tired of trying to figure out your outfits every morning, if your closet looks depressingly chaotic, if you’re trying to find an easy way to look great without hassle — capsule wardrobe is right for you.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:50

A Conscious Gift Guide for Mother’s Day


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For those who love the holiday season, the art and science of shopping for gifts for their loved ones is a treat and a pleasure. For others, however, the trouble of finding that perfect present might be more of a burden. You want to discover something unique, purposeful, something that the person for whom it is intended will love and genuinely use. Alas, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming, so you find yourself stuck with the typical selection of Christmas sweaters, a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and a bottle of her favorite wine for Mother’s Day – a safe, albeit mundane choice.

Why not leave your gift-giving comfort zone and choose something that is in line with your mum’s values? If your mother loves a gift that will make a difference and bring more than material, but spiritual value into their life, you can aim for such a present for this year. Here are a few worthy options to keep in mind for the motherly figure in your household!

The Socks That Keep On Giving

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Did you know that socks are the least donated item to the homeless, hence one of the most items needed across the US and wider? It turns out that you don’t have to stick to traditional design if you want to make this particular purchase. You can go for brands such as Mitscoots that make and sell gorgeous socks and other gear, and then donate items in the same value to those who need them most.

Plus, they go above and beyond to aid the community by hiring the transitioning homeless people. Alternatively, Conscious Step has other versatile contributions such as using their profits to provide treatment for HIV-positive expectant mothers, schoolbooks through Room to Read, and meals for starving children.

Add Some Sparkle With Ethical Makeup

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Your mum loves to use makeup? You can easily surprise her with a little gift bag of your own this Mother’s Day, with items that are vegan, cruelty-free, and made sustainably to avoid harming Mother Nature – a perfect way to send the right message.

Axiology makes natural organic lipstick that still pops, so the aesthetics of their products loses no luster to their ethical measures. Other brands offer an equally stunning range of beauty items, so take your pick and impress the mom in your home!

Haircare With A Green Twist

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Wherever you look, there’s yet another beauty brand with glitzy products perfectly alluring and simple to procure for the inexperienced shopper. Still, these are the perfect proof that all that glitters isn’t gold, and that you should refine your search and opt for brands with higher ambitions to heal the planet.

For example, organic and natural hair wax by Zenz uses only certified organic ingredients that cause zero harm to the environment, and that will provide ample goodness for your mom’s locks without causing any damage. The founder herself had trouble with allergies caused by the chemicals in typical hair products, inspiring her to create a label that will help women style their hair in a natural way. With ingredients such as aloe vera, essential oils, and beeswax, your mom’s hair and scalp will love the treatment.

A Handmade Purse

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If your mom is a great supporter of recycling and upcycling, then you can give her a long-lasting gift this Mother’s Day that is made with those precise principles in mind. Crossbody purses by Dagne Dover are as beautiful as their ethical efforts, while Cult Gaia uses natural materials such as wood in their bag-making processes.

You can also easily find brands that don’t use fur or support any other form of animal cruelty, while their creations are still lovely and up to par with the latest trends. It’s yet another wonderful way to express your appreciation of her style preferences, while you also treat her to something she likely wouldn’t buy on her own, and you can always easily check so as not to get the same one she already owns.

Responsible Apparel Brands

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Fast fashion is one of the greatest culprits of the climate crisis, and we can all make smarter decisions when we want to make our loved ones happy. Look for slow-fashion brands, those that give back, recycle, support different organizations, steer clear of water waste or toxic pollutants in their production lines, and the like.

Levi’s Water<Less Collection uses over 90% less water to make their jeans, making this a true leap forward in the industry. You can also look for other factors such as using organic cotton, recycled materials, and no harmful chemicals.

Finding the perfect gift is no easy task, but you can make the search a little easier when you keep your values in mind. Consider these gifts for your upcoming Christmas shopping list, and not only will you make your loved ones happy, but you’ll also help your purchases make a difference for the world.
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:03

The Complete Guide to Men's Accessories

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Although finding the perfect details to finish off an outfit isn’t something most men tend to think about, the right accessory can truly be your best friend. Apart from providing you with subtle, stylish touches that easily tie your whole look together, accessories can also highlight your individuality and personal style, helping you stand out from the crowd. From headwear to jewellery and tasteful details, here is a complete guide to men’s accessories that will help you elevate your personal style:

Hats

Although there are a wide variety of different styles available today, a good hat can add elegance and flavour to any outfit, helping you look stylish and put-together effortlessly. For example, a trendy snapback can easily upgrade a casual t-shirt and jeans combo, a newsboy cap can add some interest to a business casual look, while a fedora paired with an elegant suit helps you achieve that classy gentleman vibe. No matter which style you opt for, make sure that the hat you choose complements your outfit beautifully, and ties the whole look together.

Sunglasses

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Taking inspiration from some of the coolest Hollywood dads, the right pair of sunglasses is the ideal accessory to upgrade any outfit, no matter how plain, and make you look that much more stylish and refined. While finding the perfect sunglasses for you might be difficult with such a wide array of options, you can never go wrong with a classic style, such as aviators or clubmasters, in neutral colours like black and brown, as these shades can truly stand the test of time, helping you look incredibly fashionable with minimal effort.

Watches

Not only does a good watch make a powerful statement, but it is also the perfect way to elevate any outfit, and add some class and style to a man’s look. From dress watches that are ideal for formal occasions to casual watches you can complement your looks with every day, there a number of watches you can choose from to find the ideal one for you. But regardless of your personal style, the one thing every man should own are elegant Swiss watches, as their sleek look and timeless design make them suitable for any occasion, while always making you look polished and refined.

Jewellery

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Being the most noticeable piece of jewellery you can wear, the necklace you choose is incredibly important. Whether it’s a dainty metal chain with a sentimental pendant or something as classic as a dog tag, make sure your necklace is a reflection of your personality. Apart from bands representing special events, rings can also be a great way of expressing your style, whether you wear them individually or stacked for an impacting look. Although mostly worn by men with alternative styles, bracelets are perfect for complementing casual outfits as well, from small metal ones to eye-catching canvas and leather bands.

Belts

Matching your belt with the colour of your shoes is an essential rule that shouldn’t be broken when it comes to professional and formal attire. But apart from a sleek black or brown leather belt that is most appropriate for these types of occasions, casual outfits can give you much more options to express your personal taste and style. Whether you opt for a leather or a canvas belt, you can easily add a bit more interest and dynamic to your everyday looks by choosing a colour that perfectly complements the colour palette of your outfit.

Socks


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Although it might not be the first accessory that comes to mind, socks are a great way to express your personal style, and they have even become a prominent fashion trend in the last few years. If you have a more minimalist aesthetic, you can always choose a solid, neutral pair, but don’t be afraid to experiment with a bit of colour and print every once in a while. Simply pairing a plain, casual outfit with socks in bright colours or funky patterns, such as stripes and polka dots, can add some fun and interest to your everyday looks.

Regardless of which accessories you opt for, keep in mind that less is always more. Stick to one or two statement pieces to elevate your outfits, and you will always look like a chic, fashionable and refined man.
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Whether you are trying to protect a sleek blowout, maintain healthy and defined curls, or simply aiming to nourish and repair damaged hair, preserving your hairstyle while you sleep is easier that it might initially seem. With just a bit of preparation before heading to bed, you can easily wake up with sleek, smooth and absolutely gorgeous locks. So, here are some simple ways you can make your hairstyle stay looking good during the night:

Don’t Go To Bed With Wet Hair

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Regardless of the texture of your hair, going to bet with wet or even damp hair is never a good idea. Apart from ruining the hairstyle you put so much effort into making overnight, continuing this practice of sleeping with wet hair will ultimately lead to hair damage, breakage and split ends. So, it might be a good idea to consider changing your routine, whether that means washing your hair a few hours earlier, or even when you wake up in the morning. If you still want to take a shower right before bed, then remember to put on a heat protectant, and thoroughly blow-dry your hair before going to sleep.

Brush Your Hair Before Going To Sleep

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If you have straight or even slightly wavy hair, combing through your strands before going to bed is another simple way of ensuring you wake up with a smooth and silky hairstyle. Apart from de-tangling any knots you might have, brushing your hair every night will also help you evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair, helping you avoid grease and build-up on the scalp. Whether you opt for a wide tooth comb or a paddle brush, make sure not to brush your hair too much or comb it when it’s wet; a gentle, quick, all-over brushing is all you need to have gorgeous hair in the morning.

Invest In A Silk Sleep Bonnet

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Whether you want to preserve your beautiful blowout overnight or wake up with perfectly bouncy curls, one of the best things you can do to your hair is to protect it with a silk hair wrap for sleeping during the night. Helping you avoid breakage, frizz and flyaway strands by preventing your hair from rubbing up against your harsh pillowcase, not only will silk sleep caps keep your hairstyle intact while you sleep, but they will also allow you to wake up with smooth, shiny and luscious hair. As silk is one of the softest and gentlest materials for your hair, it’s ideal for maintaining any hair texture or preserving any hairstyle, whether it’s a loose bun or perfectly formed curls.

Braid Your Hair Before Bed

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Putting your hair in braids before you head to sleep is a simple yet effective way of waking up with a beautiful texture, whether you want to preserve the beachy waves you made with a curling iron, or you’re simply looking for a quick trick for an effortless overnight hairstyle. What’s more, loose braids are also one of the most protective hairstyles you can sleep in, as long as you don’t pull them tight. All you need to do is put your hair into one or more braids (depending on the type of waves you want to achieve) while your hair is still damp, and you’ll wake up with gorgeous beachy hair in the morning.

Apply A Hydrating Hair Serum

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As an additional step to help prevent frizz and flyaway strands, it might be a good idea to apply a hydrating, oil-based serum on your hair before going to bed. Besides helping your hairstyle stay in place, a good hair serum will also give you a luminous shine and a silky finish, allowing you to wake up with moisturized, soft and healthy locks. However, keep in mind that moderation is key when it comes to applying hair serums, as only a couple of pumps saturated throughout the bottom half of your hair are enough to nourish and replenish your strands with the hydration they need to look their absolute best.

Simply by incorporating a few extra steps into your hair care routine every night, you can ensure your hair will stay healthy, shiny and frizz-free, and you can rise and shine to another great hair day.
Monday, 20 January 2020 09:28

Best Red-Carpet Hair Tips To Try Yourself

Achieving the perfect hairstyle is never an easy task. It will take you at least 20 minutes to get that irresistible sleek, shiny hair and more than half an hour to get voluminous, alluring curls. And let’s not forget how much time we have to steal from our daily schedule to get our hair into one amazing, not too tight, but also not too messy, ponytail. That is why it is no wonder that sometimes, especially early in the mornings, when we are already late for work, we simply put our hair in a basic bun.

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In order to avoid this and to help you get a chic and trendy hairdo, whether you are going to work, for a casual brunch or even going to a special event, such as a prom, we bring you the best hair tips that will make you look like a real Hollywood star.

1. When In Doubt, Go For A Sleek Bob

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If you want to have a hairstyle that is timeless and stylish, but is also easy for maintenance, you should go for a fashionable bob or lob. That, of course, includes a considerable chop to your hair, but you will see that taking a few inches off is going to pay off. You can go for a shorter version of this haircut like the Bohemian Rhapsody star, the stunning Lucy Boynton has opted for, and have your hair reach just in-between your chin and your jawbone.
 
On the other hand, you can opt for a longer bob, such as the one the gorgeous actress Natalie Portman rocks with style. Moreover, you may notice that a number of celebrities happily wear shorter or longer bobs and you can see that they look impeccable both in formal and casual outings. However, although a messy, choppy bob is incredibly trendy, a sleek hairstyle is certainly both classy and quite modern and thus, always a good choice.

All you need to achieve a sleek bob is to put some nourishing serum on your hair and blow-dry it straight. The next step is to use a heat protection spray and then straighten your hair section by section. Once you are finished, use a few spritzes of hairspray and your perfect hairstyle will last throughout the day.

2. The Secret Lies In The Hair Extensions

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If you have watched at least one red carpet event, you must have noticed that many of the famous ladies opt to wear their hair in beautiful and striking ponytails or buns. But have you ever thought that the greater number of those exquisite hairstyles includes hair extensions? Most likely not, because the majority of the celebrities have their hair done so that it looks as if all of it were their own lavish hair. However, the secret is in luxurious long clip in hair extensions, which you can easily get for yourself and rock a spectacular ponytail or bun any day. Just make sure that your extensions match your hair color so that everything looks completely natural. Now you can grab a hair tie and a few pins and get your hair in an amazing up-do. To finish off the look, apply a bit of hair wax (not cream) to sleek any flyaways and to add some shine to the hair.

3. Flawless Waves And Hairspray

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We can spend hours in front of the mirror trying to get those voluptuous and chic waves, and still not be happy with the final result. That can easily be changed and the key is in hairspray. As simple as it sounds, hairspray is your best friend when it comes to curling your hair. Celebrity hairstylists use hairspray before curling their clients’ hair in order for the hair to be more flexible and thus catch on better to the shape that the curling iron gives it. They part the hair into sections, spray each section and then curl them. You can repeat this process in your own bathroom and after you get those irresistible waves, you can spray your whole head once more with hairspray, in order for the hairstyle to last longer.

4. Use Mousse For An Impeccable Blow-out

If you want to have that splendid blow-out that you see a number of famous ladies rocking all the time, all you need is a bit of hair mousse. Whether you are preparing for a fabulous night out or you are simply drying your hair in the morning, make sure to apply some mousse on your damp hair and then continue with blow-drying it. The final result will be voluminous and gorgeous hair that will last throughout the whole day or night.
 
Finally, try some or all of the mentioned tips and don’t be afraid to look like a true Hollywood diva.
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