Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:14

Holiday Party Outfits with an Edgy Twist

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Party season seems to go hand in hand with the holiday one, so it’s about time to start thinking about your choice of attire for all those forthcoming events you’ve been invited to. Your outfit should represent the jolly spirit, be elegant and classy - but also a bit edgy - so you should skip the expected ones and feel free to experiment with new, and a bit unusual combinations. This can be a great opportunity to spoil yourself a bit and greet the holidays in a brand-new outfit, or you can check out your wardrobe and find some forgotten jewels, or simply spice up some of your favorite pieces of garments.

When choosing your outfit, like with any other event, you should consider the venue and the type of party you’ll be attending. Otherwise, you can end up over or underdressed, which is the biggest mistake you can make. First ask around how formal is it going to be and then start planning your look. If you need an inspiration, we’ll give you a couple of ideas on how to create a glamorous, chic, edgy and stunning look for the holiday parties.

Her Majesty: LBD

It’s a classic, but with a good dress you can never go wrong. If you want to play safe, choose the little black dress, but spice it up a bit if you want to get the winning combination. Considering the type of venue, for a formal occasion you can liven up a LBD with high heeled shoes in some bright colour and matching jewelry.

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If the party isn’t too formal, the choices are numerous: from sparkling or metallic shoes in silver or golden shades, to unusual models, modern, geometrical cuts and various lengths – you can glam up your LBD any way you like. A light, elegant blazer in some bold print over your dress will be a great combination for any occasion.

Gentle Materials

Instead of choosing the usual materials, like cotton, viscose or synthetics, opt for the more feminine and gentle fabrics, such as velvet, silk and lace. Velvet, as a soft, warm and smooth fabric is one of the best choices for holiday outfit. If you have some velvet dress or skirt left from the ‘90s, now is the perfect time to bring it out and let it shine again. But, if you want to achieve a retro instead of a passé look, you’ll have to make a smart match with your clothes. For example, a velvet skirt in some dark shade (like deep red or green) will go great with a sheer metallic top or a lingerie blouse.

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For a trendy and chic touch, put a leather or bomber jacket over it, like the one from the new women’s Saint Laurent clothing collection. These are also a good example for a piece of clothing that you’ll find very useful even after the holidays are over, so you shouldn’t feel guilty if you have to buy it. One of these jackets can also be a good match when creating an edgy look based on silk or lace garments. For an astonishing outfit, choose a black leather skirt combined with a lace blouse or a silky dress in some bright festive shade, like red or green, and pair it with nice heels or ankle-strap pumps.

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Suit Up

Suits and jumpsuits can be equally elegant and chic like dresses. Instead of a classic women suit, choose a velvet one, with a deep neckline and some sexy, laced lingerie underneath it (but be very careful what you’re choosing, otherwise you can end up looking cheap and tacky).

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Monochromatic jumpsuits are also a good solution for a formal event, when they are combined with heels in some bold print, a matching belt and statement earrings. If you decide to go with a two toned jumpsuit, avoid prints on the other parts of your outfit. For the final edgy look, put on a dark lipstick, like deep blue or purple, and your lips will get the velvet touch too.

Sparkle And Dazzle

Holidays are the time of celebration so feel free to shine as much as you like. Add some glitter to your clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and makeup. This way you’ll elevate any outfit and secure a fabulous, bold and “ready to party” look.

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These stylish, chic and sparkling outfits are not reserved for parties only, so feel free to spread this festive feeling around during the whole season. Find a way to include the holiday spirit into your everyday look as it will lift up not just your mood, but also the atmosphere anywhere you go. After all, everyone loves a little bit of glamour and sensation in their lives from time to time, and there’s no more appropriate moment than the holiday season to treat yourself to it. So, seize the opportunity and enjoy it, while it lasts.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. You can find out more about her writing following her on: Facebook Twitter 

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:52

Get Festive With Red

Get festive with red this Christmas Season

With Christmas, just a few sleeps away, it is time to, really get into the joyful spirit with the colour of the festive season Red. So, let’s go bright and bold and spread some holiday cheer.

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Feel sassy, confident and just a little naughty in this Bardot style figure-hugging pencil LRD

When slipping into a LRD keep the rest of your look neutral with modest gold and or complementing black-and-white pieces in simple silhouettes to keep it understated but classy.

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For just a touch of red, add a red necklace, like the red Martha rubber coated ridge necklace from Oliver Bonas. To make it pop wear it with something blue, like a polo neck jumper, like the Serena polo neck jumper from Oliver Bonas. Just a side note; when mixing bold colours together, keep the lines simple to add to the elegance.

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Kick up a storm in the office with a pair of red wide leg trousers, love this cut and style from Topshop, well-tailored and waist cinching all those wonderful things to make you look just as attractive as a really good bottle of red wine.

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A well-fitted double breasted blazer adds a certain panache to any day or night look giving off an air of confidence. Literally saying, “I am in control of this Baby!!

Pair that blazer with a pencil skirt and a pair of timeless fiery stiletto’s, like these wrap-around red ones from Very and you will have them all staring for days.

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It might be cold outside but you will be so hot in a sexy lacey halter neck bra and briefs from Coco De Mar at House of Fraser.

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Bring the festive cheer on your next big night out in this red lace-up satin maxi dress from Pretty Little Thing, definitely my choice for a OMG LRD

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Keep it festively retro in this red leather jacket from Topshop, perfect for a casual date when you need to bring the heat.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 14:58

AW Trends

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We are in the last month of summer and as much as we hate to think of autumn/winter, we cannot avoid it because it is coming. But at least we be prepared. So maybe knowing what to expect, you will be a bit more excited about Autumn /Winter.

the bomber jacket AW16

Bomber jacket has already been a rage all summer season and they are back for another season

For the colder seasons, we see this much loved item updated with sequins, embroidery and prints to elevate if from a key piece into a can’t-do-without item.

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off the shoulder AW16

Another great love of the summer season, the cold shoulder, is back to rule the new season with variations ranging from super cool sexy dresses to knitwear for edgy street wear.

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Available @ www.riverisland.com 

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the slip dress AW16

Making a comeback from the 90s, the minimalist slip dress is here to stay. Take your pick from delicate lace trims, to dainty florals, and classic spaghetti straps.

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lux velvet AW16

No A/W season is complete without velvet. The key fabric for the season and no matter how you wear it, crushed, colored, top-to-toe, just make sure that you have something velvet in your new season wardrobe.

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statement chokers AW16

Another one from the 90s is the choker, this season it is back to make a statement and you will love it.

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Available @ www.riverisland.com 

platform boots AW16

Seems like we just cannot get enough of them, platform boots and chunky heels. This season we will love them even more as they have been given a new lease on life for A/W 16 in Black suede and velvet making is super-hot especially on those cold days.

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Monday, 25 July 2016 08:59

Lux in the Sun

Loving the minimal looks by luxury designer, Joseph. I came across this brand a few years back, and I absolutely love the comfort-luxury style! My take on Joseph's creative direction is that it uses a canvas of quality and luxury; and allows the individual to add and personalise as they wish.

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- Check Jacquard Nicol Blouse
- Nappa Leather Scandal
- Scuba Jog Pants

www.joseph-fashion.com 

What isyour favourite Joseph piece?

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Monday, 11 July 2016 17:40

A Maid Of Honour On A Budget

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I have been asked to be the Maid of Honour at my cousins wedding and I am over the moon. I was told not to spend too much on my outfit as she was sticking to a tight budget. Apart from getting my outfit together which had to be red I was told, I also was in charge of getting the party boxes to entertain the children during the evening.

I decided to purchase the party boxes from Little Party Parcels as I could get them pre-filled. The boxes would be silver and filled with magic sets, stickers, mini doodle pads, colour swap crayons and Bufferfly gliders. My one duty was sorted thanks to Little Party Parcels.

The red dress I purchased was from ASOS and was an absolute bargain at £15.50p in the sale. It was a Missguided Lace Overlay Bodycon dress. I fell in love with it; it was perfect to wear at the beginning and the end of the evening for the party.

Next I needed some shoes, I found some Mid Heel Barely There Sandals in white, which were New Look shoes but I had found them at ASOS. The shoes were £17.99p. I was so pleased with myself for managing to keep the costs down.

All I needed now was a piece of jewellery to set my outfit apart from all the rest. A pearl necklace would be perfect I thought. I was lucky enough to be gifted one from Schmuckwerk. They sell all types of beautiful jewellery including silver and glass lockets. I will be buying all my jewellery for special occasions from there. I cannot wait to show my pearls off at the wedding, they will add some much needed class to my outfit.

Written by Hayley Sweeney

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 19:22

Sustainable Style

Maison de Mode, a US-based online luxury fashion retailer, prides itself in showcasing fashion that represents sustainability. Unfortunately, sustainability has been an ambiguous word thrown around to make products more appealing to consumers, lobbyists and other members of the public. But what does it really mean? Is sustainability relatable and directly linked to the consumer? And the big question for fashionistas- is style comprised on the platfotform of ethical standards in fashion?

Maison de Mode does a great job in bridging the gap between consumers and such standards: it is now easier to understand how your every day fashion choices can make an impact in our society and environment- without all the sustainability jargon!

See what it's designers are doing to earn the sustainability badge:

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Achu Parpat Vintag (by Mola Sasa)

Mola Sasa used artisanal techniques with beautiful intricate woven details in this bag. Creating handmade pieces means artisans can compete in a world of homogenised mass production. Let's not forget the recycled materials used, which means we can be more responsible for the materials we consume.

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Kimono Dress Shirt (by Maiyet)

It's great when high-end designers promote small, artisanal designers. Many companies take advantage of work factories in developing countries- it's nice to see that individual designers and dress makers can be paid decently for what they do- without compromising on quality. Maiyet also donate a portion of their proceeds to ocean-related charities. Not bad!

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Oversized long coat (by Shipper)

Shipper partners with organisations that help sustainable businesses which allows them to grow and make profits. So as you lavish yourself in this tweed coat, you'll feel even better knowing that you also contributed to the success of other sustainable businesses!

What are your thoughts on sustainable businesses in fashion?

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Monday, 25 April 2016 20:01

Steal Her Style

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Starting her career as a stylist Chriselle Lim, the founder of, The Chriselle Factor, this popular LA-based fashion, beauty and interiors blogger, and Youtube is a true style star.

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Clean, classic, simple and elegant drawing from style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelley.

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Chic feminine and sophisticated pieces making her style aspirational and accessible.

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Cool stylish pieces that makes you feel beautiful and confident

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Top and trousers @ Miss Selfridge - www.missselfridge.com, shoes & Bag @ www.dunelondon.com, sunglasses @ www.topshop.com – Image Source Pinterest

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Image Source Pinterest, Hat @ www.topshop.com, skirt @ www.riverisland.com 

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:45

Pantone Snorkle Blue

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If you are looking to inject some Happiness into your wardrobe, then Pantone 19-4049, Snorkel Blue is just what you need. A perfect edition to any wardrobe and chic home.

A beautiful rich color, the marine -inspired blue is the perfect color, to help you relax and escape into the depths of the ocean.

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A good choice for a job interview ensemble as Blue is a cool and calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. Blue is a color that generally looks good in almost any shade and symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust.

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Energizing your wardrobe with these pieces

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Dune - Caprice and Dallston clutch @ www.dunelondon.com

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Rimini Dress www.studio-eight.com

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Lace dress @ www.studio-eight.com

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Snorkel Blue is also a huge wedding favorite, perfect for bridesmaid’s dresses, groom’s suits and wedding décor.

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Escape to the deep blue sea by adding this color to your home for stylishly chic living rooms or bedrooms.

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