May 2020
SheaMoisture have announced a £40,000 relief fund, aimed at helping black female salon owners navigate their way through Covid-19.
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There's no better time to start a self-care routine than in the summer. Whether you already have practices in place or need to start from scratch, the sunshine and warm weather create the motivation you need for self-love.

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Here are some self-care tips to help you look and feel your best during the summer months.

Start a Skincare Routine

Taking care of your skin is a must during the summer months. In addition to wearing sunscreen every day, you should dedicate some time to starting a basic morning and evening skincare routine.

Keep it simple with the basics: cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing. If possible, book a virtual consultation with an esthetician to get guidance on how to best care for your skin type. A simple skincare routine will only take up five to ten minutes of your day, but leave you looking refreshed for years to come.

Hydrate

If drinking enough water is a struggle for you, you aren't alone. The summertime tends to be easier to start creating healthy hydration habits, as warm air generates thirst. Drinking water is the best way to keep your digestive tract moving along nicely, reducing bloating and discomfort. It also nourishes your skin from the inside-out, making it look younger and more supple.

If you don't like the "taste" of water, infuse it with fresh fruit or herbs. Remember to have a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage to prevent hydration and wasted summer days.

Give Your Hair a Rest

Your hair is already subject to a lot of damaging elements during the summer. The sun is perhaps one of the leading causes of hair damage, while also fading your dye. Pair that with salt from the ocean or chemicals from the pool, and your hair will be begging for some TLC.

Summer is the ideal time to give your hair a rest. Put the hot tools away, leave the color touch-ups for the fall, and let your natural hair do its thing. If you want an edgy look that requires a lot of processing, opt for a wig instead. The full lace wigs at the EvaWigs offer a variety of natural-looking styles that will leave your real hair relaxed and untouched.

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Schedule Unplugged Hours

Give your mental health a break by scheduling unplugged hours on your social media. Focus on being present and enjoying the day, learning new hobbies, and not comparing yourself to others. Social media can be very damaging to your mental health, creating feelings of body dysmorphia, anxiety, FOMO, and depression. Those hours spent scrolling could be used to enjoy the fleeting summer sun.

There are a few ways to go about this. Consider leaving your phone untouched in your room for the morning, refusing to look at it until after lunch. Alternatively, you can unplug from your social media during the weekends. Use an app to block you from logging in during set timeframes, so you don't fall into old habits.

Focus on Micro-Movements

Don't worry about starting a full-blown exercise routine during the summer. Instead, focus on introducing more micro-movements into your daily existence. This is a great way to burn more calories and scale up your metabolism over time, whether you're an avid exerciser or just get started.

Micro-movements are the non-exercise motions you make throughout the day. The simple act of racking up more steps on a FitBit is an example of micro-movement. Set the alarm to get up and walk around your workspace each hour, giving your body time to stretch. Park further away from the grocery store. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. These seemingly small changes yield big results over time.

These are just a few simple self-care practices that will help both your physical and mental wellness. Remember, beauty shines from the inside out. Taking care of yourself is the best way to look and feel great for the summer and beyond.

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Dressing to impress for most interviews is challenging enough, but what about within the fashion industry?

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 17:18

LQ Collagen Launch New Products

The use of collagen supplementation has increased over recent years as more and more reports and studies have shown that the oral supplementation of collagen peptides had beneficial effects like improvement of elasticity and firmness of skin.
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British Fashion Council (BFC) is announcing today the first round of recipients of the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, supporting creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the Covid-19 crisis.
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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!

The Trick to Making an Effective Capsule WardrobeWorn in more than one way and that cater to different occasions. Image source: Unsplash
 
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.
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There is nothing more inviting then sinking into a sofa full of plush throw pillows. And because your sofa can make just as much as a statement in your living room as an accent wall it is important that you pick the perfect throw pillows to complete your rooms look and feel. Read on to find out what our picks are for throw pillows that will not only add colour but make a statement on your sofa.

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Jazz up a plain sofa with statement pillows. Statement throw pillows will elevate your living room and will add extra comfort and style to your sofa. This can be throw pillows in bold colours or patterns depending on the look of your living room. So if colour is your first love then opt for bold colours and if your style is more pattern-driven then that is your starting point.

Try these throw pillow trends;

Abstract Energy, a fun and free-spirited interior style. The bold geometrics, hand-drawn playful blocks of colour is all about expressing personality. The bold patterns and striking colours will add a playful look and feel to your living room and will revitalise a plain sofa.

Patterned Pillows

Patterned throw pillows are like a, OH THAT IS NICE compliment you get it is a quieter compliment to the WOW THOSE SHOES ARE STUNNING. They make a statement but just not so loud.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Soft Tropics

A subtle joyous celebration of nature. The botanical prints are both understated and bold. In colours that reminds us of sunny days and flowery garden.

Solid Pillows

Okay, so you are not that into patterns and texture and want something more simple but still unique to your living rooms personality Then solid coloured throw pillows will be your best option. Go for throw pillows that will enhance your colour scheme and that complement your interior style.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Modern Fusion

It is simple, but with a stylish aesthetic in solid colours like mustard, leaf green, nude pink, and blue or for a more earthy feel invest in colours like terracotta and spiced red and for a more refined glamour look try dusky rose and pewter.
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Friday, 08 May 2020 14:12

Ways to Glow Up During Quarantine

Is your hair damaged, nails brittle and skin worse than ever? You must be in quarantine.
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Friday, 08 May 2020 13:48

Time To Declutter

In these difficult and unprecedented times, having good health is something to be extremely grateful for.
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Friday, 08 May 2020 12:38

Strawberry Kisses

Photographer Joanna Mitroi completes a hat trick with this third photography shoot featuring model Magda Swider and her strawberry kisses.

Fashions Finest just adores this third instalment from Joanna Mitroi featuring fruit from Marks and Spencer, and showcasing exquisite detail in every piece of fruit, as well as the colourful and flawless makeup from Marie Spoik. More glimpses of summer are to be found in this delicious soft fruit shoot. 

Picture3strawberry kisses resultPhotography: Joanna Mitroi Photography

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Stylist, Creative Director & Retoucher: @joanna_mitroi Joanna Mitroi

Photography: Joanna Mitroi Photography

Makup Artist & Hair: Marie Sopik

Model: Magda Swider
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