Gingham is getting a new lease on life this spring/summer season, with a more grown-up look the classic check is sure to rock SS17. So, to help you put your shopping list together, here is some of the new season key items.
Take your pick from the sexy cold shoulder, girly frills, larger-than-life sleeves, crop tops, to preppy tie-waist details, gingham is definitely on my spring/summer hot list.
This new season’s gingham print is moving away from the simplistic black and white print, to bold and bright red’s and blues with added colour through embroider floral accents making the print come alive.
Playsuit are fun and playful, now you can be all of that, plus a total #fashionbabe in this red gingham playsuit, from New Look , and give your onlookers the cold shoulder with a touch of girly frill.
For the classic demure lady, who loves to keep to tradition, this button-down dirndl dress, from Primark, with its bell sleeves and nipped waist, is perfection.
This oversized puffy sleeves gingham blouse is a modern take on the feminine and whimsical style of days gone by. The gingham print with the red embroiderer floral detail, offers the perfect ladylike #lookoftheday and will cause quite a stir on the streets, blouse from New Look.
Strike the perfect balance between edgy, girly and chic with your updated gingham style.
Actress Blake Lively confesses she too is an Urban Decay fan.
In a recent interview she explains how she loves UD electric 24/7 glide on eye pencil.
"The pencil has a little metallic tone" used in the waterline of her eyes the blue metallic tone makes her blue eyes pop and look electric.
Get her look now for £15.50 from www.urbandecay.co.uk
Masculine, oozing power, confidence and charisma, are these the words that you would use to describe your man? If your answer is yes, then this is the perfect gift for him this valentine’s day.
Jaguar Pace with its classic masculine notes of black pepper and cashmeran combined with crystal moss and rosemary gives the fragrance a spicy boldness. Exuding manliness and style, presented in a cool iconic bottle for the cosmopolitan man.
Recommended retail prices: Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 60 ml @ £28.00, Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 100 ml @ £44.00
The fragrance designed to mark the arrival of the new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car. Is a true reflection of this fast and furious car, the vibrant grey and blue glass bottle has a similar bold silhouette to that of the new car and is complimented by the blue-tinted perfume. The compact base is covered with a sophisticated lattice design reminiscent of the famous Jaguar radiator grill. The centre of the bottle is emblazoned with a shiny round silver insignia with the unmistakable brand sign of the legendary cat. The shiny silver stopper creates an attractive contrast to these tones, whilst the packaging is in blue, grey and dark silver with black lettering.
A gorgeous smelling man behind the wheel of a fast car what can be more sexually electrifying, go on shop now and enjoy the experience!!
When Winter sinks it's ice teeth in, we bring out the accesories. There's no need to wait till you're flaunting your summer style again to glam up! So, while the stylish tops and skirts are buried under during the cold months, you can invest in these special Stella and Dot pieces. Spice up your wintry wardrobe with some shiny emblems! Check out some of the jewellery pieces here: www.stelladot.co.uk
Drape Ear Jacket
Pavè Sphinx Cuff
Odeon Pendant Necklace
Alila Lace Cuff
Bliss Statement Necklace
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Buying a gift for your man has never been easier with grüum, facecare, for men, without the fuss.
Now you have the power to revolutionise your man’s bathroom essentials with grüum, a new concept in male grooming. Founded in the UK by four friends grüum was created to deliver personalised quality, simplicity, form and function. Facecare without the fuss.
The grüum concept
Designed as a monthly subscription service, making it easy for the modern man to keep himself looking good, with minimal effort and maximum results.
Inspired by the principles of Scandinavian design, function and affordable quality, grüum likes to keep things convenient, simple and natural.
grüum offers high quality shaving for a fraction of the price. With precision-engineered razors manufactured from high grade Swedish steel. The added roller component helps to lift hair away from the face, creating a close and comfortable glide.
Oska razor handle is the ultimate fusion of form and function; bold styling, striking colours and ergonomic design combine to deliver a gripping shave. osku razor cartridges give a shave as close as the big brand razors.
danne clog-free shave gel can be used clear for maximum visibility and precision, or gently foamed. Infused with soothing Aloe Vera and antibacterial Witch Hazel, with Orange and Eucalyptus for a mild, fresh scent.
grüum Products: Beard
bård beard wash is formulated specifically for facial hair, a gentle cleanser that is blended with essential oils to help maintain the beard’s natural balance. Orange and eucalyptus give it a mild, refreshing aroma.
leif beard oil nourishes and protects beards with natural essential oils. Infused with Argan and Jojoba to smooth and soften the hair, and Vitamin E to moisturise the skin beneath, leif beard oil is available in three subtly scented blends. tor beard wax helps tame unruly facial hair. Combined with Carnauba and Bee’s Wax to give a light, flexible hold, while essential oils and Shea Butter nourish and moisturise.
grüum Products: Cleanse
kóri is a mild everyday exfoliating face wash with exfoliating beads to gently scrub away dirt and unclog pores. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel soothe and calm the skin, whilst Orange and Eucalyptus provide a refreshing hit.
kåre daily moisturiser gently hydrates and reinvigorates the skin to look its best, day and night. It is a light-weight formula that is easily absorbed into the skin. With a hint of Cedarwood for a fresh and zingy scent.
gösta facial tonic is loaded with honest, natural ingredients. Soothing Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Aloe Vera gives the skin some real TLC, while Witch Hazel kills bacteria and refreshes the complexion.
His skin and you will love each of the grüum products whether he and you like the clean-shaven baby face look or the edgy beard look.
This Valentines is the perfect time for both of you to give grüum products a test drive with their gift set. With a great range of gift sets, not matter what you choose, it will be the perfect treat for your man.
Luxury Razor Set - £21
Includes oska razor handle, 3 x 5 blade cartridges
and 2 x 3 blade cartridges.
Shave and Wash Kit - £29.95
Includes face wash, shave gel, moisturiser, shave
tonic, 4 x 5 blade cartridges and oska razor handle.
Beard Maintenance Kit - £29.95
Includes beard wash, beard oil (X3 scents), beard
wax (X3 scents), moisturiser and face wash.
grüum’s online subscription service will have you covered for his birthday or any special upcoming occasion. It is simple and flexible and you will receive premium products delivered to your door.
With no commitments (you’re never tied in), you will receive exactly what he needs to look his best for you. And you can change, pause or cancel your grüum subscription at any time, scaling up or down as his grooming needs change. With grüum kits starting from just £6 per month. It’s the smarter way to keep him looking good. Simple, user friendly, and fuss free.
Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.
According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.
However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.
A Natural Removal
While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.
If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.
Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.
You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.
Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.
It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.
If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.
Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub
So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?
By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.
A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage
It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.
For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.
Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser
It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.
To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.
You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.
If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.
Cumin Seeds and Rice Water
If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.
So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.
Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.
Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask
What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.
Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.
If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com
If your resolution for 2017 is to try something new, we got just the thing for you! Inspired by the catwalks the hottest nail trends for you to try is here. Come on you know you want to, try it and let your hands do the talking.
Black is back!
Simple and chic, black is back, dark nails was spotted all over the catwalk, as seen on Aalto S/S catwalk. This look can easily be recreated, by applying a dark pigmented polish all over the nails such as SensatioNail’s Midnight Rendezvous or alternatively you can try another dark shade such as SensatioNail’s Black Plum with a tint of purple. Perfect for day and night with its edgy gothic twist.
Spotted on the Oscar De La Renta catwalk and many celebrities. This look is in strong contrast to the black. The plain Jane barely-there nail look can be recreated by applying a clear varnish all over the nail, or alternatively a sheer nude shade which will add a hint of colour onto the nail. Do try the SensatioNail’s Barely there or So Rosy gel colours, great for Spring/Summer or when you're looking for a pretty, yet barely there look.
Pop till you drop
Vivid and punchy colours are here to stay!! Bright and bold tones with a twist of colour contrast are right on trend, as spotted on the Jeremy Scott catwalk. This trend is summer perfection. Start practising now and get it down to a T, with the SensatioNail’s Pink Purple People Eater and Island Hopper. To funk it up apply a second shade in a circular shape in the middle of the nail with SensatioNail’s Kiwi Squeeze or even Tropical punch.
This look has been seen almost everywhere and is set to be the biggest trend of 2017. Go crazy graphic and create any nail art your heart desires, from negative spacing, dots, prints and even cartoons, there is no end to what you can create. Our favourite design was spotted at the Christian Siriano show. Consisting of block colours and stripes, these funky fingers are super easy to create. Start by painting half your nail in a blue and the other half white, using gel colours like SensatioNail’s, Mint and White Lily. Once that is dry, use nail strips to create the black graphic lines. Party or festival, this is the perfect nail look.
We are 16 days into the new year and now there is no more turning back, 2017 is officially in full swing. The excitement of a new year is the new things it brings and we are jumping for joy for all the new beauty trends this year will bring.
Here is our quick guide on what’s hot for 2017 and how to get the look.
The barely there, makeup look continues its reign of popularity. Keep your face fresh and dewy with minimal colour and product. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre £20, is the one product makeup artists swear by. Use it as a makeup base to moisturise and transform your skin in an instant. Giving you a dewy and youthful finish. It also doubles up as a repairing mask and primer too. Natural and untouched looking brows, are key to this look, achieve this with the Lord & Berry’s Must Have £14, a brow mascara that locks stray hairs into place whilst also adding a subtle tint.
Finish off the look with a soft and subtle touch of nude lipstick- to recreate an English rose shade with the Lord & Berry’s 20100 Lip Crayon in Charme £12, giving a subtle hint of pink, its creamy texture adding moisture to your lips.
Bright bold popping colour is key for 2017. A bold lip such as PPQ’s Lilac theme is a must this year. As seen on the catwalk, models were sporting the Lord & Berry’s Lip Crayon in La Fiesta, £14. Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this lip colour will show that you are fearless, so embrace it. However, if bright bold and fearless is too much for the office try the Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kiss-proof in Bold Red £15 to make a subtle statement. A liquid lipstick that dries matte, is long lasting and smudge proof, perfect for all those Valentines kisses.
Glow me baby
Another trend that is here to stay so highlight and shimmer away for healthy youthful glowing skin. To achieve this look, apply a highlighter such as the Lord & Berry’s Luminizer stick £14 on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and on your cupids-bow this will give the illusion of a smaller nose, higher defined cheekbones and fuller lips.
For an all over dewy glow to your face, perfect for summer, apply the Transformulas 23 Carat Hydration Gold £41.95. This crème instantly illuminate and adds a hint of 23 carat gold shimmer to the skin. As and added boots is it contains hyaluronic acid that hydrate the skin, help promote collagen and keeps your complexion youthful.
Blush me up
Lastly, another trend that will hit us in 2017 will be the return of the blush-woo! Spotted on the 2016 catwalk in 2017 we will see this trend evolve with blusher now being used across the temples and eyes-adding a stronger and more daring edge.
To achieve this look, apply a blusher such as Lord & Berry’s blush in Lotus, £18 along the cheekbones in a sweeping motion with a brush such as Brushworks Blush Brush £6.99, giving you a soft and subtle rosy glow ready for the day ahead.
We can live without many things but fashion, make-up and jewellery are some of the things that we cannot. So, to feed our need for more of those things we cannot live without. We are always on the lookout to find our next obsession and yes, we found it in ALEXI.
ALEXI London is an online jewellery brand that aims to find pieces that reflect designer looks, but in a more accessible way. All their products are available in three colour ways- Gold, Silver and Rose Gold and all pieces are Sterling Silver, with 18ct Gold or Rose Gold plating.
At ALEXI London, I found rings, necklaces and bracelets that would bring more than just a little sparkling joy to my everyday dressing as well pieces that made me feel truly special.
I fell in love with these Silver Oversized Solitaire Drop Earrings. Dainty and elegant the perfect match to any day or night look.
We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace
Who would not like hugs and kisses every day, well now you can remind yourself to share a Hug and Kiss with these cute Silver Hug and Kiss Threader Earrings
Who says you need an engagement or wedding ring to make a statement when you got this Rose Gold Cross Bar Ring, delicate yet edgy, need I say more.
ALEXI LONDON seasonal, must-have, elegant and contemporary jewellery you will love to wear and love to give. SHOP for yours today with our reader PROMO code FASH10
Violets are Blue Roses are Red, it’s almost that time of the year again, Valentine’s day. Get your gift shopping, for your love-one done early with these great early bird deals from the Fragrance Shop.
For your pleasure and to fit your pocket after the January Blues, the Fragrance Shop is offering up to 60% off on selected fragrances as part of their early Valentine’s Day Event. With a great selection for him and her across their designer brands like Burberry, Roberto Cavalli and Tommy Hilfiger. Get online at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk or shop instore and get yours before the big rush.
Burberry Touch evokes feelings of intimacy, sensuality and sophistication. A luminous and airy oriental fragrance. The perfect gift to spice up your special night.
Fantasy is for the girl that likes her bling with a bottle that is adorned with Swarovski crystals and interlocking rings that represents everlasting love. You will cast a spell on him with this light feminine scent that explodes into a lingering scent of creamy musk and sensual woods.
Mesmerising and exhilarating from the first contact with its scent of amber florals, this fragrance is addictive. Exuding strength and sensuality. You will love and he will melt in it.
Match him as an equal in intimacy and sensuality for and explosion of strong emotions for a fiery night of passion.
A classic fragrance for a classic man, that is not afraid to show his modern flair and sophistication. With its woody citrus spicy scent, it is a bottle of contemporary elegance.
Crisp, clean and refreshing Tommy by Hilfiger, is for the man that is energetic and passionately lives out his dreams.
Let him arouse all your senses with FCUK Friction for Him. A masculine fragrance that is seductive and alluring and just one whiff of it will leave you begging for more.
Make Valentine’s 2017 a night to remember!!
The 60% Off, offer is valid in-store and online between 20th and 31st January 2017
To shop now visit www.thefragranceshop.co.uk/valentines-shop.
Dreary rainy days calls for, “Phone off, kettle on, pyjama time…” and yes, I took YAWN, a luxury sleepwear brand up on that offer. I literally spend a whole day in my favourite, the Blue Chambray set.
Lounging around never felt so comfortable and luxurious as in this soft, of softest cotton chambray PJ set. The bottoms are just perfect, with its soft waistband and drawstring for easy comfort and the top is cosy soft with it large pockets to keep my hands warm and a collar button to cover up against the chill.
Who is YAWN
YAWN is a London based luxury sleepwear brand and in their own words, “Yawn make special, warm-hearted nightwear devoted to relaxation. Unique, hand-drawn prints on super-soft, luxury fabrics, all designed by our team in London”.
I totally agree, I loved my chambray set, my perfect companion for a chilly rainy day of tea drinking and staying in.
There is a cold storm front predicted for the rest of January so why not experience the YAWN luxury for yourself on those cold nights. Float Away to a warmer state of being in their Float Away night shirt and or Pyjama set. Drawing inspiration from Paris the print is set to evoke relaxation, comfort and romance. Float Away into the arms of your love.
February is the month of love so the perfect time to snuggle up with your valentine for a cuddle. Show and share your love in the Lovebirds Night shirt and or Pyjama set with its cute cuddling Lovebird print.
Just like the Lovebirds you will form a lifelong bond with your YAWN Pyjama’s showing it fierce loyalty and affection.
YAWN for the perfect pyjama’s
With celebrity fans from Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and Binky Felstead, Sticky Heelz, the world’s first dual anti -slip system, is selling out fast.
Discreet and easy to use the cushioned connection attaches to the back of your shoe and firmly to the heels of your shoe preventing slipping, painful blisters and discomfort. Improving the fit and comfort of any new shoes. Stopping your shoes from slipping off, allowing you to walk with confidence.
The dual anti slip system even works when you are wearing tights, just place the heel pad on the heel of your foot and your tights over the heel pad.
Sticky Heelz are suitable for all types of shoes from high heels to flat ballet pumps. Improving the fit and comfort of all shoe sizes and even those whose feet are prone to swelling.
Sticky Heelz, the solution to a great night out, your big day and looking office smart all day long.
Each- and- every new year we wow to do better and take on new challenges, promising ourselves that this year we are going to do better than the year before. But come mid-year, and we start to take stock of all our set out intentions to move forward and out of our comfort zones. We realise that we have not achieved half of it. So, the question remains, how do we go about achieving our set out intentions? Personally, I believe that the key to that is Confidence.
Read on to discover my personal tips on achieving New Year Confidence.
Take care of yourself
It is amazing how much of a difference a new hair colour or smelling beautiful and glowing skin can have on your self-confidence. Looking good and feeling great is a fantastic boost to your self-image. So, take the time to take care of yourself indulge in those small things like a new lipstick or trying a new eye-make look. It will turn your mood around from feeling glum and grey to bright and sparkling.
You cannot look all pretty and not be dressed nicely, if you dress nicely, you’ll feel good about yourself. A nice dress or a pants suits will make you feel successful, presentable and ready to tackle whatever the day hold and brings. Invest in good quality items and build your capsule wardrobe with pieces that will make you feel confident when going for that all important meeting or interview.
Re-brand your self-image
Our mental picture of who and what we are, so often determines our confidence. If we feel good or negative about ourselves, we reflect that outwards. In the way, we carry ourselves and how we allow others to interact with us. Let 2017 be the year where you make the choice to re-brand your self-image. Make small changes, like having a mantra, my favourite is, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I AM CONFIDENT, I AM CAPABLE, I AM NOT LESS THEN OR BETTER THEN THOSE AROUND ME, repeat this every morning in front of the mirror and with time you will start to carry yourself in that manner and not allow yourself and others to make you feel small and worthless. Remember, who you want to be and how others perceive you, is your choice. So, choose to show you true worth.
This is an important part of re-branding your self- image and building self-confidence. Positive thinking can open- up new opportunities. It is all about the energy you bring into a situation, so if your energy is positive you will be more open to feel good about yourself and to become the best version of yourself.
A smile lights up your face and will instantly make you feel better and it will help you to be kinder to yourself and those around you. A small but beautiful thing that can have a wonderful chain reaction. Your smile is one of your best assets so use it well this new year.
Good posture will make you feel taller and more confident. If you stand tall and walk with confidence into any room people around you will take notice. Stand straight and pull your shoulders back and stand tall and walk talk and be proud and have confident in yourself, your beauty and that gorgeous smile.
Have a wonderful 2017 and may you achieve at least one of your set out intentions for this new year.
Most people have goals that they want to achieve by the end of a New Year so here are a few of mine.
Having goals in life can help to keep both your body and your mind healthy:
1. Get up earlier in the morning, if not for a jog then to get a few
2. Read 50 books
3. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
5. Start putting money away each week for a rainy day
6. Do some charity work
7. Start doing yoga
8. Start to write a novel
9. Write more poetry
10. Travel more
11. Try cooking new exciting recipes for my family
12. Spend more time with my Grandmother
13. Keep up with a skin care routine
14. Always dress to impress
If you do not already have goals for this year then I suggest you start to write a list, make 2017 your best year yet.
It's been a few years now since I've been a contributor to Fashions Finest blog; and I've been privileged to share my views on a blog platform that is growing and constantly evolving. As a designer (Keji Victoria), I chose to write alongside my craft and share personal views of the industry? Why? While this may be a pretty simple equation, giving that fashion bloggers are poised to also be stylists and trend and design experts, it's good to reflect on real perks of fashion blogging....
(Photo from Instagram)
1. You are connected to what is trendy and relevant
When it comes to writing you really need to stay relevant. I learnt this the hard way- spending so much time digging in to find material, but not always completing the last research stage- is it relevant to my viewers? Years of writing has definitely helped me appreciate the value of of the viewers' interests and needs. It makes writing worthwhile!
2. You are encouraged to share unique opinions and views
While staying relevant is crucial, my blog page isn't the only one that exists to be relevant, and neither is yours. People are always looking for something unique and refreshingly different, it's a battle of the fittest (so to say). I remember some years back, I shared a post on my favorite ways of using a wrap to cover the hair (as seen on Solange); I remember my house mate at the time came to me saying how much she enjoyed reading my FF post and how she sat down attempting the differenthe wrap styles. At that point, I realised that people are definitely interested in what I have to say- useful, relevant, yet unique. Although simple, my research on head wrap styles was a unique compilation.
3. You appreciate the work and accomplishments of others
Since being part of the FF blog family, I have had several opportunities to attend Fashion shows; participate in media and blogger events; and the likes! That is definitely a perk of working with a great platform. The journey has put me in the company of people whose views and styles are as different to my norm, as they could be. When you are set the task of covering a show or collection, you move from simply admiring the work to appreciating the hard work behind it.
4. You step out of your own comfort zone and work
The parallel work of designing (Keji Victoria) and writing constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat: designing keeps you locked in your own world and writing brings you out of it- not to talk of mastering the skills that go behind blog-style writing. I'm never short of inspiration!
Happy new year fashion bugs!
Thanks so much for stopping by my page!Keji Ewuosho X
I am sure that many of us is still recovering from a very festive Christmas but with just a few days away from the biggest end of year party. The countdown to 2017 means more champagne and plenty of more festivities and all of that means we need a killer outfit for the big night. So here are some pieces to give you a kick start in planning the perfect NYE party outfit.
Heading out with your girlfriends for a crazy night of Prosecco and dancing the night away slip on this Metallic Mink Satin Pleated Midi Cami Dress from Glamorous, red suede bow detail heels from Office and small round fur silver chain clutch from Primark
So, you do not really feel like going all out and are just looking for a cute top to go with your jeans like this Emerald green top from River Island and a pair of gold and teal block heels form Office and print detail body bag from River Island
Love the high shine of metallic then you will love this Pink high waisted metallic skirt from River Island, which is currently on SALE and these, pink metallic leather, on point court shoes from Office and the cute gold and pink metallic clutch from TK MAXX
Be the sexy siren in this black figure-hugging pencil skirt with the gold button detail from River Island and the short leopard print fur jacket from Miss Selfridge, and strappy black and gold heels from Office, and gem body bag from Primark.
Got no big plans for the big night, other than staying in with your man, for your own private PJ party then do it in style, in this Navy silk robe, Bronze strappy heels and blue and silver necklace and earing’s from River Island.
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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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
7 Days until Christmas…. 14 days until 2017…. This year has flown by.
We will soon be in January, those New Year resolutions running through our heads, sticking to our diets, signing up to a gym, looking after ourselves better... missing the festive celebrations and before we know it those January Blues have kicked in…
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With 2017 a few weeks away it is good to set out our resolutions early and as the beauty diva’s, that we are, the best place to start is our beauty bag. So here is us, giving you a handy push in getting your beauty resolutions sorted with all the tools you will need to give your beauty bag a 2017 refresh!
Smile with confidence this New Year, with Instant Whites Home kit a 7 day teeth whitening system that is sleek and mess free! The kit includes a 7-day supply of uniquely filled swaps that are clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 9 shades in just 7 days and at a price of £29.99 it is a steal.
Up to 9 shades lighter, I will be smiling from ear- to-ear all day every day at any stranger that passes me by.
The one thing that we as women do best is to Prim and Prime, that is why in 2017 it should be top of our goal list.
This New Year invest in an effective Micellar cleanser from the Cult beauty brand Embryolisse’s. Renowned for their unique formulas that nourish and moisturise your skin. Embryolisse creates products that does not disappoint when it comes to prepping your skin.
Our second fav product from the brand is the Embryolisse CC cream. The perfect base, with its unique skin adapting technology, the formula matches your own skin tone leaving you with the picture-perfect look.
Offering a complete skincare treatment, as it moisturises and smooths out the outer layers of your skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which helps the skin to retain essential moisture whilst the Biosaccaride restructures the skin and helps to protect against premature ageing.
Brilliant product! as it is formulated to ensure your skin always looks fresh. Saving you all those hours, you spend trying to match the correct colour for your skin tone. You now have no reason not to sparkle in 2017 with glowing white teeth and a radiant skin.
Any make-up addict will tell you, that quality tools are essential, because you do not want to be buying new tools every week.
So, to remain the best version of You, invest in quality products and Brushworks can offer you that. They have an amazing selection of quality brushes and sponges in all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices. Making it easy for you, even on a tight budget, to enjoy the finer things at affordable prices.
We all know that having the right brush, means creating the perfect look for day or night is as easy as one, two, three!! We urge you to make this note right at the top of your resolution list, “Throw out all those old make-up brushes and sponge and invest in Brushworks tools.”
This resolution is simple, you are a lady so elegance is what you need even if you think you do not want it. The following products all in Gold, one of the most expensive metals on earth, will add a touch of elegance to your beauty regime in 2017
Whether it’s a slight tinted glow from Fake Bake or the perfect rose gold tweezers from Rubis (because yes tweezers can be pretty too). These luxury tweezers are like no other! Steeped in heritage and even used by Rolex to insert rubies into their masterpieces. It is safe to say these are the tweezers of all tweezers.
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We are all creatures of habit and we all have our go to look, that never disappoints. Perhaps it is your favourite eye shadow stick or that lipstick shade you love.
Throw caution to the wind this New Year and add a shot of something new to your beauty bag.
We know that trying out new colours can be daunting and often make you feel like picking the perfect vamp purples or cobalt blues are as much stress as figuring out how you are ever going to believe in love again now Brangelina are over. With the party season fast approaching It’s not as scary as it seems to try out a few new looks by simply selecting a shade lighter or darker from your classic look so you can subtlety test out what suits you best.
Lord and Berry have the perfect solution with their newest eye shadow range called Reglam sticks. These little wonders are perfect, to take that leap of change in 2017. Add the dark shade to the corners of your eyes to make your eyes smoulder or lighten the inner of your eyes with an iridescent pearl tone to achieve that wide-eyed look.
Happy New You and yes have a beautiful 2017!!!
There is nothing better for the soul than sitting around a table enjoying good food, good wine and great company. So, with that soul enriching idea in mind, I organised a dinner party for my friends with an array of freshly prepared and healthy dishes provided by the lovely folks at GoNutritionUK.
My friends and I totally enjoyed all the dishes, as you can see!!
I received 6 meals from the Cutting Meals Hamper
The Cutting Meals Hamper is designed to make dieting easy. All the meals are low in fats, carbohydrate and packed with quality protein. The perfect selection of meals to help you keep trim and lean with less than 300 calories. All ready to eat after a busy day at work.
Here are the dishes we received...
1. Chicken Katsu with Pickled Ginger Greens: This Japanese dish is a flavour sensation, with tender chicken fillet in a lemon herb crumb covered in a tangy katsu sauce, complemented with fresh veg, all finished with chopped coriander and sliced red chilli. Served with pickled ginger greens- Suitable for freezing.
2. Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens: This Asian inspired dish uses only the finest rump steak, marinated in a sticky glaze and paired with fresh veg along, topped with coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds, and a soy and ginger dressing. Served with wilted Asian greens- Suitable for freezing.
3. Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad: Slow cooked chicken breast is marinated in a spicy piri piri marinade and mixed with fresh baby spinach leaves, spring onion and chilli, all finished with a tangy mango drizzle, grated cheddar and a squeeze of lime, on a bed of fresh seasonal salad- Not Suitable for freezing.
4. BBQ Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw: Succulent BBQ pulled pork is paired with a refreshing mango slaw and complement with sweet corn and pomegranate, topped with a dusting of chopped coriander-Not Suitable for freezing
5. Chicken & Chorizo Bake with Mediterranean Vegetables & Goats Cheese: This cheesy Spanish dish is a taste sensation, with diced chicken and chorizo in a herby tomato sauce, accompanied with courgettes, aubergines and peppers, and topped with creamy goats cheese- Suitable for freezing.
6. Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad: Succulent salmon marinated in a tandoori glaze is complemented with fresh kale and cherry tomatoes, all finished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds- Not Suitable for freezing.
We found every meal to be super healthy and tasty. I would have loved to add some potatoes or rice, because I found the meals to be very meaty. But it was all still very tasty and enjoyable.
My friends loved the pulled pork and devoured that dish with such delight.
The most enjoyable meals, for me, was the Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens, Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad and the Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad.
At first glance it was difficult to know if the food was to be eaten hot or cold and if it could be frozen and eaten the next day. I also initially could not find and the instructions, on the packaging but luckily, I did find it later. So, I contacted the company to find out. They gave me a list of the meals that could be frozen and told me that all the meals can be heated up before eating. (See the instructions in list of meals received).
The only problem with the heating up was, as you will hear in the video, was that some of the meals especially the pulled pork included mango slaw which was not in a separate container so it had to be scooped out then the meat heated and added back to the dish.
If I had to give a score for the company, food and the overall experience I would give it a 10/10 because nothing beats good, yummy healthy food and great friends.
Planning your own spontaneous diner party? do visit www.gonutrition.com and have a look at their Meal Hampers.
Follow them on twitter/Insta @GoNutritionUK
By Deborah St. Louis