It can be hard work looking and feeling good all the time. And let’s face it – spending a lot of time on a beauty routine can be the last thing you want to do in the morning. It doesn’t always have to be that time-consuming. We have come up with some top beauty tips that will have you feeling glam in no time.
As much as beige gets a lots of bad rap and is considered by many lifeless and unexciting, I love wearing it in all its varying shades and this season (luckily for me and maybe you too if you share my love for neutrals) there is no shortage of gorgeous beige/neutral pieces all over the high street since beige made into the most wanted trends for Spring 19 after all the SS19 fashion shows.
What’s one of the best ways to refresh your style and your life ready for the arrival of spring? It would have to be revamping your closet, having an epic decluttering sessions and freshening up the space you store your clothes in. There is a lot to be said for the power of organisation to streamline your life, buying lesser and better quality, taking care of the things we love, and paring everything back to the essentials. Your perfect wardrobe is a matter of individual preferences, and matching your clothes to your aesthetic and lifestyle. Here’s how to get there in five easy steps…
Velvet is a classic winter fabric but if I’m honest I have always associated it to evening wear and old ladies. Wrong! So wrong! How could I be so wrong? I was for many, many years but no more. I’m fully embracing velvet and I want to incorporate with my everyday looks not just save it for the occasional night out.
Recently I have become obsessed with the style and want to pair them with quite literally everything. I have one particular pair of boots to blame for it and they are the glorious Ganni pink and black marlyn 45 . From the minute I laid eyes on them I knew I was in love!
The thing about cowboy boots is that wearing them can feel a little bit like wearing a costume but I think the key is to make them work with your wardrobe and using them as an easy way to update some of your most basic outfits and add a super cool trendy twist to very feminine outfits.
Keep scrolling for some style inspiration from the streets and to shop my cowboy boot edit.
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With so many great deals available it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all but, fear not, I’m here to help and share with you my favourite Black Friday fashion deals as well as a little insight on how I shop Black Friday to avoid overspending and impulse purchases that will never see the light of day.
Here’s my advice and sales guide…
Make a list of what you want to buy
This will ensure you will look out for things you need and/or really want instead of just getting things that you don’t use very often or are not your style just because you thought the marked down price was great.
Shop Around for Best Deals
Check various retailers for a particular item you have in mind so you can truly find the best deal. Every retailer offers different discount rates so it’s definitely worth shopping around.
Stick to Your List
This is the golden rule. Don’t get lost in the excitement of bagging some bargains and end up spending money on things that you will never wear or that you won’t wear that much. They might be cheap but if you don’t use them they are ultimately a waist of money.
This is a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. Click the retailer and or items to shop. Let the shopping marathon begin…
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While the very idea of paring down your possessions to the bare minimum makes some yelp in horror, when was the last time you actually used the old magazines, five lip glosses, two bottles of water and ‘emergency’ flats? Are they giving you back ache? Could they, in fact, be weighing you down in more ways than one?
Whisper it: small bags are a symbol of power. In these days of unbounded choice, they show that you can be selective. They show a sort of restraint that indicates confidence – Coco Chanel didn’t say “elegance is refusal” for nothing. A neat clutch bag is a wardrobe essential and indicates that you have your life together in a way that a messy, overflowing, supersized bucket bag never will. It has been said that our handbags reflect the inside of our minds – and who wants a jumble of disorganised clutter in their head? Equally, a smaller bag is somewhat of a status symbol – it hints that you are well off enough to have other people take care of the mess.
So, travelling light is definitely proper, especially with the amount of evening events ramping up as we head into the festive season. But you still want to have the essentials covered to make sure you have a great night. What do you pack to create the ultimate clutch bag and make sure you have everything you need while not being weighed down? This guide will help you streamline, pack your clutch beautifully and be able to grab and go:
Small Tin of Mints
On sociable evenings out – intimate dinners, cocktails at the bar or crowded nightclubs, the one thing you can guarantee is that people will be getting up close and personal. Whether it’s simply your girlfriends or even a hot date, people leaning in close to talk to you means that it’s bad manners for them to be able to smell what you last ate! Chewing gum can be a little inelegant, so a small tin of mints or breath freshening strips is your best bet. Fresh breath is common courtesy, so don’t leave home without them!
Having been outside to get to your destination, the elements will probably have played havoc with your freshly styled hair, so having a small hairbrush means you can fix yourself up nicely when you arrive. You need to go compact, so either opt for a slim comb or perhaps a dressing brush, which is great for smoothing and backcombing at the roots but doesn’t take up a lot of room. Or you could opt for something like the Denman Folding Hairbrush that pops out and also has a handy mirror for you to check your makeup.
You may be the type of person who uses cards for everything, but if you’re heading out for the night, taking cash is a far better idea. For one, you will need a small amount to be able to tip on restaurant and bar bills or pay for a taxi home at the end of the night. Carrying cash also means that you are less likely to overspend – there’s nothing worse than waking up the next day with a sore head and a purse full of receipts from when you were waving your credit card around shouting ‘Margaritas for everyone!’ at 1am. Cash limits you a little, although it is a good idea to carry one card in case there is an emergency, or keep money for a taxi home separately so you don’t accidentally spend it.
These days, our phones are walking powerhouses that do it all, and you don’t want to be without. The latest models like the iPhone X, or Samsung Galaxy S9 have cameras which are brilliant in low light levels, meaning those snaps of you and your squad in the bar won’t be grainy and dark. From WhatsApping friends to check where they are to using PayPal to split a restaurant bill or even browsing Tinder to see who’s in the club, your phone is an essential. Make sure your handset is fully charged and you have a great deal from a network like SMARTY mobile powered by Three so you don’t lose signal at a crucial point or spent a fortune on data.
Most of us carry far too much! If you’ve used a good makeup primer and followed up with a setting spray, your makeup should be locked down and you shouldn’t need to touch up too much. A pressed powder compact, the lip colour you have on and a mini perfume, perhaps in a travel atomiser, should be enough.
With your stylishly slimline clutch and all the essentials, you can concentrate on having a great time.
**This is a collaborative post. For more information please head over to my disclosure page.
It’s no secret I love to layer my necklaces. Jewellery is, in my opinion, one of the quickest ways to transform an otherwise super basic and bordering on boring outfit into a chic little ensemble. My layering journey (if I can call it that) started years ago when long pearl necklaces were all the rage and layering them gave them a slight edge instead of the lady like look that has always been associated with them.
Nowadays I much prefer layering dainty, more simple and smaller necklaces, normally in gold and with some kind of meaning. I have a necklace with my initial, one with my children’s names, one that says ‘mama’ …. you get the idea right? I can safely say wearing layered necklaces has become part of my everyday looks and it’s something that now comes to me quite naturally.
Obviously, when Muru asked me to style a few of their gorgeous pieces, I was beyond excited. Muru believes that jewellery should be not only an expression of your style but also of one’s hopes and aspirations so you can expect Muru’s designs to be both beautiful and full of meaning.
If you are not sure how to start layering your necklaces read on for a few of my tips but remember that the first rule of layering your necklaces is that there is no rule. Just have fun!
Layer by length
This is quite an obvious one i think. Start with your shortest necklace and gradually add more slightly longer than the last. This is possibly my favourite way of layering necklaces and I never wear more than 3 or 4 layers. It’s a fine line between looking on point and like a Christmas tree.
Once upon a time I had a huge mental block about mixing metals but now I love it. I think the key is to experiment with it and have fun with the different colours and textures.
Make it personal
I love wearing jewellery that speaks to me. Be it because it has my children’s names engraved or because it reminds me of a special place/time in my life or because it’s full of symbolism and meaning. This is the key, in my opinion, to make combinations that are unique to you and represent who you are.
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Of course the most important thing about putting together a look with jeans is, of course, the jeans themself. So it’s extremely important that you get yourself the perfect pair. How do you do that? Simple, just make sure the jeans you pick suit your body shape, the fabric is not too stiff and the quality is good so they will last you a long time. With such a big range of denim jeans out there I’m sure you will find your perfect pair in no time and once you get your hands on that perfect pair of jeans, you can have a go at trying some of these outfit ideas to inject some vavavoom to the most basic of basics – denim jeans.
Jeans under dress
I’m a huge fan of layering a dress over my jeans. It instantly makes the outfit look way cooler than tights ever would. For this look to work, try sticking to skinny or straight-leg style jeans, rather than a flare to minimise looking bulky and disproportional.
Dress over jeans is one of those trends that go in and out of fashion (I think the last time I had a go I must have been in my 20s) and at the moment it’s very much in. So I’m having a go at it again but this time styling it like a grown up rather than a grunge lover 20 something year old 😆 . On other other news, the first week of the kids holiday is almost done and I think it went pretty well (apart from when the ghosts attacked and emptied the fairy liquid bottle all over the kitchen 🙈) . #mumlife #ootd #mango #tv_lifestyle #tv_living . . http://liketk.it/2vaQF @liketoknow.it #liketkit
All that was trendy in the Eighties, Nineties and early Aughts is in the midst of a revival right now and I couldn’t be happier mostly because I’m not sure I was able to pull off some of these trends when I was a teenager and I’m looking forward to give them another go as a grown up woman. Styling is key to looking on trend and to give old clothes a fresh feel so I’m excited to give chain belts another go.
If like me you were a teen in the 90’s (late 90’s early 00’s was when the trend was all the rage really) you probably owned at least a chain belt. I know I did and I loved it. I remember wearing it with my jeans and trousers in an attempt to imitate Kate Moss’s style whom was a big style influence for me then (still is if I’m honest).
Here’s a little blast from the past to revive your memory…
Chances are you haven’t worn or even thought about wearing a chain belt for quite a while (me probably 2002!) but lately they keep creeping up here and there and ever since I saw that Zara stocked a couple this season that I just can’t get them out of my head! (Zara chain belt I have in my basket as I type this post.)
Now, of course one should see chain belts as an embellishment rather than a practical belts as, if I remember right, they did little to keep my pants up… Alas, they look good and sure will update and elevate your outfits. Chain belts are very versatile and work with a variety of outfits but I particularly like seeing them used with more plain/basic combinations.
Below I have collated some inspo from around Pinterest and instagram and as always you can shop my picks of chain belts at the very end of this post. Keep scrolling…