February 19, 2014

Be Celebrity Groomed on a Budget

Female celebrities are featured in the media so much these days that its no surprise that women as a whole have started to feel inadequate. These celebs have huge resources to expend on their looks and though not all female celebs look groomed, there are those such as Jennifer Anniston and  Jessica Alba who always look well groomed when they are snapped.

So how is the normal woman supposed to compete with that? We all spend money on cosmetics and beauty products but few of us would have anything near to the same resources as celebrities. If you like to look good but are on a budget then today I’m looking at three areas of image that are important to be celebrity groomed on a budget.

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1. Haircut -  I cant say this enough. Your haircut is the most important item you wear. Its on your body everyday, its one of the first things that people see when they meet you and a good cut and or colour will show off your best features. If you cant afford a top salon and most of us cant ask, ask, and ask again for a recommendation for a good hairstylist and don’t stay with one you are not happy with out of loyalty.

2. Clothing - If you can afford more expensive designer clothing that’s great as they tend to be better made and fit better but for those of you who are on a high street budget you should look for brands that have better tailoring. On top of choosing better quality items you should have a great seamstress who will tailor them for you. Crafty ladies can do a course in dressmaking and tailor there own clothing to save a lot of money in the long run. Lastly care for your clothing and they will last so much longer.

For good tailoring on the high street try: Zara, M & S, Cos, Reiss or Topshop. There are plenty more brands you just have to find those that are suited to your individual style.

3. Nails - With the advancements in nail technology you can now get a manicure such as shellac that if well done lasts 3 weeks. The price of getting this done tends to be around the same price across the board.  So, again find out a recommendation and don’t be afraid to complain if you are not happy with the service you receive.

February 17, 2014

Marion Cotillard Style Icon

Fashion fades, style is eternal” -Yves Saint Laurent

I have written a little about women I consider modern style icons over the past couple of years, focusing on Iris Apfel, Ulyana Seergenko and  Olivia Palermo.

Today I want to take a look at Marion Cotilard who is frankly something of a clothes crush. I mean the woman is gorgeous but not in a flashy way, she really just makes use of what she has and I LOVE her clothes. She wears styles that seem unusual but she totally wears them well and of all the style icons or women in the public eye today its her style that speaks to me most.

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Her choices for the red carpet tend to be either very simple with unique cuts or designs with a floral flavour but the styles are always elegant and never over the top.mc5mc4Even when dressing more casually she still favours simple styles in unique cuts that look amazing on her..on the rest of us I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have the same effect. In fact I know that if I was to wear the above outfit I would end up looking like a boy but she manages to look like the perfect Gamine and the woman seems to have the most amazing collection of shoes. Yes serious clothes and shoe lust over here!

February 14, 2014

Friday 5: Stylish Romance Films

If you are staying at home this Valentines night then what better way to spend it than cosied up on the couch with a bottle of wine and a romantic movie.  Fashion or style often plays a huge part in what makes a film iconic. There is nothing better than combing romance and style. So, with that thought in mind I put together my 5 favourite stylish romance films.

Amelie 2001 - Its got romance, Paris, quirky clothes and the adorable Audrey Tatou, whats not to love.

AmelieIt Happened One Night 1934 - Claudette Colbert spends the majority of the film in just one outfit but its worth watching for this alone.

It happened one nightBreakfast at Tiffanys - Its no surprise this is on the list. Holly Golightlys style has become iconic and the romance is delightful to watch no matter how many times you may have seen it before.

Breakfast-at-Tiffanys_AudreyDesperately Seeking Susan - This is like a love song to the 80′s fashion Madonna made famous but you’ve also got Aidan Quinn and the backdrop of New York. Pure perfection.

DSS Stardust - This film always makes me happy when I watch it. I love the romance and the clothes which are incredibly elegant even those worn by witches. You also get Robert de Niro wearing a pink tutu. Yes its that good!

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February 12, 2014

Valentines Day Wish List 2014

Valentines Day brings to mind different things for different people. Those in a relationship look forward to being pampered(ya I wish) and those who are single can feel depressed to spend it alone. I like the idea of giving friends gifts on Valentines Day. I think I have mentioned before that while living in Finland I learnt that the Finns call it Ystävänpäivä which translates as ‘Friends Day’ and instead of waiting for their romance devoid husbands (I can vouch for this) women give each other flowers and little gifts to mark their friendship.  I love this idea and I really enjoyed giving my friends gifts while I lived there.  I think we don’t get enough chances to thank our friends for always being there for us. So this Valentines Day if you are looking for some inspiration for what to buy your beloved, a friend or even yourself then take some inspiration from my Valentines Day wish list 2014.

Valentines Wish List 2014

 

1.  M & S  Limited Edition Envelope Clutch. €42.00

2. Not On The High Street Oakdene Designs  ‘I Belong With You’ Lumineers Print. €16.71

3. Max & Chloe   Marie Chavez Red Coral Multi Strand Necklace. $195

4. M & S Rosie for Autograph Silk Camisole and Shorts. €77.00

5. TOPSHOP Gwenda Leather Courts. £58.00

6. The Trend Boutique  BKR Silicone + Glass StormHeart Water Bottle. $39.99

7. Artisan du Chocolat  Luxurious Mélanges Petite dégustation. £6.75

8. Dorothy Perkins Blush fluffy heart jumper.  € 38,00

February 10, 2014

Blind Date Outfit Inspiration

A reader asks: I have been set up on a blind date this Saturday and I have no idea what I should wear. I think we are going to go to a few bars but I’m not entirely sure. Can you help?

I have never, to my knowledge, been on a blind date so I can only imagine how nerve racking it must be. Research has shown that wearing red on a first date is good for getting your dates heart rate pumping but blue and green have also been given favourable reviews when surveyed. Avoid yellow, brown or all black. If you are going on a first date and you don’t want to worry about what to wear then try these ideas for blind date outfit inspiration.

Blind Date Style Inspiration

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1. Pair a simple camisole and straight blazer with skinny jeans and pointy courts for a look that’s chic but not too over dressy.

2. A simple jumper with a leather skirt and ankle booties is a really easy way to be comfortable but stylish. The leather will dress up the plain jumper just add some jewellery to finish it off.

3. If you like the feminine look then a dress paired with simple accessories and strapped shoes is a nice way to look feminine and stylish without looking like you made too much effort.