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Picture the late-nineties nerd and what first comes to mind is a gangly teenage boy in khaki flood pants playing Dungeons & Dragons. Imagine, instead, a small girl in cropped plaid flares and a matching blazer, sobbing at the optometrist’s office. That would be nine-year-old me, a skinny kid teased at school—for wearing a fuzzy mink bomber instead of a North Face, for carrying a plastic binder of Pokémon cards—miserably holding a new pair of wire-rim frames.
I thought of that little four-eyed loser last February when I saw Alessandro Michele’s Gucci debut. The Gucci of my youth, of course, was the height of the Tom Ford era—slinky white jersey and little black dresses, all cool and confident. But here, Michele seemed to say, was the 21st-century Gucci girl, an eccentric, fresh-faced weirdo who wasn’t afraid to wear backless fur-lined loafers, to personify the idea of “ugly pretty.”
When it comes to looking good, it’s not your size or shape that matters, it’s the fit of your clothes. But fit doesn’t equal suitability. Just because something is available in your size it is not guaranteed to deliver an attractive visual balance in your look. Also, we should not believe that a beautiful dress will make us look beautiful. It won’t- but the style of a dress – no matter the brand or designer – will always make us look beautiful.
So, be your own fashion expert and lead from the front. Know yourself first – before you dress yourself. That’s why I encourage them to invest in a quality timeless styles, rather than following every fashion trend that was not designed for their body shape in the first place! I believe there is a perfect dress for every woman- it is just not the same one.
If you’re looking for a homemade lotion or hand cream that will nourish your skin, look no further. This recipe is super nourishing, super versatile and super simple. And I’ve updated it with essential oils suitable for your skin’s needs.
I asked all of my great readers the other day for recipes for DIY lotions and one reader had a recipe that really appealed to me. So I tried it, and–we have a real winner!
This homemade lotion is:
– super easy to make (no fancy tools–just melt, stir and pour)
– smells great
– has flexible ingredients (so you can pretty much use what you have on hand)
The concentration of a perfume is the percentage of pure fragrance oil to stabilizing ingredients, which determines lasting power.
Pure Perfume: At 15 to 30 percent perfume oil, this is the most potent concentration. You may only need to reapply once throughout the day.
Eau de Parfum (EDP): At eight to 15 percent perfume oil, this popular choice allows you to switch fragrances from day to evening. You may only need to reapply twice a day.
Eau de Toilette (EDT): At four to eight percent perfume oil, this common concentration can be applied liberally throughout the day, which allows you to switch your scent as often as your lip color!
Advice from the pros for longer wear.
Keep Moisturized: Moisturized skin will help lock in a scent. Try layering with a body lotion or oil. Body products with the same scent are known as ancillaries and increase lasting power.
Where to spray perfume: Spray on pulse points, décolleté, and behind the knees. Spritz or dab, but don’t rub; rubbing breaks down the scent molecule and may cause it to fade faster.
Touch up on the go: Carry a rollerball or travel spray to refresh throughout the day. If your favorite scent isn’t available in travel size, try a refillable atomizer from Sephora Collection>
To say sequins and sparkles will be a big deal next summer is an understatement. In every fashion capital, glitter prevailed, starting with Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs right through to Gucci (pictured here), Dior and Chanel. Style yours with a sweatshirt to give them daytime longevity.
Whether lilac, pink, lemon or duck egg blue, expect to see an array of fashion’s prettiest shades next season. But as Victoria Beckham (pictured) said “delicacy can be strong”; saccharine these colours are not – consider tailoring in ice cream hues or wearing them in unexpected ways like at Celine.
It looks as if heritage checks are going nowhere for the season ahead. Balenciaga’s came via voluminous coats as seen here, while Victoria Beckham’s had a more traditional appeal. Anyone looking for floaty feminine styles should turn to Sonia Rykiel where they were bright and summer-ready. Burberry’s homage was perhaps the most overt – expect to see its check caps everywhere next season.
Perfect for British summers, waterproof plastics were a predominant look for spring/summer 2018. As seen at Chanel (pictured), Isabel, Marant, Burberry, Topshop, Calvin Klein and Fendi, plastic in varying shades will be everywhere in 12 months time.
What you are about to read is your salvation. It is freedom from the tyranny that is choice paralysis. It is independence from relying on your significant other’s recommendations just to perform the simple act of getting dressed. It is the one true word. It is how to pick a shirt.
This is not how to buy a dress shirt, we’ve discussed that at length already and gave you the keys to that kingdom already. This is how to choose the right color shirts for you.
Now, understand something, this is a fishing lesson. As in, give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. If you are seeking a fish handout, you are in the wrong place. If you just want to skip to the answers, there are no right answers.
Anybody who has never seen you (as we haven’t) and tries to tell you that they have the answers and know what shirts go with you are either arrogant enough to believe they know what’s best for you or a bold-faced liar. In other words, they’re either full of themselves or full of shit. Either way, don’t trust it. Accept no fish, take this fishing lesson, and learn to feed yourself.
Summer has come and gone, bringing on Autumn in full-force. It comes time to welcome the season where the leaves turn brown and begin to fall; the season that transforms the flora into a vibrancy of yellow, orange and red. The fact that red is a natural colour of autumn, it comes to no surprise, that red is the autumn season’s dominant colour trend. Red was seen everywhere on the fashion week catwalk – from Topshop to Fendi – cementing its status as ‘on-trend.’
While the shade is present in various pieces of clothing, it only took me a stroll on the high-street to recognise that it was most dominant in the form of a coat. The first red coat that I saw was from Primark. Admittedly, I sometimes have the same stereotypes about Primark that others do – unfashionable, cheap, bad quality, wear-once and falls apart – however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these clothes were fashionable, (in fact, Primark’s new collection has since been praised in Glamour as well as Vogue) still cheap but surprisingly amazing quality.
This is not to say that I do not like Primark. I may be guilty of stereotyping, however, I have always used Primark for basics, which are as the word suggests essentials. You can see why it came as such a surprise for me to not just need something from Primark – like my basics – but to actually want something from Primark. As the post suggests, that thing that I wanted was a red coat.
Perfumes and colognes are scents that men and women wear to enhance their beauty or even attract a potential mate. They can lift a mood, evoke fond memories, or just simply help you smell really good. There are literally thousands of different perfumes and colognes available on the market today. In fact, wearable scents have become a multi-billion-dollar-per-year business. Thanks to new marketing, new brands, and designer lines, more people than ever before are choosing and wearing different types of perfume and cologne. So how do you know which smell will be the best fit for you? There are several different ways you can decide how to choose the perfect scent that will match your own unique style and personality.
Each perfume or cologne consists of different “notes.” These notes determine the overall scent. These notes consist of three different layers called base, top, and middle notes, and they all work in synergy to create a specific smell. Some perfumes, for example would be considered floral and contain different scent notes like rose, gardenia, or geranium. Others may be a bit fruitier, with undertones of citrus or apple.
Exotic perfumes contain spicy notes like star anise or even cinnamon. Men’s scents have various notes as well. Musk scents have a heavier, more masculine tone, while others may have smells like pine or even leather-based notes. It is always a good idea to determine which types of cologne or perfume you prefer and then see which base notes they contain before making a purchase decision. You can learn more about the different notes used to make cologne and perfume in order to get a better idea of which ones you think will suit your tastes.
You don’t need a ton of clothes to look great every day. Streamlining your wardrobe to only the clothes you’ll actually wear will, in fact, save you time and stress. Here are some suggestions for both men and women for the main necessities.
Apartment Geeks offers these suggestions for women, based on The Pocket Stylist: A nice dress, two jackets, three skirts, three sweaters, two dark trousers, two jeans, three coats, a white button-down shirt, and a few t-shirts should be flexible enough for both casual and dressier occasions. (Of course, you can add in shorts or substitute a blouse for the button down if that’s your style.)
The suggestions are pretty similar for guys in this infographic from Lifestyle by PS (mentioned in passing in our how to build a budget work wardrobe post), which adds accessories like belts and ties. Again, tweak to your lifestyle, since not everyone would consider bow ties or tuxedos clothing essentials.