Sunday, 27 December 2009
Go for classical clothing like this belted jump suit that will last a lifetime and which you will be able to wear year after year - though not at the same occasions of course. If your wardrobe is lacking that little black dress then browse the sales for a good quality well cut little black dress - no wardrobe should be without one. For those who already have that little black dress then go for that little black jump suit if your wardrobe is lacking evening wear trouser suits. This slash neck crepe dress is sure to dazzle and sparkle at your new years eve party.
Accessorize with this sophisticated black evening bag and handmade rock crystal bracelet from Munique Fashions or with this vintage style barrel necklace for a truly vintage look.
This plaited trim top would certainly suit the body shape of Susannah but not Trini. Just a reminder to buy what is flattering for your body shape and avoid the pitfalls of online bargains.
Avoid the pitfalls of shopping in sales and online bargains
Whether shopping online or browsing the store sales it is important to stick to certain rules to avoid the pitfalls of shopping in sales. To ensure that you only buy clothing and fashion accessories that truly flatter you and most importantly that you need, identify gaps in your capsule wardrobe and know what you are looking to buy. I am sure you made a shopping list for christmas so do the same for your sale shopping to be sure that you will not be adding more of the same to your wardrobe.
Make a list of your wardrobe needs.
For me I know that I need v neck and cowl neck knitwear, camisoles and a strapless bra. At the same time I know how much I can afford to spend. It is important to set yourself a budget and not overspend.
If you are fortunate enough to have no gaps in your wardrobe then see if the prices are reduced on your wish list items. I am forever adding items to my wish list but do remember to revisit your wish list periodically. Wish lists do indeed save you the time of having to search for the item again on the internet. So use your wish list facilities which is available on most websites.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Even if you do not go for chunky necklaces, chunky bracelets are an absolute treasure and so easy to wear. Chunky bracelets remind me of Egyptian times with Cleopatra, and the cuff bracelet can certainly be attributed to roman days. Chunky bracelets while big and bold can certainly also be elegant, stately and regal, like this handmade copper cuff bracelet. The ethnic motif of this unique copper bracelet for me is reminiscent of the ornate and decorated jewellery worn by Cleopatra and will make a very unique and unusual jewellery gift.
This funky chunky african beaded bracelet creativley handmade using safety pins in contrasting florescent colours is always a conversational piece. The use of a mundane safety pin to create such a stunning, simple and chic ethnic jewellery piece is simply outstanding and is what statement jewellery is. Not to mention the fantastic use and combination of colours - turquoise and cobalt blue.
The chunky jewellery trend has been ongoing on the fashion scene since 2008 and does not look to be going out of fashion anytime soon. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not have a piece of chunky jewellery in my jewellery ensemble. This very versatile jewellery trend is easy to wear trend and a must have jewellery accessory for any meaningful capsule wardrobe.
You can wear choker chunky necklaces over your roll neck tees and fitted knitwear and long chunky necklaces are ideal for cowl neck knitwear. Some fashionistas go for layers of jewellery to create that chunky necklace look. You may choose to keep it simple and chic with one piece that makes a statement and tells a story.
There is certainly lots to choose from when it comes to chunky jewellery. You can go for colourful african beaded jewellery, big flower jewellery made of leather, copper jewellery, semi precious jewellery and the list is endless.
Big and bold is one criteria for chunky or statement jewellery but for me it should also be unusual chunky jewellery with a quirky shape or style and made from sustainable materials.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Team with this red scarf for a unique gift idea. This red scarf is a knitted lambswool scarf, felted and skillfully finished by hand to achieve the scarve's distintive appearance. This timeless creation is a perfect gift at any time of year, not just for christmas.
Leather jewellery for christmas is another unique gift idea and inkeeping with our red theme for christmas, this leather necklace made by hand in the shape of a hibiscus flower widely grown in the Caribbean fits right in. This leather necklace drapes delicately around the neck creating soft dramatic impact and covers two jewellery fashion trends as it is made of leather and it is also flower jewellery. If a red necklace is too dramatic for your lady then this dramatic flower jewellery is also available in gold, white and peach.
Remember to stick to unusual christmas gifts that are both tasteful and classic and by classic I mean unique gifts that your lady can use and will cherish for years to come. This polkadot ring makes an unusual christmas gift and will add a dash of colour to any outfit.
Monday, 7 December 2009
To look as if you have put some thought to gift buying, go for handmade original handbags and handmade jewellery, two popular gift ideas for her. Jewellery gifts are always a safe option as a girl just can’t have enough jewellery. Should you get the latest fashion trend in jewellery – chunky jewellery? When it comes to chunky jewellery you can go for a chunky necklace or a chunky bracelet. If unsure about what colour to get then go for neutrals like this chunky bracelet above.
Clothes and handbags are another popular gift for her. Unique clothing like alpaca clothing makes an ideal christmas gift as it is practical for the season in terms of warmth and you cannot go wrong when you choose a unique christmas gift like this alpaca wool wrap . If your budget can afford it, team with the matching suede handbag and your lady would certainly think that she is special. This alpaca wool wrap she will wear for years to come and will always remember who gave her this special and unusual christmas gift.
Diamonds - Diamonds are absolutely forever and it is the birthstone for April. But alas they are quite expensive. So if diamonds are outside your budget then go for rock crystal which is used as an alternative to diamond. Rock crystal is a gemstone which has the colourless clarity of water. It has a frosty look like ice and absolutely glitters in the sunlight. Rock crystal and silver is a stunning combination and is lovely in chunky bracelets and chunky necklaces.
Pearls – a girl must have a pearl necklace in her jewellery ensemble. Pearl necklaces are now very affordable since there is huge market of cultured or fresh water pearls. With pearls available in many different colours, sizes and styles, you need not go for the traditional white single strand or double stranded pearl necklace. Pearl choker necklaces are very chic with strapless dresses or tops. If you feel a pearl necklace is too much then go for jewellery embellished with pearls. A previous article on The Pearl Necklace – a must have jewellery accessory offers suggestions on how you can wear the pearl necklace and the different styles available.
Brooch – We have seen Michelle Obama creating a new fashion trend with chunky jewellery namely chunky brooches. Her preference is the floral brooch - the turquoise flower brooch pin by Erickson Beamon being my favorite. Enamel brooches and vintage brooches are very popular. But if you are looking for a unique brooch then leather jewellery and flower jewellery are big fashion trends and so a floral pattern brooch in leather can not only look lifelike but can have you tapping into both these jewellery fashion trends in one jewellery accessory. A leather flower brooch is a perfect jewellery gift for her if you want to be different and stand out from the crowd. Click here for stylish ways to wear the flower jewellery.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
The red belt on the dress from Marks and Spencer is reminisccent of the red trim on this leopard print dress worn by Leighton Meester and accessorized with open toe red shoe.
Whether it is a trend that takes your fancy, the animal print trend is here to stay as it is never out of fashion. Leopard print as a part a relevant fashion trend is a must have for any capsule wardrobe. For those who find wearing animal or leopard print a bit much then go for leopard print accessories like scarves, belts, handbags or even handmade jewellery accessories like this feline copper pendant. Feline copper bracelet and copper earrings are also available.
While sequence and glitter is always a favorite christmas party wear, animal print can certainly be jazzed up with accents of red accessories to capture that christmas spirit and still look sexy and glamourous. Below we see Ola Jordan looking absolutely glamourous in leoapard print dress performing a foxtrot with celebrity partner -sports presenter Chris Hollins on Strictly Come Dancing - week 8.
Leopoard or animal print is a favorite with celebs like Cheryl Cole who in thew last XFactor 2008 with Alexandra Burke wore a Dolce & Gabbana Pre-Fall 2008 leopard print ensemble and also accessorizes with animal print handbag and leopard Louboutin shoe boots.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Heart necklaces are romantic gifts that symbolizes love for as we can appreciate, the heart shape is a universal symbol for love. Heart lockets usually engraved and with a picture inside were very popular in Victorian times with heart lockets being passed done from generation to generation. The heart locket not only symbolised romantic love but was also a family keepsake.
Charm necklaces and bracelets are also romantic gifts and are symbolic of momentos and keepsakes. Traditionally charm jewellery including necklaces and bracelets were specifically designed to add new jewellery momentos over time for different accomplishments and achievements like academic success, anniversaries, milestone journeys etc. Personalized charms are very popular with mothers who for instance wear nameplates of their children as jewellery charm pendants or have a momento for each child on a charm bracelet.
But nowadays more than a way of creating your own jewellery from life experiences, charm jewellery has become fashionable and a very popular fashion trend especially with those who like bohemian fashion or the folk trend.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Here's a sneak preview of what's new in at Munique this christmas. For more new arrivals click here
This luxury charm necklace is very dramatic indeed and the wooden earrings simply stunning.
Visit us at http://www.muniquefashions.com/ for more new arrivals.
Hurry whilst stocks last!
Friday, 13 November 2009
Regular hot oil treatments are recommended for your hair during winter. But usually I tell myself that I am too busy to have a hot oil treatment, but these days I work it into my Saturday night tv schedule especially since Strictly Come Dancing and XFActor are on. When I am setling down to watch these programs, I come armed with my hair oils and apply to my hair, wrap it up and put on my heat cap on a low heat and just sit there and let the oils infuse into my hair and scalp. The end results after shampoo and drying is smooth silky soft hair.
For the hot oil treatment, I use a combination of pure organic natural oils; neem oil, extra virgin organic olive oil, castor oil and wildrcafted red palm oil which is encriched with vitamin E & pro-vitamin A in the form of carotenoids. Neem oil is especially good for skin and scalp problems and since doing the treatments regularly my dry scalp has been remarkably under control. Neem oil may smell awful but it works. Once I keep this regime up, the next time I visit my hairdresser I know she will be impressed with the condition of my scalp.
After shampooing the oil residue out of my hair, I apply some muru muru butter, a Brazilian tree butter, to my damp hair to lock in moisture. This brazilian butter, rich in vitamin A, leaves my hair silky smooth with a natural sheen. The murumuru butter is also an excellent daily hair conditioner. I usually combine a small amount with coconut oil and apply to my hair daily.
When my hair is dried after shampooing, I apply some heavenly smelling organic coconut oil to the scalp and massage gently to ensure the oils reaches the hair strands. The sheen and manageability is truly amazing. I have purchased coconut oil at pharmacies in the past but they were odouless and left my daughter’s hair smelling rancid after just a few days. If like me you have had the pleasure of using home made coconut oil, then you will know that this is the real deal. This 100% natural and cold pressed coconut oil from Akamuti maintains that coconut smell without that rancid odour post application. This fair trade oil is totally free from bleaching agents and has not been deodorised or fractionated. I just love cuddling up with my daughter and smelling her hair.
You simply must try these oils for yourself to experience the effects. A hot oil treatment is well worth the time and effort in the winter to prevent breakage due to dry and brittle hair. Ideally when you use Akamuti’s products you are actually feeding your skin and hair directly with the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to maintain radiant skin and hair. You simpy can’t beat natural goodness.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
You know it’s cold when children start complaining about the temperatures outside as they are usually happy to get outside and have a play.
When I think of the must have coats for winter a ski jacket is usually not at the top of my mind as I am not into skiing at the moment. But the thermoregulating plus the windproof and waterproof finish of ski clothing is the best coat to keep me warm at Saturday morning tennis.
It is said that it is never matter of being too cold, but that people are not dressed warm enough. So true!!!!! So next Saturday I will be dressed warm enough in my ski suit including ski jacket, some ski gloves and a ski hat. Hope there are no more gaps in my winter closet.
If your must have coat this winter is a ski jacket then check out this O'Neil jacket ski/snowboard and this Hally Hansen jacket ski/snowboard.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Pamela Mann Printed Tartan Tights
My problem is that I go for the unique and unusual when it comes to fashion accessories and so the classic coloured grey, black and blue tights do not appeal to me. Lucky for me there is an amazing range of women’s tights to choose from that can glam up any outfit whether it is casual, evening or party wear.
Le Bourget Gipsy Tights
Of course the colder it gets the higher the dernier I wear. If it is cold like this morning I opt for 40+ dernier tights. For formal occasions and when it is warm and sunny I go for tights of 10 or less dernier which is really sheer.
Pamela Mann Triple Twickers stripey tights
According to the rules of fashion if you’re wearing a colourful oufit then keep the tights and leggings to a simple and classic neutral tone that includes the usual grey, browns and blues and viceversa. But there was a time when it was a no no to wear two different prints or patterns in the same outfit. Now mixed patterns are considered edgy and chic when matched to colour tones. So your selection of tights and leggings should really depend on your fashion personality and your mood for that day. But do try to vary your selection to give yoursself choice when selecting one for an outfit.
Jonathan Aston Gloss Opaque Tights
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Multi-coloured all over sequin dress by Mathew Williamson from the Butterfly collection
Sequin party wear is dressy; it creates impact and allows you to stand out from the crowd while looking effortlessly fabulous and chic. It is a look, not only for celebrities but perfect if you want a dressier look for your Christmas party.
This soft sequin camisole tunic can just about fit in your bag ready for your night out after work.
You can choose from sequin dresses, sequin tops, sequin tunics, sequin vests and even sequin cardigans. The choice is endless and the sequin tops are great for dressing up a pair of jeans or trousers and just the right size to tuck in your handbag to change after work for that much awaited Christmas party. Hear comes the girls!!!!!
If you feel you are too conservative for a full sequin outfit then go for dresses like this Purple sequin embellished evening dress which is only partly sequenced. This sleeveless sequin party dress embellished jewels at the neckline is another classic option.
Alternatively you can opt to wear an embellished cardigan which practically offers warm and stylistically still creates impact. Choose from this round neck embellished cardigan or this fitted glam evening cardigan.
To see other glamourous sequin christmas party wear click here.
Friday, 30 October 2009
While the trees are baring all by shedding their leaves, it is a time for us ladies to cover up and create layers of fashion to keep warm and look stylish. By now most people are doing their wardrobe cleanout and relinquishing summer wardrobe must haves to dark crevices of the wardrobe or suitcases. I on the other hand, am mixing and matching my summer blouses with my summer dresses and tunics to create a unique but ultimately warmer look.
I always look forward to the challenge of layering up my summer dresses with must have winter fashion accessories which include long sleeve jerseys, roll neck polos, leggings, tights, large woollen scarves, skinny jeans and boots.