Tuesday, 27 January 2015

TREND TO TRY: CHINA BLUE PATTERNS

Blue and white Chinese porcelain is always in style, but lately it has taken center stage.  Look like a little fine China Doll with this Blue Fashion Trend! One of the hottest styles of the season is inspired by old-fashioned Chinese porcelain and pottery. Porcelain print designs can be found all over the runways and high streets adorning dresses, blouses, trousers, and even our favorite accessories. This fashion trend features delicate, often intricate, blue prints on clean, crisp white. China blue patterned fabrics are all the rage this spring summer.  Designers setting the trend includes: Valentino, Vivienne Tam & Bibhu Mohapatra.

The porcelain print trend has become the hottest fashion temptation in clothing and for good reason. It is so versatile, it can be found in both formal and casual wear. Blouses with the striking blue porcelain print offer a light and feminine look. Choose the porcelain print in a maxi dress for a boho-chic style or a shorter skirt for a flirty yet elegant outfit. Porcelain printed trousers have been a major trend this year.

Consider adding a pair of crisp capri pants with the China blue porcelain print to your wardrobe. You can dress them down with a pair of nude flats or give them a glamorous splash with a pair of royal blue high heels. This trendy porcelain print is delicate enough to work with most clothing pieces and cuts, and it is sure to turn heads as you walk through town.

Perhaps you like this trend but you don’t want to wear everything in china blue why not try using it as an accessory instead perhaps a scarf, bracelet,  necklace or shoes. A plain white dress accessorized by this beautiful print would make for a stunning summer look too. 

China blue patterns offer a quick and easy way to look feminine, summery, and put-together. This newest fashion temptation, of intricate patterns in China blue porcelain print, combines classic design and modern sophistication. Porcelain prints are the perfect way to make a graceful and stylish fashion statement. Not sure how to put this look together, scroll down for inspiration



























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Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Head Wrap trend

For those of you hoping to shake up your daily hair routine, check out the summer head wrap and turban trend. Headscarves and turbans have been in for a very long time and I really think it is one of those stylish pieces that will be in forever.  Whether inspired by pin up beauties, 1960’s movie stars, ethnic cultures, fashion shows or even celebs – head wraps are so hot right now and can make your "look" super chic.

I love the idea of wearing head wraps and head scarves during Spring and Summer months. It’s a cute way to cover a bad hair day, protects your hair from the sun and humidity, and they’re an easy way to get ready when you just don’t have the time to style your hair.  The head wrap holds within it countless styling ways depending on personal touch, mood, choice of colour, accessories, outfit, way of wrapping it… 


Whether you tie it yourself or use a ready-to-wear one, make sure to finish the look with a big statement necklace, bangles and preferably bold large shades.  Your hair can be completely tied into the scarf or you leave your hair out and tie the scarf in the Bohemian style. But for the truly African look your whole hair is usually covered. Bring your outfit to life by using a head scarf that has a bold colours and patterns. Once you get the hang of it you can vary in twists and make it your own.  This trend can easily be transitioned to your winter outfits.


How to tie a turban? On YouTube there are millions of tutorials! I selected three to get you started: How to tie a turban 10 different styles, or 4 ways to tie a headscarf vintage glamour style or How to tie a turban, 2 stylish looks  you can also check out below for styling inspiration. 


























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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Styling Tip of the Week: How to Wear Head-to-Toe Neutrals

While fashionistas have been enjoying all-black looks for a few seasons now, another trend is slowly taking off: Head to toe neutrals. But nude doesn't necessarily mean beige or khaki—it ranges from off-white to cream and tan to caramel. There is something so utterly chic about wearing head to toe neutrals. You would usually think to pair neutrals with colour, but I’m loving this refreshing, head-to-toe neutral look.  

Perfect for the office and causal wear this summer, head-to-toe neutral is an effortless route to take.  But when it comes to creating an all neutral outfit, things may be a little bit more challenging. You don’t want to end up looking like your grandma’s living-room and you don’t want to end up looking too matchy matchy either. So here are a few fast tips on how to create a head-to-toe neutral look:


There are lots of neutrals out there – but if you look closely, you will see that every single neutral includes a small portion of one of the basic colours: purple, orange, grey, pink and so on. Well, don’t be afraid to mix these up – pick 2 different neutral tones for your look, then add a bit of white as a base.

Mix colour palettes within the same colour family. Don't focus on trying to match items exactly. There are so many neutrals- whether you are putting together an outfit in shades of white, ivory, beige or grey, choose items that variations of the same tone rather than trying to wear one solid colour.

Since you’re already going soft with the colour palette, go bold on mixing prints and patterns - go for different textures as well and mix thick and warm fabrics with delicate lace skirts or feminine tops.

Keep the tone of your look romantic and feminine – neutrals aren’t masculine colours by definition, so include extra sweetness in your look: crystals, hearts, princess-like A-line skirts or florals.

Use accessories to add an extra touch of glamour to the look. Whether it's a great statement handbag, a long necklace, or a stack of gold or silver bangles, accessories can glam up the look and instantly pull everything together giving you a complete polished outfit. Look for items that add that extra finishing touch without contrasting or competing too much.

Natural Makeup trends are being brought back this season in correlation with the above clothing trends as well. Sheer, barely there and a touch of colour. Natural makeup tricks and trends highlight your natural beauty, showcasing the real you, from head to toe, as the beautiful and confident woman you are. 

Not sure how to pull this look together?  see below for some style inspiration...
















What are your favorite natural ensembles? Are you using natural makeup color palettes as well? 

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