Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Gal’s Guide To Accessories For Every Occasion

If there’s one thing that every woman should master sooner rather than later, it’s learning to team accessories and outfits successfully together. Believe it or not, even the most boring look can be transformed with a few key accessories, which is why learning to accessorize is so vital. A lot of women who aren’t happy with how their outfits look, presume that they need a new wardrobe and that it’s because their outfits are outdated.

However, the truth is that most of the time it’s down to the fact that they’re just not accessorizing properly, that’s all. Believe it or not, any outfit can be transformed with a few well thought out accessories; it’s just a case of learning how to use them effectively. Of course, knowing how to use accessories successfully isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve put together this useful guide to using accessories to brighten up any look.


The casual look: For a casual look, what you want to do is select a few pretty pieces that match your outfit and work well when combined. Ideally, these will be pieces of costume jewelry so that they don't look too much. You don’t want to wear eye-catching pieces if your look is already bold, you want to keep your accessories to a minimum. However, if your outfit is rather plain and lacks style, teaming it with statement accessories like large hoop earrings, a chunky necklace, or a bright patterned bag could work well. It's all about balance.

For wearing to work: There’s a common misconception that workwear has to mean boring wear when that’s not the case. There might be a dress code for work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t jazz up your look, so to speak. By teaming a selection of well thought out accessories together - pieces that are stylish but also smart and suitable for work - you can give your workwear a little added style while giving your self-esteem a boost.

For a wedding or special occasion: For a wedding or special occasion, naturally you want to dress up, and part of that comes from using accessories to add extra style and elegance to your look. Instead of wearing costume jewelry, a wedding is the perfect time to get our your diamond jewelry and flaunt it. Don’t have any pieces that you love? Then why not treat yourself to some? For an idea of where you can get the best pieces of diamond jewelry from, reading reviews like Kays Jewelers review can give you an idea of the quality of the pieces offered. They say diamonds are a girl's best friends, so what could be better than treating yourself to some diamond jewelry?

For a festival, party or night out: For adding extra style to your festival, party or night out look, selecting a few well thought out accessories can help. For these kinds of events, almost anything goes. The accessories you wear should be used to express yourself and add a little extra style to your look. Think costume jewelry, floral headbands, pretty shoes, and unique earrings.

There you have it, a gal’s guide to accessorizing for every occasion. To ensure that you always look your best and are as stylish as possible at every occasion, take note of the tips and suggestions above.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Updating the Slumber Party for Adulthood

There are some things that you're supposed to grow out of, but that you don't have to abandon as you get older. Sleepovers are so much fun as a child and teenager, so why shouldn't you take them into adulthood as well? When you're adult, you can make them even better. You might not get the thrill of doing naughty things you're not meant to be doing, but you do get the enjoyment of being able to whatever you want with no parents to catch you out. If you have a sleepover as an adult, you can improve on your childhood experiences by adding alcohol, proper food, and more grownup activities.

Have Grownup Drinks and Snacks

If you're going to have an adult slumber party, it is tempting to replicate those of your teen years. Lots of salty snacks and soda are good to pig out on now and then. But you're an adult, and you have access to money for whatever you want and better cooking skills than you had when you were 13. Plus, your tastes have possibly evolved a little. Not only can you make some grownup snacks or cook a meal, but you can also add cocktails and other drinks to the party too. Or you could just order food in - pizza is a classic, but there's so much more choice.

Get Comfy in Your PJs

You might all be adults, but that doesn't mean you're not allowed to sit around in your PJs all night. In fact, it's there's ever a perfect time to get comfortable, it's when you're having a night in with your friends. You can get your most comfortable pajamas out and wrap yourself in a bathrobe. Or maybe go all the way and commit to wearing a pair of footed pajamas. They super snuggly and comfortable. Start off the evening in your nightwear, and you'll be able to fall asleep wherever you're sitting, just like the good old days.

Vary the Entertainment

In the good old days, entertainment at a slumber party consisted of movies, a lot of giggling about various topics, and maybe some pampering too. An adult party might not look too different, but maybe you have some different ideas about what makes a fun time now. Depending on your group of friends, you might like playing some games, cooking or baking, doing some crafts, or just lounging around and watching TV. Have a few options available so that everyone doesn't have to do the same thing if they don't want to.

Do Something Silly

You might be an adult now, but sleepovers are all about getting in touch with your childish side. So doing something a bit silly could be just what you need to make your night extra fun. You could build a blanket fort, have a Nerf war, decorate your home with lots of glitter and fairy lights, or have a pillow fight.

A slumber party gives you the chance to relive your childhood, but do it better. This time, you have all the privileges of being an adult too.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Getting Ready for Prom

Prom can be one of the most important nights in a young girl’s life. After all the hard work you’ve done, you deserve to blow off a little steam. It should be a night to remember and, of course, you want to look fabulous. It’s time to dress to impress, so you should feel like a million dollars as you enter your proms venue. Getting it all just perfect takes some planning, but we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of what you need to do to get ready for your prom.


Find Your Style
It all starts with shopping. You’ll need to start looking at what kind of dresses catch your eye and make a list of the styles and colours you like. Then you’ll need to go and try a few on. Yes, you can save some money by ordering prom dresses online, but it’s risky. The dresses won’t always come back the right size, even if you send in your exact measurements. It’s much safer to try dresses on before buying them. Co-ordinate with your friends, so you don’t end up wearing similar dresses.


Look for Accessories
Once you’ve found the perfect dress, you’ll need accessories to go with it. You’ll want to find matching jewellery, a clutch bag and shoes. You may want to take the dress with you while shopping so you can match colours and style. If the dress is too big to carry around, take a picture and use it as a reference.

Groom Early
If you’re planning on having a facial or getting a spray tan, do it in advance. Don’t leave things like this until the day of the prom. Firstly, facials have a tendency to cause pimples because they open your pores. Secondly, you don’t want to get a fake tan the day of prom and find out you have patches or it doesn’t dry in time. You’ll also want to get your nails done at least the day before the event.

Plan Photos
Prom is a night that you’ll look back on for years to come. It’s important to get good pictures of you and your friends before and during the night. If your school hasn’t already hired a photographer, you may want to think about hiring one and sharing the cost with friends so you can create a photo album.

Practice Makes Perfect
If you’re planning on doing your own hair and make-up, make sure you have a few practice runs before the day. Don’t assume you’ll be able to do something because you’ve watched a Youtube tutorial. If you know exactly what you’re doing, there’ll be less chance of you getting overwhelmed on the day, and more chance of you being able to enjoy yourself.


Work Out Transport
If you plan on arriving at the prom with your date and your friends, you’ll need to arrange transport. Work out how many of you there are and book your transport accordingly. A limousine is always a great way to arrive in style.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Feud TV series - Bette Davis and Joan Crawford

Anybody else been watching Feud? I have been and I'm loving it.

I knew of the long-standing feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I didn't really know what was behind it all. 

I'm sure the tv series is a very exaggerated version of what actually went down, but it's so deliciously scandalous. Highly recommended.

Turn Your Outfit From Weary to Wow in Seconds


The daily struggle with accessoring correctly is real. Some days it just all falls into place other days we can turn our wardrobes upside down looking for the perfect item to complete our look.

So what if we could engineer a system that could take the headache out of accessorising and have you navigating your way around your wardrobe like a pro? Well you’re in luck as we have created a foolproof system that will turn your rabid morning wardrobe search into a breeze.

A Quiet Moment's Contemplation

The calm before the storm, if you will. Before you even open your wardrobe consider first your day ahead. Where are you going? What does your day involve? Are you dressing to impress? Go bold. Are you going to be running from meeting to meeting? Comfort is key. Are you meeting friends for post-work drinks? Make sure your accessories can be ramped up at the end of the day, or pop an extra special bling bling in your bag to turn your work outfit into instant glam.


If your outfit is heavy on colour, pattern or shape this is no excuse to abandon your accessories. If you feel that jewellery, belts or scarves would overpower your outfit look at other areas you can add to your outfit. Think about balancing with the right shoes or something as simple as a pretty hair feature or colour block handbags.

Try Not to Overmatch

Sometimes we can overthink it and try to over colour coordinate or try to tie our outfits together too uniformly. Try to incorporate an element of freedom when assembling your outfit then when it comes to the final touches opt for something that you wouldn’t necessarily immediately go for. Accessorising is all about being playful and finding what works for you.


Keep Your Eyes Peeled

There has never been a better time to be able to add variety to our wardrobe and individual style. It doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg to do it. Keep your eyes peeled on the high street for must-have items or try one of these coupon codes from Carson’s to find interesting pieces at great prices.

Mix Textures & Fabrics

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials and textures. Combining metal bangles with leather bracelets will add a bohemian twist to your look. Or topping off your delicate silk summer dress with heavy statement jewellery will balance the style of your outfit.


Groom & Preen

Whilst jewellery, scarves, belts, bags and shoes are the cornerstone of the accessory world that doesn’t mean that we can’t use our natural features to accentuate our outfits. Thinking ahead the night before means that you can paint nails in a colour that will polish off your outfit, or you can think of hairstyles that will best reflect the style vibe you are going for the next day.

Finding your perfect accessories should be fun and free. So spend time experimenting with what works the best for showcasing your individual style.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dancing Queen! Vintage Inspired Prom Looks

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These days young women are more likely to wear satin jumpsuits, short strapless bodycons and cutting edge separates i.e. crop tops and long maxi dresses to dances. Still, we can’t help but look back wistfully at a time where men asked you out on a date, instead of swiping right on Tinder and it was perfectly reasonable to spend hours titivating in front of the bedroom mirror. While the ages of dressing for dinner, chaperoned visits and high society afternoon teas are long gone. It’s still perfectly possible to capture the timeless elegance of old Hollywood, the glitz and the glamour of the ballroom and the charm and sophistication of proms from yesteryear into a modern prom dress with just a few little tweaks.

Lace And Pearls

Fifties style tea dresses are not only beautiful, elegant and timeless but they’re also still a fantastic alternative to a floor length gown. Not everyone loves wearing heels, or they like to be able to dance properly without falling over their hem. Take your inspiration from the truly stunning lace and pearl creations of the fifties, white gloves are optional, and go for a toe-tapping, skirt whirling dress that can be worn with stilettos, kitten heels, and even pink converse! You’re guaranteed to look amazing, and it’s a beautiful, unique and alternative prom look. There are loads of retro clothing stores that specialize in vintage clothing, plus sweetheart necklines tend to look good on most women. Halter neck or criss-cross straps are easily converted, and you can add, or take away as many of the net skirts as you want.

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Think Pink

Made famous by the movie ‘Pretty In Pink’ girls everywhere immediately wanted Molly Ringwald’s polka dotted, and lace embellished gown. While the gown looked gorgeous in its original form, a beautiful 50’s style dress with detailed shoulders, Molly immediately made the dress her own by putting her stamp on it. If you’re looking for something that looks amazing while showing off your personality and style then head to peaches boutique where they have some gorgeous dresses for prom 2017 in stock. Channel Miss Ringwald herself in a sleek, sophisticated number with cold shoulder sleeves and embrace the rose colored shade yourself. Back in the eighties, any dresses that were vaguely pink, and looked similar to the unique designer gown immediately flew off the rails!

A Rose As Sweet

If you’d attended a high school dance, or formal in the late seventies you wouldn't be able to move for all the floral prints, flower motifs, and tulip shaped sleeves. Flower power was all the rage, and teenagers love the bright, bold colors and loose flowing fabrics that were so different to the restrictive garments of the fifties. Bring blooming bohemia into your outfit by wearing a flower print maxi dress, carry a rose shaped clutch or weaving real, or pop fake flowers into your hair. If you’re after something a little more subtle then why not wear floral jewelry? Look for tiny silver dangling leaf earrings; colorful, flower inspired cocktail rings or a petal necklace.  

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ideas & Inspiration For Planning A Retro-Themed Wedding

Your wedding day is about celebrating the love that you and your partner share, in a way that’s personal to the both of you. That’s why, when it comes to planning your impending nuptials and the party that comes after you say I do, finding ways to personalise your big day is a must, which is why picking some sort of theme for your wedding is crucial. With a theme in place, it's much easier to add those cute, quirky, personal touches to your celebrations.

If you’re someone who loves the past and all things retro, then perhaps having a retro-themed wedding could be perfect for you? The great thing about planning this type of day is that you can tailor it to be however you want it to be, it’s just a case of getting the inspiration that you need. Whether you are fifties mad or crazy about the early 1900s, it doesn't matter; you can make your day whatever you want it to be.

So, if you want to find the inspiration that you need to plan the most incredible day, then keep reading.

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Choose a venue that you can dress up

So, like all of the bridal magazines tell you, the first step when planning any wedding should be to choose a venue. Now, when it comes to finding that perfect place, the best advice we can give you is to pick somewhere that you can dress up.

You see, if you’re going to plan a retro wedding, you need a venue that can be easily transformed into your chosen time period. Somewhere that’s already decorated in a certain style will be more difficult to give a retro vibe to, so picking somewhere that’s plain(ish) is probably best.

Get creative with the decor

When it comes to picking the perfect decor for creating a retro look and feel, it’s important to get creative. Don’t just order items off of the internet, try to make as much as you can yourself, or use companies that offer a personalisation service, to give your decor a unique look and feel. Need ideas - Pinterest, We Heart It, and Instagram could be worth having a browse of.

Pom poms, bunting, flowers in jam jars, vintage-inspired signage, lace tablecloths, black and white photos, old suitcases - there are so many simple touches that can give your day that perfect look and feel. Obviously, before you start selecting your decor, it’s important to be clear on what era you want to re-create and what style you want your day to have to it. Otherwise, you could end up with a mismatched day.

Pick the perfect photographer

The chances are that you will struggle to find a photographer who specialises in retro wedding photography. However, what you need to do is find a photographer who has plenty of experience and is flexible, and happy to take your photos in whatever style you want.

It’s important to take the time to look at each photographer’s work to see which style of photography you like best. Remember, each photographer will have his or her own style. If you’ve got some ideas of the types of photos you would like, take them along to any meetings you have with potential photographers to see if they are able to recreate them.

The wheels

You can’t plan a retro wedding only to turn up in a modern mode of transport, that just defies the whole object of theming your day. So, as well as thinking about the decor, the food, the cake, the dress, and photography - the list could go on, you need to think about the wheels and how you and the rest of the wedding party will get to your wedding.

There are plenty of companies that hire out retro cars; it’s just a case of picking the perfect ones. Or, maybe you know someone who owns a collection of vintage cars - maybe you could sweet talk them into lending them to you? For your guests, if you are planning on providing transport, why not hire a vintage bus to get them from A to B?

So, there you have it, ideas and inspiration for planning a retro-themed wedding.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

4 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Family Find It Easy To Dress

Although men make out that women can be a nightmare when it comes to clothes, we’re not the only ones. In fact, the entire family can often be a bit difficult when it comes to dressing, so you’re not the only one. But, you can actually work out a system that ensures your entire family not only find it easier to get by in the wardrobe department, but is well dressed to. If your husband can never find his clothes, your children always try their on and you never know what to wear in the mornings, these handy solutions will solve those everyday problems.


The first thing that you need to do in everyone’s closets is to declutter. You might not want to take on this task alone, as it is a big one, but it will help you to make the rest of the process easier. Once you’ve gotten everything out, it's time to get to work. Throw away old socks with holes in that your husband hoards. Store away, give away, sell clothes that no longer fit your children. Then, make sure that you throw (or give away, or sell) out anything that you’ve not worn in the last six months - because you never will.

Get Organised

Your next job is to get organised with everything that you all have. You should be left with items of clothing that you all wear on a regular basis, so now you want to work on creating an organizational system that makes dressing in the morning easier. You can find some great ideas for that here, but you can also trust your judgement on what will work for each person. What your husband might find easy will confuse your children, and so on.

Know Your Options

For yourself, you’re going to want to make sure that you have easy access to all of your outfits in the morning. Your previous wardrobe chaos might have been a result of too much stuff hidden away and not enough on show. So, this time around, make sure you can see all of your clothing and accessories options to make your mornings easier. You’re also going to want to do the same with your underwear, and if you lack in options, it’s time to invest, using brands like Tutti Rouge at Knicker Locker to start.

Create Easy To Follow Looks

Although they make out that you are the one that takes ages to get ready whenever you’re going out, the rest of your family are probably just as bad - or sometimes they’re even worse. It’s likely that trying to help them get ready is the reason why you’re always so late in the first place! So, to ensure that you have stylish kids that can dress themselves, create easy to follow looks for them and store their clothing in pairs. By putting items together in their closet or drawers, they will be more drawn to them - making your life easier and mornings a lot quicker.