Style Guide

The Best Dressed At This Year’s MetGala

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As I missed basically all of awards season this year, I’ve been severely lacking in some amazing gowns and shocking new looks to talk about from all the red carpets. But, alas, I still had MetGala to look forward to! What better event to dress up for than the annual charity event to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute?! Now, that’s my kind of event. Although I tend to prefer many styles on the safer side, each and every year some amazingly outstanding styles and pieces are seen – take a look at this year’s brave styles from Solange Knowles, Zoe Kravitz, Nicki Minaj and Madonna. But apart from the shocking, there was also the shockingly beautiful, stunning dresses of:

  1. Kate Hudson – Atelier Versace
  2. Lily Collins – Valentino
  3. Emma Watson – Calvin Klein and PHYNE
  4. Adriana Lima – Giambattista Valli
  5. Hailee Steinfeld – H&M
  6. Rachel McAdams – Valentino Haute Couture
  7. Naomi Watts – Burberry

But the winner of the whole night was Claire Danes wearing Zac Posen. What looked like a absolutely stunning light blue cinderella-esque gown that was absolutely perfect on her was ramped up a million steps once you realized it was actually made of fibre optic woven organza, completely lighting up the red carpet! If this is the direction high fashion is headed, I’m all for it!

What were your favourite styles of this entire awards/charity ball season?

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Dress with Attitude: Making Meaningful Wardrobe Choices

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We all have days where we simply throw something on and head out the door. For some of us, those days are more often than not. We should all feel like our clothing is comfortable, convenient, and suitable for our daily lives. But what about when we want to make those decisions meaningful? Clothes are a daily part of our routine and no matter how we feel about that, they will always remain so. Doesn’t it make sense to make it mean something? They can reflect our personality, for example, and help us to truly express ourselves. We all know that clothing can be important for the impression we create to others. But it can have an impact on the way we feel in ourselves too. Clothing choices can also reflect our values too depending on whether we choose fairtrade or recycled materials from time to time. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make your clothing choices more personal and meaningful, try the tips below.

Jewelry

The jewelry we wear can be far more than just pretty twinkly things. It can be a subtle expression of our history and qualities. We might choose our birthstone as a gem, for example. Or we might want to wear a kind of crystal that is reputed to bring a certain energy into our lives. It might not be your personal view. But there are many cultures that emphasize the significance of stones and crystals for creating positivity. Colored stones can also bring out the beauty of our own coloring and skin tone. For something truly meaningful, we might even wish to wear something that was a family heirloom or belonged to a loved one. Specialized jewelers are now making diamonds from ashes, so wearers can feel that their loved one is always with them. Jewelry may be a fun and attractive accessory. But we can also use it as an extension of our own history and personality.

Color

The colors we wear can affect whether we’re making the most of our hair color and skin tone. Liking a color is definitely reason enough to wear it. But if we want to enhance our natural features with color, we should pay attention to undertones and the color wheel. If we have a warm or golden undertone to our skin, we might suit shades with a similarly warm tone too. Deep reds, burnt orange, gold, khaki and other hues. If we have a cooler pink or bluish undertone to the skin, our skin could be flattered by icy blues, greys, and pale pinks. There is always room for maneuver, of course. But finding the shades that suit us can be meaningful for the way that it will save time. Whatever item we wear, if it’s in a flattering shade, we will always look fresh and put together.

Origin
Many of us don’t think twice about where our clothing has come from. But more people than ever before are choosing clothes with an origin they respect. It can range from supporting fairtrade producers or local suppliers. It might simply be that you want to invest in quality over quantity and so carefully check the label. Knowing the origin of our clothes and being comfortable with them can make our choices truly meaningful.

Give Yourself A Perfect Finish With These Essential Style Guides

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Have you ever had one of those moments in the office when you realize you forgot to do something that morning? Perhaps you forgot to paint your nails, or your earrings are still sitting on your dresser? It’s really easy to forget or just run out of time to create that finished look we’re all after before we step outside the house. And sometimes, we just can’t figure out what’s missing at all! Check out these style guides to give you the polish and finish you want for that perfect look:

Makeup

There are so many times when there just isn’t time to apply makeup as carefully as you would like. For a beautiful, finished look, you need to apply several layers to each of your main features. You might start with a blemish balm or foundation. This can take time to smooth into the skin if you’re a little dry as well. Try to apply cleanser, toner and moisturizer to your face before you start if you can.

Once the BB cream is looking good, you might tackle the eyeshadow. To shape the shadow to your contours, you’ll need at least two shades. When we’re busy, we’re lucky to brush one over the lids! If you use eyeliner as well, this takes patience and a steady hand. Eyebrow filling is another job that takes a few minutes more than you might have in the morning. A good mascara should be a quick and easy brush wand applicator.

Not everybody needs a brush of blush, but it can help create a great finish to your look. Lip liner is handy for avoiding a smudgy look when you’re in a hurry with the gloss. Finally, you can add a soft powder finish, and you’re done. It’s worth taking the time and trouble for that gorgeous finish. If it’s done right on the first application, there is more of a chance it will stay looking good all day.

Accessories

Most of us love to adorn our outfits with those finishing touches and accessories. You might be into scarves right now. There are so many different ways to tie a scarf that can change the whole style of your outfit. Belts can be used in the same way. Wear it loose for a more casual and feminine look. A higher placement can help shape your body into a more pleasing contour.

Jewelry is another essential when you are trying to create the perfect finish for your outfit. It adds a touch of finesse and a lot of shine! For some inspiration about where to wear your favorite silver pieces, have a look at the ELF-925 website. You don’t have to spend a lot on glamorous jewelry to create a great style. Earrings help to frame the face. Rings will lengthen your fingers and toes. And bracelets will help create a very feminine finish to the sleeves of your top.

Hats and handbags are two accessories that most of us have in abundance. Picking the right one for the outfit can be more of a challenge than you think. You could match color, or you might be more concerned with the size and shape. Hat shapes can often match the hemline of your skirt. If you’re wearing pants, think about the cuff of the leg. Handbags or purses can be chosen to contrast the hat and outfit, or may be selected to match your accent color.

Hair

We’ve all suffered from bad hair days. But even when your tresses can’t be tamed, they can be carefully presented to create the right finish for the look you want. Hair that is refusing to behave is often tied back. This shouldn’t feel like a compromise but an opportunity to try something new with your style. Messy buns, high ponies, and even plaits can look incredible with a wide variety of outfits. If in doubt, get the curling iron out and create some structure and shape to your hair.

Don’t be afraid to dress your hair with accessories. Decorative clips, bands, and even flowers can help finish off the style you’re trying to achieve. Perfecting the look you want might just be a matter of getting the hair right. If you’re really stuck for ideas, why not try some interesting clip-in extensions to accentuate your natural look?

Finishing your look to perfection does take a little time, tenacity and patience sometimes. We don’t always have that time first thing in the morning. But it can be worth getting up twenty minutes early to add those little touches that give your look the shine and glamor it deserves.