Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How To Match Your Watch With Any Outfit


Watches are a functional item before anything else, which means that people often wear them without really thinking about what they look like. They just have one watch which they wear with all of their outfits, and it’s there to tell the time. But you wouldn’t be so careless if you were wearing a bracelet, you’d make sure that it matches your outfit properly, so why should a watch be any different? Even though a watch is functional, it’s still an accessory and it’s important that you know how to wear one properly. If you stick with the same watch all the time, it probably doesn’t go with a lot of your outfits. That’s why you need to get a few different watches for different occasions and learn how to style them with your outfits. If you don’t know where to start, read this quick guide to matching your watch to any outfit.

The Strap
First, you need to choose the right style of watch, depending on the outfit you are wearing. The first thing to remember is that you have options in women’s watches and unisex watches, and you can also wear men’s styles if you pair them well, so don’t limit yourself. The first thing to look at is the strap style. If you are looking for a safe option, stainless steel is usually best. It’s fairly neutral and it works with almost every outfit, whether business or casual. It’s always good to have a simple, stainless steel watch for everyday wear so if you do just want a watch for functional purposes only and you don’t want to worry about styling, you have that option there. 
Leather is another option, but you have to be more careful about how you wear it. It’s important that you match the color of the leather band to the outfit. A black leather band is easier than most to match because it’s neutral, but once you start venturing into different colors, you need to make sure that the band pairs well with your outfit like you would with bags or shoes

The Face 
When it comes to the watch face, you can follow similar rules that you would when choosing a bracelet. If you are going to a formal event and you want something understated, a lightweight silver watch with a few small diamonds is ideal. But if you want to make a bit more of a statement, go for something like a Rolex Datejust 41, which still works with a formal, classy outfit because it’s a good quality watch, but it has a bit more to it. If you are going to go for something a bit bolder, make sure to pair it with a short sleeved dress so you can show it off. 
Colorful faces that have patterns and designs are best worn in the summer and paired with dresses that have a similar look. They wouldn’t work with a plain black dress, for example. It’s also important to remember to pair the watch face with any rings that you are wearing so you have a cohesive look. 
The Fit 
It’s not just about how the watch looks. If you are going to be wearing it all day long, it needs to be comfortable. You need to think about the fit when you are choosing a watch, so you can make sure that you get something that you don’t mind wearing all day. A chunkier watch can look great but you have to remember that it’s going to be a lot more noticeable on your wrist, and some people find that annoying. 
You also need to make sure that the strap fits properly when you are buying the watch, and get it adjusted if it doesn’t. If you want a standard fit, the watch should not move around on your wrist, but it also should not be so tight that it leaves an imprint on your arm when you take it off. The strap should be next to the bone on your wrist so that it doesn’t slip down your arm. If you can’t slide a finger underneath the strap, it may be too tight. But if you can easily get a few fingers under, it is too loose. 
However, those rules only apply if you want a standard fit, but you do have other options. Some people prefer to wear their watch in the same way that they would a bracelet, so they will have it a lot looser. This can be a good look with a casual outfit, but it is not always as comfortable. 
These basic rules should help you to match your watches to your outfit, but remember that you don’t have to play by the rules all the time. If you experiment with your watches and bend the rules, you can find some great combinations. 




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Friday, October 11, 2019

Get Brave With Your Fashion Choices This Christmas

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and while you may be too concerned with how to make a gift personal, you shouldn’t neglect to think about you. Sure, Christmas is a time for giving, but with so many people to see, events to attend, and photographs to take, you want to look your best this year. 

When people think of the holidays, they think of scarves, cozy sweaters, and fluffy socks to keep you toasty by the fire. However, if you want to stand out, you must push the limits. Something is comforting about the classic Christmas look, but it’s time to spice things up. 

Go Traditional With a Twist

Look, there’s nothing wrong with traditional styles, but don’t you agree it’s about time you took it a step further? Classic holiday looks never go out of style. Winter wonders demand you look both warm and stylish, and you can take inspiration from other Christmas outfits and see how you can make it more you. 

It doesn’t need to be a significant change. You might not even want to alter the outfit at all. Instead, you can switch up your makeup routine and try something new. Maybe you go for Christmas nails. Perhaps you wear tree decorations as earrings. Whatever you choose, people will recognize there’s something different, even if they can’t put their finger on it. 

Go Back to Your Roots

Who doesn’t love a history lesson from their grandparents over Christmas? If you’ve not taken a swig from the well of their knowledge yet, this year is finally your chance. 

Learning about your family history can flood you with inspiration for how to dress over the holidays, and you might even learn some secrets about who you are and where you came from. Whether you boast European, African, or Asian ancestry, there are thousands of possibilities for you to bring your family roots to the forefront and match it to the Christmas spirit. 

Go For the Future

With everything pretty much on-demand in the modern world, it’s like we’re already living in the future, so why not bring the future to you with some Christmas fits that scream intergalactic domination? 

Silver, gold, and all things sparkly inspire images of Christmas lights, freshly fallen snow, and the twinkling of stars as you sing your favorite carols. To bring this into your outfit choices, you can invest in luxury items like watches and colored diamonds. The sparkle will add a flashy and futuristic look to your usual Christmas style and have heads turning with every step. 

The Holiday Season Favors the Brave

With everyone else wrapped up to the nose in their comfortable Christmas fits, it’s your time to go where no one else has gone before and add a splash of something different to the tired holiday attire.

It’s the season of good cheer, goodwill, and good fortune, and if you take the risk while spending quality time with family and friends over the holidays, you’ll reap the rewards and look like a gift all yourself. 




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Saturday, September 14, 2019

4 Ways to Add a Personal Meaning to Gifts


With the holiday season soon to get underway, many of us are turning our thoughts to gifts we may want to buy for our loved ones. Given that most people buy gifts for the same people each year, coming up with new ideas can be rather challenging - especially if you, like many gift-givers, want to ensure that you choose something personal for each individual person. 

It is, however, possible to add a personal element to every single gift you buy this year and below, we have outlined four different ways that this can be achieved… 

1. Literally, personalize the gift 

The simplest way to personalize gift is to be literal. There are countless different options for gifts that can be personalized; you can add a cherished photo to a coffee mug or turn it into a jigsaw, gift a monogrammed diary or briefcase, and much more besides. It might be a relatively “route one” choice when it comes to looking for gifts with a personal touch, but it’s undeniably an effective choice. 

2. Find a deeper meaning

There are many giftable items that, on first inspection, do not seem to be particularly personal in nature: earrings and paintings, make for lovely gifts but can be somewhat “standard” choices that are suitable for a broad range of people. However, there are ways that such gifts can actually be far more personal to an individual; a friend who was born in February could be given amethyst plugs to honor their birthstone, while a gifting a painting of a city you have visited (or want to visit) with a family member transforms a generic gift into one that has a much deeper meaning. 

3. Look for an experience rather than a product 

One of the best ways to buy gifts is to know exactly what a person wants - and sometimes, what a person wants might not actually be a product, but an experience. Think back over conversations you have had with your loved one and look for mentions of things they have wanted to try; perhaps they’ve always wanted to see a Broadway show, try ziplining, or even just spend an evening relaxing and reading a book without any distractions. Such a choice is inherently personal as it is something that they have directly said they wanted to do, so turning it into a reality could be the perfect gift. 

4. Reflect their preferences 

Everyone has their own individual preferences, all of which are very different and entirely unique to us. It can be worth reflecting a loved one’s preference with your gift. For example, if they are a fan of a certain music act, you can center your gift around that act, or you could look to gift a decorative accessory that fits in perfectly with the rest of their decor. Anything that says “I saw this and thought of you” will always make for an excellent gift choice. 

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Hopefully, the above ideas will inspire you and ensure that you can find the ideal, highly-personal gift for your loved ones this forthcoming Christmas!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Four Gifts For Beauty Fans

When you’ve got a beauty fan in your life buying presents should be a piece of cake but what if they have just about everything? How can you make your next gift the one that they remember and that stands out from the crowd?

In this blog we’re exploring some gift ideas for the beauty product princess that just seems impossible to buy for. Join us as we give you four of our top gift-giving ideas.

Go Novelty

We’re not talking cheap and tacky but rather products that combine other interests in their life. If your special person is a big fan of all things Disney, then they’ll go wild for this minnie mouse makeup collection. 

They’ll love anything that’s a little out of the ordinary so get searching for collections or custom made one-offs that lets them know how well you really know them.

Think Experience

Yes, your person might create their look flawlessly or spend hours in the bathroom working through their bedtime beauty routine, but who couldn’t use a little help? Why not treat them to a weekend beauty course, learning new techniques, finding out about the latest makeup trends and practising on themselves and others. Great fun, practical and a chance to make new friends, as well as get some new tips straight from the experts.

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Make it Personal

With products created just for them. Present them with a beautiful bespoke cosmetics bag, complete with their name on or go one step further and gift them a fantastic silver compact case and mirror engraved with a personal message and that can be used time and time again.


They’ll know just how much you care for them every time they go to open that one-off bag or mirror, so add that extra personal touch for a gift that keeps on giving.


Small But Perfectly Formed

That lipstick they’ve been after but costs way too much or those hair straighteners that you know would make their day. It doesn’t matter what size the present, if you know you’re getting something they’ve been craving for some time, you’re going to tick all the right boxes. From small mascaras to hairdryers, something thoughtful and uniquely them is going to make you the gift giver they can’t wait to open.

Choosing the right gift is hard work at the best of times but when you need to get it right then take some time to think about how you can make it unique. Choose fun products that makes them happy and feel special. Choose an experience that gives them more strings to their bow and helps them to feel they’re in the forefront of beauty style and technique or just choose something personal. A small but expensive gift, complete with a personal message that shows how much you care or that little item they thought was out of their reach.

Choose from any of these options and you’ll be on course for giving the best present yet. The only problem is how you’re going to top it next year.












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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Luxury Items You Should be Investing In This Year


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Think luxury, think to treat yourself, but also think to be smart with your money and invest it. But why invest in something boring when you could be indulging yourself with a
Rolex watch, some diamonds or a classic Chanel. So what are you waiting for? Check out this list to see what you should be investing your money on:


Colored Diamonds


According to the Knight Frank Wealth report, colored diamonds were very popular last year, and they are expected to continue increasing in price. Blue diamonds were at the top, and values of yellow diamonds weakened slightly, and pinks remained stable. You’ve worked hard for your money. So treat yourself to some colored diamonds and make some money while they sparkle for you.





Watches


Often when we think of luxury watches, it’s men’s watches which spring to mind, but why when there are so many fantastic ladies watches out there which could be on your wrist, making you look fantastic but also making you money at the same time? At the moment, Rose Gold is the way to go and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 series offers a wide variety of combinations including Everose gold, a unique 18K pink gold which was exclusively created by Rolex in 2005. Or you could opt for a VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS VINTAGE ALHAMBRA BRACELET WATCH which is perfect for jewelry lovers. Get looking around as there many timeless pieces out there.





Handbags


They’re not a waste of money, despite what anyone else says, buying yourself a designer handbag can be one of the smartest and most savvy purchases you’ll ever make. The Hermès Birkin is still topping the list of investment bags to buy. Named after style icon Jane Birkin, it is loved by many A-listers and will steadily increase in value every year. Another one is the practical Louis Vuitton Neverfull, which gets its name because it really is hard to fill. It is also considered a “consistent performer” by Vestiaire Collective and can recoup over 80% of its retail price.





Wine


Investing in wine does mean that you won’t be able to drink it, so make sure you buy some that you can drink as well. However, if you do want to have an impressive looking wine collection, even a wine cellar, then start finding out which wines are going to make you the most money. Buying and selling rare wines can be easy but they are not a quick investment, and it’s often recommended to wait at least five years before trading, and the best performing wines at auction have been known to increase 150% value - not bad. The most famous wines are the 1990 Krug’s Vintage Brut, the Petit Mouton by Chateau Mouton Rothschild from 2011, and the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Grands Echezeaux from 2006. If you don’t know much about wine, then it can be an excellent hobby to get into as well as helping with investments. You will meet new people, travel to new places, and learn about new things.





Art


If you’re going to get something to hang on the wall in the living room, then it may as well be making money for you while it’s there. In the past Art has usually be sold through galleries or at auction. However, it has become increasingly popular to sell Art online now. Remember that established artists will likely see more however you should also look at the current market to see what’s popular at the time, for example, street art is hot right now so you would make a pretty penny if you had a piece of street art to sell. Keep an eye on the market and see what’s happening so you can make sure you buy and sell the right pieces at the right time. Just like the other investment options, if you’re not clued up on Art, then it’s something that you should spend some time getting yourself familiar with. It can also be an excellent hobby to have and can open up opportunities for you; you never know how many new people you will meet and what they will add to your life. Also, if you’re looking for a way to personalize your home and make it unique then what better than a unique piece of Art hanging on the walls or as you go up the stairs.





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Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Ultimate Comfort Closet

There are so many benefits of relaxing; just taking some time out to rest your body and focus your thoughts can change your whole day. When it’s getting a little cold outside or your day isn’t going so well, changing into something soft and warm can transport you to a whole different place, and sometimes it really can be your outfit that has an effect. Snuggling up in the most comfortable clothing doesn’t have to mean you forget about style - with these tricks you can slip into something more relaxing whilst showing off your flare for fashion.














Tops


You have heaps of options when it comes to finding a comfortable shirt or sweater. Women’s tunics are often made of a soft thick material but have a cling free nature, keeping you warm without feeling heavy or constricting. They’re also available in various patterns and styles, making them a more individual choice that's easy to incorporate into any outfit. Opting for a woollen jumper or cardigan will give you that blanket like feel, and can even be knitted yourself if you have the time (and patience). Hooded sweatshirts are great for snoozing or if you’re really struggling to get a bit of personal space.





Bottoms


Some pairs of trousers make relaxing quite difficult - sharp buttons that dig into your tummy when you sit down, itchy stitching and tight fabrics make it impossible to get comfortable. A few of the best options are items like fur-lined leggings that are super soft against the skin or oversized sweatpants that give you space to feel free but snug. Opting for something without a tight waistband can help a great deal, especially if you’re going to be eating. Ice cream helps almost anyone to feel better, but not being able to digest it properly because of super cramped trousers leads to bloating (making you eventually feel a lot worse).



Footwear


One of the best feelings after a long day at work is sitting down to take of your shoes and pull on some soft fluffy socks. Letting your feet have some well needed rest after being stuffed inside your heels all day can make you feel like pressure has been instantly released. Knee high socks can really take you to the next level of comfort (perfect paired with shorts if you don’t want to be restrained by trousers but still want to be toasty). If you want something a little more robust, there are so many cute pairs of slippers on the market. There are also options with orthopedic benefits meaning you really will be able to release pressure, especially from your back and leg muscles.





Hopefully these tips will help you find some great comforting additions to your closet, perfect to wear on a stormy day whilst curled up with a mug of hot cocoa. Be sure to shop around to find the best quality available, and don’t scrimp on fabric conditioner when you do your laundry, as doing this can make your clothes more tough!




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Monday, April 1, 2019

How to Cheat Your Way to Full Lips

Full lips are a beauty obsession among many women – and some men too. Indeed, according to a survey from 35 different countries published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, the majority of participants agree that lips with a 1:1 ratio between the upper and lower areas are perceived as the most attractive shape. For anybody who doesn’t describe their physical features in geometric terms, full and sumptuous lips are the preferred shape, followed by pouts where the lower lips are fuller than the top – think Kylie Jenner and her surgically enhanced lips. Unfortunately, as if achieving the perfect pout wasn’t challenging enough, professional surgeons reckon that lips naturally reduce in size from the age of 28 onwards, as a result of lower collagen production, which means that you can’t rely on your natural beauty only to work your way up to full lips. You need to be creative and find cheats that work for you.



You can find a little help from the pros
Kylie Jenner was never shy about her lip injections so that when she went back to a more natural look post-pregnancy, her fans were quick to notice the transformation. She announced publicly that she stopped using fillers, leaving many young women without a role model. Those who were keen to try the look for were worried about a full-time commitment to the pout could reassure themselves; if Kylie can get rid of her filler, it means that the operation is not permanent. And indeed, a bit of research on the side reveals that you need to have your fillers redone every three to six months. However, to be on the safe side, you still want to read about your preferred surgeons – you can check most profiles online, including a celebrity-endorsed surgeon such as Marc Mani before making your decision. Indeed, even something as common as lip filler surgery can go wrong, so make sure to pick someone experienced!

It’s all about the lipstick
Did you know that your lipstick can dramatically transform your lips? For anybody who wants an easy cheat, you can find natural lips enhancers such as BioLips, which can create temporary fullness where you need it. Additionally, going back to basics, the way you apply your beloved makeup can be detrimental to the shape of your lips. A lip liner can naturally enhance the shape of your lips and keep the color rich and thick all day – or night – long. Opt for a liner which is close to your natural color – one shade darker is what you’re aiming for.


Your diet can make everything grow big
Last, but not least, the collagen in your lips creates the sumptuous round and juicy pout you love. You can stimulate the natural collagen production in your diet by focusing on food rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, sulfur and zinc. Besides, you can also naturally enhance your lips by increasing blood flow. Watermelon and cantaloupe are perfect for encouraging natural swelling by keeping your blood vessels dilated.





With a little bit of dedicated help, you can finally stop worrying about your thin lips. A plump and sensual pout is at arm’s reach if you’re willing to adapt your diet and use some clever cheats.



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