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Spot Blasting Tips and Tricks That Really Work

I’m 22, and some days I still wake up with a spot that would need its own ticket at the cinema. What’s all that about? Plus, if you’re anything like me, the spots you get are big, red, and noticeable. My skin was actually clearer when I was a teen. Not fair! Not only are they noticeable, they also pop up before a big event, without fail. However, I know a few tips and tricks that really work to reduce the size of my spots, and in some cases make them disappear altogether! I swear by them, and today I’m sharing them with you so we can both say goodbye to our spotty woes. Here they are:

Dot on Some Toothpaste

Toothpaste may sting on your spot for a while, but once it’s dried you can leave it on overnight and be amazed by the results. Simply wash it off in the morning, and you’ll notice a huge improvement in the size of your spot! You might look a little funny with dots of toothpaste all over your face, but it’s all in the name of beauty, right?


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Steam Your Face

Steaming the face with a professional steamer or over a bowl of hot water can be a great help in cleansing the pores and cleaning any nasties out of the face. Your nose will probably run too, but that just means you’re cleansing your airways. You skin will feel fab afterwards. You could even head over to a gym and spend some time in the sauna to cleanse your whole body of impurities.


Exfoliating the face can be a great way to get rid of old, dull skin cells and replace them with shiny new ones. Because of this, your pores are much less likely to get clogged up, resulting in fewer spots. Even if I’ve already been cursed with a humongous spot, exfoliating it always makes it look better, and I feel like I’m showing it who’s boss. Take that, spot! You can either make your own from ingredients like honey and brown sugar or buy one ready made from your local drug store.

Smooth on a Facemask

There are plenty of face masks out there, but I recommend a deep cleansing mask if you want to make your skin look lovely. Follow the packet instructions to get the best results from your mask. I always smooth mine on with a brush, leave it to do its thing while I relax, then wash it off to reveal gorgeous skin.

Apply Tea Tree Antiseptic Oil

Tea tree antiseptic oil is a godsend, as it can be used for so many different things. However, when you have a spot, you can just dab it on and leave it overnight. Plenty of natural acne recipes include this amazing ingredient. In most cases, spots will dry out and disappear once you’ve woken up! It’s amazing, and the stuff smells fresh too.

Go ahead and kick those spots to the curb with these tips and tricks!


A guide to your summer 2014


It is predicted that the UK will have a hot summer to look forward to. As people go out and make the most of the beautiful weather after the wet winter here are a handful of summer essentials that you will need in order to make the most of the sunshine!

Look after your skin

It is vital to protect your skin from too much sun exposure with sunscreens of at least SPF 15, hats and clothing especially at the highest risk times of day between 11am – 3pm when the sun’s intensity is at its strongest. In fact during the middle of the day it is advised to be in a shaded area due to the UV rays in sunlight. The UV rays are the main causes for skin ageing and skin cancer, therefore, skin protection helps to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.

However, sunlight is essential for your body to make vitamin D, which is a vital component for healthy bones. Our body makes vitamin D from direct sunlight on skin; therefore, it is recommended that people spend short stints outside (10-15mins) without any sunscreens on so your body can produce enough vitamin D.

Protect your eyes

Sunglasses are designed to prevent bright and high-energy sunlight from damaging your eyes or from any discomfort from the intense light. According to the NHS, long-term exposure without sunglasses, like a day at the beach, can cause a temporary but painful burn to the surface to the eye, similar to sunburn on the skin. When looking for an appropriate pair of sunglasses you need to choose one that has either the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN 1836:2005), a UV 400 label or they have a statement that says they offer 100% UV protection.

Stay hydrated

Lack of water when you are out in the sun can cause heat exhaustion, which is caused when the body can’t lose heat fast enough which can develop to heat stroke which is dangerous. Therefore, it is important to stay hydrated in the hot weather by drinking around 3 litres of water; this will also help to keep you hydrated and your skin in good condition. To help ensure that you drink enough it is good to keep a water bottle with you during your day out.

Spice up your summer wardrobe with accessories

An easy and cost-effective way to refresh your summer wardrobe is to dress-up or dress-down your outfits with accessories. This way you can wear the same clothes and by teaming it with different accessories for each occasion you can create a completely new look.

Pack those beach essentials

The summer wouldn’t be the same without a day or two at the beach, so packing the right beach essentials will ensure you have a great day out. Here are 7 great beach essentials for a fun day out on the beach:

  1. Beach towel – there are some fab towels for sale in the UK at the moment. One of the best is the FOUTA beach towel which can be used as a bath towel, picnic blanket, sarong, throw and table cloth.
  2. Swimming costume – UK retail stores have seen record sales of the one-piece swim suit where people are opting for these instead of a bikini.
  3. Book – catch up on your reading with a great book whilst you relax on the beach.
  4. Sunscreen, Sunglasses + sun hat for your skin and eye protection.
  5. Water bottle so you can stay hydrated
  6. Large beach bag to pack all your essentials for your day at the beach.
  7. Beach games and body boards to keep you, friends and family entertained throughout the day.


Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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The 6 Secrets of Staying Young

Wouldn’t we all love to know the secrets to staying young? Nobody wants to age, especially not if it means getting wrinkles and grey hair. Although you can’t stop ageing altogether, you can slow it down and stay younger for much longer. Here are the 6 secrets of staying young:


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Secret Number One – Drink 3 Litres of Water Per Day

Some people say you only need to drink 1.5 litres of water per day, some people say 2, I say 3! That’s right; 3 litres of water per day. Sure, any amount of water is better than nothing, but you’ll more than reap the benefits if you make the effort to drink 3 per day. Your skin will look in amazing condition, and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Secret Number Two – Never Smoke

Smoking is yucky. I could sit here all day and explain to you what a bad habit it is, but I’m sure you already know that it slowly kills you from the inside out (and it makes you stink). If you want to stay young for as long as possible, never smoke. Not even socially. Stay away from those cancer sticks! You might think that one won’t make a difference, but it will. One cigarette contains multiple poisons – why would you do that to yourself?

Secret Number Three – Avoid Alcohol in Excess

Drinking alcohol in excess is an awful habit to get into. A few cans after work here, a few wines before bed there…the next thing you know, you’re drinking every night just to wind down. Only drink alcohol a couple of times per week, and limit the amount you consume. Never binge or drink regularly.

Secret Number Four – Have an Anti Ageing Facial

Anti ageing facials are amazing for our skin, but you can even do them yourself at home if you’re short on cash. Simply select anti ageing products similar to LifeCell, and use them all together at least once per week. Make sure you include a smoothing massage and face mask for the best results.

Secret Number Five – Laugh a Lot

You might think that this is counter-productive due to laughter lines, but being happy and positive in life will keep you young on the inside. Never hold in a smile or a laugh! People look much more attractive when they smile and laugh anyway.

Secret Number Six – Exercise

You might not like exercise now, but if you try to get into a routine I guarantee you’ll learn to love it. I used to hate it, and now I do it 6 days a week! It makes me feel good on the inside and look even better on the outside – what more could I want? Do a mixture so you don’t get bored, and incorporate it into your lifestyle by going on leisurely walks in the countryside!

There you have them; the 6 secrets of staying young. Go ahead and try them…you’ll be amazed!

A Guide to Keeping Your Teeth in Immaculate Condition

The condition of our teeth can say a lot about us. If your teeth are yellow and falling to bits, do you think you’re going to get very far? I’d bet that people won’t want to speak to you much, and it could scupper your chances of getting a job. Sounds harsh, but bad teeth don’t make you look like a person who takes pride in themselves and their appearance. A great smile can be a wonderful accessory. Did you know that whiter teeth can make us look years younger? Here’s how you can keep your teeth in immaculate condition:


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If it Would Stain Your Top – Stay Away

If you constantly eat foods and consume beverages that would leave a stain on your top, you’re staining your teeth! Coffee, tea, red wine, and certain fruits can all stain teeth. Try to limit consumption of these products. You should also stay away from sugary foods as these will rot your teeth eventually.

Don’t Smoke

There are so many reasons you shouldn’t smoke, but we’ll stay on the topic of teeth for now. Simply type ‘smoker’s teeth’ into Google and you’ll see what I mean – disgusting!

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day With a Quality Brush

You probably know that you need to brush your teeth twice a day, but did you know that the kind of brush you use really does matter? Electric toothbrushes are best, as they do most of the work for you while you just move it around your mouth. They can even tell you when you’ve brushed for 2 minutes! Brushing too hard can permanently damage tooth enamel, so be careful with manual toothbrushes.

Floss and Rinse

Once you’ve brushed, a lot of people think that they are done until next time. But what about the gunk hiding in between your teeth? Debris in between the teeth is one of the main causes of bad breath, but you can get rid of it just by flossing. When you’ve done that, rinse with a could mouthwash like Listerine.

Chew Sugar Free Gum After Meals

Instead of letting your mouth fester after a lunch filled with smelly food, or any food for that matter, chew some sugar free gum. This will stop you from craving anything sweet, as well as cleaning your mouth for you.

Go to the Dentist Regularly

The dentist can be a scary experience, but it’ll be even worse if you leave your visits for too long and end up needing a tooth removed or a filling. The more you go, the sooner a dentist can spot a problem arising and fix it before it gets even worse.

Don’t worry if you think your teeth are already beyond repair; there will be somebody out there who can help you come up with a solution. For example, Dustin Nelson, DDS specialises in porcelain veneers.

Stop neglecting your teeth now, and you’ll enjoy immaculate looking teeth for longer. Of course, they do change with age, but these changes can be minimal if you follow this advice.


Why Living a Healthy Lifestyle is Easier Than Ever

Some people claim that they can’t live a healthy lifestyle, for many reasons. Some say the food is too expensive, others say they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing. While it’s true that there should be more education on the subject, living a healthy lifestyle is actually easier than ever. You just need to want to do it!


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There’s a Plethora of Information Out There – For Free!

Many people claim that they don’t know what kind of foods they should be eating, how to cook certain dishes, or the kind of exercise they should be doing. Well, you can literally have all of this information and more at your fingertips! Simply typing a search query into Google is the easiest way to find out what you need to know. is a fantastic resource, and you should be able to find many other sources from that. Exercise routines are always posted up on Youtube, and for many of them you don’t even need a gym. Of course, there will always be differing opinions on the best kind of exercise or food. You just need to test out different things and see what works for you! My only advice is never to overtrain, as this hinders results, and to avoid fad diets (e.g any diet that involves drinking aloe vera, or only drinking smoothies). You can even find e-books cheap enough, written by experts. If you put the time in to learn, you’ll get a lot out of it!

Gym Memberships Are Getting Cheaper

Some people even say they can’t afford a gym membership. However, gym memberships are getting cheaper than ever! Many do discounts for certain people in certain situations, and some even do offers if you join at a certain time. You don’t even need a gym membership to get fit though, so you can’t really use that as an excuse. The most common thing people say after this is that they ‘don’t have time’ to exercise. That’s nonsense – everybody has time to exercise, you just have to make time. You get the same hours in the day as everybody else!

You Can Get Great Deals on Healthy Food

Healthy food can be expensive, depending on where you get it from. Places like Aldi do fruit and veg for unbelievably cheap prices, while there are meat markets all over the place that offer massive savings if you buy from them in bulk. You could even grow your own vegetables with your own vegetable patch, have fresh herbs with your own herb garden, and have fresh eggs daily with your own chickens! There are lots of things you can do if you’re willing to put in the time. There are even supplements available that can help our bodies to perform at an optimal level and fight off disease, like Soursop pills.

Living a healthy lifestyle is easier than ever. The only thing you need to change is your mindset! People make excuses all day long, but the only person they’re cheating is themselves. Living a healthy life helps us to live longer, avoid horrible illnesses, and look better. What more could we want?

Getting Ready For Graduation


For university students there can be no better feeling than when you are just a few days away from Graduation. A sign that you have put in all the hard work, completed the assignments, turned up to class (most of the time…) and passed your exams. But before you are ready to step out of the comfort of student life and into the every day hustle and bustle of working life, you have first got to get through the excitement of graduation. For some people there is nothing more thrilling but for others, it can be a worrisome time. What to wear, how to look your best etc. If you fall into the latter category then fear not as we have gathered together some handy tips to ensure that you can look, and feel, your very best and enjoy this special day with your fellow students and family.

Look The Part

From hair and nails to the ideal outfit, if you look good then you will feel like a million dollars, as the saying goes. Book any appointments a good few weeks in advance so that you don’t run the risk of nothing being available the week of your graduation ceremony. Make sure you know in advance what you want your hair to look like, so that you don’t make any rash decisions and regret it every time you look at the photographs.

When it comes to the right outfit, make sure you choose something which is pretty but comfortable. Not only will you have to wear it underneath your robes for a large part of the day but you also want to feel good and not awkward when you go on to the celebrations afterwards whether this is a large party with friends or a family dinner out. Dresses are always a good choice, but don’t choose anything too outlandish. Simple but stylish is the direction to aim for. Likewise with shoes, heels are nice but don’t choose anything with a large heel, especially if you aren’t used to wearing them. We’ve all seen the outtake videos of someone tripping as they go to receive their certificate on stage; don’t let that be you!

You could treat yourself to some new perfume, and make up, if you want to go all out. Perfume such as Flowerbomb, is ideal as every time you wear it, you will be reminded of your big day. It’s also a great idea if parents or close family are looking to buy you a gift to celebrate. It is practical and sentimental, making it the perfect choice.

Prepare Emotionally

Graduating from university is a big deal and it’s okay to feel trepidation on the day itself. Try and make sure you get a good night’s sleep the day before so that you feel refreshed and on the day itself, take things easy in the run up. Sleep for as long as you can, before getting up and having a nice breakfast. If you have appointments to go to, such as hair and nails, then wear comfortable clothing. Try and remain calm in the build-up and remind yourself often that this is a day for excitement and not nerves.

Enjoy It

As with most large events, it can be easy to become overwhelmed on the day and forget to actually relax and enjoy yourself. Take it easy and try to have a good time. Most people only get to graduate once so it’s important to make the most of it! Make sure you get some great photographs so that you can look back and remember such a significant day but mostly, remember to enjoy it and take it all in your stride.

If you look and feel the part, then there’s no reason why you can’t have a fantastic graduation to remember.
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Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Why Plastic Surgery May Be For You

Cosmetic surgery has always been something of a taboo subject. But, if someone feels it necessary to have cosmetic, or plastic, surgery who are we to judge? Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice. What is more, the fantastic advances in medical science have made surgery safer than ever.


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Many women seek out the services of a reputable plastic surgeon when they feel that they need a tweak here and there. Of course, for those wanting to lose weight, a healthy eating regime and fitness schedule is great. However, it can be difficult to shift those excess pounds with healthy eating and exercise alone. Cosmetic surgery can help you lose stubborn tummy fat that refuses to go away.

An increasing number of women are seeking the services of plastic surgeons in a bid to become more beautiful. While personality is important, looks are too. We all want to look our best and cosmetic surgery can help us reach perfection. If  you are seeking the services of a reputable plastic surgeon, take a look at VIP Plastic Surgery.

Think about what you would like to change on your body. Would it be your nose? Your breast size? There are things that we all hate about our bodies and that we would love to change. Did you know that cosmetic surgery extends even further than nose jobs and breast enlargements? There are a wide range of treatments that you can explore that you did not even know existed!

You can choose from the following cosmetic surgery procedures:


Breast enlargement

Breast reshape

Bum augmentation

Ear reshaping

Fat grafting

Face lift

Chin augmentation

Tummy tuck


In short, if there is a body part that you are not happy with, you can change it for the better.

While some people believe that plastic surgery is only for the vain, they could not be more wrong. Plastic surgeons provide health care and surgery options for those that suffer from a wide range of illnesses.

Did you know that migraines can also be remedied via a plastic surgeon? Botox is commonly used to remedy aggressive migraines and the results are phenomenal. If you are not keen on cosmetic treatments, but you are seeking sound medical advice for common ailments, a trip to your local plastic surgeon can be useful for you. Tennis elbow and ganglion cysts can also be treated. Your plastic surgeon can offer a plethora of medical treatments that your doctor may not be willing to treat. Cast aside negative stereotypes about plastic surgery, it can be helpful to all kinds of people.

Many women will attest the benefits of plastic surgery. They have said their confidence has soared as a result of undergoing plastic surgery. They have commented that their self esteem has been boosted and that their mental health has improved. Aside from boosting the emotional side, many women have stated that they are happy with the results of their surgery and that their bodies have never looked better.

Plastic surgery has been given something of a negative press by those that do not understand how women feel about their bodies. If you want to feel better about yourself, in more ways than one, book an appointment with your plastic surgeon.

Amazing Hair Care Tips That You Never Knew Existed

Luscious silky locks seem completely unobtainable to the average woman. Us mere mortals find it nigh on impossible to have shiny locks like Kate Middleton. For many, it is an impossible dream. What if I were to tell you about the beauty industry’s biggest secret, that is now making big waves in the UK? Intrigued? So you should be:



Tell Me the Secret!

For years, everyday women have wondered how so many celebrities achieve perfect, shiny locks. We have tried to manage our manes and make them as perfect as can be, but we have been unable to do so.

Emu oil has been heralded by the Ozzie’s for years, and now, in 2014 the UK has seen increased sales of emu oil. Emu oil is a product that is taken from the fat of the bird. The emu is sold as a healthy alternative to beef in Australia, and the by-product of the meat production is the emu oil that derives from the fat.

It has been said that emu oil has many benefits for hair. Largely, it is used as a nourishing hair mask but some men have claimed that they have seen prosperous hair growth when they have used the mighty oil. That is a serious claim to make. So, should your hair be thinning it is important that you seek out the best emu oil that money can buy to ensure that you have lustrous locks in no time.

For best results, sleep with emu oil in your hair and shampoo thoroughly the next morning. If you want a quick fix, or you are in a rush, simply leave in your hair for five to ten minutes, wrapped in a towel. You will have gorgeous hair, instantly.

Emu oil stimulates and wakes up hair follicles, meaning that is perfect for those that are losing their hair, and  want to stimulate growth. What is more, women are putting aside coconut oil and using emu oil as the new alternative for making their hair grow.

Natural Remedies Rule

If you want a beauty basic, then it has to be emu oil. As it is a natural remedy, you will not only be getting a great product that is free of harsh chemicals and pungent odours, but you will also be able to use emu oil in a number of different ways. For those that love the idea of alternative medicine, emu oil acts as natures ibuprofen. Emu oil has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and is used for both cosmetic and medical treatments. There is a lot to be said about the humble tub of emu oil.

Origins and Resurgence

For years, the indigenous people of Australia had utilised the amazing uses of emu oil. For many years, we had seemingly forgotten about its incredible qualities. Within the last five years, the sales of emu oil have seen a steady increase. What is more, an increasing number of people are now purchasing emu oil outside of Oz. They are using it cosmetic, beauty and medical purposes.


The Amazing Beauty Benefits of Shea Butter

So many of us have tried a plethora of lotions, and potions, that simply do not do what they say on the tin. The whole process of making ourselves look, and feel, fantastic is hampered by cosmetic giants not fulfilling their claims. We all love to indulge our bodies with new creams and treatments. There is something truly satisfying about buying new cosmetics to indulge our bodies with. There is something quite primal about rubbing ourselves down with creams and moisturisers and making our bodies look, and smell, amazing. If you are looking at updating your cosmetic bag, but you aren’t sure where to start, then you need not look any further:



It’s Got to Be Shea Butter

You have no doubt heard of shea butter as it is used in so many of our beauty treatments, from creams, shampoos and conditioners to hair products and nourishing oils. If you are going to buy one cosmetic product this year, it has got to be shea butter. It is the perfect all-round solution to your beauty needs.

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is a solid fatty oil that is obtained from the nuts of Karite trees. Once the tree has borne fruit and nuts, these are then crushed to extract the fat from them. This fat is known, in the beauty industry, as shea butter. Pure, natural shea butter bears an uncanny resemblance to caramel ice cream. While it may be edible, it sure does not taste like ice cream! However, shea butter is popular in the West due it’s amazing virtues in the beauty industry.

The Beauty Benefits

The benefits of shea butter are virtually limitless. Shea butter is the perfect all round solution to any girl’s beauty dilemmas. If you want soft, supple and sublime skin, you need to invest in shea butter. If you have always dreamed of having shiny, lustrous locks it is imperative that you purchase shampoos and conditioners that contain the mighty shea butter extract. In short, the benefits of shea butter are endless.

So, aside from making you look, and smell, gorgeous there are some serious health benefits to investing in shea butter products. If you want to feel amazing, then you can obtain natural and organic shea butter from Akamuti.

Shea butter has a plethora of healing properties, due to the fatty acids that are present within the oil. The oils that are contained within the butter can help with a number of skin conditions and complaints that afflict many people. Raw, unrefined shea butter is effective in curing rashes, skin peeling after sunburn, bites and stings, burns, soothing scars, stretch marks and frostbite. What is more, if you suffer from complaints such as athlete’s foot, arthritis and muscle fatigue, you will feel the amazing healing benefits of the incredible shea butter.

Due to the nature of shea butter, you will find that it has a number of anti-inflammatory properties. Recent research has shown that due to the anti-inflammatory nature of the mighty shea butter, those who suffer from a wide variety of skin conditions can find that their symptoms are eased and lessened in the aftermath of applying the butter.

Who knew that shea butter could be so remarkable? It is the glamorous girls perfect beauty solution.

Mother of the Bride! How You Can Look Amazing At Your Daughters Wedding

Your little girl has grown up and is ready to marry the man of her dreams. This probably holds bittersweet emotions for you, as you may not be ready to give up your little girl just yet. Being the mother of the bride is an emotional time. Coupled with the emotions that you are feeling, you also want to look nothing short of amazing for your daughters big day. This is a dilemma that many mothers of the bride face. Do not despair! We have the hottest trends for 2014 that will make you look fabulous for your daughter’s impending nuptials.


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 Maxi Dresses

This is the trend that refuses to go away. Everyone loves the cool feeling of a maxi dress in the long summer months. If you want to ensure that you look fabulous, you need to wear a maxi dress that is made of lux materials, so that you do not look too casual for the main event. Opt for long, clean lines and ensure that the fabric is nothing short of sumptuous. Chiffon and silk are perfect for maxi dresses, as it ensures that the dress looks formal and fabulous. Team with a fascinator and a statement necklace to ensure that you look amazing on the big day. Don’t outshine the bride though! Mother of the bride fashion has never been more alluring.

The Classic Two Piece Suit

For any elegant mother, then the classic two piece suit is an absolute must. This is the perfect solution for winter weddings. Team your blazer and skirt combination with a fabulous camisole for maximum impact. If you want to ensure that you look incredible, keep your accessories simple and let the suit do the talking. Minimum, no fuss accessories are a must for this style of dress. Of course, two piece suits always look amazing with a gorgeous wide brimmed hat. Who doesn’t love a hat for special occasions?

Shoes and Accessories

Shoes are sure to cause a fashion dilemma, even for the most cutting edge of mothers of the brides. Shopping for shoes can be something of an ordeal, but not anymore. Gorgeous strappy kitten heels are perfect for understated glamour. Ensure that they are adorned with sparkles, diamantes and so forth so that they look suitable dressy for the big day.

Wedges are ideal for mums that are wearing maxi dresses, as they are comfortable and support your ankles, as well as giving that much desired height. You can choose from plain wedges for a simple, yet sophisticated look, or you can choose from a wide range of funky adornments if you want your shoes to do the talking. Whatever you choose, you are sure to look the epitome of class and sophistication.

If you are looking for the ideal bag for the occasion, then it has to be a clutch bag. Small enough to look elegant, yet big enough to carry your belongings a clutch is the fashionistas bag of choice. Opt for sumptuous silk fabrics to ensure that it looks suitable dressy for the occasion.