A Rock Chick’s Guide To Accessorising (Warning: Will Turn Heads)

If you’re a bit of a rock chick and like to turn heads with your badass outfit choices, we salute you. The rock chick look is SO now, with models all over the catwalk strutting down the runway in black leather and heavy jewellery. However, sometimes rock chick style outfits can seem to lack a little in something…accessories! Just because you’re channeling a ‘laid back, I don’t give a funk’ attitude, doesn’t mean you can forget your accessories. They totally make or break an outfit! Here’s a rock chick’s guide to accessorising:

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Heavy Metal Jewellery

For rock chick accessorising, you simply must wear tons of heavy metal jewellery. This means chunky ear cuffs so it looks as if you have about 20 piercings, spiky necklaces and bracelets, and just about anything that makes a statement. Forget dainty bracelets and rings – if it ain’t big and bold, you can’t wear it!

Stack Rings and Bracelets

Stack plenty of rings and bracelets high on your fingers and wrists. It doesn’t matter if they match – do rock chicks care? No they don’t! Pile ‘em on, both hands and both wrists if you like!

Drip in Leather

Leather is the rock chick material to be seen in. Leather joggers are huge this year, as are leather look jeans and disco pants. Buy yourself a staple leather jacket, leather skirt, leather t-shirt – just make sure you have something of everything in leather! Don’t forget about the shinola leather collection either.

Experiment With Pattern and Texture

Looking funky and interesting like a rock chick involves experimenting. Sure, sometimes you’ll get it wrong…but that is what it’s all about! Fearne Cotton admits that she gets it wrong at least once a week, as she gets papped going in to work at Radio 1. Mix different patterns and textures to make a big impact in your rock chick outfits! Fur, suede, tartan, floral, polka dot – anything you like.

Chunky Boots

A rock chick must have a pair of chunky boots in her collection; it’s the law. White chunky sandals and boots with mesh socks looks amazing on!

Mesh

As briefly mentioned, mesh is a huge trend this season, so any mesh items you find should be snapped up immediately!

Black Nails

You shouldn’t forget, you also accessorise with your nails and makeup! Black nails are of course the most rock chick way to go, but you can also choose a metallic ‘gun metal’ style, or grey.

Smokey Eyes

Practice smokey eyes using Youtube tutorials to get the look spot on, without piling too much on (sorry Taylor Momsen, it’s a bit much for us). You’ll still look like a badass rock chick, but you’ll turn heads for all of the right reasons!

If you want to channel this look this season, make sure you accessorise properly by following our guide. Bear in mind that only girls who want to turn some heads should follow our advice. Happy accessorising!

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Rock the Retro Look With Confidence: Fashion and Beauty Tips

The retro look can be a difficult look to pull off. Some women don’t know where to start with it, and others try it out but get it all wrong. All things retro/vintage are roaring back into fashion this year, so we thought we’d help you rock this look with confidence, using our fashion and beauty tips. Enjoy!

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Find the Perfect Red Lippy

The retro look is all about finding the perfect red lippy – there is no other colour you should be seen rocking! There are a few classic reds out there, but we highly recommend Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick suits all skin tones and even helps to make your teeth look whiter. Use a red lip liner to get the application spot on, and make sure your lips are smooth and moisturised!

Practice the Victory Curl

The victory curl is a well known hairstyle from era’s gone by, so if you want to rock this look you should try it out. There are many different variations you can try, and all kind of tutorials on Youtube for you to practice from!

Do it Big

Big hair is also a great nod to the vintage/retro look, so get some volumizing mousse into your tresses after washing, blow dry your hair upside down, pop in your hair rollers, take them out after a few hours, shake in some root powder, and give your hair a good old tousle!

Try a Flirty Flick

The cat-eye flick is a classic retro look, but it takes a lot of practice to perfect. We recommend using a black liquid liner, and starting off small (otherwise you could risk looking like Amy Winehouse).

Powder Your Nose

Retro/vintage ladies are known for their perfectly preened skin, all porcelain and delicate looking. Find the perfect foundation for your skin by getting a makeover at a beauty counter, and top up using powder, concealer, and highlighter to create a flawless appearance.

Shop Vintage and Vintage Style Clothing

Of course, to rock this look you need to rock some real vintage clothing! Go to vintage fairs, charity shops, and head on over to the Custard Factory in Digbeth to find some key pieces that could become the basis of your entire wardrobe.

Incorporate Retro Pieces and Vintage into a Modern Wardrobe

You don’t have to totally drape yourself in vintage clothing – wear older pieces with newer pieces to keep some of your own style in the mix. We love Traffic People for when it comes to shopping new, retro looking pieces!

Accessories

Accessories can certainly make an outfit, and there are plenty of ways you can use them to finish off your retro look. Wear peter pan collars, cool and quirky broaches, and don’t forget your cat eye sunglasses on a hot day! Big cocktail rings look great too, as do pearl necklaces. Use your imagination!

The key to rocking this look with confidence is not to copy anybody elses style – simply incorporate pieces your love, both old and new into your outfits to make something spectacular!

How to Detox through your Feet

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Ever wanted to do a detox without having to live on nothing but fruit juices? Detoxing through the feet is highly effective and really easy. Detoxing through your feet will cleanse your body of the toxins that have built up over time through wrong eating, smoking and breathing in harmful chemicals. There are lots of different ways to detox your feet. All of them are pleasant and relaxing. A word of caution: detox will not cure fungal infections which require very specific treatment; see http://www.excilor.com.au/for details.Do a detox through your feet and give your body a natural cleanse. Here are a few detox ideas.

Homemade Detox Bath

You can prepare your own foot detox bath. You will need a container that is large enough for both of your feet to soak in. Grab a packet of herbal foot detox preparation from your chemist or health food store. You can also make your own. Just mix together some tea, garlic, ginger and dried citrus peel. Green tea is best and will also help with foot odour. Experiment with mixes until you find a combination that feels good for your feet.

You need very hot water in your detox bath. Boil water and add to container. Then gradually add in cold water until it reaches a temperature you can tolerate. Put on some relaxing music, light a scented candle or oil burner, pop your feet in and soak for 25 minutes. Relax!

Detox Food Pads

You can purchase special food pads designed to detox your system. You should be able to get these at your health store or chemist. Detox foot pads are usually made from bamboo extract which has a strong drawing quality. Food detox pads have their origin in Japanese culture.

Foot pads should be applied to the soles of the feet before bed. Leave them on all night so they can do their detoxing work while you sleep. In the morning remove the pads. You will notice the used pads are stained with the toxins that have exited your body. The regular use of detox foot pads is reputed to reduce headaches, aches and pains, and fatigue.

Ionic Foot Baths

Ionic foot baths are created by producing positive and negative ions in warm to hot salty water. The ionized water facilitates a process called electrolysis, which is basically the use of an electric current to create a chemical reaction. Energy charges the saltwater converting the water molecules into ions.

The warm water opens the pores in your feet and the salt acts as an astringent. The ions are absorbed into the feet assisting detoxification. The salt water will react with the ionic cartridge and cause the water to become brown. This discoloration is caused by a chemical reaction and not by toxins coming out of the body as is sometimes thought.

Ionic foot baths can be used for around 45 minutes at a time and should be repeated twice a week for a month, then twice a month for the next month or two, and monthly after that.

5 Fashion Items Your Boyfriend Will Love This Year

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Buying clothes for our boyfriends can be very tricky, especially when their tastes are a little unpredictable, and this is why you’re going to need a lot of help when selecting the perfect items for 2014. Some men are more fashion conscious than others, which means they’re not all impossible to buy for. So, if you’d like to pick up on some handy tips and suggestions, give me your full attention and spend the next few minutes reading through all the information I’ve included below. Hopefully then, finding the ideal gifts for both his birthday and Christmas will be much simpler.

1 – Suede Trousers

As the weather is still pretty cold at the moment, opting to purchase clothing made from thicker materials is definitely a good idea. So, scrap those old cotton trousers he’s been wearing and order some made in suede. This material is both durable and stylish, so they’re certain to last him a long time. Plus, if you opt for darker colours like brown or black, they’ll go with almost anything in his wardrobe. Just remember to buy some braces for men by Birtchnells or another reputable retailer to ensure he doesn’t spend most of his time pulling them up.

2 – Silk Shirts

Nothing says luxury and comfort like a silk shirt, and though most of you are probably picturing the frilly things Meat Loaf became renowned for wearing, there’s actually some really cool designed knocking around at the moment that are certain to make him look fantastic. Take care not to rub up against him too much though, because silk is one of the most likely materials to cause a static shock.

3 – Wool or Tweed Suit Jacket

These are really popular at the moment, which means you shouldn’t have to break the bank by purchasing a designer label. There are some really good suit jackets in most high street stores, and so you should head down to your local town or city centre and check them out. Of course, the designer products will be more alluring to the touch, but if you’re only worried about aesthetics, the label inside should be of little concern. Try to pick up something in brown or blue, as these colours are popular during the spring.

4 – Lace Up Boots

When the temperatures are this low, it’s vital your man is covered up as much as possible, so purchasing some leather lace up boots could be the perfect way of keeping his ankles warm. If you opt to purchase real leather, the footwear will obviously be a little more expensive. However, it will also be much more durable and likely to last him twice as long. So, don’t scrimp on footwear ladies, get him something he’ll be able to wear for months, or even years.

5 – Puffa Jackets (fur collar)

If you really want him to look attractive this winter and moving towards the spring, then purchasing a stylish puffa jacket with fur collar is definitely something you should consider. Sure, these jackets will make him look a little bit like a farmer, but that look is very much “in” at the moment, so he’s guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go together.

Well ladies, I hope you’ll now have a few more ideas for the next time you head down to the high street in search of clothing for your boyfriends. We all know they’re hard to satisfy, but with my suggestions and advice, life just got a little bit easier.

See you next time!

Bored of Your Hair? Try One of These Fresh Styles!

If you’re bored of your hair, it sounds like you need to make an appointment at your local hairdresser’s and ask for an update. The only problem is, that sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to have. There are so many options! We have some suggestions for you here, so that when you rock up at your hairdresser’s you have at least a little inspiration to go on:

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A Full Fringe

A full fringe is a great way to update your style, and there are so many variations you can go for. Try a longer, wispy fringe for a round face, or compliment an oval face with a shorter, choppier fringe. In some cases, you can even sweep your fringe to the side or part it for a different look when you’re bored of having it all to the front. Discuss with your hairdresser the different styles that will suit you!

Highlights

Highlights can give you a sunkissed look on a dreary day. They’re the perfect pick me up when you look in the mirror! Clever application can make your hair appear thicker too, so if you have thin hair they’re the perfect choice.

Lowlights

If you’re bored of your lightened tresses, lowlights can darken the colour without going all over. A great option for winter hair.

An All Over Colour

Perhaps what you need is an all over colour to spice things up. The possibilities are endless; baby blonde, mysterious brunette, ravishing redhead, carefree copper…you name it! Your hairdresser will be able to match your new shade to your skintone and eye color, so you know that whatever you go for it will compliment you nicely. You could even try a temporary colour to test the water first!

Layers

Layers can instantly freshen up a one length style, and help it to appear bouncier, thicker, and full of life. Carefully placed layers can compliment your face shape too!

Extensions

Hair extensions are a quick way of getting thicker, longer hair. If your hair is very short, you might not be able to try these as they’ll need something to grip on to (plus they can look unnatural). However, if your hair is the right length you can get your desired length without waiting too long at all!

The Pixie Crop

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re bored of your long hair you could try a pixie crop. A pixie crop can be very powerful, and there are many variations to suit different face shapes. Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, and Jennifer Lawrence have all sported the crop at one time or another!

An Inverted Bob

An inverted bob will spice up your hairstyle without taking too much off. It’s easy to maintain and quick to style too!

If you’re apprehensive about trying one of these styles, you can always go the non-commitment route and take a look at Afuro Wigs. If applied properly, they can look very natural and give you a new look with none of the commitment. Have fun with your new look!

The Must-Read Skin Care Guide

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We all want the kind of skin that looks like it has been airbrushed, without it actually being airbrushed. Yet there will always be something that gets in the way, from aging spots to wrinkles and even pimples. If you want fresh, young looking skin then you need to read on. Welcome to the must-read skin care guide!

8 Glasses of Water

We’ve read it in nearly every magazine article, beauty column and dieting books; drink 8 glasses of water a day. Let’s be honest though, do you ever actually manage to drink the full 8 glasses in a day? Not many of us do, but you would be surprised at what a difference it could make. Not only does it have a load of benefits for the way we feel, our metabolism and our hunger pangs, but it does wonders for our skin too. Try and get your 8 glasses (2 litres) every day, to see a real difference in your skin.

5 Portions of Fruit and Veg

This is another one we’ve read about everywhere, and mainly ignored. Why eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day when it’s so much easier to get McDonalds? If you are finding it almost impossible to hit that fresh food goal all the time, then start off small. Try to get your 5 portions every other day, or start with just 3 portions a day. It will soon become a habit to look for recipes and meals that contain lots of yummy fresh fruit and veg. If you can’t stand eating fruit and veggies raw then have a look out for delicious smoothie recipes that can help you hit that goal.

Sun Safe Skin

We love the sun! We countdown the days until the sunny months arrive, book ourselves on super sunny holidays and even fake it with sunbeds and tanning lotions. A tan looks great on young skin, but it can soon wear out older skin. If you want to slow down the aging process then you need to be more sun safe. Get the healthy amount of Vitamin D for your skin by spending some time in the sunshine, but make sure you are protecting it too. You’ll find a whole range of suncare products out there, including foundation that comes with SPF.

Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising

Last on the list, but certainly not least, is your skincare regime. What are you doing to take care of your skin in terms of cleansing, toning, moisturising and even exfoliating? Everyone should have a good beauty regime in place, to keep our skin looking fresh, youthful and glowing. Invest in some good quality products that you can use on a daily basis, including a facial cleanser, toner and moisturising cream. Don’t forget the little luxuries such as an exfoliator and face masks that you can use once a week. One more thing; always, always, always wash your makeup off before you go to bed.

This is your new skincare bible, look after it! Print it off, stick it up in your bathroom or above your mirror, and read through it every day. You’ll soon start noticing a difference in your appearance and the way you feel.

Top 5 Valentines Day Gifts for Him

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It’s getting close to that time of year again when most men have to spend some time selecting the perfect restaurant to take their loved one for a valentines day meal. In truth, it’s much easier for men to fulfill their role in the day because the gifts they buy are pretty uninspired; chocolates, flowers, heart shaped balloons, etc. However, things are a little more complicated for women, especially if they’re looking to break tradition and buy their partner the ideal valentines day gift. This is why I thought today might be a good time to publish a short post highlighting some gift ideas, and attempting to make your life that little bit easier.

So, if you’ve been looking online for the last couple of days trying to find the perfect gift, but you’re having little luck finding it, then give me your attention for a the next few moments, and I’ll spend some time discussing some of the items I think most men would love to receive. Obviously, they won’t be suitable for everyone depending on personal interests and tastes, but I’ve tried to include only the most universally appealing items, so you should be safe purchasing them in most circumstances.

1 – Aftershave

This is a mutually beneficial gift ladies, and it’s guaranteed to go down well with your partner. Just spend some time at your local cosmetics and perfume shop smelling all the most popular scents and pick the one that’s most appealing to you. At the end of the day, your man only wears aftershave to get you going anyway, so you might as well buy him your own favourite.

2 – Leather Wallet

Personally, this would be my own choice, as it provides a place for your man to carry a photograph of you with him at all times. Also, if you buy a rather bulky wallet, the chances are he’ll be able to fit more money inside, which means you get more things bought for you every time you go out shopping.

3 – Fashionable Clothing

If you want your man to look his best when you head out for your valentines day meal, then purchasing some designer jeans or cool printed t-shirts could be perfect. Again, your man only wears trendy clothing to satisfy you, so you might as well choose from your own tastes.

4 – Personalised Bracelet

We all know how difficult it can be to get some men to wear any kind of jewelry, but if yours isn’t too fussed, then ordering a bracelet and having some kind of inscription performed might be the answer to all your gift worries. Just don’t have your own name put on in, in case he thinks you’re trying to brand him.

5 – Luxury Whiskey

Most men love drinking spirits, especially Whiskey, and so spending some time at your local store or checking specialist websites online might be a good idea. For around £50, you should have no trouble finding a really impressive limited edition bottle you know he’ll thank you for.

Remember ladies, if all else fails just flutter your eyelashes and tell him you love him. That usually works for me. Good luck with the present hunting, and I hope you have an amazingly romantic valentine’s day in a couple of weeks.

See you soon!

Glasses: The Hottest Trend of 2014

Accessorising your eyes is the hottest trend of 2014. I’m not talking smoky eyes or 60’s style eyeliner, I’m talking glasses. Once the prerequisite of the nerd, a good set of glasses are now the biggest trend to grace our face since the fake eyelash.

My Grandma always used to say ‘all beautiful things are kept behind glass’ when referring to my spectacles, something that always beguiled me as a child. It turns out that she was right, as now everyone is choosing to showcase their beautiful peepers with glasses.

There are many styles of glasses available. Even free prescription lenses now come in trendy designs.  With such a vast choice available, there has never been a better time to decorate your face.

When considering purchasing a beautiful pair of specs, you need to bear in mind your face shape. Your face shape will ultimately depend on whether your chosen frames will suit you. After all, you don’t want to part with your hard-earned cash to look, dare I say a little silly.

Take a look at those gorgeous celebrities and see which face shape is similar to your own.

Face shapes include:

Oval – Taylor Swift

You’re incredibly lucky, if you have an oval face, as you can pull off almost any frame and style of spectacle!

Square – Jennifer Aniston

Avoid square frames, if you have a beautiful square face, as this can make you look ‘boxy’.

Long – Sarah Jessica Parker

If you have a long face, then it is advisable that you choose glasses with larger frames, but in terms of length rather than width.

Heart –Reese Witherspoon

If you have a gorgeous heart shaped face then you will need to find glasses that balance the width of your face, as your chin will be narrow, but your forehead will be wide. You do not want your new spectacles to highlight your forehead.

Round – Emma Watson

Should you have a lovely rounded face (and by this I mean with less angular features) I would suggest not choosing round frames; add sharp angles to your face. Square and rectangular glasses will balance your face.

In short, if your face is angular with sharp features, choose a rounder frame to soften your face. If your face is rounded, choose frames that are angular.

Other important factors to consider when choosing your specs is your hair colour, skin tones and eye colour. Purple frames can highlight blue eyes even more, but paired with green eyes can look quite bizarre.

New York Fashion Week 2014 have tipped the hottest trends for the upcoming the year and have put glasses in the limelight. Cat eye glasses are back and have moved on from black. Designers are styling them in bright, bold colours. Chunky glasses are making a comeback too, but again, in bold colours. Over-sized round glasses are back, for the retro fashionista as well as superb, extra detailing. Glasses are now being embellished with all sorts of quirky adornments. In short, glasses are fabulous!

2014: Glasses are back, and they are bolder than ever!

Should You Consider Photorejuvenation Treatment? Consider The Advantages And Benefits…

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If you would like to successful combat the effects of aging and sun-damage, then you may be considering your cosmetic options.  If you are unsure of which procedure to go for when it comes to the wide variety available nowadays, please use this post as a helpful guide that aims to explain the advantages and the results offered by photorejuvenation treatments.

One of the most common and popular form of photorejuvenation procedures is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light and this is a type of cosmetic dermatology that is used to improve the texture and tone of your skin.  As well as this treatment having the benefit of improving almost every and any problem that effects the overall look and structure of your skin, the treatment is also preferred because it causes very little discomfort and therefore it does not take very long to recover from it.  In addition, it is also considered one of the most cost-effective treatments available at the moment, and has the bonus advantage of being non-ablative which means you can have this type of treatment with other therapies including laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion for the most effective results.

What Happens During A Photorejuvenation Appointment?

During an IPL appointment, multiple pulses of light are shined over your skin to penetrate into the deepest layers.  The light is turned into heat energy and is absorbed into the blood vessels, sun spots and dark spots beneath the skin’s surface.  Another benefit and advantage of this process is that it stimulates collagen production which decreases the signs of skin imperfections.  After having the treatment, you will notice that the size of pore has decreased, your skin has a more even tone and there are the sings of overall appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, redness, acne, broken blood vessels, discolouration and age spots has dramatically diminished.

As well as being very cost effective, IPL photorejuvenation is one of very few cosmetic skin treatments that are non-invasive.  As the actual treatment causes little pain or discomfort there is little to no recovery time required after sessions.  This is because the treatment does not damage your skin’s external layers meaning less pain during and less chance of side effects after an appointment.  The vast majority of photorejuvenation patients are able to return to their normal routine after their appointment has finished.

As previously stated above, if you are worried about the price of photorejuvenation treatments compared to other treatments, it is actually one of the most affordable kinds.  As the majority of physicians will encourage and recommend patients to have more than one appointment of treatment, you can save a great deal of money as these are normally charged at a lower price.  One of the biggest advantages is that it is one of the cheapest treatments, but also the most effective at producing long-lasting results, which reduces the amount of treatments you will have to have in the future, further saving you money.

Why Watches Are The Hottest Accessory for 2014

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Believe it or not, one of the hottest fashion accessories for 2014 is the watch. Although you may think watches are simply the useful accessory that tells you how late you’re running, many celebrities now won’t be seen without one. Surely a watch on your wrist isn’t as fashionable as a Pandora on your wrist though? Well actually, fashion experts say this year nothing is more in fashion than a timepiece. We have a look at why watches are creeping up the fashion hot list and at some of the most coveted brands this season.

They go with everything

They really do go with everything. They’re not like that pair of shoes you were adamant go with every outfit you own, only to be worn once. A watch can be worn at work during the day or on a girl’s night out in the evening. You can pair a watch with jeans and a t-shirt or your most impressive dress. As long as you’ve picked the right watch, of course. A good quality watch that sits pretty on your wrist can be used to finish off any outfit.

Useful fashion

The thought of useful fashion may not be an exciting one, but fashion experts beg to differ. This year it is all about how you can get the most out of what you’re wearing, and a watch ticks all the boxes. Not only will you always know what time you stumbled home on Saturday, but you’ll never be late for work again. Watches are also a great way to spark up a conversation with a handsome stranger, who just wants to know the time.

Good watches are timeless

Excuse the pun! However, a good watch is something that you will never have to replace, making it a sound investment. Okay so some things may need updating; you might need a Rado watch battery replacement every couple of years or a clean up of your Michael Kors, but generally a decent watch will last you a lifetime. In fact, watches used to be the most popular heirlooms in generations past, simply because they lasted so long.

Hot brands this year

There are some hot watch brands right now, whose timepieces are coveted by the most fashion conscious celebrities. Here are some ones we think you should look out for:

Michael Kors – Of course this brand was going to make the list! It seems like no one can get enough of the gorgeous rose gold watches that Michael Kors has treated us to. We’ve seen them on TV, in magazines and now you should be seeing one on your wrist.

Rado – This brand have been around since the 1980s and have seen a few successes over the years. However, it’s only really now that these Swiss watches are making it onto every celebrities’ wish-list. If you want a watch that will last and look great, get a Rado.

Marc by Marc Jacobs – Marc Jacobs handbags have always been key players in the fashion world and their watches are no different. Focusing on rose gold (definitely a trend for 2014) and delicate design, their range of watches are to die for.

Next time you dismiss the watch counter on your next shopping trip, think again. Watches are the biggest and best fashion accessory for 2014 and no woman should be without one.