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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!
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 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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The role of accessories in fashion will always be an important one and they are often the best way to express your individuality. Whether it is a chunky bracelet, oversized shades or that nice clutch bag, it is really up to you as an individual and that is why we are so fascinated and obsessed with them.
Who hasn’t been in the situation where they want to just throw together an outfit without thinking about it too much but so it doesn’t appear lazy or sloppy? It would be easy to guess that many people reading this blog have yearned for that sort of situation. This is when having the right accessories in your collection can really be helpful. Accessories can lift a very plain and ordinary looking outfit into something much more glamorous and classy. There are generally no hard and fast rules about what you can and can’t do with accessories, so experiment as much as you want.
It is worth considering that accessories in fashion are divided into two different categories – the ones we wear and the ones we carry. While accessories that you wear include sunglasses, belts, shoes, shawls and all different sorts of jewellery; accessories that you carry include mainly bags, although things such as purses and umbrellas also count too.
It is handy to have some well-chosen accessories when you need to refresh your wardrobe, but can’t and don’t want to spend money to change all your outfits. Even outfits you have worn time after time will look different if you use the right accessories. We all know that the choices we make concerning the clothes we wear reflect our personality and style, but did you know that the same is true of accessories? It is even possible that accessories highlight this to an even greater extent.
One great type of accessory that can really make you stand out is Monica Vinader bracelets. The Spanish born Vinader’s gold and sterling silver designer charm bracelets epitomise the idea of individuality using accessories. They are exquisitely designed and based on colour, nature and her many travels and feature semi-precious stones hand cut. As well as being loved by customers around the world in general and often given as heartfelt gifts to loved ones, they are also loved by fashion conscious celebrities
The ideas behind Monica Vinader bracelets, like any other charm bracelets, is that you can add, swap and take away parts of the bracelet to reflect how you are feeling or to get a certain look. It can be fun to collect different precious stones in different colours and if you are really interested, there are many different meanings behind each type of stone. It’s that constant change that is possible with charm bracelets that makes them so desirable. If you have enough pendants in your collection, there is no limit to the number of different looks you will be able to achieve, without having to buy a ridiculous amount of separate and completely different bracelets.
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We all like to treat ourselves now and again, right? Whether it’s for a big event, well done on a promotion or just because we can; everyone loves some luxury pampering. However, visiting the spa can be a daunting experience. Do potato facials really make you beautiful, and who would possibly want fish nibbling their feet? With the beauty industry moving quicker than any other, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the latest trends. Never fear, here are the top luxury beauty treatments you really need to try right now.
Non-Surgical Face Lifts
Surgical treatments are on the way out, yippee! Taking the place of needles and pain comes some innovative new ways to banish crows feet and diminish wrinkles. Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation facials are the in thing for 2014, for those who want a fresher, younger look. Even celebrities are admitting that surgery has started to make them look more dummy than dolly. Cancel your botox party ladies and book yourself in for something a lot less excruciating.
The Gold Facial
We cannot believe it has finally happened; the perfect combination of sparkly precious metals and beautifying treatments. Many of these gold facials are in the top price bracket (honestly, £1,000 for a beauty treatment) but there are some cheaper options available. If you’re planning on glamming up on a budget then opt for a facial cream that contains tiny flecks of gold, instead of the 24 carat gold face mask that celebrities are currently coveting.
Seaweed is not just good for your insides, it is good for your outsides too! There has been a rise in popularity for seaweed based treatments to firm, brighten and pamper the skin. Keturah Facials such as the Luminous C & Sea combine seaweed with other active ingredients to remove fine lines, strengthen skin and provide a luminous glow. Much healthier than crispy seaweed from the local chinese takeaway.
Men’s Beauty Treatments
2014 is the year of the well groomed man. You may be racing your partner to the spa if this trend continue to rise, as more and more men opt for beauty treatments instead of a booze filled pub session. Thanks to beaus such as Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, men around the world are desperate to recreate a fresh skinned and wrinkle-free glow. Although he might well keep it a secret and tell you that he’s going out with ‘the lads’, you can be sure the man in your life is heading to the salon in reality.
You can thank the beautiful Jessica Alba for the popularity of the organic and environmentally friendly beauty treatments. Everything from organic carrots to ethically sourced chocolate are now being used in beauty treatments worldwide. If you want to feel good and do good then this is one luxury pampering treat you need right away.
That’s all we have for you right now, but we’re sure these will keep you going for some time. Especially with the price tag of some of them! Remember, use them as a treat for those special occasions, instead of blowing your rent money every week.
It seems that every woman across the land has the same mantra: “I have nothing to wear!.” It seems our wardrobes are full to the brim of pretty dresses, skin tight jeans, dressy-tops, slobbing-out casuals, comfy knits, high heels, ballet pumps, handbags, clutch bags, satchels… the list goes on.
I cannot recall how many times I have opened my wardrobe, declare I have nothing to wear before descending into a spectacular hissy fit moments before hitting the town on a big night out.
The problem, it seems, is that we invest too much money on the wrong pieces. Open your wardrobe and take a look what is inside. I have dresses that I haven’t worn for years, jeans that I can;t fit into, tops from three years ago that aren’t even vaguely fashionable anymore. To be brutally honest, some of my clothes are downright hideous. I have a weird attachment to them. I simply cannot bear to part with half of my wardrobe and I’m almost certain that I am not alone.
What your wardrobe needs is a purge. Once you have purged your wardrobe, it’s time to invest in a range of wardrobe staples that will last you a lifetime. The dilemma of not knowing what to wear will be gone (or at the very least, greatly reduced).
“Wardrobe Staple” is the term used for the basics that your wardrobe needs. These are the timeless pieces that never go out of style and will always make you look amazing. Take a look at this guide, before you purge, and you will see what I mean.
The White Shirt
The white shirt is a timeless classic. It’s cool and crisp, fit for the office with smart, dress trousers and effortlessly chic dressed down with a pair of jeans. A white shirt is often worn by the highest echelons of the fashion world, with Victoria Beckham often branding a white shirt, looking simply effortless when she does. She teams hers with high waisted black trousers, tartan skirts and jeans. Not only is the white shirt chic, it’s versatile too.
The black stiletto is often seen on the feet of every major celebrity. Usually plain and incredibly versatile, they too can be worn with a wide variety of clothing items ranging from glamorous pencil skirts to straight leg jeans and can go from day to night with the slick of some lipstick.
Again, this piece is a serious contender for the hardest working item in your wardrobe. A classic cut can look fabulous with jeans and looks ultra smart when in the office. Feeling smart, without being too overdressed is a part of the blazers chart. Think power dressing, without the 80’s revival.
This piece probably isn’t one for the office but always looks seriously cool. Luxury leather jackets are iconic and look incredible with whatever you choose to team it up with. You can toughen up girlie dress with it or go for an all out fierce look with stilettos and skin tight black skinny jeans. A leather jacket is a must for any it girl, adding a dash of panache to any outfit.
Everyone’ favourite item of clothing has got to be their denim. I adore my jeans. Their versatility is what makes them a wardrobe staple. You can team your blue jeans, leather jacket and stilettos and look seriously cool. On the plus side, they’re super comfortable too. Gone are the days where jeans look scruffy; jeans now have the edge, especially when they are made from good quality denim and have an exquisite cut.
The great thing is about wardrobe essentials is their versatility. Your wardrobe can be your Swiss army knife against the world. The key is to ensure that the staples you purchase are versatile, timeless and of good quality. With these beauties in your wardrobe, never again will you have to scream out “I have nothing to wear!”