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Clothes shopping can be an absolute nightmare for some women. It can be made even worse if you’re indecisive and don’t know exactly what you’re looking for! This post aims to make clothes shopping simple for you, so you can buy yourself some nice new garments without pulling your hair out!
Give Yourself a Budget
By giving yourself a budget, you leave yourself less likely to go bankrupt. It’s so easy to overspend when clothes shopping, so by giving yourself a realistic budget you can be sure you won’t need to live off toast for the rest of the month. I suggest drawing it out of the bank so you don’t need to take your card with you. If you have any money left over, you can put that towards your next shopping trip.
Write a List of Items You Need
What items do you really need? Fair trade clothing? Jeans? Scarves? Write a list and take it with you so you can actively look for those things while you shop. If you don’t write a list, you could end up buying absolutely anything. When I go on random shopping trips with no plan, I always end up coming home with something that I don’t get enough wear out of.
Double Check Your Wardrobe Before You Go
I have that many items in my wardrobe, I nearly always forget what I already have. I have to double check it before I go, otherwise I run the risk of buying something similar to what I already own. There’s nothing more frustrating!
Try Things On
Even if you’re sure about something on the hanger, you should always try it on. You never know what it’ll fit like, and you don’t want to have to go through all of the hassle of returning it. I always see things I love on the hanger, only to try them on and realise that I look hideous!
Go on Your Own
Ladies enjoy shopping with friends, but if you want to do some serious clothes shopping, go alone. You can look solely in the stores you are interested in, and you won’t get a mix of different opinions clouding your view. If you like something, you should just buy it. You’ll get things done much faster too.
Always Keep Your Receipts
Make sure you keep your receipts. Even if you don’t think you’re going to be returning something. Some items aren’t made to a very high standard, and you can’t wear something once and find all of the detailing has fallen off. You have the right to return an item if this happens, so keep your receipts for a week or two afterwards so you don’t end up out of pocket.
There you go. Now you should be able to go shopping for new clothes without getting too stressed out and confused. Don’t let it get the better of you by using these tips! Have any tips of your own? I’d love to hear them in the comments section. Bye for now!
Looking to add a few pieces of jewelry to your arsenal? Gemstones are beautiful pieces of minerals that are cut, polished, and added to jewelry. Whether precious or semi- precious, gemstones are a great addition and can be found in just about any color, shape, or size. It’s the perfect way to accessorize and add personality to any wardrobe type.
However, before you head out to the nearest jeweler and begin selecting your pieces, knowing a bit about various types of gemstones and what to look for while you shop can certainly come in handy.
When it comes to determining the types of gemstones there are, it can be done several ways. Some of the most common ways in which gemstones are classified is by category, the method in which they are made, or by describing them as precious and semi precious.
Below is a list of gemstone categories and common stones chosen from each:
- Diamonds – the most common gemstone, diamonds are regarded as the most precious stones in the world and can be come in various colors and sizes.
- Corundum – this category consist of popular stones like rubies and sapphires
- Chrysoberyl – cat’s eyes and alexandrite
- Quartz – another popular gemstone category is the quartz. Common choices include the onyx, citrine, and amethyst stones.
- Beryl – Similar to quartz, the beryl category consists of stones like aquamarines and emeralds.
- Other – there are other categories for gemstones that might include jade, and organic stones such as pearls.
2. Creation Method
Another common way to classify gemstone is based on the method in which they are made. There are generally three categories that include genuine, created, and synthetic.
- Genuine – Genuine stones are created by nature alone and taken from the earth. Pearls diamonds, ambers are great examples of genuine stones.
- Created – created stones are those that are chemically designed to immolate genuine stones. These stones are typically not as expensive as genuine options.
- Synthetic – synthetic stones are also duplicates of genuine types but do not share the same chemical composition the created ones have. Synthetic materials generally consist of crystal, glass, and in some cases, plastic.
3. Precious or Semi Precious
The last commonly used method for classifying gemstones is by determining whether or not it has precious or semi-precious tones. The precious category was ideally reserved for four types of gemstones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, while semi-precious stones make up the rest of the bunch. Of all the semi-precious stones, some of the more popular choices include garnet, aquamarine, jade, and amethyst.
Gemstone Shopping Tips
Now that you have some of the basics down, you’re ready to begin shopping for your gemstones either online or in a jewelry store. When looking for gemstones, there are several qualities to look at – color, clarity, carat, cut, and setting type. Keeping these in mind will ensure that you get the best quality pieces at a decent value.
Color – Color is certainly up to you. However, the more popular choices for color include clear yet intense primary colors such as red, green, and blue. Rare or unique colors might cost you a bit more.
Clarity – clarity is important when purchasing gemstones. The clearer and more transparent the stone is, the higher in value it will be.
Carat – Like most jewelry, gemstones are sold by the weight which is measured in carats. Keep in mind that some stones are denser than others.
Cut – The cut of the gemstone is also a factor that is based on your personal preference. A good cut doesn’t necessarily cost you more, but can add a lot of beauty to a piece of jewelry.
Setting – When choosing jewelry a bit of diamond settings education goes a long way as well. ‘Stone setting’ essentially means the method in which the stones are placed into the jewelry pieces. Invisible setting is one of the more popular choices for necklaces, while channel setting is very popular for rings.
As you look for jewelry, it might also be helpful to consider the types of outfits you might wear them with. While costume jewelry with created or synthetic gemstones might be best for everyday wear, genuine stones and invisible settings might be best for formal wear. These gemstone basics and other jewelry buyer’s guides can certainly help you in selecting the best pieces to accent any outfit or occasion.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I just love fashion and shopping. I often make little lists, either in my head or on a piece of scrap paper, outlining the things I plan on buying. These might be items I’ve spotted on the catwalk, on Pinterest, or even on the street. I thought I’d share the most recent 10 fashion items on my ‘to buy’ list with you. Enjoy!
Chunky ‘Going Out’ Boots
I just love how chunky, rock chick-esque going out boots can change the look of a pretty dress or playsuit. Don’t get me wrong; I still love a good old pair of court shoes. However, these boots have stolen my heart. They just look fierce!
A Faux Mongolian Fur Stole
Imagining one of these around my shoulders sends me off into a long daydream where I’m sure I end up drooling like Homer Simpson. They look so luxurious and add such glamour to an outfit.
Pretty flats are the perfect alternative to heels, and the latest trend in fashion. They come in handy especially when your feet begin to hurt from all of the partying that takes place over the festive season. They can still look dressy, you just need to find a pair with a luxury finish. Designer shoes might cost a pretty penny, but they sure last a long time. I’m waiting until I find the perfect pair before I hand my cash over.
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A Festive Jumper
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and I plan on doing just that. I’ll wear my festive jumper with pride this month, whenever I feel the occasion calls for it. I can wear it shopping, to a family get together, out with friends. I may even need more than one to keep up with the demand.
A Sequinned Skirt
A sequinned skirt is a must this year, as I know it can make a more casual piece look dressed up. My festive jumper for instance, will look totally different paired with a sequinned skirt than when it’s paired with jeans. I’ll simply tuck it in and look like a Christmas angel (I tell myself)!
The 70s are set to make a roaring comeback next year, so I’m lusting after a pair of 70s flares. They look perfect when paired with a muscle tank and a choker.
A Metallic Co-Ord
Have you read the most recent ASOS magazine? Then you’ll know how fierce Taylor Swift looks in her silver co-ord! I want one just like this, and I just know it’ll see me through this month nicely. The thing I love about co-ords is that I can pair each piece with separate items too.
As mentioned before, a choker is the ultimate accessory this year. They don’t have to give you that ‘goth’ look though; you can get cute chokers in pastel colors. There’s a choker for everybody!
It goes without saying that I want a cute pair of ear muffs to keep my ears nice and toasty.
A Bomber Jacket
Lastly, a bomber jacket to keep me warm while looking cool. Perfect for the sports luxe trend.
What do you think of my ‘to buy’ list? Let me know!
Everyone is talking about them. Most of us can’t stop staring at them. Few of us would spend our money on them. But all of us would like to try a pair on in our size! Nick Cannon’s diamond slip-ons were certainly the center of attention on America’s Got Talent in September. They were hypnotic and dazzling. There was no way you could avoid noticing them. In fairness, most people found them vulgar. But the vulgarity was in the persistent poor taste of showing them off. They couldn’t be missed, so why arrange photo shoots?
Diamonds are, of course, the ultimate in class, elegance, and luxury, even on your feet. How you wear them is what defines you as classy or classless. Diamonds will always look good whoever wears them, but any persistence in ‘rubbing people’s noses in it’ will render you unpopular, not the gems. Some say they are a status symbol, others say they are a fashion accessory. Whatever your feelings on diamonds, very few of us ever go without a special piece of jewelry in our collections.
For a woman, earrings are a great way to bring glamor and sophistication to your ensemble. Whatever you are wearing, and however you style your hair, the brilliance of a genuine diamond will complete your look. For a big event, the real thing is essential. The way a real diamond catches the light cannot be beaten. Add a beautiful necklace diamond pendant for extra attention-grabbing sparkle.
There is a reason that engagement rings are usually diamond. Real diamonds last forever, like your partner’s love for you. The best gems feature virtually no imperfections, just like you. The clarity is high, like your husband’s clarity of mind to ask you to marry him. The heat to create a real diamond is the most intense you can find on this planet, which also represents the heat of his passion for you. And diamonds are expensive. You other half will need to spend a month’s salary to acquire your ring, which represents his hard work and sacrifice to win you over. Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a good diamond ring.
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There are many differing qualities of diamond out there but some of the very best can be found at high-end retailers, such as the Houston jewelry from Whiteflash. For beautiful engagement rings, you cannot beat designer diamond rings that feature the highest clarity and best cuts money can buy.
Every girl’s jewelry box should contain at least one diamond piece. Whether you choose a ring, earrings or a pendant, diamonds are definitely a girl’s best friend! Bracelets and ladies’ watches can also be beautifully elegant if they feature diamonds. While they may be more pricey, you cannot beat the effect genuine diamonds have on a piece of jewelry, or the lucky lady wearing it. If you have a good piece of jewelry, be sure to take it to a good jewelers for an insurance valuation. Diamond jewelry also makes for great heirlooms.
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut during the colder winter months of the year. We are often tempted to stick with what we know, rather than branch out and try some new styles and looks. Winter fashion and beauty can be bold and daring and you don’t have to sacrifice your own personal sense of style in the process.
Statement Jewellery Pieces
Jewellery can be a real conversation starter, and during the winter months it is a great way to accessorize oversized jumpers to make them look less bulky and more feminine. Gold jewellery is especially on trend for the winter months as it goes perfectly with darker clothing and looks really festive. If you have piercings, why not try rocking some edgy new body jewellery from PiercingMania. Earrings and belly-button jewellery really allow room for the exploration of different jewellery designs.
From time to time it really does pay to have a serious make-up clearout. Winter is the perfect time to make some new purchases and there are plenty of sale bargains to be had at this time of the year. Try using products with argan oil to keep your skin soft and supple this winter and create the perfect base for your makeup to be applied on to. Dark, smokey eyes are great for colder months of the year and can create a seriously sensuous look in just a few minutes. The Urban Decay Naked Palettes are perfect for creating on trend looks in record time and have been raved about by bloggers worldwide!
A Splash of Color
Just because the weather is cold, it doesn’t mean that you have to stick to dark colors in your wardrobe. Vamp up your style by adding a pop of colour. Try a bright necklace or a bag in an eye catching design to accessorize up with. You can find some great ways to match colors by looking online for color matcher tools and adapt them to suit your needs.
Decide whether you are looking for the perfect designer shoes to make a real statement, or a cheap and sensible pair to wear to the office. Some shoe fanatics have been known to plan their whole outfit around a good pair of shoes and consider them to be the most important part of creating a stylish look. Look out for warm but edgy boots to keep your feet dry this winter. A good pair of biker boots and some killer earrings would make for an excellent way to really stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons this season.
Owning Your Style
Whatever you choose to wear and wherever your style takes you this winter, remember that confidence is key. Be proud of who you are and what you wear and the rest will follow. Keep your skin clear and hydrated by drinking lots of water and not overindulging too much on the Christmas treats and your body will thank you for it this year.
Something many women lust after is thick, luxurious hair. Unfortunately, we aren’t all born with that kind of hair. It isn’t always easy to come by either! Getting extensions is an option, but they can be expensive and it’s difficult to find a good extensionist. These tips should help you to get fabulous hair without spending too much money.
Using heat on your hair can really take the shine and moisture out of it. Leave your hair to dry naturally when you can, and try not to use heated appliances on it everyday. When you must use heat, make sure you use a good spray to protect it.
Avoid Covering Hair in Product
Again, using too much product can be bad for your hair too. Take it easy on the mousse, hairspray and other products.
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Don’t Tie Hair Up Too Tight
When we can’t be bothered to style our hair, tying it up is a natural solution. However, you shouldn’t tie your hair too tight. This can cause your hair to become damaged and fall out, especially if you’re always putting it in the same place. Try tying it loosely and varying the height of the pony.
Rollers are a quick and easy way to get a great hair style. Just pop them in after drying, leave them while you do your makeup, then take them out for a lovely bouncy, wave.
Visit Your Hairdresser Ever 6 Weeks
People try to save money by not visiting a hairdresser, but you should visit one every 6 weeks to keep your hair in optimum condition. Get a cut and professional colour and you should notice a big difference.
Supplements such as Hairjelly can help if you’re struggling to make your hair respond to everything you’re trying. You can also try supplements such as multivitamins.
Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Eating the right food will have an effect on your hair. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, and lean meat. Food like fish and avocados are supposed to be good for the hair.
If you use cheap products on your hair, you’ll more than likely get a cheap finish. Investing in great, salon quality products is the key if you want your hair to look amazing. You’ll be surprised at what a difference they can make!
Don’t Wash Your Hair So Often
Your hair doesn’t need to be washed every day, or even every other day. In fact if you do this, you can make it more greasy as it becomes accustomed to frequent washing. Try to only wash your hair when it needs it. Some women don’t wash their hair at all. This sounds gross, but they use dry shampoo and their hair is in amazing condition.
Stressing out can cause hair to fall out. Take time to relax!
Try these tips and you won’t regret it. Leave a comment if you think they’ve worked for you!
Hair extensions are perfect when you’re looking for a bit of a change or when you weren’t quite quick enough to stop the hairdresser cutting your locks really, really short! Of course, like everything in a girl’s life, choosing the right hair extensions can be a tricky business. What length to go for? Clip in or flip in? Virgin or Remy? How is a girl to choose?! Lucky for you, I’ve got some hot tips to impart.
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For gorgeous locks it has to be Remy Hair. Also called Cuticle Hair, Remy is a collection of real human hair from a single donor, picked one strand at a time (I kid you not!). The cuticles all point the same way, which means they don’t tangle and they can be blended seamlessly with your natural hair. Since it’s real, you can abuse it in much the same way you would your own hair; dye it, straighten it, curl it and it’ll bounce back quite happily.
The best origin for your hair really depends on your background. Peruvian hair blends well with Caucasian textures, whilst Brazilian hair is a great match for Hispanic tresses. A good hairdresser will be able to advise you on the best match for you.
Now, how to fix it to your head? Micro-bead technology is really clever and ridiculously easy to maintain. Best of all, it doesn’t damage your natural hair. These babies connect to your hair with a little bead on the end of the extension, are happy to oblige any and all use of heat-styling appliances and last for up to four months. Of course they’re pricey, but beauty is pain.
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Not all human hair is as lovingly treated as Remy. In fact, you can get some really rather atrocious examples. A lot of the cheaper alternatives undergo machine processing that strip them of the cuticle, leaving them brittle, dry and prone to tangling. These guys do not take kindly to dying and heat-styling is a definite no no.
Glue in hair extensions definitely belong to the bad category. The glue used can cause your natural hair to break and the weight of the extensions has been known to cause actual hair thinning. Add to that the fact that you can’t get any conditioner or styling products on the glue or go anywhere near it with a curling iron and you’ve got one bad option.
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It really doesn’t get much uglier than synthetic hair. Artificially glossy, flame retardant and often heat resistant (no perfect curls for you) this really is a last resort.
You know what’s coming now right? Yep. Its the clip ins. Ignoring the fact that they are a pain to put in (they are) and that the clips hurt your scalp (they do) the main problem with this quick fix is that they tangle easily. Matted dreadlocks anybody? Even the most expensive hair isn’t enough to rescue the clip ins. More often than not, when you swish your flowing locks for all to see, everybody will also get a glimpse of the big old clips holding them in. Definitely ugly.
If you’re planning on having, or have had, breast augmentation surgery, one of the most fun things you can look forward to is planning your new wardrobe. After all, your body has changed shape, and you’ll probably find that most of your tops and dresses (not to mention underwear) doesn’t fit anymore.
But before you hit the shops, here are a few hints and tips you might want to consider while you are recovering from a breast augmentation.
Take your time
It can take a couple of months for the swelling in your breast or breasts to go down, so be patient. There’s no point spending a lot of money on new clothes, only to have to do it again once everything has settled down.
See what still fits
First, try on your old clothes to see what still fits and what doesn’t. If the fabric is pulling across your chest, buttons are popping open, or you’re getting gaps between the front buttons of a shirt, it’s time for some new clothes. But instead of throwing your old clothes away, consider donating them to a charity shop or organising a clothes swapping party with your friends.
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As soon as you think you’re ready, make sure you get measured for your new bra size. Most department stores and underwear shops will offer this service free of charge. And there’s no need to feel embarrassed, they have seen all sizes and shapes before! It’s important to get your bra size right so that you feel comfortable, and your breasts are well supported. This is particularly important for sports bras too as you will need some extra support.
Try on lots of different styles to figure out your new size – and to find out what flatters your new shape. If you’re used to wearing tight or low-cut tops, you may find that you now spill out of the top. So look for styles that accentuate your new bust without looking cheap or vulgar.
Avoid high necklines and double-breasted jackets as these can make you look top heavy. Also avoid fussy tops with ruffles or frills across the chest. Instead, try single-breasted styles or tops with a deep V-neck, which will elongate your body while also showing off your curves.
Take a friend – and a camera
Take a friend with you for a second opinion about your new clothes. It’s also an idea to have them take some pictures on your phone or camera, so you can see yourself from lots of different angles. Why not make a full day of it with lunch and some luxury beauty treatments too?
If your bust is bigger, but the rest of your body is the same shape, you may find it difficult to find one-pieces that fit. Instead, try bikinis or tankinis that allow you to buy different sizes in tops and bottoms. You may also want to go for a bikini top that has built-in support or underwiring.
Enjoy your new body
Most importantly, find new styles that flatter your new shape and make you feel great.
The excitement is almost palpable as you start to look in stores at engagement rings and browse online sites. Rows of sparkling stones set in precious metal, each one calling to you to be your lifelong choice to show your commitment to the one you love.
Unless you already have a very set idea of what you’d like your ring to look like, or you’re having a custom-made ring crafted, the selection can feel overwhelming.
However, take a deep breath and spend some time thinking before making a rushed decision; you don’t have to buy the first one you see and if you know a little more about the different styles available, you’ll have a better idea of how to narrow down the ones you’d like to try on before making one of the most important choices of your life.
The diamond solitaire is the most popular style for engagement rings. A simple band of perhaps yellow or white gold, diamond rings Houston by Whiteflash.com will certainly show you the reason why this style continues to be the number one choice for so many.
A solitaire diamond ring is designed to show off the beauty and rarity of a single diamond to its absolute best. It’s about seeing the facets glitter and sparkle in the light with it raised delicately above the finger. Owning a solitaire ring means you’ve chosen a design classic which will always look amazing alongside any other rings you wear – whatever their design.
A style which first became popular in the 1920s, Halo rings – and their statement cousins the Double Halo rings, are now the hottest design in town.
A Halo ring encompasses a tightly enclosed gemstone which is then surrounded by a ring of smaller stones, or in the case of a Double Halo, two circles and this statement ring will usually have a round or princess cut stone in the centre. Owning this style oozes undoubted sophistication and elegance.
Three stone rings
Three stone engagement rings are highly symbolic; they represent ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ and as well as being the perfect choice for an engagement celebration, they are also popular as eternity rings.
Three stone rings appeal to many people because of their general aesthetic look. They are also a practical choice for those who don’t want a particularly raised stone; often related to their working life where a stone set at height may become snagged in clothing or on equipment.
The range of three stone rings is huge and so there’s the opportunity to find one which has very personal appeal. Some are very simple designs with the stones cut in a clean-looking way and some are very ornate with the design extending to the band. There’s also the added option with a three stone ring to have all the diamonds the same size and shape in a row alongside each other of for there to be a raised stone in the middle which may be a different size or cut.
Choosing your diamond ring is a major decision so thinking about your lifestyle, your personal tastes and perhaps other jewellery you’ll regularly wear alongside it will all help you to hone in on the ring which really stands out. You’ll know exactly the ring for you when you see it catch the light in a way which outshines all the others around it – it really will be calling your name.
Lingerie: a sound investment or a waste of money? When you look at the lingerie market in the UK and beyond, it is easy to see why it is a million pound industry. Lingerie can make us feel confident and sexy, simply by slipping on a new pair of knickers. The emotions that are derived from wearing lingerie cannot be matched by other articles of clothing. For reasons that cannot be quantified, only lingerie can evoke unknown feelings in us that other garments simply cannot.
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If you are in desperate need of a lingerie overhaul, then look no further. Be inspired by satin, silk and lace and so much more:
Satin is, undoubtedly, the most feminine and luxurious of all fabrics and relatively cheap when compared to silk. Women find that they love the feel of the soft, sumptuous fabric against their skin and can make them feel invincible when they wear it. The great thing about satin is that it is great for everyday wear too as it is not only sexy, but comfortable and practical too. However, this type of fabric is probably best worn in the cooler, autumn and winter months as it can be a little clingy during the heat of the summer. Popular patterns for autumn/winter 2014 include polka dots in vibrant reds and dusky pinks.
Without a doubt lace is the fabric for the ultimate femme fatale. If you are looking for understated, sexy lingerie then stick with classic black lace. The key to lace is to keep it looking expensive, so black is perfect for this. Cheap lace looks exactly that, so stick to classic black tones for maximum impact. Opt for a plunge bra and French knickers for a killer look overall. While it may not be practical for everyday use, it certainly can add a certain je ne sais quoi to your weekend shenanigans.
Do not be fooled into thinking that cotton undies are solely worn by the more mature lady, there are some seriously beautiful cotton lingerie designs for spring and summer 2014. Imagine you are in a sweet shop, now imagine all the colours in that sweet shop; pastel hues, candy stripes, vibrant sherbets. It is enough to make your mouth water. Now imagine cotton underwear for this spring/summer season. Think pretty pastels in pinks and lilacs, vibrant sherbets in vivid lemons and vivid red tones, all adorning cotton undergarments. Most cotton underwear is adorned with pretty lace trims and satin inserts to make the lingerie look even more fabulous. If you are looking for comfortable, everyday, wearable lingerie, then you should be looking at cotton picks. Great quality designer lingerie and underwear should be enjoyed on a daily basis, not just on an as and when basis. Treat yourself to sumptuous cotton underwear and feel confident every day.
Forget Bridget Jones and those iconic, huge pants, slimming underwear can be seriously sexy too. If you feel that you need a little help in the slimming department, but still want to enjoy your food, then cheat! Invest in slimming underwear and you will feel wonderful. They come in a vast array of colours, bright and pleasant, coupled with beautiful designs; leopard print, Aztec and floral. There is a slimming pant of choice for you.