5 Fashion Staples You Can’t Do Without

It doesn’t really make all that much difference how much you consider yourself to be fashion-minded or not – there are certain items that no modern woman can go without. Knowing what these are, and how you might expect to make good use of them, can help you out massively when it comes to getting ready for a whole host of occasions in your daily life. Really, that is what we are trying to achieve here; it’s not about falling in line with certain trends or fashions, but using those ever-lasting staples which you can make great use of again and again. This is going to benefit you in a huge number of ways, and you will look great doing it, so it is clear that this is a good idea to at least bear in mind, Let’s take a look at some of the absolute staples of fashion which simply must grace your wardrobe at least at some point.

 

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Black Heels

 

There is no question that shoes are an important part of the whole ensemble for any occasion, and choosing the right shoe can often make a world of difference. One of the great things about this essential item – the black heels – is that they go with such a wide range of different outfits for all sorts of occasions which you are likely to come across. Another really big plus is that you only really need one pair, and that is likely to set you right for the foreseeable future. With a good pair of black heels, you will probably find that you feel complete much more of the time – and they also seem to have that effect of turning heads, too – something which nobody minds from time to time. Make sure you get yourself a decent pair as soon as possible, if you don’t already have one.

 

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Denim Jacket

 

This next one is the kind of item that seems to be perpetually in fashion. Perhaps part of the reason for that is that it can be used in such a vast number of different ways on all sorts of occasions. No matter what the outfit is shaping out to look like, it can often be saved or dramatically improved by the use of a well-placed denim jacket. Clearly, having some denim jackets in your wardrobe is going to be a life saver on many occasions, and it is also bound to be the kind of thing you can throw on when you don’t know what else to go for. People of all ages and styles successfully make use of this item, so it has to be considered an essential for your wardrobe.

 

Trench Coat

 

Although you might have an image in your head of what trench coat means, that is probably not what we are talking about here. If you are thinking long black thick and heavy, then that’s not quite the style we’re going for. Instead, we mean a light and waterproof trench coat, the kind which anyone can make use of as an essential part of their daily wardrobe. The great thing about this item is that it offers an easy way to be classically stylish, and at the same time you can use it to cover any outfit you like – no matter what, it is always going to do the expected job. If you don’t already have one, you might be surprised what a difference it can make if you do get hold of one.

 

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Cardigan

 

Warmth is always an important concern, and there are many ways to make sure that you have it with your items in your wardrobe. Arguably one of the best solutions around is the cardigan, however, partly due to the way in which it is pleasantly versatile, and partly because they tend to be so affordable that you could easily stock your cupboard with many of them and make a whole host of your outfits considerably more comfortable and in a sense much more complete. Using a cardigan in the right way really can make all the difference.

 

Jeans
If ever there were a timeless classic, the jeans are it. There is a good reason that these should be considered an absolute staple of any wardrobe: it makes no difference what your style is, or how old you are, or anything really, because the right pair of jeans is always going to look good, and they can even be used to complete a range of outfits, all the way from smart to casual.

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How To Be More Present In The World

The world seems difficult at the moment. People are warring, politics is harsh and terrifying, and it’s getting harder and harder to rely on our own instincts. A lot of us are starting to think that we need to rely more deeply on ourselves and our most innermost thoughts and instincts. Here are some tips on how to be more present in your everyday life.


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Observe People

One of the best ways to learn about yourself is to figure out the sort of responses that you evoke in other people. Consider how you can adapt your behaviour to make other people feel comfortable, and look at your own body language – are you smiling? Are you open, or are your arms folded over your chest? Also, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to fill quiet spaces all the time. Allowing yourself time to think and breathe is an absolutely crucial part of the quest to get to know yourself better. In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a character says “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” Although mindless chat is fun sometimes, remember that you don’t have to insert your words into every quiet space. Simply being is often enough.


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Learn About Psychic Abilities

You may believe in psychics, or you may not – they may be real, and again, they may not. No one can prove it – but one thing is for certain: they can change the way that you look at your life. There are some completely honest psychics out there and others who are crooks and who will use your body language and responses to find exactly what you want to hear. Are they telling your future? Nope. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will be revealed to you. Anything that interprets your personality in some small way can be used to reflect back on yourself, whether that’s a palm reader or a tarot reader – you can find tarot reading phone numbers online if you don’t want to track one down in your local area. Simply opening yourself to the possibility of learning about yourself will enable you to do so.


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Discover Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, but the truth is that you don’t need any workshops or fragrances or extensive literature to understand it. Rather, you just need to remember that being mindful means being present. It’s so easy to focus on your regrets from the past or your worries about the future but if we’re completely honest with ourselves, happiness can only be found in cherishing what we have in the moment. If you’re busy thinking about whether or not it’s going to rain tomorrow, you won’t notice the sun shining outside. If you find it hard to be present in the moment, then try meditation. You don’t have to do it for hours or twist yourself up into a pretzel doing a yoga routine. Instead sit still for five minutes and focus intently on your breathing. It might be hard at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will get.

 

Handbags Every Woman Needs

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Whether you’re an accessories lover or a minimalist, the handbag is a requirement that we just can’t avoid, at least until designers start making jeans with bigger pockets for women. Until that day, we will enjoy shopping for handbags as is our right – we need one for every occasion and every outfit after all. If you haven’t got at least one of each of the following, get yourself to the mall as a matter of urgency.

A chic clutch

A clutch is one of those bags you can always rely on when you need to look on trend. Big enough to fit the essentials in, but beautiful enough to suit most smart outfits, they’re a great go-to bag when you’re running out of the house on your way to a hot date, a girl’s lunch, or even just to the store. If you’re really lucky, you’ll have a day clutch and a night clutch – equally beautiful, but appropriate for totally different events.

An efficient fanny pack

Fanny packs aren’t the mark of the tourist dad anymore – there was even a few that turned up on the Spring Summer 2017 catwalks. A fanny pack combines everything that is important in a bag – usability and style – into one lovely package. Take a cute pink fanny pack on a night out and never worry again about losing your phone again, or pick a more tribal patterned one for a walk in the hills, so your hands are free for map reading – the possibilities are endless.

A cute tiny bag

The catwalks also saw the introduction of the Thumbelina bag for this season’s collection – a bag so teeny tiny that only a credit card and maybe a lipstick fits, and they make the perfect gift. While where you’re supposed to store your phone remains a mystery, they’re so pretty and cute it’s impossible not to need one.


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A roomy weekender

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Mary Poppins duffel bag is the go-to bag for anyone heading away for a few days. They don’t have to be ugly sports sacks anymore, with many of the top handbag designers seeing a gap in the market for beautifully spacious weekend bags in recent years.

A crossbody bag

Whether you’re heading out shopping, on a date, or sightseeing in a new city, a crossbody bag is a go-to handbag. You keep your hands free, they’re secure, and they’re big enough to fit in your wallet, phone, keys and a guidebook. If you’re not lucky enough to already own a crossbody bag, make it your next treat.

A structured tote

Big enough for carrying your laptop, work papers, and everything else that women want to keep in their handbag, the structured tote is a great day bag for carrying to and from work, out shopping, or basically anywhere. They look smart without looking too glam, and should be a staple piece in every woman’s wardrobe.

A statement piece

Sometimes we don’t want our grown-up, sensible handbag. Sometimes we want a talking point, a center piece, and a focal point of our handbag. From guitars to mouths, statement handbags come in every conceivable design, and they’re a really fun way to add an edge to your look.

Handbags are for life, not just for Christmas, but we really do have a use for every single one!

Buying Fashion Gifts For Your Friends


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Regardless of occasion there comes a time that we need to get a special gift for a good friend.  Buying presents is often far better than receiving them so taking pride in what you buy is really important.  

 

Most groups of friends are made up from a mixture of very different people and that means a variety of tastes and styles which can sometimes make buying a fashion gift a little bit tougher.  You need to really consider if your bestie is going to appreciate that stunning black shirt or if putting it against her pastel pop wardrobe, it’s never going to get worn.  Or if your idea of the perfect punk rock chic, studded skirt is going to ever get an outing from your reserved, fashion introvert.  

 

Accessories are a really good place to start as their are so many twists on the seasons trends, incorporated into various bags, bracelets and statement necklaces.  Plus there is opportunity to get very personal.  If you are looking for a super special gift there are a brilliant range of diamond bracelets on the market which can look subtle and elegant or be rocked up to look edgy and cool.  You may be looking for a smaller gift so check out the elegant range of choker necklaces that are bang on trend right now.  

 

It’s hard to imagine going wrong with a basic white tee or a little black jacket.  Either can be dressed up or down and can be switched up by adding other items to the mix.  Depending on your friend you could consider going for a typographic shirt with a big bold statement on the front.  Or even a logo shirt with an old classic rock band or brand.  Tshirts are a good place to start because even if they aren’t worn every day, they are useful to have in the drawer for chilling at home.

 

What about something high on trend for the home?  Fashion doesn’t start and finish in your closet.  You don’t have to be completely up to date with their style, just a simple collection of candles in a colour you know will fit their home.  You could consider buying a beautiful throw or some designer cushions.  If you know your friend really well why not surprise them with a stunning artwork.  If you are confident you understand their taste this can be a really special gift to give and will be displayed in their home to remind them of your friendship everyday.

 

Be thoughtful and don’t get caught up buying for you or giving something you would like.  This is about making your friend feel special and appreciated.  A gift box of their favourite make up is another great idea.  Make sure everything is wrapped beautifully or in elegant bags, part of the fun of these surprises is gently peeling back the paper or removing the bow.  

 

Take time to appreciate your friends and let them know you appreciate having them in your life.

Upgrade Your Accessories


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We put so much focus on to what we have in our wardrobe that sometimes we can forget one of the most simple rules followed by one of the most stylish women in the world, Coco Chanel.  It’s not about what you wear it’s how you style it.

 

Simplicity in your outfit, such as black skinny jeans and a basic white tee, is like setting a blank canvas and gives you a brilliant base to go wild with accessories, which will give you the edge on all your fashionista mates whilst being elegant and cool.

 

Because a statement necklace or a costume ring can have so much influence on your chosen look, it makes sense to invest a little more than the average high street brand and whilst all these looks can be mimicked on the high street we thought we would take a look at ways of upgrading your accessory basics.

 

One of the most elegant looks with a twist of contemporary, is silver jewellery.  Investing in a solid silver bangle or delicate long chain can make a subtle impact to what you wear.  You can take this a step further by looking at a silver, diamond ring which will add a little sparkle to your life too.  Check out Tiffany and Co Review to make sure you know what to look for and familiarise yourself with the brand before investing in this iconic, beautiful bodywear.  

 

As mentioned earlier Chanel was the master of up styling a basic look.  She opted for multiple length strings of pearls.  Her signature look was little black everything with beautiful light pearls draped around her neck or over her wrist and it was a stunning contrast.  From earrings to strings and all that is in between get to a specialist such as Tara Pearls and find your own version of this incredible style.

 

A watch can be more than just a timepiece, some brands such as MB&F create little works of art for your wrist.  You can’t go wrong with a simple chain link watch though in cool stainless steel or yellow or white gold plate.  Rolex offer a pretty pricey, but once in a lifetime, range of watches although there are quality brands with a lower price tag.  For a bold statement look at going with a mans watch.  Whilst they are larger than most women wear, the chunky size can look awesome on a delicate wrist.

 

Handbags are often overlooked but are a really great way of saying “Hey world, I’m here” Go super luxury with Hermes or look at smaller brand handmade leather totes.  The attention to detail within quality made stitching makes for a sharper, more classy look.

 

If you go for a few carefully chosen, luxury pieces, you can mix them up with high street favourites for a really great look.  Quality does pay and can also help make a more economical jean look like a designer staple.  It’s about distracting the eye and delivering the ultimate cool.

 

So invest in your collection and be the envy of all!

 

Ready For Your Close Up? How To Take The Ultimate Selfie


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Since the rise of social media it appears the world has all become a little bit narcissistic.  That’s not a bad thing, according to experts being on the narcissistic spectrum is perfectly healthy, it means we have confidence in ourselves and want to promote our best assets.  However there is an end to the spectrum that you don’t want to find yourself on, the self obsessed end!

 

Whilst Instagram and Twitter are packed full of images which promote our lives in the best light of all, you don’t see many images of your friends in the morning after a terrible night out or snap shots of them spilling soup down their tie at lunch because they are having a difficult hump day, most of us manage to find the happy balance between snapping a great shot and becoming completely obsessed with perfection.

 

If social media is ruling your life then you need to master the art of it’s biggest craze, the selfie.

 

Taking a selfie doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just spin the camera around and click.  However, there are lots of factors to consider if you want to look your best and not end up posting shots that widen your face, allow people to see up your nose or make you look like you have a double chin.  Easy when you are in control, not so much when your friends grab you together for a quick shot.

 

Would you believe there is even a photography course on the art of the selfie? No, neither could we, but it exists.  So we grabbed some tips from the professionals and thought we would share them with you.

 

Aim low!

 

No not in your standards, we are talking camera angle.  If you shoot from a higher angle pointing down onto your face, you will give the appearance of a slimmer face and even reduce the size of some of your features.  Don’t go too high or you will draw focus to your forehead.  You want to catch your eyes and that will become the focal point of the image.  

 

Don’t duck face!

 

The craze of duck face seems to be the order of the day but don’t fall victim to it’s allure! Instead opt for a delicate smile or better still, show some teeth.  Just make sure they are nice and white! Although if they aren’t, you can fake it!

 

Check your surroundings.

 

There have been some incredible selfie fails due to a dirty bedroom or unwanted feature behind you.  When snapping a selfie remember to choose a good environment.  The internet can be pretty unforgiving of a dirty bathroom.  Opt for a nice plain coloured wall and use it to keep the focus on your face.

 

Fake it!

There are hundreds of apps on the internet which can improve the quality of your photos.  From Facetune where you can smooth out your skin and brighten your eyes, to instagram where you can add filters and edit like a pro!

 

Have fun and enjoy yourself.  This craze seems set to stay!

Valentine’s Day – What to Wear?

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you are wondering what to wear this year, I have two stylish outfits to help you decide.

I was inspired by AUrate to show you some perfect accessories to add a little extra to the outfits

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Maybe you’re going out to a nice dinner with your love, or maybe getting fancy with your girls. Either way, a Little Black Dress and pair of red heels are perfect for a fun Valentine evening out

Add a little extra to this outfit by pairing it with a gold necklace, ideas pictured below.


Black Stones Choker by Au Rate


Crossover Necklace by Au Rate

Simple Chic – 


Maybe you like to be a little more on the comfortable side. I love pairing a shirt dress with leggings, and comfortable flats. In fact, this might be my outfit for this Valentine’s Day! I love this one, with cute, red lip prints; a perfect design for this occasion. 

A shirt dress would also pair wonderfully with a necklace like the one suggested below.


Reverse Radiance Necklace by Au Rate

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! 

I’d love to see your Valentine or AUrate inspired outfit, use the hashtag #LeopardPrintLindsay on Instagram or Twitter to share them!

Hell’s Angel: How to Rock the Biker Chic Look


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Do you salivate over Sons of Anarchy? Think bikers have the best wardrobes? Don’t worry about what others think and give your wardrobes a biker chic makeover today.

 

Bikers are known for being down and dirty, but you can actually elevate biker chic to the level of flirty, feminine haute couture with an edge by making a few good wardrobe decisions. If you would like to embrace your inner Hell’s Angel, here’s what you need:

 

Bold Femininity

 

Biker chicks are not shy about asserting their strength or their femininity. Think of the biker babes in Sons of Anarchy for example. They always look well made up, and they aren’t afraid to flaunt their figures in tight leather trousers and even tighter corset tops. So, if you want to be a true biker chick, you need to embrace your body and be unafraid to flash a little bit of flesh.

 

Black

 

Black is the biker uniform, and although you do not need to wear only black, if you want to create a chic biker look, black should be your foundation. Jeans, dresses, tops – they all look better in black when you’re riding on the back of a motorcycle. But don’t be afraid to throw in some gray, red or even bold prints (leopard print is particularly appropriate).

 

Accessories

 

When it comes to accessories, bikers of both sexes prefer silver, metal, and iron. Silver skull earrings and an iron cross ring, for example, will give you the perfect biker look in a pinch.

 

In terms of bags and purses, you can’t go wrong with a classic black leather look. Bowling bags and purses featuring tattoo artwork are also a popular choice that will look good with your biker chic wardrobe, too.

 

Leather

 

Leather is a big part of any biker’s wardrobe, not only because it helps to protect them should they take a tumble from their Harley, but also because it just looks so cool and dangerous.

 

As a minimum, you should purchase a vintage leather biker jacket, at least one pair of tight leather trousers and some good leather boots, if you want to create a credible biker chic look. Extra points if your leather clothing also features the tell-tale sign of a biker – metal studs.

 

Lots of Liner and Lipstick

 

Although many lady bikers go minimal on the makeup, if you are the kind of gal who likes to be fully made up before you step out of the house, invest in a good liquid liner, in the blackest shade you can find and the perfect shade of red lipstick for your tone to create that rebellious biker look.

 

Tattoos

 

Tattoos are not necessary, but if you’re looking to get inked anyway, it will certainly enhance your biker chick credentials. Most bikers chicks favor hearts, roses, pin-ups and your classic tattoo style. If you like the idea of tattoos, but you don’t want to do anything permeant, you could consider a temporary tattoo as more women are flirting with temporary skin art than ever before.

 

More important than your wardrobe, if you want to be a convincing biker chick is, of course, a care-free spirited attitude and that is something that won’t cost you a single penny!

 

Sue Surdi Designs


I am so happy to be introducing you to Sue Surdi, jewelry designer. Sue designs her beautiful line in Nashville, TN and has provided pieces for some Country Music entertainers, as well as MMA fighters and more.

Her line is so edgy and beautiful, and she has such a great variety of items. From necklaces to bracelets, earrings and more.

She adorns each piece with a lotus bead, the logo and symbol for her business.

The necklace she provided for this feature is so classic, yet has that perfect funky flare. The fresh water pearls mixed with the chain give this an elegant, but laid back style.

I really like how she incorporated her business name in the button closure.

Sue displays her pieces, shares shop news, as well as special discounts on her Instagram. Her business can also be found on Facebook.

I hope you check her out, let her know I sent you!

Give Your Outfit The ‘X’ Factor Everyday

Some people say that what you wear doesn’t matter, and of course, what’s on the inside is extremely important. However, your outfit can actually impact the ‘inside’. Some people don’t realize that the clothes they wear have a big impact on their mood. Wear lounge clothes all day? You’re probably not going to get much done. Wear an outfit that makes you feel empowered? You’re probably going to boss the day! These tips will help you to give your outfit the X factor everyday, so you can look and feel great.

 

Enhance Your Shape

If you want to give your outfit the x-factor, one thing you can do is ensure it enhances your shape. If you have curves, show them off! Wear a waist belt, or a tight fitting top. If you don’t have as many curves as you’d like, you can still create them by choosing your outfit intelligently. You can create all kinds of optical illusions with the right pieces and accessories.

 

Make Sure You Feel Comfortable and Confident

Make sure that in whatever you wear, you feel comfortable and confident. Don’t wear something just because you think somebody else will like it – it needs to feel like ‘you’. You need to feel comfortable and confident in this outfit, or you won’t slay the day like you should.

 

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Tell People Something About Yourself

With your outfit, do your best to tell people a little something about yourself. Maybe you could choose a slogan T, or wear a pair of patterned tights. You can give people insights into your personality this way. If you’re a classy, demure person, show that off. If you’re fun and bold, show that off. There are no rules, but dressing is a really fun way to express yourself!

 

Wear Jewelry That Tells A Story

Make sure you wear jewelry that tells a story too. Maybe you could wear a sentimental piece, or something that you feel suits your features. Looking at jewelry manufactured by elf925 could give you a good idea of what you want to wear when putting your outfits together.

 

Include a Funky Pattern Or Bold Color

One way to really give your outfit some interest is to include a funky pattern or bold color. This could really perk up your outfit and make it stand out. If you’re wearing a whole black outfit, how about a brightly colored coat to finish it off?

 

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Experiment With New Styles and Items

One of the worst things a person can do is always stick with the same style and items. While it’s a good idea to have your go-to pieces, make sure you experiment with new styles and items too. You’ll have a lot of fun and might just find lots of new things that you love to wear.

 

Don’t Follow The Crowd

Don’t feel tempted to follow the crowd. One of the best things that makes an outfit is you! Your own unique twists and preferences. Rock your own style and don’t worry about what anybody else thinks.