How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:


First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!


However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!


This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.




Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.


The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.


While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!

7 Summer Holiday Fashion Essentials

It’s almost here! We’re on the brink of Summer and for most people that means one thing – Summer Holiday! The soft, luscious sand between your feet, the hot sun warm against your skin and a cold cocktail in your hand. The only thing left to plan is keeping yourself looking fabulous for seven days straight on a 15kg baggage allowance. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. Here are your 10 Summer holiday fashion essentials.





They’re an absolute essential. Not only because they’ll protect your eyes from the sun, but also because you don’t want to be walking around squinting 24/7. It isn’t an attractive look. Luckily, you can go wild when it comes to fashion style with sunglasses. There are so many too choose from. From oversized to leopard print to My Little Pony. Remember, you only need 2 pairs, max.


Beach Bag

You’ll probably spend a lot of time on the beach while you’re away, and you’ll need a fashionable way of transporting your belonging to and fro. A beach bag should be able to hold important items like your purse, hotel room key, a bottle of water and a beach towel. This year, bird prints are the go to look.




Walking Sandals

It’s surprising how much walking you do while on holiday. Whether it’s just from the hotel to your beach or you decide to go on a tour of the attractions, you’ll need reliable foot wear. If the weather is hot, your only option is a sandal because you don’t want to suffocate your feet. Look for a sandal you’re comfortable in before jetting off.


Versatile Clothing

Every girl needs a dress that can be worn in the day and in the night. Sometimes all you need is a belt to make a huge difference. Take some clothing that you know can work for different occasions. For example, a skirt that can double up as beach wear and still look good for a night on the town. If you need to do this on a budget, take a look at some tips here –


The Perfect Bikini

Sometimes, all you need for your body to be Summer ready is the perfect swimwear. Take your time and search for a bikini or one-piece that’s flattering for your body shape. Take this quiz to find out what bikini you should be wearing.


Hair Accessories

Ever noticed how you prefer your hair more natural when you’re on holiday? Natural waves are a fashionable look while you’re away and you may find that all you need is a good hair clip or band to feel at your best. If your hair hates humidity, you may want to take some frizz ease products with you too.




When in Rome! While you’re away, you may notice the locals selling fashionable kaftans. Not only are they beautiful but they have a brilliant way of keeping you cool in the days and keeping you warm in the evenings. Pick one up as a treat for yourself.


Comfy But Not Frumpy: Looking Good at Home

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting at home, loafing around on the sofa, wearing your comfiest and ugliest clothes. Then, suddenly, there’s a knock at the door. There’s no telling who might be on the other side, and you look like you just rolled out of bed (which you possibly have). Or you’re seeing someone new, and you want to be comfy while they’re visiting, but you’re not ready to completely let your guard down just yet. Or maybe you just want to be comfortable at home without feeling frumpy. Even the most glamorous of people just want to be comfy sometimes, but how can you do it?


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Choose Comfy But Formfitting


Comfortable clothes don’t have to be shapeless. Sure, it’s nice to snuggle into an oversized hoodie sometimes. But other times, you don’t want to feel like you’re swimming around in something that’s much too big for you and hangs on you like a sack. It’s possible for clothes to be comfortable and for them to fit you well. Stretchy fabrics can be your friends here. You can wear clothes that hug your figure but still feel super comfortable and allow you to breathe. Think yoga and lounge pants and simple, stretchy tank tops. These items make great PJs, and they double up as outfits for lounging around the house too.


Go for the Cute Look


If you’re going to spend the day being a slob (which is your right to do occasionally), you might as well look cute while you’re doing it. At least if you have to answer the door to an unexpected visitor, you can own your laziness in the cutest way. If this is your goal, there are lots of cute onesies for adults that are perfect for this. Onesies have become a perfectly acceptable item for adults to wear, whether it’s when they’re lazing about at home or going on a wild night out. And why not? They’re warm and snuggly, and they’re fun too.


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Get PJs You Can Wear Outside


Would you be happy to wear your pajamas outside of the house, without anyone suspecting that you’re still in your PJs? If not, it might be time to rethink them. You can get lots of quality outfits for wearing to bed or around your home that are also perfectly acceptable for wearing in public. Just as long as you’re wearing them to the store, not to the office. The previously mentioned yoga pants and tank top work well, but there are other options too. You can even get away with a good pair of silk pajamas.


Wear Your Worn Clothes


Some clothes you buy for everyday wear eventually become a bit too worn for their original purpose. But they can still be great for wearing at home, giving you both the comfort and style you’re looking for. If you have clothes you’ve worn for a while, they might have become super comfy, if slightly less presentable.


Being comfortable doesn’t have to mean feeling frumpy, even when you’re at home. You can look and feel good too.

Fashion Hurts

Fashion. Style. Beauty. We love them; they enrich our lives, become a hobby, something we love and cultivate us. They’re like a pet almost, filling up our lives with color and interest… and just like a pet, they can bite us.


No one likes to think of the downsides of our enjoyment of these things, but they do exist. Sometimes, the best way of handling it is just to dig right down into the nitty gritty and find solutions – admitting it’s an issue is the first step, but the second is tackling it.


If you’re confused about how your love of fashion and beauty might be hurting you (and not just in terms of your wallet!), then read on – you might even find some fixes for problems you only just discovered that you had!


High Heels = Sore Legs




Shoes – for many of us, they’re the obsession that we just can’t quit… not that we want to anyway. There’s something about a long, high, stiletto heel that just gets the blood pumping.


Unfortunately, some of that blood tends to be circulating through your legs and feet – and they hurt like fire.


It’s not a given that high heels will be painful, but it is likely given the unnatural way you’re forced to walk. If you wear them too often or for too long, then the first sign of distress will come from the balls of your feet and your calves.


In the short term, magnesium supplements or baths are your best friend; their impact on muscles is detailed at . Try a home massager to try and soothe some of the aggravated muscle knots. If this is a chronic issue for you, then it might be wise to consult the likes of to ensure you’re not doing permanent damage to your muscles or joints. Oh, and wear flats every once in awhile!


Certain Makeup Ingredients = Upset Skin




If you find a makeup product that you love, it can be heartbreaking to realize it seems to contain a component that your body doesn’t agree with. You can find yourself breaking out, or just feeling a general sense of irritation and redness when you use the product.


It’s unlikely that you can change a product to suit you, but you can be more careful in the future. Compare the product you’ve reacted to to those you know are safe, and look for any ingredients only found in the problematic one. This should give you an idea of what to avoid in the future.


If you are dealing with a breakout because of a product, then treat it gently the same way you would any facial spots. Use cold compresses for the redness and under no circumstances should you pop them – no matter how satisfying you’d find it.


Shampoo = Irritated Scalp




There are many ingredients that can cause a scalp reaction, but the most common are SLS and sulfates. As these chemicals are being recognized as a problem more and more, there are plenty of alternatives on the market that don’t include them. Make the switch and see if it makes a difference to your poor scalp – it might even make your hair feel better, too!

4 Ways to Help A Beauty-Novice Friend With Their Style



Exercising your friendship muscle is always beneficial, and is necessary from time to time. Sometimes in order to show our friends how much we care, we need to let them know we’re there for them no matter what. If your friend has been through a rough time lately or is simply showing signs of low self-esteem about their style, helping them with the way they dress or groom can yield huge results for their life optimism.


This isn’t to say you should force a new wardrobe or lifestyle on someone, but subtly asking if you’d like to go shopping or go for a spontaneous makeover might be just what they need. Of course, just helping someone with a new style might not solve problems they’re facing, but it will let you know that you care about the way they feel day-to-day, and that’s important.


Follow this handy guide to help your beauty-unconscious friend feel like a million dollars.


  1. Go For A Spa Day


Beauty needn’t be a chore! Sometimes a spa day completed with manicures and pedicures is an amazing way to catch up and fully relax them for the rest of the points on this list. You can often find good deals for two friends attending the same spa, so be sure to make use of it and see what good your relaxing day out can accomplish!


  1. Help Them With Their Smile


Give your friend a genuine reason to smile by taking them to a specialist dentist and getting their teeth whitened. Make it a point that this is for the purpose of helping them smile about life, and they’ll more often than not get the point and go along with it, as well as thanking you for your efforts.


You can find frequently asked questions about teeth whitening here. It’s been proven that a better smile leads to happier moods, so with this, you’re showing your friend you’re always there to make them feel better. Plus you’ll both look fantastic at the end of it.


  1. Go To The Gym Together


Going to the gym together is an amazing way to feel better and fit your clothes in a shapely way. You’ll be less likely to neglect a session because neither of you will want to let the other down, but you’ll also find it easier to get through a gruelling session on the treadmill if your friend is there. This is a great way to naturally improve their confidence and show that you’re there through thick and thin!


  1. Take Them To A Salon


Sometimes a makeover is required, sometimes a new haircut is all it takes. Going to a salon helps you get among experts, as the staff will be well versed in all things beauty. Even if you’re the most style-focussed person, the opinion of someone who works in that field can be invaluable. It’s also a great time to have a good chat with your friend and feel incredible after you leave.


For the most part being a good friend is about being present, but showing you care in more tangible ways never goes to waste. They will thank you for being a super friend often, and maybe return the favor one day!


Better Than A Diet – The Slim Look With Less Hassle

So many women feel they are struggling with their weight. The trouble is, you might be well within your normal range for your height. So why do you feel you need to shed a few more pounds? The slim look is gorgeous, but it seems to be really hard to achieve. However, there are lots of secrets adopted by the It girls and celebrities to help create the illusion of that perfect silhouette. It doesn’t involve diets, and it’s much easier to stick to!


Dressing for your shape is one of the best ways you can create that beautiful slim look you’re working so hard for. We tend to forget that most of those bargain items of clothing look great in the store but aren’t necessarily flattering for our figure. Yes, supportive underwear can work wonders. No, you shouldn’t wear it all the time. Those special cocktail dresses you wear once a month are usually the only outfits you would wear them with.


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Instead, have a look in the mirror. There are plenty of websites out there to help you determine the shape you are most like. Generally speaking, the illusion of the perfect feminine form starts with the chest. If you’ve got plenty none of your tops will do you justice. If you are athletic in build, then you’ll find lots of tops are going to hang there and emphasize a smaller shape. What you need to do is find the right style of top. Start with the necklines that flatter your beautiful bosom the most. Don’t forget to try it with more than one bra!


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Some of us can get stuck in a rut when it comes to style. This can leave you looking a little older than you really are. Instead, check out new fashion outlets. If you’re not sure, stick with the promos, like the current Forever 21 deals so you can get a feel for something fresh. Sometimes a complete change of direction in your fashion choices can boost your confidence too.


If you genuinely need to lose a little weight, then don’t buy clothes that fit the size you should be. Flatter the shape you are today. You can always try a few of our little tricks to shred a pound or two. Love the body you have today. It can always be improved tomorrow if that’s the direction you want to go. Squeezing holiday weight into old clothes definitely won’t do you any favors so check out a couple of different items.


Your posture is the easiest thing to adjust and the easiest thing to alter your silhouette. Carrying extra weight can sometimes bring out the timid, shy you. This causes necks to shrink down as the shoulders hunch up. If you feel bloaty, you might leave your stomach to roll out. If you don’t hold your body correctly every day, your core will weaken, and your metabolism might slow down. So extend the neck and hold your head high. Adjust the derriere and hold that tummy firmly in place. Walk with confidence and love your body.


Easy Fixes For Most Embarrassing Beauty Woes

I think we all have at least one beauty woe which makes us cringe when we take a photo. In fact, you are mistaken if you think it’s just you having to deal with a beauty problem! But these woes can stop us feeling so confident when we go out. But you might be surprised to know that there are actually some ways to sort these issues before they take over your life! In fact, here are some easy fixes for women’s most embarrassing beauty woes.

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A lot of people are mistaken to think that only teens have to deal with acne. But it is actually something that can affect women in their 20’s, 30’s, and beyond! And it can prove a nightmare. In fact, it can make people lose confidence if they have to go out with a large spot! But while acne may prove a nightmare to get rid off, it is possible to fight the spots. The first thing you should do is head to the doctor to make sure it’s not a hormone issue. After all, if they are going askew it could be the reason, and you might need to go on the contraceptive pill to level out your hormones. Or it might be that your diet is to blame for your acne. After all, if you are consuming a ton of sugar, you will suffer from more spots. And a lack of water can lead your skin to get dehydrated which can lead to spots. Therefore, change your diet, and you might notice a difference in your skin. And remember you could always visit a dermatologist. After all, they can look into treatments to fix your bad skin.


Bad breath


There’s nothing worse than when you find you have bad breath. After all, it can be so embarrassing when you are speaking to others. You worry if they can smell it, and it can stop you being social. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. For starters, it might be worth cutting out smoking. After all, this could be the reason for your stinky breath! Also, bad breath is a sign of bad dental care. Therefore, it’s worth looking at increasing your brushing and using a good mouthwash. You might even want to consider getting a natural toothbrush from Miswak Club. It will kill any microorganisms in your mouth which are causing you to have breath. And it can ensure your teeth remain in good condition! And it’s worth changing your diet to cut out any strong foods which are making your breath worse!



Excess sweating


A lot of women fear excessive sweating when they are around other people. And a lot of the time they don’t know why they are ending up with sweat marks. For one thing, it could be down to your stressing. After all, anxiety can cause you to sweat excessively. Therefore, try and keep calm to keep it at bay. Also, your deodorant might not be strong enough. As it says in this feature, go for a super strong option which can stop the wetness! And if it still doesn’t go, it’s worth asking the doctor if you have hyperhidrosis; they can then give you a prescription antiperspirant!

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And when it comes to your hair, use an anti-dandruff choice to ensure the embarrassing white stuff stays away.


Step Back In Time With Vintage Style

It can be difficult to pull off vintage clothing. All too often we can find ourselves on the wrong side of eclectic and veering ever closer to looking a bit dated. Achieving a modern take on retro styles can be tough. But with some careful consideration and handy tips, anyone can master the vintage look.


Keep Costs Down


Vintage clothing can quickly become pricey. This shouldn’t be the case. One of the reasons people like the vintage style is that it harks back to a less materialistic time. You’re supposed to buy vintage clothes and treasure them forever, not throw them away. So make sure you buy a few pieces, sensibly. Avoid overspending by buying individual pieces rather than whole outfits. For instance, a great pair of boots that you know will work with jeans you already own. Or buy the crazy kaleidoscopic dress, as long as you already have a bag and earring to match. This way you won’t overspend, but you also won’t go overboard.


Giving a Subtle Nod to Retro Style


Speaking of going overboard, if you just want to dip your toe into the vintage trend, there are ways to do it subtly. Give a nod to the trend without going too far by recreating some classic makeup looks from the past. Pin-up girl curls and bright red lips are a retro makeup look inspired by the 50’s. Similarly, try pairing some costume jewelry from the past with a modern outfit that’s already in your closet. Lastly, try replicating the popular silhouettes of bygone eras rather than buying vintage itself. For instance, pencil skirts clinch the waist and hug your figure, just like a lot of 50’s outfits.


Step Outside Your Comfort Zone


Vintage clothing is all about embracing bygone eras and styles. Forget what you thought you knew about shape, style, and fit, and go with it. To truly pull off a vintage look you need to wear it with confidence. These clothes have withstood the test of time, so stand tall in yours!


Avoid Looking Like You’re in Costume


If you’re going all out with a vintage outfit keep your hair and makeup minimal. Remember you’re trying to recreate elements of the style, do everything at once and you’ll risk cheapening the look. Loose waves, ballerina buns, and slick straight hair are all great accompaniments to bolder looks. Pair your look with some modern accessories, this is another great way to bring this vintage style into your modern life. A contemporary handbag, fashion-forward sunglasses, or trendy high heels will all do the trick.


Age Perfect

Aging is something that concerns us all, whether we are in our 20’s or our 50’s. No one wants to look older than they actually are, and most us would like to skim at least a few years off our actual age. But how can we manage this? Read on to find out.




Now anyone that doesn’t think that the right makeup can make you look at least 10 years younger is really missing out. I’m not talking about a quick smear of BB cream here, though, but the more full face of makeup known as contouring.  


In a way, it’s like a non-surgical facelift because you use light and shade to reshape your face. If you combine this with a high-pigment foundation, you can cover over redness and blemishes very easily.  Giving you a flawless complex no matter what your age.






But makeup works best if the skin that you are starting from is in great condition, and there are treatments that we can use to ensure this is the case. The type of treatments available, varies widely from fillers at places like, to facials, to taking targeted vitamins to reduce the physical signs of aging.


Remember that none of these treatments is now usual for managing the effects of aging and you just need to research each option to find the one that will suit your the best.




You may not necessarily believe that the patterns that we had much to do with how old we look but they can have a bigger impact that you might think. Most seasons there are new colors and patterns that are in vogue, and keeping up with these can do a lot to accentuate your outfit and ensure that you avoid looking dated.


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You also need to think about the type of pattern that you wear, for instance, vintage flowers are still uber on-trend. But these can have an aging effect on some folks, so it’s best to avoid them unless you are rocking a garment with a, particularly modern cut.




As well as the color and patterns of the clothes that you wear, you also need to think carefully about the actual style and cut what you purchase. This is where it can get a little complicated as not only do you have all of the fashions to keep up with. But you also need to dress for your own comfort, and match the style of clothes to the body type that you have. Take a look at site like to find out more about the different body shape and how to dress them to your advantage.


Be careful here, of falling victim to trends and not tailoring what you are wearing to your age and body. As wearing the latest fashion can be very aging, not to mention unflattering if it doesn’t show off your figure to its best advantage.




Of course, whatever you do, one of the most important ways of looking good and feeling great is to have a good attitude. To this end, it is important to have a little fun with your look.


Treat yourself to some funky accessories or a bright lipstick. Rock a floral dress at 20, or a biker jacket at 60, and remember that rules are just a guideline to help you look your best. So there is no harm in breaking them, once in awhile, if the fancy takes you!


Dodge These Fashion Faux Pas

There are lots of little mistakes you can make that will bring your fashion score down a peg or two. For instance, one of the worst mistakes you can make is choosing clothes that don’t fit correctly. When you’re young your parents probably always bought you clothes a few sizes bigger because you’d grow into them. You need to shake that habit when you get older because now baggy clothes just make you look poorly dressed. Here are a few other fashion faux pas that you want to avoid.


Ouch, That’s Gotta Hurt


If you’re wearing clothing that looks like it might be cutting off circulation, it’s too tight to be deemed fashionable. You might want to show off your great body, but there’s a difference between drawing attention and flaunting your curves.


Knock Off No No


If you’ve ever traveled to somewhere like China, you might have thought about picking up some knock off designer clothing. It looks so good and can almost be mistaken for the real deal. Almost, not quite, and those with an eye for fashion can certainly tell the difference. It will lead to an embarrassing situation if you’re caught wearing it.


Mixing Styles


Mixing styles is always a bad idea. It doesn’t make you look like a trendsetter. It makes you look as though you know nothing about fashion or that you spent very little time choosing your outfit. Take handbags as an example here. If you’re dressed for a formal occasion, you shouldn’t be ruining the look by carrying a tote. You can find out all about the different styles of bag in the following infographic.


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