Fantastic Fashion Gifts Which Won’t Fall Flat

Buying clothes or fashion accessories as gifts is always a risk. Fashion is, after all, a personal matter. Even when we think we have a good grasp on what someone likes, they can surprise us. And, we’ve all been on the receiving end of a clothing gift which fails to hit the mark.

But, if you have a fashion fanatic friend, it seems a shame to skip the massive gift potential of their love. If fashion is their favorite thing, no other gift will make them as happy. It’s a dilemma, and a difficult one to get around. But, with a bit of clever thinking, there’s no reason fashion gifts have to be off the cards forever. These suggestions should ensure your fashion foray pays off.

Shopping Trip Suggestions

 

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The chances are, you and your fashion conscious friend go clothes shopping together often. So, they probably won’t think anything’s amiss if you suggest a shopping trip in the lead up to their birthday.

But, while they think this is the same as any other trip, you can get your detective head on. When shopping with other people, we get the ideal opportunity to understand the ins and outs of their style. Take note, not only of what they pick up but also what they say about it. Most of the time, we self-censor while shopping. So, the chances are they won’t buy every item they like. If you listen hard enough, you’ll be able to return to buy the things that didn’t quite make it into their shopping cart.

It’s also worth taking this opportunity to get an idea of their size if you aren’t sure. Buying something that’s the wrong size could potentially ruin your thoughtful gift.

A Personal Touch

We all love a personal touch, especially when it comes to fashion. As such, you can’t go wrong with personalized pieces as gifts. The thought behind presents like these ensures they win a place in the heart of anyone who receives them. And, keeping things simple means they can work with any style. Something like these engravable bar necklace options are neutral enough to work with most outfits. You can be sure that a piece like this will become a staple of anyone’s style. Similarly, you could personalize bracelets, bag chains, and even earrings.

The Personal Shopper Experience

 

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So, you want to cater for your friend’s love of fashion without actually buying them clothes? There is, after all, a lot of risk involved. And, wouldn’t it be better to let them buy something they picked for themselves?

Most people following this train of thought would opt for gift cards. But, we’d advise against it. In many ways, gift cards reek of no effort. Instead, you could go down the alternative route of a personal shopper. In most cases, you pay for the shopper and invest a certain amount of money for your friend to spend. It’s an amazing experience that is sure to be a once in a lifetime!

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Looking For A Killer Style? It’s All In The Bag

In 2013, bags became the main attention of fashion designer Adnan Bayyat who created a flamenco-style dress from 1,000 used carrier bags. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/eco-chic-designer-creates-dress-out-902358 The talented designer came up with the idea to raise awareness about recycling bags. The result is both dramatically elegant and also eye-opening. Who would have thought that plastic bags could also become a fashionable item? But more to the point, bags play an important role in fashion: They bring the outfit together and give it an unmistakable stylish accent.

Style is in the bag

 

#1. Fashionable under the sun

Fashion is a matter of trends. But style is infinitely more subtle and lasting. Style completes your outfit and turns clothing choices into effortless chic. Consequently, using bags as a stylish element can change your outfit in the most suitable way to your situation. If you’re traveling on holiday, there’s nothing like a picking the perfect travel bag or a suitcase to send the right vibes. A neutral, leather bag will be the perfect timeless accessory that can turn your 4 AM flight into a catwalk show. To avoid complications, make sure that you choose a bag with plenty of pockets inside so that you can travel in style and keep everything tidy at the same time. Stylish and messy simply doesn’t work!

 

#2. A busy woman in town

Urban lifestyle requires an urban outfit that is elegant and pragmatic at the same time. This naturally starts with your choice of bags, going from trendy to practical, here’s a great selection of crossbody bags that can be either very small for those who just need a wallet and a phone, or large for women who like to carry a lot of things. The advantage of the crossbody bag is that it’s ideal for a trip in town: It’s pretty much theft-proof with its zipped pockets and its proximity to the body, but it remains elegant at the same time.

 

#3. Back to business

Only one month left before the back to school and back to business feelings take over the fashion trend. There’s still time for you to get the perfect office accessory: An elegant women’s backpack, that lets you carry everything you need at work without looking like a schoolgirl at the same time. From a lunchbox to a notebook, working in an office requires you to carry around a lot of items. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t keep it stylish and practical. A neutral-looking leather bag is the perfect, timeless solution for the chic office businesswoman.

 

#4. A touch of luxury for the evening

Going out in the evening means that you need a decent evening bag that can turn an elegant outfit into the evening wear that can turn heads. You will need a small clutch, as there are naturally fewer things that you need to carry on a night out: Your phone, your wallet, and your keys are all you need. There’s one thing you need to pay attention to: Step away from neutral color schemes. When going out, your bag is the eye catcher that changes your outfit from day to night. Silver and gold are brilliant choices for a touch of luxury. Pink and red work too and add a hint of glamor, if that’s what you prefer.

 

In the end, bags turn fashion into style. Pick the right bag for the situation, and you’ll always look stylish and fashionable. Get it wrong, and the rest of your outfit will not be enough to save the day.

 

The Enchanted Envelope 


If there’s one thing I greatly enjoy, it is beautiful stationery.  I loved connecting with one of the owners of The Enchanted Envelope and seeing all the beautiful pieces they could create.

This is a creative, Father/Daughter ran business. Mandy’s father, Sam learned all he could the various printing methods, as well as all the differences between paper.

He got the business started, and when his daughter, Mandy, and her husband had their own daughter, she helped him bring the business to Etsy!

They work wonderfully together as a team, and love that The Enchanted Envelope is a family focused business. 

They love working to create fun pieces for their customers, and specialize in personalized pieces. The quality of their products are very high, you can see and feel their hard work in each piece.

I am in love with the sets they created for me, and can’t decide which printed card is my favorite, the Leopard Print Shoe or the Floral Print Flat Card

I really like the formal look of the Gold Foil personalized card, as well as the Embossed Panel card. Both of these pieces would work perfectly for any type of client driven business. What a professional look to send a thank you, or just a “keeping in touch” note on. 

The Enchanted Envelope also specializes in a variety of other gorgeous home and office products! This would be the perfect Etsy shop to get wedding invitations, baby announcements, thank you cards, and really anything you can think of.
Their Instagram account showcases the variety of products with stunning, clear pictures, and they are quick to respond with any questions. I hope that you will check them out for your next home/office needs!

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

LBD Style –


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!

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!

Lettuce Turnip The Beet In Your Kitchen

 

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Ok, maybe we have gone one pun too far here, but stick with it.

Getting creative in the kitchen is definitely in fashion.  Whether you cook from the heart or get all scientific with your style, the world is enjoying more and more time in their kitchens and less time in restaurants.

 

Soul food is a real passionate and loving cuisine which comes from Africa.  Although the western world has now adopted the phrase and created their own versions. For us it evokes a feeling of warmth and love.  Regardless of what country you are from, it is almost certain your culture will have it’s own version of food made from the heart, for the heart.  Neo soul food is the latest to the party.  With diabetics, the health-conscious and traditional all being catered for.  

 

You don’t need a kitchen full of technology and gadgets to produce a meal to warm the soul.  Simplistic cooking is the order of the day and as a result the utensils required are fairly basic in nature.  A good quality set of knives are every budding chef’s best friend.  Weight and size will depend on you and everyone’s idea of the best tool for the job is different.  Check out this fantastic read for advice on purchasing the most important object in your kitchen.  Then grab yourself a chopping board and you are already on the way to becoming a culinary king.  Check out our earlier post on how to eat amazing food too.

 

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Deep, rich flavours are key.  Imagine the cooking of your grandparents or your mum.  It should be as much about smell as it is about taste.  It is the kind of meal that you eat propped up in the kitchen whilst talking to friends, or that you make yourself on a cold winter’s night as you sit watching an old film under a blanket.  For the original soul don’t think health kick here.  Starch, fat, cholesterol and calories are the unfortunate additions to most of these dishes but don’t let that put you off.  A little bit of bad can be good, right?  If you don’t agree then the Neo soul food recipes see coconut oil and turkey used over the more traditional butter, steak and pork.  Also you can tweak the cooking methods of most recipes.  Trying to cut portion size will also help but sometimes you just have to let yourself have a blow out and when food is this delicious? It’s hard not to keep going.

 

For some exciting recipes check out this link then get cooking.  Most importantly remember that this is a textual experience too.  Soul food isn’t for plates.  It needs to sit in a bowl which you can cup in your hands and treasure the warmth.

 

Soul is something with a beat, with a passion and with a purpose.  So turn up the beat in your kitchen and serve a little love in up to the people you treasure.

 

Three Lakes Design


I am so excited to introduce you all to Three Lakes Design! This Etsy shop is ran by April and Sydney who create such classy, beautiful, and simple jewelry. 

These ladies are both awesome moms and love their families. They enjoy using their shop as a way to raise Autism Awareness, and $1 from each sale goes directly to their cause. 

Besides adorable bangles, they also design a variety of necklaces, all of which can be customized or personalized.

This “Wifey” bangle is such a fun piece to add to many outfits. It is light, beautiful, and easy to put on. 

Their simple hook closure is very easy to open and close, and stays closed all day. 

Their items are made with a variety of gold and silver metals, and plated metals.

Three Lakes Design has a variety of fonts and birthstones they use to create a beautiful piece, that is meaningful to you or a loved one.

They showcase their items not only on Instagram, but on Pinterest as well. 

I hope you will consider them for yourself, family member, or friend. Their pieces would also be perfect for any Bridal Party!

Thank you April and Sydney for the amazing support!

Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Tips To Keep In Mind When Getting Cash For Luxury Items

Every once in awhile, we look for ways to make a little bit of extra cash. It might be that a credit card bill has come in and we are taken aback by how much shopping we’ve done. It may be that we need medical treatment our insurance won’t cover. Maybe we’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime date. One way or another, we know we need some extra cash.

If taking on an extra job isn’t practical and we don’t want to take on additional debt, it becomes a matter of seeing what we can sell. This, obviously, may not be too easy. Think of the highest value items you have, and they’re probably things you need. You’re not going to sell your house to raise quick cash. You might sell your car; but if you’re using that to get to work it fast becomes a false economy.


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Only Sell What You Can Afford To Part With

The key to selling off possessions and property is to bear in mind not just their value in the present, but in future. For example, if you own real estate that you lease out, it may be a way of making a quick, large cash income. However, you need to look at your monthly budget. Without that rental income do the sums add up? If not, is there anything you can cut from your monthly spending?

The high-value items you can afford to sell are the luxuries. The things you love to have, but don’t need. Expensive watches, shoes you love but have never worn – that kind of thing.

Don’t Sell To A Pawnbroker If You Can Help It

If you’ve thought about selling your possessions before, then a pawnbroker has possibly seemed like the logical way. They’ll give you cash, and you can walk away the same day. But the truth is, you’re never going to get a good price from a pawn shop. They may make for entertaining TV shows, but they want to make a profit. So when someone is keen to sell, they’ll take advantage of that.

If you’ve got an expensive watch that you know has a high value, check online. Google “how much can I sell my Rolex for” and other related terms to find ideas. Talk to experts and find the best price, not the quickest.

Only Sell To People With Credentials

Putting your items up for sale online can pay off for you, but you need to be careful with who you are selling to. One of the disadvantages to using free ads is that anyone can read them and they have the upper hand. You’re going to need to see that they can fund the purchase before you agree to part with the item.

In selling something like a watch or a piece of expensive jewelry, find out if they have business premises. They should if they are selling big-ticket items.

Don’t ever sell to someone who asks to meet you at a neutral location. This is a common trick that scammers use – if your buyer is legitimate, they’ll know this and understand your reticence. Most importantly of all, only ever hand over the item once you’ve agreed on a price and seen the money.

Staying Stylish From Head To Toe: How To Have All Bases Covered


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Fashion can be a bittersweet interest. Not only do you want to look good in what you wear (and often feel comfortable too), you want to be able to feel as if you’re wearing the style well and staying ahead of style. Trends might come and go, but there are also so classic fashion staples that never go out of style. When you stick to what you know, what suits you and what you feel your best in, your style will always be on point. But, it never hurts to boost your look whenever you get the chance. If you feel like ensuring your look is polished from head to toe, covering off these go-to areas should help.

Stay Supported

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that your outfit is supported as best as it can be by your underwear. If you’re not wearing the right underwear, it can often show and sometimes spoilt your finished look. So, when you pick out and outfit, you need to try it on beforehand with different kinds of underwear. And, if you haven’t got a style that suits, it’s time to head out to the lingerie department of your favourite store and pick up the perfect set. True style depends on it!

Cover Up

Then, taking us from the bottom straight to the top, we’ve got to talk outwear. Sometimes, you can ruin a really good outfit with a pour jacket choice. When you’re planning an outfit, you can often think of dresses or tops and pants as the entire package, but in reality, they’re the bread and butter. You need to make sure that whatever you’re wearing alongside your clothing choices not only work with them but set them off in style.

Swim Prim

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of heading to the pool when you’re at home, on vacation, it’s usually always a feature activity. So, you need to make sure you give your swimwear as much attention as you would the rest of your wardrobe. And no, that doesn’t mean just picking out a pretty bikini or swimsuit – you need to think of the entire package. That means shoes, bags and other accessories, along with coverups, hats and sunglasses are included! Every item counts.


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Live And Lounge

Outside of the house, you can often feel like a different person to when you’re at home and in your sweats. And that might be okay for some, but what if you were to get an unexpected visitor, or you had an emergency and you had to go out – wouldn’t you want to look your best? When you’re at home, it’s understandable that you want to be comfortable, but you can be stylish at the same time. When you’re lounging around, invest in chic and cozy loungewear, like styles made by Vanilla Night & Day lingerie, to feel good and look it too.

Sleep Tight

Similarly to lounging around the house, you’ve also got the option to stay fashion-conscious when you sleep. Again, the comfort factor is important here, but there is a wide range of nightwear options that look incredible and will facilitate your sweet dreams. Pajamas don’t have to be ugly, they can be chic, cute, or anything you want. And if you’re on a style hunt, it would seem silly not to cover off your sleepwear.

Hose Away

When you put an outfit together, you can often come to terms with correcting your underwear issues, but it’s easy to forget about those underwear accessories that count – pantyhose. Not everyone loves them, but depending on the look you’re going for, they can add a certain effect that nothing else can. If you’re not sure what style of pantyhose will suit you, or go with what you’re planning on wearing, then it will help to read up. This guide to pantyhose will certainly help. But, it’s important that you feel comfortable in your choice, so try out a few different styles first to see which works.

Don’t Leave Them Out

And, while we’re making this all about you, it might be an idea to focus on the little ones too. When you’re trying to pull a full look together, what your baby or children wear is just as important. Not only do you want them to look cute, but it can be super fun to style them up too. Having a stylish child doesn’t have to be a battle, you can keep cute clothes for special occasions and ensure they stay stain-free when it counts.

Friend Expecting? Stylish Gifts To Ensure Their Little One Is The Next Kate Moss

It’s always exciting to find out that one of your good friends are expecting a baby. After all, it means you will have a fun new playmate to go and visit. However, it can be a challenge to think about what you want to get your friend for their little one. If you are a fashion fan like me, you ought to consider going for some clothes. That way, you can ensure it’s a mini style icon. Therefore, here is some stylish gifts for your friend’s new baby to ensure they are the next Kate Moss!

 

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A cute pair of mittens

 One thing you should consider getting your friend’s baby is a cute pair of mittens. After all, these are perfect for the colder months. Your friend will be able to put the baby in the mittens before they head out with the pram. And they will certainly look adorable with the rest of their outfit. You can get some really cute ones around which will be perfect for the new baby. If you don’t know the gender of the baby yet, you might want to go for cream or yellow that will ensure they look stylish either way. And ask your friend about coats they have got their newborn. That way, you can buy some mittens that will match, so the little one looks super stylish.

 

A designer dress

If your friend is having a princess, you should consider getting them a beautiful dress for their wardrobe. After all, your friend will be delighted to have a gorgeous dress they can put their little one in during special occasions. And if you want to ensure you get them something that no one else will get them, you could opt for getting them a designer dress. After all, nothing says style than going for a brand like Dior for kids. In fact, your friend’s kid could end up wearing something which has been worn by the likes of Suri Cruise. Therefore, have a look in the designer shops for something cute for your friend’s baby.

 

A pair of luxury socks

You can never have enough socks when you have a newborn. After all, they ensure the baby’s feet stay nice and cozy. Therefore, you should opt to get some socks for your friend’s new arrival. But rather than go for traditional white socks, you should go for something bit more stylish. You should opt for a pair of luxury socks which will impress your friend. And you could even get some cute baby shoes for them to use too. They will look like a mini style icon in their cute socks and shoes.

 

A gorgeous bib

Bibs no longer have to be boring. You used to only get them in plain white, pink or blue. But now they have become a gorgeous fashion accessory for kids. You can get bibs which come in beautiful patterns that your friend will love. And they can be worn while their child is out to collect drool while ensuring they look fabulous at the same time!

 

And remember to get something for your friend too. After all, she has gone through the stress of carrying the little one for nine months. You can get some ideas of good gifts on my previous blog.