Sunday, 27 December 2009
Go for classical clothing like this belted jump suit that will last a lifetime and which you will be able to wear year after year - though not at the same occasions of course. If your wardrobe is lacking that little black dress then browse the sales for a good quality well cut little black dress - no wardrobe should be without one. For those who already have that little black dress then go for that little black jump suit if your wardrobe is lacking evening wear trouser suits. This slash neck crepe dress is sure to dazzle and sparkle at your new years eve party.
Accessorize with this sophisticated black evening bag and handmade rock crystal bracelet from Munique Fashions or with this vintage style barrel necklace for a truly vintage look.
This plaited trim top would certainly suit the body shape of Susannah but not Trini. Just a reminder to buy what is flattering for your body shape and avoid the pitfalls of online bargains.
Avoid the pitfalls of shopping in sales and online bargains
Whether shopping online or browsing the store sales it is important to stick to certain rules to avoid the pitfalls of shopping in sales. To ensure that you only buy clothing and fashion accessories that truly flatter you and most importantly that you need, identify gaps in your capsule wardrobe and know what you are looking to buy. I am sure you made a shopping list for christmas so do the same for your sale shopping to be sure that you will not be adding more of the same to your wardrobe.
Make a list of your wardrobe needs.
For me I know that I need v neck and cowl neck knitwear, camisoles and a strapless bra. At the same time I know how much I can afford to spend. It is important to set yourself a budget and not overspend.
If you are fortunate enough to have no gaps in your wardrobe then see if the prices are reduced on your wish list items. I am forever adding items to my wish list but do remember to revisit your wish list periodically. Wish lists do indeed save you the time of having to search for the item again on the internet. So use your wish list facilities which is available on most websites.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Even if you do not go for chunky necklaces, chunky bracelets are an absolute treasure and so easy to wear. Chunky bracelets remind me of Egyptian times with Cleopatra, and the cuff bracelet can certainly be attributed to roman days. Chunky bracelets while big and bold can certainly also be elegant, stately and regal, like this handmade copper cuff bracelet. The ethnic motif of this unique copper bracelet for me is reminiscent of the ornate and decorated jewellery worn by Cleopatra and will make a very unique and unusual jewellery gift.
This funky chunky african beaded bracelet creativley handmade using safety pins in contrasting florescent colours is always a conversational piece. The use of a mundane safety pin to create such a stunning, simple and chic ethnic jewellery piece is simply outstanding and is what statement jewellery is. Not to mention the fantastic use and combination of colours - turquoise and cobalt blue.
The chunky jewellery trend has been ongoing on the fashion scene since 2008 and does not look to be going out of fashion anytime soon. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not have a piece of chunky jewellery in my jewellery ensemble. This very versatile jewellery trend is easy to wear trend and a must have jewellery accessory for any meaningful capsule wardrobe.
You can wear choker chunky necklaces over your roll neck tees and fitted knitwear and long chunky necklaces are ideal for cowl neck knitwear. Some fashionistas go for layers of jewellery to create that chunky necklace look. You may choose to keep it simple and chic with one piece that makes a statement and tells a story.
There is certainly lots to choose from when it comes to chunky jewellery. You can go for colourful african beaded jewellery, big flower jewellery made of leather, copper jewellery, semi precious jewellery and the list is endless.
Big and bold is one criteria for chunky or statement jewellery but for me it should also be unusual chunky jewellery with a quirky shape or style and made from sustainable materials.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Team with this red scarf for a unique gift idea. This red scarf is a knitted lambswool scarf, felted and skillfully finished by hand to achieve the scarve's distintive appearance. This timeless creation is a perfect gift at any time of year, not just for christmas.
Leather jewellery for christmas is another unique gift idea and inkeeping with our red theme for christmas, this leather necklace made by hand in the shape of a hibiscus flower widely grown in the Caribbean fits right in. This leather necklace drapes delicately around the neck creating soft dramatic impact and covers two jewellery fashion trends as it is made of leather and it is also flower jewellery. If a red necklace is too dramatic for your lady then this dramatic flower jewellery is also available in gold, white and peach.
Remember to stick to unusual christmas gifts that are both tasteful and classic and by classic I mean unique gifts that your lady can use and will cherish for years to come. This polkadot ring makes an unusual christmas gift and will add a dash of colour to any outfit.
Monday, 7 December 2009
To look as if you have put some thought to gift buying, go for handmade original handbags and handmade jewellery, two popular gift ideas for her. Jewellery gifts are always a safe option as a girl just can’t have enough jewellery. Should you get the latest fashion trend in jewellery – chunky jewellery? When it comes to chunky jewellery you can go for a chunky necklace or a chunky bracelet. If unsure about what colour to get then go for neutrals like this chunky bracelet above.
Clothes and handbags are another popular gift for her. Unique clothing like alpaca clothing makes an ideal christmas gift as it is practical for the season in terms of warmth and you cannot go wrong when you choose a unique christmas gift like this alpaca wool wrap . If your budget can afford it, team with the matching suede handbag and your lady would certainly think that she is special. This alpaca wool wrap she will wear for years to come and will always remember who gave her this special and unusual christmas gift.
Diamonds - Diamonds are absolutely forever and it is the birthstone for April. But alas they are quite expensive. So if diamonds are outside your budget then go for rock crystal which is used as an alternative to diamond. Rock crystal is a gemstone which has the colourless clarity of water. It has a frosty look like ice and absolutely glitters in the sunlight. Rock crystal and silver is a stunning combination and is lovely in chunky bracelets and chunky necklaces.
Pearls – a girl must have a pearl necklace in her jewellery ensemble. Pearl necklaces are now very affordable since there is huge market of cultured or fresh water pearls. With pearls available in many different colours, sizes and styles, you need not go for the traditional white single strand or double stranded pearl necklace. Pearl choker necklaces are very chic with strapless dresses or tops. If you feel a pearl necklace is too much then go for jewellery embellished with pearls. A previous article on The Pearl Necklace – a must have jewellery accessory offers suggestions on how you can wear the pearl necklace and the different styles available.
Brooch – We have seen Michelle Obama creating a new fashion trend with chunky jewellery namely chunky brooches. Her preference is the floral brooch - the turquoise flower brooch pin by Erickson Beamon being my favorite. Enamel brooches and vintage brooches are very popular. But if you are looking for a unique brooch then leather jewellery and flower jewellery are big fashion trends and so a floral pattern brooch in leather can not only look lifelike but can have you tapping into both these jewellery fashion trends in one jewellery accessory. A leather flower brooch is a perfect jewellery gift for her if you want to be different and stand out from the crowd. Click here for stylish ways to wear the flower jewellery.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
The red belt on the dress from Marks and Spencer is reminisccent of the red trim on this leopard print dress worn by Leighton Meester and accessorized with open toe red shoe.
Whether it is a trend that takes your fancy, the animal print trend is here to stay as it is never out of fashion. Leopard print as a part a relevant fashion trend is a must have for any capsule wardrobe. For those who find wearing animal or leopard print a bit much then go for leopard print accessories like scarves, belts, handbags or even handmade jewellery accessories like this feline copper pendant. Feline copper bracelet and copper earrings are also available.
While sequence and glitter is always a favorite christmas party wear, animal print can certainly be jazzed up with accents of red accessories to capture that christmas spirit and still look sexy and glamourous. Below we see Ola Jordan looking absolutely glamourous in leoapard print dress performing a foxtrot with celebrity partner -sports presenter Chris Hollins on Strictly Come Dancing - week 8.
Leopoard or animal print is a favorite with celebs like Cheryl Cole who in thew last XFactor 2008 with Alexandra Burke wore a Dolce & Gabbana Pre-Fall 2008 leopard print ensemble and also accessorizes with animal print handbag and leopard Louboutin shoe boots.