Guaranteed Yes: Choosing the perfect engagement ring

Diamonds used to be a girl’s best friend. Used to. The days of asking a woman to marry you with some huge expensive soulless rock are definitely over dear readers. At this day and age, I think it´s just completely demode to base your engagement ring choice on an old status symbol. Hell, you shouldn’t even wait to be asked. Go ask if he wants to get married, just choose the rings yourself :)

A ring nursing a martini.

A ring nursing a martini.

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Slimming shoes are here to stay

shoesI think we all hold an opinion of them and those are incredibly varied among the people I have talked to. Since entering the market there has been no escape, aggressive advertisements thrust celebrity bums and toning shoe brands right down our throats. Or you know, maybe I‘m being a tad dramatic – its not like other consumer goods are promoted via low key advertising.

I have a confession to make or should I say statement to make: I do not own a pair, I have not tried on a pair and I have no immediate plans of changing / rectifying that situation. But as I keep seeing new brands emerge and more people wearing them in the streets, I can only assume that this all happens for a reason. So the following is just an introduction to brands that I‘ve come across who have products in this newly invented category. Some you’ll know, some maybe not. [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes with Folding Knives

I’m going to be running a little competition over the next paragraph. Don’t get too excited as I’m afraid there won’t be any prizes, but that means that everyone’s a winner. The question that you’ll be needing to answer is: “What is the one thing I won’t go to a design showing without?”. Now the item fits in a purse, it’s slim, sleek and features a well thought out design. Lipstick? A nail file? Perfume? All wrong. The answer that I’m looking for a is a folding knife. You may be asking “What the hell is that doing in your purse?” and before you jump to any conclusions about a mid life crisis crime spree, let me explain.

For months on end I was searching for the perfect tool for cutting through fabric, prying apart seams and making quick and simple adjustments to my designs to better tailor them to my catwalk models. I experimented with a number of tools, finding that cuticle scissors didn’t have the sharpness that I was looking for, and a penknife didn’t really have the leverage to cut through the fabric easier. I had never really considered a folding knife before a girlfriend suggested it to me. She used one around the house when it came to making curtains and blinds, so I thought I’d give one a try.

She pointed me in the direction of The Folding Knife HQ, a handy comparison site for popular folding knives for all kinds of purposes. Torn between two knives, I found that they also offer excellently written, informative and comparative reviews on their listed products. The articles are delivered in a colloquial tone, and are easy to follow for the uneducated when it comes to knives. You can find a great example here.

So after making an informed purchase, I took to experimenting with the knife. Now I won’t bore you with the kinds of fabrics I used it on, but I was truly blown away with it’s functionality. Where it started as a means to an end, I now use the knife for countless tasks. I never pictured myself as a woman who would carry a blade, but it’s proved an invaluable companion, particularly back stage. When you need to make a quick adjustment and have no access to specialist tools, you can just flick it out with an easy mechanism, make the desired cuts in no time at all, getting your model out on the catwalk with a minimal turn around time.

I can safely say that from now on, at all shows, my trusty folding knife will be there with me. Having had it save my skin on a number of occasions, it’s gone from something I wouldn’t dream of owning to something I can’t live without. For all of you aspiring designers reading this, grab yourself one today. Costing as little as $40, they are just as cheap as they are functional. Why not follow in my stylishly clad footsteps and head on over to The Folding Knife HQ!

How to Keep to a Healthy Diet While Traveling

As I was planning my most recent excursion abroad I was running through the usual checklist of important things to do before leaving. Such as: stop the mail, leave a check for the lawn guy, turn off the hot water heater, and water all the plants. Incidentally, I always turn off my water heater if I am leaving for a trip after all my recent repairs I researched how to make my new heater last longer and this was a top recommended tip. However, after completing my check list of household things to do I realized that I hadn’t considered what I needed to do to keep myself healthy as I traveled.

While traveling can be an extremely enjoyable experience sometimes going on a trip can make it difficult for us to stick to our healthy eating regimen. The best thing to do is learn how to make smart choices than sticking to a healthy diet is not too difficult. In fact, if you are currently on a healthy eating plan modifying your diet to accommodate your travel is usually not as difficult as it might seem.

Many times travel must be done by airplane and unfortunately airplane food is usually quite unhealthy. Be sure you start off on the right foot by checking to see what food options are available when you book your flight. It will be a good opportunity to find out if you will at least have the ability to get fresh fruit or unsalted nuts rather than cookies or salted snacks. If your flight is long enough to be served a meal you should check to see what the options are and if they have any healthy options available. Sometimes specifically asking for a Vegan option or something prepared for a diabetic will get you the healthiest eating choice available on the airplane.

If you are currently on a regimen to remove excess weight you may have a natural appetite control supplement you are taking. It is important to continue taking your supplements while you travel to avoid sabotaging your goals. Try reading this article if you’re interested in learning more about natural energy supplements that can keep you focused on your health goals while you’re traveling.

These tips will get you through a travel experience that happens on the spur of the moment. However most of us have the luxury of being able to plan for our travel and the best plan for a eating healthy when traveling is bringing your own meals. Take the time to prepare in advance for an airplane trip by heading to a natural grocery store such as Whole Foods. Here you’ll be able to find many options for fresh fruits and vegetables even some that are prepackaged in small containers. You will probably be able to find a healthy sandwich on the whole grain breads that you can take with you for your lunch.

Also think about carrying hummus and fresh vegetables. You will also be able to get many options of healthy fruits and nuts and even sweet snacks such as dark chocolate. There will also be a large quantity of bottled juices and flavored waters that you can slip into your carry-on bag. If you’re traveling by car you will have the luxury of being able to pack a cooler that is full of healthy options for you and your traveling companions. Not only will you save money on a eating out you will also feel better knowing that you’re consuming healthy foods along the way.

Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. Eating meals high in nutrition will also help in avoiding stress related illness that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will find yourself more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.

My New Non-Fashion Hobby: Ham Radio!

Obviously, the main purpose of this blog is to create a forum where we can discuss fashion, clothing, accessories, etc. But we wanted to take this article in a different direction this time. This is partly because this has been a guilty pleasure of mine in the past few weeks, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you!

As a single woman in her forties, I have a significant amount of extra time on my hands. I have always tried to fill this time trying out new projects and hobbies that don’t necessarily have to do with fashion. A recent hobby of mine is ham radios. Ham radios are also know as amateur radios. These are radios that you can do just about anything with.

I have been using them to talk to many different people in my area and sometimes even different people around the world! It’s very exciting. You can use the different channels to talk to people who are also on there to talk to random channels. And if you get someone you don’t wish to talk to, problem solved! Just change the channel to a different frequency and try talking to someone new.

It’s really great when you’re able to get someone from another country. They are extremely interesting to talk to. You can talk to them about anything because you know it’s very rare that you’ll actually have to meet them in person. It’s incredibly fun to learn about different cultures while talking to someone like you would on the phone, except without the charges!

You can also use them to keep track of your kids. I give them each a ham radio they can use to talk to each other and to me. So when I send them out to play in the woods, they can use it both to communicate with each other and to let me know what they are up to so I know they are safe.

Also, if you have a boat like me, you can use it to communicate with the mainland and other boats in the area. It’s a blast! It started out as a micro hobby, but there is just so much you can do with ham radios it’s insane! I would highly recommend you give them a try.

Additionally, I think it’s great having a ham radio around as a backup emergency radio in case you’re in a situation where you’re not able to use your phones. A lot of times in a disaster cell towers are knocked out of power so you’re not able to establish communication with anyone. However, since ham radios have several different frequencies, they are able to find a connection fairly easily in the case of a disaster.

I highly recommend you give them a try. They can be very rewarding, and they’re a great hobby for anyone looking for a hobby in communication. If you have any questions, concerns, or general comments, please feel free to leave them below. I’ll be happy to get to them as soon as possible. Otherwise, happy hunting!

Fashion for Writers

When you think about professionals with a flair for fashion, writers may not jump to mind right away. While writers haven’t exactly been at the forefront of fashion, that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a color-blind pauper to fully embrace the writer’s life. There are a few simple tips you can use to make a statement whether you’re finishing your novel, agonizing over a screenplay or putting the finishing touches on a collection of poetry.

Dress for Adventure

A writer has to be ready for anything, so dress with that in mind. Wear comfortable clothes that move easily and don’t leave you feeling like a stuffed sausage. Ernest Hemingway was well known for his boasts about fighting bulls, wooing women and drinking a bar full of patrons under the table and he dressed the part. Cotton shorts, safari shirts and slip on shoes was all he needed for a lifetime of adventure. Find something that fits in your style and your environment, just be sure it makes you feel as confident as “Papa” and maybe you, too, can run with the bulls.

A Pocket with a Purpose

Writers find inspiration just about everywhere and most – if not all – maintain a trusty notebook or rubber banded pile of paper scraps in order to records thoughts, ideas and bits of dialogue. Pass up the trousers, skirts, shorts and shirts with decorative pockets too small to hold anything and opt instead for clothes that can hold your pen, notebook and whatever small treasures you find along the way.

The Bag That Has it All

Thinking you’ll need cargo pants the size of Alaska in order to hold everything? Invest in a good quality and durable bag to carry around. These days it’s easy to find messenger bags with designs to delight your inner bibliophile and which can stand up to just about anything you can throw at it. Canvas, Kevlar and leather bags can all be found to match a variety of personalities and needs.

Be Yourself

«Ultimately, being a writer is about being an artist – and being true to yourself.” – says Alberta Tiggles from http://researchpaperforsale.net. Writers, like most artists, can have an interesting sense of style when it comes to fashion and celebrating that fact can help you cultivate creativity and make a statement the moment you walk into a room. Hunter S. Thompson made a mark on the fashion world by bringing back aviator sunglasses, cigarette holders and ridiculously loud shirts. While no one would describe him as a vanguard of fashion, his style is often referred to as iconic and every one being an icon is way better than being in vogue.

Being a writer is about starting a conversation and fashion can go a long way in achieving that. Choosing what you wear based on what you want to do with your life can help you find a style that works in every sense of the word. Choose clothes that fit your personality, support your work and make it easy to connect with others by encouraging confidence and comfort.

‘Rebounder’ Exercise Leggings!

As I’m sure many of you are aware, when you reach a certain age (basically when you turn 30), it becomes even more important to take care of yourself physically. As I get older I actually enjoy doing exercise more. Even though it becomes tougher each year, it is one of the most mentally rewarding experiences I go through on a regular basis, and I love to try new and challenging things.

This year I decided to take up ‘rebounding’. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either until it came to my local sports club. Rebounding is jumping on a trampoline, to put it simply. Let me tell you though, a rebounding class is TOUGH! You use one of those mini exercise trampolines, jump to different beats, different heights, different intensities, add in some pushups, squats, a little choreographed routine and you are doing a step class x 10!

What I noticed though, was that as tough as a rebounding class is on the body, it’s just as tough on your clothes. I was wearing through my gym leggings at an alarming rate. I mean literally, holes in my pants!

These classes have you stretching in all sorts of directions and then returning to your starting position rapidly. You will essentially stretch out your clothes and return them to normal over one thousand times in a single class. Even very well made, durable clothing will require immense elasticity to fare well in these conditions. Add in a little sweat and some heat and you’ve got a recipe for shapeless leggings. Not cute.

Of course, being the resourceful woman that I am, I decided to put my skills to the test and develop a line of resilient ‘rebounder’ workout leggings, that add some flare to the mix too!

It’s no secret that I adore the feel and quality of Lululemon Athletic clothing, and so do many other women. Recently though, with the PR nightmare caused by CEO Chip’s slip of the tongue regarding women’s body shapes, I saw room to add my own line to the market.

Based on the classic Lulu sport legging, I designed a ‘rebounding appropriate’ legging for women of all shapes and sizes (as long as you promise to actually put them to good use!). These fun new leggings are an elastic mix of Rayon, Cotton and Spandex. Designed to be used under the most extreme conditions, these rebound leggings would be a great choice for gymnasts, dancers, and cross fit athletes, but are also versatile enough to be used for yoga, pilates, jogging and power walking too!

Tired of the same old black-on-black leggings that saturated the niche, I’ve put my own colorful spin on these bad boys. Each pair is asymmetrically fitted with a splash of colorful fabric from the hip down the left leg. For the first release, I chose to include blue, green, yellow and pink options, but I hope that future editions of the ‘rebounder’ will be available in many more colors for your selection!

As of now, these leggings are only available through my personal online store. Later this week I have a meeting with a buyer for a major department store, and I have a very good feeling about it! Of course I’ll keep you posted on this blog, but for now feel free to get a pair of your very own ‘Rebounder’ leggings, and feel how great these flashy sport leggings will make you feel!

Within and Beyond the Haut Monde

Over the span of my career as a fashion designer, I have had the opportunity to meet all kinds of socialites looking for the most stylish attire for their upcoming parties and social events. Most of my clientele comprises of wealthy housewives looking to kill their boredom with their card games and kitty parties. The reason I am a successful fashion designer today is because of this privileged class that lines up as my customers every day. This is why I remember the day when a client from a different clique made my acquaintance; my job suddenly became meaningful and I wanted to do absolutely anything to make a customer out of her.

The Ironies of Life:


It was a week before Christmas. I was pre-occupied with the trifling task of finding Hostgator discount codes for my new website that was supposed to go live the next month when a perplexed woman in mid-thirties rushed into my studio. As she started rummaging through my formal attire collection, I started observing her. She definitely looked different from the usual customers that walk into my store. I was trying hard to pinpoint what made her stand out when I noticed her looking at the price tags and wincing. I decided it was time to intervene and try to make her more comfortable at this posh boutique. I introduced myself and casually started a conversation to inquire what exactly it is that she was looking for. Initially, she started walking away while apologizing that she had come into the wrong store. When I urged her to stop and take a look around at least, in case she finds something of interest, she reluctantly stepped back into the store.

That gave me a window to win her trust. I asked her what we was looking for and she told me she needed a nice dress for a Christmas party in her office. She told me she was in a rush because her kids were waiting for her outside with their grandmother. When I looked in the direction she pointed, I could see a couple of charming toddlers playing with each other while they were strapped in a Schwinn double jogging stroller, and a tired-looking elderly lady standing near them. Almost instinctively, I asked her where their father was. As if expecting that question around every corner, she casually replied, “He left us” and moved on to the next rack.

Making an impact with my job:

Admiring her strength and taking in the appearance of her and her family standing outside, I figured she was a single mother from a middle-class background striving to make both ends meet and raise her kids the best she can. At that moment, I just knew I had to do something for her to acknowledge her efforts. The line of work I am in gives me the power to make a woman feel like she is the queen of the world. Hence, I told her I was just going to announce a flat Christmas sale and she was my first customer of the day. I helped her in finding the right dress, complimented her looks, found the right accessories to go with the dress and gave her a big discount on the whole purchase. She walked out of my store smiling ear to ear and went straight to kiss her kids and hug her mother, and I don’t remember having a more satisfying moment in my life.

The Orthaheel Tide Sandal Review

As soon as summer hits, I throw my closed-toe shoes in the closet and pull out sandals that I will wear up until the first snow (which I hope is far, far away). For many years, I wouldn’t invest a lot in flip-flops or sandals. I would just grab a pair that only cost a few bucks and if I forgot them at the pool or lost one in the backseat of my car, no big deal. Unfortunately, this probably is the reason for my back pain , a mild case of plantar fasciitis, and some chronic tendonitis. This is a major bummer when I am walking and have to take a break to relax, especially when I haven’t even hit 30 yet.

Well, last year I was talking to my doctor and they brought up a very valid point for me. They asked how often I wear my sandals, to which I replied a truthful, “every second of every summer day.” It was then that he asked me if I wear them so often, why wouldn’t I invest a bit more in a pair that is both more comfortable and more stable than the throwaway pairs I’ve been buying for years. Almost instantaneously, a light bulb went off and it made a lot of sense. I hate to say it, but I can’t believe I hadn’t thought this previously.

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Why Some Styles Never Go Out of Fashion

There are some styles that will always be in fashion. We’re not talking about legwarmers or denim on denim – which always manage to rear their ugly heads at some point every decade – we are talking about things like flapper dresses, large sunglasses and petticoats.

Like I always tell my friends, never throw away an item that could come back into fashion within a few years – or will always be in fashion. For example, I have a stunning Mary-Anne dress in my wardrobe that looks just as good now as it would have back in the 1960s.

How will you know what to keep and what to throw away? Always opt for clean lines with a simple block colour or pattern. However, if you have an outfit you just can’t to say goodbye to, and believe that it might one day come back into style, keep it. You never know, you might be right – and you’ll feel like a fashionista if you’re proven right.

Here are some items you should most definitely keep in your wardrobe:
• Halter dress
• Blazer
• Straight denim jeans
• A line dress
• Pencil skirt
• Trench coat
• Little black dress

Look at the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. They are fashion icons because they understand how style works – and that means wearing simple colours with bold accessories to really bring an outfit together. It’s not about the latest patterns or newest styles off the catwalk – and that’s why their style is always on-trend.

Designers aren’t just inspired by what’s on the runway or previous styles; we look at architecture, art and everything in between. We want to be inspired. Do you think it’s a coincidence that the fashion capitals of the world are home to some of the planet’s finest architecture? It’s not.

In my opinion, and I know a lot of people will agree with me, you should never cover up architecture for practicality – even if you think it is out of fashion – because true beauty never goes out of style, and that’s the truth!

There is nothing more frustrating to a designer than someone covering up beauty with something utterly ordinary – it is like a stunning woman wearing a baggy t-shirt, just don’t do it! That is why I was so happy to learn that the temporary walls at Albion House had been removed by the new hotel 30 James Street, as it was hiding the wall’s original architecture. Now the general public can enter the Titanic themed hotel and witness all the beauty and glamour of the former White Star Line headquarters, which was designed by the magnificent architect Norman Shaw.

There are some styles that should be tampered with, and there are others that should be left well alone – it’s up to you to figure out which is which. All I can do is guide you.

My Crazy Experience Designing 12 Size 10 Shoes!

One of the most interesting things that has happened to me in a while just happened two days ago. I had a woman call me up and order 12 pairs of shoes. Okay, so that has actually happened before, but this time was different. This woman 12 pairs of the same shoes! Do I have you going? Well, again – there is a reason. You see, there is a women’s basketball team traveling through and they all wanted to get some evening shoes designed for them for a pretty big awards ceremony that they were going to. So why didn’t they just go to the store and pick some out instead of custom ordering some from me? Good question but here’s an even better answer. They were ALL needing shoes from a size 10 and up! That’s pretty humongous feet for a woman. Of course though, they were all basketball players and they were ALL super tall with super big feet.

In between creating and designing the shoes for these girls I got to thinking about genetics and how a woman can get so tall. Interestingly, I found a website that talked about why some men are taller than others and how this could actually be very similar to women as well. Of course, you would think that it’s all about genetics but it really is not ALL about genetics. Sure, probably 90% or so is (totally just threw that number out there) but not all of it is. So of course, that too got me thinking about how I could design a full line of clothes for these gals and how that their height would change the way I approached the design. I realized that the clothes would end up being much more expensive if I used the same high quality fabric that I am accustomed to.

So what did I do? I called up the gal who placed the order and I asked if I could. Unfortuntely though, she said that they had found some clothes on Long Tall Sally when they went shopping online before leaving. Makes sense but hey, it was worth a try, right?

So you’re probably wondering how the shoes turned out? I am proud to say that they turned out amazing, if I do say so myself. I started with an open toe concept but eventually ditched that idea and went with a closed toe. Since the whether has been a bit warm lately I tried to make them as breathable as I could but hey – I sure wasn’t about to sacrifice style for computability! ;) Sounds awful, I know but trust me, the shoes were plenty comfortable to be warn all night and they still came across as elegant and fashionable with a nice subtle blend of modern and retro. Quite diverse, huh!

So what’s the moral of the story? Basically there isn’t one. I just wanted to share my experience with designing TWELVE pairs of dress shoes for women with some abnormally large (but still cute) feet. I’m looking forward to getting feedback on how the outfits went with the shoes and how the ladies like them but I would expect it to be positive for sure.

How to Fashionably Incorporate Scarves into Your Personal Style

You must be a guy. Women already know all about scarves, because they get fashion advice from their friends and fashion gurus who blog about their expertise relentlessly online. This is why men make up a very tiny percentage of the scarf-buying consumer base. Remember that scarves aren’t just for women. When it’s cold outside, you need a scarf. You need to cover your neck snugly to protect your vocal chords from the cold. Scarves also keep your body warm.

And what’s more, you can actually look good in a scarf, which is a fact that women also know as well.

So, if you’re a guy here are some facts you need to remember:

• Scarves are designed for men too. This is a historical fact. Look at old World War II photos in the European theater, and you’ll see lots of evidence of this. That was a time when men were definitely men, and the paratroopers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge were all real men. And they were wearing scarves. So did the aerial knights who fought in the Battle of Britain. In fact, warriors have been wearing scarves for thousands of years. Look at the Terracotta warriors of China.

• Scarves protect you from the elements. Desert warriors wear scarves to protect their necks from the unrelenting heat from the sun. A thick scarf around your neck can protect your vocal chords from the terrible chill of a winter morning.

• Scarves can add some pizzazz. Going out in a monochrome outfit? Why not wear some scarves to add some dash of color to your appearance? When you don’t sacrifice function in lieu of fashion, no one—or at least no one who’s smart—will question your masculinity. It’s like questioning your desire to wear a coat when it’s cold. Of course you need to dress warm, but the added flair of a nicely decorated scarf is a great bonus.

• Mind the material. Scarves are made from a wide variety of materials. For cold weather gear, you ought to stick to napped fabrics which feel soft on your skin. Your best bets are cashmere and wool. For warm weather, there are some synthetic materials specifically designed for the heat. But you can also use lightweight cotton and linen.

• Choose the right scarves for men. Scarves are like shoes; some are for men and some are for women. Men’s scarves are essentially simple and are designed with function in mind. Women’s scarves, however, are a different story. They can be too gaudy for men. Large scarves which you may mistake for a blanket are only for women. Overly prominent fringes denote women’s scarves too, and so do beads and sequins.

• Tying the scarf is easy. You can learn to tie the Ascot, or you can drape it over your neck once around. If the weather is really cold, you can even tie it around your neck twice. Talking about cold weather, it may affect your voice that will lead to having sore throat and losing your voice. There are some great videos that will teach you how to avoid it and even develop your voice to make you more stunning with your fashionable scarves.

If you have a son or a daughter, you can always get him or her a Harry Potter scarf. Get one to represent their favorite House (mine is Slytherin) and you may have a scarf fan for life.

How Current Fashion Trends Impact All Aspects of Life

It is always interesting to see how the world of fashion can easily leek into many areas of our lives. While watching the latest football at the World Cup in Brazil, it was interesting to notice for example, that men appeared to be going for a shorter hair style. In particular, the sides of the head were very clean shaven or heavily trimmed, and the top of the head appeared to be treated with a lot of gel. As a result of that I have noticed many younger men in my own local town already starting to adopt this particular style.

Having also been in Milan Italy recently, it was very noticeable just how fashionable scarves were becoming. In years gone past these essentially were a cold weather garment, but not so these days. In today’s world these are worn by old and young alike, and mainly in the form of wrapped “Pashmina” styles. To these have been added brooches, pins and simple knots to make them stand out even more. What I found particularly noticeable was that men were also starting to adopt that particular style. The big difference though was that in the past, that would have meant fairly sombre, or at best plain styles. Not so though, in fact quite the opposite and I would describe what I did see as being rather flamboyant, and certainly making a statement to the world.

It would also appear that new Moms have no wish to be left behind when it comes to the fashion stakes. Again for many years diaper bags were nothing more than somewhere to hold all the things needed for a baby. Today however they have taken on a whole new life, and various designers like Soho, JJ Cole and others have certainly taken these bags to a whole new level. The ones that I saw did look very well, with strong vibrant colours and a whole array of different styles and patterns. I think however that the one thing that I noticed the most was just the entire variety of what was available.

There were backpack styles, bags exclusively designed for Dads, messenger styles and different types of sets with matching changing pads, bottle holders etc. Now I know that this is just a simple fashion accessory, but I think it just demonstrates the way that fashion can infiltrate many aspects of our lives. It is pretty clear to me that from the footballers in Brazil to the busy streets of Milan, fashion trends start to develop and grow.

There were of course still very distinct styles to be seen in Milan from the usual designers such as Michael Kors, and one designer who seemed to have been a big hit at the Spring Fashion week was Roberto Cavalli. According to Vogue magazine he was one of the leading designers of that particular week. The fashion scene is however still dominated there by the main Italian designers and it is difficult to walk that far, before encountering something from Prada, Gucci and even Emporio Armani launched an urban wardrobe, based on a sailor theme.

There was as always quite a mix of clothes at the show including T-shirt dresses, enhanced with crystals and the controversial collection from Dolce and Gabbana.




Video: Courtesy of the Guardian Newspaper

So as you can see the variety keeps coming, with everything from Glitz to fake furs all catching the eye.

How to Stay Stylish for Less

You don’t need to splash the cash to be stylish. Fashion is more than just a bunch of designer names thrown together to create an outfit. Real style combines simple pieces together to create one dazzling outfit – and I’m going to tell you exactly how you can do just that!

Go Vintage

There’s nothing wrong with browsing the latest edition of Vogue or admiring the likes of Stella McCartney, Michael Kors or Chanel, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy their offerings. Fashion and inspiration work hand in hand, and there’s no reason why you can’t take ideas from some of the industry’s biggest names when it comes to shaping your own style – but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer significant debt problems just to look good.

There are so many vintage shops out there, offering bargains that are just waiting to be snapped up. So what if someone once adorned that little black dress, who says you can’t wear it better at half or less of its original price? There’s nothing wrong with browsing the second-hand racks – you just have to be patient in order to find a hidden gem. Trust me, it’ll be worth it once you discover it!

Swap Clothes

Have you worn that perfectly-good t-shirt one too many times? Sick and tired of rocking the same old pair of shoes? Why not swap with your friends to create new looks using each other’s old clothes. The items will be new to each other, and you won’t have to shell out on a whole new wardrobe for the pleasure.

Staple Garments

A few staple items in your wardrobe will ensure you’ll never run short of looks for a long time. A pair of skinny jeans, a party dress and a formal jacket are must-haves in your clothing collection – as you can dress an outfit up and down for the day or night. Your staple pieces should perfectly complement any new additions to your wardrobe, so ensure you opt for neutral colours that work well with most shades.

Accessorise

Maybe you don’t need a new wardrobe at all. Maybe all you need is some stunning jewellery. Most of my work as a fashion designer isn’t about finding the right dress, but it’s about finding the perfectly jewellery that really adds character to a look. This could be as simple as a colourful statement necklace, to a simple silver bracelet or bold scarf. Accessories are the outfit; the rest is just clothing.

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for accessories either, as most stores offer cheap costume jewellery that will really make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.

Confidence is, however, the best fashion accessory. If you feel good in an outfit then it will shine through to everyone else. Trust your instincts, be brave and always wear a smile on your face.