It’s Time To Go Comfy

Morning, afternoon, night, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, it’s always the right time to go comfy. Going comfy is something that we all don’t tend to do, however, at least not outside of the home. Some of you might love to come home and slip right into your PJ’s, but you might not necessarily head out of the house in something comfy. People like to dress to impress, even if there is nobody around that you really need to impress. So, we think you should have a bit of chill brought into your life, and we think one of the best ways to that is to learn the ways of the comfy fashion. It’s actually coming so into style at the minute to rock that casual look, and if you follow the tips below, we think you can do just that.

Around The Home Comfy

We have to admit, around the home comfy is the best type of comfy. It’s where you can wear pretty much anything you want, so the freedom to be comfy here is broad. However, if you do want to throw a bit of style into it, there are ways of doing that. A tracksuit is definitely the way forward with this, no matter how much you’re willing to spend. There’s nothing better than swapping into a freshly washed cotton tracksuit and eating your life away in front of the TV. Obviously, you have some big named brands that you could go for, but these are so overpriced if you’re only going to wear it in the home. Go for something a little less pricey, because the price doesn’t determine the comfort levels. All you’re paying for when it comes to the price is the brand name, and there’s plenty of cheaper brands that will give you just as much comfort.

 

Out & About Comfy

Usually, we like to make a little bit more effort when we’re getting out and about, even if it’s just going to the shops. But, going comfy is the new dressing up, and you don’t have to be walking around in your tracksuit either! We recommend that you go for leggings. They’re comfy, can be worn with either trainers or ankle boots, and can be made slightly more than casual if you need them to be. There are plenty of brands that will give you the comfy look, whilst still be suitable for the outside, such as Cotton On. But, there are plenty of celebs, take the Kardashian as an example, that love to walk around in simply a leggings and a white t-shirt, with maybe a denim jacket if the weather requires. Leggings are just so much more stretchy and comfy than jeans!

 

Date Night Comfy

A date night is usually the time to get dressed up as much as possible, but if you’re only going to the cinema, you don’t really need to put in that much effort. So, stick to the simple jeans and a blouse look, and finish with a long line coat. The coat adds a little something classy, and you really can’t go wrong with jeans and a blouse!

Our How-To for Being Second Hand Chic

Second hand shopping for some people, is in the blood. For others it’s due to economic necessity – buying or selling, environmental considerations and/or just wanting to clear out or update a wardrobe for the coming season. Whatever your reasons are, we’ve compiled a mini list on the how-to of being second hand chic, because designer labels don’t necessarily mean quality, but workmanship and construction details do

Fibres:

Ask yourself, what’s it made out of? Will it breath, keep me warm or is their pilling?

A friend recently picked up a silk top by Target in an op shop. Normally she wouldn’t step into target, preferring to make her own clothes but for silk, she’ll ignore the label inside.

I once found a designer label wool jumpsuit but compared to a wool dress from a lesser label, I could see the dress had no pilling in areas subject to abrasion, whereas the jumpsuit was pilling under the arms and between the thighs. Having only enough money to buy one item, I chose the dress. Less pilling is a reflection of the quality of the fibre content. To cut costs a label may use cheaper blends and fibres so they able add significant mark-ups on the price tag taking advantage of the consumers brand familiarity.

Prints:

Has the pattern been matched? At a recent wedding the mother of the groom wore a beautiful black lace dress with a tan slip underneath. The only issue was that the scalloped lace was placed just over the breast, replicating droopy breasts with large nipples. I also once saw some tight black and white striped pants that could have been joined better right in the crotch…. the point being, is that well-designed clothing would consider pattern placement and matching before the garments go into production.

Buttons and Trims:

Self-covered buttons, shell, brass, pearl, horn, house/branded button or snap, an interesting clasp or a handmade finish are only as good as the button hole they’re looped through! Be aware of imitations; scratches, plastic replicas can trick the buyer into thinking they’ve found a unique piece rather than a mass-produced nightmare. You may also like the buttons but not the garment, buy it anyway you might just find the right piece to sew your new-found gems to.

Linings and workman ship

I recommend looking inside your garment. How are the seams finished, is there a spare button sewn to the label, is it lined, what is it lined with (I love a good quality contrast lining for an extra special surprise), how is the hem finished? Is the hem stiff? It may have a horse hair finish, a high-quality hemming technique especially for circle skirts in formal wear.

We could go on and on about how to buy quality second hand garments or at least how to spot a bargain and some readers may already be looking for all the tips we highlighted above. However, there is one thing we can’t prepare you for and that is how much you love the item! If you’re like me you already have wardrobe full of second hand purchases, so at the very least you can now appreciate your eye for detail with greater clarity.

Incorporating Leather Into Your Wardrobe

Leather is a material which we have been using for clothes and warmth for hundreds and thousands of years. It is a totally timeless style, and whether you choose the wear real or faux leather, you will always get a great reaction when you add some to our outfits.

Leather is becoming more popular again, and everywhere we go we will be seeing dresses, boots and shirts made out of the material. If you are looking to have some fun with your style but you aren’t sure where you start, here is how to bring leather into your style.

 

Jackets

The most iconic leather piece of all time has to be the leather jacket. A leather jacket can make you look chic, cool and like a biker chick all at the same time. It can transform a relatively blasé outfit into something spectacular, and it never fails to add character. You can find the perfect leather jacket for you either online or in stores, and you can pretty much put a leather jacket over any outfit.

 

Bags

If you want to bring a bit of leather into your outfit without going over the tip, you can always look for a leather backpack or handbag to carry with you instead. A statement piece like this can allow you to feel sophisticated and expensive when wearing even the most regular of outfits. It is always a great way to feel sleek and stylish.

 

Dresses

For the more daring amongst you, you can go the whole hog here and choose a leather dress which can look incredible if you style it right. A leather dress is a bold piece to wear, but if you are happy in your own skin and up for a challenge, you will certainly get heads turning all day long! Pairing this with some plain heels and a bag can be a stunning and bold look for all to enjoy.

 

Boots

Leather boots aren’t just a great fashion item, they are also amazing for the winter and are incredibly practical. If you live in a cold area during the winter time, a good pair of leather boots can keep your feet toasty and happy during the chilly days. They pair well with skinny jeans and a jumper, and you can even double leather here with a bag or a jacket to match.

 

Trousers

Leather trousers… when most of us think about leather trousers, our minds might immediately drift to that awkward episode of friends where Ross got himself stuck inside a pair. Even with this *ahem* traumatic memory, leather trousers can actually be stunning paired with a graphic tee, and they are something which we should all try once in our lifetimes. If you are scared of the idea of leather trousers, you can also buy leather leggings which will go on much easier and still give you the same effect. Try it, trust us. You won’t be sorry and you will be a style icon in your area.

Adapting Your Surroundings To Your Creative Needs

If you work in a creative field or simply enjoy designing things, you’re probably away of the sort of impact your surroundings can have on the quality of your work. When it comes to this sort of activity, the space you’re using will have a huge impact on your inspiration and ability to work. Of course, though, this is on a much larger scale than your desk area. To help you to secure the very best habitat for your urges, this post will be exploring each level, from your workspace to the country you call home, enabling you to tailor this part of your life to perfection.

 

The Desk

While this isn’t entirely focused on the desk, it most certainly starts here. More specifically, though, it will be time to think about the tools you’re using when you’re doing your creative deeds. Most of this work is done using computers, nowadays. To make this an easy process, you should always ensure that you have a machine which is capable of running the applications you’re using. Along with this, a lot of people will also want to have an ergonomic writing and drawing set up to go back to basics, even if this means investing in a height adjustable desk.

 

The Room

Moving a little bit further out, your room will be the next space you need to think about when you’re working on a good workspace. Balancing inspiration with distractions is a challenge, and a lot of people will over do it when they are working towards this goal. To avoid this, it can be best to keep your decorations contextual, using things like plants when you’re designing something natural and wild, and old electronics if you’re working on a new product launch. This sort of approach will keep the place free from clutter, but you will also have to work hard to avoid the other distractions in this space.

 

The Building

Whether you work from home or an office, it is essential that this place is comfortable. Temperature, noise levels, and even light can all contribute to a poor working environment. Along with this, though, you also need to be somewhere interesting. Old structures usually have the most character, with apartments for sale in almost every city which are filled with charm. You will always have to visit a place like this before choosing it. Of course, though, the internet will be able to help you to find some worthy contenders.

 

The Road/Street

A lot of people will ignore the local area when they are choosing their workspace. In reality, though, this can have a huge impact on your ability to work, along with the inspiration you find in day to day life. You can often find roads which have large concentrations of creative businesses. Whether this is book and record stores or arts and crafts shops, living in a place like this will be a constant source of new ideas. You can often look up the parts of a city or town which are best known for this side of their culture. Along with this, some places will be much busier and noisier than others, and this could make it hard to work.

 

The City/Town

This is where this post starts to become a little more abstract. Choosing a city or town based on its creative potential will seem very extreme to some, as this will be a huge change to make in your life. In reality, though, being in a boring city will make it very hard for you to find the spark you need to be creative. Like the road you choose, you can research cities to find out exactly what people think of it. To support this, you could also do some research to discover galleries, venues, and other spaces which are dedicated to various forms of art. Embracing this side of a city is a great way to make yourself into a better designer.

 

The Country 

As the last environmental trait to think about, it will be time to consider the country you will be calling home for this sort of work. Of course, most people won’t want to relocate to improve their hobby, and a lot of people will object to doing it for their job, too. If you have the traveller’s itch, though, this could be an area with a lot of potential. Seeing different cultures, art, and architecture will teach you a great deal about design and creativity, giving you a new understanding of this complex field. Along with this, it will also give you the chance to see parts of the world which you have long dreamed about.

Working this hard to make a change like this will seem like a lot of effort to some. When you’re trying to improve your skills, though, it’s always best to think objectively, even if this means going to extra lengths to get what you want. Along with this, there are some additional routes to take to get better at the part of creativity you enjoy the most. Online courses are great, but you can also get loads of helpful advice using forums and blogs to guide you. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, there are still loads of options out there which can give you a clear path to design supremacy. Social media is great for this, with sites like Instagram making it incredibly easy to give yourself new ideas and a fresh take on the designs you usually love.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you out into the creative side of your life. Kindling this sort of ambition is always worth it, with some of your most satisfying work being done when you are in the right place. Of course, though, it will be up to you as to how far you want to take something like this, and you don’t have to leave the country to find yourself flooded with new ideas

Summer Style Investments You Should be Making

Later in the year, it’s really going to pay off for you to invest in your fashion items and make your style more unified and more impressive than it’s ever been before. If you make yourself look better this summer, you’ll also feel better and more confident each day. That’s a recipe for the kind of summer you’ll never forget, so it’s definitely worth making summer investments sooner rather than later. If you’re not sure which investments you should be making, you can find out more about that below, so read on.

 

A Short-Sleeved Blazer

You might not see a blazer as being the ideal summer garment, but the truth is that this is the kind of item that’s going to serve you well throughout the year. In winter as well as summer, the right blazer will really help you out. During the summer, the short-sleeved blazer will be best for you. But you can just as easily roll up full-length sleeves too.

 

Maxi Skirts

Maxi skirts are perfect for summer because they’re flowing, they’re elegant and they’re simply beautiful, as long as you find the ones that suit the rest of your outfit and look great on you. The maxi skirts you buy should always be tried on first because it’s not always easy to find the ones that are going to be ideal for you. Even if it looks good online, it will look different when you try it on.

 

Playsuits

Summer is the season of playsuits, so you should try to make sure that you get the very best you can find on the market right now. They look great, they’re comfortable and they’re ideal for relaxing in during the summer months. If you don’t have one already, you should definitely make that purchase. There are some beautiful playsuits out there, so give them a try this summer. There’s a first time for everything, and this could be just what you need.

 

Comfortable White Pants

Having some white pants that you can throw on at any time is a really good thing. You will find that you get so much use out of them during the summer months because they’re versatile, baggy enough to keep the air flowing through them and simple to throw on first thing in the morning. What’s not to like about all that?

 

Pastel-Coloured Outfits

Pastel colours are always really great when the sun is out, so if you want to feel summery (even when it’s not summer), you should assemble an outfit that makes use of beautiful pastel colours. There are so many ways to do this, but it’s up to you to assemble the garments that will work together well for you.

If you want to make the most of this summer, you need to be prepared for it. That means investing in your wardrobe and having the clothes that will allow you to feel comfortable and confident in the weeks and months ahead of you. The five things mentioned here offer you the perfect places to start.

The Fine Line Between Vintage And Worn

Some people think vintage is a means to reuse old stuff and charge retail prices. In a way, they are right. But, there is a certain feeling that the retro trend has which is impossible to recreate. Something new is great, but we fall in love with items and pieces after they have been worn in, not straight out of the box. The thing is, there is a fine line between killing the vintage style and creating a home that looks tired and worn. And, it’s not easy to tell when you have or are about to cross the imaginary plain. Here’s how to stop it from happening.

 

Repair And Replenish

Think of features in the home as people. As human beings, they need time to repair and replenish after a hard day at work. In short, they have to get their beauty sleep. But, they’re inanimate objects that can’t drop off, especially in that position. So, you have to take it upon yourself to help. Firstly, repair anything that is broken as nothing says worn out more than a bust grandfather clock. Dutch Time Pieces can help. Next, freshen up proceedings with a light cleaning session. Wipe over the surfaces to make sure they’re not dirty, but don’t perform a deep clean as they’ll lose their appeal.

 

Pick Carefully

Vintage and retro aren’t synonyms for old. Well, they are, but that doesn’t mean that age is the only criterion. Because it’s an all-encompassing style, pieces need to hit the right targets before they get pride on placement in the living room. For example, antiques can’t be tacky and fake. If they are, the whole house will come across as cheap and nasty, and they aren’t the goals you want to hit. Fresh Home recommends looking at joint strength as well as rust and weight.

 

Focal It

Every room should have a focal point, a feature that stands out and draws attention. Usually, a sofa or a TV is the main culprit because both are bulky yet sleek. Plus, people can’t help but stare at a screen. Instead of going down the traditional route, replace a classic focal point for something vintage. That way, the room will make you and your guests go “wow!” Only use elements that are of high quality. Otherwise, the gaudy stuff will negate the impact. A piece of wall art can do wonders, as can a shag pile or a handful of mirrors.

 

Do A Switzerland

In the Second World War, Switzerland was neutral, and you should copy them. Why? It’s because the colours are the last piece of the puzzle. Imagine putting together a home that screams vintage. Now, replace the shades on the walls with bright, vivid hues. The odds are high that this doesn’t work any longer. A retro style needs neutral colours that don’t clash, such as white, cream or eggshell. Another option is to opt for patterns that are synonymous with the time, polka dot for example.

Do you think you can see the line?

7 Sandals For Different Occasions that You Will Fall in Love With

Sandals: there’s a pair for every occasion, for every outfit and for every person! They allow you to live free and easy, while continuing to look nice and remain stylish.

Sandals come in all different shapes and colours. Here’s some of my favourites:

Spring Flowers Barefoot Sandal

 

Are you attending a wedding on the beach, going on a first date on the beach or just simply want to look amazing while on the beach? Well, the Spring Flowers Barefoot Sandal look great and they are available in four different colors: white, champagne, ivory and black.

 

Slinky Platform Sandal

You can bring back the 90s with these grunge-inspired black platform sandals by Steve Madden. Hitting the streets, headed to a rock show or just want to spice up your casual flip-flop? These Slinky Platforms are for you.

 

Keen’s Sage Ankle Sandals

You shouldn’t HAVE to cover your feet when you go hiking, biking or climbing. Sandals should be able to fit any activity, and that’s what Keen was thinking when they designed their Sage Ankle Sandals.

 

Fancy Jute Slippers

You’re inside the house, but you still love the comfort and warmth of a shoe (or sandal) on your feet. You usually grab a pair of slippers but what if there was another option? See these Fancy Jute Slippers:

 

Gladiator Flat Sandal Rainbow Shoes

Add some color to your outfit with these eye-grabbing, color-popping ankle strap sandals. You will be a hit at your next summer BBQ!

 

Block Heel Snakeskin Sandals

Looking to be really different? Like really, really different? Well, what about snakeskin sandals – that actually look great!

 

Egyptian Sandals

Be exotic with these beautiful and stylish Egyptian sandals. They look like they were made many years ago – but they’re new and they’re quite popular!

Add Nothing But Style To Your Home

If you want to do anything to your home, you want to make sure you’re adding style. So many homes lack this, instead they’re filled with mundane items that don’t seem to add anything to the room. Well, we say no more! A home should be full of style and character, and it really isn’t that hard to achieve. Simply having an eye for detail, or at least knowing where to look is where you should start. Luckily for you, we’re going to do a room by room walk through that will see you adding some serious style to your home. Have a read on to find out more.

 

The Bedroom

The bedroom is the first place you should start when decorating the home, but it’s often the last place that people think of. However, the bedroom is a place of tranquility, and this what we’re going to aim to achieve. Start with the carpet. If your carpet is a few years old, has the odd stain, and has lost that comfy fluffy feeling, it’s time for a new piece. All you need to do is check out flooring and carpet prices to see what you’re working with, and pick out a new colour. Something like a grey colour will do, either dark or light. Then focus on the main event, the bed. If you don’t need a new mattress, just get a new set of bedding that will change the colour of the room. For this article, we’re going to suggest a nice white colour with a lime green pattern. Furnish with a mixture of white and lime green cushions. For the walls, you want to go all white, with one feature wall of the lime green. A white dressing table, and white curtains will complete a fresh looking room, that also has that element of earthy calmness.

 

The Kitchen

The kitchen is the second room you should be thinking about, afterall, it is the main event. And there are plenty of ways to jazz up your kitchen. If you’re only going for a redecorate, keep the walls nice and fresh with a light colour. You really can’t go wrong with white. Accessorise one of the walls with a big funky clock, you’ll find plenty on the internet. As for the lights, go LED to keep things nice and bright. The lighting fixture that you use is up to you, but keep it close to the wall rather than low hanging. A nice new table wouldn’t go amiss either. Maybe a glass table to keep it classy?

 

The Living Room

The living room is the final piece to the puzzle, and if you want to add style, you’re going to have to know how to accessorise. Think of things such as a nice pouffe, which could also couple as a sneaky little hiding space. On one of the walls, have stacking shelves, one with cool funky ornaments, the other with a nice candle, and the other with perhaps a picture frame. Over the fireplace, get yourself a nice circle mirror with a silver lining.

Your Festival Season Look Sorted

Going to festivals can be a great experience, wherever you are in the world. Whether you’re visiting a very British music festival where the rain will probably pour, or you’re heading to Coachella to see some of the biggest stars around (The Yodelling Kid was a stand out performance this year), you want to make sure you look and feel amazing. The great thing about festivals is that you can really experiment with your look and try out looks that you probably wouldn’t usually try day to day. Here are some ideas that you can try out this festival season:

Crochet Dresses

Crochet dresses are very boho, and come in all different styles depending on what you want to go for. You could wear a plain crochet dress, making your accessories do the talking. Alternatively, you could wear a colorful crochet dress and be a rainbow for the day! If dresses aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Crochet tops and skirts are just as popular. A crochet top would look super cute with some cut off denim shorts.

Cowboy Boots

Have cowboy boots ever really gone out of style? If you find an amazing vintage pair or invest in a durable pair, you should have them for a long time. You can wear them with a plain top and shorts, making them the focus of the outfit. You could even wear a western style dress. There are so many ways you can wear cowboy boots, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Flares

Flares are back with a bang! The great thing about wearing flares is that they tend to accentuate curves. They’ll make your waist look smaller, give your bum that perfect heart shape, and give your legs a fantastic shape in general. The more flared at the bottom, the better! Bear in mind that you want the flares to the focus of the outfit, so you shouldn’t wear anything too distracting. A simple crop top or bodysuit is a good idea.

Docs And Fishnets

Cowboy boots not your thing? For the love of god don’t wear sandals or flip flops. Even wearing training shoes can be a bad idea, as they will likely get filthy. Instead, pick yourself up a pair of sturdy boots that you can keep and wear forever. Doc martens are amazing and look incredible at festivals with just about any outfit. Something they look especially great with is a pair of fishnets. A great way to add some sass to your outfit!

Jewellery

When it comes to jewellery, you want to think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to adorn yourself in beautiful pieces. Wear statement necklaces and pile your arm high with bangles. Look at a place like Opalsaustralia for some unique looking jewellry that will really work for festival season. Invest in pieces and you’ll have them forever, then.

Body Art

Body art is becoming increasingly popular for festival season. Try glitter on your face, or if your brave, on your chest and bum. It’s a bit risky, but it definitely makes a statement and looks amazing!

How to Rock a Pink Ladies Look in 2018

It’s 2018, and that means the 40th anniversary of the classic musical Grease is right around the corner. The movie hit theaters on June 16, 1978, and featured leading roles from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Recognizable costumes, a riveting love story and a soundtrack full of classic hits, Grease was an instant commercial and critical success that represents the timeless looks of 1950s Americana and still touches lives across the world today.

If you have a vintage costume party that you’re attending this year, or you simply want to add some of that vintage Grease flavor to your style, but you just don’t know how, this article explains exactly how you can add some tough-girl attitude to your wardrobe reminiscent of the iconic girl gang, the Pink Ladies.

 

Start with a classic Pink Ladies bomber jacket

The only way you can truly embody the sass and look of a Pink Lady is by rocking one of their signature pink bomber jackets. This iconic, instantly recognizable piece will set the tone for your whole look, and everyone will know that you aren’t messing around.

Throw in a classic neutral bandana

This versatile accessory looks great as a necktie or as a headband paired with an up-do. Pull your look together with a black or white tie to emphasize the pink in your outerwear, or pull a stunt with a brighter colored tie for a bold, eye-catching look.

Try on some sexy black leather pants

Strike a pose in a pair of tight leather pants and add some sex appeal to your old school cool look. Scoring a pair of well-fitted leather pants is a sure-fire way to show off your curves and add a fierce edge to your outfit.

Add a simple white button down, with selected buttons buttoned

This classic piece is all about how many buttons you button. Take it to the top for a sleek, modern androgynous look, or pick a couple for a sexy, casual look. Get your own shirt or, for savvier fashionistas, steal one from your beau and roll up the sleeves.

Complete the look with some funky kitten heels

Back in the Grease era, pumps weren’t yet making an appearance. Instead, women rocked some modest kitten heels. Don’t let the size of the heel fool you — these shoes can pack a fashion punch! Snag a pair with a fun print like leopard for an authentic vintage look.