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Something borrowed – take a little #RoyalWedding with you

Something borrowed – take a little #RoyalWedding with you

Did you watch the royal wedding? It was the type of event that was hard to avoid, but has it happens, it was worth watching! After the initial wait to see the dress, there were the sweet little exchanges, the very popular bishop, and the […]

The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

Confession time: I did another order from Everything5Pounds. I have mixed feelings, and this is why. I has been trying to resist fast fashion. Having said that, some of the items from E5P are excellent quality. The other reason for internal disquiet is that the […]

Is it really a bargain?

Is it really a bargain?

Fast fashion.

Once upon a time, the “skint” reason made sense. If my work shoes broke and there was only enough money for bills and a spare £12, I couldn’t go out and buy patent leather brogues. Buy I could by something for £9 that would get me through until the next payday, or maybe the next three. I had all the different shoe glues, and I could hand-stitch repairs like a pro. I did what had to be done. I also did what I though I deserved. How could I spend big money on something as frivolous as fashion? I felt embarrassed to spend money on myself in that way.

But now that the insanity of my teens and 20s are over and life is much more secure and stable (in every way), why am I buying things that I know won’t last? Many people are still in that position, and having been there I know how wonderful it is that there are budget places to buy clothes. And, to be fair, I still have some £5 items that have lasted for years. It’s a gamble, and sometimes it’s a necessity.

Now I want to think more about everything that I buy. The most recent item in my collection is a pair of boots for work. Three cheaper pairs I bought fell apart in the first week (I won’t name the high street store). So I went looking for something more dependable. I came across the Schuh 365 day returns. Most of my shoes only last a few months. Every time I throw a pair away (or put them in a shoe recycling bin when I can find one), it just feels uncomfortable. And that’s not just because I’m in new shoes.

It’s hard to resist a bargain, but if I can’t rely on it to last, maybe it’s not a bargain after all.

 

Do I dare to try Project333?

Do I dare to try Project333?

As with my quest to only buy recyclable, cruelty-free cosmetics, the new year has made me think of other changes. Nothing swift, just those slow-burn changes that make an impact over time. One such change that has been bouncing around overactive mind is Project333.   […]

Not resolutions, just good ideas

Not resolutions, just good ideas

Happy New Year, and all that. You had a good Chrissy? A nice break from work (for some)? Laughed, drank, got fat? Good job. Have you set any new year’s resolutions? Ugh. No. No I have not. You know why? Because I’m really not that […]

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 
I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 

Not to say you can’t change careers. Who here hasn’t thought of being a flight attendant or a sailor just to look that good?!?

Where do you want highlight?


 
Head: Get people to look you right in the eye. Go big with earrings, hair accessories or a cravat to keep the attention up where you want it to be. You can go full trolley-dolly with the suit, cravat and controlled hair, but this can work well with dresses too, particularly if you want to jazz up a solid base colour, such as grey.
 Bust: Whether you’re balancing a pear bum, or you just love your lemons, you’ve got plenty of ways to focus on your bustline. If the cut of the suit or dress doesn’t do it for you, try lace or embellished camisoles under a suit, necklaces, brooches or scarves to add weight to the top of your shape.
 
 

   

 

Waist: The easiest way to emphasise a shapely waist is the cut of the outfit – BUT if your clothes are doing enough you can call in reinforcements. Any belt can do the job of marking out your narrower middle, but the current trend for wide corset-style belts will really make it pop! It’s like a wonder bra for your waist!

 
 
Hips: To show off your hips, you need to look a little further down. Sure, belts can come in handy too, but even if your suit isn’t curve-accentuating, a good pair of heels will lift your butt and give you that super strut feeling!

 

 

 

Inset image: Fly Me to the Moon by Momo (edited), used under CC BY 2.0

Adding some international flavour

Adding some international flavour

Have you ever looked at a national or cultural outfit and wanted to borrow parts for yourself? Not that you want to encourage commercial cultural appropriation, but something caught you eye. The colour, the lines, the pattern, the fabric – something made you feel good […]

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

I’ve been thinking about doing something new with my hair. I’ve always had a history of playing withcolour, but for the last five years I’ve been rather tame. Partly because I was being “sensible” (i.e. “corporate”) and partly because I was growing it long and […]

Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”.
The post that sent me searching was this: How I finally learnt to put my make-up on properly
When I put an effort into my eyeshadow, I get a lot of compliments. I’m okay at blending, and because I’m warm-toned I use shades that my friends don't use, so I stand out anyway. But I never really thought about the shape of the colouring. I knew what didn't work - cat-eyes. Regardless of the trend, cat-eyes of any description seemed to make my eyes look saggy.
Fortunately for you, I found the answers online so you don't have to look around:

Step 1 - Check you have the basics

Make sure you have the minimum supplies: eyeshadow, concealer, eye pencil, eyeliner, mascara. You'll find a lot of websites talk about primers, mists, setting solutions and other products that make it sound as though you're adding scaffolding to your face, but for you day-to-day wear, these items will be fine (plus brow pencil, but brows are a whole other topic).

Step 2 - Find your shape

Identify your eye shape. I found this Wikihow article  and this one from Vogue the most useful.

Step 3 - See the suggestions

Check out some options for your eye shape. I find sketches, rather than photos, easier to use to understand eyeshadow instructions. For that reason, I recommend these sites for guidance:
  • makeup.com - by far my favourite guide
  • stylercaster - good becuase it has sketched and images side by side
  • Beautygeeks - the chart is actually by Smashbox, but it turns up on a lot of beauty pages because it so comprehensive!

Step 4 - optional videos

Check out some YouTube videos. This might be hard if you can't find good quality videos of someone with the same eye shape as you, but you could be lucky!

Step 5 - Just go for it!

Practice, practice, practice! Play with colour combinations and shades, matt and wet look liners. Have a go, find out what look you like and let me know how it went!

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