2018 A Year of All or Nothing When it Comes to Fashion Trends

The start of a new season offers everyone the perfect occasion to re-plan and re-think their wardrobe. It is also a great time to embrace the new fashion trends while relegating sartorial disasters of the past. According to New York catwalk trends, 2018 brings back the gym kitsch fashion statement, while the supersized earing is back, and fashion even allows you to colour calm yourself. Sating slinks are in, while this year you don’t need to wear corresponding colours, it is spring and mixing up is great. Bright socks and checks are part of the mix, while printed T’s survive all and remain in the spotlight since last year.

2018 Gym Kitsch Gear


Hoodies and sweatpants are something of the past in the 2018 post-athleisure fashion world. The new gym kitsch attire includes items such as clunky sneakers, icing-blue sating boxing shorts and lycra cycling shorts. To truly channel your inner princess at the gym you would need to visit the nearest boutique stocking Dolce & Gabbana, Fenty x Puma or Dior while the Gucci shell suit is a must-have item for fitness enthusiasts.

Supersize Cluster Earrings Make A Fashion Statement of Their Own in 2018

In 2018 more is more, the weirder, bigger and bulkier accessories are the better, especially in earrings. The trendiest earring styles include Chanel’s jumbo icicles, Burberry’s chandeliers and disco balls by Valentino.

2018’s Power Fashion Couple – Elegant Heels & Bright Socks


It’s time to put a sock on it and this year tartan heel socks, fluorescent colours and spindly stilettos allow everyone to make a bright statement. The sock/sandal combo get a refreshed make-over and golden sandals complemented by black ankle socks, or even orange and white combinations, show you know your fashion.

A Year of Mixing Up Your Style to Display Your Feelings

Not everyone feels enthusiastic about corresponding colours and this year a mix of stripes, prints and colours indicate just how up-to-date your wardrobe and fashion sense are. Seen as high fashion are the combination of different size stripes, leopard prints, fishnet stockings and plaid kilts. Rolled up sleeves are back all the way from the seventies while sequinned dresses. Worn with ankle boots draws inspiration from the 1940s. It is also perfect to dress up your lace dress with an army-style coat. Get it? It is indeed a year of mixing up colours, styles and prints.

Showing Skin is Just so 2017s – 2018 Is All About Covering It All Up

Long sleeves, low hems and high necks are part of the spring collection, and one of the most popular outfits by Gucci is an ankle-grazing gown in amethyst bustle-fronted with a hood in the same colour.

What is the Met Gala and why do I keep hearing about it every year

It’s unavoidable. Every year, out of the blue, you’re going to see the headlines Met Gala followed by a list of best dressed. Yet, not everyone realises what the Met Gala is and why celebrities dress the way they do every year for it.

To put it simply – the Met Gala, or sometimes referred to the Met Ball depending on who you’re asking, is the fashion world equivalent to the Oscars. It’s an evening in which designers, actors and actresses, models, and even music artist show off the yearly most over-the-top looks they can create. However, it’s not completely random (even though some who are invited to the prestigious event seem to refuse to dress the part). This event has a yearly theme, with the theme of 2018 being Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Though, this event takes place for a surprisingly charitable reason – some of the profit made goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even though you’re seeing it more and pop culture – this event has been taking place since 1946.

Met Gala Invite List


The invite list for the Met Gala is another story though. Only people who are some of the highest achievers in an array of categories: film, music, fashion are invited. Though, sometimes some exceptional people are invited due to their dazzling personality and their prevalence in today’s media. You should note that every year the guest list changes – so if you’re seeing some familiar faces then it means one of two things: they’re either constantly in the media and have the best personality ever, or that they’re just exceptional achievers in the eyes of the list makers.

The Met Gala doesn’t have a strict dress code other – other than wearing an outfit that fits the yearly theme. However, some celebrities have been known to be invited on multiple occasions, and they usually wear something slightly reminiscent of the original theme. Though many of the people who are considered the best dressed of the Met Gala are the ones that go all out and wear some of the most unique recreations of what they, and their designers, think the theme truly means.

What the Met Gala Offers Sightseers

Okay, so what even happens at the Met Gala? The part that is commonly shown to the public is the red carpet where the invitees show off their stunning, or lacklustre, outfits and take pictures with the designers they’re paired with. After all the photos are taken – the invitees then have a chance to walk through the costume exhibit that the Metropolitan Museum of Art before going off to a stunning venue for a night full of dining, dancing, and enjoying the event. Though some of the invites do host and throw after parties to the fun won’t end.
The best dressed in Met Gala history always changes after every yearly theme. Though Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga all have been known to have the best looks for each one of the Met Gala that they attended. Even with this year’s theme, Rihanna stole the spotlight with her dazzling outfit.

2017 Trends that Should Be Out by Now

There are always fashions that are trending and while 2017 saw some great ones there are some from last year that should be avoided now. There will always be fashion trends that are here today and gone tomorrow, but when is the time you need to say goodbye to a trend that used to be hot? That is never easy to do with a trend that may be recently on the out list, but here are a few recent trends that you may want to steer clear from nowadays.

Chokers

Chokers were big last season and Taylor Swift can be thanked for beginning the fashion trend in 2016, but that trend has run its course. Not that the look has crossed over to memes that have neck braces it is time to move on.

Necklines Off the Shoulders


While necklines off the shoulders can really flatter your shoulders and neck the time has come to check out other body parts. Hey, this neckline had its time in the sun and the single shoulder strap is always cool. One of the top recent trends for the summer of 2018 is to show off a little midriff with the single exposed ab on the side gaining steam for a little skid to show with various outfits.

Bucket Bags

Bucket bags were big for a while and the concept was a good one in having shallow storage options for a travel bag to make things easier to get to. The bags were not only very fashionable, but useful as well. However, more angular and circular bags are trending now even though they may not be as practical as other types of bags.

The Corset – Belts and All

Ok, so Kim Kardashian brought about this trend of the not so recent past and many followed the trend. A corset belt may be the one corset item that should be scratched off the list first., After that dresses that have ties built in should be gone soon as well. Instead check out coats that already have built-in belts and a classic brown leather one, which are a great accessory for tons of outfits.

Bomber Jackets


While bomber jackets may never go out of style for men they may have run their course for women. They are bigger and bulkier, which is not the new trend, as sharp looks that appear to be more on the tailored, like a trench coat or tweed oversized blazer, are the new it looks.

Baby Backpacks

Baby backpacks made a bigtime comeback last year and that nostalgia has worn off. If you think you are too old to wear them you probably are and just avoid them altogether these days with them losing steam in the fashion world. Regular backpacks that are more functional are back in these days as are others that are not so functional, like mentioned before, in angular and circular shapes. Also, you may think of bucket bags, but look above, as those are on the way out as well.

The Face We All Want To Avoid!…. Gift Face

This is a genius piece of marketing from Harvey Nichols for this festive season demonstrating ‘Gift Face’, the face we all want to avoid receiving when giving gifts. When I first watched this advertisement it really tickled me, at some point in our lives we’ve all had to give ‘gift face’ the face that says it all but ultimately is us trying our best to hide how we really feel by attempting to look grateful and like you love the gift you’ve just received.


I also have just come across another of Harvey Nichols adverts that I really like, this one from last year, how this one passed me by is beyond me but I love it so just had to share this one too.

My Top Advent Calendars Of 2015.

  1. Five Dollar Shake, Department Store Scene: £9.95
  2. Charlotte Tilbury, Book Of Magic: £150.00
  3. L’Occitane: £39.00
  4. Diptyque: £250.00
 
With just over a week to go until December 1st, the day we all look forward to opening that first door on our advent calendar, I take a look at some of the best advent calendars out there this year .
 
Every single year Mum has always bought an advent calendar for me and it’s always been a beautiful most scenic of calendars, filled with beautiful illustrations so in tradition one of my favourites that I’ve come across this season has to be the Five Dollar Shake department store wintery scene, with shoppers doing their christmas shopping and santa with his reindeers in the sky.
 
In at number two has to be the Charlotte Tilbury book of magic, this is a great calendar for the beauty products lover or someone with a few pieces of Charlotte Tilbury’s range who wants to try out a more extensive collection.
I for one have been desperate to try her skin care products and some new shades from her lipstick range. If you are like me and want to try more then this is a great pre Christmas treat with 12 fully loaded doors of beauty magic.
 
In at number 3 is the L’Occitane beauty calendar, now I’ll be honest here I’ve chosen this one simply just for it’s beautiful parisian style festive illustrations. I’ve never tired L’Occitane products so I can’t give a true report on this one but if like me you too would like to try their products then at just £39 this one is a real bargain with a wide range of products to trail.
 
At number 4 is the Diptyque calendar, now who doesn’t love a candle burning beautiful scents around their living room when chilling out…. this brand is a bloggers fave, this one also has dual useage usage as some beauty bloggers I have noticed clean out their candles from the glass pots and use them to store their make up brushes in. 

A Sweet Scent For Summer…

There’s one thing I look for in a fragrance and that is longevity, for a fragrance to last a full day is a great thing, I want my fragrance to be sprayed on a morning when I leave the house and still be evident when I get back home on an evening. 
I always liked Angel for it’s fragrance and it’s longevity but Angel Eau Sucree has a sweetness to it that I really like and so with it being a limited edition fragrance I’m keeping this one for special occasions like friends weddings etc, there’s a few this Summer and I’m going to be smelling super sweet for them. Bliss!

A Summer Wedding To Remember…

For those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen I attended the most beautiful wedding last weekend, two of my closest friends got wed and what a beautiful weekend it was.
The sun shone brightly, the dress code was black tie, the venue represented them well… everything was clean cut and most importantly WHITE, the band weren’t your average wedding band, it felt like they were an established chart hitting band, everything was elegant and simply perfect with a great mix of people.

I bought my dress from Biba, I love the way it fitted my hourglass figure, pulling in at the waist to excentuate my curves and to show off my smallest feature, my waist, the colour was just so elegant with the slight slit up to the knee on one side.
I’ve always been a fan of emerald green dresses ever since I wore the most beautiful taffeta party dress as a child which was emerald green. One thing about this bottle green dress was that no one else at the wedding had it, I’m not sure if Biba is just somewhere guests hadn’t thought to look or what but I loved it and it got so many compliments. I would love another occasion to be able to wear this dress again soon as I felt like a princess and due to the colour and style it’s perfect for any season.
My sparkly shoes are from Karen Millen and luckily I get to wear those beauties in a few weeks with my beautiful bridesmaid dress.

I would love to relive the weekend again but onwards to the next one as I plan a best friend’s hen parties for her in a couple of weeks of which I’m a bridesmaid for, I simply can’t wait!

Shops To Extend Opening Hours.

Shops are set to extend their opening hours in England, this is something I have a pretty strong opinion on.
I may not work in retail but strongly think that it’s only fair that retail staff get time off from work like the rest of us. I already won’t go shopping on Boxing day over the Christmas period as I feel that it’s wrong to make staff go to bed early on Christmas day and cut their festivities short with their families and loved ones for some to be back in at work at 4am on Boxing day morning, after all whats one more day, let them have a break.
Now, shops are looking at extending their daily opening hours further, do we not already have long enough opening hours and if you crazily can’t manage to get all your shopping done within those hours then why not Internet shop!? Those shops are open ALL the time! 
I really feel extending the opening hours further is wrong. 
What are your thoughts?

Caroline Flack Adds A Pop Of Colour To Her Ombre Locks…

Anyone who knows me and anyone who has an observant eye for something subtle will know that for the past 6months or so I go through stages of needing a blast of pink pushing through my hair. Not only does it give a shot of pink through my hair but it also changes the overall blonde shade to my hair which I really like to a deeper, dare I say it more natural colour with a blast of fun. 
The pink makes me feel a tad rebellious, mischievous and yet still glam, it’s also fun experimenting with colour when I never really have before. I’ve normally stayed on the safety edge, blonde and nothing but, well perhaps maybe just a few different blonde tones.
 
I really like what Caroline Flack has done with her hair, a slightly deeper version of my pink, she opted for the more ombre look which I yet again swayed for the slightly safer option of a few pink streaks throughout. I normally get my hairdresser to do mine however I could be tempted to get a bottle of the ‘Bleach’ product to try doing it myself at home like  Caroline Flack.

Hilary Duff Goes Casual Chic Round LA.

I really enjoy catching up on Hilary Duff’s style and exercise regime, I’ve always had an interest in her as a bit of an idol, I think it’s because we have a similar style, hair and similar skin complexion for make up but also as she’s of a similar age to me and similar body shape.
I love Hilary’s casual style for hopping round town here her simplistic casual style looks not only chic but also comfortable and very flattering for her hourglass figure and that wide brimmed floppy hat just completes her look fabulously.