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Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Fashion

Love is in the air – and it’s not just for loved-up couples.

Valentine’s Day is the chance to shower your nearest and dearest with love – children, mothers, fathers, best friends – it’s a day to show those you care.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear the colour of power and love – red. There is no other colour that inspires confidence – and sexiness. Red is powerful and timeless and the ultimate statement of seductive style.

So whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, a night out with your best girlfriends or a family evening at home, these style ideas are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day.

 

CLASSIC

You can’t beat an elegant lace dress for a romantic dinner for two. Pair with polished accessories to enhance the refined silhouette.

Love Honor Baroque dress $319; Valentino ‘Rockstud’ heels $1,330; Olga Berg ‘Belle’ clutch $59; Amelie pave earrings $39.95, all David Jones.

PRETTY

If feminine is your preferred style, a midi dress and heels is the perfect potion. Add an elegant clutch and pretty earrings.

Calli ‘Gaby’ frill dress, $109.95, The Iconic; Nine West ‘Rave’ sandal $99.95; Portmans ‘Florence’ bead earrings $19.95;

BOHO

Channel your bohemian spirit with with a flowing boho dress. Statement earrings adds a gypsy-inspired touch.  

Thurley ‘Hampstead’ dress $599, David Jones;  Nine West ‘Nora’ $159.95; Christie Nicolaides ‘Tesoro’ earrings $269, Myer; Colette Hayman ‘Leah’ clutch sale $31.49.

RELAXED

For a family V-Day affair, opt for effortless chic with a shirt dress. A mid-heel block heel is the perfect partner. 

Trenery cotton poplin dress sale $99.95 and Octavia heel $179; Portmans ‘Charlie’ tort earrings $19.95; Sportsgirl mini circle sling bag $59.95 and Juno block heels $69.95.

 

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Beauty, Make Up

Valentine’s Day may be just another day for some, but for those who like to spend the day showering your nearest and dearest with love, it’s also an opportunity to up the ante on your beauty regime.  

Whether you’re going out for a romantic dinner for two, meeting up with your best girlfriends or having a quiet night in, these beauty looks are all you need to get in the mood for love.

 

Bobbi Brown Soft Smokey Shadow & Mascara Palette $56 and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner $39.

 

Lancôme Rouge in Love lipstick in Fall Rose $50, David Jones; Two Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow, $44, Mecca.

 

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette $69 and Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Peche, $40.

 

Guerlain Terracotta – The Bronzing Powder $74; Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio $79.

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red $11.48, David Jones; NWX Professional Makeup Wicked lashes $7.95, Priceline.

 

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Beauty

All devotees of the fake tan, look away now (or perhaps forward this link on to your girlfriends).

You already know about the benefits of a great spray tan, but for those of you that have not yet discovered this instant confidence booster, please read on.

Did you know that a fan take can make you look slimmer, disguise blemishes and even out skin tone? Hurrah! Lumps and bumps disguised with just a few sweeps of glorious golden glow!

A spray tan is the first thing I book when I’m going on summer holidays or an important event. When when of my clients needs an instant confidence boost, I book them for an appointment with my favourite tanner pronto!

One of the most common reasons why many over-40 women don’t partake in a spray tan is that they feel embarrassed and self-conscious about standing in front of a stranger (usually a young 20-something) stripped down to their undies. They feel they are being judged. To that I very kindly reply “get over it”!

I asked my favourite tanning professional about what it was like to see so many women near-naked to which she replied “I don’t really think about it that way, I focus more on the quality of service I’m providing”.

There is also a misconception that a spray tan will leave you with a Donald-Trump-shade-of-orange. This is simply not the case. Tanning products and formulas are much more improved and provide a natural-looking golden glow. Furthermore, most tanning professionals are experts at choosing the right shade to match your skin type.

If you’re still unconvinced, here are five more benefits of a spray-tan:

1. No Sun Exposure

A spray tanning provides a lovely golden glow without putting your health in danger.

2. It’s Instant

No need to spend hours in the sun (which is a health risk) or in your bathroom to obtain a sun-kissed glow – a spray tan takes about 10 to 15 minutes. 

3. Streak-Free and Even Coverage

An experienced and reputable spray tan professional will provide a streak-free and even tan that will provide a bronzed, natural looking tan. 

4. Choose Your Shade

With off-the-shelf tanning products it can be difficult to find the right shade. You have to buy and then try and if you buy the wrong shade you can spend hours scrubbing it off. A qualified tanning expert will be familiar with their products and tailor the shade to suit you.

5. Boost Your Confidence

A spray tan is an instant confidence booster. A tan has the power to make you feel slimmer and more confident about your their body. How fabulous is that!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Fashion

With a lot more Aussie summer to go, weekend getaways remain high on the agenda so keep summer’s hottest fashion accessory at the top of your packing list.

Once seen as an accoutrement of senior citizens or sporty types, the sun visor has become cool again after hitting many a runway from Dior, to Chanel to Louis Vuitton for Spring Summer 2018. No surprise then that it is now a favoured summer accessory of celebrities and the style set.

Image: @kimkardashian Instagram

Of course the 2018 visor has been reincarnated into a new-age athleisurewear version with coloured perspex brim and sophisticated branding; and whilst you may not find Dior’s DiorClub1 visor neither practical or to your taste, you may find the other version favoured by beach-loving Insta stars more to your liking.

Straw or raffia visors have become the hottest summer accessory of the fashion world and Instagram set (along with the straw tote).

Image: Instagram, @alohaapothecary

Image: Instagram, @stylemecca

A step up from the cloth-covered ’80s-sports’ styles, straw visors come in a range of styles, shapes, colours and patterns and many brands offer eco-friendly, hand made styles made from natural fibres.

Images: Instragram @bycarolina, @heirloomhats

Not just for the beach, a straw visor is the perfect addition to chic summer ensembles.

Image: Instagram @ashleysummerco, @maroobii

If creating insta-worthy summer style is your thing, add a straw visor to your summer beach bag.

Clockwise from left: Seafolly ‘Mocora’ visor $39.95, Sunburn Swimwear; Helen Kaminski ‘Mita’ visor $220; Morgan & Taylor wide brim visor $39.99, Swimwear Galore; Beach Luxe ‘Havana’ visor $29;  Seed Heritage ‘Sienna’ visor $29.
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