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When Good Jeans Go Glam

By Olivia Watkins

Want to dance the night away without fear of flashing your knickers? Are there times when a dress just doesn’t cut it? No fear – we have the solution. Keep those pins warm in your fave pair of trusty jeans. No longer should they be relegated to the back of your wardrobe come party time, these versatile babies are your new BFF. Create a killer party look with a jeans and top combo or simply take your outfit from day to night with a few accessories. Remember – it’s all in the details.

Whether you’re a flare wearer or rock a mean pair of skinnies, we’ve put together three gorgeous outfits for those glam nights out.

Full of flare

Channel 70’s style in this uber-cool flares and wedges double whammy, with touches of gold for added glamour. But don’t forget what decade it really is – wear the must-have item of the moment, the kimono, for on-trend styling. Kimono? More like kimoyes! (Sorry…)

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Micro Trend: Wordplay

By Olivia Watkins

Let your tee do the talking with this season’s wordy microtrend. Loud logos and shouty slogans have stormed off the catwalk straight into our wardrobes – and we have welcomed them with open arms. Whether you want to get if off your chest or let your accessories get literal, wordplay is as easy as ABC to wear. Dress it down for a relaxed look or go full-on glam – only one thing is certain – the less said the better.

We’ve picked out our favourite wearable wordplay styles…

Say what?

No, really, what? You may be feeling confused but you definitely won’t look it in this on-point outfit. Give a sweater a glitzy makeover with the addition of a glitter slogan, not forgetting to liven up your legwear in these check print skinnies. Quilted Catwalk Collection boots and a matching backpack complete this off-duty biker look.

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Everything But the Dress: 5 of the Best Bridal Accessories

When it comes to perfecting your wedding day look, the dress tends to hog your focus. But while your gown will spend its fair share of time in the limelight, the way you style your dress can be just as important as the dress itself. For a beautiful frock to really shine it should be framed with equally beautiful accessories – those thoughtful little details that add real style and elegance to your look.

Take a look at five of our favourite bridal accessories from the Simply Be Wedding Boutique…

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Keep your Big Day beauty essentials close at hand (…or palmed off with a bridesmaid) in a gorgeously glam handbag. Stylishly combining modern chic with roaring ‘20s retro, this pearl-adorned beauty from Jon Richard is the perfect way to add a vintage feel to your look. Continue reading

Festival Inspired Beauty

Summer is here and so is festival season. We all know that means denim shorts, fringe vests and kimonos but what about hair and make up? Fear not because I’m here to take the worry out of beauty this festival season.

When you’re away from home, don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. Camping at a festival is one of the only times I’d recommend the use of facial wipes, just make sure that the ones you choose are very moist so that they don’t tug at your skin. Each morning, sweep a wipe across your face and at night, use one to break down and remove the make-up you’re wearing and use a second to clean your skin. Follow up with a light moisturiser with a built in SPF as this will keep your skin feeling soft and protect it from the sun.

Make sure you wear an SPF on your body too as it is easy to forget when you’re excited to get out there in front of the main stage. The once-a-day application types are great, as you’ll not need to worry about reapplying it throughout the day, which will save space in your bag without compromising on your sun protection.

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For make up, I’d keep things super simple with a light base. My favourite is the Garnier Skin Perfector BB cream. I wear the oil free version and its fabulous because it evens out my skin tone, offers a light coverage and stays put throughout the day, plus you can apply it with your fingers. Squeeze a little extra onto the back of your hand, wait a minute for it to set, and then apply it to the areas where you need a little extra coverage. This method is great for reducing the number of products you take with you as you can use it to cover blemishes and to hide the signs of a late night under your eyes. Dust over a little powder to set everything in place.

To warm up your complexion, apply a sweep of bronzer to your face; this will also add a subtle contour to your face. To save space in your makeup bag, I’d suggest taking a palette like the Sleek Face Form with you as it has a bronzer, blush and highlight powder in one handy compact. Apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks and sweep back towards your hairline, then take the highlighter down the centre of your nose, on your brow bone and on the high points of your cheeks.

For your eyes, feel free to go bold with colour, leave them bare with lashings of mascara or opt for a subtle two shadow smoky eye like me- anything goes with festival make up. To recreate my look, take a gold shadow, pack it all over the lid and up into the crease of your eye and then run a little along the inner half of your lower lash line. Take a brown shadow, work it onto the outer part of your lid and run it along your lower lash line. If you opt for a matte brown shadow, you may be able to double it up as a powder to lightly fill in your brows. Finish up with lashings of mascara and a slick of lipstick or balm for a pop of colour and moisture hit.

The one thing that I love about festival style is the effortless hairstyles that you can create that look like you’’ve spent ages on them when they’ve actually taken you a matter of minutes. My advice would be to heat style your hair either straight with a spritz of a dry texturising spray or curly with hair spray on day one as you head out of the house, then maintain your locks with some dry shampoo on the second and third days while you’re camping. My dry shampoo of choice has to be from Batiste. A travel sized can will keep your hair fresh, oil free and full of volume all weekend.

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Floral crowns, flower bun rings and hair bands are always a big hit when it comes to festival style and they’re super easy to use. Pop a floral hair band around your neck then pull up onto your head to keep your hair off your face or pull it down onto your head over your hair and tuck your hair into it to create a boho Disney princess hairstyle.

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Bun rings take seconds to put in yet create a really chic look. Simply tie your hair up, thread your hair through a bun ring that is a similar colour to your hair, fold your hair over it and pin it in place. Leave it there or and a flower bun ring garland in true festival fashion.

The easiest style of course is to wear your hair down and pop on a Panama hat with some feather earrings that’ll peep through your hair. Quick, easy and simple but it looks great and it’ll keep the sun off your face.

The most important thing about festival beauty is to have fun with it and the same goes for your wardrobe too. Head on over to the Festival collection on the Simply Be website where you’ll find lots of trend led pieces to wear this summer.

Summer Beauty Hacks

With a whole weekend of lovely weather under our belt, we’re gonna put ourselves out there and say that summer is well and truly on its way (hoorah!). But with the arrival of sunshine comes a whole new set of makeup dilemmas to contend with…mascara-melting temperatures, moisture-sapping aircons, skin-scorching sunrays…they can all result in major makeup misery. Get through the sunny season looking fresh-faced and minus the makeup meltdown with our top four summer beauty hacks… Summertime

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Five Wedding Day Must-Haves

In a perfect world, the biggest day of your life starts bright and early after a fantastic night’s sleep, with the sun shining, birds tweeting and every single thing – from the violinist to the vol-au-vents – arriving on time.

Of course, this isn’t the perfect world and only the very fortunate manage to get through their wedding day without some sort of mishap. But your heels snapping, make-up smudging and speakers breaking doesn’t mean the day is ruined; far from it. In fact, the odd calamity is all part of the (rather stressful) fun.

To at least try and make getting hitched go without a hitch, take a look at these five essential things to invest in on your wedding day… Wedding mishaps

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She gave you the gift of life, so you should definitely give her a gift she’ll love. But choosing the perfect gift for your mum on Mother’s Day can be tricky, particularly when your persistently met with ‘Oh it’s fine dear, just get me a nice card’ when you ask if there’s anything she’d like.

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The Oscars: Style Round Up

Just as much about the dresses as it is the winners, Sunday night played host to the biggest night in Hollywood; the Oscars. True to form, it was a display of stunning style and breath-taking beauty, with stars of the big screen pulling out all the stops to impress on the red carpet. While the Academy was clearly most impressed with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, we take a look at the outfits that won our coveted seal of approval!

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After wowing the fash pack at the BAFTAs, rising star Lupita Nyong’o continued her winning style streak with a stunning sky blue gown by Prada. Worn with a plunging neckline and subtle gold accessories, the 12 Years a Slave actress cemented her place as one to watch not only for her acting talents (she walked away with the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) but also for her fantastic eye for fashion. Continue reading