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April 2020  Working from Home

Working remotely will be familiar for some, but a whole new experience for others. Follow my tips to ensure that you’re looking your absolute best in front of the camera:

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April 2020  Working from Home

Working remotely will be familiar for some, but a whole new experience for others. Follow my tips to ensure that you’re looking your absolute best in front of the camera:

Read more
Stripes, Spots and Animal print

Getting the Best from your purchases
Its all about safe bets and what I mean when I say that, is buying something that we know won't date. Great for the pocket and even better for the environment. With this in mind, Here a few tips that will guarantee years of wear. In fact, I hope that you wear them out before they date!

1. The Stripe
Who doesn't love a good Breton stripe? Actually to be a true Breton, it should have 21 stripes, each representing a Napoleon victory because sailors were wearing stripes way back in 1858 (apparently the distinctive print made it easier to spot wayward sailors who had fallen over-board). Breton tops come into their own in spring, when we see fresh shades of colour in the shops.
Stripes can be used to balance out your figure. Triangles (or pear shapes) can use broad stripes across their top half, particularly from the bust up, to balance the shoulders and hips. This shirt is a particularly good example of how a triangle can broaden her shoulder area, and at the same time, lift the eye away from the hips, a potential problem area.
Lean hourglasses can create the illusion of curves. Keep in the back of your mind that stripes, particularly broad ones can build up an area.
Of course vertical stripes are excellent for lengthening the torso, an easy fix if you're looking for those extra inches.

2. Spots
Very much on trend at the moment but spots never really date do they? Consider scale when choosing prints. Larger frames will suit larger prints. Think 1950s super sized polka dots. And for petites, tiny little spots will work well.

3. Animal Print
We really should be tired of animal print by now, but somehow it always remains current. Keep the print to one item only, whether that is shoes, top, coat or bag.
Your colouring will determine which animal print will flatter you most. Warm skin tones will suit the traditional brown leopard print, whereas someone with contrast (dark hair, bright eyes) will love zebra print. There really is something for everyone and if bright colours are your thing, you can opt for pink, turquoise or even lilac animal print.

the Power of Lipstick

Do you know that wearing lipstick has benefits? Here are just a few of them:

Confidence. Who doesn't feel exponentially sexier after a swipe of lipstick? Answer: no one!.

The lips appear fuller. But the mouth isn't the only facial feature it helps to define. A pop of colour on the lower part of your face makes the pop of colour on top—your eyes—look bigger and more defined.

Posture. Surprising, isn't it? Studies have shown that women who regularly wear lipstick have better posture than those who don't. One study revealed that the act of "stretching" to put on lipstick improves balance and coordination, and thereby makes you stand taller!

Swiping on lip colour is the easiest (and quickest) way to look put-together sans foundation, mascara, eyeliner, et al. Less prep time in the morning is always much appreciated.

April 2020  Working from Home

“Working remotely will be familiar for some, but a whole new experience for others. And with the advent of technology such as Zoom, WhatsApp and Skype, it means that we can connect easily with our work colleagues. But how do we dress for online video calls?

Follow my tips to ensure that you’re looking your absolute best in front of the camera:

1.     Forget ‘neutrals’ such as beige, taupe, camel and stone. This is certainly not the time to be shy! Insipid shades don’t fare well in front of the camera. Instead opt for a bold shade from your palette. Navy or charcoal grey would be better than black.

2.     Busy patterns can be distracting, and stripes are a big no-no as they tend to strobe on screen. Block colours are much better.

3.     If you can, sit in front of a plain background (neutral colours work well in this instance).

4.     Accessories can be annoying particularly layered bangles that jangle; keep them to a minimum. Dangly earrings can be distracting so opt for smaller studs. Consider just wearing one necklace – quiet one!

5.     Check your buttons and neckline before going ‘live’ to avoid an embarrassing faux pas.

6.     Make-up can look different online so it’s a good idea to view yourself via your computer screen beforehand. Shimmery eye shadows and highlighters can look just that… shimmery!  Opt for matte finishes instead.

7.     As tempting as it may be to wear loungewear all day, it would certainly boost your confidence (and your mood) if you wore something smarter. There’s probably no requirement to wear full business dress but dressing up will definitely make you feel better about yourself.”