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  • InFashion

    Meghan Markle Turns Heads with Lab-Grown Diamonds

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    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Meghan Markle has become a worldwide fashion icon. Transitioning from ‘Suits” star to Duchess of Sussex has given her the voice to raise awareness about many of her passions, such as women supporting women, education and animals. But her platform has also constantly put her in the public eye…making her fashion choices and statements a popular topic of discussion.

    During an outing on January 10th, 2019, Markle’s simple black dress was the perfect outfit for the occasion. As one of her four new patronages, Smart Works is a charity that helps prepare women for the workplace. During Meghan’s visit, she helped pick out outfits for the women to wear during interviews and even sat down with some of the ladies to discuss interview advice. Since joining the royal family, Markle has often used her clothing and accessories as more than just a fashion statement. By supporting brands such as Turquoise Mountain, Meghan uses her outfits as a way to bring awareness to incredible nonprofits, organizations and companies around the world.

    With so much news surrounding lab-grown diamonds and the negative side of the mined diamond industry, it’s no surprise that Meghan decided to accessories her Smart Works outfit with a pair of gorgeous Kimai ear climbers featuring man-made diamonds.

    “Aside from the design being less royal and more catwalk, press are picking up on the fact that these earrings are sustainable – a hot topic in the fashion world right now.”  Source

    Based on Markle’s previous influence in the fashion industry, many are saying that they will not be surprised to see a spike in the sale of lab-grown diamonds after this appearance.

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    Other than the ethical benefits of lab-created diamonds, these stones are also an environmentally friendly alternative — another interest of Markle’s as seen by the 7 charities she and Prince Harry chose to support through donations at their royal wedding. When comparing lab-grown to mined diamonds and their effects on our environment, the statistics are staggering. For starters, mined diamonds are obviously dug from the ground or sea, while lab-created diamonds are grown in a lab. So, for every 1 carat of mined diamond, nearly 100 square feet of land is disturbed and almost 6000 pounds of mineral waste is created. To put that into perspective, a white rhinoceros also weighs 6000 pounds. On the contrary, 1 carat of lab-grown diamond disrupts just 0.07 sqft of land and only 1 pound of mineral waste. So we’re comparing rhinoceroses to mice…

    But the disrupted land and mineral waste aren’t the only effects of mining for diamonds. Large amounts of water are not only used in the mining industry but also polluted. Not to mention the 125 pounds of carbon emission (per 1 carat of mined diamond) created. In total, air emissions on a single carat of mined diamond are 1.5 billion times higher than those of a lab-grown one.

    And, although many celebrities in the past have opted for “ethically sourced” mined diamonds, more and more information surrounding these diamonds has been revealed. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell 100% where a mined diamond was sourced. And, there has been problem after problem surrounding the Kimberley Process and the specifics surrounding regulations of mined diamonds.

    A recent study on the Kimberley Process and promise of a conflict-free industry states:

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    “The most glaring problem is the certification scheme’s narrow terms of certification, which focus exclusively on the mining and distribution of diamonds, leaving broader human rights issues around worker exploitation unaddressed.”

    With so much information out there and so many individuals (such as Leonardo DiCaprio) devoting their life work to changing the problems that taint the mined diamond industry, it would not be surprising to see more and more celebrities choosing lab-grown diamonds. As we’ve seen time and time again (Lady Gaga’s meat dress), Markle isn’t the only celebrity who chooses to raise awareness of topics she’s passionate about through their clothing.

    Lab-grown diamonds are the future. Celebrities are often some of the first individuals to set trends — whether that be for fashion or a social issue — but in this case, it’s for both. There’s no longer a need to harm our earth to have gorgeous diamonds.

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  • InFashion

    The Dos And Don’ts Of Accessorizing Your Outfits

    Accessorizing your outfits is often the key to giving them a unique look and making sure they appear ‘put together’. However, many people don’t really know how to go about accessorizing their outfits. This means that they often forget to use any accessories at all, or they don’t get it right and end up feeling like something is missing as they wear them.

    Here, we’re going to go through the dos and don’ts of accessorizing your outfits so you can be sure you get it right every time: Read more

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  • InFashion

    Street Style 2019 – A World Of Discovery

    Street style has no definition. It speaks of the culture on the ground, a mix of motifs and colors that define our cities, our music, and pretty much everything around us. Inspirations can come from anywhere and everywhere, so with the New Year upon us, here are some spectacular tips on how you can create your own street influenced style signature.

    Whether it is a semi-casual outfit to work or your tribute to a favorite sub-culture, there are many ways you can flaunt a unique identity without looking overwhelming.

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  • InFashion

    Lingerie Accessories: From Sexy Swimsuits to Cover Ups

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    The beauty of a woman lies within; in the way, she carries or presents herself. Clothing, accessories or even your lingerie items do play a significant role in making you feel confident about your own self. Hence, it is important to keep a part of your income aside to invest in lingerie shopping. Following is a list of lingerie accessories, from sexy swimsuits to cover-ups like sexy panties, which every woman must have in her wardrobe. Have a look- Read more

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  • InBeauty

    Fall In Love With The Skin You’re In

    You put a whole lot of effort into assembling your look. You trawl the fashion websites for the clothes that will cling to your curves while subtly detracting from the wobbly bits you may not be so proud of. You never leave the house without your brow game on point. Your hair is a cascade of shimmering glory that borders on the poetic. Your accessories are matched to your outfit with the precision that would make NASA blush and your shoes… entire anthologies could be written about your shoes.

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  • InFashion

    Fashion Gurus Spill The Beans On Accessorizing

    Accessorizing has changed a lot over the last decade or so. We’ve gone from a world in which fashion gurus insisted that accessories had to match an outfit into one where it seems anything goes. But is this true? While it’s true that true”matching” accessories are no longer required, it’s not true that accessories can go with anything that you wear. There are still style decisions to be made. Here we’re going to take a look at what some fashion gurus themselves have to say about contemporary accessorizing. Here’s their advice.

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  • InFashion

    A Girl’s Go-To Guide For Accessorizing For Every Occasion

    There is one thing every woman should know, and that’s how to match accessories with outfits. Quite simply, a humble piece of jewelry can take an outfit to another level with hardly any effort. For ladies who like to look the part at all times, this is an essential feature to exploit.

    But, accessorizing isn’t as easy as throwing on a few pieces of jewelry and hoping all goes well. It is a skill that needs learning as the occasion dictates what a woman should wear.

    If you don’t know how to accessorize for different occasions, you have come to the right place. This is the only go-to guide you will ever need.

    The Signature Look

    There are times when a girl just wants to get noticed. Don’t think that admitting this makes you a bad person – it doesn’t. It makes you human because we all like attention from time to time. With the right pieces, you can turn every head on the street as you walk past. Name Necklace Official has an excellent range of name necklaces, while H&M has lots of autumn hats. Both of these accessories will stand out from the crowd, but they won’t look tacky or gaudy.

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    The Casual Look

    Let’s face it – most of our time is spent doing menial tasks. They might be necessary, but they don’t require us to wow as soon as we walk in the room. Plus, the casual look is comfortable, and that is something all women love. Therefore, the accessories shouldn’t be too bold or over the top. Also, they don’t need to bring down the comfort levels. As a rule, everything should supplement the style and offset the main features. For example, stud earrings and dainty rings work perfectly with jeans and a sweater.

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    The Workplace Look

    Probably the hardest one to get right, the workplace look is something which intimidates lots of women. The reason it’s difficult is down to the fact that the balance has to be perfect. You can’t be too casual as it comes across as unprofessional, but you can’t overdress as your coworkers will make judgments. The key is to be stylish and serious at the same time. To do this, forget about jewelry and focus on the basics. Do you wear glasses? If you do, a smart pair can be practical, stylish and sexy all in one. With a pencil skirt or a pantsuit, a pair of glasses hit the nail on the head.

    The Wedding Look

    Summer is wedding season, but that doesn’t stop people from getting married. A wedding can be at any time of the year, and you have to be ready to wow. Again, this is not easy because you can’t take the emphasis from the bride. She’s the star of the show and you’re there to show support. Still, with signature pieces, you can turn heads, too. Diamonds, if you have any, are the way forward, as is a wedding hat, a brooch, and a corsage. For an ultimate effect, combine them all.

    The next time you leave the house, you never have to worry about how you look.

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  • InFashion

    Responsible And Affordable Clothes Shopping

    We don’t like to think about it too much, but somewhere in the back of our minds; we know we’re causing harm to the world. A cheap, but stylish blouse that makes us feel amazing was likely made by a poor girl in a factory with appalling conditions. As we become more conscious of our purchases; we have the power to change the industry for the better, and force manufacturers to change their working conditions. One way to do this is by giving our money to companies that enforce responsible and safe conditions for their workers and still generate high-quality products. Here are just a few ways you can be a more conscientious shopper; while still looking fabulous when you walk down the street.

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  • InFashion

    The Best Party Wear Trends to Keep Your Eye on This Autumn/Winter

    It’s kind of sad to think that the summer is coming to an end. The temperatures will soon start to drop and the nights will draw in quicker. But while the shorts and summer dresses get packed away, the little black dress and heels come out as we welcome party season!

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    Most retailers have already started to stock party shoes, dresses and accessories and you’ll find plenty of choice in a range of styles.

    If you’re as excited as I am, check out all my favourite trends ahead of the season… Read more

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  • InLifestyle

    Accessorize your Tech Device with Toddy Gear

    Welcome to the century of smartphones, power banks and selfies. If that camera lens is not clean your selfie will be blurry; something that we would not like to see in our pictures after snapping away that million and 1 selfie. A drained battery while on-the-go without any hope of getting a charge feels like a horrible disaster. I just can’t live without my power bank.

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    With Toddy Gear we are now able to clean our screens, camera lenses effectively with their fashionable and customizable accessories. Say bye bye to 1% battery with these power bank built to keep your battery alive while you drive.

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    Using my Toddy Gear Smart Cloth I am able to keep my tech devices clean at all times whether I am on the go, in the office, at school or at home. The Toddy Smart Cloth is made of premium dual-sided microfiber perfect for cleaning and polishing away dirt, grime and fingerprints from smartphones, tablets, laptop screens, sunglasses and much more. It can also be used to clean other items around the house. The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth is just 5×7 in length and width. It can be easy to store away or taken with you.

    The Pocket Toddy will fit comfortably attached to your purse or in your pocket for on-the-go mistakes. The Pocket Toddy is built with the same premium dual sided microfiber as the Smart Cloth. With a built-in pouch to easily push fingers in to wipe away the mess of dirt and grime from devices, an elastic loop to attach to any purse, backpack and/or keychain. The Pocket Toddy is just travel-friendly and ready to use while on-the-go.

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    The Wedge Mobile Device Stand brought my life at ease. Often, I would be on a video call for long hours and I would have to be holding the phone in my hands which defeats the purpose of doing other activities. The Wedge doubles as a mobile stand and a cleaner for the device which can be found at the bottom of the wedge. It is a plush like bean bag that stands upright to hold smartphones, iPod at an ideal angle. It can be used for viewing purposes or just a phone rest.

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    Nothing becomes annoying until cords are left to become tangled together. The Universal Lightning Cable will charge and sync your device with one single cord and an attachable lightning to Micro USB Adapter.

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    The day would just not be right if you can’t get your phone to 100% or just enough juice to bring you throughout the day. My Power Bank I do not go without. I am happy that I was able to customize it to my very own liking. The Smart Charge Power Bank consist of two ports for charging; one made specifically for IOS devices and the other for any other smartphone device. It comes with its very own micro USB cord to recharge the power bank when the energy runs low. The Smart Charge Power Bank holds a battery capacity of 7000 mAh. It has a sleek design and portable function fit for on-the-go purposes.

    At Toddy Gear, there are a lot of designs for you to pick and choose from. If you like it is also possible to customize a selected set of accessories with your own personalized image, logos, text or just whatever you like.

    Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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  • InFashion

    A Guide to Buying Your First Luxury Watch

    Congratulations on your decision to purchase your very first luxury watch. Many people reward themselves with luxury items as a result of accomplishing a long-term goal or landing a high paying job. Choosing your first luxury watch is something that you should take your time with.

    Here’s a guide to buying a quality luxury watch that may not be your last but could become your absolute favourite purchase.
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    1. Which Watch Should I Buy?

    There are several well known luxury watchmakers that manufacture quality timepieces that are distinguished as well as highly functional. Many people opt to buy a Swiss model, as they’re known for their high-quality craftsmanship and striking designs.  However, the best Swiss watch for the first time buyer could be a Longines model or a Breitling – it’s all down to personal taste (more on this below).

    Workmanship is a big factor that first time luxury watch buyers shouldn’t overlook. Another feature that you want to think about is versatility as your luxury watch should be capable of being worn every day. You can learn more about the choices available, and browse the various designs at Chronoexpert.

    2. If You Could Only Own One Watch…

    If you are buying your first luxury watch, you should pick one that feels naturally comfortable on your wrist. High-quality watchmakers are obsessed with producing watches that look and function exceptionally well. You may want to try on different luxury watches so you can feel the way they fit on your wrist and take a look in the mirror to see how their design compliments your build. When you only own one watch from a luxury designer, consider where you will be wearing it most frequently.

    3. The First Luxury Watch to Buy

    The first luxury watch you buy should be an unrestricted splurge that you make for yourself. This is not to say that you need to try and break the bank on your first luxury watch purchase, but you should be more concerned about style, function, and longevity than catching something on sale that happens to be made by a designer watchmaker. Your first luxury watch needs to have a lengthy warranty, if not a lifetime warranty, so you can just get it fixed or replaced should it ever get damaged. The first designer watch you buy also needs to work with your current lifestyle.

    4. The Best Swiss Watch for First Time Buyers

    Swiss watches didn’t fall into popularity because of where they are manufactured. Instead, Swiss watchmakers gained popularity with buyers due to their incredible smart designs and durability. That doesn’t mean they all look the same, though. There are dozens of luxury Swiss watch brands, and each has its own style and features that make it unique.

    5. What Makes a Watch Luxury?

    A luxury watch isn’t named so because of the price tag.  In actual fact, you can tell that a watch is a luxury just by looking at it. Luxury watches are only available from companies that place a huge emphasis on quality and design. Sometimes you might see an expensive wristwatch and assume that it is a part of a luxury brand, but that’s just not the case. When you see a watch that is high quality and on the pricier side, see what company it comes from to learn if it is a luxury good.

    6. What Does Your Luxury Watch Say About You?

    When you get your first luxury watch and your friends see you wearing it, their reaction should be noteworthy. From being asked questions about where you purchased it; to ask about the price, your luxury watch should make you look and feel more sophisticated. Luxury watches come with a number of features, and it’s believed that you can learn about someone’s personality just by looking at their watch.

    The more simple designs portray an elegant and refined personality, the bulkier sports and diving watches suggest an active lifestyle, and the watches that feature alarms and stopwatch features suggest the owner is someone who enjoys a busy lifestyle.

    Getting your first luxury watch should be about rewarding yourself for working hard and being tenacious. Your entire wardrobe doesn’t have to be made up of luxury items and your new luxury watch may be the only luxury item that you own for a good, long time. Keep up the hard work and have your new luxury watch serviced as necessary so it will become a timeless piece. Whether you wear it every day for several years or only hang it from your wrist when you want to jazz up your look, a luxury watch is a must have accessory.

    A Guide to Buying Your First Luxury Watch