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    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!
    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…

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    Something sparkly

    As you’d expect, there will be plenty of sparkles this winter. Shimmering gold and silver dresses are everywhere. They are all styled differently but are all eye-wateringly shiny. Naturally, it is not a look that will appeal to everyone, but an awful lot of us will give these exciting fabrics a go.

    Shiny shoes

    Naturally, if you have a glittery dress you need a pair of shiny shoes to go with them. Dressy patent leather court shoes in gold or silver are everywhere. Diamante open-toed shoes are also widely available. If you are not keen on shiny footwear, do not worry because velvet will also be a head-turner at parties too across the Christmas period.

    For the ultimate bang, look for a pair of Disco ball boots. Versions of these crazy glittering knee-length boots have been cropping up on catwalks, across the world, over the past few weeks. It’s a trend that’s brave, but it’s also bold and beautiful.

    Little black dresses with a twist

    As ever, the little black dress is going to be a party favourite. Highly tailored, mid-length or long dresses are set to be big this year, with the possibility that velvet will start to make a bit of a comeback. This comfortable, flexible fabric is fantastic for dance Divas. They really enjoy the freedom of movement that velvet offers.

    Tweed anyone?

    One of the oddest trends is the incorporation of what is normally considered staid fabrics into party dresses. Stella McCartney has led the way in showing how combining different traditional tweeds and tartans to create striking dresses that could turn heads at the office party. It is too early to say if this interesting design idea will be taken up by High Street retailers, though. If you see one, try it on. It is a look that has the potential to work for all body types and one that will certainly turn heads.

    Party trousers

    If dresses are not your favourite option for a party, do not worry. Most fashion designers have opted to include trousers in their partywear ranges this year. A pair of baggy-legged black trousers will look great paired with a wide belt and a shiny fitted top. The best thing about this party outfit is that you can get away with wearing black baseball boots. So, you can dance all night without worrying about waking up with feet that are covered in blisters.

    Picking your perfect party outfit

    As you can see, you really are spoilt for choice. The designers have come up with something for everyone. However, if you would like a bit more guidance about buying an outfit for a party, you can find it here.

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

    The Perfect Fit: Shoe Style & Stumbles

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    Wearing a pair of shoes that are a poor fit – is there any feeling more irritating in the world?

    Of course, there probably are more severe problems to consider. But in the moment, as your shoes chafe against your skin and you can feel the blisters beginning to pop up, it feels like the end of the world. The most aggravating part of it is that any shoe can do this to you. It could be the new pair that you thought you wore in, but clearly didn’t quite manage. Or it could be an old, trusty pair that you were sure would treat you right, that has now gone over to the dark side and decided to wreck your day.There is, seemingly, no way to avoid an ill-fitting shoe situation.

    As demonstrates, there’s plenty of different kinds of shoes in the world – and every one of them has the potential to cause pain and suffering. There’s no ‘safe’ pair of shoes; you can find comfortable stilettos but then try a pair of running shoes that feel like torture.

    So given the widespread issue of shoes that don’t fit and the problems they cause, what can you do about it? Surrender your comfort for the sake of style and achieving a flawless look? Change your feet? Or – perhaps wisest of all – pick up a few hacks to get the perfect fit every time?

    Wearing Them In – Properly

    You’re keen to wear your new pair of shoes. You wear them around the house for awhile and figure it’s fine. They’re done. They’re ready for their debut.

    They’re not.

    Wearing shoes in is one of the most vital components to getting a fit that works for you. Wear them indoors for at least two days. Their first outing into the real world should be short and take a safe pair of shoes along with you in case you need to change.

    Adapt Your Way To Success 

    There are a few adaptations the average shoe can go through to make it fit better. Everyone has experienced that one pair of shoes where your normal size is a touch too big, but the size down is too small. It’s better to try and modify the too-large pair than make a smaller pair stretch.

    Heel guards, for example, are hidden from view but can improve a fit that’s just a smidge too tight.

    Gel insoles – which lie directly beneath the ball of the foot – can make high heels far more bearable.

    If you’re really struggling with the fit, then full insoles could be the best answer.

    Guard Your Skin 

    If you’re going to be on your feet for any length of time, then protect your skin beforehand. Use blister shields before you get blisters; prevention is almost always better than the cure.

    There’s also a hack, as mentioned on, to try. If you’re wearing your shoes with bare feet, some women swear by a light layer of deodorant applied to their soles. This helps with grip if your feet are prone to sweating, thus reducing the risk of friction that could cause sores and blisters. It’s worth a try, at least!

  • InFashion

    How To Look Flawless On A Formal Night Out; From Head To Toe

    If you’ve been invited to a formal event or evening (lucky you), it can feel a little daunting as there’s an array of things to consider before you go. Usually, the people, or person, requesting the pleasure of your company will have specified a dress code on the invite, or the theme of the party will help steer you in the right direction when it comes to your look. However, it’s important to prep and plan as much as you can beforehand; so you can get ready with ease, and your night will get off to the best start.


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    Let’s start at the top; your hair. Whatever your hair type might be; you want it looking the best it can on your big night out. On the run up to the event, make sure you take some time to indulge in a hair mask or two, so you know your hair is as strong and conditioned as possible. It’s important to nourish your hair before any styling, straightening, or curling, as most of these techniques require the use of direct heat to your hair, along with products and sprays that you’re not used to.

    Figure out if you’re going to use a professional stylist at a hair salon, or if you’re confident enough to execute the hairstyle of your choice yourself. If you’re going with the salon option, make sure you’re booked in as soon as you’ve RSVP’d to the invite. Give yourself enough time to get dressed and apply your makeup after the stylist (whether it’s you, or somebody else) has worked their magic. If you choose to get your hair done in the morning, ensure your style is locked in with enough spray, and it will see you through until you get in the car to go home!


    It’s always a treat to pamper your skin, but in the days leading up to the formal event; make sure you moisturize each day after your bath or shower. If you plan to apply a fake tanning product, it’s key that your skin is hydrated, particularly around your knees, elbows, and heels. Fake tan a couple of evenings before; so it looks as natural as possible, and there’s time to fix any potential mistakes.

    If you don’t feel the need to change the shade of your skin in any way, ensure it’s looking as bright, soft and moisturized as possible. Applying specialist foot cream to your feet and toes, and popping some cotton socks on them, before bed each night will ensure they are soft and sandal-ready. The morning of the event is a great time to use a body scrub, to get rid of any dry areas of skin, and pop your body cream, butter, or soufflé of choice on from head to toe.

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    When it comes to doing your own makeup for an occasion, make sure you practice runs in the evenings, or the weekend before the event. You might need to brush up on your eyelash application or get that contouring technique perfected, so it’s worth remembering that practice makes perfect! Take a look on YouTube and Pinterest for some inspiration and tutorials on formal makeup looks, and test out what’s going to suit your skin tone, hair, and outfit choice.

    Try and work out how long the makeup will take you to do, and give yourself some extra time, in case you need to correct anything or fix a smudge (it’s bound to happen). For some tips on achieving a flawless makeup look, take a peek here.


    Just because you’re heading out to a formal event, doesn’t mean you have to feel completely uncomfortable, or unlike yourself. You can rock an outfit that fits both the occasion and your personal style; so bear that in mind when it comes to going dress or suit shopping. Thinking about the best color palette for your hair and skin tone is a wise place to start; you might think you’ve found the outfit of your dreams, only to find the color makes you look washed out and unwell. So, if you can eliminate certain colors and shades from your search, it will save a lot of time in the changing rooms.

    Once you’ve figured out the best colors for you, think about what silhouettes complement your body shape. Be confident and embrace what you’ve been blessed with (while remembering this is a formal occasion and not a day at the beach). Try on different styles, in different fabrics; then take pictures in the changing room mirror, so you can scroll through each one and decide which makes you look the most fabulous.


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    One of the best things about a formal event, aside from wearing beautiful attire, is completing the look with some jewelry. A special occasion is the best excuse to sparkle from head to toe literally, but make sure you don’t go too overboard (unless it’s an Elizabeth Taylor-themed evening).

    Two to three key pieces are usually sufficient, and will create an elegant look; so, think about a set of earrings, necklace, and a ring for example, or perhaps you could swap the necklace for a bracelet instead. Think about what metal tones and gemstones will fit in will your look, and if you’re treating yourself to something new, take a look at sites like SilverBlings, which will help inspire you on what to choose.


    Hopefully, you’ve already been moisturizing your hands and feet as discussed previously; but, now’s the time to add the finishing touches. You can further ensure the condition of your nails by using a cuticle oil on a regular basis before you paint them or visit the beauticians for a manicure.

    When it comes to your nail polish choice; your options really come down to a neutral, nude shade, or a pop of color, that will stand out on your fingernails and toes. Classic berry tones and reds suit every skin tone, and will go with a huge variety of colors, ensuring your nails wouldn’t clash with your clothing; but, instead, would complement it. However, if you’re unsure and wary of looking too busy; pick a taupe or a pale pink shade, which will definitely go with your outfit, whatever the color.


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    You finally have a legitimate excuse to go shoe shopping (yay); the first thing to make sure of is if you can walk in them. If you never wear stilettos or shoes with a heel higher than two inches, you’re unlikely to be able to walk and dance gracefully at the party, so try not to buy anything that will put your ankles at risk. Luckily, there are so many options when it comes to formal shoes, and they come in every heel height, style, and color imaginable; so you should be able to find the right pair for you and your outfit.

    Make sure you try them on in the store and have a good walk around in them to make sure they are comfortable and don’t rub your feet. You don’t want your whole night ruined because your heels and toes have been in agony since half an hour in. You can wear your shoes around the house a little each evening to break them in and ensure they’ll be comfortable at your event. It’s always better to be strutting when you make your entrance, rather than hobbling!


    Your bag needs to be big enough to hold your essentials; your phone, money, and any cosmetics that might need topping up throughout the night (breath mints and a comb also seem to come in handy). A clutch style bag is a great option, as it will hold all you need, but won’t be too heavy or cumbersome to carry around. Many clutches also come with straps and chains that can be folded away inside; so you can pull them out and pop your bag on your shoulder when you want to dance, take a selfie, or if your hands are full of canapes.

    A beautiful bag is another chance to enhance your overall look, so consider the color and embellishments carefully. Think about metallic colors that will match your jewelry, a shade that will match your lip and shoe color, or perhaps the bag is where all the gemstones and sparkles can be in your ensemble. Check out what formal bags the celebs were wearing at this year’s Met Gala here:


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    The main thing to remember, with any special event or occasion, is to enjoy the process. It’s not all the time that you have to choose something formal to wear and make yourself look and feel great; so see the invite as an instruction to do that and have fun. You don’t have to lose your personality and style either; it’s a chance to figure out what you feel best in, at formal events that you may not experience regularly. Embrace the challenge, treat yourself, and indulge in some quality pampering and shopping time (sounds pretty great).
  • InWedding

    The Essential Six Month Wedding Countdown

    Preparing for a wedding can be a very exciting period indeed. However, all that fun and excitement can quickly turn into stress and frustration when you are trying to sort out so many different things for the same deadline. There is no wonder why so many women end up turning into Bridezillas!

    However, your wedding organization doesn’t have to end up in complete turmoil. In fact, there are many ways you can make all the hard work beforehand really pay off to create a super day. One of the best ways to stay on top of this is to give yourself deadlines every month for the six months running up to your big day. To help you out, I’ve come up with this essential six-month wedding countdown that should help to keep you on track!

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    Tips for Walking in Heels

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    We all love to look our best and by wearing heels it spruces up our entire outfit, doesn’t matter how simple our dressing is. I am a lover of shoes especially stiletto heels, flats, vintage shoes and sneakers. My current collection is growing and I don’t get to wear them all the time.

    While I don’t wear heels exclusively, I do wear them on a regular basis like going to church, work, functions etc. I love to stock up on shoes especially when shopping online. 

    Tips to Walk in High Heels

    I have compiled some easy tips that will help you get started in wearing that heel you admire.
    1. Practice! Practice! Practice! Around the house, until you get comfortable
    2. Don’t sacrifice cuteness for comfort. It doesn’t matter what kind of shoes you wear, you will never be cute walking like a baby deer.
    3. Start with wedges and when they become comfortable you can switch to lower heels until you are good enough to manage 5-inch heels.
    4. Chunky heels are more comfortable.
    5. Try platform shoes; the thicker the platform, the more inches it takes off the heel; therefore, the slant of your foot is not as steep.
    6. Wear flats if you’re still not getting the hang of it.
    7. Heel-toe practice: Get comfortable walking on tiptoes, then use a starter heel such as wedges or a thicker heel around 3-4 inches.
    8. Practice all the time, you can do this all the while even during cleaning.
    9. Take small steps and focus on your steps because you wouldn’t want to end up with a twisted ankle.
    10. Look for features that make heels more comfortable and stable, some heels are thinner than some, so you might find yourself wobbling while wearing.
    I hope these tips came in convenient for you. If not, then maybe heels weren’t meant for you.