Glow for Pride: The Essentials

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Get your rainbow colours on because it is that time of year again! Brighton Pride is just around the corner and the whole city is super excited to get out there and celebrate in style. It promises to be bigger and better every year, and my, does it deliver. Eccentric floats and extreme outfits make Brighton Pride the highlight of my Summer, not to mention it’s right on my doorstep! This joyous occasion does brilliantly in bringing everyone together to celebrate equality and diversity. As a spectator, you aren’t required to dress up however, it is the perfect time of year to splash on some colour and be confident in your skin.

This is our ultimate Guide to Pride 2017!

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Beauty

The key to avoiding beauty disasters is to have a good base to work with. Not your foundation base – but the skin beneath it. It is important to look after your skin all year round, however for special occasions you can up the ante a little to get that extra glow. Using the correct skin care products for your skin type can revolutionize the way the makeup sets on your face. Pride is all about being your best self with confidence and what better way than to show off with a confident summer glow.

Highlighters and radiance cremes have been massive this year, they are perfect products to help you get luminous skin when you need a little pick me up. Unicorn and, of course, rainbow highlighters are a hot favourite for this year. The rainbow metallic style colours are just beautiful and will have you lighting up at the parade like a disco ball!

Once you have that smooth, naturally glowing base…time to get creative!

Scouring Pinterest, it is almost obvious that rainbow eyes are the classic favourite. From rainbow eyeliner to colourful brows, there is no stopping the force of the rainbow! If you are wanting something a little less bright, but still a showstopper, confetti or glitter liner is a great way to go. Layer on the glitter and light up the room, like the true star you are.

Clothing

The weather will play a huge part in what you choose to wear but my advice to you is, be prepared. The UK is famous for its irrational weather, especially with Brighton being so close to the sea. Saying that, the past few years have been bright and sunny so I am hopeful that this trend will continue.

If the weather is a temperamental, don’t be caught out! You will likely be dancing and drinking well into the night too, so ensure you wear more than one layer. A light cardigan or jacket can easily be tied around your bag to free your hands up for dancing.

Standing and watching the amazing floats can take its toll so well fitted, comfortable shoes are an essential. Clothing-wise, leave the dark colours at home and dress in bright colours – loud and proud. The rainbow flag is the iconic symbol of the LGBTQ+ community and during the parade there will be a sea of rainbow colours, so get involved. Usually there are people who walk along the parade route before the event starts selling rainbow flags and accessories, a perfect chance to add some more colour to your outfit.

Bag

No one wants to carry a bag around Pride, however you’ll likely need one to pop your essentials in. Aside from the basics like your purse, phone and keys, here are three things that you may not have considered taking:

  • Portable Chargers, these will be your lifesaver. Unlike us humans, phones do not have the party-lasting power. The last thing you want is to lose your friends and have a dead battery. To avoid any loss of communication, bring a charged up portable charger so your phone can last as long as you!
  • Sun cream, if the weather is good bear in mind that most pubs and clubs will be jammed encouraging you to take the party to the streets. In all the fun, you may forget to apply sun cream. Don’t risk waking up the next morning with a hangover and Reapply factor 30+ every two hours to protect your skin.
  • Identification, most people carry this key to pubs and clubs any way. However, some don’t – double check you have this little card with you before you leave the house otherwise you will not be getting in anywhere!

Transport

The parade as fun as it is, makes getting from A to B near enough impossible. Make sure you plan your route in and out of there. Check the Brighton and Hove Buses social media and website for updates, even the app will have news and information regarding bus times and delays. Book a taxi in advance and beware that the fares may be a little higher than expected as it can take longer to get into town. Returning to your home or hotel, it is best to book a taxi before in advance – trust me, you do not want to be waiting in a long queue at two in the morning.

Along with those awesome tips do remember the safety basics as you would whenever you go out. Have a confirmed meeting point with your friends if you lose each other, never put down your drink and trust your instincts. With all that in mind, have a wonderful, safe and glowing Brighton Pride!

Three Dresses You Will Definitely Be Seeing Everywhere This Summer!

The weather of has been unusually warm in the U.K. recently and Summer fashions have been hotter! With such beautiful conditions, the last thing I want to do is wear my skinny jeans because I might actually melt. Dresses and shorts are a warm weather go to and as the UK isn’t all that sunny most of the time, digging into my wardrobe made me realise that I might need to make some new purchases. Of course, my other half was not happy to hear about being dragged round the shops! However, I did reassure him that he has no reason to moan as I will be trying to do most of my shopping online.

So, I have been on the hunt for the latest fashions and anything else that may take my fancy. Flicking through online fashion magazines got me thinking about what’s been popular this year so far. Through my endless scrolling and looking at these magazines, I have found a trio of of dresses you will be seeing everywhere this Summer – especially in my wardrobe!

  1. The Tea Dress


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I am not sure if this is the correct technical name for the dress, however these romantic, floaty v-neck dresses are super Summery. This is something I imagine I would wear to a garden party or summer wedding as these can easily be dressed up or down. This type of dress comes in many styles, the wrap style is a current favourite as it is perfect to accentuate an hour glass figure.

 

  1. The Throwback Dress

Vintage trends have recently made a comeback with chokers and denim skirts dominating fashion magazine pages. Recently, the slip dress has had a renaissance on the red carpet with Selena Gomez rocking a beautiful Coach design. The popularity Styles such as halter necks, a-line and shifts mean retro dresses never go out of fashion. These should be staples in your wardrobe for those special occasions like date nights.

 

  1. The Asymmetrical Dress

This is a new exciting dress trend, which I personally love as it has a gorgeous quirky feel. The uneven design makes for an outfit that looks a little bit different and interesting. Off shoulder, high-low hem and one-sided ruffles dresses are all examples of asymmetrical dresses that can be paired with sandals for a day look or heels and accessories for those balmy summer evenings.

What I adore about all of these dresses, is that they can all be dressed up for special occasions or down for more laid-back events. With magazines raving about these styles, you will definitely be turning heads whilst staying cool as a breeze  in the heat!

How To Match Your Wardrobe With Your Beauty Regime

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In all the excitement in the run up to Christmas, I almost forgot about the winter solstice. I like to pay attention to this day every year as that means that from now on the days are (finally) getting longer!  And as much as I love the festive season, sometimes I feel like the sun has barely risen before we are plunged back in to darkness at 4.30pm in the winter. So in the winter months, I like to do whatever I can to reinvigorate to my beauty regime and wardrobe to keep away those winter blues!

The Natural Look

I like to keep my day to day look reasonably natural. Who doesn’t want a fresh, flawless finish? To perfect the natural feel, it all begins at the exfoliating and cleansing stage. The cold weather can be particularly harsh on your skin, so bringing it back to life takes a little TLC. There is an abundance of naturally sourced and produced gentle exfoliators perfect for all skin types; it’s simply a case of finding one that works and suits you best. The same goes for moisturiser – it’s important to think about your skin type and find a product that suits you, and then moisturise regularly. Nowadays everyone is clued up about the damage that sun can do to your skin, but it’s worth using a moisturiser with SPF protection all year round as UV rays can still damage our skin in winter. If using a tinted moisturiser, you may wish to finish off with a little powder, and providing you conceal any blemishes this combination is sure to leave your skin glowing. The real attention should be focused on your eyes and lips with defined lashes which are essential for this look. You can forfeit eye shadow and eyeliner but never the mascara. Blondes should try using a brown mascara, whereas darker hair should stick to black. Finally, to add a pop of colour pick a lipstick that almost matches your natural lip tone. This will naturally enhance what you already have whilst still creating a rejuvenated feel. Apply with your finger for a less concentrated final look.

What to wear?

Our calendars are often filled with Christmas drinks and parties over the festive season, which for me means coming up with different ways to wear my favourite black dress. But if you’re going for a natural beauty look then your clothes should be both comfortable and stylish.  A personal favourite of mine is a stylish polo neck with plain black jeans and a pair of sophisticated black boots. It’s a look that is both understated and chic, and can be easily adapted if you’re going straight from the office to Christmas drinks with friends.

Glamourous

Whether glamour is your everyday look or you simply want to feel that extra bit special, the glammed up look requires more shimmer and shine. In the winter it feels like it has been so long since we saw the sun, so we do whatever we can to bring a little sunshine back in to our beauty regimes. However this means that there are a lot of disastrous fake tan attempts: you can have the best fake tan and still manage to get it wrong. To pull off the glamourous look from head to toe, you really need to master the art of applying foundation, and bronzer as well as fake tan. You can spend hours watching video tutorials on how to contour or achieve the perfect smoky eye, but fail to get the fake tan bit right and you have an issue on your hands, literally. Always exfoliate beforehand to remove all dead skin, and follow with a good moisturiser. Make sure you don’t forget the elbows and ankles. Beginning at the arms and shoulders, gradually make your way down using circular motions. For best results apply fake tan at night leaving plenty of time for it to develop. Showering should be avoided until the tan has had time to fully develop.

What to wear?

From my experience black works best as well as olive tones. Of course it’s important you show off your new and improved looking skin. Off the shoulder ruffled tops are fast appearing in all major high street shops; the shoulders offer a subtle hint of sexiness without going full out. Paid one of these with a stylish pashmina scarf and a long trench coat to complete your glamourous look. The important thing here is to remember that you want to show off a little skin to embrace your new-found summer glow, but you also need to dress appropriately for the weather outside.

Get The 1990s Look In 2016

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For those of us born in the 1980s, it is hard not to remember those huge, over-sized earrings that were so popular in the 1990s, or how about the infamous curtains sported by many men? We have all got used to seeing fashions from the re-emerging from decades gone by, but now is the time of the 1990s.

It seems that 90’s fashion has enjoyed something of a rebirth and is currently being sported by the younger members of Generation Y, with the older members trying to hide their sniggering behind their hand.

If you want to find out how to ensure that you are bang on with your 90s fashion for the remainder of 2016 and into 17, then take a look at my top 90’s tips!

The fashion industry has long been recycling previous trends and fashions in order to ensure that they are continually able to push new lines and seasons. This has certainly been true in recent years where we are now seeing something of a 90s revival going on all around us.

This is something that I must admit came as something of a surprise, especially since my niece used to openly laugh at old photos of me in my childhood!

Funnily enough, now she is now sporting similar items of clothing to the ones I wore.

The 1990s were an incredibly exciting time, we had Britpop and Girl Power taking the entire world by storm, and there was even a reason to be cheerful about politics with a fresh-faced Tony Blair promising all sorts to the electorate.

It was a time of mass pride and admiration of British culture, with the country even being nicknamed as ‘Cool Britannia’ and Noel Gallagher popping into Downing Street to drink champagne with Tony Blair.

It isn’t surprising that this was a special time for young people and the 90s certainly brought the younger generations to the forefront of society. There was something of a carefree style that was soaked in rebellion.

The early 90s saw Grunge and minimalism becoming incredibly popular mixed with casual streetwear with a sporty influence. Amongst men there was a shift to more designer labels in the later years of the decade, including the immensely popular Ben Sherman shirts and Lyle and Scott shoes.

This influence can also be seen in the early-00s, where there was a revival of the 80s casuals culture; my brother was a part of this and luckily for me I still have the photos to prove it!

Get the genuine 90s look

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90s Hairstyles

The hairstyles in the 90s were far from boring and the more hair the better was certainly true for both men and women. The 90s were the birthplace of the infamous “Rachel”, which proved to be the most popular haircut of the entire decade and saw women up and down the whole of the UK desperately trying to find a picture of Jennifer Aniston to show to their hairdresser.

Those who didn’t want to follow the herd went for the half-up, half-down look, which was considered to be simple, yet modern. There was also the Alicia Silverstone-inspired schoolgirl look, which made pigtails popular too. This led to a vast array of different hair accessories, including scrunchies, butterfly clips and even bandannas.

90s Footwear

The early 90s saw the birth of the Grunge movement in America and it quickly spread to the shores of the UK. This led to both men and women opting to wear footwear which was inspired by the movement, including heavy duty boot and Converse trainers which were given something of a popularity boost thanks to Kurt Cobain.

The preference for a minimalist style also saw Birkenstocks being more and more popular thanks to their wide variety of styles and colours. There was, of course, also the birth of platform shoes thanks to the influence of the Spice Girls; this saw huge, brightly coloured shoes being paired with mini-dresses.

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The 1990s in 2016

As I mentioned previously, the 1990s is currently enjoying something of a major revival in today’s fashion. We are seeing celebrities and designers opting to rework and reintroduce the trends of the decade.

Those of us lucky to have been born in the 1980s will surely have noticed the re-emergence of crop tops and chocker necklaces being worn by celebrities, including the lovely Rihanna. We are even seeing the emergence of a modern grunge look with distressed denim and combat boots making something of a comeback.

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Working the 1990s Into Your Existing Style

It goes without saying that you can’t just rock up in 90’s clothing from head to toe, instead, you need to look to incorporate it into your current style and make it appropriate and relevant to today’s style and culture.

Look to recreate those popular 90s styles with a 2016 twist

You need to look to capture the ‘too cool to bother or even’ attitude and mix it with today’s quirks. A popular look is to mix crop tops with skinny jeans; what other items of clothing represent today’s and 90’s fashion more? Look to recreate the Grunge look but instead of going all out and taking the scissors to your Converse, keep the look sleek and polished. Grunge purists will claim that you are ripping the style off, but who cares?!

Just remember to enjoy yourselves and have fun finding your very own 90’s rebel!

Nat xx

 

Do You Dress to Please Yourself or Others?

As many of you are aware I’m a happily married woman and have been for some time now. I consider myself incredibly lucky to share my life with a man who is so considerate of my female ways. He has accustomed to my pre night out break downs and occasional fat days. He knows that despite my constant moaning about piling on a few ponds I will continue to eat every Custard Cream in sight nether the less, and that’s fine. Self-confidence plays a huge role in all of our everyday lives, I don’t exclude males from that sentiment either. But how do we make ourselves feel confident, and do we do it solely for ourselves or with another in mind?

Fitting in Fashion

I’m constantly engaging on conversations online regarding fashion and beauty as like many woman, it’s my absolute favourite pastime. Fashion can play a complicated role in the lives of many. Its fills and fuels our media, it acts as the perfect Saturday pass time and can turn a down day completely on its head, yes a nice skit has the power to do such a thing. Recently my husband questioned why I never wore a selection of my wardrobe, “Nat this dress is lovely, why do you never wear this one?” the question really stuck with me and he’s right, I have sooo many clothes but sometimes get into a habit of wearing the same select few. I think us woman have a comfort zone and once we are well and truly within the rhythm of that zone, it’s hard to break away.

After giving more thought to his query, it started to question whether this ‘comfort zone’ we create ourselves is because we are in fact dressing with somebody else in mind, and this if this is the case how does that affect our relationship with ourselves. We dress for work and have to contemplate whether a blouse is too low cut or not low cut enough? Will it gain unwanted attention and therefore make you feel subconscious for the rest of the day. The same applies for first dates, both situations relate closely to having clothing dilemmas. I was however, shocked to hear from a close friend the pressure she feels to not look a state on the morning school run. Apparently wet hair tied up in a bun and jogging bottoms is no longer a reliable go to outfit. Now mums are dressing the impress other mums, unknowingly putting unnecessary pressure on each other.

Putting Him on the Spot

So after a lot of pondering and self-reflection, I went back to my beloved husband and asked him what his favourite outfit of mine was. His face, as I’m sure many of you ladies can imagine, was slightly taken aback. I could see the cogs working overtime as he desperately tried to remember something I had worn one time that he absolutely loved. True to form, he came up trumps with his response of “I went crazy that time you wore that Gatsby dress for Sarah’s 1920’s party, that dress made me feel young and crazy in love again.”. My first reaction was something along the lines of ‘are you sure that’s not just because your favourite film happens to be The Great Gatsby’, but eventually took the compliment as it was originally intended. What did I learn? If I’m honest, although his words made me feel smitten, I too remember feeling incredible in that dress, from the moment I bought it to putting it on and dancing the night away, my confidence was through the roof. So as much as the sparkle caught my fellas eye, as he too has confirmed, in actual fact it the way I held myself in that outfit made all the difference.

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To test myself and ensure that I break my usual pattern, I am challenging myself to not instantly grab my usual comfort clothes and instead try something new or even better something I bought last year and have not yet warn for whatever reason. I am constantly acquiring new items of clothing and for some reason or another disregarding them as quickly as I purchased, more often than not because I fear it may be too much or too little for somebody else. The tight restrictions of dress codes are slowly being broken, for this to ever truly be the case we must embrace and find confidence in what we wear for ourselves, nobody else.