Double-sided tape can really be the answer to any fashion blunder. Be it a gaping blouse, an unruly bra strap, or even creating a hem on the go, we're breaking down the many uses of double-sided tape! Watch on — and let this be a lesson: never leave your home without tape again. On Allison: Equipment top, IRO jacket.
This season, we're giving our bracelet stacks a rest and focusing on layers and layers of pretty necklaces! Whether you're more of the delicate-metal mixing type, or you want something that feels a bit more world traveler, we've got a combination to suit every style. Watch on for all the tips and tricks you need to layer necklaces like a pro.
If you're tired of side plaits or even wraparound milkmaid braids, here's something you'll want to try instead: the cascading plait. It's part French plait, part regular plait, and part waterfall, but 100 percent impressive. And best of all, it's rather easy to do. Just start by spritzing the hair with a working spray to add texture and hold; Kristy White of Festoon Salon in San Francisco (the hairstylist responsible for creating this gorgeous plait) recommends Oribe Superfine (£16.50). To see close-up pictures, along with step-by-step instructions on getting the look, just keep reading for more.
With all of the mascaras and false lash products on the market these days, it's no wonder why women crave long, thick, lush lashes — yet how can we keep them in tip top form? Eyelash expert from Perfect Eyelashes, Agnes Dos Santos offers five tips on how to make the most of your natural lashes:
- 1: Thin or sparse lashes can be a result of a poor diet, age or misuse of product. Start by eating foods rich in Vitamin E (almonds , kale and sunflower seeds), Vitamin C (cauliflower, tomatoes and strawberries) and Vitamin H (soybeans, mushrooms and eggs) to encourage hair growth, restore moisture (which results in reduced breakage) and aid in collagen production.
- 2: For thicker and longer lashes, try applying coconut oil, Vitamin E or a mixture of rose water and honey directly to your eyelashes with a clean brush. Then, massage your coated lashes to help increase circulation.
- 3: Lash damage can occur from too much brushing, curling, using mascara that contains drying, or poor quality ingredients and by leaving your eye makeup on overnight. It's important to wash off your makeup with a gentle cleanser, use a moisturising mascara and be mindful of not overly touching or curling your fragile lashes.
I don't know about you, but my £89 Hunter Wellies were shiny and bright when I first bought them, but after a season stored in my closet, I took them out to find them covered in a white, waxy film otherwise known as "bloom". After using warm soapy water like many bloggers suggested, my poor wellies still looked tired and worn, so I searched and searched for the perfect solvent only to find a natural and inexpensive remedy right in my own kitchen cupboard.
Begin by wiping down your boots so they are free of dirt and must. Then apply a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil to a dry, soft cloth, and rub, rub rub until the white film disappears. Once you are finished, take another clean cloth and keep buffing until the oil is gone and all you are left with is a high shine. You can see the before and after photo above. Easy, breezy, peasy and best of all, you don't have to mess with buying any expensive UV products or solvents as suggested on the Hunter website.
On Wednesday evening in New York City, British actress Carey Mulligan walked the red carpet with rosy lips, smoky eyes and a slicky updo for the Prabal Gurung and Target collaboration that helped kick off New York Fashion Week. Sebastian hairstylist Thomas Dunkin coiffed Carey's hair in four simple steps using the products above:
- Step 1: Begin by washing hair with Sebastian Trilliance Shampoo and Conditioner. Next, apply Sebastian Professional Potion 9 to the lengths once it is towel dried.
- Step 2: Then, blow-dry hair as straight as you can get it, whilst leaving a little bit of body at the crown. Once hair is completely dried, spritz Sebastian Professional Shaper hairspray all over and brush through with a vent brush.
- Step 3: Use your hands to pull hair back into a loose, knot in the middle/back of your head whilst leaving height at the crown.
- Step 4: When the style is in place, mist hair all over with a hearty spritz of Sebastian Professional Shaper hairspray and let it sit to dry.
Sienna Miller's longtime pal and famous hairdresser James Brown was in tow last night to keep the new mum looking flawless on the red carpet. In just three easy steps, James was able to transform Sienna's long locks into a chic rosebud bun that looked elegant to complement her Erdem dress and her role at Tippi Hedren in the film, The Girl. James said, "It’s all about keeping the hair simple, I love the timeless elegance of the Hitchcock’s blondes, and have played down the look to keep it fresh and modern for Sienna’s red carpet appearance, it's classic Hollywood with a twist." Here's what you'll need to create this 1960's style at home:
- Step 1:Prep hair with James Brown London Heat Protect Spray. Next, blow-dry hair with a round brush to smooth everything out.
- Step 2:Then, pull hair into a low ponytail then secure with band. Divide hair into two more ponytails, twist them individually then run a little James Brown London Serum through the the sections.
- Step 3:Lastly, wrap the twisted sections around the central ponytail to create a rosebud style bun and secure the hair with kirbie grips. Set the style in place with James Brown London Effortless Hold Hairspray.
Last night in London at the UK premiere of Cheerful Weather For The Wedding, Felicity Jones wowed on the red carpet in a 2013 Spring Resort floral knee-length Valentino dress that she paired with blush pink pointy heels. With her shiny hair styled in blunt-cut fringe, it was her makeup that stole my heart. Perfectly paired with her dainty dress, Felicity's cheekbones were highlighted in a rosey blusher, her eyes were defined by liquid liner and lengthening mascara, whilst her lips had a flush of medium pink tint adding a special sparkle to her eyes. Shop the products above to re-create her look at home and let me know what you think of her red carpet style in a comment below.
Plaid is a staple Autumn print ripe for an update, and the Spring 2013 catwalks have certainly done just that. The resurgence of '90s grunge has seen the checkered style in firm favour, but this time with a twist thanks to clever print and fabric pairings. Dries Van Noten's show at Paris Fashion Week teamed plaid with sheer floaty florals, intricate embellishment and punchy metallics. Over at Milan Fashion Week, the Max Mara show teamed the Fall classic with leopard print resulting in a safari vibe, while the sheer styling was taken to the extreme at New York Fashion Week when Jill Stuart showed an ivory plaid three-quarter sleeve fitted dress. Shop my plaid pairings below and tell me how you'll bring a fresh twist to the print!
Spring 2013 catwalks have been full of sheer layers, none more so than in Milan where Bottega Veneta and CNC Costume National showed transparent tops, Emilio Pucci focused on trousers, and Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli went the whole nine yards in dresses and matching separates. The trend was prevalent in London too, from see-through embroidered sheaths at Erdem and dresses with strategic panels at Topshop Unique to maxi skirts at Temperley and barely-there tops at Christopher Kane and House of Holland. Sheer inserts were also big news in New York, with skin-baring details at the midriff at Jason Wu, the décolletage at Victoria Beckham, in cropped blouses at Marc Jacobs and on lace dresses at BCBG Max Azria.
While the trend is easier to incorporate into a hot weather wardrobe, there's no need to wait until Spring to jump on board. Autumn sheer layers benefit from following a few guidelines, like layering up both underneath and on top, and keeping the see-through detail to just one statement top, bottom or dress. Fabrics like chiffon are super versatile through the year, so take a look here at 20 ways to go sheer without the fear!