January312017

Race Day Fashion: What You Need to Know

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The racing season is one of my favourite times of the year – the glitz, the glamour, and of course, the fashion. Knowing how to dress for the huge range of racing events around New Zealand is important. Race day etiquette combines the formal dress code and mannerisms passed down by generations of racing club society members. It’s all about tradition, elegance and style. Classy and dignified defines racing fashion. Here are a few of my tips to get you ready for our upcoming race meets!

 

Headwear

The most notable look of race day fashion would have to be the fascinator. Delicate, feminine and creative, the fascinator adds a touch of edginess and sophistication to your outfit. For good quality fascinators, try Smith and Caughies or David Jones. If fascinators aren’t your thing, hats make a great alternative. Think wide brimmed with floral or bow detailing, or small, traditional hats like the cloche or pillbox.
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Accessories

It’s all about the accessories at the races. They need to match your outfit so your overall look is cohesive. A small clutch or cross body bag is a sound option for carrying your things, as larger ones detract from your ensemble. Keep your jewellery simple, with small earrings and rings, and a delicate bracelet or watch. If your outfit consists of quite simple colours, gloves are a nice addition to spice things up – elbow length for ultimate elegance or short for a more a subtle look. For the Spring/Summer seasons, you’ll want a pair of striking designer sunglasses, too. Karen Walker will get you sorted on that front.

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Dress

Going to the races is the best excuse to wear your most fabulous dress, or to go out and buy one. In keeping with the classy, traditional look, avoid anything that sits more than a few centimetres above the knee. For Spring and Summer, floral patterns or bold, bright colours are perfect. You want to stand out in the crowd while remaining elegant. A black and white colour theme never fails, so keep that in mind when you’re out shopping. For a classy alternative, two piece suits are great.

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Hair and Makeup

Race day fashion is about your whole look, not just your clothing and accessories. Your hair and makeup is equally important. Keep your makeup simple, focusing on just one area for a more natural look. Smokey eyes are gorgeous, and you can’t beat red lips if you’re short on ideas. Use a light mineral powder foundation or even a tinted moisturiser instead of heavy liquid foundation. When it comes to hair, remember you’re going for a classic look. Soft curls are always gorgeous, or a simple swept back up do. A messy side braid or sleeked-back, tight pony tail is an elegant, more contemporary option.

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January262017

Friday Fashion Tip: How to Make Your Legs Look Longer

We all want lovely legs, but not all of us are supermodel tall. Here are my best tips and trick for making your legs look longer – it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of fashion!

 

Aim High

Cara Delivigne high waisted pants

Opt for high waisted pants and skirts to define your waist and give the impression of elongated legs. Cara Delevigne is rocking it in these wide-legged trousers!

 

Shoes Wisely

Nude shoes

Choose nude shoes, or match shoes to your tights or trousers. Think white oxfords with white tights, and black loafers with black tights – this prevents any stark ‘breaks’ in your outfit and instead creates flow. Classy and clever!

 

Skirt the Issue

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Choose dresses and skirts, particularly pencil and A-line styles. If you’re a rectangle body shape wear fitted options like Angelina Jolie above. If you have a pear or triangle body shape, wear a pleated or flowing skirt that ends above the knees.

 

Tuck and Cropped

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Tuck your tops into your trousers or skirts to enunciate the waist and lengthen the legs. Wear cropped jackets instead of full length ones to again highlight the waist.

 

Vertical Patterns

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Wear bottoms with vertical details, like the striped culottes above. Avoid horizontal stripes as these will counteract your efforts to make your legs appear longer.

 

Asymmetrical Hemlines

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Opting for asymmetrical hemlines in skirts and dresses will again give the illusion that your legs are longer than they appear.

 

No Fuss

Alexa Chung clean pants

Keep your bottoms free of detail. Create clean lines by wearing tailored trousers or structured skirts.

 

The Long and the Short of it

Blake Lively short dress

Avoid skirts and dresses that end at your calf as these make the legs appear shorter. Wear your hemline above or on the knee like Blake Lively.

 

 

 

 

January202017

Fat Burning Foods

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Regular exercise and a good diet are essential to maintaining a healthy weight. Thankfully, there are several foods out there which help you burn fat at an increased rate. Try to incorporate the following foods into your meals to help burn more calories. You’ll be feeling and looking fabulous before you know it!

 

Go Nuts!

Nuts are the perfect snack food. They contain fibre, protein and fats that are good for the heart. The protein content helps suppress appetite, meaning just a handful of these little treats will keep the hunger at bay between meals. Avoid salted nuts, as too much sodium can increase blood pressure. Almonds are a great starting point.

 

Wholesome Wholegrains

While some people warn against eating carbs, moderate wholegrain consumption actually helps your body burn fat. Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods than processed foods. On top of that, wholegrains contain a lot of fibre which will keep you full for hours, reducing snacking. Quinoa, wholegrain rice and oatmeal are all fantastic additions to your diet.

 

Green Tea

Green tea has a ton of benefits. Most importantly, it’s rich in antioxidants which speeds up metabolism and enhances calorie burning. I’m a big green tea drinker and can assure you that you do feel results! Be careful when buying bottled tea, as many have high sugar rates.

 

Beans and Legumes

Beans aid muscle growth and fat burning, and help regulate digestion and blood sugar levels. They have low calories and are packed with protein and fibre, helping to curb hunger. Try to swap meat for beans one dinner a week to lower your saturated fat intake, and add them to soups during winter.

 

Eggs

Despite the hard rap that eggs have previously received, they’re a great source of protein which is excellent at burning fat. Your body actually burns more calories digesting protein than carbs or fat. Start the day with a poached egg on wholegrain toast to reduce cravings and give you energy for the day ahead. Remember to check with your doctor if you have a high cholesterol.

 

Eat Your Greens

Spinach, broccoli, kale and other green veges not only contain a heap of vitamins and minerals but are loaded with fibre and have very few calories. They also help clear toxins from the body. Try to incorporate green veges into your diet twice a day – it’s easier than you think with juices, salads, soups and side dishes all easily containing greens.

 

Lean Meats and Fish

Meat has a lot of protein in it, so keeps you full longer. Red meats contains iron and essential fatty acids, but can be high in fat so be careful on the cuts you select, and trim excess fat. Skinless chicken breast is a good option, while fish is great as its low in fat and high in protein.

 

Avocados

Who doesn’t love avocados? As well as containing a host of monounsaturated fats which are great for the heart, avocados have a high fibre content. This keeps you full longer and reduces snacking. Bonus: they’re delicious!

January132017

Top 10 Celebrity Outfits at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are one of the most prestigious film and television awards of the year, bringing America’s finest celebrity talent together in one magical evening. This week’s Golden Globes were as fabulous as always. Our favourite celebrities strolled the red carpet wearing the hottest new trends, but as usual there are a few standouts. My top ten picks are below!

 

Emma Stone

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Emma dominated both the awards and the red carpet, winning Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and standing out from the crowd of other glamorous celebs in a gorgeous Valentino Haute Coutoure gown. What girl doesn’t love sparkles?

 

 

Viola Davis

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Wearing a yellow Michael Kors Collection dress, Viola is stunning. The gown is perfectly fitted to her figure, highlighting her curves and slim waist, and the clutch is a classy addition.

 

Kristen Bell

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Kristen Bell is elegant and sexy in this striking piece by Jenny Packham. Black is always in style, and Kristen complements her dress perfectly with matching nails, a simple clutch and gorgeous jewellery.

 

Anna Kendrick

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Choosing grey is a bold option, but Anna pulls it off. This Greek-inspired Vionnet gown accentuates her slim waist, and the delicate earrings and bracelet go perfectly. I love the deep red lips – you can’t go wrong with red lips, ladies!

 

Brie Larson

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Red is always sexy, and Brie’s strapless Rodarte dress is just that. The sweetheart neckline is flattering and feminine, while the sequins and ruching add texture. Brie’s soft curls complete this classic and effective look.

 

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Sienna’s outfit is probably my pick of the night. The white Michael Kors dress is classy and shows off her great tan, and the Tiffany & Co. jewellery makes a beautiful accompaniment. With a simple ponytail and edgy cutout detailing, Sienna is radiant.

 

Donald Glover

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Actor and musician Donald Glover shows that the men can be just as fashionable as the ladies. The Best Actor in a TV Comedy winner is handsome and on-trend in a velvet Gucci tuxedo and Christian Louboutin shoes. The bow tie adds just the right amount of fun and flair to Donald’s outfit.

 

Millie Bobby Brown

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Everyone’s favourite young actress gave her older companions a run for their money on the red carpet. The ‘Stranger Things’ star was tres adorable in a soft pink Jenny Packham dress with silver heels. With her short hair slicked back, Millie was the picture of style.

 

Amber Heard

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Blonde beauty Amber Heard wows in this flowing Gucci gown. With rose colouring and floral detailing, the dress is feminine and soft. Amber’s swept back hair and red lips finish this elegant look.

 

Ryan Gosling

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Hollywood dreamboat Ryan Gosling is classicly handsome in a custom black and white tuxedo by Gucci. The rose and bow tie are elegant additions to a handsome outfit, and he completes the look with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.

 

January052017

2017: Your Year

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This year is your year. A New Year is a fresh start, a second chance, an opportunity to do better, be better, and live more fully. Let’s make 2017 your year to find true happiness and success. By kicking off the year with the right attitude and a bit of drive, you’re already on the way to enhancing your life. Take into consideration the points below and you’ll be there before you know it!

 

#goals

It’s pretty common to make goals at the start of a new year, but actually sticking to those goals is a different story. Your goals need to centre around something you really care about. If they’re generic and general, it’s easy to lose interest and motivation.

Revaluate your goals from 2016 and adjust them to suit your current situation, hopes and dreams. Think about your passions, your career direction and your aspirations. Where do you want your life to go? What kind of person do you want to be?

Once you have a few solid goals, add them to a diary or calendar, or create a goal chart so they stay in your mind. Now, make things happen for you! Stay focused, think forward and don’t hold back – keep the momentum until your goals are achieved.

 

 

#mind

The best way to make 2017 your year is to have a positive attitude. Kicking the year off feeling good about your life and about who you are sets the tone for the next 12 months. If you feel empowered, happy and in control then your start to 2017 is guaranteed to be a success.

Is your self-esteem at a healthy level? Do you feel confident in your capabilities? Do you feel in tune with your personal brand? Try to be forward-thinking so that you can fit everything into your schedule and therefore feel fulfilled. Ask yourself what you need to do to accomplish your short-term goals while still having a balanced lifestyle. Plan your time so that your hobbies don’t get forgotten and you’re able to relax. Connect with yourself and calm the soul by practicing mindfulness. Your entire life will feel the benefits.

 

 

#body

Make this the year that you really own your body and love the skin you’re in. Self-confidence and respect for your body are essential to finding real happiness. If you aren’t content with your body, your happiness is impeded. Questioning and criticising the way you look, or comparing yourself to others has a negative impact on your entire outlook. We need to embrace and celebrate our bodies in order to enhance our lives.

While we all tend to splurge a little over summer, try to maintain as balanced a diet as possible. Allow yourself a few more treats than usual, but remember to have three healthy meals a day with nutritious snacks in between. Avoid processed foods and refined sugars and opt for fresh, organic produce. Complement your diet with exercise to ensure your body is getting the proper treatment it deserves. There are lots of ways to exercise that don’t involve going to the gym, so even if you’re on holiday you can still workout.

Another way to boost your self-confidence is finding your own personal style. Knowing how to dress for your body shape, personality and values will enhance your happiness as your clothing becomes an accurate representation of who you are. Define your style, plan your wardrobe, then rock it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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