August062017

Spring Handbag Essentials

It’s time to re-evaluate what you have in your everyday handbag. As the temperature gets warmer, the items you carry around on a daily basis should be changed to ensure you’re prepared for the changes spring brings. Here’s what my handbag absolutely has to contain in those sunnier months.

 

Sunglasses

I never leave the house in spring or summer without a stylish pair of polarised sunglasses! There’s nothing worse than spending your entire time outside squinting – not only does it ruin your fun, it increases the likelihood of wrinkles on the brow and around the eyes. Protect your eyes and stay safe on the roads by adding a pair of high quality sunglasses to your handbag.

 

Sunscreen

On that same trend, sunscreen is another essential item for spring/summer handbags. Buy a small bottle that you can easily carry around so you’ll never get caught in an unpleasant situation. Sunburn isn’t just painful, it’s extremely bad for your health and causes excessive ageing to the skin. Try to keep your skin as youthful looking as possible by applying sunscreen every morning during spring and summer – even if it’s grey outside. Reapply at midday if it’s particularly hot.

 

Lip balm

An SPF lip balm is another item I always carry during the hotter months. Chapped lips are both unsightly and unpleasant, and can result in flaking for several days. By applying an SPF lip balm as a base layer each time you apply or reapply lipstick, you’ll keep your lips looking plump and healthy. I love Eco Lips’ Sport balm (SPF 30) and Hurraw’s Sun Balm (SPF 15) for natural, cruelty-free lip protection.

 

Water

Carrying a mini water bottle is a move you definitely won’t regret. As women on the go, we often don’t pause to refresh and take a drink between lunch breaks. I find keeping a small water bottle on me at all times makes me drink, which keeps my body hydrated and energised. Fill it up whenever possible and your skin and body will thank you for it!

 

Headscarf

Last but not least is the headscarf, or neckerchief if you prefer. Functional and stylish, the headscarf is there to protect your scalp should the sun suddenly decide to shine full-blast while you’re outside for a lengthy amount of time. Fold it diagonally in half and tie it at the back of your neck for sweet vintage style – easy chic.

July302017

Spring Cleaning: Your Need-to-Know

It’s that time of year where we welcome the new and say goodbye to the old, assessing our possessions and getting rid of unnecessary items. Not only does spring cleaning help declutter your surroundings and highlight what’s really important, it works wonders on the mind. When you clear out the things that aren’t needed in your life, you create space and inner peace. Your mind will naturally de-stress when it’s in a more calming environment. Minimise the chaos in your climate and you’ll be content in no time!

 

Wardrobe

Clearing out your wardrobe is very therapeutic. I recommend doing this at least once a year, because it enables you to get rid of disused or outdated items and prioritise timeless and beloved pieces. And, of course, it means there’s room for new, trending clothes! Begin by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and going through each individual item. Ask yourself how long ago you wore each item, how often you wear it and whether you realistically foresee yourself wearing it multiple times in the future. If it isn’t a basic or versatile piece, remember to check if it’s in season, too. Try to be firm with yourself – I know it can be difficult, especially when there are memories tied to certain pieces or you find something you forgot you had. Keep in mind that what you throw away could be a blessing to someone else. And by donating old clothes to your local charity, you’re also doing an act of good.

 

Workspace

Once you’ve decluttered your wardrobe, it’s time to get to work on your workspace. This might be a room at home, or an office in the building your work. Start with your desk. Are there folders and pieces of paper everywhere? Read them and assess their relevance. If they’re no longer important, recycle them. If they need to be kept on hand, create a filing system, or add to your existing one. Try to keep your desk as clean as possible. This increases productivity, as you’re able to find things much faster and have a clearer head from the lack of clutter. Examine the rest of the room, too. Could the walls do with a changeup? Are there unnecessary items on the floor? Are your plants alive and well? Tidy up your workspace and you’ll definitely notice the difference.

 

Everything Else!

The rest of the home deserves your attention as well. This means tackling your living room, kitchen and bathroom in the same manner. Bathrooms are generally quick – maybe update the magazine basket and get rid of old shampoo and skincare bottles, then you’re good to go. The kitchen, however, is always a big one. Go through your pantry and fridge and throw out any expired foods. Check your appliances and kitchenware, and clear out items that aren’t needed. Lastly, sort out your living room by removing excess pillows and blankets, recycling magazines and the like. A clean and tidy home makes for a clear, focused and peaceful mind.

July242017

Spring Hair and Beauty Looks

It’s hard to believe with all the shocking weather we’ve had lately, but Spring is actually on the way! Already the runways and stores are beginning to fill with the hottest trends for the Spring/Summer season, so keep up with the game by taking on board these hair and beauty styles.

 

Natural Brows

Natural brows are here to stay. Embrace your God-given brows and enjoy having a more natural look this summer. Ask your brow specialist for a tidy-up and gentle tint rather than an overly-defined style. You’ll save time and still look gorgeous!

 

Plaits, Plaits, Plaits

For simple spring and summer style, throw your hair into a messy plait. Side braids are a beautiful casual chic hairstyle, while a traditional braid softens the face and keeps things tidy. For a night out, why not try curling your braid into a bun, or pinning it around your head?

 

A Touch of Gold

Metallics are in this season, so add some shine to your appearance by using gold, bronze and silver makeup. Shimmery eyeshadow is perfect for a night on the town, while a little bronzer on the cheeks will give you the metallic effect in a more subtle way.

 

Free Locks

Summer in New Zealand is usually about beach hair, and this season it’s not different. Let your hair down and forget about fancy styles. Think soft curls and natural waves. Simple additions like pulling a section of top hair back into a small ponytail add a little more flair.

 

Pastel Perfection

Like metallics, pastels are here in full force. Enjoy the lighter things in life with tones of marshmellow, soft blue, mauve and mint. You can never go wrong with a gentle pink lipstick, but if you feel like branching out a little, give pastel eyeshadow a go.

September222016

Angela Stone on Shop What’s Hot

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I’m so excited to announce my new collaboration with online lifestyle magazine Shop What’s Hot! I’ll be making a contribution every month, so be sure to check it out on the regular. This month, its all about Spring Fashion! Follow the link here to read my latest piece, Fashionable Florals.

August262016

Spring Fever: Your Season Essentials

Pastel Purse

It’s all about the accessories this season, and a purse in pastel is a must-have. Mint, baby blue, soft pink and faded yellow are all great choices. Choose a slim cross-body bag for practicality or a clutch for a more sophisticated look. If you’re like me and carry half your house in your bag, then an oversized handheld will be your saviour. Still not convinced? Get a leather satchel. Classy, sensible and perfect for work or study. Doesn’t Miranda Kerr’s bag look mighty fine on her arm there?

pastel bag miranda kerr

 

Prints and Patterns

As always, floral is in this season. What says Spring more than bright, flowery clothes? Wear it in a dress or blouse to give your outfit a burst of colour. If you’re not into big and bright styles, then get on board the gingham train. Gingham is here in a big way, and gives your outfit just the right touch of vintage-sweetness. Your third option is to stick with the ever-faithful stripes. Black and white, nautical, red and cream – whatever you prefer, stripes have got you covered.

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Bare Shoulders

Off-the-shoulder clothing is the look of the season. Get some sun on your shoulders and pair a flowy sheer top with tapered trousers and oxfords, or go boho and wear it in lace with a flowing maxi skirt. For an evening out, make like Blake Lively and choose a fitted below-the-knee dress. Wear your hair in a messy side braid to show of your shoulders and neckline.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Blake Lively seen on the streets of Manhattan on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

Pleat It!

Pleats made a serious come-back this year, and they’re here to stay for Spring. I love pleats – they’re flattering, elegant and add an element of texture to your outfit. The best thing about pleats is that they look great in most fabrics, so you can wear them in chiffon to dress things up or opt for jersey if you’re wanting comfort and casualness. A knee-length skirt with a fitted funnel neck sweater is retro-chic, and a pastel dress like Kate Middleton below is perfect for a day out in the sun.

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Victorian, Darling

Whether you’re a fan of Jane Eyre or not, the fashion of Charlotte Bronte’s time is influencing contemporary style. Think high necklines, ruffles, collars and sheer or lacy fabrics. I love the femininity and vintage vibes of this trend. A Victorian-style blouse with wide-legged trousers makes for an elegant and modern take on this look, while a dress will really get the heads turning. Thankfully, no corsets or petticoats required!

<> on December 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.