HINTS, TIPS, TRICKS & TRENDS
EAR ADORNMENT . . . . accessories
If you have only one item to take an outfit from work to evening this winter then make it a glitzy pair of earrings. Vintage inspired and shoulder grazing pieces are perfect and mean that you can keep your other jewellery simple. Accessorize are great for interesting, sparkly earrings. Keep a pair in your bag for those impromptu after work drinks and you will always look like you made the effort.
CHUNKY KNITS . . . . clothes
I find keeping warm at the moment is a priority. There are lots of chunky knits about at the moment and they seem to have adopted the volume trend. A longer length, baggy cardigan can be belted to create shape whilst still being ultra comfortable. Chunky jumper dresses with tights and boots also make perfect winter wear. Also go for knitted berets as these are being sported by celebs everywhere. If you fancy a challenge why not learn to knit yourself. www.knittinginstitute.co.uk has great tips and resources for newbies.
SIN-FREE TIPPLES . . . . body
It can be easy for healthy eating to go out of the window at this time of year. When it comes to festive drinks try the following... Vodka and diet coke or Gin and slimline tonic (both have around 56 calories each) If having wine try substituting half the glass for soda water, swap milk based cocktails for champagne based ones and you will make serious calorie savings. You can be sensible without missing out on all the fun. You are also less likely to binge on the buffet if you haven't gone over the top with the alcohol.
BELT UP . . . . accessories
The latest way to wear your chunky waist belts is over the top of coats. It will make the most of your figure nipping you in at the narrowest point. This look works best with macs, and long coats in fairly thin materials. On stiffer, thicker fabrics it will add bulk rather than define a silhouette so steer clear.
STRAWBERRY SANITIZER . . . . health
I always keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer in my handbag. Kids ones are great, and they often have sweet smelling scents. Not only are they great for killing germs they are good for cleaning your hands when there is not a sink nearby. Use often if you have a cold to avoid spreading your germs to the things you are touching. Desks are a known hive of bacteria especially if you eat at your computer.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
There are some great items on here. No trash or tack to be seen, just quality gift ideas for your loved ones...(or yourself). I am loving the home items and in particular, the phone pictured (£49) The lighting and clocks are really original and there are clothing, beauty, toy and stationery sections too. The prices are not outrageous and the website is really easy to use with great photographs.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Barbara Daly Oil-Free Foundation - £5.95 - Tesco
In the past, finding a good foundation has been a chore. I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this Barabara Daly foundation as it is one of the best I have tried and at a 'cheap as chips' price too. I use the almond colour which suits my skin perfectly but what I like most about this product is the smooth, silky finish. It is non greasy but at the same time does not leave skin feeling or looking dry. It also comes in a simple glass bottle so looks good on your dressing table.
Terry De Havilland Irridescent Wedge Sandal - £270 - ASOS
These suede wedge sandals would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe. The shimmering irredescent colours really stand out and just remind me of a mermaid's tail. They would be the perfect accompaniment to that little black dress at the Christmas party...if only my budget would allow! However, at a towering 5 inches, the heels are probably not to be mixed with several glasses of wine anyway.
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