Guest Post | Party Season: Head to Toe Trends to Celebrate

15 December 2017

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One of the best things about Winter is that it contains the most glamorous time of year; party season! There are so many events on throughout December, from office parties to gatherings with friends and family plus Christmas and New Year too of course. That’s a whole lot of outfits, hairdos and makeup looks to plan. It’s fun to try out the latest trends, so here are my picks of the best party trends to try from head to toe, including hairstyles, special outfits and the most on-trend shades of lipstick, eye shadow and nail polish. 

party season trends to celebrate

Party season hairstyles

party season trends to celebrate

If ever there’s a time to pull out all the stops with your ‘do, it’s party season. You don’t have to head to the salon to have a professional stylist primp your perfect plaits and updos, however. Take a DIY approach and learn how to do it yourself at home. Braids are bang on trend, so experiment with different versions of this style, from the fishtail plait and the Dutch braid to the crown plait and the pull through braid. There’s lots of information online to help you have a go. For example, if you want to try a pull through braid, see tutorial here.

Party season makeup

party season trends to celebrate

Glitter lovers rejoice at this time of year, as party season is all about sparkle and that never changes. You can attach temporary gems to your face around your eyes and brows, or slick on a layer of glimmering eyeliner and mascara with flecks of glitter. If full-on shimmer isn’t your scene, metallic eye shadow is a perfect way to embrace the latest makeup trends without going quite so far into bling territory. As for lips, deep berry tones are very much the trend all Winter long, so make a statement now and you can keep wearing those dark red and purple shades for the rest of the season.

Party season nails

party season trends to celebrate

Nail art gets really fun during party season, as the festive-themed nail wraps and tutorials start to stack up. Candy canes, snowflakes and reindeer are all a fun way to bring a Christmassy touch to your nail art. If you prefer chic style over novelty on your nails, then look to the Autumn/Winter 2017 catwalks for inspiration. Dark metallic shades like gold were all the rage at Mulberry and there was a matted-down metallic silver at Daks, while frosted white glitter was the ice queen effect at Sophia Webster. All of these pair perfectly with party season’s other key trends.

Party season fashion

party season trends to celebrate

Velvet is the key texture across fashion and homewares in Autumn/Winter 2017, so it makes sense to indulge in this luxury fabric at this most luxe time of year. Try it in shimmering silver shades or deep berry tones for the ideal accompaniment to your makeup and nails. A party dress is always a go-to option, but you can mix things up this year with the trend for jumpsuits; so much more chic than jeans and a top, and a great alternative to a maxi dress. As for shoes, embellished, glittery and sparkling styles all are on-trend. Ankle boots are where it’s at in terms of shape, if you’d prefer not to wear that party season staple, high heels.

As with all trends, it’s all about how you work them to make them match your own individual style. This is such a fun time of year to embrace new looks. Enjoy party season!

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Guest Post | How to Look Good at a Christmas Party

09 December 2017

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Holiday time is finally here, and the excitement in the air is almost palpable. December is the time of pristine white snow covering the top of our houses, making them look like icing on a cake, it’s the time of spiced apple cider and hot pies, the perfect moment for gifts and family. Of course, it’s also the time of glitz, glamour, and parties! The Christmas party was always my cherry on top when it comes to holiday celebrations, and I can never wait to start getting ready and rock a pretty little look every year. One could say I’m a pro when it comes to these things now. Regardless of the kind of party you’re attending this year, I’ve got a few nice tips to share that will help you look splendidly gorgeous and have a ton of fun! 

Indulge in some beauty treatments

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The best way to look like a goddess for a party is to feel like a goddess! Why not visit your cosmetician and treat yourself to something nice? I always go to the same skin clinic in Sydney and I like to get microdermabrasion a week or two before the event because then I know I’ll have perfectly smooth, velvety skin. Just indulge yourself, maybe you get some dermal fillers, maybe you get a little spa time, whatever you enjoy. It’s important to pamper ourselves and these little beautifying treatments can get us in just the right mood for the party. 

Wax at the right time

Don’t wax the day before the party unless you want red spots to show on your skin! Three to five days is a much better idea. 

Careful with the self-tan

That bronze summer glow is beautiful, but do be careful not to overdo it. Similarly to waxing, it’s best not to do it the night before. A week or two should be enough time for your skin tone to even out and look smooth. 

Let your dentist give you a row of pearly whites

how to look good at a Christmas party

One of the best parts of Christmas parties are the photos! I love taking selfies with my friends, I love those beautiful family pictures. I want my smile to be absolutely perfect for those, so I have a habit of seeing this excellent cosmetic dentist in Sydney every December for a little teeth whitening. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, it’s always good to do it before Christmas and New Year. Imagine yourself with a bright red lipstick and blinding white teeth, charming hearts with your big grin. 

Pick the right outfit

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While Christmas is not really the time for revealing outfits, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be sexy. We’re going for elegance, we’re going for a refined, beautiful look that’s a little seductive, and very sophisticated. I recommend a silk blouse and a cashmere sweater paired with a pencil skirt, or perhaps a red or emerald wrap dress that looks gorgeous on any body type and gives you a dose of feminine allure. Add shimmery accessories – a slim bracelet, or a pair of dangling earrings, and a belt to go around your waist. 

Perfect your makeup game

how to look good at a Christmas party
 
Makeup can be a real game-changer on a party, because it can either bring out your best features and make you look gorgeous in pictures, or it can smudge and become runny and make you look sloppy. To ensure it lasts all day, you want to use a good primer, and a good setting spray (like Urban Decay All Nighter). For a sultry, bombshell look that’s still perfectly appropriate for family dinners, try a chocolate cranberry smokey eye that will bring out all the glam and make your eyes really pop. 

One last tip, ladies: practice your makeup and wear your outfit before the actual party. You want to see how it all looks on you and change up the details you’re not satisfied with. Otherwise, bring good mood and your smiles, and enjoy the food, the booze, and the company! 


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Life Update | Where Have I Been?!

12 November 2017

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3 Months.

That's how long it's been since I wrote my last blog post.

The reason for that is life has just been a bit hectic since. In the space of about two months I'd got in a relationship, went on holiday, lost my job, went on holiday again, had a mental breakdown thinking I was going to lose my house and then got another job. Mental, right?

Things have started to settle back down now though and I'm hoping that I'll get back into the rhythm of blogging again!

Watch this space!
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