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When you’re dressing yourself up ready to go out, a lot of us often overlook the small things that make our appearance what it is. We concentrate on the big things like our clothes and our hair and forget about the other small things that can make or break a look! That being said, you need to know what you should be paying attention to that isn’t one of the focal points of your outfit.

Lips

Your lips are what people are going to be looking at half of the time when you’re talking, the other half will be your eyes, so you’re going to want to get this right! It’s something that people will notice but it’s a subliminal recognition, meaning that people aren’t going to be able to pinpoint what it is about you that makes you look good! But what lipstick are you going to buy? Well, it has to match what you’re wearing so you’re going to want to buy loads of different ones. Luckily websites like maccosmetics.com exist to fulfill all of your lipstick needs, so go and have a browse!

 

Nails

Your nails are important to finishing off the look for your hands. Your hands are not a focal point at all, but your nails are the most important part of it and so they have to match the rest of your outfit! If your nails are lacking then it’s going to look out of place and will therefore draw attention to it, ruining your look. But if they are inline with your look then you’re not going to have to worry

about it. You can buy nail art designs from websites like http://www.msmee.com/, all you have to do is decide which one is going to fit you the best!

Jewelry

Probably the biggest risk in getting yourself ready is choosing the wrong jewelry to wear. Jewelry has to go with your outfit because it’s a very big and bold statement as everyone can see it. Just like with your nails, if it doesn’t suit your look then everyone is going to see it and it’s going to ruin the look. However if you wear the right one for your outfit then you’re going to be radiant all night!

As long as you take all of these small things into account, you’re going to absolutely smash your outfit. Your lipstick is going to match the rest of your makeup and your outfit too so everything looks like it’s running in sync, your nails are going to be perfect too and won’t draw any attention to them that it doesn’t need to and your jewelry is going to fit what you’re wearing so you just can’t go wrong! The only thing you’ve got to make sure of is that you like the feel of the look you’re going for because there’s nothing worse than not liking the way you look. There is one look that everyone can rock though, and that’s the natural look, so read this to find out how to nail it and show off your true beauty!

 

 

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I have been talking about my wedding since… well probably since I could talk. It’s always been navy, always been yellow, and it used to have blush as an accent color. Not much has changed about the overall look that I wanted- clean, crisp, not overdone, not stuffy- but a few things are really just not for me anymore.

First of all, I used to imagine all my bridesmaids in yellow babydoll dress and cowgirl boots. I’m not really sure what I was thinking with that one because yellow is such a hard color to get right for folks skin tones and my girls are all over the map with that. I’ve also always wanted a city wedding so I’m not knocking the boots (I LOVE my boots) but it wouldn’t work.

Then, I’d dream of getting married at the National Cathedral. I even wrote them an email explaining why before I went away to college. For those of you who don’t know, you have to fall into certain specifications that include going to one of their schools, working there, or donating a certain amount. While technically I didn’t go to a Cathedral school, my school, St. Andrew’s, was highly connected to the Cathedral as a DC area Episcopalian school. We started our year with a service there and that’s also where we graduate from. I was also confirmed there and my children’s choir sang there. It’s one of my favorite places in the city. However, Kendall and I went to a Sunday service there and it just didn’t give us the warm fuzzies. There’s also and issue of size- our wedding is too big for a chapel, too small for the knave (the main church). So we’re looking to get married at a more regular-sized Episcopal church in the city.

The last bit that’s really changed for me is that I’ve upgraded from blush accents to rose gold. (If you’re looking to learn a bit more about this gorgeous metal, Sahra did a great post.) My engagement ring is rose gold and, honestly, we started really going rose gold for the wedding when I was looking at invitations and Kendall told me I needed something more shimmery (to match my personality, God love him). Enter Minted with their foil-pressed wedding invitations. While we’re not doing everything rose gold, we are using it as our accent instead of blush. I’m also not sharing anything that I personally have picked because I want to surprise my guests and, in some cases, Kendall, these are all pieces I considered and love.

Josephine Wedding Invitations||Thrilling Placecards||Thrilling Table Numbers||Rose Gold Bridal Sash||Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet||Sequined Alana Dress||Rose Gold jewelry Set||Step in the Right Expression Vegan Heel||Ted Baker London Glitter Bow Clutch – Metallic

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As you’re probably already aware, there are a lot of people out there who don’t feel very confident about the way they look at the moment. It may be a deep-seated thing that really damages their self-esteem, or it may be something much simpler. In any case, trying out something new can be a pretty attractive thing to do – but it can also be a little daunting!

When people start thinking along these lines, the word “makeover” often comes to mind. But when people think about makeovers, they usually think of something quite extreme. They imagine those reality shows where someone looks completely different at the end of the hour-long program.

Of course, how far people want to take a change in their look can depends quite a lot of what their level of confidence is. People often start thinking about makeovers because someone else has said something about their appearance that wasn’t very kind.

So the first thing you should probably ask yourself is why you want a change in style. Is it just because someone else has said something unkind about what you look like? If you like your style, then you shouldn’t be discouraged just because of them. A change in style should only occur if you really want it to. (Although it could be argued that you should do it if your current style isn’t going to land you your dream job, or something like that!)

Perhaps the simplest ways in which people change their style is by reviewing the sort of clothing they usually wear. Do you tend to stick to the same kind of color scheme all the time? It’s worth seeing if you would fit any other colors. In any case, you could consider giving a wardrobe a ‘purge’. If there’s anything you feel you don’t want to wear anymore, consider packing them away or even giving them to charity. (Or a friend who’s always been envious of your wardrobe!) This will help you make room for some new purchases.

Remember, though, that a change in style doesn’t always necessitate changing your outfit styles. In fact, a lot of people avoid this simply because it’s the most expensive way to change your style, even if it seems like the simplest, at first. One thing you should consider that’s even easier is changing up your accessories – or adding some if you don’t have any already! Jewellery is probably the simplest and most effective. Bags are often recommended, but you’re not always going to be using bags when you’re out and about, so they won’t always signify your style the way you want them to!

One accessory to which you should give some thought is glasses. Of course, to most people, glasses aren’t exactly an accessory – glasses are something they need! Still, thinking about them like accessories can help you decide how they will fit in with a style change. Perhaps you want to look into getting a new pair, or maybe eschewing glasses altogether by getting some contact lenses. Heck, maybe you don’t wear glasses but think they would look good with your new look. In that case, consider looking into some clear-lens glasses. Most places that sell glasses will do them, but they’re much easier to find and buy online. (Be careful, though; you can’t exactly try them on first if you do it that way!)

Perhaps the biggest and scariest thing to commit to when it comes to style changes is a new haircut. After all, it’s not exactly something you can just put on and take off! A lot of people feel like they want to change their hair up a bit, but they’re unsure of what they should get or whether it would look good. If you’re in such a position, you should consider going to a costume shop and trying on some wigs. Seriously. It may sound odd but this really can be the best way to ‘trial’ a hairstyle before making a commitment! When people think of wigs in costume shops, they usually think of the sort of comic and impossible hairstyles you see at fancy dress parties, but there are plenty of sensible and ‘realistic’ wigs out there that emulate hairstyles that are actually feasible! This could be an effective way of making sure a given hairstyle would look good on you before you head to a hairdresser and let them approach your do!

Remember: trying to change up your style is admirable, but you shouldn’t let it take over your life. You can make stylistic changes gradually, instead of shocking everyone you know by approaching them with a completely new look!

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We’ve all had that moment where we’ve seen a photograph – or series of snaps – of a celebrity or style icon and gently gritted our teeth in envy. It’s not fair, we say to ourselves. It’s not fair that they can afford to have killer wardrobes and the funds to be locked in a permanent state of super-coolness, their style just oozing awesomeness. But, if you look closely, their enviable style isn’t the result of the clothes they wear but the little tweaks they make to their clothes. That is how they make even the most bog-standard and basic outfits look incredibly fashionable and undeniably chic.

More often than not, what separates the cool from the every day is a person’s ability to pull together an outfit that you would have never considered. They bring things together to create a style masterpiece. They have an eye for knowing what little things can create the freshest of looks. They know how to recycle old clothes in such a way that they make them look like straight-off-the-rack items.

It isn’t about having the funds to buy the most expensive brands, or about having a stylist that is qualified in bringing cool to the front of everything you wear. No. It is just knowing some of the best tips, tricks and hacks to reinventing yourself and making even your most bland outfits the epitome of cool. And here are the best of the bunch:

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It Is Knot Impossible

We all have a plaid shirt in our closet, one that we bought ages ago because we saw some celeb looking like a total babe in one. But when we wore it, well, it sort of didn’t work out quite as we wanted to. It made us look frumpy. It gave us curves where there shouldn’t be curves. That’s the point. That’s where tying a knot in the middle of a plaid shirt, or any button-up shirt, will work to maximum effect; it accentuates your gorgeous curves by being pulled in at the waist. Don’t worry, tying a knot doesn’t have to mean showing skin because you could wear a semi-turtleneck shirt underneath to make your style more chic and less country lass. Pair it with a midi skirt and you are going to look wow.

Blank Denim Lost & Found Cuffed Jeans

Rolling In The Deep

When we buy a pair of jeans we do so with real caution. They need to fit perfectly. They need to do the job we want them to do, whether they are skinny, baggy, mom or boyfriend jeans. They are designed to look great as is. But the thing with jeans is, they are our most staple fashion diet, which is where rolling the cuffs up a bit can change your look entirely. Show off your ankles, maybe even get a piece of ankle jewellery. This simple hack has the power to freshen up every outfit, even that one you have worn one thousand times before. What’s more, this will accentuate the gorgeous pair of shoes you are wearing. In terms of how wide you make the cuff, that all depends on the cut. But as a general rule, skinny jeans should have a folded cuff and baggy jeans should have a rolled cuff. Distinctions make a difference.

Steven By Steve Madden Jdust Embellished Envelope Clutch – Pink

Accessorizing Is All Killer

Everyday outfits are simple. They should be too. It is all about chucking something on quickly so that you can get out of the house and go and do whatever it is that you need to do. Even if you have a lunch date your outfit should be far more closely aligned to casual than made up. That’s where simple accessorising becomes your best friend because it takes away the casual feeling and makes it a killer outfit in the coolest of ways. Buying a set of gold hoop earrings is always a great move to make, as is a stunning pendant necklace, one that hangs low, or a set of bangles. But it isn’t all about jewellery. An eye-grabbing pair of shoes can work wonders, as can a clutch bag, one that completely clashes with your outfit, one that acts as a focal point. It could be that you are going out in a white tee and a pair of boyfriend jeans with some converse; why not make this pop with a bright clutch.

Lucky Brand – Turquoise Stack Ring II Ring

Be A Lot More Hands-On

When it comes to your hands, and more specifically your fingers, more is better. Seriously, wearing a ring is nice, really nice, but wearing nine rings is seriously cool and seriously chic. Stacking your rings is such an effective way to mix and match different styles of rings, different shapes and sizes. Just like with real estate, it is all about location, location, location. As a general rule of thumb (excuse the pun), but wear your biggest and boldest ring on your index finger and then start stacking rings across your other fingers making great use of mid-size rings. It is a sure fire way to make the high street your catwalk and gain an audience of admiring whispers.

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Always Put A Sock In It

For some reason, we are all worried about having our socks showing, but socks are a part of an outfit, socks are an extra edge, socks are something to be proud of. So, please, don’t hide your socks next time you are leaving the house. Let’s say you are wearing a pair of ankle boots and a nice thigh length skirt, a wavy one; you probably look incredible. But what will make you look truly wow while still looking casual, like you just left the house looking absolutely perfect without even trying, is scrunching your socks up? It’s hard to say exactly how much sock should be showing face above your boot because we all have different length legs. But there is a golden rule circulating among fashion bloggers and this is it: one-quarter of your lower leg should be covered. So pull up, then scrunch down, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors.

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There’s very little about a wedding that’s easy and stress-free. Trying to pick out the right attire for the day is certainly not going to be one example! Most weddings are, to a great extent, about putting on a show and feeling glamorous for a day, so this really puts the pressure on when it comes to choosing the right dresses and accessories.

Fortunately for you, this here is an epic guide to making sure you pick the wedding attire that’s right for you on your big day! It’s something that’s worth reading well in advance to ensure you have the time to follow it and achieve the best results.

Vintage 1950s wedding dress

Begin with the dress

Don’t try to go avant-garde on us. There are a lot of good reasons why most people will pick the actual dress before anything else, and it’s not a trend you should try to buck. After all, the dress is the “main attraction” of your attire, and pretty much everything else has to be picked so as not to clash with it.

With that in mind, you also need to remember that the dress itself shouldn’t clash with you or the venue! A contemporary venue should have a contemporary dress. A more casual or outdoors-y type wedding will call for a different kind of dress. There are people out there who think that choosing the dress first of all turns it into some kind of template, instead of giving it the emotional weight that it deserves. This is nonsense. Pick the dress first, because it’s the best way to choose everything else and avoid some kind of vestiary disaster down the road!

The silhouette

There’s an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to wedding dresses. You’re going to walk into a store and find about a million different dresses you’d love to wear, even after narrowing the range by budgeting beforehand. (Which, yes, is something you definitely need to do! Otherwise, the costs of this process may end up getting a little bit out of hand.) So you need to find more ways of narrowing your desired range so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. One of the best ways to do this is to narrow things down based on the dress silhouette.

The dress silhouette refers to the specific shapes that constitute a given dress. The lines, cuts and curves will determine what kind of shape you would take on if the lights cut out and you were simply a silhouette in that wedding dress. Put very simply, it can help determine how curvy, slender, or ‘poofy’ you look in that dress! It’s worth finding out precisely what kind of dress ‘shape’ you want – the most popular types are A-lines, ball gowns, mermaids, and trumpets. Make sure you know the differences when it comes to dress silhouettes!

Be an early bird

You should take this to mean two things. The first is that you should start looking for a dress fairly early on. Unless you plan on becoming pregnant, the chances of your body shape changing in any significant way from the time you choose the dress to the day of your wedding is fairly minimal, even if you gain or lose a little weight. So it’s best to do this as early as possible. It’s not simply a case of “getting it out of the way” – although there certainly is an element of it to that, considering how stressful choosing a dress can be! – but it’s also about allowing you more freedom when it comes to time and choice.

So what else does “be an early bird” mean? Basically, when you’re going to visit a wedding dress shop, you should go as early as possible. Think about it: the assistants who work in that store have to deal with several budding brides a day. Just like the vast majority of us, they get a little more weary as the day progresses. I’m not saying that you’re going to get some apathetic and insulting assistant if you go in the late afternoon, but you’re certainly more likely to get someone more energetic and attentive if you go in the morning!

The danger of trends

Anyone who follows fashion knows that there are trends in pretty much every type of clothing – and that includes wedding attire. There are trends in gowns, suits, jewelry, hairstyles… everything. And the problem with trends? Many of them don’t tend to look that great when you look back on them in the future. You may think that you want a modern and trendy wedding, but this doesn’t mean you should take this so far that you end up copying and pasting your wedding attire style from whatever magazine you happened to be reading at the time, or whatever celebrities recently got married.

The best kinds of dresses are truly timeless. They’re the kind that look beautiful forever and don’t immediately scream “I got this idea from someone else!”. It is, of course, worth remembering that your choice of wedding dress should reflect your own desires, and make you look and feel great. And maybe that perfect dress for you does happen to be exactly what’s trendy at the moment. Basically, be careful about choosing wedding attire just because it’s trendy – but take care not to shun something you really like just because it’s trendy!

Freshwater pearl bridal jewelry set

Accessorizing

When we talk about accessorizing for a wedding, we’re generally talking about jewelry. Here’s something that’s important to remember: it’s possible to get more than one use of out the jewelry you choose, which is something you probably can’t say about your wedding dress! So this shouldn’t just be a case of making sure you find something that matches with your dress perfectly. You should consider picking out jewelry that you’d actually want to use for other occasions!

To some, this may imply that you should be willing to spend an awful lot of money to ensure you get something that’s beautiful, flexible, and long-lasting. Yes, you should aim for jewelry that is all three of those things, but they needn’t be too expensive. You can, for example, find wholesale diamonds for sale that will do the trick. Otherwise, you may want to consider simply renting jewelry for your wedding day. Heck, even a high-quality replica will probably do! At the end of the day, just ensure that your choice doesn’t clash with your dress and that you’re happy with it.

Avoid audiences

Think about all the wedding movies you’ve seen, and all the television shows that have featured weddings. In most of these there will have been a scene in which the bride-to-be is picking her wedding dress – and has brought approximately a bajillion friends with her. There are a lot of reasons why someone may do this: they don’t want any of their friends being left out, and they also want to get as many opinions as possible.

Here’s the problem with that: you’re just going to end up in the middle of a cross-fire of opinions! The more people you have with you, the more pressure you’re going to feel. It may ultimately be harder to pick out a dress. You should really only have one or two friends with you, at most. Don’t follow the example Hollywood sets – those scenes are there to create dramatic dialogue, which isn’t necessarily helpful in real life!

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When your attire has been decided, it’s worth giving some thought to how you’re going to wear your hair on the day. Fortunately for you, there’s already an in-depth guide to wedding day hairdos on this very blog!

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