Caring For White Prom Dresses

 

While little black dresses and rich jewel tones are always a gorgeous and chic choice for prom, little white dresses are a bright and fun alternative for spring. Long reserved for brides and summer cocktail parties, white dresses flatter in a variety of cuts and styles.

Light coloured dresses, especially stunning white prom dresses, can be a challenge to keep clean and pristine. Between makeup, dinner and dancing, there are just too many opportunities for stain mishaps. So, what can a glam girl do when she wants to shine in a white gown? Read on for tips and tricks for keeping that perfect white dress bright and spotless.

DEALING WITH SPILLS AND MESSES

Different fabrics need different care and different stains respond to different treatment. Planning ahead can save a lot of trouble if someone spills cran-apple cider on you, so be sure to consider the fabric of the dress before treating any spill or stain.

  • Treat stains as quickly as possible.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for garment care. Dry Clean Only is one rule you never want to break when it comes to prom dresses.
  • Gently blot wet stains right away with a clean, light-coloured cloth.
  • Baking soda, lemon juice, and club soda can be mixed together for a quick solution that takes out many stains.

CARING FOR YOUR DRESS

Prom might only come around once a year, but a well-chosen dress might live several lives. Timeless styles make great cocktail dresses down the road. Or perhaps, you and your girlfriends want to plan a dress-swapping event. Many charitable organizations also take donated dressed for low-income women and girls. In all of these cases, or if you just want to save your dress for a future Halloween costume, caring for the garment is a wise idea. Here are some fail-safe tips for caring for your dress so it’s flawless and ready for all adventures.

  • Use the right type of hanger. Notched hangers can damage dresses and tear off sequins and details. Look for a hanger with smooth, straight design for best results.
  • Hang your dress using the ribbons sewn inside the upper part of the dress. To keep the hem of the dress clean and avoid fraying, ensure the dress is hung high enough so it’s off the ground.
  • A cool, dark closet is the best place to store your dress. Make sure it’s away from any windows as sunlight can fade and ruin fabric.
  • For extending the life of the dress and maintaining that bright white look, consider dry cleaning dresses in between uses.

Above all, have fun lighting up the night in whatever white gown matches your mood. A bright, prom-perfect dress that makes you feel like a dancing queen all night long is easily accessorized with almost any colour of jewellery, shoes and, of course, a dazzling smile.

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6 Great Tips to Help Your Fiancé Pick a Wedding Suit

 

 

So you’ve decided together that you would like to formalise your union, picked a wedding planner and perhaps decided that you want to hire a chateau for your wedding. You may even opt for Château Bouffémont, on account of its aristocratic charm, refined interior decor and spectacular manicured French gardens.

Indeed, as an exclusive venue, we are used to many of those who decide to get married with us asking about the finer points of picking a suit for the groom. So, here are the tips that will help you and your beloved to make the right choice of wedding suit sooner.

  1. Consider the setting

We mentioned our venue above, and this has greater influence on the suit and gown that you choose than you may initially presume.

Those who pick a chateau for wedding their beloved are best advised to go for something relatively formal and traditional. Then, there’s the matter of ensuring your respective outfits are well-coordinated with each other – you won’t want one to overshadow or distract from the other.

  1. Go for something timeless

‘Trendy’ fashions age quickly. You won’t want your groom to be mocked (even good-naturedly!) by their family members and friends every time the wedding photos are shown in years to come, all because they chose something that was ‘of its time’ to the point of cringe-inducing.

So, ensure they avoid the equivalent of a ‘Dad wearing flares’ moment by pointing them towards a classic and timeless look.

  1. Pay close attention to the fit

Again, a poorly fitting suit will be glaringly obvious in your wedding photos. That isn’t something you will want all of the family to be reminding themselves of for potentially decades to come.

That means ensuring the suit jacket shoulder lays flat onto your fiancé’s own shoulder, the jacket is just long enough to cover his seat, and his trousers sit on the shoe, with one crease in front of the trousers across the top of the shoe. These are just some of the widely accepted ‘ground rules’ for achieving the most appropriate fit for your groom’s suit.

  1. Achieve the right level of formality

The matter of how formal an appearance to seek for your fiancé’s wedding suit is naturally connected to several of the aforementioned factors, such as the setting provided by the venue. However, once you do know what formality level is appropriate, it’s important to know which suits lend themselves best to it.

A ‘casual’ suit might be easy enough to achieve, consisting of simply whatever breathable fabric makes him feel comfortable, such as a linen or a cotton. If the outfit needs to be especially formal, however, it could be a great idea to guide him towards a dark wedding suit characterised by a very fine and soft fabric, and peaked lapels for the most confident look.

  1. Give some thought to the fabric

It’s understandable why many brides and grooms may be drawn to heavier materials for a wedding suit, given their association with quality and expense. Certainly, if it’s quality you want – and a suit that maintains its shape over time – it’s wool, worsted or wool-blended suits that especially fit the bill.

However, even if you are on a budget, you can still achieve a smart look – as well as breathability – when you consider cotton and polyester suits.

  1. Encourage him to spend a little more

This might sound like quite a cheeky tip, but if there’s one time during your groom’s life that he splurges on anything, it might as well be when he is picking out a wedding suit.

Many years after the wedding, it is unlikely that you will remember the food you served your guests, or even necessarily the venue staff that assisted you, but instead the really big and special things, such as the setting in which you tied the knot and what you were both wearing.

Your wedding is a very special day that calls for a very special gown and suit – and for that, you and your fiancé will probably be thankful for having spent a little more on the outfits you both truly wanted.

Would you appreciate further guidance on how you can pick out the ideal suit for your fiancé? Vogue has detailed five mistakes that the groom needs to avoid when making his decision.

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Tweed: Stylish Ways to Wear it for Cheltenham Races

Tweed has always defined horsing events. However, you could be forgiven for thinking that the heavy material has no place in racing, probably from looking at pictures of summer events heralding soft fabrics and extravagant hats. However, if you go to a racing meet in the colder months, it can be difficult to dress appropriately and ensure that you don’t catch a chill at the same time. Tweed has become synonymous with the folk who grace Cheltenham’s ground, due to the Festival being in March. If tweed is something that you can’t imagine yourself wearing, then we’ve rounded up some of the key pieces, which might just inspire your race day outfit and make you change your mind.

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Since Coco Chanel reinvented the tweed jacket with the launch of Chanel, they have been pushing the boundaries of tweed style. The latest collection is no exception. With suiting moving into the mainstream, a tweed suit makes the perfect Cheltenham outfit, as you can invest in a piece from Chanel and continue to wear it in or out of work for years to come.


If you’re not into structure, this elegant midi skirt makes a great pairing with a dark fitted top for an alternative race day look. Whilst you float around the clubhouse, you could check out the horsing tips on Oddschecker. For the Cheltenham Festival they have Ballyandy at 25/1, so you can have an informed flutter on the horses whilst looking your part in tweed.


If it’s quintessential British glamour that you’re looking for, then look no further than Mulberry. Tweed at Mulberry is both feminine and practical. Take this coat for instance: perfect for the chillier months, but also softly structured, and beautifully finished with a bow. It makes the perfect formal coat, and the practical nature of the fabric makes it perfect for race day. If you want to go minimal but still follow the tweed trend, you can opt for one of the Mulberry tweed bags.


If head-to-toe tweed doesn’t ignite your bones, then accessorising with the fabric might suit you better. You could pair your outfit with a tweed scarf or bag and still join in with the statement. tartan tweed eye makeup was seen on the runway this season, so maybe if you are a head-to-toe tweed lover it might be something to try, and if you aren’t then it might make a good accent to your outfit.
Fashion statements will come and go, but tweed will always reign supreme on raceday at Cheltenham. The practical nature of the fabric alongside the glamour of a racing event ensure that it is a quintessentially British event, and in tweed, it’s easy to be both elegant and warm.

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Winter Newbie: A Few Tips to Keep you Warm This Winter

Seasons come and go, but for some reason, the winter seems to creep up on you. There you are, enjoying the warmth of each day, and all of a sudden a chill starts to take over your days. You realize that winter is around the corner. You should be prepared for the winter with the right winter basics. The following are some basics you should have, especially if you know you cannot handle winters as well as others.

Inner Warmth

One of the most important things you need to make sure you have this winter is that under layer. Layering is not something that you worry about much in warmer climates, but it becomes vital during the winter. You want to wear leggings and thin sweaters under the rest of your clothes. Be sure to consider either silk or wool, which are some of the warmest materials out there. Try to find 100 percent silk or wool to get the best out of your clothes.

The Socks

You probably already have your winter shoes, which are likely pretty warm, but you need to consider your socks. Most people have cotton socks, and those absorb moisture, which can make you feel even colder. You want to do the best you can to purchase warm socks this winter, especially if you are going to be outside for long periods of time. Stick to wool or alpaca, which are some of the warmest options. Make sure that you purchase long socks to get the most warmth out of your pair.

Ear Covers

Those who have walked in cold temperatures know that the ears get pretty cold; it could feel like the chill in the air is hurting your eardrum. You want to do your best to protect your ears during the winter. What you want to wear are ear muffs. Be sure to consider the warmest materials, too. Stick with wool or even fur, which are some of the warmest materials. There are different styles out there if you are worried that you won’t find ear muffs that work with your particular look.

The Coat

Another thing you absolutely need this winter is a good Merino Snug coat, which is made out of fine wool. Again, this is another important layer that you can use to keep warm this winter. Some people, especially the ones that have not gone through a bad winter, think that a coat is somewhat interchangeable with a jacket. This is not the case. Coats are thick pieces of cloth that help stop that chill from hitting your body completely, keeping you warmer longer. Coats are sometimes over-sized to keep more of your body warm during the winter. It also ensures that your clothes for the day stays relative snow-free.

Hopefully, some of these tips help ensure that you are warm this winter. Of course, there are other layers that you need to consider like a good scarf and gloves, but these tips should guide you in the right direction.

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New Clothing Boutique Offers Stylish Dresses for Little Girls

A new clothing boutique, specialising in stylish and glamourous party dresses for young girls, is making waves in the children’s fashion industry in Brazil. Ana Giovana, named after the company founder, focuses not just on style, but also on comfort, with one eye also on eco-friendly elements that make this range a very impressive and exciting one.

Ana Giovana founded her company as she discovered that not only were dresses for young girls often drab and uninspiring, but that the materials they used were not in any way eco-friendly. Furthermore, she recognised that many instances of allergies were down to the materials used in this clothing, so vowed to provide a range that was not only free from material that caused allergies, but was also made from materials from renewable sources.

Research and Launch

A comprehensive period of research, in which Ana surveyed many parents, asking them what they wanted to see in dresses for girls – especially in party outfits – preceded the launch of the Ana Giovana range, and the results were interesting. Parents were in favour of materials that were not treated with allergy-inducing chemicals, and also wanted a sense of style and glamour in their choice of dresses.

Parents also wanted clothing that was comfortable for the child to wear, that would last a long time and that was easy to wash, plus – quite naturally – they wanted an affordable range with a good choice of styles, colours and sizes. Convinced the demand was there, the Ana Giovana was carefully devised to meet the needs that parents had requested, and is now a much talked-about name in the children’s fashion world.

Cotton and Chemical-Free

Ana Giovana opted to use chemical-free materials and chose cotton, a natural and very comfortable material, as the main constituent of her beautiful dresses, or vestidos infantis – children’s dresses in her native Spanish. The result is a fantastic range of very beautiful, supremely comfortable and easy to wash and care for clothes that every little girl will love.

The elegance of the designs is inspired by Ana’s own vision of what little girls like to wear at parties, and is clearly one that has hit the mark with both children and parents. With a fast-growing customer base, and a range that is being added to all the time, the future looks very bright for Ana Giovana, and plans for the future are in full swing.

A ground-breaking dedication to using chemical-free, eco-friendly and allergy-resistant materials and manufacturing methods is what makes the Ana Giovana brand stand out from the crowd, and the sheer beauty of these children’s dresses is inspiring and innovative.

For more information on Ana Giovana and the range of beautiful dresses, have a look at the website now.

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Signs To Look For In An Online Jeweller

Making high-value purchases online is becoming increasingly popular, so it is also important that you make sure any potential jewellery company that you are going to purchase from is reliable and also has a good reputation. You can find some of the best online jewellery retailers listed on reputable websites, but there are also ways that you can tell if you are dealing with a professional company that values their customers.

Look At Their Online Reputation

Whether they are a brick and mortar store, or purely an online business, you will be able to find out a lot of information about specific companies by searching online. There are many independent review websites and forums where people document their dealings with businesses and rate the service that they received. You can get a lot of useful information which will help you to decide if a company is reputable or not when you do a bit of digging online.

They Listen To Your Needs

The Diamond Jewellery Studio is among the reputable jewellers in Brisbane, and they have built their reputation up by listening to their customers and providing what they want. A reputable company will work within your budget and show you all of the options available, rather than spend their time trying to increase your budget and get you to spend more. A good jeweller will also offer their expert guidance and explain all options carefully to their clients.

They Are Fully Accredited

You will also want to ensure that any potential jeweller you will do business with is fully accredited by the Jewellers Association of Australia, as well as other associations. When you make sure that you are dealing with accredited jewellers you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are using a company that maintains set standards and levels of service. If these levels are not kept, then the jewellers may be liable to lose their accreditation. You will also want to make sure that any diamonds you purchase will also come with certification to prove they are legitimate and do not originate from a conflict area of the world.

They Answer All Of Your Questions

Another sign that the jewellery company you are talking to are a reliable one is that they openly answer any questions that you may have. A good jeweller will tell you that you can often save money by getting a diamond which has a slightly lower grade of colour and clarity; and once set into a ring, the average person cannot tell the difference. Whether you have questions about the cut, clarity, or any other facets of jewellery, excellent jewellers will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as explain all of the options that are available to you. Ultimately, a jewellery shop is a business and is there to make a profit, but they are also there to provide their customers with excellent value products and the highest level of service that they can offer. So when you find a jewellery store like this, you should know that you are dealing with a reliable and reputable company that is going to take care of a valued customer such as yourself.

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Autumn/Winter 2017 Accessories That Will Help You Be Fashion Forward

 

 

The seasons are changing, and soon it’ll be time to overhaul your winter wardrobe. Accessories are a great way to update your wardrobe, giving trusted outfits a whole new look, with the addition of a few new elements. Here’s how to go about it:

All in the detail

A well-chosen detail will up your ranking in the fashion pack this coming Autumn/Winter season, so pay attention and don’t let them slip. A well-placed detail, like contrasting stitching and or an injection of strong colour, will show you’re a man of style.

Hats have it

Caps and berets featured strongly in recent cat walk shows, so be fashion forward this year by sporting the right headgear. Choose a cap with a traditional or flat cap style or look for head gear with a hint of the navy about it, as the seafaring influence made its presence felt on the cat walk. If you’re going for a beanie style, keep it chunky and textured looking.

Belt up

Belt up to be fashion forward this autumn, as these accessories finish an outfit to perfection. Look for modish examples wrought from leather or rock urban industrial chic, with a belt manufactured from a webbed material with a sleek, bold fastening. It’s a look you’ll see on the cat walk and the high street, so don’t miss out on this key trend.

Bags – the bolder, the better

Eye catching bags in bold colours made their presence felt on the catwalk. A statement bag is a key ingredient for the fashion forward this winter and a great way to add an element of strong colour into an otherwise staid wardrobe.

Red rules the roost

Talking of bold colours; red burst on to the fashion scene in a big way at the recent fashion shows. Numerous examples of accessories, knitwear and leisure wear sporting a striking scarlet shade are evident in upcoming menswear collections.

Normcore knows best

Unpretentious clothes and accessories that were pared down, practical and normal looking were another noticeable trend on the catwalk. So channel the “normcore” aesthetic by choosing pieces that are understated and functional. It’s an anti-style, style inspired by science fiction writer William Gibson and it’s here to stay.

Tech wear triumphs

Another key trend to emerge on the cat walk was for practical ‘tech’ wear. Whether relating to accessories like bags and wallets, or all-weather jackets, items made by technical fabrics that are breathable, waterproof and lightweight appeared in many a fashion house collection. So practical and stylish tech wear will put you right at the top of the fashion pack.

Texture tactic  

Use accessories to channel another material trend, that for textured fabrics. Tweed and chunky knits were just some of the textured fabrics in evidence in the couture collections. Bags, hats and gloves, provide the perfect opportunity to introduce some arresting texture into your outfit.

So there you have a few tips on how to be fashion forward this Autumn/Winter. Choose accessories of style and quality to up your credentials this coming season, and you’ll be fashion forward.

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Latest Fashion on a Budget – Here’s How!

Looking good is feeling good, and nothing makes you feel good more than wearing the latest, beautiful fashion brands. But it’s the hole in the bank balance that doesn’t make you feel good, so what can we do about that? Everybody likes to save money, so is there any way to keep an eye on the pennies, but still wear designer gear? In fact there are many things you can do to make sure you are up to scratch with fashion but not breaking the bank, and that’s what we’re going to talk about here.

Of course, the simplest fact we need to state is that shopping for clothes in the knowingly expensive high street stores is never going to be the answer; they have the highest mark-up, and you will pay for the experience. There is no doubt that the answer is to shop online, but the question is this: where do you get the best deals?

Online Fashion Savings

If you’re not familiar with shopping online, you need not worry; first, despite many scare stories, if you stay with the reputable sites it is safe and secure. Second, it’s very simple, and you really can make superb savings. This is especially so on clothing, where the overheads that make high street stores so expensive are overcome, and the savings passed on to the buyer.

So, where do you start? Well, we could advise you look at the popular online auctions sites, such as eBay. There, you will undoubtedly find many people selling top class pre-owned designer fashion, and at amazing prices, but there is a problem. As there are many individuals selling on the auction sites, you have no guarantee of quality, or even if the item is genuine. So, you might be lucky and get a bargain, or be unlucky and get ripped off – and then getting your money back can be difficult. Try the auction sites by all means, but be vigilant while you do.

Quality Pre-Owned Fashion

There are sites selling pre-owned fashion gear where you can be sure you are getting quality items. They take the time to check over the clothing carefully to make sure it is not only the real thing, but is in a saleable condition, and you get quite amazing savings on the retail prices. Where can you find such bargains? You could try http://buyandselldonnatela.co.uk, a great site offering a wide variety of top quality fashion brands and superb items, all at quite amazing discount prices.

From shoes to clothing through bags and accessories, Donnatela has a reputation for excellent service and guaranteed quality, as they take the time to authenticate every item, so you know there are no fakes in this collection. You will find the savings to be superb, and the items on sale to be a varied and fabulous collection of top brand names that will certainly please you. It’s got to be the number one shopping portal for cheap designer items, so have a look now and see what you can find.

Saving Money is Fun!

Perhaps the best advantage of using sites such as Donnatela over the auction sites is that you know what you are getting; everything is sorted into categories – just like a regular online shop – and you can browse through the stock easily. Also, there’s no bidding: you have a fixed price – an attractive one – so you also know what you are going to pay. If this sounds like a shopping experience you would enjoy, check out Donnatela now, and you could soon be on the way to making fantastic savings on some truly beautiful designer clothing, shoes and accessories.

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Buying the Right Bra for Each Outfit

Last month I wrote a post about hot to buy bras that fitted perfectly. It proved to be a popular piece, so I decided to write another one this month.

Today’s article takes things a step further, and looks at how to find and buy the right bra for the style of dresses or tops that you most like to wear.

Low back dresses

If you want to wear low back dresses, you need to buy a wrap around bra with converting straps. Typically, these are more easily available in the summer months, so that is the best time to go shopping for one.

What to wear with dresses made from soft materials

Even if the cut of the dress will allow you to wear a standard bra without the straps being visible you still need to choose carefully. This is especially the case if the material is thin, or clingy.

If you wear a lot of clothes that are made out of lightweight fabrics, you really want to avoid lacy bras, because they are always partially visible through the material. It is far better to buy a seamless bra, or one that is made out of some sort of smooth material.

Summer dresses

In the summer when it comes to underwear, less is more. You want to wear a bra that is as lightweight as possible, but still gives you enough support. Summer dresses usually look better when worn with this type of bra, and you should not get as hot when wearing them.

Bras for halter neck dresses

Right now, halter neck dresses are not exactly fashionable. However, I am reliably informed that they are likely to come back into vogue soon, and I know a lot of people still wear them for parties, so I have decided to include them in this post. For this type of dress, a stick on bra really is the best option. These days you can buy them with transparent, convertible straps, which are ultra thin, but provide just that little more support than old-fashioned stick on bras did.

Summer tops and T-shirts

If you are planning to wear tops made out of t-shirt style material, or jersey, it is probably worth investing in a couple of sports bras. They offer a lot of support and are surprisingly comfortable to wear even when you are not exercising or taking part in a sport.

Where to buy

When it comes to buying lingerie, knowing where to shop is half the battle. So, I have found a good place for you to buy. I promise you that you are going to love this range of women’s bras.

This retailer sells every type of bra you can think of and, importantly, they sell them in sizes 28 to 56 and cup sizes D to L. They also have an excellent help page, which tells you exactly how to measure yourself so that you always get the fit right.

It really is worth investing in your underwear and making sure that you always have the right bra to wear. If you do so you will not only look good, you will also feel comfortable.

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Winter Fashion and Beauty Trends

Despite our natural instinct to hibernate, once you get over the biting cold and long, dark nights there’s actually something pretty romantic about winter, and fashion and beauty trends to go with it. Here are our ten top ideas to keep you looking great until spring:

  1. Wavy hairstyles: during winter you need a hairstyle that gives movement to your locks and adds a bit of fun to your darker winter looks. Wavy hairstyles are the way to go, especially if you love covering your head with woolly hats! Think casual and elegant wavy hairstyles, long and short, perfect for those misty days when your hair fights against all the straighteners in the world.
  2. Knitwear: as the common refrain goes ‘Knitwear? More like fitwear.’ Everyone looks good in a bit of knit. This endlessly flattering choice is perfect for cold, blustery days.
  3. Woolly socks: and if we’re on the subject of woollies let’s not forget the simple joy in a luxurious pair of warm socks. Use interesting colours to brighten up your look and wear them pulled up above your boots.
  4. Leather boots: yep, of course, winter requires some sturdy, but beautiful footwear and this season it’s all about leather. Look for buckles and other detailing to get a pair that suits your look.
  5. Belts over coats: this is a recurring trend and one particularly big this year. Use a wide belt worn high around the waist to give you that classic hour-glass figure.
  6. Half-gloves: hands get chilly too so make sure to wrap up warm with a good pair of gloves this season. The trend at the moment is for those which cover up to your knuckles, but leave fingers free for using phones and holding hands.
  7. Thigh length coats: if nothing else, make sure to get a good coat this winter. It’s the one piece that will be most influential to your look. Coats that reach to mid-thigh are particularly on-trend.
  8. Temporary tattoos: usually winter is about covering up, but there will be times when you find somewhere warm and can finally remove all those layers. Why not surprise everyone when you do so with a cute temporary tattoo. There are lots of great options now designed by illustrators and fashionistas that can update your look in minutes.
  9. Braids: if you’re not one for wavy hairstyles and prefer to keep your hair away from your face, long hair can be kept off during winter with braids. Simple, beautiful and leaving you more time for laying on all those extra clothes.
  10. Treat yourself: Winter can be tough with lots of frosty weather and long, dark evenings. The greatest fashion accessory is a cheery attitude so if you need a little TLC during these months don’t hesitate to pamper yourself at a good beauty salon.

Stay warm, stay happy and look great this winter. Follow our tips and there’ll be no need to hibernate for the rest of the season!

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