Special Feature: The Short Shoe History

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This post from Farfetch fashion website gives a cool rundown of some of the most inspirational style icons throughout the decades, and the shoe styles that left their mark on history.

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Best of Couture Fashion Week AW15


From the super natural looks seen at Giambattista Valli and Dior, to the painted faces at Schiaparelli and Chanel, the couture shows were a delight.

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Taraji P. Henson for W Magazine


Tarjai P.Henson looks so gorgeous on the cover of W magazine. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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4 Tips for Fabulous Summer Skin

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1. Exfoliation is not just for the face. Scrubbing off dry dull skin is the first step to smooth soft limbs.

2. For naturally hydrated skin use a body cream or lotion on arms and legs that are still slightly damp from the shower. When the skin is not completely dry moisturizer absorbs much better.

3. For glowy highlighted shins and collar bones I like to rub a bit of baby oil gel for the perfect sheen.

4. Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body firms, sculpts and gives a golden glow for perfect summer skin.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body 2. Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm 3. Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil Gel 4. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub

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Model of the Moment: Bella Hadid



She may be the younger sister of Gigi but Bella is a beauty in her own right. Chocolate brown locks, hazel eyes, and pouty lips give her a quite an exotic look perfect for editorial.

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Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler


As someone who is not that adept at hair styling the Kiss InstaWave has been a welcome addition to my styling tools. I admit at first I was slightly intimidated but the curl dial that catches the hair, but I quickly found that this feature is what makes it so fast to curl your whole head. By simply placing a few inches of hair against the wand and then pressing the directional button, the dial catches and rotates your hair around the wand. As I don’t prefer a curl that’s too tight, I catch and twirl slightly bigger sections of  hair on the wand for about 20 seconds for a nice loose wave. I did find the wave would drop out by the next day which would probably not have happened with a tighter curl. The temperature control allows for high and low with a maximum temperature of 420°F. I’m often in a rush to get ready and have been known to be half way to work when suddenly I start to panic that I’ve left my curling iron on. Needless to say the auto shut off feature after 90 minutes is a life saver.

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Get the Look: Altuzarra SS15


The makeup look from the Altuzarra spring show is one that translates quite easily from the runway to the street. The look is all about creating big wide round eyes. Start with fully groomed eyebrows, then apply white pencil or shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and blend well. Apply mascara to the centre of both upper and lower lashes, then using a small section of false lashes cut from the inner corner, place in the centre of the upper lash line and a couple on the bottom. Use your pupil as a guide for proper placement. Finish the look with a cool pale pink lipstick.

1. Tom Ford Eyebrow Sculptor  2. MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl 3. Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara 4. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Pale Pink  5. Red Cherry Lashes #747 L

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2015 CFDA Fashion Awards


As the fashion industry celebrated the best in the business tonight, those in attendance were dressed to impress. Gigi Hadid and Diane Kruger shimmered. Natasha Poly, Chrissy Teigan and Janelle Monae were draped perfectly. Kim Kardashian continues with her penchant for sheer. Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Victoria Beckham opted for varying degrees of low cut.

Images from hollywoodlife.com & justjared.com 

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Boho 70’s Summer




This summer one of the strongest trends to come from the runway is the 70’s. The early part of the decade pre-disco fever, the relaxed bohemian vibe that is essential right now. Makeup and hair should follow suit. A bronzed complexion, understated lips, and tousled locks complete the look.

1. MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream 2. Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base  3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 4. By Terry Designer Palette Smokey Nude 5. Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Skinny Dip  6. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray 7. R+Co Rock Away Salt Spray 8. Essie Nail Polish in Chillato 

Mara Hoffmann White Dress/Balenciaga Sunglasses/Isabel Marant Hliiy Wrap around Feather Necklace/Chloe Faye Mini Suede Bag/Valentino Aphrodite Leather Sandals/Isabel Marant Maxime Embroided Suede Vest/H&M Patterned Shorts/H&M Sleeveless Blouse/Etro Pink Paisley Turban

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Best of Cannes 2015


Ten days of ultra glamorous red carpet looks it’s tricky to narrow down who exactly were my faves. These six were definitely among the best from beauty to fashion. Charlize Theron nailed elegant style on the first day wearing a stunning yellow gown and understated makeup. Zoe Kravitz embodied cool girl chic. She was completely effortless in Valentino and her makeup look featured unexpected tiny dots at her lower lash line. I adored Diane Kruger in pale blue Prada, and the subtle highlights on her cheekbones were gorgeous. Emily Blunt in Stella McCartney, and Poppy Delevingne in Burberry represented British design very well, however Giles wins for Cate Blanchett’s show-stopping galaxy dress.

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