Party season is warming up so a little outfit inspiration is in order. An LBD is a great base but needs some accessorising to make it party perfect. Finding accessories accented with your hardware of choice and sticking to it is going to lift your little black dress and get you feeling festive in no time.
Walking the line between tough and feminine can be tricky, you can do either quite easily, but when you don’t want to sway too far either way there are a few styling tricks to try.
1. leather is going to toughen up an outfit no matter what, invest in a leather jacket that works with everything. For me this means a slightly cropped style like this one that shows my shape. If you want to go for more of a tomboy look then a longer lined leather jacket that ends around your hips is going to work better, and will also elongate your torso.
2. Brogues, a boot or a flat masculine shoe can also work to downplay the girlyness of an outfit.
3. Denim will also balance out a dress or skirt that quite pretty, but will bring a casualness to the outfit, which you may or may not want.
4. If you’re going to go for the 80’s stud embellishment then keep it to a minimum, its one thing to add a little hardware but its another to look like you’re in costume.
5. Dont forget that your hair and makeup can also play a signifiant role. Casual wavy hair that doesn’t look like your carefully maintained it is going to look a lot more tough than a pulled back chignon, right?
1. The midi skirt or dress with a hemline that moves out and away from the body, but also hugs your curves in the right places is going to make you feel amazing.
2. A high heel pump is one of the most classically feminine style of shoes, a no doubter if you want to play the role
3. A lip is going to instantly girl up an outfit. Opt for a classic red, or soft pink.
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If one thing says weekend its denim, and this denim jacket has instantly become a wardrobe favourite. I love that I can throw it on over a basic black base of shorts and singlet to give the outfit completeness that it needs. It also balances out the shorts that are a rarity for me, but since our Australian summer is just over a week away I guess I better get comfortable, and quickly!
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Photos by Ana Suntay-Tanedo
Bringing you another hair style variation! This time its the classic wave, which is one of my favourites, especially for an event or to feel a little chic in general day to day life. I’ve mentioned in the past i’ve used a ghd straightener to try to create this look, but in all honestly it doesn’t compare to the more fluid finished style created with the ghd classic wave wand.
Create your first section to work with by running your fingers along the back of your hair just above the top of your ears and secure. Clips are the easiest tools to work with and will also come in handy later, so worth the investment.
Spray ghd curl hold spray onto the hair as you go and then finger dry the section by running your fingers through the hair.
Using the ghd classic wave wand* which has a unique oval shape to the barrel, hold the wand so the flat shape of the barrel is parallel to the face. Take a small section of the hair and wind over and under, and again if your hair is longer, then hold the ends with your fingers and hold for 5-7 seconds.
TIPS AND TRICKS
One of the trickiest parts of doing your own hair is not being able to see whats going on from the back, knowing which parts you’ve already curled and whats left. A trick that has helped me is to use the clips to act as barriers from the curls i’ve already done from the ones left to do.
As you move up to the next section separate the bottom waves you’ve already curled with the clips and also pull away the top part of your hair and secure so you’re all set to work on the middle section without any confusion.
Repeat the curling process along the middle section making sure the wand is flat rather than at an angle. You may find as you work your way up that your hair is longer so you can wrap it around the wand more times.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Use the clips again to separate the top part of your hair from the waves you’ve already created. Make a section at the back and work on this first before moving to the front.
THE FINAL CURL
You’re almost there!
BRUSH IT OUT
Use the paddle brush to brush out the waves. Brushing the waves with a bigger flat brush like this one will get them all to move the same way.
Spray a little ghd final shine spray and you’re done!