Fashion Focus – Adding red to your wardrobe

April 12th, 2014

Following on from yellow and blue, my latest colour focus is based on the hottest colour, one that is, quite literally, red hot. Yes, Red is having a bit of a moment, with a host of celebrities wearing the colour to a number of high profile events.  From the gorgeous Kate Upton in a lighter shade of red that borders on coral, to Elle Fanning resembling a young Gwyneth Paltrow in a sizzling scarlett silk number, red is making an appearance in all its shades and glory.

Red is a bit like the bright version of black in that it is one of those colours that never really goes away. Obviously a favourite in Winter, and particularly at Christmas, red is also a lovely summer shade. Who can forget Kate Moss in her red polka dot sundress, or Princess Diana in her sleeveless red shift dresses? Red looks great with a deep tan, and is also a shade that suits most skintones and hair colours, making it a failsafe, and yet so effective, choice.

A red dress is a really sexy, vampish choice, and I personally think every wardrobe should have one. But don’t dismiss red as just being a choice for evening wear, ‘House of Cards’ actress Kate Mara shows how good a red peplum top can be when teamed with a pair of skinny jeans.

For Accessories? Gold is always a good choice, I love the gold box clutch bags that Kate and Elle have added to their little red dresses. If you are opting for a softer shade like Kate Upton, you can up the glamour stakes by adding a slick of red lippie.

Whatever you opt for, you are sure to look totally red hot with this look. (Sorry for the terrible pun, hope you’re not groaning too much.)

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Elle Fanning

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Kate Moss

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Getting your body ready for the summer

April 17th, 2014

Summer is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means; it’s time for bikinis, beachside barbecues and lots of outdoor time. Many people look forward to summer and all the great activities and sunshine, but not the fact that they will be showing so much skin. However, summertime does not have to be a time of body dread. There is still plenty of time to get your body ready to show off and feel confident during the summer months, just follow these tips and you’ll be summer-ready in no time.

Working out

The number one concern that most people have when summer is just around the corner is that their body isn’t ready for that bikini. Over the next several weeks try to integrate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day, five or six days per week. You don’t have to have an intense workout regimen, just try to find fun and playful ways to incorporate exercise into your day. Gather some friends and commit to a few weekly walks or jogs around the park; meet up with a friend early in the morning for coffee and walk or bike ride and on the weekends, plan hiking trips and active days instead of a movie or drinks. Your body and budget will thank you. If you are really serious about getting a bikini body, join a gym and start strength training to gain some muscle. The combination of cardio and strength training is what will give you that ideal bikini body.

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Get your best face on

Summer is the one season of the year when you want to wear minimal makeup. These hot months are not the time to be caking on heavy foundations that you will just be sweating off! The best summer looks are light makeup with just a touch of mascara and lip gloss. But what if you are not sure that your face is ready to go completely bare? No worries, you can improve your skin quality with some homemade remedies. Try freezing pineapple juice into ice cubes and melting them on your face and don’t forget to lick the juice off. The enzymes in pineapple help to tighten skin and give you a more youthful look. You could also make some homemade facials to help brighten your skin. Try mixing egg white with lemon juice and applying to skin for at least 30 minutes; wash off and your skin will be glowing. You can also try supplements that add great vitamins to your skin. Phytoceramides are one supplement that’s been shown to improve skin quality.

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Great looking skin

When summer hits, you don’t want to find yourself with lots of body hair everywhere and an uneven skin tone. Ask around to find a great salon that does waxing and book yourself an appointment. Consider this a treat for yourself to look and feel your best and if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, you might want to book a few tanning sessions beforehand. If you go straight into the sun with white skin, you will be more likely to burn within minutes. Getting a base tan with a few tanning sessions will help prepare your skin and you will get to the beach with a ready-made healthy bronze look.

Bingo 888 presents Millionaire Genie

April 16th, 2014

When I was asked if I was interested in reviewing one of the latest games from Bingo 888, I must admit that my interest was piqued. I never play these sorts of games, either online, or in the traditional form in amusement arcades, as I never really understand exactly what I need to do. It’s not that I don’t like games, I love Bingo in any form, and will enjoy spending some time and money in amusement arcades at the Welsh seaside where we spend many Spring/Summer weekends, but I leave what I still refer to as ‘one armed bandit’ type machines to the hubby. Would playing this sort of game on a computer make any difference to either my enjoyment or my performance?

Millionaire Genie is one of the newest, and most popular games on the 888 site at the moment. The premise of the game is simple, spinning the board to match different combinations of characters and symbols in order to win money. In addition, get 3 or more scatter symbols to summon the genie who will then give you wishes in the form of free spins, and will also add wild symbols that stay on the wheel. These also give you more chances of winning.

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The game itself is visually very inviting. Set in an Aladdin-esque world, the bright and colourful graphics are both entertaining and eye-catching, with jewels, pretty maidens and spitting cobra’s. And this created my main issue, as a snake-phobic, seeing a spitting cobra, albeit in computerised form, coming out from my screen almost had me throwing my computer to the floor – not good when trying to win money. Even so, I have to say the graphics were pretty impressive for a game.

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In terms of ease of play, I would say this is pretty straight-forward. I stuck to a pre-set tariff and played one line at a time. I had a few wins of small amounts, but to be honest I did not quite understand how I had actually won, but found it pretty exhilarating all the same. This game does offer the prospect of winning big amounts, but I was certainly never in the running to achieve these!

Overall, I enjoyed playing this game, it is fun and I did feel excited when I won even a small amount, but those cobra’s would put me off playing again. Those without a snake phobia would probably enjoy it just fine.

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*I was provided with £5 credit to play the game and am being paid for my opinions.

Seven Popular Ways to Accessorize Your Formal Dress

April 16th, 2014

Attending a formal event can be a stressful endeavor. After all, it’s not everyday that you put on a fancy dress. Once you find the formal dress that works with the dress code and accentuates your features, you can determine the right accessories. After all, accessories like evening shawls, jewellery, and clutches are great options to make the most of your dress. In particular, the following are seven popular accessories for formal wear.

1 – Pearls

Pearls are one of the most classic types of jewellery. They have not lost their allure, and they look amazing with formal dresses. Even better, there are a variety of different types of pearls available to choose from. Many people are wearing longer strands of pearls that draw attention to their bust. This is a great option for halter-top dresses or low cut dresses.

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2 – Bracelets

Bracelets also look great with formal wear. In fact, the layered bracelet look can be worn at formal events. However, it is important to wear the right bracelets. They need to be filled with any of the following elements:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Rhinestones
  • Diamonds
  • Gems

Basically, they should look fancy enough for a formal setting. If you are wearing a strapless dress or a sleeveless dress, this trend will create interest without overpowering your ensemble.

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3 – Shawls

Since it can get cold at nighttime events, it might be wise to bring along a shawl. There are several formal shawls that will look great with your dress. In addition to providing extra warmth, this accessory is great if you do not want to show your arms during the event.

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4 – Long Necklaces

A long necklace is a great juxtaposition with a strapless dress. This trend was seen on several runway shows and it can easily be worn during your formal event. For the most visually pleasing look, it is best to find a necklace that hangs just past your ribcage.

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5 – Bold Earrings

If you are going to pull your hair up for the event, then a bold pair of earrings might be a great option to complete your look. These types of earrings can draw attention to your face and help you stand out in a crowd. There are multiple options for bold earrings including chandelier earrings or large diamond studs.

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6 – Clutches

It is hard to attend a formal event without a clutch. This is a must-have accessory for most women. Even more, it is particularly important that the clutch matches the formal dress you are wearing. Otherwise, you will not look as put together during your event.

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7 – Gloves

Gloves are fun accessories to wear during formal events. Although most people only wear them at white tie events, it is completely acceptable for gloves to be worn at other occasions. In fact, gloves actually make sense at a winter weather event. They also look appropriate with certain dresses. Even better, they were a popular trend on the runway. Thus, when you wear this accessory, you will be in style.

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These seven options are great accessories that might add to your formal wear. In many instances, you can wear more than one of these trends at a time. Try them at your next formal occasion so you look amazing.