Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Best of New York Fashion Week 2015

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Arguably One of the Most Beautiful shows at New York Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2016 was Reem Acra's Moroccan inspired runway show.

Here's why we think the collection was one of the best Spring forward trends for 2016 at last week's New York Fashion Week presentation.

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Gorgeous glittery prints, short skirts and plunging neckline rompers are the ideal summer staples for that sunny resort vacation.

Lovely, layered sheer silk dresses, an abundance of embroidery, beads and floral appliqués adorn gorgeous silk dresses with micro mini hemlines, nipped at the waist with wide heavily embellished fabric belts for that far east exotic appeal.

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Beautiful shiny metallic lamé fabrics were used to construct classic waterfall evening gowns. A remarkable amount of hand-done work could be seen on floor-length sequin dresses and a peony embroidered, see-through, delicate lace dress.

Highly acclaimed Lebanese designer Reem Acra who is known for wedding dresses has outdone herself to create opulent ready-to-wear casual and evening dresses.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BlowPro Faux Dry Shampoo Review

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Have you ever had days when... you had your hair styled and don't want to wash it out?

Do you have long hair and live in a hot and humid country? If you have oily scalp issues, washing your hair too often - every day, can strip your scalp and hair of its natural oils and moisture.

Introducing dry shampoo from BlowPro New York. We were sceptical about the use of dry shampoo until we tried this brand out.

For a quick-fix, time-starved busy individuals like you can spend more time in bed or out and about with BlowPro's faux dry shampoo and conditioner.

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Excuse our blurry pictures but we were mad with excitement when these babies came in the mail!

Step 1: 

Simply shake the powder-form shampoo onto the roots of your hair.

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The dry shampoo ingredient consists of rice starch and is a white powder which can easily be inhaled easily if you are not careful during application.

The product does what it says and instantly absorbs excess oil from the scalp and hair. Hair feels lighter and cleaner after using it.

Step 2: 

Rake through your hair with fingers or comb through evenly until the product is distributed evenly throughout your hair. 

To finish, shake the dry conditioner onto your hair and style accordingly.

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The BlowPro faux dry shampoo is unscented while the conditioner has a very pleasant smell to it. There is a lovely smell from the conditioner that lingers on throughout the day.

The dry conditioner does tame frizzy hair and adds a slight shine. We noticed that blonde hair appeared lighter and slightly shinier with it.

The Verdict

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Ready! Set! Go! A fuss-free and low-maintenance high ponytail à la the off-duty hairstyle of Gigi Hadid.

Make-up look: 
  1. Smashbox Liquid Halo SPF 15 foundation in shade 9 used as a all-over bronzing effect colour
  2. Lime Crime lipstick in Unicorn
  3. YSL beauty eyeshadow palette in black as eyeshadow and liner

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Matilde Mourinho, Mollie King Style-Off

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Style-off: Matilde Mourinho on the red carpet (left), Mollie King on the side-walk in London (right)

English football club Chelsea manager Jose Mouriho's daughter is all grown up. Last night at the GQ awards, Matilde Mourinho wore a plunging tuxedo dress by Balmain as she stood awkwardly next to her dad.

Although she drew quite a bit of flak on social media for causing her dad to feel uncomfortable with her slightly risqué dressing, she carried the look off well enough to look just the right amount of sexy yet polished at the same time.

The 18-year-old spotted a tight top-knot bun and a black Tom Ford clutch.

British Girl Group The Saturdays member Mollie King attends a party in London for her first Notion magazine cover. Mollie is also wearing a black plunging V-neck dress. It is by the Australian label Finders Keepers. The singer had a more interesting combination as she paired her mini dress with a pair of sexy over-the-knee stiletto suede boots in a toned-down grey colour.

Although both outfits are similar, Matilda and Mollie are dressed for two very different occasions.

Which look do you prefer?

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Fringed Over The Knee Boots

In this issue of Luxury for Less, we uncover a cool pair of over the knee boots that pack the rock and roll punch but are still suitable for everyday wear.

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Can you tell the difference?

Over the knee boots look here to stay and make a good transition from summer to fall winter in shorts or leggings.

Case in point are Fergie's Giuseppe Zanotti studded and fringe suede over the knee boots which she wore to Coachella this year while rubbing shoulders with celebrity friends Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin.

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Get the less pricey version for less with Carvela Kurt Geiger's latest release for Fall winter 2015 - Whip. Kurt Geiger's over the knee boots has no tassels but just the right amount of suede fringes and cool whip-stitch design hence the name.

Both versions have chunky low heels and almond toes.

As both pairs of boots are in black and incredibly similar in design, our verdict is it doesn't really matter which pair you pick - we would probably go for the high-street version unless you don't already own a staple pair of black tall boots.

Which pair would you get and how what would you wear it with?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

New York Fashion Week's schedule for Spring Summer 2016 is set for September 10 to 17 with big names like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger gracing the event.

We can't wait to see our favourite model citizens Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Liu Wen, Ondria Hardin and Yumi Lambert walk the shows.

Here's our list of the top 3 fashion designers/ runway shows that we are looking forward to see next week!

1) Betsey Johnson

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Age should never dictate what you want to wear. Known for her fun, quirky designs, 73-year-old Betsey Johnson brings fun, joy and a powerful message to her fans - don't be afraid to be show who you really are.

Betsey Johnson's Spring Summer 2015 collection did just that - pushing out a strong statement on the runway to support gay marriage.

2) Tommy Hilfiger

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Rock and roll was the theme at Tommy Hilfiger's previous Spring Summer collection. Star-printed fur jackets and colourful star-studded or cut-out boots were the main highlight of the runway show.

The label is known for classic American designs with a slight twist when Tommy feels like it.

3) Anna Sui

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Anna makes the loveliest bohemian and girly designs that can't go wrong. Her Asian heritage gives her an edge over predominantly white designers in the fashion industry. 

Oriental and Asian prints in rich colours of deep burgundy red and emeralds are often used in Anna Sui's dresses and jackets.

Although DKNY (Donna Karan New York), Ralph Lauren and Derek Lam didn't make our list this year we hope the designers would surprise us with something more out of the ordinary than the usual staple basics.