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Hats off to the hottest summer trend

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on Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hats are not only the perfect way to protect your hair and face from the harsh sun, but you’ll also radiate glamour and personality.

Make sure you choose a hat that suits your face shape and flatters your skin tone. A hat really completes an outfit so it’s important to ensure that your hat suits your ensemble otherwise it might look a little too fancy dress!

The Panama Hat is set to be a popular hat style this summer and will complete a casual, daytime look. The light grey Panama from Liberty, £120, (pictured below) will flatter those with a round face as the structured angles of the hat are particularly slimming.

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It will also look fabulous on those ladies with short, stylish hair. For those with long locks the panama will work for you if you pop your hair into an up-do like an eye-catching fishtail plait, a messy bun or a sleek and smooth ponytail.

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Workwear dressing for spring and summer

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on Monday, 07 May 2012

During the summer it can be a tricky task to choose a work outfit that ensures you remain cool and comfortable, whilst projecting an image of professionalism and femininity in the workplace.

This summer you can survive the heat (when it finally arrives!) and still look smart and chic for the office by investing in a few staple pieces. Blouses are big news. They are light, feminine and can be teamed with tailored shorts, linen trousers or pencil skirts. An ideal wardrobe update, Bastyan has some gorgeous options to choose from, including a Limited Edition Collaborare shirt with a bat-wing silhouette and beautiful luxe style, which will look great in the office worn with a pair of lightweight, slim and stylish taupe jeans or trousers.

Ditch the blazer and go for a short-sleeved, cropped jacket for a cool cover-up which is bang on trend this season. A mustard yellow jacket is super stylish and will instantly transform a basic, monotone office outfit into something more sassy and chic that’ll take you through to dinner and drinks.

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Spring into beauty

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on Monday, 30 April 2012

This Spring, make-up is all about embracing your natural beauty and welcoming a pretty palette of pastel shades, peachy hues and flirty pinks...

Complexion Perfection

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Moving from winter to spring can be a shock to the skin as the sunshine starts to peep through the clouds. Ensure your complexion exudes perfection with a fresh and bright glow, using Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15, £25.50 (House of Fraser). Begin by lightly sweeping the foundation over your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin for a sheer and satin-matt finish. Nourishing vitamins A, C, E and pomegranate will protect your skin, while delivering a youthful and radiant complexion.

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Lux layering

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on Monday, 23 April 2012
As spring is the time for April showers, cool breezes and warm sunshine, it is important that you dress for the varying temperatures. The best way to battle the elements this Spring is to invest in layering. It’s wise to choose a versatile blazer that can be paired with jeans, dresses and skirts for a super stylish look. It’s extremely important to ensure your blazer fits you well as a poorly fitted blazer is an instant style faux-pas.

This lightweight blazer from Banana Republicwill work well with skirts and dresses for a smart daytime or evening look. Alternatively, pair with slim-fitted jeans and wedges for a smart, sleek day time outfit. It will protect you from cool breezes in the mornings and evenings and can be removed midday when the weather is warmer.





Alternatively, pair a pretty lacy camisole with a lightweight cardigan for a feminine spring look. The wrap front nips in your waist, which is not only flattering for your figure, but transforms the outfit into a more stylish look. This cardigan from L.K. Bennett is the perfect spring staple item as it can be worn with skirts, dresses and pretty floral tops for a chic spring outfit.




Spring in Your Step

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Spring has sprung so it’s time to book yourself in for a much-needed pedicure as we banish our tights and socks, and embrace the spring footwear trends.

I am loving the revival of Mary-Jane heels which have been finished with a vintage-esque brogue tailoring. These styles have been seen at Marni and are the perfect way to emulate the ‘Prim & Polished’ trend this season with lady-like tailoring and chiffon blouses.

These gorgeous Mary-Jane heels from Bertie are ultra-sweet with their chunky block heels and 50’s inspired design. 

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