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Every holiday season, my family gets together at my Mum’s and relive fond memories; oftentimes, we pull out her box of old pictures and go through the albums, laughing and giggling at past fashion trends.

During our last holiday, while browsing through old albums and reliving fond memories, we came across images of my mum with her friends in a 70s album, they looked all dressed up for a 70’s party, “feeling trendy of course” in peep-toes, baggy pants, funny skirt lines and the awful hairstyles. Boy… Did we rumble with laughter?

Amidst the cluster of block-heeled peep toes, big hair and baggy pants, however, someone stood out. She looked like she had just walked into the picture from the future, in her knee-length print skirt, chiffon shirt, stiletto heels and bonnie shades.

I had to ask mum, who she is and where she is right now. Why? You may ask; the woman in the picture looked so gorgeous and contemporary, and she would look stunning in any decade.
How did she do it? If you ask me, I’d say she looked Classy. And the others in the picture? That lot looked downright funny in clothes that must have been trendy at the time.
Fashion is a ‘lifetime statement’ Yes! That’s right it is; so you have to state it hard. That way twenty years on, you look right in time.
Here’s what I mean, in the context of fashion, classy is defined as stylish and sophisticated, while trendy is defined as very fashionable and up-to-date basically “en-vogue”.
“Classy” is timeless, and it makes you stand-out in any decade. It’s engraved in your attitude and like fine wine, it gets better with age; while “Trendy” is always seasonal, given to time and loses its beauty to the future.

What did the famous supermodel and style Icon Heidi Klum say about fashion trends? “In the world of fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out”, that’s trendy.
Now I’m not saying don’t do trends, far from it, I’m saying keep it classy and timeless. Before you throw something on, think about this, if someone got a picture of you in that outfit, how would it look ten years on? Yes! I use that as a guide too, I don’t want to be like the lovely storey building with bold balustrades which looks so trendy today, and like an ancient museum in a decade.
Also, going with fashion trends have you spending more money on time-bound items, and often puts you under pressure to keep up with new trends. Let’s face it, who wants to be seen wearing last season’s crop tops or last year’s suede knolls?
However, with Classy outfits; it’s usually your comfort zone, you own your style, keep it sophisticated and timeless; then you can be you and still look good. I bet that’s what the Famous Coco Chanel meant, when he said, “I don’t do fashion, I am Fashion”.
And before I leave, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s an illustration.

These are definitely dresses I can wear today, and ten years from now, you’ll still look stunning in them; I’d say keep it classy and live in the future.

By: Chidi Benjy Iwuoha

Whether you are blessed with clear skin or constantly battling with acne, oil or redness, a proper skincare routine is necessary to ensure your face remains flawlessly beautiful. Facial skin should be cleansed every morning and evening, as well as any time your face becomes dirty or sweaty. Although you may choose to use additional skincare products, the three main products are a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Once you understand how to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize your facial skin, the routine should take you only a few minutes per day.

Before using any product you have to as a matter of importance know your skin type to enable you to know what type of products to use. Then you can go ahead with the facial care process outlined below

Step 1

Soak the face with warm water, ensuring that all areas of the skin are wet. Although the water should be warm, it should not be too hot. Hot water can damage and dehydrate the delicate facial skin.

Step 2

Apply a small amount of facial cleanser to the skin. Use your fingers to gently massage the cleanser into your face in a circular motion. Avoid the mouth and eye areas. Continue cleansing for about 30 seconds and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 3

Pat the facial skin dry with a clean soft towel. Use the towel to gently blot away the water. Avoid rubbing the towel against the skin, which can harm the thin and delicate skin. Do not use a dirty towel; dirt and bacteria can easily transfer from the towel to your face.

Step 4

Soak a cotton pad with facial toner and wring out the excess liquid. Pat the toner-soaked cotton pad across your entire face. Pay extra attention to the forehead, nose, and chin if these areas are frequently oily and avoid the mouth and eye areas. Don’t be tempted to skip this step — toner removes residue, such as chlorine and minerals in tap water when used after cleansing and helps skin retain moisture.

Step 5

Squeeze a small amount of facial moisturizer onto your clean fingertips. Use your fingers to gently massage the moisturizer into the skin. When applying moisturizer around the eyes, use the tips of your ring finger to gently massage the cream into the skin. Choose a moisturizer that matches your particular skin type. For example, you may need a thick cream for extremely dry skin or a gentle formula for sensitive skin. For the day, use a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Tips:

Your skin type should help you determine the specific types of products you need. For example, people with sensitive skin often require products made without fragrances and harsh chemicals. People with dry skin often require gentle cleansers, yet thick moisturizers. People with oily skin should opt for products that gently exfoliate without using heavy oils.

 

Source: livestrong.com

By: Valerie Dei

Fashion is constant but your style is what you make of it. Your style tells the world about your personality and I do not think anyone will like to be referred to as boring. You can make your style fun by taking a risk once in a while. Take the bold step and wear what you wouldn’t normally wear.

  1. Wear one colour from head to toe

Yes I said to wear one colour from head to toe and of course, that is supposed to be scary but trust me it will look good if you show some skin that way you don’t look like a blueberry, tomato, orange, or other fruit.

  1. Take a break from wearing black

You could take a week break or less from wearing black and try on some bright colours. Stretch that fashion muscles

  1. Damn the price tag

Sometime when you go shopping do not pay attention to the amount on the price tag let your love for fashion drown your fear for the price. It’s only money. You’ll get more.

  1. Wear denim from head to toe

You can’t go wrong by pairing jeans with a denim shirt. You can even take more risk by adding a jean shoe and bag. Take the risk!

  1. Wear a jumpsuit instead of a dress to your next wedding

Wearing gowns to weddings is so cliché do something different by wearing a jumpsuit to the next wedding you are to attend. It might be a bit difficult to strip down and use the bathrooms but that is why they have locks.

  1. Rock that sequin dress during the day

While doing this limit yourself to a piece of sequin to avoid being too bright. Combine the item with more subdued pieces.

  1. Put on a pair of mismatched earrings

Your single earrings aren’t useless after all. You can pair two different earrings to make a fashion statement. Use a longer earring on one ear and wear a shorter one on the other ear. Do not bother if they don’t match, remember you are taking a fashion risk.

  1. Wear a cute suit outside the office

Traditionally suits are supposed to be worn in corporate settings, well here is the news flash you aren’t doing traditional this time around, you are taking the risk! So you are free to wear that suit to whatever function you feel like.

  1. Wear socks and sandals together

Just make sure that pesky toe seam is under your foot and not poking out the front of your sandal because that is not a cute look.

  1. Get married in a dress that isn’t white.

One unique thing about fashion is that it never forgets its old ways, in recent times fashion has experienced the return of old styles of the 70’s and 80’s coming back with full force in a splendid way.

No matter how ancient the style is, modern-day fashion knows how to make it fit into the trends of lifestyle.

One of these styles is the Bardot commonly known as off-the-shoulder or cold-shoulders. The Bardot style dates back to the Regency and Victorian era but it was not known as Bardot.

In the early to mid-1800 the likes of Napoleon’s empress, Eugenie, and her ladies took the off-the-shoulder dresses to the peak of fashion, wearing dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth in 1855.

And in the 1960’s, the off-the-shoulder was named Bardot after the fashion icon Brigitte Bardot revived the fashion trend, and put her own twist on the style in the 1960’s.

Presently, the old off-the-shoulder which went extinct for a while but has become the new black in our current day fashion industry.

Off-the-shoulder is one the best outfits for the summer seasons, the styles give a free space from your neck down to your shoulder for the comfort of fresh air.

The good thing about the off-the-shoulder style is that it is suitable for almost every outing you can think about, starting from the office, to your normal hang out with friends and can be styled in different ways, from pretty tops with voluminous, ruffled sleeves to glam gowns, or even crop tops.

Off-the-shoulder can be worn comfortably on anything, whether the bomb shots, pencil trousers, skirts, baggy trousers and also the boot cuts are not left out, all you need do is wear what looks good on you.

Before now, everything that was once hot in the 90s is too cool for the 21st century but the reverse has become the case because the fashion industry recreates the style to suit almost all sphere of life and it is always amazing how the style appear after the finishing touches.

By: Staff Writer

Knowledge of colours and their combination is a very important factor when it comes to fashion. The right colour combination is what transforms a winter look to spring, spring to summer and so on. Also, every aspect of style revolves around colour.  For example hair color, makeup choices, fashion pieces, and more, all need to complement each other to achieve the desired result.

It is one thing to master your colour but it’s another thing to successfully combine colours while going against the rules of colour combination.

Here are some basic rules which will enable you achieve a flawless colour blocking technique.

  1. Avoid Prints

Combining solid colours with patterns is way too dramatic considering the fact that patterns call attention to themselves, whereas the goal of color blocking is to let the whole outfit work together. Stick with solid colors.

  1. Do Not Combine Too Many Colours

The fusion of two or three colours in a single outfit is just okay because when you have too many colours in one outfit they will start working against one another and that will be disasterous.

  1. Wear Your Neutrals

Sometimes the best approach is to pick one neutral and one bright color. Browns, grays, navy blues, and even white are easy to block against bright colors like yellow, green, or red.

  1. Memorize The Terms Complementary, Triad, Analogous

Should you steer away from neutral territory, the 12-tone chart below explains ideal groupings for brighter colors. Try two colors that are opposite one another on the wheel (complementary), two or three that are each four spaces apart (triad), or shades that are all beside one another (analogous).

 

 

  1.  Incorporate Your Accessories in the Colour Blocking Routine

You can also colour block with your clothing accessories e.g. watches, bags, backpacks, shoes and shoelaces, a belt, socks, et cetera. Try matching your socks with your shirt, your watch with your pants, or your laces with your shirt.

 

 

BY: SOPHIE BENSON

Shopping is so entrenched in our culture that the lines between want and need have become blurred. In order to keep step with the ever-quickening turnover of trends, we enter into a never-ending chase for the next new thing. We need a skirt to complement our new season shoes or a top with must-have statement sleeves. We need it to feel current, adequate and accepted.

So how do we redraw that line? A shopping break might be the answer.

Why a Shopping Break?

Taking a break gives you the space to reassess your relationship with shopping.

Shopping feels good. It activates our pleasure centers and causes ours brains to release dopamine. It’s a lovely chemical reward for doing something as simple as picking a dress from a rail and we chase that feeling. As with any unhealthy action-reward cycle, it needs breaking. Taking a break gives you the space to reassess your relationship with shopping. Whether you want to demote it from a habit to an incidental or elevate it from a socially obligatory pastime to a genuine treat.

Working Out Want Versus Need

When you have nothing but your own wardrobe to dip into you start to figure out what you really need. When I started my own shopping break, I started to panic at the thought of the things I might need during that time. There was absolutely nothing I truly required immediately; it was just my shopping-loving brain trying to wangle one last shop in the name of ‘need’.

In the past, I’ve told myself I need a fifth pair of trousers to finish my wardrobe or another new bag because it’s different to my others. Yet, over the last three months when I had no purchases to justify, all of those supposed necessities melted away and I was left with only two things that my wardrobe was genuinely lacking: a raincoat and a sun hat.

Remove the ability to shop and the majority of your needed items go with it.

When to Start

If you want to have your own shopping break, start now. Not tomorrow or on Monday. Now. When I realised I had bought five secondhand items in the space of just a few weeks, I stormed over to my diary and declared no more; marking the date three months from then. Just start. Don’t allow one last shopping trip or a buffer period. Now is the time.

 

What if You Really Need Something?

If you really, truly, genuinely need something during your break – say a shirt for an interview – don’t immediately fold. Instead, exhaust every possible option that isn’t going to a shop. Borrow or rent or swap. Get creative and explore other, more sustainable options that reflect the kind of person you want to be when the break is over.

Make Yourself Accountable

In order to cement my non-shopping status, I quickly wrote a blog post to publicly declare it. It’s much harder to break the rules when other people are there to uphold them. You definitely don’t have to tell the whole world, but a good friend who has your back can be golden for keeping you on track when you’re telling them about a brand new dress you need…

 

It Can Last as Long as You Want

I’m fresh out of my shopping break. It lasted three months; a completely arbitrary number that I pulled out of nowhere, but please be reassured that it flew by. There is no magic number, just make it long enough to make an impact on your usual shopping routine.

It Works

I now harbour a completely different perspective. Whereas once I would endlessly scroll through Depop and mindlessly pop into shops for nothing, in particular, I now have absolutely no desire to do so. I appreciate my wardrobe tenfold and I’ve lost that sense of consumer panic that descends when you see something beautiful for sale. I have my raincoat, I have my sun hat and I don’t need anything else.

When you come to terms with appreciating your wardrobe tenfold then you’ve lost that sense of consumer panic that descends when you see something beautiful for sale.