We all have goals and targets to hit each year but do you ever have any wishes? These may not be achievable or even semi achievable like goals and targets are but something you really hope does happen. I’ve got a few – how about?
Get Debt Free
This is probably a pipe dream at the moment as it doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere although we do expect some financial freedom hopefully this year so it could happen. It all remains to be seen so I’m keeping this as a wish without getting my hopes up too much.
Lose The Weight
This is possible but I must admit I am struggling a little bit. Sometimes all I want is that super stodgy food and it isn’t always possible. Plus I love a good curry or pizza and don’t get me started on chocolate. I believe I can do this but I am still wishing just in case I sabotage myself.
Help My Family & Friends Kick Bad Habits
I’ve got a few family members and friends trying to kick habits such as smoking and I wish they would be able to – I’m hoping to help them. I’ve recently heard about AYRLabs and their new launch, AYR+ – a platform to help the smokers of the world go nicotine free. Combining the vaping experience with a connected app, it monitors your nicotine levels and gives you advice and support on how to reduce your nicotine levels until you are nicotine free. I think this would be very helpful for my loved ones who really struggle to quit because they would be seeing the information in real time.
Go On Holiday
At this point in time, this doesn’t look like this will be happening. We can’t afford one at the moment and we can’t seem to agree on somewhere to go that would fit our budget if we could. I’ll keep holding out hope, entering competitions and seeing if I can win one – worth a try, eh?
Get A Good Night’s Sleep Finally
I’m still yet to get a decent nights sleep since Olivia was born and I am using all my wishes to hope that at some point this year I manage it. She’s getting better at sleeping so hopefully it won’t be too long but I don’t remember a time when I didn’t feel exhausted already upon getting up in the morning. Just once it would be nice to feel fresh and awake, right?
Do you have any wishes for 2018? What sort of things do you hope happen in your life and the lives of your loved ones? I’d love to hear them, no matter how obscure you may think them to be!
Fashion is fluid and we all have our personal takes on what looks good and what doesn’t. However, many of us will admit to taking sartorial inspiration from celebrity trailblazers — but who are they and how do you emulate their near flawless looks?
Browse three of 2018’s most iconic women to discover what their fashion says about them and how you can replicate their most famous outfits.
As a soon-to-be royal, Meghan Markle is under more pressure than ever to dress the part. Young, stylish and confident, Markle has long been a style icon for women across the world. However, possibly the most interesting aspect of her outfit choices is how they’ve transformed.
During the actress’ Suits days, we’d often see her donning high heels, bandeau dresses, skirts with high hemlines, and more daring cuts — such as low v-necks and slit detailing. In 2018, she’s pushed these to the back of the wardrobe in favour of long, belted coats and simple ankle boots to achieve a casual-chic vibe.
Overall, Markle’s dress sense hasn’t only become more sophisticated and reserved, but it’s also evolved from all-American girl to British fashionista. Gone are the graphic tees and straight leg jeans and in their places are tailored blouses and laced midi dresses that evoke a sense of royal-appropriate sophistication. Then again, when she attended the Invictus Games with Prince Harry, she chose to wear simple jeans with a plain shirt, perhaps showing the world that she can still incorporate dressed-down looks despite her impending title.
Steal her style
The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to dress prim and proper 24/7 when you’re emulating the Meghan Markle look. Although her style has certainly matured and reined itself in to a degree, there are still bursts of chic provocation. Her braless, gold-embroidered tulle and silk gown that she wore for her engagement portraits is just one example of her ability to infuse formal events with contemporary fashion.
Inject just a touch of the risqué when replicating the Meghan Markle style to keep it interesting. Team shirt-dresses with low heels, off-the-shoulder tops with plain skinny jeans and flats, and low-cut blouses with cigarette trousers and a tailored blazer.
Even before Rihanna received the CFDA Fashion Icon Award in 2014, her looks have been a huge part of her celebrity status. The star’s ability to predict and pioneer styles, no matter how revolutionary, has propelled her to the highest echelons of celebrity fashion, which makes her one of the world’s top style icons to emulate for women around the world.
Since fashion is evolutionary, it stands to reason that Rihanna’s looks have also transformed since she rose to fame in 2005. Reflecting on Rihanna’s early style, many of her outfits gave the impression of a young, confident, sweet girl — think strappy dresses, rara skirts, crop tops, and boyfriend jeans. Within a few years, Rihanna edged her style to a more rebellious side, designed to enhance her ‘bad girl’ status. During this period, we saw bralettes paired with hot pants, and who could forget the revealing double denim, skirt-and-jacket outfit made famous by Rihanna’s dismissal of a tee or vest?
In time, RiRi morphed her look again — this time, blending her edgy façade with nuances of high-fashion. Enter, the famous naked dress of 2014. Made of nothing but Swarovski crystals and fishnet fabric, the design of this iconic gown was overtly high fashion.
Clearly, Rihanna’s eye for sartorial credibility hasn’t faltered. Her fashion line, FENTY PUMA, is forcing back the boundaries of standard sports styles and taking athleisure into uncharted territory, creating a high-fashion offshoot of feminine sportswear.
Steal her style
Throughout her style-icon life, Rihanna has always advocated the use of colours and fabrics. Over the years, we’ve seen her in everything from feather-embellished bejewelled bikinis to silk emerald tracksuits. To replicate it, you need to embody her confidence and sense of adventure.
Combine stiletto heels with denim playsuits or tracksuit bottoms, then dress for the evening in something feminine, but outlandish — like the lilac tulle mini dress she wore to Fenty Beauty’s launch party.
Rihanna adores wearing shirts and coats that hang off her shoulders, putting a fresh twist on the cold-shoulder fashion movement. So, incorporate strapless tops and bralettes into your look to ooze the same level of seductive sophistication.
Australian actress, Margot Robbie, has experienced a rapid rise in fame and success. In just two years, Robbie went from Neighbours cast member to global film star, throwing her talent, character and style into the world’s harshest spotlight.
What we find most interesting about Robbie’s look is how, despite some transformations, it has retained a laid-back vibe synonymous with her home country. Robbie blends casual-chic daytime attire with Hollywood-ready evening outfits effortlessly, which means emulating her style opens a world of possibilities.
The plunging, gold slit dress she wore this year to the LA premier of I, Tonya, compared to the long-sleeve, crew neck frock she donned for the Wolf Of Wall Street premiere in 2015; highlights a growth in sartorial confidence, and possibly, industry acceptance.
Robbie’s style is feminine, yet eclectic. From sultry lace jumpsuits and conservative high-neck gowns, to girly polka dot dresses and sophisticated belted tapered trousers; the essence of Robbie’s style poses the idea that each occasion has a dress code, and it is up to the individual to infuse it with their preferred style.
Steal her style
Let the tone of the event guide your choices, if you want to incorporate Robbie’s style. Sneakers, logo tees and denims give off her signature, laid-back, Aussie-girl vibe when the occasion is low-key, while plain playsuits, kimonos, sandals, and asymmetric skirts reign supreme during dressed-up day events.
Robbie is a fan of floral prints and floaty silhouettes, so opt for loose-fit dresses, culotte jumpsuits and embellished gowns. In the evening, Robbie tends to stay true to the accepted standards of glamorous fashion. Ensure you don’t show both legs and arms at the same time and select garments featuring intricate embroidery, classic embellishments or eye-catching metallic finishes.
Channel your inner celebrity diva by incorporating a selection of these stars’ staples fashion pieces into your everyday look.
There is a new trend emerging for women and it’s all about self-appreciation and self-loving. It is the rise of the self-love ring; some women are even taking it as far as marrying themselves and others are in a relationship referred to as ‘sologamy’. Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of engagement rings, we take a closer look at the trend and how women are showing off their independence.
Where did it originate from?
The popularity of a self-love ring began to soar in 2016, as many women turned to jewellery stores to make a commitment to themselves. It’s not known exactly what drove the trend, as women have been preaching self-appreciation for many years! But it could be down to a combination of these things:
The rise of social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram has encouraged women to love themselves. Although seeing filtered beach bodies on our news feed isn’t always great, there have been many women who have posted photos of their natural selves too and persuaded others to do the same. For example, there was a trend which involved ‘No Make-up Selfies’ — a photo of yourself without make-up. Many celebrities participated in this and told women to love their natural selves! The selfie culture in general pushes women to appreciate their bodies, as they post photos of themselves and receive ‘likes’ and comments from their friends and family.
The influence of celebrities has encouraged women to love themselves too. Many famous figures have talked about their tough times growing up and how they’ve learnt to appreciate themselves. Others have encouraged magazines and photographers to not edit their photos so that women can see that their bodies are not in fact flawless.
There has also been a rise in participants of meditation and mindfulness — taking time out of the day to be present within yourself. Research has shown that it can reduce stress, depression and anxiety and experts encourage people to take time out of their day to focus on Meditation interlinks with self-love as it focuses on taking time out of the day to concentrate on yourself.
The self-love rings
Some people are referring to them as anti-engagement rings, but that’s not what they’re all about. They are meant to represent one’s commitment to oneself and a dedication that you’ll put yourself first and look after your own well-being. They are meant to be worn on your little finger — to represent a ‘pinky promise’ to yourself. Some jewellers offered specific ‘pinky’ rings but they can be bought as a smaller regular engagement ring.
Those who practise self-love have said that when you love yourself, you change the way that you act and this can positively affect your relationship as you no longer rely on your partner to make you happy.
Some females purchase a self-love ring with their best friends to focus on the importance of friendship and make a pledge that you’ll both love yourselves.
Some women have taken the concept even further, organising a ceremony of self-marriage. The first sologamous wedding was thought to be in 1993, when an American woman called Linda Barker married herself in front of her close friends.
Marrying yourself is not a legal process (you can’t divorce yourself, claim legal fees and your marital status won’t change), instead it is simply a celebration, although vows can be made. It appears as though it is more women who are taking part in this than men, possibly as a protest against the pressures that they often feel to be in a relationship.
When asked why women married themselves some comments were:
The ceremony was a deep act of self-acceptance, saying your commitments out loud in front of friends and family solidified them.
It was a celebration of the commitment to the health, well-being, and happiness of oneself.
It’s not just for the single woman either. Some women who have gone through the ceremony have partners and husbands, but this day was all about them! A company has been created on the back of these ceremonies called I Married Me — it offers wedding supplies to one-person ceremonies.
Demonstrating to yourself that you’re confident and empowered doesn’t have to come in the form of a ring. There’s other ways to show your love for yourself — treat yourself to some clothing that you’ve been wanting for a while, have a spa day or just invest some time into you!
Many people will begin to look at camping holidays as early as March, but is it better to enjoy these getaways in a touring caravan or a static caravan? Flogas, which can supply camping gas bottles to campsites and caravanners across the UK, weighs up the positives and negatives of each option:
Advantages of touring caravans
If you like the freedom of the open road when going on holiday, you will love the independence that is afforded to you from touring caravans as they can be taken to a wide variety of caravan sites throughout the UK, Europe and beyond if you’re really looking to branch out.
You don’t need to choose one destination and stick to it for the entire spring and summer either. Once you’re ready to see a new sight, simply pack up your gear and drive your caravan to a new campsite.
Compared to static caravans, you will not encounter as many ground costs — think maintenance and rent prices at a campsite. Adding to this is the fact that starting prices for touring caravans are usually cheaper than their static alternatives.
Disadvantages of touring caravans
As touring caravans need to be mobile, one negative is that they tend to have substantially less space than static caravans. This is definitely something that you should bear in mind if you’re planning caravan holidays with families or large groups of friends.
You may also need to look into the car you drive if you opt for a touring caravan. After all, your vehicle will need to have an engine that is powerful enough to tow your caravan — especially up hills. This is an added expense that you may not have considered when first investing in your touring caravan, so you’ll want to bear it in mind to avoid an unpleasant surprise.
Due to you having to tow a caravan of a significant weight, it goes without saying that you’ll spend more on fuel taking a touring caravan from site to site as opposed to just driving your car to a campsite where your static caravan is already set up.
Advantages of static caravans
Convenience is arguably the key selling point of static caravans. This is because once your home away from home has been driven to the holiday park of your choice, it will stay there for the rest of the spring and summer. When you’re at home and decide you want a quick getaway, all you’ll need to do is pack some clothes and essentials and enjoy the relaxing drive to your secure holiday home.
Static caravans are appealing in their designs too. Most have more space than touring caravans — in fact, some models can boast four bedrooms, fully fitted kitchens complete with integrated appliances, and the same kind of bathroom you’d expect to find in a hotel.
Know that you’re not going to be visiting your static caravan for a few weeks? Not to worry, as these can be rented out to other holidaymakers to enjoy as well.
Disadvantages of static caravans
We mentioned earlier that static caravans offer plenty of convenience when they are in place at a holiday park. However, you will need to make sure you’re happy with your chosen location as moving a static caravan once it’s in place can be a difficult and often expensive procedure.
Watch out for holidays parks which do not have a 12-month licence as well. If you happen to place your static caravan in one of these destinations, you’ll not be able to use them when the licence isn’t active — usually throughout the entire winter.
Coming to that final decision
Personal preference should ultimately determine whether a static or touring caravan will be best for you. You’re likely going to be better off with a touring caravan if you like to explore multiple sights and have only a few people with you. If you only have your mind on one destination and will be often travelling with a few people each time you seek a quick getaway though, it’s probably better to opt for a static caravan.
When you were younger, I’ll bet one of your biggest aims was to look a little older, but now, you’re probably hoping the opposite. Most women hate the thought of ageing and just wish that they could turn back the clock and be twenty-one again. Well, what if I said that you don’t have to? No, I can’t make you look how you looked then, but I can help you to feel beautiful and confident in regards to the way you look now. If you don’t like the grey hair, the wrinkles, or anything else, then you should do something about it. It’s your body, and you should feel happy in it. Here are eight things that you can do to look and feel fabulous in your 50s.
Sort Your Skin Care
As you get older, your skin stops producing collagen, which helps to keep your skin tight and smooth. Because of this, you probably have started to experience some sagging, especially around the neck and lower jaw, fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness. To combat these changes, you need to pay attention to your skin care and start using products that boost collagen and hydrate the skin. These include anti-ageing creams, which will help your skin to plump up and smooth out, and primer, which will reduce the appearance of the wrinkles and fine lines. A tinted primer would be perfect if you’re also worried about an uneven skin tone. You should also make sure to moisturise every day.
Wear What You Love
There is a lot of advice online about the sorts of clothes that women over fifty should or shouldn’t be wearing; For example, most people advise sleeves, to cover up the upper arm area. Personally, I think you should just wear whatever you feel confident and happy in. By the age of fifty, you will know what you are comfortable wearing and what you aren’t, and if you feel comfortable and confident, this will show to others.
Being comfortable doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment and find other things that you’re also comfortable in. As you get older, your complexion changes and your skin and hair lose some of its colour, making this a perfect time to experiment with a brighter wardrobe. Brighter coloured clothing, whether it’s a pink dress or a maroon blazer, also suggests confidence, which is essential for a fabulous lady such as yourself. Black is timeless, of course, and is a favourite among fashion editors, but be careful with it, as it could wash you out and make your skin appear dull.
Have Fun With Your Hair
Colour doesn’t have to be limited to your clothes; You could also try out a different hair colour if you’re not ready to go grey just yet. If you’re fine with the colour of your hair, you could just stick with your natural one, and dye the grey every so often, until you’re ready to submit to it. Of course, this can take some work, but it’s worth it if you feel great. As it says in this article, you don’t have to change your hairstyle as you grow older to something more “mature looking”; If it worked for you before, I’m sure it can work for you now. However you did want to switch things up, you could consider bangs for a more youthful appearance.
Opt For Subtle Makeup
You may want to stand out, but you have to make sure that you’re standing out for the right reasons. Wearing too much makeup, for example, is not great. You may have experimented with some crazy makeup looks when you were younger (trust me, we all have), but now is the time to tone it back a bit. Avoid having too much going on eyeshadow-wise, as this could draw attention to wrinkles around the eyes. Apply one or two light, matte colours for the lid, a smidge of blusher, and a subtle lip colour for a fresh and polished appearance.
Take Care Of Your Brows
When you get older, your eyebrows can go one of two ways: They’ll either grow out of control or become thin and sparse. When it comes to the former, you should keep your eyebrows trimmed, and pluck out the grey hairs if they bother you. If your eyebrows are sparse, use eyeshadow to fill in the gaps; This is much more subtle than a pencil but will still create a full brow, which can take years off you. Just avoid filling your brows in black, as this will make you look older.
Buy Some Falsies
Mascara is a must for most women, but as you age, it might not work as well as you hope. This is because you can experience loss of eyelashes as you get older, so the mascara has nothing to cling to, leaving your eyelashes looking sparse. To remedy this, you could try eyelash extension or false eyelashes, both of which come in many different styles. Just make sure you take proper care of your extensions, so they last a long time, and that you apply falsies following the instructions.
Watch What You Eat
As you should know by now, what you put into your body affects how you look and feel, so you should stick to a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. These are packed with antioxidants which can help to improve the overall health of your skin, and combat signs of ageing. You should also remember that it’s much easier to put on weight when you’re older, so avoid having too many sugar and fat-filled treats, and exercise daily to burn off any additional calories. The odd chocolate bar or doughnut isn’t going to cause much damage, as long as you balance it out, so don’t worry too much if you have a sneaky treat every so often.
As women age, we tend to worry about losing our looks, but it really isn’t necessary. Hopefully, this advice helps you to feel fabulous well into your fifties and even older.