Winter Fashion | More Than Just Jumpers & Jeans

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When autumn and winter fashion springs to mind I automatically think of my favourite classic combination – a cosy jumper paired with my favourite pair of jeans.  But winter fashion is about so much more! Corduroy skirts, warm long-sleeved dresses, party dresses, and pinafores are just some of the items you can add to your autumn and winter wardrobe.

Since the start of this autumn I’ve been trying to experiment with different clothes and colours that I wouldn’t normally wear, and today I’ll be sharing my favourite tips on how to avoid the ‘jumper and jeans’ trap so many of us fall into and adding something new to an otherwise quite dull wardrobe.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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A long-sleeved dress is one of the best investments you can make for your autumn and winter wardrobe. The one I’m pictured wearing in this post is by Superdry, and it’s possibly one of the most versatile pieces in my current wardrobe. I’ve been a fan of Superdry t-shirts and hoodies for many years now, but I only just discovered their great range of dresses (including party dresses) last month and would totally recommend checking them out. This lovely long-sleeved dress is the perfect day-to-night piece that works amazing well both at the office and for a date night out.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Some of your spring and summer dresses can easily be transitioned into your winter wardrobe with a few simple tweaks. For example, layering sleeveless dresses or pinafore dresses over a warm turtleneck, adding a pair of black or navy tights, wearing with over-the-knee boots or adding extra warmth with a super chunky, cosy scarf like I did here.

Corduroy skirts are another great alternative to jumpers/jeans. High-waisted ones in particular can be very versatile – tucked into a cute shirt for work, or paired with some heels for a going-out look. Of course, an extra warm pair of tights is essential! [/pipdig_padded_text]
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It’s very easy to stick to dull monochrome shades of black and white during the winter months, but adding some colour is a great way of keeping your style interesting. Shades of blue, red, orange and yellow are all very on-trend this season, so treat yourself to a bright new dress, or start off small with a colourful scarf.

The one I’m wearing in this post is a cosy pastel blue scarf that I knitted which goes with almost everything in my winter wardrobe, and I love how well this shade works with the green dress too![/pipdig_padded_text]

What is your favourite thing to wear in winter?

3 Easy Ways To Limit Your Blue Light Exposure For Better Sleep

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Without a doubt, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing. There’s nothing worse than trying to get through an entire day of work, errands and everything else when you haven’t slept well the night before. Yet whilst most of us are aware of this, many of us still stay up late on our laptops, tablets or tapping away on our phones – even once we’re in bed.

Scientists have produced plenty of evidence pointing to the fact that the blue light emitted from our computer and phone screens negatively impacts our sleep. This is because the blue light alters the amount of sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, which makes your body think that it’s time to be more alert – rather than time to sleep.

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1. Blue Filter Glasses

If you’re a fellow glasses-wearer like I am, then it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of blue light filter glasses. Brands such as Eye Wear These provide a blue light filter coating on all their glasses including popular brands such as my favourite Ray-Ban, Miu Miu and Armani (so you can still look stylish whilst also protecting your eyes!). With so many of us planted in front of a screen for most of the day, blue light filter glasses can not only protect your eyes but also help your eyes feel less strained throughout the day and help you get a better night’s sleep. I recently got a pair of great-looking Ray-Ban glasses from Eye Wear These, as you can see pictured in this post, complete with the blue light filter coating and I most definitely noticed a difference in terms of my eyes feeling less tired when I’m working on my laptop and also being able to get to sleep easier. This is such a small and easy change, yet one that’s made a huge difference![/pipdig_padded_text]

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2. Blue Light Filtering Software

As companies are getting more and more aware of the negative impact that blue light can have on our sleep and lifestyle, a number of apps and new software have been developed whereby you can schedule your screen to shift from a blue-light to a more warm, more red-toned wavelength light in the evenings. Some phones can do this automatically (such as the ‘night shift’ mode on iPhones) and there are some free softwares available which you can download onto your laptop or computer – just type in ‘blue light filter software’ into Google![/pipdig_padded_text]

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3. Carotenoid Supplements

Although our eyes aren’t great at filtering out blue light, some research suggests that carotenoid supplements can help strengthen the eye’s natural ability to blue blue light rays. This works by strengthening the retinal pigment epithelium, which contains carotenoids that we absorb through our diet in foods such as carrots, plums, apricots and mangoes. Carotenoids are effective at absorbing blue light and can therefore help to protect your eyes and improve the quality of your sleep.[/pipdig_padded_text]

How To Start Your Own Online Fashion Store | Guest Post

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Whether you have a degree in fashion technology or just an innate sense of glam that has never let you down, there’s a business opportunity waiting for you online. There is no doubt that the competition is tough, but London isn’t one of the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the 21st century for nothing!

There are so many parts to opening an e-commerce site that it would be impossible to fit all the advice here, so we will now concentrate on perfecting three core aspects of a web-based fashion store, which might just set you apart from the rest.

What are You Planning to Sell?

This is one of the most important aspects of your business; you need to decide exactly what you are going to sell and who your target customers will be. As you are not a multi-billion pound company, you need to adopt a different strategy. Target niche, local markets and stay small enough for the time being to avoid competing with the established big names in the business from day one. Decide on the products, genres, brands, etc., and stick to limited but specialised stocks for the time being.

Create Your Own Line

The thing is that it would be impossible for any small website to compete with the big boys because the kind of price they can offer to their customers is unmatchable. But, that only applies when you are retailing products made by others, not when you have your own line of clothes, cosmetics, shoes, etc. Once you have a separate brand of products that are only available in your store, it creates exclusivity and then the price becomes secondary, as no other store has what you have. Of course, the success of the brand will largely depend on the quality of the products and the company’s understanding of their target customers.

The Photos are All Important

As photos and videos are pretty much the only links that a customer has with the product shown by an e-commerce site, you cannot compromise here. Hire a product photographer to take the photos that you are going to upload on your site because this is a make or break move really. When a professional still life photographer captures the clothes, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics and whatever else you are planning to sell, the photos come out clear and of high quality, but that’s not the only reason why it’s a make or break step.

The thing is that when someone goes online to shop for a product, most of the times, he/she ends up seeing generic images of the same product on multiple sites. However, when the customer comes across a listing that shows them clear, high-resolution images highlighting the most important aspects of the product, the customer pauses and takes the time necessary to go through the pictures on the page and possibly some of the other listings as well. This may not always convert to a sale right away, but rest assured that serious customers are far more likely to come back at a later point after this experience. To achieve this same effect on your own site, it is important that you don’t just contact a random friend with a D-SLR, but an expert still life photographer for the job. You’ll want to find a photographer who has experience with people in your market, for example there’s the still life photographer Chris Howlett who has worked with House of Fraser as stated on his website howlettphoto.com. If a big fashion brand like this one has worked with the photographer, that’s a sure sign of their reliability and skill.

Success depends on so many things these days that granular micromanagement is necessary – and that’s not something just everyone can do. These tips will help, but there’s always a lot more to learn on the job, so start small and never let things get out of hand before you are truly ready for the next step.[/pipdig_padded_text]

How To Style Denim For Work

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Although office wear is slowly becoming more casual, it’s still nice to feel smart when heading to work. Denim is great for being both comfortable and smart at work. In today’s post, Trilogy Stores, premium denim retailers of cropped jeans for women, provide us with some insight on how to style denim for work.

Styling denim jeans

Black denim is a great option if you’re not used to wearing jeans to work, or if your workplace prefers clothes that are more on the formal side of things. A high-waisted pair of black jeans worn with a gorgeous patterned blouse tucked in  creates a smart, fitted look whilst the high-waisted element of the jeans is perfect for elongating your legs — especially when worn with your favourite pair of heels.

Culottes are another greta option this season, and there’s no reason why you can’t bring the trend to your workplace. Black or dark blue culottes worn with a smart blouse, oversized blazer, and loafers would look great – and you can simply chuck on your favourite jumper when the weather starts to get more chilly.

If you want to add a subtle pop of colour to your overall look, go for a pastel denim. Lilac or sky-blue denim can complement a smart shirt well and is ideal for keeping you bright and cool when the sun is shining too.

Classic navy blue skinny jeans can look smart too. Worn with a crisp white shirt tucked in and an autumn-perfect checked blazer, your favourite pair of high-waisted blue skinnies can be great for work too. Slip on your favourite pair of pointy heels and you’re good to go!

It’s also worth incorporating white denim jeans into your workwear wardrobe. Worn with a dark or pastel shirt, white denim can be work-appropriate — choose a pair with a slim-leg fit to create a smart, summer look.

Styling denim skirts

A shirt paired with a pencil skirt is a classic outfit for work and can look very stylish as part of a power suit. However, you can easily update this look by incorporating some denim.

Dark-wash denim skirts are very on-trend this season and can look smart. Just as long as you steer clear of distressed denim and light-washes, that can look casual and slightly more ‘beachy’, and also avoid any pieces that sit a bit too far above the knee. A pencil-style skirt in indigo or black denim worn with a nice blouse is a great work outfit. Style this with a fitted jacket to replicate a power suit, or wear with an oversized blazer for a slightly less formal look. Alternatively, my favourite A-line denim skirts can also be a smart look, paired with a long-sleeved crew-neck or shirt and a comfy pair of ankle boots.

As you can see, there are so many different ways to style denim for the office and still look smart. Of course it’s important to make sure that this dress-code is accepted in your office, and if it is, there’s no need to hold back! From stylish indigo culottes to studded pencil skirts, bringing denim to the office can keep you comfortable,  fashionable and well-dressed – plus it looks great for after-work drinks too! Accessorize with a coloured cross-body bag and a tailored blazer for the perfect work-appropriate outfit![/pipdig_padded_text]

4 Cities In France To Visit If Paris Is Already Off The List | Guest Post

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France is one of the most beautiful countries in the continent of Europe. The Mediterranean beauty is brimming with exquisite destinations that are perfect for your trip. For most of us, when you hear the word France, it is all about Paris and Eiffel Tower. But there is much more to it.

Exploring France will take you to places that you have only thought of in your dreams. The beauty is palpable and the experience will be deeply enriching. And food, well the French cuisine has all the elements to satisfy your palate in every way! No wonder, the French capital and all the other cities have emerged as famous stag and hen party destinations and are giving tough competitions to the English big daddy’s.

The country of the Eiffel Tower has many more cities that will have you in awe. We bring to you a list of equally beautiful cities that you can visit in France if you have already struck off Paris from the list.

Bordeaux

The capital of wine is the best place for all those who enjoy a wine indulgence. This beautiful city is located in the Aquitaine region which forms the south eastern part of France. The city is full of fabulous bars that will provide you with a splendid experience of this national beverage. Head to Baillardran to have the very delicious canelés rom where you can go out for a stroll on the banks of the Garonne river. Bordeaux will let you feel the cool breeze blowing while you can splash the waters of the river in Miroir d’Eau at Place de la Bourse. And yes, you cannot miss the iconic view of the city from the Pey-Berland Tower.

Chamonix

If you are one of the those who get thrilled with the view of snow capped mountains and the thought of the adventure activities that the terrain has to offer, then Chamonix is your city. Located in the centre of the Rhone Alpes region, this city has everything that an adventure freak can think of and also hot chocolate. For the lovers of winter sports, when they are back from conquering the Alpine slopes, the city has got enough of life to offer you along with vin chaud (mulled wine). Chamonix is one of the cities that will give you a breathtaking view of the mountains from anywhere in the city to begin your day at a fabulous note.

Marseille

The charming city of Marseille, located right at the banks of the Mediterranean is a pure treat to watch. The clear waters of the Med lined by the iconic monuments is a sight that will never get erased from your memory. The city is dotted with museums and stunning buildings but if there is one thing that should be the highlight of your Marseille trip, it should be Vieux-Port, the Old Port. if at all you ever get tired of the city’s hustle and bustle of the city, find your peace in the partially submerged pastoral steep-sided valleys with a sublime view in front of your eyes. The city is a dream come true for lovers of arts as you may get to see a street side musician, a dancer or an art exhibition in a lot of venues of the city.

Annecy

The ‘pearl of the Alps’ or the ‘Venice of the Alps’ is a must visit place if you wish to have a venetian adventure the French style. Considering the French tourism scenario, Annecy is a hidden gem but that does not mean it will disappoint you in any way. With the beautiful Alps in the backdrop, your first stop in the city should be the Lake Annecy that merges into the Thiou River. The lake is crowded by tourists all during the summer. The chic cafes around the lake and the buildings with water around them are sure to give you a Venetian feeling. In spite of the other beautiful attractions in the city, do not forget to miss out the Château d’Annecy that towers over the town.[/pipdig_padded_text]

How To Achieve A Younger Looking Face | Guest Post

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The skin on your face is one of the most important parts but it’s also one of the most fragile. It requires more care than most parts of the body and it’s most prone to breakouts as a result of exposure to heat, dirt, oil, chemicals and other elements. Aside from external elements, your face is also prone to dullness and wrinkles when it ages or when it suffers from stress and bad nutrition.

Wrinkles appear in the later decades of a person’s life, but sometimes earlier if that person is prone to bad habits like smoking, drinking alcohol or illegal drugs. Some turn to Mizon cosmetic products for help in getting rid of wrinkles and other skin aging signs. Beauty products are effective in getting rid of wrinkles but these remedies are not as good as preventive measures.

Other people drink Vitamin A, C and E supplements to try reversing the signs of skin aging, stress and improper nutrition but those are not the only nutrients that your skin needs in order to repair itself. Collagen and placenta drinks are common for women aged 40 and above since their skin looses elasticity during that time.

Before tackling the methods by which wrinkles can be removed, we have to take a look at how these facial lines are formed. Age is one of the most common factors, and it’s uncontrollable. Time is something that cannot be stopped or reversed so we have to take a look at other ways to prevent or get rid of wrinkles.

Here are some of the prevention and remedies that can be used for wrinkles:

1. Invest in a nightly skin care routine to combat the most common cause of wrinkles.

Hygiene is one of the most common causes of wrinkles. Some people get too tired at the end of a work day so they don’t invest time and effort in cleaning their skin in preparation for bedtime. However, doing proper nightly skincare routine before going to bed is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles and this is evident in the women in their late 50’s with their youthful glow.

To get rid of wrinkles caused by bad hygiene, you have to make sure that you don’t sleep with your makeup on. Invest in good facial cleansers and toners to make sure that all cosmetics are removed from the pores before bedtime.

2. Counter wrinkles caused by stress and bad habits by improving nutrition.

Your skin needs lots of water to hydrate itself and avoid loss of elasticity. Drink at least 3 liters of water in a day to make sure that your skin stays supple and radiant. One of the other causes of wrinkles is the dryness of the skin, which is the result of poor sleeping habits, stress, smoking, alcohol, and others.

Improve your nutrition and food intake as a way to counter bad habit and diet, which is a common cause of wrinkles. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and vitamins in order to help repair your damaged skin. Fish is rich in collagen that allows the production of healthy oils that help in your skin’s youthful glow. Also, drink milk that contains vitamin E and iron to help in the skin repairs.

3. Organic and natural remedies for wrinkles caused by aging.

Sometimes prevention is no longer possible. The bad habits, hygiene, and nutrition have already taken a toll on your face, causing wrinkles even at an earlier age. There are a few remedies you can do at home that involve ingredients easily found in the cupboard:

Egg anti-wrinkle serum: Get 1 or 2 eggs and remove the yolks. Apply the egg white on your face, targeting the parts with wrinkles first then applying the rest. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Banana facial scrub: Rub a small piece of banana on your face for at least once a week as a natural wrinkle remover and finishing touch of your cleanser.

Tumeric and sugar face pack: Mix sugar cane juice in turmeric until the mixture forms a paste. You can also add other ingredients like honey, cucumber, and lemon for more exfoliating properties. Make sure the face pack is viscous and sticky before applying on your face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Do this face mask at least twice weekly.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Summer Blooms | The Midi Skirt Your Wardrobe Needs

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Midi skirts were pretty much non-existent in my wardrobe up until last year. I always thought midi skirts didn’t suit me, and always stuck to mini skirts. Sometimes, a bit too mini. However, since then I discovered the many joys of wearing midi skirts – and this particular midi has been one of my faves this summer!

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This particular midi skirt is from the brand 405 Story – an online fashion store inspired by California’s sunny coast. The brand focuses on simple, yet flattering silhouettes and fun prints (which totally sums up this skirt!) and uses luxe fabrics.

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As you can see from the photos, the Emily Midi Skirt comes in a bright yellow and red tulip print, which basically SCREAMS spring/summer! It’s the perfect piece to brighten up any outfit. The first thing I noticed when I got my hands on the skirt is just how good the quality feels – you can tell that a lot of care and attention has gone into the design as well as the making of the skirt.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Apart from being fully lined, the skirt is designed to be fitted at the waist and wide box pleats create lots of volume, making this skirt super flattering (and hiding away any food babies!). It’s also got a side zip fastening, and wait for it… it’s even got pockets! A skirt with pockets, what else could a girl ever want!?

Here I teamed the skirt with a plain t-shirt for a casual daytime look – and also to show you just how easy this skirt is to style! However, you can also wear this with a pretty shirt or blouse for a smarter look. It’s the perfect piece to wear to a picnic or to a summer party, and is just so versatile.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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The Emily Midi Skirt is available online from 405 Story.

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How To Get Your Fitness Plan Back On Track

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When first starting a fitness regime, your enthusiasm will probably keep you on a winning pathway for several weeks. Once that initial excitement dies down, however, the results can start to fade very fast…

If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you are not alone. Nevertheless, it’s imperative that you take the necessary steps to regain control over your lifestyle. Frankly, the only way to do that is to identify your problems before rectifying them ASAP. Here are four that could be holding you back.

It’s Not Fun

The excitement of getting fit will serve you well throughout those early stages. Sadly, this won’t be enough to keep you coming back on a consistent basis for a sustained period. You must find a way to inject the fun factor.

Discovering which types of cardio and weight workouts are right for you can make a big difference. Meanwhile, enjoyable sports are an ideal solution too. Even if you don’t lose weight or gain muscle at the same rate as you would with other plans, slow and steady often wins the race.

Learning to love the process of getting fit is the greatest reward of all.

It’s Uncomfortable

A lack of comfort during workouts can lead to a range of problems, including irritations and injuries. Once this starts to occur, finding the motivation to keep up your routines and commitments can be very tough indeed.

First and foremost, you need to choose suitable footwear. This is especially true if you have high arches or another slight issue. On a similar note, Freya bras by Lingerie Outlet will provide the support needed to exercise in comfort. If the base layer is wrong, you will notice it.

Appearances might feel important as you hit the gym. In truth, though, comfort and performance are far more significant.

It’s Not Compatible With Your Schedule

Anyone can find a way to make fitness work for a few weeks. Committing to fitness on a long-term basis is a little different, though. Unfortunately, if it doesn’t fit around your schedule and other commitments, the fitness plan will be the thing to be sacrificed.

Modern life is hectic, and your schedule may change from one week to the next. Online Personal Trainers like David Kingsbury offer a great alternative. This way, you can fit the workouts in around your lifestyle. When fitness remains on your terms, the threat of quitting falls significantly.

The clue is in the title; a lifestyle change should be for life. If it’s not built around you, the plan will all short.

It’s Too Expensive

Finally, there’s no escaping the fact that the cost of healthy living is a major problem for many. If you’re not careful, it can quickly become far too expensive for the average person to keep it up. Thankfully, there are ways around it.

Healthy eating needn’t cost an arm and a leg. Use meal preps to cook a week’s worth at once and freeze the rest for later. In addition to saving money, it’ll help you save time. As for workouts, you can always trade the gym for the park or a home DVD.

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The Denim Dress of Summer Dreams | Lighthouse Clothing

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I’ve been a huge fan of Lighthouse Clothing ever since last autumn when I discovered the brand. Their coat collection in particular is one of my favourites out there, and you can see the yellow autumnal coat I am still head over heels for in this post.

However, it turns out that Lighthouse don’t only make incredible coats, but also have a little range of dresses that are as equally good quality and I couldn’t wait to tell you about this little denim gem I have recently added to my summer wardrobe.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Here I am referring to the Lighthouse Annabelle Dress in Soft Denim – and believe me, it is so soft and comfortable! I am all for dressing for comfort in the hot summer months and this dress in particular has been perfect for the hot weather we’ve been having lately.

Keeping cool in summer depends a lot on the type of fabric that your clothes are made from, and this denim dress is made from 100% cotton, which is one of the best, most breathable fabrics that you can opt for in summer.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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The dress has a square neck, which makes a nice change from the more common round necks that a lot of casual day dresses seem to have. As you can see, this has also got short sleeves and comes to just above the knees – and best of all (I have definitely left the best bit for last)… it’s got two front pockets! I can’t help but do a little celebratory dance every time I find a dress I love that’s also got pockets! Anyone else!? This is the perfect summer day dress, whether you’re heading out for a walk or hitting the shops. I decided to add a skinny brown waist belt here, however the dress also looks good worn without a belt.

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I decided to team the dress with the Lighthouse Fran Jacket in Harbour Mist. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of the Lighthouse coats collection, and this one is no exception! The quality feels so great! The jacket is made from a highly waterproof and breathable fabric, and it is also windproof, making it perfect for chilly summer evenings going through to the autumn.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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The jacket comes to about my hips in terms of length and it’s also got lots of external and internal pockets, which makes me love this jacket even more!

In terms of size, I’ve got this in a size 10 and it fits true to size. In fact, I think it’s also just about roomy enough for me to wear it over a slightly thicker jumper when the weather starts to get colder. I just know I can get so much wear out of this.

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Discover Lighthouse Clothing’s new collection here.

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Your Complete Guide To: Fat Transfer vs Implants | Guest Post

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When it comes to enhancing a part of your body, whether it’s your breasts, your buttocks, or your face, implants are one of the most common approaches used to get the desired result. The main goal is typically to have more volume and improve the shape of your body.

Implants typically consist of silicone. They maintain their shape and have a consistency that feels natural. They also last. While it is true that implants are effective in meeting a patient’s needs, many doctors are opting for fat transfer procedures to get the same results.

How Does a Fat Transfer Work?

A fat transfer is an innovative approach that is being used more commonly to give the body a boost where it needs it. For those who are not happy with the size of their bust, feel their buttocks need some help, or want a fuller face, a fat transfer procedure is an effective option. The first step is to find a good source of fat on the body that can be spared. Most patients have no problem with this aspect of the procedure. Excess fat can typically be found hanging on around the midsection, on the buttocks, or on the thighs. The fat is removed by performing a liposuction procedure. Once it has been suctioned out of the body, the fat needs to go through a process that will purify it. The final step involves injecting the fat in a targeted area of the body.

What are the Drawbacks of Implants?

Implants will get the job done. They can add fullness to your cheekbones if you don’t have enough definition or aging has made them start to hollow. You can even have implants inserted in your lips if you want to enhance your smile. Implants are most commonly used to give women their ideal bust size, although they can target the buttocks as well. Implants are durable and feel authentic, but they may eventually need to be replaced. Some people are fortunate to have implants that last throughout their lifetime. Others may need a new set of transplants within ten years. Transplants occasionally leak, which can be a concern. In some cases, women experience capsular contracture in which scar tissue forms around implants and makes them shift until they look unnatural. Implants in buttocks have the potential to slip. If you aren’t happy with your implants, you will have to go through surgery and recovery again to have them removed.

What are the Benefits of a Fat Transfer?

If you choose a fat transfer, you can always start small, asking for a small enhancement to make sure you are happy with your results. If you are satisfied, you can always come in for an additional procedure. A fat transfer is completely natural. You are taking a substance that is produced in your own body and making better use of it someplace else. Best of all, you are enhancing two areas on your body for the price of one. One part of you will get trimmed down while another is going to get bigger. A fat transfer will produce authentic results. You’ll notice that the enhanced part of your body feels natural and it looks natural as well. Your surgeon can treat your body like a canvas, getting the results you want to see by using fat to give you lasting results. As an added benefit, your recovery will be faster after a fat transfer. Incisions made for liposuction are small, the procedure is considered minimally invasive, and you are likely to only need a local anesthetic. You can expect some mild swelling and bruising after your procedure. The area that is enhanced with your own fat may be a little tender after you get your injections, but you will be able to get back to your normal activities much sooner. People will notice the difference immediately. You’ll feel like a new person just by taking your own fat and using it to enhance your figure.

Is a Fat Transfer Going to Work for You?

In order to have a fat transfer, you are going to need excess fat somewhere on your body. While you might think this is simple, some people truly do not have fat to spare. They are either naturally slender or so athletic that there is no unwanted fat on the body. Your plastic surgeon will be your guide as an expert resource to determine if you have a good source of fat that can be harvested for a fat transfer. If you don’t have fat to spare, you will need to talk to your plastic surgeon about other options. Implants may be the only way to go for you.

Finding the Right Solution for Your Body

In the end, the best procedure to enhance the volume anywhere on your body will be up to you. Your plastic surgeon will give you a thorough evaluation and discuss your options. You’ll learn about the risks that are involved with any procedure. You will also be able to look at photo galleries to help you to determine which kind of procedure is best for you. You want your results to be promising, but you also want to look natural. A fat transfer can help you to reach that goal with an approach that is easier on your body than implants.

Turn to Doctors Plastic Surgery to Talk about Fat Transfer vs. Implants

When you are ready to seriously consider a fat transfer, visit www.doctorsplasticsurgery.com. You’ll find a team of knowledgeable and experienced surgeons, ready to answer your questions. When you make your consultation appointment, your plastic surgeon at Doctors Plastic Surgery will be here for you to listen to your goals for your body, assess your figure, and discuss your options.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Latest in Beauty | Your Personalised Beauty Box

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I’m not normally a big fan of beauty boxes – simply because I like to choose exactly what I spend my money on, rather than leaving it up to someone else to choose what I receive. And that’s what makes Latest in Beauty different to any other beauty box I have come across.

What makes Latest in Beauty so unique is that you get to choose exactly what products you’d like to go inside your box from their vast range of products from different brands. Essentially, you get to build your own box, which I think is great.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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With Latest in Beauty, you can choose to buy a one-off box with 3, 6 or 9 products, or you could choose to subscribe to the beauty box. The products available to choose from on the website are constantly changing and include some of my favourite brands such as L’Occitane, Philosophy, Lee Stafford, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, Garnier, Burt’s Bees, Rodial and Rimmel.

Latest in Beauty also have a section of pre-filled boxes such as the ‘Movie Night Box‘, packed with products for your next movie night in, and the ‘Grazia Beauty Box‘, filled with beauty products hand-picked by Grazia’s Beauty Director.

So, what was inside my box?

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Dr Organic Snail Gel Hand & Nail Elixir

I’d heard great things about Dr Organic products before but I’d never actually tried them out for myself. The main active ingredient in this product is snail gel, which is renowned for its ability to hydrate the skin, reduce any inflammation and helps to repair damaged tissue. I love how easily this gets absorbed into the skin and it’s also got a pleasant lemon-y scent.

Basic Beauty Tools Foundation Blender

I love a good makeup sponge to apply my foundation as I find that it gives me a more natural and even coverage compared with using a brush or my fingers so I’m excited to try out this Foundation Blender by Basic Beauty Tools.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy in 200 Powder Room

I love changing up my nail polish according to my mood, the season, anything! This beautiful nail polish from Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy range contains argan oil to condition the nails and comes in a pretty pearly shade that is perfect all year round.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Senspa Relaxing Bath & Body Oil

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know just how much I love anything that contains lavender – so there was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy this! This bath and body oil contains a blend of essential oils, including lavender, bergamot and geranium to create a calming spa-like atmosphere at home.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I’ve been using this product over the past few weeks and I love it so much that I actually dedicated an entire blog post to the product here. The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Exfoliating Facial Scrub smells like chocolate milkshake and leaves your skin feeling super soft and supple. There isn’t anything I can fault in this product![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub

I love a good body scrub, and this Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub definitely did not disappoint. It’s super gritty, so it’s great if you’ve got particularly dry skin – just like mine has been due to the hot weather lately! It’s made from a blend of Dead Sea salts and nourishing almond, jojoba and coconut oils and left my skin feeling amazingly soft.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Perfectil Plus Nails Extra Support

You don’t normally get beauty boxes that contain vitamin supplements so I thought this was a nice little touch – especially as it helps to strengthen your nails, balance your skin and maintain your hair. It’s a good reminder that your appearance doesn’t just depend on the products that you use on the outside, but also on what you feed your body.[pipdig_padded_text]

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The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This product needs no introduction – it was very popular a few years ago, when many people believed this was a great alternative to the much pricier Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I am personally a big fan of this product from The Body Shop. It is great for removing any makeup, including hard-to-remove mascara (tried and tested!) and leaves your skin feeling well nourished too.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance & Shower Gel [not pictured]

Philosophy is a brand that I had wanted to try out for ages and my Latest in Beauty box contained 2 products from the Philosophy Amazing Grace range – a mini fragrance and mini shower gel. Amazing Grace is one of Philosophy’s best-selling scents and I can totally see why. It smells feminine, floral and delicate, and just gorgeous.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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58 Balancing Room Mist

I love using essential oils around the house, and the 58 Balancing Room Mist is a nice change from my usual essential oils. This is made using a blend of essential oils including Mandarin Peel, Lemon Peel, Coriandar, Geranium and Ylang Ylang Oils and smells lovely![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Last but not least in my beauty box, I also received the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant which promises to help minimise the appearance of pores and renew the skin. This also claims to be great for reducing any blemishes or redness, and I really cannot wait to give it a go.

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1 Skirt, 3 Different Summer Outfits for Under £20 (HEATWAVE APPROPRIATE)

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Dressing for the summer heat isn’t easy. However, adding a few key pieces into your wardrobe can make it a whole lot easier. In today’s post I’ll be sharing 3 different summer heatwave-appropriate outfits using 1 key piece – a white skirt. And all 3 outfits cost just £20 altogether!

HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE!? I hear you ask… Well, I recently discovered a gem of a website called BlackBetty who sell high street clothes at huge discounts at 70-90% off. New items are added everyday, and although you don’t find out what brands you’re buying until you receive the items, you’re guaranteed great quality at super low prices. The items I received are from high street brands Reserved and Mojito and the quality of all the items I got feels great.

You can also get a further 20% off by using the code BIRD20 at checkout.

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Outfit 1: Shopping Outfit

My first outfit consists of this bright pink sleeveless shirt from Reserved, paired with the white skirt I’ll be wearing throughout this whole post, also from Reserved. I think this would make a perfect outfit to go out shopping on a hot summer day. Reserved is a European high street fashion store and although I’d never owned anything from the brand before, I’ll definitely be checking it out in the future as I love the style and quality of these pieces.  The pink shirt feels really light and breezy, yet it still looks smart. The skirt is really comfortable and even though it’s a summer-perfect white shade, it’s not see-through which is a sure sign of its good quality.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Outfit 2: Smart-Casual Days Outfit

Casual dressing in the summer heat can be hard enough, but dressing smart is on a whole other level! For this outfit, I teamed my trusty white skirt with this smart-looking turquoise shirt from Reserved that would be great for wearing to the office or work meetings.  I love the front collar detailing and the colours pretty much scream SUMMER. Add a pair of nude coloured heels and you’re ready to sieze the day – no matter how hot it may be![/pipdig_padded_text]

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Outfit 3: Summer Evening Out

The great thing about this white skirt is that it’s so versatile and it can literally take you from day to night. For my summer evening outfit, I decided to pair it with this tropical palm trees shirt from Mojito. I tied it up at the waist and rolled up the sleeves for a more summery look. A shirt like this is great for evenings, as the short sleeves can be unrolled into long sleeves and the shirt can be tucked into the skirt when it gets a little chilly!

Which one is your favourite outfit?

Visit BlackBetty & get an extra 20% off by using code BIRD20

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