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It’s the season to dazzle! Christmas down under.

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Christmas in the southern hemisphere takes a little getting used to since we all have the notion of the perfect white Christmas. Fashion wise it’s the hottest season of the year, literally! Sexy bikinis, festive sequins, and a gorgeous tan; what more can a fashion diva possibly ask for? Christmas, Aussie style, is all about family, friends, good cheer & fun in the sun. For a healthy tan check out our post on transforming into a bronzed beauty !

Here are some Christmas fashion tips from Chelsea Potter, a fellow blogger from the UK who blogs for Sports direct.

What to wear to a Christmas day beach party…

Christmas on the beach is so much fun. You spend time with your loved ones, play beach games and have a massive BBQ where you eat enough to last until next year… or realistically until the Boxing Day festivities. Bu what do you wear? Here are some tips to help you out this Christmas.

For starters, let’s go back to the BBQ… you are guaranteed to eat quite a bit on this day so maybe think twice about the bodycon dress. You also need to consider you may be playing beach games during the day so you’re probably best wearing something that you can move freely in. At the same time, although it’s Christmas it is also summer so show off the latest trends while you’re partying at the beach. Confused about what to wear even more? Well let me help you out.

For the daytime…

Red Bikini from the bargain boutique!

Wear a red bikini – gets you in the Christmas spirit but you’ll still look red hot! Team the bikini with denim shorts and maybe a loose vest over the top. Failing this you could wear a loose dress but if you’re bouncing up and down later then you might prefer the first option.

For the evening…

This is your time to glam up and appreciate the party season. Wear sequins or metallics but wear them on a short dress or skirt. Again you might want to opt for a looser style if you still have your food baby.

metallic dress from the bargain boutique

metallic dress from the bargain boutique

Christmas is a time for fun with your loved ones but as you party on the beach, it’s also a time to dress to impress.

“For hot looks at affordable prices, check out fashion outlet here: http://www.sportsdirect.com/fashion-outlet/ladies-fashion-outlet?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_medium=seo&utm_campaign=christmas%20beach%20party,” says Chelsea.


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The 1 Rule for confidence is to be yourself!

Young Bohémienne: Natalie Clifford Barney (187...

Young Bohémienne: Natalie Clifford Barney (1875-1972) at the age of 10 (painting by Carolus-Duran) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I meet so many women who are uncomfortable in their own skin; after all there is a fine line between demure and abashed. While one is a character trait the other is a result of one’s perception of self, usually a negative one. The last time I felt awkward and cringed in my own skin was in high school, in my attempt to be cool, I wore a tight-fitting cocktail dress. Black lace and a bright yellow bow was all it took to make me feel like a turkey on show! Thank God for my father, a man of principle and obviously taste, who forbade me to walk out of the house looking like the bride of Frankenstein. As any normal teenager, I rolled my eyes and protested, but secretly I was so happy that he made me change. My ego didn’t let me publicly admit my fashion faux pas but that day I learned a valuable lesson, never try to be someone else!

It’s one thing to be inspired and quite another to erase one’s own identity and absorb someone else’s persona. My inspiration by the likes of those gorgeous Bohemian style divas leads me to don flowing skirts, but it’s still me underneath the boho skirt. Just like my skin tone, which is brown, cream and uneven, my fashion sense isn’t defiantly anything but always comfortable.

Lace shirts with frayed denim shorts and gold jewellery – that’s me! Hair colour that changes more frequently than the weather courtesy global warming, fashion style that is constantly evolving, adapting, and always experimenting that’s who I am. What about you? Is your personality hiding in the closet or tucked away in the back of your wardrobe? Waiting in the sidelines for the approval of peers, fashion magazines, friends, family, the cat next door?

In one of my earlier posts I had written that the one must have accessory for a plus size woman is confidence, I reiterate: the number one rule for confidence is to be yourself!

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Knee-high boots, aviators and scarves. What’s not to love?

bootsboots2There are a few fashion basics that promise to transform anyone into a diva, almost like having a personal fairy godmother. For example, you can transform a boring t-shirt and jeans into a fashionable ensemble just by donning a pair of knee-high boots. Nothing in the fashion world holds such magical fashion powers like knee-high boots. Pair them with a shift dress, jeans, mini shirt, basically anything and you will turn heads, guaranteed. Even ‘pretty woman’ Julia Roberts needed their magic.kneehighboots

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Miniskirt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aviators or any other shape of sunglasses that suits your face is the Midas touch that can transform a bad hair day, acne, puffy eyes, dark circles or any other facial disaster into a showcase for chic! Throw in a gorgeous scarf and you are an instant style icon. Having these basic fashion essentials can ensure that you never have to step out looking anything less than ultra cool – always.

Scarves in colours that brighten up your face are an absolute must; stock them in different patterns, materials and designs. Walk in to an optical store and purchase sunglasses, I’m partial to aviators, which suit your face. Take your phone and click pictures of yourself wearing them, it’s hard to make out if something suits you by just looking in the mirror, the coloured tint of the glasses tends to interfere. A photo of you wearing it will give you an accurate picture. Buy a few styles, in different shades; these should form your fashion basics. Always make sure that your sunglasses have a high UV protection rate.

Knee high boots are my personal weakness and I can never have enough of them. However, you should have a minimum of two, one in a classic comfortable style that gives you a classy look and can be worn during the day without spraining your ankle. Every woman should possess one piece of footwear that should exude sex appeal, just wearing it should make you feel like a million dollars and there is nothing more fabulous than owning a knee high boot that is sexy.

With winter a few months away, at least for us in Australia, saving up for a gorgeous knee-high boot is a top Fashion priority. Like everything else in life, Fashion should be planned and thought out. A good quality item will last long and bring you tremendous joy, so think ahead. Fashion is and always should be an extension of your personality; the idea of great apparel is to make YOU feel good. So invest in a few fashion basics with not just your money but also your time, look around, experiment with different styles, until you decide what works and what doesn’t. In the words of Revlon, because your worth it!

 


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In defence of her Royal highness- Kate Middleton.

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English: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on her first royal tour, visiting Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fashion world is aghast at her highness; the future queen recycles her wardrobe! They call it a fashion Faux Pas.

I rise to her defence, after all we both are bargain hunters, but she had the good fortune to live near a second-hand designer wear store. Since becoming the Duchess of Cambridge she hasn’t frequented her favourite bargain shop but she does repeat her wardrobe, and why shouldn’t she? I think we need more practical public figures like her to make popular (a fashion revolution) the idea that clothes should be worn to express our individuality and not the other way around where we serve as mannequins for the ever-mighty garment.

I still carry pieces form five years back that I cannot seem to part with because I consider it so essential to my personal style. I can imagine the horror of wearing a gorgeous garment just once and then having to donate it to someone. I love wearing beautiful garments, which to me are like works of art, for the sheer joy of feeling beautiful in them. The feel of the garment, the fall of the fabric, the cut, the form… pure fashion climax!

Talking of fashion Faux pas, isn’t it hilarious that every celebrity who has been accused of it was always wearing, wait for it, a designer label? The red carpet is where the stars strut their stuff and the fashion critiques stand there deciding who is a fashionsta and who is a fashion disaster. Personally, I think a true fashionsta is someone who has a personality so bright that it outshines whatever they are wearing and all you end up noticing is her infections smile, the heart warming laughter, her amazing personality or her kind heart. Anything short of that and you have reduced yourself to a mannequin, a clothes rack, a clothes hanger in the cupboard.

A woman is a lot more than a showcase for the latest rend, she is mystery, intrigue, adventure, mischief, love and life all rolled into one. Let’s not degrade ourselves into labels, come on women; it’s time for a fashion revolution. Lead on Kate!

Seriously, am I the only one who saw the movie The Devil wears Prada and focused on the real message?

The Devil Wears Prada (film)

The Devil Wears Prada (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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AUSSIE STYLE ICON

imgres-6 imgres-5 imgres-4 imgres-3 imgres-1 imgresEsther Jackie Anderson, is an Australian Actress and model. As reported to Esther Anderson Network, the authorized and largest fansite for the stunning Esther Anderson, Esther prefers a casual fashion style that is mixed with vintage and new pieces.

Her favourite designers are Sass and Bide, Zimmerman, Willow, Collette Dinigan, Lisa Ho & Alex Perry. Whatever this stunning aussie beauty dons, she carries with style!