Fashion fix: How to remove red wine stains

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Just make sure not to add it to your food!

Who doesn’t love a glass of red wine? Well,  as long as it doesn’t land on your favourite outfit!
Don’t worry, here’s how to fix that bad stain and save your garment.

 

1. Salt’n’soda

For best results, tend to the wine stain as soon as possible – preferably when it’s still wet. Soak the entire stain with soda water, and continue adding until the stain has almost vanished (if it vanishes completely with soda water, there is no need for the next step). Cover the  stain with salt so you can no longer see the red wine. Let the fabric dry, and scrape off the salt.

 

2. Shaving cream

Yep, you read that right – shaving cream is not just for removing hipster beards! If your stain has completely dried, work shaving cream into it and then wash the garment.

 

3. White wine & baking soda

This is another tip for when the stain has dried. Soak it in white wine, and then rub baking soda into the entire stain. Leave for a few hours, and then wash.
Do you have any tips on how to remove red wine stains from your clothes? Share in the comments below!

Three style rules to live by from Blake Lively

Blake Lively casually chic at her baby shower. Source: http://instagram.com/preserve_us

Blake Lively casually chic at her baby shower. Source: http://instagram.com/preserve_us

Mum-to-be Blake Lively always looks amazing, whether it’s on the red carpet or at her backyard baby shower.

So how does she do it? Here are some style rules to live by from Hollywood’s golden girl!

 

Feel good in it

“The one thing I’ve found is that no matter what you wear, if you feel good in it and love the way you look, that’s all that matters. I’ve certainly taken my fair share of criticism for some of the things I’ve worn, but the only thing that’s important is how I felt. You don’t wear something because it’s a designer label or trendy—you wear it because you love it,” she’s told US In Style.

 

Change it up
“My style is always changing. There is nothing I’m most comfortable in. I’m most comfortable when I’m being creative with my clothes. If I’m wearing the same sort of thing for a couple days in a row I don’t feel inspired. Fashion can be very artistic — wearing something that’s a little daring. I don’t mean daring in the cut, I mean in the color, in the palettes your mixing together. It’s very empowering,” Blake said to Huffington Post.

 

Stay classic

“You look at Katherine Hepburn and her pant suits or you look at Grace Kelly and her incredibly feminine gowns that look like a princess – very fittingly. I look to women like that because I always look for style and not trends. There are two very different things. One can be iconic in any time period. I always want to wear things that my kids can look back on and say ‘mom, you look amazing.’ Not like ‘I can’t believe you wore that.’”, she said to refinery 29.

Style guide: How to find the perfect bra

Who doesn't love great support?

Who doesn’t love great support? Image source: http://weknowmemes.com/

Did you know that chances are big you’re wearing the wrong size bra? According to research, up to 80 percent of us get it wrong when it comes to support for our moneymakers.

Not only will a perfectly fitted bra be much more comfortable, but it will also make the rest of your outfit look better and  flatter your silhouette – so it really is a must.

So how can you find out what your exact size is? Here are some tips.

 

Do the maths

With a simple tape measure, you can calculate your breast size.  Berlei has got a great bra calculator - just enter your measurements, and it will do the rest of the work for you.

 

Get fitted

You can get professionally fitted to find your  bra size, most department and lingerie stores offer fittings for free.  Seeing an expert has the added bonus you can get advice on what kind of bra style suits your body best.  Once you know what works best for your curves, you can find great bargains online.

 

Get an extra size

During that time of the month, many women go up a cup size. If you are one of them, invest in a bra to wear during that time for extra comfort and support.

 

Yearly checks

Your body and boobs are constantly changing, so it’s a good idea to check your bra size – either by measuring it yourself or going for a professional fitting – at least once a year.

 

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#ThrowbackThursday: the Juicy Couture tracksuit

Paris Hilton loved velour trackies in the '00s. Image source: http://forevertwentysomethings.com/

Paris Hilton loved velour trackies in the ’00s.
Image source: http://forevertwentysomethings.com/

In the early noughties, the velour tracksuits with Juicy Couture scrawled across the bottoms were seen on the likes of Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Pamela Anderson – and the rest of us quickly followed suit.

There’s no doubt the velour trackies were comfortable – especially when paired with a pair of uggs – but in hindsight, they weren’t the most attractive of outfits.

Since then, the Juicy tracksuits have been named and shamed by several fashion media outlets as one of the worst fashion trends ever.

Having that said, gym gear is the new casual so it seems we love feeling comfortable in our clothes!

Style guide: How to dress if you’re an hourglass

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Sophia Vergara knows how to show off her perfect hourglass figure.
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Got curves in the right places – bust and booty – and a small waist? Congratulations, you are an hourglass body shape, and can join the gorgeous ranks of Christina Hendricks, Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek who share the same shape.

But with so many assets, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to dress those curves. Here, our stylists list what to wear and NOT to wear if you’re an hourglass.

 

DO

Show off your waist

You want to draw attention to your waist – a wide belt worn over a dress is a great way to do that. Also, go for tops that nip in at the waist and have a fit snug.

Wrap it up

Wrap dresses and wrap tops pull the fabric in at your waist, drawing attention to it without adding any extra volume to your bust or hips – it creates a perfectly balanced line.

Stay classic

Tailored and snug fits work best for the hourglass woman. Avoid garments with bows, ruffles or frills – your figure alone is a statement, so keep your clothes simple and classic.

 

DON’T

Don’t wear high necks

Turtle necks, high necks and wide necklines such as a boat neck will draw attention from your waist and make you look top heavy. V-necks and scoop necks are your best friends.

Don’t wear trousers

Your body is too feminine for trousers, so try and stick to skirts – pencil skirts in a solid colour will show off your curves perfectly. However, if you insist on wearing trousers, go for a high-waisted or straight leg pant.

Don’t wear beaded dresses

Be careful when it comes to beaded or embellished dresses – they can make you look heavier than you are. Also, avoid too many thrills or excess fabric as they can have the same effect.

 

Feeling inspired to shop styles that suit YOUR body shape? Head here!

 

#ThrowbackThursday: Platform Trainers

Spice Girls made the platform trainers trendy in the 1990s. Image source: Sodahead.com

Spice Girls made the platform trainers trendy in the 1990s. Image source: Sodahead.com

Tell me what you want what you really, really want? For Buffalo platform trainers to NEVER come back in fashion.

We can only imagine the number of injuries the sky-high platform trainers caused in the 1990s, and there is only one gaggle of girls to blame for the hazardous footwear trend – the Spice Girls.

Thanks to the Spice Girls rocking them in music videos, on album covers and on the red carpet, women and men all over the world were seen wearing a pair.

However, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell claims Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham was too posh for the platforms, claiming the fashionista “hated” wearing them.

Hollywood actress Blake Lively has revealed she owned a pair of Buffalo shoes in the Nineties, and even admitted “I probably should have been medicated about my obsession with the Spice Girls”.

Did you rock a pair? Share in the comments below.

 

The top 10 fashion quotes of all time

Carrie also said "Shopping is my cardio".  Image Source: Fashionlady.in

Carrie also said “Shopping is my cardio”.
Image Source: Fashionlady.in

Feeling a bit dull when it comes to style? Then maybe one of these famous quotes about fashion and style will inspire you!

 

“If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.” –  Anna Wintour

 

“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress”Karl Lagerfeld

 

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory” –  Coco Chanel

 

 “I can’t concentrate in flats!”Victoria Beckham

 

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”Sophia Loren

 

Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” Christian Louboutin

 

“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.”Carrie Bradshaw

 

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”  –  Yves Saint Laurent

 

“Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”Bo Derek

 

 

Feeling inspired to update your wardrobe? Get shopping here!

 

 

 

 

 

#FlashbackFriday: Acid wash jeans

A bad blast from the past. Source: http://thegenerationnation.com

A bad blast from the past. Source: http://thegenerationnation.com

 

Way before double denim was trendy, double acid wash jeans were the epitome of cool. Perhaps its little wonder that was back in the 1980s, commonly referred to as the decade the style gods forgot (think mullets, bad perms and shoulder pads).

 

The acid wash jeans usually had a bit of pleating going on around the waist, while the acid wash jackets were often adorned with studs, fringes and lace (yes, that’s not meant to read “or” – all three preferably at once).

 

The acid wash has made a bit of a comeback recently, but we doubt we’ll ever see double acid wash ever again.

 

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