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Now that summer is here you can look forward to longer days and hotter mornings. People will be getting their annual time off work and towns, cities and even villages will have tourists flocking to them. The hustle and bustle means when you’re going out on a day trip with your friends, most likely you’ll run into someone wearing the same clothes as yourself or your gang of friends. But help is on hand, don’t look any further to get the latest tips for your summer outfit.

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Image credit – Bess Georgette

 

Vintage at the beach

 

Beach holidays became popular as the car became the most common form of transport. Families would all pack up their bags and head to the nearest coast for a cheap and cheerful vacation. In the 1920s, women’s duster coats were the most popular fashion item worn on the sand. They did and do still provide Ideal protection from cold gusts of wind coming in from the ocean while also being thin and slim enough to keep the wearer from overheating.

 

Hippie beach fashion was made famous by none other than French girl Brigitte Bardot. She wore oversized necklaces of sea shells and buffered pearls. The floral sarong and wide-brimmed hat became the symbol of the rockin’ 1960s. All modern beachwear fashion takes a lesson on simplicity from Bardot’s cute outfits from that era.

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Source – Max Pixels

 

Jackets and jewels

 

When the sun shines, you’ve got to follow it’s lead. Embellished denim jackets from the 1980s are a cool and classic style for the hot days of summer. Made famous by Madonna during her sassy pop music career, the jackets have sequenced patterns that shimmer in the sun. This look goes well with short shorts and plentiful jewelry. Silver bangles, bracelets, and fake or real gemstone necklaces add a splash of unforgettable color to the mix.

 

As you wipe away your hair from your face, your fingers should glisten with the energy of diamonds. Specialists like Verragio rings make sophisticated boutique diamonds rings in all designs and styles for this kind of outfit. The jewelry doesn’t have to be the star of the outfit because summer outfits are more of a statement in an attempt to set the trend; the whole package counts.

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Image by –  Andreas Kollmorgen

 

Bare midriff

 

A classic look of the millennial chick, midriff outfits that go just below or above the rib cage shows off the youth of your body. If you’ve hit the gym hard in preparation for summer, you deserve to flaunt your hard work. There’s more than one way to turn heads with style and that’s by having toned abs at the beach.

 

On the other hand, nothing says beach-ready like a bikini babe. Buying the right bikini is important as the rough and tumble of games played on the beach will put stress on the design and material of the bikini. For strength avoid a purely polyester product, and go for something made out of cotton. Cotton products are tempered, and stress tested to greater levels than synthetic fabrics. Bright colors are the hallmark of seduction when it comes to showing off your bikini body, so venture out a little and pick something that will stand out from the crowd; such as a lime green or pure white.

 

 

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Now that spring is coming to an end and summer is almost on its way, it’s time to get serious about your summer beauty prep. Whether you’ve got a beach vacation coming up or want to feel good about yourself and enjoy the warmer weather, putting the efforts in now will make your summer beauty steps so much easier. From the perfect kind of hair removal to trying out new styles, grab your beauty kit, head into the bathroom and get ready to fill your days with pampering.

 

Get Super Smooth

 

First up, you’re going to want to make sure that you work on your body hair. We all feel better when our skin is silky smooth. Regardless of your preferred style of hair removal, long-lasting smoothness should be your priority. There are some great products on the market at the moment that allow you to get salon style results at home using a laser. So if you’re not a fan of wet shaving every few days, you’ve got the option to invest in something more permanent.

 

Exfoliate

 

To help your hair removal last even longer and to get your skin glowing, you’re going to need to exfoliate – and a lot more often than you would in winter. Whether you choose to make a natural product yourself or invest in a high street body scrub, you’re going to need to make sure you commit to a routine once or twice a week to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. To start, body brush before you get in the shower, then use a loofah to apply your product in circular motions. Then, once you’re out of the shower, follow with a moisturizer to lock in the softness.

 

Take The Plunge

 

If you’ve ever wanted to make any minor adjustments to your body, or if you’ve been saving up for a long time, spring is a great time to take the plunge. One of the best ways to make sure you are ready or to find out if a treatment is right for you is to talk to a plastic surgeon. Booking in a consultation can not only help you decide whether something is right for you, but you can then go on to book your treatment if you feel it is right. Then, by allowing yourself the proper healing period, you should be all set for your late summer vacation.

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Book In For A Trim

 

Winter is always hard on our hair. When it comes to spring, you’re going to want to book in for a much-needed trim ahead of the summer months. And now is the time to do it. By getting rid of those split ends, you will be able to enjoy healthier hair or summer. Plus, when your hair is feeling healthy, your hairstyles will hold for longer.

 

Hit The Gym

 

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise, you will always feel better ready for summer when you get to the gym. Moving more, pushing your body and getting the blood flowing not only makes you feel a bit better, but you will start to look it too. If you need a summer body workout plan, you can find lots of tips and inspiration to help you online. Whether you decide to head out for a run, join a yoga class, or try out some squats, you’ll feel ready to hit that beach in no time at all.

 

Kick Start Your Skincare

 

Just like the effects on the hair, winter can take its toll on our skin. Now that we’re well into spring and summer is on its way, it’s time to supercharge your skincare routine. Focus on exfoliating to get rid of any dead skin and moisture more if your skin is feeling a little dry. You might even be interested in booking in for facial so that a dermatologist can diagnose your skin type and recommend a flawless routine to follow. With only a few months to go before summer is in full swing, now is a good a time as any.

 

Try Out Some New Styles

 

When you’re starting to feel completely pampered, it’s now time to have a little fun. Playing around with hairstyles is perfect in the summer months. As the weather warms up, you might want to get a bit more creative with your locks. With boho vibes coming through, creating new styles like messy braids, long flowing waves and even adding in some cool and quirky colors, the summer is the perfect time to let your hair down and enjoy a new style.

 

Recipe Essentials:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • 4 teaspoons Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 2 tablespoons warm honey
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil
  • Plastic candy sheet mold

Step 1

“Sometimes a relaxing bubble bath is all it takes to seize the day,” explains lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer of carpediemwithjasmine.com. “To make these bath bombs successfully, it is important to have your ingredients measured out and ready to mix.”

Step 2

Combine and stir the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch and powdered milk in a bowl.

Step 3

Melt the Out of Africa Pure Unrefined Shea Butter along with the honey and oil over a low heat in a small pot on the stove. The Out of Africa Shea Butter is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, & F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients.

Step 4

Add the melted ingredients to the dry mixture, using a whisk to thoroughly combine everything. For an enhanced spa feel and fragrance, place a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well.

Step 5

The ingredients should begin to hold together. Working quickly, use your hands to press the mix firmly into the flower molds. Leave the mixture in the mold for a couple of minutes and then pop out. While one tray is drying, work on the next.

Tip: “I put a cookie sheet over the trays, flipped them over and then lifted the mold off. If you have anything leftover, just dry the product out, leave it loose and turn it into a bath powder. Simply leave the mixture in the bowl for 24 hours, periodically mixing the ingredients to break up the clumps. Once all of the moisture is gone, place in a mason jar with a colorful ribbon.”

Step 6

Let the bath bombs dry overnight. The next day, place them in a decorative bag or drop 1 to 2 bombs into your tub and relax.

 

Post written in collaboration with carpediemwithjasmine.com

When it comes to a happy time such as pregnancy, there are many good and bad parts to go along with it. One of the not so fun parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. The nauseous, queasy feeling can actually happen at any time of the day, and can begin as early as six weeks into pregnancy. For some, it can be one of the first early pregnancy symptoms a woman experiences. However, there are a few things you can do to help combat morning sickness during your pregnancy.

Eat Right Away: Place some crackers beside your bed so that you can get something in your stomach before you even get out of bed in the morning. Take your time, don’t just jump out of bed and get moving. Taking a few minutes to get woken up in the morning can help to settle your stomach.

Go Small: Eating several small meals during the day can help to regulate your blood sugar and can help you from getting too full or too hungry during the day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids during the day to prevent becoming dehydrated.

Go Bland: This isn’t the time to eat spicy, greasy or new to you foods. Stick with what you know, and stick with foods that are bland and plain. This will help to keep your stomach settled. Make sure to get enough rest, even if you need to nap during the day. However, you might not want to nap after a meal, because that could make you feel sicker.

I am a avid planner user and lover of all things stationary, so when i found out about The Planner Addict Box i knew i wanted to try it out.

The Planner Addict Box costs  $15.00 + $3.75 shipping  (International  from $13-23)

The Planner Addict Box  sends everything you need to get your planner glam and organized-  Items range from wash tape, stickers and clips to pencil cases and pens.

Each box contains  a card with a list of all included products as well as a theme to bring the items together- this months is Lucky Lady- which gives a st paddys meets kate spade look

This months box also  included a planner bookmark from planNIRVANA

 

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Sticker Mini Kit -$8

Each box includes a sticker mini kit that goes with the monthly theme and is made exclusively for The Planner Addict Box- these stickers go perfectly with the green and posh theme. This Mini Kit includes a sheet of full box stickers, a sheet of half and quarter boxes and a sampler  icon sheet.

 

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planner bookmark from planNIRVANA   similar styles -$4

This is adorable and can be made into a planner insert or just used as a bookmark

Planner paperclips – cute bow-tie and tie paperclips made exclusively for P.A.B – $2

 

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P.A.B. exclusive pen- $5 Pencil case $4

Planner addict society exclusive pen and pencil case- the pencil case is adorable but I wasn’t able to open it all the way so its currently unusable

 

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Striped Washi tape $2 Green Washi Tape $2

The green wash mashed perfectly with the stickers and pencil case, while the striped washi coordinated with the pen

 

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Die Cuts- $3

The last item was a set of  Kate Spade inspired die cuts-

you could laminate these and make them into planner clips or small dashboards

 

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I was satisfied with this months The Planner Addict Box- although I don’t think I would use the die cuts- they were a cute addition to the box. I estimated the value of the box at $21 which is more than the $15 cost of the box. I ended up canceling my subscription after my march box- I didn’t love all the items and I would rather just buy the stickers I like from easy.

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This is half of the spread I made with the mini kit- the stickers and washi included are enough to make a white space spread with some stickers left over

 

 

 

 

It’s a lot easier to recreate than you think, explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Steph Brinkerhoff. It’s best to start on wavy or second-day hair to give the look added texture. It also doesn’t hurt to spray a little hairspray or spray wax in it beforehand to add a little grip and grunge. Here’s how to get the look…  

1. Beginning on wavy hair, take a medium to large section (depending on how thick your hair is) close to your right ear.

2. Braid the section going from the front to the back.

3. Repeat on the opposite side.

4. Bring both braids to the back and secure them with an elastic.

5. Loosen and mess up both braids by pulling on them gently with your fingers.

6. Take one braid and wrap it up and around itself, creating a small braided bun. 

7. Secure with bobby pins.

Click here for even more cool hair tips and ideas!

Article published in partnership with Latest-Hairstyles.com and Steph Brinkerhoff 

 

These mini fashion-bloggers-to-be may not be dressing themselves, but they know exactly how to work their looks. From babies in beanies to toddlers in tiny boots, here are 10 fashionable tots  to follow on Instagram.

 

 

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Meyhem makes paper dresses with the help of her mom, at the age of five she has even landed a collection with J.crew!

Follow @2sisters_angie

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Little Kyan’s hat collection could rival any well-dressed adult’s.
Follow @jetaimekyan

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Four  year old Rylee already has her own style staples: sunglasses and black booties.

Follow her mom @kelli_murray

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Little Genesis is another four-year-old trendsetter with perfect poses down pat.

Follow @miss_gabby_13

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From her mini Louis Vuitton bags to her tiny Chanel flats, this is one designer diva in the making.
Follow @babyellestyle

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Cute! Cute! Cute! That’s all we have to say about this little man.

Follow @deegstyle 

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Stella loves patterns, from birds to bananas to lipstick pouts.
Follow @lindseybelle

 

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little Alonso has style for days thanks to his stylist mom.

Follow @luisafere

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How cute is this little one? We love her style and her round sunglasses are oh so glam!

Follow @stylebythoi

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We’re loving the outfits from @jilljose, especially the mini Kimono.

 

Follow @Jilljose

 

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This Valentine’s Day, plan a really hot date. And no, it doesn’t involve Champagne, chocolate or cheesy Hallmark cards. Nope, it’s with your colorist. When many people think of Valentine’s Day,  the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy color scheme. Why not fully embrace the spirit of the holiday and rock holiday-appropriate hair? Use the day as an excuse to get creative with romantic colors, whether they be a trendy lavender, pop of bubblegum pink, or swoon-worthy crimson.

Get ready to be wowed by these amazing shades of pink, purple and red. Pastel colors are really on trend right now, and, after all, what girl doesn’t like pink? There are so many pretty shades! Take a look at these inspiring and unique hairstyles, and, who knows, maybe you’ll find your ideal hair color for valentines day.

 

 

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When you’re wearing something new, something you love, or something that felt completely out of your comfort zone but makes you look a million bucks, you want to turn heads. But, that feeling doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions. Who’s to say that you can’t leave a lasting impression by wowing passers-by with what you wear – wherever you go.

 

Go-to glamour doesn’t have to be saved for the celebs. If you want to feel like a style star, then why not work on upping your fashion game and bring out the big guns on a daily basis, and not just for something special. After all, you’d always make sure that your makeup is on point, so why not do the same with your style?

 

If you want to look good all day, every day, think small. It’s always the little things that count, and the tiniest details can really make the biggest impact!

 

Start At The Bottom

 

To get yourself started and in that style start frame of mind, you’re going to need to start right at the very beginning. It’s not always easy to look good, but you can learn to nail it with ease. If you want your entire outfit to shine, you ought to get the base layer sorted first. That means you need to make sure that you have underwear that not only looks good but fits well too (with styles like Freya Bras). When your underwear fits, your style will sing.

 

Moisturise

 

With your underwear ticked off, let’s talk skin. Now, you might think we’re here to talk style, and really we are. But, if you want to work on making your outfit look incredible, you have to put in the groundwork – and sometimes, that involves a lot more than just the clothes. So, you need to start with the perfect base. If your skin is looking dull, dry and lacking in life, your outfit won’t do much to improve that. But, if you’re skin is moisturised, shining and looking chic, your look will shine with it.

 

Get The Right Fit

 

Just like your underwear, you’re going to want to work with clothing that actually fits you. You might be tempted to go by your normal size when you’re buying something new, or try to fit into a size that you think you should be – but don’t, it’s not the way to buy. Instead, you need to forget about numbers and wear what looks good. Yes, start with your size in the first instant, but if you need to size up, don’t feel bad – if the outfit looks better, who cares?

 

Accessorize

 

Although it’s easy to place a lot of importance on your clothing (and it’s still okay to do that), you need to stop thinking of your clothes as the outfit. They’re not the entire outfit, they’re just the basic foundation. To make your style really stand out, you have to accessorize. Not everyone understands the importance of accessories, but they should. Accessories have the power to make or break an outfit, and without them, that same outfit can look boring, empty and incomplete.

 

Brush Up

 

As much as we’d love them to last a lifetime, so clothes will fall apart or look worn a lot quicker than others. It might be down to the quality, but it can also be a cause of how we care for them. To make sure that your clothes always look on point, you might need to invest in a clothes brush. By using a clothes brush, not only can you keep your clothing items looking fresh and clean, but you can brush off those annoying little bits of lint that can make you look messy.

 

Size Up

 

Let’s be honest; heels aren’t always that comfortable. A shoe can look incredibly sexy, but it can be a pain to wear. When that happens, we’re torn between looking good and suffering, or wearing something else that doesn’t work as well, but feels comfortable. But, there is also another option. If you are buying new shoes, go up and extra half an inch. You can sometimes find that you get a little more wiggle room and the pain is that much bearable – or even nonexistent.

 

Blend In

 

As much as you might feel like you want to stand out (and of course you do if you want to turn head), more often than not, it’s blending in that has the bigger effect. But, not with the crowds of course – the background instead. Regardless of the season, you can find a style that not only suits it, but sets it off. So, when you’re styling a look, make sure to take the time of year into account, as well as the occasion, and your outfit will set itself off in style.

 

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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.

 

Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?

 

So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.

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For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.

 

Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!

 

Are you rushing?

 

Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.

 

Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.

 

You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.

 

In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!

 

Is your makeup disorganized?

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Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.

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This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.

 

Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?

 

Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.

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Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.

 

Here are six of the best fashion illustrators to follow on Instagram NOW

Who: @nadiacoolrista
Follow for: Life-like sketches of the fashion elite, from Diana Vreeland to Miroslava Duma.

 

 

 

Who: @paperfashion
Follow for: Kate Rodgers has a penchant for using a variety of materials in her sketches—including watercolor, sequins, beads, lipstick and even leaves.

 

 

 

Who: @sarahhankinson
Follow for: Illustrations of everything stylish including runway looks, lacy bralettes and the It-bag of the season.

 

 

 

Who: @meganhess_official
Follow for: With a client list including the likes of Chanel, Dior, Tiffany’s, Prada and more, Megan brings fashion to life in her ultra-glam and feminine sketches.

 

 

 

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Who: @lenaker
Follow for: From Balmain to Gucci, this Russian-based illustrator has sketched all of the best looks from the major fashion houses.

 

 

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Who: @Curvysketchs

Follow for: High fashion,from original designs to runway styles, draw on a plus size figure

 

When you think of exploring Malaysia. Mount Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur may be the first destinations that spring to mind.

One of the lesser known hotspots is Johor Bahru.  Fantastic for shopping, dining and as well as being home to Legoland Malaysia,  Johor has something for every intrepid explorer.

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Like most parts of west Malaysia, the climate is generally hot and humid with a mean temperature ranging from 27-30 degrees. Wet during the inter monsoon periods from April to October, during the rest of the year Johor is usually dry with occasional showers.

Accommodation is varied in style and expense but staying near the heart of the action isn’t difficult and there are many a budget hotel nearby Legoland Johor Bahru, The first 1st International Park in Malaysia, it opened in 2012.  Like its worldwide counterparts you are guaranteed a fun, if pricey, day out.

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An alternate is Danga Bay, the largest recreational park in Johor and location of choice during the festive season. Easily accessible through the network of main roads makes this place a frequently visited spot by the locals and tourists alike.

If the feel of the sands between your toes is calling the 22km long Pulai Desaru Beach is beautiful. Offering up a jaw-dropping view of the South China Sea with tropical rainforest backdrop. Sibu Islands also offer sun and fun with various activities including fishing trips and jungle trekking.

Shopping is a must in Johor with several malls on the have-to visit list. City Square Johor Bahru, Aeon Tebrau City, Holiday Plaza and Plaza Pelangi all offer various brands at affordable prices. Grab a bargain at  the Johor Premium Outlet, a haven for the designer brand buff.. Packed out a weekends it’s important to get there early.

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Food in  Johor s incredible with an enticing array of seafood that offers the fruits de la mer as fresh as they could be. The Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant is one of the most reputable Chinese restaurants in Johor. The variety of seafood on offer here is amazing. If you can deal with Live seafood tanks offering you the option of choosing your dish from tank to tummy then it’s the restaurant of choice for the freshest seafood around. Dining costs a little more but it’s well worth it.

Locals also frequent the Ark Restaurant, an all-you-can-eat steamboat eatery. This place allows you to try a variety of foods for a set price, and a reasonable one at that. If you long for a taste of home, the place to go is the George & Dragon café. Hailing the best best steaks in town and the desserts are none too shabby either. You will always to pay more for Western food so try to be a little adventurous.

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Getting around is limited on public transport to buses and taxis, which can work out quite pricey so best to hire a car in order to get to all of the place of interest on offer.

So consider Johor and marvel at this jewel in Malaysia’s crown.

If you are looking for a fun-filled and seasonal break this winter, why not treat yourself to a long weekend in beautiful Vancouver? Vancouver is a city of contrasts, where the wilderness is never far away, even if you are in the heart of the urban sprawl. So sit back and relax and read on to find out what you can do for a 48-hour stay.

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Trip Preparation

 

As you are traveling under such a short time constraint, it’s best to do a little preparation before the weekend you travel. This should include checking that your passport and documents are present and correct. Some travelers will need and eTA to gain access into Canada. To see if this applies to you, you can find out more, by clicking the link.

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It is also worthwhile checking out what season activities are available such as ice skating or skiing. You will want to plan your time well, so you get to experience everything in the city that you want to do. Luckily below you ‘ll find a guide to the things you won’t want to miss.

 

Exploring The Wilderness

 

First of all, you will be able to get out and enjoy the mountain ranges. This is perfect if you are into walking or running. There are also organized tours and trails that you can make use of like the Tofino Plane Crash Hike. This is where you get to go on a stunning and challenging walk to the site of a downed plane.

 

It is important that you are aware of the safety information when you are in the countryside. This is because the weather can get pretty extreme during the winter. If the snow is coming down and you still want to get out and about to explore the surrounding areas, then it might be best to do it by dog sledge or snow cat.

 

There is also the opportunity to go caving or climbing depending on the weather conditions. Of course, it’s is always recommended that you pick a professional company that offers these experiences. That will ensure that they know the terrain well, and are up to date on any safety concerns.

 

Do you want to escape all the hustle and bustle of modern society by staying out in the wilderness? But so you need little more style that a traditional tent and bucket situation? Then try out a site that offers glamping.

 

If you choose to glamp, you can spend the night in a hidden tree house at Shuswap Lake. They come complete with your own wood burning stove to keep warm, a rocking chair and a draped bed. Who said when camping you have to rough it?

 

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As a big and bustling city, there is plenty to do in Vancouver once the sun goes down. You could try your luck on the roulette tables at the casino or dance the night away in one of the many clubs like Caprice or The Roxy.

 

Then there are some more cultural things to do. Check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. They play in sites across the city such as the Anvil Centre, Michael J. Fox Theatre: and St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church. Or, you can catch one of the many dramatic performances like Christmas presence at the Pacific Theatre. Or the Christmas Carol at Capilano University.

 

If you are looking for a more traditional night out with drinks and dancing, then Granville Street is a good location to try out. Craft beer joints and pubs can be found here. But be warned it is often full of students that get a little rowdy after one too many beers

 

If you are looking for a more classy socialite focused hangout, then why not try Yaletown instead. There you will find the well-dressed elite sipping on cocktails after a hard days work. Quieter but more refined than Granville street you can spoil yourself with a little luxury while still having a great time.

 

Food

 

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Of course, no winter weekend in Vancouver would be complete without sampling some of the delicious local cuisines. As it is a coastal city, Vancouver is well known for its high-quality seafood.

 

One of the best places to try the bounty of the sea is at the Blue Water Cafe. It has an interior like a French bistro with black and white tiles, low-level lighting and crisp white tablecloths. So, you may be surprised to discover that it serves sushi as well as traditional seafood dishes. But when the fish is sourced from your doorstep, why not.

 

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There is also the five sale restaurant, which is located right on the harbor. It’s easily spotted as it actually does have five canvas sails affixed to the roof. Well known in Vancouver for its seafood, it has a more a la carte vibe. Choose from lobster bisque, caviar, carpaccios or even oysters if you are feeling really luxe. Of course, there are delicious stress and desserts for those who don’t want to indulge in the fruits of the sea.

 

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Also if you find yourself by the harbor in the day, you can always pick up some delicious deep fried fish and chips from the food shack Go fish. OK, so it’s not so much at the high end of things, but it’s fresh, crisp and delicious. So it makes the perfect lunch on the go.

 

City Activities

 

If the cold weather is too much for you and you’d rather stay in the city and check out the things to do there, then you are in luck. That is because there is plenty that you can fill your days with in Vancouver.

 

How about exploring nature in a more civilized way by visiting the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. There you will find a rose garden in the English Tradition. You will also be able to explore the maze and other botanical delights.

 

If you have a credit card that is just burning a hole in your pocket, then you might want to head over to Robson Street. There you will find all the big name and luxury stores, so you can shop your heart’s desire. Or why not head over to SoMa or South Main to the non-locals, there you will find some quirky antique shops and stylish Canadian boutiques.

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