2018: The Year of Short Hair

After a few years of long luscious locks accompanying the hippy vibe seen everywhere, 2018 is bringing back the short hair look, chopping off those tresses without a backwards glance.  From pixie cuts that are styled with longer bangs or ruffled into a natural ‘fairy from the woods’ look to bobs that just brush the shoulders, short hair is back with a bang.

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Hollywood is all about finding the next new look and celebrities like Olivia Culpo, Kim Kardashian and Cate Blanchett are already rocking some of the hottest trends.  If you can learn anything from these ladies, it is that however old you are, and whatever you look like, you can join in with the fashion trends of 2018 and achieve something really special.  Fashion can be scary but, done right, it will make you look and feel amazing.

Finding the right look for you is all about experimenting with different styles and ideas.  For those of you who have always kept long hair out of habit, it’s time to try something new.  This year’s trends are ideal and if you like, you can mix and match to create your own unique look, incorporating various trends and fashions.  Be bold, be brave.  You’ll look amazing.

The Pixie Cut

The pixie cut has become something of a classic do, especially amongst young moms who want to look amazing at the drop of a hat.  There are all kinds of different pixie cuts to go for though and deciding which one for you is important before you go to your hairdresser.  Since there are so many different types of pixie cut around now, you should probably take a picture of the look you want to show your hairdresser before you start.  This will give them a more concrete idea of what you want before they start chopping.

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Some of the most popular pixie cuts this year are styled with bangs to frame your face and lend a slightly ruffled and informal look to your hairstyle.  This is actually perfect because apart from looking after your bangs and keeping them in good condition (hello dry shampoo!) your hair is basically ready for any event.  How you want your bangs is very much up to you (and we’ll come to bangs shortly) but the main thing is that your face is framed, bringing out your natural beauty.

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Color is also a popular way to keep your pixie on point.  Balayage might sound impossible, but keeping the top half of your hair light with a contrasting dark color underneath creates the illusion of thicker hair.  The soft grey tones that were everywhere in 2017 are also sticking around, though now you are invited to add more of a silver shine to maximise on impact and create a striking look.

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The Jaw-Length Bob

The jaw length bob is the perfect inbetween stage if you are looking for a shorter look but aren’t quite brave enough to go full pixie.  There are basically two types of jaw length bob: the wavy “I just came from the beach” look or the sleek and shiny “I just had this done” look.  Luckily, both are very much in fashion and are quite easy to achieve with minimal fuss.

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The key to maintaining a jaw length bob is keeping those ends in perfect health.  You can get away with trimming longer hair less often, but with a shorter do, split ends will make your hair seem puffy and not in a good way.  If you want to make sure that your hair stays sleek and perfect, regular hair treatments and trims are vital.

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For a beach look there is just one key ingredient: the sea salt spray.  This will help your hair to keep it’s beautiful, defined waves it’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to use.  All you need to do is spritz in your spray while your hair is still damp and then use a towel to scrunch it into place.  If you have straight hair, the process is just as simple: wash your hair the night before and spritz in the spray while it is still damp, then put your hair into french plaits.  When you wake up, take the plaits out and scrunch your hair with a little more spray.  Simple!

Choppy Bangs

If you aren’t feeling quite brave enough to go the whole chop just yet, there is one more style you can certainly get on board with. Choppy bangs are the perfect solution for anyone who has always quite liked the idea of bangs but has never wanted the fuss of maintaining a perfect length.  In fact, bangs are so annoying to maintain at one perfect length that you are completely forgiven for never trying them before.

However, all that has now changed and choppy bangs are bringing a whole new way of framing your face to town.  By styling your bangs so that they are sweetly uneven, you can let them grow out a little bit more and not panic every time you run a comb through them.  Plus, choppy bangs work well with fluffy curly hair too blending in nicely with your longer locks and making the most of the texture of your hair.

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If you are feeling really brave, you could go for super short baby bangs which are proving popular with celebrities like Emma Watson and Sofia Boutella.  These ladies show how well baby bangs work with any length of hair or even an up-do. Sophisticated and very cute – who knew those two things could mix so well?

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With so many new options for this year, 2018 is looking to be a pretty wild year for hairstyles.  There are so many different ways to approach short hair and creating a unique take on a particular style couldn’t be more fashionable right now.  Whether you are looking for something sleek and exacting or a hairstyle to suit a more relaxed lifestyle, 2018 has something for everyone.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green! How To Make Ethical Fashion Choices

Life is all about making ethical choices.  And believe it or not, beauty and fashion is an industry ripe for questionable ethics.  There is something we can all do about this now, in the modern age. Whether you are just out of college, or you’re looking for a way to give back to society, there are simple ways for us all to contribute, and you can do this in your fashion choices.   How can we do this?

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Buy Locally

Buying items locally isn’t just convenient, but it’s beneficial for the local economy.  Spending your money on investing in clothing and furniture with local businesses, and you are not just helping them to thrive, but you’re giving back to those around you.  Shopping locally also gives you the opportunity to find items that aren’t typically sold in high street retailers.  This gives you a better chance to find quirkier items and clothing that is so left of center that you will stand out a mile – in a good way!  Buying local items also involves less packaging, cutting down on plastic waste.  Many governments are encouraging customers to bring reusable bags when they go shopping, and this is one of most important things for you to do when heading out to the shops.

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Pick Your Companies

It’s a big draw for many people now, buying items from a supplier that is doing their utmost for the benefit of the planet.  It’s not just clothes that fall under an ethical practices and exploitation.  Even when purchasing something as seemingly innocent as wooden furniture, there could be illegal timber in the product.  Because there’s such a demand in the western world for cheap furniture, this has had a massive impact on deforestation in countries like Thailand and Cambodia.  The businesses that do their best to trade ethically will promote themselves accordingly as being environmentally friendly and supporting fair trade.  Of course, these items will always cost a bit more, but it’s for the benefit of the planet.  So, pick your companies carefully.

Do Your Research

While many businesses pride themselves on their ethical and environmental standpoints, it’s always advisable that you undertake your own education so you know exactly what you are buying. I t’s always beneficial to sort out the origin of the materials, and this can involve a bit of digging, but it’s usually stated clearly on the retailer’s website.  If not, you are within your rights as a consumer to go and ask!  It’s not just clothing that can be ethically sourced, this natural mattress is made from eco-friendly materials, and it makes you think about what else you’ve got in your home that hasn’t been sourced through an ethical channel.  After a while, the realization dawns on us that so many things we use everyday hasn’t been obtained through ethical means.  It’s at this point where you start to consider your own approach to buying all of your items through reputable suppliers.  After a while, once you found a few suppliers that suit your own beliefs, you can continue to go back to those retailers.  A few popular ethical retailers include People Tree, Know The Origin, and Annie Greenabelle.  Use these three as a springboard towards other ethical retailers and spread the word!

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Living A Fashionable Lifestyle Ethically

Living a fashionable lifestyle in an ethical manner is, firstly, about living a lifestyle in an ethical manner.  Choosing your retailers is one piece of the puzzle, but there are things you can do personally to improve on every aspect of your ethical being.  Choosing appropriate retailers, like People Tree, is a great way to get fashionable clothing, but also, think about your accessories.  From your handbags to your flowers at home.  Something like flowers are flown in from overseas, which can have a massive impact on your carbon footprint.  For example, red roses on Valentine’s Day are flown over from countries like Zimbabwe, so why don’t you go back to shopping locally? This leads naturally on to your own day to day dealings.  If you shop locally, you are cutting back on transport costs, which cuts back on the carbon footprint.  So when it comes to getting around, a bicycle is a bold fashion statement that you can accessorize wonderfully. Being on trend is vital when it comes to fashion, but it also benefits those who are looking to consume in a more ethical manner.  Boycotts of large organizations who devote themselves to unethical practices are commonplace, and it’s important for you to be on the ball with regards to this, so you know exactly where you should be standing.  It’s a lot of work, but if you are dedicated to living an ethical lifestyle, this is the way the cookie crumbles.

Used Clothing – Yes Or No?

While we all like a bargain, purchasing used clothes throws up a lot of questions.  Is it worth buying used clothes, especially if they were sourced unethically in the first place?  But it can take a lot of work to restore them again.  It can be a very expensive pursuit to stay on trend, and this is where extending the life of your clothes comes in handy.  Repurposing your clothes helps to reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints between 5% and 10%.  For this statistic alone, it’s worth going to a used clothing outlet such as a thrift store.  And with thrift stores, they are dedicated to giving back. This takes a lot of the research out of the equation, so you can focus on picking the right clothes for you. This does mean that you will have to look a bit harder, but going shopping for bargains and quirky styles in this manner is more fun.  Some people dedicate their Saturday to finding ethically sourced material that is stylish and was left at the bottom of a bargain bin!

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Yes, making ethical fashion choices is a lot of work, but it’s all about living the ethical lifestyle. Fashion can go against the grain in this respect, but if you spend time going through the fine details and sourcing adequate retailers that meet your needs, there is no reason to not look stylish.

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Splat!

Remember when you were in elementary school and the highlight of your school day was art class, or was that just me? Well anyway doing arts and crafts was my favorite and still is, but there was no better project than one that involved paint.  It was always a blast to dip my paint brush in my favorite colored paints and splatter it on a white piece of paper.  Sure, it made a mess, but it was the mess that made the best looking art pieces. I reminisce about this project simply because my sweater in today’s style post reminds me of all my splatter paint projects I did when I was younger. Keep on reading to see how I’m adding color on a dreary winter day and keeping my childhood memory alive.

Sadly, I don’t remember the last time I painted, so I’m simply relying on sweaters like this to keep my passion for art alive.  Shout out to my mom for digging through a pile of sale sweaters at Zara and finding this masterpiece.  She really knows my style.  I love how this sweater features tons of bright colors and a hint of metallic colors as well.  The “messy” pattern sure makes a statement plus the irregular cut sleeves add a whole other dimension to this sweater making it not just an ordinary sweater.

I hit up Zara at the right time because they were holding a major sale.  I scored these light wash, distressed denim, skinny jeans for an unbeatable price.  Of course, to show off my jeans I had to do the half tuck trick with my sweater!


I was totally feeling bold today so I brought out my metallic moto jacket recently purchased at Forever 21.  I think the metallic silver color against the bright colors in my sweater look awesome together. Plus, with a jacket like this you can either wear it the normal way or channel your inner Kim K and drape it over your shoulders.

For shoes, I’m wearing my edgy black booties from Lord and Taylor.  A statement outfit like this just calls for a simple choice of footwear.

The same thing goes for jewelry, I didn’t want to overdo it with jewelry so I’m wearing my delicate gold necklace I got from a boutique in London.

It’s cool how one fashion piece can stimulate a few memories from childhood.  Who knew that a messy project like splatter paint could produce the most beautiful art work and in this case the coolest kind of sweater.  Keep the conversation going and let me know in the comments below if there is any clothing in your wardrobe that brings back some memories.  Talk soon!

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How To Use Your Beauty & Fashion To Celebrate Life

Beauty and fashion, from a critical and pessimistic perspective, could be considered as a waste of time.  Surely it’s just time spent in narcissism, painting our faces and wearing the best new clothes in an effort to look better than the next person?  Surely we have too high an opinion of ourselves to even begin in the first place, and this is emphasized in the fact that we continually spend our money to achieve such an aim?

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Not so.  In fact, what was mentioned above could not be more wrong.  Fashion and beauty are not silly or inconsequential things.  They can mean everything to the root of our lives, and can imbue us with meaning and positive feelings regarding our identity, our place in the world, our self-respect, and our ability to celebrate life.  Beauty is absolutely worthwhile in a range of different scenarios, and for a range of different reasons.  

Beauty & Fashion Are Seasonal

The only constant regarding beauty and fashion are that they continually change.  Trends arise almost as fast as they fall, and seasons bring with them entirely new wardrobes if we hope to stay updated.  Some might consider this a burden, but there’s almost no need for this to be considered the case.  How better to express the beauty of living in the moment and celebrating what’s here than to dress in accordance with the world around you?  Autumnal colors furthers that beauty of season when applied to your wardrobe. It shows that you care about the world around you, that you are connected with it.  Just like a mother placing Christmas decorations up during the festive period, adorning yourself with the fitting clothing is tantamount to celebrating the time you currently enjoy in all of its temperance.

It makes the world that little bit brighter.  It makes the season that little bit more comfortable.  It makes the temporal nature of the season a little more easy to enjoy and be part of, as opposed to worrying about what’s coming ahead.  This can seriously impact your positive emotion. For example, spring is now around the corner.  This can be a wonderful time to bring out the floral dresses, experiment with color and become the garden nymph you have felt like being since Christmas ended!

As we get older, the ability to play is often lost from us.  We do not dress up and play pretend as we did as children unless we enter an acting profession or go to a themed party.  While of course fashion and beauty is different and more refined than simply dressing up in a costume, the underpinnings of what make it so enjoyable are there.  Who doesn’t enjoy looking better, looking relevant and feeling updated?  This celebrates life to its core, and allows you to feel part of the times around you.  If you feel you need a major life upgrade, paying attention to your appearance can be a wonderful place to begin.

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Beauty & Fashion Are Experimental

To have fun with your appearance, sometimes you simply need to try and find an alternate means of expressing how you apply your beauty routine.  This could be as simple as a new personalized skin care routine to gain a new glow, or to try and wear colors you usually don’t.  If you’re not much of a dress person, wearing them could enhance your femininity and give you room to try something slightly out of your comfort zone.

The thing about beauty and fashion are that they influence our personality.  It’s likely you know this already. Dressing up and looking your best for a night on the town often feels like who you truly are, rather than wearing sweats and not showering for a full day while watching Netflix on your laptop. We all enjoy our comfort and indulgences, and of course we cannot afford to be made up at all hours of the day, but it’s likely you feel your absolute best and alive when you’re trying a new beautiful makeup line, or item of clothing.

Those critical of beauty interests often say that the people who indulge in it are often not confident when they can’t improve how they look.  From this they infer that it’s simply an exercise in masking insecurity. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Someone who is able to express their inner beauty however they like will KNOW how beautiful they are.  Beauty is not an exercise in covering up, but enhancing our strengths.  It’s paying respect to the best parts of ourselves, parts that can often go ignored when we fail to express and enjoy them.

If you feel as though your beauty and fashion regime is starting to become a little stale, switch things up!  Go for a makeover or try a completely new lip kit.  Experimenting could potentially gift you a beautiful new style you adore, one which truly makes you feel like you.  So why not get started, because who cares what the critics or anyone else says?

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Beauty & Fashion Is Individual

There’s no better way to celebrate your individuality than to express it through beauty and clothing. People who criticize our wonderful hobby often think that what fashion you wear is inconsequential. Of course, you should never be tied to wearing ‘a certain style’ or ‘a certain designer brand’ or even designer wear at all, but you should understand that great fashion and beauty is an extension of you. It brings with it an extension of your identity, something which expresses your personality in every color and ruffle of fabric.  This doesn’t mean you should ever be overbearing about looking ‘perfect,’ instead you should feel free in the creative potential afforded to you.

There is simply no better way to feel and look great, celebrate yourself, practice self-respect, feel confident, understand your worth and generally enjoy your overall life more than grooming and honoring yourself with a look that makes you feel like you. Wether this is through wearing all black, simply rose tinting your cheeks or fully painting yourself into a beautiful new person, whatever makes you happy should be celebrated more than denigrated.  Making yourself look good often shows emotional health. It shows you’re open to positivity, happiness, social discourse and enjoying the things that come your way.  It shows you’re connected socially, whether you hope to attract that man or woman you’ve had your eye on for some time, or simply to look fantastic among your friends while elevating each other’s confidence.

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Don’t Sweat It

The only way that any of the previous advice can work and work well for you is to make sure you enjoy it. When you feel chained to looking good, it loses its excitement.  You do not need to look your best every day, or every week for that matter.  You only need to look good when it suits you, when feeling that way would lift your spirits, make you more confident, and help you feel secure in yourself. If you wear clothes for the sizing, the beauty, the craftsmanship of the fabrics and the way whole outfits can serve as expressions and even artistic statements, then you have a healthy attitude to this.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just wear what makes you happy and confident.

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With all of this applied to your general attitude around looking great, you can be sure to have a healthy hobby in fashion and beauty.

 

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