Friday, 31 October 2014

Essential Classic: The wrap dress

Starting on the 4 November on the E channel, is a new show called House of DVF.  Now for those of you who perhaps don't know what DVF stands for, this is Diane von Furstenberg!!!  She is an amazing women, who I love. #girlpower

A Belgium fashion designer who lives in the USA; who's renowned for making the best wrap dresses in the world!  Her new fashion reality tv programme kicks starts on the 4th November - you'll see from the video below there are a number of girls all trying to compete to get the one job! (Which really should be for me ;) )

A wrap dress is simply a dress with a front closure, that goes around the body by wrapping one side across the other and knotting the attached ties to the side of your body so that it stays firmly tied.  This will form a V-shaped neckline and generally hugs a woman's body as the material is usually jersey or silk. Probably the best body shapes for this type of dress are either Pear or Hour-glass.  And it's meant to be one of the easiest dresses for anyone to wear, regardless of height, weight or dress size.

They come in a variety of colours and patterns; making it versatile for work or for leisure.  They can be dressed up with heels or you can go for a more relaxed look at weekends with sandals.

I wore a blue patterned wrap dress to my 30th birthday party, with a fabulous brooch style necklace and knee-high black boots.

Top tips for buying a wrap dress:

  1. Make sure it fits you properly - high street wrap dresses usually are made in jersey fabric so if you don't buy it big enough then the pattern can stretch, this does not look good!
  2. Be careful about the V-neckline - for very busty women it's highly recommended to wear a modesty top underneath, there is nothing glam about letting it all be seen!
  3. If your going for a pattern, it needs to be in proportion to you! - So if your petite avoid big bold prints it will only overwhelm your appearance, and if your larger avoid teeny-tiny patterns, this will only make you look bigger.
  4. The most flattering of wrap dresses fit best when they finish either on the knee or just slightly above
  5. If you don't like that length - go for Maxi
  6. If the tie is too long/bulky - find a seamstress to make this right for you.  Highstreets tend to make them long so that they fit all sizes of women
  7. Think about the colour - try and pick a colour that's right for your skin tone and natural colourings
  8. If your spending a lot of money, especially like a DVF - opt for one that you can wear frequently like the office, so that you get value out of your investment

In celebration of Diane's new programme, I've selected a few of her wrap dresses.

These first two are ideal for the office!

New Jeanne Two 
Silk Jersey Wrap Dress
In Chain Link Medium

New Julian Two Jersey Wrap Dress

In Purple Haze

Now the next one is a little pricey - but if you were to select one in the right colours, this would be an ideal investment that you can wear on holiday, to the garden party, BBQ or out with girlfriends for lunch. It would last you years.

Heritage New Jeanne Two Long 
Maxi Silk Jersey Wrap Dress

In Twigs Large Green

Here's a preview of what's to come from early November….I'm still so excited!  For those of you who receive this by email, you'll have to click here to view the film.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A powerful new breakfast routine!

Back in July, I dedicated the entire month to well-being - at that time I had hoped to work with  a nutritionist, but unfortunately it didn't happen.

Three weeks ago I had my first appointment; and I would like to share some of my learnings and successes with my readers, because I'm feeling so much better.  And over the next few weeks, should you decide to try some of the recipes I'm sharing, I hope you will feel the benefit too.

With this new routine, comes a new gadget, NutriBullet - which is simply fantastic!  Having never owned a blender, I really didn't know where to start!  But this little device, breaks down everything that you put into the cup, so quickly and effortlessly it's amazing.  And the best bit is that it makes your smoothie inside of the cup that you are going to drink out of!  Quick, efficient and easy to clear up - perfect for busy people!  I purchased mine from Argos for £99.99 - and I've used it about 6 times already in a week!

So for the first part of the routine, it's all about water.  I was advised that I need to drink a minimum 2 litres of water each day - a tough task when all I really drink is tea.  The new routine comes in three stages:

Step 1 - A large glass of water

This was not natural to me, but after a few days it now feels so - and I like the thought that the first thing I consume into my body is water.

Step 2 - Cup of hot water with lemon

This is really quite refreshing; you need to consume the entire amount before eating anything, so if your time poor like me, then after it's brewed for about a minute or two I then add cold water to allow me to drink it quicker.  I've been using my vintage tea cup, to make it seem a treat.  Small things like that can really help change your habits.

Step 3 - A green smoothie

The recipe below is from NutriBullet , they call it their Toxin Cleansing Blast.

So in your blender cup, you need to add:

  • 1-2 handfuls of washed spinach
  • 1 cored pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cored small apple
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • And some water. 

Depending on how thick you like your smoothies you adjust the amount of water you add - I personally like mine slightly on the thicker side, even if this means having to use a spoon to consume it.

A smoothie is a meal, you will feel full as that was one of my concerns - just think how much goodness you are getting into your body in one drink, that you've made yourself so you know nothing else has been added!

I hope you have a go…


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Snug as a bug in a rug!

This Autumn/Winter we are very much seeing the blanket shrug coming into it's own.  Designs include tartan inspired, checked or striped in fact there is a lot of choice out there.

That said, you need to be sure you have the right body shape to be wearing this trend, if not, this may not flatter you!

The most idea shapes for this trend is straight, apple or inverted triangle, why?  because they have the best legs.  The blanket shrug is going to wrap around the top-half of your body and therefore if you are pear shaped or hour-glass (like me), then you will need to opt for the versions that have ties or even add a belt yourself to define the waist.

I wouldn't invest too much into this trend either, it not a classic, therefore I doubt you will be wearing it much after this season.  Go for an affordable version, ideally in one of your base colours, e.g. black, navy, brown, camel etc  so it gives you versatility across your winter wardrobe.

Here's a few to check out…

Warehouse (via House of Fraser)
Space Dye Cape Grey

Houndstooth Wrap
Also available in black

New Look have lots of different ones to choose from, here are my favourite two:

Cream Chevron Tassel Hem Blanket Wrap

Black Aztec Border Blanket Wrap