Holiday Party Inspiration: Fashion and then some…

holiday party inspiration
Party Dresses:
– The Vivienne Westwood Mini Cocotte Dress is probably the sexiest dress in the world (we’re talking classy sexy, not ‘naked dress’ sexy). An investment piece, for sure – but don’t you deserve a Christmas present, too?
– Carven’s waist-tied printed silk dress is luxurious, comfortable, and features a perfectly autumnal print.
– Combining a number of trends (and getting away with it), River Island’s printed dress is the kind of garment you can wear with a simple pair of simple heels and still steal the show.

Dancing shoes:
– Pair the Liliana Black Cross boots with a slinky LDB and knock ‘em dead.
– These Menbur bow pumps are are definitive show stoppers for holiday parties and beyond.
– Want something even sparklier? Now is the time to whip out the bigguns. these platforms from Aldo are a prime example.

The Party Dress Alternative:
The holidays flood most retail stores with ‘party looks’ and, naturally, most shoppers follow suit. Despite my inclination towards shiny things and dresses, I get a bit of a nauseous sensation when I come across a group of skimpy sequinned sistas. For those wanting to break the mould, look towards designers like JW Anderson; mix-matched textures, rich colours, and a cosy take on couture.

The Mince Pie Concealers:
One of my fittest female friends spends quite a bit of money on quality ‘mince pie concealers’ at this time of year. She also ends up, regardless of the number of ‘shapewear’ brands she trials, singing the praises of Spanx. From their Boostie-Yay Corset (perfect for bodycon dresses) to their Uptown Blackout Tights (why not kill two birds with one stone?) to the Slimmer & Shine open bust bodysuit (which is both a box-ticker and incredibly sensual to the touch – my personal favourite), there is a solution for everyone.

The Afterparty:
The answer to all your post-party woes, my friends, is Fitflop. For Londoners in particular, heels never seem to look as haute when you have a twenty minute walk ahead of you. Pack a pair of FF2 ballerinas in your handbag and you’re golden. Literally. The new design is all the same pressure-diffusing technology covered in a metallic, leather-lined case. All while being feather light. You’ll thank me later.

In Review: The Galaxy Tab S

galaxy tab s
It isn’t often that I feel the need to call an inanimate object sexy, but – after trialling my fair share of tablets – there is no better word to describe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

The Tab S is golden. Quite literally. The ‘Dazzling White’ version is lined in a thin strip of gold and not much else besides the 8MP back shooter and 1.2MP front shooter. It is the chicest tablet exterior I have come across and – impressively – as functional as it is sexy.

One of my biggest pet peeves with tablets is the ‘usability factor’. More often than not, high spec tablets forgo style for substance. Often far too much substance. Substance that makes it hard to use without a specialist case or a flat surface.

The Tab S? Best of both worlds. With a stunning (Super AMOLED) display, USB 2.0, multi-window (imperative for the bloggers and entrepreneurs among us), 1.9Ghz Octa-core CPU, and remote PC capabilities, it still manages to be fast and light. The only one of its kind.

When you can’t fault something – try as you might – it more than deserves some blog love.

galaxy tab s
galaxy tab s

In Review: The Optimum 9400 Blender & Froothie

froothie review
The green smoothie obsession is real, my friends.

Though I’ve bought (and blogged about) a lot of juices, smoothies, and detoxes in the past, it has taken me a while to decide on the blender I would bring into my own home. This is mostly down to a few twenty-dollar ‘smoothie makers’ I bought and bailed on as a teenager.

Thankfully, blender technology has progressed past the days of ‘smoosh it or you’ll break it’. Blenders have become a thing.

The best of which I can assure you is the Optimum 9400 blender.

I ummed and ahhed between cult favourites, raw food blogger favourites and infomercial favourites for months before landing on The Optimum 9400 (I got mine at Froothie because they have a 30-day money back guarantee). 30-plus days later? I am a happiest smoothie maker there could be.

Unlike its more mainstream competitors, The Optimum 9400 is commercial-grade (completely stainless steel vs ‘personal-grade’ mild steel), durable, speedy (44,000 rpm), strong, spacious (read: margarita party), and incredibly versatile.

As well as being BPA free.

In my opinion, it’s the Holy Grail of Blenders. I have made almond butter, flour and milk all in less than 10 minutes. I have grated cheese, chopped onions, and grinded coffee with it. I have kneaded bread dough, whipped cream, and juiced into oblivion – all as well as making my daily green smoothie.

However many thumbs I can get my hands on…I give it that many thumbs up.

Click below for my circulation-boosting smoothie recipe!

froothie review
froothie review
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Free Spotify Playlist – October 2014

free spotify playlist october 2014
This month’s free Spotify playlist is something special to listen to while you watch the seasons change. It’s a hop, skip, and jump between genres, decades, bands and solo artists.

It is also a rather snazzy collection of snappy, happy tuneage. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for September’s free Spotify playlist.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Until the Sun Explodes by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yes, It’s Good For You by Koko Taylor
I’m Not Part Of Me by Cloud Nothings
Bad Thing by Kiesza and Joey Bada$$
Kites by Geographer
Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix
Dip It Low by Christina Milian
Simple and Sure by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
9TS (90s Baby) by Redlight
They Want My Soul by Spoon
One More by Elliphant and MO
Pretty Green by White Denim
Sound Of Da Police by KRS-One
I Am An Animal by Twin Atlantic
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

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