Windbreakers Edit: Your Spring Staple

Ursina Gysi after the Chloe SS18 show

Dressing for Spring is always an adventure as you dabble between winter and lighter items to suit your mood and temperature degrees. Then, there are those that seems like they were created for transitional weather take the windbreaker for example. Although it had a bad rap it recently made a great comeback. Perhaps it’s due to our love for athleisure that has allowed designers to offer us a brand new range of elevated windbreakers and athletic accessories.

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Take Alexander Wang’s super sporty version of eye-catching windbreakers both full-length and cropped styles. Sacai and Louis Vuitton also served us with an array of embellished styles including patterns and sequins. Last fall, innovative funky windbreakers made an appearance on the runways of designers like Isabel Marant and Valentino.
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But, more recently Paris street style proved that these jackets were among the standout trends. The brightly coloured styles from the 80’s and 90’s are gaining massive popularity especially paired with other streetwear faves like vinyl pants and dad sneakers.
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Celebs also gave their own styling tips. Take Kaia Gerber who was spotted in a windbreaker zipped over a turtleneck with jeans and her favourite white sneakers. Gigi Hadid appeared in NYC sporting a vintage windbreaker with plaid trousers and boots.
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Pair your own windbreaker with a spring dress, dad shoes and a cross body round bag for the perfect daywear outfit that you can wear to your brunch or run errands. Opt for an old-school version and don it over a crop top leggings and sneakers for the ultimate athleisure version.

How will you be sporting your windbreaker this Spring?

FEATHER UP! A time to Celebrate

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This season will be the year of celebration, sparkles, and feathers! Yes, that’s right, plush feathers are splashed over dresses, coats, and accessories.The memo was clear on the catwalks. Designers for autumn created plump amazing craftwork embellishments that added a glamour ingredient to the fabrics.

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Uber-feminine was the theme at JW Anderson while an “overwhelming” sense of old Hollywood glitz was emphasized at Balenciaga. At Raf Simon’s Calvin Klein, the meaning was modernized as feathers were affixed on cocktail dresses or slipped under see-through plastic covers. Miu Miu and Prada also showed explosive feather decorated creations.

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Feathers quickly flocked the red carpet too. Feather devotees include Julianne Moore in Calvin Klein and Uma Thurman sporting a seams extravaganza number. Feathers don’t have to be overwhelming, conversely, you can aim for subtlety.
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Don’t go for a costume-like number unless that’s your thing, of course, opt for an item like a coat, skirt, or dress with just a few feather details. Or go all out! It’s about having fun at the end of the day.
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Are you going to sport the feather trend this season? How are you going to incorporate it? Leave your comments below xx

EYE OF THE TIGER

This season the leopard print becomes more of a day-to-day piece of clothing than a statement piece necessarily. The days of wearing it with scepticism and frugality are almost long gone. This time it’s more about wearing it as a black shirt, goes with any pattern any colour or attitude your imagination can fathom.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 17.02.18Although there was a misconception that a leopard overload can become tacky the truth is only the quality of the leopard print item in question can determine the elegance of the outfit. Because it had been associated with Christian Dior in the 50’s to true rockstar glam in the 60’s onwards with David Bowie and Debby Harry in the 80’s making it almost a piece of their trademark look. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain gave it a much-needed grunge boost in the 90’s.

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Nowadays, Leandra Medine from ManRepeller did an impressive double (but not identical) leopard print number, matching it with red strappy heels. Olivia Palermo clashes patterns of leopard print and checks while Alexa Chung goes for an animal print faux fur over short party dresses.

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Street style during this fashion month has also been flocked with many variations of leopard print: from pochettes, to mules, jackets, shirts or leggings the animal print has proved itself as one of the most fun ways to be fashionable this season!

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GELATO CHIC

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Ice cream chic is a now thing and well before gelato season. Fashion’s affinity for the pastel pile-up from the cones to the runway took the form of head-to-toe violet at Victoria Beckham, lemon sorbet at Hermés and pistachio hues at Sies Marjan.

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At Helmut Lang, Shayne Oliver took blushing pink and morphed it into its adversary: fetishwear, while Raf Simons at Calvin Klein took baby blue babydolls and turned them into a Rosemary’s Baby sinister version. This playfulness aesthetic came about at a year that yearns for aggressive celebration. Winter’s metallics, feathers, glitter, rainbows and all round sparkle surrounding a Buz Luhrmann movie set, is the perfect testament to the celebratory moto.
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Feel good fashion also was translated into pencil skirts and sheer layers that we can wiggle and shimmy in. Our staples like our trench coats, faux fur coats slip dresses and boots are receiving the joyful reincarnation of their own. Embellishments, diamonds, broaches, and lavish bandanas that would make any fashion girl sigh.
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Stockholm Fashion Editor and street style extraordinaire Jeanette Madsen is an ice cream hue aficionado. She has the engaging ability to effortlessly combine pastel shades and evading the baby connotations at the same time.

HOW TO STYLE YOUR PARTY JEANS – The EmRata Way

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 16.30.01We are poignantly in a naughties resurgence that shows it’s low rise, logomania, embellished persona every once in a while. If you had the chance to experience the early ’00s even like a teenager (like moi) you may recall the dressed up jeans trend. Those party jeans are gaining back their reputation as enviable LBD alternatives. Emily Ratajkowski certainly thinks so. She sported a pair of straight legged denim jeans with ripped hems with an ethereal silky embroidered kimono by The Kooples to add a bit of glam to the outfit.

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She wanted to add a bit more definition and sparkle to her evening look so she placed a pearl and crystal belt around her waist. She put her hair in a half – up Bardot-esque do for the ultimate effortless sexy result. She finished off the look with a pair of black heeled sandals and a leopard print bag.

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For a more comprehensive evening look that is customised for the 2018 street style, go for a sequinned black rollneck, and pair it with a belt over the knee black boots and a bright coloured tote bag. This winter is all about celebrating and there’s nothing more celebratory than a top that sparkles!

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If you’re not into glitter then opt for a statement top that does all the talking alternatively. For example, choose an off the shoulder ruffled top and pair it with mules and a cute leather clutch. It’s both gravitating yet unbearably chic.

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For an authentic throwback channel your inner Victorian and go for the appropriate volume sleeved shirt, soft leather mules and an embroidered drawstring bag.

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How will you be styling your party jeans this season? Leave your comments below! xxx

WHAT TO EXPECT AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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New York Fashion Week is running from tomorrow Thursday, February 8th until next Wednesday, February 14th following the Men’s collections February 5th- 8th. However, this New York Fashion Week is different than the rest. It’s following on a wave of changes that was initiated last season when Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra and Thom Browne moved their presentations to Paris. Tome’s Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo also joined the pack of designers leaving New York for Paris. While the controversial collaboration of Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma received many accolades and the quintessential American spirit brand of Ralph Lauren hosted his show in his Bedford garage. This season more designers are striking on their own accord while two are coming out of town.
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THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Tomas Maier is celebrating the opening of his Madison Avenue store and is visiting his Bottega Venetta show from Milan to New York for one season. Maier’s move makes sense since the fresh air being infused into the collection abides by the New York edgy and youthful sensibility. Esteban Cortazar – the boy wonder from Paris, formerly creative director of Emanuel Ungaro, is moving his show from Paris to New York.
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THE DEPARTURES
Ever since Alexander Wang announced that he’s moving #WangFest to a June/December schedule there are more designers evading the conventional Fashion Calendar. Wand staged several street parties in September and will present his final show on the official schedule this Saturday before moving with his plans. Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman after filing for divorce from Harvey Weinstein and Keren Craig cancelled their runway show in favour of a more low-key event. Delpozo and Victoria Beckham are switching New York for London, Tome traded New York for Paris while there will be no Fenty x Puma show. Many others Public School and Baja East switched to straight-to-consumer, Burberry and Mansur Gavriel wanted to a see-now-buy-now model while Rebecca Minkoff and Lela Rose opted for Instagram shows instead of IRL ones.
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FASHION WEEK STAPLES
But still, it’s New York fashion week Marc Jacobs whose latest collection was featured on the cover of American Vogue is closing the show. While Raf Simons is presenting both his third collection for Calvin Kein and also showcasing his own menswear brand. Tom Ford is showing two separate collections Women’s and Men’s. We’re anticipating Coach, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and of course Jeremy Scott! We’re also expecting a breath of fresh air from newcomers (to the NYFW runway at least) Eckhaus Latta, the powerful subversive duo, and the American – Australian Matthew Adams Dolan, a denim aficionado and Rihanna favourite.
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IMAGE CREDITS: VOGUE, theCUT

HOW TO GO VEGAN – 4 Essential Tips

Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 17.34.41From Alicia Silverstone to Olivia Wilde, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lea Michelle are only a few of the celebrities that swear by veganism. Some started for health issues, for example, Wilde discovered she was lactose intolerant, others to gain glowing skin, whilst others did it for simply loving animals. But how easy is it to go vegan and where do you start?

Transitioning to a vegan diet can be challenging so one of the best ways is to start slow and decide on a method that works best for you. We’ve rounded up the best tips to go vegan today.

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DO YOUR RESEARCH 

Learn as much as you can about how you can nourish your body based on a plant-based diet and start familiarising with reading ingredient lists on the back of products. Start paying attention to new and potentially yummy vegan products at your local grocery store and keep informed about health benefits that might motivate you to stay vegan.

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FOCUS ON ADDING

Instead of fearing the items that you will have to subtract from your diet such as meat and dairy products focus on adding all of the items you’ll have more of such as: Whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and tofu into your diet. Start collecting and experimenting with vegan recipes that appeal to you. Find a non-dairy alternative such as almond or soy. Experiment to discover which option you like best.

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FIND AND MAINTAIN YOUR MOTIVATION

It’s will get increasingly harder when you get a burger craving, for example, keep your goal and motivation clear in your mind so you can ride through any craving ride.

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PLAN THE SHIFT

Going vegan can be daunting so why not try veganism first? Get used to subtracting meat, fish, and poultry from your diet without replacing them with eggs and milk for protein consumption. Instead, amp up your veggie protein intake.

Turning to veganism is a challenging yet a very beneficial approach to our nutrition and also to our sense of ethical living. Push the limits of what you think is possible and you’ll reap the rewards of a more conscious lifestyle. Start your journey today!

V DAY JEWELLERY GIFT IDEAS

Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 16.09.42You may be stumped upon what jewellery to get this Valentine’s day and a piece of jewellery is always a safe bet. You may want to get a gift for your best gal pal or may even one to treat yourself to a little anti-Valentine’s day gifting to celebrate your badass singledom.

There’s a certain personal element when buying a piece of jewellery for someone. It means that you’re truly aware of their individual style that rarely follows trends. After examining the style of the person that will wear the gift choose between modern and classic. For a classic look go for minimal stacked gold enamel or raw earthy touches. For modern try maximalist colour, chunky silhouettes, layering and funky design.

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STATEMENT EARRINGS

When it comes to earrings opt for tassel, chandelier or statement architectural earrings to be completely on trend for this season. The earrings are meant to be the main focal point so keep the rest of the outfit muted for immense effect. For a classic look go for drop earrings or a pair of pearl earrings and wear them with an evening look or a smart casual outfit.

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LAYER HOOPS RINGS PENDANTS

Get a bunch of pendants to layer, including gold hoops in different sizes or statement rings that say something about you. The layering and the choice of an accessory here will communicate your individuality.

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MATCH THEM

For a black-tie event go for a matching necklace or choose a necklace with multiple layers for a nonchalant effect that is oh-so-chic.

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ARM PARTY

Opt for an array of bold and colourful bracelets for your maximalist friend otherwise known as “arm party”. The effect is a joyful blend of materials and colours that can easily act as one comprehensive accessory. Avoid adding any other piece of jewellery such as  drop earrings or necklaces and keep the attention to your bracelets.

MEGHAN MARKLE’S SUIT: HOW TO WEAR IT

As Meghan Markle stepped out with her future prince to their first official black-tie evening engagement she opted to dress in a suit. Markle was photographed arriving at the Endeavour Fund Awards last night in black trousers and a tuxedo shirt by designer Alexander McQueen. She ignored the protocol with that sartorial choice, but she is not the only one to fall under the suit’s allure. Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 16.43.25

From Stella McCartney to Victoria Beckham the suiting trend was already cemented last season. Inspired by power women especially Hillary Rodham Clinton the pantsuit has made a serious comeback which is now more evident than ever. Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton and Chloe Sevigny are among the stars donning the power suit on a regular basis. But they aren’t alone.
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Top models, fashion editors, street stylers and influencers are heralding this international uniform. We absolutely love how this suit trend can be translated into many variations. From checks to black sleek suits on Helena Christensen and Candice Swanepoel to the ultimate classic Annie Hall on Diane Keaton and her major influence on the Ralph Lauren brand.
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HOW TO MAKE A TURMERIC LATTE & 6 reasons why it’s amazing for your body.

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 15.15.57Happy February! This is the month of LOVE, Lurveeee. An opportunity to show your emotions to your loved ones, including friends and family but most importantly it’s a chance to give yourself some LOVE. Self- Love and Care that is. We hear that truly loving yourself means taking care of your mind and body.  So sit back relax, cosy up to your sofa with a blanket a good book and a healthy hot drink: The Turmeric Latte.

You have probably been hearing about the benefits of turmeric for a while now and you might have been intrigued to try a cup of turmeric latte, the bonified staple drink of the health conscious. Its recipe is quite simple, actually. Take a batch of cold-pressed turmeric juice and mix it with almond, cashew or coconut milk. Before you switch your morning tea or coffee brew to the golden milk (as it’s also referred) we take a look at the benefits of turmeric.

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YOUTHFUL CLEAR SKIN

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that fight the skin’s tendencies for redness and irritation while its anti-bacterial qualities make it perfect for protecting against acne and blemishes.

BRAIN POWER

Turmeric produces curcumin which has a number of medicinal properties. It’s known to protect against Alzheimer’s disease by increasing memory function is also promotes the repair of brain cells.

RELIEVES MUSCLE PAIN

Curcumin also protects against muscle pain including joint pain and arthritis. So it’s perfect for gym newbies.

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ANTI-INFECTION PROPERTIES

Its anti-inflammatory properties make turmeric one of the perfect hot drinks when fighting a cold. Also due to its anti-parasitic qualities, it can help prevent stomach ulcers and reduce infection in the gut.

FIGHTS DEPRESSION

According to researchers, curcumin can aid in managing depression, without the possible side effects of an anti-depressive medicine.

REDUCES CHOLESTEROL

Turmeric has been found to reduce the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body while increasing the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol. So maybe it’s worthwhile switching to that gold milk for a while? What do you think? Send your comments below!

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