Beauty & Fashion Tips

Pyjamas Trend

When the distinct 'bedtime' look first started appearing on the Dolce & Gabbanna's autumn/winter 2009 catwalk, pyjamas looks has set its trend and has since been taken on to different catwalks.

Nevertheless this is not a trend that everyone can take in straight away so the success of this trend is quite a surprise to the high streets. The ‘pyjamas’ look has become a hot trend at the high street in this Spring/ Summer. Stella McCartney and Rihanna were one of those celebrities take on this look recently. Obviously, I am not that amazed by how celebrities could influence or encourage a trend. In the photos below, I think Stella pulled it off nicely and in a classy manner (not sure about her hair though) but Rihanna went a little overboard. The bedtime ‘feel’ had gone too far that I genuinely feel that  she just walked out from a bedroom.

When I first know of the pyjamas trend, I thought of “comfy, lazy, relaxed, cosy, baggy” and I really like the idea of wearing my pyjamas out straight from my lazy morning on a Saturday or a Sunday. So when I first heard about this trend, I said to myself: wow, that would be so much more convenient and comfortable, what a great trend! Then I reminded myself, hey, don't be ridiculous! Obviously going out in my pyjamas is not the encouraged idea and obviously not exactly encouraged by the fashion industry. When the fashion industry starts a trend, they are merely looking for more expenditure to be involved in the market. So there you go, this pyjamas trend that we are talking about is definitely not a simple, cosy cotton pyjamas set, but rather chic, swanky, ritzy, printed silky & highly patterned trousers and matching tops.

Personally I never love following trends. As I mentioned it in my blog earlier this year, ‘trend’ is not part of my philosophy. However I do think if you are able to mix and wear with the right combination including your hair style, accessories, shoes, colours and finding what style suits you, be it on trend or not, it will always work. 

This trend has gone so hot has its reasons too. It is quite age and shape-friendly. Many of the designs actually disguise anyone’s not-so-flattering figure quite well and it even goes well with the 5-months pregnancy bump and looks smart. Whilst the young 20s can wear with a light blue denim shirt and a chic baggy light pink pyjamas trousers and wedges, a chic 60s can wear a classy silk patterned pyjamas shirt teamed with your favourite jeans and high heel.

Remember though! Be very careful when you try this trend. How you wear it is the key. I would say in order to pull of nicely this pyjamas look boils down to three essential things: hairstyle, heels/ wedges and a confident posture. Since it is a “pyjamas look”, definitely do not go with anything that looks absolutely too cosy in comparison to the rest of your look. For instance, flip-flops and baggy cardigans. Go with heels and tailored jacket. Heel/ wedges are to help you to stand at a confident posture. Sweet and simple.

If you aren’t sure on how to wear it or you do not have the confidence to pull it off, then at any cost, avoid it.

So what do you think guys? Do you dare to wear it out or have already worn it many times and would love to share the tips with us? Please share!

Love & be inspied always,

MeeKee XX

 

Photo credit: glamourmagazine, vogue

23 Apr 2012: Tights Focus!

Hi guys, let's make it all about your legs today! Tights have been a staple in every girl’s wardrobe for oh-too-many seasons, and it’s for good reason: tights can bring your spring and summer clothes well into fall, plus provide a little bit of extra warmth on chilly days! Right now, the trendiest tights are far from basic. Patterned tights, head-turning coloured tights, fishing net, etc. you name it, and no pattern is off-limits. Among them all, I love patterned tights.

Patterned tights are trendy as you can see from many celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham have been spotted wearing tights with patterns. Blake Lively pulled off the red patterned tights very well in Gossip Girls!

 

Jessie J ~ this is probably her favourite she has worn it too many times!

There are so many patterns to choose from out there. The wear-ability of some patterns may not be as durable (due to the delicate patterns) or versatile as basic, solid tights hence they might not a very good investment. Having said that they are not so expensive for everyone to try! Find "the one" and they will always add attractiveness, elegance, classy, sweet, funky-feel or whatever ‘feel’ you would like to create for your whole outlook and in turn, expressing your style & personality!

Here are some classic & elegant choices that I would personally go for (sourced: MyTights.Com – a specialist hosiery retailer, carrying everything from the affordable and cheerful £4 product to the ultra-glamorous luxury £40 pair!)

 

Knee Length Socks Patterned Tights buy at Luphia Boutique

 

Ok, here are some DOs and DON’Ts tips about wearing patterned tights:

DO: Make it all about your legs. Pick a hemline that shows off your legs and add a pair of high heels that makes them look even longer. Stick with a neutral palette, or at least go for one pop of colour or two max (never 4 or 5). Neutral palette will always work well with anything you wear. One very important note is, please do check the patterns when you’re wearing it. Check out Miley Cyrus (above) ~ her tights patterns wasn’t at the right place and it looks quite awkward.

DON'T: Please don’t make your outfit look too busy. If you opt for patterned tights, then tone down the outfit. If it is cold, and you prefer to stay warm in boots, then don’t wear a midi dress (remember to keep your hem line high). Otherwise your leg will look shortened and you will look a lot shorter than you actually are.

Have any of you been dressing up with patterned (or textured) tights lately? What are your rules for wearing them? Let’s discuss! Leave a comment with your thoughts!!

 

MeeKee XX

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25 Ways of Wearing your Scarf

I have recently come across this cool video showing how to wear a scarf in 25 ways and am so excited to share this with you all!! It is so COOL that wearing the same piece with so many styles! This video makes it very fun too! It however requires a fairly big piece of scarf (or some call it muffler) and preferably with lovely prints on it so you can play around your scarves more effectively and of course more fun!!

In Luphia Online Boutique, we have a few choices of big scarves with beautifully prints that you might be interested, shop now ^_^

[Take advantage on our Facebook discount code when you become our fans on Facebook]

 

1) FLOWER PRINTS CHIFFON SCARF (measrued 184cm x 107cm) ~ available in 3 colours

 

2) SOFT DOTS COTTON SCARF (measured 180cm x 106cm) ~ available in 3 colours

 

3) LEOPARD SPOTS LEISURE SCARF (measrued 168cm x 111cm) ~ available in 2 colours

 

4) PURE SILK LEOPARD PRINT SCARF (measured 180cm x 64cm) ~ available in 2 colours

Ok, let's get started the video tutorial, shall we?!

Enjoy and have fun with scarves :)

MeeKee XX

See video

9 Jan 2012: Happy Fashionable New Year 2012!

Ok, it's that time of year when we all make so many New Year's resolutions... and then we all break so many of them, and that includes the fashions we buy. Never mind: help is at hand. Many of us decide that a new year means this is the time when we will truly be one step ahead style-wise. Nothing wrong there, but if what you are asking is, 'so what’s the fashion trend in 2012?', then think again girls! The word trend is not in my dictionary and it shouldn't be in yours. Trends are set by fashion designers and retailers, the business men and women who wants you to follow them, buy their stuff, then ditch it again weeks later (possibly without ever having worn what you've bought in the first place). So, don’t like to fall into the ‘trend-trap'. Sure, there are things I go through phases of liking, but the best 'trend' for me is the one that suits me, shapes me, makes me happy, and makes me stand out in a way I'm comfortable with. Please don’t wear something that you think it looks nice on others. Everyone is unique and so everyone should have their own style. Ok, so how do I rethink my approach to fashion and find 'me'?, I hear you cry. Well, here's some tips on finding that 'me' trend and style:

1) Know yourself, be yourself – In today's hectic world, we are bombarded by marketing messages and continually being told we are like this or that and are often too busy to think who we really are. No matter how time-poor you are, I say spend at least 10 minutes each day to be alone and be quiet and just to connect with your inner-self. To ease you in, just start with a minute and slowly increase. It is not as easy as you might think - even when we keep quiet, our mind is still busy. But, keep on with this fun little routine, and you will find out a lot more about your inner-self very quickly.

2) Know your colour – Colour is crucial when come to styling. If you know which colours compliment you, you are half way there. Take some time to experiment. Go to shopping malls specifically with this in mind and take a few colours to try on. You will see which ones reflect your complex tones the best. Beware of the yellow magic light in the fitting rooms though, they are designed to make you look better than you are in that garment - wander round the store if you have to (do tell the shop assistant first though!). This will help you lay the foundations for your particular colour palette. Of course this doesn’t mean you have to stick to those shades only and forever: the next step is to experiment, mix things up and layer different tones, have fun and play around. And please, don’t stick to black or grey, get some colours in your life ladies!

3) Know your body shape – So… you heard this many times, but do you really know your body shape? In the market, fashions are always categorised into four body shapes: pear, rectangular, apple, hourglass. Everyone knows the right garment can make you look up to 10 pounds lighter and then there are always garments that flatter your body and draw the eye in. There are a lot of ways to help you to identify your shape out there and many of them work well. But please do not take this as some kind of bible - there are far, far more body shapes out there than four. So, how to dress to your shape? Simple general rules are, simplify the part that is on the bigger body part and dress up/draw attention to the part that is smaller in proportion. EG. if you are bottom heavy, then play up your shoulders and neckline. In many ways, it is all about illusion (and we will talk more about this soon!)…

4) Know your fabrics – When choosing fabrics, I stick to my rule: comfort! Choose fabrics which move as the person wearing the garment moves. Choose fabric that is not rough or irritating on the skin. This can easily be tested by rubbing the fabric on the inside of your wrist. And don't just stick with what the stores are selling each season: you don’t only wear thick clothing during winter for example. Thick clothing is only for outer wear. Yes, invest in some good outer wears...so you still can keep your flowy, lace, light cotton dress, tunics or tops inside. Your summer wears are not only for summer ;) Another fabric factor for me is the wrinkle factor! I don’t like ironing (I mean, hands up who likes ironing?), so my fabric must be basically ironing free.

In Luphia, you can see there are many pieces are flowy chiffon, polyester mixed, and only good for hand and cold wash. It will be straightened when it is hung up or laid to dry. It saves the environment, energy and time :) We encourage our customers to hand wash our garments in cool water to reduce their energy consumption and protect the climate. If you don’t like them anymore, please donate to others or send them for recycling. But I often find that the best recipient of my old garments is...me! This goes back to my opening point: be yourself, not what the fashion houses would like you to be. Always worth getting those older garments back out of storage and creating a new 'me' for the New Year mixing and matching your new treats with some classics from your collection!

Ok, that’s it for now guys…. I can’t wait to continue exploring fashion with you in 2012.

May 2012 bring success, happiness and fabulousness to each and everyone of you!!

God Bless!!

MeeKee Kokoroni xxx

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