Fashion and Style

How to Spot Fake Mansur Gavriel

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Worried about getting a fake Mansur Gavriel? We have all you need to know about authenticating this top designer brand!

Mansur Gavriel is one of the most popular designers when it comes to beautiful, well-made Italian leather bags and purses. Their iconic bucket bag is one of the most sought-after purses by celebrities and regular folks alike, and once you’ve owned one yourself, it’s easy to see why. Because their bags have such a following, this also means there’s a higher chance that you may encounter a fake Mansur Gavriel. While some people may actively seek out a knock off (because of the lower price point) most customers don’t want to be duped into paying hard earned money for a piece that isn’t authentic Mansur Gavriel.

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Family · Fashion and Style · Gift Ideas

Lily Blanche Locket Review

We’re huge fans of personalised gifts in our family – we’ve got everything from mugs to cushions to canvases with photos of our favourite memories on them. We take a lot of photos and using them to make gifts is a thoughtful way of sharing them. Just recently, a company called Lily Blanche got in touch and asked if I’d like to review their range of personalised jewellery, and with my Mum’s birthday coming up, I thought it would be an amazing gift for her.

The range of necklaces to choose from is stunning, with most available in gold, silver or rose gold, and a choice of chain length so that you can have it made to your exact specifications. I chose the Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket in silver and chose two recent photos of Sausage and BB for the inside.

I’ve had lockets in the past where you have to place the photos yourself, which is a HUGE pain – getting the images small enough and cutting them up can be so fiddly. However, the beauty of Lily Blanche is that you upload the photos digitally during the ordering process and they place the images directly into your locket.

As you can see, the outside of the locket is intricate and ornate and the quality is stunning. The images printed inside are great quality, too, especially considering they’re so small! Here’s a little bit of info from the website:

“This Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket necklace features a heart-shaped, faceted-cut, high grade blue topaz gemstone at its centre. This heart locket necklace opens to take two photographs or a little keepsake.

The Blue Topaz Vintage Heart Locket is inspired by a necklace from the jewellery box of my grandmother, the original Lily Blanche. The heart locket necklace features as its focal point a faceted-cut, blue topaz gemstone surrounded by a collar of marcasite. Blue topaz symbolises sweetness and affection. Blue Topaz is known as the stone for happiness. The heart locket necklace opens to take two photographs or a little keepsake and is one of our bestselling locket.”

Something that I was also really impressed with was the packaging that the necklace came in – the tissue paper which is used to surround the box inside the ribboned gift bag was infused with essential oils which smelled just like Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle! There#s also a velvet bag included for keeping your locket safe.

Lily Blanche gift box and bag

My Mum was absolutely thrilled with her gift and I loved seeing her face when she opened it and saw the girls looking back at her. I would highly recommend Lily Blanche’s personalised jewellery if you want to create a gift with real meaning, and with Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time to check them out.

Thanks so much to Lily Blanche for making my Mum’s birthday so special. We’ll definitely be back again!

Fashion and Style

Matching Your Contact Lenses To Your Face

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If you need to wear contact lenses then this presents you with the opportunity to ‘change’ the colour of your eyes via wearing coloured lenses. This is something which is highly recommended. After all, if you need to wear them anyway and you want to enhance your look, then why not? 

There are so many different ways that people can change their look today, and wearing coloured contact lenses is just one of them. Of course, an obvious option that a lot of people make the most of is changing their hairstyle. We’re also seeing more and more people turn to different beauty treatments, such as having a facelift. After all, when we get older, we can become frustrated with fine lines and sagging skin. A facelift can be the perfect solution to this, helping your skin to become tighter and smoother so that you look younger and more radiant.

You wouldn’t rush into a procedure like that without considering your options carefully, and this approach should be applied no matter what change you’re deciding to go for. Wearing coloured contacts presents a simple and easy way to alter your appearance, yet it is still something that needs to be considered with care.

When purchasing colour contact lenses it is important that you think very carefully before making your decision. First and foremost, you need to ensure that the lenses you buy are of high quality and are suited to your eyes. Some of the most popular contact lenses include Focus Dailies All Day Comfort, 1-Day Acuvue Moist and Freshlook Colourblends. 

Once you are assured of quality, you then need to make sure that you select lenses which match your face. Therefore, use the following tips in order to match coloured contact lenses to your face effectively…

1) Match your contact lenses to your skin tone

The first thing you need to do is decipher what your skin tone is. The best way to determine what your skin tone is, is to simply take a look at your forearms and decide whether your veins or more blue or green in colour. If it is the former then you have cool skin, if your veins are more green then you have a warm skin tone. So what does this mean for your contact lenses choice? If you have a cool skin tone then you are better off going for blue, grey, jade and green colours. On the other hand, if you have a warm skin tone then you are better off going with chestnut, copper, honey or hazelnut coloured lenses.

2) Use Photoshop

If you have an idea in your mind of the coloured contact lenses you really want to use then you should use Photoshop to see if they would suit you. Simply upload a picture of yourself and change the eye colour in order to get a better idea. There are also different programs that are similar to Photoshop that enable you to play around with different eye colours and hairstyles so you may want to consider using one of these if you do not have any experience with Photoshop. 

3) Match your contact lenses to your hair colour

When it comes to matching your contact lenses’ colour to your hair there are two ways you can look at it. If you have very light blond hair or black hair then you should go for a colour which is vivid and will make your eyes pop, such as blue. However, if your hair falls in between these colours then seek something which is in keeping with the shade of your hair e.g. if your hair is a chestnut colour then go for chestnut contact lenses.

4) Ask an expert

Professionals are there to give you an honest opinion. If the eye-care professional in question doesn’t think the coloured contacts are a good look, then he or she will tell you and point you in the direction of what you should be looking for.

5) Enhance what you’ve already got

When it comes to coloured contact lenses you don’t have to dramatically or drastically change your eye colour. Instead, you can simply enhance or brighten your natural eye colour. This is something which looks simply stunning and is one of the most popular options.

6) Stay true to your style

It is important to purchase coloured contact lenses which mirror who you are and your taste in fashion. If you like bold fashion pieces and like to stand out from the crowd then go for violet lenses or an emerald green colour. It is possible to get contact lenses in so many different colours today, so you can be sure that you will be able to find something that is right for your personality. 

7) Ask for a trial

A lot of companies will allow you a trial period whereby you can send back the contact lenses if you are not happy. Not only does this help you to decide whether you like the colour or not, but it also allows you to check out the quality.

8) Think about the makeup you wear

If you are experimental with your makeup then you will be able to change the way you apply it in order to suit the coloured contact lenses you purchase. However, if you have a distinct makeup style then you need to bear that in mind when searching for the best lenses.

If you consider the eight tips mentioned in this blog post and buy quality contact lenses, then you will have no trouble finding the best lenses for you. Wearing contact lenses for the first time can be a bit daunting. However, if you take the time to consider your options with care and you make sure the company provides high-quality lenses, you will have nothing to worry about. Why not take a look on Instagram and other platforms like this to see if there are any images of others wearing the contact lenses you’re considering?

Fashion and Style

Stackable Rings: How to Wear Them Like a Pro

How to Wear Stackable Rings Like a Pro
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Anyone who knows anything about fashion knows that no outfit is complete without proper accessories, and no accessory is hotter right now than stackable rings. There are, however, some rules to bear in mind when choosing the right stackable rings for you, so I thought I’d share some of them with you to help you to make the right choice.

Size Matters

This point is two-fold – firstly, if you have big hands, wearing rings which are too big will make it look like you’re wearing knuckle dusters, and if you have super dainty hands you also don’t want to wear rings which will overwhelm you. Also, consider the fact that if you’re wearing several rings at once, you want to make sure they work together as several rings which are too big will be way too much, regardless of your hand size.

Styling

In the past, the idea of wearing gold and silver together was a huge no-no, but these days it’s actually really trendy to combine your metals. If you are new to this trend, you could try to stack rings by the colour of the metal – you could combine white gold with silver and platinum, as they all have a similar tone. Another idea is to stack them according to the metal. Wearing a rose gold ring along with a yellow and white gold ring looks great.

Ring Type

Something you also need to think about when it comes to stacking rings is to think about the style of the individual rings. While each ring can be different, you don’t want to try stacking rings which really don’t go together – for example, if you’ve got a gorgeous antique cameo ring, that’s not going to look right alongside something ultra modern and geometric. Try to pick a theme or shared attribute between your rings and stick to it.

Gems

Too many gems in your stackable ringsAnother thing to consider is whether your rings have gemstones in them – mix too many different gemstones and you’re going to end up looking like Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet. If you have a statement ring with a large stone and want to wear other, smaller rings with gems, try to acth them as closely to the main stone as possible, OR stick to a scheme, such as rings with pastel stones so that they coordinate with one another.