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Guest Post: 8 Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

{Parisian style is one of the most coveted in the world. If you think that it’s hard to dress up with a French flair, fret not! The fashionable peeps behind the successful brand ZALORA Singapore have come up with 8 simple rules to follow when dressing up to be equally chic. Read ahead to find out more.}

 

Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

 

Ever wondered why those French girls always look so effortlessly chic and put together? Ever found yourself staring at the photos of Parisian It girls like Marion Cotillard and Clémence Poésy, trying to steal their style?

 

Parisian ladies don’t seem to dress outlandishly, and they never look tacky. Black is the dominant colour of their wardrobe and they steer clear of short, skimpy dresses. They go pretty much everywhere in flats – and they look unfailingly classy in their perfectly tailored clothes. That’s pretty much Parisian dressing in a nutshell.

 

Read on for more secrets of those stylish mademoiselles:

 

1. Remember: Simplicity is Key

While each neighborhood in France boasts its own unique style, there are a few sartorial rules that all French women follow. One such rule is to keep it simple and make it seem like you didn’t spend more than five minutes getting ready in the morning.

Focus on interesting shapes and textures for your clothes, preferably in muted colours. Avoid over-embellishing and hemlines that are too short – basically anything that can seem tacky. For Parisian women, it is all about the timeless and tailored look – snug pants, little black dresses, tailored blazers, cashmere sweaters, and the classic trench coat. A pair of nicely fitting pants and blouse like Miranda Kerr’s are comfortable, stylish, and functional enough for daily activities. Streamline the rest of your look with a sleek ponytail, a structured handbag and flats.

 

2. Go Back to Black


Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

Black might seem like a boring colour to wear, but French women practically live in them. Along with gray and sometimes white, black is a staple go-to colour in a Parisian woman’s wardrobe. Instead of experimenting with colour, they go for bold textures, shapes and silhouettes that can transition easily from day to nightwear. Case in point: Marion Cotillard’s unique black A-line dress that features a scoop neckline and cape style collar. And as a bonus, her cool suede indigo ankle boots!

 
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Tutorial: The Sultry Snake Braid

 

Sultry Snake Braid Tutorial

It’s really not that hard to do!

 

You’ve read about my recent hair experiment, where I went ombre for the first time. Now, learn how you can create something interesting on your own – the sultry snake braid.

 

“Looking for a braided hairstyle that stands out from the crowd, but isn’t a killer to recreate? I’ve got just the braid for you,” explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Jennie Kay. “If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can master this chic braid in no time. Here’s how!”

 
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Tutorial: Purple and Gold Eye Makeup Featuring the Shupette Palette

 

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I’m sure you must have heard of Shupette by now, especially if you’re a beauty addict like me! While I don’t really see how a white, fluffy feline is associated with eyeshadow palettes, I definitely like the Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette! If you’re tired of all the neutral palettes circulating around and are looking for something more interesting to bring with you on travels, I think the Shupette one could inject some fun into your life!

 

This was a gift from Mr. Ratatouille (he knows me well) during Christmas, and the moment I got it, I knew I had to make a tutorial on how you can use it! There are 8 eyeshadow shades arranged in 2 sets of quads, 6 lip colours, 2 applicators and a big mirror that spans the underside of the entire lid. And here’s how you can use it to create a purple and gold eye makeup look:

 

Purple and Gold Eye Makeup

Highlight the brow bone and add some base colour to the eyes (Steps 1-3).



 

Before you do anything to your eyes, always have foundation and concealor on first. Then, follow the steps below.

 

1. Highlight the brow bone with the light gold shimmer shade.

 

2. Dust the grey-purple shade on your entire upper lid under the brow bone. This creates a slight depth and shows off the hollows of your eye socket.

 

3. Next, apply the brinjal shade on your entire upper lid until around the crease. You can go a little further higher than that, but no more than the grey-purple shade in the previous step.

 
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OOTD: Sparkly Holiday Outfit Idea

 


Holiday Outfit Idea

 
Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Holiday Outfit Idea

 

Top: Headline Seoul

Black Tulle Skirt (Audrey): Tutu le Petite

Glitter Pumps: Pedro

Clutch: Saint Laurent Paris

Bracelet: Roseanne by Roseanne Tang

Ear Studs: Mimco

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 
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Link Love: Palatable Holiday Recipes

As the holiday season draws near – neigh, it might already have begun for some of us – there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: What do we make for dinner? I scoured the web for some interesting, mouthwatering holiday recipes that are easy to follow. I also found some decor ideas, if you need some inspiration to make the place cosy. If you’re into sausage mini bites and roasted potatoes, read right ahead (hopefully not on an empty stomach).

 

Holiday Recipes

 

  1. The team at Daily Makeover created a slideshow of 50 gorgeous hairstyles you can do for the holidays.
  2. Angela at Joyously Domestic teaches us how to make this saliva-inducing Crispy Potato Roast dish.
  3. Tammilee at Tammilee Tips shares her recipe for making these yummy Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasas.
  4. Skaiste on Pinterest shares her mood board featuring home deco ideas for Christmas.
  5. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids shows us how to keep the child inside all of us alive with these giant chocolate-dipped marshmallows.
  6. Carly at Ever Clever Mom teaches us the easy way to make glitter balloons.

 
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The Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection – Sparkle Away

 


Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection

 

There’s something quite exotic about Guerlain, and I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with it’s very French name. Nevertheless, I’m very excited to show you all the Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection!

 

This year’s beauty collection is inspired by l’Opéra à Paris, the place where spectacular shows steal the limelight, and where audiences remain in awe of talented actors, long after the plays have ended.

 
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How to Pack for a Staycation – Beauty Edit

 

How to Pack for a Staycation

 

Hello beauties! As you’re reading this, I’m probably updating Instagram with my staycation pictures. That’s right, Mr. Ratatouille and I are making up for future lost time, as our work is going to separate us for a while in the coming months. Of course we’re dreading it but we refuse to sit around and mope, so we’re celebrating being together whenever we can. And what better way than some alone time, away from prying eyes?

 

As with all staycations, I always pack a bunch of things, such as skincare and makeup. Over time, the number of things I carry have reduced and today, I’m going to show you how you can pack for a staycation using a cooler bag.

 
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Review & Tutorial: The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

Now take me away.

 

Hello mid-November! The more each day passes by, the more it’s time to sparkle. The year-end season is always my favourite time of the year because things start mellowing and everything just becomes more relaxed. This is how the entire year should be like!

 

I got my hands on this collection a day after my company’s disco themed dinner and dance (what a waste, I know) and immediately fell in love. It’s seriously got everything you need in it to sparkle and yet it’s not over the top. Before I dive into the review and let you in on how best to use this, might I just add this little message: Get it while you can!

 

The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection is a cute little box of 2 Water Drop lip tints, 2 glitter nail lacquers and a glitter eyeshadow duo.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

The Laneige Sparkling Party box. It closes gently with a magnetic clasp.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

When opened, it reveals the goodies inside, plus a tutorial on how you can achieve a day and night look. I love the rose gold foil!

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

The Glam Sparkling Look, which is what I call the night look. Get the collection to discover the other look you can create.

 

Laneige Sparkling Party Christmas 2014 Collection

A closer look at the nail lacquers and eyeshadow duo. So festive!

 
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Fashion Blogging Tips 101

Are you new to blogging, a part-time blogger like me, or a full-time blogger? Do you feel like you could do with some advice on taking your blog to the next level? Well, why don’t you grab yourself some donuts, a cup of spiced latte, and then sit back and read the infographic below!

 

Lovely Bryn from Fashion Union put together this piece full of advice from several fashion bloggers out there – yours truly included – and I’m very excited to share these fashion blogging tips with you today!

 


Fashion Blogging Tips 101

 
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Chamomile Scrub Recipe with Rose, Himalayan Pink Salt and more!

 

Pink Himalayan Salt Chamomile Scrub Recipe

 

Himalayan salt has been one of my current favourite ingredients, especially for making scrubs. Not only does it have all 84 natural minerals found in Mother Earth (it’s got a long history of being around for 250 million years), it’s also got a lovely pink colour. When I made this scrub and used it on my legs, I found it promoted healing of the wounds at the back of my heels.

 

Today’s scrub is best used when you need to relax, as it features rose and chamomile. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

 

Pink Himalayan Salt Chamomile Scrub Recipe

 

  1. measuring cups
  2. jar to keep your scrub in
  3. 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
  4. 1 tbsp crushed rose petals
  5. 7 tbsp organic coconut oil (Get yours on Amazon with international shipping HERE.)
  6. 1 tbsp 100% natural argan oil (Get yours on Amazon HERE.)
  7. 7 drops 100% pure chamomile oil (essential oil)
  8. 1 tablespoon honey (secret ingredient)

 
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