CONTOURING IS OUT, STROBING IS IN

Yes, we all have to admit it, we liked the idea of contouring. And we liked the idea of trying it so that we can look super good. We saved pictures of “how- to’s”, followed tutorials on YOUTUBE and we all we said, “I have to try it some or other time, but actually it’s impossible to do and I’ll just keep looking at these gorgeous women doing it on the internet and pretend that I’m going to try it next week.

NOW there is a new trend. A top of the notch new way to do makeup which looks way more natural, less intense and (bonus) is really easy to do.. We welcome strobing into our lives.  What is strobing, you ask? It’s a fun and interesting term for highlighting, basically. Forget everything you learned about contouring, or well, tried to learn.

This extra highlighting will give you a dewy, shimmery, glittery more youthful glow. But because “dewy” can turn into “sweaty” super-quick, here are a few tips to keep you on the right track.

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  1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser. Strobing is all about getting the perfect glow, so you’ll need to replenish dull, dry skin with a good moisturizer first. If you have naturally oily skin, use one that’s oil-free. My favourite moisturiser with a glow is Ponds Gold Radiance Day Moisturiser. With real gold micro particles. Yes, I’m addicted to this product and it’s perfect for strobing.

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Next, use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone. To avoid the frosted ’90s look, make sure the highlighter you’re using complements your skin tone for a subtle sheen.

For a fair skin tone: Use champagne tones.

For a light- medium skin tone: Use pink champagne tones.

For an olive skin: Use golden tones.

For a dark skin: Use terracotta tones.

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Only use the highlighter in spots that catch light: on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes and above your cupid’s bow on your mouth. This will enhance your natural features. Don’t spread the product all over your face, or else your glow will turn into a greasy mess.

If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already. (Tip via Colleen O’Neill.) Then opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial products and only use a shimmery highlighter. To avoid looking like a disco ball, choose a matte formula for most of your makeup (primer, foundation, bronzer, powder etc.).

After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a fan brush or a damp makeup sponge. To avoid blobs of product and obvious makeup lines, make sure you blend any harsh edges of highlighter so it fades into the rest of your skin.

Avoid highlighting areas on your face that have breakouts — unless you want to spotlight your blemish. Yes, there are no other rules. It’s as easy as that.

Start strobing instead of contouring to highlight your eyes, contour your mouth, enhance your cheekbones and emphasize your pout 😉

Janmare xx

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The accessory we all Envy….

While Keeping up with Kendall Jenner…we noticed she has been wearing this amazing MUST HAVE ITEM……okay maybe its more of a want than a need,but do you blame us???

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That black double buckle belt  just adds something extra, to give your outfit that statement it needs. Dating back to Coachella when Kendall first wore it. She has been rocking the monochrome trend & the gold detail on the belt just makes it look even more chic.

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But shes not the only one….

Who wore it better? Kendall or Selena?

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MinimalismforBreakfast is obsessed with this accessory, quite frankly we will be running to the shop right after this post.

 

We thought we’d share some of our favorite “belt” moments to give you that bit of styling inspiration when purchasing your own.

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Baseball Caps

Hitting the gym…Not eager to face anyone….No make up ……..Or keeping to the trend…..

The Baseball Cap is perfect for any occasion. Easy to wear & convenient. We have seen it on the runway, on the street whether trying to make statement or keeping under the radar. We all opt not to wear makeup some days & this is perfect for the no make up look. Comfy & casual.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite Baseball Cap looks:

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Fall/ winter 2015 fashion campaigns with few surprises

The new fashion campaigns for the autumn/ winter 2015 have been released in the last two weeks with a few shocks, surprises and comebacks in store.

First, in April this year it was announced that Donatella Versace, who heads up the Italian luxury brand Versace would star in the autumn/winter campaign for Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. This was a huge shock, as the fashion industry is very competitive and these are two huge names in the international fashion industry.

On the 1st of July the full campaign has been released with Donatella Versace as the face for the entire campaign.

The new ad, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Carine Roitfeld shows Donatella with arms crossed staring down the camera decked out in a look from Tisci’s new autumn collection

Donatella explained the decision to pose for the rival fashion house:

“I believe in breaking rules. Riccardo Tisci is extremely talented and above all my dear friend. We are family. I want to get rid of the old system, work together, support each other and make fashion a true global community.” She commented.

Tisci, who has been at the helm of Givenchy since 2005 explained his choice of muse:

“I approached my friend Donatella because she represents what a Fashion Icon is to me. We thought it was time to break boundaries and give a strong message about how to think Fashion”.

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Next, Katy Perry to star in the new Moschino campaign.

Katy Perry has worn creations by Jeremy Scott to nearly every major event this year- from her performance at the Superbowl earlier this year to The Met Gala.  So it doesn’t come as surprise to see the singer star in the designer’s newest campaign for Moschino. In the image from the new campaign Perry models a patchwork denim jacket over a gold bra and heavy chain jewellery. The autumn/winter 2015 campaign was shot by photographers Inez and Vinoodh back in March and marks the first time Scott has cast a celebrity face for the brand having previously shot only models.

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Kate Moss and Lara Stone teams up for the new Balenciaga campaign.

Both of these models might be household names and great known faces, but the new autumn/ winter 2015 campaign for Balenciaga is the first time that these two models have ever worked together. You wouldn’t have guessed it if you see these hot pictures.

These are shot by Steven Klein and styled by Panos Yiapanis and the two models are dressed from head- to- toe in looks from the 2015 autumn/winter collection. “For me, the fall collection began with the real women of Balenciaga – women who are multifaceted and multidimensional: strong and sensual yet also austere and mysterious.” Commented Alexander Wang, the brand’s Creative Director to WWD.

“I wanted the first image for the campaign to frame Kate and Lara in a mysterious conversation.”

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One of the most talked about campaigns are Marc Jacobs’ new campaign, starring a whole host of famous friends to front the brand including Cher, Willow Smith and Anthony Kiedis.

The lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, poses with his son Everly Bear in the newest image on Instagram and 1st July’s new announcement – Winona Ryder. Ryder makes her return to the brand after having first appeared in campaigns back in 2003.

This new campaign’s cast is done by Anita Bitton and shot by Sims. On his Instagram page, the designer wrote: “Beauty, style and talent know no age. It is those individuals whose creativity, unique vision, and voice inspire all of us here to create and express ourselves through our medium: fashion.” Jacobs added that there will be more images from the fall campaign rolled out in the coming weeks.

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Hailey Gates and Stacy Martin star in Miu Miu campaign shot by Steven Meisel.

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Miss Asia Kinney (Lady Gaga’s dog) stars in the new Coach campaign photographed by Steven Meisel.

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Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne for Mango

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Yes, I predict a very hot fall/summer 2015.

Janmare xx

A MINIMALISTIC OFFICE SPACE

Whenever I’m mad at my fiancé, when I need time to think, or when I need to create and be creative, I turn to my office. So basically I think every woman is entitled to her own office. A space which is her own, which reflects her as a woman and as the stylish, powerful person that she is or can be.

I think it is important for a person to keep creating her or himself. Sometimes you can achieve that on your own, but mainly, a certain space is needed to be yourself and to channel your inner creativity, beauty, power or to just damn relax.

A woman’s office can tell so much about her. Yes, some people don’t really mind what their office looks like because they are so busy killing it in the corporate world and climbing the ladder to success. But allow me to let you in on a little secret. Your office can help you achieve that success. It can make you feel better about yourself and yes, even if you are aiming to reach the top of that ladder, you still like pretty. You like beautiful. You like stylish and modern. And of course you need a space at work or at home which can complement your Chanel work suit, and still shout to the world who you are as a person, so no, it can’t be bland.

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It is very important to create this office space so that you can actually work, which is ergonomic, which is welcoming to other people, and yes, stylish just like the person you are.  A minimalistic design can achieve just that.

A minimalistic design is exactly what it says. Minimal. The main idea of this design is “less is more”. A clutter- free zone where you can still express your need for style and creativity. It seems that the interiors of modern office designs are following the minimalism trend to the core, with its sleek, stylish and clean look that has well-defined lines in every aspect of the office or space.  These minimalistic designs vary in shape, size and often are accentuated by unique shades, colours and patterns that give them much needed individuality. Designs showcasing the fact that inspiration is never too far away.

One of the most essential advantages of opting for the minimalist design is that it not only is easy on your eyes and looks both contemporary and classy, but it also does not demand much in the form of materials that are needed. A home office that is minimalist in style also seems to need a lot less décor as cluttering it with too much takes away from the clean and clear lines.

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Before you start creating your minimalistic space, you need to look at the room or office space as a whole. Of course this is much easier if this is a home office. Next you need to decide on a colour scheme or decorating ideas. Of course, this has to be kept to a minimal 😉 Big art works are no longer just for the art collectors, but can be perfect in a minimalistic office.

Except for one art work, clear the walls. Clear your desk, as well as your computer. Everything needs to be open and “fresh” if you will. Eliminate unnecessary work tools, yes, you don’t need your stapler, scissors, pens, calculator and cell phone all on your desk at once. Maybe just your coffee is needed.

Make sure your floors are clutter free and find a place for everything in your office. Once you used it, put it back in its place.

This environment will not only help to get your work done, but it will create a stress-free Zen zone. And yes, you can then achieve anything you want. As long as your office and personal space are clutter free and as minimalistic as possible, the world is yours ;).

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Janmare xx

Packing Tips

Packing for overseas & locally has become more difficult with luggage restrictions. Not to mention when you check in your bag…. & its overweight, which means pay up. I have to admit that luggage was the reason ( in my mind ) I missed my flight back to Cape Town a few years ago…( okay maybe i should have been there earlier but these things happen ).

Over Packing has  always been my downfall. Instead of packing the items i know  i will definitely wear,I have this fear in the back of my mind that i will want to wear some of the “older” items in my wardrobe.

So i thought i’d share some tips that i have started using when packing,to ensure I pack as much as possible while keeping to the airline restrictions.

1. Create a packing list:

  • Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
  • Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
  • Paper or Notebook
  • Passport
  • Tickets and itinerary
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Finances
  • Clothes
  • Toiletries

2. Flat lay everything on your bed beforehand to figure out which items you can use & style differently throughout your  trip.

3. Carefully plan the bag you will be using.  “When you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life,” Diane von Furstenberg.

4. Pack the items you have been wearing regularly the past 1-2 months. ( I would say keep to the basics)

5. To save space in your bag,rather roll you clothes than fold  them normally.

6. Never put anything you would hate to lose in your checked luggage,rather keep it as hand luggage.

7. Try not to check in late: even if you make it on to the flight, your luggage might not. ( This one is definitely for me)

8. If you want to make sure everything else in your bag stays clean , place inside airtight plastic bags.

9. Store toiletries like shampoo etc. in small containers.

10. Get a lock for your baggage.

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Happy travelling 🙂

Michelle

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The “Power” Suit…

The power suit is a vital component of any man or woman’s wardrobe regardless of his/her profession. When i get dressed in my beautiful structured office wear i feel more at ease with myself….like i’ll be able to handle anything thrown my way. It gives you that extra boost of confidence.

It all started in 1920’s with a beautiful woman called Coco Chanel. Back in those days she kept it simple but so very chic…by pairing her power suit with a long string of pearls.

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The rules around the Power Suit has changed quite a lot throughout the years. It’s not primarily about matching anymore.Bring in some colors or patterns, but essential to that is not overdressing.Its always important to know your audience,whether you will be appearing in court or a meeting at a well known fashion house.

When I think Power Suit, my mind immediately wonders off to that matching structured black blazer & Tailored Trouser. These days you get the pencil skirt,midi knee length & floor length.Blazers in different colors & those amazing heels to bring the entire look together.

I say experiment with your power suit , bring in different textures,keep it simple & elegant but  always make a statement.

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