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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013...............Thanks for the memories

This year flew, I won't go for all of the cheesy "there have been highs and lows" just a simple, 2014, you have big shoes to fill.
2013 thank you for all the lessons, 2014 I am ready.
Kiki xxxx


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Wildfox Couture Love Potion No.9 Sweater Look4Less

Who needs a little love potion in their life? I know I do! Numerous celebrities have also fallen in love with this comfy sweater including Taylor Swift and Alessandra Ambrosio. I love this sweater so much, the Chanel inspired sequin perfume image adds that extra bit of luxury to a pristine white sweater. Unfortunately it's the same story too expensive, sold out. The Wildfox Couture Love potion no.9 sweater costs €130.

If you’re like me and love the look of the Wildfox sweater but shudder at the sight of its price tag, then may I present you this sequin love potion sweater by instead A good alternative to the Wildfox original even though the sequin part isn’t quite as detailed and pretty as on the Wildfox sweater. The amazing Look4Less below is from and costs €37, nearly €100 less than the Wildfox Couture original.


Friday, 20 December 2013

Valentino Rockstud Oxfords Look4Less

Menswear for women is one of those trends that keeps coming back. The fabulous Valentino Rockstud Oxfords below are  a great example of this androgynous mood. I love the use of studs to add a rebellious edge while still maintaining the oxford's refined and sleek style. I'd love to call these elegant, lust-worthy shoes mine but at €485 that isn't going to happen. Oh, Italian designer shoes, why do you have to be so darn super expensive? If these Valentino brogues are in your price range they are available from, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergadorf Goodman, If not I have an amazing Look4Less below.

This pair of Oxfords will look especially sharp with tailored trousers and a shirt.The sole on these is slightly different than on the designer originals, but overall they look pretty much alike! To be honest I prefer the Valentino originals but for the price difference I think I can deal with the slightly chunkier sole. The Look4Less below is from Mango and costs €72.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Saint Laurent Classic Chelsea Ankle Boots Look4Less

I really love the angular design of these black ankle boots. So chic! And expensive. Le sigh! Celebs such as Heidi Klum, Cheryl Cole and Demi Lovato have all been spotted wearing Saint Laurent Classic Paris Chelsea Ankle Boots. Though these boots are so minimalistic, they exude a mega-luxurious look. And since it is an ankle boot, one can really wear anything with it. The major downside is the massive price tag of €695; therefore, I have found a great Look4Less for you below!

If you don’t see yourself splurging on the original Saint Laurent booties, these ankle boots by Steve Madden look almost identical but for a fraction of the cost. And If I may say so myself, I did pretty good.  The Devil shoe by Steve Madden is remarkably similar for only €82 and are available from House of Fraser.


Friday, 29 November 2013

BCBGMAXAZRIA Layton Lace & Faux Leather Dress Look4Less

All things lace are big this season and put that together with an especially flattering cut like this and you might have the perfect cocktail dress. I really like how the romantic lace details balance out the super sexy silhouette of the semi-sheer cocktail dress. But beware, the centre panel of this dress is completely sheer and it is not possible to wear a bra with it, so this dress is definitely for smaller busted girls. This BCBGMAXAZRIA dress costs €270 and is available from Saks fifth Avenue.

If you like the dress above, I found an inspired by option for €25 at Forever 21. It's all lace instead of a leather skirt, but the look is pretty similar for a lot less cash. And here comes the massive plus......... It's nude not sheer !!! Woohoo !!!


Friday, 22 November 2013

Stuart Weitzman '5050' Over the Knee Nappa Leather Boot Look4Less

Something that shouldn’t be missing in every woman’s closet during the colder seasons is a pair of classic black tall leather boots. Can you feel where I’m going with this? Stuart Weitzman has been a household name in evening shoes for a very long time, but not many people know they make casual shoes as well. These boots are so fab ! I especially love the elasticated panel which makes them super tight to your leg. I’d love to join the fashionable crowd of Hollywood’s leading ladies that are consistently seen in in these boots, but spending €510 on shoes isn’t currently a viable option. However, I’ve found an almost identical match for all my budget-conscious readers and… well, me.

Dune has virtually copied the Stuart Weitzman boot and created quite a storm with their “Trish” boot! Investing in a pair of good quality boots such as these ones by Dune is well worth the money because a) a classic black boot will never go out of style and b) it is also undeniably versatile and goes with almost anything of your winter wardrobe (pants/jeans, tights, skirts, dresses). The boots below are from Dune and cost €170.


Friday, 15 November 2013

Too Cheesy ??????


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Burberry Prorsum Quilted Leather Biker Jacket Look4Less

An original Burberry classic quilted leather jacket is one of the few designer items I would gladly splurge on if I had 2k to spare. A cool and edgy leather jacket like this one is a closet essential and should be hanging in every woman’s wardrobe. So it’s worth making a small investment to make sure it will last you several years, maybe even decades. But at nearly 2k this jacket isn't exactly a small investment. This Quilted leather jacket costs €1845 and is available from the Burberry website.
It’s such a close dupe to the Burberry version and is also surprisingly affordable at €141 (we’re talking real leather here!). Absolutely in love with this Look4Less !Be sure to grab yours soon because I have a feeling this jacket will be going fast. The jacket below costs €141 and is available from


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats Look4Less

These ballerina flats are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don't you agree ? When you think Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps you automatically think the Vara pumps, am I correct ? The Vara pump was introduced in the 1970s and was a favourite of Princess Diana. The pump below, the Varina pump was introduced in 2007 and is a more modern spin off of the Vara pump. The Varina classic bow pump is a lovely and very versatile shoe worth having in your wardrobe. The Varina Classic Bow pump costs €350 and is available online from

Of course, although these are fantastic, perhaps you may want to check out the other option below if your budget doesn’t allow for such a large investment.
If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic Look4Less I found from ALDO. The pumps below cost €50 and are also available in nude and black leather.


Water, Perfumes and 5 Other Daily Tips for a Healthier Life

They say the simplest things in life make us happy. With today’s world being competitive and stressful, our health and happiness are being affected by our surroundings. Simple things like water, perfumes and even laughter can change the way we view life and appreciate the things around us.

Healthy Life
So how do we become happier by the second? Follow these seven daily tips:

1. Munch on Water
No one can chew water but replacing your favorite junk food with actual water can help you feel full. At the same time, downing water helps your body flush out toxins and chemicals contained in carbonated drinks or processed food.

2. Wear Your Perfume
Your favorite perfume can instantly change your mood from plain boring to outright stunning. Knowing you feel prettier just by spraying a little here and there can get you in a happy mood. What’s even better is when you find
perfumes for less, especially from high-end brands.

3. Laugh Your Heart Out
We often forget that laughter is the best medicine. When we focus on struggles, problems and failures, these negative thoughts affect us psychologically which in turn stresses out more, making us feel sick. Studies prove that a hearty chuckle a day aids in smooth blood flow so let go of your sorrow once in a while.

4. Quit Smoking
That tiny stick of cigarette can cause huge health problems not just on you but also on people around you. Quit smoking and you’ll find yourself sporting a clearer skin, whiter teeth and lighter weight. Your body is a holy temple so do something good for it.

5. Control Food Intake
We all love buffets and those juicy quarter-pound burgers, but we have to know when to stop so we don’t give ourselves a heart attack. French people know when to stop when they had just enough. That will make more room for those sumptuous desserts. How about a little bit of macaroon?

6. Go for a Walk
Enjoy the scenery around you just by walking. That’s actually one way of touring and the best part of all is it’s free. Take at least 30 minutes a day to walk before you head to work or school or after having a hearty lunch. You don’t have to be a gym buff to perform the simplest cardio workout in the world. All you have to do is take some music and inspiration with you.

7. Write Your Thoughts
A lot of people suffer from heart ailments because they don’t have a healthy heart – literally and figuratively. While some people find it easy to confide their problems to their family and friends, others just want to keep it to themselves until their body can’t hold the misery any longer. Channel your deepest thoughts, worries and fears through writing and you’ll soon find yourself releasing debris of worries one by one.

Remember, the simple things in life are free and you don’t need to spend a fortune just to get a smile on your face. Because we know how a smile can turn a bad day into an awesome one, Beauty Encounter is giving away perfume treats for you and your man. Find out how you can join by visiting their
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Red Lace Dress Look4Less

Every woman needs that perfect dress in her closet; the dress that hugs in the right places and flows away in the wrong ones. I know generally this is a little black dress but I’m going to argue that a dash of colour, on the contrary, is what will really get you noticed. There is nothing more romantic than lace! Especially red lace and this dress is both romantic and elegant. Yet, priced at €1950 this might break the bank for some (well, probably most) of us, so below is a Look4Less.

The dress below exudes elegance and opulence. The colour may be slightly darker and the lace may not be as pretty as the D&G dress but for the massive price difference I think I could get over that. I love the fact that this dress is a midi dress and has long selves, you are totally covered up, but the lace adds a touch of femininity to the look. The dress below is from Oasis and costs a much more reasonable €60.


Friday, 25 October 2013

Facelifts: the good, the bad and the ugly

Once upon a time, that trademark windswept look and outstanding poker face was a sure sign the middle-aged gent or gal you we looking at had undergone facial surgery. Despite this, very often the result of facial surgery was a smooth wrinkle free result. But it didn’t look particularly natural. Arched eyebrows and cat-like eyes just didn’t seem like a good trade-off for banishing saggy jowls and loose cheeks. 

Now, though, you’d be hard-pressed to spot a facelift in the crowds. With surgical techniques improving day by day, and anti-ageing surgery up double figures in 2012 alone, it seems everyone’s interesting in maintaining a youthful look. According to Sydney's Dr Jeremy Hunt, a specialist cosmetic surgeon based in Edgecliff, who offers a range of procedures, including facial surgery, facelifts remain in the top 5 of most common cosmetic surgical procedures after breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid reduction and liposuction. So let's look at the options are there for those looking to turn back the clock?

Facelifts are only really ideal for those whose skin has begun to sag, but is still fairly elastic – the optimum age would be those in their forties and fifties. Elastin is what makes skin look taught and supple. So without it, the results are not as effective, as the surgeon will be limited to how much work he can do. 

Another thing to remember: they really only work on cheeks and the lower part of the face. If you feel your neck is giving your age away, then a surgeon can help. But if you're looking to brighten and lighten your entire visage, you may need a brow lift or eyelid surgery as well. Most of the time, two or three surgeries are booked in at the same time to reduce pain and get an all-round better result.

Surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic, and usually requires an overnight stay. Put simply, an incision is made by the tragus in front of the ear, and extends into the hairline and behind the ear. Sometimes, an incision is made in the chin, but scarring is minimal in these cases. The skin and muscle is pulled back and sutures are fitted in place. Depending on the level of fat present, sometimes liposuction is used to get a more defined and svelte look.

After surgery, drains may be fitted and compression bandages are put in place for healing and comfort. Recovery will generally take a few weeks, and any face and neck bruising can be disguised by wearing camouflage make up, so you won't need to forgo all your social engagements. This fascinating account from Liz Jones details her experience of having a  facelift, and really lifts the lid on what patients can expect.

For women, scarring is a lot easier to hide as it can be covered with hair. For men, it is a little trickier as hair along the temples may be thinner, but it is still possible.

The great thing about a facelift is that it all but stops the clock. Of course, as you get older you will still age. But the results are permanent and you'll look younger than you did had you not gone under the knife – something most people value highly when considering facial surgery.
They say life begins at forty. But by choosing a good surgeon, you can turn back time and get the glow and youth you had decades ago. It's as simple as a snip and tuck.
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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Burberry Heart Print Silk Shirt Look4Less

I am not the only one who has fallen head over heels in love with the heart motif. This shirt started out as a must-have garment that was rocked by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Donna Air. Even Harry Styles has declared his love for Burberry's sweet print by wearing the men's blue version to the One Direction This Is Us premiere in London in August. The Burberry Heart Print Silk Shirt costs €595 and is also available in black.


Fortunately for us, the high street has acknowledged this trend and spread the love by creating their own (very) similar shirts. In my opinion one of the best Looks4Less out there is this heart motif print shirt from Topshop. But Topshop aren't the only ones to have been hot on Burberry's trail, Whistles and New Look have both released budget-friendly takes on the heart print trend. The shirt below costs a much more reasonable €45.


Saturday, 12 October 2013

What a Year !!!! (My Blogoversary)

I feel like I blinked and the year disappeared, and it was the most amazing year. It definitely had its highs and lows but I would love to go back and do it all over again.

I would also like to take a few minutes and thank all of you followers, commenters and readers of my blog. Never in a million years would I have imagined that people would actually follow my blog let alone comment on it. I really do appreciate each and every one of you. I get so excited when I get an email saying that there is a comment on my blog!!! Thank you all so very much!!

I should also say I have very gentle and mannered readers. Thank you for this! For the last year not once have I received a rude or hateful comment. I do appreciate this a lot.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me during the past year, both my readers and those of you who support me in my everyday life, you know who you are.

So, to summarise all these words, I wrote this post to thank you for being always there and being LOYAL to me, I sincerely do appreciate that, and also that dreams do come true... even through just a computer. I know I say thank you a lot here on the blog, and I told you before that I was a sap, but I really do mean it. You’re helping me to live out my dreams, and just in case you didn’t know P.S. I LOVE YOU more each day for it.

Kiki xxx

Some of the Highlights of my past year.

YEP Trip April 2013
YEP Awards Night May 2013
The Best Day Ever...........

"I think I'll become a full time outdoorsy person" NOT. My fun but rather less than glamorous week on the top of a mountain.

My RTE set......................... Big News Coming Soon

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Jill Jill Stuart Mesh Polka Dot Dress Look4Less

The little black dress gets a twist with some elegant mesh polka dots. The beautiful black mesh polka dots with a flattering cut like this and you might have the perfect black cocktail dress. Jill Jill Stuart has a way of making even the simplest of LBD's standout in a packed room and this dress is no exception. I would wear this dress with an elegant bun, a red lip and very little jewellery. This gorgeous Jill Jill Stuart dress costs €185 and is available from Nordstrom's.

The Jill Jill Stuart dress has been embedded in my mind since I first saw it and when I came across the dress below it instantly reminded me of it. This Forever 21 dress is quite reminiscent of the Jill Jill Stuart dress, but of course for a much lower price. The mesh polka dot detail may not be as intricate as the Jill Jill Stuart dress but for the massive price difference I think I will get over it. The Forever 21 dress costs  €25. Don’t cha just love Forever 21 !!!

Balenciaga Cutout Booties Look4Less

This post is hard for me to write, I'm not a massive fan of these boots. I know I could never pull them off. But they are creating a massive stir within the bloggersphere. Not only are these boots loved by bloggers but also by celebs. These Balenciaga booties have been worn Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie and Dakota Fanning. If you are a lover of these Balenciaga boots they cost a staggering €940.

Fortunately for you, I have found you a number of fab Looks4Less.

Jeffery Campbell Coltrane Bootie €136, Nasty Gal

Topshop Arabel Cutout Boot €130, Nordstroms
Wanted Plaza Bootie $54.95, DSW

Monday, 30 September 2013

Easy Tips To Have Perfect Skin Overnight


The first thing most people see of you is your face. It can shape your whole image and boost or crumble your self esteem. This is why this article was created: to give you a few tips on what you are able to do if you want vibrant and young looking skin.

After working out, you need to bathe so you get the sweat off of your skin. Using a washcloth to rinse off your face won't remove all of the pore-clogging oil and bacteria that comes with sweat. In addition, ensure that the water you use in your shower is warm.

It is never a good idea to go sleep without removing your makeup first. During this time is when the body and skin rejuvenate while repairing any damage that was done during the day. Keeping makeup on when you sleep does not allow the skin to properly breathe, meaning it cannot repair itself. Take the time to remove all of it before you head to bed.

Baking soda is something that you can use for skin care, as it is cheap and easily accessible. When mixed with water it forms a paste to treat dry skin areas or pimples, when applied overnight. You can also use a little baking soda and water to remove the scalp buildup caused by excessive hair styling products.
Improve the appearance of your skin by avoiding alcohol. One drink daily is fine, but it can enlarge pores and make skin oilier. Your pores can get clogged easier and you could break out from the excess oil.

If you have chapped lips, make a homemade lip balm to help them out. The recipe is simple. Crush cucumber and mix it with sour cream and honey, then gently apply to your lips and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with warm water, and seal in moisture by applying almond oil.

Do not forget to protect your lips with moisture too. The air may be quite dry during the winter. Lips can become dry and cracked if they are not kept moist and protected with lip balm or some other moisturizer. Cracked or chapped lips are painful and unpleasant to deal with.

If you develop some sort of skin problem that doesn't go away after a while, get a dermatologist in on the action. Dermatologist's such as Dr. Steppie MD can provide you with great dermaceuticals all designed specifically for the skin Many people do not take skin issues seriously and may end up causing more damage by applying self diagnosed treatment or delaying medical care.

Lemon juice is a natural way to bleach your skin. When applied to blemishes, dark spots and scars on the skin, lemon juice lightens them naturally. While each treatment only lasts a day, it's nevertheless a cheap and healthy alternative to chemical bleaching products.

If you have oily skin, use products specifically designed for that type of skin. Astringents and toners can also prevent excessive oil from building up on your skin. Moisturizers that are used for oily skin can also aid your face in staying oil-free.

Eat a diet rich in antioxidants to control the condition of your skin. Make sure that you're drinking green tea, eating fruits and even a little dark chocolate. These antioxidants can help protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays, stress and smoking.

What you eat can affect your skin. Contrary to popular belief, foods such as french fries and chocolate do not cause acne. However, there is a correlation between proper diet and healthy skin. Eat healthy things like fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and nuts. These foods have acne-fighting nutrients that will help reduce your breakouts.

If you use the things that were gone over in this article, you will have no problem having skin that's more beautiful than ever. Healthy and vibrant skin helps to project your good attitude to the rest of the world.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Céline Cabas Zip Tote Bag Look4Less

A personal favourite of Miranda Kerr. I pretty much fall head over heals for everything she wears, she could wear anything and it would look effortlessly chic. A bag that is both functional and stylish at the same time. This bag features two zips to expand its capacity, meaning this bag would be the absolute perfect carryall. The Céline Cabas tote bag costs  1250. It's almost impossible to get your hands on one of these bags, they are permanently sold out. 

Unfortunately, my budget can't exactly take a dent like the one this bag would leave. The bag below may not be an exact copy but it definitely has all the same elements. I love absolutely this Look4Less which is available in black, white and red. It may not be leather but I know I have some vegan readers who would actually prefer that. The Zip shopper bag from Mango costs €40.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Discover your Style with Pre-Owned Designer Clothing

While most of us love the idea of owning the most stunning and stylish designer clothing, not all of us can afford the hefty price tags. However, a new industry is emerging to give us these high-end brands at a much lower cost. The designer consignment industry is a booming $13 billion dollar business and for good reason. People love designer products and are more than happy to find a great deal at a consignment shop. Being a savvy shopper means knowing what is out there in terms of types of pre-owned designer clothing as well as different styles.
Types of Pre-Owned Clothing
First, it is important to note that "pre-owned" does not mean "poor condition." Most boutiques and consignment shops will not take clothing that is flawed or worn out. No matter what type of clothing you prefer, expect to enjoy great style without going over your budget.

Clothing type is often divided up in a variety of ways. You can search according to things like color or material. Depending on your particular style, searching for clothing in this way may bring you the best results. You can also look for particular brands or designers. Some people prefer to follow trendsetters or celebrities and match their style. These are all different types of pre-owned clothing that can get you started on your low cost designer style.

Additionally, you can also look at specific pieces of clothing. Some examples include jackets, blouses, jeans, swim suits, and athletic wear. Sometimes a special dress or pair of jeans is all you need.

Different Styles
From sleek and elegant to edgy and modern, there are plenty of styles from which to chose. Chances are that you already have a style in mind. Find a way to express yourself through your favorite brands!

Second hand designer bags are an excellent way to define your style. There are many different designs to choose from, including clutches, backpacks, pouches, purses, shoulder bags, totes, and weekenders. Many people have more than one bag, depending on their plans for the day. The right bag can add refined elegance to a simple black dress, or even express a more casual tone.

Specific designers and brands can also influence your overall style. For example, some designers have a strong presence in the media. You see their brands in movies, music videos, and other media outlets. A couple of examples are Gwen Stefani and Coco Chanel. Others express a certain type of lifestyle, focusing on what people want. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Phoebe Philo are all good examples. Find the designer that speaks to your sense of style.

These designers can all be found second hand, and for a fraction of the price. In fact, knowing the specific brand can make finding excellent deals even easier.

You can dress fashionably with name brands without spending huge amounts of money. The best way to do so is by finding pre-owned designer clothing. Know what type and style to look for, and you will enjoy the confidence that comes with self-expression.

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Burberry Prorsum Lace Peplum Skirt Look4Less

I love this Burberry skirt so much !!!! It is absolutely fabulous. This skirt strikes the perfect balance between feminine and powerful.The length, proportion and peplum are things I love most; it hugs every curve without giving away too much. This skirt will flatter almost any shape, it eventuates your waist and hides your tummy area, also the black is super slimming. The skirt below is from Burberry Prorsum and costs a staggering €830, it is available from the

The skirt below will give you the same look and save you several hundred Euro along the way as well. Score! I love this skirt so much, I might even love it more then the Burberry skirt. Now I'm just debating whether there is enough room in my wardrobe for yet another black skirt (I have so many now its getting slightly ridiculous) So, so gorgeous! Get this skirt now before it sells out! The skirt below is from Mango Outlet and is reduced from €60 to €40.


Maison Scotch Outlet

What do your clothes say about you? The clothes you wear say a lot about you. It is up to you to choose what they say. Your choices in clothing usually reflect your personality, lifestyle choices, career, and attitude about life in general. Your clothes can even reflect your mood for the day whether it is good or bad. 
It has been said that you should not judge a book by its cover. Your clothes are your cover and people do judge you by what you wear and how you present yourself. It is very important to remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be sure to make the first impression count. 
Consider carefully what you want your choice in clothes to say about you. Let clothes from Maison Scotch outlet help you to strike the right note. Our choice in clothing is really a very personal and individual choice, No two people are alike and so your clothes should reflect the fact that you are an individual with your own taste and style. 
However, you still have to purchase clothes from a designer that reflects your taste and style in the clothes they design. You want to have a wide selection of pieces that can allow you to make the style pronouncements you desire while reflecting your flair and panache. 
It is easier to work with a designer like Maison Scotch Outlet that offers blouses, jackets, sweaters, pants, jeans, skirts, and dresses and anything else you can think of in between to allow you the flexibility to mix and match pieces in order to achieve your desired look.
You are not the sum total of your clothes. There is much more to you than what you wear. However most people you come in contact with may never get the opportunity to say hello to you or exchange any conversation with you. Their first and only impression of you is based on how you look. 
They decide to come over and say hello based on what you are wearing. The same is true in business and all your everyday dealings. People will make assumptions about you based on what they see. Your clothes serve as your calling card or introduction to the world around you. 
The clothing choices available at Maison Scotch Outlet can help you make a statement. They invite people to get to know you better or keep them at a distance. It is all up to you. The unspoken communication between your clothes and the rest of the world should also exist between the designer of the clothes you wear and you. 
In other words, their clothes should speak to you. You should feel some level of connection to their clothing. This way you will feel comfortable that the message being sent is exactly what you want to say and you will be confident in how you look and feel. 
It is important to follow trends without being a slave to fashion. Your clothes should reflect a conscious decision on your part to be stylish and modern. You want to look as if you know what the current trends are without looking as if you are trying too hard to be stylish. 
The clothing available at Sunday Best will get you noticed. 
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Aztec aesthetic: how to get the right look

The once mighty Aztec Empire ruled vast parts of southern Mexico and Central America for hundreds of years until one day the Conquistadors showed up and it all came crumbling down. The story of how a band of a few hundred men managed to take down an entire empire of millions of people is one of the greatest in history. Yet the empire, although officially destroyed, echoes today in Mexico and around the world.

This has become clear over the last few months with the emergence of the Aztec look on the high street. Using patterns and styles developed by the Aztecs hundreds of years ago, the Aztec look is bright, bold and bang on trend.  Aztec has taken the High Street by storm and there is not a single shop where it goes unnoticed.
The aesthetic is characterised by repetitive patterns in bright colours, including bright pinks and yellows. Zigzag tram lines are separated with other patterns of diamonds and squares, giving the appearance of traditional cloth. It makes a really eye catching material for a shirt, T-shirt, bag or many other accessories. Big, colourful and eye-catching best describes the essence of Aztec prints.
The return of the Aztec look highlights a new movement towards traditional and ethnic clothing. Although, as mentioned above, the Aztec empire still resounds through modern day Mexico and many of these patterns and colours are still used today.

The traditional Mexican blanket, characterised by brightly coloured stripes, makes a great picnic blanket. The material is also being used to make clothes and the design motif is copied in other materials.

One great way for girls to get the Aztec look is with some patterned tights. These bold patterned tights are really eye-catching and make a great vase for any outfit. Combine them with a plain, earth toned dress for maximum effect and you’ll look like an Aztec goddess.  If you don’t fancy such a heavily printed garment, why not try Aztec style jewellery?  It’s definitely a statement and guaranteed to dress up any outfit.
Or an Aztec printed t-shirt with a pair of jeans is perfectly in keep with the smart casual look, with just a little added audacity.  

For guys, the Aztec look works well for T-shirts and hats. The traditional Aztec patterns really stand out and Aztec detailing looks great on belts and bags too. Combine a shirt with a belt and bag for the complete look. The empire may be long gone but you can still look like Moctezuma!
You don’t even have to go the whole way with Aztec pocket detailing and other subtle touches really making a big impression. It’s a really popular look for this season and since it’s already lasted half a millennium, you can be fairly sure it’ll stay in style for the foreseeable future.

Next time you’re out shopping why not treat yourself to an Aztec inspired garment, you’ll love it and soon be pining for more items.

About the author:

Jim Rowland is a freelance stylist based in Australia who enjoys the latest in men's fashion. When he is not busy with photo-shoots and events, he loves to frequent his local cafe for a good cup of coffee.
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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag Look4Less

I have always loved the Rider bag by Loeffler Randall. I love the classic design, the size – not too big, not too small. It is the perfect essential satchel for everyday use and it makes luxury appear to be so effortless. Wear it with jeans, a sundress, leggings or whatever… this satchel goes with just about everything in a woman's casual wardrobe. This Loeffler Randall bag is made of saffiano leather so it will also be quite hard wearing. The bag may be cheaper then a lot of designer handbags but €490 is still quite pricey for an everyday handbag.

I just stumbled upon this super similar looking bag from Forever 21 which is a great alternative for Loeffler Randall's Rider bag. I really love a cross-body bag because it allows you to keep all of your worldly possessions by your side while having both of your hands free and available (for shopping of course). The bag below is made of faux leather but I think for the substantial price difference I can deal with it. This bag is from Forever 21 and costs just €26.90


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quilted Chanel Ballerina Pumps Look4Less

These cute quilted ballerina pumps most definitely take the prize for most comfortable yet stylish footwear and are a personal favourite of numerous celebrities including Keira Knightley. Heels will always have a massive place in a woman's wardrobe, but ballerina pumps will always be a necessity. The Chanel Quilted Ballerina pumps below will instantly add a little bit of luxury and style to a simple pair of skinny jeans and a plain coloured tee. These fabulous Chanel Ballerina pumps cost approximately €490 depending on the finish and material you choose.

If you want a good quality pair of  pumps that will last but you are also willing to drop some cash, these pumps from Ann Taylor are for you. These pumps are well made and are definitely a good investment to take you into the Autumn. This Look4Less may not be identical to the Chanel pumps but they are definitely inspired by them. The Ann Taylor pumps below cost €67, they also come in black, navy and burgundy leather.


Saturday, 7 September 2013

McQ by McQueen Tartan Pants Look4Less

September is here, the Summer flew didn't it ? It's Autumn, which means it's time for tartan ! I absolutely love tartan, when its done right (not head to toe or an awful school skirt). And who does tartan better but Alexander McQueen.  These tartan pants can be worn with almost anything, they can be worn everyday with a navy blazer or with a silk chiffon top and heels for a night out. The tartan pants below are from McQ by McQueen and cost €320 they are available from If you too are a fan of the McQ trousers but don’t want to spend more than €300 on a pair of pants, below I have found a fab high street alternative.

As much as I love tartan pants, there’s no way I could justify spending such a huge amount of money on one pair so I went searching for a high street alternative. The trousers below are almost identical to the McQ by McQueen trousers, the only difference being the price. The tartan trousers below are from Riverisland and cost a much more reasonable €40.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag Look4Less

For a long-term investment that will take you through decades of evolving fashion, this Chanel Quilted boy bag is a piece that will simply never go out of style. Chanel took an edgier take on the classic quilted bag with their recent boy collection. The design of the boy bag is clean, bold, simple and appealing. I lust for this bag so much ! It's super edgy yet still quintessentially Chanel. The Chanel Quilted Boy bag costs approximately €3050.

Since most of us are simple unable to afford such a luxury bag, I have found you a high street alternative. This bag from Forever 21 may not be an exact copy, but it is definitely inspired by the Chanel Boy bag. The woven leather in this bag resembles the quilting of the boy bag. This Forever 21 bag incorporates the same boyish edge as the Chanel while still remaining chic. The bag below costs €26.90.

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