Evere since my mum took some tweezers to my 14 year old brows to remove a few stray hairs and then I decided to take matters into my own hands and ended up with something that looked more like a Nike swoosh I have been into brows. It fascinates me the difference it can make to peoples faces and how often people are accused of having 'work done' when they have simply changed the shape and size of their brows, don't get me wrong though there are some brows out there that are too groomed and enhanced, you never want them to be your stand out feature but rather something that enhances and frames your features.
My favourite brow transformation belongs to VB.
I didn't really get into the whole threading craze as to be honest I'm too lazy/busy to keep up with appointments unless I'm going away or have a big event coming up so I'm much more into plucking out a few hairs every now and again, and often I'll get back from a meeting or catch sight of myself in a lit up place and realise that I should be taking better care of myself. So when a friend of mine who also happens to be the most amazing make-up artist offered her 'HD Brow' services I jumped at the chance, I forgot to mention that I am a total control freak so when it comes to having anything done I have to really trust that person, luckily Fran has the most amazing brows ever so I knew I was in safe hands.
Brow perfection from Fran !
HD brows are less scary than they sound !! It is simply a process of dying, waxing, plucking, threading and filling in (with pencil) your natural brows to make them the best version of themself, none of the process was painful and I am super pleased with the results. Fran has a great eye for how ones brows should be and has told me exactly where to pluck / not pluck and how to brush them and where to add pencil and I feel that I am well on the way to owning the best version of my own natural brows possible.
One of my most recent purchase is a pair of culottes, now some people may shy away from these but in my opinion they are a great wardrobe staple (particularly in the summer months).They are a great alternative to shorts especially in a work environment, brilliant for concealing knees and creating an elegant silhouette. They can be dresses up with heels or dressed down with flat sandals or brogues.
Style Tips To Keep Your Look Flattering
- For a more casual look pair with flat shoes, sandals or trainers and wear with a basic tee.
- Heels are a good way to add a touch of elegance to a baggy pair of culottes and great for evening.
- If you're on the shorter side, heels are also a must to add height and elongate the little bit of leg that's on show.
- For a larger bottom half stick to dark block colours, stay away from print.
- Balance proportions for a more flattering look by going for a fitted top or a body for a really slimline effect.
- Draw attention to a pear shaped frame and go for a high waisted pair with a cropped top or a shirt tied at the waist.
You can see more styles of culottes on my Pinterest page here.
It's that time of year when the Zara sale rails are nearly empty and the new season has started to roll on in, a firm favourite of mine I am particulary loving the happy go lucky nature of their AW14 campaign, not to mention the gorgeous texture in the hair, scroll to the bottom for my picks of what's instore NOW.
High waisted, wide leg pants will be everywhere come Autumn, these would look equally great will a roll neck as pictured or an off the shoulder top.
A firm favourite of mine whatever the weather this jumpsuit is a great piece for those in-between seasons.
This denim shirt is a great tone and length.
I love this colour, the perfect piece to wear now and through to Autumn.
Your wardrobe wouldn't be complete without the perfect pair of white pumps, wear them with wide or straight leg pants and an over-sized coat for a relaxed androgynous look, check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration.
Holidays are the perfect time to let your skin do its own happy shiny thing and breath !
Here is my actual holiday make-up bag of whittled down essentials.
I take my Touche Veloutee by Terry by Terry everywhere with me as it is an amazing highlighting /concealing brush that is perfect for tackling dark circles and imperfections and gives you the appearance of someone that's managed to have a good 8 hrs
I am hooked on this bee venom wonder (as soon as I put it on I feel a tingle) and I can see a definiate difference in my skin's texture after use.
I've mentioned this before on the blog, it's an anti-aging cream and decent (30SPF) in one !! Perfect for everyday use for when you are home or away in sunnier climbs.
I usually find a lot of mascara brushes quite bulky and a little too thick for my liking but with this one you can really make sure that you give each lash a good coating.
The absolute best when it comes to eyelash curlers !
I can't go anyway without an eyebrow pencil and this one is my current favourite having discovered that my old one was too light for my brows (a big no no in make-up land apparently)
I also swear by this product, which is especially great to have with you when flying Homeoplasmine this product is an ointment for soothing skin irritations, but can be used for dry patches, sunburns, chapped lips, cracked heels and ravaged cuticles.
One of my most recent purchases and an item that my wardrobe will never be without is the Bridget Bardot inspired off the shoulder top. So chic and simple, and a great upgrade from the basic black tee. Versatile and easy to wear, great for day to day paired with casual trousers or shorts or for evening paired with a full skirt or a pair of high-waisted wide leg trousers, stay away from the high-waisted skinnies to avoid looking like an extra from Grease. Not only great for versatility but also super flattering, highlighting the collarbones.
My Style Tips To Keep Your Look Flattering
- For a casual look, add volume on the bottom half with a pair of boyfriend jeans or cargo pants to highlight the fitted top (see above).
- Draw attention away from larger arms to collarbones with a long sleeve version, or if you are broad across the shoulders wear a bra with the same coloured straps as the top underneath.
- If you're long in body break up the look by going for a cropped version, or wear with a high waisted bottom half.
- Add detail to by pairing with a patterned full skirt (see below).
- For evening pair with a single strap heel to keep it looking elegant.
- Add a statement clutch or heel for eveing if you're going for the full black outfit, it adds a bit of interest and breaks up the black.
- If you're bigger busted, a more flattering shape would be the sweetheart neckline (see above).
- Afraid of looking like Sandy, look towards patterned versions (see above), pair with ripped jeans or a plain full skirt.
For more options and styling ideas, visit my pinterest here at Angie Smith Style
Jumpsuits are one of the easiest pieces to wear and the right one can work with any body shape ! I would thoroughly recommend having at least one in your wardrobe for those days when you can't find anything to wear as there is no faffing around with a jumpsuit, no thinking about what will go with what, all you really need to decide on is the shoes & bag. I bought my first jumpsuit when I was invited to watch the Polo as I didn't want to wear a dress but still wanted to look like I'd made an effort and wear something that would work for the day and evening. If you're shopping for one that is mostly for day then I would go for something in navy, khaki, denim or a small floral print, which I promise is far less scary than it sounds. For evening you cant beat a simple black jumpsuit with clean lines and a bit of a 70s vibe going on, timeless.
My Style Tips To Keep Your Look Flattering
- Pinch in and roll up the hem and wear with a pair of strappy statement sandals to elongate your body.
- Add a statement bag or clutch for evening, this is a key styling tip to break up the vast area of one single fabric / print and will give the look definition (think of it as adding a visual belt to your look)
- Roll up the sleeves on a boiler suit to show your forearms as getting out your skinny bits (ankles, wrists and collar bones are key with clothing that covers the body)
- Keep your heels light and close to your skin tone to keep this look classic and flattering on your lower half (see below)
- If you don't go in at the waist then make sure your jumpsuit is fitted at the hip (see Isabel Marant above) this will also keep the look more current and laid back.
-If you want to accentuate your waist then why not try a wide leg with a fitted high waist and a halter-neck for maximum curve appeal (see Reformation looks below)
Dark chunky accessories make this look quirky and fun but not as flattering as the lighter accessory options used below, howevere she has rolled up the sleeves and is showing a bit of ankle so this helps balance out the accessories.
Love these backless numbers, perfect for an alterative day at the races or Summer wedding.
A simple jumpsuit and tan accessories is an easy look to throw on for work in the Summer months.
Love this pretty floral jumpsuit styled with retro runners and simple hair scraped back.
For more jumpsuit inspiration check out my Pinterest
I've always been a big fan of a plaid shirt and have probably gone through an embarassing number over the years but that all stoped a couple of years ago when I discovered 'Rails' shirts in Fenwicks.
I was a bit worried about shelling out £120 for a shirt but was won over by the amazing softness (must be worn to be believed) and it's stayed put in my wardrobe ever since, in fact I've since developed a bit of a habit and have expanded my collection to 4 but not before culling all the ones that always went a bit hard after washing and were never long enough in the body anyway.
Stop buying clothes that only look nice on the hanger and you never end up wearing becausse they don't feel nice on, you'll get to know know the sneaky brands that fall into the 'one-wash-wonder' category, so annoying !
My current squeeze available at LYST
Style a Rails shirt with denim shorts or ripped jeans when you want to feel like you live in LA, accessorize with a Starbucks and a thong sandal and sunshine where possible.
Available online at SHOPBOP.com or UK stockist Liberty.
For those of you who follow me on twitter you may have noticed that this week I'm holidaying with family in Ibiza. So while everything is fresh in my memory I've put together a little blog post on the best bits. Ibiza is not only famous for it's clubs but also for it's chilled out bohemian vibes with something for everyone.
My Ideal Day In Ibiza
Start your day with a slap up breakfast at the Jockey Club at Salinas (beach) as it's sure to keep you full way beyond lunch.
If lying on a beach all day isn't for you then break it up by hopping on the boat that takes you over to Formentra to experience amazing crystal clear waters and picturesque white sandy beaches, for a late lunch book a table at Beso for the best food on the island and great for people watching.
Before heading back to your hotel / apartment stop off at Sluiz for a wake up coffee and a bit of retail therapy - it's really cute concept store, perfect for picking up quirky souvenirs.
For yummy sun downer cocktails with the best view of Ibiza old town book a booth at Destino for dinner my favourite resturant on the Island is La Paloma and it has the added bonus a really cute shop selling vintage kaftans and great accessories.
The shop at La Paloma
Check out my Ibiza EDIT on pinterest here.