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If there’s one piece of jewellery you should invest in this summer, it’s a beautiful pair of earrings. From simple studs for understated glamour, to bold statement pieces that can liven up an otherwise pared down look, the right choice can take any outfit from unremarkable to beautiful in just the couple of moments, whether you’re spending the day relaxing beachside or heading out to a glamorous event by night.

In a season where travel is almost always on our minds, many of us find ourselves dreaming of sunnier climes and vibrant cultures elsewhere in the world – so what better way to give a nod to the season of discovery than by taking inspiration from some of the most remarkable?

London designer Millië Carr is doing just that, with her beautiful collection of statement jewellery. The Pink Piglet Collection is comprised of a selection of ahead-of-the curve earrings that are influenced by fine art, travel and artisanal craftwork. Inspired by the rich, semiprecious stones of India, think unusual, stand-out pieces that have the power to completely transform your look.

Millie’s passion for jewellery began as a child, at a time when her mother had her own boutique line in the 80s. Milliē’s collection provides people with a timeless aesthetic, so that they can express themselves in a powerfull way through the magic of unique pieces – after all, we’re all individual, so why not stand out from the crowd?

“Travelling around the world has been deeply influential in my designs, especially visiting India,” says Milliē.

“It was different to what I knew, from the people I met, their fashion, work and the knowledge they gave me. In India there is such a range of inspirations for jewellery, with rich colours of semiprecious stones and superb craftsmanship. I became very interested in the Indian artwork and their rich culture.”

Millië is a strong believer in crystal healing of the soul, and with this in mind, her earrings consist of a variety of gemstones sourced ethically in Jaipur, India; cut and then polished by Indian craftsmen within a family business.

“My earrings, I hope, truly embody the rich Indian heritage. Gem-stones have been believed to hold metaphysical properties, with agate said to be linked with protection, creativity and harmony, Chalcedony with emotional balance and generosity, and Druzy with positive self-love. Jasper, meanwhile, is thought to symbolise grounding and stability, while Quartz is linked with meditation, energy and clarity.

“Each of the stones have been believed to have had the power to alter our moods and remedy a spectrum of ailments for thousands of years.”

Millie works very closely with her team to bring her designs to life – so much so, that they have become almost like a second family.

“They are a family business based in in Jaipur and I have become so close with them; in fact, the son studies at Warwick University and we keep in contact as he often visits me in London,” she says.

“Over the last two years I have come to learn about the intricacies of what makes an unusual pair of earrings that are not only beautiful but incredibly light on the earlobes.”

The brand started out as purely a hobby that organically developed into a serious passion and business. Millië started it up during her second year at university, and hasn’t looked back since.

So, why Pink Piglet? The answer is more obvious than it seems.

“I’ve always adored piglets, ever since I was young, and it became something I was known for. The most obvious name for my collection was Pink Piglet Collection, as it was quite literally the first thing that popped into my head!

“Combing two of my favourite things makes my job so easy because – as the cliche saying goes – I love what I do. My brand has continued to grow organically ever since the day that I named it back in 2017. It really is my passion and I am proud of myself for what I have achieved so far.”

Millië’s glamorous collection, based on show-stopping jewels that will stand the test of time, is certainly on our luxury shopping list this summer. Perfectly fusing innovative, modern design with rich cultural influences, these are the pieces should be in every fashion-conscious female’s jewellery box.

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In 2019, a stylish selection of activewear is as essential to your wardrobe as that one-off pair of Manolos. Looking your best at the gym, as they say, is the key to feeling it, too; not only can the right kit enhance your performance and motivation, but it can quite easily boost your fashion credentials in the process. Thanks to the burgeoning trend for athleisure we’ve seen over the past few years, it has never been easier to achieve both, and with luxe fabrics fusing with designs that have comfort in mind, you no longer have to compromise on style in favour of practicality.

But these days, great activewear doesn’t stop at the gym, and with the trend for athleisure still fighting fit in 2019, this year it’s all about versatile gear that will see you through cocktails with friends or a barbecue with the family just as well as it will the squat rack.

Following a rapid rise to favour over the past few years, the athleisure sector is officially booming. A term thought to have first been coined back in the early 70s, its star now shines brighter than ever before, and with a rightful place at the forefront of the fashion industry, the style conscious and the rich and famous haven’t failed to take note.

There’s no denying that consumer habits have shifted over the past decade. Gone are the days when fast food was de rigueur and exercise was considered passé, with healthy lifestyles now decidedly on trend and fitness and wellbeing considered to be utterly mainstream.

The rise of Instagram has played a central role in creating that change, with thousands of new ‘fitspo’ pages popping up daily and amassing hoards of followers within the week. Add to that the popularity of reality TV shows – from Love Island to Made in Chelsea – where honed physiques are a regular feature, and it’s little wonder that living the fitness lifestyle has become seen as aspirational.

Whilst you could certainly argue that this has been detrimental in some ways to the younger generations, one thing it has done is propel athleisure into the spotlight. These days, it’s this special brand of laid-back cool that celebrities opt to be seen in – and not just when they’re on the way home from the gym.

Items that have always been functional have been given a distinctive makeover, with leading designers such as Alexander Wang and Louis Vuitton continuing to lead the way. Whilst key activewear pieces will still see you through a workout in style, they will also win you countless fashion points on the street. Taking on a definitively luxurious air, it’s a trend as at home on the rich and famous as it is on your average gym bunny – in fact, it is arguably now more appropriate for the street or the office thanks to commonly high-end price tags.

The athleisure trend lends itself to the art of accessorising, and these days you’re just as likely to see trainers and gym leggings teamed with an expensive watch or choker as you are a water bottle or fitness tracker. The introduction of tactile fabrics, such as velvet and silk, to fitness-wear has made the transition from gym to off-duty chic all the more seamless, adding an opulent and affluent feel to an otherwise dressed down look.

High end designers such as Chloe, Fendi and Hermes have all launched their own capsule collections specially designed for sports like skiing and Crossfit in recent years, and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. The range of luxury options available is growing by the day, and at astonishing pace.

Back in 2014, Nike reported a 15% rise in revenues thanks to the introduction of athleisure to its range, and it wasn’t long before others caught on. Even more interestingly, perhaps, have been the arrival on the scene of new brands such as GymShark and LuLu Lemon, which have been aimed at the fashion conscious from inception, having cleverly tapped into this ever-growing trend.

Other brands continue to jump on board, linking fitness and fashion more closely than ever before. The past two years have seen a flurry of high-end fitness brands clamouring for their share of the Instagram influencer limelight – and with such a great opportunity for highly targeted advertising and with such an enormous reach, it’s easy to see why this has fast been the preferred means of marketing.

So, what does the future hold for athleisure? It’s not going anywhere fast. Cool, functional, and all-out luxurious, it ticks too many boxes to be cast aside like a short-lived fad.

Although this market will undoubtedly shift in the future and trends will evolve over time, athleisure has just too much going for it. The combination of athletic and leisure has become synonymous with everyday wear, and its star is showing no signs of fading.

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Words by Lydia McCarthy-Keen, a luxury jewellery maker and purveyor of some of the world’s finest lab-created diamonds and gemstones.

For five hundred years, diamonds have represented the ultimate luxury item; useful as well as beautiful, very rare and of course, impossible to re-create. All true except for the part about not being able to re-create them…

The majority of diamonds we mine today were formed a billion years ago, deep down below the Earth’s crust where the heat and pressure are perfect for crystallising carbon into diamond as opposed to graphite which is carbon, linked together by a weaker atomic structure.

Volcanic eruptions pushed the diamonds towards the surface long ago, and the drastic drop in temperature locked the atomic bonds in place permanently, creating an incredibly durable crystalline structure. This durability is what formed the backbone of the 1947 De Beers marketing campaign, ‘‘A Diamond is Forever’’.

The newly surfaced diamonds were then scattered by weather and rock erosion across large geographical locations and distributed by riverbeds (alluvial deposits), which are predominantly found in Africa (their easy access has led to warlords, violence and abhorrent labour practices), or remain somewhat underground accessible only by mining (creating significant environmental destruction).

Diamonds therefore, and in particular, high-quality, clear-of-colour or intensely coloured diamonds, are both dramatic and improbable, which is what makes them so immensely rare and valuable.

Historically, the diamond industry has a lot to answer for; operating like a large, price-fixing cartel for most of the 20th century, it has quietly propped up sham governments, forced tribespeople from their ancestral lands and supported child labour. These days the industry is grappling with a whole new issue; lab-grown diamonds are on the rise, and fast. They’re better value than mined diamonds, and they are not fakes…

“Both natural diamonds and synthetic diamonds are diamonds. They are composed of a carbon and cubic structure. It’s extremely difficult right now to separate them visually,” says Wuyi Wang, a lead researcher at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Starting in the 1950s, scientists began growing diamonds in labs, and they could do it in weeks as opposed to millennia. The first method that worked, known as High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT), relies on a reaction chamber heated up to 1,600 degrees Celsius, and as much pressure as you would feel on your fingertip if you were to balance a Boeing 747 on it.

“HPHT technology is basically mimicking the natural process of how diamonds form in the Earth’s mantle,” says Wang.

However, a more recent technique called Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) accomplishes the same task, at a much lower pressure and temperature. Hence, it is potentially more carbon-friendly than HPHT where energy is sourced from renewables. CVD is quite difficult to explain, but involves methane gas and microwaves. The GIA likes to describe it as ‘‘carbon atoms floating down like snow, and accumulating or depositing on a tiny diamond seed.’’

I think it is worth noting that, as it currently stands, mining emits 57,000 grams of carbon emissions per carat of mined diamond, compared to 0.028 grams per carat of lab-grown diamond.

Since the 1950s, lab-grown diamonds have been small and dark in colour, and so they’ve been used in industry to tip drill bits and saw-blades as opposed to being used in jewellery, but over the past decade, the technology has improved so dramatically, that it has become next to impossible to tell them apart from their mined counterparts.

In fact, GIA has developed a special machine to tell the difference between the lab-grown diamonds that get mixed into the mined diamond stock and ‘lost’, going on to be sold as traditional, mined diamonds. This very high-tech and expensive machine assesses the diamond at a molecular level, observing the atomic structure to determine the speed the diamond grew, which is the only way to differentiate the two.

This development might not affect drill bit manufacturers but it puts the jewellery industry on notice.

“We have seen more synthetic diamonds come through to GIA, many of them ‘unknown’, meaning jewellers did not know that they were lab-grown,” said Tom Moses, Executive Vice President at the Gemological Institute of America.

Both Moses and Wang pointed to a key challenge facing the jewellery industry today. Lab-grown diamonds are visually identical to mined diamonds but are up to 30 percent better value (you can buy a 3 carat lab-diamond for the equivalent of a 2 carat mined diamond), so if the two get mixed together in supply chains, the value becomes clouded.

“To give you an example, we might have to test 50,000 diamonds a day in our labs around the world, doing that testing and sorting in around 1.2 seconds per stone,” says Moses.

To compensate, the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), whose members include De Beers, Al Rosa and Rio Tinto, has crafted a new ‘Hearts and Minds’ marketing campaign called Real is Rare, designed to differentiate mined diamonds from their identical lab-grown counterparts in a bid to maintain demand and secure the future of mining.

However, the technology behind lab-grown diamonds is now so incredibly advanced, we are at a stage where we can grow diamonds in a clean, increasingly carbon-neutral environment, paying trained, adult technicians a full wage.

This raises the question for aware, smart consumers that perhaps there is no longer a need for diamond-mining with the negative human and environmental impacts it creates. It is, arguably, one of the most exciting developments in the luxury sector over the last century.

There are currently billions of dollars backing both mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds, and there is all the costly and painstaking work of detection, disclosure and differentiation plus there is the ever-advancement of science and technology. However ultimately, mined and lab diamonds are two products without any practical distinction beyond the quality and grading of the individual stone itself.

As the UK’s most ethical lab-grown diamond specialist and a luxury jewellery-maker, I feel we need to recognise that we are capable of creating a future where luxury, abundance and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.

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Camerone Parker, former FORD supermodel, has emerged as the leading celebrity voice in patient advocacy for MS and treatment.

Today, she delights audiences nationwide, sharing her unbelievable story of being diagnosed with MS and hiding the disease in a highly competitive world of international fashion so that she could earn money to pay for treatment.

Featured throughout her storied modeling career in over 350 magazines, the former face of Olay has walked the runways for designers like Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, and Bagley Mischka.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Camerone and discussed everything from her signature style to her favorite fashion trend.

How would you describe your style?

I am that edgy, cool girl with an intriguing street-style vibe. Memorable and Unique.

Which one item from your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?

A full length mirror. Try and get dressed without one!

What are your current wardrobe staples?

Well it’s summertime, my closet is filled with vintage flowy kaftans from all over the world. A dozen or so pairs of wedge raffia sandals and several choices of light weight sunglasses create a vibrant yet effortless glam. It’s perfect for a hot sunny day!

Who inspires your style the most? (celebrity, family member, etc.)

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President and Women’s Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman. She is an extraordinary purveyor of glamorous exclusives and designer collaborations. The unique Schiaparelli collection Linda brought to BG in October 2018, was definitely historic. The iconic label has not been available outside its Paris headquarters since 1954. I have a true admiration for her!

If you had to live with only a capsule wardrobe containing ten key pieces, what would they be, and why?

I can honestly say I just wouldn’t be inspired or motivated living in a capsule collection! For me, fashion is forever art. The ability to transcend a mood or feeling would almost be impossible living within these ten basic pieces!

– Well-tailored all-season black trousers

– Tailored longer-length all season black jacket (mid-thigh).

– Durable Black Denim (with 1% Lycra) fitted/relaxed jeans (no skinny or cropped jeans)

– White short-sleeve T-shirt (not tissue-thin)

– Black long-sleeve turtleneck – tunic length and lightweight.

– A colorful longer length scarf (perfect accessory that has numerous possibilities)

– LBD – fitted and hits mid-calf

– Opera Cape/Coat.

– Black Saint Laurent Paige Sandals (can be worn with everything listed)

– Black Saint Laurent Billy Boots (worn with everything except LBD)

Have you had any fashion disasters over the years?

OK Really? :: laughing :: Who hasn’t?! I’ll just say this, a so-called hot dress? I was the epitome of a hot mess. Whatever “look” I was going for I needed to KEEP looking. As in look girlfriend, DO NOT look at this EVER!

Where do you like to shop?

It is such a beautiful gift having personal relationships with a handful of designers. From ballgowns to handbags I truly adore one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few of my global favs:

Retailer: Bergdorf Goodman

Custom Handbags: Anthony Luciano and Peach Carr

Haute Couture: André Laug (Bert Keeter, Director of Design)

Ballgown Couture: Mikael Derderian

Wearable Art: Emil Gampe

Millinery: Philip Treacy and KOKIN

Eye Wear/Optical: Sharona Optical / Horizon Eye Specialists

Jeweler: Suzy Landa

Vintage: Robert Black (Fashion by Robert Black), Nicolas Delgado (The Fine Art of Design) and Misty Guerriero (Vintage by Misty) are my trusted curators.

Specialty Coats: Libertine

Favorite RTW Designers: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent.

What is your favorite trend at the moment?

Hands-down the Strong Shoulder. I am obsessed with its very modern return. Balmain, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent lead the way showing razor-sharp shoulders paired with denim day looks to evening cocktail couture. This isn’t a 90’s recycle – it’s much more refined, ‘tailored intention’ I’d say.

What is the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given?

Real style is a matter of being yourself—on purpose. OWN your look, Stop Traffic! Always make it a fashionable moment!

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With summer officially here and winter firmly a season of the past, it is time to dress for the warm weather, which is exactly why we are here to introduce you to the latest summer fashion trends of 2019.

From comfortable tailoring and longer skirts to relaxed outwear in flattering and fluid shapes, we have listed the top summer trends that are worthy of your time. Let us guide you through the items you will want to buy in order to look luxuriously fashionable.

Say hello to prints and fringes

There is a reason why you have been seeing animal and floral prints wherever you turn. From catwalks to high-street, prints are having a comeback and rightfully so, as they bring an edge to any look.

From cheetah, zebra and snakeskin to floral and tie-dye, prints are a must-have this season if you aim to look effortlessly chic. Invest in a print skirt or dress and you will surely feel as if you’re ready to walk the runway.

Fringes have also been a favourite amongst designer labels, as the classic western detail has been fashionably reworked into modern everyday wear — find a fringes skirt or a top and you’ll be on your way to your perfect summer outfit.

70’s chic

Another style making a comeback is the 1970s-style-free spirit, which sees patchwork pieces and openwork crochet being worthy buys — it seems that fashion does have a way of reoccurring.

There is something quite bohemian about this style, and it comes as no surprise that the 70s style it has rapidly become a summer must-have; perfect way to keep looking stylish throughout the warm months. If you would like to take part in this boho-chic trend, then simply do this by wearing a crochet-knit dress or top.

Dresses are key

Your summer wouldn’t be the same without some stylish dresses. This year, linen and puffed sleeves have taken control, making it one of the most popular trends so far; understandably so.

Finding your perfect summer dress won’t be a challenge as there are so many beautiful designs in 2019; spoilt for choice really. To perfect this look for your summer days, find a tailored linen dress with puff sleeves and pair this with a beautiful raffia bag and a pair of mid-heeled sandals or flats — looking and feeling heavenly.

Similarly, if dresses are not for you, then why not attempt a co-ord look? With plenty of fashionable styles, you will most definitely find the right outfit suited perfectly for you.

The perfect shoes

Another highly adored summer trends are sandals and flats. Mid heeled sandals will add a touch of elegance to any outfit, making it a must-have item.

Whilst sandals are luxuriously appropriate to convert your summer outfit into a look that will have you feeling perfectly stylish, it isn’t always practical — especially if you are out for the day or on holiday exploring.

In a bid to remain on-trend, focus instead on finding the perfect flats. Women’s flats from Uppersole are the perfect solution to achieving a fashionable look, whilst maintaining comfort throughout your day; with an array of styles, we are certain you will find the perfect pair.

Purchase raffia

This is a favourite amongst summer trends, as it is so luxuriously simplistic that it will match whatever outfit you choose to wear.

Nothing says summer like a touch of raffia and this tropical weave was regularly seen on the summer season 2019 catwalks. From small to large, raffia bags come in all manner of sizes and styles, therefore you will inevitably find the perfect one for you.

If you would like to tap into this trend, then simply purchase a shoulder bag or supersized tote, as it will add a pinch of sunny opulence to your look. Follow these simple trends and you will undoubtedly be ready to feel fashionable all summer.

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For many, eyelash fashion like the images below and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, are a very modern concept. However, a look back through history reveals this interest in enhancing the eyelashes, whether by adding to them or styling them in specific ways, is a far older practice – one easily traced back to Ancient Rome.

With the help of Flawless Lashes by Loreta, take a look through time at how eyelash fashion has developed over the years since the Romans ruled the world with The Eyelash Archives.

Saffron and Kohl for Darker Longer Eyelashes

As far back as 753 A.D. Ancient Romans saw thick, long and curly eyelashes as a sign of importance – a concept they adopted from the East. Plinius the Elder was, at least in part, responsible for this trend when he wrote about eyelashes falling out during sexual intercourse and concluded that long and healthy lashes were a sign a woman was chaste and had good morals.

As a result, women started using saffron and kohl to not only maintain longer more luscious lashes, but to darken them too.

Eyelash Extensions – The French Connection

The first recorded instance of extensions to give existing lashes length was during the first half of the 1880s in Paris, where French women were having real hair sewn into their eyelids to achieve this bold look. Towards the end of the century, this look had spread and was also commonly used in Scotland.

From London to Hollywood – The First Artificial Lashes and Brows

Not long after the turn of the 20th century, during 1902, Karl Nessler – a noted stylist and inventor – secured a patent allowing him to weave the first artificial eyelashes and brows within Britain. A year later, from his London salon, he was selling his artificial lashes.

Moving forward a little in time, it was actress Seena Owen who was the first of many to wear false eyelashes on the silver screen. Under the direction of D.W. Griffith, for his movie Intolerance, she wore human hair woven carefully through a very fine gauze-like material, giving the appearance of longer lashes.

From Curly to Twiggly

As more attention was given to eyelashes, new looks were being developed, as were the tools necessary to achieve them. The first eyelash curler was introduced during the 1930s and this, along with the improvements to techniques used, increased the popularity of artificial lashes.

By the 40s there was greater interest in clusters and flares, adding thickness to lashes and replacing the more conventional fringe base. Then, during the 50s, it was all about focusing on the eyes – cat eyes were commonly painted onto the upper eyelash line with the lashes fanned out to give what is commonly known as the ‘Twiggly cat eye’ look.

Colour and Fanning

The 80s, following on from the colourful lashes of the 60s and the dramatic low brows of the 70s, saw fanned-out eyelashes in vogue again. Thanks in no small part to the success of Madonna. Interestingly, the 50s eyelash fashion became a big hit again during the 80s and 90s when Cindy Crawford and Pamela Anderson were wearing similar looks.

Improved Lash Techniques and Engineering from the East

Moving forward a little further to modern day, where the likes of Kim Kardashian and other notable fashion icons and celebrities benefit from the sophisticated false lash engineering of Korea and Japan. There are now eyelash extensions available in various styles, colours and materials like polyester, synthetic silk and human hair.

What Does the Future Hold?

If history has proven anything about eyelash fashion, it’s that it is constantly shifting and evolving. From the chaste and powerful looks of Ancient Rome to the glamour of old-school Hollywood, through to the individualism of Madonna, eyelashes have remained a focal point in modern make-up. Many looks are made or broken by the styling of lashes.

So, what does the future hold for eyelash fashion? It could be that we already have a glimpse of what the next big thing in lashes will be. Given the increase of 5800% for searches on the net for LED lashes over just two years, between 2016 and 2018, eyelashes that literally light up your eyes could be the look we see adorned by celebrities and the masses in the not too distant future.

Image credit at the very top of the article: Starfrenzy/Bigstock.com

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If you feel slightly confused about the ‘cocktail dress code’ then there is no need to worry as there are certain factors that can help you choose the ideal dress for such an event.

Whilst there are no strict rules about what makes a dress cocktail-appropriate, there are several factors that should be considered before planning your outfit, and luckily for you, we have listed them below to make your life easier.

Appropriate for the occasion

The first detail to take note of is the type of event you will be going to. Is the occasion relaxed, semi-formal or formal?

Knowing the nature of the event can be very important, as it can alter the finalised look, therefore research the occasion you are attending, know time and place. By knowing the type of event, your mission to find the perfect cocktail dresses will become simplified and the chances of achieving the ultimate look will be more attainable.

Know your hosts

Are your hosts known to be more old-fashioned or traditional? If so, then make sure to dress in a more conservative manner, as you would not want to offend at the event.

On the other hand, if the hosts are more fashion friendly then go for a more relaxed interpretation of cocktail attire. Their personal preferences will ultimately influence your dress choice, so researching will most definitely be worth your time.

Length is key

Whilst you may be tempted to slide on that gorgeous ball gown that is patiently hanging in your closet, you may have to wait a little longer as a cocktail event is not a black tie affair.

Appropriate lengths for cocktail dresses are typically somewhere between mid-thigh and mid-calf, so avoid anything shorter, stick to a more suitable hemline and you will be on your way to achieving the perfect look.

If you are struggling to find dresses that fit the appropriate length, then browse through online stores, such as JJ’s House, as they offer an array of beautiful dresses for any occasion.

Stay in season

Now, this may seem somewhat logical, but choose an ensemble that is suitable for the time of year and style it accordingly. What season will the event fall in?

A floral dress may be charming with a pair of strappy sandals during springtime, whilst your outfit may look and feel better with an evening coat and closed-toed heels in winter.

You need to feel comfortable in whichever outfit you decide, however you won’t be enjoying yourself if you do not dress according to the weather; you may have to make some last minute changes.

Don’t be afraid of colour

Although we most definitely agree with the wise words of Karl Lagerfeld, “one is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress”, don’t feel as if you shouldn’t play with colour.

Once again, it comes in handy if you are aware of your host’s preferences, however, feel free to think about what tones may fit the season better. Soft pinks and pastels go beautifully in Spring, Summer is for bolder and brighter tones, earthy tones in Autumn, and think deep colours, such as reds, greens and purples, for Winter.

Don’t be afraid to play around with textures either, as satins are on trend and can look beautiful on cocktail dresses.

Dress or no dress

In the 21st century, women are no longer bound to wearing dresses at events. If you are struggling to find a dress you like, then don’t wear a dress.

Nowadays, you can look elegant wearing whatever you choose, as long as you style it accordingly. A jumpsuit would look elegant or why not try some tailored trousers, paired with a cute top, topped with a sleek blazer, and some heels?

Or perhaps you could choose to wear a delicate satin midi skirt and pair it with a blouse; either way, you must feel comfortable and know that your choice is not limited to a dress.

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There are few things that fill you with quite as much confidence as a good hair day, and finishing off a sharp suit or a new designer shirt with a slick hairdo is one of the easiest ways to make yourself feel like a million dollars. But what if your hair is no longer the thick and shiny mane it once was?

Hair loss or alopecia is a physiological phenomenon that affects – albeit in different measures – 65% of the male population, with a further 35% of the female population also falling prey. For many people all around the world – especially those who find themselves affected by this ailment from an early age – it’s not just an aesthetic concern, but a serious social hindrance, too. Hair loss can make you want to hide away out of shame or embarrassment, undermining your self confidence and self esteem.

So, what exactly causes this unwelcome phenomenon – and is there a cure?

Hair loss is often hereditary, and can be the result of a hormonal imbalance, but it’s fair to say that environmental factors and general health status have a role to play, too. Unfortunately, modern medicine hasn’t yet developed a remedy that can completely prevent it from happening, but nevertheless, medical research has made it possible to recognise the symptoms early on, giving anyone affected by alopecia the chance to take action and minimise further hairloss before it’s too late.

The good news is, there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your locks intact and stop alopecia in its tracks. A healthy, balanced diet that is rich in fibre, vitamins (especially B and H) and polyphenols, gives the hair and its bulb the nourishment needed to maintain their strength and slows down cellular aging. Massaging the scalp at least once a day for no less than 20 minutes will promote blood circulation and increase oxygenation: a double benefit for the hair bulb, that can make it stronger and more stable.

Of course, you’re not entirely on your own when it comes to hairloss prevention, and thanks to a wealth of cutting-edge new products, help is finally at hand. Some of the newest natural treatments can give unexpected and very welcome results, even for those who have lost their faith in finding a way to preserve their hair.

One of the most successful treatments to have been developed in recent years is artificial hair transplant Biofibre® – a light, not invasive and safe aesthetic surgery, designed to restore the complete hair coverage upon a partially or totally bald scalp. Biofibre® – Biocompatible Artificial Hair is a material that perfectly blends with natural hair, and best of all, it’s completely undetectable.

Those undergoing the treatment can select the exact hair type they are looking for, right down to the length and colour, resulting in a completely natural look and feel all over the head.
As its name suggests, Biofibre® – Biocompatible Artificial Hair is a completely biocompatible material, meaning that every risk of rejection, skin irritation and deterioration is practically non-The only concern for those undergoing is the investment of time; the results don’t happen overnight, and dedication is required to ensure the best results.

Normally, after an implant, the patient has to undergo further medical treatments to ensure complete success, including applying an antibiotic-based solution for about 5 or 6 days – but some might say that it’s not a huge amount to ask in the grand scheme of things. It’s also crucial to avoid stressing the hair in any way as the transplanted strands need about 30 days to adhere completely to the bulb – so pulling and rubbing are both to be steered clear of.

Once the initial bedding in period is out of the way, Biofibre® transplant has been shown to be one of easiest ways to restore your hair to its former glory – and with it, your self-esteem. If you’ve been suffering from hairloss, then no doubt you’ll find that it’s worth every penny of the investment.

A great head of hair is certain to restore your confidence in everything from business meetings to social engagements, giving you the edge when it comes to a sharp appearance – so don’t let hairloss put an end to the things you love about your luxurious lifestyle. If you do one thing for yourself this year, then why not make it giving your locks a new lease of life? You’re bound to thank yourself for it once you see the results.

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The recent downpours may have dampened your spirts, but at least it’s made getting dressed in the morning easier. But what happens when it’s too warm for a suit and raincoat? How do you maintain a smart profile without breaking a sweat? This guide showcases five key pieces that will keep you cool whilst still looking the part.

Short Sleeve Shirt

Great for casual weekends, work and weddings, the short-sleeved shirt offers the perfect way to ensure your style standards don’t slip during the summer months. Opt for something such as the timeless button-down for dress-down Fridays, or embrace some pattern when it comes to Saturday night.

Chinos

A timeless wardrobe staple, chinos are smarter than jeans, more casual than trousers, and arguably more comfortable than both – making them the ideal choice for stuffy offices, uncomfortable planes and overcrowded parks. Wear them to work with a jacket and shirt, or pair them with a short-sleeved polo shirt for lunch with the in-laws.

Linen Shirt

Lightweight, breathable and effortlessly smart, a linen shirt is notable for both its natural lustre and ability to keep you cool in the summer. Worried about wrinkles? Those at The Savile Row Company have been blended with cotton, so they’re less likely to crease and will keep their shape for longer.

Loafers

From holidays to after-work parties, there’s lots going on during summer – so who really has time for laces? Simply slip on a pair of suede loafers and you’ll instantly reap the benefits. What do you wear them with? They look just as good with a linen suit as they do with a simple shorts and shirt combination.

Polo Shirt

Not just for the golf course, the polo shirt is one of the most versatile and reliable garments a man can own. Smart, but not overly so, it possesses a paradoxical quality of looking effortless whilst never really feeling underdressed. Team yours with tailored shorts and loafers when dressing casually or with an unstructured blazer and slim-fitting chinos for weekend events.

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Cartier is already known the world over as a jewelry brand that creates some of the most exquisite pieces on the market. Since 1847, the French company has strived to make jewelry which isn’t just pretty, but luxurious and highly sought-after.

Indeed, anyone looking to add a new Cartier watch to their collection will have to pay thousands of dollars, even if you’re buying one that’s been pre-worn. At the end of the day, Cartier knows who they are and who their target audience is, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised that their latest masterpiece is bold, daring, and incredibly opulent.

Named the Cartier Révélation d’Une Panthère, this beautiful watch is made up of a staggering 1,289 diamonds, which comes to a total of 19.39 carats.

However, that’s not even the most amazing part about the timepiece, which took a whopping five years to create. The black dial contains a specially formulated liquid and 650 tiny diamonds that begin to form the shape of a panther face when you tilt the watch to check the time. With incredible craftsmanship, the diamonds move through passages in the liquid unseen to the human eye to form the panther face, which stay in place for a few seconds before the diamonds settle at the bottom.

The overall effect of the wristwatch is quite hypnotic and beautiful, and the cascading miniature diamonds is not something you see every day! The watch is a true testament to the lavishness that surrounds Cartier, proving that the esteemed jewelry brand has no desire to cheapen the designs to be more affordable to the general public.

Of course, this special edition is not necessarily something to wear on an average day, but rather for high-class events and functions. However, you’ll need to be pretty quick to get one, as the Révélation d’Une Panthère is limited to only 40 pieces and can only be purchased via special appointments at official Cartier boutiques. The price? It’s $249,000. Is this the perfect watch for her? If you’ve got the cash to splash, then it would be hard to resist.

This isn’t Cartier’s only foray into opulence, nor will it be the last, as its jewelry continues to grace magazines and red carpets across the world. Earlier in May, actress Monica Belluci dazzled the crowds at Cannes by wearing a tribute necklace to a famous original piece made by Cartier for Mexican actress, María Félix. Belluci’s version still has the diamond-encrusted crocodile that made the original necklace so eye-catching and gorgeous.

Furthermore, if you happen to be in Beijing from June 1st to July 31st, you could witness a stunning exhibition of nearly 830 pieces from Cartier’s archives, displayed prominently at the Beijing Palace Museum. The exhibition will also pay homage to Chinese designs and materials (such as lacquer and jade) and display how dragons – a famous Chinese symbol of luck, strength, and power – has influenced many Cartier creations over the years.

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