23 March 2015

HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT LEATHER JACKET



Bomber Jacket
Buying a leather jacket is an investment — and not one to be taken lightly. Buy the right jacket and you’ll wear it for years. There’s nothing more timeless than a well-worn leather jacket. Buy something overly trendy or a style that’s outside your usual comfort zone and well, you’ll be left with a jacket that you never wear and an empty wallet. This, of course, is not to say that a good investment is necessarily a boring one, just something that fits your personal style and you love.
Leather, whether genuine or vegan, has become a seasonless material and looks just as good in spring as it does in the fall. This was obvious on the spring 2015 runways at World MasterCard fashion week in Toronto, where labels like Rudsak and Package showed off bombers and moto jackets in leather. Want to know which style suits you best.
 
The bomber jacket has a round collarless neckline and thick bands along the bottom and wrists that are often a soft, elasticized knit fabric, but can also be leather. The silhouette adds a bit of volume around the middle and looks like a baseball jacket. But it doesn’t have to be unflattering. Ensure that the bottom of the jacket sits at your hips and that you can comfortably rest your hands in the pockets. The fit should be loose through the middle but snug at the hips. Although many styles feature drop shoulders (meaning that the shoulder seam sits further down on your upper arm rather than right at the point where arm and shoulder meet), the shoulders should still fit well. This means that the sleeves shouldn’t be too long or short and it shouldn’t look as if the jacket is sliding off.
Do: Find a jacket that is snug but not too tight at the waistband and fits at the shoulders.
Don’t: Choose one that is tight throughout. It should be loose through the middle.
Do: Opt for a bomber that’s longer without a band at the bottom for a more modern, flattering fit.
Don’t: Buy a cropped style. It will go out of fashion quickly.
Moto Jacket 
Don’t automatically think of Michael Jackson’s red version from the ’80s. The motorcycle jacket can be more classic than Rebel Without A Cause. Skip all the heavy metal hardware unless you’re in a biker gang. Modern day moto jackets feature either short almost mandarin collars or full collars that open onto the coat when unzipped (à la James Dean). The moto jacket can be fitted or a bit loose but shouldn’t look oversized. Let the jacket’s style, rather than the garment’s size, determine the fit.
The jacket should fit perfectly in the shoulders. And while leather will give and soften over time, don’t buy a piece that’s a bit too snug in hopes that it will stretch. It should also be long enough to at least sit on your hip bones; any shorter and you’re not really protecting yourself from the elements. Again, a cropped leather jacket will go out of style. But a coloured leather jacket may not. If you are a devoted lover of the colour red, you can probably get away with a red jacket without looking like an extra from “Thriller.” But do choose a shade that’s not quite as saturated or primary. An almost coral red, beige yellow or aqua blue are probably safer choices than a pure kelly green
Do: Buy a moto jacket with the classic off-centre zipper.
Don’t: Buy a moto jacket with lots of zippers or hardware.
Do: Find a jacket that’s snug in the shoulders.
Don’t: Expect your jacket to stretch. Buy the right size!

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02 March 2015

ZARA SHOULDER BAG

I literally browsed on the Internet for months to get the perfect shoulder bag and luckily I came across this beyond gorgerous camera inspired shoulder bag from ZARA. You may have seen it already in my previous ootd post from a week ago, which is a must-have to see in order to get a better picture of how I style this up. This particular product is basically all in one; fashionable, practical, appropriate size and finally in my favourite colour as well as I got it in the sale section for only 29.95 euros....I mean like hellooo UNBEATABLE!
 
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26 February 2015

FASHIONABLE RAINCOAT



Raincoats are an indispensable item in this country, especially at this time of the year. But whilst some people need technical raincoats for braving the elements on long walks and treks, others just want something that folds away compactly for when they get caught short in city streets or a nice mac for Autumn that happens to be suitable for rainy weather. There’s an excellent array of technical rain coats on offer this season, but my favourite is this particular jacket shown in the picture above from Primak. It will last you years and there’s really no feature you could wish for that it doesn’t have. At the cheaper end, Primrk  is a great deal for keeping men and women dry for under 20 euros.

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24 February 2015

10 TIPS ON HOW TO THRIFT STORE SHOP

Hello guys,
I’m often asked how I “find the best pieces” or “why I get so lucky” when thrift store shopping.
While knowing how to thrift store shop doesn’t come naturally to everyone, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn the skills you need to consistently score stylish steals and deals at your local thrift store. Although I have 10 years of thrift shopping experience to fall back on, I honestly believe that anyone interested in learning how to thrift can pick up the tricks fast and be a thrift pro in no time.
 
TIP #1: Map – I use the Thrift Shopper Store DirectoryGoodwill and Salvation Army websites to create my a wish-list of stores. Then I plug each store’s address in Google Maps to determine my best route for the least amount of travel time.
#2: Closet – Before thrifting, I examine my closet to note what pieces I haven’t worn yet that season. I’ll take photos of some on my iPhone so that when I’m thrifting, I’ll be inspired to pick up a particular item to match the unworn piece — and finally wear it!
#3: Trends –  I browse the sites of mainstream brands like Forever 21, H&M and Zara to see what these fast fashion chains are selling to give me an idea of the top trends to look for when I’m in the thrift store.
#4: Mobile Apps I use the Etsy app to search for the average prices of vintage brands I spy while thrifting and the Thrift Buddy app to see what thrift stores are near me that I may have missed in my research.
Pre-preparing for your thrift shopping experience guarantees that you’ll have everything you need for hours spent combing the racks, including food, water, amenities, tunes and equipment.
TIP #5: Pack – Pack a goodie bag of necessary rations and emergency supplies like tissues, hand sanitizer and stain remover (to test spots) as well as snack (I love Clif bars and trail mix), water and a sports drink.
#6: Set Limits – Before even stepping foot in a thrift store, I decide how much money I’m willing to spend that day. My limit is typically $20 per store, so if I’m visiting 3 separate stores then I shouldn’t be spending more than $60 total.
#7: Music – I make a thrift mix to help keep me energized and upbeat! A good jam really sets the thrift mood (I’ve definitely danced own the aisles) and makes thrifting more fun!
#8: Shopping Bag –  I bring an eco-friendly collapsible grocery bag to use in place of a cart, which can be too large to push through the aisles comfortably on a busy shopping day.
By sticking to a thrift shopping strategy, you’ll not only buy the things you truly want, but you won’t waste time shopping in a way that doesn’t fulfill your goals. Plus, a good thrift strategy will actually help you to spend more wisely.
TIP #9: Donate – Before you take a thrift shopping trip, review your closet’s inventory and filter out items you no longer wear for donation to the store. Not only is it good thrift karma to donate immediately upon arrival, but cleaning out your closet will inspire mental notes of what you truly (and don’t truly!) need to thrift for.
#10: Pick Sections – Narrow your shopping to three sections or less to stay focused on your day’s goals and to manage time spent in any one store since a section should take you approximately 20 minutes to shop.

Photos: Yannick
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20 February 2015

BLACK TIMBERLAND REVIEW

Hi guys, 

Today, I going to review the 6 inch timberland boots in the colour black.


Comfort
This is where these boots really excel. There was absolutely no pain or discomfort associated with wearing them in. In temperatures below freezing, my feet were snug and warm , and come rain or snow, they remained waterproof. I wore them straight out of the box for 16 consecutive days of sightseeing, covering more miles than many serious hikers, and they didn’t relent – something I wish I could also say for my umbrella…

Tip: I read in another review that it was best to order a size smaller than normal. This reviewer had experienced significant pain until the leather stretched. In my opinion, it’s much better to get them in your usual size. Even if your feet are narrow and they feel roomy, they’ll stay firmly on.

Durability
Timberland boots have been around almost 40 years, so the manufacturers have had a lot of time to tweak any issues and incorporate the best materials. The current design has anti-fatigue technology and uses premium waterproof leather with semi-sealed construction to keep your feet dry. There’s a padded collar to cushion the ankle, and the outer material is rustproof so that the authentic Timberland look doesn’t deteriorate with wear and tear. The rubber gum sole provides traction on challenging terrain and the steel shank gives additional arch support.

Tip: Straggly laces can make these boots look a little unkempt, but if you’re keen not to sacrifice your comfort, you really need to tie them. One way around this issue is to loop the laces so that they end on adjacent eyelets on the inside of the boot. This way, you can tie your laces behind the tongue and tuck them inside the boot out of view.


Style
If celebrities are anything to go by, then the past year has proven that Timberland boots are bang on trend. Everyone from Kanye West to Rihanna has been snapped by the paps wearing them. They’re unisex and surprisingly versatile. While you wouldn’t usually think to wear a hiking boot as a fashion statement – much less pair it with a dress – these actually look pretty damn good with most outfits. Compliments were flooding in from people of all ages, proving that their appeal knows no bounds.

Tip: Straggly laces can make these boots look a little unkempt, but if you’re keen not to sacrifice your comfort, you really need to tie them. One way around this issue is to loop the laces so that they end on adjacent eyelets on the inside of the boot. This way, you can tie your laces behind the tongue and tuck them inside the boot out of view.

Price
As with pretty much anything in life, you get what you pay for. With a recommended retail price of 200 euros, they’re not particularly cheap. Having said that, they deliver on so many levels that it really is worth the splurge. They’ll last you many years, you can wear them for almost any occasion and you’ll look good in the process. I believe that premium Timberland 6 inch boots should be on any city traveller’s packing list.

Tip: Make sure you’re buying the genuine deal by using a trusted retailer. The traditional boots have a punched Timberland logo on the side. They come packaged in a sturdy, branded box and the lace tip ends are burnt rather than tipped with plastic. I ordered mine online from JD Sports and they arrived in good time for my trip and in perfect condition.




16 February 2015

SPORTWEAR ATTIRE ON FLEEK

Hi guys,

I have been really loving the whole sportswear trend recently. It is a way to express yourself in terms of  being comfortable and cozy, yet at the same time you would like to stand out, or to be more precise, being fashionable, The outfit shown in these given illustrations is quite simple as I could say myself. You are always on the right path when you start off building up your outfit with a pair of black skinny jeans. Along with this basic and casual garment, a piece of white cotton tee will never go wrong that excessively screams out the number '2'. On top of it, I added an unknown brand sports jacket that I got in South Korea one year ago, which emotionally reminds me of  how great life was while living there for almost 6 months.


Photos: Yannick
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