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It’s tricky trying to navigate the fashion world each season – the runway pieces are often statement showpieces and definitely not affordable. And celebs and bloggers are wearing looks right off the runway so they can be pretty OTT.
So what about the rest of us? We have to pick up on those key trends and work them into our own wardrobe. This is how I tailor a trend to suit me.
Step 1: I’ll look to the catwalk to see what prints, shapes and styles I'm seeing over and over. Sometimes the trends are really obvious, and sometimes you have to look a little harder to find them. This summer, almost every fashion show had white in it. Whereas, only a few shows featured checks.
Step 2: I’ll think about what pieces I can buy that will match what's alreaady in my wardrobe. I like buying skirts and tops as they're an easy way to wear a new print or a new shape. I usually match them back with basics that I already own, like a black silk tank or a pair of jeans.
Step 3: I’ll trawl through websites and go shopping at lunchtime to see which high street stores have been inspired by the catwalk trends and I'll try to find pieces that will suit my shape and style. For instance, leather shorts are a huge trend right now but they're more appropriate for the weekend than for work. So I'll try the trend a different way for work, like leather pants teamed with a printed tee.
To take the guesswork out of how you can incorporate the catwalk trends into your own wardrobe, here are three trends from the recent international runways that you can try right now...
Trend to try: Pink
I’m turning pink into a street style ready look with relaxed pants and black accessories. This was originally seen on the Céline runway.
Trend to try: Punk checks
I’d buy a check skirt and wear with heels instead of wearing a full check number as seen at Saint Laurent.
Trend to try: Polka Dots
Tone down your polka dots with denim so the look isn’t as frou frou as seen on the Miu Miu runway.
Which of these are you keen to try?
Whenever I tell people I work as the senior fashion editor for Cosmopolitan I am generally met with “oohs”, “ahs” and “that must be so amazing and glamorous” comments. And yes, I do get to experience some pretty amazing events, trips (hello Europe, Fiji, Samoa, New York… ah bliss!) and awesome freebies, but it is seriously hard work and long hours as well.
To start with I am constantly lugging around 30kg+ cases that I am lifting in and out of cars and banging against my legs so I have permanent bruising all over them. Not to mention what it is doing to my back. I might be 29, but some mornings my body feels like a 79 year old’s.
So to prove that my job isn’t all glitz and glamour, I’ve decided to enlighten you with what 24 hours in my life normally looks like (and to have a link to give to my next “ooh” and “ah” commentators).
03.52 am Wake up in a start and realise I told our Editorial Coordinator to code a taxi receipt to the wrong month. Immediately decide to email her so I can get that out of my mind and hopefully go back to sleep.
5.20 am After over an hour of tossing and turning I decide to get up. Thankfully it’s getting lighter in the mornings so the sun will be up soon.
5.35 am Pop my runners on and go down to the park for a walk and some sprints. This is my alone time to plan my day ahead before I hit the office.
7.07 am I set out for my 20 minute walk to work. I walk through Sydney’s party district, Kings Cross, so it can be rather entertaining some mornings…
7.35 am Sit down in front of my computer with my breakfast. Am a muesli, yoghurt and berries girl. Yum!
7.40 am I have 118 emails to catch up on before I can even start working on my checklist I did in my head this morning.
9.01 am A PR calls me and chases me for an RSVP that is a whole week out. I tell her I will get back to her as soon as I get on top of things. Need to sort tomorrow first!
10.30 am Pre-art meeting. This is when we all sit on the floor and discuss how to illustrate the stories for the next issue.
11.35 am Return to my desk and another 59 emails have hit my inbox in the past hour. Being bombarded today… will I ever get to do some actual work other than replying to emails?
12.20 pm It dawns on me I’m running late to four new season showings and I literally leg it out of the office.
1.55 pm As I flick through the racks and my stomach purrs I reach for my third cupcake of the day. Someone please have some healthy options!
2.20 pm I slump down at my desk with a boring salad that I picked up from a random café on the way back. There was clearly a reason why this was the only option left…
3:00 pm Finally get to start on my actual checklist and on the top of it is styling my shoot for tomorrow. I ask everyone to be quiet and lock myself in the cupboard for a solid couple of hours. This is the best part of the day when I can start seeing my vision coming together!
5.14 pm My shoot is all approved by our editor Bronwyn and as I return to my desk I notice an urgent email from the agent of the hair artist I am using tomorrow. I instantly know this is not going to be a good email.
5.16 pm On the phone frantically trying to lock down another hair artist for tomorrow. At 5.38pm I manage to confirm someone else. Puh!
6.02 pm Curse that I will miss my Pilates class again (how will I ever get beach-ready?!) to attend two events. By the end of them I am starting to look like one big arancini ball. How do people have the self-control to not eat these delicious things? Maybe I need to try hypnosis? Anyone tried it?
8.46 pm Walk through my door at home exhausted and tired. My flatmate is talking to me and I have no idea what she is saying as I nod and smile. Did I mention I recently gave up coffee as well? Think it may need to be reinstated into my diet tomorrow.
8.56 pm Log on to my email to ensure nothing else urgent has come through and as I log off I try to mentally check out from work.
10.01 pm I set my alarm for 3.30am to get up and drive two hours to a very special photo shoot location…
Does it still sound as glamorous as the movies make it out to be? Probably not. But I can tell you it is the best job in the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are a very lucky bunch of girls and my job does not even feel like a job most days. Yes, my diet of cupcakes and arancini balls is not awesome for my health, but I actually get paid to watch catwalk shows, produce beautiful images and hang out with an awesome bunch of girls every single day. Dream job or what? And guess what, I am making Pilates tonight! #winning
Allow me introduce you to one of the wittiest men on the planet. Bill Bailey’s business card should probably read: Professional Funny Person / Sweet-as Piano Player / Political Satirist / Truly Excellent Human / Future World Leader. You might know him from the TV show Black Books – oh, oh! The DVD of his show Qualmpeddler is out now. Just in time for Christmas and all that.
Whenever I play the “Ultimate Fantasy Celebrity Dinner Party Game” Bill’s always top of my hypothetical invitation list. And whenever Russell Brand offers his charming, eloquent, ridiculous political rants,I secretly wish I could get on the phone to Bill Bailey to see what he thinks about it all.
Which is exactly what I did… just the other night. And what a delightful chat it was.
What do you make of Russell Brand basically calling for revolution?
“Ah… I think he’s tapped into something that a lot of people feel, in that people feel disenfranchised from modern politics. You can sense that - you travel around the world and there’s a sense of frustration with politics. I don’t think I’ve been in any country where the audience has said, ‘We’ve got this great prime minister!’
“All I’ve come across, in every country is bickering about who said what to whom and ‘we’ve got recession!’ and ‘we’ve got social problems!’, we’ve got all these kinds of issues that no one’s dealing with and people feel left out. I can see that. The danger of saying that is if you want power over the political process then you can’t claim to have a say when you’re not engaged in democracy, something which has been hard fought and hard won.”
Which is what happens when you don’t vote…
“Yes! You’re sort of stepping out of the whole system and you can’t really complain because if you’re not part of it and don’t vote then you can’t say anything because you should have voted. So I think that the idea is a romantic one, of course it’s attractive, but we can’t really change the democratic process. That’s not what’s going to happen, but what we can do though is to get together and use people power to put pressure on politicians to act on the things that we really care about.”
Would you ever consider running for parliament?
“Well, yes. You never want to discount that possibility because maybe that might happen, you never know. Never say never. But likewise, as a comic or a satirist or anyone basically living, you’re always trying to make fun of politics. If you claim to be anything other than centrist or slightly to the right, you’re some crazy lefty. It’s sort of tiresome really but that’s what it is and you sort of get branded with these labels and that’s the thing that both repels me from getting into politics and also perversely encourages me. At the moment I’m quite happy touring and making people laugh.”
Exactly, and without you they’d just be crying about the political situation.
“Exactly! And that is it! You want people to come and forget all that for a couple of hours and have a laugh.”
I’d vote for you.
“There’s a lot of power amongst the Cosmo voters! I always think that politics is a state of mind rather than an outlook. British people, by their nature, are tolerant and accepting and uncomfortable with huge salaries paid out to bankers and huge bonuses given to bankers. We’re uncomfortable with turning people away at our borders. We’re not naturally intolerable of strangers, we’re not naturally comfortable with handing bakers billions of dollars of bonuses for doing sod all.”
I like to believe the same thing about Australian people in my more optimistic moments.
“Well yes, I’d like to believe the same. We’ll see.”
It’s a funny thing, working in Magazine Land. Like, IRL were gearing up for Christmas, but in ML, I’m writing the April issue and were about to tackle Easter.
I’m also finding out what hair and makeup trends are going to be big in the cooler months and guess what? Nail art is on the decline. That’s not to say that it’ll be gone, but the resurgence has certainly subsided to make room for nude nails and the return of flat creams.
So if you’re sick for nail art, get your fix over summer. I, for one, am one happy girl. I love the look of nail art but I’m just too lazy to take it on. Plus, it’s totally impractical.
Check out these digits RiRi posted on Instagram this morning. Great for a shoot, yes, but just imagine if it was that time of the month. Ouch!
Brands like Maybelline New York, Essie and Burberry are all offering creamy, indulgent nudes for autumn and winter.
I’m getting a head start with this Vinylux mani in Powder My Nose (what’s Vinylux I hear you ask? It’s the genius polish from CND, the creators of Shellac, and it’s a no-light-needed coloured lacquer that lasts a full seven days. It’s seriously life changing).
Will you try a nude mani or keep rocking the crazy colours?
Checking out pap shots of celebrities in airports has always been a source of mystery/jealousy to me. How the hell does Rosie Huntington-Whiteley emerge from the plane with her Louis Vuitton travel bags looking chic, rested and perfectly coiffed? I’m convinced she hires a minion to follow her with a sexy wind machine everywhere she goes…
OK, I might be a little bitter. Having flown to Auckland with Emirates recently, I emerged from the flight (which was absolutely delightful, thanks for asking) with dehydrated, dull skin. If you saw me at a distance, you would have been excused for confusing me with Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings, although his eyes are a little less bloodshot than mine were.
So, on my quest to find out how I can look less Gollum, more Rosie when I next travel, I asked Helen Roxburgh, Training Manager, Image and Uniform at Emirates, the woman who is responsible for making sure an entire team looks awesome mid and post-flight, for her secrets.
Helen, what can we do in-flight to stop our skin drying out?
“When flying, dry skin is probably the number one challenge we all face. The easiest way to prevent this is simple yet effective; stay hydrated. Drink as much water as possible, which helps maintain energy levels as well as contribute to that healthy glow. Also, pack a hydration spray which will help keep you feeling and looking fresh and alert.”
For those of us who aren’t keen on going bare-faced on the plane, what makeup is best for our skin?
“It's best to avoid heavy makeup during a flight as it can clog the skin. To avoid this, use a light concealer or tinted moisturiser to help make the skin appear even. Then a bit of mascara, blusher and lip gloss will complete your look. To keep your lips nourished continue to put lip balm on throughout the flight.”
If you’re meeting people at the airport and want to look good (or at the very least, not corpse-like) when you arrive, what can you do?
“Before landing, freshen up with cleanser, moisturiser and an eye gel in the bathroom. This mini skincare routine will help your skin appear vibrant and feeling fresh and will prepare it for makeup. Our Cabin Crew rest during long-haul flights and during bunk-rest periods, during this time all make-up is removed and a vitamin C mask is applied, which helps keep the skin looking rested and supple.”
What products will give you an awake look after a long flight, even if you feel tired?
“Every girl's best friend, blusher plays a starring role in helping the skin look fresh. It gives the illusion of a healthy glow, even during long flights. Using eyeliner on the top lid, will assist tired eyes with the appearance of more open, larger eyes.”
What’s your in-flight beauty secret? Tweet me @Edwina_Carr and let me know.
The skinny pant has been a staple in our wardrobe for what feels like forever but now it’s time to take a step out of your comfort zone into the wonderful world of wide-leg trousers.
They might seem difficult to wear, but I’m five-foot-nothing and can wear them without looking frumpy, so there is hope! It’s all about getting the right proportions, shapes and pairing the perfect pieces together. Here are some different ways to pull off this trend.
Floaty fabrics and fabulous prints are perfect for summer days. The looser the pants the better with this wider shape. Pair these pants with a tight, cropped and understated peplum top to add some shape to the outfit.
The slim version
A slimmer wide-leg pant is the perfect way to look tailored (without having to resort to wearing tight pants). Wear these with pointed pumps and save your wedges for the widest version of these pants. The high waist and crop top will give you a flattering hourglass waist.
All over colour
Tangerine is a huge colour for summer and head to toe colour works in this instance because of the looser shapes. The metallic flatform is the ideal shoe to team with this style of wide pant. The whole outfit is quite baggy but because there is a distinction between the top and the trouser it totally works.
How I wear the wide leg
I love that these trousers are high-waisted as it enhances my narrow waist but goes over my curves nicely. Wearing a cropped tee and showing off some skin helps to elongate my body. A thin belt also defines the waist and finishes off the look. 'Cos I’m so short I've pared these back with wedges so my legs look longer and the pants won’t drag!
Are you going to give the wide legged trouser trend a go?
Not to big-note myself or anything, but people often describe me as bubbly. And I’m convinced it’s because I’m full of sparkling water. Literally! I just love the damn stuff. It’s like the glitter of the water family, all sparkly and special and deliciously uplifting. A couple of months ago, I was given a Soda Stream. Umm, why did it take me so long to add this genius contraption to my life, when I’m the ultimate bubbly water lover?! Contrary to popular belief, drinking mineral water isn’t bad for you.
I asked health expert Moodi Dennaoui, if it was ok to drink the sparkling stuff and the answer was yes! “Incorporating a glass of two a day of sparkling water does wonders for your appearance. Although it contains sodium, known for causing water retention, the bicarbonate has the reverse effect of stabilising your natural blood sodium levels. Ensure you are drinking at least two litres of still water per day as this will keep your organs hydrated and lessen any adverse effects from your daily sodium intake.” Ace!
Now, I’ve been on the dry shampers bandwagon for years. I went from obsessively washing my hair every day without fail (I can’t stand the look of greasy strands), to pushing it two, even three days without a cleanse. Ground breaking! In a quick shake, spray and ruffle, you can literally wipe 30 minutes from your getting-ready routine if you have long hair like me. That’s 30 minutes of more sleep, more exercise or more brekkie in front of the Today show. Another sweet bonus is – because I don’t like getting my hair coloured often – the powder makes my roots look lighter and hair appointments are further apart. Pretty damn impressive for powder in a can right?
Face fake tan
I’ve got really pale skin, which means I’m well versed in fake tan. I know all the brands, all the formulas, all the mitts and scrubs and moisturisers that come with. I also know all about FTC’s (Fake Tan Compliments). Because I can often go from practically see-through to seriously sun-kissed, it’s hard to go un-noticed and my colleagues are quick to praise. “You look so healthy!” “Woooo, holiday glow!” which of course makes me want to fake it every day. But sadly I haven’t the time. Which is why I adopted a cheeky trick. Face fake tan. I smooth it on at night, carefully blend down my décolletage and wake up with just the right amount of colour to make my skin look glowy, without really being ‘tanned’. It doesn’t look out of place with the rest of my body, and I still get the “Geez you look well!” comments from my mates. Winner.
What are your game changing beauty products?
One time, at band camp, a friend pointed out that I had a dark hair escaping the enclosure of my nostril. Since this minor incident I’ve been acutely aware of that hair – so thanks for pointing it out, friend. You see, my mates and I have always been open about those prickly beauty topics – if you need to get rid of a certain hair we won’t just say it; chances are we’ll get in on the plucking action, too.
Upon entering new cliques however, I’ve realised that some people are a little embarrassed to share their awkward beauty situation. So that’s where I step in and anonymously guide you through how to deal with yours…
Awkward beauty sitch: Lip hair
If you’ve got a mini mo happening (Movember is not an excuse) it’s good to deal with it. The best place to check is in your car rear view mirror (hello, most honest light ever) to see if there are wispy hairs. Tweeze the hairs at the corner of your lips to tidy them. Waxing and threading are your next best options, and although painful, it’s over and done with quickly. Lightening is the pain-free option but you can really only lighten dark hair so much and blondies; forget about this option.
Awkward beauty sitch: You’re stinky after a spray tan
If you’re sweating your faux glow out through your pores, it can be an unattractive, muddy scent. I always moisturise my underarms before getting a spray tan so it isn’t absorbed so easily in this area. I also aim to schedule in two showers before I have to be at any special occasion to make sure the tan sweat is gone. And definitely take deodorant in your bag.
Awkward beauty sitch: Toe hair
Don’t know what to do about your toe hair? A few of my friends shave and it gets quite stubbly and looks more obvious due to the blunt end. I’d recommend tweezing or waxing the unwanted growth. For a start, the hairs will be out-of-sight for longer, look more natural upon return and you’ll have less and less regrowth. #winning.
Awkward beauty sitch: Shaving rash down there
Trying to achieve the porn star look can be challenging ‘cos having shaving rash is one of the most uncomfortable sensations ever. It’s itchy, irritating and the end result can be less sexy and more angry. To completely avoid this feeling, try waxing or going au natural with the occasional trim. Otherwise, you can gently exfoliate the area and apply an ingrown cream, or something soothing with lavender and chamomile as your main ingredients. Whatever you do, don’t use an old razor - it'll make your skin more irritated.
Awkward beauty sitch: Rogue nipple hair
Got a cheeky rogue nipple hair that always returns without fail? Simply tweeze it out.
Call us oversharers, but it’s seriously good to talk about these not-so-obvious body obstacles. We’re all dealing with one or another so it’s always great to get the discussion started and know you’re not alone. What’s bothering you lately?
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