Aug 24, 2011

Fashion Accessories: More than just belts and jewellery!

People often struggle to accessorise their outfits, but they needn’t be daunted. Most opt for a belt, scarf or some jewellery to complement their ensemble, but accessorising needn’t stop there! Using accessories correctly can turn an outfit from understated, to stunning.

Although often overlooked, the correct pair of shoes can literally make or break an outfit. From striking heels with eveningwear, to the perfect trainers with streetwear, the importance of the right pair of shoes cannot be understated. A pair of jeans is incredibly versatile when accessorising with shoes. The same pair of denim could be worn in the evening with a nice pair of heels, or during the day casually with a pair of plimsolls!

A jacket can also be considered an accessory, as it can be used to compliment your overall outfit (as well as being practical!). A tailored jacket can be used to compliment or understate your figure; they’re extremely good at tapering in a larger stomach or posterior! An added bonus is that a nicely fitted jacket will never truly go out of style! If you have access to a vintage store, you can often find classic, timeless jackets at great prices.

Your hair is also an accessory to your outfit, although it isn’t often used as such. Hair can be incredibly versatile, and can be styled to suit each particular outfit. Put your hair up for work for a glamorous, yet smart look. Combs, jewels and other hair accessories are another great way to maximise the impact your hair has. In the summer, try wearing some flowers! It’s a bold statement that can make massive impact with a suitable accompanying outfit.

Shawls, a practical alternative to scarfs, can also make great accessories. In the winter months they’re a great way to wrap up in a stylish, layered fashion. Due to their recent rise in popularity, there are shawls for every occasion, for any outfit. Find a colour and material that suits the look you’re attempting; don’t feel that you are restricted to the classic cotton shawl that your grandmother may have worn!

Essentially any piece of clothing can be used as an accessory, if its primary function is to complement the rest of the outfit. Experiment with colours and fabrics to create contrast, or simply to add depth or layers to your outfit. Be brave and stand out from the crowd!

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Aug 23, 2011

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Shopping In New York

Shopping is many things to a number of different people, for some it is the perfect experience and they would be happy to spend all day going from shop to shop but for other´s it can be their idea of hell. Here, I will try to help everyone in trying to provide you with some shops in New York that should be visited by visitors to this wonderfiul city, no matter your views on shopping.

Adidas Orginal´s Store

The Adidas Orginal brand is one of the most iconic brands and logos in retailling and everyone recognises the famous three stripes and if you want a piece of this then this is the perfect place for you as this huge megastore will amaze you with the numebr of items showcasing the three stripes so a lack of choice will not be a option.

American Girl Place

This is not the typical New York shop, selling eighteen inch dolls, which are then placed all over the shop showcasing different design´s making a visit worth it for more than just shopping. Also in the store are a cafe, a bookshop and a theatre where the dolls are brought to life. So even if you have no desire to buy a doll then this shop is still a entertaining visit.

Apple Store Soho

One of the most interesting shops in New York is the Apple store from the magnificent glass stairway central to the store or the genuis bar upstairs where you can test your knowledge against the experts. If you just want to be educated then you can go to one of the free instructional seminars run during the day or even if you just wnat to play around with the latest Apple gadgets then this is the place for you.


One of New York´s most iconic and famous shops is Bloomingdale´s. Selling all of the major designers. It does get very crowded however as you would expect from such a popular store so is one to avoid if you are not comfortable in large crowds, but is must for the keen shopper.

FAO Schwarz

When German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz came to America in 1862, he began to sell European toys to rich Americans. The prefect spot if it is toys that you are looking for or want to entertain the kids as the shop sells everything from Train sets to board games and even Candy.

Greenmarket at Union Square

One of the biggest market in New York is the Greenmarket. Farmers from as far as Vermont come to this market. The marketis on four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The markets offers the freshest produce available and is a interesting visit.


Like Bloomingdale´s, one of the most iconic shops in New York is Macy´s. It is full of the most iconic brands in shopping such as Dior, Gucci and more.

Madison Avenue

This strip of shops in New York offers some of the finest shops and brands available such as Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gautier and Georgio Armani as well as also the flagship stores for Prada, Hermes and Chanel so if designers are your thing then these are the shops for you.

NBA Store

Once you visit America then you notice how crazy about Basketball they are so the chance to visit the flagship store of the whole franchise is not to be missed by any Basketball fans. The shops sells any Basketball jersey you desire as well as numerous oither items such as souvenirs like keyrings and much more.


The Nike swoosh is one of the most iconic in sport and is instantly recognised by almost everyone so the if you want to buy a item of clothing containing the swoosh then come to the Nike store as it sells everything you would ever care to want all brandished with the Nike tick.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue is a upmarket department store that will cater to all of your needs as it houses some of the finest American designers as well as some of the finest from across the pond as some of Europe´s finest designers are also showcased and sold here.


Everyone has heard of SoHo and it is a worth a visit for the atmosphere of the place alone although the shopping is also excellant. SoHo is essentially a outdoor shopping mall but with its cobblestoned streets and its loftlike spaces, it is a much more enjoyable experience then just walking around a shopping mall. A great experience.

Sony Style

If you are a fan of gadgets and love nothing better then to see and play around with latest high-tech piece of equimpment the Sony Style store is for you as the sheer size of the store allows you to see every gadget that you want.

Strand Book Store

If you want to buy a second hand book in New York then the best place to go is the Strand Book Store. It has the look and style of a flea market but has a incredible range of books at very cheap prizes so promises a very rewarding experience if you want a second hand book.

Tiffany & Co

One of the world´s most famous jewelry brands is undoubtly Tiffany & Co. SO if want to get something special for yourself or a loved one then this is the place for you to go or even if you just want to marvel at the beauty of some ofthe jewelry on offer while forgetting the price. Either way, Tiffany & Co is a great visit and of course everyone wants to recieve a gift in a little blue box from Tiffany´s.

New York is one of the world´s premier cities and its shopping is also some of the best worldwide but due to the size of this city and its shopping district, it is impossible to sum it up in one article but I hope you have found this interesting and if you wish to add any of your favourite places then just leave a comment.

Article written by traveller and blogger for, providers of vacation rentals New York.

Aug 8, 2011

Top 10 Fashion Designers of 2011

In 2011, fashion heads in both directions: the past and the future. Designers are enjoying incorporating past recollections into their modern work, and the best designers fail to disappoint when they bring in the new.

Elie Saab
Classic Hollywood gowns returned this year and blended with some ethereal accents in Elie Saab’s SS collection. It would be no surprise seeing the likes of Grace Kelly in any of these diaphanous white and silver gowns. The beauty of Saab’s work this year is in watching the fabric flow on these garments—nothing else captures wistfulness like draped tulle on a runway.

Victoria Beckham
This year, Beckham’s bold collections are establishing her foothold in fashion. Her mature designs feature the crisp lines and panels that form a vital part of high fashion. Although her garments may not necessarily be daring, they would have high fashion potential if not for her choice of basic materials like cotton, lamé, and silk, which render them better on the racks than the runway.

Missoni continues the legacy of a fashion house devoted to powerful patterns and a potpourri of knitwear. Taking a cue from the traditional African kangas and kitenges, Missoni’s summer collection boasts festive knits and vibrant colors. Winter brings more patterns again, but this time in fantastical pastels and languid, shimmering crepon. This is fashion with excitement.

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen lives on in 2011 with stunningly regal collections that demand much more than a second glance. Intricate patterns and pleats bring new shapes to traditional trousers, skirts and lapels in both collections.

David Koma
A new face in the design world, David Koma is receiving growing attention this year with his most recent collections gracing London’s fashion week. This is a designer who loves leather, and with the help of his friends in St Petersburg, David Koma brings his space-age designs to the catwalk.

Ann Demeulemeester
Black is Ann’s base color, highlighting her angular cuts and patterns. Couple this with her collection’s one-legged trousers for fashion’s next forward-thinker.

If any designer could appropriate flats to the haute couture runway, Chanel is the one to do it. The same goes for combining sequined leggings with a remarkable Jackie O tweed coat. It goes unsaid: leave it to Chanel.

Dolce & Gabbana
This season brings out the masculine side of Dolce in a fleet of double-breasted blazers and pleated trousers. Pair these with the featured star polka dotted dresses for a conspicuous homage to the zoot suit and swing era.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Powerful shoulder lines and a strict black and white color palette define this Italian company as uncompromising as the family who runs it.

Bottega Veneta
Like many designers this year, Bottega Veneta harkens to the 1960s for inspiration, proudly returning with wearable fashion. As always, Bottega’s signature handbags accompany their looks.
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