• Fashion,  Tips

    Simple Black Dress: 3 Easy Ways to Style!

    We all know about the little black dress that is a must-have in every woman’s closet. It is versatile, easy to dress up or dress down for every occasion. There may be various kinds of simple black dresses but here are our 3 picks and how you could style them from day to night.

    1. Casual

    ZALORA, Basic V Neck Skater Dress

    One of the most basic ways to style a simple black dress is for a casual day out. Wear the dress with a pair of cute flat sandals and a crossbody bag and your casual look is good to go! Add some basic bracelets for an added touch.

    2. Formal

    ASOS, Clean Deep V Tailored Midi Dress

    For a more formal look, wear a pair of high heels and red lipstick. Add on a cute clutch and a simple necklace to keep it classy. This dress is super easy to style as it may be worn on casual days as well but the deep v neckline is perfect for a formal event.

    3. Edgy

    MISSGUIDED, Curve Hem Waffle Textured Bodycon Dress

    If you want to go for a casual look but have a more rough style, you can opt for the edgy look. Easily wear the dress with a pair of sneakers or boots and add on a bunch of chokers to finish it. Carrying a backpack instead will add to the look. You could also take the look a step up by putting on dark lipstick.

    The thing is, all three of these dresses can be switched up to all three styles. Great isn’t it? Get yourself a simple black dress now so that you don’t have to worry about future occasions of not having anything to wear!

  • Fashion,  Tips

    6 Dresses for Day to Night

    Too lazy to go home and change into something fancy for a dinner after a long tiring day of shopping? Don’t fret, we’ve got that covered for you! A good rule for day to night wear are outfits that strike a balance between casual and formal. Here are our 6 picks on how you can get one dress and switch up from day to night in an instance.

    1. Bright Coloured Skater Dress

    With a bright-colored skater dress, you can easily go from the day: wearing a pair of cool sneakers and a crossbody bag for the night: wearing a pair of heels and changing your bag to a clutch, and there you have it! Simple and stands out!

    f block, Cut In Flippy Dress

    2. Black Bodycon Dress

    This one is really simple. Go edgy during the day: wearing a pair of Converse or Vans with a backpack and switch it up for the night: wearing heeled sandals with a clutch. Most effortless one of all.

    ASOS PETITE, Asymmetric Sleeveless Bodycon Dress

    3. Textured Shift Dress

    We admit, shift dresses aren’t the easiest style to pull off as it doesn’t fall on your curves but it sure is one of the easier ways to transition from the day: wearing platform boots and hologram sunglasses for the night: high heels, curled hair, and a fancy sling clutch!

    Maxqullo, Plain Shift Dress

    4. Floral Dress

    Wearing a floral dress can be a little bit tricky for the day to night transition but it sure works as well. Wear this during the day: with natural hair and cute flats and then switch up during the night: styled hair with curls and high heels.

    Ginger Fizz, All Over Floral Bodycon Dress With Cut Away Neck

    5. A-Line Dress

    This is best pulled off when the dress is black. The simple way to do it during the day: wear chunky platforms with a cool sling bag and then during the night: wear some pumps and add a really bold lipstick color.

    Miss Chase, Cut Out A-Line Dress

    6. Boho Style Dress

    While this style may favor only some, it is definitely one to experiment with. During the day: dress it however you want, boho always looks good during the daytime! During the night: switch it up for a good pair of wedged heels and a dazzling waist belt.

    Brave Soul, Angel Sleeve Printed Dress

    Try out all these different styles to see which suits you better and how you can easily change a dress from day to night.

  • Fashion,  Tips

    Pink it: 5 Pink Must Haves!

    You may or may not like the color pink but every girl needs at least one pink item in their closet/make up stash. Why do you ask? Pink adds that extra touch of bright color or even femininity to your simple everyday outfit! Here are our top 5 picks for must-have pink items!

    1. Hot Pink Bodycon Dress

    ASOS, NaaNaa Cross Front Midi Bodycon Dress

    Whether it’s for an event or a night out with the girls, a hot pink bodycon dress will help you stand out. Be bold and don’t be afraid to put one on!

    2. Bold Pink Statement Necklace

    My Fame Diva, Bold Coral Gem

    Maybe you’re not a fan of the color pink and don’t want to incorporate too much of it into your outfit. A bold pink statement necklace is the right pink item for you. Just put on over a white or black outfit and bam! Your outfit is instantly more striking!

    3. Pink Statement Shoes

    ASOS, Hexagon Embellished Heeled Sandals in Pink

    May it be heels or flats, having a pair of pink statement shoes will help you stand out from the rest out of the crowd.

    4. Hot Pink Purse/Clutch

    Howstore, Korea Design Handphone Wallet Phone Pouch in Pink

    Pink purses or clutches can make a huge difference in your outfit especially if it’s for a dinner out with friends or even a formal event. Simple and bright, it’s the small touch of color that makes a big difference.

    5. Pink Lip Tint

    TonyMoly, Lip Tone Get It Tint in Pink

    Okay, we get it, maybe all you want is a tiny hint of pink. Get yourself a good bright pink lip tint (or even lipstick if you’re bold enough!) to brighten up your face.

    Get up and start getting your pink-essentials to brighten or add femininity to your outfits!

  • Fashion,  Tips

    5 Flattering Swimwear For Your Body Type

    When it comes to clothes shopping, few things give women more anxiety than finding a swimsuit. The perfect swimsuit is the right balance of functional yet flattering for our body shape and finding it is like winning a mini lottery.

    Our editorial team has waded through scores of online stores so that you don’t have to. We excluded bikinis from this list and focused on monokinis so that all swimwear address the dreaded tummy bulge. Here is our list of swimwear for common body types:


    Big Bottoms

    LASH Sexy Pin Up One Piece

    If you are blessed with voluptuous booty, high-cut swimwear can often be a bit too revealing and a tad uncomfortable. You should opt for swimwear with solid color bottoms and ample fabric so that it sits comfortably without riding up.


    Small or Flat Bottoms

    MALIBU BEACHWEAR Caviar One Piece In Cateleya

    Opting for high cut swimwear can create an illusion of a fuller bum. Also, swimwear with prints will draw attention to more flattering areas of your body.


    Tummy Pouch

    SPEEDO Twist Front U-Back 1 Piece

    A swimsuit with a ruching effect can easily hide a tummy. Pieces with a plunging neckline can also keep the focus upwards, rather than on your mid-section.


    Straight Body

    ASOS Scuba Swimsuit Peplum

    Peplums are not only great for the office but they also create an illusion of curves for your beachwear.


    Love Handles

    APRIL FOOL DAY Capsule Two-Piece Swimsuit

    While this isn’t a monokini, it has a high-waisted bottom that works wonders to cover the bulge since it extends above the belly button.

  • Fashion,  Tips

    6 Fashion Hacks From Instagram

    We scoured Instagram and found some easy and fun fashion hacks for you to try!

     

    1. Bling up your sneakers with gold studs and some glue

     

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    2. Stretch out tight shoes by wearing them and heating up with a hairdryer. Make sure you wear thick socks to protect your feet.

     

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    3. Wear your white shirt the other way round with a knot for that sexy back look!

     

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     4. Add some lace to your t shirt and cut off the sleeves for an easy new outfit.

     

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    5. Add some glam to your plain black heels with gold embroidery lace.

     

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     6. Ripped your jeans? Don’t throw them out yet. Hot glue some design lace over the ripped areas to give it a new look.

     

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  • Fashion,  Sale,  Tips

    Never Miss A Sale Again

    Ever fell in love with a dress but it is a little too expensive? Get notified when your favorite items go on sale with Off The Rack’s Sale Alert!

    Off The Rack has just launched a Sale Alert tool that enables users to save items in their free alerts list and get an email when they go on sale. Guest writer Nicole Cheah, who blogs on fashion and style takes this feature for a test drive.

    Off The Rack is an online platform that is also an online community for you to share your OOTDs with, using the hashtag #otrOOTD on Instagram. Follow your favorite fashionistas to not only see their latest outfits but also the items they are into currently. Follow brands to keep up to date with the latest products. Honestly, it’s really easy to use and easier to keep up with what’s trending in the fashion scene.

    There are so many different brands for you to follow and the search filter is crazy amazing. It really narrows down to exactly what you want. Off The Rack caters to Malaysia, Singapore, and the UK. From Nike to Zalora to Asos, Off The Rack literally combines multiple brands all onto one website for your convenience. You also get to see what your favorite fashionistas are wearing bought through Off The Rack.

    The latest sale alert has got to be my favorite feature on the website so far. It’s the latest feature on their website and I LOVE IT. Seriously, every time an item goes on sale, they send you an e-mail to inform you and bam! you get to buy the product you want for a lower price! Just sign up on Off The Rack and you’ll be able to create your own sale alert list.

    This is my current sale alert list. Go and create yours now on Off The Rack and happy shopping! Till here, I hope you’re all well! Nx

  • Fashion,  Sale,  Tips

    Get Christmas & CNY Ready With Zalora’s Biggest Sale Of 2015

    Zalora’s largest online sale of 2015 has started and we think it is a great time to take advantage of the deep discounts to stock up for Christmas and Chinese New Year! Hurry, the sale is only for 3 days.

    With discounts up to 80%, the 12.12 sale is a good time to stock up on clothes, especially if you have Christmas parties and year end dinners to go for. And since Chinese New Year is just around the corner (February 8), this would be a good time to also stock up on red items.

    Here are our picks for items that are on sale, under RM100 and are great for both Chinese New Year and Christmas:

    nichii Knee Length Dress RM89.91 (NP: RM99.90)

    Happy Shopping!

  • Fashion,  Tips

    How To Take Care Of Your Denim Jeans

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a good pair of denim is like your best friend.

    They are comfortable, easy to use, fits like a glove and can be used casually or smart casual (if you have the right pair).

    How do you actually take care of denim to get the most out of them?

    Here are some tips:

    1. Don’t Wash New Raw Denim

    This may sound strange to some people, but you really shouldn’t wash new denim. Raw denim (the best type) can take up to 6 months to break in. And you really shouldn’t wash it until then.

    This allows the denim to conform to you and not lose its shape.

    2. Jeans You Can Wash Often

    I know most of us would get a pre-washed or treated pair of denim. These often come with a faded look or other trendy designs.

    This type of denim can be wash more often. But note that the more you wash them, the more they lose their color.  So best to not do it too often.

    3. Keep Them Odor Free

    Since you are not supposed to wash them so often, you need to keep them odor-free; the easiest way to achieve this, by air drying your denim after use.

    You can also hang them in the bathroom as you take a shower and the steam will freshen them up.

    4. Wash Denim Inside Out

    When it does come time to wash your denim, do so inside out. This will help prevent the fading of your jeans.

    But if you want the faded look, wash them once with hot water.

    5. Air Dry After Wash

    To prolong the life of your favorite pair of denim, do not spin dry. Instead, take them out of the washing machine (while they are still a little damp) and lay them flat or upside down to dry.

    6. Let Your Denim Breath

    Denim fibers need to breathe. So don’t overpack your folded denim too tightly together.

    Or hang them in an overcrowded space.

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    The Most Stylish Brides Of 2014

    The year is coming to an end by the end of next week. And fashion, namely, wedding fashion has seen some terrific bridal attire this year.

    From the likes of the ever-so-hip Solange Knowles to the highly trendy Olivia Palermo to the popular do-gooder Angelina Jolie to the long-awaited wedding of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney, this year in bridal fashion has never been so interesting.

    Gone are the days of huge reams of tulle, taffeta and organza. These days, it’s about individuality and really what makes a bride feel most beautiful on their wedding day. A wedding day is truly a day to be remembered and one to cherish. It means so much to take that step of faith to formally commit oneself to another person. Taking that step to say “I do” to that one person for all the days of your life is an act of commitment that has always wowed us because that show of trust and commitment to each other is indeed awe-inspiring.

    And to have the most gorgeous wedding dress to go with that show of great commitment, is there any other way to do it? We think not.

    Here are the Most Stylish Brides of 2014:

    1. Amal Alamuddin

    To say that this wedding was eagerly anticipated was an understatement. The long-awaited wedding of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin was just fab!! The frothy and ethereal creation by legendary designer Oscar de la Renta perfectly captured this bride: the gown oozed sophistication, femininity and with just enough Old Hollywood glamour. Truly beautiful.

    2. Angelina Jolie

    It was the walk down the aisle a lot of us never expected to see. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had been together for almost a decade and have brought up six kids together. But this power couple took the world by surprise when they finally tied the knot in a low-key ceremony this summer in France. And the gown? Well, it was indeed Jolie-esque in many ways. It was a specially designed Atelier Versace creation customized with drawings and doodles from the Jolie-Pitt clan. How awesome and couture is that?!

    3. Kim Kardashian

    This lady has got style. And has she got it in spades! Love or hate her, one has to admit that when she does something, she does it with panache. Her Givenchy Haute Couture wedding gown by Riccardo Tisci was a lace creation that just took our breath away. It was unexpected in some ways as many expected her to do full-on sexy but instead, she chose well. She did it intricately, as a highly fashionable yet demure bride. That is a combo very few people in the world can pull off.

    4. Poppy Delevingne

    In May this year, model Poppy Delevingne tied the knot with James Cook in Knightsbridge, London. The Chanel ambassador called upon Karl Lagerfeld to create her one-of-a-kind wedding gown and when one has Karl Lagerfeld on your side, honestly, how can one go wrong? The result was a beautiful heavily embellished Haute Couture gown. Gorgeous is the word.

    5. Solange Knowles

    Now this one, it’s one wedding that the word cool doesn’t even come close to describe it! With Beyoncé as a big sister, Solange has always had to ensure that she has her own style and mark on things. And when it came to her wedding day, Solange certainly did that and more! When she married Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, according to Vogue, Solange called it a true labor of love. For the ceremony, she wore a stunning custom caped dress by Humberto Leon for Kenzo, with gilt bracelets by Jill for Lady Grey to match the groom’s gold-capped shoes. But it was her arrival, on a bicycle no less, in an ivory Stephane Rolland jumpsuit, that had us awed by her coolness! Almost like the Bianca Jagger of this generation. Coolness personified wedding style.

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Tips

    7 Tips for Taking Great Selfies

    Most people will have taken a selfie sometime or another.

    It’s hard no too, selfies are great for capturing great moments in life.

    Click and share that’s how easy it is, or is it?

    Taking a selfie is easy, but taking a good selfie that’s flattering isn’t.

    So how do celebrities and fashion blogger take gorgeous selfies?

    Here are some tips for you to snap that gorgeous picture of YOU:

    1. Lighting

    Lighting is very important for any photo.

    Bad lighting will ruin even the most beautiful of scenes.

    Jeniffer Lopez recently shared her secret for taking selfies with InStyle; JLo says “turn around in a circle until you find the best lighting before taking your photo.”

    And she definitely knows what she’s talking about.

    2. Know Your Angles

    Just as with lighting, finding the right angle for a situation is crucial.

    You can stick to taking a snap from a high angle, but play around a little and you might find something better.

    Think about it in terms of eye level, low or high.

    Move your camera around to see with looks best.

    3. Be aware of Your Background

    A lot of people make the mistake of not taking notice of the background.

    You want a good, clear background.

    This will help you pop out more in the photo.

    Having a cluttered or something with too many details will ruin the shot.

    4. Squinching

    This will help you to be more photogenic.

    Squinching is a combination of squinting and pinching.

    Tighten your eyes and slightly relax the top lid, let the lower lid do the work.

    Practice this and find a good midpoint between eyes wide open and squinting.

    5. Tilting your head

    A classic when it comes to selfies and with good reason.

    Tilting your head will help highlight your cheekbones and make your eyes look bigger.

    And it will give your selfie a more adorable look.

    6. Extend Your Neck Forward

    Get rid of any evidence of a double chin by extending your neck forward towards the camera.

    This will help you accentuate your jawline and improve the outcome of the photo.

    7. Use Filters

    Selfies are ultimately all about having fun with a self-portrait-like photo.

    So experiment with different filters and have fun with it.