3 tips for Incorporating Statement Jewellery into your Life

If you follow my Instagram account, then you’d by know that I’m obsessed with 2 things in my life. Maya and Jewellery.

I have a thing for big bold bright jewellery, and there is never such a thing as too much in my world when accessorizing.

I realize not everyone is as hardcore as me:-

  • When I have to travel I have a special case for my jewellery
  • When there is a jewellery sale my heart starts to palpitate
  • When I know there is a set to the ring I just bought, I go a little crazy and want it all
  • If I cant see it from a mile away I don’t want it
  • When I get dressed I choose my jewellery first
  • I think of jewellery as Art – of which I am an avid collector.

It wasn’t always this way. I remember during the London backpacking days, I wore the tiniest earrings and ring you ever did see. But when you’re living out of a suitcase with not much money to buy new outfits you start searching for ways to improvise. And so my jewellery obsession began.

I found it to be like anything else new, all you have to do is like it, want to wear it, put it on and get on with life.

So here are my 3 tips for incorporating statement jewellery into your life.

  1. Start with wearing only one bold piece to stand out and keep the rest minimal. You could wear a gorgeous statement necklace and keep your earrings/rings/bracelets small or wear none at all.

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    Gorgeous Peter Lang necklace with stud earrings
  2. Pair bold jewellery with simple outfits. If you’re wearing a lot of prints and patterns, it can be hard to find something that goes if you are not a seasoned jewellery wearer. On the other hand if you are wearing, say a white shirt or tee with jeans, virtually any statement piece would look amazing. Keep it Simple.

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    Alesha Dixon in a classic white shirt and jeans making for a great canvas for bold jewellery. Earrings and necklace by Peter Lang. Image of Alesha found on Pinterest.
  3. Choose jewels within your own personal style. If you only wear silver, then go for a statement piece in silver so you feel more comfortable. If you’re favourite colour is blue, try a turquoise piece. Or, if you’ve only ever worn earrings and no other piece of jewellery, then just start with statement earrings.

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    Some great statement jewellery ideas to inspire you. All these beauties are from Peter lang.

I wear bold jewellery because I love looking at it, I love the way it feels. I love it period. I never for a minute ever wondered if it suited me or not, I just wear it because I like it.

Go ahead and try it. Do it with conviction and confidence. Take a selfie even!  No one will know it’s your first time anyway. They’re all too busy taking their own selfies

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My top 10 Tips on How to Dress like Strong Confident Woman.

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I’m having one of those weeks where I just want to bury my head in the sand and deny that I have anything to do. If only I could go on strike for a day, but I don’t think anyone would care. My little boss Maya wouldn’t have a bar of it.

But anyway, I’d been trying to think of what style-ish posts I can write that might be useful and I had a vision of Maya as a young  woman going out into the world as her own. It’s a very, very strange and scary thought seeing as she’s only just turned two.

I like to imagine one day she will ask me how to know what to wear and how to put it all together. At least I hope she asks me, god help me if she buys one of those ridiculous girly fashion magazines to educate herself from and learn a hundred ways how she is lacking.

This is what I would tell her.

My ten top tips on how to dress like a strong confident woman.

  1. Strong posture. It doesn’t matter how you feel inside, how nervous you are, how much you wish a black hole would open and swallow you up. In nerve-wracking situations which could be anything from walking into a bar alone, to a job interview all you have to do is lengthen your spine, shoulders back, head up and smile like you know something no one else does. Technically that’s true anyway. Great posture, or carriage as they used to call it in the dark ages can make you look composed, confident and strong even if you’re a trembling mess inside.
  2. Know what you like. Ever since I saw Katherine Hepburn in a white shirt  in an old 40’s movie, and Audrey Hepburn in a black long sleeve top and pant, I’ve incorporated it into my everyday style . I love the simplicity of it. When I dress in what I love, I feel great. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s in fashion or not. Black and white never lets me down. Your thing might be bohemian, or vintage, or the classic jeans and t-shirts. All that matters is that you love it and you own it.starringmaya audrey hepburn
  3. Dress for your shape. Knowing what suits you will help you find gorgeous designs to flatter you. I would love to be able to wear body con dresses but alas, my body doesn’t look good in them. Why would I make my poor body unhappy and uncomfortable? On the other hand a dress I recently purchased from Asos looks great on and I feel so damn good in it! The amazing Sophia Loren said that a dress should serve it’s purpose without obstructing the view, which is true of my lovely wiggle dress. Although, I don’t always follow this rule. Most of the time I run around in oversized shirts dresses and oversized tops with jeans. I love the feeling of loose fabric swishing around me but I also know that I’m tall enough to carry the extra volume off. So, know what suits you.

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    Wiggle dress from ASOS
  4. .Choose one bit of skin to show. This one is simple, show off either your boobs or your thighs. Trust me you can look amazing even all covered up. As shown by Audrey Hepburn above.
  5. The ‘one fitted one floaty’ trick. If you have a two piece outfit a really flattering way to style is to pair a loose top with a fitted bottom or vice versa. For example a fitted top with an a-line skirt, tunic with leggings or fitted pencil skirt with a shell top.  This rule helps to show of your curves and always makes for a lovely silhouette

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    The fitted jeans and floaty top – one of my favourite looks. This look is from Asos.
  6. Make only 1 item the hero. It could be a statement piece of jewellery, a sequined jacket or an amazing print dress. Let everything else compliment that one piece instead of competing with it. Ofcourse I wont be following that rule when I’m a little old lady. I fully intend to wear all my big rings at once, huge necklaces and earrings, red lipstick and Chanel suits. Bring on the eccentricity of old age!
  7. Start and end your outfit in the same colour or theme. This is a really easy formula for instant polish if you feel like you need something extra. If you’re wearing a plain outfit of white tee and blue jeans, layer on a couple of long bohemian-ish necklaces (start of outfit) and a pair of bohemian sandals (end of outfit). Or, with the same outfit a black jacket (start) and black shoes (end). My favourite look at the moment is a gold and silver statement necklace with jeans and a tee, finished off with a pair of gold flats.
  8. Choose your shoes wisely. Do your back a favour and don’t wear heels that you can’t walk in. I always see impeccably dressed girls in their mega heels tottering precariously along. It doesn’t make you look confident or sexy when you are wobbling like a hunched unbalanced toddler. I used to only wear the super 10 inch heels when you know you’ll be sitting or standing in them for most of the time. For walking I used to carry flats. I knew my limitations.
  9. Shop well. Dont spend your money on clothes that look cheap. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are ways to shop smart. Look for good fabrics that will launder well and always try everything on. Most internet shopping sites allows free returns in order to allow you to try on at home. Indicators of ‘cheap’ clothing are usually ill-fitting garments, puckered seams, baggy shoulders and sleeves, loose threads, uneven hemlines, blacks usually have a reddish our brown tint to them, and stretch fabric doesn’t bounce back after you stretch it. If you only get one wear out of it before it falls apart it’s a waste of money. Consider Cost per wear.
  10. Build your perfect capsule wardrobe. Meaning each item should be able to create many outfits. For example a fantastic jacket – one of the most versatile and worn pieces in anyone’s wardrobe. It can be worn with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses. Nikki from styling you has just done a great example of creating a capsule wardrobe with 17 pieces creating 28 outfit combinations.

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    17 piece capsule collection via Styling you the blog.

.And please for the love of all that is good in this world, don’t hide yourself for the sake of fashion rules. If it’s a hot day and your arms don’t look thinner than a hungry catwalk model, go ahead and wear a sleeveless top because your comfort should always come first. Also because really, no one cares. Everyone is too busy with their own lives and their iPhones anyway. The people who look up and judge negatively are either secretly wishing they had your confidence or are just dicks.

Have I forgotten something? Do you have any more wise tips I can pass on to my child one day?

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Wardrobe Tips – Cool Gadgets to keep your Clothes Looking Awesome

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Welcome to another ‘Wardrobe Tip’ Post! I have so much fun doing these posts, I cant explain it. Give me some cool gadgets and some clothes and I’m a happy woman! I’m on a mission to try out everything ever made to do with clothes.

I figure if you’re going to spend a fortune on gorgeous expensive things, you may as well know what there is available to keep them looking as new and fresh as they did the day you bought them, for as long as possible.

Before I start, just a quick note — In order for me to write my ‘wardrobe tips’ posts, I needed to test and review a few products. I contacted the amazing Howard Storage World and they were only too happy to send me some things that I chose from their online store. Even though it’s a sponsored post, I only try out and write about the products I honestly love and would recommend to you. 

So here is my list of Cool gadgets to keep your clothes looking awesome:

  1. Use a pressing cloth when ironing. Ever notice when you iron linen or dark fabrics like navy or black you get shiny marks which basically ruin the look of a beautiful garment. Using a pressing cloth protects the fabric. I have this fantastic mesh pressing cloth I got from Howard Storage World, which unfortunately is all sold out, but you can also use a piece of thin cotton like muslin. starringmaya - cool gadgets for clothers - mesh pressing cloth
  2. A lint shaver is a lifesaver, especially during winter when wools and knits are in high rotation. You can either use a regular shaving blade and literally shave the pills off as you would your legs, or use this awesome lint shaver. This snazzy contraption does the work in a fraction of the time, is cheap and so much fun to use. I highlyrecommend it.
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    Here is one I prepared earlier – the top sleeve is one I used the shaver on and bottom is how it came out of the dryer. Big difference!


  3. A sticky lint remover. If you don’t have one of these, you dont know what you’re missing! I swear it’ll change your life. Especially if you wear black a lot or have pets  (kids). Nothing says ‘I couldnt be bothered’ then wearing black with crap all over it all. Not a good look. Which is why I literally have one in every room and handbag.lint roller - starringmaya
  4. Dryer balls. Yeah I know, I was like WTF when I first read about these but I now see the light. Clothes go into the dryer as normal, and come out soft and fluffy. These little dryer balls basically just gently pummel and fluff up all the fibres in the cloth as it dries. Perfect for stiffish cottons/linens and bulky items like pillows and blankets.dryer balls, starring maya
  5. Damp rid. It drives me crazy when I’ve worked really hard putting my seasonal clothes away in storage only to open it up months later to smelly mouldy messes. If you live in a place with little circulation, these are fantastic for sucking up any moisture in the air, leaving your clothes nice and dry.damp rid - starring maya

That’s it for now folks. Hope you got something out of this post and if you have anything else to add, PLEASE let me know so I can go and check it out:)

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My Favourite Go-To Outfits

A go-to outfit has saved me so many many time, especially when I’m running late, or when I’m just not able to get my shit together.

It’s the perfect ensemble in your wardrobe that is completely failsafe no matter what kind of mood you’re in, it always makes you look and feel like a million dollars. It’s something you can always fall back on.

Even though my wardrobe is predominantly black and white, I still get stuck when I don’t have enough time to get dressed and everything else is dirty.

There are days I’ll go a whole week wearing the same kind of outfit. Which is why I have about 10 black and white t-shirts that are always in high rotation.

There are 5 rules I follow with my go-to outfit.

  1. Keep it simple. Something that I can build on with accessories if there is extra time
  2. It has to be something I know without a doubt looks good on.
  3. Dont let it sit in the washing basket after wearing, get it in the wash as soon as you can
  4. I always have at least 2 backups for time when my favourite is in the wash or I wore my first choice the day before.
  5. I try to invest in good quality basics when I can. My favourites go through the wringer a lot so they need to be durable and made of good quality fabric.

My go-to outfits at the moment are:

  • Work: Jeans, white or black plain tee, Black long line vest and black flats. if I need to head into a meeting I might swap the flats for heels and throw on some more accessories.
  • Dressy work: leggings, an oversized knit with a long necklace and boots always, always saves the day.
  • Lunch or drinks with friends : It’s boring but I love an all black outfit, sometimes it’s a black dress with sandals and sometimes it’s black trousers with a silk drapy top. Always a huge statement necklace or earrings. Black is not boring when it’s a canvas for gorgeous jewellery – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
  • Taking my daughter out and about: Jeans,tee, scarf, and any flat comfortable shoes I’ve got lying around.

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    All images and thier origins courtesy of Pinterest

I can never resist putting on some bling on the way out, so I always have a tray of jewellery on the hall table I can grab on the go.

Here are some other ideas if you’d like to create your own easy go-to outfits

  • A midi skirt, soft knit jumper and ankle boots
  • Black leggings, Oversized anything on top with ankle or knee boots
  • Jeans, White tee, Black blazer, ankle boots or ballet flats. A classic style that always looks chic.
  • White men’s style shirt, dark denim, heels or ballet flats. my personal favourite.
  • Pencil Skirt, cute knit sweater, thick heeled shoes
  • A dress. I love an all in one outfit. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect everyday dress.
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All images and thier origins courtesy of Pinterest

Do you already have the one favourite outfit you always resort to? I love reading your comments so feel free to tell me all!

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5 Ways to Style a Tunic this Winter

I thought my tunic and leggings phase was done with  until I was given a really lovely gift by the Australian brand Icelandic Blue.

This lovely tunic.  I love it so much it inspired an entire post. 5 ways to style a tunic.

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Wearing my lovely gift. I couldn’t decide with or without scarf, not that it matters as I’m clearly being upstaged by the little girl in Elmo shoes.

This beautiful jersey tunic feels like I’m wearing silk on my skin and is so comfortable that I don’t even care how it looks. Luckily it’s also incredibly flattering, looks great and is easy to style.

It’s a great addition to your staple winter wardrobe. Layer over a pair of leggings and knee-high boots topped off with a thick snuggly scarf. An even bigger bonus is that they cover all sorts of lumps and bumps that you don’t want to be showing off. Like my post baby/excess chocolate jelly belly.

Here are my 5 ways to style a tunic.

  1. Add a vest – the wardrobe item of the season. Long line vests are huge at the moment, and has a way of making any outfit look sharp and stylish.
  2. Layer on the textures and lengths. A tunic can be worn on its own, or layered over a turtleneck and leggings.  Experiment with different textures, lengths and colours. There are loads of long cardigans, jackets, vests and pullovers in stores to play with.
  3. Wear shoes in proportion to your tunic. If you have a lot of volume in your tunic like the one I have, you can wear chunky or high boots to create balance. On the other hand if your tunic is slim and streamlined, it would look fantastic with sleek ankle/knee boots.
  4. Keep your colours tonal for a sophisticated look. Tunics are usually the hero of an outfit, like a dress would be in summer, so keep your colour shades within the same family. For example all earthy neutrasl, all black or all pastels.
  5. Accessorize. A tunic is the perfect canvas for your statement necklace or thickly woven cable knit scarves. It has the length to carry off the largest piece of jewellery you own – go crazy.

Here are a few outfit inspirations with tunics from the Starring Maya Pinterest board ‘fashion – Tunics’.

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For more info on the origins of each image please visit my Pinterest Board.

Try these or play and create your own style. You’ll be hooked like me!

Whats your favourite go-to piece in your wardrobe that you couldn’t live without?

 

 

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Why Women Find it Hard to Change Thier Wardrobe

Sometimes I’ll meet a client who wants a different wardrobe but she doesn’t want to change. They like the idea of a new style or look but when it comes to actually creating a new wardrobe for them they can’t bring themselves to go through with it.

Why is it so hard for some women to change their wardrobe style?

I have a few theories. I could be wrong, has happened many many times before so tell me to shut up anytime.

Do any of these reasons/excuses sound familiar?:

  • You try on lots of styles but insist you don’t like anything new.
  • You don’t think it will have any real benefit so what’s the point.
  • It can be too expensive.
  • You don’t want to stray far from what you normally wear.
  • You’re afraid that you’ll become different inside – for eg you work with children and are compassionate and dressing too well might change that perception.
  • you’re worried your new clothes will make people think you care more about yourself than anything important.

I get it, I really do. But you have to get over it!

Having confidence in yourself in how you look is a pretty powerful thing, whether you are into high fashion or alternative, it doesn’t matter. If you truly  don’t like it, do something about it.

Change is not easy.

I grew up in a home and community where we were encouraged to take pride in our appearances, but to never seem that you tried too hard. Never wear too much makeup, or really fancy clothes because people will think that you’re vain and conceited. Look good but look plain, don’t try too hard but do your hair. Oh is that a new coat? Look’s expensive – how lucky you must be not to have to worry about anything but pretty things for yourself. Aka – you’re vain youre selfish… who do you think you are?

Pretty fucked up yes?

It’s taken me a long time to get over it, and still I wonder if sometimes people see me as self-centred because I splashed out on expensive shoes, or even just new shoes and I’m pretty sure my mother thinks I’m substituting the baby’s food money for my jewellery addiction.

Anyway, to change your wardrobe is not a simple matter of buying new clothes and dressing like one of your idols. You have to go through a bit of a  psychological change.

You got to be prepared to let go of the old and see someone new in the mirror.

You have to let go of the notion that people might think you are now a follower or a fashionista (god I hate that word) and not yourself.

I once had a client, who after a day of buying beautiful clothes, stop when it came to accessories  because it would make her look TOO good. Yes really.

Whatever your reason is for wanting a change in your wardrobe, make sure it’s a good reason, somewhere along the lines of it giving you more confidence, making you happy etc, and hold on to it.

And know that even though your outside appearance will change, you will still be who you are.

Life’s too short to live with what you hate.

What do you think? Do you find it hard to make the changes that you really want? Tell me in the comments below.

xxx shereen

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Maya and I have put together 3 amazing gifts to give to one beautiful mummy. For details on how to enter pop on over to my Instagram and good luck!

The gifts include:

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  • The gorgeous Allure Deluxe Drawer Chest by the amazing Howard Storage World, where I could happily deck out my entire apartment with. I have a smaller one of these for my ring collection, and even after a year it’s still shiny and sturdy, and I love being able to see what I have without rummaging through draws. Valued at $109

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  • And last but not least, a personal styling consultation. Sometimes I get requests asking to do a personal styling session, but having a little girl makes it hard to be away so I’ve worked out a way to do a consultation via email. All I need is a few photos and I’ll do the rest of the work in advising you on the best shapes and silhouettes to suit your body shape.  A little taste of areas covered in this post. Valued at $150

Winner drawn via random.org next Tuesday 5th of May. Giveaway only applies to Australian residents 🙂

Head on over to Instagram and search for @starringmaya, I’ll see you there!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. THANK YOU ALL FOR PLAYING!

xxx Shereen

 

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What’s your stand on Black Bras Under White Tops?

For me its a huge NO NO. Just like white shoes.

But, like with anything there are exceptions, and I think today’s fashion is a lot more expressive and individual and really, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.

This is how I see it.

A black bra can be incredible tacky if you:
  • Have pale skin where the bra will stand out like crazy
  • Are wearing a collared shirt at work
  • Dressed for a conservative/classy event like a wedding
  • Are wearing a beautiful white top that you want to highlight,  but instead all people are seeing are your boobs.
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Would have been a great classic outfit with the right bra
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A white bra is an ever bigger no no

 

The only times you CAN get away with wearing a black bra under a white top is:
  • If you have dark skin and there are no flesh coloured bras that match your skin.
  • When your top is so sheer that you can see skin and a black bra can look quite edgy.
  • You are under the age of 30 and have a healthy dose of body confidence
  • If you are Carrie Bradshaw
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I think this works – A flesh bra would have been visible and unattractive
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If you have the figure then why not! This cut on the armhole needs a black bra
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As with the above pic, I think this works if you are young and have fabulous body confidence.

 

When in doubt, don’t.

Wear flesh coloured bras, that way it’s you and your outfit that commands attention not your underwear.

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You cant see the flesh bra and the top looks great

 

Unfortunately in Australia there are not a lot of dark-skinned flesh coloured bra options, which is why I will sometimes wear a black bra under a thickly woven fabric, but if it’s sheer, I’d rather go for a black singlet.

If you must wear a black bra, go for a bralet which covers more flesh and then the outfit is classier and isn’t about inviting people to look at your boobs, but at your ingenious styling and layering abilities.

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Bralets are Perfect for Sheer tops if you want to wear Black inside.

 

For more tips into the right undies check out my post on choosing the right kind of underwear. 

Where do you stand? Is the rule too outdated or do you think it still applies? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

xxx shereen

 

 

 

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How To Dress UnMumsy

How not to dress like a mum. What does that even mean? I had heard the term before but I had to sit own and note point by point the meaning of that phrase.
To me, when a mum gets dressed most days she usually:
  • Throws on something comfortable and practical if she’s going to be doing a million errands with her child all day.
  • Puts on something that doesn’t require ironing because there’s no time.
  • Doesn’t have a moment to accessorize before leaving the house, and well, your toddler will just pull it off anyway.
  •  Doesnt have time to colour coordinate so will usually wear all black or throw on a pair of jeans with any old top.
  • Wears the same shoes everyday – and it’s one that most likely is the most comfortable and easy to slip on.
  •  Is lucky if there’s time for a shower let alone makeup so hair is either usually up and makeup is kept to a minimum like lip balm.

Am I on the right track? I’m just going by what goes on in my life and around me. I see a lot of busy mums bustling their babies around, some I envy for having the time to look so great, and some I relate to with all of the above points.

Sure, I make an effort when I have to go to work or have a special event to go to, but there are many days that I just cannot summon the energy or time. On those days I have a few tricks I’ve learned over the years to help me look and feel half decent. Or, at least I hope so…

Here are a few tips you can follow to make yourself feel unmumsy.
  1. Go through your wardrobe and cull . Put clothes that you wear most days in one pile. Any clothing that doesn’t fit or flatter, are stained and damaged need to go. It’s better to have 3 great tops in good condition than to have 20 that look like shit. It might take a whole evening but be ruthless and it will make life easier. If you need more info on this check out my wardrobe makeover challenge.
  2. Create a uniform or some ‘go to’ outfits. It doesn’t matter if you dress in the same style everyday. If it works it works. My uniform at the moment is jeans, black or white shirt, an oversized black poncho, black flats and a pair of great statement earrings.
  3. When shopping look for clothes that have stretch and movement, are machine washable and safe in the dryer.  Pick neutral colours like white, black or grey that will make coordinating easy. Look for good tailoring and ones that flatter your figure.
  4. Every season, spoil yourself with some retail therapy, go to a cheap and cheerful accessory shop like Lovisa or Topshop and buy yourself a few up to date fashion items. A statement necklace, a couple of pairs of earrings, scarves and bags can refresh your mood and wardrobe. Choose any colour you like because they’ll go well with all your neutral clothing. You don’t need a lot, you just need a couple to update your wardrobe.
  5. If you’re not a fan of neutrals, of course get the colours you love to wear and accessorize around that. I knew a girl who only wore red… maybe a black here and there but mostly all red, head to toe. That was her style and she was fab. Be yourself.
  6. Every girl should own a pair of great jeans. Look for one that fits well on the butt, doesn’t sag, and fits at the waist firmly. Well fitted clothes you spend hours shopping for will make you look like fabulous in a flash.
  7. Invest in 1 pair of amazing leather shoes that mould to your feet. Classic loafers, ankle boots and a pair of sneakers will be all that you need. Rotate them around. Pairing a pair of black loafers with jeans and a white button down shirt is the ultimate chic.
  8. If you have great skin you wont have to wear too much makeup but if you need to then work out a quick routine that works for you and make it happen every morning before you leave. You can try this 2 minute makeup routine that works like a dream for me. All you need is a good foundation and concealer, mascara, bit of cream blush and lip gloss and you’re done.
Here are some celebrity mum’s who have great street style.
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Claudia Schiffer In a great pair of jeans, knit top and flat. The bright bag is great with all the neutrals she’s wearing. Photo found on Harpersbazaar.com
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A neutral outfit made stunning by a gorgeous scarf – Jessica Alba makes it look easy right!? Photo found on weheartit.com

 

 

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Pink is a lady who has her own style and hasn’t let motherhood change it. A black knit, some fab trousers and heels and she’s amazing. Keep your own style going as long as it works for you. Photo found on coolspotters.com
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Camilla Alvez is gorgeous in a pretty neutral outfit with great jeans and accessories. Photo found on celebritybabyscoop.com
starringmaya Miranda Kerr celebrity mums fashion -  how not to dress like a mum
Mirander Kerr in one of the easiest and comfortable pieces you can own – the sweater dress. So easy and wear with high boots like her or flats and ankle boots.
starringmaya drew barrymore celebrity mums fashion -  how not to dress like a mum
I Love this woman. Drew barrymore wears what she wants, puts on makeup when she feels like and doesn’t care what people think of her. She always looks fabulous. Her jeans are great and I love the simple patent loafers. Photo found on dailymail.co.uk

 

Did you enjoy these tips and inspirations? Do you have any other tips? Please feel free to share in the comments section below – I love reading them!!

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xxx Shereen

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How To Use Accessories To Hide Stains On Your Clothing

HI

By now you get it that I have a toddler – hence the blog name.

At almost 2 years she is a crazy beautiful ball of energy and cheekiness who loves to wipe her sticky little hands on everything in the house. And me.

A lot of times I leave the house and don’t realise I have food stains on my clothing until it’s too late and whilst I have considerably lowered my cleanliness standards, there are limits.

Especially when one has to work and convince the client that I in fact am an expert in the wardrobe/fashion Industry.

Here are a few tips to help you look pristine when you don’t have the option to change.

1. Keep a pack of wet ones or baby wipes handy either in your car or handbag. It’s great for wiping away crusty bits of food or snot that your darling wipes on you. Works on clothing, shoes, bags, even your jewellery.

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If that doesn’t work….

2. I always have a scarf wherever I go. I keep one in my bag, about 3 in my car, and a few in a handy spot at home. They are fantastic to hide pesky stains, just drape in any fashion you can create to cover it.

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I save this style for when I need to hide the whole top. A large square scarf works well.
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Basically drape your scarf in any way it takes to cover up

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3. Brooches are not just for Chanel suits and Nannas. Depending on where the stain is, a brooch can not only cover it, but can add a bit of glamour to your outfit. Great way to accessorize a boring top!

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starringmaya matching If you can get your hands on a pair pf matching brooches, they look fantastic worn this way. A little bit of 40’s ish glamour.

 

There’s nothing you can do about your sticky darling giving you kisses and cuddles, why would you want to?! Such delicious moments are worth getting a little dirty for 🙂

If you have any other ingenious tips please share! Tell me in the comments below.

PS. I got a bit excited with the selfies as you can see…. if there was a way I could explain without pictures I would, believe me!

xxxshereen

 

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