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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The Awkwardness of a Costume Fitting

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There I was, on my knees, in front of a man in his jocks with no idea how to even remotely look cool and unfazed.

I was a very young 22-year-old, at a costume fitting of a feature film, and my job was to fit and measure out 200 male extras for suits.

As someone who was relatively new to the industry, ( and naked men) to find myself in this compromising position was hugely embarrassing.

Along with 4 or 5 other costume girls, we were armed with tape measures around our necks, safety pins, needles, thread, and scissors strapped to our bodies.

And a line of a lot of men–young, old, handsome and not.

I had never before measured a man’s inside leg length, or asked him which way he hung, so you can imagine the awkwardness of the situation. All of which we had to write down on a form so we could tailor alter the suits accordingly.

Incase you don’t know, a man’s inside leg length is measured by holding one end of the tape on the inside of his leg just under his bits and the other end where the hem would end.

I got through it pretending that this was something I did everyday, and using an unemtional tone while asking them questions. And never ever looking at them in the eye. Poor souls.  I did feel sorry for them. I’m sure it was worse for them than it was for us.

I consider myself lucky in my first introduction to inside leg measurements, because next to me was my co-worker with a man who got a little umm…shall we say excited?.. during the event.

AWKWARD!

It didn’t take long for me to get used to it however. Now during fittings, men and women strip off all around me and I can honestly say that all I care about is whether they look good in what I’ve selected and how long it takes them to change into the next outfit.

In fact, I am now so confident that I have no problems telling a man to adjust his balls during an underwear shoot as I hike up the waistband or straighten the hem of said underwear.

All in a day’s work.

So… have you ever found yourself in an embarassing but totally normal situation for work?

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xxx Shereen

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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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How to Wear Your Little Black Dress Casually

You probably know lots of way you can dress up an outfit from day-to-night right?

But what happens when you have a closet full of beautiful cocktail dresses and glamorous sequined jackets from a life long ago.

A life before you had kids where you had never heard of wet wipes. Where you only used your washing machine once a week.

Or perhaps a life where you worked in a job that required a formal wardrobe. Clothes that no longer fit into your new job.

I know I do. Plenty.

Some don’t fit on my body and some don’t fit into my life.

It would be so wonderful to wear your cocktail dress to the pub without looking weirdly overdressed.

Not like the time when my 2 crazy glamorous friends went to the roughest pub in the roughest town (by accident) dressed in their finest on the way to a wedding.

Too funny.

Here are my favourite ways to wear your LBD casually:

  1. A denim jacket fixes everything. Throwing one on over a cocktail dress instantly gives you casual chic status. A casual blazer or a Vest/gillet would work too. Speaking of denim, a pair of jeans with a white tee is a gorgeous way to dress down a sequined jacket or silk cape.
  2. Accessorize with fun jewellery like a pair of dangly bohemian style earrings or a stack of bangles to give your structured dresses a casual feel.
  3. Printed Accessories are so much fun. From stripes to florals to leopard print, your choices are limitless. A print scarf or a leopard print bag is a great way to break up the solid black of your dress.
  4. Ankle boots are so comfortable and practical but most of all they look great with almost every outfit. You can choose the safe route with black or experiment different looks with tans and greys.
  5. An oversized bag has a ‘casual just hanging out with my girls’ feel about it.

Here’s a fun example:

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Here is another outfit inspiration I found on Pinterest by a blogger.

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