Fashion, Lady

5 Beauty Guru Looks You’ll Want to Steal and How to Steal Them


It is very difficult to define the term “beauty guru” as it is a word of the 21st century. According to UrbanDictionary, a beauty guru is a beauty teacher or any person that can teach someone about beauty. This century saw an increase in beauty idols, people we love to look up to, buy what they wear, and most importantly, people whose style dictates the new rules of fashion.

Ranging from actresses to singers and, the most recent trend, YouTubers and Instagram influencers, there certainly is a group of women whose style and look is so impeccable that we would definitely want to steal it for at least a day. So, who are the most important beauty gurus and what makes them so interesting and important?

Nicole Kidman

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One of the most influential and definitely most beautiful and successful Australian beauties is definitely Nicole Kidman, the human symbol of elegance and grace. Even at 50, this lady looks so perfect, and for a good reason – she takes care of her skin and is very meticulous. Yes, she has been under the knife a couple of times, but when you’re 50, that is perfectly normal. However, the condition of her skin is flawless, thanks to her tremendous love for skin care products.

According to an interview she gave for Allure, her favourite skin care product is Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Remover, as other anti-aging creams tend to be very strong for her skin type. But not only that – Nicole Kidman is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and training whenever one has the chance. This fact, and the fact that she is a proud user of a quite affordable yet good skin care line definitely makes Nicole Kidman the Australian beauty next door.

Blake Lively

She doesn’t only have one of the most handsome and funniest husbands ever, Blake Lively is also the owner of a beauty that ancient poets wrote poems about. The Gossip Girl star was a trendsetter as Serena van der Woodsen, and interestingly, it is a title that Blake has in real life as well.

According to her own words, she doesn’t pay too much attention to skin care, even though she is a L’Oreal Paris ambassador. She doesn’t rely on professional skin care maintenance, but rather focuses on light moisturizers during the summer and hydration in winter. However, her strongest power rests in her beautiful platinum hair. For that, she gave a small tip – rubbing coconut oil at the ends before shampooing it.

Meghan Markle

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Even though she was unknown to some in the first half of 2017, after her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle became a definite beauty and fashion guru. This soon-to-be-royal is a true example of the less-is-more kind of beauty (just as Kate Middleton – it seems the British Princes share the same taste in women) – she doesn’t even put foundation on her face when she’s not on set! If you want to take a peak in her bag, you’ll see oils that she uses for both body and face, face moisturizers and candy lip balms. So, if you’re following someone’s beauty tips, why not the future Duchess’s?

Ruby Rose

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One of the baddest gals out there, Ruby Rose really made a brand out of herself. Regardless of preferences, both men and women fell in love with those eyes and that hairdo. Even though she started her own makeup line, it’s the attitude of Ruby Rose and her androgynous looks that make her very distinctive. Moreover, she is the owner of some of the best tattoos in showbiz, and she wears them oh-so-femininely.

Every tattoo that we put on our body has a hidden meaning, and that is this capturing mystery of Ruby Rose. Her body is home to many different tattoo styles, so if you want to be more Ruby Rose-like, you should definitely get one for yourself. Make sure to choose one that has a meaning though – for example, choosing to get great Japanese tattoos in Sydney or any other town is a step closer to achieving this and also very popular and trendy.

Rihanna

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One of the biggest style divas of the new generations is definitely Rihanna. This gorgeous Barbadian beauty is not only a fashion guru (as everything she wears becomes an instant hit), she is also a makeup teacher and enthusiast. Thanks to Fenty Beauty, her own hit makeup line, we can be a bit more like her. However, she doesn’t owe her beauty guru title only to her makeup – she is also the advocate of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercises and a disciplined life.

It is difficult to imitate the looks and trends of celebrities but, as nothing is impossible, we can at least try. The only thing we need to know is who to look up to and what the things that make them unique are. If we can determine that, then we’ll definitely know what the things that make us unique are.

WRITTEN BY

AMY MIA GOLDSMITH

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Lady, personal development, writing

What I am dreaming of in 2018


The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. …

So, it’s a New Year. It is 2018 and I am ready to rock! Bring out the planners. Create a fresh new vision! Build my future and further business/work/blogger prospects.

Before I tell you my favourite books or quotes of the year, I want to reflect on the year ahead. I want to broaden my writing prospects. Study more. Read more. Have more “quiet times”. Be more community involved. Join a church. I have just started attending KingdomCity in Wangara here in Western Australia with the senior pastors, Mark and Jemima Varughese. Their vision is “connecting, equipping and empowering people to bring the reality of God to their world.”

But I just want to further my education goals and reach higher. Aim higher. Get more and better fast tracked results health wise, financial wise or any goal-oriented points I put myself into.

My dream.

One word.

London.

Full stop.

I am enjoying the peace and quiet in Landsdale to reflect on what I personally want and strive to do. I have done the Reverse Bucket List last year. Tick!

I have set goals.

I want to be creative in my ideas.

But now is my time to put things into action and for once, use my decision-making skills and learn the decision-making process.

I have set goals and tasks, which I could share with you, but all I am thinking is, the “refresh” button. I want to start all over again, renew my thoughts, clear my mind, do it with a clean slate.

I am a goal oriented girl, and constantly talk about goals whether they’re long or short! My full dreams and aspirations and all the things I want to achieve. I am a very creative type, so doing things to create a program and become creative in everything I do would definitely help. I would love to create a platform for women to gain confidence in themselves. Starting a finishing school in Perth would also be a huge ambition/dream. I am ready!

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. …

So, I am pulling out “Your Beautiful Business” Book by Emma Franklin Belle and going to re-read this short inspirational book to see if I can turn my dreams of this blog into a business.

Emma Franklin Bell is the founder of The Beautiful Business Academy (The BBA). The BBA is an entrepreneurial academy for creative women who want to accelerate the growth of their businesses and successfully build their brands.

Your Beautiful Business Book inspires you to leap into your business and build something that is soulful, purposeful and profitable!

Next up, I will go through the book step by step about decluttering and building a stand out clear vision for my business. Bring on 2018 with some new fresh ideas and a heart full of many desires. I will be working on a book review of this book in my next blog post.

Any tips?

Have you started a business?

What are your goals for 2018?

Have you got any writing goals?

Any travel goals?

Also, what do you think of me starting a Finishing School in Perth for young ladies? Please comment below your thoughts. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

P.S. I will add my favourite books of the year and do more Book Reviews this year along with some different self-help quotes in a new blog post.

Also, don’t forget to check out Emma’s website and claim your FREE copy of her book!

Elegance, Lady, Lifestyle

Five wedding reception etiquette tips


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To make this distinct event more enjoyable and a big part of your memory you must have a great reception. Reception is an important event both for the husband and wife. In a reception both may have the last big get to gather with their complete families. To make this big event of your life appreciable you must prepare for it with all your efforts. But planning a reception can be very difficult as many conditions and factors affect the renovation of a reception. But there are five tips for planning your wedding reaction with ease.

1- Management of invitation cards

In any event, the most important thing is to invite guests. People are usually invited traditionally through letters or cards. Invitation cards are to be given to each family or a group of members. In an average wedding reception, you need to invite a minimum of three hundred members. This means you need to arrange lots of invitation cards. One of the most important things to manage is your budget. If lots of cards are bought, it may cost you a lot. To avoid wastage of money, you may need to dedicate one card to a whole family or a group of families.

2- Guests to be invited

It is very important to pay complete attention towards the magnitude of guests. Before deciding a venue you must have a rough estimate of the number of guests to be invited.

This can help you get to a venue where all of these guests can be accommodated with ease. 25 to 30 square feet for each guest is perfect to have because many other accessories like table, chairs and the stage may cover some space.

Wedding invitation template can be very helpful for you to invite your guests.

3- Wedding date must be initially investigated

It is very important to decide a wedding day. You must be responsible and active while deducing a wedding date. Many times there are chances of another event at that say.

There may be another event at the venue you decide or there can be any national event which can affect the traffic. These events can not only waste your time but can even make your struggle done for the wedding event worthless.

4- Nature must not be underestimated

Many receptions to occur under big canopies or tents. These types of events look much attractive but on other hand they can cost you a lot. First of all you must check the weather conditions. You must avoid much colder and hotter days. Another poor aspect is the interference of bugs. This can make your event poorer.

5- Dresses

A theme may be decided according to the weather or any other occasion. This theme must be followed by the guests to make the wedding more disciplined.

Author Bio:

Ilse Frank is the mother of two little boys and is an amazing wedding planner. She is obsessed with wedding traditions and all the customs. She regularly posts at www.temploola.com/.

Home, Improvement, interior design, Lady

Easy Ways to Create a Vintage Look in Your Home


If you want to bring in some stylistic changes into your home, the vintage style might just be what you’re looking for. It’s a very popular choice for people who don’t want to invest a ton of money into new designer furniture and extravagant art pieces.

In order to achieve a charming vintage look, you can simply visit your local flea market for some cheap finds and spice up the look with a few real antiques, and voila! If these instructions weren’t too clear, here’s a more detailed guide on how to achieve a vintage style home.

Maximize on wood

To achieve a perfect nostalgic feel in your home, wood is an absolute must. Forget about drywall and opt for wood planks all over your home (the ceiling too!). Wood’s warmth and character can’t be replicated with any other material. Opt for natural, locally sourced wood, and try to leave your beams exposed for a maximum effect. However, if your budget doesn’t allow you to go all-in with wood, you can place it on one wall or ceiling, and still reap the benefits of this timeless material.

Bring in salvaged materials

Salvaged and reclaimed materials carry a bunch of character, so don’t forget to introduce some of them into your home. Salvaged wood is an especially interesting flooring option (and much cheaper than the new thing). Leave all the wear and tear marks, as even old nail holes and stains tell an exciting story.

Go vintage with furniture

Any vintage style home can’t be designed without classic vintage furniture. And don’t worry about those tiny wear and tear marks. These scars add depth to the piece and show it has a rich history. However, if the fabric is too damaged or the color or pattern doesn’t appeal to you, you can always reupholster it and give it new life. It’s still cheaper and much more stylish than buying replicas.

Animal imagery

Animal imagery is another key element of any vintage design. Here we’re not talking about leopard prints of the 80s, but about charming birds, bunnies and foxes that peacefully roam the fields. They are super cute (and also quite hipsterish, if that’s your thing). You can incorporate these animal motifs into throw pillows, lamp shades, mugs or even wallpapers. However, don’t go overboard, otherwise, your home will end up looking like a zoo. You don’t need foxes on your wallpaper if you already have bunnies on your cushions.

Don’t forget your entrance

Your doors are just as important as any part of your home, so make sure to match them with your overall style. For instance, get a bunch of old flower pots and plant some red Geraniums to create a warm welcoming feel for all your house guests. You can also opt for herbs like rosemary or basil that will both look amazing and provide you with fresh cooking ingredients. And, of course, hang a wooden swing on your porch for relaxing and romantic evenings. Also, if you think your doors don’t match your desired style, you can replace them with something more stylish. Just take a look at some of these great options from Simply Doors and Windows and take your pick.

Create a tea lounge

There’s nothing more vintage than an old-fashioned tea party. So, designate one part of your home for tea at 5 and go shopping for some vintage teacups.

They come in any color, design and shape imaginable, but make sure you opt for an old-timey set.

Also, don’t bother with being too matchy-matchy. Mismatched saucers and cups are super charming, and they look very vintage.

Vintage style is all about the character of objects and the feeling and atmosphere they inspire. It’s interesting, nostalgic and charming. So, if you can see yourself living in such an environment, feel free to give it a try.

Contributing Writer

Diana Smith

BOOKS, Lady

Two FREE Regency Period books on Kindle to download by the end of the year


TWO FREE BOOKS on Amazon, Google Books, Apple and Kobo

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Beauty, Lady

How to Make Yourself Look Amazing in Photographs


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BY Sania

Do you look perfect tonight and still unable to get your best photograph yet? Have you started to believe that you are not beautiful enough or just not that photogenic? If yes, I must tell you that all these things are untrue.

The truth is taking a good photo of yourself does not require perfect looks as nobody is perfect in every way.

All you need for an amazing photo is a good quality camera, some confidence in front of it and also wear your makeup in the right manner. Yes, makeup does have an impact on the way you appear in photos greatly. That is why the celebrities always turn out perfect in pictures, no matter what.

Want to know those tips and tricks of makeup that can help you get the best click? Read through and thank me later!

Even, Healthy and Blemish-free Skin

Nobody likes it when they can see their dark circles and zits all prominent in the photos. Uneven and dull tone of the skin is the ultimate turn off for both reality and in the photos. Therefore, you need to work on your skin to make it look all naturally healthy and even. You must add a little warmth to the skin tone if you want to appear healthy in the photos. Take a warm-toned foundation for your skin that has full coverage. Also, use an under-eye brightening highlighter to make the skin look very plumped and bright.

Make that Highlight Pop

Using a highlighter is essential if you are about to take some photos as it really helps make the skin look fresh and healthy. It also makes the face appear more sculpted. However, you might want to work a little harder to make that highlight pop in the photos. Here is a trick: take an oil-free moisturizer and apply it to the areas which you want to highlight. Then, take a powder highlighter and dab on top of the moisturizer before it gets fully absorbed.

Bigger and More Attractive Eyes

You must work a little extra on the eyes if you want them to look big and beautiful in the photos. The camera loves contrast and therefore, you must define your brows with a dark-colored brow gel, apply a bold liner and add some volume to the lashes. Also, apply a beige pencil in the waterline with a brown shadow in the lower outer corners of the eyes. Highlight the inner corners of the eyes and brow bones as well.

Perfectly Pouty Lips

Pouty lips are the never-ending trend and even the thinnest lips can turn a little pouty by the right makeup trick. Make sure you use a darker shade of lip liner to contour the lips and then, fill them in with a bold lip shade to really bring out the plumpness of lips. Do not opt for dark lip shades as they tend to make you look dull and tired.

Author Bio:

Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She recently published a post on choosing the correct moisturizer for skin.

Beauty, Lady

5 Beauty Treatments That Should be on Your Radar in 2018


From a controversial subject we only relate to celebrities under pressure, to something your mom will treat herself to on vacation, beauty procedures and plastic surgery have evolved into something that’s now a lot more accepted. You now get a whole range of choices, and can indulge in all sorts of treatments that will improve not only your beauty, but your confidence and your sense of self. To celebrate this trend of judgement-free personal choices, we present to you some of the most popular procedures around the world that you should keep an eye on in the year of 2018.

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BOOKS, Lady, writing

“A Lord Sotheby’s Influence” Bundle


The first three full novels in Catherine Gayle’s Lord Sotheby’s Influence series, available NOW in a single box set bundle on Amazon.

ONLY 83 cents right now on Kindle, and I bought it for a dollar something…..

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Fashion, Lady

How to Own Your Style with Confidence


Even though the idea of discovering your signature style sounds really attractive, one thing is certain – it’s a process that requires a lot of time, energy, and effort, which can be really overwhelming for many women. However, the final results are completely worth it. Defining your style and being confident about it is one of the best possible scenarios, so stay with us if you want to know how to make that happen. Here are some useful tips on how to accomplish that and feel as confident as never before, so check them out.

How to define your personal style?

Defining your personal style isn’t a process that can happen overnight – it can take a lot of time, possibly several years until you’re completely sure that something perfectly fits your personality. We’re sure that so many ladies are still searching for their signature style, and that’s completely fine simply because it requires experimenting and playing with colors, patterns, fabrics, and patterns.

You have to understand that fashion isn’t about obeying the rules, since that certainly won’t help you define your personal style. Instead, you can take those rules as some general guidelines, but it’s totally up to you to decide what to wear and what to skip. This means that you shouldn’t try to keep up with the latest fashion trends at all costs. Of course, if being trendy and fashionable is your cup of tea, you can always include such pieces to your everyday combos, but we’re saying that head-to-toe outfits that blindly follow the latest trends probably aren’t the best possible choice.

Understand your body shape and find signature pieces according to it

The first step towards finding your personal style and being self-confident is understanding your body shape. This step is crucial because you simply need to learn which silhouettes will always look flattering on you, without exceptions. If you still aren’t sure about your body shape, you can use a body shape calculator to find out. Of course, your friends and family can be of great help, since they’ll always be honest when something simply doesn’t fit right or looks silly on you.

Besides that, you can take pictures of the combos you’re trying on, which can help you a lot to spot the pieces and silhouettes you should stick to. When it comes to your signature pieces, it can be literally anything you like – from a pair of killer heels and a designer bag to colorful scarves and interesting brooches. Remember Anna Wintour and her famous sunglasses? That’s what we’re talking about! If you’re more into alternative fashion and some authentic pieces not everyone can wear, you should know that it’s actually a huge plus, since such pieces are truly unique.

This means that you will be noticed no matter what, which will help you stand out even in a crowd of people. One of the all-time favorites when it comes to this style is definitely a signature gothic corset, which was adored and worn by a lot of celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kim Kardashian. Apart from being really fashionable and stylish, this piece will accentuate your waist and make it look even tinier, which is never a bad thing!

It isn’t about the labels, but about your self-confidence

Defining your signature style and elegance is much more than just sticking to particular brands and labels – is more about being self-confident and comfortable while putting together your outfits. As already stated, style is personal and there should be no rules and trends to keep up with. You should follow your heart and know what looks amazing on you, and to stick to those pieces no matter what. Your style comes from within, from knowing exactly who you are and who you want to be, and that’s what makes you different from millions of other girls.

If you think that you’re beautiful, others will see you that way as well. That’s why you should love yourself in the first place, because if you don’t do it, no one else will. Always believe in yourself and you’ll see an instant improvement in your personal style and the way people perceive you. That’s the key to success when it comes to defining your signature style.

As you can see, coming up with your personal style can be a time-consuming process that can’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s completely worth it in the end. Once you accomplish this task you’ll feel much more confident and authentic, which is exactly what counts most!

Written by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Regular contributor to Highstylife.com and Elegantluxelife.com. Contributer to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com, Polishedpolyglot.com, Glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

Celebrities, History, Lady, royal life

Kate Middleton appearing at the Foundling Museum


The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton made her first appearance after the recent exciting news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s royal engagement news.

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