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21 girlboss quotes to inspire you for the new year

12th January, 2019

I love the start of a brand new year because of the promise it brings. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store and what new projects I’ll embark on, people I’ll meet and experiences I’ll have. It’s also the optimum time to get motivated and start tackling things on your to-do list. Whether it’s to nab that promotion you’ve been wanting, getting fit or finally embarking on a new hobby or sport that you’ve been dying to try make 2019 the year you take your first step. Here are a few inspirational quotes from some truly remarkable women to help you get started.

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estee Lauder

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.” – Tory Burch

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brene Brown

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Ariana Huffington

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K Rowling

“Trying to do it all and expecting that it can all be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realised that being successful isn’t about being impressive, it’s about being inspired. That’s what it means to be true to yourself.” – Michelle Obama

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” – Tina Fey

“The more you can be authentic, the happier you’re going to be, and life will work itself around that.” – Melinda Gates

“You can be driven and be nice.” – Aerin Lauder

“Put blinders onto those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” – Meryl Streep

“So often in life the things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart


5 ways to stand out this New Year’s Eve

29th December, 2016

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When it comes to New Year’s Eve, it’s the perfect time to go all out and really turn it up a notch when it comes to your make up. Turn up the colour, embrace shine and be sure to add a touch of drama for this one night of the year. It’s definitely the night to be bold and daring. These five makeup techniques are guaranteed to dial up your look and help you welcome 2017 with a healthy dose of glamour.

Red lip

Turn your pout into a statement-making feature by opting for a bright bold lip. A classic red is always sexy and when it comes to finding just the right shade try a scarlet with blue undertones for fair skin, orange-based brick reds for an olive complexion and on darker skin orange-reds work perfectly. If working with a bright lipstick makes you nervous you can try my easy step-by-step guide to help make it easier.

Lush lashes

It’s time to upsize your lashes and make them a stand out feature of your New Year’s Eve look. Invest in a pair of great false lashes to really amp up your eyes. Your options are endless with everything from the store bought variety that you can apply at home (I show you how here) to lash extensions that can be done by a beauty salon at your disposal.

Smoky eye

This sultry makeup look is just dying to be used on a night out. Achieving a smoky eye make look tricky but it’s actually quite simple once you know how. Why not try my smoky eye tutorial here to help you achieve the look at home? The only key is to keep shades in a similar colour scheme to achieve a seamless finish.

Pretty in pink

If red isn’t your colour try a sweet candy pink lipstick to add some colour to your pout. It still helps to liven up your look and is the kind of shade that most women will find easier to pull off.

Feline eyes

A classic cat eye is perfect for a night out. All you need is a wing-tipped liner and the help of this tutorial and you’re all set to achieve the look yourself. You’re guaranteed to get plenty of compliments when wearing this glamorous 60s inspired look.

Which beauty look will you try this new year’s eve?


Fashion resolutions to make in 2016

29th December, 2015


When it comes to my wardrobe I find the beginning of a brand new year is the perfect time to make some fashion resolutions. Whether it’s editing my closet or simply pinpointing new trends to try (or leave behind in 2015) I like to start the year fresh and ready to experiment with different looks. Here are some of the resolutions I think all women should make for the year ahead…

Assess your style

It can be easy to fall into a rut and just wear the same thing over and over again so what better time to do a style audit than a brand new year? Take the time to look at each item in your wardrobe and be brutally honest about whether it’s still flattering to you. If for example you purchased a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans but find they’re not really doing much for you don’t be afraid to cull them from your wardrobe. Each item in your wardrobe should make you feel amazing, and if doesn’t bin it or donate it to charity.

Know what works

One of the benefits of a style audit is that you’ll be able to easily identify what works and what doesn’t and be able to keep those particular styles and silhouettes in mind when you’re shopping throughout the year. If voluminous dresses tend to swamp your frame, then you’ll know to avoid them and instead look for something a little more form fitting.

Invest in staple pieces

There are certain pieces that are the building blocks of a great wardrobe so it pays to buy the best quality you can. This means staples like a good pair of jeans, a well made coat, a blazer, a quality handbag and one go-to little black dress. These are the items that will be in high rotation throughout the year so it’s worth investing a little more in them to ensure they go the distance.

Build a library of basics

Basics are the workhorses of a well functioning wardrobe. They’re items such as a simple white or grey tee, a white button down shirt and key items of underwear such as a t-shirt bra, a strapless bra and a slip. These are the backbone of most outfits so make sure you have them on hand as they can be mixed and matched easily to form different looks and will be the basis of most of your outfits throughout the year.

Don’t fall victim to every single trend

Be selective in the trends you jump on throughout the year. Not every trend will work for every person so it pays to be selective in which ones you incorporate into your wardrobe and also to think of different ways you can wear it that are flattering to you. If for example you love the 70s trend but find flares just aren’t your thing, you could try wearing 70s-inspired accessories instead such as a wide-brimmed hat or stacked heel sandals.

What are some of your fashion resolutions for the new year?