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Iconic British Accessories

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Today we want talk about iconic British accessories.  When it comes to accessorizing, there’s a certain aesthetic that the British fashion industry has always achieved.  A blend of honest, classic and at times eccentric, British accessories and British made brands have put this country on the map for very specific styles.

Iconic designers like Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and countless other renowned brands have made Britain one of the fashion hotspots of the world.  To celebrate this uniquely British heritage, we’ve decided to spotlight some gorgeous British made gifts for Her, and how you can up your aesthetic as summer gets into full, fashionable swing.

The Satchel

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Iconic in its own right, the leather satchel grew from humble beginnings as the go-to accessory for British students into a must-have accessory that speaks volumes. And when you think of a leather satchel you think of Cambridge, right? With it’s gothic spires and deliciously academic vibes, Cambridge is where the leather satchel is most famous, and where it rightly draws our minds when we think of it.

But now the satchel is equally at home in the pages of Vogue, or on the glitzy catwalks of the most iconic fashion shows around the world. It’s no longer just a bag to carry notebooks and rulers, it’s a statement. A representation of elegance, history and classic style for everyday wear.

Bow Ties

But wait, aren’t bow ties for men? You ask. Traditionally, you might be right. But it’s just as acceptable for all genders to don this iconic statement piece.  While the bow tie might make you think of sharp suits, black tie events and champagne (for which you’d be 100% right, because what a look), the bow tie has transcended the typically elegant realm of formal dress into street style and catwalk fashion.

From the traditionally small and sharp bow to a droopy affair on the front of a blouse, the bow tie, once symbolic of landed gentry, has become an iconic accessory with a fresh look while harking back to an era of decadence and luxury.

The Silk Scarf

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Loved by women all around the country, the silk scarf looks just as home walking through the wild and windy British countryside as it does adorning professional women in the heart of London. From classic and subdued to retro, and wild patterns, there really is a silk scarf for everyone.

Crafted by household name designers like Liberty, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, the silk scarf has become totally at home on the catwalk, in glossy magazines and on the streets of British cities. The silk scarf is even the Queen’s favorite accessory, and if it’s good enough for Liz …

If you’re looking for a way to wear a silk scarf in a slightly more modern way try looking up how to wear it as a halter, or simply style as a head scarf.

Brogues

Another typically British accessory, is the brogue. While we see the beginnings of this particular type of footwear in Irish and Scottish culture, where it wasn’t actually deemed suitable for formal or social occasions, the brogue has ascended the rungs of the cultural ladder and finds itself, now, one of the most iconic styles of footwear in Britain.

From the typical full brogue (also known as the wing-tip in America) to the longwing, brogues are about as quintessentially British as jam and cream scones. Plus, you’re just as likely to find women wearing these shoes as men, with their flattering shape and desirable quality.

The brogue is synonymous with that similar academic aesthetic as the satchel, but has gone even further and is worn by business women, street stylers, go-getters and vintage lovers everywhere. Think British? Think brogues.

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Trench Coats

We couldn’t very well shine a light on iconic British accessories without mentioning the trench coat now, could we? And while it is technically a coat, anything that has the power to elevate an outfit is an accessory in our opinion.

With its roots firmly planted in British military history, the trench coat was invented by two British manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum in the 1800’s. It became an optional item of dress within the British Army, to a select few ranking officials. And the rest, as they say, is history.

And now the trench coat has retained its status as one of the most iconic British fashion items all these years later.

Read more fashion articles at ClichéMag.com
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Beauty Rewind: FW16 Trends to Remember

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Makeup trends are constantly being invented, so a refresher on what is trending each season is the perfect way for us beauty babes to be in the know of what is currently in! Some of you may remember the makeup trends that were presented on models during FW ‘16, but for those of you that don’t, fear not. We’re here to rewind what sashayed down those catwalks so you are prepared for what will be raging during this year’s fall and winter seasons. Picture manicures that are too cool not to try, vampy lip colors, ethereal complexions, glittery details, and looks that are reminiscent of the ‘70s. Ring a bell yet? If not, we’ll let the pictures do the talking as we dive into more detail with each trend to help you master them as if you remembered them all along. Don’t worry—it’ll be our little secret.

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Vampin’ It Out
Just when we thought the red lip couldn’t be topped, the red-black version of this classic trend was brought out onto the runway in Rodarte’s Fall 2016 Ready-To-Wear collection. It gives us all mysterious, spooky vibes that we can’t help but succumb to around October. And can you blame us? With lips as dark as these, you’ll feel like an infamous vamp that no one will want to mess with. Paired with a simple face, full brows, and a leather jacket, you’ll be ready to slay the night.

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Back to the ‘70s
We’ve seen 70’s trends take us by storm again in the fashion game—from chokers and denim skirts to suede pants and folk-like prints—so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the beauty side would be sharing their own take on this era. The cut crease and a smoky eye created an effortless grunge effect in Diane von Furstenberg’s FW ‘16 line. To master this look, all you need is a grey-toned eyeshadow and a blending brush.

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Goddess Glow
Believe it or not, an au naturale vibe was also favored on some catwalks during FW ‘16. Spotted at Valentino, Prada, and Gucci, models were photographed with fresh skin that had just a hint of a peachy glow for a goddess-like effect. It’s a look that reminded us so much that less can be more when you stick to minimal details and let your natural beauty just show.

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All That Glitter
Who knew glitter could be a normal everyday makeup look? Thanks to Burberry, we were introduced to gold glitter perfectly placed on the cheekbones of their models. Anyone who is brave enough to rock this trend more than once through fall and winter deserves serious kudos. This look is very much like the freckle trend that has been ruling out there, so if you’re a little taken aback by putting glitter on your face, reach for a metallic liquid liner instead and gently create dots along your nose and cheeks for this mesmerizing effect.

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Graphic Manis
Cutesy stickers to glass nails with artsy touches—the nail game at NYFW ‘16 was something that was totally new to us. Creatures of Comfort, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Opening Ceremony, and Rachel Antonoff (just to name a few) made a statement all on their own and had us wanting to up our manis right afterwards. If you’re not the best manicurist out there, don’t worry. We recommend grabbing nail polish strips, like the ones by Sally Hansen, which won’t have you swearing every time you can’t perfect a sharp, black line.

Read more Beauty articles on ClicheMag.com.

“Beauty Rewind: FW16 Trends to Remember” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2016 issue. Featured image courtesy of  ©Sonny Vandevelde / Indigital.tv

Summer Scent

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Summer Scents

Ever notice how your favorite perfume smells a bit different in the summer? That’s because our skin chemistry changes in the summer, which means that a perfume you loved all winter long might only be alright for you during the summer. When looking for summer fragrances it is best to stick with natural scents such as floral, warm and citrus. If you’re still confused on where you should start that’s alright because I have come up with a list of summer fragrances you should try out.

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy:  This is personally my absolute favorite scent. This lovely bottle contains a combination of refreshing lite floral fragrances. Marc Jacobs merges the scent of sweet strawberry, violet petals, gardenia and jasmine. Then he tops it all off with a small amount of cedar wood which gives the perfume a slight woody scent.

2. Marc Jacobs DOT: The first thing I noticed about this fragrance was that it smelled of fresh roses, red berries and cedar wood. This perfume smells much more traditional and sophisticated rather than lite and fresh. There is no doubt that DOT will leave a long lasting scent on your skin.

3. Burberry Summer: This scent is absolutely perfect for the summer if you’re looking for a crisp citrus smell. Burberry Summer contains a mixture of mandarin, pomegranate, lilies and cedar wood. The only downside about the perfume is that it is hard to find. Your best bet is buying it from a website such as amazon.com.

4. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy: Viva La Juicy perfume has a very woody warm smell. If you’re the type of person who does not love floral aromas then Viva La Juicy would be the best choice for you. This gorgeous bottle contains captivating scents of caramel, vanilla, praline, jasmine and cedar wood.

 

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Bruno Major: The next big thing

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When you hear Bruno, most people think Bruno Mars, but Bruno Major is about to be the name on everybody’s lips.

The London-based musician started as a session guitar player, but it was a brilliant day when he added his own vocals and sang his own songs.

Major’s voice has a raw intensity and strong passion that pulls you in right away. Paired with his amazing guitar skills, you just want to listen to the songs on repeat.

He was recently featured in a Burberry Acoustic session where he performed his song “The First Thing You See.”

Major released his first EP (live nonetheless) on January 21 with Virgin Records, is currently working with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon), and he’s going on a solo UK tour in February.

This year is about to take off for Major, and you want to make sure you follow along.

You can keep up with Major at his official site, here, and you can get his EP Live on iTunes.


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