Farfetch App Review And £400 Voucher Giveaway

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve.

This year was a bit intense for me — full of many changes and great accomplishments. As I’ve mentioned earlier in my blog posts, I work in fine jewelry industry and I enjoy every moment of it. Every day is different and there is always so much to learn! I hope that you, too, are ending a satisfying year and starting to create 2016 goals.

I have exciting news to share!

Farfetch.com , international fashion website, recently contacted me to review their Farfetch Discover app.

The app takes online shopping experience to the next level by showcasing over 300 carefully selected boutiques.

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All boutiques are located everywhere from Tokyo, New York and London to Catania, New Orleans and Buharest, but united in one online shopping destination.

I’ve just discovered Dolci Trame, a hidden gem in the heart of renaissance city, Siena. I adore its wide selection of incredible designers such as Phillip Lim, Clizia Ornato, Akris and Ann Demeulemeester.

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I particularly like the ‘search’ tab that allows you to filter your shopping experience by using key words. More importantly, the tab saves the previously searched words:

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Also, the list of famous and emerging international designers is incredible. Whether you are big fan of Martin Margiela or Haute Hippie, the online boutique will satisfy the most exquisite taste. Notably, some boutiques offers vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces. 

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Finally, the app has an “Add To Wish List” button that allows you to save your favourite items.

My wish list features capes, maxi dresses and knee-high boots. I especially can’t stop thinking about Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Carnaby’ boots: 

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Now here’s the best part: you have the chance to win a £400 voucher and treat yourself to that item or two from your wish list. In order to win, dowload the Discover Farfetch app and  follow @farfetch on social media channels. 

For a chance to win, enter the following link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition will close Thursday  Midday December 31st 

ENTER TO WIN!


CHALAYAN TRENCH AND SPORTS

I like this  Chalayan trench, which I often use to complete an effortless, sporty look. The fabric, made up of 100% waterproof polyester, makes this trench perfect for rainy days. Although it has a belt, I like to wear it unbuttoned to show off the avant-garde architectural shape. Hussein Chalayan, a British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer, is incredibly innovative; he found inspiration in art, science and architecture. I absolutely love his designs. Some of them are so modern and wearable, others are simply fantastic pieces of art.

I like to wear a sporty look lately throughout the week. Side-striped pants,  combined with sporty wedges,  give a ready-for-action, modern look.

What do you think of incorporating sports into your wardrobe?

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Twelve Ways to Increase Polyvore Followers

1. Participate. A great way to expose your art is through a group contest or the Polyvore contest.

2. Be original. Other people’s sets provide  great inspiration for layouts and color schemes. However, distinctive style and persistence in design are what will make you unique.

3. Engage with Polyvore users. Comment on the sets rather than just clicking “like.”

4. Learn graphic design basics. This includes the typography essentials and color selections. You can learn more about these by watching YouTube videos. In the embellishment category, the  “Colors” tool  has very popular and interesting  palettes to make your set visually appealing.

5. Keep it simple. Avoid using too many details. For example, don’t incorporate an inordinate amount of colors. Simplicity is the key. Once the set is ready, play with it. Simplify by removing unnecessary layers or details.

6. Use personal messages or quotes. This is a wonderful way to connect with other members.

7. Challenge yourself. Rather than styling an already popular item, create an incredible set from a simple, unknown product.

8. Use hashtags related to your set when publishing.

9. Search for trends, top sets for inspiration and ideas. You will find these by clicking on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner.

10. Create your personal template. A personalized template will ensure format consistency and  highlight your profile, along with your art.

11. Understand community. Once you have followers, it is important to understand and embrace the concept of sharing and giving in this digital world. Create albums. Group other people’s work and promote their art. Share their sets on social media channels, such as Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, etc. Don’t forget to mention the artist’s username and offer a link back to his or her work.

12. Practice, practice, practice. You can become an expert in anything if you genuinely enjoy it and continually practice. You don’t have to be innately gifted. All you need is passion. Good luck!

Please, share any other tips you’ve discovered in  using Polyvore.

Ten Must-Have Productivity Apps for Fashion Bloggers

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As a fashion blogger, you focus on time management, while staying on top of trends and creating a great visual presentation for your blog. In addition to all the social media apps on your smartphone, here are 10 apps that will inspire you and increase your productivity:

1. Flipboard

I absolutely love this app and use it every morning while drinking my coffee. It’s a really great combo – caffeine and new information – that energizes me and instantly makes me a nice person in the morning. Flipboard allows you to customize your daily social media reading in magazine format. It is a very efficient tool whereby you can stay informed about the top celebrity news, as well as fashion and technology trends. Here, you also can connect your favorite blogs, as well as updates from other social media accounts, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

2. Instapaper

Riding the subway every morning? Save a few interesting articles to the instapaper app. This app’s amazing feature allows you to access your articles without the Internet.

3. Style.com
If you love fashion, Style.com is one of the greatest apps to stay informed about trends, in addition to current and emerging designers. Every fashionista needs this application.

4. Polyvore
This is an addicting social media networking app, which allows you to discover trends, create style sets and share them with fans, fashonistas, interior designers and artists around the globe. Industry players will also appreciate its advertising potential.

5. Animoto
This awesome app creates a video at the speed of light via your mobile device.

6. PicCollage
With this terrific app, you can quickly craft mood boards and collages with images instantaneously . You can customize the background, frame and effects. Then, share your creations with your fans.

7. Dropbox
High-resolution pictures are easily managed with this application. You can safely and securely store and share images with your teammates and friends. The images are shared privately and you control accessibility.

8. Instaquote
Now you can create stylish quotes and instantly share them via Twitter or Instagram. You can also save them in Dropbox.

9. Fashion Network
Watch fabulous fashion shows from New York, Paris, Milan, London, Los Angeles and the Miami Fashion Weeks by using this app.

10. Pinterest
An extremely user-friendly application for marketing your work, Pinterest also provides visual inspiration and styling ideas. Collect beautiful images, create your own boards and share them with your fans!

What are your favorite smartphone apps that you use on a daily basis?

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Using Red Light Skin Rejuvenation Therapy

We try to balance fast-paced careers with a strong family life. Inevitably, this creates stress.

Some women choose high-pressure lifestyles. The corporate world or entrepreneurship is exciting and rewarding. Still, it can take a toll on the looks.

Looking fresh and young creates an important first impression, which is an essential element for success. We all need to learn to take care of ourselves continually.

So… here you are… waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror. You say, “Is it me?!”

Stress affects the skin at any age. It generates sagging, wrinkling, excessive oiliness and enlarged pores.

I try everything new on the market. Recently, I’ve started to use red light therapy, which uses bulbs to emit rays that deeply penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen. The results are noticeable immediately. Ah, don’t you love technology? This is an amazing solution for my skin and my rollercoaster lifestyle.

Today, I applied the product Beauty Angel red light therapy cosmetic Focus FORTIFIED SERUM during a red light sessions. This product, which is especially great if you have dry or sensitive skin, increases the affect of red lights.

I’m a believer. Stay strong and beautiful!

Beauty Angel

 

When You Can’t Fake It

I spend a significant amount online monitoring fashion trends and new startups. I’ve noticed an increase of Asian online stores selling designer replica products. One of those website descriptions reads:

 “… is an online shopping destination that you need to bookmark and visit again and again. Our mission is to bring heart to commerce and become the better origin of fashion inspiration. Inspire and be inspired by cool girls the world over.

Here are the hottest single product recommendation, the fabulous treasure to share, come visit the baby, and love with beautiful people found the fashion, sharing fashion, looking for fashion to catch up with the trend; share the shopping experience, record your fashion diary, practicing fashion and beautiful heart Sutra, do the most beautiful.”

A better origin of fashion?!

First of all, that company can claim no authenticity. These are shameless replicas of top world designers, such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and many others. Second, the website is full of grammatical errors, which make me cringe. What a sign of unprofessionalism and ignorance. Finally, I’ve noticed that the company targets fashion bloggers and social networks for fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. The exposure to all of this is like the spread of an unpreventable virus.

I have always been against replicas. The top designers and world-recognizable brands invest a tremendous amount of time and effort to build their brands and reputations.  They typically have a long history and passion for design at the core of their name (brand). I respect that.

My message for the customer: first, you don’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money to experience the design of luxury brands. There is a reason that famous designers collaborate with other retailers, such as H&M, Macy’s, Target, etc.  If you purchase a replica, you only show ignorance, lack of taste and disrespect for designers.

My message to fashion bloggers: Would you buy fake apparel just to get your name out there?

If so, your choices are not sustainable in the long run.  If you are thinking of a long-term career as a stylist or fashion blogger, support the designers and learn as much as possible about them, including the personalities of their brands, as well as their histories.

Everpurse

Even if you aren’t a technology geek, you will appreciate the Everpurse.

It’s the first wireless charger bag specifically for women.

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The sleek leather or cloth purse will charge your Smartphone all day. If you leave the Everpurse on its charging mat at night, by the morning, it will be ready to charge your phone up to two times over. In nonGeek language, this means that when your phone is about to fade out or die, you can charge it very quickly by popping it in the Everpurse.

This huge convenience for busy women was designed by a very busy woman— former Chicago social worker and entrepreneur Liz Salcedo.

Finally, I just find it irresistible. It’s an attractive purse that can be used day and night. It will hold essentials and fit into a larger handbag or briefcase.

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Photo Credit: http://www.everpurse.com

Virtual Shopping

We use our smartphones to check our bank balances, order Ma Po Tofu for lunch and send our romantic partners a quick text before the work day even begins. So, why do so many women hesitate to shop online?

“Because my body type is atypical and I can’t try the clothes on and know that they will fit,” you say.

True, you will not have the opportunity to circle in front of the mirror once you have zipped up the burgundy leather skinny pants you have pulled off the rack. But do you really need to?

If you know your body type and what fits you best, shopping online can be very advantageous. Aside from the ability to choose from an array of designers and brands, there are numerous other reasons to shop online.

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Convenience, convenience, convenience. During your lunch break, you can sneak to your favorite online store without ever leaving your office. In the evening, while your children are doing their homework, you can wrap yourself in a fleece blanket, sip a glass of pinot noir and shop through a number of different stores. Personally, I love to turn on my favorite music, lean against my favorite pillow and search for the perfect designer leather bag on my laptop.

Efficiency. Like most women balancing a career and family, you may not have a lot of time. By using the search function, you can quickly find styles that fit your body type. For example, I often type the key words “low waist,” “draping,” or “genuine leather,” etc.

Bargains. Don’t you love deals? Finding a pair of Dolce & Gabbana pumps on sale is very satisfying. Footwear, from a logistics’ point of view, is very expensive inventory to keep. The markdowns on those are sometimes unbelievable. Finding $600 shoes for $80 means that your new high-quality shoes will keep you in style and your budget in balance.

Styling tips. Many online retailers match products with accessories, so you can learn styling skills and make better color selections. In addition, many stores provide recommendations or offer the products similar to the ones you have chosen.

Customized accounts. There are a few retailers that allow you to create a profile with your personal measurements and preferences. This makes the shopping experience very convenient.

Virtual shopping is a fun experience and with the rapid development of technology, it will only get better.

At Your Fingertips: Touch Screen Gloves

Now that it is December, you and your partner are enjoying winter activities— outdoor ice skating, cross-country skiing or snow shoeing.

While taking in the beauty of the season, it’s impossible to cut off the rest of the world. We need to be able to access our smartphones periodically.

And with the latest fashion advances, you can.

Grandoe Women's Selene Leather Touchscreen Gloves: Touch screen gloved hands allow us to tweet, check in on the babysitter and send a message to the office assistant from the skating rink even in the most bitter conditions. You will never have to take off your gloves again.

Grandoe Women’s Selene Leather Touchscreen Gloves: Touch screen gloved hands allow us to tweet, check in on the babysitter and send a message to the office assistant from the skating rink even in the most bitter conditions. You will never have to take off your gloves again.

Look for genuine leather gloves that have special threads and fibers that make the entire glove conductive. This improves the connection between your fingers and the touch screens of hand-held devices and computers. Even visiting the ATM will never be easier.

A high-quality glove is made with thin layers that trap the heat and circulate it. A 100% cashmere lining will provide you an ultimate in cold-weather comfort.

There are numerous lines to choose from and they vary greatly in price. If you buy them online, you will not be facing regular store mark-ups. Consequently, even after shipping costs are added, the products are usually less expensive online. A pair of good gloves will last you about five years.

These also will make a wonderful holiday gift.