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Top 10 Stylish Ski Jackets for 2015

Most people would probably think that style plays no role in ski jackets. Well, you’d be surprised at how much thought is put in to making these skiing essentials both functional AND stylish. For the year 2015, there are several types of ski jackets which are all the rage. We’ve done our best to cover the latest styles of snow jackets on the market and provide a quick insight into what makes each snow jacket special. For more technical info on each jacket follow the included links, our judgements have tried to include both fashion and function.

3CS ski jacket maroon with chekered inside

3CS ski jacket

In number one we have the 3CS Brunswick Snow Jacket. Now this jacket is spot on when it comes to functionality. The conveniently placed pockets and sleeves make it different from your typical snow jacket. The designer scores points for the checkered print lining. Who else can say that they own such a wickedly themed ski jacket?

Tiffany coloured Snow Jacket

Scott Quorra Snow Jacket

Second place goes to the Scott Quorra Jacket style. Now this jacket is your classic, simple but sturdy snow jacket. These kinds of jackets can get you through whatever weather comes your way. it features GORE-TEX fabric and Thinsulate insulation, making it perfect for the Australian ski season as its really thin but super warm. Comes in a beautiful Tiffany blue colour too ladies!

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket is our third choice. Who can resist adding this jacket to the list with that colourful design? It boasts a Promaloft Silver insulation and H2flow temperature airflow regulator. It was also designed to be waterproof, wind-proof, and water-resistant.

Fourth place goes to the Patagonia Super Cell jacket. This simple but sturdy jacket boasts all the features of a Patagonia jacket minus the hole-in-your-wallet price tag. Comes in 4 base colours including blue, black green and a very fashionable orange. Made with GORE-TEX this bad boy will keep you warm and dry all day long.

bright pink ski jacket

Pure Snow Chamonix jacket

Halfway through the list comes the Pure Snow Chamonix jacket. This jacket has a soft feeling fabric which provides comfort as well as protection. It’s available in pink and purple so if you want to stand out and stay warm, this is the snow jacket for you!

Number six is awarded to the Olympic halfpipe silver medalist jacket. Torrah Bright loves rocking the Roxy Quinn Jacket. It is highly rated for waterproof protection and looks fancy as hell to boot. Featuring some nice faux fur around the collar, this stylish number will have you looking the part as you come down the pipe!

Seventh place goes to the Helly Hansen Squamish CIS jacket. It is made of a two-way stretch fabric which enables it to move freely to the shape and contour of your body.

Second to the last is the Marmot Zermatt Jacket. The color scheme and design is very simple yet the appeal is there. It’s very cool and light to the eyes. It also provides the basic protection that all ski jackets provide with its waterproof MemBrain fabric as its most notable feature.

And finally, we have the Spyder Gem Jacket. The Spyder Gem Jacket is a new addition to the Chris Davenport’s White Spyder collection. Its notable features are it’s shoulder reinforcement, reflector, and 360 degree stretch fabric. But because of the price of this jacket, we had to put it last (nearly $400 more than the #1 pick!)

Aside from these top ten, there are numerous other jackets that any skier can choose from. The fun is in picking which one feels and looks right for you! If you need advice, there is a pretty active community on Google+ that are always happy to help, you can access it here:

What’s Trendy in Bags this Season

An outfit isn’t complete without a handbag or clutch to go with it. Bags can be used to accentuate aspects of your shoes or belt, or level out some of the tones in your dress. They can be slung around your shoulder or casually primed in front of your waist, showing off your pristinely polished nails.

Handbags have, and always will be, an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. They are one of those items that serve both an aesthetic and practical use. Can you imagine carrying your wallet, mobile phone, lipstick, comb, car keys, face powder, perfume, and other toiletries in your pockets? Definitely not. Bulky pockets are a major fashion faux par.

For the year twenty fifteen, some noticeable trends in designer handbags have already become apparent. We have bucket bags and flower designs making their way back in vogue. However, some handhelds have also been popular, elbowing their way back into the limelight. Sling and saddlebags are also joining the race towards the most popular styles in ladies handbags this season.

a collection of bucket bagsBucket Bags

You can go to any fashion shop and you’ll see their display cases lined with bucket bags of different colors and designs. During the earlier part of the year, big bulky bucket bags were all the rage. The appeal comes from the ease of which they can carry numerous items as well as their light design. This design is perfect for moms, teachers, days at the beach and depending on the design, even for business women.

More recently, smaller bucket bags have been stealing the show. These offer the same style and almost as much as carry space as their larger sibling, but in a much more practical and versatile size.

Floral designs

Perky designs and vibrant colors define one of the dominant trends in bags this year. Flowers have always been used to symbolise women, virility and femininity, so it comes as no surprise why there is such a buzz for bags that come with flower designs this year.

Another pull factor of flower designs comes from the fact that they can easily be paired with almost anything. They can be used with casual wear and outings. They can also be used to add a little fun to a professional look. Remember, downplaying is always okay if you are doing it the right way.

a bright leather boho sling bag

A sling bag from Lokoa


Ah, the classic. A symbol of style and sophistication. Handhelds are usually associated with formal events, but there is a growing market that seeks perky and colorful handhelds. We like the selection of leather clutches and wallets at The Freedom State, but you can also find a wide variety of different styles and designs at many other online designer fashion stores.

Sling and Saddlebags

If you are looking for a more casual look, then sling or saddlebags are the way to go. Simply grab ‘em, sling ‘em and go! Leather bags with donning vibrant colours seem to be all the rage this season, take a look at the wonderful collection of boho bags at Lokoa, which we all adore! These bright bags can be used for both casual wear as well as semi-formal to formal events, either way you can be sure they’ll be a taking point.

If you’re looking for something a little less bohemian and wild, take a look at the latest releases from your favourite handbag and accessories stores for some 2015 fashion inspiration. Whatever your style might be, there’s a bag out there that is perfect for you, find the right style, mix it with the right outfit and make this your year to shine!

Tips For Keeping Hair Shiny The Natural Way

When it comes to tips for keeping hair shiny, the first instinct is to rush over to the nearest hairstylist and ask for recommendations. This is actually understandable and even acceptable at times especially in cases where prominent hair experts are involved.

shiny hair naturallyStill, the tips for keeping hair shiny as offered by the typical hairstylist, can be quite expensive. Apart from the expected service or professional fees, a few other products may need to be purchased eventually if only to maintain that distinctive hair shine. Although they will usually offer you a salon treatment if it’s available, many hairdressers have a few secrets up their sleeve for when professional hair treatment is not an option. We spoke with New Farm hairdresser Amy, from Jagged Hair and Beauty about some ways to keep the shine all natural!

A less costly alternative is the do-it-yourself or DIY way. These are not new and untested techniques but have been used by people even before commercial hair beauty products were formulated.

A classic example of this is coconut oil which just needs to be massaged all across the scalp prior to bathing. Coconut oil is hardly expensive, although care should be taken when purchasing coconut oil for hair use. The ideal coconut oil to use is the unrefined type as this will easily soak into the hair strands. When applying this onto the hair, it is best to start at the end point since this is the area that is in need of extra conditioning. The scalp usually produces natural oil so this will not really require assistance in the conditioning aspect. The exact oil amount is an issue that will depend greatly on hair texture and thickness. For generally dry hair, more coconut oil is recommended. Oily hair, on the other hand, will require significantly lesser amount.

After the scalp massage, use warm water to wash the hair and wrap this tight with a clean towel. The goal at this stage is to contain the moisture both from the water and the coconut oil. This should be maintained for approximately half an hour.

Upon rinsing, make use of the normal shampoo and conditioner. Wash this off with cold and clean water and allow this to dry the natural way. Rubbing the hair dry with a bath towel should not be considered as this could remove the necessary nutrients and can jeopardize all efforts at creating beautiful and shiny hair.

egg is good for your hairA few other tips for keeping hair shiny can be a bit messy to some people but can be quite effective. The use of eggs, for instance, as a massaging material may not sit well with a number of women. Nevertheless, the consequent results should be worth all the hard and messy work initially put in.

For tips for keeping hair shiny via the egg treatment process, the first step will involve cracking at least two pieces of raw eggs. A few more eggs may have to be considered in the case of generally long hair. Upon cracking the eggs, collect all the yolk or the yellow portion into a bowl and mix this with olive oil. The solution should be prepared in such a way that the yolk gets effectively covered. The white part of the egg, meanwhile, can be set aside for other use. Shampoo the hair the normal way and rinse this using lukewarm water. Massage the hair with the prepared solution afterwards and keep it on for about five minutes.

Rinse the hair a second time using lukewarm water and finish this off with a third rinse but this time, using cold water. Of the many tips for keeping hair shiny, this can take some time but should be given serious consideration as it has been proven to be quite effective. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, give the girls at Jagged Hair and Beauty a call on +61 7 3252 5032 to book in for a professional salon shine treatment – no egg!

The Main Trends So Far in 2015

The emerging trends in women’s clothing styles each season is something that fashion-conscious females are always looking forward to. Given this, it is not uncommon to find that many fashion designers have prepared their creations much in advance. Obviously, this is to provide the fashionista population a glimpse of what the fashion world has in store for them as the year progresses.

At this early stage, the trend in women dresses for 2015 is almost complete with the unveiling of the Fall-Winter collection last February at the New York Fashion Week. Briefly, it would appear that nostalgia is the overwhelming theme of the collection with many of the women dresses showcasing designs that were popular during the ’70s.

fallwinter2015A similar theme was emphasized during the Spring fashion show, and a number of experts in the scene agree that this has lingered on. This was quite obvious in the recently-held Autumn-Winter catwalk shows and clothing line launches.

In line with the ’70s look, the layers for the dresses this season are a bit longer than usual with the waists set a little higher at the same time. Pants for women on the other hand tend to be more fluid and likely carrying flared designs.

Emphasis has been given to the waist area especially as the more relaxed pants variety begins to become more visible. This will be underscored further when the lower pockets are designed with eye-catching flaps and complemented with patent belts. The use of bespoke jackets is also seen as another means of giving emphasis to the waist area.

Even though many of the waists on catwalks this year are adorned with such attractions as patent belts, a popular trend in women dresses is also to carry a militarized approach by underscoring the utility concept. As such, the color combination for many women pants will veer towards navy, olive, and forest green hues.

Fashion ideas from the 1970sIf the highly-stylish woman finds these colors a bit limited, she can look forward to a more extensive listing in the coming months. Presently, designers are considering the use of more neutral tones for the pants that includes chalky white. These colours contrast to the long skirts that can be seen in generally richer colors like blood orange, saffron, and cognac.

Interestingly, the trend in women dresses for 2015 is hardly restricted for female adornment only. Many of the colors are found to be somewhat androgynous so it should not come as a surprise if the fashion-conscious males find the emerging designs for females suitable for their attire as well. As Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantene Colour Institute noted, the palette use in the Fall Collection is multifaceted that the accompanying sophistication should work well for both men and women.

Indeed, that ’70s feeling is alive and well and should be the main trend in women dresses for 2015 at least until the Autumn season. Nevertheless, even with conservatism in the atmosphere, many designers who attended the fashion show observed that many of the women dresses also carried a slightly liberal touch. In other words, sleek and sophistication has effectively matched up with old-style fashion.

The basics of building a stylish wardrobe

We can all get confused by the myriad of clothing options available to us. Do you want to be trendy or stick to the basic conservative style? It’s all too easy to be attracted to the decadence of designer items or the thrill of thrift shopping. You might be an amazing bargain hunter, always happy to check from shop to shop or be addicted to the click of online shopping.

Most people; especially women, with all these shopping options; find themselves with a huge wardrobe of clothes and sadly absolutely nothing to wear. Here are a few tips to guide you on building a stylish wardrobe that you will love and want to wear.

highwaistDress for your body type

We are all built differently and ensuring you are dressed for your body type regardless of the trends will keep you on the well dressed list. They are plenty of magazines and online resources that can guide you and keep you stylish. Simply learning whether you are an apple, pear, hourglass or tube will allow you to zero in on what you should stock for your wardrobe. Try out the helpful shape calculator below.

Flaunt your best feature

We all have something we love about ourselves and this makes us feel confident and happy. Flaunt this feature without feeling guilty, as our clothing is an extension of ourselves and by showing our best features we present the best of ourselves to the world. This in turns makes us confident and elevates what we are wearing.

Fit! Fit! Fit!

These three letters can make even the drabbest outfit very forgiving. Regardless of your size, well fitted clothes give an elegance and confidence to the wearer that can be spotted and appreciated.

Dress for the body you have and not the body you want

While a New Year’s resolution to get slimmer is commendable, it is highly advised to dress stylishly for the body you have now. This will in-fact get you to your goal much happier and build your self-esteem which can be crushed by trying to squeeze into tiny clothes.

alernative modern outfitEmbrace the trends that work for you

Not every highly coveted and praised trend will work for you especially keeping in mind our different body types. If you still love a trend, an easy solution would be to wear accessories showcasing that trend and be able to stick to what works especially as trends are ever-changing.

Constantly de-clutter your wardrobe

While we are working on building your wardrobe, we know all too well that we end up with far too many clothes. This is natural as your style evolves, a trend eventually passes or we over indulge in our purchases. Make it a rule to always remove unused clothes after 3 months, to keep your wardrobe fresh and updated. In turn these clothes can be given away as gifts or sold to help you buy a much more valued item.

Style is meant to build your confidence, empower you and bring out your amazing unique personality. It takes time to build a stylish wardrobe, so have fun with it and feel free to make a few mistakes while embracing you true authentic self.

Festival Fashion for an Epic Summer

The summer festival season is upon us, bringing new levels and additions to your wardrobe. Festival fashion is really the brain child of many existing styles, you’ve got hits of sci-fi peaking underneath sleek 70s silhouettes, bodycon, faded denim, bold prints, bohemian maxis, crotched crop tops…. The list really is endless. Mix and mingle with the aforementioned styles and you have yourself the ultimate festival get-up. But with so many choices it is hard to know where to start, luckily we have a combo of super cute outfits to inspire your enviable festival #ootd. Handy hint: layer up and experiment with hybrid styles to really let your personality shine.

Outfit #1: Country girl meets city chic Country Meets City Chic Look

The feel: Casual, trendy, approachable, easy-going and naturally gorgeous without the effort

Hair: Tousled softly and kept out or loosely braided

Makeup: Fresh and natural. Defined brows but not too arched, a little bronzer, neutral lippy with a touch of gloss and warm eyeshadow

Accessories: Wide-brimmed straw hat, minimal jewellery such as charmed wrap-around bracelets or dangly earrings

Tops: flannelette or denim overshirt, body-hugging t-shirt or above-knee dress

Bottoms: high-waisted denim shorts, boyfriend jeans, any faded/torn denim bottoms

Shoes: converse, boots, high-tops or sandals

bohemian styled festival lookOutfit #2: Bohemian Goddess

The feel: free-spirited, unique, charming, magical

Hair: crown braids, messy buns, free-flowing hair with natural waves

Makeup: Natural, dewy foundation with a gentle honey-glow-bronzer, earthy toned eye shadows, accentuated brows, nude matte lips.

Accessories: Wrap-arounds, head bands, anklets, chunky rings, natural materials such as wood, metal, beads, cotton, feather, leather etc. The more the merrier. Try hand making some accessories for a fun hobby activity and unique get-up

Tops: Loose blouses, crop tops, crotched, patterned, beaded, neutral colours and splashes of bolder colours. Flowing top-layers and customised embroidered jackets are other elements you can consider

Bottoms: Patterned maxi-skirts, hippy pants, denim or crotched shorts

Shoes: sandals, worn boots

cute vintage doll lookOutfit #3: Vintage Doll

The feel: Classy, classic, feminine, nostalgic

Hair: Voluminous bobs, victory-rolls, smooth curls…. lift that hair and bring it to life!

Makeup: Matte finishes, winged liner, soft or bold plump lips, pink cheeks

Accessories: cat-eye sunnies, pearls, fine silver and gold jewellery, hair bows and ribbons, flowers

Tops: Play suits, jumpsuits, sweet-heart tops, high-neck tops with polka dots, floral prints, lace edged, frills, collars, buttons, stripes and checkers

Bottoms: High-waisted skirts/shorts/pants and flare skirts/pants

Shoes: rounded or pointy ballet flats, oxford shoes

alt modern geekOutfit #4: Alternative modern

The feel: Quirky, sci-fi, modern, different

Hair: sleek high ponies, teased, wild locks with crazy colours

Makeup: pale foundation, arched brows, bold lips/eye makeup, experiment and play around with colours, shapes, combinations etc.

Accessories: bright-rimmed sunglasses, chokers, hair accessories, rings, layers

Tops: tight crops, loose jackets, bright, bold, unusual prints

Bottoms: torn, ripped skinny jeans, frayed shorts, plaid skirts

Shoes: boots, converse, unmatched socks, high-knee socks

retro styling queenOufit #5: Retro Queen

The feel: Classy, quirky, trendy, reminiscent of fashion icons like twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor

Hair: sleek hair, puffy fringes, high buns, tight ponies

Makeup: glowy foundation, red lips, cat-eye winged liners, heavy mascara, arched brows

Accessories: bright-rimmed curved sunglasses,head scarves, stockings, belts, thick bangles, and chunky statement jewellery, odd-shaped hand bags,

Tops: high-neck blouses, buttons, polka dots, suede, velvet, silk, block colours, contrasting colours

Bottoms: High waisted skirts/shorts/pants, flare pants, flare dresses that are fitted to the waist

Shoes: ballet flats, boots, oxford shoes, high-tops, lace-edged socks

Ageless and Age-Appropriate For the more Mature Ladies

No matter your age, dressing stylishly, elegantly and attractively is not only easy to accomplish but incredibly beneficial for boosting self-confidence and improving relationships and social life. fashion for over 50 doesn’t have to be boring and women’s clothing is an area that continues to develop and evolve, and now, in an era of much diversity and acceptance, fashion is really limitless and few can dictate its rules. The oft heard “but there are never any nice clothes for the older ladies!” is now dead and completely untrue.

Looks, outfits and personal styles can be played around with to suit certain circumstances. If you’re short on money, invest in items with the utmost versatility so over-wearing is not an issue. Important staple items include a white blouse, a jacket and black pants. Now, some handy tips on how to continue looking fabulous as you age:

colourful flower lace jacket


Michele Obama has shown us all that bold colours really differentiate one amongst the crows. It is not uncommon for the more mature lady to stick to black, but as trendy as it can be, it can also be draining. The suitable bright colours really add life, vitality and youth to the wearer, making one seem more energised and approachable than a dull black or grey may. When choosing a colour, select one that can complement your natural complexion to give off a ‘glowing-skin’ appearance. We found these beautiful chiffon jackets from Just4You to be the perfect splash of colour.

If you’re an all-black kinda gal, try changing things up a bit with neutral tones like ivory, sand and beige colours which go with practically everything. You can add colour through your makeup by donning a bright lippy, coral/scarlet/magenta or adding brightly coloured accessories. Go for colours you feel confident in.


flower pattern chiffon top

Items which reveal your neck and legs are great ways to add length and lean out your silhouette. We don’t mean deep-plunges, but rather, boat/v-necks tops or a few buttons undone from the top of your blouse. Such tops are well partnered with knee-length pencil skirts and nude heels that can blend in with your skin to give the appearance of added leg length. The illusion created by stretching the opposite ends of the body is one of lean length.


Layering clothing when done correctly can add a thought-out chicness to your outfit. Keep an eye on not getting too carried away and ending up looking sloppy instead. Balance out the fabric according to weight, length, colour and textures. For the upper half of your body, wear the the thinnest fabric which has the most length inside and get thicker as you move out. For example, a long tank top beneath a v-neck with a vest/cardi/jacket on the outside revealing the variations in length. This look is well balanced with a fitted bottom half, so try tight jeans or leggings.


Dresses are go-to outfits, there is no need to put items together or worry about separate pieces. Dresses can be easily played up or toned down to suit a particular situation with variation in shoes, accessories and/or had & makeup. Resurrect those dresses hidden within your wardrobe and get them taken in/out to really flatter your current figure.

monochrome mature lady fashion


Contrary to common believe, breaking the line of your body at either the hips or waist with contrasting colours (e.g. black/white) is not the best slimming option. Remaining within the same colour scheme actually creates a vertical line which is sleeker and more aesthetically appealing. Items do not necessarily have to be the exact shade to pull off this illusion, just within that group, e.g. dark and darks.


Belts add just the right amount of definition to enhance the bodies natural curves in the most appealing way. Skinner belts actually produce a better effect than their larger counterparts as the space between busts and hips is increased, maintaining the length of the torso and preventing it from looking squashed. Always make sure your belt is worn on the narrowest area of your waist for the best effect.

Snow Beauty

Forget dry, flaky skin and blotchy red patches… Forget about staticky frizzy hair and untameable manes… This snow season, we have you covered with these amazingly handy tips to really become that snow beauty!

Hairlooking good at the snow

Cold, dry winter conditions do wonders for your hair. (Note sarcasm..)  Limp, lifeless, frizzy hair caused by static… Forget about summer humidity, winter is coming.. Luckily, we know how to handle you mane this snow season!

Use a moisturising shampoo followed by a rich conditioner and aim to use a hair mask once a week. Kukui/macadamia/argan oils are great for smoothing out your hair and giving it that silky touch.

If you suffer from limp hair, you/re probably looking at overactive oil glands, which draw your hair down from the roots. Usually, people with this issue experience an all-year-round nuisance, however, it is particularly noticeable during the winter conditions where humid air is unavailable to add volume to your mane. To avoid this, apply conditioner starting at your ears to your tips… Do not massage it into your scalp .. adding oil to oil is not the best option… Dry shampoo is going to be your best friend. Adding layers to your hair style can also help prevent that limp mop of a head.

Static be gone! If you aren’t prone to static then.. You probably haven’t got hair? To avoid this fuzz monster, try using a silk pillowcase and a natural bristle brush (hint: adding a little hair spray to your natural bristle hair brush can help flatten the fuzz).

Hold the hat…. At least until your hair is cool. Putting a hat on straight after blowdrying will cause your hair to take its form! A looser hat is always better as the shape is more fluid; again, something silk-lined is the way to go.


fresh lips snowWhen it’s cold, our showers get hotter, our skin gets drier and our complexions begin to adopt a blotchy uneven tone… For that perfect complexion we all want it is vital that you cater to the needs of your current climate. Deeper moisturises, gentler washes etc… For foundation, for skin that NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is an awesome combo of skincare, sunscreen, and colour in one. If you suffer from uneven texture or oiliness, the Sheer Matte Foundation with medium coverage is great for those who seek extra more coverage and prefer typical liquid make-ups. As it has build-able coverage it is perfectly suited for winter month for immaculate and flawless kin. But don’t forget to set with a loose powder. Priming beforehand is another important element…. helping to refine the skin’s surface for more even application and absorption of the makeup. Deep, dark cherry lips, raisin and plum tones,  or any other bold lips compliment the chilly weather beautifully. Winged, cat-eye looks or smudged smokey eyes are amazing with the aforementioned lip tones.

For pale complexions, a little pink/red tones go along way. Cream blushes which melt into the skin are perfect snow buddies. G-Spot or Malibu Mulitples are awesome three-in-one cream products that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. With a translucent coverage, it looks super natural and realistic. Apply just below cheekbone point and blend slightly downwards near the jaw and outwards to the ear. Keep in mind where the natural flush of your skin occurs after a brisk walk or jog in cooler climates.

….Don’t forget the nails!
Choose a nail polish the same way you would any other accessory – go with what you’re drawn to and what makes you feel confidant! Bold lip and bold contrasting nails are wonderful statement accessories.