Hoodies: The Fashion Started by Medieval Monks
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Hoodies: The Fashion Started by Medieval Monks


Hoodies are possibly the single most popular garment out there. We all have one, whether it's a printed hoodie from university, personalised hoodies from holidays away or sports gear for jogging or training. Every self respecting fashion house has their own take on the classic. You can buy hoodies sewn into suit jackets or design your own hoodie through one of a growing choice of websites and high street stores. But not many people know that the trend actually traces back to the medieval monasteries of Christian Europe.

Back in the Middle Ages, many people wore what would become today's hoodie. Monks hoods known as 'cowls' attached to their robes, or tunics. They were the perfect choice of clothing for men who wanted to have a single, simple wardrobe that they could wear through the cold winters as well as both feeling comfortable and looking plain in. The first hoodies were so popular that workers in the fields and workshops soon took up the trend, liking the warmth and flexibility of the garments.

If it was Medieval Europe where the hoodie's predecessor first appeared, it was another world entirely where they came back into fashion. In freezing, dirty 1930s upstate New York, the first modern-style hoodie was produced and the fashion caught on all over again. People still did not call them 'hoodies', that name only caught on in the 1990s. By then, they were a fashion staple of the United States, much of Europe and, more and more, pretty much everywhere else to some extent.

These days, in fact, hoodies have reached almost cult status in the fashion world. Big brands, institutions and celebrities often leave their mark on personalised hoodies according to their own styles. The world famous Victoria & Albert Museum in central London recently bought one of the rapper P Diddy's embroidered hoodies for a cultural exhibit, showing just how deep into the DNA of modern western culture the one-piece garment has made it. This is a museum that defines tradition, formality and imperial London, if a hoodie can end up there, it can end up anywhere.

Following the trend, personalised hoodies are becoming a popular choice for the style-conscious who prefer to design their own streetwear rather than buy into one of the big brands. Hoodies printing is big business and there are some printers out there that will let you design your own hoodie according to any design you can think up and have it transferred onto a quality fabric. Team hoodies are commissioned for sports teams, companies distribute branded tops to their employees on away days and everything else from embroidered hoodies to silk hoodies are springing up. There is no occasion a hoodie can't be found for.

While the garment first worn by Medieval monks still has to prove its staying power in the world of fashion, so far it seems like it isn't going anywhere; while anybody can design their own version of the classic and every fashion house treats the garment with reverence, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere just yet.
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How To: Stack Up Your Rings
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
How To: Stack Up Your Rings



Stacked jewellery is one of the top fashion trends this season. Combining rings and layered bands creates a lovely and personal statement. While they are trending this year, stackable rings have been worn by fashion conscious women for thousands of years. Slender rings can easily be layered on women’s fingers adding an allure that has spanned the centuries. However, stacking jewellery, especially rings, has to be done carefully in order not to appear garish.

The next time you step out with friends, why not show them some great fashion sense by artistically stacking this year’s most coveted style, like the rings featured below from Michael Hill. Fresh and racy: diamond, gold, silver, and zirconia stackable bands are certain to raise an eyebrow!

Rules for Rings:

Following a few basic rules helps prevent appearing tasteless: combine metals, leave one or more fingers bare, stack several rings on a single finger, combine contour and shape, leave opposing space, and use texture and colour to add some pop.

Successfully stacking rings requires the use of design elements that work together to project a cohesive whole. Purchasing rings that are part of a set assures a unified look. However, experimenting and combining styles is a delightfully creative way to play with colour and patterns. Try on a few rings, see what works, and find a look that’s right for the shape of your hand.

Different Bands: 

While diamonds and metal bands are lovely, birthstones and gems can easily be added to the mix. Not only is the effect unusual and appealing, a ring with sentimental value can add meaning to the overall look while adding a touch of sentiment. Mothers and grandmothers are likely to appreciate a combination of striking birthstone rings, a lovely way to carry a charming reminder of those dearest to the heart!

Even a woman who is not a mother will enjoy a little sentimentality when stacking rings. Sweetheart combinations make beautiful anniversary sets, often combined with wedding sets that include engagement and wedding-bands. Traditionally referred to as bridal sets, these rings are designed in such a way that they natural lend themselves to stacked and intertwined combinations.

Silver, Turquoise, Gems, and More: 

Another great look combines silver and turquoise where silver rings are inlayed with turquoise and other semi-precious stones. However one chooses to combine them, stackable rings express who you are, what you value, and how you feel about yourself. Easily interchangeable, ring sets can easily be switched from casual to evening attire simply by adding or replacing a band or two. A larger stone can be added to slender strips of silver to create a look that is striking yet elegantly understated.

Combining stackable rings in any number of ways projects a unique look, reflecting your own tasteful style. Whether you choose to join simple metallic bands, diamond rings, or a colourful collection of gemstone, you can mix and match bands to your heart’s content. Go ahead - stack up your rings - add colour, glamour, and simple elegance to your favourite fashion ensemble!
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Add Some Sparkle to Your Outfit With Amber Sceats Jewelries
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Add Some Sparkle to Your Outfit With Amber Sceats Jewelries


Accessories are always a great way to complete an outfit. Whether you're wearing something simple or over the top, it's always best to finish it off with a hint of sparkle. I personally love jewelries, in fact I collect them. From modern to vintage you name it.

Recently I discovered Amber Sceats jewelries and it's amazing. She has a lot of unique pieces ranging from metals to stones. Her style is very distinct with rock element always incorporated in. With her contemporary yet timeless pieces, surely there's something for everyone.

So if you're looking for something unique to wear, make sure you check her out. I'm already in love with her pieces and I might get one for myself.


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Get A Piece of Danni Minogue from Dannii Shop
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Get A Piece of Danni Minogue from Dannii Shop


If you’re a fan of Dannii Minogue like me then you’ll be glad to know that you can purchase all her favourite products at DanniiShop.com. From fashion to beauty to even homewares and travel essentials, you can definitely find something you'll love. 

Personally, I enjoy weekend getaways and it's important for me to carry a bag that is sturdy and can hold all of my essentials. That is why I love this Manzoni Leather Weekender bag. Its shape and structure allows it to carry lot of things and it also has an adjustable shoulder strap complete with shoulder pad. I also love how the color is very earthy and neutral. It has that rugged feel to it and it can easily match any outfit.

The shop is definitely well-curated and I find myself loving a lot of the items not only those for travel but also for beauty. So what's your favorite piece so far?
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Favourite Pieces From Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Favourite Pieces From Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2014



If there is one contemporary designer today that I would love to own and wear all of the pieces in the collection, it's definitely Alexander Wang's. His designs are often edgy yet feminine which is actually the style I'm gearing towards. 

From cropped camis to leopard sunglasses to bold heels and leather bags, seriously, he can do no wrong. What's your favourite piece?
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