Stuck In Mum Style Rut Stylish Mums share their style tips

Stuck in a mum-style rut?

5 stylish mums share their style tips

Yes, it’s true. Once your little bundle of joy arrives – everything changes. Also your style.

My personal style has definitely changed as I transitioned to life as a mum. 

We see these gorgeous Instagram-famous mum’s looking glamorous and chic almost immediately after giving birth. They look stylish and fabulous pretty much all the time and I wonder how they do it? 

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The Difference Between $50 and $500 Sandals

Flat Leather Sandals for Women – How to find good quality summer sandals  

Today I’m talking about how to recognize good quality flat leather sandals for women.

I’ve never found it easy to find good quality sandals at a great price.

Often especially sandals are poorly made or have an unflattering shape.

Shoe shopping is never easy. If you get it wrong you’ll either end up with blisters or your shoes fall apart after one season.

And shopping for women’s sandals is especially tricky.

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This is NOT a quick “bla bla shoemaking” post

HOW TO START A SHOE BRAND IN ITALY

This is my ultimate to-do list on how to start a shoe brand in 2018.

This is NOT a quick “bla bla shoemaking” post.

Instead, you’re going to read about my tried and tested ways that got me where I am right now… a collection of 10+ styles, handcrafted shoes made in Italy with luxury qualities.

So let’s do this.

Getting started

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Ready to make your summer feet a lot happier?

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Crystals Embellished, ROCCAPINA Poppy Sandals

Why Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Are The Most Versatile Pair Of Shoes

Finding the right pair of shoes, comfy and elegant at the same time, isn’t always an easy thing to do. Even the smallest of details can make a shoe feel over the top. Equally a summer sandal might seem too plain and make you feel like you are underdressed for a special occasion – like a wedding for example. So what do we do? Wear the heels, but pack the flats. However, you don’t always have to switch between flats and high heels.

We don’t need to walk in pain wearing an expensive pair of pumps or stiletto heels that will make your feet ache.

Long gone are the times that flat sandals are just plain and boring that you wear to run errands or for a casual walk on the beach. Flat sandals can be just as elegant and make your outfit stand out from the crowd.  

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Simple Ways to Elevate Your Home

An organized and aesthetically pleasing home space can turn your home into a sanctuary. For many, their home is an extension of themselves and a space they can retreat to after a long day at work and a stressful week.

It doesn’t have to be a top-notch home space with expensive furniture and trimmings, you don’t need to break the bank to have an awe-inducing home space that everyone raves about to make it a little more special. Here are ways on how you can elevate your home space:

#1. Have a vision

Know what look you want to achieve and use place online such as Pinterest for inspiration. Watch some DIY videos on youtube to learn how to create trimmings and other furniture items that will save you money and make your home so much more creative.

Create a vision board so you can see if your ideas are consistent with the aesthetic of the look you want to achieve and when you’re satisfied-get excited and make it happen.

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#.2 Add some flora and fauna

It’s always a nice and appreciative touch in any space to have an airy plant and it doesn’t have to be big and pricey. A small decorative plant on a desk can make a big difference. Studies show that plants can invigorate an environment and help make it easier on the eyes and generate a calm and peaceful vibe. Remember – create your retreat : )

Taking care of plants isn’t that much work either and you’ll really appreciate how they elevate your space and help you maintain a more zen outlook at home.

#3. Remake old furniture

Are you tired of your plain old and drab furniture? No need to go on an unnecessary spending spree when you can just get crafty and breathe new life into your old ones. Decide which furniture you want to remake and which ones you’ll settle to donate if you can’t see yourself using it anymore.

Why not make this furniture DIY into a neat and fun crafty project with family and friends so that it’s less work but with all of the fun. It’s also nice to get some feedback when decorating your space.

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#4. A fresh coat of paint is magical

If you’re committed to going all the way to elevating your home space then don’t forget to add a splash of color. Whether it’s painting the wall with a fresh coat of white or whichever color you love. Maybe try adding in a painting to really bring a pop of color into your new home space.

Tip: Use color psychology to better understand how colors impact people and how we interpret them with our moods.

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#5. Play around with storage space

Finding suitable storage spaces for all your treasured belongings can be quite a challenge. However, it all comes down to how you look at the space you have. Research online and how you can learn more about optimizing your space. Why not buy a simple white chest with drawers and paint it over in a beautiful blush colour.

Easy Ways To Elevate Your Home Space

Also, it’s always worth heading to a thrift store or check out some garage sales. You might be able to get a good deal on a gorgeous antique mirror that will elevate your home space in a matter of seconds.

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—by FAYE, CONTRIBUTOR

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Embellished Fashion Trends with Mané Virdee

PS. Shop our Elegant Flat Sandals here

 

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ELEVATE YOUR FLATS THIS SUMMER

Already the soles of the sandals of Roman empresses were made from gold and the straps embellished with finest crystals and stones. You can always tell about a persons status by the shoes they wear. Though with sandals this was always difficult as simple sandal forms were worn by even the poorest of people and fine elegant sandals worn by people that were wealthy. After a century in the shadows the “sandal” finally stepped out into the limelight in the 1920s. With new heels and embellished details upgraded with more glamour and elegance.

Meanwhile the market offers something for everyone. If you value comfort you take your pick from Birkenstock. If you prefer glamour and sparkle, you choose a gold metallic fancy version with heel.

We have put together our favourite picks of elegant flat summer sandals 2018. With a sparkle here and a little shine there, these vibrant sandals make sure your feet are getting noticed this summer.

7 Elegant Flat Summer Sandals 2018

If I could dream up my perfect elegant summer sandal for everyday wear, this would be it. Simple, refined and chic but comfortable and well-made. This embellished flat thong sandal goes with pretty much everything. And then it’s just a bonus that these chic sandals are made responsibly in Italy by small family factories.

Here at ROCCAPINA, we’re not big on trends. We want you to wear our shoes and sandals for more than one summer. So naturally we spent a long time finding exceptional factories. We know the craftsmen personally and have a personal relationship with them.  

Here we’re breaking down our pick of the best elegant flat summer sandals for women this season based on style and quality. 

These patent-leather TKEES flat thongs are not just super soft and comfortable, they are equally stylish and make the perfect match for your next lunch at the beach in Saint Tropez. The beautiful combination of white and gold metallic details make your summer skin really stand out. 

T Kees Sandals White Thong

Every girl should own a pair of cute red summer shoes. And these are currently on sale – get them while you can! These Aquazzura slides are made from soft red suede and embellished with red, hot-pink, and metallic-pink hearts at the front strap. For romantics they are the perfect pick and go with everything from long elegant silhouettes to cute denim shorts.

Aquazzura Embellished Slides Red

And elegant flat sandals – that’s what we do here at ROCCAPINA. We believe that thong sandals and embellished T-strap sandals instantly dress up any outfit. Being a beach girl and sun chaser, sandals have always been an essential item in my wardrobe. Though I have had a hard time getting on board with the sky high price tags for beautiful high quality crystal embellished sandals. I believe the classic flat thong style is one of the most flattering sandal styles. They have quickly become my everyday go-to sandals. So I have designed my interpretation of this style for Spring/Summer SS 2018.

In ROCCAPINA’s online shop you can find two versions of elegant flat summer sandals. Both are made at our shoe factory in Italy. Our classic embellished T-strap sandals Mariellein Blush leather feature a backheel support with zipper and straps that help keep the sandals on your feet firmer. The straps and sole feel equally comfortable and are made of high quality leather. They feature an adjustable ankle strap which you can cut to your desired length and shorten if you only want to wrap it around for 1-2 times. Everyone’s taste is different. While some women love a long strappy sandal, others just want to slip it on quickly and be done. Don’t let all the straps scare you—this strappy t-strap is easy to slip on and off thanks to a handy zipper in the back. And although the sole is made from leather and not padded, they are made from the finest quality soles and provide durability and comfort.

Blush Leather Sandals Flat Crystal Embellished T Strap Thong

 

Our second style is our timeless flat thong sandal Fleur. Even my man said, ‘Those are really cute,’ and really, when do men ever notice our shoes? They must be extremely pretty and spectacular I thought. They have quickly become my everyday go-to sandals as they are so fine and delicate and feel like they’re barely there. One word: amazing. These elegant flat summer sandals are my perfect everyday wear companion. The fine leather straps and sole just feel super soft; no slipping, no rubbing, and you really don’t feel like you’re walking on a non-padded sole at all. I still remember the days when the balls of my feet would hurt so much (that burning sensation, you know?) even in flat shoes.. BUT not in these, ladies.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals ROCCAPINA FLEUR

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals ROCCAPINA FLEUR

 

Next up, timeless leather slides. Truth be told, these beauties are a little too pricey for me and essentially why I decided to create ROCCAPINA. So we can all wear beautiful quality elegant flat summer sandals like this — but at a more moderate price. Still – these flat slides from Bottega Veneta are a summer classic for me and they come in beautiful brown or gold metallic leather as well.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Bottega Veneta Silver Slides Sandals

Then of course another timeless sandal style that belongs for me in this category is the always chic and elegant Hermes Oran sandal. Justifies the price tag because if any flat summer sandal will stand the test of time, then surely this one I predict. My favourite colour is a beautiful soft tan brown or a classic white calf leather that looks beautiful. So while heels are an integral part of every womens wardrobe, often flats are the more reliable practical choice when it comes to everyday wear. After all a woman who wears flats even for a night out knows she doesn’t have to suffer to look chic. 

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Oran Sandal Hermes Slide

From chic and embellished T-bars in metallic gold to fine suede sandals we have you covered. Not to be missed though is one of my favourite shoe designers, Bionda Castana. I own a gorgeous pair of Lana heels and they are just stunning. They feel and look amazing. Given that these are a heeled style this means a lot. Sadly the designers have stopped trading a while ago but have recently announced they will continue to produce one-off designs made to order. Maybe this time they won’t be as expensive – one can only hope!

The chic and elegant flat summer sandal Willow (pictured below) is as office-friendly as it is perfect your next summer holiday.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Bionda Castana Black Flat Sandals

The straps and sole feel soft and with exquisite materials like these there’s no slipping or rubbing. There’s a leather ankle strap for added support. The perfect elegant flat summer sandals for any occasion.

Our tip? Try and pick a style you’ll feel most comfortable in. And whether you want to slip it on quickly or need extra support and coverage. Decide if you need it for beach and casual wear or if you’ll like to elevate your look and dress up your casual look into a more polished style. 

 

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My tried and tested ways on how to start a shoe brand 

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Shoemaking in Italy: How to find a Shoe Factory

Best Elegant Flat Sandals 2018

Embellished Fashion Trends with Mané Virdee

PS. Shop our Elegant Flat Sandals here

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Style Guide

How to Up Your Chic Factor

How to Glam Up your Look

(Photo taken from IG: lindacrush)

It’s no secret that when it comes to personal style, everything changes and evolves just as you discover bits and pieces of your own style. It’s not news that your wardrobe says a lot about your personality.  You wear your soul in the form of the clothes that you choose. Some say style cannot be taught because it’s all about discovering what works for you and what type of clothing catches your eye.

You could pull off anything with the right attitude and confidence but remember that even a single statement piece could make or break an outfit in the eyes of many, yikes! We all have that desire inside of us and want to be complimented for our style choices. To put together an excellent jaw dropping outfit is a job well done that guarantees you sparkle up your day.

Up Your Chic Factor Change Your Style Accessories

So, how do you achieve a look that promises to brighten up a long day? How do you up your chic factor? Check out these OOTD ideas that will inspire you to add some much needed sparkle in your life and get you ready to seize the day!

How to Up Your Chic Factor and Change Your Style with Accessories

 

Look #1 – On the go Sparkly Creative

Always out and about but never without a wandering spirit. This style speaks creative soul that gets things done while having fun exploring and being out and about. Simplicity in its purest form that everyone can pull off, a comfy chic look that never goes out of style.

A plain shirt paired with denim shorts is a staple combination that you can elevate and experiment with however you like.

Up Your Chic Factor and Change Your Style with AccessoriesAdd a basic accessory like a watch or cool pair of sunnies – or even a fedora if you’re feeling the vibe. However, don’t forget the sparkle factor that will draw eyes to that super cute outfit.

Up Your Chic Factor and Change Your Style with Accessories(Photo taken from IG: xdyonnex)

Whip out a gorgeous pair of comfy gold metallic sandals that you could wear all day long. They will add a touch of magic to complete the look.

Flat Thong Crystal Sandals Embellished Gold Metallic Leather Embellished by ROCCAPINA

Look #2 – Classy Casual

Want to dress classy and sophisticated but fit for a simple day out? Try this stunning outfit that emanates an air of confidence yet with a pop of color and a vibrant pattern. A basic look of a fitting top paired with a patterned long skirt to complement and balance with a beautiful choice of accessories.

Up Your Chic Factor and Change Your Style with Accessories

A classy shoe for the outfit will fit in just perfectly. You can accentuate your feet with crystal-embellished flats and a subtle touch of jewels to add some refinement to your outfit.

Up Your Chic Factor and Change Your Style with Accessories

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Nothing beats the classic nude or blush leather. With a simple yet dazzling touch of sparkle you can accentuate you can up your chic factor with this lovely piece of footwear.

Up Your Chic Factor With Jewelled Sandals

Look #3 – Basic With a touch of Sparkle

Never doubt the power of a basic outfit that you can elevate with a pop of color and the right pair of shoes that will effortlessly bring together your OOTD.  Up Your Chic Factor With Accessories and Sandals

Lindacrush Up Your Chic Factor   Sparkly Sandals Flat T Strap Ankle Tie Swarovski Crystal Embellished Rose Gold Leather Belle

(Photo taken from IG: lindacrush)

These golden crystal-embellished sandals have just the right amount of sparkle to liven up even the most basic of outfits and up your chic factor.

Look #4 – Feminine Wonder woman

Embrace the wonder of pastel colors and take a walk with your feminine side by putting together an OOTD fit for a slow motion entrance anyday of the week. Be comfortable with light soft tones that are appealing and soothing to look at but at the same time incorporate your own twist with a statement accessory.

Up Your Chic Factor Change Your Style Accessories Pearls Yeeung Up Your Chic Factor Change Your Style

(Photo taken from IG: yeeungt)

Flat Thong Sandals Pearl Embellished Black Leather Ankle Tie Slingback Sparkly Maelle

Up your chic factor and choose a nice contrast with your outfit like this one with the finely beaded pearl-embellished sandals that isn’t too showy nor does it lessen the femininity of the outfit.

To all the lovely ladies reading this, flaunt your personal style and take pride in experimenting with anything that draws your eye and catches your attention. Life is too short not to have a sparkle of adventure with every step that you take and note that you are uniquely beautiful.

   

—by FAYE, CONTRIBUTOR

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Sparkle Talk With Designer Anna Coroneo

The Sparkly Tomboy

 

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This is ROCCAPINA’s best-selling sandal right now!

 

Over in Australia, summer is just getting started and with that, sandal season is in full swing.

If you’re still trying to figure out the summer trends this year, we will happily share at least what’s trending on ROCCAPINA’s website.  

Offering a refined, easy elegance with a touch of sparkle is what distinguishes our sandals. 

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SPARKLY STYLE: THE CATBIRD NEW YORK

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Even if sequins and glitter are not your thing, adding sparkly style accents generally help you add a little ‘something special’ to your outfit. So we did the research and found you a top hotspot in New York City. Check out their website or pop in for a little girly, pretty, cute or fancy. It’s worth it. Even if they don’t stock jewelled sandals (yet). In the meantime take a sneak peek at Catbird’s Instagram page and start obsessing. In addition to their own in-house jewel line, Catbird founder Rony Vardi and GM Leigh Plessner stock gems from unique designers.

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5 Australian Fashion Bloggers Who Will Inspire You to Sparkle More

When it comes to fashion advice and inspiration, who do you look to? Like most, we love reading fashion blogs to see the latest and greatest outfits from our favourite brands.

Today, we decided to round-up some of our most-loved Australian female bloggers who actually do more than just share their newest outfits with us. They inspire us to sparkle, both on the outside and from within!

  Australian Fashion Bloggers Sparkle Micah Gianneli

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Catch the Light

Sparkly Fashion Trends 2017 

There are a number of gorgeous fashion trends making waves this year, but how can you add your own unique twist to these?

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All Eyes On: 5 Australian Jewellery Designers

LUCY FOLK

There are so many ways to incorporate Lucy’s creativity into your life. She makes it easy to do so with her minimal designs and her “less is more” approach. She strategically places hints of sparkle here and there on her pieces that are classic and subtle. She’ll cater to your own creative vision through her bespoke business. She even makes our middle school dreams come to fruition by designing the ultimate friendship bracelets. And just when you think minimalism is her genre, Lucy comes out with necklaces with bold shapes and colors. She takes her ingenuity into other accessories as well: clutches, friendship bracelets, eyewear, hats… even socks and hair ties! She’s clearly a jewelry renaissance women of the Australian jewelry industry!

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How to Make Your Home Sparkle

When you want your outfit to stand out from the crowd you add some sparkle. When you want your face to reflect your sunny disposition you add a little glow to your makeup. So, what do you do if you want your home to showcase your inner radiance?

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How To Do This Season’s Sparkle Trends

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Crystal Embellishment Trends 2017

From the everyday to the runway, crystal embellishments are set to be huge in 2017. Over the past few weeks, labels worldwide have been sporting glittery and glitzy adornments. They can be seen on just about everything, including shoes, handbags, dresses, jewelry and more. 

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One Giant Leap For Embellished Jeans

So, let’s talk about one of the products on our trending buys list this year — embellished jeans. 

By the way, I remember the days when our mums would be sewing and sticking jewelled pieces and embroidery on our jeans jackets.. back when I was like, 14. But these funky pieces are way cooler and can totally be worn by grown-ups like us!

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Sequins.. but how?

 How to Wear Sequins

Cool Ways How to Wear Sequins

I am inspired by people who confidently wear sparkle. After all, ROCCAPINA celebrates a sparkly world inside and out. To continuously see how other women have engaged with us, sharing their photos and passion for all things sparkly and shiny, amazes us every day and we are grateful to have found such a wonderful community.

One of my favourite every day ways to add a twinkle is with sequins.

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Sandals Forever

how to wear sandals i fall / ROCCAPINA
 
 

What’s your favourite thing to read?

I have a small obsession with, well.. manrepeller. A reader once called it a ‘unique village square in the metropolis of the fashion industry where women can find individualism and meaning’. [What that actually means]

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Oh Boy, The Best Sparkly Dresses We’ve Spotted This Week

You don’t need to pull off full-look sequins in daylight hours for a little shine and glitz in your daywear. If you wear a sparkly dress and keep the rest simple, the look will feel as if you just happened to throw it on without overthinking it. So why not add sneakers or jeans to dress it down a little like @mikutas

Sparkly dresses & skirts

 

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Taking Sparkly to the Streets… yay!

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How to Glam up Your Style With a Little Sparkle

Adding a little sparkle and glam doesn’t have to be time consuming. But it CAN be tricky to find the right dose of glitz and glamour for the ultimate subtle glam that doesn’t look overdone, yet makes a statement.

Whether you like full on sparkle and jewelled style or just a light touch of embellishment, it’s fun to glam up your everyday outfit.

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Drowned Ice-cream

 

What do an Affogato and a Sparkly Eyeshadow palette have in common?

I write this whilst sipping on a flavourful Italian Affogato. It’s late afternoon and to me, this beauty of a drink just goes hand in hand with my idea of summer sparkle. You don’t know what an Affogato is? It’s neither coffee nor ice-cream – but a delicious combination of both.

Anyone who knows me, knows that ice cream is my all-time favourite dessert. After the name itself – The word affogato means “drowned” in Italian. Essentially I am currently drowning a VERY large chunk of delicious vanilla ice-cream in small cup of coffee.

Now that we talked about a summer essentials that make you sparkle from the inside, let’s move to my summer beauty file.

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How To Get Your Feet Beach Ready This Summer

Get ready for a lesson in beautifying your feet. This is one sparkle routine you don’t want to miss.

Summer sparkle palm tree black and white 

Correct me if I’m wrong but feet are not necessarily our favourite body part, right? There are days when we don’t even notice them whilst they’re being hugged by our favourite Ugg boots. Though we should not forget when they hit the spotlight in summer. And whilst they certainly are never (and I mean, never) will head up my top 3 list of most attractive body parts, they certainly deserve a little attention so they can feel sexy and confident in summer. After all, we all want our feet to feel as pretty and sparkly as the shoes we’re wearing, right?
So voilà, check out my top 5 tips to get “beach ready feet”.

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Summer 2016 Eyewear Trends: Sunglasses dipped in Gold

GOLD PLATED SUNGLASSES

What’s your favourite brand of sunglasses, girls? In case you’re still undecided, let me introduce my all-time favourite – TOM FORD.

Okay, okay.. I know his fashion can be ‘somewhat’ unaffordable.. but the sunglasses, definitely in the budget!

I couldn’t help but share one of his recent designs and definitely amidst the most stylish frames on the market at the moment, his gold plated sunglasses. A special edition release for summer 2016 and a truly extravagant pair of sunglasses dipped in rose gold.

TOM FORD Gold Plated Sunglassestomford-sunglasses-gold-plated

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How to Style Sparkly Skirts – Metallic midi skirts

Subtly Sparkly in Metallic midi skirts

After seeing more and more of those cool sparkly pleats and metallic midi skirts pop up on Instagram and style blogs this summer, I thought it’s time to take a closer look. 

I’m usually a little more of a dress-down kinda gal though I like to add a little shine and sparkle here and there… I call it the subtly sparkly look. Add a little flash here, a tiny jewelled shimmer there. I like the french style, and believe in ‘less is more’. French women keep it simple BUT that doesn’t mean they don’t add a statement piece, jewels or sparkle. It just means they find a way to draw attention to one part – and keep it there… and only there.

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