THE BAD BUY BOOK: BAGS & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUP

Welcome to December’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! This month’s theme is: Bags!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or batennancy@gmail.com. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

So let’s take a look at our Bad Buy Bags!

First, as always, my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the EdgeThe Bad Buy Book: Bags

I really wanted a small red cross body bag and picked this one up on sale at Target.  It’s not a bad bag really.  The size and style are exactly what I wanted, but the red is almost too orange and doesn’t match any of the reds in my closet.  It looks great if I have no other red in the outfit that I am pairing it with.  But if I am shooting for red, this bag was a big fail! 

And of course Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Stylethe bad buy book: bags

Hi guys

I’m sending in another photo of my step mom, Nancy (the 60+ model on my blog) for your bad buys for bags!

Nancy wanted a blush purse and so picked this up at DSW. However, when she got home, she realized it was hard to fit all of her stuff in it, and then close the top over it. At least it was around her birthday, so I knew what to buy her!! And then she returned this one!

XOXO

And my Bad Buy Bag.The Bad Buy Book: bagsThe Bad Buy Book: Bagsdata:text/mce-internal,content,%3Cimg%20class%3D%22aligncenter%20size-medium%20wp-image-7168%22%20src%3D%22https%3A//nancysfashionstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/DSC03907-800x800.jpg%22%20alt%3D%22The%20Bad%20Buy%20Book%3A%20Bags%22%20/%3EOkay, it needs a bit of explaining. I always have to carry my oxygen concentrator with me and the first photo is with the bag that belongs to it. I don’t like that bag and it has no pockets, so where do I have to put my phone, lipstick and keys? So Gerben has adjusted two bags so that I can put my device in a nicer bag. It’s not really a bad buy, more a must buy.

I hope you all enjoyed reading our post and we hope you will join us next month with: Wintercoats!

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My favorite of last week is: Stephanie of Glamorous and Geekythe bad buy book: bags

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TRENDS FROM 2017 THAT WILL STAY IN NEXT YEAR

December Throwback and Predictions: Trends from 2017 that Will Stay IN the Next Year

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Today Claire tells about trends that will stay!

As time continues to pass, we are now welcoming December. The year 2017 has been full of changes and resolutions for everyone, but some of the main trends are bound to persist in the next year as well. This is especially true when it comes to beauty, fashion and accepting the realness of being who you are. In that respect, December is the perfect month to remember the main trends of the year and welcome the ones that deserve to stay with us again.

No-rules makeuptrends from 2017 that will stay in next year

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Obviously, matte eyeshadow is always going to be the most popular trend when it comes to makeup world. However, this trend can’t be tied to one specific year. On the other hand, using makeup freely to express yourself is something that’s become a true beauty mark of 2017. It’s not that there are really no rules – you’re the one to make the rules in the first place. In that respect, you can opt for the bare face look with nicely shaped eyebrows, or full glam look with as much glitter as you like. It’s true that metallic makeup has only started to rise in popularity this year but the glossiness of it all is definitely going to be a part of the next year’s makeup trends as well.

Minimalism all the waytrends from 2017 that will stay in next year

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Minimalism is something that has its hand in various aspects of life. From home décor to fashion and makeup, a minimal lifestyle has more and more followers. Therefore, it’s quite certain that minimalism will follow back as well in 2018. Even though they are the complete opposites, both minimal and eccentric makeup and fashion looks are securing their place among the next year’s trends. What’s more, mixing and matching the two in different aspects of your life is more than possible and quite enjoyable.

The ninetiestrends from 2017 that will stay in next year

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It’s true that staying original, unique and personal with your fashion choices is one of the major fashion trends of 2017. But, this leaves plenty of room for different styles to seep into the following year. However, one particular style that doesn’t seem to budge from the trend list is undoubtedly the nineties fashion. Plenty of shapes and patterns, as well as the mix of some bright colors together with the darker, more alternative side of the nineties, are all in for a popularity ride in 2018 as well.

Going organictrends from 2017 that will stay in next year

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This year we have witnessed a considerable transition from regular to organic products when it comes to beauty and health. Obviously, taking care of ourselves while protecting the environment is something that even more people need and want to embrace as part of their lifestyle. From organic makeup and skincare brands to organic food and even organic feminine hygiene products, providing yourself with the gentlest but most effective care that minimizes your carbon footprint is not just a trend, but a true necessity in today’s society. Both you and the planet Earth deserve the best.

Practicing mindfulnesstrends from 2017 that will stay in next year

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You may not have expected to see this particular trend here, but practicing mindfulness and getting to know yourself is something that has a deep connection with everything else you’re doing with your life – including your makeup and fashion choices as well as the necessary everyday care. In 2017, more and more people have started to work on learning to recognize their own needs and wants and loving themselves for who they are. Finding the time to do this for yourself is essential if you want to feel fulfilled and confident when it comes to your choices and decisions as well. Keep it up in 2018 as well.

Remember, just like in 2017, the most important thing in 2018 is to do your own thing. Some trends will stay and some trends will go, but being the best version of yourself that you can be is timeless.

What better advise can Claire give us! Thank you very much Claire.

STYLED BY……….NINA

Styled by……….

Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style? The series is published every first Tuesday of the month.

Do you also have a story to tell, and do you also have beautiful pictures of your style evolution? I, and many of my readers, want to read your story! I would love it if you can join the fun too! You can find all the info in the Styled by…..page or contact me via batennancy@gmail.com.

So let’s see who tells this month abouth her style!

Styled by………Nina

My style revolves around one thing: dresses! Hello I’m Nina, the blogger behind A World of Dresses. My blog is all about my dresses and the adventures I go on in them. Several years ago, a friend or two had suggested that I blog about all my dresses. Before I was a blogger, everyone knew me as the girl who was always in a dress. So I decided to do it and created A World of Dresses. I purposefully entitled it that because I want to be able to blog about traveling in the future. One year into my blogging journey, I moved to Spain to teach English. Thus began the travel blog side of A World of Dresses.

Overall, my blog consists of fashion tips, dress looks, travel tips, travel stories and posts about the expat life. I’m not just a travel blogger. I also decided to live my life in a different country. That’s an experience not many of us choose, so I like to blog about it.styled by .......nina

Where it all started

I would say that my personal style really developed in university. I definitely had a personal style in high school and I think that style still influences what I wear today. It was feminine with lots of girly tops, floral skirts, jewelry and makeup. I do remember in high school how much I didn’t want to fit the mold. So I would wear lots of band t-shirts and my Chuck Taylor sneakers. High school is such a funny time. Looking back, we simply had no idea who we were.

When I went to college, I found that my style really evolved more than anything. As I became more confident in who I was, I had less of a need to dress differently. I was happy with who I was, so I wore what made me happy. And that was dresses.data:text/mce-internal,content,%3Cimg%20class%3D%22aligncenter%20size-full%20wp-image-8738%22%20src%3D%22https%3A//nancysfashionstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ronda17.jpg%22%20alt%3D%22styled%20by.......nina%22%20/%3E

I remember discovering that I could wear a dress in everyday life. Like I didn’t need a formal event to wear one. This blew my mind. I also remember talking about how when you buy a dress, you basically are buying a whole outfit. So that way of thinking justified many dress purchases.

When I would go home to Cincinnati on weekends and breaks, my mother was notorious for handing me cash and saying “shhh don’t tell your dad!” As a college student, I of course never refused money from my wonderful mother. Around my sophomore year, she started adding in “and don’t go buy dresses with it!” I think that’s when I realized I had developed quite a love for dresses.styled by .......nina

Why dresses?

I have always loved feminine things such as floral prints and bright colors. There are just so many cute dresses out there! I just love them and cannot really explain why. They’re just fun. I love to have fun with what I wear.

I love vintage styles. The dresses throughout the years were so unique. The flapper style of the 20’s was amazing. The 60’s will always get me. I love the style of all the women on Mad Men. Then of course the 70’s and 80’s were awesome too. I used to live above a vintage shop. That was dangerous. Then I ended up selling some of my dresses back to that shop when I was planning to move overseas.

At the end of the day, I just love the feeling of putting on a dress. When I shop, I typically go straight to the dress section.

I do sometimes wear pants. I will admit that. Here in Spain, I teach English to children. Sometimes that involves sitting on the floor and playing games. Those are days that I might (gasp) wear pants. However when it’s a “me” day where I’m traveling or getting together with friends, I almost always wear a dress.

 

My dress style

My favorite style of a dress is fit and flare. I just find that that style is the most flattering on me. I also love a shift dress. It took me a while to get on board with the maxi dress trend. However now I have one that I love. The only style I’m not a huge fan of is the bodycon. I get self-conscious of my belly and overall just do not think it’s flattering on me.styled by .......nina

As mentioned above, I go for lots of floral prints. I actually went shopping with a friend several weeks ago. We were planning on going out that night, so we both wanted to buy something to wear. She was like “Nina you always wear florals.” I suppose I hadn’t realized it. So I bought a black romper that looks like a skirt in the front (totally not my typical style) and she wore something with florals on it that night. It was like we had switched.

Other style staples

Overall, my style is super feminine. I love to pair my dresses with boots or heels. I have from time to time paired my dresses with my Chuck Taylor sneakers. That can be done well … it just depends on the dress. Since I have so many bold dresses, I love to find a few pairs of more neutral-colored shoes that can go with all of them. So my shoes end up being black, nude or brown. I did recently step out of my comfort zone and get some floral boots!styled by .......nina

I love to wear big jewelry. Dangly earrings are my favorite. I love statement necklaces and classic pieces. I have never been much of a ring girl. I have one watch with this cool map of the world. I would like to add a few more watches to my collection.

Dress tips

I believe that you can wear a dress just about whenever you want. If you wish to dress it down, add some boots or sneakers. If you wish to dress it up, add some heels. Flats and sandals are also perfect for the warmer months.styled by .......nina

I continue wearing dresses when the weather gets cold. I simply stock up on some nice tights. I love sweater tights. I also love to wear leggings over tights for that extra layer of warmth. Then you just put boots over it all and it looks like the leggings are your tights.

How often do you wear a dress? What is your favorite dress?

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Wow, I love dresses too, but Nina has got a huge collection! I love her style. And Nina is coming to the Netherlands by the end of the year, so we probably can meet each other! Yeah!

THE WINNER OF THE NAMES4EVER GIVEAWAY IS…….

The winner of the names4ever giveaway is???????

Of course you’ve all been very exited the whole week whether you’re the one who won the names4ever necklace giveaway. Here you can read back what you could win and why you could win it. And who doesn’t want to win such a beautiful necklace with your own name. Or maybe you would like to make someone else happy with this necklace. Well, I will not let you down and announce the winner!winner giveawaywinner giveawaywinner giveawaywinner giveawaywinner giveawaywinner giveaway

And the winner of the names4ever giveaway is?????

On Instagram!!!

Congretulations!

Please send me your address details and the name you want for the necklace to: nancybaten@upcmail.nl You will have to send me this in three days, otherwise I will choose another winner!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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THE BAD BUY BOOK: CARDIGANS

Welcome to November’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! This month’s theme is: Cardigans!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or batennancy@gmail.com. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s take a look at our Bad Buy Cardigans!

First my always lovely and supportive co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the EdgeThe bad buy book: cardigansI couldn’t resist this chunky knit kimono style cardigan on clearance from Target.  I loved the light blue color and the fringed hem and the cozy style, but it is kind of frumpy.  I still wear it often when I just want to be cozy, but there is no way to avoid the frump factor in this one!The Bad buy book: cardigansThis black and white polka dot cardigan is one of my favorites, so I guess it isn’t really a bad buy…except that it is way too small and has been since the day I bought it.  I just have to always wear it open with only a very light layer underneath it. 

Nancy:(I remember when you showed it on the blog, I loved this outfit very much and I searched for a cardigan like that myself, without succes)

 And here is Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: cardigans

I’m actually submitting my step mom, Nancy’s photo for your challenge!!

This cardigan was just too big for her, and she actually ended up giving it to my husband to wear. (Don’t tell her, but since it’s in my closet, I actually wear it around the house too since it’s so warm). So it may have been a bad buy for her, but a good thing for me—ha ha!!!

And finally my Bad Buy cardiganThe Bad Buy Book: cardigans

I am banishing all of white tops and cardigans out of my closet since I learned, through these Bad Buy series, that I must not wear that color in my face! This is the last one to go.The Bad Buy Book: cardigans

And this is also such a awfull one! Why? I just don’t like purple! Any shade of purple!

I hope you enjoyed our Bad Buy Book serie! Next month’s theme is: Bags!

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FASHION WEEKS HOTTEST TRENDS & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUP

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Hottest Trends from International Fashion Weeks

Claire Hastings is my guest writer today. She wrote some great posts for my blog before here, here and here. Today she tell’s about the fashion weeks hottest trends!

Bright colours, high-impact make-up, and 90s flashback are just some of the fabulous trends the latest fashion weeks featured. From involving plus size models into their fashion shows, through bringing back the legendary models of the 90s, designers have certainly given their best to offer the audience in the front rows a majestic show, while also presenting revolutionary trends we’ll love in the season to come.

Hair ornamentsfashion weeks hottest trends

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Headpieces were a huge hit on the runways. From pearl-encrusted bands to bejewelled crowns, the hair ornaments were nothing if not decadent. Versace had their gold barrettes embellished with the house’s iconic medallions and it made an amazing accessory to the rest of the ensemble. So, if you’ve had a cute stylish brooch, think about pinning it to a pretty little barrette instead of attaching it to your garments, and create a unique look worthy of a runaway.

Feathersfashion weeks hottest trends

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From Moschino to Saint Laurent, the runways were filled with models walking in feathery creations of various hues. From white, through neon blue, gold and to black, flirty looks were created everywhere. Whether you’re thinking about skirts, coats, boots or dresses, feathers will be a compulsory detail on every one of those clothing items.

Braidsfashion weeks hottest trends

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The one beauty trend that can make anyone look fabulous and the one that is so versatile that everyone can find their favourite kind to rock fiercely are braids. Whether you decide to go with boxer braids, a loose braid on the side, or the five-strand low braid as seen on Milan Fashion Week, you’ll look nothing if not fabulous. Even if you don’t have long hair to pull off a braid, there’s the quickest and the best solution ever called hair extensions. The ladies of the Land Down Under find them particularly attractive, so you can easily order some of the best quality hair extensions online from Australia. Pick out the appropriate length, and make a perfect braid just like the one from the spring fashion shows.

Asymmetrical necklinefashion weeks hottest trends

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An off-balanced silhouette dancing along the shoulder, and wrapping around the neck, then twisting around the collarbone is the next big thing. You guessed it; we’re talking about the asymmetrical neckline. It’s both classy and sassy, revealing just enough skin while leaving plenty to the imagination. If you decide to wear a dress with an asymmetrical neckline, consider pulling your hair up, to reveal as much neck as you can, since the majority of the chest area will be covered.

Eyeliner variationsfashion weeks hottest trends

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Dark cat eye doesn’t have centre stage anymore, because high-impact eyeliner is the next big make-up trend. A glossy and glittery rounded cat eye, and thin white stripes underneath the lower lash line were some of the ground-breaking make-up looks on the latest runaways. Let’s not forget the thin arches of black liner between lashes and eyebrows that completely outshined the well-known feline flick and the classic smoky eye.

White suitsfashion weeks hottest trends

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With the first spring blossoming, the white suiting will come. The designs were so versatile that we could see white suits in all variations, from an oversized tux matched with fitted pants, through wide leg high waisted pants combined with a white bra and an unbuttoned blazer, to a Saturday Night Fever-like ensemble introduced by Acne Studios.

X-Girl sunglassesfashion weeks hottest trends

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The ‘90s are back and they’re representing sporty shades. Remember those sharp edges, the amalgamation of bright hues, and that cool sporty design? Well, if you’ve been missing it for all these years, it’s finally back and you’ll be able to rock it with the rest of your spring outfit.

Final thoughts

Every fashion week season brings along some of the most ground-breaking trends, and the latest one was no different. From feathers, through braids, high-impact eyeliner and to white suits, asymmetrical necklines and sunglasses from the ‘90s, the spring of 2018 will be nothing if not colourful and fashion forward.

Thank you very much Claire! Love the brooche on a barette trend!

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My favorite of last week is: Jonet of Fabulously Chic over 50hottest trends fashion week

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