Trend Spotting Fall 2017 – White Footwear

I love the fact that over the past few years people have thrown caution to the wind and included white in their post Labour day wardrobe.  From winter white denim to cream coloured suits – I love it all.  White is such a clean and flattering colour, and while it makes it extra challenging for klutzes like me to maintain a tidy appearance all day long I still love to rock it.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you know that the white sneaker trend has officially become a wardrobe staple.  Whether you rock them with dresses or suits, jeans or joggers they look great and add an extra bit of cool to your look. This season though, the white footwear trend has been elevated to a new level.  While the casual sneaker remains a staple, many designers such as The Row, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs all sent fabulous white boots and shoes down the runway during their Fall/Winter 2017 shows. One of my favourite fashion mavens Celine Aagard even included a gorgeous pair of white shoes in her collection for Eurosko.  This trend is showing no signs of slowing down as designers have also featured white footwear in their Spring 2018 presentations, most recently Rag and Bone during New York Fashion Week.  Needless to say – I love this trend!

While white footwear is not for the timid, it is fun, playful and definitely makes a statement.  My favourite is the white bootie and the white heeled shoe – both of which can be easily worn with many outfits.  Here are some of my favourite white footwear from the Fall 2017 runways and Instagram:

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I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS

Why You Need to Add a Jade Roller To Your Beauty Routine

Over the past few years the jade roller has become a popular tool in many peoples beauty arsenal.  While they are often included in beauty flay lays posted to Instagram, and occasionally gets a shout out by beauty vloggers on Youtube, many people don’t realize that jade rollers are a fabulous addition to even the most simple of beauty routines.

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The jade roller was a closely guarded beauty secret of Chinese Royalty for centuries.  Aside from the beauty benefits, using a jade roller was also considered a spiritual act for dispelling bad energy and balancing your Chi (Vital life or energy force).  Symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and body pains are often considered indications of imbalanced Chi.  Practices such as using a jade roller or acupuncture along with self care practices such as getting enough sleep, exercising and eating well can help to realign your Chi.

Aside from the holistic benefits of using a jade roller, there are also some great beauty benefits as well.  The top three beauty benefits of using a Jade roller are:

  • Brighten complexion
  • Chase away fine lines
  • Release tension that is held in the facial muscles resulting in a more relaxed and youthful complexion

Rolling the jade over your skin assists in lymphatic drainage, increases blood circulation and helps to diminish fine lines.  It also helps your products to penetrate more deeply into your skin.  An added bonus of using a jade roller it is great in helping to relieving puffiness after a late night – keep it in the refrigerator to increase the cooling sensation.

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How to use a jade roller:

  • Cleanse and apply your serum and/or your moisturizer as your normally would
  • Starting at the neck, roll the jade roller in an upwards motion in long strokes
  • Complete rolling the jade roller over your entire face and neck in an upward motion
  • Use the smaller roller to massage the under eye area to help to alleviate any puffiness that you may be experiencing
  • Wipe the roller clean with a damp towel
  • Enjoy a brighter more youthful complexion!

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a jade roller to get the benefits of it – I purchased mine from Amazon for $8.00 .  Please note that the colour of the jade will vary from roller to roller – this is just due to different colours of the stone and does influence the effectiveness of the roller.  Here are a few jade roller options in so that you can shop this post:

Jade Rollers on Amazon

Jade Rollers from Herbivore Botanicals

Jade Rollers on Etsy

The Stone Massage Company

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I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Street Style Favourites From Stockholm Fashion Week S/S 18

Stockholm’s Fashion Week for S/S 18 was held last week and as expected many Scandinavian style stars were out in full force.  Fortunately they did not disappoint, effortlessly mixing falls hottest trends with into their own personal style.  Overall the looks were bold, unique and fabulous!  Here are some of my favourite street style looks from Stockholm Fashion Week S/S 2018.

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I hope that you have a fabulous day!  XXS

Street Style Favourites from Copenhagen Fashion Week S/S 18

Copenhagen held it’s bi-annual fashion week a few weeks ago to showcase designs for the Spring Summer 2018 collections.  As expected the local fashion elite was out in full force. While it would be easy to group the fashion from Scandinavian countries into one group, the truth is that each country has it’s own unique style.  Copenhagen’s style stars used the spotlight to show case their styling prowess by mixing bold patterns, bright colours and hi/low fashion with a quiet confidence that most people can only dream of pulling off.  Many elevated the cool girl factor by arriving in style on bicycles  – not something you would normally see from street style stars.  Here are some of my favourite looks from Copenhagen’s Fashion Week S/S 2018:

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All images from http://www.harpersbazaar.com.sg and http://www.telegraph.co.uk

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

 

Street Style Favourites From Oslo Fashion Week S/S 18

In the fashion world February and September are referred to as fashion months.  It is during these months that major fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris are held.  Bloggers and the fashion elite flock to these cities and in recent years are photographed headed to the shows – this is often referred to as street style.  While the major shows are great and show the upcoming collections from well known brands and designers along with a few that are gaining traction on the world stage, I love looking at the styles from the lesser known fashion weeks.  If you have been following this blog for a while, it should come as no surprise to you that I have a special place in my heart for Scandinavian design.  While I normally show my affection by spotlighting various interiors with Scandinavian influence on Stylishly Zen, I would be remiss if I didn’t shine the spotlight on the fabulous street style and fashion from these countries.  As a former fashion executive, I find the fashion styling in these countries fabulous, inspiring and distinctly Scandinavian.  Fashionable yet effortlessly cool and unique, these looks are gorgeous and inspiring.  Love!  Love!  Love!

This past August Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm all held their fashion shows to showcase their Spring/Summer 2018 collections, so over the next couple of weeks I will be showcasing my favourite looks (both street style and shows) here on Stylishly Zen starting today with street style from Oslo.  So without further adieu, enjoy!

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All images from http://www.harpersbazaar.com.sg

I hope that you have a beautiful and fashionable day!  XXS