Sunday, 23 February 2020

Bag parade

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"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."

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With shoes, bags and other accessories you can change any outfit. The same dress can be worn with high heels, simple jewellery and a clutch, perfect for a night out, but also with sneakers and a small backpack for a trip. By choosing the right accessories you can create different looks from the same outfit. But have you ever thought about how many types of bags you can tell the difference? Backpack, briefcase, clutch, cross-body bag, envelope bag, tote bag or wristlet are just a few of them. But do you know the difference between the terms, or is it just one bag in different sizes?

Backpack is, I think relatively obvious what it is. Of course it is a bag that is carried over the shoulders with the help of two straps. Traditionally, they are quite big, primarily for students and travellers, but they are also available in smaller sizes for everyday use. Tote bags are very common among women. They are large rectangular bags, with or without closure. Cross-body bags are also very popular. They are, as the name suggests, carried with a strap that is looped over one shoulder and crosses the body diagonally. The briefcase is a hard, rectangular, box-shaped bag with a small handle and last but not least a clutch is a small, hand-held evening bag with or without a strap. 

The above pieces have been selected from the website of Baginning, where you can buy different types of bags in a variety of colours. Handbags, such as satchels and clutch, or shoulder bags, backpacks, but also wallets. You can also find waist bags and genuine leather handbags in their webshop.

Check out the genuine leather handbags here...

... the waist bags here...
... and the satchel bags here.

Do you have many or only a few bags? Which type is your favourite? Are you open to choose the colours or more for black? As always, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Lots of love,

Monday, 10 February 2020

Nail polishes

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"Keep calm and paint your nails."

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As I mentioned in my „Nail art” post, nail polish originates from the early times, 3000 before Christ, from China. The original ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatine and vegetable dyes, which then changed over time and the mixture underwent a major transformation. The first nail polish that we can call modern was invented inspired by automobile paints, and a colourless version was introduced in 1916.
Today, several companies offer nail polishes, but some of the most popular nail polish brands are not cruelty-free. This is mainly because they choose to sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics. Since these brands do not want to lose such a large market, they are part of animal testing in this country and we can only call a nail polish cruelty-free if it is not tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Rimmel London is one of those brands that is not completely cruelty-free at the moment. They do not test their products on animals and have committed themselves to ending animal testing throughout industry, but they import into countries where governments require finished products to be tested on animals. On the good point, they are involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities to find alternatives to animal testing. But however they are committed, we still cannot consider the brand to be cruelty-free.

On the other hand, Barry M and Zoya are vegan and cruelty-free, and Nails Inc has created its Nail Pure collection in a way that it is „10 free”. It is free from parabens and chemicals, cruelty-free and vegan.
Cruelty-free means that the brand does not test neither its finished products nor its ingredients on animals, and that they do not sell their products in countries where animal testing is required by law.

Do you know about your favourite nail polishes, whether they are cruelty-free? Is it important for you to choose a product accordingly? In your opinion, is it acceptable from a brand not to test their products on animals but to export to a country that does? I look forward to reading your comments.

Lots of love,

Monday, 27 January 2020

Die Geschichte der Abendkleider

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"Eleganz ist, wenn das Innere so schön ist wie das Äussere." (Coco Chanel)

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Abendkleidung wird, wie der Name schon sagt, abends zu festlichen Anlässen getragen. Für die meisten Veranstaltungen ist ein kurzes Cocktailkleid oder ein eleganter Hosenanzug möglich, aber es gibt auch Anlässe, bei denen ein Abendkleid gewünscht ist. Es handelt sich um ein besonderes, meist langes Kleid, das in verschiedenen Modellen erhältlich ist, die sich z.B. in Schnitt und Farbwahl unterscheiden. Sowohl diese Besonderheiten als auch die Art und Größe des Schmucks sollten dem Anlass entsprechend gewählt werden.

Dieses elegante Kleidungsstück hat eine lange Vergangenheit und die Geschichte der Abendkleider blickt auf die gute alte Zeit zurück. Die Menschen haben einen besonderen Anlass immer mit einem besonderen Outfit geehrt. Vor den Kleidern galt die Gesichts- und Körperbemalung als die festliche Garderobe.
Die Abendkleidung für Frauen hat ihren Ursprung im 15. Jahrhundert. Sie war für den Adel bestimmt und wurde als Zeichen für den sozialen Rang und Status verwendet.
Aufwendige Abendessen, Tänze und Theateraufführungen ermöglichten es den Damen, ihre Pracht zu präsentieren.
Im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert waren es Bälle, zu denen eine festliche Kleidung angebracht war. Später fanden andere gesellschaftliche Anlässe statt, die eine ähnliche Kleidung erforderten.
Ab dem späten 18. Jahrhundert waren Bälle und offizielle Tänze, die zuvor bei Hofe oder in den Palästen und Salons des Adels stattfanden, kein Privileg mehr für Adelige und Aristokraten.

Während dieser Zeit nahm die Abendgarderobe ihr Profil von den aktuellen Stilen des Tages an. Heute sind Kleider für festliche Anlässe jedoch nicht mehr von trendiger Alltagsmode abhängig.

Heutzutage gibt es das Abendkleid in verschiedenen Silhouetten und Längen. Sie werden meistens bei offiziellen Abendessen, Opern- und Theaterpremieren, offiziellen Tänzen, abendlichen Hochzeitsempfängen, Wohltätigkeitsbällen und Preisverleihungen getragen.
Die gewöhnlichen Theater-, Konzert- oder Opernabende sind jedoch nicht mehr bei jedem Besucher mit der Abendgarderobe verbunden.

Ever-Pretty bietet hübsche Kleider für unvergessliche Momente und Veranstaltungen. Es gibt für jeden Anlass das passende Kleid. Die werden in verschiedenen Stilen, Farben und Silhouetten angeboten.

Lange Abendkleider geben eine göttliche Erscheinung. Ich habe einige meiner Lieblinge auf dem Bild oben gesammelt.

Was hältst du von ihnen und welches ist dein Lieblingsmodell? Wann hast du das letzte Mal ein Abendkleid getragen?
Wie immer sind Kommentare jederzeit willkommen.  :)

Viele Grüsse,



Evening wear, as the name suggests, is worn in the evening for festive occasions.
It is a special, usually long dress, which is available in different models, which differ, for example, in cut and colour. These special features as well as the type and size of the jewellery should be chosen according to the occasion.

The evening dress has a long history. People have always honoured a special occasion with a special outfit. Before dresses, face- and body painting was considered as the festive wardrobe.
The evening dress for women has its origin in the 15th century. It was intended for the nobility and was used as a sign of social rank and status.
From the late 18th century, balls and official dances, which had previously been held at court or in the palaces and salons of the nobility, were no longer a privilege for nobles and aristocrats.
Nowadays the evening dress comes in different silhouettes and lengths. They are usually worn at official dinners, opera and theatre premieres, official dances, evening wedding receptions, charity balls and award ceremonies.
However, the usual theatre, concert or opera evenings are no longer associated with evening dress for every visitor.

What do you think of the dresses above and which is your favourite model? When was the last time you wore an evening gown?
As always, comments are welcome.  :)

Lots of love,

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Nail art

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"Nail art is a way of adding beautiful colours to your life."

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Nail art is a form of artwork, a creative way to paint, decorate, embellish and even enhance the nails on both fingers and toes.

The decoration of nails looks back on a long history and the exact origin of nail treatments is unclear, but the decoration of fingernails has been around since the time before Christ.
In ancient Egypt, women dyed their nails with henna, which indicated their social status. The women of the lower class wore pastel, pale and neutral tones, while the upper class wore deep, bright tones.
In Babylonia, men coloured their nails with black and green kohl, which again indicated a difference in status. Black was for the nobility and green for the common man.
Around the same time, 3000 before Christ, the first nail polish was created in ancient China.
The above examples mainly reflected differences in status, but the Incas (15-16th century) decorated their nails by painting eagles on them, which can be seen as nail design. It is said that modern nail art has its roots in the nineteenth century Europe.
Today nail art and nail care is a booming industry. With different tools such as brushes and using different techniques, a variety of designs can be achieved. as a wholesaler offers a wide range of products related to the nail. The products range from nail polishes to artificial nails and nail brushes. In the picture below I have collected some stylesnails brushes from different brands. The tools are available in different shapes and have been created in simple to eye-catching designs. 

The painting pens in the lower right corner are equipped with a cleanable and reusable sponge head and are made in several colours. They are manufactured by the brand Monja. Please note the different packaging contents when purchasing. Either 1 sponge pen with 4 spare sponge heads is included, or only the pen or only the sponge heads. Shop it here.

Do you like to paint your nails? Are you a fan of nail art? Which is your favourite nail polish shade?

Lots of love,