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Shopping Spree August 2013

Rocking the pantsuit stylishly

Get perfect Skin asap! The latest nail trend you wont want to miss

Steal style: Outfit popping ideas

Must haves of the moment: to have and to wear


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Contents STYLE Editor’s Picks Super cool new eyewear frames to keep you chic Style guide for the season 3 ways to rock the printed pants Key items every woman should own at any age Trends; the day clutch purse

BEAUTY Spree advise: easy tips on rocking the ants suits Style Q AND APerfect skin

ASAP Glam up yourself from work to evening Glitzy ways to dress up your nails LIFESTYLE Sanely stylish bathrooms we love

Its all about you!

Editor’s letter

All about the Fashionistas Fashion is all about new ideas and takes, trends come and go. Old trends get new definition and are often translated to something new with a few tweaks or additions. We at Shopping spree are always here to give you ideas to transform the simplest look to give a fashion statement. This edition features the latest nail trends, beauty tips for clearer skin, trends for the moment etc. Check out our style page to see how you can wear a pant suit for parties, you need not put the dress on all the time, you can stand out stylishly in a pant suit, we ve got you tips. On the beauty terrain, we got you looks of the moment and how to get them. We also included lifestyle in this edition to show you how to design your bathroom, don't just neglect that part of your house, it does need your attention too.

We love the print trends. Check inside for how to mix and match your prints

Editor’s picks Super Cool New Eye Frames to Keep You Chic. Eye frames are a huge accessory, we just love them. They come handy when the weather is bright and like we all know it's usually bright in this zone called Africa so it's a necessary fashion item for every fashionista that wants to stay super cute without squinting in the bright sun. But seriously, sunlight causes some glare, and the more you squint, the more likely you'll end up with some telltale eye creases which isn't what we want for you so we picked out the latest trends of eye frames to keep you covered. The sun shades not only acts as a protector for the eyes, it also functions as a style accessory to keep you looking cute all day long.

Rounded frames, Cat eyes, Floral prints and Gold framed are the designs we are recommending this season.

Must haves for the season Strappy wedges

Striped skirt

Colored tank top

Brogues wedge

Print shorts

Color blocked dress Print wedges

Art inspired bag

Ankle strap sandals

Fitted blazer

Crisp white shirt

Metallic pumps Colored satchel

Leather backpack

Drapy skirt

High waist palazo

Print shirt

Style upgrade 3 Ways To Rock Printed Pants, From The Office To Girls' Night Out For the beginner, dabbling in prints can feel a bit like cooking without a recipe. What exactly goes with those polka-dot pants or that paisley mini, anyway? We totally feel your frustration. Patterned pieces are tempting, but when you rely on a wardrobe full of timeless basics, it can be daunting to think outside the (clean and simple) lines. What you really need? A cheat sheet to pairing one printed statement piece with the muchloved items you already own. We love Keke Palmer’s print pants and her choice of white crisp shirt and lace hemmed fitted jacket also in white. You can also recreate your looks with print bottoms for day and nights.

The Office Look

Playful bottoms

A conservative office might not be the place to mix prints, but that doesn't mean you can't experiment with printed pants. Keep the overall look streamlined and sleek with a classic black blazer and nude pumps, but add a fun punch of color with a bright satchel.

Weekend look

The weekend gives you a chance show off your quirky-cool side, and patterned trousers are the perfect vehicle for doing just that. Layer up with a chunky sweater or a denim jacket, and bring in a masculine touch with round toe platform pumps and round-frame shades. Who says clever can't be cute?

Out going look

Can the same pants you wear to work and on the weekend do triple-duty as going-out pants? You betcha. All you have to do is throw on a feminine top to add that vava-voom element some eyecatching statement accessories will do the rest.

Key Items Every Woman Should Own: At Any Age


20s Sparkly Dress WHY YOU NEED IT: Your 20s are all about playing as hard as you work how better to take down the dance floor than in a flapper-style shift with lots of shimmer? You can pop on a plain black blazer for an unexpected daytime combo.

Fitted Jacket WHY YOU NEED IT: Both warm and stylish, a fitted jacket can be layered over jeans or worn as a non-fussy topper for a floor-length look.

Metallic flats WHY YOU NEED IT: Metallic flats are an edgy alternative to plain ballet flats.

Sling Bag WHY YOU NEED IT: A quilted cross-body bag will keep your hands free for juggling champagne flutes or the office coffee order.

30s Leather Pants WHY YOU NEED IT: Your 30s bring confidence, so show it off in sexy leather leggings. This grownup alternative to jeans can go preppy with the addition of a button-down and blazer or sultry when paired with a simple tank.

Great Bag WHY YOU NEED IT: You can carry a piece with classic lines and couture-level construction

Platforms WHY YOU NEED IT: You'll stand tall in plush platform pumps with double take-inducing metallic heels. Boardroom, dance floor, parties it's your call!

Statement Cuff WHY YOU NEED IT: You'll get loads of mileage out of a chunky oversize cuff with a goes-with-anything design.



Trends; the day clutch Its official this season, clutch bags small and large were paired with daywear. We have seen it on the streets by fashionistas rocking it nicely. The thought of whittling my must-have items down to a precious few gave me anxiety, but recently, and completely by accident, I made the jump and here's how it worked. I switched my tote for a large clutch purse to work and it didnt feel like i forgot anything at home. All my essentials were still intact and it felt much better moving about with a cute purse than the usual big va-va-voom bag we all carry. Now I do not really need that extra cardigan or three lipsticks. Its easier, you can also try out these trend with all the beautiful options in stores now, you cant go wrong with this style.

Tips; pick colorful choices in square shapes, they fit in to the role of your tote better than the rectangular shapes, they look too occasional

Spree advice

EASY TIPS TO ROCKING A PANT SUIT WITH EASE. Sure, pants suits aren't for office alone. We got you secrets to pulling if off for events and outings. 1, Don't miss the impeccable fit. The hems must hit where it can show a little bit of skin around your ankle. The jacket must be body or figure hugging with appropriate sleeves length. 2, Make it girly. Add a feminine touch with cute red pumps, sparkly gold sandals and simple clutch. Loose the tote, it won't work. 3, Keep your look simple. Forget the excessive neck wears and colorful uncorrelated bangles. Let the suit speak for itself and not overshadowed by unnecessary accessories. Stick with the traditional crisp white shirt or ruffled sa-teeny blouse to kill the look.

Mid length Skirting Whoever said mid length skirts arent pretty needs to read this. We styled the midi skirt for work, brunch, party and weekend looks.

Work look

Party time

Weekend look

Brunch look

STYLE Q AND A Q: Am bored with the usual little black dress. Please suggest more options? A: Take a cue from Lala Anthony and go for the Tangerine little dress. The bold hue needs fewer accessories, simply finish with nude heels.

Q: Please I need options on how to wear my white jeans. A: Sure, you can do white jeans all year round with the right pieces to pair it with. Wear with crisp button down shirts, camel colored sweaters rule on whites, striped tops in block colors keep the cool, colored wedge and aviator frames work as well.


Dewy skin, rosy cheeks, clean bangs, luscious lips are what we re loving

Perfect skin asap!


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Top active agents for a brighter skin

Beauty peep

Glam up yourself From Work to Evening with these easy tips: Party-prep that you can make do with in the office to take you from work mode to party mode. Use sexy lipcolor, from nude to bright red, whatever makes you feel cool, pretty and festive.

Lastly, pick or use a sexy fragrance to lift your senses and make you smell fresh.

Use black eyeliner, pencil, shadow especially, sexily, at the outer corners. Pat moisturizer or face oil everywhere but your Tzone, over your makeup. Let it soak in for a seconds to add shine to your looks.

Touch up with concealer to cover up blemish and scars.

Beauty Glitzy Ways to Dress Up Your Nails So long, red nail polish! The latest manicures are flashy, festive and fun. Glitters; For glimmering nails, coat your nails a solid color first, then layer glitter on just the tips like a French manicure. Since glitter formulas are harder to remove, your manicure has more staying power. Press-Ons; If you don't have time to go to the salon for Minx, play with nail polish stickers at home. Cleaning your nail bed and removing oils with a swipe of nail polish remover ensures the strips stay put. Polka Dots; Polka dots are everywhere right now. A black base with gilded dots is easy with the Orly Dotter tool. The pointed metal tip collects just the right amount of polish. Just be sure to let the base coat dry, or things can look sloppy. Metallic; To keep your metallic mani as shiny, apply with a smooth, even stroke. "Metallics are challenging because they show more flaws than opaque polish. Stick to three even swipes per nail, and finish with a generous amount of clear top coat to prevent fading.


Sanely stylish bathrooms we love

Clean lines form the style of this bathroom. Finely polished wood with silverware handles. And we also love the vanity point of this space.

Marble walls in natural color, white paned windows, pink flowers, silver taps and clean tub. This is heavenly!

A sharp dose of green teamed with clear white accessories makes this bathroom friendly even with the rich tones. Next page: Mixed earth tones and rich chocolate defines this space perfectly.

Earth tones and silverware is the basics of this bathroom too.

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