Monday Mystery Mime

Can you guess what this week’s mystery mime is? Post your answers in the comments section before next Friday and a lucky winner gets the mime of their choice performed.  We will announce the winner with next week’s mime.

No-one guessed last week’s mime, which was Ice Cracking, pretty obvious when you think about it!  Have a go this week, instead.  The clue is ‘something you eat on 4th of July’.

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Seasonal Sparkle

The word Halloween derives from All Hallows’ Evening, a day traditionally devoted to honouring the dead. As ancient lore dictates, on Halloween, the barrier that separates the realms of the earthly and supernatural is porous and enchantment is in the air. So, As Halloween approaches, I’m thinking about magic. Specifically, style magic!

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, everyone needs a little magic in their lives and this week I’m going to show you some excellent ways to wear one of my all-time favourite things – GLITTER!

I love glitter. It’s frivolous, sparkly, eye catching and alluring. But how do you wear it stylishly?

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Subtly glittering purple nail polish and some costume jewellery rings make a glamorous style statement especially if your dog’s also wearing glitter. Try this reversible sequin bandana from www.chacharocks.co.uk. It’s machine washable and made from super soft stretch fabric.

 

The key is to edit. While I don’t believe in restrictive fashion guidelines that dictate what to wear when you’re x age or y shape, unless you’re super confident, a glittery sequinned mini-dress or glitter eye-shadow is hard to pull off for anyone over 40. But never fear. No matter what age, size or shape you happen to be, there are ways to incorporate glitter into your life that will enhance your own unique look without swamping it. Here are some of my favourites:

  • My absolute top way to wear glitter is on my nails. I like Barry M nail polish (available from any high street chemist) for its huge range of colours and ultra-glittery texture. I recommend starting with a base coat in a similar shade and then applying the glitter polish of your choice on top for maximum effect. If you want something more muted a metallic polish will catch the light without being overly sparkly, or you could try a plain coloured polish with glitter polish French tips. My favourite secret is press on nails for special occasions. They’re easy, fuss-free and won’t chip. Elegant Touch and Perfect 10 are two brands I like, also available from most chemists.
This classic leather dog collar updated with sumptuous gold glitter, from www.chacharocks.co.uk. Available in all sizes.

This classic leather dog collar updated with sumptuous gold glitter, from www.chacharocks.co.uk. Available in all sizes.

 

  • Accessories. A sparkling clutch, jewellery or shoes always look great. Remember, glitter catches the light and draws attention so if you’re holding a clutch or wearing jewellery make sure your hands, and face, are well groomed. It will make a difference. Glittery high heeled pumps can look fabulous if you wear them with confidence. If you want something more toned down consider glitter ankle boots; with a pair of black jeans and a simple white shirt you have a chic and timeless outfit with just the right amount of rock star edge that will translate effortlessly from day to night.
Doris in a chacharocks bandana, demonstrating how to wear glitter with style and poise

Doris in a chacharocks bandana, demonstrating how to wear glitter with style and poise

 

  • Glitter makeup. The key is to apply sparingly and use high quality products. Try a glitter cream eye pencil like under your eyes or, if you want to use eyeshadow, rather than cover your entire eyelid, apply a tiny dab of cream eyeshadow in a shade that’s lighter than your skin tone to the inside corners of your eyes and go over it with a dab of makeup quality glitter (Barry M does excellent glitter pots); you’ll get a sparkling pop that widens your eyes.

I hope I’ve shown you that you can be adult and sophisticated in glitter. Whether you go for a bold statement or subtle detail, have fun trying out my tips and remember to keep it sparkling!

Aline Duriaud has had a varied career as an artist and writer in New York City and has also worked as a support worker for vulnerable adults. She also loves animals and, when her Pomeranian passed away in 2013, took the plunge to start her London based online dog accessory company chacharocks, purveyor of fierce, ethically made canine couture with a glitter-tastic twist.

 

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Thinking Pink for Winter

When you think of pink, what comes to mind? Fluffy cotton candy? Rose bouquets? Gender stereotypes? Love it or hate it, pink is big news this autumn and winter and the good news is anyone can wear it. The key is choosing a shade that complements your skin tone and, unless you’re not afraid to cover yourself in pink from head to toe, use it sparingly to freshen up your existing wardrobe.

Annie Tutu

If head-to-toe pink isn’t your thing use it sparingly

The easiest way to incorporate pink into your look is by adding jewellery or a scarf in a shade that works for you; fuchsia looks great on dark and olive skin while peachier, coral tones work well for fair complexions. Baby pink can wash out paler skin so unless you’re wearing it with contrasting colours or a bright lipstick stick with richer shades.

Annie & Lion

Rich berry and magenta shades are a great way to wear pink without looking like cake icing.

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Dog lover? A glam dog collar like this leather and crystal one from chacharocks is another great way to bring pink into your life.

 

If you want to try something more adventurous without looking girlish here are five ways to wear pink this season:

  • A pink A-line or fitted skirt with a black sweater. Unless you’re sixteen go for a knee-length skirt.
  • Pink trainers with jeans.
  • A wool blazer in baby pink looks fresh and modern with just about anything. The contrast between shape and colour will stop you looking sugary
  • Add pink streaks to your hair – either try a temporary dye you can apply yourself or for permanent colour see a professional.
  • A rose quartz necklace or earrings
Here you see the Newsnibbles travel correspondent sporting a pair of pink shoes.

Here you see the Newsnibbles travel correspondent sporting a pair of pink shoes.

Pink ombre highlights can be subtle and sophisticated and work well on blonde hair

Although Annie isn't blonde you can see here that pink highlights are the way forward.

Although Annie isn’t blonde you can see here that pink highlights are the way forward.

 

This dyed pink freshwater pearl necklace by chacharocks is so pretty you could wear it yourself

 

Finally, if you don’t have a work dress code or you’re going to an event and want to make a statement, wearing pink ironically is a way to get noticed. Be warned, this isn’t easy to pull off without looking like a clown. The key is to work with your body shape and stick to clean, vintage style silhouettes.

Add details like pearl buttons, a belt and bows to a pink coat for a vintage inspired look that stays classy

Here pink laces in trainers add a touch of pink.

Here pink laces in trainers add a touch of pink.

 

A well cut man’s suit is a great way to wear pink. Buy a white suit and dye it if you can’t find one in pink and stick to delicate, feminine accessories.

However you decide to incorporate pink into your wardrobe the essential ingredient is confidence. It’s all about owning your outfit and wearing it like you mean it.

Until next time,

Fabulously yours,

Aline

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NB. Click the photographs of the fabulous chacharocks products to see where you can get your own.  The links on sentences take you to photographic examples of what Aline is describing, if the ones provided here by our editorial team are not enough.

Aline Duriaud has had a varied career as an artist and writer in New York City and has also worked as a support worker for vulnerable adults. She also loves animals and, when her Pomeranian passed away in 2013, took the plunge to start her London based online dog accessory company chacharocks, purveyor of fierce, ethically made canine couture with a glitter-tastic twist.

 

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The Pawfect Look for Your Pet

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Hello, I’m Aline of chacharocks, the home of gorgeously kitsch canine couture accessories with a glitter-tastic twist. The handsome dog on my right is my adopted Greyhound, or possibly Lurcher, Ronnie.

I’m delighted to have been invited by Badger to pen a regular column for Newnibbles on pet couture and other fashion-related matters. Did you know that pet couture can help raise your confidence, express your creativity and improve your relationships? Without costing the earth. This week I’m going to tell you how it can contribute to your life in unexpectedly beneficial ways, and share with you exactly how to measure your dog to ensure, when you buy him or her a collar or accessory, that you get the right size.

Above: Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) and Bruiser the Chihuahua in Legally Blonde. Elle, despite her bubble gum image, was a smart cookie who ignored other peoples’ expectations to pursue a law degree. Truly a chacharocks woman!

Pet accessories for confidence and better relationships? I’m not joking. Let me tell you now. But first, an anecdote. Last week I was invited to a charity dog show to promote chacharocks. Ronnie and I arrived early and then a steward approached me with a chacharocks sign and taped it to my table. He paused, looked at my display and said,

Neck wear for dogs? Now I’ve seen it all.

His comment reflected the view of many, that non-functional dog accessories are weird.

Hero the service dog and his owner in matching graduation outfits, proving that dog accessories can really make the world a better place (source: Huffington Post – click the image to read the story).

 

So how exactly can pet couture add to your life?

  • Canine bandanas, bow ties, collar accessories and necklaces are a fantastic way to involve your dog in holiday celebrations and special events. Kids can have fun choosing accessories or even making a DIY doggie outfit, you can take memorable photos and post them on your social media pages. You’ll make people smile and they will be talking about your photos for weeks.
  • Are you the impulse shopping type? Rather than dump loads of money on new clothes buy a dog accessory; many pet fashion businesses including chacharocks donate a portion of your profits to charity so you’ll be helping a good cause too.
  • A cute dog accessory is an excellent conversation starter when you’re out walking your dog, especially if you are shy. You could make a new friend, get asked on a date or get a job. Try it out! If you really can’t bear the thought of a purely non-functional accessory then try an ultra-glamorous collar like the ethically made glitter and gemstone range available from chacharocks.
  • Speaking of philanthropy, why not start a social media account with photos of your dog in different accessories or organise a fancy dress parade for local dogs to promote a rescue charity?
  • If your dog’s breed has a bad reputation a cute bandana or bow tie, as well as looking fantastic, will help make him or her look more approachable and let you educate people about misperceptions related to that particular breed.
  • It goes without saying that buying lovely accessories for your dog will make you feel closer to your beloved pet. And it’s fun! For a really special occasion why not have an accessory or outfit custom made for him or her? It’s not as pricey as you think.

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Trotter the Instagram star

Poppy in a chacharocks stretch glitter bandana

Now you know more about the benefits of pet couture remember to measure your dog’s neck correctly before buying a bandana, necklace or collar. Standard sizes small, medium and large are often open to interpretation so the more accurately you do this, the more likely you will be to purchase an accessory that fits perfectly. To measure your dog’s neck do the following:

  1. Make sure you have a flexible tape measure, a piece of paper and a pen.
  2. Stand your dog on a flat, even surface and make sure he or she is as straight as possible.
  3. Using the tape measure, measure your dog’s neck, leaving room to breathe but being careful that you don’t measure too loose.
  4. Write the measurement down on your piece of paper. If you’re using string, mark it with a pen, measure it with your ruler and then write the measurement down.
  5. Measure a second time just to be sure.
  6. Give your dog a treat!

If your dog’s neck falls between sizes, always pick the bigger size.

Doris in the baby pink and gold sequin jersey bandana

So have fun with pet couture, make a splash and spread goodness in the world!

Until next time,

Fabulously yours,

Aline

Aline Duriaud has had a varied career as an artist and writer in New York City and has also worked as a support worker for vulnerable adults. She also loves animals and, when her Pomeranian passed away in 2013, took the plunge to start her London based online dog accessory company chacharocks, purveyor of fierce, ethically made canine couture with a glitter-tastic twist.


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