Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day

February 14th is arriving and like all special occasions it’s perfect to wear a stunning outfit. Whether you’re going out or staying at home, having dinner or lunch, this is a great opportunity to show off a stylish outfit.

To help you in that task, our fashion stylists put together 10 outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day, that are available at our style shop. Some are hot dresses, others include pants or even jumpsuits. Just remember that the secret to look stunning is to feel stunning. An extra tip we’d like to give you is that you should ALWAYS shop for your body shape.



Here's the list of all the items, by outfit number:

1. Pepe Jeans Dress from Pepe Jeans, Tweed Spike Jacket from AX Paris, Jefris Suede Platform Shoes from Missguided, Crocodile Skin Clutch from AX Paris, Ring from Bonprix








4. Spock Fitted Long Sleeve Dress from AX Paris, Ria Multi Chain Necklace from Missguided, Twist Clasp Purse from AX Paris, Radin Platform Shoe Boots from Missguided

5. Diamante Detail Dress from Miss Sixty, Lela Spike Bracelet from Missguided, Patent Bar Clutch Bag from Marks and Spencer, All Over Stud Heels from AX Paris

6. Bow Dress from Boden, Leshka Large Jewelled Ring from Missguided, Rebecca Minkof Wallet on a Chain from Rebecca Minkof, Platform Court from Graceland

7. Pearl Chiffon Blouse from Lipsy, Wet Look Leggings from Miss Sixty, Odeolla Studded Suede Peeptoe Heels from Missguided, Animal Print Purse from AX Paris, Belt Look Bracelet from Bonprix Collection, Stainless Steel Droplet Earrings from Bonprix


9.  Jewel Back Dress from South, Leopard Coat from Bonprix, Black Clutch from Graceland, Ring from Bonprix, Diamante Sling Back Heels from AX Paris



Already know what you'll be wearing for Valentine's Day? Leave a comment... we'd love to know.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top Hairstyle Trends of 2013

Whenever a new year beckons, new hair trends emerge and take over the hair, fashion and beauty industry. Some hair trends are futuristic, chic and transcend the passing of time whilst others however, come and go. Although we’re only a month into 2013 we’re already getting a glimpse of the hair trends that will be in vogue this year.

In this article we’ll show you which hair cuts, colors and styles will rule the roost this year.

Trend #1: The Pixie Cut


From Emma Watson to Rihanna, the pixie cut has made its way out of 1965 and is hitting runways and celebrity coifs. What makes this style so stunning is that it highlights stunning facial features and is low maintenance.


 Pixie cuts particularly favour individuals with striking facial features- think Halle Berry’s cheek bones, Emma Watson’s eyes or Rihanna’s lips. To get the best cut possible, always make sure you visit an experienced hairdresser and take a photo of the pixie cut that you like.

Trend #2: Purple Hair


Katy Perry isn’t the only one who’s spotting purple tresses. This year hair coloring will take on a new trend which encompasses unconventional colors. If you’re more conventional but want a drop of purple to spruce up your style, try experimenting with darker purple colors.


In contrast, if you’re more of a risk-taker dare to be different and opt for multi-layered purple tones.

Trend #3: The Low Bun


In 2012 the high bun was the most popular hair trend. However, in 2013 we’re heading in the completely opposite direction with the low bun taking over as this year’s go-to hairstyle.


Trend #4: The Side Sweep


Conjuring up memories of vintage Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe, side swept curls represent glitz and glamour. However, the side sweep isn’t just perfect for formal events; it can in fact be a go-to hairstyle for everyday occasions.


To get this look, it’s best to wear your hair in pin-curls at night and then unravel them in the mornings. Furthermore, keep bobby pins on hand so that you can neatly pin your hair to the side so that it falls effortlessly.

Trend #5: Bangs


When Kate Middleton stepped out with bangs, we were stunned! Who knew the Duchess was such a trend setter? Her hair was particularly striking because of its vintage-retro feel. 2013 will most definitely be the year of the bang.


This is a guest post written by Vicky Olubi. Vicky is passionate about all things beauty related and is the Director of My Curls; a natural hair care company based in London.  Visit her website at www.mycurls.co.uk.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 10 bags on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great way to find awesome items and add them to our wish list. So, we gathered the top 10 bags we seen this month on Pinterest. In no specific order, here's our favorite bags so far:



1) MARC JACOBS, 'Paradise Rio' Bag
2) Joy Gryson, IIIBeCa
3) Reed Krakoff, Mini Shoulder Bag
4) Valentino Bag
5) Alexander McQueen,Orange Medium Heronie Bag
6) Ralph Lauren, Silver bag
7) Reed Krakoff, medium tote bag
8) Lanvin, Medium Happy Shoulder Bag
9) Wallis, Green Bright X Body Bag
10) Birkin Bag


If you want to repin any of this items, just go to our "Top 10 Bags on Pinterest" Board on Pinterest and repin what you love. Follow Styling Up on Pinterest. Browse through clothes for your body shape, and also a fine selection of clothes, accesories and footwear we found there.

Tell us, which bag is your favorite? If you have other suggestion (found on Pinterest), we'd also love to know what it is.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter Sale Discount Shop

We've just launched a new page with the latest winter sale offers that includes dresses, jackets, jeans, trousers, skirts and much more with up to 70% off price.

Now, you'll be able to find all the items with the best special offers all in the same page. We'll update this page with the latest items weekly, so please do check it once in a while.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012: Fashion in Review

Now that this year is coming to an end, we would like to make a special year on review blog post with 2012 biggest fashion trends. This is our very own perspective of the trends and, therefore, it's a subjective list.


Skinny Jeans


Skinny Jeans were a true mark of this year. We saw them is several flashy and neon colors, and also in more neutral colors. Basically skinny jeans came out from the 80s to make a stand for this year and they look stunning in several body types. Skinny jeans look particularly awesome in Straight and Hourglass body shapes and are a must have for this season. Don't have a pair? Check out these recommendations from our stylists:

Vintage Look Leather Bags


Leather was pretty much in fashion this year. Bags were looking kind of vintage and very "square" shaped. Whether black or brown, or even is some more colorful versions, a leather bag was the biggest fashion trend for bags this year. 


Peplum mania


Peplum was also pretty hot this year. Brands have peplum for every body shape. If you're pear shapped, you could wear a more simple version of peplum without giving you volume in your bottom half, like this Origami Pleat Peplum Dress, from AX Paris. If your body shape in inverted triangle, you could wear this Taina studded peplum top, or this Leopard Peplum Skirt from AX Paris to balance with your larger upper body. If you're an hourglass, you can pretty much wear anything, as long as you balance properly your upper body with you lower body without adding unnecessary volume to your shape.

Animal Prints


Oh yeah! Leopard print was a true trend this year. Whether in shoes, bags or other accessories and clothes, leopard print was everywhere and we love it! But we also know that prints should be worn cautiously... we don't want you to look like the jungle queen. Our advice to you: wear prints on your skinniest half. If you're pear shapped wear it on the top half, if you're an inverted triangle wear it on your bottom half. Prints draw attention and you don't want to draw attention to your widest half. Here are some leopard print items available at our style shop:


Riding Boots


Riding boots are this seasons trend on footwear, specially the leather ones. They look amazing with casual dresses, skinny jeans, bootcut jeans and pretty much almost everything. They are also very comfy and therefore al women should have a pair. Check out these Kissa Riding Boots, from Ravel available at our style shop.

So, these are the top trends we elected for this year in review. But tell us, what do you think was the best trend of 2012?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Say hello to your customized newsletter

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

“Every woman should have one black dress, a fabulous pair of shoes and bag”

Carlos Martins is a devoted stylist at Styling Up. His style is mainly casual chic and he dreams of styling Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Myers.



He studied fashion in 2000 but his professional path took him to interior design. He has been an interior designer for over 6 years, but he kept dreaming of becoming a fashion stylist and he worked in theaters and contests as a wardrobe stylist ... he loves combining colors, fabrics, textures, and  he’s an art and design lover.
Carlos loves everything that is edgy and chic. He started working at Styling Up right from the beginning and in our website he has already styled hundreds of awesome outfits. You can find style recommendations from Carlos in our style shop. Get to know this stylist a little better in the interview below.


How and when did you start in the fashion styling career? Tell us your story.

As a fashion designer I worked at some projects in the area like wardrobe for characters in theater and contests. I also work as an Interior Designer at BoConcept. I made some interior projects and others like commercial stands at Lisbon Fashion Week.  Right now,AAAARight now, Rightcss  I´m collaborating with Styling Up at big scale, customizing outfits for all kind of clients and I’m also working at a worldwide fashion brand, very known for its casual and luxurious pieces, as a consultant.

What does fashion mean to you?

Well... for me Fashion is like a statement of art. It’s a large step for someone to become unique and singular!

What are your favorite brands & designers? Why?

My favorite designers are Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Dolce&Gabbana , Alexander Wang and so many others, because they all have an unique vision about concept and style. Besides of fashion, I also love other visual arts like design, sculpture, and so on.

Pepe Jeans Dress

How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is a mix of concepts and brands… so, mainly, I define my personal style as trendy. I’m always looking forward for trends and trying to discover new ways to approach my kind of look and style. Like every other person, some days I feel like I need to conquer the world with a new vision or statement, and on some other days I just get on a more casual and discreet mood. This is why I say that my style is my own statement… I follow my own rules, concept and style.

If you could pick 3 fashion must-haves that every woman should own, what would they be?

Funny, this is the old question that anyone wants to know an answer for...  It really depends because every woman is different, but I think that every woman should have one black dress, it doesn’t matter if it’s simple because you can style it up with accessories; a fabulous pair of shoes and bag… This always works and regarding the last two (shoes and bag) it really makes sense that you pay for quality (eg: a pair of Louboutin).

Which season do you prefer to style for: Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer?

I love styling for the end of summer’s season, when everyone is relaxed, and thinking about the sun, the beach, parties and romance… everything is going on smoothly and perfectly and we can take some fashion risks with colors and patterns and mix all that.

All in One Jersey Jumpsuit, Diesel

Of the clothes you recommend in Styling Up's website, which is your favorite for this Autumn/Winter season?

Actually, I love several outfits for different reasons: This dress from Pepe Jeans, though it’s casual, I think it makes a beauty statement; This Jumpsuit from Diesel is very trendy and sophisticated and I think that this color is great for this season and I think it’s awesome to wear to a party or cocktail; This pleated dress from Missguided is great for someone who wants to be unique and make a statement wearing a more bright color… I also find the color very refreshing.

 If you could be a fashion stylist to one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Probably Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Myers. Both are young and have a peculiar attitude. They also represent so many things I enjoy, like for example indie movies, music, art and they both also rock at big parties. I would love to create their next style.

What do you think about fashion blogs and magazines? Which ones do you check out regularly?

I love both fashion blogs and magazines, because we can learn so much about fashion, designers and what will be trending next season. Since everyone has different ways of looking at fashion, it’s great to read about different perspectives and discuss it.
The blogs I check up frequently are the following: The Sartorialist, The Style Examiner; Alfaiate Lisboeta, and so many others. As for magazines, I recommend: Dazed and Confused, Kaltblut Magazine, Dsection Mag and V Magazine.
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