Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Win Marks & Spencer gift cards with stylingup.com

Styling Up is giving away to its most active users £10 gift cards to shop for clothes, accessories and footwear from Marks and Spencer brands. No, this isn’t a contest or random selection. It’s based on a first come, first serve basis.

It’s pretty easy to win!! To win this voucher, all you have to do is to login or register with Styling Up and earn points. You can earn points by rating, reviewing, uploading photos and inviting friends to stylingup.com. Each action will be rewarded with points and the first users to reach 150 style points, may claim the £10 gift card (for Marks & Spencer brands). 

Vouchers are limited so there’s no time to waste. Ready? Set? Go….

To know more about the prize, visit our style points shop and read the how it works.

If you have any question about this giveaway or our website, please use our contact form.

Please note that this offer is valid only for female UK users (we'll ask for your postal address to send the gift card) and only for clothes, accessories and footwear from the Marks and Spencer brands, available at stylingup.com

* Only available for the UK and for clothes available at stylingup.com

Monday, March 25, 2013

Brazilian Hair Extensions: The Next Big Thing?

Photo by John Kannenberg - FlickR
If like many people short, fine hair is the bane of your life, you may be considering getting hair extensions fitted.  Hair extensions allow everyone to have the long, thick glamorous hair that they dream of.  You may have heard lots of people shouting about Brazilian hair extensions recently, especially in the celeb world.  But why are they a good option? What makes them better quality than other types of hair extensions?

Why use hair extensions?

Very few of us are lucky enough to have naturally lustrous, thick, shiny hair.  Even most of the celebs we see with immaculate hair are faking it.  Hair extensions are becoming more and more popular with celebrities with Kim Kardashian, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, Una Healy from the Saturdays, Alexandra Burke and many more all openly admitting to enjoying the benefits of hair extensions.  With so many different options available on the market and every one of them claiming to be the best that there is, it’s difficult to know what the best option really is. 

Why Brazilian?

Brazilian hair extensions used to primarily be a secret of the celebs, but now they are widely available to everyone.   Hair extensions made from real, natural, high quality hair rather than synthetic hair have a lot of advantages over synthetic hair extensions.  Synthetic hair extensions do not have a very long life as they are sensitive to the sun and styling and don’t blend in well like natural hair.  Real hair extensions can be treated like your own hair and dyed, styled and washed in the same way.

Brazilian hair extensions are made from real hair that has been sourced from people in Brazil.  Good quality Brazilian hair extensions are usually referred to as being virgin.  This means that the hair is 100% natural and has never been treated, dyed or bleached before.  Brazilian hair extensions are normally made from Remy hair as well.  Remy hair refers to the way in which the hair has been collected.  Remy hair is collected carefully to preserve the hair’s cuticle and with all of the hair cuticles facing in the same direction.  This means the hair is completely natural in appearance and will remain soft, shiny and tangle-free.

Brazilian hair extensions have been gaining popularity recently with more and more people swearing by this high quality type of hair extension.  Brazilian hair extensions can be expensive but this is because of their natural look and strong, full-bodied, durable texture.  The high quality of the product means that they will last for between 8 months and 2 years, so they can be refitted over and over again.  They are available in curly, wavy or straight and their strength makes them ideal for colouring.

How are they fitted?

There are a number of ways that you can choose to get your hair extensions fitted.  The one that is kindest to your hair is the micro-ring method.  The micro ring does not use glue or wax to attach the hair extensions; instead they are clipped into tiny rings that are secured at the root of your natural hair.

Pre-bonded hair extensions glue onto your existing hair.  They are pre-tipped with keratin wax which is heated and bonded to natural hair, this method is very flexible as it allows for extensions to be placed at any point in your hair, including your fringe.  The pre-bonded option also allows for very natural movement of hair.

The micro ring weft (weave) does not use glue or wax either.  The micro ring weft uses a long weft of hair that is then fitted to your head using micro rings.  This is a good low commitment option for people who do not want to wear the extensions for a very long length of time.  Generally a weft needs to be refitted every month or so and will last for up to 8 months.  It’s a great option if you want to add volume to your hair.

Brazilian hair extensions are on the rise, and with their natural appearance and texture and ease to maintain it’s hardly surprising.  With the endorsement of so many well-known celebrities you know you must be onto a good thing!  With Brazilian hair extensions the celebrity hair secret is out, now everyone can have the thick, glossy hair that they dream of.

This is a guest post written by Sarah Hewitt. Sarah Hewitt is a new blogger who blogs about anything and everything. You can contact her via her Twitter or Google+

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New fashion brands @ Styling Up

Stylingup.com now has 3 new high street retail partners and we'd like to welcome them into our website. Now, you'll also find stylist recommendations for your body shape and size in clothing, shoes and accessories from Boohoo.com, Monsoon and Accessorize.

Loose Fit Trouser from Boohoo; Pink Trenchcoat from Monsoon; Blue Sandals from Accessorize

Boohoo.com is a high street brand with a wide selection of celebrity inspired and catwalk inspired pieces. If offers a collection full of women's dresses, tops, blazers, jumpsuits and trousers at really affordable prices.

Monsoon is a vibrant women's fashion brand that has a wide range of dresses, tops, trousers and skirts with colorful and vibrant patterns. It has a distinctive identity and its collection has great influence from exoctic cultures.

Accessorize is a well known high street brand that focuses on accessories. It's stylish and affordable bags, bracelets, rings and scarves are great for all occasions. Whether your style is classic, urban or creative, you can find an extensive collection of accessories with a great price. Accessorize also has a great collection of shoes, flip flops and lovely sandals.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5 Ugliest Jewelry Pieces in Awards Show History

When it comes to jewelry, celebrities always get special treatment on the red carpet. They can borrow, beg, or buy jewelry pieces from the world's hottest designers to make their own unique fashion statements. Unfortunately, there are the select few celebs who must make these choices with their eyes closed or succumb to designers who want to make them look bad. Viewing awards shows has become like watching a circus, because while many celebs show up looking their very best, others just look like clowns. Here are the 5 ugliest jewelry pieces in the history of awards shows:

#5 Gwyneth Paltrow's Chandelier Earrings

Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress who always wears awesome dresses, but became more famous for her chandelier earrings at the 2007 Academy Awards. At parties, people have been known to get drunk and hang from chandeliers, but hanging chandeliers from a woman is an even more painful and embarrassing sight.
Gwyneth’s earrings in this case had more diamonds than all of South America put together, proving once and for all that you can in fact have too much of a good thing. They were so big and hung so low from golden chains that she could have tripped over them. As diamonds go, the stones were pretty, but these chandelier earrings should have just gone down the red carpet themselves because they had a life of their own.

# 4 Sandra Bullock's Ring at the 2012 Academy Awards

This ring was quite large and looked as though a metallurgist spilled hot gold all over her finger and just before it cooled, he threw some precious gems on top of it. Imagine that after the ring hardened and Sandra got back from the hospital to have it surgically removed, she waited for the skin grafts to heal before she put the ring on again. It is easy to visualize a major law suit where the ring maker lost his house. Sandra put the ring on anyways and arrived at the award show. Of course she looked beautiful, but that ugly ring drew enough attention to make this list.

#3 Tyga's Last Kings Chain

This necklace was quite impressive in making Tyga look like a Pharaoh from ancient Egypt. It was designed by Jason of Beverly Hills because all the other designers were not strong enough to keep from being turned to stone by the necklace's presumably evil powers.
Tyga's idea to wear this at the 2012 BET Awards was a good one until all the other rappers saw it and wanted one just like it. It had so much gold in it that Fort Knox itself is probably jealous, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, until you see the design itself. The ugly necklace had scary faces on it and made Tyga's weight jump up to 250 pounds. It was gaudy and heavy.

#2 Missy Piggy's Hideous Necklace

As far as puppets go, Miss Piggy is probably the world's most famous fashionista, but even she is not immune to fashion disaster. She recently wore a big old diamond necklace. The Bible says never throw your pearls before swine. In this case designer Fred Leighton did not use pearls, but he should have applied the concept to diamonds. The necklace was quite large and ugly. The multiple diamonds on this beast (the necklace, not the Muppet) blinded Piggy's counterpart Kermit the Frog as well as all the others standing on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Why should designers even put real jewels on a bunch of sewn together fabric? Why is a Muppet even at an awards show? The necklace had a interesting infinity symbol and lots of diamonds. It surely weighed more than the pig. The real star wearing it was the guy you never see; Eric Jacobson was the puppeteer who handled her. He probably never held that much value in his arms before or since.

#1 Flavor Flav's Clock at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards

Flavor Flav has long been associated with the '80s hip-hop trend of wearing a clock around your neck, because he was one of the artists who popularized it. However, even the master of neck clocks himself can go too far sometimes! It would have been impossible for Flav to be late for his red carpet arrival at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards because the ugly necklace he had on was quite possibly the biggest clock ever. Big Ben in England was weeping and the Hubble telescope was taking this photo from space, even though an astronaut could have seen this silver and black clock with the naked eye.

This is a guest post written by Jessica.  Jessica is a journalist and blogger who specializes in fashion, style, and fine jewelry. She lives in New Jersey with her fiance and two cats.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shop: 10 Mother's Day Accessories Gift Ideas

Our moms deserve the best from us. To celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day, we gathered some great gift ideas in several styles that will surely help you choose the perfect gift for your mom. From jewelry to bags, from classic to more edgy styles, we selected some of the best accessories at affordable prices. Prices range from £15 to £129.


Nothing better than a gem to offer our sweet mom. Below, a Lancetti Vintage Gold Plated Enamel Chunky Necklace that has some really nice chain looking details. Perfect for both modern and classic moms. Available from Mybag.com at £68

For moms who prefer earrings, here's a pair of Turtle Stud Earrings, Gold Green, from Ted Baker that will surely surprise her. We love the fact that's turtle shaped because it gives it an edgy trendy look. Available from Littlewoods.com at £35

For classic moms who love jewelry, here's a Laura Biagiotti Vintage Gold Plated Necklace that will sure look stunning on several occasions. With a neutral color, it can be styled with almost anything your mom has in her wardrobe. Available from Mybag.com at £64


What mom doesn't like a really nice bag to complement her look? Bags are a great choice for Mother's Day. We gathered a selection of bags, some more classic, others more modern that will surely make a perfect gift.

First, a Brown Classic Heart Bag from Clarks that can be worn on the shoulder or across the body. Perfect for every day. Available from Littlewoods.com at £59

This Ted Baker Colour Block Shopper Bag, in Monochrome is the perfect choice for moms who want to look trendy, stylish and fashionable. Monochrome is one of the great trends for the next Autumn/Winter Season so this is a great gift. Available from Mybag.com at £129

For fashionista moms, we selected this Kirsten Studded Drawstring Bag, White. It's stylish contemporary look makes it a great accessory for both day and evening occasions. Its neutral colors with a metal plate front detail ads a touch of luxury to it. Available from Littlewoods.com at £60


Scarves are also a great choice for Mother's Day. They go pretty well with several outfits and they're also very comfy and great to cover up the neck from this cold season. This Indigo Collection Lightweight Russian Print Scarf is a great stylish choice for your mom to add some color to her wardrobe. Available from M&S at £19.5

This Baroque Keys and Chains Scarf, Lilac from Codello is also a great gift. Suitable for several occasions it has a baroque classic style that will surely be an asset to her look. Available from Mybag.com at £40

Other Accessories

When we're talking about accessories, sometimes these get forgotten, and can also be a great and useful gift. For hat lovers, here's a Jacques Vert Hat with Feathers that's perfect for wearing at weddings and similar formal occasions. The feathered detail, gives it a more glamorous look that makes it a perfect choice from classic moms. Available from Littlewoods.com at £120

And what about a nice pair of Gloves? These can be a good affordable and very useful gift for your mom to help her overcome the cold. Here, we selected these Leather Stitch Detail Gloves, Purple. Available at M&S at £15
Already chose the gift your offering your Mom on this special day? Tell us... Did you go with a traditional card or flowers, or did you choose something different? We'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top five sunglasses for Summer

Photo by lesleychoa (Flickr)

I’ve got to be honest – I am over Winter, I can’t wait for Summer to arrive and with the great anticipation that I have I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t already well-prepared for what this Summer has to hold.

Although the UK is a place where realistically we don’t see an awful lot of sunshine, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be prepared for those days when we do happen to have a little ray of sunshine peek out from behind the clouds, and if like me you are sincerely hoping for sunshine this Summer, then chances are that you will already be thinking about the appropriate sunglasses to tackle this task.

So looking at this Summer, what are the hottest trends? The best buys? The right purchases to make? Well here are my top five tips for sunglasses this Summer:

Ray Bans

Ray Bans are a brand that you can always depend on and regardless of the season you simply know that these are going to be in style. With classic designs including the Wayfarer and the Aviator you know that you can always get a timeless classic with a modern design from the Ray Ban range, and if you are looking for a pair of sunnies that really stands apart from the crowd then you can’t go far wrong with the choices that Ray Ban can offer you.


A good pair of Oakleys can often be the essential summer accessory and if you are looking for a brand of sunglasses that gives you great protection and looks fashionable at the same time, then you could have found just what you are looking for with a pair of Oakleys. One of the great features that Oakleys have is the ability to chop and change many elements of their design and this means integrating new colours, features and designs into the mix.


Not always at the forefront of market-leaders in the sunglasses industry, it’s easy to overlook the Bolle brand as a mid-class design and for this reason many people simply don’t rate it as a market leader in the sunglasses industry, but if you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a pair of sunglasses then this design could be just what you are looking for to provide you with fashionable, safe glasses at a great price.


Another brand which doesn’t get an awful lot of air time is Persol, but this isn’t to say that it’s a brand that you should forget about – in fact if you are looking to stand out from the crowd then it’s often better to go with a brand which isn’t so well recognised! For something unique, different and still super stylish, Persol could be a great option for your wardrobe.

Michael Kors

I had to throw this in at the end, the truth is that my own sunglasses are Michael Kors and I’ve had them now for around six years with no problems whatsoever – I love them. They offer great protection and are stylish through any season, the ideal accessory and a great option for people who are looking for a timeless classic through a pair of sunglasses.

This is a guest post written by Paul James. Paul James is a journalist and part time blogger. When he isn't writing or shopping, he's spending time with his family or walking his dog, Buck.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The perfect casual outfit for this Sunday

Don’t know what to wear this Sunday? Our stylists may help you on that. Here’s a casual outfit based on an emerald everyday A-Line Skirt from Boden.

A-line skirts are a great option for balancing your bust with your hips. They can do wonders for Pear, Diamond, Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes. For Pear and Diamond body types, the A-line skirt balances the widest part of your hip without adding more volume. For Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes, it can add just a bit of volume to create a waist.

It’s a great must-have for every closet! And it's emerald... the color of the year :)

Everyday A-line skirt from Boden, £45 ; Notting Hill Knit from Boden, £69 ; Dizzy Weave Satchel from Guess, £185 ; Glitter Ballerina from Graceland, £12.99 ; Gemstone encrusted leather bracelet from Bonprix, £16.99
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