Category Archives: Styling Tips and Tricks

Fashion And Beauty Stores Offering Free International Shipping

Caribbean online shoppers will know how this goes. You find an item on a website at a reasonable price then shipping fees, customs duties and taxes double or even triple the cost.

I can’t help you with the latter two levies but I was quite happy to find some sites that offer free international shipping.  These are mainly UK sites since the US seems not to be in on this free action as yet. If you know other stores, feel comment below and share the knowledge.

Monsoon 

Shipping is free once you spend over £75. Items usually ship in 5 to 9 working days. If you’re in a rush, express shipping is available for £20.

ASOS

Shipping  is free for orders over £20 or US$31.58.  Delivery times are revealed at checkout. If you’re in a rush, express delivery costs £20.

Topshop

This site offers free international standard delivery on orders over £100.  Delivery times vary depending on location. For Barbados it’s up to eight working days once you purchase before 8 a.m. AST while for St Vincent and the Grenadines it’s up to 11 working days. Tracked and faster shipping is available for £30.

New Look

Shipping is free on orders over £55, £10 otherwise. It’ll take about 7 to 9 working days for your goodies to be shipped. Express delivery wasn’t available for most Caribbean islands at the time of writing so you can’t get a rush delivery.

Quiz

Delivery is free on orders over £25 and you’ll have your items within ten working days. If your order somehow costs less, shipping is £10.50.

Beauty Bay

Shipping is free for orders above US$20  and packages ship in 7 to 10 days under the “international saver” option.  If you’re willing to cough up US$64.70, your items will ship in two days under the “international express” option.

Have you used any of these sites? Let us know your experience. And don’t forget to add any other store which ship internationally for free.

If you’re making a purchase, keep these online shopping tips in mind.

8 Reasons Your Style Game Is Struggling

Consider this your ultimate style guide to start the year. Even if you’re not into New Year’s Resolutions, January is as good a time as any to start making improvements in your style game. Impressions matter and people see us and form opinions even before we speak.

If you want your outfit to say good things about you, you may need to get rid of some bad habits.  I’ve identified some of the reasons you may be struggling and included links to previous posts which will help you to get going.

Read on and see how you may be sabotaging your style and how you can do better.

 

in my wardrobe barbados

 

1. You don’t shop smart. This may sound obvious but you can only wear what you’ve bought. If you purchase frumpy, ill-fitting clothing because it’s cheap, you will pay the price. Ditto if you purchase a bunch of random clothing that doesn’t work together. Here’s how to shop sales smartly. If you’re doing that shopping online, there some things you need to bear in mind as well.

2. You haven’t taken the time to learn your personal style.  Finding out which clothing styles you like, which cuts are most flattering on you and where those two things intersect can be challenging. You need to figure out what works best for you, your job and your lifestyle. Start working on that here.

3. You’re too obsessed with trends. Not only will some trends be woefully unflattering on you, but you’ll soon end up with a closet full of outdated pieces. It’s best to have several timeless pieces and choose your trends carefully.

4. You think you can wear clothing straight off the rack. You may get lucky sometimes but quite often hemlines or sleeves need to be shortened or waistbands may be slightly too big. If you can’t do alteration yourself, find someone who is capable. It will make all the difference.

 

8 reasons your style game is struggling

 

5. You don’t pay attention to foundation garments. As with most things, if you start wrong, you’ll end wrong. Even if no one is going to see your underwear, they will see the effect it has on your overall look. Here are your guides to  choosing the right bras, panties and shapewear.

6. You think looking put together has to take a lot of time. I won’t lie. In the initial stages you will have to spend some time learning which brands/styles fit you best and which stores are ideal for you. Once you create a cohesive wardrobe, choosing an outfit every morning will be a breeze. Here are some tips on uniform dressing and getting ready in a hurry.

7. You’re doing too much. If your style is more eclectic, this may not apply to you but generally, less is more.  Your outfit should ideally  have one focal point. If your jacket is bold, your necklace shouldn’t be doing the most. It doesn’t get much simpler than black and white in my books.

8. You’re not taking care of your items. Wear and tear occur naturally but there are some things you can do to preserve clothing and accessories. Washing instructions are on your garments for a reason. Read them! Also, keep that costume jewellery from tarnishing for as long as possible.

Did I leave out a particular challenge you’re facing? Drop a comment below or send a message on Facebook and I’ll try to help. Let’s make this year stylish!

 

6 Types of Work Shoes To Amp Up Your Wardrobe

If you’re from the Caribbean you probably grew up hearing you only need brown and black work shoes. They go with everything right? When I first started working I believed that too and if you’re now starting out, you should have these basics. However, if you want your work outfits to have major impact, you should add some colour and prints.

Here are six pairs you should consider.

1. A black pump. This shoe will probably get the most wear since it will go with almost everything else in your wardrobe. Look for little details like straps, buckles and mixed textures which make black pumps a little more interesting.

Shoes You Need for Work: Black Pumps

 


Round toe pumps
nordstromrack.com

 

2. A red pump. Try to keep the heel low and the shoe free from embellishment since the colour is already so attention-grabbing.

Shoes You Need for Work: Red Pumps

 


 

3. A printed shoe. My favourite is leopard  print but you can go with another animal print like a snakeskin or zebra print or something more trendy like houndstooth. Keep the rest of your outfit simple.

Shoes You Need for Work: Prints

 


 

4. A fun, unusual coloured pair. Maybe you’ll keep these work shoes for casual Fridays or rock them boldly on a Monday if you’re in a creative field. Either way, they’re going to stand out. Look for your favourite colour or one you’ve simply always wanted to try.

Shoes You Need for Work: Bright colours

 


Anne klein shoes
macys.com

Stila pumps
lkbennett.com

 

5.  A nude shoe. Remember there’s no one colour called nude and the term refers to whichever shade closely matches your skin tone. This shoe will help to elongate your legs when you wear skirts or pants of the same colour. Think Olivia Pope.

Shoes You Need for Work: Nudes

 


Dorothy Perkins white heel shoes
$46 – dorothyperkins.com

 

6. Open toe wedges.  If you live in the Caribbean or its summertime where you are, sometimes you’re going to want a break from enclosed shoes. As long as your office allows it, find a black or other neutral sandal with straps that aren’t too thin so you can show off those freshly painted toes.

Shoes You Need for Work: Open toe wedges