How To Dress For The Job YOU Want

Dressing in an important tool for both your confidence and presence. Although landing your dream job comes with determination, ambition and preparation, a powerful outfit can help set the tone.

Consider your shoes:

Running from one meeting to another, it is important that your shoes are committed to you and your day. A girl having a bad day, is a girl in uncomfortable shoes. Your shoes should be both comfortable, and smart. Don’t try to break in shoes, on the day of a meeting, (an important lesson I learnt in my first role) as nobody likes a slow coach. Heels are not always the most practical pair of shoes but if they do finish off your outfit, carry some flats and swap over before you arrive at the venue.

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Never underestimate the power of tailoring:

Smart, formal dressing is always highly looked upon. A blazer will instantly elevate your look, ensuring that you look professional. It doesn’t matter if you team this with a white tee and skinny jeans, the blazer will broaden those shoulders and have you looking chic. Depending on the industry, a suit may be necessary but in fashion, a blazer teamed with pretty much anything works.

When in doubt, reach for monochrome:

Monochrome is a timeless colour palette. A classic, powerful ensemble that will always start your day off right. If you wake up thinking ‘i have nothing to wear’ and we have all been there (even if our wardrobe is bursting with clothes), have faith that a monochrome two piece will have your back.

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Old is gold:

The old fashioned rules of appropriate length, fitted (not tight) and nothing too low cut still apply. You want to be known for your hard work and commitment to achieve as opposed to your fashion faux pas!

Finally, invest in some transitional pieces and rest assured that these will carry you through.

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The Annie Shah Collection

Loved by Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian and of course little North West, a cold shoulder top is optional, but a choker is essential. The choker trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down, as a fan myself of a sophisticated choker, I can understand why. They are such versatile pieces and can elevate the simplest of outfits. This trend had resurrected from the 90’s and is definitely here to stay.

Some of you may have noticed on Instagram that I have launched my own accessory collection, the large majority of which are chokers. Jewellery plays such a significant part in finishing off a look. It is for this reason that I wanted to offer luxe, affordable chokers, whereby quality was not compromised.

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The collection consists of:

The Allure Choker

The Allure choker needs no introduction. Ladies, if you are heading ‘out out’, this piece will be your partner in crime. A striking two tiered choker which naturally enhances your assets due to its positioning on the chest.

(Choker one in the image above)

(£18 + p&p)

2.  The Vanity Choker

Two of the biggest trends, wrapped all in one? AMAZING! The Vanity choker amalgamates the rhinestone trend and the leather look trend. One of the most sought after chokers, this mixed media look boasts a touch of demure with a whole lot of sophistication.

(Choker three in the image above)

(£18 + p&p)

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3. The Divine Choker

A classic approach to the rhinestone choker, this three tiered rhinestone choker is a subtle yet sophisticated piece. Dress up with a body con dress, off the shoulder jumper of an unbuttoned shirt.

(Choker two in the image above)

(£14 + p&p)

4. The Luxe Choker

A premium mix of faux suede and chrome, this choker is an everyday piece that offers versatility.

(£6 + p&p)

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and the newest edition to the collection:

4. The Amour Ring

This adjustable ring, is a combination of beauty and elegance. A classy addition to your latest manicure.

(£10 + p&p)

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If you would like to purchase any of the collection, please feel free to email annieshahcollection@gmail.com. Alternatively, drop me an email via the ‘contact’ page here or DM me on instagram.

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|City Breaks| Amsterdam

A city known to attract tourists for a few well known reasons, there is so much more to see and experience. It is for this reason I have compiled a blog post unveiling my top things to visit in this wonderful city. If you are planning a long weekend away, Amsterdam is the city to visit. Having visited Amsterdam for the second time, my love for the city continues to grow.image3The city is so easy to travel around, the trams travel across the breadth of the city and are uncomplicated. They also have fantastic large windows which mean if you spot something you like the look of, a cute brunch cafe for example, you can just hop off.
Top Things To Do In Amsterdam:

  • The city is known for its art and the Van Gogh museum is one to visit. The city is filled with a great deal of art galleries and the Van Gogh museum is definitely the most sought after.
  • Anne Franks House was an inspiration to explore, a wealth of history and strength lay within the Anne Frank Museum making it a must see. Advance booking for this is advised as the queue to purchase tickets on the door can be up to three hours.
  • A city abundant with beautiful canals, the only way to admire the true beauty is so take a canal tour. This is best experienced in a glass boat with a guide to experience its true wonder.
  • Although exploring the city on foot is fun, exploring on a bike is even better. Cycle lanes are all over Amsterdam and is the preferred mode of transport.
  • Indulge in the boutiques. Amsterdam is very fashion forward, a chic city inhabited with lost of unique boutiques. Purchase a one off and feel unique knowing nobody can steal your look.
  • Hidden in Amsterdam’s China Town is a true gem. A stunning buddhist temple inhabited by Buddhist monks. The interior truly is stunning and the peace and light in this temple is that of being in Thailand.image1
  • Enjoy brunch! Brunching is essential in Amsterdam, with so many places on offer you will be spoilt for choice.
  • Visit the W hotel for a cocktail. You wont be disappointed!image1

I hope this blog post gives you an insight into the amazing city of Amsterdam. You don’t have to spend your time in ‘coffee shops’, you can explore the beautiful museums, galleries and even the palace in the heart of ‘Dam Square’.

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*Press For Champagne*

Champagne at the touch of a button, what’s not to love? Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Bob Bob Ricard restaurant for dinner with a close friend of mine. After a week 5 waiting list, we finally managed to gain a reservation at the infamous Soho venue.

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The entire experience from start to finish was incredibly luxurious. Greeted at the entrance by a doorman followed by a lady to take our jackets and a waiter to take us to our exclusive booth. The decor exuberates opulence. Deep navy blues and touches of gold gave the venue an air of regality.

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The main reason we were chose the venue was of course to ‘press for champagne’. A fabulous touch to every table, once pressed the button illuminates and within a few minutes a waiter was there to ask which champagne we would like. We chose a vintage Möet infused with both strawberry and peach, it was delicious!

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The food was cooked to perfection, flavoured with a wealth of ingredients.

Our Order:

Sides – Crushed Peppered Sweetcorn

Mains – Sauterness & Truffle Humple Pie, Roast Norwegian Cod

Desert – BBR Signature Chocolate Glory

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Desert stole the show, chocolate jivara mousse, chocolate brownies and berries all encased in a perfect gold sphere. Drizzled on the very top was dark chocolate which revealed the contents and opened into a flower of chocolate. To compliment this was a passionfruit and orange jelly sauce which added a delicate fruit flavour to the ensemble.

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The Outfit:

The dress code for BBR is elegant and elegant is the way to go. Surrounded by this gorgeous interior and buzzing ambiance you certainly want to look your best. I teamed an embellished French Connection jacket with a silk top tucked into silk palazzo trousers. Heels of course are a must.

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The Makeup:

I chose to focus on my eyes and teamed a brown/black smokey eye with lashes. I emphasised my highlight and wore a deep burgundy lip to compliment the all black outfit. To accompany the silver detailing on the jacket, I wore embellished snake earrings.

I would highly recommend this venue, the intimate setting, remarkable interior and the attention to detail all make the experience one to remember.

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Aloe Vera Face Mask

Aloe Vera boasts moisturising and anti ageing qualities. The natural skin healing plant has both antioxidant as well as nutritional qualities.

There has been a real shift in the products I am willing to use on my skin, especially my face. Natural products are far better for your skin than face masks containing “extracts” of plants. Shop bought face masks contain several chemicals that can be damaging to your skin – causing break outs.

Raw aloe vera gel applied to the face can increase the collagen in the skin which can reduce ageing and increase elasticity. It is 99% water and thus extremely hydrating. This face mask will plump the skin as well as reduce dark under-eye circles.

Purchasing an aloe vera plant will enable endless and inexpensive face masks. I normally slice the aloe vera in half and rub the gel directly on my face. Another alternative is to scrape the insides of the plant out, place in a blender and apply with a face brush.

Leave the gel on for 20 minutes, wash off and apply a heavy moisturiser (preferably a night cream). An amazing, kind to skin face mask, that will have you looking hydrated and bright.

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LASH OUT – TOP 4 MASCARA PICKS

We all swoon over gorgeous long wispy lashes however, the difficulties surrounding false eyelashes mean that most of us reach for a good mascara to create that mini faux lash.

These four mascaras are by far the best mascaras that I have used. They individually and combined create long, wispy and naturally thick looking lashes. Clumpy lashes are definitely not a good look and we want to create the illusion that our lashes are naturally thick and long. Clumps definitely do the opposite.

Firstly, this Dior (Diorshow Iconic Overcurl) is excellent for curling lashes. We all dream of those hassle free mornings and this mascara essentially combines a lash curler and a great mascara. The wand is curved so that you can really lift the lashes from the very root, which helps them stay curled for the entire day. This is the mascara I reach for everyday as it separates, thickens the look of lashes and curls them all at once! I use the shade (090) which is a jet black shade.

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Secondly, this Guerlain Cils D`Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara (01 Noir) is great for natural looking lashes. The wand is particularly good at separating lashes which creates the illusion of more individual lashes. The simplicity of the design means that the product is build-able so, if desired, a more dramatic look can be created with this mascara too.

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Thirdly, if I want to create a dramatic eyelash look, one that mirrors the look of a mini faux lash, I always reach for my L’oreal Volume Million Lashes (shade black). The reason for this is that, this wand has anti-clumping wipers which ensure that you can create a thick lash look ensuring that you have zero clumps. Additionally, with this mascara, only a couple of coats are required to create that wide eyed faux eye lash look.

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Finally, in terms of value for money I would recommend the Kiko Falselashes Concentrate Volume Top Coat Mascara. This mascara is brilliant for lifting lashes as the brush is much larger than those that have previously been mentioned. I find that with this mascara, that I can really volumize my outer corner lashes and the larger brush allows me to lengthen them. The shade is also particularly black with I adore. 

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Workout With Beyoncé

Today is the launch of Queen Beyoncé’s very own ‘athleisure’ line. A co-founder of her brand ‘IVY PARK’, she has teamed up with Topshop honouring us with 200 pieces of sportswear including Ivy Park branded sweat bands, leggings, t-shirts, bralettes and more.

Fitness and fashion is an ever-growing niche and with summer round the corner – ladies its time to hit the gym and work on our summer body goals. The gym is an ever-increasing fashion platform and Beyoncé has recognised the scope of this. Ladies, if we must work out, at least we can work out in style!

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Inspired by her fitness and physique, I have created a wish list of my favourite items (it was hard to narrow it down to eight items as the entire range is gorgeous). The items are both sport and fashion friendly. Mesh and sheer black tones play a huge part in the line and can easily be mixed and matched. The range plays on both body hugging lycra and flattering oversized mesh tee’s. The bomber jackets are very on trend, they incorporate a huge 2016 trend that continues to increase in popularity. These bombers are definitely not simply gym wear, they are statement wear!

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2.  Hexagon Mesh Bomber Jacket by Ivy Park

3.   Logo Mesh Tee by Ivy Park

4.   Mesh Panel Body by Ivy Park

5.   Sheer Mesh Hoodie by Ivy Park

6.   Colour Block Long Sleeve Top by Ivy Park

7.   Reflective Cross-Back Crop by Ivy Park

8.   “I” Low-Rise Capri Leggings by Ivy Park

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