Thursday, May 29, 2014

True Blue: Spring Fashion Fever and My Hot New GUESS Watch!

It is more beautiful than ever outside, I find leaving the house difficult. With the birds chirping and the warm wind blowing, I take every opportunity I can to enjoy the fresh air and walk around aimlessly in nature. The other evening it was warm and breezy so I decided to seize the moment and take some outfit photos, which you can view more of at my Instagram page here. I decided to wear my black maxi dress from Me to We Style with my denim jacket from GAP. I purchased this denim jacket four years ago while I was interning in at Seventeen Magazine in New York City and it has served me well. I am able to wear my denim jacket with any Springtime outfit and it hits my body right at the hip bone ensuring a flattering silhouette. To add some personality to my outfit, I accessorized with my statement necklace from Anthropologie, my funky floral hat, neon structure bag and delicate ring and necklace from Dogeared. To finish off the look, I wore my brand new blue GUESS Watch.






As you can tell I love colour so this uniquely hued GUESS Watch is right up my alley. The unification of blue and the stainless steel makes for a look that is serious high fashion and a whole lot of fun, a la Derek Zoolander. What is fashion without some fun after all? The sultry and intense shade of blue was created exclusively for GUESS Watches making this watch truly one-of-a-kind. To add to the eye-catching blue of this stylish timepiece is the sleek shine that was formulated by polished blue IP pleating. When I put together my look I knew right away that this shiny blue watch was the cherry on the sundae of my outfit. The bright coloured neon structured bag, floral hat and statement necklace all contrast wonderfully with my steel blue time-keeper and it blends in perfectly with my black maxi dress and denim jacket.

Trendy pieces? Check. Classic staples? Check. A standout watch that combines the best of both? Check. This outfit is complete!
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What do you think of this Springtime outfit? What do you think of coloured watches? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

WATCH IT! Trends: Spring Has Sprung Just In Time!

Flowers are in bloom, buds are bursting and the sun is shining - that's right spring has sprung! No more dreary and cold winter days, it is now time for brights, bolds and saturated colours. If you are making your spring fashion shopping list and find yourself in need of some new pieces to spruce up that wardrobe of yours, a watch is simple and easy way to do it. WATCH IT! "Canada's premier shopping destination for watches, sunglasses and service" has a slew of colourful watches to decorate your wrist so that you can keep track of the time in style.

Scroll down below and feast your eyes on the ticket to the hottest arm party this Spring as well as some stylin' outfits to go along with them.

The Bold and the Beautiful 

After the intense winter that we have had what better way to ring in the warm spring weather? These eye-catching watches that pack a punch with their intensely coloured wristbands and brightly hued faces, are not for the fashion wallflower. It would be hard to blend in the crowd while wearing watches as bold as these as they are for the risk taking, outgoing and extroverted fashionista.
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The vivid rubberized Diesel Franchise Chrono Purple watch above has a sporty-chic vibe lending an air of fun to any outfit that it finds itself a part of. The bright purple Diesel Franchise Chrono Purple watch would create a striking contrast if paired with the neon yellow long-sleeved sweater,  black pleated skirt and purple quilted bag in the outfit above, which is a great way to make a statement this Spring.
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This rose gold Michael Kors Lexington Petite watch with fuchsia face is every bit glamorous and eye-catching while the Roman numerals add a soft and elegant touch. This watch is the cherry on the sundae of an outfit especially if worn with a fabulous floral gown like the one above. This gown has a Springtime charm that spells glamourista, making it an ideal outfit option for a fancy gala and you are sure to feel like the belle of the ball.

Rolling in the Deep 

So long cold, frozen lakes and hello bright blue waters. Now that winter has thawed out, we can embrace the various shades of blue that are hard to miss on a beautiful Spring day, unless of course it is raining. Wet weather is a natural part of Springtime and if the grey skies ever get you down, you can brighten your mood by wearing a beautiful blue watch.
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Cheery colours are synonymous with Spring but deep, rich jewel tones have their place as well, just think of lovely blue irises. This Fossil Grant Chronograph leather watch in blue is a nice way to add classic navy to your Springtime look. Navy works well with canary yellow, lavender, white and grey. If a monochromatic look is what you are after, wear the above watch with different shades of blue or rich magentas and juicy purples such as the carefree dress in the above photo. Classic navy appears fun and modern when it is paired with prints such as animal print, stripes or dots.
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One of the my favourite pairings in fashion is two contrasting colours as they have a way of making a look standout and while still making an impact. Much like the bright yellow sun in a clear blue sky,  this Michael Kors Bailey Chrono Turquoise watch with its bright blue face and yellow gold hardware will keep your outfit looking cheery all day long. If you are in the mood for an outfit that allows your accessories to pop, I suggest wearing a more neutral outfit like the one above. This white blazer and black and white graphic print dress are a chic and simple way to look Spring/Summer fresh while drawing attention to your fabulous watch. The rose coloured clutch is a nice added touch to the overall look because it does not compete with the contrast coloured watch and is pretty for Spring!  

Spring Fling

Green, beautiful green. The colour of four-leaf clovers, the birthstone of May and the unavoidable hue that glows in every shade literally under the sun once Spring is in full swing. Mint does not have to be reserved to your breath freshener, with the watches below every outfit you wear can have a fresh Spring touch, all you have to do is slap one on your wrist! The soft, feminine details to these watch styles create a refined look from Spring that will complement your outfit and not compete with it.
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The combination of green and pink has always reminded me of Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy. An unlikely yet adorable pairing that can't help but keep us entertained. Wearing the above mint coloured Fossil Georgia watch with a coquettish pink dress is just the right way to capture the same unique quality that Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy have together. To soften the strong impact that the two colours have together is to wear them with a neutral, such as a classic beige handbag and warm weather-ready nude strappy sandals. To top off the look, slide on a pair of aviator sunglasses for an edgy touch.
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The thin straps, delicate details and large face on this Skagen Leather Two Hand watch collectively make a masculine and feminine statement. Soft and hard, big and small this watch provides you with the best of both worlds in your fashion look. This season's trendy floral print shorts put a whole new spin on floral prints because they still have the daintiness of floral prints and the hem line is 100% sexy. Adding a magenta quilted bag with this outfit tops of the look as it matches the shorts and counterbalances the watch.


Which watch is your favourite? How do you style your watches? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Amanda's Fashion Spot Manscaping Preferences

Manicures, pedicures, facial contouring and, bronzers - all normal parts of the average man's beauty routine. Huh? Pampering and primping is not just marketed to women anymore. Beauty companies everywhere are embracing those with XY chromosomes and men's grooming routines have come a long way from simply shaving and splashing some water of their handsome faces. Tom Ford, for example, has a line of men's grooming products which include concealer and bronzing gel and the company Manglaze is a line of matte nail polish geared towards men. And let's not forget that there are many a men out there who tweeze and groom their unibrows and sometimes unruly eyebrows.
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Despite the rising trend of male grooming, this fashionista prefers a man with a more simple approach to his everyday "beauty" routine. A clean face, fresh breath and nice body odour works for me and by nice body odour I mean, a clean, fresh scent that is free of overpowering cologne. A subtle spritz of the manly spray or nothing at all works just fine. My male beauty grooming preferences apply to hairstyles as well. No dye jobs, mohawks or shaggy hairstyles for me (sorry, Harry Styles) I much prefer a man with a more clean-cut look that is a little undone a la Justin Timberlake during the Justified years or like Brad Pitt on the December 2001 cover of Vanity Fair. When it comes to facial hair, no Jack Galifianakis-esque full-bearded look for this lady. All of that hair is just too much but a clean shave or 5 o'clock shadow is just right and apparently many other women think so too - a recent study by Australian scientists has shown that the more common full beards are, the less attractive they become.  In case you were wondering, I like a man with a clean cut look with a little bit of an edge.
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With that said, just like fashion and beauty trends for women I believe that men should feel free to groom themselves in whatever way makes them feel their absolute best but that doesn't mean there aren't a few rules that they should adhere to:

Number #1: If you have wild, Tarzan eyebrows that have grown so thick that you think of "2 Become 1" by the Spice Girls every time you look in the mirror then I suggest tweezing the hair between the brows to achieve a cleaner look that still looks natural.

Number #2: A good skincare routine is essential for fresh, clear skin whether you are a man or a woman so invest in some good quality products to keep your mug looking its best.

Number #3: Sometimes too much of a good thing is well too much and that rule applies to cologne. Don't overdo the cologne. You don't want people to smell your cologne before they smell you. A light spritz is more than enough and if you eat a clean diet and take regular showers you will smell just fine!

If you or a special man in your life has a birthday or special event coming up gift them with a Man Crate, a company that ships gifts for guys including, bar ware, beef jerky, poker sets, shaving sets and more all packaged in wooden crates! Check them out here!

What are your male grooming preferences? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also, don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!

Enjoy!

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