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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Play Up Your Best Features - Four Step Guide

Nothing like a new guest blog post on a Sunday night! Zara Lewis is a designer and a regular contributor to highstylife.com , devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking. This week she's talking about playing up your best features with this four step guide! 
Almost everything about looking good has to do with the way we feel; a smile lights up a room in a second while that Dolce sweater you’ve coughed up a significant amount of cash for will look like a piece of garbage if you don’t have the right attitude/mood to match it.

Unfortunately, not every day is rainbows and butterflies and no matter how hard we tried, we can’t fake happiness; these feelings are absolutely normal and ordinary, often directly proportional to the vibe we project. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll look bad if your mood doesn’t fit the fashionable game. In fact, we bet you’ll do everything in your power to trump up the negatives with positives, and nail it. Right?

Here is a trick-guide that will manipulate your flaws and turn them in your best features, or simply – a guide that will help emphasise what’s already ultra gorgeous about you.

Know who you are, physically

Not everyone can be a Monica Bellucci and look flawless at any given moment but we can be us and love us the way we are. The moment you get real about the way you look you’ll immediately start a journey towards self-love and improvement. By accepting all the “uglies” about your body and face you are consciously targeting a future image, a re-built you. Same, accept that there are so many gorgeous things about you - and emphasise them.

Are your eyes your best feature? Add another layer of mascara to place accent on them. Are your lips wonderfully pouty? Accent them with a matte lipstick and pencil that will enhance the pout and put it into focus. Do you love your straight shape? Give it power by walking like a supermodel. You adore your legs? Put them in focus by wearing amazing shoe wear. It’s that simple.

A road to self-improvement is the road to confidently showing the world you love about yourself, don’t you think?






Find the right fit

What most women (and men) make a mistake with is either that they hide behind baggy clothing or stuff themselves into something that’s a little too tiny. On a mission to show off your best self, don’t ever wear a size too small or a size too big – instead, go for garments that fit closely to your body. Do you really think your tiny waist will show under a baggy tee? Or that your awesome derriere will look good in a too tight pair of jeans? That’s what I thought.

Make improvement a default

To manipulate your best features into being noticed and appreciated, you first have to accept them as yours.

Working on yourself may be one of the best investments you’ll make in life; it’s a never-ending struggle, but a very rewarding one. From dealing with emotional and psychological issues to physical matters (a few pounds less/extra), it’s all a (joy) ride to Happyville. The moment you start feeling confident, the confidence will show in your relationships, friendships, your work at the office… everywhere. And you’ll be genuinely happier.

Work on improving things that need improving; commit to the best workout equipment that will reshape your figure, pay regular visit to specialist that will bring back the glow to your face, don’t be stingy when choosing a hairdresser, invest in a few timeless pieces of wardrobe, go to therapy (if needed), mediate, eat well. It’s that simple.

Fake it till you make it… with the right accessories

Luckily, these days we can all look great with just a few style tips included; knowing what to wear at a given time and what accessories to use is key to playing up your best features. For instance, if you are chasing a now-popular hourglass shape, yet your physique is straight, fake it with a belt! Belt a maxi dress, a cardigan or a boyfriend shirt; add a belt to high-waist pencil skirt, to your A-line knee dress or your new overcoat. Are your legs too short? Elongate them visually with an elegant nude heel and/or wear trousers/jeans with a longer leg. Avoid anything that’s shortening, like Capri pants. Your breasts are too small? Buy a pushup! You hate your arms? Wear elbow-length or long-sleeve shirts.


The possibilities are almost endless – as long as you believe you can achieve them, and think them through. You’ll see. 

Thanks Zara for the great post. It's great to get some motivational posts up on here every now and again. With so much negativity we inflict on our ourselves, we need more love and self-care in the world and I'm glad Zara has given us this little nugget of self-appreciation!

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