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Get The Look: How To Style Dresses In Winter

Dresses are one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe. They can be styled during the summer straight through to winter with the help of a few layering products and some extra inspiration.

RELATED: 5 Winter Shoes Every Woman Needs

Shop directly from our favourite pieces below by clicking the image and don’t forget to share your purchases with us over on Instagram by tagging @shesaid. Happy shopping!

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Forget Global Warming, We’re Headed For A Mini Ice Age

If you think the big chill has hit hard this year, then you best brace yourself for what’s to come – because apparently Earth is headed for a mini ice age!

RELATED: Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

No, the apocalypse isn’t upon us – yet. However, according to a new study which claims to produce “unprecedentedly accurate predictions” of the suns activity, in 15 years time we will be faced with ridiculously cold winters that are said to freeze the River Thames which is the longest river in England. No biggie, right? Wrong.

Researchers at the University of Northumbria have warned that solar activity will fall so much (60 per cent to be exact) that between 2030 and 2040 a phenomenon called Maunder Minimum will occur, which is a period of time where the sun’s activity is lower than usual.

So what’s the cause, you ask? Scientists believe that it’s due to fluid movements within the sun converging in such a way that will make temperatures dramatically fall come 2030. According to a presentation by professor Valentina Zharkova, the result will be similar to freezing conditions between 1645 and 1715, wherein the first Maunder Minimum happened.

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“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun,” she told the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.

“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum.'”

In England during this mini ice age, River Thames frost fairs were a thing after it completely froze over for seven weeks making it passable by foot. While that sounds delightful in theory, the reality of it was bitterly cold.

Best get preparing, ladies!

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5 Winter Shoes Every Woman Needs

While we regretfully pack away sandals, strappy heels and espadrilles until next summer, it’s time to keep warm and embrace winter style.

RELATED: Party Shoes – Dancing Heels and Where To Find Them

Below are five main styles that will not only keep your feet warm all winter, but will also look fashionable at the same time! We’ve teamed up with our friends over at THE ICONIC to bring you some stylish picks for the winter season. Just click on the image to buy them directly.

Sneakers

These comfy shoes are a must-have, especially if you have an entire weekend planned in the great outdoors! Pair with jeans, tracksuit pants, or leggings to keep comfy and cosy all day and night.

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Ballet flats

A classic pair of ballet flats adds the finishing touches to any outfit – just like Audrey Hepburn! Our favourite way to style these classic shoes is with skinny jeans or a flowy dress with pantyhose.

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Boots

Keep your feet feeling warm and looking stylish with a pair of classic leather boots. They are a must-have for any wardrobe since they can take you from winter to summer (and everything in between).

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Brogues

Another classic pair of flat footwear has to be the humble pair of brogues. This unisex shoe is perfect with jeans, skirts and coats.

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Knee-high boots

Stay warm this winter with a pair of knee-high boots, which are back in fashion! Wear them over your jeans for an extra layer of warmth.

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What are your favourite shoes for winter?

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The Ultimate Hot Winter Date Idea To Get You Talking

Forget about snuggling up in front of the TV for another night of silence and instead try this hot winter date idea to get you talking, laughing and canoodling. It’s all about reconnecting and laying the foundation for a strong relationship, so why not have a bit of fun together and invest in some quality couple time.

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Now, dates don’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, the greatest dates are often the cheapest dates – it’s just a matter of using your imagination to come up with things you can both enjoy. So, pop your credit card away and take a look at what sort of hot winter date idea we’ve got for you. It doesn’t have to cost a cent to help your relationship blossom.

The bubble bath date

This date will cost you nothing and it can be a lot of fun. You just need each grab a glass of wine, or even a cup of hot chocolate, and set the bathroom up for the mood that you’d like to achieve. For example, if you want a night of communication rather than pure passion, light the room with more than just basic candlelight.

Also, don’t forget about the power of scent, which is prefect to use in a smaller space like a bathroom. If you want a night to reconnect and spend hours talking, Ylang Ylang is a good choice. It also has a seductive power so it has a dual purpose.

There’s something very soothing about water, but we tend to avoid it in winter. This idea reminds us of just how good it can feel to be submerged in it, despite being cold outside. Make the water as warm as you wish and keep topping it up as it gets colder. Also, take in a bottle of water each because dehydration is the primary reason why you’ll want to get out. The idea is to spend time together in there, relax and let the stresses of life melt away.

We often forget just how nice it can be to feel the naked skin of our lover when we’re wearing layers of clothes in winter. Plus, the sensation of touch can elicit communication. In a small environment like a bathtub you’ve basically got a captured audience, so use it to your advantage and make it a place where you can reconnect on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised at just how relaxed and reconnected you’ll be after a night together away from your regular routine.

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Get The Look: Latest Winter Looks For The Office

Coming up with stylish looks in the middle of winter can be difficult – we know! Lucky we’ve teamed up with The Iconic to bring you some seriously stylish picks for work over the next few weeks.

If all else fails, you can order something directly by clicking on the image, just make sure it’s before 10pm so you can receive it tomorrow morning. Happy shopping!

RELATED: The Winter Workout Edit

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Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

Got a nasty case of the winter blues? Fret not, sister – help is at hand here, so put down that bowl of ice-cream and Game of Thrones DVD box set.

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The winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a mood disorder which causes people to experience depressive symptoms in the winter, or in some cases, summer. Although why you’d ever be unhappy about warm weather is beyond me, but then again, I am a proud Queenslander.

Winter blues is a well-known phenomenon, particularly in the northern hemisphere where the poor peeps go for long periods without seeing any sunshine. Lack of direct sunlight (and consequently vitamin D) is known to cause depression. In Australia, we don’t have that problem to the same extent, but it seems people increasingly feel sad or depressed during winter – why?

Mental health experts say this could be due to physiological factors, for example: being in enclosed rooms (to keep the warmth in) leaves us more susceptible to catching colds and flu, leaving us feeling miserable. And there are psychological factors at play too, such as not going out and socialising as much when it’s colder, leading some people to feel lonely and isolated.

So, what can you do to ward off the winter blues? Here are five quick fixes:

  1. Little Miss Sunshine: The obvious one – get your coat on, baby, and get outside to catch some rays in the warmest part of the day. For Vitamin D will boost both your mood and your health. The “sunshine vitamin” is good for strong bones and teeth, fights disease and helps you feel sexy, vital and alive.winter blues, SAD, mental health
  2. You gotta keep moving: Winter is no excuse to stop exercising and start carb-loading as if your life depended on it (bugger). Get a personal trainer if your budget allows and if your motivation is sorely lacking; join a group exercise class, buddy up with a bestie or hit the weights/cardio equipment at the gym – anything which will boost your mood, give you happy endorphins as you sweat and make you look and feel great.health, sex, orgasms
  3. Let’s talk about sex, baby: In an ideal world, sex would be a nice way to start the day, if only the likes of tiredness, toddlers and work commitments didn’t intervene. A good, early-morning session with your lover will provide immeasurable health benefits, plus it’s a form of exercise, right? And if you can reach the Big-O – this will instantly put you in a good mood even if it’s crazy cold weather outside.health, sex, orgasms
  4. Let’s stay connected: Winter is no reason to neglect your close friendship circle and become BFFs with your doona. So, pick up your iPhone and make a date to catch-up with your friends – cocktails for all! Surround yourself with positive people who make you feel happy – not Debbie Downers – ain’t nobody got time for that. Alternatively, join a class, go to a library and/or a café – being around other like-minded people will boost your well-being.hangover, hangover cure, prevention
  5. Mind, body, spirit: The colder weather is a great reason to try an indoors exercise class like yoga, body balance (yoga, pilates and tai chi) and/or take up meditation. Your mind, body and soul will love you for it and it will bring instant calm and relaxation benefits. I’m doing a lot of yoga and body balance classes at the moment and I’ve really noticed how much happier and more zen this makes me. Repeat after me, ommm…fear, phobias, relaxation strategies

What do you think? How do you combat the winter sads?

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Lamb Shoulder With Chickpea Puree And Mint Bread Recipe

Lamb shoulder is one of the most economical cuts, however it’s also one of the most succulent and tender. Paired with a creamy chickpea puree and the fresh flavours of a mint, garlic and parsley bread sauce, this recipe takes your typical roast lamb to a whole new level!

RELATED: Easy Lamb Roulade Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

For the lamb

1x lamb shoulder (including bone)

10ml olive oil

Salt

Pepper

For the chickpea puree

1x tin cooked chickpeas

250ml cream

For the mint bread sauce

10g crustless sourdough

30ml milk

1/2 bunch of mint

1/2 clove of garlic

1/4 bunch of parsley

150ml olive oil

25ml chardonnay vinegar

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.

2. Lightly season the lamb with salt and pepper.

3. Place lamb in oven and cook for 4 hours, until meat is falling off the bone.

4. Drain the chickpeas and add to 250ml of cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes over very low heat.

5. Season chickpeas and blend until smooth.

6. Remove from oven and rest, keeping lamb warm.

7. For the minted bread sauce, soak the sourdough in bowl of milk for 5 minutes. Remove and squeeze out excess milk.

8. Add the soaked bread to the mint and parsley and place in a blender.

9. Add olive oil and garlic and blend until smooth. Do not add the chardonnay vinegar until serving.

10. On a large oval platter, spoon on the smooth chickpea puree and spread evenly across the plate.

11. Place the lamb on top of the puree and spoon the mint bread sauce generously over the top.

12. To add an extra element, oven-roast some tomatoes until the skin is just blistered.

Recipe Courtesy of Award-Winning Bistro, Le Pub

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Caring for your toddler or newborn this winter is easier than ever with a number of skincare items available from the pharmacy to the supermarket. We have hand-picked some of our favourites to treat your baby’s skin and keep it hydrated over the next three months of winter weather.

RELATED: Baby-Safe Skincare Products

Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner, $14.25

This is a very special cause as $1 from every 375ml bottle of Milk Baby Bath Time Wash and Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner purchased at Coles and Woolworths nationally or online will be donated to Brainwave Australia for the month of June. Brainwave is the only online charity supporting the families of children with neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, tumours and acquired brain injuries.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Gaia Skin Natural Baby Moisturiser, $10.99

Apply this lightweight and non-greasy moisturiser every morning and evening to ensure skin is hydrated during the winter. Use after a bath to lock-in moisture, or even for nappy rash.

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Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash, $12.99

Treat your baby during bath time this luxurious 2-in-1 wash which is bursting with essential oils of spearmint, lavender and sweet orange.

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Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath, $25

Make bath time enjoyable with a soothing bubble bath that gently cleanses your baby’s delicate skin. The non-petrochemical formula comforts the skin without causing dry patches and is gently enough to use multiple times per week.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

MooGoo Scalp Cream, $17.95

If your baby suffers from cradle cap or extremely dry skin, use this on a daily basis to hydrate the area and to keep it from getting infected. It can also be used on skin which suffers from eczema, rosacea or sun-burn.

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Warm your soul and delight your taste buds with this spicy pumpkin soup recipe! It’s super easy to whip-up if you’re pressed for time and can be frozen in batches to enjoy throughout the week. Cooking for more than one? It’s the ideal family meal that the littlies will love when accompanied with warm, crusty bread.

RELATED: Corn And Zucchini Fritters With Poached Eggs Recipe 

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 red onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 (300g) golden delight potatoes, peeled, chopped

1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped

1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 tsp ground coriander

1 litre salt-reduced chicken stock

1/2 cup pure cream

Pure cream, chopped fresh chives and toast, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion has softened.
  2. Add potato and pumpkin. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until potato starts to brown. Add chilli and coriander and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add stock. Cover, then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until potato and pumpkin are tender. Set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. Blend in batches until smooth. Return to pan over low heat and stir in cream. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Season with pepper.
  5. Divide between bowls, top with cream and chives and serve with crusty bread if desired.

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How To Keep Hydrated In Winter

Now that the cold weather is here to stay, we’re probably drinking more coffee than water in the office. When you’re really chilly, the clear, coolness of water just doesn’t seem appealing compared to a warm, creamy cappuccino. However, while it’s great to indulge during winter, we also need to make sure that we stay hydrated.

RELATED: Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

During the colder months, we naturally consume less water. We don’t feel as hot, we’re not sweating as much and it generally rains more than it does in the summer time, but it’s important to still keep those hydration levels up or there could be some serious side-effects.

Drinking enough water helps us in many ways and depriving ourselves can have detrimental effects on our productivity levels. When we’re dehydrated, we’re more likely to suffer from headaches and the cold and flu, making it harder to concentrate and focus.

Drinking enough water keeps us healthy on the inside by helping our cells stay hydrated, which then also affects our outsides. Consuming enough water also makes our skin more supple and healthy. When our skin cells lack water, they become dry and flaky, which is often what happens in the winter. Dry lips, cracked elbows and scaly legs are signs that our bodies are not getting enough moisture and this can be helped by topping up your drink bottle during the day.

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Here are our top tips for keeping hydrated in winter:

1. Swap the coffee for tea

Instead of your milky latte, choose a peppermint tea or hot water with lemon instead. This keeps you drinking water throughout the day and lowers your calorie intake.

2. Snack on hydrating foods

It’s not just water that hydrates your body. Foods with high water content are great snacks to eat when you’re a little hungry. Tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries and watermelon are high in water content, so toss together a salad to have during the day.

3. Keep a water bottle on your desk

Keeping a count of how much water you drink during the day will help you to know how much more you need to be consuming. You also get a bonus calorie burn when you’re up and down from the toilet and the water cooler.

4. Add fruit to your water

If you’re not keen on plain water, chop up some mint, cucumber and strawberries, or lemon and lime, and put them into your drink bottle. The flavour will make your water a little more enjoyable.

5. Sip during your workout

In cold weather, sweat evaporates easier and we lose moisture through breath. Sip water before, during and after your workout to stay hydrated.

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Get The Look: Essential Turtlenecks For Autumn/Winter

Since we’re already in the midst of a cold snap, why not embrace the cooler weather with a few extra turtlenecks for your wardrobe? They’re a versatile piece and a staple in any winter wardrobe since they can be layered under coats and jackets, worn with jeans, skirts, and even styled with leggings for more of a casual look.

RELATED: Get The Look – Mother’s Day Outfits and Gift Ideas

We’ve picked some of our favourites according to colour and style below from our friends at THE ICONIC. Simply click the image to purchase it directly. Happy shopping!

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Get The Look: How To Style Capes For Winter

This winter look chic and cosy with one of our favourite pieces – the cape. Not only is it super easy to wear with almost anything, but it’s actually suitable for all ages.

RELATED: Luxurious Sleepwear For Autumn/Winter

So, from dresses to jeans, here we show you just a few of the best ways to style a cape this winter. Click the image to shop directly from our friends of style, THE ICONIC. It is Friday, after all!

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Irish Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cherry Tomato Hot Pot Recipe

With the cold weather well and truly setting in as winter approaches, keep warm with Zoey Bingley-Pullin’s hearty Irish hot pot recipe. It’s great for anyone who’s pressed for time as it’s relatively simple to make, and containing only fresh and whole ingredients, it’s also perfect for those that are health conscious. Really, what more could you want?

RELATED: Quick And Easy Winter Vegetable Soup

Serves 2

Ingredients

Hot Pot

300g chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil C

1 brown onion, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red chilli, seeds removed, finely diced

2-3 tsp smoked paprika

1 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup water

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1.5cm cubes

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

To serve

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, cut into 3cm pieces and season with salt.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large fry-pan (preferably non-stick) on medium-high heat. Brown chicken for 1-2 minutes each side (chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through), remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and cook onion for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add garlic, chilli and paprika and cook for a further minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken stock and water and bring to the boil. Add chicken and sweet potato and cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add the tomatoes and half the parsley and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  6. To serve, divide hot pot between plates and garnish with parsley.

How To Style Lace-Up Flats

Give your old ballet flats a style refresh this autumn with one of the hottest shoe trends, the lace-up flats.

RELATED: Celebrity Style – Ballet Flats

Not only are they appropriate for all occasions, but they look amazing paired with a little black dress, or even a pair of denim shorts. Style your lace-up flats with a bit of inspiration below.

Denim shorts

Take notes from blogger Elle Ferguson, and style your favourite pair of lived-in denim shorts with lace-up flats. A white blouse never fails to complete this casual outfit and a blazer is perfect for when the temperature drops.

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Cropped trousers

Any type of cropped trousers add the perfect finishing touch to a pair of lace-up flats. They allow the laces to sit a bit higher on the leg and are easy to style with a chunky knit or scarf.

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Oversized coats

A warm, oversized coat adds the perfect touch of high and low to an autumn outfit. How? Your body should feel warm and cosy without compromising your style – the best balance!

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Chunky sweaters

Make like master-blogger Jules Sarinana, and style your flats with a cosy, oversized sweater. This look is perfect for a day filled with brunch dates and shopping bags – don’t forget that classic oversized bag to hide all of your purchases.

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Distressed denim

Who could resist a touch of distressed denim, especially during the autumn/winter season? Tash Sefton style one of our favourite pairs of Isabel Marant flats with white and khaki colours – talk about outfit inspo!

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How would you style lace-up flats for winter?

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5 Winter Skincare Tips

Most of us know how to protect our skin from the sun, but what about the cold? The air is typically dryer in the winter months, making it more difficult for our skin and hair to retain the moisture it needs to stay healthy, vibrant and supple. Prevent chapping, cracking and dryness with these winter skincare tips.

RELATED: 7 Ways To Lose Weight This Winter

1. Use an oil-based moisturizer

The cold dries out your skin, so you will need a heavy duty moisturizer for the winter season. Oil-based moisturizers are preferable to water-based, as the oil will not only hydrate your skin, but form a protective layer to shield you from the cold. Keep a travel-sized product in your bag or pick up a tester from your local cosmetics counter.

2. Humidify

Indoor heating systems can suck the moisture out of the air – and ultimately, out of your skin! Fortunately, a humidifier can return the moisture to the air, without stealing any of that glorious warmth. Include a few drops of essential oils to help your skin, sinuses and stress levels.

3. Keep a hand cream handy

There is a reason why hand cream is often thicker than other body moisturizers! The skin on the hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands, meaning it is harder for them to stay moisturized. Keep a hand cream in your purse, and moisturize after you wash your hands.

4. Protect your lips

The cold can burn and chap your lips, so be sure to keep a lip balm handy. You will need something thicker than your normal gloss or balm. Avoid a balm with perfumes that will sting or irritate cracked lips and opt for something organic and protective. The thicker and oilier your balm, the better it will work to prevent wind burn.

5. Avoid the heat

Sticking your feet in front of the heater is a no-no for your skin. We know the temptation to warm yourself by the fire, or jump straight into a hot bath is strong, but exposure to extreme temperatures can be more damaging than beneficial. When in the cold for long periods of time, your body hoards heat around your vital organs, reducing the circulation in the parts of your body that are far from the centre, ie. toes and fingers. This can put you at risk of chilblains – a form of frostbite – in these sensitive areas. Chilblains can be exacerbated by sticking your hands and feet directly in front of the heater when you return home. You want to encourage the natural flow of your circulation to these areas so put on some socks and wriggle those toes!

Our Favourite Winter Trends

The weather is getting cold and gloomy but this doesn’t mean your clothes have to be dull as well. Winter is one of the best times of the year to show off your personal style and involves some of our favourite trends here at SHESAID.

This is our checklist for the must-have essentials this season influenced by the wearable items straight from the runway:

Coats

The elegance of the coat makes it a timeless piece, one colour to flaunt is navy blue, the dark intensity is a standout this winter, it seems popular as a nice change from the usual black. If you want to make the look a bit different to your normal silhouette, wear a short or long coat with oversized shoulders, Balenciaga and Gucci have both channeled this recently in their collections, this 80’s style revival has been a hit in street style too, with top heavy becoming one of the biggest trends this year.

Boots

I’m sure you all know by now that boots are a must have. Here are the three boot styles you should invest in:

  • Ankle boot: Guaranteed to look chic whether they are heeled or flat both will also lengthen your legs and make you feel sexy at any time of the day.
  • Over-the-knee boot: This trend has seen numerous famous fashion bloggers working it this season, perfect with an A-line dress and coat.
  • Work style: As Australians the work boot is part of a practical lifestyle; Dr. Martens are easy to find in an op shop for less than $70, or if you want a pair nice and cheap, replicas are available from many fast fashion shoe stores.

Jeans

Most online and physical stores are having their End of Year Financial Sale, therefore it is the best time to take advantage and buy a new pair of jeans. Glue Store now have jean specialised fitters, this would be a great way to find a pair you love and you know are the right fit. If you are more interested in what is on trend, grab a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, the loose look is flattering and works well with a basic tee and blazer.

There you have it, our three necessities this winter. Happy shopping!

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By Amy Miller

Your Winter Homewares Checklist

Conquer the cold in your decor with this easy survival guide. 

Add layers

It’s a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to escaping the chill, but we couldn’t compile a winter list without indulging our love of all things textural and cosy. Think chunky knit throws, patterned rugs, and lambswool for an inviting haven. Remember to vary the textures between each piece for an eye-pleasing finish.

Play with mood lighting

Warm the senses with functional and artful lighting solutions including candles, and table and floor lamps. Better yet, put that indoor fireplace to good use for a maximum cosy effect. 

Keep warm with colour

Avoid a complete monochrome finish that will leave your decor cold and uninviting. Just because it’s grey outside, doesn’t mean it has to be grey inside. Don’t be afraid to play with bright highlights to warm things up. 

Bring the outdoors in

Fill your vases with the season’s latest floral. You’ll find the flower market blooming with orchids, tulips, hyacinth and white magnolias. Keep an eye out for poppies and ranunculas that will dazzle late in winter, too. 

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By Lauren Circosta

Top 5 Ways To Heat Up Your Sex Life

It’s cold outside, baby! And, if you’re constantly in trackie dacks on the couch, and would much rather cuddle the cat than swing naked from the chandeliers with your significant other; it might be high time you sexed-up your lovelife this winter. After all, it’s easy to get complacent in the colder months when you’re all rugged up, and your white bits have turned albino from lack of sunlight.

Don’t fret – help is at hand, thanks to leading Australian sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein. Here, Dr G talks us through her top 5 ways to heat up your sex life this winter:

Water sports: Get in the shower! If you’re a time-poor couple, a hot shower together will save time, get you both clean and then hopefully in the mood for some hot lovin! “One of the biggest complaints I hear from couples is that they don’t have time to have sex,” Dr Goldstein says. “This is the perfect chance to create intimacy through caressing – you don’t even necessarily have to have sex. It’s still pleasurable together and fingers can achieve so much.”

Some like it hot: Your local supermarket aisle can be a treasure trove for heating up your love-life, erm, literally! Case in point, the Durex Embrace Pleasure Gels (pictured): two sensual pleasure gels, one which has a cooling sensation and another which heats up with touch. “When rubbed together, these gels are supposed to heighten your arousal and sensation,” Dr Goldstein says. “It’s a fun way to spice up your sex life.”

Durex Embrace Pleasure Gels, $19.99, is at supermarkets, pharmacies and independent grocers.

Bedtime stories: Love a good, seductive bedroom romp? It might be prudent to indulge in some erotica with your partner (or alone, to get you in the mood) before you try porn, says Dr Goldstein. “A lot of women feel feminine and safe reading erotica rather than porn. Women picture the story in their heads, so we become more comfy with erotica because we are in control over what the characters look like.” And if you’re looking for idea on what to read, check out shesaid.com’s erotica special with author Krissy Kneen.

I like to watch: When it comes to porn, it’s important to experiment to find out what you like, says Dr Goldstein. “What is it that turns you on?” she says. “Often women are scared to talk to their partners about what they like, but it’s important that both parties remember porn is about fantasy, not reality.” Like watching S&M? Tell him all about it – chances are, he’ll appreciate your boldness and honesty.

Break out a sweat: Exercise, whether together or alone, is a fantastic way to boost your body image, well-being and self-esteem in winter – oh and to get your loins racing. What’s more, if you opt to do it together, it can be a great way to be intimate, but not sexual together, says Dr Goldstein. “Exercise boosts endorphins and makes you feel more energetic, sexy and happy. What’s more, being fit also helps you in the bedroom when it comes to stamina and blood flow to the body.”

So, there you have it – go get ’em, tiger!

By Nicole Carrington-Sima

How To Wear The Trench Coat

Just like a dependable best friend you call on during a crisis, you also need a wardrobe item that receives the award for ‘Most Dependable’: the trench. While other wardrobe items may be more spontaneous or exclusive, the trench coat remains a closet cornerstone that always feels current. So how do you wear it? It can be done in manner of ways, making it not only dependable, but also really versatile.

Heading out for the night and want to show off your dress while still highlighting your figure? Be sure to purchase a style with a figure-hugging belted waist. Leave it unbuttoned to reveal glimpses of your feminine frock, perfect for a first date – and it’s guaranteed to impress and leave him wanting more without being too revealing.

If you are looking to incorporate the trench into your daily business life, then you have made the right decision. It’s the perfect throw-on when you’re dashing into the city for a meeting – pair a classic cut with a knee-length corporate dress or black skinny jeans and a crisp white shirt. The trench means business whilst being adaptable to your entire corporate wardrobe.

Dress it up, dress it down. The structure of a trench coat makes it always look a touch formal, so when you’re feeling sluggish on the weekend and just want to throw on a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, an outfit that may look sloppy suddenly looks fashionable.

If you’re in the market for your first trench, it’s safe to go with the traditional khaki colouring that falls just past the waistline. We enjoy this look as it brings a feminine edge to your winter look with its flattering fit and epaulettes. 

Fashion tips brought to you by Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne.

5 Of The Best Hydrating Hand Creams For Winter

The cold snap has hit and it’s only going to get colder, windier and more harsh on our skin – particularly those part of our bodies that aren’t covered up and hidden from the elements. While much emphasis is put on our faces, with products and treatments specifically designed to lessen the impact of winter conditions, it’s our hands that are left out in the cold. So we have searched high and low to source the best of the best hydrating hand creams that will help you get through the season with soft, supple and youthful-looking hands.

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Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand & Nail Treatment

An intense, non-greasy treatment of botanicals and vitamins to protect and repair chapped hands while strengthening nails against splitting and peeling. Contains no artificial fragrance or colours.

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Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream

A rich intensive hydrating hand cream that is instantly absorbed reviving the driest skin without leaving a greasy feel.

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The Aromatherapy Co Therapy Range Hand Cream

Infused with rosehip, sweet almond and carrot seed oils, and extracts of pomegranate, blended with 100 per cent pure and natural essential oils of sweet orange and jasmine to encourage healthy, glowing skin. Sweet orange can boost circulation and aid in discouraging the formation of fine lines. Jasmine can encourage cell growth, improve skin elasticity and tone dry, irritated, sensitive skin providing suburb protection whilst rehydrating and leaving your skin radiant, restoring your hand’s inherent softness.

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Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream

This is a rich, all-natural hand cream made with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to moisturise dry skin and beeswax to help seal and shield your hands from the elements.

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Appelles Sea Buckthorn Skin Lotion

The Sea Buckthorn Skin Lotion provides a supreme moisture effect in a lightweight formulation that will not leave the skin greasy or tacky. Sea buckthorn supports the epidermis resulting in a firmer, more youthful-looking skin. This is packed with antioxidants including the precursor formulation of vitamin A that is amazing for promoting cellular turnover, regulating the moisture content and brightening.

4 Winter Cocktail Recipes

With the temperature dropping, it gives us an entirely new reason to recreate some easy but traditional cocktails which are best consumed when it’s cold and dreary outside. Invite over some friends and impress them with your bartender skills by creating these four easy drinks for a rainy winter day.

1. White Russian

Ideal for those who are fond of rich, creamy drinks.

Ingredients

30ml Kahlua

30ml vodka

1/2 cup cream (or milk)

Method

  1. Combine the Kahlua or alternatively any coffee flavoured liqueur of your choice with the vodka and milk.
  2. Use a tall glass so the mixture doesn’t overflow, and give it a good shake.
  3. Pour over ice in a highball glass.

2. Manhattan

Ideal for those who love a dry, classic cocktail.

Ingredients

30ml vermouth

80ml whiskey

2 dashes of bitters

1 cherry

Method

  1. Add the vermouth, whiskey, bitters and a handful of ice into a shaker.
  2. Shake until the mixture has completely combined, then pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Serve with a cherry for extra taste and flavour.

3. Old Fashioned

Ideal for those who want a sweet yet sour drink.

Ingredients

One sugar cube

60ml bourbon (or whiskey)

3-5 dashes of bitters

Method

  1. Drop the sugar cube into a tall glass, and include a few drops of water so it can dissolve.
  2. Next include 3-5 dashes of bitters, depending on the taste you would like to achieve. Follow with ice cubes and alcohol, and stir until they completely mix.
  3. For an extra taste, include the peel of an orange or any other citrus fruit.

4. Spiced Hot Toddy

Ideal for those who want a warm drink for winter

Ingredients

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup boiling water

45ml whiskey

3 whole gloves garlic

1 cinnamon stick

1 sliced lemon

Method

  1. Pour the honey, boiling water and whiskey into a large mug.
  2. Garlic cloves can be used to spice up the drink if you’re feeling under the weather, but aren’t essential in recreating this traditional recipe. Add cinnamon and a slice of lemon to taste.
  3. Combine and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to really come through.

Recipes via All Recipes, Barzine. Image via Mercury New.

By Felicia Sapountzis

10 Items You Need For A Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe

Although most of us love a good sale as an excuse to grab a bargain or two, how often do we actually use these items in our wardrobe, then complain of having nothing to wear every time the seasons change? Taking inspiration from The French Wardrobe, the objective is to greatly simplify your wardrobe to just five staple items which serve as a base for your outfits all year round. We share with you the top ten items you should have hanging in your closet, regardless of the weather.

1. Denim/black jeans

Jeans are definitely number one on this list, because they are so versatile. The first step is to find a fit that flatters you, then decide on the type of wash that would fit into your wardrobe, and work with the style you’re going for. Remember to go for a style that suits your body, rather than what is trendy.

2. Black/white blazer

Black blazers are an absolute wardrobe staple since they can be used a bunch of times, on so many different outfits. Take into consideration that the fit has to accommodate for winter and summer outfits, specifically if you choose to layer your pieces.

3. Midi skirt

A skirt like this would be appropriate for the office, or look smart paired with a blazer for an evening outing. Make sure a skirt in this style fits extremely well around the waist, and flatters your hips.

4. Leather/pleather jacket

A leather or pleather jacket is timeless and can make an outfit look more casual and laid back, depending on how you choose to wear it. Not to mention that they are really warm and look fantastic if you choose to layer them in the winter.

5. Black/white button-down shirt

My personal wardrobe staple, a white button down shirt should flatter your body, and this way look effortless with anything you choose to pair it with. Silk shirts are more expensive, but are appropriate for both the office and for the evening.

6. Round, crew or V-neck tops

Some staple shirts in white, black, and grey could form the base of your outfit, and since they are so readily available all year round, they can be easily replaced.

7. Striped shirt

The striped shirt is a way to bring a subtle pop of colour into an outfit, and is available in numerous colours and styles. Wear with jeans and a cardigan for a casual vibe, or dress up with a skirt and blazer for a more serious look.

8. Maxi dress

A maxi dress is mostly associated with the warmer months, but it’s a great transitional piece during the autumn and spring months as well. They can be paired with heels for a night look, or sandals for the daytime.

9. Cardigan/jumper

We love a cosy jumper in the cooler months, and buying one that is mostly made of wool as opposed to acrylic feels luxurious on the skin. These items are a great investment since they are easy to wear, and will keep you cosy.

10. Winter coat

Longline coats have recently come back into fashion, so there is no excuse not to get your hands on one, regardless of your budget. They are a great way to keep warm during the colder weather, and make for a fast and stylish outfit when you’re on the go.

Try sticking to basics since they will never go out of style, and can be worn many different ways. If you’re in a dilemma and can’t decide what to buy, ask yourself if you would wear the item in a year from now. ASOS have a large variety of basics to suit most body types, and with free shipping regardless of your purchase, a new wardrobe is just a click away.

Image via afterdrk.com/getting-5-piece-french-wardrobe-started/

By Felicia Sapountzis