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Yesterday, the designer Victoria Beckham celebrated her big 40th birthday peacefully with her family, as she tweeted "Good morning! Special day with my beautiful babies and wonderful husband, I love you all so much x vb"
I honestly have been in the process of dedicating a blog post on the fashion icon Victoria Beckham for quite some time now and thought that what better day to publish it then right after her big four zero birthday! to celebrate all the success and influence that she printed within the fashion industry.
I am personally a very big fan of Victoria Beckham. Especially her clothing line that she does work hard for and devotes so much time to. Her creations are absolutely classy and beautiful, and are yet very minimal and somehow basic. Pastel colors and black & white, leather pants, and most importantly: high heels! are her specialty, which really influenced me in what kind of clothes I personally prefer to wear!
Today, I'd like to share with my beloved readers style tips and secrets that I have learnt from Victoria Beckham throughout the years that I have been a fan of her sense of fashion. Without further discussion, let's get into it :D

Fur and basics

On right: Victoria is wearing a jacket by Antonio Berardi
One thing I noticed about posh spice, is that she really adores fur! - I am not in any shape or form enforcing the idea of wearing fur, it is absolutely your own personal choice whether you would choose to wear real fur or not. I just personally love to incorporate real fur into my outfits, and I am guilty of buying it and wearing it. The argument of how ethical wearing real fur is is certainly not my type of expertise.

One other thing I noticed about her is that she really likes wearing it with all black! making fur the main focus of the rest of the outfit, which is one of my all time favorite style trends!

All black everything!

Coco Chanel once said: “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
I honestly cannot agree more!

Victoria Beckham proved this right! I love how Mrs. Beckham is often seen with black, white or both! they are two of my favorite colors and I love seeing how Victoria pairs basic black items - such as the black blazer - with other basic black items and still makes it look effortlessly stylish! I believe that one style secret she uses to get away with using too much basics is wearing her signature high heels!

The black dress is also another iconic fashion piece that Victoria is frequently seen wearing. I have previously mentioned on albalsamlife.com that the LBD (little black dress) is an essential item in every woman's closet - click here to see what other items should you have in your closet!

Posh spice also pairs the basic short cardigan with many of the other clothes that she wears, transforming a more high-fashion kinda look into a more wearable one.


Experiment with fashion, and have fun!

On the left: Victoria Beckham in prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton wearing a Victoria Beckham dress.
Although Victoria Beckham is often seen with a very minimal type of style, focusing more on basic colors like pastels, black and white, posh spice is not afraid to experiment with bold and statement accessories and colors.


Appreciating the high waists & pencil skirts

Victoria Beckham wears pencil skirts (high-waist) quite frequently, and she also likes to wear dresses that empower the waist giving her a feminine figure. I have to say that Victoria Beckham really showed me - and many other i'm sure - how to wear high-waist fashion and pencil skirts.
Generally, Beckham likes to have loose high-waist pats, but her pencil skirts she likes them body hugging, keeping them classy with the length that is just under the knee. 

When she does make the exception and goes for tighter high-waste pants, she interchanges it with loose tops. Never allowing any item to be left ... 'trashy'.



Casual Chic

Adding a statement purse, sky high heels or some good shades will go a long way when it comes to your style! even if worn with a very basic sweater and jeans or black pants.


The long trench coat

On the right: Victoria is wearing a coat by Victoria Beckham
I looovvveee trench coats! and I really would like to wear the super long trench coat, however, I always find it difficult to style long trench coats because they can easily make you look older, bulkier, and somehow ... 'messy' !! 

Victoria Beckham is often seen with a long coat thrown on her shoulders, or worn with a short black dress! I just love it and think it always looks great :D


The Mommy Duty - Stylishly!

Last but not least: Victoria Beckham manages to find time for her family, which is something I admire her for. Her children are also often spotted effortlessly stylish and well dressed. 

When she's on mommy duty, Victoria does often opt towards the more comfortable option .. but since she 'can't concentrate on flats', high heels are of course never out of the picture.



Happy birthday Victoria, and I wish you many more stylish years that we can all learn from x

with love,

This week, Tommy Hilfiger premiered the Zooey Deschanel collection (you can view the collection here). This has got the fashion world thrilled: they're a collection of vintage-inspired, sporty dresses. Some are called tennis dresses, and others are called school girl dresses. So let's talk about this sporty dress style. How can you incorporate this into your wardrobe, and how do you wear sporty dresses?



Tip 1: For Inside, the Right Accessories


If you're sporting one of these sporty dresses for inside, go for chic, minimalist accessories. You can belt a shirt dress (though make sure that it's a thin belt and not, say, a corset belt) like with a belt from Express (this one has a bow on it, too). If the dress is as the center model and already has a belt, try adding coordinated bangles similar to these from Candy Apple. If you're going to a party and don't want to leave your purse unattended, try a cross body bag with a chain like these from AliExpress.



Tip 2: For Outside, the Right Accessories


If you're taking your sporty dresses for a day out, it's just as important to consider the right accessories. Try wearing a hat: whether you're going for the cowgirl look with a cowboy hat, the Diane Keaton look with the flat top hat, or a Derby look with a fedora, find your brims here and protect your face from the sun with style. Another way to protect your face from the sun is to get a great pair of aviators: honestly, they look good on everyone. Lastly, make sure you have good walking shoes for your day out. Kate Spade has designed a line of Keds that might match your sporty frock, you can go with a pair of gladiator sandals, or you can try a cute pair of Oxfords for a more vintage look.



Tip 3: Go Comfy with Leggings


Too windy outside? Too cold inside? Unpredictable weather? Night out on the town? If you're not sure you want to wear a skirt because of your comfort level, don't give in to a day in gym pants. No, instead, sport leggings underneath the dress to give yourself a little more security and comfort. Here's the best part: leggings slim your legs and provide a line at the ankle that coordinates wonderfully with Keds, Oxfords, flats, or if you're feeling adventurous, heels. 


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Kristen Kauffman is fashion writer and blogger, and has written nationally-credited blogs on style trends, products, and weddings. Located in Prescott, Arizona, most blogs make fashion simple, affordable, and accessible. 
After the cold and damp of winter, spring is finally here and with that we can just about see summer around the corner. For many of us then, it’s time to put the thick coats and jumpers away and bring out our beautiful floaty dresses and skirts ready for the heat (hopefully!). But while we tend to swap our wardrobes around, how many of us switch up our jewelry?
With the warm summer months, naturally many of us will be reaching for gold necklaces and bangles, which have the perfect warm tones to reflect the weather. But while gold looks great, why not mix your jewelry up and flash a little silver?

First of all, for all you lovely bronzed ladies (and gentlemen), silver can really set off a tan. The combination of the cool tones of a silver necklace or bracelet and the warmer tones of your skin can really highlight your tan and even make it look better than what it is.

Summer is also the time when you can get your whites out and really show off the flesh with a crisp pair of white trousers and top. While gold jewelry can look stunning against a beautiful white dress, you sometimes have to be very careful about making your jewelry look cheap or tacky. This is where your best bet is stick with silver toned jewelry. Again the cool tones of silver and white will give your tan the ultimate boost, and create a perfect summer outfit.

Don’t worry if, like me, you’re one of those who’s ‘tan’ is more red than bronze. Silver jewelry works just as well on pale skin when worn with the right colours. Team your silver jewelry with warmer summer colours on your clothing, such as yellow and pink, and you’re good to go.


Finally, who says you have to stick to one kind of jewelry? Be a bit more daring and mix up your golds and silvers for a refreshing look for your summer wardrobe. The best way to pull off this look, is to combine several silver and gold necklaces together. Think varying lengths and widths for the ultimate mixed up look. If necklaces aren't your thing, try a selection of bracelets in various tones and styles stacked on your wrists. Add your watch into the mix too, to finish the look off.

So now you can see why you shouldn't ignore silver jewelry in the summer, go ahead and experiment!


This post has been written by Sarah for amber and silver jewelers Henryka.





So I read the news on Vogue.com about 4 hours ago that Alexander Wang is collaborating with H&M to launch a designer collection with affordable prices on the H&M stores! and that news is now CONFIRMED!!

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The young New York designer will be among a very honorable list of designers who previously launched collections for H&M, the list includes names such as the pop star Madonna, huge designers Victor & Rolf, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, as well as Versace!

Now that Alexander Wang - which happens to be one of my favorite young designers - is about to collaborate with H&M - which is also one of my favorite stores to find chic and affordable fashion! - I could not be more excited!

Vogue reportedly announced that the designer is "honoured to be a part of H&M's designer collaborations," and that he stated that "The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to pushing boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle."

As for me, I expect a very fashion forward collection from the designer, with "energy" and "passion" that we continuously see through Wang's work in every collection he creates. 

Alexander Wang pre Spring/Summer 2014


So are you guys excited? and what do you expect from this collaboration? x



with love,
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I have been thinking of doing more posts under 'Fashion 101' for quite some time now, ever since I published the article about The History of Fashion Design which was written by the talented Alex Pejak. Finally, I managed to sum up a few items that I think belong to the Fashion 101 category: 10 essential fashion items every woman should own!

I noticed that I haven't been able to share the items that I believe every woman should have in her closet, and since I feel like this is an important style advice, I decided to go ahead and get that done today =)

First of all, I would like to stress that this post is influenced by my personal opinion and that each individual would seek a different style/fashion choices. However, for those who are interested in what I believe is an essential fashion item, this post is for you :)

Note that I tried to maintain a reasonable price range for the products used in this post, therefore I decided to stick to featuring only one brand that I am currently into: Choies

So let's get started!


1. The Little Black Dress
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The LBD - made famous by the fabulous Coco Chanel, remains to be a fundamental fashion piece that every woman should have in her closet. It can be your perfect companion for a dinner date, it can also be worn to work or even to a fun party!

I love the Basic Round neck Bodycon Dress in Black shown in the image above by Choies, and it is available for only $20!


2. Basic White Shirt

I think I shared this style advice way too many times throughout my years of fashion blogging! 

The basic white shirt can never go wrong. Although I do believe you have to invest in finding the perfect basic white shirt that can be used for everyday and for professional events such as those you attend for work, however, the basic white shirt has been adapted into several designs and is now available with embroideries, lace, and many other styles! Including prints and floral patterns.

I personally fell in love with this basic lace white shirt, also available from Choies

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3. Black Formal Blazer

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The black blazer is probably my favorite and ultimate style item that I can never get tired of! It becomes my best friend whenever I want to attend an occasion that requires a mix of casual and formal. It also sometimes becomes my go-to fashion choice!


4. Sunglasses!

Who doesn't need one of these in their closet? Especially now that the sun is finally here!


5. The Go-to scarf

Scarves have always been a favorite of mine! I love all sorts of scarves, such as those with animal prints, floral prints, geometric prints, plain ones, etc. 

I have managed to scroll through the scarves offered from Choies, and I love so many of them! If you are interested in looking through them, then click here!


6. Denim Skinny Jeans

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I have made a promise to myself that the denim skinny jean will never make its way out of my wardrobe! ever! I simply cannot live without my basic skinny jean, it's one trend that I would never want to disappear. 

Although the skinny pants in general are not very popular this season, I am still into them and would love to wear incorporate them into my outfit once in a while during spring!


7. Pearls ... and more pearls!

Click here to view 'pearly' items offered by Choies
I have to admit that pearls are not the easiest beauty/fashion item to style and pair with other items, however, I love to put pearls into accessories. I usually tend to not like pearl only accessories, but I love them when they are incorporated with other styles and colors.


8. Basic Black Pumps

When you're in doubt with what shoes to wear, just throw on a basic black pump ;)


9. Perfect belt
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This was actually a fashion suggestion by my sister Salsabil, who believes that belts can totally transform your outfit 180 degrees! .. I couldn't agree more :D...

I love metallic belts these days, check out the one above! A normal basic belt is also handy =)


10. A magic bag!

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I love bags that come with several options!

Let me elaborate on that:
I love bags that can transform and be worn in several ways, such as the one shown above (Black Lock Bag With Chain Strap by Choies). It can be carried as a clutch or as a bag with the chain on the shoulder! or even a cross body bag, it's all up to you!


11. BONUS: An item of your choice!!

In the end, I encourage you to prioritize an item that YOU personally love and can't live without!! in the end I always like to encourage personality and individuality when it comes to styling and fashion x



with love,