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- The V-neck trick -

My trick to look slimmer in an instant is to wear Vertical Necklines aka V-necks. Here is why. 

A V-Neckline elongates your frame, neck, and thus the face. Such a Neckline gives the illusion of height and thereby slims down larger torsos. 

It creates a long line which puts the focus on the peak of the V and everything outside this point gets visually drawn in. Wider shoulders appear narrower and larger busts smaller.

With the visual focus on the peak of the V your neck also looks longer and leaner. The same goes for your face, even double chins, are less prominent.

I hope this was helpful.

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- How to fix nicks in your heels -

Today's post is a follow-up post on my last Style Trick in June where I told you how to prevent your heels from getting scuffed. This time I will share with you, my heel saving trick for already nicked heels. I got it from my sister, and she got it from straight from the horse's mouth - her cobbler. 

So, in order to get your heels fixed all you need is your hair dryer and a little bit of time.

Then take your nicked heels and heat the damaged leather of your heels with the hair dryer at the highest level. You have to blow dry your heels until the leather is getting soft and movable. At this point, you can smooth out the nicks with your hands until they become almost invisible. To seal the result paint your heels with one or two coats of clear nail polish. 

 

You may have to repeat the heating and smooth out procedure depending on how damaged your heels are, but it's worth the effort. Afterwards, your heels are almost as good as new. 

 

As you can see in the picture below the repaired heel looks nearly the same as the unscathed one. Only a close look could make the differences visible.

Unfortunately, I don't have a before image because, to my shame, I have to admit, I didn't believe the trick would work. So, I didn't bother to take a before pic. Well, I was proved wrong.

Do you know any other heel tricks? Please let me know in the comment section below.

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- How to avoid nicks in your heels -

You probably all have experienced a situation like this, you wear a new pair of heels, and then cobblestone pavements, floor grills or gully covers cross your way, and within seconds new heels are scuffed. Frustrating isn't it?

I don't know how many heels I ruined until someone told me about this heel-saving trick.

All you need is a clear nail polish and instead of painting your nails, cover your heels with at least one coat of it. I normally go for a second layer just to be safe. By doing so, you create a protective layer around your heels. 

 

So the next time you get stuck in an uneven pavement, only the nail polish coat gets nicked instead of your heelsThis heel-saving trick has prolonged the life of many of my heels, that why I needed to share it with all of you.

 

Did you already know the trick?

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- Style Tricks to streamline your wardrobe- 

Here comes another Style Trick for you. Like the last time, this Style Trick focuses on how to shred some pounds in an instant just by wearing the right piece of clothing.

 

So for all of you who are very top heavy (aka bigger boobs/some weight around your tummy) or you just want to look a little bit leaner and taller, I suggest adding a Kimono Jacket to your wardrobe.

 

The great thing about a Kimono Jacket is it falls loosely over your upper body and therefore hides the extra weight you carry on your top part. Furthermore, all Kimono Jackets have straight lapels, meaning the go straight down your upper body, this streamlines and slims down your figure. The Kimono Jacket also works if you have a shorter torso because the straight lapels create the optical illusion of a longer torso.

 

Here are some Kimono Jackets I love.

A Kimono Jacket is also a great replacement for a blazer. It comes in so many patterns and textiles you'll find one for every occasion.

If you have any suggestions or request what I should cover next on Style Tricks, please let me know in the comments down below.

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- Wear this pattern to look slimmer in an instant -

After reading your comments and emails over the last months, I noticed many of you would love to know how to avoid bad buys. After several failed attempts, I came to the decision that instead of  writing one lengthy post I start a new series - Style Tricks

 

With Style Tricks I will share some tips and tricks to prevent you from bad buys in the future. 

 

We all have those days where we don't feel our best (body-wise), but the right clothes can fight this feeling. An easy way to shred some pounds in no time, without dieting or exercising, is wearing a Chevron pattern.

 

Definition

A Chevron pattern has the shape of a V or an inverted V.

 

The great thing about this pattern is, it creates an optical illusion. The V pattern draws the attention to the center of your body.  With the focus on the peak of the V in the middle of your body, you instantly look much leaner. It also gives you an hourglass figure even if you don't have one.

 

Here are some examples of clothing with a Chevron pattern.

Tip: It does not always have to be an actual V. Embroidery, different textiles, embellishments, just every pattern that forms a chevron has the same effect. 

 

 

So if you have one of those days where you don't feel your best (body-wise), put on a Chevron piece.

 

Let me know what you think about my new series in the comments down below.

 

 

See you soon

 

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