How to Dress Denim 3 Different Ways

Denim is a man’s best friend (that’s what they say right?) Everyone owns a pair of jeans and knowing how to embrace your own style with your favourite pair means you can get away with wearing them pretty much anywhere. We’ve styled up three different looks with denim to take you from the streets to a fancy dinner and even out to the basketball court; our three ways with denim – men’s style edition.

1. Denim on Demin Street Style

Denim on denim can look awesome if done well. The trick is to wear multiple denim pieces of different shades to pull it off correctly. We love the look of dark denim jeans paired with a super laid back open denim shirt for that casual look and with some chunky Timberlands and classic Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies, this is the perfect any time street look.

Denim on Denim Street Style
Who said denim on denim can’t work? We are loving this street style!

2. Relaxed Sporty Denim

Denim style joggers are trending this year so we thought we’d throw together a sporty denim look with some of our favourites! You can’t go past a good pair of Nike trainers and some The North Face gear for the perfect relaxed sporty look!

How to pull off sporty denim
Relaxed and ready to hit the court.

3. Dressed Up For Night

Dark denim is the best choice for going out at night as it gives a more dressed up look. Throw on a sweet long sleeve shirt (those winter nights require sleeves) with a pattern that suits your style and some casual shoes and you’ll have a dressed up look without too much effort.

Dressed up Denim for Night
Dressed up Denim for Night.

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How to Get Beauty Looks on a Budget – Talking Beauty with Brisbane Threads

Teagan from BrisbaneThreads.com.au found some bargain beauty buys that she fell in love with. She created “6 Beauty Looks That Won’t Break The Bank” and we caught up with her to find out why she loves online shopping!

Tell us a little about yourself and your blog. What’s your niche? How would you describe your online shopping style?

I’m the editorial assistant for Brisbane Threads and work with a bunch of other talented, creative girls how contribute to the website along with the Brisbane Threads Founder Danielle Lewis. Our readers are predominantly young people who want to know what is happening in food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news in our little part of the world – Brisbane.

My personal online shopping style is sometimes spontaneous and other times well thought through. However I’m always after a bargain and I love finding great prices at my favourite online sites that have something a little bit quirky about them.

What do you look for in a product?

I always look for good quality brands and products when online shopping because, although I love a good price, quality always comes first.

What do you love about online shopping?

The thing I love most about online shopping is that you can do it any time of the day, especially when you need a quick fix. I love that you can browse thousands of stores from the comfort of your couch and a lot of the time, get a great product for a great price. And you also don’t get sore feet!

Budget Beauty Brisbane Threads Instagram
Was there anything that caught your eye that you thought was a really good product/deal?
I was mostly chuffed with the beauty section, especially the items in the Napoleon Perdis range and a collection of great products for under $10 that were available on Catch of the Day.

Tegan posted about her budget beauty buys and created 6 Looks That Won’t Break The Bank , check it out on brisbanethreads.com!

Brisbane-Threads-COTD-Look-3

Which bargains did you find on Catch of the Day? 

I found a bunch of bargains on Catch of the Day, my favourites in the beauty section of the site. I found lots of great products from international and national brands, so it was tough not to buy everything that made its way into my cart.

Was there anything that caught your eye that you thought was a really good product/deal?

I was mostly chuffed with the beauty section, especially the items in the Napoleon Perdis range and a collection of great products for under $10 that were available on Catch of the Day.

How did you find the process of using the Catch of the Day App?

The Catch of the Day app was so easy to use. I could search the whole site and save things to my cart as I jumped around the store before deciding what products I was going to purchase. The checkout process was also very smooth and I have been notified at every stage of the process from when my order was placed to its dispatch and arrival date.

I made my Catch of the Day purchase from my bed on my iPad after a long day at work. It was a great way to unwind, browse the online store and spoil myself a little.

Thanks to Brisbane Threads for chatting to the Catch Culture Blog! You can check out their awesome stuff at Brisbane Threads.

The Beginner’s Guide to Nail Art – Nailing Polka Dots

By Alina Sheinkman

So you want to venture out and try something new with your nails, that’s great, but where do you start? Selecting a design can be hard with all the variety available…and then what colours to use? Well that’s a whole new story for another time.

One place to start is the classic polka dot. I have sifted through the million designs available and compiled a list of polka dot inspiration for the nail art novice.

A couple of things to keep in mind when venturing into nail art territory:

  • Start with a feature nail on each hand (usually the ring finger)
  • Keep it simple
  • Practice makes perfect

But ultimately anything goes! They are your nails and you can be as creative as you like.

The tools

If you plan on honing your nail art skills, it’s a good idea to invest in some dotting tools. They are quite cheap and come in various sizes. However, for the nail art novice there are some simple DIY alternatives, not to mention the trusty bobby pin.

polka dot nail art dotting tools
DIY dotting tools. Source

Invest in a good quality base coat and top coat. You have slaved away creating your designs so you want them to last and look like a masterpiece as long as possible, right? Putting a clear top coat every couple of days helps your manicure last that little bit longer.

How to in 4 easy steps

  1. Paint your nails with a base coat and 2 coats of your chosen nail polish colour
  2. Choose a contrasting colour for your nail art design
  3. Dip the tip of your dotting tool into your nail polish colour and lightly place a dot on your nail. Repeat until desired pattern is complete.
  4. Once completely dry, gently add a layer of top coat making sure not to go over the same spot twice (it will smudge!)

Voila!

Big dots, little dots

After you’ve mastered the one feature nail and know the right quantity of nail polish to have on your bobby pin or dotting tool, you can venture into having a mix of big dots and little dots.

If you only have the one tool, experiment with different amounts of nail polish and having a lighter touch for smaller dots.

Otherwise, go back to the DIY tools and find one that will give you a nice size comparison.

Here are a few easy to achieve designs that are quite different but use the same simple technique.

Big and small polka dot nail art designs
A mix of big and small dots add a creative flair. Source: 1, 2, 3, 4.

French dots

The classic French manicure is so last season. Try painting a line of polka dots along the tip of your nails to create a funky new look. Your colour selection is endless.

Alternative French manicure with polka dot tips
A new take on the classic French. Source

Dots galore

You seem to be confident in your dotting technique now, so let’s expand on that. Creating consistently sized and spaced polka dots is a little more difficult, especially when using your non dominant hand. Take it slow and concentrate – no distractions here. The outcome is quite spottingly stunning.

Take ombre to the next level by laying out your spots with a gradient of colour. Let’s face it, all girls own many similar-but-slightly-different shades of nail polish, so why not use them all at once?

Full nail polka dot nail art and ombre nail art. Colour gradient.
Consistency is key to make these looks work. Source 6, 7.

You are not limited to just your finger nails, your toes could use a bit of fun polka dots too.

 Spottingly different

Now that you are an expert, here is a video tutorial for three designs that are surprisingly simple and yet achieve an expert look.

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Are there any nail art techniques you would like to see next? Let us know in the comments.

5 Lip Essentials For The Perfect Pout

Your lips will be ultra kissable with these stains and balm to help your perfect your lip look! Not sure which product to use? Our guide below will help you to sort out the stains from the sticks and pick your ultimate essential to take the perfect selfie with. Mwah!

Grab these lip products to start your lip tool kit:

LipstickLip Stains

Lip Stains provide a colour drenched look that won’t smudge or rub off during the day. Use Lip Stains for a natural look that is perfect for every day style!

 

Try:  Maybelline SuperStay 10Hr Stain Gloss – #110 Fresh Fuchsia (pictured) or NP Set Gloss & Go Duo Stain – Palm Beach

Lip Gloss

Lip Gloss gives a naturally shiny finish and a fresh, dewy look. A clear lip gloss will go great over a plain lip colour or a slightly coloured lip gloss is just enough for a finishing touch.

Try: MAC Tinted LipGlass – C-Thru (pictured) or NP Lip Gloss Set 10mL – Maldives

Lip Liner

Use Lip liner to outline your lips and create shape and definition. You can also use lip liner as a base to fill in your lip colour before applying lipstick or other tints.

Try: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil – Midnight Cowboy (pictured) or Revlon ColorStay Lipliner – #650 Pink

Lipstick

The go to lip product would have to be the lipstick. With full-bodied colour, most lip sticks will provide a smooth finish. Use lipstick for a night time look as it will give a stronger impact.

Try:  Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick – #45 Who Wore It Red-Er (pictured) or  Bobbi Brown Lip Color Trio

Lip Balm

Lip balm is the everyday essential and lip life saving product. Balms will hydrate and moisturise the lips leaving them will a soft texture and ready for any colour application.

Try: Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm Tube (pictured) or NP Set Lip Primer

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Fashion Lessons From The Best Dressed Dogs of Instagram

By Tina

Fashion has literally gone to the dogs. From the ridiculously photogenic Japanese Shiba Inu, Menswear Dog, to Nutello the Pug’s insanely stylish adventures, these barking bad-asses are marking their territory in the dynamic world of fashion.

If you thought Kanye or the Kardashians were hard ballers in the fashion game, you ain’t seen nothing yet. 

Menswear Dog

Menswear Dog

Meet the Menswear Dog, a 3-year old Shiba Inu living in the fashion capital, New York City, with a fanbase of 190k followers on Instagram. Admit it, you jelly? His interests include NEVER washing selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez (style with ease), and sniffing up fine dames.

Shop the Menswear Dog Look:

Nautica Men's Dobby Bomber - Black Van Heusen Studio Small Checked Silk Tie - Red Ben Sherman Men’s Cotton Linen Driving Cap - Black

Montjiro

Montjiro, the Japanese Chihuahua.
Meet this feisty fashionista, who possesses a wardrobe full of the finest haute couture pieces, topped with a touch of urban street style and an attitude to kill (no, it’s not Rihanna) it’s Montjiro, the Japanese Chihuahua. With a wardrobe filled to the brim with high-end designer brands, he is the envy of most two-legged fashion fans. His popular Instagram account has garnered over 12k followers, so jump on, take a browse, and plan your outfit for the weekend.

Does your dog think he’s human too? Well treat him to a little luxury with a designer inspired pet bed! So cute! 

Trotter

Trotter the Frenchie

With a tremendous 210k followers on Instagram, we present to you, Trotter the Frenchie. Known for her extremely versatile sense of style, this diva can pull off any outfit, whether it’s the sophisticated Hamptons housewife look, or the 1920s The Godfather gangster outfit, this one’s got the works.

Shop the Trotter Look:

nude shoes Kardashian Jewellery Chain Necklace - Gold Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany Heart Necklace - Silver

Nutello the Pug

Nutello the pug sports

This Switzerland-based pooch is another versatile dresser. Nutello the Pug typically enjoys modelling fashion trends from around the world – from cultural attire, to streetwear, and even dips into the hipster fashion movement here and there. Oh, and he enjoys being a sportswear ambassador too – if you ever need any gym motivation, check out those pecs.

Even if you’re rocking swag today, chances are there’s an Insta-Dog doing it better! If you’re up to the style challenge to measure up to these fashion icons, grab some new fashion gear and get snapping!

Know of any other Insta-fashion dogs? Let us know in the comments!

Black is the New Black – Accessorising With Classic Colours

One thing’s for sure when it comes to style, black will always be in! Dark black accessories are perfect for guys who love a classic look and effortless style. From sunglasses to statement watches and everything in between;

Here’s our favourite men’s accessories for the season:

Black is the new Black Men's Style Acessories

1. Ray Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses in Black

2. Tag Heuer Men’s Carrera Chronograph Watch in Black

3. Monster Mobiletalk Headphones

4. Electric Detroit Dark Sunglasses in Sea Grey

5. Van Heusen Passcase Wallet Black

6. Van Heusen Reversible Dress Belt in Black Brown

7. Julius Marlow Men’s Protect Shoes Black

 

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