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With Instagram influencers all sporting the ‘perfect look’, many of us would try anything to look like our idols, even if it means spending £££ on cosmetic surgery. 

Recently though, as a number of celebrities have decided to reverse their cosmetic fillers and dentistry, it’s had many of us wondering if the natural look is back in fashion… 

Molly-Mae Hague is most well known for her stint in the famous ITV show ‘Love Island’ when she fell in love with her current boyfriend Tommy Fury.

Since she was 17 she has been injecting her lips with filler for a more ‘plump’ look. However, in October Molly took the decision to get her filler dissolved to look more natural. In her recent vlog on her Youtube account she told her fans how she has had her composite bonding removed so she can take better care of her natural teeth. 

Part of the world famous Kardashian clan, Kylie being the youngest sibling she is best known for her lip full lips which she achieved by injecting filler. She took to instagram in 2018 to tell her fans that she also had her lip filler dissolved.

Gemma Collins, who has made her name from starring in The Only Way Is Essex, is now reportedly worth a huge £2.7 million.

She has never been shy in saying that she has had a number of cosmetic procedures including botox and filler. The thought of her young female fans taking drastic actions to look like their idols, therefore Gemma made the decision to reverse both her lip filler and botox.

Waleed Taleb from Vera Clinic - the leading hair transplant and cosmetic surgery hospital in Europe - commented: “Any cosmetic procedure should be something that has been fully thought through and discussed with some you trust.

“As much as fillers and other cosmetic procedures can be reversed and dissolved this shouldn’t be something to be relied on.”

Working half-dressed becomes standard among comfort loving Finns as local retailer responds with telco-friendly collection

This spring working from home has become the new normal. As practically every work-related meeting takes place now in a virtual environment, a more relaxed dress code has become a norm – at least for the parts not exposed to camera during video calls. Finnish retail chain Prisma responded to this emerging trend by creating a special collection combining formal upper parts with less formal bottoms into striking outfits.

According to recent research, more than every fifth Finn has started working from home this spring due to the coronavirus outbreak. A massive change in our everyday lives has also had an unexpected, but natural impact on how we dress for work nowadays. As the originators of the phenomenon ‘kalsarikännit’ - getting drunk at home in your underwear, Finns have taken full advantage of the situation where it is totally acceptable to participate in business meetings wearing hawaii shorts or yoga pants.

Päivi Hole, the Vice President of Sport and Apparel from Prisma, explains: “The change in clothing trends was quickly noticed as sales of homewear started to rocket soon after the Finnish government put restrictions into action. Aim of the campaign was to remind people to stay creative and go a bit goofy once in a while in the midst of these difficult times as well - because that’s the spirit we Finnish people are known for”.

Prisma also wanted to create conversation around the phenomenon so they challenged Finns to share their best remote-working outfits in social media.  In addition to social media, the conversation around remote-working has been busy in traditional media too. Short while ago for example Twitter announced that their employees can continue working from home even after the pandemic. The same trend will most likely be seen in Finland too.

“If the predictions about remote-working becoming the new normal are right it will surely have a permanent effect on how people dress for work. Let it be a suit jacket that goes with your college pants or vice versa, we deliver Finns whatever they want to wear - even the oddest combinations. Maybe these goofy outfits will be the new phenomenon Finns are known for around the world”, continues Hole.

 

After a year of serving the fashion-forward public from its Newark, New Jersey base, ‘Dressed Up’, the Caribbean-owned retail shoppe which specializes strictly in dresses now brings its warmth, personality and unique style to the virtual space with its all new online presence.

In addition to offering a unique collection of contemporary and vintage dresses, Dressed Up, the online store will continue to infuse the beauty, elegance and warmth that have become synonymous with its physical counterpart commonly referred to as ‘Dressed Up The Shoppe’.

Trinidadian-born entrepreneur and fashionista Diane Wiltshire, known as ‘Fury’ spearheads the Dressed Up brand and genuinely takes pride in delivering an extraordinary and personal experience. In true Caribbean fashion, she is passionate about meeting and mingling with her esteemed clientele and was originally resistant to the idea of adding a digital adaptation of her shoppe, hesitant about its ability to support her vision for the brand of the business.

However, with the emergence of Covid 19 and the all-round necessity for online product and service procurement, Fury propelled herself into creative mode in order to reimagine how a virtual approach to Dressed Up could continue to manifest a fulfilling, productive yet unique experience for all.

She shared: “My intention, in opening my shoppe, was to always ‘meet people where they are’ and, where we all are in this moment is finding ways to virtually satisfy our needs and desires.”

Thus far, Dressed Up the online store has received favourable and enthusiastic feedback from an international cross section of dress aficionados and has gained praise for both its mixture of modern and vintage selections while maintaining the high level of elegance and personality that has become one and the same with the brand.

Currently, the online store’s range of dresses is available to customers in the Continental US and internationally to those with access to sky boxes. Fury, whose goal is global expansion, is pleased to have Dressed Up as the new online retail destination for dresses and aspires to grow it into a virtual marketplace.

The online brand which features the dress collection styles of Caribbean fashion icon Meiling will eventually be a platform for other entrepreneurs to showcase their products.

For Fury, finding ways to support other small business owners and entrepreneurs during these unprecedented times is a priority. For her, “there is strength in numbers” so she is committed to creating one platform where, on a monthly basis, fellow entrepreneurs are able to showcase themselves.

Most notably, as this virtual extension of the Dressed Up brand continues to provide select one-of-a-kind couture dresses for the discerning and fashion-conscious, its charitable arm ‘reDressed’ maintains its mission to dress survivors of domestic abuse as they re-enter the workforce.

Visit the all new dress-exclusive virtual portal for Dressed Up at: www.dressedup.shop/

Two women from the Black Country, in the West Midlands, arranged a catwalk fashion show at the Station Hotel, Dudley raising over £500 for Parkinson’s UK and Dementia UK.

Karen Wilcox from Lower Gornal and Alexandra Darby from Rowley Regis organised the event, showcasing a selection of well-known local designers and catwalk models along with tribute singers and a fantastic drag queen act in September.

Karen, who is a professional model and Young European Ms International Finalist and Alex, who was Miss Black Country have both raised thousands of pounds over the years for various charities, but decided to organise this special event as Karen’s dad, Alan, is living with Parkinson’s and dementia.

Karen said: “I wanted to raise money and awareness for both charities and I have also joined Parkinson’s UK as a Network Campaigner to promote awareness in the local area”.

Alex, who also sang at the event said: “They are both charities that I am very passionate about and I am over the moon that we managed to raise over £500. We had a fantastic day and so much fun was had by all”.

Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK Birmingham and the Black Country attended the event and gave a short talk about the charity.  She said: “It was such a well organised and fun event. Karen and Alex did a brilliant job and we are so incredibly grateful to them and everyone who attended and supported the day.”

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

Couples are invited to see Lightwoods House in all its glory at a wedding fair this coming weekend.

Wedding suppliers will be exhibiting their wares and visitors can also look round the house and gardens, which is in Lightwoods Park, Adkins Lane, Bearwood, on Sunday March 3.

Suppliers will include photographers, a venue decorator, wedding car supplier, cake baker,  singer, a dressmaker and florist.

Admission to the fair, which runs from 11am until 3pm, is free.

The stunning 18th century, Grade II-listed house and park have been restored thanks to a £5.2 million project funded by Sandwell Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure Councillor Bill Gavan said: “We’ve hosted many beautiful weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Lightwoods House and our wedding fairs are always incredibly popular.

We have lots of options to choose from – you can get married in the bandstand or in the ceremony room, we have space for receptions and we offer several catering options.”