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Top Ten Facts About Your New Silk Dress

Top Ten Facts about Your New Silk Dress

Fact 1. Silk stretches to 20% of it’s length without breaking.

So, your dress won’t go out of shape and get some strange kinks where your bend your knees!

Fact 3. Silk has a triangular prism type structure. Light coming from different angles is refracted off.

This gives your silk dress a beautiful natural shimmery sheen.

Fact 4. Silk is a low density fibre.

Which means a silk garment is lightweight.

Fact 5. The low density of the fibre also means it is highly absorbent.

This absorbancy makes the dress very comfortable in the summer, keeping you cool.

Fact 6. Silk can absorb as much as a third of its own weight in moisture and not feel damp.

So in stressful moments when you sweat alot you will find the dress still comfortable.

Fact 7. Silk is a poor conductor of electricity. It will keep warm air close to the body.

This means your dress will keep you warm in the winter.

Fact 8. The smooth soft silk fibres and sericin that binds the fibres together are supposed soothe your skin.

If you find your skin dry and itchy – silks smooth qualities may be comfortable to wear.

Fact 9. Silk has the same tensile strength as steel. But only when dry

So your silk dress is tougher than you think but be gentle with it when it’s wet!

Fact 10. The sticky substance called sericin stays with the silk after processing.

This means your dress has a natural resistance against dust mites, fungas and mold!

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Facts sourced from various sources:

Wikipedia

Silk Body Online

Silk Comforter

Chem4kids

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Buying and Wearing Shoes in Summer

What to keep in mind when buying or choosing work footwear for the hotter days:

  • Natural materials are the best for letting your feet breath (Even when you have to wear closed footwear). Select leather, suede, cotton canvas and raffia.
  • Choose shoes with as many gaps as possible! This could be strappy, openwork leather, laser cut holes, sling back, open/peep toe, Broderie Anglaise or lace.
  • Avoid patent leather as the top layer has a coating that prevents the natural breathable quality of leather.
  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight to start with – the heat can make feet swell up and then your shoes will be very tight!
  • Always try on summer shoes in the middle of  the afternoon – your feet will be at their hottest and when you make the purchase you can be sure they will fit your feet when they are at there hottest.
  • If you can bare it then a small pop sock or pair of tights could help with feet becoming too sweaty and slipping in the shoes.

How to make sure your feet are sandal and summer shoe ready:

  • Use a pumice stone around your heels to get rid of dry and hard skin
  • Moisturise your feet and pop on some cotton socks before bed
  • Give your feet a nice soak – this will soften the skin and sooth them after a long day. Pop in a couple of drops of some tea tree oil and this will get rid of any potential infection on your feet – sweaty feet are a breeding ground for infections
  • Trim your toe-nails and polish them in a lovely summer colour
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Chanel Pink Summer 2014 polish


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LBD Fashion Competition

It’s competition time over at Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear and Pinstripe and Pearls. I’m offering the winner of this competition the chance to pick their own Kerry O’Brine LBD!

Pick the dress style that will suit you the best and you might win it! There are a variety of styles to choose from – all in gorgeous 100% silk jersey. Perfect dresses for working in the summer.

 

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Facebook fashion competition ivory silk blouse 2014


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What time is it? Time to Win!!!

You are a winner? Well, at least you might be!
Enter my competition to win an ivory silk blouse from www.kerryobrine.co.uk
Here is what you need to do –
Follow this link to the timeline update and like our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/KO.Womens.Wear
and then sign up for our newsletters

Easy, done, sorted.

You have until midnight BST on 30th April 2014 to enter. Then a name will be drawn out of a hat and one lucky winner will be notified on 1st May 2014.

Only one entry per email address. Entrants are welcomed across the globe and will be notified via email. By entering into our competition you agree to participate in us publishing your name as the winner on facebook.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.

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Hot weather and getting your legs out!

Legs blog

So far this summer I hope you’ve got your legs out at least once? It’s been so hot in the UK, I’m sure everyone is struggling with what to wear.

Prior to the heatwave I know a lot of women were running into shops purchasing their new summer stock of hosiery. It’s a struggle knowing what to wear with the British weather at the best of times; do you wear the summer skirt outfit for work or the pretty summery dress to a wedding.

Women don’t want to be left without some coverage on their legs: the weather can turn bad and you’re left shivering whilst waiting for your taxi or sitting in a chilly church wedding.

So for the normal British summer I would suggest going on the higher denier end of sheer hosiery. Select a 12, 15 or 20 denier– you’ll get a little more coverage but still a nice sheer look for summer.

Now let’s get back to this heatwave!

If you just can’t bring yourself to have bare legs at work, whatever the weather! Try some of these tips:

  • I would suggest you go for a very fine denier maybe a 5, 8 or at most a 10.
  • Select a great colour that matches your natural skin tone (you don’t want orange legs and white arms!).
  • Go for a hold up or stocking; this will allow your body to breath (but if you don’t like hold ups or stockings then make sure the tights you buy have a cotton gusset).
  • Choose a sheer toe, an unreinforced toe or a barely visible shadow toe reinforcement to enable you to wear a nice open toe shoe or smart sandal.

Have a look at this to help you select the perfect pair for you!

If you work in London City’s Square Mile then check out our new shopping directory. In this first part we have put up we have focused on hosiery and lingerie. It should help you find the nearest place to get your tights – or order them online and pick them up instore!

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Just add coral

Women working in a wide variety of professions and work places should find navy a great colour to have in their wardrobe. Within the name ‘navy’ there are a variety lighter hues and darker shades, so you can find one that suits your colouring.

In my dress collection for professional women one of the staple colours I offer is a deep traditional shade of navy. It’s almost black but can be more flattering than black and it’s a colour you see me often wear! (For more information on navy)

Today I am wearing my Missy dress in navy. I have matched it with a favourite colour of mine; coral.

Navy and coral

I have some coral court shoes and a coral scarf with white spots. I think it really lifts it as an outfit.

Coral scarf and shoes

Coral scarf and shoes

Some lovely practical (nice chunky stylish heel) coral shoes I have found that would work in this outfit are these Charlotte Olympia pumps:

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coral pumps:

You could try a coral coloured necklace as an alternative to a scarf such as these nice beads:

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I’d have a nice summery Ivory bag with this outfit such as this gorgeous Saint Laurent Cabas tote:
Saint Laurent Small Cabas Y leather tote
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Making it Up with a Make Up Artist

Makeup precisionIt was amazing to work with Tracy on the recent photoshoot for summer office wear.

Tracy and I were emailing back and forth before the shoot. I sent her some inspiration pictures and Tracy had some great ideas about the eye makeup and this was to be the focus of the makeup look

We went for smokey eye makeup but with a twist. The smokey eye makeup Tracy did was in an Aqua colour to pick up on the colours in the collection. Choosing Aqua made the dramatic eye makeup, softer, more summery and sixties.

Putting on the makeup

Putting on the makeup

To complement the bright 60s eye makeup Tracy kept the lips a nude shade. We considered coral but agreed this would be too much and a nude lip would keep a bit of everyday reality to the look!

Checking the makeup

Checking the makeup

The nails were the first things to be started on the day which worked out well, they could then dry whilst the hair was put up in rollers. The nails were done in a great minty green shade which was the perfect summery pastel shade for the look!

Nails in great green

A close up on the final makeup for the shoot!

Close up on the makeup

Close up on the makeup