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Tapped out


From dark and moody to bright and playful, this season’s best bathroom looks have us tapping into some serious style. So we’ve got some tap lessons just for you.

 

MEIR MATTE BLACK SQUARE FLEXIBLE MIXER TAP

 

Who would have thought our functional faucets would set the trend in the busiest little room of the house? Tapware is the new bathroom bling.

And brass is the much-loved baby in the bathroom this year – whether in a high-polished, soft brushed or a more antiqued patina, this metal excludes a certain elegance and richness.

Plush set against porcelain white, both brass and gold are also a warm flattering tone with blues and greens.

Against marble-effect tiling and stone, it is pure European opulence that blends with the latest brass-framed mirrors and accessories, and gilt-marbling seen in the new wet-room wallpapers.

MEIR MATTE BLACK ROUND FREESTANDING BATH SPOUT AND HAND SHOWER

Black dramatically graced the faucet fashion pages a few years ago, and is now upstaging grey as the dashingly dark choice in bathrooms.

The practical matte-black is the tapware we’re turning towards this time. Classic chrome is still with us – but in shapes and styles that will stand out

Industrial is the practical style of the year – with the edgy, chunky function in substantial-sized separate taps and out-there spouting.

MEIR CHAMPAGNE ROUND KITCHEN MIXER TAP CURVED

Deep plunge baths lend the opportunity to showcase free-standing tapware as a feature; an elegant swan neck or an industrial focal piece.

Especially imperative if the bath is freestanding away from the wall.

Now that variety in tapware styles and finishes expand the decades – it is easy to create any theme, from an ancient Turkish spa or Victorian villa to a contemporary Italian or New York apartment.

New tapware is an affordable alternative to transform a bathroom without a complete new fit-out.

Let tapware tell the tale.

MEIR ROUND BLACK WALL MIXER

 


 

Caped Crusader


There is the saying that ‘not all heroes wear capes’ but maybe in this case, they can! Be the super mum, colleague, friend or partner that you are and make sure to dress the part because capes are making a comeback in fashion. Suit up, caped crusaders – we check how you can style these statement pieces.

 

WITCHERY | STRUCTURED CAPE

 

Little Red: Channel your inner fairy-tale fantasy by wearing a hooded cape. We’re not suggesting go all out and wear a maxi hooded cape in blood red, but instead maybe a subtle nod to the heroine of our favourite fable.

Cape X Blazer Crossbreed: Everyone loves a blazer; it’s a classic classy piece that has been a workplace staple since we can remember. Why not give the cape blazer a try? Give your outfit a bit of a flare… literally.

Dress ups: It’s sometimes easy to walk out of the door and forget to bring a jacket. Avoid that completely this winter by wearing a cape dress to work. Look as if you’ve just stepped off the runway and into the boardroom.

Snug as a bug: We also have the polar opposite option of wearing a blanket cape (we don’t mean – actually wrap a blanket over your shoulders). This piece will look great paired with some knee-high boots. Don’t sacrifice being warm for looking fabulous this season.


 

Let it glow


We’ve long paid heed to a ‘more is more’ aesthetic when it comes to our makeup cabinets after all, a girl can never have too many products, right? And while that may certainly be true, luminous skin has become a trend of its own and, rather than adding layers of makeup, the pared back look is making a serious return.

 

 

Less truly is more when it comes to achieving a luminous glow, so it might be time to ditch the heavy foundation and contouring palette and dig out your illuminating products. We’re all about soft, shimmery highlights with a hint of bronzer on a base of flawless, hydrated skin for a radiant, dewy look.

HIGHLIGHTS
Until recently, contouring was the hottest thing in makeup. Now we’re all about the highlights. While they both have the same end goal, highlighting is all about giving lift and dimension to the skin. This is done by using illuminating products a shade lighter than your natural skin tone on the high points of your face – think cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone and the upper centre of your forehead.

RISE AND SHINE
Keeping shine at bay can be tricky, especially when using highlighting products on the skin. If you have oily or combination skin, using a mattifying product on the T-zone or switching to a powder foundation will help to keep the centre of your face from becoming greasy. However, if dry skin is your Achilles heel, a hydrating primer with a pearl radiance will glow through your base.


 

Amazing Greys


Going grey? Don’t conceal it… flaunt it! It’s time to embrace the grey! We’ve pulled together some of our top tips for making a mane of grey your greatest asset.

 

PART WAYS: When growing out your greys, it’s recommended not to have a strong parting. As you can probably guess, having a straight even line makes the roots look more obvious. It’s best to try and allow for your hair to fall at its natural position, then style it however you wish to blend in the baby greys with your other colour.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME: If you’ve previously been dying your hair to hide the grey, then the process of going from faux-do to silver fox won’t happen overnight. If you’re ready to grow out your greys, then there will be a six to 12 month growth period of ‘awkward’ greys, as your new natural starts to grow in. Why not lob it off and rock a bob or pixie cut so that the grey blends into your dyed or natural hair colour? Better yet, why not chat to a silver grey specialist like V For Hair?

EMBRACE IT! Going grey is all a part of the natural process! Women shouldn’t hide their signifier of a long and hopefully happy life. Everyone lets their greys grow for different reasons; maybe it’s too costly, too time-consuming or you’re just over the harsh chemicals. For whatever reason you’re jumping ship from the hair-dying days – it’s time to embrace it!

DON’T FORGET TO WASH: There are shampoos on the market specifically designed for silver and grey hair. Their job is to cleanse the hair, remove any brassy tones and strengthen your luscious locks against the harsh environment. L’Oreal Professional serie expert silver clarifying shampoo is an excellent product. Of course every head of hair is different and requirements in a shampoo and conditioner are unique to each individual.


 

On a roll


Wallpaper has made a welcome return to the home and our humble abodes are all the better for it. If you’ve been staring at that blank wall throughout isolation and have been wondering what you can do to it to make it better, we’ve checked out some of the latest season styles that will up your wall game.

 

GO WITH THE GRADIENT: This ‘dip-dye’ or ombre effect has been a hit in the beauty and fashion world, so it’s no surprise that it’s beginning to make its way into the home. While this wallpaper makes for really interesting effects, it requires a lot of thought when it comes to furnishings, to ensure they match the aesthetic.

ONE WITH NATURE: ‘Go green’ is everywhere, whether it’s to be more sustainable, add a splash of it in your outfits or even investing in some greenery for the home. Now, the trend has made its way onto our walls. Tropical and botanical themed wallpaper are a great way to feel more of a connection to our mutual friend, Mother Nature.

NOW YOU SEE ME: Sometimes the best thing for your house is a wall that jumps out at you. With three dimensional wallpaper, it can look as if it actually is! These work best in contemporary spaces, as they offer a punchy look that draws every eye in the room. Another added bonus is that it adds texture to an interior space. Popular patterns in 3D format include realistic ‘wood’ and ‘brick’ or geometric designs that will have your eyes questioning what they’re looking at

A CLEAR WINNER: Despite only being a few months into a new decade, the crowning roll of Bloomsbury Neo Mint has been named wallpaper of the year 2020 by Graham & Brown. The beautiful design showcases floral print in the best kind of way – with a soft yet powerful print. This is a wallpaper that would make a striking feature rather than plastered on every wall.

RUN INTO RESENE: The next step is to select your wallpaper of choice. It’s a big decision and you don’t want to apply something to your wall only to hate it a few months later. Luckily for you, there’s a team of experts that can help you and you can order samples to try before you buy!


 

You got us floored


When it comes to the home, flooring is something you spend a lot of your time cleaning, walking on, dancing on and (if you’re brave) sliding across. We check out what we’ll be walking on in 2020.

 

 

HORIZONTAL WHO? Having horizontal wood piece flooring is feeling all a bit plain Jane nowadays. Break the conventional side by side look by laying out your pieces in unique patterns. Those could be a herringbone or chevron pattern – each with their own quirks.

A PERFECT PAIRING: If you’re looking for more of a retro feel, black and white tiles might be the choice for you. The pattern designs available are endless and will fit nicely in a bathroom or kitchen.

WARNING…GRAPHIC CONTENT: This next recommendation is not for the faint of heart, in fact, it almost needs a warning sticker with it – graphic tiles! Yes, graphic tiles are a trend that any art lover can get behind with a wide and unique variety of patterns available.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: While bleaching hair at home might be possible… it’s probably not best to try the same technique when it comes to your flooring. While you should leave bleached flooring to the professionals, this softer white-washed wood is peaking in popularity.

In short, traditional materials and patterns are old news and when it comes to flooring, it’s out with the old and in with the new we say!


 

A not so white wedding


Calling all brides-to-be! Your wedding is just around the corner and we know there’s a million and one decisions to make – with colour palette top of the list. While traditional white will forever remain the staple shade of the big day, it’s time for these unconventional colour themes to have their turn in the spotlight.

 

 

TERRACOTTA, CREAM AND GREENERY
Having an autumn wedding? This pretty palette is just the ticket.

Rich and earthy, terracotta captures the magic of autumn, especially when paired with the elegant neutrality of cream and the simplicity of green foliage.

If you’re tying the knot in winter, experts suggest swapping terracotta for a burgundy shade for more warmth and depth.

Bridesmaids dresses in terracotta offset the bride’s traditional ivory wedding dress wonderfully well, while a gentle backdrop of greenery ties the whole look together in a rustic but sophisticated fashion.

These dreamy shades offer endless opportunities for stunning floral bouquets, garlands and table centrepieces of blush and cream roses and sage-coloured foliage like eucalyptus.

Consider complementing this palette with gold accents and the soft glow of candles or fairy lights.


PINK AND GREY
Pink and grey have long been heralded as a perfectly balanced colour combination – and it’s not hard to see why.

Pretty pink hues, particularly the dusky shades of blush and mauve, paired with tones of grey offer a contemporary, stylish colour palette that’s 100 percent wedding album-worthy.

Dressing groomsmen in grey and bridesmaids in pink reserves the complementary colours of white and black for the special couple – the groom with a grey tie perhaps and the bride with pretty pink jewels.

Adorn tables with metal embellishments and floral arrangements featuring soft pink roses and grey foliage.

Carefully chosen lighting completes the look effortlessly – and voila! Tying the knot never looked better.


WHITE AND CLASSIC BLUE
The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year was bound to make its appearance – and we’re not complaining.

The timeless and enduring hue is striking on its own, let alone balanced by the crisp classiness of white.

If your heart’s set on a traditional white wedding, consider adding a dash of this regal shade for interest.

Accessorise your reception with blue lighting, bunting and table accents such as napkins and placeholders.

Or why not forget the classic white tablecloth and wow your guests with a classic blue one instead?


TOP TIP: If it’s a cohesive yet mismatched look you’re after, share swatches with your bridal party and let them pick the style of dress that they like best.


 

Denim delights


Denim may be the mainstay of the fashionable field, but the latest new season designs offer some classic styles – with a twist that make them feel brand new.

 

Levi’s new fit, the Balloon Jean

 


Polished pleats
Pleated jeans – say what? Well, this defining detail is taking a variety of standard styles to the next level in 2020. Set to replace the high-waisted mom jeans that have dominated the denim world for the last few years, these waist-cinching pants are climbing the ranks, championed by big brands and celebs alike. Channel your inner 80’s fashionista by teaming this trend with an oversized blazer and chunky boots.


All about the overalls
Calling all 90’s fashion fans – denim dungarees are back (did they ever really leave?) and 2020’s take on the trend sees these casual silhouettes get an oversized makeover, making them perfect for lounging around at home. Layer over tees, turtlenecks or tank tops – whatever the weather, dungarees have you covered.


Wide-leg moment
Move aside skinny jeans, it’s time for the wide-leg style to return to the spotlight. From the subtle boot-cut to the full-on flare, high-rise wide-leg jeans in all kinds of shades are getting the tick of approval from celebs like Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. Pair them with chic heels, sneakers or your trusty pair of ankle boots.


 

Sheer Genius


Cool weather woes got you craving a minimal, no-fuss beauty regime? Well we’ve got you covered – both figuratively and literally! Because innovative new products mean you can get the coverage without layering up the foundation. We check out some top tips to get sheer coverage before winter really lays in.

 

 

Power of the prep
Yes we know, you’re going for an au-naturale looking finish here, but prep is still critical. For a boost of radiance, hunt out a primer designed to give your skin the glow-factor. However, if you tend to err on the side of oily, stick with a mattifying product.

Ready, set!
Even though it’s light cover we’re after, you still want it to last as long as possible, right? So finish off your makeup with a few squirts of setting spray, which will help prevent your makeup from slipping right back off.

Sheer delight
When it comes to application of sheer or light coverage products, you need to apply this in a thin, even layer over your entire complexion and down your neck. A damp beauty blender (or makeup sponge) will help to create a natural finish.
The added bonus of sheer foundations is that the product won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, so it is great for mature skin, providing just enough coverage to give you a beautiful, even skin tone. You glow girl!


 

Social vs. Structured


When it comes to the big day, or any big ‘do’ in that case, do you plan a grazing table or a sit down meal? We check out the pros and cons of each.

 

Grazing tables

Grazing tables are undoubtedly eye-catching edible works-of-art. Here are a few tips to consider to prevent a potential disaster.

  1. The first question is, can you really cater to an entire all-day wedding with just a grazing table? The answer is yes, but you must do so with a lot of planning and preparation, if not with the help of a professional team. You’ll want to consider how much food you will need based on the number of guests invited.
  2. How is the table going to look after a hundred or so people have started picking at it? It’s not only important to ensure the table will be replenished as the day goes on, but also that the food continues to be styled so that it still looks appetising. If your catering team is just going to set up the platter, someone needs to be made responsible for maintaining it.
  3. Dietary preferences and requirements: are you catering to vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, or even pregnant women? If so, how will the foods be separated to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, and how will you inform your guests of gluten-free, dairy-free or nut-free options?
  4. It’s likely your guests won’t be the only ones gathering to graze; how will you prevent flies, ants and other creepy-crawlies from snacking on the feast?
  5. Offering plates, cutlery and napkins, as well as suitable seating nearby, is a must for grazing tables to ensure they’re not over-crowded and you don’t leave your guests with sticky fingers.

 

 

Sit-down meals

Thinking of going down the traditional route of a plated three-course dinner? Here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Begin by choosing your preferred options for each course. Your caterer will then be able to give you a cost per person for your menu, so you can easily see how much of your wedding budget you’ll need to set aside according to your guest numbers. Because portion sizes have been allocated for each guest, this option also means minimal wastage!
  2. In today’s world of increasing dietary restrictions, you’ll need to offer options. It’s recommended that you find out your guests’ food requirements early on, so you can organize a menu that caters to them, too.
  3. A traditional three-course sit-down meal requires a team of caterers, meaning it’s typically the more expensive choice. However, you can save a lot on the quantity of food required (compared to a buffet-style), so you may be able to afford much better quality.
  4. Allow time. Each guest will have to be individually served, and the clean-up and turnaround for each course might have implications on the time you have allocated for speeches and dancing.