Rounding out our month of fashion here at bbHQ, we've decied to compile a list of our favorite fashion and beauty looks from around the world for your perusal! It's a small world afterall, so why not try to fit it all into your wardrobe? Read on for our top 8 picks from around the globe for some international sartorial and beauty inspiration!
The French have long been appraised for their fashionable tastes, dating back to Marie Antoinette - so opulant and ornate! These days, Parisian girls are j'adored the world over for their minimalist style. Think breton stripes, slim leg pants and patent pumps in neutral tones. Our french inspired fantasies pertain to our feet and are based around one brand, and one brand only: Christian Louboutin! Your wallet may not love these pretty nude pumps as much as your fashion crazed heart, but surely an investment piece is worth all that cash? (We'll keep telling ourselves that anyway!)
Christian Louboutin Pumps
If you are going to spend that much on a pair of shoes then you definitely want to make sure your feet can handle them! We highly recommend Hollywood Feet Secret Gel Cushions to keep the balls of your feet comfy while you are parading your new shoes all over town!
2. NEW YORK
Oh New York - how can one city be so cool? It just doesn't seem possible! Not only the hub of American fashion, but embodying the latest international trends, New York is one stylish city. Our top pick for every New Yorker at heart? The Little Black Dress. Wear it sleek with a statement necklace, stockings and pumps for an Uptown look or add a sweet pair of flats, a soft cotton scarf and aviators for Downtown chic.
LBD from Asos.com
Every woman need the perfect lipstick just as much as a great LBD. We love the range of Saviore Faire lipsticks here at bbHQ - try Saviore Faire's Risque for a real apple red shade that is just the right touch to compliment your Big Apple style.
Not to be outshone, South African style is on the up, with South African Fashion week, in Johannesburg earlier last month, showcasing some stunning looks and representing the growth of African fashion. One of the top trends at the fall shows was colourful prints. A great way to incorporate a pop of colour into your wardrobe is with a bright scarf - also the perfect accessory for the upcoming Australian winter! Layer over a baggy t-shirt or knit for casual cool.
Madewell scarf from Shopbop.com
For a beauty note you can also wear on your neck, why not try pureDKNY a drop of Verbena? The stunning smell is enhanced with a touch of Verbana basil, cultivated in Togo, Africa. The scent is produced in partership with CARE, a leading humanitarian organisation, to benefit local farmers in Togo (many of whom are women) who grow and Verbena basil to stay financially independent. A feel-good fragrance that also smells divine - beauty win!
Wouldn't it be nice to find yourself strolling through the small streets of Capri in Italy right at this very moment? (Sigh!) The international elite love Capri for its relatively small size and serenity, despite the tourists! But Capri is also loved for its mash-up of European designer style, mixed with an air of holiday relaxation- all the while maintaining its luxe and expensive feel. For a designer look with a European feel, try a floaty, summer kaftan dress that works from the beach to the bar. This DVF dress is absolute perfection.
DVF swim dress from dvf.com
To match the sweet coral colour of this dress, try a lovely coral blush on the apples of your cheeks (very summer holiday!) Our pick? The MeMeMe Blush Me! Blush Box, which looks great over a faux tan.
Moscow style conjures images of rock heavy fashion with a luxurious edge - skinny jeans and fitted leather pants paired with furry jackets, vests and hats. This luxe look is also a perfect pick for our winter- the time to rug up is definitely here! Look for a fashionable vest that is perfect for layering. We love Country Road's latest faux fur version, which is made of a thick woolen knit at the back - extra toasty!
Country Road vest from countryroad.com.au
To match the rocker vibe of your outfit, paint nails with a slick of moody metallic for maximum effect. Our favorites are Ulta3's 'metallic crush' range for the autumn/winter season. In shades of burnt orange, red, green, copper and gold, your nails will compliment your rocker fashion vibe!
6. HONG KONG
Hong Kong style is fast-paced, trend-based and fashion forward. Want the latest style of the 'it' bag? Covetting the coolest sunglasses? Looking for the perfect printed tee? Look no further than the thousands of fashions stores Hong Kong houses. Youthful and fun, this is the perfect city to try a new trend you don't have to committ to with serious dollars. As Hong Kong is the place to pick up accessories, we would have to go with a cute one for our hair, like these braided headbands one below. So easy to use - just slide onto your head or add on top of a pony tail for an instant 'do.
Find similar styles on etsy.com
To ace your base, why not also try a product that has been phenomenally popular in Asia for years, but has only just started receiveing hype here in Australia- the bb cream! We really can't get enough of Erborian's BB Creme au Ginseng here in the bellabox office; nearly all of us own a tube of this wonder cream! Lightly tinted for just the right amount of soft coverage, this bb cream is lovely for daily wear (I even have mine on now!)
Kate Moss. Alexa Chung. Cara Delivigne. Need we say more? London has an infinite amount of street style - and a long list of 'it girls' to match! Trend-based rocker chic also reigns supreme here, where High Street stores bring the latests looks from the runway to the people (Oh, Topshop, how we love thee!) Whilst this kind of high-turnover fashion is everywhere in London town, the classic British designers are still lusted after, the world over. One of our favourites is Burberry with their classic and 'forever' trench coats. An investment piece that you could share with your Mum (and even your Nan!) it really is just that timeless.
Burberry Brit trench from net-a-porter.com
Why not give a nod to the motherland with in your beauty cupboard as well with a great skin care product, like the beautifully scented Miller Harris Body Lotion in Citron Citron? Easily absorbed into the skin, this lotion soothes and nourishes the skin, leaving a light fragrance lingering behind. Londoners know that the harsh, cold weather leaves skin in a 'poorly' state unless you take the steps to look after it properly! So make sure to keep your skin scale-free this winter with an amazing lotion like this one.
Okay, okay! We know Australia is a country and not a city - but how could we pick just one place that exemplifies Australian style? We love that Aussies are seen as laid back and casual, but here at bb we also think Australian girls aren't afraid to take risks with their fashion choices either, leaving us open to trying new and daring looks! We also have a huge amount of upcoming and already world-famous designers that represent Australian style with aplomb, as the current shows at MBFW have shown. Our top picks are Zimmerman, Camilla and Marc, Ginger and Smart, Camilla and Sass and Bide. If we had to pick the perfect piece for any Aussie girl's wardrobe? A pair of wear-everywhere jeans in a slim fit and dark wash. We love this Sass and Bide pair below!
Sass and Bide 'Neon Nights' denim from sassand bide.com
One of our favorite Australian beauty gurus is without a doubt Mr. Napoleon Perdis and we can't go past most of his amazing makeup products and tools. This is one man who actually knows what women want: sublime makeup! One of our top picks from the huge range is the Napoleon Perdis Creme de la Creme Eyeshadow in Quicksilver - a creamy eyeshadow with a soft metallic finish that can be worn on its own for everyday, or layered and blended with deeper and darker colours for a more dramatic look.
And there you have it bellas! Now we only wish we had a around the world ticket booked so that we could actually be in each city above whislt we rocked these looks! Which destination are you dying to go to the most? And what product do you wish you could try out right now? Let us know! - Lauren