Coco Chanel once famously said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Now, who could argue with an icon like her? I definitely feel that every girl should have an ensemble that feels like a perfect marriage between class and fab. Yes, I would love to have a Chanel trousseau in my wardrobe but times are tough. And tough times call for smart measures.

To emulate the Chanel mantra, I’ve combined a black lace pussy-bow blouse with a dip hem skirt to re-create my own classy and fab look right from the British high-street.

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There is something so subtly romantic about the pussy-bow blouse, it is timeless yet feminine whilst a dip-hem skirt lends an ethereal charm yet is modern and trendy. A waist-cincher is a must-have to accentuate those curves.

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Lace insert blouse: Next, Dip-hem skirt: Topshop, Belt: Jane Norman, Clutch: Gifted, Kitten heels: Dune

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Earrings: Topshop, Coral Lippy: Maybelline, Green Kohl: L’Oreal

What makes an outfit classy and fabulous for you? And how do you give a classic twist to a trend. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Fashion has such a lovely habit of repeating itself. One of the top trends for Spring/Summer 2013 is neon. But did you know that Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli  first popularised “shocking pink” fashions in 1937? The 1980s saw a revival of neon colours when it was used in everything from skirts to jackets and now in 2013 it seems neon is here to stay.

A bright pop of colour that can elevate any look and really make you stand out of the crowd. I don’t even remember if it really left the fashion fabric but the present take on it is to keep it feminine, sophisticated and balanced.

As a person who loves colours, I couldn’t be happier but I would definitely stay away from really bright bordering on garish neon and go for slightly-washed look. Here’s how:

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As balancing is the key here, I have balanced this neon pink skirt with a well-fitting striped T-shirt (combing the two key trends of this season neon+stripes).

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A balloon skirt might not be the most-flattering silhouette for a curvy, hour-glassed girls like me but what to do if you are an impulsive shopper? I’ve thrown a dark blazer to balance out the proportions. Bunching the sleeves of the blazer like this gives it an added edge don’t you think?

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Striped t-shirt: Gap, Skirt: Thrift store, Suede Bag: Next, Blazer: Next, Ankle Boots: Watch: Swatch, Tights: Marks and Spencer,

Accessories: Gifted

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And here’s some trivia about Neon. The term was first coined in 1898 and pop-culture guru Andy Warhol used a silk screen pink neon cow design in 1966.

Now, would you be joining the Neon Bandwagon and how would you make this trend your own? Do share your thoughts.

P.S. Please do share your thoughts so I know I am not talking to a void 😉

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I love an ensemble that can take me from work to play with one snap of a finger. Work outfits should be part conservative and part fun. I opt for clean-cut silhouette, with crisp details and no-nonsense cuts. A dark blazer is another staple that can give you confidence in every step.

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Dress: Yumi, Navy Blazer: Next, Bag: Next, Pumps: Clarks, Tights: Marks and Spencer

A large tote that can carry my world, some sensible yet stylish pumps and minimal jewelery is my way to feel like a corporate chic. The bow detail in this mono-chrome dress gives it an element of playfulness.

Want to go out for a dinner with the man, movie with friends or have some pints with your colleagues? Simple, remove the jacket and you’ve a sleeveless, casual and fun dress that will take you through night  stylishly.

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Dragonfly pendant: Gift from the boy, Bracelet: Superdrug, Watch: Titan

A well-fitting blazer is the easiest way to make sleeveless work appropriate. What do you look for work outfits? And how do you take a look from work to your playground? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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Me to my hair: Dear hair, please behave yourself.

My hair: Bah. I’ve a mind of my mind own, deal with it!

This is almost a daily ritual when I am getting ready. I can easily write a tome about so many occasions I’ve been late only because I was trying in vain to tame my perpetually rebellious curly/wavy hair. But, now I’ve found a great cheat-sheet to deviate the attention from my hair to some where else–my eyes lined with a nice shade of purple.

I am not sure where the fashion mags stand on this colour but for me it is a favourite colour to ring in the spring and summer season. It is fun, hypnotic with a bit of glamour thrown in. Purple liners can instantly add more oomph to any look and even be a conversation starter. What’s more? It perfectly embodies the free-spirit of spring and summer. Now, lets get going.

You can start with either applying a good primer or going naked. Next, apply a subtle eye-shadow like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Taupe. The warm tone gives a shimmery effect. I am using the Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof eye liner in Lilac.

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Measuring from the outer corner of your lower lid, make a “V” which extends to top of the eye lid. Extend this line till the inner corner. Fill the colour slowly between the lines.

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Complete the look by lining the lower lid with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Kohl Liner Deep Purple. Finish with a good swipe of mascara like Maybelline’s Colossal mascara.

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Et Voila, You are now ready to rock the town.

Do you have any such beauty cheats? And how do you like to play with colour purple? I would love to hear your thoughts.