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FASHION: Back to Basics with Black and White

While many out there are donning vivid reds and pinks, I opted to go back to the basics for my Valentine’s date. Black and white is a timeless colour combination that can be worn anytime of the year.

Viscose Shirt, Vero Moda at Costa Blanca // Polyester Beaded Waistband Skirt, Costa Blanca // Leather Bootie, Nine West // Filigree Collar Necklace, Forever 21

Many believe that stripes aren’t flattering, but it really depends on the stripe thickness, colour combination and shape of the garment. Horizontal stripes do tend to exaggerate width, so you may want to avoid them in the mid-section (torso and hip area), unless you want to create curves. I opted for a crop top, which flatters the bust and draws attention upwards. The striped top was paired with a black maxi skirt with a beaded waistband, which draws attention to the narrowest point of the torso and the solid colour creates balance and add height. The look was completed with a pair of black leather booties and a filigree collar necklace.

With the right fabric and proportions, you can mix, match and experiment. Forget the “horizontal stripe” faux pas and add dimension with stripes to your wardrobe.

– Chenessa Lam

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FASHION: Sweet and Spicy Outfits Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – 12 days and counting to be exact – and this year, the big day lands on a Friday. Whether you’re planning a low key evening with the girls or going on a hot date, these two looks are sure to inspire your heart and style.

From left to right: Collar Pearl Necklace, $278, Kate Spade. Acrylic Ladder Stitch Sweater, $60, Topshop at The Bay. Leather Cut-Out Ankle Boot, $155, Jeffrey Campbell at Urban Outfitters. Nu Prima Clutch, $89, Nella Bella. Cotton and Elastane Printed Trousers, $50, Zara. Jersey Panelled Dress, $138, French Connection. Crystal Necklace, $280, Swarovski. Leather Clutch with Shoulder Strap, $69, Danier. Crystal Hematite Ring, $190, Swarovski. Leather Ankle-Strap Pump, $100, Aldo.

If you prefer something low-key you can opt for our “sweet” look, pairing printed trousers with a great knit and adding a few statement accessories – we instantly fell in love with the pearl collar necklace and metallic clutch. For those who want something sexier, we found the perfect LBD (little black dress) complete with sheer panel detailing for our “spicy” look. Instead of wearing this with bright red accessories, we decided to keep it relatively understated with oxblood accessories and the perfect amount of bling!

After a grey and frigid January, why not heat up February and add some oomph to your outfit. Tell us, what are your plans and what are you wearing come February 14th? Tweet and Instagram us (#Style Empire), we’d love to hear from you! (And if you haven’t entered our Valentine’s themed giveaways yet, you definitely should!)

Sending love, cupid and lots of cinnamon hearts your way!

– Chenessa Lam

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