Friday, 29 April 2011 not only the Royal couple today, but also to the lucky reader of Fashions Beauty for winning my giveaway! The winner is...

Bexiest Bex from My Addiction

Well done, I'll be in contact by email very soon to get your details!

Thank you to everyone who entered. If you have left your email address you'll receive your discount code in the next few days. So keep checking your inbox.

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Love this trend: The Maxi Dress

Saturday, 23 April 2011
I've become slightly obsessed with the maxi dress this season. I remember seeing these dresses floating around (not literally, freaky if it was) a few years ago, and at the time I didn't think it was a good idea for me to be seen in one of those. Purely because I don't have Gisele's legs!
Fast forward to 2009 I gave in, I bought my first maxi dress. Although, even then I'd only wore it once. But now things have changed, one of my new years resolution (yes, I'm still trying to stick to that) was to wear more clothes from my wardrobe. I probably make use of about only 7% of my wardrobe...not good.

So, what's not to love about this trend? Feminine, romantic and comfy. Plus, you don't have to worry about tanning your legs. Now that's very important (for me)!
I just bought another one from H&M, so I'm converted. What is your take on the maxi dress?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a pair of designer sunglasses, the perfect summer shades.

Above: Gisele B√ľndchen for H&M S/S 2011
My new purchase above: H&M Maxi dress
Above: H&M
Above: ASOS Maxi

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GIVEAWAY extended until Royal Wedding

Thursday, 21 April 2011
The designer giveaway on Fashions Beauty will be extended to coincide with the Royal Wedding. Since the wedding is next Friday, instead of picking a winner this Friday 22nd, a winner will be picked on Friday 29th. An extra week for entries to be made! Don't forget, even if you don't win, you'll automatically receive a 15% discount to use on any sunglasses of your choice through Mister Spex. Spread the word, get all your friends and family in on the giveaway!
Just three simple steps:
  1. Follow Fashions Beauty blog through Google friend connect OR Bloglovin'
  2. Follow me on twitter
  3. Tweet the following: Designer giveaway @Cindysywong enter for your chance to win Ray-Ban sunglasses 
  4. After you've done all of the above, leave a comment with your email address for your discount code!
Remember to add @Cindysywong when tweeting or I won't see it!

Good luck fashionable readers! xoxo


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Friday, 15 April 2011
The first giveaway on fashionsbeauty is here, and boy it's a good one I'm telling you!
Sponsored by Mister Spex, a company selling tons of designer brand sunglasses. I present you with the gorgeous...Ray-Ban New Wayfarer sunglasses, seen on tons of style icons such as Lauren Conrad, Olivia Palermo and loads more.
One lucky winner will receive this pair just in time for summer. This Ray-Ban sunglasses suits most face shapes, so all you need to think about is the rest of your outfit. Also, the new Wayfarer uses thermally toughened mineral glass, which in plain English means...real protection from the sun! How could you possibly not want one!?
Now, how do you get a chance of winning? Simple, follow the following:
                    (Giveaway open to UK residents only, sorry)!

  1. Follow Fashions Beauty either through Google friend connect OR Bloglovin'.
  2. Follow me on twitter.
  3. Tweet the following: Designer giveaway @Cindysywong enter for your chance to win Ray-Ban sunglasses
  4. Leave a comment with your email address, telling me you've done it.
  5. For an extra entry, spread the word on Facebook; enter the same details as number three above on your status!
  • - The closing date is Friday 22nd 29th April. A winner will be picked at random from all the qualified entries.
  • - In addition, just for taking part; everyone who enters will receive a special discount code to use on any sunglasses of your choice at Mister Spex, so don't forget to leave your email address!
Didn't I say it was a good one. Looking at it now, I really want one myself!
Apologies to my readers outside of the UK, hopefully I'll be doing a international giveaway soon.

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EXCLUSIVE Interview : 'Just Anna Shoes' designer Anna Chan

Wednesday, 13 April 2011
From a stockbroker to a luxury shoe designer. Anna Chan swapped her high-flying city career to chase after her dream.

Browsing through her collections, you'll see fun and colour - a statement of hers - all the while not losing the traditional concept of shoes. Anna said: "I love bright colours, in the summer you can't miss me as I'm dressed like a rainbow"! I initially thought each pair were named after a celebrity. You have Sienna, Angelina, Audrey etc...but Anna told me she named each pair after her friends and family.
As a relatively new but evolving brand, she will eventually run out of names. Anna says: "I'm thinking as we go forward either I have to make more friends, or buy one of those baby names book". 
The Stockport-based designer did a PR shoot for Metro newspaper earlier in the week, a national newspaper with around three million readers across the UK. One of her favourite shot (below) is of her 'being really cheesy and silly' as she said.
You can see the article by visiting 'Just Anna' blog.
Anna took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions...

Cindy: When did you start to have an interest in shoe designing?
Anna: I have always been interested in shoes. From a very young age I would do sketches but mainly of dresses, then that evolved to drawing shoes and I found I was better with shoes, it was just more fluid. I would keep drawing shoe after shoe.

C: What has been your career highlight so far?
A: I think it was when I was driving in the Brazilian countryside to meet my supplier. I was very excited and I had a huge sense of fulfilment. I thought to myself; I'm the luckiest girl, I had Jason Mraz "I'm yours" on the stereo, I had the sun beaming down on me and thought, how great is this. I'm chasing after my dream and no one can take that away from me.

C: What gives you inspiration?
A: When I see beautiful women wearing high heels and they are having a good time, dancing and smiling. I look and think; I would like to recreate that feeling for someone else. Beauty is a subjective thing and even if you are not conventionally beautiful, I don't think it matters as long as you carry a smile. I think when you smile you look a thousand times more beautiful, so my inspiration comes from that. I want to create something that evokes a smile in a person.

C: How would you describe the 'Just Anna' women?
A: Fun, daring and most importantly intelligent. Shoes are important as they are a way for you to express yourself, but I would also like to think that my customers' aren't totally consumed by materialism. Brands and products are just a way to help them along the way to become self fulfilled, whether it's to clinch that all important job or to bag that gorgeous husband. But not the sole reason to make you happy, I would like to think my customers' think the same way about material objects.

C: Who would you most like to see wearing your shoes?
A: I have to say Lauren Conrad or Kristin Cavallari. I like both of their style, very laid back in the fashion sense but they like to dress up and both like their colours. Lauren was great in 'The Hills' and although people say Kristin was bit of a bitch, I think she was just being true to herself and said what she felt. Which I think is the way to be.

C: What's next for your brand?
A: We are going out to China later on this year, and to Miami thereafter too. We hope to be able to stock our shoes in certain selected boutiques, because personally I wouldn't like this to be a 'masses' brand. More so I would prefer it to be just available to a few selected stores, that are in the know and enjoy their fashion. I personally do not mind when I see someone else wearing the same thing as me, as I just think they have great taste too, but I know my friends think differently. So I wouldn't want my customers' to be in the same pair of shoes as someone else at the same place.

Many thanks again to Anna for her are a few designs from her latest Capsule collection, visit Just Anna online store now.

Caitlin shoe
Hayley shoe
Lucinda shoe
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Trend alert: Wedges Mania

Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Somewhere in my house, possibly in that spider-invested garden shed, lies a pair of denim cork wedges. The pair that I loved so much in my early to mid-teens, I wore them with everything.
Now that the trend has come back, shall I try and find it and wear it √† la Dolce and Gabbana? Or, shall I buy a new one? 

Above: Dolce and Gabbana
Above: Christian Louboutin
A girl can never have too many shoes, so why not invest in another pair (or two)! Instyle has some great ones, from designer to high-street, check out their wedges feature.
Now, maybe I should consider some of these...ummm...
Rocking two trends at once; wedge and leopard print.
All three above: via ASOS
Above: H&M
If you want to elongate your legs (who doesn't) go for styles without a straight ankle strap.
Above: Topshop
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