Make The Most Out Of The Festive Season With These Tips | Clozette

The breeze is getting cooler, the fairy lights are starting to twinkle, deals are all over store signs -- the holidays are here. And along with snuggly sweaters and long shopping lists, the festive season just brings out the joy in each and every one of us for varying reasons. 

So whether or not you have plans for the holidays ahead, make the most out of your year-end moments with these top tips!

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Step up your skincare routine


Our skin significantly changes when the weather starts cooling down. And even if you have your MOTD looks prepared, starting with healthy and plump skin as a base should always be a priority, especially with all the parties and the photos to be taken on this occasion. So make sure you exfoliate, hydrate, and moisturise extra during this season.
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Indulge in moderation


Food and drinks come along any celebration. And with the festive season being a month-long event of extravagant proportions, keeping your intakes in check is a necessity. Struggling with after-holiday weight gain can be troublesome, as we are all well aware, so enjoy taking a bite out of everything, but always keep your health and fitness in mind. 


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Take time to unwind alone


Put on the kettle, grab a good book, light up some scented candles, and put your feet up-- reserve a couple of your holiday breaks for some me-time. The weather allows us to just snuggle up in bed and sip on a cup of tea, so take advantage of the situation to recharge and reward yourself for working hard throughout the year. 


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Catch up with the important people in your life


Throughout the year, our busy lifestyle takes up most of our time. So what better way to celebrate the festive season than taking the time to slow down and hang out with our family, friends, and significant others. With many things to thank for as the year closes, spending time with the most important people in our lives makes the holidays truly worthwhile.

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How are you spending the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!
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Form and function. Two once mutually exclusive worlds are now becoming increasingly blurred -- thanks to brands that are constantly striving to redefine sartorial rules. But when it comes to leading an active lifestyle, we get it: it’s not easy trying to strike a balance between keeping active and maintaining your personal style.


What if we tell you that you can now own a fitness gear that looks exactly like a fashion accessory? Something that you can actually wear straight from the treadmill to the sidewalk, from the swimming pool to that beach party? It’s hard to believe, but with the Fitbit Flex 2, keeping active in style is no longer an issue.

The Fitbit Flex 2 is more than just a fitness tracker. It not only features an all-day activity tracking, SmartTrack, and auto sleep tracking functions, it also sends you call and text notifications to keep you alert. The Flex 2 even doubles up as your fancy workout buddy by sending you reminders to stay active throughout the day.

On the aesthetics front? It boasts the slimmest wristband yet, and is available in three interchangeable accessories: bands, bangles, and pendants (yes, pendants!). To help us prove that point, we talk to two style and fitness trailblazers -- one classy with an edge, the other sporty chic -- about keeping active in style.

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Francesca Tan (@itsfranxcesca)



How do you stay active amidst your busy schedule?

“I walk around a lot because of my work -- in-between my modelling photo shoots and real estate job appointments -- and I always try to squeeze in a workout every now and then. Ideally I’d like to workout five times a week. But because of my current hectic schedule, I squeeze in a workout three times a week. When I commute, wherever possible, I walk instead of say, take a bus, to stay active throughout the day.”

Share your best tip on balancing style and fitness.

“It’s all down to the right pieces and the right fabric materials. You’d want something that is breathable but still look good. Simply dress according to your style and mood, and where you’re going that day.”

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What do you like about the Fitbit Flex 2?

“I am definitely not a girly or sweet kind of girl. I like feminine pieces that are classy with a bit of edge to them. The Fitbit Flex 2 is very classy, especially the metallic ones! It doesn’t look like a fitness accessory at all. I would actually wear this everyday.

It also helps with staying active and I especially like the all-day activity tracking function that tracks my steps, distance and more. The reminders to move makes me feel so good. I’m like: “Yes! I walked 10,000 steps today!”


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Cheryl Tay (@cheryltaysg)



Describe your personal style. What is your signature look and what makes the finishing touch?

“I’d say sporty chic. My lifestyle is all about fitness and keeping fit, so there’s always a touch of sportiness in whatever I wear, like a pair of sneakers. I feel that the finishing touch has to come from within. It’s about the confidence that you carry with your look.”

What is your take on staying active while staying fashionable?

“Somehow I feel that making an effort to look good will make you feel more confident. If you put on a nicely fitted tank top and you go outside and run, you’ll feel like, “Woah! I feel good.” There is a significant element of fashion when it comes to fitness.

But of course, it’s comfort first and foremost. It has to be something that we feel comfortable in. But shopping for sportswear for me is just like shopping for any other clothes. You want to look good and feel confident in it. Looking good and feeling confident makes you happier, and somehow it leads to an easier workout.”


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What do you like about the Fitbit Flex 2?

“It’s light, it’s convenient, and most importantly it fits right into your lifestyle without clashing with your fashion sense. The Flex 2 is designed to suit our lifestyle. In the past when I wore the older sports watches, I used to take them off when I want to go out because it didn’t match [my outfits]. They looked too sporty and when you pair them with a dress, they looked so “off”.

For Flex 2, you can wear it with your dresses -- no problems at all. I think what Fitbit has done is to make it become a fitness and fashion combined accessory, so you can wear it at all times. If you don’t tell people that it’s a fitness tracker, they might not even know!”

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Find out more about Fitbit Flex 2 here!

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Fashion models have always been tall. And because they’re used as guides by every designer and clothing brand, all clothes are made with tall women in mind. The problem with that is most women aren’t 5’8 and above – they normally stand between 5’4 and below.

If you're one of the many petite women out there who's having trouble creating ensembles that won't cut off her height, don't worry because we've got you covered. 

While there’s nothing wrong with being short, if you want to change that perception when you go out into the world, then keep reading below for our favourite petite styling tips that will help elongate your body and make you look like a “glamazon”.

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Opt for skinny belts to define your figure


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Skinny belts not only look sophisticated and elegant, they’re petite-friendly as well. They help to accentuate your figure without drowning your top, which is something that every petite gal should avoid.

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Balance is key


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Pay attention to your top and bottom’s silhouette. If you’re going for a high-low skirt, pair it with a tucked in, fitted blouse. That way, it will elongate your gams, and balance out the structure of the skirt without sacrificing your beautiful shape.


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Wear one colour from head to toe


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Love the monochromatic look? Aside from being trendy, you now have one more reason to keep wearing one colour from head to toe as it creates a single, uninterrupted line to make you look taller than you really are.


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Go for pointed shoes


(photo from JodyYtLiu)

Surprisingly, rounded heels are not meant for petite ladies. Because of their appearance, they tend to have a shortening effect on petite gals. Instead, opt for pointed heels as they elongate your frame while pairing well with any look you have.


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Mini skirts are your best friend


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Anything ‘mini’ will always be your best friend. So whether you want to go for a wrap skirt, an A-line silhouette, or the classic pencil skirt, as long as it hits above the knee, you won’t have to worry about it cutting off your height.

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Got any more styling tips for petite women? Share them with us below!

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