5 Fashion Tips To Stay Up-To-Date in Fall 2017

Fashion tips for 2017

We’re over halfway through the year now, but fashion is moving forward like it always does! If you want to stay up-to-date for the rest of 2017 (and possibly into 2018), here are five tips you need to know.

As you know, I’m all about functional fashion. There’s no point wearing something if it’s so uncomfortable that you don’t enjoy you night, so I try to stick to tips that I personally enjoy wearing.

For that reason, none of the tips involve crazy heels or other such nonsense!

1. Metallics are IN

If, like me, you thought that metallics are a one-off item (probably for New Year’s Eve), you might have to rethink! Shine metallics are definitely on the upwards trend as we move towards the second part of 2017, and they match great with similar accessories.

One thing I really like about this trend is that metallics look great during both night and day.

2. The “Slip-On” Year Continues

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve enjoyed this year’s trend of slip on shoes.

The good news is that this doesn’t seem to changing. Backless loafers, in particular, seem to be making a strong finish to the year. The great thing about this type of shoe is that they can look classy while still being comfortable.

3. Break Out the Floral Designs

Floral designs are definitely in right now – which is great for me because I love them!

Don’t go for just any floral dresses though. Look for darker prints, as they still provide a feminine appeal whilst being a little more moody than classic floral designs.

On a side note, H&M have some fantastic floral dresses that match this criteria. So check them out if you like the sound of this tip!

4. Bombers Are Back!?!

Bombers are one of those clothing types that never seem to go away. I’m not complaining though – I love me a bomber jacket!

It seems like there’s a trend towards floral or intricate bombers rather than plain ones though. If you’re wearing them during the day, this type of jacket goes well with denim.

5. (My Personal Favorite) Pinafore Dresses

Pinafore dresses aren’t just for school anymore. Denim and darker colour pinafore dresses are right in fashion at the moment.

There are plenty of places you can get these dresses, but my top recommendation at the moment is Zara. They aren’t the cheapest, but they look amazing.

How Stylish Coffee Machines Show Fashion Isn’t Just About Clothing

In the fashion world, it’s easy to focus so much on clothing that we forget every item in the home has its own style. A great example of this is coffee machines. I’ve been searching for a coffee machine for a few weeks now (I had no idea there were so many different types), and it’s quite clear that coffee makers have their own style and trends.

The Varying Styles of Coffee Machines

Jura Coffee MachineTake the JURA range of coffee machines. These are known as bean-to-cup coffee machines because they produce coffee straight from beans. I expected these machine to be quite big and bulky, but they actually look great. Many have angled designs which I really like – and the black colour scheme is perfect for my kitchen.

Other models have different styles. Delonghi coffee machines, for example, are more modern and sleek. I don’t like the appearance of these as much, but it’s interesting how Delonghi have gone in a completely different direction to Jura.

It’s not just the machines themselves that have style though. There is a whole community based around crema art – which I find fascinating! The picture at the top of this post is a great example of some simple art, but it can get really complex. It’s great for getting inspiration.

A Gentle Reminder

Searching for a coffee machine is also a good analogy to explaining fashion and style to friends who don’t know much about it. We’re all so caught up in fashion and spend most of our working time talking to other people who also love fashion. This can lead to a weird “bubble” where we assume everyone has a high level of knowledge when it comes to the latest fashions and styles.

This obviously isn’t the case. I was very confused when I was learning about grind coarseness, tamp, how to make a cappuccino and why bean-to-cup coffee machines were different to filter machines. Even though I’ve just bought myself a Delonghi machine and loving the coffee, I’m still not sure about all the different features and settings. To an experienced barista this would all be obvious, but to me it was like a whole new world. It’s a reminder that everyone, including yourself, is a beginner at some point in almost every field – which is a humbling thought.


This has been a bit of a rambling post. But what I really wanted to get across is that style and fashion ideas can be found anywhere. Even from coffee machines!

P.s. If you’re looking for a coffee machine I highly recommend the Delonghi Eletta. It makes amazing coffee that wouldn’t be out of place in a coffee shop. It’s also simple to use – even for a beginner like me!



Fashion Alert! How Hard Water Harms Your Clothing (And Your Style)

Hard Water can Affect Your Hair

If you’re living in the UK, there’s a reasonable chance you’re in an area of hard water. This post is about how hard water can affect how you look – without you even realising it. It may even be damaging your latest fashionable clothing! The horror!

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is when minerals such as salt, calcium and magnesium build up in water (due to the rain passing through soil and rocks) which can then cause all sorts of havoc in your home. The video below explains it better than I can – but it’s safe to say that hard water isn’t great for your home or health.

How Does Hard Water Affect How You Look

It’s natural that minerals exist in water – the problem is when there is too much magnesium and calcium. As water is heated, these minerals latch onto surfaces, which is why we get limescale.

This doesn’t just make your house look bad though. It can also mean that your hair won’t look as great, as hair washed in hard water tends to look dull and lifeless. If you’ve spent hours putting together your perfect wardrobe, there’s no point ruining it with dull hair!

Not only that, but it can also affect how your clothes look after washing. As you know, I’m a huge fashion fan and I love learning more about clothing – especially the latest fashions. This news came as a big shock to me!

Hard water may even affect your skin. Some people think that it can make your skin flaky and dry – although I’m not convinced it makes a huge difference.

What to do About Hard Water?

  • Look for clothing detergents that are made to counteract the effects of hard water. This will keep your latest clothes looking fresh and new.
  • Buy a kettle with a filter in it for making tea and coffee. If you get the best filter kettle, you’ll be able to brew however many teas you want throughout the day without worrying about taking in lots of hard water. You’ll also have less of a problem with limescale inside the kettle. I always use a kettle with a filter (preferably a Brita filter) and it makes a huge difference to both the taste and the maintenance of the kettle.
  • You can install a water softener for your home, which takes care of all the water outlets. This is expensive and can waste water, but is the best long-term solution.
  • If you have a coffee machine that doesn’t come with a filter (some do), try pouring white vinegar water through it every now and again (although this could affect the taste of the coffee).
  • Use a solution to get rid of calcium build up in pipes on a regular basis.

If you have hard water in your home there’s no real reason to worry – but you need to address the problem if don’t want it to affect your hair and skin. I hope this article helps you!

Welcome to Pandora’s Fun Box

Welcome to my new blog: Pandora’s Fun Box!

This is going to be my personal space for everything related to fashion and clothes. As you’ll know if you’ve read my About page, I’ve always loved fashion and I think here is a good place so showcase what I know. I’m also aiming to help as many people as possible feel better about themselves by improving their fashion sense.

The first “real” post will be coming soon – so make sure you check back!