The Wardrobe Detox – Do You need one and what’s the payoff; Bahar Etminan guest post

Forget a health detox: what every girl needs is a wardrobe cleanse. How do I know this? I did a detox with help of image and fashion consultant – Colette Werden – aka the closet-master-.

Whilst it was a scary experience it was also one of the most cathartic I have ever had. I only wore 20 per cent of my old wardrobe – when I got rid of the old, I freed myself up to see new possibilities. I bought myself extra time every morning and started to get creative with key pieces.

If you’re the type to cling on to clothes you rarely wear, that no longer even fit you, a detox will be a journey filled with revelation and revolution.

Colette Werden taught me that there are five signs you need a closet clean now:

1. It’s crowded with clothes that are slipping off hangers, overlapped, and disorganised.

2. You’ve forgotten what you have in there.

3. You change outfits a few times trying to figure out what to wear, or just settle for outfits that will ‘pass’ because you’ve worn them before.

4. You detest most items in your wardrobe, yet when you go to throw something away, you think you ‘might need it one day’.

5. You make impulsive, emotional purchases rather than smart investments.

Colette also taught me the ten payoffs of detoxing your wardrobe:

1. Your wardrobe will look like your very own in-house boutique – organised and co-ordinated, no matter what size it is.

2. You’ll save time and energy getting dressed every single day, without ever giving up confidence or comfort.

3. Every single garment in there will earn its rent.

4. You’ll know what you own and how to wear it.

5. Your eyes will be opened to more outfit combinations than you ever thought possible.

6. You’ll be crystal clear on any gaps that need filling and, in turn, will shop with strategy and make clever purchases.

7. Your wardrobe will be versatile and support your lifestyle; you will have outfits for any occasion, at any time.

8. You will be able to close your eyes and pull anything out of there with the confidence that it looks and feels great on you now.

9. You will open up your wardrobe feeling inspired and excited about dressing every day.

10. You will walk out of the house with the confidence that you’re representing yourself in the best way possible. You’ll feel like you’re in control, your energy is focused on those around you and you can tackle anything that comes your way.

Hair care for every season

You hair doesn’t have the same needs all year round. These are our favorite hair care products for every season.Summer: Marc Anthony Oil Of Morocco Dry Styling Oil. Argan oil smooths and nourishes hair after those long hot beach days. The lightweight, fast absorbing formula takes you from fun in the sun to a night out for cocktails in a flashAutumn: The heat of summer can cause damage and breakage to hair that last into Autumn. Reverse the harsh effects with Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner 2 in 1 to clean and smooth hair with soap free cleansers and super fruits for optimal manageability while the Smoothing Cream provides extra smoothing after using the cleansing conditioner. Apply to damp hair and leave in.Spring: Spring can get pretty windy. De-tangle on the go using the super cute Lady Jayne Essentials purse size pad brush with nylon pins and ball tipped bristles.Winter: Oblpikha is a siberian berry that has been used by locals for centuries to strengthen hair and if it can handle a Siberian winter, we are certain it can take on anything an Aussie winter can throw at it. Oblepikha Siberica Professional Shampoo and Conditioner provides nutrition with a laminating effect to strengthen, repair and make brushing a breeze.

Your guide to flawless skin

Growing up I always thought the secret to smooth flawless skin was exfoliating down to the bone. Boy was I wrong! These are your must have products to smooth, hydrate and cover up problem skin.

Weleda Iris Moisture Balancing Hydrating Day Cream regulates the skins moisture balance in the same way an iris stores moisture in it’s roots but, by storing moisture in your face. This day cream is great for very dry skin and is one of our favorite certified natural face care products.Sometimes no amount of moisturizing can ward off dark circles. MUSQ Yellow Corrector counteracts blue tones and is great for covering up bags under eyes.

Racinne Ultimate Defense Illuminating Cream combines grape callus and seaweed extract antioxidants to rejuvenate damaged cells by transporting moisture to the skins deepest layers. The luxurious cream activates natural regeneration of collagen for younger looking skin.Dermalogica Sheer Tint is back with a new and improved formula. SPF 20 broad spectrum and natural light-diffusing iron oxides gives skin radiance and a splash of colour while providing sun protection. Hydrolyzed Pearl amino acids, hydrating Hyraluric Acid and walnut seed extract improve skins texture and counteract dehydration.Nutrient rich and milky Jurlique Nutri-Define Essential Conditioning Lotion combines cassia Agustifolia seed and polysaccharide to deliver moisture while Biosome5 prepares skin to receive moisture.

Delisens is the key ingredient in Racinne Delicare Perfection Soothing Cream. Delisense works to hydrate and reduce redness while shea butter, vitamin e, sunflower seed oil replenish skin.

Win a 6 month supply of Pantene

We are giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win half a years worth of Pantene haircare products. Amazing right! To win all you have to do is think of what you would buy with the money you saved on hair products, post a picture of it to the An Australian Wintour Facebook page and use the hashtag PanteneShineStrong. Get bonus entries by posting your photo to Instagram and Twitter using this same hashtag.

Our 3 favorite entries will win a Pantene haircare pack containing Hydrating Curls Shampoo and Conditioner set, Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner set, Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner set, Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner set, Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner set, Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner set, Pantene Ice Shine Rinse-Off Treatment, Intensive Damage Repair Oil, Aqua Light Rinse-Off Treatment, 6 Week Colour Protect Treatment Program, Intense Smoothening Leave-On Creme, Styling Treatment Foam Soft Curls, Styling Treatment Mist Soft Curls, Styling Treatment Creamy Fiber Soft Curls, Styling Treatment Foam Smooth Straight, Styling Treatment Mist Smooth Straight, Styling Treatment Creamy Jelly Smooth Straight.

Watch and learn; Win a custom designed AAW Pandora bangle

From now on Fridays are going to be video day and to celebrate the launch of our brand new Youtube Channel we are teaming up with Pandora to give one lucky reader/watcher the chance to win a custom designed ‘An Australian Wintour’ sterling silver and cubic zirconia Pandora bangleTo go into the running and for epic travel footage, beauty step by steps and fashion how tos every Friday subscribe to our channel and answer the question at the end of manicure

A skincare how to from Nivea & reader giveaway

Skincare can be daunting especially if you are new to it. Nivea has compiled a collection of 9 informational videos to teach you the skin care basics. These easy to follow instructional movies will teach you everything you need to know about a simple everyday skin care regime.

To get you on the road to cleaner skin, An Australian Wintour in conjunction with Nivea, are giving you the chance to win one of two Nivea starter packs. All you have to do is tell us which pack you love and which Nivea Skincare Basics video you found most helpful

Singapore fling; A quick stop in Singapore

Where to stay: Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s most luxurious hotel and has one of the worlds most epic infinity pools jetting out over the city skyline. The building boasts gorgeous rooms and state of the art facilities as well as second to none shopping boutiques and 5 star dining. The building itself is an architectural marvel and the boat balanced on 3 towers has become one of the city’s must see attractions.What to wear: The Tucker V Neck Tunic Dress $381AU from will be perfect to battle the humidity of Singapore and paired with the Heavy Mettle Necklace in Silver US$258.00 from Singaporean jewellery designer Carrie K will make for a fun representation of Singapore’s clash of nature and man made industry.

Where to eat: Singapore has a variety of ‘Hawker Centres’ which are the South East Asian equivalents of food courts. One of the biggest and most popular amongst visitors is the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. With over 100 stalls offering various cuisine you will be spoiled for choice. *Hot tip: pick stalls with long lines for a fast turnover of food and a guarantee of freshness.*

Where to shop: Singapore is famous for its huge malls and their glorious, glorious air conditioning. But if you are a bit over stock standard chain stores and are prepared to brave the muggy streets head to Haji Lane, Singapore’s hipster district. Here you will find all the cool kids and hip fashionable buys while you walk around the super trendy street with all the other trend setters.Not to miss: When I was a teenager I went to Singapore Zoo and an orang-utan undid my halter top and I flashed about 100 people. If I disregard the part where I was sexually harassed by an ape, I had a great time at this zoo. Singapore Zoo has a huge variety of animals, great conservation programs and even special exhibits great for the whole family such as elephant rides and breakfast with wildlife.

Treat Acne from the Pantry

We’ve all rejoiced that puberty is finished and celebrated by inciting a mass lynching of pimple creams. As adults we can’t always rely on ourselves to have acne cream on hand, so what are we meant to do on those days when we wake up with a giant crater in the middle of our forehead? Two options, get excited because you are evolving and are becoming a real live unicorn! Or be an adult and deal with the problem.

There are plenty of things you can find around your house that can quickly reduce the appearance of blemishes. They are already in your house so you will save money and you won’t have to rush to the chemist and fist fight teenagers to beat them to the acne cream.

Potato is my favorite vegetable and why shouldn’t it be? They are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain antibacterial properties that can improve skin problems. Best food ever! Blend a raw potato and apply the paste to your face like a mud mask to clear up acne and black heads.Oh mighty bees! Creators of the hexagon, pollinators of flowers and makers of the honey! Honey seems to be a miracle cure for everything. Honey has proven antibacterial properties that reduce the appearance of acne which is why it’s in so many beauty products. Apply a small dab of honey to the affected area and remove after 15-20minutes.

My mum grew up in the swinging 60′s and hung out with all the cool bands of her time, so of course she knew all the tricks to get rid of unsightly love bites. Tooth paste is a drawing ointment and will draw out the bruising making it clear up faster. Since I’m not as hip or sought after as my mum I decided I would alter her trick to draw out pimples. It works, but only use in desperate times or the whitening agents will damage your skin.Most people with have a simple drawing ointment in the first aid kit for splinter incidences. A small amount of drawing ointment applied to a blemish under a band-aid before bed should see it gone by the next morning.

Roughly grind some oat meal and dampen with water. Use this as a scrub to help draw out the impurities.

Epic Gifts for your Sis

That’s cute and all, but I got a roll of foil as a present once, and regardless how much “thought” went into that, it definitely will not reach my “Top 50 Best Presents of all Time that weren’t Alcoholic or a Puppy” list. I actually have one of these lists and you should to.

So to save all of you the turmoil of giving a bad present this holiday season I have complied a list of gift ideas for your beloved sister girlPerfume is never, EVER, A bad choice. Ever. Even the least girly of girls can appreciate a good Eau de Toilette. Try Paco Rabanne’s range of fragrances.

They are face meltingly delicious And since no good deed should go unpunished, but one for your sister and one for you. Or steal hers. Either way.

A day spa gift voucher for both of you: I like this one because it means you also get to spend some quality time together while someone rubs your back. If that’s not the perfect present then I’m not sure what is. We love The Spa at The Darling. Visit the site here.

Hair Care Vouchers and Tools: Beautiful hair, as we all know, is the most coveted of female possessions. Help your sister girl out with some presents for her mane.

Think luscious treatments and oils, or styling products. One super fun and versatile little number is the Remington Perfect Curls Curler. No more scary rollers, just easy, boho inspired waves. And they look gorgeous!

Home-made Voucher Book: This idea is super personalised and a lifesaver for the cash-strapped. Simply make up a voucher booklet filled with cute little coupons. Think things like “Care wash and Vacumn”, “Breakfast date at your choice of venue” or “Facial and Manicure”. Stuff that you can do for/with your sister, that’ll she’ll enjoy and appreciate.

Perfect Skin at Home: Dermalogica has the most gorgeous boxed gift packs (hello time saving!) this Christmas. What sis doesn’t want clear skin for the silly season. We love the Daily Microfoliant Gift Set $83.50 because its the one thing we always forget to buy!

Ready Set Glow!

So because I am heading off to Hawaii and like many of you, I’m sure, I work inside a cinder block and my skin so seldom experiences the glorious rays of the sun, I am feeling pretty un-tropical. On the plus side my skin will look like a china doll when I’m 900 years old, but still, there are times when i can’t resist the lure of a summer glow. So here are thetans I will lather my flesh with in the lead up to my Hawaiian vacation.

Face: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster glow boosting sun stones. Not usually a fan of bronzer, because of the mess, I was drawn instantly to these bronzing stones. For an instant tan booster that gives the smooth effects of a powdered bronzer, less the mess.

Body: Like me you don’t actually have the privilege of living near Bondi Beach you can fake it nationwide with my new favourite body tan brand, Bondi Sands. Pictured below is the Bondi Sands tanning mist which is suitable for all skin types. Jump in the shower and spray away (so you don’t stain the carpet). Its a light tan so easy to apply and you don’t have much of a chance of overdoing it.