Saturday, 27 June 2015

Pink Ink in Action!

Hello Pink Ink fans!!!  We often work with some pretty amazing people and Mojdeh Cox is no exception.  As you know, we often have photoshoots and we pride ourselves on using "everyday women" as our models as they exude a beauty that can not be "created".  Well, this particular model, on this particular day decided to do a write up on us.  On top of that, we've now partnered to do some work together over the next few months so that we can do what we love to do and provide women with an opportunity to shine - inside and out.  Please check out this article 
and visit Mojdeh's facebook page.

Just want to say thank you Mojdeh for believing in us and writing such an amazing article about us.  We love what we do and the feedback is wonderful. Have an amazing week everyone!!

Pink Ink Ladies

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Colour and stripes! Yikes! How?

Days 5 and 6 went outside of most people's comfort zones - colour and stripes!  But they work!  Check them out.

[Determine your body shape]

Have you thought about your legs lately?  
Beyond just "have I shaved them" and more towards the "how can I showcase them the best way possible?".

Today's look introduces the concept of drape as it applies to your gorgeous gams.  The wide leg of the traditional culotte creates a straight line, perhaps even flared slightly, from your hip to just below your knee.  If you are a Rectangle this is a continuation of your already straight frame.  Culottes can be gorgeous on you, but you need the definition that the cardigan brings.  The light-meets-dark at your mid-section will help to create the look of a waistline for you.  If you are a Pear, the straight hang of the culotte will hide broader hips.  Apples, adding this slight flare from your waist and down will give the illusion of a curvier hip area, therefore balancing your frame nicely....

BUT, for our Diamond beauties, who's widest part tends to be their mid-section, having a loose drape from an already wider area down to your calves can make you look larger than you are, or perhaps slightly boxy.  It can also make your calves look narrow in comparison.  To quote "So I Married an Axe-Murderer" - "like an orange on a popsicle stick".
A better suggestion for you might be a harem pant.  Similar in the loose drape, but with a tapered hemline.  In this, your calves won't get lost and will instead be accentuated.

Flat shoes are comfortable - I know, you're preaching to the choir here - but heels elongate the leg.  Wearing high heels changes your posture, forcing you to stand taller and straighter which implies confidence.  High heels also cause the calf muscle to flex, adding shape to the calves as well as length.  

Did you know that men are more likely to help a woman in high heels?  It's true according to this study.  Research showed that men are more likely to help a woman wearing heels than one in flat (sensible) shoes.  

"This assistance ranges from taking part in a survey, to chasing after a woman who has dropped a glove.  French researcher Nicholas Gu├ęguen said: ‘Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful influence on men’s behaviour.’"

Read more:

That's not to say that you need heels to flirt and get sexual attention - but if the study is correct, this information could help you achieve other goals...  Perhaps Hubby doesn't want to build you a garden?  Or your boss doesn't have time to review your proposal?  You never know - the added height and statuesque confidence might be all you need?

Day 6:
How many of you would have put these two articles of clothing together?
And yet, this outfit is absolutely stunning! 
Here we've taken the 'nautical' out of the striped top and made it urban-chic.

[Determine your body shape]


We've discussed stripes in earlier capsules, but for the sake of any Newbies out there, we'll repeat some tips here:

Scientific research has been done to contradict what our Mother's told us.  Horizontal stripes do NOT make you look heavier.  In fact, according to the "Helmholtz Illusion", wearing horizontal stripes may actually make you look thinner!

The key is to select a stripe that is proportionate to your body.

Petite women should choose a narrow, vertical stripe to give you (the illusion of) height.

Apples and Diamonds will look better in vertical stripes because they will elongate your shape and divert attention from your horizontal lines.  Because contrasting colours add depth, choose a dark, narrow stripe - or at the very least,  keep large stripes away from your shoulders and/or mid-section.

Pears can, and should, wear thick horizontal stripes on their upper torso to help the shoulders look broader.

Rectangles, go for thick, horizontal stripes in the areas that you want to look curvy.  Wear a top with a thick stripe across the chest, or wear a wide belt around your hips.  Combinations of stripes (running in different directions) will also give you instant curves.

You'll notice the top in the image above plays with light and dark as well.  The stripes at the chest line have a wider white section drawing in the eye.  As we move down the torso, the black stripes widen which causes them to recede in our vision.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Pink Ink

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Daily Glam days 3 and 4

Hello ladies!!!  Did you like Days 1 and 2?  Well, here are days 3 and 4.  We are showing a yellow top (aaaaahhhhhh colour!!!) but let me tell you how fresh and wonderful you will feel wearing yellow - even if it is out of your comfort zone.

Hourglass, Pear and Rectangle:

Diamond and Apple:

Today we'll talk about embellishments; much like light colours attract the eye, so too does detailing.  In the shirt shown above for Rectangle, Hourglass and Pears - having the flower embellishment on the shoulder will draw the viewers attention.  In this case, the added flower brings the eye up the body and away from the hip area creating balance for our Pear beauties.  If you have broad shoulders, as many Apples tend to, you don't want added attention at the shoulder line and might therefore opt for a top with detailing at the hem to draw the eye down and create the look of balance in your shape.

Because the first top draws the eye up the body and appears to be slightly fitted, it won't be as flattering on an Apple or Diamond shape.  Instead, we're showing a compliment-inducing alternative. The centre ruching will draw the eye into the centre of the torso, while still camouflaging a wider mid-section.

Go fun and flirty with the snake print ballet flats, or fresh and fabulous with the suede pumps.

Day 4, we've toned it back down to beige.  If you haven't heard us say it before - beige is one of those staple colours.  In fact, just to let you know - black, brown, beige, and grey are those staple colours that most women have and should have because you can do so much with them.  So check out the Day 4 outfit.

Hourglass, Pear and Rectangle:

Apple and Diamond:

Today's look is about accessorizing.  Beige is beige right? - but if you've 'done beige right' it can be such an eye-catcher!
This is the necklace shown in the photograph above:
It's bold, it's glamorous and it makes a statement.  By pairing accessories like this with a neutral colour, you've taken the look and given it 'wattage'.  A low-hanging necklace like this would work best on the Hourglass, Diamond and Rectangle - perhaps even Pear - but would draw attention to the wrong areas on an Apple.  Instead, Apples should look for longer necklaces or low-hanging pendants to lessen emphasis on the upper torso.  Inversely, Pears could take this necklace and go even shorter to bring the eye up the body and away from the hips.  It's the illusion of balance that we are striving for.
Moto jackets have been the rage since last fall.  This is a style that can be worn by any body shape, if done correctly.  Hourglass you could rock a paper bag, so we don't focus on your shape too often - but in this case, your best option would be to wear the jacket closed.  Leaving it open will add width to your tapered mid-section and leave you looking a bit heavier than you are.  For the other body shapes, we want to work the other way; by leaving the jacket open and hanging, people are more likely to assume you have a defined waist beneath it. 

Finally, the shoes...  what can be said about the shoes?  Trendy flats or leg-elongating heels - what does your day call for?

We will have day 5 and 6 posted in a couple of days.  Enjoy your looks!!

Pink Ink

Monday, 13 April 2015

Let's start today's post with the "goal" of this program...  history, society, symmetry, femininity have all defined an "ideal" body shape for women - the Hourglass.  Problem is, only 8% of all women have this shape - so how do we create the eye-pleasing, compliment-fetching looks if we don't fit the standard mold?  We use cut, colour, drape, print and style to create the illusion of that shape.

We'll start with rule number 1:  Light attracts the eye and dark recedes.

Day 1  plays with colour to guide the eye to certain areas and away from others:

Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle, Diamond


This top (Hourglass, Pear, Rectangle and Diamonds) was selected because of the straight cut.  Being sleeveless and with a  mock-neck, the eye will travel up and down the body.  The drape will create a rectangular shape (if you don't already have one), and the colour will draw the eye in to the centre of the torso - narrowing the look of your frame.
To counter this, and give the illusion of curves, we've paired it with a flared skirt which will both hide actual hips as well as give the impression of hips to those of us that don't have a defined waistline.
If you want to define your waist further, this is where you could tuck your top into your skirt, or better still, add a thin black belt to break up the colour.

Wearing the wrap open will create a line down the centre of the body, again narrowing the focus of the eye further, and therefore just hinting at curves underneath.

We've provided you with a couple of options in shoes - the slide sandal is current, comfortable and universal, but if you prefer a flat shoe, the open-toe ballet flat is a cute alternative.

Apples, you may find that mock necks aren't ideal for your broad shoulders and/or large chest.  For you we are suggesting a wrap alternative.  The v-neck in this top will draw the eye down your body and the flowing drape of the wrap panels will broaden the look of your waist giving you more balance.

On Day 2 of the capsule we took things up a notch to a sleek sophisticated look that can take you from the office to happy hour in style.

Unfortunately the dress shown above for the Rectangle, Hourglass and Pear has sold out since we created this capsule.  On the upside, there are alternatives that are more within budget that would work equally as well:



The reason there are so many variations to today's look is to suit different body shapes.  The first dress is absolutely stunning and would look incredible on an Hourglass or Rectangle, but wouldn't be flattering on a Diamond shape.  Not to worry, we're all different - Designers and Stylists know this so they create styles, cuts, drapes and patterns to make every woman find a fit that flatters.

Diamonds, where you are generally widest at your mid-section, bringing in a flowing kimono dress would be stunning.  The gentle drape from the shoulders to the mid-section and the equivalent drape from the mid-section down will create balance in your look.  The dark belt with this dress will recede that area in an onlooker's vision therefore de-emphasizing your waist.
If you're a bit more daring, play with the striped dress.  Colour-blocking is a great technique to play with light and these stripes will guide the eye both across and up and down - taking the focus from the mid-section.

Apples, the neckline and colour-blocking are perfect for your physique.  V-neck and deep scoop necklines will help to narrow the look of your shoulders and bring a more balanced look to your torso.  One thing to keep in mind though, if you have a generous chest, keep the neckline above or just at your d├ęcolletage.  Sexy is in the suggestion, not the exposure.

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Hope this was helpful!  Tomorrow we will post days 3 and 4.  Be sure to leave us a comment.  We would love to hear from you.

Pink Ink

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Good afternoon Pink Ink fans!

As many of you know, Pink Ink has been the stylist for the Daily Glam Team.  We've had so much fun doing it and for the Spring, we all decided we would provide you with the capsule FOR FREE!!  It's our way of saying thank you for your support and also to let those of you who don't quite get Daily Glam to come on board and check us out.  

The Spring 2015 capsule has 25 days of looks mixed and matched from 26 articles of clothing.  Everything is included - shoes, accessories, handbags and confidence.  

This is a bit different forum for us, so bear with us as we release this capsule on the web.  Usually we send out e-mails to subscribers with links and suggestions, so this venue has a bit larger reach and is a little less formal than we're used to.

How this works:
Earlier this month, we released the Spring 2015 "Closet List".  This is a checklist of items that you should search your closet for.  Check your Mom's, your bestie's, your sister's - anyone at all to compile the items ready for our first few outfits that will be posted tomorrow.
Each day, beginning tomorrow, Pink Ink will post a couple of new outfit combinations made from items within that closet list.  Underneath each image you will find tips and suggestions to make the outfit, or one very similar, work for YOUR body shape.  Slight alterations in cut, style or drape will make dramatic differences in your look.  Try them out, or not - it's totally up to you.

At the bottom of each post we will include links to purchase the pieces featured.  There is no obligation to buy anything - but just in case a particular item strikes your fancy, we thought it best to include a way to obtain it.

That's it!
Bookmark this page and come back each day to find out the next few days of outfits or visit the Daily Glam page for the up to date outfits that are posted daily -  You can also visit us on facebook at or  Remember, leave us comments!  We love hearing from you.

Fun, fashionable and FABULOUS!

Printable PDF here.

Sample items:
Grey Pants:  Grey is a very popular colour in any season.  Go for a light grey as opposed to dark for a more "Spring" look.  With regards to length, go with what looks best on you according to your height, we're showing a crop pant here for it's fresh look but bootcut, straight leg, even a denim version will do.
Joseph Queen cropped wool-twill straight leg
Black Culotte:  Great fun.  To add some spice, go for a coloured culotte OR a beige culotte for versatility.

High Waisted Culotte Pants
Black flared skirt:  A-line looks great on most people because it gives the illusion of shape.  Great for the Rectangle as it allows the waist to look more defined.
Full A Line Pleated Swing Skirt
Green pencil skirt:  Long lines are in for the Spring.  Try a pencil skirt with a length that goes right below the knees. If you prefer shorter, the classic pencil skirt is always in style.  Refrain from anything mid-thigh and above!
Straight Pencil Skirt
Beige skirt with black and yellow detail:  Patterns are in.  This skirt is similar to the a-line  but the flare is more towards the bottom - often called a tulip skirt.  Great item for the Rectangle and Apple.
Beige with black and yellow detail
Beige skirt with rope detail:  This style skirt is a great look on all of the body types.  When looking for a skirt (if not using this exact one) aim for one with a number of colours in it to make it more Spring like and versatile for your wardrobe.
Ralph Lauren bridal print skirt
Grey dress (alternative styles will be given for different body types on the day this dress is posted): This grey dress is great for the Hourglass, Rectangle and Pear as it creates the hourglass shape.  You will want to wear a shaper/Spanx underneath as it will also show the lumps and bumps many of us try to conceal.

Raspberry dress:  This dress is great for the Rectangle because of the natural belted waist which will provide the illusion of a waist line.

Greenish-yellow sleeveless top:  This high-neck top is perfect for accessorizing the Rectangle beauty.  Go for layered necklaces to spice up the top!  If you find that it does not provide you with enough shape, add a thin belt to bring in the waist line.
Vero Moda high-neck top
Soft yellow top: The embellishment on the shoulders helps to bring the eye up and also helps make the waist area look smaller.  If you love the top but not the shoulders, go for the same style and spice it up with your accessories.

Beige top:  Beige is a colour that will allow you to wear it with almost any of the beautiful jewel-toned colours and pastel colours that are in stores this Spring.  Spice it up with your purse or a scarf.  The detailing around the waistline is perfect for the Rectangle as it  helps to add more shape to your torso.
Tara Jarmon sweater

Striped top:  Stripes are very much in season this year.  Notice how the lines seem thinner and lighter towards the upper area and thicker and darker towards the midsection and below?  Remember, light brings forward and dark recedes so the eye will be attracted up!
H&M Off-the-shoulder top

Turquoise top:  The wrap shirt is a great look for the Rectangle.  The ruching towards the bottom of the top adds dimension to the look as well as shape.

Navy blue sleeveless top:  Sleeveless tops allow for a nice shape to emerge, especially if you are a bustier Rectangle.  Even if you are a petite rectangle, the flow of the top will create a nice illusion of shape.  
2nd Vega sleeveless top

Leather/faux leather jacket:  The high collar, broad shoulder and fitted style of this jacket make it very chic.  Great for creating shape in the Rectangle.

Orange top:  Light and airy, and a gorgeous colour as well.  Pair with a more fitted bottom to ensure that you create the illusion of shape which can get lost when the top and bottom are both loose.

This closet list is for "Rectangle" body shapes, but the items are very similar for all body shapes.  You'll notice slight differences in each daily post - but this will give you a starting point to compile your items.

See you tomorrow for outfit number 1 & 2!