Instant Goddess says: “Hallelujah!”

January is almost over…hallelujah! After all the frivolity and sparkle of December, and then the early detox and self-denial of tedious January…this week’s blog has to be all about daytime looks because God forbid that we should ever want to go out again!

So this is what landed on the Instant Goddess shopping radar this week…credit card space permitting of course after all the expense of the holiday season!

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Top left: Grey bomber jacket reduced to $197 worn with black cigarette pants $378 both ASOS; top right Orange and grey slouch bag (it’s reversible too!) £75 (approx. $875)  from River Island; bottom left Whistles Cornel heeled court shoes $2121 from ASOS and bottom right: Aztec print collarless jacket £75 (approx. $875) from River Island

The tops below will also work well with the cigarette pants above and hey presto you can go from day to night in a flash with the blue Cornel heels above.

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Left: Warehouse floral woven front top $454 and right: Oasis shadow butterfly jumper $575 both available on ASOS

The nautical stripes below are always a good way to inject Spring-like freshness into a weary Winter wardrobe…and so Instant Goddess is loving the easy daytime looks below from Monsoon and Marks and Spencer.

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Top left: Lulu stripe jersey jacket £59 (approx. $690); top right Daphne lace top £45 ($526); bottom left Navy quilted cross body bag £18 (approx. $210), River Island and bottom right Striped tunic dress from Marks and Spencer £49.50 (approx. $579).

For that special occasion, the eye catching floral print prom dress below is certainly worth stashing in the wardrobe for fun days to come. Tough it up with the blue leather and suede bomber jacket below.

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Left: Floral full prom skater dress by Chi Chi London $879; top right Biker jacket in blue suede and leather $1969 and Whistles silver crackle point toe heeled mule shoes $2425 both ASOS

The Return of the Kaftan

Because summer WILL be here again and because we WILL be going on holiday again one day soon…it’s always worth having a kaftan or two on standby. The kaftans below from Monsoon are definitely worth snapping up.

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Top left: Anya kaftan dress £69 (approx. $806); top right WOW Azure Tote Bag £39 (approx. $420); bottom left: Lara Leaf Sandals £35 (approx. $410) and bottom right: Koko kaftan dress £69 (approx. $806).

Shoe of the Week

If these Ennis shoes by Miss KG from Kurt Geiger are the shoe of the week then the tasselled trousers have to be the trousers of the week!  Alas, the tasselled numbers are yet to hit House of Fraser stores but keep ‘em peeled as they say and should be able to click and go before you know it.

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Top left: Ennis shoes by Miss KG £85, right Tasselled trousers £69 by Biba at House of Fraser and bottom left Orange leather look biker jacket £60 by River Island

Midweek Meal Inspiration

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This week in the Instant Goddess household, I’m afraid to say, that despite our best efforts of shunning Dry January we have just this week succumbed to The Red Carpet Detox by Lily Simpson of the Detox Kitchen recently serialised in The Sunday Times. Well after all, Oscars season is almost upon us and an Instant Goddess should always be ship shape for the Red Carpet…you never know when you might be called on!

What I’m loving about this Detox is that you can actually eat on it! And I’m also loving the recipes that introduce tasty fruit and veg combos perfect for those that have got in a vegetable rut including pizza crust made from cauliflower. Yes, you do cut out alcohol (eeek!), wheat and dairy but it’s only for 3 weeks and if you do stick to it you should see marked improvements in your skin, energy levels and oh yes weight loss…some people have seen up to 5lbs a week! Weight loss aside you just feel healthier instantly for eating so much more fruit and veg in your daily diet. You also get a mid morning snack (juice) and then usually fruit and nuts in the afternoon. So…go out, buy yourself a juicer (easily cheaper than the price of most juice cleanses in Hong Kong) and get on the Red Carpet Detox!

For more recipes, check out the recipe section on the Detox Kitchen.

For the 3 week Detox recipes hop over to the Sunday Times.

Yogi tea saying of the week:Together the small moments become your life; don’t let them pass you by”.

Instant Goddess saying of the week: “See you on the Red Carpet!”.

Until next time Goddesses and remember you are ALWAYS, ALWAYS worth it XX

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About instantgoddess

Living in Hong Kong with its dearth of affordable high street fashion, Instant Goddess was born. The challenge being to find cheap but chic, fash for less cash week-in week-out. Whether its whizzing down the online aisles or pounding the HK streets, Instant Goddess gives you the shortcuts to make you look and feel good with the least amount of energy required. All you have to do is sit back and be open to shopping suggestion and temptation. Instant Goddess words to live by: Everyone deserves to look good. Money can't buy style. It's not what you wear but how you wear it. And remember you are ALWAYS, ALWAYS worth it. The author behind Instant Goddess is Katie Kay a self confessed jewel junkie, with a keen eye for stylish clothes that scream glamour without the hefty designer price tag.
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