DARE you to SPARKLE every day this week…

This week, I’m daring you to bring on the bling, get your glitter on and shake those sequins in the sparkling sun. All week. From morning till night, regardless of the occasion, company, or mood you’re in. 

It’s the continuation of seven months of fun (and much-copied!) style dares on Fox in Flats, where we’ve been challenging ourselves to step out of our style comfort-zones, haul ourselves out of  our style ruts, shake off our day-to-day mummy uniforms, and spice things up a little. And this week we’ve got a shiny glint in our eye.

 

Dare of the week: Sparkles

The rules:
  • Wear something that sparkles – ideally as a feature of your outfit –  from when you get dressed in the morning till you brush your teeth before bed at night.
  • Your everyday ‘bling’ does not count. That is, if you’re lucky enough to own a special ring that you wear every day that you tend to look at smugly, it doesn’t count. Yes, I’m looking at you Rachel Zoe, with your 10 carat ‘push present’.
  • Join in whenever you like, but to fully complete the Dare you need to do it for 7 days straight.
  • Tell us all about it as you go. Tweet @FoxinFlats using #SparkleDare, post pics on our Facebook, add to the Comments section below, or Instagram it. It’s so fun and inspiring to see what everyone comes up with, and you’ll get some great ideas, too!
9 reasons to sparkle this week:

1. Sparkles will brighten up your most drab and plain outfits.

2. Everything seems much better with an element of ‘disco’, and wearing sparkles is gonna make you wanna dance.

3. Shiny glittery sparkles add an instant element of luxe.

4. It’ll force you to be more creative with the items in your wardrobe – to really look at what you’ve got and think about how you can combine your sparkly items together.

5. Sparkles are like a spotlight for your favourite parts. Use them liberally to flaunt your fabulousness.

6. It’s only fair to your sparkly things to let them experience the joy and warmth of sunlight. Too often our shiny, glittery things are kept for more special, night-time occasions. For instance, I’ve got a beautiful beaded Alannah Hill scarf that should be renamed ‘Edward’ as it’s never seen daylight before. Gonna work that back in with jeans, a t-shirt, and some Converse this week. Tres chic, no?

7. Kids love sparkles, so it’s likely yours will say something gorgeous like: “Mum, you’re sparkling like the night sky!

8. You’ll be able to channel your inner Lady Gaga, who famously stated “I just want to change the world one sequin at a time.”

9. We’ll call you “chicken” if you don’t join in. “Burk, Burk, Burk!

 

Tips and ideas:

The key to working sparkles into your daytime look is to balance your bling with casual classics. Think jeans, t-shirts, crisp white or chambray shirts, and blazers. Pretty much everything on our wardrobe essentials list is a safe bet.

Daunted? For outfit inspiration, check out our Sparkles! file on Pinterest. It’s full of easy outfit ideas.

 

Not sure where to start? Add a touch of sparkle to the bits you love the most: Got great boobs? Drape your neck with a sparkly necklace to draw attention to it. Great hair? Add a sparkly clip or headband.

 

Dress up your day-to-day jeans and t-shirt combo with a sparkly jacket for instant street chic.

Street Chic

Add clusters of sparkly brooches, or have a party on your arm with stacks of your most glittering bracelets and bangles.

 

Feeling crafty? Why not bling up your sneakers like this super cute pair below? Or sew some sequins on to a favourite t-shirt, tank or headband?

 

A glittery manicure is a great way to get bling at your fingertips, and can be a sneaky style shortcut to crease-free nail polish. Check out that tip from Teen Vogue’s Beauty Editor, here.

 

Dress down a sequin skirt with a soft knit advises Lotus from RedPhoenixStyle.

 

Or team a sparkly skirt with a simple t-shirt and classic Converse like Blake Lively (this’d also look hot with a crisp shirt in white or denim.)

 

More inspiration from women spotted in the street around Sydney, here.

 

And if you’ve got a pair of sparkly shoes like these I just had to buy the other day from Sportsgirl, now’s the time to work them hard!

You can still score these boots online for just $129 – bargain bling! 

 

The final tip? This week, avoid parks and playgrounds where magpies tend to congregate. Just like us, they like shiny things, yet are not afraid to swoop down at a frightening rate from above to try to swipe them from you…

 

 

What’s a Dare without proof that you’ve done it?

We wanna see your week of sparkles – it’s all part of the fun!

So upload your photos in the Comments section below, or share them on Facebook, or on Twitter using #SparkleDare.

If you have an iPhone, try the Instagram app for a quick way to share your shots – you can edit then post them straight away, and it’s free!

And if you’re more old-school and don’t even know what an app is, that’s cool too. Simply tell us how you’re joining in. God knows we got by for many, many years sharing tips & ideas without fancy visuals! ;)

We’ll share around your photos and styling tips on Facebook and Twitter during the week.

 

 

So… are you in? Or are you ‘Chicken’?

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Comments

  • Pene Turner

    I have to go out now (boooooorrrrrring!!) but when I come home I will dive head first into my wardrobe and see what shimmery shiney things I can muster up!!!  I will have to be a little more inventive as inbetween the start and the finish I have to catch a plane to come and visit Sydney Town!! Hey Miss Fox – does a Tiara count???   :-)   I am not certain that this will be the easiest dare in the book, but I do think that it will be a lot of fun to see how we can SHINE!

    • FoxInFlats

      Yay I’m glad your in. I’m the same, I don’t have that many sequined items, but have got a few things to ‘maybe’ get me through. mmm, I should check this before I start a dare.. duh! 

  • http://kimbalikes.com Kim-Marie Williams

    I’m wearing my sequinned jacket on Friday night then! As for the rest of the week, um, I have three sequinned hairbows! Will have to rummage and get creative! X

    • FoxInFlats

      Awesome! I think it’ll be a week of creativity for sure. Taking a quick check I’ve got:
      1. sequin jacket
      2. beaded scarf
      3. a beaded sparkly dress
      4. I’m pretty sure there’s a skull & cross bones t-shirt somewhere with beads on it (can’t locate!)
      5. sparkly earrings, bracelets
      6. A headband with a tiny bit of bling
      7. a clutch of sparkly brooches….

      OMG if only I had a bedazzler!!!! 

  • http://www.funkenwagnel.com/ Sharon A.

    Alright, count me in! *wracks brains to work out what I’ve got* 

    • FoxInFlats

      Good on you Sharon! I’m with you…this one is REALLY going to make us creative I think! 

  • http://posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com.au/ Posie Patchwork

    No need to look further than my Alannah Hill section of the wardrobe, she knows how to sequin & glitter like no other designer.  My girls were climbing trees in sequined tanks today.  I love that children can happily wear ruby red sparkly shoes & glitter belts (Seed do a good job of that).  Love Posie

    • FoxInFlats

      “Alannah Hill section of the wardrobe” really?! I want your wardrobe. And little girls. Try as I might neither of my boys will don a sequin ;) x

  • Penny

    I have two shirts with sparkles on them. That won’t last the week. Off to spotlight.

    • FoxInFlats

      Go girl! Wish I was crafty, am not sure about how I’ll do this myself. Maybe it’s time to get crafty. Share any tips?

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

    hmmm…. I was disappointed not to have done the pink lippie dare, so I am going to just say yes to this one and worry about the how later. I’m not actually sure how I’m going to make it happen though, off the top of my head, I only have a couple of things that sparkle!

    • FoxInFlats

      Good on you Sandra. And am hearing you! I published this before I looked in my wardrobe, and now can see that this is a REAL challenge. If its any consolation, seems like we’re all in a similar situation – I think this week could actually be super fun! x

  • Belindapanic

    Love the sparkle xoxo :))) 

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes – I can see you glittering away! x

  • FoxInFlats

    Check out a selection of the photos being shared on twitter / FB  / Instagram today! 

  • http://twitter.com/lakehousewriter Tische

    I’m in and have shared the sparkling love on my blog

    http://thelakehousewriter.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/sparkle-dare.html

  • http://twitter.com/ShesSonic She’s Sonic

    I’m in (as you know)…but am really disappointed in myself. I do not own any sparkly clothing. Like at all. It’s like I don’t even know whose wardrobe I’m living with. WHERE ARE THE SPARKLY CLOTHES?!?!

  • FoxInFlats

    More pics! 

  • http://www.jadebellydance.com/ Jade

     Such an easy dare for me, I do it anyway, you would have to dare me not to sparkle and that would not be much fun! I love to sparkle, I have a large collection of clothing items and scarves that have sequins, bling or metallic threads on them but necklaces are what I am particularly known for. That would be a great dare! A different necklace each day of the week with at least one big one – again easy for me but I would love to see people venture away from the single gold chain or heart shaped locket.

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

    I did it!! and here is the proof… http://sandragale.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/my-week-as-disco-ball.html and its funny, for the amount of times I wondered what on earth I had gotten myself into last week, when it was time to go out today the first thing I reached for was the sparkly jewellery!

    • FoxInFlats

      Fantastic effort Sandra, and great post. Must say ive kept sparkling on too. It’s fun! X

  • http://twitter.com/lakehousewriter Tische
    • FoxInFlats

      LOVE that & the  line: ”Don’t sit there and stagnate. For just one week do something that gets you out of your comfort zone. Refuse to act your age and be sensible. Who knows, you might enjoy yourself and have a giggle in the process.” Shared it on Facebook. Thanks for joining in! x

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