Monday, 24 September 2012

Happy 10 years of fantastic STYLE

The Sunday Times Style Magazine's FIERCE covers: (From the top): Lily Cole, Rhianna, Emma Watson, Eva Herzigova. (Bottom): Blake Lively and Helena Bonham Carter.

This is a blog post driven by my love of The Sunday Times Style magazine and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of a magazine which I have practically grown up with. Yesterday, Style Magazine celebrated its 10th birthday, 10 years of bringing us fantastic coverage of fashion from a witty and intelligent perspective.

Style Magazine has brightened up my Sunday's since what feels like forever. Every Sunday, running down the stairs, getting my hands on Style magazine and greedily reading it cover to cover has became a Sunday ritual of mine, from my teenage years and on into my twenties.

Style magazine has had some pretty fierce covers (see photo), provided by the likes of cover stars such as Rhianna, Blake Lively, Lily Cole and Helena Bonham Carter. As a magazine it has succeeded in bringing us the latest figures of popular culture and putting them closely under the Style spotlight. From the HOT LIST to WARDROBE MISTRESS the magazine has iconic features, which will stay with me for life.

#Happy10th Style Magazine.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sabina Bryntesson at #LFW

A shot of a dress from Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

I was fortunate to be able to see Sabina Bryntesson's spring summer 13 presentation for Vauxhall Fashion Scout at Freemasons hall today. Sabina Bryntesson, as a relatively new designer has recently caught the attention of Vogue, so you can imagine the buzz surrounding her S/S 13 collection. Sabina Bryntesson is noted, for her distinctive style, which includes pointy hats. I quietly wondered before the show, whether the pointed hats from her autumn winter 12/13 collection would be carried through to S/S 13. Bryntesson did not disappoint, all the models were wearing hats with a pointed tip.

Sabina Bryntesson once stated that she would rather her designs be called 'ugly' and get a reaction than no reaction at all. However, Sabina's collection was anything other than ugly, with pastel coloured, feminine dresses. The whole collection has such a fluidity to it because all the dresses bore the same style. One, which is comprised of simply tailored dresses with muted tones, accessorized with a pointed hat. There are lots of exciting details in the designs as well, with collars, panels and layers. The understated elegance of Sabina Bryntesson's S/S 13 collection proves that she is definitely one to watch.


Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

A beautiful pastel blue dress: Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

Check out the collar on that top and panel detail: Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

Muted yellow and grey tones: Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

A royal blue dress fit for a Queen: Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

The distinctive pointed hat emodies the Bryntesson style: Sabina Bryntesson S/S 13 collection.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

#LFW day one: Review


My favourite designs from day one of London Fashion Week:


New York Fashion Week showed us Brits how fashion week was done last week with a series of amazing shows from Victoria Beckham to Marchesa. But, now its time for London Fashion Week to take its turn and show us the best of British design talent.

London Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with a bang. My twitter feed was full of various people raving about Zoe Jordan, which was a particular highlight of day one of fashion week. Other collections which received significant attention were Sass & Bide, Felder Felder and Antonio & Alison. 


ZOE JORDAN


Zoe Jordan S/S 13 collection. Image from vogue.co.uk

Zoe Jordan's spring summer 2013 collection had a lot of people enthusing about it for its relaxed, sporty vibe. A laid back summery style was showcased, which best sums up how British women like to dress in summertime. We like to throw on casual yet fashionable outfits and keep makeup and hair very minimal. This was reflected in the models who graced Zoe Jordan's catwalk with damp hair (see above). An outfit I particularly liked from the collection was a pink suit, with bandeau, blazer and trousers. This design projects how you can mix summer pastels with a suit style to create a refined elegance, with a look that is the perfect balance of a laid back / formal style. This style encapsulates the Zoe Jordan girl perfectly.


ANTONIO & ALISON

Antonio and Alison S/S 2013 collection. Images from vogue.co.uk

The artist within me absolutely loves Antonio & Alison's spring summer 2013 collection. Their whole collection looks like something a contemporary artist would paint. Just look at the lines on that dress (left), doesn't it look like lines of charcoal or black ink? The way that these eccentric strokes are paired with a simple dress form creates a relaxed feel to the design, which is essential because the dress is so busy with patterns. I also love the pink floor length dress from the collection. This dress combines an interesting mix of femininity through the pink colour, with black strokes and a pattern on the upper body which gives the dress an edgey feel.

FELDER FELDER 

Felder Felder S/S 2013 collection. Images from vogue.co.uk

The Felder Felder catwalk show was another highlight of day one, all the models looked very sleek in an array of sophisticated designs. Felder Felder showcased an interesting print, one which looked like leopard print but close up is a very muted blue tone with what looks like shell patterns all over it. I love the way the print was weaved into various designs and mixed with simple tones to create a striking look.

SASS & BIDE

Sass & Bide S/S 2013 collection. Images from vogue.co.uk

Sass & Bide as a collection has the propensity to wow, with a combination of masculine tailoring and glamorous dresses. If Sass & Bide's spring summer 2013 collection is anything to go on, then the masculine tailoring of autumn winter 2012 will be carried through into spring summer. Various models such as the one on the left, were adorned in loose fitting trousers which scream tomboy chic. A striking white dress from the collection is evocative of something that Cleopatra might have worn, with its white column like fit and gold neck and waist detail. Sass & Bide proved that they perfectly understand how casual wear and formal wear is constructed. 


IF DAY ONE IS ANYTHING TO GO ON THAN THE REST OF LFW LOOKS SET TO BE A BREEZE. STAY TUNED!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Rachel Zoe comes back with a bang at New York Fashion Week.

After criticism from the Fashion industry over a slump in sales of her clothing line, Rachel Zoe has created a fabulous spring summer 2013 collection which will have her fiercest critics kicking themselves...


Rachel Zoe. Image from Google Images

Zoe must have been understandably anxious about the reception of her spring summer 2013 NYFW show given the recent negative press she has suffered. Image from @RachelZoe Official Twitter

After recent trouble with sales of her clothing line Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist and fashion designer, has come back with a bang at New York Fashion Week, with a glamorous spring summer 2013 collection which will have her fiercest critics running for the hills. It was only just a few weeks ago that the media laid into the former stylist, saying that as a fashion designer she had had her day because of a major slump in sales. Once Selfridges decided to stop stocking Zoe's clothing line, critics were quick to wade in saying that Zoe's career as a fashion designer was uncertain.

 Darling Thank You! The show was Amazing! I Love the collection!!xx

Charlotte Tilbury, the makeup artist who created the makeup looks for Rachel Zoe's show clearly loves Zoe's spring summer 2013 collection.

But, I stayed positive because I know how great Zoe is. She has a flair for fashion and style that is impossible to pin down. Here is a woman who lives and breathes fashion, to the extent that she is never papped leaving the house looking anything but fabulous and her son Skylar is always dressed impeccably in the latest baby trends.

Rachel Zoe spring summer 2013 collection. Image from Google Images.

Zoe's models sashayed down the catwalk in a series of glamorous outfits which proved that she really is the queen of LA style. Her designs are ones that you could quite easily imagine a Hollywood actress wearing. Take the gold sequinned floor length dress for instance. This is a show stopping dress which screams glamour all over. The slouchy dress creates a relaxed kind of glamour, one which Zoe does well. This is a woman who has worked closely with all the top names in the industry. From Nicole Richie to Cameron Diaz, she has styled their red carpet looks to perfection. There is no doubting that this woman's catwalk show was ever going to fall flat on its face.

Image from Google Images

Zoe's casual catwalk attire was also incredible, which is seen on a model who wore striking mint green summer shorts and a glitzy sequinned top. There is no arguing with this look, it proves that you can mix a simple pair of shorts with a sequinned top for a chic daytime look, which can also be worn at night. Zoe, herself said that her designs are inspired by the glamorous LA woman and her designs reflect this glamour perfectly. This is a woman with the ability to understand and connect with the LA fashion scene and showcase this in her collection. Rachel Zoe is a fashion force, she has faced her critics head on with her spring summer 2013 collection, proving to them that she has still got IT. On that note, I will let Zoe speak or Tweet for herself!

Overwhelmed by all the kind words about the spring collection...so special to read all of these & know ur as excited about it as I am!! xoRZ


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

INCREDIBLE Manolo Blahnick shoes in Victoria Beckham, spring summer 2013 NYFW show.


Whilst everyone is pouring over Victoria Beckham's dresses from her spring summer 2013 collection from New York Fashion Week, I can't help but stare at the shoes on her catwalk. Yes, of all parts of an outfit to focus on from a fashion show I am picking the shoes, because they are just amazing. Where do I start?

Designed by Manolo Blahnik, these shoes were never going to be a let down. I love them because they are so different. They can be summed up like this: gladiator inspired, Romanesque, with a long leather boot leg. 


Images from dailymail.co.uk

Models throughout the catwalk show were adorned with this style of shoes. Something which is impressive, is the way that these gladiator-esque shoes were styled with dresses yet still looked amazing. These are shoes which can be paired with a feminine dress to create a bold and confident look.


Victoria Beckham. Image from dailymail.co.uk

Victoria, herself was even wearing similar shoes, which she showcased when she made an appearance at the end of her fashion show. If they are good enough for VB, they are good enough for us. Now, if only the high street would follow suit and produce shoes which are this incredible.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week


THE CUT OUT TREND IS HERE TO STAY!


 
Image from dailymail.co.uk

I almost leapt with joy when I saw pictures from Alexander Wang's show from New York Fashion Week. Wang's spring summer 2013 collection showed a whole array of cut out detail on dresses, with sexy slits everywhere.

If you have been following my blog closely then you will remember that I am a fan of the cut out dress or "Peeping Tom" as I like to call it. 

Although I love this style, I thought that it would have its fashionable moment and then peak, resulting in women going back to wearing "normally" tailored dresses.

But, if Wang's spring summer 13 collection is anything to go by then cut out dresses are here to stay, at least for another season or two. 


Erin Wasson modelling Alexander Wang at NYFW.  Image from dailymail.co.uk

Indeed, Wang's collection presented an interesting assortment of cut out details, with slits that can be traced from the model Erin Wasson's thigh up to her chest.

This, accompanied by cut out detail around her neck and a vertical slit running down the dress, creates a very striking look. This is the way that a modern Grecian goddess would be styled (if there was such a thing). 

With lots of sexy slits and cut out detail in all the wrong places, Wang knows that the modern woman no longer wants to wear simply tailored dresses with a conventional look. 

If Cinderella was around today she wouldn't want to wear a ball gown. She would want to jazz up the proceedings in a Wong style dress with slits in all the wrong but actually RIGHT places!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Ozone at the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong

The experience of Ozone, the highest bar in the world is one that you will never forget...



Before my recent trip to Hong Kong friends had asked me whether I had been to the worlds highest bar in Hong Kong. But as it happens I had never been to Ozone because it wasn't open in 2010 when I first went to Hong Kong.

After reading a feature in InStyle magazine entitled 'FASHION east' which stated that a visit to Ozone is a must because there are 'Amazing views', I was even more desperate to go. 

The amazing bar in Ozone.

When I went I was absolutely blown away, as the bar is located in what has to one of the poshest hotels in the world. As I entered the hotel lobby of the Ritz Carlton I was wowed by what appeared to be lots of shiny marble surfaces everywhere, with glitz and glamorous people flitting about. 

Then I entered an elevator which took me up to Ozone. This was an experience in itself because as we ascended upwards in what is probably the most chic elevator I have been in, my ears started to pop. It then dawned on me how high this bar really is.

As I entered Ozone I was further blown away, as the bar is impeccable. This, coupled with various important looking people sat around created the ultimate appearance of exclusivity.

A view of the incredible lights of Hong Kong.

Sitting out on the terrace made the experience even more worthwhile. Here is where the 'Amazing views' of Hong Kong are to be seen. I was blown away by just how high up we were. Despite being normally scared of heights, I could quite easily look down on Hong Kong because the views are so impressive that there is no way you could miss them.

From high up in the Ozone bar you get an impressive view of Kowloon and Central Hong Kong. It was even better going at night time as I could see all the dazzling lights of Hong Kong. For an English person this is especially exciting because the buildings of London are never gleaming with colourful light effects unless its a special occasion.

A Dragon Fruit cocktail and the incredible views of Hong Kong.

A view of the incredible lights of Hong Kong accompanied with a fabulous drink and stunning bar is absolute bliss. Although the drinks are expensive, they are worth every dollar. I can particularly recommend the 'Dragon Fruit' cocktail which I had as it was simply delicious. Incidentally, dragon fruit is native to China, so even more reason to sample this cocktail if you're a tourist!

The service in Ozone is also great. The waitors there were so polite and helpful, something which you would expect from a bar of Ozone's calibre. 

On the whole Ozone is an incredible experience and one worth doing if you venture out to Hong Kong. With a spectacular bar, stunning views, delicious drinks and fantastic service you could want for nothing more. Ozone is certainly an experience that you will never forget.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Hong Kong: a city for the fashionable

Mannequins in a shop window in a Kowloon shopping mall.

Hong Kong, in case anyone wasn't aware is a very fashion conscious city. This is something which I have noticed the few times that I have been there. Indeed, on my recent trip there I made a mental note that the shopping malls are clean, chic and modern. This accompanied by malls which are full of designer shops and immaculately dressed Hong Kong women dotted about makes for an exciting shopping experience.

A wander into the shopping mall in the International Finance Centre (IFC), gives you a taste of the Hong Kong shopping experience. For one, it is markedly different from the one in this country. The shopping malls are clean (if not ruthlessly so) and the shops look extremely presentable. This may seem of small matter to a lot of people, but I think that well-furnished, impeccable shops help the shopper to have the ultimate shopping experience. The clothes do not necessarily sell for themselves. Sometimes the whole look of a shop can impress you, making you want to buy something.

A Lane Crawford store in Kowloon looking immaculate.

A coveted designer shop in Hong Kong is undoubtedly Lane Crawford which are dotted everywhere in Hong Kong. Lane Crawford is a real selling point for the Hong Kong fashion scene because the brand was founded there and is recognized internationally for selling the latest chic clothes and accessories. The Chinese are clearly very proud of the brand, something which is reflected in the big glowing 'Lane Crawford' logos and the fabulous window displays.

Another great fashion export of Hong Kong is the Armani shopping mall in Central. In Britain a whole shopping centre stuffed full of Armani stores would seem extravagant, but somehow it fits well into the fashionable climate of Hong Kong. In fact, this particular shopping mall prides itself so highly on a presentable appearance that I was told off by a concierge for sitting against an Armani campaign board.

If you're sat there thinking, well Hong Kong is only for the rich who have the money to spend in all those designer shops then you're wrong. Some of the shopping malls stock British high street favourites such as Zara and Accessorize. There are also markets over there where you can get some fantastically cheap but chic purchases. Hong Kong has lot of markets such as one's in Lan Kwai Fong, Stanley and Kowloon.

Kowloon night market: a real treasure trove.

A popular market for tourists is the night market in Kowloon which I went to and found some great purchases. Among them were an "I heart Hong Kong" top (ok, it just had to be bought), and a cute little silver cocktail ring. Admittedly, just like any other market you will have to haggle as much as possible and do some rummaging for the really cool items.

I found myself staring blankly at a whole case of rings that all looked funky and hip only to decide that none of them took my fancy. But, that's just all part of exploring a market, there's a lot of odd tat to sift through, but once you've done that you can find some real gems!  Some of my most unique and treasured items have come from markets abroad so I cannot recommend market shopping enough.

The cocktail ring I found at the Kowloon night market.

Detail of the scarf I found at Stanley market.

Another great market in Hong Kong is Stanley market. There are a lot of stalls selling fantastic items which you will be hard pressed to anywhere else. The fun of going market shopping is that you never know what you will find. Whilst I was stood at a scarf stall at Stanley market, I looked over fleetingly at a scarf rack and BAM a scarf caught my eye and that was it...I had to get it!

So, if you're a fashion conscious woman, or just simply love shopping then Hong Kong is definitely your place. Whilst most people think of cities such as New York or Paris as the best place to shop, I think that there is something special about the Hong Kong retail market. Before you're planning your next trip abroad to a fashion forward city, I would urge you to think again and consider the fantastic shopping facilities that Hong Kong has to offer.


So what do you think...are you tempted to go to Hong Kong or are you a New York shopper through and through? If you have any questions about Hong Kong and what there is to see and do then Tweet me @Fearon91 or drop me an email at afearforthought@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

My first experience of the famous London carnival


A glimpse of a fabulous carnival costume.

The carnival is for all ages. The older generation as well as the younger generation know how to live it up!

Raving it up at the carnival.


If someone asked me to describe Notting Hill Carnival before I first went yesterday then I would have described it as a carnival with lots of colourful costumes awash with dancing and Caribbean food. It is also an event that attracts the young crowds of London.

I was not wrong. There were lots of spectacular, colourful costumes and heaps of jerk chicken. But what I was not anticipating was the numerous street parties happening alongside the carnival and the general party / celebratory atmosphere. Whilst the carnival proceeded through the streets of Notting Hill on an array of floats, there were street parties happening down side roads which I could have easily missed if I hadn't of strayed down some side streets.

A notable street party was one run by a DJ called King Tubby who shouted out 'UNITY' several times to an excited and bustling crowd. There's no mistaking that the carnival is essentially about unity, indeed it is about the unity of a community. Notting Hill Carnival brings people together to celebrate a London togetherness and the diversity of the London community.

All kinds of people from different ethnic backgrounds and different ages were at the carnival celebrating. There was definitely a feeling of acceptance, an inclusion of anybody and everybody. That is what is so great about Notting Hill Carnival, it gives everyone a sense of belonging. People of all nationalities were dancing together in the streets, toasting to how great London and all the people are.

A 'NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL GUIDE' advised that 'If you don't know what to do, just act as un-English as possible'. This led me to wonder how it was possible for English people to detach themselves from the British reserve when we were in Britain after all. But I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to leave the British reserve at home and step into carnival mode. It's nothing that a pint of rum punch and can of strongbow's can't help!

Getting into the carnival spirit is so easy to do for EVERYONE. Whether it's by walking with the carnival or dancing to the loud music it can be done. I personally adorned my cheeks with glitter which helped me to get into the carnival spirit.

Notting Hill Carnival is a FUN carnival for everyone with plentiful barbecued food, rum punch on tap, vibrant costumes and an energetic atmosphere. It's not to be missed, and it was so good that I am already excited for next year!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: Review


I first came across Fifty Shades of Grey on Twitter, as endless tweets appeared from supermodels and the like, declaring their love for a book entitled Fifty Shades of Grey. At first, I shrugged off all curiosity thinking 'oh this must be the latest celebrity craze and in a couple of weeks' time people will stop talking about this'.

But as the weeks rolled on the commentary on E. L. James' trilogy ceased to stop. I was finally "enslaved", like Ana Steele into googling 'Fifty Shades of Grey', discovering that the genre of the book was a lot more exciting than I first thought. OH so this is why hoards of women are reading it, I thought as I came across a blurb for the book online.

I just like many other women found myself fascinated about this book. I'm not usually one to easily jump on the "bandwagon". But, this book struck me as exciting because it focused on a subject which is normally side-lined in literature and that's sex.

From Lady Chatterley's Lover out steps its 21st century descendent, Fifty Shades of Grey. It is arguable that never before has a book caused so much controversy over its erotic content. I for one have never before read anything so openly brazen from start to finish. E. L. James does certainly not hold back, every single sexual detail is graphically explained to the reader.

Whilst, the media have been eager to label the trilogy as 'Mummy porn', I however see it in a different light. This trilogy may be porn to others, but to me it's a love story with a very erotic and shaded sex life thrown in.

Women are not necessarily reading it because they want to read porn, but because the content is refreshingly honest. Essentially, the narrative does not gloss over anything. It covers every detail acutely, charting Ana Steele's sexual encounters as she becomes thrust into an intense sexual and romantic love affair with Christian Grey.

When have we ever read a book which explains a sexual encounter in such detail? The answer for most is probably never. A lot of authors skirt around "intimate encounters", simply hinting that a couple have sex. But Fifty Shades of Grey strikingly explains every detail.

I would argue that Fifty Shades of Grey liberates women. Due to this book, more women are feeling empowered to talk about sex openly. Women no longer feel the need to hide behind the British reserve, which has made many reluctant to talk about such lewd topics.

As someone who has just recently finished reading the Fifty Shades trilogy all I have for this book is admiration. Yes, the book may not have the eloquent metaphors of classic literature, but its narrative is so utterly convincing and moving. I found it hard to put down each book in the trilogy because they are all so gripping.

Here, we have a young innocent girl with the world before her, a crazy sexual relationship, brooding hero and romantic love story. The Fifty Shades trilogy may not be the next Jane Austen but you can't deny that it has all the elements of a classic love story, bar the explicit sexual detail!


LOVE it or LOATHE it the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has become a national bestseller, outselling the Harry Potter series on Amazon. So what do you think? Do you fancy a shade of grey or a shade of nothing at at all?

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Karl Lagerfeld's comments on Pippa Middleton.

Has the "King of Fashion" gone too far this time?


Pippa Middleton. Image from mirror.co.uk

Whilst the fashion industry falls to their knees in worship of Karl Lagerfeld, I however do not. After reading today on multiple websites that Lagerfeld has made a scathing comment about how he thinks that Pippa Middleton has an unpleasant face, I am not a fan.

Although I can appreciate the great influence that Lagerfeld has had on Chanel and the fashion industry, I think that insulting a woman is the worst thing that he can do for his credibility.

First there was his "attack" on the British singer Adele, calling her "fat" and now he has felt the need to exclaim that Pippa Middleton is ugly. Let me categorically state that Pippa Middleton is not ugly by any stretch of the imagination.

Insulting women like this shows plainly what kind of a man he is. As it is women worry enough about their looks in a society which has become so image conscious. Name me one woman that has not looked in the mirror at one point in her life and challenged her self-worth.

The comments that Lagerfeld has made have angered me because his choice words are enough to make these individual women question themselves. Think about how for days after Lagerfeld's comments, Adele must have looked in the mirror questioning herself.

Now Pippa Middleton must be doing the same...

The more the fashion industry applauds Lagerfeld the more we are sending out the message that it's OK for him to insult women in this way. In my eyes this is wrong. Yes, he may be a great fashion designer, but he's not exactly great at holding his tongue.


What do you think... is Lagerfeld in the wrong for making these comments about female celebrities or do you think that he has the right to express his opinions freely?

Friday, 27 July 2012

The Hong Kong Holiday Wardrobe

My attempt to "reform" my holiday packing style for Hong Kong 2012... think minimal NOT overcrowded packing...



Hong Kong.

Packing for a summer holiday is something that a lot of people seem to dread. How will I fit all my favourite clothes in a suitcase? What shall I leave out? What if I haven't packed enough clothes?

These are just some of the questions which us fashion conscious people will worry about whilst we pack our holiday suitcases.

I will just admit it now, last time I went to Hong Kong, back in 2010 I was swamped with clothes.

This may sound like the fashion stylist's dream but in reality I had brought an overwhelming amount of clothes and didn't end up wearing half the clothes in my suitcase.

Every morning, I got up and looked at my suitcase which was full to the brim with clothing. Thus, making outfit choosing feel more like wading through a jungle, as opposed to walking through a park.

I literally had a suitcase stuffed full of clothing and I was convinced that I would wear it all and did I? No!

In Hong Kong, 2010.

In hindsight I look back and think that if I had just packed a few of my favourite summer essentials then it would have been a lot easier to make fashion decisions in the mornings, leaving me more time to sunbathe and less time worrying about what to wear.

Having thought about my dream packed suitcase the other day, the ideal would be one which I could open and immediately see a few of my favourite clothing items smiling out at me, rather than a mountain of them.

In my head, the definition of this ideal suitcase would be MINIMAL. Only the really special items would make the cut.

The sensible option would be to pack around three of my favourite dresses and fourteen of my favourite tops for a two week holiday. As opposed to packing twenty of my favourite tops.

With packing kept to a minimum, it will mean that I will have more valuable space left in my suitcase for any souvenirs or unique items which I find in the markets out there.

The way I have described my ideal "reformed" Hong Kong holiday wardrobe may seem like something akin to a military operation. But, I am certain that if I make all the fashion decisions before I go away then it will ensure a more relaxing holiday.

The last thing I want to worry about on holiday is that I can't find my favourite dress because it's buried under a pile of clothes in a suitcase...


A sneak peek into my new minimally packed suitcase:


What I will pack into my suitcase... who said packing a suitcase couldn't be turned into an artistic creation?

  • Two cut out style dresses from Miss Selfridge and Topshop which are suitable for an evening out on holiday (pictured top left).

  • One green dress with appliqué detail from Warehouse (pictured top right) and an Optical Illusion print dress from River Island (pictured centre front) - a great variation from a singular toned dress. 

  • Two playsuits - great for wearing during the day (far left and far right).

  • A classic pair of old denim shorts from Topshop (pictured bottom, centre).

  • A roomy leather bag from Vera Pelle at TK MAXX - perfect for fitting all the summer essentials in for a shopping trip abroad (pictured far right).



HONG KONG HOLIDAY WARDROBE = REFORMED!




Monday, 23 July 2012

M&S Virtual Makeover Counter

Give yourself a virtual makeover ONLINE...



A makeover... and online? I can't say that I wasn't surprised when I found out today that M&S has created a new tool which allows you to give yourself a virtual makeover. You may well ask, how this is possible?

In fact it is very possible. The minute I heard about it I typed "M&S beauty" into Google, and clicked on the Virtual Makeover Counter. It was easy to do and quite exciting as it was a chance to get creative.

You can give yourself a makeover whether it is a facial one or hand one. Feeling like I wanted to explore nail colour I went for the 'Virtual Manicure' for nails.

First of all I selected my skin tone on a colour chart, with nails that were a blank canvas, without a trace of nail polish. Then I was directed to a colour wheel chart which displayed all the different nail varnish colours that M&S sell.

I hovered over many, enjoying the creative freedom that I had and finally settled on a slate grey hue which complimented my skin tone well.

I have never seen anything quite like this, an instant manicure at a click away...

A tool which can help you to decide which colour suits your skin tone best in the comfort of your own home...

I have to say that the concept of a virtual makeover really appeals to me - the idea that you can inject a glamorous new look at the click of a button is very exciting.


Check out the M&S Virtual Makoever Counter at: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Virtual-Makeover-Counter-Beauty/b/1719903031?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_r=1KJ5ZRDBKFV3DE3HX92S&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=43319030&pf_rd_p=475115433&pf_rd_s=left-nav-2


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sexy Slit Dresses OR what I like to call The "Peeping Tom" dress.


Currently, fashion cannot get enough of what I like to call The "Peeping Tom" dress.

You may ask yourself; oh I thought a Peeping Tom was a guy that weirdly peeped on people? Well, not according to my dictionary!

A "Peeping Tom" dress is by my definition, a dress which has a hole big enough for people to peep through and see some flesh. This may sound like a crude analogy, but it's actually quite sexy and can be tasteful.

Ever since I invested in my first white "Peeping Tom" dress from Topshop, earlier in the year, I have seen quite a few dresses on the high street which bear the same resemblance.

Holes here, holes there. Mostly these dresses seem to have two symmetrical holes directly under each bust which reveal a cheeky glimpse of flesh.

High Fashion has also taken an interest in such a dress style, as a friend recently pointed out a feature entitled TREND WATCH: THE MIDI-MIDRIFF in last Sunday's The Sunday Times Style magazine which stated that a lot of fashion-forward women are daring to bear their midriff's, wearing these new kinds of dresses.

Wearing my Topshop white "Peeping Tom" dress at my friend's 21st birthday party in March.

These dresses are definitely current and very this year. I was wearing my white Topshop dress as far back as March, thinking WOW I love this dress style.

I remember wearing my white dress at my friend's 21st Birthday back in March.

Wearing my white Topshop dress I continued to refer to my dress as a "Peeping Tom" one:

'Do you like my Peeping Tom holes?' I asked friends who laughed their heads off at my new phrase.

My answer to my own question is a resounding YES, I do like them!

Before, a lot of dress styles had passed me by, but, there was something new and sexy about this new style of dress.

It catches people's eye because for what seems like the first time we are seeing a flash of skin which is something other than leg or boob!

In fact, I liked this white dress so much I couldn't resist buying a Miss Selfridge Black "Peeping Tom" dress recently - (the Gold Bead Cutout Maxi dress).

Out for cocktails. Check out my Miss Selfridge Gold Bead Cutout dress on the far left.

I was excited to buy this dress because it was not only a lovely maxi dress, but also had holes beneath the bust which would reveal sexy snippets of flesh.

Plus the dress would be a nice new addition to my other white "Peeping Tom".

These sexy slit dresses are so NOW and so sexy. So what are you waiting for?


DARE TO BARE!





Sunday, 15 July 2012

CIATE Caviar Manicure: Review

 

Bling up your nails Caviar style, day or night...


ZOOM IN of Ciaté Caviar Manicure™ Pink paint pot.


On first hearing of the new product release of Ciate Caviar Manicure in the UK I was desperate to get down to Selfridges and get my hands on a set. First of all the manicure was called a 'Caviar' one - emphasising its exclusivity and secondly I had never seen a manicure so one a kind. The textured nails with little coloured pearls embedded on the nails made me think WOW I need to try this...which I of course did!

I selected the Caviar Manicure in Pink paint pot - pearls which contain white, pink, gold and blue coloured pearls (a perfect mix for the summer!). Although there are other gorgeous manicures to choose from, which includes a Caviar Manicure kit in White paint pot (with chic white pearls).

This manicure might look hard to do, but it is in fact NOT! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to achieve Caviar nails. Quite simply, you apply two coats of the Ciaté paint pot shade and then immediately sprinkle the Caviar pearls over your nails. In something akin to a children's craft activity!


The Ciaté Caviar maincure set which includes a Ciaté paint pot shade and Caviar pearls bottle, as well as a funnel and tray.


I was left with eye catching, textured nails which looked cool and blingy. I was even more excited about my new nails because I was going out that evening and couldn't wait to show them off!

Ciaté Caviar nails are great for a short-term, textured effect for a night out. They may not be as long lasting as your standard nail polishes, but for the unique look that they give your nails it is worth the lack of longevity.

 

 

My top tips for the application of a Caviar manicure...


  • Pick the Ciaté Caviar manicure set which you like the best. A manicure set is pricier than your ordinary nail polish. So, go for the Caviar pearls which you can see yourself wearing the most. For example if you like your nails natural and quite simple then the Caviar Manicure kit in White paint pot would best suit you.

  • Make sure that you find a suitable surface for sprinkling the Caviar pearls over your nails. It IS messy. So it is highly recommendable that you rest your nails over the tray that they give you in the box, (whilst you sprinkle the pearls over your nails).

  • The manicure lasts up to 48 hours. So, I would recommend applying the Caviar manicure especially for a special night out if you want to WOW.

  • MAKE USE of the funnel. Once your Caviar nails are dry, place the funnel into the Caviar pearls bottle and gently tilt the tray with the pearls, so that the remaining pearls are funnelled back into the bottle.

  • Only do this when you have TIME, this manicure is not a quick DIY job in the back of a car on the way to a night out. It has to be done carefully and the nails take around 15-20 minutes to dry.


SO what are you waiting for?...
BLING up your nails and be the envy of your friends, with nails which will have people wondering which candy shop you went to!



You can find the Ciaté Caviar Manicure, exclusively at Selfridges. For more information, visit: http://style.selfridges.com/whats-in/ciate-nail-caviar-arrives-exclusively-selfridges