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Modernizing Disney’s Leading Ladies Fashion

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In September, Sephora announced an exciting collaboration and revealed the Disney Cinderella Collection by Sephora. Finally I was able to see the whole collection up close and personal during one of my many spontaneous (and dangerous!) trips to Sephora and I have to say its beautifully designed with a whimsical nature that truly captures Disney.

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Having said that and coupled with the fact that I’ve been watching the tv show Once Upon a Time (yes I’m hooked!) I was inspired to modernize the leading ladies of Disney’s fashion sense. Check out what I came up with and let me know what you think!

Ariel
Ariel

Dress – Kaliko Satin Shift Dress, Mid Green – £82.50

shoes – Badgley Mischka PeepToe Pumps Humbie II – $200

clutch – Ivory Shell Clutch Evening Bag – $37.49

nail polish – zoya nail polish mimi – $8

BelleBelle

Dress – Opulence England Embellished dress – $169.99

shoes – Fergie Bunny Pump – $69.95

clutch – Franchi Handbags Angela – $122.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish cyma – $8

Cinderella
Cinderella

Dress - Notte by Marchesa – $274.99

shoes - Joan & David Outfit – $134.42

clutch – Franchi Judith Satin Clutch – $76.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish LANEY – $8


Jasmine
jasmine

Dress – BCBGMAXAZRIA Helyn gathered dress – $274.99

shoes – rsvp Gigi – $59.99

clutch – Lulu Townsend Ring Minaudiere – $29.95

nail polish – Zoya nail polish RICHELLE – $8

Pocahontas
Pocahontas

Dress – Hervé Léger Fringed bandage dress – $1032.50

shoes - Franco Sarto Omaha – $41.99

clutch – FranchI Azure Tafetta Clutch – $109.99

nail polish – Zoya nail polish CHARLA – $8

Snow White
SnowWhite

Dress – TED BAKER DANAH Drapped dress – $295

shoes - rsvp Sheryl – $55.99

clutch – DVF Tonda Weave Contrast Patent Clutch – $246.13

nail polish – Zoya nail polish Creamy – $8

LEGO Artist Restores Crumbling Architecture

Restoring crumbling walls and monuments that a child could relate to is Jan Vormann’s quest. The 26 year old has spent the last three years traveling the world using one of the most recognizable materials and past times in toy history lego!

The German artist has reinterpretation the art of restoration, who knew the small coloured lego blocks would ironically spark the idea to actually complete buildings and monuments the very things that children tend to build with them. Vormann, has truly brightened up the aesethic nature of these locations with brightly coloured plastic lego pieces and in turn inspire on lookers to stop and take note.

His work is titled ‘Dispatchwork’, and has left his mark on the streets of London, Amsterdam, New York, Germany and even Boston!

 

 

Now that I’ve become aware of the fact that he has adorned the city of Boston, I will definitely be in search to see this collection of work in the flesh!

 

 

SquidLondon — Color Changing Couture

Taking the innovative color changing properties of their signature umbrellas to the next level, female “SquidLondon” duo Emma-Jayne Parkes and Viviane Jaeger have collaborated with couture pattern cutter Vlasta Collu and haute couture embroiderer Charlotte La Roche to create a stunning capsule collection of raincoats.

SquidLondon co-founder and Director Emma-Jayne Parkes explains:

“We decided to develop our coat range because our umbrellas are so loved, and so much fun, we really wanted a ‘wow’ factor garment; the intricacies of hand embroidery mixed with sharp couture detailing that beautifully change into a walking piece of art when wet – it’s unique – you can’t beat it!

The capsule tailored rainwear collection “Opera Icons” consists of two jackets and a trench coat available in three embroidery options, allowing the wearer a sense of artistic flair as well as adding a splash of playfulness in her style.

The three designs include the Carmen – a cropped, fitted jacket with a high collar; the Madame Butterfly jacket with its oversize shawl collar that when used as a hood mimics the brightly colured wings of a butterfly; and the Juliette trench coat, a classically beautiful design, just like its namesake. In addition to the coats, there are appliquéd versions of the much-loved Squidarellas, and an oversized scarf that can be worn in several ways.

When dry, the garments are chic monochrome – white flower motifs appliquéd to the black fabric. But add a splash of rain and the white flowers quickly garment blossoms into an array of bright colors.

The coats are made in London and currently available made to order for A/W 2011 delivery direct from SquidLondon’s Shoreditch studio. http://www.squidlondon.com.

Check out a behind the scenes video:

*Majority of information taken from Official Press Release.

Jewellery Storage Ideas

Love jewellery? I’m right there with you, my mum has always called me a magpie because I’m attracted to shiny objects, so its of no surprise to her that I love glitzy, glamourous jewellery. Its important to keep these precious pieces organized and minimizing the risk of misplacing them, below are (perhaps) some unconventional methods for storing your jewellery collection.

Picture Frames

Using a decorative, ornate picture frame as an earring display is a unique and artistic way to showcase your collection. I personally see Jewellery as a work or art so why not display them in that manner? Not to mention it creates an easy way to remember what you actually own.

Check out this fabulous DIY guide on how to transform a picture frame into a jewellery display OR if DIY isn’t really your thing there are plenty of organizer frames on etsy such as the one above that you can find here.

Cake Stands

Repurpose cake stands and pedestals to create an elegant display of your jewellery, have fun with it!

This is ideal for bracelets, rings and delicate earrings. Dedicate each tier to a specific type of accessory in order to stay extra organized as well as creating a fabulously alluring table top organizer.

Paper towel holders

Allison over at The Adventures of VAMH had a simple yet fantastic solution to organizing her bracelets. Visit your local target or Tjmaxx for a paper towel holder and repurpose it as a chic way of displaying your bracelets.

Cheap and cheerful as well as a way to keep your collection organized! Worried that you can see exactly what it is? Not to worry if you build yourself a sizable collection, soon enough you’ll have enough of them to disguise the paper towel holder.

Decorative Plates

I’m always spotting beautiful unique plates at stores like tjmaxx, ones that often times are just too beautiful to eat off of. Instead you can use it as a stylish way to display your most worn pieces.

Recently I picked up a stunning plate from tjmaxx for only $7! It now sits pretty on my vanity table holding all my beauty products that I use most often. Its a great way to keep things grouped and it also jazzes up any surface.

Soap Dishes

They range from elegant to quirky, use this to your advantage to not only spruce up your table top but also repurpose it as a jewellery holder. Its an inexpensive method to keeping your jewellery organized as well as the fact that its a great space saver!

Jewellery stands

Recently I’ve noticed that Urban Outfitters have some great storage displays that are perfect for keeping your jewellery organized, below are a few that caught my eye.

Spinning Ribbon Stand & Antique Candle Stick Stand

           

Spinning Bird Stand & A Tree Grows Stand

Spinning Keys Stand & Love Bunnies Ring Holder

Designer Spotlight: Mary Katrantzou

Greek-born Mary Katrantzou in only a matter of years has become renowned for her stunning surrealistic prints that feature bold graphics and vividly captivating color. Katrantzou has secured her prestigious position among London Fashion Week’s leading young designers and it is evident as to the reason why. Her transcendent vision and unique collections are now featured in over 100 stockists in over 35 countries including Harvey Nichols in London, Colette in Paris, Barneys, Neiman Marcus in the US and many more.

Prior to her big break, Katrantzou had previously moved to the US in 2003 in order to study at the Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture. She subsequently transferred to Central Saint Martin’s Collage of Art Design to coomplete both her BA and MA where she focused on fashion prints. In 2006 she collaborating with Sophia Kokosalaki where she managed to create a portfolio for the Central Saint Martins Master Fashion Textiles course. Ultimately opening the Saint Martin’s graduating show, her collection became nominated for Harrods and the L’Oreal Professional Award, as well as gaining sponsorship by Newgen for six full seasons (S/S 2009 – A/W 2011).

Click here to download her press book.

Below is a selection of my favorite looks from Katrantzou’s latest Spring 2012 Ready-To-Wear collection:

Owl Obsession

Today is my last post before I head to Germany for the holidays, I will attempt to update while there and share some of my adventures however meanwhile on to the next post:

Okay so is it just me or is there a current “Owl Obsession” trend going on lately? Seems whenever I go window shopping or browse stores online the cute little things keep popping up! Overall I think owls are beautiful creatures, they have unique proportions and are absolutely adorable especially during their infant stage! (lets face it most animals are cute, fluffy and cuddly when they are that young ;) Take a quick look at the video below to see my point.

Check out the owl craze at Urban Outfitters that I encountered the other day:

In order to further prove my suspicions of the owl mania we are living in, I figured I’d select some items I thought were unique and share! Hope you enjoy my selections!

Mini Owl Figure USB Drive – $35
Kate Spade Owl Coin Purse$95 (Sold Out Sorry!)

Owl Earflap Hat, Diaper Cover Newborn Size - $45
Gold Sugar Owl Screen Printed Black Tote Bag – $16

Crochet Owl RugCurrently Sold Out (could contact seller)
The Owl of Ring$16

Owl Clean Show Curtain Rings - $14.99
Owl Towel Ring
– $24

2012 Illustrated Owl Calendar - $21
Owl Earring Holder
- $39

Custom Mini Plush Owl Toy- $11
Little Owl Fingerless Gloves
$37

Tangerine Tango Reigns 2012

Pantone recently announced “Tangerine Tango” is set to take the crown from 2011′s reigning hue, honeysuckle to become 2012 color of the year.

Described as a “spirited reddish orange” as well as “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Overall the optimistic, enticing shade is meant to uplift and encourage positive energy and warmth. Truly a dramatic headliner in comparison to last year’s soft honeysuckle winner, this year Pantone has added a more outspoken color to the world’s color wheel, in addition to 2011′s honeysuckle, turquoise (2010), mimosa (2009), blue iris (2008), chili pepper (2007), sand dollar (2006), blue turquoise (2005), tigerlily (2004), aqua sky (2003), true red (2002) fuchsia rose (2001) and cerulean (2000).

Beauty Alert: With the recent crowning of Tangerine Tango as Pantone’s 2012 color of the year comes word that Sephora is teaming up with the color company just at the right time to bring consumers a new cosmetics line. The collection will be centered around the tangy orange featuring products to include makeup and beauty accessories with a price range from $18-$80.

Love It or Loathe It?

Fashion is known for being adventurous, avant garde and sometimes just down right crazy! I’ve read mixed reviews surrounding Christian Loubtoutin’s “Alex Lion Paw” Pumps…However this hasn’t held back celebrities such as Blake Lively & Sarah Jessica Parker from snapping up the $4,995 furry pumps.

The pumps feature a light brown toe that segments into four protruding claw like “toes” with black jeweled talons as well as yellow pave crystals embellishing the stiletto heel and of course the signature Louboutin red soles.

Blake Lively rocked these pumps on the set of Gossip Girl while pairing them with a casual outfit whereas Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted with a “Little Red Ridding Hood” styled dress at a premiere for her recent movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It” back in August.

I think these pumps are rather quirky and forward thinking however personally I wouldn’t add these furry friends to my wardrobe ;) What do you think of these shoes? Let me know by commenting below!

Color Blocking Trend

Color Blocking is the combination of different solid colors that compliment one another to culminate in a dynamically chic ensemble. Are you brave enough to try it? Kate Winslet was and although color blocking is typically associated with the use of bold, vibrant colors the curvy actress stepped out in a more subtle toned (black, white & gray) figure hugging dress earlier this year when attending the red carpet for the Venice Film Festival.

Kate Winslet wearing Stella McCartney’s Octavia Dress priced at $1,600, on the red carpet at the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema on September 2, 2011 in Venice, Italy.

The Oscar winning actress looked absolutely stunning as she flaunted her curvy figure in a color blocked dress by Stella McCartney. The optical illusion dress was created with strategically placed black panels that transformed Kate’s figure into an hourglass proportion and gave the illusion of a slim, sleek physique.

Below are some tips on how to get your color block trend on as well as some affordable options that are guaranteed to flatter your figure whether you are wearing a dress, separates or want to add some flair to your outfit with some killer heels! I hope you enjoy the selections!

Subtle Yet High Contrasting
Too many bright colors together not your thing? That’s ok! I’ve got you covered, nothing says drama than the classic pairing of Black & White or the mixture of Nude & Black to offer a high contrasting statement. Combine your dress or separates with a sleek black/nude pair of heels to keep it simple, sophisticated and most importantly stylish.

1. Motel Bambi Dress in Color Block – $76.36

2. Maggy London Colorblock Ponte Dress – $138

3. Menswear Tank Dress – $79

Harmonious Combination

Team up colors from the same family – think bright red with fuchsia or deep reds for a fiery statement, as well royal blue with turqoise. Combining these colors with black can also add more drama to your outfit.

1. Venus Purple & Black Cut Out, Two Tone Dress - $39

2. Muse Color Block Dress – $159

3. En Crème One-Shoulder Colorblock Bandage Dress – $68

Turn Up The Volume

With some bright, vivid combinations such as purple and orange or with a hint of yellow or lime green.

1. ASOS Strapless Dress in Color Block$72.72 *Sale*

2. Lipsy Color Block Bandeau Dress – $74.54 *Sale*

3. Lipsy Loves Pixie Lott Color Block Bandeau Dress – $81.81 *Sale*

4. Motel Sherry Dress with Color Block Panels – $57.27 *Sale*

5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Louella Colorblock Dress – $218.00

6. ASOS Off Shoulder Dress in Color Block – $36.36 *Sale*

1. Style&co. Petite Sweater, Long Sleeve Color Block – $16.48 *Sale*

2. INC Sweater, Long Sleeve Colorblock Turtleneck – $29.99 *Sale*

3. Style&co. Sweater, Long Sleeve Turtleneck Colorblock - $21.98

4. High-Waist Color Block Pencil Skirt - $48.93 *Sale*

5. Daisy Fuentes® Colorblock Pencil Skirt – $22 *Sale*

6. TFNC Pencil Midi Skirt with Color Block Panels – $43.63 *Sale*

1. Bakers’ Evannan – $99

2. Audrey Brooke Sugar Pump – $79.95

3. River Island Color Block Platform Slingback Heels – $81.81 *Sale*

4. Jessica Simpson Beijo (Spiced Coral) – $98

5. Jessica Simpson Princess - $67.99

6. Jessica Simpson Beijo (Cloud Burst) – $98

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Glitterific: Subtle Style

On my way home from work yesterday as I was walking past the Sheraton Hotel, I noticed the festive Christmas lights that embellished the bushes outside the hotel. The first thing that resonated with me was how much it looked like glitter! Now typically I am not a fan of glitter in my wardrobe or beauty products, I’ve always been irritated with how it sticks to you and takes days for it to go away… however there are times where one can make an exception, in order to “jazz up” an outfit or feel a little more glam. Below are the photos I took my inspiration from as well as a mixture of beauty products and clothing that I thought didn’t scream glitter but has a subtle yet similar aesthetic.

  1. Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette – $28

  2. Forever21 Fancy Drape Necklace – $6.80

  3. Bebe Shoulder Cutout Sequins Sweater – $69

  4. Ted Baker Metallic Mini Skirt – $126 *Sale*

  5. Bebe Metallic Mesh Miniaudiere – $39

  6. Nails Inc Theatrical Effects Set – $20

  7. Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss – $4.19

  8. Forever21 Art Nuevo Earrings – $6.80

  9. Ann Marino Garnet Pump – $54.95

10. Ted Baker Dazzle Glitter Clutch – $180

11. Beyonce’s Pulse Gift Set – $62

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