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Emerald Revealed as Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, Pantone is already giving us fashionistas something to look forward to as they announce Emerald, a vibrant lush green as Colour of the Year for 2013.pantone

The authority on all things colour related has characterised Emerald as a hue that symbolises “a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”


Following in the footsteps of last year’s spirited and energetic Tangerine Tango, Emerald is typically deemed as a “sophisticated and luxurious” colour and often strongly associated with precious gemstones, growth and prosperity, which leads me to believe that many of us will enjoy the journey through Emerald City this upcoming year.


In addition to this announcement, Pantone has once again collaborated with beauty powerhouse, Sephora to create the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE™ 2013 Color of the Year beauty collection featuring PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, which will be available exclusively at Sephora in March 2013. The limited edition collection is set to feature eye shadows, nail polish and accessories and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with!


Modernizing Disney’s Leading Ladies Fashion


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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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

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

Down & Dotty Fashion

I’ve never really been a fan of the polka dot trend or P.D as I like to call it, I always thought it just didn’t suit me or something, I felt it perhaps didn’t fit into my style… However, lately I’ve been browsing stores and I came across the photos below of bokeh photography on pinterest that made me see P.D through a different light, so to speak…

IMAGE 01 Source & image 02 source

Am I now willing to give P.D a shot? I’d like to think so, below are some ideas for those who love dots or like myself are a bit skeptical when it comes to getting down and dotty 😉

Spruce Up Your Skin

Dry brushing your skin promotes the stimulation of the skin’s renewal process and is a preventative measure against dry skin and acts as an exfoliation that produces smooth, glowing skin as well as other additional benefits. Lately I have been reading about this popular method that is said to rejuvenate, invigorate and support the skin as well as the lymphatic system. Years ago I engaged in dry brushing but never really dedicated myself to a regime, this time and with the encouragement of what I have been reading I decided to put this to the test (for real this time) for the following reasons:

1. Smoother, softer skin.
2. Simple, inexpensive and a time efficient approach to healthier skin.
3. Stated to stimulates the lymphatic system.
4. It combats ingrown hairs.
5. It sloughs off dead skin.
6. Its a rewarding sensation.

How to get started on Dry Brushing!

1. Purchase a natural, NOT a synthetic, bristle brush. (vegetable bristle). I purchased one from Amazon that came highly recommended and the best part was that it was extremely inexpensive and beyond reasonable! It also comes with a long handle which allows you to reach all areas with no difficulty whatsoever.

2. Brush your skin daily, first thing in the morning is recommended as it seems to “wake up” your skin also keep in mind like any new regime it will take about 30 days to see and experience results.

3. Skin brushing should be performed prior to your bath/shower on your entire body ensuring that your skin is dry to begin with, do not wet your skin or the brush.

4. Begin brushing with long sweeping strokes beginning from the bottom of your feet moving in an upward direction towards your upper body. Always remember to brush towards the heart because the lymphatic fluid that circulates through the body outside of the blood’s circulatory system flows in one direction towards the heart.

5. Avoid sensitive areas of the skin where you may have rashes, wounds, cuts, infections or poison ivy.

6. After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower, and alternate temperatures from warm to cool water, this will further boost and stimulate blood circulation.

7. Finish off by lightly patting the skin with a towel and massage nourishing and moisturizing oils that absorb quickly into the skin such as almond, jojoba, emu or rose moscata oil or any good body lotion that contains no parraffins. I recommend using African Royale Hot Six Hair Oil its actually six oils in one and can be used on your scalp, hair, body and nails not to mention you can pick it up at your local drugstore.

8. Remember to clean your dry brush using soap and water once a week and hang dry to prevent mildew.

Let the brushing begin!

Have you tried dry brushing? Let me know your thoughts below!

Barbie: Bald is Beautiful

A touching campaign is under way on Facebook urging Barbie manufacturer, Mattel to create a Bald Barbe to help serve as a role model for young children battling through chemotherapy or suffering hair loss due to conditions such as alopecia.

Because of a group of women whose lives have been touched by cancer, Beautiful and Bald Barbie facebook page was conceived and has since reached 77,000 likes, sparking controversy as well as support for the cause to do away with Barbie’s iconic blonde locks in favor of creating a Bald Barbie which is equally as beautiful. Founders described the cause on their facebook page:

“We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania . Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother’s hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from a long haired to a bald.

Accessories such as scarves and hats could be included. This would be a great coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves or a loved one. We would love to see a portion of proceeds go to childhood cancer research and treatment. Let’s get Mattell’s attention!”

The Facebook page was created after the two friends heard about a four-year-girl from Mineola, Long Island, who had lost her hair after treatment for cancer.

Little Genesis Reyes, who missed having her “princess” hair, inspired the parent of another patient in the hospital to ask the CEO of Mattel, who happened to be a personal friend, to create a special bald Barbie doll for Genesis.

Personally I feel this is a heartfelt movement that has the ability to encourage and provide a source of reassurance and acceptance to those who are directly and indirectly dealing with the disease. Creating a Bald Barbie would symbolize and demonstrate support through such a difficult period that must be an unimaginable loss.

The Bald Barbie doll has the potential to raise considerable awareness of the disease, this is already evident given by the volume of Facebook supporters alone. I’m hoping this recognition translates into action, the development of a Bald Barbie would serve as a reassuring welcome gift to cancer patients and begin to help children to still feel “normal” during the battle against such a vicious disease. I sincerely hope that Mattel realizes the amount of good that this could do and the shear amount of money that can be raised in order to aid cancer research further would be amazing.


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