Here's another look I've recently styled. This one is my favourite so far. It was inspired by the pin up girl's look and I hope that it reflects it. Bare midriff, vintage-style bra, a headpiece and hold ups are all inseparable elements of this style.
There are 2 more looks to go but maybe you have a favourite one already?
I remember when I started dating my boy and there was one item in his wardrobe that I hated from the moment I saw it: his Paul Smith cord trousers. When the time came and I felt like he won't dump me the minute I say it, I clearly expressed my feelings about the cords and they've been sitting at the back of his wardrobe since.
Why would I tell you that? There's a very good reason for it.
I have recently purchased a pair of cord trousers. I don't know why or how it happened but I picked them up in BT2's, tried them on and felt like keeping them (a common enough scenario). I knew I had a difficult conversation ahead of me back home when (not surprisingly) my boy remembered my previous hatred towards the very same item I just purchased.
Let's just say it's a trial and me and the cords are trying to make it work. I've been 'cordless' for years now so maybe it's a high time for change?
Every year it becomes more difficult to pick one trend which will get you through the season. With more and more amazing styles coming up, it’s not easy to stay stylish without breaking the bank.
One of the hottest trends for SS12 is prints and D&G’s last collection focused mainly on that. I really liked how they used vintage style scarves and handkerchiefs so the look can be recreated very easily and at a fairly low cost!
The best way to recreate this look is to play around with some of your vintage scarves (if you don’t own any, hit any charity shop or flea market and you can snap them up for as low as €1).
Below is an example of a quick DIY I did with a pair of heels and a Penneys clutch. All you need is a glue gun and a little bit of patience!
If this restyling seems too much and you would rather play it safe, there are three other simple ways to work a vintage scarf into your look: as a headband, as a belt or tied up in a bow at your neck with a white, buttoned-up shirt. All scarf-type of prints work best with gold jewellery so make sure you add some, especially for an evening look.
As not everyone is into DIY but we all want to snap that trend at an affordable price, high street, as always, comes to the rescue. Below are just a few pieces that really rock those prints but come with a much better price tag.
I have recently had a pleasure to do some styling for a photoshoot again.
Here are the first results.
This Zara shirt is definitely Celine-inspired (Celine Resort 12'). I wanted to keep it simple and fresh so I paired it with a pair of white linen trousers, sunglasses, orange heels and barely-there make-up. I think it's a very fresh, summery look and very much on trend for SS12.
I was crazy about Natalie B Coleman's last year's collection and she didn't disappoint this time either.
Chain and jewellery-type of prints can be difficult as they easily overpower the outfit. It's tricky to keep it simple but Ms Coleman totally nailed it. The shapes of all pieces are just fantastic; with basic whites, the jewellery really looks great. I also love all the amazing fabrics: silks, satins...
I should really let the clothes do the talking. Below are my (by far) 3 favourite looks.
If you want to see more (I'm sure you do) check out Natalie B Coleman's website HERE
I tried to be really good during the January sales and while shopping, I kept all of the SS12 trends in mind. I'm sure that considering the amount of stuff I bought, some of it will never see the daylight BUT I think I managed to snap a few pieces that not only I lusted over for months but which will also be suitable when the weather gets warmer.
Take for example this dress. I think you can rarely go wrong with a silk dress, especially when it's seriously reduced and the new season is all about prints.
I paired it with a fake fur collar as it's exactly the same colour as one of the flowers on the print and I thought it brings it out nicely. No jewellery needed.
Candy colours are all around now and as the new season stock keeps on flooding in, it's getting seriously colourful out there. I feel like I'll go a bit mad for neon this year, I'm already excited! Especially in jewellery. To make a transition slow and not too drastic though, I subtly implemented some colour to the outfit below which was originally an all black ensemble.
I like the unexpected pop of colour on the heel. I added a long necklace as the waist line in that dress is really high so this elongated the figure, otherwise it could look a bit like a snowman.
Following on my last post I felt inspired to put together an outfit that would complement the makeup. Although I don't own anything like Carrie Bradshaw's 'naked dress', I went for something that I hope looked chic, simple and sexy. It's a very comfortable outfit which makes it easier to feel great as well! I wanted a backless dress for ages now but I'm not confident enough to go all bare. This dress makes it so much easier and shows off/covers up just the perfect amount.
I can also instroduce you to another one of my Christmas gifts - my (amazing) new Gucci shoes. I must have been a really really good girl last year ;) This is my first pair of platforms (I know, shocking) as I always sort of stayed away but I'm beginning to love them!
One of the Christmas presents I received was the Urban Decay, Naked make-up palette. I'm pretty sure it needs no introduction, especially to bloggers, due to whom the thing was sold out for ages. I personally couldn't get a hold of it initially and then I sort of ignored it (read below re: my lack of beauty addiction). I never tried it which was maybe part of the reason as well. I only became a 'make-up brush addict' recently after I got a set of brushes during my holidays. I don't know if they're any good but I just loove using them.
After my first go with the palette I was totally hooked. I started with 'naked' shade, worked through the 'virgin' and in no time I realised I'm half way through the palette, used most of the colours and didn't feel like stopping! Some of the shades are also so simple and amazing at the same time, I can't believe I only got it now. Thanks Santa BTW!
Urban Decay Naked palette, my makeup (v.simple) and the brushes..