Monday, 29 March 2010

Easy Like A Sunday Morning (Part I)

Sometimes in life, there are occasions that call for a stand-out dress so beautiful that it requires no other adornment (other than some liquid eyeliner and a charming smile, naturally.) But for the other 99% of the time, wouldn't it be wonderful to have a wardrobe stuffed full of perfectly-fitting, expensive-looking yet nonchalant basics? Imagine... You could more or less roll out of bed, blindly stick your hand in your wardrobe and put on the first few things you grab, and be highly likely to look pretty swish. That is the idea, anyway - it could go wrong if you happened to sieze three cardigans. But I digress! 

The idea behind it is that your attire focuses not so much on the individual items, but how they are all put together. That old saucepot Marilyn Monroe was allegedly enraged if someone complimented the dress she wore instead of her looks, which is admittedly a bit diva-ish but I can see her point. A modern day beauty who is also an excellent representative of basics-love is Alexa Chung. She has, in fact, just bought out her own range of what are her wardrobe staples - 60's style dresses, high waisted shorts and leather jackets. Here are some good examples of some finely dressed ladies, both modern and classic, who's ensembles call attention to their natural good looks and innate sense of style.

... These are the kind of outfits I could wear all day, every day. In my dreams. 

Now that you are (hopefully) won over by the 'basic' look, in part two I will present to you some lovely basics to make your own!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Be My Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! My gift to you? A collection of the finest males known to mankind. Enjoy!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Crimson & Clover

Topshop Parisian Charms Jersey Dress


ASOS Nude Bow Dress


Urban Outfitters Lace Slip Dress

Your favourite red lipstick


..... Something to this affect!

The always impreccable Diane Kruger recently made me realise that nude dresses and red lips make the most lovely combination known to mankind. The nonchalant up-do and minimal accessories focuses the attention the contradicting hues even more. Genius.

Friday, 15 January 2010

How To Be Adored

I'd like to point you in the direction of a highly lovely book that I purchased a couple of months ago, and still find myself constantly referring to. 'How To Be Adored', by Caroline Cox, ought not to be judged by its slightly self help-esque title, as it reads more like a manual for classic Hollywood era beauties. As well as preaching the virtues of being lovely to all you meet, it also features advice such as how to make your voice more appealing, how to dress for your figure (from Perfect Ballerina, i.e. Audrey Hepburn, to Mae West-style Big & Beautiful) and good old fashioned relationship.

My favourite element is the tips straight from the star's mouths, as well as sneaky tips from those who worked with them, which is something you rarely find in such books. For example, how do you think Audrey Hepburn enchanced those legendary doe-eyes? Her makeup artist seperated each individual eyelash with a pin. And Marlene Dietrich aquired that unrivaled bone structure through contouring powders and - rumour has it - having her molars removed. 

I can't reccomend this book highly enough for anyone interested in old-school Hollywood glamour. Click here for a link to Amazon, where it costs a mere £6.75. (I wish I was being paid for this!)

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Cosmic Dancer

Today, let's admire the wonderful stylings of trapeze artist/ model/ film-maker, Sarah Sophie Flicker. She can often seen having more fun than anyone else with her equally well-dressed friends, Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson and Erin Fetherston, and has been featured in Lula more times than those Tabio heart-print tights. It is not hard to see why - with her milk white skin, waist length curls and a penchant for pastel, sparkling outfits - nay, costumes - she looks as though she has stepped straight of a Hans Christian Anderson tale. She also sports an enviable line in head-wear; in these photos alone she showcases a galaxy of stars, a crown of flowers and a sequinned cat mask, worn fascinater-style. Without further ado, feast your eyes upon some of her wonderful get-ups of late....

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Venus In Furs

Leopards and glamour pusses have long gone hand in hand, with some even going as far as owning one as a pet, and once again, the classic print is back in the fashion spotlight. Stylish types have been sporting leopard print everything, from 5-inch Louboutins to that Agent Provocateur leotard. However, I think leopard print looks best worn as nature intended - fluffy and furry - or as saucy underwear. It is particularly effective in the form of a warm furry coat (faux, naturally) or a coquettish little hat. Note in the example below, from the previously- blogged film 'An Education', how you and your friend can craftily co-ordinate by wearing one item each!

Rosamund Pike & Carey Mulligan in 'An Education', sporting co-ordinating lovely leopard pieces. 

Audrey Hepburn keeping it minimal in a leopard print pillbox hat.

Edie Sedgwick sporting her two best-known trademarks, her faithful leopard coat and her distinctive silver 'do.

Alexa Chung having a rare old-school glamour moment with the oh-so-glamourous combination of leopard print and red lipstick.

Brigitte Bardot adding even more french flair to her Leopard trench with a jauntily-placed beret.

The divine Daisy Lowe teaming her coat and a Ghost World-style mask with great panache.

If you are looking to add a bit of leopard to your wardrobe, Topshop is stocking a particularly lovely coat and a very chic beret can be found at H&M!