Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Fashion Truth

Have you ever heard the saying 'Fashion is an escape from reality'? Neither have I, because I thought it up myself! I guess in a way, fashion is a form of comfort; walking into a shop filled with bright new clothes and the smell of fresh material is exciting, a new dress, a new you! Fashion really brightens up life when it becomes dull; I guess that's why there are so many binge-shoppers out there; maybe people who are insecure become reliant on fashion to become a substitute for love and comfort? For most people though it's not that extreme! Fashion is a positive thing; an instant confidence boost and expression of personality and character.

Anyway, I couldn't be a binge-shopper even if I wanted to with my budget! I don't mind though, I have just as much fun trying on clothes and seeing what kind of styles and shaped clothing suits me for future purchasing - a great way to get fashion wise! Know your body shape and discover the clothing that flatters it best. If you want to find out what body shape you are click this link > http://www.shopyourshape.com/

L.K.Bennett: Oatmeal Dress

Yesterday I had such a great time looking through various shops in Exeter city centre with my sister, including Jane Norman, Reiss, Jack Wills and Oasis. I was browsing through plenty of gorgeous designer dresses, and I came across this elegant and chic oatmeal coloured dress in L.K.Bennett, and of course I had to try it on!

 The shop assistant recommended  a pair of classic glossy black heels for me try on with the dress. The outfit, with a contrasting soft beige and glossy black, I think would be suited to a professional work environment or formal occasion; I know I'd love to wear this to work when I get a job in Journalism!

The price of the dress was reduced to £75 from £197 which I thought was quite reasonable for a designer item; maybe not for a student like me but for a high-earning working professional, I think it'd be quite affordable.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Sex and the City: Get Carrie's look!

Sex and the City. This is a TV series I fell in love with after watching the first Sex and the City movie. I know the series started in 1998, but the characters and storyline is timeless because it's a story that all girls can relate too, no matter how long ago it was made. Get your hands on the box set for £69.99 at hmv, I know I will at some point, just need to stop myself from raiding my piggy bank! :/Anyway, my favourite character is Carrie (no doubt about that) alongside millions of other Carrie admirers. The character of Carrie is sweet, loyal, friendly and laid-back and I'll tell you what kind of make up and hairstyles you can create to reflect her qualities in yourself.

1. Don't fake it, be a natural beauty.
On Sex and the City, Carrie wears minimal make-up including light foundation matching her skin tone and earthy eyeshadow. Her effortless blend of neutral make-up reflects her inner confidence - showing how she is unafraid to let others see her for who she really is; without wearing a mask . Have confidence in your personality and appearance and your natural and inner beauty will shine through, less is more.

2. Get Carrie's loose curls without the heat.
If you weren't born with loose curls like Carrie, try achieving them by using this effortless trick. Before going to bed, Part your hair (preferably damp hair) into 6 sections and twist each section into a neat bun, then secure with a hairband, leave overnight and wallah!- beautiful natural waves you can wear with pride.

3. Don't be afraid to wear bold colours, wear it with confidence and others will think your stunning.
Wear daring and vibrant colours and styles which suit your skin tone and body shape. Not only will they make you feel confident and exhilarated; people will take more notice of you, just like how a pair of red heels stand out amongst black ones, you see my common sense? Just like Carrie, don't feel restrained to dress with the crowd; if you love a dress than wear it! Be Yourself.

London Fashion Week: Giles

As all of you fashion lovers probably know, this years London fashion week started yesterday on the 17th February and will continue until the 22nd February. Throughout the duration of the fashion show; many worldwide iconic fashion designers will be featuring their new collections in the show; this includes Paul Smith, Mulberry, Nicole Fahri and Jasper Conran. I have to say though, while I was looking through the London Fashion week schedule, one designer really stood out for me. Amongst the Giles Spring/summer collection of statement, shapely and playful clothes; I love the Midnight blue silk dress which looks both sensual and effortless; which I think was intentionally done by Giles to give a gracefully captivating look. To see the rest of Giles' collection visit this link> www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/designer-profile.aspx?DesignerID=129  I think it's great that he parades the collection on a model who doesn't look anorexic- but slim and glowing. It almost seems like most designer's think it looks great when their models look half-starved! 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Ralph Lauren Spring collection: Valentina

I couldn't help but notice the new Ralph Lauren Spring Collection, its sleek delicate and inherently female. The collection parades innocent ivory, champagne, soft blush and silver dresses; as well as exquisitely intricate beadwork. Though I have to favour the Valentina look. The gentle floral georgetta skirt blends so well with the jade metallic silk tank top and blue mohair vintaged cardigan. It's contrasting pastel colours give it a casual yet subtle look. The romantic outfit was 'inspired by the feminine innocence of Jazz age of Jazz age sportswear' though unfortunately the prices aren't so Jazzy! Since the shirts alone are likely to be £70 + in may be wiser to look at some cheaper alternatives despite all its glory.