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Expression through clothing is not a new concept. The ever-changing fashion scene has long served as a mirror image of the mood and political pulse of an era. The minis of the swinging ’60s gave way to the flower power aesthetic that was representative of the peace movement in the ’70s. The 80s embraced corporate supremacy with shoulder pads and structure, the antithesis of the grunge-themed 90s where heroin chic was the look of the decade.
This season, designers are encouraging us to have our say quite literally with wordy tees. When Dior sent the white tee declaring “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS” down the runway, it was a clear sign that chatty shirts were back in style. Not since the 90’s when George Michael encouraged us to “Choose Life” in his Wake Me Up video and British designer Katharine Hamnet declared “Frankie Say Relax” have we seen such a resurgence of words on clothing. (more…)
They first came on my radar in early January. A dress they’d designed caught my eye one day whilst filling my virtual shopping cart on Net-a-Porter. The design reminded me of something I’d find in the closet of my great aunt. The sort of thing she’d have referred to as a “housedress”. She’d wear it while baking or maybe when she busied herself picking flowers from the garden to arrange on multiple vases in her home. The “they” I refer to is the design duo working under the collective label ATTICO.
Blame it on this year’s successful films. Wasn’t LaLa Land’s Mia just de-lovely sashaying atop the Hollywood Hills in the sunshine shade? And in Disney’s remake, when she had to tame her beast, what colour did Belle choose? Yes, yellow, the shade once reserved for detergent commercials, cautionary lights and fire hydrants, is having a moment in fashion this Spring/Summer. (more…)
|Chrissy Tiegen, January Jones and Alexa Chung demonstrate the #sheetmaskselfie|
It’s a very on-point look to post on your Instagram account according to the queens of social media like Alexa Chung, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Tiegen. I’m talking sheet masks (#sheetmaskselfie). If you’re anything like me, you are in prime hibernation mode this month, so it’s a great time to connect with your inner Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Hannibal Lecter (pick your horror hero) and try one out. Just be sure to wait till your significant other is fast asleep…we had a week of night terrors in our home when I forgot to do so. (more…)
|Weekend winter warriors should be warm and comfy above all else.|
Right around this time of year, post holidays and pre-spring break, the easy wearability of the winter weekend wardrobe is what floats my boat. Comfort is key and the rules are dictated by practical, rather than frivolous elements of the season; what works and looks good is, of coarse, determined by the weather.
When my youngest was turning 13 earlier this month, he announced that he’d like to fly to New York City to get his hands on a pair of Spectacles.
The thing I absolutely cannot stand about winter (besides the boot wrecking salt) is the dry air that turns my scalp and hair into a static, parched version of the Sahara. Add to that the fact that I highlight my hair, wear volume depleting hats and enjoy a seasonal party circuit, which mandates thrice weekly blow outs combined with a diet rich in sinful dehydrating goodies. Suffice it to say I could very well have a dull, flat, flyaway mane situation with some (gasp!) buzz-killing flakes, in desperate need of first aid.
|Is plum the new navy?|
Plum, burgundy, maroon…call it what you will it remains a regal, classic color that always reminds me of winter. How does it differ from purple? Well technically it IS purple, just with some red and brown tones. It always translates as superglam and speaking of fashion super powers…has the ability to transcend trends.
|Julie Andrews may have dreamed of mitts and a kettle but my wish list is a tad better.|
If there’s one thing that comes to mind at this time of year, aside from the crowded malls, posters suggesting lipgloss makes a good stocking stuffer and my mom’s plum pudding, it’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Not sure how that film became synonymous with Christmas but it’s always on a laptop or television around our house on Christmas Day. I’m no Julie Andrews but, like the song says, I do have some favourite things to give and receive. (Really hope my hubby is reading this HINT HINT).
|For my after-work event I chose a lace/eyelet Oscar De la Renta top and skirt, paired with a Sara Battaglia for Ferragamo bag and Givenchy sandals.|
Recently I was invited to an after-work event which would involve meeting new people. It got me thinking…what does one wear “after-work” to meet new people? The task was even more complicated, given that I don’t work at an office proper. The reality is few people go to these things directly from work. Most dash home to toss off the office attire and slip into something a little more playful. To that end…a few tips when navigating the tricky path of “after-work” invites.