Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I consider myself a bit of a hoarder. This is a serious problem when I'm planning on moving into a 900sq ft apartment. Even though I seem to be the only one who thinks it's normal to convert the kitchen into a walk in wardrobe, I may have to start cutting down.
One thing I will never stop collecting is lip balm. Expensive, slightly odd, targeted at children or made in a kitchen sink I can't seem to get enough. So far I've found two that I can't seem to live without; By Terry's Baume de Rose and Smith's Rosebud Salve. After giving into a recommendation from my dermatologist (who clearly knows her p's and q's) I can add a third to my list; Lucas' Papaw. This is absolutely amazing for lips who have been mistreated by the October chill. It's not the easiest product to find (unless you live in Australia) but you can search for it on Amazon and eBay. On the plus side, you won't have to feel guilty using it, it won't break the bank.
Monday, October 29, 2012
One of my favourite looks for winter is pairing simple black skirts (you can never go wrong with a black leather pencil skirt or a black flippy skirt) with oversized patterned sweaters.
Don't be afraid of colour, if you play everything else safe you won't end up looking like an escapee from Cirque du Soleil.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I've recently changed my makeup habits. Gone are the nights where a red lip and smokey eye are my evening uniform. I'm welcoming fresh skin without a drop of makeup, overgrown brows, lip balm (more on my favourite later) and a touch of brown mascara. Furthermore my roots have become something that would have made Madonna circa 1987 green with envy. My next trip to the hairdresser will hopefully result in a darker and more natural colour rather than Icelandic cool tone highlights.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I'm a sucker for all things big; diamonds, heels, heck, I'll even supersize my McDonalds. Eyebrows are most definitely part of that list. If you've gone a bit heavy with the tweezers (trust me I've burnt the majority of my pictures from my 13th year) then slather your brows with caster oil each night and watch them grow. Let your Tweezerman's gather some dust and admit that bigger really is better.
Monday, October 22, 2012
So I'm fairly certain that I've had one (or two) male readers check my blog once in a blue moon. It wasn't easy thinking of who to interview about mens style, quirky and frivolous is often championed over classic tailoring with impeccable details.
Mohammed Al Turki is a film producer and has more air miles than the entire Virgin Atlantic cabin crew. Having studied with Mohammed I have long appreciated his simplistic approach with dressing. He chooses beautifully made pieces and old-Hollywood tailoring over the youthful tat which we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Here are a few of his style and jet-set tips.
How would you describe your style?
I’m perceived as classic. Which is fairly accurate, but every now and then I’ll try to start my own personal trend.
What are you must have items for long distance flights?
My Berlutti briefcase, a carry on bag it varies between my LV, Gucci or Prada bag. My Goyard toiletry kit. An Hermes Cashmere scarf. Eye drops, lip saver. My macbook and my Dr.Dre beats headphones.
What are your holy grail grooming products?
Acqua di Parma’s shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream and aftershave. As well I’m a huge fan of Espa products they have the best shave mud.
In the perfumes department no one can beat Tom Ford.
Who or what influences your style?
I’m comfortable in my style and I’m certainly no brand snob. I’ll wear whatever I think is cool, whether its from top fashion houses to humble bazaars, markets or tailor made.
5 pieces in your wardrobe you couldn't live without
My Nike sweats , my converse shoes, my black cashmere hoody, my Seven jeans and Calvin Klien t-shirts.
Seen here with the beautiful Cara Delegivne and Roberto Cavalli.
What are your favourite travel destinations?
For the summer : St.Tropez , Ibiza and Porto Cervo.
For the winter: St.Moritz , Courchevel and St.Barths.
I love to go to new destinations went to Bali last year and loved it. I also liked the Maldives.
What are you evening wear essentials?
A Suit Jacket , a shirt , dark pair of jeans or trousers and a scarf.
What are you top 5 pieces for fall/winter 2012?
1- The new Cutler and Gross sunglasses collection.
2- The new colours for the Goyard card holders.
3- Dolce and Gabanna leather jackets.
4- Tom Ford velvet slippers.
5- Christian Louboutin black on black studded shoes.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
In NYC : Barneys New York , Bergdorf Goodman.
In Paris: Avenue Montaigne.
In London: Harrods and Sloane Street.
In the Middle East: Fashion Avenue at Dubai Mall.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Kenzo is back in a big way and I can't decide where to begin. The quirky prints and the mish-mash of colours, fabrics and designs have resulted in a night or two of waking up in cold sweats.
One of my favourite pieces is this tiger jumper which could have been something that you borrowed from your grandmother when you were younger and prayed no one you went to school with saw you. It comes in a variety of colours and knits which will no doubt wreak havoc on my sleep pattern for the next few days.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
My best friend in the world had her civil wedding ceremony this weekend. It was every bit as elegant as I would have imagined. Her column-like Dior dress would have made Jackie O green with envy.
Since I very rarely wear such bright colours, I couldn't think of a better time to wear this tomato red Gucci chiffon dress that my mother bought me for my birthday in February. I could easily imagine Ginger Rogers dancing around a mirror lined room with Fred Astaire in this (perhaps without the Charlotte Olympia Dolly heels that I'm wearing). True to the old-Hollywood theme I matched my nails with my bright red dress, it would have been a pity not to. I topped it off with my trusty Andrew Gn fur jacket and a (matching) red Valentino Rockstud clutch.
(Excuse the messy room, getting ready for such an occasion calls for drastic measures)
Finally I had to share my fellow bridesmaids amazing Alaia pencil skirt (which she matched with a Nina Ricci lace blouse and a Joseph fur collared coat).
What a glorious day!
Monday, October 15, 2012
I have been on the hunt for the perfect vintage Chanel belt for a while. It needs to be the perfect balance between classic and gaudy and be wearable when I'm sixty (and hopefully give Christie Brinkley a run for her money). This one is fairly fabulous, it has enough logos to make a Russian WAG get cold sweats and enough gold chain to remain Chanel.
The search continues.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
This gorgeous top could quite easily be a Balmain piece that would set you back thousands. In fact it is not, it's vintage and sadly it's not sitting in my wardrobe waiting to be paired with leather pants. I missed out.
Having vintage pieces in your wardrobe is just as important as anything else. It will set your look apart from others and there is more chance of you winning the lottery than seeing someone wearing what you are.
Last night I attended the Vanity Fair and Christie's party where I was stopped and asked about my necklace. It brought me such joy to tell the head honcho of the art world that in fact my Mongol-like necklace was from Portobello Road and with ten pounds I managed to buy that and a pot of tea.
What are your best vintage finds?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
I must admit, I fell in love with these boots when I saw them during summer. After ignoring them online and in various stores because I thought they would just be a 'thing' I'm kicking myself. They're classic Givenchy. They make any outfit. They are show-stoppers.
What a fool I am.
Anyone know where I can pick some up?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This is my favourite find of the week. Ignore the over pouty expression and focus on how perfect this jumper is; it's cosy but still slim fitting enough to avoid looking like a sack of potatoes, it's better than most of the jumpers I have seen from many designers this season, it's not made out of 100% acrylic (acrylic is not your friend) and best of all it's not going to break the bank.
Mango Cable Bobble Jumper
Get it here.