Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Au Revoir Carine Roitfeld!

After almost 10 years at the helm of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld says 'au revoir' and will finish up at the end of January to pursue personal projects.

Like many fashion editors Carine dabbled in modelling as a young girl but claims she "was not a star", although after working at Elle as a writer and then as a stylist she really did begin to shine.

Carine left Elle to work on freelance styling and was soon working with the likes of Mario Testino, it was through working with Mr Testino that Tom Ford noticed her use of Gucci loafers in a campaign they shot together and snapped her up to become a stylist and later muse for  Gucci, her work at Gucci was iconic,some say it was her flair that bought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy, so it was no surprise when she was approached by Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse to edit french vogue in 2001.

In the book 'Stylist', produced by style.com Carine declared, "I am not  a good professional of fashion. I am not an expert about how clothes are constructed or the history of fashion. I never start with fashion. I always think of the girl and her personality- because all that matters to me when you look at a page is, 'Do you want to be that girl?"

Her look is her own and she is never hard to spot front row with her sky high heels, tight knee lengths skirts and bangs hanging over her signature dark brows. she has a slightly parisian-cross rock chick look and although seen wearing a lot of black is un-predicable and often steps out in animal print and fur.

Of her leaving she says “It’s 10 years that I’m editor of the magazine,I think it’s time to do something different.”
And she is definitely leaving on a high note, can't wait to see what she does next!


All images from www.style.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When Jimmy Chose Ugg's.....

Opening my e-mail yesterday I got a bit of a shock when I read the headline-'Ugg Australia and Jimmy Choo's capsule collection has arrived', I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, I even thought one of my fashionable friends may have been playing tricks on me.

Then I went to Net-A-Porter.....it's all true!! 
Since when are ugg's back?? Or when were they ever really in?? 
I admit I owned a pair when I was 9, but even then I refused to leave the house in them.

Leopard print, fringing and stud detail cover these 'new' designer ugg's, although I'm sure K-Mart did something similar at a fraction of the cost, these Ugg's will set you back a  whopping $806 Aussie dollars!! 
They are suede but that's an awful leather for an ugg, suede is not great to look after at the best of times!

Note to all: Just because you spend $800 on a pair of designer ugg boots does not make you any less feral than the people who get them at K-Mart, and if you want to look like Pammy Anderson strutting around Malibu in your ugg's, then that's fine but don't expect to be making any best dressed lists soon

Leopard Ugg's, they don't fool me!

This pair has sold out! Or is it Jimmy Choo who has sold out?

I will leave you with one thought- Ugg stand's for ugly not even Jimmy Choo and a few studs can take that away from them!


Bad styling...

I love shopping online, knowing I can purchase anything from anywhere in the world when I want it is amazing, whether it fit's is another question but I still love it!

That was until I wandered onto www.shopbop.com and noticed this picture of the Alice & Olivia 'stacey bell pant' in olive $254:

What is wrong with this picture, or should I say what isn't wrong!! 

Look how long the pant's are!! 

They do not even fit the model, you need to flatter the model to sell the clothes, if I was Alice & Olivia I would be very unimpressed about how these pant's have been photographed.

Add a heel, a nice wedge to give it a 70's look or get a taller model!!

I still love shopbop but this is online styling gone wrong.....shame...


Monday, October 18, 2010

Look Of The Week: Blake Livley

I have a confession to make.... I never really got into Gossip Girl, but I do have a slight girl crush on Blake Livley, I think she has amazing style and apparently it's all her own, one of the few Hollywood celebs without a stylist!

Some of my fave Blake looks:

Loving this blue on her, keeping it one colour makes her appear slimmer than she already is!
Image: style.com
A recent outing in a new Lanvin collection dress, to die for!! Love the colour, love the style, love it!!

Here is the look on the runway, but I think Blake pulls it off much better!

Here is Blake in Chanel, keeping it cute and young!
Image: style.com

Apparently Karl Lagerfeld has mentioned his love for Blake too, and can you blame him, his next muse perhaps?!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Look Of The Week

I'm not usually a Lauren Conrad fan but I have to say I was very taken by her appearance at the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood bash on Friday night.

Strutting her stuff in an olive shirt and high waisted shorts she reminds me of an old movie star, oozing that old school charm with her hair swept to the side, it's smart casual but with her hair and make-up she has really amped up the look!

I Love xx

Va Va Voom!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Shopping for less!

Shopping does not have to be an expensive exercise, thanks to E-Bay and second-hand shops we can get a whole outfit for under $20!

I am in Darwin at the moment and was desperate for some new looks so decided to hit 'the Salvation Army' for some new dresses to suit the 37 degree heat!!

The best thing to do is really take your time, you can't walk in to a second-hand store full of treasures and expect to find something straight away, it takes patience and a good eye.

I spent about an hour and a half walking around trying on everything and this is what I came home with:

A striped mini, perfect for the weather conditions and a little nautical:$3.50

This Gucci-esque belt, stretch so one size fits all, woohoo! $2.50

All together with my blue wayfarers and clogs = Perfect summer outfit!

Don't be afraid of print and also if there is something you love but doesn't quite fit you can always take it to be altered and it will still probably be cheaper than buying something new! 

Another purchase:

A three tone burnt orange dress, with my Samantha Wills necklace: $4.00

The belt comes in handy again!

There was one purchase I made that is not really made for Darwin but I had to have it, a black vintage leather jacket with brown panels down the front, and even though I was sweating profusely I managed to  get a quick snap in it.

Only $15!

So all up I had a great day shopping and only spent $25,I will definitely be visiting a few more second hand shops whilst here in Darwin, especially because unlike in my home town of Melbourne not as many people are into it, that means more treasures for mwah!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bag Laideeee

God Bless Alexander McQueen,this amazing snakeskin clutch is selling on www.net-a-porter.com

My phone starts ringing........where is it???.....
In my bag....

Where am I?

Stuck in traffic!

Whilst watching the road I stick my hand in my bag, to search for my phone (& hands free of course!!), it’s got to be on the top, surely?

Rustle Rustle, something sharp, make-up bag, nope, notebook, nope, hairbrush, magazine, nope, perfume, gum, ah ha..... my phone... except now it’s gone to voice mail. 
Don't you hate that! 
As I throw my phone back in my bag I think maybe I should get a smaller bag? Or maybe a bag with more pockets.....

You can never have too many bags, (no matter what HE says) a bag to a woman is like sports to a man, excitement wise, (although they will never grasp that) one obvious difference is that bags are useful! They carry all of our precious personals and if need be........ our pampered pooches, they can complete or uplift an outfit.

When you’re out at night where does your boy and all your other male friends put their keys?? That's right in our bags, can sport do that?

The reason we need lots of bags is because, like people bags come in all shapes and sizes, you need a different ones for different occasions, a straw tote for summer lazing around the beach, a clutch for that special evening or to make an outfit a little more edgy, a sling for yummy mummies or serious shoppers to keep hands free for other things and last but not least every one needs a trusty neutral everyday bag that can take a good beating.

If you are in the market for a bag, no matter what the occasion, there are a few things you should be asking yourself before leaving the house, first have a look at what you already have and start from there. 
What do you need?? What size are you after? Big.... Small...??
What will its main purpose be? Work or PlayLeather or PVC
Is it an investment? 
PVC is cheaper but leather (if looked after correctly) will last you a lot longer & some come with a guarantee. (We likeee)

A good bag should be able to transform an outfit or mood. 

Celeb stylist Rachel Zoe swears by these rules when searching for a great bag:

  • Buy vintage, they have a lovely worn in feel and are unique.
  • Stay away from suede, it doesn't age well.
  • If buying an expensive bag, choose darker colors that will wear well.
  • Invest in a classic style, one that won’t go out of fashion.
This is a great every day bag by Alexander Wang and is currently on Net-A-Porter.

You don't need to spend your life savings to get a great bag. Yes, we would all love a Hermes Birkin but with retail prices starting from the $15,000 mark, per bag it’s not really, realistic, unless you want to live in it! 
I saw an Orange Croc skin Birkin on EBay for $49,999, amazing, but you can get a stylish new car for that price!!

You can get great PVC & leather bags from chain stores for a good price or try second hand stores and markets, believe it or not, people do throw good bags out-from PVC to designer leather. Gasp, the thought of throwing anything out makes me cringe.

Practicality is another thing to keep in mind when buying a bag, are you like me and carry around you life in your bag? Sick of hunting for phones or lip-gloss? 
If so look for a bag with lots of pockets or different sections. If you’re the one of a kind type that only carries around your staple items, then go for a smaller bag with a zip.

Bags will continue to play a major part in every woman's & some men's, wardrobes. How else could we carry our lives around? 
In our pockets like our sport loving men?? I think not.(If you are a sport loving, bag carrying man, disregard that comment)

Ring Ring....Now where did I put my phone? 

Valentino Pete Hobo, HOT! Buy from www.shopbop.com