Wonder White

The all-white theme is well on trend this summer with several celebrities appearing in pristine white outfits this week. It is fresh, modern and ideal for the hottest day.

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Kim Sears crisp in white at Wimbledon

Coast Fit and Flare Dress - £35.99 @ www.vhoutlet.co.uk

Coast Fit and Flare Dress – £35.99 @ http://www.vhoutlet.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you do not want to go for the total look, take the edge by mixing in some grey or pastel – nude or silver look good depending on the event. Different textures in white give an added dimension but make sure the shades of white match – best checking in daylight. Or try self printed fabric with white or cream printed on white.

Team with pale pastels to tone down the white.

Team with pale pastels to tone down the white.

Trousers look fab in white as does a power dressing trouser suit,  a cream shade can take you into the Autumn.

White denim jeans look fresh and summery and they can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways.  Wear with a bright colour or classic striped or Cambrey shirt for a cool look.

Accessories can add a pop of colour or keep subtle with metallic or pastels. For a casual look mix with boho necklace but choose dainty jewellery for an understated look.

Bold red or ruby lips give a polished finish or matte and neutral make up tone well, and a tan give a real pop to a white outfit. Remember to wear nude or white underwear!!

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Simple summer cami and classic short trousers.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal wears white with red lips and black accessories.

Long and Sleek in the 30s

Fashion in the 1930s could not be more different from the previous decade. Times were tough after the Great Depression of 1929, and clothing reflected this. Gone were the extravagances of the 1920s, clothing in the 30s was plain and simple and repaired and redesigned instead of making new. Women were much more conservative, but more feminine than the 20s.

Greta Garbo, Hollywood’s starlet, was the most prominent influence for the fashion of the 30s. Women recreated the Hollywood look of long and sleek, a more sophisticated look than the ‘Flapper’ style of the 20s. Skirts lengthened to calf length, and from the natural waistline flared out emphasising curves and femininity. Bra cup sizing started, which introduced the two separate items of lingerie rather than the one pieces worn before.

The skirt-suit was really introduced in the 1930s (obviously becoming most prominent by the 80s). Suits were well fitted, again emphasising the small waist, and feminine with pleats rather than the masculine look that suits developed into.

The economic climate had a huge influence on the fashion during this decade. The start of the second World War in 1939 changed the fashions again going into the 1940s.

Flapper Fashion in the Roaring Twenties

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Still image from ‘The Great Gatsby’. Isla Fisher as Myrtle and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan, 2013.

The 1920s were thrust into the limelight in 2013 with the remake of The Great  Gatsby.  However, with the film’s costume designer, Catherine Martin, admitting  herself that she did not go into minute detail of replicating the exact fashion from the  ‘Roaring Twenties’, what is that fashion era all about?

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Carey Mulligan wearing Miuccia Prada as Daisy Buchanan in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Fashion became more attainable for the normal woman after World War I. The styles  were much simpler, and therefor easy to recreate, so when we think of the style of  the 1920s we are thinking of what the ordinary women wore rather than just the  richest of society.

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Actress Louise Brooks in a statement Cloche Hat.

At the mention of 1920’s fashion, we immediately picture the ‘Flapper’ fashion of the  shapeless shift dress, short sleek hair and perfectly glamourous makeup, but this  style didn’t actually come into play until later on in the decade. In the early twenties, dresses and coats were much longer than we think – calf length, and conservative.  Hemlines gradually began to rise, and then the radical movement of cutting hair into short bobs to fit under the cloche hat.

The waistlines of the shift dresses began to fall, and the knife-pleated skirts came into play in the Charleston era. The ‘boyish’ figure was popular, the low waistlines helping to disguise the bust rather than accentuate it. Underwear was changed to support this; the corset was abandoned and replaced by a camisole with knickers then later developed into all-in-one lingerie.

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The Fashion Queen of the 20s, Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel was undoubtedly the fashion queen of the 20s. As one of the first to cut her hair, wear trousers (shock horror!) and rejected the old fashioned corset, she led the fashion forward era. Chanel’s staple cardigan jacket was released in 1925, following on from the world famous fragrance of Chanel No 5 that was launched in 1922.

The Chanel Cardigan Jacket is still a staple, nearly 90 years on.

The Chanel Cardigan Jacket is still a staple, nearly 90 years on.

 

The 1920s proved to be a very bohemian era for fashion, with ideas that were many years ahead of the time. Possibly the most influential decade for women, the changing styles following the women’s movement and almost bolstering it along. Can fashion really be that influential?

BEAUTY CHEATS: Mask those tell tale signs of too much work AND play.

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What beauty product are we in need of most at this time of year?

With the festive season just a distant memory, but the dark circles and poor skin from late nights and too much junk weighing heavily on our minds, there can only be one solution.. CONCEALER!

Here are my top 5!

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1)      Sally Hansen Quick Cover Makeup and Concealer (http://bit.ly/Kt4dIE) . Inexpensive, but quality product that covers imperfections in an instant.

2)     Sleek Makeup Corrector and Concealer Palette (http://bit.ly/1iJs6dS). Not only does this product come in 5 colours covering the entire range of skin colours, but it also has a built in mirror in the compact making it VERY handy out and about. Perfect for touch ups with its corrector, concealer and setting powder.

3)      Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Concealer (http://bit.ly/1aabJ5r). One of our top 5 because of the Ceramide technology, helps fight ageing whilst evening out your skin tone. What more could a girl want?!

4)      Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer (http://bit.ly/1efhY71). Excellent dual action concealer,  the inner core works and treats the blemishes whilst the outer covers them perfectly. Very light, and does not clog the pores.

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5)      Bourjois Brush Unifying and Illuminating Concealer (http://bit.ly/1da66qr). Brilliant brush for precise application, with an excellent creamy consistency. Brightens your features as well as hiding your flaws. Very light, and does not clog the pores.

Are there any that you would add to the list?

Happy New Year!

Kate x

Anna And Her Shoes

While perusing photos from London and New York Fashion Weeks, I couldn’t help but notice that Anna Wintour always seems to wear the same shoes.

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Looking back, she has been gracing the front rows in, Manolo Blahnik’s nude kitten heel sandals for many years and they have become part of her signature style.

One can’t help but wonder why the queen of the fashion world wouldn’t try something new? Surely the editor of Vogue can have her pick?

Well it seems the journalist behind this article has been wondering the same.

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It appears that Manolo Blahnik has a mould of Anna’s fashionable foot and crafts her shoes to fit her perfectly, so her tootsies are always comfy. Also, Anna apparently argues that nude goes with everything.  And as the journalist points out, our favorite style duchess, Kate Middleton, is a big fan of a nude shoe, but seems to prefer a court style, especially L K Bennett’s Sledge shoes.

Who are we to argue with such fashion royalty?

What do you think? Would you wear the same style if you had the fashion world at your feet?

Have a wonderful week, fashion friends. Rebecca x

Pink & Sparkles

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Getting your nails done is such an instant pick-me-upper.  Lately, I’ve been feeling so unpolished but at least my nails are looking pretty darn well-manicured (and as I’m typing this Ms. Z just scribbled red permanent marker all over my arm!). That’s the story of my life as of late…unpredictable & messy.

Here’s what’s happening on my nails:

Pink and SparklesYes, it does appear that my nails are having a little party of their own. Pink & sparkles remind me of endless summer nights when the sun doesn’t set until about 9pm and the party goes on and on…

Pink and Sparkles2Here’s how to get the cascading sparkling effect: 2 coats of I Think In Pink, 2 coats of Crown Me Already on the lower 1/3 of your nails, 1 thin coat of Crown Me Already on the lower half of your nails. Oh, and don’t forget your regular base and topcoat…

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Lohan Moves In

Hi Fashion Friends!
So apparently, Lindsay Lohan, is out of rehab, has done an Oprah interview, partied with The Wanted, and is now moving to The Big Apple. Phew… its been a busy few weeks!
And according to this article she has moved in round the corner. Her sister, Aliana, was spotted helping her move in.
Perhaps Lindsay, is vying for an invite to Wintour Towers and a post rehab, Vogue cover, to boot. She should get some tips from Kanye and Kim, who have reportedly been round for tea before.
Well only time will tell. Watch out for more  gossip from New York’s most fashion forward street very soon.
Love Rebecca xx