Kimono Krazy

Are you ready to go Krazy for Kimonos?

Kimonos have been the fashion hit of the summer and this Eastern trend shows no signs of slowing down.

From sleek summery silks and flowy chiffons or warm fabrics and cosy long sleeves, there is kimono to suit every weather.

 

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MARKS & SPENCER COFFEE & CREAM CHIFFON KIMONO

Kimonos are loose fitting jackets based on the traditional Japanese garment and have proved popular at music festivals for a few years but have now impacted the high street.

 

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DOROTHY PERKINS GREY KIMONO JACKET WITH DROP FRONTS

Kimonos are very versatile working as a lightweight cover up or longer versions can be belted as a dress -it can replace a staple cardigan and look fresher and modern as well as being comfortable to wear.

Any body shape or size can wear the look and it is an easy and stylish way to update an outfit – to wear it right team with slimmer wardrobe items so as not to look too boxy.

They are easily mixed and matched with many items from jeans & tee shirts to the little black dress but stick to a slim silhouette underneath – skinny jeans, shift dress or pencil skirt.

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PLUS SIZE THREADS SHEER BLUE CHIFFON KIMONO PRINTED WITH PINK FLOWERS

 

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TOMMY & KATE BOHO FLORAL BLACK CHIFFON SHORT SLEEVED KIMONO WITH COLLAR

To obtain most impact from your kimono keep to a solid colour column which also slenderises  or co-ordinate with top and wear over jeans. For warmers days go for a boho look with shorts and statement jewelry.

If you prefer plain colours, you can still address the kimono trend by looking for the clean shape and silhouette in a jacket which can be worn in the office or evening.

Whether your look is girly, edgy or anything inbetween you will find a jacket to suit.

 

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.

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?

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

Classic Glamour With A Retro Twist At Prada

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Hi Fashion Friends!

This week , I sneaked a peek at the latest Prada window display in the Soho store, New York.

The gorgeous styling combines 1950s glamour with a 1980s retro vibe. As I walked by it reminded me of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City.

I am sure she would be tempted with this little number.

Bought back happy memories from watching the show!

I wonder if they will release a third film…..does anyone know?

Happy fashion hunting!

Love Rebecca xx

Kanye makes a follow-up appearance…with some famous friends in tow…

Hi Fashion Friends

A quick update on my latest indulgent celeb spotting in my NYC ‘hood.

So, it seems Kanye can’t keep away. I mentioned in a previous post that he, along with his beau, and mother of his week old baby, Kim Kardashian, were spotted in my street not so long ago.

houstonWell, a couple of Saturdays ago (sorry for the slightly tardy post, it has been a fashion filled few weeks!) the tuxedo’d hunk and I were walking home from a delicious super at Cocette in Soho. As we were approaching our street, I looked up and spotted Jay-Z getting out of a car. I have to admit I had indulged in a glass of vino with dinner so I snatched a double take just to be sure, but I knew my uber accurate celebrity radar hadn’t let me down.

The Empire State star was swiftly followed by a very petite Beyonce who looked stunning in a cool black and white striped skirt and top, displaying her very toned tum.

A small crowd quickly gathered as they hurried into a ‘too cool for school’ Jamaican restaurant on the corner of our street.

The next morning, still basking in my celeb spotting glory, I scoured the gossip pages for proof of the previous night’s events and quickly discovered that the popular couple were heading into Kanye’s birthday party. Check out Beyonce’s outfit here.

Seems the world famous gold digger rap star likes this neck of the woods. Perhaps it will be the last time for a while, what with nappy changing duty and all.

Watch this space for more goss from NYC’s most fashion forward street…

Love Rebecca x

Keeping up with Anna and Kim

Rumour has it that reality show guru, Kim Kardashian, has never been invited to the pinnacle fashion event of the showbiz calender – the Met Ball in New York City.

And the person who allegedly blacklisted her? Vogue Editor and fashion industry consort, Anna Wintour.

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Well, until Monday night’s annual event.

Kim was on the arm of her boyfriend, Kanye West, in an unpalatable floral number, reminiscent of my great aunt’s curtains. It has been reported that Kim was allowed to go this year’s fashion parade because her music mystro beau and fashion insider fav, Kanye, was performing.

Apart from my serious guilty pleasure for showbiz goss, you may wonder why I am interested in this chitchat?

It just so happens that I live across the road from Miss Wintour in New York and Kimye were spotted in our street on Sunday. A day before this year’s uber glam punk themed event. They were reportedly on their merry way to dinner at the Wintour residence. I wonder who was buttering up who?

Perhaps Kim should have asked the Vogue queen for advice on which outfit to wear…or perhaps she did…

Check out the full story here and you may just be able to see me waving in the background!

Watch this space for more goss from NYC’s most fashion forward street.

Love Rebecca x

Living The Sex And The City Life at the New York Public library. Almost.

Remember Carrie and Big’s wedding?
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You know, the one in the first film where Big didn’t show until it was too late?
That iconic scene was shot at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. It is a stunning, truly special building and must-visit destination for every visitor to the magical New York City.
Little did I know when watching that film back in 2008, that I would get to walk up those steps in a fancy dress and high heels on the arm of a tuxedo’ed up hunk (aka my husband, Steve). In sharp contrast to Carrie’s ravishing Vivienne Westwood gown, I wore a simple electric blue number by British high street favourite Reiss.
If you are ever in New York City, be sure to pay a visit to the library and take a walk up those glorious steps – it’s the closest I have felt to being a film star for sure. Oh and don’t forget to check out Bryant Park at the back of the building; my favourite park in the city. Then it is just a short hop and a skip back to Fifth Avenue for serious shopping!
Love Rebecca (and the tuxedo’ed hunk!) x
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Beauty and the Spring

Step into Spring looking radiant with our top beauty tips!

Winter is so last season.

No more hibernating in front of the TV on Saturday nights with only a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and a Hugh Grant Rom Com for company.

It’s time to say ‘adiós’ to boring nights in and ‘hellooooo’ to fun in the springtime and glam summer nights out.

So, we have been scouring the runways and hitting the shops to bring you our HOTTEST beauty looks and tips.

Take a peek at our dedicated Pinterest board for more spring inspiration.

Big Lashes: Big, bold lashes are back. For the full effect, make sure you curl the lashes before you apply the mascara. Curl once at the base for 30 seconds and once midway up the lash for another 30 seconds and then apply a black mascara.

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White eyeliner: To instantly brighten-up your complexion, try a white or neutral coloured eyeliner. To really open the eyes, use it to highlight at the inner corner of the eye and add colour to the look with a sheer pink lip gloss.

Bold brows: Love ’em or loathe ’em, bold brows are here in a BIG way. For that classic Audrey Hepburn brow effect, leave the shape natural and make short strokes with a brow pencil to add extra colour and definition. It’s time to step away from the tweezers!

Undone hairstyles: Messy braids, loose ponytails and nearly undone buns are crucial styles for spring. From beach to runway, there is an undone style for every occasion. Discover styles and tips in this great article from Allure magazine.

A dash of neon: Try the ultimate fashionista eye shade! Sweep a futuristic line of neon green above the lid line or highlight the entire lash line with a bring pink hue. This is all about the eyes so keep the lips simple.

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Pop lips: Our absolute favourite trend this spring are bright, bold lips. This look is all about being brave! We love Sleek’s range of cream lipstick; take a peek at our beauty store Vanity Palace and pick up you perfect pop lippy for only £2.99!

flushFeminine Flush: Natural, nude glows are the perfect way to freshen up for spring. To achieve the look, top make-up artist, Pat McGrath suggests mixing pink blushes onto the apples of the cheeks, then applying foundation, concealer and highlighter on the cheekbones. Finish with a light dusting of powder. For the blush, we love Rimmel’s Santa Rose or Pink Rose Powder Blush – just £2.79  in our beauty store Vanity Palace.

Metallic eye-shadow: For that ultimate look-at-me eye effect, sweep molten metallic or silky silver eye-shadow across the lid and into a winged shape. Add lashings of eyeliner to finish the look.

Have fun creating your spring beauty looks! ♥ Rebecca