Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paule Ka Spring/Summer 2014

Bringing forth a combination of timeless design with modern finesse, the Paule Ka Spring/Summer 2014 collection has given me a new sense of reverence for the brand. It is more often than not that the most interesting and desirable collections are the ones with the simplest of lines and cleaner-cut looks, like these proffered by the brand's creative director, Serge Cajfinger. 

Flattering black, beige and white belted shirt dresses, cropped V tops and cut-out bodycon frocks lay down a sophisticated foundation for Paule Ka's Spring 2014 range. Spiced red and rose pink provide a more romantic tone to the seemingly utilitarian collection with pretty cocktail dresses in classic silhouettes. The label's signature bow detail makes an appearance upon sexy snipped-off shoulders and light summer jackets.

To set the solids apart, we are presented with graphic ceramic prints that are inspired by the French commune, Vallauris. Electric shades in digital watercolors are patterned upon slim-fitting pants, retro mini dresses and prim buttoned shirts. Paule Ka gives the wearer a timeless variety of proportions to suit any figure, from sleek pencil skirts to midi circle skirts, loosely sewn coats, figure-hugging mini's and an outstanding voluminous cerise pink gown.

Here is a view into the elegant and relatable Paule Ka Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Set 1


Set 2



  
Set 3

 Set 4


Set 5

Set 6


  
Set 7


Set 8


Set 9


I love the first red midi dress in Set 8 and the combination of a crisp white shirt and khaki flaired maxi skirt in Set 6. 

Which of these Paule Ka looks could you see yourself wearing?

Images found via Pauleka.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Wishes


May you have a healthy body, 
To move around freely and roam wherever you desire to go. 

May you have good vision, 
To enjoy all the beauty the universe has to offer you. 

May you have good listening skills, 
To hear all the mighty tales and incredible stories that make up life. 

May you have a good sense of smell, 
To inhale in all the rich aromas and fragrances floating in the air. 

May you have a warm sense of touch, 
To give out loving hugs and comforting pats on the shoulder. 

May you speak with kindness from your heart, 
To soothe someone's hurt and to uplift someone's mood. 

May you have lots of laughter, 
To brighten up someone's day and make a difference. 

May you have lots of courage, 
To go after your dreams and turn them into reality. 

May you have lots of love, 
To spread around and leave this world a better place. 

May you have enough to feel blessed, 
And to share your gift of blessings with others too. 

Quote by Fion Lim


Happy Easter Holidays!

*We celebrate Easter long weekend here in South Africa, so I will be away until next Wednesday. I'll chat back to you then.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coachella Dreaming


Sun, Style, Desert Sand, Sweet Euphonics and Melodic Memories...The music festival season begins with the most popular and trendy, Coachella. Whilst most people attend for the entertainment, celebrities and fashionistas go out of their way to dress for the occasion in 'free spirited, hippie chic, anything goes, festival-appropriate clothes'. These looks are seeped in bohemian tones with floaty printed dresses, edged with fringing, crochet and lace, and topped off with fedoras, cowboy boots and Daisy Dukes. I have personally never dabbled in festival wear, but with some editing and fine tuning, I think boho doesn't necessarily have to look hobo. This is my style inspiration guide on dressing (elegantly) for Coachella, or any other music festival.


 Coachella Celebrity Style
Emmy Rossum and Nina Dobrev attended the festival in printed maxi looks, whilst Vanessa Hudgens opted for a paisley printed romper with leather ankle boots. Selena Gomez went sheer in a white crochet dress.


Free People Festival Wear
These are some fantastic festival worthy looks I found via Free People


These celebrities bring black and white to life with a bohemian chic spin.


H&M Festival Wardrobe
These are my Coachella inspired picks from H&M



Denim cut-off shorts are the ultimate music festival must, seen on Camilla Belle, Hannah Simone & Julianne Hough.

Nasty Gal Festival Looks
Nasty Gal have a wondrous range of bohemian pieces to inspire your entire summer wardrobe. I love the kimonos, lace dresses and patterned jumpsuits. You can shop these looks here. Click the image for a larger view.


ASOS Festival Hair Styles
No festival outfit would be complete without a complimentary hairstyle and ASOS feature some beautiful hairbands, hats, clips, floral crowns and fascinators to put the finishing touches to your Coachella look. 


Are You Inspired to Try Coachella Style This Summer?


Monday, April 14, 2014

Who Wore H&M Conscious Collection Better?

Who Wore It Better?
H&M Conscious Collection Dress

If you live anywhere near an H&M store, you would have been witness to the exciting launch of their 2014 Conscious Collection, where sustainable materials are key in creating exquisite designs that are within a reasonable price range. This light beige lace dress is one of the most popular looks from the collection, boasting femininity and grace for all ages and shapes. 


It is plain to see why this dress and the complimenting shoulder embellishment are currently sold out online and in many of the H&M stores - it looks designer made, it is decadently pretty and seems far more expensive than it actually is. 

Five different celebrities were already spotted out wearing this luxurious lace look.

1. Jennifer Lopez wore the dainty cream dress for an appearance on American Idol last week. The Latina star kept her styling simple with gold bangles and Ivy Kirzhner cream and gold platform pumps. JLo's hair was combed in a half-up, half-down do.
2. Sophia Bush wore the same H&M Conscious Collection dress almost a month earlier in March 2014. The brunette actress paired her high-neck dress with a rhinestone studded shoulder decoration, also from the brand. Nude shoes, a silver grey clutch and girly curls style her outfit.
3. German model Franziska Knuppe pulled her hair up in a ballet bun to highlight the elaborate beaded neckpiece attached to this delicate ivory A-line dress. She accessorized with tan peep-toe heels and a nude bag.
4. Supermodel Alek Wek wore the same lace and organic cotton blend dress for an H&M outing last week, combining her fetching look with gold sequin and bead embroidered leather sandals that are also part of the H&M Conscious Collection.
5. The first person to be seen in the charming lace frock was Jessica Alba at Paris Fashion Week in February 2014. The starlet gave her look an edge with black tights and platform pumps.



Veteran model Amber Valletta fronts the 2014 H&M Conscious Collection Campaign, pictured in the creamy lace scalloped-hem, long-sleeved dress, which retails for $249. The dress is accessorized with a rhinestone decorated neckpiece that costs $149.


As for 'Who Wore It Better?', I think both Jennifer Lopez and Alek Wek wear this dress beautifully, without the high neckline being too overwhelming. I also liked the fit of the sleeves on Alek. Do you think this dress needs the beaded shoulder ornamentation?

Who Do You Think Wore This H&M Dress Best?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Looks of the Week - 12/04/14

The weekly roundup of celebrity style, on and off the red carpet.


Pastel Promenade
Emmy Rossum is pretty in a pink and white candied Tanya Taylor sweater, daintily paired with a white lace sheer striped Rebecca Taylor skirt, lace pumps and a Ralph Lauren bag.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes an attractive dash out in a lilac Marios Schwab mini dress, accented with a petal pink Stella McCartney blazer, taupe Christian Louboutin pumps and a dark green Givenchy Antigona bag.
Emmy Rossum once again inspires with her superb street style, wearing a powder blue lace Rebecca Taylor top over a grey mini Mercer Kenmare dress. An aquamint Rebecca Minkoff satchel and matching Yosi Samra ballet flats style Emmy's endearing outfit.


Striped Suggestions
Reese Witherspoon teams her breton striped tee with a leather-sleeved bomber jacket, skinny jeans, The Row bag and a pop of red By Malene Birger heels.
Kourtney Kardashian stirs stripes and florals together with a monochrome top and Alice + Olivia A-line skirt. Her patterned pumps are by Roberto Cavalli.
Kimberley Garner takes a stylish stroll in this cute red and white stripe-frilled sailor shorts, worn with a black top, red bag and Jimmy Choo heels.
Mollie King validates her style icon status in this modish striped top and trendy white flair midi skirt from her own collection for Oasis.
Miranda Kerr keeps it casually chic in a fringed leather Saint Laurent jacket which she slung over her stripe top, along with a pair of satin twill Frame Denim jeans and Saint Laurent shoes.


Sugar Cane
Sarah Hyland delighted in a white cropped top and blush pink midi trumpet skirt by Milly. Her outfit was expertly accessorized with an embellished Jenny Packham clutch and gold lace shoes.
Kate Bosworth is ornately beaded in this silver and white Giambattista Valli mini, tied up with a rose pink bow on the bodice. Metallic Casadei pumps fit her feet.
Alesha Dixon went ladylike in a white embellished cropped top and grey fan pleated midi skirt, both by Tibi.
Mena Suvari looked lovely in a floaty white cropped tank and a flower-cut-out Sachin+Babi skirt. Her look is finalized by a coral Edie Parker clutch and printed Dolce & Gabbana sandals.


Navy Blues
Ari Graynor wears a navy high waisted satin pants with a printed collarless and cuffed blouse by Tommy Hilfiger. White & beige platform loafers and a metallic envelope clutch style her look.
Hilary Rhoda mixes materials in this inky blue ribbed jumper and contrasting sheer beaded skirt by Jason Wu. Intricate Tabitha Simmons ankle strap sandals finish her look. 
Hannah Simone wears a cute nautical inspired navy and white dress imprinted with red sail boats, which is from Zooey Deschanel's collection for Tommy Hilfiger. Chunky red and white cap-toed heels add to the marine feel of her outfit.
Nikki Reed put on a winsome midnight shaded lace bodice Ted Baker dress with flaired chiffon skirt. She carries a JustFab gold glittered clutch and walks in red shoes.



Modern Elegance

Taylor Swift shed the sparkle for a more modern and simplistic look by J.Mendel with a white cut-out cropped top and slim black slitted skirt. Her sandals are by Casadei
Elle Fanning is all grown up in a ruby spaghetti strap slip dress by Versace. Bronze Christian Louboutin pumps and a Brian Atwood bag style her outfit.
Jessica Biel takes inspiration from Breakfast at Tiffany's in this elegant black plunge neck gown with belted waist and split skirt, which is by Oscar de la Renta.
Cassadee Pope was regal in a wine red chiffon pleated Maria Lucia Hohan gown with cut-out back.
Rebecca Hall makes a sophisticated statement in an embellished black Alexander McQueen column gown, with beaded clutch in hand.


Yellow Fever

Brooklyn Decker was a vision of Spring in this charming canary yellow lace long-sleeved romper by Valentino, worn with nude Saint Laurent sandals.
Candace Swanepoel looked stunning in an acid yellow strapless lace Valentino gown.
Emma Stone's saffron yellow Atelier Versace was the perfect choice for her pale skin tone and red hair. The pleated gown features a loosely slung bodice with fitted waist and straight skirt.

Who is your Favourite 'Look of the Week'?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Frills



You are not made up of those words that hurt you. 
Or that number on the scale. 
Or the expectations that you feel you will never meet. 

You are made up of nothing more than you. 
Simply, beautifully, wonderfully, uniquely you. 
You are a lovely and complex soul. 

An individually fascinating combination of thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions. 
No other is as beautiful as you. Look past the mirror. Look at your soul. 
Only then will you see yourself as you truly are. Beautiful.

Love yourself. Forgive yourself. 
And be true to yourself. 
How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.

Quotes by Anonymous &  Steve Maraboli.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Shopaholics Series - Pixie Market

Let's Shop
Pixie Market Clothing

One of my best recent online discoveries is Pixie Market, which sounds like a place where fairies gather at a flea market, but on the contrary...it's a place where fashionable girls find well-priced clothes based on current runway trends. Pixie Market offer beautiful summer dresses, chic sweaters, glam going-out wear & pretty skirts. And not to mention every type of Little Black Dress to suit your mood & style. Here's to a new Spring wardrobe and my favourite Pixie Market picks.

Spring Pastels
1. Candace ruffle dress in powder blue $68 2. Mint Bejewelled dress $98 3. Lilac pleated dress $52 4. Pink off the shoulder dress $61 5. Pastel Creme dress $49 6. Lemon Phoebe lace set $91


Monochrome
7. Campbell houndstooth set $96 8. Chanel inspired pearl tweed cropped tank $102 9. Really sporty white mesh tee $39 Black leather skirt $77 10. Stella black midi skirt $70 Printed tank top $30 11. Phoebe organza sweater $89 12. Kiss and Tell dress collared dress $68



Little White Dresses
13. Chiara silk off the shoulder dress $235 14. Date Night pearl embellished dress $55 15. White crochet Laeticia dress $98 16. Frills and lace dress $63


Little Black Dresses
17. Cameron ruffle Balenciaga inspired dress $115 18. Backstage leather studded dress $94 19. Mabelle lace dress $78 20. Pixie mock neck dress $39 21. Organza bell sleeve dress $45 22. Structured peplum dress $187

Summer Event Dresses
23. Mint pleated maxi bandeau dress $138 24. Black lace fluted midi dress $188 25. Orange crush pleated maxi dress $130 26. Red Midi dress $99 27. Colour-block maxi dress $55

Party Dresses
28. Golden Girl organza dress $71 29. Studio sequin one-shoulder dress $64 30. Gina lace dress $60

Two Piece
31. Metallic cropped top $65 Metallic pleated skirt $84 32. Pink fuzzy sweater $52 Floral organza skirt $41 33. Flair frill top and skirt set $105 34. Bye Bye pink sweatshirt $44 Rose brocade midi skirt $57 35. Pink brocade crop top and skirt set $90 36. Sweet Babe lilac cropped top $38 Chanel inspired painterly skater skirt $42


Pixie Market offer international shipping and they also host great sales. You can shop these outfits, shoes, accessories and more on their website.

Which of these Pixie Market looks would you like to shop?

Monday, April 07, 2014

Elle Vietnam - A Spring 2014 Couture Spread

The Art of Haute Couture
Elle Vietnam
April 2014

The best part about online magazines is that it closes the gap between countries thousands of miles apart and allows us to view beautiful editorials we may have never seen before. Elle Vietnam presents the majesty of Spring 2014 Haute Couture in their latest issue, lensed by photographer Benjamin Kanarek and styled by Adele Cany. He captures Canadian model Dauphine McKee in a myriad of exquisite couture looks that tantalize our high fashion palates.

Dauphine McKee is ravishing in avocado green on the cover of Elle Vietnam April 2014, dressed in a visually expressive ruffled confection by Alexandre Vauthier.

Marco Zanini debuted at Schiaparelli in grand fashion, showing off a gargantuan puff sleeved white jacket that capes a billowy chiffon gown with feathered headdress.

We have Karl Lagerfeld to thank for updating the average sneaker to couture status. Dauphine looks stunning in a turquoise and teal iridescent peacock feathered dress with sequined tulle skirt. 

What seems to be floral curtaining takes a couture turn in this well tailored (and actually wearable) pantsuit by Maison Martin Margiela. In typical MMM avant-grade style, the look is paired with a mesh mask & bronze boots.

Touching upon more feminine ground, Dauphine is styled in a beautiful ivory slashed bodice and satin pleated skirt by Alexis Mabille.

With his futuristic design aesthetic, couturier Stéphane Rolland gave us a glazed apricot orange gown with a patent leather exaggerated bodice and sheer paneled skirt.

Dauphine strides in a wave of sky blue organza and a mesh beaded top by Armani Privé, topped with a headscarf that supplements the ethnic feel to this outfit.

A spiked gold choker and burgundy leather bustier lend a goth dominatrix look to this edgy and sensual Alexandre Vauthier ensemble.

Dauphine cites the retro disco era in a silver silk jersey hooded jumpsuit with plunging neck by Versace that is fully encrusted with studs and sequins.

Dauphine takes flight in a theatrical butterfly shaped Jean Paul Gaultier silhouette, set in flutters of lace trimmed cerise pink organza. Wearable? Well, maybe for a show girl. Creative? Most definitely.

This artful white On Aura Tout Vu dress is constructed from an inventive gem-studded high-collar and off-the-shoulder neckline with a split high-low hem draped skirt.

It takes a skilled photographer to make an Elie Saab gown look even more stunning in editorial, as Benjamin does with this gorgeous oceanic blue silk chiffon dress with slitted skirt and strapless neckline.

Modesty and grace meld together in Valentino's guipure lace embroidered long-sleeved gown.

The true essence of Spring is depicted by beaming canary yellow and coralista pink in a radiant two-piece creation with embellished top and fishtail skirt by Giambattista Valli.

Which of these Spring 2014 Couture looks inspire your imagination?

*Next Post on Wednesday.