Month: October 2014

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP

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PIC BOOK HALLOWEEN

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BEHIND THE SCENES ARTISTRY AT CHANEL // REVUE ’14

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Not only do I love an intimate behind the scenes look at how things are created, especially in the fashion industry which seems so decadent and closely guarded, I am seemingly captivated by the world that is Chanel.

Set against an orchestral score composed by Gabriel Yared, the precise details and complex artistry of theHouse of Chanel, as seen and collected by Trevor Undi, all collide in this stunning mini-epic short film.

If you have a few minutes, let it intrigue you and sweep you into that illusory place.

 

 

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MARTA DYKS POSES WITH HER BOYFRIEND IN ELLE POLAND FEATURE

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Hotel Love–Landing the November 2014 cover story from Elle Poland, model Marta Dyks impresses in a rock and roll inspired shoot where she gets to cozy up to her real life boyfriend Borys Starosz. Photographed by Frederic Pinet and styled by Ina Lekiewicz, the brunette does her best Joan Jett impression in designer looks from labels such as Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga and Givenchy. /Makeup by Marianna Yurkiewicz, Hair by Leslie Thibauld

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RUSTIC CHIC THANKSGIVING TABLE DECOR USING TARTAN PLAID

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I am loving this Rustic Chic Thanksgiving Table Decor by Svitlana Flom for Art De Fete using a red tartan plaid backdrop!

I rarely think of plaid for Thanksgiving, and never, ever think of red tartan, mostly because it reminds me of Christmas. However, by simply adding rustic, old world touches like heavy metal dishes, antlers, feathers, natural Fall leaves from outside, and warm floral tones in the centerpiece, it creates a really warm Thanksgiving feeling that I love. The crystal glassware and candlesticks really lighten the mood by adding texture and reflective glimmering facets.

I think what’s best about using this tartan plaid is that you you can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas décor by simply changing the floral arrangement to something more wintery and including pine-cones, magnolia leaves, whole walnuts and berries, and twigs of pine needles {which prior to living in a forest, I would just snip off the back/bottom of my Christmas tree}. Adding a little shimmer in gold and silver is always festive for Christmas as well and will play off the plaid nicely. In the end, using a plaid tablecloth will save you time and money… and if red tartan plaid is a little too traditional for your style, green or navy variations would work just as well.

Notice how the muted brown napkins add to the Fall/Thanksgiving feel where a little touch of shimmer would send it to Christmas-town.

A great plaid print is not too difficult to locate… though some can look a little cheap. You can find a great redClassic Tartan Plaid Tablecloth in red/black/white {like the one seen here} to fit almost any table at Williams-Sonoma from $109.95 – $129.95 {which is a bit pricey, but nice quality} OR this similar plaid tablecloth {in 3 sizes} at Amazon for around $33-40 OR this Holiday Tartan Tablecloth from JCPenney, which is even more affordable, and still quite nice looking from $19-30. It includes greens and yellows woven throughout, which in many plaids can look a little too much like Christmas, but this one feels neutral enough to work for both holidays.

Though the one at JCP is relatively affordable, I’d still check my local fabric store for more plaid varieties and just have fabric cut to the desired table length to save a little more money and feel a little more unique. You can leave the edges raw or finish them with a fun trim like this Easy Tablecloth DIY I did a few years ago and still use today. Just find a matching black or navy to blend well with your plaid.

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DECONSTRUCTED: THE ANATOMY OF A LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY HANDBAG

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It may be the Diyer in me but I loved seeing this fabulous bag deconstructed and all the elements compartmentalized into pieces and getting a sneak peek into the process it takes to become its destiny ;)

The Louis Vuitton monogram has been graffiti’d, Murakami’d, embroidered, fringed, cut, pasted, and collaged in a myriad of fabrics, styles, and eye-popping treatments.

This season, the latest LV must-have speaks its must-haveness at a lower decibel than some of its forebears as the brand emphasizes quality and craft. Take, for example, the new Speedy bag in python, a paragon of handbag production that requires over 400 technical maneuvers in fabrication to realize. The most challenging aspect being, that while each python hide measures up to 8 meters long, they are not very wide, so several skins must be “matched” to obtain perfect symmetry and even coloring. It’s the kind of unparalleled attention to detail that makes an LV an LV.

Source: ANATOMY OF A BAG: LOUIS VUITTON, In an ongoing series, they deconstruct the world’s most iconic accessories to tell their stories. This is the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag in embossed python, $6,500.00.

 

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THE PLUS-SIZE BLOGGERS TAKING ON THE FASHION INDUSTRY

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Tanesha Awasthi, 32, San Francisco: “I started off just posting images of my everyday outfits.”

Meet the chic and style-savvy ‘fatshion’ bloggers who embrace their curvy figures, inspire other plus-size women – and are starting to win over the mainstream fashion world

Two years ago the American fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, 27, posted a picture of herself on her style diary, gabifresh.com, wearing a bikini. The post was written about everywhere, from Teen Vogue to the New York Post. It culminated in an appearance on the American television show Today, in which Gregg was asked to explain her decision to put the picture online. Why? Because she is a size 20, and, along with an increasing number of her fashion-hungry plus-size peers, she has had enough of hiding.

Her “fatkini” post (as she calls it) led to a contract designing bikinis for the American company Swimsuits For All , and a column for American InStyle. Now she has set up her own plus-size clothing line. Gregg is often cited as an inspiration by her peers, who aim to prove that, when it comes to style, size doesn’t matter.

“I knew it would be empowering for women to see a plus-size girl proudly wearing a two-piece,” Gregg says from her home in Los Angeles. While some commenters accused her of being unhealthy – or not fat enough – most responses were positive. “People told me that I’d made them feel it was OK to go to the beach again. Who knew something so simple could be so life-changing?”

The internet provides a space for plus-size bloggers to represent women they feel are ignored by mainstream media. “If it weren’t for ‘fatshion’ blogging, there’d be no images of fat women looking cool and wearing clothes anywhere,” says the LondonerBethany Rutter , 24, of the blog Arched Eyebrow. She thinks Adele falls into the “safe, pretty fat girl” category and that Lena Dunham is not plus size as she can wear “legitimate designer” or “straight size”, as plus-size bloggers often call it.

The Californian Amanda Allison, 28, of the blog Fashion, Love & Martinis , says, “The first time I saw a post by a blogger who had my body shape I broke into the happiest tears of my life. I could finally relate to an image of a woman’s body in the media.” Allison started blogging as an outlet for documenting her struggles with weight. “My early posts were laced with self-hate, but the more plus-size fashion blogs I read, the more I grew to love myself.” Her video series Inside the Dressing Room, in which she shares how clothes fit – or don’t fit – her size-24 form, has more than 22,000 subscribers, a fact she puts down to her body positivity.

A large part of the appeal of these blogs is that they provide a service, scouring stores and websites for clothes that fit and flatter. Few high-street stores or designer brands stock sizes larger than 16, even though that is the average British dress size – but these bloggers rate Simply Be, Asos Curve , River Island and Evans, which last month held its first runway show, featuring collaborations with Giles Deacon and Clements Ribeiro.

“If you want to recreate fashion from women’s magazines, shopping is really difficult,” says Rutter, whose dream is for Topshop to extend its sizing. “People think if you’re fat you shouldn’t want to look good because you ‘clearly’ don’t care.” Scroll through pictures on her and other plus-size blogs, and you quickly see these women reject the old rules, such as avoiding fitted shapes, graphic prints and horizontal lines. “When people read my blog it’s often the first time they’ve considered that they, as a fat woman, could wear trousers or a jumpsuit or clashing patterns,” she says.

But for all the positive feedback, there is also abuse. Allison has been told she is “ugly”, “disgusting” and “unhealthy”. “One [commenter] told me I should kill myself because I’m fat.” What keeps her blogging is her desire to prove the “fat-haters” wrong. More than that, she wants to eliminate the stigma associated with the word fat altogether.

The fashion industry is starting to pay attention. Such is their social media power that these bloggers are often signed up as consultants, designers and models. Allison reels off the brands for whom she consults, and Georgina Horne , 26, from London, of the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust , was flown to Milan to consult for the Italian brand Marina Rinaldi with other bloggers including Gregg.

“Social media has given plus-size women a voice we didn’t have before,” says Marie Denee, 32, of The Curvy Fashionista , who has more than 340,000 Facebook likes. “We’ve said, ‘I love showing off my legs, my curves, my arms and my belly,’ and now these options are starting to become available to us.”

But there is still a long way to go. The second Plus-Size Fashion Weekend was held in London earlier this year, but Nicolette Mason, 27, whose popular blognicolettemason.com led to a column in American Marie Claire, is worried that the often poor-quality clothes “prevent plus-size fashion being taking seriously”.

“All too often our culture tells us that the only people allowed to participate in fashion are thin, which is completely untrue,” adds Gregg. “Women can look great regardless of their weight, and they deserve to feel great too.”

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WEARING H&M THE NEW ICONS LEATHER JACKET BLACK (SOLD OUT – SIMILAR HERE) | BC LABEL HINT SHIRTDRESS IVORY | PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 TINY BAG BLACK | ALEXANDER WANG ANOUCK CHELSEA ANKLE BOOTS WITH CUTOUT HEEL | PRISM LONDON “MOSCOW” SUNGLASSES CREAM TORTOISE | VRAI AND ORO STACKING RINGS SILVER AND GOLD (SIMILAR HERE)

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YOU’RE WASHING YOUR HAIR ALL WRONG

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Ever have one of those days where you swear your hair is clean, but a few hours later the underneath side feels waxy or dirty? This is typically the result of a rushed wash, but it can happen during normal washes as well – causing build up and added weight to your strands. We’ve been taught that applying shampoo to the top of our head and then lathering up will leave our hair squeaky clean, but this method alone rarely does the trick. Improper washing leaves impurities behind and causes blemishes along the hairline.

A proper wash can only be compared to that of a salon wash. Sure, no home wash will ever be as enjoyable as the salon experience (hello, head massages), but you can do as good of a job if you cleanse the scalp AND focus on the hair behind your ears and along the nape of your neck. Here’s 4 steps to the best shampoo imaginable.

  1. After fully wetting your hair, use a dime sized amount of shampoo to lather the underneath side of your hair first. Make sure to run your fingers through your locks and really scrub. If you have nails, gently use them to massage the shampoo into your hair from the nape of your neck up the back of your head.
  2. Apply a small amount of shampoo to the crown of your head and lather as you typically would. Do not bunch all of your hair on top of your head and scrub (your ends rarely need shampooing and your scalp will not get the attention it deserves). Rub your fingers through all areas of your head, then use some of those suds on the next step of your wash.
  3. Starting right above your ears at your hairline, move your fingers through your hair in a circular motion back and then down behind your ears. Repeat this motion multiple times and get ready to rinse.
  4. Similar to how you washed your locks, break your rinse up into sections. Rinse the top of your hair with warm (not hot!) water first, then try to separate chunks of your hair and let water flow through these sections with the help of your hand. Don’t rely on the water overhead to wash away all product – turn your head from side to side and scrub the hair behind your ears. Lift your hair up and run water along your neck. Then rinse all over one more time so no residue remains. Now you’re ready to condition!

It should also be mentioned that depending on your product you may have very little lather or bubbles, but that doesn’t mean your shampoo isn’t working. Some products just aren’t meant to suds! Preserve the health of your hair after washing with these tips forbrushing wet hair and towel drying.

Do you have any tricks for getting the best wash? I’d love to hear them below.

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