Saturday, 30 April 2011

Royal Wedding : the highlights

 The Royal Wedding photos, reviews etc are everywhere, I know.  But just because I feel that I need to be part of history and contribute my humble opinion to the blogosphere, I'm posting the things that have been the most memorable for me. 

Kate's Dresses - elegant, classy and safe.  The wedding dress was beautiful, no doubt, but am I the only person who feels that there was something missing? I assure you that my perception of aesthetics goes beyond My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding meringue dresses, but I do feel that Kate's number needed to have some more body to it. Perhaps a longer train or veil? A few UV light butterflies perhaps? (Joke, honestly).  The dress that she wore for the reception was super elegant and the crystal detailing emphasized her waist but what's with the cardigan? Get rid of it!
 The Two [stepsisters] Princesses - some time in the future, these two poor girls will look back on the family photo album and want to murder the person who suggested that these ensembles were a good idea.  And why didn't Beatrice think about the people who would be sitting behind her? How annoying.  However, I give her Valentino outfit some credit UNLIKE that hideous Westwood monstrosity with a dead bird on the head. Sack the stylist!
The Queen - bless her royal midi heels!  Loved the lemon yellow outfit, right on trend Your Highness! Color blocking at its best!  

The Beckhams - I give my award for being the best dressed guest to David Beckham NOT Victoria.  He wore a Ralph Lauren suit with crocodile braces and proudly wore his OBE. Do I smell a trend for male brooches?  Victoria disappointed me with the hat because I felt the urgent need to stick it further up on her head. As for the shoes, boring. The Louboutins are way too high and I'm surprised that she didn't go for something more interesting.

Street Parties - I personally attended a street party in East London.  I have never seen so many people drunk before 4pm.  It was loud, rowdy, drunken and dirty.  Apparently 140 tonnes of rubbish were dumped as a result of the wedding and trust me, that's quite believable.  A lot of people were in fancy dress, with loads of girls wearing veils or even full-on wedding dresses!
I couldn't resist taking a video of a completely drunk couple dancing on the street! You should have seen the moves this pair was busting! A weird remix of salsa, gangsta hand gestures and head-banging! Legendary.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Pleats please!

I'm loving, adoring, obsessing over the weather in London these days! If you decided to go out of town during the longest weekend of the year, I've got two words for you: BIG MISTAKE. Gone are the boring tights and leggings (at least for now) and my sun-starved limbs are finally getting some natural vitamin D.  I've been looking for the pefect midi skirt for ages and have finally found a pleated number in a nice nude colour.  I wanted the skirt to be the statement piece of the outfit which is why I teamed it with a plain black tank top, black and nude wedges, which by the way are fairly comfortable, and turquoise accessories.  I have never worn midi skirts before so the sensation of fabric brushing against my legs as I walked was a completely new and strange experience.  Sheer midi skirts feel so romantic and feminine.  As the temperature goes up, let our hemlines go a little bit further down than usual, my darlings.  Fingers crossed it stays this way.


Sunday, 17 April 2011

For the love of all things Gwen and polka dot

I tend to act quite obsessive when it comes to my biggest style crush, no, style LOVE Gwen Stefani.  This is what she wore to Brad Grey's  wedding a couple of days ago.  I don't know who it's by, my guess is L.A.M.B so if any of you darlings are more informed, please let me know.  It's a maxi, it's sheer, it has polka dots of different sizes, what's not to love?  Accessorised with peroxide blond locks and signature red lipstick of course.  How does she get it SO spot-on every time?

Pap shot lifted from (I can't help reading all the cheesy gossip)


Thursday, 14 April 2011

Matryoshka jewellery

I love little quirky folk-y things.  One of the cute attributes of Russian culture is obviously the Matryoshka doll which has been a popular inspiration for a some jewellery designers.  I instantly fell in love with this ring by Natasha Noir as the top part of the ring actually comes off to reveal a little Matryoshka underneath.  Surprisingly, Swarovski's new collection also features a pendant and a bracelet with a sparkly Russian doll charm.  And by the way, I don't know which genius has branded the Russian dolls as "Babushka" dolls, but that's completely and utterly wrong! Babushka translates as "grandmother" from Russian and has nothing to do with the traditional wooden delights! It's Matryoshka people, Matryoshka!


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Nails for Summer 2011

I'm completely obsessed with nails, it's just one of those things.  For me, nails complete the look and give emphasis to those all important little details.  This spring I've been experimenting quite a lot so here are my latest find:
 I used a regular black nail varnish and then brushed on a coat of Rimmel London Matte Finish which does exactly what it says on the bottle..erm makes the color matte! Works amazing on dark tones like black, dark brown and purple.
 This is actually old news but I tried it for the first time 2 weeks ago.  I applied black nail varnish by Barry M and then put a top coat of 17 Crackle Top Coat and voila! The golden top layer starts to crack after a few seconds and creates a look that looks much more time-consuming than it actually is! Works a treat with dark colors underneath or with different shades of pink for a more subtle effect.
Now this is my super favourite! This photo taken with crappy Iphone camera does this beautiful colour no justice at all! It's a beautiful cool shade of beige that looks so groomed and expensive with practically any skin tone.  It's also by 17 (they do amazing shades this season, truth must be said) and is called Forever.
This is a reverse version of French manicure. Pink nails with black tips.  Nothing revolutionary, was just feeling bored one evening.  And to be super creative I stuck on a nail sticker too!
And last but not least, this is my next planned purchase - officially the hottest shade for nails this summer.  Trust the guru brand of beauty Chanel, to come up with the most desirable shades for the season.


Jennifer Lopez for Tous

Monday, 4 April 2011

The paradox of our time

Now i know that this blog is usually just about fashion and some random even reviews and such.  I came accross this beautiful piece by Bob Moorehead on one of the websites that I follow ( and couldn't resist posting it.  A little something that will hopefully provoke a few thoughts. Enjoy.

"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and
hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to
life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer
space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but
broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can
bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share
this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave
your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the
only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most
of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might
not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to
share the precious thoughts in your mind."
Bob Moorehead