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Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) was the movie that made Audrey Hepburn a style icon. Givenchy exclusively dressed Audrey Hepburn in this film, creating the iconic LBD (little black dress). Edith Head created the other clothes that Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly wore. Most of the clothing made for the film were quite fashion-forward for its time and nothing looks outdated, even compared to today's fashion.

While Chanel had created the LBD in the 1920s, it was not a wardrobe essential until Givenchy designed the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the openingof the film. It's a sleeveless sheath floor-length gown and was accessorised with strands of pearls draped around her neck, a tiara on top of her beehive hairdo and dark sunglasses with a design reminiscent of Ray Ban Wayfarers (tortoiseshell frame). Apparently, the sunglasses were Oliver Goldsmith's Manhattan. Don't forget the black opera gloves.

The most distinct part of the design was the cut-out on the back o…

Celeb Style: Ariana Grande

No, I'm not reverting back to my teeny bopper ways. I adore Ariana Grande's style, even though I don't know much about her work. Her style is very much influenced by the 1950s and 60s with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and a sprinkle of the 90s. She has a similar vintage flair as Lana Del Rey but I'm not going to lie that I prefer Lana. Lana's the somber older sister and Ariana's the cute little sister.

Here's the breakdown of her style.


The fit-and-flare today is derived from the 1950s as Dior rose with their New Look (1947). It's still a very popular silhouette today, most likely because we're into the revival of previous fashion in this decade.

Ariana Grande is often seen in these types of dresses and it suits people who like to look feminine. Most of her fit-and-flare dresses have a sweetheart neckline that accentuates the bust.

For people who are a bit more daring and wish to show off their figure, the bodycon is the way…

Inspiration: Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour'

Catherine Deneuve is one of many style icons I look up to, right up there with Audrey Hepburn. She's classy but seemingly has an aura of mystery and ice. For me, she's the quintessential French woman. Belle de Jour (1967) is perhaps one of my favourite movies and it is the first of her works I had seen. Yves Saint Laurent designed the costumes for her character in this film and from this collaboration, she became one of his muses and modelled for him.

 Catherine Deneuve playsS√©verine Serizy, a wealthy housewife who's unable to be intimate with her husband. She becomes a prostitute in a high-class brothel and is called "Belle de Jour" there because she only works during the day. One of the many items I loved were the coats. They were tailored to her body perfectly and I particularly liked the military inspired coats and jackets she wore. I also loved the black pill hat.

I adore her shoes. The chunky kitten heel definitely gives off an elegance that a pair of Chris…

DIY: Butterfly Brooches

I have always been drawn to butterflies: the colours, the patterns and the shape of their wings. When I had spotted these wooden laser-cut butterfly brooches, I knew I had to get them somehow.

Instead of purchasing one already made, I opted to make them myself. To make them, it's pretty easy. I simply purchase some laser-cut wooden butterflies and brooch bar pins and glue them together. I also chose to paint the wooden butterflies with a matte sealer just in case.

These were mines:

They make beautiful gifts for those who adore butterflies, or anyone who's girly and loves shabby chic.

Update: Revival

It's time to revive this blog (a.k.a my baby). To mark this revival, I decided to change my layout. I've made this layout way back but I had second thoughts about using it. Nevertheless, I spent hours making it and with fresh eyes, it looks pretty good. I should give credit where it is due and chandelier brushes used for the header is from
As for the damask background, I cannot recall all the places I retrieved the brushes from but:
I'll get back to this when I can find the sources I'm missing.

Welcome to the new era of White + Rose... and no, not much is going to change.