Saturday, November 29, 2014

Celeb Style: Olivia Palermo

For a long time, I've admired Olivia Palermo's style. Even in the most bland outfits, she looks put together and it's probably because of her hair. It's how she mixes modern and classic together that seems so effortless that I fall head over heels for. Here are a couple of things I've noticed from her photos that I think I would keep in mind:


Opt for classic hues of lipstick. A pink/peach beige for something more casual. A red for more dressier occasions. Pink for spring. 

Drab to Fab

 To make a drab outfit fabulous, just put on one or two statement accessories.

Classic pieces never go out of style
 Be it a little black dress, a white shirt or some black pants, the classics will never go out of style. Definitely pair it up with some trendy items to keep it modern.

Fur also never out of style
 For ethical reasons, people opt for faux but it'll never go out of style and keep you warm in very cold weather.

Mixing different patterns and textures
 Always go for contrasting prints and textures when you attempt mixing. The more you want to mix, the less loud you want your patterns. Mixing your patterns also give off this look like everything was effortless.

Trends in moderation
Never go overboard with a trend if you wish to stay classy.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Style: Lipstick Collection

I never thought there'd be a day when I actually have 10 lipsticks at a time.

Most of my lipsticks are from the mid-range and high-end brands. Not sure why I don't buy more lipsticks from the pharmacy because they often work just as well. Nevertheless, I do not mind spending a little more money on lipsticks because I reach for them daily. If there was only one makeup item I could only own, it would be a lipstick. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Inspiration: Catherine Deneuve - The Hunger

The Hunger (1983) is the last film collaboration Catherine Deneuve had with Yves Saint Laurent. 80s fashion suited the thousand-year-old Egyptian vampire, Miriam -- accessories were bold and flashy, the shoulder pads making one seem more confident and powerful. In fact, every time I use my YSL lipstick, I'm reminded of this movie -- something about YSL and the flashy gold packaging makes me recall this film.

This vampire movie had its flaws but I will acknowledge that it was beautiful, aesthetically speaking.

My favourite shots
Here are the highlights of the outfits:
First outfit: Possibly jumpsuit with belt, 80s Cat Eye glasses, drop earrings, leather gloves with eyelets
Very minimalist here with a navy blazer and white shirt. Love the raspberry lip. Flashy gold earrings here. 
Veiled hat, large stud earrings, white coat and a lizard brooch (love that detail; I believe in Ancient Egypt, lizards symbolise divine wisdom) 
Perhaps my favourite dress. A drop neckline with gold and navy or is it black?
Grey shirt with a black skirt?
Black dress with shoulder pads, low V neckline, drop earrings
Polka dot blazer/top, gem brooch
A couple close ups on jewellery/watches
Whilst I think Miriam was the most stylishly dressed, I got to give a shout out to Susan Sarandon's character, Sarah Roberts, especially at the end:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Recommendations: 3 Magazines to Look Out For

I don't read magazines regularly but once in a while, I'll purchase some. I'd like to recommend three magazines that I think have a good concept behind them.

Renegade Collective [link]

This is one of the new magazines that had caught my eye - mostly because of the design of the cover. The featured articles have a handwritten font and the magazine name is in a fashionable font like that of Vogue. To me, the image I got just from the cover and its articles is that it's a bit like a laid-back fashionable magazine, aimed for aspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs and people in creative fields - pretty much exactly what their target audience is. It offers a variety of inspirational articles from people in various fields.

LARME [link]

This one offers a certain recognisable style. As far as I know, the look doesn't have a particular name. It's very much a pastel, girly, cute look that draws inspiration from fairy tales and mermaids -- sometimes, the outfits look more otome-kei and others are more AMO (who is a model featured in this magazine as well). They describe themselves as a 甘くてかわいい 女の子のファッション絵本」which roughly translates to sweet and cute women's fashion lookbook. 

Even if you cannot understand Japanese, it's still worth it for the beautiful photos and the off-beat kind of style that I love about Japanese fashion. There is more influence from 50s and 60s fashion when pastels were big and the whole look can be regarded as "sweet". 

Frankie [link]

This is aimed towards the 20-30 year old women, has a hipster vibe to it and is its own little niche. The typical reader is probably someone who lives in urban areas and is affluent but a little off-beat when it comes to style. I think it is similar to Yen (another Australian magazine) in terms of aesthetic but I cannot do a comparison since I have not had the chance to read an issue of Yen completely. However, I can quickly say that I think Yen is more fashion-based whereas Frankie offers more art and articles on creative minds. I don't love Frankie but I do respect the vision it has - particularly its quirk.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: Sleek Blush

I decided to make a purchase from Sleek's website when they had their '15% off' offer so I could try their Rose Gold blush people have been raving about last year. Of course, the hype has died down but I'm still curious about Sleek as a brand and wanted to try them for myself. I purchased some items that are intended to be gifted and a blush for myself.

I chose their best selling blush, Rose Gold. It is often regarded as a dupe for NARS Orgasm but I cannot vouch for that. I can say that when applied, it does offer me a similar colour to NARS Deep Throat, in that it is a pink/gold blush except that the NARS one appears more pink and less shimmery than Sleek's Rose Gold, which appears a little peachier. Initially, I was worried that the shimmer might be a bit too much for me but I like the way it looks when it is applied.

 Overall, I had a positive experience. The shipping took a while but I was in no hurry to get my items.    I would purchase again if I want another blush but I think I've got enough blushes for now.