August 25th, 2013
If you read this blog its safe to say that you know I am a true tomboy when it comes to my personal style. Since that fateful day when I turned seven years old and my mother handed over the responsibility of dressing myself, my closet has predominantly comprised of striped tee’s, button downs and crew neck sweaters. So imagine my joy when I discovered the truly inspiring fashion book ‘Tomboy Style’ by Lizzie Garret Mettler at the Clare Vivier store in Silver Lake. I devoured the pages filled with both photographic and written tributes to various tomboy style tribes be it ‘The Adventurer’ tomboy or ‘The Girl Next Door’. All of my style favorites made it into the book; Diane Keaton, Lauren Hutton and Ali MacGraw to name but a few. What I truly loved about this book was not only is it an homage of some of the most fabulous style icons throughout history but it is also a celebration of women’s spirit and aesthetic identity in society over the years. How much I admire those brazen young women who strutted into Brooks Brothers in the 1940′s to buy their blue button down men’s oxford shirts. I take my tomboy hat off to them for their rejection of girdles and high waist skirts and their embracing of the far more practical loafer and pant; all trademarks of tomboy style. Not only did it give these women aesthetic experimentation but enabled them to live freer and with increased practicality. If anyone tells you that fashion trends don’t have substance and depth send them this book, this proud tomboy says its a must read.
August 23rd, 2013
I have never been a huge fan of make up and for me less is more; a dab of tinted moisturizer, a curl of the lashes and a swish of Touche Eclat to erase my dark circles and I am good to go. I am of the mind set that heavy make up, especially when you hit your 30′s, can age you. Thick layers of foundation and powder can mask a youthful glow and eyeshadow can enhance emerging wrinkles! If you have good skin and the ability to go make up free a la Nicole Richie vacationing in Italy then go for it! Don’t you think she looks fresh, fashion forward and oh so Euro chic?! I am going to take a leaf out of her book and try a bare faced day. Not only is it a practical option, as I will I save valuable time in the morning, but I may also look a little younger a la Nicole. I am all for the challenge but I must confess..I can’t quite give up my eyelash curlers just yet! Set yourself the bare faced challenge and let me know how you get on! xo
July 8th, 2013
Living in Los Angeles, its always the dreaded swimsuit season! I have to admit I’m a one piece kind of girl, and I am quite the anomaly here in the sunshine state. Having recently vacayed in Hawaii (where I gladly sported my blue and white striped onesie!) I admired many uber cool surfer girls in their rash guards, striding confidently along the beach. As I slathered on even more factor 50 onto my burning shoulders, I felt truly envious of the surfer girls in their hip, sun safe and colorful surf wear! So imagine by overwhelming joy when I was doing my daily browsing of the JCrew site when I happened upon an entire collection of rash guards! I was confronted with polka dots, Liberty floral’s and stripes galore! Stylish, practical and no more burnt shoulders; could it get any better than that? Get your hands on these pronto: www.jcrew.com
June 27th, 2013
Its no surprise that the offspring of the original glamazon Jerry Hall and rock god Mick Jagger is strikingly beautiful; and in the modelling scene Georgia Jagger is currently giving the Cara’s and Kate’s a run for their money! Her Brigitte Bardot-esque features and laissez faire attitude are currently advertising brands such Rimmel and Hudson to name but a few. There is no doubt in my mind that Georgia will be around for a long time to come!
May 29th, 2013
I have noticed and admired an emerging trend in the world of manicures; after years of requesting ‘short and rounded please’ at my nail salon I have changed my request to ‘medium length and pointed please’. There is something so lady-like and elegant about a longer pointed nail, it is reminiscent of old time Hollywood beauties such as Marilyn and Greta who simple didn’t require the practicality of a short rounded nail and embraced the finger lengthening elegance of a longer pointed nail (as seen on the divine Ms Dors in the above photo). Embrace your inner temptress and grow your nails! ENJOY! xo
April 19th, 2013
The Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flat is THE must have flat for spring. Its kitschy kitty motif, silken satin and delicately feminine profile is adorning the feet of all of my favorites fashion plates- Alexa and Kate to name but a few. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and versions of these flats are popping up all over the high street but for the real deal head here http://www.charlotteolympia.com/kitty-flats-black.html xo
March 5th, 2013
I have just completed Grace Coddington’s autobiography titled ‘Grace’ and wow what a wonderfully satisfying read. Her life and work in fashion is so beautifully documented in the book and I couldn’t recommend it more. For lovers of fashion and those who want an inside look into the world of Vogue magazine and its photographers/editors, an understanding of Anna Wintour’s icy demeanor and of course an insight into Grace’s personal life and creative process (which are fascinatingly tightly interwoven) you must read this book ASAP!
March 1st, 2013
I know everyone is talking about Cara Delevigne right now as THE model of the moment (aka MOTM for those in the know) but I think that fellow Brit Suki Waterhouse is a face to watch. She has all of the requirements needed to reach It Girl/MOTM status; a movie star boyfriend, a London cool girl sensibility (she is seen at all of the right places in the capital) and her very own aesthetic of Mod 1960′s meets Godard heroine. Bangs, winged eyeliner, a mini beehive and lots of knee high socks is grabbing all of the right kinds of attention in the British fashion community, its only a matter of time before the US sits up and takes notice! Watch this space….
February 26th, 2013
Sunglasses really are a lifesaver, on a day when you just need to run out of the door and don’t have time to beautify, you can avoid scaring people with your eye bags by throwing on a pair of glamorous sunnies. In my book bigger is better; not only for their level of coverage but also to achieve the Jackie O meets Audrey look. My choice for loud and proud sunglasses are by the uber cool designer Karen Walker. Opt for a tortoiseshell pair for the ultimate sunglasses. To be found here http://www.karenwalker.com/
February 20th, 2013
As a lover of all things Alexa Chung and a keen watcher of her style I couldn’t help but notice that she has jumped on the nail art bandwagon. Palm trees, eyeballs and glitter have all had a starring role on her nails and I love it on her, but its not for me. There is a large element of impracticality for a matcha/neutraholic like me in regards to being stuck with bright green glitter or eyeball art work on my nails! For anyone other than a teenage girl, a pop star or a young fashion industry gal I would avoid nail art like the plague. Or save this trend for the weekend! XO