Friday, 1 August 2014

Pins of the Week - Slip into Something More Comfortable

We're getting ready to relax with today's Pins of the Week 

It's Friday so why not kick back, pour yourself a glass of something chilled and slip into your very best slouch-ables. As beautiful as high-end apparel is, there are some nights when only pyjamas will do.  As such we've rounded up the very prettiest - just for you.

R x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

WWW // J & A Dress for Cocktails and Mingling

J and A dress themselves confident for a smart-casual affair

Smart-casual.  Just drinks.  Mingling.  Three dreaded phrases that can strike fear into even the bravest.  J and I get to grips with dressing our very different body shapes and very different styles for an evening of fashion and MEETING NEW PEOPLE.

J, being a vase, has slim, seemingly endless legs, a long gently sloping waist, big boobs and broad shoulders.  She cleverly creates an elegant figure by wearing a skirt that flaunts her legs and a baggy jersey top that just hangs off her shoulders, skimming over her stomach and ending right on her bum adding a bit of booty.  Her boobs are draped rather than drowned and her shoulders made elegant by the deep neckline of the top.  Not to mention the long necklaces that draw the eye down and elongate J's figure, as well as the heeled boots which add those all-important extra inches.

By wearing styles that flatter her shape, and sticking to a casual jersey fabric, J pulls of smart-casual with aplomb. 

I on the other hand, being a skittle, am almost the opposite body shape to J.  With narrow shoulders, a little waist and very generous hips, I have to dress my shape very differently to her.  I'm wearing one of my favourite things ever, the R~A~J~E Perfect Crop, which being short and boxy adds a little bit of much needed width and structure to my upper body.  The skirt meets the top at my waist, bringing attention to my narrowest part and enhancing the hourglass illusion.  The voluminous and swooshy nature of my vintage skirt mask the size of my hips but retain a feminine silhouette, and ending just below my knees, it's short enough to not be frumpy.

Making the most of the variety of textures and patterns and taking something of a gun-ho approach to coordination, I rely on the quality of the fabric (pure cotton and silk) and a piece of statement jewellery to smarten me up.

How do you dress your shape for cocktails?  Do you have any go-to pieces that you rely on?  However you do it, the most important accessory anyone can have is a stylish champagne flute or martini glass, so grab a drink and bring on the mingling!

A x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Room of the Week: Bedroom

Working our way through our dream house

Taking a break from our Colour of the Week series, we are spending a few weeks drooling over dream interiors. Beginning with the bedroom, prepare to feel serious amounts of envy..

Make sure you join us in the kitchen next time,
R x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A/W 14 Trends - Woodland Fairytale

R continues her pick of the A/W 14 trends with Woodland Fairytale

Next up in my run down of A/W 14 trends worth investing in, is Woodland Fairytale. Granted it's not the catchy-est of names, but it just about sums up the fantasy and earthy beauty that we saw scampering across the catwalks. 

Mary Katranzou

London ripped with excitement as Mary unveiled her latest edition of intricate print work and sculpted shapes. A dark and decadent note was struck as grounded colours and Ancient Greek symbols combined with dizzying results. 

Key Pieces:

Jewel colour dresses
Ankle boots
Embroidered jumper

Alexander McQueen

Drama and decadence ruled on the McQueen catwalk. Luxurious swathes of fur and feathers cascaded over ethereal models and set the tone for a autumn winter filled with magic. Gothic and suggestive with moments of occultish whimsy - Sabrina has grown up.

Key Pieces:

-Broderie anglais dress
-Feather trimmed jacket
-Pussy bow shirt

Saint Laurent

Towing the line between dream and nightmare, Hedi Slimane curated an other-worldly collection - littering the catwalk with fashion fantasies both bright and dark. With contributions from conceptual artist John Baldessari, Slimane casts a grunge eye over an otherwise glossy look. 

Key Pieces:

-Embellished everything
-Go Go boots 

Beauty: Embrace your dark side and stock up on kohl and gun metal metallic eyeshadow. Keep lips nude and suggestive for a 'just off the catwalk' finish.

R x