Photos via Style.com
Dries Van Noten has done it again! The Antwerpen designer continues to stun me with his use of pattern and print, sown in to elegant clean shapes for the chic modern woman. The colour palette of orange and yellows to cool blues and greens, peppered with fuchsias provide a pop and femininity which is stopped from being sickly sweet when layered in their carefree way. Different floral shapes are paired in contrasting prints but still play nicely. I bloody love Dries, and I don't think I will ever stop.
My brain is wedding mush! I even had a weird dream last night about it, it was so strange and funny and it featured a baby throwing up chocolate on my dress!
While along this wedding train I have been researching wedding stationary as we designed our own wedding suite. It was really fun and a little stressful designing them as I really wanted them to represent Chris and I as a couple, and show our creative sides too. As we are in the process of still sending them out I will not show them here yet, though I can't wait to show you as I am really happy with how they turned out.
What I am showing you now is another wedding invitation suite that I designed as I enjoyed making ours so much I have started making others just for fun! So much effort can go into making a wedding happen, especially if you want a personal touch. Different people like so many different things but you only get to prepare for one (in essence). I came across some pictures of vintage illustrations of fruit and I thought they would look lovely to represent an Orchard Wedding. I think the idea of having a wedding in an Orchard that backs on to a farm is really delightful and I think these invites would really work for a modern couple wanting to welcome in some rustic natural charm as they say I do. I am not really sure what I will do with all these ideas, but I will lock them safe for a day when a loved one may need some help in designing their own future stationary. I already have a fresh floral pink theme set in the works so I will share them here when they are ready too!
So here I am, keeping up with another style post! Today I call this look, 'a nod to the seventies'. The key elements here are the wide brim hat, hair out and the printed top. The top I am actually wearing is a "The Bamboo District" top, from you know...when I used to sell clothes. Oh how I miss those days. I went to breakfast in Warren Street a few weeks back in a sweet spot called Honey & Co and the floor tiles looked like my top, I think this print is more of a Moroccan tile style then the usual East Orient or West African styles I usually wear. My wide brim hat is from Forever 21 in San Francisco, I love it so much but my big head means it keeps blowing off in the wind. Does anyone else know of any tricks for fat skulled hat wearers? FYI I have a 2ft head. To stop my look becoming too "Almost Famous" (as I too was wearing my brown faux fur coat in my old post when going to work) I teamed it with some basic skinnies, black chelsea boots and a man cardigan which have better slouchy fits then women's cuts.
You can get a similar look with the items available in these shops now:
1. Super stretch skinny jeans in light blue: Uniqlo, 2. Floppy Hat in black: Topshop, 3.Pure Lambswool V-Neck Cardigan: M&S, 4. Black Ankle Strap boot: Dorothy Perkins, 5.Print Blouse: ASOS
All photos by Mariano Vivanco for Vogue Russia via FGR
"The Heart of the Mountains" is the name of this luscious editorial for Vogue Russia. Set against the beautiful Peruvian backdrop and among locals donned in traditional attire, model Catherine McNeil showcases many of springs new bold colour offerings. Feather accessories and woven textures merge nicely with the traditional Peruvian looks. I want to visit her so much, another one to add to the list!
Puma x Solange "Girls of Blaze" - Shot by Alan Ferguson
It has taken me a while to post about this uber collaboration between Puma and Solange Knowles, concerning this lookbook known as "Girls of Blaze". Solange who had been appointed creative director on this Puma project was given the task to re-imagine the sport label's disk blaze style. For this she enlisted the help of Gerlan Jeans designer Gerlan Marcel, Soft Circle band member and artist Hisham Baroocha, and designer sisters Darlene and Lizzy Opko (of William Okpo). Her curated choice of designers supports her well known aesthetic of bright block colours and mixy matchy, contrasted pairings.
Footwear aside the whole shoot was directed by herself and director partner Alan Ferguson. The models with they voluminous curls and acid orange-red lips look like Solange dopplegangers, and the nicely chosen backdrops are not that dissimilar to what you can see on one of her own music video sets. As a huge Solo fan, I love seeing how multifaceted she is in her career life. You can see her hands on approach in the video at the end of this post.
All media via Oyster Magazine
I wanted to add more Personal Style posts on my blog. Not to toot my own horn but I have quite a nice collection of garments that I have accumulated over the years and use them to channel a mood or even a character via my outfit choice. HOWEVER, regardless of the fact that I am writing this style post the effort to pose and take a photo that doesn't look poop is sooooo taxing!. Plus it was dark and my camera isn't that great so bloggers like Sincerely Jules and Natalie Off Duty don't need to watch their backs just as of yet, haha.
My outfit is Beatnik and weirdly 90s MTV inspired. The all black turtleneck and body con mini with black shoes made me feel poetic, and teamed with the faux fur and bowler hat gave it that grunge feel (see 90s flick Singles for what I mean). Obvs as it is winter and freezing, I opted for tights but as I didn't want black overload I opted for burgundy tights. They could of been any coloured pair I had but thankfully burgs it was, it coincidentally matched my lipstick I was wearing that rubbed off after eating a Pad Thai and before these photos were taken. The look made me feel chic, cool and feminine...and sassy to boot! If you wanted to try this look out or a variation of it I have added some examples of where to get the bits below.
1. Black cropped Turtle Neck, 3. Faux Fur Coat 4. Black Jersey Mini skirt & 6. Black bowler Hat: ASOS
2. Black Pump with gold toe cap: New Look, 5. Burgundy Tights: Tabio
Look even the models, actresses and style bloggers are at it!
I am a big advocate of travelling the world and visiting all the wonderful places on our good Earth. This doesn't mean packing up and leaving a good job for months on end, I just mean being adventurous in choosing wherever to stamp your passport. I wanted to share with you a little online exercise I was doing through Pinterest. I created a board of some of the places I have been blessed to visit so far in my life. These included adding photos of the Philippines which I have visited intermittently since I was a child, and also photos of New York which I used to visit frequently too to visit family, and then later to enjoy as an adult. I added more photos, photos not taken by myself but of what others have taken, shots that I could not capture on my own camera but embodied the spirit of my experience of seeing these places. I added Pins of photos to represent trips to Paris, Edinburgh, Mexico City and Las Vegas...even pins to represent a coach tour I took through Italy when I was 8! What was so great about having this collection in visual form made me realize that I have seen some wonderful sites and breathed the air of many lands. I still think I am not that well traveled, and I hope that I can continue to work hard to gain the means to see more places, but as I usually think I am lacking, seeing this collection made me feel full and grateful. In my board TRAVEL I included nods to English cities and towns too, representing the beauty that can seen even out of your own immediate postcode. I urge you to make one, not only will it encourage you to remember all of the sites to have been but will make you think of all the next amazing places you want and could see!
Here is a snippet of my pin board so far. This is my America section!
Mama to Maya.
Daughter of Filipinos.
Wife of a Mexican'ish.
Urban heart + Island soul.
Right brained. Left brained.
Likes to see & likes to do.
THIS BLOG WILL SHOW ALL OF THE ABOVE IN SOME SHAPE AND FORM