Friday, 29 October 2010

Happy (Halloween) Weekend!

I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown by! I know most of you are getting prepared for the festivities that is Halloween this weekend, I hope you all have an amazing time and I can't wait to see all your photos.

Halloween isn't really a big deal over and I guess I'll miss getting dressed up and scaring off kids! (Without my make up on ought do the trick!)

My slightly subtle take on creepy-fied nails using Barry M Nail Effects!

What are you all upto this weekend? Recovering from Athens Xclusive Designer Week? Relaxing? Having a bake fest? Or catching up with your favourite reads? I must mention a brilliant (-intellectually stimulating, refreshing & well executed post) by Vahni of Grit & Glamour on fashion-based social networking sites, you will be surprises to learn a few things for sure and not only that - these big fashion networking sites have responded here & here!

Amazing No-bake spiderweb cheesecake with edible spiders
Via here

1st two images above styled by Carine Roitfeld shot by Mert & Marcus (Bal Masque)
for Vogue Paris

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

I heart Vogue UK: The December Issues

The Gold Issue-Kate Moss shot by Nick Knight - I loved this cover & issue
Vogue UK, December 2000

I can't believe I'm thinking about Christmas already and it's not even Halloween yet! I'm just a wee bit excited as to the arrival of the December issue of UK Vogue hitting the news-stands next month. You see, as per my previous post, I have collected loads of Vogue & Elle magazines amongst others, since I fell in love with fashion and I just can't bear to part with most of them.
I did a clear out before moving to Greece which has thinned the collection down significantly but I've held onto key months as they feature new collections and other amazing fashion goodness.

Front covers of Vogue UK's December issues spanning a decade
- note cover girls Kate & Sienna have fronted the December issues numerous times in a decade, both looking gorgeous as ever

The December issues of Vogue in particular have a special place in my heart as they nearly always have the best front covers, with the most creative, spellbinding & magical fashion spreads ever - I mean I think they seriously blow the budget on these issues and literally go to town with everything including imagination & couture. Can you imagine what brain storming for the December issues must have been like? I also love their special features articles, Vogue's definitive X-mas gift list - although 99% of items are bloody expensive and luxury items, they are incredibly inspirational and the kind of things you splash out on when a good friend gets hitched, has babies, gets engaged or reaches a special age!
One of the best issues was the 2006 issue known as the 'Commemorative Issue', as Vogue celebrated 90 years! Refer to this article in the Independent for an interesting read and why Vogue is pretty special.

This is a totally separate issue but I remember at my previous job, we were discussing the future of traditional media & how it would eventually go IP/be online/digital with the disappearance of print media, something that will eventually be quite rare in say 10/15years time. Well, I sure hope not, Ok, I love how new media is so accessible and up-to-date, but I'm pretty sure that fashion/travel/food and some consumer categories will still have some kind of bias due to our love of colours/pictures-which is better than seeing it online/digitally. I mean can you image reading Vogue and it's glory online only?

Anyhow, moving on. As I said, I want to share with you all, one of the best fashion spreads from Vogue's December 2004 Issue. There are so many beautiful shots in the other issues and also another fave - 2008 issue, but this is one of my favourite's as it takes me onto a fantastic journey. I love everything here, from models/people casted, photography, back drops, fonts-another weird thing I love and
the fashion! Enjoy!

NB: Photo heavy-ish post! Click on images to enlarge!

Vogue UK, December 2004 shot by Tim Walker
via here & here

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Happy (Fairytale Wedding) Weekend!

October seems to be wedding fever fest as another of my oldest BFF's is getting married tomorrow, I am so incredibly excited for her and her man! I mean, imagine meeting someone when you're just a toddler...(they've known each other since the nursey!) and through the years you're just friends and then years down the line you get together and well, something extraordinary happens! Now they have their happily ever after!

There's also a little story that goes with the image above. Whilst at my parents place I've managed to dig up the December issue of Vogue, 2004 in my historic archive of magazines... It's official, I'm a hoarder!!! I still couldn't bring myself to part with my other decade+ old Vogue & Elle magazines, which are still mostly in pristine condition. I still have piles and piles of magazine such as SKY, (from almost 16 yrs ago - they were my brothers but I secretly stashed them away when he'd finished with them), NOVA, Flaunt, SCENE amongst weekend supplements such as the Sunday Times Style but these little treasures are sitting in boxes in a garage. These reads are my great love and my instant fashion fixes. Anyhow, I'll have to share the entire spread from that shoot (shot by the talented Tim Walker) in my next post, as it was amazing!!!

What about you? What do you secretly stash away?
Do you have any inspirational reads which you hold on for dear life? I used to tear the best bits out of magazines and file them accordingly too - Dresses, Tailoring, Shoes, Bags, Travel... back when I had too much time on my hands!

Falling in love with the gowns in this shoot!

Lara Stone By Mario Testino for Vogue UK Dec 2009
via here


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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Thirsty Thursday! Sex & The City inspired cocktails

I don't know about you guys, but I kinda miss Sex & The City and Carrie Bradshaw's sense of style, love affair with shoes, search for that "Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love" and brilliantly humourous one-liners. There isn't really any other basis of comparison out there, is there?

I used to look forward to each upcoming episode to see what the fabulous foursome would be wearing, then falling in love with elements of their style. Fashion wise it fed me buckets. For now lovelies, let's celebrate the memories of the most stylish girls in TV history, with some fun cocktails inspired by each of the characters we've known to love. There's even one for the boys!

The Carrie

2 oz. SKYY Vodka
0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. sugar
Drop of crème de cassis

Rim a crystallized Swarovski martini glass with crème de cassis and sugar (first dip the rim in a shallow dish filled with crème de cassis and then into a dish of sugar). Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glass.

The Samantha

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
1 oz. fresh lime juice
0.75 oz. Triple Sec
0.75 oz. crème de cacao

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Charlotte

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Grape
3 oz. 7-Up
0.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.25 oz. red wine

Squeeze and drop half a lemon into a cocktail shaker. Add SKYY Infusions Grape and 7-Up with ice and stir. Strain into a tall Collins glass with fresh ice and float red wine over the top of the drink.

The Miranda

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Ginger
1 oz. honey syrup
0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients (to create honey syrup, combine 0.5 oz. water with 0.5 oz. honey) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Set a lemon peel twirl across the rim of the glass with a cocktail pick.

The Mr. Big

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Cherry
0.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
0.75 oz. cola

Combine SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka, Wild Turkey Bourbon and cola in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir. Pour into a double rocks glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Hope you all have a delicious & fabulous week!

Source via: Marie Claire & top image via Daily Mail
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

My Fair Lady in the making?

As somone who has loved Audrey Hepburn movies since I was a kid, I have since wondered who would be casted to play the glamourous starlet of the 60's, if they were ever to do remakes of Sabrina, Roman holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's or even My Fair Lady. That was until I saw these amazing shots be Mario Testino of Anne Hathaway as this months cover star for US Vogue, exuding the classic movie star inspired looks of Audrey Hepburn. This girl has something about her... What do you think?
I must admit that I am a bit old skool in the way that I do love and prefer originals to remakes, as you can't always capture that 'Je ne sais quoi' which makes the movie what it is.

Below: Anne Hathaway doing her own Hepburn thing in stunning couture & oozing star quality

Anyhow, I'm still blown away how glamourous and dazzling Anne looks in these shots! You'll have to check out the full editorial for more dreamy fabulous haute couture here. There's this one shot outside the Hôtel de Crillion, where Anne is wearing such a gorgeous gown by Isaac Mizhari.

The original screen Queen of the 60's, Hepburn in her role as Holly Golightly,
Breakfast at Tiffany's

My fair Lady

That infamous red Givenchy gown in Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

images via & here
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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Shiny New Studded love

Since I've been London - or Shopping Heaven, I've been trying so hard to not buy anything that I don't really need. It. Is. So. Hard!!!

Alejandro Ingelmo Thriller Booties £730

As you may know, Selfridges recently launched their Shoe Gallery - a place where I got seriously lost, lost into a deep, lusting trance enveloped in a journey into shoe paradise where all the seriously beautiful dreamy shoes are carefully stacked on velvet or glass, concrete or steel and even alabaster and silk displays. Divine!

Kurt Geiger Corso Heels - £220

I fell in love with some of Kurt Geiger's Fashionista collection and also Alejandro Ingelmo's shoes and boots! Anyhow, I think I did well walking away from such gorgeous things... until...

These babies caught my eye and I simply had to make a small naughty purchase whilst on Oxford Street. I love the studding details, the sparkly bits and the super cool Camilla Skovgaard's inspired serrated rubber sole - definitely essential when braving the dodgy pavements of Athens!
They're my new love, well at least for now!

I also did some experimenting and tried (being the operative word here), to do a cool purple manicure with gold tips, as per my post 'Nailing it' a while back. I didn't have any joy in finding the YSL Manucure range in the purple of gold anywhere, so I had to suffice with the bank friendly yet brilliant option of Barry M. Has anyone else tried doing their nails differently lately?

Have a rocking weekend!!!
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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Happy Weekend!

Yay! I'll be off to the Cotswolds for one of my dearest friends (BFF) wedding this weekend!
I'm so excited I'm lost for words! We've had some serious girl time this week, catching up over lots of indulging food (basically all the foods i've missed since moving to Greece), looking over a scrap book of old photos I'd pulled out over our 20 something years of being single together and including watching some random tv show called 'Bridezilla' - it was absolutely hilarious!!! Anyhow, I love this gal so much and I am so honoured to be doing hair, make up duties as well as a speech, yikes!!!
She's gonna be a super stunning bride, yay!!!!!

Have yourself an amazing, fun, fabulous and fashionable weekend my lovelies!

Jovita Miseviciute shot by Zoltan Tombor for Grazia Italy, via here

Chanel Iman shot by Rafael Stahelin for Vanity Fair via here

See you all next week!
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