Quickly jotting down something more than just as a reminder for the year to come....
What have we got to lose right? The only thing left to do is to take more risks in our lives.
In the spirit of that, a look at 15 years of Hussein Chalayan in fashion.
Quickly jotting down something more than just as a reminder for the year to come....
I recently acquired some marzipan from the beautiful city of Toledo (Spain) while I was on vacation there and they are just so irresistible! I mean I couldn't even wait until after taking the picture to eat them with BFOG! Just look at them; all the little bundles all handmade and brimming with joy. The 3 varieties here come either coated with pinenuts, crystal sugar, or with yolk filling (yema as they call it there). And these are from one of the most prominent and local favorited shops in town; Santo Tome (since 1856). Biting into one of these not only make you realize how beautiful something so simple yet so well-crafted can taste; but one also feels like they're biting into a piece of history. The history books in Toledo tells us a story of local nuns helping to stave off famine during King Alfonso's VIII's battle against the Moors in 1212 with the help of these little 'almond bread'. Because the nuns had a good supply of almonds (but not much else) in their reserves, they pounded the almonds with sugar and created 'bread' to provide food to the public.
These are not your everyday variety of marzipan that are usually funnily colored and shaped into a leg of ham or a carrot. These ones have a PGI status which according to BBC Foods, has "the origin and quality of products that carry this hard-won stamp of authenticity".
So which foods are you especially enjoying with your loved ones this holiday period?
Really sorry for the lack of posts lately. I do wish to post more often as I have tonnes of products and news laying around waiting to be reviewed and shared. But not having sufficient time these days and my insufficient knowledge of mobile blogging or mobile internet as a matter of fact has made it rather challenging.
But there are definite things I need to share with you and though I cannot promise when, they are coming! I recently watched this video of Shakira and felt so taken aback and simply marveled at the way she moves. Isn't the fight/longing dance between her and the shirtless partner amazing?
The pieces had a sort of mesmerizing power that drew everyone watching into the center of them. A complex exterior wanting to be unraveled perhaps. Somewhat of a romantic notion.
An easy solution to a scary Halloween: Colored contacts, defining & contouring facial features, and a quick sexy over the eye hand-drawn art. And of course a pair of fabulous Shu lashes!
We are gonna start looking at some drool worthy gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. The first of this series features a book commemorating NARS Cosmetics' 15th anniversary with. This image rich book will spotlight icons wearing of course NARS' classic products. The lineup includes Marc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell, Amanda Lepore, Daphne Guinness, Natasha Poly, Olivier Theyskens, Isabella Rossellini, and Shalom Harlow. The worst part is that we'll have to elbow each other for a copy in the bookstore. The book will only be available for ONE month only and you can see the counting down to the release date at http://www.15x15project.com/ .
OH NO, HURRY!
It is currently fashionable to look back to the 'good ole days'. The 80s to be exact.
In line with that thinking, The Body Shop has relaunched for a limited time only a few or their popular products from that time. The new versions are now more responsible in that they are made with fair trade ingredients and the containers are made with 100% recycled materials. Plus they almost match their prices in 80s!
The range on offer now:
Word is that there's a chance some of these products may stay for good if they get enough votes from the public. So vote for yours (and mine) please!
Vote for yours or request relaunches on http://www.thebodyshop.com/_en/_ww/beauty-lounge/originals/originals.aspx
I recently worked with a garment at a photoshoot that resembled a softly decaying blossom. The edges, like those seen at the Prada show, were unfinished and tattered. That piece was so delicate so much that at every 10 camera clicks the garment transformed itself right before us. Perhaps it is a reference to the unstable nature of beauty. Or maybe we simply get bored with wearing something that looks the same all the time. But which ever way we would like to interpret it, I think I love the way things are going for Spring of 2010. Stagnation has been driven out of town!
On MAC: Mac's all black collection, Style Black brings wearing black to another level by letting us wear is without fear of looking too goth. The sheerness in the selection of items in the collection mean greater freedom in layer intensity from a sheer wash to a glossy opaque finish. Glimmerglass (gel formula) lipgloss in Bling Black and Black Fire, and Mineralized Eyeshadows in Young Punk and Gilt by Association are particularly standouts.
“While the fashion community is struggling to find cabs, StyleCaster is providing free rides to make their lives easier. While others are taking pictures and posting the next day, we are streaming runway shows live to audiences across the world,” said Ari Goldberg, StyleCaster’s CEO. “One way or another we are going to bring style to the people and we are not going to stop until we do.”
To get a free ride to your next show look for the vintage Fiat 500’s with the StyleCaster logo and simply show the driver your invitation.
And what do you think of this collection of luggage by Viktor & Rolf and Samsonite? The rolling piece with purse top cost around 700 euros.
Labels: Fall/Winter 2009 - 2010
Orange Babies is not a clothing label (although there are shirts with their logo on it). But rather, they are an organization established by Baba Sylla (1st photo) and John Kattenberg (the famous Dutch makeup artist and founder of House of Orange) to raise awareness and financial support to mothers and their babies affected by the HIV/AIDS virus in Africa. Their influence in the fashion, sport, music and art scenes has brought and continues to bring real help to those in Africa through organizing fundraisers and various events.
Please contact Orange Babies for more information. For donations, please click here.
Feeling tired is not only a physical state but one that is truly tied in with how we feel mentally. I am amazed at how quickly I can feel revived if I just spend a little time on other and on myself that my outlook is instantly lifted; not to mention my complexion. And everything good will just follow.
A few suggestions on how I go about getting my groove back:
One method: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
This mask contains alot of ingredients to brighten the complexion and to fight off free radicals. But the best thing about it is that it is a mini version of Bliss' signature Triple Oxygen facials at their salons. The fluidO2 infusion turns into a bubbling and fizzing foam upon contact with wet skin. The sensation it creates on my skin feels fantastic that I literally feel my brain releasing happy hormones. Works just like those scalp massagers that you see. The citrusy scent is uplifting as well!
One method: Bergamot essensial oil
Rather than being a stimulating essensial oil, bergamot is categorized as an uplifting one. What it does is that it makes one feel better in a more relaxed way. It is often used in aromatherapy for people with anxious, tense or depressed symptoms. Just one smell and you will know what I mean. Blend bergamont with other oils such as lavender or geranium (if you want even more relaxation) and infuse your bath water, body lotion/oil or your home frangrance system to surround yourself with positivity.
....and of course you know I'm not a doctor. These are a few things that I do that help me. Let your family doctor know if you feel severe fatigue or malheureux.
Even with the heat of Summer prevelant, I can't help but anxiously await the arrival of Autumn. A bit of time spent surfing on style.com does that to me every season. The anticipation of new colors, textures, shapes and even more choices in ways we will be encouraged to play with our hair and makeup is mind blowing.
And before my mind drifts off somewhere else let me just put this down. Balmain's Fall 2009 collection has at so many levels encompassed all of the feelings aforementioned. In Balmain's case, the new color is a vibrant blue, drizzling sequins as the new texture, and the new shape is the elongated line drawing focus on cutting edge shoulders.
And then just look at those boots!
I had to wipe off the drool from the top of my chin when I saw this standout at the MAC counter the other day. I had never seen a beauty like this before!
The MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Warm Blend (Colour Craft Collection) contains 3 stripes of colors that deepens a tan and gives sheen to the complexion. This is a stellar shaper or highlighter for those with light-medium to dark skin tones but the lightest of skintones do not fear; apply with a 187/188/131 (LE) then buff with a flat top brush to achieve a rich glow.
Top - peach bronze
Middle - brown bronze
Bottom - true bronze
Swirled together, the result is a rich, deep, tropical glow. To apply, place along the hollows of the cheeks and then blended towards the apples to create what reminds me of the girl in MAC's Naked Honey campaign picture. But the colors in the compact can also be used seperately as well. Using the middle color as a crease color and one of the other 2 to complement it creates a summery, warm look for the eye.
I am certainly grabbing a backup!
Yesterday evening was spent backstage with a few fantastic makeup artists from House of Orange such as Kathinka Gernant, Fabienne Jansen and Severine van Donkelaar. The famous model Doutsen Kroes made an appearance chaperoned by her personal body guard. She is as beautiful in person as she is in those L'oreal Paris campaigns like the one seen in the video below:
Gorgeous girls with shiny bouncy waves strutted the runway as onlookers such as Janice Dickinson watched on. The collection is feminine and definitely sexy. All the pieces slithered about on the body capturing the essence of the label SuperTrash. The clothes reflected on the attitudes of the models as well. The models who wore the clothes couldn't help but feel really sexy.
Footage backstage - all the commotion and Janice Dickinson herself:
Amidst leggy models wearing rolled up slouchy jeans at the Replay S/S 2010 catwalk show at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, the center piece of the collection was a creme fraiche silk dress with studded denim bust. The audience fanned themselves in the packed salon watched as the men strolled out with swimming pool hair and the women with beach waves.
Always in tune with the calm, cool and collected, Blue Blood presented their Spring/Summer 2010 collection at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week (AIFW). Keeping in mind both him and her, the label makes wearable luxury street fashion that impacts a certain statement. That is what denim should be about after all. I find myself wanting yet another jumpsuit from the label and the slanted tee felt pen-marked with "HELLO". And there is something beautiful about wearing a universe-printed top.