Sunday, 6 April 2014

Memoirs Of A Geisha

Last weekend I attended a house party for my friends birthday and the theme was 'Around The World'. I love getting creative around a good theme however I loathe to spend money on an outfit you are going to wear once - I'm a tight-arse!!  Therefore the creativity usually comes into customising current pieces or if the look calls for it, make-up.  This look is allll about the make-up :) Although I am obsessed with watching make-up tutorials - I thank God for the likes of PixiWoo, Lisa Eldridge, Tanya Burr everyday - I rarely step outside of my neutral eye, bright lip combination as it is where I feel comfortable and socially acceptable! However at fancy dress parties you can pretty much get away with anything so it is an awesome time to experiment - that is where my outrageous eyes, blue eye-shadow, red lip 80s type combo came in!!

So in my wardrobe I had a kimono already and because I have big eyes I can get away with rather exaggerated eye make-up so thought a Geisha would be a good choice for me.  Minimal clothing effort, maximum make-up artistry!  I went for an extremely lined eye, a blue eye-shadow with neutral tones, massive falsies and a sharp red lip.  Eye palettes used were the white matte and midnight blue shadows from Stila 'In The Light' palette (amazing palette) and the turquoise shade from the Sleek Mediterranean palette.  Also used was the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty as cheeks needed to be really pigmented and long-lasting, check check!  I recently go this blusher from America, it was my only NEED item from the whole trip, and I absolutely bloody love it!!

Kimono - French Connection, Bardot Dress - Miss Selfridge

Also to achieve the look I used lots of concealer - YSL touche eclat, 17 phwooar paint - and Garnier Light Roll-On Anti Dark Circles to further lighten the area.  I very sharply lined the lips and used lots of red lipstick for an exaggerated pout.  Of course the hair was a very tight bun complete with diffuser sticks - as you do!!  Hope you like the look.  What would you go as for an around the world theme?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Work- Wear Wednesday: Watercolour Dream

I recently joined Instagram, I know I'm so behind the times - I've always been very technologically ancient!! My user name is ruhavingagiraffe for anyone that is interested.  I decided to join an Evening Standard competition as it was simply a case of uploading a smart outfit which (I hope) I wear every day.  As such I thought I would share a few of the photos with you.

The dress is a recent Zara purchase and is in this glorious watercolour type print.  I really enjoy the artistry behind watercolour prints especially when against a neutral background, as in this case, as it emphasises the print.  I actually bought this a few weeks ago and put off wearing it however I then saw it on Alex Jones on Sports Relief and it looked lovely on her, which made me want to wear it IMMEDIATELY!!

zara watercolour dress boucle jacket
Dress - Zara, Boucle Jacket - Leather Lane Market, Watch -  Marc Jacobs, Shoes - New Look, Necklace - New Look

It is in your typical pencil dress shape with no sleeves, which is perfect for this time of year.  I don't know about you but I was roasting in my office this afternoon!  I decided to pick out the pinky/blue tones in the dress and accessorized with these shades.

zara watercolour dress marc jacobs watch

Zara are having an amazing season at the moment so I am thinking of compiling a wishlist that has been steadily growing over the past few weeks.  Cannot wait for their sale to start, dangerous!!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Walking Tall 3: Girly Gingham

Midi skirts aahh so fashionable and ladylike however can be difficult to pull off.  I do think it's a lot of tosh to say only tall people can wear midi skirts as they can look lovely on all shapes and sizes, however you do need to be careful of the length.  Case in point Exhibit A  Topshop white quilted midi skirt.  As this is quite a structured skirt with a hefty length it would be a bit of a struggle on the more petite figures.  However if you are working with some height (naturally or with heels) I think this looks very playful and elegant.  For reference this was in the 'normal' section and this hits my mid calf area (I am 5ft11).   I can imagine Audrey Hepburn swanning around in this, and let me tell you I would have worn this had I owned it last year when I went to see Roman Holiday at South Bank - on a side note if you haven't seen that movie you simply MUST.

Topshop quilted midi skirt Primark gingham shirt
midi skirt - Topshop, gingham shirt - Primark, shoes - Primark

This blouse is yet another gingham/check item to add to my collection - I gush over my love affair with this print in an upcoming post, you lucky people have that to look forward to!  Blue and white gingham is such a classic Dorothy-esque print which makes me want to trot down the yellow brick road :)
Had a mini primarni haul last week and this gorgeous blouse was one of the items I picked up.  Yes it is rather sheer and thin but when it costs £12 it's to be expected, and the light fabric makes it perfect for Spring.

topshop midi skirt primark gingham shirt

topshop white midi skirt primark check shirt

Necklace and pointed flats are also Primark purchases.  I did actually wear monochrome heels with this at work (heeled version of those flats) which I think elevates the elegance of the look however they stay firmly at work - I do not wear heels on the tube ARE YOU MAD?!!

Primark gingham shirt primark floral necklace
Floral necklace - Primark

michael kors watch shamballa bracelet h&m ring
Watch - Michael Kors, Ring - H&M, Bracelet - Turkey

I am considering putting together a gingham/check recent additions and wishlist post as it is a massive favourite of mine at the moment.  By the by does anyone know the formal distinction between gingham and check? I'm assuming it's to do with the uniform square pattern of the gingham and perhaps colour-ways comes into it?! Horribly geeky of me I know but it is a pressing question!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Star Style: Oscars 2014

I am recently back from New York so a bit late on the Oscars bandwagon however I still wanted to air my judgments as it’s one of my favourite events of the year, especially when my two favourite people are in attendance: Cate & Kate.  Power to the C/Kates!
 My best dressed by a country mile was Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.  Kate Hudson has been on my radar for a while, probably ever since her yellow dress ‘how to lose a guy in 10 days’ moment, you all know which one I mean!  I know that was a film piece but I do not care as it seems to generally encapsulate the way I feel about her: Best Dressed Gorgeousness!  She seems to consistently nail all her looks and I get genuinely excited to see what she’s going to wear next.  The Oscars were no exception and she did not disappoint.  Nominees take note please these are the fashion moments you should be achieving, not getting outshone by the presenters/plus ones. 
Kate Hudson Atelier Versace Oscars 2014
Kate Hudson Atelier Versace Oscars 2014

Versace are what I think of as quite a va va voom brand which can tread the toes of tacky if not worn well (erm herm Heidi Klum) but Kate just looks like a breathtakingly elegant statuesque ice princess.  She belongs in the ice castle in Frozen standing alongside Elsa’s incredible sexy blue number (I don’t care if it’s a cartoon that dress is amazing!)  The colour, the fit, the draping, the ruching, the train, the make-up, the hair, the posing – somebody stop me!  The Cape.  Capes can be gorgeously dramatic when done well and add oomph to an outfit a la Gwyneth and Lupita, and Kate showcases this perfectly here.  This is a head-to-toe stunner and god damn if Kate doesn’t know how to work a red carpet!  Her smouldering confidence just elevates this dress beyond, she belongs on Mount Olympus with all the other goddesses!
Kate Hudson Atelier Versace Oscars 2014Frozen Elsa Blue Dress

Sorry couldn't help myself :S Moving swiftly on...
Talking of princesses (apologies for the excessive Disney referencing)  Lupita Nyong'o had a veritable Cinderella moment in her lovely Prada gown.  Now this one is a bit of a contentious point for me.  Had this been a stand-alone effort I would have been essentially mesmerised by this however because this is Lupita I was slightly disappointed.  Now this is hugely unfair of me as this is an excellent effort and a great result but she has had such an amazing run all throughout this awards season that I was expecting a WOW blow my socks off moment and this wasn’t it.  However she looks beautiful, the colour is divine and the princess feel of this gown is extremely appropriate for her big win – come on you all knew she had it in the bag, her performance was outstanding.  On a side note I'm going to pretend that hairband does not exist!
Oscars 2014 Lupita Nyong'o Prada

 Pink in Elie Saab.  Yes I did just say Pink.  Pink on a Best Dressed Oscars list – huh? Have I entered some alternate universe?!  Do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong with Pink’s style, she often looks pretty cool but on a Best Dressed Oscars List?!  Hold the phone!!  Well she absolutely belongs here, in fact she belongs near the top, she left Lupita trailing in her wake which is saying something.  She deserves a round of applause!  What a stunning effort by her!  Yes it is a predictable sequin Elie Saab dress but I don’t care when someone looks as good as her wearing it.  Also how appropriate as a performance piece for Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Ruby Slippers!!  A very well thought out ensemble I thought. 
Pink Elie Saab Couture Oscars 2014

Cate Blanchett is a safe bet who exudes elegance and sophistication at every turn and she succeeds again here in Armani Prive.  This isn’t my favourite look of hers or of the night but she looks so regal and elegant – I will never stop describing this woman as elegant! The colour perfectly compliments her skin tone and the embellishments on the dress are just heavenly.  She also is an absolute goddess, all hail Queens Cate & Kate!!
Cate Blanchett Armani Prive Oscars 2014

Who were your favourites of the night?  Were you as taken with Kate Hudson as I was?

Sunday, 3 November 2013

St. Trinians Tartan

Hello!  Hope everyone is enjoying the gorgeous Autumn weather we have been having - sunshine and crisp cold air loveliness! I have been having a stupidly busy month.  Recently got back from Berlin, which was incredible - post to come.  Also looking to move into a flat-share via Spare Room, which let me tell you is a ridiculously time-consuming and demoralising experience.  I am talking about 60 applicants per room or more, it's worse than trying to find a job!  The less said on that the better.

I ventured into Primark a few days ago for the first time in a while in search of a particular dress, as can be seen below.  As is always the way I came out with much more than anticipated.  I think I will compose a haul post as there are a few other stray bits from a few months ago that I would like to show also.  So THE DRESS.  I have seen it on a few blogs and fell completely in love.  It is like a St. Trinians Clueless explosion and I love it. It's so amazingly 90's.

Primark Tartan Dress

It comes in a few different colour-ways but I think this is the least cheap looking combination. As always with Primark you have to be careful about which dress you pick as the cut is different on every single one!  I bought two of exactly the same style/size for that reason and they were like different dresses, it's insanity!

Primark Collar Tartan Dress

I'm sure that this is much too cutesy for a lot of people but I like it for that very reason.  The collar and the bow make me squeal a little inside.  The cut is a little off at the back and it is a bit shorter than I would have liked however paired with thick tights I can just about pull it off.  This is definitely not designed for tall girls.  It costs £15 I believe so even if I just keep it for this season the cost per wear would definitely be worth it.

Primark Tartan Collar Bow Dress

I paired it with my studded Alvin boots and studded harness belt to try to toughen it up a bit and move it away from the schoolgirl St. Trinians vibe.

Topshop Alvin Boots

Primark Tartan Collar Dress Alvin Boots Harness Belt
Dress - Primark, Boots - Topshop, Belt - Primark

What do you think of the dress - too cutesy?  Or are you as enamoured as me?!


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Sardinia #3 - Day Outfits

I wanted to show you a few of the more considered outfits I wore on holiday i.e. not just a bikini with a kaftan/maxi over the top.  I tend to accesorise much more on holiday, I think it is because you have the time to actually carefully pick your outfit and get your creative juices flowing!  Also I almost feel obligated having hauled a huge hunk of jewellery overseas, to actually wear them.

Outfit number one consists of a simple stripe crop top and my trusty levi shorts.  I like these shorts because they are a comfortable length and I do not have to worry about flashing anyone and they feel sturdy on!  The one time you can definitely get away with wearing crop tops is on holiday so I always take advantage :)

Shorts - Levi's via Ebay, Top - New Look, Sandals - Topshop, Necklace - h&m, Bracelets - Primark & h&m, Rings - h&m

This second outfit consists of my beloved bunny skirt, which was the focal piece of this outfit.  As it is quite a busy print I tend to wear a plain top with it and this white bardot top brings out the colour of the rabbits on the skirt.  I thought it would be nice to go for pale pink/blue accessories because I am a match-aholic!

 Bunny skirt - Topshop, White Bardot Top - New Look, Sandals - River Island, Necklace - New Look, Rings - H&M, Bracelets - Turkish market

This is probably my favourite outfit because I love neon and aztec so putting the two together is a winner in my eyes!  This is the kind of top I would only wear on holiday as the brightness is a bit of an eye-sore but I love it nonetheless.  I thought the aztec bluey/orange colourways really complemented the neon yellow of the top.  On another note these multicoloured spike sandals are the BEST SHOES EVER!!

 Top - Zip Up, Shorts - Topshop, Sandals - River Island, Necklace - Primark, Bracelets - Forever 21

 What do you think of my daytime outfits?  Evening outfits to follow shortly!


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Walking Tall #2 - Roar

Just a quick lazy Sunday outfit today.  My cat obsession has struck again (I say as I sit in another cat sweatshirt), I should probably seek help!  I could not resist this t-shirt dress when I saw it in h&m; although most people think it is very strange/creepy, I still love it.  Apparently t-shirt dresses/smock dresses are going to be quite big for this autumn and this is my first foray into that territory.  I do not think smock dresses flatter me at all, the cut is all wrong for my body shape.  T-shirt dresses on the other hand are a better fit for me as they hang loose all the way down so do not emphasize my top-heaviness.  As with most clothing, I struggle with the length of t-shirt dresses, most barely cover my bum so would qualify as a top.  However this one from h&m is a lovely length and much  longer at the back than at the front so completely covers my modesty without being a frumpy shape.  Also I got this in a size small so I would imagine the larger sizes would finish even lower.  If any tall people are struggling to find t-shirt dresses that are actually dresses then I would recommend checking out h&m.

h&m cat dress

h&m cat t-shirt dress

roar dress
T-shirt dress - h&m, shoes - Topshop

I was just lazing around the house today but I think if I was not being a hermit and actually ventured outside this would call for some really cosy cable-knit tights and chunky boots - preferably my oxblood ones.

How do you feel about cat clothing?  Cute or creepy?!