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Hair Trend: Front and Center

August 29, 2012
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Center partings are back, and I’m not talking those horrendous ones we all sported in the early 90s (yes, remember those?). For autumn/winter, the centre parting has had a make over, so ladies here are some style tips to get yours.

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My favourite is a romantic middle path – soft tousled curls, and classic side twists. You can also funk this look up by using texturising spray to make hair look more undone and beachy à la Blake Lively style. And then there’s more of a Blair Waldorf spin (cue headband) as seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana below.

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The return of the goth is also a big trend for winter, with models at Alberta Ferretti and Jean Paul Gautier having slicked down hair with a defined middle path. This vampish look needs the whole package, so I’m talking dark stained lips, smokey eyes and lots of black. Another take on the wet look is combed through, just got out of the shower hair. Look to the king of sports-luxe, Alexander Wang for inspiration, although this look is pretty hard to pull off.

image via .alexanderwang.com

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Mediterranean Inspiration – Inglot Aqua-Blue Culture

August 28, 2012
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There is nothing like a summer vacation on the Med!  The gorgeous blue skies and sandy beaches paired with the crystal clear teal and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea! If you can’t get to the Med to enjoy summer, what better way than to bring the gorgeous colours of the Mediterranean to you?

Check out this fantabulous new collection from Inglot called Aqua-Blue Culture. It’s the perfect combination of electric blues with Med inspired greens for eyes and nails, and for the lips, a pop of coral to finish it all off.

I got to play with some of the goodies in this collection and absolutely love it! The Nail Enamel (989) is the perfect mix of green and blue. It goes on beautifully and gives your nails a true-to-the-bottle colour, which I love!

For the eyes, I got to play with colours 316 (green) and 315 (blue), both of which are vibrant, matte shadows. The combination of these two shadows also create the most electric look, especially when you finish if off with Inglot’s Colour Play Mascara in blue.

For the lips, what better way to finish off green and blue eyes with pretty coral lips? Inglot Sleeks Cream in 102 is a lovely light coral that gives your lips a pop of colour that wont draw too much attention away from your eyes. The Sleeks Cream is one of my fave glossies because is feels great, but smells like coconuts! I could just eat it up – but I try not to!

Feeling inspired by this collection, I created a look on Louise, using only the Inglot colours from this collection, as well as my basic Inglot 337 shade (from my StyleScoop Pure Palette) to define her crease and add intensity to the look.

It also helps that Louise has absolutely beautiful eyes, but this look really looks good on her.

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Fashion For the Guys… Paul Smith’s Spring Summer 2013 Collection

August 27, 2012
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Paul Smith looks ahead to summer with a collection that brings a spark to the senses by celebrating modern masculine elegance, bold colour and sharp, refined tailoring.

Colour is key and present at every level. Every shade of the spectrum is used from pale pastels to dusty blues, pinky taupes, and deep reds through to bright, hot, vibrant colour. Brought together, simple elements impact strongly against luxurious blacks and prints of scissors and manipulated roses.

Tailoring is smart and modern; jackets, slim and unfussy, have shoulders that are structured to give definition, but are not big or bulky. Trousers are pleated and pegged, with a stitched in stay press to accentuate the silhouette. Shirts return to larger, longer, angular collar points with high neck lines, which are worn with slim silk black polka dot neckties under laddered scissor-snipped knitwear or short zipped leather pieces.

Outerwear comes in the form of a fully waterproof reversible welded seam mac cut with raw edges, with a contrast inside colour, creating a stiff straight silhouette to be worn over the tailored look. Footwear is all about elevating heels in turn creating an upright posture. The shape is short in length with a point in the toe, not just in scissor-slashed shoes, but zip up ankle boots and an all-leather jelly shoe.

Images courtesy Paul Smith

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A Moment of Grace

August 24, 2012
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Ever since The September Issue was released, we’ve all had a soft spot for Grace Coddington. The Creative Director of Vogue may have been just a name on the masthead before the documentary, now she’s the unsung hero of the fashion bible. While she’s a household name now, the fashion industry has always been fans.

Grace is turning designer thanks to Balenciaga. She has created a small collection of accessories for the luxury label inspired by her cat Pumpkin. The aptly named Pumpkin collection will be launched on the 6th of September, the same night as Fashion’s Night Out.

The collection will feature bags and scarves as well as hand-drawn illustrations by Grace which show her cat modeling some of Balenciaga’s best looks from the past 10 years. The standout item in the collection is The Papier tote which retails for around R8300.

The collection will be available in limited numbers in Balenciaga stores in New York and Los Angeles with 20% of the proceeds going towards The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.

Images via Refinery29.com and Stylelite.com.

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I am La Petite Robe Noire

August 24, 2012
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PARIS is my kingdom.. I stroll through it at will. My light step leaves no eyes still.

It’s the perfect little black dress! Guerlain’s new fragrance, La Petite Robe Noire, which translated from French means “Little Black Dress” is a gorgeous scent, that makes this week’s Fragrance Friday!

It comes in a beautiful bottle, reminiscent of a French boutique and is packaged in it’s own little gift box – no wrapping necessary!

The scent’s main note is unmistakably rose, but with a Parisian twist that kinda reminds me a little bit of YSL’s Parisienne. I’m not the biggest fan of rose fragrances because they always seem to sweet to me, but this one, although sweet has a lovely spicy personality! It makes me want to put on my very best little black dress, gather my hair in a fuss free bun, put on my highest heels and spin around the room like a ballerina.

La Petite Robe Noir was first created in 2009 as a limited edition fragrance. In February last year, Guerlain launched the second limited edition fragrance and earlier this year, they decided to bring it back after Guerlain’s in-house perfumer, Thierry Wasser added his modification and French flair to the scent. Inspired by the eternity of the Little Black Dress, Wasser’s version creates the perfect attraction between fantasy and magic.

Charming, powerful and elegant! That’s the word’s I would use to describe this scent.

Prices: EDP30ml:  R645.00, EDP50ml:  R930.00, EDP100ml:  R1330.00