How to Nail Being Sexy But Covered up in Winter

I was scrolling through the internet when I came across this image of Gigi Hadid, and I was awe-struck by the brilliance of this outfit. She is covered up all over apart from the tiniest touch of skin on her left thigh which taunts the viewer allowing the rest of her skin to be left to the imaginartion creating an outfit that is sexy, yet she is almost completely covered up. This creates a look that is very classy and chic while looking effortless. She is wearing head to toe black so the outfit isn’t shouting I want attention and her hair is up but with strands hanging down looking like she put it up in a rush giving the effortless cool and no fuss look. So take inspiration from Gigi and this winter during the party season don’t think you have to have everything on show and do head to toe sparkles shouting hey look at me. Instead go for a look that only hints but doesn’t reveal all. As it can be more sexy to go against the flow of party dressing and stand out by covering up leaving only a slight hint to leave them wanting more…Gigi.jpeg

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The Streets of Palma

I love the contrast between the blue and white matte patterns on the chair with the shiny monocrome floor patterns.

I am inspired by the contrast between the blue and white matte patterns on the chair with the shiny monochrome floor patterns.

I love the warm reds and yellows of the buildings combined with the traditional shutters and plants intertwined within the balconies.

I love the warm reds and yellows of the buildings combined with the traditional shutters and plants intertwined within the balconies.

One of my favourite features of Palma is the archway of trees as it gives the city the ideal combination of luscious green nature without having to sacrifice the practicality of the shops and cafes.

One of my favourite features of Palma is the archway of trees as it gives the city the ideal combination of luscious green nature without having to sacrifice the practicality of the shops and cafes.

An Island a Day

I have just spent two weeks sailing around Greece. I love that you can go to a different island every day. When you discover a new island, it’s like discovering a beautiful priceless jewel, it fills you with excitement and curiosity. Sometimes you are lucky enough to be the only person there and its like your own personal Island. Here are some photos of the jewels I discovered: 

Nature

Beautiful caves and turquoise sea

Beautiful caves and turquoise sea

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing

A deserted Island

A deserted Island

The seaMountains

Fashion Inspiration from Nature

Today is the anniversairy for the second year of my blog so I want to start by saying thank you to all my followers! Todays post is on fashion inspiration from nature. When I was looking in my closet I was so surprised by how many of my clothes had an aspect of nature in them. Why not have a look in your closet and see how many of your clothes are inspired by nature?

Nature inspiration:

Owl inspired scarf

Owl inspired scarf

Bird inspired dress

Bird inspired dress

Snake inspired dress

Space inspired scarf

Space inspired scarf

Bird wings inspired top

Bird wings inspired top

Flower inspired coat

Flower inspired coat

Butterfly inspired headband

Butterfly inspired headband

How to get Avril Lavigne’s look

Avril Lavigne’s style is inspired by Punk Rock, here are a few of Avril’s looks and some tips on how to re create these looks on a budget:

To get this look invest in some statement socks and pair them with fishnet tights

To get this look invest in some statement socks and pair them with fishnet tights.

 

Get a St.Trinians look by pairing a kilt or old school skurt with a tie ( get an old school tie or raid your Brother or Dads wardrobe), then pair with fishnet tights to add some rock and roll.

Get a St.Trinians look by pairing a kilt or old school skirt with a tie ( get an old school tie or raid your Brother or Dads wardrobe), then pair with fishnet tights to add some rock and roll.

Experiment with hair chalk to get Avril's statement pink hair look

Experiment with hair chalk to get Avril’s statement pink hair look

Clash loud prints to create an even louder outfit

Clash loud prints to create an even louder outfit

Get some fingerless gloves are if you don't have any get an old pair of gloves and chop off the finger part of the gloves. Then pair with some statement nail varnish.

Get some fingerless gloves or if you don’t have any get an old pair of gloves and chop off the finger part of the gloves. Then pair with some statement nail varnish.

 

 

Matthew Bourne’s gothic romance ballet

  On Saturday I went to see Matthew Bourne’s Ballet and I was blown away by the creativity and spin on Sleeping beauty. It was packed with a gothic romance, exquisite dancing and fabulous costumes. Being interested in fashion I did a bit of research into the costume designer and I found an interview with the costume designer Lez Brotherston by the V&A, which I have included a little snip it of.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The ceiling at the Theature Royal

The ceiling at the Theatre Royal

The outfit I wore to the ballet

The outfit I wore to the ballet

Brotherston in his studio.

Brotherston in his studio.

Snip it of interview by V&A with Lez Brotherston.

Influences

‘Different projects, films, books, you look at different things. What I look at changes all the time. What kind of production will it be like? It grows from that. Basically it goes back to the script, that’s the way I was taught. If you get stuck, read the play again. There’s no point looking at twenty paintings, the play will tell you.’Being unpopular is part of a designer’s job.

“Now I do the bad guy bit. I’ve done the bit where I design it. I’ve done the bit where I’ll come up with anything you want… and now I’m saying you haven’t got enough money to do this”.

Dancing in ‘real clothes’

‘Period costumes have to move with the body, but dancers like tight-fitting costumes. However, a jacket that fits too snugly will rise with the arms and stay up. The battle is to get the dancers to accept looser fittings that move up and down the body.

 To see more of the interview go to:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/lez-brotherston-in-conversation/

The swinging twenties, inspired outfit of the day

Today I am wearing an outfit inspired by the swinging twenties.The history of the fringe started to become popular the 1920s, one of the most popular dances, the Charleston, inspired a dress completely covered in fringe, that would move and shake along with the body moving, revealing the legs. These embroidered dresses became very popular in America and Europe.

These were many different variations including Gertrude Lawrence and Olive Borden in 1925-27 to Joan Crawford in a white dress with fringes at the sleeves and around her  body in 1932 and then there was Claudette Colbert in a long cocktail dress in 1935.

Outfit of the day inspired by the swinging twenties.

Outfit of the day inspired by the swinging twenties

Flapper dress from the twenties
Flapper dress from the twenties

 

 

Expressing your inner Chinese dragon

 

Every year Chinese New Year comes around and you don’t have to be Chinese to celebrate it. This year is the year of the snake, 10th February 2013. This year I went along, hoping for some inspiration. What particularly caught my eye were the elaborate colourful dragons. I wanted to incorporate them in to fashion. I wanted women all over the world to express their inner Chinese dragon.

Express your inner Chinese dragon

Express your inner Chinese dragon

Chinese new year in the city

Chinese new year in the city

Carvings of a dragon

Carvings of a dragon

The early signs of a fashionista

This weekend I went to Wallington in Northumberland. It is a big country house with beautiful gardens and is part of the National Trust. I opened the door to a room filled with beautiful antique dolls houses. My heart melted and I thought back to little me playing with my dolls houses. But what I really loved about the experience was the fashion. I would spend hours dressing up each single doll. This made me think, sometimes when you are a child there can be little hints of what you will become later in life. It might simply be something creative. Say when you were little you might of wanted to be a ballerina but instead you became an actress. These both involve being centre stage, the star of the show. So take a second to think back to what you wanted to be when you were young…

Dolls bedroom

Dolls bedroom

Dolls bedroom