Stripes

31/05/2012

atiana Usova in Before sunset | Elle US June 2007 (photography: Jenny Cage & Tom Betterton)
What is it about stripes that make them so attractive and addictive? How can a thin line be the shortest and straight way to elegance and chic whatever the budget? Coco was such a genius when she introduced the world to the Breton top. I wonder if we would ever notice it without her impact on our taste…

My favourite choices are always navy and blue stripes because those are the colours I adore and wear a lot. Adding them to solid pieces, a pair of denim blue jeans, white or blue dress or a white summer skirt or trousers,  make the outfit feel so flirty, classy and very current. My other little rules are…

* never wearing more than one stripy piece at a time, whether it is a top or pair of shoes

* wearing horizontal lines on top and vertical on the bottom

* being very selective when it comes to the length of my tops as a shorter one can definitely square you out

* spending a bit more on timeless items like cashmere jumper, classic shirt or cardi that I will wear for years and years and less on tops and tees that will be worn day in and day out, washed a lot and most likely lose their pristine appearance within a couple of seasons

* playing with stripy accessories for just a touch of fun and definitely choosing budget-friendly options when it comes to jewellery, sunglasses, hats and bags (sometimes this even applies to shoes as long as they are adorable and comfortable – no.15 below is a perfect example)

* adding a gold piece of jewellery or statement necklace (pearls or crystals or both) to a basic outfit for creating a different mood.

How do you wear your stripes?

stripes tops blazers shorts
Long-sleeve tops (left to right): Boat-neck long sleeved top by Uniqlo (£14.90), Henley striped cotton top by J.Crew (£25), Sparkle striped sweater by Crumpet (£299), Striped jumper by Commes des Garcons (£234).
Dresses (left to right): Short sleeved striped dress by Sakai Luck (£270), also available in sleeveless option, Striped cotton tank dress by Sonia Rykiel (£305), Striped cotton dress by Mango (£22), Belted tunic dress by Oasis (£45).
Tops and blazers (left to right): Striped knit top by Fendi (£626), Stripe boat top by Oasis (£40), Stripe blazer by Smythe (£469), Cream sailor stripe blazer by Steffen Schraut (£139)
Bottoms (let to right): Invitation Galindo skirt by Hobbs (£110), Dapper striped linen blend shorts by J.Crew (£65), Striped shorts by Sonia Rykiel (£50), slouchy striped cotton twill shorts by Sara Berman (£80)

stripes nautical accessories shoes bags hats sunglasses
Click to shop: 1. Wide brim white straw fedora by Forever21 (£10.65), 2. Raffia braid fedora by Hat Attack (£89, for lucky US-based fashionistas available for £54 here), Nicole sun hat by Laundry (£46), 4. Meredith striped canvas wedge sandals by Charlotte Olympia (£565), 5. Bead & Sequin stripe clutch by Forever 21 (£18.75), 6. Stripe strap watch by AK Anne Klein (£37.21), 7. Duo of multi-coloured bangles by Promod (£11), 8. Wayfarer sunglasses by Forever 21 (£3.80), 9. Dashwood striped cashmere scarf by Ascher (£345), 10. Barca stripe espadrilles by Soludos (£30), 11. Slingback pumps by Ballin (£349), 12. Blue stripe ankle strap heels by Dollybird (£45), 13. Weatherbee eyelet and feather courts by JW Anderson for Aldo Rise (£125), 14. Retro sunglasses by Dior (£219.89), 15. Hope stripe ankle strap espadrilles by Rocket dog (£36), 16. Canvas striped bowling bag by Marla London (£33.75), 17. Aldridge patent leather striped tote bag by Ri2K (£75), 18. Stripe canvas tote by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren (£88).

Photo source: Tatiana Usova in Before sunset | Elle US June 2007 (photography: Jenny Cage & Tom Betterton)

Stylish quote

30/05/2012

Telma Thormarsdottir in Cosmopolitan UK May 2012 (photography: Mark Andrew)
"Youthfulness is about how you live, now when you were born."

Karl Lagerfeld

Photo source: Telma Thormarsdottir in Cosmopolitan UK May 2012 (photography: Mark Andrew)

Some of the most beautiful Vogue covers

29/05/2012

Linda Evangelista in Vogue Italia March 1992 (photography: Steven Meisel)
I’ve started a photo album on Facebook to collect my favourite fashion magazines covers

Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar 1995

28/05/2012

Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
I am definitely going through a “Linda-moment” that will be reflected in my choice of Monday editorials for a while. What’s your visual memory of Linda Evangelista? Mine is definitely the blonde Goddess, with a sensual mouth and mid-length platinum bob curled Marilyn-style.

Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)
Photo source: Linda Evangelista in Harper’s Bazaar March 1995 (photography: Peter Lindbergh)

Frames of life

25/05/2012

Kelly Rippy photographed by Serge Guerans for Giorgio Armani Frames of Life Spring/Summer 2012
This season's retro-inspired Giorgio Armani campaign really press all the right buttons in me. Those images are just as gorgeous as the video filmed in Saint Tropez. 

Kelly Rippy photographed by Serge Guerans for Giorgio Armani Frames of Life Spring/Summer 2012
Kelly Rippy photographed by Serge Guerans for Giorgio Armani Frames of Life Spring/Summer 2012
Absolutely adore everything, especially the moments captured in black&white form.



Photo source: Kelly Rippy photographed by Serge Guerand for Giorgio Armani Frames of Life Spring/Summer 2012 via armani.com

Wedge of glory

24/05/2012

Elle US March 2008
Wedges, wedges, glorious, wonderful wedges. They come to the rescue to every girl whenever she is tired of tippy-toeing in her stilettos or feeling too down-to-earth in her classy trusted ballerinas. Wedges are a chic-saving option that makes us extra 6-inch taller and slims down our legs (and the figure in general, lets be honest).

Elle France March 2011 (photogaphy: Ben Watts)Do you remember your very first pair? Mine were nude leather sandal wedges that got me through several summers. I was 19, slowly switching from the mid-high heels to the sky-scraper options (typical of any Russian girl, a habit that comes with a territory) and a wedge shoe was absolutely perfect for feeling comfortable when walking for miles, but high enough to raise my petite self up for the world to notice. 

I remember wearing those wedges with a tank-top-style full-skirt cream summer dress made of wrinkled fabric decorated with a pattern of tiny brown and tan roses. Ah, I felt so pretty and my legs looked so long.

Do you wear wedges? Here are some of my favourite choices because a girl cannot have enough of them. Wedges are one of the timeless buys, especially if you go for the espadrille style with ribbons that wrap around your ankles in such a sexy playful way. Canvas are the most perfect choice for summer heat, while leather will be appropriate both for spring and summer as well as autumn when worn with ribbed tights or socks.

wedges - best styles and buys for spring summer 2012 / zanotti, chloe, castaner, tory burch, rupert sanderson / via fashioned by love
Shop: 1. Guiseppe Zanotti Colourblock leather wedge sandals (£468) (or have a loot at this gorgeous pair for less than £40), 2. Castaner Suede espadrille platform wedges (£215), 3. Chloe Stripe raffia wedges (£575), 4. Sergio Rossi Sunflower cork wedges (£306), 5. Tory Burch Linley espadrilles (£158), 6. Rupert Sanderson Nissa high wedges (£544), 7. Pierre Hardy Canvas stripe wedge shoes (£405), 8. Burberry Prorsum Woven leather wedges (£950), 9. Mango Wood wedge sandals (£50) exclusively on-line, 10. Charlotte Olympia Melody raffia wedges (£920)

Photo source: Elle US March 2008, Elle France March 2011 (photogaphy: Ben Watts)

Stylish quote

23/05/2012

Iys Inger in Marie Claire Australia February 2010 (photography: Friedermann Hauss, styling: Jana Pokorny)
"There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain."

Audrey Hepburn

Photo source: Iys Inger in Marie Claire Australia February 2010 (photography: Friedermann Hauss, styling: Jana Pokorny)

The way we wore: Burda Moden July 1991

22/05/2012

Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK 1997

21/05/2012

Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Something summery to enjoy a glimpse of real sunshine until it reaches Britain. The gorgeous fantasy is created by the one and only Linda Evangelista and Mario Testino for the May issue of British Vogue back in 1997.

Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)
Photo source: Linda Evangelista in Vogue UK May 1997 (photography: Mario Testino)

My favourite natural and organic make-up products

18/05/2012

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Vogue China September 2006 (photography: Sophie Delaporte)
Ever since I have discovered the link between parabens and cancer I became very aware of what I put on my skin, so the last couple of years were spent researching and trying various products to find the ones I was absolutely happy with.

Today I would like to talk about make-up because this is one thing that I haven’t written much about, but would love to discuss a bit deeper.

Finding the right organic and natural make-up products was definitely more challenging than the skincare. It had to work, look as undetectable as possible and be free from unwanted substances. I mean, would you really want to use something on your face or lips that contains powdered bugs? Then check your lipstick or blusher for carmine. If it’s there, so are the bugs called “cochineal”. Once collected and dried, they are made into red colouring often used in make-up and food (strawberry yoghurt, anyone?). Using foundations that contain a common sunscreen ingredient benzophenone may, in fact, cause hormonal imbalances, increase risk of fibromyalgia and some forms of cancer.
Well, I love myself too much to get those ingredients anywhere close to my skin.

Luckily, there are wonderful companies out there that really do care about their consumers and create beautiful, skin-friendly and natural, often organic, products that work really well.

As you can see, the content of my make-up bag is pretty basic, but this is all I use right now. The only two things I would love to add is a highlighter and eye pencil or kohl.

organic and natural make-up products review | RMS beauty, Korres, Ecotools, Ciate, OPI, Terre d'Oc
Un-cover up concealer by RMS Beauty. Although I don’t use concealer or foundation on a daily basis, I needed one for special occasions and days when I do wear proper make-up. The Un-cover Up comes in a tiny beautiful pot and works as a concealer and light foundation. I must mention here that the pot is made of glass, which is very important because plastic leaks xenoestrogens into any oil-based product increasing risk of oestrogen imbalance in the body, so glass containers are always a better choice.

What I liked about this little beauty the most is how well it matched my skin tone (I use No.11) It was undetectable! I also noticed that it made my skin feel softer and more velvety, which was a lovely side-effect. It contains coconut oil, which has antibacterial properties, castor oil that works as anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent (it’s been highly praised by women in my country because it’s a wonderful solution for beautiful eyes lashes as it keeps them strong and encourage growth) and jojoba oil that is very similar to human similar to human sebum, packed with vitamins and wax that can mimic skin collagen. Jojoba oil also works as a natural SPF.

I cannot believe I’ve lived without Un-Cover Up for so long.

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Compact Powder. This is something I bought a few months ago while looking for paraben free powder. It is free from mineral oils, propylene glycol and ethanolamine. It’s very fine milled, so feels and looks like a veil.

Korres Powder Blusher. Just as the compact powder, it’s free from paraben, mineral oils, propylene glycol and ethanolamine. I love the Natural shade (No. 15), which adds just a little bit of colour to the cheeks. It’s very subtle and yet you will notice the difference before and after you apply.

Korres Volumising Mascara in Black. I like it because it didn’t irritate my eyes and was easy to apply. It also contains abyssinia oil and vitamin B5 that strengthen the lashes. However, some shades do contain carmine. Since I’ve almost run out I will be switching to Terre d’Oc organic mascara soon.

Terre d’Oc organic lipsticks in in 202 and 204. Love them so much! The colours are gorgeous and buildable. The texture is velvety and doesn’t dry out the lips. The 202 is a lovely cherry’ish red, a sort of red that isn’t “in your face”, but certainly noticeable. On me the colour looks similar to strawberry jam with just a hint of cherry purple in it. The 204 is a colour of milk chocolate that looks very natural, although you can apply it in several layers to intensify. Will definitely buy them again and most likely try other shades, too. Oh, and they smell like berries!

OPI Suzy Says Da! in a rich chocolate shade free from dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene.

Ciate Speed Coat is free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), formaldehyde resin and camphor. I must admit, I fell for the packaging before anything else. Got to love the little black ribbon!

Ecotools Brushes. I liked the look and the concept behind the brand and these brushes work for me nicely.

Photo source: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Vogue China September 2006 (photography: Sophie Delaporte)

Stylish quote

16/05/2012

Heidi Harrington-Johnson in The Great escape | Vogue UK May 2012 (photography: Matt Hind)
"Without a strong personality, you can have the most beautiful clothes in the world and you will never look right."

Frida Giannini
 
Photo source: Heidi Harrington-Johnson in The Great escape | Vogue UK May 2012 (photography: Matt Hind)

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue US 2005

14/05/2012

Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
I’ve already used some photos from this gorgeous editorial in the past, so it was only a matter of time before I got around to publish the entire That’s Amore story shot by Mario Testino.

Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in That's amore | Vogue US July 2005 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Grace Coddington)