Groovy Love

29/03/2013

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Another month, another beautiful bag. Seems like it’s becoming a tendency. Should I just have the Bag of the Month feature? What do you think?

I spotted this sweetheart a few days ago. The bright fruity exterior, classic curves, gold hardware – purely perfect. The tote had a name, Groovy Love, and was one of the bags from Fiorelli Spring/Summer 2013 collection. It took me a bit of googling to find the orange version as most of them are sold out by now, but luckily, Collectables, an online destination for every kind of gift, from kitchenware and candles to bags, jewellery, watches and even furniture, still got a few of them waiting to be sent to their new homes.

I have to warn you, though. This spring Fiorelli handbags include quite a few arm candies clearly inspired by Prada, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Chloe, Mulberry and Celine, so you are likely to fall in love with a few.

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French lace mask from Myriam Girard

28/03/2013

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A few days ago something beautiful arrived to my post box. Anxious, I opened the packet to find a delicate Chantilly lace mask lovingly enveloped in a cream heavy silk pouch. It was a gift from Myriam Girard, the London-based couture lingerie designer whom I had a pleasure to interview back in 2011. She made this mask for me, just because. And as you can probably imagine, I melted on the spot.

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If you want one of these, email Myriam to discuss details as each piece is made to order. Also don’t forget to browse her on-line boutique, especially while some pieces are on sale – everything she creates is absolutely gorgeous.

Photo source: personal

Stylish quote

27/03/2013

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“Building a wardrobe is like building a circle of friends your whole life. Your own beauty is to be yourself, but of course we need tools and accessories.”

Diane von Furstenberg

 

Photo source: Elle Denmark April 2011

Inspired by the 1920s and diamonds

26/03/2013

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A truly stylish outfit is never complete without beautiful jewellery. Although I am very minimalistic when it comes to my choices, I do appreciate the thought that goes into selecting the most perfect “icing on the cake”. After all, fashion and style are all about your choice of ingredients and the formula that blends everything together synergistically.

When I was a little girl my mum told me that the older a woman gets the more attention must be paid to the jewellery she wears. Basically, this meant that nothing but gold and precious stones should be worn. I admit, I break this rule from time to time because certain outfits feel more complete with costume jewellery, but, frankly, if I could afford the real thing all the time, I would be tempted to indulge more because I believe that no matter what your style is, there will be something to compliment it.

To prove that, I decided to create a look inspired by the 1920s, Madeleine Vionnet, bias-cut, floaty fabrics and art deco shapes. I found the perfect dress, gorgeous shoes, earring, clutch, perfume originally created in 1925 and lipstick that not only complimented the earrings, but looked very theme-appropriate.

The beautiful white gold and diamond bracelets and the charming princess cut ring that took the longest to select came from Anjolee, the US-based company known for their wide selection of customisable sparkling delights, from tennis bracelets, diamond necklaces, pendants to wedding, engagement and eternity rings.

Look closely and you will see that the shapes of each bracelet's links mimic the laser cut pattern of the shoes and the ring goes beautifully with the clutch creating a real statement.

If only every imaginary outfit could be magically transformed into the real thing overnight…

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Where to buy: Earrings | Dress | Shoes | Clutch | Lipstick | Perfume

Photo source: Marie Claire Russia 2010

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue China May 2010

25/03/2013

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Sleepy and chilly Monday morning, smell of coffee, hearty drops of hot water in a shower blending with soapy bubbles, memories of the weekend dissolving into the past, bursting inbox and long to-do list.

Before diving into reality, I am going to take a quiet moment enjoying these images of Natalia photographed by Paolo Roversi for The Seated Beauty editorial published in the May 2010 issue of Vogue China.

And then… I’ll wake up.

Have a wonderful day!

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Photo source: Vogue China May 2010

Designer look for less: Nina Ricci Fall 2013

22/03/2013

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This is the look from the Nina Ricci Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection that I fell in love with. Below is my version costing about 10 times less than the gorgeous original. I made a few tiny changes just to make the look a bit different, not completely copied. Now we can all look a little bit like Nina Ricci girls.

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Fur-trimmed cape, £148.00 | Contrast cuff sweater, £39 | Jersey bando, £4.00 | Nina Ricci Nina L'Elixir perfume, from £25.00 | High waist trousers, £30.00 | Black woven bag, £37.00 | Silver court shoes, £240 | Revlon ColourBurst lipstick in True Red, £8.00

 

Photo source: elle.com

Trends 2013: wearable blooms

21/03/2013

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You know, apart from one dress covered in strawberries so tiny that they can only be recognised up-close, I don’t own or wear anything floral. I thought about it once or twice, but dismissed at the end.

And yet I adore wearing flowers. I always did. Years ago it was a floral wreath made with delicate wild flowers on a daily basis and worn proudly as if it was a crown. As soon as the first blooms appeared we would be off to the nearest park to gather dandelions and plants of unknown origin to braid them into beautiful and naive headbands, hands covered in brown spots from the dandelion milky juice, not that we ever cared… In summer our original monochromatic choice would transform into a rainbow with blue cornflowers, white daisies, yellow marigolds and pink cosmos, all so fragrant, intoxicating and, for any kid who read Andersen’s Thumbelina, mesmerising beyond belief.

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As a grown-up, I still wear my petals, mostly as jewellery or shoes, not so secretly dream of the most beautiful Valentino bag and, of course, dresses and blouses.

I think my love for this type of clothes began with the stunning Dolce&Gabbana gowns from their Spring 2009 collection and was later fuelled by Valentino designs that I saw last year and an antique hat covered in teeny blossoms, each secured with a glass bead – I almost bought it, just to look at, but having marinated the idea overnight, decided to be sensible and… hat-less.

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Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009

So here I am, fascinated with the clothes that feel like a step into a dream and becoming a part of it. There isn’t any other way to explain it – it’s purely about spring, new beginnings, beauty and love. And memories that I can touch, I guess.

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Alexis Mabille | Oscar de la Renta | Bottega Veneta | Giambattista Valli | Agnes B | Blugirl Blumarine | Alexander McQueen | Chloe | Badgley & Mischka Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2013

 

Photo sources: Elle US March 2013 (image has been altered, please refer to the blog if using), Marie Claire France March 2013, style.com, elle.com

Stylish quote

20/03/2013

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“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.”

Edith Head

 

Photo source: Elle Italy March 2009

Location, location, location

19/03/2013

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We choose where to live, travel and even have our coffee because aesthetics can be a powerful thing for our senses and well-being. When a certain spot makes us feel happy, secure, comforted and brings back sweet memories, we tend to come back to experience it over and over again.

Perhaps, this was part of the reason why Vogue picked the same spot for two different shots. I stumbled upon the earlier one whilst browsing my “archives”. The photo reminded me of some other story and it didn’t take long to realise that it was the  one “with the poodle” I’ve always adored and used in the past. The first image is from the Vogue’s 1995 January issue and the picture below is a part of the March 1999 story.

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Do you know this place? Please let me know.

And getting back to location… The subject of the Google reader has been on every bloggers lips in the last few days or weeks even. It seems that the current location, i.e. GFC/Reader is no longer good enough to keep, so we all need to pack our bags and, like a flock of birds or crowd of lost tourists, migrate to Bloglovin’ for good.

At first I panicked, but fortunately Bloglovin’ IT fairies made everything fairly easy. All you have to do is to sign up or log in and then use the button that pops up on your screen to import the blogs from your Blog Reader to the new location (the old Blogger list will remain where it is, so don’t worry).

If you don’t see the “Import message” and can’t use the link above, go to your Bloglovin’ account, choose Settings in the drop down menu, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the “Other” section and use “Import” button there instead. It takes seconds to make things right again.

In addition, now you can see your followers by name unless, of course, they don’t have a Bloglovin’ account or choose to follow you anonymously.

If you want to follow Fashioned by Love, use the button on the side bar or click here.

Because once 1 July comes, location will definitely matter.

 

Photo source: Vogue US January 1995, Vogue US March 1999.

Anne Vyalitsyna in MM magazine 2002

18/03/2013

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Adding to my love for MaxMara, here is a story from the Fall/Winter 2002 issue of the MM magazine – a semi-annual glossy born in 1989 to show cast beautiful and timeless designs by the iconic brand as well as the latest news on fashion, beauty and art.

As I look at these photos of Anne Vyalitsyna by Sølve Sundsbø I feel as if my mind is being wrapped with a soft honey-flavoured cloud of warmth and palpable rays of sunshine – something I am desperately missing on a cold rainy day.

I also have a favour to ask of you today… If you have time and like my blog, could you nominate it in the Blogger Awards 2013 competition hosted by Company magazine, please?

All you need to do is follow the link, leave your email, enter my blog’s url http://fashionedbylove.blogspot.com and choose “Best fashion blog” category from the drop down menu. It would mean so much!

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Photo source: MM magazine September 2002

Passion for fashion: 3 looks for less than £200

15/03/2013

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And so, despite not winning anything first time round, I decided to enter the Passion for Fashion competition, the spring edition, and create three outfits for less than £200 each. Some may call me silly, others may say that determination equal success, but frankly, I just find the whole process of creating looks very relaxing and fun and that’s the main reason why I am taking part.

Would love to hear what you think of the ideas below, so please do drop me a comment.

The Casual look is the perfect example of what I’d normally wear if I needed something comfortable and quick without compromising on style.

Take a pretty cotton sweater, add the jeans, some simple jewellery, sunglasses (I never ever leave the house without them), and a roomy bag, slip on a pair of the sweetest wedges, top it up with a trilby and you are good to go. I adore the fact that the open knit pattern of the sweater (have a look at the website for close-ups) is similar to the one of the hat. And I love those shoes that remind me of Chloe and Celine circa 2010 – flatforms for a bit of extra height, comfortable for running around and way more stylish than trainers or flip flops.

To finish the outfit, I added some make-up and a perfume because, really, you’ve got to dab a drop of perfume here and there before leaving the house and I Love Love is such a fresh, happy and beautiful scent!

Total cost: £173.78
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Where to buy: Sunglasses, Forever21 | Bracelets, Mango | Drawstring shopper bag, Boohoo | Sweater, La Redoute | Boyfriend skinny jeans, Warehouse | Trilby, Figleaves beachwear | Gansa sandals, Michael Antonio | Perfume (mini), I Love Love by Moschino @ FragranceNet | Nail polish, mascara, lip gloss, all L’Oreal

The Holiday/Beach outfit began with the dress. I choose it for several reasons: a) the fabric wouldn’t wrinkle b) the cut is feminine but allow you to move and relax c) the dress goes on like a t-shirt (and comes off like one, too) d) the fabric is dark enough, so should you choose to wear it to the beach with a bikini underneath, nobody would see the swimsuit through the material.

The rest of the look is pretty self-explanatory – sunglasses that pick the colours of the dress, statement ring that highlights the pink hues in the fabric and a perfect match of espadrilles, trilby and straw tote.
The only make-up I’d wear is a lip gloss and I picked the Daiquiri by Philosophy because it’s pink and the name screams holiday. The organic paraben-free sunscreen was another essential item. I decided against any perfumes this time because wearing one on the beach isn’t something I’d do or recommend.

Total cost: £156.93
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Where to buy: Opaque frame sunglasses, Warehouse | Statement ring, Mango | Scent free organic sun lotion, Green People | Daiquiri lipgloss, Philosophy | Platform espadrilles, Hobbs | Hat, Eluna | Striped hem dress, Izabel London | Bikini, TopShop | Straw tote, Seafolly

The Party outfit is all about the dress. It looks like a petal or leaf, delicate and fresh - simple, light and incredibly versatile. For the summer party ensemble I decided to create an art-deco-meets-Greek-Goddess feel by pairing the “petal” with crystal earrings, clutch and sandals to make it unfussy and elegant. A touch of neroli-based perfume and light make-up to finish the look.

And when the party is over, the dress can be worn with Gladiator-style flats and gold cuff or bracelets, or black strappy sandals and biker jacket to create two absolutely different daywear outfits. I promised you it was versatile, didn’t I?

Total cost: £196.37
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Where to buy: Crystal earrings, Mango | Colour block clutch bag, Oasis | Lime green dress, Helmut Lang | Solid perfume, Bulgari by Bulgari @ FragranceNet | Mascara & lipgloss, MUA | Nail polish, 2True | Suedette & metallic sandals, Boohoo

Photo source: Cosmopolitan US June 2012

Currently loving…

14/03/2013

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When the spring greets you with a gusto of a woman on a verge of PMS and playfully throws a handful of snow in your face once in a while, when you least expect (as if cold weather, strong wind and grey skies aren’t enough to cut it), the excitement does indeed require a certain something, a beautiful pick-me-up…

Like these RED Valentino sandals. Romantic, rosy pink, bow-topped perfection that can make any girl happy, rain or sun. Whenever I see them I definitely feel that the real spring is around the corner and about to bring me all the warmth, cherry blossoms and sun I am craving…

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Stylish quote

13/03/2013

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“We have to approve of ourselves before anyone else will. Women need to celebrate their God-given beauty instead of always trying to be something else.”

Iman

 

Photo source: Numero 82 2007

PFW Fall 2013: the one and only

12/03/2013

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It seems as if Paris fashion week finished ages ago. One of my favourite, it was beautiful, but made me feel deflated. Not in a disappointed deflated way, but deflated like a balloon, that happy bouncy candy coloured object that at some point becomes limp and sad looking.

The emotional tiredness was part of the reason why I didn’t talk about Paris last Friday. I also wanted to give myself a little extra time to digest and decide on my favourites. And whilst I could pick the looks it turned out to be just one collection that I will remember as a highlight of Paris fashion week Fall/Winter 2013-2014.

Celine.

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The most wonderful, most wearable, beautiful, graphic, classy, sober, simple collection, each piece – a drawing, a beautiful inspirational combination of pencil strokes. The way every look was shaped, the way the clothes moved, the shrug that made the back of the neck and shoulders look so fragile and yet protected, the embrace of the sleeves knotted at the chest, the way jewellery touched the skin… It really took my breath away. I can honestly say that this Celine collection is my absolute favourite since Spring/Summer 2010.

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Photo source: vogue.com, fashionising.com

 

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