Monday, November 29, 2010

The technical part of wearing a plunging neckline

                                                                                                               Greg Kadel

There’s a lot written on the taste balancing act that comes from wearing a plunging neckline like the one Jessica Stam is wearing on the picture above, some recommend to keep the hems on the knee or longer or to cover your arms, but what about the technical issues? Do you wear a bra? If you have more than a B cup can you get away with this type of garment? Among other doubts.
In my opinion there is no reason a C cup girl (maybe even a D) can’t wear this type of neckline, but the key thing is to give the bust support to avoid looking saggy and to keep things from wriggling around too much, you can do this with adhesive cups or uplifting push ups.

Which you can trim if needed to conceal following the lines of your garment for a custom fit. Another item to assist your plunginess is double sided garment tape, the kind that leaves no residue on fabric or skin to prevent the neckline to move revealing more than you had planned. Adding a silicon nipple cover is also good to remove the worries of temperature changes but beware if your fabric is too thin as the pasties can draw more attention to the nips in which case you need thin adhesive pasties.
Now equally important is to keep the line from neck to end of neckline clean and flat, do not push your boobies together, what you want is to lift each breast in its own natural position making sure both are smooth and at the same height. Other than support what you need is confidence and an editing eye when styling.

Pics via FGR y Amazon

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Be the man

Sometimes it feels good to wear clothes that provide a little roughness, a sort of freedom from our femininity for different reasons. Are we trying to escape from something?

Emre Guven

Simon Burstall

Simon Burstall

Inez & Vinoodh

The Sartorialist

Vanessa Jackman

Vanessa Jackman

Vanessa Jackman

Ellen von Unwerth

Pics via FGR

Friday, November 26, 2010

Indestructible singing dress

To me Robyn’s Indestructible is a sexy sexy song ( neck to neck with pretty much anything from Maroon 5) with an equally scrumptious video, the tubes filled with colored water the singer wears throughout not so much but then I got thinking how we need at least one dress that sings to us how it is gonna love us like it’s indestructible. The kind of outfit that no matter your actual figure improves it exponentially like a miracle hidding trouble zones like they were never there, does not let you go (no sagging anywhere), enhances your complexion with a flattering shade and gives you confidence so you keep smiling all day in an orgasmic daze from just looking in the mirror the hot looking you.
Where can we find such a fantastic dress? Searching mode kicked in and online I went to present you with a few potential singers but then we’d have to try them on to see if they deliver but at least it’s a start. If you have any send the link!

3.1 Phillip Lim

Alexander Wang

Isabel Marant

Hervé Léger


Notte by Marchesa


Images via NAP

Monday, November 22, 2010

Styling tips to help you channel the trendy big cats of Fall 2010

Animal print is one tricky bastard of a trend, make a little mistake on the styling and it can go trashy faster than you would think so you need to handle with care.
While contemplating the massive offerings of animalia online I remembered I have my own leopard channeling top/skirt set in the deep end of my closet from my high school graduation, it’s a simple shape in rich colors which is perfect since the pieces are made from a fabric with a finish that while not disco ball shinny it is not exactly matte.
Honestly no idea why the animal print since it was not “in” at the moment (guess I just liked it) and will wear it soon, so far 3 outfits already planned as a set and individually, promise to take pictures for you guys to see it! (Yes I’m planning to post more than the occasional outfit pics soon enough).
And since fall 2010 is the season to channel big cats it would be a good idea to look at how fashion icons rocked their animal inclinations for a little inspiration.

Jackie Kennedy who sparked a leopard craze back in the day

Sophia Loren

A model wearing Dior Couture 1947

Grace Coddington

Ursula Andress

Audrey Hepburn in a scene from Charade

Marilyn Monroe channeling Jane of the Jungle

Barbara Stanwyc

So what have I learned?

-Keep it simple people: let the print do the talking while keeping the silhouette on the basic side
-Ladylike accessories work like a charm but you can also go tough
-Fabric quality is important for how the look turns out
-Animal print works as a neutral so have fun with contrasting jewel colors
-A little cat goes a long way on belts, pumps or bags
-Rock badass or ladylike both require the makeup to be simple: basically just liner and lipstick
 (if red less liner please), avoid the mask face at all costs
-Bed hair and never-ending legs never looked so sexy

Did I missed something? Take to the comments and share!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A good reason to love Audrey Hepburn

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.”
                                                                                                                                 -Audrey Hepburn

Monday, November 15, 2010

Grand Strategist : welcome back Mr. Ford!!!!

I’m glad Tom Ford is back; more than his design talents I admire his fashion promotion super powers, he has a way of crafting interest and story around a product that few designers have (or marketing experts btw). It may seem a bit hypocritical or pretentious what he’s doing now limiting access to his shows but you can bet that’s a carefully conceived strategy meant to highlight his clothes now that we’ve seen all the other collections and dissected them to no end here he comes with fresh product. Brilliant strategy if you ask me from a self financed brand that even with a super star designer is miles away from the promotion budgets big companies have.
When it comes to the collection itself well…My mind was not blown away as I expected, the clothes are pretty but rather blah but this being a Tom Ford collection the details up close must be incredible and the fit perfect regardless of who tries them on.

Oh isn’t he looking stunning in these pics? I’m so happy you are back Tom!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taste, Vanity or Low Self Esteem?

Where is the line that separates simple vanity from low self esteem? Or is it just a matter of taste? I’m talking about the things we do for beauty or our perception of it at a given moment in time. Cultures before us removed teeth or incrusted jade into them, other blacked their teeth or stretched their lips or “artistically” scarred the skin on their faces.
Today we have Botox, hair dyes, colored contact lenses, liposuction and a variety of tricks that range from açai berry lotions to pigeon poop masks, take your pick because it’s all about what you can tolerate.
I used to have a teacher (a well known TV presenter by the way) that assumed everyone who dyed their hair, straightened it or wore colored contacts was acting on an inferiority complex of some kind and was not happy with who they were…yet she dyed her grays, once I called her on that but “that’s different” she insisted, how so? To me it’s the same to dye your greys or your whole head and I do not find it a sign of low self esteem or an issue of fitting in with the current cannon of beauty but a mere preference.
Like the time a friend of mine competing on a beauty pageant changed her brown hair for red to compliment her freckled skin and green eyes (advised by the organizers) a look she keeps to this day just because it suits her better. Then there’s the style consultant that only wears white, or the hordes of tanning aficionados and I could go on with examples like this when it is not about feeling inferior but trying to highlight what natural assets you already have. Don’t we all want to be the best that we can be? Sure people tend to take things too far (*ahem* Heidi Montag). But isn’t it pretentious to assume that because Beyonce dyes her hair blond she is trying to shed part of her blackness? This is the sort of thing my teacher would say.
True there is that thing about blonds having more fun or whatever but then society also assumes blondes are borderline stupid if not completely, so it is all perspective. If you like sunshine impersonating hair then by all means find a shade and blondify. Because if a change of hair color is a sign of low self esteem then so is using shape wear since it modifies whatever curves you may have providing fake perfection. So you might as well transform from head to toe.
I like facials and the occasional microdermabrasion, what does that say about me? I’m too young to think about Botox (and I’m scared of needles) but if in the future I did some is that me clinging to youth or simply maintaining things where I prefer them to be?
Maybe there is no line at all and we are all a bunch of vanity driven idiots with no love for ourselves because even the simple fact of shaping an eyebrow, wearing lipstick or cutting our hair a certain way is derived from the fact that we know we can look better and won’t accept the “real” us…hence the inferiority complex. Perhaps it is worse to feel this way and do nothing since it won’t do any good anyways and go thru life “embracing” without improvement of any kind.
It’s a tricky subject for sure, what do you think?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Zombiepocalypse wardrobe issues solved

Ever wondered what would you were to a zombiepocalypse? Since I’m all about The Walking Dead show that question is on my head a lot lately, so if I’m ever cast as a zombie slayer in a movie/TV show –what are the odds of that but work with me- I’d like it to be... you know realistic and not a red asymmetrical mini dress a la Alice on Resident Evil.
Then came this editorial of Marie Claire UK and I think it could work provided one changes shoes and maybe add some protective guards on knees, elbows and some giant glasses to prevent any “contamination”. My reasoning behind this is a slayer needs heavier clothes to prevent scratching, leather boots to protect from bites coming from ground level and rubber soles to move almost soundless, slick design so nothing snags on objects lying on the way to the escape route, gloves are crucial. More importantly the outfits on this editorial fit the bill because they look powerful and could hide any possible blood spatter.
What do you think you’d wear?

Pics via Fashion Gone Rogue

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Back from my island adventure!!!!

Hi! I’m back online after a few fun days under the sun on Colon Island in Bocas Del Toro.
So weird I had no coconut water on a place that is littered with palm trees because the locals prefer to sell bottled water, soda, juice or beer (well for that last one I’m all on board), such a great resource goes unused bothers me a bit, but hey that is just a minor detail. It was a fun quickie trip to recharge batteries; we stayed at a small B&B that provided the most amazing breakfast every morning. We even got to see a dolphin in our “backyard” one morning which we were told was rare but he/she was way to fast for or reflexes so we got no images of our distinguished visitor.
I did not take that many outfit pics as I had planned as I was busy with the beauty of my surroundings and I want to share a bit of it with you!

This is the northern part of Colon Island on our boat ride off to Starfish Beach

How clear is this water?  Just fantastic!

Starfish Yoga, sooo pretty, they feel a bit like a crocodile purse when you caress them *_*

Wearing a my lifebest a bit oddly since it was wet and yucky jajaja...wearing my indiana jones hat (literally), vintage sunnies and French Connection top and Rock & Republic denim shorts.

A precious red frog (on Red Frog Beach) this little cutie is what gave the name to the beach!

Red Frog Beach

@RedFrog wearing a Roxy dress and a bathing suit you can't see by Speedo.

Making the best of our frustated plans to hit the beach on our last day due to the bad weather, it was cold so the Zara cardie was needed, Havaianas and Union Bay shorts. Can you see the water all funky?

Our surrogate pet for our stay Cody, isn't he the cutest?

Sofia our 2nd surrogate pet chilaxing on the common room.
Checking out the Starfish vents, they actually are very delicate (can't take them out of the water for more than 10 seconds) and they move really fast in the sand. Wearing Sais by Rosa Chá bathing suit.

I’m already thinking of buying new bathing suits because I have another island trip in mind to fulfill as soon as possible! Are you planning anything to recharge?

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