How's this for opulence??? Just gorgeous! I love the different textures and sparkles. The accessories are big but somehow they compliment the dress and the overall look perfectly! The head piece is magnificent. This outfit will stand out for all the right reasons and will shine like a bright fashion star at the Melbourne Cup! I'm in love with this look and think this is a best dressed for sure!
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Glamour on the Go: MULTIPLE FASHION PERSONALITY DISORDER: I’m a Fashionista…I’m also a wife, a daughter and a friend, but most of all I’m a mommy. I can go from playground to fash...
I’m a Fashionista…I’m also a wife, a daughter and a friend, but most of all I’m a mommy. I can go from playground to fashion event in 30 minutes, from Havianas to stilettos in a nanosecond and from casual to glam in a flash! I can transcend from mommy to glamorous with the swipe of a red lipstick…
I always find it quite funny and sometimes amazing how effortlessly I can switch between “mommy mode” and “fashionista”, from dealing with dirty little hands and faces, changing nappies, singing nursery rhymes, doing ABC’s and counting 1-20 to fashion styling, fashion blogging, putting together trends, organizing and hosting fashion events and attending runway and fashion shows!
Juggling different roles and responsibilities with each “personality” has become second nature and I often chuckle to myself and think if the “fashion pack” could see me now playing in the park with my son or sitting on the floor in his playroom playing cars or feeding my daughter at 2 or 3 in the morning…not so glamorous then! But still always conscious of fashion…I might be in casual clothes and Havianas or even pyjamas but I will always be stylish and comfortably fashionable…
This made me think of multiple personality disorder but with fashion and fashion personas…so I came up with the term “multiple fashion personality disorder” where you change from one personality to another so effortlessly you don’t even know you doing it! Anna Wintour once said “you either get fashion or you don’t”…I get fashion, always have and hopefully always will but to my children I will always be just Mommy.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
These are my personal fashion picks for the week. A classic fragrance like Chanel is a little bit of luxury every day, a tan Michael Kors handbag will add a bit of glam to any outfit and the gold Chanel cuff is just priceless style. The electric blue Christopher Kane dress with the sheer panels are right on trend together with the printed Zara pants and the animal print top and dark wash denim skirt are classics pieces that every wardrobe should have!
Ear cuffs are a huge trend right now and very fashionable. They make a big statement and a bigger impact and is not for the faint hearted! Wear only on one ear and get ready to be noticed for all the right reasons! There are so many styles, colours and shapes to choose from, but if it's glamour you after go for one with bling and classic stones like this one above. Stylish, fashionable and glamorous!!!
Monday, 14 October 2013
When I was a teenager I used to “shop” in my mother’s closet…not only me but all my girlfriends too!!! This used to infuriate my mother and really annoy her. In my true teenage attitude I could never understand what the fuss was about and always accused her of over reacting!!!
Fast-forward 20 years…the roles are reversed…my mother now shops in my closet! Alone…luckily she doesn’t invite her girlfriends, cause I think I will get really annoyed!!!
Now when my mother comes to visit she tells me straight that she is not bringing any clothes and will just “borrow” whatever from my closet (my mother lives in South Africa) Or, when I have a clear out she is 1st in line, or – and this is the worst one – when I’m looking for something my mom is already wearing it or I find it in her closet!
My mother obviously has impeccable style (she shops in my closet) and is always the only one who will ever be honest and tell me the truth about my wardrobe choices…good and bad! She taught me everything I know about style and fashion from a young age and cemented that solid foundation that will one day become my passion and my profession, a role model and perfectly groomed stylish lady that I am proud to look up to and call my mom.
I often wonder, are daughters a true reflection of their mothers? A mirror image of how they see their mothers? Perhaps a modern version of their mothers? Is it a question of - like mother like daughter or more like daughter like mother?
It’s interesting to see what my daughter will be like as she grows up? Will she be a true reflection of me? A mirror image? Will she be passionate about fashion and learn from my style and make it her own? Or will she be the complete opposite?
My own motherly intuition tells me, it will be more a case of, like mother like daughter, I hope! All I can do is nurture and encourage her fashion instincts until she realises that fashion is instant language and glamour is a state of mind!
Love the soft feminine feathers of this dress giving it an almost whimsical angelic look...the black belt and strappy heels add just the right amount of edge.
The sleek hair and smokey make-up makes this a great look for any occasion! Glamorous and stylish.
Monday, 7 October 2013
As far back as I can remember, for as long as I can remember, my dad always told me, perhaps tried to teach me, to always pay myself first…
What did that mean? For most of my life I took it literally…and paid myself in the form of shoes, and more shoes and handbags and accessories and clothes and more, and more and more…till my closets were overflowing into every little space I could find, until I had no idea what I actually had!!!
I remember a friend coming to visit one night and asked why my flatmate and I put all our shoes in the bathroom? I told him it was all mine…he was shocked! I put it down to the fact that he was a guy and just didn’t get the fact that a girl needs options…lots of them! My motto was “I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet” as Carrie Bradshaw once said in the classic series SATC!
As I got older and my priorities started to change I wondered, is quality better than quantity? Is it worth buying an “investment piece” rather than 10 pieces? Should I save up for that 1 designer item I really want or should I buy 2 or 3 items on the high street? Will a classic stay a classic forever?
On my 1st ever trip to New York I remember the pure excitement of going to Jimmy Choo and buying my 1st pair of shoes, I was so in love I didn’t want to take my eyes off them, even carrying them in my hand luggage on the plane home in case my suitcase got stolen and I lost my beloved shoes! I still have them today…
When I finished my career as a flight attendant after 10 glorious years, I promised myself I was going to buy a Chanel 2.55 handbag, as payment to myself, a reward as such! Gosh the feeling, walking into Chanel, choosing my handbag with the softest leather and the most impeccable craftsmanship was pure delight…it’s still proudly displayed in my closet today!
Since then I have “invested” in a few classic pieces of fashion, mostly shoes and handbags, I look at them fondly, wear them from time to time and always remember the thrill and the story behind them! I will lovingly pass them on to my daughter one day with my story attached that she will hopefully pass on to her daughter with her story attached and so the classic “investment” piece will well and truly be worth more than 10 times over!
Having said that…it doesn’t mean I don’t have a few cheeky pieces lying around that will be classed more quantity than quality!
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
My love affair with fashion started at a very early age…my mom said that I refused to wear any dresses that didn’t swirl and twirl…my earliest fashion memory is always carrying a handbag with at least a lipstick in it! I was 5! Nothing’s changed…
This made me think and ask the question – are we born with a natural sense of style or can it be taught? Does it come naturally or does it take years of learning and fine-tuning to get it just right?
Sure as we get older we get more refined in our tastes, kind of grow up, but does the dress-up ever end? In my opinion…never! It just keeps getting better!
Throughout my fashion journey I have had many style icons, people I look to for inspiration and ideas, some of them have stayed with me up to now and some I have lost along the way as my style evolved and matured…classics like Coco Chanel have stood the test of time and will always be by my side, cementing my solid love for fashion, yet I find myself identifying more with the rock chic and glamour look than the classic girl next door…kind of a mix between Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez.
So…can we label ourselves or have a fashion identity? Can we place ourselves in a fashion category? Are we a certain fashion type like “bohemian”, “glamour goddess”, “classic” and “label queen or are we just US? Our own unique selves?
I can only hope that my daughter has inherited my fashion gene and that it comes natural to her too, otherwise I will have to start teaching her now…at least I have some time…she’s only a month old and already a little fashionista in the making!