I have a slew of friends who are packing their luggage for warmer destinations come mid-December. There is only one word: jalouse! (that’s jealous in French).
Recently, at our annual fashionistah holiday brunch, we reminisced about our university graduation trip to Cancun. A few years later, older and wiser, I went on a girls vacation with my bestie C. Before departing for the airport, I told her father not to worry if he saw bloody beaches on the news; it would be the trail of broken hearts we would leave behind. Can you believe he let her go on vacay with moi?
Two girls in Mexico?!! It was a make or break trip for our friendship but somehow we managed to get into heaps of sketchy fun without the drrrrama. Stuff that brings back fond memories of Mexico:
December 10, 2012 No Comments
Let’s talk a stroll down Spice Girl memory lane. Let’s dust off our 90’s memorabilia and pop our cd into the ghettoblaster. Remember when you “chaperoned” your tween niece and her friends during the Spice concert? They were so embarrassed when you made them stand on their seats and sing along to “Stop right now, thank you very much, I need somebody with a human touch…” (and do the actions). How about the heartbreak you felt when you saw the news headlines that Geri left the band in the middle of her North American tour? Devastated, right?
Remember when you voted for your city to become a stop for the Spice reunion tour? Then got your friend’s husband to dial incessantly for 2 hours to get ‘Front of the Line’ tickets? Or maybe that was just moi? Whatever, you were obsessed too.
Watch these awesome classic Spice Girl videos – some my favourite spice tracks:
August 13, 2012 No Comments
Life has been hectic and come to think of it, I have been missing one of my favourite past times — attending rock concerts. I went through a phase where I went ALL the time with my friend H. On a Thursday, we would have cocktails at her bachelorette pad then take in a live show at a sketchy bar or concert venue. The next day, we would drag our tired selves into work, the aftersmell of smoke masked by extra hair conditioner and dark eye circles disguised with a heavy-handed application of concealer. Ahhhh, those were the days! And such fond memories. Methinks I will bring it back.
Here are a few alterna-pop rock songs, I obsess over listen to on repeat:
- Miike Snow – Paddling
- TV On The Radio – Will Do
- Kele – Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix)
- Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
March 9, 2012 No Comments
“Be not afraid of mixing your polka dots, florals and ginghams.” – moi.
I have always been a champion of the fashionistah adventuress; to take risks in wardrobing is always more rewarding than donning a uniform of head-to-toe black. Don’t you want to show your grandchildren pictures of you in your 20’s wearing the trendiest fashions of the times? I lament at my mom’s photos, “Damn, I wish you kept that outfit. That’s vintage!” This Spring has me sooooooo excited because of the variety of styling options and the return of saturated colour.
One trend that I believe will take a while to be embraced by the masses is the mix n’ match of patterns. Why? Well, it will take a bit of a stylist eye and hella confidence to pull off. But fret not my dearies. I am here to guide you through treacherous waters.
STEP 1) I Am Style – Just pretend you are the Creative Director of ELLE Decor and your outfit is your living room. Hrm, would that shade of pink look good on the curtains matched to the coral throw pillows to the stripe divan? No, maybe, yessss? YES! Firstly, where did you learn to be so negative? Strike NO from your vocab and give it a whirl. You think Iris would condone this wishy-washy attitude?
STEP 2) Colour Balance - Getting the combination right also has less to do with the motifs you match than with the brightness and contrast of hues you are wearing. If you wear a bright, best to pair with a bright. If you wear a pattern in a muted tone, you can probably punch up your outfit with a hot colour.
STEP 3) Accessorize wisely – Since you have already taken risks with your outfit choice, you can take it down a few notches with less obvious accessories. You can never go wrong with nude pumps or the sable-grey that has become the new neutral.
March 2, 2012 No Comments
…Or should I say, the new stripe? Hrmm, the first title has a much zippier zing. It’s the alliteration of the p’s.
I have always been a major fan of the polka dot, from the charming, darling miniscule to the very retro oversize. Much like the saturation of the stripe of Spring/Summer, you will begin to see the print take over this Fall like a game of connect the dots come to life. This will be an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe as it can be integrated into the fabric of your most flattering silhouette or thrown under your blazer as a basic t-shirt. One thing is for sure, if you don’t get spotted, you will find yourself among a sea of fashionistahs asking, “Um, I didn’t get the memo. Is it Polka Dot Day?”
The polka dot is retro in spirit but interpretation is what makes it fresh and modern. If you plan to go black and white with no pop of colour or irony, I have fallen asleep on this trend, comatose with boredom. Sounds like, ”ZZZZZzzzzz” But I want your name to be the first to go into the snap box (see/ Legally Blonde 2), get complimented by a stranger on the elevator/subway or reach your 3 compliment a day quota.
Colourful Blaze of Glory – Let your colour palette do the talking. Why not choose a deep navy with a coral dot or pair your black & white dotted chiffon blouse with a cobalt blue mini? Now, you’re outfit is speaking to me! Tip: While black and white dots will likely permeate the stores, opt for a vibrant bright top to go with a black background or choose a paler shade to go with white.
Stripes vs. Dots Mashup – Do you dare? Wearing last season’s stripes with this season’s dots is very French Vogue. This is for the fashionistah adventuress who unabashedly defies convention, who trusts her instincts when pairing the right stripe with the exact dot…and even if it’s a bit off, she doesn’t care because she’s cool and aloof and you wish you were her. Wear with confidence.
July 27, 2011 1 Comment
The summer with its warm beams of sunshine is often rammed with social engagements – from weddings and bridal showers to birthdays celebrated on outdoor terraces. For occasions such as these, forego your usual skinny jeans and forget the flimsy t-shirt. Dressing up is an integral part of the celebration! You can still be stylish and keep your cool. Every day, I graciously accept compliments to the point that perhaps I take them for granted. In a gesture of good will, here are my secrets to lady-like dressing.
Fresh as a Mint Julep – The easiest way to make an impression is to wear a day dress in a jewel tone lightweight cotton or linen. Both have a tendency to crinkle so make sure your event is of the standing, sipping spritzer and mingling variety. Vibrant colours often accentuate the glow of sun-kissed skin and make you stand out from the crowd. I love the combination of bright red lips matched with a sunflower hued dress. The best are A-line styles that flare at the waist into a full skirt – this is best for lithe girls who want more volume or for those who want to accentuate a tiny waist. Add a skinny belt in a contrasting colour, presto 25% cuter! Channelling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Yes please!
Blinded by the Lights - When wearing a solid coloured dress, make sure to pop with a bold statement necklace. Use the natural rays of the sun to make your jewellery sparkle. Clear facetted or bezelled gems often radiate more than naturally smooth stones - it’s the cut that makes them more reflective and glittery. If you are going to an outdoor party, why not beat the mosquitoes by pinning yourself with a faux insect such as a rhinestone encrusted bumble bee. It’s a great ‘wink-wink’ conversation piece. Hi-larious.
July 11, 2011 No Comments