There are not so many movies equally inspiring in terms of fashion as the “Blue Jasmine” by Woody Allen. I will not say a word about the plot, not to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. What I would like to mention is wardrobe of leading female character played by Cate Blanchett.
The leading lady, Jasmine French, is a personification of upper class sophistication, with Hermés bag and Chanel jacket. Her style could be described as luxurious classic – understated, feminine and quite conservative. Although Jasmine is less than composed for a bigger part of the movie, her wardrobe speaks for itself and even in moments of worse turmoils, protects the one who wears it, creating an aura of distinction.
As expected from a Park Avenue princess, there is a good deal of great jewelry, most renowned accessorizes and a lot of bespoke brands, and even if at the end of the movie you wouldn’t like switching places with Jasmine, you would certainly like to snatch her wardrobe!
Carrot cake is one of the cakes that you meet so often nowadays, that it is easy to take it for granted and forget about its sweet charms. Nothing more misleading, as it should be fully appreciated! It is a perfect everyday cake, that makes an excellent breakfast, a treat you look forward to if packed into a lunchbox or a sweet weekend delight with a cup of savory coffee and a good reading. Personally I prefer the moderate version, with no sugar icing on top, as I like the rustic look of it, not to mention the preference on less sugar and less calories, but it can be as sugarcoated as you can possibly imagine. The beauty is it versatileness – it is equally good in all shapes, sizes and on all occasions!
*** If you can’t find the gingerbread spices, make your own mix of powdered cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves with a pinch of pepper; you should make around 20 g. of the bland with dominating notes of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
I liked a lot make up created for Gucci for the presentation of RTW Fall Winter 2014/15. The look is very flattering, feminine and… feline. The main highlight is on eyes, marked by a thin and long eyeliner line accompanied by fake eyelashes. The rest of the look is very natural, getting close to no make up, with pale lips and perfectly toned skin.
So, the best make up recommendation for the year is following – red lipstick in the summer, black eyeliner in the winter.
I love Vogue Japan and treasure every issue that I have, as the magazine is filled with amazing photo editorials as well as exciting fashion ideas. It is not easy to get hold of, but it is really worth the trouble as well as reading it “back to front”, which seems very strange at first! For all Vogue fans, a run through of samples from some retrospective fashion editorials.
Posing in Pink.
My Fascination with Venice.
When Life Was Exotic.
All the Riches a Girl Can Have.
We Call It Glamour.
A few weeks back a good Friend of mine confined in me with her dilemma of being completely dissatisfied with her wardrobe and planning on reshaping it, but… having no idea where to begin. We agreed to have a breakfast meeting and discuss the serious wardrobe crisis over coffee and croissants.
I decided to come in prepared, making a small research beforehand and taking into consideration key facts: my Friend does not have an unlimited shopping budget, yet still hopes to buy pieces that will last for long, stay immune to seasonal fashion trends, as well as be versatile enough to be used on variety of formal and informal occasions. Did I mention her desire to look sleek, chic and feminine? Sound like a mission impossible? Not necessarily!
As I pictured my bookshelf, I immediately thought about Nina Garcia. This fashion journalist and critic wrote a series of highly popular as well as well thought through books dedicated to woman who would like to be well dressed without drowning in an ocean of randomly selected pieces creating a mess rather than a well organized wardrobe. Based on her own experience and observations, Nina Garcia identified ten essential elements that every woman should have in her own closet, no matter its size. What a great idea to share and a reliable guide for a Friend planning a complete wardrobe makeover! As easy to guess, this particular list was discussed at length over breakfast in a French bakery.
10 Wardrobe Essentials:
This is the ultimate base. On this foundation one can build own wardrobe, adding more variety in colors and shapes (I lost count on how many LBD I own…) or add more extravagant and personalized pieces (like more elaborate evening wear). What is important to remember is that the quality and the right fit should always be guiding principles whenever making a new purchase.
(Photos: Banana Republic trench coat www.marieclaire.fr; Omega watch www.omegawatches.com; Louboutin pumps www.christianlouboutin.com; Tiffany & Co. jewelry www.tiffany.com; Tory Burch leopard print flats www.theclassictoryburch.com)
Just when I started believing that Spring is just around the corner, the morning after greeted me with a snow…
… and once again made me happy for the purchase of the year, Timbaland boots, that have a chic of a lumber jack attire, yet make me marvel on how practical they are!
As usual, there were countless cups of coffee and some sweet delights…
… as well as some evening excursions.
This month time run even faster, as February is the shortest month, so there was less time to go through fashion magazines, seeking inspiration for spring wardrobe choices, …
… but despite passing time some things are just the same, like the competition between iPhone camera and the Cat on “who is rolling faster”