The Fringe Debate

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It happens every year. And the moment I get my hair just how I wanted it, I re-route. I’ve learned, over the years, to hold my horses, because a snap decision and a snip here and there can take six months of correcting, but sometimes its just a scratch that needs itching. It changes everything – you can wear less make up, you can peek out from the depths with a seductive glance, if you have wrinkles, it can also act as a veil to allude others of ten years the other way. But, the weather is its enemy. However, if you can wear it as nonchalantly as Julia Stegner, Caroline de Maigret, Freja Beha Erichsen, Alexa and Lou Doillon, it requires little consideration. I think I just talked myself into it.

Exposure vs denial.

Autumn Dressing

 

Acne Studios Dramatic Ribbed Knitted SweaterElizabeth & James Mercy Leather Skirt / Saint Laurent Betty Suede Leather Bag / Jimmy Choo Amelia Nude Suede Pumps

The more I see something, the more I love it. Even if I didn’t like it, or it didn’t catch my eye – if its repeated enough, I will eventually cave in (unless its anything from Moschino’s SS15 show – Soz Jezza) Case in point – rust red. Its autumnal, its retro, its seventies, used in the right way, its luxurious and this Elizabeth & James skirt is the epitomy of all of the above. Mixed up with suede and wool, its an autumnal dream.

P.S I tried these shoes on at the new Jimmy Choo Townhouse on Sunday and they’re next up on my hit list. If ever your feet needed a shoe, and I don’t mean orthopaedic, this is the one.

Matify.

IMG_8351.JPGIts hard enough keeping up with fashion trends sometimes, without trying to keep up with beauty trends too. I’m pretty safe when it comes to make-up and to be quite honest, I’m more interested in skincare than cosmetics, merely for the longer-lasting effects and age preservation.

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Whilst crippling my right thumb last week, in the daily ‘research’ that is surfing Instagram and suffering from that ailment no one wishes to admit to, but many of us have – Insta-Thumb, otherwise known as repetitive strain syndrome for the nosy parkers amongst us, I came across the image above from the DKNY SS15 show from New York Fashion Week. Nail trends mostly pass me by, but this one made me stop. I’m pretty partial to a nude nail a la Victoria Beckham, but this manicure was taking this to the next level with a Matte Coat, another trend I wasn’t too struck by when it hit the masses last year, yet it was an experiment I decided I wanted to try out. I couldn’t get my hands on the Essie Matte Top Coat used here (clearly everyone had rushed out to do the same as I) so I went with Nails Inc instead, since I use a lot of their nail polishes. Doing the frugal thing, and using what I had at home, I tried to recreate this look with not as much success as I would have liked, but nonetheless, I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m not sure the Nails Inc version is as matt as the Essie version, its more of a matt silk finish. Using a matte top coat is very odd. Its like painting your nails to look like….well, your nails. It goes against the shiny, glossy, luxurious mani we all know and love and almost plays it down. I have yet to try it on a dark nail colour, but its definitely a new favourite on a natural shade of pink.

The DKNY manicure was created using one coat of Essie ‘Au Natural‘, one coat of Essie ‘Allure’ and one coat of Essie ‘Matte About You’. I used one coat of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, one coat of Estee Lauder ‘White Petal’ and one coat of Nails Inc Matte Effect Top Coat.

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Undone

IMG_8220.JPGLatest obsession – wearing a shirt slightly undone, for a less-preppy relaxed look.

Shirt by Aquascutum – Alternatives from  Matches and Ted Baker 

Leather Skirt from Topshop – Alternatives from River Island and Topshop

Lace by sunset

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IMG_4416Its true. You never can have enough jeans. Skinny, boyfriend, 7/8th cropped, vintage, blue, black, grey and flared. I love flared jeans, especially in jet black, the most flattering colour. This pair I’m wearing here, for me, are a pair I bought to try out the style before investing. I guess this can sometimes backfire, because, not that I want to draw attention to my flaws, but these aren’t right for me. They’re the wrong wash, not my favourite tough denim (too much lycra), I don’t like the pockets and I don’t like the way they hang. However, and its a big however, it hasn’t completely put me off, because I know for a fact that flares can be uber-flattering, if you find the right style for you. We’re all different, we’re all unique – what looks good one someone else won’t necessarily look good on me or you and that can work the other way around too. Persistance is the key and I shall not give up. Here are three pairs I fancy trying next time : The Marrakesh Jean from MiH / Hutton Medium Rise Wide Leg from Citizens of Humanity / The 1197 Velvet Martini by J Brand.

Lace top (similar here and here) and sandals (old) from Zara / Jeans from H&M / Bag from Chanel / Watch from Shore Projects

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