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Thursday, November 19, 2020

FIVE WINTER LIPSTICK SHADES TO TRY OUT THIS SEASON, EVEN IF YOU'RE WEARING A MASK...

Understandably, lipstick might be the last thing on your mind right now. But don't you let your favourite lip products collect dust at the bottom of your drawer just because you'll be wearing a mask. With any social distancing holiday events you've marked on your calendar, besides your daily Zoom business conference call, you'll want to arrive wearing a trendy Winter makeup. And this is also colourful way to renew yourselves without breaking the budget, in such uncertain times.

While a red pout screams Winter, you have some subtle hues to choose from, too, such as forgiving softer rosewood pink, or peach and nudes. And you'll find that some of the key Winter shades are now catered to all skin tones, since they differ depending on your skin depth and undertone. 

So, it's high time to get shopping for Winter lipsticks, and ahead, find five colours that celebrity makeup artists are seeing in demand this season.

1) Nudes: because of masks, nude shades are being favoured as they stain less and don't get all over your face. Masks tend to smear your colours, so it's nice to have a shade that wouldn't be as noticeable. What's more, they allow you to indulge in a more dramatic eye makeup that will be even more noticed with masks.

2) Rosewood: these shades are popular right now, but personally, I've always listed in my favourites for a blonde-haired type, since they give a wearable, feminine pop of colour to your look.

3) All tones of Red: what's Winter without red shades cropping up? Every girl, either blonde or brunette, enjoys a good red colour during the holidays, in all shades, from more classic ones to darker hues.

4) Brick/Venetian red: a bit unexpected trend, feeling a little 90's, especially wonderful on brunettes.


5) Deep purples: Winter is always a time to pull out the darker shades of reds and purples, but always remember that when you're choosing a dark colour, the most important thing to remember is to lean away from formulas that are drying.

Now it's up to you to make the choice of the most suitable shade for next holidays. As an alternative, what about trying them all?!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

THE NEW ERA OF THE LUXURY FASHION MONOGRAM.

Monogram-mania has emerged as a trend for a few years and it persists in street fashion today, as result of re-branding and the simplification brought with it. Brands have realized that it is

easier to market a product through social media and create recognisable product placement when there are standardised and flashy elements to the designs. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture with a thousand logos on it really drives the point home.

Also high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton followed this logo trend which has been having a fashion moment again, after having seen many cycles of resurgence, and created new ways to display its signature. Personally, for this Fall, I chose a classic and modern A-line wool-silk mini-skirt, which I find a piece to invest in, being a passe-partout for all seasons. This lovely piece, from the Ready-to-wear 2020 collection and now on sale online, features an iconic monogram motif as an all-over pattern in two contrasting colour combinations such as black + golden and classic brown + golden, subtle slits at the front and back for additional ease of movement, and button details on the top front to highlight the sharp silhouette.

Aren't they so cute?! So, long live the monogram!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

LET'S TURN OUR HOMES IN THE MOOD FOR FALL.

Can you feel that? It's the hint of a cool breeze and crisp air which means colder weather, here we come! It's time to welcome Fall in all its glory with open arms, and guess what? We don't even have to leave our house to do so, which is perfect in these times of ongoing public health restrictions to our outdoor recreations implying social proximity, due to COVID-19 pandemia.

With a few decorating ideas, we can create the cozy indoors of our dreams and make our home look and feel as snug and homey as possible. Sure, there's a lot to do outside the four walls of our house (pumpkin farm visits and leaf peeping), but these indoor Fall decoration ideas will bring all that magic straight to our living room. Simple additions like festive wreaths, dining room décor, plaid pillows and blankets make a huge difference.

Of course, we don't have to stay in the living room. A warm decorative runner or forest-inspired wallpaper in the kitchen works too; we'll also be blown away by the amount of creative fall centrepiece options available, even if we're on a budget. 

So, Today I'm sharing 5 tips for easy Fall decorating, to bring the best of the season to your home, with minimal effort:

1) Let's surprise guests with even more tartan or herringbone patterned blankets in warm shades of colours, on either sofas or stools, as a charming addition to a guest bedroom.


2) Let's throw pillows in new colour combinations on our sofas for a comfy-cozy look which will welcome us, when back home for a relaxing evening.


3) Let's play with patterns and colours for our table and kitchen décor: white and blue china with wildlife-themed decorations, matched to white Fall-themed accessories will be certainly a refined option for your meals with family and friends. While simple Fall décor in neutral colours combined with the warm and dim glow of copper accessories will bring Fall into the kitchen in a simple and subtle way.

4) And of course, let's place pumpkins in unexpected places, using muted versions of traditional autumn colours, to create a soft and subtle twist on the season.

4) After we've finished up inside, let's not forget to perfect our front patio, porch or balcony with some outdoor Fall ideas.


Now it's up to us to unleash our creativity! 

So, if Fall is definitely one of your favourite seasons, we will be surrounded by the perfect décor to enjoy the cozy vibes, the sweater weather, changing leaves, baking pumpkin or corn bread, and of course, burning our favourite Fall candle. Oh and pumpking spice lattes, love those too!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE THE LOUIS VUITTON ON-THE-GO TOTE BAG IMMEDIATELY GO TO YOUR FALL CLOSET?

Hello, dear readers. It's been quite a long time since I published a post, due to some technical problems with my blog publishing service. Anyway, I'm back at last, and ready to talk to you about a recent purchase of mine to start the new season in a cool mood.
As a bag lover, I fall in love with bags frequently. From January 2020 the smaller version of the popular Louis Vuitton On-the-go tote with its characteristic Giant monogram print has caught my attention as a perfect travel bag, but also for daily use as a work bag. The smaller version is called the MM size, while the larger version is the GM size. The differences in width is approximately 2.5″, and slightly lower is also the price for the MM size. There are several print versions of this bag, some more summery in pastel colour combinations called "Crafty", some more neutral in classic LV colour combinations, some even monochromatic in glam Monogram Empreinte. In the past transitional weeks towards Fall, I finally made up my mind about the best option and decided to purchase the classic reverse monogram On-the-go, which will be a perfect go-to bag. 
Now I'm going to share my impressions with you. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Aesthetics
You're either going to loathe this bag or love it, and clearly I fall into the latter category. The most obvious design feature of this handbag is the oversized monogram pattern, which LV has aptly named the “Monogram Giant” canvas and "Monogram Reverse" for the panels of the handbag. The reverse canvas monogram was my first choice with the On-the-go, but I wasn’t sure it would work in my wardrobe. I was so wrong, because the reverse monogram has become my favorite LV canvas and has seamlessly become a staple in my closet. It works with any neutral article of clothing and can make even the plainest of outfits look interesting.
The juxtaposition of the different monogram color on the handles is my favorite feature of the bag, since it makes the reverse monogram pop against the classic monogram. The mini monogram on the handles against the giant monogram on the bag’s body is another tongue-in-cheek detail of the On-the-go, which only adds to LV fans of this bag.
Functionality
The On-the-go is a big tote, and as such, it's super functional for me and my lifestyle. If you need a big bag and carry a lot with you on a day-to-day basis, this bag is for you. The On-the-go is also an excellent travel bag, particularly for long flights or road trips. The coated canvas is very lightweight, so the bag doesn’t get weighed down even when it’s full.
I own the MM size of the Onthego, which is quite spacious with measurements of 13.5" L x 10" H x 5" W, and with smaller measurements to its GM sister bag 16.14" L x 13.39" H x 7.48" W). 
For my personal purse size preference, the smaller nature of the MM Onthego tote feels just right, since I'm also a "petite". I can fit everything I could ever want to carry inside, and, because of the lightweight nature of Louis Vuitton’s coated canvas, it is never weighed down. I’ve been carrying a wallet, documents, keys, a pouch of toiletries, my i-Phone, iPad-Mini or Macbook 12", my Louis Vuitton Agenda Personal size, sunglasses, Evian Facial Spray inside and still have plenty of room to spare. I should note that I do drive to most places, so the weight doesn’t ever become unbearable for me, but you should reconsider loading it up and carrying it around, if you commute on public transportation. The one downside to this bag is that it lacks a top zip, but you can obviate to this by adding an organiser with zipper closure  to organise your belongings. I chose the red version by Original Club, which is perfectly matching the inside lining.
The On-the-go tote has dual handles for both shoulder and handheld wear. I tend to wear mine in the crook of my arm, but it’s nice to have the option to wear it by the shoulder strap when it starts feeling extra heavy, or when travelling and needing my hands free to carry other luggage, or when visiting exhibitions and walking around longer than usual. 
Quality
The quality is excellent all around: the hardware is shiny, the stitching is perfect, and the coated canvas feels thick and supple. The red microfibre lining is durable and I don’t have to be too careful about the interior. Actually, this bag is a work horse.
Staying Power
Objectively I must admit that this handbag is trendy and is not likely to become a classic in its own rite. If you only buy classic handbags, this might not be the best choice for you.
Now, dear readers, if you own a On-the-go tote too, please write your impressions in comments below.

Friday, July 31, 2020

A GLAM "SOIRÉE MUSICALE" AT DIOR CAFÉ - DES LICES, ST-TROPEZ.

As you already know, I'm a huge fan of French fashion and designers and Saint-Tropez is my favourite place on the French Riviera, holding a mythical, romantic place in my mind. a lovely town,  where you can always feel the "joie de vivre à la française", and where luxury is the host, even during these uncertain, post-lockdown period, due to global COVID pandemia, when foreigners outside Europe are evidently missing. It's a village of fashion, where haute couture reigns: from boutiques to beautiful beaches, Saint-Tropez never fails to make people dream. And, also this year, in spite of all sanitary restrictions, I couldn't miss a short relaxing holiday (still with all sanitary preventive measures) with my sweetheart and enjoy all the attractions offered by the place. 
On a warm Saturday evening, we chose the central Dior Café - Des Lices, for our "apéritif" time, a glam location within a picturesque courtyard with lots of beautiful flowers and trees and the table just opposite the famous ‘Dior sign’ decoration, which has been posted on several Instagram accounts of many famous bloggers. It's such a beautiful place, so calm and peaceful like a little magic garden. After sunset, this garden designed by Peter Wirtz, becomes a magical oasis, where the simple taste of a glass of champagne accompanied by smoked salmon and warm blinis, can be a unique
experience: a set of flavours and aromas mingle with sweet symphony that borns and dies on the notes of a piano, accompanied by the breath of breeze. Dior Des Lices is also an elegant restaurantshaded by large trees and umbrellas, whose simply delicious menu by three Michelin star chef Yannick Alléno, is colorful, light and inspired by the world of Haute Couture, and offers a rich breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. During the day, if you want to take a break from shopping, you can taste summer salads, vitamin smoothies, homemade ice cream and the famous cream puffs Lady D'Choux, the chef's signature, always offered in new Dior versions colours. The boutique too inside a beautiful palace inside the premises, has a cinematic setting, with a combination of panelling, marble fireplaces and modern furnishings, a little bit French country, and a little bit rock and roll.
Another unforgettable Saturday night in St-Tropez. Year after year, I think there are a few places that need several visits: I'll always find my way back to St-Tropez.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

FLIRTY BOHEMIAN LOOKS AND COLOURFUL MINI BAGS HAVE LANDED AT LONGCHAMP S/S 2020 COLLECTION.
During this June inclement weather and COVID-19 post-lockdown phase, I have been longing to wear Summery garments, and again one of my favourite inspirational brands ever has been Longchamp. Certainly, a few new additions to my Summer wardrobe will be some pieces from its modern, feminine, Spring/Summer 2020 collection, whose starting point is a French-style solar journey from dawn to dusk. For her third show at New York Fashion Week, Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine recalled the colourful artwork of Judy Chicago, as she visualized looks that follow a woman as she traverses her day, faultlessly outfitted for every occasion. She's mixing and matching pieces that resonate with her active, on-the-go lifestyle, while keeping to a sophistication that is part and parcel of Parisiennes. This blurring of time also applies to the way the collection combines inspiration from the 1970s and 1990s—seamlessly blended to form fresh, eye-catching styles. My favourite pieces are certainly the short and colourful button-down suède dresses and the mini-skirts/dresses featuring smocking details on the waist. The latter flow in a delicate palette of apricot, pale pink, jade and aqua, and imbue the looks with a breezy, feminine quality that meanders between sporty sensibilities and bohemian, holiday spirit. Also nylon crop tops paired with either transparent long skirts or shorts with floral appliqués deserve attention. The thin leather belt with the Roseau bamboo adornment that characterize the bag of the same name is a constant accessory cinching the garments for a very sophisticated effect.
As for its iconic accessory, the bag, a workhorse of the label, with the Spring-Summer 2020 collection, Longchamp goes bold and invents its mini bag vocabulary. For the Spring-Summer 2020 season, Maison Longchamp has placed mini bags at the heart of its collection. Longchamp is surfing on the mini bag trend with the Spring-Summer 2020 collection. The Maison has added XS bags to its iconic leather lines, including Roseau, Cavalcade, La Voyageuse Longchamp and Le Pliage Cuir. The pieces are made from sensual leathers and come in authentic minimalist shapes. Choose sophistication with La Voyageuse Longchamp or go more casual with a Le Pliage Cuir style. Always graphic and feminine, they adopt the visual codes of the brand’s most iconic styles. They come in several sizes and a wide variety of colours.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

"E" FOR ELEGANCE: 
DRESSING THE FRENCH WAY LIKE CARINE ROITFELD.
During this long lockdown period, we've focused our priorities on different themes other than fashion, and even the most fashionistas among us have adapted themselves to more sporty and less dressed-up styles, on our errands outside our homes. Now the seclusion has become less strict, but the warm season has not completely settled down, so I still don't feel like writing about beach-style outfits, that we aren't even sure to rock this Summer. That's why I'm going to write again about one of my favourite fashion themes, which is the Parisian chic, but this time, from the point of view of the simple, perfect style embodied in the French icon, fashion editor and stylist Carine Roitfeld, who is the inspiration to the post. As you can see from the following selection of pictures, she never puts a stylish foot wrong, and with a clear preference to clean colour combinations, pencil skirts and high heels she has taught every other woman on the planet how to be French and own up to it in a very unique and personal way, without over embellishments, but always with a touch of allure and elegance. Anyway, she's not the only one. I think there must be something in the water in France that makes those Parisian women so darn stylish. Short of moving to the French capital, I 've tried to sum up six steps to putting a little more 'je ne sais quoi' into your style:
1. Don’t look like you’ve tried to hard. If there’s one thing the French do well it’s looking like they don’t give a damn.
2. Don’t be a slave to trends. Know your signature style and stay true to it, adding a carefully selected edit each season. You’ll never see Carine in anything but her trademark pieces.
3. Get ready, then mess things up a bit. Carine’s messy hair and smudgy, black eye make-up is the key to her look. Think undone polished. See step 1.
4. A classic shirt is your best friend – find a style you love and buy one in every colour. 
5. Stick to what suits you. Carine knows her legs are her best feature and accentuates them with tight pencil skirts and leather trousers. Pick your best feature and work to your strengths.
6. Don’t be boring – classic doesn’t have to mean bland. Add a twist to simple separates with a statement coat or conversational handbag.  
Now it's up to you, dear readers, to try your own personal version of  "Parisian chic"!
1) C.R.'s version of F/W French style:

             2) C.R.'s version of S/S French style: