Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is having a wonderful break. Yesterday was Christmas down here, and I spent the day in a food-coma and had two naps after Christmas lunch. Amazing. Merry Christmas to everyone who is having it today. And I hope everyone has a lovely New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pants, Pants, Pants.

I love pants. One whole side of my wardrobe is devoted to the garment. I have them in every colour and style; except, ironically, classic black - I really must do something about that. Naturally I love a good editorial devoted to showcasing the garment. Especially when the style is the arresting, eternally wide legged cut - so elegant, dramatic and feminine.

Vogue US January 2011 "She Wears The Pants" Raquel Zimmermann by David Sims and Tonne Goodman
Vogue UK January 2011 "Tall Order" Karlie Kloss by Paul Wetherell
Stella McCartney Spring 05 Campaign Angela Lindvall by Mary McCartney-Donald
Sources: Fashion Gone Rogue, LiveJournal

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chloe Spring 11 Campaign Preview

A teaser of Chloe's Spring 11 campaign is out, and it looks GOOD. Clean and minimal with beautiful natural hair. So cool. And how awesome is that smile??

Iselin Steiro & Malgosia Bela by David Sims
Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

Friday, December 17, 2010

Beauty Products I'm Obsessed With Right Now

I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my beauty regime (regime? More like vague habits). So when I find a product or two that really excite me and convert me it's usually a goody, simple and successful, and worth the dollars. So I thought I'd share three products I've picked up lately and am quite in love with. This Topshop nailpolish "Parma Violet" is the purfect shade of pale purple, and hasn't left my nails (except for reapplications) since I bought it at The Department Store last week.

I also finally pulled finger and treated myself to some Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner (actually called Wash and Rinse) when I was at Stephen Marr the other week. Not only do they perform well, they are also sulfate and paraben free - so they are super gentle on hair. Which is a major plus on my poor dry locks. I bought "Hydrate-Me" for dry, damaged hair. I love the concept of treating your hair products like high end skincare, and I'm really starting to notice the difference as my hair is getting used to the new, gentle products.
My skincare regime has always been a bit of a farce. As I have dry, sensitive skin I have always steered away from most products, finding that plain old water, Cetaphil and QV cream work best. I've always been intrigued by organic and natural skincare, but the usually high prices scare me off a bit. Good thing that there is now a great new local offering thats free of nasties and very well priced. Scarlett & Greene's range is relatively new, but in the week I've been using it I'm very impressed. The Bare All breakout wash has cleared those frustrating spots up (which always seem to come with humidity and heat) and the moisturiser is so refreshingly scent-free. It's nice to know your supporting a local company and I think their concept is important - making natural skincare available and affordable, and targeting it at younger skin. You can find Scarlett & Greene at Life Pharmacies.

I've been living in one particular lipstick shade lately. Inspired by the spring Jil Sander show, I went and treated myself to one of MAC's new Pro Longwear Lipcremes at end of semester, and have been wearing it regularly ever since. Love Forever! is the perfect vibrant pink, brightening up a bare face and proving a softer, more inviting alternative to red.
Sources: Topshop, Kevin Murphy, MAC, Georgie @ Showroom 22.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stylish Stills: A Single Man

I finally got around to watching Tom Ford's A Single Man last weekend, and it's a tragedy that it's taken me this long - because the film really is stunning. Every shot is so perfectly considered and composed - from the costumes to the lighting and setting. The attention to detail is also wonderful - some of my favorite shots are the ones of George's immaculate drawers and desk - giving all the objects and garments  a perfect, immaculate and almost reverential quality. Colin Firth's immaculate Saville Row suit is a character in it's own, and I'd have never thought that the pale pink mohair jumper and toffee brown corduroy jacket could go so well together on Nicholas Holt's character Kenny. Speaking of Holt, who'd have predicted that the awkward lad from About A Boy would grow into such a babe.

Click through for all my favorite stills.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kate Bosworth in Jil Sander. Minty Fresh.

Kate Bosworth is the first celebrity I've seen to wear a piece from the stunning spring Jil Sander collection. In my opinion she totally owned it and it's the best I've seen her look in a long time. So simple and cool. The pale mint green, the white tshirt-bodice, slick hair and pink lip are perfect. Funnily enough this look has been very polarising among fans on her TFS thread - with most hating it. I beg to differ. Five stars.

Source: The Fashion Spot

Pre-Order Chloe Sevigny X Opening Ceremony aka I WANT SHOES

I really wish I had a spare few hundred dollarys lying around right now... Because I would absolutely be pre-ordering a pair of shoes from the Chloe Sevigny X Opening Ceremony collection. Torture!! The Mary Jane in particular I love; with its nineties references, killer platform and close toe front (it is near impossible to find close toed wedges like this). Santa?
 The ankle boots are cute too. Of course. Check out the rest of the range as well - dresses, shoes, sunglasses all available for pre-order. You have been warned.

Source: Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pink & Orange

There's no time (or excuse) like summer to totally embrace acid bright colours - in particular pink and orange which are the toughest to execute but also have the most impact when successful. They also never fail to bring a smile to the face of the wearer or onlooker. I've always been hesitant when it comes to colours like these, however I finally feel old enough and confident enough to wear pink (when I was younger it felt too girly and saccharine). I also think one should take a cue from Raf Simons interpretation of colour at Jil Sander this spring - keeping silhouettes and cuts super simple and classic, and paring tropical brights like tangerine and hot pink with crisp white.

Top Row: Yves Saint Laurent Cashmere and silk-blend sweater, Jil Sander Gate stretch-cotton double-layered blouse, Theory Oxford Cotton Shirt & Stella McCartney Satin draped-back dress.
Middle Row: Jil Sander Pleated taffeta skirt, Current/Elliott The Sharp Trouser cotton-twill pants, Jil Sander Elio stretch-cotton shorts & Stella McCartney One-shoulder satin dress
Bottom Row: Aubin & Wills Billingshurst plaid wool blanket & Mulberry Tudor Zip Around leather notebook case.
All from Net-A-Porter


Sources: Net-A-Porter,, Karen Walker, Celine

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dream Bag Wish List

I really need a new handbag, and what better time the Christmas to think about a dream wishlist of the ideal handbag. My current $8 bag is still great, but looking a bit tired (and it was second hand after all). If I had my way, and endless cash or a sugar-daddy - I would head straight to Celine for one of their super simple, refined bags. They are the epitome of cool, laidback, confident femininity. Modern yet truly classic. I always go for neutral hues with bags - with tan and brown usually beating out black. Below is my dream handbag wishlist. Oh and feel free to surprise me this Christmas.

Celine Clasp Calfskin Cabas
The ultimate in simplicity and usefulness. Clean lines and silhouette make this a breath of fresh air amongst all the it-bags out there.

Chloe Darla Leather Tote
This one is borderline nana, and that's why I love it. So sensible. I like that it's dark without being black. And it's boxy shape and minimal details.

Chloe Charlie Perforated Bucket Bag
Bucket bags are one of my favorite handbag styles - quirky yet casual and wearable. The tan colour of this Chloe bag and the perforated leather give it a laidback quality and a weekender vibe. And tan is pretty much my favorite leather hue of all time. Oh and it's called Charlie. Cute.
Celine Classic Shiny Croco Medium Flap Bag
This super-simple Celine bag has been everywhere lately - and by everywhere I mean the creme-de-la-creme of the streetstyle blogs, editorials and the more stylish, discerning it-girls. By everywhere I certainly don't mean Auckland, New Zealand. However it is still so desirable and so far from being an It Bag. It's too simple, too chic and too understand for that carry on. Each incarnation is as uber cool as the last. And as much as I love the basic black and tan leather versions, I quite like the extra dimension the burgundy crocodile skin gives to this. Crocodile is timeless (and ages beautifully) and the rich burgundy hue is a subtle colour injection yet still goes with everything.
Click through for three more.


I've been going on a bit about films lately, but I suppose the blame can be placed on the fact that it's holidays now - so I'm finally able to comprehend having the time to see all these movies. It's also because after a long year of decidedly average movies, all these great films are coming out in the space of a few months. Another on my list is Sofia Coppola's latest "Somewhere". It's looks like one of those slow, contemplative films about relatively nothing - that polarise people but that I love. Exploring the cold, lonely boredom of fame and the relationship between a father and daughter - it looks to be Coppola's most subtle, quiet work to date - compared to the dreamy adolescence of The Virgin Suicides, the bright lights of Tokyo in Lost In Translation, and the extravagant romp of Marie Antoinette.
Oh and Elle Fanning lookts amazing - gorgeous gorgeous girl (I love fair blondes) - and a great actress.

Sources: Youtube, Google Images

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Stylish Stills: Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby is one of my all time favorite movies - from the plot, to the mood to the perfect costumes, I never fail to find something new and inspiring from it. Not to mention it is brilliantly creepy. Since there are few stills on the internet that really show the scope of the amazing wardrobe Mia Farrow wears, I decided to go through the film getting my own screengrabs. Many are blink-and-you'll-miss-them garments that I never even noticed the first three times I watched the film. Rosemary's wardrobe is an integral part of her character - the palette is predominantly light and features a great majority of yellow, white and blue hues. These (also found in her apartment and on her husband) have a great impact with their innocence, freshness and also slight ambiguity - none are typically aligned with females. Her outfits themselves also have an innocence and simplicity - loose tent dresses (both before and during pregnancy) are so easy and unassuming, they reflect her naivety youth without being saccharine. What's your favorite Rosemary look?
Click through for all my favorite stills and looks.

The Black Swan Tutus, by Rodarte

I'm still dying to see Black Swan and it doesn't come out in New Zealand until January 27th. In the meantime, have a look at these stunning costume designs for the films tutus by the Rodarte sisters. Click to englarge.

Source: Style Rookie

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ruby Does Shoes For Summer

I've already mentioned this summer how the search for decent sandals is a hard one. Lucky for us Ruby has brought out a range of shoe for summer that perfectly fit the bill of simple, cool sandals that aren't too trendy or too mumsy (unlike so many other pairs out there). My favorite picks are the girly yet simple Hannah sandal and the solid, endearingly birkenstock-esque Amelia.

Source: Eleisha @ Ruby

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Black And White Inspiration For December

There's always time for some black and white. I'm loving white tops at the moment - from crisp white shirts to simple, democratic white tshirts - they are like a literal clean slate. Sometime when you strip something back to it's purest form, that's when it has the most impact.

 Jil Sander Fall 06 Campaign Tayla Collins & Mariya Markina by Willy Vanderperre

Katherine Hepburn

 Samuji Spring 2011 Lovisa by Juliana Harkki
 Creem Magazine "An Education" by DaveyiPhoto

 Johnny & Winona



 Sherie Muijs Winter 11 "Building Blocks"

Fallen #6 Tallulah Morton by Nadine Ottawa 

Source: Style Registry, Rare Celebrity Photos, Fashion Gone Rogue, Sherie Muijs, Paper Mode