April 13, 2014

a sunday gathering.










A happy Sunday to everyone.




images via jennifer causey

April 11, 2014

house of cards's style and a happy weekend



 Hello everyone, If you have been camped out like me watching the amazing series "House of Cards then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Being  huge fan of Kevin Spacey, I started to settle in to watch what I knew would be a magnificent performance. But I must be honest I found myself pulled more and more to Robin Wright and her " Ice Queen" character Claire Underwood. The more I saw her character and the way costume designer Tom Broecker interpreted her style, it seemed nothing short of genius.




Claire Underwood’s outfits are structured and somewhat severe, with an understated sexiness. Claire wears her clothes as armour, protecting herself behind a shield that is both masculine and sexy. Ready to do battle everyday, her character actually very complex,  because while she benefits from her husband’s political ties, she wants them for her own benefit, constantly balancing options and playing the field. 



The only real colour she wears is blue (the rest is a strict palette of blacks, greys and neutrals), however my fave colour on her is white and when she is seen in white it's always deliberate to a particular scene she is in.  There is always a certain element that makes the pieces she wears interesting. An asymmetrical neckline, a reverse zipper,  beautifully placed seams or something metallic. She is minimal in her accessories, no statement pieces or oversized rings here as she way to confident for that.


I look forward to Season 3 for more drama, backstabbing and of course Claire's style.




Happy Weekend Lovelies. xx




images: tatianasdelights, 

April 07, 2014

spring trend: white eyeliner


Hello to all my lovelies. I am sure we are all looking forward to spring as I am. Today we look at the gorgeous way white liner give a pop to your eyes, regardless of your complexion. The images here are meant to inspire us all, so go ahead and give it a try. Here are some tips that will prove most useful.



Use as Traditional Liner

Instead of lining your top lid with a thick smear of black, try using white. Since white eyeliner is bright and dramatic, this will create a noticeable, dramatic look.

Layers of Color
Produce a white line of your top lid twice as thick as you would normally apply eyeliner. Next, apply black or brown liner on top of it with a line about half as thick. This will create a double eyeliner look that makes your eyes stand out without being as dramatic was a white-only liner look.

As Concealer
Hide a blemish by applying white eyeliner to it for first, then covering it with concealer. The whites will counteract the red of the blemish to create perfect coverage.





Highlight the Inner Corner

You can use white eyeliner to highlight the inside corner of your eyes to brighten your look. Starting from the corner, fan out about a centimetre on the top and bottom lid. This will make your eyes brighter, improving your look.

Under Your Brows To Highlight Your Brow Bone
You can white eyeliner to highlight your brow bone by swiping it directly underneath the brow then smudging it along the brow bone.


I bet you didn’t know half of those tips!


Images: hello beautiful, pinterest, popsugar, cosmopolitan.









April 01, 2014

lupita nyong'o's fearless fashion





Lupita Nyong'o has been praised for her fashion fearlessness. The "12 Years a Slave" star picked up the best supporting actress Oscar dressed in a powder blue Prada gown at the Academy Awards this year. She has filled the hearts of many young girls, with her stand out fashion sense. Here's a little we did not know about our fearless fashionista:


The 31-year-old  is an actress, film and music video director, is of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship.  After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree in film and theatre studies, Nyong'o worked as a production assistant on several Hollywood films...i.e The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Fiennes. In 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary film In My Genes of the mistreatment of the albino community in Kenya.


Nyong'o later completed a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama, followed by her first feature film role in Steve McQueen's historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013). Her role in the film was widely acclaimed, earning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among numerous other awards and nominations.







"I never knew what the formal fashion industry was up to - it was all a mystery to me. It's all new and an exciting education. I've been introduced to a whole new world where clothing is art."


"I've not always been a huge fashion fan. I've always cared about what I look like, but with 12 Years a Slave and the tour of promotion around the world, I've been able to explore and play. I've learned a lot about presentation, actually," Lupita.




Make no mistake she is no accident, Lupita has worked very hard and comes from a close knitted family, whose work ethic has gotten her where she is today. Amazing changes are happening all around her as Hollywood embraces her as their new darling. I wish her well and continue to look on at what will be a phenomenal career in film.


Lupita Nyong'o Miu Miu 2014 Ad Campaign.



"That's what life and style is about. It's a common conversation. To me, it's a conversation we can all have. Fashion breaks down every barrier, in my opinion. We can all talk about fashion."



images via, fabsugar, huffington post, dailymail.co.uk, act.mtv.com, popsugar.





xx






March 31, 2014

Blogging Issues




Hello my Lovelies, Please be patient with me as I try to rectify some issues I am having with my blog. However have a great week ahead and I'll be back very soon. Here are my munch-kins (Liam and Layla) frolicking in our garden. This was taken with my new Blu Smartphone..not bad.


Cheers


March 25, 2014

Featuring Bridget Davis-The Internet Chef

Hello Everyone, meet Bridget - known to many as the Internet Chef. Bridget is a New Zealander, Mom,  Food writer, she can be found working in some of the best kitchens in New Zealand and Australia. I could also be found working as executive chef for New Zealand’s leading event company Orange productions and is currently indulging her pleasures working as a cooking coach, teacher and live cooking demonstrator alongside one of the best chefs in the world.


Bridget recently had the pleasure of catering for the Youtube Brand Partner Program event held here in Sydney this March. She served a menu of healthy options, sugar and gluten free sweets and lots of delicious salads. Salmon cooked sous vide, grass fed beef and a fantastic taco station kept the 2 day event fun and tasty. Check out the some of the lovely dishes below. I have been admiring her work for sometime now, so I just had to give you a peak.



 Fig and Balsamic Salad

 Bacon and Egg Pie


 Quinoa Salad

Chocolate Mud with a Coconut Berries



Cheers Lovelies, sure to check Bridget out on Youtube for further inspiration here.




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