30 March 2011

The many faces of me!

Ok so I know this may see like a narcissistic post at first, I promise thats not the point at all.  
I think it is awesome how much you can change how you look with hair and make-up alone.
People have seen pictures of me at different times and said - 'I cant believe thats you!' - which is amazing. After all we are working with the same raw materials every day, but with a little artistic licence - and lack of self conciousness - you can completely change how you look with some pretty easy steps. 

Step 1. Focus on the eyes.  
Some people say your eyes frame the rest of your face.  This can definitely be true, especially if you make them the centre of the action. Recently I had a pretty dull weekend, but I had a model friend and pete with me, so we decided that we would have a little fun with some picture taking. Maya - said model friend - decided she would style me and pete would take the pictures.  She did this... HELLO awesomely crazy eyebrows!

Step 2. If you haven't got it fake it!
Hair is the most consistent thing about your appearance.  For most of us, it is the thing we change the least day to day - which is why I only go to one hairdresser and have had the same cut for the past 3 years -  and it can therefore be the thing that makes the most impact when it is changed. 
Awhile ago I did a shoot for a Japanese designer in Morocco.  This is one of the pictures from it.  I have really long hair, but the hair stylist wrapped it around and around and then put a wig cap on, so that this red one could replace it. 
I look pretty unrecognisable, and although it is definitely not a look I will be moving towards in the future, it is fabulous how different I look.  What would you look like with a totally different hair style and colour? What would you try for a day?

Step 3. Make them come to you.
Lips are meant to be the most seductive part of the face and the part men look at the most. Red lips are particularly effective - supposedly. More importantly they can totally change the balance of your face. The action moves to the lower half and draws attention away from the rest of your appearance - quite good when having an off day, which lets face it we all have. 

Photo by Michelle Bobb-Parris

Step 4. Take it to the extreme.
I just love any opportunity to dress up and this includes costumes... go figure! A recent halloween I went to a party as Marie Antoinette's ghost - bit of a stretch for a mixed race girl.  I got blue contacts for the occasion, and they were the most fun! People were so freaked out by them, because they were so used to my usual very dark eyes. I know this is not a trick for the faint hearted but I do recommend giving it a go for fun if you are willing. The only downside was that it made me think my real eyes were terribly boring!  

I know these are some extreme examples but it is a true concept and so much fun to play around with.  To get some fabulous inspiration from the finest have a look through the book 'Model as Muse' produced by the Met. The book looks at different famous models as interpreted by different people, a lovely lazy afternoon read.
Happy transformations kittens... let me know your funniest, most dramatic and wild transformations! 

28 March 2011

Spikes for all types

So I know that a lot of you were interested in the DIY Spike Shoes post I did - see HERE!.  So I thought I would share a couple of other great spike DIY ideas with you.  I often find that after I have done a DIY project I have spare embellishments left over.  These are some other great ideas for decoration clothes and accessories with those spare spikes!  The first few images are from LFW this season.

25 March 2011

Boy Girl Boy Girl

I think this is quite a masculine look even for me. But I like a bit of variation, and despite my extra long hair I am not much of a girlie girl
I love these leather trousers, they are so warm in the winter, and they are butter soft. However the first few wears were interesting - you have to wear in leather trousers, like shoes, so buy a little tight as they will give - I couldn't bend my knees!!! ahhaaha
What makes me love these trousers even more, is the diamond in the ruff aspect. I bought them from TKMAXX for £20 and they were the only pair. It was like we were fashion soul mates! 

Hat from Pure Collection (HERE!), Jumper from Zara, Coat Vintage, Necklace gift from Pete Navey, Trousers from TKMAXX, Shoes from Red Pedder.

Have a happy weekend kittens!

23 March 2011

Oh how we will miss you!

The world was shocked today by the news of Elizabeth Taylor's death. 

Elizabeth Taylor was an icon in her own time. She will live on in her greatest work and in the memories of those who loved her. She was more than beautiful, she was charismatic and incredibly talented, proving that you can be so much more than you look. 
She will continue to be an inspiration to women everywhere. 

"I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive."

"Now is the time for guts and guile."

I think one of her greatest films is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  So in tribute to her... Go out this week - or better yet tonight - and rent it. Its very heavy but she is a master of passion and power in it. 

22 March 2011

The Alternative Sunday Roast

Sometimes we are on diets - those hateful things -, sometimes are friends are, sometimes we are feeling heavy, sometimes we just dont want a full Roast on a sunday. Whatever the reason, this is my suggestion for an alternative - not in the hemp way, so stop laughing - sunday lunch. 

Pea and Ham Soup with Mint oil

Find the Recipe for the Soup HERE!
I didn't sieve mine because I like chunky soup. 
I also used fresh raw Peas to sprinkle on the top.

Garlic Roast Chicken Salad. 
Watercress, Rocket, Romaine lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, with a Sour-cream, Onion and Chive dressing.

Baked Plums with Cinnamon Sugar and Creme Fraiche.

Find the Plum Recipe HERE!
I added some Muscat before baking to give the plums a richer flavour and more moisture. I also cooked them at a lower heat for longer.

21 March 2011

Cutting Corners

I recently got this dress.  I am in love with it. It is such a fabulous multi-tasker. I wear it as a dress and a coat. It's very fitted but incredibly comfortable to wear. 

Although it isn't really bare-leg-weather yet, I wanted to try and believe it was spring for a little bit. Come on spring... lets start bringing the summer home.  London's weather is just not cutting it right now. I don't want to wear tights anymore! So this monday is a warm weather post to brighten your day. - I hope. 

Dress by Celine, Shoes by Pedder Red, Bag by Lanvin for H&M (with added corsage also H&M).

Its the opening at the back of the dress/trench wonderful.

Also I have DIY half-moon nails too!

18 March 2011

Aminaka Wilmont a/w 2011

Black and white smoke effects ran across the fabrics at Aminaka Wilmont.  Patterns varied between spilled and bleeding ink to crystallised hawks eyes.  Over-the-knee socks and boots were mirrored by long wrist warmers, that ruffed up otherwise silky feminine dresses.  Shoe boots were very popular as were leather sleeves across the LFW a/w 2011 catwalks and this was also the case at Aminaka Wilmont.  Open sheepskin jackets that reminded me of Rick Owens, and some of the cuts of the dresses had an early Peter Pilotto feel, both favs of mine, so the collection went down very well with me!

The Drawing - I particularly loved one of the maxi dresses that was accompanied by a fur and feather cape.  It was very sexy yet understated.  There was a beautiful combination of the ruff and the smooth both in the fabrics and textures and the styling.  It was tuff but also feminine, an aesthetic I wear alot.

Illustration and Photos by Peony Lim

16 March 2011

Popping up everywhere

So I bought these glasses from Giant Vintage, an american online sunglasses store by friend Rico recommended to me.  I LOVE THEM! I think they are like Minnie Mouse ears attached to your glasses and I love animal headgear. I also have blacked out ones.  So when I went around the LFW exhibition and saw the Linda Farrow versions, I rather felt I had got a steal!
Giant Vintage have such a big selection and they ship internationally... Giant Vintage I LOVE YOU!!!

Me in my Minnie Mouse Giant Vintage Glasses looking at Phil Oh's Camera, as photographed by Tommy Ton. 

My photo of the Linda Farrow versions in the LFW exhibition.

14 March 2011

And the kitchen sink

I often wear clothes as different things and not as they were originally intended.  It is something friends and family speculate over - 'but... what was it meant to be?'

I recently bought a knitted Zara maxi dress - as seen below, probably still available in stores and online - which is a really good example of how to get as many outfits out of one item as possible. 

Outfit 1. 

Wear it as the designer intended... here that means a maxi dress.
I have changed the silhouette a bit by adding a waisted belt to give a separation between my upper and lower body.

Here it is worn with Prada boots, Hermes belt, Vintage clutch and a Zara gilet. 

Outfit 2. 

Make knit work for you.  Often cardigans, skirts and dresses can be worn as scarves and snoods. Here I have shown it as a snood, but you could also wear it as a normal scarf. The trick is to choose quite open or textured knit.

Here it is worn with Miu Miu shoes, Zara peg leg trousers, Joseph suede jacket, Zara peter pan shirt and hermes scarf - around head

Outfit 3. 

Restructure clothes with belts and pins.  Often you can totally change a skirt or dress by pinning them up inside themselves.  Here I have made a cape with the dress, by folding it inside out and wrapping a belt around the neck to gather the extra fabric and make a ruffled neck. 

Here it is worn with Acne boots, Abercrombie and Fitch jeans, Zara leather jacket and ASOS belt.

I hope this inspires you to see your old clothes in a new light, and to shop wisely, it is like a 3 for 1 deal!