The One That Got Away…

18 Aug

GirlSeekingShoe here.

It’s not like this hasn’t happened to me before.

The feeling of finding the missing link. And then missing the opportunity. The lingering feeling of regret. Knowing it was your fault.


First it was my 16th birthday. The orange Kipling bag reduced in TK Maxx. We put it back, realised our mistake, went back to buy it. But it had gone. Never to be seen again.

Now the black lace dress. I found it in H&M. Been looking for one that fits for ages.

Went to buy it.


So, what could I do?

I told myself I’d buy it online, but it still hasn’t appeared. *sob*

It looked a bit like this, but with long loose sleeves:

Black (Black) John Zack Lace Dress | 227613101 | New Look

And like this, but fitted, black with full length sleeves:

I can’t even go back and buy it, because the shop is 3 hours away! *sadface*

Even though I live my life by:

“Never regret anything, because at one point it was exactly what you wanted”

I can’t seem to apply it here. I wanted that dress! But apparently my mother was right… I “want” gets nothing.

What’s your “one that got away” shopping regret?

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

You And I… Lady Gaga Does It Again

17 Aug

GirlSeekingShoe here.

“Sit back down where you belong, in the corner of my bar with your high heels on.”

Such a catchy tune, that Gaga’s fans have known the words of a year before its official release… how could we not, when she tailors it to every audience, in almost all of her performances?

And the video certainly lives up to the gold standards she has set for herself; raising the bar yet again, this time even transforming into a man.

Although the fashion and make-up in Judas remains my favourite of the Haus of Gaga’s numerous creations, the Renaissance style is here transformed into an otherworldly mermaid/Edward Scissorhands composition. That sentence shouldn’t work in real-life, but it does, and You And I brings something completely new to the table. Again. She just keeps delivering.

There are some stunning cinematic shots in this video, and, I’m no Film Studies student, but the colour composition looks perfect to me. It conveys the wistful mood of the song, and it’s underlying hard determination.

This look is typically Gaga, and the mouthpiece/voice box thing brings to mind the original Little Mermaid tale, in which she gives up her voice to become human. The Jackie O style huge sunglasses are quite fabulous, and the black hat with veil combined with all the metal brings to  mind Burton’s and Depp’s Edward Scissorhands, making it more Morticia Adams than First Lady.

The shots of Gaga face to face with herself as a man are quite poignant, with her little-girl simplicity shown in stark contrast to her James Dean alter-ego. This shots are beautifully filmed; I especially love the opening framing with the crops.

Gaga’s simple look is quite unusual for her, with the straight hair and pared-down make-up. But the touches of Gaga are there, with the hair being platinum blond and her coral/orange lips.  I think she looks quite nice, but without the orange lips reminding us of her eccentricity she would look nothing like her usual eclectic self.

I admit that I do prefer it when she goes back to her out-there fashion in the rest of the video.

I love her make-up here; she goes back to that Renaissance look with the eyeliner swirls from Judas. Stunning. Also, gold is a universally flattering colour, and she works it!

When I first glimpsed this outfit in the video, I just accepted it and dismissed it as another Gaga creation. But on closer inspection, the details arr astounding. I was astonished to see how much work must have gone into the layers of fabric. Take a look at the rose on her left shoulder (her left, not yours):

Gaga’s eccentricity is shown through, amongst other things, her hair. So far, my favourite hair styles from her ever-growing collection are curly blonde (as seen in Judas), and black-and-straight (above). But now I have a new favourite:

That blue is amazing!! I love it. Forget the black leather bondage outfit, the hair makes this shot for me. Incredible.

Like I said, Gaga does it again.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Luscious Lacroix – The Perfect Parisian Boudouir

16 Aug

GirlSeekingShoe here.

So, I haven’t posted in a while, because it’s shaping up to be a very busy summer. I went to America, did some amazing shopping, but more of that in another post.

I just had to review the hotel I stayed in whilst in Paris, as it blew my mind.

The Hotel du Petit Moulin is a 4* hotel converted from what is rumoured to be the oldest surviving bakery in Paris. Allegedly once the favourite bakery of the French King Henry IV, all aspects of the hotel’s design is owed to the genius of Christian Lacroix,  which he renovated whilst preserving the original exterior. Even the business cards are designed by him!

The hotel, which opened in 2006, only has 17 rooms, each individually styled, some with Lacroix’s original illustrations on the walls. I discovered that the walls of the room I was in were actually lined with fabric, and padded! The bathroom was all black, and very chic, whereas the rooms was stunningly eclectic, the definition of Parisian bohemian style.

I would totally recommend looking at pictures of this hotel; any style addict would agree that this room pales in comparison to some of the more eclectic options. Plus it inspired some fabulous outfits!

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo