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Walking on Sunshine…

13 May

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I’m walking on sunshine… and don’t it feel good? Hell yeah!

Summer is here, the sun is out, and you fashionistas know what that means right? Sunglasses are back.

This year we see the return of retro, florals, and the peak of the bright trend. From Gucci to Guess, Ray-Ban to de la Renta, and all the high-street favourites, fashion has your summer eyewear covered. And my favourites are delectably delicious.

Ray-Ban Classic aviator sunglasses 

Classic aviators from Ray-Ban. Timeless and tres chic. £111 from Net-A-Porter.com

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Guess sunglasses tap into that classy look, and the brown is bang-on-trend. £85 from Vision Express

Medium Cat Eye Sunglasses

There is nothing like a white frame to show the world your retro style. If you’re cool, flaunt it. £14 from Accessorize

Floral Print Flat Sunglasses

Florals are in. Take advantage of the fashion-world embracing granny-style and bag yourself a pair of quirky shades. Because you can. £14 from Accessorize

           Pink Heart Sunglasses

The emergence of florals shows that the trend for brights is almost over. Regress to you childhood whilst you can. On the left; $5.80 from Forever 21. On the right; £7 from PunkyPins.co.uk

The woman who made sunglasses iconic. Audrey’s morning style in Breakfast at Tiffany’s soon came to define the standards of classic style worldwide. So, when the legendary Tiffany’s released their own range of sunglasses… well, an iconic legend met iconic quality.

  

From left; $220, $430, and $430.  All at Tiffany’s.

As for my own sunglasses, I recently snapped up some gorgeous Oscar de la Renta’s for an absolute bargain.

Classic black and big enough to hide behind; that’s all I need.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

Once Upon A Dream

30 Apr

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I am absolutely not ashamed to admit that I love Disney movies. They appeal to that part of me that still wants to be a princess and sing in tune. As a little girl in awe of that secret world of grown-up clothes, I adored watching the Disney Princesses in all their finery. So, when I saw Dior’s Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection, I was enchanted.

Each dress brought to mind a moment I used to escape into as a child. Even in light of the scandal surrounding Galliano, the fairy-tale cannot be removed from these gloriously gorgeous dresses. So here is a bit of memory interwoven with these very current dresses. After all, glamour is the new black.

Cinderella’s Transformation (“Cinderella”):

Mulan’s Kick-Ass Girl-Power Moment (“Mulan”):

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Tiana dressed as a Princess, and then becoming a real Frog Princess (“The Princess and The Frog”):

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

Aurora getting her Kiss (“Sleeping Beauty”):

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Pocahontas saving John Smith’s life (“Pocahontas”):

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Ariel’s bitter-sweet moment of becoming human permanently (“The Little Mermaid”):

 

Snow White whistling while she works (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”):

…and my absolute favourite Princess, from my favourite movie, wearing my favourite dress; Belle, going to dinner and slowly falling in love with the Beast (“The Beauty and The Beast”):

The yellow dress above also happens to be favourite from this collection. *sigh*

Of course, one princess wore the dress of her dreams yesterday; the new Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely breath-taking ,as did her bridesmaid Pippa Middleton. Wearing Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, she championed British fashion and looked like she had stepped out of a fairy-tale:

 

Her evening dress was also a Sarah Burton creation, and was equally stunning:

But her going-away dress reminds us that she is a normal girl going on holiday, princess or not; the blue dress and espadrilles looking light and summery this morning. Which is quite nice really.

The duke and duchess at Buckingham Palace, Saturday morning
 
There are some life-lessons that Disney movies taught me as a child:

Hard-work and determination will get you where you need to go.

Tidy your room.

And, in the words of Thumper (“Bambi”); “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Criticisers of anybody’s wedding (Royal or not) would do well to remember that one.

 Dior also had some very villainous dresses in that collection though, calling to mind the wicked stepmothers and dalmatian-hating glamazons that gave me nightmares as a child.

Cruella De Vil (“101 Dalmatians”):

The Stepmother/Lady Tremaine (“Cinderella”) and The Wicked Queen (“Snow White”):

Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”):

Definitely representative of the obstacles each Princess had to face, there is something intriguing about these villainous ladies, and, about the couture dresses Dior created.

I shall leave you with the words of brave little Sara Crewe (Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Little Princess”); “I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.”

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo

In Search of Chiffon-esque

19 Apr
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As promised, here are my fabulously floaty finds. Although chiffon is very expensive, I would say it is worth having one true chiffon piece in your wardrobe, whether it be a dress, a blouse, a shirt or even a scarf. The lightness of the fabric will never fail to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Feel free to pick up affordable chiffon-esque pieces when you find them though; I find that an abundance of frills makes up for the not-so-real fabric.
 
First up is a surprisingly summery top, which…as criminal as this may sound… I forgot I had. The pink is actually a bright bubblegum hue, which may not be to everyone’s liking, but suits me just fine.

 New Look, Summer 2010

As chiffon (or chiffon-esque as the case may be)  is such a light fabric, I tend to wear vest tops/tank tops underneath my blouses. I particularly love the affordability of H&M’s, which come in a range of colours and lengths. Recently, whilst in New York, I bought a yellow tank top form Forever 21, which had a cute ruffled detailing of the front, which makes a nice change from the constant stream of plain cut tops.

Next up are two tops I bought in the end of season sale last summer, and have lasted me from Autumn to Summer. The patterns are not very clear, and as they were the factors that appealed to me most, I have included close-ups. The blouses were a bargain at £2 each!
 
                    

 

   

 
Now, on the aforementioned trip to New York, I also bought a blouse and a dress from Forever 21.  The dress I wore to my 18th birthday dinner, and the blouse is being saved for its big reveal on Yearbook Picture Day.
 

As of March 2011: $15.80 from Forever 21

 

 

 
 
 
 
As of March 2011: £15.80 from Forever 21

 
 
The true chiffon in my wardrobe comes from these vintage scarves, and they also come in useful whenever the animal print trend pops up. As well as scarves, I have used them as belts, hair-ties, head-scarfs (with sunglasses in that style from the 60’s), and have even been known to reinvent a bag by tying one to its handles.

Really, anyone can wear a chiffon-esque item… all it takes is some style.

And, in the words of many a fashion icon; style is not what you wear… it’s how you wear it.

GirlStillSeekingShoe xoxo