It’s that limbo time of year; Christmas is over, yet you are still trying to hang on to it and taking down the tree is almost blasphemy. Some are back at work, whilst others are treating shopping like an olympic sport. And then there’s me. Still trying to take some time off, but finding it mostly uncomfortable.
It has been a really manic, yet amazing year and so here are some of my favourite posts of 2011…
Androgyny: A Fashion Moment An (Un)Pretty Picture
Hair Meets Wardrobe Take Me Dancing (First Edit)
Rumours Retro Romance
Just As Free As Her Hair Who Run The World? Girls! Really?
Swing Back To The Future Get Violent!
We are on the cusp of a new year, and the term new year’s resolutions keep popping up everywhere. I have to admit that I never make any, only due to the fact that I know whatever rule or aim I set, I’m likely to disappoint myself, however I feel as though this approaching year might be different. Here are my resolutions…
1. Thou shall bake more.
2. Thou shall watch more old films.
3. Thou shall buy other colours other than black.
4. Thou shall not buy any more books until the unread pile starts to diminish.
5. Thou shall learn and experiment with hairstyles!
6. Thou shall master the perfect feline flick with liquid liner.
7. Thou shall go to more gigs.
8. Thou shall write more short stories.
9. Thou shall buy more investment pieces.
10. Thou shall find a way to save and get myself to NYC!
What are your resolutions?
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have a great night and a wonderful start to 2012!
I am a victim of fashion and an addict to all things creative. I truly believe that outfits are alive and they express to the world, or street your strutting down, your state of mind. As the new Mens Fashion Editor I want to show you my style, so here is my edit if the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalk shows and also a little bit off the highstreet.
A seductive detective. The mix of leather denim and suede compliment each other so well. These are all very smart looks without being too “formal” and the hats are such a sick finish. The outfit on the right is my favourite.
I recently stumbled across Rag & Bone and automatically fell in love. I love the mix of tailored plaid and rustic-look leather – a wicked juxtaposition. The fit of these trousers give such amazing movement. As much as I love the silhouette that slim fitted trousers give, they do lack movement.
This is one of my favourite collections from Autumn/Winter 2011. The clean lines and dramatic cuts make such a bold and chic collection. I would love to rock the grey outfit on the left to lectures at University, or something like that.
I couldn’t not make my first post on Notes On Allure with out mentioning one of my biggest obsessions in the fashion industry. When it comes to Alexander McQueen my knees go weak and my heart starts to pound. There’s something about the clothes that give off such an attitude.
To have great style doesn’t mean you have to spend a great deal of money. High street clothing can be as equally effective in giving off the look you want. Here I have chosen items from high-street stores. The coat and corduroys from Topman, shirt from Allsaints, hat and jumper from River Island and the shoes are Kurt Geiger.
Willow Smith’s new song is a little repetitive, to say the least. I still forget how young she is. Maybe when she is a little older and lets just say, has experienced a bit more of what life has to offer, her songs might have a bit more depth. But what really upsets me about this song is Nicki Minaj and her featuring credits. Really Nicki?! You do not have to rap on a ten-year olds song to get more fans. We love you already. And don’t get me started on the outfit.
Have a look at the song and let me know what you think of Willow ‘tooting her own horn.” Her words, not mine.
London has Bond Street. New York has Madison Avenue. Paris has Avenue Montaigne. Now the web has Avenue 32
Avenue 32 is the new online shopping experience that launched today! The luxury e-retailer has launched with over 40 hand selected high-end designers. The product mix will include women’s RTW, accessories, jewellery and gifts.
Check out the very chic animation!
The website itself is very clean and smart and managed to distract me for most of this evening. I am already lusting after a Lizzy Disney Loop bag, as well as a Bex Rox Suede Cuff.
The site is the culmination of founder Roberta Benteler’s expertise in business strategy and finance, love of fashion, and interest in emerging technology with Erin Mullaney, previously Buying Director at Browns, as the Fashion & Brand Director. What a fash-team!
I’m sure to be browsing through their pages and throwing some Christmas money their way soon.
Although I may be wishing the cold away and browsing the spring/summer 2012 collections is a lovely way to dream, the pre fall collections have come too soon, well in my eyes. I’m still cold from this year’s winter! But how could I not fall in love with some of the fabulous creations. Autumn, not fall, is my favourite time of year when it comes to fashion.
Here is my edit of the collections to note…
Preppy girl meets boy. Clean lines and neutral colours bring these varying silhouettes to everyday fashion. I want the entire collection for when I make office appearances.
Of course I had to mention Karl’s latest voyage to India – although he has stated not actually visiting the country, “India is to me an idea, I know nothing of the reality,”(Fatale Fashion Youtube Channel). Don’t you just love his poetic licence. I was not overly impressed by the clothes, what stood out for me, was the beauty. Mixing boho with Bollywood works so well here. The dreadlock-dos and the Indian jewels – genius!
I love the mix of textures in this collection – a true demonstration of the brand’s style. The maxi stripe skirt with the season’s token leather jacket is my favourite ensemble. The tie-dye head scarves and cuffs on each wrist top the looks off perfectly. An everyday kind of collection for my inner rock chick.
The prettier of my chosen collections. Thakoon shows a playful, cutesy girl how to rock the mundane. Taking elements of the basics and giving them a metaphorical frill around the edges.
Which of these collections is your favourite?
Notes On Allure has grown over the last few months and I have enjoyed watching my online space become a place where I can discuss, create and publish all the fashionable, musical and sometimes strange things that I discover. I have let down my creative writing when it comes to this online world of mine, but I have the chance every now and then to infuse my train-of-thought style into short snappy pieces that somehow fit into this, what seems to be now, fashion and lifestyle blog.
I have been asked a few times recently how I came about blogging, and especially how I ended up writing about fashion and beauty, so let me tell you a little secret dear readers – Google analytics tells me most of you are from the UK, but they are a few from all over the world, 2% in Russia, Zdravstvuj to you – I am not entirely sure. When I was at university I started up two blogs simultaneously. One was my cultural voice and the other was pure escapism, a place to publish my fictional imagination. In February this year I merged them into Notes On Allure and began reviewing beauty products and commenting on fashion. That’s where my fashionable mind lies; I am not a trend forecaster, I find it hard to get my head around working 6 months in advance like I had to do with long leads whilst in PR. I started this blog as a place to put all my thoughts in one place. I have one of those annoying minds, that never slows down or stops thinking of new ways to describe the mundane, and somehow – possibly due to my current masters degree – the majority of posts end up being about designers and style or the way to mix them with the music that fills my ears. I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine yesterday, a young guy who also wants to write, and will make a great writer one day, discussing the flakiness of the fashion publishing industry. He works alongside the industry and sees how it is run from the inside out, so has many thoughts and opinions on the people who work in and also those who think they run it. I love our chats about this because as a blogger you can be seen as an outsider to this world. A person so independent from it, that to wish to be part of it almost makes your blog obsolete.
But writing was always my main goal. I know there isn’t many fashion writers that get onto the bestsellers list for fiction, but it would be nice if it happened. Don’t you think? Wouldn’t it also be nice to read pieces about next seasons runway shows written by Haruki Murakami, Jeffery Eugenides or the late J. G. Ballard. Only me? My mind wonders. So this is my point, if you didn’t quite get it yet, fashion and beauty may seem fickle to some of you out there, and Notes On Allure may seem to be targeting mostly females now, but I assure you this will change very soon as I will be welcoming a male fashion editor in the next few weeks, however there are some amazing beauty and fashion writers out there who tackle current trends and products with such intelligence and wit like Eva Wisemen, Sali Hughes and Joanna McGarry, that why couldn’t they write a stimulating piece of fiction. And for those of you still a little slow on the uptake, I want to be one of those writers.
Yesterday was the Stylistpick Blogger Sample Sale at Talk PR headquarters. Everyone was really friendly and accommodating, offering mince pies (if only I actually liked mince pies), but of course the best bit was that I bagged myself some amazing bargains!
I’ve always wanted a pair of Leopard Print Ankle Boots, but could never find ones I liked, but I saw them as soon as I walked into the showroom and swiped them before any one else could – especially since nearly everything was sample size 7, and I’m a 3. I do not usually wear flats, but these Pony Hair Ballet Shoes were so cute and soft, I can make my feet adjust I’m sure. Going with the soft-to-touch theme I also bagged myself this Black Faux Fur Tote. It’s big, it’s cuddly, it’s now mine.
Last week I was asked to participate in a photoshoot to celebrate Violent Lip’s launch into Boots nationwide. It was really fun and I got to feel very pampered and awkward, all at the same time. Take a look at the video below featuring moi, and four other fabulous bloggers.
The lips that I chose to wear in the shoot are called Red Gliteratti. They fit all pout sizes as they can be cut down, and stuck on the same way as those fake tattoo transfers from when you were little. Once I get the application down, expect to see me strutting around in the pink (Coral Giraffe) option.
Here are some images from the shoot…
Violent Lips are available in Boots for £7.99 per pack, just in time for party season!
Make Up: Chantelle James, Mac Cosmetics
Images: Priya Sonn
My friend showed me this band the other day and I fell in love. I just had to share that love.
Snarky Puppy are a Brooklyn based instrumental band consisting of a collective of 30 musicians, led by bassist, composer and producer Michael League. They are chilled, yet still have an up-beat funky groove. I love how this song in particular ebs and flows. Watch out for the bass solo at 7.58 minutes – genius!
What do you all think? Is it your kind of thing?
I’m a big sucker for Christmas. Always have been. I’m the kind of twenty-something that still wakes up at six and turns the clocks forward to wake up everyone and open presents – its only ever worked once. Love Actually and Home Alone get me in the Christmas mood and I’m saving four hours on Sunday especially for them. But when it comes to Christmas songs, I have my favourites and all the other crap should literally never be played. Ever. And then there’s the Christmas albums that already over-played pop stars decide to throw together, (Justin Bieber, I’m talking about you) that ultimately always suck. However Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas circa 1994 will always have a special place in my heart. Before I ramble on too much about what is acceptable and not in terms of Christmas, She & Him have released A Very She & Him Christmas! I love their retro sound and so I am praying Santa will by it for me, as I think it will be perfect for me and Mr Allure’s first Christmas morning in our own home. Hint Hint.
A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him £7.99
I’ve even provided the link to amazon. Come on Santa, you know what to do next.