Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Today I'm wearing... barely there

One of my favourite looks at the moment is Spring's nude-glam.  The trick to making this trend work is wearing nude on nude, head to toe.  Play with shine and lace to add texture to what could otherwise be a flat look.  I love this fresh and feminine take on the palette.  

Pleats in Paris
The shimmer skirt, the shoes, the sunnies, the envelope clutch... she nailed this one....

Miss Moss.  On trend as per usual.

Lace shorts were all over London and Paris high-streets this week whilst I was traveling!

Paris fashion week streets


My attempt at the look included a play on sheer and sparkle.

Sheer shirt - Topshop; Bralet - Forever 21; Sequin skirt - Bershka; Neckpiece - Forever 21; Shoes - A little shop in Florence

Proof of love in Paris... 20 April

These are some snaps I took whilst walking the streets of Paris.  Please note this is just one afternoon's worth of pics!  Evidence that this is still definitely the city of love...

Walking the Rue de Rivoli...

Tell me this doesn't give you the warm fuzzy feeling...

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Today I'm wearing... To dye for

A trend literally seeping through from last summer into this winter season is the ombre effect.  It's there in hair trends, fashion and even cooking and decor!

 Across the catwalks and high streets, garments have been dip-dyed to achieve a graduation of colour.

Anne Valerie Hash, Paris

Cernei, London

Both above Colette Dinnigan

Fam Irvoll, London

Jonathan Cohen, New York 
House of Evolution, London

This on-trend effect is actually really easy to achieve and all you need is a little dye to give any cobwebs in your cupboard a bit of a face-lift!

 Step 1:  An item of clothing with potential...

Step 2: Thoroughly rinse garment and allow to soak

 Step 3:  Mix your dye powder with water into a paste

 Step 4: Dissolve your paste in about 1/2l of boiling water and stir

Step 5: Dissolve 2 heaped tablespoons of salt in boiling water and add to dye solution and mix

 Step 6:  Add cold water and bring to boil

 Step 7: Submerge your garment!  I wanted to create an extreme ombre effect and so left the bottom of my dress to soak and then quickly dipped it in a little further.

 Step 8: rinse in cold water till the water runs clear.  Allow garment to dry and add fixative.  And there you have it!  Easy peasy!

 My take on the ombre trend...