Saturday, 29 January 2011
Followed by gorgeous Tea, in an amazing black cauldron tea pot, rainbow coloured sandwiches, traditional English scones with clotted cream, and a selection of desirable cakes, the heart shaped chocolate mousse was lush...
Finishing off we had some ice cream lolly pops to which which exploded in your mouth, hot and cold lollies to which each side you tasted you got a different sensation, and an amazing potion in a brown glass bottle which had 3 different tastes to each sip.... Crazy stuff... Heston Blumenthal would of been proud!
The tea is served in the Hotel's Courtyard and presented on pretty vintage ClaraBows cutlery,
a definite afternoon treat if you are ever in London, especially after a day of shopping,
some of the girls even see Nelly "It's getting Hot in here...." sitting having a cocktail at the bar... I visited the Mondrian in LA last year and you can really see a similarity of decoration within the chain of hotels, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and I hope Charlotte did too! x
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Start off small, add hints of colour into your jewellery, hats, belts and shoes- even on your nails or on your lips... Work it with your neutral attires, maybe with your black fitted skirt, or white shirt... (You will be the hit of the office I promise...)
Once you become confident, get cracking on strutting your stuff in bright Dresses, and fitted Satin Capri's, block colour your brights, layer your dresses over with a pink mac... I dare you...
Check out some of my favourite Neon brights I have found-
Baby your a FIREWORK! I love Katy Perry- A great inspiration for all things Bright and Neon... and if your feeling daring, latex- A wadrobe alternative maybe?...
Katy Perry with Neon Bright Purple and Blue her... (Celebrity Crush alert!)
Monsoon Clutch £25 (Love this)
Aurelie Bidermann Mother of Pearl Bracelet £75 at Netaporter.
Makeup found @ Asos.com (I love this colour)
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Kimono - A Japanese traditional T Shaped straight lined robe, wrapped around the body (always with the left hand side over the right) and secured with an Obi (Sash) which is tied at the back.
After searching for for Kimono's on the web this week, I came across this amazing website with the greatest selection of Kimono's I have ever seen, they have a section on how to fold them which is absolutely fascinating...the amount of folds is mind blowing....
I am on a hunt to find a plain black kimono to wear around the house, a kind of "Carrie Bradshaw" look for getting ready before a night out, the silk just adds such glamour, definitely what you want wrapped around you whilst putting on your makeup....These Kimono's are utterly stunning and having looked more in depth at the pure beauty of them, I am seriously considering teaming with a pair of gorgeous heels, and heading out on the town....
Check out the gorgeous selection of Kimono's, Obi's and Haoris's on the website below!
Friday, 21 January 2011
Monday, 17 January 2011
After seeing this film last year, only by randomly picking it up in HMV after being attracted to the front cover, browsing the "T" files, I was addicted to the character Alabama played by Patrica Arquette; in her hot pink leopard leggings, blue wayfarers and striking blonde hair, instantly I wanted to look like her.
One for the look book- I'll be channelling this look into my casual lounge wear this Spring, even the blue patent belt is bang on trend for the Summer '11. Ditch the rule book for once, and live a little... 'Alabama Style'... Everyone needs a bit of pink leopard print in their lives...
I found this on my searches for some inspired Leopard print! Oh hello!.... I like this...
A|Wear Play suit £35
Check out my blog post for some more legging inspiration.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
So what is "Personal Style?"
Here is my take on what I believe Personal Style is...
Do you know when you wake up in the morning and something clicks, or your walking along the street and you instantly remember an old jumper that you had from 5 years ago, bought for £5 and threw to the back of your wardrobe... Well wear them with them new black skinny Capri's, an old vintage neck scarf, worn to your personal taste, add some sparkly costume jewelery and wala... you have just cracked it.
Personal style is a way of putting yourself together that allows your own personal choices and tastes to reveal their self, Influences from what inspires you, being your lifestyle and various historical inspirations.
Many people in today's world conform to the majority when it comes to "Fashion" which I stress with the most importance is quite different from having "Style". Fashion comes and goes, can be thrown away or be high end designer, its something that becomes a "hype" one minute and a "miss" the next, think top designer bags that are bang on trend for spring '11being the material or the colour that's fashionable, by Winter '11 its become"old fashioned." Compare this to a Classic tote in a neutral colour, even 15 years down the line, it's still as fresh in style as the day bought; for instance The Classic Chanel 2.55, still as utterly inspiring now as it was in 1955.
It seems like in today's world, our main source of inspiration for our personal style is from magazines and celebrities, which portrays a one way approach to what we should be wearing, as a result everyone looks the same. The amount of people I have seen wearing the "Velvet Jumpsuit" - I love velvet and I love jumpsuits, just give this to me in 5 years time when it's not on every fashion store floor, being abused by fashion addicts in a state of hysteria, If you have ever been into Oxford Street's top fashion store on a Saturday lunch time, you will know the fashion frenzy types.
So the next time you think about what to purchase from the next magazine you buy, think... "Am I buying this to follow the fashion trend, or am I buying this because it reflects my own personal style."
"Self confidence, is a feeling of bliss, from the moment you walk out the front door, and you know you look great, even before anyone says you do, and if said otherwise, you wouldn't even care" So next time you think "What shall I wear?!" think twice before heading the the high street, there may be something very special lurking in your wardrobe...
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Top Picks from Urban Outfitter Winter Sale
Pins & Needles Chiffon Button Tunic Was £45 now £30.
This tunic is right on trend for Spring/Summer '11 and its now in the sale!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
"if I had a penny for everyone that wanted Vamp, I'd be rich. It's literally flying out of the store. In my 11 years with Chanel, I've never seen anything like this." Chanel rep Judy Biasalli
Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, the wife of mob kingpin Marsellus. With a passion for dance, and with a cigarette between her fingers and drink vanilla shake, Mia’s look was based on the Danish actress Anna Karina, who possessed an equal dark bob and sultriness. When women saw Wallace’s short dark nails, a new trend was born. It became almost impossible to find the famous hue, Chanel Rouge Noir nail vanish was an instant sell out.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
I tend to get a bit carried away when creating a look on a client, I often disregard the appropriate look and spin into my own little world where my creative side takes over... with a lot of glitter. I wear majority black clothing, so wearing bold bright colours come second nature to me... I can see why others may tend to keep away from me and my makeup brush...
Here is one of my first looks I created on my good friend Samantha. I think she looks beautiful, the colour on the eyes mirrors well with the fuchsia pink lipstick.
I love the Turquoise blue on Sam's lovely blue eyes, Spring '11 is all about intense blue splashes in clothing, based on that I thought to bring it to the face. I added some loose glitter onto the eyes, which in fairness looking back I could have improved in certain areas. I did some corrective work on the bottom lip to give a more fuller look to match the top.
I used a Terry Foundation from Space NK which glided on Sam's face beautifully, I then used a small amount of Concealer (from my kit) to conceal the small area of dark circle around Sam's eyes. I Fished the eyeshadow of which was one by H&M called "Turquoise", then defined the lower lid with Mac "So There Jade" eye crayon.
I used Illamasqua "Eye Brow Cake" to define Sam's already perfectly groomed eyebrow's.
I finished with lining the lip with a darker shade of lip liner (from my kit) and finished the lips with Illamasqua "Welt" lipstick.
A tad of blusher (from kit) and Wala!
The gorgeous Ballerina braid spotted at Erdem
Wrapped around the head, Milk maid plaits, messy braids, braids are back! Team with added embellished hair accessories, for a girly glitzy spin! Braids are here for 2011!
The La Pliage bag by Eres for Longchamp, a thank you in return from Eres for designing a capsule line of bikinis. I am a huge fan of the La Pliage bag, My every day army green has my life in it!
I couldn't wait to get a glimpse of the new design!
These bags are available at Selfridges.
Monday, 10 January 2011
My first favorite of 2011!
Friday, 7 January 2011
So I had a thought today, "If we don’t ask we don’t get". Some how this phase makes me quite angry; why do we have to ask and be forward and pushy to get anything in life? What happened to the days when all you had to do was be determined and kind, maybe this was never the case…? I don’t know?
Recently, all I have seen is people transform, change from being trustworthy, to something quite different, and people say money is the route of all evil, funnily enough; this saying couldn’t be anymore true. This questions the want and need for all those materialistic things we desire; when one person gets something… another has to do one better. It’s not the want to have something longed for; it’s the want to be the best.
The sad thing is, and some may differ, and in a number of cases this is totally irrelevant; this is drilled into our heads from a very young age, from TV, Magazines and peer pressure, the days I sit gazing online designer stores, looking at 500 pound shoes… why is this? Is it I am attracted to the shoe, the wrapping, or just the want for people to go WOW she has Giuseppe Zanotti heels, that’s something I ask myself daily, but deep down there is a want to for that response, there must be?
I woke up this morning with a whole new view on life, (sounds incredibly cheesy, I do admit) but I did, and for that, I have added to my Resolution’s of 2011- to become less materialistic. Confession of a want-a-holic, the type that doesn’t buy but actually spends her life wanting, and driving her self utter mad to get. Is this just me?
Lauriella will live on… but only online.