Sunday, January 27, 2013

Simple Styling Sundays: Faking Couture



chanel couture ss'13

dior couture ss'13

giambattista valli couture ss'13

jean paul gaultier couture ss'13

armani prive couture ss'13

What exactly is couture? By definition, 'couture' means: "high dressmaking" i.e. custom fitted tailoring for a specific customer that involves very detailed hand-executed techniques and expensive fabrics. More recently, couture has been confused with prêt-à-porter which is actually ready to wear. Many/most couture houses have a RTW line, possibly because it's more profitable. Some probably produce a RTW line to fund their couture line. Way back when, Couture was/(still is?) reserved for celebrities and society's elite where fashion houses custom fit special items just for them. The only thing is, these days I feel that the expanse of high-fashion RTW lines and fast-fashion really blurs the line between what is considered couture and what isn't. If you think about it, couture is meant to be selective. But take a look at my favorite couture looks above, with fast fashion power brands like Zara that takes 2 weeks to copy and produce a runway look, you can certainly emulate some of the seen above. So then, is couture really still that selective if we can all get our hands on look-alikes? In a literal sense, yes...our off the hanger pieces don't come with personal tailoring sessions. What if we take our RTW to tailors and then get them custom fitted? Can we call it couture? I know Paris has all these rules blah blah blah about what is considered Haute Couture and what isn't, buuuuuttttt I'm starting to see the gap between high fashion and every day consumers close more and more. The world is getting smaller, so let me help you get started on your 'couture' closet:

details at polyvore

These pieces are off the hanger, so paying attention to fit is really important (always important, but verrry important here!). My idea of high-fashion couture-like pieces includes things with sheen, made of silks or laces, intricate beading, sheers and chiffons. Be adventurous and try pairing fitted trousers under sweeping dresses, lace bodices with silk jackets, or place a chiffon skirt under a dress to add volume!

Enjoy :)

--Christine

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simple Styling Sundays: The New Denim Jacket

details at polyvore

Surely by now, you've seen the comeback of the denim jacket. Some of you might have been eager to pull your jacket out of the dusty corners of your high school closet, while others might have cringed with memories of the over perfumed hollister phase we shamefully admit to. The truth is, the past few years, denim has been coming back in other cooler ways than the jacket. And of course, how can we forget our beloved chambray/denim shirts--our newest best friend in layering? When I started to see the denim jacket coming back, I at first cringed with memories of middle school, but then started to see an opportunity arise. Instead of making the denim jacket a focal point in our outfits, why don't we just treat it as another layering piece like our chambray shirts? It is winter, we can do with warmer layers, and there is something about those big metal buttons that my chambray shirt just can't always suffice. So here it is, a new way to wear your old denim jacket--under another jacket. Make sure to not wear denim on the bottom, avoid your matchy matchy urge. Accessorize with simple and sleek accessories to avoid association with the 80's and 90's. And as always....

Enjoy!

--Christine    


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Simple Styling Sundays: Let's try something new

I love trying something new, and half way through the first month of 2013, I'm ready for an update to my everyday makeup routine. The FW'12 runways provided some serious inspiration, so I'm drawn to all these beauty trends while the weather is still chilly. 

Roberto Cavalli: color block shadow
Who says color blocking is only for below the chin? Color blocking shadow is playful for nighttime or very bold for day. I think finding the right color palette will prove to be a challenge, but once I can get over the 'I look like a clown' hurdle, this fall/winter trend will quickly become a party look favorite. 

Derek Lam: sketched on lashes
The lashes are very doll-like, however they are sketched on the exact right amount. Is it me, or do those lashes look like they can be real? Kind of? Mascara on my bottom lashes never really work out for me, but I'd love to perfect this look on my own and get some doll-like eyes going. 

Bottega Veneta: contour eye shadow and bold lips 
I love the fact that a nighttime look can involve no eyeliner. I'm in love with my eyeliner, but I'd give it up for a night to try this sophisticated and elegant look. The bold lips draws enough attention and makes up what's missing--a true testament to less is more.

Alberta Ferretti: nude and clean
To master the 'barely there' look is actually a lot of work, but there's a reason why we constantly revisit the fresh complexion. It probably has to do with wanting to look and stay young, but Ferretti's strict and clean part brings sophistication and maturity to this heavily recycled beauty trend.  

Altuzarra: double eyeliner
With a simple lip, double eyeliner is the perfect amount of dramatic. I, myself, am an avid cat eyeliner girl who rocks the same makeup routine every day and night. I'd love to double my fun, but will beware of looking costume-like.   

All images from Elle.com





Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Popcorn



Ingredients 
--1 bag of popcorn (I recommend a salty popcorn to compliment the chocolate)
--handful of chocolate chips (I used semisweet, and you don't need too many)
--1 candy cane
--1 tsp of water

Instructions
--Place popcorn in microwave and cook, once finished take out and place popcorn on a tray to cool
--Fill a small pot half way with water and set to boil
--Put chocolate chips in a bowl that will fit inside your pot, once water starts to boil place bowl on top of pot
--Crush the candy cane finely while the chocolate melts (I used the bottom of a mug to do the crushing)
--Chocolate should pretty much melt within two minutes, use a whisk to stir around until chocolate is very smooth (chocolate should be ready within 5 minutes)
-After chocolate is fully melted, take off stove and add 1 tsp of water to thin for drizzling
--Use whisk to drizzle all over popcorn until desired amount
--Drizzle peppermint all over popcorn and chocolate until desired amount
--Place tray in refrigerator to harden chocolate (approx. 1 hr) 






It's super easy to make with a sweet and salty finish. You can garnish with any type of candy or even chopped nuts, but I really like the hint of peppermint in every bite. It's the best way to use up your left over holiday candy. If you've gone on a diet or New Year cleanse, then this snack is very light and won't make you feel guilty :)

Enjoy!
--Christine






Thursday, January 3, 2013

Holiday Style







christmas + new years...wishing well for 2013!