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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

A few great shots of the beautiful Zooey Deschanel, which leaves me with a nostalgic feeling of seagulls, soft-serve ice-cream cones and carousels on pebbled beaches.  Hmm, I can almost smell the salty air.

Zooey Deschanel by Ellen von Unwerth

Swimwear Tips

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm

As promised, here are a few tips on finding the right swimsuit for you body shape:


Heavenly Hourglass

You lovelies with an hourglass figure can luckily pull off almost any bikini or swimsuit look.  Although you need to be careful of mixing and matching as that can result in a well-proportioned body looking disproportional.  If you are a skinny hourglass, you can wear the classic string bikini with no problems.  Your shape is the perfect shape to showcase pin-up style glamour!  Choose bandeau styles that will draw attention to your curves, but detract from your hips.  Be bold and opt for prints, colours and don’t forget to accessorise with heeled sandals and an Audrey Hepburn style hat.


Pretty Pear

This shape describes girls who are smaller on top and larger on the bottom.  Mix eye-catching print tops or ruffles to enhance the bust and solid bottoms to downplay your hips.  Use ruching to distract the eye from the waist.  Hide flaws and accentuate assets with a one-piece or bottoms with coverage.  Skip skimpy — go for wide bands to keep the look streamlined.


Awesome Athletic

Girls in this category are not very curvy, but you can create some curves with the right suit. Look for padded cups or bandeau tops to give the illusion of a fuller bust.  Go for feminine tops and bottoms with ruffles, sashes, ties and fringes to create extra curves.  If you prefer more coverage,  opt for a monokini or a belted bathing one-piece (also recommended for the Apple shape below).


Amazing Apple

With a larger upper body than lower body, these lovely ladies will want to minimize a wider midsection and for this one-piece suits are best.  V-cut and plunging necklines create the illusion of a narrow waist.  Look for suits made from lycra, spandex that smooth out and flatten the tummy and a breast-lifting, underwire bra.  Shirring at the waist helps with definition and makes hips look fuller, creating an even balance.  If you are going to opt for a bikini, choose a darker top to downplay your chest and upper body.


Precious Petite

Petite ladies may find that regular-sized, one-piece suits tend to bunch around the middle, so you may need to buy from an online petite store, or the easier option would be to purchase a two-piece.  Don’t overwhelm a delicate frame with oversize prints or straps.  A plunging neck or halter-neck elongates your upper body and high-cut bottoms make legs appear longer.  A padded top gives a little oomph – but don’t overdo it.  For your specific petite body shape, e.g. petite hourglass etc, refer to the tips above.


How’s them apples

For larger chested ladies, avoid string bikinis or ones that don’t allow enough coverage as these won’t offer you any support, opt for halter neck or under-wire tops – avoid strapless tops at all costs.  For the opposite end of the scale, ladies with smaller chests, there are plenty tops that have built-in padding, underwire and by choosing tops with pretty ruffles will instantly add volume.

Pop back in soon to see what the 2010 swimwear trend has in store for us!


Evolution Of The Swimsuit

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Predecessors of the bikini date back to Neolithic and ancient Greek and Roman times.  In fact, archeological finds show the Roman goddess Venus wearing a bikini.

In the Victorian era women who dared to swim went to crazy lengths to conceal themselves on the beach.  There was a contraption called the bathing machine, which was pretty much a wooden hut on wheels and was developed to conceal women swimmers from any prying eyes.   The women would enter the hut fully clothed and don their swimming clothes inside.   The hut would then be pulled either by horses or men to the edge of the sea where they would disembark and paddle close to the hut.  Ha, that’s just lazy isn’t it!

Good thing they got away from those prying eyes!

The groundwork for the modern bikini began in 1907, when Australian swimmer and performer, Annette Kellerman was arrested on a Boston beach for wearing a form-fitting one-piece swimsuit, which became an accepted beach attire for women by 1910.  In 1913, inspired by the introduction of women into Olympic swimming, the first functional two-piece swimwear was made, a close-fitting one-piece with shorts on the bottom and short sleeves on top.

Feisty Annette Kellerman being arrested for indecent exposure, along with friend in Boston

A city official making sure suits were no more than 6 inches above the knee

By the 1930’s, necklines plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away.  Hollywood endorsed the new glamour with film stars wearing provocatively named costumes such as “Double Entendre” and “Honey Child”. With new materials like latex and nylon, by 1934 the swimsuit started hugging the body and had shoulder straps to lower for tanning.

Film star, Esther Williams

While two-piece bathing suits had been worn on the beach before, the modern bikini was invented by French engineer Louis Reard in 1946. He named it after Bikini Atoll, the site of nuclear weapon tests in July that year.  He said that the excitement of his new creation would be just like a nuclear explosion!


A teenage Brigitte Bardot on Cannes beachfront

Interesting stuff hmm!

Today we have all sorts of swimsuits to choose from – one pieces, bikinis, one shoulders, tankinis, monokinis, thongs and even burqini’s worn by Muslim women.  With all the choice and with all the different trends, it can get confusing to choose the right bathing suit for you (and horrifying at the thought of bearing your lily white skin and possibly blinding the person next to you in the park who’s about to tuck into their first picnic of the year)!  However, it’s essential to find one that flatters your body and keeps you feeling confident (and brave) throughout the summer.

Pop back in soon for tips on swimwear for different body shapes!

Ready (and waiting) for the Summer!

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Well, if you also live in the UK then you will be feeling the same as me.  Praying for a solid block of sunshine preferably on a weekend so you can top up a little on that thing called ‘skin colour’.  However, we’ll take what we can get – getting a skirt tan in the park during lunch isn’t so bad is it!?!

Around this time of year, everyone’s focus turns to finding the perfect bikini and the high street stores don’t make the decision easy.  It’s hard not to walk out with at least 3 items of swimwear because of too much choice and the fact that you’ve convinced yourself that you are ‘definitely’ going to get a chance to wear them this year along with the other 20 in your wardrobe.

Well, I have an excuse this year!  I will be jetting off to Sardinia with the girls for a few days of horizontal sun worshipping, sipping on sun downers and sampling delicious sea food.  Surely that calls for a new bikini.

Over the next few days I will be posting lots and lots of interesting bits and bobs about swimwear, so keep checking in to see what’s new.

For now, have a peek at the Tavik Swimwear Summer 2010 collection which pays tribute to all things rock n roll. Acid wash pieces and some classic Americana, the collection takes its influence from rock legends like Poison, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses.  Love it!

http://tavikswimwear.com/collection

Pic of the week

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Everything about this shot is just dripping with ATTITUDE – love it!

Now to find me some of those sandals…

Vlada Roslyakova / Harper’s Bazaar Spain, April 2010

Ode to Alexander McQueen

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I stumbled across a few McQueen images I have been filing for a wee while and felt I should submit a little ode to a highly respected and ridiculously creative designer that left this world far too early.

Four weeks after the designer’s death, the collection Alexander McQueen had been working on was finally unveiled. It was a hauntingly beautiful display that fitted the sombre mood.  The  collection was truly spectacular with every piece cut on the stand by McQueen.

The collection was inspired by Medieval art, Hieronymus Bosch being one of them.  There were references of angels and religious icons, with models in banded up heads (some with mohawk-like feathers) in pale, nude faces similar to Madonnas and Byzantine royals.  Dark Age cape-like coats and tapestry bodices in a palette that strayed from the rich and decadent to the purest of whites and greys.

This was the last ever collection by Lee Alexander McQueen, and what a breathtakingly bittersweet one it is.

Some pieces from the last collection:


A few highlights from McQueen’s previous collections:

McQueen for Givenchy’s Fall/Winter 1998


Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2006/07


McQueen’s Spring/Summer Collection 2008


Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2009


Alexander McQueen Spring 2010


A few McQueen items on my wish list:

Python Knuckle Duster Clutch

Peplum dress

Military Rose Degrade Dress

Titanic Ballerina Shoe

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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Wardrobe Diary – Monday 10th May 2010

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Today my outfit was inspired by a picture I spotted of Sophie Ellis-Bexter on the weekend.  I absolutely adore her playful feminine style and vibrant colour combinations.  I worked my outfit around my yellow chiffon blouse, adding a waist-high denim skirt and multi coloured platforms.  The blouse picked up the colour in my shoes as did the lick of red nail polish on my finger and toetsie nails.  I accessorised very simply with a gold ring my mother dearest gave to me.  If I was wearing this outfit from day into the evening I would spruce the outfit up by wearing a red waist belt and a splash of red lip gloss.

Yellow Blouse – Miss Selfridge / Skirt – Oasis / Shoes – Faith

[photos by the lovely Chantal Vorres]

Saddle Up!

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Whether you have an affinity to Belle Starr the bandit queen, or your spirit name is Little Paw, the Cowboys and Indian trend is back.  High street stores are stocking up in denim, chequer patterns, leather, suede and tassels galore!   For the freshest cowgirl look, keep it simple with a denim dress or skirt and white t-shirt/vest.  Finish off with tan/chocolate cowboy boots or chunky heels and a few gold accessories.  For a more modern demure Pocahontas look, a shift dress combined with a pair of  tassled wedges, leather belt, tassled bag, silver and turquoise jewellery.

If you fancy playing the part, minus the gun slinging, axe throwing and tumbleweed, have a look at these recent D&G ads for some inspiration.


Here are a few high street bits to get you started:

Open Weave Cowboy Hat / Topshop / £22


Denim Boobtube Dress / Miss Selfridge / £45


Rhino – Tan / Faith / £60 (on sale from £120 currently!)


Bleach Denim Frill Shirt / Dorothy Perkins / £10


Gingham Bat Wing Shirt / Quicksilver / £50


Short Dungarees / Uniqlo / £29.99


Tan Lace Peep Toe Shoe Boot / Miss Selfridge / £45


Embellished Dress / Warehouse / £55

Feather Earrings / Topshop / £16

Jenna Bangles / Accessorize / £14


Bear Wolf – Brown Leather / Office / £95


Nude Chain Leather X Body / Everystyle.co.uk / £25


Indigo Spotted Denim Tie Shirt / Miss Selfridge / £30


Hook Front Leather Belt / Asos / £25


Denim Ra Ra Skirt / Topshop / £30


Real High Platform – Red Gingham / Office / £20

Wardrobe Diary – Friday 30th April

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

My ‘city chic’ outfit today was built around a pair of juicy sky-scrapers.  I absolutely love how the colours pop out against the neutral dark tan.  I teamed this up with black jeggings, a citrus yellow silk blouse and a grey three-quarter rouched sleeve blazer.  I accessorised with a dark tan belt, a simple silver bangle and silver ring.  The citrus blouse and dark tan belt pick up the colours in the heels whereas the grey blazer and silver jewellery tone the colours down to create a balance.

Blazer – New Look / Jeggings – New Look / Blouse – Lipsy / Heels – Office / Belt – H&M / Bangle – Oasis

[Photos by lovely Marie Grant]

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