Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Aren't we all guilty of voyeurism? Reality tv shows, browsing other people's happy snaps, and of course reading blogs! Are all symptoms of our voyeuristic nature. For the fashion obsessed however, voyeurism comes in the form of Who Wore What When?
Don't pictures of celebrities in fashionable outfits thrill us to no end? The impeccable mix and mash of textures and colours and that attitude to match, simply irresistable. The icons of our fashion voyeuristic nature has to be the Olsen twins. After all, this was how they were recognised far beyond their numerous tween roles and have now been elevated to style divas nature.
Of course, it isn't that often that we really get to see uber fashionable style on celebs and to satisfy our cravings, many who are in the know turn to our alternatives. Like The Sartorialist, Facehunter etc..., hell, even chic looking stylish people are worth looking at.
However, while these 2 may be all the rage, I personally subscribe to another. Chictopia.
Chictopia is way underrated for its absolute treasure trove of baubles it hides and compared to the overly high fashion (read:couture) looks that The Sartorialist captures, I prefer the younger,chic set, with styles that suit my age and my wallet.
Chictopia is not monopolized by a single lensman as the rest are. Instead, it is like a fashionified version of Facebook, where all-too-cool girls post up (almost) daily pictures of themselves in outfits, for the Chictopians to rate.
I have been blown away by the sheer chicness of the Chictopians as the girls (and some guys) can always be counted upon to ooze fashion out of their every pore, if in only the way they pose. But this is rare. Of the many chictopians I've seen, most are experts in dressing well and posing great and have that certain aura about them that screams they care more about getting great bargains (aka, Target, H&M, thrift stores, etc...) and looking fabulously chic rather than caring where the labels on their impeccably dressed bods come from. Unlike some we know, who have ZERO ounces of style but yet tries to pretend that labels maketh the woman. Pfft!
Before I sign off, I thought I'd share with you my inspiration of the day - nothing to do with outfit choice, but what ran through my mind as I browsed every look.
"Fashion is simply a state of mind, its either you believe that you are chic in whatever you happen to be wearing, or you don't. And that can turn the ugliest outfit into the hippest and coolest, or vice versa."
I'm right, no?
Posted by ms_sparkles at 6:19 AM
Friday, October 3, 2008
Isn't celebrity style watching such a guilty indulgence? Celebs stepping out of their homes in high fashion, sometimes making it, sometimes not so much. But celebrity style watch has always been one of my favorite ways to while away a day, seeing how these celebrities wear their Chanel and their Jimmy Choos. And especially for certain celebrities, their style is all the more fascinating, how their eye for fashion really stands out and most importantly, it makes hoards of fashion-crazed fans want to emulate that look.
Today, our style star is Lauren Conrad, and saying that she has great style is not surprising to most, because of her internship at Teen Vogue (as seen on The Hills) and her clothing line. It's not just that she has a great eye for what looks good on her but that she can match her clothes so well. For example, that beige cropped jacket on her black dress with the lovely tulip skirt is just amazing. The dress by itself would be pretty but perhaps a little shy of plain. But together, its perfect. That cropped jacket just makes her waist look daintily tiny. How cute!
Lauren Conrad, you're a star in my style books!
Posted by ms_sparkles at 8:57 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It's that time of the trend again. It's the time when a certain new trend appears that receives, well, quite a lot of talk. Trends that may seem cool and en vogue for some, but rubbish and plain wrong for others. There's usually two clear cut camps for this, you're either for or against it.
As seen from these pictures, apparently, the fashion-savvy set celebrities in Hollywood are clearly loving it. These celebrities are the ones that fashionistas all over the globe worship, for their impeccable sense of style and that oh-so-enviable attitude to carry it off. The Olsen sisters, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Rachel Bilson..., these are those girls who are never seen less than gorgeous outside, and who possess their own style personality, able to turn any outfit into their own.
So by the looks of it, shouldn't we be dashing to the stores to grab a few of these?
Not necessarily. Take heed. These are LEATHER leggings. Leather, especially to us girls in warmer weather, is practically a foreign term. No one can dream of walking down the streets in a leather jacket, no matter how cold the day is. What more leather leggings that wrap tightly around your legs, giving them almost no room to breathe?
Leggings is also the other problem. Unless you have fantastic looking pins like these celebs, forget about venturing out in anything resembling leggings. You'd be better off on the beach in your tiniest bikini, cellulite and all.
Perhaps this is why there's so much talk about this trend. All the cool girls are wearing it but I can't because this trend is flat out unflattering. What a pity.
Luckily for moi, I probably will be able to carry this off perfectly, and I cannot rush to the stores fast enough to pick up a pair. Members Only Leather Leggings
Posted by ms_sparkles at 12:16 AM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Back to school! Well, only the fashion, thank goodness.
Prim navy blazers and stripes, houndstooth and berets, all so reminiscent of a preppy school girl, not unlike the ilk of the best book of all times, Gossip Girl. I love how well those preppy blazers and that rebellious insouciance goes together, almost like summer day and bikinis, you can't do without the other.
I especially love berets thrown in together with the whole look as it gives the outfit that added chic-ness that hats are known to impart to the wearer. Not everyone can carry that off, unfortunately. How sad. My heart goes out to you.
Of course, you shouldn't go crazy and wear everything school related in one outfit, people might mistake you a school kid. Quelle horreur! As the old adage says, 'Less is always more'. Don't overdo it.
I have a fantastic school blazer hanging in my closet that i picked up for a song while shopping in Japan, and it does wonders for an ordinary outfit. Just throw it on a lazy (matching colors!) tank top and skirt and you can transition from laid-back sexy to preppy cool. Instant fashion-school cred.
Posted by ms_sparkles at 3:37 AM
Monday, September 15, 2008
Every week, I'll put up a collage of what currently inspires my dressing and what I believe will be hot hot hot! in a few months.
Austere military jackets, exotic head scarves, cuffed flare pants, relaxed jumpsuits, chain necklaces, the cult favorite doc martens(for the serious trendsetters only!), rocker style zips, layering rings...
I only have a few words for this. Super chic people, super chic.
Posted by ms_sparkles at 7:27 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Must I say it again? I absolutely ADORE champagne. Not only does its bubbles give you that instant lift, it promises a most definite delight in sipping delicately from the sleek,
elegant champagne flute. Even the act of drinking it brings out glamour and much sophistication that no other drink can provide.
Its soothing pale golden color never fails to attract all but yet one sip, and unlike alcohol of other sorts, the immense lightness lingers on the tongue and can never overwhelm the drinker. Unlike vodka which attempts to grab the drinker's attention with its strong,
arresting taste and the immediate rush to your head, champagne respects and cherishes the enjoyment of the drinker, providing only the needed taste and feel. Perfect!
Ah, what a spiel. Of course, the only champagne I drink is Moet and Chandon and though its no Cristal, it is wonderful.
Talking about champagne brings to mind lovely parties and merry times, where the clink of champagne glasses and the audible hum of activity never fails to brighten up my spirits and bring me into the mood for partying.
That reminds me. For my next little soiree, I must share the love of glorious champagne to everyone else. Break out the Moet, I say!
Till next time,
Posted by ms_sparkles at 7:01 AM
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I must apologise for the long hiatus. I've been... busy. You know, a true fashionista is seldom ever free, so many soirees, parties, shopping trips, day outs at salons... simply so much to do and so little time! But abandoning you loyal readers like this is just simply unacceptable! And a girl about town must always have her manners around her and so, many apologies.
Anyway, I've heard news about how almost every girl's dream store, H&M, has plans to open in Singapore probably either late this year or early next year. Now, don't get me wrong, I do love H&M, yes I do. In fact, it's one of my favorite fashion treasure troves and I always leave with huge bags of gorgeous clothes and a very satisfied smile.
Now that I hear its planning to make it way to Singapore, I am, least to say, perturbed. H&M has always been every fashionista's secret pleasure, where they can find get great chic buys for a fraction of the cost which they otherwise would have to pay for. If you are wondering why some girls seem to have giant wardrobes where they seem to have a never-ending supply of clothes, well, now you know. And don't go thinking, big deal, who wants those when I can afford better? Ah, that's where you're wrong, sweetheart. The likes of sienna miller, rachel bilson and supermodel chanel iman has been spotted out and about in H&M togs, flaunting it proudly too. That goes to show, affordable doesn't have to mean cheap.
But back to my point. H&M making its way to Singapore should then considerably warm my heart and fill me with hope for my burgeoning wardrobe, no? Humph. Far from it. The sole reason I escape to other countries for my shopping is because, let's face it, clothes in Singapore is pretty much too boring or too repetitive, with the same styles replicating itself gazillions of times everywhere. Let's just say I absolutely HATE the idea of seeing what I have on someone else. Especially if it appears on someone who looks less than fabulous in it. Shudder.
And what is worse is that H&M is so much more value-for-money than most other high street brands like Zara, Mango or Topshop, and what this means is that tons and i do mean TONS of people will flock to H&M. You can guess what happens next. The dearth of H&M as a veritable fashion treasure trove for every other Jane and Amy will be wearing clothes from there. Darn. Does this mean I will have to start looking high end?
This is depressing. I need some spa therapy ASAP. Now, which one should I go for, the soothing ginger camomile wrap or the sinful dark chocolate facial? Hmmm...
Till next time,
Posted by ms_sparkles at 12:48 AM