Give a frock Friday

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Victoria Beckham features on the cover and in the pages of August UK Vogue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier of course. Here she is wearing a beautiful frock (can I call couture a frock?) from Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Keeping her warm is a wool coat by Maison Martin Margiela and leather boots by Christian Louboutin – who else? What a dream photo shoot, such lovely clothes she gets to model for the camera. Beautifully styled by Lucinda Chambers, the shoot centres around Victoria in the garden, the aim was to see her doing something no one’s seen her do before, at least not in the pages of a magazine.

In Victoria’s own words: “I looked at it [turning 40] and said to myself, I have four incredible children, an incredible husband, a business that’s doing very well. I’ve worked hard and achieved a lot. I don’t think I could have achieved much more,” she told Vogue’s Emily Sheffield, adding: “I wouldn’t be where I am without David. He gives me the security and encouragement to do what I do. I do the same for him.”

For no particular reason, other than being inspired by the lovely Mrs Beckham’s words above, I would like to give my own husband a shout-out just quietly here while I have the chance. Thank you, my love, for all that you do, for all that you are, and for the support you provide, the encouragement you offer me when needed, and for making me breakfast. I may not always show it, or say so, but it is always, always appreciated. Xo

Whether you’re just waking up on the other side of the planet, or if you’re getting ready to settle in, or having your first after work drink, I wish you all a wonderful Friday and fabulous weekend!

love & light x0

La Dolce Vita – Dolce & Gabbana Couture by the Sea

The show was on the Italian resort isle of Capri in high summer.  The couture was true Dolce & Gabbana, with hand-painted ball gowns featuring the yellows and blues of the local majolica ceramics, along with luscious citrus fruits, the curved handles of ancient amphorae and juxtaposed with the regatta stripes of the sea. The models wore their hair in typical centre parts and were decorated with jewel encrusted gold crowns, it definitely looks as if their intention was to take you to another time and place.

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Pure extravagance, but isn’t that the very nature of haute couture? I love it!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

fashion_scans_remastered-cara_delevingne-numero_tokyo-jan_feb_2014-scanned_by_vampirehorde-hq-3So English model Cara Delevingne looks very dreamy in this shot and I do like this picture for it’s relaxed setting and especially for the print in the fabric of this lovely frock from Louis Vuitton Resort 2014.

Well it seems as if we’ve all turned a corner in our confidence and creativity with our flows at yoga teacher training, it’s fantastic to be a part of it all. Gosh I have had an amazing week! There’s not one particular thing I can say has been the cause of such joy, it’s just been good all around, basically all I can tell you is that the Universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways and this week has just ticked all the boxes for life being beautiful! Thank you Universe!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Moody Monday

I’m procrastinating. This blog is me, procrastinating. How long has it been since I’ve posted a blog? Yeah, I know, too long.
It’s winter, it’s cold, and my wardrobe is bare. Denim is really my saving grace during this time of the year, why? Well, because it’s mostly warm, and you don’t get too hot in it like some winter fabrics. Especially here where I live where the mornings are brisk, but the the sun can still get quite hot. Denim is versatile too, that is, it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe. You can dress it up or dress it down and it always, always looks good with my boots. What more could a girl want? I’m particularly loving double denim right now. Here’s some inspiration for your Monday.

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Denim paired with chambray. Loving the leather accessories and the worn straw hat too.

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Nice big pockets on these jeans, an absolute necessity!

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Boyfriend denim jeans again worn with chambray and her wooly overcoat. Winter inspiration indeed.

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This shot was the inspiration for this post. I love the pairing of the white tailored jacket with the double denim and the jewelled necklace.

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Perfect market day attire. Casual chic at its best. Is that an obi she’s wearing as a belt?

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Double denim – mwah!

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Boho denim. No words. Just love.

Now, enough procrastinating, back to practicing my yoga teaching assignment! This week it’s fire-in-the-belly flow and bridge pose. Lots of talking, plus I’m thinking of throwing in a variation of Eka Pada setu Bandhasana, one-legged bridge pose. It’s gonna be fun!

Have a wonderful week.
love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

d8b59badccfdI’ve been holding onto this image of Natalia Vodianova for over a year because I’ve been trying to source the designer of the frock she is wearing. The editorial, “Fable Attraction” was photographed by Carter Smith for W magazine’s May 2002 issue. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to post it anyway, without a shout-out to the designer.  At least I can give the photographer credit, which is probably more important, but it doesn’t relate to the whole frock Friday theme I’m going for…

Click on the image to see the entire editorial, it’s divine!

I’ve been working hard on part 1 of my final yoga exam. It’s open book, which I thank the gods for because there is soooo much to know, it would be impossible to remember it in a sit-down written exam. I’ve got to practice learning all the sanskrit names of the poses too because we get tested on that at some point, and I think we have to write an 8-week beginner’s course too. All this and more before the end of October! OMG! It’s lucky I’ve got yoga to keep me sane, right? ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are xo

 

 

 

Title: Fable Attraction
Magazine: W May 2002
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Photographer: Carter Smith

Give a frock Friday

dior and runnersCouture paired with sparkly runners – is there anything more divine? I love this editorial from Russian Harper’s Bazaar June 2014. Belgian Raf Simons has a dream job designing for the house of Christian Dior since 2012- and by all accounts he’s doing a fine job of it too.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world.

love & light x0

 

model: fia ljungstrom (img)
photographer: alan gelati
stylist: svetlana vashenyak (stardust)
hair: patti bussa

From the Mat… Replacing Fear with Joy!

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It’s been nonstop teaching lately and last week I experienced teaching yoga to real people!  Not my fellow student teachers, not my family and not my best friend, actual students! Three of us volunteered to take over a fellow second year student’s class for her while she’s away on holiday.  We decided to break the class into three parts so we could take turns teaching for 30 minutes each. I was first up teaching the invocation, warm ups and warriors I and II with Sun Salutations. I was nervous, nothing new there, but excited too because I knew this was going to be a very different experience from teaching in front of my peers and teachers. Sitting there on my mat at the front of the class, as I began to speak I couldn’t know if would remember everything I had to say, I had no idea if I was making sense at all, and in the back of my mind I wondered if I might fall flat on my face!  A little while later I was in Downward dog I think, and I looked up to see how everyone was doing and suddenly I felt a rush of joy! Finally! Joy was taking the place of fear! Wow! I was so happy I couldn’t stop smiling!  I have struggled so much with anxiety while teaching these past six months. I was putting so much pressure on myself to be perfect, even though I tried not to – it’s not easy to change your nature overnight. I told myself again and again to let it go.  Now I know that one day I will step on to the mat to teach and there will be no fear. Only confidence and joy – and yoga!

Meditation is definitely helping because the anxiety is transforming each time I teach and I can now manage to keep any panic attacks under control by breathing through them, so things are definitely improving, and that’s ok. Because now I’ve found the joy, the elusive joy that I knew was there, I had seen it in my fellow student teachers.  I know that if I continue to step out side my comfort zone and onto the mat to teach, I am staring my fear down, I am completely and utterly present with myself and while it still freaks me out, I am loving it just the same.

I get to do it all again this week!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

ChristyTurlington-WarriorOne-StevenKlein-VogueUS2002Oct-b-zob_jpgChristy Turlington wears an orange satin crepe Prada slip frock while practicing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana also known as one-legged Chakrasana or Wheel pose. This intense yoga backbend stretches the whole body. This particular variation has an additional challenge by including a balance to the pose. You have to have strong thigh muscles and shoulders to practice this pose. I’ve been recovering from a trapped nerve recently so this pose is one I’ve not practiced lately. I love this entire editorial, photographer Steven Klein is a genius, but I guess it helps when your subject is Christy! This editorial is from American Vogue, October 2002.

Christy on yoga: “Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us.”

I can’t believe that I’m halfway through yoga teacher training. I’ve so much work to do over our break, so it’s not really going to be a break at all! I’m teaching Sky Warrior next week, very excited! Lots of talking in this one, lots of alignment cues to remember. I must remember to take it slow and to breathe!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

AGYNESS DEYN, SIMON & KIKI THE CHEETAH IN SAND STORM, KOLMANSKOP, NAMIBIA, AFRICA, 2011 BRITISH VOGUECouture in the desert. Agyness Deyn (in what I think is Chanel), with Kiki the Cheetah in the Namibian desert. Cheetah’s are my favourite of all the big cats. This image is an outtake from an editorial photographed by Tim Walker in Kolmanskop, Namibia, Africa 2011 for British Vogue. Tim Walker is definitely a favourite photographer of mine because his images take you to another time and place. There is beauty in every pixel. That’s why I chose this particular shot. No one is looking into the lens, and yet it still captures the attention and the imagination.

Yoga teacher training has been full-on, we go on a mid-year break soon but we have one more student teaching assignment to do first. I’ll be teaching sun salutations with Virabhadrasana I, also known as Sky Warrior. I have trouble with this particular pose, it’s way down on my list of poses I like to practice, for some reason my body just struggles with this pose. So of course, I have to learn to teach it, don’t I?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, we are off to see X-Men Days of Future Past this weekend and I can’t wait! It’s been too long since I’ve been to the movies, I need some escapism!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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I just can’t go past anything that sparkles. I’m a bit like a fairy in that way I think. That is to say, if you believe in fairies, which I do, then anything that sparkles will always catch the eye. Just like this Marc by Marc Jacobs frock has done. I love the way the stylist has paired it with these fancy sneakers by Pierre Hardy. Very nice.

I’m sorry for the slackness in my blog posting lately. Sometimes life is so busy that it zaps all my extra time and creativity and I hate to blog if my heart isn’t in it, you know? Yoga teacher training is very demanding and it deserves as much attention and focus as I can give it. I have started writing a post about overcoming my fear of teaching which I really want to post, I’m hoping I get to finish it this weekend… then again, I am working all weekend, but I will try!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light x0

 

Photographer: Jimmy Backius
Model: Amanda Norgaard
Elle Sweden
Via: modlphoto
Via: portfolio

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