Give a frock Friday

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I read somewhere that designer Joseph Altuzarra described this (demi-couture) frock as one which “no one will buy” because it was priced at £7000, which is considerably more than your average ready-to-wear frock, yes?  Yet more and more designers are creating demi-couture to distance themselves from the regular high street labels. I had wrestled with posting this image from Flare magazine because the stylist has paired it with a fur coat. I have loved this dress for so long, I adore the gypsy/boho vibe and the coin details, I bet it makes a gorgeous “cha-ching” sound from all the coins when you move around in it. So, in the end I decided that fur is fake. If it were real fur the magazine would have stated it in they buy-line. If it turns out I am wrong, someone will tell me I’m sure!

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

love & light xo

 

Credits: Shooting Star – Captured by Max Abadian, American beauty Lindsey Wixson for the September issue of Flare . The accompanying shoot showcases other standout autumn looks from the likes of Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Altuzarra styled by fashion editor Elizabeth Cabral. On beauty are makeup artist Hung Vanngo and hair stylist Keith Carpenter with ultra-glam finishing touches. / Manicure by Alicia Torello @ the Wall Group. Click on the image for more.

Give a frock Friday

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This beautiful white silk dress from Chloè is exactly what I’ve been dreaming about wearing to my yoga teacher training graduation this Sunday. We have to wear white to the ceremony, and so I had to do something about this as I don’t usually wear white because I feel it doesn’t suit my complexion, but as I am a little more tanned these days from living in the sunshine, it should be ok – I hope! I bought myself a simple white cotton v-neck tee and my beautiful best friend Kirsty found me a fab pair of white linen pants at a market stall. So while I may not be wearing this luxurious number above, I will still feel every bit as glamourous. There’s something about wearing white, don’t you agree? White contains equal balance of all the colours on the spectrum, it’s reflective, embodies growth and creativity, it is the colour of protection, promotes peace, comfort and helps to keep you calm, offering inner cleansing, purifying thoughts, emotions, your spirit and strengthening your entire energy system.

It is amazing to me how quickly this year has passed. I have started writing about my journey because I learned so much I feel it is part of my continuing journey to document the highs and lows and “just plough-through-it” experiences I have lived through over the course of the past twelve months. So far I’ve landed a teaching gig at a local studio and I began last week. It is exciting and beautiful to be able to serve as a yoga teacher finally! It has been an incredible experience, it has changed me forever.

Have a wonderful weekend, the spring weather here has been perfect, sunny days and cool nights and the blood moon the other night was insane!

love & light xo

 

model: anais pouliot (elite)
photographer: hannah khymych
stylist: vanessa bellugeon
hair: kayla michele (atelier)
Info about the colour white found here.

Give a frock Friday

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I’ve had lots of fun viewing the latest Paris collections streaming through my daily feed. Some of them left me feeling a little disappointed… I won’t name names… Valentino however was a triumph, as it usually is. Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli created a vision of the Valentino woman and they transcend her with each and every collection they produce. At least, that’s what I think… I also noted that the runways were all about Gladiator sandals – they were everywhere, which I adore because I don’t wear heels very much so I’m all about sandals. Tell me, what are your favourites from the spring summer collections, I’d love to know?

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

2f55a35f343de011022276488c098657I am in love with this picture shot by Mario Testino, mostly because at the moment with all this yoga I am heavily influenced by all things India. And so, the saturation of colour, the mandalas on the silk pants and the huge pom-pom accessory around Daria Werbowy’s neck is all saying Yes! to me. Styled by the very talented Lucinda Chambers for Vogue UK January 2005. Click through the image for more from this editorial entitled “The Road to Marrakech”.

We practiced Shirsasana yesterday at yoga teacher training, better known as headstand pose. It was fun because I’ve been practicing this at home a lot lately, I’ve been enjoying the different perspective that being upside down gives me. It’s not often we get to be upside down as grownups, maybe on a roller coaster or swimming, but when else would we get the chance? It’s an invigorating yet calming pose. As Yogananda said, “be calmly active and actively calm.”

Have a wonderful weekend.

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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This beautiful embroidered tulle and lace Valentino frock worn by Alana Zimmer was photographed by Liz Collins for Harper’s Bazaar March 2014 issue. The editorial looks like it could have been shot on a private farm maybe in England or maybe South Africa? South Africa is the obvious choice, but the house in one of the images looks very English, so your guess is as good as mine. I love the idea of a pet Giraffe though, don’t you? Click through the image to view more from this delightful editorial.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

 

 

model: alana zimmer (elite)
photographer: liz collins (dandv)
stylist: leith clark (dandv)
hair: seb bascle (artlist)
make-up: polly osmond (dandv)

Give a frock Friday

tumblr_m16p7qBQun1qg8cu6o1_500Magdalena Frackowiak in a flowing frock by Kenzo. Photographed by Claudia Knoepful and Stefan Indlekofer for Vogue Russia, April 2012. I was flicking through Tumblr one night when I came across this image. It’s the candid nature of it that caught my eye, I like the way the photographer has captured Magdalena as she is walking past the camera, almost if by chance, she glances our way. Those are some long legs! Gorgeous shot.

Its seems as if August is determined to squeeze out as much winter as it possibly can before Spring arrives in just over a week. I love the rain though, especially when we need it as much as we do right now. Only just over a month and a half before graduation from yoga teacher training! I can’t believe how quickly a year has gone by. More yoga posts to come soon.

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

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

e3bd6d37aaeea5118089f41eaf98a676Jessica Stam in Dior by John Galliano, photographed at the Met Gala in 2007. I love the detail in the dress, it reminds me of a Jean-Paul Gaultier frock worn by Cate Blanchett to the Oscars in 2000. Click on the link to see Cate’s JPG frock. The gold and jewelled detailing with the backs on both these frocks were definitely the making of them.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, wherever you are. It’s raining here, finally!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

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The very talented Rachel McAdams is simply lovely in this shot. She is sporting pink tint in her hair, which I love and I think it works well with the black chiffon overlay on this Givenchy Haute Couture frock. The editorial for Elle magazine from April 2007 featured McAdams in lots of gorgeous couture was photographed by Gilles Bensimon and styled by Isabel Duprè.

It’s been a busy week and I almost forgot that it was my birthday this week. It’s a little difficult celebrating birthdays midweek and so we’ve saved it for Saturday. I love surprises so I have no clue as to what my family has in store for me, at this stage I hope it starts off nice and slow with a good lazy lie-in tomorrow morning!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are and happy birthday to anyone celebrating their birthday this week!

love & light xo

 

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

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

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