Give a frock Friday

As Christmas nears I am increasingly drawn to frocks that remind me of the season. Whether it be tinsel or baubles, either way it’s a decoration of some kind. This beautiful gown from Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2013 collection is no exception.

I read online that Carolina was inspired by night and day and she put this into her collection. “The result was an abundance of celestial motifs, from golden stars embroidered on a lovely navy gown to tarot card images on colorful dresses.” – WWD.com . Click on the link or image for more of the collection.

How is your Christmas shopping coming along? I spent most of yesterday out and about and I only managed to make a small dent in my list. Very disappointed about that I must say because I was so hoping to get it all done in one day – believe me it can be done!  So today I am going to focus on finding recipes for our Christmas Eve party and Christmas Day lunch. I’m keeping lunch very simple this year. No duck, no ham, no over the top desserts. Just simple slow-roasted pork belly and veggies followed by possibly a pavlova or chocolate mousse. I’m not a big fan of turkey, I usually like to cook pork or duck. What about you, do you have a favourite recipe you save for Christmas lunch or dinner?

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Give a frock Friday

Cameron Diaz sporting Emanuel Ungaro on the red carpet at the 2002 Academy Awards. Establishing a little boho-rebellion style of her own by belting it with a 19th-century Indian necklace from Fred Leighton and a chipped manicure to boot. A long-time fan of Ungaro, I have always admired Diaz for choosing this over the usual satin and sequin encrusted usually favoured by the red carpet regulars. At the time she was quoted she was going for a look that was uniquely her. “I wanted to wear something I felt casual and myself in,” she told People. “I feel like I just got out of bed and threw it on.”

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This gorgeous Stella McCartney dress was shot by Garance Dorè for Vogue Brazil and features a gorgeous headband by Cult Gaia and the necklace is by Marco Bologna. I love this dress and this picture so much, must find a way to visit Brazil one of these days.

So the movers arrived at 8am this morning – I’m off to work so I get to avoid the heavy lifting – yes! I will only have mobile internet access over the next 5 to 7 days (the horror!) so but I have worked on some scheduled posts, so I hope I’ve got them worked out and everything goes to plan. But no matter as I’m still going to be keeping you up to date on my Facebook page, so head on over and keep in touch!

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Lovely in lace. Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 worn by Delphie Laforest.  Photographed by Andrew Soule for L’Officiel Russia, February 2011.

I saw this and immediately bumped another Dolce & Gabbana frock I had chosen for today’s Frock Friday post.  Her hair, her face, her expression, those eyebrows and with the lace, it’s just all very dreamy to me.
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This stunning image shot by Jason Kim for Elle Mexico is actually two dresses.  Styled by Joseph Episcopo, model Kelsey van Mook channels a matador to great effect. The combination of a bright sunny yellow backdrop, the gorgeous emerald green Elie Saab dress underneath and the pretty floral printed dress by Oscar de la Renta are just stunning together. Olè!

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A Spring in Your Step

This week we finally say ta-ta to winter and bonjour spring (at least in the southern hemisphere we do).

While it may mean that officially the sun should be shining and that the weather should also be warmer, it also means that we can be hit with sudden chilly weather at any moment – at least until we are well into the season.

So while we may be ready to pack away our winter wardrobe, it means that we still have to have a few items about for the inclement spring weather.

Here are a few ways to put some spring into your trans-seaonal wardrobe.

Long over the knee socks.  Can’t say enough about these babies because I adore them and have always had a few pairs in my sock drawer to call upon for quite some time now.  They are sexy and cute at the same time.  And it also means that you can wear those short skirts or even shorter shorts that you love so much and can’t wait to dig out!

This is also a good time to explore your wardrobe and anything you may have packed away (or even archived) and see what goodies you may have forgotten about.

It’s also a good time to look at different ways of wearing your clothes.  I love this green dress and the way she has used her cardigan as an obi.  Blue and green, j’adore!

Ye old denim jacket.  Such a staple, n’est-ce pas?  Almost all of us must have at least one of these in our wardrobe, even if we have archived it over the past couple of years.  It’s time to bring it back into the fold and get as much wear out of it as you can people!

Other jackets getting attention this season are tailored jackets or blazers (whichever).  I have dug one out of my archives and purchased a new one recently and both are featuring quite prevalently in my new seasons pickings.

And then of course, is the cardie.  That ubiquitous article that has served us all so well for so many years now.  Long, short, boyfriend or bolero style; they are unbeatable in keeping the cooler weather out when we’ve worn something for the warmer weather.  There are so many to choose from and always add that little something extra to your ensemble.

Doesn’t she look gorgeous? A little bolero, baby-doll dress and knee socks.  Amber, I’m thinking of you when I look at this… (okay, maybe not the pink, but all the same).

A splash of colour with the tights adds va-voom to this jacket and and shorts.  I love the cute little skirt too on Blake, it’s gorgeous with the heels.

Just one of the many varieties of cardigans that you can pair with your jeans, harems, leggings, etc, etc.

Jeans of course are fantastic in spring because you can put your boots away and bring out your heels, wedges, ballet flats, whatever.  Or give yourself an excuse to buy yourself something new, not that you needed one, did you?

Layering is a great way to keep yourself dressed in trans-seasonal mode.  Tights, dress, vest, jacket, it all comes together.  The Parisiennes know how to do it best.  Visit Garance Dorè to get the lo-down.

Layering can be more than you expected.  Not everything has to be knit-wear or tight fitting.

This cardie is divine.  It is like a wrap, coat and cardie all in one.  And the stripes add a lovely zjusz.

How pretty is this?  A gorgeous spring frock paired with a long cardie and lovely heels.  I am loving this look.

Rose Byrne knows how to work the jacket, tights, little dress look.  

Ahh, Parisienne chic at its best.  Am loving those wedges!

So I guess you could say it’s all about the long socks, tights, leggings, light-weight scarf and cardie, oui?

Do remember to look into your wardrobe and revisit anything you may have forgotten in your archives, other cupboards, old suitcases and suitbags.  It’s probably all waiting there for you already, you may not have to buy anything new at all.  But then again, what would be the point of that?

Ciao for now,

Hx

Sources: The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè. ElleUK, JCrew, Google.

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