Monday Inspiration

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Morning… Hmm it seems that staying up late to watch the INXS biopic on the Telly last night has left me feeling tired and a bit blah. Isn’t it interesting how going to bed later than my body is used to can reflect on how I feel in the morning? I certainly didn’t feel like jumping out of bed and on to my mat to do Sun Salutations like I have every other morning lately.
So, instead I’m blogging this picture of two of my favourite stylish girls because I need hair help! I’m in between cuts and I don’t know what to do with my mop. Yasmin Sewell’s hair is nothing like mine – except for the length, and so I love the idea of wrapping a colourful scarf around my head!
Do you have any go-to ideas for when your hair is at that in-between stage?

Have a great week!
love & light xo

Pant-tastic!

I’ve come to notice that even though every Friday I blog about frocks, lately I don’t wear anything but pants. Wide leg, skinny and tapered leg, tailored, cropped, cargo, harem and this season I finally  got into wearing prints! Oh sure prints are just fine when they’re on a dress or a skirt, but I’ve never been drawn to pants with prints. I put this post together for you which not only inspired me to buy two new pairs in the past week, but hopefully it will inspire you to do the same (um, to wear prints that is!)

Yes to prints!

I can’t deny it, I still love a good harem pant!

Cropped and spotted.

Giovanna wears a gorgeous bold colour and she wears it well.

Caroline Issa rocks this red pant suit.

Jenna Lyons of J Crew wearing Celine colour block trousers.

While it is winter here it is easier to get up in the morning and to simply put on pants because they are instantly warmer than a dress or a skirt. I’m talking about denim either because I’ve barely worn any of my jeans this winter, which is most likely due to having such a good selection of pants to choose from now, that my eyes don’t wander to any other part of my wardrobe.

I love that pants have been taken to new heights this season, and with summer only around the corner, I’ll have even more new styles to choose from! I think I had better start saving now, although I fear it may be too late!

Do you have a favourite pant or trouser style? Tell me, are you shy about wearing prints and bold colours also? xx

Give a frock Friday

Today’s frock is a Miu Miu floral print dress photographed on the street by Garance Dorè. Have you seen those shoes too – wow!


Have a lovely weekend!


Heidi 

Pretty in Print


I am loving the use of digitally printed fabrics, just like this silk Carven dress I found on Elle.com this morning.  I’ve been busy pinning on Pinterest this morning and the day is half over already – what?  Somebody, please drag me away from the computer now!


Kisses,

Heidi

Give a frock Friday

Vogue Turkey’s Editor-at-large, Ece Sukan wearing a vintage dress. So what is an editor-at-large, and what do they do?

Ok, so essentially, an Editor-at-large is someone who contributes content to a magazine not necessarily by assignment. They do not generally take part in or have much say on the layout, pictures or general day-to-day running of a magazine. But the freedom to follow your own interests and not have to pitch ideas to the editor-in-chief must be so much fun. Sounds like my kind of job actually!

The Sartorialist recently spoke to Ece Sukan and here is a little excerpt for you.

Current career?
I’m currently the Editor-at-Large for Vogue Turkey.

How do you creatively approach getting dressed?

Improvisation is so important! It’s not just about how I feel that day, it’s experimental, impulsive and (I think) intuitive. I have a very eclectic style, so I like to mix my feelings with colors, periods and themes. I’m not sure how people plan the night before.

What do you feel best when wearing?
Dresses! I love wearing them at any length; long, short, knee-length. A mannish elegance can be very femme too, but I am one for dresses.
Do you focus on any specific designers or time periods when collecting vintage?
I would be very happy with a retrospective of YSL in my wardrobe, and I especially love the 70s and 80s.  When I saw the exhibition 2 years ago at the Grand Palais I had this feeling that it’s all been done, there’s nothing much left to do. I also collect a lot of Art Deco Bijoux. I search everywhere but find the best vintage in New York, Miami, Paris, and London.
Always make time for…
No matter how busy I am I create time for myself to practice yoga and go to the gym. I also make sure to go to art and design fairs, there is endless inspiration and energy, Art Basel for example.




What do you always make time for? For me it is reading a story to my girls before they go to sleep, always yoga and baking for school lunches on a Sunday. 


It has been a big week. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. I plan on making time to have a bit of a lie-in on Sunday morning. 


The sun is shining, the moon is full, the beach is calling me…

Have a great weekend.

Heidi


Sources: TheSartorialist.com, Photography by Courtney D’Alesio via Elle.com 

Best Dressed

One of the best things about being a girl is that we get to wear dresses!    



Women have historically always worn dresses and skirts and it has really only been the past 100 years that women started wearing trousers and only since the 70s have trousers/pants/jeans become fashionable for women to wear on a daily basis.  



I bet, if you think about it, wearing a dress is not the first thing you think about putting on when getting dressed in the morning.  Most of us think about comfort and convenience, and for some reason this equals not the simple and flowing elegance of a dress but instead it equals jeans, tailored pants, or cargos, hardly ever a dress.  What happened to the dress?  Is a dress no longer the go-to outfit for the modern woman?  


via The Sartorialist
Thinking about this more, I remember throughout university and during my 20s the only time I was enticed into wearing a dress was because I had to attend a formal function such as a wedding or a Ball.  As a little girl I only wore dresses, but as I matured, I wore almost nothing but jeans, cargos and trousers.  How did this happen?

via here.
via here.

Something else that is glorious about dresses is that they come in so many styles, shapes, fabrics, and prints. It is positively endless the choices we have. 

Monochromatic
Colourful
Striped
Spotted
Digital Print
Florals
Denim
Vintage
Sparkly
Maxi
Mini
Flowing
Figure-hugging
Vintage

Ultra feminine Valentino worn with Doc Martin boots, image vía Lee Oliveira.
Alexa Chung rocking this red mini.  Image vía Lee Oliveira.
Free flowing floral worn with gladiators, inspired! Image via here.
Pretty and girlie gingham via here.
Image via here.
Summer denim perfection.  Image via here.
Victoria Beckham knows it, designing a whole line called Victoria which she has devoted entirely to the dress.  Image via here.
Simple bohemian elegance of this blue flowing dress by Free People.
Even the ever-classic black looks appealing to me right now. Image via here

While curating all these gorgeous examples of women wearing dresses, it seems hard to believe that the humble dress is often my second choice when trying to decide what to wear each morning. Since I began thinking about writing this post I have worn a dress every single day.  I have unearthed some from the back of my wardrobe that I had all but forgotten I even owned.  


How lovely that they now have a new lease on life and even better that I also have more than a few new choices when getting dressed in the morning!  



Kisses,


Heidi 

Sources:  Lee Oliveira, The Sartorialist, Elle.com, Style.com, MrNewton.

Prints – breaking all the rules

Photo by Lee Oliveira



Ok, so I like to look at prints and I like to see them on other people, but on me, I’m not so sure.  I am still finding it very difficult moving beyond stripes.  But, it is hard to deny the impact prints are having on me lately.  


Photo by Lee Oliveira 




Prints were all over the Spring 2011 runways, so it’s no surprise that they are being worn everywhere now.  

Image via Fashionnews.com



What I have noticed most about the prints being worn now is how there are simply no rules anymore.  Wear your prints anyway you like to because everyone else is and guess what?  It seems to be working!  Abstract, tribal or  animal, plaid, tartan, gingham and Liberty are all being worn with block colours, stripes, paisley, florals, polka dots, chevron, you name it.  

 Photo by Streetfsn

 Photo by Lee Oliveira



It’s all about mixing it up, which I think is great because let’s face it, most of the rules we follow in fashion came about in the days when there was no personal style per se.  Strict etiquette ruled when and where we wore what we wore.  Rules such as when to wear hats and gloves, is it black tie or white tie, green and blue should never be seen, always match your handbag with your shoes and only black should be worn to a funeral. 

Image from the Prada Spring 2012 campaign via Fashionista.com



Watching street style from my favourite cafè or via the lens of the many wonderful street style photographers such as Lee Oliveira and Scott Schuman or Vanessa Jackman, has taught me much, but there is one thing I have learned that I see over and over again and that is that finding your personal style is all about being true to yourself.  I’ve said it before and I will keep on saying it because it is so true!  What you wear is an extension of yourself, it says so much about who you are, and no, I’m not talking about wearing labels. I’m talking about dressing for yourself, how you want to be seen and using your wardrobe to project an image that says “here I am!” 



For those of us out there who are willing to take that risk you will discover a sense of freedom and individuality that will spur you on each day to keep at it.  Take solace in the knowledge that the rules no longer apply, that you have the freedom to wear your clothes however you like and you will feel an amazing sense of self when you do.





Kisses!

Heidi 


Loving Liberty



As spring draws closer, I have begun to ponder shorter skirts, bare legs, jewel coloured toenails and open shoes – like my favourite red Birkenstocks.  I want to change my hair, tan my skin and fling open every window in the house and let the dead winter energy out and let in all the vibrant energy of spring!  




Sage sticks and clapping in corners removes stagnant energy from heating the house all through winter.  This dead energy also settles under furniture and behind closed doors.  The sun has been shining here consistently for a week.  We haven’t seen this much sunshine since April.  The garden is beginning to dry out and I actually found myself pruning and weeding for the first time since late summer.  Gardening is grounding and I find it recharges my energy, something I am in constant need of.  The new buds of the season and the early flowers have got me dreaming of cotton floral dresses…  



I have started shopping for them too.  I bought three cotton dresses last week, one white, one dark grey and one light grey.  All button up through the front and sit at just the right height above my knee.  Lately I have also added to my wardrobe, a striped jersey cotton scarf, a fantastic dark denim blazer, a gorgeous silk flippy mini with cute ponies on the fabric, and a pair of Nuala Puma sneakers – with magnets in the soles to align my chakras (thank you Christy Turlington).  I also bought some black harem pants which I adore because they are soooo comfortable and so easy to find things to wear with, but alas my adoring hubby truthfully told me on the weekend that he thought they were not very flattering (I won’t tell you his exact words).  So I have decided that I shall only wear them when he is not around, because frankly I have had many positive comments about these pants and while I couldn’t care less about that, comfort is key and they are too darn comfy to give up!  Just yet anyway.  
But I digress…


When one thinks of spring inspired fabrics, one cannot go past the epitome of floral prints and that is of course, Liberty.



I love this look above of the short floral skirt teamed with the blazer, it is such a cute look.  These prints are so gorgeous, they are part of the latest collection from Kate Moss for Topshop.  J’adore the tiny details in the flowers and the art nouveau of the top print.    



Liberty of London made their name over 135 years ago for importing Oriental fabrics, the finest of their kind and then later for designing and producing their own line of designs.



Arthur Liberty opened his first Oriental imports shop in Regent Street in London in 1875.  He sold mainly rugs, fabrics and decorative objects.  It was called The East India House and it was not unlike an Eastern bazaar.  It eventually became a meeting place for artists and within a few years, Liberty’s Oriental fabrics were so popular that the store, now renamed Liberty, had difficulty keeping up with demand.  It was then Liberty began to import undyed silk, cashmere and cotton fabrics, which were then handprinted in England in the style of Oriental fabrics.



In 1884, Liberty established a costume department where clothing was designed and made from Liberty fabrics.  The goal was to make clothing based on historical costume, reinterpreted for the modern wearer.


Liberty opened a store in Paris in 1890, (remaining open until 1932) and another in Birmingham as well as twelve cities in Britain that sold Liberty products and agents around the globe including in New York, Boston and Chicago.   



Liberty is best known for embracing the Art Nouveau style in the mid 1890s.  They produced many textiles in this style, many of which are still produced today.



In 1925, a new store in the Tudor Revival style was opened in Great Malborough Street which still houses Liberty today.



The Liberty prints that many of us would be familiar with are the small floral prints that were first produced in the 1920s.   The best known of these style of fabric prints was Tana Lawn.  Still a best seller, it is about to be seen in all its glory in the new Kate Moss for Topshop collection.



Over the years, many designers have used Liberty fabrics in their collections, most notably French label Cacharel.



My first experience of Liberty fabrics was by association.  There were some girls at my university that wore Laura Ashley style frilly blouses made from Liberty fabrics.  These girls were known as Sloanes.  They were most usually associated with wealth, horses, boarding schools, antique jewellery, but no aristocratic links as the term usually refers to in the UK.  I cannot recall ever knowingly being told about Liberty fabrics, but when I first saw the girls in their printed blouses, skirts and scarves, I just knew instantly that they were wearing Liberty.  



You can always count on Kate Moss to get on board promoting cool Britannia, and this season’s Kate Moss for Topshop collection is no exception.

Kate has used Liberty fabrics throughout her collection, which will no doubt see Liberty reach the pinnacles of fame – perhaps on a scale not yet seen within the house of Liberty.  Mark my words, Liberty’s profile will rise, it will be seen on everyone, from Kate, to people in the street, to the über stylish elite.    



Liberty prints have been used as lining in the handbags at Carcharel, to the fabric in these Nike sneakers!  






Mix your florals with basic shades like black, grey, or white.  Or try doing the complete reverse and mix them so that they clash.  


Below is a selection from the Cacharel Spring RTW 09 show.  The look is very spring and very bohemian inspired.  I love these looks, I could live in them for the entire spring. 


Cacharel used fabrics designed in the 1960s and 1970s reworking them on todays designs for their 50th anniversary show.


I hope I’ve got you a little inspired and looking forward to spring?  
Soon I am going to show you a little about transeasonal dressing, how to go effectively and stylishly from winter to spring, with as little fuss as possible.


Ciao for now,
Hx





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