December 24, 2009

Get your passport and your bikini, you need a holiday, come see me!

With Christmas and summer holidays knocking at the day, I thought it was the perfect time to discuss swimwear with you all. One pieces are quite popular at the moment, much to the delight of those wanting to hide their belly. Bikinis are still as popular as ever and there is an amazing variety of styles and colours to choose from.

We all know what standard bikinis look like, so this selection is a little bit different. This navy blue Goddess bikini is the most simple of the lot, but it has a beautiful top which I thought was worth sharing with you all. It's quite similar to those nice Country Road singets which had the bow front. The next bikini has a strapless top with cute frilled detailing. I also love the colour, so summery! Before hunting down images for this blog, I didn't realise that Victoria's Secret did swimwear - and my, what a range they have! The ABS Ruffle bikini is so cute and I wish I owned it. Both the floral pattern and the ruffle detailing are very feminine...plus the top detailing is a great way to hide a small bust. Sneaky AND chic! Too bad we don't all have a body like Miranda Kerr to make our bikinis look THIS amazing! I adore the back detailing on the next VS bikini top, not so great for tan lines, but it looks way better than all the straps that are normally dangling around aimlessly.

Image Source: Goddess Halter and Tide Side & Matt Mini-Tube and Hipster with Frill - www.seafolly.com.au, ABS Ruffle Sliding Halter Top & Very Sexy Twist-Back Halter Top with Ruched-Waist Scoop Bottom - www.victoriassecret.com

I really want to invest in a one piece, they'd be so perfect when you really don't feel up to wearing a bikini. A good friend of mine has this Harbourside one piece and it looks amazing on! Very 1920s, with the white ties and sweet faux pockets. The next piece from Jets is very tropical, with floral patterns and ruffle detailing, perfect from those island holidays. This maillot from Seafolly is pretty simple, but the frill down the middle, plus the low neckline makes it a bit more special. The final maillot is a bit hoochie with the hips showing. It looks like a standard bikini from the back, so this is another sneaky sneaky style!

Image Source: Harbourside One Piece & Etheral One Piece - www.jets.com.au, Matt Frill Front Maillot & Matt Bandeau Maillot - www.seafolly.com.au

Which do you prefer - bikinis, one-pieces or a different style entirely?

Happy holidays everyone, I hope you get some great deals in the Boxing Day sales!

xxx L

December 14, 2009

I Slept With Peter Alexander

I’ve had a love affair with Peter Alexander for quite a while, but shhh don’t tell my boyfriend! I was smitten when a PA store opened up recently on our Golden Mile and I lusted over all the pretty sleepwear items that I saw when I went in last week. PA is the funnest sleepwear line that I’ve seen, with kooky prints, cute designs and even some daywear pieces!

Here’s an example of some of my favourite PA classics. These Bright Lolly Shorts have the sweetest pattern on them (pun intended!), although I think I’d be craving sugary treats everytime I wore them! They’re very Willy Wonka-esque. Knowing about my love for playsuits, PA was kind enough to create this Vintage Bunny Jumpsuit for me. Awww Petey, you shouldn’t have. I love the detailing in the ruffles and the variety of playsuits available in his ranges. This Sequin Hi Tee ticks another one of my boxes (sequins, I like) and I reckon that catching a glimpse of this top in the mirror would definitely brighten your morning! PA also does a great range for men (and children fyi) – I like these Feather Boxers, so colourful and trendy!

Image Source: Bright Lolly Short, Vintage Bunny Jumpsuit, Sequin Hi Tee & Mens Feather Boxer - http://www.peteralexander.co.nz/

The next lot of sleepwear is slightly fancier and glamorous – one doesn’t want to look like a frump while sleeping! This Puffy Big Bow Sleep Tee could be mistaken for a gorgeous dress as it is so chic and stylish. I love the massive pink bow and the puffed sleeves. The Glitter Angel Nightie is another item which could be confused for evening wear, with its beautiful neckline and my favourite, sequins. I own an amazing pair of PA slippers (gold with pink bows if you must know!), but I’m tempted buy these stunners! I’d frolick around the house in them, pretending to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and I’d even wear them outside if I felt the need! A girl needs a good eye mask when travelling and this Christmas one would tick both the need & want boxes for your travel requirements. So cheap, so chic, so covetable.

Image Source: Puffy Big Bow Sleep Tee, Glitter Angel Nightie, Sequin Bow Slippers & Christmas Eye Mask - http://www.peteralexander.co.nz/

I added just a small selection of daywear, as I didn’t want to ruin the fun of browsing through the site (or store) for you all! I’m absolutely in love with both of these items. The Vintage Floral Jumpsuit would be so stunning with fierce black heels, it’d be such a beautiful feminine outfit. The Drop Crotch Pants are oh so hot and I’m crying inside that I don’t personally own these. They come in a dove grey too, but I’m such a sucker for pink that I couldn’t not get this colour. They look as comfy as anything! Ohhhh I want!

Image Source: Vintage Floral Jumpsuit & Drop Crotch Pant – www.peteralexander.co.nz

What are your thoughts on the current Peter Alexander range? Are you a long time fan like me, or are you a virgin to this creative genuis? Hope you’re all getting sorted for Christmas presents, I’d love the pink drop crotch pants, thanks for asking!

xxx L

December 8, 2009

No Room for the Blues

Hi all, this is just a short wee post as I'm flat out today, but I couldn't not share this with you! I was at a delicious dinner last night for M's birthday and her flattie Mel had on the best OPI shade for this summer! She was wearing a new colour from the latest OPI Brights collection, called No Room for the Blues. I heart! I've decided that naming the OPI colours would be my dream job...I need to get my foot in that door!

Image Source: No Room for the Blues - www.opi.com

Hope you're all having a good day! I promise I'll write a longer post next time!

xxx L

November 30, 2009

Shine baby shine!

Sequins are something that I’ve never paid much attention to, but those little sparkly circles have been catching my eye (literally) more and more of late. When I was in Aussie, I couldn’t swing a cat without seeing someone wearing a sequinned piece of clothing and when I was hunting for images for this post, I noticed that ASOS have an entire category for sequins! I now have a new-found desire to own something sequinned – a dress, a top, shoes or even a simple accessory! I want!

This first lot are dressier and more ooh la la than the ones below, as they’re designed for fabulous occasions...dahhhliiing! The pretty black shift is from Acne and is so simple & effective, plus it’s perfect for you black lovers out there! This Helen Cherry dress is the perfect party dress for the festive season! It’s definitely eye catching and would be a LOT of fun to wear (although this model looks like she’s having a bit TOO much fun haha)! I have three words for you - Sequin. Harem. Pants. Genius! Way to cleverly & fashionably combine two of the hottest trends in one, killing two birds with one stone much? I heart.

Image Source: Acne Paloma Sequinned Mini Dress – www.net-a-porter.com, Helen Cherry Sequin Mini Dress – www.helencherry.com, Full Circle Sequinned Harems – www.asos.com

Even though sequins seem dressy and jazzy, they can also be worn casually, as you can see from the clothes below. Look at this sweet snakey top from Sass & Bide, just a sprinkling of sequins makes this tee casual chic - perfect for a day at the beach! These DKNY sneakers are to DIE for as they pretty up street fashion, making it less grunge and scruffy. I can imagine skipping down the road in these babies, as they’d be so much fun to wear! If you’re into his & hers, then these cardigans from Stolen Girlfriends Club are for you!

Image Source: Sass & Bide ‘Dear Henry’ Zephyr Tee – www.superette.co.nz, DKNY Moore Sequinned Sneakers – www.net-a-porter.com, Stolen Girlfriend’s Club Sequin Cardigans – www.stolengirlfriendsclub.com

Of course, we can’t forget the King of Pop himself, who wore some STUNNING gold sequinned pants while rehearsing for his 2009 concert – legend. Maybe he’s the reason that sequins are oh so hot right now? Thoughts?

Image Source: MJ – www.thisisit-movie.com

Happy 1st December everyone!

xxx L

November 16, 2009

It's play time kids!

An item generally worn by children, the playsuit has come back into fashion, popping up in both elite designer boutiques and chain stores alike. A playsuit describes the top & shorts combo, while its longer counterpart (i.e. pants rather than shorts), is known as the jumpsuit / romper. I had a quick hunt around and was amazed at how many playsuits & jumpsuits are available for purchase these days. Most local stores have a least one of these in their summer collections, including Kate Sylvester, Country Road, Moochi and oh so many more! With a variety of colours and styles, I’ve outlined both some formal and casual options below...

ASOS has a great collection of jumpsuits and these two dressy ones just jumped out at me (excuse the pun)! The first is a stunning black jumpsuit with gorgeous jewelled shoulders (no doubt MJ would have approved of such fine embellishment). I can imagine wearing this jumpsuit while having cocktails with the girls, very SATC. The second is another stunning option – I especially love the sweetheart neckline and the fabric. This has no waist or hip gathering, so you’d have to be quite petite to get away with this one I imagine. Sass & Bide are one of my favourite designers and they’ve done well with their cute Please Don’t Go Romper below. It’s a little bit hoochie, a little bit summery and very dazzling! The neckline is so simple & seductive, it makes me realise why I love the designs from this Aussie duo so much!

Image Source: ASOS Jumpsuits - www.asos.com, Sass & Bide Please Don't Go Romper - www.shopbop.com

The following are slightly more casual and playful, hence the name playsuit! The first is from Miss Selfridge and is so cute & colourful that you couldn’t be in a bad mood while wearing this baby. I love the patterns and the pop of bright colours, plus the frills at the bottom make it especially feminine. The next is the cheapest option of the bunch and can be purchased from good ol’ Ezibuy. Denim playsuits are quite popular, but I think the buttons and shoulders would set this one apart from the rest. The next playsuit is my favourite one here as it is just so adorable! Stretsis have done well, from the cute pastel florals, to the flattering neckline, to the fact that you don’t need an uber tan / teeny-tiny waist to wear this. I want! (I also want the model’s sunnies!)

Image Source: Miss Selfridge Playsuit - http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/, Ezibuy Playsuit - http://www.ezibuy.co.nz/,  Stretsis Playsuit - http://www.maximillia.com/

I’m heading to Oz later this week so I’m hoping to find something along the lines of these fun wee suits above – maybe I’ll get a formal one, or perhaps a floral one, or I could get one for every day of the week! What are your thoughts on jumpsuits & playsuits? Are you as excited about owning one as I am, or do you think it’s all just a bit of child’s play?

xxx L

November 9, 2009

Oh My, OPI!

After spending a girly weekend up at my version of the Hamptons (Te Horo), I found myself marvelling at the amazingness of OPI. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, you're in for a valuable lesson. OPI is probably the best nail polish brand out there. It's the polish that other brands look up to, one that has great colours, witty names, a reasonable price and most importantly, durability. I've used many different nail polishes in my time but none measure up: MAC - great colour, but lasts for two seconds; Chanel - gorgeous but who can afford?; Napoleon - lacking in a wide variety of colours; plus many more brands that aren't worth naming here.

Even the basic colours are amazing - I've outlined some of my favourites below. Bastille My Heart is a beautifully rich burgundy, perfect for spring & autumn. I've heard that you're meant to wear darker colours in the colder months and brighter colours in the warmer months, but I think this is up to the individual. Sometimes you need a pop of brights on your nails to make the winter less dull (or work less blah). This colour is a recent purchase of mine, one that I affectionately refer to as the blood colour. Below is another classic, ElePhantastic Pink. This actually looks quite different to the colour in the image below, think hot hot pink, rather than corally. The perfect colour for tanned little feet! The last is OPI's Breast Cancer polish for 2009 (oh OPI, you charitable thing you). Pink of Hearts is a pretty light pink colour, one which I've just ordered from my OPI dealer.

Image Source: Bastille My Heart & ElePhantastic Pink - www.opi.com, Pink of Hearts - www.suzisbeautyblog.com

These colours are slightly more daring than the ones above, as they steer away from the traditional pink & red glossy polishes, to something more dazzling. Done Out in Deco is part of the South Beach collection and is a beautiful lavender colour. It looks great with anything, as it's quite a soft colour. OPI have recently released a collection of matte nail polishes, one of which is in the Russian Navy colour. It looks great on and I can't wait to own this colour in matte myself (I'm adding it to my Christmas wish list now)! OPI has also launched a suede version of colours, slightly sparkly and jazzy (see the Lincoln Park After Dark example below) - perfect for the upcoming festive season!

Image Source - Done Out in Deco, Russian Navy (Matte) & Lincoln Park After Dark (Suede) - www.opi.com

Image Source: Russian Navy (Matte) - http://www.suzisbeautyblog.com/

I also discovered yesterday that OPI have teamed up with Dell (another brand I also LOVE), to make laptops which match your nail polish - how cool!!! I personally have a Dell (a pretty pink one) but one of these would be oh so chic...what will they think of next?

Image Source: OPI & Dell - www.opi.com

I hope your weekend was as fun as mine! What are your favourite OPI colours? Are you an OPI-aholic like me?

xxx L

November 3, 2009

Scarf Me Up!

Silk scarves are a great fashion accessory – they’re cheap, versatile and classic. Any age can get away with wearing scarves, without looking like mutton dressed as lamb, or vice versa. The key is how to wear them to suit your style, personality and outfit. There are so many variations on how to tie a scarf (too many to discuss here), so I’ve mentioned some of my fave ways below.


Image Source: Karen Walker - www.30daysoffashionandbeauty.co.nz, Audrey Hepburn - www.greatmodernpictures.com

There are several ways to tie a scarf in which I’d call ‘classic’. Think Jackie O, Audrey Hebpurn, Greta Garbo - the elegant ladies of days past. It’s clear that this style is more mature & even more formal than the ones I’ve mentioned below. Karen Walker perfects this classic style, adding a preppy element by wearing her knotted scarf with a v-neck jersey. Audrey Hepburn’s look is very chic, especially with the addition of the big black sunnies that she’s about to put on. I picture myself wearing this style while being whisked away in a convertible to an expensive location by my lover (take note M)!


Image Source: Triangle scarf - www.asos.com, Bandana scarf - Manning a la Mode

This style is more laid back, think effortless chic. Tying the scarf around your neck loosely so that there is a triangle of material on your chest is a simple and easy way to dress up an outfit. Especially if you suffer from the syndrome of wearing all black (you know who you are), a colourful scarf tied like this is a great look. I like to wear my scarves this way, and sometimes I pull the triangle so that it sits on my shoulder (rather than my chest), as it’s easy to alter this style depending on your mood. I’m also a big fan of wearing the scarf wrapped around my head like a bandana – great for avoiding the frizz on those semi-rainy days. FYI, all of the styles that I’ve mentioned so far require square shaped scarves, rather than the thin rectangular ones, as they all need lots of material to work with.


Image Source: Bow head scarf - www.fashion-accessory-options.com, Bow neck scarf - www.asos.com, Ashley Olsen - www.justfillmein.com

These are all quite trendy styles and I doubt they’ll be in fashion in several years time, so try them out now if you’re up for a change! I’m a big fan of feminine dressing, which is why I ADORE these two bow styles. The one on the side of the head is great when your hair is out, and you can even tie the scarf under your hair (rather than over it like in this picture) if you’d prefer. The bow style around the neck is a different take to the casual triangle style I mentioned earlier, and is definitely more girly! Don’t be afraid if either of your bow styles look slightly messy, I think they look better like this, rather than prim and perfect. Ashley Olsen’s turban style is one I have not yet tried myself, but I am tempted as it looks so different and edgy! These styles all require thin rectangular scarves, as you need a lot of length to make these styles work.

Another bonus of scarves at the moment is that you can pick them up anywhere – at the chain stores, your local vintage shop, or even your Mum’s wardrobe. I reckon the best scarves are found in the latter location, as they’re from back in the day, so you won’t spot someone in the street with a matching scarf to you! Don’t be afraid to flirt with patterns or bright colours, especially with monochromatic outfits.

So, what are your favourite ways to tie a scarf?

xxx L

P.S – I want to thank my dear friend Mala, who sent me a beautiful birthday scarf which arrived in the weekend. J’adore.


October 26, 2009

Hello Hosiery!

Until recently, hosiery has been a rather bland, yet staple part of an outfit, a way of keeping the legs warm during the colder months while wearing skirts or dresses. However over the past few seasons hosiery has found a revival. Variations of tights and stockings started creeping onto the shelves, in an array of colours, patterns and lengths. Personally, I LOVE this new revival as tights are a great way to jazz up an outfit, changing it from a dull ensemble to a carefully crafted chic outfit.

The classic black opaques are a staple in any girl's wardrobe and now most girls also seem to own a pair of footless tights (which I'm not overly keen on). I'm a huge fan of white tights, as they help to break up the colours within an outfit, while making it look quite preppy, feminine and almost ballerina-like. I also love grey tights, as they appear less harsh with lighter outifits than black opaques do.

Take a look at some other styles that I'm loving at the moment...

Image source: Polka dot tights - www.oasis-stores.com, Pink tights & white lace tights - www.uktights.com

Polka dot tights are quite plain but they help to make an outfit more formal, a little Audrey Hepburn-esque. I'm liking the gradual change in colour of the pink tights, from strong pink at the foot, to white at the hips. They'd look great with a plain grey or black dress, as the colour of the tights would make the outfit pop! I'm in love love love with white lace tights, especially when paired with a feminine outfit, such as a structured dress and pearls - you could almost have high tea with the Queen in those pretties!

My Europe fashion correspondent has informed me that floral tights are BIG in Europe right now, especially as the northern hemisphere heads in the colder months of winter. I saw a few varieties of this style online, but these ones below were definitely my faves! I also found these leg warmers, not hosiery so much, but they were so cute I had to pop them in! I'm definitely getting some of these for next winter!

Image source: Floral tights - www.missselfridge.com, Leg warmers - www.urbanoutfitters.com

What tights are you guys loving at the moment?

xxx L

October 16, 2009

The beloved band

Hello all, welcome to Fashion Fare! This blog is a way to express my opionions on today's fashion, beauty and other aspects that tickle my fancy! I hope you enjoy...

I thought I'd start off with the smaller items, accessories if you will, and ease my (and your) way into it. Recently, I've developed a love affair with headbands, no, not your basic alice band, but beautiful headbands with bows, feathers, flowers etc. I blame this affair on Blair Waldorf...and by blame, I mean, I'm grateful to her for introducing these beautiful arched items into my life.

Here are a couple that I'm loving to wear at the moment...

Feather headband - Equip, Flower headband - Red Current

and I really want to purchase one akin to this...

 Image source - www.winknyc.com
I also love tying a scarf around my head, with a big bow on top, but we'll save scarves for another post!
I've noticed a lot of headbands around at the moment lately, maybe Gossip Girl has had a bigger impact on our lives than we'd like to admit? I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this - what do you think about headbands? 
Have a good weekend!
xxx L