Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Why Flatforms Are The Best Thing To Happen To America

Flaforms. 'Tis a cross between a flat and a platform shoe. Also known as the short girls' savior from all height woes that may befall her.

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Dearest stilettos, I have suffered for way too long. Your pointy heel makes me feel as though I were walking on pins. The elegance I seek is shadowed by the idea that I am walking on stilts like a circus freak.

To the wedge, you remain a dear friend, but alas, I still feel the pain after six hours with you. Your efforts will not go unrecognized, but we can't spend too much time together as it inflicts suffering upon my feet.

Flatforms are like the tooth fairy, a guardian angel, and Cinderella's fairy godmother all wrapped into one. They elevate like no other shoe without putting your foot on an arch of any kind. Walking on flatforms is like walking on planks of wood purely to increase height. 

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All my life, I have been searching long and hard for a pair of heels I could wear all day every day. It is the ultimate American (short girl) dream. While flats are one of the most unflattering shoes on the market (in my humble opinion), flatforms are playful and fun. They may not promise elegance in the same way a stiletto does, but they do scream fashion girl at the top of their lungs. And if you wear them with socks, others bow down at your boldness.

So, to the flatform, you have arrived in my life at the perfect time and I couldn't be more grateful. Let's hope our experience together is as wonderful as I expect.

Cheers,

Bella

Friday, March 27, 2015

Knee-High Gladiator Sandals: Reserved For The True Badass

Everyone's talking about the latest shoe trend to hit North America, Knee High Gladiator Sandals. Though there are multiple shoe trends about to make their way onto the streets (slip-ons and mules) once spring eventually decides to show up for tea and crumpets, this one is by far the most striking. Now, here's my opinion on knee-high gladiator sandals and you obviously are here because you want to hear it, so let's talk, shall we?

While regular run-of-the-mill gladiator sandals were one of my favourite trends, this one takes us all to a whole other level. A regular gladiator sandal was appealing to the masses because it wasn't too shocking, but still had that edge many people aspire to when it comes to their personal style.

Let's get one thing straight. If you thought that was edgy, it became tame as soon as everyone started wearing it. In other words, it isn't edgy if your sweet next door neighbor could pull it off.

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Knee high gladiator sandals are bold and daring. You might even hesitate about whether it's for you and that's okay. But if you're looking for something really eye-catching this year, you've found it.

The definition of edgy implicates the avant-garde and this, my friends, qualifies.

Are they practical? Absolutely not. They are #forthesakeoffashion through and through. If you were planning on getting a tan this summer, I wouldn't recommend them. However, since all of us are getting swayed towards healthier looking sunscreen protected skin, this might not even be an issue.

Tips on how to wear them?
1. Make sure you wear enough sunscreen on your legs to avoid the most bizarre tan lines you have ever experienced.
2. Two words. Denim shorts.
3. Own them like a true gladiator would.

If you're hesitant, remember that they will make a major style statement and put you at the top of everyone's mental best-dressed list. And if they classify you as worst-dressed, you'll know you're being really edgy.

Ponder it,

xoxo,

Bella

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Your Favourite Lipstick Says About You

It's a common saying in today's society that red is a woman's signature lip colour. Just when we thought we were all being bold and unique, another girl comes up with that same line to counter our feeling of individuality. With so many colours on the lip spectrum to choose from, it may actually be considered conventional to select red as your signature. Gone are the days where this look made a statement. Today, everyone is inspired to try it and attempt to own it. If this is the case for you and you're feeling a bit dejected, that's okay. Red has a lot of amazing things to say about your personality. Based on my addiction to experimenting with lipstick colours, I've decided to provide you with a personality analysis based on your best lipstick. Are you ready?

NUDE
You're a more subtle girl who loves keeping her look as natural as possible. You're sweet, good natured and incredibly approachable. Though you are a closet seductress, you prefer more subtle ways of exhibiting intrigue such as eye contact. Your wardrobe consists of more muted tones such as beige, white, and black because you strongly adhere to the saying that less is more.
Advocates of this look: J.Lo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Keira Knightley
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RED
You like to pack a punch, but you're a true classicist at heart. You're known to be a bit of a feminist and for being incredibly knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects. Your sex appeal is immediate and every time you enter a room, people can sense that about you. You're aware of the power of a red lip and use it to your advantage to ensure that nobody messes with you even though they're all dying to approach you. Your wardrobe consists mostly of black, but every once in a while, you like to add a splash of colour to match your mood. 
Advocates of this look: Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, and Gwen Stefani
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FUCHSIA
You're incredibly feminine and have a playful attitude that people adore. You live for fashion, your active social life, and witty banter. A pink lip is your way of saying that you're a tough girl, but you're still girly, silly, and fun. Your wardrobe consists of an array of bright colours because you love to play around with fashion and make a style statement no matter where you go.
Advocates of this look: Emma Stone, Alexis Bledel, and Kaley Cuoco
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ORANGE
Known to be the wildest girl in your group of friends, you enjoy a great party with a huge crowd that you can work. You love making new friends and starting conversations about passionate interests and philosophical ideas. Your orange lip is a symbol of self-expression and invites a lot of attention, which you love. Your wardrobe is filled with LWDs, but occasionally you'll mix it up with some nude. If you're going to add colour, it will always be part of your beauty look. When it comes to clothes, you're a neutral girl and proud.
Advocates of this look: Jessica Alba, Rita Ora, and and Margot Robbie
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PURPLE
You're mysterious and edgy, but you still aren't afraid to be bold. Though you consider yourself to be more individualistic, you have a tight knit group of friends whom you hold close. You're very loyal and committed to the people in your life and don't put up with fake friendships. Purple is your way of making a statement while ensuring that nobody rubs you the wrong way. Your wardrobe consists of many dark colours like black, burgundy, and brown. Your favourite look? A classic LBD and some patterned tights.
Advocates of this look: Rihanna, Megan Fox, and Lorde
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Which look is your signature? 

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is Rainbow Hair The New Ombre?

While Ombre may have been the popular choice a year ago, celebrities have recently opted for something a little more dramatic and unconventional. From Nicole Richie's lilac pixie cut to Hilary Duff's recent green locks, there are a wide array of colours to choose from that weren't on the hair colour spectrum before.

While colouring your hair an unnatural hue was once seen as an act of rebellion, it seems to be attracting some pretty conventional pop stars in Hollywood. Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, and Rihanna are amongst the most popular to have tried this trend that has inspired us all to think brown is even more drab than ever before.

Gone are the days of blonds having more fun and brunettes doing it better. You thought redheads were special? When you have the entire rainbow to choose from, red pales in comparison.

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Will coloured hair translate onto the streets?

So far, it continues to be associated with the punk movement and since the 90s are in the midst of a comeback, we may see more rock n' roll hair to go along with the clothes.

Will it hit the runways? Time can only tell, but I'm eager to find out.

What do you think of this look? Would you dye your hair a bold colour? If so, which one would you choose? Would it reflect your mood of the moment or your personality?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, March 20, 2015

#IconCity: Who Else Misses Andie Anderson?

In case you didn't catch the reference in the title, I was talking about Kate Hudson's character in the film, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, one of my all time favourites. Kate Hudson is one of those celebrities known for her enviable blond hair rather than her sense of style and few recognize just how iconic it is. Every time we see Kate on the Red Carpet, she is dressed to perfection. Perhaps this is simply because she has Rachel Zoe as her stylist, but she also has great taste and it's worth noting that she gets it right at every event. For her role in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Almost Famous, and on hit television series, Glee, she deserves to be a member of Icon City amongst the fashionable elite. Let's not forget to mention that charm we simply can't get enough of.

Here are some of her best looks:

LOOK 1
Kate Hudson stopped street lights in this Gucci dress that fit her like a glove. Understated elegance is her signature and she always does it with grace and poise.
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LOOK 2
Kate looks beyond adorable in a white mini skirt and a yellow blouse that compliments her blond hair. With that high bun and those stilettos, she is the image of perfection.
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LOOK 3
Who else looks this good in high-waisted printed palazzo pants? Nobody, that's who. Kate pulls it off effortlessly with a white lace crop top.
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LOOK 4
Nobody does retro glamour quite like Kate Hudson. This woman knows which colours suit her best and the proof is how stunning she looks in a baby blue strapless Reem Acra gown.
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LOOK 5
 My all time favourite Kate Hudson look? That time she wore Atelier Versace at the 2014 Oscars. Nothing beats that back.
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What do you think of Kate Hudson's style? Which look is your favourite?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dolce and Gabanna: In Trouble Again?

As you may or may not have heard, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna have incited the outrage of the entire fashion world due to their statement about "synthetic children". In a such a socially advanced world, it's no wonder that everyone from Olivier Rousteing to Elton John had something to say regarding this statement.

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Their latest collection at Fashion Week, one of my personal favourites thus far, featured models on the runway with their children and celebrated motherhood. There is absolutely nothing wrong with honouring mothers but in today's modern world, condemning other forms of parenthood seems entirely out of place.

I know that you may have already heard your fair share of commentary on the issue, but I could not resist expressing my dismay at such tactless commentary from the designers. Though they may come from a more traditional background, the fashion world is a place for crossing boundaries and accepting all definitions of gender. Is it possible that certain individuals still aren't quite ready for a more modern society?

After this outrageous anti-IVF baby comment, a boycott Dolce and Gabanna post was published on Twitter by Elton John.

What do you think of this decision? Will you be boycotting these designers?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, March 13, 2015

Paris: The City of Lights And Elaborate Headwear

Paris Fashion Week is the one week in the year that I look forward to most. It is also the most challenging to condense into five collections because almost all of my favorite designers are in Paris. From Hedi Slimane to Karl Lagerfeld to the dynamic duo at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, these talented designers consistently go above and beyond my expectations. This season, Karl Lagerfeld took us to Cafe Gabrielle with models sipping tea in classic tweed suits. At Moncler Gamme Rouge, Giambattista Valli transported his audience to a riding show featuring models in riding caps and a finale of soldiers wearing head-to-toe red military suits and furry hats. Valentino was the star of the season due to a grand finale of Derek Zoolander and Hansel having a catwalk face-off. Keeping his trademark intact, Hedi Slimane was all about the dangerous bad girl who could care less about her reputation. McQueen was all about the wild hair and bondage inspired dresses and Giambattista Valli was infused with whimsical prints and girly frills. Though I was inspired by many of these collections, I chose five favorites to discuss today. However, I recommend it to everyone to check out all the shows on YouTube and Style.com. It was definitely a week to remember.

Let's review.

CARVEN
Carven was revived this season by Artistic Director, Guillaume Henry, who offered a fresh take on the brand. The statement piece was a disc necklace featured on many looks as the standout accessory. The show began with a lace white blouse and wraparound lilac mini skirt to introduce a feminine collection with mod vibes. Another reason I loved it? It seemed like everything was catered to a petite frame. From the skintight high-waisted pants in every colour to the cropped jackets, this was a fantasy for short girls everywhere. Though the models walked in loafers for the most part, the pants offered the illusion of height that petite ladies can only dream of. Will I be converting to flats? Probably not. But this collection made it something to consider. 

FAVOURITE LOOK: 15
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VALENTINO
What do you get when you combine 80s music, two of everyone's fashion heroes from the 90s, and 60s geometric prints? A Valentino blast from the past salad. This year, Valentino took a turn for the retro without taking us as far back in time as they usually do. The designers began their show with basic monochromatic looks with prison stripes as the dominant print. There were some bold printed dresses topped with elegant floor-length fur coats and of course, the traditional Valentino lace and sheer paneling. But the real shining moment was when Derek and Hansel from Zoolander hit the stage and became the biggest newsmakers at Paris Fashion Week. It was definitely a show to remember.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 43
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MONCLER GAMME ROUGE
Moncler Gamme Rouge was fashion month's grand finale and Giambattista Valli made sure it was a memorable one. From the moment his first model surfaced out of the mist in riding gear, we knew this was going to be way more theatrical than we are used to from the designer. Though the theme was consistent throughout the show, there were still some standout pieces I am dying to wear. From the white furry skirt to the oh-so-chic plastic raincoat and some mini neck scarves, I was absolutely smitten with this collection. Once again, mini skirts were the bottom of choice topped with matching jackets in tweed prints. Red was the colour of the moment and we found out why at the grand finale when a line of soldiers clad in red suits and furry hats walked onto the runway to welcome back the models. This show reminded us all that Giambattista Valli is a force to be reckoned with along the lines of, dare I say it, Lagerfeld himself. By placing him at the very end, they proved that he's just as worth waiting for as the legendary Marc Jacobs. Not bad, Valli. Not bad at all.

FAVOURITE LOOK: 27
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ELIE SAAB
Elie Saab may have finally gotten the memo that his collections look a little too much alike. Taking on a darker turn this season starting with his backdrop mimicking a dark forest, the designer went from floor-length lace dresses to black minis and military jumpsuits. The show began with earth tones to reflect his inspiration, a natural landscape in a dark atmosphere. Some colourful floral prints were introduced towards the middle of the show that may inspire some celebrities on the Red Carpet. Saab took an edgier route with leather and cutout dresses, but maintained a girly image with his flared cuts and some floor-length flowy looks. Though this was a new approach for the designer, there were still enough Red Carpet looks to satisfy an audience anticipating that particular style. He managed to keep it fresh without tarnishing his image. Well done, Elie Saab.

FAVOURITE LOOK:
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CHANEL
This year's Chanel show was an ode to the original designer, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel from the theme, Cafe Gabrielle, to the tweeds and pearls that dripped on the models. The best part? An ultra classy hairband with the double C's at the back of the head that nobody can stop talking about. This may have been my favorite Chanel collection in a very long time. Though I'm not usually one to be decked in head-to-toe tweed, these suits were gorgeous and unique, inviting me to explore the trend. Each one was entirely different, whether a monochrome look or with a touch of pink, and combined with the classic Chanel black and nude pump, it was nothing short of perfection. The Girl bag made its debut, a handbag in the shape of a buttoned cardigan that I hope to see on our favourite celebrities in the near future (*cough *cough Blake Lively). Let's not forget to mention the wide variety of interesting coats, whether a puffer that took puffy to another level, a cape, or a draped over the shoulders #forthesakeoffashion jacket, each one had its own personality to suit the wearer. With Cara's final twirl at the end and a small smile from Karl Lagerfeld, this show made everyone a little giddy and nothing has that effect quite like a Chanel runway.

FAVOURITE LOOK:81
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CHANEL SHOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKPRfbxUNXQ

Which show was your favourite this year?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella