Friday, January 23, 2015

#IconCity: Feeling British With Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung belongs in IconCity because it is undeniable that she has become a fashion icon. Representing British hipster style, the girl always stays true to herself no matter what she's wearing. After her recent collaboration with AG denim, we can finally consider her the queen of the Canadian tuxedo. For her quirky sense of humour and quirky style to match, we can't get enough of her.

Here are some of her best looks:

LOOK 1
Nobody does the casual cool look quite like Alexa. Adding a wide rim burgundy fedora to her edgy outfit, we're all envious of her effortless style.
via www.vogue.co.uk
LOOK 2
Once again, Alexa looks totally boho chic in a floppy hat. With a turquoise fur coat and girly ballet flats, she keeps her look feminine and sophisticated.
via www.vogue.co.uk
LOOK 3
Queen of femininity, Alexa wears a flared skirt, peter pan collar, and some bow flats on a casual day out.
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LOOK 4
Though she is known for her adorable flats, Alexa also knows how to rock a heel. In these shiny black booties, sequinned midi skirt, and textured white peasant blouse, she proves that she knows how to mix and match. She also knows that the best accessory to any look is a Chanel clutch.
via www.instyle.co.uk
LOOK 5
Nobody rocks a pair of denim overalls like Alexa Chung. In fact, if it were a contest, she would win every time.
via eatsleepdenim.com
What do you think of Alexa Chung's looks? Which one is your favourite?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What Your Do Says About You

In the New Year, many of us are searching for change. The easiest one just happens to be in our appearance. There is nothing more gratifying than declaring that an external change will motivate us to make a more concrete internal change. That is why for many years, women have been cutting or altering their hair to indicate that they are entering a new life stage. In honour of 2015, here is an indicator of what your hairdo can say about you, because frankly, it says a lot. Perhaps when making your decision, you can refer to this list for guidance.

TIE DYE
Whether ombre ends or a bold new colour like green a la Kylie Jenner or lilac a la Nicole Richie, integrating an unusual hair colour to your natural locks is a popular choice for the bold amongst us. A woman who colours her hair is not afraid to take a concrete risk and try something new. Come hither future because you are ready for a big change. Nobody can stop you from chasing your dreams this year and your hair is there to show it. If you're ready for this big step, it's time to take out the tie dye.

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LONG WAVES
The girl who lets her hair run free and take on its natural waves is ready to settle down and get her life together. This may seem like a boring look to the average person, but to this woman, it's a sign that structure awaits and it symbolizes the beginning of an effortless lifestyle. If you have been wearing your hair short all your life, long hair signals that you've decided to let go of all the bad and go with the flow. It's time to take it easy and maintain a positive attitude Blake Lively style.

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PIXIE
It's time to take that step you've been afraid of all your life and leap into the land of pixie cuts. This woman is tired of the norm and societal expectations, and ready to take her life into her own hands. It's the symbolic haircut of a powerful woman who runs her own life and makes her own rules. You may have been swayed by convention in the past, but this is your shining moment and the perfect time to set yourself apart. You're prepared to take a risk and dive into new territory. You're bold, strong, and someone to be admired. Change, here you come.

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SHOULDER LENGTH
It might not be time for a major change just yet, but you're on the road to redefining yourself. Seeking a more mature look, this woman opts for the shoulder length cut to project a more serious vibe to others. You're ready to take control and get rid of those long locks you've gotten used to. Who needs them? It's time for a hairstyle that will place you along the ranks of fashionistas like Miroslava Duma and Carine Roitfeld. You're a woman on a mission and your hair is there to prove it.

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THE BOB
You live for trends, which is why you're ready to try a bob this season. Everyone from Sienna Miller to Reese Witherspoon is exploring this look this year and it's time for you to join that club of divas. There's nothing more in vogue than asymmetry and you cannot resist this cool new do. Though you are used to taking hair risks, this look says that you're prepared for change at a moment's notice. You're always up for an adventure and a challenge. After all, hair grows back, right?

via www.luckymag.com
Ready for a big change? Next time you get a haircut, take a look at some of these great looks. Choose wisely, but be prepared for something bold. 

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Can A Season Really Be Defined By A Colour?

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As a self-designated "fashion girl", I am often asked: what is the colour of the season?

And to that I answer: what?

To think for a moment that a season can be defined by a singular colour is preposterous. There is nothing more absurd than choosing one colour and declaring it the one to wear for the next 3-4 months.

Apparently, Spring 2015 is all about the pastel pink. As much as I love pastel pink (as a self-designated girly girl), I cannot imagine wearing this colour all season long.

Yes, I know that there are prints as well. Florals have obviously not gone out of style and stripes are resurfacing faster than you can sing Seven Nation Army. However, they are all appearing on the racks in a light shade of pink reminiscent of my cousin's baby shower.

How is this still a phenomenon? When will the world understand that fashion is about breaking down the boundaries? Yes, I like to wear black in the summer and pastel pink in the winter. Is there anything wrong with that? Theoretically, there isn't. In practice, you may get some uninviting stares by the average passerby.

The strange thing about fashion is that we like to pick a colour to help others choose their next wardrobe, but we also like to encourage originality. There is nothing more chic than someone who looks confident in an outfit a magazine didn't even tell them to wear. We like to label them as trendsetters. In fact, one might say that selecting a single colour is only meant to facilitate shopping for those who don't actually like to shop.

For women who strive for a unique look that truly represents their personality, what is a colour? It's a change of mood. It's an experiment. It's an endless abyss of choice. It should not be a repressive tool.

So next time somebody asks you what the colour of the year is, you should ask them what they think it should be and take it from there. Let's choose our own colours and refrain from following the mold, shall we?

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Will We Ever Learn To Embrace Our Curls?

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Yesterday, I decided that for the first time in 6 months, I would let my natural curls run free. For anyone else with a naturally curly fro, you can understand that this is a major risk that I chose to take. When it comes to curls, they can either come out unruly or sexy and bouncy. It really is a gamble. When I look at women like DVF, Lorde, and Sarah Jessica Parker, I admire their ability to wear their curls with pride. I only wish I could pull it off with the same amount of class and sophistication.

Here begs the question: why are we still ashamed of our curls?

No matter how many times this look appears on the runway, it never quite makes its way onto the streets. Hair stylists may praise it and designers might embrace it, but the women who endure it every single day cannot comes to terms with it. We buy our heat protecting creams, our irons, and our blow dryers and spend countless hours searching for youtube tutorials that can teach us how to tame our locks. The stigma on curly hair continues to exist today and I can hardly understand why. Though I have fallen for social pressures to sport a blow-dried look, I'm constantly tempted to leave my hair to take on its natural form. However, since I have become accustomed to my smooth straight hair, I can't seem to take the leap into natural territory.

Why are we all so scared to look natural?
In a society where feminism is once again on the rise, can't we put down those tools and embrace our real selves?
When will curly hair become the coveted look?

When Prada had her models wear their hair wet on the runway and Karl Lagerfeld had them in bold curls, everyone gasped in awe and the natural look was getting promoted in all our favourite magazines. Unfortunately, they remained in the magazines.

When I walk across the street I continue to see women with blow outs and wonder what they would look like if they left their hair natural. Is it as wild as mine? What if we took a break every once in a while and let it, dare I say, AIRDRY?

I challenge you to go natural for a few days and see how you feel. Let your hair breathe and take on its original form. You may be surprised at your reaction.

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Are Thigh High Boots Stripper Boots Or Totally Chic?

This is a question that has been plaguing my thoughts for the last three months as I noticed them emerge onto the fashion scene.

How do I feel about thigh high boots? Get ready for my own personal semi-relevant lo-down.

As a girl of petite proportions, I have been led (read: tricked) into believing that there are a number of trends I could never pull off. For one thing, midi skirts are NOT an option. Oversized clothing is reserved for oversized people and baggy pants should never even enter my lexicon. Over-the-knee boots have somehow fallen into that same category, leading me to question these limitations placed on people of my stature.

Is height our self-defining quality?
Are we not allowed to experiment out of fear it'll shrink us even further to the public eye?

All my life, I have been concerned about appearing even smaller than I already do. I've gone through certain lengths to ensure that I looked taller and the password to entry into the fashion industry, PROPORTIONATE.

What happens when you decide to take a risk? And what if you do it right? Dare I suggest that this is possible?

After noticing a number of short women I respect for their impeccable style including Miroslava Duma, The Olsen Twins, and Nicole Richie, in clothing I never thought possible for women of their height, I started to question everything I grew to understand.

Known for their oversized knitwear, the Olsens are defiant to established fashion rules for petite women and some may disagree with their fashion choices, but their success is undeniable.

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Nicole Richie wears that maxi dress like a badge and though she references her height restrictions on her show, Candidly Nicole, fashion does not seem to be one of them.

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As for Mira Duma, she has been spotted in longer hemlines, oversized coats, and OVER-THE-KNEE boots. PS. I love her.

via www.instylemag.com.au
So, how can they possibly be hooker boots when they look gorgeous on one of the top muses of the industry?

Your answer? No, they are NOT hooker boots by any means. When worn with a chic coat or classy dress, they transform into the most stylish pair of shoes in your closet. Are you running to the stores yet?

Thought so.

XOXO,

Bella

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Golden Globes Best-Dressed List? Oh My.

Last night was an evening of fun and games with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as well as a night of sparkle. Literally. Many celebs like Dakota Johnson, Julianne Moore, and Reese Witherspoon wore their glittery Christmas rejects, while others opted for lemon yellow. That's right. Lemon yellow was a popular choice for stars like Jenna Dewan Tatum, Leslie Mann, and Naomi Watts. And the sorbet dessert theme did not end there. Strawberry was even more widespread on ladies like Heidi Klum, Allison Williams, Lena Dunham, Taylor Schilling, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Viola Davis. Have I forgotten anyone? Bold was obviously the trend because many appeared in cobalt blue including Amy Poehler and Cindy Crawford. The battle of the cleavage proved that it is no longer all about the booty this year. It was a close tie between J.Lo and Kate Hudson. Who came out victorious? That's for you to judge. And let's not forget the men of the evening who looked dapper as usual. Mr. Clooney, Adam Levine, and Eddie Redmayne were amongst my favourites. Now, let's get down to the true business of this awards show. As we all know, it's not about the destination, but rather the process. Let's rate fashion.

NUMBER 10
Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture
This was my favourite piece of glitter to grace the red carpet. I am partially more excited for 50 Shades of Grey because of this dress. One may have nothing to do with the other, but that slit sure packed a punch.
via Elle UK
NUMBER 9
Amy Adams in Atelier Versace
Versace won the night and deserves an award for the abundance of stunning gowns she created on that Red Carpet. Amy Adams looks like a goddess of the seas in a periwinkle dress that hugged her curves. Clearly, her great bod made the dress and not the other way around.
via Elle UK
NUMBER 8
Giuliana Rancic in Maria Lucia Hohan
Of course, Giuliana Rancic, queen of fashion, looked adorable in a pale pink strapless with a flared princess skirt. I'm assuming she was inspired by Jeremy Scott's barbie collection, but who knows? In the world of cinema, it's just a pretty dress.
via usmagazine.com
NUMBER 7
Kate Hudson in Versace
I hate (love) to say it, but Kate did it better than J.Lo. I'm usually not a big fan of the deep V cleavage, but Kate has never looked better. Then again, I say that at every Red Carpet event. Does anything look bad on her really?
via Elle UK
NUMBER 6
Lupita N'Yongo in Giambattista Valli Couture
This may seem like an odd choice and I had some trouble wrapping my head around it at first, but there's something charming about it that I just can't get over. Maybe it just reminds me of the lovely gardens of yore or maybe Lupita is just amazing, but I'm slightly obsessed with this on her.
via Elle UK
NUMBER 5
Amal Alamuddin Clooney in Dior Haute Couture
This may be the beginning of a series of best-dressed appearances for Amal. THE Mrs Clooney has proven herself worthy of the fashion scene by dressing for success at every occasion. She may have been the classiest lady at this ultra classy event in long gloves we might just like. Will this accessory appear at the Oscars? If she is the trendsetter I think she is...
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NUMBER 4
Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera
Something I learned at the Golden Globes? Jenna Dewan Tatum looks amazing in yellow. She looks like spring sunshine in a field of sunflowers and it doesn't her to have a gorgeous manccessory.
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NUMBER 3
Heidi Klum in Versace
Once again, Versace wins the race on Heidi Klum. She may not be a film star, but she looks as glamorous as Monroe herself with her wavy blond locks and bold red dress. She definitely knows how to match the Red Carpet and stand out simultaneously.
via Elle UK
NUMBER 2
Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab Couture
When is Kate not on one of my best-dressed lists? The answer is NEVER. She always looks breathtaking and I want to hire her as my new best friend. She pulls off that effortless Hollywood glamour I dream of and her bun is divine.
via Elle UK
And the NUMBER 1 is...
Emma Stone in Lanvin
Was this not obvious as soon as she walked that Red Carpet? If anyone can pull off pants at the Globes, it's Emma Stone. Matched with a charming sense of humour, we're all pretty much in love with her.
via Elle UK
And of course, I'd like to honourably mention the two runners up:
1. Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
2. Julianne Moore in Givenchy

Did you watch the Globes last night? If so, what did you think of those Red Carpet looks? Which one was your favourite?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, January 9, 2015

#IconCity: Naomi Campbell. Duh.

If anyone in the entire fashion stratosphere deserves icon status, it is the queen of the runway, Naomi Campbell. Not only was she one of the top supermodels of the 90's, but she continues to model today on the DVF runway and runs her own show, The Face. Let's not forget to mention her most recent ad campaign for Burberry with the successor to the Campbell throne, Jourdan Dunn. Another thing she does incredibly well? Style. Every outfit she wears is pure gold. Here is proof.

Take a look at five of her best looks.

LOOK 1
This Alexander McQueen dress is so darn cute, it makes Naomi look adorable, yet somehow, still fierce. Love the way she rocks those booties as well. Are you as envious of that body as I am?
via Harper's Bazaar
LOOK 2
Naomi may look great in an LBD, but she looks even better in an LWD. Sweet with this ruffled Alaia dress, but spicy with those lace-up booties, she creates a killer combination in one look.
via Harper's Bazaar
LOOK 3
Nothing says Naomi Campbell like a leopard print and she does it without looking tacky. Queen of the flared mini dress, Naomi rocks our world once again.
via Zimbio
LOOK 4
Once again, Naomi Campbell wore an animal print and looked amazing while doing it. She wears a structured dress like no other and it fits like a glove.
via The Cut
LOOK 5
You put Naomi Campbell in a gown and you cannot expect anything less than perfection. This is a mermaid fresh out of water and ready for a glistening red carpet in navy velvet.
via Style Bistro
What do you think of Naomi's style? Which is your favourite look?

Ponder It,

XOXO,

Bella