Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Let's Talk About The Elephant In The Room: 2014

In case you've been living in a cave, the current news around town is that it's the last day of 2013. And what do we love to do upon the start of a New Year? Reflect on everything that happened in the past year and reminisce about what we loved and what we absolutely hated. I'd like to take this opportunity to play a little game called: Top 10 Trends of 2013: Let's Rate Them! (I invented this btw). So, as we take a stroll down memory lane, I'd like you to officially decide what was just a trend and what shall evolve into a wardrobe staple.

NUMBER 10
The Isabel Marant Sneaker Wedge
Rating: 9/10
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The sneaker wedge revolutionized fashion by allowing the sporty girls to look more feminine and the girly girls to look more athletic. It also allowed the short girls (me) to walk in heels effortlessly. That is an accomplishment on its own and though this may have been 2012, I'm pretty sure this trend is here to stay.

NUMBER 9
The Ear Cuff
Rating: 6/10
via whowhatwear.com
This trend rose to power after the Met Gala: From Punk Chaos to Couture where all our favourite celebs were spotted wearing them including It girl Cara Delevingne and our favourite little Fanning (Elle). All of a sudden, it became a craze (I mean, who can possibly contemplate wearing regular earrings like a classy woman?). I'd say this will likely blow over, but I've made wrongful predictions before.

NUMBER 8
Nail Art
Rating: 7/10
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Remember that article I wrote on how Nail Art is dead/dying (view here)? Well, in 2013, it was all too real, all over everyone's nails! For now, the trend seems to be losing its hype, but all it really takes is one popular celebrity to do it again and our nails will be all decked out once more!

NUMBER 7
Crop Tops
Rating: 8/10
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Crop tops (fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) are here to stay. With a pair of high-waisted jeans or a classic blazer, they can be classed up for the everyday fashionista. If you're in Hollywood, this is obviously unnecessary as you have abs to kill and standards of class of far different anyway.

NUMBER 6
The Chanel Lego Clutch
Rating: 7/10
via vogue.mx
As an art piece, this is probably the coolest concept ever. However, as a bag, it happens to be transparent in its original form (displaying every embarrassing item you have in your purse). I love it because it reminds me of my childhood and I seriously hope it translates into the street style universe, but for now, it remains reserved for the fashion elite. Will you dare to try it in 2014?

NUMBER 5
The Midi Skirt
Rating: 6/10
via lolobu.com
I give this trend a 6 because I still can't pull it off. I'm slowly coming to terms with this fact, but it's still ridiculously classy and comforting to know that mini skirts are taking a break.

NUMBER 4
The Beanie
Rating: 7/10
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As we tumble into winter, we all struggle to look cool in this dire cold months. The beanie is 50 shades of awesome, but it can also look horrendous when done wrong. Beanie's with writing on them? Well, to each his own.

NUMBER 3
POW
Rating: 7/10
via lookbook.nu
I'm pretty sure the word POW is self explanatory, but in case it isn't, it is basically the one word strewn across pants, skirts, and tops everywhere for the past few months. Everyone is obsessed with this comic strip look (even the non-geeks among us). Though this may fade or take on a new form, I think it was definitely fun while it lasted.

NUMBER 2
Round Sunglasses
Rating: 8/10
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I'm an avid fan of the round sunglasses. I also happen to know that this trend is only going to explode in 2014. Get ready for some John Lennon high fashion, ladies.

NUMBER 1
Purple Lips
Rating: 9/10
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Step aside, red. Purple is now the new hot lip colour. Though this will only last through the Fall/Winter months, it is a wonder that it transcended the magazine pages and onto the lips of street stylers everywhere. Maybe it's our obsession with Vamps, but whatever brought this on, I am forever grateful.

Honourable mentions: The Zara Short/Skirt/Skort (Still don't know what that's called) (8/10) and The Fendi Fur Baguette (6/10)

If I missed anything grand, I apologize in advance and I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. The year 2013 was filled with trends wreaking of the 90s and essentially, my childhood. Let's get nostalgic together because 2014 will be a whole other ball game.

Happy New Year!

Bella




37 Days Until NYFW

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Is Just Another Excuse To Go Shopping

I woke up this morning and shuffled through my wardrobe to figure out what outfit would suit my current mood only to get swallowed up by an array of sweatshirts and jeans (we've all suffered through THAT experience). The following discovery was made: I have absolutely nothing to wear for New Years. The panic set in at the thought that I'd be wearing something "old" for New Years. Isn't what you wear on New Years meant to represent how amazing your year will be? I mean, it must be bad luck to recycle an old outfit upon the commencement of a new year, right? Like a tsunami, these thoughts came rushing through my head and in a frenzy, I experienced that lightbulb moment. I HAD to go shopping.

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As a self-proclaimed shopaholic, I always get a thrill at the thought of purchasing something new (who doesn't?). As a result, I tend to search for every possible excuse to shop. If it's not New Years, it's my birthday. If it's not my birthday, it's my best friend's birthday. And if it's not my best friend's birthday, well, it's just the start of a new season and I NEED new clothes (obviously). Or do I? Am I just looking for excuses or do I really need something new? Is there a reason why I have an unnatural amount of unworn dresses in my wardrobe? Am I insane? Are we all insane? Are we all shopaholics? What's a "good" reason to shop? Are we all just being sucked into this massive consumerist hole, never to resurface?

All these questions are merely meant for you to question your choices when you shop. Do I really love this top or do I just want something to buy? Will I love it in 3 weeks? We all need to make smarter shopping decisions because I haven't met one person who hasn't had a single regret after a mindless purchase. Does this shirt really fit me just right or is it a little too broad on the shoulders? Will I really wear this? Do these shoes ACTUALLY fit or am I just too blinded by love? World knows I've fallen in love one too many times!

Peace Out,

Bella




38 Days Until NYFW

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Are We Over The Crop Top Or Is It Just Getting Started?

We all suspected that the 90s would make a comeback when boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted began to surface (and we all realized how much we missed N'Sync and BSB). It was only a matter of time before our nostalgia leaked onto the streets in the form of crop tops, acid wash jeans, and overalls. Several years ago, we all would have gagged at the thought of a 90s resurgence, but today, in the last few days of 2013, we are all STILL obsessed.

via http://www.teenvogue.com
I've intentionally chosen to make these great generalizations because I've recently noticed that crop tops are not just a phase. The trend seems to be growing at an exponential rate (only a minor exaggeration)! From hipsters to fashionistas, they are absolutely EVERYWHERE. This summer, it was all about the flimsy loose crop top with a pair of high waisted jean shorts. Now? We're opting for a classier look with fur coats and dark-washed denim. And somehow, after about 6 months, I STILL can't really decide how I feel about this trend.

When I first noticed the growing popularity of the crop top, I scoffed and said that I would never expose my midriff (so trashy). Somehow, I landed in a store with a crop top on, unable to resist passing that credit card. What (Yes, I somehow managed to confuse myself)? Did I get influenced by the stream of crop tops in Elle and Harper's Bazaar? Or did all those young street style teen queens finally have an effect on me? Maybe I was experiencing a little bit of 90s nostalgia myself. Whatever it was, I got hooked. Today, I own two. Tomorrow, who knows? 2014 crop tops look promising, but will I be SO over it? With fashion month approaching, we'll see what new inspiration my favourite designers will bring!

Happy Sunday!

Bella




39 Days Until NYFW

Friday, December 27, 2013

In January, Fashion Takes A Well-Deserved Nap

Happy Fashion Friday! (no, I did not make that up. It's the oldest alliteration in the book)

Hope you lovelies had a wonderful boxing day and that you're ready for boxing weekend! For some strange reason, I've been uninspired lately and boxing week is just about the worst time to lose inspiration. My creative juices have ceased to flow and I'm at a complete loss. The solution to that problem is usually a new magazine, but all the January issues are as thin as toast and I'm not getting much out of it. In the month of January, fashion is simply asleep (aren't we all?). What I struggle to understand is why the start of a fresh new year doesn't spur new ideas? Why are these magazines so darn thin? Can't they make a "best dressed of the year list"? Or perhaps a "summary of 2013" issue? I simply CANNOT come to terms with this. I know that the holiday shopping is over, but I yearn to be inspired in this dreadful month and I NEED my magazines for sustenance.

It seems like the only thing we can look forward to is Fall 2014 fashion month coming up in February. Unfortunately, that is still many days away. I don't know about you, but I've already started my countdown.

Enjoy your last weekend of 2013!

Bella




41 Days Until NYFW

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Everybody's Talking About Boxing Day, Otherwise Known As Retail Therapy

Today is Boxing Day. What the hell does that mean, one may ask? Does it imply that we must box our way through the crowds to get at the sales? NO. Are the prices getting "boxed" down? NO. According to our reliable Wikipedia, on the day after Christmas, servants and the tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers called "Christmas Box". In other words, boxing day was created for the peasants, just like us! We finally get the prices to go down to a level that better suits our wallets and in exchange, we are compared to the servants of the rich (small price to pay). It is the one day that we probably spend more money that ANY other day of the year (you must admit that it reminds you of a poor child on a binge). Therefore, I would deduce that this comparison is quite accurate.

What is boxing day according to me? A safety hazard. A ploy. A money trap. A day to shower ourselves with gifts after we've spent all of our money on others. Self-indulgent. An excuse to shop. At least, in modern society, this is the definition we've officially accepted. It's a time to get trampled, NOT try anything on due to long lineups, and return our items the very next day. It is irrational and frankly, animalistic. There is no rhyme or reason to boxing day, just desire that drives us through those crowds. It's the jungle. It looks a little something like THIS.

The reality is: boxing day is actually just retail therapy. We're all a little down after Christmas ends (even for those who don't celebrate this holiday, it's still Winter). For about 2 months, we've been anticipating this day spent with the family in which we can indulge in an elaborate meal, receive lavish gifts (or just regular ones), listen to all our favourite Christmas songs, and be merry. When it all ends, to avoid depression, we simply have a day in which we shop until we drop (literally). Let's call it retail therapy, because this is the one day a year that EVERYONE needs it.

Good Luck Shopping!

Bella

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Miracle And A Little Bit About Plaid

First and foremost, I'd like to wish everyone who celebrates it a Merry Christmas and hope you had a lovely day with your families. I, for one, spent the entire day with mine, detached from the cyber-world.  By some Christmas miracle, we lost power today and this allowed us to appreciate our time together as a family much more. Though I don't celebrate Christmas, it remained a much appreciated day off. However, don't mistaken it for a day away from blogging, because I prefer to share the love and NOT reserve my words for my family alone. As a matter of fact, I've actually been bitten by the Christmas bug myself. No, it was not after listening to "All I Want For Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey on repeat, neither was it due to the endless variety of Christmas films playing on my television and reminding me of my youth. It has nothing to do with the Giant Christmas trees displayed inside my favourite place in the world (The Mall). It happens to be an addiction to Tartan that snuck up on me when I least expected it.

Source: howtochic.blogspot.it
Something you may not be aware of is my propensity towards addiction (not in the unhealthy way, although some would say that's debatable). When I like a fashion trend, I go a little bananas (as my fellow Jewish fashionista Rachel Zoe would say). Here's an example: when I discovered studs, I went on a rampage. A studded t-shirt, 4 studded bracelets, a studded clutch, and a pair of studded flats later, I realized what I'd done and the aggressive attitude I was portraying to the greater public. Maybe I went slightly overboard, but I absolutely could not resist a stud when I saw one. It become my signature touch in every look.

Yesterday, I went shopping and somehow, I found myself with a plaid pencil skirt and a plaid tank top. When I got home I realized I already had a plaid sweater and a plaid blouse. I felt the symptoms coming back again, but it was just too little, too late. The truth is, plaid is the ultimate Christmas/Fall trend and when it came a knockin', I answered the door. I may not be eating eggnog nor do I own a tree, but Christmas fashion has me smitten and I can't shut the door on that!

Happy Holidays!

Bella

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Apparently, Nail Art Is Dead. I Never Thought It Was Alive.

According to several reliable sources including The Cut, Fashionista, and Buzzfeed, nail art is on the road towards its demise. Rather than summarizing what has already been said about Nail Art (including various undeniable statistics about reduced consumption), I will state my own personal opinion on the matter (it is your choice to agree or disagree).

Despite Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus decking these elaborate nail designs, it never really stuck on me (no pun intended). What is nail art anyway? In my eyes, it consists of going back to our five year old roots and conducting an arts and crafts project on our nails (I was never very good at arts and crafts). While that's all fine and dandy, the textured nails concept just doesn't sit well with me. I will try just about any shade or colour (except maybe yellow) on my nails (as you can see from my Essie article) and explore the multi-colour concept. I will attempt at any type of French manicure (reverse or otherwise) you may offer, but a nail design? Not my cup of tea. Maybe it's because I belong to a supreme category of klutziness. Perhaps I simply cannot imagine gluing crap to my nails and having to remove said crap afterwards. Or, I may just be the nail art grinch. For whichever reason, I KNEW that nail art was just a phase like low-rise thong-baring jeans (thank goodness for that).

If for some odd reason, this article burns your soul, continue to elaborately deck your nails with gold sequins or rainbow glitter. Maybe you can revive this dying trend and for that I shall commend you. I, for one, will probably never try this because I can barely paint my nails without passing the lines and the idea of making art displays on them seems unfathomable. Although, you never know what the future holds. Perhaps with the assistance of stickers or professional help, I can warm up to the idea. A wise man once said: Never Say Never (Justin Bieber and my parents).

Adios Snow Bunnies!

Bella

Monday, December 23, 2013

Accessories: The Material Equivalent of Human Quirks

A wise man once said: "Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit". Who was that wise man? He goes by the name of Michael Kors and he is THE accessory giant of the fashion industry. The woman who does not fantasize about a Michael Kors handbag or an MK watch has simply never seen one. This woman does not exist.

Good Morning ladies!

I am here to convince you that sterling accessories are the best investment you'll ever make and worth prioritizing. While those all sound like some very big words, they should not be taken lightly. Many of us fall into the "shopaholic" category, but not all of us have wads of cash to spend on everything that lights up our eyes in a store. As a result, we tend to spend all of our money on clothes only to arrive at the accessories counter a moment too late. I am guilty of this very crime.

Accessories are the material equivalent of human quirks. While trends may dictate what we choose to wear or influence our sense of style, accessories have the power to differentiate us from one another and provide the necessary punctuation to a drab look. What is a sentence without the proper punctuation? INCOMPLETE. What is an outfit without intriguing accessories? It is meaningless words without subtext, a body without a soul, a soup without vegetables, a salad without dressing. Accessories have the almighty power to make or break an outfit. They individualize your look by sprinkling it with personality. The fact of the matter is that NOBODY will be wearing all the same accessories at the same time, while this may not be the case with the consumption of "fast fashion". Let's just say that they have saved many a fashion crisis.

Exhibit A: Woman walks into New Years Eve party wearing a sequin-infested Herve Leger dress in a navy blue. Woman charms the room with her glamorous glitter, sparkling upon every encounter. Woman spots Other Woman across the room in the VERY SAME DRESS. Woman's heart stops. Woman's sheer black shall and layered pearl necklace salvage the situation as Other Woman arrives with a crystal necklace and faux fur arm candy. Crisis Averted.

This situation, ladies and gentlemen, is why it is important to buy the proper accessories to make a simple look your own. Even if you find yourself decked in the very same dress, nobody will notice if your accessories shine brighter. Accessories first. Clothing second.

Happy Shopping!

Bella

Sunday, December 22, 2013

What's In A Name? Tis Everything.

Dearest reader,

I'd like to wish you a happy second day of Winter and hope that you've had a lovely weekend. Regrettably, I found myself quite preoccupied on Saturday to such a degree that I was unable to post an intriguing piece of work for my beloved readers to ponder with their morning coffee. For that, I offer my deepest apologies. I am uncertain as to why I've adopted a rather archaic tone of voice, but let's "just go with it", shall we?

What is on the agenda for this evening, you may ask? Today, I have decided to address an issue which ails us all due to our constant need to assert our importance within the grander society. I am referring to the human obsession with the latest coveted item on the rack comprising a conspicuously well-established label.

Alas, we are all victims of brand addiction. You and I, along with the lady down the street, have stumbled into the brand trap, never to escape it. As we are all aware, status is everything, and thus, exposing one's wealth or a simulation of one's wealth is crucial to being admitted into the fashion elite. Whether tis a Michael Kors Hamilton Bag or Hermes Birkin, the ownership of one of these accessories places one in a higher class of human being. This is a well-established fact. Must we love the design and craftsmanship? It is not the priority. Rather, if all the ladies in your social surroundings have one, it is undeniable that it shall be an excellent purchase. One simply DOES NOT carry a brand-less handbag, for she would be the talk of the town and gossip runs rampant in these parts. It simply CANNOT be done.

Seeing as your attire indicates your classification in the social sphere, I advise you not to neglect it. Is it necessary to spend an extra few hundred dollars on a Burberry trend coat? Not particularly. However, you do not want to find yourself in the lower echelons of society, now do you? What's a few hundred dollars if it implies immediate status recognition?

Sincerely,

Bella

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Landslide of Shoes

Good Morning Snow Angels!

Let's talk about shoes (and don't pretend those words didn't make little bits of confetti sprinkle inside your body). Allow me to state the obvious: winter has arrived full throttle and we're all knee deep in snow. At least I am. Unfortunately, that implies that it's time to take out my Sorels and disregard my fashion instincts for a moment (or 5 months). There is nothing less chic than a pair of chunky winter boots covered in shit-coloured slush (pardon my French). Some of us choose to ignore the snow and wear our leather boots anyway. Prepare yourselves because I'm going to be blunt. This is a terrible decision. Do you really want to ruin your 400$ Michael Kors riding boots? I didn't think so. The only thing less chic than Sorels is a pair of washed out, salt-stained leather knee-high boots. If you want your precious boots to remain intact, my little bit of advice is to stick to those Sorels.

Living in Canada, we are all accustomed to the heavy snowfalls contrasted by humid summer days (what is this "summer" you speak of?), which is why we have a closet full of shoes (amongst other reasons). Realistically speaking, you need those Sorels to endure the snowstorms. You also need a pair of knee high boots with a stiletto heel for a night on the town in the Fall. Don't forget that flat pair reserved for boxing week (you don't want to tire yourself out, do you?). And, let's face it, booties are ESSENTIAL to your fall wardrobe whether with a heel or without (though one of each is preferable). Oh, and let's not forget that you MUST own a pair of sneaker wedges if you know anything about Fall fashion trends. You also need a pair of convenient gym sneakers for those treks on the treadmill (especially after you promised yourself you would start going to the gym in the new year). You can't possibly live without that adorable pair of flats to pair with just about EVERYTHING in your wardrobe. For a fancy sortie, who doesn't require a pair of classic pumps to accentuate that gorgeous new peplum dress. When pedicure season comes around, a pair of wedge sandals are CRUCIAL to your survival. However, you also need a pair of flip flops for those lazy days. Sandals are a MUST for your summer vacation because frankly, who wants to wear heels in Cuba when we're all feeling a little light headed from all that alcohol?

Now, I'm not very good at math, but if I calculated correctly that adds up to...12 PAIRS. And those are just the black ones. Once you've accumulated enough black pairs, you can immerse yourself into the world of colours and nudes until your closet becomes an endless abyss of shoes and some pairs get consumed in a dark hole, only to surface once a year upon spring cleaning. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

It seems as though 12 pairs of shoes is the bare minimum. SAY WHAT? Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and ask the question that's circling around in all of our minds right now: are we all just spoiled? Is this a curse placed upon women to promote consumerism? Do we even NEED all these pairs? Has the 21st century created a new need by exploiting a woman's love for shoes? Are we victims of marketing tactics or guilty of adhering to an unfortunate stereotype? Raise your hand if you own more than 20 pairs. I urge you to dive into your closet, grab a pen and paper, and get counting.

Happy Friday!

Bella

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rihanna for Balmain: Predictability At Its Best

When I watch a Romantic Comedy, I expect the two protagonists to end up together at the end. It is predictable and cliche, but it MUST happen. On the rare occasion that it doesn't, it is thrown into the "bad film" pile stationed on the left side of my brain. Once in a while, a movie just throws you a lemon and you wonder why you wasted two hours watching a couple fall in love only to witness their final break up. When the credits get rolling, you find yourself wondering what happened to the rest of the film and give your television screen a bewildered stare.

Sometimes, we all crave a little predictability to escape the disappointment that comes with every day life. We also need to be reassured that people out there are making smart decisions, because frankly, if the shoe fits...

When it just feels right and we're all thinking it, it is probably because it is. THAT is how I feel about Rihanna for Balmain. This Spring 2014 campaign features bad girl Riri herself and frankly, it was only a matter of time. Her edgy diva image aligns with Olivier Rousteing's glam rock collection perfectly. I am absolutely in love with this brand and Rihanna, so in my eyes, this is incredible news. I find his collections empowering and sultry with a dab of attitude. Putting Rihanna in those clothes is like adding strawberries to your vanilla ice cream. It just fits well together and enhances the flavour. Rihanna embodies this brand and though I didn't believe it to be possible, amplifies its image. She is exactly who I would've have imagined as the poster girl for Balmain and THAT is what I love about it.

Later,

Bella 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Red Lipstick and My Mouth: A Love Story

When I was 17, I entered a new chapter in my life, what we in Quebec refer to as "Cegep" (a period in between the awkward teenage stage and looming adulthood). It was a big step forward in many ways, but mostly because I could kiss my high school uniform goodbye and reinvent my own personal style. As I began to explore the enchanting world of fashion, I met Red (NOT to be mistaken with the Taylor Swift song) and it was love at first sight.

To my utter horror and astonishment, there are people out there who think a red lip is trashy. Sure it is, if you're a trashy individual. Otherwise, it is LIFE CHANGING. I am not exaggerating. I am one of those people who wakes up in the morning and looks like they've been run over by a train or truck or any large vehicle for that matter. I have bags under my eyes the size of a Burberry suitcase (but a little less classy) and my skin is more washed out then the Mediterranean desert. It almost seems unsalvageable. Enter red lipstick. 

Day or night, I could be wearing the slouchiest pair of jeans (though I probably wouldn't) with a simple Tee and a red lip will automatically make it high fashion. It has that power. I'm pretty sure red lipstick is actually a magic potion that turns you into a beautiful swan (but maybe I've just seen far too many disney movies). Red lipstick saves the day like the sunshine after a haircut. It ensures that you look absolutely beautiful no matter how much makeup you're wearing or what you've slipped on in your somnolent state. In the war between lipstick and mascara, it tramples the latter like paper on rock. Yes, I went there. So, for those of you who question the "classiness" of a red lip, you could continue to look washed out in the morning after your face powder falls off and your eyeliner melts into your eyeballs. One day, you'll be holding that red lipstick, saying "where have you been all my life", wondering how you ever survived a moment without it.

PLUS, you can look like this:



Toodles,

Bella

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Midi Dilemma

Hello readers!

I've recently been faced with a dilemma that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time now and I can't seem to reach a conclusion. I went shopping today and every time I go on a shopping excursion, I have the "should I, shouldn't I" debate preceded by the "Can I pull this off" conundrum. If you haven't guessed it based on the title, I'm referring to the "I'm too short to wear a midi skirt" dilemma. For the fashionably impaired, a midi skirt is one that hits the calf, several inches above the ankle. The Fall 2013 runway shows have inspired me to embrace the midi length along with the various magazine images that have submerged into my psyche, but then I realize that the legs of these models are double my own. So the question is: can a petite woman wear a midi skirt? Or will I be swallowed by the fabric?

This is the one that I'm currently coveting: via www.chictopia.com

Fashion magazines inspire us to explore different trends from the latest designer runways, but they don't take our stature into account. Therefore, we need to formulate our own list of fashion faux pas based on personal experience.

Here's my rule: don't judge a skirt by its hanger. And by that I mean: it's generally not as long as it looks. I've often found myself holding a skirt up against my body and suspecting that it would be too long without trying it on. Lesson? TRY IT ON. As soon as something catches your eye, it is worth it. It may look awful on the hanger, but incredible on you. That's the magic of clothing.

If you did not have the patience to read my advice in paragraph form, here's one tip to take from this:

HEELS SOLVE EVERYTHING.

A Demain!

Bella

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cate Blanchett Covers January Vogue. Obviously? Not Really.

Let us converse about the upcoming January 2014 Vogue cover featuring Cate Blanchett. I have a confession to make. I've never seen a film with Cate Blanchett in it. It's an embarrassing reality and I promise I'll get on that, but what I have seen are her multiple puzzling Red Carpet choices. This celebrity's fashion sense boggles my mind every time I see her in any of my favourite fashion magazines, but I suppose that's what makes her interesting, isn't it? Now, here's where I'm getting at. Reflect for a moment and ask yourselves: what makes you select one magazine over another? Are you a loyal Vogue fan and barely have to consider this question? Or is your decision influenced by some external factor, say, the cover page for example?

Personally, I am obsessed with fashion magazines. Give me a copy of all of them for my birthday and we'll instantly become best friends. In fact, my only qualification for choosing a magazine (if I absolutely have to) is whether one of my fashion icons is on the cover because that implies that there will be an interesting article featuring said cover girl inside. Now, getting back to Cate Blanchett. Seeing as I've just confessed to having never seen any of her films, I probably wouldn't pick up a copy of next month's Vogue. I suppose I do judge a magazine by its cover. Don't we all?


So, I have to ask myself: how do I feel about Cate Blanchett? Indifferent? Intrigued? Her fashion sense makes quite a statement and stands out in this industry filled with far too many trend followers. Here is another question: what is the different between a bold dresser and a bad dresser? Is fashion subjective? Who decides? Her stylist? Anna Wintour? Does Cate Blanchett merit this spot on the cover of January 2014 Vogue because she is a fashion icon or because she is an Oscar-winning film star? Many would say that she's both. She is said to be a safe bet for the Vogue cover, but she is definitely NOT a safe dresser. At least, that's one thing most of us can agree on. Is the fashion magazine industry about selling a magazine by displaying a "safe bet" or promoting an image? Are YOU sold on Cate Blanchett?

Simply some food for thought.

Yours,

Bella

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Have You Heard About Beyonce Being Queen of the World?

Happy Snowy Sunday!

Maybe it's the abundance of snow or perhaps it's the ridiculously cold weather, but my day hasn't been the greatest. The only thing cheering me up is Beyonce's new album, which if you disappeared off the planet on Friday, flabbergasted the twitter-sphere. At first, I thought everyone was overreacting. Then, I thought she was trying to get back at Taylor Swift by releasing a surprise album on her birthday (Happy 24th Birthday T-Swift! Can't wait for the new song about being 24!). Now, I've always liked Beyonce and I was definitely a Destiny's Child girl back in the 90s, but she's been outshining Kelly Rowland for far too long and I always go for the underdog. To top it all off, her album is self-titled which highlights her vanity. However, due to all the hype, I decided to listen to a little bit of this and a little bit of that, only to realize she came out with 17 videos and a list of killer girl power songs. SO, essentially her entire album is my new jam. Final words of advice? Go listen to it. All hail Queen Bey.


Best,

Bella

Saturday, December 14, 2013

How Sweaters Changed My Tiny Little Life

This may sound like the title of a bad self-help book (and chances are, it probably is), but when you're tiny and flimsy, sweaters are life-altering. It's a fact.

My obsession with fashion developed a little late in the game. I'm not one of those girls who was dressing well straight out of the womb. It happened pretty suddenly actually. I was standing in front of the mirror one day (checking myself out of course) and noticed something horrific. My jeans were sagging. I had an internal panic attack instantly upon the realization that I've been walking around in public like this for years. I impulsively chucked all my jeans and decided I needed a fresh start. Since then, I've been finicky about everything that goes on my body. Including sweaters.

Anything particularly bulky has a tendency to swallow me whole. People frequently mistaken me for a 16 year old (on a good day) because of my petite frame and below average height. When I wear anything oversized, I look like it's wearing me (or eating me). So, I decided to do some research and find solutions to this problem because I could NEVER give up oversized sweaters. I'm always cold and frankly, I live in Canada, so it's not realistic.

Here are 3 tips for petite girls to enjoy large sweaters:

1) Wear them with leggings. If you're a tad hipster, printed leggings are THE BEST. If you're more of a sleek fashionista, I'd go with the leather (major trend this season).

2) Wear the cropped kind of sweater. If you're uncomfortable showing your midriff, a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans will elongate your legs and maintain warmth. Also, anything cropped is super cute.

3) WEAR HEELS. I know this seems like the obvious solution to every short girl's problems (that's because it is), but it's also the ONLY solution. If you're unaccustomed to this, start with small clunky heels and eventually, you'll adapt. If you're as small as me and don't like high heels, well, I don't think that exists.

SO, heed my advice and good luck!

Bella

P.S We may never be models, but we could definitely pull this off:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hi, My Name is Bella and I'm An Essieholic

HI!

I'm officially done exams for the semester and my biggest problem has now become what colour I want to paint my nails. This may sound banal, when you have an addiction as grave as mine, it's quite stressful. Sometimes you're just feeling moody and Devil's Advocate is absolutely perfect. On occasion, you become a classic lady and Fiji comes to mind. When I'm feeling a little wild, I go for Butler Please. Oh, I'm sorry. Did that confuse you? I only speak Essie. 

When it comes to my nail polish, I'm a loyal Essie follower and every shade matters. This does not make me insane. Other women suffer from the same ailment. It becomes a serious problem when your favourite nail polish brand comes out with a new collection every season and a whole new world of colours surfaces. I'm the type of girl who can't just stick to one colour due to my vivacious mood swings. One rule though: I rarely wear red. Call me feminist, but it's so traditional, I'm yawning as I talk about it. I'm definitely in the 50 shades of blue. It's usually quite a process to select one because you need to make sure it suits your complexion perfectly and that you don't choose the wrong shade. Occasionally, you pick something a tad streaky and regret your decision. Nail polish colour is everything and in Essieland, shade is everything. Here are some of my personal favourites and with these, you can't go wrong:

1) Devil's Advocate
via www.kalynlord.com

2) Fiji
via lissaspolishaddiction.blogspot.ca

3) Butler Please
via fingernailsaregood.tumblr.com

4) In the Cab-ana
via mychihuahua-bites.blogspot.be

5) Shearling Darling
via ommorphiabeautybar.com

Enjoy!

Bella

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Let's Rant About K.Stew, Your New Face of Chanel

If you haven't yet heard, Karl Lagerfeld has selected Kristen Stewart as the new face of Chanel. Let that simmer in your mind a little before I proceed.
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Ready yet? Okay, now WHAT? I just finished describing how brilliant this man is and now, I stumble upon this disappointment? Let me just say that I am not insinuating that there is anything wrong with Kristen Stewart as a person. I am sure she's a very nice girl. I just can't seem to envision her on CHANEL fashion ad campaigns. Wait...No, can't do it. Male heartthrob Brad Pitt represents Chanel N5, Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the face of Les Beiges, and fashion icon Diane Kruger recently represented the brand, BUT K.STEW? The girl/woman does a bunch of Vampire movies and all of a sudden, she's iconic enough to cover Chanel? And i'm not referring to her appearance alone, though it doesn't exactly scream "model". We all know she is not a model. On that note, what happened to models taking on MODELLING jobs? What happened to real ICONS representing brands? If she were an icon, I would not be going on this rant right now. What is she an icon of? Distressed dressers? I suppose she is now an icon of Chanel. If you disagree with me on any level, here is a picture of your new Chanel "icon":


Impressed? Didn't think so.

P.S I really didn't intend to be harsh. K. Stew is lovely.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Karl Lagerfeld Can Teach You A Thing Or Two About North American History

If you haven't opened a history textbook in about 10-15 years, watch the Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 show. That's right. Yesterday, Chanel took on Dallas and told a little Western about Cowboys and Indians. Are you familiar? This is PROOF that fashion CAN tell a story. He didn't need words or pages (as much as I'm an advocate of words AND pages), but simply some elaborate costumes to give you a taste of all those clich├ęs with a sprinkle of Lagerfeld. This is why Karl Lagerfeld is King of the Fashion Industry/Historian. It's an established fact.

At this time of year, numerous designers come up with their pre-Fall 2014 Collections. In case you weren't sure, I am referring to September 2014, which is exactly 9 months, 12 days, 11 hours, and 7 minutes from now (this is probably accurate, but I'm no mathematician). Sound crazy to you? Well, that is how the fashion industry works and Karl is a boss because he's one of the only designers who produces over 80 looks in this PRE collection (95 to be exact) and gets to display them on a runway. It is clear that this man has taken Chanel by a storm and ravaged the rest of the fashion world. He is the one and only ruler and we must bow (Just Kidding).

By the way, since this is the pre-collection, you can only bet that the actual Fall 2014 collection is going to be MAJOR. Stay tuned for something epic.

Much Love,

Bella

P.S The only one who stands a chance next to Lagerfeld is Marc Jacobs. So, keep reading and you may get a brief review on his awesomeness in the near future by yours truly.

Take a look at the Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 collection here: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/2014PF-CHANEL/

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10th Is Officially Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Day and Don't You Forget It

Today is the day we've all been highly anticipating for 364 days. It's the day that we must mentally prepare ourselves for. It's the day we gather with all our friends, vowing to go on a health food diet and hit the gym. It's the only fashion show straight men everywhere take the time to watch, putting hockey on hold. You guessed it. It's the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Seeing as it hasn't yet happened and somehow, people are already talking about it on Twitter, I figured it merited that long introduction. I still remember little Bieber dancing with Ambrosio on the runway last year and Rihanna's earth-shattering "Diamonds" performance. This year, we've got Taylor Swift. Hopefully, her costume will compensate. Will she be singing "22"? Or "We Are Never Getting Back Together"? I don't quite see the relevance, but I suppose she is a tall blond and will therefore, fit in almost perfectly. And well, other people are probably performing, but everyone is so preoccupied with the T-Swift bomb that nobody is talking about them. 

Let me let you in on a little secret. I thought the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show already happened. As crazy as that sounds, considering it's almost impossible to miss all the hype surrounding the show, it was my reality several weeks ago. To be fair, I saw photos online and anyone could've gotten confused. However, I am now 100% prepared to watch my favourite Top Models as they strut down that runway like it's nobody's business. All I'm hoping is that there's live streaming because I don't have CBS. 

Toodles,

Bella

P.S In case you haven't read it yet, here is my article from last night: http://myfashionstatements.tumblr.com/post/69556385588/the-10-coats-you-need-if-you-live-in-canada

Monday, December 9, 2013

And Suddenly the Snow Crept Up On Us Like A Mysterious Figure in the Nighttime

Snow flakes.

I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town,
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down.
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig,
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshmallowed for a jig!

No, I did not write this poem. It was Emily Dickinson. But, I'm flattered you made that assumption.

This morning, I woke up and looked out my window (because I have an unnatural obsession with the weather) and lo and behold, there it was: the most beautiful sheet of white. I dread the moment those fugly winter boots form dents in the smooth surface, heavy rain drops crush those delicate flakes, and the most repulsive shade of slush taints the white. For now, let's enjoy this day, even if it's Monday, and we all hate Mondays. As little as I tolerate the cold due to my petite frame with little flesh to protect me from it, it still looks picture perfect from my window. So, if you haven't yet, push aside those curtains and take a look.

In other news...
Speaking of Mondays, I have another way to make yours better in the form of my own piece of writing that appears on my Tumblr every week (in case you haven't noticed). As per usual, I have an article up my sleeve and this one is very much related to what you see out there. Let me give you a hint: it is very much related to what you see out there. That's all you're getting because I really want you to read it. Stay tuned tonight for some significant survival/fashion advice (yes, they are synonymous in this case).

Ciao!
Bella

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome Ladies, Gentlemen, and Fashionistas

Once upon a time, I had a runway blog and my sole purpose was to critique catwalk fashion. It didn't work out between us, and well, we parted ways. And so, I decided to take my beloved http://myfashionstatements.tumblr.com and take it to Blogger for a fresh new accessible and readable look. Big day for me. Rather than focusing on the lovely inspirational images that I find on other tumblr blogs, I've decided to nurture my writing and delve deeply into my fashion personality (separate from my actual personality, so don't get them confused). If you're patient enough to read some lines, I'll be posting some interesting fashion ideas that can raise questions and ALAS, make statements. Get ready because it's going to be MAJOR. And funny. No promises though. But you'll probably laugh. Probably. If you're not that into fashion, this may not be the place for you, but I don't think this state of being exists. And no, I am not delusional. I just believe that everyone wears clothes and therefore, fashion is relevant to ALL of us. What you look like is a clear reflection of who you are, so don't half-ass it. And with those wise words, I'll leave you.

Bella