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Best Of NY Fashion Wk

My favourite look to appear on the catwalk of New York Fashion Week, was undoubtedly the striped Oscar de la Renta Ball gown…

Classic and elegant, stripes evoke an effortless minimalism synonymous with chic Parisian style.

As one of the most iconic prints of all time, stripes have an unmistakable allure, which has long been favoured by many of the world’s most stylish.  

Oscar de la Renta’s striking Spring / Sumer 2013 collection, was an ode to exquisite ball gown styles and complete sophistication. Filled with charming and refined details, the collection had a playful, youthfulness and retro elegance. The show stopping striped ball gown was the epitome of chic. The duchess satin and silk strapless gown, featured numerous cheerful nautical stripes front and back… Je t’aime!

More On Stripes…

Introduced into the Fashion world by Coco Chanel in 1917, stripes became the effortless go-to for laid-back cool. Inspired by French sailors after a trip to the seaside, the humble blue and white thinly striped nautical sweater, was given a fashion makeover by Chanel. Legend has it, Chanel borrowed one from her lover and tailored it to her body – creating an iconic look that is still just as popular today.

Stripes have since been worn by many of the most influential names in history {from Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, and more}.

Photos from style.com / oscarprgirl.tumblr.com / wikifashion.com

Style

Defining Your Style

I believe every woman can be iconic every day…

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe will live forever as three of the most iconic women the world has ever seen. Renowned for their timeless style, sophistication and beauty, they captivated the world with their natural elegance and charisma – still continuing to inspire and delight today.

Each of these women had an innate sense of style and knew their best assets.

Defining your style and making conscious decisions while shopping {pieces that are timeless, long-lasting and represent you}, can secure your status as the ‘leading lady in your own life’.

I believe every woman can be iconic every day. That igniting style and effortless glamour from within is all about knowing oneself and having the confidence to do so.

Some of the ‘Style Points’ I try to live by include:

>> Be authentic to oneself
>> Be confident, positive and happy
>> Always smile
>> Be graceful and maintain good posture
>> Be gracious, polite and kind
>> Always keep clean, neat and fresh
>> Choose pieces which look best on me
>> Wear clothes of the highest quality
>> Make an effort to look my best everyday whatever the occasion
>> Fragrance, make-up, hair and accessories are an extension of my style and require equal consideration
>> Be unique

What is ‘style’ to you? xx

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Editor’s Letter

My Top 5 Beauty & Make-Up Must Haves…

I have had a couple of people ask me about my beauty routine and the products I simply cannot live without. While I try to keep my routine simple and really rather effortless {I have a tendency to run late in the morning}, here are my top 5 beauty product must-haves…

1. BareMinerals Foundation

 My make-up routine begins every morning with BareMinerals. I have very sensitive skin, so I choose BareMinerals as it is formulated without preservatives to promote clear, healthy skin.  First I use BareMinerals Primer – to even out my complexion and create a smooth texture for my foundation coverage. I then apply BareMinerals Foundation (which looks like a powder yet feels like a cream); followed by their Mineral Veil for my skin finale (to absorb oil and soften the complexion).

2. Chanel Mascara

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then Mascara is the curtains. Widening and intensifying the eyes, mascara is one of my absolute favourite beauty products. Chanel ‘Inimitable Intense’ Mascara is voluminous and lengthening. It adds an instant bold glamour to your look. Simply lash magnifique!

3. Lancome Lipstick

I am a ‘statement lip’ kinda-girl. I forgo sexy smoky eye trends and sultry cat eyeliners in favour of bold, dramatic colour for lovely luscious lips. Shopping for lipsticks is a favourite past time of mine and I recently discovered how truly brilliant Lancome lipsticks are. One I absolutely adore is the ‘Rouge In Love’ collection in shade 34 (Rose Boudoir) – an eye-popping tone perfect for cocktail hour. Je t’aime Lancome Lips!

4. Pretty Perfumes

Coco Chanel believed that women should wear perfume wherever they wanted to be kissed. Perfume is a very personal statement. Your signature scent is an extension of your personality and character. Two of my favourites are: Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ and Chloé ‘L’Eau de Chloé’. Spray your perfume lightly on pulse points morning and evening.

5. Moisturising Moments

I moisturise my hands a couple of times a day and I love Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop. A simple yet classic product, the creamy texture and divine Summery fragrance are uplifting every time you apply it.

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What are your top 5 must-have beauty products? xx

Photos from chanel.com /  lancome-usa.com / bareescentuals.com / chloe.com / allthingsbeautyuk.blogspot.com

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