Love For Books

May 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have not read a book for personal enjoyment for a while. And that is one of my biggest regrets in day to day life. A absolutely love reading, experiencing new things through beautiful words of talented authors, sharing lives of wonderful characters. I promised myself to get back to reading good books as soon as I am done with education and the end is indeed near – as soon as I hand in my Masters dissertation in September I will be free from textbooks and assigned reading material for the rest of my life, I hope. But until then my War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina and other classics are waiting on the shelf.

On a more positive literature related topic, if you like me do not have the time to read the most influential books out there, you can now show your love for good old book by carrying one around with you thanks to Olympia Le-Tan and her beautiful book-clutches. I can not believe I have not blogged about them before! Quirky and interesting yet somehow absolutely elegant and classic these clutches are to die for. And if you follow celebrity fashion you must have seen them on various occasion in the hands of Chloe Moretz, Natalie Portman, Clemence Poesy and especially Michelle Williams who has picked those handbags for various red carpet occasions. Choose from a wide selection available on olympialetan.com with starting price of €1140 (£925).

Oscars 12 Best and Worst Dressed

February 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

Oscar’s fashion is discussed just as much as Oscars winners and to tell you the truth I am always more excited to see the red carpet than the main event itself. So I just could not avoid commenting on celebrity looks from last night – there are a few that will forever be in My Fashion Wish List’s inspiration scrap book (mental one, no actual cutting out and gluing is involved).

In my eyes the fashion winners were the ‘pale and interesting’ looks. The award of the best dressed (oh yeah, and Best Supporting Actress) goes to Octavia Spenser in Tadashi Shoji gown – perfect fit of the dress that shows of the curves and proves real women can shine as much as the modelly types. Brides Maids’ Kristen Wiig was beautiful in understated J Mendel gown – fabric layers could have make her look like a wedding cake but those ones hit the spot making Kristen look more like a floating goddess. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford had a bit of a super hero moment with white cape – yet it was so right and regal I absolutely loved it! And last but not the least is fashion’s most loved clothes horse Rooney Mara (and this is in no way a bad thing – no one can wear the outfits better: strong hair, porcelain skin and fragile body is the perfect canvas for any fashion designer) in Givenchy.

And the not-so-pale-but-definitely-interesting looks that finish off my best dressed picks are as follows. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli once again proved that she is a fashion force to be reckoned with and was not afraid of big neck bow and blending in with the carpet – and it paid off.  Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen looked royal – beautiful detail on the dress, perfect hair (oh how I love the hair colour) and overall fragility made her stand out. And then there is Michelle Williams in coral dress by Louis Vuitton who paid attention to detail and got her accessories spot on with contrasting Bottega Veneta clutch and intricate silver bow on the waistline, but the best part of the outfit is of course peplum – the fashion world is crazy about them at the moment!

And it is worth mentioning the worst dressed. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa got it completely wrong: the dress just did not work and looked too heavy and movement constraining plus her face – there was something definitely wrong there too (overdone botox?). I have very little to say about Cameron Diaz in Gucci. Yes, she was only presenting and did not want a statement dress yet ‘boring’ should not be the look anyone goes for on the red carpet. And as far as Jennifer Lopez is concerned she said so herself in the interview: she can never escape her Bronx roots. Big red carpet favourite Zuhair Murad gown could not save her either.

Special mention as The Biggest disappointed last night and actually this whole awards season goes to Angelina Jolie. In the last few years we got used to seeing her float down the carpet and steal the show but this year her fashion choices were so awkward they took away the grace and  magnetism the actress is famous for. Oscar’s Atelier Versace choice was overpowering for statuesque figure and even the high split did nothing to add sex appeal to a very mature dress. It is also worth mentioning the Golden Globes outfit, another Atelier Versace gown which had an overall bridal feeling completely spoiled by red accents. Sleeked back hair was not helping either.

And if I had to pick a dress for myself to wear on Oscar’s red carpet, I would go for Louise Roe gown by Black Halo: structured shape elongating the figure is softened with fish tail and pale pink colour. Perfect contrasting accessories and hair sweeped up to keep the  focus on plunging yet hidden neckline. Love it!

Victoria by Victoria Beckham: Fresh and Exciting

January 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Victoria Beckham has over the years grown into quite a fashion mogul. And just as many successful high end brands (think Prada and Miu Miu, Dolce and Gabanna and D&G) she created a more affordable sister brand Victoria by Victoria Beckham. Indeed the line is not just chronologically younger but is made for a younger audience too: it is girly and sweet with turned down sex appeal compared to the main Victoria Beckham brand.

The Scallop dress above from Spring/Summer 12 collection represents the line very well and hense is loved by celebrities: Victoria Beckham herself, Michelle Williams and Celine Buckens (actress from War Horse, soon to be big) have all picked it for a public outing. And while I love Michelle’s and Celine’s accessories that keep the girly theme going, it’s Victoria herself who in my opinion wears it the best – with tougher platform heels and a bag to match. However you style it, this dress is My Fashion Wish List-worthy, and so is a lot of items in the collection. Victoria has indeed done well – time to add her career to my wish list.

The dress is yours for £595, who said Victoria Beckham’s ‘affordable’ means the same thing to us?

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