Tough As Nails

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

If I was getting married, not that I am planning to in the near future, I would not want the whole affair to be ordinary. That’s because a lot of people get married, about 250,000 people in UK each year, and standing out of this very large crowd would indeed be hard. So when it comes to wedding bands I would not want them to be simple and ordinary. That is why I got so inspired by Cartier’s recent reincarnation of 70’s rebellious ring design – Juste un Clou – which is shaped as, well, a nail. I sense this might cause disapproving sighs on the other side of the screen but let me explain my reasoning.

  1. Being so original they satisfy my need to have extraordinary wedding affair (and when I say extraordinary I really don’t mean grand wedding, simply different).
  2. Idiom ‘tough as nails’ comes to mind – and with currently high divorce rates, who would not want a bit of symbolic toughness in their marriage.
  3. They have two designs as if they are made for a couple – bride can wear diamond encrusted ring and groom more simple tougher version.
  4. They are made from 3 different metals: gold, white gold or rose gold allowing you to choose your favourite medium (and if you have seen the latest Apprentice, when I say medium I am not talking about the person you use to contact the other side, Adam).
  5. And last but not the least – it’s Cartier! So even if they are different and rebellious, they ooze class and will attract a lot of attention to your ring finger.

Above pictured rings in white gold are priced at £2,675 and £1,625 respectively.

P.S. To my boyfriend: please don’t freak out and read anything into this.

The IT Dress

May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

There were once It bags, now there are It dresses. And this season it is Stella McCartney cut out dresses that have completely won over the fashion world and celebrities alike. Indeed the dress was chosen for Sienna Miller April cover of Vogue, and if the fashion bible gives their approval who are we to argue otherwise.

But what makes it so special you might ask? First of all I believe the right amount and position of cut outs, especially if they are artistically shaped like these ones, add massive sex appeal to the outfit without making it, well, slutty. And who does not want to be the right amount of sexy? Secondly the print clash is a hot trend this season and Stella has done here so well! And thirdly there are so many shape and colour possibilities (it’s more of an It dress range than an It dress per se) anyone can find just the right one to suit their shape.

And celebrities were quick to demonstrate all the possibilities – Rumer Willis wore it in maxi length, Gwyneth Paltrow chose an asymmetrical mini version, Brooklyn Decker graced London’s Battleship photo-call in a mini style (completely outshining her co-star Rihanna I must admit), Leann Rhymes and Nicole Kidman went for the burgundy print versions in different lengths while Miranda Kerr shined in all black edition. And I am sure those are not the only celebrities that will be seen wearing Spring/Summer 12 McCartney creations – sexy, figure hugging and oh-so-stylish – appearing in one of those guarantees the place on the best dressed list (maybe without the black batwing cardigan sported by Rumer).

The problem is, for most of us the dresses are completely unobtainable as they cost a few months rent (could not avoid the comparison, my idol Carrie Bradshaw always calculates rent payment equivalent for shoe prices). The ‘cheapest’ one I found is £2,195 with prices climbing by over 150% for the most expensive. (In case you are planning to purchase one I suggest possibly staying away from net-a-porter and choosing other online or brick and mortar retailers as the prices for the dresses are significantly higher there). Below are my online finds – as expected in all shapes and shades!

  1. £2,745 at mytheresa.com
  2. £3,645 at net-a-porter.com
  3. £3,225 at net-a-porter.com
  4. £2,195 at matchesfashion.com
  5. £2,865 at harveynichols.com

Work Your Statement Shoe

April 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

I love shoes. A lot. And all of my friends share, if not exceed the love towards them so I am beginning to wonder if there is something in our female DNA that makes us lust after footwear. Probably not, though…

Whether scientific or merely culturally developed I am sure the female half of the population would find those two pairs extremely desirable. That’s what statement shoes should look like – add them to any outfit and watch it transform from day-to-day to uber-stylish in a blink of a eye. Think of Carrie Bradshaw from SATC – don’t be afraid to mismatch them to the rest of the outfit for even bigger impact. The hardest choice would be which colour to go for! Purchase these Player Cut Out Sandals at Topshop for £85.

Taste the Sunshine

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if that’s just me, but I get terribly affected by weather. Hence as much as I love London, I am hardly ever satisfied with weather conditions. Right now it is April and it feels like we already had our summer, a glorious week of sun and warmth at the end of March when I managed to get a tan by sitting out on the terrace, and now we are back in miserable grey autumn. So right now, Londoners more than anyone need a reminder that we are indeed in Spring Summer season. And I found the way to do so with help from Lanvin Jewellery:  Palm Earrings (£300) are ideal way to feel all summery! There will be a few of you who would not like those earrings just because they are not symmetrical, but I believe that is what makes them fun: break the rules and feel free! Isn’t it exactly what summer is about?

(Well, OK, maybe I am reading way too much into Palm and Pearl combination but forgive me for trying to brighten the mood under the grey skies. Someone is in need of urgent holiday…)

My Perfect Watch

March 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

I am really not a watch person. I have a few, and they are beautiful and I love wearing them. Like once a month. But wearing watches on daily basis just isn’t my thing. Yet this time I am trying to change – watches are useful, especially when your phone runs out of battery and you are not in a good enough mood to engage random passer by in time related conversation.

So I was thinking what characteristics should a watch have to convert me. I had to start by considering what watch do I like the most out of the once I have? And no it is not the most expensive one. It’s actually a very old watch my grandpa used to wear all the time and then gave it to me because I loved it so much. It is retro through and through and it was manufactured in USSR way before I was born – metal strap, digital display, little battery which is being hold in place by a piece of sellotape. I love it. Hence I just have to go for a retro looking watch. Also it has to be fashionable and comfortable on the wrist.

And then I found it. My prefect Timex. First of all it is super retro. It is also very comfortable: it has a soft strap and is very light. And then it’s cool pastel colour makes it a perfect fashion accessory for this season. So here it is, yours for only £39. Who said perfection has to be expensive?

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