Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What Lela London Wore - Casual Louboutins

There is nothing I love more than finding the perfect lounging/book reading outfit that includes a dress and a pair of heels. After I got over my jealous fit (a bay window!), I turned to my closet. The options Lela gave were amazing (hello, did you check out that ASOS dress?!), but I'm not on that particular budget at the moment. If, like myself, you prefer to wear dresses on your days off and/or to just sit around browsing the internet or flipping through a book, you want to keep a few things in mind: 

1. Choose a dress that allows for some movement. Wearing a bodycon dress is great for the clubs, but not for the couch. 
2. Pick a soft, comfortable fabric. Cotton or cotton-like fabrics will keep you cool and light. 
3. If you keep your apartment, house, or cove air conditioned chances are you get a little cold. Wear a cardigan or sweater over the dress. A blanket is nice for cuddling and you don't want to be caught in a Snuggie. A cardigan allows for movement and it completes the look.
4. Shoes are optional. But keep a lovely pair off to the side just in case you need to hop up and meet the friends for brunch or if you need to do some errand running. 

Cardigan: Forever 21 $13.99, Dress: Forever 21 $24.80, Shoes: Aldo $80

Instead of a mesh band in the front, I chose to play up the back with a triple band! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What Lela London Wore - Wedged Trainers

I am not very courageous when it comes to buying shoes. Even though I adore seeing fabulous teal, fuchsia and emerald heels lined up against a shiny white wall. But I always end up buying the patent nude heels that will look sensible with every dress I own. So when Lela London posted about a pair of wedged trainers, I was skeptical. I do not wear tennis shoes unless I'm working out (so I never wear tennis shoes). The moment I saw the shoes on Lela, I knew I loved them - on her. Not the one for fads, I let them slip from my mind. Then she posted about her New York trip and in every photo of her she was wearing the wedged trainers! What more, she was wearing them with adorable and sophisticated dresses. I was intrigued to say the least. So I worked up the nerve to log on to eBay and buy them.

And survey says - I love them! Perfect for waltzing around the town (or the work place). The shoe is crazy comfortable and gives just the perfect touch of extra height. What I was most afraid of was the shoe would make my extra small feet look way too large. But it fits perfectly! If you're looking for something fun to try, the wedged trainers will fit your style (whatever it is) and (if you know where to look) your budget. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rodarte My Heart

As any of my closest friends (and followers) probably already know, Zooey Deschanel is my favourite... everything. From her hair and makeup styles to her wardrobe, I cannot get enough of her. It would only make sense I would create a series of posts about her wardrobe choices. To start, I'm beginning with Zooey's outfit (Rodarte) from her Lula Magazine photoshoot. 

Zooey's style in this photoshoot is whimsical yet there is a hint of structure. To recreate the look, you will want to keep your top light and airy, while keeping the structure for the bottom half. 

Ruffles are key to the top one chooses. Stick the the freshly white/cream/bone/ivory palette to keep the top fresh and airy. Zooey's shirt has a a V-neck created by the wrap the shirt gives. Using a bigger shirt will also create that narrow waist once you tie a black ribbon around it. 

ALICE $29.99

LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's $19.99

As for the shorts, you don't want to go too short or tight. You want to find a pair that caters to your body shape as well. However, since the top may be a bit oversized and frilly, you should stick to a structured short. A nicely tailored short will stay with you for a long, long time weathering many outfits, casual or fancy. 

Express $49.90

Black opaque tights keep the shorts from being too revealing. So if you have a bigger bum, you can use tights to your advantage, creating slimmer limbs and giving you a more ladylike look. 

www.figleaves.com $12

As for accessories:

Keep your shoes black and simple. Try a Mary-Jane or T-strap style. Even an adorable ballet flat will keep this look fresh. The black ribbon is, I believe, one of the key pieces to this look. It literally ties everything together. As Zooey is styled in the photos, wear your hair up in a slightly messy pony or bun. The ruffles don't need to compete with flowing locks. Keep the jewelry simple, perhaps wearing a simple, silver bracelet or stud earrings. The outfit is statement enough. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Resveratrol: From Face to Hair

There are products that we may only trust to have one duty (like our underwear), but when it comes to skin and hair care, why can’t our products work both ways? The answer is the anti-aging ingredient, resveratrol. Resveratrol is a relatively new addition to skin-care products, but it has already created quite the stir. It is a plant polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes (but sorry darlings, there is very little found in red wine). The reason it is used in our beauty products? It is said the polyphenol has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects. Research shows that resveratrol does protect against UV and free radical damage. This in turn improves the skin tone and reduces wrinkles and discoloration.

I can see your puzzled expressions. And how is this helping my hair? Just as it does for the skin, resveratrol helps protect free radical damage to the hair. And even better, the super fabulous ingredient stimulates cell regeneration. It helps feed new cells that are growing at the root to keep the follicle robust which in turn establishes the base for healthy hair. Put down those Biotin pills, chèrs (okay maybe not, our keratin still needs saving) and pick up a product with resveratrol in it as well.

Don’t worry, I am going to tell you the product. David Evangelista added resveratrol to his product line because “Resveratrol rebalances the scalps pH levels and reverses damage caused by environmental aggressors. It absorbs wonderfully into the cuticle to make hair shinier and stronger.” His Daily Hydrating Conditioner contains the ingredient and is only $21.

This is not the last we have seen of resveratrol, I am sure of it. A search for products containing the polyphenol reveals there is a lot more to it. As research continues there will be further findings will hopefully provide more uses for anti-aging than just for skin and hair.