December 28, 2012

I was a Japanese Model

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It's story time, dear readers! As you may have concluded from the side bar, Miriam and I used to live in Japan for a couple years. Living in Japan was a fashion-lover's fantasy and one of my fashion fantasies was fulfilled during my time there -- I was a fashion model! I was recruited by one of my stylish Japanese friends to be a makeup and fashion model for some up and coming stylists in Hiroshima city, Tomoco Kishita and Emi Hamada. They came up with the theme, Africa x Japan. They illustrated the theme very cleverly with a mixture of prints, a traditional Japanese obi bow, African colors and some demure yet funky accessories (those gloves!!) The makeup application was my favorite part of the process. Tomoco expertly applied the fiercest faux lashes I've ever seen and we gossiped about boys, fashion and Western celebrities (They were very fascinated by the fall of Lindsay Lohan). 

It was a chilly, rainy March morning when the shoot began and the whole process took all day. I was absolutely exhausted by the end, but Tomoco and Emi made the experience very fun by cheering me on the sidelines while many onlookers gawked -- the shoot was in the middle of a beautiful restaurant. I was very nervous in the beginning being that I had absolutely no experience but when the photographer began calling me "Moderu-san" (モデルさん = Miss Model), I was able to get into character and work that lens!! The next day at work, I told my junior-high students about the experience and they were absolutely underwhelmed. But then again, how do you get junior-high students excited unless there is a mention of a boy band (Arashi = One Direction)?! 

Here is a behind the scenes picture with Tomoco, me and Emi! 


December 15, 2012

NYE Fantasies

NYE Outfit

(Shoes - Zara, Earrings - Kohl's, Jeans - Topshop, Necklace -, Peplum top - Dorothy Perkins, Clutch - Alexander McQueen)

I know I'm jumping a little ahead here, but I'm already planning my New Year's Eve outfit. I'm personally planning on being somewhere more laid back this year. No overpriced club appearances for me...! Well, I guess you never know. 

I'm still obsessed with peplums but it's so hard to find the right proportion. Try on your peplums in person before purchasing, my friends! I have a shorter torso, so peplums are potential disasters. I had no luck in Zara, but long-waisted ladies go forth! And yes, I did include a bit of fantasy with my McQueen clutch... but maybe over the holidays I will actually attempt this DIY and make my own version. 

December 13, 2012

Northern Soul

A weekend in Manchester, escaping The Big Smoke, was the perfect excuse to take French Connection's disco leopard print skirt for a spin (literally)

The horseshoe ring and green stoned ring are both from Whistles, the skull ring is from Topshop and the plain band is from ( a really bargainous jewellery website). The studded clutch is from Primark.

The blouse is from Whistles and the necklace was a birthday present.

December 10, 2012

Fashion In Motion: Fyodor Golan

Friday was spent at the V&A, on the front row (Thank you Steph!) at  Fashion in Motion , admiring the S/S 2013 collection from Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman. Fyodor Golan only launched in 2010 and in 2011 their "Flowers of Evil" collection won the Fashion Fringe Award! Here are a few, ever so slightly blurry, photos from the show:


Fall/Winter Video Lookbook

Winter and the holiday season are inching upon us! This our favorite season for fashion with all the options: layering, different textures, boots, hats, and outerwear. Another fashion youtuber, NnekaheartsFASHION, spotted a great list of Fall/Winter trends on Refinery 29 and I had to make my own spin on a few of my favorite trends. I featured the nubby sweater, ankle boots, the (faux) leather skirt, the bright belt, and wide-brimmed hats. I attempted to the pair the trends with pieces that were staples even in the summer and spring, because who doesn't love the satisfaction of wearing your favorite warm weather piece all year round?

December 5, 2012

All Hail Dot Cotton

As the first snow of December falls our thoughts naturally turn to all things festive and once again the big issues are on our minds, "how many mince pies is it acceptable to eat in one sitting?", "why is it called mince?" and "what misery is set to befall the residents of Albert Square during the EastEnders Christmas Special?" Whatever plagues the gods choose to unleash on that hallowed day, we can only hope that tragedy doesn't strike this lady. With her permanently manicured nails, red lip-sticked mouth and collection of fantastic coats, Dot Cotton graced our screens as the ultimate in style icons and she is set to return; cigarette smoking, sherry sipping, queen of silk scarves, Dot Cotton - we salute you.

December 1, 2012

Azealia the Mermaid

Azealia Banks, in these shots from Asos, is rocking some of our favorite Fall/Winter trends -- velvet, statement choker/collar necklaces, crop tops, and oxblood lips. Queen of the crop tops, Azealia Banks, always shows just the right amount of skin and balances it with quirky or creative styling. Even those terrified of crop tops can look to Azealia for inspiration on how to keep it alluring without being "a lot of look."And she makes us want to get forest green hair extensions and live underwater too. 
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