August 29, 2013

Campaign Candy


The Fall/Winter 2013 season has always been my favourite because the collections are to me more flamboyant, extravagant and basically, just really out of the box. And no collection is complete without a campaign! Just a quick flip through the September issue of Vogue (the biggest of 2013) and you would see pages and pages of glossy ads from the hottest designers filling up almost half of the magazine! These bouts of visual candy that not only showcases the most covetable togs of each collection, it also serves as a way to identify with the brand. I mean, black, white and tweed together makes you immediately think of Chanel and models with hilariously dramatic facial expressions donning stunning Italian-inspired frocks totally reads Dolce & Gabbana. With so many amazing campaigns out there, I sometimes unconsciously create a list in my head of the most quirky, unique, striking, or just downright gorgeous campaigns. Below are the campaigns that made the cut this season, get ready for some serious campaign candy.

August 26, 2013

Karen Millen A/W 2013

It's official : I'm a huge fan of British labels. From Topshop to House of Holland, Mulberry to Burberry, these unique labels have never failed to amaze me with their ability to create new and exciting things. And Karen Millen's A/W 2013 campaign did just that. Not only did they rope in up-and-coming faces from the likes of Grace Gao, Nur Hellman, Karlina Caune and Kirsi Pyrhonen to model the collection ; it was also shot by legendary lensman David Bailey. With his incredible ability to capture the beauty of the clothes and the models wearing them, I can safely say that this campaign would be very successful
Interestingly the series of portraits, where each model dons a stand out piece from the new season, are meant to capture their diverse personalities of and spur them on to achieve the global success that they're no doubt going to have in the near future. I can't wait to see what all of them can do! Styled by Katy England and directed Viv Wilcock, the collection is to-the-brim full of fall/winter must-haves. From the uber-luxe leather and the gorgeous knits, to the velvety fur and killer outerwear, look no further for an affordable yet classy wardrobe for fall. I can't even decide which one I love the most, all of them rank equally on my style steal list! 

August 21, 2013

10 Street Style Blogs To Know Now

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Fashion Week is my favourite time of the year, and also the most notable event on any style maven's calendar worth her salt. Not only would it be another chance to feast our eyes on delectable couture on the runway, we also get to see them off the runway, that is on the backs of who's who of the fashion world, donning the season's latest trends. And what better way to chronicle their fashion choices than in a street style blog? 
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During Fashion Week, all you need to do is to walk past say Lincoln Centre during New York Fashion Week, and ta-da! Style paparazzi clicking away at throngs of preening fashionistas, wearing everything from the latest trends to vintage finds and limited edition capsule collection pieces. These snaps have become inspiration to the fashion-conscious more than the glossy editorials in magazines, mainly because real-life people are wearing the clothes in an everyday life setting (minus the photographers at the back), thus it is more accessible and relatable. Trends are also set and seeing the latest looks of It-personalities has increasingly become a hobby for many people (including me!). Although I would love to feature renowned blogs like The Sartorialist and Altamira, today I would be focusing on lesser-known, but equally inspiring street style blogs from all around the world that you need to know (and bookmark!) now.

August 20, 2013

Liebster Award

Hey ladies, I'm thrilled to announce that I have been nominated by Demmy of Uniquely Demmy for the Liebster Award! I was so happy when she told me of it because it was the second award I had in 5 months! Thank you so much Demmy :) As of every nomination, there are always some rules :

1. Link back to the person who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you
3. Pick 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to be nominated
4.Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Notify your nominees

Below are some of the questions from Demmy that I answered.

1. What type of music are you into?
I'm really into pop music and I love artists like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Beyonce and Fifth Harmony. I don't know why, but I mostly listen to female artists when it comes to pop. Feminism I guess! I also love classical music because it helps me concentrate when I'm studying and it also helps to calm my nerves.
2. Favorite summer trend?
Definitely the pink hue. It's like the "season's most desirable colour" according to British Vogue and I've actually already a huge fan of it since young! It's really feminine and delicate in shades like blush but when it comes to vibrant pink, it really has a certain girl power edge to it. 
3. Favorite country?
I don't really have a specific country that I love, I only love some of the cities in them, say New York, Paris, Venice, Stockholm, Tokyo and of course Singapore. I haven't travelled to most of them, but hopefully I would in the near future! 
4.What do you think of Lady Gaga?
I'm not exactly a big fan of her music nor do I really love her outfits. Although kudos to her for being able to stand out from the crowd and giving red carpet fashion a whole new meaning.
5. Favorite author?
I don't really have a favourite author haha :)
6. The most amazing place you've ever been to?
I haven't been to many places, but I think Singapore is still the most amazing place I have ever been to, even if I've lived here all my life!
7. What kind of books do you read?
I love girly books like The Carrie Diaries, thrillers like Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown is awesome!) and anything that's really funny. I also occasionally try other genres to expose myself to different types of content and writing styles.
8. What do you love most about yourself?
Almost everything. I like to give thanks for things rather than focus on the bad stuff. I love the life I live and I don't have much about it that I regret (including being a blogger!)
9. What do you hate about yourself?
Nothing really.
10. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Travelling the world or doing something that I love for a job!
11. Beyonce or Rihanna?
Definitely Beyonce. Her voice is amazing and her red-carpet choices are nothing short of glamorous! Rihanna can sometimes be a bit too loud and wild for me, but her latest collection for River Island is gorgeous nonetheless.

Here are the questions for my nominees :

1. What do you love about being a blogger?
2. Would you rather travel around the world or live in the most glamorous apartment?
3. Favourite cuisine?
4. Chanel or Dior?
5. Something unique about yourself?
6. What is your dream job?
7. Best book you've ever read?
8. Something you're currently coveting?
9. Your most-loved labels?
10. Something you love about your country?
11. Favourite fashion week?

And now, the nominees! 


Hope you love these blogs as much as I do!
      Charlotte

August 17, 2013

Weekend Inspiration #19 : Think Pink

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"On Wednesdays we wear pink!" Pink has long been my favourite colour, and I'm sure many of you are been a huge fan of pink too. Since Mean Girls happened pink was strictly a Wednesday colour, but in the recent seasons there is now more reason to wear pink! Along with other gorgeous hues of blue and gold, Vogue has coined pink as one of the most desirable shades of the A/W 2013 season. The September issue of British Vogue has practically 12 whole pages as a tribute to the season's hottest shade (with Cara Delevingne in it)! However this latest obsession is not something new, as labels from Chanel and Miu Miu to Dior and Carven have featured the rosy hue in their Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collections. Colours ranging from vibrant vivacious pink to delicate baby-pink blushes were used, giving the season a sweet, whimsical and romantic feel. There's one shade for every girl, so take your pick and think pink!


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August 16, 2013

Links à la Mode #124

I can't believe my Zara Fall 2013 post was selected for this week's IFB Links à la Mode! This is the first time that I participated in it and I can't believe I made it to the weekly roundup. My jaw completely dropped when I spotted my post in the list of 20 links, I couldn't believe it at all! I was really, really happy and now I'm even more motivated to blog and create new content for all of you. Read the post below for all the other links! 

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Naughty Nineties

It was Halloween in 1988, I decided to dress up as a Hippie. A woman said something I have never forgotten... "You know you're getting old when kids start dressing up like you did as a teenager." Well, this is the year it's really happening to me. As someone who loved alternative chic in the 90's (a little grunge, a little goth, a little punk, a little ska) it's nice to see some of those styles "coming back" for nostalgia if not for anything else. While, I personally will take a seat back, having already lived it before, this week's links have all kinds of 90's themes to them. From Michelle Williams (hey Dawson's Creek hit in '99) to St. Laurent's grunge inspired collection, to the 10 Alternative Fashion blogs to watch, it's there, so just click!

Links à la Mode: August 15


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The fact that my post got selected really made my day. Hope you had a wonderful day too!
    Charlotte

August 14, 2013

Rihanna for River Island Campaign

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Remember earlier this year when most of us were scrambling to River Island for Rihanna's first ever clothing line? Brace yourselves for another round of that as she unveils her Fall/Winter 2013 range for the British label. For those of you craving to get an eyeful of the collection, Rihanna has just recently revealed both the campaign and product photos of all the 80-pieces available in a British Vogue exclusive.

I mean, it seemed like just a week ago that her S/S 2013 one was released and with the success (and controversy I might add) it received, I can safely say her latest collection is all that and more! The two-part line features a smorgasbord of streetwear-inspired togs from crop tops to maxi dresses with thigh-high (and higher) slits to body-con bottoms, all of them created from materials in the likes of leather, mesh, denim, snakeskin and camo prints. The threads has Rihanna's signature aesthetic written all over them (maybe even literally, with "RiRi" and "G4Life" emblazoned) : the perfect mix of lady-like with tomboy qualities, athletic with sexy.
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I can't describe how much I love the camo prints! Not only do they have a tough, edgy look to them, it can give any outfit a dash of spice and colour. The combat boots, printed pants and quilted linen bomber jacket are other wardrobe must-haves worth saving up for. For those of you who are not for some of the louder pieces, don't fret! RiRi has also designed rucksacks, strappy sandals and beanies as part of the collection. (I wonder if Cara Delevingne would wear one of the beanies out in the streets once the collection is out, keep your eyes peeled!)
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A collection is not complete with a campaign shoot, and this time RiRi took to the streets with a cast of both star-studded and under-the-radar faces such as Ji Hye Park, Tati Cotliar, Milou Vam Grossen and Nayasha Kusakina. Shot by notable shutterbug Lachlan Bailey, the campaign was styled by Mel Ottenberg and although it stuck close to Rihanna's fierce and bold style, it was more modern and had a lighter, more on-the-go atmosphere than the previous collection where models lounged around with dark purple backgrounds in the back. "We're giving it a New York street vibe." said Rihanna on her influence. ”I literally designed everything I want to wear—exactly how I want to wear it." I can't wait for the collection to arrive on Septmber 12th, be sure to mark your calendar! For more insider news, go to RiverIsland.com.
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"The way I approach winter style is to layer up summer clothes and Rihanna does the same," Adam Selman, who worked with Rihanna on the collection, told Vogue.

August 12, 2013

Marc Jacobs X Sephora


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I CAN'T BELIEVE IT , the long-awaited Marc Jacobs Beauty is finally here! It's one of the most (or it's the most) highly anticipated collaboration yet this year and I was totally thrilled when it was announced on 9 August, now we finally have a new cosmetic label to obsess over and adore. The A-list designer is known for his innovative designs, and with already two clothing lines and multiple fragrances (Dot, Honey and Daisy etc) under his belt, he now adds another in the form of his eponymous beauty line. Like his works of art on the runway, expect luxurious and exquisite textures as well as fabulously rich hues from one of the most creative and colourful (personality-wise) designers in the fashion world.

The colour collection of a total of 122 products, prices ranging from $18 to $78, marks Sephora's first ever global launch. Offering every must-have in a beauty junkie's dream stash (think nail polish, colour correctors, concealer and brow gel), he also christened them with cheeky names in the likes of "Boy Tested, Girl Approved," signature a la Jacobs, making this a seriously covetable one-stop shop for everyone's beauty needs (and wants). His genius has also led to the amazing invention of Blacquer, the blackest, shiniest black and the perfect shade that can effortlessly channel glamour and class. Get this shade in Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Eyeliner, Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara and Highliner Gel Crayon. 
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Of all places, he chose his Jean Dunand art deco black lacquered coffee table in his upscale Manhattan home as his inspiration for the gorgeous glossy packaging, taking his penchant for shine to a whole new level. The packaging is practically a tribute to one of his shiniest possessions, which simple yet sleek design Mr. Jacobs favors."When you have something that has that kind of finish that's so particular and beautiful, it doesn't need to be ornate," he said. Being ever one who appreciates art and culture, he was also inspired by the arc in an Ellsworth Kelly painting for the nail polishes' bottom. Even Sephora execs had to measure the curve, which resembles a smile and spend a long 3 months just to create the perfect shape.

Need some reference? Look no further than Sofia Coppola's look at the Met Gala or the Marc Jacobs Fall RTW show. Apparently, he road-tested the beauty products on Sofia Coppola and the nail polishes on the runway. Can't wait to lay your hands on these amazing things? Shop them at Sephora here.
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"It's the art of getting dressed and creating one's identity," he said. "Makeup is the finishing accessory."

August 08, 2013

Blogger Spotlight : Nicole Le Mesurier & Eli Ansari

Meet Nicole & Eli, the dynamic blogger duo behind style blog The Green Raybans. Not only do they reside in the same country as I do, they are also exactly the same age as I am! Reading their blog has always been a joy as their posts are detailed yet light-hearted and easy to understand, and the fact that I share many things in common with them makes their blog even more relatable. From their latest wants, to Q&A with notable names of the fashion world, daily inspiration to travel photo diaries, there is always something worth checking out on their blog; no wonder that they already have a loyal following of close to 500! Read the interview below for an inside scoop into these two spunky 14 year olds!
1.What inspired you to create The Green Raybans?
Both: We have always been enchanted by fashion. We wanted to start a blog to express our fascination for the industry and writing. 

2. How do you spread out the blogging between the two of you?
Both: Since we both live in different parts of the world, we thought it would be quite tough to communicate. But now with so much technology like Whatsapp and Facebook, we can talk through there all the time! We don't exactly have a posting schedule but we help each other out a lot with the posting if one of us is busy.

3.What is your dream job?
N: As cliched as this sounds for any fashion blogger, my dream job would definitely to be a fashion journalist working in New York City! It's a very hard industry to get into though as so many people like myself  have the same dream!

E: I would love to work in the fashion industry, a job where I could travel often and work more on the business side of the industry. You always hear about the models and designers but I would love to work somewhat more behind the scenes and maybe even start my own magazine one day! 
4. What is the best part of blogging to you?
N: For me, the best part of blogging is reading the thoughtful and sweet comments readers put up on Your posts. It's a great feeling knowing that all of your hard work has gone somewhere. I also love making blogger friends through the blogosphere community.

E: The best part of blogging for me is knowing that your posts can help or inspire someone, and not go to waste. It's also great to meet people in the blogging community! 

5.Where would your dream vacation be?
N: I'm lucky enough to travel to many fascinating cities with my family. I have already visited my dream cities (New York and London) but I would love to visit Greece one day and revisit new York!

E: I'm fortunate enough to have travelled to many beautiful places before but I would love to revisit Bali or Tokyo! 
6. Who do you draw inspiration from? 
N: Be it a museum exhibit, a book or a movie- I draw inspiration from my daily surroundings. If you mean in terms of fashion, I love Grace Coddington's work.

E: I tend to get inspiration from absolutely anything. Sometimes it'll be from an outfit I see while I'm out in the city, and sometimes it'll be a song I hear on the radio! 

7. What is your biggest achievement in 2012 and your biggest goal for 2013?
Both: Our blog reaching more recognition and loyal followers definitely had to be our biggest achievement of 2012. I also went to my first fashion show last year which was an amazing experience. Posting at a regular basis has always been quite tough for us so that would be our main goal for this year.

8. Fave food/music? 
N: If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I eat WAY too much food so this is a hard one.  I have quite a sweet tooth and I love tiramisu, cupcakes and macaroons! Mac & Cheese and chicken rice would definitely make it to my list as well. As for music, The great gatsby soundtrack, Lana Del Rey, and  the XX are currently my favourites.

E: I have a huge sweet tooth! I love eating macaroons, they're my favorite. As for savory foods, after living in Singapore for 11 years, I must say chicken rice is the best. When it comes to music, anyone that knows me knows I am a huge Lana Del Rey fan, other than that I pretty much like any music!
9. What are your hobbies?
N: I love to swim and play tennis. Some other hobbies I have include reading, running, watching my favourite shows on TV, and of course blogging!

E: I have to say, I'm a shopaholic! And while I'm not hitting the shops, I like to read, play the violin, spend way too much of my time watching Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries,  hang out with my friends and obviously blogging! 
10. Your current beauty must-have?
N: I currently love my Bath and Body Works hand sanitisers. I swear I'm not a germaphobe, they just smell so nice! I also love Moroccan Oil and it has done wonders to my dry hair.

E: Recently I have been using my Clarins instant light lip perfecter and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder religiously! 
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11. What is the craziest thing you have done in the name of fashion/What is the best thing you have ever bought?
Both: The craziest thing We've ever done is  just starting this blog and putting ourselves out there like this, in the name of fashion. 

12. What advice do you have for fellow style bloggers around the world?
Both: Our blog is still fairly new, however we have gone through our rough patches of the blog from the early beginning.  Our main advice would be to just stay true to yourself, only post about something that genuinely interests you. If you, like us, blog with someone that you are close to you should never let anything get in the way of your relationship. 
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        Charlotte

August 06, 2013

Zara Fall 2013.


ZARA. This Spanish high-street label that has made me swoon with it's knack for not being able to turn coveted runway pieces into more wallet-friendly options, but also creating one-of-a-kind threads that are both fashion-forward and affordable. This season, Zara has concocted another irresistible collection featuring some of the biggest trends this fall such as boxy silhouettes; plaid and stripes. Up-and-coming faces from the likes of Ashleigh Good, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Miko Mihaljcic, Juliane Gruner and Julia Nobis look all stylish and prepped up in this campaign, courtesy of Marie-Amélie Sauvé who styled them from bohemian (cue the lace) to business chic (think clean and structured lines). 

Set in the streets of busy London, I love how Patrick Demarchelier has captured the hubbub of the city with these mid-motion shots, it's one of the reasons why this campaign is so unique! I mean, in a world of still, posing campaigns, one with models in action is a breath of fresh air. I'm also really obsessed about how Zara managed to incorporate both neutral, gray tones (Fall's must-have) with wearability and timeless designs, at the same time adding a touch of contrast between styles and an air of luxe. If I didn't know which label this lookbook came from, I would have thought it was the work of Miuccia Prada!

August 04, 2013

I'm on Google+!


Hey ladies! Major apologies for not being able to post this weekend's inspiration, my exams are coming really soon and I'm very busy at the moment. Of course, I would be following my every-two-days editorial calendar, so you can look forward to new content every alternate day as usual. On another note, I have suddenly realised the genius of what is also known as Google+ and ta-da I now have a Google+ profile! I really love the simple, smooth and easy-to-use interface and it's practically Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter combined! I can't believe I didn't create a profile there until now, and I'm really excited about my new page. Add me into your circles here!
 Charlotte

August 02, 2013

Cara Lately

Cara Delevingne, the name that says it all. To some people she's waif thin with thicker than life eyebrows, to others she's an Instagram goofball, but to most like yours truly, she's one of the most versatile supermodels out there. For the record, I'm a huge fan of her, not only does she conquer the catwalk with her sultry and fierce look, she also has a warm and approachable personality! Just check out any of her tweets or her Instagram, and you would either find her posing in one of her many famous funny faces or tweeting about the most random things. She's also one of the only models that's without a veneer, has fun and routinely embraces her weirdness, whether is it able to cross one eye or doing the weirdest poses.

Of course, she keeps her professionalism in check, and that's why the fashion world adores her. In the serious world of fashion, a pop of fun is always welcomed to keep things fresh. Since being named as Model of the Year last year at the British Fashion Awards, Cara has gone on to do numerous campaigns and even landed her first Vogue cover, the March edition of British Vogue. Recently, she has campaigns for the F/W 2013 season of top-tier labels such as Mulberry, Fendi and DKNY. Scroll down for the campaigns!

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Cara Delevingne chic coats luxe leather beautiful bags Mulberry FW FALL WINTER 2013 campaign CAMEL COAT COLARED SHIRT KNIT SWEATER BURGUNDY PANTS BURGUNDY TEXTURED PLATFORM LOAFERS TAN LEATHER CLASSIC SATCHEL TOTE BAG OWLS HAIR NATURAL BEAUTY CENTER PART
Cara Delevingne chic coats luxe leather beautiful bags Mulberry FW FALL WINTER 2013 campaign BURGUNDY LEATHER CAPE COAT BURGUNDY TEXTURED PLATFORM LOAFERS TAN LEATHER CROC CALF HAIR BURGUNDY TOTE BAGGOLD ACCENTS  OWLS HAIR NATURAL BEAUTY CENTER PART