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My Style Icon of the Moment and Paris

28 April 2013
It is finally spring here in Special K and I am very happy about it. I love winter but when it is 5 months long, it begins to lose its shine and I begin to walk under a dark cloud, literally.

Of late, I have been finishing my S/S 2013 Collection and designer my Fall Collection and becoming excited about my evolution as a jewelry designer. But I have also been inspired stylistically by a fictitious character that I fell in love with last year on the Australian Network.

Phryne Fisher of the novels and 1 season show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has become my style heroin and of course the fact that she lived during the time for which since I was a child I felt I was a part of doesn't help either.

The roaring 20s was an age where women begin to shrug off the mantle placed on their shoulders and begin to live a little. It was an era of style, fun and musical expression. It was a time of rebellion, of New York City, Sydney, London and Paris. I absolutely love this era. So much in fact, my grandmother  would buy me spectators and t-strap shoes every other year.

So here a photo essay of Phryne Fisher and some modern takes on her style.

Lately I have been also dreaming about Paris. I am hoping to visit there again this year. But until then, I listen to this beautiful homage to the city by aspiring singer Calliope.

Paris-- Written and performed by Calliope

Listen and buy the rest of her debut album here

Boyfriend Jeans: A How To Guide

23 April 2013
I have been a bit under the weather of light. The yellow dust from China is starting to float in and it is kicking my ass.

However, I wanted to bring you all this post on boyfriend jeans because I am loving them right now. Boyfriend jeans have been an ongoing trend for about two years now. They are a throwback to the fabulous 50s and they are just as great now as there were then. They are very slouchy, but versatile. Women of all ages can wear them. I have put together three ways that you can wear them. Dress them up or down. However you choose to wear them, you won't go wrong.    

Denim on Denim: Canadian Tuxedo
Boyfriend Jeans--How to 3

Boyfriend Jeans--How to 2

Neon Lights
Boyfriend Jeans--How to

Beauty Mini Shopping Spree and The Mummy Returns

21 April 2013
This weekend I had a mini shopping spree while out looking for things to add to my jewelry collection Lilith and McRae. The one thing I love about Special K (South Korea) is the plethora of beauty products. A lot of them are organic and vegetarian as well (sometimes they use eggs in their products). And although I have to dance around the whitening products I have stumbled upon a few gems.

Skinfood and Innis Free have some of my favorite products. At the moment I am using the Argon Oil Silk Conditioning pack from Skinfood and it is doing wonders for my poor newly dry hair.

But this weekend I wanted to stay on trend with nail colors and nail art. As well as a nice tinted lipgloss. I bought this really pretty pale blue nail polish that had a lot of color and this fun flirty coral one too. The colors dry very fast and don't chip as much. The lip gloss is a tinted lipgloss so there is not a lot of color pay off but it is nice when you don't want to apply full on lipstick.

Innis Free nail lacquers are chemical free and great for the environment.

Tinted lipgloss
I also bought these cute nail decals from Skinfood. I can't wait to try them out.

At the moment I am in a 1920s and 40s mood so I am watching The Mummy Returns and Casablanca. I am looking forward to seeing the Great Gatsby this summer. These two eras will be inspiring my fall collection.

I hope you all are having a great weekend and my heart and prayers go out to those in Boston. Take care and stay chic.

What's Right Now-- Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Shoes and More!

16 April 2013
Oh, I have been busy. Busy finding so sexy, saucy trends for you ladies to try out. And I have made my list. From floral prints to cool shoes and oh so girlie pink. I hope this list inspire you to liven up your wardrobe! Happy Tuesday, Huesday, Shoesday! :)

Natural Skin Care--Anti-aging skin care for all ages

15 April 2013

I decided to repost this post because I believe that it is still relevant. I will be working on some beauty trend blogs this week so be on the look out:

I received a lot of response from my recent post Celebrating the Feminine Form vs The Culture of Thin. After which, I decided to do a little research on another dangerous and esteem killing trend among women, 'The culture of eternal youth vs Aging gracefully. The culture of eternal youth posits that as men get older, they become more  attractive, sexier even; whereas women getting older become wrinkly and less sexually and physically attractive. To this, I say, bullocks. This attitude has led countless women to undergo face altering--I look like I am in a perpetual wind tunnel--plastic surgeries and the worse of all, injecting poison by the cute name Botox into their faces to keep their skin from sagging and wrinkling. No one knows the long term side effects of Botox. I personally think it is ridiculous that anyone would inject botulism-- a disease that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle Ages into their skin. Not to mention, these procedures do not allow for women to express themselves on their faces. It is another way of silencing us. Another way of saying grin and bear it, well, in this case don't grin--you can't because your face is frozen--just bear it.

What I would like to do is advocate that women no longer give in to this misogynistic ideology, but to embrace aging as a part of life. We can no more turn back the hands of time then we can crawl back up our mother's birth canal to remain young. Youth does  not come from less wrinkles, it comes from living, carefree, smiling, laughing, traveling and taking damn good care of yourself emotionally, physically and mentally. But since this is a beauty blog, I have decided to do a bit of research on how women can 'naturally' suspend the aging process along with diet, exercise and living a stress-free life--of course this is not possible but we must alleviate unnecessary stress from our lives.

In my research I came across this article on what women in each decade must do to keep their skin healthy and pliable as well as help us age gracefully and beautifully. I have created a few homemade facial masks following the findings in this article based on age groupings.

Women in their 20s

Women in their 20s are red hot. They are always on the go, partying and drinking non stop. Never sleeping, tanning and in some cases smoking their skin to demise without thought of how their activities are affecting their bodies let alone their skin. How you treat your skin in your twenties will determine how your skin age in your 30s, 40s, and 50s. So take heed and do as I say. In your quest for the next best party, make sure to treat your skin against free radicals (smoking, too much sun, pollution and dirt) by doing a facial treatment once a week. Your regimen needs to include sea botanicals, apple fruit extracts and amino acids. Below I have created a homemade mask for skin in its 20s.

Red Apple Sweet Potato Face Mask

1 cored apple cut into quarters

1 peeled sweet potato

2 tablespoons of honey
½ teaspoon of sage

Boiled the sweet potato until it is semi-soft (10 minutes).Chop up the apple  and sweet potato quarters in a food processor. Add the honey and sage. Blend till you get a creamy mixture (it will have some chunks in it) and then refrigerate for about 10 minutes.  Lightly pat the mixture onto the face until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on the skin for 30 minutes and then rinse the face mask off with cool water.

Women in their 30s

Women in their 30s are still going strong. In most cases their careers are taking off, they are starting families and coming into their own. This decade has its unique set of stressors that can cause irreparable damage to our skin. But if you take at least one hour a week out of your busy schedule for yourself, you skin will thank you for it. In this decade, to keep your skin cells from dulling, your skincare regimen needs to include pear extract, and seaweed.

Pear Seaweed Face Mask

1 ripe pear
1/4 cup of moist seaweed
½ teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt

Start by peeling and coring the pear. Cut the pear into small pieces and place them in a small dish. Using a fork, mash the pear fruit into a smooth paste. Next, add the honey, seaweed and Greek yogurt. Stir. Spread the mixture evenly over the skin on the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse the pear facial mask off with warm water. Follow up with a splash of cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.

Women in their 40s

Women in their forties these days are not slowing down like the generations before, in some cases we are starting new careers, some are just starting families, some are still partying and since we have more money at these age traveling is a part of our lives. During this decade we find that our wrinkles are deepening on our faces, our skin is thinning, drying and age spots are cropping up. But don't fear, don't run out for that Botox injection instead use a heavier moisturizing cream--such as Nivea's Day and Night Cream-- and make sure you add amino acid (foods with protein, spinach, sweet potatoes etc) complex to your skin regimen to stimulate, repair and protect the skin's DNA. 

Moisturizing Sweet Potato Skin Mask

1/2 peeled, boiled sweet potato, cut into chunks
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp milk, greek yogurt, half & half, rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk (unsweetened)

Boil your sweet potato until it falls apart easily when you stick a fork in it (about 15-20 minutes). Strain out the water. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and let it run until the mask is very smooth. 

Slather the mask onto a freshly washed face. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well, scrubbing lightly with a washcloth.

Finish by smoothing on a VERY light layer of olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil over your face .
Finally, women over 50
Women in this age group have finally slowed down, drink their daily dose of red wine--which is heavenly I have a mask for that too--raised their family, career is coasting and life is grand. In this age group, women are noticing that their skin is begin to sag a bit--especially if they did not take care of it in their younger years-- and become really dry. Your skin is not producing enough moisture to give it that youthful glow. At this stage definitely use heavier moisturizers--please do not get a face lift--and use products that contain sorghum extract. Sorghum comes in a bran and is considered a new power food and is good for putting inside your body as well as out. AND its gluten-free.
Sorghum Bran and Oatmeal Mask
sorghum bran

1 tablespoon of oatmeal powder
2 tablespoons of Sorghum Bran
tsp Honey
½ mashed ripe banana
2 ounces of Greek yogurt

Ground Sorghum bran into a powder--if you cannot find it in powder form. Next, add the banana, sorghum bran, oatmeal powder, honey and yogurt mixture together and spread evenly on the face. Leave the facial mask on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off the paste with warm clean water.
And since I am still in my Alexander McQueen mood, here's a bit of Enya to soothe your day.