Style Icon: Rosie Thomas

After my post about the stunning David Beckham I want to share another of my favorite brits with you today!  My latest Style Icon is the beautiful Brit, Rosie of The Londoner and this girl has style for days!  After a supermodel and three actresses I figured it was about time for my next style icon to be a blogger.  Rose Thomas has been blogging since April 2011 with a great mix of life, style, travel, and recipes and I have been following along for the last year. 

Her blog posts chronicling her exotic travels – from day trips to Paris to weeklong stays in the Middle East – brings “photo dump” to a whole new level and I love it.   However, my favorite part of her blog is her beautiful outfit posts.  Her “chap” takes her photos and I love her style: 

Rose Thomas - The Londoner - A Stolen FedoraA Stolen Fedora 

Rose Thomas - The Londoner -  Leather and LaceLeather, Lace and Nachos  

Rose Thomas - The Londoner - Butter by NadiaButter by Nadia Rose Thomas - The Londoner - Coffee Pancake BreakCoffee Pancake Break   [Read more...]

My Halloween Costume Dilemma

It is two weeks until Halloween and I have nothing to wear. I asked my friends in all seriousness if we were getting too old to dress up this year and you should have seen their faces, it looked like I insulted their mothers!  So guess what?  We are dressing up!  

I thought last year I was playing it safe with two iconic choices, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.   I had a great time as Little Red Riding Hood at a friends costume party and a wonderful evening with Karly Kim on a Halloween boat cruise in my Snow White costume.  The thing is, over the summer I realized both of last year’s costumes are repeats from previous years: 

Sparkles and Shoes - Little Red Riding HoodSparkles and Shoes -Snow White

With those in mind this year I am determined to be original.  In order to do so I took a look at the things I had been in the past, in college I was a Catholic school girl, a pirate, a peacock, and a police officer.  After graduating college I’ve dressed as Honey Boo Boo, a cat, and of course, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. So what am I going to be this year? Well after crazy Googling I found a few store-bought costumes that I am so-so about.  Do you know how hard it is to find a costume that is not over $100 or overtly sexual?  Guys, Halloween is October 31st every year and now that I am past the age of eight my costume wearing will not begin until 10pm and it is going to be COLD.  Here are the costumes I am on the fence about:

Best Non Slutty Store Bought Halloween Costumes for 2014

Cow / Wicked Witch /  Native American /  Tavern Maid / Prisoner 

 

They are cute but nothing wow and again, I want to be different this year.  After perusing Pinterest, PopSugar, Elle, Magazine and Google images these are my six favorite DIY costumes for this Halloween:

My Favorite DIY Halloween Costumes for Halloween 2014

Wanderlust Travel Bug //   Regina George
Solar System // Minnie Mouse
Scarecrow //  Audrey Hepburn

 

What do you think I should be this year?  

Never Will I Ever … Shave Half My Head

Half Shaved Head - Cassie

While I have abandoned the pursuit of enviable ombre the idea of doing something to change my hair has not escaped me.  I have been trying to decide in which direction I want to go in, but I am positive it is NOT going to be half shaved.  I read this HuffPost article about JWoww (and never did I think I would mention an Jersey Shore cast member on the blog) and I just shook my head no.  No, I will never, ever shave half my head: 

Jwow Shaved Head

This trend is not new, and to be serious it is really only a 20 or 25% head shave but, it has been popular for at least the last year and half and it hit the main stream when Rihanna debuted her a half shaved head on the cover of Rolling Stone in February 2013. 

Half-Shaved-Head-Rihanna-Rolling-Stone

But let’s be serious, Rihanna can get away with almost anything – including receiving a fashion award in a see-through dress, but then others start copying her.  In Hollywood everyone from Cassie and Camern Electra to Jada Pinkett Smith and Kelly Osbourne has sported the style.  Unlike many of my posts, these are not my favorite shots, these are examples of the trend I am not on board with: 

Photocall for the film 'Captives' at the Cannes Film FestivalHalf Shaved Head - Cher LloydHalf Shaved Head Half Shaved Head -  Sabrina Washington Shaved HeadHalf Shaved Head - jaime-pressly-shaved-head-sideHalf Shaved Head - Shaving Half Your Head - Jada Pinkett Smith

 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 

 

What do you think of the trend?  Are you on board? 

My Aquaphor Obsession

It is true, I am obsessed with Aquaphor, in fact, I have tubs of it.  Not the cute, little purse size ones nor the normal size triangular tubes the actual 14 oz tubs.  Why?  They are much more economical – the cost per ounce is a fraction of the smaller ones.  One of my coworkers said, well, how do you dip your finger in it and get just the right amount for you lips?  Truth be told?  I don’t.  I used to wipe the excess off on a tissue but after reading this article from Refinery 29 I now rub the excess in to my cuticles and they look better than ever! 

Sparkles and Shoes - Aquaphor

I have a jar of Aquaphor – to be specific Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment – in every place I spend a lot of time – work, my apartment, my parent’s house, ect. Plus, I never am tempted to take the one off my desk and throw it in my purse as a sub for lip gloss! 

 My love for the product was actually my 26th post back in September 2012 and my feelings have not changed.  In case you missed that post I will give you the Reader’s Digest version, Aquaphor is mainly petroleum jelly with a little Aloe and other beneficial ingredients. I have been obsessed for the past ten years and am not showing any signs of stopping. I do have to say though, after half a dozen failed attempts the CVS or Duane Reade version, even if it is exactly the same ingredients, isn’t quite the same! 

Now that the cold weather has set in I am using it more than ever! 

Thank you, Eucerin, for making a great product!

Where I See Fashion

A big, big thank you to Chapter Friday for introducing me to the amazing Tumblr called Where I See Fashion.  This amazing account merges two of my favorite things, high fashion and art, both of which I appreciate from a distance!  It has been around in just over a year and since then there have been 189 on-point matches, juxtaposing fashion photographs, everything from catalog and editorial to runway and makeup, with different pieces of art.  

The account and all of the collaborations are are created by Bianca Luini, a fashion design student living in Milan who says she only uses Photoshop on the art photos to get the right color match.  She also has a person blog which you can find here.  Back to the point at hand though, this W I S F Tumblr is amazing and Sunday I looked at the almost 200 matches and here are 11 of my favorite compilations: 

Balmain Fall 2014 and ZebrasDetails at Balmain Fall 2014 | Zebras

Jessica Chastain wearing Olivier Theyskens photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue December 2013 and Flaming June by Fredrick Lord Leighton 1830-1896 Jessica Chastain in Olivier Theyskens photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue December 2013
| Flaming June by Fredrick Lord Leighton, 1830-1896 

Issey Miyake RTW Spring 2014 and Interior of the Caixa Forum art gallery in Madrid Issey Miyake RTW Spring 2014 | Interior of the Caixa Forum art gallery in Madrid, Spain 

Gareth Pugh RTW Fall 2010 and Building in Singapore photographed by Hafizuddien Ju Gareth Pugh RTW Fall 2010 | Building in Singapore photographed by Hafizuddien Ju   

Dolce and Gabbana RTW Spring 2008 and Water Lilies painting by Claude Monet Dolce & Gabbana RTW Spring 2008 | Water Lilies by Claude Monet 

Lydie Kochetkova by Saima Altunkaya for L’Officiel Ucraina April 2012 and White daffodilsLydie Kochetkova by Saima Altunkaya for L’Officiel Ucraina April 2012 | White daffodils 

Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 and We Will All Be Changed by MICHAEL CINA 2011Giambattista Valli Spring 2014 | We Will All Be Changed by MICHAEL CINA, 2011 

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2014 and Stucco by PETER Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2014 | Stucco by Peter 

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2005 and Between Heaven and Earth by CONRAD JON GODLYChristian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2005
| Between Heaven and Earth by CONRAD JON GODLY, oil on canvas 

Maud Welzen in In My Castle for Harper’s Bazaar November 2012 by Benjamin Kanarek wearing Jantaminiau and Bouganville in Malta Maud Welzen in “In My Castle” for Harper’s Bazaar November 2012 by Benjamin Kanarek wearing Jantaminiau | Bouganville in Malta, Europe 

Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Fall 2012 and Birthstone on Devian ArtAlexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Fall 2012 | Picture by Birthstone on Devian Art 

 

Do you think these collaborations from 
Where I See Fashion are as stunning as I do?