Sunday, 29 May 2011

Prism Break: Polychromatic Accessories

 Wear the rainbow! Prismatic jewellery is so beautiful to me. I love the way these chameleon-esque gems pick up the dominant colour in an outfit.

Chandelier Earrings: Panache

They are also the perfect splash of colour to enhance a sexy LBD. The light-reflective properties make such accessories easily wearable
with just about every colour you have in your closet.

One of my secret style fetishes are cufflinks.  Since I was a child, I always thought my dad looked so daper when he dressed up in a three-piece suit and finished it off with cufflinks and matching tie pin. I think that at least one pair of cufflinks is a must-have in every woman's jewellery collection. I bought this pair of cufflinks (below) at a thrift shop on Queen St. W a few years back.  The salesperson claimed they were from the "Austin Powers" era.  (A really good sales pitch perhaps?)                                            

Prismatic Cufflinks
I think they would have a nice "peak-a-boo" effect on this soft yellow suit; a subtle accent on the sleeve of the blouse. Shagadelic!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Don't Step Out Without Your "Stilettos"

Maybelline New York Stiletto
For me, gone are the days when I could splurge on $30+ mascara. 

I had to break my love affair with Chanel's Inimitable mascara and have been looking for a replacement since.

I have fallen in love with Maybelline New York's Lash Stiletto Voluptuous in Very Black and Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision
Liquid Liner in Blackest Black.

My eyes are defined and my lashes are longer than life! The Stiletto duo with a wash of champagne coloured shimmer dust on the eyes makes for the ultimate seductive "smize"! 

Me, smizing... or at least trying to
Now, with or without my sunglasses, my eyes are the centre of attention!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Shady Disgueyes: Retro Shades

Retro chic sunglasses are taking over this summer!  Haute couture ensembles of bold prints and vibrant colours were accentuated with eccentric throw-back shades in just about every spring/summer collection for 2011.

A few of my top favourite designs came from Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.

As soon as I saw the sunglasses trends for the season, I dug up a pair of sunglasses I had buried in a drawer for what seems like eons. I bought them about 10 years ago. (I definitely have the potential to be a hoarder.)

I thought about just rocking those for the summer but thinking that made me queasy. I can't possibly wear one measly pair of old- excuse me, I mean "vintage", sunglasses all summer.  I need options!

I really like how some of the newer shades are like a hybrid between the cat-eye shape and oversized lenses of seasons past. I found an awesome pair of turtoiseshell shades at the Urban Outfitters on Queen St. W. I have named them "Ankeita" in admiration of the Nikita sunglasses by Tom Ford.

In Retrospecs: Sunglasses from the Past & Present

In keeping with the beauty trends of the summer, I will be rocking lipsticks that could have been inspired by a pack of tropical flavoured Skittles.

Above On the Left: I'm wearing Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Silk Lipstick #13
Above On the Right: I'm wearing MAC Lipstick in Morange

I am sooo ready for summer! Now if only the sun would come out and stay for a while. Damn sun of a beach!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Crack Ain't Whack Pt. 2 (On Second Thought...)

Now I understand why I wasn't too quick to jump on this "crack craze". I am somewhat of a perfectionist with the motto "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Having to put my faith in the artificial intelligence of a polish formula made with a purported ground breaking, sophisticated technology cooked up by some fashion senseless scientist is absolutely absurd; especially  for someone as particular as I am.

I chose to apply Naylene #D5 with the Magenta Shatter on top of my ring fingers and thumbs.  What a disaster! The colour combo was cool, but the crack- WAS WHACK!  What happened to the artistic fancies from the first time? My thumb is a (hot ass mess)!

Shatter in Shambles
It irked me so much I woke up at 5:40am on Tuesday, 41min before my alarm goes off.  By 6:30am I was fully dressed, coat and scarf on to boot (for smudge-prevention).  I then removed the Shatter disaster and replaced it with Fiercely Fiona by OPI. What an improvement!

Now I can shamelessly go out in public feeling so fresh and so spring!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Block Party: Dare to be Seen this Summer

Bangles: Aldo Accessories

Colour blocking is one of the major fashion trends for this spring/summer season.  I absolutely love the bright, vibrant, bold, candy colours! It makes me want to jet set to a Caribbean island and
lay ocean -side with a plate of exotic, citrus fruit and a glass of blue lagoon on ice that match my two-piece and retro shades.

Necklace: H&M

Back to the reality of my 9 to 5 however. I'ma add these colour rich accessories to a crisp white shirt and high-waisted flare jeans for a look that's bold and beautiful!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Crack Ain't Whack Pt. 1

A few weeks ago I went to the nail salon where my esthetician suggested I try the new Shatter nail polish from OPI.  I opted for a gold coloured bottom coat with the Black Shatter on top.  I admit it wasn't love at first sight, but I've become increasingly fond of the peculiar, cracked patterns of art on my fingertips. I will continue to experiment with different colour combinations over the next few months, so stay tuned...

Black Shatter Nail Polish by OPI

The Motherland: My Muse on Mother's Day

For the Mother's Day event, I wore an Afrocentric inspired ensemble.

Having bracelets on both wrists is not something I normallly do, but the embellishment works in this case.  The single wide gold cuff balances out the stack of bracelets on the opposite side.

 I bought this necklace from Le Chateau years ago. This Miss Sixty dress I'm wearing is also an oldie but a goodie.  The design reminds me of the head of a therianthrope one might envision when on a psychedelic journey through the non-physical world from consuming Ayahuasca tea or MFKZT. 

 Hues of ivory, olive, camel and mahogany make up this neutral, muted colour palette.  Wooden textures add dimension along with copper and gold hardware.
Egyptian Earrings

Clutch: Costa Blanca

I finished the look off with patent, beige peep toe shoes from Guess.
Shoes: Guess

I know, I know.  My fingernails don't match my toenails. Trust me, my nail game won't be this weak come summer time.

Monday, 9 May 2011

First Generation Fyne & Fabulous: My Mum

So yesterday was Mother's Day.  I took my mom out to the Olive Branch of Hope's "Reflections of a Mother" Luncheon.  ( Because she's so awesome, she was honoured with the "Quintessential Mother" Award for which I nominated her.  I wrote a lot of personal stuff in that nomination form, but here's the poem I wrote for her:
My mother is the most gorgeous woman I know.  She stands in stilettos of faith and humility so that each of her steps follows a path of courage and righteousness.  Her smile is contagious. Her style is Hollywood.  Her heart shines like the golden sun. Her selflessness and generosity rains down like morning dew. She is clothed with grace and she drips with the scents of sincerity and sophistication.  She looks beyond the physical and sees the needs of the soul.  She listens with haste and knows how your feeling and what you’re thinking without you having to say a word.  Her words sing with passion, truth, comfort and joy.  Her wisdom is her crown of glory. Her love is ever-present, endless and eternal; And my love for her is the same.
Thanks to my mom I learned how to walk in heels at age 11.  She knows how to rock it out from head to toe. My mom is first generation Fyne & Fabulous!

Love u more Mum! xoxoxo