March 28, 2010

Hermes Spring/Summer

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March 19, 2010

Nina Ricci Perfume

Yesterday, I decided to treat myself. Although, these “well deserved spending splurges are becoming more daily habit then occasional treats. Following suit for the rest of the week, I thought it was completely necessary to purchase ‘Nina’ by Nina Ricci for £40; the fourth perfume this week. Oh, where did my mother go wrong?

To be honest I think I’m more in love with the bottle than the liquid; the apple shaped bottle in tropical sunset red cupped with silver leaves looks perfect on my vanity table. Marketed as a “fairytale” fragrance, it doesn’t fail to leave the wearer spellbound and mesmerized. With delectable notes such as Calabrian Lemon, Love Apple and White Cedar its heavenly floral hints enchant and captivate. Its fun and flirty aroma is similar to fruit flavoured sweets basked in sugar. Once the sweet but tarty lemon notes begin to wear off, the heart notes are fruity and mouth-watering due to the jasmine Sambac blossom with fusion of raspberry. The moonflower and vanilla becomes the dominant base note leaving a gentle and caressing aura to your skin. One could say however, the notes are somewhat childish, balancing on the line between sweet and sickly. But through the sugared jelly sweets, pink candyfloss and sweet icing memories there is a truly magnifying fragrance, which leaves you spellbound.

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March 17, 2010

Lets get Juicy.

Yay! My first Juicy Couture Charm, this beauty cost £60 but was worth every penny. The limited edition charm is 18k gold plated, and embellished in swarovski crystals, and of course, the detail is breathtaking.

The charm is a pretty little heart locket. The front is charmingly decorated with black doodles of roses and an arrow. Centred in front of the arrow is the most adorable crystal heart, with a gold banner entwined around it. Romantically engraved into the banner is “Sweet Couture O’Mine”. The tiny clasp on the side really sets the whole charm off, showing craftsmanship and true attention to detailing. Inside is truly lovely, a mirror on the left and a photo slot on the right, juxtaposed above each circle is two dainty words; “Fairest, and Dearest”. Adorable.


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March 14, 2010

Artist in the spotlight - Arturo Elena

I absolutely love Arturo Elena’s work. The gorgeous women he creates have unrealistic dimensions, which give such a surreal but glamorous illusion. His incredible detail lets us enjoy the texture and colour in fabrics and skin. He has worked with the likes of Elle and Cosmopolitan. Whats so shocking is that he uses ink and felt tip to draw which is a truly unique mix of media.
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March 09, 2010

The Golden Age Of Couture - Paris and London 1947-57

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Golden Age of Couture exhibition at the V&A. The museum displayed over 100 authentic vintage ball gowns designed by the likes of Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Balmain from1947 to 1957, the time known as the Golden Age Of Couture. The glamorous dresses were adorned with beautiful detailing stitched upon impeccable tailoring. It was one of the most mesmerising collections I had ever seen and as I sketched and admired the stunning array of silks and pleats, I felt as if I was part of the dresses. I don’t think anything has ever made me feel so ambitious, inspired and alive.

As soon as I realised there was a book available on the couture dresses, I literarily flung open my purse and bought it for £35.00.
Everything about the book is stunning, even the quality is at the highest possible standard; I actually feel like I should be wearing gloves when I handle it.
The book has 224 pages, filled with 97 colour images, and 80 black and white illustrations. Not only is it the most jaw dropping collection of vintage couture photos I have ever seen, but it also includes the original design sketches for the dresses. The images range from well-known couture photography, to rare photos that I feel blessed to own. With every turn of the page, The Golden Age Of Couture leaves me spellbound.

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