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All Snood-ed Out

In OOTD, Out & About on February 27, 2011 at 2:58 am

It’s not a real snood. The boyfriend used two scarves to create an improv-ed snood. I like it. His efforts paid off at a H&M cash till today – the lady cashier complimented him on the ‘snood’. He was a happy man.

The sister is back in London! First weekend out with her since her return. We decided to head to Covent Garden to check out St Martin’s Courtyard. It was actually quite depressing because we couldn’t shop, so we ended up eating away our misery. We were also wearing snoods, however, as you can see from the picture above, it’s hard to see here since they’re black. I wanted to post a picture of my outfit today but I didn’t manage to capture a decent image of the outfit. I wore a mid calf army jacket with grey skinny jeans and biker boots. My usual laid-back attire.

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Colour Blocking

In OOTD on February 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm

 

The ‘Natalie’

In Up close and personal on February 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I forget how stunning she is sometimes. She’s clearly making 2011 her year. She’s everywhere! She’s the swan queen in her latest movie, Black Swan and she’s the new face of Miss Dior Cherie. This is her first beauty campaign; apparently she is very selective about what she puts her name on and I love that about her. She’s even successfully persuaded Dior to supply her with vegan shoes! Now that’s power.

Plus, she’s recently been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in respect of her role in Black Swan. I love her in Black Swan. She’s such a convincing actress. It was reported that she spent a whole year training ballet. Now that’s a crash course! Ouh, I also loved her wardrobe. I thought it was pretty clever how her wardrobe colour palette changed from shades of pinks, white and greys to hints of black as she transformed into the Black Swan. Genius!

Random observation: I don’t know if it’s just her natural facial expression or she’s just channeling a character in a movie. She has this constant frown throughout the movie (as seen below).. and it was especially prevalent when she performs her dancing scenes. She looks so upset!

I said this to the boyfriend and sister and they looked at me as though I’ve said something wrong. Something VERY wrong. The boyfriend turned to me and said:

“Yasmin, that’s how you look all the time!!!! You always look like you are pissed off about something!”

Whattt?? Really? Noooooo… (I do not, really!).

The boyfriend has dubbed it the ‘Natalie’. He tell me off sometimes and goes:

“Yasmin, you’re going all Black Swan on me right now.”

So if any of you ever see me looking a bit upset, don’t think much of it. It is just my natural facial expression. Apparently.

I’m working on it.

 

The ‘Front Row’ Catwalk

In Fashion on February 22, 2011 at 2:10 am

With all the hype that is Fashion Week, every single who’s who in fashion congregate to receive the news that will determine their (and every other fashionistas around the world) season wardrobe and ultimately, spending habits, in the upcoming months. We’re already seeing S/S 2011 trends on the high street – Zara has decided to focus it’s spring summer collection on bright colour blocks, Topshop is channeling summery folk prints, while H&M is reworking denim in a fresh new way.

So it is clear that what designers put down the runway is central, but what’s revolutionary nowadays is that the focus has somewhat shifted to the audience seated on the front row. Thanks to street bloggers like Garance Dore, Scott Schuman, Nam and Tommy Ton, we turn to these fashion maestros to translate runway fashion to real life. Phew! That’s an incredible amount of pressure if you ask me. It’s no wonder fashion editors and whatnot take months to plan their fashion week wardrobe!

I would fail miserably at this. I have too many ‘what if’s. From the simple ‘What if there’s swimming?‘ Even though it’s 3 degrees Celsius in London at the moment so any swimming would have to be in a heated pool and highly unlikely… to ‘What if I bump seats with Kate Middleton and become instant best friends and she invites me to her royal engagement, or worst, her wedding!?’ Nevermind the fact that her wedding is in fact in April and the chances of us having anything in common is close to nil. I would still be tempted to pack along my grandest outfit. Just in case.

I’m actually digressing from what this post if meant to be about. I intended on sharing with you my favourite ‘front row catwalks’ with you this season. As you can see, I’m really feeling Taylor Tomasi Hill this time around. Last year (still is this year), it was Kate Lanphear.

Photo Credits: Streetfsn.com

A Little Bit Of Flare

In OOTD on February 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

This is the ONLY boot cut jeans I own. Because I couldn’t be bothered to have them altered, I only wear them when I feel like wearing heels. Don’t you just hate it when your jeans is sweeping the floor as you walk?

The Beginning Of Something Not So New

In Fashion on February 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm

It’s clear that humans are not the only ones subjected to social pressure to look skinny, it now looks as if our beverages are too! The idea of a ‘skinny can’ is not new – we’ve seen it done on Milo and Nescafe cans, however, no brand has ever specifically linked the ‘skinny can’ concept to fashion before. Until now.

Introducing the new Pepsi Diet skinny can. As the can suggests, the beverage contains zero calories, zero sugar and zero carbs (which makes me wonder what in the world is in that drink?!!) without compromising on the original Pepsi taste. The skinny Pepsi made it’s first debut at, no surprise here, the New York Fall Mercedes Fashion Week. It was suggested by PepsiCo’s chief marketing officer that the new look is meant to ‘complement today’s most stylish looks’.

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Really? The idea of having a can as an accessory bewilders me. Though it will be interesting to see if this marketing campaign actually picks off and if so, will we begin to see more products being marketed as ‘fashionable’?

The drink is set to go public in March.

Give Me A ‘H’!

In Fashion on February 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

To date, we i.e. the boyfriend and I have been to approximately 6 or 7 Hermes stores – 2 in Malaysia, 3 or 4 in London and 1 in Manchester. No, we are not in search of a Birkin. Instead, we are searching for the elusive ‘H’ belt. Ahhh, not just any ‘H’ belt, the black enamel ‘H’ belt. Preferably with an orange leather strap. It is so freaking hard to track down! It’s funny how we get so obsessed over something, especially when we find out that it is impossible to find.

One word of advice: if you ever see something you love but you think you might be able to find something better, or cheaper, STOP! Forget that, and just get it, even if it is a bit on the expensive side.

Rationale: If you DO find something better, you can always return your purchase. But if you decide to just keep looking and fail, chances are you would be kicking yourself (or in our case, begin a worldwide hunt) for not buying it when you had the chance because low and behold, it’s gone.

The boyfriend is still hopeful.

Pink Candy Floss

In OOTD on February 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I decided to wear this big pink jumper out today because (fingers crossed) winter is coming to its end and this jumper hasn’t even met my dry cleaners yet! I love big cozy jumpers. I wish I could wear them to work. Now that would solve a lot of morning wardrobe woes. The boyfriend hates this jumper though. He hates anything hairy. It itches him. So I wear this when I am not in the mood for hugs. I kid, my love! x

24 Hours In Paris

In Out & About on February 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Join In The Bandwagon!

In Fashion on February 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

Photo Credits: Jak&Jil; Businessoffashion.com; Style.com

I really want to try bright coloured jeans/pants. Yes, it is a trend. It’s not something I expect to be wearing when I am 40, …or would I? Hmmmm… never say never, I always say but for the time being, I don’t see myself ever donning this trend in my late thirties. Hence I want to get it out of my system and do it now before it’s too late!

So one of the girls I want to be this summer is Jill Sander’s runway model – my eyes are forever scanning out for bright, neon, happy colours! I believe that in order to pull this trend off, you need to focus your eyes down. Yes, down. So don’t play it safe with a bright top. It doesn’t have the same effect. Go for that bright neon yellow jeans, or that bright pink maxi. Yes, you can! Yes, I can!

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