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Neon and Floral go on a date!

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Welcome to a cocktail of floral and neon! 

Personally, I have never been one to wear vibrant colours in terms of clothing and make-up. For years I have mostly remained in my classic blacks and darker shades, possibly out of habit or maybe just because I love black! However, over the last few months I have been attempting to inject some colour here and there. And you know what? Feels quite nice to do something a bit different. By no means am I suddenly going to be strolling around town looking like a mobile candy stand. 

I have always found floral designs pleasing to the eye and I do find certain pieces stunning. Whether I would wear them all is a different story, hence why I would be very specific about the items I would actually wear. I believe in choosing things for me and not just following fashion for the sake of it like a stray puppy. 

So here is a little collection of items I currently own, apart from the shoes. Still got my eye on them!

Fiesta Floral Tankini, by Swimhut (www.swimhut.com): 

Usually I am a bikini kind of girl, but let’s face it, there are some days where you’re not as ‘body confident’ as you’d like to be. So a tankini is the perfect choice in my opinion. A gorgeous and festive print and a flattering option at the same time. Looks amazing with a tan!

Orange Nail Lacquer, by OPI

The one thing that has always been an exception to my overall ‘dark look’ is my nails! I have always felt comfortable going for vivid nail polish colours. It’s a subtle option and elevates any outfit. This neon orange shade brings my hands to life and stays on for a substantial amount of time without chipping.

'Gardinia' Wedges, by Carvela/Kurt Geiger

I fell in love with the combination of studs and print on these wedges. I am still in the process of thinking ” Do I, or don’t I?” They really embody the neon/floral look - feminine with a tough edge, thanks to the little golden studs.

422 Coral Tonic, Colour Sensational by Maybelline

I had been on the lookout for a the right coral lipstick for a while and finally came across this one. It was ideal for me as it was a softer take on the coral lip, without being too bright. I believe that coral/orange lipsticks are like red: you have to find the right shade to suit you, and there is one for everyone, you just have to find it!

Remember, you do not have have to take neon and prints to the extreme. You can do it subtly with accessories or make-up without completely dedicating yourself to the look. On the other hand, if you are brave and are naturally one to take risks, put your chameleon hat on and go crazy!

A-MORIR

A-MORIR

Stained Dates 

Lost in a forest of dates, I sink into the dark. Faces, sounds, scents and places, drip down from the past, filling the emptiness that consumes me. Ghosts, voices, memories and ruins, surround my body, I begin to disappear, let them take me - I do not belong here anymore. 

Drowning in memories, moments past that no longer exist. Still, I cannot let go and they will not release me. Immortalised, they are relived and refuse to die. Without beating hearts, they are stronger, cannot bleed and will not stop until I do. 

A separation, a division – four bruised bodies were torn apart and trapped between two worlds. Where do I belong, where is my home? 

Black silhouette with your merciless hands, your invasion visits me in my nightmares. Only I see your handprints on my body, your face haunts me, I cannot breathe. 

It is a battle of a starved soul that crunches on problems but never swallows them, a war of mind against body and body against mind. Reflection, I will love you when you are bones. 

Cruelty, you are a merciless visitor. Destroyer and murderer of hope, you stole a life before it’s time, leaving a hollow body and empty eyes. 

A thin line between light and darkness, open eyes or closed forever, heartbeat or silence. The noise drains away, I have escaped once more. As I lie in my stained coffin, I feel the marks on my skin, the reminders that those dates will return.


 

Photography & Text : Electra Tsois 

 

HATS ANYBODY?
So Nina Ricci’s S/S 2012 Collection showed us some subtly feminine head gear. A nod, or should I say a bow towards the ‘housewife’ look. Simple yet structured, they are headpieces that put the ‘Elle’ in ‘Mademoiselle’.
I got thinking about hats that remain classy and fashionable to this day - as well as a print that fits the same criteria. Isn’t it obvious? Why leopard print hats ofcourse. A personal preference on my part. So here is my little spread - feast your eyes! Anything is the pillbox hat family with leopard print involved is a yes from me. And from Dita Von Teese also it would seem.
Audrey Hepburn in ‘Charade’,1963 and Carey Mulligan in ‘An Education’,2009 show us how it’s done - well, the costume/stylist department on set did anyway.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y248/corpse_bride99/frames.jpg

HATS ANYBODY?

So Nina Ricci’s S/S 2012 Collection showed us some subtly feminine head gear. A nod, or should I say a bow towards the ‘housewife’ look. Simple yet structured, they are headpieces that put the ‘Elle’ in ‘Mademoiselle’.

I got thinking about hats that remain classy and fashionable to this day - as well as a print that fits the same criteria. Isn’t it obvious? Why leopard print hats ofcourse. A personal preference on my part. So here is my little spread - feast your eyes! Anything is the pillbox hat family with leopard print involved is a yes from me. And from Dita Von Teese also it would seem.

Audrey Hepburn in ‘Charade’,1963 and Carey Mulligan in ‘An Education’,2009 show us how it’s done - well, the costume/stylist department on set did anyway.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y248/corpse_bride99/frames.jpg

PURPLE LIPSTICK

Purple lips: For some it’s too much, for some too little, but for the rest it’s perfect. I happen to be ‘the rest’. I’m not talking about lilac, purple shimmer or violet shine - I’m talking about about heavy, dark, deep and downright gloomy purple. None of that in between business.

I’ve always loved the idea of purple lips, and have been through the personal transformation of wearing cheap looking sparkly purple lipstick at 16, to having some standards and opting for a shade/finish that hovered over edgy refinement.

The two middle photographs are from the S/S 2011 Giorgio Armani Prive show, backstage. The show was very much dedicated to jewel tones and purple was an ideal choice to give sophistication an essence of mystery and edge.

If you’re going to wear this colour, you need good quality. Here are the featured lipsticks above:

Illamasqua:

Kontrol (blue violet)

MAC: Fervent (glossy blackened berry)

Yves Saint Laurent: 101 Violet Singulier

If the colour of your purple lipstick looks borderline threatening on your face or some people think it looks wrong - then you know you’re doing something right.

Source (photographs): http://www.vogue.co.uk/

HEDI SLIMANE: FRANCES BEAN COBAIN

Just can’t get enough of these Frances Bean Cobain portraits, taken in July 2011. This portrait series belongs in Slimane’s ‘Rock Diary’ category, along with the likes of Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse.

There is something about the way Slimane captures a moment in each of his photographs - from the subject’s expression to the way they have positioned themselves within their surroundings. This knowledge and timing is what transforms an average portrait to an engaging one. A beautiful black and white portrait that you cannot take your eyes off.

Source (Photographs): http://www.hedislimane.com/

GIL ELVGREN & JOYCE BALLANTYNE

Welcome to a visual tasting on pin-up art! It’s currently 5:12am and I’m half watching ‘Young at Heart’ (1954) - pretty much the only decent thing on tv at this hour. Watching this reminded me of a book I wanted that I saw in Urban Outfitters, which I can’t remember for the life of me what it was called. What I do know is that it was a huge, fat and heavy book! It’s pages were full of selected pin-up art (paintings/illustrations) from a variety of artists, including Joyce Ballantyne and ofcourse Gil Elvgren, who to me is the master of this style and my personal favourite.

The pictures above are a combination of Elvgren and Ballantyne. If you concentrate enough you can notice the differences in their style: Elvgren’s colour is striking and pops in each image whereas Ballantyne’s has a more muted effect, blending the colours in a fairly subtle manner. An example as to how the same content has been executed with a different strategy.

I love how the poses showcase the women’s curves in the most sexy yet flattering manner. Maybe I should take note, so next time a photograph is being taken I will be prepared. However, chances are I would stand out in the worst way possible if I were to do such a thing in a group photograph. Maybe leave it for Halloween or a drunken night.

In all honesty, if I lived on my own I’d like to wonder around the house in silk robes, lacy underwear and suspenders. But seeing as we’re being honest, I give it a day until I’d be back in my over-sized pyjamas.

Source (Images) : http://www.thepinupfiles.com/