For those who know me, you know that I am very much in love with leopard print. So I am thrilled to be writing a post about this trend that seems to be revived almost every season. Yes, borrowing from the big cat is the trend again this season! Of course, my darlings, I am referring to Autumn/Winter 2013, as Hawaii is still in between summer and fall (even though the rest of the fashion world has already moved on to spring of next year) 😉
Anyway, the leopard print is revived, prominent in designer’s collections such as Giambattista Valli, Roland Mourett, DKNY, Burberry and Diane Von Furstenberg.
The print has been adjusted in different patterns, sizes and colors to be larger, smaller, more whimsical and more dramatic.
Ironically, the leopard print also almost becomes neutral, that you can pair it with everything. If used sensibly, the print also makes a striking accent to any ensemble. Next to black and white, leopard print ranks third in my wardrobe essentials. Below are my current fashion cravings, wish I could afford them! 😉
I also wish Hawaii allowed Bengal cats, because I would definitely have one right now!
One of my favorite pieces to write about, PINK LIPSTICK. This reminds me so much of college days- Theater class. Part of an icebreaker was to go around the room describing our fellow classmates in three words. When it was about me, an undergrad named Jack had said “Honey?!…Uhhh, long black hair, dangly earrings and pink lips.” Statement lipstick back in the day was too bold and daring. But whaddayah know, nothing changed. In style or not, I still wear pink lipstick up until today. 😉
And I’m so happy that in the fashion world, statement lips aren’t going anywhere this season. More specifically, fuchsia pink.
Fresher than red, fuchsia is a mix of naughty and nice- cool and luxurious, trendy but still ladylike. It’s the perfect alternative to the classic red lips especially during spring and summer.
First time trying out this show-stopper look? See below for tips on how to wear it right:
*Make sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so that they’re smooth and soft. *Keep it simple. Choose base makeup that’s subtle but defined enough so the bright pink shade doesn’t wash you out. Yes, you can still wear eye makeup, but go easy on your eyeshadow choice. *If you have cooler skin, select a lipstick one with blue undertones. and if you have warm undertones, opt for something more orange or red-based. *For a longer-lasting effect, pat a bit of concealer or foundation over your lips to anchor the color. *Apply one coat of color, then blot with a tissue, and apply a second coat. This helps absorbs any moisture in the lipstick so that the color looks bolder. The second coat helps the color stay on longer.
Need ideas? My personal collection of pink lipsticks are below:
Madonna and her ohh so adorable mini-me tween daughter Lourdes Leon launched their first clothing line together “Material Girl” on Tuesday at Macy’s in Herald Square, New York.
“Material Girl is Macy’s answer to fast-fashion retailers such as H&M and Forever 21, which have been taking market share. “This is our first foray into a fully-integrated brand with footwear, jewelry and accessories,” said Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer of Macy’s Inc. “
With an affordable price point and stylish pieces Macy’s launching of “Material Girl” is sure to be a big hit.
August first marks a very important date that neither my sisters, my brother or I could ever forget. August first was our mother’s birthday. A woman whom we all loved very much, my mother was beautiful and fashionable, but she was as alluring as she was tragic.
My mother had fair skin, jet black hair and almond eyes. As a little girl growing up i remember her black and white polka dot dress that she wore that would make every head in a room to turn to look at her…
Polka dot prints represents femininity, sensuality and confidence (think the ity-bitsy-teeny-weeny polka dot bikini ), and to me, my mother has characteristics of all of the above.
I remember thinking that when I grew up I wanted to have that effect on people. The kind of effect that would just immobilize people because of your presence…
My mother’s polka dot dress was something that i wish i kept after her death, my mother wearing that dress was the most vivid memory I’ve ever had that I wanted to be fashionable, beautiful and alluring, just like her.
In Spring 2009, the fashion industry saw a comeback of the polka dot prints, and boy was I excited to get my hands on some of those dresses. Hawaii, unfortunately is almost a year behind in the world of fashion, so I didn’t see the polka dot prints appearing in stores here until the Spring of this year. Jason Wu, Emmanuel Ungaro and Dolce and Gabbana kept some polka dot prints in their Fall 2010 RTW Collection.
For Spring Resort 2011 we see a strong presence of polka dot prints in various garment pieces such as leggings, pants, skirts, dresses and tops, and even shoes accessories. Georgio Armani, Miu Miuand Moschinofeature feminine and whimsical polka dots in their collections.
As a tribute to my mother, I have collected some polka dot apparel and shoes to add to Honey’s Closet.
Fall 2010’s most alluring trend include the elegant, ethereal and fantastical draping designs seen on the runways this season. Designers who have played the draping card this fall season and emphasized the classic Grecian trend while keeping their personal touch includes Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Gwen Stefani (L.A.M.B), J. Mendel, Oscar De la Renta, Costelo Tagliapietra (my personal favorite collection) and of course, Narciso Rodriguez– the king of all draping techniques, the brilliant and incredible Zeus of all modern Greek-Goddess inspired fashion.
In addition to an elegant, Greek-Goddess appearance and quality, draping can also enhance volume and texture. The Grecian formula for figure flattery ensures sensuality while masking insecurities (Vogue).
With endless holiday dinners and parties during the fall and winter season, wearing a beautifully draped garment can make you look and feel like a goddess. The draping trend can be found in various styles, from tops, to skirts to cocktail dresses.
The great thing about draped pieces is that you can mix and match and STILL look magical.
You can wear a draped top with a pair of skinny jeans or a draped skirt with a ruffle top to even out the volume.
Drapes, interesting knots and a flowy silhouette can make any woman feel enchanting, fabulous and chic.
In honor of the beautiful goddesses Aphrodite and Athena, I visited Express at Ala Moana Shopping Center and purchased a black knotted mini skirt to add to Honey’s Closet.