Archive for the 'accessorizing' Category

Layer It On! Enjoy mixing & matching this season’s styles!

No Comments »

sue on August 26th 2011 in how to dress, accessorizing, 2011 trends

trend alert! hairbands for s/s 2011

So, there’s a hot new trend you might have heard of — hair accessories! What better then a wonderfully unusual hairband to perfectly coif your look?

Use this trend to carry over your look from glam to glam-chic! But it’s of utmost importance to choose the right look for your face, and to suit the occasion you are attending. Learn to mix & match colors and fabrics to your advantage to carry this look over the edge.

Every girl needs a basic repertoire of hairbands — black, brown, white, gold and silver. You can never go wrong with these basic ones as one will always match with your outfits. So on the days when you just can’t figure out what to do with your hair, just top with a hairband!

When choosing your hairband, your face shape matters. If you have a big face, wearing a single slim hairband will emphasize that and make it look even bigger. If you have a thin face, wearing a wide hairband will make it look even thinner. Wearing multiple slim hairbands can solve the matter for bigger faces, but for those with thin faces, avoid avoid avoid super wide hairbands (unless you have tried them on in advance). Round faces look best with wide hairbands. Not sure of your face shape? Visit here to check.

However, do experiment and try out different styles of hairbands to find out which will suit you best! I’ve got a wide face, but sometimes wear thin hairbands by parting my hair differently and pairing with a v-neck top (slims/elongates the face). And it looks great! Experiment as always with different styles to find your own look :)

For the casual look, pair a wide headband or hairband with tousled and curly hair and a loose, flowing sun-dress. Rock some vibrant eye make up to match your headband and top with a pair of sunglasses.

For a more sophisticated wear-to-work look, try pairing one of our Pearl headbands (see pictures below) with a high or low bun or sleek, straight hair. Pair with a straight pencil skirt & chiffon blouse to be perfectly put together for your big presentation!

For the more daring, check out these denim hairbands with big wide bows. I love the retro vibe in these large hairbands! They look great paired with the simplest outfits and are definitely a conversation starter & talking point.

Some other tips:

  • For maximum impact, choose a hairband that matches your belt and shoes.
  • If you’re daring, wear brightly colored hairbands as your face will stand out even more and it will carry your look over the edge!
  • Most importantly, be comfortable with the hairband you have chosen to wear!
  • Create different looks with the same hairband by tying your hair differently — go sleek by tying a ponytail, or go more casually romantic and leave your hair down.
  • Tone down the rest of your outfit (especially your earrings!) if you are wearing an eye-catching hairband

how to wear it: zip it up

It’s no longer simply a necessary garment fastening, but now a fashion accessory as well - the exposed zipper is a must-have style for this fall/winter. The trend’s been around since spring but the zippers are only getting more and more pronounced for the end of the year. What are you waiting for? Get ready to add this chic trend into your wardrobe!

It’s a hot trend for Fall/Winter 2009 and so easy to wear. If you live in the tropics, just throw on a stylish zipper detailed dress, pair with a cute charm necklace and you’re ready to go! Living in colder climes?  Pair your dress with a stylish black blazer and tights. The zipper trend adds a unique edge to an otherwise plain dress. It is so easy to wear and channels chic sophistication at low prices and minimum fuss.

Looking for something slightly more detailed? Try out this tulip cut printed mini dress. The zipper detail adds definition to this clean style. Try pairing with a short sleeved black jacket to add some solid color to break up the patterns. Wear gladiator style heels or peep toe wedges to complete your look. If you’re wearing tights, black boots are perfect for complementing the zip-front dress.

Don’t miss Beyonce’s fab zip ruffled skirt here. Absolutely amazing! I don’t think I could ever carry off this look personally but wow it sure looks hot on her! Plus two really great lists of some awesome zipper-detailed items here and here. (I do love visiting social fashion/shopping sites for unusual trend inspirations, don’t you?) Skinny zipper detailed jeans as seen here are another great take on this trend that I would love to add into my own closet.

If you’re not ready to channel this look with your clothing choices, why not look at some stylish zipper detailed accessories instead. Check out hot zipper detailed shoes here (though I wouldn’t recommend pairing zipper detailed shoes with these dresses; there is such a thing as over-zippering!) ;)   Also check out some other cool zipper accessories and tights here. Do remember to only wear one zipper detailed item at a time though, otherwise you will just overkill this uber-cool look! :D

geek style: super mario

I love Super Mario. And I love etsy.

Putting the two together and adding a mushroom falling out of a brick produces a wonderfully unique selection of gifts and accessories that appeal in a heartfelt way to my fashionable inner geek-ette. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Super Mario has always had a special place in my heart as my favorite video game as a child. I remember many happy days whiled away playing Mario with my sister (though she always forced me to play as Luigi. Ah…the angst of being the younger one :( ). Nowadays I’m more likely to be playing Mario Kart (yes, I’ll never grow up!) on the Wii, as Baby Peach on the Nanobike! Though I do always try to get in a game of the original Super Mario while traveling (some airlines have it available as part of their inflight entertainment). The mushroom kingdom maintains a special position in my heart ’til today ;) .

So, to continue my story, the other day my sister and I were surfing around on etsy. (I imagine all of you as seasoned online shoppers would already know of etsy already, but for those who don’t (horror!), etsy is a marketplace to buy and sell handmade items). And she came across these amazingly geeky Super Mario and Luigi mismatched earrings. After some inspired and happy surfing time, I found a gold mine of Super Mario accessories and gift items. I’m in love with them!

Check them out (and do visit the shops):

The aforementioned Mario and Luigi mismatched earrings. Only $6 @ honeypopjewellery.

A set of six coasters featuring Mario blocks. Only $15 @ Pixelbrush.

Uniquely customized Mario gamer sneakers — really one of a kind! Only $110 @ ParadoxArtistry.

Super-size your style with this Mario mushroom bracelet. Only $14 @ Livethislife777.

This unique necklace features a mushroom popping out of a brick. Only $25 @ Paxalon.

Would you rock these Mario clips? I so would! Only $7.99 @ PlasticParadox.

This unusual decal features Yoshi eating the Apple on your Macbook! Only $12.99 @ lildecalshoppe.

So what are you waiting for? Buy yourself an early Christmas gift, or surprise your geeky friend with your thoughtfulness.

Btw, I also come across some other interesting Mario facts while writing this post. Did you know that the reason Mario wears his iconic hat is because the original creators of the game didn’t want to manage the difficulty of animating hair? Or that Mario was originally given the rather unimaginative name of Jumpman? Check out some of the wiki history here and here, as well as some interesting facts here. Oooh and apparently you can play Super Mario Online here. As for me, I think I’ll just stick to playing Mario Kart for now, and maybe get myself those awesome Mario clips ;) .

trend alert: birds of a feather

I simply love feathers. They bring to mind magical tales of kingdoms lost and won, stories of swan princesses, and dreams of flying and enchantment. Feathers exude grace and style by adding a flight of fancy to your look. This elegant trend is hot for Fall/Winter 2009, so do add some feathery wonder to your outfits! :)

This look was seen on the runway for the season, and more recently on celebrities like Black Lively who wore the above feathered dress to the New York premiere of Where The Wild Things Are. Also don’t miss this sighting on the streets of Paris. Absolutely amazingly stylish.

For those who are not so daring (this includes me!), it is still easy to add this trend into your wardrobe by accessorizing with a feathered headband or other jewelry. This will provide an ephemeral touch to the most basic of outfits. Check out some other great feathered looks here, and celebs wearing feathered headbands here. Read more on the feather trend here.