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August Recap: Hints of Fall

by Angie

August was a month of enjoying glorious Summer weather and thinking about glorious Fall fashion. There was also a rather unplanned focus on dark red after huge positive response to my initial post on the resurgence of the colour at retail.

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Fashion News Roundup: Week 35, 2014

by Inge
Gap continues its expansion plans, the American Vogue website gets a new look, Yohji Yamamoto designs soccer jerseys for Real Madrid, and other style news that caught our attention this week.

Fun Fashion Fact

Did you know that British high-street brand New Look has been selling 1,440 kimonos a day since April this year. Other retailers have also confirmed that the garment has been “extremely popular”, making the kimono a Summer fashion staple to be reckoned with.

Ensemble: Dark Red with Pink & Orange

by Angie

This outfit formula is for Team Bright Clashing Colours, and another way to transition dark red into Autumn. And if the brightness of the formula tickles your fancy, sport the look right through Winter too. Combining dark red with bright pink and orange clashes right up to the point where the shades work in harmony (at least they do to my eye). 

Yes, we can match dark red with neutrals like black, grey, white and ink blue. That’s a slam dunk classic combination that’s always a goodie. But an unexpected colour combination can be quite exhilarating.

Feel free to use all shades of bright pink (from neon to fuchsia), and all shades of orange (from Dutch orange to rust). If combining dark red with pink and orange is too much for your system, choose one of the two and add more neutrals. 

There are many, many ways to combine shades of dark red with bright orange and pink. I’ve started the ball rolling with three outfit renditions, each with a different colour top so that you can choose which version is most flattering against your complexion. 

Dark Red Jeans with Orange Top & Pink Scarf

Reinvent burgundy jeans with a top in a shade of orange and add a bright pink scarf. Or pair burgundy jeans with a fuchsia top and finish things off with an orange scarf. I’ve chosen cognac and taupe as the neutrals for this palette because they’re warmer than black and grey. Tan, cream and chocolate work well too. So finish off the outfit with footwear and bag in one of these neutral shades. 

Orange Skirt with Dark Red Top & Pink Accents

Pair a skirt in a shade of orange with a dark red top. Finish off the look with a bright pink bag and shoes. If pink shoes are not your thing, choose a pair in cognac, taupe or tan. Or throw in some leopard print. Adding a pink scarf to the outfit and sticking to brown shoes and bag is another way to go. 

Jeans with Pink top, Orange Belt & Dark Red Accents

Combine a pair of blue jeans with a pink top and orange belt. Finish off the outfit with dark red shoes and bag, and a taupe or cognac jacket. If the orange belt is too much, leave it off and sport the outfit as is. Or sport a cognac or animal print belt to represent the orange component of the outfit formula. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired. 

Dark Red with Pink and Orange

I don’t have any cool dark red in my wardrobe because I’m a warm tomato red gal. But seeing it matched with bright pink and orange (or even tomato red), makes me want to wear it. The delicious colour combination reminds me of Benetton ads of the ‘80s. 

United Colors of Benneton


Sleeved Dresses

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Tankini Tops

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Link Love: Small and Big Screen Fashion

by Inge

“A great fashion moment in film is when someone wears something that is supposed to look good, gives onlookers ineffable joy and, finally, so utterly suits the character.” I very much enjoyed Hadley Freeman’s refreshing take on the 10 greatest men’s movie fashion moments.

The internet is full of rave reviews about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wardrobe in The Honourable Woman. I haven’t yet seen the series, but this is making me even more curious.

From Dynasty, Miami Vice and Seinfeld to Ally McBeal, That Girl and Scandal, Popsugar brings us 50 TV Shows That Changed the Way We Dress.

Fab Links from Our Members

L’Abeille had fun browsing this sometimes hilarious compendium of comments made by husbands about their style blogger wives’ outfits.

Aquamarine found this article reporting that the skinny jeans trend is over interesting but unlikely, as she is still seeing lots of skinny jeans everywhere. 

This post is targeted to knitters, but Diana thinks the advice on how to take measurements is very helpful for understanding fit for ready-to-wear knitwear too.

Milehighstyle (Linda) recommends that fellow petites look at WhoWhatWear’s suggestions for brands that have the petite girl’s back.

Joy wants to share this New York Times interview with Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton. She enjoyed reading “about this quiet genius thrust into the spotlight rather than seeking it”.

Angie lets us know that Sally provides helpful dressing tips for TV appearances and presentations. She also thought Sylvia looked great on safari in Namibia.

Laurinda enjoyed this fun look at 2014 Emmy dresses, aka: how fashion imitates cocktails.

A discussion around “Deliberately Sexy” in the forum left T musing about other people’s reactions to our style preferences. Some styles are socially more acceptable than others as this girl found out when she did an experiment.

Vildy is very interested in how Anuschka of Into Mind develops a colour palette, especially because she uses more colours than most people do.

Deborah not only adores Rick Owen’s clothing but also his philosophy about fashion and style. She relates very much to what the designer shares in this article about wearing a uniform, and also enjoyed some of the author’s thoughts about consumerism and fast fashion.

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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The Truth About Style

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You Are What You Wear

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Facial Makeup Strategies

by Angie

Observing my clients, friends and family, I’ve noticed that women use a wide range of different strategies for their facial makeup. Some women wear foundation or BB cream, bronzer, concealer and powder on a daily basis. Others stick to foundation and power. Some wear tinted moisturizer and powder. Others wear tinted moisturizer, or a light dusting of facial powder and leave it at that. And some women don’t use any cosmetics at all. Everyone has a preference based on their skin type, lifestyle and the desired visual effect.

I didn’t use any facial cosmetics until my mid-thirties. I was satisfied with my facial skin au natural. For extra outfit polish at work I’d wear a little blush, mascara, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. These days my facial skin tone is less smooth than it used to be, so for the last ten years I’ve been using a tinted moisturizer to even things out. It’s a very light coverage that does not cover skin blemishes all that effectively, but I feel a lot more polished when I wear it.

I might be in the minority, but I don’t want to even out my skin tone completely, like one can do with heavier products like foundation, bronzer and powder. I think the blemishes that remain visible look natural and match my skin elsewhere. I’m not sure how I will feel about this level of light coverage as I get older, but for now, this is my preference. 

I’m not fond of facial powder for two reasons. First, my dry skin does not need further drying out. And second, I prefer the look of shiny skin. To my eye shiny skin looks more healthy. In fact, I often pop a little jojoba oil over my tinted moisturizer to create more shine. I make an exception when we take photos for an outfit post, because facial powder really helps to combat the shiny reflections caused by harsh light.

Over to you. Do you use cosmetics to even out the skin tone on your face? If so, what do you use? There is no right and wrong here. Facial cosmetics strategies are nothing more than an individual preference.

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