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Weekly Roundup: Lilac

by Angie

I happened to see several nice lilac pieces at J.Crew and it inspired me to make a roundup of items in the colour. Lilac and lavender are quite similar and I tend to use them interchangeably. Both are a pastel shade of purple. Some shades are more blue, and others more pink. Some lilacs are washed out and light, and some are mid-toned and saturated. 

I like lilac matched with faded blue denim, all shades of white, light grey and mint green. It’s also quite nice with citron, or with toffee and white.

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Celebrating Lunar New Year at Westfield Southcenter

by Angie
This post is sponsored by Westfield Southcenter in Seattle, WA. Find all the styles you love at your local Westfield Center.

This past Saturday Greg and I attended a Lunar New Year celebration at Westfield Southcenter near Seattle. The weather angels cooperated with the sun streaming in through the skylights and making the traditional Chinese attire a colourful feast for the eyes. It was a super event.

Things got off to a festive start with a captivating lion dance parade performed by members of a local school of martial arts. The head of the lion weighs a heavy 25 pounds, so the people in front switched frequently to prevent overly tired arms. Many people in the audience touched the lion for good luck. 

Lion Dance

Next up was a performance by three young ladies from the Seattle Guzheng Studio. The guzheng is a Chinese musical instrument that sounds a little like a mixture of a cello and harp, and is quite soothing. Colourful Chinese opera and folk dances followed. And although we don’t understand Chinese, the attire was beautiful and the performances were fun to watch. 


Chinese Opera

Chinese Folk Song and Dance

During one of the breaks we went to check out make-up demonstrations by Shiseido at Macy’s. Local ladies were getting the full treatment and then given the opportunity to have their picture taken by a professional photographer. 


Back at the LNY stage, a group of children dazzled us with their taekwondo demonstration. My word, their high kicks were impressive, and of course, they were adorable. Following that, an equally impressive demonstration of the Chinese yo-yo.


Chinese Yo Yo & Solo Singer

Then an amazing vocal performance by a young singer. She sang in both Chinese and English, and much to the delight of four little girls in the row in front of us, one of the English songs was “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen.  

Last up was a fashion show of women, men and children in traditional Chinese attire. The clothing was rich and very ornate. The hairstyles and make-up of the women was intricate, and they all looked quite beautiful. 

Traditional Chinese Costumes - 1

Traditional Chinese Costumes - 2

Traditional Chinese Costumes - 3

Forum member Aida joined us for the event. We coincidently colour matched our outfits, which were red, black and neutral, (red of course, being the appropriate colour of good luck to wear for Chinese New Year). Aida’s outfit was ‘80s inspired, while mine was ‘70s inspired. It was fun to catch up.

Angie & Aida

We had returned from Hong Kong only a day before, but the bright colours and wonderful performances soon made us forget our jet lag. It felt like a continuation of our travels and was the perfect way to return to Seattle.

This post is sponsored by Westfield Southcenter in Seattle, WA. Find all the styles you love at your local Westfield Center.

Textured Soft Sporty Luxe

by Inge

A new outfit from Paulien Riemis of Polienne, who we introduced to YLF in April 2014.

Paulien’s pastel Sporty Luxe look is polished on top, and RATE (rough around the edges) on the bottom. She’s layered a light grey cashmere pullover over an oversized striped shirt. The pink stripe ties in with the other soft colours, while the buttoned-up shirt collar adds a strict touch. The blush, faux fur stole gives the outfit a cosy luxe feel which is a clever contrast with the distressed relaxed fit skinnies. The mid-blue works well with the pretty pinks and white sneakers. The black chain strap on the girly crossbody bag creates further textural interest and adds the final dash of luxe.

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by Angie

An orangey tomato red is one of the colours trending for Spring 2015, and the vibrant shade is as strong in footwear as it is in clothing and handbags. I’m loving it. Of course, bright red shoes were never out of style, but they took a backseat (along with other brightly coloured footwear) as fashion favoured nude-for-you shoes, metallics, pastels and black for at least five years. 

The outfits below showcase an assortment of bright red shoe styles across a variety of outfits. From loafers, slipper flats and ballet flats, to classic pumps, d’Orsays, slingbacks and ankle straps. Fashionable red sneakers are fab, and although red booties can look a little “super hero”, they’re a fun option too. Combine red shoes with just about any outfit if the silhouettes and combination are to your liking.

Repeating the red elsewhere in the outfit is not essential. Red is versatile and you can wear it like a neutral. Repeat a little of the red in a bag, scarf, your nail polish, lipstick, a belt, or in the pattern of an item of clothing if that makes you feel more pulled together. 

Bright red shoes create a high contrast against your skin tone and clothing, unless you’re also wearing bright red full-length trousers or jeans. They are usually the most eye-catching part of the outfit, which either makes you like them more or puts you off the concept entirely. Some think that wearing bright red shoes creates an fun statement, while others find the look jarring, mismatched and leg shortening. 

My love for bright red shoes is cyclical. I tend to go through stages where I wear them for years, and then stop in favour of neutrals for a while. I loved my bright red Kate Spade pumps for years, and wore them a lot before my feet rejected the heel height. I also have a pair of very comfortable low-heeled retro tomato red Chie Mihara pumps that I haven’t worn in years because of their round toes. But I’m in the mood to wear bright red shoes again, so a flat pair with pointy toes is on my shopping list.

I like wearing tomato red shoes best with black and white, and ink and white outfit combinations. I also love bright red with light blue, turquoise and white. Over to you. What do you think of bright red shoes? Would you wear them, or do you prefer neutrals.

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Best of the 2015 Academy Awards

by Angie

I had a ball watching the Academy Awards last night with good friends Meredith and Laurel. We had lots of fun cheering on the nominees and discussing our favourite outfits. In my opinion, this year’s red carpet looks were more exciting than recent years because of the ample variety in dress silhouettes and hairstyles. Classic strapless gowns in neutral colours worn with statement earrings were NOT the only combination of the evening. There were many sleeved dresses, colours, short hairstyles and statement necklaces, all of which boosted the style quotient of the show.

In order, here are my favourites for the night. 

Favourite Dresses

  • Cate Blanchett: My favourite actress wore my favourite look. Cate’s black sculptured John Galliano sheath dress with statement turquoise necklace ruled the red carpet. I loved its architectural draped train, textured fabric and frayed armholes, giving it just enough edge. The turquoise necklace made the look and complemented the mischievous twinkle in Cate’s bright blue eyes. The bright blue softened the harshness of the black and complemented her pale peach skin and strawberry blonde hair. I’d have preferred her up-do to look a little less fashionably messy, but her make-up was flawless and she was hands down my best look of the night. 
  • Lupita  Nyong’o: WOW. Her white Calvin Klein beaded pearl dress was spectacular and danced against her skin tone. The classic pearls were stunning against her funky short hairstyle. 
  • Dakota Johnson: I loved the asymmetrical jewelled shoulder detailing of this Saint Laurent dress. I don’t usually like ponytails with formal evening gowns, but Dakota’s fringe suits her to perfection, and added a playful element to the look. 
  • Scarlet Johansson: I loved the spunky combination of Scarlet’s disconnected and polished short ‘do with the streamlined bottle green Versace columned dress. The matching necklace was unique and fab. 
  • Octavia Spencer: Octavia has made my best dressed list three years in a row because without fail she looks elegant, refined and poised in her extremely flattering Tadashi Shoji gowns. 
  • Margo Robbie: I loved the sheer long sleeves and plunging neckline of the gown that somehow did not seem inappropriate or too revealing. 
  • Marion Cotillard: The white graphic self-colour polka dot Dior Couture frock was best from the side and back and looked incredible in motion. 
  • Oprah Winfrey: Vera Wang did a superb job with Oprah’s extremely flattering gown that showcased her curves to perfection. Soft, pretty and feminine. 
  • Chloe Grace Moretz: I loved how youthful and relaxed Chloe looked in this dress because it’s hard for a very young lady to not look overly mature at the Oscars. A frock with pockets, the floral pattern and her beachy natural hair worked like a charm. 
  • Kelly Osborne: Kelly pulled off a very dramatic black dress with the best of them. The high-low hemline and lace detailing lightened the heaviness and harshness of the black, as did her body art and pastel purple hair. Matching the colour of her clutch with her hair was a fun touch. 
  • Julianne Moore: Her off-white Chanel strapless silhouette was unique and refined. The rows of polka dots were fabulous, and Julianne looked very comfortable and relaxed all night. Retro, graphic and elegant. 
  • Lady Gaga: I have a high appreciation for the edgy outfit complete with red rubber gloves and coral hair adornment. Over the top, yet completely appropriate. 

Best Dressed Blokes

  • Eddie Redmayne: His ink blue Alexander McQueen tuxedo worn with white shirt and black tie made his eyes sparkle, and was my favourite of the night. Ultra dashing. 
  • David Oyelowo: Brilliant to see a bloke wear a dark red suit and waistcoat with verve and confidence. Handsome. 
  • Neil Patrick Harris: As the host, Neil wore many suits, but his burgundy jacket with black trousers was my best. 
  • Benedict Cumberbatch: White tuxedo jackets are trending and Benedict wore his with panache. 

Best Hair 

Best Acceptance Speeches

  • Eddie Redmayne’s modesty and enormous excitement was captivating. His beautiful voice was the cherry on top.
  • The screenwriter who thanked his dog Larry stole my heart. 

Favourite Moments

  • Jared Leto rubs off the lipstick mark left on Patricia Arquette’s cheek just before she gives her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Lady Gaga flawlessly sings the Sound of Music’s “The Hills Are Alive”.
  • Julie Andrews hugs Lady Gaga after her performance, completely overwhelmed and touched by her tribute. 

I was routing for Whiplash so I’m extra pleased that the movie went home with three awards. And now it’s over to you. What were your favourites?