For the frill of it

One of the summer trends 2013 is ruffles & frills. And who would have thought there are so many ways of wearing ruffles: from the dramatic black/white looks of Balenciaga, to the more romantic versions from Chloe and the very colourful bright frills on the Gucci runway. It’s definitely a way to add some frivolity and femininity to your look. But keep it moderate and keep the frills on top of your dress or blouse, unless you are a flamenco dancer…
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New must-have sunglasses

Lots of the new must-have sunglasses for this summer are real collectors’ items and statement pieces. Mainly because they are big and bold or have interesting frames. The cat-eye sunglasses from last year are still in popular demand, some of them with a more futuristic or extravagant twist. Last year we were all in search of the perfect statement necklace, I guess this year we will be making that fashion statement with sunglasses.

Below you can find my selection of the most on trend sunglasses for this season:

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White – Miu Miu / Print – Dolce & Gabbana / Embellished – Prada / Colourful – Gucci
Translucent – Hogan / Retro futuristic – Dior / Round – Chanel / Mirrored – Tom Ford

New Summer Scents 2013

With the arrival of spring, it’s also time to put aways those heavy winter scents and start using those more lighter fresh perfumes. Each year we welcome new summer editions of existing perfumes. These are the new “light” scents for this season:

Perfume_BalenciagaBalenciaga L’Eau Rose (main accord: rose)

The perfume, developed by perfumers Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier,  retains the signature cool chypre character and violet domination which are now modified with new, youthful and luminous floral and fruity accords. The fragrance opens with blackberry leading to the heart of violet, rose and patchouli. The base contains cedar, cypress and musk.

Perfume_ValentinaValentino Valentina Acqua Floreale (main accord: floral)

This multi-layered floral composition is developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp. Initially, there are notes of bergamot and orange blossom that mingle with the heart of neroli, mimosa, tuberose and jasmine. The base is oriental, made of amber and patchouli.

Perfume_BottegaBottega Veneta Eau Légère (main accord: musky)

The composition is leathery – floral – chypre and it opens with refreshed dazzling top notes of the original which include bergamot and pink pepper. The scent retains its unique floral accord of jasmine, this time animated by delicate gardenia. Combination of oak moss and musk form a feminine and delicate trail.

Perfume_PradaPrada Candy L’Eau (main accord: balmy)

This playful and seductive perfume, created by Daniela Andrier, is modified with notes of citruses and flowers. Its opening sparkles with fresh Italian citruses, followed by the floral heart of sweet pea. The base is signature warm and gourmand, composed of benzoin, white musk and caramel.

Perfume_StellaStella McCartney Summer (main accord: rose)

The new edition Stella Summer 2013 offers luminous and cold notes of frozen lemon combined with foamy aromas of green apple. The heart develops aromas of rose surrounded with peony, resting on a warm, comfortable amber base.

Burberry Body Tender (main accord: fruity)

The words describing this new version of Body are tenderness, eternal youth, serenity, ease and charisma. The composition opens with fresh aromas of lemon, apple, peach and absinthe. The core of the composition includes essences of rose, tea leaves, jasmine and sandalwood, all placed at the base of cashmere accords, vanilla, musk and amber.
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Metallic is the new neutral

Metallic shoes are a big trend for coming season. It already started last summer, but now you can’t go around it. Gold, bronze and silver can be combined with virtually anything. But also other colors like green, blue and pink will be a big hit. It’s an easy way to give some extra life to your outfit. The purple metallic pumps from H&M are already mine :)

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Full Spring 2013 Trend Report

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SS2013TrendPrintThere are 2 trends that I prefer to ignore coming season:
1. the exaggerated broad shoulders as seen on the Balmain catwalk and
2. the cropped tops showing off the midriff.
The first one makes me think too much of the “epaulettes” in the eighties and the second one of my party clubbing years in the nineties when I could carry this off…

Grammy Mini-Me’s

No award show goes by without the mini-me versions from Toddlewood popping up just a few days later. It’s a mystery to me how they re-create all these gowns in such a short amount of time. The mini red carpet of the recent Grammy Awards is just too cute for words! Little Adele just stole my heart and what about the super cool Sean Paul…
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Pictures from Tricia Messeroux – Toddlewood project.