Wedding Guest Outfits…

As you get to a certain stage in your life; the people you went to school and university with, work with, socialise with and your family; well they all start getting married.  Obviously, I am happy for them but there is a sinking feeling in that petty little piece of me that says “Oh gosh…what will I wear?”  Also, if you are one of the lucky ones and receive a lot of wedding invites then the next question is “How many outfits do I need?”

Be like HRH Duchess of Cambridge and recycle your wardrobe.  That dress that you bought for one special occasion can be worn to another celebration.  All you need and this sounds so simple – rework the accessories that you wear with it.  This includes jewellery, shoes, handbags and how you style your hair and make up.  You can get plenty of wear out of that core investment piece.

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HRH Duchess of Cambridge shows how it is done

I had a recent opportunity to work with a HK based brand called The House of Folklore and one of the pieces that they had was a clutch that came in two different colours.  We thought as wedding season was coming, why not do a piece about how simply changing a clutch could change up an outfit.

In this case, I chose one of my go to dresses for pretty much any occasion (from first dates to working at PR events)  which in this case would be a wedding reception of a colleague.  These, I tend to go a bit more low key so the navy wrap dress from HK label WhattheFrock?.  Navy is a great alternative to black.  The cap sleeves makes sure you are covered and also for me, the wrap dress means that with fluctuating body sizes, the dress can still be worn.

Hair in this case was left simple and loose however, though we did not have time in this shoot, I would look at even just putting my hair up in a pony tail or a chignon.  If it was an outdoor wedding especially with the clear version of the clutch I would even look at wearing a fascinator.

Here is the look with the pink version of the Flutter Clutch.

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And here is a shot of the same outfit with the clear version of the clutch:

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Outfit Post: A simple black and white dress…

If you know me…you know I LOVE colour.  So this post is a bit of a different one for me as I am showcasing basically a black and white dress.  It is also a more feminine look than I really go for with a high neckline and an A-line skirt.  The dress was from Marks & Spencer and was paired with a pair of mules also from Marks.  I was lucky that the lovely Sabrina Sikora pushed me into wearing mules (I always looked at them with an eye brow raised) and well they were peep toe too which makes me go EEK even more (I have to keep a decent pedicure on those tootsies).  However, they ARE super comfortable and pretty much went with every outfit I had during the summer of 2015.  Also a heel that you can walk around in in HK?  SOLD.  Thankfully Marks & Spencer have reproduced them this Spring 2016.  They obviously know a good thing when they see it.  Shame though that they did not reproduce the navy version (gutted I didn’t get those last year).  For other options on the mule shape…check out Australian brand SENSO (they ship to HK!) from closed toe, open toe to various shades of animal print (cue heart emojis at this point).

 

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Senso Mules…

The dress I am wearing in this outfit post is from Summer 2015 for Marks & Spencer.  However the shape is classic and super flattering for most silhouettes.  For curvy girls like me, a nipped in waist helps give you a nice shape and though sleeveless, it is easy to cover up your bingo wings with a little cardigan (or just own the said bingo wings like I do).  I have found local brand WHAT THE FROCK?  to be a great affordable option.  No pattern but coming in a multitude of colours which adds personality to your outfit!

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What the Frock ‘French’ Dress in Pink

I have heard from a professional matchmaker that such a dress like this is perfect for a first date.  It is feminine, fashionable (without being too fashion aka scary) and has scope via the colour and the accessories you add to it to make it your own personal style.

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So there you go…dresses that do not have crazy prints can be a good thing…

Thanks as always to Bryant for making me look semi decent in photos, that boy is a miracle worker and super talented.

 

Homage to Christian Wijnants and Pajamas Dressing

So this set of photos are long overdue to be posted as they were from LAST YEAR.  However, it seemed timely since Christian Wijnants was in town recently to celebrate a stand alone store to unearth these pictures that were taken by the talented Bryant (www.bryantlives.com).  This was the first time we shot in a store (as there were only limited numbers of the Christian Wijnants pieces in the EQ:IQ stocks).  Usually, the natural lighting in IFC with Bryant’s camera creates some magical glow that makes me look relatively decent (shocking huh?)

 

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First Time Shooting in a Store with Bryant (the sales thought I was crazy lady)

When I saw the press preview of this Christian Wijnants 2015 collection, I fell in love with this print.  I am not usually a fan of dark green but the blue and pink of the print makes it fresh, playful and feminine.  The collection had been based on African farmers and the way they used what was available around them to create their clothing…this meant interesting use of print, textures and being inspired even by what we would normally consider to be rubbish.  The matchy matchy feel of this top and trousers with the silky feel reminds me of pajamas too.  So comfortable.

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Feeling so Comfortable…

I was lucky enough that I was lent some amazing jewelry by Amaara Jewelry who make amazing one-off pieces that consist of vintage beads.  This really helped to set off the original theme of the Christian Wijnants pieces.

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Amazing Accessories

The one thing I learnt about pajamas style dressing is that unlike in magazines or street style, you can rarely do scruffy otherwise it does look like you LITERALLY have just rolled out of bed.  Make up, accessories of course help but the essential is a pair of heels.  Your safest choice is to grab a great pair of stilettos.  Instantly makes the look go from scruffy to dressy.

I do not listen to my own advice and had only with me a pair of black boots but thankfully they were very high heeled and Gucci so though I could not run around HK with them, they did smarten up my look.

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All About Heels…

 

 

Overdue: Feeble Attempt at OOTD, My Boy and I loving MISCHA Bags…oh and being in Greece!

Unfortunately, it has been decided to keep the wedding pics private! So sorry no talks about what the bride war but I can guarantee that she looked beautiful.

So yes, we got to see a bit of Greece (mainly near the Athens area due to the wedding venue.) IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!! Blue skies, lots of mythology and archeology for the geek in me to be satisfied and the food was jimmy pretty much everywhere.

I have not finished editing the pics but here are the some sneak peeks!

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The Boy Started to Play around with the Camera… he probably understands more than I do!!

 

We decided to take the DSLR camera with us this trip in hopes our photography skills would improve and we would have some stunning pics and I could do some outfit posts.  Not sure how successful we were…

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Standing Under a Tree as You Do…

Wearing Vintage Playsuit, Estate Sale Scarf from Norbyah and a MISCHA cross body…

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Same Outfit but with the added bronze MISCHA overnight tote…

Yes as you can see these pictures were from the same day (I do change my clothes) and I don’t pose ladylike either.  MAJOR OOPS.

Also, you might have noticed the love of MISCHA going on here!!  Even the boy got into the action…

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Yep, the boy likes this bag…

 

How the #NOMAKESELFIE helped two women highlight two important causes…

Social Media has gone crazy the past few days over the #NOMAKEUPSELFIE with even celebrities showing us their “just got out of bed” looks.  Used to seeing our favourite celebrities like Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry in full make up and looking glamourous on the red carpet, it was a refreshing sight to see and reminds us all that they are human.  What makes it even more worthwhile to support was that it was all in aid of raising money for Cancer Research.

You would think that Cancer Research must be extremely pleased with their carefully thought out social media campaign and how successful it has been.  Well…this was not actually started by the charity.  The mastermind behind this campaign was actually a young mother in UK called Fiona Cunningham (aged 18) who encouraged people via a Facebook page to give money to Cancer Research and support the charity via posting their #nomakeupselfies and nominating others.  Within days, her Facebook page became so popular that she had over 250,000 likes and Cancer Research UK announced that within 4 days over £2 million had been directly raised from Fiona’s campaign.  Fiona who is based in Staffordshire, England, was inspired by Kim Novak’s barefaced selfie at the Oscars and the cancer charity is a cause close to her heart.

The #NOMAKEUPSELFIE which launched a global phenomenom…

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Fiona Cunningham’s Facebook page which became so popular in the space of 1 day…

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Celebrities joined on (L-R) Katherine Jenkins, Katy Perry, Jodie Marsh, Lady Gaga, Kate Lawler and Katie Piper

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One #NOMAKEUPSELFIE which joined the global social media phenomenon also highlighted another worthy cause and was shocking at the same time.

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Jeanne Marie Ryan, a student at Oxford University, posted up a picture of her bruised and battered face after she had been beaten up by a man in a club for saying no to his advances.

Jeanne Marie Ryan posted this selfie of herself to stand up to violence on women from men

Her statement which followed this photo:

“I am sorry cancer research, but my #nomakeupselfie is for a different cause:

for telling a guy in a club who groped me that it is completely inappropriate to touch a woman without her consent, i was beaten. he told me to “Smile!”, too. (www.stoptellingwomentosmile.com)

no, we do not have to wear makeup
no, we do not have to smile
and, most importantly,
no, we do NOT have to be touched.

i’m trying to channel my rage into something constructive, so i’m raising money for the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC). please text OXRC47 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 (or OXRC47 £1 for £1 or OXRC47 £10 for £10, etc.). if you’re not in the UK (or don’t want to text) please visit my justgiving page to donate here: http://www.justgiving.com/jeanne-marie. feel free to share this post, as well.

thanks, friends. sometimes you just have to make the best out of a broken nose, right?”

Here at Butterboom, we support women who stand up for women’s rights and who raise awareness for important causes.  If you want to support either of these two causes:

For cancer research :

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/
http://www.wcrf-hk.org/

For Jeanne’s cause:

http://www.justgiving.com/jeanne-marie

 

 

 

Good Bye L’Wren…

The fashion and entertainment world was devastated recently by the apparent suicide of L’Wren Scott – fashion designer and long-term partner of Mick Jagger, front man of The Rolling Stones. Rumours swirled around the reasons why she may have chosen to end her life: financial problems, bankruptcy and a potential split with Mick.

Despite the negative rumours, I really would love to celebrate her incredible sense of style – how elegantly and regally (some may considered it snooty and aloof) she carried herself. L’Wren had a great sense of style and she applied this innate understanding to her clients…the idea that a woman wants to look sexy and that sexy does not need to be about revealing everything. Something that some modern starlets should take note of (Miley Cyrus, Courtney Stodden and Lilo to name a few names.)

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L’Wren in Happier Times Looking Stunning Next to Her Long Term Partner Mick Jagger…

L’Wren Scott obviously dressed for herself primarily.  She knew her limitation, her extreme height meant she was not able to wear too many high heels. Her signature silhouette became a very fitted sheath dress shape and using lots of rich materials such as embroidered fabrics, sequins and other embellishments that allowed her to remain stunning whilst growing old gracefully.

The designer understood that the key detail was to get her core dress structure right.  Once that was in place, the magic could happen.  Apparently she was such a perfectionist that she once ripped up 20 pairs of jeans and re-sewn them to create a pair for Mick that was just  right.  Her pursuit of perfectionism and her love of beautiful materials may have been a factor in her fashion house’s apparent financial woes.

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L’Wren Scott – Her brand and Her Look was the epitome of class…

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L’Wren wearing her signature dress… slim fitting, sexy but also elegant and luxe with the sequin finishings….

Celebrities recognised her talent and she became a go-to designer for many stars dressing for the red carpet.  Nicole Kidman was a consistent friend and fan of her designs. Nicole and L’Wren’s fashion partnership was successful as it celebrated Nicole’s slender frame but gave her a curvy statuesque look.  I never really imagined Nicole Kidman as anything less than slender and ethereal but in L’Wren Scott’s designs the actress looked like a glamourous woman who was proud of “vavavoom” curves and comfortable celebrating her success.

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Bombshell Nicole wearing L’Wren at the 2013 Oscars…

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Other fantastic Nicole Kidman wearing L’Wren Scott red carpet moments…

However, it was not just gowns that L’Wren could do. L’Wren created stunning day or even cocktail wear as shown on Ms Kidman, Amber Rose and others…

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Less formal evening attire for a film promotional event…

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 Ladylike Day Wear on Nicole Kidman (top) and Penelope Cruz (bottom)

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Curvy ladies did not shy away from L’Wren’s designs.  Voluptuous actresses such as the gorgeous Penelope Cruz and the original “hourglass” woman Christina Hendricks were fans of her dresses.  Christina always admitted that she had a lot of problems finding red carpet dresses designers for her and that L’Wren was one of her favourites.

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My first proper immersion into L’Wren Scott’s world as a designer was when she guest -judged the finale for Season 9 of Project Runway US.  Her understanding of the various designers’ points of view and her appreciation of the amount work that went into the collection was gracious yet also constructive criticism.  My favourite line from her was regarding a sheer dress which she was not a big fan of…(sic) ‘…it doesn’t always have to be on display, sometimes a little bit left to the imagination can be exciting too….’  That one phrase made me love her and it is true.  There is no need to have everything out there and for me personally, I REALLY do not want all my bits on show for public eyes.

Her dresses are for both the more “mature” and young women to walk the red carpet in a glamourous, sexy and tasteful way.  In a picture above, L’Wren wore a dress which was also worn by young star of the moment Jennifer Lawrence.

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Jennifer Lawrence in L’Wren Scott

I am going to end this tribute to this designer with my favourite L’Wren Scott dress moment: Amy Adams wearing a L’Wren Scott capped sleeved, high-necked navy blue sequinned dress to the 2011 Oscars.  The simple cut with the high shine of the sequins accessorized with loose waves and some beautiful emerald jewellery pieces, is, in my opinion, the epitome of class, elegance and that Hollywood style.

Goodbye L’Wren Scott.  I will miss the amazing creations that you would have designed in the future…

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“Sports Couture” – Ports 1961 S/S14

I was recently fortunate enough to attend the preview for the Ports 1961 S/S14 collection (side notes to the fabulous Plug PR for a) winning the account and b) doing a fantastic job of this preview).

“Sports Couture” is the key central theme for both the men’s and the women’s collections.  This would seem to be an elevation over the usual term of “sports luxe”  This is evident in both collections by the exquisite materials used, the beautiful detailing and the finishing that was shown whilst keeping in line with the sports wear traditions in the easy to wear shapes.

The women’s wear was designed by Fiona Cibani and the chief inspiration was Michaelangelo Antonioni’s 1970 film ‘Zabriskie Point’.  At the time of its release, the film was not a commercial success but has since become an art house classic.  The film is based a lot about a couple and their journey into the desert.  Cue sunrise and sunset prints, sky blue hues, sandy colours featured in the collection.

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The collection itself is super wearable, lots of gorgeous dresses but also plenty of separates.  The classic Ports 1961 white shirt remained a focal part of the collection (this version was long enough for models to walk the runway wearing it as a dress.  For us lesser mortals it means sparing our blushes and banishing the horrid phenomena of “builder’s bum”.

Sunrise and sunset prints were some of the stand out pieces of the collection.  I loved the sunrise print jumper but also the dresses that featured the sunrise and sunset prints.  SUPER distinctive yet not too scary to wear.

Easy to wear jackets, shirts and skirts plus the dresses means that this is a wardrobe that pretty much any woman would want to own.  It consists of pieces ready for work, for casual lunches and for evening functions.   Clean lines and sports wear shapes… what is there not to like for the Ports 1961 woman?ports13Sports Couture at its BEST

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The couture elements definitely came from the hand-stitching of the embellishments, the exquisite materials (lace and velvet overlay on one skirt) and the beautiful origami pleats on one piece.  (Coincidentally we say the blue version of the origami dress and on the runway it was the white version which Julia Roberts wore to an event!!)

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PORTS1961_SS14_07The “Origami” Dress on the Runway and which Julia Roberts later wore…

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Ports 1961 excelled again with their shoes and bags.  Vivid colours which complemented the collection beautifully.   The heels in a multitude of colours were my favourites – high enough for me to feel elegant but with a thick enough heel for all us HK girls to be able to stride with confidence!

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FINALLY, I can start on the men’s collection.  We were fortunate to see the men’s collection (actually not available in HK) side by side with the women’s collection.  Designed by Fiona Cibani and Ian Hylton, Ports 1961 Spring / Summer 2014 Men’s collection is inspired by the sculptural artworks of Rainer Lagemann, which capture the human body in motion. A geometric freeze frame of classic, timeless gestures and emotions are conveyed through silhouettes, materials and details.  This can be seen especially in the stunning graphical prints of the suits and accessories.

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All the bloggers were in love with the chunky knits, the suede shorts and for me the prints on the suits as well as the purple suit.  A shout out must also go to the designing team for the fabulous accessories from the brogues of many colours to the “man” bags.  To be honest, I would have used any of those bags and clutches in the men’s collection.

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 Rainer Lagemann’s influence can definitely be seen in the graphic quality featured on some of the suits.  The different scales of the prints were handled so well that they should be appreciated and admired.

If I could, I would have definitely taken away the cute suede shorts in green and the chunky sweater…

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Once again Ports 1961 were highly successful with their accessories (something I do not usually make a point of mentioning regarding men’s collections).  Their brogues were super colourful and chic and the variety of bags was bag heaven.  I would have snapped up the dossier holders with the  Rainer Lagemann inspired print, the super squishy large suede bags and what I like to call my fancy cat carrier….

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Super Squishy Suede Bags…

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The beauty of seeing both collections side by side is that you can truly picture the couple who would wear those clothes.  They would be THAT couple you would want to be with and want to be.  These two collections definitely complement each other.

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Ports 1961 women’s collection will be available in HK stores from early 2014.  For the men’s collections, you will need to look to a trip to Europe or US.  For more information please contact Plug PR’s Resham Kirpalaney.

N.B. Runway shots of the collections are courtesy of Plug PR and Ports 1961, the other images of the collections were taken by me.