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The Trends of 2011

I think that saying goodbye to 2011 does not only mean reflection, creating New Year’s resolutions that we most likely fail to keep up with; reminiscing the good and bad times that passed; new and forgotten friends throughout the year, or being excited about what the new year brings.

For me, it is also about keeping up-to-date about Trends. What’s in, What’s Hot, What is in Fashion! So I have decided that instead of coming up with a make-up look like everyone else; I will make a 2011 Trends 101. I figured it would save most girls from doing their own research and going through endless links and tabs.

If you’re the kind of girl who knows her stuff when it comes to Beauty and Fashion, then first and foremost, you need Basics. What do I mean by Basics? Well, Color of the year of course! And what better way to find out than to refer to Pantone.

If this is the first time you heard of this Brand name, well then let me educate you.

Pantone is a company best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries; primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics. The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

In 1999, the company announced The Millennium color. In 2005, they partnered with Michele Bernhardt of Colorstrology and announced violet tulip as the Colorstrology Color of the Year. Afther 2007 they began to continuously come up with a “Color of the Year”

For 2011, they have chosen Honeysuckle Pink, a version of Hot Pink as the Color of the Year.

The following are a few items in this color:

How do we apply this knowledge? It boils down to a few different categories such as Fashion and Styling, Make-up, Interior design, motifs for events and the like.

In Fashion, runways have been showing off a variety of things using the color. It could be the clothes themselves or the make-up of the models. These are only a few of the pictures of what I’m talking about.

Cynthia Steffe Spring 2011

Nina Ricci Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Lanvin 2011

If you are not bold enough to walk the streets in a pink ensemble then you can go for pink accessories and accents like these:

You have to make sure that you pair it with complementary colors. Here are some examples of colors that you can pair with pink without looking like a toddler or a preppy High School girl.

In make-up, runways have been showing off 4 different trends. These are:

  1. Bold Lips
  2. Natural make-up
  3. Bright Eyes
  4. Smokey eyes

The most common look would be the classic smokey eye. Recently, the bold lips and natural look have been constantly used on the runways. Models are cat-walking with less make-up and more attitude.

For Interior design, I have found so many divine pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, study-rooms, and more. I am absolutely in-love with them!

For hairstyles these are the following that have been seen quite rampantly on the runway, photo-shoots, and celebrities:

French braids

Messy/Modern Updo

Bangs and Bobs

Side-swept bangs

Short Bob

Natural-looking Waves


So those are some of the things that you need to take note of for 2011. It is going to be a bright, pink 2011.  Just the way I like it 🙂

Check out my YouTube Video about this post here!

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Fashion Basics: A Checklist To Create a Timeless And Versatile Wardrobe

Fashion forward or not, every girl needs to know the essentials to having a functional, versatile wardrobe. If you are planning to go shopping and on a tight budget then invest on clothes that you can wear anytime, anywhere, and for any season.  The size of your closet; the number of clothes in them, the brands you have, or the price tags on them don’t really matter. The most important thing is that you have the ones that count. This will teach you to improvise and release your creative side. Being fashionable isn’t about following trends and wearing what’s in, it’s about showing off your personal taste with comfort and finesse. Based on a little research and my personal experience and preference, I have come up with a list that contains the different items you should have; ideally anyway.

Feel free to utilize the list in any way you want. Just be reminded that you don’t necessarily have to go out and shop for every single one. Check your closet, take out all your clothes; who knows, you might have these things already, you just didn’t realize. This will be a good “me” time. I always believe that every girl should have one. it’s not only fulfilling, it’s also beneficial.

I have included links to some items so you can see a sample picture just in case you’re not sure which one I am referring to. For suggestions and comments, please don’t hesitate to tell me. I would love to hear your thoughts about the list. So, here you go ladies!

  1. black and white tank top – I like having both black and white tanks but black ones will help you look slimmer plus it’s more stylish. White tanks might appear too clean and simple rather than edgy. If they’re not worn the right way, you can look like you’re going to the gym or to sleep which is a big no-no.
  2. black and white short-sleeved t-shirt – About 1/2 to 1 inch longer than a cap sleeve. I would suggest v-necked short-sleeved t-shirts rather than round necks. It will give an illusion of a fuller chest area and it will help give form to your body. They can be worn casually or semi-formally depending on what you pair them with.
  3. black and white long-sleeved t-shirt – Personally, I’m not a fan of long-sleeved t-shirts especially living in a tropical country. but for colder months, long sleeved shirts that you can pair with a scarf could be a more feminine, stylish choice than a rough-looking sweatshirt or a bulky jacket.
  4. white button-down shirt – this is one of my favorite basics. You can wear it in so many ways like for a job interview, a hot summer day, or a casual night out. I usually wear them with the sleeves rolled up and paired with cropped/boyfriend shorts, vintage tanned belts, comfy sandals and a fedora.
  5. crisp white blouse – you can choose different styles of crisp white blouses but remember to keep it simple. They can be worn casually. Choose cotton fabrics or those that are cool to the skin so that it’s suitable for hot weather and it’s comfortable. In my opinion, this piece is more of laid-back compared to the button-down
  6. cardigan – Need I say more about this? Just make sure you choose neutral cardigans that will match with the colors you usually have in your wardrobe.
  7. cropped jacket – As popularized by Coco Chanel. The cropped jacket has evolved in so many ways. There are different styles to choose from. All you have to do is make sure that they are appropriate for your body-shape. If you have wide hips or thick legs, avoid jackets that are just below your breast or at the level of your waist because this will make them look bigger y making your upper body look smaller. Try to get ones that are long enough to rest just above your hips.
  8. Boyfriend blazers – Personally, trend or not, girls should have their own pair of boyfriend blazers. Just Google-ling this item will show you so many ways of how to wear it. Although I have learned that for 2010, pale colors are in, I still think black or navy blue ones are more classic.
  9. Boyfriend shorts – check out my blog about making your own boyfriend shorts. There are different styles to this one but since you can just make your own pair, you don’t really have to spend anything.
  10. Vest – Vests were the “shiznit” last year, this year not so much. I have spotted studded vests around but in my opinion, I think a plain neutral vest in every girl’s closet wouldn’t hurt at all.
  11. A black dress – It’s not called “the little black dress” for nothing. This is your best friend. When you have nothing to wear, you can always rely on this one to save your fashion problems. Make sure that when you choose your black dress, it has to be simple, classy, and easy to work with. It’s important that it’s not plain but there isn’t much going on either. Just think: can I tweak this dress? Can I wear it on a date or a night out with friends? Can I go to work wearing this? These questions will help you decide on the right one to get.
  12. Skirt – Skirts are everywhere these days. Floral, patterned, pleated, ruffled, tiered, you name it. High-waist skirts started as a trend; a blast from the past with a little tease here and there. Now, with the length of time it’s been around, I’m guessing it will soon become a basic. Generally a tailored pencil skirt that is just above the knees is the basic skirt, but then again, it’s not very realistic anymore. So here’s what I think. Don’t focus on prints and patterns. They come and go. Focus on solid colors.  “Choose black” would probably be too cliche’ and very limiting. I mean, obviously most people would advice you to do that but it’s 2010, pastels are coming in style so to be safe neutral shades would be good. When choosing a high-waist skirt, don’t go for tiered or ruffled ones. I still believe a pencil style skirt would look very sophisticated on any occasion. I want to say you should have it tailored to fit but then I don’t want to impose on you girls so it’s really your choice to make. But tailor-fit ones would cling to all the right places accentuating your features and of course they would look like they were made just for you. Personally, I think a girl should have at least one denim skirt that’s just the right length.
  13. Skinny jeans – If you want your jeans to be flattering, get stretch denim with no more than 2% Lycra. They are comfortable and it will move with you instead of against you. Plus, the best part is you don’t have to worry about muffin tops or jumping up and down just to make them fit whenever you gain a few pounds.
  14. Leggings/jean leggings – learn how to wear them stylishly. You don’t want to dress like a pregnant woman.
  15. Stockings – OK, I don’t mean the secretary-stockings or the nurse stockings. I suggest black or at least neutral ones excluding skin-tones. From experience and personal taste, wear black stockings with ankle boots or high-heeled shoes. This will give the illusion ( for those that don’t really have long legs) of longer, more slender legs. Stockings started to become fashionable awhile back and ever since then it has become an accessory. At one point, printed ones came in style but I don’t really suggest it because naturally it makes your legs look bigger. I read somewhere that fishnets are never fashionable even if it’s the trend.
  16. Belts – It’s good to have at least one (wide and slim) dark brown or tanned belt and one (wide and slim) black belt. For bigger women, wide belts are better since they will flatter your body by cinching your waist and highlighting it.
  17. Seamless nude colored underwear – One big no-no in basic styling is outlined underwear. Sometimes, even if you are not wearing thin fabrics, they still show. Wrong-fitted underwear might cause this. But on the other hand, there are certain clothes, especially those that cling require you to wear seamless underwear. When wearing white skirts, shorts or blouses, it’s wrong to wear white and dead wrong to wear printed underwear. They will show up. Nude colors are more appropriate.
  18. Accessories – It’s important to have accessories because this is how you can bring out your creativity and put your own flavor to what you are wearing.  It’s amazing what you can do with them. A simple ensemble could become an attention-grabber with simple add-ons. For me, I always think…choose pieces where you could never go wrong like: fedora hat, knitted beret, printed scarf, long pearl necklace, long chain vintage necklace, layered  necklace, and the classic standard pearl necklace and earrings, statement ring

Recently, I’ve come across articles on what’s the new wardrobe essentials for 2010 and these are the new items:

  1. posh-looking jersey sweatshirt – “This year’s classic cashmere jumper – provided of course you style it right. It’s all about channelling Parisienne label Isabel Marant and wearing your sweatshirt with something flighty, such as a printed chiffon skirt. This season Gap is, not surprisingly, all over the fashion sweatshirt”
  2. denim shirts – “A denim shirt – somewhere between mid-blue and chambray – is back on the fashion agenda. You can brave the double denim look or you can stay on safer ground and mix a denim shirt with a bold print.”
  3. chinos – You can wear them with metallic pumps. Pale grey takes them further up the fashion food chain and makes them very easy to combine with your new pale blazer. Here’s another picture of chinos made fashionable: Link
  4. ankle boots
  5. day shift dress – Ultimate wardrobe blank canvas. Preferably gray.
  6. printed scarf – Apparently it has worked it’s way up!

So that’s it Ladies! I hope this has been useful 🙂

DIY in 10 Steps: Boyfriend Shorts

I am a huge fan of fashion and trends but I don’t necessarily follow every trend that comes out. I have to be comfortable wearing them and most importantly, I have to look good! Most of the time I insert a little of my own style and of course ingenuity to make it more personal. I usually browse these pages for reference and style inspirations: Lookbook.nu and Polyvore. Anyway, I’ve already noticed since Spring and Summer that boyfriend shorts or some may call them cropped denim shorts have become popular.

Style sets using boyfriend shorts

You can mix and match them with any style set and it still looks great. I have a hard time finding them in stores or online so I figured I could make my own. So I did and I just wanted to share how I did mine.

Materials:

  1. worn out denim jeans/any type of jeans available
  2. marker/pen
  3. scissors
  4. sewing materials/sewing machine

Steps:

  1. Choose the type of jeans you want to use. It could be a fitting type or the loose type. It could also be high-waist or hipster style. It all depends on you. You can even make one for each style.
  2. Wear your jeans and measure your desired length for your boyfriend shorts.
  3. Make markings to guide you once you start cutting.
  4. Lay down your jeans on an even surface. Make sure you flatten any uneven areas.
  5. Make your markings clear so that you won’t go wrong when you start cutting.
  6. Fold your jeans halfway vertically. This will ensure that both legs will have the same length.
  7. Start cutting the jeans taking note of the markings.
  8. Your jeans will now look like this. At this point you can choose whether you would like to fold the ends or just loosen a few threads to look like it has tassels for a more rugged look. Making tassels will take time and needs some skill. I chose to fold the ends for a neater look.
  9. After cutting the jeans, fold the ends at about 1/2 inch just to hide the ends.
  10. Then fold another 1 inch to secure it.
  11. You can choose either to use a needle and a thread or a sewing machine to secure the folds. I chose to use a needle and a thread because I wanted to go for the messy work path so it’s not too clean. I chose running stitch; however, you can decide what kind of stitch you want.

  • That’s it! 10 easy steps to follow and you’re one step closer to creating that fashionable look. You can also choose to bleach your jean shorts to have that faded look if your chosen denim is similar to mine.

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