Winter Shades: Set the Bar High

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Martha Graeff is wearing a vest from H&M a Guess jumpsuit a Alexander Wang bag , Asos sunglasses and shoes from Schutz on the Streets of Manhattan on September 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
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Winter Shades: Set the Bar High

The beach may not be beckoning nor are we basking in the summer sun, however this doesn’t mean you can’t step out in a pair of funky shades. Sunglasses are a perennial fashion accessory and this autumn is the perfect time to elevate your look by accessorizing with a cool pair of retro frames.

Pioneering this trend in high brow eyewear is the covetable Dior So Real sunglasses, showcasing a juxtaposition of futuristic and retro design elements.

This season’s retro styles are a rework of the iconic Clubmaster style that have been updated with modern architectural elements such as the brow bar, which is the defining piece of this season’s must-have collection. A noteworthy mention goes to neon nose pads and of course, the reflective lenses.

Upgrade your winter style with this round up of retro specs:Metal high Bar Sunglasses

Round Frames
Dior So Real Aviators $678
Taylor Morris Roll Right $375
Super Giaguaro $299
Jeepers Peepers Round Mirror Sunglasses $35
ASOS Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge High Bar & Flash Lens $24

Square Frames
Céline Geometric $555
Prada Cinema Geometric Sunglasses $410
PARED Camels & Caravans Sunglasses $280
Carrera 6002 Wayfarers $157
Boohoo Janet Double Bar Sunglasses $12

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Pinterest via getty images



Vampy Lips: Embrace the Dark Side

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Vampy Lips

As the crisp winter air snaps at our heels, we’re beginning to layer up in our favorite winter coats and knit scarves, and so it is also a time to switch our winter lip colour to a shade that’s more seasonally appropriate.

A mainstay during the cooler months, bordeaux lips have reclaimed icon status this season, taking on a darker shade of red among lipstick-loving beauty mavens.  A deep berry lip is fiercely glamorous and undeniably empowering, so why not add this opulent shade to your morning make-up repertoire?

If you are new to vampy lips, you can flirt with this trend by applying a sheer wash of colour; either choose a berry lip stain or gloss for a subtle hint of colour or, using a darker lipstick simply dab and blend using your finger until you reach the shade you desire. If you want to dial-up the drama, using a highly pigmented shade, apply the bullet directly to the lips. Layer and blot for bold colour-drenched lips that pack a punch.

Achieve pout perfection using the same prep and application tips from my perfect red pout post, as the same rules apply here.

Beauty tip: ensure you have well-groomed brows and a sweep of rosy blush to add to the wow factor of this seasonal look.

The world is your oyster when it comes to these riotous shades. Here is my selection of  the perfect autumnal colours from vampy through to seductress…

Berry Lip Colour

OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia
Tom Ford in Bruised Plum
NARS Audacious in Bette
M.A.C  in Rebel
Chanel Rouge Allure in La Sensuelle
Two Faced Melted in Berry
YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden

*Images via Pinterest




Mood Board: Winter 2015

Berry Tone Mood Board
Punctuate your look with rich, opulent tones of deep red and purple.

Best worn: lips, nails and accessories.

Grey tone Mood Board

Step out in haze of smokey greys.

Best worn: coats, knitwear, accessories.

camel Mood Board

Indulge in this classic caramel hue.

Best worn: coats, knitwear and accessories.


The Beauty Edit: Baby Doll

Just a few of my favourite things…

Top Beauty Picks

1. Mascara:
For full voluminous lashes add lashings of mascara from Avon, Maybelline & Benefit.

2. Blush:
Dust on a layer of rosy blush.  I love Bobbi Brown, NARS & Chanel

3. Lipstick:
Nothing says feminie like a soft baby pink lip. Look to Chanel, YSL & Bobbi Brown

4. Perfume:
Smell delightful in these new seasons fragrances- Balenciaga B., Giorgio Armani Si, Aerin Lilac Path

5. Nail Polish:
Sweep on a classic pink polish from OPI, Sally Hansen, Essie


Denim: Rip It Good

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Denim: Rip it Good

Blue denim may be rooted in practicality and work-wear, however, this season the off-duty fabric has undergone some re-engineering to give this versatile staple some deliberate designer wear & tear. With the unwavering pursuit of effortless style, ironically, the style statement of ripped denim has become de rigueur.

Less is more when it comes to torn denim.  Don’t fall victim to the Kim Kardashian distressed look (ripped jeans double timing as a hot pant)  – pick your rips wisely.  The slash on the knee is the most flattering style and resembles a more realistic notion of worn down denim; this style is also more workable with your winter wardrobe.

Polish your ripped denim look with a tailored coat, a silk shirt and classic pumps to keep the balance between sophistication and edge.
For more distressed denim inspiration, look to long time style crush and denim devotee, Sincerely Jules, who champions this trend in denim, pairing her ripped skinnys and boyfriend jeans with her signature look of lightweight floaty shirts and dressed up footwear.

 Here’s my pick of the crop:

Ripped Denim Selection

Skinny: Current Elliot, J Brand, Frame Denim,  Ksubi, Joe’s Jeans 
Boyfriend: Current Elliot,  AG Adriano Goldschmied,  Madewell, Citizens of Humanity

*images via Pinterest & Sincerely Jules