2012/01/27

Prêt-à-Voler

Very fitting to what I posted about last time, it seems like the Haute Couture world has now also discovered the perks of travelling life. After all, who would not be fascinated by a fashion show situated in an airplane, with stunning fashion pieces being presented by a group of good-looking flight attendants?

I certainly would have liked to see that myself, but unfortunately I only read about the Karl Lagerfeld show for Chanel at the Fashion Week in Paris in one of our local newspapers. He made the runway look like the gangway of an airplane and the elitist guests were served with snacks and beverages while marveling at the creations from Lagerfeld's latest collection.

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Anyone else who would have loved to be invited? ;)

Anyway, back to studying for my exam tomorrow!

Love,
Hailey

Notes:
  1. All the pictures are from here.

2012/01/22

Obsessed with ..... Travelling the World

Necklace by A|Wear

My family and I are very passionate travelers, journeying off to various places around the world whenever we have the chance to, and I find that this passion also starts to show in my style.
I bought the necklace in the picture above for my sister at A|Wear when I was in Dublin and like stealing it from her now. I think it is most suitable for people who like imagining their next trip while dealing with assignments that have to be done, work that needs to be finished and other everyday activities.


Whenever I'm on a trip, I like to remember as much as I can because some of the experiences you make when hiking through another country are those you can only make once in your life. Therefore, I have started keeping a travel journal on our first big trip to the United States in 2008. And I have kept at it ever since.
As you might have noticed in the picture above, the books I use have changed shapes and sizes, with the last one on the right even being a 'professional' travel journal. Mind you, they have not all been filled with my handwriting yet, I am currently only feeding the second one (the orange one) with anecdotes from my travel life.

In the beginning, I also drew small pictures of significant things or events I wanted to remember every once in a while. Later on, these doodles became more frequent and I started to include one on nearly every page.



Some of them are rather simple, while others can be a little more elaborate, depending on how exhausted I am from the day and what time it is when I finally go to bed.


So, to get back to my travels being represented in my life at home: Another piece which I really like is a magnetic board featuring airplanes, cars and a dark skyline that I got from Tiger when I was in Greece. It is still wrapped because I haven't found a proper place to hang it yet, but I'm sure I will find one eventually!

Magnetic Board from Tiger

Lastly, I really like those map necklaces that have been appearing on a number of blogs lately. I like that you can get your own customized version with your home town, but I'm also really into the pieces featuring maps from other cities of the world. And after all, you need a map when you're travelling, right?

Necklaces by Sherry Truitt

Love,
Hailey

2012/01/15

Obsessed with .... Polyvore

If you've got any time to spare, check out the Cloth Editor at Polyvore.com - I really love to play with it, whenever I allow myself a break from school stuff or household chores. You have to register to have full access to the website's features - I didn't and still get to use it to search for cool stuff and compose outfits (I just make a screenshot instead of using Polyvore to archive my compositions)... So this is what the editor looks like:




I really don't know what else one can do with Polyvore, but if someone's got an account there, maybe you could tell us if it's worth subscribing. In the meantime, I'm going to use their site for browsing the endless world of clothes and accessories *sigh* I SO am a girl - I just can't help it.

Love,
Sophy

2012/01/08

Obsessed with ..... Scarves

There are a few things that I am looking forward to when the winter is on its way: Snow, Ice-skating, Skiing - and wearing my coats and scarves!
Actually, since I don't possess that many coats, it's rather about the scarves, which I have a growing collection of. I have winter scarves as well as some for summer, but right now, I'd like to show you only a few pieces from my collection for the cold season.



Even though my favorite color is green, there is a vast amout of blue scarves in my collection. Plus, two of my favorites are also dominantly blue, so one can probably tell that blue is my second-favorite color.


This one was a Christmas present from my sister a few years ago. She made it herself because I was always stealing one of her other self-made scarves which had the same 'design'. Eventually, I got my very hand-made personalized scarf! :)


For Christmas this year I also got a scarf, but this time from my mum and not made by herself ;) I really like that its two-sided and the small balls at both ends.

How many scarves do you possess?

Love,
Hailey

2012/01/04

How to Use Cardboard

A few days ago I stumbled upon the artist Amélie Dillemann while reading a magazine and was instantly enchanted! She does the most wonderful things using only (or at least mostly) cardboard: furniture, decorative elements like pictures and even clothes and accessories. You can view these artworks and more in her gallery:





Pretty amazing, aren't they? I really want to try using cardboard and a nice frame to create a diorama like hers (if I get around to it, I'll let you know about the outcome). It's a shame I'll never be able to create or buy shoes like the "Queen of France", though... 

Love,
Sophy

2012/01/02

Obsessed with ..... French Nail Manicure

I think that every Fashion Blog should have its own section for testing and presenting beauty products, so here we go:

Tried Out: French Nails Part I

There are a few different ways to do a French Nail Manicure and as there are various products ranging from white pencils to stickers available to help you achieve a perfect look, I'll try out a few of them myself and then do a review. Since I don't care for totally fake nails (they feel weird and - while looking good - are pretty expensive) I'll only use stuff that doesn't necessitate a professional beauty salon plus equipment. I recently bought glue-on nail tips and in combination with a simple clear top coat they make for a very pretty result... These are the products I used (got them at dm):




Step 1

Very simple: You match the size of the French Nail Tip to the size of your own nail - there are 9 different sizes to choose from, so you should be able to find the perfect fit. Then apply them to your (clean and nail polish-free) natural nails using the special glue. Be careful though, that stuff is really sticky and doesn't come off easily!










 Step 2

Let the glue dry. Don't worry, it takes only 2-3 minutes! Break off the white tabs used for adjusting the nails tips. Any imperfections can be corrected using a normal file. Afterwards you can either use a simple top coat (like I did) or - if you prefer - a natural looking nail polish (like pale rose or something). Take care to use the polish on the whole nail though, especially filling in and covering up any imperfect edges. Your manicure will last much longer if you do.



The first time I tried these I was a bit disappointed - they only lasted about one day before starting to splinter. But I decided to give it another go and am still sporting perfect nails while typing this (it's been almost 3 days now *yay*) - I just put a dab of glue under the edges or a fresh layer of nail polish on whenever I see a small friction appear...
My review: Worth the - compared with other products really small - effort, my nails look pretty good! If you are a bit careful you can keep your nails in shape for a few days. On the downside: The glue is - of course - not very good for the nail as well as irritant (it says so on the package). So keep it away from eyes, mouth and even - as much as possible - normal skin. Therefore, in my opinion, these French Nail Tips are a good way to get pretty nails for special occasions (and a few days beyond). I guess I wouldn't use them all the time for fear of damaging my nails with that glue-stuff, but used sparingly they make for a good do-it-yourself nail product!

Love,
Sophy