Spring Summer

 

British photographer and director John Lindquist’s narrative short beautifully shot in the village of Positano on Italy’s Almalfi coast.

“For a while you’re carefree and going with the flow but then you have to make a choice about the direction you want to take,” he explains. “And that was the starting point for the story: a small moment of realization.”

Have a lovely weekend.

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Summer Style

july asthetiques.tumblrWe’re into the second half of the year and it’s been really hot. Hot hot hot. I can’t begin this entry without talking about this heat, and likewise, any conversation between friends or strangers usually begins with a comment on the weather. food52

This sudden transition into high temperatures always throws me off in a lot of ways. Any recipes I’ve bookmarked- like this, this, or this– remains ignored, because I don’t even want to think about turning on a stove. The only kitchen appliances I’m willing to deal with are the refrigerator and blender. I end up eating tomato sandwiches and blueberry smoothies everyday. I’m not complaining.

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I also suddenly forget how to dress myself in this warm weather. Dressing myself during the autumn and winter months comes easy. I love the balance of a warm coat/jacket/sweater/blazer + slim pants + heels/boots. It’s my winter formula.

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And then I get a grip, and I remember. The shapes and lines I like, the colors I love. My own style, and the aesthetics that draw me. I let the warm weather and the change of seasons inspire and add to them, and from there, I just play. ss3 theepitomeofquiet.tumblr
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So basically, I wear the same things, minus a coat.

One more style note-

French designer Isabel Marant is going to be the next collaborator in the 10th year of H&M’s guest designer program. Pretty sure this is going to be the biggest hit yet.

“I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian,” Marant said. “You dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude.”

The collection is going to be available from November 14th. Excited!

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Happy 4th! with A Recipe Roundup

femme-belle.tumblrHappy 4th! Hope your day is filled with love, sunshine, and lots and lots of watermelon!

Here’s a recipe roundup if you’re in the need of some last minute menu inspiration-

A Summer Cheese Plate

A Summer Cheese Plate

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm's and Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm’s and Vanilla Ice Cream

The Moon Safari  (pineapple + tequila + lime + tarragon)

The Moon Safari (pineapple – tequila – lime – tarragon)

 

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Spring Palettes

I can’t help but get excited for Spring!

Fall and winter have always been my favored seasons, but by this time of the year, as the skies clear up to a brilliant blue, and the trees start bursting with pink blossoms, I’m ready to shake off my coats and sweaters of blacks and greys, to wiggle into lighter, wispier pieces of –

blacks and greys.

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I think somewhere out there a tulip wilted by what I said.

It’s true though, and no matter how much I try to resist, my body wants to be clothed in dark or earthy palettes. I really love seeing others in bright outfits and bold colors, but you can probably guess from my recent style post, that I have a preference for black, navy blue, and neutral hues.

What I do like to do is to incorporate pops of color into my monotone outfits- whether it’s a bright blouse under a black blazer, colorful shoes or a brightly colored bag, I prefer having an accent of color, made even more vibrant by the darker undertones of an outfit.

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Another way I plan to add some color this season is to play around with brighter makeup palettes. To avoid looking clownish, it’s best to keep the rest of your face neutral and bare, and focus on one feature to play up and highlight. I’ve been inspired by looks from the runways, and thought I’d share them here –

Bright Eyes -Eyes are naturally captivating, and adding color can really change a gaze.  I love shimmery hues and pastel colors on the lids- so feminine and soft! And the teal eyeliner at Stella McCartney was stunning and so edgy.

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Colored Mascara – I sometimes wear Diorshow Mascara in blue, and each time I do, I receive compliments throughout the day. Colorful lashes are unexpected, surprising, and cool, and if you don’t want your lashes too blue, one coat will tint them just enough to show in the sunlight.

Fuschia Lips – Bright lips can dress up any look. Rather than the classic red, I like to have fun with pinks and corals during spring. My favorite lipstick right now is this one.

Blush – I’ve always believed that excellent makeup application is measured by whether others can tell if you’re actually wearing any. I’ll always love the look of a bare and beautiful impression, and adding a pink/coral blush to the apples of the cheeks gives enough warmth and really accentuates a contoured face.petersomkarenwalkerharpers

Spring Nails – I was absolutely moonstruck over the dual tone manicures at Peter Som (top image). It’s much simpler to get away with than those phoenix eyes!  A manicure is always a great way to complete your look, and I’m loving the idea of sheer white nails for Spring.

 

(Image source: 1. theriverjordyn; 2. Richard Blackwell, via handcraftedinvirginia; 3. neversocial; 4. “Chromatics” by Angela Hau; 5. jal&jil; 6., 7., 9., 11., 13. via harpersbazaar.com; 8. via style.com;  10., 12. via elle.com)

 

Style Defined

How would you describe your style?

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It’s an engaging question to ask and to be asked. Style is a physical translation of the inner man, isn’t it? A personal expression by way of a basic necessity.

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And no matter what you wear, it’s yours, in your own way. Two people can wear the exact same outfit, and the way they walk, talk, and treat others is what I think determines their style.

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I was tossed this question the other night over dinner with friends, and it was easier to blurt a list of words that come to mind when thinking of what I’m drawn to.

Minimal . Line . Delicate feminine masculinity . Clean . Comfort .

black / grey / navy / white / charcoal

Alexander Wang . Narcisco Rodriguez . Stella McCartney

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Fashion is present progressive. Of course we know that. Fashion changes, reforms, evolves, transforms itself always to be consumed.

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And style? I believe style changes too. Certainly not as rapidly as fashion, but as we live together and move together, by the constant friction within us and among us, the way we walk, talk, and treat others must change itself over time. I don’t know how that would translate exactly into the clothes I wear, but by grace, I hope it means more humbleness, more gentleness, and more love.

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And aside from it all, sometimes, style changes from simply not being able to afford Alexander Wang -__-

(Image source: 1. via inaforeignland; 2. love-mazha; 3. via thenotch; 4. bassike; 5. Cartier 1950’s; 6. Wayne Tippetts; 7. via archiebunker; 8. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag; 9. Dieppa Restrepo; 10. via icekev)

Fashion Week Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week –

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim

Acne Studios

Acne Studios

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Prada

Prada

Hermès

Hermès

Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Eli Saab

Eli Saab

Céline

Céline

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

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Tumblur

FASHION FILM from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

Tum·blur
n. A dreamy state of whimsy and nostalgia, causing one to believe that real life can always look like this or this. Time spent on such Tumblrs are often the cause of condition.

This hilarious video by Matthew Frost has a fantastic dose of satire to kick you back into reality, should you ever fall into a Tumblur.