Monthly Archives: July 2012

FASHION: The Two Sides of Givenchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was reading the recent July 2012 issue of VOGUE and I loved the editorial they did on Emma Stone. My opinion, she is a great actress! So charming and I really enjoy her movies. My friend told me yesterday, “She is great at doing Lindsey Lohan’s old job as Hollywood’s redhead.” Indeed she is! Ten fold! 

Anyway, back to the editorial, I loved it, especially how they dressed her up in a crazy, boyish dandy look. (Post about that look to come!) What really caught my eye  though, was the Givenchy dress she was wearing and how I am really loving the “lingerie outside of the bedroom” thing! What do you guys think? Too risque? Or would you totally wear it to a cocktail party?

See the entire Givenchy collection HERE.

ALSO! Now that you have seen the dress on the runway and on Emma stone, what are your opinions on the dress if you ONLY saw the runway version? Do you prefer VOGUE’s angelic portrayal or Givenchy’s homage to the gothic?? Opinions? 🙂

GIVENCHY’S RUNWAY VERSION

VOGUE’S VERSION

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LIFESTYLE: Beach Essentials

Raise your hand if any of you have gone to the beach and….

Wore the CUTEST bikini that you just bought for a jillion $$ and realized it cut the back of your neck.

Lost, bent, or scratched your best pair of shades because you forgot the case.

Got your face really, really burned.

I am not going to go on and on with a list of the worst beach mistakes ever made…By me! And trust me, I’ve made all these mistakes more than once including a scary burn on my nose that lasted for a week. I have learned my lesson..hopefully!

Having learned my lesson, I have made my own list the essential beach accessories I always have in hand for a worry free beach getaway. I don’t try to tell anybody what to wear and what not to wear, so the great thing about these items is that there is so much versatility to them that you can tweak each to suit you!

YOUR BEST BIKINI:

Nobody likes to constantly be fidgeting, untying and re-tying that painful strap around her neck the entire day! Take your time to find a bathing suit that rests comfortably on your body! Top heavy? Go for straps over your shoulders rather than a halter!

MY PICK: Calvin Klein bikinis. I love them so much that when I saw them on major sale, I bought one for myself and two more for my friends. They are comfortable and the straps are soft.

TOSSABLE SHADES: 

Literally, shades that you can toss or drop without saying aww f*@k when they land in the sand or the water…unfortunately I haven’t seen floating shades yet so bye, bye if they drop off a moving boat.

MY PICK: Wayfarers…SO durable…I’ve sat on, dropped and swam with them so many times I can’t count. They still look great

BENDABLE HAT

Wear a hat that lets you lay your head down properly. No one wants a stiff neck! AND as a friend of mine told me before I got burned…”wrinkles are real.” ….so wear a hat.

MY PICK: Panama hats…the good ones don’t lose their shape. Caps are great for a sporty look.

WATER WATCH

Yea okay we never want to know the time on a beach trip. But what if there is an emergency and you happen to need the time while you are in the middle of the ocean….wear a waterproof watch.

MY PICK: I love bright coloured watches this summer. I recently got a new Oxygen Sport – Lemon watch. Luhuuuve it! Have money to spend and want a watch for life? Rolex.

BEACHY BAG

You need something to carry your sunblock and towel and chips!

MY PICK: Straw bag with long straps like THIS ONE

THE ULTIMATE SANDAL

Get something waterproof, easy to walk in and can easily slip on and off your foot

MY PICK: Menorquinas (Also called Avarcas)…it gives a European twist and kicks the butt out of espadrilles! They literally shape to your foot the longer you wear them!

Hope you find this list useful! Everyone wants to look great at the beach, and part of looking great is being comfortable and not having to WORRY about whether you look great or not! You just do!

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NEWS: Feel Good Friday


Hi all! I apologize that I have not posted anything in the past couple of weeks! It has been completely crazy, with work, my mother and brother visiting, an AMAZING beach trip and so much more! I promised myself that this weekend, I will sit my butt down and do a series of illustrations about these past few weeks! I can´t wait to get back to it!

 One major thing that I could not wait until this weekend to post about is that

First:

My Facebook page has gained over 2,000 likes! Yahoo! So happy and thankful for the great support! Keep sharing! Keep Caring :p

Next:

There is a new webpage in town and guess what, all it brings is GOOD NEWS!

¨The Protons Project is the brainchild and labor of love of three positively charged individuals from various industries who came together one day and decided to say “Enough!”to all the bad news, false gossips, tensions and stresses that are inflicted in our society today. Although important to hear about current events and news, we would like to promote the Culture of Positivity in our generation in hopes of inspiring and changing the future.¨

I am happy and honoured to say that myself and L.S. Illustrated were featured on their website recently! I always love to be a part of something with a great vision!

Check out my Quickie Q&A on The Protons Project HERE

Check out the feature of my online boutique HERE

A BIT OF FEEL GOOD MUSIC FOR YOUR FRIDAY

Weezer – Island in the Sun (Baby animals!)

Mi Swing es Tropical – Quantic & Nickodemus (Video quality bad, song great!)

Smooth – Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas (Take me to a beach concert now)

Many more posts coming this weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

xx

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FASHION: The Aviator

I have always loved Aviator shades! Not only are they a classic, but they always add a cool factor to whatever I am wearing! Many designs of sunglasses have emerged over the past century, but none have ruled the fashion world like the aviators. But do many people really know exactly how they became so popular? I did a little bit of digging and found that the Aviator shades are a little closer to my home than I thought! To my friends in the Philippines, you may find this kinda interesting!

Originally developed in 1936 by Bausch and Lomb, aviators were distributed under the trade name Ray-Ban. They were called aviator sunglasses because they were first specifically designed for pilots during the World War II period. The Army was looking for a sunglass to protect aviators from the damaging rays of the sun, but also a sunglass that would look elegant on the dashing airman of the day.

The U.S. Army Air Corps pilots instantly took to the sunglasses, earning Ray-Bans the moniker “Aviator Glasses” — a term which now describes all sunglasses with designs that are similar to the original Ray-Ban.

The Ray-Ban aviator achieved broader popularity during WWII, when pictures of General Douglas Macarthur wearing these classic sunglasses when he landed in Philippines were printed in newspapers across the world. The very next year Ray-Ban introduced these aviators into the general market.

(more photos: 1, 2)

So thats a small bit of fashion history that I wanted to share with you all!  🙂 If you know and want to share any more interesting tidbits, shoot me an email at LSillustrated@gmail.com! I would love to hear from you!

Sources: EZine Mark and Urban Optiques

This print is available for purchase at L.S. Illustrated’s Etsy Boutique

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