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Concurs de design – the facepalm moments

21 Nov

Despre moda romaneasca avem cate guri, atatea pareri. Multe critica, multe sfatuiesc, multe admira. Din partea aceleiasi persoane vei auzi pe rand toate tipurile de comentarii.

Astazi, admir.

Ba nu, mai intai critic. constructiv, desigur.

Perwoll a lansat recent a doua editie a concursului “Like new designers” care a ajuns in faza de jurizare. Pentru mine e prima data cand particip la un concurs national de design si, evident, abia astept sa vad ce se intampla. Am analizat aseara 155 de colectii ale competitorilor mei (numaram asta pe la 2 am, probabil am numarat prost), iar cateva dintre ele mi-au ramas in suflet prin executie tehnica, idee sau transpunere a conceptului in imagini. Cateva mi-au starnit rasul.

Am crezut ca partea critica e scurta si pot sa scriu in continuare o lista lunga de admiratie, dar am reusit sa scriu un articol destul de lung despre perlele de la concurs, asa ca va dau lista preferatilor mei intr-un articol urmator. Pana atunci radeti si voi cu mine de exprimarile nefericite pe care le-am gasit:

The so-called “Face Palm Moments”

Dragilor, nu-s eu aia experta in fashion, dar unii “artisti” sunt ataaaat de prinsi in actul creatiei incat nu mai stiu cum sa-l exprime coerent si vin cu expresii de genul:

monocromatic/colectie monocroma = realizarea artistica a acestor colectii abunda in dungi de toate felurile, tipare cu buline si alte ciudatenii de print-uri. -Zau, ma, dati-va una cu DEX-ul pana se deschide la litera “M” si cititi ce inseamna monocromatic.

Sa va ajut putin: MONOCROMÁTIC, -Ă, monocromatici, -ce, adj. Cu o singură culoare, monocrom (1). ♦ (Despre un fascicul de raze) Care este format din radiații cu aceeași lungime de undă. – Din fr. monochromatique.

my point – daca operele tale, frumos executate si placute estetic, nu sunt ori albe, ori negre, fugi departe de exprimarea “monocromatic”. Serios, poti mai bine, gaseste cuvintele care sa iti sustina munca, nu sa ii puna piedica (exprimarea defectuoasa e un sut in fund pe care ti-l dai singur).
armonie brutala – cred ca sunt prea superficiala ca sa inteleg profunzimea acestei expresii, dar in acelasi timp voi continua sa explic de ce mi se pare o prostie sa folosesti un asa oximoron in descrierea colectiei tale (OXIMORÓN, oximoroane, s. n. Figură de stil care exprimă o ironie subtilă sau un adevăr usturător sub forma asocierii paradoxale a doi termeni contradictorii. – Din fr. oxymoron.)
Acestea fiind explicate cu ajutorul DEX-ului de capatai, cred ca iti ironizezi singur creatia si nu e cazul!!
eleganta si rafinament – in aceeasi ordine de idei, aceste doua cuvinte sunt materializate deseori prin obiecte vestimentare pe care le-ar purta Lady GaGa – evident ca exagerez, dar de ce ai exprima prin eleganta si rafinament ceva ce nu are nicio treaba cu asta? Daca hainele tale spun o poveste moderna, androgina, daca nu respecta nimic din frumusetea aia “clasica”, atunci subliniaza asta prin alte cuvinte, nu le da in cap cu eleganta si rafinament.
Cu toata eleganta pe care pot sa o capat in exprimare, iata ce ne spune DEX-ul: ELEGÁNT, -Ă, eleganți, -te, adj. 1. (Despre îmbrăcăminte) Făcut cu gust, frumos; (despre oameni) care se distinge prin armonia și bunul gust al îmbrăcămintei. 2. (Adesea adverbial) Care se deosebește prin armonia formei, prin îmbinarea plăcută a elementelor, printr-o sobrietate plină de gust. ♦ Fig. Plin de tact, lipsit de brutalitate. – Din fr. élégant, lat. elegans, -ntis & RAFINAMÉNT, rafinamente, s. n. 1. Finețe, delicatețe, subtilitate a gustului sau a simțirii. 2. Viclenie, perfidie, șiretenie. – Din fr. raffinement.
*wink* – eu n-am fost subtila, v-am spus direct ce cred despre exprimarea voastra.
101 dalmatieni cu volane – ca sa mai scurtam povestea va spun ce tip de haine nu ma asteptam sa mai vad in desen de cand faceam design vestimentar la Palatul Copiilor, candva in clasele primare. Am fost la cercul de design pana la liceu, dar genul asta de creatii le-am vazut doar cand eram mica: volane la maneci  si rochii Cruella, jumate bou jumate magar – nu dau doi bani pe “gusturile nu se discuta” pentru ca parerea mea e ca ele se discuta. Aici am mai scris despre asta si v-am spus ca mai potrivit ar fi sa spunem ca gusturile nu se judeca. Astept discutia aia prin care sa fiu convinsa ca volanele si rochiile jumi juma sunt minunate.
ultimul punct poate sa lipseasca – surpriza, nu lipseste, pentru ca eu vreau sa fie aici! Exprimarea originala era: fundita poate sa lipseasca – pai, prieteno, ori lipseste ori nu? daca e acolo, e prezenta, daca lipseste, nu o mai desenezi. Fiti dragilor mai siguri pe ceea ce creati, dubiile astea directionate catre sine sunt pacatoase rau, daca tu nu ai incredere in creatia ta, atunci sentimentul asta se va transmite primul catre cel care o priveste si e trist sa faci ceva frumos si sa il strici prin nesiguranta. Daca tu nu erai multumita cu fundita, trebuia sa refaci desenul, daca iti place de ea acolo, spune ca e minunata pentru ca asa ai gandit-o, nu ca “poate sa lipseasca”.
Doar lucrurile neplacute pot sa lipseasca. Finalul, cum ar veni.

7 ways to wear a scarf

11 Oct

In my opinion, wearing a scarf is one of the easiest ways available to enhance an outfit and make it stand off without trying too much. The visual impact rises with a bold pattern scarf and a timeless piece like Hermes’ can compliment hundreds of outfits over the years.
There are a few things to consider when buying and wearing a scarf, but before we go there I want to show you what i drew to illustrate my favorite ways of wearing such a piece. First I will show you 7 ways of wearing it, then I shall give you 7 pieces of advice to help you pick up such a great accessory!

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1. Match the scarf to your personality
Like any other accessory, I strongly advise you to buy only the things that represent you, that feel like a “part of your soul”, because wearing an object that truly shows who you are is more important than matching the latest trends. However, don’t ignore the latter and pay attention to the newest and hottest fashion trends, pick the ones you find appropriate for your personality then read on to see how you can match a scarf to a fashionable outfit.

2. Buy 100% silk
Do you really need me to tell you why you should buy only natural fabrics? A high quality silk scarf is a good investment, versatile enough to be worn with both day and night outfits, but more important, high quality shows beyond a visible brand name. You can tell by the quality of the pattern, the smoothness of the fabric and the lasting colors that a scarf will become a timeless piece in your wardrobe.
Plastic is for inanimate objects, don’t do synthetic fabrics if you have natural alternatives for your clothes. If you still love a scarf and it has a lot of syntethic fiber in it, the least you can do is to treat that scarf with fabric conditioner.
FAIL ALERT: polyester scarves produce hair frizz and you sure know how annoying that gets when you can’t get the hair out of your face and you fell that static electricity sting everytime you touch something!!

3. Beware overaccessorizing
You put a scarf around your neck. You tie one around your bag. You wear multiple bracelets, statement earrings and a big watch. All.at.the.same.time. I look at you and see a christmas tree, not a lady. My point is, don’t do more than another jewelry piece if you go for a scarf and make sure they compliment each other instead of showing off separately.
TIP: check out scarves.net for tutorials on how to tie your piece!

4. Colourful is not always better!
If you have trouble deciding what’s your favorite color and you want to wear them all, you definitely have a problem if you wear them at the same time. I could write a book about colours and colour coordination, but i’m not starting here. My colourful advice on matching a scarf is to GO SAFE at first and wear a colourful scarf with a neutral outfit, because the pattern on the scarf itself is hard to match if it shows more than 3 tones.
IF you’re confident enough, you can try picking up a colour from your scarf, tone it down and wear a softer hue of it on your other items, but if you wear two or more items in your outfit (dress +jacket or blouse+pants+cardigan etc) I would advise you to do two neutrals and only another coloured one.

5. Thrift stores can be gold mines
Leave your pride aside and shop with the poor. No matter how much money you have, you will rarely find timeless pieces in mall boutiques…the best scarves I bought were found in thrift stores and the pattern, the colors and the fabric were absolutely amazing! I bought an original Hermes for less than 1 €/$, but that’s because I was lucky and they had no idea what a beauty they were selling there! If you decide to give it a go, prepare to spend some time searching for a beautiful piece, don’t buy anything with visible flaws, discolorations or stains and pay attention to buy 100% natural fabrics!
You usually spend some time browsing for tips on how to spot an authentic scarf, but here’s a great HOW TO RECOGNIZE AUTHENTIC HERMÈS by sassyme.org, it was really useful for me when i was researching whether the scarf I found is original or not. It is ❤

6. Shop for the basics first
It’s quite simple, pick a number under 9 for starters, then think of scarves in different patterns to buy. You should need a striped one, a floral, a chain&equestrian inspired one, a vintage damasc pattern, one with an etnic pattern, at least a silk one, then a cotton one…just adjust the number of scarves you can afford to the patterns you want to own and buy variations of those you love best.

7. Know the stars
Do a little research and know how the famous scarves look like, what are the top brands and how to recognise the best pieces. You will never know what you find in thrift stores or at vintage fairs, therefore take your time and identify the famous items you’d love to have and match your personality, then go explore your options and buy similar good quality pieces and start building your own collection.
If you decide to shop fot pretty scarves, take a look on my FB Page, Fashion from the closet, for I will post there a few scarves I have for sale.

Believe me, once you find some good stuff you’ll grow a new addiction.
To help you even more, here are a few links from my favorite scarf related articles:
Thebudgetfashionsta gives you 20 ideas on how to tie a scarf. My favorites are no 5 and 17. Really cool ideas!
One of the largest virtual collections of Hermès scarves available online can be seen here. Take a look through the gallery and keep in mind a few favorites next time you look for an original one in a thrift store. The more you learn about them, the easier it will be to spot them right on!

Have fun shopping for such an amazing item and let me know if you want more info about this subject!
Xoxo

Mom, I’m a Weasley now.

9 Feb

I decided to change again my hair color, this time to ginger. Actually, it’s not my first time as a red head, but I think it’s the best i’ve had. I used Kallos haircolor, in “vilagos rezvoros 7.4” and “vilagos rezszoke 9.4″[hungarian for light copper red and light copper blonde]. My brother helped with the process, I had a minor incident with some color near my left eye, but he did impressively well for his first time dying hair. Below is my inspirational photo, I really don’t know to whom it belongs, if you do, let me know and I’ll tag it.

And here it’s a picture with me, almost the same color[artificial lightening] just shorter hair [I really need hair extensions 😦 ]

I guess my addiction for 9gag paid off eventually, since I have no “soul” I became a Weasley :)) Let me know what you think about my new haircolor, do I look like a natural redhead??….not likely, but i tried!!!

Headbanded

2 Feb

I’m pretty sure there are a lot of Gossip Girl addicted people around here, so they know what I talk about, but for those who don’t, I just want to remind you the easy way to complete an outfit: the HEADBAND. Blair Waldorf actually reinvented this style, she wears headbands on every occasion and it seems that she pulls it off quite great everytime.

I love headbands but I don’t have a lot myself, I have a good friend who has somewhere around 50 pieces (Mihaela, that’s you in case you didn’t figure it out yet) :)).

Pros: versatility, easy to wear with all sort of outfits, they don’t require other accesories, if you don’t lose them they last quite long, they keep your hair from falling into your face,  ..[list open]

Cons: I HATE the fact that most of them give you severe headache after a long day of wearing them. big hate!!

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You can find more photos in my FB group: Beauty Hunters .

What do you think about headbands? do you usually wear them??

Grey Nailpolish

28 Jan

I like trying on different colors of nail polish, but lately i’ve been into natural colors, and so it’s my first share of nailpolishes: Flormar grey no. 417.

It’s been on my nails for 3 days, still no scratch. I really like  it, i have more to show, soon 🙂

Mutza, Catalina, would you share with us your nail polishes? i know you have some good ones!

Go Orange for 2012!!

16 Dec

I always was a biiig fan of Orange, probably because is such a vivid and pleasant color to be around. This year, the Pantone institute established that Tangerine Tango, a reddish orange is the color of 2012. Funny thing, just before I found out, I made myself a long skirt out of tangerine tango silk. I wore it to a party and the other day I saw the news [yeyyy]. Since I’m so excited to wear it, here are some dresses you may find appealing for your daily outfits. Dare to be beautiful in orange this year!!! ……maybe you’ll fall in love with it and wear it every year 😉

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Now that you saw the dresses…