6 Pick-me-up style tips

So many things can influence our mood and how we feel about ourselves: the weather, what we eat, whether we had enough sleep or not, what happens on our way to work, the way our hair looks… Sometimes we just need to help ourselves to feel better, and I have a few suggestions about it:

1.      Dress in orange or yellow. These warm colours symbolize happiness, sunshine and energy, and will lift your spirit and promote cheerfulness around you.

Braided statement necklace by Whimsical Jewellery (Etsy.com)

2.  Wear an edgy piece of jewellery. Colourful earrings or a fun necklace will make everyone smile and start a conversation with you.
3.  Put on heels. It may seem like an extra effort, but walking in heels will force you to keep your posture straight and your chin up.
4.  Go for red. It’s the colour of blood, fire, and strength. Even if you don’t feel empowered straight away, people around you will perceive you as stronger than what you actually are.
5. Slip into luxurious lingerie. Try wearing it secretly under your work clothes for an interview or an important business presentation and you’ll get a boost of confidence. You will feel beautiful underneath, and nobody has to know!
6. Wear one of your favourite pieces. Put on something that reminds you of a happy experience, a place you love, or someone you admire.

What the other hemisphere is doing – 2012 Spring/Summer fashion

2012 Spring/Summer collections are hitting the mannequins in the Northern Hemisphere, and will soon be seen Down Under thanks to overseas shopping trips, online buying, and some stock available in Australian boutiques. What we’ll see is more of already-established trends and a few novelties, but with an overall tendency to colour and fitted, feminine silouettes.
Following the massive injection of colour at previous fashion weeks, floral patterns in bold colours are as crazy or as elegant as you like them – I’m thinking about Moschino bright pink and yellow flowers, versus Ferragamo’s more subtle prints. Flowers are also applied widely as accessories’ embellishment – see Moschino and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Dolce e Gabbana, Moschino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Diane Von Fustenberg

After the big come-back with Kate’s Royal wedding dress, lace was the big trend of 2011. No longer confined to lingerie only, lace is ruling on the street and on the catwalk: white or in vivid colours, on clothes or accessories, it’s a guarantee for an elegant lady-like look.

Miu Miu, Dolce e Gabbana, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton

And as anticipated more than 6 months ago on these pages, extravagant foulard prints are – still – on shoes, purses, dresses, tops and bottoms – see the captivating femininity of Dolce e Gabbana fashion show.

Emilio Pucci, Dolce e Gabbana, Zara

Breaking with current or recent trends, a few designers suggested the come-back of ethnic style, with earthy colours, tribal patterns, beaded details and bold, primitive jewellery.

Burberry Prorsum, Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti

As for the dominant decades of inspiration, the 50s are well alive in designs by Miu Miu, Prada – where accessories, in particular, evoke a beautiful 50s American-diner atmosphere – Dolce e Gabbana, Moschino, Pucci and Dior. Details include bustier tops, high waist, full skirts, butterfly glasses and pastel colours.

Dolce e Gabbana, Prada, Prada, Prada

On the other hand, the amazing Gucci collection leads a wave of 20s reminiscence with flapper style, drop-waist, metallic geometries, lame’ and sequins.

Gucci 2012 Spring campaign

Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren


Six looks, one Jimmy Choo

One of my favourite pieces from Jimmy Choo’s SS 2012 collection is this white leopard-print heel with flowers: orange, leopard, brown leather, gold, and flowers would normally be too much, but the result is chic with personality. Only one tip to keep it classy: now it’s the dress that complements the shoe.

Clockwise from left: Phylosophy by A. F., Catherine Malandrino, Catherine Malandrino, Marni, Bluemarine, Jil Sender.

Shoes emergency fix

First time you wear those heels and your feet hurt so much you have to take your shoes off?
You have been at work all day, straight out for drinks in the city, and your feet are so swollen they have doubled in size?
Your favourite flip-flops just broke and you are left with just one?

Havaianas have the solution: new Havaianas vending machines in Sydney!