May 08, 2017

HOTTEST BUYS OF THE MONTH - March 2017

Baby steps by baby steps, the next on the list is.. wait for it.. HOTBUYS OF MARCH ! Yeah sorry, but bare with me we're almost done ;)





I made this one quite recently ; and inspiration began to come back.
I must admit I was a little confused with this release ; I cannot find the editorial line which would have made me going more easily with this... but still, some of the pieces are wild. Some other aren't.. but like always, you can't please me 100% eh !
Honorable mention : those sweaters. I may start a new collection ;)




Here are what I bought :
the black sweater : wasn't on my list but I am weak when it comes to shopping so...
the roses sweater : favorite piece so far, I mean look at the detaaaails !
the odd sneakers : so odd, so weird, so quirky, so cool.
the Balenciaga cross-body bag : a nice staple.. it's bringing summer don't you think ?




And here are the outfits that I've made with them :




1. Hold your horses I bought a new sweater - HB sweater, freebies + LE (I'm lazy I don't feel like searching today).
2. Effortless try hard AM I RIGHT - HB sweater, Balmain necklace, Chanel Blazer, Versace belt & DKNY shoes.
3. So cute but you don't wanna mess with her  - HB bag, PPQ skirt, Saint Laurent Blazer & Chanel watch.






That's all !
So, what did you get ?




cheers, M.

May 06, 2017

HOTTEST BUYS OF THE MONTH - February 2017

Following the series of unposted Hotbuys, please welcome the February edition !





As expected, February is always very Valentine like ; although this selection is less literal - therefore more wearable ! 
Patterns and textures are very interesting here... I missed some nice pieces tho (those pink heels and that velvet choker were extremely nice but hard to find in the bazaar I'm afraid...).




Here are what I bought :
the letter sweater : a very nice, trendy and basic piece of clothing.
the enveloppe clutch : look at that little stripes detail ! A-M-AZING.
the sakura trousers : ok. Definitely the masterpiece of this release...




And here are the outfits that I've made with them :




1. Almost Valentine - HB sweater, Chanel bag, Vivienne Westwood socks & DKNY shoes.
2. Handle the Valentine - HB trousers, Lanvin belt, Chanel blazer & Versace clutch.
3. Basic rework/ Valentine edition  - HB clutch, Balmain shoes & Saint Laurent blazer.






That's all !
So, what did you get ?




cheers, M.

May 05, 2017

HOTTEST BUYS OF THE MONTH - January 2017

Nothing frustrated me more than not posting about Hotbuys. Even if I was absent, I've still worked on that column.. so might as well deliver you this before it sounds way too late !



Girlish, punkish and definitely 2000's ; not my cup of tea but I must admit, I loved playing with those pieces. They have a very interesting quirky vibe... so you might either see that as a statement, or, as I saw them, as challenging pieces that should be regarded as basics.




Here are what I bought :
the cropped mom jeans : can't get enough of those, I mean look at those legs !
the velvet cache-coeur : an interesting piece of great graphic quality !
the silver jacket : quirky and retro, statement-like.
the graphic oversized glasses : definitely a statement..
- the string bow : favorite piece so far, it's that kind of accessory that gives a je-ne-sais-quoi to any outfit !



And here are the outfits that I've made with them :




1. Seriously quirky - HB jacket, Galliano trousers, McQueen bag & Gucci shoes.
2. Nightly quirky - HB top, Alexander Wang blazer & Saint Laurent purse.
3. Subtly quirky  - HB jeans + necklace, Chanel jacket, D&G purse & DKNY shoes.






That's all !
So, what did you get ?




cheers, M.

May 04, 2017

Information



Dear everyone,

I feel like I have to explain a couple of things.

I am truly sorry for being such an inactive prick lately - and not giving any news about it. I thought that I could totally manage my newly professional life and my online passion for fashion but today the fact is : NOPE. Organisation is a trait that is not part of my personality I am afraid..
I'm really sorry for letting down people I really cherish and disappointed others. 
Future is really uncertain. I am not able to say if I will be back in the stardollsphere and be as active as I used to. Trust me, I have tried ; but my daily life is so busy that I kept ending up sleeping on my keyboard every single time I logged in.
Creativity is an issue too ; maybe it's just me, but I have found the SD offer quite poor for my taste lately. I still have that chronic need for fashion - and I must admit I am quite active on my tumblr because reposting does not need a lot when the only device you have access to is your phone in the train when you go to work.


Anyway, enough excuses. See you around pumpkins !

M. xx

January 30, 2017

SHOPPING - Subcouture






Hello everyone ! 
So, Stardoll surprised us with some Subcouture this weekend 
- so if you still doubt about this release, 
let me help you cope with the drama 
and tell you what I've picked from this collection !






I have no words to qualify this release. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either.. and I'm even tired of complaining. I've recently read somewhere (it might be in one of Jenna's articles but I cannot find any proof so..), that I'm not the only one who finds that the editorial direction of Stardoll isn't at its best. Well, we had a very short Tribute season (come on : WHERE IS THE DIOR ?), Hotbuys were announced mid-January and this Subcouture collection ? It has for answer : whatever happened here...

Still, I don't agree with most of what I've read on the blogosphere about this release. It is odd, but I think that a nice bunch of pieces are still gems. I'm not sure what's the inspiration here.. early 00's maybe ? Anyway, here is what I've picked ; I'm definitely growing that pink vibe and I'm starting to be afraid of that.. I may have committed myself a little bit too much in the last 5! column ๐Ÿ˜ฐ.


I have a lack of inspiration these days. You know that feeling ? It's when you try to put things together but at the end it's just a pile of things overcrowding each other and definitely getting on your nerves ๐Ÿ˜–. Well, tough days at work (I had a promotion YAY ok end of the private talk), I guess..
But here, creation was kind of easy. There is no editorial line bonding the three outfits (they clearly don't match together - this is a catastrophe) but I'm quite happy with how they came out ! Still, I prefer to warn you, there is extravaganza here..


1. Her Majesty the Queen of Hearts is a normal person who sometimes goes grocery shopping - Subcouture shoes, D&G skirt & YSL purse.
2. I wonder why people of the French Senate hate the Burren things in their garden - Subcouture tank top + shoes + bag, Valentino sweater & Saint Laurent blazer.
3. Quartz pink demon get out of my head please thank you - Subcouture trench coat + denim vest + top + tights, Chanel skirt, Roger Vivier shoes, One of a Kind earring & Tom Ford glasses.







That's it !
So, what do you think ?
did you buy anything ?
cheers, 


M.

January 21, 2017

SPOTLIGHT/FM-STYLE - Cycle 13, task 2.



While writing the feedback for task 3, I've almost forgot to ramble about task 2... ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Silly me ! Ok, so I promise this isn't going to turn out as the previous ramble I did for task 1. Also, I really love that banner the SSS pumpkins did so you might see it a lot ! Speaking of which, this column is now going to be called "FM-STYLE" and not Spotlight anymore.. you know just saying in case of confusion (don't laugh this is important to some people and I don't want to mess with their brains.. because I'm alrealdy doing that A LOT ok I move on).






Task 2 is on the paper quite easy : a furry stuff in your outfit, and some extra time. On that last point, I have no excuse.. I actually marked every contestants but without having time to feedback everyone, my bad. Fortunately, it happened that what I plotted on my side of the judging was accurate so.. but I promise I'll be more efficient next time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! Anyway, here's the task.




Ok so, I identified my criteria : originality. Fur is seen and seen and seen so.. better be creative here, right ? I was definitely looking for the unexpected, the fur item that I would never have thought of, and the way to wear it that would intrigue me. This means, even though I absolutely love that chunk of fur, Munchkin_XD's Museum Mile coat IS OUT (and I was about to be aggressive with anyone using it) because seen, seen and.. you get the picture. Fortunately, it didn't happen




In order to illustrate my idea - giving hints you know (perhaps I should start writing some indications.. since I felt the need to clarify the new title of the column lol), I chose to work with those Chanel furry pants. I added some gold features to chic things up and that beautiful feline coat to emulate the animal side of the fur - it's kind of a fun wink haha ok sorry.




So, how did everyone go ?

We had some accidents.. I know it because when I was a contestant few cycles ago, I had some very bad marks for not being "street style" proof. I think it wouldn't have been fair if I let that go so I may have been a little harsh on that condition but eh, this might be useful to avoid any confusion. And, spoiler alert, the lesson seems to have been learnt for task 3 ! Here's my top 5 for task 2 :


Rank 5 - Letรฌcia (leiona_-) with her effortless composition !
Rank 4 - Beata (B.E.A.T.K.A) with this edgy look !
Rank 3 - Stefan (Sweet_gal11) for that elegant retro vibe !
Rank 2 - Leigh (Leighways) for that orange and frills work !
The number 1 ๐Ÿ’• - Navi (vousme) because this might be how perfection looks like !




Anyway, 
who would you have ranked #1 ?
What would you have done ?


See you for task 3 !
M.

January 20, 2017

5! : how to deal with 2017 trends - PINK edition.



Miss me ? Well, I've missed you ! I've had quite a busy time actually - as if.. but it's kind of another excuse haha - and it took me some difficulty, creation speaking here, to figure out what I could serve you for this third segment of "2017 trends". Yeah.. we're going to talk PINK today !


THE RESEARCH

Pink isn't my cup of tea.. and colors in general - sorry for complaining haha ! but you're used to that right ? I prefer neutral tones, earthly and animal-esque ones. As you may recall, pink was 2016's. I'm talking "baby pink". This year, they say that people haven't had enough of it so.. here we go again I guess ! But now, we kinda take it to the extremes : it's either blush pink or fuchsia, and the way to wear it is also "extreme" : all-over baby !

As a guideline for you, I spotted some interesting stuff on the internet. Here is a little compendium of SS resort 2017 (Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Valentino, Fendi & Vetements). Apparently, you cannot avoid it.. oh dear !






You know me, I had to seek my guru to gain some comfort so I can deal properly with this trend. Alexa chose that color for her book, which is already a good start, and she kinda also uses pink shamelessly in her wardrobe : gingham pink, knitted pink, fluffy pink, tiny pink... Now I get the picture ! Feeling better right ?







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But, how can we style it ?


THE OUTFITS


Step 1 : get to know the pink.



Nothing too hardcore here : let's just bring touches to the most neutral outfit ever. Since pink is always assimilated as something naive, I decided to play that card and confront it with a very bold (but mellow) composition. Heels and a bow versus square shoulders and black tones. The touches are quite big so the trick here is to bring smoothness to avoid any shock.



Step 2 : light the pink up.



This trend isn't all about nice baby pink. Apparently, we have to deal with its noisy big brother : fuchsia ! As seen before, we still use the "touches" method : sleeves and a couple of clutches should do the trick. I decided to ditch the "quiet" vibe for the remaining part, so I went on the fierce side of this color. What I mean here is that we are not using the color itself to imply the fierceness (remember : touches), but the rest : black pieces but strong pieces as a perfecto and combat boots. The pink doesn't dominate you, because you're the master of pink. Deal with it.



Step 3 : mix the pink.



The next step is to be able to master the pink in its wholeness. You have to use all of its shades. Since fuchsia is kind of a big deal, I suggest to modulate it by still using touches ; the blush pink is going to be the main part of the show here. Stick to black surroundings (like a security, you know those extra baby wheels you had on your bike when you started riding it.. well, same idea here), and let the pink enter your life. The risk of shock is real so.. be careful ! Here, the Prada dress is kinda ideal because of its hidden fuchsia tones... perfect to introduce that fluffy Gucci necklace (come on : it's not a scarf, Stardoll ; you should know it since you come from Sweden munchkin !).



Step 4 : embrace the pink.



Pink isn't you BFF yet, but it's coming closer so brace yourself. As your first try of an "all-over" look, I'll definitely recommend the blush pink instead of the fuchsia. The trick here, when you go monochromatic, is to play on textures : fluff, stiffness... you can choose whatever you want, the possibilities are endless ! If you are afraid of the "too much" effect, you can still stick to your black pieces - all you have to do is inverting what we did previously and make the black as the touches, and the pinks the remaining part. Here I mixed Marni and Isabel Marant, and I finished the outfit with that Marc Jacobs fur that has this perfect brownish tone to calm things down a little.



Step 5 : you are the pink.



Congratulations ! You've made it to the last step : how to "hardcore" the pink. If I can be honest with you, without this Miu-Miu dress I couldn't have done this : the pattern is perfect since it's mixing fuchsia and white, ideal to match that enormous Gucci fur. I added a fuchsia vest for some depth (and layering) and a small reminder on those heels and those Prada glasses to link things from head to toe. I'm a partisan of that made-up theory implying that when you follow some sort of track, you can never really go wrong : from the vest to the dress, to the fur to the heels and the glasses. That's a wrap !









That's it !
So, what do you think ?
hope you enjoyed it,
cheers, 


M.

January 04, 2017

YGTL - love-hate-thing


Time to wake another forgotten column from the dead... here comes the street-style break !

Actually I was just going from the "suite" tab to the "shopping" tab of Stardoll out of boredom.. and I noticed that little stalking bird that kept the #1 place in my visitor's section ! And, what a surprise ! I really like what's happening here... so I'm just sharing this with you !




Not much to say about this little one (no country stated and some asiatic writing - you are an enigma munchkin !), but that I ADORE that outfit. Simple, neat, effective and a Chloรฉ statement piece. That minimalistic vibe is resting my eyes and also triggering my sense of creativity with its odd shapes. A true cute heart-stopper !

Get to know love-hate-thing :


That's NSM/BTD approved !
that's why there is a stamp on the picture ;)


Anyway, see you later people !
CHEErs,

M.

January 03, 2017

SPOTLIGHT - Cycle 13, task 1.





Guess who's back ? Yeah ! Hello dear Readers and welcome to this new session of "Spotlight on FM-Style's new cycle" ! Maybe you've been waiting for it (haha no jk ๐Ÿ˜) or maybe you're thinking "oh no, not again" but, spoiler alert : this is my blog, so I do what I want - and all I want for Christmas is a new endless (just like Game of Thrones - don't lie I know you love it when it comes around) competition ! Yep, bare with me, because we are on a cruise for several weeks, I feel chatty and, trust me, things are already quite spicy !


Loving the new banner of the club <3

Ok so, this year, no competition for me. I'm "almost" in charge, because I will do for this cycle what I wish I was paid for in real life - ๐Ÿ˜‚ just kidding, if only doing nasty fashion police while sipping wine on a cafรฉ terrace was an actual job, then yes I'll be tremendously rich. I mean you guess it : judging.
Long story short, this is awesome - thanks for the opportunity SSS siblings ๐Ÿ‘ฏ ! But I didn't imagine that this could be hard as hell (yes there are a few cursed words here this is my blog sorry not sorry lol). You definitely have to be quite "balanced" : what's good, what's bad, and above all : how can we improve this - yeah because without this third part, I think that judging would be pointless. Competing isn't all about winning (ok this is turning into your granny's recommendations on life but again : who's blog is this ?), but also how can you be better next time and improve yourself. Trust me, these competitions gave me confidence and maybe sharpened my eye a little better ; so why wouldn't it be the case for you ? As I'm taking this matter seriously (actually, I'm curious to see if what I just stated about style evolution is true), I plan on doing some charts (but not now, I need data - think with your brain a little !) so you can see the contestants improvements. I'm sure that astonishing talent is around the corner and, if you want to be the first one witnessing it, then follow this new cycle here (the club where the good stuff happens) and here (the cycle's album where you can find all the entries, no excuse ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)!

Anyway, I'm done with my endless rambling (nope). Let's move on to the heart of the subject : the first task !





The privilege of a judge is to give the first hint. My fellow team and I had to give some example of what we expected. I was worried at first that I should clearly state what I was looking for in the task.. But I think that this is not the best idea ; and I'm going to explain you why like the old person that I am.
I've learnt during my studies - I did some oenology - some tricks to challenge your free will.. and to give your most personal opinion possible. When you taste a wine ๐Ÿท for example (it works also if you blind test food for all of the kids reading this of course), never read what's written on the label about the flavors you're supposed to find : your brain will assimilate what you have on your tongue to what you read, and it won't do the searching work itself. In a nutshell, it won't train.. and that is specifically how you can't improve yourself.
What I try to say here, is that if I give you all the clues, I'm afraid that you will stick to it in order to, somehow, please my judgment.. and that is terribly boring. For this cycle and, of course, because I can, I want to give good marks ๐Ÿ’ฏ - and I won't hesitate to use them as long as there is that extra good feeling about an outfit, something I would never have thought about !

Ok I was reading over myself to check on spelling mistakes and I feel like I kinda sound like a freak. This is a game after all - no pressure folks ! But still, here is a list of what I was implying with this example/outfit :
- Christmas-ish tones ; not necessarily the green and red ones but some that imply festivities and winter, therefore I used dirty white (snow) and golden (paaaaarty ๐ŸŽ‰).
- subtlety ; no obvious Santa references, but implied ones such as the purse-clock (waiting for the 25th) or the bow heels (presents ๐ŸŽ„ !).
- style ; something personal, something that looks like it only came out of your head and that this is not only a costume but something a little more special for you (I think that the best way to do it is to stick to that street style condition, so you don't feel like you're overdoing things and you can stay focused on what you do).




Haha this is turning into a methodology article.. but I think that this is better to set things straight from the beginning. So no sneaky manners here !
Ok so, here comes the results ! I will give you my personal top 5 for this task. Bare with me, it won't take long I promise ๐Ÿ™Œ From left to right :

Rank 5 - Navi (vousme) with that perfect effortless vibe !
Rank 4 - Stefan (Sweet_gal11) with that edgy energy !
Rank 3 - Beata (B.E.A.T.K.A) for that glamorous drama atmosphere !
Rank 2 - Letรฌcia (leiona_-) for that flawless composition !
The number 1 ๐Ÿ’• - Alicja (alusiak123) for literally provoking the unexpected !




Congratulations everyone !
If you want to see the complete recap of the task with the complete judges' comments outfit by outfit, click here.
Also, a little shoutout to my partnersMarta and, of course, our hosts Mireia & Judith are reviewing everything on their blogs, please check them out !



Anyway, 
who would you have ranked #1 ?
What would you have done ?

Can't wait to meet you on task 2,
and while we'll be expecting it,
here is the most fabulous cover of Last Christmas.
Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜š



M.