November 13, 2016

SHOPPING : LE - Fall 2016



YAAAAAS ! LE !
I received the warning mail and I couldn't help being excited ! But the thing is, I couldn't connect when the release was online, and this costed me the loss of some of the best pieces of this collection.



OK, so welcome to the Frustration 1.0.1 classroom. Please, take a seat. There were statement pieces in this collection ; the true gem kind of. Editorially speaking, you did "insert a bunch of rude words" great, Stardoll ! I can't say how much I love this collection, although some of the pieces are not my style, the ones that I love are just PURE GOLD.


Ok here is a little compendium of what I would have bought if I weren't that slow.
I mean : I missed a black blazer, dammit.



But still, I think I did great with "the leftovers". I'm satisfied with every single piece that I've got. Also, let's be honest, I haven't bought much - it's the actual first time my wallet feels so empty so quickly.. I'm afraid there should have been an issue in between me and the prices (come on, around 90 for a blouse ?).



Ah, and we're also experiencing some turbulences..
The Chanel make-up (yes, I bought the palette IRL and trust me I'll have burgundy wine color on my face all along winter) isn't really "to scale" ;
see below :






Anyway, let's move on to the outfits :

Just a quick note : we had a very nice headband as a freebie, and I must say I'm impressed by the quality of the object ; it's definitely filed in the category : most rentable items ever (remember the white freebie shirt). Also, all those accessories gave me some inspiration to work with gowns, and I'm so happy it happened, like I left them aside for such a long time it was starting to frustrate me a little bit...



1. Born to be a dancer - Saint Laurent blazer, D&G body, Wolford body, Chanel jewelry & DKNY stilettos. 
2. Delicate cat - Maison Michel headband, Rodarte blouse, DVF purse, PPQ shoes + skirt.
3. Punk people still can't dress up properly but who cares - Michael Kors dress & Cavalli purse.




4. Melissandre goes to the grocery store - Valentino gown + stilettos, Versus clutch & Celine bangle. 








Anyway,
What did you think about this ?
That was a good one !
I'll give it a 8/10.
ok, maybe I'm just too frustrated, but eh..
Next time, I'll be on time ;)


Cheers,
M.

November 08, 2016

5! - "how to deal with the last Fallen Angel release"



Hello-hello !


I feel kind of nostalgic these days, so I guess it is time to bring back the "good oldies" ! Actually, I never knew if 5! was a "good" one ; it is the very first segment of the blog, but also the shortest - only one article ! And since I couldn't find any nice new way for what I want to express right now, maybe it is time to do some recycling...

5! was originally a column created for my selfish purposes. I give myself a challenge and try to solve it out through examples - let's say 5 outfits/versions for the same random theme/shop/whatever. I'd explain my process so you might find some handy tips to accommodate things your way. I don't pretend to know everything, and that my rambling state what has to be done. I want to give you here clues to challenge your creativity ; so feel free to comment, discuss, argue what you read !


I never buy straight form the shop when there is a release (unless it is limited in any manner) ; I'm quite greedy I must say, waiting for a potential sale ! Most of the time, it's frustrating me : I think there are some very good pieces coming out of the "basic" shops. That's mainly why I chose to work with the last Fallen Angel's release.
My mother used to be goth - like the true goth from the 80's - all she have left now are a bunch of studded things and black embroidered dresses. She always had this sharp sense of style, and thanks to that I always considered goth fashion as something very well though out and with some sort of sophistication in the process of composing an outfit. This last release tho seems to be experiencing a cold welcome : not goth enough according to some, too girlish for others. I must say, I don't really have an opinion here ; I think it kinda respect the goth vibe : there is some sort of a shy, distant, cold feeling about it playing with the ballerina (hello Black Swan) and the Victorian torn apart clothing.

Alright. So, let me show you what I've picked. Unfortunately, no good deal here ; there were all quite stardollarish expensive. The quality is quite good tho.



Batwing blush body : definitely the piece I wanted to put my hands on. The shape is very interesting and I love how the neckline looks (you know, plunging but not too revealing) ; I think it'll look great on layered outfits.
Lace detail swing dress : two things about it, the see-through details on the top part and this insane material game on the bottom. It looks so light and delicate !
High waisted polka dots pants : I'm fascinated by wide-leg pants, and I think that those ones are some very good ones. The fabric has a polka dot twist and there is no weird shape effect on the leg ; in a nutshell : a good funky staple.
Vail beanie : the popular item, although the vail seems tighten. Not sure about the beanie shape tho, but this is a good piece.
Sleeveless polka dot polo : the perfect layering material. The fabric has a very interesting pattern (not the pitch black that can be quickly boring to work with) and the shape allows it to be very versatile in its use.




But how can we use all of them ? 
Well, let me show you how I would style those items into five outfits.





1. Industrial ballerina


I think that the key here is to break the ballerina effect ; therefore, I chose the industrial vibe : hardware-like accessories and chunky elements. There is still one good side of the ballerina that should be nice to use here : the sleek effect. I chose black for those contrasting pieces and I linked the whole outfit with an it-bag, soft like a ballerina but bold with its chains.



2. Acceptable in the 80's


I love the new-wave style of this turtleneck, so I decided to exaggerate thing a little bit here. I identified the 80's trends that could be useful here and assembled them together : boxy shoulders, waxy fabric and chunky heels, and added some plastic-like accessories with a bright statement color. I think that the key to keep this outfit serious and not costume-like is to scale the color scheme used : no plain pitch black, but different intensities of black, and one hint of color to wake the look up !



3. Revolting sweetheart


Sometimes with an outfit, I want to make a character trait stand out instead of a look. Here, I chose "sassy", because this blush pink dress was everything but this ! I think that, to complete that kind of look, you have to pair it with A LOT of gold features, and play with material : I want to give that "opulence" vibe, as if the person was disappearing behind her beloved things, in a nutshell, as if she was swallowed - by her vanity eheh.



4. Give a damn



I like the instant-chic effect of those pants : black, almost silky and cute thanks to the dots. But I must admit, the first thing that popped into my mind while trying to build an outfit out of it was their sort of "gangster" vibe. That oversize side also screamed to be underlined ; so I decided to go wide on the outside and sleek on the inside (a pair of tank tops and a thin scarf), making sure to balance well the whole thing.



5. Madame Robot



OK, at this point, I must admit I was kind of annoyed to go on ; this column is taking me too long to elaborate. But, after all, this is its "true" first time, so it's ok if it's not perfect since the beginning, right ? jk. So, the last item was this beanie. That looks definitely like something you can see on all the cool girls' heads.. so I figured out, why not impersonate the coolest of the cool girls wearing this thing ? I'm obsessed with the series Mr. Robot these days, and I feel like this beanie would be perfect on Darlene's head. She is that free-spirit, free-minded person evolving in the shadows of the world (sigh, I know I have issues), so why not giving her the trendiest outfit in dark tones with a punk twist ? et voilà !




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

November 03, 2016

HOTTEST BUYS OF THE MONTH - October 2016

Long time no see eh !
OK, I thought it was easy to keep up with a blog ; but my work is siphoning my brain off. When I go home, I just have the energy to eat something before falling deeply asleep in my sofa, with the laptop on and burning my knees.
But, you know, I always have some time for the Hotbuys section. So, here we go !


When I looked at the picture for the first time, I wasn't sure about my love for anything ; this is just too random for me. I can't see any guideline here, there is no editorial line here for me, just a bunch of items that don't really match. 
Actually, this isn't a bad thing. When I took them one by one, creativity showed up and I could start figuring out how to deal with those. After all, counting the number of things that I've bought made me realize that this is quite a good release we had this month !


Here are the items that I've picked :
- the sweater : this collar is life
- the glasses : you can never have too many glasses
- the bracelet : seen on SSS - I'm such an influenced person
- the clutch : you can never have too many clutches
- the coat : it's that kind of thing you don't really know why you are buying it but you definitely know you need it although you'll never use it - moreover, the quality of the graphics here is insane !
- the shoes : it's a SMW gift, and you can never have too many SMW gifts.


1. In the need for blood - HB shoes, Saint Laurent jacket + necklace, Versus clutch, Isabel Marant undies.
2. The Hobbit : fashion week in the Shire - HB coat, D&G tiara + bag.
3. I have no idea whatsoever for a caption here - HB glasses + sweater, PPQ pumps.
4. In the need for ornaments - HB clutch + bracelet, Moschino blouse, Marc Jacobs fur, Sonia Rykiel beret.


Also, our friends at SSS started a very awesome new column,
in partnership with SMW.
If you like to get inspired and win things,
you should definitely check them out when a HB is released !


That's all !
So, what did you get ?


cheers, M.

November 02, 2016

SPOTLIGHT - Cycle 12, the results.


Ok, so I started to prepare and plan some articles for this forsaken blog, and I totally forgot to give the ultimate update on FM-Style's cycle 12 - that column that kept me writing here.

OK. OK. Spoiler alert (come on, you shouldn't feel spoiled, everyone knows about what happened, right ? eheh jk) : I WON. W. O. N.



I am a huge fan of Instagram, like, I don't post anything anymore on Facebook (which is just now for me the ultimate stalking device) ; all my life is on Instagram. But, you know, I'm not like those people that take really great pics. Mine are just random and messy things. Quite personal actually - I don't care about the likes - and if I did I might have gone into depression haha.




I felt like I wanted to post my IRL account but I'm still shy.. 
If Instagram was easier to use on computers, I think I'll definitely keep that stardoll account updated !



Here are my outfits in the same order as asked by the judges :


I tried to create something wearable throughout the day and the night, as if my doll wouldn't mind keeping her outfit she wore all day long to go out at night. She is both quiet and funky !


if I had to do FW, I would definitely have gone there as an editor-in-chief ; the outfit has to be flawless (I love the idea of a cold and distant person.. or snobbish, depends on your point of view ;D) and I guess inducing a trend, like "the lipstick isn't on the lips anymore" or else..


I worked on the "no big deal" side of the outfit : just a cool cashmere sweater, a coordinate pair of jeans and a comfy cardigan can be a good mix for "I'm not looking forward to accomplish anything today, but I still look ok !".


I literally took it as a tribute to autumn. The dress has a turtleneck and a slit, expressing both summer and winter. I added birds for the "migration" journey they are doing at this time of the year, and a huge hanging coat, you know, "just in case it's raining this afternoon" ; the loafers are just a nod to the "back to business" season.


I tried to create some contrast here : the heels and the jewelry and the YSL skirt are giving a very sophisticated/complex outfit, whereas the comfy blazer, the teeshirt and the huge and cuddly Chanel bag create a very chill vibe ; it's as if she has a very important meeting but she can totally go through it like.. no big deal ;)


Outfits #3 and #4 were the most liked by the judges, but I must admit that my favorite one is the #2. Anyway, if you want to check what everyone has done, click here (and here is my recap album). I really enjoyed this cycle, it's always a great opportunity to discover new talents and faces ! A huge congrats to everyone who participated, and a huge thanks for those who followed and commented ! Also, a huge hug to Marta and Sia, the two other finalists who were awesome challengers :)






That's it for this cycle !
Who were your favorites ?
What would you have done ?
Cheers,



M.