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3411a3dc-9436-4b09-8fe2-a64ef0d394eb_zpse2d46347Joining Houston Fashion Bloggers has been the smartest thing I’ve done in a while.  Since becoming a member in September, I’ve had multiple doors open up for me.  The most recent being a trunk show hosted by the world’s very first plus size supermodel, Emme, at Macy’s, Memorial City Mall.  Let me confess immediately that the event was an immense eye-opener.  A privileged insight into the world of plus size style.  It was such an experience that I had to split my thoughts into two separate postings, one of which will focus on the topic in depth.  And the other?  I leave you now with a gallery of event pictures :)

Emme9Emme, ever so statuesque and glorious. And by the side is lifestyle blogger, Randie.

Montage1montage2See anyone familiar? There’s Shalanda, co-founder of Houston Fashion Bloggers to the right!

Montage3Montage4This is where I asked Kate, the model in the centre, for her booties GRIN

Montage5Montage6I heart that dress to the left, I heart it so.

Montage8Accessories I really coveted.

I know there were others but the labels I recall from the runway are Elie Tahari, Ralph Lauren, Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand and Michael Kors.  Do you have a favourite look from here?

 

Love, Sheela

When it comes to Halloween make-up, I gravitate towards the dramatic, the cool, the unexpected.  Anything gory or zombie-esque, no.  Anything with (fake) blood, big no.  Here are some exquisite looks I found while scouring the web.

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If any of these images is yours, please tell me so I can extend credit?  If you’d rather I remove the picture, just say the word :) I hope you won’t, though, your work is magnificent.

2f32dbbc0e29bf8ecbc4ab21ddb7f975I’m probably going to do this one, the Queen of Hearts, because it feels appropriately diva-ish without being tacky ;)

What/who are you dressing up as tomorrow?

 

Love, Sheela

Where, oh where, were you,

Oh glorious gown so blue?

When down the aisle I walked;

Saying to my man, I do.

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I would so very happily get married again in any of these. To the same man, of course.  Wait, 2014 marks our 12th year.  I could always find a reason – renewal of vows, perhaps?

Which gown takes your breath away?

Love, Sheela

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this curated line-up of Prada perfection.  When pre-loved is as pristine as it gets on The RealReal, it’s, well, perfect.

PRA33765_1_enlargedBrown Ombré Leather Coat, $675

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Mid Calf Spectator Boots, $295

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Silk Printed Bubble Hem Skirt, $145

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Python Drawstring Tote, $1095

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Silk V-Neck Dress, $245

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Moto Jacket, $295

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Satin & Lucite Wedges, $175

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Embellished Purple Tessuto Clutch, $375

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Red Bouclé Jacket, $225

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Burgundy Wool Tweed Pumps, $125

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Red Leather Belt, $125

Drool with me.

Love, Sheela

p/s I’m dying to get those Spectator Boots but the man is seated right beside me as I type this.  I fear for my life.

Breaking news. You don’t get to wear thick, heavy garments in Houston because the big chill simply doesn’t make an appearance in this part of the world. So, for the most part, the closest we come to wearing sweaters are those of the Cotton, Jersey or Silk variety. Given a choice (and ample wallet), here are the ones I’d very happily sport to stay toasty.

hmprodRed Cropped Sweater, H&M $50

Old NavyCrew-Neck Sweater, Old Navy $28

JcrewDutch Floral Cropped Sweatshirt, J.Crew $75

CFischerWool Intarsia-Knit Wolf Sweater, Christopher Fischer $295

zaraSweater With Faux Leather Sleeves, Zara $40

forever21-striped-polar-bear-sweater--large-msg-135284738362Striped Polar Bear Sweater, Forever 21 $19.80

2235183_fpxCashmere Raglan Sweater, Charter Club $120

That red cropped number is calling me like a siren song. And I have such a thing for animal prints. Oh oh oh that piece with the faux leather sleeves? SO Sheela!!! Which is your fave?

 

Love, Sheela

How-to-Fashion-a-Scarf-for-Many-Occasions-848x300Be it for academic purposes or to create a fashion statement (think Whovian), or to visibly pledge one’s allegiance to a specific school or club. Or perhaps it’s coverage in the name of modesty, a religious requirement maybe. No matter the agenda, there’s little doubt that scarves have, for better or for worse, left indelible marks on our wardrobes. Growing up, I loved sporting a jaunty little Pan Am Scarf Knot. When the desire for something flamboyant arose, a Double Wrap Neck Knot. And when it was a wee bit nippy, the Muffler. Of course, that was way back when I hadn’t yet developed a violent aversion to anything touching my neck, like I do today.

No matter, I continue to adore scarves from afar. Relishing how, when executed correctly, they exude that effortless Grace Kelly vibe, channeling the Audrey Hepburn look with panache. So classic. So elegant.

gracekellyaudreyhepburnFrom a contemporary perspective, these ladies and gents cut quite the stylish profile with their individual, ahem, twists.

Montage2(L to R) Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, Keiko Lynn and Jane of Sea Of Shoes

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Montage3(L to R) Killy of Moon Magik, Ellie of Strut In Her Style and Diana of Zhours

On a sidenote, is it not FANTABULOUS how many male bloggers there are now? I’m a huge fan of showing there’s more to sartorial life than the same ole plain tee + distressed denims.

Back to scarf speak, are you part of the sorority?

 

Love, (scarfless) Sheela

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this spectacular showcase for the fingers.il_fullxfull.501090410_5gz9

The Conquer Ring in Black $20

il_fullxfull.394890149_t7bzMatte Silver Birthstone Ring $140

il_fullxfull.606753258_6up4Opposites Attract Wooden Ring Set $280

il_fullxfull.566715498_c3foOctopus Tentacle Ring $37

il_fullxfull.486503995_j1k0Rose Gold Fox Ring $9

il_fullxfull.536446823_m1ohStacking Gold Rings $223

il_fullxfull.465966171_f3qxGap Ring $69

il_fullxfull.659749123_4zoiOrganic Gold & Silver Ring $114

I rarely wear jewellery but when I do, it’s the more the merrier for my fingers, and these fit the bill, perfectly. All puns intended. Happy Columbus Day!!

Love, Sheela

For the record, I find lip stains and lip glosses rather intimidating, frightening even. I can’t quite put a finger on it but I am a little afraid. Lipsticks? Regular lipsticks? Those are alright. I can deal.

Wikipedia defines lip stains as cosmetic products that colour by virtue of (duh) staining. As being drying and non conducive for use during Winter. Red flag moment. A blob of colour, smudged upon my mouth. A harsh blob of colour, no less. Virtually impossible to remove (I know, I’ve succumbed to their wily ways in the past and purchased several), leaving one with a post-apocalyptic victim look. Lip stains are like the Teflon of lippies. Not very attractive at all, is it?

I know the fear is not all that irrational but then again,

aren’t phobias founded on a complete absence of logic or rational thought?

That and the fact that I really do believe lip stains and I aren’t destined to bond. Really, really.

I begin my case by explaining how I’m not your traditional Asian female whose porcelain complexion provides the perfect foil for any colour imaginable. On any given day, my skin leans towards olive hues. As such, what looks heavenly on the paler members of my kind, well, vanishes, with nary a trace, on me. Nor am I sufficiently tanned to showcase jewel hues without resembling Grace Jones on a bad day out.

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And then there are lip glosses. Beasts in their own right.

The promise of a picture perfect pout. The allure of lips so soft, so moist, that to kiss them would be to kiss heaven itself. But it is that very same luscious, moisture-kissed look which proved the catalyst to my downfall.

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{ pucker up }

Think glossy red. Think sporadic, strong gusts of wind. Let’s now add very long hair into the mix. A tragedy just waiting to happen. Yes, I had bloody lines streaking across my face, and that wasn’t even the worse part of it. Being utterly oblivious to the state of things, I continued to traipse around town, all day. Shopping, eating, more shopping. Never realising I resembled a cage fighter who’d taken quite the beating. Sigh.

I suppose I could surmise that as the defining moment.

The moment when I understood how this shiny concoction and I would never become best friends, not even in the name of come-hither lips.

I must confess though, given the glossy wave of offerings cosmetic giants have been putting out, I am tempted. Sorely tempted to give our relationship another go. Perhaps sufficient time has passed, allowing us to set differences aside and try again. I don’t know. I don’t know.

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Love, Sheela

Noticed how I named this post, “Sweater Weather”? In deference to the fact that Houston does not have a sweater-friendly climate. It just doesn’t. But but but, if it did?  These would be on my list of absolute must-have sweaters. Yes, indeed.

473923_in_xlSonia by Sonia Rykiel, Intarsia Sweater $335453525_in_xlMaison Martin Margiela, Open Knit Sweater $870

472033_in_xlMarkus Lupfer, Hook A Duck Sweater $375

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Karl Lagerfeld, Nora Sweater $395

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Reed Krakoff, Leather Paneled Cashmere Sweater $1,290456943_in_xlMoschino, Silk Appliquéd Wool Sweater $925

Is it sweater weather where you are? Or is the air-conditioner still a-cranking despite it already being October?

 

Love, Sheela

Indeed, they do.

Here, in Houston, we’re barely (if ever) presented with style loopholes that necessitate creative layering. Opportunities to wear a scarf or sweater or boots are about as rare as the Hermès Diamond Crocodile Birkin. You can imagine how a coat wouldn’t fit here. I could buck the norm and go big but visions of sweat necklaces doting my décolletage forbid me to venture further. As such, living vicariously through the layering adventures of others is, well, du jour.

Hypothetically speaking, given the right temperature and circumstance, I crave coats in almost every shape and form. My love is lavished equally on architectural lines, baroque notes, whimsy and outright flamboyant. I ask only for spectacular design and zero itch factor.

Presenting a parade of what I would wear in a flash.il_fullxfull.566536035_97r4This, this, THIS is it. This cuts across predictable waves of Blacks and Greys and Navies like the Northern Lights streaking across the night sky. A masterpiece from Malam.

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A playful plaid piece is never displaced when it starts getting nippy. Those waves around the hips? Less peplum-ballooning, more shape-flattering. I’m reminded of a stylish swashbuckler and that rocks. Full details here.il_fullxfull.646139232_agy0

For many chic women, reworking staples to be season-ready is Style 101. I can so see this classic piece transcending the phrase “must-have” with absolute ease and panache. Wool with weather. Scrumpdelicious.il_fullxfull.642714441_hoyhSpeak (easy) volumes with this oh so versatile piece. It’s a coat. It’s a cape. It’s a cardigan. It’s a poncho. It’s practically everything, and meets so many of my warm weather criteria that I’m ready to strut in Slate.il_fullxfull.617161876_19qvTrust an Italian to create something so graphic and bold without forsaking femininity. I covet this. I covet it so.

What’s on your wool agenda for this year?

 

Love, Sheela

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