Month: Jun 2016

The Fab 40s Turn PM To AM | Sheela Writes

The Fab 40s Turn PM To AM

 Sequins for breakfast? Evening wear sees light of day?   Not too long ago, making a public appearance (during the day) wearing anything remotely bedazzled or sequinned would instantly have attracted upwardly inching eyebrows and scanning eyes. At the time, such an after-eight ensemble would do naught but telegraph the words, “walk of shame”, I’d wager.  Insert amused snort.  Not that we haven’t actually been there and done that (shhhh, we know who we are) but in this case, it’s merely an instance of attaining the highest levels of chicdom (ahem) by turning cocktail attire into daywear. Yes, there’s a certain sense of bravado in venturing into broad daylight in pieces that run the gamut from bugle-beaded chiffon to metallic brocades (work-from-home advocate judgments be damned). Both the ladies who lunch and launch are now doing so in plumes and paillettes, with nary a hint of shame, remorse, or awkwardness.  Tempered, even, with more than a touch of rebellion. AS IT SHOULD RIGHTLY BE Indeed, putting evening pieces into day mode is a somewhat mind-boggling adventure, …

Show Some Skin & A Link-Up | Sheela Writes

Show Some Skin & A Link-Up

Just a little? Or is it too much?   An age old argument of what’s slutty, what’s classy.  An equally perennial debate of what is sexy, what isn’t.  In what scenario does a hint of cleavage hold the same level of allure as an entirely exposed bosom?  When is something deemed sexy, anyway?  And what experience (or traits) do any of us hold, that qualify as to hold dual roles of sartorial judge and jury? Personally, as an ardent fan of style, I’m fascinated by pop culture, by how it impacts upon life and style.  I’m certainly no expert but here’s what I’ve come to realise.  It’s the media which sets the standards of what’s sexy.  An arbitrary standard that, sadly, has caused many females (young and old) to believe that if you are not “hot” according to conventional standards (read:  Victoria Secret’s ridiculous round-up), then you’re neither interesting nor desirable. What rubbish. From where I’m standing, being sexy has nothing to do with the size of your breasts or the gap between your thighs …

Black, White & A Touch Of Print | Sheela Writes

Black, White & A Touch Of Print

It’s black, it’s white. It’s a bit of this and a bit of that.   Today’s post is not going to be of my usual thought-provoking style.  Last Friday, Jody, Eve and I teamed up to present a showcase featuring only, yes you guessed it, black and white.  We then paraded that same palette with a heady infusion of our personal favourite colour on Monday. THE POWER OF BLACK AND WHITE And now, concluding the project, are our interpretations of black with white, and how powerful a game-changer print can be in that entire mix. I must confess that in the entire trilogy, the outfit you see above is what I’d pick as the one I like best. Why, you ask?  It’s merely a top and pants. With signature Sheela kickass booties. But there’s more.  Loads more to this ensemble. Both top and bottom are in Black and White, yes, but the colours are melded into prints.  That knit top is a classic houndstooth print with the cheekiest coloured tassels.  And those pants?  A graffiti …

Sheela Writes | Black, White & Blue, Baby

Black, White & Blue, Baby

There’s a science to colour. An entire theory based on colour.   As we’d all agree, design and art are two of the most subjective fields in the world.  What’s sauce for the goose is, very often, not necessarily sauce for the gander.  The same rule applies to colour.  Perhaps even more so.  What evokes one reaction in one person may trigger a completely disparate reaction in someone else.  Be it due to personal preferences, situational circumstance, or, even cultural.  Needless to say the science of colour is, well, a science in itself. AN ENTIRE THEORY OF COLOUR There’s also how colour affects us from a psychological perspective and, given the effort with which marketeers continuously try to outdo each other (all in the name of expanding bottomlines), it may very well be the most known of all principles pertaining to colour theory.  Indeed, studying how colours impact people, either singularly or collectively, is something certain individuals build their careers on.  Many in the industry (correctly) perceive colour as an integral component of branding/sales/marketing as …

Black, White & A Link-Up | Sheela Writes

Black, White & A Link-Up

There’s no gray. There’s only black or white.   How often do you find yourself caught in this sort of quandary?  A situation wherein there’s really no distinguishing line between what’s right, what’s wrong, and what’s the best most viable option given the circumstances.  Or are moral standards truly (and only) in the eye of the beholder?  Is there really a way to discern between right and wrong? I don’t know, I don’t know. THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW In our eagerness to be tolerant and our understandable anxiety to not judge, today’s society appears governed by a value system in which right and wrong are matters for debate.  I’m not saying that’s, well, wrong, but I am asking where do we draw the line between unarguably right and unarguably wrong?  Is the line even present?  And I dare say it’s something many of us find ourselves entrapped within on a daily basis, albeit in varying degrees of urgency. Is it better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong?  Was Churchill really …