Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, everyone!!! And a belated Merry Christmas! We hope you had a fantastic break and are feeling refreshed and ready for 2014!
Lots of love,
Ali & Vic xo


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

In generaltraditional hearty breakfast food (think bacon, sausages, and eggs in any form) has never really done it for me, but I've always been a big fan of pancakes. Despite my love for them, however, I usually end up having them only once a year (on Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day, naturally). However, I was inspired by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere's recent take on Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (using this Smitten Kitchen recipe), to try this seasonal variation out for myself. Perfect for this time of year, they are not only tasty and comforting, but leave your kitchen smelling heavenly as you whip them up. (Note: the recipe calls for three apples, but I found one was plenty, as I didn't want them to be overwhelmingly apple-y. And I used one teaspoon of cinnamon, which was perfect).

{Gathered ingredients--those random sachets on the right are salt btw...what can I say, I use what I've got!}

{The finished product...I wish you could smell them!}

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Embellishment

I've gotta say, I'm a big fan of the whole embellished-sweater trend that's going on right now. While I'm attracted to shiny, glitzy things, I'm actually pretty lazy about wearing jewellery (I'm not one for multiple necklaces and stacked-on bangles), so a top with built-in bling is right up my alley. Also, this post has just made me realise that I totally have a uniform for this time of year, as evidenced here. I guess a black top + grey skirt + berry lip is my comfort zone! Breaking out of this grey and black rut is definitely going to be one of my New Year's resolutions...







Floral beaded pullover - Banana Republic
Grey tweed skirt - Banana Republic
Rose-patterned tights - XOXO via Winners
Black patent flats - J. Crew
Lipstick - "Rebel" by MAC

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY: Mermaid Costume

Halloween may be over now, but we just had to share Claudia's fantastic homemade mermaid costume with you! Neither Vicky nor I dressed up this year, but even if we had, I don't think we could have topped Claudia's amazing aquatic get-up.

A good mermaid costume should consist of an abundance of pearls and sequins, and Claudia incorporated these staples of under-the-sea couture into her outfit via a jewel-encrusted top and dazzling blue skirt/tail.

The top started off its life as a basic H&M bra, but was transformed in the space of an hour with glue-gunned-on blue gems (from Fabricland), pearls (from an old necklace), and a shimmery silver ribbon (found lying around the house, most likely from a chocolate box).

Crafting the "tail" (also from Fabricland) was a much less labour-intensive process--Claudia just secured the piece of fabric in place with a few safety pins, keeping the length as it was for that swishy, trailing effect.

Pearl jewellery, metallic sandals, and beachy waves completed the look, for an ensemble that would make Ariel sea-green with envy!


In terms of make-up, Claudia used the following:

-St Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse 
-Ardell fake lashes
-'Full Moon' by Too Faced and Urban Decay's 'Faint' (from the Naked Basics palette) eyeshadow
-Bourjois' Khol & Contour in 'Bleu Original' for lining under the eyes
-Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Peppermint'






Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10 Items Inspired by Pantone's 2013 Fall Colours

Inspired by the colours chosen by Pantone for Fall 2013, we've compiled a selection of items in these autumnal hues...

pantone 2013 fall colors
Pantone Fall 2013
1. Emerald
Rich jewel tones are perfect for this time of year, and an emerald-coloured handbag would be a sophisticated accessory for an autumn outfit.
Mulberry handbag - mulberry.com

2. Mykonos Blue
In case you don't already know, the midi skirt is where it is at right now. Love it (Ali) or loathe it (Vicky), this demure length isn't going away any time soon. Save the feminine florals and pastel shades for spring and summer, and try one out in a deep, fall-appropriate shade like the Grecian-inspired Mykonos Blue.
J W Anderson skirt - net-a-porter.com
3. Linden Green
Unlike the other nine colours, Linden Green has a decidedly springlike air; a bit unexpected, perhaps, in a sea of saturated jewel tones, but surprisingly refreshing. A t-shirt in this shade would look fresh peeking out from a charcoal-grey or navy blazer.
J Crew j crew t shirt - jcrew.com

4. Acai
Try this dark, moody purple on your nails for a slick autumnal look.
Butter London dark purple nail polish - thehut.com

5. Samba
A deep, vivid red adds a powerful punch to any ensemble; if you find it a bit too overpowering in large doses, consider incorporating it into your look via a smart accessory, like this felt hat.
Wool felt hat e4hats.com

6. Koi
While bright orange is one of those colours that seamlessly crosses over from summer into fall, the cooler temperatures of this time of year require pieces in heavier materials. Consider working this colour into your wardrobe with a chic leather skirt or knit sweater.
Richard Nicoll side slit skirt - net-a-porter.com

7. Deep Lichen Green
Bright colours are all very well, but sometimes your mood calls for something a little more subdued--this soft, earthy green colour is perfect for such times, and a long, cosy cardi is the perfect piece to chill out in.
H M cardigan - hm.com

8. Vivacious
Pink is kind of the colour for coats this season. The runways for a/w 13 were awash in oversized outerwear in delicate, sorbet shades, but if pastels aren't really your thing, why not consider a coat in the vibrant Vivacious?
Dkny coat farfetch.com

9. Turbulence
It almost seems like no one wears plain blue denim anymore, what with the overwhelming variety of coloured and patterned jeans out there. However, nothing is more flattering to the figure than a solid dark wash, and if dark blue and black are a bit too boring for you, why not try out a pair in a dark grey?
Mango dark grey jeans - johnlewis.com

10. Carafe
Brown boots are an autumnal staple, and you're bound to get great mileage out of a pair in this rich, coffee-brown hue.
Tory Burch boots toryburch.com

Friday, August 16, 2013

Monochrome Magic

Monochrome was one of s/s 13's top trends, and is one that lends itself perfectly to this time of year. Right now the days are warm, but the imminence of fall gets us thinking to the style season ahead, and, unlike many of the typical trends of warm weather style (neon brights, splashy floral prints), this stark, pared-down palette can easily cross over into autumn.


In the spirit of all things black-and-white, I'll leave you with this excerpt from a haunting little poem I came across in one of my old textbooks. Maybe it'll inspire you to try out this slick trend!



"A white well 
In a black cave;
A bright shell
In a dark wave.


A white rose 
Black brambles hood;
Smooth bright snows
In a dark wood.


...A bright spark 
Where black ashes are;
In the smothering dark
One white star."


-from "Incantation" by Elinor Wylie (1921)


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1. Long-Sleeved Crop Top: Perfect worn over a black maxi-skirt.
topshop.com - topshop.com

2. Graphic Flower Earrings: Channel a '60s vibe with these cute earrings, big hair, and winged eyeliner.
dorothyperkins.com - dorothyperkins.com

3. Flared Dress: A sweet dress with a swingy skirt would look fantastic with brightly coloured tights when the chill sets in.
jonesandjonesfashion.com jonesandjonesfashion.com

4. Heart-Dotted Phone Case: Simple yet oh so cute!

forevernew.com.au - forevernew.com.au

5. Structured Bag: A bag in a monochrome palette is sure to go with everything.

farfetch.com - farfetch.com

6. Stripy Jacket: An eye-catching little number like this would look equally great worn with skinny jeans or a skirt.

warehouse.co.uk - warehouse.co.uk

7. Patterned Heels: A sharp pair of black-and-white heels is the perfect backdrop for a bright pedi.
missselfridge.com missselfridge.com

8. Loose Tank Top: A comfy tank in a bold, tribal print is the perfect accompaniment to leggings or skinnies.
topshop.com topshop.com

9. Stripy Dress: Eye-catching stripes are the perfect backdrop for zingy, neon accessories.

shelikes.com - shelikes.com

10. Printed Jeans: Why wear plain denim when there are so many playfully printed jeans out there?

hm.com - hm.com

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Little Blog!

Today our blog turns one year old! It's hard to believe that this time last year we were writing our first post and planning out others for the weeks--and months--ahead (we were so damn organised back in the early days!) Although we've been pretty lax on the posting front these days, we still are committed to keeping this little blog up and running, so keep an eye out for some of the upcoming posts we're planning: some outfit posts, a few more Thursday Travels' and Shop Spotlights, and a brand-new series--Style for Your Shape. Thanks so much for reading, and here's to the next year!

I want a giant one of these for my birthday.
http://worldofvieta.tumblr.com/post/2794839976/i-want-a-giant-one-of-these-for-my-birthday