Style Stalker: Kenya Kreates

It’s high season at fashion tech, with the 1st and 2nd years having their final presentations last week, and us certificate kids starting our final project next week – it’s all go from here. I’m simply busting to see the exhibition and fashion show in November!! And to figure out what the hell I’m actually going to make for my final project!! eeek.

One of the 1st year girls, Kenya asked me to model her pieces for her look book – and holey moley they were rad.
She created a double layer polyester-chiffon draped dress with hot pink trimming!! The double layer could detach using the exposed zip wrapped around the middle. She also made tailored leggings and this pretty sexual leotard/bodice creation with suspender clasps to wear under the dress. Daayymm. PLUS an amazing lined jacket to wear over the top! … and did I mention she is 1st year?? The amount of talent at the Otago tech is kinda out of control. And more than mildly intimidating. 

Click through to get a closer look at the creations of Kenya Quin xo

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Glassons is every Kiwi girls go-to store. Words that come to mind when one thinks of Glassons include cheap, fast-fashion, mass produced, and totally accessible. One of the main issues being that as soon as a new great design comes out, everyone seems to own it. But as of this month Glassons has stepped up their game, big time!

Glassons headhunted Top Shop designer and Massey University graduate Kiriana Pettersen to design Glassons new range, EDT/edt./edit (I’m confused). What’s different about this line? The garments are constructed out of luxury fabircs such as 100% silk, cotton embroidered organza, and satin-backed crepe – but all range below $100! Excuse me?

Kiriana believes that every woman should be able to afford quality items of clothing – what’s more, some designs only have up to 70 pieces made to bring more exclusivity to the range! GC.

The only downside to the the edt. range is it’s only available online and at the Lambton Quay flagship store. And with some of the items apparently being ridiculously small in size, you would want to try that shiz on first!


Shop the range online by clicking here xo

#icant: Long Nail Art

I personally think there is a line when it comes to acceptable nail length, and for some reason it has become increasingly popular to cross that line. Frankly, I find it rather hectic.

Thanks to public figures like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the Kardashian Klan, the trend has picked up steam. After watching KUWTK during my hungover Sunday ritual, they seem to seriously struggle to use their own cellphones.
So answer me this, how do you apply makeup? do up your bra? open packages? make meatballs? do the dishes? pick your nose? change the led in your mechanical pencil??

Is substituting 35% of your life (guesstamation) worth having witch nails? What’s worse is nails that come to a point – like some sort of feline. You are a human. You wear makeup and enjoy making italian dishes with your hands. Accept it. xo

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nail art, long nails

A Muse and a Moment

There is something beautifully simplistic about a white wall, a model, and a photographer who can capture a moment. While exotic locations and extravagant props can take a photo to the next level, sometimes you just can’t beat the simple things in life. Like when your favourite wine is on special.

Throw your hands up in the air!

xo

Out with the old

Many apologies for my lack of posts recently… apparently Wellington (my mothers house) is still in the dark ages when it comes to internet access. But all is fixed and the world can keep spinning!

Like many girls, I was given a charm bracelet when I was younger and over the years it has become increasingly full! Pretty much all my charms have a story, whether it be birthdays, overseas trips, or academic accomplishments! Unfortunately as my bracelet got bigger, it became more uncomfortable to wear – so I stopped wearing it. 

Then my brilliant brain came up with the idea to turn it into a necklace! This way I can wear it wore often, and the charms are much easier to see! Plus it’s something most people don’t have! Bonus.

I don’t really wear short pendants, so I got the bracelet attached to a longer chain so it sits on my chest. Love love love.

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The man behind the curtain: Terry Richardson

Most of you will recognise Terry Richardson’s name from the closing credits of Miley Cyrus’s new soft porn music video ‘Wrecking Ball’ – but who is this mysterious man, and why is he shooting Miley in the buff? Mr Richardson is best known for his scandalous and erotic photography, as well as scandalous and erotic rumours surrounding him taking advantage of underage models… Whether you believe the rumours or not, there is no denying he does create some pretty rad images. 

You have most definitely seen his work before! His trademarks are a plain white backdrop, with celebrities wearing his famous black rimmed glasses doing a big thumbs up and/or taking their clothes off. He regularly shoots for GQ Magazine, and shot Tom Fords fantastically outrageously provocative  ad campaign in 2008. 

Recognise any of these?

xo

Lara Bingle gets chameleon for Oyster

Lara Bingle is the ultimate Aussie B-A-B-E. ASL? (oh the MSN nostalgia) Lara is an Australian model, TV personality, fashion designer, socialite, etc etc. She is best known for her delicious lips, bright eyes, and her 2006 Australian Tourism ad ‘So where the bloody hell are you?.

In her latest shoot for Oyster (oystermag.com) she shows off some serious diversity in her looks (and some sneaky boob) thanks to photographer Byron Spencer. Honestly, I don’t even recognise her in majority of these shots. Here is a sneaky peak of chameleon and all-round GC Mrs Bingle…

Photography: Byron Spencer
Fashion: Tiana Wallace
Hair: Jenny Kim
Makeup: Victoria Baron  using MAC Cosmetics
Assistant: Rodney Deane

xo

5 DIY Easy Beauty Hacks

Who doesn’t love a sneaky DIY? I have 5 easy-peasy beauty tips to get the most out of your products and most importantly,  your budget!

[ 1. Get instant 3D lips by adding frosted eyeshadow! ]
Add a soft coating of shiny eyeshadow over the top of lipstick or lipgloss for a fuller look
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[ 2. Instant ‘plumping’ lipgloss ]
Just add peppermint oil to any of your favourite lipglosses for that plumping tingly effect! Easy as pie
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[ 3. Touch up french manicures with… anything! ]
Any smooth, long, bendable surface can be used to touch up a french manicure! I’m talking tape, rubber bands, even paper! Just hold sturdy in place and paint!
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[ 4. Banish split-ends between hair cuts! ]
Simply separate hair into sections, twist, and cut any hairs that are sticking out!
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[ 5. Coloured lips using eyeshadow ]
Coat lips with a sticky lipgloss (thin lizzy lipgloss is crazy sticky) and apply any eyeshadow on top! Get creative! Today I’m a mermaid…
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xo

Today in Microfashion…

A lesson on style from the younger generations.

Children dressed like adults has got to be one of my favourite things, and possibly one of the cutest things of all time. Is it mildly embarrassing that these kids dress better than most of the adult population?

They’re so small yet they look so big!
It just blows my mind. Is it terrible of me that I want to have children just so I can dress them up…

I wish I looked this cool as a child.. to be honest I wish I looked this cool now!
Damn the 90’s.

Photo credits thanks to Humans of New York and Tumblr

xo

A Sticker for your Kisser

At the start of semester I purchased a gold lip sticker to wear to a Shapeshifter gig during re-orientation week! I had tried nail stickers before (see here), and one of my besties suggested I try lip stickers! At crazy-cheap eBay prices ($1.70NZD) I couldn’t say no. But unfortunately like most things in my life, it got thrown into my makeup draw never to be seen again. UNTIL NOW. I decided to finally try these bad boys and I must admit it was a little weird…

The packaging reads:
[ Shape your lips with your mouth wide open to the “AHH” shape. Next measure your lip length and cut on the dotted vertical lines. Then measure the depth of your lip staying outside your water line and cut on the horizontal line. ]

That easy huh?? It was all lies. 
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The result? A mixed review… First of all, the lip shape did nowhere near fit the shape of my mouth, even with the option of cutting the edges. The cutting part was also mildly stressful as cutting off too much meant no return. The actual colour was more of a brownish leopard print than a gold which was disappointing. Also the definition between the sticker and your ‘water line’ was very exact so a sneaky peek of pink can always be seen (on my lips anyway). To apply it was literally like a temporary tattoo… you hold it on your lips and apply water. Weird. This had good point and bad points…

lip sticker, lip tattoo, how toThe good: It will stay on! I had to scrub like crazy to actually get this stuff off! If it was intended for a long night out it would definitely make the distance. They’re also super comfortable as they move with your lips. I forgot I was wearing them!

The bad: The photos above were taken after about 2 hours of wear. As you can see, the sides of the mouth where the most moisture sits started to wear down and distort the sticker. Not cute. The sticker was also hard to match to my lips.

These would be fun for a dress up party, and if I ever go anywhere dressed as a leopard they will be at the top of my list! Until then, I think I’ll stick with good old-fashioned lipstick!

xo