I love this easy style for everyday city life. Find all the details and prices for this look on Polyvore website.
At Givenchy spring 2015 runway show in Paris, celebrities and brow less Cara took the center stage at the show. In the front row, Kim Kardashian and daughter North West wore matching Givenchy gowns and were accompanied by both Kanye West and Kris Jenner. On the runway, Kendall Jenner walked, as did a number of Givenchy campaign stars including Mariacarla Boscano, Jamie Bochert, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Edie Campbell and Cara Delevingne.
The clothes were appealing, and will definitely be worn by the aforementioned ladies off the runway, but they were not exactly game-changing. There seemed to be a boho-gladiator theme to the mostly black and white collection, where all looks were paired with knee-high leather boots. Peasant blouses, representing spring’s ongoing boho trend, paired with high-waisted pants (even jeans in some instances) felt sexy and casual. Skirts were short and flouncy. Leather Roman-inspired dresses recalled Tisci’s spring 2014 gowns, and models had their eyebrows bleached (even Cara Delevingne!)
Fall is here and it’s time for booties and trainers. If you are a fashionista and love to express your self through style like I am, but find that a lot of socks out there are just plain boring and don’t necessary match your outfit, well you might be in luck. I want to share my favourite socks brand “Stance”. Stance takes their love of socks to the next level. They are your answer tho “Who will take care of your feet?” Stance socks come in all lengths, prints and colors. http://www.stance.com/
Now you can look stylish from head to toe, laterally speaking.
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In my blog I have mentioned many times my love for music.
I am constantly on the lookout for the new talent and the music that moves me.
After living for two years in London, where most of mu favourite music comes and where i found it hard to keep up with all the gigs, I recently came back to Vancouver. Being back in VAN CITY made me health conscious once again. Endless hikes, bike rides around the sea wall, running marathons and eating gluten-free organic produce, what a change to my somewhat unhealthy, crazy life style I left behind in London.
Vancouver has a lot to offer to those who are on the look out for outdoorsy adventures. If you are looking for busy night life, culture, fashion or big music scene, better go to Montreal.
But once in a while you do come across some amazing talent, that can be found in oh so healthy and green Vancouver.
Today for instance I came across this guy. Jack J, our own Vancouver boy making groovy, soulful beats.
With the begging of the new decade in 1910’s fashionable silhouette became more fluid and soft.
When the Ballets Russes preformed “Scheherazade” in Paris in 1910, an obsession for Orientalism was ensured.
The busy, working women of the time needed respectable but at the same time practice clothing for everyday wear and better garments for weekends. The smart tailor-made outfit was mainstay of the female wardrobe and compromised an ankle-length skirt and long, matching jacket.
By 914 skirts were the widest at the hips and very narrow at the ankles those making it very difficult for long strides.
Very talented couturier Paul Poiret was the leading dressmaker at the time, His clients were transformed into harem girls, in flowing pantaloons, turbans, and vivid colors and geishas in exotic kimono. Paul Poiret was also the first designer to invent an outfit that was easily put on without a maid’s help.
In 1911,Paul Poiret introduced “Parfums de Rosine,” named after his daughter, becoming the first French couturier to launch a signature fragrance, although again the London designer Lucile had preceded him with a range of in-house perfumes as early as 1907.
In 1912, the fashion creations of Jacques Doucet were illustrated in the fashion magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton with six other leading Paris designers of the day – Louise Chéruit,Georges Doeuillet, Jeanne Paquin, Paul Poiret, Redfern & Sons, and the House of Charles Worth. His most original and outstanding designs were those he created for actresses of the time. Cecile Sorel, Rejane and Sarah Bernhardt (for whom he designed her famous white costume in L’Aiglon) all wore his designs both on and off stage.
With the WWI (1914-1919) on the horizon the world of fashion started to change. Paul Poiret and other fashion designers were called into the military and their couture houses closed. Wartime prevented commerce between France and the United States and, although the French silk industry remained in operation in Lyon, its clientele in the couture disappeared into the army along with many of its weavers.
As male designers were off defending France, a young female designer came of age. In 1915, Gabrielle Chanel was in the West of France, out of the combat zones, producing hats and designing loose-fitting chemise dresses with belts at the hip. By 1916, she was making casual pleated skirts from the practical Rodier wool jersey that before the war had been restricted to men’s underwear, and topping them with sailors’ sweaters–in the mode of the sportswear that had begun to appear earlier in Vogue.
Hats and Hair Style
Large hats with wide brims and broad hats with face-shadowing brims were the height of fashion in the early years of the decade, gradually shrinking to smaller hats with flat brims. Bobbed or short hair was introduced to Paris fashion in 1909 and spread to avant-garde circles in England during the war. Actress and fashion trendsetter of the silent films of that era, Irene Castle helped spread the fashion for short hairstyles in America.
During 1910’s ladies began fussing about narrow feet, believing that it was a sign of good breeding and gentility. Both men and women wore shoes that were a full size too small, sometimes going as far as removing their small toe for extra narrow effect. Women wore boots during the day and the court shoe with a small Louis heel in the evenings. These were often embellished with embroidery or metallic thread and glass or jet beading on the toes. Did you know that the first sneaker was developed called Keds in 1917. Do you know why they were called sneakers? The rubber sole didn’t make noise when you walked and you could quite literally “sneak” up on someone.
The Sack Suit- these were long, plain, loose-fitting (some might call them baggy) suit jackets with wide lapels and a one to three button closure. The most common colours were; Navy, Grey, Green and occasionally Brown. Fabrics were all wool with hints of striping, checks and plaid. The jacket could hang with straight opening edges or rounded. The overall look was a box shape jacket with pants with roomy hips and legs that hung straight down to the ankles, tapered slightly and were cuffed at the bottom.
Men could choose between three types of shoes, largely depending on where the shoes were going to be worn. Boots were designed for heavy walking and were usually worn for traveling, business and labor jobs. They were not ugly or bland. They were often two toned with the upper half white like a shoe spats, or a lighter color than the sole. Laces laced half way up and then switched to loop and hooks for the remainder of the height. The toes were pointed and the arches were high.
Hats and hairstyles and gloves:
Men always wore gloves, usually white in colour. Final touch for well-dressed Edwardian man was a hat. Derbies or bowlers and homburgs were acceptable day wear while silk top hats were worn for formal occasions. Sportsmen wore flat caps, also called Ivy, cab driver, or Newsboy hats.
In the 1910s, actor Lon Chaney wore the decade’s classic men’s haircut that is still favoured today, though with some modern touches. He wore his hair short and clipped, slicked back, and with a neat side part. The key is a short, neat haircut slicked back from the face, although rarely some men wore a sort of pompadour style.
Hard to believe that this kid is only 17 years old. Tim Bettinson from Australia, is the Vancouver Sleep Clinic. His beautiful ambient sounds are mellow and soul reaching.
If you are in Europe this summer, don’t miss his first European tour this August, it kicks off in Wales on August 17th.
Here is a short interview he did for Tomatrax:
What made you want to become a musician?
I’ve always grown up with instruments all over the house; and my dad had me growing up on The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac my whole childhood. I suppose the turning point was when I first heard Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” and Sigur Ros’ “Valtari”. When I saw the emotional connection these artists were making with listeners around the world; I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
When did you write your first song?
When I was around 12; on the piano. I don’t even want to recall what it was about. Haha.
When I first starting writing for this project; I felt like it could be the type of atmospheric music that people could fall asleep to. Thus the Sleep Clinic part. Vancouver looks like a beautiful place and I thought it would be perfect to add at the front for originality and experimentation.
What made you choose to perform under an alias rater than your name?
I really want this to evolve into something that’s more than myself! My dream is to be playing with a 10 piece band in forests, castles or canyons – anything cool! Making music has never been about me placing myself in any spotlight; it’s about giving people a collective experience.
You’ve just been announced as an Unearthed High finalist, has this had any impact on your music’s exposure?
It’s been absolutely crazy. I’m still overwhelmed daily by all the people letting me know how my music has impacted them! So thankful to Triple J for the support.
What made you pick Vapour as the Unearthed submission?
It was actually the first song I’d written for the project; and everything about it felt like a perfect representation of my cause and my vision for writing music.
Are there any plans to release an album?
I’m looking at putting out a follow-up single in the next month or so; and then an EP before the end of the year! Really exciting times.
It’s funny; my maths workbook is usually filled with lyrics that I write whilst staring out the window in class; and then I have musical parts I fiddle around with at home – and somehow they generally tend to fit together perfectly!
What was the first album you owned?
Wow, that’s tracking back a bit. I bought my very first album when I was around 6 years old. It was by a band called Switchfoot and the album was called ‘Meant to Live.’
Do you ever listen to your own music?
Way too much, unfortunately. I’m the sort of person that will listen to my own stuff over and over again and force myself to find every single little flaw in it to fix up. I listen to it through different speakers, at different times and in different moods to make sure it’s perfect in my eyes from every possible place.
I love so many different types of music. When I’m writing I actually stay away from a lot of my favourite music (Daughter, Sigur Ros, James Blake, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Middle East, Grizzly Bear, Art of Sleeping) and enjoy listening to totally different styles. It generally surprises people who I’m actually a bit of a sucker for hardcore as well!
What is planned for Vancouver Sleep Clinic next?
Really exciting times ahead for this project! I’ve just found my feet under management and am now looking towards my first live show on the 30th of August supporting The Trouble With Templeton; and then a new release!
It happened on April 26, 1986. I was almost 4 years old. I can barely remember seeing about it on TV and hearing something from my parents, everyone was very scared and uncertain of the future. Growing up in the Soviet Union you didn’t know much about the outside world, or to say for a fact even about the inside world we lived in, because where we lived was sometimes a world covered in dark secrets. It happened in Ukraine, a country once part of the big red block.
It was to be the biggest, deadliest and most costly natural disaster in the history of our planet. Us, humans, in constant search for bigger and better things, sometimes we miscalculate our abilities and at the end we get this, a disaster like no other, that threatened the world as we knew it.
Almost 30 years have passed since that dark day, but what is the legacy of Chernobyl Disaster these days?
I have watched numerous documentaries, seen movies made about it, heard of people telling tales about that eery place. Chernobyl will always haunt us, something that we should learn from, but unfortunately we make the same mistakes over and over again. Humans have yet to learn so much from this magnificent planet Earth we like to call our home.
My fascination with animals and nature and how they peacefully coexist with planet Earth got me interested in this documentary that I want to share with all of you. It is called “Radioactive Wolves” and in the dead zone of Chernobyl the live goes on.
This documentary examines the state of wildlife populations in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, an area that, to this day, remains too radioactive for human habitation. To my surprise in Chernobyl the wild live thrives, where for us it is a dead zone of lost city and lives. Is it simply because animals have no fear of radiation like us humans do? I truly believe that we are the biggest threat to the wildlife and nature on this planet and it is US they should fear and not the nuclear meltdown and the after math that followed.
Fashion shows around the world have been presenting us new collections for Fall 2013. We saw new trends and new designs, but not only can we see what will be trendy in the coming seasons but also we can observe trending colours for upcoming seasons.
Of course we all know that dar colours usually dominate Fall and Winter and light colours Spring and Summer. Some years it is more obvious than others. For Fall 2013 it is very clear that dark colours rule the runways. We see a lot of balk shades on the runways, big increase from last fall. Blue colours were very dominant, about 30%, about the same as last year. Blue colours on the runway were present in all four cities. Shades of red came in second place. Green was a very trendy colour last fall. This year emerald was chosen by Pantone as the colour of the year, but it was absent from most of the fashion shows this year, could it be because green is a hard colour to wear? I personally like some shades of green, I have three jackets in a military green colour. Other green colours chosen by Pantone were deep lichen green, a mossy, nature-inspired hue – to the more yellow-based Linden green.
London wasn’t going to get the bad weather spoil the mood. Bright colours were dominating at the runway shows in this city. Two most dominant colours were blue and red. Colours like oxblood were dominating for Burberry Prorsum, Felder Felder, and Marios Schwab. London had the biggest pocket of bright orange from shows like Richard Nicoll and Joseph Conran.
Last season, Milan had a well-balanced diet of pastels. For this fall, however, the city is almost entirely devoid of any proper green or orange, both of which veered to the side of yellow-toned. As a result, there were plenty of mustards and camels to play around with. But then, neutrals are typically more popular for fall, and it’s something we saw in every city.
Out of the four cities, Paris definitely had the largest percentage of blue in every variety, domination the third of the colour looks. There was an especially large section of dusty blues thanks to designers like Louis Vuitton and A. F. Vandevorst. Green and orange were predictably absent as well.
My finale conclusion for the Fall 2013 colour trend. Two most dominant colours are definitely blues and reds. As to Pantone number one colour trend of emerald-green, well, not much of it on the runway shows.
A Plus Size Life
By Amy Purfield-Clark