Clothes Swapping Party

I am very excited to tell you about the Clothes Swapping Party I hosted last Saturday. I ended up with a few lovely new items and shared some laughs and prosecco with great friends.

Hosting such a party is easy to do and inexpensive. Here is a list of reasons why having a Clothes Swapping event is such a fantastic idea:

 

1) You get new clothes for free

We’ve all done it, bought that skirt or that dress that looked amazing on the mannequin but not so amazing on us. It’s natural, we all have different body shapes, while mannequins - is safe to say – all look exactly the same. Knowing and loving your body shape will stop you from making future purchasing mistakes, but in the meantime, you can give those unsuitable (yet absolutely gorgeous!) items to some of your lovely friends who can wear them better.

 

 

2) You get rid of clothes you no longer wear, need, like etc.

I highly advise you to host a clothes swapping event particularly after you’ve had a wardrobe assessment / overhaul. So instead of fretting over when to take all those bags of clothes to the charity shop (I for one struggle, as I don’t have a car and the only charity shop situated at walking distance from my house is currently closed), just have some friends over and give them away. You’ll be left with a lot less bags of clothes to cull.

 

 

3) It’s a great occasion to bring friends together

We all do it, promise to get together an life gets in the way. So sometimes it’s best to add an extra incentive for bringing friends together and hanging out. We’ve spent the first hour or so catching up on the latest, nibbling and eating prosecco and them started rummaging through each other’s clothes. It was the best fun we’ve had in ages!

 

4) Because we like clothes!

I know it’s silly, but we’re girls and we like clothes. Scattered all over the living room, bags, shoes, hats, jewellery, anything you can think of. I managed to even fall back in love with some of my own clothes, which I guess it’s a good thing.

 

 

5) Because your clothes go to people you love :)

As much as I like clothes, I hate waste. So if I find myself in the situation of having too many similar items, as much as I love them, I’ll try to limit myself to the minimum and to give away the excess. It makes me happy knowing that clothes I really liked (like the black Diesel boots below!) go to someone I also really care about. It just makes me smile.

 

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Less is always more: demure bridal gowns

The tradition of a white wedding is commonly credited to Queen Victoria’s choice to wear a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Regardless of whether that was Queen’s Victoria’s intention or not, the white wedding dress and the veil have traditionally been associated with modesty and purity. However, bridal gowns of modern era have somewhat lost their original meaning and have evolved more towards glamour and sex-appeal than innocence.

But why do nowadays brides seem to have all been to the same wedding shop, specialising is corsets and crinolines? It feels like weddings are crying out for a bit more imagination. And a bit more fabric. Perhaps some sleeves? There’s nothing wrong with hiding under lace, less is always more.

So let’s take a look at these stunning and yet less revealing wedding dresses for the demure brides to be and find some inspiration for  the upcoming white weddings of 2013.

 

Amsale

 

Carolina Herrera

 

Claire Pettibone

 

Marchesa

 

Claire Pettibone

 

Monique Lhuillier

 

Monique Lhuillier

 

Reem Acra

 

Reem Acra

 

 

US Vogue Shoot

 

All images via Pinterest

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Look like a princess, feel like a star

 

Most of today’s wedding dresses can be quite a bore. Whether it be a strapless mermaid dress or a simple A-Line number (again, strapless), many bridal gowns are predictable and monotonous. Even lack a breath-taking quality. Perhaps this is due to an overkill in replicating modern celebrity bridal trends, or brides just following along with what’s in fashion. For the sophisticated, yet bold bride, however, there are a ridiculous amount of vintage-inspired dresses that conjure up the days of old-school celebrity and royal weddings gowns are becoming popular, as chic brides are looking for exclusive, unorthodox dresses.

Today’s fashion-focused women desire gowns fit for Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and Vivian Leigh. These brides desire stylish, uncommon twists on popular throw backs from the 40′s up to the 70′s. As any modish girl knows, “what comes around, goes around” is a mantra within the fashion industry, so gowns that are vintage-influenced or true antiques are what hip brides crave.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton isn’t the first royal bride to capture the media spotlight as she graced Westminster Abbey. Although her stunning gown, designed by Alexander McQueen fashion house’s creative director Sarah Burton, was classy and magnificent, several royal brides before her were adorned in enchanting dresses. Princess Diana’s over-the-top,  flowing gown was a hit with women around the world during the 80′s.

 

 

But many fashionable brides-to-be seek styles from an even older royal generation. Similar to other fashion and beauty trends, celebrities from decades ago are being invoked when it comes to bridal attire. American actress turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, will forever be a fashion icon; however, her elegant, refined gown has become an inspiring template for delicate, tasteful wedding dress designs. In 1978, Grace Kelly’s daughter also became a fashion icon in the bridal world when she embraced the spirit of the era and wore a charming, lacy dress during her first wedding. Much like Ms. Kelly, America’s first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis made a lasting impression when she walked down the aisle in 1953 wearing an Anne Lowe ball gown fit for a princess.

 

 

No other time period was as glam and alluring as old school Hollywood. Actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Natalie Wood were chic trendsetters, so, naturally, these famous ladies’ wedding gowns; whether they be dresses worn during their actual marriage ceremonies or just on the silver screen; are popular with vintage loving brides. Simple, yet lovely tea length dresses are ideal for the casual, dainty bride. These 50′s style dresses also make superb bridesmaids’ attire and are available at retailers like Marks and Spencer. Brides-to-be who need something a bit more formal can look to the runways of Paris, London, and New York for awe-inducing, traditional gowns. No matter what vintage style you go with on your big day, you’re sure to look like a bride befitting royalty or a classic Hollywood star.

 

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Return to elegance

This year I didn’t post any suggestions for the party season. Because I am bored of what the shops are offering and of what the people are wearing. I am bored with the party season becoming just another trend following occasion. I’m bored with people not making an effort and I yearn for the return of elegance and grace. If anything, this year I wish we all looked like princesses.

 

 

 

 

All images via Pinterest

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The party dress

Needless to say that we’re probably all running around like a headless chicken trying to find the dress for the Christmas office party (or in some case for the several Christmas parties we’ve been invited to).

Whenever I’m looking for the dress I feel this reasoning voice inside my head which tells me the dress needs to be a statement piece, an investment, yet a dress which will last me for many occasions to come. It’s all too easy to buy yet another little black dress (when in fact you only need one or maximum two – I own at least six or seven) and ignore that there is an array of wonderful colours and flattering shapes out there for me to try, but I am determined not to let this happen.

Here are a few of my favourite dresses for this season and why I think you should get yours:

French Connection £144

Feel like a goddess in this dress, which would especially suit a pear shaped body, to enhance those beautiful shoulders and hide a larger bottom.

Mango £59.90

A dress which is not only gorgeous and a little bit different, but will suit almost any body shape. If you don’t want to show off your legs, wear opaque tights and killer heels.

Oasis £40
Oasis £40
This dress is perfect for showing off those legs and ideal if you are petite. Definitely go for it if you’re a red head.  Teal is my new obsession!
Mango £99.90
Apple shaped? here’s your perfect dress! Rock those legs and hide that tummy into a dress which will make you feel like a Glamazon!
Mango £134.90
Flaunt that flawless body in this glittery number from Mango. you’ll see heads turning!
Mango £49.90
Bring some summer into winter with this orange dress. The draped fabric will hide away those bumps and make you look like a star!
Oasis £65
Little black dress with a yellow twist! Flattering especially if you’re hourglass shaped.
Oasis £75
Classic shape, perfect tailoring, lovely colour alternative to the omnipresent black. A dress you simply can’t go wrong with!
Phase Eight £65
Bring the flapper in you to live with this daring fucsia number from Phase Eight. Flattering if you’re tall and have legs to show off, but you worry that your cleveage might not be that generous.
Phase Eight £69
Time to bring out that geisha in you with this flattering dress which will not only complement your curves but will also make you stand out from the crowd. Especially if you put your hair up instead of letting it down for the Christmas party.
 Reiss £175
Flattering and elegant. This dress will attend many parties with you! Understated enough not to be remembered and flattering enough to get you noticed.
Zara £89.99
Feel like a 50′s diva with this classic number from Zara. Feminine and elegant!
River Island £35
And for those of you who are still looking for the LBD, here’s one you can’t go wrong with: classic flattering shape with fun polka dots!
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