are you having a nice Sunday? I hope so. Sit back, relax, and enjoy my weekly ramblings. And feel free to share yours in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have been up to too!
My Favourite Italian Designers
Italy is famous for its fashion as much as it is for its food. Italians love to look their best and dress up to the nines. Even when we go casual, we usually give much attention to every detail of our outfit to make sure everything harmonises well. And our designers are known the world over for their timeless, traditional, yet modern aesthetics that make any woman feel special. Here are my favourites:
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana love controversy. I don’t, but you don’t have to like a designer or agree with what he says to appreciate his creations. And there’s no denying that Dolce & Gabbana’s creations are stunning. Their aesthetic is feminine and sensual, bold and extravagant, elaborate and voluptuous, and greatly influenced by Sicily and the Mediterranean. It’s stepped in tradition, but still very modern.
If you’re the romantic type, you just can’t help but fall in love with Luisa Beccaria’s creations. Dreamy, poetic, flowy, and feminine are just some of the adjectives that spring to mind to describe her aesthetic. Her gowns are traditional, but with a modern vibe, and look like they have just come out from a faitrytale.
Charming, romantic, and contemporary. That’s Alberta Ferretti’s aesthetic. Famous for her twisting, tucking, and draping techniques, she often uses layers to create a flowy, feminine look. She always knows how to make a woman look and feel gorgeous.
Timeless. Valentino’s creations can be worn in any era without ever looking out of place. Famous for his signature red hue and romantic style, Valentino always make women feel and look like princesses. In recent years, and under the new creative directors, the brand has started breaking with tradition, opting for a more minimalistic and modern aesthetic that’s still, however, very regal. I’m still a big fan.
What are your favourite Italian designers?
Beauty Wishlist, Vol.06
ELIZABETH ARDEN SUNKISSED PEARLS BRONZER AND HIGHLIGHTER ($39.50)
How gorgeous is this bronzer? The pattern reminds me of a day at the beach, and that’s what the sunkissed glow it provides is said to mimic too. I just wish the packaging were prettier. I noticed several high-end brands are starting to use white packaging, and I don’t like the trend. It looks so cheap! Available at Debenhams.
URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW 8-HOUR POWDER BLUSH ($26.00)
Urban Decay’s new blush promises to give your skin an easy, sexy, lit-from-within glow that makes people wonder if you spent the whole weekend in a secret love den. Its creamy texture is said to blend effortlessly, making for a foolproof application. It is available in 12 shades, ranging from pinks to nudes, from purples to reds! Available at Sephora.
URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW ($18.00)
Urban Decay has released 8 new eyeshadow colours. My favourite are four duochrome shades: Tonic (lilac with blue shift), Lounge (brick red with green shift), Dive Bar (medium blue with pink-purple shift), and Sideline (gold with green shift). Available at Sephora.
BITE BEAUTY WATERCOLOR LIP GLOSS LIBRARY ($49.00)
Inspired by the ethereal and delicate beauty of watercolours, this set contains 12 soft shades for a translucent wash of colour and alluring shine. Next to red, pink, and coral shades, you’ll find unusual hues such as yellow and mint, but don’t worry. They’re very sheer and wearable. Available at Sephora.
What I’m Reading Now
Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas & Predict The Future by Rohit Bhargava
Everyone can follow trends, but how many of us can spot them while they are just emerging? Bhargava can and, in Non-Obvious, he explains how you too can “see the things that others miss”. First, he teaches us his simple methods and the tools he uses to spot trends. Then, he shares the 15 top trends of 2015, highlighting how some brands have already taken advantage of them, and pointing out ways you can do the same. That way, you’ll be able to take better decision to propel your business, or even your blog, forward. Written in an engaging and easy-to-understand style, the book flows easily. If you want to know how to be among the first players in your industry to adopt a successful trend, or lead the way, give it a read. It’s available at Amazon.
The Best Of Charlotte Tilbury – Lily Pebbles
Why I’m Quitting Gel Nails: A Temporary Beautiful Result For Long-Term Pain – London Beauty Queen
How to choose a skincare mask – Lab Muffin
What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway? – Adios Barbie
The Straight Line Technique For Hooded Eyes – Wayne Goss