Thursday, 28 July 2011

"Chicks dig a bad boy"

An Englishman at heart, Westwick was born in Hammersmith, London.  He trained at the National Youth Theatre in London and fronted the British indie rock band The Filthy Youth, composed of himself, Benjamin Lewis Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Mitch Cox, and John Vooght. He’s is now inactive in the band, largely because he wanted to focus on his acting career and the other band members were still based in the U.K.
Westwick became the new face of K-Swiss; making him the second member of the Gossip Girl cast to endorse sportswear (Leighton Meester endorsed Reebok). He also guest starred in the third season of the Showtime original series Californication as a student who was fascinated with vampire literature.   Ed Westwick’s character really struck a chord with female fans in Chuck Bass’s character in Gossip Girl.  The scheming but undeniably sexy character has risen to fame very fast. I gathered some interesting quotes about the infamous Westwick that speaks volumes about his disposition…
“But there are a lot more differences than similarities between Chuck and me. When I was 17, I had certain characteristics of Chuck’s, but obviously the context was different.  I didn’t come from the Upper East Side and I didn’t have the same desires. Oh, and I didn’t’ have a string of lovers. I’m a good boy.”
“I’m not into scenery spots, so we hang out in people’s apartments. I’m only 20. And I’d rather be known for my career rather than my whereabouts.  To be respected as an actor it doesn’t help to be seen out in clubs.”
“I’ve always connected with music. Life’s not always what you see; it’s what going on in your head. Music is what comes out of your subconscious.”

“They want Chuck, not me. Chicks dig a bad boy.” (On why does he thinks women are attracted to him)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Miss Scherzinger !

With her rock hard abs, unique style and gorgeous voice, Nicole Scherzinger has left an impression on  me.  But what makes her stand out from the other Hollywood stars? The fact that she can dance exceptionally well, and that she has a very impressive voice obviously.  This girl has got it going on. I found out a bit more about her...

Hawaiian born Scherzinger joined the Pussycat Dolls and became the group's lead vocalist during their transition into a career in music. With the Pussycat Dolls, she released two albums PCD and Doll Domination and embarked on several concert tours.  After leaving the group in December 2010, Scherzinger began a solo career with the release of her debut studio album Killer Love. The album's second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, in turn marking her first number one hit as a solo artist.

Scherzinger became the winner of the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars in early 2010, and was hailed by judge Carrie Ann Inaba, "by far the best dancer we've ever had on the show." She will judge the American version of The X Factor which will air in fall 2011.

She told MTV "I've always said that in the Pussycat Dolls, I kind of feel like Superwoman. But that's just one of my alter egos. I've got the vulnerable, lovesick side of me amongst others which all appear on my record.

I love Nicole's flawless complexion and makeup here, as well as the way she has accessorized her look. A simple smokey eye with lots of mascara really brings out the colour of her eyes.

Nicole's look in the "Right There" video

The shoot for the Doll Domination album.  I love their racy style, they really aren't afraid to flaunt it, and rightfully so :-)

My favourite song by her, "Dont Hold Your Breath", her voice is amazing:

Monday, 25 July 2011

Fresh Designer Talent

Designer: Cara Jackson
Location: Durban

My dissertation topic was creating a sub-culture amongst females in Durban by portraying South African iconography, through consumerable pop art prints...

Abstract of study:

South Africa is a country enriched with diverse traditions and a multi-racial society. During the apartheid years, many traditions and contemporary culture were ignored and so South Africa became a society where every race was separated and there were no equal rights. With the continuous fight of the African National Congress (ANC), the freedom of Nelson Mandela and the first democratic elections in 1994; the New South Africa has become a country in process of reinventing itself.  
Durban holds a sense of diversity in culture, hence it is important to promote cultural awareness and ensure that the diversity and rich heritage is preserved in the South African fashion industry.
The Pop Art medium over many years has became popular amongst the youth, analyzing the state of affairs and portraying a visual record of icons and symbols in society. This proposal will elaborate on the research concept with regards to portraying South African history, culture and iconic faces through Pop Art prints.

The results of the study showed that according to the analysis of the data collected in the questionnaires, it appeared that the opinion of the majority of this study’s participants is that, South African iconography will possibly be consumed as a socio-political statement rather than a fashion trend for now. The most common answer to questioning of the motives for including South African icons and symbols into the South African fashion industry was that it is a way of expressing our culture and history.

"South African icons that fought for freedom during the apartheid era and new symbols that were bought about after the 1994 democratic elections, with a Pop Art touch!" 

all bags designed and made by Cara:

The Protea 

Steve Biko

National Coat of Arms


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Amy Winehouse Tribute

The 27-year-old British soul singer was reportedly found dead yesturday at her London apartment at 4:05 p.m. GMT. There's no word on the exact cause of death, but Winehouse had been struggling with drug addiction for many years. 

Winehouse cancelled a European tour last month after a disastrous show in Serbia, during which she repeatedly forgot her words and was booed by the 20,000 fans in attendance. "Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances," spokesman Chris Goodman said at the time. "Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen." 

Winehouse became an international superstar shortly after the release of her 2006 LP Back to Black, which was produced by Mark Ronson. It contained the hits "Rehab," "You Know I'm no Good," "Love Is a Losing Game" and "Back to Black." Her brassy voice, retro Motown sound and painfully personal lyrics made her one of the most acclaimed female singers of the past decade. 

Mark Ronson, who produced several songs on Winehouse's album Back to Black and shared a Record of the Year Grammy with her in 2008, tweeted that "she was my musical soulmate & like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life."

I wanted to do a blog tribute for one of my favourite singers. I was surprisingly shocked by her sudden death yesterday, even though she had a notorious history of drug and alcohol dependence.  I somehow believed that Winehouse would have taken some time off to recover and get back up, but sadly she had been deeply controlled by drugs and alcohol for too long.  After her shocking concert performance in Serbia, I was somewhat assured that her managers were going to take control and help her recover, during her 2 year break period.  I consider both my Winehouse albums “Frank” and “Back to Black” a sentimental piece to my music collection, and have always drawn to listen to them, particulary this month for some reason! Her music really stood out for me amongst the masses of frivolous commercial music that is out there.  It’s really a loss to the music world, but hopefully a blatant sign to all those who are currently fighting alcohol and drug addiction to wake up and realize that the fight will be worth it, and to not give up.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Pink Friday !

Let's face it, Nicki Minaj is hard to ignore. Her sickly sweet and catchy rap just makes you want to put your shortest, tightest skirt on and go dancing.  She doesn't seem to be afraid of looking superficially 'tarty' or kitch.  Like the feeling of overindulging in too much chocolate cake, or finishing that fourth glass of wine you shouldn't have, Minaj is somewhat of a guilty pleasure.  Her ice-cream coloured wigs and cartoon styled pop dresses draw you into her videos like sweets in a candy store.  These sounds are quirky and catchy, with just enough rap attitude. Trending tracks are "This Moment" and "Super Bass". Dont miss out.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wear a Statement Necklace!

It’s time to get bold and elaborate with your neck pieces girls. Don't be shy to wear the most intricate and loudest piece in a variety of colours.  Team the necklace with subtle jewellery if you have to, and keep rings and earrings to a bare minimum.  Check out Sass Diva and Mr. Price stores to find the most creative but wearable pieces!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

OPI goes Kardashian !

Nicole by OPI Announces Kardashian collaboration, Featuring 14 “Kaptivating” Nail Lacquers. 

Nicole by OPI joins the Kardashian/Jenner family in announcing the launch of Kardashian Kolors, 14 new nail lacquer shades inspired by these six trendsetting women. Kris Jenner and her five daughters – Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner – are known for their head-to-toe unique style, which now includes nails.  With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.  Kardashian Kolors include quirky names such as "Kim-pletely in Love" and "Hard Kourt Fashionista". 

Monday, 18 July 2011


Here are a few tips on how to get Kim’s basic look. I’ve included some personal recommendations that I’ve seen on shoots and tried myself.

1.       Kim washes her face and applies moisturizer.  After this she uses Intuit Beauty Photo Shoot makeup primer. 

2.       To conceal imperfections, Kim uses Cle De Peau Concealer Stick in Ocre. I recommend MAC studio Finish concealer in NW 25, tried and tested.

3.       After she applies her concealer, she uses Make Up For Ever Liquid Foundation – she mixes one pump of No.5 and two pumps of No.4.  This is a great idea to get your perfect match girls! To blend and apply it for a seamless finish she uses MAC brush 180 (small buffer Brush). A great foundation on the market is Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which gives a flawless finish and lasts all day.

4.       Since Kim hates dark circles, after the foundation, she applies a little more concealer just under her eyes.  For this step, she prefers MAC Select Moisture cover Concealer in NW30.  You can also use your MAC Studio Finish pot of concealer in NW25 for dark circles – it does the trick!

5.       To set the foundation, Kim lightly applies MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC 30 with a brush.  Then to tan it up, she lightly brushes on MAC Select/Sheer Powder in NW 45.  Girls you don’t have to do both if you don’t want to; dusting some translucent powder all over your face to set it, (using a big powder brush) will do the trick.

6.       Kim is ‘obsessed with blush’ and uses MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly.  She also mentions her new love for cream blush, saying that it works better, as it lasts longer.  I personally prefer the powder version to avoid looking to ‘shiny’ during summer days. 

7.       Time for the eyes. First she applies MAC Paint Pot in Painterly to the entire lid, using her fingers; this prevents powder eye shadow from creasing.  If she is going for a black smoky look, she uses MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon.  If she wants a gray smoky eye, she uses Knight Divine or Print.  For a brown smoky eye, she likes Embark.  For a fresh, shimmery eye, she chooses MAC Pigment in Tan.  Kim also does bright eye colours, and loves vivid shadows from Make up For Ever. 

8.       Kim always uses black eyeliner.  Her favourite is Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx.  I recommend the ‘Collection Eyeliner’ from Michellori, which has staying potential and provides a deep defined colour.

9.       Kim applies LancĂ´me Hypnose Mascara, and then layers on MAC Zoom Lash on top. Another option for thick and lustrous lashes MAC mascara in Haute Couture, which has an adjustable wand with the option of light or heavy applications!  Kim always uses a separator brush to prevent clumps, and only wears false eyelashes for photo shoots because she’s clueless when trying to apply them. 

10.   Kim lightly lines lips with MAC Lip Pencil Stripdown, then swipes on MAC Lipstick in Angel.  Then she applies NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss on top.  For a very nude matte lip, she lines with MAC Subculture Lip Pencil and tops it off with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in belle De Jour. Another great lipstick is Avon’s Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick in Coronation. 

Check out a step by step Tutorial on how to achieve her smokey eye :

The Queen Bee

In 2007, Meester was cast in the CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl as Blair Waldorf. The show is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar about the lives of New York's privileged Upper East Siders. Her performance is the most critically acclaimed of the show, with Blair being cited as the series' breakout character, and also garnering much media recognition due to her wardrobe. 

Leighton's outfits are to die for.  A combination of cuteness, vintage inspiration and sex appeal, Leighton always wears this look easily.  Her makeup has a fresh and youthful appeal with the focus on peachy glow cheeks and cherry stained lips. The key to achieving this youthful look is attention to detail and applying it lightly.  The focus is on a flawless finish in her foundation, and glowing cheeks.

Leighton was chosen by Vera Wang for the new fragrance campaign

Achieve a simple smokey eye like Meester :
  • Begin by applying a pale gold or beige (cream is best) eyeshow over the eyelid
  • pat a warm brown colour over the lid using a flat eyeshadow brush
  • using a smaller 'pointier' brush, darken the outer corners and crease of the eyelid with a darker brown eyeshadow. Remember to blend it nicely, not leaving any harsh edges
  • apply this dark eyeshadow under the eye close to the lash-line. use a small angle brush to achieve a nice effect. smudge with a cotton bud to blend it
  • using black liquid liner or gel liner, paint a line (start thin to be safe) on your top lip lashline, and end it a few millimetres past the corners of the eye lid to create the appearance of longer lashes
  • use a light colour such as a light beige or cream to 'highlight' under your brow bone, and on the inner corner of your eyes to create a subtle hint of shimmer
  • If you want to make your eyes extra sensual apply false eyelashes (please stick to natural looking ones - available at Woolworths or Dischem) and apply a thin layer of glue to start off with. Use a pair of tweezers to apply, or get a friend to help you
  • use a nice thick black mascara to sweep a few coats onto your lashes to 'join' them together and create a lustrous look.
  • Try to team your look with pale / nude colour lips to avoid an overloaded look.

Surfs Up with M.A.C

Always setting the cosmetic trend, M.A.C's new range evokes an endless summer look, with a vintage 70's feel. The cosmetic packaging even has a sexy surfer appeal. 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Get Inspired

"... all of that classical imagery of South France is very alive as an experience inside of me. Maybe it is what led me to the use of fluorescent colors in my paintings".

"I love the urban culture, the one that grows in the street and that turns cities into play- grounds. All these graphs on the walls, on railways... It is such an untamed, wild and lively expression. Always on the move, crossing forbidden territories, borderlaw... It’s exciting! I also love the racial diversity, the blend of colors, of people, the contrasts... Life in all it’s expressions! That is the magnetism of big cities".

Francoise Nielly - Artist