Monday, 29 August 2011

French Lace

 Natural French look: 


·         As sheer foundation as possible, blended well. Try cream or liquid foundation applied with brush.
·         Cover blemishes and under eye circles with concealer
·         Lightly dust face with translucent powder to diminish excess shine, and set base
·         Enhance cheekbones with blusher in warm and rich tones


·         Use Light earthy eyeshadow tones
·         Use darkest shade of shadow for your eyelid crease, and blend
·    Use lightest shade of eyeshadow under your brow
·         Line top lid with black liquid liner or black gel liner, ending with a ‘flick’
·         Add two coats of lash thickening mascara in black


·         Mimic intense version of your natural lip colour to compliment
·         You can even use a nude lipliner to ‘colour in’ your lip area before applying lipstick or lip-gloss

African Inspired Dance

Beyonce meets Tofo Tofo:

The not so new hit song by Beyonce - "Run the World (Girls)" video features a lot of choreography which strikingly bears poses to African dances. Being born a South African I was interested to see that our local African dances could be a source of inspiration for her international music video.  More exciting recent news on Beyonce and Jay-Z - They're expecting their first child! Wearing a bright orange dress on the MTV VMA awards red carpet, she showed off her baby bump to everyone.
Afroziky identified it and they confirmed the video's dance moves were inspired by Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo, who Beyoncé personally sought out as inspiration. Tofo Tofo was flown into the US to have a cameo in the video.   The video is directed by Francis Lawrence and was shot over a four day span in the Mojave Desert and Inglewood, California. Beyonce Knowles also worked with choreographers, Frank Gatson and Sheryl Murakami. In previous news, it was reported that many African dancers had been flown to the location for the video shot.
Beyoncé was also inspired by the Nigerian legend, Fela Kuti for her new track "Till the End of Time". It's no secret Beyonce has become enamored with African things. First, there was the well-publicized and blogged about story where she striked a pose in an animal-print jacket and face paint for L’Officiel’s March issue. This was done to honor Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti by dressing Beyoncé up as, what they called an “African Queen.”
The Run the World video pits boys against girls and quite frankly, "girls" run the world.It's pretty interesting how the couple of boys are on Beyonce's (good) side are the Tofo Tofo dancers who make a cameo in the video.  The outfits are absolutely out of this world! A mix of modern and futuristic traditional looks - have a look!
Original video of Tofo Tofo dance:

The finished Product : Run The World (Girls)


Friday, 26 August 2011

T.G.I.F !

Katy for Thomas Sabo

Whether playing the part of snoop's California girl or everyone’s teenage dream, Katy Perry has us seeing fireworks with her thick, luscious mane.  So when illustrious hair care brand ghd announced it signed on Ms. Perry for its latest ad campaign, it sounded like the perfect pairing.

Well here's an up-close-and-personal look at a few of the images for the new global campaign, which was creatively conceived with ghd and Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujek and shot by world renowned photographer David La Chapelle.
Katy Perry agreed, saying, “I’m so excited to be working with ghd, especially using their tools on my California Dreams Tour to get me stage ready. Ghd products have a reputation of being the best products in the biz, and I like being associated with that. I’m very excited to reveal the styles I did with legendary David LaChapelle in the upcoming ghd campaign.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blake Lively Style

Blake Lively has always been my second favorite character on Gossip Girl, (Blair being my fav) but still her style is outstanding. This girl wears even the most Avant Garde and skimpy garments on the show with ease.  Her 'Serena' hair is often messy and tousled with that sexy bed look - I have hair envy!   How does she manage to look so sensual but so cutesy at the same time? She achieves this easily in these photos.  The object of every man's affection is this Hollywood blonde, who is reportedly dating Leo DiCaprio... -  I do wonder though, is she anything like her Gossip Girl character in real life?  What do you think?

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cat-Woman Couture

The melding of comic books and couture fashion has taken place at this year’s London Fashion week on the PPQ AW11 runway. Smart and stern styles have a classic and elegant sophistication, but each is topped off with cat’s ears not unlike the Batman mask, striking a fictional fierceness! 

This collection gives business chic a feline edge.

Monday, 22 August 2011


New York City-based fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with Kevin Burg, a web designer with a background in video and motion graphics, has created a series of gorgeous animated GIFs she calls “cinemagraphs”.  A couple of them feature Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, and these have gained quite a bit of media exposure recently. According to Rocha, cinemagraphs are “more than a photo, but not quite a video”.

Beck says “We feel there are many exciting applications for this type of moving image. There’s movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires”.

Friday, 19 August 2011

A Shot of Frida

I'm really into art movies, and think there's nothing better than getting lost in an unconventionally shot film, bursting with cinematic visuals and emotion. Films about the life of an artist are usually overflowing with this.  Frida  (starring Hayek, 2002) is one of my favourites, and one of Hayek's best performances. The film depicts Kahlo's life story unapologetically and the visuals, music and paintings are breathtaking. I wanted to dedicate a post to her. Some of Frida's original works:

Frida in real life

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954)

A Mexican painter, Frida was best known for her self-portraits.  Her work has been famously acclaimed in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female feeling and form.

Frida has been described as: "…one of history's grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera."

At 22 she married the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, 20 years her senior. Their stormy, passionate relationship survived infidelities, the pressures of careers, divorce, remarriage, Frida's bi-sexual affairs, her poor health and her inability to have children. Frida once said:"I suffered two grave accidents in my life…One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego." The streetcar accident left her crippled physically and Rivera crippled her emotionally.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Model Success!

photos shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia

A bit about Candice...

KZN born Candice Swanepoel grew up with the nickname Flamingo in her home town, Mooi River.  Born in 1988, Candice was discovered by a model scout in Durban in 2003. 
Candice has climbed the modelling success ladder ever since, in every sense of the word.  From being an unknown small-town girl, to becoming a highly ranked supermodel earning over 5000 Euros for a day’s work.

It wasn’t long after moving to New York that Victoria’s Secret discovered her beauty and took her under their great big feathery wings. Joining the faces amongst the Victoria Secret Angels and gracing the very sought after covers of Vogue magazine, this girl has done it all.  Candice’s résumé includes covers for Vogue (Greece and Italy), ELLE (Germany), advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess? and Versus Eyewear as well as gracing the runways for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Sass and Bide, Betsey Johnson and Diane Von Furstenberg.  In 2010 Candice officially opened the first Victoria’s Secret retail store in Canada.   Being born and bred in Durbs myself, hearing about her achievements in the media has brought a sense of inspiration to me. It really goes to show that you can come from a (really) small town and achieve your wildest dreams.The international modelling industry is one of the toughest to break into, and Candice has conquered it, whilst establishing her face with internationally acclaimed brands.  Getting paid thousands of dollars a day to look gorgeous and see the world? This girl is living the dream