Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saw Cinderella in a party dress, but she was looking for a nightgown

Have really been trying to focus on posting regularly lately & have some ideas/concepts for future articles, but this week I was hit by a case of writer's block Or can I call it blogger's block? Hey, that actually sounds like a thing! One might also call it distraction, but distraction is never a very winning excuse, even though it's one I've been legitimately using since childhood "Tarryn why haven't you finished tidying your room?" "Sorry mommy I wanted to see if I could climb up my shelves and hide in the top of my cupboard". This was actually my 'secret' hiding place in case baddies ever broke in. But I digress...They say if you can't say something nice, get someone else to say it for you. No they don't really say that, but here's what they do say; a collection of cool, thought-provoking and sometimes funny quotes on fashion & style I've compiled from those in the business, those in Hollywood and those who just 'have a lot of feelings'. Pics-wize I'm going through a little 'obsessed with dressing tables' phase.

Brigitte Bardot

 Fashion fades, style is eternal~ Yves Saint Laurent

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed~ Coco Chanel

Fashion is a tool... to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of. ~Mary Quant

A woman's dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view. ~Sophia Loren

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.  ~Audrey Hepburn (I believe in pink too, very strongly!)

What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course. ~Marilyn Monroe
This single statement completely resurrected the fashion house's struggling frangrance division. Sales skyrocketed overnight. It is solely beacause of this quote that Chanel No 5 still exists today. Isn't that amazing? In the day and age of the internet, instant access, social media and endless celebrity endorsements, no-one would ever be able to do the same. Not even Marilyn.

A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ~Christian Dior

If you look at any great fashion photograph out of context, it will tell you just as much about what's going on in the world as a headline in The New York Times. ~Anna Wintour

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

You don't have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump. Lace knickers won't hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa just as well as without, and a mild interest in the length of hemlines doesn't necessarily disqualify you from reading Das Kapital and agreeing with every word.  ~Elizabeth Bibesco

Marilyn Monroe

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things. ~Jean Cocteau

Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess.  ~Edna Woolman Chase

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.  ~James H. Boren. I love this quote. Of course it's not necessarily true, but it's a beautiful image, isn't it? Filmic really...

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.  ~Ancient Persian Saying

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. ~ Gore Vidal

Katherine Hepburn

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.  ~Oscar Wilde

No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink.  ~Murray Banks 

A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.  ~Fran├žoise Sagan

Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~Epictetus

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave. ~Napolean Bonaparte

Ava Gardner
And a few funny ones...

Never wear anything that panics the cat.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  ~Mark Twain. Another advantage to this is if your clothes are wrinkled, you can just iron them.

Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen?  He wore pants.  ~Lynn Lavner

The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last. ~George Bernard Shaw

I mean, as long as it doesn't have a bra attached, guys can take a risk and wear stylish things that went out of style 30 years ago. As things go around, they come around. ~Steven Tyler. Perhaps not the best person to be giving fashion advice. Have you seen him on American Idol??

Boy George is all England needs - another queen who can't dress. ~Joan Rivers

There's more to life than just being really really ridiculously good-looking. ~Derek Zoolander

The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates. ~Dave Barry

Audrey Hepburn

I'm adding a new footnote to all my blog posts from now on as a way to share my favourite music of the moment, clothes and other stuff. Listening To. Wearing. Loving. Not necessarily at that very moment, but in general.

Listening To: Hurts's album
Wearing: Violet nail polish, turquoise ring, Calvin Klein Euphoria ;)
Loving: The pinky-grey clouds in the sky with the sun shining through the edges.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fortune Cookies

So money's been rather tight these past few months, I have been doing random bits of things for random bits of cash (fortunately, or unfortunately depending which way you look at it, I still live at home so at least I didn't have some big hairy landlord trying to evict me). Of course being perpetually on the verge of broke for the past 3 months has rendered me unable to shop in the way I had become accustomed to- I once actually worked out that in the 5 years I'd been waitressing part-time I'd earned roughly around R80 000 and I can't for the life of me work out how I managed to make this much money disappear into the ether considering I had no real living expenses. But as a result of my recent skintness I've become rather bargain-savvy and developed the ability to sniff out the one item from Mr Price or even *gasp* Ackermans that looks as though it may in fact have been rather expensive. On Tuesday, I paid a visit to Chinatown in Ottery which I never even knew existed. Think Access Park, only cheaper, more random,, run by Chinese people and with hilarious packagings- like a lifesize version of that hysterical website Engrish. I've gotten over my childish ways of going totally crazy in the face of ridiculous cheapness and buying loads of crap I don't really need and I think I got a nice neat amount of great swag this time round. Behold my findings...

For storing my bargain treasures! I often see these wooden boxes in stores and always think how nice they look, perfect for that boho beach shack look that I love. They're usually around R150, but in Chinatown, they're 40... 45...40, 40, 45 Ok I'll stop, it was R45. 

R35 necklace, so pwetty! I especially love the black and gunmetal twisty chain, though it was shorter on than I'd originally thought.
*UPDATE* I undid the knot in the chain, it's now a normal length, yayness!

 Rings! I mentioned in my accessories post that I wanted to start buying more rings, can you believe these were R25 each?! And the rings are all tagged with proper jewelry store sizing. The gold one's my favourite, because it's so unique looking.

Gift giving stuff: You don't really realize quite how over-priced Cardies & CNA and the rest are until you find a bunch of adorable 2D cards (you can't see in the pic, but these cards & gift bag are all in relief, the cute one on the left with the Mr Bean-style teddy inside a frame even has a little wooden button at the top) for R8 each!!!! Just be careful to check the spelling on them, most just say 'For You', but my friend told me how she once nearly bought a whole pack that said 'Merry Chrismas'' you know, for that day when we celebrate the birth of Chris? 

Other stuff: lacy nail decals (though I'm not sure how I'm supposed to 'enjoy everyday' when it's only a pack of 10). Awesome feather eyelashes for R17(!) and I'd just like to point out that there's nothing wrong with buying cheap false eyelashes so long as you buy proper lash glue elsewhere. A pretty black phone decal for my BaBy, an iron-on Stitch patch (just because) and R5 lumo sharpeners because I'm always ruining mine with gunk from my eye pencils. 

Apart from these kinds of things you can also find loads of other stuff like clothes, utensils, stationery, toys, home decor, stockings, lingerie, Halloween costumes & dress up stuff and R50 wigs which were actually of a pretty decent quality all things considered. 

Things I wouldn't recommend buying: foundation, face cream, bodywash, perfume (or anything else you put on your skin), mascara, hairdye, shampoo, toothpaste, pills or teas for weightloss/impotence (they even had a weightloss soap!) electronics or anything that looks like it could break easily (because it probably will). Also avoid the Chinese takeaway stand in the little foodcourt, it's kak.

Even funnier than all the 'engrish' was the abundance of 'celebrity endorsements' and I'm not talking about it in a 'that one time Paris Hilton did a microwave ad for Japan' kind of way, but more like taking images of Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet etc and photoshopping (badly) weirdly-coloured hair onto their heads and putting them on the cover of the hair-dye boxes. Even Angelina Jolie was unknowingly punting a box of R15 lipsticks. My poor silverfox, the fantastic Mr Clooney, was the victim of this gem that I shall leave you with. Coz, you know, he used to be completely grey (or 'white' apparently) back in his ER days, but now thanks to Subaru, he's totally black. And isn't Subaru a Jeep model? Wonder if they also have a hair-growth range featuring Prince Wills in reverse?

Monday, June 20, 2011

SFC (So Frikken Cute)

One of my favourite Tinseltown residents, the cheeky Nicole Richie-Madden took to the streets with her pint-sized offspring in coordinated rock-chic outfits. From matching trilbies with Sparrow to Harlow's pirate patch belt this little fandamily is so cool it hurts. Loves it!

Like totally trending right now...

Forgive the title, I just joined Twitter (@Glitter_Garbage) and my head is filled with Twitter lingo #newbie! Anyways, onward we go.

I really hate that the world of fashion happens to revolve in a different hemisphere to our own. What it means is that everything our local fashion industry are hailing as the 'current trends' are actually lurking at the bottom of a bargain bin somewhere in Europe. We may get to have sunshine at Christmas, but we are also cursed to be permanently behind in the fashion world; every style-conscious Saffa is quite literally 'so last season', coz no sane person wants to wear a floral mini with wedges when it's pissing cats and dogs outside. On the bright side, it does allow one to preview and contemplate the winter looks long before actually investing in those that strike one's fancy, and if one is lucky enough to be able to travel overseas for winter in the UK, Europe or USA (and still have enough money leftover to shop the sales) an entire winter's wardrobe can be sitting ready & waiting for June while one is still tanning on Clifton! Those not so fortunate, have to just hold thumbs that the buyers for the majority of our local clothing chainstores actually read a fashion magazine this year, but that is a rant for another day...Over the next few weeks I'll be posting the lowdown on some of my favourite trends for this winter. Enjoy!

                                               1~ Kicking off winter 2011; The Camel Coat

Every winter has a colour (other than grey & black), and this winter, it's caramel. Or tan, or toffee or 'beige on steriods' or whatever you want to call it. The fashion Powers That Be are calling it camel, but that just makes me think of those tough-haired, behumped creatures that attack by launching giant green balls of spit (on the plus side they do have lovely eyelashes). So I'm going with 'caramel', I just couldn't title this item 'The Caramel Coat' coz that sounds like something they put on Diddle Daddle Popcorn™. Everybody should have at least one coat in their Winter Wardrobe (unless perhaps you live in Durbs...) because there are few words to describe the feeling of epic chic'ness that comes from power-walking down the street in a pair of boots and a beautiful, tailored coat. Because a coat is an investment piece, not something one grabs during a quick wallet purge at Mr Price or Jay Jays. At the very least it's a surefire way to feel like a real grownup- IMHO no-one who is over the age of 18, or not a student should ever wear a 'hoodie' in public. Plus, you'll feel oh so fancy when you walk into a nice restaurant and hand off your outer layer to patiently wait for you on the coat-stand. Just don't forget you left it there, I have lost several an umbrella in a similar manner...So, if you buy one new coat this winter, make it a caramel one, or at the very least, feast your eyes on these beauties.

InStyle UK Supplement

Chole A/W 2010


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Abi Files Episode 3

Hello Readers!

I’m sitting in a gorgeous Waterfront apartment, sipping on coffee and feeling at peace with the world. It’s 10:35pm; work time. And by that I mean creative brainstorming and sending out late e-mails.
Life is interesting. As soon as one chapter closes, another opens. I’m still waiting for my next chapter to present itself, but in the meantime I gym to great songs and practise yoga to the Sacred Spirit music collection and the song ‘Time’ from the Inception sound track- This song is awesome, it takes my mind from a negative place to an extremely good and powerful one.
Recently, I  resigned from my modelling agency of three and a half years to take my career in a fresh direction with a new agency. Provided I lose my spare centimetres, my new agency wants to send me to Paris and Milan. Sounds glamorous, but it will be a struggle, that is the fact of the matter. You have to get really thin and stay really thin! And with a naturally curvy body like mine, I would have to go against nature in order to pursue this opportunity. Did I mention that the foreign competition overseas will cut throats in order to feed their families back in their home countries (mostly Eastern Europe) and are roughly a metre taller than me?
Yes, Abi  is having a moment. Not a moment of weakness, just a moment of thinking  aloud and posting it online. I don’t think people know half the stress of what it really means to be a model, it's TOUGH!!!
Nonetheless, modelling has opened many a door for me to put my foot in. I have worked with big names and creative geniuses. I have played around as an art director and met many amazing and interesting people.  Working with international clients makes you feel more travelled then you actually are. It’s great.
A friend, Chad Phillips (I use his full name because he is an actor and could totally be famous one day!) told me to treat modelling like it’s a character. That was such simple yet effective advice. I try to be a business woman but the truth is I am studying acting and let me tell you that actors are sensitive people. Seeing how  modelling subconsciously affects models, it's crucial to be aware of the triggers and find a way to treat modelling as a business/character. But to be honest, I am really looking forward to being an ICE Model. They have amazing bookers who are positive in their approach and they love my look and personality
I will keep you posted on life, and maybe post a video soon.
Hope you all had a great youth day


Thursday, June 9, 2011

La Petite Diva

I don't want to post endless 'celeb style' features because everyone does that & I'm wanting my blog to offer something a little different from the norm, so I though I'd do a pint-sized version featuring my favourite mini-celeb; Suri Cruise. I was massively obsessed with Dawson's Creek  back in the D, so naturally I am a fan of  Joey Potter Katie Holmes (and an even bigger fan of Josh Jackson. James Van Der Giant-head not so much...). Needless to say I was less than pleased when she married a couch-hopping mad, possibly bi-curious Scientologist whackjob with an uber creepy grin, but there's no denying that their genes make beautiful babies.

Definitely a future supermodel

When Suri was born, her parent kept her out of sight for months, which lead to much speculation amidst the long-swirling rumours about Tom & Katie's 'arranged' marriage, her pregnancy & plenty of Scientology conspiracy theories. Me, I was starting to wonder if perhaps the child had a third arm or something. But when they finally went public with a spread in Vanity Fair I thought "well goshdarnit, that little baby is really really ridiculously good looking!"

Suri does 'Blue Steel'

 And since before she could even walk, Suri had become more than just another celebrity baby; she became a fashion icon. Hell, she even has a whole blog dedicated to her! A girly-girl to the core she now allegedly picks out her own outfits, carries designer handbags (sometimes in an adult size) and loves wearing high heels of which she has countless pairs including custom made Louboutins! Here's a collection of some of my favourite looks.

Toddler Suri with polkadot dress & ladybug umbrella

 Black leggings, pigtails and a bright red coat

On the way to dance class with mom & her favourite Disney Princesses umbrella

 I didn't post this pic because of the gorgeous skirt, but rather because she's carrying a Queen Celeste from Babar The Elephant plushie! I want!

Mother-daughter lookalikes!

Suri in a Burberry Kids coat. Am I allowed to be a teensy weensy bit jealous of a five year old with a Burberry coat? When I was a kid I was severely style-challenged. My concept of nice clothes didn't really go beyond wearing a pretty dress to a party, playing dress up or trying to sew clothes for my Barbies which usually felt apart while I was trying to put them on over their unbending limbs. The pretty party dresses were mostly sent to me for Christmas by my dad's dear godmother, as unfortunately my mother could not have been less interested in what we put on our backs as long as it was clean & weather-appropriate. Evidence...

Yes that's me in the high-waisted tracksuit pants with large patch over the knee, t-shirt from the gift store at an aquarium, pink jelly sandals and hair desperately in need of a good brush. The small person in the Tweety Bird shorts is my partner in fashion crimes; my little brother David. 'Sufferin' Succotash!'

I find this picture a little disturbing because she looks just like an adult on an early morning coffee run in NYC rather than a kid with a takeaway milkshake. The tabloids are always filled with 'Princess Suri' stories and how her parents spoil her rotten and cater to her every whim. That coupled with her reported desire to break into showbiz as soon as possible and a life already lived under media scrutiny and paparazzi flashbulbs, I worry for her future. So many of these kids grow up into mega brats or narcissists (*cough* Paris *cough*) and go off the rails completely gorging on booze & coke ala Lindsay, shoplifting coz momma always bought them everything they ever wanted, making sex tapes, getting arrested etc.
For what it's worth, I really hope that doesn't happen.

Monday, June 6, 2011

(Safety) Pin-Up

Kristen Stewart looks like a total vampire vamp in this rocking safety pin & stud-detailed crimson mini by Balmain (who else?) at last night's MTV Movie Awards. This LBD (Little Badass Dress) even managed to put a smile on Miss Stewart's face, which is no mean feat! Hmm on second thoughts, not really sure if that is a smile, might just be wind...

Little bit of skinner & skandaal from the night; apparently Reese Witherspoon was quoted as saying "If you're going to take naked pictures of yourself, hide your face people" (B. Lively was at the event). Ooh meow! Wouldn't have expected that from butter-wouldn't-melt Reese!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Nail It This Winter

I'm something of a nail polish junkie. Anyone who knows me knows that they'll never see me with bare fingernails or toe nails. Unlike many people I've spoken to on this subject, I don't find painting my nails a chore, but rather a treat & I usually change colours every 2 days or so. I've loved nail varnish ever since I was 6 years old and my mom bought me that goey Tinkerbell peel off polish which I also used to give manicures to every single one of my dolls. After that I went through a nail-biting phase, only finally breaking the habit at about 13 and rediscovering polish. Forbidden in my school, I'd break out the brights come weekend & then invariably forget to remove it and end up trying to chew it off in Monday morning's first period. During Matric exams, my school relaxed the dress code somewhat (for instance we were allowed to wear our tracksuits) and I'd turn up for a maths exam with thick pink polish and end up peeling it off bit by bit out of stress while trying to calculate logarithms. You could tell which desk was mine in the exams hall by the ring of shredded nail varnish debris on the floor around it.

Come winter, one needs to close the lid on the neon's, pastels and nudes and break out the darker, richer shades. There's always one signature shade for the season, and Chanel will always dictate this. Last season it was jade, this season it's 'greige' a mixture of grey and beige (not to be confused with the taupe from 2 years back). In fact, matte polishes in all shades of grey are 'sooo hot right now'.

Aggy shows off her greige nails
These are my 5 favourite colours to wear this winter:

From top to bottom:
Jewel tones are great on nails! On thumb & held in hand: Tip Top in Funfair Madness, Lalu Prussian Blue and Barry M in Racing Green. A light version of the aforementioned greige; Ralo Cosmetics #48 and a shiny white is a great alternative to dark polishes (Paris Collections French manicure white). Happy painting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Bump Day Wednesday!

There's something in the air in Lala Land. While 2008 was originally dubbed the Hollywood baby boom year, 2011 marks an unprecedented amount of pregnant stars and newborn babies, seriously, an absolutely ridiculous amount; literally every week a new celebrity is announcing they're knocked up! But who doesn't love a new baby story? I know I do (unless of course it's an unfortunate baby-mama drama *cough* Arnold Schwarzenegger...) and so do those pesky paps, ever since Grace Kelly first used her Hermes bag to cover her baby bump. So here's the round-up of Hollywood residents expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet; bring on the bizarre names, baby couture and homewrecking nannies...

The Already-Birthed:

Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem welcomed baby Leo in January, Rachel Zoe gave birth to son Skyler and it was a boy too for 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski; Bennett Robert. Never one to do things in small measures, diva Mariah Carey had one of each, daughter Monroe (after Marilyn, naturally) and son Moroccan Scott (named after, er, her favourite room in her house). Imagine going through life having to say "Hi I'm Moroccan" and hearing the predictable comeback "No you're not, you're American" like a million times. Poor baby...

The One That Won The Genetic Lottery:

With the combined DNA of supermodel Miranda Kerr and the delicious Orlando Bloom, baby Flynn is sure to be a heartbreaker one day!

The Most Anticipated Ones

Baby Portman has already been on stage at the Golden Globes and the Oscars- no small feat for a foetus! And as for the Beckhams, it's 4th time lucky as Britain's most stylish couple couldn't wait to annouce that  they're finally having a daughter, I'm already so excited to see what Posh will be dressing her mini-me in; watch out Suri Cruise, Princess Beckham will soon be nipping at your designer heels!

The One Who's About to Pop

Pink and on-again husband Carey Hart will be meeting their first child any day now!
*Update* Late on June 2nd, Pink & Carey welcomed a little girl into the world, named Willow Sage Hart.

The Ones on TV

Mad Men's January Jones is carrying her first baby, my favourite funny lady, Tina Fey, her second, and Tori Spelling is expecting her thrid with husband Dean McDermott.

The Other Spices

Well they're hardly the Beckhams but still worth a mention. Emma Bunton is expecting a baby (boy) spice, her 2nd child, and Mel B, her third. I just wish her crappy reality show would go away, I'm not even posting a pic of her face coz I'm sick of seeing it plastered all over my TV. Honestly! It seems like any has-been/never-really-was can get a reality show on E! these days!

The Movie Star Ones:

Jessica Alba participated in the baby boom of '08, and will be contributing to this one too with a little brother or sister for Honour. Flower child Kate Hudson is expecting with Matthew Bellamy- rumour is she's hoping for a girl ( I coulda guessed that by the length of her son's hair...). And French actress turned Oscar-winning Hollywood darling, Marion Cotillard is also preparing for motherhood.

And finally, The Random Ones: Jennifer Connelly, Alicia Silverstone, Selma Blair, Evangeline Lily and Alyssa Milano are all also with child. Shoo! I'm starting to think some bored employee's been poking holes in the condoms from the drugstore on Rodeo Drive!
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