Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mellow Yellow Summer Nails

I love me some nail polish oh yes I do! Come summer time I'm all about the brights, the neons and the pastels. This shade's from one of my favourite brands, Tip Top from Clicks. They're under R40 a bottle, have great colours and are of really good quality too!

Tip Top in 'Lemon Fuel'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silver Rush

Poor silver. It hasn't exactly got the best rep over the years has it? In metal terms it's the less expensive cousin of gold. In sports and academics it's the runner up, second place, always the bridesmaid never the bride. Judas sold Jesus for pieces of silver. Staying on the biblical theme, Joseph's brothers sold him off to slavery for a bag of the silver stuff too. And while silver used to be fairly valuable in monetary terms, it's all about the paper now isn't it? No-one ever fought a war, killed off the Incas or dug a big hole in Kimberley because of silver...

So when I saw pictures of Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson and Selena Gomez at the recent AMAs I was like 'Wait, are they wearing silver?!'

Heidi in Giles Deacon. I beyond heart this lazer-cut dress but wan't sure about her choice of a bright blue undergarment thingy. You can't really see it from this angle, but Google if you're curious...J-Hud in a drape-tastic Jenny Packham mini & Selena in Armani. Fortunately the Biebs had left her side long enough for this photo to be taken. He'd probably toddled off to the ladies to have a tinkle and fix his hair.

I used to be quite keen on silver, in fact my Matric dance dress was silver, four shades of it! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I designed it myself & had it made. The flamenco ruffles in different silvers weren't too bad I suppose but the open back & strappy neckline were pretty revealing, especially for someone who didn't have the cleavage to back it up! Tacky, urgh!

Regretting your Matric Dance/Prom dress is practically a rite of passage, right? Right?!

Moving on....So metallics are big news again, this makes me happy! Don't worry my fellow gold lovers there's still plenty of that, but it's refreshing to see silver getting attention on the catwalks again. In fact Armani's entire Milan S/S 2012 show was based on a palette of blues, silvers and silver-blues. Here are a few other designers who gave silver some lovin.

Peter Som, Balmain (of course) and De La Renta

McQueen, Christopher Kane and Armani
A little 'moodboard' I made on Polyvore. I so badly want an Obi belt, does anyone know where to find one in Cape Town?

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Fiasco Of Fringe

I've been holed up indoors since Saturday night battling a nasty cold & preparing for an audition (these two things unfortunately don't complement each other), but when I saw this disaster I knew I had to say something! So I'm putting on my Joan Rivers hat (it's gaudy and covered in fur and blingy bits) & bringing the long arm of The Fashion Police down on Blake Lively for so heinous a crime. You know when someone comes out the loo & they have toilet paper stuck to their foot and you have to decide whether to tell them or just chuckle quietly to yourself? (Once I saw a man at the gym with a TWO METRE 'paper trail' coming out of his bum area! I almost fell off the stationary bike laughing), well imagine that were to happen to a mermaid, all over her body. This is Blake Lively at Gossip Girl's 100th episode party, she's gone on record saying she's her own stylist so we have no-one to blame but her. Unless she has an evil alter ego (which would explain her leaked nude pics. Also, her relationship with Bic, er, Penn Badgley)...Even the oddly-dressed Chloe Moretz next to her does little to distract from the situation. And oh Marchesa how could you?!

Somewhere, a flapper just turned in her grave

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fashion Is A Reflection Of Self

I love these pictures because the concept is so simple, but the result is so interesting. Spotted these in French Numero, Oct 2011.Happy Friday everyone, enjoy the frikken weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

All Things Striped And Beautiful

Good news ladies! You can totally wear horizontal stripes without appearing fat or looking like The Cat In The Hat. Imagine that! Give me some time, I'll stop with the brain's on the loose, I blame Dr Seuss.

If you don't recognize the liquorice-striped Prada dress Hailee Steinfeld wore to the SAG awards which subsequently featured on the cover/in the pages of every major fashion magazine, you must've been living under a rock. Stripes were beeeg news for Spring/Summer 2011. And now that us Southern Hemisphere inhabitants finally have the sun peeking out over Table Mountain/The Durban Coastline/The, er, Jozi minedumps we can hop on that candy-cane train too! Stripes of all colours and sizes have taken over the usual spring pastels and florals and the bigger the better! Save the pinstripes for the CEO's and legal eagles and go big and bold. Below are some of my favourite looks from the international fashion scene. I've got a few stripy pieces myself that I'm going to start experimenting with now that summer's here and I've also got my eye on a dress from Sissy Boy that's a knock-off of the Prada dress I was talking about earlier. Funds may be a problem though...

Dree Hemingway all 'decked' out in head-to-toe Prada for Vogue Japan

Riley Keough-the up & coming model granddaughter of The King (Elvis)

Leighton Meester rocking the Breton stripe

On the catwalks for S/S 2011:
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sportmax and Celine.

Prada, Sonia Rykiel and Jason Wu.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Denim & Crochet

Outfit I wore last night. Shirt from Poetry, skirt & belt are my newest bargain finds from Meltz, crochet detail brogues from New Look & a Mr Price ring that I modified when the original amber stone fell out. Forgot to wear my bag in the pic, oops!

Monday, November 14, 2011

City Of Angels

I've heard mixed things about US lingerie brand Victoria's Secret. General consensus seems to be that in spite of their pretty marshmallow-striped carry bags, they're over-priced for their not-so-good quality. But nobody can deny that they know how to put on a show! "Victoria's Secret Angel" is right up there with "Vogue Cover" on a model's most sought-after CV credentials and the brand is represented on the catwalk by some of the world's top models; the rare and lucky few who are super skinny, but still have boobs. The 2011 fashion show happened recently and was an absolute extravaganza filled with runway theatrics as well as performances by Maroon 5, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.

Beautiful outfits aside I have to admit I was a little confused by the themes. The official theme was "Angels and Demons", but it looked more to me like "Faeries vs Superheroes Meets The 80's With A Dash Of Roman/Egyptian Goddesses". There were lots of gorgeous faerie/angel wings, but I wasn't a fan of some of the superhero-style costumes as they looked a bit too WWE for my liking, however Behati's pop art superhero costume was undoubtedly adorable. The neon outfits were fun, but there were a few that went heavy on the tulle and weirdness scale and got a little Heatherette-esque (anything that reminds me of that so-called "designer" gives me instant nausea). But all things aside there were loads of show-stoppers and SA was proudly represented by our twin stunners, Behati Prinsloo and Candice Swanepoel. Here are a few of my favourite looks.

Miranda "You'd never guess she just had a baby" Kerr and an Alice In Wonderland-ish Lily Aldridge

Rhinestone Goddess Constance Jablonski and a Black Lace Dark Angel Flavia De Oliveira

More Faeries; Candice Swanepoel and Erin Heatherton

Chanel Iman as an acid trip Tinkerbell and Candice Swanepoel

Roman General-style and Alessandra Ambrosio channeling an Egyptian goddess

Behati Prinsloo plays to the crowd and newcomer Shannan Click in one of the cheesier superhero outfits.

For loads more great pics of the show, you can go here, here and here

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The One Where Tarryn Has Writer's Block, Sort Of...

Glitter & Garbage is going on a little hiatus. I'm not going away or anything, I just need to re-focus on what I want this blog to be. I want to take it in a new direction, but also upwards of course. Sideways first then up; diagonally perhaps? I want to do something different from the ordinary, something fresh, problem is I'm not sure what that is yet... This won't be a very long hiatus, perhaps a few days, or a week, maybe two weeks because there's no telling when the inspiration may strike as I don't have one of these things yet. What I am sure of is that I'll be back, I've put too much effort into this to quit now. What I also want to do is to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has ever read this blog, follows this blog or has taken the time to leave a comment. And especially those who have shared this blog with others via Facebook, Twitter or your own web pages, you know who you are & I am very grateful to you all.
So with that said I shall leave you and retire to my thinking space, the gypsy caravan on the beach which sadly exists only in my head and in this photo.

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