Add Character with Vintage

It’s no secret that vintage is back.  It’s been back for a while, which is making it particularly difficult to find authentic vintage pieces in stores or online, so lots of replicas and copycat designs are cropping up all over the place.  I’ve always loved the look of mixing old with new to create a completely modern and unique style – what woman doesn’t love having something no one else has?  Here are some great vintage-inspired looks both for the home and the closet.

Rachel Zoe dons retro from her hat to her shoes.

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This is such a flirty 50’s look.  So pretty.

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Katy Perry is queen of vintage style. She has that sexy, pinup look down to a fine science.

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Love these vintage-style stripes!

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In interior design, it’s always great to have something vintage in your space as it adds a sense of history and tells a story about you and your world.  Vintage pieces, particularly mid-century modern pieces, are classics and will never go out of style.

I love Emily Henderson’s cooky style.  She mixes odd & interesting vintage pieces with such flare and her rooms are so alive because of it.

Emily Henderson's retro house

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This room has a lot of vintage and classic elements happening.  The neutral colour palette allows them all to work well together.

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This is a classic retro Scandinavian look – teak cabinet, Saarinan Tulip table, teak and leather chair.  You can’t go wrong with wood and black and white. Clean and timeless.

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This room is filled with lots of found treasures. It looks comfortable, casual and welcoming.

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So what’s your take on the vintage vibe?  Are you up for adding a little retro to your home or wardrobe?

Creature Comforts – Animal Prints

Well, it’s been a while, but I’ve recently been inspired to renew my blog and what better time to start than in the New Year? And what better thing to start it off with than one of my favourites – animal print.  It’s sexy and a little bit daring and if used properly at home and in an outfit it can be classy too.

Adriana Gastelum makes leopard print casual with cut offs and a safari style shirt.

Adriana Gastélum in leopard print top

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These skinny snake print pants are gorgeous with heels and a fitted jacket.

snake skin print pants

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Gwen Stefani, always the style icon, adds a little leopard print with a fedora

Gwen Stefani in leopard print hat

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Sarah Rae Vargas is rocking this leopard print dress!  Beautiful with a pop of red in that clutch.

Ravings by Rae leopard print

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This zebra print coat is gorgeous with those orange heels!

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I love to see a little dash of animal prints in interiors.  It reminds me a bit of the 5 years we lived in South Africa.  My personal belief is that a little goes a long way in a room.  It can easily look cheap, so you have to be careful how you apply it, but I think the following are great examples of the successful use of animal prints.

This subtle zebra print wallpaper adds nice interest to the space without being aggressive or overwhelming.  The cowhide reinforces the subtle theme.

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It’s unusual to see a dalmation-like print, but this really works.  The gold book case and simple pallette add class to this vignette.

dalmation print wallpaper

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I like this hit of Zebra print on the ottomans in the room below.  It works well with the other black and white elements in the room and the bright green print keeps it fresh and modern.

Zebra print ottomans

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I’ve had a hard time finding a picture of leopard print used in home decor that doesn’t look a bit cheap, but this ottoman works.  I think it’s because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s been made to look a bit more casual with the piping and surrounding decor elements.

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So, are you bold enough to try animal print in your closet or interior? How will you pair it with your wardrobe or design?

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas 2013

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Top 10 Christmas Songs

Feeling very in the Christmas spirit here in Malaysia (which likely has something to do with the fact that I’m getting on a plane to a land filled with snow in one more sleep!  Woot woot!). So it seemed the right time to share my favourite get-me-in-the-Christmas-mood songs. Starting with Louis Armstrong singing Zat You Santa Clause?…

Frosty’s Rag sung by Anita Baker

Madonna’s Santa Baby

John Mellencamp sings I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause

Jimmy Durante’s Frosty the Snowman takes me back to my childhood!

And of course, you couldn’t have a list like this without a little Bing..

Or a little Dean…

Mariah Carey, All I Want for Christmas is You (what can I say, I’m a traditionalist. I prefer this one over her duet with Justin Bieber).

A version of this song appears twice on the Top 10 Holiday Songs on iTunes, sung by Michael Buble and Lady Antebellum, both of which are good, but this U2 version is still my favourite.

And there’s a requirement for Auld Lang Syne at this time of year.  This is a beautiful version by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis.

Are any of these on your Christmas playlist?  What are your favourite holiday songs?

Fabric and Printed boots

Anyone need Christmas gift ideas?  A fun trend has evolved in the last couple of years in printed and fabric boots.  Below are some gorgeous examples.  Perhaps one pair for yourself too…!

Great Miu Miu printed boots.

And Dolce & Gabbana plaid boots.

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Bally brocade and shearling ankle boots.

Brocade boots by Bally

And our very own Earth, Wind and Style convertible fabric boots.

Convertible fabric boots

What do you think of these UGG boots designed by Jimmy Choo?

Leopard Print UGG Boots

Burberry Rainboots.

What do you think of the new fabric boot trend?  Do you have a favourite pair?

Lady in Red – Great Holiday Dresses

It’s that time of year again and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to make a statement in a gorgeous red dress! I like to call it the LCD – the Little Christmas Dress. It’s almost as classic as the LBD. Worn well, a Lady in Red can get more than a few heads to turn!

I love this Donna Karan cocktail dress:

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Emma Stone’s colour of choice was red twice this year and she looked amazing:

Emma Stone red cocktail dress

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Emma Stone red dress on the red carpet

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Taylor Swift also rocked a red dress at 2012’s iHeart Radio Music Festival.

Taylor Swift red dress

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Just look at Elizabeth Taylor smouldering in this stunning red dress!

Elizabeth Taylor red dress

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And another take on the the Lady in Red, I have this picture by South African artist Frans Groenewald hanging in my kitchen.  Such fun.

Lady in Red

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So what do you think?  Will you wear a bold red dress over the holidays?