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Ooh la la! Polyvore

Posted in Ooh la la! with tags , , on April 13, 2009 by couturecherie

One of the reasons why I love fashion so much is styling. Exploring fabrics, textures, and colours to achieve different looks gets me all kinds of excited. Unfortunately, I’m merely a student. I’m limited in what I can do because:

  1. I have limited access to fabrics. As a student, I don’t have the luxury of speding £200 per metre. *thumbs down*
  2. My instructors want our designs to be “conceptual”. Not in the good way, but the not very wearable way. I get into arguements about this every other day.
  3. This idea of conceptualism makes it virtually impossible to imagine outfits being worn off the runway. How am i supposed to make a living?!

So I usually have to find other ways to express my commercial side. Sketching simple outfits, messing with my own wardrobe, picking outfits for friends. It makes me wish I had unlimited access to all designers items, all the time, whenever I want. And then Polyvore came along.

I was chatting with one of my friends online, when she started harassing me about trying out this website (www.polyvore.com) she had found. She, like me, is a student and suffers from the limitations above. She went on and on about how addicting/amazing it was. Judging by her level of excitement, I figured it must be worth a shot. I reluctantly opened a new tab, typed in the adress, and waited for the page to load. Upon first laying eyes on it, the site looked rather simple and unexciting. It featured “sets” that looked like they were pulled out of magazines. I put my disapproving face on, but signed up regardless and prepared myself to be disappointed. Then I discovered what made the site tick. It has a library of thousands of images, from backgrounds, to jewelry, to wedding gowns, all at your dispossal! You can create any kind of collage your heart desires. I was blown away. I thought I’d test said library by searching for items I thought they wouldn’t have (Limited edition Christian Louboutin shoes, for example). Turns out it was there! I jumped for joy, quite literally, and did a little dance. I spent a couple of hours exploring the contents, grinning like a Cheshire cat and even made my first set (they use this term to refer to collages).

It’s the one of the most addictive sites I’ve come across lately. If art, fashion, or interiors is your thing, then give it a try! You will not be disappointed. If you are, I grant permission to yell at me.

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Ooh la la! Half moon manicures.

Posted in Ooh la la! with tags , on April 10, 2009 by couturecherie

I am quite possibly the girliest girl you’ll ever meet. I’m always looking for new beauty things to try. New colours and make up looks, hairstyles; You name it, I’ve probably tried it. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with anything glamorous/vixenish. It’s feminine, , and hot!

My latest discovery is the half moon manicure. Dita Von Teese (whose style is insanely flawless) has claimed it as her signature manicure. It has to a tendency to resurface on catwalks every year or so, especially in the fall. Dior recreated it flawlessly in the Fall 2007 ready-to-wear show. This sassy manicure comes straight out of the 1940s, when women used to paint their nails blood-red, leaving a naked half moon and adding a thin silver line on the tip. Simply gorgeous!

This style works best with oval or round shaped nails. You can try mixing up the colours to match your taste. I personally prefer a pearly white half moon with any shade of red polish. Skipping the silver line is recommended for shorter nails, as it makes them look oddly chopped off.

Anyway, for those ladies looking for a feminine, yet playful/quirky look, this is definitely one to try. I will not be going back to painting my nails the “normal” way any time soon!

And the winners are…

Posted in Jeudi à la mode, Miscellaneous, Ooh la la!, RSVP, Runway Rundown with tags on April 7, 2009 by couturecherie

Decisions, decisions! I previously mentioned I would create a few categories for the blog. It appears that labelling fashion-related things isn’t a particularly easy task, as I’m having quite a difficult time narrowing things down.

I asked myself “CC, why do people like fashion? What are people drawn to?”. This is a condensed list of what I came up with:

  • Celebrities. Who’s going where? With who? What are they wearing? Etc.
  • Style. Too difficut to explain in one sentence.
  • Trends. What’s “in”? What’s coming up? You get the idea.
  • “It” items. Gimme!
  • Events. Fashion shows, parties, launches, prom0tions.

It worked out pretty nicely, if I may say so myself. It is, however, extremely boring. Can you imagine? “Category 1: Celebrities”. Le yawn!  I’m not very fond of the ordinary, so this needs a little spiffing up.

Voilà! Les catégories!

  • Ooh la la!. The things that I’m loving.
  • Runway Rundown. Self explanatory, non?
  • RSVP. Events, I has them.
  • Jeudi à la mode. Thursday shall be known as “trend day”
  • Miscellaneous. Because I tend to be random.

I can’t wait to get (properly) started! Let’s hope I actually stick to these…