at oh mon dieu. we adore anything french. so it is no surprise that we adore clemence poesy, a divine, young french actress that has a fashion thumb to die for. it is only a small bonus for us that she is on the current season of gossip girl and as a result has to wear amazing clothes and kiss heavenly chuck bass aka ed westwick. quelle terrible pour elle.
we simply had to a. add this picture and b. make it extra large. although it doesn't show off any particular styling techniques, you get the general idea of it's inclusion...
when does something that catches your eye become something you simply must have? at what point do we decide that like is in fact love and we hand over our precious coinage (notes.. oh for notes..) to satisfy our need for that particular item?
in the dressing rooms of witchery on a recent shopping trip, it become glaringly obvious that we were about to purchase jeans that really weren't the be all and end all of our summer wardrobes. and then it became so clear, as it has before of course, but this time it seemed almost like an epiphany. unless you absolutely love an item of clothing or particular accessory, unless you can not go another day not wearing them, unless you know, without a doubt, that you will wear it and use it constantly, and feel confident and amazing in it, hence rendering it priceless, should you buy it.
some simple, easy rules/tips for shopping and purchasing:
a. check the colour in comparison to your complexion. this a big one as some shades just do not work on certain skin tones or with certain hair colours.
b. fit is very important, obviously. don't delude yourself into thinking that something that is either too big or too small could work. walk away. now. if something is too small, it is going to pull, be too tight and make you look larger. to the same effect, don't buy something too big thinking that the extra material will hide sins. it adds weight on and makes you look bigger than what you actually are. you want an item of clothing to fall or cling in the right places. if in doubt, take a friend or ask the styling assistants. most are dying to lend a hand (that's what they're paid for), and you will be able to tell if they're lying just to get a sale. you're not gullible, you're terribly smart and will see through them immediately. feel a little smug and chuffed over knowing when they are and don't buy it on principle - unless it looks smashing.
c. denim is a tricky but important one. if you're pear shaped and are heavier on bottom, then light wash denim is usually a no go. this is not a rule - just a tip. if you have this body shape, don't stick to the conclusion that skinny leg will not suit. if you can balance your hip and bottom with what you wear on top, buy your terrific skinnies and add fabulous heels or uber accessories. if you're problem is your middle and you hate wearing jeans because they suck in around your stomach, stick to higher waisted options that will hold you in instead. lower waisted jeans will just make anything stick our over the top of the band. make sure they fit your bottom nicely and show off the the shape of your legs instead. if you're top heavy then try to avoid wearing jeans that are very, very skinny, as it will only accentuate anything bigger on top. try a slim or boot cut in a fashion wash. add a terrific belt and wear a darker colour on top to slim your upper body.
check where the denim has gaps and clings. look at yourself and see the positive but don't discard areas that you're sensitive about.
the important thing about denim is that it is, as a general rule, not your feature. they are there to show off something else, a fabuluos top or pair of shoes. demin (whether it be jeans or skirt) is your go to. if they are a fashion jean then work with washes that suit your shape.
d. if you're going to purchase something glitzy and fab, decide if you can or will wear it again, to a not so flashy occasion. and do it. dressing up shouldn't be secluded events. grab a coffee and wear that terrific sequin top with jeans and flats. feel amazing in it, not self conscious. if you know you won't wear it again, add it to the maybe pile (depending on the occasion) and shop around. a do is definitely get something glam for pick me up's that you couldn't leave the shop without and that everyone nearly cried at when they saw you trying it on. this is a pretty good sign you look amazing.
e. shop outside your comfort zone. if you see something you would never, ever have tried on before - do it. you might be pleasantly suprised. be open to trying new things. refer to tip/rule d though. don't get swept up by adventurous, cleavage, stomach showing off items that seem like a good idea in the fitting room mirrors and with champagne lunch drunk friends.
... we could go on forever. there are so many do's and don't's of buying. probably the biggest indicator is that, in Whitney's words, if you felt like a million dollar bill and cried when you arrived home without it, then you under shopped. this is a travesty. a definite don't.
we're all very busy and important. we simply do not have the time to physically go out to find something fabulous to wear or that terrific gift. we love to wander the shops as much as the next person, however at oh mon dieu we have found some sites that will probably make you get online a little more often. terriblement pratique...
although the seasons are slightly askew, we still feel that finding something for the warmer months is definitely achievable. then again, it's never too early to start planning your winter wardrobe.
topshop delivers to australia for a delivery fee of $15 australian.
was lucky enough to experience a little bit of new zealand recently. first stop was windy wellington and although the city was not as aesthetically pleasing as queenstown, have to say the eclectic shops and feel of cuba street in general made up for it's lack of beauty. three days of wandering the abundance of boutiques and vintage shops, a few beautiful finds (rose teacup and saucer, and fab vintage belt!) and some photos of shop fronts later, wellington has been scored a must see for avid second hand shoppers.
swonderful. as you can see from the windows, it is si divin. cute name, cute shop, cute clothes. again, pricier but worth it, even just to say you got it from 'swonderful'! http://swonderfulshop.blogspot.com/
hunters and collectors. very, very funky and extensive vintage shop. the most amazing accessories and props. i'm not going to even start on the clothes because you can imagine.
ziggurat. definitely a favourite. two bursting rooms of, not too badly priced, amazing vintage finds. spent ages here. almost bought very, very high-waisted american jeans. had, by this point, exhausted funds. quelle honte.
madame fancy pants. la plus adorable gift shop ever. definitely go online for presents if you can't, for some unthinkable reason, make it to wellington to see the shop in person. is founded and run by the loveliest woman who pointed out an amazing high tea boutique up the street. http://www.madamefancypants.com/
a few weeks back we threw together some pieces of our own and hauled them to the home of a photographer from HBB Photography. any experience is good experience, and so the opportunity to get our name out there could not be missed. in a very casual surrounding we had the joy to work with Georgia Snow who was the model and make up artist for the shoot! three hours later we gathered up our bags of accessories and rail of clothing and left, weary although happy and, ok, a little excited. although many, many pictuers were taken, only a few were blog worthy. hope you enjoy.