Saturday, 21 July 2012

Labyrinth

This post is dedicated to one of the most magical film of all times, Labyrinth. 
I had completely forgotten about the movie up until a few weeks ago and it brings back such wonderful memories from my childhood. Being young when I first seen it, I never really took into account, or appreciated the hard work and unbelievable artistic abilities of the late Jim Henson, Brian Froud and the phenomenal team they had behind them!
One thing I did always appreciate was David Bowie, who played Jareth.. I'm pretty sure I used to pray at night that the Goblin King would come take me and bring me to that magical world! 
So instead of posting about a designer, or an artist today, I'll be taking you on a trip down memory lane...


With a $25 000 000 budget the production made sure everything was down to a tee! 
One of my favorite things about the whole film was the costumes, particularly those in the ballroom scene. The dress that a young, fifteen year old Jennifer Connoly wore was absolutely amazing! I remember thinking she was the most beautiful thing in the world when she stepped onto the screen.I'd love my wedding dress to be a more toned down version of this! (in 50 years time when I'm actually getting married!) 
Not to mention the fabulous, shimmering costumes that Bowie sported and the venician styled dresses and masks worn by the extra's in the scene. To Ellis Flyte and Brian Froud, thank you for your breathtaking, jaw dropping, inspiring creations.

The conceptual designs in the film were based on the fabulous sketches of Brian Froud.. Funnily enough his own son ended up playing the part of the baby when he came out of the womb looking exactly like the child in Frouds own sketches!




The characters that made the film so fantastic were mainly composed of puppets! 


When I said down to a tee I meant it... The wall of hands in the film were actually actors on the other side wearing gloves, who had experimented and practiced for endless hours to create faces  with their hands.

...and lastly what was, and still is one of the most romantic scenes I've ever seen in my life, the ballroom scene with David Bowie singing 'As The World Falls Down'...


If I keep going on I'll be here all night!
The reason I know all of this information, and more, is because I watched the making on Youtube and I was left in complete awe! 
If you're sitting at home bored and need something to do I highly recommend you watch it, It gives you an insight into the wonderful world of the Labyrinth and you'll appreciate the movie a million times more after seeing the hard work that went into it!


Do you love the film? Any other childhood movies you still love today?
Just to let you ladies know I'm flying off to Ibiza for a week tomorrow night (Monday morning) so if you don't hear from me, fear not, I'll be back in a week, hopefully with a handful of outfit posts to show you! 

x

Friday, 20 July 2012

Regina Silveira: Illusion art...

I've never focused on an installment artist or an artist that uses illusions throughout their work...
So Regina Silveira, A Brazillian artist from San Paulo was perfect to start with as she combines the two!
I came across one of her works on StumbleUpon and just had to look into her some more.
The artist has the ability to turn a room into something that you only thought existed in a figment of your imagination. Here's a look at some of her stuff...








Again, apologies for the few days lack of blogging... I've had so much going on between packing boxes, being sick and having to do my driving test (which I failed again, but will be repeating soon). 
I hope you ladies like this art! :)

x

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Olly Moss: Gotta Catch em All!...

So I came across, and fell in love with, some beautiful sketches of Pokemon by Olly Moss.
This is where the little geek comes out in me.. I absolutely LOVE Pokemon... 
Well I did when I was younger... and I'm pretty sure I could spend my days watching episodes even now!
The artist has worked with Paramount, Apple, Nike and Urban Outfitters, just to name a few..
If you want to see more of his stuff check out his website here!





How adorable are they? I'm pretty sure if Pokemon looked like these, rather than being Hentai, they'd have a huge female fan base! lol

...and now for a little trip down memory lane...

x

Monday, 16 July 2012

Melanie Seligman Spring Summer 2012...

Shoes and accessories have been getting crazy lately!
The high heels I've been spotting in clubs these days are more like works of art!
The creations of the late Alexander McQueen seem to have leaked down through the floorboards of Lady Ga Ga's walk in wardrobe and into high street stores and I love it!
Just when I thought I'd seen it all I came across the fabulous accessory designer Melanie Seligman.
Her shoes are what first caught my eye, architecturally structured yet still simple and super chic... 
Her pieces resemble McQueens, but are more toned down and are wearable on the red carpet, and in real life! So here's a look some of her Spring/Summer collection.
I know all my shoe loving ladies out there will appreciate this one!







I don't know about you, but I'm dying to see what the future holds for Melanie Seligman and her designs!
Check out her website here for more.
x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wearing Bindi's: Yay or Nay?...

Ahh the Bindi... a South Asian decorative and religious sign which is known to represent hidden wisdom, a third eye or something that protects against demons or bad luck..
The Bindi can be a red dot, a teardrop shaped embellishment or even a piece of jewelry placed on the middle of your forehead.
Lately though, Bindi's have become somewhat of a fashion statement. From celebs wearing them, to your everyday girl walking down the street.



When I attended a music festival last month I sported a bindi every day!
It's pretty ironic as, when I was a child, with my sallow skin and dark eyes, people always mistook me for an Indian person.. For some strange reason I used to get annoyed about it.. 'I'M ITALIAN' was a phrase I commonly used. Nowadays I'm finding myself absolutely loving Bindi's, head chains and turbans, any accessory that can enhance any little bit of Indian in me, as I truly believe that they're the most beautiful people in the world!



So although I've never worn a Bindi on a proper night out, I'm planning on stocking up from a little store in town before my holidays... 
I've been spotting so many ladies wearing them on nights out lately and they've even become available in high street stores such as Primark/Penneys! 

(Myself wearing a Bindi at a recent music festival)

Now although the little hippy inside me loves them, I've been hearing people complain about the Bindi...
My cousins, for example, aren't too happy about the fact that I'm planning on making them a key part of my summer wardrobe.. they think it's plain stupid looking, everyone is entitled to their opinions, so I'll let that fly!
I've also heard about articles which state that wearing these beautiful gems can be deemed as a sign of racism... I see people wearing rosary beads, holy bracelets and cross imprinted clothing daily, and despite the fact that they're probably not even Catholic, It doesn't bother me in the slightest, so I don't see why wearing a Bindi can be seen as offensive..

I'd love to hear your take on this ladies... What do you think of Bindi's? Yay or Nay?
Do you think they're silly looking? Do you find people wearing them offensive? 
Do you love them but can't seem to find the guts to wear them? Or are you completely obsessed like me?
Don't be afraid to be honest, I'm open to all opinions!
-:)

x

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pretty Little Things...

Oh my... I owe you yet another apology for my lack of blogging over the last few days but this time I have a valid excuse...
So I've started packing my boxes for my big move to Florence, leaving my wardrobes empty... so don't be expecting any outfit posts as I've absolutely nothing to wear for the next two weeks! lol..
I almost crashed my car the other night as I noticed a huge billboard advertising PrettyLittleThing.com...
What's this? An online shopping site that I haven't heard of? Never!
Of course being an ex-online shopaholic I just had to check out this sweet accessory website... and I'm impressed!
The prices are fairly reasonable, about the same cost, if not less, than Topshop accessories. 
They have a wide range of on trend pieces from handbags and sunglasses to jewelry and shoes, and just our luck, they're sale is on at the moment! Yay!
So I thought I'd show you ladies a few of my favorite pieces... (all from the sale of course!)

Patterned Gold Cuff 10 Euro...



I know it's not winter... but I couldn't resist... Pink animal headband 7 Euro...

Gold cage ring 8 Euro...



I'm pretty impressed with the website, anywhere I can get a stunning pair of heels for twenty euro is in my good books! The price of accessories in high street stores seems to be rising every day... so I'm really happy I've come across this website!
What do you ladies think of the stuff? 

x








Saturday, 7 July 2012

Prabal Gurung Resort 2013

Hello ladies! 
I've been having such a dull and depressing day, the rain here in Ireland is mental and supposedly we're due a rainy month! Thank goodness I'm off to Ibiza the last week of July and then over to Sunny Italy with a one way ticket for College! 
The Prabal Gurung resort 2013 collection managed to bring a little ray of sunshine into my life, even on this horrible day! I'm just loving the structured, flirty and vibrantly colored pieces that dominate the collection. 
Here are some of my favorite pictures.













My absolute favorite would have to be the baby blue one fourth from the bottom! 
I'd love to wear it to one of the weddings I have coming up this summer!
What do you ladies think of the collection?

x



Thursday, 5 July 2012

Summer Sales Finds!

As you ladies probably know from my constant moaning, I've had quite the financially difficult year. (Haven't we all?)
I have to say, it's has made me so careful when it comes to spending money, I now find it much more difficult to justify spending a lump sum of cash on one item of clothing, (although I still do if I really need to!)
I've found myself falling in love with pieces in shops and forcing myself to not purchase them...
Now that the summer sales are here I'm absolutely delighted that I held back as I've found so many bargains!
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a top, dress or funky skirt that you thought you'd never have, for half the price!

Bargains I've found:

I'm not sure if you ladies remember, but I mentioned these stunning high wasted bikini's in the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Black High Wasted Lace Bikini a few weeks back. It was love at first sight but I decided not to buy them for the mighty price of 50 euro... Tan lines were also an issue... Unfortunately I regretted not buying them when I got home, so today I was absolutely delighted to spot them for 20 euro in the sale! Now that price, I am willing to pay! yay! :)

I came extremely close to purchasing this adorable white dress in Topshop, but the hefty price of, if I remember correctly, 55 euro, put me right off! I'd have no problem spending that money on a dress for an occasion, or even a night out, but this is the kind of thing I'd wear during the day on holidays, and my daytime clothes require daytime prices! lol Luckily enough for me I found the dress buried amongst a heap of clothes in the sale for the great price of 25 Euro! 

Urban Outfitters is one of my absolute favorite shops, but it's so expensive and out of my price range.. When I have some cash to spare, which is pretty rare, I head in and treat myself with something nice.. although I always feel guilty about the prices, I have to say that every item I've purchased in there has lasted years, the quality is amazing. I love crosses, but this skirt is the kind of thing I'd walk right by.. until one of my friends sported it at a music festival and I  fell in love with it! It looks like nothing on the hanger but is so funky on! When I spotted it for 12 euro today I just had to have it! It may just be the cheapest thing I've ever purchased in there!

I had to share this as I'm terribly proud of myself and never in a million years thought I'd find three amazing items like this for less than sixty euro all together!

Have you ladies found any amazing summer bargains? :)

x



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