Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Finding my niche...Holistic style concept: don't let your clothes wear you!!!




 In a personal message a couple of days ago a reader from this blog asked me a really good question. Why have i set up a blog talking about fashion, style and tips for these areas when there are so may already doing this? While i had an answering feeling i wasn't able to directly put it into words until now. While i started the blog as an experiment, finding my way in social media and putting a lot of the things i was learning into blogging. I found that i do indeed have a message that has gone through my work, social and personal life in the last years. Holistic style is a concept i haven't seen anywhere else, although i see many making similar connections. Holistic style is my ongoing message to the world and is an underlying current in many of the articles i write on this blog. I want to empower the individual by giving knowledge and experiences freely. Create more through sharing than holding everything in for myself. so what is Holistic style?

Holistic style is about empowering the individual to think past the outfit into the realms of personal expression and the choices we have. Looking at how we, many of us use clothing as an unconscious barrier for protection with wishes to hide, to be clearly seen and through this hiding, be age appropriate, to fit in with others, to not fit in with others or simply cover up our body with something so we don't get arrested in the street. The list goes on.

Healthy acceptance of the things we can't change and feel less happy with while being proactive with the ones we can do something about. Ok, you can't change your basic build, but with more education and awareness of health, fitness and the inner workings of our mind and troubles that go with this we can open up many choices of how we want to present ourselves to the world. Choosing our barriers, bridging the gap between inner world and how we wish to be seen. Lastly image in an ever increasingly important topic in todays society. With the emphasis on photos, infographics and everything visual. The way we present ourselves through demeanor and style is important. You know when that person who is in your opinion sightly weirdly dressed walks past wearing what looks like every piece of clothing and jewellery they own, you are making a decision and assumptions about who they are. Or that business person who has gone for the power dressing option of wearing a suit, but in actual fact he looks like every other clone to walk into an office becoming invisible. People see the suit and not the individual making a mockery of the idea of power dressing.  Own the suit, bring forth your personality and conquer, ok not advocating war here but a little living in your own skin is a must for all who want to avoid being used by your own clothing.  Don't sit back and let your clothes overpower you, make choices, take control and let the inner beauty shine through.






 


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: accessories galore
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/02/style-tip-accessories-galore.html

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html



Friday, 5 February 2016

Style tip: How to Sit gorgeously

This style tip goes further than clothing into how to use the lines of your body to bring elegance to any outfit you want to wear. While trousers make sitting with your legs apart more acceptable, lolloping around will not impress that boss who we want a job from, the cute guy sitting across from us or make people feel at ease accept when you are in your own home watching tv. I hope you don't mind that i am a little blunt with some of the explanations.

Which of these three pictures directly below look elegant to you?


Common mistakes include:


  • Leaving legs falling open, I call this the take me now position.
  • twisting legs into strange positions, often makes legs look short and fat becuase there is no beauty lines for the eyes to follow.
  • fidgeting and moving around a lot, implies to those around that you are not focused or disciplined to stay still.
  • leaving oneself exposed  unwittingly, often by resting one leg at right angles to the one left on the floor.
  
Picture 1: top leg is twisted, Picture 2: bending down with legs open, Picture 3: both legs are twisted

Suggestions for elegance


Pictures of elegant leg positions that will make you look elegant, flatter your legs and show a confidence through a simple gesture in your body language.
 


 



Picture 1 directly above brings the knees together for a more relaxed look.

Picture 2 is a nice crossed leg position without twisted legs giving a flattering line and shape to the legs.

Picture 3 is an elegant take on crossed legs taking the feet to one side creating a diagonal look on the legs. This is also much more comfortable for the hips for most people meaning you can stay comfortable longer.

Picture 4 is great if you don't want to cross legs and keeps both legs using your hip joint in this position more naturally. humans weren't designed to sit preferring the laying down or stand positions.

Picture 5 is a variation on 1 with the free leg going to the front rather than to the side.

Picture 6 is an elegant position for picking up something from the floor, especially if you have a short skirt or dress on. It helps to avoid indecent exposure or at the least exposure you didn't want to make.

I hope this helps. This article is not meant to take us back into the dark ages with women walking around with books on their heads. But if we want to wear clothing successfully some of those great tips from the old days still apply.

For more style articles see below, want to know more about a particular topic then write to me and you could very well see your question answered here in Chic Loca blog. We love to hear from you.



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/reasons-you-develop-sense-style-fashion.html

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Thursday, 28 January 2016

4 Reasons Why You Can develop a sense for style



Ever felt like you don’t have any idea what is stylish and what is not, throwing on the safest combination of clothes from your wardrobe to simply be dressed. Rather than get frustrated or insecure that what your wearing doesn’t work as an outfit. i am talking to the the guys as much as the girls here.  recently i have been going out and asking friends and acquaintances what they think about style and also putting forward the interesting question ‘ do you feel stylish?’ More interestingly many people i talked to, don’t have a clear sense of what style is and this arises before they can answer whether they are in style or not. The second is that from those who felt they understood style as a topic, couldn’t fathom how to bring this concept into their lives practically. Lastly, the topic that comes to light is wanting to look good but not loose their individuality to a preconceived idea that we must wear high end brands like Versace and Chanel to be stylish. In this article we will look at a definition of style and how everyone including you can develop a sense of style without loosing your identity. In fact with these tips you can feel more sense of self while engaging personal power through informed choice about the way you express yourself in all aspects of life.

 

In the broadest sense style for me is making choices about the way you present yourself, with awareness of how you feel, how you want to impact others and what you need to wear practically to get things done.

1. Build awareness of the choices and influence.

By becoming more aware of the points below, you can better understand some of the influences that should be considered while choosing what to wear. The best thing is only you can answer these for yourself, helping you to define your personal style.
  • Becoming aware of how you feel on any given day and choosing an outfit that brings the most to this.
  • Consider the types of clothes that attract you and the ones that don’t feel right when you wear them.
  • Being aware of what you need to do during the day and the tasks this involves. Be it practical and getting dirty or in the office with a boss you have to impress. Changing if need be to suit the task at hand. 
  • What impression do you want to leave behind in different situations during the day and how can you use your outward appearance to achieve this. 
  • Do you want to fit into the crowd or standing out, the choice is yours.

2. Experiment outside your safe comfort zone, you might just surprise yourself. 

Try out many of the typical styles and see what you feel fits and what doesn’t. Trying out things that go beyond your taste limits quickly inform you where you want to be. Avoiding altogether could mean staying always safe within a basics range you go for each and everyday. Not to mention you might just surprise yourself with what looks good and what feels good. More often than not we like somethings but not others, mixing is good for the individual. After all you are the one wearing the clothes. Why not mix it up a bit wearing punk one day and demure office suit the next.

3. Style is more than clothing it’s about expressing your personality. 

How can you do this if you don’t know, are in hiding, don’t like who you are or are very critical. Be good to yourself and celebrate the great things you like about yourself, accept the things you don’t like and can’t change while getting proactive is getting rid of the ones you can change. This is a great way to boost confidence while creating more awareness of aspects of your character and body that will help later in clothing choices.

4. Choices with expression. 

Sometimes its useful to be part of a crowd, moving inconspicuously. At other times you want to stand out in the room with a clear message to the people around you about who you are and what your purpose is in that moment. Most of the times its great to simply go with the flow of how we are naturally, not thinking about it too much.


i Have at least 7 different versions of Isolde, ranging from training dancer, to teacher, to performer to business owner and then there is me when i am at home chilling out on the sofa. Style is about choice of how people see you, empowering the individual to define themselves in a world all about image, persona and knowledge. Wear the clothes don’t let them wear you!


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/ignite-style-world-colour-color.html

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Style tip: Ignite your world with more color awareness




Lately I have been working behind the scenes trying to update knowledge on all things design and in particular choosing a great colour signature for my business branding. While reminding myself of some color palette basics like the difference between a tone, a shade and pure colors. Not to mention primary, secondary and tertiary color schemes and the subtle and very useful difference between them. Allowing a lot of choices as an informed user and combiner. Whether looking at how to combine colour in a website or your latest outfit. The effects of colour on our psychology and on those around us huge. So why not ignite your world with a little informed colour wearing and make monochrone outfits a choice for the right moment rather than a safe must. Coschedule blog gives a very clear idea of the possible color use in marketing, and the same can be applied to our outfit of the day. Here are some tips for using color in your fashion choices.




There is a thing line between love and hate

 When looking for two colours to bring together, there is a thin line between the colours that work together and the ones that clash. I love to use a monochrome colour scheme adding another colour that makes the whole outfit pop. A monochrome colour palette includes one color with all its shades and tones. Then adding accents of a contrasting colour make an outfit elegant without looking like a rainbow. Another trick used a lot in the eighties is peacocking with all one colour like black and then having one other colour that is made stronger by the contrast of the two you have chosen.

 

 

Skin tone 

Are you aware that all of us have a base skin tone that can be warm cold or neutral? This has a big effect on the colours we look good wearing. Warm skin types look good in gold jewelry while cold skin types look better in silver. With accessories its good to choose the colors that suit your skin tone. If you like gold but have a cool skin tone why not look at a rose gold variation which has a cooler colour or if you want to amp it up a notch why not platinum jewellery which is being called the new gold. For warm skin tones, be aware of the different types of gold varying from rosegold to a more red gold, these can be used subtly with outfits to bring both modern and classic accents. If you don't know your skin tone you can check is out here with a great wikihow article.






Hair colour 

This is super important, especially if you are dying your hair different colours. First of all choose a hair colour that suits your skin tone. This is the biggest reason hair colour can make people look strange. Each time you dye your hair a different colour, you need to change your clothing colour scheme to suit.  If you are one of the few not experimenting with hair colour, then it makes things a bit easier. Your wardrobe choices can keep on one line and it makes shopping much easier.

 

Eye colour 

Blue eyed people are often encouraged to  wear blue clothing to bring out the colour of their eyes, but there is a whole range of things we can do with eye colour. Its a more subtle part of our colour scheme when you consider how noticeable skin and hair can be from a distance. But up close and personal eye suddenly become a big draw. I would suggest to consider the mood you want to create before looking at colours. Eyes that pop in terms of the outfit are great when you want to be out there and noticed, but what if you want something more relaxed. With hazel eyes you have a choice of how they pop eg more green or more brown. All eye colours have the dominant overall colour and smaller ones e.g blue eyes can be sky blue or more grey. Dark eyes can be more dark green or blue black. I have hazel eyes and most often choose to accent the browns and golds in my eyes, accenting the green for a different clearer look when wanted.





Don't be too swayed by fashion  

In the end the colour range that suits your skin tone, hair colour and eye colour won't change. Mostly there is a good shade in a the range of a fashionable color scheme that will work for each individual. Personally i wouldn't go for a fashionable color palette at the expense of looking too pale due tot he color not working for me.
 

Dressing for a color blind partner and friends

This is something more to be aware of. Many men have part colour blindness, so if you are dressing up for a date or loved one make sure you have a sense of their sight capabilities and also a sense of their taste. Ok we don't want to loose ourselves to someone else's taste but its not great to knock people over with it either. So when deciding clothing for a date or evening out with friends, try to get  a sense of what is appropriate for the occasion and help to create the desired atmosphere.



Office clothing and culture

These are other situations to be aware. Office culture nowadays in relation to the accepted clothing is so completely different where ever you go. In the good old days it was simple, dress to impress with a suit or skirt blazer combo. Nowadays its a matter of researching the company culture of the place you wish to join or be aware of the place you work in and how the general populace choose to dress. For interviews i would always suggest dress up a look slightly more if in doubt rather than less, it gives the impression of taking the interview seriously. In hte case of being at work in a steady job, ask yourself what the company culture regarding clothing is and how you like to dress with this in mind. If its super relaxed with jeans and t-shirts and you come in with a suit, its a very strong statement whether you are aware of this or not. Great clothing choices can not only make you look and feel better about yourself. But they can help you make friends in the office, impress the boss and draw clients into your work.


There is a lot we can do with color awareness and bringing this extra information to the choices we make when choosing outfits, interior decoration or anything else for that matter. Use colour to suit your mood and see how different choices can bring out different aspects of your character and how to apply this to work or chilling out with friends and loved ones.



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question
http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/style-tip-to-hide-or-expose-that-is.html

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html



Friday, 15 January 2016

Black and white photos with a splash of colour by Gine Maie

Newest photos from photo shoot today. Some lovely photos that didn't make the cut for latest website and promotions. Thank you to Gine Maie who photographed these for me.  Getting prepared for the new elegant clothing for dancers and anyone who likes simple beautiful clothes that flatter and move.














 Check out our store with a great range of individual clothing brought to you from Isolde's journeys. With a new collection of handmade items coming soon, Cielita store is a great place to check out.


Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Style tip: to hide or expose, that is the question



Where is the line between wearing too much and not covering enough. Probably easiest way to answer this question is to ask what you want to bring to an outfit. Modest and sophisticated for the work place or sexy club outfit. The choice is yours. What intrigues me is where this imaginery line is and how to make more informed choices about what we wear and in this case how much. I am sharing this topic because in the last days i have seen so many women wearing things that look like underwear in public or frumpy clothing that hides all signs that there is a beautiful women under there. It may sound like i am a prude but i have you know i am the first to try a low backless dress, low cut top or short skirt. But i like to look sexy rather than arriving as if i didn't have enough time to dress myself. Deliberate wearing of an outfit also means you can cross a few borders. But for now here are my tips for helping to make an informed choice.

  1. If you can see the outline of your hand underneath a shear dress or top, then you should definitely consider wearing something underneath. Well designed underwear for the out there girl or strapless top for the more conservative women out there. Boob tube type tops are great in these situations if you like to find something inbetween. 
  2. On the experimental first try out mission you have everyone heads turning, and not necessarily in a good way. Take on board what people were noticing and make some changes. While peoples opinion about your clothing choices shouldn't rule you, there is something to be said fr outfits that do everything you want them to do while leaving those around you comfortable. I think there is an art to this. The easiest thing in the world is to wear something shocking.
  3. Wearing a transparent top? then check what else you are wearing. If you wear the top with a short skirt and stiletto heels you might be taken for something you don't want to be. Combining a sexy top with straight leg jeans and heels can be a classy way to add a sexy aspect to your outfit. 
  4. Personally i love the avant garde outfits from the runway and would also love to try out the more wearable ones on the street. Most people can't handle this, so keep in mind that just because you see it on a runway or in a performance setting of some sort, it doesn't mean its suitable for the street or casual parties.
  5. Sexy doesn't mean exposed, often the contrary. Add a little mystery to an outfit and you get a load more heads turning without making people feel uncomfortable about looking and even enjoying. 
  6. If its see through now, know that if a photo is taken there will be even more showing. Choose how far to go now rather than regret the photo online everywhere later. Its a funny tip but with the social network and photo culture we have today its not long before one embarrassing photo becomes public knowledge.
  7. In the end, comfort is the most important thing. If you have a great outfit that is making you uncomfortable its probably doing more harm than good. How can you shine when you are worried about what you are wearing?
In the end you are the boos, the decision is yours. Make sure its a decision and make the most of what you have without going overboard to the point of over exposure. See below for more style tips and fashion articles.



Other articles that may be of interest in the style genre are:

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/style-winter-fashion-accessories.html

Tokyo street fashion, inspired by Manga?
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html

Little black dress, all its cracked up to be:
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The style mistakes no one told you about

 


Over the years I have made my fair share of fashion blunders and sometimes being a repeat offender. Why o why do friends keep quiet when trousers are in fact quite transparent, showing the world your booty not to mention whatever underwear you threw on that day to get to work or in this case school on time. Or that hair style that made you look like you crawled through the hedge backwards, due to a lack of information. Below I will talk you through some of the big mistakes i have made and wish someone told me about. Learning the hard way by looking at photos, getting comments or realizing when looking in a mirror with the right lighting conditions. Blunders are a hazard of a creative fashionista, don't be scared of them.


Safety to complete exposure in one foul moment... secretly transparent clothing


One of the most rememberable mistakes i made was wearing fitted black trousers to school thinking they were a sexy but good basic for my school uniform. Little did i know that they were half translucent showing everything in the right lighting. Luckily I could hide something of my backside with the over large school shirts we all wore then.  

Tips:

  • To avoid this blunder is to check clothing by putting your hand underneath it in bright light and see if the hand is visible. 
  • With stretchy fabric and some looser woven fabrics they can appear safe until you stretch them or change lighting conditions. 
  • Another thing you can do is wear safe underwear underneath in doubt while you test a piece of clothing for a day. 
  • Having a spare to change into if need be.


Bad Hair days


My hardest blunder was big poofy hair. My mother wasn't very good with the girly stuff and has straight hair so she never had to learn to deal with locks. Curly hair needs a whole completely different way of maintaining in order to keep the inner hedgehog at bay. What do i mean? well imagine you have long curly hair and crawl through a hedge backwards. This just about sums it up.

Tips for curly hair would include:

  • Don't brush when dry unless you put it up. Otherwise you end up with big frizzy hair.
  • During the day if you see its looking a bit unmanageable, put some water on your hands and smooth the rough areas. The water can help curl the hair and make it more defined again. 
  • When you have towel dried your hair, brush and put up for 30 minutes to an hour. If you let it down then the hair doesn't get so frizzy and curls are more defined.
  • Easy way to get sleek look is to plait your hair when its wet or the night before. Let it dry and when done, you can undo it to get a nice crinkly look thats effortless. i used this at school a lot after discovery.
  • Find hair styles that work with curly hair, don't rely on the always sleek straightened hair styles or styles that look great on naturally straighter hair. 
  • Find a good hair dresser who knows how to cut curly hair. Many hairdressers style for straight hair including cuts like layering and intricate shaping which tends to rely on you straightening your hair every day so it shows. A hairdresser who cuts you hair in the right way will make it look amazing and help with tips for how to care for curly hair.
  • If in real dispair, try one of the many products out there for curly hair definition.
  • Lastly conditioner is great for tangles and maintaining health with longer hair. Be aware that different shampoos have different affects on locks. I Have found some shampoos make tighter more defined curls while others make it frizzy.

Size matters...   height and clothing


Understanding what the sizes mean in things like bras was difficult in the beginning. I didn't really have someone who explained girly things to me so there was a lot of trial and error. I think many of us get puzzled about bra sizes in the beginning. Ok not the guys, but actually i do remember a certain amount of interest from the guys when the girls started needing them. The other thing which is less obvious is the general sizing of clothes affecting men and women alike, mostly in how they never fit many of us very well.

I am tall for a girl/women in the UK and the clothes that fit my width never fit in length. I got used to buying size 14/16 UK clothing for the extra length in the arms and legs. Getting so used to it i considered myself actually this size and when people commented on these sizes being overweight at times it made me feel less than good about my body shape. Also pronounced when you hear the American sizes like 0, 2, 4, 6 you think you must be a giant. Not realizing their sizes are different.

At 14 I had this textiles teacher outside school who opened my eyes quite a bit with some simple comments. One time she asked why I hid myself in a tent of clothes. Another time she suggested i go for modeling. Overall these comments got me thinking. i had many realizations and continued for the next years to grow my knowledge.

Tips:
  • One for the girls, get properly fitted for bras and find someone who can help while you are growing as its always changing.
  • The sizes we see in the shop are general, they differ in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. They don't define us but help guide. Likewise one brands sizing and style is a little different to anothers. Making trying on clothes a real must and not taking it personally if it doesn't fit.
  • For those who can sew, buying larger sizes and taking in parts of  a piece of clothing is a great way to go. I have done this a lot, particularly taking the waist in.
  • Different styles of clothing can look good baggy. i often go for a smaller or bigger size than one might think in order to get a certain effect that i want to create. 
  • Some styles will always work for your body type, keep these in mind when shopping especially online. Other styles might be beautiful but they generally won't work. For me i love the bodices with built in bra effect. But these almost never work as i have a bigger bust than my UK size 6/8 waist. I don't take it personally but would love to find one that fit someday. Finding a variation like a boned bodice without the bra addition is one of my wardrobe treasures and i probably have too many of them (smile).

Heels oh wondrous heels... how high is too high?


I was an early starter with many things like being interested in fashion, shaving my legs at 12, loving absolutely loving heels and all things that i saw women wearing around me. I got a lot of attention from men around this time and often they thought I was a lot older.  As a tall girl I discovered that wearing the hugest heels with platforms was the most alienating thing you could do but the public loved it. Growing up I was self conscious about my height and often being the tallest girl in groups. I went between wearing high heels and completely not, although loving them they made me stand out.

Tips:
  • Just because the fashion says high heels, or platforms or flat. Go with what is flattering to you.
  • Just because you stand out it doesn't mean its bad. At 14 I made a conscious choice to choose how people say me because they were going to see me anyway. Going further than shoes into clothes, fitness and the way i composed myself. 
  • Personally i find platforms terrible for those who have big feet in relation to their bodies. 
  • Kitten heels are girly and sexy for tall thinner built girls.
  • Thick heels aren't adviseable for very thin people as it can accentuate your build. 
  • Wearing heels in cities where they have cobblestones is hard work and can ruin a beautiful pair of shoes, so think through your day first before choosing shoes.
  • Thicker heels are better for balance 
  • Platforms are great combined in very high heels as your feet don't work so had.



Blunders are a hazard of a creative fashionista, don't be scared of them. Maybe best thing is to smile, make a joke and learn from it. In the case of unintentional close to cool blunders, tweak and wear with conviction. Then we will see who is laughing.

For individual beautiful items to add to a creative fashionistas wardrobe check out our Store. Or check out other style tips in articles below.


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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Fashion files... Haute Couture to street fashion

 
This is article uno covering many of the top influencers in fashion both Haute couture and street fashion. If you are anything like me when I started in this world, it was difficult to know who these people were and their significant influence on our everyday choices in fashion. Not to mention how to pronounce their names. Keep a look out for these articles which include a brief introduction, wrap sheet and personal take on the style and the influences it has had. I hope you enjoy.

 

Karl Lagerfeld


While Chanel has always been a favourite for me, the discovery a while back about the oler fashion houses having more than one designer and how often the younger one takes over as the original retires. In this case Karl Lagerfeld took over the title of head designer of Channel. 

Designer, artist and photographer are amongst some of the titles this man holds in the fashion world. As head designer for Chanel, Fendi and head of his own brand, Karl Lagerveld is a busy man. When asked about the message of his collections he is often referring to them as a proposition for whats possible rather than a fashion concept that must be followed. His thought process and usage of different style shoes for the models is also fascinating. While accepting of other designers use of stilettos as a style he appears to prefer a broad range of heel heights and platforms come into use a lot.

 

I love the accentuation of the waistline in many of his pieces and the play between old and new. Including influences from strong cultures like the new Cruise Dubai collection of 2015. Coupled with creative use of layering which adds depth to many pieces and strong clean lines with others that keeps the feeling of inventive design alive. The classic Coco Chanel look taking this timeless elegance and keeping it modern. 



 

Did you know...  Rap sheet



  • In 1983, he was named art director of Chanel and in 1984 he created his own fashion line Karl Lagerveld.
  • He designed 30 looks for H&M in 2004, bringing haute couture to the streets. 
  • He owns over 300,000 books.
  • He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt but later changed it for a more commercially viable name.
  • Rumor has it that he creates all his designs using make up.
  • He shoots all his campaign from the back of his Paris bookstore 7l'.
  • Karl Lagerfeld got his passion for high collared shirts from his godfather.
  • He never attended fashion school and instead has a long history of working for different lines.
  • Between Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerveld he has 15 collections a year.

Come back soon for the next installment of Fashion.


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Latest Photo shoot, images of a dancer...new black dress






New black dress design, trying it out with favourite dance shoes and some other colour accents in jewellery and makeup. Check out this dress and more at Cielita Loca store.


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Friday, 1 January 2016

Consulting your inner dream dictionary

 

Consulting your inner dream dictionary... no new years resolution list here!

Instead of setting new years resolutions which implies one will surely deliver on a list of things that might or might not be possible. Confining you to the many possible limitations while fulfilling, or simply the feeling of failure if not delivering said item on said list. Open for some suggestions?

 

Tips 1: turn resolutions into aspirations (this tip was given to me by an old friend)


Try out the power of aspirations, aspiring to reach a goal has a very different feel to resolutions and gives room for movement. After all the idea of new years resolutions are to improve oneself or to reach new possibilities. A pattern of setting a list of things we can't actually deliver sets up a self confirming failure pattern. Why do it to yourself? Step out of the cycle and live for the moment, consult your own personal dream dictionary for things that give you energy when aspiring to do them. Enjoy this new found motivation and see where it takes you. Often the journey is richer than the original goal and with any good journey the destination will change anyway suiting your new situation. 

Tip 2: Do away with the inner task list


We clutter our lives and our thoughts with so many must do's and have to's, the wishes of others and the expectations we perceive to be laid upon us. What happens if you step away from the inner task list and search for an activity that enables you to simply get in touch with yourself. As I write this one I know I am suspect of not doing this too. One of the hardest most beautiful things is to live with ourselves as we are and with who we are. When we harshly judge ourselves we step into a pattern of judging others too. When doing this we open up the space for others analysis in return, that becomes still more baggage we place on our internal task list. Stopping the cycle of judgements can help stop yet more incoming tasks but a great secondary result is others around us can feel more peacefulness too. In effect you are de-cluttering your inner space helping stress levels, stepping out of patterns that can hurt you and others and hopefully giving space enough to get in touch with yourself.

 

Tip 3:  Dream dictionary and holding onto dead wood


In this article I am referring to the term dream dictionary, using it as a reference to the innermost wishes, desires and aspirations we have. Sometimes we tell these to the world and sometimes they lay hidden. Some will be easily fulfilled and others may simply be left to one side or vanish when not needed anymore. Maybe you already found your dream girl or dream house. What is lying within the pages of your dream dictionary?

If i show you a few of mine will you show me yours? Any dreams or aspirations you might have and are willing to share can be added to the comment section of this article and would be appreciated.

So some of mine in simple list form (some have are here or already realized and they are in no particular order):
  • to experience a deep love and trust of another human being.
  • to remain in touch with myself and the nature that surrounds me.
  • to learn new things, seek new adventures, continually discovering and exploring.
  • to share love and intimacy with a loved one, a child, pets and caring community creating a feeling of family. It comes from being comfortable with loneliness but choosing to search for more.
The great thing about getting in touch with your aspirations is that clarity bout the dead wood you are carrying in your life also surfaces. This new found awareness and space gives you insight into the things you are holding onto, or pulling away energy. If they aren't in your dream dictionary or working towards something there, then its probably good to let go. Don't do this because this article says so, check it in yourself and make the decision if its the right one. You have to live with the choice. 

Admitting I am terrible at this process myself, moving from natural collector to hoarder. Then at some moment being fed up with stuff that clogs up my living space, physical and metaphysical. I move to organizer and more minimalist. I found it was a huge weight off my shoulders when getting rid of resolutions for new years or otherwise. Finding a do now or let go approach works better for me. Not judging myself is an ongoing learning process, with a perfectionist tendencies relating to work and creative projects its hard to not let this impede on my personal conversation with myself. Many more tips could have been included, in the hope to avoid overload and delve into the simple idea of of touching base with yourself I left these out. 

Enjoyed this article? It would be lovely to hear an aspiration, point out of your dream diary and anything else you would like to share.


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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Style tip: play, exchange & self empowerment

When assembling an outfit its important to think through the different layers and the things you will be doing while wearing your latest choice. Sound funny? Well some pre-thought on this might save you hassle later and keep you always looking good whatever you are putting on or taking off.

When I talk about layers it refers to the different layers you can put on and the different combinations possible. For example outside you have one look with coat, scarf, boots and trousers, but if it get warm and sunny you loose the scarf and coat, is your outfit still working for you? Are you warm enough? Adding a few thinner layers can help with situations where you are not sure if you will be warm or cold. You can always get rid of these later and don't take much room up in your bag. Does this new combination in your style work colour, texture and combination.

Even underwear is often forgotten, have you realized that different shaped bras and briefs create different shapes in your silhouette? While this article is mainly aimed at women it goes for men too. The layers underneath have a direct effect on the ones above. If not then take notice the next time you are getting dressed. Underwear although almost never seen can make or break and outfit.

Second check point is the practicality of an outfit. A clothing choice should live up to the practical requirements you might have until you change. If you are going on a long hike you definitely don't want heels or clothing that restricts movement, on a date you would wear something that makes you feel relaxed and attractive. The other alternative is changing for every different activity which is possible but a lot work.

Lastly the feel of an outfit is addressing how you feel in it and what image or unconscious reactions do you get from other people. The reactions you want from other people is a good thing to keep in mind when deciding what to wear. We have a great power to decide many aspects of how we are seen by others, too few of us really use it and even fewer use it to bring out the best of themselves. Rather than be ruled by the 'good style choices' we made. An example of this is when you see someone walking down the street in absolutely beautiful clothing that might or might not combine, but its elegant and sophisticated. See the problem, the clothes were wearing the person and the person who had taken all that trouble to find beautiful things remained hidden. Wear your clothes and don't be ruled by them.

There is a psychology behind this too. While many of us want to be seen we might not be ready for it. Fighting tooth and nail to put up bounderies and hide. Using too much make up and overbearing clothing choices, or worse simply not caring at all.

For myself i tend to approach an outfit in on from the end result needed or desired if i need to be more effecient while working with a specific look. This then decides the choices about underwear, accessories and layers which work well toward this goal. If i have time and no particular look in mind its fun to build from the underwear up, especially if you are going out. Its nice to take time for the preparation, going with what you feel to be the right thing for that moment, changing if need be. More on this topic another time.

Winter fashion meets Indian accessories and dynamic colours


 


The style tips above can be the difference between getting a job from an interview, a second date or generally just feeling good in your skin. Bring together awareness of layering, activities of the day and suitability, lastly adding the projected image you want to bring when out and about. Make a choice about how others see you and empower yourself today.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Did you know ... fashions trends

I am busy researching ideas and designs for my new collection of clothing for dancers and anyone wanting something a little special for their wardrobe, be it sexy dress for a party or elegant clothing that moves effortless for dancers. Including the important detail of fitting well but not shifting around. Just because we move, the clothing shouldn't have to. The process of designing clothing is interesting unto itself. How does a collection come into being and why, what are the choices that make the final outcome. I hope to share something of this process with you. The final outcome being showcased in february 2016.

For me the first step was to decide why i am designing a collection and to what purpose. The answers to these questions came very quickly as they were the underlying reason for beginning in the first place.

I have always been interested in creating clothes that flatter all shapes and bring out the personality of the person wearing them, and not the other way around. Too often you see clothes wearing the person who is somehow lost in the mass of fabric and whatever else is going on with an outfit. I love the idea of bringing a collection that enables me to educate people that they are beautiful and can wear clothes to bring out their uniqueness, shining like the sun. Secondly as a dancer i have experienced many mishaps with clothing moving around as you are focused in your dance. Mostly you can unceremoniously pull it back into the correct position but sometimes a bit more of you is exposed than intended. I am designing clothing that if specially fitted to the dancer will stay put. Allow extra freedom in not worrying about clothing and simply enjoying the dance. Not only this but elegant clothing that is both sexy and comfortable, with a twist on classic designs adding flavour. There is also a possibility to take an item from our basic range and add all sorts of extras to truly make it your own and unique. Its uncommen to have this much choice at an affordable price. This is the aim for the NEW addition to the Cielita Loca store which until february is offering unique clothing at great prices.

Principal aims are:

  • Elegant clothing that stays put and flatters
  • With Options of elegant of hip chic, something for everyone
  • Clothing that is fitted and accentuates movement, great for dancers
  • Combines well with other designs in the collection or great basics you have in your wardrobe.
  • Influenced by great classic fashions with a twist of modern design. 
  • With attention to detail on the back as well as the front, with dancers the back is all you see when you dance.
  • Fabric with be great to touch offering texture for the outfit.
  • Extra options of choosing fitting and additions to basic range for individual touch.

 

 The research continues...

 

 




I find myself looking back in time when i research.  i love the idea that when i design something it incorporates the best of the old while adding a new twist making contemporary and modern. Probably more important is wearable and making the person feel at home decorating their body with something that makes their personality shine.









The images i have in my head remind me strongly of the 1900s, with their long lines, high waist and use of detail to accentuate a woman's figure creating elegance and sophistication. Buttons and fascinator hats galore. Taking details like buttons, a high waist that ties in with current fashions and the chic use of fabrics to create designs that incorporate a flavour of the 1900s fashion. Combining it with the dress length more commonly found in the 1950s, with shorter options if people want it.

The history of fashion plays such a big part of what is current in vogue today. Fashionistas forget this too easily. Part of the strength of todays fashion is drawn from the greats of yearsterday and beyond. For me they will always be an inspiration and power to include. So many concepts of politics, style and the social factors that were important in shaping an era's style concept give greater significance to the things we wear now. A dress is not simply a dress but a representative of times past, while capturing the modern times.

Stay posted for the new collection or visit Cielito's home for more information on workshops, tango and all new activities happening at our studio in the New year.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Little black dress

Is the little black dress really all its cracked up to be? Pop culture would have us believe that its the first line defense against everything and once we don the little black dress we instantly step into sexy heaven.

But what about the many people who shouldn't wear black due to the aging effect it has by highlighting shadows and lines on the face. For others the tone is very important, for myself i look great if its a charcoal black close to my face but black black is too austere making me look very pale. There are brown blacks, blue blacks to also add the the list and of course coming from New Zealand there are the all blacks but that is another topic entirely.

Colour aside, other great things to consider are the features you would like to accentuate and the parts of your body you feel less happy to show. Its not about hiding but effective choosing a dress that works to bring out your confidence by working with your body image and what you have to work with.

There are two rules i learned from an old teacher of mine that have stuck with me since the day i heard them. The first was 'if you've got it, flaunt it' and the second is that there is a small list of attributes one can show. If you want to be slutty (excuse the language) show it all, for elegance show maximum 2. This small list would be cleavage, back, tummy and legs. 2 treasures that will last me a life time, i hope you find them useful.