Fashion & Beauty

Pantone Red and Blue for Chic Chic Gemmes

These two colours have the power to transcend time and fashion.  Red and Blue historically are possibly two of the most important shades.  Those azure blues found in diamond stones were and still are highly prized. The ancients discovered that the Cochineal red dye could be created from the bodies of the Cochineal beetle.  Something that is still used in some food colorants and cosmetics today!

Red – it’s the colour of blood, of love,  passion, anger and rage.  One will find it on the flags of many countries and it will in many cases represent ‘spilt blood’.  Red is the colour of life and death, everything about it is so attention grabbing.

red hot blazer

Red vintage blazer (founditgreat)

You can add strong elements of crimson to your outfit – just take a look at some of the beautiful accessories around, to get that quintessential Lady-in-Red look!

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Next we have the all important Blue!  Where would we be without this shade of Ultramarine?  Although it’s stunning to look at, many will find that it’s calming at the same time.  Just as vibrant as the red, blues are used for their different effect.  Think the beautifully blue skies of summer or the calmness of blue painted walls.

Vintage sky blue dress from founditgreat

Vintage sky blue dress from founditgreat

Blue looks fantastic on any accessory, but if you feel like you need that extra little bit of calmness in your everyday, try the blue hues.  Whether as statement rings, friendship bracelets or other arm candy! (thank you to Hema of Fashionistcs for the authoring of this post)

Sea charm bracelet by Blossoming Silver

Keeping Stylish In The Snow

Chunky Infinity Scarf

Chunky Infinity Scarf by BlueBirds Fly Boutique

At the first glimpse of snow we all raid our wardrobes for those woolly hats and the thickest cardigans. But who could blame us!  Here in the U.K we have been covered in a thick blanket of snow for days!

Keeping warm in the winter is a priority more than style or fashion.  So for four to five months of the year we will find ourselves wrapped up in those chunky sweaters, granny style cardigans and in extreme cases…thermal underwear!  The downside to this is that the winter is filled with all those parties and events that you will be invited to.  We know that anyone can look stylish in the snow!  Here are some of our tips on how to look hot when it’s freezing cold outside!

Shrug/Bolero by The Feminine Touch

Layering:  One of the key trends this year has been layering.  Looking good is not always about wearing your most thickest jumper and hoping that chunky belt will give it a retro twist.  Why not do several layers?  Your sparkly vest top over a long sleeved t-shirt and loose cardigan for example.  You will be surprised how warm you can be with this bohemian look.  Try your lacy shrug tie up bolero!  The more eclectic you feel you can be the better!  Layering is a super chic way of keeping warm in the winter.

Alternating those themes:  Right now you will find that themes in fashion are very now! By ‘themes’ we mean motifs with even a hint of fancy dress!  Yes it’s anything goes with your winter outfit.  Get playful with your style and add those quirky fun hooded sweaters and hats with built in animal ears.  Owls, foxes and rabbits have been everywhere over the past year, so you will be onto a sure fire hit with this one.  A look that looks fabulous on all ages!

Faux Fur Foxy Lil Minx Hoodie Scoodie Scarf by Topped Hats

Accessorize with colour:  Winter is a very dull time, especially in the U.K.  The dark skies certainly do make things a little drab.  It’s all we can do to add some colour to our outfits.  If there was ever a time to be eye catching then it is right now.  Go for the vibrant reds and exotic peacock blues when accessorising!  That bright multicoloured neck scarf will look amazing over that grey coat.  Warm sienna’s, burnt oranges as well as cherry reds on your winter warmers are perfect!

Mohair Fingerless Gloves by The Feminine Touch

Get Sparkly: With the dull weather it pays to be as glam as possible- so get that bling on.  Cocktail rings as well as that oversized gem encrusted necklace make a statement at any winter party.  Ok so technically your jewels will not keep you warm but those gemstones will reflect the little light that there is at this time of year.  You will truly sparkle, your gems giving the impression of warmth along with being glamorous.

Red Necklace Coral Spike Poppy Red Dagger Beaded Choker  - Spring Passion by Chi Chi Gemmes

Coral Gemstone with Crystal Beads Choker/Necklace by Chi Chi Gemmes

With just these simple tips you can make a serious style statement when out and about this season!

Author:  Hema (aka) The Fashionistics

Rose Geranium Bath Salts – Soak Away The Stress Of The Day

As you know, I love roses, how they look as well as how they smell.   So……I’ve just been shopping and treated myself.  

  Come on now….how could I resist  Sarah of SweetSallysSoaps  (who has been making handmade organic soaps, lotions, perfumes, and bath bombs and other awesome goodies  for the last 6 years) enticing description: 

” Soak away the stress of the day. Rose geranium essential oil is known for stress relief and elevating your mood. Not to mention it smells delightful. Dead Sea salts are therapeutic for your skin and great for relieving tried muscles.
Himalayan pink salt is considered to be the purest salts available. It is mined in the Himalayan Mountains. It has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements.
Add desired amount to a warm bath and soak away. Your skin, body and mind will be happy you did”.

Could you have resisted?

Lovely Clusters

Here in the UK, spring has finally sprung don’t you think?  I’ve just popped out to get some fruit salad for my lunch and the sun is shining, people are walking around without their coats and no doubt some are thinking that if this nice weather sticks around, well, time to ditch the winter blacks and bring out the lighter brighter clothing and accessories.  
If you are that person and needing some inspiration of what colour combinations to try out for spring, or indeed want to treat yourself to say, some new earrings or accessories for the home – I suggest you go check out Rachel Follet’s Lovely Clusters Spring 2011 Catalogue.  
To whet your appetite – here are pages 6 & 7  from the catalogue!

Creations By Juliann – Handmade Jewellery & Love Tokens

Juliann is a writer and photographer from New York, who is finally pursuing her dream designing and creating quality gemstone jewellery “for the romantic in you”.
Juliann draws inspiration from whatever is around her such as people, nature, history, vintage clothing, animals and abstract art, etc.
The name of her online shop?  What else could it be called other than Creations By Julian!
As a special touch – each item you purchase from Juliann includes within its packaging an inspirational quote or famous poem chosen by Juliann for its compatibility with the title of that particular item!
Visit Juliann’s online Etsy shop –  Creations By Juliann

Broken Ghost Couture – One Of A Kind Reconstructured Clothing

Jana Foehrenbach, of Broken Ghost Couture “creates unique, fashion forward pieces with a lot of feminine flair”.
Jana has been an artist all her life and says “I’ve created in many different mediums such as oil painting, floral design, home decor and mural painting. Being an owner of a consignment shop for 6+ years, I saw so many textiles go to waste”.  Thus, at age 43 Jana began designing clothing.
“I have become very passionate about creating unique one-of-a-kind clothing using vintage and pre-loved fabrics”, she claims.
Jana has done tremendously well with her design work!  She says “I showed my Spring/Summer 2010 Collection at Alberta Fashion Week. Soon after, I won a Global Fashion Designer Search competition and won! From that win, I was given a spot at the prestigious Vancouver Fashion Week and showed there in October 2009”.
She also takes special orders and will happily work with you to design an outfit that takes your eye – in a different colour or size.  If she is unable to provide the exact same fabric, she aims to find something very similar!

Go check out what Jana has in store for Spring 2010!

More Winter Indie

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Still pondering on what to wear when out  walking in the winter wonderland?
Don’t forget your lips – exposed to harsh winds and bitter cold weather they can become dry and chapped.
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Indie Winter Wear

Weather forecasters say that us folk in the UK are set for a bout of snow, sleet and bitter cold temperatures.  Brrrr……….yes, I know, sisters in other parts of the world are already experiencing this, or live in countries where this is the norm.
Wherever you are, warm up with indie winter wear!
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