Tuesday, 13 October 2009

My Quest For Pretty: The Hoodie

Inspired by my Life's A Debate Post on Does This Come in Pretty, I have decided to embark on a mission to find the prettier versions of all life's essentials (and not-so-essentials). However since we do not all have access to the same stores and stuff and since we all have different tastes, I am just gonna give you a low down of what I think is lovely. Feel free to give me your own thoughts and opinions too.

My Top 5 Favorite types of super pretty hoodies :
  1. Plaid and tartan prints: Ever since I saw my current favorite hoodie at the store I knew it was the one. A good plaid print (especially if its black on a white background) has the ability to transform a simple hoodie into something unique, classy and potentially whimsical in style. This style is very big right now so you are likely to find the perfect one for your personality.
  2. Polka dots: I LOVE polka dots! Big or small, multicoloured or single toned, they are just the thing to add that extra punch of fun to any outfit. And although I believe in mixing prints, I have to admit this is something one should be careful with. (More on mixing prints successfully soon to come.)
  3. Asymetrical and funky cuts: This is a more avante-garde way of getting a lovely hoodie. Granted it might be harder to find, but you can be rest assured that when you do find one with unusual sleeves, a longer cut, or achitectural shape, that you will stand out and in a good way.
  4. Bright, bright colours: With the fast approach of winter and the abundance of rainy, dull and overcast days, there is no better way that I can think of to radiate your inner sunshine than by wearing a brightly coloured hoodie. I favour colours like aqua blue, rose violet, and other jewel tones for the fall, but yellow, orange and other warm colours work well too.

  5. Unusual materials: You can break away from the traditionally cotton hoodies and try out something a little more unique. For example some people like to reuse knitwear and turn it into other clothes, and you could try using old sweaters to make a 'new' hoodie, that will truly be one of a kind. If DIY isnt for you though, Etsy is a always a safe bet to find that funky piece that will make your wardrobe.

(Picture from: Mark My Name on flickr.com )

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. What are your favorite trends in hoodies right now? What is your personal style? And what stores do you think have gorgeous hoodies right now? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Life's Little Lessons No. 1: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dearest Devotees,

Now, I realise that I am but a child in the big courtyard of life, but I strongly believe that anyone, absolutely anyone, can teach you something new, or reveal something to you in a totally different light. I, for one continue to learn new things every day and sometimes in extremely odd and unexpected places too. And who better to share these little insights with than you, my devotees? So it is with this in mind that I introduce my Life's little lessons piece, in the hope that you too may join me in this path of discovery and learn a little more along the way.

After going through another situation in which I (incorrectly) analysed a guy's words without taking his actions into serious account, and being hurt by the outcome, I feel that it is about time that I incorporated the saying that 'actions speak louder than words', into my life. I mean, people can (and often do) say things without meaning them, and we, the receivers of these untruths choose to believe them simply because we want to, even when the person's actions do not reflect what they have told you. In fact, some of us, men and women alike, try to make it seem that these contradictory actions are in fact the exact sort of behaviours one should expect in these situations. This was brought home to me in a big way when a day after the aforementioned guy situation, I rewatched the movie He's just not that into you with a friend of mine. I felt like Gigi and was completely enlightened when Alex gave this piece of world shifting advice : If a guy acts like he doesn't give a shit about you, he sincerely doesn't give a shit.

The fact that Alex was very much a cynic when he told her this (who later became a romantic when he fell in love with Gigi) does not take away from the truth in this statement. Most people in this world are not good actors and can not go for long periods of time pretending they feel a certain way when they don't. If an acquaintance of yours, claims to be your friend and tends to not mysteriously unavailable whenever you need them, don't try to make excuses for the person. If a boyfriend or girlfriend proclaims their undying love for you but frequently tears you down, or has 'wandering eyes', do not think that it is simply a phase they are passing through. If you really care about the person confront them head on, otherwise you would do well to distance yourself them. Harsh as it may seem sometimes, we would all be better off in in long run if we could accept that words only mean something when they are tied to actions. Look at it this way, if you truly love someone would you only say so, or would you try to show your love for them more each day?
(Picture from trbpix )

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S So tell me what you think. What are your experiences with this lesson? Is it something you have tried to incorporate into your life? If so, how do you remember it when you need to ?
Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Monday, 5 October 2009

Trendlight: The Quilted Bag

Left over from the waves of bohemian chic that defined last season, the quilted bag, as a result of its versatility and transitionability, has not only lingered on the streets but grown to serious trend status over the past couple of months. And with the presence of traditionally bohemian and hippie trends like florals on the runways for this season, I have no doubt that it has the potential to be the new 'It' bag.Although the most dominant label associated with this trend is Vera Bradley, several similar bags have been found in major stores and small boutiques alike.

I absolutely love this trend, and not just because my style has a predominantly bohemian vibe too. I also love these bags because, they add an instant punch of colour and style to even the simplest of outfits. With the amazing print found on these quilted bags, even an otherwise plain outfit can look stellar. Another reason I love them is because they are so soft and easy to carry (see comfort and style). Finally, and most importantly I think, is that they can be found in a wide range of styles, prints and prices. There's just so much variety available, especially if you know where to look. As of now, I have a quilted backpack, tote and ID wallet (backpack from Staples and tote and ID from Barnes and Nobles). And in case you fall in love with this trend and want to decorate and equip your dorm/room/locker/desk with similar Vera Bradley stationery and luggage pieces , you can. However, if going all out there and investing in the larger pieces is not your thing, they have several smaller pieces such as cell phone purses, ID wallets and clutches available too. Either way you look at it, this is sure to recapture the essence of summer as winter nights draw nearer.

(Both pictures from Vera Bradley website).
Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. Is this a trend you would try/ have tried? Does it fit in with your style? And how would you rock it? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
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