Photography by JMPN Productions. Shot in Manhattan, New York City.
Don't go chasing waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to... I sing in the shower. You sing the shower. We all sing in the shower. Inspired by this commonality of manking, I got together with the uber-talented photographer Nieto Lucio (JMNP Productions) and fully immersed myself under a steady stream of H20, channeling by inner musical goddess. I vamped up the smolder with silver hardware and smokey eyes, creating an intoxicating combination. The desired effect can be achieved easily in minutes. Here's how:
So time's a ticking, you're running out the door and you've thrown on your little black dress. The little black dress is a classic wardrobe staple and a great go-to when you're in a pinch for time or you're just having a CBF kinda day. But you can't leave it at that- that's like walking out naked. NOT accessorizing it is a fashion crime. Experiment with textures and colors. This is where you can really play up those fashion details. The LBD is like a clean, blank canvas... a chic, classic one no less, but still a blank canvas. This is how I decorate my slate:
By Irina Gheorghe.
I don’t own a considerable amount of jewelry. As a matter of fact, I have lately been going through all of my more or less bedazzled possessions and decided to part way with some of them, as they no longer seemed to tick the boxes that I needed them to. Sob.
There’s this one piece that I am very fond of, however, in particular because it is one of the first pieces of jewelry that I handpicked for myself rather than receive them, have them passed down, and all that. I guess we’ve all been there.
And this one piece I am going to write about.
While I do not exactly remember the year I bought it in, I vividly remember I was looking to treat myself on the occasion of my birthday at the start of November that year. Therefore, I was walking down one of the main boulevards and looking at the windows of some of the independent jewelry shops in central Bucharest. All of a sudden, this window shop with relatively interesting pieces, mostly rings, caught my attention.
The pieces looked interesting enough to seem quirky and unique and polished enough to seem like they could integrate and fit in. I guess that what attracted me most to the piece that I eventually ended up buying was its rectangular and safe shape; square enough to have almost an impenetrable allure, like a fortress or a shield, and signed off with the artist’s signature; therefore, soft enough for someone to get close to it and have it personalized.
The piece de la resistance for me was, however, its decorating feature. Something that almost looks like a folding curtain, falling elegantly on the rectangular mantelpiece of the ring. Something that, in my imagination, looks almost like an immortalized Scorpio sting and that maybe said to me that the ring was meant to be mine.
I feel like there is a lot of passion in the design of this ring, although its structure looks almost inscrutable, almost like a wall. Maybe that is why I like it so much.
Irinia is based in London and loves to write about the everyday moments that inspire her. These can be overseas travels and local city walks, international food and local markets and other pass times. She blogs over at irinagheorghe.com
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"There are women who do not like perfume. These are women who have not found their scent"
When I landed in the United States, just over 6 years on April 15th, I dropped off my suitcase, grabbed a much-needed coffee (a 22 hour flight will do that to you) and made my way to the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in downtown NYC- a school which is just as much famous for its 'method acting' technique as it is for the scores of celebrated alumni that have come out of it. Marilyn Monroe for one. When asked by a reporter what she wore to bed, she famously purred "Chanel No.5 of course". Marilyn and I may only have a few things in common like our acting training because I don't wear Chanel No.5 like she did. But, we're both firm believers in the power of perfume.
Having a signature scent or two isn't just powerful, it's necessary. As we learn at Strasberg, smell is one of our most powerful senses and makes a strong statement about you before you even utter a word. Your scent becomes what you're known for, how you're identified and what you're associated with. If there's one single, simple thing that instantly transforms the way you feel about yourself or your day, it's a damn good perfume. As a 2nd-generation perfume lover I'm known to have quite a collection, though mine pales in comparison to my mom's E P I C stash.
Welcome, Miss Dior: a happy addition to my vault of timeless fragrances. Je t'adore. Find your scent. My girl Marilyn knew what she was talking about.
Avec l'amour de france. With love from France. And now we come to this bold statement piece. This ring is easily my favorite piece of jewelry. It was custom-designed for me by an American jewelry designer that I met in my hotel in Nice, France. We were the only guests at the hotel (hmm maybe that's a bit of a stretch- more of a hostel?) and we became fast friends. When you travel alone you make friends quite easily with people. I always feel that in the same measure your guard is up (and to be fair, in foreign countries by yourself it probably should be to some degree), you're also more open to newness: new opportunities, relationships, possibilities, adventures. Such openness has paved the way for many friendships made at a bus stop in the middle of the Tuscan hills in Italy, at a train station in France, over 25 hour flights to Australia and many more that are still nurtured to this day. In the case with Mr Jewelry Designer, we hit if off very quickly one evening in that little rundown ho(s)tel in the French Riviera. I marveled at his extreme nomadic-ness, sustaining his Mediterranean adventures with the jewelry he made and sold as he traveled along. I loved his work. I bought his entire stock over breakfast and as a thank you, he made me this beautiful, one-of-a-kind ring that I've treasured for over 10 years. At the time, it had a ruby-red gemstone that rolled around in the middle but that I sadly lost somewhere between Australia and Africa about 5 years ago. Now I've come to love it more, with its silver, geometric maze. It's eye-catching, curiosity-piquing and is always a conversation starter with people when I'm out and about. I myself have even wondered about the imprint that it could make if I sucked-punched somebody with it on. I don't supposed in the name of art I could 'experiment'? And to this day, the second I put it on, it always takes me back to that solo, back-packing Euro adventure and reminds me of my deep-seated need to keep stepping out of my comfort zone, dare all, bare more, risk plenty and live with abundant abandon. Like the ring, I hope that feeling never goes away.
P.s: Mr Jewelry Designer, wherever you are, thank you. Where for art thou?
Heads down, prayers up, do work. AND REST. That's my mantra. And when you live in the city that is New York, it's a must. Lord knows I [heart] NY (I have the tee to prove it), the energy, the pace, the magic, the constant peppering in the air of knowing that you're surrounded by something special, something that's poignant and intangible. Dare I say at the risk of sounding corny, it's magical.
So what does all that have to do with these heart-shaped silver studs. Well 1) they're lovely so that's reason enough in my book (or blog). And what's a more love(ly) piece of jewelry? 2) They were a birthday gift from a friend from Lesotho, gifted to me on my birthday celebrated at a French restaurant in Botswana last year. They came endowed in love. As much as I get energized by my dirty, gorgeous, sexy city, I also get weighed down by it (um.. is that Newton's third law or something?). Surrounding yourself with love and giving love is imperative and these little silver gems serve a gentle reminder for my Type A tendencies of a Type B soul.
They also carry a beautiful elegance to them that even with only a crisp, white shirt you still look sophisticated. Warning: if you do step out your front door, put on some pants (not pictured above!).
In the meantime, prayers up, do work and rest.
What's more nude coat-y than nothing but a wrap? Not completely unlike the DVF wrap, I gladly wear my "leteitsi" and nothing else. A pair of matching earrings and woven head wraps = fashion perfection. Or it can be tailored to an A-line skirt and a solid-colored top (as shown above). A skinny leather belt and bold bangle will give you insta-high fashion. I don't often wear bright colors, but a chance to show Botswana's beautiful traditional attire to the world can't be missed.
Yes you can look like you've stepped off the pages of Vogue even in the dusty, savannah terrain of the African bush. How? Dust yourself in gold. Simplicity is key to getting that 24ct look: large gold hoops and a couple gold bracelets can glamorize even a straw basket and broom. Add a slick of your favorite dark, bold lip color and some bronze highlighter on your brow bone et voila! If you can capture your look in magic hour, even better. Hello, covergirl.
P.S. the cindy crawford mole is optional
How ELSE can you sport a belt and headband? Turn a hair accessory into a forehead band. Double belt your waist. Make your #OOTD come ALIVE! I'm no stranger to repurposing + alt-styling pieces. It's the easiest way to create a "brand-new" outfit. Put on 2 skinny belts. Extra points for contrasting colors. Wear that hairband on your forehead instead to add a little tribal-edge to a classic tank. Own it. Rock it.
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