18 October 2013, 10:11
This dress is much more simple than I would normally pick. I borrowed it from Shauna, Queen of Minimalism, and as soon as I tried it on, I was in love. As I get older, I’m learning about the power of simplicity in all things. Clothing’s just one area in which minimalism can be elevated to an art-form.
And really, when you’re standing against a bright blue door, wearing raspberry lipstick, surrounded by shocking pink bougainvillea, you don’t need much else, do you?
I think by now you have probably grasped that Santorini is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you ever had any doubts about visiting, I hope the pictures I’ve shared with you have removed them once and for all.
Whenever anyone asks me about what the Greek Islands are like, all I can do is stammer about how gorgeous they are and how everyone has to find their way there, at least once in their life.
And of course, a trip like this is made even more wonderful when you take it with your best friends.
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
11 October 2013, 09:16
Some girls get excited about birthday cake. But I’ve discovered that a birthday kaftan is more my style…
I bought this insane piece on eBay, or as I like to think of it, the ultimate treasure trove. I discovered it in the middle of a late night eBay trolling mission, where I had been sitting for hours, rapt and scrolling. When this little beauty appeared on my screen, I almost choked with excitement, and quickly I emailed my co-conspirators.
“Too much?!” I asked.
The reply from Kat and Shauna was almost instant. “Well, you are turning thirty… Go get it!”
In the listing, I couldn’t quite grasp the scope of the drama of this thing. But when it turned up at my house, I was a little intimidated. It weighed a ton, and the beading was even more intricate and gleaming than I had imagined.
...But it was my birthday kaftan after all. And so I packed it into my suitcase, and set off for Greece.
It turns out that Schiaparelli pink makes a perfect union with the azure blue of the Grecian sky; that extravagant bell sleeves are just as fabulous today as they were in the 1970’s; that there’s no better garment than one which leaves a trail of sequins in it’s wake.
I haven’t regretted switching out a cake for a kaftan for one single instant. What a glorious thing.
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
4 October 2013, 10:11
Words cannot describe the beauty of Santorini. The sea really is that blue, the houses really are that white, and staggering views surround you at every turn.
For the three of us, it was the trip of a lifetime, and for a change, I didn’t load us up with a full itinerary. The only thing I really wanted to do was go out on a boat… And so we did.
Originally, we were going to hop on a fancy catamaran and zip around the Aegean Sea, but it was all booked up. After a long walk in the sunshine, a few confusing interactions and a terrifying cable car ride, we found ourselves onboard an older vessel, laden with character (and very enthusiastic young Greek men).
We quickly snagged prime seats on the upper deck of the boat, luxuriating in the sunshine while a mix of Europop and very intense Greek music blasted out of the speakers.
I haven’t spent a lot of time at sea (yarrrrr!), but I decided blue was probably de rigeur. I threw on a striped sunhat from Forever 21 (here’s a similar one from Kate Spade), a sequin tank from Victoria’s Secret Pink, and a silk maxi skirt from Tibi. It felt like the right thing to wear…
When you’re in Greece, you have to get in the sea for a dip. Our boat stopped at some hot springs and we slithered into the water, probably much less gracefully than we had hoped.
Kat and I spent most of the time in the water laughing hysterically. The reason for this is because a sleazy man had dived underwater, pretended to be a shark and grabbed my foot! It gave me the fright — and creep-out — of a lifetime! Where were our husbands when we needed them?!
I was really in my element hanging out on this boat in a big hat and a bikini. Very lady of leisure. Is this what Paris Hilton feels like all the time?! And I’m so in love with this bikini from Vitamin A, who totally hooked me up with never-ending swimwear and jewel-coloured kaftans. Bless! I can’t wait to take them to Australia (20 days to go)!
Before long, the light started to change. What better way to celebrate than by dancing?
After a couple of glasses of local wine, our boat bobbed past Ammoudi port and we realised we were close to the villa where we were staying. We batted our lashes at the captain and asked if he could let us off early. He obliged, and we hopped off the boat.
“It won’t take that long to climb up the hill I’m sure,” I said, optimistically.
214 steps later, we were all singing a different tune!
Thankfully, there was plenty to look at as we scaled the steps. The sky glowed orange around us, and the lights from the villas began to twinkle. Finally, the sun dipped down below the horizon and everything bloomed red. Crowds of people gathered along the cliff edge cheered and whooped. Lovers smiled at each other and kissed.
Just another beautiful sunset in Santorini…
Still swooning, and who could blame me?!
Photographs by Shell De Mar.
16 August 2013, 12:43
We were just about ready to drop when Chellise said, “Come up to the roof with me.” Several flights later, we flung open the door and were greeted with a vast silver landscape, surrounded by the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn’s iconic water towers, and thousands of miles of blue sky.
The rooftop was painted silvery-white — like many other rooftops in NY — but in the extreme heat, was melting and sticky. My heels stuck to it as I walked across.
“Stand there,” Chellise said, “And let the balloons go.”
So we did.
Kat’s necklace is from H&M, her dress is Biba for House of Fraser, and her boots are All Saints.
Shauna’s dress is from Zara, her headband is from H&M and her boots are All Saints.
A silver rooftop always feels very David Bowie to me.
We sure love rooftops!
This was a team effort and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! Thank you so much to our photographer, Chellise Michael, our videographer Courtney Arcese, our flower and decor geniuses Erica and Adette at Tinsel & Twine, our makeup artist Regan Rabanal, our hairdresser Kristin Jackson, our assistants Jen and Kathryn, and of course, to Patina for making this all happen! MWAH!
13 August 2013, 10:34
Let’s take it way, way back to the time when I was 13 and my mother took me to see a psychic. I was intrigued but I also thought it was nonsense, probably because I was in my really goth, really cynical, really annoying phase.
I sat slumped over in this guy’s living room, listening intently — because who doesn’t love to be the topic of conversation? — but doing my very best to look disinterested.
Thinking back on it now, I only remember him saying two things. The first was that he said I had great natural psychic ability, and that if I worked on developing it, I could be “just like him”. (I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes at this.) The second thing he said was that it was okay for me to wear all that black, but that I should wear colourful underwear; that wearing colourful underwear would make me happier and feel less depressed.
I remember scoffing, and relegating his advice to the growing pile of Actually Useful Stuff I’ve Been Told But Couldn’t Acknowledge Because Of My Own Ego.
Because as I get older, I’ve realised something crazy: the colour of your underwear MATTERS.
And if you got a peek into my lingerie drawer — which is truly spilling over with pink, purple, blue, polka-dot, leopard-print, crystal-covered and glittery unmentionables — you could draw some pretty strong parallels between my undergarments and my overall happiness.
I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about colour psychology before, but if you need a refresher, here’s the summary: different colours inspire different feelings and emotions. There’s a reason why hospitals are often painted a calming blue, and fast food restaurants feature a lot of get-yo’-pulse-racing, appetite-enhancing red. And there’s a reason why my site is splashed with pink: it’s playful, feminine and not too serious.
It makes perfect sense, then, that colours we wear on our body can impact our moods, too.
It’s for this reason that I am excited to let you know about the Hanes Undercover Color campaign. Hanes have long been known for making comfortable, easy-to-wear underwear… And now they’re stepping up their game, with bright new colours, sassy cuts and a handful of bold patterns!
To celebrate, Hanes is launching the Undercover Color discussion on Twitter by inviting women across the country to answer a simple question: “What color underwear are you wearing?”
Cheeky? Yes! Awesome? Even more so! The campaign’s dedicated hub, UndercoverColor.com, will be showcasing underwear color trends by region… And every week, Hanes is giving away stylish fashion finds, chosen by yours truly! I was personally asked by Hanes to curate these prizes especially for you, and I think I chose some goodies… To participate, you simply tweet and share one of the playful tiles from the site.
Are you brave enough to share?!
To get into the spirit, Hanes asked me to dress up in my favourite colour and ponce about (my words, not theirs). And while I love pink, I’m definitely having a bit of a blue moment.
“Don’t bore your wardrobe with white. Pick your new neutral, and make it bright!” (Robert Verdi)
Plus, this Nasty Gal sequin eyeball crop top is too fantastic not to show you. So bizarre; so brilliant. I paired it with a “sock cap” (as my husband calls it), Celine sunglasses, a blue skirt from Nanette Lepore and a pair of Lacoste sneaker wedges which I am obsessed with (Shauna has the same ones).
...And I think this outfit was a certified hit, since while we were shooting it, Simon Doonan walked past and told me how much he loved it. Swoon!
But back to the subject at hand: will you be taking part in the Undercover Color challenge? Let’s make it our mission to get pink knickers trending!
This post was made possible with the support of Hanes and Style Coalition.
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