…but you’ll want to buy them anyway cause they’re awesome.
Summer means basking in the sun with a glass of Pina Colada but if you decide to don any one these awesome swimsuits, make sure you slather plenty of sunscreen.
Chromat Pentagram Suit
Chromat has gotten plenty of attention with celebrities like Iggy Azalea and Nikki Minaj donning their signature caged creations. We love the Pentagram Suit, which would really look great underneath blazer and pants for a night out or on its own by the pool.
Chromat Pentagram Suit ,US$288 from Chromat.
One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set
The One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set looks pretty weird with a keyhole right in the center. It could pass off as a really cute bralet though.
One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set, AU$64.50 from One Teaspoon.
Nasty Gal Caged Chaos Swimsuit
If you actually forget to to pack sunscreen along when you plan to wear this Nasty Gal Chaos Swimsuit, it would spell the end of shoulder-baring days at least until Christmas. The lattice design looks makes a great statement at the beach but this is one swimsuit that is you wouldn’t want to be caught in the sun without protection in.
Nasty Gal Caged Chaos Swimsuit ,US$98 from Nasty Gal.
Agent Provocateur Shelby metallic-trimmed bikini
Agent Provocateur is known for its sexy (and often expensive) lingerie and this strappy poolside number proves that they can do swimwear too but the bedroom doesn’t harbour as much dangerous UV rays so do yourself a favour and apply sunscreen.
Agent Provocateur Shelby metallic-trimmed bikini, US$490, from net-a-porter.
Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit
I’ve loved their designs ever since Herve Leger started their swimwear line in Spring 2009 and to be honest, who doesn’t like figure hugging bandages that makes your boobs look bigger? This Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit is a sure win and it will be a staple in your swimwear wardrobe for years to come. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap either but that’s the price you pay for something that’s classic.
Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit, US$790, from Herve Leger.
Which one’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
The only good thing about moving is that you discover items you don’t remember buying in the dark recesses of your closet. It’s like finding loose change in your purse only on a much larger scale. Having to move constantly also really keeps my shopping in check, I’d like to think – you never realise just how much junk you have until you have to move them all. I honestly don’t know how I have managed to accumulate so much stuff in three years. Every time I move, I feel the compulsion to give my wardrobe a huge purge…but I never get around to doing it, of course. Is anybody else’s closet just full of clothes you have forgotten about and never wear?
I saw an absolutely phenomenal fall look on Pinterest the other day and couldn’t help but try to recreate it! Natural makeup has never been my forte – ‘less is more’ is pretty much an alien concept to me. I like pairing strong brows with strong eyes with strong lips, which is why I can’t wait for this summer shindig to end so I can pull out my burgundy lipsticks and smokey eyes again!
Naked 2 ‘Bootycall’, ‘Tease’, and ‘Snakebite’
KATE supersharp liner
Rimmel brown kohl liner
Rimmel nude eyeliner
Lancome Hypnose mascara
MUFE Aquabrows #25
Burberry 311 ‘Bright Poppy’
Revlon ‘Black Cherry’
I’ve been getting a few questions as to how I edit my photographs, so I thought it was about time I post my typical photoshop workflow. Obviously the amount of editing that needs to be done varies from picture to picture, and a single picture can take anything between 10 minutes to a couple of hours. A close-up picture of the face typically takes the longest for me as I focus on removing blemishes and evening out the skintone.
The first thing to do is to identify the areas you want to rectify – in this picture, I need to correct the slightly underexposed lighting, amp up the contrast, and potentially do a little bit of sharpening. Personally I use Photoshop CS6, but these sort of correction can also be done in Lightroom, GIMP, or any other image editing softwares.
Fortunately the combination of the lighting and the equipment has given me rather good skin, so nothing much needs to be corrected here. If you have blemishes or scars you want to remove, skip to the next step.
I’m using a scar on my knee as an example of how I’d remove blemishes on my skin. I usually do not bother with this scar, but this is just for the purpose of this tutorial! Patch tool is my favourite for this occasion. Simply marquee the problem area and drag the selection into a blemish-free area.
As you can tell, it is far from perfect. If you are fussed, you can go over this area with a clone stamp tool to make the texture more convincing. This can be a pretty time-consuming process if you are dealing with large areas of unevenness (i.e. my eyebags).
If you feel that your picture could benefit from a bit of sharpening, I find that following this tutorial produces pretty good results.
Now all that is left is for you to adjust the colour and brightness. I usually do everything through Curves – go into the individual colour channels to change the colour tone of the picture. Last thing left to do is to adjust the brightness/contrast, and you are done!
There are many things that goes behind the making of a fashion blog that I am sure you are curious about, so please feel free to ask us! x
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Paris… take pictures at Parisian windows, I suppose. How I would kill to have a massive window in my room!
One thing I miss about all my close friends is how we’d play with each other’s makeup. I have never bought OCC Lip Tars despite all the rave surrounding them, simply because I knew that I’d never use it with the bothersome application. So when Arissa was in Paris, I stuck my grubby fingers all over her stash and tried on this OCC Lip Tar in ‘Vintage’! It is a super saturated deep pink verging on red, and so, so flattering.
The colour payoff is every bit as awesome as everyone claims it is. I was hoping that it would dry down matte (much like Hourglass’s opaque rouge), but it remained just slightly tacky. I really couldn’t get behind the minty sensation though – it left me feeling as if I have forgotten to rinse my toothpaste out of my mouth. The colour payoff is every bit saturated as praised to be, though – so that might just be a small tradeoff.
What are your thoughts on OCC lip tars?