And a Side of Fries

Its not Schmancy…. but its definitely a little fancy.

If you have been quietly observing all the fashion week buzz like I have, you would have definitely come across Moschino’s McDonalds themed collection at Milan Fashion Week not too long ago.

And damn, fast food has never looked so good.

We have Jeremy Scott to thank for this deliciously fun collection, with his debut for Moschino having been referred to as a “mutant hybrid of Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel” which, in all honesty, could not be put any better.

This collection consisted of the classic yellow and red colour palette and of course, the signature golden arches, with a fun play on the classic fast food chain uniform, which I’m sure staff would gladly give up their current attire for… or at least I would if I were them.

Its pretty safe to say that here at How To Run In Stilettos- we’re lovin’ it. (Too cliche?)

But of course, a collection based on popular culture would not be complete without  cameos from possibly the two other most iconic brandings- Spongebob and Fruitloops. Because, why not? right?

In an industry that has the tendency to take itself too seriously, its great to see someone flirting with fashion.

Check out some more images from the collection below and let me know what you think!

Sammy Jade xx

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Your Guide To: The Alphabet of Beauty Creams

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It is undeniable that we now live in an age where simple moisturisers have been replaced by anti wrinkle , anti ageing serums, where the number of beauty products applied each morning far exceeds the number of shoes within our overbearing collections, and with the climbing amount of beauty buffers, de-shiners, redness reducers, blemish eliminators, do we really understand what each product’s purpose is?

I know I have spend mindless hours wandering around the beauty aisle, in almost any given chemist, supermarket, department store or Priceline, talking myself out of purchasing one of every item. I just want flawless skin like Miranda Kerr, is that to much to ask?! And with the recent developments of BB,CC and now DD creams, It is almost as if cosmetic companies have decided that language just wasn’t enough. Lets bring in ACRONYMS (queue brain melt down and acceptance of a fate of sub-average complexion)

For those of you who are in the same predicament as myself, I present to you your one stop de-acronym…ing, de-bunking and de-confusion…ising of the alphabet of beauty.

BB Creams 

BB Creams, a handy acronym for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, was the first culprit on the scene, and pretty quickly grew in popularity with its claims of being everything you need (we’ve heard that before, haven’t we ladies!). It aimed at covering blemishes, evening skin tone, controlling oil, anti ageing and brightening, all while adding a little bit of protection with its added SPF (how kind!) . With many colours available to suit a range of skin tones, it can be used as a tinted moisturiser, primer or foundation.

Some Great BB Creams 

CC Creams 

And then there were CC Creams. Also known as colour correctors, this cream works in a similar way to its sister product, however it’s central focus is on fixing colour and pigmentation, as well as helping with acne , shallowness and acne scarring. It is also packed with Vitamin C and E which is always a plus!

Some Great CC Creams 
  • Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream, $15; ulta.com
  • Stila CC Cream Stick, $38; ulta.com
  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $35; nordstrom.com

DD Creams 

Finally, to add to all the confusion and mass options, we have the DD cream. Also known as the Dynamic Do-all, it claims to be a hybrid of both BB and CC, with added bonuses such as anti ageing and wrinkle reducing benefits, while also balancing skin tone and protecting the most sensitive parts of your skin. By incorporating this into your beauty regime, it also works to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing long term, while also creating short term improvements. Almost sounds too good to be true!

Some Great DD Creams

The Round Up

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I hope this helps those of you travelling down a similar path of overwhelming confusion, I always thought I knew the alphabet pretty well.

Sammy Jade xx

Info and Images: Youbeauty, marieclaire.com

Monochrome Madness

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The ever so chic world of monochromatic palettes has seen a recent explosion following a popular reign of colour blocking…

And we could not be more excited!

For someone who is easily frustrated by black and white movies (what colour dress is that?!), I love the simplicity and easiness of wear this age old relationship between black and white trend- no colour clashes!

The best part about this style is you probably already have key pieces in your wardrobe (which means you’ll have more to spend on that mani/pedi you’ve been craving) and it is near impossible to get this trend wrong… perfect for those mornings you need a fool proof outfit to run out the door in.

Or you could opt for a pop of colour through some lipstick, shoes or a bag to add that bit of extra pow.

 

 

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Sammy Jade xx

Monday Review: Chanel Mousse Confort Cleanser

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About a month ago I decided to treat my skin to a splurge item, a little thank you to it for surviving a round of makeup induced abuse which lasted for way too long.

I knew that for some time I had wanted to try out the Chanel skincare range as I have loved every other product from them, I knew there was a high chance for success from this too, however, it took me a lot longer to go in for the kill than I had originally planned due to an intimidating cocktail of less than helpful sales staff and not knowing where to begin.

After finally meeting a lovely rep at the Chanel counter, I decided that I was going to go for it, and after being happily surprised by the reasonable price, I couldn’t resist.

At AU $52/150ml, it sounds like a lot for what appears to be such a small amount. However, the way it works means that only the tiniest amount is needed for each use, which ultimately means it will last you a lot longer.

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As intended, the first aspect of the product you experience is the typical classy, chic and simple packaging of the product. The elegance and simplicity of the monochromatic palette creates an emphatic statement of “I don’t need to prove anything to you”. Which is exactly the case.

On the inside of the box the product comes in, is a small pamphlet explaining exactly the products intensions, how it works and how to use it.

The actual cleanser itself, while you only need the smallest amount on your hand, once mixed with water, it begins to take on a silky,semi-foam like appearance and texture, which is then able to be applied generously to the face. Not to mention how fresh and clean the scent of the cleanser is! The very epitome of Chanel.

While this left my face feeling clean and refreshed, I did notice that it dried my skin out a little bit, which I remedied with some lotion. I am yet to determine if this was due to it being Winter here, or if it is the product itself.

At first I thought it was just wishful thinking, but after just one use, I couldn’t help but notice a bit of a difference already, my skin was happier looking and my pores had reduced! With using it twice daily, as recommended by the instructions, these results were greatly amplified.

Overall, I would certainly recommend this product for anyone looking to treat their skin with a little something-something (we all know it deserves it for sure!) and with many products to suit a range of skin types, there will definitely be something there for everyone.

I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

Sammy Jade xx

Fashion Palette SS13/14

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This post is really late and I’m really sorry please forgive me!

Oh! And come find me on Instagram so we can be friends!

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Now that that’s out of the way…

Last month I was very kindly invited to attend the Spring/Summer 13/14 Fashion Palette runway show- where Australian designers, both a mixture of up and coming and established, showcase their newest collections.

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Located at the Australian Technology Park, it was a warehouse very fabulously decked out (as you would expect). Drinks flowed, music played, generous gifts were received and great company was had!

We saw trends of Versace style prints, patchwork, graphic prints

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And, of course, the amazing GALANNI delivered with their incredible collection; permeated by gold, eye catching accents and Grecian style beauty.

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However, it was certainly the Niki Teljega Elizabethan style gown that was the wow item of the night. So gorgeous.

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So many collections. So little time!
Sammy Jade xx

We Speak To: GALANNI

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I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Lenna and Catherine, the dynamic mother- daughter duo behind the stunning label GALANNI, ahead of their showcasing at Fashion Palette SS 13/14. 

GALANNI is a label with a unique recipe of femineity, risqué with the essence of savoir-faire. The gorgeous designs bring elements of couture to ready to wear garments, turning heads everywhere.

To see more of these amazing collections: You can go to their Website, their Facebook page, and even their Instagram (@galanni).

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this amazing runway show, all the information is here!

I absolutely adore all the GALANNI designs, and the way they embrace the feminine figure, while combining elements of couture with classic, wearable designs. Can you tell me how Lenna’s Greek origin has shaped and inspired both of you as designers and how the name GALANNI was formed?

L: I don’t know if it is about being Greek, but I love being a woman. I love showing off curves and being confident, and when you’re talking about evening wear, it should be about you expressing yourself. You want to wear something beautiful, and you want to show it off in a nice way. You should look classy, like a lady, but with a bit of elegance to it.

C: I think with the Greek vision, in a way, with the background, when we go to weddings and family functions we always get dolled up, thats in our culture and thats how we do it, it kind of stems from that. Wherever you go in Greece, even if it’s to a coffee shop, they always get dressed up, so I think Lenna’s background has inspired a lot of the intricate detailing on the designs.

With having such a close bond as Mother and Daughter, how do you feel this has impacted the brand, to what it is today?

C: I think it works perfect, its our secret little ingredient. In terms of the vision, we really work well as a team and we benefit from each other, and I really think that shows through to the garment. Where Lenna’s all about the design, the look, the fabrics and the wear, where as with me, I’m all about the vision and the end result with the detailing and the colours and fabrics all put together. That’s what I think makes GALANNI quite lucky with the way we work together, we don’t work as mother and daughter, we work as fashion designer and creative director.

L: I might design a dress and it will almost be done and Catherine will say “well how about adding a little bit here”. Even with the direction where the business is going to get it where it is, I’d say Catherine does more of the business side. It takes two people, one person can’t do it all.

SJ: You both compliment each other so well!

C: I was always behind the scenes when she was designing for herself and for her friends, so the roll just naturally came together, it was never assigned to me.

With each piece having such individual design elements, where do you take your inspirations from? 

L: The inspiration is really how I feel.

C: Even the most plainest fabric, we will have two completely different ideas, we’ll just look at it and we’ll go from there. When you see the fabric…

L & C: You kind of just know.

C: You just have that vision.

L: I don’t even draw, I don’t plan, I just grab those scissors and that fabric, and sit down and make it. So that way I just make the garment and I just design through there.

C: So that’s one thing that you’ll find is a little bit different with us, you won’t find any drawings or sketches, when that fabric arrives through the door, it just tells the story of where we want it to go. That’s the way Lenna’s taught me to do it like that, the material talks to us and we just listen and we follow. That way you just see it come to life and that’s where we get our kick. It’s like a painting and you can’t wait to see it, so we just go full steam ahead with that one design, we can’t wait to see the end result.

What is your favourite part about conceptualising a design?

C: Just that moment where you are creating something and you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. It’s that kick that makes you want to have that adrenaline rush again and again with the next design. That’s kind of how we do our collections. We don’t want just a pretty dress, if it doesn’t have that ‘wow’, it doesn’t get accepted into the collection.

L: And it has to be unique, we’re not interested in following the trends. If everyone is doing a green dress, I probably won’t even do one.

C: We have this rule in our design studio that we don’t want magazines, we don’t want whats in the latest trends. If you look too much a magazines or what celebrities are wearing, in a way you don’t realise that you’re just moulding your ideas into what others have done. We want a fresh palette in our heads.

Being so involved in the construction process of each design, how long does it take to create a piece or a collection?

C: Well, for example, the next collection that’s coming out, that was actually designed in a week. We’re on such a roll where we’re always busy, because we’re so hands on with the company, we are short in time, but Lenna just somehow, with some miracle, it just gets done. We don’t analyse and we don’t get stuck with whats on-trend, because when you do that, you can get stuck with ideas. Just get the fabrics lined up and just keep a roll. There are no mannequins, its just on Lenna’s body, a true size 6, because with mannequins it does make it hard to visualise it on a person.

L: Because my methods are self taught, they’re probably different to a normal way. Some designs could take five minutes, others could take a couple of hours, there are some that have a bit more to tackle, but the end result has to be a stunning dress, otherwise it doesn’t make it.

C: When we allow for longer time, which we have allocated for this year, there are going to be phenomenal pieces, but a normal duration for when a collection is made up, is a week. We think of the quality and detailing before all else.

Congratulations on your up and coming showcasing at Fashion Palette, I’m so excited to see the entire collection on the runway!

C: We’re so thrilled! this is our first runway. We’ve never really focused on PR or getting our dresses in magazines, we’ve just thought “lets make beautiful dresses” so this is our first and we’re so excited!

What was the process like for you in preparing for this show? 

C: The process is mayhem at GALANNI, I find that there’s fabric everywhere, at the same time theres calmness, because we’re confident in the designs. It makes you realise why you’re in this industry, for this moment. This moment is what makes the label and what makes it successful. Its all hands on, we work really late hours, we don’t have any time off. At the moment GALANNI is seven days a week, we work early mornings and late nights, we had no sleep at all last night, so we’re on a twenty-four hour stretch with the photo shoots and the detailing and because we work in couture, I find that we dare to do what a lot of other labels don’t because it is a lot of work. Some of these dresses have the same detailing as a wedding dress and they take six months to get made.

What kind of tone are you expecting to set?

C: Its an unusual bundle even through to our music choice. We have this song that has the most amazing beat to it and the lyric choice of it is actually saying good bye to their loved ones. We love it because everyone usually goes for the love songs or the happy beats, and this kind of has a sensual, very sexy tone but with the beat. So, music alone gives it a very unusual lift to the room, and our dresses are very much like that, they’re very sensual, they’re very structured, it’s definitely a ‘wow’ collection, with the tones through from gold, nude, black, red, the palette even is very seductive, but vibrant at the same time, the detailing brings it to another level. My vision from the music through to the runway is very sensual, its feminine, and all about the woman’s body. The more you look at it, the more depth it has, and thats just like the song choice, and thats the look that we’re going for. 

Since 2004, when GALANNI was launched, the brand has achieved so much growth, what goals do you hope to achieve for both yourselves and the brand, in the future? 

C: We still have the same set of goals that we had when we started in 2004, I find once you achieve those goals, you sometimes get lost. When Lenna first started I remember asking her what her goals are and where she wants to be, and she just said “I don’t have any goals, I just want to design a gorgeous collection”. So we’ve never really set goals to have X amount of celebrities wearing our collections or be in magazines or on Tv, we just want to always maintain the look we wanted from day 1 and grow from there.

L: Just like a person may feel differently in two or three years time, thats how my designs are, it just grows in how my environment and everything around me makes me feel.

C: We don’t dive into PR, our past collections were a hidden little treasure, and we do some PR, but we never want that to sidetrack us from our designs, because thats very easy to do in this industry, to focus too much on exposure and forget about the production. At the end of the day, you can take a great photo but we want that dress to look fantastic to every single person that walks in the store, we don’t look at it from a money point of view, we want them to look good. Our hard work at the end of the day, we want it for the customers- thats our main goal.

SJ: That will make all the difference in the end. 

C: It does, just all those tiny little things, we’re so hands on with everything that it helps GALANNI grow, we’re hands on with everything, I think once you pass it on to other people, the communication gets lost, and we want full communication through everything- from customer service to our online store to beading.

SJ: That’s incredible, not many people do that anymore

C: And I don’t blame them, it’s a lot of hard work, it takes all your day and night.

L: And if you’re after fast money, thats not a way to do that. A lot of labels find a look that they like and that works for them, and they stick with it.

C: As Lenna has always said, with success comes commitment, not convenience, and thats the way we’ve always been, it’s always about our collection, from our Instagram to our designs.

How do YOU run in stilettos?

L & C: [Laughs] We clutch our handbag and go full steam ahead. We run with the stilettos, we don’t run against it, we’ve got our sexiest pair on, doesn’t matter if its a thin stiletto with no foot support, we love the shoes on the foot and we just run with it.

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Sammy Jade xx

White Hot Spring 2013

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The return of the white shirt this spring is the perfect way to bring back simplicity, class and crispness to your wardrobe, and, despite the complete contrast, is a great transition colour throughout the seasons.

Previously considered the supporting article for on-trend items, the white shirt is expected to step out from the shadows and present itself full force this year!

So let’s ignore the typical monotones of winter and cast our excitement towards the anticipated return of this uber chic trend!

My personal favourite that I can’t wait to sport this year is the tailored shirt- one that is derived more from the mens work shirt. I think that, if worn correctly, it can add a combination of class and feminism to the completed look.

The best way to achieve this would be to pair the shirt with a form fitting pant (and some killer heels wouldn’t go astray!)

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Combining this style with one that connotes to a contrasting vision, such as the edginess of spray on leather pants or liquid leggings, is a great way to spice up the outfit.

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Besides, why should our outfits conform to one look when there are so many amazing styles out there?!

We’re halfway through the Australian summer, is it too early to be looking forward to Spring?

Sammy Jade xx

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