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It is undeniable that we now live in an age where simple moisturisers have been replaced by anti wrinkle , anti ageing serums, where the number of beauty products applied each morning far exceeds the number of shoes within our overbearing collections,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

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

Images via: Tumblr

Review: L’Oreal colour rich nail polish


 

I believe that I am more than worthy of holding the status of veteran to the triumphs and tribulations of nail polish, where not only the quality of the nail polish colour and thickness, but also the drying time, can make or break a day (does that sound really superficial? It does, doesn’t it.)

Where the colour presented within the bottle is by no means what we receive on the outside.

Nail polishes that have dripped, slipped, creased, crunched, chipped and refused to be removed after everything. Ones where the brush hardly picks up anything, where you find yourself awkwardly manoeuvring around the jar as if desperately trying to get to the last of the peanut butter.

Grit your teeth no more.

I have recently tried the L’Oreal Colour Rich Nail Polish, it was the vast array of colours that  were available that instantly drew my attention. Royal Blues, Stunning Purples, Cutsey Pinks, Luscious Reds and everything else in between.

The first thing I noticed when I took the brush out of the bottle, was that it was thoughtfully contoured to fit your fingernail. I was instantly hopeful for the prospect of no awkward overlapping nail polish to skin as a result of an all to eager brush.

I must admit, when I applied my first layer, I was a bit disappointed. Although the colour was there, it wasn’t as strong as I had hoped for. However, this was rectified quickly with 2 more applications.

2 more?! I hear you say as you wait to rush out the door.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. I’m not the most patient of people, and even I thought that the drying time for this was quick! Which is definitely a winning factor in my book.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this striking range of nail polish.

Sammy Jade xx

Image: Makeup and Beauty Blog 

It’s time! : Top 3 Swimsuit Trends 2012

The Australian Summer is right around the corner, it’s time to get in the know-how of this seasons hottest swimsuit trends.

Much like within our apparel- prints, in particular floral, are set to be very much present this season. To mix it up, don’t be afraid to mix and match prints- swimsuits are all about playing around with colours and designs (which is great for when you can only find one half of two!).

Victoria’s Secret bikini top ($69) and bottom ($42)

The correlation between swimsuit and apparel trends is clearly quite strong. This is clearly expressed through the growing influence of the womanly shape within our apparel ranges- shown within the popular cinched in waist belt and the peplum. This notion is hence carried into our swimsuit designs, in particular with the full piece set to make a comeback to our beaches. These are designed to flatter the figure, and place a strong emphasis on the female form.

Baku Bread and Butter Bow Front Maillot $129.99 Surfstitch.com

Lastly, but certainly not least, we are expecting a modernised flashback to the 70’s with the adorable, retro crochered look.

Ralph Lauren swimsuit, $115.

Incase it hasn’t been blatantly obvious, I’m super excited for Summer!

Sammy Jade xx

Exciting News & Pictures

Hey everyone!

So for those of you who have been following me for a while, you all know that I entered into the Guess One to Watch competition, which was held by Guess Watches.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this, it was a competition which was in search for their next Guess Access blogger. This required all participants to create an account on their One to Watch Facebook app, and gain as many “style points” as possible within a 2 month period. The top 10 from each country would be selected to move onto the next round, which required each person to submit a blog post. From there, 2 people from each participating country would be selected to become the newest bloggers for Guess.

I entered into this competition hoping for the best, but expecting nothing special to happen. I was very surprised when I received an email informing me that I had, in fact, made it through to the next round in which I was required to submit a post.

My excitement quickly turned to nervousness as I realised the easiest part was over, and that I would have to really prove myself to be able to have a shot at this amazing opportunity.

After wasting a precious week deciding what to write on, thinking and rethinking my decision, I finally sat down and began to write, which of course, ended in me reading, and rereading my post to the point where I had corrected every possible flaw I could find myself.

After submission, I had to wait a gruelling month and a half to find out the decision, which I became very apprehensive about after seeing the other contestants amazing work.

Finally, the day came where we would either receive an email informing us we had won, or not. After a whole day without hearing, I had concluded that I had not won.

All of a sudden, when I was least expecting…

There it was

My golden ticket.

I have been absolutely blessed to be selected to become an Australian blogger for Guess Access! My excitement has shot through the roof.

To all of you who voted in the main round- thank you so much for all your amazing support, you are absolute angels!

I believe my blog post will be posted on the Guess Access blog around the 24th- not entirely sure on that one so don’t hold me to it.

But otherwise keep your eyes peeled for me!

Here are some pictures for you guys, shot by my wonderful best friend at Sydney’s Curl Curl board walk, that weren’t included in my Guess blog post- enjoy!

Sammy Jade xx

Mid Week Inspiration Boost

Lately, and I don’t know why,  I’ve been feeling my inspiration dwindling.

So, if you’re like me and feel something like this…

Here are some pictures to give that extra boost, that have helped me through this week.

We can beat this mid- week slug!

Sammy Jade xx

Lets Get Sneaky: Wedge Sneakers

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I find the effortless chic look celebrities sport so incredibly well, is actually super hard to achieve. Suddenly your hoodie looks too baggy, and those pants too frumpy. How do they manage it?!

I wish I had the answer, but it suddenly appeared a lot more achievable to me as my hopes soared the first time I laid eyes on this trend.

Wedged sneakers?! Genius!

Ofcourse I am not naive enough to believe that I will be able to pull this off a la Miranda Kerr, but I absolutely adore the concept of pairing something so casual like sneakers, with a style like wedges, that are favoured for their god-like ability to dress up any outfit.

If you guy’s are anything like me, you’ll definitely appreciate this design as the middle man for the daily dilemma of wanting to keep a chic look, without feeling over dressed and uncomfortable, attempting to resist the urge, for your feet’s sake, of wearing those favourite pair of wedges because, lets face it, they make our legs and butt look 10x better than they would normally, not to mention that added confidence they give.

Ok, I admit it, I don’t know what I would do without my jeans, practically wearing them to death. These shoes are the perfect compliment for this casual look. Pair with a simple white tee (which is high on my essentials list for this coming summer) and this look is absolutely fool proof. So simple, yet so chic.

We might even be able to press that snooze button an extra time.

 

 

Sammy Jade xx

Images: She Finds, Tumblr.