26 January 2011

Exploring Beauty in my own terms

How do you define beauty? How can you label someone is beautiful? Confused? There is no actual guidebook to define it and I believe that it truly depends on one’s perception. Trust me, like you I also do not have proper definition of beauty. However, I perceive everyone is beautiful in their own way. We, human beings like to label if someone is beautiful or ugly. Oh yes, we do.  In addition, we have our own mindset of labelling beautiful and ugly. I would like to enquire people “How do you label it?” who find labelling someone beautiful or ugly is an easy task. I did extensive research prior to writing this article and discovered beauty was expressed as something pleasurable whilst ugly is unpleasant and offensive to the mind. This finding does not provide me the answers I am looking for.


Can we label "beast" as beauty and  "beauty" as beast (ugly)?

In today’s context we all are obsessed with this word “beauty” and presume that beauty is about having clear complexion, perfect body, perfect nose, high cheekbones and there are list of things we have in our so called “beauty list”.
We splurge more time and money in order to enhance our beauty.
We are so engrossed on enhancing our beauty that sometimes we forget who we are and attempt to become someone else who we are not.
I blame this on fashion magazines which make us think we should look flawless like the model in the magazine. Have you ever seen a picture of model having bad hair day in these types of magazines apart from gossips magazines? As a result, we think it is not acceptable to have a bad hair day.
However, we totally forget that those pictures have been edited (retouched) and it is their marketing strategy to sell their magazines like hot cakes. No human being in this earth can be that flawless.


Should we just count external appearance as beauty?

Fashion magazines and even the child story books are sending wrong message across to younger generations about beauty, it makes us more insecure and changes the way we see ourselves. It is stereotyping the word "beauty" by just counting the external appearance of people. We sometimes end up asking ourselves “who am I” and “why do I look ugly” at times. I wish human beings have never created this word “ugly”. If this word had never existed, then every individual in this planet would have been considered beautiful.

In my opinion, we should actually perceive that everybody is beautiful in their own way and respect each other. We should see beauty beyond man made barriers and stereotyping. We should understand that it is acceptable to have bad hair day and no one in this world is 100% perfect. We should celebrate beauty as "who we are" and "what we are" instead of just giving priority on "how we look" (our apperance). We all are beautiful and we should not be ashamed of who we are.
 
I hope this will help us to see "beauty" from different angle and encourage us to respect people as individuals.
 

18 January 2011

Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear Trends

2011 is officially here and its my first post for 2011, Yay!!
It's been a year I have been blogging. I am so lucky to have readers like you
who support and love me.
Thank you for your company in 2010 and I hope I'll get same good company
from you guys in
2011 and in coming years too :D

Today, I am just gonna blog about spring/summer trends in 2011.
Yes, new year and new trends.
It's all about what's in and what's out.  This trends is my predictions/opinion which I have
referred from different catwalk shows.

 
A Pleated Skirt and Dresses
 60's pleat skirts, commonly known as 'granny skirt' in 60's, often with ruffled hem is back in 2011. We saw some high street shops such as Primark and Lipsy doing pleated skirt and dresses last year. But this year it will be huge. So, it is must have for this year. I have already got pleated dress from last year. However, this year I want  to wear A-line pleated skirt.

Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011


Trousers (Flares, Wide Legs, Hareem, Bell Bottom, Cropped)
It's time to say bye bye to our much loved skinny jeans. This year is all about wide leg, bell bottom, cropped and hareem trousers. I love hippy trousers (wide leg) which was done by Topshop nearly at the end of last year and are still doing this year. For your info, River Island are doing range of cropped trousers at the moment.

 John Patrick Spring/Summer 2011

 Jumpsuits and Playsuits
Jumpsuits and playsuits are here to stay this summer like last year.

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2011

Laces
Laces were big fashion must have last year and will continue to dominate the fashion circuit this summer too. Ladies, don't throw away your lace dresses, tops etc yet :)
Christopher Kane Spring/Summer 2011

 
Biker Clothing
Military fashion was huge last year but this year it is replaced by biker chic. Burberry has already done different types of biker/motorcycle inspired chic jackets and are running their advertisement on full swing for the biker chic fashion.

Silver Motorcycle Jacket From Burberry

Vintage
Yes, We all love vintage. Vintage will never go out of fashion. It looks classy and yes, mostly 60's and 70's style will be big hit this summer. Don't forget to shop for vintage clothes and shoes.


Stripes
Stipes are back in 2011. They dominated hugely around 2005/2006. After couple of years out of fashion they are going to be all over the place this summer.

 Jil Sander Summer/Spring 2011

 Tail Hems : Dresses Longer at the back
We all saw Cheryl Cole wearing tail hems in X Factor last year. I reckon lots of high street shops will be doing tail hems dresses and skirts.

 Etro Spring/Summer 2011

  Colours
The colours this summer will be brighter and bolder. After wearing dull clothes whole winter I cannot wait to wear bright colours and cheer myself up. Not only bright colors but nude and white colours will also rock this spring/summer 2011. Yay!
Prabal Gurung spring 2011


Bare Back
With the warm weather its time to show our back with the best decorative details such as ruffles, bows, laces, simple V and U cuts on the back.
Girlies don't forget to prepare you skin with buffing and creams.

Yves Saint Laurent spring/summer 2011

 Maxi Dresses
Maxis were huge last summer and will continue to remain same this summer. Another summer to wear our maxi dresses. What can we ask for?


Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2011

 Long Skirts
A very simple long skirt is must have for spring/summer 2011


Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2011

 Can't wait for summer to start after hiding my body in thick long jackets and coats. I don't even want to talk about how miserable this winter was.
Excited for spring/summer 2011 and the new fashion trends.
We gonna rock this year too girlies with our spring/summer fashion :D