MAINTENANCE

I’ve been running this blog for eight months (yaay!). I haven’t become bored, or abandoned it, and it hasn’t felt like a chore to complete (although ask me my opinion at three in the morning when I’m desperately trying to bring the next post together), so far so good.

I created a sewing blog, but for some reason I found balancing the two blogs silly, since I could see the two coming together. So this month you will see a whole bunch of changes (all tips from blog experts are welcome). The aim is to find the correct layout and image for my book review sewing meets fashion personal thought’s and inspiration blog.

I just thought I would post this as a mini update 

 

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To reach, or not to reach?

Title: Brave New World Author: Aldous Huxley Published:  1932

When I was half way through Brave New world (personal review here), something which came to my mind was:

Is it easier to be closed minded, accept your position in society, conform to the roles for your kind and live life in this bubble of (what looks like) happiness.

OR

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Making a Fashion Statement Italian Style (and the V&A)

Gowns by Mila Schön from 1966, at the V&A’s The Glamour Of Italian Fashion

Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to visit the Glamour of Italian Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum (which ended July 2014). Like many inspirational experiences, I couldn’t leave without writing something about it. It demonstrated the growth of Italian fashion, and I felt like a witness viewing the stunning garments and vintage pictures.

Here is the highlights of my post: Making a Fashion Statement Italian Style 

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Show-me Some Shoulder

The shoulder is the best body part to show off without looking trashy, yet showing some class.

I usually get weird looks when I admit that is my favourite body part to show off. I’m the girl who cuts up her T-shirt necklines, or stretches that V neck jumper dress slightly, to reveal some shoulder. This is the year for off the shoulder, just take a walk in your local park and you will see plenty of girls looking all cute like Sandy from Greece (pictured below).

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Then and Now: Off-the-shoulder dresses

Piarve:

One of my favourite styles of clothing mixed with flashback of one of my favourite era’s for clothing (got to love a fancy ball gown)

Originally posted on Fashion Backwards:

According to Elle Magazine, off-the-shoulder dresses are the “it” trend to show off a little skin this summer. Here are a few other lovely dresses from when shoulders were totes “in” during the early to mid-1800’s.

Napoleon’s lovely Spanish-born empress, Eugenie surrounded by her ladies and wearing dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth in 1855.

 

Russian Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna in a gorgeous off-the-shoulder number in 1829.
1829 Fashion plate shows popular off-the-shoulder dresses of the 1820’s and 1830’s.
Duchess Zinaida Yussupova in 1840-1841. (I think this dress is soooo pretty!)

During the early 19th century, the off-the-shoulder dress emphasized a bottle-shaped neck, the erogenous zone of the era. Could it be that today’s zone is shifting?

Carven Off-the-Shoulder Satin-Crepe Dress, $850; net-a-porter.com

Sources: Elle, Smithsonian Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style, 21Clubwear

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