SHOP THIS: Black and White Style

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I’ve always had a thing for black and white…such a classic and stylish union! I think it harks back to being a child and seeing the way my grandmother dressed. Always sleek, stylish and put together, she usually favoured combinations in these two opposite tones. I recall her always looking so polished and refined. Fast forward and to this day, and I’m still crushing on this particular combo.

Black and white conjures up images of Parisienne chic; geometric prints; structured pieces adorned with achromatic designs; bold black and white accessories; dramatically colour-blocked shifts; and black and white striped leggings ala Beetlejuice (but of course!).

Ultra chic black and white trends often surface every season; setting the stage for couture quality cuts and classic, edgy dressing. 

There are a multitude of options when wearing this timeless palette….wear them dramatically and starkly together, or add a splash of a primary or neon colour to bring a new dimension. And did I mention that they look oh-so-good on any skin tone, with any makeup and with any hair colour? Power dressing at its easiest.

Here are some of my favourite pieces featuring this sharp, aesthetically balanced and oh-so-stylish combo. Click on the images to view larger images as part of a slideshow. Links are included to shop any of these looks.

Enjoy!

X DS

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LOOK OF THE WEEK: Aardvark Shoot

Last October I had the pleasure of working on a photo shoot for an album launch by a bunch of very talented and special young Melbourne musos.

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This young bunch of kids forms part of a group called Aardvark.

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Aardvark is a not-for-profit organisation, conceived by Sarah Giufre and Bel Harper in 2007.  The organisation uses the power of music to give young people living with illness or disability the opportunity to re-expand their identity and wellbeing through creative self-expression, skills development and collaboration.

Aardvark’s programs bring young participants together with professional musos such as Gotye, Paul Dempsey, The Living End, as well as music therapists to write, record and perform their own original music.

Today it has grown into an organisation that improves the lives of many young people living with chronic illness and disability.

Aardvark’s creative director is Monique Brumby,  two-time ARIA Award winner, performer and songwriter and all round mega-nice woman and inspiration! Monique was there on the day spreading her gorgeous energy throughout the group, directing them, supporting them and being generally amazing and encouraging.  You can really see her passion for this group of very special individuals and it shows in the way she cares for them and lovingly supports everything they do. She even helped me out by prepping skin and getting bases on as it was a rather large group for one MUA! Thank you so much Monique! ❤ ❤

I had such an amazing experience helping these guys out for their album shoot; it was a very special day indeed and we all had lots of fun!

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Below are some of the looks from the day. We wanted to let their personalities and youthful good looks shine through and not cover them up with layers and layers of makeup like a mask! Each of them came to the shoot with their own unique styling ideas which was great, and I worked with them to make the feel a bit rock n roll whilst still allowing them to express their youth and sense of adventure!

These young people are truly exceptional and amazing; their energy and positive spirit was ultra impressive, as was their professionalism and their ability to express their ideas and their dreams. I loved hearing their stories and their ambitions, it really brought it home to me that no matter what, follow your heart and your dreams and don’t let anything get in your way.

I was so glad to be a part of this special shoot.

Aardvark is an organisation that is truly doing remarkable things to help kids overcome their barriers, while supporting and nurturing their incredible talent. Check out their CD if you’d like to hear more- they’re amazing!!

If you’d like to read more about what Aardvark do, you can check them out here!

 

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LOOK OF THE WEEK: ‘Multi-coloured bright matte lips’

My latest look of the week from 10th October 2013, featuring a variety of looks with the focus on the lips! I used a bright neon tangerine, a bright electric fuchsia pink, classic bright ruby red and a gorgeous dark mauve purple in a series of looks to put the focus on the smackeroos.

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The key to this look is a flawless base, neutral classic eye, and a well defined, groomed brow to create a great canvas for those lips to ignite from!

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Some of my top tips for a great bold lip are:

* ALWAYS exfoliate prior with a soft toothbrush and some lip balm, or a good finely granulated lip scrub, to get rid of any dry skin- the number one lipstick killer!

* Be sure to line your lips with a matching pencil to prevent the colour from bleeding, before filling in slowly and carefully with your pigment of choice, carefully pressing it in and layering it as you go. Be sure to pick a nice quality, creamy matte lipstick with lots of pigment for the best colour payoff and longest lasting results.

* For extra precision, use a fine lining or concealer brush to gently line and blend a creamy concealer all the way around the edges of the lips to stop that colour from moving. Use a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to gently remove any mistakes or correct any stray lines or colour.

* If you’re planning on taking those lips out on the town, ensure you blot and powder the first coat of lippie to ‘set’ the colour, before re-applying with your brush.

* You could also use a lipstick sealer if you wish to set the lipstick in place.

Which look is your favourite?

xDS