For the athletes embarking on quests to win medals and break records at the Olympic games, fashion might not be top of their list of priorities. But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of style moments to celebrate already from Rio.
From chic tennis attire to surprising accessories and creative manicures, these are the sportswomen winning in the style- as well as sporting- stakes.
Today I’m sharing a few items that I recently picked up – dresses from Madewell and a few booties from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.
I’ve been loving Madewell lately, though I typically order from Nordstrom as they offer free shipping and returns (Madewell charges for returns). This embroidered dress has great reviews on the Madewell site, so I decided to give it a try!
Madewell dress (currently 25% off), Hermes Bolide (this Hermes Victoria bag is a great deal on a classic neutral), Sole Society sandals
After receiving the dress, I can see why it has such good reviews – it’s a wonderful, light summer dress which would also be appropriate for work, lengthwise. The white is also completely lined and not see through, which unfortunately I’ve been finding is a rarity these days – even for dresses with a lining!
I didn’t end up keeping this one as it was a little loose for me (I have on a 00 here) – but snapped this picture to share. I think it’d be a great summer dress for someone taller, or someone looking for a more modest summer dress.
Madewell dress, Chanel jumbo flap, Sole Society heels
This is the Madewell dress that I did end up keeping – I’ve probably ordered close to five or ten striped dresses this year, trying to find the perfect summery version, and this was the winner. I love the deep v-neck, the dolman sleeves, and the mid weight fabric – with a jacket, it’d easily go into fall. The length and little side slits are good for shorties, too! I took a size XXS – it’s definitely the kind of dress where you could easily size down, especially if you prefer a fitted look.
As some of you may have noticed in my outfit posts, I’ve been wearing these Sole Society shoes a ton – they’re just easy to pair with everything, and the heel is quite wearable. I’d been looking for a fall equivalent – some kind of flat bootie that I’d be able to wear with jeans and dresses. I actually found two great ones, both from the Anniversary sale. It’s been too warm to wear them out, but I snapped a few photos of them on.
The first are these Vince Camuto booties.
I’d given up on the idea of ankle booties for the longest time due to my short frame, until I started seeing this style, with the deep slits on the side. And now I love them! The slit shows more ankle on the side, definitely lengthening the leg line, and I also love how easy they are to slip on – I don’t even have to use the zipper on the back, really. You can’t really wear socks with these, unless they are super low, but I personally would prefer to go barefoot anyways. I love that with the open cutout pattern you can wear these even in warmer weather. These Vince Camutos are also very comfortable as well, and easy to walk in due to the low heel. Here’s a picture of the booties paired with cropped jeans.
Lucky Bashina booties (on the left)
I also picked up these Lucky booties, and they are incredibly comfortable – I have good luck with Lucky shoes in general, and they’re my go to brand for inexpensive, comfortable shoes. They also have the deep v slits on the side that I loved on the Vince Camutos, and are even a little easier to get into – no zipper at all, just deeper side cuts. They’re very similar to the Vince Camutos in many ways – open/perforated cutouts, low stacked heel, and quite comfortable. The color I’m wearing here is the “Brindle” color – a taupe/gray. I think these are difficult to get – I keep trying to order more colors, but they’re always sold out! Did any of you pick of these booties (or any others)?
If for a second you questioned whether Kendall Jenner was serious about her modeling career, you better put your money where your mouth is. The supermodel just scored a spot on Vogue's September issue, which is not just the heaviest edition, but a trend forecast for the entire year ahead. The message here? Kendall Jenner's sticking around. In her interview, Kendall discusses her first Marc Jacobs runway show, where she wore a sheer shirt and begged her spotlight-stealing family not to attend:
"Marc invited my whole family to that first show, and I was like, 'I love you guys, but can you please just not come?' I was trying so hard to be taken seriously, like, 'Guys: This is not a joke or a stunt; this is what I want to do with my life.' I had to prove that I could do it. And now I feel like I'm a part of something. I feel I have accomplished something that is mine," she said, later elaborating, "This is a career — I want this to last for a long time. Not that I won't venture out and do other things, but I want this to be like a Cindy Crawford thing: I want it to last until I am her age. That's why I love her so much and why I look up to her: Her life now is something that I want my life to be like."
Click over to Vogue's full feature on Kendall, where she's compared to other icons like Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, see her model designer looks below, and watch the Kardashian-Jenners celebrate her achievement. If this isn't a testament to the fact that Kendall's serious about her work in the fashion industry, we don't know what is.
When a glamorous summer party pops into the calendar, most women in Amal Clooney's position would be straight into consultations with their stylist about which big-name designer's services to call upon. But Clooney has adopted a refreshingly different strategy for many of her most glamorous outings by opting for unique vintage pieces sourced from William Vintage, the Marylebone boutique and online store owned by 'King of Vintage', William Banks-Blaney.
A case in point came last night when Clooney opted for a white fringed dress for a Darfur fundraising party thrown near to the Clooney's own Como abode. With its delicate gold straps and tiers of tassels, Clooney's choice of gown had echoes of a look from an F.Scott Fitzgerald novel and might almost have been plucked from the wardrobe of The Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan.
It's not the first time that Clooney has turned to Banks-Blaney's for something suitably dazzling yet unique. Earlier in the summer, she chose a 70s silk printed Valentino maxi dress for another Como get-together, while for the Berlinale International Film Festival in February, Clooney eschewed the 2016 collections in favour ofa handpicked a 1980s Yves Saint Laurent dress from William Vintage.
Earlier this year, Banks-Blaney described his Great Unknown collection as excellent choices for a night out. “A drunk dress doesn’t have to have a label,” he said, “they were made to have a good night out in, something that it would be impossible to have a row in.” Words which seem to fit perfectly with the joyous shots of Amal and her husband George having a royally good time as they arrived by boat at the festivities and then sipped champagne and enjoyed live tunes played by a group of musicians.
While Clooney's life of juggling high profile law work with her marriage to one of Hollywood's most famous actors might seem impossibly unrelatable, her love vintage is something we can (and should) all get on board with. "I love a rummage as much as the next person but we're removing that struggle for people who don't. This is the next stage of vintage shopping," Banks-Blaney explained to The Telegraph when he opened his online store earlier this year. "The beauty of vintage is being able to find your own treasure and feeling a real sense of ownership," Banks-Blaney explains. "There's this thing now where you really desire something but there are 150,000 of them in the world so it seems like everyone has one and then you get sick of it within six months, and everyone recognises it as the last season thing."
Clooney's Twenties look comes just weeks before Woody Allen's latest film Cafe Society is released in cinemas. Centred around the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, starring Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, the film promises to shine a light on all things decadently Art Deco- feathers, jewels and, yes, fringing.
When building a look, the elements of fashion to choose from are limitless. I might choose the way I dress because it resembles people I admire, or I appreciate what it stands for (like minimalism with gender equality), or it suits my figure, or goddamnit I just like the way it looks. But now there’s research into a whole new dimension to the effect you can achieve with an outfit: harnessing vibrational colour energy in fashion. *Mind erupts into a mushroom cloud of awe*
Colour has long played a symbolic role in clothing. The colour red, for example, is embellished with social and cultural associations of boldness and sexuality, black with mourning, white with purity, purple with luxury, and so on. But the actual vibrational energy of colour adds another branch to the effect it creates when creating an outfit. and it’s a real, measurable thing.
Let me unpack this with a rudimentary science lesson. Colour is a property of light, as our high school prism experiments taught us. Light can be understood to travel in the form of a wave, and different colours have different wavelengths. Red has the longest wavelength, so it has the lowest energy. The wavelengths shorten gradually through all the colours of the rainbow until you reach violet, which has the highest energy.
This vibrational energy can therefore inform how to select colours for certain moods. Choosing warmer hues creates a low energy unwind-with-a-glass-of-Shiraz-after-work vibe, whereas opting for colder blue or violet tones raises the energy to be on high alert. Perhaps it’s no accident that blue is more commonly associated with workwear and red with dinner party attire or lingerie.
In addition, some have linked this scientific aspect of colour to the spiritual Indian concept of the chakras, which are seven centres of spiritual power in the body. Each colour has a corresponding chakra with a similar level of energy. Higher vibrational colours relating to more enlightened chakras like spirituality, whilst lower vibrational colours relating to base chakras that deal with more animal needs, like sex and survival.
It’s therefore believed that wearing different colours will attract different energies. Here’s how you can harness colour energy in fashion to help empower the elements that are most necessary for your life at any given time.
Hot Red: The Root Chakra
Red represents the life force and is connected to surviving, eating enough food and saving enough money. If you’ve got a meeting with the bank or need a big energy boost, wear something bright red, like this cosy jumper by Shrimps. Not only may the red attract luck and money (as the Chinese have believed for centuries), but which bank manager could resist those kittens?
Inspiring Orange: The Sacral Chakra
Orange relates to connecting with others, encompassing friendship and compassion. I mean, just look at this jumpsuit by Stella Jean. It makes the model look super sweet and friendly, right? Not a usual catwalk look! Orange also reflects sexuality and creativity, so if you need a bit of inspiration, you know which colour to don.
Image: stella jean
Cheery Yellow: Solar Plexus Chakra
As many people seem to know intuitively, yellow is the colour of self-confidence, so if you need a boost in self-esteem, throw on a canary yellow jumper with a pair of skinny black jeans, or if you are feeling really confident, this dress by Laboni Saha. It’s also a cheerful colour that’s guaranteed to give you a mood boost.
Image: Laboni Saha
Relaxing Green: The Heart Chakra
Green is the colour of nature, and reflects our ability to love and be peaceful. It’s calming and earthy, and will put anyone around you at ease. The perfect colour for dealing with kids, or to work if you’re a counsellor or teacher.
Image: Carlos Ugarte photographer, M.Luna fashion
Expressive Blue: The Throat Chakra
Blue and deals with self-expression and communication – and this asymmetrically cut dress by Bav Tailor is a great example of that individuality. If you need to nail a job interview or give a great presentation, blue is a good colour to wear – no wonder it’s so common in the office!
Image: Bav Tailor bavtailor.com
Spiritual Indigo: The Third Eye Chakra
Deep indigo relates to our imagination, intuition and wisdom. Got a big decision to make? Put on a gorgeous indigo sweater, wrap or coat, like this one at Sydney Brown, and meditate.
Image: Sydney Brown
Powerful Purple: The Crown Chakra
Ever wonder why royals and high members of the church wear violet? It’s because this colour is related to power, wisdom and wealth. This purple dress below, by Beulah, kind of screams ‘luxury’, no? It also relates to spiritual connectivity, so make your yoga gear purple to really feel that workout in your mind, body and spirit.
So, next time you’re selecting your colours for the day’s outfit, consider whether you can utilise their vibrational energy to help you, whether you’re trying to wind down or hype up. Unless of course you choose to wear all seven colours of the rainbow at once, in which case you may or may not implode.
No list of influential 1980s novels can be complete without a V.C. Andrews inclusion. When you look at the plots of some of them, it can be hard to believe they were so popular, however Andrews's works have truly become classics in young adult and gothic fiction.
While most of the novels under Andrews's name are the products of a ghostwriter, her most well-known books are all her own creation: the Flowers in the Attic series. But there is one other novel that stands alone as an original V.C. Andrews book, the 1982 standalone My Sweet Audrina.
Following the lonely and repressed Audrina Adare and her extremely dysfunctional family, the novel follows Audrina from childhood to adult life. The basic premise is that Audrina is the second daughter of a wealthy family, named after the first daughter who died a horrific death before the novel began. During the course of the book Audrina struggles to break free of her controlling father, falls in love with a charming neighbor boy (although this love interest hasn't quite aged well), and battles her wicked cousin Vera and her twisted mind games.
Like the Flowers in the Attic books, My Sweet Audrina was made into a Lifetime movie, because Lifetime is the only network that could so successfully touch on the themes of family strife, violence, and gothic melodrama. So reach for your lace veil and get inspired by the dark world of My Sweet Audrina.
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This book delicately toes the line between light and dark, good and evil, with very clear parallels between the characters. Audrina appears from the outside to lead a charmed life, but her father Damian provides her with a childhood that's anything but idyllic.
A basic black dress and a bright yellow bag are perfect for all seasons, including summer transitioning into fall. Darken the look up further with burgundy Converse sneakers and lipstick, but add a touch of glamour with golden hoops, a hint to Whitefern, the opulent Victorian mansion that houses the Adares.
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This look is based on Audrina's loss of innocence in a surreal world. Audrina always remains a sweet girl at heart, even after all the tragedy and betrayal she experiences throughout the novel.
Start your Audrina-inspired look with references to her "chameleon hair." A holographic clutch and a trendy "rainbow" highlighter will start you on your way. Bright pink shoes reflect the love Audrina finds with Arden Lowe (who, let's face it, doesn't deserve her) and a lacy white dress is symbolic of the innocence that is challenged by her coming of age.
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Every tale of a tragic gothic heroine needs a villain whose evil rivals her goodness. My Sweet Audrina doesn't disappoint, pitting Audrina against the manipulative and depraved Vera Adare. Jealous of the love and attention her cousin receives, Vera misses no opportunity to make Audrina's life miserable. Even with all the bad things Vera does, you still have to feel sympathetic for her: After all, from birth, she has never once felt love.
Vera has an infamous scene where she returns to the Adare mansion in a fabulous green dress. This emerald one with an asymmetrical hem and strappy silhouette is sexy and unique. Pearl studs and black pumps are iconic while an animal print clutch keeps the look fresh.
My Sweet Audrina may be a coming-of-age novel, but do not mistake it for a book for children. It is dark and twisted and contains themes that are shocking and controversial to this day. However, those same themes are part of why this story hasn't been forgotten.
So what did you think? Have you read any V.C. Andrews novels? Which look was your favorite? What book would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments below!