Love it! Rock it! Own it!
When I get dressed I always think: "Where am I going and what fashion mood am I in?"
The answers to these questions determine which choices I make with my clothes, shoes and accessories - ultimately giving me an outfit I can feel confident and stylish in.
"Fashion shouldn't be taken too seriously. You've got to have fun with it, to make it work"
Every edition I am going to share with you:
**What's in my Wardrobe**
**Jenna-rate’ the look**
**A Heavenly Hint**
**A Heavenly Treat**
**Your “Fashion Heaven” Moments**
I want you to think of all the items in your wardrobe and all the endless possibilities of what you can create.
Let your imagination run riot. Have fun, glam up - Love it! Rock it! Own it!
**What’s in my Wardrobe**
With the weather finally getting colder and feeling a lot more like winter, it was time to dig out the fur capes and hats and have a bit of glamorous fun!
I have capes in various styles and colours, so I picked out two of my favourites. A black cape with a twisted fur trim and matching headband; and a white cape with a double twisted fur trim and diamante clasps. This I teamed with a gorgeous, white fur, pillbox hat.
Both capes are striking and look very luxurious. They are extremely versatile, as they go with anything and everything.
And here’s a great reason for me wearing the capes. Not only do they keep me warm, but they cleverly hide the extra Christmas weight I was carrying!!
Nails: As it was Christmas, my were nails painted bright red with a layer of red and gold glitter applied on top. They were very festive and sparkly, fabulously offset by the black and white fur.
Hair: Created and styled by Hilary Jones. I’ll hand you over to Hilary to explain how she achieved the different styles.
Emma’s brief this month was fur.
I decided that we didn’t need anything too elaborate as we wanted the fur hat to dominate the look.
We shot the black headband first. To achieve the soft curls, starting at the top of Emma’s head, I curled the hair with large straighteners, wrapping each curl around two fingers, pinning with hair grips at the root. This was repeated all over allowing the hair to cool and set into more bouncy, longer-lasting curls. While the hair was cooling Jenna got to work on the makeup. Once finished I unpinned the curls, letting them cascade, running my fingers through to gently separate them.
Halfway through the shoot I took the full length of Emma’s hair, piled it on top of her head, securing it with pins to create a different look.
For the white fur hat, the curls were brushed out, adding a shine gloss to achieve a soft wave. For the first look the waves were left loose. For the second, the waves were woven into a loose plait; this was later tucked behind the back of the head for the final look.
Thank you Hilary, the hair was fabulous as always. Hilary is available to cut, style and/or colour your hair at Pimped Up Pins, Treboeth, Swansea. You can read all about Pimped Up Pins in Destination #FH Avenue and watch this month’s video about the salon in Lights...Camera...Action...
Makeup: Created and applied by Jenna Kelly. I’ll hand you over to Jenna to tell you how she achieved she look.
It's January. Christmas is sadly over...but winter is most definitely sticking around for a while! So put away the glitter ladies, brace yourselves for the cold, and enjoy your winter glam for just a little while longer.
This months shoot was all about just that - winter glam! Emma asked for Hollywood glam with a wearable twist. Something which would compliment the amazing furry fluffiness of the insanely gorgeous capes she was wearing, yet not get lost and overshadowed by the hats and headbands.
We went with a really clean, smooth, glowing skin, bronzed out eyes with slightly extended edges, and a statement red lip. Here's how we did it:
Starting with eyes and brows, as I always do, we sculpted a natural but full brow on Emma. It’s so important to have your brows compliment your makeup. People tend to stick to the same brow look everyday, but...little tip from me...go with your look! If your makeup is simple, use your brows to add to your features, naturally filling them in.
On the other hand if your look is dramatic and has a smokey eye, fill your brows in a little more than usual, This doesn't necessarily mean darker, just more definition. Focus on the ends and bring the product towards the arch so they really do frame your face, always leaving the inner brow a little lighter than the rest, so you don't have a harsh transition from brow to skin.
For the eyes, we used a gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury duo which Emma picked up on her pre-Christmas trip to the opening of Charlotte’s new Covent Garden store. This was used on the lid to give a lovely warm metallic colour, but by no means glittery. I went on to use a warm caramel colour in the crease, extending it out to the corner.
I wanted to create that 'feline' shaped eye with an extended edge, but without the harsher lines of a gel eyeliner. Instead, if you use a shadow, this gives a softer finish, making the look more wearable.
To finish the look I pulled the eye shadows under the eye too. I love to do this with Emma as it really opens up the eye and contrasts her gorgeous bright eyes, really making them pop. Lots of mascara and a few wispy lashes for extra drama and that's the eyes done. A beautiful smoked-out look, strong enough to stand out under the headwear, but not too much to overpower the red lip that's to come!
Now for skin. Readers and followers of my previous columns or my work will know I am THE biggest fan of cream foundations. I love them! Popular in generations past they went out of favour for a while, but with makeup becoming such a key trend in fashion, cream foundations have made a comeback.
One of their best qualities is that they are totally workable. You can control coverage, blend a contour like you've never blended before, giving a most gorgeous finish to the skin. We used a cream foundation all over Emma's skin for a medium coverage, blending and warming it into the skin, before adding some more product giving it that 'second skin' look. A dab of concealer under the eye area - at the moment I’m loving Dior’s Nude concealer - and the whole look was ready to be set with a loose translucent powder.
I didn't want Emma’s skin to be overpowered by shape and harsh lines. So instead of a cream contour, I went with a softer contour, using ashy-toned bronzers to add a little definition to the cheek bones and nose - NARS Laguna is perfect for this. A little blush to add colour to the cheeks (and I mean a little!) with a shimmer highlight powder on the high points of the face, and Emma’s even, glowing skin tone looks a dream.
Now for the red lip. Pucker up! A lot of people are wary of a red lip when they needn't be. Although there are quite a few who aren't in the slightest bit wary of a red lip when they really should!
So many ‘rules’, colour tones, formulas, textures to choose from. Where do we even start!? A red lip really does have its own time and place. That's not to say you can’t wear it day to day, it just means you need consider what type you’re wearing.
For ladies with mature skin, wearing a matt pillarbox red can unflatteringly accentuate parts of our skin we'd rather it didn't! Pillarbox red is a difficult tone to wear unless the skin is super sleek (usually ‘porcelain pale’ and perfect); and a matt texture will dry out the lips, sinking into lines around the mouth, aka ‘lip bleed’. Ideally choose a more flattering lip balm, tint or creamy based product which isn’t so harsh, and with a more soft rosey undertone than orange.
And most importantly, remember the lip liner. With Emma, her skin still had a gorgeous light bronzed tone after her exotic travels. This, called for a definite red to compliment this. A real ‘cherry tone’, with quite a bit of depth. It wasn't orange-toned, matt, nor too pink. A real perfect red. We lined the lips, added a smooth layer of lipstick and a little gloss to create that pop of colour to tie the look together.
When choosing a lipstick, if in doubt, ask for advice. The in-store beauty consultants are there for a reason. Believe me, I was one for a long time! They see just about every conceivable tone of lipstick day in, day out, know the formulas and textures better than anyone else, and best of all, they can apply the colour for you to 'test drive' before you continue with your shopping! Take advantage of this. They know what they are talking about. Trust them, tell them what you need, and freely ask for their advice.
Thank you Jenna for creating another stunning masterpiece. You can find out all about Jenna and her work at jennakellymua.com.
I would love to see how you style your fur capes/coats and hats.
**A Heavenly Hint**
Having eaten almost fit to burst over Christmas, it was a welcome relief to return to ‘cleaner’ eating and exercise. Within a few days, the tiredness and horrible bloated feeling soon went. So...
It’s time to ditch the food and flab - step up to the mark, let’s get fit and fab!
Throw out the sweets and junk food, fill the cupboards with healthy nutritious food to eat. Drink lots of green tea and water, and start exercising regularly. No gym membership required. Dig out some walking shoes or dust off those trainers. Good old fashioned walking is a great, cost-free way to exercise, get fit and tone up.
You’ll be delighted with how quickly you start to feel healthy and vibrant.
**A Heavenly Treat**
Luther - Oh Yes!!
It wasn’t only edible and calorific treats which were devoured over the festive period! I devoured four seasons of Luther, back to back. This British Crime Drama Series is a definite treat.
The gorgeous Idris Elba stars as murder detective John Luther, working for a Serious Crime Unit. And the fabulous Ruth Wilson is Alice Morgan, a murder suspect who becomes his confidante, giving him insights into the motivations of other criminals.
It is a gripping and addictive series - not to be missed
**Your “Fashion Heaven Moments”**
Thank you to everyone who sent in a photo of their Star Wars inspired outfit/beauty look.
Here are some of my favourites.
Anna, Ollie & Abbie: Yoda hats! Hysterical! I love it!
Yue Ying Ho: I absolutely love the glitter eyeshadow - so glam!
Tilly Capel: Tilly really had fun with her Star Wars inspired beauty looks and I couldn’t resist showing you a few different photos. One created and applied by Tilly herself and the other created and applied by Jenna Kelly.
Well done - you all look Classy & Fabulous.