March Button Swapping

First of all, I am terribly sorry for the lack of posts. I have had a lot of tests and assignments for the past few weeks. I can ensure you that I try to read and comment on your blogs on a regular basis though. The second thing is this terrible weather, during my winter break it has been about -15 Celsius all the time. When the cold wave went away, it began snowing and raining interchangeably, so as you can possibly imagine it was not too encouraging to go outside and finally take some proper pictures. Now that spring is slowly but surely on the way, I hope it will be the source of inspiration for the upcoming posts. For now, I have an announcement to make.

I have seen this wonderful idea on Erica's blog. Every single month she's looking for new sponsors to promote by placing their buttons on her site- depending on the size, blog authors either have to drop her a few bucks or can swap buttons for no charge. I have always wanted to get to know more fashion bloggers with unique style, so I decided to follow in her footsteps. Since I'm just a beginner, I'm looking for March sponsors to swap buttons with absolutely for free. If you are interested, let me know in the comments!

Here's my button:

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous

By the way, as you might have noticed I changed my blog design... again. How do you like it?

xoxo, Dominika.

London Fashion Week: Jasper Conran & PPQ Autumn/Winter 2012

As I have recently been moaning about not being able to attend any fashion weeks this year, my friend showed me the official LFW website to keep up with the latest news and photos from the shows. Having taken a brief look at the timeline, I came to discover that I have never heard of the majority of those designers. I decided to follow my friend's advice and go through the galleries anyway in search of new sources of inspiration. It turned out to be a great idea, since two collections immediately caught my eye.

The first collection was the one by Jasper Conran. Conran is a 52-year-old fashion designer who started his own label at the age of 19 and was among the first group of designers to show at London Fashion Week. Asked about his Autumn/Winter 2012 inspirations, he said: “The purity of cut in the archive of some of the greatest couturiers of this century has been an inspiration. The simplicity of the shape has also inspired texture in many guises." What I love about this collection is the fact that the colour palette is limited to nude, black, chocolate and grey. The application of glitter and sequins also works to its advantage- after all a woman can never have enough shine.
Anyway, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

The whole collection can be seen here.

The second collection was the one by PPQ (Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker). They definitely managed to capture romance while working on this collection. It took me a few decades back to the 1950s and 1980s with their elegant cocktail dresses, a wide variety of coats, embellished details and fancy accessories.

  The whole collection can be seen here.
What do you think about these collections? Do you have your favourite London Fashion Week shows? Feel free to drop me a line!

Give me some... Valentino! Ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2012

During cold weather like this, there's nothing better than getting snuggled up in bed in front of the TV. As I was jumping from one channel to another last weekend, I came across interesting series on Fashion TV called 'Focus on designers'. The episode I decided to watch featured a number of Valentino collections. Valentino is a clothing company founded in 1959 by Valentino Garavani and is a part of Valentino Fashion Group.

What immediately caught my eye was the fact that Valentino designs, contrary to some freaky fashion on the runway, are wearable pieces which define 'feminine'. Since I figured out it's virtually impossible to summarize the genius of Valentino in just one post, I decided to do it one collection at a time. Today, I would like to present a number of my favourite outfits from the Ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

The first thing that came into my mind after seeing these pictures was the white sequined dress from the Versace for H&M collection. I love the crafty floral details which turn those dresses into works of art which can be worn. The fact that they offer similar dresses in different lengths and shapes also works to their advantage- everyone can find something appropriate for themselves.

These dresses prove that you can never go wrong with black. What really amazed me are those see-through parts with floral/ethnic details which make seemingly simple dresses stand out. Therefore, if you accessorize them with elegant jewellery, the casual dresses can be turned into perfect outfits for formal occasions.

Since I have never been a huge fan of vivid colours, it was love at first sight. I have always been self-conscious about my curves and would rather disguise my hips, but in this case emphasizing waistline with a waistbelt seems to be the perfect choice. The last floor-length dress instantly reminded me of those 19th century aristocratic ladies in stunning gowns (maybe it's my love for the past fashion trends or maybe it's just too much literature from that period...)

I have been enchanted by red lace dresses ever since I spotted Blake Lively wearing that wonderful Marchesa gown. In spite of their see-through design, they don't force you to show off more body than you would possibly want to. Quite the contrary, they are sophisticated and have 'chic' written all over them.

That's what Vogue (or the Fashion Bible, as they like to call themselves) said about the collection:

'The dresses were innocent in shape and alluring as ever in their translucency and fine detail – doily lace patterns were intricately applied to leather, fine linen or chiffon. (...) Tiers of glittering chiffon overlaid angelic lace dresses in nude and cream  - then blue, pink, buttery yellow and black, or floral combinations of all four, prevented the collection from being saccharine. It maybe that at some point we want something different to pure, modern romance from the Valentino team – but it’s hard to imagine ever getting bored with this.'

To be perfectly honest, I couldn't agree more. Valentino officially holds a special place on the list of my favourite designers.
How about you? Do you like Valentino designs? Which ones are your favourite?

For High Quality pictures, go here.. All edits were made by me, so if you feel like using them in the future credit me.

Modern fashion icons: Leighton Meester

Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the TV show 'Gossip Girl'. Blair Waldorf is the 'it' girl of Upper East Side and a fashionista. Therefore, Leighton presented a wide range of top fashion outfits throughout the show and left millions of girls enchanted with her natural charm and sense of style. It has been unbelievably difficult to choose my favourite outfits, since to me Leighton is the walking definition of beauty and a never-ending source of fashion inspiration. No matter what she wears, she always pulls off her look perfectly. So... sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Leighton turned everyone's head as she arrived at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 Paris Fashion Week show. She teamed her off-the-shoulder white dress with a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes and a chained purse. I have noticed that she tends to go mostly for white dresses during red carpet events and other occasions. Way to go- white is totally her colour!

She was lighting up the red carpet during 2011 Golden Globes in her nude ruched dress from the Pre-Fall 2011 Burberry Prorsum collection. She complemented her darling look with a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos and a Louis Vuitton clutch. What I really like is the fact that she went for an effortless, natural hairdo. It brings to my mind a quote by Leonardo da Vinci- 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication'.

In episode 1x02 'The Wild Brunch', Leighton was wearing a Thread Social dress. Normally, I am not too much in favour of mixing clothing patterns with the ones on tights. However, she looks exceptionally good in this combination, I love how it gives her this vintage look.

I can never get enough of watching Leighton in the episode called 'Summer, kind of wonderful'. She started the show in a floral Alice + Olivia dress with a matching waist belt and a Tory Burch bag. Then, she changed into a floral Salvatore Ferregamo swimsuit tied at the neck showing off her wonderful curves. Finally, she sparkled in a white Marc by Marc Jacobs dress paired with Chloe shoes and Jennifer Behr headband.

This Temperley London dress combines everything I love- nude colour, elements of lace and the waist belt with a bow. Leighton accessorized it with a black clutch and a pair of black stilettos- what's not to love?

Leighton looked ladylike wearing a nude ruffled top by Bill Blass teamed with a black bodycon skirt. My favourite part about this set is the fact that even though she shows off a lot of cleavage, this outfit does not look out of line at all. Quite the opposite- it's incredibly classy and elegant.

For a maxi dress lover like me, this Matthew Williamson Resort 2010 gown is to die for. I love how its low back design and the sequined top make this dress stand out. It's also really versatile, since it's perfect for both an evening dinner at a restaurant and a formal ball. So, it's a win-win!

Dark pink is definitely Leighton's colour. It goes along with her lipstick and bright details perfectly and I love the contrast between the pink dress and a black zipper in the back. The first thing that came to my mind after seeing her wearing one-shoulder dotted Bensoni 2010 Spring dress and Roger Vivier heels was Parisienne chic. I have no doubt that all eyes were on her.

Leighton looked stunning as she walked down the stairs wearing a silver sparkling dress from the Valentino Pre-Fall 2010 collection. She updated her look with a pair of black pumps and a Badgley Mischka necklace.

This princess-like dress from Jenny Packham Spring 2011 collection could not go unmentioned. The colour and the ruffled sleeves remind me of the one I bought at H&M a while ago (click here to see the post). Looking at her, I came to the conclusion that a woman can never have enough sparkling clothes. And her hairstyle choice is simply perfect- those brown curls falling over her shoulder look fabulous.

Even though I'm not a huge fan of see-through tops, I just couldn't resist this figure-flattering dress from Victoria Beckham's Spring 2010 collection. It looks as if it was custom made for her, showing off her body to perfection.

I don't know how about you, but I would gladly take care of her Gossip Girl wardrobe. We seem to have so much in common regarding our taste in fashion. What outfits did you like the most? Would you love to have any of those items of clothing in your closet?

By the way, I have just put up a brand new poll on the right, so you can start voting right now!

(Credit for the photos goes to , Tumblr and Google, some edits were made by me.)
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