Sunday, 29 May 2011

Yes They Cannes!: The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival's Most Interesting

credits: Marie Claire

Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Haute Couture

Kirsten and Karl (Lagerfeld, that is) go together like, well, satin and lace. Both delicate fabrics are featured in this stunning, sheer-skirted spring number, and Kiki's choice of a bright lip and simple headband punctuated the look perfectly. It's a totally modern take on a 1920s-style silhouette.

Clémence Poésy in Calvin Klein Collection

One of our favorite red carpet dressers, Clémence generally chooses French labels for public outings, but at a Calvin Klein event last week, she honored the American design legend in a mod little ivory shift—and looked incredible. We especially loved her choice of accessories—the square clutch and minimalist bronze platforms finished off this sleek, chic ensemble.

Jessica Chastain in Oscar de la Renta

Many say redheads should avoid scarlet outfits. Boy, does Chastain put that myth to rest! The stunning actress attended a photocall for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (which later scored the festival's Palme d'Or) in a crimson pre-fall frock cinched with a corset-style belt in the same hue. Nobody does red like de la Renta, after all.

Elizabeth Olsen in The Row

Talk about a sister act! Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sis turned up at the photocall for her film Martha Marcy May Marlene in an ivory lace look from their high-end collection The Row, which she teamed with a wonderful pair of embellished sandals. Lizzie later wore another look from the twins' line to her flick's evening premiere, firmly securing her spot on our "Ones to Watch" list.

Eve Hewson in Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada's colorful spring collection for Miu Miu combined neon hues with playful patterns, and we loved the cutout-front number newcomer (and Bono's daughter) Eve chose for her photocall for This Must Be The Place, which she paired with purple pumps by the same label. How appropriate that this side-pleated frock is splashed with stars—we think that Eve's is definitely on the rise.

Fan Bing Bing in Atelier Versace

Though you might not recognize her name just yet, this Chinese actress donned some of the finest looks at last week's festival. A die-hard couture fanatic, Fan wore a violet ombre Versace early in the week, teamed with a silver minaudiere from the same fashion house. Despite its elaborate chiffon ruffles, the gown somehow doesn't overpower the petite starlet. Lovely!

Milla Jovovich in Prada

Milla's always been one of our favorite ladies to watch—and not just because we're obsessed with Katinka, her ZoolanderLa Conquete, Jovovich wowed in a drop-waisted, beaded Prada gown finished with a boyish collar that matched the red carpet itself. Ornate in construction yet simple in silhouette, the dress looked just right for a Riviera matinee.

Inès de la Fressange in Carven

Supermodel, fashion icon, and longtime Karl Lagerfeld BFF Inès chose a Grecian-style draped dress by buzzworthy label Carven for the opening-day festivities. From her megawatt smile to her easy-chic Roger Vivier sandals to her enviable physique, the celebrated catwalker's look is to die for. Oh, and in case you were wondering, de la Fressange is in her mid-fifties. Hard to believe, n'est-ce pas?

Kirsten Dunst in Chloé

Oops, we Dunst it again. But when you nab the Best Actress honors at Cannes, as Kiki did for her role in Melancholia, you're allowed a double mention on our Best Dressed list. And at the Lars von Trier film's photocall, Kirsten's pleated Chloé frock stole the show. Saffron can be a tricky color to wear, but Dunst pulls it off, quite literally, with flying colors.

Penelope Cruz in Stella McCartney

Penelope tends to opt for super-embellished gowns at awards shows and red carpet appearances, so we appreciated her exercising a little, ahem, Cruz control here. This navy velvet number by Stella McCartney is simple, flattering, and chic. And bonus points for Penelope's easy, loose locks—so much cooler than a stuffy updo.

Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann

Tilda's devil-may-care approach to fashion often raises eyebrows, but there's no denying that the custom satin gown she sported last week was a spot-on choice. This navy Haider Ackermann number is edgy without looking outlandish, elegant without seeming staid. And after seeing Swinton in so many oversized, androgynous looks in the past, we loved that she opted for a more body-conscious frock this time.

Uma Thurman in Versace

Quentin Tarantino's favorite leading lady acted as a juror at this year's festival, meaning she needed ten days' worth of amazing outfits. The snow-white feathered Versace she sported at the opening ceremony, however, was our hands-down favorite. Its thigh-high slit and strapless bodice are incredibly flattering (not that the six-foot-tall actress needs much help in that department), and those Chopard emeralds were the best jewels we spotted all week.

Zoe Saldana in Armani Privé

Fashion-wise, Zoe never seems to put a wrong foot forward, and her choice of a side-draped Armani ensemble at the Tree of Life premiere only adds another knockout to that perfect batting record. We love the bow detail at the hip, the voluminous skirt—even those Nicholas Kirkwood slingbacks caught our eye!

Elodie Bouchez in Yves Saint Laurent

The French actress kicked off Cannes in style, wearing a YSL pre-fall column gown to the festival's opening ceremonies. We love the gorgeous scalloped details and the peekaboo cutouts—and the golden embroidery sets off Elodie's perfectly tousled French-girl 'do to perfection.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

quick tips to get Cigarette Smell Out of your Hair

I'm one of those people who is, very often, in a place where people smoke. After all, we live in a country where almost everyone smokes. Its becoming a surprise to meet someone who doesn't!!

i come home, take my make up off, brush my teeth and then deliberate for maybe 10 whole seconds on whether to wash my hair or not because it STINKS of smoke. But honestly, after all the dancing, i usually give in to the little voice in my head which is saying "go to sleep lahhhh... we can worry about washing hair tomorrow".

So long story short, i end up waking up the next morning, with the same devilish voice in my head again, and go to work with my hair still stinking.

Cigarette smell can not only annoy you but it can also turn off the people around you. So this post is for all the ladies out there, who need a quick trick or two to remove the cigarette odor from your hair without washing it to make sure we smell as fresh as possible (so the boss doesn't know how hard you partied last night).

How to Get Cigarette Smoke Out of Dry Hair
By Ian Moore, eHow Contributor

1. Lemon juice

Rub a little lemon juice throughout your hair and scalp. Although washing your hair is the most effective way to get cigarette odor out, you may not have the time to get your hair wet. With this simple solution, the acids in the lemon juice help combat the strong odor of the cigarette smoke. Lemon juice is also helpful in eliminating the cigarette odor from your hands as well.

2. Febreeze and other herbal sprays will work.

Another way to hide the smell is by spraying your hair with a scent. Stay away from perfumes because the chemicals will actually dry out your hair. Instead use any of the Herbal Essence or Febreze scented spray products. There are an array of sprays available. Experiment and see which ones work best. Stay away from alcohol-based products.

3. Dry shampoo

Apply dry shampoo. A relatively new product on the market, dry shampoo is said to be a quick remedy to a bad hair day when you don't have the time or a way to wash your hair. Although it does not thoroughly clean your hair as well as regular shampoo, it does leave your hair with a scent which could be enough to mask the cigarette smell.

4. Fabric Softener Sheets

Rub a fabric softener sheet throughout your hair. Not only does it make your clothing smell fresh but can also do wonders on your hair. Experiment with different scents and see which ones are the most effective.

Try these steps one at a time or combine them to ensure that there will be no trace of the cigarette smoke left on your hair. Your hair will be smelling great in no time.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Warning on Google Chrome

Hey ladies,

so Google Chrome is being a bitch by putting on a warning when you try to get to Foxydy. All others such as IE, Mozilla Firefox, seem to be fine. I assure you that I am working on how to get the problem fixed. I have not dealt with this in the past but am looking into it!!


how to pick a shoe in less than 10 seconds

I'm very very often faced with the problem of having one of my friends/ex-boyfriend waiting outside in the car (and he never complained! what a sweetheart right?) while i scramble around trying to get dressed and then i face my shoe cupboard-S and panic as i realize i don't know what shoes to pick with my outfit.

So this is a self help tip.

The way to pick what shoes to wear when you have less then 10 seconds to make a decision!! - by Foxydy

The rule is simple.

Two questions.

Where are you going & What are you picking these shoes for?

By answering these two questions in your mind, you will automatically be able to make a sensible decision on what type of shoe to pick. Now the key to this method is to answer both questions as honestly as possible.

Scenario 1
Answer 1: I am going to a movie with friends.
Answer 2: I just wanna kick back and relax.

Shoe answer: Funky flats.

By wearing some funky flats, not only will you be uber comfy, you will also be able to pull off the effortlessly trendy look (just coz you're going out with friends doesn't give you the right to look like a hobo!)

Scenario 2
Answer 1: I am going on a dinner date with a cute boy i just met
Answer 2: I wanna knock his socks off.

Shoe answer: Bring on the stilettos

Do i need to explain this one. Okay let me break it down for you.

The Heel Effect (by Foxydy)
high heels = longer legs + great butt + walk with swagger + sky high confidence = a massively increased chance of blowing his mind.

Scenario 3
Answer 1: I'm going to the park with my dog
Answer 2: I still wanna look cute! (be honest ladies. it doesn't work if you aren't)

Shoe answer: Pimped out flip flops (I love Ipanema for this)

By wearing flip flops, you wont have to worry when you need to run after your lovable pooch. If you bump into someone you know, you wont have to worry about how you look!!

Scenario 4
Answer 1: Going to a mall to help the boyfriend pick our a shirt.
Answer 2: I know there is a lot of walking but i still want the heels-effect (pls see senario 2 for explanation)!!

Shoe Answer: Wedges

The miracle answer to the Heel Effect; wedges. Less Pain, Alllllmmmooosssttt same effects.

So you see ladies, it isn't that hard to pick out a show to wear in less then 10 seconds. It all about the two magical questions and plain hard core Honesty!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

get ready fast. chapter 1. hairstyles

have u ever been in the situation where you are rushing around getting ready and the boy is sitting there, tutting at how long you're taking to get dressed just for some sunday brunch?
honestly, i wonder why we put up with them sometimes ;)

but really, it can be such a pain to painstakingly get dressed to look chic just to go straight to the shop, wolf down some food and come straight home. I often find myself wondering why i took all the trouble.

So these next few posts are for the ladies who need some
quick tips and quick fixes. How to be out that door in 15mins max, and still look like a million bucks!

Get Ready Fast – 7 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

Every girl has been there – after a late-night session and only a few hours sleep, you wake up late with only a few minutes to throw something on and get out that door.
Here are seven fabulous and easy ways to do your hair when you’re pressed for time. Your hair will look hot, and no one will ever know you didn't even spend 5 mins on it!

1. Get Rid of Grease
Beat oily “second day” hair with this easy trick: grab some baby powder if you’re light-haired or matte bronzer if you’re a brunette and apply it to your roots with a big fluffy makeup brush. This absorbs grease and makes your hair look fresh. Then just fix any stray strands with a flat iron; shake out your hair and go.

2. Slip on a Headband
For an elegant style that’s so Blair on Gossip Girl, smooth out your hair with a brush, then pull on a wide headband to cover up messier strands and look instantly polished. Try a shiny patent leather headband in an outfit-coordinating shade for a super-trendy look that’s very right-now.

3. Do a Messy Bun
This is the basic go-to staple for most girls because it takes two seconds. Gather your hair on top of your head and wrap an elastic band around 2-3 times. Next, shape the bun with a few bobby pins that match your hair color, pull out a few ends to make it messier, and finish with a spray of hairspray.
4. Try Chopstick Hair
This style only looks difficult.. it’s actually insanely easy to do. If you don’t know how to make a chopstick updo, check out this Youtube tutorial, or for another way to do it, this tutorial. You don’t need actual chopsticks for this look – special hair sticks or even a pencil will work in a pinch.

5. Make a Chic Ponytail
If your hair is curly, use a little anti-frizz cream first. If you have straight locks, scrunch in curl cream to bring out some waves. Tease hair at the crown then pull into a low ponytail. Leave a ½ inch strand out and secure the ponytail with a clear elastic. Wrap the extra strand around the elastic and secure with a bobby pin.

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6. Do a Front Hair Poof
This popular hairstyle is a great way to hide bangs you might be growing out, and is also very simple to do. Just separate the section of hair from temple to temple, tease it with a fine-toothed comb and secure with two bobby pins in an X. If your hair won’t stay in the bobby pins, tease the section more or use four pins.

7. French Braid Sideways
Inspired by Matthew Williamson, this style is best if you’re good at French braiding, but with practice anyone can do it. Part your hair to the side then French braid across your hairline, securing with a clear elastic. This look is boho chic so leave the rest of your hair messy. If you have natural waves, even better.
There you have it, the top 7 hairstyles for days when you don’t have time to spend on your hair.
Written by Zephyr - CF Editor

Monday, 2 May 2011

what to wear on a blind date

So as you guys already know, i am recently single. :( so i went on a date recently with a friend of a friend. And while that date went well, (he was quite the gentlemen), my biggest worry was, while i was rushing home from office, what the heck to wear!!

I mean think about it. When you are actually Planning to meet someone for the very first time what you wear suddenly becomes a simple representation of the things that make you, you. If you just bumped into someone, say in a coffee shop, even if you look horrible, you make yourself feel better by saying there was no way you could have known that you would be bumping into Mr-Delicious-Americano-Coffee.

So what was a girl to do!! After racking my brains for a good 30mins about it while being stuck in a jam, i decided i post on this. To make the next few times a little easier. ;)

Blind-Date Dressing: What to Wear and Why When You're Flying Blind

Credits: Laura Kindred, MyShape Fashion Correspondent

You go into a blind date without a lot of control, so focus on what you can control—the impression you make. Here’s how to dress when you don’t know what you’re in for:
A Dress or Not a Dress? That Is the Question
Why the heck not? The real question is choosing what kind of dress you want to wear on your date. My advice is to dress appropriately for the type of venue you will be going to. If you are heading to a snazzy bar, then pull out the LBD (a sure bet).

If you are headed to a restaurant, you can pull off a pretty dress or even some chic jeans and a pretty top! Just make sure you know what type of place you're headed to! Dont dress in jeans to a place everyone is wearing a dress.. However, the safest way to wear jeans, if you must, is to go with a dark wash.

The type of dress you wear can also send some signals to your date. A floral print might say, “I’m a lady and expect to be treated as such;” you’ll make a different impression entirely if your idea of a dress is a black studded mini paired with motorcycle boots.


I prefer a practical approach to this quandary. Will you be walking much? Most dresses go hand in hand with heels or fancy flats, so a walk along the boardwalk may lead to a graceless blister-limp back to the car. An alternative is a maxi dress, which is the natural mate to a stroll-friendly pair of thong sandals.


Ladies: when it comes to blind dates, pick a public place, and I urge you to consider daytime. But I digress. My point is casual settings warrant casual apparel. Not too casual -- it’s not a pajama party -- but a pair of premium jeans and a sweater or vintage blazer is a no-brainer ensemble for the coffeehouse or Cineplex. And there are many alternatives to denim as well -- leggings, cords and cropped pants are mainstays of casual chic. Save that pricey designer dress you’re dying to trot out for date number five.

Stand Out from the Crowd (But Not Like a Sore Thumb)
Face facts: if he’s going on a blind date with you, there’s a strong chance you’re not the only person he’s seeing. What you wear is a great way to showcase yourself, especially if you might be a little tongue-tied at first. Let your outfit do some of the talking for you, or more literally, wear a “conversation piece.” This is usually an accessory: a chunky ring, an amazing scarf, a necklace with some sort of intriguing emblem or something sentimental with a history you can share with him.

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If you’re in a casual enough setting, a graphic T-shirt can jumpstart some discussion, but make sure it’s not printed with the name of your ex-boyfriend’s band. Feel free to make bold style choices, but stay in your comfort zone—you want to feel confident, not like you’re at a costume ball. Most importantly, don’t dress yourself in a physical obstacle. Chandelier earrings are a beautiful complement to an upswept do, but if they jangle the whole night, they’re more likely to distract than dazzle.