Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Maxi dresses and Nicole Richie's boho style

Last summer the most popular fashion item was the maxi dress. Personally, I wasn’t a fan. I tried a couple on while shopping around for summer clothes, but I didn’t really like them so I never bought one. Everywhere you looked, people was wearing colourful, flowing maxi dresses last summer. Some suited it more than others. I think this is a great style if you’ve got some curves. If you’re slim, you just look super skinny in a maxi dress.
One skinny person that actually does suite this style though, is Nicole Richie. Her whole look just screams boho, and it just suits her perfectly. Everything from the patterned dresses and baggy tunics, to the hair and accessories. Doesn’t she just look gorgeous in these pictures?
I love her collection House of Harlow. These leather and gold plated Aztec bracelets are available in 5 different colours, at $75 a piece.
Since the boho and the 1970’s styles are some of the most popular styles even this year, what better to invest in than a maxi dress? I actually bought my first one the other week. I’m not a fan of bold patterns, so the one I bought is just one colour - light purple (almost lavender) with a built in bra, and a crochet back. I bet it’s gonna be my favourite dress this spring, and I can’t wait until I can show it off in the streets of Rome in May! :D Just need to find some sandals to go with it…

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Denim love

I decided to treat myself the other day, and went for a shopping trip with my housemate. The problem with me is that when I’m in the mood for shopping I can never find anything that I want to buy. It started off like this on Saturday when I was in town. I was wandering around in the shops, barely even looking at the clothes. Just gave them a quick glance and thought “ugly”… I almost gave up straight away. But then I figured I needed a new pair of jeans. I only own two pairs of jeans that I actually wear, and one of them is extremely worn out, with ripped knees. (No, I didn’t rip them on purpose like I might have done when I was 15. They just got ripped cause I’ve loved them too much. You know what they say… love hurts.)
So on Saturday I saw these dark denim, super tight jeans with a bit of a bootcut from NEXT. I’ve always done the mistake before of buying jeans my normal size, but after a week or so they’re always too big for some reason!? I’ve tried washing them in 90 degrees, but they just don’t shrink back to the original size again. So this time I squeezed into a size 8. Could barely move the first day, (let alone bend my knees!) but now they’re a perfect fit, and I just looove them!
I was thinking about a story my mum told me, about how they had really big fitting rooms back in the 1970’s, with benches to lay down on when they put their jeans on. Apparently this was the only way to do it, if you wanted to be able to squeeze into those skin tight jeans. She also told me that they were bathing with their jeans on, and let them dry while keeping them on so that they shaped themselves after the legs. Rubbing sand on them to make them look worn out was also popular – a thing my grandpa wasn’t very fond of…