Tomorrow I have to wake up very early (5.30 am) to arrive uni at 8am (see, my uni is one hour and a half far from home if I go by bus, and I spend one hour taking a shower, dressing, doing my backpack and taking breakfast). It's not that bad, because I tend to fall sleep with my headphones in the bus seat until I arrive uni.
Now read, this post is all about the coolest basic these days. It's cotton-made, it's to wear on top, has to be grey, has to be slouchy and believe me, you have to own one (although I bet most of you cool fashionistas already own one). It's like the new and improved white semi-sheer tee, only that it's not as see-trough as the white one, so you don't have to worry about the colour of your bra. In case you already have one of your own, here you have some ideas for your outfits and if you don't have one yet... then hurry up and get one :)
I've just realized this must be the geekiest post ever in the Coloured Bleu history.
My favourite outfit of these three pictures is the first one, it's very rock n roll. I hate the second picture (the scarf, the fake tan -in cold weather- and the kissy face -maybe it was just collagen, dunno- need to go) and the third one looks ok to me, still kinda boring.
Which are your favourites? Do you agree or disagree on my picks?
I couldn't help smiling when I saw this site had passed the 10, 000 visits, now if that is not a reason for being glad, then what is it?
Thanks for the lovely feedback, I'll return comments today when i come home at night
Flip flops: Rip curl
Bag: Handicraft (arequipa)
Fedora: do it!
Belt: Some little store downtown
Jewerly: indian bangles, the rings used to belong to mom
1. My family
2. Development Communication
3. Watching fashion shows
4. Rock and roll, soul & indie music
5. Graphic designing
8. Kids (cutest things ever)
8 Things I Want to Do Before I Die (in no particular order)
1. Open an Orphanage here
2. Do paragliding
3. Go to three buffet restaurants in one day (for breakfeast, lunch and dinner) and eat as much as I can
4. Visit as much countries as it's possible
5. I always say i don't want to but... getting married and having my own kids sounds pretty cool to me :)
6. Learn German, French and Portuguese
7. Learn to cook
8. Say (and believe) I've helped others to have a better, healthier and happier life
8 Things I Say Often
1. "I feel hungry" (like every two hours)
2. "Paja" (it's like saying "cool" here)
4. "Is it 9pm already? gossip girrrrrrrrrl"
5. "Can I have the remote control now?" (to my sister)
6. "Man, i want to work"
7. "Papi, did you buy watermelon for me?" (to dad)
8. "That song is SO good" ('buenasa' in peruvian teenage slang)
8 Books I Have Read Lately
1. "The Tunnel" - Ernesto Sábato
2. "The bad girl" - Mario Vargas Llosa
3. "La cuarta espada" - Santiago Roncagliolo
4. "Harry Potter and the deathly hallows" - J.K. Rowling
5. "Al final de la calle" - Oscar Malca (I'm reading it at the moment, does it count?)
Besides those, all I remember reading last year is loads and loads of articles, summaries, notes and various chapters of many books for uni. Believe me. I'm sorry =L
8 Songs I Could Listen to Over and Over
1. "Hey Jude" - The beatles
2. "Light my fire" - The doors
3. "Hit the road, jack" - Ray charles
4. "Don't know why" - Norah Jones
5. "Rape me" - Nirvana
6. "Anyone else but you" - The moldy peaches
7. "Brianstorm" - Arctic Monkeys
8. "You know I'm no good" - Amy winehouse
8 Things That Attract Me to My Best Friends
3. Social conscience
4. The way they threat others
6. Good sense of humour
7. They speak their minds
8. They accept me just the way I am
Now, It's time for tagging others, I dunno if you guys will have time to do this but I will be looking forward to read your answers. Here you have the lucky (or not) ones:
1. Romeika (a room of one's own)
2. Stevie (Discotheque confusion)
3. Key (La bruja del cuento)
4. Bojana (Power rangers go)
5. Jennifer (Mahalo fashion)
6. Lauren (La petite fashionista)
7. Iñaki (So VIP zone)
8. Lml (Modern marie)
That's why, in the last couple of days, I have been making a list of the key things i want for 'fall', that as stated before must include fall (runway fall 2008) items and also some singular pieces for sunny days (that's why i also considered some spring pieces from spring's runway for this year). Of course, inspiration came also from all the lovely street style sites out there (i believe the coolest trends start on the street) and from some of my fellow bloggers too ;)
(1) Nicole Richie, (2) Vanessa Hudgens, (3)Mischa Barton, (4) Kirsten Dunst, (5) Ashley Olsen, (6) Rachel Bilson, (7) Erin Wasson, (8) Magdalena Frackowiak, (9) Kate Moss
This post goes to Stevie who missed my old graphics, and I have to admit i kind of missed them too, so here I am, back to the old days when I used to spend a little more time editing on Photoshop (and I'm loving it!). I'm also planning to change the current layout for a more simple one.
Thanks for all the lovely comments on the last post, I was very pleased to read all of them, oh, and even two peruvian girls commented on it (and, according to what she said, inspired one of them to create her own fashion blog, which I'll soon add to my links so you can visit it). Of course, I'll return all the comments tomorrow morning ;)
When I decided opening this fashion blog, one of the hardest decisiones i had to make was choosing which language should I use. I can only speak two languages (wish i could speak more), so I had to choose either spanish or english. My beautiful spanish, so rich in words and expressions and english, which I've been studying since I was a kid and can't speak perfectly yet. The idea of making it in english offered me the opportunity of improving my english and the same time meeting fashionistas from all around the world (let's face it, english is one of the most spoken languages). How fun sounded the idea of meeting all those people who shared my interest in fashion and style, who wouldn't look at my outfits like they were the weirdest thing on earth (even better, they would dress just the way I like it) and who knew who Marc Jacobs is (trust me, I don't meet people with all these characteristics that often).
My interest on fashion dates from year 2006, just when I discovered all these old treasures hiding inide my mother's wardrobe. That same year I had realized that it really didn't bother me that someone had my same jeans or sweater, because if I combined them different from her, nobody would even notice.
Living in a country, where the 12% of the total population lives in extreme poverty (people who doesn't have enough money to cover their basic needs such s food and housing) and the 54%, despite the fact of having some resources to eat, are still considered poor because they only make around $150 (US dollars) monthly. As if that wasn't enough, I live in Lima city, which despite the fact of being a city, is full of prejudices, prejudices that will stop everybody from being different, mainly because they're afraid of being judged as "huachafos" (unfashionable people, pretty much like calling someone "ridiculous"). Having said that, you'll kinda understand how my list of potential peruvian fashionistas becomes shorter and shorter.
A girl with zero interest on style will mostly wear plain tees, snugged on the hips and flared at the hem jeans and sneakers (usually skechers or converse). This is the way almost 90% of the girls dress I might add.
Now, the peruvian fashionistas usually come from middle and upper class families, why? mainly because only they have all their basic needs satisfied and have extra money to spend on more superficial stuff. These young ladies use to fill up their wardrobes with the clothes that the stores' catalogues (which usually come together with the Sunday's newspaper) tell them to buy and buying the last top from one of those surfer brands (even if they can't even get on a surfboard) is on the top of their to-do list (yes those simple tees with huge latter that say "Roxy" or "Billabong" in the front that for some reason are expensive for our exchange rate, US dollars are more valuable compared to soles, they are not very pretty indeed but i think they are a way of showing-off; I guess is something similar to wearing Abercombie and Fitch in the US, correct me if I'm wrong). We have very few big stores in the country and as the clothes have to be brand pieces and the outfits have to be an exact imitation of what models wear on the mentioned catalogues all the girls tend to look uniformized. These are some of the outfits these kind of girls would wear:
The pictures you'll se below were taken from a suppelement of the peruvian magazine Caretas, in that suppelement there is a segment dedicated to peruvian fashion, on them people who attend social events and go to Asia resort are put under the eye of some critic - god knows who, I couldn't find her/his name - who decides who are the ones whose outfit is flashy or trashy. I can't say i agree all the time on her/his picks, but I'm not a fashion expert so I won't go deeper on this point. Now let's go to the pictures of the women this critic considers stylish. Just to anticipate something: geometric prints crazyness, denim mini-skirts, prominent low neck lines, too matching outfits (shoes that match the belt, the bag and even the nailpolish) are only a few things of what you'll see next.
I don't pretend to criticize the seen before pictures (although probably I would if that was my job and i got paid for that), the only thing is ask for is a little bit of creativity. Maybe some of the girls looked pretty but what about different?. There isn't a lot of people willing to take risks, so individuality and originality doesn't abound here. In a society in which brand clothes are a must and where anyone who dares to be different and doesn't wear what everyone wear is discriminated, the journey for real fashionistas (the ones who know there is no need to spend tons of money in order to look good and who don't imitate everyone else) seems to be very tough.
That's why I really appreciate your feedback guys. It's very special for me to receive all those comments because compliments don't come to me everyday, instead of that i get people pointing or looking at me as if I was some kind of weirdo for going out dressed like that - which is strange considering I'm not even the half of risky Susie bubble is (maybe I'm being a little bit unfair, because of course there are some people who have learnt to understand my way of dressing, like some close friends, my young sister - who always tells me to style her - and my parents - well, they have to accept their kids the way they are, right?).
God bless fashion blogs :)