Beautiful Blake…

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Picture – Unreality Mag

I admit, I am a long time admirer of Blake Lively. Long before she was pouting and stalking Manhattan as Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, I loved her as the sunny Bee in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. It is not often a character can jump from your much-loved fiction novel to the tv screen and remain intact. For me, Blake was exactly how I had imagined Bee – so naturally the fascination stemmed from there.

I enjoy that Blake has this mysterious side of her, rarely commenting or making a show about her private life, an amazing wardrobe and the winning smile to pull off anything. “Girl Crush” material {I will admit}

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She styles herself for most events and picks up tips from makeup artists she works with – relaxed, cool and down to earth.

Not only is she Karl Lagerfeld’s muse, she is also Chanel’s handbag ambassador, the face of Gucci’s ‘Premiere’ perfume and now announced as the latest ambassador for L’Oreal.

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Pic from Jadabeauty.com

I think it is a great match – she has the perfect mix of class, elegance, charm, sexiness and a cute girl-next-door quality which makes her so much more approachable and relateable than most celebrities. For more about the partnership click here 

Does anyone else openly admit to a girl crush? Blake is just one of mine.. Have you purchased a product or tried a brand purely because of the celebrity endorsing it {and if so who/what!?}

Kooklah xo

 

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Hint of Glamour #3

I have become increasingly intrigued of late with grouping multiple bangles and bracelets together…

 
 
This trend can be easily paired with everyday, basic styles or added to a dressy/ formal outfit for events. Watches or cocktail rings are often used to complement the look. This is a great way to accessorise.

Love the look of clustered bracelets-whether embellished, complementing or clashing in colour or design.

Many celebrities favour this look – including Nicole Ritchie, Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift and Blake Lively.This is definitely not just something in the celebrity world, my sister frequently has tangles of bangles or rope/beaded gypsy style bracelets adorning her arms and a friend I made while travelling picked up bracelets in each destination she visited, the clusters formed what she called her “gypsy arms”.
  Go forth and experiment! This trend really allows you to highlight your individuality in a beautifully embellished way. Everyone loves some arm candy!

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Would love to hear from you if you love/hate this style, any style/beauty questions or queries. Please leave a comment or send an email to kooklahstyle@gmail.com …Kooklah Xx

Re-Invent Yourself…Style..

I find, like most people, I can often be unhappy about change. But this year I have been trying as much as possible to push myself out of my comfort zones in all areas of my life. This also includes my own style, I have tried new things- from accessories, to makeup to clothes, am currently pulling apart my wardrobe to get rid of items I no longer want or need and revamping my personal style.

I am currently favouring the use of a basic, almost minimalistic style using simple pieces which together create an impact. For example, one of these looks I am currently favouring is the use of:

  • A blazer
  • Tapered jeans or resin denim (coated denim which looks like leather)
  • Embellished or detailed shoes (flats or heels)
  • A flowy blouse or top

Using this simple formula I add accessories like necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles and clutches as I feel. This look is really very simple to go from day to night, either by vamping up an element of makeup or changing my hairdo but also from going from flats to heels, simple accessories to statement accessories. To start, the basics (pictures primarily sourced from current and past collections of Portmans, Forever NewDotti, Just Jeans, Betts and ZU Shoes):




 

The colour and type of accessories you use will be dependant on the colours, fabrics and cuts used for your basic items. I favour my blazer in black, and dark denim or resin coated denim (usually come in gray or black) with shirts in any colour, most often something bright- white, pink, orange, patterned. I then use shoes that will blend or contrast including the use of glitter, textures or embellishment.
Using the outfit above, here are some accessories which add some glamour (from Equip Acessories).

 These accessories use the tonings of the outfit and complement whilst also drawing attention. I would use only two to three of these in order to achieve a minimalist look.
For example the ring, filigree drop earrings and the Ruby & Kit envelope clutch.
Using this look allows for simple and or more complex makeup and hair styles to be used (some examples are included below) but this is the time to have fun, use messy/bed hair, bold eye makeup red lips, have an intricate up do paired with barely there makeup. An outift like this becomes a canvas (albeit a well put together one) for you to explore with and add individual touches to.

What looks are you favouring? What looks would you like me to write about?

Kooklah, Xx

Sense of Romance…

The romantic style of dressing is one of my favourites.
 It is a style characterised by feminine, flirty, fun and pretty clothes or accessories with details such as lace, draped or flowing fabric, tulle, ruffles, pretty details including florals or a little sparkle.
An example of a long, flowing dress. The bodice is sequined with floral detail
Floral, lace, sparkle and button detail…
Using this style will not only ensure you look feminine and pretty but can also increase your confidence by making you feel attractive and happy.
 Romantic style is very girly, perfect for dates, outside events or parties.
I love this outfit, perfect for a date, girls night or even an outdoor cocktail party.
The ankle boots add abit of edge whilst highlighting the legs and flow of the ruffles in the dress.

                                            Lace is a very simple and beautiful way to add abit of romance to an outfit. It can be through the use of shoes or accessories such as headbands, earrings, bangles or, through using lace as the emphasis of the outfit for example dresses, skirts, shirts…

Lauren Conrad:                     Lauren really suits this feminine and romantic style.  Lauren has used slighty curled hair in a bun, with wispy pieces around her face. Her makeup is very natural with emphasis on flirty eyes..                                             

                                     
This dress has great detail at the top, it is very flattering and looks well put together and relaxed. The slight jewelled/crystal headband adds a lovely detail to the hairstyle that complements but maintains an understated look.
Blake Lively: Blake has really embraced the romantic style with this outfit. Her hair is very whimsical, with braids and plaits that are loose, her hair is partially pinned. It is very much so a hairstyle that will loosen and gradually fall out over time, which will only add to the overall look. The hair accessories which have been used are floral with beading, it is still quite natural as it blends with her hair colour.
I love that this dress is understated, cap sleeves, no plunging neckline with a slight flair below the hips. The lace work is amazing, complemented by floral details. This dress looks amazing and comfortable, a great one to copy for the beach, a date, a picnic or a party. Blake’s accessories in the ay of floral rings and a collection of charm bracelets are fantastic and really increase the romantic, slightly bohemian style.

Carrie Bradshaw- the intricate, mulitlayered dress worn in Paris (look at all that fabulous material, with the lace, ruffles, glitter and sequins) and the long, flowy orange maxi worn in the Middle East, this dress adds a fantastic pop of colour!

Romantic style can be simply achieved in the form of a sheer blouse…

 …or through the use of a beautiful pair of shoes.
                                                      Accessories are usually pretty and intricate with use of florals, beaded, glittery or lace detail

                                                                                                                                                                    
For your makeup focus on soft styles and colours such as nude, bronze, pinks, shimmer, glitter, gloss. A very natural, feminine look- wide eyes, long eyelashes, peachy pink cheeks.
 Hairstyles that compliment or enhance this style are waved styles like the pictures depicted above, loose braids, plaits or buns. Girly, flirty and fun hair. Doesn’t have to be perfectly put together, when I dress in this style or decide to use a romantic hairstyle I tend to focus on creating a girly, dreamy look-if it gradually falls or changes, don’t worry! It really does add to the look…

 
  Styling Tip: if looking ultra feminine is something you are not too comfortable with, you can still embrace the Romantic style- combine flirty, feminine details with another style.

 For example a flowing dress with a blazer or leather jacket, floral or pink heels with a LBD (little black dress), beautifully curled or wavy hair, a ruffled top with jeans or tailored pants or pretty, detailed accessories. This is the beauty of this style, it can be used to completley create an outfit, but also to influence or provide an addition to an outfit. 
I hope you enjoy this post! I had alot of fun creating it,
Happy Styling,
Kooklah, Xx