MARTAN 2010 - 2019



Vanessa Paradis - Vogue UK July 2011

Actress, Singer and Model Vanessa Paradis covers the July Issue of Vogue UK; The Ageless Style Issue. The cover was shot by famous photographer Mario Testino.

Paradis looks great on the cover, though I wouldnt' say this is my favourite cover of hers nor of Vogue UK. Something is just a bit too matchy matchy, and the styling to me is a bit off. Ah well, only the spread will tell.

What do you lovelies think?

On another note. There aren't going to be many covers this month as a lot of the June covers cross over to July as well... no fun.



 (T/B-L-R) Night after work, Homework, Lunch with the Wifey's & Working on MJS with Music

My final week of Semester 1.. Fun.

Last week I stepped up the homeworkingness, well mainly just because I need to hand in things soon. Presentations, folios and the like. I must say when you finally bite the bullet and put in the effort, the feeling of satisfaction is pretty good!

In my busy busy week I managed to squeeze in a lunch with the Wifey's, well mainly because the Wifeys me me on the way back from Uni. Good (and cheap) food and conversation.

With uni, got my work and then work on MJS, preparing for the next product line. I'm very excited to share, introducing some new stuff into the mix. Though I'm still working on a few details stay tuned!

I've got so many plans to do ONCE I'm done with this week's work. Everything is due this week so once its done I'll hopefully have more time for my creativeness and all.. well that's the hope at least.

Persistence is key. 

In life we often, (well I) want to control things and time, it's hard to let go and let 'time take its natural course'. As results are a representation of efforts from a period of time, waiting for those results can be very hard and at times when we don't see the results we want we try to rectify them immediately. But again it is Time. That one thing in life which we cannot control and yet we live by. Thus persistence is that key.



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Elle UK July 2011 Newsstand Cover

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Here is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's newsstand cover for Elle UK July Issue.

I'm seeing a trend of neutrals with magazine covers. very minimal but I like it.

Its a great cover, Huntington-Whiteley again looks chic and sophisticated. I can see her inner lioness in this shot.. don't know why.

Must get my hands on a copy



Looks of the Week - 23-29th May 2011

Angelina Jolie
- Wearing a Red one shouldered Jenny Packham gown, Jolie was in LA at the premiere of  'The Tree of Life' staring partner Brad Pitt.

Kirsten Dunst
 In Chanel Couture from their Spring 2010 collection, Dunst was at the Closing Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival. Dunst always looks tres amazing in Chanel, and it one of the only girls who can pull of Couture.

Michelle Obama 
Attending the Royal Dinner, the First Lady wore a black Ralph Lauren gown from their Fall 2011 collection. She looks amazing in the gown as well as her tres intense silver accessories. 

Selena Gomez
- Looking sophisticated in a Black Dolce & Gabbana dress, Gomez was this great cut out dress to the 2011 Billboard Awards. Gomez is looking more and more lady like, shying away from her cutey good girl look.  

Victoria Beckham
 In a draped Spring 2011 dress from her own collection, Beckham was in LA to honor her manager Simon Fuller at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. Beckham looks tres intense in this parachute dress, you can hardly tell she's pregnant. Not to mention I don't know how she can wear those platform pumps!

Zoe Kravitz 
Premiering her latest film X-Men: First Class in New York, Kravitz wore a Silver Velvet Alexander Wang dress. I love love love Kravitz's look! It's so edgy and the silver velvet works so well on her (a very risky fabric choice).  


Gisele Bunchen - Vogue Australia July 2011

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Supermodel Gisele Bunchen covers the July Issue of Vogue Australia; The Chill Out Issue. The shot was taken by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

I love love love this cover, the styling is tres amazing. The cover image is actually from Bunchen's spread from Vogue China's February 2011 issue. Not really a fan when magazine just copy images, but this image wasn't China's cover and heck it's an amazing shot.

Vogue Australia is heading in a more 'fashion' direction I think, having more model covers and less celebrity covers true of very European magazines. And I love love loves it!



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Elle UK July 2011 Subscriber's Cover

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Actress and Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley covers the July Issue of Elle UK shot by Terry Tsiolis.

Huntington-Whiteley will make her acting debut in the third installment of the Transformers Franchise'Transformers: The Dark of the Moon', replacing Megan Fox as the lead female.

I'm love love loving this subscriber's cover. Huntington-Whiteley has such a 'siren' face it's tres amazing. The cover is sexy and sophisticated without crossing that line. Elle UK is my favourite Magazine by far so I'm very happy!

Cannot wait for the newsstand cover!


Penelope Cruz - Vogue USA June 2011 Spread

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 Penelope Cruz is looking tres fab in white lace for her June Vogue USA Spread. Cruz is currently on the promotional tour for her latest film 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. The film has already smashing the box office, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they release another...

The spread is very summer and casual, with Cruz in whites showing off her great curves. This is a big contrast to her previous Vogue USA Spreads which are very theatrical and highly styled. Note she gave birth to her son in January tres amazing. 

Follow the jump to see the rest of Penelope Cruz' Spread...



Style Diary - Pradaesque? Pants

Have you ever had that moment where you bought something, never wore it and then all of a sudden it's trendy?

I bought these drop drotch harem pants from Forever 21 last year before my travels. I don't know why I wanted them, I was just drawn to the obscurity of the print and of course the drop crotch and the like. I never got to wear them last year... I ordered them in the middle of winter and then I left for Europe

Coming home however I made use of the pants wearing them to the LMFF Ready-to-Wear Trunk Show and now here and there. Funnily enough the print resembles the fun fruity prints from Prada's Spring 2011 collection.. well I think so at least.

These pants are tres comfy and are just a lot of fun to wear out either casually with a tee or even a fitted blazer in the colder times. 

For this looks I paired the pants with a basic Black V, Black Gladdy Sandals, Vintage Ring and these woven bands. One of them was from my Wifey Yan before I left for Europe while the others I got whilst in Barcelona

Follow the jump to read more of Pradaesque? Pants...


Gennifer Goodwin & Kate Hudson - Marie Claire USA June 2011 Spread

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Here is the glimpse of the Marie Claire USA June spread featuring cover stars Kate Husdon and Gennifer Goodwin. The spread is really clean like the cover, but this time the actresses are in whites. I love love love the spread it's just so simple and chic very 'Gap/H&Mesque' to me. And heck Goodwin and Hudson are two tres beautiful women.

Follow the jump to see the rest of the spread...



Banana Birkin?

So back around Christmas time I did a 'Dear Santa' post, which was basically me having a really long wishlist just for the holiday season. Well on that list I wrote that I wanted a Birkin Tote bag. So time past and I totally forgot about it till I saw a customer at work with a hot pink Birkin Tote and being... well me I investigated I got myself.. well two.

These Birkin Totes are made by Banane/Banana Taipei. Like the Hermes Birkin (the one where you had to be on a waiting list) believe it or not but these totes aren't manufactured often so I had to order them and wait for them to be made then shipped. A long wait. But the wait is over! I got myself on Orange and Purple tote, just because knowing me and my wardrobe of neutrals that these colours would stand out well. 

Follow the jump to read more Banana Birkin?...


Lady GaGa - Rolling Stone June 2011

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Lady GaGa covers the June issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Mother Monster is rocking the iconic 'Hairbow' which she was famously known for at the beginning of her career. It's good to see she is still rocking out the good stuff. I dont' even mind the red/orange hair.. hmm

GaGa's sophomore album 'Born This Way' was released this week receiving positive reviews and undoubtedly it will be #1 around the world. I myself still have the album on replay since friday. Love love love!

She is also set to perform her 3rd single off her album 'The Edge of Glory' at the American Idol Finale. I cannot wait!

Eager to see her spread too!



Florence Welch - Nylon June 2011 Spread

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Here are a few shots from Florence Welch's Nylon June Music Issue. The shoot was shot by Valerie Phillips.

In the issue Welch discusses Florence + the Machine's upcoming album. 

"A lot of the songs on the new album are about imaginary things, things that you can't touch- ghosts and rumors, my dead grandmother, things visiting you in a dream. It's almost like I am taking the Oscars and all those amazing events and turning them into something that brings you back to your reality."

I mentioned on my cover post that I love love loved the cardigan Welch is wearing, follow the jump for the full fashion credits. It's Vivienne Westwood Gold Label love!

Follow the jump to see more shots and cover credits...


Midweek Fashion Gossip

Gwen Stefani for L'Oreal (Credit: L'Oreal Paris)

- David Beckham is venturing into the clothing market with his own bodywear line. cont.

- Diane von Furstenburg's new fragrance is to be called: DIANE. cont. 

- Not uber fashion related but Justin Beiber has got his own female fragrance called 'Someday'. cont.

- Tyra Banks has announced that Cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model was the last 'normal' ANTM cycle. cont.

- Gwen Stefani wasn't just holidaying in Cannes, she was filming a new L'Oreal ad. cont.

 Jimmy Choo has been sold to Labelux for an estimated $800 millioncont.



Gennifer Goodwin & Kate Hudson - Marie Claire USA June 2011

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Something Borrowed stars Gennifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson cover the June issue of Marie Claire USA.

The cover is very chic with both Goodwin and Hudson in simple black and white looks. Love love love Goodwin's hair. (noted Hudson looks slim so it's safe to say that these where taken before she was visibly pregnant). Hudson is currently pregnant with her second child.

I'm yet to see Something Borrowed (mainly cash flow issues) but I might just see it soon!

Spread to come.


Julia Roberts & Tom Hanks - W Magazine June 2011

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Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks cover the June Issue of W Magazine. The cover and spread was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino.

Roberts and Hanks star together in the comedy Larry Crowne. I'm liking this cover a lot, Roberts looks Tres amazing (note she is 43 and has 3 children). Love love loving the lace on her.

The spread is very romantic and there is a solo shot of Roberts which is tres amazing and it's in black and white (my favourite)

Follow the jump to see the June Issue Spread...   




(T-B/L-R) European Suitcase Home, Vegie Bar with Wifey, At uni... & Born This Way!

My other suitcase which I shipped home was finally delivered last week; I'm finally home.

It was kind of weird going through all of the stuff. It was mainly full of magazines and blazers (which I totally forgot I had), but yes I've fully returned home...

My first semester of this year is nearly over with 2 long weeks ahead. I have no exams which is a plus. Though on the other hand I have 2 folios and reports due. Hopefully I get it all done in time!

I managed to catch up with the Wifey Krystal last week for Vegie Bar (loving my Vegan Pizza) and after work for a late night dinner and chit chat. She's going to Europe next month which I'm tres jealous about, even though I've only come back in the recent months. Very Jealous ahaha.

I got my hands on Lady GaGa's sophomore album Born This Way on friday. Since her album was leaked shops decided to release the album early, so I grabbed a copy before work. I must say I don't really buy CDs so this is a big thing for me. Luckily I'm a very happy chap with the album love love loving Marry The Night, Hair, The Edge of Glory, Fashion of His Love, Electric Chapel, Heavy Metal Lover and well lets say I love love love the album fullstop.

I've added a few new items on my wishlist. I'm in somewhat of a conflict in which order I should purchase each one. Keeping my options open about the future and stuff, I don't like to save...But hopefully in a few more weeks I'll be able to cash in and purchase them, and of course I'll post to celebrate!

The one main thing I learn this week is that you have to be Proud of yourself and your work. Because if you aren't why should anyone else be? x


Florence Welch - Nylon June 2011

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Florence + the Machine's lead singer Florence Welch covers Nylon's June Music Issue.

Florence + the Machine are currently in the process of recording their sophomore album after the worldwide success of their first studio album Lungs.

Welch looks tres amaze on the cover. I am Love love loving those sequined sleeves, I don't know why by it looks to armouresque I want me some sequined sleeves (note shopping list)

Find out more at NYLON's Website here

Spread when it comes out.



Looks of the Week - 16-22nd May 2011

Bar Refaeli - Attending the premiere of 'The Beaver' at the Cannes Film Festival, Refaeli wore a navy form fitting Roberto Cavalli gown. Love love loving the cut outs and Jewelled detailing.

Isabel Lucas
 - At the Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, Lucas accepted the Star of Tomorrow Female Award. Lucas wore an elegant ivory lace Ralph Lauren gown to the event.

Gwen Stefani
 - Wearing a custom black L.A.M.B. gown, Stefani attended the 2011 amfAR's Cinema Against Aids Gala at the Cannes Film Festival. I love love love the black fringe details on the dress, and the mermaid tail suits Stefani well.

Kristen Bell
 - In a J Mendel minidress, Bell attended the premiere of 'The Hangover Part II' in LA. I think the combination of the chiffon and peach mini dress looks tres amazing.

Penelope Cruz
 - In a red Armani Prive's Spring 2011 gown, Cruz was in Munich for the premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. I love love love how the red organza works well with the structured cut of the dress.

Ryan Gosling
 - The first male to feature on LOTW. Gosling was at the Cannes Film Festival premiering his film 'Drive' in a custom blue Ferragamo Tuxedo. Loving the blue Tux, adds some spice to menswear it does!

Zoe Saldana
 - At the 'Tree of Life' Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Saldana wore an red and white Armani Prive gown. Saldana always seems to be able to pull of uniquely structured dresses and this is no exception. The bold lines on the dress don't ruin Saldana's great figure. Love love love!


Britney Spears - Harper's Bazaar USA June 2011 Spread

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Britney Spears is looking mighty trim and fine in her spread for Harper's Bazaar USA June/July Issue. The spread was shot by Alexei Lubomirski.

Spears in a skate park surrounded my colourful graffiti, while she wears different little black dresses. Spears looks tres amazing. Think she has been working since she was a kid, has had two boys and is still going strong. Respect Britney Bitch!

Follow the jump for more shots from her Harper's Bazaar Spread....   


Rachel McAdams - Elle USA June 2011 Spread

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Here is Rachel McAdam's spread in the Elle USA June Issue shot by Alexei Hay.

The spread is very sultry and provocative, playing with shadows and old Hollywood hair.

I'm liking the spread. McAdam's has come a long way from being Regina King. And her fashion at the Cannes Film Festival has been tres amaze.

Follow the jump to see McAdam's full spread...



Style Diary - Geeky? Chic

I wear glasses. Not often, mainly because I have contacts. But I do sometimes...

I'm not really a fan of glasses, I just think they make me look weird and geeky. Maybe it's because I haven't found a good pair. But I thought for this look why not don a pair of fake over sized ones just for fun.

As winter is upon us these are my last Summer/Autumn look posts. No more short shorts for a while... 
I love this casual look, simple fitted blazer from work (which has intense shoulder pads that I love love love), a grey deep neck singlet from Nique (given to me by my sister) and short shorts from work (on sale and they are tres comfy). 

To make the look that bit more special I added my Forever 21 necklace (some gunmetal polygon wrapped in chains), a handmade ring I picked up from Barcelona and my two favourite items at the moment my Topshop envelope clutch and my bronze Lanvin  H&M dress shoes that I got in Lyon. 

I miss sunny days...

Follow the jump to see more Geeky? Chic....