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The MIA Bazaar 02.02.2013

3 Mar

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That time of the month arrived; the Museum of Islamic Art Bazaar – yesterday, on 02.02.2013.

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(Photo from QATART)

 

The first Tribe of Mannequins Bazaar!

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It went very well, and business was great – considering the weather was so hot.

The last one until the summer closure will be the first Saturday of April. I shall bring a fan with me next time.

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(Photo from Museum of Islamic Art)

 

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(Photo from Museum of Islamic Art)

 

My friend Dominique at her gorgeous table!:

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(Photo from QATART)

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(Tribe of Mannequins table)

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(Tribe of Mannequins table)

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(Tribe of Mannequins table)

Thank you to all that came!

 

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Katara trunk show; post-event

15 Nov

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Katara Cultural Village was surprising! I didn’t expect it to be so…Beautiful! Having not been there previously; I was taken back by the detail there.

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The trunk show was great! People were lovely, designs are creative and over all atmosphere was welcoming, a lovely evening. I got an instant feeling of calm entering the art center, I felt right at home. The pop up reminsicent of the Chelsea Market Pop Ups in NYC.

Chelsea Market Pop Up:

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and:

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These are from yesterday’s trunk show:

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Here are some snaps from the trunk show:

What I wore to the event in the end:

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Some of the designs on offer:

Love the body and shoulder chains:

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Beautiful patterns and colours:

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Some pieces by Carla Malari at CALA MARI, and of NOMAD* fame. Innovative and bold.

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(I have bags just like the below from my Boutique: Tribe of Mannequins’ – launch: TBC.: In Silver, red and gold).

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A piece from FRQ called ‘Billy the Bulldog’. I asked them if they had a similar one, but a ring with less bling, they did not – but this one is a cutie for sure. Love the pink tongue detail:Image

I ended up actually purchasing another of their pieces from their collection, a pink skull ring. It’s so well made and is a base of gold with pink on, and…Wait for it…Glitter!: (all other rings I am wearing below are all from my boutique: Tribe of Mannequins. Launch date: TBC):

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Pink skull ring below from FRQ. The sandlewood prayer beads I sourced from Thailand. All other items featured here are from my Boutique ‘Tribe of Mannequins’ – launch date: TBC:

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Broken mirror designs by L.A.S:

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Some pieces from Dominika at Les Chérubins (Artist/Illustrator)

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I’m a fan of the Russian Dolls, very cute:

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I want to go back and get one of the cute snowmen in a cupcake case. Adorable:

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Another piece from FRQ:

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Following the trunk show, we wandered around the rest of the site; from art exhibitions to photography shows, from installations to a Dhow Festival on the beach; it was bustling down in Doha, by The Pearl last night, and a good time was had by all, I’m sure.

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A beautifully golden mosque:

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One of the grand doors to the amphitheater. I believe Jeremy Irons has been here:

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An exhibition. Elizabeth Taylor in Iran:

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This is from an exhibition from Iranian-American artist Eric Parnes. It’s titled called ‘I dream of Jeanie: I see demons’:

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http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/i_dream_of_jeannie_i_see_demons_by_eric_parnes/

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I hope to get my collection and Boutique up and running for the next trunk show!

Check out these artists/illustrators/fashion designers:

 

Katara trunk show, opening night!

13 Nov

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At Katara Cultural Village; the Art Center(re) specifically; tonight you will find the launch of the ‘Common Thread’ pop up shops; an exclusive trunk show featuring 16 local artists and designers, each of whom designs or makes their own products.

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According to the Gulf Times; designers participating in this month’s trunk show include Cala Mari, Fufi Design, Dana Jewelry, two4joy, Common Thread, Moda Key, Twenty30Forty, Nikki Newman, Roqaya al-Thani, Selina Farooqi, Ardoin Collection, Michella, Gabi, White Stain, Giovanile, Veil Art and Dana Riad.

I aim to get my own Boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’ up and running by the next trunk show, where I shall be showcasing my jewelry collection and wares.

I am currently working on the branding and website; I already have stock ready to go!

This blog, of the same title will then be the sister blog to the products website.

Here is a top secret, sneak peek of some of my collection/s for my boutique’ Tribe of Mannequins. I also am working on my cute pieces with themes; such as ‘Fairytale’, which, for example – are chunky necklaces featuring castles, carriages and princesses on them.

And of course a range of cupcake related pieces.

There are also larger pieces such as clutch bags and some other surprises, yet to come – so stay tuned!

Some special beads I sourced personally in Thailand ready to custom create pieces with, some rings and knuckle-duster rings:

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Some more beads:

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Some stock and pieces already created!:

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Katara Art Centre launched in 2011, it’s aim being to foster and and encourage creativity. The Art Centre has provided gallery spaces for several successful exhibitions including Desine Espoir, which brought together the biggest names in fashion for a humanitarian project.

Designers included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent and Emmanuel Ungaro *drooool!* – two of my favourites there!

I am very much looking forward to heading on down there and meeting local creatives, networking and eyeballin’ all the eye candy on offer – clothes, bags, custom, one of a kinds, wheee! :)

A blog-spot post I came across earlier led me to Les Cherubins; who showcased some handmade crafts in May 2012. Check these cuties out!: http://les-cherubins.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-thread-pop-up-boutique.html

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The pop up in May 2012:

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Another of the showcaswers/contributors is ‘Fashion Rocks Qatar’; http://www.fashionrocksqatar.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/FashionRocksQatar

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Another one of the showcasers, is also the creator of the infamous NOMAD* Blog, Carla Mallari.

http://nomadstyle.tumblr.com/

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I contacted her yesterday, to branch out network and she let me know she’s also showcasing her clothing collection: Cala Mari.

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This is one of her bold pieces:

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http://calamaribycarlamallari.tumblr.com/

I LOVE her tornado skirt designs. Gorgeous. Maybe I can bag me oneuv’ ‘em!

Here is one of them featured bottom left:

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I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to wear down to the trunk show all day! I wish I had my branding for the boutique up and running as I’d love to bring some business cards with me; but hey-ho. I’m donning some of my own designs and usually when people ask me where I got something from, I can tell them! It’s wearing your own billboard, in the form of a jacket/ring/bag – perfect!

This is what I’ve decided on wearing:

  • - Yellow peplum half sleeve top
  • - Orange ‘Hand of Hamsa/Fatima’ rosary bead style necklace; from my collection ‘Tribe of Mannequins’,
  • - All rings from my boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
  • - All bracelets from my collection: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
  • - Black standard leggings
  • - Black boots
  • - Black studded shoulder ‘Kayley’ jacket from Celeb Boutique, USA. (I have purchased many studs like this now so shall be custom-making pieces featuring them).
  • Pink large Chanel quilted bag, with added ‘Paul’s Boutique’ keychain.
  • My Canon EOS 60D!

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Geek Chic: Glasses

20 Aug

Everyone…Okay, maybe not everyone, but a lot of people are aware of the Meme ‘Hipster Glasses’:

I’m not saying that copying this is tre cool. But I am saying that funky, usually shaped glasses ARE cool.

Geek chic is awesome. And if Dita Von Teese says it’s okay…Then it’s okay, people!

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(I picked these bad boys up from TopShop’s MALE section) ‘tortoise Shell effect’

Claire's Accessories

Claire’s Accessories



(These are directly from China via ebay)

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(The black ones I ordered from Ebay, from Japan, but the Colt blue coloured ones I got from Claire’s Accesssorie’s. Apparently my friend in the UK with the same ones say they glow in the dark!)

The great thing about Wayfarer type glasses, geek chic-inspired glasses, 50′s or 60′s-inspired glasses, or just giant glasses is that they suit almost any face shape, you can mix and match them to your mood, and they come in so many different colours and types, you can match them to almost any outfit! :)

Summer holiday wardrobe rundown

20 Aug

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Hey guys! So I’ve been fairly rubbish with blog entries of later, however it’s been all change here. I went on holiday to Thailand (Phuket), came back from said holiday, quit my job (as Manager of Client Services at a Corporate Communications and Design agency), gained a new job (as Operations Director at a company that provides to the Oil and Gas Industry) , and am soon to be moving countries. So lot’s of planning, boxes, stacks of books everywhere, and lot’s of pretty ornaments and whatnots have been packed away, ready for the move.

But there is more excitement afoot with this move, more space, out own pool, and even getting our own chickens in our yard. It’s exciting, but like anything that involves change, scary. Wish me luck, guys!

So this post…

This, like the winter wardrobe entry for NYC, outlines; briefly, my summer holiday wardrobe…When it didn’t consist of loads of beads, flowers worn in my hair, sarong-type beachwear and flip-flops…Which happened…Mostly.

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New Look purchased outfit pretty much – the vest top, the sheer blouse, the denim shorts. The hat I purchased from a little shop in Kata Beach, Phuket.

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The green summery blouse/dress with wrap-around belt, I got from a little stall in Patong, opposite Jungecelyon Mall. The bikini (neon coral 3-D Flowers) I got from ASOS.com. The beaded necklace with elephant on – I got from Accessorize in Marina Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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The neon coral coloured bikini with 3-D flower detail (halterneck) from ASOS.COM. You can mix and match top and bottom sizes if needed. I am pear-shaped, there – I said it outloud. So I have to get one size bottoms and smaller sized top.

It’s brighter neon that I imagined. I didn’t even realise it would be neon when I ordered it, but I think it works well, and brings out the colour of your skin.

And ladies, should you have a smaller bust like me, the 3-D detailing on the top, is amazing for illusions! And being a halterneck, it practically has a Wonderbra effect.

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I got this dress/long vest from a stall in Patong, Phuket also. It features Ghanesh on it. The flower headband I got from New Look, the black beaded necklace from Accessorize and the wooden Sandlewood one smells amazing and is from a craved furniture store in Old Phuket Town. The two beaded skull bracelets I got very cheap from a stall near my hotel in Kata, whereas in a designer boutique in The Dubai Mall, it is more than treble the price for one featuring the same skulls. You can also get these on etsy.com for about 3-6 US Dollars ($).

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Black vest-dress with split up back is also from ASOS.com, for around 17.00 UK pounds – what a bargain! The hat I got in Phuket.

Embellished shoulders

8 Jul

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The 80s make a comeback…Again…Yes!

They haven’t yet stopped making a comeback, they’ve been ‘coming back’ some time as we’ve seen the return of -

  • Neons
  • Brights/bold colours
  • Acid wash! Add in the infamous smiley face and it becomes 90s!)
  • Wayfarers!
  • Leggings (and indeed jeggings)
  • Shoulder pads
  • Peplums
  • Floral prom dresses
  • And more!
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Embellished tops can jazz up an otherwise plain outfit. I can envision this paired up with dark blue jeans and strappy shoes. Pretty!
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The ‘Kayley’ jacket from Celeb Boutique. Those of you who have stumbled passed this blog before are aware of my love for this jacket and so I had to purchase it!
I haven’t worn it with a LBD like the model pictured above in one of the smaller pictures. But I like it paired with jeans.
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Gok Wan styling one of his wonderful outfits. I love it when he jazzes up an outfit by adding an uber embellished alice band as a shoulder embellishment! Amazing.
The pictured outfit is very romantic and pretty.
I have a pale pink tee with faux-feathered shoulders from Koton which is quite similar.
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What a gorgeous outfit! My favourite way to wear studded features is which paired down pieces such as grey/neutral sweaters and cardigans. Lovely.
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Militant! You can carry the style through to the boardroom, yes please!
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Sexy LBD with these shoulder pieces create a beautiful silhouette.
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Embellishments go casual – practical, workable and pretty.
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VB makes a statement!
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Amazing!! The shoulder embellishments are attached to your bag!
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If anyone pulls it off, CC does!
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Love this look! Carrying the trend down the arm? Why not?!
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Kim K wearing the look down her mac arms. CelebBoutique stock a great version of this!
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Many Moore donning a beautiful sticthed embellished shoulder with sleek, simple pony updo. Casual but pretty, A perfect day look for the office, or evening look.
Dinner date anyone?
One of the reasons I love this shoulder trend, isn;t just because it’s funky and unique, not just becuase it;s pretty and stands out – but because it does wonders for body shapes.
It can also balance out a pear-shape – the embellishment of the shoulders evens out visually the hips – creating an hourglass effect.

The Burgundy Dress

3 Mar

On a follow up to the post ‘Christmas Party Dress’, comes this post; The Burgundy Dress.
I originally wanted a sleeved dress and couldn’t find one, so got sleeveless. But this weekend, randomly strolling into New Look; found this practical and pretty burgundy dress!…With sleeves! And for the reasonable price of AED 125.00 I had to nab it!

Sunless tanning

6 Feb

Since the 1960’s the rise of sunless tanning has risen astronomically.
Links have been made by health authorities between exposure to the sun (as well as sun-beds) and incidences of skin cancer.

As a person who lives in a majorly hot country, blessed with sun most of the year; I have to be careful in the sun; I ensure my makeup base has SPF 15 (Mac foundation in No.18), make sure I drink plenty of water, and don’t tend to sunbathe. I do, however, enjoy having a tan.
I personally avoid tanning booths/sun tanning beds and tanning pills at all costs and if anything, am an advocate for self-tanning moisturisers, tinted lotions and the fare – temporary, wash-off and better for…You!

Items commented on in this blog are opinion only and all come with a large HEALTH RISK.

For the basic scientific factoids and background; Wikipedia says ‘Tanning is the process whereby skin color is darkened or tanned. The process is most often a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or from artificial sources, such as a tanning bed, but can also be a result of windburn or reflected light’.
We know that many people consciously tan their skin for different shades, for various reasons. And in turn many people use skin lightening tools.
Some people use sun bathing, some prefer the use of artificial tanning methods.
Some people use chemical products, which can produce a tanning result without exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These are becoming the ‘safest’ and most popular types of products; such as lotions, spray-tans and even tinted moisturisers.

As a society, generally speaking – we are aware that casual exposure to the sun has moderate beneficial impact, including the production of vitamin D by the body. And as time goes on and we become better educated, we realise that excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays has detrimental health effects, including possible sunburn and even skin cancer as well as depressed immune system function and increased risk of accelerated aging.
Many sunless tanning products are available in the form of creams, gels, lotions, and sprays that are self-applied on the skin. Another option is the use of bronzers; cosmetic products that provide temporary effects. There is also a professional spray-on tanning option or “tanning booths” that is offered by spas, salons, and tanning businesses.
Spray tanning does not mean that a colour is sprayed on the body. What is used in the spray tanning process is a colorless chemical, which burns the dead cells located on the top layer of the skin, resulting in a brown color.

Sun beds

A sunbed, or tanning bed is a tool that releases ultraviolet radiation (typically 97% UVA and 3% UVB, +/-3%) to produce a cosmetic tan.
Because of the adverse effects on human health of overexposure to UV radiation, including skin cancer, cataracts, suppression of the immune system, and premature skin aging, the World Health Organisation does not recommend the use of UV tanning devices for cosmetic reasons. In fact, most tanning beds emit mainly UVA rays — which may increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Misusing a sunbed by not wearing goggles may also lead to a condition known as arc eye (snow blindness).
Occasional acute injuries occur where users carelessly fall asleep, as in the case of Marty Cordova and Kerry Corum.

A German medical company named Heraeus made the first indoor tanning lamp in 1903 as part of a research study to help patients with Vitamin D deficiencies. Much later, a German scientist, Friedrich Wolff, used indoor lamps in the 1970s to study the effects and potential benefits of sunlight on athletes. When he discovered that his subjects were getting tan as a side effect, the idea was born.

Dr. Wolff introduced and patented his lamps in the United States in 1978. He later sold his company, Wolff Systems, to his brother Jorg, who founded Cosmedico, Ltd., one of the largest manufacturers of low-pressure sunlamps.

A growing trend is the home tanning bed. Many people are now opting to own their own tanning system instead of going to the salon. The primary reasons are for convenience and privacy. As more and more people and establishments seek to ban young adults from commercial salons, home tanning with the control of a system that allows UV by skin type and a timer may encourage additional sales.
The average home system has 16 to 24 lamps, and in US Dollars costs around $2000 to $3000, making its price competitive (over a number of years) for tanners who frequent salons regularly. This has led to an explosion of retailers that feature smaller, home style tanning beds both on the internet and in traditional retail stores.

Pills

Although gels, lotions or sprays that contain DHA are said to be the most reliable and useful, there are other types of products on the market. Tanning accelerator; lotions or pills that usually contain the amino acid tyrosine claim that they stimulate and increase melanin formation, thereby accelerating the tanning process. These are used in conjunction with UV exposure. At this time, there is no scientific data available to support these claims. And on a personal level, I would avoid things like this at all costs.

Fake tan lotion/gel/mousse

These are usually known as DHA-based products. These products are available as gels, lotions, mousses, sprays and wipes, some of which also use erythrulose which works identically to DHA, but develops more slowly.

Spray tan/spray-tan booth

Professional spray tan applications are available from spas and salons by both hand-held sprayers and in the form of sunless or UV-Free spray booths. The enclosed booth, which resembles an enclosed shower stall, sprays the tanning solution over the entire body.
DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. Because DHA does not use the skin’s melanocytes to make the skin a tan colour, it is recommended as a cosmetic disguising cover for vitiligo patients.

Air-brush tanning

Air Brush tanning is a spray on tan done by a professional. It can last five to ten days fading with every shower. It is used for special occasions or to get a quick dark tan. At-home airbrush tanning kits and aerosol mists are also now available.

Tinted moisturiser

A recent trend is that of lotions or moisturisers containing a gradual tanning agent. A slight increase in colour is usually observable after the first use, but colour will continue to darken the more the product is used.

Wash-off tan

Bronzers are a temporary sunless tanning or bronzing option. These come in powders, sprays, mousse, gels, lotions and moisturisers. Once applied, they create a tan that can easily be removed with soap and water. Like make-up, these products tint or stain your skin only until they are washed off.

Tan powder

As the above, the tan colour can be easily removed with water. Soap&Glory have recently come out with a spray powder.

Bronzer/make-up

If you read Tribe of Mannequin’s post on Contouring – look at the bronzing powders etc., these can make a real difference to your look. A subtle sun-kissed look without having for fork out for a professional spray tan, or without going through the hoopla of applying fake tan at home.

Tips/need to knows:
* Tanners can stain clothes. It is therefore important to look for fast drying formulas and wait around 10 to 15 minutes for the product to dry before dressing.
* For the 24 hours after self-tanner (containing high DHA levels, ~5%) is applied, the skin is especially susceptible to free-radical damage from sunlight.

Okay, so there are the technical options and a brief run-down of each. But hey, hold your horses! Let’s look at why. Why are there all of these options? Why do we do this to ourselves?

Historically and culturally

The term “tanning” has a cultural origin, arising from the colour tan. Its origin lays in the Western culture of Europe when it became fashionable for young white ladies to seek a less pale complexion.’

Acquiring a suntan has been popular for many years and is still one of the free and most enjoyable relaxing pleasures in life. However, a golden or dark tan was not always measured as desirable as it is today.

Throughout history, tanning has gone in and out of fashion. In Western countries before about the 1920s, tanned skin was associated with the lower classes, and lower class work, which would have commonly been outdoors.
Women even went as far as to put lead-based cosmetics on their skin to artificially whiten their skin tone. However, when not strictly monitored these cosmetics caused lead poisoning. Achieving a light-skinned appearance was achieved in other ways, including the use of arsenic to whiten skin, and lightening powders. Other methods included the wearing of full-length clothing when outdoors, and the use of parasols. The preference for fair skin continued until the end of the Victorian era.

In 1903, Niels Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his “Finsen Light Therapy”. The therapy was a cure for infectious diseases such as lupus vulgaris and rickets. Vitamin D deficiency was found to be a cause of rickets disease, and exposure to the sun would allow vitamin D to be produced in a person. Therefore, sun exposure was a remedy to curing several diseases, especially rickets.

Shortly thereafter, in the 1920s, Coco Chanel accidentally got sunburnt while visiting the French Riviera. Her fans apparently liked the look and started to adopt darker skin tones themselves. Tanned skin became a trend partly because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society.

In addition, Parisians fell in love with Josephine Baker, a “caramel-skinned” singer in Paris. Those who liked and idolised her idolised her dark skin also. These two French women were leading figures of the transformation tanned skin underwent, in which it became perceived as fashionable, healthy, and luxurious.

In the 1940s, advertisements started appearing in women’s magazines which encouraged sun bathing. At this time, swimsuits’ skin coverage began decreasing, with the bikini making its appearance in 1946.

In the 1950s, many people used baby oil as a method to increase tanning. The first self-tanner came about in the same decade and was known as “Man-Tan,” although it often led to undesirable orange skin.

Coppertone, in 1953, brought out the little blond girl and her cocker spaniel tugging on her bathing suit bottoms on the cover of their sunscreen bottles; this is still the same advertisement they use today on their bottles of sunscreen.

In the latter part of the 1950s, silver metallic UV reflectors were common to enhance one’s tan.

In 1962, sunscreen commenced to be SPF rated, although in the US SPF labeling was not standardised by the FDA until 1978. In 1971, Mattel introduced Malibu Barbie, which had tanned skin, sunglasses, and her very own bottle of sun tanning lotion.

In 1978, tanning beds appeared. Today there are an estimated 50,000 outlets for tanning, whereas in the 1990s there were only around 10,000. The tanning business is a five-billion dollar industry in the United States.
Also in 1978, sunscreen with a SPF 15 first appeared.
The 1980’s saw the convertible BMW as ‘The Ultimate Tanning Machine’. The widespread of indoor tanning salons and the launching of California Tan beneficial and protective skin products created a breakthrough in the technology of tanning.

2000 onwards; at the dawn of the new millennium tanning took a new dimension with the entry of Southern movie stars, singers, models and fashion designers with beautiful bronzed swept skins and bodies. The perfect sunless tan is till now, the craze with quality self tanning products.
Today, conscious of the risk of too much sun, thousands of brands of all SPF levels products for adults and children are abounding and eventually, will everybody out in the sun.

Trends

Choosing natural
Some of the most beautiful women in the world are not sun-tanned to the high-heavens with an orange tone. The key point here, is that the natural look tends to be most beautiful.
For example if you have natural olive skin, your hair and colouring match for a reason. And that’s beautiful. Someone with light hair and colouring like me would look overdone with Cheryl Cole’s tan for example. Beyonce looks at her most beautiful when she has bronzer on her already gorgeous glowing skin, not when her skin-tone appears more pale in magazines!









Tans gone good

Extreme

Tanning gone wrong

Tanning addiction

‘Tanning addiction’ is a rare condition where an individual appears to have a physical or psychological addiction to sunbathing or the use of tanning beds. The mechanism of the compulsion is unknown at this time.
Accordingly to Wikipedia, in 2005, a group of dermatologists published a study showing that frequent tanners experience a loss of control over their tanning schedule, displaying a pattern of addiction similar to smokers and alcoholics.
Biochemical evidence indicates that tanning addicts are addicted to an opioid release experienced during tanning. When frequent tanners took an endorphin blocker in a 2006 study, they experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, while infrequent tanners experienced no withdrawal symptoms under the same conditions.

‘Tanorexia’ is the term often used to describe a disorder in which a person participates in extreme tanning to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale. The syndrome is different than tanning addiction, although both may fit into the same syndrome and can be considered a subset of tanning addiction.
Serious cases of tanorexia can be considered dangerous because many of the more popular methods of tanning (such as those mentioned above) require prolonged exposure to UV radiation, which is known to be a cause of many negative side effects, including skin cancer.
Although the term “tanorexia” has been commonly used by the media and several doctors to describe the syndrome, both the word and syndrome have not been widely accepted by the medical community, and is considered slang by many.
Extreme instances may be an indication of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental disorder in which one is extremely critical of his or her physique or self-image to an obsessive and compulsive degree. As it is with anorexia, a person with BDD is said to show signs of a characteristic called distorted body image.

Recent reviews

Me without any fake tan (2004):

Me with fake tan (2011):

Me with bronzer (2012):

Temporary fake tan
Step by step: TO COME SOON!
Wash, Exfoliate, Moisterise, Mitt up and tan!
Stay away for clothing and objects until dry, around 15 minutes. I find painting nails at this time, or tidying/organising items in your bathroom passes the time ☺.

Most importantly of all, be happy in your own skin, you only have one set, treat it like a temple and don’t abuse it :).

Thank you for reading, come by again soon!

Kirstiie @ Tribe of Mannequins

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The Top knot – updated!

22 Jan

On my recent visit to New York; I was aware that it was a season or two too late, but still surprised when I didn’t see a Top knot…Only my own version…That was, until we went to SoHo! Top knot central!!

Top knot’s are great for quick, fuss-free hair styling. It gets all of the hair out of your face, can look sophisticated, or casual…Or indeed both!
You can fashion it whilst cleaning, or out and about! It’s so versatile and suits many face shapes. The messy bun, hipster bun, unfastened messy bun, top knot or however, you desire to call this hairstyle, there’s no question that it is cute.

Top knots are also somewhat historic:
Sikha, worn by orthodox Hindus.
Sangtu, a knot of hair that married men of the Joseon Dynasty wore in Korea.
Chonmage, a traditional Japanese haircut worn by men
Tikitiki, a top-knot worn by high ranking Maori men.
Several species of fishes:
The New Zealand topknot, Notoclinus fenestratus.
The Brown topknot, Notoclinus compressus.
The Norwegian topknot, Phrynorhombus norvegicus Several species in the genus Zeugopterus.

The easiest way to do a simple Top knot is…Breath, and await instruction *drum rolllll*:

- Turn your head upside down and flip your hair over your face and toward the floor. Start by sweeping your hair onto the top of your head (you can use a brush if you’d like) and fasten into a ponytail. The ponytail can either sit on the centre of your head or for a fun, flirtier take on the trend, position it just off centre.
Don’t bother making it neat because the added texture makes it easier to work with.
- Sweep hair with your fingers and visually place it into your preferred tight top knot look by coiling the hair around.
- Once the hair is where you want it, take a few pins and place loosely underneath the hair to fasten into place. For a tight and secure hold, tie off with a hair band, so fine hairs stay in place and there are no fallout loose ends.
- Complete the look by spraying a light-hold hairspray over the knot. This will keep fly-a-way hair in place.
For those who have super-thick locks that just can’t twist into the pinnacle knot, try a more playful take on the trend. Walk around with your head in the clouds with a thicker textured bun (you are lucky!!)

Lauren Conrad is sporting a large top bun here, she’s actually got it styled in the Japanese bun way; going back to the previous directions for Top knot; you get to having it in a high ponytail then sweep the pony tail loosely around as in the above picture; using hair grips to secure and finishing with hairspray and finishing spray (optional).


Similar to mine, but larger!

Here are some mixed Top knot imagery for bun-spiration!:


You can accessorise it!


You can funk it up!


You can wear it front!


You can wear it dressed up!


You can wear it with long bangs!


You can wear it rough!


You can wear it casual!


You can wear it Ombre! (hair colour = Ombre)


You can wear it wavy!


You can wear it perfectly styled!


You can wear it textured!

10-second TopKnot





Frontview.




Side view.


Top/bird’s-eye view…(Kinda’ suitable really, considering it looks like a bird’s nest, eh? ;)). You can have it as neat, or messy as you like.

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Kirstiie @ Tribe of Mannequins

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