Tuesday, 28 December 2010
If this new animal print trend is anything to go by then I have a treat in store for you. Barry M, the renowned cosmetics compay, has now created the ultimate triumph in nail varnishes and have brought you the "cracking" nail varnish.
I managed to get hold of the high demand nail vanish and created a party look for you all. So what do I mean by cracking you might ask...? Find out in my how to get NYE party nails below:-
Step one: Make sure you have clean hands to start with and clean nails. Moisturise hands and nails using a rich hand cream, try either a sanctury or a neutrogena hand moisturiser.
Step two: Push back all the cuticles and file nails into a square oval shape. However, if you want to try something different, go a bit more edgy, Rihanna style and make your nails more pointed. Not razor sharp though- we're thinking sexy here not scary.
Step three: Once you have moisturised and filed your nails, you are ready to go. This look does work best on longer nails with larger surface area because there is so much going on on the nails; but you can always buy fake nails and paint on the design on them too!
Step four: Paint on a thick coat of silver nail varnish. I've gone for silver because metallics always scream party! Gold works just as well though, however silver is more NYE I feel and gold is more christmassy. Anyway, once that has dried, paint on another coat, you want it to be opaque and not sheer.
Step five: Once the silver coat has dried, you are ready to use the Barry M black cracking nail varnish. When you buy it, you know its the right one becasue it has a tag around it showing the effect it gives you, but apart from that, it just looks like black nail varnish.
Step Six: Paint on a thin coat of Barry M cracking varnish over the silver layer, making sure you cover all of the nail. Try not to apply two coats otherwise the cracking process won't work as well. Then within seconds, voila! You should have the perfect print on your nails. It should create an animal print effect, revealing most of the silver underneath!
Step seven: Put on that LBD and work your NYE nails!
Festive wishes from Miss V and a happy New Year! x
Photography and nail art by Miss V. (Vivacious V copyright)
Friday, 17 December 2010
The term burlesque originally came from the spanish word: "burla" meaning: "joke". Italians adapted it to "burlesco" and then the french word "burlesque" was developed and kept. It was not until the 18th century that Burlesque became a term used throughout Europe to describe a production that combined both musical and comical elements.
Burlesque first became risqué in london when women would play and dress up as the male roles for comedic value and entertainment- this was obviously something unheard of at the time.
Then, the Moulin Rouge incorporated strip tease into their burlesque shows and this is how it has developed up until today. It was infact, the Americans that gave it the main association with stripping.
Yet this form of stripping, if one could even call it that, was done in a classy and tasteful way. Women would not take all their clothes off completely and it was not about seeing women naked, it was all about the show. Glitz and glamour filled the atmosphere during these shows and the sparkly outfits and underwear would be the main attraction. Feathers, diamontes and dazzling makeup would make for a stunning show.
Somehow burlesque managed to escape the gritty reputations with that of stripping and glamour modelling. It remained a risqué art, yet as I said before, it was still respected. Of course, there will always be people that turn their noses up at the art. Nowadays however, women are openly embracing their sexuality and femininity, making them more powerful than ever.
So it is no surprise that Burlesque is making a comeback!
I was lucky enough to go to a burlesque show as an alternative night out back in the summer; at the Gypsy Hotel, a bar famous for it's unique gigs. I didn't know what to expect but I have to say it is the furthest from sleazy that you can get. The difference between stripping and burlesque is that there is a grand air of mystery to Burlesque. It is not about what is underneath the clothes it is the process of the revealing. Burlesque, unlike stripping, was not designed for men's pleasure, if anything, it empowers women.
The outfits are visually amazing for both men and women. Girls that love glamour will be captivated by the clothes and all the razzle dazzle that comes with them. The unfurling of clothes makes you wonder what amazing garment is under the next one. And as if the outfits were not impressive enough, the magical element in a lot of the shows will fascinate you.
I witnessed an awe-inspiring show with fire breathing! It was really impressive and definitely adds a touch of drama to the performances.
After all, these shows always did have a dramatic element to them and started off in theatres all around the world. These burlesque performers are not mere strippers, they are talented performers. And yes there is a very clear difference between the two; another difference being that it is all about the tease, not the strip, revealing that intelligence is behind this art.
The choreography is yet another element that proves that there is hard work and intelligence behind this art. All the burlesque performers are extremely flexible and work very hard to maintain their shape.
Another fantastic thing about Burlesque dancers is that they are women with real figures. By real I mean curvaceous and confident without indications of having starved themselves- because after all, that is typically the most attractive way to be.
They are slim and toned but with true female figures such as that of Marilyn Monroe's hourglass shape. And maybe by Burlesque coming back into fashion, women can be portrayed in a different, more positive way as opposed to that of some of the anorexic models on the catwalks these days.
Surely, if anything, they are better role models to girls and women? They are powerful, alluring and attractive, not to mention independent.
Anyway, I'm sure you will all be aware of the new "Burlesque" film coming out starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. This looks set to be a good one but let’s hope that it doesn't put the art of Burlesque under a bad light in terms of the dancing and the outfits (Christina’s ‘Dirrty’ video is not what it should resemble!) Let’s hope that it emulates the Glamour and talent that is involved in Burlesque.
And if my opinion is anything to go by, I will always maintain that Burlesque is an impressive and empowering art. C’mon girls, make like Dita Von Teese and viva la Burlesque!
Miss V x
Friday, 22 October 2010
Winter can be great too however; it gives you the chance to rock the latest knit wear (knitwear galore in the shops at the moment) and keeps your hair in place with the crisp cold air.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Lush, it is a freshly handmade cosmetics and soap shop. All the ingredients in their products are fresh and organic, putting those harsh chemicals that are in usual skincare products to one side. The smell as soon as you enter the shop is enough to fill your senses with delight.
I invested in the “Ultrabland” facial wash. It has a waxy consistency due to its almond oil and beeswax extract ingredients but also contains rose water, Honey and Iris extract. For the best results, you rub it onto a dry face and wipe it off with warm water and cotton wool. It leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished and it even removes all eye makeup too! Powerful yet gentle.
For a glowing complexion – even in the winter – invest in a good exfoliator and moisturiser – Lush’s “Dream cream” is divine and can be used on the body and face. Also have a look at their “Brazened honey” exfoliator. Couple this with a good, hearty moisturiser to prevent your skin from drying in the cold weather.
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Whilst I was there, I caught up with Natalie, the lady who set up the fantastic event. As well as being the founder of Style Icon, Natalie is also an “A” list celeb stylist. With this in mind, I wanted to find out who her style icons are, she told me: “I love Gywneth Paltrow’s style because she is edgy and elegant at the same time and Audrey Hepburn because she’s classic.”
Melanie told me: “We set up on our own, made our own portfolios without the help of a makeup degree”. Their hard work has clearly paid off, since then they have worked at the MOBO awards, for GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly’s style awards and their latest project Semone divulged, is a “collaboration within the music industry”, where the duo “recently worked on Aggro Santos’ new music video to his song Stamina”. I, for one, can’t wait to see what this looks like! (See image right with Melanie, myself and Semone).
Velvet is obviously very much in this winter, since there was so much of it on the catwalk; especially, the cherry red shade which I adore. Ruffles on fitted shirts were also another trend to spot. However, the “out there” PVC dresses I wasn’t such a fan of. I appreciate the designer’s fearlessness in trying to create something edgy but… I can’t see these designs being worn in real life. I felt that the PVC ruined a perfectly beautiful dress; however, it was something different and interesting to look at.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Then we had the tempting task of packing the goody bags with lots of treats including Olga Berg purses, Make Believe Fake tan, Max Benjamin scented candles and Orly nail varnishes!
I did get an urge to be dancing and drinking with everyone; they were playing great music, but I thought it best to maintain a professional attitude!
I was also equally elated to take home one of the delicious goody bags! And I was lucky enough to find an Olga Berg black velvet clutch inside mine! This will be perfect for up and coming nights out nights out!
Monday, 13 September 2010
Want nails like these? Here's how...
Step one: As usual, make sure hands are clean and dry and moisturised! Moisturising makes such a difference with the way skin looks so it is important, make sure you do it! It doesn't matter which one you use, even Johnson's baby lotion is a perfect moisturiser and it's not costly either.
Step two: Wipe any excess moisture on the nails away as this can sometimes affect the way nail varnish sets and sticks. Then, buff and file the nails to a square oval shape and push back all the cuticles.
Step three: You now have the perfect canvas for nail painting! It is often a good idea with bold colours such as blue to paint on a clear base coat first, to avoid staining your nails. The Rimmel clear nail varnish is a good one to use because it counts as base coat and a shiny top coat too.
Step four: Once the clear nail varnish base coat is dry, you are ready to paint your blue nail varnish on! You can choose whatever shade of blue you want but I went for a bright turquoise by Orly. Paint on two coats, making sure that each coat dries before you paint on another. Once you are satisfied with the coating, proceed to step five!
Step five: Since Blue is such a bold colour to go on the nails, you don't want to over do it, hence why I only added one diamonte to each ring finger as a finishing touch on each hand (see the image above). To attach the diamonte you have two options...
Step six: You can either, add the diamonte carefully whilst the blue nail varnish is still wet and allow it to stick and then allow to dry. Or, you can wait for the nail varnish to be dry to add it and stick the diamonte on with eyelash glue. It does the trick!
Step seven: Once you are happy with the way your diamonte is sparkling on your ring finger (haha get it ;)) and you are sure it is dry and secure; you can paint on a clear top coat on each nail. This top coat also doubly secures the diamonte in place and adds a glossy shine.
And there you have it, pop on a big sparkly ring to make your nails stand out even more and you are good to go!
Photography and Nail art by Miss V (Vivacious V copyright).
Let me know what you think of this look, post a comment below!
Miss V x
Sunday, 5 September 2010
I for one am not a big fan of Winter- its cold, its wet and it means covering up a perfectly good outfit with coats etc. However, any fashion girls or boys out there know that the Autumn/Winter collections are upon us now on the catwalks and this year I’ve got quite excited with all the winter treats to be had!
However, I’m sure it hasn’t escaped all you Fashionista’s attention that the Aviator jacket with the fur (faux fur of course) collar is BIG news this winter.
It’s not my first choice, but I have been known to say that about Harim trousers and eventually gave in to them so who knows. For those of you Aviator jacket fans out there, I spotted a great one in Zara the other day....
♥ Get a Haircut! Hair can get dry and brittle in the cold, just as it can by the end of the summer from all the heat, chlorine and sea water. So now, in this seasonal transition period, it’s the perfect time to cut off any split/dead ends and start a fresh. A deep conditioner wouldn't go a miss either. Then by Winter, it will be in better condition, not worse and you can start as you mean to go on.
♥ “Apple bottom jeans, Boots with the fur!” Ok Flo-rida, apple bottom jeans not necessarily, but boots with the fur? YES: Massive this winter! I already have my pair lined up and have been swooning over them for a while now. New Look is kindly looking after them for me until my student loan comes through and boy I cannot wait!
Oh, I almost forgot, velvet boots are looking cute this winter, especially the cherry red ones, also from New Look; see what I mean about too many to choose from?
♥ Finally, invest in a good lipstick. A moisturising one is the best in winter to keep your lips looking luscious, but colour wise, I think you have an excuse to wear a berry coloured one! It’s easier to get away with darker colours in winter, make-up wise, so why not give it a go? Not to mention, your lips look sultry and fruity at the same time! If not berry, go for red, always looks sophisticated, just watch the lipstick on the teeth scenario.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
I love dancing and all the Step Up films so I was excited to see that the 3rd one was out and in 3D too!
I would have to say “Mouse” (Adam. G. Sevani) was the star of the show, especially in the water scene in the battle of Gwai. He has a Michael Jackson-esque style of dancing and he was truly outstanding in the film.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
But I have to question, who exactly do Jay- Z and Kanye West think they are? I love their music, but it appears that they are comparing themselves more and more to being as powerful as God at the moment. I mean seriously, who do they think they are?
Whether you are religious or not everyone knows the difference between a god and a human. It appears their egos have gone wayyy beyond sky high since they came to fame. There are others like them who have had the same success, but their heads aren’t inflated like theirs; so why are they putting themselves on a pedestal like this?
Well, we all know Kanye has always been renowned for his modesty (more like lack of-!) but it seems like the sudden surge of arrogance being emitted from them has come from their music and in particular, music videos recently.
Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed a trend in not just Mr West’s and Jay –Z’s music videos, but Rihanna’s as well; where they feature a dark, sinister side to their videos.
I mean it’s pretty clear Rihanna’s changed her image with her dark , edgy dominatrix style and she pulls it off, it’s powerful, so her videos go with her new image. However, I’ve noticed a definite similarity in Kanye Wests, and Jay-Z’s as well.
Now, what are these trends? Well if u take the video for Run this town as an example featuring Jay- Z, Kanye West and Rihanna, its almost this dark “cult” beginning, with people in balaclavas (including Rihanna). Even Jay-Z is rocking a “snood” (Hooded scarf worn by men), again, going with the intimidating/fierce look- whatever your take on it is.
The people in the video are chanting at the beginning of the video before Rihanna starts singing and waving flamed torches in the air. And up on the stage of course leading them all is none other than Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye west. It’s not the usual kind of music video you get, some might call it aggressive but others may call it fierce from a fashion perspective.
Either way, I love that song and the video. I think it was very clever and powerful art direction. So maybe that’s just it, is it all about power? Or are they all really part of this alleged cult?
However, then I noticed a definite dark side to Jay-Z’s video “On to the next one”. It was giving him a different image too, something we haven’t seen before with Jay-Z. Yet some might say there could be more to it than that. It doesn’t take a genius to know that there is a LOT of symbolisation in that video, all of which is strange and pretty dark.
In between his rapping, there are flashing images of Damien Hurst’s crystal skull with a blood-like substance coming out of it. There are also flashes of crucifixes, black angel wings, bullets and a ram’s skull; which has featured in Kanye West’s power video and in Rihanna’s Rockstar video.
If you are interested in all this symbolisation then you might want to take a look at someone else’s take on the king of hip hop’s “On to the next one” video. I came across it when I YouTubed the music video and he’s either completely crazy or he knows what he’s talking about. It’s kind of scary how he can explain all the symbolisation though! Follow the link- http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjVxA5eZs_U
It was Kanye West’s new Power video that provoked me to write about all this though. Again, great art direction, but it’s clear he’s posing as some sort of God with alternative angels with the ram horns coming out of their heads, falling around him.
Are there hidden meanings here that we are supposed to pick up on? It’s almost like they are comparing themselves to God or worse, the Anti god. I’m not saying they are, I’m saying are they?
Whatever it is, these Hip Hop n RnB stars are definitely trying to send a message and I think its working. They are trying to portray their power, ok we get it, but are they going too far? People that are interested in subliminal messages will have a field day with these videos and even with their lyrics.
Alternatively, they are being very clever and trying to provoke controversy that revolves around them and ultimately more people talking about them resulting in more success on a bigger level.
At the end of the day, they are powerful people in the world, but they are not the be all and end all just because they are in the music industry. Beyonce kick your man into action to be more humble like you!
Thursday, 5 August 2010
For those of you shoe lovers out there, (like me) you will be interested to know that Aruna Seth sells a wide wonderful variety of statement shoes, suitable for any occasion- whether it be for nights out, proms, day events or even your wedding! On nights out, I always wear statement shoes so it will come as no surprise to you that I have been drooling over their collections already.
And now Aruna Seth has branched out with a new accessories collection including their beautiful swarovski crystal butterfly brooches. I have been lucky enough to see these new brooches in the flesh and they are ridiculously sparkly- it's safe to say I want one... infact there are now a few things on my Aruna Seth wishlist that I have put on here for you to feast your eyes on. Take a look and let me know what you think or better yet follow this link to the Aruna Seth official website and decide for yourself which pair of dazzling shoes is your favourite- Take a look! www.arunaseth.com
The Swarovski Crystal heels
Have long curly tresses like Megan Fox (above) and slide in the Butterfly hair grip or Aruna Seth butterfly brooch.
Go for a city glam makeup look with bold smoky eyes and fuchsia pink lips, co-coordinating with the shoes- use M.A.C makeup to get this look. Add false dramatic lashes for added glamour factor.
Finally, add Swarovski cuff and team with the butterfly ring. Then last but definitely not least- pop on the Aruna Seth fuchsia pink butterfly shoes and you are good to go with evening city chic style! Alternatively for a more casual day look, swap the crop top for the cream butterfly top and tone down the makeup.
Monday, 2 August 2010
Before I went to the class I was excited, I had always wanted to try out a martial art. However I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was a slower kind of martial art which used control and balance to give a workout and overall well being. So, I had gathered it wasn’t a matrix style martial art with back flips, high kicks and judo chops (much to my disappointment) but I was totally willing to give it a try.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
What do people regard as romantic these days? 10 kisses at the end of a text as opposed to the usual 3? A love heart put in an email? It seems that our idea of romance has severely changed these days or, perhaps we realise what true romance is but we push it aside in our laziness. The Internet and our need for instant access to information today gets in the way of our romantic ideals and ever developing technology provides even more ways to hide away from being truly romantic.
Whatever is to blame, it’s clear that romance today is not what it once was. Don’t get me wrong there are still plenty of romantic people out there that thrive on spontaneity, but the majority of people are simply too busy for romance; at least that’s the excuse they use anyway.
What happened to love letters and the valiant white knight racing for miles to get to his princess? A stupid fantasy you might say but if anything, it was the effort that was taken to do these things that was so romantic. And what do we have now? A quick text or a speedy chat on facebook? It’s lazy and not as special in some ways.
To a certain extent, we do have to move with the times and the internet is part of our world now. It is one of the quickest and cheapest forms of communication but it doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to romancing the one you desire or love.
The Victorians were renowned for writing love letters and even today, letters have been found from the past; that’s what makes them so precious because they are something that can be kept. If social networking continues however, what will we have to show in the future? Emails?
Handwritten letters reveal passion and a vast array of other emotions whereas emails and emoticons ( an artificial way of expressing emotion) are not as personal. And not just this but emails are not so easily as kept as letters- they are less likely to last.
I am not saying stop all contact over the internet and through texting, but just because we can take 2 minutes to text someone instead of going to see them in person or calling them, doesn’t mean we have to. If it is physically possible to do this then why not do it? Take someone by surprise! Don’t let laziness get in the way of romance, lets bring romance back.
Lets use our imaginations because we are much more likely to be happier after making a little more effort, it arouses a greater sense of achievement surely? Next time you reach for the takeaway to take home, reach for the bunch of red roses instead, she’ll appreciate these a whole lot more! Don’t take the easy route, keep the passion flowing, you’ll be glad you made the effort!
Monday, 26 July 2010
She's managed to pull it all off but has she taken it too far with the vibrant red shaven crop that she debuted at the "Rock in Rio" festival in Arganda del Rey, Spain? At first I thought this was the case but this is Rihanna, I'm sure she'll find some way to work it and I think the new cut is growing on me, let me know what you think about the star's eminent hairstyles (below), either post a comment or vote on which of her hairstyles you think were the best.
Rihanna's brave shaven hairstyle debut.
The black and blonde curly crop.
The blonde sweeping shaven look that Ri Ri
sported in her Russian Roulette video.
The swept back, textured, blonde shaven crop.
The super curly "Rudeboy" look, I like this one a lot.
Her most recent look for 2010- the brilliant red shaven crop.
To check out Rihanna's summer hit Rudeboy follow the link...!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e82VE8UtW8A&feature=avmsc2