Thursday, 19 January 2017

P L A Z A P I C K S | V O I L E

I was a little surprised to realise I hadn't done a Plaza Picks post for VOILE because I wear a lot of their pieces a lot of the time! I didn't pick pieces intentionally on a colour scheme or because they were made of the same materials, but I will say there just so happens to be a lot of silky pieces in these choices - but I love them =D Although the store is typically designed for dressing up pieces, I find it easy to choose the most versatile of the items and buy them because I'll get a lot more wear out of dressy-trousers than I will a gown, and so far that's always worked out well for me from VOILE.
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Silver style

Shiney silver styling here from France25 keeping up with the dressy style of the party season! This silver Antidote dress is certainly one that needs a specific styling with the frilled top and raised straps, and I think this really ticks the boxes for it pairing it with a winter polo and this ruffled shimmering Chanel jacket around the body. The blue eyeliner looks great and it's definitely an attractive and different choice but works well with silver, something awesome with a difference =)

L E D E C O R | Release Review

LE Decor was released last week and I panic-purchased on the app in case things ran out, but I had nothing to worry about and I ended up being super happy with my purchases! It's been a little while since we've had Decor but I think the homepage advert alone raises excitement levels as it's just downright awesome! Gold, velvet, navy, and cat ... a lot of loves all in one place =D
Highlights The store is based in an elegant ballroom-esque room with a shiny wooden floor, a neutral grey wall and golden decorations, the gold alone gives it bonus points for me^ The pieces however aren't fitting into the same style however I like the pieces included and I think everything is designed well and has been thought out from the designers =)
Furniture There are a few large furniture items available from the store, however furniture doesn't seem to be to focus for this release. In seating there are the Three Seat Velvet Sofa and Velvet Royal Armchair, which I think are a good pairing. And then there are a couple of tables, the Onyx Marble Coffee Table and the Iron Glass Coffee Table which offer the two different heights, which I quite like - I'm yet to master the best way to style the shorter coffee tables, so that's something for me to work on before I make the step to purchase an LE one^ I'd also include the Mid Century Fireplace in the furniture category. I love seeing people style fireplaces really well, and most people get them into the rooms nicely, but I haven't found that ability yet! Lastly there are two rugs in the release and I really quite like both of them. The Blue White Art Deco Rug seems the most useable to me, but the Oriental Round Carpet is also quite a nice piece, and in the right room I think it could really work out well.
Decorations For me it's clear that the focus of the store is on smaller more decorative pieces rather than furniture items, and that's all fine by me, as I find they go a lot further in suite design than a sofa would, for example. A lot of the pieces really stood out as fitting right in with my interior style - I love paintings, especially the black and white colours of both the Elephant Photo Print and the Oyster Poster and I think they would work well in a lot of situations. Also in wall decorations is the pretty Round Oxidated Mirror, a very popular piece from what I've seen that I think will look good in a lot of minimal and Scandinavian suite styles. And the last of the larger pieces, from both nature and electricals - the Teracotta Plant Pot and Modern Chandelier, both pieces which I really like individually for design, but the light I'm probably more on the fence about regarding how to use it really well in my suite. And then there's the smaller, more table-top and versatile pieces in the store, which I think are the most popular as they are not only the cheapest, but the easiest to work into already completed rooms without needing a huge makeover! So I'm talking the Bubbly Pitcher, Glass Tea Pot, the super pretty lighting of the Octopus Candlestick and Halo Candle Holder, and the very fashionable Large and Small Stack Fashion Magazines - all pieces which look great in the store and in your suite^
Prices The cost of pieces ranges from 26 to 85SD's, but it's just the interior which is at the top end - most pieces I think are well priced for what they are and their style plus design. I don't really have any complaints here!
Styled Suite I haven't done a huge amount with the pieces, nor used everything yet, but I came up with a basis for one of my free rooms with the pieces - I particularly like the tone of the interior I chose and the blue hue works well with most of the pieces, especially the Blue White Art Deco Rug and I stuck with similar colours choosing the Velvet Royal Armchair - there's more to be done for sure, but I'm happy with my room so far =D
Features I've seen quite a few people making huge use of the pieces from the release over the past few days, and I've got some awesome ones to share with you here! First up Miver making use of the LE Opulent Decor Interior and the basic furniture pieces along with quite a few of the decor items. I particularly love the table decorations and arrangement. Also very much liking this outfit, minimal and trendy and fitting with the room =D
Secondly something a little brighter from ajenkam, who has gone for decorating with a lot of the smaller items, including the Navy Faux Fur Throw, Pancakes With Blueberries and Large and Small Stack Fashion Magazines. The items fit seamlessly into previously designed rooms with other furniture and interiors and is great to see =)
Next up is this room from Crystal_Harris, also choosing a darker grey but not from the new interior in the store. I love the use of the mix of furniture pieces and small items from the store together and with previously available items - especially the navy and gold together, it looks good and it stands out attractively. An absolutely great room =)
And last but not least, a room from pheobe_1994, choosing just a few smaller items to complete a room. It works well and the pieces themselves stand out amongst plenty of other things in the room, so that's a good thing^ I really like the use of the whites and greys as the base for the room as they let the darker Elephant Photo Print stand out, and also the green chaise long which fits well with the Bubbly Pitcher - those splashes of green are great and really make your eyes look at all aspects of the room!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bag It Up Challenge #109

As promised last week in my Louboutin post, I'm now styling a couple of the bags which the Louboutin Tribute brought us several years ago now! I was able to find a range of the bags in the Bazaar, so if you're looking for one then you might be able to get it there and I know a few pieces have been released in Callie's Picks too so that's another option^ So first up is the Marquise Clutch which I bought in the Bazaar for a good price, and at first I wasn't so sure about it but after styling this look I've completely changed my mind! It's great with this yellow sweater which I'd temporarily forgotten about and I think the spike details really work well for me on this minimal take. Next I wanna style this one with a dress or skirt, I think it could look even better with the right one =D And secondly the bag I've had since the store came out and that I've maybe only worn a small number of times, the Spike Bowling Bag with sweet golden details. I really wanted to play on those with my outfit, but none of my gold pieces worked well enough, so I scraped that idea and went with black and red(-ish), and I think it works for the bag as the majority of lighter colours really catch your eye and draw it to the bag itself, the aim of the challenge! I really also quite liked this little lace combination of tops I used, I think lace is a detail which works quite nicely with this studded piece^

Velvet print

A wintery coloured look in this feature from Mauskacom =D These velvet trousers in a great burgundy-brown colour are perfect for the cold season, and I think they look great with this Dolce&Gabbana shirt, a surprising fit but a really good one, especially with the golden clutch and the red framed sunglasses on the stylish leather jacket which works nicely with the patent pointed heels. Also totally loving the hair, it's a great flowing choice and looks pretty perfect =)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

We Wear Hotbuys J A N U A R Y | Graffiti Skirt

Our second clothing HB today, and it's the Graffiti Skirt from Original Future and it's priced at 19SD's which is on the more expensive side for this month so far but about average for comparable pieces in the past few months. Going into this HB, I'm very much on the fence about it - I love the shape and the fit on my doll but I don't know how much I like the print itself ... I think it's something that could be versatile though, so check out our different styles!
I think this one could work ... I had to style it quite quickly tonight but I did find at least several varied tops and shirts that looked pretty decent, definitely just needs the benefit of time this HB! And vote in the poll as usual: