Category: Fashion & Accessories

Sewing Kit Essentials

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

Sewing kit, photo by PH Morton

We have forgotten the art of mending through sewing.  If it is ripped, we throw.  If the seams had unravelled, we go to a professional tailor.  But why?  Sewing is the easiest to do.

Many shops providing mending and alterations are springing up left right and centre; they have cornered the market, knowing people have no desire to mend their own clothes if it can be helped. Aware of this, tailorshops sometimes charge a small fortune for their services.

Surely basic sewing was part of Home Economics (HE) lessons at school?  I used to be rather indifferent to the lessons but I found out now how relevant it is to go about your everyday life, no matter what your station in life. 🙂

It is therefore convenient and money efficient to have a sewing kit at hand, so that you can make a favourite dress, skirt or trousers last that much longer.  Darn minor wear and tear.  You could also start a new sewing project.  It could be a start of small cottage industry 😉

What should be in the sewing kit?

Sewing Kit Essentials:

Set of needles in various sizes, i.e. thickness

A pair of sharp scissors

Threads of various colours, especially white, black, beige and brown

A needle threader, even if the eyes are still sharp, a needle threader is still very useful.

A thimble – some materials are thick and hard to sew.  They can be a pain to your digits.  This is when a  thimble come into their own.

Dressmaker’s pin.  They are so useful, especially when you need to shorten a skirt, dress or a pair of jeans or trousers.

A tape measure.

Button collections

 

Gems: The Pearl

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Pearls, Photo by JMorton

Gems: The Pearl

I am very partial to pearls.  I love them.  I suppose it has something to do with coming from the Philippines, which is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ lol.

The last time I was in the Philippines, I treated myself to some pearls.  I have to admit that the pearls were first class but unfortunately how it was set needs polishing.

I was told that to tell whether a pearl is real, plastic or whatever, you need to rub the pearl in your teeth.  Real ones will have ridges or rather rough while fake ones are smooth.  Actually, this is good advice.  I have tried this with my pearls. 😉

Pearls should always be worn.  It takes a lovely healthy lustre when it is worn against the skin.

The Monochrome

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@ Fenwicks, Brent Cross Photo by JMorton

The Monochrome

It is almost the party season, girls and … boys.   Still time to plan the outfits that would razzle and dazzle your way into fun, fun, fun party mood.

Choosing monochrome is always a winner.  A simple black and white dress is fun as well as elegant change from the LBD (little black dress), which is de rigueur to all occasions.

The monochrome will suit all, provided you choose a pattern that would suit your body best.  Though there are only two colours to a monochrome, it still can get to look rather ‘busy’ if the design is too bold.

Choose wisely and you will be the belle of the ball.

Iconic Dresses & Costume

There have been plenty of instances in movies and life in Hollywood when the dresses and costumes of the stars are as famous as they are.

Below are just a few of these iconic dresses that have stood the test of time and changes in taste.

Mind you not all the clothes are really that good-looking but they represent something that can’t be easily forgotten but has become indelible in our memories.  From the Versace safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley, to Bjork’s weird dead swan dress to Elvis the pelvis’s white jumpsuit.

If you have anything to add to our choices, please feel free to advise us and we will be glad to add them here. Also we would appreciate your comments.

Iconic Dresses & Costume

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1001: What is Beauty

What is Beauty?

Beauty is God’s handwriting.  Welcome it in every fair face, every fair day, every fair flower.
– Charles Kingsley

ALL kinds of beauty do not inspire love: there is a kind of it which pleases only the sight, but does not captivate the affections.
~ Cervantes.

I think Cervantes got the measure of beauty just right.

Let us hear more from some others.

1001: What is Beauty

Ines dela Fressange

Ines dela Fressange

A beautiful woman is someone who pays a lot of attention to herself and knows what suits her.
– Vivienne Westwood

Beauty in the flesh will continue to rule the world.
~Florenz Ziegfeld
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Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised except by those to whom it has been refused.
— Gibbon.
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Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
H.G. Wells
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Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.
—Zimmermann
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Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
~Khalil Gibran
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BEAUTY in a modest woman is like fire at a distance, or like a sharp sword: neither doth the one burn nor the other wound him that comes not too near them.
~ Cervantes.
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Beauty is the promise of happiness.
– Stendhal
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Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth, the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age.
— G.A. Sala
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If eyes were made for seeing,

Then beauty is its own excuse for being.

—Emerson.

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It is beauty that begins to please, and tenderness that completes the charm.
– Fontenelle
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It is seldom that beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue.
— Bacon
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Keats spoke for all time when he said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
— Thackeray
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Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
– Aritotle.
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That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
~Ninon de L’Enclos
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There is no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
— J. Petit-Senn
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Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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THE beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it.
– Cervantes
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There’s a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.
~John Erskine

Shoe Life – A Fairy Tale Story

Pepita Jones

Pepita Jones

Clothes makes a woman happy but a good heel can give her confidence and a lot of sex appeal.
– Christian Louboutin

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I like women to see my shoes as objects of beauty, as gems outside the realm of fashion, within their own universe.  Shoes are not an accessory; they’re an attribute.  You should open a shoebox as if opening a present.  Voila!
– Christian Louboutin

He is so right.  A good heel tends to elongate and give shape to the leg, that is why women would suffer the pain and discomfort of high heels for long periods of time because they do boost women’s morale and self-confidence, thus, being literally a fashion victim. lol  No pain, no gain!!!

Having said that, there are high heels that are so well made, though could cost the Earth, but despite their towering heights they can be reasonably comfy.

Victoria Beckham is an advocate of high heels. Kudos to her, she makes high-heels wearing looks so natural, elegant and normal.  It is seldom that she goes about her business without her trusted high heels even when seen with her children, with Harper on her hip.

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It is better to buy the more expensive shoes because they are better made and more comfortable and as such, it is important that they are looked after good and proper.

The same shoes should not be worn every day.  Give shoes a time to breathe and dry up.  Feet sweat copiously especially during the summer!!!

If in case  shoes become smelly, you can rejuvenate them and vanish the smell by putting orange peel inside the shoes, overnight and the next morning, you will be rewarded by citrusy smelling shoes.

The best time to shop for shoes is during the end of the day when your feet are swollen and tired from all those standing around and walking here and there.  This will ensure that the fitting of your shoes is much better and prevent pinching the next day.  Always try both pair.  Left and right feet are different from each other.