Sunday, December 6, 2015

What To Wear To The Office Holiday Party

"Everybody loves things that sparkle." Philip Treacy
With Christmas around the corner, the one work event everyone looks forward to is almost at our feet - the company holiday party. And looking your best is something you’ll never regret doing. But as much fun as it is to party with our work peers, it's also important to keep it appropriate. So what to wear?

Little Black Dress – Whether you are going to a semi formal or black tie event, a black cocktail dress is always the right choice. Look for a work-appropriate hemline, no exposed cleavage and avoid anything requiring a special bra;
Festive Blazer – Although it doesn’t need to be ridiculously expensive or high-end, the blazer does need to fit you perfectly and work with your body type. And you can wear it year after year with different skirts, pants and dresses;
Party Pants –The key is to pick a well-constructed, high-end fabric (velvet, jacquard, limited sequins) and a geometric or classic print. Paired with a regular work staple like a button-front or a cashmere sweater and a pair of heels;
Pansuit  – A black pantsuit might just be the new LBD, especially with the cool-girl silhouette of an ankle-length trouser. During office hours, opt for a solid-hued or printed blouse underneath, then switch it out for a light cami when you're ready to party;
Little Sparkle – Beading, sequins and crystal embellishments are just meant for holiday parties. Keep the sparkling detail to a minimum by sticking to just one piece. Then balance out the glam with a demure blouse or fine-knit cardigan twinset.
Statement Accessory – Dramatic necklace, metallic headband, bold earrings or a sparkly clutch bag.. No matter which holiday party you are preparing for, remember that a basic piece can easily become bold and brand new with the right accessories, no matter what level of formality is needed.

Foto: hauteofftherack.com

Sunday, October 25, 2015

{BOOK REVIEW}: Where is Karl?

"Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive." Karl Lagerfeld
He is considered to be fashion's king. Everything about him is dramatic, from his high-collared shirts by Hilditch & Key with black tailored jacket and jeans, punctuated with a tie, shades, fingerless gloves from historic French manufacturer Causse to his custom-made black crocodile boots by Massaro. And let’s not forget his ornate brooches, fingerloads of rings à la Henry VIII and belt buckle encrusted with diamonds. For 50 years, Karl Lagerfeld has been a designer revolutionising fashion world by injecting it with style, humour and youthfulness. And you can find all that in the book Where is Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody from Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri A. Aki with illustrations by Michelle Baron. Not only is the book pretty to look at, thanks to truly amazing illustrations, but it is also very entertaining. Inside you will find an introduction from blogger Florence de la Sabine; complete with tips on Karl's signature style to help you find him. The goal is to find Karl but what’s even more fun is to see how many celebrities and fashion people you can also spot...
When it comes to fashion, it’s important to keep a sense of humor. Pretty looking and fun? This book is just that. 

Je považovaný za nekorunovaného kráľa módy. Všetko na ňom je dramatické: od košieľ s vysokým golierom od Hilditch & Key doplnených o čierne sako, džínsy a kravatu, cez tmavé slnečné okuliare, bezprstové rukavice od francúzskeho výrobcu Causse až po na mieru ušitých čižiem z krokodílej kože od Massara. Zabudnúť netreba ani na brošne, prstene v štýle Henryho VIII. a pracku na opasku pokrytú diamantami. Už viac ako 50 rokov prevracia návrhár Karl Lagerfeld svet módy pomocou štýlu, humoru a mladickosti. A to všetko nájdete aj v knihe Where is Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody od Stacey Caldwell a Ajiri A. Aki s ilustráciami od Michelle Baron. Toto dielo je pôvabné vďaka úchvatným ilustráciám, a tiež veľmi zábavné. Vo vnútri nájdete vtipný predslov od blogerky Florence de la Sabine a tipy, ako nájisť Karla v jednotlivých svetových destináciách. A hoci je cieľom nájisť jeho, čo osobne dostalo mňa, je rozpoznánie iných známych celebrít a výrazných osobností zo sveta módy, rovnako ako študovanie i tých najmenších detailov.
Keď ide o módu, je dôležité vedieť si udržať zmysel pre humor. Roztomilá a vtipná zároveň, presne taká je Where is Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Double Denim

"The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night." Haruki Murakami
Fashion rules are meant to be broken, and lately that includes wearing denim on denim. Once a faux pas, now a trend has been around for decades. Many people think that the old “Canadian tuxedo” is an absolute no, however, when it’s done right, it can look great. The trick for getting it right is all in the pieces you choose:
- make sure that the washes and colours are completely different from each other, the weight of the fabrics should vary as well;
- make sure that your pieces fit you perfectly. Pairing together a baggy pair of jeans and a wrong fitting shirt is not a good look, neither is the combination of a baggy denim jacket and bad fitting jeans.

Módne pravidlá by sa mali porušovať, a to platí aj o nosení denimu s denimom. Boli časy, keď sa táto kombinácia považovala za módne faux pas. Pre mnohých ešte aj dnes inak starý "kanadský smoking" neprichádza do úvahy, ak je však správne skombinovaný, výsledný efekt vyzerá skvele. Trik spočíva vo výbere tých pravých kúskov: 
- kombinujte rôzne odtiene a sprania denimu, a tiež denim s rôznou hmotnosťou;
- dbajte na to, aby vám jednotlivé kúsky padli ako uliate. Kombinovanie voľných džínsov a nepresne sediacej košele nebude nikdy vyzerať dobre, to isté platí pri kombinácii príliš veľkej denimovej bundičky a nedobre padnúcich džínsov. 

Foto: Alvaro Beamud Cortes/Glamour France

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MISS SLOVAKIA | CONTESTANTS 2015 : LAURA HAJDÚŠIKOVÁ

#12: Laura Hajdúšiková, (21) Komárno

What qualities should new Miss Slovakia embody?
New Miss Slovakia should be charismatic, intelligent and also humble. To win,  she should create friendly and natural impression and have a range of qualities such as healthy confidence and a desire to represent Slovakia at home as well as abroad. And lastly, because it’s a beauty pageant, she should be beautiful inside out.
Aká by mala byť podľa teba nová Miss Slovensko?
Nová Miss Slovensko by mala podľa mňa byť charizmatická, inteligentná, pokorná, mala by pôsobiť príjemným prirodzeným dojmom, mala by mať zdravé sebavedomie a chuť reprezentovať našu krajinu, či už doma alebo vo svete a keďže ide o súťaž krásy v neposlednom rade by mala byť aj krásna a to navonok aj zvnútra.

How many languages do you speak? What are the languages you want to learn?
I’m fluent in English and my mother tongue. I personally feel that speaking English is a must nowadays and that’s why I dedicate a lot of time improving it. I spent last summer in Vienna because of my work and I grew very fond of German language. I would love to learn it one day. 
Aké jazyky ovládaš a aké by si sa ešte chcela naučiť?
Zatiaľ ovládam anglický a svoj materinský jazyk. Osobne si myslím, že anglický jazyk je dnes už nevyhnutnosť, preto sa mu snažím čo najviac venovať a neustále sa v ňom zlepšovať. Minulé leto som strávila pracovne vo Viedni, kde ma oslovila nemčina, ktorú by som sa v budúcnosti tiež rada naučila.

What do you want to achieve in your life? 
I feel like my goals in life are not so different from the other Slovak girls. Ok, there is one: I would love to travel around the world while still young. When it comes to future, I’m hoping to have a job that would fulfill me. And a loving family.
Čo by si v živote chcela dosiahnuť?
Myslím si že moje životné ciele sa nijak diametrálne nelíšia od bežného slovenského dievčaťa. Teda až na jeden, ktorým je, že by som rada precestovala svet kým som ešte mladá. Čo sa  budúcnosti týka rada by som mala prácu ktorá ma bude napĺňať a založila si rodinu.

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MISS SLOVAKIA is the annual national beauty pageant of Slovakia that selects representative for Miss World international pageant. The grand finale will take place on April 24th 2015 in Bratislava.

Photo: Tomáš Thurzo 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MISS SLOVAKIA | CONTESTANTS 2015 : BARBORA BAKOŠOVÁ

 #11: Barbora Bakošová, (19) Bratislava

What makes a woman beautiful? 
I think that every woman is beautiful in her own special way. There is a saying “100 different people, 100 different tastes.” I believe that you can say the same about the beauty of women. There's no such thing as the perfect woman. The beauty of a woman is in the way she walks, talks, dresses and presents herself. It’s about her charisma.  
Čo podľa teba robí ženu krásnou?
Podľa mňa je každá žena krásna svojím výnimočným spôsobom, ako sa hovorí: "100 ľudí, 100 chutí.” Tak je to podľa mňa aj s krásou ženy. Krásna žena sa nedá zaškatuľkovať do nejakého jedného ideálu. To čo robí podľa mňa každú ženu krásnou je, keď je sama sebou, prirodzená, upravená, vkusne oblečená a má charizmu.

Who has influenced you the most in your life?
My mom, my grandma and life itself. Why? Every mother should be a role model for her child. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as me to be blessed with a great relationship with their mother. I admire her mostly for everything she has done and she has earned it herself. I admire her for a strong woman she is. I admire her because of her strength, and determination. My Grandma is true lady, the type that is pretty hard to find nowadays. Educated, polished, natural with sheer charisma.. And life? I don’t think I need to say much more. We all know and understand the message that life has taught us.. Am I right?
Kto ťa v živote najviac ovplyvnil?
V mojom živote ma najviac ovplyvnila moja mama, starká a sám život. Prečo? Mama by mala byť vzorom každého dietaťa, no bohužial nie každý má také štastie ako ja a má taký úžasný vzťah s mamou, aký mám ja. Obdivujem ju hlavne preto, čo všetko zvládla úplne sama a aká je to silná žena. Starká je zase pravá dáma a takých sa už v dnešnom svete veľa nenájde. Vzdelaná, upravená, prirodzená s veľkou charizmou, ktorú jej môže nejedna závidieť. A život…. myslím, že k tomu nemusím nič písať. Každý vie zhodnotiť, čo všetko ho život naučil, no nie???

What's your biggest weakness?
I have more than just one weakness. And I think I’m not the only woman facing them. My weaknesses are my boyfriend, good food and shopping. Let’s be honest, who wouldn't want to eat as much as they could without gaining weight and have a bank account with unlimited money?
Čo je tvoja najväčšia slabosť?
Moja najväčšia slabosť asi nie je len jedna. Myslím, že sa v nich nájde viacero žien. Je to určite môj priateľ, dobré jedlo a nakupovanie. Veď ktorá žena by si neželala jesť bez priberania a mať kreditku s nekonečným kontom?

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MISS SLOVAKIA is the annual national beauty pageant of Slovakia that selects representative for Miss World international pageant. The grand finale will take place on April 24th 2015 in Bratislava.

Photo: Tomáš Thurzo 

Monday, April 20, 2015

MISS SLOVAKIA | CONTESTANTS 2015 : ADRIANA HODOSSYOVÁ

#10: Adriana Hodossyová, (22) Bratislava

What does success mean to you?
To me, success means achieving goals in life and not letting anything hold me back. Success means that everything I do in life makes me fulfilled and happy. But most importantly, success is the fact that I am healthy, happy and have a loving family by my side.  
Čo pre teba znamená úspech?
Úspech pre mňa znamená dosiahnúť v živote to, čo chcem bez toho, aby som sa musela obmedzovať. Za úspech v živote považujem, ak ma niečo, čomu sa venujem napĺňa a robí šťastnou. A hlavne pre mňa najväčším úspechom v živote je, keď mám zdravie, šťastie a milujúcu rodinu.

What is the most favorite part of your body?
People around me are saying that it’s my eyes. I think so too. And I am very glad about that because it’s one of the signature things that I have inherited from my Mom. And it’s also the only part of the body that will never age. 
Ktorá časť na tvojom tele je najobľúbenejšia?
Ja a aj moje okolie mi hovoria, že sú to práve moje oči. Som rada, pretože to je práve to najvýraznejšie, čo som zdedila po mojej mamine. A je to zároveň asi jediná časť na tele, ktorá nikdy nezostarne.

Do you have any dream that you want to fulfil?
One day, I would like to travel around the world. Dying over Bora Bora in French Polynesia! It's definitely on my wish list. When it comes to work, it's my dream to be a Victoria's Secret Angel, and to walk that runway.
Máš nejaký sen, ktorý by si si chcela raz splniť?
Mojím snom je precestovať svet. Vytúženým miestom sú ostrovy Bora Bora vo Francúzskej Polynézii. Z pracovnej oblasti to bolo vždy stáť na móle a predvádzať pre značku Victoria's Secret.

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MISS SLOVAKIA is the annual national beauty pageant of Slovakia that selects representative for Miss World international pageant. The grand finale will take place on April 24th 2015 in Bratislava.

Photo: Tomáš Thurzo 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

MISS SLOVAKIA | CONTESTANTS 2015 : BARBORA FAKUNDINYOVÁ

#9: Barbora Fakundinyová, (20) Žilina

What does it mean to you to be one of the 12 finalists in MISS Slovensko 2015?
It feels nice. This entire experience has been very positive and I’m already sad that’s it’s coming to an end. I feel very thankful for the opportunity and will cherish the memories forever.
Ako vnímaš fakt, že si jedna z finalistiek Miss Slovensko 2015?
Tento fakt vnímam ako inak pozitívne. Celé toto obdobie je pre mňa veľmi príjemné a už teraz mi je smutno, keď si pomyslím, že finále je už za rohom a všetko sa zrazu skončí. Som vďačná za príležitosť, ktorú som dostala a na toto obdobie budem spomínať iba v dobrom.

How would you describe Slovakia to a foreigner?
Slovakia is small but beautiful country. To describe it, I would use the defining characteristics of the Slovak people: they are very warm, hospitable and kind.
Ako by si opísala Slovensko ľuďom v zahraničí?
Slovensko je síce malá, no krásna krajina. Ja sama by som ho opísala hlavne vlastnosťami Slovákov, ktorí sú najmä srdeční, pohostinní a láskaví.

How do you keep fit?
It’s all about physical activity for me. It could be dancing, exercising, swimming or just walking. I personally prefer swimming. Regular physical activity helps my body to be fit but more importantly, it makes me feel good. 
Ako si udržuješ postavu?
Pre mňa osobne je najdôležitejší pohyb. Myslím, že je jedno či tancujete, cvičíte, plávate, alebo sa radi len tak prechádzate. Ja uprednostňujem plávanie. Keď mám pravidelný pohyb, som spokojná aj so svojou postavou a čo je podstatnejšie, cítim sa dobre.

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MISS SLOVAKIA is the annual national beauty pageant of Slovakia that selects representative for Miss World international pageant. The grand finale will take place on April 24th 2015 in Bratislava.

Photo: Tomáš Thurzo