Where Fold-Me Overs Meet Patent, and Metal

Phillip Lim- Studded wristletBarneys                 Anya hindmarch - Snake Luce bag, Barneys

Through these wonderful seasons we have seen handbags, clutches and even high-end rucksacks provide more than a statement for the woman of today. From the career driven, casual-chic gal, and sport enthusiast, to the luxury darling, and dazzling socialite every girl may own a pocket-holding bag with a closure of love. 

With bountiful suppliers at your fingertips the creative bag of choice may be acquired in infinite materials, and at diverse price points. I've currently been inspired by a few fold-over styles gracing boutiques and online channels. Why is that? Well, the fold-over designs have been essential for my lifestyle with its versatile attributes, allowing one carry-all bag to turn into a fabulous clutch, or so...

Here are a a few of my favourites for this season... But, just wait there will surely be more to add given the highly anticipated fashionable weeks looming. 

Can't go naked has such innovative designs that are created for the wardrobe converting male and female lovers. This particular clutch swaps into a shoulder bag mini, just within a few snaps!

Sonia Rykiel - Miss Tuxedo!  Bow Tie Clutch,
Tenoversix - Rothko fringe clutch (Refinery29 boutiques)

Matt & Nat- *Eco-friendly* Hendrix bag, Shopbop
River Island - Pink patent bag 


Rebecca Minkoff - Boyfriend printed bag with ultimate hardware, Shopbop
Chloé - Elise White box chain strap bag, Saks
Urban Outfitters (UK) - Carry-all studded suede bag (great for a weekend getaway, or city-savvy stroll)!


Structured Fan

Several of you asked what am I inspired by recently? This is always a good and very general question to ask, because there's actually no incorrect answer. I am definitely influenced by such vast genres. So, I thought that I'd take a moment to answer:

Most everyone have realised that I have an undeniable love for architecture as well as fashion. For me, both are closely related especially when viewing my tastes in designers from daily dress items resting stylishly in my closet ready to be showcased, and must-read magazines, to a "unique designing mentality," as Thomas, (the boy) says repeatedly to me when interrupting my sometimes abstract but very creative space. 

Well, all that I can say is...  It's just in my blood. Yes, I am a right, and left brain thinker (and ambidextrous), one who loves shoes, vintage, and dark clothing, (amongst loads of other things), yet I will also wear a killer loud pastel or three given the right day.  

I suppose what I'm really trying to convey to you is that I am constantly inspired by countless elements in life. It is not always "who" inspires me, nor only a "what" question. It is simply by living, breathing, and seeing.

Most of my daily inspiration is starting to come more from my surroundings, passing certain high-rise buildings, or even the natural colouring of leaves on trees aid as strong influence. What are you inspired by?

Photo: Art by Thaddeus Ropak (Top, architecture by Herzog de Meuron DAILY ICON - ARCHIDIA ATELIER)

Special Treats For the ✈T-r-a-v-e-l-l-i-n-g✈ Soul

Here are a few travelling treats that I'm fain to share with fellow travel lovers of present. When I travel some of the items that I really don't want to pack are general toiletries, this is merely because often one can get carried away with packing far too many! *wink*

However, through years of experience I've learnt countless ways to decrease this over-packing habit. Additionally, being a travel enthusiast, I am not exactly fond of checking baggage unless absolutely necessary. By "necessary" I'm referring to staying at a destination longer than 1 month! Yes, it can be done (if you prefer folding nicely and utilising all space provided)!

Growing up with a military infused family, filled with relatives packing was the ultimate task to learn, and do very well.  Thus, having the notion of packing light for me, well, lets just say it meant more than words.

Of course, regardless male, or female today everyone has their favourite products that they cannot live without per se.  But, try to take small amounts with you instead of travelling with the whole bottle of shampoo. Purchase small empty bottles that you may reuse for other excursions. Head out to a dollar store, Sephora, or even a drugstore to attain empty, travel-size containers.

I recently went to a wholesale container store, and grabbed what they were selling as *cooking spice bottles, (which were simply small sized bottles with removable lids, some in the form of a moisturiser or lotion plastic bottle) entirely reusable and above all very packable.

I filled my favourite cleanser, lotion, shampoo, etc. in various bottles. Lastly, I packed the bottles/ containers in a large clear bag and I was ready to go! They also came with labels attached, so this was perfect for me, since I love being orderly! 

I know, I know everyone cannot be, and is not a "TYPE: L" (light) traveller, but if you're on the go like me it is extremely helpful to have minimal luggage, and weight.  You may even save all of those samples that you used to throw away from VIP parties, beauty gatherings, online shopping, etc.

Those sample packs and kits (filled with sanitizers, cleansers, glosses, perfumes, etc.) may come in handy for short travelling, road-trips, and more! There's plenty of other things that you can do to save time, and money for travelling...

Here's a few items to view to aid you in your next journey making it a bit lighter than usual. There's also a few bonus items that are helpful to take with you for travelling. Think about it!

Beauty jars: If you prefer smaller glass jars for creams, make-up, etc. these are great to use.
Adapter:  Despite my destination, I always carry an adapter, (unless you are within same country limits where yours may work), it's very simple and takes almost no space.  Perhaps, you might find yourself in an environment where the plug happens to NOT WORK!  Imagine that! Or, you may also want to take a small spontaneous trip during your already planned holiday... So, you will need a proper working plug.

Steamer: This ultra time saving steamer works like a charm, there's loads of different versions out there. This one works with dual voltage/ plug-in/ battery, with additional bristle, and lint brush included. Packs wonderfully!

Travel mini shaver: For the guy on the go to work (even perfect to use in the car) or jet-setting!

Door-alarm:  I have one of these it's excellent, especially if you're travelling alone ladies! This is good for anyone really; just hook it to your hotel door, hostel door, or wherever you are, and set the alarm! Makes you aware of the uninvited entering your room.  

Wine glass: Brilliant! For the savvy wine lover who has little time!

Lint Free: Hopefully, you already own a lint brush! In case you don't, or possibly have forgotten, go get one! It's inexpensive, and will make most ensembles look the way it should... (and minus Sparky's dog hair)!

Photos/To buy refs: Freundcontainersletravelstore, altrec
EVENTS: Check out the Handbag, Luggage UK Fair


New to Old, Old to New

Here's a bit of inspiration from an old ad that I found. This reminds me of a few printed dresses of today, in addition to modernised versions of this hat.  The key seemed to be keeping it quite simple (with only a belt acting almost as the jewellery piece along with using other elements as the accessories), yet remaining very stylish on a daily basis.

photo:http://w5ran.com , ref: vintage mag

Colourful Boys of Today


photos: WWD,vogue?

I often reflect on a few past fashion collections just to think about the feeling that I had initially when viewing the lines.  Especially, during the season's transitional period when scarfs and boots, meet shorts and tanks.  I chose Jil Sander.

The Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 men's collection showed us that the boys of their market were back in town strutting pastels, and vibrant hued silhouettes. The colours were quite like those of an artsy neon sign,  and tropical vases with fully loaded intensity to love.

Normally, one might have been thrown by such a spirited palette, but what stood out was actually the simplistic qualities in the pieces of this collection.  It was the smart designing behind such minimal seams; (always a great editing skill on Sander's part), and also what has entirely separated the label from many others. But, we can thank designer/creative director, Raf for this one!  :)

Are you going to New York Fashion Week (NYFW), or any other shows soon?  If so, whose line are you anticipating to view?


Head Covering Enthusiasm & Film

I have been watching several old black and white films lately, and getting inspired by costume dress. This was once a curiosity of mine, and something that I thought I'd fancy prior to attending university. However, when that actually happened, I found that it was not for me though, I'm still admiring!

There has been a great deal of passion for fine art, theater, and fashion in general passed on from my childhood. Consequently, the lasting impression that I draw from when creating seems to be intensified when I think about old runway shows, cultural inspiration, and a particular style of dressing.

Sometimes, I wish women would wear more hats, and long gloves, and men would be donned in their waistcoats, and beautifully tailored long coats everyday as they walk across the street. But, then I remember... that does happen in some places, yet not often enough, and not quite as it used to be called daily proper attire.

On that note, here is some personal motivation that I found as I continue about on my DIY stride for the week. Everyone knows that I absolutely love, love, love hats, and have quite an epic collection that I started many years ago, so I decided to make an effort at hat development. I've even bought 2 really great hat making books (patiently waiting for the post-master to deliver)! Additionally, I plan to start at least one of two hat projects very soon!

Of course, I will show you only if it turns out correctly!  :)

H A T  Chic :  Dior

Video: victoriana magazine/youtube

Arrival Nights, and Spring's Aroma

I came back from a very needed and wonderful holiday, only to arrive to more snow! I'm sure it will dissipate soon, since everyone seems to be in a springing forward mindset, right?
I love snow, however since I am not able to ride the slopes until the end of February if not earlier (with crossed fingers, and toes), it's safe to say that my happiness would be heightened if the snow was less apparent in the following morning!

I am fond of a dashing hat or two during my weekly ensembles. Nevertheless, I keep hearing the echo of peep-toed wedges, and infinite hues of sandals calling my name! Perhaps, it may be those glossy pages that I incessantly turn trying to grab my attention; all pushing new campaign ads, and spring addicting colours to purchase.

My goodness... everything seems to roll by so swiftly these days! Holdiays, weeks, months, special occasions, more weddings to attend, and so on...

The anticipation of new things always brings a nice welcoming smile to my face, quite like the first falling snowflakes as they enter my driveway.  But, with the environmental change that comes with the seasons, so does your sartorial style.

What are some of your influences for spring? What are you most looking forward to wear, or buy?
Here's some of my inspiration at the present moment as we wait for spring to jump out of bed, and get dressed to show us her alluring clothes that we all know and love. 

For Loewe's spring 2011 collection, Stuart Vever really impelled me to want more than a few pretty, packable, and vibrant pieces he showcased.  The overall clothing is not entirely my typical style, yet I loved his show simply for the use of colouring. It most definitely was felt in the small details, such as the necklines, the trimming, and fresh distribution of prints throughout the collection. 

Press play, have a glance, and see for yourself!
Video: Elle

Pony Expressions

I am not usually an animal-printed lover. However, there have been loads of prints and modern patterns with striking textures recently shown in fashion these past couple of seasons. Though I must admit, some have caught my eye, and I've given them the worthy glance or two.
Last season I purchased a couple of mildly printed versions of animal prints in glove, shoe, and dress form. You're probably wondering how might an animal print be "mild?" Well, it's simple really... with softer shades of taupe, brown, and/or larger spaces that are indeed one colour rather than infinite separations of stripes, gradient colouring, or "blobs" per se, (which is usually the traditional overkill that I'm not as fond of). 

Transitioning myself into a semi-animal printed lover, I've aggregated favourite items that Fashion Tales is loving at the moment. (Above) Perhaps it's the fabric of these picks that is so lovable. They are definitely chic, and very tolerable!
I also participated in a small dosage of DIY quality time to make a few items that I'm planning to incorporate into my wardrobe. Versatility is a girl's best friend these fashionable days, or good one at the very least! Why not embrace your inner-animal love with crafting time as well?
Eye of the Tiger:
I acquired these beads from a colonial antique shop, and was inspired quickly by it's animal-like colouring. I decided to do a longer styled necklace for this one. 

 Feathering Love Trim:
I had some vintage feathers and beads that I received in a small package from an old friend. I'm in the process of finishing this belt piece. However, I still need to reposition, and add a key embellishment, in addition to a special closure for completion. I will show you the results at a later date.
Style board by: Ladyofashion
Buy items in Style board rotation(anti-clockwise): Miu Miu-lace-up pony Oxford- BarneysCausse Jackie gloves- Brownsfashion,Givenchy cuff bracelet, Ninewest animal print pumpASOS-Tetrea pony bootieASOS Zebra print clutchHouse of fraser-Animal print gloves,Christian Loubotin leo-clutch, Finsk- pony/wood shoe farfetched.com,Karen Millen-Leopard print pony shoe boot

A New Day

Happy New Year, my dear readers both old and new!
It's a new day, and burgeoning plate that was served at breakfast today for Fashion Tales. The excitement of what 2011 will bring begins today!

Starting off the day with a fresh cup of coffee even seemed a bit different this morning. But, it may be the simple fact that the extended celebrations of yesteryear was the cause of such a morning necessity. It felt great!

I'm entirely looking forward to an eventful, and miraculous year in 2011. I have also added to my travelling roster this year a few new locations written down in the yearly expedition agenda -- mostly to visit friends, and to meet-up with other artists, bloggers, and musician-aficionados.

As a newbie blogger I've attained a small list of what I was seeking initially within the blogosphere. However, after this past year I have expanded the list of goals, and have loads of new information that I've learned from you, and many others within the community.

Thank you for the support. Let's make 2011 a lasting positive impression, and the fundamental platform for our future endeavors by sharing, giving, loving, and inspiring others.
Cheers/ Tschüs!

*This post is dedicated to my Oma, Edith. R.I.P.
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