TREND ALERT: JELLY SHOES 2014

Jelly shoes are back... I can't believe this shoe trend is back, i personally don't like the traditional jelly shoe, but shoe designers have taken the trend to the next level! 

Jelly shoes seem all the rage for 2014.  I remember back in the 90s rocking these shoes, and they seem to be making a big come back, with some of the top shoe designs like Christian Louboutin's Spring 2014 collection.

So what do we love so much about jelly shoes? I suppose my main interest in them is that ability to evoke a certain nostalgia, many girls my age have commented on the trend remembering owning pairs of plastic sandals at the age of four or five.  

They're also an attractive avenue because they are a cheap alternative from leather platform sandals, can be worn with vibrant and colourful socks and allow the feet to breath in what is often hot summer air. So you can buy a few pairs without breaking the bank and enjoy vibrant coloured shoes on your feet suitable for adventures in the city, going to the park and long walks on the beach.

It may seem strange to some people that anyone would make sandals in clear, see-through plastic but the beauty in this idea is opening a world of opportunities, with so many great versions in the shops how can you not like it.

What do you think: will you flash back to your childhood in jelly sandals this summer?
























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Knee high socks: women’s fashion trend

One of the most flattering, fashionable, and most definitely practical fall/winter trends is the knee-high sock phenomenon. I am head-over-heels for them! 

This is perfect timing for the winter because longer socks keep your legs and feet much warmer. Be brave and get some knee high socks so that you stand out this winter. Getting the right fit is very important as the correct size can really enhance your legs. 

Knee socks have become very popular in past two years and till now they have their own place in newest trends. Socks are bold, funky and sexy and that’s why they are so popular among true fashionistas. If you also want to look as hot and sexy as models on the catwalk, check out this trend alert and make sure you keep in mind some tips how to wear them. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to wear knee high socks.

  • In replacement of tights with skirts, shorts, and mini dresses (pictured above)
  • Over leggings for extra warmth
  • Scrunched down as slouchy socks with ankle boots
  • With open-toed heels, pumps, and thigh high boots

With sheer tights underneath



This is probably the all-time favorite knee sock look. The extra layer of fabric gives your legs extra warmth, but it still looks cute with anything you plan on wearing, dressy or casual.  Wear this duo with a tighter skirt, loose flowy top, and ankle boots. Definitely my go-to for fall and winter dinners. 





 

 

 

With shorts

In the spring, pair our knee socks with shorts and boots or even little sneakers. This look is perfect for those days when it’s not quite warm enough out for shorts yet, but you’ve been waiting all winter and just can’t help yourself.









Scrunched down with knee high or over-the-knee boots

I love high boots with a hint of sock peaking out the top. Opt for a sock that matches your boots for something more neutral, or make a statement with bright or patterned socks.







 

 

With ankle booties



Whether flat or high-heeled, ankle booties and knee-high socks are a match made in accessory heaven. This combo goes with just about everything, adding a garter to the top of the socks is great if they’re slipping down.







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PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR FOR 2014 IS RADIANT ORCHID

PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the colour of the year for 2014.  

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.  read press release here.

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Pantone winter colour forecast 2014-2015

I know we’re still in Spring/Summer 2013/2014, but for those of you who like to look forward and perhaps do a little planning ahead, I present discovery.  Discovery is Pantone‘s Winter 2014/15 cross the board colour forecast.



Pantone colour planner Fall/Winter 2014/2015
Discovery, so named as it explores the search of new thoughts, ideas, and visions, can be broken down into seven (7) colour schemes.


Uncovering colours:
Uncovering
colours: Tap Shoe (19-4004 TCX); Vanilla Ice (11-0104 TCX); Vanilla Cream (12-1009 TCX); Macadamia (12-0709 TCX); Eiffel Tower (18-5210 TCX); Pussywillow Gray (15-6304 TCX); Rose Tan (16-1511 TCX); Tannin (17-1320 TCX)

Uncovering … a soft, sheer, neutral scheme; classic and timeless, there is a certain romanticism and purity to the collection.  Uncovering brings to mind the materials used to decipher the unknown and inform the present.

Making colours:
Making
colours: Smoked Pearl (18-0000 TCX); Sandstorm (16-1235 TCX); Poinciana (18-1564 TCX); Aquarelle (15-4714 TCX); Jaffa Orange (16-1454 TCX); Arabian Spice (19-1245 TCX); Glazed Ginger (18-1154 TCX); French Roast (19-1012 TCX)

Making … a palette that is anchored to the page; very artisan-like with a deep respect for skills and materials.  Making is organized and curated to captivate the eye and invite the audience to enjoy the inventive process of making, building, colouring, collaging, stitching, and styling.

Essence colours: Graphite (19-3927 TCX); Feldspar (16-5815 TCX); Cameo Brown (16-1516 TCX); Italian Plum (19-2514 TCX); Golden Oak (17-1046 TCX); Saxony Blue (18-4225 TCX); Reflecting Pond (19-4326 TCX); Olive Oil (16-0847 TCX)
Essence
colours: Graphite (19-3927 TCX); Feldspar (16-5815 TCX); Cameo Brown (16-1516 TCX); Italian Plum (19-2514 TCX); Golden Oak (17-1046 TCX); Saxony Blue (18-4225 TCX); Reflecting Pond (19-4326 TCX); Olive Oil (16-0847 TCX)

Essence … is very cosmetic in nature.  Its contemporary warm tones are restrained, pasteurized and processed, homogeneous and emulsifying; while, at the same time, compactness is expressed through solid, uncontaminated uniform colours.

Breakthrough colours: Dusty Aqua (12-5506 TCX); Arona (16-4109 TCX); Mineral Blue (16-4712 TCX); Doeskin (15-1308 TCX); Swamp (15-6310 TCX); Black Iris (19-3931 TCX); Posy Green (18-5616 TCX); Forest Night (19-0414 TCX)
Breakthrough
colours: Dusty Aqua (12-5506 TCX); Arona (16-4109 TCX); Mineral Blue (16-4712 TCX); Doeskin (15-1308 TCX); Swamp (15-6310 TCX); Black Iris (19-3931 TCX); Posy Green (18-5616 TCX); Forest Night (19-0414 TCX)

Breakthrough … contains softer mid-tones that are contrasted by light and heavy colours that alternate between watery and parched.  Greens and blues emerge from the depths of ghostly, futuristic, and unfathomable landscapes.  This is a future that comes from the past — an extraordinarily complex future that is interconnected, heterogeneous, and attempts to be dynamically adaptable to all scenarios.

No Limits colours: Atlantic Deep (19-4726 TCX); Spectra Green (17-5335 TCX); Camellia (16-1541 TCX); Boysenberry (19-2431 TCX); Rococco Red (18-1652 TCX); Sunflower (16-1054 TCX); Campanula (18-4141 TCX); Breen (19-1034 TCX)
No Limits
colours: Atlantic Deep (19-4726 TCX); Spectra Green (17-5335 TCX); Camellia (16-1541 TCX); Boysenberry (19-2431 TCX); Rococco Red (18-1652 TCX); Sunflower (16-1054 TCX); Campanula (18-4141 TCX); Breen (19-1034 TCX)

No Limits … a symphony of elevated and voluptuous colour to create a beguiling ambience with a dramatic cacophony of hues that evoke an atmosphere full of vivid richness and blissful excess.  Not for the faint of heart, No Limits can be perceived as both adventurous and boldly glamourous.

Voyage colours: Green Sulphur (16-0742 TCX); Citronelle (15-0548 TCX); Forest Shade (15-6423 TCX); Pesto (18-0228 TCX); Fallen Rock (18-1108 TCX); Fir Green (18-0627 TCX); Golden Brown (18-0940 TCX); Bayberry (18-5315 TCX)
Voyage
colours: Green Sulphur (16-0742 TCX); Citronelle (15-0548 TCX); Forest Shade (15-6423 TCX); Pesto (18-0228 TCX); Fallen Rock (18-1108 TCX); Fir Green (18-0627 TCX); Golden Brown (18-0940 TCX); Bayberry (18-5315 TCX)

Voyage … inspired by excursion and discovery, voyage is a journey through nature… An adventure land where mustard shades mix with green and turquoise reveal an absence of time and space.  Warm earthy browns, sulfuric greens, citronella, and fir tree greens are paired with volcanic grays and burnt browns.

From Beyond colours: Tawny Port (19-1725 TCX); Vivacious (19-2045 TCX); Byzantium (19-3138 TCX); Mesa Rose (17-1609 TCX); Burnt Orange (16-1448 TCX); Amethyst Orchid (17-3628 TCX); Fired Brick (19-1337 TCX); Acai (19-3628 TCX)
From Beyond
colours: Tawny Port (19-1725 TCX); Vivacious (19-2045 TCX); Byzantium (19-3138 TCX); Mesa Rose (17-1609 TCX); Burnt Orange (16-1448 TCX); Amethyst Orchid (17-3628 TCX); Fired Brick (19-1337 TCX); Acai (19-3628 TCX)

From Beyond … delves into a world of violet, red, lilac and burned brown hues, where the colours interweave and blend continuously in complex fluxes.  It reminds you of outer space and the vividly coloured nebulas of space, making for a mysterious palette.
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