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A Cut Above: Things You May Want To Know About Bias Cut

Have you once noticed that certain, relatively simple clothing pieces tend to adapt to your body without being skin tight? Maybe the fabric feels like a second skin,clinging naturally to your curves and enabling your body to move freely?
You probably aren’t aware of it but the garment was most likely created using a bias-cut technique. Never heard of this? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Read on and I’ll give you the lowdown on this style. (Also, as a bonus, I’ll share with you some awesome inspirations for your next shopping marathon.)

Let’s start with a bit of history and an introduction to the brilliant French designer, Madeleine Vionnet. During the early 20th century – an era of corsets and padding – the progressive Vionnet introduced comfortable bias-cut garments that a woman could put on easily. She found her inspiration in Greco-Roman art in Italy.

 

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ca. 1931 — Model wearing pale crepe romain pajamas by Vionnet holding long flowing scarf,
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Unlike a traditional cut on the straight grain, the bias-cut technique is performed in diagonal direction of the  cloth. The process takes a lot of fabric and a lot of skill. This is the reason that quite often the mass-produced imitation of  designer garment  doesn’t bring out the best of the body as easily as the designer original.

But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. Back to the genius of Madeleine Vionnet.

Japanese designer Issey Miyake once said: “the impression (of Vionnet’s clothing) was similar to the wonder one feels at the sight of a woman emerging from bathing, draped only in a single piece of beautiful cloth.”

And he wasn’t her only admirer. She influenced Halston, John Galliano, Comme des Garçons and many other famous contemporary designers. 

If you have a curvy body and you are not a big fan of structural clothes, you may want to consider a bias-cut piece that gently accentuates your lines while floating freely around the body.

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A great investment would be a minimalistic bias-cut dress that can be dressed up and dressed down. It’s especially a great choice if you have a busy lifestyle. 

Jason Wu Bias-Cut Silk-Panel Shirtdress


 

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La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Melania Off-the-Shoulder Ruch-Skirt Cocktail Dress


 

Eileen Fisher Sleeveless Silk Asymmetric Dress


 

 For more ideas and inspirations follow my Pinterest board “Bias Cut” by clicking here.

Wishing you a wonderful summer! 

Ciao,

Lena.

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As Good as Gold: Five Beauty Products for Summer

Finding a great product on the market is like discovering hidden gold. I’m talking about products that work which you will want to purchase again and again. For your next “treasure hunt,” I highly recommend considering the list below.

1. Deborah Lippmann’Addicted To Speed’ Ultra Quick Dry Topcoat $20.00. If you are on the go continually, this top coat is for you. Introduced by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmannn, it dries so fast. Also, it contains UV inhibitors to protect color, while it preserves the polish’s true tones.

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2. Locked & Coated™ Waterproof Lash Topcoat by bareMinerals $12.00 will instantly transform your favorite mascara and eyebrow makeup into a waterproof formula. This invisible top coat is made with black diamond, amethyst, sapphire, and ruby powders. The mineral-rich formula doesn’t change the look of your favorite mascara.

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3. Speaking about a favorite mascara — try Mascara Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 $33.00, which not only gives length and fullness to your lashes, but also provides nutrition, fortification and protection. I also love its brush, which allows me to reach the roots of my lashes. Absolutely amazing product.

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4. Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk $20.00  — my last minute purchase at the Sephora’s checkout counter. I’ve got a travel size bottle and I’m extremely happy about it. Unlike other dry shampoos, it has a very subtle and pleasant scent.

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5. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Green Tea Sunscreen SPF 45 $6.98. I love its subtle scent and non-greasy, quick-absorbing texture. More importantly, it’s animal-cruelty free and 100 % vegetarian.

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Last quick note: I am relatively new to the 100% vegetarian product market, but I would be happy to discover more. If you have any great finds, share your treasures in the comments section below.
Have a beautiful, rich summer!

  

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Let Nature Be Your Guide: Celebrating Spring with Bare Minerals in Soho, New York

Spring in New York City invigorates me. But I know wherever you are in the world, you are appreciating this season of renewal.

Ready to update your makeup bag for spring? I thought so!
Last weekend, I was invited to a fun event at the Bare Minerals Shade Shop in Soho. I learned a lot about the brand, new products and spring beauty tips from makeup experts. It was also a great opportunity to network with other bloggers, enjoy the beats by  DJ Trav and ultimately relax after a long day.

One of the products I’d particularly like to mention is 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow. It was part of the Bare Essentials makeup bag give away and I absolutely fell in love with it. Containing full skin-loving ingredients, this almost virtually undetectable, light-textured cream has SPF protection and can be also used as a fantastic primer. The results are a long-lasting, fresh and natural look.

Here’s to spring and wonderful new products, fashion enthusiasts!

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Game Of Thrones: Gold Jewelry

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Devil’s Dozen – Are You a Collector or a Hoarder?

Do you have a friend or family member who likes to collect things? Perhaps, you are a collector yourself? What are your treasures – art, jewelry, posters, antiques? Maybe you like designer sunglasses or bathing suits?

We all love the thrill of receiving packages in the mail. The beautiful pair of Prada shoes.
Or the handcrafted stacking bracelet that we purchase with every new memorable moment or special occasion.

It makes us feel alive and happy. We believe that we deserve it. Maybe you tell yourself that it’s investment? Then, it’s a double joy.

While it’s true that certain designer clothes and bags can be an investment, quite often our purchases get out of control.

Here are 12 red flags indicating that you should perhaps reign in your habit:

1. Your wardrobe contains new items with tags. You’ve never worn these things and you resist selling them to make space for other items.
2. Sometimes you effortlessly display pieces as part your “home décor” and share exciting purchase stories with friends and family. You also go into lengthy background about the fabric’s features, tailoring and designer. (Advice: consider using your talents in the luxury goods sales sector.)
3. A purchase from a new designer is like a new love affair. You completely dive into the designer’s world and every piece becomes precious.
4. Your clothes pile up on your sofa, bed and chairs. You are late each morning because you were not able to find your favorite Alexander McQueen dress.
5. You friend calls you a “hoarder” while helping you organize your mess.
6. You skip lunch because you were so absorbed in hunting for “precious” pieces on Ebay.
7. Receiving a package in the mail is reminiscent of Christmas. You even accidentally call the postman “Santa.”
8. Your online shopping boxes pile up in your room and you continue to trip over them.
9. You have dark circles under your eyes because you’ve spent nights shopping an online sample sale.
10. You take a risk buying clothes with a no return policy. You don’t worry about whether they will fit. You just get excited about the value and the low price.
11. You’d rather spend money on another pair of designer sunglasses than a trip to the grocery store.
12. You have serious debt problems.
Have you ever experienced any of above listed symptoms?

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