Monday, 26 March 2012

Because its Monday: Good vibes & Words of Wisdom

Hello loves, I trust you all had a wonderful weekend despite some of us losing an hours beauty sleep!

I often come across words of wisdom or quotes that inspire, motivate or that I can just totally relate to & it's often when I'm lacking in the inspiration department or feeling a little bleh, that I like to re-read and go back to some of my favourite quotes (of which there are waaaay to many).

Glistening Hong Kong in the rain via here.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Tommy Ton shooting for Harpers Bazaar March 2012 ft. Hanne Gaby Odiele & Ming Xi. Via here 

  I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou (- American Author & Poet)  Even the most rational person can act or react irrational when life throws a few curveballs, just remember that random acts of kindness are always unexpected and will forever put a smile on someones face.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar.  I think about this one when I get stuck in a rut and overthink things too much. 

“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills. This is just so true, for pretty much everything I have ever achieved or learnt in life, mistakes are there to be made, being focused helps and at the end of the day I'm always learning. 

"Some people dream of success, whilst others wake up and work hard at it." No idea who said this - Pinterest??? "Good things come to those who work their asses off & never give up!"

Despite all the good vibes and quotes about life, nothing else is as important as your own happiness & health.

I hope you enjoyed some of these! I'm on a bit of a quotes roll at the mo, especially since finishing Steve Jobs' autobiography, which was amazing btw and now I'm reading "The Jimmy Choo Story". I guess what I'm hinting at is that it's always good to have a little bit of constant life re-inforcement action going on. I'm going to sound a bit cheesy when I say that I love Tony Robbins acronym: CANI, what does it mean? Constant and never-ending improvement, sounds tiring just thinking about it, no? Well it's a good motivational saying you can apply to any area of life.

via here 

Thank you for stopping by, reading, commenting or even following - the whole shebang really. You guys mean the world to me. I know I haven't been around much lovelies, but I'm not going to try and beat myself up about that. When I'm done with most of my projects I'll be back in full ABG force, right now I'm not going to be able to respond to all your wonderful comments or catch up on blog reading, just yet...

Gorgeous Isabel Lucas in Prada Resort for Vogue December (Australia) 2012 via here

Wishing you a wonderful sunny week ahead! 
via here
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Friday, 23 March 2012

Fabulous Fridays

Well hey there loves, how was your week? Are you ready for the weekend? I have no idea where this past week or so went, except part of it was spent in bed and the rest playing catch up big time. 
I wouldn't mind being teleported to Paris for a weekend break though. Just how gorgeous is that image (and the frock the model's wearing) above? No idea on who the photographer is or anything, but I love the mood of this shot.
The only thing that brightened up my week aside from the glorious weather we've been having was the delivery of my asos order! Yup, these puppies were extremely bargainous at £26 from £65! Now that's what I call a score ladies!

Oh Man, I love this site, it's the place where I can totally lose myself chuckling away... There are plenty of brilliant, funny & witty cards for every occasion and just about everyone. So, have any of you been to see the Hunger Games yet? 


Hmmm, lemme think, I know which button I'd hit! Ha!

Wishing you guys a fabulous weekend!
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Friday, 16 March 2012

Mullet Dress Madness: The Hi-Lo hemline

 Giambattista Valli Fall 11 Haute Couture via

Mullet madness is more mainstream than ever and I'm not talking about the haircut. There are numerous retailers selling "hi-lo", "Mullet" hemline dresses and more & more designers (including Bridal) playing with this tail gown. I never did really get the "business in the front, party in the back"
remark, as surely the shorter front is all about the party? Oh well, someone please explain!
Not everyone approves of this trend either, only a few days ago, Hollywood stylist Lauren Messiah declares "Lose the mullet skirt – the one that’s shorter at the front and longer at the back. That was a very short-lived trend." via Marie Claire.

With wedding fever just around the corner, I've been keeping an eagle eye for something a little different, in a bold colour and a delicate, flowing fabric, however... I'm not sure this style is it. What do you think of the "mullet/hi-lo" hemline? Discuss!

Balmain was way ahead of the game with this Fall 2009 rtw show stopper via

Zuhair Murad 's white blingy number.

Blake Lively has been snapped wearing this mullet style on more than occasion, via tumblr.

Mullet dresses: Most definitely more striking in a light-weight satin, silk or sheer chiffon. Some high street number's I found perfect for summer days!
I love how this girl - Annabelle Fleur styled her LOVE label dress - also available via Topshop and RARE. Style with a simple statement necklace, belt and fierce heels!

via (international delivery available, check site)

(New Look dress  - international delivery available)

Anyhoos, I'm quite excited about the prospect of a few summer weddings, since the past 5 i've been to have been winter weddings. I'll probably get to wear my cobalt multi convertible dress at least on one occasion.

Soooo, it's Friday, I've been a little loca loca busy this week and i'll only have Sunday to rest a little... but least I'll be able to catch up with you guys.
I'm a little peeved that I've managed to catch a cold just as Fashion Week (Athens Exclusive Designers Week) is about to start tomorrow. Let's hope Lempsip works it's magic. What are your weekend plans? Whatever you do, have a fantastic time!
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Monday, 12 March 2012

Totally Tickled Turquoise

Beautiful photo via Laura Lou

Hello Bloggerati! How was your weekend? I've been on a mission to find a digital online scrapbook that does the job of both personalizing a book filled with pages featuring unlimited text and high quality photos... Sadly Smilebox has great templates (for Bridal showers) but not enough pages or ways to edit the template for images/text. I love the idea of Blurb as I have previous books made and also mypublisher, but want to do my own printing and use their templates... any suggestions?

Turquoise Ankle strap heels and chiffon tie dye maxi - stunning. via Pinterest

Yes, I know, I've been banging on about my love of colour like, all.the.time and just lately, mint has been everywhere - nails, beauty, fashion... My current obsession however, lies with turquoise & teal, next to my summer faves; fuschia and cobalt. What's your current colour obsession?

Loving a touch of turquoise eye make up, a sure fire way to brighten up a day look!
Fromt top left-right: Pinterest, Vivienne Westwood (Alex Box for mac), Jason Wu Fall 2012 & XoticJenn's smoky teal & maroon look, tutorial via here
This is a nail look I'm definitely going to give a go - really need to get myself some of those Topshop Nail Pens everyones been raving about or a steady hand! This awesome look is by - (Jan 12th post) she has the best nail art inspiration! Go check it out people!

Turquoise, just as romantic as soft pink... Table setting via pinterest
I didn't know about Elizabeth Cole Jewelley til hit me with a stunning newsletter... How gorgeous is this three strand multi beaded necklace and seven strand bracelet? She's on the Runway this fall with Zac Posen, her bling is definitely worth checking out here.

Lastly, because it's Monday...

via brunchatsaks.blogspot

I think we could use a little sparkle, no? Have a fabulous week!

One last weeny thing: I know, I've got a lot of blog catching up... everything seems to be blowing up in my face this past week... I'm getting there though! Thank you everyone for stopping by, much love to you fabulous folk.
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Fashion & Fitness: Let's get physical!

via Grazia "Your medal winning work-out" - link provides top, short work-out vids! Oh and this is why I don't really do gyms, this link is hilarious for the types of peeps you find at the gym.

With spring touching down, longer days and more sunshine, I've been inspired to go running again and get fitter. For me fitness and vitality are ultra important in my life, especially in keeping my health in check, so I've been doing a bit of a recce on stylish work-out gear, something I NEVER do because I'm happy living in my American Apparel (Flex fleece) sweat pants, decent sports bra and any loose fit cotton tank top. I've never really been bowled over by designer brands or rather designer collabs for sports brands or revolutionary technology in work-out gear, but there have been a few things that caught my eye lately... including a pair of leggings that claim to reduce cellulite & help reduce fat, say whaaat? (More info below).
Nike Victory Shape Sports Bra - in 8 cols $42/£22 - Love that this comes in loads of brights colours too, has racer back detail plus adjustable straps.

Ok, now for kick ass cool stuff! I love a good pair of sweats for running and a normal pair of leggings for yoga/pilates but have never tried working out in a pair that has a good hi-tech (Dri-FIT) fabric base which prevents you from over-heating or sweating like nobody's business. I came across these two amazing pair of leggings, but what's so darn special about them?

Proskins Slim Leggings aren't just any 'ole pair of shiny looking black leggings, these are made using compression fabric (for improving athletic performance & reduction of injury) that basically targets unwanted fat! That's right, this hi-tech fabric contains retinol (to smooth & improve skin), caffeine (boost circulation), aloe vera & Vitamin E woven into the fabric, therefore moisturizing your legs, and getting rid of cellulite whilst you wear them. Crazy stuff no??? I want to know if it really works! For 50 big ones, I would hope so, otherwise you've got a stylish pair of black leggings for running/working out in. (available via Tesco, Next &

As for the Stella McCartney for Adidas collection; I've always thought Stella designed beautiful, relaxed and stylish work out gear, but what about function, fit and performance? These sleek beauties are made from ClimaLite fabric, has a back zip pocket feature and inner key pocket, doesn't have fat reducing or cellulite busting properties, but what it does have is a whopping price tag - £70, ouch! You can find more budget friendly leggings via Nike/Adidas - Nike Turnover leggings £34. Are there any other brands worth me checking out?

Loving this new wide stipe tank from Adidas new Originals collection and their Trefoil logo large shopper, the perfect size for a weekend getaway or stashing your workout gear in.

There's nothing more important than decent, well-made and comfortable training shoes, so I always make sure I invest in a good pair. I've been walking loads recently and my trusty Nikes have kept me going for quite some time now. 8km per day is pretty good exercise no?

1. Nike Lunar Eclipse 2, £90
2. Adidas Supernova Glide 4 £90
3. For those of you who Zumba/dance these are perfect: Nike Musique $65
4. Adidas LA trainer £65

via - the place for lol funnies!


Wishing you all a Happy International Womens Day!
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Monday, 5 March 2012

Victoria Beckham Magazine Covers 2012

This woman is either in the dark and hiding from the paps or everywhere, and right now she is everywhere! Currently fronting Madame Figaro FR, Numero Mag Tokyo and also earlier last month, I-D magazine. Love or hate her, she's a force to be reckoned with and she looks pretty good in the MF shoot by Greg Williams below. (I still wanna force feed her baklava and Greek food though, she's teeny tiny skinny)

VB's fronting not just one cover but two, ooh lala! I definitely prefer the first one... not sure about this one...

More from the Madame Figaro Shoot via here.

Victoria Beckham for Numero Mag, Tokyo, via Fashion Gone Rogue

VB donning the trademark wink/covered eye for ID mag - is that cheekiness, a semi smile displayed on this cover?
Via Telegraph UK

Which of these covers tickles your fancy?
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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Colour Me Happy!

Colours of the season via Club Monaco/Glamour mag

I don't think you can get more colour than this! Totally in the mood for colour, anything bold, and anything bright... I kinda wanna be wearing all of these hues this spring/summer! Colour is one of those things that has a major effect on mood, and for me it definitely resonates Happiness!

Always had a soft spot for pink
via seed design blog

LOVE Miroslava Duma shot by Tommy Ton for Symphony store (Dubai Mall) in UAE -wearing Jason Wu frock!

Siri Tollerod rocking shades of tangerine and raspberry at Cacharel SS11

I need this dress in my life! Someone please tell me which collection/designer it's from -also refer to the Gemma Ward in lime pic below! Answers on a postcard please! - Comments section is fine too! ;)
via SweetCaroline-a.tumblr

Elie Saab, Me thinks I'd like to wear all of your SS12 RTW collection, including the amazeballs cobalt frocks! Backstage, Green goddesses.

Another pop of neon/lime for spring... it's everywhere! Plus Gemma Ward looks amazing in this dress too. Found this on Tumblr, but no reference to designer! Please share!
(Don't you hate it when peeps don't credit images properly? via tumblr)

I think most of us have seen this eye-popping neon acrylic painting or versions of it everywhere, I LOVE this artist - Maya Hayuk for those who didn't reference this artists brilliant work.

via Kate Spade


Bring on warmth, sunshine, laughter, smiles and SUMMERRRRRR!

Have a great weekend sugar pops!

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