‘Love’ by Lana Del Rey Lyrics – New Song

‘Love’ is the first single off of Lana’s new album. In her latest live Instagram stream, she described the aesthetic of the new album as having “a retro sensibility with a futuristic flair”, which can be seen in the achingly surreal music video for the latest release. Moreover however, I feel the most beautiful element of this piece of work is the lyrical message of the song. Lana encompasses that strange, bittersweet sensation of youth and being lost and impassioned, masterfully. I say masterfully because it is achieved, actually, so simplistically and effortlessly, with modestly powerful metaphors and language, yet it doesn’t patronise. The words reach out to those who are searching, wavering, doubting; and for me, it’s a reassuring smile that losing your mind in this disenchanting world is just a growing pain. Meaning, you’re still so young, and you’re doing the right thing, and God, how lucky you are to be so in love and to love so much.

Look you kids with your vintage music,
coming through satellites while cruising,
you’re part of the past but now you’re the future,
signals crossing can get confusing.

It’s enough just to make you feel crazy, crazy, crazy, sometimes,
it’s enough just to make you feel crazy.

You get ready you get all dressed up,
to go nowhere in particular,
back to work or the coffee shop,
doesn’t matter cos its enough,
to be young, and in love,
to be young, and in love.

Look you kids, you know you’re the coolest,
the world is yours and you can’t refuse it,
seen so much, you could get the blues but,
that don’t mean that you should abuse it.

Though it’s enough just to make you go crazy, crazy, crazy, I know,
it’s enough just to make you go crazy, crazy, crazy.

You get ready you get all dressed up,
to go nowhere in particular,
back to work or the coffee shop,
it don’t matter because it’s enough,
to be young, and in love,
to be young, and in love.

Don’t worry baby, don’t worry baby.

And it’s enough just to make me go crazy, crazy, crazy,
it’s enough just to make me go crazy, crazy, crazy.

I get ready I get all dressed up,
to go nowhere in particular,
doesn’t matter if I’m not enough,
for the future or the things to come,
cos I’m young, and in love,
I’m young, and in love.

Don’t worry baby, don’t worry baby.

Style inspired by Marilyn Monroe

My Nan tells me that, “back in day”, the clothes you bought in store were also tailored to fit you in store. And if not, you’d go immediately with your new dress to the tailors, and have it pinned and sewn exactly to you. The personal fit of a garment will make or break an outfit, and I envy the mentality that my Nan’s generation had about clothes. They would never even begin to consider buying a piece of clothing that didn’t fit them exactly, made to measure.

All of this has come to my mind after watching the movie ‘My Week With Marilyn’. It happened to be on BBC the other evening, and engrossed me just as wonderfully this time as it did the first. Michelle Williams is riveting as Marilyn. I romanticise Marilyn Monroe just like almost everyone else does. Is it because we can see now, in hindsight, the sadness in her smile? Her melancholy made her only more beautiful. I wonder if, whilst she was alive, people could tell that her heart was broken or that this was the reason for the depth of her eyes, within which everybody fell. She reminds me of the Nat King Cole song, ‘Mona Lisa’.

Marilyn’s style was absolutely sexy, oozed with class, effortlessly hugging her in every gorgeous place. Her feminine figure is famous, we know this. But I do believe that, with the correct outfit architecture, a similar feel can be achieved. High, belted waists; tight skirts or ankle-grazing trousers with heeled pumps; and perhaps my favourite part, wide, curving necklines to reveal pretty collar bones and soft décolletage. Mesmerising.

It would be marvellous to have a life that allowed for dressing like Marilyn Monroe everyday. However, even for a current celeb, our culture isn’t that same kind of glamour anymore. You could pull up to Tape or Roka in a tangerine chiffon Swarovski crystal gown if you wanted to – really, you can do what you like. Realistically though, most people won’t, including myself. So how do we channel Marilyn’s grace and style to work in the 21st century? I’ve been having visions of a modern-day Monroe and how she walks into the room.

The style board above was obviously inspired by vintage eras although the outfit is still contemporary, and the current Brigitte Bardot, off-shoulder trend lends itself well to the Monroe look. Typical of me, the blouse and skirt are both solid black, but are accessorised with tropically coloured Dolce & Gabbana pumps, and deco gold and onyx drop earrings by Signature Gold. Playing to the palette of the heels, a slick of moisturising, burnt orange lipstick by Ellis Faas finishes everything so beautifully.

Isa Arfen’s tulle, knotted-front top bares some skin beneath the sheer, providing temptation, yet the fabric is so light and precious, a paradox that could be used to describe Marilyn: both naughty and nice. The Isabel Marant mini skirt sits there on the waist, with tight buttoned tabs like warm hands. It’s asymmetric shape is modern and the black silk-chiffon is almost gothic with its dull shine, yet a close fit around hips and bum that then playfully flits into frills and curls, has that wondrous, enticing element of the Hollywood star. Look but don’t touch!

Featured image/style board by me: full size image on my Flickr
Marilyn Monroe photo source

Five red heels for an LBD

I came across an image months ago now of a beautiful blonde girl wearing a black off-the-shoulder tiered mini dress, paired with startlingly red, lace-up high heels. She looked effortless – by teaming an otherwise quiet looking LBD and black studded clutch with fuck-me pumps, it appeared that she had put the heels on just because she loved them. She wasn’t trying to make her outfit work, she was just enjoying herself and fashion. Of course, I have most likely been entranced by her chicness and the outfit in reality took many nights to think up so well. The fantasy is far sexier in the moment though, so we all go with that.

With this image in my head for weeks, and no opportunity as of yet to sport a fluorescent red stiletto, I found myself surfing Lyst for flame-coloured high heels that I couldn’t afford. They are as follows (from left to right):

Women’s Red Sandals by Sebastian – £278 down from £377
These have the toe-shape made popular again by Saint Laurent’s Classic Jane sandal, but I have always desperately loved a sandal with a square toe. They follow the foot far more closely, and the blunt end of them is also trendy, so they are simultaneously elegant and cool. These Sebastian heels also feature spaghetti thin straps akin to candy store strawberry laces. They are catwalk meets bananashoes.com (take a look) and I love it.

Women’s Red Sandals by Le Silla – £107 down from £325
A bit more metal, a little less tart, these Le Silla sandals have a nice amount of attitude. I became so serious in my mission to find red heels I could not afford, that I began thinking practically too, and was enamoured by this pair’s calling for some URL-blue jeans. Vicious and versatile.

Women’s Red Sandals by Pinko – £206
These are here firstly for the sexy steepness of the sole, and secondly for their subtly flared stiletto heel. They are movie house-wife gone awry, or a college prom ankle waiting to break, but either way they’d look bloody fantastic with a tan, as would the teeny tiny LBD. Add plastic, oversized sunglasses and hoop earrings to further cheapen your look, until you appear to be rather somebody with too much money to care.

Women’s Red Sandals by DSquared2 – £219 down from £468
This is the pair that I can’t take the piss out of. Elaborate, refined, endlessly detailed and soaked in historical influences. Of all things, I appreciate the elasticated slingback strap. Anything that slips on instantly bumps up effortlessness levels which we all know positively correlates with glamorousness.

Women’s Red Pumps by Le Silla – £115 down from £289
Le Silla appears again, and these pumps are rather devilish, with their sharp, pointed toe and caged straps. Otherwise however, what more can I say about these? Well, that is exactly their charm: scarily casual for a red patent 4-inch stiletto heel, an overlap of outrageous and ordinary is always sexy and intriguing.

Cool Instagram Accounts You Should Follow: August 2016

And so a new blog post idea is born. I love Instagram, it’s by far the best social platform. I mean, I don’t even have a Twitter account, why bother when there’s Insta? A picture is worth a thousand words etc. No doubt I’ll eat my words one day. Here are a few fashion and photography accounts that you should also start following this month, each and all of them with their own unique flavour of GLAMOUR. Would I be a fan otherwise?

Adam Rindy
@adamrindy / www.adamrindy.com
Colourful images of hot girls being simultaneously standoffish and flirtatious in sunny locations. Ongoing Americana theme with plenty of cacti, cars and cocktails. Perfect.

@helenamaty for @cocodiscocollection

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BGP2SbFiVls/

 

Haris Nukem
@harisnukem / www.harisnukem.com
More hot girls. All covered in sweat and lust, eyes and skin exaggerated to touchable levels of grit and realness.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BIkmjpNBlSR

Dope 🌹 @kirbyanne

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Kevin Oh
@__kevohin / www.ohkevin.com
Minimalistic frames of block colour still life and portraiture, telling uncanny stories of mundane life, and the strange prettiness of it all.

💋

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🇺🇸: Land of the #dadbod

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Blair Breitenstein
@blairz / www.blairabreitenstein.com
Energetic and fabulous fashion illustrations, taking inspiration from the 60’s and 70’s. Gorgeous caricatures that masterfully capture that inimitable essence of the siren.

Four Flamingos

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Prada and specs

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Summer Legs

A leggy summer collage, ideas brewing. Putting together turquoise, greens, orange and black. Gucci buckles, Jimmy Choo sandals. Glamour glamour glamour. Thigh high boots. Palm trees poolside, all-in-one pieces, throw-on, effortless.

fashion collage summer legs

“Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Glamour is an imaginative process that creates a specific emotional response: a sharp mixture of projection, longing, admiration, and aspiration. It evokes an audience’s hopes and dreams and makes them seem attainable, all the while maintaining enough distance to sustain the fantasy.” – Virginia Postrel

Colourful glamour, glamorous colour

A few original designs by myself. Heavily beaded pieces, ruches of chiffon, figure-hugging bandage, jet hardware. A bold palette of blood orange, red, black, candy pink, eggshell blue and dark turquoise. Waist belted tightly and décolletage exposed. She is glamorous, dry, open-minded, and wants a hard drink a.s.a.p.

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yasmin leigh fashion designs
Left: Caviar beads embroidered onto double-layered, lined fabric; block colours of beads seem to melt into each other; black spaghetti strap halter-neck; mini length; gathered, cowl drop back, backless. Right: Orange bandage cropped trousers, belted over a sheer, plunge, chiffon blouse; pink bikini with jet, rectangular chain detail.

 

yasmin leigh fashion designs
Clockwise from top – 1: Black crystal mesh hangs from the lower ankle of a square platform stiletto sandal, with suede platform and satin heel. 2: Same as above, shows detail of cowl back. 3: Tight red chiffon ruche, wide and low neckline, suede buckle belt, mini length, chiffon wrapped around arms; white cut-out swimsuit with jet ring hardware. 4: Black bandage flared trousers with high-waist and black crystal inserts above and below knee, to show flesh through the crystal mesh, and a chiffon bralet wrapped around chest and stomach to tie into huge bow at front; nude chiffon ruche, tight against body, cropped length trousers and long, square-neck vest with crystal double straps. 5: Jet and crystal drop earrings; red suede extreme point heeled pump, with crystal anklet attached at back and draping across foot.

 

yasmin leigh fashion designs
Same as above but with idea of colour