Shacked Up At The Chateau

April 27, 2010

Alexa Chung. Let us all try to get along, shall we?

Filed under: Beauty,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 6:12 pm

I dig Alexa Chung. I really do. From her face to her lanky legs to her skinny frame and her penchant for quirky mismatched clothes. This girl epitomises true London style in all its eccentric devil-may-care tongue-in-cheek glory.
I have been lucky enough in the past to have been invited to some of the fashionable events and parties where Miss Chung was also in attendance (it’s not what you know dear but who you know, ahem) and I can tell you unequivocally that she really is that pretty in real life. The girl is a knock-out. Simple fact. Refusing to believe differently does not change this fact. And if that were not enough she is also possessed of a very funny British sense of humour which I believe in part hails from her pin sharp witticism and observances that she likes to…share out loud.
But of late there has been a lot of negativity aimed at her and maybe this has something in part to do with her rise in popularity and therefore her subsequent rise on the fashion radar which has seen her move up the ranks to the point where she has become an icon and muse du jour to many a fashionista.
I’m interested in breaking this hate-fest down. I want to put my own spin, if I may, on why certain girls and women feel the need to dislike her and others of the same type. I think it is important to do so. I don’t just want to sum it up as jealousy even though this is what it amounts to in the end, for that would be far too easy a dismissal. I want to understand a lot more than that. Please stop reading here if you are easily offended.
For instance, the women who claim to hate her (face) are normally very short of stature, toping 5’ 2” at the very most. With short stumpy stocky legs that lack any true definition between thigh, calf and ankle. They are probably also carrying love handles on the sides of their short torsos. Their necks are short and their faces are flat, wide and featureless like their noses. These women can find beauty only in others who look exactly like them. Women who define beauty by wearing long tresses of wavy mermaid hair placed just so over the shoulders. Coloured contact lenses are also de rigour. I am talking about the kind of look glorified by such magazines as ViVi who employ half-pint “models” such as Sara Mary, Jun and Rinka to be the pin-ups of the short disgruntled women I am talking about today. Yes I placed the word “model” in inverted commas because lets face it, while it is true every country has its own definition of beauty, the real money making powerhouse of fashion resides in the West, in Europe and America. It would be impossible for a girl like Sara Mary to scrape her hair off her face into a tight severe pony tail , not I hasten to add into a cutesy puffy, tendril falling, face framing top knot! And wash her face free of makeup, wear the simple models uniform of skinny jeans with a plain white or black t-shirt and some heels and expect to have any luck what-so-ever on a go-see when in competition with a 5’ 11” chiselled creature with cheekbones so sharp it could cut glass! It wouldn’t happen, not in this universe anyway. Perhaps you haven’t heard of ViVi or these models of which I speak but it is quite easy to find if you browse the international section of any decent magazine store.
But, here is the kicker. These same women secretly love and therefore begrudge the very features which they claim to hate in others. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the men they date and marry. These men are nearly always their exact opposite. Tall while the women are short. Thin and lanky while the women are stumpy, stocky and petite (petite is not the same as skinny. Skinny is bony whilst petite can encompass anything that is tiny). A sharply defined chiselled face whilst the women’s are flat, broad and devoid of contours. Classically handsome opposing the not so. Even the skin tone more often than not is different. What does all this mean? Opposites do attract! And the good news is, this is great for the gene pool.
And if you are out there and happen to be reading this and experiencing that sick feeling in your stomach because deep inside you know this post applies to you, well, I want you to understand something quite important: we can all see it quite easily when you are out together with your man. The world is not blind! Really doesn’t matter how you try to disguise it and fix your mermaid hair or make-up or what clothes cover your body or indeed the way you always pose for photographs favouring a semi profile shot with chin either tucked down or sticking right up and out and lips that are extended and pouted ( a trick used so often by the non photogenic and insecure).
These women I speak of go for men who are their direct opposites because they can appreciate and understand this kind of beauty in a man. In a man, it is non threatening. For females who see every other woman as competition (even after they are married), the world of tall, skinny, contoured and beautiful is a very daunting and scary place. So it makes perfect sense that they build armour by pretending to be indifferent and by creating a private world which protects and nurtures only the type of “beauty” which they can easily attain and therefore understand. For my two cents, I think it is a very small world they live in where reality is warped to suit a required belief.
I don’t like it at all. True, we all need to feel better about ourselves but surely it should not be at the cost of reality! Or is reality nothing more than ones perspective of the truth? I leave it to you to answer.
The jig is up ladies. Hatred is a horrible thing. Let us have no more of it.
OK. Enough, I’ve said my piece and I am satisfied. Let’s have a girl crush moment and perv on a few Alexa Chung pictures.
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April 26, 2010

Beauty SS 2010

Filed under: Beauty,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 5:28 pm

At the Spring/Summer 2010 shows we saw a welcome return to smoky eyes, bright eye shadows guaranteed to make any eye colour pop and lips in searing hot acid magenta, corals and oranges…

It’s a small thing, nothing but a detail really but boy am I in love with Chanel’s 505 Particuliere! A very strange taupe like grey colour. Odd and interesting.

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April 7, 2010

Channelling Olivia Hussey

Filed under: Beauty,Film,Life — shackedupatthechateau @ 9:12 pm

If you have only ever seen the recent Romeo and Juliet film, the one featuring Clare Danes, then shame on you. Scroll back a few years to Franco Zeffirelli 1968 version and you’ll immediately know why this is considered one of the most hauntingly beautiful adaptation of a Shakespearian classic. The female lead, played by Olivia Hussey was and still is in my opinion, unsurpassed. Perhaps not so much for the acting, which was rather good and believable, but for the simple truth in the fact that Hussey epitomised the Juliet that is in the mind of any imaginative person who simply must put a face to a character in order to enjoy a good book. A beauty that is raw and fresh as early dawn itself. Youth in full bloom. Innocence born not yet lost. From the perfect oval of the face to the huge soul searing almond shaped eyes to the abundant dark mahogany tresses, Olivia Hussey’s Juliet will, for me, stand out for all time.

Maybe it is the first bloom of spring with new green on branches and blossoms galore that has me in this romantic, wistful mood but lately I have found myself channelling this charming creature. I have been wearing my freshly darkened baby-fine hair, long straight and centre parted. I am to be for the coming summer a hippie princess. Glowing skin from a new beauty routine courtesy of a few natural Hungarian beauty products which have been working madly on my skin and now I can honestly say “yes, my skin is even better without foundation and powder”. Now when I leave the house it is with one quick brush of clear mascara on my eyelashes and a touch up on my rather unruly brows to keep them in place and a slick of rose scented lip balm and a dab of Moroccan attar on my décolleté – and that’s it. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I can wake up, shower, dress and be out the house in les than twenty minutes! High fashion is fun but it is also high maintenance, no?

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March 19, 2010

Models Au Naturale

Filed under: Beauty,Models — shackedupatthechateau @ 4:19 pm

We have become so accustomed to seeing models in full hair and make up, contorting their bodies for photoshoots which in the end are more often than not digitally enhanced, that we forget that they too have their flaws. If like me you are one of the thousands of women who look in the mirror and fret over what is reflected, wishing certain features were smaller, bigger, sharper, rounder, more pronounced…whatever…whatever the ‘perfect’ unatainable beauty is that we alone see in our minds eye, then consider this post junk food for your vanity. Some of the industries finest walked for Louis Vuitton FW2010. Here they are sans makeup and hair.

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