Unless you have been living in a cave for the past month, it won’t have escaped your notice that there’s a new Hollywood blockbuster hitting our cinema screens right now going by the name of La La Land.
This nostalgic Hollywood musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is one of the most colourful displays of filmography to hit our screens for some time, so naturally the team at colour me beautiful were keen to get front row seats to see it as soon as it opened last week!
After all the hype (and a record-breaking seven Golden Globes) would it live up to our expectations? The answer is simply, YES! The story is beautiful, the music is wonderful and the costumes are colourful! It is the ultimate in uplifting escapism and the amount which the colourful costumes contribute to its feel-good factor should not be underestimated.
From the opening scene where four aspiring actresses shimmy and sing, each dressed in a different brightly-coloured dress, through to our heroine carrying her bright blue heels around in her oversized red tote bag, colour is everywhere! The result? You watch the film and you feel fabulous!
It is no secret that colour has a powerful effect on our senses and on our mood. In a recent article The Telegraph reported that the costume designer for La La Land, Mary Zophres, intentionally utilised the power of the colour yellow (as seen on Emma Stone on promotional posters for the film) to make viewers feel great about her character. After all, yellow is an optimistic colour, reminding us of sunshine; so its sure to put a smile on our faces when we see it and trigger positive associations.
As the film goes on we see Mia (Emma Stone) in an array of bold hues; emerald green for a romantic date with the dashing Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), primrose yellow for a show biz pool party, Chinese blue for a night out with her girlfriends. When she’s not wearing a brightly coloured dress she is carrying a true red tote bag everywhere she goes, injecting energy and vibrancy to the screen.
In a month most commonly associated with grey (mainly the colour of the sky here in the UK!), seeing a kaleidoscope of colour exploding onto our cinema screens in a most welcome sight. It’s also a great reminder that wearing colour, in particular colours which really do make you look and feel fabulous, can have the most uplifting and energising effect!
We’re packing our bags with our most vibrantly coloured clothing and planning a move to La La Land – care to join us?
In the UK we just love our boots! Boots are more than just staple footwear for winter; they can be practical or uber-stylish and are extremely versatile for dressing up or down. Investing in a couple of pairs will see you through from workdays to weekends to evenings out.
As they are usually a big investment, buying the right ones is essential, simply follow my tips below and you’ll be beautifully booted in no time!
Go long?or short?
The important thing to remember when buying your boots is not just what fashion is dictating but what suits your personal style and your leg length and shape. It’s so easy to fall in love with a great- looking pair of boots, but are they going to look great on your feet and will they flatter your overall look? The good news is that with such a fabulous choice this season in the sales you will find several styles that work for you.
Ankle boots and shoe boots
The ankle length styles with a flat heel are practical and cute. If you are shorter in the leg, however, they can be unflattering if worn with a skirt so make sure you keep your tights the same colour to avoid ‘chopping’ your legs to look shorter.
The shoe boot is perfect for a smarter look when worn with trousers and the elegant styles could even be worn with your work suit. The more funky styles will work with jeans or for evening wear so you can wear them as an alternative to heeled shoes on a night out.
The knee high
If you wear knee highs with a skirt then make sure it is an appropriate length. If you have nice knees then you can wear a skirt that finishes just above or on the knee. If you have bigger knees then the skirt should finish just below them where the leg is slimmer so that you won’t draw attention to them. If, like many of us, you can’t find a pair of knee highs that fit your calves then check out specialist boot makers such as duoboots.com, the shoetailor.com, both who offer a wider fit or stretchy inserts.
The UGG boot
Who would have thought Australian sheepskin could be so stylish – even in the hot weather? I have spotted many young girls wearing them with a cute short skirt. They are ever popular with some new versions appearing and are perfect for slouchy comfort in style.
The key to knowing which boots are best for you and how to wear them is understanding your body shape, scale and style personality.
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.
Why not ensure you make the right decisions when investing in those boots by treating yourself to a consultation with one of our consultants http://www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/
Afterwards you will know exactly what suits you and make wise decisions when shopping.
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Some shoe facts –
- 39% of men think their partner has too many pairs of shoes
- 55% of men have had to carry their girlfriend because their feet hurt
- One in two women owns more than 30 pairs of shoes
- 8% of women own more than 100 pairs of shoes
- 75% of women own shoes that don’t fit very well
- 43% of women have worn 5-inch heels or higher
(Taken from a survey of 1,000 men and women conducted by Harpers Bazaar.)
Can you identify with any of the above results?
I know I can. Only recently my husband had to carry me from the car into a restaurant, as I had to walk down a steep hill to it and would have toppled off my heels! I felt like a heroine in a movie though – rather than a woman who couldn’t walk in her shoes – I may try it again sometime soon.
As far as numbers of pairs of shoes that I have – I am fairly modest, owning about 15 pairs at the last count and 6 pairs of boots.
So why do we have so many shoes (and bags)?
My theory is. Women love shoes for the same reasons they love bags. They don’t make you feel fat, you don’t have to get undressed to try them on, size is either non-issue or simply not related to your stomach, and they don’t necessarily suit Kate Moss any better than you. Agree?
As I have matured, I find wearing heels more of a challenge, we also have to think of practicality – is it me or are the pavements in our towns getting worse? So to my delight, I find that stylish flats are in. These flats are in all the styles, colours and textures you need to know about. From sleek velvet slippers and ballet pumps to boyish brogues – flats that every wardrobe wants.
I also love the fact that in all our cities now, ladies are walking to work in their trainers (sports luxe being very on trend) and then putting on their ‘power’ heels when they get to the office.
So we can now step out stylishly and actually ‘walk’ along the pavements without the threat of losing our pride. The joy!
Blog post written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist and Director of Training for colour me beautiful
So if you are not quite sure what flats are right for you, your personality and your lifestyle why not visit one of our consultants who can advise you. As well as covering shoes, a style consultation will ensure you know how to dress for your body shape, height, scale and proportions. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email or give them a call. Our consultants are a friendly bunch!
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