Body: Versace, Harness: Ultimo, Trousers: Lipsy, Kimono: c/o Zaful, Heels: Boohoo
Images: Ahmed Fayed
Where there is white
, there will inevitably be black. Like ying and yang, good and evil, dreams and nightmares. But why has the colour black earned such a deviant reputation?
To begin with, black is not a colour – it’s the absence of it. In scientific terms, colours are how our eyes perceive light, making white a colour and black – a void, an emptiness. Think about it, when the lights go out, it all turns to black.
So why black is so alluring to wear? I was reading a number of studies on why some people chose to wear exclusively black. If you opened their wardrobes, you’d find a few classic white shirts gobbled up entirely by a black hole. That’s not a portal to another dimension, but a path to a different state of mind. Let me elaborate. To a lot of people wearing black means focusing on themselves rather than the clothing. They see themselves beyond trends or fashion. Driven, hardworking and astute – going for coal coloured clothing is a sign of sophistication and complete confidence.
Come to think of it, there have been days when I was keen on skipping the small talk and focusing purely on the matter. I definitely wore black. Putting my own experience against the findings of these psychological studies does highlight one thing – black certainly put the b in business.
7 Reasons to Wear Black This Autumn
- It’s a sudden confidence boost. You’re not standing out because you are wearing a loud colour. You are standing out because of your intelligence, vocabulary or just general awesomeness.
- It’s the perfect canvas for jewellery. If you want your statement jewellery to take centre stage, wear black.
- Wearing black is everyone’s favourite weight loss trick as it visually slims you down. Besides, everyone knows diet is die with a t.
- If you have an important meeting or conference, wearing black will help you command attention and demand authority without doing anything.
- Keen on a day to night look? An LBD for day, an LBD with extra eyeliner for night. Done.
- Confusing dress code? Wearing black will mask your confusion and emphasise the fact that you’ve completely nailed your outfit for the occasion.
- People start thinking that you are boring and conventional? Apply a black lipstick Kylie Jenner style and see who’s talking now. Hint: Your lips.
Last time I was wearing all mint.
Dress: JD Williams, Sandals: New Look, Earrings: H&M
Images by Ahmed Fayed
There was no plan to take these images that day. There wasn’t even a plan to go to Hever Castle. Stuck in traffic, hungry for history and some beautiful sights, we decided to turn at the first sign pointing to a landmark. Hever Castle it was.
In the wonderful countryside of Kent, this spectacular place is attributed to Anne Boleyn as her childhood home. Anne, the second wife of King Henry VIII, had a huge influence on the King, and is often referred to as the main reason of the birth of the Church of England. After all, Henry completely reworked catholicism just annul his previous marriage to Catherine of Aragon and to then marry Anne. She gave the King a daughter, who was to became Queen Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen. Henry parted with Anne by making her part with her head, accusing her of high treason. It seemed to be a popular offence in those days.
Tudor history aside, the grounds of Hever Castle were extended to have an Italian Garden, beautifully landscaped grounds and even an artificial lake.
Although this was supposed to be my switch off day and I was not wearing much makeup at all, this JD Williams maxi dress somehow made me look at one with these grande grounds. The purple pleated dress I am wearing in the images is wide and light, which is perfect for when the weather is hot. It’s definitely going into my suitcase next time I am travelling somewhere warm. With Autumn on our doorstep, could that day please come soon?
Dress: SammyDress, Pumps: New Look, Clutch: Mimi C
Images by Ahmed Fayed
What could be more refreshing than a Mojito (virgin ones totally count too!) in the heat? Inspired by this famous cocktail, I decided it was time for a minty fresh look with an added lemony zest, and by that I mean the yellow pumps in the photos above.
The lady-like elegance of the frock I was wearing from SammyDress was a bit overpowering, it made me feel a bit like Miss Goodie Two Shoes. To add an edge to this look, mint-coloured hair was a must – consider this an equivalent of a sneaky double-shot of rum in your concoction.
How to Make a Mojito
Possibly the freshest tasting cocktail of them all, the classic Mojito always ends up being my cocktail of choice. Though generally bars have cocktail menus the size of War and Peace, there’s something comforting and reassuring about the humble Mojito – even more so than an Old-Fashioned or a Bellini. It’s fail-safe when ordering at the bar, and it’s equally fail-safe when making it at home. YAS! Here’s what we’ll need:
- 1 and a half of limes, cut into wedges
- 20 fresh mint leaves
- 2 and a half table spoons of brown sugar
- A handful of ice
- 65ml of white rum
- A splash tonic – the less the harder, the more the softer
- A fresh mint sprig for the garnish
Three Steps to a Perfect Mojito:
- Put the limes, mint and sugar into a high glass and mash them up. Doing so will get those lime and mint juices flowing.
- Drop the ice and pour the rum to taste.
- Add soda water to taste and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and start sipping!
This cocktail is best enjoyed with friends or loved ones while watching the sun go down. Mint coloured hair is optional, but I’m always up for some company if you’d like to join me.
What’s your favourite cocktail?
In case you missed it, last time I painted myself white.
Dress: c/o Gamiss, Shoes: Boohoo, Bag: Cavalli, Ring: Thomas Sabo
Images by Tina Muller
White is a colour of a clean slate, a new beginning, tabula rasa.
People paint walls white, write on white sheets of paper and admire the sparkle of white snow flakes in the winter.
These days you probably think of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones or at least those Internet hair tutorials with girls rocking ash blonde locks and an Instagram tan when someone mentions the colour white with the word hair mixed in the same sentence.
I think of myself as a canvas. I am a bit greyed and rusted from life’s not so charming surprises, therefore yearning for a fix, a lick of white paint and this Gamiss dress was exactly that. Light as a snowflake, irreverent as sea foam and haunting as a wandering ghost.
I had a fear that I’d be wiped out rather than whitened out by painting myself white. I got lucky because the accents of gold transformed white into a colour and not a state of mind.
As a canvas, I am fixed. As a human, I am healed.
Previously I painted myself fiery red.