The story of Coco Chanel

Hi guys, I am back after the exams and everything. Today i am starting a new series called ‘The story of…’ that will be based on the life stores of well known designers. First is one of my absolute favorites Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco Chanel. I am also aware that there is a book and a movie, but I decided to make a small biography about her and if you like it, I recommend you watch the movie, it’s really good.

Now let’s get started. Coco’s full name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel and she was born in France on the 19th of August 1883. After her mother died when she was 12, her father put her in an orphanage. In there she was raised by nuns, which taught her how to sew, a very important skill for her future career.

Her famous nickname ‘Coco’ came from her short career as a singer in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where her stage name was Coco. Around her 20s she met Ettienne Balsan who helped her set up small business in Paris, but later left him for one of his wealthier friends Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. Both of them were really important and helped a lot with her first fashion venture.

When she first opened her shop, she was only selling hats. After she opened few more shops, Coco started selling clothes too. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she created from an old jersey on a cold day. When people asked where she got it from she offered to make one for them.

Chanel became a famous Parisian figure in the literary and artistic worlds. She designed costumes for Ballets Russes and Jean Cocteau’s play Orphee, and counted Cocteau and artist Pablo Picasso among her friends.

In 1925, Chanel introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Coco’s designs were revolutionary for the time- borrowing elements from men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then popular fashions. She helped women say goodbye to the day corsets and other confining garments. Another revolutionary design by Chanel was her little black dress. She took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for evening wear.

Hope you enjoyed the first post from this series. Please leave a like and a comment and follow me for more interesting posts. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Break

Hi guys! I will be taking a 1 month break, since I have some important exams to study for. I will try to post, but it’s not very likely to happen. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Trendsetting

Trendsetting 

 This week I have been thinking, couldn’t really tell you why this popped into my head, but I was thinking about trends and trendsetting. I am not talking about the actual trends, that is for a later post. I mean the way trendsetting works.  

  First, I want you to think about it. How do you find out about the new trends? Through blogs? Instagram? Runway shows? For example, I research them in runway shows so that I can share them with you guys, but I also look on Instagram for hours at the so called ‘trendsetters’ .  

  Now, who are the trendsetters? They are influencers and people from the fashion industry, that post pictures, blog posts or magazines. Everybody follows or knows about at least one trendsetter.  

   What I am trying to get to here, is the way our generation is so easily influenced. If you are a fashion addict like me, you watch the runway shows, read Vogue etc. to hear about what’s knew. What I don’t understand is why there are so many people that choose wrong people or places to get inspired or influenced by. 

  For example, we all know, Americans have this layed back, chill way of dressing. I am not saying all of them do, I am talking about a majority. Americans prefer comfort, and there is obviously nothing wrong about that. A lot of Americans that travel to Europe are impressed by how much thought we put into our outfits and how put together we look. I, as an European, take that as a compliment. 

  What I don’t understand is why so many fashion influencers, that are supposed to set the trends, prefer to use the American way. Again, I am not saying their way is wrong, but if you work or are interested in the fashion industry, in my opinion you should look the part. If all of us started to go to meetings and parties in sweats, it would be like the fashion industry doesn’t exist. 

  My point is, that if we have so much influence over people and how they dress, why not motivate them to try and dress like ‘Europeans’. Look at the people that live in London, Paris, Milano etc.  

  I am not here to insult anyone; I am just simply speaking my mind. If we want to spread a fashion sense, why use the easier way. Anyone can wear a pair of sweatpants and a huge T-shirt, but that doesn’t make it stylish or fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, I also wear that type of clothing, but I do not consider it a stylish option. I consider it a stay at home, comfy outfit. 

   I know this post was way longer than the others, but I just had to put it out there. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, and I am okay with that, because everyone is entitled to an opinion. So please let me know what you think about this. Have a lovely day, 

                                                                                            XOXO, Delayla 

Black women owned businesses

 In the light of the recent events happening around the world, I decided I will share with you a few brands owned by black women, that I find inspiring: 

  •    Briogeo- founded by Nancy Twine 

                  Natural hair care 

     The story behind: Nancy’s grandmother was the beauty guru of the village she lived in. Nancy learned about  beauty since she was five, and when she moved to the city and changed to store bought hair products she decided they were not living up to their name. So she started Briogeo Hair Care in her tiny East Village apartment and using her grandma’s recipies. 

  “We should treat our hair the same way we treat our skin; by nurturing it with ingredients that detoxify, hydrate, and protect” – Nancy Twine 

https://briogeohair.com/pages/our-story

  • Castamira- founded by Chantel Davis 

                     Swimsuit brand   

        The story behind: Chantel is a Jamaican born model that knows exactly what kind of fabric, fit or style fits the body of a woman. The swimsuits have a 70’s and 90’s aesthetic to them and are made to elongate the legs and embracing the curves of the body. 

      “Driven by a woman who embraces the quaintrelle spirit of luxury and play, adventure and cherished moments of solitude” 

https://www.castamira.com/pages/about-us

  • Klur- founded by Lesley Thornton 

                Skincare line for diverse skin conditions and ethnicities 

     The story behind: Lesley is a certified esthetician and formulator that has tried to create personalized skin care products for the health of the skin. It is also a sustainable brand. 

     “Since the inception of KLUR, my vision has been to cultivate a brand that reflected the values of clean, ethical, and inclusive beauty” 

https://klur.co/pages/about

  • Honey Pot Co – founded by Bea Dixon  

                     Natural feminine products 

    The story behind: Bea had bacterial vaginosis for a few months and couldn’t get any type of relief and she says an ancestor came into her dreams and helped her cure herself using herbs. So she decided to share it with the world. 

    “If you’re here because your honeypot is unhappy, I’ve been there” 

https://thehoneypot.co/pages/about

Please check all of them out and support them as much as possible.

XOXO, Delayla

Where to shop for clothing

6 awesome places to shop 

  I am going to tell you about some really cool shops. Most of my clothes are from these shops,so that’s where I got my inspiration from. I am also going to try to leave links for them. 

    1. Pull and Bear. This shop is so great, it has all types of styles and their jeans are superb. 

www.pullandbear.com  

    2. Zara. Zara has very trendy and good quality clothes. I usually buy all my basics from there. 

www.zara.com  

    3. Asos. This is an online shop and it has a little bit of everything. You can find shies, bags and obviously clothes. 

www.asos.com  

    4.Boohoo. Also an online store, It is really cheap and it has so many cute and trendy things. 

www.boohoo.com  

    5.  Liu jo. More expensive than the others, but it has a lot of really good quality things. 

www.liujo.com  

    6. H&M. I buy mostly accessories from here, but they also have great basics. 

http://www.hm.com  

    Hopefully this was helpful. Have an awesome day! 

                                                XOXO, Delayla 

Gift ideas

Gift ideas

Gift ideas 

  I was recently searching gift ideas, and I couldn’t really find anything, so I decided to write some myself. 

  1. Perfume/ Body mist. I don’t know anybody who would say no to a perfume. My personal faves are Bare Vanilla by Victoria Secret and Miss Dior by Dior. 

 2.  A planner. Planners are something I find really aesthetic and love to receive them. They’re also really practical. 

 3. Gift boxes. By gift boxes I mean those handmade boxes with sentimental value little presents and snacks. These are so cute and meaningful.  

 4. A trip. Continuing on the meaningful path, a trip, I’m not necessarily talking about a trip to Paris o something expensive, but like a road trip with your best friends or tickets to a concert, you get the idea. 

 5. Skincare products. Facial masks especially are something every girl would love to receive. They are just so relaxing. But Chapstick, moisturizer or hand cream are also great choices. 

 6. Clothes. I mean, I know this is kind of obvious, but you can really never go wrong with clothes. All you have to know is what size they wear and what kind of style they like. 

 7. Stationary. This is something everybody loves. Pretty pens, pencil cases, notebooks and highlighters are just a necessity for everybody. 

 8. A puppy/kitten. Ok, for this one you need to make sure their parents/ roommate/ partner are ok with it, but honestly this might just be the best present ever. Just try and adopt instead of buying. 

 9. Headphones. Whether it’s Airpods, Galaxy Buds or just basic headphones, they are a necessity for most people and, again, you can’t really go wrong. 

   Hope this was helpful. If you have any other ideas leave them in the comment section below. Have a beautiful day. 

                                                 XOXO, Delayla 

5 styling tips everyone should know

5 styling tips everyone should know

5 styling tips everyone should know 

Hi guys, we are going to talk about some styling tips for a more put together/fashionable outfit.

 1. If you want to wear a baggy shirt make sure you wear either skinny jeans, leggings or shorts, and vice versa, baggy pants with a tight shirt, tank top or T-shirt. Don’t wear both baggy shirts and baggy pants.  

2. Try to match your bag to your shoes or belt, rather than to your clothes. It looks much cleaner and put together. 

3. If you want to go for a monochromatic look, try to match different shades of that colors, not the same color in the same shade. Trust me, it’s gonna look way better. (this doesn’t apply if you want to do an all whit or all black outfit) 

4. Try combining opposite colors like orange and purple or pink and blue etc. 

5. For a more stylish look, style a neutral outfit with some colorful accessories. 

Hope this helped, if you know any other tips leave them in the comment section. Have a beautiful day. 

                                                              XOXO,Delayla 

3 youtube channels if your interested in learning fashion

3 youtube channels if your interested in learning fashion

Hi, guys. Today I am going to talk about 3 of what I think are the best youtube channels for studying and understanding fashion.

  1. First of all we have HauteLeMode. This channel is more about discussing and rating fashion runway looks, celebrity looks and red carpet looks. Luke, the creator of this channel, also has a podcast with one of his friends. The podcast is called Fashion Victims. You should really check them both out. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoEj4uRzynPXEEegNqMnJVw
  2. Zoe Hong talks about everything you need to know before becoming a fashion designer. Her videos are really helpful and interesting. I really recommend it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMQ_mPIBPi4IMpYEmuyOMqQ
  3. School of style is an actual styling and fashion school, that you have to pay for. But they have a youtube channel where they have great tips, information and famous stylist interviews. It’s very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/user/SchoolofStyleTV

Some Great Fashion Vloggers

Since quarantine started, I have been watching a lot of YouTube. Fashion Vloggers to be more specific. There are a lot of great fashion vloggers, but I am only going to show you my favourites:

  • Tamara Kalinik

https://www.youtube.com/user/GlamAndGlitter4ever

https://www.instagram.com/tamara/

  • Sophie Shohet

https://www.youtube.com/user/Sophie5271

https://www.instagram.com/sophieshohet/

  • Shea Whitney

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU0k21RR-k7Zxil6KMs5nsw

https://www.instagram.com/shea.whitney/

  • Mel in Melbourne

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JAYs887GcRROe_z9Kj2sQ

https://www.instagram.com/mel_inmelbourne/

  • Lydia Millen

https://www.youtube.com/user/lydiamillen

https://www.instagram.com/lydiamillen/

They are all awesome and have really great content. Hope you have a great day and let me know if you liked their channels and if you want more posts like this.

XOXO,Delayla