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I put the word out on Facebook that I needed a blog topic, and the suggestions rolled in. After
strenuously analysing the answers choosing the one that would allow me to play on Polyvore the most, I announced the “print mixing is good timez” topic was a winner.
Disclaimer time: I am not a stylist. You might read the following and think
I am blind and lack taste. That’s fine – these are just suggestions. Mixing prints in the way I suggest below is not for everyone.
The easiest way to mix prints is illustrated in my Polyvore set below:
The prints are all within one colour palette (in particular the black and white prints) and the total number of colours is just three. Stripes and dots are the easiest prints to mix – in fact it’s barely print-mixing since these go together like black and white.
The lovely Rachel sent me a few pics of prints that she already owned as inspiration for print-mixing advice. The clear winner among these items was these pants:
They’re yellow plaid, incorporating black, white and red stripes.
I found the same pair on Polyvore and threw in some suggested tops, bags and so on:
Option One is the “corporate plaid pants” option. Or “first date” option, since I couldn’t get away with these pants at work (saaaaaad…). Anyway, a structured top and bag that match but borrow some of the colours from the plaid, and plain black bangles to have at least one common theme, and Bob’s your uncle.
Option Two is the “it’s cold outside but my pants are hot” option. The jersey doesn’t match and doesn’t really attempt to. Sometimes this is actually easier than making two prints “match”. I’ve used the blue patterned scarf because there’s blue in the jersey, and then insisted on a yellow bag to balance out the pants. If I had the power to change the shoes, they would also be blue, and possibly suede booties. In this case it’s the accessories that make the outfit work.
Finally, we have Option Three or the “cocktails at the Country Club” option at brightness level 5,000,000,000. You would need to be a brave princess to wear this one. Again, I rampantly ignored matchyness, although I did choose this top because of the red element in both the top and the plaid. This uses a similar approach as mixing block colours with prints (always find the colour in the print that occurs the least often, and wear that colour as your block). I would put this model in red or pink shoes.
In short, when print-mixing you need to be ready to WEAR it and LOVE it and OWN it. Do as they do at Prada:
You know that Amy and I love to dress up, but we also love looking at pictures of people dressed up, so if you dressed up for Halloween, leave us a comment with your picture (to embed a pic in the comments go <img src=”address of the pic”>) and tell us about it. Here’s me dressed up for the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies ball (which was amazingly awesome) to get things started (I got zombie-fied later):
You no doubt know that we love us some dressing up and vintageness, ala Amy’s 30th, so we were quite stoked to receive this from Kylie:
Vintage Clothing Extravaganza this weekend!
This Sunday 26th July 1pm onwards at the Kelburn Church Hall, 81 Upland Road
Do you want to look the part but don’t know how? Are you looking for inspiration? Do you need some new threads? Then this event is for you!
Join two of our resident vintage gurus Amy Jansen-Leen and Ness Kirkham as we step back in time to educate you on the vintage world of style from the 1920′s jazz age through to 1940′s wartime. We will cover fashion, make-up advice and hairstyling tips for both men and women and everyone will receive a booklet to take home to refer to.
We have well over a hundred pairs of shoes for sale from $5-30, several racks of vintage and vintage inspired clothes from $5-80 and lots of accessories catering for both ladies and gentlemen so make sure you bring plenty of cash along (or visit the ATM down the road before you arrive) as it is CASH SALES ONLY!
Order of proceedings:
1pm – Ladies to be seated, styling session to commence
2.30pm – Ladies shopping session with Amy and Ness on hand for advice
3.30pm – Gentlemen to join us as we break for afternoon tea
(everyone to bring a pretty plate of savoury or sweet nibbles for the table)
4pm – Gents styling session
4.45pm – Gents shopping session with Amy and Ness on hand for advice
5.45pm – Curtains close on ‘The Extravaganza!’
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the door (limited ticket availability on the day) and can be purchased in class or reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 021 345 716. Friends, family or colleagues interested in the era are very welcome to join us.
On behalf of the Full Swing Team “)
If you’re going along, do let us know how it went, please.
This might not be considered strictly PPP business, but I know a lot of our readers like to dress up, and I know that I like to party with you guys, so I’d love it if you wanted to come along to help me celebrate TEN YEARS of my own personal site – www.hubris.co.nz. Here’s the invitation:
In this picture, Mike is wearing:
… a cheeky grin, a subtle off the shoulder red number with matching red nail polish.
The string affair holding in the monster belly was supplied by Tether The Beast and actibviated by a coordinated effort from all The Riversdales
The “no hair” was by Mistake Of Miramar and discovered to be such when watching Little Britain to discover the character of Daffyd ISN’T BALD!
The arm tat peeking into the picture is “The Classic” obtained by someone or other in Swindon (UK) when I was young … I love it.
And the whole ensemble is topped off by a solid silver Wellington hand crafted wedding ring … she loves when when I wear this.
I’m having a party and you’re invited. See?
This gives us a good chance to talk about what one would wear to such a shindig. My suggestions:
A mermaid outfit: Remember that Halloween episode of Beverly Hills 90210 when Kelly goes as a sexy witch, and nearly gets raped, and Brenda’s like “I told you that outfit was a little much?” So awesome! It was totally her fault! But anyway, the comic relief in that particular episode came from Donna, as it so often did – I really think now she’s totally underrated – who wore a mermaid outfit with a skirt so tight she couldn’t sit or hardly walk in it. I’ve searched for pictures but I can’t find any. My interpretation of a mermaid though would be a long shiny green skirt, and as I’m not the sort to walk around in a bikini, a tshirt with green triangles matching the skirt sewn over the boobs. It’d be totally awesome, like modesty prom dresses!
Traditional faux hula: There is a shop of awesomeness in Newtown called something like Rainbow Country, and in its narrow very crammed aisles, you can find EVERYTHING, including rafia or plastic shredded hula skirts and leis. Just don’t bring your lighter to the party, okay?
Blue Hawaii: The $1-2-3 Shop in Newtown Mall by New World has Elvis wigs for under $5. Think about it. And since the movie also starred Angela Lansbury, a Miss Marple outfit wouldn’t be out of place.
A Dusky Maiden/Velvet Painting: I love the look of these paintings (and this poetry collective includes my former flatmate the lovely Lani), and if you want to know more about the paintings, check out this documentary on the awesome NZonScreen site.
Pirates: Everyone loves dressing up like pirates, right?
What are your suggestions, and are you coming to my party?
I might be all lady-like sometimes, but there’s one time when I most definitely am not – when I’m at Kiwi Pro Wrestling, as you can hear in my screaming if you watch this video of my former flatmate Lazarus Volt fighting. Going to the wrestling is an awesome experience, which is why I must urge all of you in Wellington to come along to the Halloween Howl II on October 31. We’ll be dressing up as zombies for the zombie walk later that night and you’re welcome to sit with us.
In honour of Halloween Howl II, and also because of the awesomeness of her name, and the brilliance of her performances in the ring, we asked Hollie, Queen of the Divas from Team Pretty the hard questions.
1. How did you get into wrestling in the first place?
I ran into Jonnie Juice one night at a VIP wrestling event. We clicked instantly – being so much better looking than everyone else in the room had alienated us from the rest of the party. We bonded over that, and decided to capitalise on our collective awesomeness, so he invited me to join Team Pretty and the greatest stable in New Zealand wrestling today was born.
2. Do you have any difficulties being a female wrestler in such a macho sport?
No, no, no…the boys know their place. In fact, I have no trouble with them what so ever. Although, that ghastly Charlie Roberts is a continual nuisance, the refs are completely incompetent, and don’t get me started on management…
3. How do you balance your in-ring persona and the real you or are they the same thing?
Why would I want to be anything other than Hollie Pretty “Queen of the Divas”? I’m incredible. so yes, they are the same thing. It takes a lot of time and effort to be this amazing – for normal people. I’m lucky enough to naturally be this fabulous.
4. What do you wear/do to make yourself feel good?
I have more bling than old Lizzy over in England. So I’m never short of a material confidence boost. I also love to watch my “Loser Leaves Town Match” where I sent Jess, the loser, packing from KPW. I was brilliant, and I looked good too.
5. How would you define pretty?
Jonnie and Hollie. Enough said.
I’m having a party on Saturday and I’d like you pretty ladies to come along. It’s not PPP-themed, but I believe that dressing up falls in line with the things that we like doing, so I am extending my invitation to you and your friends. It would be lovely to see you/meet you.
So last Saturday we had a party, and you were invited. Some of you came along, and shared in the delights of lights, makeup, pina-colada cupcakes and many, many photographs. Here’s my picks of the pics:
Alexis is a gypsy
Kowhai is an exotic geisha, from the land of the long white cloud
Amy is also a geisha, from the land of the moon
I am a soul mama at Studio 54