Just what have I been up to? Well, moving to Costa Rica was the biggest thing, but I think you guys already know that! Other than that, I was teaching English, but I am now HR Manager at The Poker Farm Costa Rica, meaning that I barely have any time to sleep, let alone blog! I have started playing poker now, though I wouldn’t exactly call myself an expert!
I have however updated this blog for you (and for me, come to think of it!). I am much less high fashion now and much more ME. After all, the blog is named Stefanie Grace and not Vogue. That doesn’t mean that I am no longer interested in fashion or that I no longer pore over a copy of Grazia, whenever I can get my hands on one! A lot of my time now is spent wishing I could get back into blogging, so I’ll definitely be writing a lot more now that I’ve given it a makeover. I have also given myself a makeover (see below!), but unfortunately it hardly ever looks like this in a tropical country!
What do you guys think of the new look? Both of them!
Photographer Corinne Day is battling a brain tumour. That has been her hidden trouble for the past 10 years whilst shooting Vogue covers. She now needs to raise money to go to Arizona to a special treatment centre. She recently raised £3000 selling photos of Kate Moss from 1993 for £100 each and is now selling pictures of the supermodel naked on a bed taken in 2001 (below) to raise further funds.
When even Karl Lagerfeld likes a tweet every now and again, you know you’re on to a winner. I was pretty impressed with myself for getting into it even before my super-technologically-advanced friend started tweeting. The fact that with his iPhone, he tweets way more than I do these days is irrelevant.
The beauty of Twitter is that everyone from celebrities to politicians to farmers can communicate with the world in less than 160 characters. You don’t need to be clever with it, just tell people what you are doing. Ok, so fair enough you may not be interested in various people’s updates and the occasional spam that you get can be quite irritating but it is nothing compared to other social networking sites. What I love the most about Twitter is the personal contact that people have with fans. Paris Hilton never stops telling us just how fabulous her life really is and Sarah Brown keeps us up-to-date with her life at 10 Downing Street. If you are a fan of The Hills, you’ll find the whole gang online: Lauren, Lo, Stephanie, Audrina, Whitney, Heidi,Spencer,Brody, Frankie and Holly.
In terms of publications, you’ll find various international magazines: Vogue Paris, The Times Style, Marie Claire US and Elle US as well as their international counterparts. Follow@Modelinia for major models such as Chanel Iman and Sasha Pivovarova! Brix Start Smith tweets fashion horrors (with photos!) that she spots in supermarkets and restaurants. Her current favourites are Italian women interpreting the SS09 floral trend! Lagerfeld isn’t the only designer to twitter; Marc Jacobs was rumoured to be one of the first to hit the trend and Betsey Johnson likes to keep in touch with a few updates! And for the latest on high street deals, follow stores and labels such as ASOS, PPQ or Topshop.
Wow, I’ve come a long way and I’ve written a LOT of blogs! But, I have to say that I am absolutely loving it all! Last April I decided that Fashion Journalism was definitely for me. I had often considered it, but often thought that maybe it was just every little girl’s dream and told myself to come up with a better plan! But then I found a course online with CTJT and decided to go for it! I paid for the course on the day that I handed in all of my Year Abroad work. I was so excited that I even finished and submitted the first module on the first day! I started my blog last April and couldn’t imagine what it would be like with archives; pages and pages of things that I had written!! Since then, I have started writing for my student newspaper The Sanctuary (and have recently been offered the editor’s position!), I also write for amazonastyle.com and studentbeans.com. I also have a greater understanding of the world of fashion journalism and an internship lined up for July with The Daily Express Fashion Desk. All in all, I an thoroughly enjoying all of it and just can’t wait to graduate so that I can do this full time!
I have a couple of thank you’s to throw out at the bottom here: Amazona, Student Beans and The Sanctuary Bham for giving me a platform. The Daily Express for thinking that I’m good enough! My best friend Chris for putting me up on his sofa next summer and also for his knowledge of London transport, which will no doubt come in handy! My parents for actually taking me seriously on this! And finally, my boyfriend Mark for having to listen to me go on about Vogue and shoes for hours on end and not complaining about it… much!!
There is a trend that has been slowly climbing higher on the fashion radar over the past couple of seasons; the jumpsuit. At first, not many embraced it, but now every designer seems to have their own version and you don’t have to feel like a wannabe-plumber! Here’s a rundown of a few of the favourites that caught my eye:
My favourite so far, Chloe gives the look a bit of class, perfect for hitting the bars of St Tropez…!
Sophia Kokosalaki makes it look cool and effortless in a very wearable black tank-top version.
Check out Marc Jacobs’ sporty version for the ultimate in gym chic!
In a continuation of AW’s favourite colour, grey, Giorgio Armani created a version for the more sophisticated ladies amongst us!
Betty Jackson kept it simple, but added this season’s favourite new 80s detail – the big shoulders!
Stella McCartney’s business suit version on this season’s nude is bang on trend and such an interesting take on the trend!
The fashion world is going crazy for America’s newest First lady. She epitomised class and calm during the whole election campaign for her husband Barack Obama, the president elect of the United States. Whilst the rest of the world goes mad for him, the fact that there is a black man in office and the welcome change from having Bush in charge, fashionistas are all over Michelle Obama. She stands at 5’11”, yet isn’t scared of sticking a pair of designer heels on and strutting out in front of the world. She has been praised for mixing high street with the lesser-known designers, such as Maria Pinto, Isabel Toledo and Thakoon and breaking away from the First Lady mould – away from Hilary Clinton’s skirt suits! Michelle wore a dress from H&M to one event and was even praised with a party in her honour thrown by none other than Anna Wintour herself! We look forward to what she brings out of her wardrobe next! There is even talk of her gracing the cover of Vogue. It seems that with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in France and our very own Sarah Brown, women no longer feel the need to hide behind their politician husbands in dowdy suits. The modern world of politics has a new breed of modern, fashionable women and Michelle Obama just stepped up as leader of the pack.
Just found the above article on Vogue.com – interesting that Alex has now become a model (he seemed so very against using his looks to get ahead in business during the interview stages of The Apprentice!)
Still, good luck to him! I think that it must be a much more exciting job, than ‘heading up 4 sales teams over the NorthWest”, or whatever he kept repeating! Though, he should probably be warned that although he’s very young in the business world, 25 is very OLD for starting out a modelling career with Models 1!!