Clarabella Speaks.

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves" - Shakespeare

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fashion vs Style.

It is paradoxical, is it not? that many of those who are considered stylish are those who pay little or no attention to the latest trends and instead follow their own creative instinct. I say all hail the style icon, but be careful that you do not confuse style icon with fashion icon. Confused? Don't be. These photos should help.

Mary-Kate Olsen is very deserving of her style-icon status. Everything she wears oozes style. She is so chic it makes me jealous.

Cheryl Cole on the other-hand, the woman who is hailed as a style icon by most of Britain, is in my opinion far from it. I can accept that she may be a fashion icon, although personally I think the term trend-follower fits better, but comparing the photos of her to those of MK, the difference between style and fashion should (I hope) be apparent.

It does not matter that those photos of Mary-Kate are not recent, she looks amazing, and if we were to look at these photos 10 years down the line we would still think she would. On the contrary, Cheryl's look will be outdated as soon as next season. Colour blocking will come and go,body con for the most-part already has, and the jeans,top and aviator combo is so overdone.

Do you see where I'm going? Yes that's right, the key difference between style and fashion is that style is timeless. I also find that elegant is a very fitting description of style. You may not necessarily like the look, but you will not be able to deny that the person wearing it looks good and in 10 years time, upon seeing the same look again you will not cringe that someone dared to wear it, nor will it end up on the "what were you thinking" pages in Heat.

That is not to say that we shouldn't enjoy fashion, we most definitely should, but just because topshop are selling leather jackets with a black furry collar doesn't mean you won't live to regret the purchase. Trends are so last season, but that is another rant for another day, so for now i leave you with these excellent examples of timeless vs times gone by (or soon to be gone).


The ugly...

and the beautiful.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Don't wait, motivate.

One of my most overused phrases this summer (until now) has been
"I don't have any motivation."
There has been nothing that urgently needs doing so nothing has been done, because I have fallen into the trap of waiting to be motivated by that one epic song or book instead of making the decision to just get up and do the things on my Summer 2011 to-do list that I wrote, full of inspiration, upon my return from the States. Was I naive to think I would do everything on that list, or maybe overambitious? I don't think so and now I am going to make sure that I wasn't. 
As much as we wish we could be motivated by the works of others, in reality they can inspire us no end, but it is up to each one of us to motivate ourselves. After we conquer the first motivational battle, the rest will come easily, as John Maxwell so excellently states:

“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”