Friday, December 20, 2013

Radiant In Orchid

Radiant Orchid
"Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth" Pantone 

When Pantone announced its Colour of the Year 2014 there were some oohs and there were some ohs. Some of you will love it, some of you will not. Radiant Orchid is not strictly purple nor entirely pink, it is a pinky-purple which can make it a tricky colour to define.  I think of it as a shade of lilac and, 


You don't have to wear this colour, of course, but it will be everywhere in clothes, make-up and accessories this year so if you want to try it out, here's how to embrace it ...

How to wear it

This shade has mostly cool undertones so it will flatter some complexions and not others. You will know the instant you put it next to your face whether it works for you or not. The easiest way for most people to wear Radiant Orchid is as an add-on colour rather than head-to-toe.
orchid 3

If you have a cool skin tone you can wear Radiant Orchid on its own. How much of it you can wear in your outfit will depend on your personality and other characteristics in your colouring. You can mix and match it with other shades in your colour palette too; wear it with your pinks for an elegant and feminine tone-on-tone look. For a bolder look, wear it with stronger colours in your palette such as vivid red or bright violet. Radiant Orchid will brighten up your work wardrobe nicely when you team it with your neutrals such as grey, navy or black.

Those of you with a warm skin tone ideally want to wear this shade away from your face and mix it with warm shades. Purple is a perfect match for Radiant Orchid as it is a universal colour, meaning that there is a shade to suit everyone. Find your best purple and make it the feature colour in your outfit and keep Radiant Orchid as your add-on colour. For a more dramatic look, combine it with lime, red, or emerald green (Pantone Colour of the Year 2013). For some of you, Radiant Orchid will mix well with your neutral shades such as taupe or brown, but do not wear it with black, grey or navy. To avoid looking dated, mix it with a contrasting colour such as green, pumpkin or orange.
Orchid orange red

You also need to consider the fabric as different materials create a different effect. If you have a softer, more muted colouring with very little contrast between your hair, eye and skin colour, then you want to keep your colours softer, so go for matt fabrics, or something with a textured surface like a knit, tweed or velvet

If you have a striking contrast between your eyes and hair - bright eyes and dark hair like me - you need to make Radiant Orchid look brighter to complement your natural colouring. You can wear this colour with vibrant shades in your palette, such as emerald green (Pantone Colour of the Year 2013), bright red or fuchsia (depending whether you have cool or warm skin tones). 
Alternatively, choose a garment in a light reflecting fabric such as satin or silk.  
Personally I adore this worn with Red and have a pair of trousers in this colour which I wear with a Bright Red tunic dress.  Pics to follow x
I have clear colouring and a dramatic style personality so I also wear a Radiant Orchid dress with large ivory polka dots from Fenn Wright Manson - as shown below.  Fenn Wright Manson call this colour Cylcamen.

My dress from Frenn Wright Manson in Cyclamen
- last year's summer stock but can be found on ebay. 

orchid accessories

Radiant Orchid in Make-up
 - as worn on my lips in this pic from last summer.  I predicted this you know.... ;-)

Lips are luscious in this colour, as are cheeks.  I tend to have a warm undertone but  at the time of the picture I had a very cool hair colour so this colour looks better on me than it might normally.  This is an armani lipstick that I used which is actually quite matt and I dabbed a little of it on the apple of my cheeks (heart shaped face).
orchid make up

Take care with eye shadow in this colour. When we apply our make-up we are trying to enhance the colour of the eye.
If in doubt NAILS are the way to go. 
So ladies (and gents who want to wear this colour & why not) lets go forth into 2014 and BE RADIANT IN ORCHID.
Lady Mirror Ball xxx

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Your Christmas Must Haves - Santa Baby...

Classic Christmas: Tweeds and Checks

There was nothing really new in heritage fabrics this autumn, it's been all about how you wear them and this approach will see you through to Winter.  If you have been holding off until the REAL WINTER WEATHER arrives then now is the time - you migh even be able to pick up a few bargains in the sales too. 
Don't be shy; go for head-to-toe elegance if you like this look, just take care with your accessories to make sure you stay looking current. If you like something a little more dramatic and creative, mix them with other fabrics such as leather or a bit of shimmer.

You also need to think about the weight of the fabric and how it works with your shape (can you wear a stiff fabric or should you find a softer material?) The popular pieces are usually those that are most versatile, but think beyond safe colours like grey or brown. Red tartan is often a winner in winter as it provides colour ?oomph'.
I personally love, love Twee particulalry as a business suit.  But I also love it in bright colours such as purples, mulberry, pinks, emeralds and reds.  
My Prediction:  Tartan it is but don't just think traditional tartan as in the M&S pic below.  Think pink, grey, navy and mulberry tartan mixes;  think ochre, teal and olives too.  Tartan will be HUGE next Autumn.

Which colours for your colouring?

You will enjoy wearing elegant light grey tweed but mix it with petrol or violet shades to bring in colour.

Pine, navy and black tartan will make a great investment coat for you.

Brown tweeds come alive against your colouring. mix with vibrant amber or teal.

Find a staple in purple tweed; it will go with everything.

CLEAR: - this is me 
You can wear bold shades so enjoy bright red or green in tartan.

Invest in a tweed skirt, jacket or suit in light periwinkle/violet.

Christmas Party.  Lace Is Back - Has It Ever Gone Away?

The lace dress hasn't gone away for Christmas this year- it's a Style Trend rather than a fashion piece and we should all have at least one in our wardrobe. 
My Prediction:  It will be around for some time and at least one more season before I predict it gives way to chiffon, organza and transparent layering in dresses.  
Lace always looks feminine and this season there are more alluring designs than ever in a broad range of cuts and colours. Whether you choose a striking red or black dress for evening wear or a vibrant blue or delicate lavender that you can wear to lunch with the girls, you can buy now and wear it through to next Spring.  Personally I love it and would buy it by the bucket load if my budget could accommodate it.  Personally I prefer the more vintage looking pieces such as the Phase Eight below but each to their own and if you have the figure for it you can also find it in figure hugging dresses.
Sometimes I am asked 'But Won't I Look Frumpy' 
Here it is ladies:  Lace only looks old fashioned if it is the wrong colour for you, is too big for you or is the wrong length for you so do take care to be fabulous and not frumpy.  Lace also doesn't' need too much accessorizing as it is all in the dress - think simple and statement.

Is It Safest To Stick With Black?
The black lace dress is always the most popular but it isn't the safest option for everyone you know.  But if you want black but it doesn't look great on you, choose one with a low neckline or even strapless if you can, this means the black won't be so close to your face and pick an earring or necklace that has a stone in a colour or is of a metal tone that really lifts your complexion and makes your eye colour stand out. 
What IS The Best Lace Dress To Choose?

Light teal will look striking on you. For something softer, try grey lace with chiffon over a pale shade such as light periwinkle.   Teal is SO VERY VINTAGE HOLYWOOD DARLING.

You wear black best of all the colourings so make the most of the classic black lace dress. Choose deep red or rich burgundy for eye-catching colour.

Dark navy is your black. For a statement shade, go for turquoise or emerald green or a bronze overlay.

Cerise or royal blue are your statement colours. Bright periwinkle will look more subtle.  

Go for bold red or emerald - beware the shape and quality of Red Lace - you know what I am saying here!!!!  If you want black choose one with contrast such as lace overlay on a coloured fabric, or with added shimmer in silver or gold. Teal with a bold red lipstick also looks so very Old School Holywood Glamour as Clears can take the contrast.

Choose geranium or claret. These are softer shades of red which will look as striking on you as the bold reds do on a Clear.


Who would have thought we would get excited about pink for winter? And pastel pink at that! It is a little surprising, especially as coats need to see us through a few winters, not just a fashion season. However, there is something refreshing about seeing pretty pastel pink and vibrant fuchsia among the dark shades we usually have in Autumn. Pink is an ultra-feminine shade and hot pink is a great mood booster, so why not? 
The pale pinks aren't practical for mucky British weather and not all women are into this girly shade, but if you are, you are going to be very tempted. Will it still be current next winter? Possibly not. If you want one but feel it's not a good investment buy, don't worry; you will find good pieces at the lower price end so you can feel good without feeling guilty in your pretty pink coat.
I was lucky enough to bag the much in demand and sold our M&S pink coat but unbelievably had to return it.  My lesson to remember is that it's not just about the colour but also the shape.  Cocoon shapes and my pear shaped ass don't mix.  But if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend.  A steal at £89.99.  My all time favourite though is the Jaeger Mohair Pink coat which is more of a splurge at £399.00.
My Prediction: Pastel and Candy Pinks will be sticking around for next Autumn and Winter too so you will get more than one season if you decide to go for it.

The pastel pink coats were made for you!
Blush pink works for both warm and cool skin tones. Deeps with cool skin tones can wear bold cyclamen or fuchsia.

Pink is a wow shade for you so enjoy wearing hot pink, cyclamen and fuchsia. If you like softer shades choose candy or blush pink. 

Being a warm shade, lots of pink is not for you. Go for apricot or orange-red instead.  If you have a very dramatic personality you could clash your colours with the candy pink but make sure it has a warm (red/yellow) undertone.

As with the Deeps, blush pink works for both cool and warm tones and is strong enough to compliment your colouring. If your skin tones are cool, then choose the bold pinks; fuchsia, hot pink etc.

Candy is just right for you, not too pale and not to bold; cool skin tones can take cooler shades in icy or powder pink.
Love & Christmas Sparkle, Catriona @ Mirror Ball Studios

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mirror Ball Studios in SCOTLAND

Lovely ladies and gents.  

Mirror Ball Studios - Scotland x
Well what a year 2013 has been.  A new little lady has arrived in my life and a big move from Switzerland to Scotland is now over and done.  So here we are in Sunny Scotland.  

Studio services will resume very soon but in the meantime I want to say SORRY for the silence of late.  Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat to nappy changing and packing and unpacking.  But no more - well I'll still be nappy changing of course.

Speak soon 
Love and sparkle 
Lady Mirror Ball and her little sparkler - Annabel x

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pink or Blue? Boy or Girl?

Why & when did we choose blue for a boy & pink for a girl? 
Here at mirror ball studios I have just welcomed the arrival of my very own and very first little lady mirror ball.  Full of new sparkle, radiance and colour this is a little lady who is indeed going to light up our lives.  
As a new mother I have become a little consumed by all things baby and how I would embrace the arrival of a boy one and how I would embrace a girl one.  Would I even find out in advance or would I leave it to be a big surprise?
As a stylist it got me to thinking about gender, stereotyping and personality transferal, all issues that I work with in my work with adults.  Would I go down the pink route, would I wrap my little lady in clothes that satisfy my penchant for the creative, the dramatic and the vintage?  Would I secretly hope to dress my little bundle as a mini me. 
The answer to all these questions is ........ well, yes.  I probably would.  In reality I am not a Pink Princess mum to be - not that I object to those that are but I have found myself embracing the 'pink' route.  Just as I was pondering why this should be the wonderful gals at Colour Me Beautiful blogged this article addressing that very phenomenon. 
Just why and when did we accept the pink and blue colour code? 
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It would seen that as recently as the 1800′s baby boys actually wore pink because it was considered a stronger shade and therefore more appropriate for them. Meanwhile girls got blue because it was considered a more delicate, appropriate shade for them.
It seems we haven’t discovered a specific reason or an event in history to justify the current tradition of blue for  boys and pink for girls; but the tradition continues and no doubt the new royal baby boy will be receiving some blue garments. The Smithsonian continues to say that “Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940′s, as a result of American’s preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers” (and no doubt the same happened in Britain).   It could have “gone the other way”,  says historian Jo Paoletti, who added that “Baby boomers were raised in specific clothing.  Boys dressed like their fathers, girls like their mothers”.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt
When you meet a newborn it is difficult to know what gender they are, unless you know the parents. So, perhaps we became accustomed to using this gender-specific colour coding to avoid embarrassment of getting it wrong.  Most girls go through a big pink fairy-princess phase, for which there appears to be no blindingly apparent reason, although there have been studies revealing that the majority of women’s colour choices  lean towards the red end of the colour spectrum.
Of course despite my own aspirations that my little girl will ADORE MY STYLE and will embrace my creative streak, it doesn’t necessarily follow that girls adopt their mother’s style either.  Currently little lady mirror ball is too young to be giving me any nod in the style stakes and I have only fleetingly considered the possibility that she may be a tomboy, a la Angelina's Jolie's little girl, Shiloh.
It seems that we develop our own tastes and preferences in clothes and find the colours that we like rather early on.  Most young children appear to choose their clothes based on colour or pattern or a picture on their clothing.   Parenting expert and author Meri Wallace says “having a favourite colour makes them unique…It’s all about asserting the independence and saying 'I can choose'. 
As adults, we don't always have time to think about our favourite colours to wear or whether it really suits us and we often fall into habits such as wearing black for work “because it’s easy”, or pulling on leggings “because I haven’t got time and nothing else fits”.  Having a few trusty neutral items to fall back on is fine, but if sticking to what you know means constantly choosing the same colourless pieces or ultra-casual clothes, then you are missing out on looking and feeling your best. 
Remember how you used to love wearing that little red dress, silver shoes and pink cardigan? I still do - what about you?
Get your inner 'girl' or 'boy' on.  Love and Sparkle, Lady Mirror Ball 
Article adapted from a blog post that first appeared on - partner of Mirror Ball Studios

Monday, August 12, 2013

Future Style Partner In Crime...

Introducing Annabel!

Well, pregnancy has come and gone in a flash. Truly this must be the quickest 9 months or is it 10? of my life when I was expecting it to pass slowly with anticipation.  Now, I admit it hasn't been the most stylish time of my life though I tried to make it colourful.  Fortunately for me my little bambina made life very easy for me by gracing me with a very neat and quite petite little bump - not what someone who has ample proportions in the bust and hips area was expecting.  

Copyright: Mirror Ball Studios - New Arrival At The Studio
And so 18 days before she was expected the little lady herself decided it was time to come into the world.  I am convinced that my ABBA greatest hits CD was enough to convince her that life was good on the outside but Mr Mirror Ball thinks that it had a lot to do with the very large pregnancy bouncing ball I had spent the day sitting on.  I'd only just bought it and bounced a couple of times and it seems she was convinced.  No sure if that makes it a good buy or a bad buy but pregnant ladies my top tip is that gym ball.!

Life, my thoughts, figure, wardrobe and budget has thus,been a little consumed by all things pregnancy for the last 9 months.  My studio has also been closed since June for a period of maternity leave as well as preparation for some OTHER BIG & EXCITING NEWS ....which is coming if little lady's weren't enough.

Copyright: Mirror Ball Studios - Little lady Mirror Ball Going Home

So please indulge me as I introduce my new best friend forever and future style partner in crime - Annabel Elizabeth.   What to do if she's a tomboy? ..........................................Eeeeek.

Exciting and a changing times ahead.  Wishing you all sparkle, Lady Mirror Ball Mummy xxx