Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring is Calling

Well, it seems like spring is not rushing this year... Pity, indeed, but so what?! They say, that somedays you just have to create your own sunshine. Why not today? Me, here - I desperately need it. It is only +3° in Geneva and it has been pouring since early morning. So, please, switch on the sun! While weather manager is trying to fix the issue (yet, I still believe he should be fired this season), I put together this fresh, minty outfit for sunny days to come. 

My main piece of inspiration was this TESSful leather jacket from RED Valentino. It's kind of stuck in my head for already several months since I first saw it in NYC among other items from the new collection. When you look closely, you can immediately fill the softness of material without even touching it. The leather is so refined, design is elegant,  embellishments are at the right level... Mmm:)  
Amazing piece to have for sunny spring and chilly summer. (Well, fingers crossed, that summer won't be chilly at least).

Spring is calling!
CLOTHES: RED Valentino Ruffle Trimmed Leather Biker Jacket, €909 (TESS), Monsoon Sofra Printed Pencil Skirt, €66 (TESS) 
SHOES: Luichiny Mint heels, €58 (TESS) 
BAG: Brahmin Hingham Large Satchel, €621 (TESS) 

ACCESSORIES: Kate Spade Crystal Index Watch, €197 (TESS), Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, €164 (TESS), Fendi Kefiah Zucchino Red Scarf €152 (TESS), ASOS Triangle Doorknocker Earrings, €13 (TESS)
COSMETICS: Victoria's Secret Italian Mandarin Eau de Parfum €43 (TESS)

***So, have YOU COME UP with a DREAM OUTFIT for SPRING?***

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Is anyone up for a ride? 

If so, then let me drive you around the 83rd International Motor Show, that took place in Geneva from 7th to 17th of March. This is one of the «Top 5» Salon de l'Auto in the world and each year it welcomes more than 700,000 visitors. Well, I kind of hear you say: 'Pfff! That's not for girls and what, for the God's sake, this post is doing in the fashion blog?!' But wait! Look at it as an example of a tasteful style and a sophisticated design! Check out the soft shapes, clear lines, refine materials, rich colors... Be able to find inspiration in anything you see around you! Stay tuned and keep your eyes open!

So, even if you do not fancy a new car - then just get inspired by these TESSfull masterpieces:

***So, what CAR would YOU LIKE to DRIVE?***

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Monday, March 11, 2013

Charming Anna

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, 'Anna Karenina'.  

So, one of my projects for this season was to re-read this fabulous novel. I recall it from my School and University years, but obviously wanted to refresh the plot in the light of a freshly-shot movie, carrying the same name. Surely enough, I ended up watching the video version of the book, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. TESSfully impressive, indeed! 

I guess, many of you have seen the movie; however, I decided to give a special focus to the stunning costumes, worn by Anna Karenina (aka Keira Nightly) on the set. No wonders at all here! Talented designer Jacqueline Durran earned her deserved recognitions for the collection both at the 85th Academy Awards and at the 66th British Academy Film Awards, winning nominations for the Best Costume Design. Well, TESSfully done! 
(When go through the pictures below, pay a special attention to the details. They are the key!)

In January 2013, a selection of the Oscar-nominated costumes from Anna Karenina went on public and were displayed at the London exhibition.

All pictures are kindly provided by Google Images. 
Let me know if you are aware of any (c) I need to keep.

So, here are some of my favorite, TESSfully thoughtful, quotes from 'Anna Karenina'. Don't read them through - think them through: 

             “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”
             “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” 
             “It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.” 
             “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
             “I often think that men don't understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.”  
             “I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” 
             “They've got no idea what happiness is, they don't know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us - there is no life.” 

***So, TESSies, do YOU LIKE READING, in fact?***

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Pretty Women's Day

My beautiful, tasteful, stylish TESSies:)
Let me sincerely wish you the happiest International Women's Day ever. Rule it, Rock it, Royal it! 
There will be no more words from my side. I hope that guys will make it up with actions:) 

P.S. Guys, I know that having several options is always cool, but in the case below - let's please stick to #1. Only. Once and forever. And don't be ashamed of it. (At the end, a good bunch of flowers always fits you nicely).

Hope you are TESSfully agree.

All pictures are kindly provided by Google Images.
Let me know if you are aware of any (c) I need to keep.

***So, what are YOUR DESIRED FLOWERS for today?***

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Are you on the List?

Automne-Hiver 2013/2014 

March 5th, 2013
Paris, Grand Palais, 10:30 (CET) 

Today, on March 5th, CHANEL will show its Ready-To-Wear collection for the season Fall-Winter 2013/2014. The show will be held at the Grand Palais in Paris, where, as heard from the insiders, will be installed the longest 'podium' ever. Let's see how far Karl Lagerfeld will need to walk on its runway at the end of the show. Stay TESS for more updates!

Are you a lucky owner of this snowy-white invitation card for today?

By the way, if you won't be there for CHANEL show today, don't be mad. You can attend another one. For a change:) Luckily, Valentino will be streaming its runway live today. Stay tuned for on-line translation of Valentino Ready-To-Wear collection A/W 2013-2014. The show will start at 14:30 (CET). TESS it here.

No rush. You can still take your front row seat. Promise.


Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Monday, March 4, 2013

Your Man Reminder

My beloved TESSies, I hope you know, how much I care about you, hence - this friendly reminder. I guess, it is not a secret that real beauty comes from inside - in all senses. So, take a TESSful care of your bodies and be mindful. And I really mean it! 

We all know about crucial importance of a breast self-examination, yet only random women do that... Remember: health goes first. Always. And I am sending you some handsome machos for encouragement. 

Couple of years ago Canadian breast cancer charity called Rethink released an app - 'Your Man Reminder' - to bring bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd. The idea is that you choose one of the six sexy guys who will then occasionally appear on your mobile with a message like, "Hey, Tess. You're like a break for my eyes. Don't forget to give your breasts some TLC." Cute, right?!

Not familiar what TLC stands for? Then, have a look at the TESSful videos, get inspired and become a part of the female population, who performs breast check-ups regularly. (Unfortunately, now we are talking about poor 12% only). Do it at the same time each months as the easiest way to catch the cancer early, when treatments are most effective. Be healthy, keep smiling, stay TESS!

All videos/images are courtesy of Rethink Breast Cancer

***So, have you chosen a MAN to REMIND YOU?***

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vera Wang S/S 2013 Ad Campaign

In order to embrace the feeling of spring, have a look at this TESSfully green advertising campaign from Vera Wang. Designed to demonstrate a Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the campaign consists of fabulous images shot against a fresh-looking, succulent forest background. This season the brand continued expanding its 'bridal only' equity and went as far as featuring sunglasses, bedding, invitation cards, flowers, etc. Set of romantic images covers the whole portfolio of Vera Wang masterpieces: from the famous designer's bridal to Ready-To-Wear, accessories, and Simply Vera Wang collections. Shu Pei (Chinese) became a face of the campaign together with a male model - David Chiang (Taiwanese). 

All Images are courtesy of Vera Wang

And don't forget to check-out CHANEL S/S 2013 and GUCCI S/S 2013 Ad Campaigns, in case you missed them!

Keep TESSTaste.Elegance.Sophistication.Style!
Your Tess