Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fashion's Most Needed Accessory: Sunglasses



Hello Beauties! Summer is vastly approaching, and we want to make sure you’re ready for this scorcher- Do you have your summer shades picked out yet?! Don’t get caught in the sun without fashion’s most needed summer accessory! Today on Button and Bows blog, we are going to go through a short and very informal history of YOUR favorite accessory: Sunglasses.


This hot trending accessory has not always been a part of fashion; these babies were actually invented to protect our delicate eyes from the harsh rays of the sun! DUH. In the prehistoric and historic time, Inuit peoples (Eskimos) wore flattened walrus ivory "glasses," looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun and snow (See photo above).   

 An inventor by the name of, Sam Foster, mass produced what we would consider sunglasses today in 1929. Many film stars during this time were commonly wearing sunglasses to help ease there red eyes from the harmful filming lights and rays while filming, but also to help conceal their identity.

By 1938 Life magazine wrote of how sunglasses were a "new fad for wear on city streets, a favorite  of thousands of women all over the U.S." It stated that 20 million sunglasses were sold in the United States in 1937, but estimated that only about 25% of American wearers needed them to protect their eyes!


Now, let's take a closer look at what we consider SHADES today! (Style Inspiration is highly encouraged)

Amazing Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses
Vintage Ray-Ban Advertisement, 1950s
Sunglasses Advertisement, 1960s
Vintage Advertisement, 1960s
Model, Twiggy in the 1960s
Vintage Advertisement, 1970s
Over sized Tinted Sunglasses, 1970s
Vintage YSL Advertisement, 1976
Blonde Beauty from the 1970s
Legend John Lennon with Shades of Glory
Lisa Bonnet looking super fly in the late 1980s
Kate Moss wearing Chanel in the 1990s

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, 1997

Mui Mui, Fall 2011
Model, Abby Lee Kershaw
Oliver Peoples Advertisement, 2011
 
Rhianna Arriving at Stella McCartney, Spring 2014
Karen Walker Spring Collection, 2014

 Stay Sexy & Cool.
Happy Summer Babes!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Model Crushing x Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month



Kiko Mizuhara
Kiko Mizuhara

Kiko Mizuhara
Kiko



Adrianne Ho



Adrianne Ho





Jihye Park



Jihye Park



Courtney Money

                                                                       Courtney Money

Courtney Money

A quick little post in celebration of Asian Pacific American Month. Nothing super cultural or insightful on my end, but thought I'd put the spotlight on my peoples. Here are some of my favorite girl crushes I follow on my instagram. Kiko has that Japanese school-girl-innocent-but-I'm-a-bad-ass look that I was just so obsessed with for so long. Adrianne Ho just has this unique & stunning look as well as her way to captivate her audience with her athletic and chic styling sensibility. JiHye Park is just a vision and kills in all things high-fashion and editorial. And Courtney Money is a stunning vision that sparks my need to join in on the blonde ambition hair craze that's sweeping the Asian Nation. 

In case you wanted a more historic insight I got that for ya too!

"May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."

Love ya babes!
Monique







Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WCW: 90's Top Model Carre Otis








Before there was Erin Wasson, there was original bad ass top model Carre Otis. I must admit, I wasn't too familiar with Carre. I mean, I've seen some of her iconic images somewhere or rather, but never did I get to know this stunning beauty. What actually caught my attention was some of her striking resemblance to Erin Wasson, at least in my opinion. The beach wave hair, multiple snapshots of cigarettes in hand and mouth, and of course their similar eyebrow structure and beady blue eyes.  While researching, you'll see several articles or references of Otis being a 'self-destructive' model. So much often that you see such like the late Gia Carengi. In her book Beauty Disrupted she candidly writes about her struggle to overcome anorexia, as well as drug and alcohol addictions, and the spiritual quest that eventually led her to Buddhism.
So glad I decided to do my #WCW on the lovely Carre Otis and getting to know the captivating beauty. So often we see and read about these similar stories to keep up and live to the idealism placed on beauty. Interestingly so, at what cost to achieve and maintain it. All in all, we all have our demons and ways of achieving to be a part of the glamorous and youthful society that we so often see in magazines and now social media. If you don't know much about Carre Otis, I would suggest getting to know her & getting to love her. Definitely one of my new 90's timeless beauty favorites. 

X,

Monique