Hi, I’m Joanna, a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, an online portal for all things interior design. I spend my days collecting the most beautiful rooms and sharing them with readers of blogs like this one. Thanks to Lela for letting me share with you today! Hope they inspire some fashion and decorating ideas.

Fashion trends tend to lead interior design trends, making the two connected in a very special way. For instance, we see a brilliant hue on the runway and shortly thereafter it starts popping up in home furnishings or on the walls of the fashion and design forward. Here are four runway looks and rooms that remind us how interchangeable fashion and interior trends can be. Please enjoy!

Runway Look
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You gotta swing your hips now
That’s right, you’re doing fine
Come on, baby
Jump up, Jump Back
– “The Locomotion”, Litta Eva

This skirt is one of those garments that forces you to dance. No apologies for the blur in these photos, my darlings. Christmas party-palooza!

What I Wore – handmade bodycon dress with exaggerated shoulders (let’s be honest…it’s a bit tight…I typically try to avoid hoisted my chest up to my chin), polka-dotted tiered skirt, and black tights.
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citizens of humanity jeans

“She came back from California
Lost her way alone in Georgia
Found she wanted something more
Like what she did before
And then she stumbled back into me”
– “Skinny Jeans“, The Bigger Lights

I am not what you would call a ‘jeans girl‘. If you have read my book, you know that – for me – dresses make up 95% of my wardrobe. For this reason, I have found it incredibly surprising that I have fallen in love with Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinny jeans.

Practically, they should not work for me. As a petite, curvy woman with a very different frame to a sample-size model, skinny jeans usually don’t flatter my body type. The Avedons, however, have a luxuriously-textured denim with a flattering stretch that wraps around my curves without feeling like a jegging. My legs are praising the opportunity to stay warm (aka covered) this winter!

What I Wore – Thick, batwing sweater and Avedon skinny jeans.
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British Computer
I never really knew how long I would blog for. I’m not even sure if there was a defining reason I started LelaLondon.com. The fantastic thing is, for over a year and a half, I have posted at least twice a week – sometimes reaching up to fourteen blogs a day…

And my life is better because of it.

Truly…better. I have found that there is a lot to be learned and a lot to be gained by doing the things you love. I write because I love to write. I spend time responding to your e-mails and giving you advice because I love it. I loved packing up and moving to Thailand to write a book and be adventurous. I love the independence and individuality I can share with you here. I love that this blog – ten years from now – will mark a major moment in both my life and career.

This blog may not be my career, but it has been the most valuable help to my career. Two things you must know, 1) Writing was a hobby, at the start, 2) I certainly wasn’t born with a silver spoon (I’ll spare you the sob story). I was a freelance fashion stylist and make-up artist with lots to say. Through offline efforts, work was good, but this blog took the driver’s seat when it took me to Fashion Week. It took me to the ‘inside’ of the industry in a way I hadn’t expected to reach for at least a few more years.

Styling turned into consultancy, to freelance writing jobs, to a position as a media executive, and now…now, I have my dream job.

I truly believe it wouldn’t have been possible without this blog. Of course, my offline efforts and ethics account to more than handing my URL out at fashion parties, but I believe the blog was a key factor in determining both my voice and direction.

I want to thank you for being a part of it. Even if this is the first blog you’ve ever read. I think it is important to realise just how profoundly important every girl and boy from WhereverLand who types my name into Google every day is. How much every Facebook share, comment, Tumbl or tweet has the chance to bring a little more fun, insight and beauty into a new reader’s life.

These days, you don’t need to be related to Anna Wintour to work in fashion. You don’t need to be rich to have a voice. You don’t need to go to college to be a wanton technology God. You don’t need to work on SNL to make a million people laugh. If you mix it with hard work, the internet – blogging, in my case – can make your dreams come true.

Only in my dreams did I imagine I would be an editor at 21 years old.*

*And thats all I can tell you for now, my loves! ;D

coquet coquette

Coquet coquette, you know I won’t forget
How you kissed me strange to prove you were mythical
– “Coquet, Coquette“, Of Montreal

If there were ever a band designed to make you throw on something lacy and swing your hips around the office, it would be Of Montreal. I can never sit still when I put their music on (and I suggest you follow suit!).

What I Wore: Black peplum mini dress with lacy sleeves from China, black caged heels from Siam Square, a multi-string necklace of vintage pearls, and “16 Rouge Roxane” from YSL Rouge Pur Couture.
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