29 Apr 2015

SS15 Fashion Trend #2

Ciao A good pick-me-up is often called for on a Wednesday morning, especially as you're in that middle-of-the-week stage where the weekend seems so near yet so far away. Well I guess you're in luck as I'm right on cue to give you exactly that. Before I do, a few words of wisdom... Ignore the ton of emails you've so desperately been told to reply back to, mute your office telephone and hush anyone who dares to even breathe loudly around you. A bit extreme? Ha! Not extreme enough. After all, fashion is life.

Last season the fashion world took a step back in time as it sought and found inspiration from the swingin' 60s. Flash forward an entire decade and that's exactly where SS15 has landed. The runway shows of designers such as Chloe, Emilio Pucci, Gucci and Louis Vuitton were swamped with a 1970s retro revival. Featured below are some of my favourite looks from these shows.

Fashion in the early 70s was a continuation of the bohemian hippy culture that was popular in the mid-to-late 60s. An everyday go-to outfit consisted of a pair of bell-bottoms, otherwise known as flares, which were often high-waisted, patched and denim. These were worn by both males and females and were usually of a floor sweeping length. Ladies would tackle the trousers dragging on the floor business by strutting their stuff in a pair of platforms or boots. The additional height also helped to compliment the slim, structured silhouette of the trouser and did a great job of elongating their legs. These were paired with loose-fitting tops in the form of peasant blouses and wraparounds or tight-fitting t-shirts and crop tops.

  • #FashionTrendFact: During this era, wardrobe staples included bell-bottoms, broderie anglaise, patchwork denim, fringing and suede.
  • #FashionTrendTip: If you intend on incorporating a bold print into your outfit, pair it with something that is quite neutral to ensure you do not have a clash or mix-match of prints. 
Debbie Harry, Farrah Fawcett and Bianca Jagger were some of the biggest style icons in the 70s. Females from far and wide lusted over their every outfit and did their best to replicate their effortless fashion ensembles. This is of no surprise as all three ladies have left a fashionable imprint to this very day. I'm sure all of you have seen, possibly even drooled slightly, over that red swimsuit photo of Farrah? I rest my case :)

A great thing about this trend is that very little effort and time is needed to rock it as it can easily be pulled off simply through the use of accessories (i.e. a fringed handbag and a floppy hat). Also, if you're a student who is quite strapped for cash or someone who isn't interested in buying into fashion trends, due to them changing every season, but still want to look fashionably up-to-date then simply make use of what you already have. I'm 99.9% certain that you'll find something in your wardrobe, or even your mum's for that matter, that will illustrate this trend perfectly. Not so easily convinced? Ah! Well, how many of you have a dress or skirt that is cut in an A-line shape? A loose-fitting blouse perhaps? Or even a denim jacket? Ha! I thought so. This trend is centred around a vintage and retro look so don't be afraid to pull out that 'old' top you have hiding at the back of your wardrobe :) 

  • #FashionTrendTip: This trend goes hand-in-hand with the upcoming festival season meaning it's extremely versatile. Instead of spending lots of money trying to accommodate both trends, why don't you integrate the contents of your wardrobe across both.
  • #FashionTrendFact: Bold prints (paisley and chevron stripes), a mixture of fabrics such as suede and denim and an array of bright colours were extremely popular in the 70s. 

Below is a collection of my favourite 70s finds from the high-street and online stores, all of which are currently available to purchase. What are you favourite pieces from this selection? I'm loving the
patent platform sandals and wraparound suede dress () Not so much the price though lol :P

White Rubber Chunky Frame Sunglasses - £10 from River Island (click here to view)
Street Style Weaving & Tassels Crossbody Bag - £19.20 from Rosegal (click here to view)
Wide Leather Belt and Square Buckle - £25.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Button Through Floral Print Skirt - £36 from Topshop (click here to view)
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Hepburn Honey Lipstick - £23 from Selfridges (click here to view)
Dark Orange Wool Floppy Hat - £14.99 from New Look (click here to view)
Imitation Suede Waistcoat - £39.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Lena2 Patent Platform Sandals - £56 from Topshop (click here to view)
Fringed Necklace - £14.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Floral Peasant Blouse - £35 from Marks and Spencer (click here to view)
Paisley Crepe Shorts - £22 from Dorothy Perkins (click here to view)
Wraparound Suede Dress - £199.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Faux Suede A-Line Skirt - £39.50 from Marks and Spencer (click here to view)

Ciao ♥ Xx

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24 Apr 2015

Spring Lookbook

Ciao Just thought I'd check in to see if you guys have watched my latest YouTube video. If not what are you waiting for? Click HERE to feast your fashion craving eyes on these four spring friendly outfits. Please give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and don't forget to subscribe so I can keep y'all fashionably updated :)

Don't forget to let me know which outfit is your favourite.
Ciao ♥ Xx

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20 Apr 2015


Ciao  How are you? I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the current sunny weather will shine away your Monday blues. See what I did there? Shine. Sunny. Get it? Lol :P Anyway, enough with the lame jokes as I'm back today with an #OOTD which features in my latest Spring Lookbook 2015 video. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel as I promise to provide you with lots of fashion inspiration and keep y'all stylishly updated.

As soon as I caught sight of this jumpsuit I knew I just had to have it. Clearly, this was a thought I shared amongst many other women as a few hangers in, my size was nowhere to be seen. Gah! Disappointment had slowly started to creep in when I suddenly spotted my size hidden at the very back. Ha! Sorry to whoever tried to hide it lol :P

It's fair to say that I'm not the biggest fan of visible zips on clothing as I think they look somewhat tacky. Thankfully, this one is rather discreet and is almost camouflaged into the busy print of the garment. I particularly love the deep v-neck at the front and back of the jumpsuit as it's sexy but in a very classy and subtle way. I paired it with my vibrant cobalt blue hat and strappy tie-up heels which I absolutely adore. What do you guys think?
Jumpsuit from Primark
Heels from Zara
Hat from Topshop
Clutch from Primark

If you would like to see more of this outfit or want to check out what else I wore in my Spring Lookbook click HERE. You won't be disappointed :) X

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17 Apr 2015

Wish List | April

MOTO Authentic Cain Jeans - £42 from Topshop (click here to view)
Cat Eye Sunglasses - £17.99 from Mango (click here to view)
Beaded Long Necklace - £20 from Topshop (click here to view)
Tabla Lipstick - £15.50 from MAC (click here to view)
Zipped Quilted Messenger Bag - £29.99 from Zara (click here to view)
White Air Max Thea - £84.99 from Office (click here to view)
Straw Hat - £14.99 from H&M (click here to view) 
Minimalist Bangle Set - £25 from Made (click here to view)

Ciao ♥ Xx

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10 Apr 2015

OOTD | YouTube

Ciao ♥ I've just uploaded an #OOTD to my YouTube channel and would love for you guys to check it out. It would also be super cool if you guys could give this video a thumbs up (considering you like it of course lol) and subscribe to my channel by simply clicking on the red button in the sidebar. Yep, it's that easy. Anyways below is my latest upload. Enjoy! X

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5 Apr 2015

Outfit of the Day (#OOTD)

Happy Easter I hope you're all having a lovely and relaxing Sunday. So far I've spent my afternoon drinking tea, watching YouTube videos and painting my nails. I'm now just waiting to devour my dad's roast. Now that's what I call complete and utter Sunday bliss :) 

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me post this outfit 'bout a week ago (no Bobby Shmurda pun intended. I swear lol). I received lots of lovely comments and thought I just had to share it with y'all. To get sneak peeks of upcoming #OOTD posts make sure you follow me on Instagram by simply clicking that follow button.

It's very unlikely of me to post an outfit where I'm not wearing something from Zara. It just doesn't happen #ZaraJunkie :P Every season Zara brings out a few pairs of heels that has all of us ladies drooling and lusting over. These black, caged, tie-up heels are just one of them. Aren't they gorgeous? They sold out online in next to no time despite being restocked twice. So you can understand how lucky I was to get my hands on feet into these. I bought them from the Brompton Road store where I was told these were actually the last pair in my size. Phew! I paired them with these beautiful high-waisted culottes which do nothing but ooze elegance. What do you guys think about my outfit? Oo and what is your favourite brand to shop at? X

 Cami Top from T.M.Lewin
Culottes from Zara
Caged Heels from Zara
Floppy Hat from H&M

Ciao ♥ Xx

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1 Apr 2015

Product Review | L'Oreal True Match Foundation

Ciao How are you? I hope you're all doing well. I'm back today with a review on one of my current go-to make-up products: L'Oreal's True Match Foundation.

This might come as a slight surprise (or not lol) to those beauty enthusiasts who have been using this product day in, day out, ever since you first discovered your love for make-up. So basically foundation is all pretty new to me. Yes! Despite being nearly 23 years of age I've only just recently started to incorporate it into my every other day make-up routine. Initially, I only wore foundation on certain occasions (i.e. going out for dinner or on a night out) as I disliked the idea of caking my face in something that I felt my good skin could do without. Instead I would often opt for a BB cream due to its light and natural-looking finish.

Nonetheless, I still wanted to find the perfect foundation for my skin and so the hunt began. Okay, so foundation is a product that I am willing to spend however much money on. Ha! Go ahead and call me crazy but isn't it crazy not to? After all it's worn on your face which is usually the first thing that people notice about you. I feel it's something that all users should consider as an investment. This isn't to say that you should rule out using a drugstore foundation but more so to promote the importance of trying both high-end and drugstore products. What many people fail to realise is that not every foundation, no matter how much it's raved about, is going to suit or compliment your skin.

Thereby, in order to find the perfect foundation I think it's wise to try out a few to see which one works best for you. Roll your eyes at me not as you don't have to spend a darn penny to do so. Most luxury brands are more than willing to provide you with a sample so you can try the product out before purchasing it :) Gah! I'm rambling now. Long story short, upon being introduced to the market I heard lots of positive reviews on L'Oreal's True Match Foundation. Not only did this intrigue me but it also made me extremely keen to find out what the hype was about and boy am I happy I did.

The L'Oreal True Match Foundation is available in 18 shades ranging from light to dark and warm to neutral to cool. It contains SPF 17, comes in a 30ml bottle with a pump and retails at £9.99. It provides a lightweight coverage which can easily be built up to a medium coverage by using an extra half a pump of product. I start off by applying a few dabs of the foundation (shade C2 Rose Vanilla) around my face and use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to blend it all in. I find that together these two work like a dream as the foundation buffs into my skin effortlessly leaving me with a natural and matte finish.

This is what my skin looked liked after wearing the foundation for 5+ hours.

Have any of you guys tried this foundation before? If so, what are your thoughts? I'd also love for you guys to suggest any other foundations that you feel are worth a purchase :) You can also read my previous Mehr Mac lipstick review by clicking here.

Ciao ♥ Xx

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