Improve Your Appearance: Not For Anyone Else But Yourself.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Do you ever feel like you're overlooked? You're the girl that people never see. Instead, they check out your friends, or the girl walking behind you - Everyone's been there; it's not an awesome feeling. But has anyone ever told you that you could do something about that? - It's not about changing yourself, neither is it about anyone else but yourself. If you're happy with your appearance and the person you are - good for you, girl. It's all about confidence. But if you think certain areas could be improved to be more confident, here's how.

Face. Makeup should be renamed 'magic', because that's really what it is. With so many new techniques out there nowadays, espeicially in the contouring and colour correcting department, you can sculpt facial features, hide acne and blemishes and even have an instant 'nose job'! It's cray the things we can do, so if there'se something about your face that you're really self-conscious about, make may be the cure. you just need to learn how to use it the right way. You don't want to hide behind it though; you just want to use it as a tool to accentuate your good bits and conceal the bad bits and keep the parts your're really confident natural looking. For me the main thing would be hiding the acne in ways that the finished product still looks natural.

Clothes. Are your clothes not doing your body justice anymore? No matter what your body type, it's so important to dress right for it. If you're a curvy girl, don't hide it with huge clothes that hang off your body! Curves should be embraced, so don't be scared to flaunt what you've got. Plus, shopping is a great excuse to gather all your girls up and make a day out of it, so call them up and get ready to put on a fashion show! However, it's not just about what flatters your body most but it's also about how confident you feel in what you're wearing and finding the right balance.

Accessories. Accessories are so much fun to play around with, whether that be with a scarf, a bag or some jewellery. They can be added as a final touch to your overall look, and can bring everything together. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought 'there's something missing...?' Well, maybe it was that new piece of roman jewellery you bought, or the little bow tie to put in your hair or simply a pair of earrings. Don't be afraid to be daring and experiment, that's what addds to the fun, so get mixing and matching and see what you can come up with.

Hair. Are you at that point where you find yourself having a bad hair day - everyday? We've all been there, and we refuse to acknowledge that we need a new look, because it just seems to be too much hassle, but is it really? Don't you have a favourite celebrity hairstyle that you've always wanted to try out - Now is a better time that any. Interesting and related story; I was on a night out once with my girls and they were all being chatted up except me. The only guy to approach me and talk to me said "You need a haircut for a more fresh look". In fact at that point I was very unsure of my hair style and my lack of confidence must have given that off. Sure, it's scary, we don't want to risk cutting our hair too short, or dying it a colour that we hate, but how will we ever  know if we don't try? As long as you find a good, qualified hairdresser, you will have nothing to worry about.

So take the leap, it's about time you do something for you.

Get The Most Out of a New York Shopping Trip

Thursday, 25 May 2017
Shopping in New York is an experience like no other. With the number of high-end labels based there, and some of the most prestigious clothes stores anywhere in the world, it's no wonder that so many Europeans head to the Big Apple more or less just for the shopping. If you're heading to New York soon, obviously you'll want to make the most of the trip. Here are some handy tips for shopping in New York...

Districts Mean Discounts The fashion industry in New York is centered in the Garment District, where you can find a lot of clothing, textiles, and fabrics at incredibly low prices. You'll find a lot of it isn't all that tasteful or current, but you're sure to run into at least one bargain that you simply need to jump on. There is another couple of block-long districts where you can find a lot of gorgeous accessories to polish off your outfit. The Diamond District in Midtown has over 2,000 independent jewellers, where you can pick up typically expensive jewellery at a discounted price. The Flower District in Chelsea has a lot of wholesalers who deal in fresh blooms as well as high-quality fake flowers.

Travel for the Clearances in January & July.  While there are clearance sales at various shops scattered through the year, some of the larger and more prestigious department stores, like Bloomingdale's, tend to have them after their storewide inventories, taking place at the start of January and July. If you're scrambling to plan a trip in July, just make sure you get all your paperwork sorted out in advance, as American customs can be a little tricky to wrap your head around. Start by making sure your passport is going to be valid, and then checking out sites like to understand your visa and other documentation options.

Get Off the Radar. Sure, Century 21 and the Nordstrom Rack in Manhattan may be the most famous shopping locations in the city, but there are a lot of less-trafficked areas, with more merchandise throughout the different boroughs of New York. One must-see store is the huge Century 21 in Bay Ridge, which you can read more about here: Neiman Last Call in Dowtown Brooklyn is also a good one to put on your list. By hitting these more off-the-radar locations, you'll have a wider variety of clothes and accessories to choose from, and will be able to dodge the crowds of your fellow tourists that full up Manhattan in the summer!

Don't Miss TJ Maxx. When you've burned through most of you budget, TJ Maxx is a great place to find a wide selection of designer denim, clothing , shoes and accessories, all at incredibly low prices. It also has new arrivals coming in every weekday. With the stock always rotating, you'll be able to make a few day trips to this amazing store through your trip, without ever feeling like you've seen everything. Try to hit it on Wednesdays, where more of the stock tends to be marked down.

Rimmel London VS. Barry M Nail Polish Review

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My biggest collection of products in the beauty department is nail polishes. I am addict to nail polish. An addiction I owe to Rachel from Beauty & The Bird who used to sport jazzy nail colours back in uni 7 years ago (this makes me sound old) and who was the first person I bought my first nail polish with. Now I can't walk past a nail polish stand without getting one and there are too many stands in Boots. So it was a matter of time before I get the same shades in my collection.

Blue is one of my favourite colours for spring and summertime and I've got so many that I kind of forget the different shades I own and thus I recently ended up purchasing a Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in the shade Blueberry
that looks exactly the same as the Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polish in the shade Bestival Blue. This phenomenon calls for a comparison review so as to help me justify the extra money spent on something I clearly didn't need. Or did I? Which one is better? Well, following my little experiment I have made a decision and here are the results. 

Application. Both nail polishes have a wide brush, Rimmel London's one being the widest and I find this makes it easier to apply. Upon application I like the Rimmel London finish over the Barry M. Rita Ora's nail polish looks fine with one coat on whereas the Barry M nail polish was still a bit translucent in areas which required a second coat for an even finish. Although the Barry M nail polish in this review is from the Gelly range there is no difference to the Rimmel London nail polish by Rita Ora. 
Winner: Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polish

The drying stage. This is the most crucial stage for busy people. I've got no time for nail polishes that take ages to dry or remain tacky for a long time. Because I only did one coat of the Rimmel London and two of the Barry M, the latter obviously took longer to dry. But I'm pretty convinced that if you were to settle for one coat of the Barry M it would take about the same time as the Rimmel London nail polish to dry, which was not long at all (half the length of a Michalaks video). 
Winner: Draw.

Longetivity. Also crucial for busy people because having to redo a manicure a million times during the week is not really helpful. Unfortunately when I remembered I needed to take 'after' pictures I had already taken it off. But I am going to be completely honest (and I'm not sponsored in anyway). I had the manicure on for 6 days. Both hands were chipped at the top of the nails. The right hand however, the Barry M hand, was chipped a lot more. Three of the nails were chipped half way down the nail at the sides. It is because of the hand sporting the Barry M nail polish that I felt the urge to remove and redo my manicure in fact. The nails painted with the Rimmel London varnish, although slightly chipped at the top, still looked very decent. This is a general trait with the Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polishes.
Winner: Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polish. 

Value for money. The Rimmel nail polish is £2.99 and the Barry M Gelly nail polish is £3.99. Just a pound difference between the two, which makes the race even harder. 
Winner: Considering that Rimmel won two of the categories and is cheaper it has to be... Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polish. 

Both brands are renowned for their good products and cheap price tags which can create a bit of confusion when deciding which to pick. I hope this review helps sort things out for you. I pick Rimmel London Rita Ora Nailpolish, what do you pick?

Embroidered Flowers & Fluted Sleeves | Spring/ Summer Style

Monday, 22 May 2017
Topshop Embroidered Shirt and Dune Bag in the Maltese Rocks

Following a week of rain in the London the flowers surely should bloom on our clothing. Despite the sun which should make more frequent appearances spring can still be a bit chilly and long sleeves can be beneficial. However, long sleeves don't mean letting go of the spring vibes. Add a fluted sleeve and you have the perfect spring shirt. Take a look at this look featuring a shirt from Topshop. Styled with fantastic pieces this smart casual look clashes with the beautiful Maltese rocks.

Topshop Shirt, Zara culottes, Zara shoes, Malta beach
Shirt - Topshop / Trousers - Zara / Shoes - Zara

Topshop shirt, zara culottes, zara shoes

Topshop shirt, zara culottes, zara shoes

Topshop Shirt
 Shirt - Topshop

Topshop shirt with embroidered flowers

Topshop shirt with fluted sleeves

Zara Block Heel yellow shoes

Dune London Mini shoulder bag in blush pink

7X via ASOS aviator sunglasses in gold
Sunglasses - 7X via ASOS

This smart casual look although still featuring long sleeves has all the necessary spring and summer style features. The whole look is very light with white and grey being the main colours. A pop of vibrant colours are added through the embroidered flowers on the Topshop shirt which are blue and red with green leaves and the yellow shoes from Zara. The blush pink Dune Line bag adds to the spring characteristics of the look while clashing beautifully with the shoes. And take the time to appreciate the beauty of this bag. Besides the colours within this outfit, spring is also defined through various architectural features of the pieces. Embroidering, fluted sleeves, culottes and pointed toes are all features that you should look out for to create the ultimate spring look. 


Choosing Accessories for Any Look

Friday, 19 May 2017

Low Angle View of Shoes

Looking good doesn't usually come cheap. Having to buy loads of different styles is just the start. Then, you have to think about accessories for each of those styles. At the end of this, the bank will never be happy. And, this is why it's important to look for accessories that work for all of your styles; not just one. Usually, this will just be a case of choosing items that can be both formal and informal. But, you might need more. So, to help you out, this post will be going through three accessories to help you start looking for options that suit everything you already own.

1. Shoes. Shoes are usually the hardest part of this. There are loads of different styles available and you will need different options to match the different clothing you have. For this are, it's best to go at it with a plan of attack. You should choose four different types of shoe to buy, basing the options you choose on the items you already own. A pair of trainers, tall boots, high shoes, and smart shoes will usually do the trick for most people. But, of course, you might want to get a couple extra. It's best to look for items that suit as many of the outfits you have as possible and then, when you buy clothing in future think about the shoes you own beforehand. Otherwise, you could find that you need to buy more shoes.

2. Jewellery. This next area is a little easier. Jewellery comes in loads of different styles and forms. But, you don't need that many items to have a good set. Like shoes, most people will be able to get by with just a set for normal wearing and a set for formal events. The items you choose will be based on your budget. But, things like handmade pearl jewellery can be perfect for big events, where you want to impress and semi-precious stones can be good for everything else. If you have a specific image of what jewellery you want there are brands which allow you to design your own jewellery these days. Most people build their collection over their entire life. So, you don't have to get everything now. Instead, it can be better to invest in an item at a time

3. Bags. Being a handbag addict myself this is a hard one to recommend but I guess its easy if you don't have the constant desire to buy handbags. Bags are an essential part of an outfit especially because otherwise we'd carry everything in our hands. Like anything else in fashion you can go for so many designs, sizes and colours but keeping it simple is the key to having a handbag that matches with most outfits. Black cross body bags are always the safest and simplest choice to make in this department.

There are loads of other small accessories you can get to go with your outfits and when you're accessory shopping you keep in mind one thing; what you already have. It's best to avoid buying new things because you've bought something else and have nothing to go with it. We know this results in unreasonable splurging and a bad habit of 'buying everything I see'. Hopefully, this gives you a good idea of what can be done if you want your items to be used more than just once.

The Sportswear Trousers & Tulle Top | Spring/ Summer 2017 Style

Monday, 15 May 2017

Full outfit. Tailored joggers,cami crop top and sheer tulle top. Lace up and high heeled shoes.
Trousers - Brave Soul via ASOS / Top - Glamorous Via ASOS / Cami Top - ASOS

Sheer tulle top, chunky sunglasses and hoop earrings
Sunglasses - 7X via ASOS / Earrings - ASOS

Sheer tulle over watch
Watch - Olivia Burton via John Lewis / Nailpolish - Barry M Prickly Pear

Versace 19:69 Shoes. Healed lace up leather and felt shoes
Shoes - Versace 19:69

A look that is perfect for an evening party or event if you're not one for the floral and feminine spring elements. The tailored trousers with the white stripe at the side, basically tailored joggers, bring the sportswear vibes that are a trend to this look. Styled with a sheer tulle peplum top the whole look maintains its sporty streaks but also give it a bit more edge. Being very sheer you can opt for the cami crop top as in this look or just a bralette, if you're comfortable. Although the shoes are very high heeled and could lift this outfit to a very smart look, the lace up style of the shoe and the metal detailing add to the edge of the look rather making it smart. A very dark, edgy, smart casual look. 


Homeware Haul | Spring/ Summer 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

I put together this short video, which is a haul but presented differently, to show you what bits I got for my place for spring. All of the items are linked in the description box below and you can also see the prices and the place I got the items from on screen. It includes items from H&M Home, Debenhams, Patch and other shops.

Getting Your Body Prepped for Summer

Friday, 12 May 2017
Summer is just around the corner, and with a bit of luck, that'll mean long days in the sunshine, warm evening around the BBQ, and a few memorable parties under starlight that'll capture all that's great about the season. But if summer is going to bring its A game, then so must you. If you're delaying getting yourself ready for the summer season, now's the time to start. Here are a few useful tips to set you on the right path.

Starting the Routine. People come in all shapes and sizes, which is great and we should embrace it, but it does take some effort to tone our bodies; it won't just happen. Now we're in spring, it's time to start looking at exercising and getting into shape You should start small, especially if you've been inactive for the winter months. Going for a jog and then gradually increasing the pace and distance will be a good start. Once you're ready to up the ante, join a gym or make the use of the free YouTube workouts and do you exercise at home. As well as getting you into shape, you'll also be giving your energy levels a boost.

Taking Care of the Details. We're mostly of the 'hood up, covered from head to toe' variety during the winter. Not so in summer, when we'll be baring a bit more skin to the world. This means you'll want to take care of a few extra details that don't usually get exposed. Hair removal becomes one of your daily routines again unless you opt for something like Laser hair removal which will have your legs, arms and other areas smooth for the summer season. Also, a pedicure will let you wear sandals and flip flops with confidence. Additionally, after the winter you might want to shake up your hair and get a fresh cut or colouring.

Being Skin Safe. Our skin can take a bit of beating during the cold and harsh winter months, but it can be outright damaging during the summer season. If you're going to be heading out into the sunshine, make sure you have the appropriate amounts of suntan lotion to protect your skin. You'll also want to be moisturising more often as the temperature creeps up to ensure your body is properly hydrated.

Eating Well. You can get away with eating whatever you want during autumn and winter. It's time of the year when we indulge in comfort foods, and there's nothing wrong with that. But there won't be too many hot chilli dishes or casseroles from now. Now's the time to switch out to light meals, salads, fish and the like. This is the time of the year when delicious vegetables and fruits are coming into season. If you ever needed an excuse to eat healthily, well, summer is it! Your body will thank you and so will your tastebuds, as you'll be adding many new delicious meals to your repertoire.