So Spring is finally here, well sort of – this English weather has not been on its best behaviour, but there have been a few days where the sun has been shining so I decided to start getting my Spring wardrobe ready and since I was going away on holiday to Malta it was the perfect excuse to get myself a few more summer bits.
Spring trends have really got me excited because there are so many crisp poplin cotton style tops and shirts which are one of my favourite things, and given I was on the hunt for a new white top (you can never have too many of those!) I checked out what Zara and Adolfo Dominguez had and found quite a few options! I have to admit that I have also been very impressed with Zara’s collection for Spring and actually since filming this video I have picked up a few other bits because they have so many classic, versatile yet still trendy pieces this season! I have also been after a pair of boyfriend jeans for a while, and I purchased a pair from Net-A-Porter which you would have already seen featured in this blogpost.
So this one really is a mixed bag with some high street and some designer pieces, and some of the stuff featured is actually on sale right now so well worth checking it out! I hope you enjoy this video and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel!
Seen as so many of you enjoyed my shoe collection video, I thought I would share with you today my designer handbag collection.
Handbags are my guilty pleasure, and I find no better way of treating myself than buying a one of these beauties for myself. I do only own designer handbags at the moment, just because they are pieces I cherish for a very long time and in a way I also feel like they are somewhat of an investment given most of them have quite good resale value, so I prefer to save up for one designer purchase than buy lots of cheaper ones.
From the time I graduated from university I would either get a handbag as a present from my family for a special occasion or I would save up to buy myself something I had been eyeing up for a while and this is really how I have built my collection. I also don’t hang onto bags that no longer really fit my style or that I feel would have better home somewhere else, so I do sell some pieces on Depop and Vestiare Collective (I will link my accounts below so you can check them out) and use this money to then put towards new handbags.
In this video I am sharing all my collection from shopping bags, to clutches so I hope you enjoy it and if you do please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel.
My current wardrobe set up is very far from what it would ideally be for me. I like to think I am quite organised and I do have a bit of OCD, so I love everything to be stored away and out of sight, but unfortunately in my house the wardrobe space is quite limited so things aren’t as well stored as I would like them to, but I have definitely learnt how to make the most out of a small space.
In this video I wanted to show you how I store everything from bags, to shoes and clothes and also share with you some tips I have learnt along the way of how to save space and organise things so that they are accessible but still tidy.
I am also showing you some of my old and current favourites, so I hope you enjoy this video and if you please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
Its finally Spring here in the UK and surprisingly enough it feels almost like summer. The sun has been out, trees are filled with flowers and the city looks stunning! This has to be one of my favourite times of year, because everything jus looks so beautiful covered pastel pinks, greens and blues and the weather is just perfect, barring the frequent rainy days we normally get in this country!
I usually like to invest in a few key pieces each season and then I’ll keep some of my special purchases for when seasonal sales come around, but this year I have to admit that I have been wanting to buy so many things for Spring. So in this post I want to share with you how I have incorporated into my wardrobe and outfits this years’ Spring trends.
The ‘Ruffle’ Trend
Ruffles have been all over runways for a long time now and frankly they were something I couldn’t say I loved at the time, but they have slowly grown on me. I think they add a very feminine touch to any outfit and they can instantly make a high street piece look high end if done in the correct fabric, because they add that touch of drama and opulence. I don’t like to over do it, but I think strategically placed ruffles can definitely be very flattering and recently they are just about everywhere so there is a lot to choose from. A few of my favourite items have to be the Valentino Ruffle Dress which also incorporates the bell sleeve trend, and a number of tops I spotted in Zara. I think they are really ones to look outdoor this season. They have some amazing tops incorporating this trend in both casual and more dressy forms. I have linked a few of my favourite pieces below.
But the star of the show for me this year was this Roksanda Iklinic inspired white Spring coat by Zara. The spring coat is a piece I have always loved, I think I would comfortably say its my favourite item of clothing. I find them so elegant, flattering and they can just elevate any outfit. I love them in every style but my favourite is a tailored fit. They are the perfect cover up for those warm but yet breezy Spring days, and they can add the perfect finishing touch or a pop of colour to a very simple outfit making it look almost runway ready.
This piece has the perfect slim line fit with strong shoulders which in my case really balances out my body shape. I also love how the ruffle trend has been incorporated in a very subtle and wearable way. They had this piece in pink, black and white and although I was initially going to take the pink given its so on trend this year, when I saw the white I just couldn’t resist. I think its such a versatile piece that you can dress up or down and that has the perfect length to pair with both trousers and dresses.
The ‘Boyfriend’ Jeans
This is a trend I have to admit I have struggled to get on board with for a few years. I never though I pair of baggy jeans could look flattering on my body but I saw so many influencers styling these on Instagram that eventually it grew on me. I don’t think I could fully embrace the boyfriend look as it just doesn’t go with the rest of the pieces in my wardrobe which are quite classic, but when I found skinny boyfriend jeans I thought these were the perfect combination of casual, easy going yet not too grungy.
Recently I purchased these from Frame at Net-a-Porter and I have to say that as soon as I tried them on I was in love. I have worn these to death and I love how comfortable and easy yet chic they look. These ones are quite low waisted and not too long which means when yo fold them up they show off the slimmest part of your ankle making them very flattering. I think these look great with anything from sneakers to stilettos and they are the perfect alternative to the classic skinny jeans. Mine are in a medium wash which makes them perfect for Spring and the fabric is a little stretchy so they’re super comfortable but still cling on to all the right places. A lot of the boyfriend jeans these season are in distressed denim but I wanted a more classic feel so I decided to take these which in my opinion are good balance of being on trend yet not loosing my style completely.
The ‘Pink’ Trend
Pink is huge this season, and although I feel like pastel shades are always on trend in Spring this year the colour pink seems to have a very special place not only in pastel shades. I have seen so many designers style a full head-to-toe pink look, and while that can look amazing on the runway I think its not a look most people would wear in every day life.
I personally have never found pink a very flattering colour on my complexion. I feel like it brings out my yellow undertones and makes me look quite sallow or washed out depending on the shade of pink. Given it was hugely in trend though I really wanted to incorporate some pieces into my outfits and I found the easiest way to do that was through accessories.
These shoes and handbag both from Louis Vuitton are pieces I have had for quite a while but hadn’t really worn together very much because I though it was a bit of pink overdose, but I paired them for this outfit and I actually really liked how it turned out. I admit these are in a very muted shade of powder pink but they are a great way to incorporate the colour if you are not willig to go all the way. I also love how Max Mara incorporated pink in quite a subtle way with their powder pink tailored suit and as I mentioned earlier the Valentino ruffle dress is a firm favourite. I think these are all fairly neutrally coloured pieces which you could pair with existing items in your wardrobe so they are a great way to get started on this trend.
The Timeless Spring Staple
Finally I wanted to talk about white tops. If you have been following me for a while you will have probably seen these featured in a number of my videos and blog posts and that is because frankly I don’t think I could ever own enough. I find the shade super flattering and key staple in everyones wardrobes not only for Spring but really all year round. In spring I love pairing it with pastel shades and beige because I think it gives such a feminine yet elegant touch to any outfit.
This year I have I have been seeing so many white cotton poplin tops, which I will talk about in another blog post because they deserve an entire write up to themselves. But on the whole because white is such a neutral colour its the perfect way to incorporate other trends such as ruffles or to balance out an outfit with a lot of colour. I have been loving a few white tops from Zara which I have linked below and a firm favourite which I am wearing here is the piece from Massimo Dutti which I got last Spring. This is quite a loose fitted top so its perfect for a relaxed yet still polished look and I find the neckline is super flattering both when you wear it on its own or to wear under a blazer or coat.
On the whole I have to say I feel like I have embraced a lot more trends this Spring than I have other seasons, but always in a way that flatters my body shape and that fits in with my style. I think the key to trends is that you should always adjust them to fit your personal style and what you feel comfortable with as opposed to the other way around. I would love to know what trends you have been digging this Spring so let me know in the comments below!
I must admit that although I love fashion, shopping actually bores me immensely especially if I am on my own, so online shopping has been the best invention in the world for me!
Although I never end up shopping much online I love browsing, because this way by the time I hit the shops I have a fairly good idea of what I am looking for and where I need to head to. So I tend to browse some of my favourite sites such as Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion, Luisa Via Roma, etc… on a regular basis to see what they have even if I am not looking to buy anything. Today I thought I would share with you some of the pieces I have spotted lately which I have my eye on.
Lets start with the stunning cuff by Saint Laurent. Its actually fairly similar to one I recently purchased and featured in this haul video, by Carolina Herrera, so I doubt I will be purchasing this, but I do think its stunning. I am getting lots of wear out of my Carolina Herrera cuff, although I have to admit it is slightly uncomfortable given it is really wide open on one side and it literally just slides off my wrist at times; But comfort aside it is stunning piece which I think elevates any outfit and given how much I love gold it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe.
I have had a longstanding love affair with my Touch Eclat foundation by YSL. My wedding makeup artist was the one who introduced me to it and I loved the way it made my skin looked from the first day I used it. The YSL Touche Eclat foundation for me has the perfect balance, its not oily but it leaves your skin glowing and has a great staying power. If you have been following this blog and my Youtube channel for a while you will know I have rarely used anything else in my tutorials, but now that I had completely run out of it it was time to try out something new.
Last week I tried out the Dior Diorskin Forever foundation and I have to stay that although it lasted well throughout the day and the coverage was good, I wasn’t overly in love with the super matte finish. If you want to find out more about how I got on with it here is the link to my video, where I do an in-depth review of this foundation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw6AxqEl3fg.
Luckily I hadn’t purchased a full size bottle of the Dior Forever foundation, so I decided to try out the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation. It is an eye wateringly expensive foundation, at a £140 a pop it does create a massive dent in your pocket, but especially if you have mature or dehydrated skin it is an absolute miracle product.
If you have been following this blog for a while you may know by now that I am a huge believer in investing in key pieces that you will use for years to come and will cherish hopefully for ever. So when I am looking to buy a luxury item I usually give it a lot of thought as I hate purchasing things which I will later regret or not get much wear out of.
Something which had been on my mind for years was a luxury watch. I feel like a watch can be such a statement and take any outfit to a different level. It can really dress up a casual outfit or add a touch of extra sparkle and grandeur to a relatively simple outfit. However as we all know luxury watches are expensive so I wanted to make sure that when I picked up a piece it would be something that would make a statement but at the same time was classic and timeless. So after doing a lots of research looking at many different brands, sizes, models etc… I decided that the Chopard Imperiale collection was the perfect fit for me.
Today I am sharing you all of my recent designer purchases. If you saw my video on Wednesday, I took you shopping around London and although I didn’t buy all that much during that vlog I did do quite a bit of online shopping after that! So in this video I wanted to share with you all the stuff I bought!
I have been after a black blazer for quite a while and I really anted to invest in a high end designer piece that was classic and timeless and I would cherish for years, so I bought a few options and would really like to hear from you which one you think I should keep. There are a few other bits I picked up as well including some jewellery and some Aquazurra shoes. So I hope you enjoy this video and if you do, please don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
We are back with a monthly favourites and I have a lot of faves this month! Its basically a roundup of all my summer favourites, as there are a few favourites a forgot to mention in July and of course all my faves for August.
This month I have been loving a lot of beauty and skincare so stay tuned for some amazing product recommendations especially if you are going away on holiday. I also mention a few of the hair predicts I have been loving this summer which have helped keep my frizzy mop under control!
As many of you may know if you have been following me for sometime contouring has to be my favourite beauty technique. I personally have never been too happy with the shape of my face, I feel because my bone structure is so small my features hardly pop and I have always admired those sharp chins and cheek bones like those of Olivia Palermo (sigh!). So ever since I discovered the art of contouring it has been my absolute best friend!
I feel that highlight and contour can just totally transform your face but it is quite easy to cross that line and instead of looking sexy and chiselled you can just end up with a muddy looking face! So I am always on the hunt for new and improved contouring products and my latest discover have been those by Rodial!