1 Oct 2015

Outfit of the Day (#OOTD)

Ciao ♥ I’ve never quite understood why people look forward to the arrival of autumn. It baffles me. I just don't get it (*looks around confused*). Don't get me wrong, I love sipping on hot cups of pumpkin spice latte, burning autumnal scented candles and rockin' chunky knitwear, just as much as the next person BUT please spare me the colder and darker days/nights. Brrr! I can most certainly do without those.

That's not to say I haven't prepared myself. Call me crazy but I've already bought not one, not two but three seven new coats. Yes! Seven. As in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Gah! Now I've written that down it sounds a little, erm... excessive, especially as they were all bought before autumn had even arrived. Three of those coats are from Hunter Boots who recently pulled off a spectacular show at London Fashion Week. The one I'm wearing in today's outfit post is metallic and puffy. Not something that sounds like it should work but thankfully it does. At least I think so anyway :P

I rocked this outfit last weekend when the girls and I headed to Shoreditch for a spot of chill time and a bite to eat at the French restaurant, Haché. I ordered the Steak Milano which is a Scotch steak burger topped with buffalo mozzarella, Parmesan shavings on sun-dried tomato tapende and a side order of frites. Mmm! It really is as delicious as it looks (*salivating like a dog*).

Nearly all of my jeans, and almost all of those that have been featured on my blog, are the Topshop Joni jeans. If you haven’t yet strutted your stuff in a pair of these badboys, what are you waiting for? They’re super high-waisted, have a spray-on effect and really help to emphasise your body shape (#FYI: I buy mine in a W26L30). I'm utterly obsessed with them so picture my happiness when I saw that the 'New In This Week' section on the Topshop website featured a khaki and burgundy pair. Obviously, this caused me to have a I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE type of moment in which my eager little fingertips typed away my bank details before I could stop myself. Do I feel bad? Hell to the no.

I also bought three ribbed crop tops in a size 8 but found them to be quite an awkward fit; the arms too long, the shoulders too big. I then reordered four more in a size 6 hoping they would be a better fit. They weren't so I've now returned all of them but the camel coloured one I'm wearing below. Finally, knowing there would be lots of walking around involved I slid my feet into my dusty pink Superga flatforms which are super comfortable. What do you guys think?

(Jacket: Hunter Boots // Top: Topshop // Jeans: Topshop // Trainers: Superga // Necklace: Greenwich Market)

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Ciao ♥ Xx 

27 Sep 2015

Product Review | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Ciao ♥ It's been a hot minute or so since I came at you guys with a product review, which is a tad surprising, as I've really enjoyed using an array of products these past few months. In today's post I will be discussing a product you're likely to have heard of before, or even currently use, as it's constantly being raved about. It's none other than Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water.

Up until a few months ago, my skin used to be super sensitive. This meant I was always cautious as to what products I'd apply to my face, especially around my eye area, as I didn't want to cause any sort of reaction. Due to this sensitivity I was constantly on the hunt for a range of products that were not going to irritate my skin. This certainly proved to be a lot harder than I thought. The majority of products I tried out were not 'suitable for sensitive skin' despite claiming to be so as they'd cause my skin to flare up in red patches, become very itchy and leave me with a burning sensation. Not the most pleasant of experiences I tell you.

Thankfully, I can happily say (*wipes forehead*) that I've experienced none of the irritable-ness mentioned above when using this product. No siree! I'm sure this is massively helped by the fact it is fragrance free and cleanses your skin, lifting away any dirt. I'm also super impressed at how light this feels on my skin as I dislike lathering my face in rich substances. Furthermore, this comes in a generous bottle size of 400ml and retails for an affordable price of £4.99. Better yet, this product is currently on offer at Superdrug for the reduced price of £3.29 (click here to view/purchase).

Another great thing about this product is that you're able to remove impurities and make-up without rinsing. Yes, really. This is perfect if you're on the go and conveniently have their travel size bottle (125ml) at hand. Ooo! Did I mention it's non-oily? Nope. Well now you know :)

Finally, to those who are intrigued as to how I use this product... I apply a liberal amount of product onto three or four cotton pads ensuring that at least three-quarters of each pad is moist. I then gently rub the product into my skin in circular motions, until all traces of make-up is removed. This procedure is super quick and takes no more than two or three minutes. Please keep in mind that when it comes to foundation, I opt for a light-medium coverage. Thereby, what might be enough product for me might not be for you.

What do you guys use to remove your make-up? I'd also love to know if you guys enjoy reading these type of posts. If so, let me know in the comment box below so that I can produce similar content on a more regular basis.

Ciao ♥ Xx 

22 Sep 2015

Wish List | September

MOTO Ripped Cain Premium Jeans - £45 from Topshop (click here to view)
Atlettis Clutch Bag In Suede - £190 from Coccinelle (click here to view)
Stripe Ribbed Lurex - £40 from Warehouse (click here to view)
Taylor Morris Vredefort Round-Frame Sunglasses - £150 from Harvey Nichols (click here to view)
Leather Studded Hem Mini Skirt - £90 from Topshop (click here to view)
Wool Hat - £24.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette - £38 from Feelunique (click here to view)
Agent Provocateur Saskia Non Padded Plunge Navy Bra - £60 from John Lewis (click here to view)
Agent Provocateur Saskia Mini Navy Briefs - £30 from John Lewis (click here to view)
Boucle Check Scarf - £49 from Hobbs (click here to view)
Winter Birch Faux Fur Coat - £185 from French Connection (click here to view)

Ciao ♥ Xx 

12 Sep 2015

AW15 Fashion Trend #1

Ciao ♥ Much to my dismay autumn is menacingly creeping up on our doorsteps. Its official arrival will unwelcomingly be taking place in exactly 11 days' time. Although I am deeply (allow me to emphasise this by making it bold) saddened by summer’s nearing departure, I am somewhat relieved that I still have a fair bit of time to get you ladies fashionably prepared for the upcoming season.

Over the new few weeks I will be showcasing a selection of the hottest fashion trends in an ‘AW15 Fashion Trends’ blog post series. In today’s instalment I will be focusing upon the 70s trend. This revival kick-started off last season, which you can read about here: SS15 Fashion Trend – The 70s, and has been back in fashion ever since. Before I begin, a little word of advice… grab yourself a cuppa and some biscuits as there’s lots of fashionable advice and tips to soak in.

Fashion in the 1970s, famously known as the “Me Decade”, has continued to be the biggest source of style inspiration this year. Some of the biggest names in the fashion industry including Anna Sui, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chloe and Jonathan Saunders have all incorporated the 70s trend into their AW15 RTW collection. Featured below are some of my favourite looks from their catwalk 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 worn by both men and women. Personally, I feel that these look best when worn with a tight-fitting top such as a metallic, ribbed jumper featuring a chevron or stripe pattern or a silk pussybow blouse. I'd also suggest you finish off your outfit by draping on a suede or leather trench coat, an oversize faux-fur coat or a suede sherling or fringed coat. Remember, coats and jackets are the ultimate finishing touch to any outfit so invest in at least one statement piece as it can instantly give you the "I want her outfit" factor.

  • #FashionTrendFact: Last season the high-street stores were overflowing with denim flares. This season these have been surpassed with an array of fabrics including corduroy, wool and suede.
  • #FashionTrendTip: A tight-fitting top helps to compliment the structured silhouette of flares.

Moreover, a great thing about this trend is that it won't leave you penniless halfway through the month, desperately waiting for payday, because you've naughtily overspent trying to update your wardrobe. No siree! In fact, as this trend oozes an effortless retro vibe you're probably better off having a good rummage through your wardrobe, and making use of what you already have. Ha! As if people think they have to splash a load of cash to be bang-on-trend (you really don't). I feel that this idea stems from people failing to realise that trends are constantly being recycled and often come back into fashion every few seasons. I'm sure that's a massive relief to hear, especially for those ladies who heavily invest in the seasonal trends. If it makes you feel better, consider your spending a smart move ;)

I'd also suggest you invest in a few accessories that can be worn with an array of different outfits. These can include a felt floppy hat, skinny scarf, faux-fur stole, turban style headband or a suede fringed handbag. All are relatively affordable and are available to purchase from the majority of the high-street and online stores. This is also perfect for those ladies who only want to incorporate a subtly hint of the 70s trend opposed to rockin' it full-on.

  • #FashionTrendFact: Outwear garments in the 70s mostly consisted of a suede or faux-fur composition and included detailing such as laser cutting, tassels and patchwork.
  • #FashionTrendTip: Textures are a great way of adding some character and dimension to an outfit. It's also quite fun to stroke (LOL). 

Below is a selection of my favourite 70s find from the high-street and online stores, all of which are currently available to purchase. What are you favourite pieces? Mine has to be the leather high-heel courts and Miu Miu sunglasses ♥

Striped Funnel Neck Top - £18 from Topshop (click here to view)
Wool Hat - £19.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Leather High Heel Courts by Unique - £135 from Topshop (click here to view)
Mango Zipped Suede Jacket - £89.99 from House of Fraser (click here to view)
Floral Embroidered A-Line Skirt - £55 from Topshop (click here to view)
Fish Drop Earrings by Patricia Nicolas - £40 from Topshop (click here to view)
Brown Swirl Print Roll Neck Top - £20 from River Island (click here to view)
High-Waisted Cord Flares by Topshop Archive - £65 from Topshop (click here to view)
The Regent Bag - £190 from Karen Millen (click here to view)
Miu Miu 13NS 49 Gold & Brown Sunglasses - £205/£137 from Sunglass Hut (click here to view)
Over The Knee High Heel Leather Boot - £79.99 from Zara (click here to view)
Leather Clutch Bag - £39.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Casio Unisex Gold LCD Bracelet Watch - £35.99 from Argos (click here to view)
Bronze Circle Pendant Collar - £12.50 from Dorothy Perkins (click here to view)
Brown Laser Cut Suede Fringed Cape - £95 from River Island (click here to view)
Limited Edition Floral Midi Shift Dress - £45 from M&S (click here to view)
Faux Fur Scarf - £19.99 from H&M (click here to view)
Felt Floppy Hat - £25 from Oasis (click here to view)
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Sweet Spot - £38 from Selfridges (click here to view)

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Ciao ♥ Xx 

2 Sep 2015


Ciao ♥ A few Saturdays ago the girls and I headed to Portobello Market for some quality girl time, a spot of shopping and some lunch. We had a blissful day weaving our way through the busy crowds, popping in and out of vintage stores, peering over the many different market stalls and filling our bellies with delicious food. It’s actually a tad bittersweet to be reminiscing back, as I vividly remember the sweet arse sunshine that shown down that day.

We grabbed a spot of lunch at a cute Italian restaurant called Luna Rossa on Kensington Park Road. I opted for the roast aromatic salmon fillet with fresh herbs, complimented with salad, and a side order of roast potatoes. This was quite an unusual choice for me because as much as I like salmon, it’s quite rare of me to order a main which doesn’t consist of some form of meat (I love steak).

As we're on the whole food thing... My friends and I have recently decided to eat out at restaurants we’ve never been to opposed to constantly going to the same ones, no matter how much we enjoy the food. There’s so many great restaurants out there and we’re on a mission to discover them. What’s your favourite restaurant? Please comment it down below as I love discovering new places to eat out at as I’m a real foodie.

As for my #OOTD, I picked up this stripy jumper in the Zara sale for the bargainous price of £12.99. Kerching! Despite falling in love with it at first sight I was slightly hesitant about purchasing it as it’s in that itchy material. You know the one I’m talking about, right? The one which has you scratching at yourself in sheer discomfort as if you have hives. Haha! Yes that one. Fortunately, it's bearable.

I paired it with my super high-waisted, ripped jeans which are my favourite kind to wear and threw on my faux leather jacket. I clattered around the streets of Portobello in these wooden block platform heels. Not only do they do a great job of elongating my legs, they’re also super easy to walk in.

For those who wish to see this outfit in a video format, simply click HERE. Make sure you guys follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you'd like to be updated with my day-to-day thoughts and adventures.
Ciao ♥ Xx