Monday, 26 December 2016

Why You Should Let Someone Else Pick Your Outfits

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Choosing what to wear every morning is one of my favourite things to do and it always dictates how I feel for the rest of the day. There is something so empowering about feeling good in what you’re wearing, that it can give a positive spin to your whole day.

Monday, 19 December 2016

What to Wear on Christmas Jumper Day

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I’ve never owned one but from what I hear, most people would refer to their Christmas jumpers as funny or cute rather than fashionable. Seeing as I’ve never owned one, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum when I had to wear one to work on Christmas Jumper Day.

Monday, 5 December 2016

How to Wear an (Actual) Boiler Suit

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It all started with Birkenstocks, continued with Ugg boots and has now culminated with the boiler suit. There have been enough ugly trends resurfacing this year to not be surprised by another one. Less of an ugly trend per se and more like re-appropriated attire, the boiler suit is possibly ultimate proof that anything can be classed as fashion. There’s nothing that says style is subjective more than using an industrial garment, that offers no definition to one’s body whatsoever as a fashion statement.

Monday, 28 November 2016

My Joe Pesci Coat

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Every year, Christmas paraphernalia seems to inundate London earlier and earlier, and this year is no exception. Mistletoe decorations (my personal favourites) hanging off the roof in Covent Garden, Christmas lights on Regent Street, everything is there to make us feel the holiday spirit.

In all this festive feeling, I was also reminded of another holiday classic – Home Alone. The thought didn’t only make me want to have the traditional Home Alone marathon but also inspired me to take out my Joe Pesci coat.

What is a Joe Pesci coat you might ask yourself. Fear not, I am here to explain. Last year as I was rummaging through my grandma’s wardrobe because her clothes are so much cooler than mine, she brought out a brick red, floor length coat that I fell in love with straight away. Something about the colour and how long (and warm!) it is sold me on bringing it back to London with me.

Now, the reason I named it my Joe Pesci coat is because the first time I styled it I decided to pair it with a turtleneck, a black beanie and scarf, which totally made me look like Joe Pesci in Home Alone (see HERE).

The look I chose here is slightly different to that but I still feel like it honours my Joe Pesci coat.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

How to Make Normal Nail Polish Look Like Shellac


Whenever I think of nails, I can’t stop but be surprised by how they can mean so many things to us. We can judge people by the cleanliness of their nails or even by their shape (remember when this was a thing?). We can also use our nails as a pampering means, as a message board, or to scratch our backside. We are nothing but resourceful if we have managed to do so much with what is essentially a bed of dead skin.

Some like to say that you can judge a person by their shoes, but I think nails are an even better criteria. Are your nails square-shaped? You might be a conservative person. Do you prefer to change your nail colour regularly or do you stick to your classics? Do you like your natural short nails or do you prefer luscious gel nails? Do you ever go out with chipped nail polish? Do you bite your nails? Do you like nail art? So many questions and so many human characteristics they can define.

I’ve always seen getting my nails done as my one high maintenance treat a month and my chance to be able to gossip knowing that whatever I say will remain behind the salon door as I leave. That has slightly changed since I moved to London and getting your nails done went from £15 in Bucharest to £45+ here. I now think that getting your nails done means you have succeeded in life and do it much less often than I used to.

Nevertheless, I like to have well looked after nails just as much so I have delved into finding the perfect instruments and products to make them look like I go to the salon every month even though I don’t. After years of research I can finally say I have found the perfect products so naturally, I made a video all about it.

Basically, the recipe for success is:

OPI’s Start to Finish Treatment + Nail polish of choice + Seche Vite = Salon Nails @ Home

Now you can watch the video and see for yourself.


Monday, 31 October 2016

Transitional Dressing is AWESOME

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There are three things that make October one of the best months of the year: pumpkin spice lattes, Alicia Silverstone’s birthday and transitional dressing. Without these things many young girls wouldn’t be able to get into the festive autumn mood, tartan co-ords and the importance of an Alaia dress would be lost in pop-culture and we would never be able to wear a sweater dress without tights. And how boring that would be…

            I have professed my love for transitional dressing before and this year is no exception. How boring is it to have to wear clothes meant for the same time of year together? There’s nothing more exciting than piling on the sweaters on your top half and hope they will keep your bare legs warm for the whole day. The beauty with London’s weather is that it’s the perfect incubator for transitional dressing. This weekend I was originally planning on wearing a turtleneck under a denim shirt, under a blazer and have it all belted up. Instead, I had to go with a crop top in place of the turtleneck and forget the belt at home because the weather was weirdly nice. 


And this is what came of it.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

How to Find Fashion Inspiration Elsewhere and other Short Stories

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Recently I’ve found myself in a real rut when it comes to choosing what to wear in the morning. Initially I thought I was bored of my summer outfits and I needed autumn to arrive to bring a fresh new wave of inspiration. However, here is autumn and it’s been taking me a long while to ramp up when it comes to my sartorial choices. For the past few weeks I have been sticking to standard outfits I know always look well, but those haven’t managed to make me feel as content as they used to before.

That sartorial satisfaction came back yesterday from an unexpected place – make up. I do wear make up regularly but I have always used it as a means to enhancing my features rather than for artistic experimentation. This changed yesterday when I decided to honour the unicorn-themed birthday party I was going to by putting lip-gloss on my eyelids.

Glossy eyelids are a mostly editorial technique and have been a thing for a while but yesterday I was inspired to try them out for some more shine in my life. Conclusion? They looked great for about 15 minutes and then they started bunching up. Much like it does on the lips, my lip-gloss seemed to constantly attract my hair, causing it to stick to my eyelids.

BUT THEY MADE ME FEEL REALLY COOL.

Hence, I would definitely try it again, but I’m curious to find a way to make the gloss slide around less (if at all possible). Please throw any advice my way if you have a solution for that and enjoy me making silly faces and trying to show you my glossy lids in this series of artistic selfies.


P.S. I guess the moral of the story here is that if you’re feeling stuck in a rut of any kind it doesn’t have to be the same thing that brings you out of it. To be more specific, I didn’t need to go buy new clothes to feel refreshed because I found that inspiration in make up. So whenever you are feeling a bit lost and uninspired, try and look towards other parts of your life that could supply you with that extra inspiration.

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Important Life Advice Can Come in the Form of Celine Sunglasses


Hello there. Before you read today’s post I’ll need you to do something really quick. Whether it’s written on your phone, loaded onto Amazon or sitting in your Net-a-Porter cart, open up your wish list and look at what the first item on it is. Is it a cashmere sweater? An automated lawn mower? Maybe a toe plough
 Whatever works.

 Personally, I am currently set on these CelineShadow sunglasses that have riddled me with profuse deprivation syndrome. Whenever I get dressed in the morning I feel that my outfit is incomplete without them – no other pair of sunglasses can compare. It’s not even that I don’t like the sunglasses I already own (in fact I like them very much), it’s just that similar to other humans I am more fascinated by what I can’t have than what I can.

Don’t be fooled though, deprivation syndrome can manifest itself under multiple circumstances, not just when you are getting dressed in the morning. It could be that your meals don’t taste the same without a tiramisu to culminate with or that your house doesn’t seem that nice anymore without those curtains you saw in Homebase at the weekend. For a while, your mornings will be dark and cold, your evenings lonely and ice cream will lose its taste.

That being said, there’s no need to despair - I’m sure that in a week’s time we’ll all be lusting after something else because that’s the beauty of wanting what you don’t have - if it’s just a fad (and most times it is) you will forget about it and move on to the next thing. In the meanwhile we can be sad together. Tell me, what is at the top of your wish list right now?


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