Friday, December 2, 2016

Outfits Of The Week: 11/7 - 11/13

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a follow-up on my weekly outfit series (you can find the previous installment here). I love doing these casual lookbook type of posts, so you can see what I'm actually wearing on a day to day basis. That way you can draw inspiration and find ways to update your current style in a realistic way.

So let me guide you through my weekly wardrobe for mid-November:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gift Guides For Everyone

Hello my lovely readers,

Feeling festive yet? Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and I'm beyond thrilled that we're finally entering into full-on holiday season. I can't wait for fairy lights everywhere, cozy nights in with hot cocoa, Christmas food, music and all that jazz. But most of all I crave that warm, fuzzy feeling that you get around Christmas, that positive spirit that makes every day special and everything seem nicer. It's as if only for a month problems seem to go away a bit. 

And part of the Christmas spirit -or rather the core of it- is, of course, giving. Making the effort to get something for a loved one that you know will please them, giving to charity or even the simplest act of kindness towards a stranger in need is what this season is all about. And that doesn't have to be a religious thing, it should only come from the heart.

Okay, enough cheese for now, let's get onto my Holiday 2016 gift suggestions! I tried to make these as inclusive as possible but still edited so they don't seem overwhelming. From a huge array of stuff I narrowed down my top picks for everything from homewear to beauty to loungewear to boys. As you may notice I refrained from adding fashion suggestions, since fashion is something so personal that I can't suggest anything 'universal'; only you know your friend/relative's style! To be honest, I personally don't often gift people clothing/shoes (especially women) unless I know their style and size very well. 

Gift Guide: Home: The Colorful Edition

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Runway To Bathroom: Les Copains F/W 2016-17 Makeup Look

Hello my lovely people,

I am so excited to start - or rather follow up on - this new series of beauty blog posts. Last year I did another recreation of a runway inspired makeup look which you can find here with a detailed how-to guide on bronzing and strobing for an effortless, slightly 70s inspired sunkissed look.

Today I have for you one of my favorite, go-to makeup looks that looks polished yet unfussy at the same time. No need to have major makeup artist skills to master this. Just a couple of brushes, a cleansed moisturized face and a few handy products! This look requires a very small amount of makeup products which is no surprise since runway makeup is usually very minimal and lighthanded. No contouring, not a bazillion different eyeshadows, no crisp winged eyeliner, nada. Just easy, chic, glowing makeup.

Here how to achieve it:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Outfits Of The Week: 10/31 - 11/6

Hello hello,

Happy weekend!

That feeling when you come home on a Friday afternoon, take off your shoes and jump into bed is hard to beat. Right now I'm comfortable on my couch after a long day typing this post and I'm about to watch the new How To Get Away With Murder episode, all cozied up with my blanket and tea. Heaven.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

On The Go Beauty

Hello my lovely people,

As I was doing my makeup the other day I was thinking of which products can see me through from school to bar and which do I prefer for makeup on the go. Which ones do I run to whenever I'm in a rush and just want to get the job done? Which ones can I just pop in my purse and use at school for a quick touch up before I go to dinner? 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Everyday Casual Fall Outfit Inspiration

Hello my friends,

It's been a hot minute since I did an outfit-centric post. With Fall in full swing, I think it's pretty much obligatory to do one now. I feel like most of us are in the process of building our fall/winter wardrobe at this time of year and a little bit of inspiration can always be appreciated.

When it comes to the colder months, it is that easy to get lazy and opt for jeans and a jumper everyday. I get it. But with a little help you will find that once you put some effort in, the results can go a long way. We've all felt that little bit of satisfaction when we come home after a long, exhausting yet fulfilling day and look at ourselves in the mirror and think: hey, I looked good today. It definitely gives you a fuzzy feeling of confidence and self-love.

Whenever I do these types of posts, I try to keep the outfits realistic for a woman who's in college or work. I also make the effort to address all ages, however I don't suggest that there's only one specific way to dress for each age. I'm simply trying to give options. Take from them whatever works for you.

Everyday Casual: Earthy

I think a button-up shirtdress is very versatile item to have since it can be taken from office to bar in a pinch. This particular military button-up style is very on-trend at the moment and flattering on all silhouettes. The over-the-knee boots give the otherwise conservative look some edge while keeping the legs warm, but if this kind of thing isn't appropriate for your workplace or school, short booties are just as fine.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Current Top 5 Fall Nail Polish

Essence 52 / Essence 10 / H&M Roseraie / H&M Red Cacao / Essie Angora Cardi

Hello everyone,

We're already halfway into fall? What? How did that even happen! Feels like it was just yesterday we were bidding adieu to summer. The weather though has been so warm and kind that it was easy to forget we're on our way to winter. Not gonna lie though, I kinda want the temperatures to drop a little so I can start wearing all my awesome new fall finds *hehe*. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

L'Oréal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review + Demo

Hello blogger world,

It's been a while since I did a beauty post. During summer I don't fuss too much over makeup so I just didn't have anything exciting to share, but as soon as fall kicked in I knew I needed to revamp my makeup drawer. So long story short, I popped in the department store and picked up a few goodies to change things up in my usual routine, among which the much-talked about  L'Oréal Nude Magique (or Lumi in some parts of the world) Cushion Foundation.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Luxury vs. Value: Fashion Dupes

Hello everyone,

Most of us are well aware of beauty "dupes". Sure you must have seen beauty blog posts and videos of side-to-side comparisons of luxury products and their lower-priced counterparts. But we rarely see a showdown between the season's hottest fashion items and their high street alternatives. If anything, it's somewhat of a taboo among the fashion industry. We all know that Zara basically copies all the popular designs you see at Net-A-Porter and the like, but nobody talks about it that openly, even if the "inspiration" is more than blatant.

In May I did a similar post which you can find here. The process of making it was so much fun I decided to try it again this season. Hopefully my findings will save you the trouble of having to look for a cheaper version of that hella-expensive item you've been coveting.

Luxury vs Value: Cat print + minimalistic pumps

While the Dolce Gabbana meowy prints are super adorable and covet-worthy, if you're shopping this trend simply for the quirk of it and let's say you're not exactly interested in the particular cut and quality of the garment then there's no reason why you should fork out nearly 2k when the job could be done for 20 euros. Same goes for the minimalistic, block heel pumps: if the cool design is your main reason for buying this shoe the Mango one should work just fine at a tenth of the price.