Now that the strong winds from Siberia have ceased blowing their freezing wrath across Berlin (Yipee!), it’s the perfect time for me to delve back into the latest fashion trends that reflect the dawn of spring. More than anything, the beastly weather we suffered made me look forward to the prospect of spring and all the sartorial benefits it has to offer.
If the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks are anything to go by- we’ll be welcoming the warmer weather by shimmying in outfits adorned with flirty fringe. Continue Reading…
Latest Fashion Trends: Spring/Summer 2018 Style
If you always felt you had the spirit of a 20s show girl residing in you just waiting for an optimal moment to burst out- this spring season is the time! During the Spring/Summer 2018 season, a plethora of designers put their spin on this sassy trend. Céline punctuated their modest and chic clothing with long tassels, Nina Ricci took a more colourful route and experimented with fuschia pink fringe, Loewe, Balmain and Acne Studios had tassels dangling from the hems of their clothing.
All in all, designers in all fashion capitals of the world put their own stamp on this look-at-me trend by adoring skirts, bodices, accessories, sleeves, hemlines et al in statement fringe.
For those of you that follow runway shows avidly, you’ll know that some runway trends are just that- for the runway. Reason being, unless your profession involves you performing at concerts and the like, some runway styles are just too ‘out there’ for civilians.
At first glance, the fringe trend can be cast aside as a fleeting trend for extroverts. There is some truth in that- the ‘Cow girl meets the Wild Wild West’ vibes that fringe exhibits can give of an impractical fancy dress vibe. However, I believe that if one buys tassel pieces wisely- you can wear the trend all season round.
Tips On How To Wear The Latest Fashion Trend: Fringe
Tip 1-Wear fringe according to your body type
If you are an extrovert, then you will be part of my More is More tribe and as much as I love to fly this flag, I do have to warn you to exercise some caution when experimenting with this trend from head to toe. This means that if you wish to wear a dress, skirt or top that drips in long fringe, it will look more flattering depending on your height and natural body shape.
Tip 2- Play with proportions
This is what I did with my outfit, I am wearing a black jumper embellished with studs and fringe and I chose to streamline the outfit with a figure hugging leather skirt. If one is not careful, fringe can overwhelm your body frame and make you appear larger than you are. As I have more thighs than a bucket of KFC chicken, you are unlikely to see me wearing fringe around my hips or a long tassel maxi skirt.
Tip 3- Experiment with fringe accents
If you dwell in Minimalist Ville but like to do a drive by More is More City every now and again, you can still be part of the Fringe Gang. Accessories adorned with fringe are a great way for you to dip your toes into the waters of this latest fashion trend.
So have fun with this new fashion trend by purchasing a metallic bag dripping in chain mail fringe or go down the more bohemian route by buying a pair of colourful shoes with multicoloured tassels. Either way, you’ll be making a fabulous fashion statement.
Stylish Side Note
I for one, am totally about Fringe Swag and this Mango jumper remains one of my favourite spring buys.
I don’t know about you but I’m loving the whimsy glam appeal for Spring/Summer 2018 Trends. Not so long ago, I spread the word that look-at-me sequins would be all the rage in the up coming season and now we have the trend’s younger sister- Fringe- trying to compete.
I also had so much fun working with the photographer for this shoot. The weather was horrible as you can see from the muddy ground and when I was in the basketball court feeling all model-like (Ha!), some ruddy boys ran in which brought the shoot to an abrupt halt!
However, despite the weather and the general public not playing ball, my love for this outfit and the photographer’s good spirits made me enjoy the shoot and I love the results.
P.S. I call this look my Brandy Braids– the style reminds me of her old-school hairstyles.
What do you think of the latest fashion trends? Will you be investing in some fringe pieces? Do tell, I’d love to know.
This year I plan to focus on more work-related topics on my blog. Between what goes on behind the scenes to create my blog photography and the steps I’m taking in my career- I’d like to share what I’ve learnt from my achievements, as well as my ‘Homer-DOH!’ mistakes. I hope someone can learn from them.
Recently, I’ve had a few Skype interviews and today, I’m sharing 5 essential Skype interview tips that will make you feel more prepared for your next video call interview. Continue Reading…
5 essential Skype interview tips
Some of the video interview tips I mention may seem like common sense but believe me when I say common sense is not so common. In one of my most recent Skype interviews, things almost went Pete Tong because I hadn’t followed one of these Skype Dos. The tips below are based on the assumption that as a job candidate, you have done all the necessary ground work for the job position to ensure you know the company, your CV, work experience and achievements back to front.
1) Select a quiet location
Even when you are prepared, interviews can be nerve-racking and a noisy environment whilst you are being asked interview questions will throw your concentration off and likely make you not respond to questions in the best possible way.
If you plan to interview in a flat with other people, ensure they are aware of your interview time so they are unlikely to enter your room or space at that time.
In addition to this, ensure that all your tech gadgets are silenced.
2) Ensure the location is appropriate
Bear in mind that when you are asked for a Skype interview, you are not only being assessed on your knowledge, your interviewer is likely to interested in your common sense. Consequently, choose a location that is video call- friendly. This entails making sure there is good lighting, the walls behind you look decent and your environment is tidy and minimal.
3) Dress the part
When faced with choosing what to wear for a video interview, remember- yes you’ve not got the job yet, but in a Skype interview you should dress like you do. For Skype interviews, some people prefer to look office-smart from the waist up as that is what is visible on camera to the interviewer, I prefer to look the part from head to toe. I find that it alters my confidence, changes how I sit and the like.
4) Your Skype picture and name should be office-friendly
First impressions are everything, how seriously do you think you are going to be taken for a job if your Skype name is Down4WhatEva? Or if your Skype image is a picture of you grinning brazenly in a bikini on the beach holding a cocktail? Be conventional- use your name as your Skype username and the image you choose should reflect the job position you are applying for.
5) Avoid tech glitches by doing a test run
This I had to learn the hard way. On the day and time of a recent Skype interview, I sat down waiting for the call and it never came. I began to panic, I tried calling the HR on Skype and it wouldn’t go through. The sweat beads on my forehead multiplied, I then called the HR on my phone as a last resort. At that point, she informed me that she had been trying to Skype call me and I let her know that I hadn’t heard her calls. Then in a desperate attempt to salvage the situation, I told her I would shut down my laptop and put it on again.
People, when I shut my computer down and attempted to restart ut, my laptop chose that opportune (!!!) moment to ‘configure Windows’ and as this goes from 0 to 100%- I knew it could take up to 5 minutes, which in interview time is 5 centuries.
I then had to call my interviewer on my phone again and she asked if we should postpone the interview and I apologised profusely and said I’d like the interview to carry on as scheduled. She then gave me a time of when she would have to leave for another appointment.
In the end, I made her time deadline, my laptop worked fine once the configuration process was over, we had the interview and I passed to the next stage of the interview.
Do you know how I could have avoided all that hullabaloo? By shutting down and restarting my laptop in enough time before the interview. It was a lesson well-learned.
It’s also a good idea to test call a friend or relative before a Skype interview to make sure your sound, lighting, background and the like are A-Ok.
Those are my 5 essential Skype interview tips to ensure you are on-point before your Skype interview, can you think of any more video interview prep tips? If so, put them down in the Comment section below.
Also I shared my Skype interview horror story, do you have any of your own? Do tell I’d love to know.
Who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle in their wardrobe? The glitz ‘n’ glamour that comes with the festive season may be over, but thanks to sequins being one of the hottest trends of the S/S 18 season, we can continue to get our shine on. Continue Reading to see how to recreate the uplifting sequins trend in dreary winter.
How To Do The Sequins S/S 18 Trend In Winter
S/S 18 shows like Ashish, Tom Ford, Halpern and Marc Jacobs sent their models down resplendent in glittery pieces. Some designers took a bolder route and adorned their fabrics in sequins, whilst others chose to subtly decorate their accessories with sequins. It was like each designer had a touch of Studio 54 fever and I’m totally here for it.
Sequins symbolize a lust for life and oozes glamour, this may make it an overwhelming trend for some. Here are some of my tips on how to wear the S/S 18 trend in winter.
For my #OOTD, I chose to wear this rainbow-striped sequin-embellished number from Zara. Believe it or not, I bought this same dress three times. That’s my insurance in case shit happens and that’s how much I love this sequined wrap number. I intend to wear it until I’ve one foot in the grave, better yet- bury me in it, but I digress…
1. Wear a polo neck and tights underneath your sequins dress
If you’re like me, you just can’t wait for spring before you wear your sequins dress, I mean with global warming, who knows when it will actually get warmer! That’s why I chose to wear a polo neck and wool tights underneath my dress. Wearing these winter pieces allows me to have fun with this sparkly trend.
Layering your sequin outfit with a polo neck and tights is also a good way to take the sequins trend from day to night. When the sun sets, before you hit the dance floor, whip of that polo neck and set that club on fire!
2. Use black as your base colour
The warmer it is, the more inclined we are to experiment with bold colour and print, however, if you feel your sparkly outfit is too bright for winter- using black pieces to layer your outfit is a great way to tone down your magpie factor.
Black separates work exceptionally well as a neutral colour to set off your rainbow brights. This is why the dark shade makes a great base colour when paired with a colourful stripey number like my dress. It also makes your overall look more polished and chic.
3. With accessories, less is more
When you have an outfit that oozes high-octane glam from head to toe, you don’t want to wear accessories that compete with it. In this case, less is more dhhharlings. This is why I opted to wear no necklace and instead chose statement earrings and a few rings.
What do you think of the sequins trend, will you be getting your sparkle on? Do tell, I’d love to know!
On Tuesday, 16th January, Styleranking had their biannual fashion blogger event, that is held during Berlin Fashion Week. This A/W ’18 season, it was their FashionBloggerCafé WHITE EDITION. As a fashion blogger, one may often wonder what the benefits are of going to blogger-related occasions. I particularly enjoy going for Styleranking’s blogger events because it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers, network with fashion and lifestyle brands and oh yes, their goody bags don’t hurt either. Continue reading…
What are the benefits of fashion blogger events?
The opportunity to work with new brands
My makeup brand collaboration with ARTDECO came about because I connected with ARTDECO’s team at Styleranking’s previous blogger event. Personally, I like to build a relationship with a brand in an informal surrounding like a fashion blogger event. It’s also a great way to ask certain questions (e.g. who to send your pitch to), so you have all the required information to make a strong collaboration pitch.
For Styleranking’s latest blogger edition, I was pleased to discover online fashion brand Orsay. Orsay stocks a great array of clothes and accessories. Speaking of arm candy, how cute are their accessories? That cat-bag is such a fashion Instagramer must-have!
2. Get inspired by street style trends at fashion blogger events
In today’s world, there are several platforms that can be used as personal style reference points. However, sometimes nothing beats being inspired by seeing what people are wearing first-hand. Now and again, I have been known to buy bits and bobs- a pair of metallic brogues there, an embellished bag here- based on how certain people have put their ensemble together at events, parties etc.
It’s been a while since I’ve crowd watched and during Styleranking’s fashion blogger event, I let my eyes feast upon what Autumn/Winter pieces influencers were rocking.
If I had to name one recurring trend I saw, it would have to be statement outerwear pieces- both men and woman alike adorned themselves in fabulous look-at-me coats and jackets.
3. Networking: Sometimes, it’s not what you know but who you know
Are you a fan of fashion blogger events? If you go to them alone (as I often do) it can feel a bit like a hard slog…all that networking…saying who you are and what you do repetitively and seeing if the person’s eyes you are speaking too lights up or glazes over and begins to dart anxiously around the room looking for more erm, useful contacts.
I would advise fashion blogger newbies to go to fashion blogger events in their area because it’s a great opportunity to build relationships with fellow bloggers and who knows what opportunities can come from your endeavours. It’s also a good way to speak to like-minded people and get ideas like new podcasts to join or photographers to get in touch with.
One of my highlights from this event was sharing a taxi ride with blogger/model Carolin Lauffenburger, I really enjoyed discussing fashion-related topics with her like- the hard work that goes into maintaining Instagram Followers/Likes et al. What I liked most about Carolin is she seemed very down-to-earth; after being a full-time stylist and working with models for close to a decade- trust me, this is something I don’t take for granted!! I also thought it was super cute that she was married to a photographer who often takes pictures of her. And I’ll repeat what I said to her when I found this out- LUCKY BIIIIIITCH!!!!!
Bloggers, when you don’t have a hubby, boyfriend or friend to take your pictures, you know the struggle is #RealerThanReal!
As working ladies, we know that looking the part can go a long way in boosting our confidence in the office. I don’t know about you but some mornings, I don’t want to spend oodles of time putting chic separates together. Instead, I’d rather quickly slip on a versatile work dress and quite literally- go about my business. Office dresses come in different get-ups- A-Line dresses, wrap dresses, shirt dresses…there are many styles to choose from when selecting the perfect work dress. Continue Reading…
How to Elevate Your Go-To Work Dress this Winter
For the purpose of this article, I settled on this lush green midi dress from Zara and the essential tips I am about to share with you will do the trick for most smart dresses you choose for the office.
Layer your work dress with a blazer
Nothing quite channels your inner boss like a structured blazer. Blazers have a come a long way since their more conservative old boys’ clubs days, punctuated with asorted house crests. Now, due to the creative restructuring from household brands like Gucci, Chanel and Prada- blazers play an integral role when we want to juxtapose our feminine outfits with a razor-sharp masculine touch. I have a particular liking for oversized blazers with statement buttons. Feast your eyes on this fab selection of blazers.
A polo neck adds a sleek finish
Every fashion lover knows that in winter, polo necks are an essential winter wardrobe staple. Whether you wear these cozy knits on their own or underneath a dress- polo necks give an ensemble a sophisticated and preppy touch, which is perfect for the workplace.
Punctuate your office dress with statement shoes
‘Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’, belted out Dolly Parton, well if you can have some fun on the way with your office style- it certainly helps to brighten up an otherwise mundane day. Don’t tell me you’ve never been having a bad day at work and then looked down south at your new embellished footwear and given an inner smile!
Accessorize as far as your office dress code allows you
Now ladies, if you work in a corporate environment, you will have to dial back your accessories but remember, jewellery in an attractive minimalist style will take your work attire up a notch. However, if you work in a creative sector like PR or fashion, then you can experiment more with statement jewellery.
Style your work dress with a statement coat
Even though we take our coats off as soon as we get into the office, our outerwear office style plays an integral part in making us feel the part as we make our way to and fro our respective work places. As you know I am a fan of maxi coats, currently, I’m healthily obsessed with trench coats and love the way my coat’s camel hue compliments my forest green mid-length work dress.
I hope these tips breathe new life into your work attire!
Now, back to me- what do you think of my Princess Leia-inspired braids? I’ve been mulling over the idea of braiding my hair but was terrified of letting another hairstylist butcher my hairline. Well, as you can see from my hairstyle, I’ve succumbed for the time being. Can you believe that the hairstylist had braided all my braids together in a bold mohawk plait (and charged me extra for it!!) and it came undone the very next morning. Grrrr! Thank the Lord, I’m creative because I was able to whip this style up with my butterfly hair clips!
Have a good week! ( :
Jacket and dress- Zara, Shoes- Office, Rings- I Am Accessories
In all the 10 seasons with 236 episodes of the iconic 90s TV show, Friends- they never quite tackled this conundrum. ‘I’ll be there for youuuuUUUUU…!!’ belted out The Rembrandts in their cheerful (1 hit wonder) and uplifting tune about friendship and comradery. Well, sometimes friendships don’t quite go as The Rembrandts told us- in a blink of an eye, a good friend can ghost you. Quiet as it’s kept, I used to think that ghosting was something guys (translation- assholes) did, but over the years I’ve come to realise that this cruel trend doesn’t just exist in the dating world. Continue Reading…
What is ghosting?
First things first- what is ghosting? In the dating world, it basically means when a potential partner abruptly cuts contact with you in the cowardly hope that you get the hint. When it comes to friendships, ghosting occurs when one person in the relationship goes M.I.A indefinetely, that is he/she abruptly ends the friendship without communicating their decision to the other party. It is important to note that in this article, I am not speaking about circumstances when a friend does an act so heinous (for e.g. stealing a large amount of money or a friend’s partner) that the other party is left with no choice but to cut ties off immediately with no explanation.
But how can you tell when you’ve been ghosted or if a friend is just really busy? Oh believe me, there are clear signs- for example if after a couple of months you realise that they are at events with your mutual friends and all but ignore you, when you try and arrange to meet up with them but they are always too busy and more importantly- never give you an open window of availability. Honeybug, no one’s that busy. Also if you realise that it’s always you reaching out to that friend and they’ve not taken the initiative to check up on you for months and you live in the same city- then the hills are not alive with the sound of music.
But it doesn’t end there, a rising trend I’ve experienced personally and read about is that after this person ghosts you, every now and then he/she floats into your life via social media by, for example- Liking a social media post or giving a non-committal comment that’s not more than four words.
The funny thing (not ha-ha funny), is if you turned to your girlfriend distraught and said something along the lines of, ‘I met this great guy, we’ve been dating for a few months and all of a sudden he ghosted me. I’ve tried to reach out to him for an explanation but he keeps ignoring me. However, every now and then, I can see he has Liked my Instagram post, what do I do?’ She is likely to tell you to cut your losses and move on, and when she is referring to the guy she is probably going to do so using a couple of colourful swear words. Does this change when the offending party is a good friend? Emphasis here on ‘good’, in this article I am referring to a boy or girl you have struck a meaningful relationship with, someone you’ve interacted significantly with for well over a year.
What do you do when you’ve been ghosted by a good friend?
In no way am I an expert on this topic, I wrote this article to share my experience in this area in the hope of starting a conversation with people who’ve experienced being ghosted by a good friend or by people who’ve been the ghosters. Over the last two years, I’ve been ghosted by two/three good friends and from my personal experience, it can cause a special kind of sadness, confusion, frustration and pain. Dr Jane Goldberg, a psychoanalyst explains that, ‘Part of the reason why this pain is so different is because it awakens long-buried memories that harken back to your earliest years, when you had so little control over things in your life.’
As there are always two sides to every story, my advice is- when you feel you are being ghosted by a close frieind, reach out to that person in a non-confrontational way to try to find out what caused him/her to pull a Houdini on you. This is no easy feat and it’s something I had to learn how to do with age. When you feel abandoned or rejected by a friend, it can be difficult to verbalize those feelings to the friend in a calm and rational manner.
Over a year ago, I reached out to two friends in particular who had ghosted me, with both friendships before I contacted them I retraced the footsteps of our relationship to see if along the way, I had done or said something to prompt them to vanish and I had come up with nothing. The interesting thing is when I spoke to both friends, they had a similar reason as to why they had ghosted me. They claimed to have been unaware that they were avoiding me/cut contact and assured me that I had not done anything wrong to them. And with both friends after that conversation, there were no awkward vibes and we carried on as before. Happy ending, right? Wrong.
The funny thing (again, not ha-ha funny) is within a year, both friends ghosted me again. Our friendship went from regular meaningful interaction (e.g. phone calls, meet ups) to them giving me the odd Instagram Like or what I find even more odd- watching my Instagram Stories. I believe social media definitely has a part to play in the ghosting trend amongst friends because it can give the illusion of keeping in touch, when in reality nothing could be further from the truth. But more on that topic some other day…
So from my personal experiences, if you’ve been ghosted by a good friend, I do think it’s a good idea to reach out to them in a respectful and considerate manner. Who knows, perhaps they are going through something traumatic and them pulling back has nothing to do with you, maybe you did do something that made them pull all the way back… But I’ll be honest with you, in my opinion, once a good friend ghosts you, they’ll do it again. If a good friend shows you they have the capacity to cut off contact from you indefinitely, without respecting your feelings or the friendship enough to give you closure. If they are able to leave you hanging dry like that- that says a lot more about their DNA make up than yours and it should raise some serious red flags. In the words of Maya Angelou, ‘When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time’.
Ghosting- When to make exceptions
When it comes to ghosting, I make exceptions when the person has told me they are going through a tough time. You may think that once a friend gives you such an explanation, this does not qualify as ghosting and you may be right but it can feel like it is. I have a friend and we were once close, but then life happened and for health reasons and others she cannot bring herself to tell me yet- she fell of the radar. Every now and then she drops me a message, like on my birthday and you know what? Whenever she is ready to communicate more with me- I’ll be there for her. Our friendship will never be the same as before but that’s life and I accept that. I make an exception for this friend because she respected me and our friendship enough to explain her situation and limitations before she pulled back from our friendship.
How to survive being ghosted by a good friend
If you reach out to your good friend to test the waters and find them icy, it’s best to let it go. This is far easier said than done, however, in the words of licensed clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, ‘If the friend was so deeply offended by something you did, but could not tell you, and instead just disappeared, it speaks to a relationship that really doesn’t have good bones’. She goes on to say, ‘It is a coward’s game to just walk without saying anything’.
There is a popular saying that the best way to get over a guy is by getting under another one. When it comes to friendships, the best way to come to terms with the loss of a friendship is to do some reflecting, try to be a better friend to your existing good friends/ and make an effort to make new ones. When it comes to making new friends under challenging circumstances like lack of time etc, I wrote an article on the topic which will give you ideas.
Last year, I pushed myself socially, for instance, I went to events on my own and when I met people I clicked with, I took active steps to get to know them- for example, inviting them for lunch etc. I also made the effort to check in more with my close friends living in Berlin and internationally. Doing acts like this helped me move forwards and move on. I saw the fruits of my labour at the end of the year (yes labour, keeping a friendship takes work); for my birthday last month, I was able to have an intimate lunch with a group of friends in my flat and then in the evening, I met with another group of friends for drinks and dancing. For my age friends-wise, this is enough because as I’ve grown older, I realise it’s quality over quantity.
Now I’d like to hear from you- have you ever been ghosted by a good friend? If you have, where you ever able to go back to the way things were with that friend? What tips do you have for people who have been ghosted by a close friend? Are you the ghoster, what made you do it? Do tell, I’d love to know.
Credits- White fur jacket, embellished beanie, silver bag and black lace blouse- Zara, Black leather skirt- Peekaboo Vintage, Boots- Tamaris, Rings- I Am Accessories, Tights- Calzedonia
One of the great things about the autumn winter season, is that it brings in a rich and assorted combination of autumn clothes and accessories to choose from. So much so, that it almost compensates for the punishing drop of temperature. A new season begs the question- what Autumn Winter 2017 top fashion trends do we have to look forward to? Well, we can feast our eyes on power suits, statement coats, dark florals, regal velvet and more. Now I know what you are thinking- so many trends, so little time. To inspire you in selecting the autumn winter trends that fit your personal style, I’ve selected some key looks for this season. Continue Reading…
Autumn Winter 2017 Top Fashion Trends
The fashion shows in the fashion capitals of the world- Paris, New York, London and Milan- are over. As can be expected, there are a plethora of looks to choose from.
Recently, Tobi.com were lovely enough to let me choose my favourite pieces from their platform. Having being inspired by the popular runway styles, the following looks are my Autumn Winter 2017 top fashion trends at the moment.
Trend 1 – Statement Faux Fur
Statement faux furs are a perennial favourite at this time of the year. Designers like Chloé, Gucci and Mary Katrantzou all had their furry moments on the Autumn Winter 2017 runway. I chose to style my black lace maxi dress with this bold cobalt blue jacket. As seen on Kate Moss time and time again, an oversized fur coat adds instant nonchalant glamour to your evening dress.
Accessories are one of the ways I like to keep up with the trends. It’s pretty hard to escape florals at the moment. Currently, these bloomn’ prints are emblazoned on dresses, jacket, boots, bags…I got this floral corset belt as a gift and it hits two Autumm Winter 2017 trends with one stone (so to speak) – the floral and waist-belt trend.
Whilst in summer, florals adopts a more romantic and whimsical vibe, in winter, this picturesque trend draws us in with its dark and dramatic side. One of the accessories I love to adorn in autumn are my floral crowns, I chose my purple one for this outfit.
Quick side note- how about this subtle but effective back plunge? Between that and the transparency details, I’m not sure which is my favourite detail of Tobi’s timeless dress. I believe it’s perfect dress to shimmy into the New Year with.
Trend 2 – Seeing Red
When it comes to Autumn Winter 2017 top fashion trends, they don’t get bigger than Red. Designers like Max Mara, Givenchy, Valentino and Alexander McQueen had their models stalking down the catwalk looking like fiery amazons. Tomato red, wine red, burgundy red- this season, you can experiment with these hues to your heart’s content. If you wish to stop traffic quite literally, you can wear the colour from head to toe.
I like to call this look ‘luxe grunge’, because Tobi’s slim fitting black skirt reminds me of the maxi tube skirts I wore as a kid in the 90s. But now this 90s girl is all grown up, so I threw in some glamour for good measure with my razzle dazzle accessories.
Fashion is one balancing act and I like to experiment with proportions so I styled my maxi tube skirt with an oversized check jumper. This jumper is one of my go-to chunky pieces and did you know that checks are one of the top Autumn Winter 2017 fashion trends? Oh yes, fashion is square-eyed this season. So I get to stay warm and on-trend: Happy Days!
My baggy jumper, beanie and chunky footwear were my ode to the 90s grunge era, tisgh…
Trend 3 – Rock n Roll 80s Vibes
I am a big fan of mashing up trends, I like to pick n mix just as I would in a sweet shop. Designers like Saint Laurent and Jil Sander showed us they meant business by accentuating their pieces with oversized shoulder pads. I don’t know about you but I love 80s-inspired fashion; it brings back great memories of Joan Collins setting the sairtorial bar high in Dynasty. I decided to style Tobi’s, motorbike graphic print dress (worn as a t-shirt) with this jacket as the two pieces compliment each other like white on rice.
No Autumn Winter fashion trends report would be complete without mentioning how designers inserted leather into their collections. Saint Laurent, Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen illustrated the many faces of leather- sexy, ladylike, business-minded… I went down the more 80s Prince, rock n roll route with my leather look.
If you follow my blog, you’ll know I fly the ‘lingerie worn as outerwear trend’ flag, so I love that this statement t-shirt has a sexy cutout that can show off my various harness bras.
Speaking of sexy leather, every chance it gets, fashion likes to get down and dirty with kink; now you can’t toss a tweed Chanel bag over your shoulder without knocking over a row of high-shine, vinyl-esque leather pieces. That’s alright by me, if it’s hi-shine, I’m here for it and to put my money where my mouth is, I’m wearing patent lace up boots.
Which one of these Tobi looks gets your vote? Do tell, I’d love to know!
Look 1- Maxi Lace Dress- Tobi.com, Faux fur coat- PoppyLoversFashion, Floral Crown- Stephanieverafter, Shoes- Tamaris, Rings – I Am
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tobi.com. However, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. As a rule, I only recommend products or services I personally use or/and believe you, the reader, will reap the rewards from.
Last Call For Summer! Can you believe summer is almost over? I certainly can’t but we must face the music and the inevitable drop in temperature. However, I’m a strong believer of ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’, and what better way to end your summer with a bang than going all out in look-at-me bold summer lipstick shades! This summer, I was very lucky to have ARTDECO gift me with a selection of ombre lipsticks from their fabulous ‘Paradise Island’ limited collection.
Continue reading to see the two lipstick shades I selected which make great day to evening summer lip colours…
For your summer day look, let your lips pop
Summer lipstick for the day- ‘Trouble in Paradise’ ombre lipstick
This summer, my makeup routine during the day was at the barest minimum. I pretty much tidied and slicked my eyebrows using Benefit’s, Ready, Set, Brow, applied lipstick and was out the door. However, if I’m being honest, I’ve played it pretty safe with my lipstick colours through the years. I’ve always been hesitant of applying a neon-bright lip shade. This is why I was very excited to try on ARTDECO’s, Trouble in Paradise.
ARTDECO describes their summer lipstick as a ‘three-toned lipstick with an ombre-WOW- effect’ that gives’ high-coverage’ and an ‘intense finish in one stroke’. I’d have to agree with the latter, with this coral hue made up of purple, pink and coral shades, you can spot my lips a mile away and I love it! If you are planning a last-minute beach getaway or you’re in the city looking to soak up the last rays of sun- this bright hue should be your warm weather go-to lippy. I know, I know…bold lips can be a tad risky in the heat as heavier colours often bleed or smudge, however I believe the first beauty rule is there are no rules. If the sun is shining and you want to pair your summer prints with an intense lip colour- go for it like I did!
On Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks of designers like Mary Katrantzou and Jason Wu, we saw models floating down the runway pouting their fluoro-bright lips and with ARTDECO’s, Trouble in Paradise, for 14.95- you too can be part of electric bright brigade.
If you’re like me and you live somewhere where the likelihood of seeing/feeling the sun is about as high as an actual decent first date (!!) then you’ll want to look as fun, playful and colourful as can be during the last days of summer with this bright coral lipstick.
Trouble in Paradise Rocks because-
It has a colour and finish that has an instant skin-brightening effect
It’s happy and bright hue is an undeniable mood lifter
The vibrant coral colour electrifies dark or olive skin and if you have a golden tan, this is the perfect summer lipstick to show it off with!
Beauty Tip- Clash this coral lip shade with eye-catching hues like cobalt blue, mint green and colourful prints.
As the night falls, create drama with your lips
Summer lipstick for the evening- ‘Violet Vibes’ ombre lipstick
If you are not ready to take the plunge by wearing neon-inspired lipstick, Violet Vibes’ lavendar, violet and plum shades will give you just the right touch of subtle drama.
We often see violet lipsticks trending from the beginning of autumn and as the colder months settle in, this hue goes from violet to full-out deep plum. That being said, we are beginning to see more violet shades during the summer months. During Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week, DKNY and Maison Margiela let their vamp flags fly high by applying intense plum shades on the lips on their models. If you prefer a lighter shade of purple, then Violet Vibes give a great compromise as you can alternate between the 3 shades of purple in the lipstick.
Violet Vibes Perks-
It adds a sexy edge to an all black outfit or pretty summer dress
The show-stopping shade can be worn from summer well into autumn and winter- BARGAIN!
Violet purple is a flattering shade on dark, olive or honey-tanned skin
Admittedly, I’m a newbie in the lipstick game, for most of my adult years I’ve thought that lipsticks were the enemy because I found them difficult to apply and was quite frankly scared stiff of having that feathered, ‘half lipstick on, half lipstick off’ look. However, I was pleasantly surprised with ARTDECO’s lipsticks because not only was the creamy texture packed with nourishing ingredients like Argan oil and Lychee extracts to prevent my lips from drying out; the lipsticks had staying power and a yummy vanilla smell.
For most of the summer, I’ve worn a more burgundy red lipstick shade and I really had fun experimenting with these two bold lip colours. Which is your favourite of the two summer lip colours? Also, what was your favourite lipstick this summer?
Special Thanks to An einem Sonntag im August for allowing me to take my pictures here. If you are in Berlin, this laid-back cafe with great decor, ambience and food should definitely be on your list of go-to places.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ARTDECO. However, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. As a rule, I only recommend products or services I personally use or/and believe you, the reader, will reap the rewards from.
Look 1: Dress- Gift, Shoe- Tamaris, Jewellery- I Am
Look 2: Top- Vintage, Skirt- ReSales, Jewellery- I Am
‘Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years…’, LL Cool J really couldn’t have put those lyrics any better to capture my ‘return’.
Hello everyone, it’s been a minute! I had to step away from the blogosphere to give another project I was working on my undivided attention, but now here I am like a good ol’ prodigal daughter. I’ve been keeping up with most of you via Instagram and I’m so inspired by how you’ve been putting your personal stamp on the summer trends. Speaking of which, what is your take on the floral print trend? During summer, floral prints are a staple given, however if you wish to steer away from the ‘predictably pretty’ look and prefer your floral print served with a delicious side order of sass, read on…
Today, I chose to pair my petal-strewn blouse with a high waist leather vintage skirt- both from Made in Berlin (Vintage store). It’s not often I wear one label from head to toe but when the pieces looks this good, I don’t try to fight it-ha ha! If you follow my blog you’ll know I’m cuckoo for leather and I adore the retro appeal of this skirt, the workmanship is truly exquisite.
If you are looking for new ways to wear the floral print trend without getting that ‘Here we go, again‘ feeling, try these tips on for size-
3 Ways To Update Your Florals
Shop your floral prints in a vintage store or a shop that hosts independent/up-and-coming designers.
Even though the high street has come a long way in the last decade, I tend to find more unique versions of trends in vintage stores. For those of you who aren’t so keen on thrifting, try independent or emerging designers.
Give a nod to other cultures via your accessories.
Florals are so versatile n’est-ce pas? With their romantic appeal, it’s no wonder they remain a go-to for female wedding guests. Pair a sweet n safe bloom-splattered dress with pearl studs and oh my, you are quite the English Rose. But what if you’ve had the summer hit song- Despacito- on repeat and you want to make like a senorita? Well, you can always follow my lead and do J Lo proud with these gold statement Fulani-inspired earrings.
Add an edge to your florals with leather.
When it comes to leather, there are several ways to pair it with your florals to bring down the saccharine factor and up your fashion-forward game. Leather biker boots, a bomber leather jacket and lashings of leather accessories all do the trick.
I opted for my new high waist leather skirt because of its flattering 50s silhouette- the high waist snatches me in for the gods and then blossoms into a full skirt for major twirl appeal.
Although this is a summer post, these tips can be followed to update your florals all through the year, so which tip do you think you’ll be trying?
I’d like to give special thanks to my good friend Caroline, who was my photographer for the day. We did these shots in no time at all and considering she’s 22 and not a professional photographer, I was pretty impressed. Samantha (from SATC, hellloooo…) got it in one when she told Charlotte to be ‘…damn sure before you get off the Ferris wheel because the women waiting to get on are 22, perky and ruthless!’
March can be a challenging time style-wise as we are caught smack-bang in the middle of winter and spring. Bundling up in chunky knits is no longer an option, but it’s not quite warm enough to reveal our bare shoulders and toes to the sun. This makes it the perfect time to trade your heavy winter jacket for a lighweight spring jacket like a trench coat. When it comes to spring jackets, this timeless outerwear piece is the perfect cover-up to stylishly carry you through the gradual transition from winter to spring. Continue Reading…
If you follow my blog, you’ll know I love oversized trench coats, in a previous article I gave you key tips on how to replace the belt for your trench coat and in another article I showed you how I modernise my vintage trench coat.
It’s impossible for me to pinpoint why I have a healthy obsession with maxi-length trench coats but I know when the match was lit and you can blame style icon, Audrey Hepburn for that. Whilst watching her play Holly Golightly in that final scene, even thought I was a child, I was struck by how effortlessly Parisian and classic she looked in her beige trench coat.
This is why when it comes to spring jackets- trench coats make great investment pieces. Whilst we wait anxiously to see the backend of winter and the fickle weather shifts erratically from being rainy, windy to being mildly warm, we can rely on a trench coat to keep us looking chic and collected.
Another key characteristic about an oversized and double breasted trench coat which makes it such a functional go-to piece during this transitional season, is that one can layer up in lightweight knits underneath which is a much needed blessing.
In case you are wondering how to style a trench coat during in-between weather, here are my tips on how to shrug of your thick winter coat and step into spring with the mother of all spring jackets.
Key Tips On How To Update Your Trench Coat For Spring
Change your accessories
Fun knitted pom pom hats, cosy blanket scarves, statement gloves…these were some of the ways we punctuated our outfits during winter. As spring settles in, it’s definitely time to swap these winter accessories for pieces that welcome the new lighter and brighter season.
That’s is why this Reece Zebrawood and emerald wood watch by JORD is my new BFF. Believe it or not, I haven’t worn a watch for over ten years, but as soon as I saw this lightweight wood watch, I knew the earthy brown and rich emerald green palette would compliment my oatmeal brown trench coat to perfection. I tend to lean towards the luxe as opposed to boho side of things, so I love the fact that the face of my watch has gold accents which allow me to compliment the watch with my metallic accessories.
JORD have many other different styles of women’s and men’s watches, so feast your eyes on them to see which style you’d want to covet as a transitional accessory for spring.
Experiment with colour
Spring conjures up thoughts of blossoming and awakening which is why we tend to look at nature for the first signs of spring. Just as seeing buds bursting and early blooms lifts up our spirits, so does injecting some colour into our wardrobes to mark the start of a lighter and warmer season. When one thinks of spring colours, brown may not be the first hue that comes to mind, but it acts as a great foundation to build stronger colours upon. That’s why a brown oversized trench coat is my ultimate investment piece when it comes to spring jackets.
I wanted my overall look to be slightly retro, so I paired my spring jacket with a bejewelled maroon turban and vibrant 60s print scarf. How will you use colour to create your spring wardrobe?
Mix up textures
In this day and age, people are far more environmentally conscious and ethically responsible, that’s why JORD’s wood watches make a great eco-friendly alternative to predictable and chunky metal timepieces.
Furthermore, the dawn of spring calls for moving away from winter accessory textures like wool and mixing your accessories with wood accents. To add more depth to my look, I mixed my trademark look-at-me metallic accessories with my JORD wood watch.
As I’ve already said, I don’t wear watches, but for the right understated yet eye-catching design, I’ll break my rules! Like JORD I believe watches should ‘tell more than time’, I want my watch and other accessories to tell a story and give you some insight into my character.
Btw, what do you guys think of my snakeskin bag? I love how the different shades of brown compliment the multi-tone brown palette of my outfit. I also like to think my bag with its boho-like straps puts spring appeal into my outfit, as does my silk psychedelic scarf.
*UPDATE* Apologies to everyone who entered my JORD watch giveaway – it turns out the giveaway link was faulty, so to have a chance of winning their spring-tastic watch, you will need to enter your details again. This new giveaway link has been tried, tested and works! But there is good news to all of this because the winner’s gift code prize has been increased from $100 to $150.
Remember, there are no losers with this giveaway as all entrats will get a gift code prize that has been boosted to $50.
The new contest end date is Monday, 17th April 11.59 (CST).
Photography by Katrin Krautgasser. Check out her great lifestyle photography on her Instagram feed here.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by JORD wood watches. However, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. As a rule, I only recommend products or services I personally use or/and believe you, the reader, will reap the rewards from.