Not Your Standard is a fashion, lifestyle, food and decor blog by fashion blogger Kayla Seah. Her flare and minimalistic approach to design and style is what draws in her audience and makes her looks achievable.
You will be surprised how much use you can get from a classic midi skirt. I recently just bought this one and have already worn it with heels to an event and during the day with flats. It's comfortable, easy to move around in and the perfect spring piece!
I find the high waisted short to be an easy piece to dress up or down in the summer, add a strappy heel and a little jacket for any night time events and keep it casual during the day with a loafer or flat sandal.
Let's start off with hair. During the summer I tend to use less hot tools on my hair and go with some beach waves, I love when my hair lightens naturally in the sun so any extra help is welcomed. The new Ouai Sun of A Beach spray does exactly that -it's a sun activated spray that naturally lightens your highlights. It's made with lemon, coconut water and pineapple juice and can brighten existing highlights or just add a touch of sunshine to virgin hair.
As you can tell I'm naturally tanned all year long but that doesn't mean I don't get a little 'pale' after a long cold winter. My legs needed a little glow to them before Coachella this year and I opted to try out Body Blur by Vita Liberata. This skin finisher adds the perfect bronzed look with a little shimmer!
Fact: If you are travelling, then bring Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask along with you. This jet lag mask does all the work for you. It can be worn under your eyes or all over your face, either as a primer under makeup or just as a mask. I find it really hydrating and radiating for your skin, I notice the biggest difference when I wear it under my eyes at night or on an over night flight. I wake up with a certain glow and my eyes don't feel puffy at all!
Like I said, I'm not really one for self tanner but I do like a little enhancement from time to time. This new Chanel L'eau Tan Refreshing Self Tanning Body Mist enhances skin's natural golden glow with just a spray. It smells incredibly fresh with a perfume inspired scent and it's add this sun kissed glow to your skin. Plus I'm also obsessed with the bottle - just look at how gorgeous!
You will always find this little spray in my beach or travel bag! A good face mist can be life changing sometimes, I love this moisturizing one from Susanne Kaufmann, it has calming active ingredients which help moisturize silk proteins. It also helps to repair skin damage and fights free radicals, making it the ideal product to have for the summer or beach.
I have been recommending the'Mom Jeans' from Top Shop for a while now. These jeans are at a good price point with a quality denim, super high waisted and very flattering for a lot of body types. I have them in blue and black but I never thought to try them out in white.
When I went on my search for some seasonal white denim, I realized I should probably stick to what has already worked. I ordered the 'Mom Jean' in white and the fit/style was pretty much perfect. I love how these aren't transparent because I find a lot of white denim to be and the high waisted style makes your legs look longer and slim! It's safe to say, these are my new go-to jeans for the coming months.
This top and high waisted jeans was a sexier look for night time but during the day, I felt like it was too much on it's own. Naturally, I threw on a blazer and it took that overly sexy look away and kept it day time appropriate.
DINING IN- This is one of my favourite new cookbooks of the year. It's a healthy-ish take on of-the moment dishes, I find it to be a good combination of fresh ingredients with bold flavours. Nothing takes overly long and the images are gorgeous!
WHISKEY WORDS & A SHOVEL- I went through some major life changes last year and I really found poetry therapeutic through some tough times. I fell in love with R.H Sin's words and his trilogy is something I often return to.
MILK & HONEY- A collection of poetry about the experiences of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. I love how this book is divided into sections, it makes for the perfect gift and it always sits on my coffee table for people to pick up.
Porter Magazine - The one magazine I always buy! I love reading this when I travel, it's so much more than a fashion magazine. It covers so many topics and the imagery is incredibly inspiring.
These tailored trousers are perfect for a casual look, in between vibe or dressed up. In today’s post I’m showing you the casual and in between look, since those are the ones I tend to wear most often.
As the day goes on, I usually like to look a little more polished off for meetings, so all I had to do was slip on a pointed bootie, add a bit of pattern with a stripe tee and white denim jacket to freshen things up.
These are just a few simple ways to get the most use out of a spring staple.
My dancing queen, Jenny from Margo & Me decided to wear matching Ronny Kobo dresses together for a little retro boho look. Our happiness was most likely after seeing MO perform, who was one of my favourites this year!
*This dress was difficult to find online just yet, might only be in store but the crop top version is linked below!
These White Tony Bianco boots were worn almost every day at some point! I loved how they paired with all my dresses.
Denim jackets are my go-to during Coachella, the desert gets pretty cold at night so you should always bring a jacket to the festival. I'm obsessed with the details on this embellished one by Spell & The Gypsy.
Pool parties during the day happen quite often during Coachella weekend. These cute cord overalls from Mink Pink made for the perfect cover up!
I bought this duster coat a while back not really knowing how I wanted to style it. I decided to wear it with my denim shorts and keep the bottom open, it was so fun to dance in and when the wind picked up, the duster coat had so much movement. It was from Top Shop but it seems to be sold out, so I chose a similar one below.
Who you surround yourself at Coachella with, really makes all the difference in your experience. I feel like this year was one my favourites yet, everyone was on the same page and in the same mood, which made for complete ease at the festival. My favourite look this year was this Love Shack Fancy dress I'm wearing in this picture paired with a Saint Laurent (DIY) belt bag. Until next year...
Dating back to the urban hip-hop movement, the 1983 Galaxy sneakers mix luxury suede with canvamaking them so easy to wear with just about anything in my wardrobe. The deep red makes a colourful statement to any outfit and pairs well with this red leopard print blouse.
After fashion month, I’m always inspired to be a bit bolder with my outfits which is why I’ve been loving adding pops of colour into my spring outfits – especially red! See more of my look on Who What Wear.