Sunday, 30 August 2015

Fashion Fix: Pretty Skirts & Corsets

Over the years I have tried several styles, from casual to dressed up, to goth and to trendy and I always do my best to pick and choose elements from all of them to create my own personal style. So on the day of my birthday last week I went to have a photoshoot and had to pick 4 outfits to bring along with me. This is the result...

Outfit 1: Modern Cinderella

Tulle skirts have been in fashion lately so I wanted one for some time. I decided to treat myself and get this one right before my birthday. I wore it or my party with a plain black tank top to make it a bit more modern but for this outfit I chose to pair it with a light blue satin corset. This takes it back to a more Disney inspired kind of look and it made me feel like I was a princess. That was definitely my favourite outfit of the four.

Corset - local shop
Shoes - New Look

Outfit 2: Melody of Life

Music is a big part of my life, I always have music on and sing and I sincerely wish we would all burst into song when we wanted to express emotions just like people do in musicals. To let you in on a secret... I actually do so sometimes. When I saw this skirt with sheet music on it I was instantly in love with it. I think it's beautiful and chic and quirky and simply perfect for me.

Top - Primark
Shoes - New Look

Outfit 3: The Twisted Lady

This is more of a throwback outfit. I wore this on one of my first student nights out in the UK back when I was in UEA in Norwich. The theme then was OTT so I wore all the goth/punk stuff I had brought over with me. While it's not something you would see me wear on a night out any more all the pieces have been very dear to me in the past and remind me of a time when I used my style to challenge people's perceptions about who I was.

Corset - local shop
Top - Primark
Lace cardigan - vintage fair
Socks - fancy dress shop
Shoes - New Look
Shorts - Stradivarius
Fishnets - Primark

Outfit 4: Past Decadence

For the last outfit I chose a gothic dress I have had for years. It is one of my favourite dresses because it makes a statement. However, what I like about this photo is that while you can see the colours and textures of the dress it is not taking away from me. The reason I'm saying that is because the nature of this dress requires a lot of confidence and there were times in the past I did not have that. For me that is the same with everything I wear. Your clothes make a statement about who you are and being aware of this is important. While your outfit does some of the work you need to be able to go out there and own it, without being afraid.

So these were my four outfits for this shoot. I tried to pay homage to who I used to be with the gothic elements and show who I have become with a more elegant items and full skirts that I recently got from Chicwish. I think deep down they are all forms of the same person, a person who sings like life is a musical believes that dreams come true. And also blogs every now and then, because, you know, it's fun.

Until next time... lots of love

Monday, 3 August 2015

OOTD! Purple & Blue!

Hey guys!

I wrote this post about a year ago but I forgot to post it. No worries though, I found the photos so I'm posting them now. I would definitely wear the outfit again now anyway.

Top - Primark
Skirt - Topshop
Shoes- Primark
Tights - Primark

I think the purple blue combination is quite striking and I really like it. The shoes fell apart very fast though so not the best quality. The same style in a more sturdy shoe would do just as well.

That was also one of the days I went on the Paddington Bear trail.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments.


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

FANCY DRESS! Easy Star Wars Costumes!

Hey guys!

I decided to start a new series of posts, all about Fancy Dress (which here in England means dressing up in costumes and not formal wear just to avoid confusing our American friends) and Cosplay which is the Japanese version of the same thing, although with a lot more effort put into it. My first post is going to be all about Star Wars as we went to Secret Cinema's The Empire Strikes Back production this week with my colleagues for our team night out and had to dress up for it.

Costume 1: Sexy Jedi

For a Jedi costume all you really need is some brown clothes and a robe. The robe was actually part of this men's Jedi costume from Angels Fancy Dress. I wanted to do a sexy version so I went for a short dress with boots, but leggings and a tank top or any other brown items that make you feel comfortable will also do. For guys, again just find some brown trousers and a brown top and throw a robe on. Accessories like fabric or leather belts will also add to the costume and make it more realistic.

Dress - local shop
Boots - Avenue
Jedi robe, belt and light saber - Angel's Fancy Dress (£29)
Hairband - Primark

Costume 2: Han Solo

Zack decided to put an outfit together from things he already had in his wardrobe and be Han Solo. Every man should own a white shirt or a white top, then just put on a pair of dark trousers and get a waistcoat. His was a cheap find from a charity shop. Literally a bargain!

Shirt- Zara
Waistcoat - Charity Shop in East Finchley (for £2)
Jeans - Uniqlo
Shoes - Aldo

I should have expected Zack to have put a cool outfit together, as he recently launched Stylio, a new fashion app that lets you find and hire a personal shopper to go shopping with you and help you pick out new outfits. Cool, right?

Costume 3: Governor of the Alliance

Sanchita's inspiration for her costume was part Princess Leia and part leader of the Alliance. While not being a specific character from the movies, she definitely nailed the look. I mean I could easily imagine her going in and taking control of the situation. She could also probably have her own Storm Trooper army. Yes I know they are the bad guys but she would love that... To get her look all you need is white trousers, a white tunic style top and a leather belt. It could not get any easier!

Costume 4: The Jawa

If you want to just order something and be done with it, a Jawa costume will be one of the less common ones. Julian ordered this one online, and it was pretty cool, especially in the dark when the eyes were on. My only recommendations would be to buy the pouch belts separately as the ones that came with this outfit were foam that you velcroed on, did not go all the way round and were not actual pouches. Bit of a shame to be honest, but he still looked great! 

So here we are all together, our awesome citysocializer team, ready to take on the Empire! Well, at least ready to go eat, drink and have fun in a Star Wars themed world. For more information on that and a full review of our Secret Cinema experience make sure to read this post

See you guys soon, with more makeup, outfits and fun stuff.


Thursday, 9 July 2015

On Family Heirlooms: Golden Wheat

Hey guys,

I have to say I love costume jewellery and  most of the time I wear items costing less that £5, mainly from Primark. However, I know that these items will not last for too long and eventually they will break and be thrown away. That is why I find it quite important to have a couple of pieces that I know will last for years and hopefully I can pass on to my daughters and granddaughters. One such example is this brooch, that I got from my grandmother myself, so it has already started on its way down the generations.

I normally would not have thought to post this item on the blog, as it's not something you will be able to find, but when the lovely people from Invaluable, an online auction marketplace where you can find anything from jewellery to antiques, asked me to share a special story about a piece of jewellery I knew this would have to be it.The brooch itself is gold with clear stones not diamonds or anything expensive (this is relevant to the story) and it's shaped as a bunch of freshly harvested wheat. The feel is quite Greek, reminiscent of the goddess Demeter, goddess of the harvest and agriculture. I really like it because it's unusual and to me quite unique.

Now on to the story... Back when my grandma was young, women would only wear real jewellery. Her mom had a diamond wedding ring that apparently my great grandfather went out of his way to have made and a pair of earrings to match. So when my grandma got engaged she expected the same from my grandfather. He did indeed buy her jewellery and she was quite pleased with them. It was several years later, when she had to get a clasp fixed, that she found out that everything my grandfather had bought her was only gold plated and none of the stones were real. She was quite shocked that my grandad had lied and embarrassed that she had been going round wearing fakes all this time.

I think this may be the reason she did not mind parting with some of that jewellery. My mom got most of it early on, and by the time I grew up there were only few pieces left for me. One of them was this brooch, that I remember my grandma having ever since I was little. As an adult, wearing this makes me feel stronger and more confident, because it feels like I have a piece of my grandma with me, like  at my BA graduation, which was also the first time I wore it. In the photo below I'm there with my grandmother, who was very proud of me getting my degree. If I have an important meeting or special occasion, I'll make sure to wear it for good luck.

So you see, it's not important if a piece of jewellery is pure gold or gold plated, if the story behind it is a story of love or a lie that led to an awkward situation. In the end it's the person who gave it to you and the memories you have made with it. That's what you pass down to your loved ones, when the item has finally become a symbol. Making sure you have good quality pieces that will last the test time is important because you do need the physical item to be able to last for years, reminding you of the most special events in your life, and be something of yourself that your children will always treasure. So start finding some pieces you love and make some amazing memories. You will be glad you did.

Lots of love,

Sunday, 14 June 2015

REVIEW! Chanel Le Vernis in Accessoire

Hey guys!

This will be my first high end nail varnish review, as I got this one for Christmas from my aunt last year and I never got to tell you what I thought of it.

To be fair, it's Chanel, so it had to be good. I know that if I were to pick a colour I would have probably gotten something brighter and not a brown toned red, but omg this colour looks so amazing on my nails!

The application is smooth and the polish is so nice and shiny. It looks more brown in the dark and more red in the light but it goes perfectly with my skin tone and makes my skin look warmer toned. I would mostly recommend this to more mature women, as I find it quite sophisticated and it's a great one to wear for work. 

I am looking forward to trying more shades from this line as the polish quality is great and I want to find a nice spring and summer colour to wear now the weather is getting a bit warmer. I'm sure whichever one I pick will be well loved.

Let me know what you think of this colour and if you have a favourite Chanel nail polish that I need to try.


Monday, 1 June 2015

REVIEW! Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer & Highlighter

Hey guys!

I've seen a few people talk about the white chocolate highlighter by bourjois but I don't think it's available in the UK so I decided to get the next best thing; this duo face powder has the white chocolate highlighter and the chocolate bronzer together.

Can we just pause for a minute and freak out a little bit about the fact that it's chocolate? This product smells edible and I so wish it was. I don't know if you've tried the white Crunch chocolate but that is exactly what this smells like to me! And it still smells for a little while when you put it on. Yum!

Both of the colours in the duo look beautiful. The bronzer is a warm chocolate brown and the highlght a soft cream with pink shimmers. They look absolutely gorgeous when swatched.

My only issue with this product is that it is incredibly sheer and while it looks beautiful on, it's a bit of a pain to actually get it on. I particularly like the look of the highlighter but I can only apply it with my fingers, as my brushes do not pick up enough product. As for the bronzer, it does go on a bit more easily but that's because it's brown and you still need a fairly think brush.

Overall I do like this product but I wish it was easier to apply. I look forward to using this a bit more and maybe I can find a way to make it easier to apply; maybe if I shatter it into powder first. In any case I will keep you posted. Let me know if you have any better ideas.


Friday, 10 April 2015

The Spring LBD Challenge: Let The Sunshine In

Hey guys!

I hope you're enjoying the sun and planning your holidays. I've been very excited for spring and summer for a while now and all the amazing fashion there is out there. So many outfits, so little time...

Anyway, I was invited by Daily Look to put together a Spring outfit using something from their Little Black Dress Collection and any other items I liked, and I thought that this one would look really cool! I love a good pop of colour and I've been a little obsessed with yellow lately. Besides, it also matches my yellow 5C iphone.

My LBD of choice is this lovely classic button down tunic, and the main reason I love it is that you can wear it as a dress or a shirt, keep it buttoned up or unbuttoned like a kimono so you can see what you are wearing underneath. This is exactly what I decided to play around with in this outfit too.

Since I am quite tall I can't always get away with short dresses like this so a pair of shorts underneath is a must. I picked this floral print skort because it has those lovely yellow flowers to be spring appropriate but it is a black based floral print so it goes well with my target look.

Since I have established that my main colour pop would be yellow, I thought a nice lace bralette would be the perfect thing to wear under the dress. I plan to have the first few buttons of the tunic undone so that you can see a bit of the lace and the rest is still going to be visible through the black fabric anyway.

The Candy Jeweled necklace will also help draw the eye up to the neck so you can notice all the nice little details and it adds a couple more colours to the outfit, paving the way for a nice coral lipstick to match the coral stones on it.

A nice yellow bag will also go very well with this outfit and you can put all of your things in it to carry them around. I like cross body bags the best, especially when travelling, because they feel much safer.

As for shoes, I must admit I love gold sandals, as they make a look a little more glamorous but without adding a colour. I always try have at least one pair of gold sandals handy in summer. Also their name means you can make 300 impressions.. THIS IS SPARTA! I couldn't resist... 

The final touch for my outfit is some gold tattoos. I am loving this trend as gold tattoos look so much better than black ones. You can also be quite creative with them and create your own designs on your body. Perfect for festivals too!

I definitely recommend checking out Daily Look and see what will inspire you for your own spring and summer outfits. And don't forget your ice creams!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

REVIEW! Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 107

Hey guys!

It seems like we're always after the perfect red lipstick, always trying more in the endless search for the one. I have heard lots of people saying that this was the one for them so I decided to try it out and see for myself.

This one is a matte wine red, that helps you create a dark mysterious look and can be great with natural eye makeup, especially if you have blue eyes, as the contrast makes them pop.

I always find matte lipsticks quite hard to work with; this one is not as hard but it helps if you apply lip balm before you do to make the application a bit smoother. The colour itself is quite long lasting and it looks beautiful. Even when it starts fading it does so all together so it just looks like you are wearing a more sheer shade of the same colour.

One thing that mildly annoys me is the scent. It smells like a cross between rose and cucumber and it is a bit intense for me but luckily it fades fast. If you can get past this and are a fan of matte lipsticks you should try this one. Personally it's not something I would go for on an everyday basis but I do like it for a darker night out look.

Let me know if you have tried this or any other Rimmel by Kate lipsticks and which one is your favourite.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

REVIEW! Soap & Glory's Lid Stuff in What's Nude!

Hey guys!

As I mentioned in my last review of Max Factor's Excess Shimmer shadow, I have been doing neutral eye shadow looks daily for the last couple of months. I went through a few different shadows and brands and this is my most recent favourite, Soap & Glory's Lid Stuff quad in What's Nude.

I saw this quad in Zoella's Valentine's Makeup tutorial and I thought the colours looked amazing on her, so I hunted it down and found it in Boots. I must admit that when I had seen it before it never drew my attention as the colours look a bit cool toned and I am mainly drawn to warmer bronze eye shadows usually.

The shadows boast an 8 hour stay and I can confirm that is true. Using an eye shadow base will make them last even longer and you can wear your look all day at work and then go out for a drink and be sure it's still on. I couldn't recommend these shadows more, they create a beautiful natural look that will leave you very satisfied.

This quad has four colours in it
Vanilla is a matte off white that's good for a highlight under your brows
Pink T is a matte dirty nude/pink colour, good for all over your lids
Mudhoney is a cool toned matter brown that works great on your crease, on your lower lash line and as I discovered recently it's also great to fill in your eyebrows with,
Aubersheen is the only shimmer in the quad in a purpley brown shade and I use it on the outer corner for a smokey effect and to darken the look.

Overall you can't really create a particularly dark eye look but if you use some eye liner and a bold lipstick you can definitely have a great night time look as well. I've done the usual look I go for below as an example (excuse the eyebrows - I was experimenting with a different brow powder which ended up being too bright for me).

Have you guys used any other Soap & Glory makeup products? Let me know what you think in the comments.


Sunday, 15 March 2015

REVIEW! Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Shadow in Copper!

Hey guys!

So you probably know how much I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows, but I recently ran out of my gold and my bronze ones and I thought I'd try something else to see how they compare. I really like Max Factor products so I decided to give their cream eye shadows a try.

I bought the shade copper, as I have been wearing natural eye looks in 2015 (inspired by the tv series Suits which has awesome eye looks) and I was definitely not disappointed. The shows is very creamy, it feels like chocolate mousse, and looks very beautiful but also discreet on the eye.

I use it as a base for my eye shadows and I've noticed that it gives a bit of a shimmer to matte eye shadows while still maintaining a very subtle feel and makes shimmery ones pop more. It also makes your eye shadows last for ages which is great. 

I have to say that it's not a product I would wear on its own though, like I can do with the color tattoos. Due to is texture it tends to slide off, so you have to set it with a powder shadow. This works all right for me though so I don't mind. I've also worn it under my bronzer on some nights out to give my face a bit more shimmer and that also creates a beautiful look. Not for day time though.

Overall, I think this is a really nice product and I have been using it daily for over a month now. I completely recommend it if you want a nice affordable eye shadow base and love a nice neutral eye look. 

Let me know if you have tried it or you have any other cream eye shadows to recommend.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The City Within: photoshoot with Aislin Fall

Hey guys!

I know you're normally used to seeing me in my outfit posts but I recently did some styling work with the awesome photographer Aislin Fall so I thought I'd show you the results!

Outfit 1: The Party Girl

Fur coat - Zara
Velvet dress - New Look
Cameo necklace - Accessorize
Cross necklace - Primark
Earrings - M&S
Ring - vintage

Maddie, the model, told me she was thinking of a party girl who loves pleasing the crowds but might be a bit disillusioned and not really feeling it most of the time.
I love how she built the character in her mind!

Outfit 2: The Gothic Lady

Lace cardigan - Vintage
Belt - Accessorize
Shorts - Primark
Boots - New Look
Necklace - Primark
Earrings - M&S

This lady is wise and knows the world pretty well. While she has been hurt before she is strong and remains a fighter. She also has a romantic side and enjoys being lost in nature and her dreams.

Outfit 3 - The Escapist

Cardigan - Primark
Belt - New Look
Top - Primark
Earrings - M&S

This woman is strong and knows how to behave in every situation. She can take an outfit from day to night in the most effortless way but she will also disappear in the blink of an eye if you let her.

Outfit 4 - The City Girl

Parka - New Look
Jumper - Primark
Shirt - H&M
Shorts - Primark
Earrings - Primark

This girl is happiest in an urban environment and the hustle and bustle of the big city. She knows what she wants and how to get it so keep an eye out for her.

Outfit 5 - The Tough One

Leather jacket - Stradivarius
Fur vest - Zara
Plaid shirt - Primark
Cross necklace - Primark

The layers in this girl's outfit represent her inner defense mechanisms. She is ready to take on the world and she feels completely protected by the cold and people's cruelty. Bring it on!

Photography: Aislin Fall
Stylist: Kristine Tsiknaki