Friday, 24 February 2017

Travel Outfits: How To Use Colourful Eyeliner With Monochrome Outfits

Hey guys!

Colourful eyeliner is one of my favourite things (I may have a small obsession with Sephora's own brand liners, that I own in every colour). Out of all the colours my top pick is electric blue, as I find it stands out the most on top of gold and cream eyeshadow. Now one of my favourite ways to wear blue eyeliner is with an otherwise neutral outfit, so that it is the only thing that stands out.

Black trousers, white top, black shoes, dark hair... it all seems fairly normal, right? And then you come up close and you see blue liner. It creates a fun surprise and makes most people look twice.

In this look I am wearing my favourite Sephora electric blue liner in Fancy Blue and my MAC Impassioned lipstick, which I think compliments it well. The rest of the makeup can be quite simple beyond that and you will still stand out in the crowd.

And since I was on holiday in Prague, I made a new friend with this stormtrooper in the mall. As you do....

What is your favourite colour eyeliner to wear and which brand do you think makes the best liners? I will be doing a post on my Sephora liners so keep an eye out for that one.

Lots of love

Friday, 17 February 2017

Travel Outfits: How To Blend In With The City In Photos

Hey guys

Today's post might sound a little bit like a joke, but I can assure you it is for real. When you go travelling and you are bound to be taking a lot of photos, it is a good idea to consider the colours of the city when you are putting together your outfits. 

For this example I will be using my outfit from my trip in Prague and also my friend Maddie's outfit too. Prague has a lot of orange roofed buildings and yellow walls. There is also a good chance you will be taking photos by the river and have a lot of clear blue sky as part of your picture.

Orange and yellow are at the opposite side of the colour wheel from blue, so they create a good eye catching contrast between them. I chose this orange top with blue jeans for this type of contrast, which mirrors exactly the colour contrast we found in the city itself. Maddie on the other hand went with an all blue outfit in different shades, which puts her in contrast with the city.

Consider the above photo against the John Lennon wall. The wall itself has every possible colour mixed together. Maddie's blues as well as my jeans stand out more obviously than my orange top. However, orange makes my skin look warm toned while the blue makes Maddie look more yellow. This is worth keeping in mind when you consider your choice of colours.

Now consider this photo, where my top, which falls right in front of the orange building, is the same colour as the wall. This makes the whole photo more visually pleasing for me and makes it look like I belong there. Camouflage level = chameleon. 

What is the point of all this? Mirroring the colours of the city you are in, can make a huge difference in your photos, so be aware of this technique and use it to your advantage. Personally I love doing this just like I prefer wearing blues, mint greens and whites when I am by the sea. Do let me know your thoughts on this type of outfit creating process and if you have ever done something similar.

Lots of love,

Monday, 6 February 2017

3 Great Date Outfits For Men

Hey guys

With Valentine's Day coming up I thought I would put together date outfits for men. The first two are inspired by things my boyfriend usually wears and I really love on him, so I thought that some other guys might like something similar. The third one is actually inspired by the outfits of Mon El from Supergirl, who I think has the best style out of all the guys in the series. I know that is a bit random but I just watched this week's episode and I wanted to add it.

Blazer - Shirt - Trousers
Outfit 1 - Easy Blazer

This is perfect for those situations where you want to look smart but also effortless and be prepared for all sorts of occasions. Nice dinner, night out, even a walk in the park; this outfit will not let you down. Plus you can wear it both in winter and summer because the colours look great all year round. 

Having a white shirt handy is a great tip for both men and women so chances are most guys will have one lying around somewhere. The blue blazer is a great alternative to a black one, as it is still dark enough to look formal but can also look young and fresh paired with a bright smile. Light trousers - I prefer beige but you can also do grey - will make the look less formal and more fun, while showing off your skills at putting an outfit together and they are very versatile as you can wear them with a tshirt the next time and still look great.

Jumper - Shirt - Trousers
Outfit 2 - Cheeky Print

This outfit will keep you warm and stylish and it will look great going to a nice coffee house or cocktail bar or browsing some art in a gallery and exploring a new part of town. The goal is to show your date your personality, share your favourite spots and do an activity together.

Blue is one of my favourite colours to wear, both me and my boyfriend have a lot of blue items in our wardrobes. For this outfit I chose a blue chino type trouser but jeans would also work great. The navy jumper on top compliments the trousers and leaves it up to the shirt to make its statement with a print. In the last few years men's shirts have gotten a great selection of prints that look like your usual polka dots but the dots are replaced with other images like cocktail glasses, palm trees, animals, geometric patterns etc. Thus you can get the same overall effect but have something unique that expresses your personality on your shirt. 

Cardigan - Top - Trousers
Outfit 3 - Cool Dude

I recommend this for outdoor dates, like a picnic, a nature walk, visiting a quaint village etc. In this case you want to be ready for anything but still look put together and stylish.

The red trousers will show that you do like fashion and experimenting with your style, but the dark tone means you are practical and confident and are not looking to show off. The nice fitted tshirt is a great way to show off your muscles if you're been hitting the gym, or your collarbone with the v shaped collar. The grey cardigan will keep you warm, be snuggly for your date to cuddle up to and you can even play the chivalry card and offer it to them if it gets cold. Just make sure you do not freeze either. 

Bonus: Here is Chris wearing his version of outfit 2, when we were on holiday in Lisbon, looking amazing. If you plan to take lots of photos on the day, definitely go for the white shirt with the print to make them more interesting.

I hope you found this guide helpful and got some date outfit ideas (and some fun date ideas too). To make things easy for you I picked all the items in the photos from Bonobos, as it is one of the best men's clothing websites around and you can find pretty much anything you need for these styles; you can check out more of their pants options here. Of course you can wear all of these outfits any day as well, according to where you are going, so make sure you pick up items that will make you look great every day of the week when you go shopping.

Lots of love,