Sunday, 10 May 2015

Fashion led fitness:It's all about LIJA!

LIJA activewear UK
As I'm  getting into the swing of my fitness regime, I was delighted when asked to review apparel from activewear brand LIJA. One of the reasons I'm not the biggest fan of being in the gym environment, is being extremely body conscious and self-aware. I may not be the make-up wearing, immaculate hair type of girl but I'd be lying if I didn't admit to caring about what I wear when I work out. Of course you're never going to look amazing while training and it’s obviously not the most important thing, but wearing something that looks and feels good is a great confidence boost. 
LIJA is totally on the money when it comes to this concept and I am really impressed with my kit. As a style driven sportswear brand, I can really see the fusion between fashion and fitness, which ties in nicely with the popular sports luxe trend. The pieces use a clever technique of gathering to flatter your shape while using soft breathable fabrics to give you comfort. Here are my thoughts on the kit I was sent:

LIJA activewear UK
Gathered tank top:(UK similar here)
I really like the gathered ruched style of this top as well as the pretty feminine neckline. I also love the fact that it has a built in bra, quick drying and moisture wicking fabric to reduce inevitable sweat marks.
Capri pant (similar here)
These capri pants are flattering, fitted and oh so supportive! They act as a wonder bra for my thighs and bum while being snug and comfortable because of stretch they have . I also love the grey panelling on the sides.

LIJA capri pants UK

Apex vest: This vest is really handy layering item, especially for outdoor activities. It's feather light, water and wind resistant with secure pockets to keep things like your phone and cash. The fabric is also really soft and comfortable and I find myself wearing it not just for sports but for popping out to run errands, especially during the Spring weather.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this range and collection. Comfortable, flattering, fitted as well as doing the activewear job! See for yourself on their Facebook page and latest collections. It's a thumbs up from me!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

OOTD: Preppy for Spring

Blazer H&M (Similar here) |Top ASOS| Bow tie ASOS| Skirt Primark (similar here)| Shoes H&M (similar here)| Saint Laurent Bag
I am definitely one for celebrating sunshine as soon as it's out and though it's not quite be time for bare legs, there's certainly scope to get the pins out for Spring. I rarely wear a mini skirt but I quite liked this preppy school girl look I was trying to pull off a few weeks ago matching it with a sleeveless shirt, bow tie and blazer. I decided to go for my new chunky boots from H&M to make the outfit more daytime, accessorising with my Saint Laurent bag and aviator sunglasses. What's your look for the Spring? Ready to get your legs out?

Friday, 3 April 2015

Beauty Finds: Embryolisse Lait Crème

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser and  Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluid Multi-function nourishing Moisturiser
As someone who's supposedly a skincare addict, I must have been hiding under a rock to not know about Embryolisse. I have been aware of  French pharmacy products like the Bioderma make up remover or the Caudalie lip conditioner , but I'm  only just getting to discover the Embryolisse brand. I have a weird combination skin type that's extremely dry but accompanied by an oily foreheadespecially when I wear make-up. For some reason, the Lait Crème moisturiser is working wonders to keep both areas balanced, and I love the fact that it can be used as a primer, moisturiser and make-up remover. This makes it an ideal handbag essential for travelling, overnight stays and just being on the go so it’s uber convenientThe lighter Lait Crème fluid is a good alternative to be used as a body moisturiser, hand cream and soothing after sun. Though I've only been using the products for a few weeks, I can already see the difference with my skin's firmness and elasticity so I'm in love. I've been completely unaware of the hype this product has been getting from beauty press, celebrities, make-up artists and models and even from one of my good friends! I was so excited to tell her about my new beauty secret and she was just like 'I've been using it for years, I'm obsessed'! I really feel like I've been missing out but as they say better late than never!
My new regime 
Make-up remover: Before and after 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

It's all about the 70's comeback..........Again!

River Island distressed jeans £45.00Black Five shirt £14.00 Rag&Bone open toe wedges £280 | Phillip Lim Sunglasses £185.00| Gemondo gold plated amethyst ring £49.00P.A.R.O.S.H fringed waistcoat £208.00
 There is a reason why I am a bit of a hoarder and find it hard to get rid of clothes; I always believe certain pieces or trends are bound to come back in fashion so hold unto them for dear life! It will be a shock to some of you that I am over 21.. yup yup hard to believe but true, but with this being the case I am officially going through the 70's fashion revival ...... for the second (maybe third) time! There are some eras people barely remember when it comes to style (er hem 90's and 00's), but the 70's is a vintage one that seems to come back time and time again. SS15 is all about 70's chic but what I love about all comebacks is putting a modern twist to it and being able to interpret it your own way. Flares have been a staple style since they came back in the late 90's, but they are so iconic to the 70's that they remain a hero item for this era. Wedge heels are an absolute must to be able to pull off flares which I love to wear with a nice fitted shirt and.. you guessed it a blazer! To make it more 70's, shirts with bright, floral prints work well with a fringe jacket or waistcoat. As for the 70's inspired accessories, it's all about the round shaped sunglasses, floppy hats, hoop earrings and some gemstone jewellery set in gold (or gold plated) to finish off the look. I like 70's fashion and enjoying the come back.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

OOTD: Pleather meets stonewash

I never thought I would see myself in stone-wash denim let alone make it work but what do you know, it works! My denim shirt is a Primarni number which I wore with my new H&M faux leather trousers and New Balance trainers. My trusted hat finished off the look and without realising, my outfit has a kind of 80's look and feel especially with my aviator style glasses. This is a new ensemble for me but I'll definitely be repeating it! Happy Saturday!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Spring

Spring Essentials
Chicnova Fashion brown sweater | Nasty Dress Red coat  | MANGO leather jacket | In the Style Jumpsuit |Paige Denim blue jeansMichael Kors brown skirtOffice leather shoesJ W Hulme Co crossbody purseRay-Ban sunglassesTory Burch infinity scarve
There's nothing like a burst of spring finally to get out of the winter slump, and get excited about taking off those layers. UK Spring time is notorious for deceiving you to believe it's a lot warmer than it actually is. I always used to get my transitional wardrobe wrong by pulling out all my summer pieces too early but nowadays, I much prefer buying and wearing staples that see me through all seasons. Having said that, now is the perfect time to change wardrobe essentials. The important thing is not to feel the need to go out and buy new clothes, but pull out classic essentials you've stashed away. Based on style and preference, everyone will have different staples. Mine are very much about layers and day wear items that are smart but comfortable. I used to spend more money on going out/evening clothes before realising that daytime pieces are far more important, as we tend to spend more time in them. As far as my top ten essentials go for spring, my hero pieces include:
1) The leather Jacket
You can never go wrong with a leather jacket because it's so versatile and easy to wear. There's not much it won't go with in your wardrobe, but it also adds some edge to a softer feminine look. I also love the fact that it's a transitional piece you can wear through seasons as well.

2) The lightweight scarf
Never go anywhere without a scarf! You'd be surprised how much warmer you are as soon as you fully cover your neck (just realised how much of an old woman I sound but I don't care, it's the truth). I've seen some great prints in ASOS and Not on the high street but my favourite has to be this Pamela palm print  from Accessorize. Scarves are perfect for layering and are again transitional.

3)The perfect pair of jeans 
Whether your go to denim is the skinny, boyfriend, flare or straight leg, a good fitting pair of jeans will go a long way. My staple jean has to be the skinny and the boyfriend (depending on my mood), which I like to wear with a plain t-shirt or vest layered with one of my trusted blazers or leather jacket. I also like the fact that double denim is still in for SS15 which means my denim shirt will get even more wears! 
4)The perfect pair of sunglasses
As soon as the sun's out, sunglasses are the must have accessory. I have two pairs I wear all the time; my aviator Ray-Bans and a cheap pair I picked up in a vintage store in LA for $10. The most important thing is taking the time to find a pair that suit and flatter your face. I definitely prefer the big, rounded shape as small glasses generally don't work for me. These are a must have item that stay in my bag as soon as spring hits.
5) The Jumpsuit  
For me, jumpsuits are essential for spring. Not only are they easy to throw on, they are versatile and can be transformed into many different outfits. I'm still obsessed with the black Zara jumpsuit I bought over a year ago, but it's also nice to invest in one that's more colourful and summery for the season. I love the black and white number from In the Style which I would either wear with a biker jacket to make it edgier or a blazer for a more classic look.

6) The trench coat/mac 
 1. Nasty dress pink turned down collar mac |2. M&S belted trench coat | 3. Topshop classic cotton trench coat 
The mac or trench coat is a classic spring essential and the ideal lightweight cover up. The thrill of packing away my winter coat can't come soon enough though I am yet to find a spring coat I like. Military is a huge trend so you can't go wrong with the simple khaki or green version but I also love the colour block stories in bright green, yellow and orange, or the pastel alternatives in baby pink or blue.

7) The chunky knit 
You can't get through UK spring (or summer for that matter) without some good knitwear. As we all know, the unpredictable weather plays havoc to our summer wardrobe so I'm really into chunky knit jumpers at the moment. I love wearing them with boyfriend jeans and heels or a short bandage skirt with wedge heels.
8) The daytime flats

Unless you're Victoria Beckham, it's hard to rock a pair of 5 inch heels all day long. Daytime flats are a definite must have so it’s worth investing in a nice smart pair that can work with most of your wardrobe. Brogues or loafers in a summery colour are a good choice as are quirky floral or sparkly espadrilles. Ballet pumps are also handy as they can squeeze into your handbag and enable you to swap on the days you do go for heels.  

9) The pleated midi skirt

I've steered away from midi skirts in the past because I always felt too short to pull them off, but when I saw one on a girl shorter than me worn really well (street style stalking), I thought why not? The midi pencil skirt has been on trend for a while now but the pleated A-line midi has made a huge come back over the last few seasons. I especially love the lace and denim fabrics but also the wet/patent leather look. Midi skirts are great for spring as your legs are out but still covered up. You do need to choose the right length for your height because they can drown you if you go too long. Go for one that’s no longer than half way through your calf. I'm experimenting with mine at the moment (I have a black lace one and a green one) but you can wear them with everything if you get the length right; plain t-shirt or vest, blazer, jumper, crop top or fitted shirt.
10) The cross-body bag
If you weren't aware, small bags are back in! I love the big 'can carry a kitchen sink' kind of bags but there is something to be said about the small cross-body. Spring should be about clearing and de-cluttering and that includes your bag! Holidays, festivals, weddings and summer events all work better with a smaller bag so it's worth pulling out ones you already have from your wardrobe or investing in a new one. The Cross body satchel been especially popular over the last few seasons with no signs of slowing down. 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

OOTD: Weekend Biker Chic

Biker Jacket (similar here)| Zara jeans (similar here) | Chloe boots| beanie hat (similar here)
 Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses| Saint Laurent ligne bag
Hallo ha! Hope you all enjoyed what felt like the first weekend of Spring! Just a quick outfit post about my look yesterday. I love the fact that I'm making the most out of my new biker jacket which inspired the rest the outfit.Though we automatically think of wearing bright colours as soon as the sun's out, you can never go wrong with an all black ensemble. I wore my trusted Zara jeans with a studded skull vest I picked up in LA years ago, and accessorised with a beanie hat, studded Chloe boots and Saint Laurent ligne bag. I am now fully aware of my obsession with black and gold as I can see a signature theme going on with my jackets, blazers, shoes to bags (Even my Ray-Bans are black and gold!) MUST STOP THIS NOW! This is an example of how you make purchases subconsciously without realising you have tons of the same in your wardrobe. Note to self, if it's black and gold, PUT IT DOWN! Happy Sunday :-)