Tuesday, 15 July 2014

It's all about the Jimmy Choos

It's fair to say that I've been a woman possessed and  obsessed with a certain pair of Choos for a while. I've ogled at them, blogged about them, tried them on in different colours and pretty much lusted like a crazy woman. Every so often, I make the decision to invest in my luxury lusts after convincing myself they are worth the price tag so a couple of weekends ago I purchased the gorgeous  Jimmy Choo Lottie sandals ... 

The Lottie  
I  have been on the hunt for summer sandals for a while and the first thing that attracted me to the suede electric blue Lottie's were the colour. Though I really loved the champagne glitter versions as well, the bright blue are so versatile that I saw myself getting much more wear out of them be it a pair of jeans, leather trousers or floral dress. I also love the fact that they can be used as the pop of colour for a darker outfit or dress up a pair of jeans. I also think the shape is classic and timeless that they'll end up being worn for the next decade. 

The 100mm heel is slim and flattering and though they have yet to be taken out, they feel comfortable ( as comfortable as a pair of heels are going to be ) compared to my other shoes. I also love the luxurious suede  finish though I am concerned about looking after it, especially in the bright blue colour 

The day I made the purchase

I have to say I was really impressed with the service I received on the day. The assistants were reassuring without being too pushy or intimidating and I also love the aftercare plan they informed me about ( re-heeling, cleaning, re-sole the whole works!) I'm sure you'll be seeing these babies in many future posts to come 

Monday, 7 July 2014

It's all about the Virgin Pervuvian blow dry!

So a few months ago I got my very first virgin Peruvian hair extensions (see my review here). For a lot of reasons, I wasn't pleased with the hair quality or colour so I decided to try a second time with a new hair retailer and a darker colour. Yet again the hairdressers at Clown and Glory salon did a good job,  but  I'm once I'm out of the salon on the first day, I'm never pleased with how it looks when I do it myself.
I can't tell you the amount of YouTube videos, hair products and gels I'm piling up to get my hair to look the way I want and I know they say practice makes perfect but I was starting to get frustrated. 
I decided I'd attempt getting it professionally washed and blow dried to see if I can learn from a stylist how to get the waves and curls I prefer. Turns out it's a skill I could never re-create but at least I have found a Brighton based hairdresser that can make my hair look good even for a day!

Wash Cut and blow dry done at Forde Hair Salon by hairstylist Robyn 

The lovely Robyn at Forde Hair Salon managed to somehow gain my trust (I'm not used to my hair being done by a non afro-hair stylist) and ensured me she had done extension styling many times. I tried to keep up with all the tricks and  blow drying techniques but I frankly couldn't keep up. What always seems to be missing when I do my hair is the right amount of volume and loose curls. I either end up with uneven flat hair or like I'm auditioning for Annie with  my crazy curly Sue curls. The blow dry is exactly what I'd want my hair to look like on a daily bases and I really like it. 

Unfortunately, this will last for a day. In fact by the time I wake up tomorrow, this look will be completely gone which is why I need to blog about it straight away. If only I could afford a wash and blow dry everyday :-(. I least I know where to go if I want my hair to look good for a special occasion or night out. Good bye luscious hair, I'll miss you 

The day I got my extensions put in 

Hair installed at Crown and Glory hair salon | My hair is Virgin Peruvian body wave, 18, 20, 22 inches and 14 inch lace closure all from eBay Seller Kefesworld  (highly recommended, great quality 5A hair) 

My attempt to style my own hair... eek 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

It's all about the floral jumpsuit

There's nothing like a bit of floral in your wardrobe to really give you that summery feeling. The lovely guys at Rubysky London sent me this gorgeous carla jumpsuit  which I literally couldn't wait to wear out. I'm usually quite nervous with bright colours and bold prints but this was so flattering with its wide plazzo leg and raw cut frill bust.I have had so many compliments the two times I've worn it and it seems to make people smile because it's so summery. This is definitely going to be one of my staples for the summer, especially for my holiday next month. Love! 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

It's all about the dream team wishlist - Luxury Lusts

One of the things I love about blogging is that I can virtually lust and create my dream wish lists. I must spend a lot of time drooling over things online, wishing they would instantly appear in my wardrobe. At the moment it's all about long term investments for me. The things that will last season after season and year after year, without going out of style or falling apart.  Pricey they may be, but if you consider cost per wear after a decade or two, it would actually make more sense to save and spend on things that will last. Currently on my wishlist:

1) Balmain Blazer : It may seem that I have enough blazers but what I'm finding is that I find one I love, wear it to death and have to throw it out 18 months later. The H&M blazer I bought two years ago for example was the love of my life. I wore it and wore it and wore it some more, and now it's done. I can't find a replacement and even if I do, I'll probably only wear it for another year. So now I'm lusting over this beautiful Balmain blazer. What's not to love about the black cotton and silk blend, tailored slim fit and signature padded shoulders? It seems to be popular as it's currently sold out nearly everywhere but Balmain is known for it's beautiful tailored blazers so I hope that one day I can own one

2) Jimmy Choo blue Lottie suede sandals : I have too much black in my shoe collection so these Jimmy Choo's would be perfect brighten up my wardrobe. They are perfect for summer but can also cheer up the winter wardrobe be it with leather pants, the LBD, pencil skirt or skinny  jeans. I've tried them on about three times and they are oh so flattering. Definitely on the wish list

3)  SWETC embellished sweatshirt : There's nothing like a well made jersey to see you through seasonal transitions, but even better when they are embellished! I just love this SWETC jersey shirt, perfect for spring/UK summer with its clustered crystal embellishments, bringing a whole new level to sports luxe

4) Balenciaga wallet  : After some many years, my lovely Prada  wallet  is looking pretty battered and I could do with a new one. I am obsessed with the Balenciaga gold hardware bags and accessories, and this wallet is just lush. Again I always go for black so the silver/grey version would make a nice change

5)  Tods nude leather loafers : I have been through so many nude loafers that I really need to invest in a pair that will last me. These chain embellished leather Tod's would be just the ticket in dream land. The thing with nude is that it easily gets dirty and grubby so as soon as you've worn them for a few months, they're done. I have particularly been going for suede ones but they just don't last so a sturdy leather pair will have to do. At over £400 these are a little steep but I can't seem to find a pair of real leather ones that's the colour and shape I like at a lower price. So for now these will remain on the list 

6) Saint Laurent Ligne Y bag : Once this bag is mine, I will need no more. It's fair to say that I'm a stage in my life where I can't justify investing in handbags and shoes any more ( no matter how long I save or bust a gut, they'll be more important 'sensible' things to buy .. UGH!) However, before I retire in this field, I dream that this is to be final bag purchase. The Saint Laurent Ligne is everything I love about investment handbags; classic, timeless, great size and simple but beautiful craftsmanship. I went to visit in Selfridges last weekend and loved it, though now I'm thinking the grey would be better as most of my bags seems to be black and gold. I love this bag and someday hope to have it in my life... one can only dream 
What's on your wish list? 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

It's all about Pull& Bear jeans!

Don't to just love it when you find somewhere new for staples? I have difficulty finding jeans to fit me right 
 because of my disproportionate shape; Big thighs, smaller waist, big arse and stumpy little legs is not a good combination when jean shopping.. trust me! My normal go to place over the last few years has been Jbrand and H&M  though I also occasionally go to Zara  and River Island. 

I've never really taken much notice of Pull & Bear mainly because it seems to be targeted more for teenagers and er hem...younger women. Though this may be true, I have learnt that you should never stick to your 'usual' comfortable stores when you're on the hunt for staple pieces like jeans, coats and  shirts as you just never know where can come in good for you. Yes some stores may just not do it for you ( e.g Gap and Levi jeans look AWFUL on me ) but it's worth venturing new ones. 

I came across Pull and Bear when a friend from work lured me in on a late night shopping spree. Turns out that they do the BEST jeans and jeggings for my shape that fit me like a glove! Why did I not know about this sooner?  I have been on the hunt for a pair of high-waisted denim jeans  FOREVER, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I spotted these high-rise skinny fit   for an amazing £26.  Such a good price!

These will certainly be my summer favourites and I've already worn them with a loose fit shirt and nude loafers on a day out in London. Because they are so versatile, I'm sure I'll be putting together many outfits using them through out the summer. Love them!  

Friday, 30 May 2014

Blog Crush : Q&A with Freddie of I go by Frankie

All photos taken from Freddie's blog I go by Frankie

Very excited to be featuring my second blog crush with the one and only Freddie Tietcheu of I go by Frankie .If you haven’t seen her or heard of her blog then where have you been???
Freddie is a Parisian girl living in London and working in.. yes you guessed it fashion digital marketing.

I love Freddie’s style because …

She represents everything I love about fashion; bold, bright, brave, experimental, current and on trend though she uses her own individual spin on everything.
It’s fair to say that I couldn’t pull off 90% of what Freddie wears but I look forward to all her posts and truly admire her, fun, quirky and classy take on fashion . I also love her hair (so envious that beautiful fro)
I was thrilled to bits she was up for being interviewed for my blog crush series and here’s what she had to say... 

Q: If you could only have three items of clothing in your wardrobe what would they be and why?

A: I'm quite simple when it comes to basic. All I need is a pair of skinny jeans, I love when they're ripped around the knees and tight around the ankles, it gives the impression that you have long legs! Then I would need a blazer, I'm very much obsessed with suits and nice tailoring so I couldn't live without a nice blazer. I think that the 3rd item would be a shirt, a simple casual shirt

Q: How would you best describe your personal style?
A: I'm not sure how to describe my style! It evolves with time I guess. I can be a tomboy - I love baggy clothes and loose fit, I love what it does to my silhouette and the elegance it gives me. But I also adore colours and prints that I mix and match and I'm a huge fan of heels. It just depends of the mood of the day. But I don't really do the full on girly mix, tight everything, boobs and bum out. It's not very me. I used to rely on "sexy" a lot when I was younger but now I choose elegance over sexy and don't really feel comfortable in really tight or short outfits

Q: What do you think makes someone stylish?  
A: Confidence makes someone stylish I think. We don't have to all have the same style, fashion is very personal and I love following girls (on Instagram for example) who own their own style, even if they wear things that I would never wear. Ownership makes someone stylish to me

Q: What is your biggest style tip?
A: Dare, dare, dare! Try, experiment, mix, match, just have a laugh really! You might be surprised about what you discover about you and your style :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Real vs Steal : My new Balenciaga inspired Gladiator sandals

There's nothing I love more than finding a good bargain and sharing it with you guys. Though I am totally obsessed with Balenciaga, especially their Giant Gold Hardware story (my bag I bought 6 years ago continues to be the love of my life!), I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much on the Arena stud sandals  I’ve been lusting over! I’d only wear them for a couple of months during summer and would probably not be crazy about them in five years’ time. Because they are such a statement sandal, I decided to go for the steal!

I was on a general hunt for summer shoes online when I came across these lovely T-bar studded Alisha’s from a store called Wynsors. They are perfect for the summer, will go great with my bag and jewellery not to mention my new vintage jacket  . At £18 it’s an amazing bargain compared to the £545 Balenciaga versions. Obviously they aren’t exactly the same but the Alisha sandals are certainly inspired by Balenciaga with its use of gold studs on the black T-bar shape (which are also available in white)

The only time I’m inclined to spend money on things is when I know what I buy will never go out of style and will last me years. Though I am definitely more into buying less and investing in pieces that will last me a life time, I’m sure these sandals will see me through two or three summers (not to mention holidays) and I’ll get good wear out of them. LOVE!