Thursday, 28 August 2014

Travels : Sunce Beat Festival Croatia

A few weeks ago, my close girlfriend and I ventured out to Croatia for the first time for the yearly Sunce Beat Festival. I have been hearing some great things about Croatia over the last couple of years so the festival was the perfect reason to experience it myself. Some have been saying Croatia is the new Ibiza but for someone who has been going to Ibiza every year for the last decade, I was apprehensive. I did end up having a great time but wished I'd had time to visit towns like Split and Hvar instead of staying in Tisno all week. Here are my initial thoughts on the country and the Festival.
Croatia is beautiful. It's understated, it's serene and as its only recently become a popular tourist destination, ( 5-6 years or so) it still retains some authenticity. The beaches aren't great. They are rocky and stoney, some even paved with concrete so if you're looking for white sands, you'll be disappointed ( though there maybe much better beaches in other parts I don't know about) .The sea however is lovely, crystal clear and calm and I would recommend it for the lucky ones  who are island hopping by boat or yacht.

One of the other things I loved was that everything was cheap!
Maybe I'm used to Ibiza prices but I thought it was great value for money especially with things like food, alcohol and taxis.  I also found people were really friendly and helpful but at the same time kept themselves to themselves. I would go again but think I need to see other islands like Hvar while I'm there to really get the best out of it.

Sunce Beat Festival
My friend and I decided to go to Sunce Beat as we have been going to (and been great fans of ) South Port Weekender  UK  for years.  South Port parties aren't not known for flashy hotels or glamours locations, but fantastic music from some of the UK's top DJ's.  There's always the sense that people go primarily for the music and I love about that sort of atmosphere.
Sunce Beat was very much the same in that sense. The crowd is older (say early 30's to 50's) with a complete diverse mix of people all there for the music. With boat parties, live PA's and beach bars,  there was enough change of scenery as you are basically on one festival site for the whole week. The only thing I was a little disappointed about (for me and my preference) was the lack of old school R&B and hip hop. As much as I love house music ( funky, soul and smooth) after a week, it got a little repetitive. The beauty of the South Port weekends were that entire rooms were dedicated to R&B and hip hop, from 90's 80's and old skool disco songs. You could dip in and out of genres, and get the best of both. However, if house music is your bag, you'll absolutely love it!  
What I wore
Not one pair of heels were worn on this holiday, hard to believe I know. I definitely kept it more casual and practically lived in shorts, flats and trainers! I actually made more of an effort in the day with my beachwear, and switched it up with various cover ups, tops and accessories. It's also great to give my skin a bit of a break and not wear as much make-up, as well as get some much needed vitamin D. Can't believe my summer holiday went so quickly! :-(

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wanted: Gandy's flip flops

Summer might soon be ending but I still have my eye on these cute  flip flops I spotted in London last week. If you haven't heard of Gandys flip flops, (Not Gandhi but Gandys 2.0), you've been hiding under a rock because they've been absolutely everywhere from Selfridges, to Topshop and ASOS to Debenhams. This understated but cool brand came from a great concept (using 10% of profits to build children homes and orphanages in Sri Lanka) but is still at the heart of making fashionable easy to wear footwear. The latest collaboration with Liberty London however has to be my favourite yet. Available in six different models, I love the mix of Liberty's heritage signature design with Gandys youthful spirit, inspired by travelling and giving back. My eye is on the Felix and Isabelle pair, (supposedly for men but to me flip flops are unisex) with its weaved navy blue straps and kaleidoscope soles. Think this may need to be on my purchase list next time I'm in town. I do love the fact that it was founded by finding a way to give back and I feel less guilty with making a purchase. 
Gandys was started by brothers Rob and Paul Forkan following the tragic loss of their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. They’ve since dedicated their time and energy to make this project work and help support their Orphans for Orphans initiative. I heard Rob speak at a seminar a few weeks back found the story is truly inspiring but loved the fact that fashion and style are still front of mind with such an amazing project. 

The ones I want Felix and Isabelle £30.00 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Found:The vintage polka dot

I love the fact that summer inspires us to become more bold and experimental. I feel like I always need to take advantage of the warm weather and get the most out of my summer wardrobe before the dreaded layering up of coats and gloves. Polka dots always cheer me up, there's something fun and playful about them so when I found this old top I'd hidden away in my attic, it easily inspired the entire look. 

As predicted my Pull & Bear  jeans have come in very handy over the summer, allowing me to just get away with wearing a crop top ( really .. Just) I can't even remember where or when I bought this top but it must have definitely during my skinner days years ago. I now remember why it's in my archived pile, it's one of those tops you can't really wear after Pizza and a glass of wine ( er hem) 
My converse and hat gave it a bit more of a casual look making it fit well with the relaxed Brighton vibe.

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?