Monday, 26 October 2015

FASHION | A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE WITH SPARKLY TRAINERS FEATURING SUPERDRY AND EPHRAIM YEBOAH

Remember a few posts ago, I talked about the Ethologie show and how I am doing a collaboration with the designer??? Do you have no idea what I am talking about? Then click here, and catch up because it was a good post. Now, I wouldn't be a very good blogger, if I didn't show you my outfit that I wore to the show. I decided to go causal glam for the show, so I said bye bye to the dresses and heels and hello to my sparkly wedged trainers from Superdry( that I wore here) and my new sweater from Ephraim Yeboah.

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The thing I find with London Fashion Week, is that you get two types of people. The people who really dress for themselves, and love showcasing their personal style. Then there are the people who dress over the top, just so they can get papped. Everyone is entitled to do what they want, but I have always been in the camp of dressing for myself, and expressing who I am. I think it comes with being in the industry for nearly 5 years, or maybe it comes down to my down to earth personality. But, I don't think you should put out, for people if it's not really you, you know? With all that being said, and with no  intentional shade being thrown, I chose this outfit because it is the essence of me.  I like to think of myself as a bit of a rebel, I always like to push the boundaries. I do things differently, I am always think creatively and my emotions guide 80% of my decisions. So suffice to say, this outfit and most of my outfit choices for this blog and in real life are hardly planned. I have honed my skill over the years to know what looks good together quite quickly.

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I had been dying to wear my beautiful struggle sweater that Ephraim sent to me. I love graphic art sweaters and t-shirts, so I wanted to do this outfit justice. It made sense to pair the jumper with my trusty leather skirt that has been a staple on LWIG for the last few years. Then I finished the outfit with my loveable backpack and Superdry glittery sneakers. I can't tell you how good it felt to throw away the heels, and the dresses and chill for my last day at fashion week. I didn't want to go over the top, as day 3 was super long for me, with visiting showrooms  and hanging out with my girl Julia (Juls in the pic) and my girl Anoushka,who is also collaborating with Ethologie.

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I guess the whole point of this post, is to emphasize that it is ok to be you. To dress for yourself and don't be afraid to push the boundaries if it feels right. I'd rather live a life with regrets, rather than a life of what ifs.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

FASHION | THE GREY SLIT MAXI DRESS AND FULL LASHES FEATURING EBAY AND BROWHAUS

Omg, here I am with another OOTD. I tell you it has been a minute, but I have been dying to show this Grey split maxi dress from Ebay, and also my nifty lash extensions that the lovely guys at Browhaus (Islington branch) did for me. 


EBAY GREY SPLIT WRAP MAXI DRESS

I mentioned on Twitter, that I attended Scarlett's Bloggers festival a month ago. It was sick, and I showcased the event on my snapchat, and did a Saturday #fblchat during the event. As well as the lovely food and peeps. I got to mingle with brads galore. I actually missed Browhaus at the event, but as a thank you for attending, I received a discount from Browhaus, the Islington branch. Since, I have alot of time on my hands, I decided to go and have them done, so I could feel somewhat glamorous. I mean, who doesn't want to feel glam every now and again?

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The service I went for was the lashes in bloom: strand by strand extensions. Which is usually £58. Now you maybe thinking woah! But good lash extensions are usually around the £40-£50 mark; and I have had too many horror stories, to cheap out on the service. A swollen eye, reaction to the glue or lashes that fall out after a few minutes isn't worth it! The whole service was so calming, I almost fell asleep. It started with the beautician laying me down and explaining in full, the procedure. We discussed the length and the overall look I was going for. Since I have pretty long lashes, I just wanted to enhance what I had, to look more natural. She worked away for about 30-40 mins and I let her do her thing. When she was done, I loved the results! I was given a complementary infill a week later to replace the lashes that had grown out. But I deffo felt glam, and looked it too! Aftercare was also discussed, so I just have to be careful with removing my eye make up, and use a water based make-up remover.

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As I have been dying to show off my lashes, I have also been dying to show of my grey wrap maxi dress that I got from Ebay. Literally, Ebay has been saving me y'all. I have always had a soft spot for splits and wrap shirt dresses, so this dress encompassed both my loves in one place. The colour and style make it a perfect outfit to be styled in different ways. I chose to (albeit begrudgingly) embrace Autumn/Winter and pair this dress with my trusty select fashion oxblood, floppy hat and pair it with my oxblood new look lace up boots.

NEW LOOK BURGUNDY PATENT LACE UP BOOTS

I am glad that I was able to wear these boots, cause last time I wore them, they gave me a bit of trouble. In hindsight, I should've gone a size down, but they seemed comfy this time. They were a mission to walk around the whole day with a few months back. But I couldn't give them away! Great decision to keep them, right?

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All in all I love my dress and my lashes? What do you think..are you a fan?


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Friday, 16 October 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS16 | ETHOLOGIE BY JASPER GARVIDA AND BLOGGER COLLABORATION

A few of you may or may not know, that I attended London Fashion Week this year.It has been a while since I made an appearance to the bi-annual event, that sets the fashion world ablaze. I don't like to brag about going, but I make it a point to really understand the upcoming trends and inspirations for the season ahead. That being said, I eagerly like to discover designers that tickle my creative senses and get my fashion mind excited. I'll be writing about my overall experience in a separate post, but for now I wanted to share with you my favourite show. On day 3 of London Fashion Week, I attended the Ethologie show, which is the brain child of designer extraordinaire Jasper Garvida. Hosted in Essie Carpets a Persian rug store, in the heart of Mayfair. We were transported to a Moroccan dream world, filled with colour, embellishment and a sense of Moroccan heritage, that was modernized for the 21st century woman.

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As soon as the lights dimmed, the  crowd grew quite and the sounds of the  melodic tunes burst onto the catwalk; I was instantly in awe at this breathtaking collection. The inspiration for the collection followed the story of a young woman on her way to her native Morocco, where she discovers the land and heritage  of her ancestors. It was difficult to pick my favourite piece, as you could tell the workmanship, detailing and individuality that each piece had really intrigued me. What I also loved, is that Garvida included black models in his show. Something that has been lacking in the catwalks, especially during fashion week. It helped showed the diversity of the collection, and showed that every woman, no matter what they looked like, can look beautiful. 

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Now I am excited to share this all with you, but I will be working with Ethologie, as one of the exclusive bloggers who is having a dress from the show designed for me. I have already had my fitting and sat with Jasper to choose and design my dress. I am also going to be receiving a bag from Brix + Bailey, the brand that provided the accessories for the show. I am truly blessed and cannot wait to see the final dress and style it up for you guys. 

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It was truly a breathtaking show and I am so happy to be working with the brand. If you had to choose, which would be your favourite dress?
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

LIFESTYLE| BGO #GOAPE

Go ape has always been on my life ambition list. Real talk, among the quest to conquer world domination through FBL Bloggers, marry a fine ass man and live a fulfilled sick life as a lady of leisure. I have always been a fun gyal, doing things outta the ordinary away from the everyday musings, as a fashion blogger. So, when I was approached to attend Go ape, on behalf of BGO, I said hells to the yeah, and prepared for an exciting day. For those unfamiliar with Go APE, it basically is an outdoor adventure company, where you can do forest adventures.

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We ended up doing the tree top adventure, which consisted of 5 courses of zip lines,climbing and an awesome-sauce Tarzan jump at the end. All great in hindsight, but did I mention that I am a little bit afraid of heights.... Yup even a steep staircase makes me feel queasy. However, I didn't travel all the way to middle earth (Cockfosters, aka the end of the Piccadilly line) for nothing. I would conquer my fears, and I have a cool ass instagram feed to prove my awesome-ness, #goals. 

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To start off with, we were given a practice session which the instructors, who   detailed how to use the harnesses safely and easily. As the teachers pet that I am, I volunteered to be used in the safety demonstration. The thing about Go-Ape, is that you hook yourself to the different zip wires and high jump ropes yourself. A daunting realization this was, but I knew I had to open my ears, and concentrate as I didn't want to die at the tender age of 24 and a half. That would be so crap....


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Anywho, we had a total of 5 courses to complete which consisted climbing ladders, flying through zip wires (where I screamed like a banshee), crawling through tunnels and finally ending the course with the massive Tarzan jump to victory. Now, there were 2 ways you could go, the easy course or the difficult one. I ended up going to the hard course, as I am a natural daredevil. But I quickly, realized that was a silly idea as I was faced with the death deifying Tarzan jump. Literally, this leap had grown men shaking in their boots! But, I felt that I had spent the whole day climbing,zip ling in the trees to chicken out at the last minute , I would do this and brag, like the G that I am afterwards. So off I went,screaming like a banshee and being mid air, with the wind flowing through my weave. I was chuffed, I was scared, I was just relived that I made it to the net without meeting my untimely death.


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All in all, I had a super sick time! I challenged my fear and won best Instagram post for GO-Ape, #winning. Have you conquered your fear lately?


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Monday, 5 October 2015

FASHION | NINE BY SAVANNAH MILLER AT DEBENHAMS

Well hello bloggers, I am back with a spanking new post after my much needed blog break. I was contacted by the lovely guys at Debenhams, with a new designer collection, Nine by Savannah Miller, who is  Sienna Miller's sister. Eager to try the new designer range, I took a look at the collection, and thought it was right up my street. Going with my new darker alter ego, to coincide with the season, my colour palette consisted of the deep greens, luscious blacks and cream, to add a bit of contrast.

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As the big 2-5 is quickly approaching (1 month and 2 days away,eek), I feel a sense to up my game and add a sense of maturity to my outfits. Don't get me wrong, I will not be wearing knitted granny cardigans anytime soon. Also, I don't think I could say bye to my beloved bodycons, just yet! However, I wanted to explore different silhouettes, textures and colours and this range allowed me to do this. So the first item I piked out was the Bloomsbury Swallow print dress. The pattern on this dress hooked me in, coupled with the flowy cut, it was a dress I know I'll wear alot. Paired with the the double layered,faux fur gilet definitely give this dress an extra glam look.

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My love for hats is going a little overboard, but can you blame me for having a hat addiction with beautiful pieces, such as the feather trim wool hat? I have to say, I was drawn to the delicate detailing of feathers. I love how the cream and delicate elements, contrasted beautifully with the dark edgy pieces. If you have been following me for a while, I always mix feminine pieces with edgy pieces. Why is this? Basically that's my personality. I am a nice person, but I have an edgy creative streak, as I was an artist back in the day.

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Now, I did contemplate adding feminine heels to this outfit, but that's not really me. So I dusted off my trusty lace up boots from River Island, that I first debuted earlier this year. Not only are the comfy as hell, but they looked good paired with the outfit.

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Not only did I dust off the boots, but I kept to the black theme with my coveted quilted bag from the devils playground (that's ebay for you confused readers). Sadly, I bought this item 2 years ago and it doesn't exist anymore!



All in all, this collection is really great and I am happy with the pieces I chose. I am really eager to see how it develops and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this brand. Do you like the look of Nine by Savannah Miller?



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