Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Supermodel Inspired Holiday Look - Guest Post

Holiday season is almost here. It's the time of the year when we all want to look perfect and shine like a star regardless of whether we are attending a huge bash or a small gathering with our dearest. 

That's why today I wanted to share with you a guest post written by Claire Hastings who tells us how we can create a supermodel holiday inspired look. Over to Claire...

Supermodel Inspired Holiday Look

Celebrity style always enthuse us with its variety, edge and ability to go outside the lines. Whatever they wear, it always seems appropriate. From casual walks all the way to the most extravagant parties-they never fail to surprise us. There's no need to mention that holidays, which are now closer than you think, give us best chances to experiment with our clothes, hair and makeup. In other words, nobody can tell us not to dress like we're going on some red carpet event, when it's just a casual party. Here are some hacks on how to look like a true celebrity. 


Dresses are signature holiday garments. They give us class and make us feel like royalty. Here are some dresses you need to try out:

Deep cleavage

"Oh my Good, is that Jennifer Lopez? Oh, no it's you but wow that is a fabulous dress you have there." This is the type of compliment you will be getting when you take this bad girl out. Of course, for some it can seem like "too much skin" but come on, aren't you tired of always wearing same type of dresses? Besides, there is nothing wrong in being sexy sometimes, right? (wink)


Lace has been here for like, forever. The lace itself is first seen at the end of 15th century on pictures of Milanese Sforza family. Later, it developed through the 16th century, and it keeps enchanting us. Just remember the iconic Madonna's lace shirt she wore for Vogue photoshoot or Princess Diana's wedding dress she wore in 1985. When wearing lace, the most important rule is that less is always better. And, since it is not 15th century anymore, you don't even need a personal tailor, you can find perfect dresses online. Something as classy as lace dresses is meant to stay fashionable forever. Since it already draws attention to itself, there's no need to wear any other lace piece except your lace dress. Also, make sure you are always covered up. Just like it can look incredibly classy, it can also look very cheap and provocative if you are not covered up.

Hello sequins 

These are my personal favourites, as a true sequin fan as I am. There are many variations but the most glamorous are definitely gold or silver sequin dresses (it depends which "colour" you like best). Combine your short sleeved or long sleeved sequin dress with single strap black heel sandals and a simple clutch that matches them. Also, since sequins, just like lace, draw all the attention to themselves, the key is to keep your hair and makeup as simple as possible. 

Go edgy

Edge refers to many different styles. It basically means to wear something you usually wouldn't because you know, why not? Feel free to embrace leather by wearing  a leather jacket over your all-white combo (white cigarette trousers and a white shirt with a neat bun) or go full leather and put on a leather skirt with leather top, or simply put on a leather dress. Let's be clear now, don't wear those stripper-like dresses in which everyone can see your bottom, no. There are many classy designs right now because leather has really made a comeback this season. 

Also you can opt for some formal playsuits (short or long, whatever you like) and wear them with some cool heels and blazer. Elegant plus simple equals fabulous. 

Explore your artistic side with various makeup techniques

It is time to say goodbye to heavy makeup and dark colours because new makeup trends are finally here and they are fabulous. 


Don't worry. It's not some wild, new and hard technique. Strobing is just a fun new term for highlighting. It's time to say goodbye to the art called contouring and start embracing our "natural" glow with slightly more highlighter and almost no bronzer at all. Use highlighter ONLY on spots of your face that catch light because otherwise you can get that "sweaty" effect, and we don't want that. After powdering, put few layers of highlighter on your brow bone, the bridge of your nose, the highest part of your cheekbones and over the Cupid's bow and you are done. Ohm and don't forget to blush it as well. 

Love your brows 

Since "eyebrows on fleek" trend is over (thank God), now the celebrities are encouraging us to embrace our natural brows (just look at Cara Delvinge, Gigi Hadid or Kylie Jenner). If they have some "holes" in them, just fill them up with eyebrow pencil and that's it. Spice up your look with a light smoky eye technique and you are ready to own the party. 

Don't forget your hair and skin care

You already know that, when the weather is cold, our skin and hair can suffer if we don't treat them properly. That is why it is important to always moisturise and tone your skin, avoid hot showers because that hot water can make your skin dryer than it already is (since it strips the natural elements from it). Oh, and I almost forgot about the SPF creams, always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when you are going outside. UV radiation is almost equal as one during summer months.

When it comes to hair, just avoid ponytails, always moisturise it with moisturising oils and be very careful with styling tools. Besides, it is now trendy to have that "bed hairstyle" anyways.

Holidays are times when we are allowed to go a little bit crazy and wear something we usually wouldn't, but also to combine that with comfort and style. 

About the author

Claire Hastings is a wanderer and writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures and her cat. You can connect with Claire on Facebook and Twitter

Monday, 5 December 2016

Last Month

last month
Happy Monday! I can't believe it's already December. I swear time flies faster and faster every year. 

November was one of the busiest month for me so sadly I didn't have much time to focus on the blog. Here is my short last month's recap in photos. 

ruffles top
pinafore dress

November recap
1. The cutest jumper I've ever own // 2. Comfy slippers //3. Birthday treats //4. Sweets galore 
rust coat
monochrome look
                                                       A few snaps from Bloggers xmas event 
Zaful dress
khaki pinafore dress

Monday, 28 November 2016

Khaki Pinafore

Khaki Pinafore
I have a confession to make...My name is Izabela and I'm turning into a shopaholic. I recently went to Next to buy a birthday present for my Dad but I instead of heading straight to the menswear section, I ended up browsing through their dresses. 

There were so many goodies that caught my eye but as a huge fan of pinafores this season, I couldn't resist the urge to add another one to my collection. 

This khaki pinafore ticks all the boxes for me as it comes with a separate ruffle-sleeve top. Just like other Next clothes I own, it is true to the size and will definitely see me throughout the year. 

What do you think of today's look? Have you bought anything new lately? 

pinafore dress
pinafore dress
pinafore dress and ruffle sleeves
Khaki pinafore
2 in 1 dress - Next // Jacket - F&F // Boots - Deichmann 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

How to Style White Jeans for Autumn/Winter

How to style white jeans for autumn/winter
Someone once told me that it's a huge fashion faux pas to wear white jeans in the winter. As a rebel, I completely disagree. White jeans can definitely be worn all year round! They are like a blank canva that allows you to create many great looks. 

The best way to embrace white denim during the colder months is to pair it with a cosy  knitwear. As a new convert to the roll-neck jumper craze, I teamed my jeans with a brown one. To maintain the autumnal colour throughout my outfit, I also added a green coat, orange bag and metallic bronze brogues. 

If you are contemplating whether to wear white denim this season, I strongly urge you to  go for it. At the end of the day, all fashion rules are there to be broken. 

How to style white jeans for autumn/winter
how to wear white jeans in the winter
how to wear white jeans in the winter
how to wear white jeans in the winter
Coat - H&M
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
Jumper - F&F
Bag - New Look
Shoes - New Look

Monday, 21 November 2016

Look of the Day: Pinafore Dress

Pinafore Dress
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

You may remember this Dorothy Perkins dress from my haul post in September (here). It was love at first sight so I knew it had to find its way to my wardrobe the moment.

For me, pinafore dresses are the epitome of effortless cool look. I usually layer them with shirts but as temperatures dropped down over the past few days, I teamed my pinny with a black roll neck sweater. To complete the look I added ankle booties which are my go to shoes this season. 

Pinafore dress layered over a roll neck sweater  dress
How to style a pinafore dress
ankle boots
How to style a pinafore dress
Dress - Dorothy Perkins // Roll Neck Sweaters - F&F // Boots - Deichmann 

Link Up: #iwillwearwhatilike

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Zaful Review

Zaful midi dress review
I love discovering new brands but I'm always cautious when it comes to buying products from shops based outside the UK. I'm sure you've all heard some horror stories about Asian retailers not fulfilling orders or sending wrong items.  

That's why when Zaful got in touch with me to offer a collaboration, I did an extensive research to check whether they're genuine. Once I read raving reviews and checked out their website, I knew they would be a great fit for my blog. 

For those of you who haven't heard of Zaful before, they are a one-stop destination for unique and affordable clothing. Their range is huge so after much deliberation I finally opted for a patterned long sleeved dress and a magnetic closure metal chain cross body bag. Sadly the bag has sold out now. 

Both items arrived within 2 weeks and really exceeded my expectations. I was initially worried that the dress would be too small as Asian women are usually petite but size L fits me like a glove. It looks a lot more expensive in real life and adds a great pop of colour to my autumnal wardrobe. 

The bag will get plenty of use this party season as it's big enough to fit all my essentials. The metallic chain is a bonus as I'm not the biggest fan of clutches.

Overall, I'm really happy with my picks.  I'd definitely shop with Zaful. Their customer service is good and the shipping time is reasonable providing that items arrive from Asia.

Have you shopped with Zaful before? What is your experience? 

Zaful midi dress review
Zaful midi dress review
Zaful patterned dress review
Zaful cross body bag
Zaful patterned dress review
Dress & Bag- c/o Zaful // Shoes - Deichmann 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Autumnal Coat

Autumnal coat
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. I'm really sorry about the lack of posts last week. The past few days were really hectic and I had no time or energy to work on my blog. I hope you didn't miss me too much ;)

Today I'm back with a new look featuring one of my autumnal coats. As you probably know, I'm not a huge fan of this time of year. Days are just too short and cold. 

At least I have a growing collection of coats which keep me warm on chilly days. The one I'm wearing today first debuted on my blog last year (here). I got it for free thanks to Tesco's Clubcard points (thank you Tesco). I love it as it comes with a detachable faux fur trim which can be easily removed to create different looks. 

Autumnal coat
Autumnal F&F coat
Autumnal F&F coat
Autumnal F&F coat
Coat - F&F // Top - Old // Jeans - Marks & Spencer // Shoes - Old //Bag-River Island

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