Friday, 29 April 2016

Last Month

Spring blooms
Spring Blooms

Sweet April shower do spring flowers.
Thomas Tusser

April is drawing up to a close so it's time for the 'Last Month' recap on the blog. 

April has always been one of my favourite months. It's the time when everything comes alive and the world around seems to be more colourful.

Below is the recap of my outfits and favourite photos from the past 4 weeks. Which one is your favourite? 

Parisian inspired look
Retro-inspired look
April recap in photos 1. Saturday walk down the canal // 2. Sunset // 3. Cool door alert // 4. More blooms

Pink Game
PeplumApril recap 1. Playing with shadows // 2. Blogger moment after a shoot // 3. My collection of slipper shoes // 4. What colour shall I choose? 

Spring florals
Casual look
April recap 1. Earlier this month I visited Poland // 2. I wanted all these cakes // 3. I can't imagine travelling without a book // 4. Typical shot from an airplane 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Casual Look

Causal look

Today I'm excited to show you a look featuring some new additions to my wardrobe. 

When I was in Poland earlier this month, I went past a little boutique that was hidden among a block of flats. Although I was not supposed to spend any money, something was telling me that I should go in and have a little browse. 

Well, that browse ended with a mini splurge as after having a quick look at the rails, I was instantly drawn to the jacket I'm wearing today. It's a perfect spring transitional piece and it looks totally different to any other jackets I have in my wardrobe. 

During that mini shopping spree, I also treated myself to a top, which will feature on the blog soon, and a new pair of slipper shoes that I'm showing off below. They debuted on my Instagram page a few weeks ago so if you follow me there, you've probably seen a sneak preview. Thanks to these beauties, my shoe collection now includes 105 pairs. What can I say? I'm a firm believer that a girl can never have too many shoes ;) 

Transitional spring look

Casual jacket
Casual look
slipper shoes
handmade beaded bracelets
Spring transitional look
Jacket - From an independent boutique
Top - F&F
Trousers - F&F
Shoes - From an independent boutique
Bracelets - IZPROJECT 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Flower Power

Floral look for spring

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. 

With spring in full bloom, today I wanted to show you a floral outfit that I put together for an evening meal out with my family. 

As I'm a huge fan of the floral trend, I decided to fully embrace it with my floral cropped trousers that you could see on the blog last year (here). I teamed it with a peplum top with a faux leather detail that has already made a debut on My Daily Wear (here) and simple accessories. 

What do you think of this look? How would you wear floral trousers?

Floral trousers

Peplum top

Floral print on trousers

baby blue heels
spring blooms

Top - F&F
Trousers - F&F
Clutch - New Look
Necklace - IZPROJECT 
Glasses - Glasses Direct 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Beauty Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

Beauty hacks for every woman

When I decided to set up a blog in 2014, I knew I wouldn't become a beauty blogger. I have a very sensitive and acne-prone skin so I'm always wary of trying new products. That rules beauty blogging out as have you ever seen a beauty blogger who doesn't review creams or foundations? 

However, today I thought I'd feature a beauty-related topic on My Daily Wear as I wanted to share with you beauty hacks and tips I've learnt over the years. I'm not a guru but hopefully these simple tricks will help to make your life a little bit easier. Let me know if you've tried them before. 

Beauty hacks to make your life easier

For puffy eyes 
Do your eyes look and feel puffy when you wake up? Store your eye cream in the fridge.  Cool cream will soothe the skin around your eyes and reduce puffiness. 

To fix a crumbly eye pencil 
Does a tip of your favourite wooden pencil break the moment it hits the blade? To solve the issue, simply pop a pencil in the fridge for about 10 minutes before sharpening it. 

To make your lipstick last longer 
If you want to prevent your lipstick from slipping too soon, lightly coat your lips with translucent powder before applying lip colour. 

To speed dry your nails
If you don't have time or patience to sit around and wait for your nail polish to finish drying, then dip your nails in ice cold water for about 2-3 minutes. 

To rescue dry cuticles 
I'm sure most of you keep a lip balm in your bag. Did you know you can use it to soften your cuticles when you're on-the-go? 

To banish nail stains 
If you want to get rid of stubborn nail stains, simply mix a little baking soda with some water and soak your hands for 10 minutes. 

For soft feet 
Do you want to get baby soft tootsies? Moisturise your feet and sleep in thin cotton socks. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Look of the Day: Peplum

Peplum dress

Peplum is one of the styles that doesn't seem to go anywhere anytime soon despite being binned by some fashion critics. 

I'm personally a huge fan of the peplum trend which looks great on every body type. Women who don't have curves can wear a peplum dress to emphasise slim waist and create an illusion of an hourglass figure while those who have been blessed in the curves department like me can adapt the style to accentuate their natural shape. 

Although I can find a few peplums in my closet, I have a special connection with the peplum dress I'm showing you today. 

I spotted it two years ago while casually browsing At first I wasn't totally convinced it would suit me but I loved the tartan pattern and couldn't resist the urge to buy it. When it arrived a few days, I was pleasantly surprised with how the dress looked on me and had no doubt it was a keeper. 

What do you think about peplum style? Is it yay or nay? 

Peplum trend

heels with chain
Dress - Bon Prix (still available & on sale) 
Shoes - New Look
Belt - New Look  (the dress originally comes with a different belt) 

Monday, 18 April 2016

Pink Game

Spring pastels

When I was a little girl, I loved playing with Barbie dolls. I dressed them in pretty pink dresses, did their hair and pretended they were going to a party. 

These days I no longer play with dolls. However, my love for pink is still strong, especially now when its pastel version is one of the colours of the season. 

We can't deny that pastel colours make clothing and accessories look more delicate. They perfectly complement darker shades so for today's look I decided to pair this Hobbs cropped blazer that I got in sale about two years ago with my favourite pleated skirt and a breton top. 

What do you think of today's look? Do you like pink? 

pink blazer and pleated skirt

Pastel pink tones
Pleated skirt, pastel blazer and breton top
pastel pink
Blazer - Hobbs
Top - F&F
Skirt - Old from my Mum's wardrobe
Shoes - Next 
Bracelet - IZPROJECT

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Books to Inspire Every Woman

Books to empower every woman

Happy Saturday! I hope you're having a great weekend. I'm sorry for not posting yesterday. I had a crazy week and didn't get a chance to sit down and work on the blog.

Although I don't write book reviews on My Daily Wear, today I wanted to share with you two titles by Cara Alwill Leyba I think every woman who wants to transform her life should read. 

As I'm currently on the self-development drive, I was recently browsing the internet for some inspirational articles and blogs to read. That's when I came across Cara Alwill Leyba, an author, Master Life Coach and mastermind behind The Champagne Diet blog

In the past few years, Cara self-published four Amazon best selling books that encourage women to live their most effervescent lives and celebrate themselves. I read two of them during my trip to Poland the other week and thoroughly enjoyed them. 

Sparkle: The Girl's Guide to Living a Deliciously Dazzling Wildly Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life 

I know they say you should not judge a book by its cover but I was instantly attracted to this book thanks to the bright pink cover that imitates a diary. 

Written in a very light hearted tone, Sparkle is a great pick me up book you can read in one night. Here, Cara talks about everything from her body issues to past relationships inspiring us to live a heathy life and pursue our dreams. 

I have to admit that Sparkle reminded me that despite all the roadblocks I've encountered in my life, I can still conquer the world. All I need is the right frame of mind and some bubbly or sparkling water to celebrate little victories :)

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur. 

As an aspiring girl boss, I couldn't wait to read Girl Code. In this book, Cara talks about how she started and built her brand. She also shares candid interviews with her fellow girl boss friends who tell us how they dealt with various issues such as lack of inspiration or jealousy from peers. 

Although the book is primarily aimed at female entrepreneurs, I think its message applies to every woman out there. It talks about the importance of female empowerment and reminds us that we should be kind to each other and ourselves. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

My Wardrobe Essentials for Spring

My wardrobe essentials for spring

I have a confession to make-I'm a massive clothes hoarder. Over the years I've developed an emotional connection with my clothes making it extremely hard for me to throw anything away. 

However, as spring is in full mode, I decided that I should make an attempt to finally organise my wardrobe and get rid of some of the things that definitely won't fit me anymore. After all, I can only dream of being able to squeeze my bum into size 8 jeans (enter a sigh emoji here).

So with my big clear out planned for the weekend, today I wanted to share with you the staple items I'll certainly be keeping and wearing this season. 

My staple items for spring

Trench coat 
A trench coat is the most versatile and classic item every woman should have in her wardrobe. Last autumn I showed you a purple coat which I got for free thanks to Tesco clubcard points (here). I love it and can't wait to wear again this year. 

Printed dresses
Dressed down or up, printed dresses are a universal life-saviour. 

Basic tees
Short and long-sleeved tees are perfect on it's own or underneath a blazer or biker jacket if you aim for an edgy look. 

Blanket wraps 
I know I've talked about blanket wraps at least million times (here, here or here). They're perfect for layering so please forgive me if you see them on the blog again. 

Nude heels
Although my collection of shoes have grown to 105 pairs thanks to the slipper shoes you could see on my Instagram page, nude heels are the staple footwear style that do wonders to any outfit. 

I think it's safe to say that most of us love jeans.

I'm a proud owner of a few coloured blazers that can refresh any look (herehere or here). 

What are your staples items for spring? What would you add to my list? 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Retro-Inspired Look

Retro-inspired look

When I was shooting photos for today's post, the British weather wasn't on my side. A strong wind kept messing my hair and the sun played the game of hide and seek. Despite taking over 100 hundred photos, I managed to select only a few shots that somehow show my outfit in its full glory. 

Although this ensemble is very simple, it made me feel like I stepped back to the 1950s. I'm pear-shaped so I usually struggle to find well-fitted pencil skirts. They're either too tight around my hips or too big on the waist. This M&S piece; however, fits me like a glove so I really regret not buying it in different colours. 

For this retro-inspired look, I teamed the skirt with this little F&F boat neck sweater that I embellished with a brooch from my shop (sorry the little plug here). I also added a greyish clutch and nude heels that I got last year in the Next sale. 

What do you think about today's look? 

1950's inspired look

flower brooch


retro inspired look
Sweater - F&F 
Clutch - Next
Shoes - Next

Friday, 8 April 2016

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

What to do when you feel overwhelmed

Let's imagine a life without any problems, chores and to-do lists. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could wave a magic wand and get everything done within seconds?

Sadly, we aren't wizards. We are only humans who often take on more than we can chew. As a result, we are sometimes left feeling overwhelmed by the simplest tasks and have absolutely no idea where to start. 

You're probably wondering why I'm telling you this. Well, a few months ago I went through a period when I really struggled to maintain a balance in my life. At some point I even considered giving up on blogging but then with the help of my family I realised that I can take some actions to change the way I think and get back on track. 

Dealing with overwhelm

Take a deep breath
Give your mind a rest. Simply step back, take a deep breath and try looking at things from a different perspective. 

Write everything down 
Take a piece of paper and jot down all ideas and tasks. This small task will help you unclutter your brain. 

Is your to-do list 20 pages long? Don't worry. You don't have to do everything at once. Break your list into categories and focus on things that need to be done first. 

Go for a walk or exercise
Are you looking for more reasons to get active? Exercise can certainly improve your creativity. 

Take a break from social media 
We can't deny that social media plays a significant part in our lives. Although it's a great tool, we often spend too much time online focusing on others and their accomplishments. That, over time, can lead us to anxiety and low self-esteem. So next time when you feel overwhelmed, simply turn off your notifications and do a digital detox. It really helps! 

What do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed? I'd love to hear your tips. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Next Wishlist

Oops, I've just broken a ban that I imposed on myself last month in a bid to save money. As I need to be careful about my finances until I get a new job (fingers crossed it's going to happen really soon), I decided I wouldn't do online window shopping and create any wish list posts for the time being. 

If you are anything like me, you spot something online, carefully curate it on your blog or Pinterest  and then decide that you really can't imagine your life without a new pair of shoes or bag. After all, it's going to look great with that dress you got last month! 

So, in order not to splash on new clothes, I decided to stay clear from clothing shops and delete newsletters with special offers without reading them. With temptation everywhere, it wasn't easy to stick to the plan but I succeeded until the latest copy of Next's summer catalogue found its way on my doorstep.

Next has been one of my favourite shopping destinations for years. Their summer collection is absolutely spot on so I couldn't stop myself from selecting a few pieces that

I 'd love to add to my wardrobe. 

My Next Wish list
Slim Fit Jacket - £65 // Geo Print Tee - £22-£24 // Printed Shirt - £30 // Khaki Cropped Trousers - £32 // Floral Body Con Dress - £35 // Leather Two Part Shoes - £38 // Slingback Pointed Shoes - £32

Monday, 4 April 2016

Dreaming of Paris

Parisian chic

I have a secret to tell you - I want to travel the world for the rest of my life. Right now I wish I could be in Paris. I imagine myself strolling along the cobbled streets and narrow passageways, sipping coffee in sidewalk cafes and getting lost in Louvre. 

Although I can't afford a trip to Paris at the moment, I still managed to get into the Parisian spirit thanks to the blouse I'd found in my Mum's wardrobe. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably noticed that I love rummaging in my Mum's closet. She has an impeccable style and luckily for me we are the same size. 

The blouse I'm sporting today has been in my Mum's wardrobe for years. She got it during one of her voyages and often teamed it with black trousers and high heels. 

Inspired by her style, I decided to wear the shirt in the same way. As it's still a bit chilly here in London, I also added a cape that featured on my blog before (here). 

What do you think of today's look? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Parisian inspired look

minimalist style

white blouse and black trousers

classic style

Cape - F&F
Blouse - From my Mum's wardrobe
Trousers - Next
Shoes - Deichmann

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