Polka dots have emerged as this Spring/Summer’s biggest trend and judging by what I’ve seen of the new collections so far, it’s here to stay. I personally love polka dots and declared my love for it already here, but if you haven’t got into the trend yet, don’t despair. This print is easier to wear than you think.
If you don’t feel brave enough to wear it head to toe (polka dot dresses are everywhere!) why don’t you start with a smaller item like a top or even shoes! Polka dot shoes are so adorable (case in point).
But here I’m showing you hot to take it easy with polka dots and I can tell you this top has been on heavy rotation. It’s so easy to style, although it’s quite boxy and I do like to add a belt on it. It goes well with trousers and skirts as well.
If you’re new to polka dots, keep the rest of the outfit simple and stick to neutral accessories. Because I love this print I wanted to add a bit more colour to the look with my handbag. It’s my favourite styling trick – hence I have so many pink handbags – they’re the easiest way to add colour to your outfit. I actually wore this outfit for a breakfast at Laduree with my friend and then I went to work so I think it’s very versatile. Polka dots are smart enough for work but are still fun and playful. This outfit was comfortable but stylish, I definitely think the polka dots made it more interesting. What do you think?
This top is from 100% linen so it’s perfect for this heatwave and it’s now on sale! Get yours here.
Do you love polka dots?
Wearing: culottes, top, shoes Aquazzura, bag Dolce and Gabbana, earrings Baublebar
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Happy Monday! I hope you’re enjoying the London heatwave because I’m loving it.
Today I want to show you this dress I actually bought at least a year ago and can’t believe I haven’t shared it before. It’s by Peter Pilotto and I bought it for less than a £100 in the sales. Now that the sales are in full swing it’s the best time to get your bargains like this one. I only buy designer clothes in the sales or with some sort of discount ( I wrote a big article about how to get the best deals here) and I love searching for hidden gems at a good price.
This is such a great dress I still can’t believe my luck when I found it. I love the high street but the amount of detail you get with a designer items can never be rivalled by cheaper stores. Sometimes it’s good to get few nicer pieces for certain days that require something a bit more special. I’m all about mixing and matching the high street and high end. I also love that I can wear this dress for work and than add a bit of a lipstick and put on some heels when I’m going out after. It’s very versatile.
You may have noticed I wear a lot of white. I actually wear it much more than pink, I just like to add my pink accessories. People are afraid of white but I think it goes well with most skin tones and matches so well. It’s the best colour to wear in the summer and especially during a hot summer.
I’m still looking for my best bargain of this season. I must say I’ve been good these past few months and not spending too much because I’ve got some big expenses coming soon (more about that later) and what I mostly wanted were some sandals and I haven’t found any I loved. Problem is I have big feet and everything I like is sold out in my size. It’s something that really frustrates me, because finding my size can be such a struggle.
Have you found any great bargains this season?
Wearing: dress Peter Pilotto, shoes ASOS (from last year) similar, also like these, bag Dolce and Gabbana also tempted to get the white version, earrings Zara
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I’ve changed my skincare routine completely this year after feeling whatever I was using wasn’t working anymore and my skin is the best it’s been. For me skincare is more important than make up and I am doing all I can to achieve a glowing skin and then let it shine and only enhance it rather than painting a face on.
I believe the products I was using before were good, but you need to change your lotions and potions regularly otherwise your skin gets used to the products and same ingredients. I’ve discovered Kiehl’s which I’m really loving at the moment and definitely want to try more products but overall I decided to try things from different brands rather than getting everything from one.
Other than doing the routine that I’m going to tell you about, I exfoliate once or twice a week (I use St. Ives Apricot scrub which is great and not expensive) and about twice a week (when I remember) I put on a hydrating masque overnight instead of anything else. I’ve been testing these from Peter Thomas Roth and so far I’ve been quite impressed.
I use a Thermal cleansing balm from Omorovicza which is oil based and very good for dry skin.
In the morning after I’ve cleaned my face, I use serum from Kiehl’s (review here) and then depending on what I’m doing that day and what my face needs I either use the Kiehl’s Glow Formula skin hydrator (which gives a really nice glow) or if I’m going to be spending a lot of time outside I use the Avene SPF 50. I always always wear SPF 25 minimum. After that I use eye cream and then apply make up. The Avene cream makes your skin quite white so leave some time to soak it in, but I really like it and the protection it gives me, especially during this heatwave.
In the evening after cleansing my face I alternate between the Dior serum and Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate (review of both here). I seriously love both. With the Midnight recovery you only need a tiny bit. I got this sample ages ago and have been using it regularly and still haven’t had to buy the big size but I definitely will. I use a moisturiser after the Dior serum or before the Midnight recovery. I usually do one evening one thing and alternate the next evening. Once every few days I use a hydrating masque instead. At the moment I’m using the This Works night cream which seem really nice on the skin but I think the serums are the most important .
Have you tried any of these? How do you find them?
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Do you sometimes get the feeling when you see a dress (or something else) and it’s so perfect and you just have to have it. This happened with this dress. It was literally love at first sight! I love the fact that in many ways it’s very me – pink, fit and flare, below the knee.. but on the other hand it’s a shade of pink I don’t own yet – it’s a salmon pink bordering on orange and it’s not a colour I usually go for.. It’s embroidered and I don’t think I own any embroidered dress and it’s a wrap dress and I often struggle with those.
But I seriously love it! I wore it over the weekend and didn’t want to take it of. It just made me feel good. The reason I often struggle with wrap dresses is because I think the cleavage is often too low, they keep opening when it’s windy and they don’t often fit right on a tall person. When it arrived (I ordered it online) I knew I wanted to keep it, but I wasn’t sure about the fit and it seemed very see-through. I didn’t know what to do and then it hit me! I put a slip underneath and it worked wonders. It helped with the low cleavage, wasn’t see through any more and I didn’t have to worry about the wind any more seriously life changer.
(Some time ago I bought a slip dress in Marks and Spencer (I needed it for a particular dress) and I never thought I would wear it as much as I do. It’s such a good thing to have in your wardrobe! There’s so many dresses that are little bit see-through and I realised a good slip is a life safer.)
I could go out and just enjoy my weekend. It has been such a beautiful weather here in London and I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can outside and make the most of it. So on Saturday, wearing my new dress, my friend and I went to west London for a coffee and cake al fresco and then for a long walk in the south west London. It’s not an area I visit that often and it was nice just to wander through new streets and discover new hidden gems and it was so so lovely. We came across the amazing car in the first photo and I couldn’t resist posing in front of it. I love old cars. We ended up in a pub and had a bbq and couple of drinks (I had Aperol spritzer should you care) and it was just such a nice day.
I discovered a new cute coffee shop which I can’t wait to tell you about but you’ll just have to wait for now.
How was your weekend? Do you love wrap dresses?
Dress, shoes Valentino old, bag and sunglasses Chanel, earrings Baublebar
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First of all apologies for the quality of these photos. They were taken on an iPhone at golden hour, but the light was so beautiful and it was such a lovely evening I wanted to share them anyway. Life is not always perfect so why should photos be, right?
Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and make the most of it and this was totally impromptu evening and that’s probably what made it even better. I was invited by couple of friends to join them for few drinks after work at Coppa Club by Tower Bridge (there’s more of them) and because I love this place (I reviewed it in winter here) I couldn’t say no. It was a perfect London evening with the weather nice enough but not too hot and I must say evenings like these make me fall in love with this city more and more. I mean the view of Tower Bridge at sunset just takes my breath away.
Coppa Club is such a great place to meet up with people. It’s got a great vibe, very relaxed atmosphere and is not too pricey (that’s something to say in London) and they always do something cool outside that’s not only totally instagrammable but a must do when you’re in London. In the winter they did these cool igloos that were so popular you had to book months in advance (see them here) and I must say I am loving these tropical vibes this summer. You actually feel like you’re on a vacation. I mean imagine I wasn’t drinking wine but a colourful cocktail with a little umbrella and you would almost think I was at some far flung destination. But to remind you where you are, you have these amazing views of iconic London landmarks.
If you’re in London or are visiting this this summer I definitely recommend you to have drinks at Coppa Club (they do delicious food too). And no this is NOT a sponsored post. I just really enjoy this place and have a great time every time I go.
I wore a dress from last year from Current Air which is this cool LA brand. I really like their stuff. I love the fact that this dress has long sleeves (London often gets chilly in evenings) but it’s still breezy and super comfortable. I wore it in the winter with OTK boots, therefore it’s versatile too. I keep saying it but I like to get a lot of wear out of my clothes.
And my ASOS flats have been on constant repeat. They’re so pretty and comfortable you can literally wear them all day and feel fine. Lot of people have been asking me about them and commenting on them on my Instagram so here’s a link for you so you can all have them.
Have you been to Coppa club? Are you planning to go?
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Today I want to share with you few of my latest beauty discoveries. By now you probably know that I am beauty obsessed in the sense that I love buying and trying new beauty products and I recently started series on my instastories every Sunday, where I share my finds and products I love. And this is an extension of that and more in depth reviews.
I don’t often share hair products and I guess that’s because I haven’t really found my holy grail yet. I must say I usually love all Kerastase products but overall I’m still looking for the one and keep trying new things. The one thing I love though is L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. It’s used a lot by professionals and I can see why. It really is good and such a good price too.
So first up today is the Dry Shampoo Foam by Ouai. I’ve tried this after watching it on someone’s Instastories and I loved what it did for them. After trying this I was not disappointed. I love the fact that it’s a mousse so it makes your hair quite wet when you put it in your roots and it feels like it actually gives it a wash rather than just masking it with a powder. It’s such a genius idea! I love it. It doesn’t have a strong smell and I prefer it because some dry shampoos have an overpowering scent and you can tell when someone used them and it can be off putting. You only need very little and I will definitely buy this again.
Another one by Ouai. These are the only two products I’ve tried by the brand so far but I’m quite impressed with both so will probably try more. I’m not big on oil especially for hair because I’m worried they will make my hair greasy. But this Rose Hair and body Oil is quite a dry oil and when I’ve used it on my ends it gives them a bit of shine without being too much. And it smells amazing! I must say the fragrance sold it to me.. I’ve been using it on my body too and don’t judge me on my heels and it really softened them! I don’t know how about you but my feet get so dry in summer and I get hard skin and this is indulgent but my feet deserve it!
I’m sure you know how obsessed I am with lipsticks and glosses. A month doesn’t go by without me buying a few. You may have also noticed I’ve been really into Dior beauty recently and I couldn’t resist buying this Dior Addict lip Tattoo . It’s a lip tint rather than a full on lipstick and perfect for every day. You can layer it as much as you want and it lasts quite well. It gives a nice colour but it’s quite discreet. You can just tell you lips were stung by a bee!
After lipsticks, blushers and highlighters are my favourite make up products. I think they make such a big difference to your face. I’m not really into strong contouring but a sweep of highlighter and a bit of blusher makes me feel so much nicer. I have a few I use regularly but I was excited to try this liquid blush by Nars in one of their best selling shade Orgasm. It’s like a peachy pink and I believe it suits everyone. The colour is just gorgeous. A little goes a long way so be very careful when you’re using it. First time I used way too much. The application is really easy, it gives you a nice glow and it lasts all day. I’m impressed.
Last but not least another lipstick, this time by Tom Ford. I love their lipsticks as they are very moisturising and last very well. Surprisingly this is the first one I bought in ages (possibly because they discontinued my favourite shade Lilac Nymp but also possibly because I’ve been so obsessed with Dior). The colour 87 Playgirl is quite a strong pink but it’s so pretty for summer. I will be wearing it a lot. I have few make up bits from Tom Ford and I love the quality I’ve reviewed some here. It’s a bit pricey but they really are good. Everything lasts really well, they are well pigmented and the packaging is nice too. If you want to buy yourself a little treat TF lipstick is definitely worth it.
Have you used any of these products? What are your latest beauty discoveries?
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I believe the outfit is all about the accessories. They make the biggest difference and that’s why I invest in them the most. Most of my clothes are from ASOS and Zara with the occasional treat from Self Portrait or Zimmermann but most of my shoes and bags are designer.
I love white dresses and have so many. I’ve shared countless of them on the blog like here, here and here and also on my Instagram. I can’t actually believe I’ve never shared this one from Self Portrait here before. And that’s when it occurred to me. It’s more of a dressy dress and I tend to wear it more in the evening when I go to ballet or a dinner and I usually show you more of my day looks. But I decided recently to wear this dress in the day and this brings me back to where I started.
To dress this dress down I wore it with fancy flat shoes and my work bag (I mostly carry small bags and big ones only for work or travel). Like I said at the beginning the accessories make the outfit. I believe to get most of your clothes, you have to treat them as blank canvas and play with the styling. This dress will look completely different with heels and a clutch bag. I’m the sort of person who love to wear the same things again and again but to make the outfit always different I change the shoes and bags.
I dare you to go and take your favourite dress/outfit and try to style it two different ways: dressy and casual. Just a pair of flats or heels make a huge difference. Also play with jewellery. Beautiful earrings will take any outfit to another level. Often if I’m going out straight after work, I just swap flats for heels, big bag for a small one, add a pair of earring and a bright lipstick. It’s that simple! But the effect is huge.
Do you think accessories make the outfit?
Dress: Self Portrait (old) also love this one, shoes, bag Celine, jacket Zara
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