Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Pastel Hues For A Soothing Spring

Spring 2014 will be all about pastel shades, so I thought of doing an entry today about this.

I think pastel colours are so natural and so chic that they just reflect the spring-time spirit. Flowers bloom, and the weather gets warmer and the sun will be shining more often again. Not to mention later sunsets!

I thought I might share with you some of my favourite items from the Spring 2014 collections, which of course are already on my shopping list!

                                                                        ZARA - 25.99 GBP

This is such a soothing colour for a crop top. The past season was about bright colours like pinks, reds, oranges and yellows, and this season everything seems to have relaxed a little.

By being a cropped top, any high-waisted bottom will sit the style perfectly. I like how they styled it with white, although a colour contrast (obviously still remaining on the pastel hues) would also be a nice touch.

I would also wear this cropped top with a pastel yellow or pink skirt/shorts and white wedges.

                                                           BANANA REPUBLIC - 59.50 GBP

A beautifully decorated camel skirt for an elegant cocktail evening or a casual chic day outfit. I am absolutely in love with the details on this skirt: the bronze flowers on the camel background are just perfect.

Just like in the picture, I would also pair it with a cream top and golden flats or low heels - to make the skirt stand out and not the rest. This is one of those clothing items that has to stand out on its own, so the look cannot be over elaborated.

The banded waist is another detail I like about this skirt. It creates the looks of a sophisticated and stylish young woman.

 LIU.JO - 61.00 GBP

A large pastel pink wallet that every girl needs.  The outside and inside zipper are very chic and make this wallet a practical and fashionable accessory for this Spring.

The handy inside pockets also make life easier for us, as we always have many things to carry around in a wallet. Plus, when you don't need a big bag, you can use this as an elegant night-time purse as it can contain your basic needs: money & phone.

The shiny outside laminated leather make this accessory a must-have for this Spring 2014.

                RIVER ISLAND - 28.00 GBP

A pastel green moccasin for this Spring is just perfect to complete this entry. The golden detail at the front contrasts greatly with the colours and makes this shoes very fashionable and a perfect fit for a pair of short and a simple blouse.

I love moccasins as they can be dressed up or down, according to the circumstances, and they make a great day-to-night in case you need a little inspiration for a Spring Break Weekend.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Boots Mania

I think the fashion industry is striving to say that this year is the BOOT SEASON!

So many different types of boots are around. I walked past the main shopping area earlier today, and WOW there are so many different types of boots: high-knee, ankle boots, leather, quilted, strapped, studded, heeled, wedges, fabric... so many types!

So, while having a wonder in my favourite stores, here are the top 5 boots I liked:

Low heeled boot - Nicholas Kirkwood

A contemporary and low-heeled boot for those of you who just
want to keep it simple and plain. Very stylish and extremely elegant
boot, perfect for every occasion: from casual day out to a chic
cocktail evening.

My ideal combo would be with a mid-knee tartan skirt,
black tights and white blouse/shirt. Obviously a lovely handbag an
marvellous jewellery. Alternatively, you can opt for a more garçon
approach, with elegant shorts, tights and a silk blouse.

Ankle boots - Jeffrey Campbell Starburst

A beautiful classic and aggressive ankle boot. Tiny golden flat studs
at cover the whole shoe, matching the fabulous golden straps on the
ankle. Zipper on the side and a low heel. What more could you
want from a casual but highly fashionable ankle boot?

Calf boots - UGG

These babies will never go out of style. Super warm and cosy
and extremely fashionable. You can wear them with literally
everything (maybe except a cocktail dress and any elegant 
outfit). No matter what the weather conditions, these shoes
are going to keep your feet warm, and the best thing is, you 
always feel as though you are wearing nice and comfortable

Riding boots - Ralph Lauren

Riding boots have also made it in my top 5 boot trends
for 2014. Amazing how this trend grew so quickly in such
a short amount of time! Anyway, these are very fashionable,
comfortable extremely elegant boots. Most of these boots are
found in brown hues, but there are other colour variations, such as black or grey.

The mix of leather and suede make this shoe perfect for a casual chic
day. Fits amazingly well with skinny jeans, leggings and skirts. Why
not also try them with shorts and tights for an alternative look. The
golden straps on the ankles give the boot a less 'horse-riding' theme
but a more stylish touch.

Who is up for some over-the-knee boots. Apparently
the new trend for this year. They fit amazing with skinny jeans,
and why not try them with leggings or a knee-length skirt. Black
is also the perfect colour as it is always wearable. Plus, don't worry
about changing shoes for a casual night-out, these boots are also the
perfect transformation day-to-night footwear.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Blazer-ing it out!

You can mix and match the blazer by picking on the details. For example,
the striped wrists on the blazer match the top underneath.

You can either follow the monochromatic scale or, if you feel more confident,
why not add some colour. 

Accessorising up or down your look is important for the final 
effect. I opted for a more casual approach, involving a sports-style
but chic white watch with golden details, and plain white earrings.

Beauty is simplicity. And most of the time, simplicity is just what we need to do the trick.

If you ever find yourself undecided on what to wear on top of that gorgeous t-shirt or blouse of yours, then why not go for a classic black blazer?! It is a simple problem-solver and it literally fits every look. Whether you are going for a casual or elegant look, the blazer is always your key.