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Monochrome VS Colour

14 Aug

This is one of those dresses where you don’t need to do anything with, just throw it on and be out. I love these kinds of dresses especially now that I have stepped out of my simplicity phase.

I took the afternoon to go to the local park and this was just a perfect throw-on-and-still-look-good. Aren’t jeans and a tee a throw on too? Yes they are but I have always believed that you look so much more put together and effortless with a dress that just does all the work for you.

This summer, I’ve been into printed dresses more than ever but this one is my loudest so far.

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Red Monochrome Dress Primark, Heart Side Bag Suzy Smith.

 

Play it Safe Sometimes

23 Jul

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Even when it comes to summer I am sometimes tempted to throw on my pop-to-the-corner-shop outfit and sometimes it is a disaster…but I’m still not bothered. In this outfit post I have tried to keep things easy but not looking lazy as I have had a lot of trips to the corner shop and as you can imagine, a girl likes to feel special every now and then. I decided I wasn’t going to let my laziness get in the way of looking, well, polished but still not look like I have tried too hard for a walk down my local.

1) Finding a top that looks simple but has some lace detailing, frills or trims add that extra oompf to your lazy-day-but-noone-knows-it and no one will really know it.

2) Minimal make-up is my philosophy and always has been but sometimes I have taken minimal to none at all. This time, I put on my favourite pink lipstick that I know suits me whatever the weather and a few brushes with the mascara and it only takes 30 seconds and makes such a difference.

3) The studs I am wearing are studs I have left for a while as punishment for wearing them every single day when I have countless pairs still in packaging dying to be worn. Today, I decided that it is about what you’re ‘comfortable’ with and what you ‘know’ will make you look good when you’re in a rush or not looking to make much effort.

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The heatwave has subsided but it is still slightly warm out so I decided to be safe with a pair of my most loved dark-wash jeans, sandals and a plain lace top.

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Even the tiny clips add further detail.

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Clips Primark, Lace Top Hollister, Jean New Look, Sandals River Island.

Lipstick Revlon – Pink in the Afternoon, Mascara No.7 Lash Adapt in Black.

 

Sophisticate Summer | OOTD

7 Jul

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It has been a sticky couple of days so far, I say sticky because 30 degrees + humidity = sweaty hands, yuck.

I found myself having to wash my hands every now and then, scrunch my hair up and pull on my top that’s sticking on me, yuck!

What better top to wear than a white boxy cami for the heat and instead of teaming it with a pair of jeans I added an old favourite from Autumn, my much loved midi skirt. I’m not wearing jewellery at all, I have my hair clipped up in a low bun and baby hairs in little clips in an attempt to be sticky-less around my neck and face.

What I love about this cami is its adjustable straps and elasticated top so you don’t ever have to worry about cleavage which is what had always made me uncomfortable in just a cami alone.

I also think summer’s not only an excuse get out in minimal clothing but also minimal make up and jewellery. I’m not wearing any jewellery and my make up is a bright lipstick. I added a pair of colour pop low wedges for comfort and of course for the colour.

To explain the title, I just think, for the minimal amount I have on and for a hot summer day I’ve managed to create something sophisticated for summer.

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And of course, if you’re not too keen on baring all, you could add a cardigan…

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Lace Cami Hollister, Midi Skirt Topshop, Coral Wedges New Look.

Dishevelled this Summer | OOTD

7 Jun

There’s nothing better than a relaxed and care-free summer and for me it started with throwing on a light top and tapered trousers. The other day I was getting ready to go shopping with my sister and was fussing about how I want my hair to be up without falling out of place but the “I’m coming!” and the “Just a minute!” didn’t work for me. I went out with a plait and it sort of dishevelled and I thought it looks quite nice.

I’m really letting myself feel relaxed: no make up – I hate the feel of make up and no nail polish – I too hate the heaviness of nail paint (even if it’s one coat).

This led me to make a baggy white top purchase boho-inspired and then create this outfit of the day.

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Embroidered Tassel Top Forever 21; Printed Tapered Trousers New look

I love the simplicity and the airy-feel in the outfit, makes me feel as though I am in my pyjamas.

NEW IN THIS WEEK & PROMO CODE | ShopMalia

23 Apr

Now that exams and everything Uni are over I have time to late spring clean, shop, blog, paint, draw, write…and the list is endless.

I have also had time to add some new and unique jewellery to my collection and they’re all on sale at great prices. I’ve managed to snap up some more pieces for my shop and since you are reading this New In feature you’ve managed to snap up an all exclusive promo code as my loyal readers. All promo codes are listed at the end of this post.

Classic Gold Swirl Bracelet

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Fabric Earrings

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LOVE Necklace – featuring diamantes, satin bow, heart charm, rose ‘O’.

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Metal Diamate Encrusted Corsage 

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Sterling Silver Delicate Heart Stone Bracelet – Gift Wrap Available

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Bright Coral Flower Necklace

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Topaz Teardrop Necklace

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Promo Code: LOYALCM (expires: 5 June 2013)

Promo codes exclude sale items.

How to Style Statement Pieces

28 Jul

…without going on the plain side.

I have had a bit of a struggle looking for pieces to go with a big bold statement clothes like bright coloured jeans, a blazer, or printed pieces without the boring Plain-Jane white tee that most people seem to resort to. As soon as I got my big clothes I order I started raiding my wardrobe for any other pieces I wanted that would go with them to create five looks with statement pieces.

I have put together statement pieces to show you that it’s not only about the plain white tee but that you can mix and match prints or wild colours with something just as exciting.

Outfit One: Sunday Brunch (Statement Piece: Tribal Print Skort)

The tribal print skort is the centre of attention in this outfit so I wanted to choose pieces that would really compliment and challenge it at the same time. The top isn’t a plain white tank, it has subtle aztec prints on it. Here I am clashing prints but in a safe but also exciting way but if you’re feeling daring you could go for brighter clashing prints. I added light purple bamboo wedges to go with my breezy relaxed look adding a bit of glamour.

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White Aztec Print Tank.

Even with the cream on the skort you can still get away with the white.

What I absolutely love about these wedges is not only the bamboo wedge detail giving it a summery and tropical feel but also the gold hardware at the back. It just adds uniqueness to them.

Tank Vest (Primark £6), Skort (River Island £20), Cork Wedges (River Island £55), Nude Polka Dot Tote (Topshop £16)

Outfit Two: Floral Fever (Statement Piece: Coloured Jeans)

I’m always seeing people wearing coloured jeans with a plain top or more conventionally a plain white t-shirt. But what about a floral print blouse? An embellished tank? Or an Aztec/Tribal or ANYTHING print top? It does take a careful consideration on what prints and patterns would suit the coloured jeans. You could go for subtle prints like the tank in my Sunday Brunch outfit or take on this loud floral blouse.

Simple accessories with an outfit like this and little to no jewellery would put the attention on the jeans and blouse. I would add casual ballet flats and my good old go-to black across-body bag to finish the look giving all the attention to the jeans and the blouse.

Floral Blouse (River Island £25), Purple Jeans (Topshop £40)

Outfit Three: Pink Tribe (Statement Piece: Bright Coloured Jeans)

This outfit is very similar to Outfit 2 since we are concentrating on the coloured jeans. These jeans are bright, so to play is cool I added neutral flats and a white cross-body bag. Again, we have something printed, a tribal print top. There are a few pinks in there so throwing this over the jeans would look like they were meant to be.

Tribal Top (Primark £4), Bright Pink Jeans (Topshop £40), Bag (New Look)

Outfit Four: Uptown Chic (Statement Piece: Bold Blazer)

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I purposely made this outfit plain looking with the light-washed jeans and the white vest. The plain ballet flats go along with the nude bag. This is an all neutral outfit, but to make a minor change would transform it…

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Further interchanging…

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What I really love about this blazer is that you can make the mint cuffs disappear whenever you need them to…

Light Pink Blazer (River Island £40), Vest (River Island £6), RI Nude Bag (River Island £16)

Outfit Five: Back to School (Statement Pieces: Denim Shirt + Floral Leggings)

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Instead of wearing my denim shirt with plain leggings or jeggings, I thought of mixing it with floral ones and plus a backpack with heart print to mix it up even more.

Denim Shirt (River Island £30), Floral Leggings (New Look), Heart print Back-Pack (Primark £9)

So they were my five interchangeable looks, I used some of the same pieces for a different outfit, making them capsule statement pieces with no boring bits. Hope I’ve given you some inspiration on this seasons looks.

Lookbook: Pale Pearl | OOTD

26 Jun

So I finally decided to go for it and do an Outfit of the Day and double go for it by entering the River Island lookbook Contest.

I am loving pale colours and pearls this season so I thought I’d incorporate it into my first ever look and everything I am wearing is River Island.

I decided to create a pale contrast with the dark coloured jeans to create a standoutish look. I love the subtle embellishment on the tank top, it really gives that touch of shine to the look. To further add to this contrast I added a pair of white ballerina pumps.

Hope you like!

MC x

Colour-block trend Nails!

13 Jun

I know the last few nail art designs I have done so far have been rather complicated to do but this one is really quick and easy and I love it so much that I have done this with many other colours. I just wanted to share my more ‘tropical’ one with you. As you may already be aware that tropical styled clothes are everywhere this holiday season and this colour-block nail art adds the finishing touch to your tropical look.

You will need, ANY two colours that are compatible. I used…

– My regular Base and Top Coat.

– Rimmel London Lycra Pro in Coral Romance

– Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Tangerine Queen

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Step 1: As always apply basecoat and let it dry.

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Step 2: Apply your lightest colour.

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Step 3: Carefully apply the second colour on the other half of your nail, whichever half you prefer of course. I found this very easy and maybe it was Rimmel’s mistake free application brush that helped a lot. You may wish to use a thin nail art brush to create a neat line or masking tape as I use for some of my nail art.

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DIY: A Chambray Denim Shirt

2 Jun

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I bought this shirt a couple of years ago, and since I have been loving the top-button-done-up and denim trend all season I decided to give this shirt discreet ones. Instead of sewing on a the spare button I got with this I used a metal hook so that it doesn’t cause much damage or look like there was a button there once before if I ever decide to remove them in future. I usually wore this with vest tops underneath and all buttons open, but now I’m going to try to pull this off on its own.

If you have a similar shirt , you could try this too…

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I put on the hook on the inside of the right inside of the collar.

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When stitching on the hook on the inside of the collar you should always make sure to not let the stitching reach through all layers of the fabric or you’d be left with a visible knot!

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Instead of using the metal one, I decided to make my own thread hoop for the hook to clasp onto. This should be done on the outside of the left side of the collar.

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If you ever want to do this, you should make sure your thread hoop is very strong. And this stitching helped me achieve this…

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I did the same again halfway down from the collar and the next button…

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To figure out how far you should do this you can either measure or do what I did…

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…fold it in half by putting the hook against the next button-hole. If this picture isn’t clear…

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And here’s how it looks all buttoned and hooked up…

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Style Tip: Since this shirt is very long on me, almost reaching my knees, if you have a similar one you could wear it on its own teamed with a pair of bright statement heels.

Summer Party Season FLATS!

1 Apr

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Who says you need a pair of 6 inch heels and come home with ache at the balls of your feet for a Summer Party?

With these gorgeous River Island pearl and diamante embellished flats, you could put all those heel feet at envy. So for all you tall girls out there who worry about towering over everyone including the guys, you don’t have to go looking for mid-heel party shoes, because heels aren’t the only glamour.

I love pearls more than anything, pearly jewellery, pearl embellished clothing, like one of my pearl embellishes shoulders dresses. Pearls, as I mentioned in another post is big this season. River Island also have a coral pearl embellished peter pan colour top which was one from the Elle Edit in the Elle with River Island’s Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Launch. Paint your toe-nails coral, pink or red, or anything pastel, to add that summery edge to night-time or day-time party. I haven’t got much more to say about these,  I’m sure they pretty much speak for themselves.

And here are the rest…

Pearl and Diamante Embellished Sandals River Island £29.99

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