December 16, 2014

Product Empties #1

I spend more time watching beauty and bookish videos on YouTube than I care to admit. One of my favorite things to watch are the so called empties. Not only is it fascinating what products people go through, but I also think they're much more informative and reliable than the usual reviews (I still watch and read ton of those, though). Following is my take on the idea, in writing.

Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder, Catwalk by TII Straight collection, Sanctuary Spa Pore refining toner, No.7 Beautifully Matte foundation, product empties

December 12, 2014

Cozy riding boots from Morlands

I've been on the hunt for a new riding boots long before the temperatures started descending from cold to freezing. In London boots are more or less year-rounders so finding the perfect pair to add to my wardrobe has turned into a mission, an almost impossible one. Most of them would hit me right under the knee which made them both unflattering and uncomfortable - a problem many petite girls would understand. Another issues I've often encountered, that I've noticed many other women complain about, is the calf size. It would either be too wide or too tight. When did brands stop manufacturing average-size anything? It seems you can either be model-sized or plus-sized these days. Nothing in between. 

About the time I almost settled for a pear of in-between-not-ankle-but-not-knee-high boots a Morlands representative contacted me asking whether I wanted to pick a pair of shoes from their website to try out and review. And lets be hones here. One does not simply say no to the company that provides the sheepskin for Rolls Royce and Bentley. After over and hour on their website I chose the SANDRA boots and only a few days later they arrived to my doorstep. Straight away (cause I am that impatient) I tried them on. Surprisingly, they fit straight away. No need to hope the leather will stretch a I wear them or to tell my self "it's OK I will only wear them with skirts."

December 8, 2014

Christmas Reads 2014

December 2015 has began and lights are twinkling all around. What better way to put yourself in the festive spirit than reading a Christmas book or two! 

When I first learned to read my parents gave me the Disney edition of "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (a children's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens) and it's been my traditional December read ever since I was six years old. Before moving to London I gave it to my little cousin who grew up to love books just as much as I do, so this year I had to find new reads for the lead up to Christmas.

The first two books I added to my ever-growing collection were J. R. R. Tolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas" and "My True Love Gave to Me" - a collection of twelve stories written by some of my favorite authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. 




I've already finished the former one at one sitting... on the same day that I bought it! The short and entertaining book made me feel like a child counting down the sleeps to Christmas. Tolkien's characters develop in every letter he (as Father Christmas) wrote to his young children. I grew to love the clumsy polar bear that causes so much trouble but always means well and Ilbereth the Elf who became Father Christmas' secretary and even the snow-elves who never failed helping to save the gifts from the goblins. Tolkien's fans would also e able to recognize some of the ideas for "The Lord of the Rings" developing in the short stories.

I am just about to start "My true love gave to me" and the level of excitement is to the roof! I cannot get over how beautiful the UK edition of the books is. With its powder blue cover and pink pages it's not just Instagram-worthy, but a Christmas decoration of its own kind!

What are your favorite festive reads?

XoXo 
Plami

July 25, 2014

Guest post: More than one time

Every single time you wear some fancy and glamorous dress, you want the whole world to see it. If you could, you would even hire the most expensive Nashville commercial photographer, to take pictures of you, for as long as you wear that dress. The thing is that some clothes are just spectacular, they cost a lot and when you’re wearing them, you want attention, because you deserve it. The only sad thing about these outfits is that you feel uncomfortable if someone sees you dressed in it, more than one time. You have to learn some tricks, to make the uniqueness last a little longer than just one night out.  So how do you recycle an expensive dress?

Just to make it clear, I’m not talking about the wedding dresses or the ones that have complicated decorations. It’s all about the cocktail style. The cocktail dress can be recycled by adding some super dazzling shoes. Add colors to the little black dress you own and point the whole attention to the shoes. Another way would be adding some crazy accessories. Take some necklaces, bracelets and earrings of big sizes. Let them be gold or silver. The whole look would just be different. Or if you’ve got any jewelry before, take it all down for now.

June 19, 2014

GFW 2014: Frances Baron's Embrace delicate lingerie collection

Hello beautiful 

Last week I introduced you to the talented Lizzie Coates who I met at Graduate Fashion Week 2014. Her designs weren't the only ones that impressed me. In fact, right next to Lizzie's stand was another beautiful lingerie collection.





Frances Baron, a petite beauty full of energy and enthusiasm, created Embrace to inspire smaller breasted women to love their bodies. Born a triplet, Frances says, "small" has always been her trait. That doesn't seem to bother her at all. She excludes the confidence only a lady who completely accepts herself can have.

The lingerie itself is nothing less than stunning. The unstructured silhouettes adorned with delicate crochet detailing evoke images of ballet dancers, candle light and gentle caresses. Made of fine silk sating in subtle ivory tones the pieces are smoldering in the most elegant of ways. Embrace liberates women of uncomfortable synthetic fabrics, wires and excessive padding. It is soft, comfortable and effortless. It is the definition of allure.

June 16, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Follow your passions

Hello beautiful 

Following your heart can be scary. It often involves taking risks, leaping with your eyes closed and hoping for the best. It involves fighting for your dreams, not just chasing them. Following your heart requires bravery, will and discipline, as well as hope, believe and confidence. It is not easy. In fact, it is hard most of the time. Trust me, I know. 

What I also know is that every step you make on the way, every little effort that brings you closer to your dream is rewarding. The decision to follow your heart no matter what gives you a new sort of freedom. It breaks the shackles of society expectations and peer pressure and opens your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Following your heart lights the fire within you and makes you burn bright like the stars in the night sky.



Have a great week!

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XoXo 

June 12, 2014

GFW 2014: Lizzie Coates' Foolish Affair luxury lingerie collection

Hello beautiful 

Graduate Fashion Week is the place to discover young talented designers and see their work up-close. The event this year was a spectacular affair, the halls filled with imaginative well-crafted pieces. Among the hundreds of participants there were a few girls who really left an impression on me, not only with their beautiful designs, hard work and passion, but also with the the way they presented their ideas.



Today I want to introduce you to Miss Lizzie Coates, the talented lady behind Foolish Affair - a luxury lingerie brand aiming to change women's attitudes of shapewear and fulfill their desire for achieving the ideal hour-glass silhouette. Songbird 2014 is one of the most alluring, elegant and sensual lingerie collections I've seen. 

Lizzie's romantic inspiration comes from the Roaring Twenties and the love story of The Great Gatsby. The sense of lavish opulence, typical of those times, is evoked through a soft, feminine color palette and the use of soft silks and delicate Chantilly lace combined with body shaping fabrics. 

The collection and its presentation were clearly thought through and cohesive down to the very last detail - from the font used on the pieces to the designer's business cards. Even the diffused light and soft focus of the pictures in Lizzie's tasteful lookbook (which by the way she took and edited herself) coordinated perfectly with the concept of oozing vintage glamour.

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