It seems that spring and pastels are two words that go hand in hand beyond trends, no matter what. Like summer and ice cream in a way… I don’t think we can call it trend actually as color-wise in spring/summer you (usually) have the following color choices: pastels, bright, nudes. And then go mix and match!!
The truth is that I don’t actually own any piece of clothing that can be classified as pastel. I guess I’m more of a bright-colors person! If I did own pastels though, these are the ways I’d style them:
1) Color block: pastel on pastel creates a more toned down effect than color blocking bright colors. Looking for color combinations? Try light pink or peach with mint green, baby blue with pastel yellow (think lemon sherbet) and so on!
2) Pair them with gray, white or black: You could easily wear a pastel top with black bottoms, or a gray top with pastel bottoms. Inspiration wise, check how Miranda styled her pastel pink pants.
3) Pair them with denim: The easiest way to wear pastels! Prefer light colored denim though, which will act as a pastel color itself!
February is usually labeled as “the month of love” thanks to Valentine’s Day…well for me this past month could easily be labeled “beauty month”. Let me elaborate: it all started off with L’Oreal‘s event to introduce Miss Manga mascara on the 31st of January. Then for the next two weeks I had two more “dates” with L’Oreal Group brands: Garnier and Maybelline. I got to learn about the brands’ new releases for 2014 and I’m really excited for the new mascaras from L’Oreal and Maybelline, new hair care products from Garnier and the handy nail products by Maybelline that with transform even the inexperienced ones into nail artists.
So want to read a quick beauty review? I really loved Miss Manga mascara even though I can’t get the brush to bend. It also does wonders for my lower lashes! I also started using the Brushing Express Oil by Garnier which reduces the blow dry time AND protects from heat up to 230oC. Now that’s a product I was really looking for as blow dry is one of the things I despise and I also use hair straightener twice a week during winter. Now it really takes less time plus the oil takes care of my hair and I get compliments about them! It’s a keeper! Last I tried Maybelline’s Street Artist Top Coat and went all Jackson Pollock on my nails!What do you think? I’m going to try it with different “backgrounds” as well!
Statement necklaces is the one accessory that will always be in my wardrobe no matter what. Their shapes and styles may change…they won’t always be flashy and chunky…but they will make a statement none the less.
This particular bold necklace was bought from Accessorize this past fall. Let’s say that it was a gift to myself for my birthday! It can be worn with so many different tops. I like it particularly paired with a denim shirt, but this neon top from H&M is the next best thing. And it’s more spring appropriate, no?
I finished off the look with my dark Diesel jeans and my peplum coat (although it’s not entirely visible) from Topshop.
It seems that I have an unwritten pact with myself to visit as many British towns and villages as possible. It all started actually back in 2005 when I set my foot in Lancaster for my masters degree. Since then I’ve visited so many places in the UK, south, north, middle…you name it! Most of my travel posts are on my old blog, but slowly I’ll get them transferred to this one. Anyways…one of the latest additions on the list is Guildford in Surrey, which I visited in November during my latest trip in the country.
On the day we visited Guildford the weather was typically British: cloudy and rainy! Thankfully, after we finished brunch over at the Tea Terrace the sky cleared up just a bit (read: it stopped raining), so we were able to walk around the commercial street of Guildford as well as walk up to Guildford Castle and it’s beautiful gardens. I guess the gardens will look even more beautiful during spring/summer with flowers and such, but still in November they looked pretty nice and got a glimpse of the “wild” nature as you can see in the following pictures.
The photo above is totally deceiving…The links I’m going to provide you with for your reading or watching pleasure have nothing to do with cupcakes (this time at least). I was just on the look out for a generic picture for this new kind of post I’m introducing…and after looking through my “stock” photos, I was like “oooh cupcakes, they look good”!
Anyways…my recommendations for this week sprawl over the range of beauty, fashion and – of course- travel! I hopy you like my recommendations and find interest in them as I plan to make it a permanent fixture.
I’m starting off with a beauty video/tutorial. Now let me say that I’m not the best video watcher of any kind (I can tolerate only cats) and as far as beauty goes, give me a picture tutorial anytime! Nikki DeRoest though makes simple viedos that cover basic tips and tricks. I found out about Nikki through Chiara Ferragni’s Instagram feed (you know Chiara right?) and I was impressed by her natural, dewy make up looks she creates. This week I’m featuring Nikki’s video on highlighting, contouring and applying blush, which clarified a lot things for me!
So after you got your beauty fix, I’m transporting you in a land far away: the Kingdom of Lesotho in South Africa through Jenna’s post. It’s an “off the beaten track” kind of place, with raw beauty and scenic routes!
When I started blogging almost 6 years ago, outfit posts were not on the menu. I envisioned it more as a fashion commentary and travel blog, but things evolved and a realised that since I have a personal blog talking about fashion and style it makes sense to showcase my style as well. So, reluctantly I started posting outfit posts 3 years ago. Still I don’t post outfits frequently due to timetable restrictions
and being lazy.
But after being absent from the “outfit post” front for a while (an winter doesn’t help me much either), I am back with a casual weekend outfit (that I easily wear on weekdays as well). I call it the “20-something” look as it consists (mainly) of denim, parka and high-tops (which I bought after turning 30 and despising them for more than 15 years…still I’m not converting to All Stars anytime soon). It could also be a “model off duty” look if I wore skinny jeans and, you know, I actually resembled a model…
The parka is one of my recent Zara acquisitions and although I’ve seen it on about 10 other girls all over Athens, I’m happy I bought it as it is really practical! It has a warm detachable lining that I wear during cold days, but I remove during warmer days like this one when the photos were taken. The bag is also from Zara…yet another score! I carry it with me almost every day during winter months
The photos were taken in Egio, a coastal city in the region of Peloponnisos, Greece last Saturday. I was there to pick some oranges, hence the lovely orange tree photos you’ve seen on Instagram and below. As usual the orange picking was combined with lunch in Egio’s water front and a walking by the sea, before getting back to Athens.
Since I missed my Instagram “diary” back in December I thought of doing a combined recap for the last two months. Surprisingly enough (or not) my feed has a good amount of dessert photos (and consider that I even left the Christmas ones out), skies and cityscapes…it’s no secret that I love Athens and taking pictures of it and I even have a whole blog about it! January ended with L’Oreal’s presentation of the new Miss Manga mascara which also included getting to white our name in Japanese…I have yet to try the new mascara yet, but I’ll let you know my impressions when I do!
Coming from a city with no big parks and definitely no squirrels, I’m always excited to walk on parks like the Hyde Park in London. It’s a great place to unwind while sightseeing in the city. It would be ideal to visit the park during spring when the flowers are blooming, but I find it equally beautiful during the fall.
A few of my favorite places within the park are the Serpentine and the Long Water, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, which is pretty cool I dare say and The Lido, the perfect spot for a light lunch next to the Serpentine.
So, next time you find yourself in London, make some time to visit the Hyde Park, especially if the weather is nice!
The Red Lion in Horsell, near Woking, Surrey is another restaurant that I visited during my UK visit last month. Before getting there I though that it would be a typical pub, so I was kind of surprised to see that it is a very stylish restaurant with delicious food as well! Pictured below is Baked Camembert, rosemary, garlic & wine, crudités & ciabatta that we got to share, which I must admit that it was delicious. Below you’ll more photos with decorative details from the restaurant as well as our main courses (yum. yum!)
Essential Information: The Red Lion, Horsell, High Street, Horsell, Surrey
During my trip to the UK last month I had the opportunity to visit the Tea Terrace at House of Fraser in Guildford (Surrey) for brunch. The cafe/restaurant is located on the top floor of House of Fraser so it almost gives you a panoramic view of Guildford. If only it had been less cloudy and rainy that day so as to enjoy the view more. Anyways, back to the menu. I opted for a sandwich accompanied by tea of course, while my fiance opted for an afternoon tea menu complete with mini sandwiches and scones!
The place was a reaaaaally girly decoration (but didn’t snap any pictures, so as not to look like a weirdo), but the photo of the placemat above and the tea themed cupcakes below can get you in the mood! The food was delicious and I was happy to find out that Tea Terraces can be found on other stores of House of Fraser as well (for future reference)! For those you like their tea with a dose of eccentricity I recommend buying one of the teapots featured in the last photo (I like the bath tub one!).
Essential Information: Tea Terrace, House of Fraser, 105-111 High Street, Guildford, Surrey