23.10.14

Scalloped Midi Dress

Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag
Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag
Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag
Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Lace Midi Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag Fur
Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Lace Midi Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag Fur
Fashion Blogger Quiz Clothing Lace Midi Dress Outfit Fiorelli Bag Fur
 Dress* - Quiz Clothing, Bag* - Fiorelli, Sandals - New Look (old, similar here), Jumper - H&M, Hat - Bought at Reading Festival (similar here)

Brrrrr its chilly here, I've been waiting for a good sunny day to shoot this dress but alas it didn't happen. Even when I decided to face the cold today with a jumper and hat the heavens opened and poured down on Auckland leaving me waiting for a good hour and a half in a coffee shop waiting for it to stop.

This dress was sent to me along with a pair of heels (more on these in another post) from Quiz Clothing, an affordable fashion brand that has been making an appearance on quite a few blogs recently. I think its a super versatile dress, I've dressed it down here with a hat and jumper but I'm also planning on wearing it with some killer heels to a black tie event in November. The bag is from the Fiorelli AW14 collection and can also be seen in my LFW outfit post here.

These photos were taken by my mum aka my new photographer and for a 2nd shoot I think she did pretty well!

What do you think of the outfit?

20.10.14

Haircare Routine 2014

Hair care routine frizz ease hair extensions
L'oreal Elnett -  £6.45 , John Frieda Extra Strength Frizz Serum - £6.29 , Loreal EverPure Colour Care Shampoo & Conditioner - £6.20I&K Hair Extensions 18" p4/27 via Hairtrade - £54.99*, Philip Kingsley Elasticiser - £28 (full size)

L'oreal Elnett -  £6.45
This is a real hair staple for me, it holds my hair well and doesn't feel sticky or stiff. Although it isn't the cheapest of hairsprays I find I don't actually need that much.

John Frieda Extra Strength Frizz Serum - £6.29
Frizzease has been my hair saviour for years. I have tried so many lotions and potions to control my curly frizzy hair put none do it quite as well as this. It is also super affordable which is a met for me as I go through it like crazy, I actually have 5 backups…

Loreal EverPure Colour Care Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner - £6.20 each
With newly coloured hair I needed something to keep it from fading, that was where these came in. I had heard about the no sulphates range from essiebutton but I didn't realise the line was so big. Not only is it colour care but it is also smoothing which is great for my hair! The shampoo lathers really well and the conditioner makes my hair super soft. I can see they will definitely be a repurchase.

I&K Hair Extensions 18" p4/27 via Hairtrade - £54.99*
I received these a few weeks ago when my hair was blonde so I wasn't able to put them in until last week when I went back to brown. My hair was a little more ashy so I gave them a purple shampoo and voila, perfect shade! I have never tried extensions before but these are super soft and feel like a good length for me at 18".

Philip Kingsley Elasticiser - £28 (full size)
I got a sample of this in a magazine about 6 months ago but I just got round to using it. It is an intensive hair mask treatment that is meant to repair and moisturise. Although it says to put on 20 minutes before washing hair I have found it actually works best when applied before bed and being washed off the next morning. 

16.10.14

TOGA SS15


For the TOGA presentation I headed up to the Renaissance Hotel in St Pancras. As I walked in I was created with a fabulous live jazz band, a drink and a press pack explaining the concept and cation. Based around abstract paintings and entitled “Fragment, Reflection, Foating”, the collection was mainly neutral yet with a few uplifting pops of colour and laying between the lines of soft and sharp. For me and those I talked to there standout was certainly accessories, be it the unique bags, colour blocked shoes or oversized mirrored jewellery. I also really loved the mirrored pieced on some of the clothes. If I had to choose, my favourite look would be the camel coat with brooches, it looked modern and timeless. In all honestly if I could have it all, I would. There was not a single garment I didn't like.

14.10.14

Victoria Sunset


Floral Playsuit* - WalG, Boots - Doctor Marten, Fringed Bag - ASOS, Bracelet - New Look, Necklace - New Look 

I received this playsuit a few weeks ago from WalG and I really love it, the material is lovely and the style of it also flattering. At first I though that it might be a bit too long, but this actually makes the whole playsuit much more appropriate for going to college. Unsurprisingly my Doctor Martens remain to be my staple shoe and I hope to get another pair in the next week or so, let me know if you have a particular pair! My mum took these photos for me up on Mount Victoria, a hill overlooking over the city. A great place to visit if you are ever in Auckland!

11.10.14

London Fashion Week - Day 2 Roundup


On Friday evening an unexpected email landed in my inbox: an invite to Orla Kiely SS15. The next day I took a cab over to The Vinyl Factory in soho to see the presentation, featuring her trademark bold feminine prints with inspiration from flowers. As magical as shows are there is just something more personal about presentations and the way a designer can show the collection as creatively as they can imagine I really love. This was especially true with Orla Kiely as the way in which her collection was presented was unlike anything I had ever seen before, but more detail on this in another post… 

I  then spent an hour or so on Carnaby street browsing american apparel and Monki before heading to The Renaissance Hotel in St Pancras for TOGA. Based around the abstract paintings of  and entitled “Fragment, Reflection, Foating”, the collection was mainly neutral yet with a few uplifting pops of colour and laying between the lines of soft and sharp. For me and those I talked to there standout was certainly accessories, be it the unique bags, colour blocked shoes or oversized mirrored jewellery. 

My afternoon was spent at Fashion Scout seeing Zeynep Kartal and Gyo Yuni Kimchoe. I was fortunate enough to have an extra ticket to Zeynep so instead of letting it go to waste I asked my mum to come along with me and she loved it. The collection was super feminine and floral, my favourite piece being this dress made up of gorgeous little pink flowers. 

Although also taking a botanical inspiration, merit award winner Gyo Yuni Kimchoe's collection could not have been more different. It showed a clear nod toward military style with models wearing trench coats and structured garments and even carrying foliage adorned rifles down the runway. I then went on to see Uma Kangai in the Waldorf but despite being a lovely presentation I couldn't get any decent photos as the lighting was simply so awful.

What was your favourite collection from LFW?