Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Alcott - Vienna Store Opening Event

Alcott Vienna
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that there is a new face amongAustrian fashion market! Alcott, the youthful, Italian trend label recently opened their first store in Vienna's SCS. The brand gives off a very casual vibe and aims to combine Californian nonchalance with an Italian lifestyle - at the best possible price.
On the 15th of October, Alcott kindly invited a group of enthusiastic, Austrian fashion and lifestyle bloggers to celebrate their recent store opening with champagne, yummy snacks and cupcakes! I was super excited to go, especially as I hadn't been to any event like that before.

Alcott Vienna
The mini-wraps and the cupcakes were super good!
Alcott's goal is to provide teenagers who are on a budget with trendy, good quality clothing at the lowest possible price. They excel in the jeans department and currently carry two ranges, Alcott and Alcott Los Angeles, which is the women's collection, after starting out as a "men's wear only" brand.

Alcott Vienna
Featuring Heike from steirerblutundhimbeersaft.com
I personally really enjoy Alcott's effortless design and the college-vibe that their products have! Although I do have to admit that, at first glance, the store looks very much like a unisex label. I do blame that on the current popularity of the boyfriend jeans cut, though!
There are over 150 Alcott stores worldwide, most of which are in Italy. They do aim to expand to the rest of Europe - especially the UK - as soon as possible.

Alcott Vienna
The evening with Alcott was super enjoyable and I felt very honoured for the invitation.  I personally liked what I saw a lot - I even picked up one or two pieces that may pop up in future outfit posts. Price-wise, Alcott lies inbetween Primark and H&M, leaning towards the cheaper side. However, quality-wise I was truly surprised. The Italian label truly knows what they're doing, I'm wearing their lovely American flag scarf every single day since I got it because it's so cozy!

What do you think of Alcott? Do you like the sporty look? 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Outfit: The Oversized Knit

Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi
Miss Blue Eyes Cheap Monday Blow Knit Shop Dixi

Cheap Monday knit |  Forever 21 skirt | H&M boots | ShopDixi necklace | eBay bag

If I had realised earlier how cheap this bag actually looks, I probably would not have included it in this outfit post. Let's just assume I'm wearing it ironically. Yeah, that's totally plausible. Anyway, I don't think I've told you about this awesome jumper already, have I? It's from Cheap Monday, a store I only recently discovered, and when I saw that it was on sale, I just had to get it. It's very slouchy and oversized (I'm wearing a size S) but it's so comfy and it goes so perfectly well with a bodycon skirt or some tight jeans.
The make-up I'm wearing was some kind of experiment - I did a metallic smokey eye and it worked really well. I doubt you'll be able to tell how it looks like exactly, but I just didn't get a proper detail picture of it. My facial expressions in these are just too weird to upload them! However, I'm thinking about doing a tutorial on the smokey eye I'm wearing. Please let me know whether you'd be interested in something like that!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review: MAC Frank-n-Furter Lipstick (Rocky Horror Picture Show Limited Edition)

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick
MAC's Rocky Horror Picture Show Limited Collection is out! And guess who picked up another red lipstick. That's right, me. I know, I know, I just picked up Russian Red a few weeks ago, but I just couldn't resist the new collection. Especially not after I was told exactly how limited it was and that they only had two of these gorgeous, dark red lipsticks called "Frank-n-Furter" left for sale, only a couple hours after the collection had been officially released. Of course, I couldn't bear the thought of missing out and gave in to the urge of getting it. 

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick
 MAC Frank-n-Furter
A gorgeous blue-toned red that lies somewhat inbetween Russian Red and Diva. It works really well with a darker lipliner, like for example MAC's Vino, also from the RHPS collection. MAC's official website describes the colour as a deep raspberry wine shade, which is absolutely dead on in my opinion. The lipstick has a matte finish and retails for a little more than the regular MAC lipsticks. (22€ as opposed to 19,95€)

Swatches
indoors - flash - natural light

Comparison to Russian Red
picture taken with flash
Performance
top: indoors, bottom: flash
MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Frank-N-Furter Lipstick worn
So, I was a little worried if this buy would be worth it for someone who already owns Russian Red as the bullets do look very similar. Frank-n-Furter is slightly more blue-toned and thus looks more berry-toned than Russian Red, which makes it a great colour for autumn and also slightly more wearable. It's just as easy to wear and it will make your teeth look whiter as it has blue undertones.I think this is an absolutely gorgeous colour. If you like Russian Red but you think it's a tad too light, you will love Frank-n-Furter. 
Is it absolutely necessary to have it? I think that depends on various factors. If you enjoy wearing a red lip, it's definitely worth picking up. If you're into collecting MAC lipsticks, then get it. If Russian Red is your holy grail lipstick and you're not into trying out new things, you don't need this lipstick.

Now, if you like what you see and feel like you need to get your hands on this lipstick, I'd advise you to hurry. These sell out super quickly!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Austrian Fashionblogger Meetup in Vienna


Last Saturday, the lovely Tina from Citylover.at organized the first Austrian Fashionblogger meetupin Vienna. 20 fashion-enthusiastic girls from all over Austria ended up travelling to the capital for lunch. Doesn't sound too exciting in comparison to the blogger events from the UK with loads of brand involved? Well, let me tell you that: we had a lot of fun! (Although I do have to admit that I'd love to go to one of these huge UK blogger events one day.)

At 2pm we met at The Room, a gorgeous restaurant that serves the by far prettiest iced tea that I've ever seen. I was about half an hour early so I had plenty of time to study the menu before the girls arrived in smaller groups. I have to admit that I was very nervous to meet all these wonderful bloggers who I've been following for months but hadn't talked to yet besides via various comment forms. My doubts were unjustified, however, as everyone was absolutely lovely.

from left: Verena (WhoisMocca?), Lina (GlitteryPeonies) and Maxie (maxie-renée)

from left: Theresa (Theri's Wardrobe), Denise (c-overthetop), some lovely girls that I don't recognize thanks to the depth of focus and Valeria (valeriannala).
The Room has a lovely interior, but the atmosphere in the restaurant was a little lackluster that day. That did nothing to our cheerful conversations, though. Loads of topics were discussed: from blog design to degree courses, from designer bags to photography advice. Nothing was left out, questions were answered, tips were shared... It was wonderful! If I had to draw a comparison, I'd say it was very much like a Twitter chat but with much less drama and far more structure (I'm looking at you, PR & sponsorship discussions). 

One of the main attraction next to our engaging conversations was definitely the food. Everything looked so tasty and the presentation on the plates was so nice! Which is exactly why every single blogger girl had to snap multiple pictures of their and possible their neighbour's food before taking a bite. I was the only one to try the "The Room Burger" and I have to say that it was totally worth it. It was no doubt one of the best burgers I've ever eaten and don't get me started on the chips. So yummy! They were served with a cocktail sauce and a mockup newspaper page for decoration.
All in all, it was a very lovely afternoon. I had arrived at The Room not knowing a single blogger in person, but I left with some really lovely new friends.  We all agreed that we had to repeat this as soon as possible and I honestly can't wait!
Have you ever been to a blogger event?

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