Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Outfit: A Pop of Mint

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Forever 21 biker jacket | Mango black turtleneck top | Yesstyle mint a-line skirt |  H&M plateau boots & ring | Shop Dixi crusader collar necklace

You'll never guess how much of a bargain this biker jacket was! For a moment, I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when I picked it up from the rack and the price tag was a mere 17€. Such a good buy! 
Fun fact: This was probably one of the quickest shoots ever. My boyfriend and I we were heading towards the location, a bunch of dark clouds started to draw closer so we really had to hurry up and get the pictures done. It started raining the moment we got back home. Lucky! Also, I really love the background in these pictures! It's close, there's hardly and people on Sundays and the floor looks nice, too. 
I'm also wondering how long I can neglect the chilly temperatures and get away with not wearing any tights under my overknees. Probably not for much longer. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Gifts: For Her

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It's only the middle (end) of November but slowly, everything is starting to get more and more festive in preparation of Christmas. I can't deny that I haven't thought about getting my Christmas purchases out of the way as soon as possible so I won't have to bear with the last-minute shoppers, so I thought that I'd present you my top christmas present picks for your significant other, your bestie or anyone else you'd like to give a present to. 
The first post I'm dedicating to christmas gifting is a generic guide for getting the right present for a female friend. Initially, I thought that it would be fairly easy to get a nice trinket for a female but since my boyfriend has been asking me what I'd like so many times, I guess it's not. Haha! 
My first advice would be to know the person you're getting something for very well. It's usually fairly easy to come up with something suitable as long as you're familiar with someone's personal style, interests and hobbies. 

A no-brainer. Well, as long as you know what the person you're bestowing likes to wear. Don't go for something that you might like - unless you're super similar - but pay attention to what she is usually wearing and look for something that would go along with it. 

Make-Up & Skincare bits
This is where it gets a little hairy if you don't know her skin type or foundation shade. An easy way around that problem is to keep an eye open for any hints. Has she been mentioning a certain high-end product she'd love to give a go more than once? 
If you're not too sure what to get, nail varnish is a good option! Plus, there are countless of great value beauty gift sets on the market right now. You can find them at Ulta, SpaceNK, Sephora or even at your local drugstore. Get your hands on them while they're still around! Another safe pick are bath goodies from Lush or The Body Shop. I mean, who doesn't love a nice, relaxing bath? 

Sunglasses, Hats, Bags, Shoes... the possibilities are endless and I guarantee that you'll find something for every taste. I would advise you not to go for something super-festive but rather to gift something that can be worn all-year-round and that is not restricted to November and December. 

The same rules as above apply. A christmas-themed sweater might seem like a good idea, but trust me, it's not. If you're going this route it's super important to know her size. Getting an ill-fitting piece of clothing would be unfortunate. But it could happen, nevertheless, so please make sure to keep the receipt, just in case! Note: Couples might even consider a nice set of lingerie, which is definitely a viable option. 

Candles & Other Interior bits
Everybody loves candles! Err, not exactly, but they're a decent option if you're out of options! Yankee candles are probably my favourites, but you could also go for Diptique if it should be a little more luxurious. Interior decorations with a purpose, like for example a jewelry holder, are also great and show that you put some thought in your present instead of rushing around stores for various different gift cards.

Gimmicks & Gadgets
Maybe you fancy something a little laid back? A disposable camera would certainly be a lot of fun to capture the upcoming New Years party with, don't you think? These small bits could also easily be stocking stuffers.

I hope I could make your gifting decisions a little easier! I'm going to follow up with a guide "for him" next monday! Stay tuned! 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Review: Klairs Hasuo Healthy Shampoo Soap

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I won the Hasuo Healthy Shampoo Soap by the Korean brand Klairs in a giveaway a while back and was super excited to give it a go as it's a 100% natural hair product without silicones or other nasty chemicals that you don't necessarily want on your hair. It is very rich in laurel tree oil and targeted at a younger audience who are looking into non-silicone hair products or people who are fighting hair loss or dandruff. One bar has 100g after drying, The paper wrapping comes without an English ingredients list and the smell is something to get used to. So far, so good.

First impression: Oh my god. My scalp felt so greasy while I was still in the shower! It felt absolutely terrible so I decided to use a bit of my usual shampoo to fight the weird feeling. After reading up on shampoo bars, I found out that this was perfectly normal and that you need to give your hair a week or two to get used to the shampoo bar.
However, my take on the whole getting-used-to-a-product kind of procedure is that you shouldn't fix something that ain't broken. I wouldn't go through weeks of weird feeling hair just to see whether a product I'm sceptic of actually works or not. Besides, my hair has been heavily chemically treated in the past and needs silicones to shine.

What did strike me, though, was how waxy my hair felt even though I washed it with my regular shampoo after using the hair soap. The Klairs Shampoo Soap is very rich in oils, which obviously doesn't mix very well with my thin hair.

After clarifying, it definitely felt a lot better but the settling in period is still nothing I'd fancy going through.

Final Thoughts: I definitely think that this hair soap could be a good product but it's just not the right one for my hair type. I'd say it's targeted at thick hair, which isn't very surprising for an Asian product. To have a better experience than I had, make sure to clarify your hair with a apple cider vinegar rinse before you use it to get rid of any buildup your previous shampoo may have caused. Lather it up in your hands, don't directly drag it across your scalp.

What is your take on shampoo bars? Do you use them or do you prefer liquid shampoo?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Outfit: We're quite A Sassy Nation

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EMP Hoodie borrowed from my boyfriend | Black Milk A-Sassy-Nation bodysuit | Fashionsuzy shorts | Urban Outfitters necklace | H&M shoes & rings | Primark earrings

My boyfriend's hoodie has definitely become one of my favourites in the colder months. I've been borrowing it quite a lot, much to his discontent, haha! I'm really channeling my inner 90's grunge girl with this look and I gotta say that I'm quite content with how it turned out. However, it's not really something I'd wear on a day-to-day basis. I'm more of a casual / boho look kind of girl, I guess. Switch the super flashy bodysuit with a fitted tee and I'm good to go! Plus, the center part just won't stay no matter how often I swipe my bangs to the side.

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