Thursday, 20 March 2014

Neon Hues

So, for once we had a mid-March sun filled weekend in London (last year we were still sporting hats and scarves at this time of year). Perfect for a Big Fat Greek Christening! In case you were unaware, which I'm sure many of you were, given my pale freckled skin and blue eyes, I'm half Greek Cypriot (granted, my surname may have given me away). And oh boy do Greeks know how to celebrate...and eat, usually the two go hand in hand. My baby cousins christening was no exception to this and my family and I enjoyed basking in the sun and feasting on meat last Sunday. After that is, my poor little cousin endured an hour of being dunked into a huge basin of olive oil by a scary old man with a sizeable beard. For those of you unaware of greek culture and the like, go watch 'my Big Fat greek Wedding' it will explain everything. Anyway, on to the clothes...

I left my outfit until the last minute and not wanting to sport a dress JUST yet, I opted for two of my relatively new pieces, my silk top and hareem style trousers from Allsaints. These two pieces are SO versatile. Not to mention they are both made of the most luxurious materials and feel great on the skin (The top being 100% silk and the bottoms a silk mix).  Although on the pricey side, this is warranted by the great quality of Allsaints merchandise. For those of you willing to splurge, the top is called 'Lucie Silk' and the trousers are called 'Cedie Plea'.

 I felt that this look was a little too bland and officey for a family celebration and so decided I needed some last minute accessories to make the getup POP! Off to New Look I went! I'd had my eye on this style of shoe for a while, namely Allsaints' 'Kiro Snake Heel' but I couldn't bring myself to pay £245! SO, when I saw these double buckle, T-bar beauties for a mere £19.99 I HAD to nab 'em! I also picked up this matching clutch and chunky gold chain necklace for a cool £14.99 and an even cooler £2.99!

The return of the sun also meant I could finally showcase my new sunnies! My personalised Ray-Ban Erika's that my boyfriend bought me for my 21st Birthday in December. Aren't they just beautiful? And the fact the case matched my shoes and bag was a complete fluke I promise!

This is my sister Anita, as some of you may know if you've read any of my 'Anita and Me' makeup posts. She went for an über summery look as you can see. She's a massive girly girl, as is quite obvious... haha!

Her look is a mash-up of high street favourites such as Primark and New Look, and the similar shoes was again, a massive coincidence! Mine are better though, all agreed? ;)

I initially took a few shots in my garden before heading out but, when I saw this FAB garage door nearby the Greek church I just couldn't resist a few snaps! The colour scheme went really well with my look too, Godsend!

Sunglasses - Ray-Ban Erika's
Necklace - New Look
Top - All Saints
Trousers - All Saints
Heels - New Look
Bag- New Look


Friday, 28 February 2014

Sporty Tartan

Following on from my recent tartan orientated post 'Cobalt Tartan' where I brought to you my rather daring plaid trousers, I now give you a more understated take on the trend...

(These snaps were taken just before my boyfriend and I visited the Science Museum on a rather chilly day, as will soon become evident!)

If like I initially was, you're a little apprehensive about the trend, a scarf is a great way to experiment! Just whack it on and voila, your transformation into a fashionista is complete! If you want to take your awesomeness to a whole new level, team it with another on trend piece like I have. I mean, what's the only thing better than one fab piece of clothing!? TWO of course!

(Awkward shot no.1)

 A little too happy perhaps?
My boyfriend also rockin' the tartan scarf trick! Honestly, it really can  just jazz up about any outfit. And guys, take note too, you can also experiment with this trend!

My scarf was quite frankly ridiculously priced at a mere £4, from Primark, obviously...

As trends are often over before you realise they even exist, I find Primark a great place to purchase 'throwaway' or 'keep in your closet until it becomes fashionable again' pieces!

No outfit is complete without my fashion soul-mate, my one and only (or one of many) my Cambridge Satchel!

Okay, so... I made the brave decision to take off my layers despite the frostbite inducing cold to showcase to you all my chiffon baseball top. Generally, the sports luxe trend is confined to jazzed up trackie bottoms of some specification (and yes, I do own a pair myself). BUT, I think this top from H&M brings a new, fresh take on the trend that is greatly welcomed (by at least me anyway...)

(Awkward shot no.2)

HENCE THIS "OMG IT'S FREEZING" SNAP! No, I'm not trying to look all ' high fashion' and 'in motion', this picture really just was a badly timed snap of me moaning about how cold it was while wincing thanks to a massive gust of wind! Go with the former if it makes me seem cooler should you please though!

Me, giving a good old Elvis 'uh-huh-huh'! Can't you tell by the curl of my upper lip!? (Honestly don't know what happened here)

Leather Jacket - New Look
Baseball Top - H & M
Leggings - Primark
Scarf - Primark
Boots - Allsaints

If you like my trend collab' and my embarrassing pics, please do hype 'Sporty Tartan' on Lookbook!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Cobalt Tartan

As promised, here is the follow up post to the 'Japan Matsuri' piece I posted a few days ago where I carefully selected photos in which my fabulous cobalt blue tartan, plaid, check, (whichever you please) trousers were purposefully hidden behind octoballs and the like! (check out my other post to understand that sentence in context, no really. I don't want you to leave that to your imagination...) But, now I unveil to you my cobalt beauties in all their A/W13 mega trend glory!

There always has to be at least one goofy pic, you know me! Keepin' it real!

I bought these trousers rather compulsively from...wait for it...H&M kids! I'm guessing with childhood obesity on the rise kids sizes are just following suit. I mean, how else would I be able to fit my mighty swimmers butt into aged 13-14 trousers!? I'd already seen a lot of traditional red tartan knocking about and well, I'm not one to conform too obviously and blindly to trends so this modern take on tartan encompassing a striking cobalt blue colour really caught my eye. When I realised I had nothing to wear (okay, that's a lie) for my boyfriends birthday dinner that evening I immediately turned to my most recent buy. But...I had yet to buy any accompanying pieces to wear with them! As I was in work that day and wouldn't make it back home before we had to be at the restaurant, I ran out to New Look on my lunchbreak to buy a simple black cami, a piece which has actually enjoyed a much overdue revival from the era where every popstar worth her salt was rocking one, the best era ever, the 90's! I finished off the look with a simple pair of Zara heels and a black leather jacket. Simple and understated but oh so on trend!

Jacket - New Look
Cami - New Look
Trousers - H&M kids
Shoes - Zara

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Japan Matsuri

Admittedly my boyfriend and I have been obsessed with everything Japan related ever since our trip to Tokyo this summer, so, naturally of course we thought Japan Matsuri held in Trafalgar Square was great! BUT HONESTLY, IT REALLY WAS! There was Japanese music, food and even cute (Kawaii) old Japanese ladies! And better yet, we came across it completely by chance, we had planned to go out to eat at a Japanese Restaurant called Bincho in London's Soho and thought we'd head to central a little early to pass some time and, low and behold...JAPAN MATSURI 2013 was under way!

 No idea what this guy was meant to be, but his 'hat' went on for at least another meter above what the camera managed to catch!

Takoyaki (たこ焼き)


This bunch of pensioners were dancing for hours, their attire was rather entraining too!

Yes, I know you're asking yourself whether that bag is real or not, I couldn't believe my eyes either. I need to find this bag, buy it and blow everyone's minds when I wear it! If anyone knows where I can get one of these please let me know.

(Trafalgar Square by night)
As the day drew to a close my boyfriend and I made our way to Bincho's to tuck into our Yakitori feast!


'Seven Samurai'

Overall we had an absolutely fabulous Japanese themed day, the nostalgia from our trip to Tokyo was all too overwhelming. In fact, we can not wait to return to Japan in the near future!

Check back soon for a closer look at my outfit for the evening; here's a hint; TARTAN is heavily involved! ;)

Ja mata.