Thursday, 8 October 2015

Bustier Overall Sees Light of Day

Shopping is loads of fun. But styling what you’ve just bought is even more exciting. So I usually wear the new items right away. Lately though I felt like waiting for the right occasion to bring out this Esprit bustier overall which I got a few weeks ago. It is black with silky material and straight cuts – normally best worn in evenings. However, I held up until now to show you how nice it would look as a day wear.

To bring a cool and edgy twist to a very chic piece, I contrast it against casual material and cuts, for example here with this Levi’s jacket from La Redoute. I echoed the faux-fur detail with the Minelli brogues. Finally I casted a little color with a burgundy H&M mini cross-body bag and MAC "Heart Aflame" lipstick. Now, who says bustier overalls are only for evenings!

Minelli brogues
Esprit overall
Levi's denim jacket (available here)
H&M bag

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

How to: Style Your Curls

Here is my second beauty video!

Doing curls on long hair yourself can get pretty complicated. Imagine trying to “catch” strands of hair with the curling tongs and to twist them behind your back, while not being able to see properly what is going on. So I am keen to try any hair curler which promises to be easy and fast to use. This came in the form of Babyliss Curl Secret with a new technology whereby the hair is automatically drawn into a ceramic curl chamber to be evenly heated from all directions.

I was almost ready to leave for work one day, but felt the urge to get my hair curled (don't ask me why). After a few highlight curls, I found the pace too slow-going. So I started taking more hair at a time without brushing them properly first. That was a major mistake... hair got tangled and stuck inside the iron. I literally freaked out. I immediately unplugged the machine and tried to pull my hair out of it. Problem: you cannot just open up the machine to untangle your hair.

So I have done the difficult part for you – experimenting and learning from painful lessons of what not to do! If you know how, doing curls with the Babyliss Curl Secret couldn’t be any easier. However, do not rush. I reckon that it takes me 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the number of highlights I want to do) for my hair type. Brush your hair and pass the right amount of strands (as recommended in the manual) through the curler. Don’t go too slow either as this may burn your hair. Follow the guidelines in my video and you will achieve a Blaasting result!

I will share more “How to” videos (and even diaries of my travels).
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Monday, 5 October 2015

Oh So Preppy!

I am not really into the preppy look but I couldn't pass over these La Redoute pieces. Their design carries retro notes yet remains edgy. Take as examples the A-line buttoned-up skirt in vivid blue and shirt from the Coralie Marabelle collaboration collection. Both have cuts that were quite popular back in the sixties/seventies. Yet, the designer included a je-ne-sais-quoi twist that modernizes the look. I styled these two pieces with black leather details. Pay attention to the ankle boots and jacket – they are so comfortable and warm for chilly days. I suspect they will be my dependable companions right through this fall!

I am also busily working on a few projects and will be posting daily updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Do follow me!

La Redoute total Look 

Baies d'Erelle earrings

Sunday, 4 October 2015

In the limelight

Even after two weeks, I am still having wonderful memories of being the H&M “face” in Switzerland for the launch of their Beauty line. As I am not a professional model, it was a new feeling to see posters of my pictures put up in H&M stores. Timed with the launch of the Autumn-Winter Studio collection, I hosted the special beauty session where you could drop in and get your makeup done. With my makeup artist, Franics Ases, we had fun trying out the product range. Many of you asked how I liked the products and which I would recommend. Their lipsticks and nail polish won me over with the many cool colors. I show here other pictures of the two look ideas I shared: nude and dark smokey (naturally dressed up in a total H&M Studio look).

I want to thank you again, friends and followers, for supporting me on this adventure.

Wearing: H&M total look, Gucci bag, Steve Madden shoes