I hope you all have been well enjoying the hot weather. Talking about the weather, Summer is the hardest time to keep your hair looking good, you guys know the drama... Summer = humidity, humidity = curls and kinks.
My biggest drama is my fringe! I have a huge 'cow lick' right at the front that makes my hair jump upwards madly. I shouldn't really have a fringe to be honest, is not the most suitable thing for my hair but I love having it and I couldn't not imagine myself without one anymore. Along the years, I got to know my fringe very well and due so many disasters at the hairdressers I decided that I know best and so I cut my fringe myself! My hairdressers friends laugh at me because it takes me a few cuts to get it right but to be honest it's never right...lol My fringe has a life of it's own, some days it's fine, others I wake up like Cameron Diaz in Something about Mary. So, I do my cut in stages, which may take me a couple of days.
You guys have commented a lot about my fringe and so that is how it got started, initially I used to wear it straight across and then a few years back, I came across the 'pin up' fringe. I tried it and got hooked on that hairstyle. (because I think it makes my face looks a bit slimmer and less like a chipmunk).
Nowadays quite a few celebrities have had a go on the Bettie Page style, making it more popular.
Burlesque queen Dita, has got it to perfection!
Nicole Scherzinger , has a pretty neat hairstyle going on.
Kate Perry, on the other hand has a fringe a bit like mine.
Beyonce, opted for the easy option, a wig.
Petra Nemcova, has a subtle one.
Sabrina Sato, (Brazilian actress) recently got hugely slated by the Brazilian press because of her new 'bangs'!
Are you feeling inspired?
So, the main and most crucial step for a pin up fringe is obviously to get the shape right. I try to get mine into a soft curve, more or less like a U shape. I visualize this shape and then I am ready for the trimmers. With my hair completely dry, I divide my hair into sections, the first layer is the bottom one, where I'll cut it shorter so when the hair falls on top, I won't get wispy poking out bits at the bottom, then I'll cut the second layer slightly longer than the first one and that's how it goes, you just have to be careful not to go very high on your temples. A tip is to start the cut from the base of the fringe and work upwards towards your temples.
To achieve this look, the easiest way for me is to cut my hair with a pair of mini clippers! It was scary at first but luckily I have never caught my eyebrows.
If you get the shape right, second thing to do is to use some hair straighteners. I decided that I need to make my life easier and tame my hair once for all but if you have no problems with your fringe you can just use them to curly it a bit more for that perfect pin up look.
And finally a good layer of hairspray should hold everything in place, just like in the old 50's.
This is my hairstyle tip for you but whilst browsing around I came across the GHD website which features loads of hairstyle tips, videos and trends. Worth having a look.
Amazing weather today isn't it? The combination for today was orange and brown, one of my favourites lately... So hot today, I was actually boiling with the jacket! It's so nice to have the sun again but the sudden change of the temperature feels too much. I should just enjoy and not complain!
I was wearing: Jacket: Topshop, Dress: All Saints, Belt: Side Walk (Brasil), Bag + Wedges: Zara, Sunglasses: Alexander McQueen.
An insight moment! For Autumn/Winter I'm betting on the silver trend. I think it will be big! I am a lover of silver accessories anyways, I have 2 pair of silver boots and I love them. so I'm adding some more accessories to my wish list, here they are:
I hope you are all having a nice weekend. I took this pictures a few days ago when the weather was nice in London. We are having the weirdest Summer ever, some days are nice and warm, others just wet and cold. Well, I suppose this is not very strange for the British Summer but I can get quite annoyed sometimes because the weather is so rubbish. I wish we had a decent hot Summer, ready for a new wardrobe and season.
So, when the sun is shining you must take the most advantage of it. I went to the park and had a delicious pistachio and brownie chocolate ice cream. Yummy!
I was wearing: Jacket: Lux, Dress: Religion, Necklace: Disney Couture, Bag: Fendi, Shoes: Phase Eight, Sunglasses: Chanel.
I hope you have been well. OMG! Just a couple of days have passed by since I blogged about my bags and today I had to admit defeat to the Zara plaited shopper bag.
I liked this bag since I first laid my eyes on it but I thought it was too big for everyday use. I mean, it's a perfect bag for travelling and carrying loads of stuff around but would I be able to pull it off? Then, I saw some pictures of Olivia Palermo carrying it around and I quickly changed my mind after that. The bag looked good on her and although this is a huge shopper, it didn't seem to be that big on her and I believe she's tiny.
So, today I just had one of those moments and I bought the bag. Now, I am feeling slightly guilty because I don't think I am 'psychologically' ready. Could this really be bag number 24?
It's fair to say I have had my eye on this bag for a while and I also think this bag could be on those 'cult' things that Zara makes every now and then, but I am still deciding whether I should keep it. I mean, it looks amazing on Olivia, doesn't it?
So girls, I am sure many of you have seen this bag at your local Zara. What do you think, is it a keeper or not?
There isn't such a thing as one bag for all the occasions, of course not. We all need different bags for different purposes but I am a bag addict and I will always find a new excuse for a new bag! So, it's been a while that I wanted to do a post dedicated to my bags. I started my collection few years ago with just 2 bags that I bought in Brazil, where the quality of the leather is great and prices were unbeatable. Since then, the collection has taken off, from charity shop and sale finds to a big thanks to mum, who's donated me many bags too. I had never counted them before and it was interesting to find out that I have 23 handbags. Is this normal?
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I love different coloured bags, I would have all the colours of the rainbow (and more) if I could.
1. Luella 2. Coccinelle 3. Fendi 4. Balenciaga 5. From the Florence leather market 6. Shoe stock, Brazil 7. Coccinelle
But neutral coloured bags are also necessary. Here is my collection of neutrals, browns, black and white.
8. From Portobello Market 9. From the second hand shop 10. Found on the street, in the bin(!!!!) 11. Corello, Brazil. 12. Vintage from my mum. 13. Shoe stock, Brazil. 14 & 15. Vintage, from my mum. 16. Coccinelle. 17. Corello, Brazil. 18. Alexander McQueen
Prints are also present on my collection. They are fun and then again they are just something a bit different from the ordinary.
All my printed bags are by Vivienne Westwood, you guys know how much I love her!
19. Squiggle Print. 20. Animal print. 21. Squiggle Print. 22. Union Jack print. 23. Tartan print.
So, I still need another 2 bags to make to 25! I am waiting for 2 special ones... I don't know which ones yet but as soon as I get them I'll share it with you all.
I am in love with beautiful floaty maxi dresses for this Summer, so I had to post this inspiring picture from Gwen Stefani who's looking amazing, a while back on the hotel Cap-Eden-Roc in France.
I want to spend my summer looking like this too. I have already spotted some amazing maxi dresses and now I can't wait for the good hot weather. I think her hair do is great, but I would wear my new trilby and a big bag with it. A perfect outfit for my holidays.
I hope you all have been well. Today's outfit is another Summer look. I bought this skirt ages ago but but somehow it had never appeared on the blog before. I love it's volume and the bold colours and because this skirt is so bright I tried to keep the rest pretty simple, with black leggings and a camisole.
I was wearing: Sunglasses: Balenciaga, Skirt: Vivienne Westwood, Leggings: Zara, Bag: Luella, Shoes: See by Chloe.