4/20/14

SWEATER DRESS IN MILAN

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My first days in Milan have been quite fun, with pizzas every day! Today I only joined the family for a couple of hours and later got dropped off at the hotel as I need to prepare for some things in the UK next week. It's going to be a very full and stressful week, so planning is essential. After some trouble with ordering food from Italian places that didn't understand English, I finally managed to get some good stuff delivered to the hotel room.

I wore the above outfit on my first day in Milan and everyone seemed to be staring at my bare legs. During the summer the city gets really hot so it's no wonder when they think that 17 degrees Celsius feels like winter and then they wear coats and boots. Living in the UK, I have learned to appreciate 17 degrees as it may be the warmest day that week or month, haha.

I got this baggy sweater dress in ZARA a couple of days ago, thinking it would be perfect for those in-between days as it still keeps me relatively warm. It really is quite baggy and the shape isn't the most flattering of all, so I wore it with heels in an effort to look more put together.

Outfit details

Dress - ZARA
Bag - La Moda
Heels - H&M
Necklace - ZARA
Sunglasses - ASOS (here)


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4/18/14

PRINTED MIDI SKIRT

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Long time, no see! I'm writing from my hotel room in Milan, and, honestly, the last few days have been quite hectic. As soon as I will come back from Milan, I have less than 12 hours at home until I need to go on an express visit to the UK. Will tell you about that later - maybe. I don't want to ruin my luck, just in case!

I wore this outfit on the first day back in Luxembourg this Easter holiday when I had an interview with a journalist from a Luxembourg publication called Wort. I never got the chance to take photos of this outfit, so I wore it again (how un-blogger of me) when I met Tina last week! This outfit is part of my "I need a new look" issue - as I said, I wear it all the time, only swapping the skirt and the heels! I picked up this amazing ZARA Printed Skirt in the Gatwick airport last time I was flying. I've become slightly obsessed with ZARA lately, to be honest. They have really stepped up their game.

PS. If you have some suggestions for shopping/eating/sightseeing in Milan, do let me know!

Outfit details

T-shirt - ZARA
Jacket - Similar here
Bag - La Moda
Wallet - Michael Kors (here)
Heels - ZARA
Skirt - ZARA
Necklace - ZARA

4/14/14

CURRENT OBSESSION: ZARA SPRING COATS


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Yesterday I talked about my recent love for midi skirts and today I thought I would share another obsession that I have developed recently and it is Spring/Summer coats. It's all about the lightweight material and the bright (or pastel) colors. It seems to me that ZARA has nailed it! I absolutely love their coats right now - the dark blue one I saw in Gatwick Airport, and the texture is absolutely wonderful. The choice is not as good in the Luxembourgish ZARA, so I have only seen the yellow, black and white and green coat so far, but the rest are available on the website. Prices range from 90 to 130 EUR. I really need to get my hands on one of these, I just don't know which one yet. Have you got a favorite? 

4/13/14

LEATHER JACKET & PLEATED MIDI SKIRT

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Photos by Christine Xuan from Karinablog 

Strangely enough I've been wearing the same outfit for the past few days. Well, almost. The only thing that changes is the skirt and the heels. Other than that, I've grown VERY comfortable to this faux leather jacket, V-back t-shirt and statement necklace from Zara, and, of course, my favorite La Moda bag. I really need to get a new look, haha. I wore the above outfit for the Luxembourgish blogger brunch on Saturday morning. On Thursday I also wore the same look, but with a different midi skirt and black sandal heels (outfit post coming soon), and, finally - last night I wore this look with my Monki asymmetric skirt (same skirt as here) and my black sandal heels.

Somehow I have been massively obsessed with midi skirts this last month (and maybe a tad bit last year too, with my AX Paris Aztec midi and Motel Rocks pleated midi). There is just something so comforting about wearing a skirt that does not reveal too much and still looks very feminine. If you check out my wish-list on my Boutique tab, my midi skirt obsession will become even more obvious.

Regarding my hair, I basically got tired of growing out of my roots so in the spur of the moment I colored all of my hair in a more even color. Apparently it looks very natural and nobody seems to notice the change? Haha. Did you notice it in these photos or my previous post, before reading this bit?

PS. I would be so grateful if you nominated me as Best Personal Style Blog in the Company Style Blogger Awards. Kaori and Tina (karinablog.com) would also love if you nominated them as Best Blogging Duo or Best International Blog ♥

Outfit details

Leather jacket - Similar here and here 
Skirt - H&M (similar)
Bag - La Moda
Necklace - ZARA
Sandals - H&M

4/11/14

RAY BAN CATS 1000 REVIEW

As promised, here is a review of my amazing new Ray Ban Cats 1000 in Gloss Black, which I got from Sunglasses Shop. I have wanted these sunglasses for years and those who have been following this blog for a long time have probably seen all the wish-list posts and so on. I think the reason I didn't actually get them was that I couldn't really find this particular model in most shops. I love the aviators too, but cat eyed shapes have always been close to the heart. The sunglasses came in a black Ray Ban sunglasses case, as seen in my recent What's in my bag post. As you would expect from Ray Ban, the sunglasses feel very sturdy and the glass feels like very great quality. Unlike my previous Ray Ban Aviators, these don't give me headaches or a mark on my nose (no matter how many times I got them fixed, the problems remained). Overall, I'm incredibly happy with these sunglasses and will be definitely taking them to Milan with me next week. ♥

PS. Only one day left to take part of my Ray Ban giveaway - you can win any sunglasses of your choice! Just scroll down :) 

4/10/14

SPORTS BRAS & STRENGTH TRAINING



As some of you may know, there was a time last year where I was very active when it came to exercise - I went for runs (even if that meant waking up at 8AM on a Sunday morning), almost daily gym and, without exception, daily hoola hooping. With time, my motivation ran out but I had already paid for my gym membership, so I started going to the free-for-members classes, such as body balance, spinning and zumba, which was fun, but quite difficult to keep up when you've moved away from campus in the second year. Then came exams, then coursework and any other excuse you could possibly think of. I have always wanted to be fit, but I just hadn't found something that I enjoyed enough to actually keep me motivated to continue in the long term.

I recently started reading more about cardio versus strength training, and I realized that cardio is actually not necessary, which was great news for me, because I HATED it, haha. I don't want to lose weight, but I want to get more toned and fit. I have always loved strength training and even though I abandoned gym in the last months, I've decided to only focus on building muscle and strength, and will do it at home in my own room, so that I don't have to think about transport or gym memberships and all. I feel that girls, in general, try to avoid building muscle, because they think it will look too much, but in reality it takes a LOT for a girl to look as toned as a guy because of the way we are built. So there is nothing to worry about!

Personally I'm one of those people that always need new sports gear when I am looking for motivation to start again. I don't care too much about the top and the leggings, because I just wear something basic from H&M or Primark, but I've always loved sports bras and nice, colorful gym shoes! I've not had too many sports bras yet (this one by Oysho has been a favorite so far!), mainly because I found them to be quite expensive (especially when I wasn't really a big gym fanatic in the first place). I found these beauties on an online store called Figleaves, which also offers swimwear, nightwear and lounge clothing. I am an absolute sucker for all kinds of back details on anything - be it dresses, tops, and even sports bras, so I might just make a cheeky purchase of that Nike sports bra - especially because it's on sale. ;-)

What are your habits when it comes to the gym or sports? Do you go at all, and if so - what kind of exercises do you normally focus on?

4/8/14

UNIVERSITY OUTFIT: TARTAN BLAZER & ASOS SKINNY JEANS


Sometime back I posted one of my typical University outfits, which usually consists of skinny jeans, shirt/sweater and a random jacket. This is another outfit I wore on a lazy day to Uni. During the last month I've been living in these amazing ASOS Ankle Grazer Jeans, and I'm definitely planning to buy some more from the ASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans selection (especially the ones with holes on knees!). I don't think I've ever had a pair that I loved this much! Although I did lose some credibility in ASOS when they started selling Sheinside items (we all know how I feel about that...), it still remains my go-to online store, because it offers student friendly prices, huge selection and great discounts! I especially love buying some more expensive items there when they have the 25% student discount code available.

I got this Sugarhill Boutique shirt a couple of months back but somehow never ended up photographing it, even though this was not the first time I wore it out. I absolutely love it and they have lots more quirky pieces available. Speaking of Sugarhill Boutique, the giveaway has finished and the winner will be notified by e-mail very soon :)

PS. If you love my blog, I will be over the moon if you nominated me at the Company Style Blogger Awards as "Best Personal Style Blog"! It only takes 1 minute :) If you have an extra minute to spare, my friends Tina and Kaori would love if you nominated their blog (www.karinablog.com/) as "Best Blogging Duo" and/or "Best International Blog". ♥

Outfit details

Blazer - c/o Oh My Love
Jeans - ASOS
Bag - c/o La Moda
Boots - Vagabond
Shirt - c/o Sugarhill Boutique