Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas gift guide: Pretty stocking stuffers

It's that time of year again. The gift guides have been popping up on my favorite blogs for a few days already, and I've been brainstorming my own perfect Christmas shopping plan, too. By the way, is anyone else out there completely baffled by the fact that there's less than a month until Christmas? Surreal.

But the evil tricks of the calendar notwithstanding, for the first time in my life I've made an actual Christmas shopping list, hoping that I haven't forgotten someone important (myself included, bien sûr!). Some people are extremely easy to shop for (like my brother whose favorite line is "just buy me a shirt, choose something pretty for yourself, and let's get it over with"), and some can be a source of more than a healthy dose of stress. Who do you find to be the most difficult person to shop for?

Today, I have something perfect for your girlfriends and fellow beauty junkies. I recently stumbled upon Forever 21 beauty section, and I literally couldn't take my eyes off of all those pretty makeup brushes, cosmetic bags and hair brushes. Their fun, cheeky and fabulous design and a more than lovely price tag are everything a girl can dream of. I  already bit the bullet and bought a bunch of these pretty goodies yesterday, and I'm most definitely going to stuff them into every single Christmas bag I'll be preparing for my best friends. Wouldn't you? But beware: they're disappearing too fast! 

 Because every girl needs a beautiful paddle brush in her life, right?

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Disclosure: I wasn't compensated for this post. I'm just this crazy in love with the entire Forever 21 Beauty tools section

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shopping: Warm & fuzzy

one. Forever 21// two. Asos // three.  Asos // four. Dorothy Perkins // five. Topshop // six. Forever 21
Word on the street is that fuzzy sweaters are back, and after the initial "now wait just a moment!" reaction, I'm actually rather happy about it. Funny thing is, you know you're growing older when the things you wore as a kid or as a teenager become fashionable and stylish again. I think this is actually the first time it's happening to me, and the 90's kid inside me is literally performing a happy dance. And I find it quite fitting that fuzzy sweaters are making their comeback the very same moment the winter is pointing her teeth around here (can you believe we had our first snow today? Crazy, I know. It disappeared almost instantly, but still!). I think I can count on these fluffy, stylish jumpers to keep me warm whenever the temps drop below the zero in the upcoming months.

Whether you're a fan of graphic inscriptions, or you always fall for a giant heart, or you'd rather tone the prints and pattern down and let the color do the talking, you are bound to find your happiness among the current collections. 

As for me, I can already call this southwestern print creation mine, but I've been eying this black & white version for a while, too. And of course, since everything pink always steals my heart, this Topshop sweater is right on top of my wish list. Which one is your favorite? Do you remember the first time the fuzzy sweaters were all the rage? If so, what are your thoughts about this boomerang trend? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Inspired by: In Paris with Anthropologie

Images via Anthropologie @ Pickie

You know that everything that pertains to Paris always sets my heart aflutter, so when I first laid my eyes on the Anthropologie October lookbook, I was immediately lost. The Parisian chic and that proverbial and elusive je ne sais quoi is captured in every single photo. I can't help but feel inspired by all those ladylike coats, flowy and lace dresses, casual wide-leg pants and adorable prints. Now, if only I could pack all these clothes into one giant suitcase, and transplant myself to Paris right this moment... That would be chic!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Inspired by: In the (pink) trenches

Images via Style Bistro

After a few years spent blogging, it comes as no surprise to me that a sartorial inspiration can strike whenever and wherever, sometimes at the most unexpected places and moments. I can be inspired by a painting in a gallery, by a fabulously styled room spotted in a magazine, or by a favorite TV character. I've already shared my obsession with Revenge's residential bad girl Ashley Davenport (I'm still desperate about her being shipped back to Croydon!), and I have yet to speak to you about all the fabulousness that's happening every week on Scandal (if the reincarnation truly exist, I want to come back as Olivia Pope next. Or at least, I want her entire wardrobe). And while I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a huge Glee fan, I've never really seen the leading star Rachel Berry (aka the incredibly talented and gracious Lea Michele) as a style icon (I guess I'm a wee bit old for knee socks and micro mini skirts).

However, when I saw her wander around the Central Park in this gorgeous and ultra-feminine fuchsia trench, my jaw literally dropped down to the floor. It took me about five seconds to find out that it was one of Ted Baker's designs, which made it even more perfect in my eyes (I'm a huge fan of this brand, and I simply can't wait to visit one of its London stores when I'm there in December).
I couldn't resist putting together a Rachel-inspired outfit. After all, I could never really resist a pink skirt, a bow sweater or a healthy dose of sparkle in form of fabulous earrings and an elegant ring. And those sparkly heels? They have my name written all over themselves! Of course, I keep wishing I could call that perfect pink trench my own. Also, the idea of spending a day strolling New York while wearing it is enough to keep me up at night. This girl simply loves to dream.  

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