Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lovely Review: OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System

opi intinite shine, review, gel nail polish
OPI Infinite Shine "She Went On And On And On"
OpI Infinite Shine, Review, gel effect
OPI Infinite Shine "Set In Stone"
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OPI Infinite Shine "Get Ryd-Of-Thym Blues"
Opi, review, infinite shine
All three colours I have with top and base coat

How much time does a woman spend painting her nails in a lifetime, weeks or even months? It must be an impressive lot of time for sure! So, is there a way to make it less and save your precious time?

The OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System promises to be the holy grail of nail polishes and have a solution. Besides an ultimate glossy effect, the press release promises this innovative nail polish stays for up to ten days.

Since OPI is the world leader in the professional nail care industry and provides high-quality products, the expectations are high. OPI Infinite Shine doesn’t need a lamp for drying and is easy to remove with nail polish remover. It's just like the nail studio has come to your home.

This is how the three steps of the application work:
1. Primer Infinite Shine: Base coat to protect your nails and for long-lasting stay.
2. Lacquer Infinite Shine: Available in 30 exciting colours. More will follow every season.
3. Gloss Infinite Shine: Top coat for super glossy gel-finish effect.

Is it really a miracle? My verdict:
I love the glossy effect OPI Infinite Shine has and the pigmentation is amazing. It looks more natural than a gel manicure while it's far more glossy than "normal" nail polishes. The available colour palette is very exciting and I am tempted to go for more colours. From the three colours I tested, the dark blue ("Get Ryd-Of-Thym Blues") is my favourite.

Three days after applying it the first chips appeared. Bad nail polishes usually just stay a day on my nails without chipping, so this makes it a very good polish even if the marketing promises didn't prove to be true. I tried the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel before – another gel system nail polish – and this one is far superior.

I can recommend OPI Infinite Shine, don't expect miracles, but a lot of shine on your nails for sure! Buy it at your local OPI reseller or find out where to get it in Switzerland here.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Scrooge McDuck of Fashion

mirror print tshirt, sequin look, pink flower crown
Golden Sequins & Pink Flowers: A look with a little bit of baroque inspiration.
Pearls and Swine, pink flower crown, flower headband
No Crown of Gold Required: I rather have bright flowers on my head.
sara di salvo, mirror print, sequin look
Elegant & Casual: No need to decide when you can mix.
Bodhi bags, secure pin bag, crystal rock ring
Crochet Love: Because ladies know that gloves have more uses than just to keep your fingers warm in winter.
sara di salvo, mirror print, girl with flower crown
Triplets: Or how to get away with three flower crowns in one look.
Pearls and Swine, flower crown, pink flower headband
Just Smile: Because wearing a freshly created look makes happy!
golden sequin looks, mirror print, look with flower crown
Wear Your Flowers with Pride: Because every girl should wear a crown from time to time.
sara di salvo, sara hot couture, girl with flower crown
Blue Eyes: Wish I could copy this stunning eye makeup.
vivienne westwood, melissa shoes, jelly high heels
Vivienne Westwood Vixen: A real classic in my shoe shelf.
pearls and swine, sara di salvo, flower crown look
Modern Madonna: Trying to pose like a statue.

I am the Scrooge McDuck of fashion. While Uncle Scrooge takes a bath in money, I feel the happiest diving into my wardrobe and hoard my textile treasures. Some not fashion people might say this is a waste of money. I disagree because it makes me so very happy. When Uncle Scrooge counts money, I count sequins. And I feel the dramatic need for more, constantly! Life is too short to spend it with cold metal, so I exchange it for soft fabrics.

But let me tell you another thing, like every coin has two sides, so do I: Sometimes even I feel an overdose of consumption and I am not all material girl. I take responsibility for our environment, think about what it means to have the things produced that I wear and buy a lot from small designers instead of big chains. I don't want to waste resources and just buy what I cherish. A completely new look very often doesn't need everything new, but just one key piece.

This is what I prove with this look. Everything in this look has already been in my wardrobe. Just the top is new: Sara Di Salvo's (Hot Couture) mirror print shirt is a true game changer. Aren't the sequin sleeves divine? They look like pure gold when all the sequins face the same direction. As soon as I discovered they were silver on the other side, I had to play with them. The disarranged structure I gave them for the pictures made me think of a very casual attempt on Alexander McQueen and his designs inspired by mysterious undersea creatures. Do you agree so, dear Uncle Scrooge?

I am very curious to hear your opinion about this look.

My Outfit:
Top: Sara Di Salvo Hot Couture, Skirt: United Colors of Benetton,
Flower Crown: Pearls & Swine, Shoes: Melissa, Bag: Bodhi Bags,
Necklace: Tenebris, Gloves: Vintage, Ring: Serena Kuhl, Bangle: Vintage,
Knee Socks: Wolford Vintage, Tights: Topshop

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday Shopping Wish List

summer wish list, kawaii pastels, 2015
Citrus Slice Necklace  –  Pink Glitter Sunglasses  – Prawns Ruffle Top
Caterpillar Brooch  –  Pink Dungarees  –  Tropical Swimsuit
Pastel Jelly Shoes  – Iridiscent Handbag  – Cupcake High Heels

Originally, this would have been my Friday Favourites post, but sometimes things turn out a little bit different and my daytime job kept me from finishing it. Isn't Sunday the best day for pretty things in any case?

I imagine you, sitting on the balcony, wearing radiant sunglasses and reading this post with your laptop on your knees. Do you feel the summer in your heart when your skin gets touched by warm rays of sunshine? I promise, this summer will be a very sweet one, there are loads of pretty pastels ready to land in your shopping basket. I collected my favourite finds just for you.

Last month in London, I met my very special lilac-haired friend Hanni. She is a big inspiration and I don't know anybody who lives the pastel dream like she does. Her whole flat is a divine pastel wonderland and she looks like the sweetest candy cane in the whole universe. Every time I see her, I feel the urgent need for more pastels too. So Hanni, this post happened under your influence.

Please tell me what you think about my wish list pieces. Have a happy Sunday and maybe start the week wearing pastels.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

April Fashion Favourites

Comic babe with tinned meat by Kayla Hadlington
Hairstyle and melon bag envy by Ines from Aiiness
Rocking pastel fur by Amanda from Honeypop Kisses
Red ruffle love by Alanna from Xander Vintage
Cute and foxy look by Ashley from Southern (California) Belle

Pink fur perfection by Katerina from Beauty Mark Lady
Casual coolness by Gina from Vintageena

Last month I posted my first monthly fashion favourites post and told you about my vision of cool bloggers all over the world unite and work together. I was surprised by the amount of positive feedback I got and think I actually said something many bloggers had on their mind as well.

I hope I can inspire more of them to follow my example or come up with ideas of how to connect to a colourful and bold fashion crowd. Life is too short for spending it on a lonely cloud! If you have any ideas what we bloggers could do together, please let me know.

Those amazing blogger girls out there are my daily inspiration. They influence my style more than any magazine will ever achieve. Isn't it unfair to just consume their pictures and give them nothing back? They all put a lot of work, time and effort into their blogs and most of them probably don't earn money from that. Big thanks to all of them! As a little gift in return, I spread this pictures here and hope they get your attention and love just as they have mine.

Wishing you a happy day and don't forget to tell me which looks you like best.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Witch & Her Birds of Paradise

maxi skirt look, vintage outfit, veiled hat
Black and mystical: An outfit fit for a cool witch in a movie.
vintage look, maxi skirt outfit, tatty devine
Drama Baby: Even with cute pastel pink hair, it's possible to look like a drama queen.
tatty devine, eyelash sunglasses, veiled hat
Vintage Girl: Wearing a hat and a skirt from a time long ago.
tatty devine, seance hands, statement necklace
Seance Hands: Let me tell you about the mystic art of palm reading.
tenebris, hand candy, rose quartz ring
Not just red as blood: Loving multicoloured nails recently.
Tatty devine, eyleash sunglasses, my vintage wedding
Behind the veil: There is a world you might discover.
melissa shoes, red boots, jelly boots
The red shoes: Wear them, and there is now way to stop dancing.
vintage outfit, maxi skirt look, tatty devine
Paradise Birds: Oh wind, you love to play with my skirt.
my vintage wedding, black veiled hat, pink hair
Pretty Bows: The hat is even better from behind.

Time for a rather unusual outfit post. I just don't want to style a similar look for the thousandth time. Today I felt like styling a dramatic look, having pictures of New Orleans funerals, American Horror Story Coven, Victorian seances and folkloristic costumes in my head. I have had a lifelong fascination with stories about occultism and just love movies and series with witches, especially if they are beautiful and stylish. Recently, I'm watching Salem, and I'm totally in the mood for the mystical.

I few years ago, vintage was my new wonderland. Since then I've become far more selective and don't go for anything vintage anymore. This skirt is one of the examples I really consider as outstanding. The bird print is just wow and wearing it makes me feel like a piece of art. A skirt like this means that there doesn't need to happen a lot in the rest of the outfit. It just deserves to be the star of the look.

I think this style is a wonderful look for going outside with my darling. He doesn't mind me wearing all quirky and rainbow coloured things (and I adore him even more for this), but for a candlelight dinner at our favourite Indian restaurant, even I go for less sometimes. Tomorrow it's crazy circus again, I already know.

Remember the scene when they burned the witch Myrtle Snow in American Horror Story Coven? Her last word was Balenciaga, what a commitment to style! I am not sure yet what label I would choose because I love so many, but certainly the style of witches rules!

Do you also feel the need for a dramatic style and how do you like this look?

My Outfit:
Skirt: Dotti's, Top: Topshop, Necklace & Sunglasses: Tatty Devine,
Hat: My Vintage Wedding, Shoes: Melissa, Tights: Topshop, Rings: Tenebris

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lovely Trend: We Are the Fashion Robots

Robot Parts Necklace: Sugar & Vice
White Box Bag: Asos  –  Blue Clutch: Asos  –  Socks: Asos  –  Cross Body Bag: Asos
Shoes: Modcloth  –  Shorts and Jumper: Asos

A few days ago I told you about dinosaurs invading fashion, I think they came not alone: The robots are here as well. What an encounter! Take a little bit of retro, mix it up with science fiction, don't forget about a big dose of cuteness, and you get the most handsome mechanical tin men. They look at you with their round shiny eyes, and you don't want to leave the house without them anymore.

The science fiction lovers among you will fall head over heels for these robots. While you still have to wait for the new Star Wars movie, those fellows could all be yours right now and make your looks robot-astic.

What do you think: Do robots dream of electric sheep and which one is the cutest little fellow?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Wearing Heels and Flats at the Same Time

Azumi & David, heel bag, pastel look
Hello people out there, Sara is back, no matter the weather.
azumi and david heel bag, pastel look, textile federation skirt
I always wear heels, just not always on my feet…
lightening shoes, topshop glow, metallic sneakers
A new dimension of shoes: There is light baby!
azumi and dazed, heel bag, textile federation print
Love in baby blue: Will never part from my Azumi & David bag anymore.
azumi and david, ragged priest, clouds top
Midi is the new maxi: My favourite skirt length at the moment.
ragged priest, textile federation, pastel look
Feeling perfect in a look I love from head to toe.
ragged priest, clouds top, crop top
It's raining: But just on my cool new shirt no need to get your umbrella.
lightening shoes, topshop glow, metallic sneakers
Alien lights: They don't just blink when you walk, but constantly shine like a neon sign.

First outfit post after my London trip and I'm wearing a lot of things I bought there. Like every time, I felt so heartbroken after I had to leave my beloved city. I miss my godchild, my girls and all the inspiration and excitement that is in the air of London. The fact that I caught the flu just when we had to travel didn't brighten up my mood. I spent the first days in Switzerland in bed with a fever. What a welcome!

I am happy I finally feel well enough to show you a few of my new finds finally. There was no way for me around the lightening shoes, not even hearing about their bad quality could stop me. I hope my lights will not go out… It's quite strange for me to not wear heels because as a rather short girl I love the little bit of extra height they give me. Well, at least there is one heel in today's outfit: On my bag! Isn't it cute? It's made by my designer friends Azumi & David. I love how they combine classic design with a touch of quirk. Besides it's always best to shop from lovely designers, and they are just one of the most adorable couples I know.

The skirt I'm wearing is from British label Textile Federation. I think I might turn into a collector of their stuff because I am obsessed with their prints. When I saw their pieces first, I was surprised how affordable they are while they look like expensive designer stuff. Later I read that they are not just a studio, but a hub for the best print design talents from all over the world. On their platform, people can showcase print design, and the winning submissions are realised. So every one of their prints is a winner. I couldn't resist buying a second piece from them which I'll show you later. I hope you are already curious which one it will be…

What do you think about this look lovelies?

My Outfit:
Skirt: Textile Federation, Bodysuit: Primark, Crop Top: Ragged Priest,
Bag: Azumi & David, Tights: Esprit, Earrings: Capn Mueller,
Shoes: Topshop x Glow (sold out), Bangle: Kate Rohe, Ring: Serena Kuhl, Socks: Topshop