Friday, 17 April 2015

Lovely Label: Sara Melissa Designs

Sara Melissa Designs, handmade shoes, metallic high heels
Sara Melissa Designs, heart shoes, high heels
Sara Melissa Designs, hand tooled shoes, blue boots
Sara Melissa Designs, metallic bag, gold
Sara Melissa Designs, Yin Yang shoes, snake print shoes
Sara Melissa Designs, handmade shoes, snake print shoes

Let me tell you about the bold, handmade shoes and bags by Sara Melissa Designs (SMD). Sara's outstanding designs come with sass and lasting quality, made to make women feel classy and sassy at the same time. Wear them for going out, for weddings or just for a style boost of your daily looks.

The philosophy of Yin and Yang is an important inspiration for Sara's work. The observation of how differences set us apart and bring us together in life and the celebration of diversity is closely connected to her designs. She plays visually with these concepts. Isn't it exciting to have a pair of shoes which obviously belong together but each shoe is individual?

After studying at San Francisco Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the University of Arts London, Sara released her first collection of shoes at the beginning of 2015. Originally from Nicaragua, the San Francisco-based designer wants her work to be more than fashion.

This is why 5% of each purchase are donated to the non-profit organisation of LA F.E.M, an organisation Sara is personally connected to. LA F.E.M. focuses on the education and individual empowerment of rural woman and those who have suffered abuse.

I met Sara last week in London and had the opportunity to see and try on the shoes in real. The attention to detail is amazing and if the designer hands over a pair of her creations, it's obvious with how much love and passion she designs. Made with love is not just a pretty slogan for her label, but the soul of her brand.

Visit Sara Melissa Design's page here and give her a like on Facebook.

Copyright of all pictures by Sara Melissa Designs.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Lovely Trend: The Return of the Dinosaurs

dinosaurs, fashion, trend 2015
Dinosaur Necklace: Anne-Sophie Cochevelou –  Sunglasses: Spangled  – T-Rex Necklace: Tatty Devine
Green Dino Dress: Lashes of London  – Rainbow Dino Crop Shirt and Skirt: Topshop
Fancy Dino Scarf: Moschino  – Green Reptile Heels: Moschino

Who said that the dinosaurs are extinct? They obviously must have lied: I don't know if the dinos have been frozen in thick ice. Maybe they slept in hidden caves behind waterfalls, but now they return to fashion with a lot of reptile power. Maybe the mention of a new Jurassic Park movie this summer has already inspired the fashion designers.

Everybody loves dinos. Did you learn dozens and dozens of dino names and felt like a true explorer talking about them the whole time as a child? I did, and therefore it's a sweet nostalgic feeling seeing this cool fashion featuring them. Let's wear them, and the wait for Jurassic Park is going to be over soon.

No matter if T-Rex, Pteranodon or Stegosaurus: Dinos just rule!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Bunny Girl with the Glitter Ears

tilly me, barbie look, bunny ears
Easter is not over yet: Bunny Girl just started.
bernstock speirs, bunny cap, made in london
Glitter, glitter bunny ear: What is better than cute ears? -Cute, sparkling ears!
somewhere nowhere, lightening bangle, pink spikes
Arm candy disco: This lightening bangle turns every day into disco.
bernstock speirs, streetstyle, bunny cap
Nobody looks into my eyes… Why should they when I have glitter ears!
bunny cap, barbie look, easter outfit
Beauty Queen with a lunch bag: A look from my wildest girly dreams.
tilly me, bernstock speirs, yesimfrench lunchbag
Dial-A-Cutie: Feeling very Barbie in this look. I like!
Serena Kuhl, rock rings, pink metallic bag
The big bling: Can't wear my favourite Serena Kuhl rings often enough.
melissa shoes, pink rubber shoes, barbie shoes
Pink plastic: Sorry Barbie, I've stolen your shoes, but I just couldn't resist.
tilly me, streetstyle, barbie look
Bunny is leaving: Just continue your search for more chocolate.

Hello lovelies, did you find all hidden Easter eggs and have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner altogether? To continue a little bit longer with the bunny hype, I styled a look featuring my Bernstock Speirs bunny cap. I'll wear this bunny cap the whole year, but Easter is the most epic beginning of the age of bunny! Yay!

I am excited to embrace spring finally. Hello blossoming magnolias, days without scarves, taking out balcony furniture and planting herbs on the kitchen sill. I know, I should have got rid of my black opaque tights for a true spring look. Next time, I promise! Too much focus on the legs would have distracted from the highlight on the head anyway: My shiny Bernstock and Speirs bunny cap.

Since I passed their shop at Brick Lane for the first time I dreamed of having one of their hats, especially an iconic bunny cap. I love the mix of casual and quirky. The bunny cap can be paired up with a lot of different of styles, from rather sporty to elegant.

Today's look is all girly and kawaii. Isn't the print of my skater skirt darling? This piece by Melbourne-based label Tilly Me just blew my mind. The design reminds me of something that could have been part of a future Moschino collection. Well, bad luck Mr. Scott: Tilly Me was first!

Please excuse me: I'm on bunny business… How do you like this look?

My Outfit: 
Skirt and jumper: Tilly Me, Hat: Bernstock Speirs, Shoes: Melissa,
Bracelet: Somewhere Nowhere, Rings: Serena Kuhl, Bag: Yesimfrench, Tights: H&M

Thursday, 2 April 2015

March Fashion Favourites

Vintageena, fashion favourites, style blogger
Coolness overdose and pink fluff by Gina from Vintageena

lazy kat, fashion favourites, style blogger
Out of this world pastel rainbow hair by Katia from Lazy Kat
the street style carousel, london street style, fashion favourites
Vibrant vintage maxi dress look by Caitlin, shot by The Street Style Carousel
Style blogger, Winnipeg Style, minnie mouse look
The sweetest Minnie Mouse look in fashion by Rebecca from Winnipeg Style
a dainty dolls house, style blogger, fashion favourites
Much love for this metallic #haters headband by beautiful Kizzy from The Dainty Dolls House
fashion favourites, twee valley high, street style
Totally darling look with the cutest ice-cream bag by Kristina from Twee Valley High
fashion favourites, street style, the bizarre birdcage
Neon and fake fur perfection by Amely Rose from Amely Rose

I have a new mission: I thought a lot about the purpose of style blogs recently and I think it would be a great benefit for style bloggers and readers if we bloggers stop being only self-focused. No matter on what style bloggers page you go, it's all about self-advertising. Isn't it time to leave the little lonely island and unite with like-minded fashion lovers?

This was when I came up with the idea to make every month a post featuring all the amazing girls out there I follow. Their looks are so wonderful; I want you to see them and get inspired by them too. Please visit their pages and hopefully you find new favourites for your reading list.

I want to say a big thank you to all the girls featured in this post for exciting me again and again with their outstanding sense of style.

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

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Urban Mermaids Have Sushi For Lunch

nautical look, cléo ferin mercury, shell earrings
Hello, sailor! This is my modern interpretation of a nautical look.
Cléo Ferin Mercury, Nautical Look, pink mermaid hair
No need to collect shells: Tatty Devine made some printed ones to wear.
pleated skirt, nautical look, cléo ferin mercury
Nowadays, mermaids wear metallic skirts and like cute sushi bags from Japan.
mermaid silk scarf, made in london, cléo ferin mercury
Scarf Magic: Not from under the sea, but from amazing Cléo Ferin Mercury.
kawaii, sushi bag, japanese fashion
Kawaii: Yummy sushi to go.
tatty devine shell earrings, topshop metallic pleated skirt, cléo ferin mercury ss15
Lilac Lace: Mermaids might be afraid of fishing nets, but lace they love.
Cléo Ferin Mercury, nautical collection, mermaid scarf
Pure Love in Silk: Can't get over the prettiness of those colours.
cléo ferin mercury, mermaid look, shell earrings
A Mermaids Dream: Does it involve a prince or having legs? We will never know.
voegele shoes, metallic heels, silver heels
Shiny Silver: Did you expect golden treasures in heavy chests? I'm sorry, silver must do.
topshop pleated skirt, metallic look, modern nautical look
So sailor, what do you say, will your ship come back to my harbour?

How to style a nautical look without being cliché? This is what I tried today, so instead of stripes I wear a pleated skirt as my modern interpretation of a mermaid's tail.

The look doesn't spot the classical blue and white nautical style, but a mixture of lilac, silver and blue. Metallic pieces go very well with a nautical look, just think of shiny treasures hidden in the depths of the sea. I know I'm such a dreamer, but I'll never stop my fascination for mystical creatures, no way!

The highlight of this look is my silk scarf by Cléo Ferin Mercury (See my post about their SS15 Nautical collection here). The print is even better than in real, and my neck loves the good quality. I think this is a piece I'm going to keep forever. It's a perfect scarf for the current time between winter and spring, and I hope it will protect me from catching another cold while I'm living my dreams of being a fashion siren.

How do you like this look lovelies?

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My Outfit: 
Crop Top: H&M, Skirt: Topshop, Scarf: Cléo Ferin Mercury, Shoes: Voegele Shoes,
Tights: H&M, Socks: Topshop, Bag: A Gift, Earrings: Tatty Devine, Rings: Vintage

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

London Wish List

Yay, my next London shopping trip is coming closer. This means meeting all my beloved friends, eating at my favourite restaurants and of course MASSIVE shopping. I am well prepared and already have a few things on my wish list:

Suki Waterhouse x Superga Pink Heart Platform Shoes: The perfect shoes for a city trip…
Tatty Devine Carousel Horse Necklace: No London trip without Tatty and this is so dreamy!
Topshop 3D Curve Mascara: I think Topshop has extraordinary Mascara, so time to rebuy!
Irregular Choice Flamingo Bag: My heart will just break if I don't return with this…
Bleach London Rosé Shampoo: My secret to keep my pink hair colour for longer.
Tatty Devine Umbrella Earrings: Some say it's always raining in London.
Topshop x Glow Trance Light Up Trainers: I always dreamed of flashing lights on my feet.
Lazy Oaf Fluffy Pink Bomber Jacket: Looks like made of candy floss and like a must-have!

What couldn't you leave on the shelf from my wish list and what are your favourite shops or places in London?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Lovely Review: New Kiehl's Products

Are you also on the hunt for the one product that makes your skin absolutely flawless? I am, and this is why I love to test new skin care products, always in the hope they might beat everything I've known before. For the last two weeks, I tried three new products from Kiehl's – a face cream, a cleanser and an eye serum – and I'm happy to share my experience with you.

Face cream and cleanser are from Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Collection, which promises to reveal a more radiant and luminous skin, correct dark spots and provide a more even skin tone. All products of this collection are free of parabens and fragrance.

When I got the products I was a little bit surprised: According to the packaging, both cleanser and cream are developed and tested for Asian skin. Not my skin type, even if I am a big love of Asian fashion. Because I have sensitive and bright skin I thought they might work for me as well. Let's see what Clearly Corrective can do for non-Asian skin!

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Purifying Foaming Cleanser

The packaging says: A gentle foam cleanser for day and night use. It removes makeup and impurities without stripping. This cleanser makes the skin look more radiant and banishes discolourations.

My opinion: A small amount of it is enough to have fresh and clean skin. I use it together with my Clarisonic brush in the eve, and I like that it doesn't leave me with itchy skin. It has a very subtle smell and a nice consistency. My skin looks brighter but not shiny after using it. Thumbs up!

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream

The packaging says: This cream claims to be lightweight, and a quickly absorbed moisturiser that will improve the clarity of the skin while providing a 24-hour hydration for instant luminosity and skin uniformity. It helps you to fight uneven skin tones and dark spots.

My opinion: After applying it my skin truly feels refreshed and moisturised. The good feeling stays for the whole day. There are two little minus points: The first is the rather strange flowery-wooden smell (coming from the white birch in it). After a few days, I got used to it. Anyway, my skin likes this cream, and that's more important than what my nose says. The second minus point is that it comes in a pretty jar, but unfortunately without a spatula. I used one I already had and recommend you to do the same due to hygienic reasons.

I will continue to use it and probably buy it again. While I can't say that my skin pigmentation changed dramatically, I think it keeps my dry skin very well hydrated without making it greasy. This cream is almost half as expensive as the one I usually use, which makes it even more attractive... There is no UV protection included, so don't forget to add additional suncream if you decide to give it a try!

Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

The packaging says: A 5-in-1 solution for your eyes: It lifts, firms, smooths, hydrates and restores the youthful shape of the eyes. According to their tests, 95% of women showed a significant improvement in eye-opening.

My opinion: While I am a true expert when it comes to eye creams, this is my first eye serum. It feels very lightweight, and I miss a little bit the nourishing effect my eye cream has. It's no problem to apply makeup over it, and this makes it a good product during daytime. I think I'll continue to use this for the day, but use it under my eye cream for the night for an extra strong effect. While I think it's not a miracle, it's far better than many eye creams I tried and worth a try.

All products and more skin care available at Kiehl's.
Have a happy day and don't forget to treat your skin well.

I tested this products for two weeks. Other skin care products I used during this time: Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate, Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF50