Sunday, 29 December 2013

Lovely Smell: Valeur Absolue

Valeur Absolue, Review, Fragrance, Perfume
Valeur Absolue: Mood-Related fragrances with the benefit of natural ingredients.
Valeur Absolue, Sensualité, Review
All of the fragrances contain something precious in their bottle. This is "Sensualité" with mother-of-pearl.
Valeur Absolue, Harmonie, Sensualité, Review
On the right you see "Harmonie" with amethyst.
Review, Valeur Absolue, fragrance, Harmonie
All on the left is "Joie-Eclat" with mother-of-pearl.

Let me tell you about Valeur Absolue, a new Swiss perfume brand that claims to bring you more than just perfumes. "Valeur Absolue is a name that implies something that is absolutely essential and ultimately worthy"says Bénédicte Foucart, president and CEO of the company about their products. Valeur Absolue are three perfumes made from the best natural integrants and all of them mood-related. They all contain Areaumat Perpetua, a natural extract which stimulates the so called "well-being" molecules.

Valeur Absolue Harmonie
This scent is like a calming tea ritual and based around musk. Neroli bigarade and Earl Gray form a harmony with woody notes and vanilla. High quality essential oils of bergamot and orange flower are added for a relaxing effect, while potassium and manganese provide energizing qualities. The amethyst stones in the bottle are encompassed within the bottle as a visible symbol for harmony.

Valeur Absolue Sensualité
A perfume that reflects the curves of a woman. Floral, woody and musky notes create this super-feminine fragrance. Rose de Mai, white jasmine, exotic white flowers and soft tones of cedar wood are combined with mysterious amber and musk. Mother-of-pearl in the bottle symbolizes love and feminity.

Valeur Absolue Joie-Eclat
Sparkling like a glass of champagne, the fizzy Joie-Eclat contains fresh tangerine and green cardamon as well as fine vetiver, tuberose, grapefruit and vetiver. From all the three, this is the fragrance that stays on the skin for the longest. with it's fresh and elegant note. The first time ever, diamond powder has been used in a perfume, as a visible sign of sparkle.

After testing all the three fragrances, I must say that wearing all of them feels very good. Fitting to the fact that I am a curvy girl, Sensualité is my favourite. I love floral feminine perfumes, especially if they contain jasmine. I think it's the most dominant of the three fragrances and it lingers pretty long on my skin. Especially Harmonie is a little bit too soothing for my taste, but I am sure many girls will love it as a beautiful everyday fragrance.

I don't believe in aroma therapy, so I can't say that the special additions to the perfume actually have an effect on me, but nonetheless all of the three perfumes seem precious to me. I love that they added amethyst, mother-of-pearl and diamond powder to the bottles, it makes them very unique and a pretty addition to every perfume collection.

Valeur Absolue is available at specialized retailers and from www.valeurabsolue.com

Do you believe that a scent can influence the well-being of the mind and which one of the three Valeur Absolue scents would you pick?

Thanks to coolbrandz for supplying the product for this review.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

No Caged Birds

Collectif Clothing, Mariella, Florence, Pastel PInk
Cages without birds.
Collectif Clothing, Velvet Skirt, 50s Style, Pastel PInk Outfit
Instead a lot of pink roses and cherry blossoms.
pastel pink hair, jazzafine, fascinator, roses, feathers
No true vintage look without fascinator, do you agree?
Pink petticoat, collect if clothing, pastel pink outfit, velvet skirt with roses
Petticoats are made for dancing!
Collectif clothing, pastel pink hair, pink fascinator, vintage
So proud that I managed to match the shade of pink from my top, hair and fascinator this well.
collectif clothing, knitwear, mariella, pastel pink top
Japanese cherry blossoms and pretty cages: Isn't this romantic?
jelly shoes, juju shoes, chelsea boots, glitter
Wearing glitter boots, that's how I roll.

Birds in cages dream of flying high, high on the sky. Freedom is a precious thing for those who lack it. Seeing animals imprisoned in zoos always causes a little bit of sadness in me, despite the joy of being able to see tigers, lions and elephants, without traveling to places far away and going to a safari. Therefore I am happy, that they are pretty bird cages on my top, but just beautiful cherry blossoms instead of imprisoned animals. The sweet illustration on my top makes me think of an Asian fairy tale, just like Disney's Mulan. I'll never stop being a Disney girl for sure.

I am back to pink hair as you can see. Feeling like a bird myself again, Sara the flamingo. And lucky me is a free bird as well. Free to wear whatever I want, free to have fun and enjoy myself.

This is one of my genuine vintage looks again. I know a few of you would love more of my fifties looks. I wasn't very much into the mood for this kind of style lately, but a visit to Collectif Clothing changed everything instantly. I couldn't leave without this skirt and top. Especially the velvet skirt caught my eyes immediately. It's amazing: Like no other shop, Collectif seems to have discovered the secret of how to make girls feels like ladies, just with a piece of clothing.

Add a little bit of glitter – just like I do with my shoes – and every gray day will have a happy end. How do you like this pink look my lovelies?

My Outfit: 
Top & Skirt: Collectif Clothing, Fascinator: Jazzafine
Shoes: Juju at Schuh, Tights: H&M, Rings: A Gift

Thanks to Jazzafine for the lovely fascinator.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Project: Better Skin For Christmas with the Clarisonic Plus

Clarisonic, Clarisonic Plus, Face Brush, Body Brush
The new Clarisonic Plus Brush.
Clarisonic, Clarisonic Plus, Skin Care, Brush
Everybody talks about it at the moment.
Clarisonic Plus, PInk, Face Cleansing Brush
A miracle for skin care? I am testing it for you!

Are you happy with your skin or do you think it could be better like most girls? A more even skin tone, less pimples, diminished redness, less visible pores and much more is on the nearly endless wish list for a better skin.

My skin is not especially bad, but I am a true skin care junkie and the twice a day skin care ritual is something I don't ever leave out. From supermarket products to high end cosmetics, I tested all the creams advertised as miracles. Very often I couldn't see a difference and was disappointed. Today I am not talking about a new wonder cream, but a brush:

At the moment there is a lot of talk about the Clarisonic Plus everywhere. Magazines and blogs write euphoric articles about this so-called new holy grail of skin care, but you also find reviews with less positive feedback. The promises are big: Clarisonic Plus, with its brush that produces over 300 movements per second, is said to make your skin smoother, softer and healthier looking and all this six times better than any form of manual cleansing could achieve.

I am very happy I could test the new Clarisonic Plus, thanks to Coolbrandz and I hope my feedback is helpful for you. Since I got this brush, I talked about my experience with all my girlfriends. Surprisingly, two girls I always adored for their perfect skin revealed that they are into brushing as well. I don't think this is a coincidence!

My experience with the Clarisonic Plus

The First Use:
I started to use the face brush. Right after the first use, my skin feels like it never felt before: Absolutely clean, smooth and healthy. I am amazed.

A Week Afterwards:
I used the Clarisonic Plus twice a day for a week now. Especially my cheeks look less dull and almost flawless. I think my pores are really refined, especially on my nose. I can't see a difference to the fine lines I have on my skin, but my skin is definitely less oily than it used to be. I expect the long term use will bring even better effects.

I used the body brush only twice yet. It has a similar good effect, but the use is a little bit time consuming, so I think I'll mainly stick to use my brush for the face.

Pros:
- The improvement of the skin is amazing. I never had skin so smooth and my pores are less visible.
- It's very easy to use and no effort at all. Cleansing the face takes 60 seconds.
- It's waterproof, so you can use it in the shower.
- There is a body brush included.

Cons:
- Buying a Clarisonic Plus is quite an investment: The device itself costs about £175/CHF 289 and you have to buy new brushes every three months (every brush is about £20/CHF 29.90)
- The device itself is a little bit heavy and bulky, which is especially an issue if you travel a lot and want to take it with you.
- The charging time is pretty long. 24 hours of charging mean about 30 minutes of use, this is not that much, especially if you use the included body brush.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Colour of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

Fashion, Colour of the Year 2014, Pantone, Radiant Orchid
Necklace: Asos, Nail Polish: Illamasqua, Handbag: Furla, Coat: Topshop,
Flower Crown: Asos, Sunglasses: Quay Eyeware, Shoes: Topshop

Every year it's a guessing game: Which colour will be chosen as colour of the year by Pantone? In 2013 Emerald had it's big appearance and now the secret is revealed, that 2014 will be the year of Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid is a mixture of purple, fuchsia and pink. According to Pantone it's "an invitation to innovation and encourages expanded creativity and originality". Further they say that the rosy undertone of the colour produces a healthy glow when it is worn.

Despite the promising statements from Pantone, The Guardian doesn't approve with Radiant Orchid as a good choice at all. They say it's 30 years too late and describe the shade as middle-aged, just fit for people who are into Prince's shirts or Cyndi Lauper's lipstick.

I collected a few fashion items here, which are in Radiant Orchid or come pretty close to it. Confession: I don't care about The Guardian's opinion. Right now I imagine myself wearing that radiant (orchid) coat together with the holographic shoes and the Furla bag, walking through a snowy landscape and singing "Purple Rain". And yes: Why not with a purple lipstick, just like Cyndi? Long live the 80s!

Are you with me or without me when it comes to Radiant Orchid?

Monday, 9 December 2013

It's So Fluffy!

pom pom, pompom earrings, vintage, crop top
It's pink, it's fluffy, it must be mine!
mink pink, bambam belt, pompom earrings, joanna pybus
This look is a wild mixture of high street fashion, vintage and desiger pieces.
pink pompom earrings, vintage crop top, rainbow colored top, rainbow bow
Marabou feathers  and bows, what else?
mink pink, lazy oaf, pom pom earrings, joanna pybus
A rainbow look a day, keeps the bad mood away!
monster clutch, vivienne westwood for melissa shoes, mink pink belt, vintage
Playing with colours and mix them like a Tasmanian Devil. Yeah!
mink pink, pink belt, bam bam, lazy oaf pizza skirt
A bold statement for a bold look: Bam Bam, here I am!

Bam Bam! Another day on my mission to colour the world. I am the Tasmanian Devil of colours and I mix together in a wild frenzy what crosses my way. Bam Bam says my belt and that's exactly how I feel. My pom pom addiction has come back as well. Do you understand why when you see this pink marabou feather earrings?

When I spotted my new rainbow crop top in a vintage shop in Zurich, I had to think of my friend Jessica from Dazzle & Jolt instantly. She is a big inspiration to me, because she is the most colourful person I ever met. Just thinking about her helps me to never get gray and boring. I think the pattern of the top is rather unusual for vintage clothes. I wonder who owned it before and imagine that she bedazzled her boyfriend or had fun at the beach while wearing it.

I am hiding a Heattech top and a second pair of tights beneath my outfit, to make it fit for this cold day. Even if I love scarves and fluffy jumpers, I refuse to wear them every day. Heattech is the solution how to wear less thick things without freeze to death. People always wonder how I manage to go out with just a thin top, now you know my secret.

I hope I brightened up your gray winter day a little and I am curious to hear how you like this look.

My Outfit: 
Top: Blenda Vintage, Cardigan: Zara (old), Skirt: Lazy Oaf (sold out),
Belt: Mink Pink, Tights: Esprit, Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa,
Clutch: Joanna Pybus, Bangle: Kate Rhode, Earrings: The Bright Young Things,
Ring: Serena Kuhl

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Dresses For the Festive Season

First Row:
Metallic Dress: Topshop, Comic Print Dress: Asos, Embellished Dress: Lashes of London
Second Row:
Gear Print Dress: Asos, Flower Shift Dress: Topshop, Pink Jacqaurd Dress: Asos
Third Row:
Red Dress: Mod Cloth, Purple Dress: Kling, Winter Print Dress: Bernie Dexter

Festive season is coming closer in a fast pace and with it the invitations to dinners and parties. Wearing a dress is always a good choice either to please future mothers-in-law or  to look splendid at your office party.

This season is the perfect excuse to wear glitter, romantic clothes, a little bit kitschy accessories, lace and sequins. I think choosing a dress is far easier than buying other garments: Dresses are flattering no matter if you are small or tall and there is a dress for every size and body shape.

If I had to decide for my favourites I would love to wear the Bernie Dexter dress with it's romantic Christmas village print to the family party and the bronze metallic dress from Topshop for New Years Eve.

Do you already have outfit plans for the festive seasons?

Friday, 29 November 2013

Furby's Colour Orgy

furby jumper, unif, katy perry, hype beanie
I love Furby and he loves me back.
hype beanie, veiled beanie, unif jumper, fluffy jumper, katy perry
I tried to be just as colourful and fluffy like Furby today.
hype beanie, veiled beanie, pink beanie, lime crime pink lipstick
It's beanie time again. One of the few things I missed during summer.
unif jumper, fluffy crop jumper, hype beanie, rainbow colored outfit
A rather casual and cosy, but not gray look was my goal today.
resin necklace, sea urchin necklace, serena kuhl, fluffy jumper
Sea shelfs on my neck, keeping sweet memories of the beach awake in the cold.
katy perry, unif jumper, fluffy jumper, furby jumper
I feel happy while wearing this outfit. Must be the rainbow vibes.
hype, beanie, veiled beanie, pink beanie
Beanie hype? Yes please!
rainbow colored outfit, unif furby jumper, colorful fluffy jumper, katy perry
Of course my back is bright as well. Furby approves for sure.

Forget what I told you in my last outfit post about turning into my less quirky and more elegant "Winter-Me": Today it's time for a true colour orgy! I decided that not even the cold weather can keep me from wearing my jelly sandals and I finally found a jumper that seemed to be made to feed my hunger for brightness and rainbow colours. The more gray and black clothes I see on the street, the bigger my urge to dress bright gets.

It's called Furby and I think the name was chosen well. When I first discovered it, I couldn't decide if it is the most ugly or the most awesome jumper I've ever seen. It looks like being made by a mad designer, who used all the left overs of yarn he found and made this piece of clothing. When it arrived I instantly loved it so much, the decision was made: It's truly amazing and it makes me happy! I just saw a picture of Katy Perry wearing it as well, how lovely to be her style sister!

Winter time is beanie time. I was very much addicted to veiled ones last year and after considering for a moment if this should be over by now, I couldn't resist to customize another beanie with a beautiful birdcage veil. I love to be the pink dot in a gray winter landscape.

Wishing you a colourful day my lovelies and I am curious to hear what you think about this look!

My Outfit: 
Jumper: Unif at Nasty Gal, Skirt: Dotti's Vintage,
Tights: Primark, Socks: Topshop, Shoes: Juju (sold out),
Beanie: Hype Clothing (customized with veil),Necklace: Serena Kuhl

Monday, 25 November 2013

A Crush On Shoes

Pom Pom shoe: Irregular Choice,  Black Boot with Triangle Cutout Heel: Jennifer Chou,
Shoe with Roses: Chinese Laundry, Purple Platform shoes: Black Milk, Jelly Pumps with Hearts: Mel by Melissa, Glitter Heel Shoe: Jeffrey Campbell

I didn't miss that winter has arrived, but let me tell you something: I think buying (proper) winter shoes is not much fun. Most of the times the shoes you can wear on icy streets are heavy, big and look not like much fun. Therefore I rather have my eyes on pretty high heels. Spending money on beauties like those, makes me happy and this is reason enough to say the money is well invested.

Here I show you my personal selection of shoes I am in love with at the moment. All of them have something very special: They are either decorated in a cool way, have a special heel or a cool fabric. 

I think the Jeffery Campbell boot with the transparent heel filled with glitter, would be the perfect shoe for the festive season. It must look beautiful when the glitter sparkles and moves while walking. Almost like a snow globe. The Mel by Melissa shoe with the hearts is already a classic since the peep toe version from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and I think it can't be missed on the shoe shelf. But I wouldn't mind at all having them all.

What do you think about these shoes, which would you love to wear?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Huntress In Her Houndstooth Coat

kling houndstooth, rose fascinator, veiled hat
I am going out today, it's time to celebrate.
fascinator with veil, velvet hat, lime crime poisonberry, elegant headwear
An elegant fascinator is my choice of accessory for a birthday dinner.
vivienne westwood shoes, kling, houndstooth jacket, fascinator with veil
Houndstooth, what else! Strong graphic patterns always got me.
necklace, fish, china, purple fish
Memories of China: Bought this necklace as a little child on a journey.
kling, houndstooth jacket, velvet fascinator, veil
Feeling like a lady in my outfit.
jazzafine, kling dress, poisonberry lime crime, anna dello russo crocodile
Vibrant green: Always one of my favourite colours.
eal letter bag, becksöndergaard, anna dello russo, crocodile banges
Still love this oldie from Becksöndergaard. I could touch the soft eel leather all the time.
vivienne westwood, melissa, shoes, jelly
Vivienne Westwood with socks, would the queen of punk and fashion agree?

This crazy fruit girl is ready to turn into her more elegant "Winter Self" for this post. But don't worry: I'll stay quirky and next summer will come sooner than you think (maybe even in the next post). I see it as my fashion goal to reinvent my style again and again and therefore I enjoy change. I don't want to be a stereotype, I am no hipster, no vintage girl, no goth and no trash queen, I am simply me: A girl who is excited about her big playground called fashion.

This is the outfit I was wearing for my darling's birthday. We had dinner at our favourite Indian restaurant in the city. My darling bought me the green dress during our holidays in Barcelona, because he loved the colour. I thought his birthday is the perfect occasion to wear the dress for the first time.

I think what completes the look is the velvet rose fascinator from Jazzafine. While I have a lot of bigger and more crazy fascinators, I love about this one that it's delicate and has a perfect size to wear it to a lot of occasions. My Poisonberry lipstick from Lime Crime seems to be made for matching the fascinator.

These black Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes have been on my wish list for ages, but I missed them when they were on sale. Finally I found a new pair on a platform like Ebay and almost forgot to sleep till the bidding was over. I am a huntress I confess, but a vegetarian one and instead of animals I hunt Melissa shoes. Would you be interested to see a post with my whole collection?

I am very glad we shot this outfit, because it's connected to a wonderful day and I treasure the sweet memories. I wish you a happy day as well, it's lovely your read this post!

My Outfit: 
Jacket: Kling, Dress: KlingFascinator: Jazzafine
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa (get similar ones here), 
Socks: Topshop, Tights: H&M, Bangle: Anna Dello Russo for H&M, 
Necklace: Bought in China, 
Eel Leather Bag: Becksöndergaard (old, get a similar one here)

Thanks to Jazzafine for the lovely fascinator.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Lovely Label: Yiddish Chutzpah A/W 13

yiddish chutzpah, punk, girly, fashion
One day the time for a girl has come to grow up.
yiddish chutzpah, punk, silver dress, velvet dress
She dives from candy land into a more darker world.
yiddish chutzpah, pink jumper with print, coat with bow
Still a little bit girly, but as well edgy.
yiddish chutzpah, punk, cute print, girly fashion
Soft and hard, punk and cute meet each other.

Let me tell you about the new collection of Yiddish Chutzpah, one of my absolutely favourite labels from Spain. Every collection from Yiddish Chutzpah is like a journey into a new undiscovered wonderland. Whereas earlier collections were very sweet and girly, the A/W 13 collection called "Broken Dolls" is more dark and edgy.

The Yiddish Chutzpah girl used to live in a world full of sweets and candy. Now she grows up and discovers her sassy and rebellious side, while she gets rid of her dolls. She dives into the world of punk, but doesn't loose all of her sweet innocence. The new collection is a mix of the different sides of the Yiddish Chutzpah girl as well as a mix of materials: The predominant colour is black, mixed with white and silver to celebrate the age of punk.

A lot of labels reinterpret their own work and ideas collection after collection and always stick to their main ideas. Yiddish Chutzpah isn't one of those labels: This collection is a radical change and completely different from anything before. It's a new horizon, a completely different Yiddish Chutzpah and I need my piece of it for sure. It's exciting to see the reinvention of a label and it awakes a lot of excitement to see how the journey of Yiddish Chutzpah will continue.

What do you think about this collection and which piece is your favourite?

Shop the "Broken Dolls" collection here and like Yiddish Chutzpah on Facebook.

Copyright of all pictures by Yiddish Chutzpah. Photographer: Balles (www.balles.es), Model: Laura Parra Arias, 
Makeup: Carmen Navarro

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Lovely Trend: Unicorns

fashion, unicorns, tatty devine, jefferey campbell
White Necklace: Tatty Devine, Golden Necklace: Me & Zena, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell at Miss Kl,
Dress: Yumi at Debenhams, Bag: Somewhere Nowhere, Headband: Dolly Darling

Every girl needs her very own unicorn! Not just little girls can't resist the spell of these magical creatures and sleep with a smile on their face while dreaming of them. Unicorns appear in fairy tales and movies such as "Legend", "The Last Unicorn" or "Stardust" and are always surrounded by an air of eternal beauty.

So why not include them into fashion and bring a little bit of a fairy tale into your wardrobe? Weather you go for unicorn accessories, wear them as a print on your dress or even turn yourself into one with a little unicorn horn headband, you will earn longing looks from other girls that didn't find their unicorns yet. Just like the movies taught us: A world without unicorns can't exist.

I am not able to decide for a favourite from this collection, I just wish to have everything and be a happy unicorn princess. How do you like unicorn themed fashion?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Ufo Party

jumpfrompaper, quayeyeware, quay sunglasses, ufo party look
There's an intergalactic party going on and I am on the guest list.
kitty sunglasses, quay eyeware, squid earrings, tassel earrings
I'm gonna impress the little green man with purple squid earrings.
Jump from paper, 2d bag, quay eyeware, pink kitty sunglasses
And I'll confuse them with my 2d bag.
lime crime poisonberry, quay eyeware, kitti sunglasses, neon pink glasses
Aliens always have such big eyes in movies, I try to keep up with them and wear big glasses.
capnmueller, squid earrings, tassel earrings, galaxy
The stars are shining purple tonight.
comic print, neon pink glasses, ufo party outfit, squid earrings
Hello Alien, nice to meet you!
capn mueller, purple tassel earrings, squid earrings
Are there purple squids on Mars?
Serena Kuhl, pink resin bangle, pink nails
I imagine the surface of some planets far, far away might look like my bangle.
silver high heels, glitter shoes, purple tights
Today, I'm gonna dance for you on my silver heels. Get the ufo party started!

I love party looks, even if I am no party girl that is often seen in all the clubs of the city. Calling an outfit a party look is the perfect excuse to style it bold, with a lot of glitter and statement accessories. So why not declaring the day to a party and celebrate with an outfit that means nothing but fun?

Because of the galaxy prints on my shirt and the strange but awesome squid creature earrings, I choose the title "Ufo Party" for this look. The whole outfit is a rather wild mixture of materials, prints and textures. Neon meets silver, Rough cotton is next to sleek nylon.

The shining stars of the outfit are the accessories: The neon pink 50s style sunglasses are a striking statement as well as the pink comic style bag. My ultra long squid earrings always cause such a stir whenever I wear them and I think they might as well come from another galaxy.

Despite my love for horror and science fiction movies, I love to imagine aliens as cute, a little bit crazy creatures. Maybe a little bit as in Mars Attacks from the way they look, but with a more friendly character. I think having a party with a few of this creatures I have in mind might be so much fun.

So my lovelies, what would you wear for an ufo party and how do you like this look?

My Outfit: 
Shirt: Sheinside (sold out),
Skirt: American Apparel (still available in other fabrics),
Earrings: CapnmuellerSunglasses: Quay Eyeware, Shoes: No Name, 
Tights: Claire's, Bangle: Serena Kuhl, Bag: JumpFromPaper

Thanks to Quay Eyeware for the sunglasses.