JEANS - TOPSHOP / SHIRT - TOMMY HILFIGER / SLIP-ONS - VANS 
 BAG - YSL SAC DE JOUR / FLORAL BOMBER - ZARA (1/2/3)


A few photos from October 2016, when I visited Rome with my boyfriend to celebrate our 6 year anniversary.

Since the British weather has picked up again, becoming awfully hot and humid, I've been wearing a variation of this outfit on repeat. My wardrobe doesn't really accommodate for hot weather since I'm not a huge fan of summer fashion, and spring/summer in Britain typically lasts 5 minutes. As I type this, it is raining, despite it being sunny for the past few days (which illustrates my point). 

My version of a spring wardrobe is adding a bit of blue and floral to my current wardrobe. This floral bomber was a huge seller in Zara's 2016 S/S collection, it took me so many tries to finally be able to get my hands on this, and it's definitely a keeper and such a versatile piece throughout the year. A (striped) blue shirt is a staple in my wardrobe, especially in the summer because it pairs so well with pretty much everything – shorts, jeans, shirts, culottes. 



Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Rome, Italy

When in Rome

When it comes to make-up, I've become pretty minimal; obsessing primarily over base products and skin care. But, there is one aspect of make-up I'm obsessed with – all things dewy, glossy, illuminating

Achieving that dewy look, plastered all over Instagram, isn't the easiest, especially if your skin is oily, acne-prone and sensitive. It's hard not to make your face looking a frying pan or like you've over-applied your highlighter, but I've cracked the code. These are my top five products to achieve that dewy, lit from within glow for those with oily skin:


Charlotte Tilbury's Wonder Glow, £39 via Net-A-Porter
For that effortless, sun-kissed glow, I would recommend applying Charlotte Tilbury's Wonder Glow before your base product, since it is infused with at tint; and a little thereafter, to the high points of your face. It claims to has a 'soft focus' effect, which reflects light, blurs imperfections and fine lines; I can definitely vouch that it reflects light, which gives your skin that radiance; but the other two claims, not so much. It transforms your skin from dull and tired, to a radiant and lit-from-within complexion without making your skin look oily. 

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, £23 via Selfridges or ASOS
Perfect for those with pink skin undertones, it compliments your skin tone and makes you legit radiant. If you do have pink undertones, I would mix a few drops into your foundation for that all over glow. But I tend to apply this onto my eyelids to recreate the glossy eyelid trend, and directly onto my cheekbones and brow bone. 

Smashbox L.A. Lights in Hollywood and Highlight, £29.00 via Boots (multipack)
A mini, bullet form highlighter, so its perfect in your bag, for on-the-go touch ups through out the day. I use it straight from the bullet and blend using my fingers so it blends seamlessly into the skin. It's great for the bridge of your nose, brow bone and cupid's bow. 

3 Concept Eyes Glow Beam, £15 via Cult Beauty
Mix with your favourite BB cream (mine is either Klairs', Missha or Dr. Jart) and apply the mixture with the warmth of your fingertips to melt it into the skin. After use a BB cushion pad or a beauty blender to create a flawless finish. 

Erborian Brightening CC Cream via House of Fraser 
My alternative to highlighting products is Erborian's Brightening CC Cream. If your skin is already flawless, just apply it after your skincare, and watch it colour correct and even out your skin. However, if your skin suffers from hyper pigmentation and spots, the coverage won't suffice, so I'd recommend applying this as a primer before foundation, and it keeps your skin fresh and bright all day long. 


Monday, 29 May 2017

Summer Glow

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zara bell sleeve jumper

/ PLEATED CULOTTES - ZARA (SIMILAR)BELL SLEEVE JUMPER - ZARA (SIMILAR) /
/ TRAINERS - NIKE HUARACHES / LEATHER TOTE - VEJA (SIMILAR)/
/ DUSTER COAT - MONKI (SIMILAR) /

zara pleated culottes
monki minimal duster coat
styling NIKE HUARACHES

Since my teen years, I've always lacked confidence in my body and in my personal style. Hence, my blogging and Instagram activity has always been sporadic because we all feel like shit about ourselves once in a while, and sometimes it's hard to get out that rut, it's kind of a self-reinforcing cycle. 

But in September 2015, after my gap year and during my first few weeks into starting my first year at university, I decided to I chopped my hair. And I don't know what happened but I decided to purchase my first pair of culottes from COS despite telling myself for a while that I couldn't 'pull it off' or whatever other bullshit excuse I gave myself. I remember thinking to myself "how the fu*k am I going to get away with wearing this?" because people would say that it wouldn't suit my body type.  

Call me crazy but sometimes, it's a little thing like chopping your hair that gives you confidence, helps you understand your 'personal style' a little more and lets you not be afraid to wear certain fashion pieces the would usually be out of your comfort zone.  


Photography by Josh Theobald

Thursday, 25 May 2017 Canary Wharf, London, E14

Pleats

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After a long month of early mornings and late nights in the library, in preparation for exams; last weekend, my friend, Tasnima and I, decided to have Sunday brunch at the most Instagram-ed place – Palm Vaultslocated in East London, Hackney. 

The cafe was decked out with marble tables, mismatched chairs, pretty tableware, golden cutlery, colourful lattes, macrame hanging plants – screaming all things millennial. It's hard to not agree that it was an aesthetically pleasing cafe, and definitely worth the visit purely to take a few shots for the 'gram. 

Our brunch consisted of their goat's cheese, figs and candied walnuts open toast (£7.50) and the dragon-fruit smoothie bowl (£6.50) alongside with their matcha and golden turmeric lattes. (£3.50)

The food was surprisingly good, I always tend to not expect much from Instagrammable places since a lot of the time, it's shit because they know they will be greeted with customers nonetheless due to the hype. Our favourite was definitely the goat's cheese open toast, and the smoothie bowl was okay, but it resembled more of a fruit sorbet. 'Smoothie bowls' usually consist of toppings of granola, chia seeds, linseeds and other 'healthy' stuff, but here it was required for you to pay extra for toppings (which I wasn't a huge fan of, or maybe its just me?) 

Although pretty in pictures, I wouldn't recommend their matcha latte, not consistently mixed and just milky as a result. Baristas making matcha lattes need to take note from WA cafe, and use a ceremonial whisk so the customer isn't greeted with lumps of matcha powder at the bottom. I've rarely had a good experience with matcha lattes in independent cafes, so for the ultimate experience, I would highly recommend visiting WA cafe; or use this recipe at home: Bryony, my former boss, made this for me all the time when I was working with her!

I wouldn't suggest walking in, in hopes for a table since they're always fully booked. So book a table here at Opentable.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY

Palm Vaults, Hackney


SHIRT - MONKI (SIMILARJEANS - MONKI / DUSTER COAT - MONKI (SIMILAR)
TRAINERS - VEJA /  BAG - YSL SAC DE JOUR


I've been so invested in studying and stressed out with my exams, that I haven't had the chance to take any new outfit photos with Josh. But I hope you're all well and if you have exams, wishing you the best of luck! My exams end on the 2nd of June (so close, yet so far) so from then on, I'll be a lot more active on my blog and social media, and posting content a lot more consistently. 

Anyway, this outfit shot is from our time in Copenhagen back in March (how time flies). Whenever I go on holiday, I tend to curate a very monochrome and minimal suitcase-wardrobe, just for convenience (and I literally always pack last minute) and so all the items can mix and match and several outfits can be created from a small selection of clothes, and it gives me room to shop!

However, for my next trip away, it will consist of a lot more outfit planning because I'm jetting off to Cuba, and every day will be a major blog opportunity! If you have any recommendations or tips, please let me know! 

Photography by Joshua Theobald

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 Øster Farimagsgade 2C, 1353 København K, Denmark

Botanical Gardens


JEANS - MONKI / JUMPER - ZARA (SIMILAR)
DENIM JACKET - LEVIS (1/2) / BAG - YSL SAC DE JOUR
TRAINERS - VANS / SUNGLASSES - WEEKDAY (SIMILAR)


You can never go wrong with jeans, a denim jacket and the pair of trainers that everyone and their mum's have - the Old Skool Vans

Inspired by Lizzy from Shot From The Street, I purchased a pair of the Old Skool Vans after watching her 'Testing Basics' episode on trainers. She raved about how comfy these were, immediately convincing me to add another pair of black trainers to my shoe-wardrobe. And I'm in 100% agreement with her. They're comfy, unbelievably easy to style and no blisters – making them the perfect fashion trainers for both your winter and spring wardrobe. 

Photography by Joshua Theobald

Monday, 1 May 2017 Canary Wharf, London, E14 4BF

Old Skool

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