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The Importance of Defining Your Face Shape

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Importance of Defining Your Face Shape
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I started wearing glasses half way through secondary school, I didn't want to admit I needed a pair but when I could no longer see the board in class I knew I needed to do something about it. For as long as I could manage I only ever wore my glasses in the classroom but outside of the classroom the glasses were always off. That is, until a few years ago - I want to say sixth form - when I finally admitted defeat and began wearing glasses daily.

I've had a fair few pairs of glasses over the years; I really struggle when it comes to finding glasses and even sunglasses because my head is tiny. The last frames I bought after my opticians appointment were from the kids section believe it or not! Which wasn't a bad thing, in the end I managed to pocket a few extra pounds because kids glasses are generally cheaper than adult glasses. I've had the same pair for a couple of years now, never wanting to venture out and find a new pair purely down to the fact it's so difficult for me to find glasses I like and actually fit my face too. Buying glasses online seemed like a complete myth for me, how would I be able to find a pair online - without trying them on - and be sure they fit my face? Vision Direct changed that for me. They have just launched an interactive quiz designed to help you choose the right frames for your face shape, you can take the quiz here. With only a few questions to answer including defining your face shape and choosing your skin tone and hair colour, it's one of the quickest ways to find a frame that will suit you.

My face shape is oval and my match were the Jamie, Brady and Charlie frames. I took this on board and used it to narrow down my options, I finally decided on the Faith frames by American Freshman. My favourite frames from the quiz were the Brady frames but I thought they looked a little big, and too straight for me as even though my face shape is oval, my head is quite small. The Faith frames I opted for are a cat-eye shape which I find is the best option for me and my small head; harsh frames usually stick out too much on my face so I find a rounded edge works much better. Tortoiseshell was recommended for me in the quiz as it compliments my skin tone and hair colour, which I think it does, would you agree? My previous frames were black and I can see such a difference between the two and how they look on me.

This post is in collaboration with Vision Direct. All thoughts and writing are my own, read my full disclaimer here.

Capturing Moments

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Capturing Moments
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Happy Valentine's Day! Whilst most people don't celebrate February 14 for various reasons, it didn't feel right to not address the occasion at all. Having said that, Andre and I actually have no plans for today; I'm spending my day shooting some new content whilst he's spending his at work, we'll probably just have dinner tonight which is what we do most of the time anyway. Although I must admit, I am hoping for a cute card because I'm one of those people who saves cards year after year!

Following on from my previous post about choosing scent to help make memories last, another way of making them last is by capturing them. Since getting the Instax mini 70 for my birthday in December, I've been wanting to use it to capture memories instantly but I must admit, I get quite nervous about using it because I don't want to waste film (packs of 10 are around £15 which isn't cheap!) I want to make it my goal to use it as often as I can. Now, all that's left is to convince Andre to take some photos with me! In 4 years we probably only have 4 nice photos to show for it so taking cute couple photos is next on my to-do list.

Onto my outfit (because it feels like I haven't properly talked about what I'm wearing in yonks). This outfit is a dressed up version of what has been my daily getup. Starting with my faux fur jacket which, if you didn't know already from my Instagram, is a real oldie my mum bought for me to wear on my 16th birthday and has been hanging in my wardrobe ever since, unworn. I'd been seeing so many of my favourite bloggers wearing amazing faux fur jackets recently that I decided to give it a go myself with what I already had in my wardrobe and I practically haven't stopped wearing it since! Rather than a jumper, which is usually what I gravitate towards, I chose a red floral top, perfect for Valentine's. Paired with a new pair of jeans from Topshop and new suede heels from Dune which have a gorgeous scallop trim, making them the perfect heel for a winter evening when it's still too cold to get your toes out. I also got a new crossbody bag from Carvela via Shoeaholics which I'm completely obsessed with so, without a doubt you'll be seeing it loads!

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Faux fur jacket - Lipsy
[Photos taken by Maria]

How I'm Making Memories Last Using Scent

Sunday, 12 February 2017

How I'm Making Memories Last Using Scent
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I don't think it will come as a surprise to you that this post is about scents, not only that, today I'm sharing with you my chosen scent for Valentine's Day and why choosing a scent to mark an occasion should become an essential. This isn't exclusive to Valentine's Day, nor to lovers, but for when you want to treasure memories as well as be reminded of particular times in your life. From my childhood there are distinct perfume scents I remember; my auntie for one, had her signature scent and any time I smelt it, no matter where I was, it would remind me of her. To this day it still makes me think of her even though she no longer wears it. To me, it's incredible that a scent has the power to bring back floods of memories and so I've decided to create my own memories around a new scent.

Valentine's Day: "14 February, a day when it is tradition to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to." 

Cards, gifts and flowers are hard to keep forever For that reason, I'm looking for a new way to create memories this Valentine's Day and ensure I remember them whenever I get a whiff of my chosen scent. On date nights, I carry Chloé Love Story in my handbag to spritz whenever I want a scent top up throughout the day. Smell is said to be a trigger of memories so I want to build my Valentine's memories around this scent from Chloé, the name is so apt don't you think?

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Longline coat - New Look
Bell sleeve top - Boohoo
Frayed hem jeans - (c/o) New Look
Embroidered heels - (c/o) New Look
Crossbody bag - (c/o) Carvela via Shoeaholics
[Photos taken by Andre]

What's Trending Now: Gingham

Thursday, 9 February 2017

What's Trending Now: Gingham
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Recently, gingham has been appearing left right and centre and naturally, the more I see it, the more I want to have a wardrobe filled to the brim with gingham items. Personally, I find it's one of the most difficult prints to style. Prints are difficult generally but for some reason I find gingham to resemble a picnic blanket more than anything else and I never know when I've gone overboard - too much can be overkill.

For my first go at playing around with the trend, I picked out black and grey pieces which compliment the print whilst still being subtle enough to not give you a headache when you catch a glimpse of your outfit in the mirror (anybody else get that when there's a whole lotta print going on?) My gingham shirt is from Glamorous, it's the perfect slouchy fit for a casual weekend but can also just as easily be tucked into a pair of jeans and worn with a harness bralet popping out for some added sexiness. As I said, I kept the rest of my look simple by wearing my go-to Farleigh jeans from ASOS, a grey coat from New Look and a bobble hat from Quiz because just when you think it's starting to get a little warmer in the UK, it goes ahead and gets really really cold, really really quickly!

Finally, my footwear of choice were a new pair of studded ankle boots from Missguided. Initially, I spotted these boots on ASOS and added them to my saved list instantly. Then, whilst browsing Missguided's website they popped out at me again and I knew it was meant to be. I read some of the reviews suggesting to size up which is exactly what I did and they fit perfectly so, if you're thinking of buying these gorgeous booties then you'd be better off sizing up! As tends to be the case with any new purchase I make, I couldn't wait to give these their first outing; I was nervous they wouldn't suit the outfit because they're not plain and gingham is such a loud print on its own, I was sort of scared to wear anything that wasn't plain and simple. Having said this, I learnt that these are definitely the perfect pair of boots, they're still monochrome which means they work with just about anything. I had doubts about whether these would look too much like going out boots when they arrived but actually, they're perfectly suited for the day time too; I've only ever worn them during the day and don't think they're over the top at all.

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Bobble hat - (c/o) Quiz
Grey coat - (c/o) New Look
Gingham shirt - (c/o) Glamorous
Black mom jeans - ASOS
Studded ankle boots - Missguided via ASOS
[Photos taken by Maria]

The Secrets Under Knee High Boots

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Secrets Under Knee High Boots
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Can you believe this is the first time I wear knee high boots this winter season?! Last winter I was all over them, layering them over jeans and using them to keep my legs warm whilst wearing jumper dresses but this year I haven't been drawn to them, no idea why. I'm guessing it was a phase as when I spotted this pair towards the back of my wardrobe I thought it was about time I gave styling them a go this season. I must admit that I struggle when it comes to knee high boots, I wouldn't say I have the thinnest legs nor the widest but when it comes to finding a pair of knee high boots on the high street that have a snug fit around my thighs I've struggled. These thigh highs are from Public Desire at a mere £39.99, they're really inexpensive looking at the grand scale of things but truth be told, they don't fit me amazingly well (it doesn't help that I have big size 7 feet either!)

Knee high boot woes aside, I still love experimenting with new ways of styling these and I've found that wearing some knee high socks underneath, or when paired with jeans, the boots have a much better fit and although they look baggy, they've never fallen down my leg.

I spend every dreary morning longing for spring and as tradition dictates, I have my floral pieces at the ready. I've been finding so much inspiration in street style recently and one thing that has really caught my eye has been midi dresses layered under biker jackets so naturally, I did exactly that. I went for a faux leather jacket from River Island (one of my 2016 fashion favourites) layered over my floral midi dress from New Look for ultimate city-girl-chic vibes. Forget the glamorous life you may think us bloggers lead, the real reason I picked out my knee high boots was to hide my unshaved legs: winter = no shaving.

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Biker jacket - (c/o) River Island
Floral midi dress - New Look
Knee high boots - (c/o) Public Desire
[Photos taken by Maria]

Kandolhu Island: One For Your Travel Bucket List

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Kandolhu Island: One For Your Travel Bucket List
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Kandolhu, having recently been voted #5 in Best Hotels in Asia, and #11 in Best Hotels in the World on Trip Advisor's annual Traveler's Choice Awards for 2017, is as dreamy as I imagined. As you get off the boat and walk onto the pier it's as though all your woes disappear, we had been travelling for a total of 16 hours and honestly, half way through we started to question whether it was actually worth it... it is. We were greeted by friendly faces at the pier welcoming us onto the island with some smoothies. We were instantly whisked away to our rooms and that was it, our holiday had begun. It probably only took us about 15 minutes to get completely settled in, unpack both our toiletries and suitcases before switching into beach clothes and turning on the automatic replies: out of office for 10 days.

We couldn't have been in a more magical place, the first thing we did was grab lunch and then explore the island. Crystal clear waters surrounded us, it was breathtaking.
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My auntie and uncle, who also came along on this trip with us, stayed in an ocean pool villa which was simply stunning. Although smaller than our room (we stayed in a pool villa, more on that further down) you can't beat walking out onto your balcony and looking straight out into the ocean. We spent so many evenings sat on the balcony watching the sunset and admiring all the sea life below us. If you're after the trip of a lifetime then I would highly recommend staying in an ocean pool villa it's the epitome of the Maldivian experience in my opinion.
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Getting anywhere on the island meant walking through the jungle, carefully planted mazes which led to each spot on the island. Kandolhu is an incredibly small island and although there weren't a whole load of places to go to, getting anywhere always seemed like an adventure! The nighttime walks were particularly exciting because there is a lack of artificial lights along the paths so it really became an adventure - don't worry though, you'll find a torch in every room to light the way back should you need one.
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I rather foolishly, didn't take any pictures of the inside of our pool villa. Once we had settled in it was never as perfect as it was the day we arrived but if you'd like to see what the rooms are like then head to my YouTube channel where you can watch my Maldives travel vlog which includes a room tour from the day we arrived. We had a huge villa all to ourselves, an incredible bathroom with a bathtub and outdoor shower, a wardrobe area and finally our room with a huge bed we would fall into every night. One of the best things about the pool villas is all the private outdoor space, there were loads of seating areas surrounding our villa and a pool we could cool off in during the day. Not only that, stepping through the clearing led you straight onto the beach.
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I think it's safe to say I miss it already.