Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Italian Stripes - Style post

Hey Guys.

fashion, ootd, stripes, italy

Hat - Topshop / Sunglasses - H&M / Top - Globa / Trousers - Topshop / Sandals - Clarks 

I know we are all in full on Autumn winter mode now but I still wanna share some summer outfit posts. 
We didn't do much shopping when in Italy, especially in Rome where the shopping probably would have been amazing. The nearest town to the house is L'Aquila which is still in recovery from a major earthquake back in 2009 so the town over time has moved out to a new shopping centre to replace the old town. It was just weird though compared to shopping centres here. Everything was a lot more open plan and in both centres we went to the second half is a massive open supermarket which I found weird. I wanted to buy something from an Italian high street brand and found this cute off the shoulder striped top for about $10 its pretty cute and I wore it a lot in Italy but the shopping experience was very different. I also want to talk about these sandals I wore most days in Italy as they are a pretty practical shoe with a strong grip on the sole for walking but they don't look like a proper walking shoe with the grey suede and a leopard print straps. They were super useful especially for all the touristy tracking around Rome we did. 
I am normally just into Autumn Winter season but with writing up all my Rome posts late, god am I missing summer already.

Love Charlotte

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Through the 'frill' of it all / SheIn review - Style Post

Hey Guys,

Experimenting more with my style more is definitely something I am trying to do more, making conscious decisions to not choose things that are pretty similar to what I already have in my wardrobe.

The obvious way for me to try and dress more bold is through bright colours which I do love but what is so cool about this look is being able to be quite bold but still in black and a t-shirt.

I was recently contacted by the guys at SheIn offered me to sample a piece from the new collection and I always see this as an opportunity to try and be brave, choose something different that I wouldn't normally go for. These trousers have been huge over the last few months and for some reason I associate them with Zara (this is something I think Shein are known for doing is copying Zara), I feel like they had so many takes on the ruffle hem and huge bell bottom trousers last season but I didn't see them all over instagram in huge way, which weirdly left me a bit stumped on how to style them. 

Chocker - Borrowed from housemate(also the photographer, what a babe!)  / Top - also housemates but Topshop / Trousers - SheIn * / Shoes - New Look 

Shein is a brand I have heard of for a few years and have always been a bit sceptical, I had a pre-conception that it was like an online Primark which for me isn't the one (not only ethically) but also because with primark the way we can find the little gems is by seeing them in the flesh first. Now considering they are shipping for China, the delivery process was amazing they arrived in four days I think which is great but when they arrived I at first wasn't too excited, the fabric instantly felt cheap and quite stretchy but the actual shape, hem and having a zip is great. My main issue with these trousers is the sizing as I have said on here many times I am typically a UK size 8-10 so I ordered a medium and at first it was just uncomfortable to pull up over my thighs and still couldn't do the zip up fully which meant I automatically had to pair them with a lose fitting top. But now wearing them I do love the style and I felt slight Abba tribute band vibes but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Styling them with quite an 'urban' loose top and contrasting with small pump heels really works actually and its definitely a look that outside of my normal style but its super fun and I actually felt fabulous in it with these really long ruffles on.

Love Charlotte

* Disclaimer that the item with a * has been sent to me to be included in a post but all opinions and content are my own.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Under the Abruzzo sun - Style post

Hey Guys,

Another week another late summer post from Italy.

These were shot in the garden at my grandparents Italian house, it's in the Abruzzo region which is just East of Rome and the way to Pescara is full of small Italian villages surrounded by the mountains. 

The first day we arrived in Abruzzo at the local supermarket I saw a lady wearing these shorts that I had packed at the bottom of my suitcase so they had to be worn. 

Hat - Topshop / Sunglasses - H & M  / Top - Primark / Shorts - H & M / Jacket - Gap / Sliders - Next

The basics in this outfit are items I've had for wears and don't really think of as an interesting outfit but once I added the new additions of my favourite hat this year and these cool new sunglasses which I bought for $1 a few days earlier in a shopping centre in the main town near the house. I have really grown to hate shorts over the last few years and getting my bare legs out but when its nearer 41 degrees Italian sun sometimes you just have to brave it.  

Love Charlotte

Monday, 11 September 2017

Pool side styling - Outfit post

Hey Guys,

Dressing for the beach or pool usually means choosing something pretty practical, easy to change into the bikini and from the swimwear range like a beach cover up dress or playsuit but this can get boring and most of the time I will be doing something else before or after the beach put don't want to carry multiple outfit changes with me so over this summer I've been ignoring the fact i'm off to the beach later when planning my outfit and it can definitely still work.

Bikini Top and Bottoms - Joules (sold out)
I picked up this bikini in the Joules summer sale and its perfect as I like to have the support of a proper bra but this does it perfectly without looking like a bra, with the high waisted bottoms and the halter neck its really flattering.
It reached 42 degrees some days in Italy so I needed this afternoon swim to cool off. 

Hat - Topshop / Top - Zara / Trousers - Topshop / Sliders - Next 

After our swim we headed to the village Capestrano for ice cream and an evening walk around the castle, aside from having soaking wet hair this outfit was perfect.

Love Charlotte

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lorde's make-up look at VMA's - Beauty post

Hey Guys,

We all know by now just how much I've become obsessed with Lorde this year, Melodrama is just a masterpiece that everyone should listen too. Last sunday the annual VMAs took place and Monday morning as we all got to see the red carpet looks, Lorde stood out for me. I'd like to think its not just because I am always drawn to purple and she was a purple goddess in that feather dress. 

But lets just focus on here make -up look for a moment, I'm just in awe of the balance between simplicity and coloured, sparkly eye make- up.
As soon as I saw these pictures I knew I'd attempt similar looks for all my nights out soon.

I started off doing my base the same as normal with foundation, concealer the contoured for some cheekbones highlight. I also did my brows the same as usual.

L'oreal true match foundation in shade Ivory / Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlights Moon Glow Lights/ SEVENTEEN Define & Conquer Contour Kit / MUA Brow Define Eyebrow Tint - Dark Brown / Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair 1/ Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

For the eyes I began with the benefit cream eye shadow as a base, then used the pink sparkly bobbi brown eye shadow stick to add a base colour along with a few of the champagne shades from the Lo'real palette along the crease. Then I used that gorgeous glittery neon purple shade form the Make - up revolution unicorn palette.  
Then my fave parts using this insane lilac (most purple eyeliners are really dark purples but this one was the perfect lilac for this look) eyeliner for a thick straight line across the lash line, now for glitter, I just put some Vaseline onto my make up brush then into the glitter pot before covering my eyelids in a thin somewhat subtle amount of glitter.  
Lorde's lips just have a neutral gloss to them so I used a my lips but better kinda pink shade. 
I know I've achieved this look in probably no similar way to Lorde or her make - up artist but I am obsessed with the outcome and as I said its for sure my new go to look for nights out. 

Hope you enjoyed this beauty post, my friend had been encouraging me to do one for a while too xo

Love Charlotte

Monday, 4 September 2017

My dream dress - Style Post

Hey Guys,

Back around May I spotted this beautiful dress in a Zara and for some reason I fell in love with it, 

I've always been drawn to geographical prints like this one and maps plus with the beach island theme its just perfect.

On the label it actually says its from the accessory range and is meant just as a cover up but online it says its a dress so I ordered it hoping it would fit right and knowing it would be perfect for Italy.

Hat - Topshop / Dress - Zara / Sliders - Next

You may remember my recent post ranting about size on the high street and how another wrap blouse I bought doesn't fit well at all, however this one fits perfectly, I feel so good in this dress with the low cut wrap around the chest and the little frills on each hem it flows so well when we finally got a breeze. It's so lightweight and comfy, it was the perfect thing for 40 degrees heat round Rome. My only issue is wearing it two days in Italy might be all the use I'll get out of it.

Love Charlotte