8 October 2015

Zara AW15 favourites

all images zara.com

'They are SO pretty', 'How many food shops do I need to skip to afford this skirt?' or 'I need this top, NOW' are just a few of the phrases that go through my head while browsing the website of my favourite store, Zara. There genuinely is no other store out there were I find pretty much every single piece extremely gorgeous and need a lot of inner strength not to buy absolutely everything. As I am currently on the Zara website for the third time today (it is only 3pm as I am writing this), browsing the gorgeous Autumn/Winter 2015 pieces, I thought it might be a great idea to share what I am currently loving. (just a few selected items, otherwise I could just give you the link to the website)

Suede Coat I fell in love with this stunning piece when I spotted it for the first time in a store back in August. Although it is a simple cut, the colour and especially the material make it look so extraordinary and unique. Never before have I seen a high street store do such a gorgeous piece for an appropriate price (still can't afford it, but hey, maybe it goes on sale!) As suggested on the website, this coat would look incredible paired with a skirt and a top in autumnal colours, but I can also imagine it looking gorgeous with a boho inspired flowy white dress. 

Shirt Just when I thought that I'd have enough shirts (for now) this blue/yellow patterned shirt caught my eye. I have been loving wearing shirts recently, because they make you look sort of smart, but can be dressed down easily with a pair of jeans or, my personal favourite, a button down skirt. I am fearing winter time though, as I really am not a fan of layering cardigans over shirts. If this shirt wasn't now sold out in my local Zara store ( :( ) I would wear it with a dark red or brown button down skirt and a pair of black tights. 

Ankle boots Out of all stores in the world, I am convinced that Zara have the most incredible selection of boots every single autumn/winter season. Two years ago I bought my very first pair and I am still deeply in love with them & would be wearing them to death right now if my suitcase to come back to England hadn't been overweight already. In my opinion, gold hardware is the most stunning detail a piece of clothing (or in that case, shoes) could have; it makes them look so chic! So naturally, I gravitated toward that burgundy pair, and it has not escaped my mind since. 

Suede bag I am that kind of person that carries a huge shopper bag, containing various items from sunglasses over pens to an umbrella, every single day, but sometimes it would be great to have a convenient, yet cute bag if you just pop out for a drink after dinner or go for coffee on the weekend. This AW season I have absolutely fallen in love with suede and I think this beautiful little bag would make a great detail for all the previously described outfits. 

Flowing trousers This pair of trousers may seem a little bit out of my comfort zone and I have no idea whether it would even suit me or not, but something about the cut and the colour really caught my attention. Whether you style it with a sheer shirt (like on the Zara website) or with a woolly jumper, I think it would make a great and unique outfit that could even be appropriate to wear into the office. 

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your next shopping trip! Which of these pieces do you like the most?

Conny xx

12 September 2015

Exploring Bristol

A great thing about living on the South coast is, that there are quite a few cities to visit nearby, one of them being Bristol. I have been wanting to go up there for a while, because it was supposed to be a great city for young people. The only thing I knew about Bristol when I headed there last week, was Banksy's art, which I don't think I saw any of. When I arrived at Temple Meads station, I headed straight to the hill with the colourful houses, or at least tried to, but I couldn't find a decent viewpoint, so I went and explored the city centre. I walked along the Harbourside, over the bridge to the Millenniumsquare where I spotted a huge mirror ball that really reminded me of one in Paris. From there, I walked past the cathedral which is located on a gorgeous place with two fountains, lots of flowers and a beautiful green area. Behind that, I found Park Street, a great sport for vintage shopping and independent stores. I found a cute french café called Café du Jour and had a Baguette while listening to Zaz' Je veux on the radio.

After refilling my energy levels, I went back to the City Centre, to Broadmead to be exact, the shopping area of the city. After some window shopping and a stroll through the shopping centre, I went for a coffee and decided on my next stop. While I tried finding something else to do to kill the three hour wait for my train back, I received a twitter notification from a friend telling me to go and see the Clifton Suspension Bridge. So I quickly tried to find the closest bus stop, which is not that easy when the same bus numbers aren't actually opposite each other, and headed to Clifton Town. It was beautiful there; gorgeous houses, little boutiques and a great view over the countryside, I wish I had found this area earlier to spend more time there! The bridge looked stunning as well, it was just a shame that a part of it was under construction.

Although I didn't immediately fall in love with Bristol, like I did with other places, it's a really cool city with lots of nice places to shop, eat and hang out.

Conny x

8 September 2015

Autumnal suede skirt

As promised in my last post, here is a second autumn outfit I'd like to show you. Again, it is a button down piece I absolutely love. The shape and cut is similar to the denim skirt I showed you a couple of posts ago, but I feel like this suede skirt is a more autumnal version of it. For a more casual everyday outfit I paired it with a gorgeous blouse with crochet detailing from Mango which two of my work colleagues kindly gave me for my birthday, but I think the skirt would also make a lovely evening outfit if paired with a white button down shirt. 

I have been loving transferring to darker colours recently, so I also applied some dark red nail varnish (A-List by Essie) and wore my black leather jacket when I went out (which was totally unnecessary as the sun decided to make an appearance in England today).

White blouse: Mango
Suede skirt: Pull & Bear
Nail varnish: A-List by Essie

Conny xx

31 August 2015

Denim Dress

Toward the end of summer I always get extremely excited about AW fashion, so I couldn't help but pick up a few transferring pieces, one of them being this denim dress. Button down denim has already made an appearance in SS and I'm glad that that trend won't leave us yet. I can't wait to actually wear this dress (once it gets colder) with a leather jacket, some tights and a pair of boots. I feel like it's also a great outfit for Uni, as you can just throw it on the morning without having to put much effort or thought into it. 

Denim Dress: Zara
Bag: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Aldo

I'll try to show you some more of the autumn pieces I've recently picked up, because I'm currently very excited about AW fashion! :)

Conny xx

31 July 2015

Côte d'Azur - a week in paradise

After jealously looking at everyone's Instagram photos of their holidays for weeks, it was finally time for me to take the plane to the French Riviera and enjoy Summer for a week. The main reason I went there was to see Estelle who I live with at Uni, and I could not have been be more excited. After arriving at noon, we had some Taboulé, surrounded my mountains and with a view on the sea, followed by some refreshing time spent in the pool, it was honestly the perfect start to my holiday. At night we headed to a party in Monaco with the most stunning view. There's just something about having a glass of rosé and some champagne with a view onto the city and the sea. 

The next morning started with a delicious breakfast at Emilie's cookie, a cute coffee shop with interior that I would 100% want to equip my own place with. Afterwards we had a walk through Monaco which we finished in a shopping center. Something I didn't know about Monaco, is that there are no high street stores (except Zara), so for us it was obviously window shopping only :)

On Sunday we had lunch in Menton, a gorgeous little town, famous for its lemons. Walking up the stairs to a cathedral was exhausting, but the view definitely worth it. I am in love with all the narrow lanes, the tiny balconies and gorgeous flowers everywhere; I could definitely picture me living there. 

My favourite part about the whole trip was the tour through the Monte Carlo Casino we had. It was just so surreal and impressive, the rooms are really high and have incredible interior and it was really intimidating to walk through rooms filled with millionaires. At the end we even had champagne next to a group of some actresses like Nina Dobrev. 

St. Tropez was our next stop on Monday; we got up really early so we could spend our whole day there. After driving for about 3 1/2 hours (the traffic was crazy), we finally arrived and had a walk through the town, before heading to a close by beach and working on our tan. Later we found a restaurant by the harbour to have some dinner, I had some Paella with vegetables which was SO good!

The next few days were filled with visiting the sights in Monaco, spending time by the pool and briefly spending time in Nice. We finished off our last evening in Italy in a restaurant with 2 metres of pizza which were delicious, and not even comparable with what we get in England. (sorry Dominos)

I had such a good time at the French Riviera and really hope that I get to come back, I genuinely loved it there!

Have you ever been to the French Riviera? What places would you recommend to visit there? 


11 July 2015

The yellow dress - Internship OOTD

When I started my Internship last Monday, I felt completely helpless when I looked into my wardrobe - I had absolutely nothing to wear. With lots of effort I managed to find one outfit that looked sort of acceptable, but I knew that If I worked in an office all summer I had to go and get some more clothes that are suitable to be worn in the office. Finding outfits that don't look like I'm going out clubbing but also don't make me pass out when it's 38°C outside was truly a challenge though and it took me ages to find something I liked. 

One of the things I finally picked was this lemon yellow dress which ends just above your knees. I am someone who hardly ever wears colour pieces, I just feel most comfortable in black, white and grey, but there was something about this dress I really liked. The bright colour makes it a great summer piece and I find the A-Line shape also really flattering. 

For jewellery I chose a long statement necklace with silver stones that a company called Happiness Boutique kindly let me choose from their website. I just had a quick look on their website again and they've got some gorgeous new pieces in, so go check them out if you like pretty jewellery!

My Outfit
Dress: H&M
Blazer: Cassandra 
Bag: Zara

I do hope to take some more office OOTD's in the future but I'm currently honestly struggling with keeping a blog/work balance, so please bare with me :)

Conny xx

Thank you to the Happiness Boutique for sending me this pretty necklace! :)

23 June 2015

Leave your mark - a mentorship by Aliza Licht

It was a hot day, I was tanning (or at least trying to), I had a bowl of fruit and everything seemed pretty much perfect, except one thing: I had no book to keep me entertained. Reading blogs in the sun  is, according to my experience, not an option unless I wanted to set up my own little sauna by putting a towel over my head so I could see the screen. And so it began, the hours long search for a good book on Amazon. Another romantic - dramatic novel that makes 5 minutes feel like an hour? Just the though of another fictional love story made me yawn and I was already tempted to give up on my mission until I stumbled across this one book with that gorgeous mint green cover. And when I saw that the book was about Fashion PR, I was sold. Immediately. 

'Leave your mark' by Aliza Licht, also known as the DKNY PR Girl, is a mentorship for everyone wanting to get an insight into the Fashion industry or even change their career. In 4 parts and 19 chapters, Aliza covers topics ranging from writing cover letters to dealing with peculiar co-workers and catches the reader with her honest, but extremely motivating voice. At times I nervously gulped imagining myself in scenarios she's been through like getting accused of trying to promote herself or having to sort through thousands of pairs of shoes within a few days. But I guess that's what you have to go through to get far in your career, and honestly, I weirdly can't wait to go through the same one day (fingers crossed). 

A few pages in, I already felt that Aliza was the perfect mentor and I knew that she would be able to teach me a lot. And she has. I have only just finished my first year of Uni studying Fashion PR, but this book has encouraged me to go above and beyond to land amazing internships and put 110% into every work I do. I had several aha! moments (Please tell me that I'm not the only one who didn't know about thank you e-mails after job interviews?!) which I will always refer back to. 

To me, Aliza Licht has become a very inspirational person (I'm SO sad that I wasn't in the country during her book signings!) and I will carry her career advice along the way and treasure it like an expensive handbag (that I hopefully will one day own). Leave your mark was that book I was sad about having to put at my bedside table at night, but excited to continue reading in the morning. And that kinda says a lot. 

If you are seeking valuable advice from someone who knows what she's talking about, I urge you to check out 'Leave your mark', you will not be disappointed. 

Conny xx