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

19 June 2015

the return of the denim skirt

While lace was a trend I immediately loved, the denim skirts I wasn't too sure about at first; maybe because they remind me of weirdly dressed language teachers at school or outfits I wore when I was 9, it just wasn't something I saw myself wearing again, ever. But then the button down skirts appeared on several blogs and I just fell in love with them. They are such a nice way to bring denim into the summer and so great to style with white, flowy tops. 

I spotted this dark blue button down denim skirt at Stradivarius and just had to have it. It has the perfect A-Line shape which just gives you so much freedom to move as oppose to the ones I used to wear as a child, that were more narrow.

To dress a denim skirt up, I would choose a pair of black pointy pumps and a dark jacket/blazer, to dress it down and make it more casual I would pair it with some sandals and maybe a kimono.

My Outfit
Denim Skirt: Stradivarius
White Top: Stradivarius
Black Pumps: H&M

What do you think about denim skirts coming back into fashion? Did you wear them as a child and will you give them a go again? 

Conny xx

14 June 2015

Lace + Stripes

When it comes to summer trends, Lace is probably my favourite; whether it is incorporated in dresses, t-shirts or shorts, combined with another simple piece it just makes a cute, summery outfit. Yesterday I went to Bratislava for a day and considering it has been about 30°C for two weeks now, I needed an airy outfit, so I chose some striped shorts, a white lace blouse and a pair of brown sandals. I must admit, the sandals were incredibly painful and the shirt way too hot, but what don't you do for blog photos :) 

Shirt: Vila via Peek & Cloppenburg / black or similar
Shorts: Miss Selfridge / similar
Sandals: H&M
Sunglasses: H&M
Bag: Brandy Melville

What is your favourite outfit combination on hot summer days? 

Conny xx

11 June 2015

Homemade Apple Granola

A while ago I  had a stroll around a  local Whole Foods shop and spotted some apple granola which I immediately thought would taste absolutely delicious, but the price of it put me off a little bit so I didn't buy it. So as I didn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for something I can just do myself for much cheaper, I got some granola ingredients and got baking.

For the Granola I used:
- about four mugs of oats
- chia seeds
- goji berries 
- grated hazelnuts
- melted coconut butter and some honey to unify the dry ingredients

Then I put them in the preheated at 160°C oven and baked them for about 20 minutes. If you're unsure about when to take them out, carefully take a small spoon and try some. Once I felt like it was crunchy enough, I put it in a glass container to cool down. 

For the dried apples:
- three red apples to make two full trays
- soak in lemon/water mixture for 30 minutes to avoid browning 
- bake at 95°C for about two hours, turn around after one hour

When everything is done, just cut the apples in smaller pieces and add them to your ready granola mixture! I can imagine it tasting really nice with added cinnamon, but I currently don't have any at home.

Let me know what you think about this recipe, although I don't bake very often, I really enjoyed making this as it is super easy and tastes delicious!

Conny xx