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

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

4 June 2015

Airport Maybelline Haul

Airport times are the most boring - as I usually only am there to fly home, I am always on my own and absolutely nothing to do apart from eating a snack at prêt-à-manger and having a brief stroll through boots. And so I did last Sunday; after the disappointment of not finding a single open coffee shop at Southampton Central at 7am on a Sunday, I devoured my yoghurt with berries at prêt and then headed to Boots

After entering I immediately spotted a sign that told me about the '3 for 2 across all Maybelline make up' offer and decided to pick something up. First thing I needed was a Mascara, my old one was definitely near to its death, so I was in urgent need of a replacement, and although I had Benefits Rollerlash in my mind, I can genuinely not justify spending that amount of money, so I went for a more affordable, but definitely not less capable option; the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express - 100% black. I feel like this was the mascara beauty bloggers raved about years and years ago (I may be wrong?) but I have never owned one in that yellow packaging. When I first applied it I was immediately astonished by how separating it is! I have a very little amount of eyelashes but as it is not a plastic wand (it's the more hairy one to sound super professional), it just makes them look fuller and longer which is definitely something I appreciate. The lasting power is great, too. We currently have quite warm temperatures, and after a day of tanning in 30°C, my Mascara was still on my lashes which I was very pleased about!

Enough Mascara rambling, onto the Colour Tattoo. In my May Favourites I talk about a matte colour tattoo (which was my first one) which I really loved, so I decided to give another shade a try. This one is a shimmery, gold colour - Eternal Gold - and after seeing Zoe's spring make up tutorial I just felt like I needed a similar shade for my lids. The lasting power is again, really great and you can achieve a simple eye make up look very quickly. Great for those days where '5 more minutes' accidentally turned into half an hour.

And last and maybe actually least, is the Brow Satin. I am very unsatisfied with my brows; If they are not tinted they are practically invisible and just a pain to work with, so I'm always on the hunt for products to make my morning life quicker and easier; and hoped to find a saviour in Brow Satin. Whilst I was very pleased with my other two purchases, this powdery pencil disappointed me. It only gives away very little colour so it takes absolute ages, definitely the wrong product for a strong brow game. Also, it is rather warm than cool toned, and I am not a fan of having redish eyebrows. I picked up the shade Dark Blonde, but wouldn't recommend it if you are on the hunt for a convenient, quick eyebrow product. I'll go back to my trusts Kiko powder palette. 

So, my teeny tiny haul turned into a massive rambling, and I congratulate you if you've made it to the end! I'm just gonna self promote and let you know that I had a video going up the other day & would be very pleased if you could watch/like/comment :) Apart form that I hope you have a lovely day! :)

Conny xx

29 May 2015

Culottes - love or loathe?

If there is one summer trend that I have seen people love and loathe, it is the culottes. If you have not seen them before, they're basically wide leg trousers that resemble a midi skirt and I personally love them! If I was like 4 inches taller I'd be stocking up on them, but I personally feel a little bit too short for them, when I tried a pair they looked ridiculous on my legs. 

I imagine them paired with a crop top and some cute sandals; this outfit would be perfect for hot days out shopping or simply going for a coffee with friends, and could easily be paired with a leather or denim jacket to transfer to chilly evenings. When I tried them on I thought the thin material would, even though your legs would be pretty much covered, keep you cool on hot days and feel refreshing if some wind hits you.

Especially the middle ones have caught my eye immediately as they pattern and choice of colour just reflects summer and sun so well, I can imagine my (4 inch taller) self wearing these with big black sunglasses, pointed pumps, a black or white flowy top (would need to hit the gym more often for crop tops) and some rings stacked on both hands. 

I know it is a very controversial trend, but I'd love to hear what you think about those trousers and how you would wear them! 

Conny xx

28 May 2015

Back to Brighton

Brighton has been one of my favourite places since I spent three weeks there 5 years ago (crazy how time flies, I remember it as if it was yesterday!) and back then I just fell in love with the city; its vibe, its diversity and seafront. As someone who didn't grow up in a country that has access to a beach, I always get very excited to see the sea and smell the salty air. When I lived in Eastbourne I took regular trips to Brighton, but sadly Southampton is a little further away, so I don't get to go back as often as I would like to. However, yesterday I decided to go back to and visit this gorgeous place. 

It was a lovely, sunny day which made walking down the lanes to the seafront very enjoyable. I didn't stay by the seafront for very long as I am genuinely paranoid because of those masses of seagulls, they honestly terrify me, so I took some snaps, ate my lunch and then headed back to a seagull free zone. Brighton has so much to offer, from old second hand book shops to independent stores that sell Scandinavian homeware; I just never get bored in that place. Although I was swooning over several items (especially those coffee table magazines in magazine brighton) I didn't buy anything as I now have to save my pennies for an upcoming New York trip (eek!). 

I hope I can go to Brighton again more often, as I genuinely enjoy strolling down the lanes and finding places that I have not seen before. 

Conny xx

25 May 2015

BeautyCon London

Ever since I've known that BeautyCon was going to come to London this year, I really wanted to go but 1. didn't know anyone who wanted to come along, 2. didn't really want to spend money on tickets as I just wasn't sure whether there would be too many people to actually meet the person you like, etc. etc. But a day before BeautyCon, I found someone who had a spare ticket which they kindly gave to me, I was literally so happy! So after 4 hours of sleep I hopped on the train to Kensington Olympia. Having been there before for a Fashion Trade Show, I thought BeautyCon was going to be in the same huge hall, but it actually was in a way smaller one. I had also expected a massive queue outside (I had the VidCon vlogs in the back of my mind where everything just looked crazy) but it all went really quickly and it didn't take longer than 1 minute to get into the hall. 

There were a few exhibitors such as Benefit, NYX or Liz Earle, which either gave away freebies or their products for a discounted price. I also spotted Tarte which had amazing offers, but were sadly sold out of lots of them, I wish the had been more prepared for that :( Besides the make up brands, there were also lots of Photo Booths and free popcorn. 

The person I was most excited about meeting was definitely Fleur. I just love watching her videos, she seems like she knows what she's talking about and comes across as such a lovely, down to earth person and definitely did not disappoint! She is even lovelier in real life, was happy to take multiple pictures and even have a short conversation. I also met Tess Christine, Suzie and Alix who were just as lovely! It felt so nice to meet such inspirational and down to earth YouTubers in real life! I wish Louise had been able to come to do her Q&A because I was really excited for that, but obviously her health is priority :)

I had such a good day at BeautyCon and would love to go again next year! It would be great if they got more exhibitors to distribute the queues because they were just crazy. 

Conny xx

24 May 2015

Another day in London

As I haven't ticked off all the points from my 'To do in London' list the other day, I decided to go up to the capital again this week. One of the main things I wanted to do was go to Borough Market as I have never been there but have heard so many amazing things about it. I absolutely loved strolling through the food hall, wishing I lived in London so I could actually buy fresh food (the fruit and vegetable section looked SO good!) After having something Italian for lunch, I then went to the Monument. It was a lovely, warm day by the way so I soon regretted the leather jacket & jeans! After getting lost somewhere among hundreds of business men on their lunch break, I decided to take the tube and give up on trying to walk to my next stop. After a short wait, I walked up 311 steps to have a view over London (mainly Tower Bridge & the Shard). I'm not gonna lie, the walk to the terrace was harder than I expected; as the stairs go round in a circle, I soon started to feel a little dizzy and was kind of terrified to fall down, but I made it to the top without any tragic incidents :) 

After walking back down, I decided to go to Leadenhall Market which is absolutely beautiful. Again, lots of business men & women on their lunch break so I felt kind of out of place, but it was definitely worth it! As per usual, I then ended up in the Covent Garden area where I had a little stroll, went to Wasabi (which I'm now obsessed with!) and caught my train home. 

Now I definitely feel like I need a break from all the walking around London and rushing from tube to tube, but I can't wait to go back to London again soon, although it is always very stressful, I just absolutely love it there.

Conny xx