27/03/2016

♥ OOTD: A Transition to Spring Outfit ♥


I am happy to share this outfit with you, because I had not worn my pastel pink skirt in ages! Now that spring is all settled (although temperatures are not quite here yet!), it means we can switch our winter wardrobe to our lighter materials and colours. But because it is not really warm yet, I've decided to share with you how I generally dress for the transition period to spring!
Even though I'm wearing thin tights, I haven't forgotten the key to keeping myself warm as I step outside in the chilling wind...


The hooded coat!

CoatAsos (only a few sizes left, sorry about that!)

I think it's better to wear a coat outside even though we're tempted to go around without that extra layer once the sun is shining bright. It's important to remember that sun does not equal warmth, and it would be a pity to get ill as spring arrives - so keep your coats on! The best thing to do is to go for a lighter coat, maybe shorter even if you feel like long coats are more suited to winter time. It might be better to put away wool, faux fur, cashmere or that sort of texture, and look for thinner materials. I'd recommend getting a coat with a hood as well - sometimes spring can be a little capricious, and sun can be replaced by rain so quickly. So to avoid the pain of having to take an umbrella with you every time rain appears on the weather forecast, it is a lot more practical to have a hooded coat. Then you'll be ready anytime rains starts pouring unexpectedly!

Cardigan: New Look (similar)
Top: New Look (similar)
Skirt: New Look (similar)
Boots: Besson Chaussures (French)
Bag: Naf-Naf
Necklace: Forever 21

Under the coat, I have added another extra layer in the shape of a wool cardigan. I think cardigans are super useful to have, because you can wear them on top of any outfit, really. I love old-style wool cardis, this one is from New Look and super warm. If you're wearing short sleeves or sleeveless tops in spring, you'll want to make sure you won't get cold so a cardigan is a nice piece to have. 
The 'springy' piece of the whole outfit is probably my skirt. Matching my bag of course, because I love matching some details in an outfit. Pastel colours have been a huge trend for spring these past years, and there's nothing better than soft colours to transition from dark winter shades to the more vibrant colours we'll wear in the upcoming months! As this skirt is high-waisted (by now, you must know I love my bottom clothes high-waisted), I paired it with a striped cropped top. Both the top and skirt are very light in material and texture, and they contrast well with the thicker cardigan. On my feet I've kept my little black boots, but I could have gone for laced shoes instead - pointy, laced shoes have been super on trend recently and they make the perfect light pair of shoes for this time of year. 


To sum up, here is my advice for transitioning outfits:

- Don't be afraid to layer up, starting with a sleeveless top for example and a cardigan or a blazer on top.
Light knit jumpers are still useful if you don't want multiple layers, they can keep you warm while looking more appropriate for the season as the fabric is more fluid.
Pastel colours, creams and whites are the main highlights of spring fashion to me. There are plenty of collections in these colours in the shops,  if you want to add new pieces to your wardrobe.
- In case of windy and cold days, keeping the feet warm is still a good idea if you hate the sensation of cold feet like I do, but if you're more daring, you can start wearing open shoes again. And you could even combine lighter shoes AND pastel colours - I've seen many beautiful pairs in New Look recently!

- Although I haven't done it in this outfit, I think it is now time to bring back hair accessories! I tend to wear headbands more in spring and summer, and I think we can start putting flowers in our hair now - I know that's not everybody's cup of tea, but if you love flower headbands, don't hesitate to wear them out!

What do you tend to wear during this transitional period to spring? Are you a fan of pastel colours as well?
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23/03/2016

♥ Five Things To Do In Spring ♥


I know, spring has become more or less of a theme recently. But how can we speak about anything else when the sun is out, blue skies have made a comeback and birds are chirping all day long? Sounds very cliché, but fortunately for us (at least in France, and, from what I've seen on Instagram, in the UK too), all this is true! Spring is my favourite season, and I can't wait to see more and more flowers blossom. For now we only have pink buds here and there, some daffodils around as well, but I'm waiting for all. the. flowers! And for the weather to warm up a little, to finally be able to go around without a scarf and coat.
Anyways, I'm getting too excited here. Today's post is all about celebrating spring and changing up our habits now that we have an actual good reason to take a step outside! Here are my five things to do now that spring has arrived...

♥ Wake up earlier to follow the motion of the sun: I think it is really important to get up relatively early in the morning to have a fresh start to the day. Even on days off, I try not to wake up after 9.30am (which to some people will already sound pretty late!). Taking your time in the morning to stretch in bed, have a good breakfast and maybe even relax by reading a chapter of a good book, will have a massive effect on how you'll feel throughout the rest of the day. Getting up early is harder in the winter, because natural light comes in quite late, but now that the sun is rising earlier, it gets easier to wake up with the sun. It is such a nice feeling as well, seeing the sun as soon as you open the blinds can give a very much needed boost of happiness and motivation!


♥ Open the windows more: Now, don't get me wrong - we should always freshen up the air, no matter the time of year! But you'll agree with me that in the winter, the last thing you want to do is open your windows in the freezing cold air of December mornings. I know that I tend to open my windows less during the winter, preferring the warmth of the heating than getting actual fresh air. However this can affect our mood as well, at least I've noticed that it affects mine - I feel much healthier and comfortable around the house when there's some fresh air coming in. For that reason, spring is the perfect season to open the windows more - in winter it's freezing, in summer it's boiling, and in autumn it's raining. Not much of a choice, right?! :P


♥ Get all the pastel colours out: spring is the moment when we leave our dark, muted clothes to wear more colours and whites - I know it doesn't apply to everybody, but I've noticed that with my personal habits. Pastel colours are my favourite, they are just so sweet and pleasant to look at. So just wear dresses as blue as the sky and shirts as pink as cherry blossoms, and you'll be Spring personified! You'll always have pastel collections in high street shops around that time of year if you're looking to add new pieces to you spring wardrobe.


♥ Explore your town or city more: sometimes we just completely forget to enjoy the place we live in. Although I study in Paris, most of the time I'll have the same routine every day, every week, and it becomes a bit of a chore to go to the city - especially during the winter, because it's so cold that you don't want to think about anything besides hurrying to get warm at home. This time of year is when we start thinking about holidays, and whether we are lucky enough to be able to get away or not, we all dream of new places and of basically anywhere that's not where we are. In truth, there are so many things about the areas where we live that we don't actually see on a daily basis, and exploring our surroundings could lead us to beautiful discoveries! I am sure there is always a little park hidden behind a street, a nice café or restaurant that we've never stepped into, or a museum or historical place that we haven't thought about visiting, right next to us. Spring gives us the warmer weather we needed to get explorin' and dare to get away from our comforting routine to try more exciting things again! And all that without going too far away.



♥ Get spring cleaning done: although there shouldn't be any specific time of year to do a big house cleaning, it seems spring is the best time for it. Because we're putting away all the winter stuff (clothes, throws and cushions, forgotten Christmas decorations...), it is the perfect moment to start afresh and declutter everything. Time to get rid of the five similar flower print dresses that you've accumulated from past seasonal shopping, of all the spring makeup items you haven't used for ages but still keep 'just in case, for next spring', of all the magazines piled up on the coffee table... Open your windows, put on some music and let the whole clearing process begin!

What are the things you love most about spring? What are you looking forward to doing more this season?
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20/03/2016

♥ Tutorial: Daily Makeup Look ♥


Because a lot of you seemed to enjoy the products I mentioned in my Everyday Makeup Favourites post, I thought it would be nice to make a sort of tutorial of my everyday makeup look, showing you how I use all of these products (and more). It's more practical to see what makeup products actually look like on someone's face rather than just swatches, so here we go. I hope you enjoy!
This is a look I quite enjoy doing on a day-to-day basis at the moment. Quick and easy, but it still feels somehow put together, especially with the eye look. Let's get on to my step-by-step routine:

THE FACE


I tend to keep a minimal face routine, in three big steps: foundation, concealer and powder. I'm lucky enough not to have any acne or anything, the worst thing for me to cover up are my dark circles. The Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer makes a great job at hiding those. I'm using the Everlasting Foundation by Clarins, in shade 112 Amber. It has a beautiful finish, semi-matte I'd say - it is not shiny or glowy at all, but it catches the light beautifully. Then I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, because when you have oily skin this is a step you can't miss! This powder is great, I've been using it for years now and I'm completely satisfied with it.
This is all I do when it comes to face makeup - no contouring for me or anything of that type, I hate contouring actually haha. As you'll see in the photos, I'll add the blusher later on!

THE EYES


Most days I have to wake up early to go to university, and when you do your makeup at 6am you don't necessarily want to spend ages creating the best smokey eye effect! This why I'm so glad I got the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Stick in Misty Rock - as you can see here, it is a gorgeous taupy, beigy shade (depending on the light) that is so sparkly and perfect. It blends out like a dream, with the tip of the finger, for a fuss-free but beautiful result. You don't need an eyeshadow primer with it because once it sets, it stays on so well throughout the day. As for the mascara, which was also featured in my last post, it is the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. It makes the lashes super black and full, although it is not the best mascara for length. Some might find that it looks too dramatic, but I love my lashes looking that way!

LIPS & CHEEKS


Because we're getting into spring (I'm sooo excited about that by the way, you'll be hearing about spring a lot on my blog in the next few weeks you can be sure of that!), I've been wearing more nude tones and pink blusher. Here I'm using my old and trusted H&M Blusher in the shade Sweet Rose. I've had it for four years now (how time flies!) and I love it because it has a slight shimmer, but it doesn't shine too much. On my lips, I've got my MAC lipstick in Fast Play - which so many of you seem to have fallen in love with in my last post and in the beauty haul where I first mentioned it! It has an amplified finish, my favourite finish from MAC, and it is a gorgeous, dusty pink nude colour. I've been using it a lot recently, it's become part of my routine and I love it! It is not a famous colour, people tend to go for Mehr or Velvet Teddy, but this one is worth checking out too!


That's pretty much it! As you can see, not much going on in terms of technique but just enough to call it a makeup look. In the morning it's better (and healthier) to spend time having breakfast than putting on makeup! ;) 
I hope you're able to see better how the products look once they're out of their packaging! I'd recommend all of them that I've used for this tutorial, they're honestly great and you'd get so much use out of them if you like doing your makeup every day with staple products!

How do you do your makeup on a daily basis? Do you have products you can't live without at the moment?
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13/03/2016

♥ My Everyday Makeup Favourites ♥


I am sure most of us use the exact same makeup products on a weekly basis, to go to work or to school/uni for example. When you're in a rush in the morning, you don't want to spend too much time rummaging through your makeup stash to find the perfect shade of lipstick that will go with the rest of your look. Today I am going to share with you my everyday makeup favourites, the products that I tend to use the most when I want to look put together but without spending too much time in the bathroom.

~ Too Faced, Better than Sex Mascara: this mascara is super famous now, but it is worth the fame! It makes the lashes look voluminous and full, so it's not a natural mascara. If you want to go for something less dramatic this is not the one for you, but if you like dark and full lashes even on a day-to-day basis like I do, this would be really useful to you! The great thing about it is that it makes you lashes really stand out, so if you're not wearing any eyeshadow or liner but still want your eyes to get noticed, it does a great job and gives you a very fluttery eyelash look.
~ Make Up For Ever, Full Cover Concealer: I think I've already mentioned this concealer on the blog, but I'm not sure so I decided to include it in this post! Also because I use it every single day, the coverage is great so all your blemishes are covered in a matter of seconds. I also use it under my eyes to hide my blue circles slightly. As the coverage is so good, you can use just this one product to even out and clear your skin in one go. When I'm not feeling like wearing foundation, I use it on its own, with a face powder to finish off the face. This one and only step is enough on 'low maintenance' days!
~ By Terry, Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow Stick in 'Misty Rock': I had featured this eyeshadow stick in my last beauty haul (link) and said that I was in love with it; a few weeks after I've had the chance to use it more, it's become one of my go-to eyeshadows! The texture is amazing, honestly I couldn't tell you what I find more exciting about this product, the gorgeous, sparkly shade or the creamy soft texture. It blends out so easily and quickly, I only use it with my fingers. It literally takes me ten seconds in the morning: I apply the product on my lid, I blend out the edges with my little finger and if needed I add a bit of product here and there to give make it more intense. The colour is quite hard to describe, a sort of beigy taupe colour that creates a wonderful neutral look. I knew it would become a favourite of mine, and it has!
~ O.P.I., Bubble Bath Nail Polish: for everyday looks, you want to be wearing a nail polish that will look nice with different styles of outfits. Nude shades are perfect for that, whether it be pink nudes or beige nudes. This O.P.I. polish is my favourite because it is more on the pink side and if you apply three coats of it, you can have a pretty opaque finish. It is easy to apply and I always reach for it when I want simple nails. As you may be able to see in the pictures see, I've used half of it already!
~ MAC, Fast Play Amplified Lipstick : this lipstick was also mentioned in my beauty haul, and lots of you in the comments seemed to like it! I'll have to show you it in a makeup look one day. I've been using it every time I don't want to spend ages creating a perfect bold lip. This pinky nude shade is so versatile, it'll look great with any outfit and makeup look, really.

What are your favourites makeup products to use on a daily basis?
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09/03/2016

♥ OOTD: The High Neck ♥

Top: H&M (similar)
Cardigan: New Look (similar)
Jeggings: New Look
Boots: New Look
Necklace: New Look

This is as 70s as I could ever get! For some reason I find this outfit slightly 70s-ish, you'll tell me if you see it too or if I'm just wrong - after all, I wasn't born in the 70s so I might be completely missing the point! I think it's the high neck that makes me say that. I used to wear high necks in secondary school (how long ago that was!) and after that I hated them. They've been coming back into fashion these past years, and although I thought I would never get to like them... I ended up getting one recently. You'll find similar tops in a lot of high street shops, but I have to say this one is particularly comfy. The material is light and soft, it feels like you're wearing nothing, which is super comfortable. However it is very tight on the body, that's how it's supposed to look so it shows the outlines of my bra. Not really classy you'll agree, but who cares after all!
I love tucking my tops into my jeggings and skirts, and I do it most of the time when I'm wearing light material tops or shirts. I think it gives the whole look an even more old-fashioned vibe. My blue tassels and coins necklace adds a bit of colour, and could you believe it was my first time wearing it although I bought it in April last year? It took me a while haha, but I'm not used to long necklaces. 

In short this outfit was a big try out of new things, this top is very different from my usual style but it's nice to change things up once in a while! 

So. Does this outfit look even a bit 70s to you? Are you a fan of high necks?
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06/03/2016

♥ Throwback to Summer: Palm Trees in Paris at the Serres d'Auteuil ♥


Today you'll see a lot of green on my blog; deep green, light green, khaki green - and some touches of colour from time to time. As March is here now, we're all waiting for the sun to come out and the weather to get warmer. Being tired of the grey skies we've had in Paris these days, I wanted to do a post full of colours and summer hues. This is why I've decided to talk to you about a place I visited last summer, the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, right on the outskirts of Paris. This is pretty much a piece of Mediterranean microclimate in the centre of France, and if you go there on a sunny day, you'll feel like you're in some kind of exotic place in the South! 
It is basically a huge garden around which you'll find several glasshouses dating back to the late nineteenth century, each glasshouse is focused on plants and flowers from a specific area of the globe. You'll get the chance to hang in the peaceful gardens and step into these glasshouses, immediately entering a whole new world of humidity, warm air and unusual vegetation. This is actually more fun than it sounds, just look at these photos and tell me if this doesn't feel like summer goodness to you!


Aside from the glasshouses themselves, the gardens are very quiet and will be the best place to rest after all the walking around the cacti and palm trees. I was surprised to see the place was almost empty of visitors, I guess people don't know about it as glasshouses are not the place you'd go first when visiting Paris. But if you're looking for a peaceful place to spend an afternoon far from the busy parks of Paris, this is the place! It could even do for a nice picnic on the grounds of the gardens. Trust me, you won't be bothered by noisy people or cars there!

'Fluctuat Nec Mergitur', the motto of Paris: Tossed by the waves but never sunk.
This is a photo-heavy post, but I really wanted to make you discover a place that I'm sure most people don't know about, and even Parisians don't really go to. Best thing about the Serres d'Auteuil is that the access is free for all, and it is open all year round! If you know Paris like the back of your hand and want to go somewhere new, this is the place for you. 

Jardins des Serres d'Auteuil 
3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil

Métro (underground): Porte d'Auteuil (ligne 10)

Have you ever visited glasshouses? Do you like spending times in peaceful gardens as well?
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