Take two: The Slip Dress

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Hello my lovelies,

I hope you're all well and looking forward to the upcoming weekend!

Following on from my previous post a couple of weeks back where I shared how I would rock the latest trend, innerwear- as- outerwear (if you missed the post, you can check it out HERE), I thought that for today's post it would be fun to bring you an alternative way to style the slip dress. This time around, I was aiming for a slightly more relaxed and casual outfit that could be comfortably worn throughout the daytime, without any hesitancy or second thought upon stepping out the door (this is for you ladies that perhaps found the ensemble from the previous post slightly too daring). Although the look has been dressed down, it is still exquisitely feminine and chic nevertheless.

On this occasion, I teamed up a silk chemise with lace trim detailing, with an oversized fine knit jumper and a pair of black strappy kitten heels (FYI these are super comfy and can be worn day to night!). I skipped the jewellery but accessorised the look with a pair of rose gold aviators.

Lace Trim Dress - Zara (similar
HERE)
Lose Fishnet Jumper - New Look (similar HERE)
Kitten Heels - Just Fab (similar
HERE)
Sun glasses - Mango (similar
HERE)

What do you think of today's post? Will you be rocking the slip dress this Summer?
Lots of love, Ana
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Printed Summer Dress

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you’re all well and having an enjoyable weekend!

While I am presently busy working on bigger blog projects (soon to be revealed!), I thought in the meantime I would share an old OOTD, back when I was still a brunette and ghastly pale.

The great thing about this dress is that it's super easy to wear! Due to its funky pattern and quirky draping shape, I can throw it on with minimal accessories and instantly hit the streets. There’s no need for statement jewellery – I let the dress be the centre of attention. I love the exaggerated bell sleeves and open back (not featured unfortunately!), and how it’s super breezy and floaty – just perfect for those hot summer days.

Dress- Mango
Bracelets – Zara
Flats- Zara
Purse - Fendi


Lots of love, Ana
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White on white

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you're all well and making the most of this lovely weather that we have been so blessed with for the last couple of days. With every chance I get, I always try to pop outside and absorb as many sun rays as I can in order to top up my Portugal tan from a couple of weeks back - argh, I'm feeling so holiday sick already! 

Last Sunday I decided to wear this light and airy outfit, which was just perfect for the warm day ahead. I matched it up with some gold accessories, and kept my makeup really minimal with a simple cat-eye and a blushed tone lippie for a flush of colour.

Outfit breakdown:
Top - Miss Selfridges (similar, HERE)
Shorts - Zara (similar, HERE)
Heels - JustFab (similar, HERE)
Gold Bracelets - ASOS (similar, HERE)
Watch- Gucci

Lots of love, Ana
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OOTD 26/07/2017

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Quick throwback to when I hit the streets of Notting Hill a couple of weeks ago.

Outfit Breakdown:
Jacket - Zara
Handbag - Topshop
Heels - JustFab
Midi Rings - H&M
Watch - ASOS

Lots of love, Ana
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Samantha Cusick Review: I have gone blonde!

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Hello lovelies,
I have huge news – I am officially a blondie! 
This is not the first time I have attempted to go to the brighter side; I endeavoured this same journey a couple of years back, but unfortunately the time and money were spent in vain.

Here is a brief (but not so brief) background hair story:
When I moved to university, I decided to be slightly more experimental with my hair. I had grown bored of my natural mousey brown locks, and decided to bite the bullet and dye my hair two shades darker (crazy right). I went to a reputable salon in Oxford and the hairdresser suggested I opt for a warmer dark brown shade than originally intended, as this would supposedly compliment my skin tone better. Trusting the word of the “wise”, I decided why not and went ahead with the job, and oh my was it the worst decision of my life – my poor hair! What was meant to be a subtle change, ended up as vibrant red hair - it was horrendous – it was so far off to what I had requested. The hairdresser saw the look of devastation on my face and booked me in for a second appointment to rectify the colour. After the second treatment, my hair was dark brown with a purplish undertone. Slightly better, awful nevertheless.
After the two treatments, I decided to take it upon myself to undo the damage, so I went to Tesco’s and purchased two cheap box dyes. Out of desperation, I did both treatments on the same day in a strive to salvage the colour of my hair. The end result was a very unflattering black colour and notably damaged hair; I experienced horrible breakage and my tips felt like straw. My poor healthy, virgin hair had been mutilated to a state of no return.

After months and months of regular deep moisturising treatments, my hair had recovered to a somewhat decent condition. The black had faded to a dark brown and my hair had become less prone to breakage. So at this point I decided to experiment again! This time, I wanted to start my transition to becoming a blonde, so I decided to go to a balayage specialist. Nicky Lazou is massive on Instagram and I had fallen in love with her gallery of beautifully styled clientele.
 
As soon as I had sat down on the chair, Nicky instantly pointed out the severe damage to my hair. From a professional standpoint, Nicky almost refused to treat my hair in order to prevent further damage –it was gutting to hear! She explained that I would have to be patient with the conversion and that I would presumably need another 3-4 treatments before being able to achieve my desired shade of blonde. Throughout the appointment she kept suggesting various treatments that would help improve the condition of my hair – many that I still use up to this day.
I had such an amazing experience at Nicky’s; she welcomed me into her home with open arms and was just the most wonderful host. All the girls chatted away with drinks and nibbles, and it honestly felt like I was visiting one of my girlfriends! It was such a relaxed environment. Unfortunately, after the third treatment I was unable to sustain my exorbitant hair habits. I was extremely busy with university which prevented me from working full time, so the trips to Birmingham and the regular hair treatments proved too costly. So after a few months, I dyed my hair back to brown to ease the maintenance.

Now back to the present day, I once again grew bored of my brown hair.
Browsing through Instagram, I came across Samantha Cusick’s Instagram profile and I instantly fell in love; in an impulsive act I decided to call up and book an appointment for the following week.
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(Before the treatment - natural curls with no hair product)

On the day of the appointment, I was welcomed by the lovely team and escorted downstairs where I came upon the most gorgeous and whimsical setting. Rachel, the colour technician, subsequently introduced herself and we discussed the colour and style that I was aiming to achieve. Given my history of hair damage, she used this time to settle my expectations but assured me that she would try her best to get me to as close to what I wanted as she could.
The service was impeccable; Rachel was super friendly and I had such an enjoyable time chatting away. 
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What made the experience even more pleasant and relaxing were the complimentary cocktails! Being a follower of Samantha Cusick on Snapchat, I chose the notorious Mermaid cocktail which ingredients include cotton candy and edible glitter – it was yum! And strong. Very strong. It went straight to my head. I tripped and almost fell on my way to the basin to wash my hair. It was hella’ embarrassing. I wanted to die. But I retired back to my seat and drank away the shame.
Rachel is honestly a magician; how she managed to tone down the stubborn red undertone (from years ago!), neutralise the brown and brighten my hair to this extent, is beyond me! Wow, wow, wow. Not for a second did I expect to actually come out of the salon blonde – Rachel exceeded my expectations! Not only was I amazed with my hair colour, but my hair felt amazing to the touch - somehow my hair felt healthier than when I had walked in, so bizarre! All hail to the power of Olaplex!
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And that’s my (very long and descriptive) hair history. I’m curious to hear your own stories, please share them below! Any hair treatment suggestions are always welcome.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Photography by Danial Khalid (@dk__photos)


Lots of love, Ana
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Innerwear as Outerwear: How to style the slip dress

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Here is another OOTD to end the week - I'm on a roll!
I am a huge fan of the Lingerie-inspired fashion trend that hit last season's catwalks. To be honest, it was somewhat terrifying stepping out in daytime wearing such a bold outfit that exudes so much sex-appeal; however, this has now grown to be one of my all-time favourite looks! The eye-catching print, the detailed lace trims and satin finish is so feminine, striking, alluring, argh - I love it! It oozes sophistication.

If you feel uneasy sporting the Lingerie dress, why not tone down the whole look with a leather jacket? Or even a casual jumper, with only the skirt detailing on show? 

Lace Trim Dress - French boutique (similar HERE on SALE)
Leather Jacket - Miss Selfridges (similar HERE)
Handbag - Topshop (similar HERE)
Heels - Zara (actual HERE on SALE!)


What did you guys think of today's post? Will you be embracing the lingerie trend?

Lots of love, Ana
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