Valentino Rock Stud Trainers

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas spent with loved ones and that you don’t feel too guilty for over indulging on pigs in blankets …

Today’s post is about my new Valentino Garavani Rockstud Noir trainers I have invested in. I have never been someone who has purchased designer item/s, mainly because I simply can’t afford anything due to being a student/having a part time job. I am also the most clumsiest and forgetful person you will ever meet so the thought of loosing/damaging a designer piece that I paid a lot of money for completely freaks me out.

I have been obsessed with Valentino Rock Stud heels and trainers for AGES, from working in Flannels that sells designer item/s, it was only a matter of time before I would purchase one of the two. After deciding to go for the black pair featuring rock stud details, I was so excited to wear them, especially since the last pair were in my size. (It was meant to be!!)

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The Shoes Feature; studs on the band, black laces, a number 11 label and rubber soles.

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My trainers have yet to be worn and I can’t wait to show you all what I decide to style them with.

If you want to look at the other colours/styles of Valentino flats, you can do so via the link below.

https://www.flannels.com/women/brands/valentino#dcp=1&dppp=99&OrderBy=recent&Filter=ASUB%5EFlats

Hope you all have a nice evening,

 

Alana xo 

 

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Glitter Glam

Hey guys, 

I don’t normally write beauty posts but I wanted to tak about something a little different this week.  

For my birthday weekend I decided to get my makeup done by the talented Kaeleigh Baister who you can find on Instagram @kaeleighbaister. 

As I don’t usually don’t wear a lot of makeup I wanted to go for a look that stood out … and what stands out more than glitter and shimmer? With that in mind we decided on going for a smoky look with gold and silver glitter on the crease and underneath my eyes. 

For the base we went for a matte 24 hour long lasting finish. I usually rely on brands like Nars or Mac for long wearing foundation. I have sensitive skin too and I still find these brands to have great results. My skin never gets dried out or irritated either which is a plus. 

The foundation I am currently using is Nars  all day luminous foundation. I couldn’t recommend it more, especially because of the various shades it comes in to match your completction. You can find it here: 

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/nars-cosmetics-all-day-luminous-weightless-foundation/d555274.pd?ef_id=Wa0NAwAAAEm@aOn9:20170904082123:s#216677639&_$ja=tsid:44970%7Ccid:207268315%7Cagid:10145161315%7Ctid:pla-305357118879%7Ccrid:198539740202%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:314451671060075628%7Cdvc:m%7Cadp:1o4%7Cmt:

I tend to mix and match my makeup with drugstore brands as well as more high end ones like Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, Mac and Nars.

I always rely on Bobbi Brown for a good bronzer. It is always lightweight on your skin and leaves a great finish. You can find the link to this below. 

http://m.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/15514/8166/best-sellers/bobbis-top-10/bronzing-powder?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-ShoppingFeed-_-Best-Sellers-_-BobbisTop10&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz_HilIyL1gIVhLztCh3r3Q57EAQYASABEgJKvfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COD8k5qMi9YCFduLUQodoz8DCw

For eyes I definitely love Urban Decay! I tend to use all the Naked Palettes and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Naked Heat one. All the warm tones are perfect for fall coming.

 If you are ever looking for affordable eye shimmer/glitter, you should check out Kiko Milano’s glitter eyeliner and shimmer pots. They are amazing. The eyeliner only retails at £6.90 and the shimmer pots £12.90. It should definitely be on everyone’s wish list. 

Finally, for lipstick I tend to use gloss or pencil liners. However I do love Charlotte Tilburry’s lipsticks. They come in the most amazing shades. Currently I wear Stoned Rose which is the perfece nude/red shade. You can find it below:

http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/k-i-s-s-i-n-g-stoned-rose.html

You can see my final makeup look for Saturday. I loved it! Definitely check out Kaeleigh Baisters work on Instagram for makeup ideas and bookings.

Alana xo

Casual T and Blazer

Hey, 

So recently I’ve been keeping my eye out for staple pieces for the A/W seasons approaching. 

With the sales being on, I was browsing on Topshops clearance and came across a black loose fitted blazer that was exactly what I was looking for… even better it was reduced from £49 to just £10!

I love the gold button details and how you can wear it as a top as it wraps over when it fastens. It also features slits in the sleeve which is a great style detail, perfect if you like accessorising with bracelets and watches that you want to be visible.

There’s still sizes 8,10 and 12 in store so be sure to grab yours quickly. I’ll attach a link below. 


I also fell in love with the Milan T shirt by the brand Tee and Cake in Topshop, it’s so simple yet chic and perfect for dressing up or down. It is definitely a great staple piece, especially for £18.



You can find the link to both items below!

BLAZER:

https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/split-cuff-blazer-6196145

T-SHIRT:

https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/milan-slogan-t-shirt-by-tee-cake-6755903

Happy Sunday,

Alana xo

SWATCH : SKIN Collection #YOURMOVE

Hey guys,

Recently I have teamed up with the Swiss watch brand, Swatch to review the brand’s new SKIN collection range.

I was invited to a bloggers event at the Swatch store in Glasgow on Buchanan Street where each of us got to try on all of the watches from the new collection and I’m in love.

The idea for the SKIN range was to mark a new era for the brands thinnest watch line. It takes inspiration from the unknown, the beauty of movement and the anticipation of change. The collection is unisex and includes different face sizes too.

After trying the watches on, I was in minimalist heaven making my decision on what one to choose so much harder.

As I have a few classic watches I decided to go for a more sporty/chic style of watch and after a long decision making process I chose this one you can see below.

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The misty rose dial features diamanté crystals around the drill points that make it look really classic yet suitable for everyday wear.

When I tried this watch on I couldn’t believe just how light it was, you wouldn’t even notice it being on your wrist like you do with other watches. I wear mine all of the time now, especially to the gym.




The look of the watch comes together with the misty rose matte silicone strap, loop and buckle.

I usually find it hard to find a watch that fits my wrist size, the buckle holes in this watch have good size variations meaning if you want to wear it loose or tight, you have the option.

The watches come in so many different styles with one to suit everyone’s tastes.

You can see the other styles of watches from the range below and can find them via this link:

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/skin?gclid=CI-5nePWhtUCFQ4TGwod92YJ2Q&gclsrc=aw.ds#/home/

I would definitely recommend checking them out if you are looking for a timeless piece to add to your watch collection.

Alana xo

That Pink Boutique Dress

Good Morning,

Today’s post is about my recent dress I bought from Pink Boutique for a wedding reception I was at last weekend.

I am always apprehensive about purchasing clothing online as I have had a few disasters which I am sure you can all relate to haha!

I came across the website ‘Pink Boutique’ and I couldn’t recommend the brand more. The dress I ordered looked exactly as it did online, it was also very affordable and can be worn for lots of different occasions whether your going out with friends, a family party or going to a wedding like I was.




I acessorised this look with silver jewellery with a black clutch and heels.

The dress I’m wearing can be found here, it’s a complete style steal for just £25

https://www.pinkboutique.co.uk/take-the-plunge-navy-lace-trim-plunge-bodycon-dress.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shop&utm_campaign=feed&gclid=CKndhc6S1tQCFQq3GwodA4MGRg

You can find the Kurt Gieger heels I’m wearing from the link below. They are definitely my new favourites as they give a lot of height, I love the cross over strap detail too.

https://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/sandals/platforms/nanette-black-suede-kg-kurt-geiger


I hope you all have the best weekend.

Alana xo

The Beginning Of Spring

Hi guys, 

Tonight’s post is about my favourite season of the year and yesterday’s day out with my mum to celebrate Mothers Day! 

Who else is glad that Spring is finally here? Seeing the blossoms on trees and nice weather coming in is getting me so excited for the Easter Holidays! I can’t believe it’s almost April already, this year is going by so quickly. 

To celebrate Mothers Day yesterday, I treated my mum to a bouncy blow dry at a new salon opened up in Glasgow, Clarkston Southside called ASH and I cannot recommend the salon enough. The place is so cute and quirky with a modern vibe and lots of rose gold details (which I am obsessed by). The hairdressers are great too and both mine and my mums hair has remained bouncy for two days! You can check out the salons Instagram at @ashprohair to see all of the lovely hairstyles they have done previously. For those of you that live nearby you should definitely go and try it out whether your going for hair, makeup or nails. 


Since it was sunny, me and my mum spent the afternoon in the City and went to a bar called The Social for lunch as well as doing some shopping … we ended up buying lots of makeup instead of clothes which is unusual for us hahah! 


(Sporting my bouncy blow dry) I finally got to wear my fringed jacket again since it wasnt freezing for once. This one is from Hollister. I accessorised with my Michel Kors gold chain mini cross body, Chloe sunnies and gold chain from New Look. 


For once I wasn’t wearing any black which is a miracle! I opted for skinny denim jeans, a cream body suit (River Island) and brown MK sandals, accessories and jacket. 

Below I have styled a similar look with all items being from River Island! 

http://www.riverisland.com


I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a good week ahead 

Goodnight 

Alana xo 

Swatch: The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion

 

Good Morning,

I hope you are all well and are ready for the Christmas holidays! I am so excited! Although, I still have so much shopping and gift wrapping to do. I’m usually prepared well in advance but this year has been the total opposite. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Last month, I was approached by Swatch Switzerland to attend their new store opening event on Buchanan Street in Glasgow where I could get to learn more about the brand and choose a piece of my own, which was so exciting! When I seen the new store it looked great and it is positioned on one of the busiest places to shop in Glasgow. The store space is so open with great branding of all the different watch styles and collections they have in store. The atmosphere is so upbeat and is very inviting. The staff are so helpful and interested in the products they are selling which is always a bonus too.

The brand itself originated in Switzerland and was founded in 1983 by Nicolas Hayek. Before, I didn’t know much about the brand and now I realise that it has so much to offer with watch styles to fit everyone’s tastes as well as their products being unisex. The watches are so quirky and each has a unique story behind them, which is what makes Swatch stand out to other related brands. So much goes into the thought process of designing and creating the different watch styles that come from an initial design concept and trend, I love it.

What I didn’t realise is, that Swatch also offer sunglasses and jewelry in store too. I personally loved the sunglasses that were on offer as they matched some of the watch styles in store from the certain trends that are popular in store. As well as this you can pop out and change the lenses depending on the style and purpose they are being used for. Check these out …

 

You can find the link to the sunglasses below.

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/accessories/theeyes/set-c1709.html

Whilst on the visit I was completely spoiled for choice. As I was shown round, I was told about all the concepts behind some of the watch trends, which I was amazed by. From looking at it you don’t see all the art and creative background it develops from until it’s pointed out to you.

One of the trends I was obsessed over was called ‘Look Fab’ which is a glitzy, sleek and sophisticated range of watch styles.  It is based on ‘Sun-brushed dials and glittery gold, silver, fuchsia, and ink blue styles create a collection of Swiss watches that reminds us to cherish life’s treasures.’

 

If you want to have a look at other trends you can have a look via this link: https://www.swatch.com/en/press/FallWinter2016/

After ages of deciding, I decided to choose the SISTEM STALAC watch that has a silver bracelet and face with Swarovski crystals embedded on the outer face. It fastens by a clasp and is non-battery powered and instead is powered by the movement of your wrist with new mechanical technology. The good thing about my new watch is that if you decide not to wear it for four days the watch will still be ticking at the appropriate time but is easy to wind up if you don’t wear it for longer than four days. (trust me if I can operate it, anyone can I am a complete technophobe!)

A video based on the mechanics of the watch can be seen via the link below:

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/collections/sistem51-irony-c111.html

 

 

This watch is definitely one of my favourites. I love the detailing and the bracelet makes it look really elegant contrasting with the large face.

You can shop my watch here at: http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/collections/sistem51-irony-c111.html

I definitely recommend Swatch, especially if you are a fashion lover. The products they offer make the perfect gift so if you are like me and are still doing your Christmas shopping I would consider taking a look in a Swatch store near you or on their website that I will post a link to below.

http://shop.swatch.com/en_gb/

Currently Swatch are giving advice on what to gift a loved on by answering a few questions based on their gender and style to make it all the more easier for you.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

Alana xo