All About Denim

I don’t know about you guys but I am completely in love with the denim trend that has being going around recently. From classic styles to quirky co-ords, I am obsessed. 

Recently, I purchased a classic black oversized denim jacket from Topshops Moto range. 

A denim jacket is perfect for styling with just about anything for any occassion. They are definitely a style staple for anyone’s wardrobe all year round. 

You can find the jacket I am wearing via the link below. 

https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/moto-oversized-denim-jacket-7283565

I wanted to share with you, my denim wish list for S/S 18 … 

1. Denim Hacked Cropped Jacket and Skirt – Topshop

Jacket: https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/denim-hacked-cropped-jacket-7718554?geoip=noredirect&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&tsrc=vdna&istCompanyId=38aa0d7f-6514-4cb3-bbdc-df0d32d48b7f&istItemId=-xrtmalaiwr&istBid=tztx&utm_content=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6J7YBRC4ARIsAJMXXse8ogRyByDXg21vtJEPx640ytERSiA0sl8FT8ASRUTblDPHa-os-x8aAuh7EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Skirt: https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/orange-denim-skirt-7718216

2. White High Waisted Paperbag Jeans – Missy Empire 


https://www.missyempire.com/nat-white-denim-high-waist-paperbag-jeans

3. Red Denim Jacker and Skirt Set – Topshop


https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/denim-jacket-and-skirt-set-7604647

4. White Ruffle Crop Denim Jacket – Pretty Little Thing


https://www.prettylittlething.com/white-ruffle-cropped-denim-jacket.html

5. Camo Mini Denim Skirt – Topshop


https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/moto-camouflage-denim-skirt-7311964

Happy Friday!

Alana xo 

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For The Love of Activewear

Hey Guys,

Hope you are all having a good week, especially because it’s payday!!!

So… this morning I realised that I was going to be snowed in which has actually gone in my favour because now, I can actually catch up on all of the things I have been too busy to do from the comfort of my bed (thank you snow!)

I wanted to write a post about activewear and the best item’s to buy depending on what you do, whether you practice yoga, go to classes, run, dance or weight-lift. I want to talk about two of my new found favourite activewear brands, Gymshark and LuLu Lemon.

Gymshark 

A fellow blogger friend of mine (StyleByMLM) loves the brand Gymshark and has recently got me into loving the brand as well. I don’t know what it is about activewear but I am so fussy when it comes to not being able to physically see items first before buying them but I am so glad I decided to try out the brand after hearing so many good reviews.

 

I purchased five item’s from the brand and they were all a perfect fit and of a great quality. What I love about Gymshark is that the products are still fashionable whilst being functional at the same time.

I can’t rate the sport bra’s enough, they are so comfortable and have good support and retail at £28. Most of the other styles retail around £28-£30. The second item is the ballet crop top that is £26, I purchased this top in blue and I love it. I also purchased the long sleeved pink top that retails at £30. Usually, I dress in black and white so it was nice to add a bit of colour into my workout clothes. The dry sculpture leggings are currently on sale at £25 and they are so comfortable and great for any workout. (they dry so quickly too after washing them) The bottom right navy leggings are the winter running leggings retailing at £40, they are great for holding in insulation  whilst regulating your temperature at the same time. They also have a zip pocket at the back. Generally, Gymshark have activewear to suit most activities. I love mine for doing anything weight orientated or even going to a step or body pump class. I would definitely recommend, plus you can get discount if you are a student through the Student Beans website.

https://uk.gymshark.com

LuLuLemon

When I was in Australia in October, I discovered the brand Lu Lu Lemon as it is so big over there compared to Glasgow. Me and my friend loved the brand and purchased all sorts of workout clothes. To my amazement, there is a LuLu Lemon store based in Glasgow City Centre (I honestly don’t know how I never came across it before) I was recently at a Kiehl”s Inner Strength event in Glasgow where LuLu Lemon came along to showcase the brands high-waisted leggings that I was gifted and they are an absolute dream! LuLuLemons ranges are perfect for any kind of training or practice from running, lifting, yoga or just generally working out at the gym.

The leggings I had been given at the event were the ‘Align Pant 25’ that you can see below. They are amazing for practicing Yoga in. The leggings are designed to lower distractions and have optimum comfort, they are so lightweight and you don’t feel restricted. The high-rise covers your core and they are perfect for teaming up with a sports bra or crop top. The leggings retail at £88 but it is totally worth it because they will last you such a long time and they are so comfy. The pair I purchased in Perth are also a delight and have been worn A LOT!

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 You can shop these leggings via the link below

https://www.lululemon.co.uk/p/women-7-8-pants/Align-Pant-II/_/prod7400029?rcnt=0&N=7sdZ1z13ze3&cnt=79&color=LW5LJFS_031382

The Best Item’s For Training 

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Swiftly Tech Racerback £45.00 

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Awakening Tight £88.00 

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Free To Be Serene Bra £48.00 

The Best Item’s For Yoga

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Power Pose Tank £48.00 

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Wunder Under Tight Hi-Rise £78.00

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The Reversible Mat £48.00

You can shop LuLuLemon online via the link below

https://www.lululemon.co.uk/c/women/_/N-7sd?mnid=mn;en-GB;women

 

I hope this has inspired you to check out each of the brands. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.

Alana xo 

Cameo Rose Co-Ord 

Hey guys, 

I wanted to share my recent sweater and jogger co-ord from the brand Cameo Rose that you can find at certain New Look stores.

As you probably know, the loungewear trend is popular and is perfect to dress up or down and what’s better than being comfy when going out …? 

I decided to dress this striped navy crop sweater and cuffed joggers set with black heels for a casual/smart look. 

You can shop the link to this co-ord via the link below. It is very affordable with the top only retailing at £12.99 and the joggers £15.99. 

http://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/hoodies-sweatshirts/cameo-rose-navy-stripe-sleeve-sweatshirt/p/573272741?comp=Search

http://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/trousers/cameo-rose-navy-stripe-side-joggers-/p/573273141?comp=Search

Have a great day,

Alana xo

Kartel: Watches With a Story To Tell 

GUYS I AM BACK!!!

I know it has been months and months since I last wrote up a blog post, life has been busy from moving house, starting new job/s and starting my Fashion Branding course at university (which is amazing) Now I’m back and I want to dedicate a few hours each week into making my blog bigger and better as I have missed it ALOT.

I wanted to talk about the independent Scottish watch brand Kartel in my post this evening as I have collaborated with the brand previously and they have came so far in such a short space of time. 

The brand consists of  timeless and classic watches that all relate to Scottish heritage, which I obviously love, being Scottish and all …. Each of the watches have a Scottish name such as ‘Sinclair’ or ‘Kendrick’ which I thought was quite interesting as it show’s how all of the inspiration has been taken from the creator/s background which relates to the brand as a whole, essentially meaning there is a story behind each of the watches.

As my colour palette tends to consist of black, white, grey, nude (anything with a neutral palette basically) I decided to go for the classic ‘Lewis’ watch that features a white face and black leather strap.

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I don’t think I could find a more suited watch for myself!

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What I love about Kartel watches is that they are gender neutral and affordable. Can you believe that this watch is only £69!? 

You can also receive engraving services on the watches which is great for a personalised touch.

 A Kartel watch would make the perfect gift for any occasion and you also have the option to build you own watch with a selected face and strap. AMAZING, right?

 

The idea is that you choose what style of watch you like, the dial colour and strap off your choice from the ‘Watch Builder’ option you can find via this link.

https://www.kartel.co.uk/products/build-your-kartel-watch

There are so many different watch styles that you can choose that can be personal to your own style.

 

If you are still doing your Christmas shopping like me …. then definitely consider a Kartel gift this Christmas. It will not disappoint.

https://www.kartel.co.uk

Good Night,

Alana xo

 

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

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