Tuesday, 27 August 2013

MANCHESTER PRIDE BANK HOLIDAY WEEK END AUGUST 2013

Hello People!

Last week end was not only the last bank holiday week end of the summer; here in Manchester we celebrated the Manchester pride week end!





On Saturday I was in town with some relatives from Italy and we decided to go to the MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry).

Little we Knew the area was were the parade was going to start half an hour late.


We had a good look to all the funny costumes and the caravans, well done people, such a good job!




Hope you will forgive me for the crappy pictures but i didn't have my camera and this was the best I could get with my cousin's one!




Superheroes Galore!




Maybe this is a little bit too much..ewwww






My fave ones!




Can we have a tutorial please?


OMG THE QUEEN!










Hope you had a great week end!
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Thursday, 15 August 2013

MY SUMMER SCENT: STELLA McCARTNEY STELLA SUMMER



Hello dears!

I am always curious about how do people use perfumes.

Do you stick to the same one or do you change it every day?

I was basically  “born in a scented word” , as my Mum use to say, because she had a perfumes shop.

Since I was a little girl I remember playing with hundreds of samples and vials and I was always the one rocking the new launches in school.

Unfortunately Mum closed her shop more than ten years ago so now, as every common human I have to buy my fragrances: I know, it’s a sad world…

I won’t deny I like to try new scents but my policy in the last five years has been : Stick to the one!

I like the fact that my clothes and all my wardrobe keep the same scent, I adore when people recognise me being in a room saying “I could smell your profume”!

In the past my “the one” was J’adore by Christian Dior but despite still loving it I had to drop it for two reasons:

* first, half of the female population of the planet uses it.

* second, when I met my Perfect Husband, he told me his mother was using the same perfume. Do you think I could bare the idea of him thinking about his mother when holding me in his arms? OVER-MY-DEAD-BODY.

So,I was on a mission of an urgent replacement and thanks to a little sample founded in Glamour magazine, I found it: enter Stella by Stella McCartney.



Love, love, love at first smell.

It’s an intense peony-rose smell, very floral based but in a sophisticated tone that stays on my skin hours and soaks my clothes as I like it to be.

I bought body cream and bath oil to give more resistance and strength to the fragrance, all well displayed on my bathroom shelves.

Since its first launch, different variations of the same fragrance have been realised, see Stella Sheer, Stella Absolute, and this summer this is what came out and I promptly bought!



The peony scent is still strong but is in a certain way, lighter.

The packaging is very summer-inspired, all colourful and bright, keeping the same shape of the bottle.



Priced £40, I got mine from Debenahms.

Next purchase will be probably one (all?) of the limited edition ones, same perfume but lovely designed bottles.


The only time I use other fragrances is when I travel,  it’s easy to throw  samples and vials in my make up bag, which is usually massive!

Now I wanna know what is your favourite fragrance for summer!
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Monday, 12 August 2013

CLARKS ORIGINALS: 5 LOOKS TO STYLE YOUR DESERT BOOTS

Hello everybody!

How do you write a review about a product that is, already, a legend?

This is what I asked myself when I received for consideration a pair of Clarks Desert Boots.



What could I say about these shoes that has not been already said?



Well, maybe I could try to explain why, in my opinion, these shoes are probably one of the most famous on the planet.

The Brand

The Clarks company was born in Somerset in 1825, when brothers Cyrus and James Clarks started to use the off cuts of sheepskin to fabricate slippers.
The success was huge and the brothers where the perfect symbol of the English economic growth of that times.

In the 1863 the company went from a 100% hand production to a factory production, increasing the power and the success of the brand that was now offering females shoes as well (yayyy!!!)

During the war Clarks resisted the shortage of raw materials and came back even more competitive in the fifties, opening new factories, shops, and using new materials and technologies.

In the latest years Clarks has moved the production overseas but keeps the English quality on all their products and workers conditions, something you will need to appreciate in the fast fashion era.

The Desert Boot

Born in 1949, launched in Chicago, are probably the most famous product of the brand.

The iconic sole is made by latex processed in sheets and cut, the rest of the shoes is suede.


Hands on if you've owned at least once in your life a pair of Clarks Desert Boots; hand on if all your friends and family have owned these boots. I could go on to neighbours, teachers etc..

In an era where clothes, shoes, bags etc are out of fashion soon after they hit the shops, there must be a reason why these boots are still up with the latest trends after all these years.

In my modest opinion, these could be the reasons..

  • They are comfortable: No crazy heels, enormous wedges. You can actually walk with these, they will not kill your feet. 
  • High quality materials:leather, suede, latex and a solid and consolidated manufacture. they will not fall apart after the first rain.
  • Simple design: is this the key behind the success of the most famous design pieces? The desert boots have that clean and neat shape that adapts to so many looks and trends.
  • No seasonal trend here: you can wear them in winter autumn spring and why not, summer.
  • Shape and materials have been renovated and re elaborated without changing completely the original boots, so they are a constantly up to dated classic.


    I got the Desert Boots in Dusty Pink and I couldn't be happier.



    It's the perfect peachy pink I am gonna wear it to death.



    I actually elaborated 5 looks you could wear these shoes with. You will find all the links.


    LOOK 1





    LOOK 2 

 

LOOK 3







LOOK 4


LOOK 5

Romwe Ring (cannot find the same at the moment on the website) 

All these outfit can be completed by Desert Boots and as you can see they are quite different one from the others.
You can find all Clarks shoes in store nation wide or online here , the Desert Boots are in The Originals category.
And now a little consideration about the price: don't be fooled by imitation and look a like. All the ones that I saw and bought were horrible made with very low quality materials. This is the case when a slightly higher price (about £80) tag delivers the greatest quality.
I consider mine as a staple of my wardrobe.
  • Buy only Clarks Originals Desert Boots and if I can give you and advice check the website for the limited editions: I have got my eyes on the oxblood patent and the Eley Kishimoto ones that are actually half price!


    Bye bye!!!!!

    *product received for consideration










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Thursday, 1 August 2013

SWAROVSKY CRYSTAL BANGLES.

Morning everybody!

How are you all doing?

I am in south Italy at the moment, enjoying some more weeks of holiday before coming back to Manchester.

Weather is crazy, I am melting, it's 40 degrees out there, not ideal if you've got a baby, so we are basically stuck home until sun goes down and we can breathe outside without roasting.

Today's post is about some swarovsky bracelets I bought on the last days of the sales in UK.



The Swarovsky shop is pure heaven and temptation for a bling obsessed blogger like me, and I try to avoid the unfriendly price tag by visiting the shop only during the sales.

The normal retail price is £39 but I managed to pay only £19 for each of these.


Silver frame with pink and baby blue crystals, very dainty but I love to wear them stacked with other silver charms bracelets I will show you sooner or later.



I had some bangles bought few years ago that were quite similar to these but their poor quality caused few damages to the clothes I was wearing all the time because the silver frame of the crystals was  sharp in some points and was pulling all the fabric.



This was not the case, surface is very flat and no clothes are shouting for revenge yet!

Here the link for the white crystal version

Any new bracelet you bought you wanna show me?



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