Monday, 15 May 2017

Do Tights for Winter


























Ok, need I say more? How cute are these tights! They are easily one of my favourite purchases of 2017 and have seriously upped my stocking game. First, the fishnets came back, THANK GOD, as ya girl loves a good fishnet stocking. But these bad boys are so cute, I'm just obsessed with the little spots.

Not only do stockings keep you semi warm in winter (as much as they can for a super thin piece of material) but they allow you to wear skirts without pale legs ruining the outfit. Stockings are a great way to show off your legs in winter much like over the knee socks! Tights go great with boots, loafers or mules and are an easy way to add more layers, prints and textures to an outfit.

I will now definitely be on the hunt for more designs and styles to grow my collection of stockings. Catch me stalking the accessory sections of all my favourite stores!

Kenz xx

Shop some styles I've got my eye on

                 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Stripes on Stripes







Stripes are such a chic and easy pattern to work with as they aren't overly bold and in your face - instead they're understated which allows them to work well with other patterns and even bold colours and prints. In this case, I put stripes on stripes, which may seem a little daring and breaking some kind of old fashion rule (not that there really is any these days) but both were blue so it wasn't an eye sore. The pinstripe in the trouser is very smart however the pants themselves are a casual relaxed fit with the elasticated, drawstring waist which really sets the tone of the entire outfit. The t-shirt was again very casual so the loafers, neck scarf and large sunglasses gave a more sophisticated feel to an otherwise relaxed and effortless look. Kenz xx

Outfit: Trousers - H&M, Shirt - Dotti, Sunglasses - LeSpecs, Neck Scarf - H&M, Loafers - Park Lane

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Window Shopping Turns Web-Browsing

It is no question that online shopping has well and truly taken the retail world by storm. Still, some shoppers are nervous about the security of online shopping and whether it is more trouble than it's worth.

I can definitely relate to that anxious feeling of "did I just get scammed, I haven't heard of this site before?", "I've paid for something I haven't seen, what if it doesn't fit?", "it's been 10 days it should be here by now!" But I am now speaking from plenty of experience and have essentially learnt the dos and don'ts of online shopping.

The first do is to do a little background check on the site you're shopping off. Check the social media pages and that they are used frequently, and mention the site to your friends and see if they have heard of it or maybe used it. My most trusted and most frequently used sites are ASOS and The Iconic. These sites are great because they allow me to shop a variety of brands all on the one site. Both these sites also offer free shipping once you spend over a certain amount of money and The Iconic also has free returns for 100 days. For those who worry about sizes ASOS has a great feature where you put in your dimensions and they can recommend a size according to the item you are looking at.

Another great hack is to check out some coupon codes. This is where the constant torture of being a student comes into great use. By signing up to Unidays you are able to get student discount vouchers for many online shopping stores including ASOS, The Iconic, Missguided, Beginning Boutique and Pretty Little Thing. These discounts have definitely contributed to me saving a few dollars on several of my orders.

One of the best things when shopping online is the ability to streamline your browsing by selecting the size, style, colour, brand and so on to narrow down your search online. Having so many pages to browse through can be a bit intimidating so by refining searches you're able to shop more styles you're interested in and shop them in your size. This is also so much more efficient that physically looking through several stores and is one of the most useful elements of online shopping.


One thing I definitely don't like to do is use Paypal which may seem odd but I have had my debit card hacked by a scam that was posing to be Paypal so I'm skeptical. Because of this I only shop off sites that I trust and are reputable so I'm not scared to give my card details. Not to say Paypal doesn't work for everyone, but just ensure you're monitoring your account's activity to ensure there is no suspicious activity.

Online Shopping has definitely proven such a convenient way to shop for me. Nothing beats sitting on the lounge with a cup of tea and scrolling through The Iconic adding items to my wishlist eagerly awaiting payday so that I can place an order and wait for the parcel to arrive. Nothing beats that feeling of the postman knocking at your door holding your items - it is one of the few thrills in my life!

Get online guys and shop away as the deals are endless as are the brands and the clothes! Kenz xx


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Street Style Trends From NYFW

Getting the runway look at a fraction of a price can be a hard task when you don't know what the trends are. So here is an inside look of some sure fire trends that will put your outfit back up on the runway!

PATCHWORK
Patches or badges are an easy and affordable way to express personal style and have fun with a plain pair of jeans, denim jacket, backpack or anything you want. I personally haven't done this but have a friend whose patchwork denim jacket I am definitely envious of!

      

BANDSHIRTS
This trend is proving popular for the reason that is it's so cool and effortless but also really adds character to an outfit. Styling these t-shirts in a more sophisticated way is an interesting take on a band t-shirt but also shows how versatile the shirt is. This trend is also proving popular with celebrities too and they are on the more affordable side if you wanted to get a hold of one.



FISHNETS
This accessory definitely plays into the punk rock style as well but they also complement an outfit in an understated way. Fishnet socks or having the stocking poke out of jeans can easily grunge up a look for a really affordable price and can be a little more subtle if you wish.



COLOURED COATS
Having a coloured coat is the perfect way to make a bold statement. I know my bubblegum pink coat is one of my most beloved items in my wardrobe. Because it is such a large piece of clothing in such an eye popping colour, the coloured coat really makes the outfit so much more playful, relaxed and unique.



I hope all of you amazing readers love this kind of style interpretation/inspiration post. I definitely want to incorporate more into the blog and also incorporate shopping links as well on a more regular basis. Let me know what you think as well. Have fun styling! Kenz xx

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images - I simply stumbled pass them on Pinterest and they caught my eye for obvious style reasons.

Monday, 27 February 2017

I'm Polished

So now that summer is pretty much over and the time for painting my nails crazy and outrageous colours has come to an unfortunate end, I thought it would be fitting to post about my favourite summer nail polish colours and my current nail polish routine.


I obviously start with removing the remnants of my chipped nail polish just by popping some nail polish remover on a cotton pad and rubbing it off (groundbreaking, I know). Then obviously trimming my nails and getting somewhat into a nicer shape than what they naturally are.


I've come to terms with how long the process painting nails can be especially if I want my right hand to look as good as my left so adding an extra step was not something I typically wanted to do. However, I strongly recommend buffing your nails before applying the polish. Roughing the nail surface up a bit definitely increases the longevity of the polish and also my sanity - if I had to re-do my nails daily I'd be going insane.

Then it comes to applying the polish. Personally, I don't apply a bottom coat, I just get straight on there with the colour. Two coats of colour and a top coat seem to do it for me. I find that too many layers of nail polish just ends up peeling off leaving my manicure looking sad.


The top coat I use is the Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay 7 days Gel Nail Colour - it isn't sold as a top coat but it's a clear thick polish that gives my nails a really nice shine and contributes to keeping the polish on my nails.

As for my three favourite colours they are: Sinful Colours Alfresco and Royal Flush and Aloha from OPI. After painting my nails, I like to finish with a bit of hand cream to really get that at-home manicure feeling.

Now to pick my Autumn Colours!! Kenz xx


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Two Timing Trend Pieces



When it comes to wearing trend pieces, many people use the approach of making a trend item the stand out piece of their outfit - for example a bell sleeve top with a simple bottom or the bomber jacket that dominates an outfit.

I love investing in trend pieces that aren't too outrageous and transcend the trend period itself, which allows me to get more wear out of the piece then I initially thought I would get. Some of my personal favourite trend pieces include the bardot style dress or top and the culotte. Both are a dominant trend but when styled in a minimal way, they work really well when together helping me appear somewhat sophisticated (not believable though, right?).

Go ahead and give it a try - two timing trend pieces are definitely a more exciting way to incorporate seasonal fashion trends into the everyday wardrobe.

Kenz xx

Outfit: Top - Sportsgirl, Pants - Forever New, Shoes - Betts




Friday, 10 February 2017

Lady Boss in the Making



Sitting here, feeling kind of uninspired I thought about what I am trying to achieve - how am I becoming a lady boss? How am I determining my destiny? How am I making my blogging dreams come true? Or something along those lines. It's daunting to put so much pressure on something and then have to play the waiting game to see if it really works, to see if an opportunity will come knocking at your front door - any time now!

I think of all the female bloggers who are making it happen and essentially living out that lady boss dream whilst also making me aspire to work just as hard as them. Sara Donaldson, Margaret Zhang, Nadia Fairfax, Nicole Warne - I WANT YOUR LIFE!!! They are a constant reminder to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, mould my creative thoughts into something more than just a creative thought and continuously work towards something I will eventually be so proud of.

But in all honesty, constantly being on the daily grind is hard - I'm tired, somewhat uninspired and bogged down in everyday life. But all it takes is a few short minutes to get my motivation back on track. Reminding myself of my goals and seemingly elusive dreams seems to do exactly that (FYI: that one's a top tip for the future).


Right now I am an amateur blogger, working retail full time and recruiting my friend to be my personal photographer - thanks again Katie! This creative space I made is helping me discover who I am and achieve my dreams, blah, blah, blah (total cliche, I know)... but it's true. You know what they say, 'when life gives you too many creative ideas for your own head, write a blog and relentlessly release them to others'.

Even though in these photos I am walking across a sports ground carpark trying to look somewhat Lady Bossish, praying no one saw me - I am feeling awesome. Hopefully, one day I will look back at these old posts, and thank my nineteen year old self for getting out there and attempting to become a Lady Boss even if I had no idea what I was doing.

Kenz (Lady Boss in the Making) xx