05/03/2015

Floral Pinafore


I spotted this amazing pastel blue VW camper van when exploring the streets of Notting Hill a few weeks ago which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for outfit photos. There is something about strolling down the well-kept streets of West London dreaming that I live in a pristine white town house that I love about weekends in the city!
You might get a spot of deja-vu when looking at these photos, as I featured the print of this pinafore in one of my last posts too, only in trouser form! When I spotted that Motel Rocks sold this pinafore in the vibrant floral print too, I knew it had to be mine! I'm pretty obsessed with layering dresses over high neck tops lately and its quickly becoming my go-to look! Plus I can't get enough of my slingback Topshop boots!

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Wearing: Museum Floral Pinafore: Motel Rocks | Grey High Neck Top: Missguided | Bubbled Leather Effect Bag: Primark (similar here) | Black Fedora Hat: c/o Chicwish (similar here) | Peep Toe Ankle Boots: Topshop | Blue Crystal Necklace: c/o The Crystal Divide | Crystal Bracelet: c/o The Crystal Divide | Rose Gold Cuff: c/o Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Lips: MAC in Lady Danger | Nails: Floss Gloss in 95% Angel |


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01/03/2015

London Fashion Week AW15


Its about time I shared a few snaps showing what I got upto last weekend at London Fashion Week! Having missed last season at LFW due to living in New York (can't complain too much), I was really excited for this season to come around! 
On Saturday, I turned up to Somerset House in the same jacket as my friend and fellow fashion blogger Sarah Blake. We had a good laugh about it and made it look like we planned it! We had a fabulous day running around London attending shows and parties in the evening and even met the editor of Refinery 29!
Sunday was all about the Seventies.. and we actually did plan this one! Myself, Sarah and Eimear raided our wardrobes for our best '70s style get up, a trend which is so hot for the upcoming SS season. I styled my outfit with some old bits and some new pieces from my overflowing wardrobe and I really love how the look turned out! I love how our outfits looked together to create a mis-matched look emulating our personal style. We had a fabulous day with lots of laugher, running around trying to avoid the rain, finished off with coffee and cake at the Tate Britain!
Even though LFW is a hectic time with painful toes from running around the city and exhaustion from the crazy long days, I wouldn't miss it for the world. Being at Somerset House and seeing the street style is so inspiring and its great to see so many people turn out with a shared love of fashion. I was lucky enough to attend a few shows again this year including Ong-Oaj Pairam, Judy Wu & Gyunel, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed! 
Bring on next season!

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Outfit One - Tapestry Coat: eBay | Grey Turtle Neck Jumper: Forever 21 (similar here) | Tan leather skirt: River Island (similar here) | Dreamcatcher Necklace: Primark (similar here) | Camel Fedora Hat: Primark (similar here) | Tan backpack: Primark (similar here) | Chunky heeled boots: H&M (similar here) | Lips: MAC in Lady Danger |
Outfit Two - Coffee Slogan Tee: Missguided | Printed Trousers: Motel | Marble Print Coat: Oasis (similar here) | Blue Fluffy Bag: River Island (similar here) | Peep Toe Shoes: Topshop | Watch c/o Daniel Wellington | Rayban Clubmaster Sunglasses c/o Smart Buy Glasses |


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17/02/2015

Ready for Spring


After barely steering from a monochromatic colour palette over the winter, I decided it was about time that I added a pop of colour to my life as the season transitions.  I ordered a few bits from Missguided and Motel on a cold winter's evening in the hope of getting into the spirit of spring. I fell for these Motel printed trousers straight away when browsing their online site. I think the pattern and colours work beautifully together, so of course had to pick up the pinafore in the same print and another pair of trousers in a purple and blue shade!
 I've seen slogan t-shirts all over the high street lately and I wanted to find the perfect one before purchasing. Missguided currently have a great selection including this Kardashian themed one and this awesome super model tee Being a big on the caffeine due to all my early rises, I opted for this awesome Coffee tee, which I'm obsessed with lately!
Are you ready for the Spring?

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15/02/2015

Ombre Hair Care Routine

I get asked about my hair and how I created my ombre look quite a lot, so I thought it was about time I did a blog post about it...

The Story
I first bleached the ends of my hair back in 2011. It was the first time I had ever dyed my hair, so was a nerve-racking process - especially doing it myself. I did lots of research into the right products, style and colour variation that I wanted before going ahead. There are lots of videos out there about DIY Ombre Hair, but I followed this very old one by Lily Melrose, which was super helpful to me.

The Products
I've always bleached the ends of my hair myself, using the L'Oreal Perfect Blonde Creme Highlight Kit. I usually do this every 4-6 months, depending on the time of year (I like to go a little blonder in summer) and depending on how faded or grown out my hair becomes. The highlighting kit is really easy to use and has full colour instructions inside to follow. I'd really recommend using this highlighting kit if you've got mid-to-light brown hair like myself, as it works really well on the shade. You can pick this highlighting kit up for around £5 from most drugstores/supermarkets.

The Lasting Power
I use various products to ensure my ends stay bright blonde, in order to achieve the full fade-to-blonde look. Before I discovered the John Frieda Go Blonder Range, my hair often would look brassy  and the bleach blonde would soon start to fade. I love to use the John Frieda Go Blonder Spray on the ends of my hair when damp. I find just a couple of spritzes have an amazing effect in brightening my hair when its feeling dull and lifeless. I have heard some horror stories about using this spray, but I've never had a bad experience and only tend to use it once or twice a week on the ends of my hair only.
When washing my hair, I love using what most people refer to as "purple shampoo", the Provoke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo. This product has a very foamy consistency when mixed with water, making it perfect for lathering into the hair and leaving in for around 5 minutes. I'm so glad I was introduced to this product by my blonde friends as it works amazingly well in enhancing my blonde ends and freshening up my locks.
I also have started using the Lush Marilyn hair mask lately which is a great product for blonde enhancement. Not only does it smell amazing, it has a great effect in nourishing my hair, leaving it stronger and brighter. Some reviews complain that the product is too watery but I find it perfect for spreading through my hair. The only complaint I would have, is that there isn't enough in the tub! Mine is nearly out after only 5 uses..  #longhairproblemz.
The Styling
It is no secret that bleaching isn't very good for your hair and I think my hair is noticeably thinner and suffers more breakage as a result. I therefore try to use as little heat on it as possible to avoid further damage. I hardly ever blow-dry my hair.. mainly because it looks flat and lifeless, whereas my natural curls develop when I leave it to dry naturally. When I do use heat, I opt for loose curls using this Babyliss Wand or a sleek and straight look (this happens about twice a year.. no really) using my GHDs. I've had both hair tools for about 7 years (which is pretty impressive no?) so I would fully recommend them.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Which products would you recommend?

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01/02/2015

Black White Blue



I find dressing in the winter quite difficult and as much as I hate to admit it, I tend to wear a selection of similar outfits day in day out. That includes, one of the biggest trends this season: roll necks. Roll neck tops have been my absolute go-to this winter - I just can't get enough. So cosy and perfect for layering, this simple white ribbed beauty has become such a wardrobe staple. I love to layer my summery dresses over the top during the colder months or pair with Mom jeans and a statement coat as you may have seen on my Instagram. An easy way of making basic pieces have a completely different look.
I'm a little obsessed with my new watch from Daniel Wellington, which I've been wearing non-stop since it was delivered to my London flat last week. Minimal, simplistic and functional, all I would ask for in a watch. Add the pretty rose gold touches don't hurt either! You can use the code "helloomonica" to get 15% your Daniel Wellington purchase until February 28th!
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Wearing: White ribbed roll neck: Miss Selfridge | Navy Cami Dress: H&M (similar here) | Denim Jacket: Vintage (similar here)Watch : c/o Daniel Wellington | Black Peep Toe Shoes: Topshop (similar here) | Bubbled Faux Leather Bag: Primark (similar here) | Gem Necklace: Primark (similar here)Leather Bracelets: c/o Adorning Ava | Ring: Topshop (similar here) | Nails: Floss Gloss in 95% Angel | Lips: Gallery Colours in Aubergine 



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