The Most Luxurious Beauty Calendars of 2018

The Most Luxurious Beauty Calendars of 2018

Christmas is almost here, the countdown has officially begun! And it is officially time to start thinking about the beauty advent calendar of your dreams.  I’m not a huge chocolate lover (please don’t hate me for saying that) so I’d choose a beauty calendar any day. Imagine opening a new beauty product every day of December, it means you have something to look forward to every day of that month. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a dream to me, especially considering the fact that I’m the type of person who forgets to buy beauty products, I only own basics – I spend the majority of my money on food and clothes (it’s a problem that I am currently trying to work on), so a beauty calendar is a godsend for me. Now is the time to treat yourself! They are becoming more and more popular each year and as more brands are making them the better the better they’re becoming and I am Living for it!

Most of these have sold out fast in the last couple of weeks and so these are some of my favourites which are still in stock so if I were you I’d get my hands on one ASAP before it’s too late!

SELFRIDGES Glam Sparkle Beauty Advent Calendar

ATELIER COLOGNE Luxury Advent Calendar

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar

John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar

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CHARLOTTE’S BEAUTY UNIVERSE BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

CHARLOTTE'S BEAUTY UNIVERSE

NET-A-PORTER BEAUTY 25 Days of Beauty

The Space NK Advent Calendar, , large

SMASHBOX THE BEAUTY COUNTDOWN 

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ICONIC LONDON Night on the Town Advent Calendar

 

All about Africa; Franschhoek

All about Africa; Franschhoek

It’s been MONTHS since I last did an All About Africa post, lord have I missed this series. Franschhoek AKA the french corner of the Cape is a town located in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world – it is in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. This is the home of amazing food and wine in South Africa – they don’t call Western Cape the Italy of Africa for nothing. At Franschhoek, you’ll experience the most splendid wines as you take in the breathtaking scenery, top chefs creating international world-class cuisine –  8 of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are over 28 restaurants to choose for your gastronomic experience! Last but not least you will create the most unforgettable memories here whether you’re by yourself or your loved ones!

Where to Stay

White Instagram Models Pretending To Be Black?

White Instagram Models Pretending To Be Black?

So this over the last week Twitter has been going mad over White Instagram models pretending to be black. @WannasWorld started a thread on Twitter calling out white influencers who are apparently cosplaying as black women, she posted various screenshot examples and called for other people to send anymore that they found too. As you can see she received a ton of responses of what looks to be young white women altering their skin tone and hair to appear racially ambiguous. Later on in the thread, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Dolezal were brought up as more mainstream offenders. So my question for you guys is, is this appropriation? In my opinion, it is, 100%, without a doubt. I have discussed appropriation a few times on my blog this year but this is on another level. I have had enough, I am so sick and tired of people posing as though they belong to a culture or race that is not their own, people need to understand that it is not okay. You can appreciate but don’t appropriate!

The thing is, everyone loves black culture yet they don’t know the struggle that comes with being black especially in America. Black people in that country are constantly being racially abused (the problem of police brutality among African Americans has come to light in recent years). Young blacks are living in fear every single day of their lives just because of their skin tone, so when people do something like this, it’s just like WTAF. Are you even educated? In addition to this, Black women are always being called out for ‘self-hating’ just because they wear wigs, weaves and braid they hair etc but yet when white people are getting lip fillers, Brazillian butt lifts, texturising their hair and are extreme tanning just to look like us, they, themselves are not self-hating? I am tired, I am so done with this society and it’s double standards when it comes to issues regarding race. People are so extremely ignorant and I am tired of it. At this point people should be more knowledgeable about these situations, they just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018 and people are still using blackface? Are you fucking kidding me?

 

 

 

Coats essential to your Winter Wardrobe

Coats essential to your Winter Wardrobe

I’m so sick and tired of winter already, I’m not a winter person, I HATEi it, it has to be the most depressing season ever, why is it so dark at 4 pm?? It’s really not okay. And do you wanna know the most annoying thing about everyone’s ‘favourite season’ – I can’t even wear all of my cute outfits anymore because I don’t have a coat to go with every single outfit in my wardrobe. The other day I literally had to risk it and I went out wearing my cropped denim jacket despite it being 6 degrees outside. Everyone had to see that outfit, there was no way I was wearing a coat over it, it was WAAYY too cute be hidden by a big ass coat.

Saying that though, I have to say my favourite part of winter is 100% picking out my winter coat, the one that will walk me through the entirety of the season! But of course, you can never just have one, especially if you’re an avid fashion buyer like myself and I think I’ve found a solution to my problem, I have found the 3 essential coats that will go with absolutely everything in your wardrobe – with these 3 you’ll not have a bad outfit day, I can promise you that!

Nothing has really changed that much since last winter when it comes to jacket trends, puffer jackets and aviator jackets are still in and probably more popular than they were last year. But at the end of the day trends always die out so just pick a jacket that you love and know you’ll love in years to come whether it’s in trend or not.

The Aviator

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I love the aviator because it’s like a biker jacket but 10 tomes warmer and just like a biker jacket it goes with everything and anything especially dresses and skirts!

 

  

 Burberry Oversized Shearling Aviator Jacket

The Puffer

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If you didn’t already know I have been obsessed with puffer jackets since last year – I own 3 and my bank account wants to kill me. They remind me so much of the 90s so whenever I’m wearing a casual outfit it really makes the outfit.

  

  Burberry Vintage Check reversible puffer jacket

The Longline Wool Coat

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If you’re gonna buy any of these three coats it has to be this one! This is the coat that makes you look like you put effort and lots of thought into your outfit when in reality you didn’t. I always pear this with joggers – it makes it look that little more stylish.

  

  

My Name is Ivis and I am obsessed with Suits

My Name is Ivis and I am obsessed with Suits

I feel like at this point you’re all tired of me starting almost every post with “I don’t know what it is but I am freaking obsessed with *******” so let me rephrase it a little – I don’t know why, but I am living for suits at the moment. They are so BOSS! After High School, I swore to myself that after 5 years of wearing a blazer almost every day of my life you would never see me in one again unless absolutely necessary but the world just didn’t want that for me.

This season it seems like every shop I walk into whether that be Topshop, Gucci, New look, Vivienne Westwood etc. they ALL sell suits, EVERY SINGLE one of them! It is so incredibly weird to me how 4 years ago or even last year you would literally struggle to find a nice suit that wasn’t designer and didn’t make you look like a complete and utter square. I don’t know if its just me but does anyone else ever get annoyed at the level of choice men have when it comes to things like suits and tracksuits? Whatever happened to equality? it’s 2018 for god sake! However, with more women taking inspiration from men’s fashion you could say there was a demand for suits. And I am so so happy because office wear was way to dull for this generation, every time I had an interview or meeting I just didn’t look like me, fashion is meant to be expressive and I just didn’t think suits/ the officewear did that. Everything was the same, there was so little variation so we thank god that more brands and designers decided to vamp up their suit game because if they hadn’t I would have!

So Where did it all start?

Inspired by the personal style of French artist Niki de Saint Phall, who would often wear a black-tie trouser suit with heels. ‘Le smoking’, the first tuxedo for women was designed half a century ago non-other than by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. The name comes from 19th Century men’s smoking jackets, which were made out of silk lapels designed to allow any ash falling from cigars or cigarettes to slide off, keeping the jacket clean. The invention of the suit was somewhat deemed as scandalous at the time because it came decades before trousers became socially accepted as a fashion item for women.

“When Yves Saint Laurent’s smoking made its first appearance in an haute couture collection, it started a revolution. A man’s article of clothing thus became the symbol of female emancipation,” stated the press release for the 2005 exhibition Yves Saint Laurent Smoking Forever,

Double-breasted wool and mohair-blend blazer - Helmut Lang Grey wool and mohair-blend trousers - Helmut Lang

Panelled satin blazer - Peter Pilotto Bright red wide-leg satin trousers - Peter Pilotto

Black stretch-cady blazer - Helmut Lang Black cropped flared cady trousers - Helmut Lang

Dark green satin blazer - Peter Pilotto Dark green wide-leg satin trousers - Peter Pilotto