It’s been a long time, a very long time since I did a “what I would buy if I won the lottery”, it has been an entire year in fact and more if I’m being completely honest. WOW. I have missed this series, it was the one time I could look at ridiculously expensive s*** and feed peoples spending habits with ridiculously crazy ideas that they probably don’t need, but guess what, I’m back and I’m better than ever. Get ready to wish you were super rich because I wish I was 🙁
I’m not a car person nor have I ever been but I feel like if I was stupid rich I’d want a collection of cars; one for every day of the week, every occasion and one for every mood and of course one to match my outfits in a various number of colours (fashion doesn’t just stop at clothing, it’s a lifestyle) – I think It’s pretty evident that my shopping habit doesn’t stop with clothes lol.
I don’t think anyone understands how excited I am for summer! This is the season that I shine most, my outfits are always on point, my skin is popping 24/7and It is the time where I am least stressed and at my happiest. I feel like the older I become the more I appreciate summer because I know that the closer I get to adulthood the less time I’ll have to enjoy it. Do you know how sad that is, the real world is honestly a trap.
This summer is going to be so different from the last, don’t get me wrong I had fun last year, but I spent most of it working in a place that I hated. Retail is not all that it seems to be, working in Topshop last year really made me realise that working for someone else that is not me is not for me! As soon as I finish my exams I am off on a road trip across Europe, then I am off to afronation in Portugal two weeks after. This is literally going to bet the best summer of my life and I cannot wait, the only thing that could top it off is if I could go back to Zim for a few weeks too to see my family! It’s only been two years but it honestly feels like a lifetime since I last saw them.
As Victoria Beckham once tweeted, the airport is her runway (an amazing pun if you ask me), so every airport I hit this year has to see me looking stylish AF. Thinking about it I don’t there has ever been a time where I looked “rough” at the airport whilst travelling. When I was younger I remember my mum would always ensure that I looked my absolute best whenever we were travelling to SA/ Zim to see family so she’d dress me in the cutest dresses or co-ords which I would carry with my new shoulder bag (she always bought me one every single year without year before we travelled, she’s the reason for my obsession with bags) and pair with some cute sandals or even heels. Litlle Ivis was ahead with her airport fashion thanks to mama Ngwenya. As I have gotten older and developed my own style, comfort is key to me when it comes to an airport outfit so I opt for things that look stylish but that I can still breathe in, especially if it’s a long haul flight, it also depends on the destination which is why dressing to the airport will always be a struggle, there are way too many factors that come into play.
If you don’t quite know what to wear to the airport this summer, here are some ideas;
In case you didn’t get the memo, satin is no longer just something to wear in the bedroom, underwear is officially the new outerwear and has been for a while now, I mean look at how mainstream the lace bodysuit has become. Fashion is as free and expressive as it has ever been.
I think satin has been around since 2015/16 but I’m not 100% sure because it has only been super popular maybe for the last year and a half, max. By popular I mean it has been all over instagram, our favourite celebrities have been sporting it and of course, our high street stores like Topshop, PLT and River Island have been jumping onto the hype. I remember I bought my first satin top in 2015 (talk about being fashion forward), I bought a pyjama style top from misguided and to this day my mum takes the piss out of me every time I wear it, she literally says are you going to bed every time I wear it but I still love it!
Satin, is the fabric that is dominating 2019 and I am LIVING for it. What I love most about this fabric is how effortless it is, this is the one fabric that you can literally just dash on with a simple casual T-shirt underneath (if you’re wearing a satin top) and a nice pair of mom jeans and it would look like you made an effort when in reality you didn’t. You can either dress it up or dress it down, it is so versatile! It is also extremely comfortable and just overall amazing. From skirts to tops, shorts, dresses (my favourite) and how can I forget, pants however I’m talking wide leg because skinny satin/silk pants in the summer is not a good combo, especially if you sweat a lot like me, that fabric will be stuck to you like glue the entire time. And I am not joking, so please don’t try it, plus I highly doubt anyone could ever create a cute pair of skinny satin pants that I would see myself purchasing, to me that is not a vibe, it’s a fashion disaster.
Flowy midi skirts and midi dresses are not my style. If I wear a midi skirt or dress it has to be tight, that’s what works best for me and my body type and also my height, I’m 5’2 so it gives the illusion that I’m taller than I really am in photos. I think this is what has stopped me from buying satin dresses and skirts in the past because I didn’t think they’d look good on me but boy was I wrong! I purchased the cutest leopard satin slip dress from Topshop in January and I have been obsessed ever since. Everyone needs a satin slip dress in their lives, it fits perfectly in all of the right places, it makes your body look BOMB AF and it suits all body types. A little tip; if you can’t find anything nice in Satin try the underwear section of your favourite clothing store, never fails me.
I have loved seeing the way people have been styling satin on Instagram and Pinterest, satin dress or skirt with a pair of Doc Martens and chunky trainers that is a vibe and so much more, here are my favourite satin piece ATM.
I have always been a person to say wear whatever the hell you want because as I always say fashion is an art and should be expressed however you please, however, over the years I have come to learn that wearing the right colours helps massively in bringing out your complexion, eye colour and just overall making you look x10 better! For example, I am a dark skinned girl and most bright colours look AMAZING on us, think neon pink, orange, green and bright yellows etc. The way they bring out my complexion is unmatched!
You’re warm if …
Your hair colour: Ranges from dark brown to dark blonde hair. Your skin tone: Has a greenish or a yellowish (golden) undertone. Olive complexions also fall in the warm category. Your go-to colours in the warm colour family: Oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, honey gold. Your go-to colours in the cool colour family: Warmer greens and blues, like olive, deeper turquoise, green moss, fern, pesto, red purples (think: magenta and orchid shades).Your neutrals: Taupe, hot chocolate, creamy whites, winter wheat, latte. Colours that are tough for you: Icy shades, jewelled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby).Celebrity doppelgangers: Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez.
You’re cool if …
Your hair colour: It can range from very dark (blue black or very dark brown) to light blonde. Your skin tone: Has a bluish undertone. It can also range from very fair to very dark. Your go-to colours in the cool colour family: Bright blue, royal blue, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, deep purples, lavender, lilac snow. Your go-to colours in the warm colour family: Shocking pick (versus hot pink, which is warm), cerise, ruby, bright rose. Your neutrals: Gray, navy, pristine white. Colours that are tough for you: Oranges and yellows. Celebrity doppelgangers: Cate Blanchett and Viola Davis.
You’re neutral if …
Your hair colour: Is a combination of colours—blonde with ashy streaks or brown with warmer tones. Your eye colour: Is hazel (most neutrals have hazel eyes because it changes depending on what colour they wear).Your skin tone: Hard to determine—you can’t tell if you’re warm or cool. Your go-to colours: Neutral colours that fall in the middle of the colour spectrum. Look for light peach, dusty pinks, soft rose, peony pink (blush-toned pinks look best for neutrals), placid blue, jade green, cameo green. Colours that are tough for you: Anything too bright or vibrant that can overwhelm, reds and yellows (if you do a yellow, try a soft version, like cornsilk or buff). Your neutrals: Taupes, greys, off-whites (like vanilla). Celebrity doppelgangers: Angelina Jolie and Rachel McAdams.
If anyone knows me they know that I LOVE trainers, I literally live in them. If I could afford to I’d have 100s of them. I just feel like trainers are the perfect shoe to wear with a “formal” outfit to make it causal and worthy to wear during the day, especially during the summer. If you are a person that doesn’t normally wear trainers or own any or you just simply need ideas on what to buy next then you have come to the right place because today I am going to give you a list of the absolute essentials that you should own. These are the trainers that go with EVERYTHING and that you honestly cannot go your entire life without owning;
ALL STAR HIGH TOP CONVERSE
Can we all take a moment to cry about the fact that about 10 years ago you could buy converse for around £30 🙁 If you have never purchased a pair of converse I recommend to choose your exact size or go a size up as they can be quite tight fitting and you need them to be as comfy as possible because they are very flat meaning that they tend to hurt your feet a lot quicker than normal trainers when you first get them, but it just takes a little getting used to. These look amazing with slip dresses and midi satin skirts!
SLIP ON VANS
If you don’t like the look of laces, hate them or you simply can’t tie your laces this is the trainer for you. All you have to do is slip them on and you’re out of the door just like that, hence the name slip on vans. These are super super comfy and just like the converse, I recommend that you go a size up if you have wide feet or stick to your normal size if you have normal feet. For these, I’d suggest that once you have broken them in stuff some socks in them or something to ensure that they don’t curl up as they tend to do this once they get old and lose their original straight shape.
AIR FORCE 1s
These have to be my favourite trainers of all time! These go with anything and everything. The only downfall is that they crease and once they do they’re no longer nice so please if you purchase a pair buy a sneaker shield to wear with them to ensure that they keep their shape!
From an early age I have never really been a backpack kind of girl, I remember I was so adamant to not carry one throughout the whole of high school despite the number of times my mother told me a handbag was not suitable for books or my back but they do say beauty is pain. Plus a handbag looked WAY better with my uniform, I wasn’t going to allow a backpack to ruin it. I also feel as though it wasn’t until now that shops and designers actually began making backpacks for us women – back in the day (2 – 6 years ago lol) I felt like the only backpacks I could choose from were for men and they were sport brands like Adidas and Nike, there wasn’t really any “fashionable” backpacks around. For me a bag is a representation of your style or personality and for me I could never find a backpack that was able to represent those two elements so I was never really interested in purchasing one and to this day I can’t say I have ever bought one for myself EVER, however, for my 15th birthday, I remember my brothers bought me a cute mini one which I carried on every school trip I went on, so you could say they are handy in more ways than one.
I can’t say that I’m surprised by the fact that backpacks are as big as handbags this year, after all along with the shoulder bag they were the bags of the 90s. these two styles are all about hands-free movement, but with the backpack, it’s a lot more practical as you can fit a lot more in there than your lipstick and a flip phone. The backpack has come of age and is now no longer formally associated with hiking holidays and sightseeing tourists, it is available in more styles than before and in endless iterations, from micro-mini styles to large retro rucksacks.
Can’t lie to you boiler suits are so ugly but they’re so ugly that they’re fashionable, to me they’re like the dad sneaker of clothing. As ugly as they are you can’t hate them. The boiler suit is the piece of the moment and has been since the end of summer 2018 (despite them being around since 2017) – I remember seeing them in Topshop and Urban Outfitters and being like WTAF is this, fashion has lost its mind but as time went on, the more I saw them the more I fell in like with them – like not in love ….. yet. I tried one in recently and I can tell you that they’re comfortable, effortlessly cool, universally flattering and super versatile. There is nothing sexy about a boilersuit, however, the great thing about them is that you can style them to fit your own personal style/ personality – I like to wear mine with a belt to emphasise my waist and bring out my curves!
The boilersuit is originally a loose-fitting workman’s garment meant for hard labour hence why it is built for movement and comfort, for electricians and airport ground control. I mean fashion is fashion who knows what we could be rocking next?
When Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977, it was revolutionary and today it is known as the biggest lingerie company in the world – it is the parent to the brand Pink (which I was obsessed with in my pre-adolescent years), they have come out with swimwear, pyjamas, sportswear etc. Victoria secret do everything but casual clothing at this point. However to no one’s surprise, in recent months or should I say for the last couple of years, sales have been declining. Their annual VS Fashion show has not even been able to save them, in fact, it is a major contributing factor to this. The show is no longer praised or glorified like before, instead, it has been receiving a lot of criticism for its lack of diversity and for the fact that it continues to project a very specific idea of beauty – Tall and Skinny, sadly that is all Victoria Secret know.
“Victoria’s Secret needs to fundamentally shift its marketing,” Harrington notes. “It’s clear the ‘Angels’ are no longer resonating with the American public. When the Angels campaign first debuted in the 1990s (shortly after Wonderbra’s “Hello Boys” campaignthis link opens in a new tab), it was revolutionary. Most lingerie brands in America did not advertise to the public, and they certainly didn’t use supermodels, much less stage full runway shows. However, the conversation has shifted. People no longer want to be told what is beautiful; they want to be told they’re beautiful as-is. Victoria’s Secret is either willfully unaware of that shift or has chosen to ignore it, which is being reflected in their sales.”
This is the one brand that I truly believe to be ignorant in regards to their business decisions, I understand that they have a specific brand image to uphold but surely a little change never hurt anyone, I mean fashion itself is constantly changing, what was in trend last year may not be in trend as of now e.g. cycling shorts were not a thing until late 2017. To me, it seems as if they are purposely ignoring the change in trends and mindsets of its consumers. People no longer care about being ‘perfect’ (that is even if there was ever such thing as having the perfect body), we want to see real people, real life realistic body types of all shapes, sizes and heights because we are real people and we’re tired of brands like this not embracing all types of beautiful. Everyone needs to be represented but it seems that Victoria Secret don’t know how to do this because their show and brand are meant to be a “fantasy”. But we’re over this whole fantasy and very soon everyone will be over Victoria’s secret. I hate to say it but Victoria’s Secret has lost their touch.
At this point, I may as well dedicate my blog to bags because that is all I ever seem to talk about. Have you ever come across anyone that talks about bags as much as I do? Its an obsession I can’t wait to feed when my finances finally match my desired lifestyle. Like I said before I am going to have an entire room for my bags alone and I’m guessing I’ll need fingerprint key access because I can guarantee you my bag collection will cost A LOT. The good thing is that if you ever need a bag you know where to come x
So today we’re talking about my new discovery the RL50 handbag aka the next best thing to a Birkin. If you’re on the waiting list for a Birkin and are just as impatient as I am and you’re not looking to buy a second-hand bag or some cheap knockoff then I think this is the bag for you. Although there may be cheaper alternatives on those Instagram sites it really isn’t worth it. I’ve said it time and time again and I will say it again bags, especially designers ones are investment pieces, they are so much more than just accessories, why else do you think the Birkin increases in price every year? Also, this is the RL50 bag one that represents the core values and classic aesthetic that underline the Ralph Lauren brand so I know for a fact that in the next 25 years this bag will be worth way more than the£1,655.00 that it is worth right now. You know how people invest in housing projects, I invest in bags.
You cannot tell me that these don’t look alike? There are obviously difference like the gold detailing and buckles but the overall structure is the same – it’s sort of a hybrid of the Celine luggage bag and the Birkin. tell me I’m lying.