Monday, July 21, 2014

Travel/Vacation Style: Do's & Dont's

We're right in the heart of summer and for some of us, it already feels like we're living out of our suitcase.

Truth is for the past few weeks, I am in a semi-packed situation, since I've been traveling a bit, so unpacking and then re-packing sort of feels like a waste of time. This has been an incredible summer so far and July has been very kind to me. I finally start to feel like the pressure is lifted off my shoulders after a hectic spring/early summer with continuous exams and intensive studying sessions.

Feeling inspired by my own little trips and whereabouts I decided it was appropriate to make a post on my travel essentials/outfits and tips for packing the right things.

When packing I feel like always less is more. Especially when you're traveling abroad you have to keep in mind that your suitcase will come home with more stuff than what you originally packed.

Outfits


When it comes to clothing, less is more. Do not pack 'options'. Decide what you're going to wear and where and stick to that. I usually go for outfits that comprise of 2 pieces (meaning a top and a bottom) so I can mix and match during my trip.

As far as accessories go, do not overdo it. When you're traveling, especially during summertime, you should aim for comfort and casualty without looking basic of course. Take a couple of statement pieces as these will give life to your simple tees and shorts. As for shoes, I say no to heels unless I go somewhere really special. You always have to keep in mind the environment and the concept of the place where you're going to flaunt your outfit. If it's a Greek island, with its narrow, cobblestone pavements and rocky landscape, heels are definitely a no-no. If you're going to a glamorous metropolitan city like Paris or New York, or staying at a fancy resort, then why not don these fab stilettos?

Here's 2 outfits I wore when I was in Mykonos and Milos: (taken from my Instagram)










Beauty/ Makeup


The good thing about makeup during the summer holidays is that you don't have to think too much about it. Going makeup-free on most days feels right. You also got that tan that makes everything better, right? However, we do want to glam it up from time to time so packing a few lifesaving products is a must.

My advice is go for lightweight but long-wearing products. My go-to picks would be tinted moisturizer/BB cream, waterproof mascara, a long wearing cream eyeshadow and a little bronzer-blush palette that can also serve as eyeshadow. And as for the lips, get yourself some lip balm and a couple of cute colorful lipglosses. No heavy liners, cakey powdering or heavy-duty concealing. Let your natural beauty show through.

Your skincare though, is not something to go easy on. Good cleansing and moisturizing is absolutely necessary at this time of the year (or any time really) since your skin will be exposed to a lot of sun, dirt, sweat and the like. Never, but NEVER skip your SPF and make sure to re-apply during the day. I made that mistake myself when I was in Milos and forgot to re-apply my facial SPF after I got out of the sea so I ended up with a red nose - not cute.

Make sure to also keep your body moisturized with a good body lotion, I suggest a cooling one with aloe vera that will soothe the skin after the sun. Exfoliation is also important if you're tanning to maintain an even color. Keep in mind that you need to pack mini travel versions of the products or if you're staying somewhere really long, buy them from there (if of course the items you want are available).

An extra thing to throw in your beach bag is what I call my "fancy water" which is thermal spring water with soothing properties that make you feel refreshed. Mine is the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, but there is also an Evian one that is quite good and an Avene one. French Pharmacy brands really nail it when it comes to skincare in my opinion.

Here's a few outfit ideas and beach essentials I came up with:


The Laid Back Tourist







The Cosmopolitan Jet Setter







The Preppy Vacationer







Travel Essentials









Saturday, June 28, 2014

Trend breakdown: Mixed Prints

As I was looking through random Olivia Palermo outfits on pinterest (check out my pinterest account here) trying to break down what on earth this woman does to achieve this level of put-together-ness in such an effortless way, I noticed that she's the QUEEN of mixed prints. And then it occured to me that the most unique outfits are the ones that comprise of the most unlikely combos.

At first this trend kinda scared me and I was hesitant to go for it as I thought that you need to acquire some insane styling skills to get it right. But as it turns out, it's not rocket science. People can tell you a hundred different rules about styling and mixing and matching but to be honest success lies in experimentation. No one ever became a trendsetter by following the rules. Trendsetting is about setting the trend, right?

So instead of a do-this-not-that type of post, I'm just going to demonstrate a few different ways you can wear this trend but remember: just be creative - when it comes to it, no rules really apply! Go with your gut.

COLOR- COORDINATED

Kate Hudson

My favorite way to wear this trend is by staying within the same palette. You pick out an item - either top or bottom piece - and see what other printed item you can pair it with that includes similar colors. Does that make sense? The blue palette is one of my favorites: perfect for summer, flattering on most skin tones and hard to go wrong with because the colors are wearable (let's say an outfit based on green mixed prints could go bananas quite easily - but hey don't let that dissuade you from trying it anyway!).

SMALLER-LARGER PRINT



Another fool-proof way to sport this trend is to wear the same print on two different scales. It is preferable that the 2 prints are a different size (one in a larger scale and one in a smaller scale) so the eye can rest more easily.

THE UNEXPECTED COMBO



Sometimes though, two completely different pieces can work together without applying any particular trick. They just do. Just trust your instict and think outside of the box.

THE STRIPED SHIRT SOLUTION

Nina Dobrev

A quick and easy, fuss-free combo can be made simply by wearing a striped black and white shirt with a floral or watercolor print bottom. It looks effortless and modern, and you will definitely receive a lot of compliments on your look.

FLORALS

Olivia Palermo

Combining different florals is also another rather easy way to mix and match prints. The result can be very romantic and girly, so if that's your thing, do not miss out!


BLACK & WHITE

Olivia Palermo

And of course, when in doubt, go black and white. In the picture above Olivia has combined 3 different black and white prints and it looks so pulled together, it's genius! You would expect that 3 different prints in one outfit would give you a headache but Olivia makes it easy-peasy! For a twist, add a colored pair of heels (Olivia rocks some forest green lace-ups) and you've just taken your style game to a whole other level.

To be perfectly honest, this isn't one of the simplest trends out there and not everyone can pull it off, but it's definitely not as hard as you think. Give it shot! Miracles might happen in the process!