Love Yourself

Good morning all ☺️

Let’s’s start off with a few disclaimers before you proceed to reading this blog post. Firstly, I am not a Valentine Day’s fan, I am told I am not a romantic, and finally, I am no therapist and whatever I state here today are my views and sharing my experience. Ahhh…important point, I know this is a fashion blog, but today’s post is not about fashion…

So, today is V Day, and as I stated above, I am no fan. Perhaps when I was a 14 year old it used to be exciting….sending and receiving cards and buying little gifts, today I feel it took on such a commercial spin that buying flowers just because it is Valentine’s Day, is not for me…BUT it is a day where we should celebrate love…between partners, friends, family…and here is a reminder to love yourselves.

I am sure most of you thought that this would be a blog about bubble baths and face masks, given the title…but it is not quite that today πŸ™‚ Sometimes, we go through phases in life where we complain about a situation or a circumstance we are in. I went through it, a few years ago, where I was going through , what was for me a tough patch. I resorted to self pity, and disbelief of what I was going through. I was lucky to have the support of family and friends, but it was only when I realized that I was the only one who could change my circumstances, did things start to get better!

It is a journey and it takes time, but if you find yourself feeling unhappy about a situation you are in, remember you are in control and you and only you can make the change. I found that once I recognized that I can do something about it…I worked towards what I wanted to alter and improve. And that is actually loving yourself, knowing that sometimes you need to move away from certain places or people…

So today, the day we celebrate love, have a think, are there little changes you want to make to love yourself more…? πŸ™‚

And now on a final note, as I feel this was rather heavy for a fashion blog… for those who state I am not a romantic…Give me flowers any day but V day, I will be over the moon. I prefer experiences as gifts rather than objects (it does not mean I don’t appreciate gifts…;) and send me poetry and my heart will melt….so who said I am not a romantic….?😜

Enjoy your day and love yourselves, and celebrate with the ones you care for

Take care

Yan

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Dress up or dress it down…

Hello ladies,

Hope you are all well. I find myself looking at my wardrobe and staring at dresses and outfits which I consider as smart or elegant and nowhere to wear these right now, unless we venture out to an elegant restaurant…so shall I leave these outfits hanging …nahhhhh…here are a few tips of how you can wear the same item of clothing and dress it up or down. I hope you enjoy reading this, as much as I enjoyed writing and planning this blog post πŸ™‚ Most of the pics were taken at the Barakka gardens in our gorgeous city πŸ™‚

The Jumper

This white jumper is one of my favourite pieces of the season. I first paired up this white jumper with an elegant back skirt and silver heels…I had already posted this outfit during the Xmas season. Off go the heels and on go the booties and the outfit now has a more casual feel to it. You can opt to wear trainers for an even more casual look πŸ˜‰ Finally I paired the jumper with white jeans and lumberjack boots…and voila…casual outfit wearing the same top πŸ™‚

The Knit dress

Same dress worn in two different ways just by changing the accessories and shoes…smart to casual in seconds πŸ™‚ Shoes and accessories can vary the style of your outfit. Adding faux fur obviously gives the outfit a more sophisticated, chic look….whereas the trainers and the long necklace in the second pic give it a relaxed feel.

The Cardi

The cardigan…loving cardis right now, they are so versatile. I am just giving two examples here wearing the same cardi, one is a smart look, and the other is a casual look with jeans…BUT you can wear cardigans in so many different ways and creating so many different outfits…I think the cardi deserves a solo blogpost πŸ˜‰

The jumpsuit

I created three different looks wearing the same black jumpsuit. I can wear it to the office by adding a black blazer, pearls, nude pumps and a classic handbag. If I am going out for a stroll or a casual lunch, I pair it up with trainers and a rust leather jacket together with a cross body bag. Meeting the girls for the night…same jumpsuit but adding big gold earrings, red bag and red lippy and of course…gold sandals…and a change from morning to night pronto πŸ˜‰

These were just a few ideas…look at what you have inside your wardrobe and think of ways to create variations with the same item of clothing. Please let me know if you need help with any, you can post on the comments below or send me a message and I will gladly give you a few tips…:)

Wishing you all a great week ahead

Take care

Yan

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A fun Saturday creating outfits

Good morning ladies πŸ™‚

Last week, I spent a Saturday afternoon at one of my favourite local boutiques, Verve. Isabelle from Verve created some outfits for me to try on and show you πŸ™‚ I was in my element, trying on elegant dresses, to casual outfits to items you can mix and match in soooo many different ways!

Have a look at some of the items I tried on …obviously I could not leave empty handed…guess which outfit I took home with me:-p

The electric blue dress…very Kate Middleton style. High collar which buttons up and belt at the waistline (makes it very flattering to the figure) and a flowy lower part of the dress. One can wear this for lunches with nude shoes and turn it into an evening dress paired up with platinum high heels…a classic to have in one’s wardrobe!

This dress is the same style as the blue one, but with a completely different print! It is perhaps more adventurous in terms of the print. We paired it up with this gorgeous coat…which you can wear with many outfits and colours and surely you’ll turn heads.

This is a more casual look. I looooved the shirt…so different, edgy and cool. You can wear it with skirt as in the pic, but also with jeans, joggers, leggings, leather pants…and that print…so eye catching!

This is what I refer to as an ohh la la outfit hehe. I felt like a million dollars in this dress….elegant, sexy, sophisticated. The hair band added a touch of sparkle and the faux fur jacket a splash of luxury… Again, this is a classic which won’t go out of fashion πŸ™‚

This is a casual/smart outfit with a touch of bright pink…the polo neck and the detail on the jacket…match perfectly! The jacket can be worn with office work outfits, to casual ones…and again something out of the ordinary πŸ™‚

This outfit which Isabelle created turned out to be soooo chic, edgy, comfortable and ideal for any small gatherings you may have at home with your family during this time of year. The dress on its own is very elegant, however we dressed it down by including a white shirt underneath and replaced heels with cool booties… love it! Also, have a look any the detail of the lace…

The picture doesn’t do the outfit justice…this trouser suit has a golden shimmer to it, so adds that sparkle for the festive season which we all need. I wore a body suit with a touch of lace beneath, which again you can wear with so many other items…pencil skirts, pleated skirts, trousers, jeans…you name it;)

Those were the outfits I tried on and I loved every second of it! These are just a few ideas of how one can mix and match certain items and also accessories to create an outfit. Isabelle at Verve will help you with finding the right outfit for you….and be open to ideas…;)

Here’s wishing you all a lovely Sunday and great week ahead

Yan

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Outfits inspired by various decades

Good morning and hope you are doing all well πŸ™‚

Most of us are not going out much and as a consequence spending more time indoors and not getting to wear our favourite outfits. For this blog post, I decided to play dress up πŸ™‚

I enjoy watching tv series and obviously the fashion element in some of them makes the series more attractive to me πŸ˜‰ Downton Abbey and Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries take me back to the 1920s, an era of elegance, where women started wearing pants and cutting their hair short. Feathers and sparkle were also very prominent. Another series which I enjoy watching is The Marvellous Mrs Maisel which takes you back to the 1950s and 60s, Women in wide skirts, colours, hats, gloves and man in suits and waistcoats…what elegance! This inspired me to open my wardrobe and look at outfits of today and give it a twist inspired by past decades.

The 1920s is an era I could go back to when it comes to fashion. I bought the dress I am wearing in the picture only last year, it is a timeless classic. The sparkle and feathers add sophistication. I added the feather boa and red lips for a 1920 feel.

My second outfit is inspired by a 1940s look, with A-line skirts being very in and coupled with hats (and you all know by now my love of hats). Inspired by this period, I opted for a faux leather wide skirt and a denim shirt for a more modern look and paired it up with a camel hat recently acquired πŸ™‚

The last look I went for is inspired by the 1980s, which in all honesty is not my favourite from a fashion perspective, however we had many fun looks from that time. I didn’t go all out 80s for this look, a sporty dress and wore spotted tights and pearl pop socks with a pair of golden sandals. Have a closer look at the lip colour, I just got this new guerlain golden bloom Xmas collection lipstick, it gives a golden hue and you can wear it on its own or on top of other lips colours to add some golden sparkle πŸ˜‰

So ladies, which eras inspire you? Do you go back in time and create an outfit today with a touch from a different time?

I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I did creating these outfits πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead

Take care

Yan

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And she’s back…☺️

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted a blog post. Sometimes we get carried away with our daily tasks and overlook the little things we enjoy, in my case blogging about fashion…and other things too.

COVID has changed what in the past was second nature to us, mainly the social aspect. When I stop and think at how surreal it is that meeting my mother means I have to wear a mask and stand metres away from her, that going to the office and meeting colleagues is only when necessary and a hand shake is out of the window.

Dressing up is part of this social element…going to the office or out meeting friends – we dress up even if casual, thought goes into it. When spending a lot of time at home, that enthusiasm to dress up fizzles out BUT don’t want to spend days in joggers and hoodies!

Given restaurants are still open in Malta, we do go out for lunch or dinner on occasions and meet some of our friends “our bubble” πŸ™‚ on such occasions I take time to pick my outfit and enjoy planning what I will wear, however more than the outfit I appreciate the time with family and friends in person as opposed to video calls… and can’t wait for the day when a hug is just fine once again!

A couple of weeks ago, five of us met up for a drink (or two;) and a take out and then spent the evening singing along to songs from different times and of different genres…so simple yet music is a powerful means of bringing people together and expressing emotions through music.

This was not much of a fashion related blog, however it was needed from my end πŸ˜‰ I promise you more fashion related blog posts will be up!

Let me know of any particular topics you want to read about…maybe tracksuits and pjs…😜

Here is wishing you all a lovely Sunday and week ahead.

Put on your favourite music and sing along and dance, and everything will feel a little bit better πŸ™‚

Take care

Yan

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To the beach…in style πŸ‘’

Hello 😊

I hope you are all enjoying summer and making some time for the sun and sea 🌞

Dressing up to me is not just for those times when I have a do or a special occasion. Everyday is good enough to dress up and look stylish. I am not saying let’s walk out with our evening gowns wherever we go, but we can always look fabulous…by choosing the right outfit for the outing πŸ˜‰

It is summer, so off to the beach, boat rides or days by the pool to soak up the sun. I spend most w-ends at sea and given my passion for dressing up, I did buy some accessories and pieces to wear at the beach or on the boat. Here are a few ideas πŸ™‚

Beachwear

Kaftans

Kaftans are a must to have in your wardrobe, they are comfortable, and there are are soooo many different styles and colours that you can go for a sophisticated look, or bubbly and colorful, elegant …it is up to you and the mood you are in πŸ™‚ You can opt for a long or short kaftan. If you’re spending a day by the pool followed by dinner at a resort, you can dress up a long kaftan with the right accessories and voila…from a beach dress into a more elegant look πŸ™‚

As you can see from the pictures above, my friends opted for bright colorful kaftans and ethnics style kaftan for the day, whereas I went for a black look, as I felt it blended more with the hat for an elegant look.

Dresses

Maxi dresses or sundresses can be worn to go to the beach or resort. It is how you will accessorize the dress that we will make a difference. Read below for accessories πŸ˜‰ if you haven’t been much to the beach, and still in need of a tan, be mindful of the dress colour you choose….Go for turquoise and rose. If on the other hand you have a tan, a white dress will look stunning!

Beach pants

Put on your swimsuit or biking, grab your palazzo pants and a pair of wedge sandals and you’re set looking stylish in a jiffy! Choose a style which suits the shape of your body, you will find different waist bands, various lengths …go for the one which suits you!

Laura opted for a strawberry red swimsuit, with a cross back detail which gives it more oomph. She paired it up with white slitted palazzo pants and gold wedges. Simple yet so chic and beautiful!

Accessories

Accessories can make or break your outfit…they are details which can go unnoticed yet without them an outfit is not complete. Poolside and beach accessories….🧐 Think hats, shades, jewellery, bags, shoes, belts… have a look at the pictures below. The gold chained belt on the white dress makes the outfit more sophisticated…a small detail which changes the outfit. She paired it up with a casual bag all the way from Spain, and the blue and white colors blend in with the background of the beach…☺️

As you know by now, I love hats. I went for my big black hat…it dresses up an outfit, and I honestly feel like a million dollars in it (and it was not an expensive hat …win win for me πŸ˜‰) The bag was gifted to me last year for my bday….and I love it…it is a Mary Poppins bag…everything fits!

Do wear jewellery even for a day at the beach. Of course make sure it is either gold, stainless steel or plastic, so as not to ruin it. A pair of chunky earrings with a swimsuit or bikini, will look great! I enjoy buying costume jewellery to wear at the beach, you really don’t have to break the bank…

As you can see from the pictures, most of us wore wedges with our outfits. Possibly some are saying…yes wedges are comfy but to spend a full day at the beach with wedges .. not ideal. Carry a pair of flip flops in your beach bag…and you can walk around in your flats 😬

Having said all this, as cliche as this may sound the best thing one can wear to look great is your smile…and I am sure you will agree when you look at this group pic below. No posing, just us being together and having a good laugh…❀️

Wishing you all a great Summer!

Lots of love

Yan

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Online shopping vs in store shopping

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well πŸ™‚

I put up a few pics in past weeks, but haven’t written a blog post in a while. To be honest it was a mix of me being busy but also apathy from my side for different reasons…but the passion in what I love doing is always deep within…so here goes…☺️

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend about online shopping, given we were both locked inside and up until recently shops were closed in Malta (clearly I am referring to clothes, shoe, make-up stores etc and not grocery shops πŸ˜‚). My friend lives in a foreign country, and she also had to resort to online purchases.

I believe both have advantages, and I will list down the benefits and also pointers to keep in mind, especially when it comes to online shopping.

Online Shopping

The sky is your limit with online shopping. Many of the retail outlets and make-up stores have their items on sale online. Throughout the COVID-19 many outlets actually vamped up their websites and online service to meet the customers’ demands.

Having said that…I still end up shopping online from the shops I normally visit, and you ask…WHY…? Well, I know the style, my size and quality of the products. If trying out new outlets to shop online (even if not really ;), ensure they have a return policy…read it carefully and ensure you can either change or return the items and get your money back.

I find that with online shopping, I am more aware and so more careful on how much I spend, as I get to see the total before I actually purchase the items, whereas if I am in a shop and just grab the items I like, I normally end up looking in disbelief at cash point…πŸ™„

With online, you have the ability to choose the exact item you want; if it is clothes, you can choose whether you want to view trousers, t-shirts, filter by colour or size. If it’s make-up, the brand, product etc. Another advantage to online shopping is that many allow customers to read product reviews from people who purchased the item in the past.

If you have a very busy lifestyle and you don’t enjoy the experience of going into shops to buy your clothes, shoes etc…then online is your obvious choice. I find people with kids find online shopping for the children very useful. They can buy in bulk for the following season.

In store shopping

I do shop online, however to me the experience of going into my favourite boutiques and make-up store is no comparison! But this is me:) With the relaxation of the Covid measures, I put on my mask (fashionista mask made by mummy…just saying πŸ˜‰), and went to my two favourite boutiques and make-up store. I felt like a little child walking into a candy shop πŸ™‚

Online shopping may provide choices, in store gives you clarity. You can feel the texture of the fabric, see the exact colour (sometimes when you purchase something online, the colour may go really wrong!) you can try out the item and see how it actually fits and whether it gives you a feel good factor.

If you are anything like me, the best part of in store shopping is that there is no waiting time…even although there is an element of excitement when you are eagerly waiting for a purchase to arrive πŸ™‚ If I am having a bad day which can be brightened by some retail therapy…in store is instant and that thrill of a shopping bag around my fingers…bliss (especially if it contains shoesss :-p

Another advantage to in store shopping, is that you can go with a friend and actually make an outing of it. A friend and I used to plan a shopping day, which included breakfast, round the shops, go to the car and place our bags in the luggage boot, continue shopping, stop for a coffee, back to the car to place more bags and off to dinner… ☺️

So those were a few tips and also my feelings around online and in store shopping. I do a bit (or a lot πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ) of both, but hands down…I prefer in store anytime, especially when going to my favourite boutiques and stores who know me well, and I get treated like a queen πŸ˜‰

Let me know your preferences πŸ™‚

Have a lovely weekend!

Much love

Yan

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Perfume Profiling session

Hello ladies,

During this time when we are not going to our favourite boutiques and perfumeries, we browse online to check out what new collections are out there…but it’s not quite the same as going to the shop seeing for yourself what there is and taking advice from the professionals about their new collections.

One of the leading perfumeries in Malta, Franks, was advertising a personal perfume profiling online session with Claire Falzon, who has been with the said perfumery for a number of years and is an expert in her field. I decided to go for it and booked the 30 minute session with Claire. I was not too sure what to expect and what it was all about.

In summary, I can say, it was interesting, fun and different. During the session, Claire showed me a number of pictures and I selected my preferences. We also spoke about my personality and any particular traits, and these provided her with the perfumes which would potentially fit with my personality. Apparently I am elegant, sensual and daring, well, about this last point….it depends in relation to what I guess (you won’t get to see me bungee jumping anytime soon)πŸ˜‰ It was surprising, but in truth I had a tried a number of the perfumes which she recommended and my favourite perfume was on the list πŸ™‚

Claire did introduce some new perfumes which I hadn’t yet tried , and so I will be putting these on my list to give them a go. I do have my favourite perfumes, however I like trying out new fragrances πŸ™‚ In particular, I am curious to try the Trussardi perfumes which are part of a collection all named after different areas in Milan…I am intrigued with this collection.

I do recommend this session, as it something different and fun to do and I actually learnt new things about fragrances and the ingredients used and the various families, floral, oriental etc. I learnt about what I typically go for when looking at perfumes I had purchased. I also think this is a great initiative by Franks in engaging with their customers, and reaching out to them. Other sessions are now being organised with respect to skincare and make-up, so do have a look and I highly recommend attending one of these.

Have a good week!

Take care

Yan

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Blogger’s block…read on :)

Hello!

Hope you are all doing well. I have posted a few pictures in the past few weeks, trying to keep the positive vibes going, however I have to be honest…I struggled with writing a blog post. This is a fashion blog, what do you write about during this time, not wanting to be either insensitive to the situation yet not negative…🧐

In truth my fashion blog is sometimes a bit of a journal. So here goes. I had some teeth trouble when very few dentists are seeing patients given the situation. My family and friends called all the dentists they know to help me out, and I must say I am truly blessed and lucky to have such amazing people who care for me πŸ™‚

During this time, even although we are not meeting up, we stay connected thanks to technology and I still get to have my girlie conversations and have a good laugh with them.

My mum lives on her own and given her age, we cannot go visit her. Her neighbour prepared Easter lunch for her today …small gestures which mean so much. It brings out the good in people.

Spending less and pampering oneself
Many people are going through financial paycuts given the covid situation. When one is used to a certain lifestyle and in matter of a few weeks has to change this to make meets end….it’s not easy. So, if you have to sacrifice your favourite face mask because at this point it is no longer a priority, it does not mean you have to give up on your beauty treatments. There are many ways of doing natural face masks with ingredients you have at home. If you run a search on the web, you will find loads of DIY beauty tricks πŸ˜‰

Organise your wardrobe , make-up and skin care, and you will realise that you have items which are very similar and duplicates. This will make you think twice before actually purchasing items, and you will ask yourself…do I have one like it…? If so…do I really “need” thisπŸ˜‰

Clothes
Most of us are locked inside and not dressing up to go to work or out for the w-end. So you may give in to the temptation of staying in your pjs or tracksuits all day. Of course, at home one wants to feel comfortable, however wearing a nice top with leggings gives me a feel good factor. Also, now is the time to experiment…go though your clothes and see what you can either restyle or recycle 😬 I found some long cardigans which I haven’t used in a while, these are classic which came in very handy for using indoors…clear up your wardrobe and organise them and you will be surprised…;)

Let me know what topics you would like me to write in my blog. Let’s stay positive and as I always say, dress up, chin up and now stay safe…😘

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Take care

Yan

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Partial lockdown…what to do…?

Hello everyone!

I spent some time thinking about what to write in my next fashion blog given the current situation. Here in Malta we are on partial lockdown, many of us are working from home and all schools, gyms, bars and restaurants are now closed. We find ourselves in a surreal situation…how do we manage this…? I am no professional to be giving advice, but this is how I am trying to cope and here are me two pennies worth…πŸ˜‰

Routine

I’ve come to realise that I need routine in my life…so even although I am working from home, I need my time table. I wake up at my usual time, have my coffee, shower followed by skin care routine. Ladies, let’s come out of this with radiant skin πŸ˜‰ Morning skincare to me is a ritual…it does not take a lot of your time. I then still put on some make-up, just because I feel better.

Exercise

Following instructions from the authorities, schools have been closed, including my dance school…so no happy place for me for now 😭. Having said that my school will be sending us clips with dance exercises and maybe online lessons too☺️

Every morning I do my 20 push ups, however this is not sufficient exercise seeing I am spending a lot of time at home, so I’m back to my solo jogging routines, given we can still go out for now. Clearly, if this changes…I will need to find some home exercises … exercise helps me switch off and get away from all the posts and opinions of people about covid19 on social media…and also away from the fridge for a little while 😜

Reading

I enjoy reading, and with less social events to attend, I might actually reach and surpass my goal for the reading challenge πŸ™‚ my books are stacked on my bedside table and my digital books on my tablet…just waiting to be read πŸ˜‰

Outfits

Of course, if we are working from home, I won’t be in my smart outfits and heels, but no way will I stay in pjs or a dressing gownπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ. I wear comfy clothes, and just in case I have a vid conference perhaps a blazer paired with sweat pants…😜 We are not prohibited to go out as yet, but social distancing is highly recommended. A friend of mine suggested we go back to a few centuries ago, and wear the fully blown Victorian dresses, and voila, we are a metre away from each other πŸ˜‰

I will try post some ootd, perhaps spring outfits, to have some normality in this time which feels quite the opposite.

Music

As you know by now, I love music and it keeps my spirits high. So since I am spending a lot of time at home, dance classes have been cancelled and socializing is very limited… music becomes even more essential! When I feel anxious or I start overthinking, I connect my Spotify music to my beloved portable speaker and sing and dance away my frustrations…

And just for the kicks, I asked my friends to come up with a list of songs to have a COVID19 top 10 playlist…and they never disappoint…we have more than 10;)

  • Nothing’s gonna stop us now
  • Should I stay or should I go
  • I will survive
  • La solitudine
  • Under pressure
  • Our house
  • Time after time
  • Tainted love
  • Sit and wait
  • All by myself

My favorite song at this time is the song Gimme Hope Joanna, I love the upbeat song with the word hope, and it reminds me of a fun wedding with great friends and colleagues, all dressed up to the nines where we danced the night away… a great memory which brings a smile to my face.

Let me know which songs you would add to the list aboveπŸ˜‰

This was my light hearted blog post to keep our sanity πŸ™‚

Do listen and follow all that the health authorities are asking from us, if we all do our part, we can…beat it, just beat it πŸ˜‰

Take care

Lots of love

Yan

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