DIY pampering session :-)

Hello ladies ☺️

Last Friday, husband had an event to go to and I had the house to myself and after a long week I decided to treat myself to some me time.

At my age I am still spoilt by mummy, and she prepared one of her homemade dishes for me. So dinner was set, I opened a good bottle of wine to accompany my meal and helped myself to two glasses ☺️ I thought I deserved some chocolate after that and watched an F1 series I discovered on Netflix, whilst eating my dinner…bliss.

I then prepared the bathroom for a long hot shower, lit on my guerlain aroma candles, switched on Spotify on my favourite playlist and left all the stress of the week away from my surroundings… I used a body scrub which was given to me by a friend for the secret Santa exchange (thank you…love it) and treated my bleached highlighted hair to a treatment, which I highly recommend. The treatment is called Link-d (I used numbers 3 and 4), after the first shampoo you apply a generous amount of the conditioner, towel dry your hair and apply a leave in conditioner of the same brand. My hair feels soft and smooth. I applied my milkshake leave in mousse to add more moisture to it and hair feels regenerated 🙂

Hair was done, it was then time for skincare. I applied a hypoallergenic body lotion which works wonders and is not expensive ladies ☺️ from the Uriage brand. I cleansed my face with the Make-up factory face wash (it leaves no traces of make-up!) I then applied my guerlain eye cream and skin clinic serum and night cream, I massaged my face with the said creams and was ready to jump into bed.

Into a fresh pair of pjs, I made myself a herbal tea, and jumped straight to bed. I decided to sleep to an old romcom movie, You‘ve got Mail. Love the scene when they connect to the internet with a modem…today’s generation won’t recall the patience it took to connect to the net😉 I did not get to watch all the movie, as somewhere along the way I fell asleep, which I guess is a good sign, as it means I was relaxed and drifted off to dreamworld…

We all need some time to ourselves to re-energise and look after ourselves. We lead busy lives (and I wouldn’t want it any other way to be honest), however sometimes it is good to switch off for a while and spoil ourselves. You do not need to spend a fortune, just make some time to yourselves, eat your favorite food, and treat yourselves to some treatments ☺️

Let me know whether you find some time to switch off once in a while, and what do you to spoil YOU!

I feel ready and set to face the coming week, just put on a smile…and voila …let’s do this ☺️

Have a good one

Yan

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Finding your personal style

Hello ladies and gents:)

This blog post applies to all!

When chatting between us, and talking about fashion and what we wear, like and dislike, we sometimes hear someone saying… that is not my style. What is your personal style… and how do you find it…?

Sometimes I am tagged in posts of outfits or make-up as people know it is something I would potentially like, as by now they know my style and what I am willing to wear when it comes to colours, shape, fabrics etc and what I feel comfortable in. Some people struggle with what is their personal style… here are a few questions you need to ask yourselves to find your style😉

What are you comfortable in?

When talking about comfort, I don’t mean flats and sweatpants, comfortable in the way you look and the image you want to portray. I think this is key, it is useless trying to fit into something or splashing on make-up, and when you look into a mirror and think…eehmmm, I don’t like myself. I never sacrifice my style for the sake of fashion. Of course, I do follow the latest trends but I adapt them to feel comfortable and confident in what I wear. This does not mean that I don’t experiment, for example the camouflage dress I posted a couple of weeks ago is out of my comfort zone, but I added the hat to make it more “me” 🙂

Make an outfit your own!

What do you want to communicate with your look?

Do you want to seek attention or the other extreme, not to be noticed? Do you want to portray confidence, a bold personality. Are you in tune with your personality with the look you are portraying? Also, look at your surroundings. Will I look out of place if I wear such outfits to this particular event….? If so, are you comfortable with that, or would you rather fit in and go with the flow?

How do you go about it?

Initially, you need to experiment. Look at bloggers and magazines for inspiration, and slowly adapt these to make them your own, refine it and add your own touch. Dress up and see how comfortable you feel in it and also see what feedback you get from your true friends. Finding your own style is a journey, it is fun and enjoy it! By time you will also note that it will change and evolve.

I hope this blog posts helps you with identifying your own style…let me know!

All the best for the week to come ☺️

Yan

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Downtown…

Good morning!

I hope you all had a good week, and if it was not one of your best ones, what did you do to feel better?

On those days when I am feeling upset or going through a tough patch there is no better cure than a chat with my best friend (might also include a glass of wine😉 ), a jog to clear my mind and music…

This is not me…just saying 😂😂😂

To these I must add going round the shops to a busy place, not necessarily shopping (even although some retail therapy sometimes does it;). People and a busy spot give me energy.

And like the song goes

When you’re alone, and life is making you lonely You can always go 
Downtown
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry Seems to help, I know
Downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty…

Some people prefer going to a spot away from everything to reflect. In my case, I prefer first clearing my mind and go round the shops and sitting at a coffee shop listening to the sound of a city.

January can be a tight month financially and retail therapy might be difficult to apply;) If I am window shopping I go round the shops for ideas on how I can mix the different clothes I have to create outfits… try it out! And then if you want to get yourself a lil pressie… go for a lipstick or mascara or something small so as not to break the bank but still gives you the thrill of shopping💄🎊

If like me you looove music (I wake up and my music is on!), on one of those bad days I select Downtown and sing and dance to it whilst getting ready to go round the shops… and yes I do then feel a little better…:)

Here’s wishing you a good week ahead and remember chin up and smile!

Lots of love

Yan

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Fashion Resolutions… what will yours be?😉

Happy New Year!

New year, fresh start and with it come all our self-promises and resolutions. I am not one keen on resolutions, three weeks in, I typically am back into my busy schedule and routine and forget all about what seemed a great idea beginning January. I do however set goals for myself, realistic ones. I do this every year and I do achieve most of them. One of my annual goals is setting the number of books I will read throughout the year, and I always increase the number by one or two books annually. To this this I add another two goals I want to work on and list these down on my mobile notes….lest I forget😉

My favourite spot where I get to write my blog posts:)

I read an interesting article on Vogue about fashion resolutions and what the editors of the major fashion magazines vouched to stick to in 2020 with respect to fashion. These varied between shopping only for what is necessary, giving out something one is in possession of when purchasing something new, buying only one or two outfits however only of good quality and the list goes on. I never set myself any fashion resolutions…but after reading this I thought, I should add a goal to my list. So I thought… what is good to do and will also work? I decided to set a monthly budget I intend spending on my clothes, shoes and make-up. This gives me the freedom (to my mind) to shop for anything I want but within a monthly budget I set… let’s see how this goes…🙄 yikes…will I manage this you think? 😉

Always ask yourself these questions before you actually purchase an item of clothing:

  • How many times will I realistically wear this?
  • Can I mix and match it with different outfits?
  • Does the price make sense for this piece? (If spending a substantial amount, is it a classic you will make use of or something which will be out of fashion in a couple of months?)

The struggle I will find with this goal is when it comes to shoes… I find it hard to resist when I see a pair I fall in love with, which is quite often…😂

So ladies let me know what fashion resolutions you will set? Let me know in the comments 🙂

I have some ideas for my 2020 blog posts, let me know of any particular ones you would like me to write about.

Cheers and all the best

Yan

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Looking forward to discover 2020…

Hello!

As 2019 is coming to an end, I look back at my first year of fashion blogging 🙂 Thank you to all those who followed me on the blog and also to those who participated and assisted in the photo shoots.

As you know the intention of the blog is to reach out to all women of different shapes and sizes… we are all different and unique and we can all look good! I hope I managed to pass on this message 😊 I hope that through my blog I gave the confidence to at least one person to feel good in their body… if I managed that I am super happy!

Let us discover together what 2020 will bring with it in the world of fashion and let’s see how we can make it work for all of us!

Tonight whether you are staying in with your sweatpants and hoodies or going out for the night in you sparkly outfits… remember that the best way to feel good is being yourselves. Wear that smile, chin up and remember you are beautiful!

Wishing you all the best for 2020

Lots of love

Yan

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What to wear this festive season 🌟

December is here and this is the season for after work drinks, parties, balls, gala nights and celebrations, but this also means that we need the right outfit for these occasions….what to wear, what to wear?! I will be outlining a few ideas for you to create different looks for this festive season.

Outfit

This all depends on the event you will be attending. If you are heading for drinks with your friends after work but you don’t have to time to change, grab a pair of jeans and high heeled shoes perhaps with some sparkle and voila’ you are all set for a night out with your friends.

During this time of the year it is good to invest in party tops, as these can be worn with jeans, tailored trousers, midi and miniskirts; they are the most versatile addition to your wardrobe and you can also  enjoy these not only during the festive season but as eveningwear during the rest of the year.

Work Christmas parties ….this is always a huge headache for a number of people. You want to look good and stylish yet not want to walk in with short skirts or backless tops, you need to have the right outfit and not look boring. The best thing to do is to keep it simple yet with a little more chic ‘oomph’ than usual. Sleek black pants, glittery blouse together with the right accessories. Go for A line skirts or a midi dresses and dress it up with glittery block heel shoes.

Cocktail parties

These are the fun outfit parties, where you can up the glitter and sparkle to the normal week end look. Enjoy experimenting with such outfits and feel glamourous.  This does not mean that you are restricted to wearing dresses full of sequins – you can play around with your outfits and look fabulous. Include gold and silver which are considered to be neutral colours with your outfits, You can wear you black trousers and top and wrap a large gold scarf around your waist. If you are comfortable with shine and sparkles go for it , however go plain with the bag and shoes otherwise you will look overdone.

Balls and Gala nights

Red carpet look for the night and go for fully blown diva look with long dresses. The style will depend very much on your shape. A line dresses or fish tail styles – you have to try these on to see what best suits your figure. I have also seen ladies wearing tuxedos paired up with a cool pair of high heeled stilettoes and oh did they make an entrance…

Accessories

Depending on the style of the outfit you then accessorize accordingly, If your outfit is full of sparkle then go for plain accessories. If on the other hand your outfit is simple you can afford to dazzle up with accessories including some fun hair clips and bands which are available. Beaded hairbands are very much in fashion and they do give that extra sparkle to your outfit. Faux fur is also very much in, add a stole or cape with a fur collar and you have elegance par excellence! You can add some shine to your make up and experiment with some bold lip colours.

Finally, as I always say the best way to look good is feeling comfortable and confident in what you are wearing …wear the smile, chin up and here’s wishing you a fantastic festive season.

Lots of love

Yan

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Alegria Flamenco Malta presents…. Promesas 💃

Hello everyone!

I did not post much these past couple of weeks as I was travelling on work and also fitting in rehearsals to a performance I will be participating in… Promesas a flamenco show.

This is a fashion blog, however flamenco is another passion of mine and I would like to invite all the readers of this blog to this flamenco production. The Director of the school Ingrid Sciberras, together with the choreographers, put their heart and soul to put up this production. All the students and company members work hard and dance with love and passion as we all respect this art form.

Flamenco is about the song, dance and rhythm, and it gives us dancers the opportunity to express our feelings and share them on stage with the audience. The show will also have live music and singing.

The story is based on a short story written in 1932 by Maltese author S. W. Agius entitled ‘Sivigliana’. It is a story of betrayal and love and most of all the passion for flamenco!

As I said this is indeed a fashion blog, and the show is also a feast for your eyes…. the costumes are beautiful…. colours, frills, flowers, fans and the beautiful Spanish shawls. Come and see for yourselves😊

My flamenco family 😊

There will be a total of three performances, two of which will be held at Salesian Theatre, Sliema on Saturday 23 November at 8pm and Sunday 24 November at 7.30 pm. There will be a third performance in Gozo on Saturday 7 December at 8pm at the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre, Rabat, Gozo. Both venues are provided with ample parking spaces.

For tickets email alegriamalta@gmail.com or call 9949 5187.

Hope to see you!

Lots of love and as we say in flamenco…. ole!

Yan

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