Fashion Resolutions… what will yours be?πŸ˜‰

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 forgetπŸ˜‰

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…πŸ™„ yikes…will I manage this you think? πŸ˜‰

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…πŸ˜‚

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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸŒŸ

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 β€˜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 πŸ’ƒ

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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What lies beneath…πŸ˜‰

Good morning ladies!

Today’s blog post will address a matter which I feel is essential to look good in any outfit….. wearing the right underwear! Ladies, a few pointers of what I believe is essential:

  • It is not for the world to see – they are called undergarments for a reason
  • Ensure you know your size
  • choose the right underwear for your body shape

Fabric

Clearly, cotton is the best fabric from a health perspective. It is breathable fabric and causes less allergies. It does not mean that we cannot wear silk, lace or satin underwear. Ensure you alternate between the various materials and wearing cotton more frequently. Today the variety in the market is vast.

Keep in mind that some fabrics will show and if you wear lacey underwear beneath a cotton t-shirt or linen trousers. Be mindful of this when choosing what outfit you are wearing.

Getting the size right

This is key! If it is a size too big, it ends up sagging or rolling. On the other hand wearing underwear in a smaller size looks absolutely horrendous with bulges under your clothes…. and we don’t want that! 😊

Measure yourself and go for your actual size, it needs to feel like you are not wearing anything. This applies also for your bra size. Today most lingerie shops offer to measure you and help you finding the right size. You will look good in your right size and also, having the wrong size can cause harm.

Too tight πŸ™Š

Shape

We all have different body shapes and alas, we are not all Victoria Secret models..;-) But that’s ok….. today we are blessed with shops, both physical stores and online shops which offer a wide selection.

You know your bodies, so choose the underwear keeping this in mind. I personally never manage to get rid of the love handles at the side of my waistline…. so French cut underwear will amplify these so I avoid it. If you have a tummy and want to conceal it πŸ˜‰ go for wide waist underwear and not low waisted. If you are curvier at the hips, avoid thin waist bands.

Personally I believe the best underwear is the seamless one. It does not show beneath the clothes which is exactly the point πŸ™‚ if you think having lacey underwear showing beneath your outfit is sexy…. think again…. it’s tacky!

Colour

Make sure you have nude colour underwear in your wardrobes… it is a must! It is the safest colour as it won’t show under most outfits…. especially under white garments. There is the misconception that you wear a white bra and pants beneath white clothes…. they actually show…. go for nudes!

Having said all this…. we can have some fun playing around with colours too:) obviously be careful what to wear coloured underwear with…. remember it should not show πŸ™‚ Most women get a feel good factor by wearing matching lingerie and experimenting with styles and colours … and why not?! Just be mindful of all the tips above 😊

There are a number of shops locally to purchase your underwear, and a lot also online…. Victoria secrets deliver to Malta…( and they do have sizes other than a size zero;) Bravissimo online is great for women with heavier busts…. a great selection to choose from. Next online also have underwear and provide a selection by size and shape, so it is actually of great help!

Have a good week ahead!

Take care

Yan

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The Trench Coat

Good morning!

Now that we had the first rainfall of the season, I thought I should put the spotlight on a staple item to have in one’s wardrobe…. the trench coat.This waterproof coat comes in very handy at this time of the year, and is also a fashion must have πŸ™‚

The trench coat dates back to pre World War One used by army officers. The name actually caught on during World War One as it was used in the trenches. One of the first manufactures of the trench coat…. was Burberry – still one of their most popular items to this very day! And on my wish list to purchase…πŸ˜‰

This piece was also made famous and became popular in the fashion world thanks to its use in movies, worn mainly by detectives, gangsters and femme fatales. Humphrey Bogart wore a trench coat in the movie The Maltese Falcon and also in Casablanca. Warren Beatty wore it in the movie Dick Tracy. Leading ladies such as Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn wore the trench coat in some of the movies they starred in. One cannot forget Audrey Hepburn in the last scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s…. she most definitely helped to make the trench coat a timeless piece.

Today the trench coat is a must have in one’s wardrobe. It is not only convenient to have during the wet season, but also a fashion statement. The traditional beige double breasted trench coat is available for both males and females, however there are many different variants one finds today. The evolution of the trench coat made it a very versatile piece and one can choose to purchase this in different colours and styles.

The great thing about the trench coat is that it can be worn with smart or casual outfits. For the ladies, you can dress this with boots, heels, flats or trainers and it always looks great! In the case of the gents, it pairs up nicely with smart suits and also with a casual outfit together with a pair of Chelsea boots or trainers.

Today you can find so many different versions, not only in different colours and textures but also in different lengths and depending on the shape of your body you can adapt this to suit your figure! if you are tall you can afford to have a long trench coat, on the other hand if you are petite go for a shorter version, just under the hips. The colour and texture you choose will depend on whether you want a more serious/smart look or a fun one.

Is the trench coat an item you have in your wardrobe? Are you all for the traditional style, or do you prefer the modern variants? Let me know!

Wishing you all a positive and good week ahead!

Much love

Yan

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What’s up this Autumn..

Helloooo!

So really…. sun is shining and thinking about Autumn here on our little island….?! The answer is yes…:) I do start looking out for pieces from the Autumn/winter collection. A few shops have already started displaying their new collections and I get very excited to see what’s in store for next season πŸ˜€

Personally, I love neutral colours for the colder months: grey, camel, beige, tan…. you get the drift πŸ™‚ I then like pairing outfits in neutral colours with striking coloured shoes, or a busy patterned bag. Have a look at this all grey outfit with a red bag.

Having said that, last week I went to one of my go to shops and the shop assistant who knows my taste came to me with an acquamarine/green dress from the new collection. I tried it on and fell in love with it, colour and all! Here is a pic, however I will post another one when I get to wear it πŸ˜‰

Dress – Sandro Ferrone

Leather is very in this season, mixed with different material. Dresses with leather panels at the sides or the border of a dress in leather… I like this mix personally. I find leather jackets very versatile and I like having different styles in different colours in my wardrobe… A particular one caught my eye, a blazer style leather jacket…. smart yet edgy!

Outfit and picture – Sandro Ferrone

Similar to what we have seen for the Summer months, florals will be in even for Autumn/winter time, obviously with toned down colours. Long dresses and skirts in florals for that romantic feel… Have a look at some of these lovely pieces.

Photo and outfit. – Verve boutique, Naxxar
Photo and outfit – Verve boutique, Naxxar

Pleats are still very in also, thick woolen skirts in pleats which you can wear with long boots… so comfortable and stylish! Have a look at this skirt I bought from a lovely boutique in Naxxar, Verve. This skirt can be worn with long boots for a casual look or court shoes for a smarter lookπŸ˜‰

If you are concerned about the waistline when it comes to pleats, make sure the elastic or waistband is wide at the waist..πŸ˜‰

For the autumn months you can also invest in jumpsuits, there are soooo many different styles you can opt for. You can then grab your leather jacket in the Winter and keep on wearing such outfits for the colder months.

Looking forward to the fresh weather to start wearing the new pieces.

Photo and outfit – Verve boutique, Naxxar

What is your must have for the colder months…. let me know?

Have a lovely Sunday!

Take care and lots of love

Yan

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