Thursday, 31 March 2016

Fashion: Street Art & Summer Dresses

Joe Browns Live A Colourful Life

How nice was the weather over Easter? On Friday I used the opportunity for a little stroll along Bankside in London. Though the walk along the Thames was jam-packed with people, everyone just looked really happy and truly enjoyed the gorgeous day full of warm sunshine and blue skies.

As soon as the first warm sunbeams come out, my natural instinct of summer kicks in and I'm literally all ready for the hot days - since living in the UK, you never know how much sunshine you'll get to enjoy, so I use to dress like it is already boiling hot. The spring sunshine can be misleading though, with mild temperatures in the day but come the evening it gets chilly and I wished I would have brought my winter coat along.

Red Bus and blue skies in London

So this is 2016 and I have obviously not learnt from my previous history of dressing too casual and light for the early spring days. A quick look at the bright sky (where is my camera?) and an even quicker check for the temperatures (stuck my arm briefly out of the window waving, does somebody else do that, too?) made me decide to take out my latest addition to my wardrobe: a casual dress from Joe Browns.
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Monday, 28 March 2016

Lifestyle: Life In the UK. Expat Post

Life in the UK. Expat Post

I'm very excited to share my second expat post with you which was initiated by my blogging friend Jennie. She's an expat herself and thought it'll be a fun idea to start a Q&A guest blogging post on each other's blogs. Sure! She is planning on integrating these expat interviews as a regular series on her blog, so I felt very flattered when she reached out to me as my expat interview is the very first! Shortly before Easter, Jennie send me the questions and it was such a fun project to work on. I'm going to share Jennie's post about her expat life in London soon, so watch this space!

Hope you'll enjoy today's post.

1. Tell me a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how long have you lived in England, what do you do etc.?

I'm Carolin, a fashion-loving linguist originally from Berlin. I’ve been living in the UK for around two years and since last November, I can call London my home. In the day, I work full time in SEO for a digital marketing agency in Central looking after various clients in the fashion and lifestyle industry. When I'm not stressing over Excel spreadsheets, analyse data, optimise or translate websites, I love writing about my latest ootds, fancy blogging events or reviewing films.

2. How would you describe your blog and what can people expect to read about there?

My blog Style Lingua is a personal fashion, film and lifestyle blog. I write about things I care about and I’m interested in. I cover mostly my daily outfits, review films or attend blogging and lifestyle events such as London Fashion Week.  I see my blog mainly as my hobby as it relaxes me to write and I've developed useful skills from it. It is my creative outlet and research project, as I'm also interested in text analysis and how an audience can be engaged through various different text and content forms.
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lifestyle: My 10 Must-Have Photo Props

IKEA Hemnes Drawers

Let’s face it: when it comes to our blog posts, photography comes before text. It is an unwritten law in the world of blogging. No matter how well you’ve crafted that sentence, garnished it nicely with verbs and flowery adjectives or used that fancy grammatical structure - the quality of your pictures will, in the end, decide, if readers are willing to indulge into your post.

About a year ago or so I published a post called The 5 Props Every Blogger Should Have To Boost Their Photography, in which I shared some tips on my photography equipment and backdrops. The post was picked up quite well. Since then I’ve come a long way with my pictures and feel confident and proud how much I've increased their quality. Not only have I upgraded to a DSLR camera, I’ve also honed my skills with regards to composition. Thanks to some useful photography props and intensive work on lighting and editing, I feel this hard effort is reflected in my work. For today's post, I thought I'd give you a quick heads up on how I managed to improve my photography during the past 12 months, including the 10 most useful props.
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Monday, 14 March 2016

Fashion: Reversible Two Sided Poncho

Reversible two sided poncho

Before the weather gets too sunny and warm, I shall better share my two-sided poncho outfit with you, which was actually shot a few weeks ago.

I've only found some time to write about this OOTD (outfit of the day) now, as time these days has become a rarity. However, as spring slowly but surely arrives, it's safe to say that a poncho can be worn in this transitional period just as well as we would do so in autumn.
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Friday, 11 March 2016

Fashion: London Fashion Week Feb 2016

Harper & Blake London Fashion Week

This post is loooong overdue, but ...uh well...these days I'm just at work all the time - and when I'm not working, I'm either commuting or I'm tired and uninspired to sit down and write a post. #whenlifetakesover. I feel like these days, I don't experience anything anymore or if I do, the events can't really excite me enough that they are worth talking about. 

Anyway, believe it or not, something actually DID happen in my life a few weeks ago which I'd like to share with you today. My friend Laura asked me to join her for London Fashion Week. You may remember back in September when she kindly invited me to come along as a 'trader' to see the incredible Amanda Wakeley show and we had the best time ever. Goes without saying that I was totally in for a second round when she called.
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