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What To Wear Tonight OOTD

Saturday, 28 February 2015

What To Wear Tonight fashion post

Have you seen my What To Wear Tonight review from January? Fortunately, the rain and darkness have had an end and for one day only, there was gorgeous sunshine, clear skies with a very fresh breeze in the air. I used the rare opportunity to got my DIY up-cycled telephone sofa out on our terrace and shot a few pics. As promised, here's the dress together with the clutch. Hope you'll enjoy.

Fashion Post bangles and dress
Magazine clutch as part of outfit post
Outfit post
Fashion Post dress and magazine clutch

Finally, the weather has become a lot nicer so I used the opportunity today to shoot on my terrace at home in Germany. My dad also up-cycled an old Telefon bench for me which turned out to be a fantastic prop for my setting. But let's move on to my outfit. What To Wear Tonight send me a few items for review and I decided for a sleeveless, pan collared dress from LYDC. Whilst the front looks very sophisticated and tame, the dress has a low cut on the back which applies a very sexy touch and can also be worn on a night out. 

I've teamed it up with a magazine clutch. The black and white Vogue print is so chic and I'm happy this trend from 2014 continues further in 2015. Alongside the outfit go my black heels from Jane Norman, one of the last items the brand sold in 2013 before they closed down all of their High Street stores and my Karma jewellery bangles

Here's What I'm Wearing:


High Heels: Jane Norman (winter season 2013/2014, sale £30)
Dress: LYDC via What To Wear Tonight* (current winter season 2014/2015, £19.99)
Magazine Clutch: What To Wear Tonight* (current winter season 2014/2015, £14.99)
Bangles: Karma Jewellery* (current season 2014, £18.50 each)

Hope you've enjoyed the outfit. Let me know what you think. How would you style the dress or the clutch with?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR Sample. Unfortunately, WTWT closed down in 2015 and is now longer available.

How To Overcome The Dreary Winter Blues?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Asics Shoes

I don't know what the weather is like in the UK, but over here in Germany, it is appalling. Rain, cloudy skies and darkness dominate the days and when it isn't raining, depressing grey shades and weird white lighting during the day reveal a dreary, naked landscape which can really bring you down. So how to overcome the winter blues?

1. Shine From The Inside


It is very easy to feel down when the weather is so depressing. A way to prevent this is to eat healthy which makes you feel good inside and when you feel great, you carry that attitude out into the world. I’ve started to change my eating habits towards more healthy food. It is a very slow change though because I'm a picky eater and eating fresh is time-consuming. Fresh food requires a lot of preparation. Most of the time I’m already hungry and freshly cooked meals take up to 2h which has recently put my patience to the test but it has worked. I feel more calm and relaxed since I cook homemade soup with fresh Apple&Cheddar bread and enjoy apples and nuts as a snack instead of chocolate. My sugar cravings have declined recently. I've also managed to get away from my ice tea addiction and drink most of the time water, which has made me feel more relaxed and I stopped my nail-biting when I feel nervous. Quality food can make such a difference to your well-being and though I've only done small steps so far, I think I'm going in the right direction and I can feel the positive effects of it already.

2. Keeping Fit


I would lie if I say that I do a lot of exercises, which is partly because I can’t do exhausting sports due to health issues, and because I’m lazy. I prefer a relaxing swim in the pool, a good cycling ride or ice-skating session over an exhausting run in the gym. However, I recently got a new pair of ASICS Gel Kayano 20* in bright orange. All my life I had one pair of ASICS shoes which, after 14 years, fell into pieces and it kind of went without saying that I opted for a new pair of the brand again. This one has a complex gel cushioning system, which feels very soft and flexible when you run outside, or in my case lightly jog. It gives you a perfect bounce and helps to absorb the impact of harmful forces (e.g. solid, harsh tarmac). The exercise outside in the fresh air stimulates my metabolism and entire body and I feel great at the end of the day which also lifts my mood and spirits.

How to keep fit in early spring
Bright orange sport shoes by Asics

3. 'Refuel' On Sunlight


Despite the many horrible damages, sunlight can cause to our skin, it has plenty of positive effects which are vital for your health. I'm a sun lover so as soon as the first warm sunbeams are out, I have to use the opportunity to 'refuel' on positive energy from the sun. The ultraviolet B in sunlight stimulates our body's natural production of Vitamin D which we need for healthy bones and to absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. Harvard University has also found out that exposure to natural sunlight diminishes the risk of osteoporosis. Australian research further confirms that sunlight regulates our hormone balance. It can reduce the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes us feel sleepy and drowsy, and instead, we feel awake and refreshed. A daily dose of 10-15minutes of sunlight is enough to contribute to your body's health. The benefits of sunlight are diverse and though rare in the pre-spring time, you should try and use as many opportunities as possible. Of course, sunlight needs to be enjoyed in moderation and with protection to prevent sunburn and the risk of cancer.

4. Add Colour


It is scientifically proven that colour has a tremendous influence on our well-being and can enhance our moods. The bright orange colour from my shoes is not only a hot spring colour, but it’s also my favourite as it stands for creativity and an open mind. If you have this energetic colour around you, it will stir your imagination, keeps your energy flowing and makes you feel alive. With so much brightness and happiness on my feet, I’m sure to attract lots of positive energy, which you can, too. I got my shoes from online shop Sportsshoes.com which features a great collection of running shoes and exercise gear. Most running shoes in the ASICS collection at sportsshoes.com are very bright and you can get basically any colour from yellow, via blue, to purple and green.

ASICS Gel Kayano

Are You Ready?


ASICS Gel Kayano sport shoes

What bright colour would you choose? How is everyone's NY resolution (keep fit and exercise) going so far? How do you overcome the dreary winter months?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR Sample

The Gemini Press Day In Stratford

Friday, 20 February 2015

The Gemini Press Day

Two weeks ago I was invited by the lovely ladies from Gemini Woman, a small boutique in Stratford-Upon-Avon, to have an exclusive sneak peek at their Scandinavian clothing line Sandwich and its SS15 collection. Alongside other fashion bloggers, I made my way over to the idyllic town of Stratford-Upon-Avon to the wonderful Arden Hotel where the event was held.

Nanshy 4in1 Make Up Blending Sponge

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Nanshy 4in1 Blending Sponge

Earlier in January, I took part in the Bloggers Love Twitter Party and got the chance to work for the very first time with Nanshy. I've been lusting over their gorgeous makeup brushes and products for a while and now, I was even going to try and test one of their latest addition to their range before it hit stores. Later this February, Nanshy will release a 4in1 Blending MakeUp Sponge* which I have reviewed for you.

Nanshy blending sponge
Blending sponge Nanshy
Blending Sponge by Nanshy

The packaging is gorgeous and of high quality. The sponge itself is super soft and feels pleasant on your skin. Through the special pear shap, the sponge is handy and easy to use. Before its use, you'll need to wet it and the sponge will grow in size. It has actually doubled in size when I used it. The edge is perfect to hold your makeup, foundation, primer or face balm and allows an even and neat application. Especially hard to access parts of your face, e.g. nose, are now perfect to reach. Clean your sponge afterwards with warm water and let it dry before you put it back into your makeup bag.

Nanshy 4in1 blending sponge review
Blending sponge packaging
Nanshy 4in1 blending sponge

The Nanshy 4in1 Blending MakeUp Sponge is out later in February and costs £5.95. You can order it directly from the Nanshy homepage.

Thank you so much for reading today's post. Which products do you use from Nanshy? How do you apply your foundation? Would you use a sponge or a makeup brush? Hope you've enjoyed it and will join me on my next FEBulous adventure.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*PR sample
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