fashion · Reviews

Red Valentino- S/S 2016 PRE

You can never go wrong with monochrome. Especially when it’s Valentino.

For the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, block colours and prints are featured again, with subtle pastels and rainbow patterns thrown into the mix, balancing out the harsh theme.

Valentino has gone with a 60s vibe for this collection, featuring shift dresses with bold prints, and abstract patterns. Masculine features have been woven into the garments, with a feminine twist, combining bow ties with sheer fabrics, and ties with short dresses, creating a modern age vision for next year.

I love the scalloped edge on the dress, it adds detail without going over the top. Simplicity is key in this collection, shown through the use of clean cut shapes and colours. The matching collar and tie, combined with the scalloped hem in black too really bring the shift dress together, rather than focusing on one center feature, showcasing the garment as a whole.

The pattern looks great reversed too and I particularly like how the hem has been raised and the waist cinched to create some definition and individuality between this and the first dress.  This design is much more softer, but still carries the boyish undertones through from the first design, shown through the tie and the Charleston shoes. This is contrasted with the rounded sleeves and tulip shirt.

The same pattern is carried through the collection, but with some minor and some major changes. For this design, a more ‘feminine’ approach has been taken, with the skirt adorn with ruffles and a  preppy appearance. The garment is much lighter and airy, with the use of pastels and brighter trims, and the sheer shoulder and neckline transform the pattern into a new creation, one with a softer edge.

The sheer fabric is also a reoccurring theme, this time used to soften a masculine style trouser and shirt combo. The subtle waved bow tie which is wider than usual adds a feminine touch, and the ruffled pattern on the shirt contribute to this. There is a nod to Victorian style shirts with the decorated fronts and high cuffs, with a modern twist, using a more revealing fabric.

I also love the suits featured. I’m a big fan of high waisted shorts and jacket combination, made in the same fabric to create a new style of formal suits. The print is abstract, much like the decor style in the 50/60s and the shine gives a professional image to the modern look, conveyed through the shorts and 3/4 length sleeves on the blazer.

Overall, this is a great collection, although an odd style for spring/summer which usually features brighter colours. Never the less, I always love Valentino and the directors are doing a fine job in carrying on the image that Garavani created.

What do you think? Leave a comment about your favourite piece from the collection which you can view here.

Check out my other posts from the series;

Barbra Bui 

Giambatissta Valli

Christian Siriano

Creatures of the wind 

Or check out my previous post -> Wind; Haruki Murakami- Book review

Thank you for reading, and sorry for being MIA for so long, I’m back to college now and back on timetable, so posts should be regular now. 

Literature · Reviews

Wind; Haruki Murakami- Book Review

I went shopping a few times during the holidays and one of the things that I picked up (well, actually my Mum did)  was a book by the author Haruki Murakami. It is actually two of his books in one; Pinball being the second book, and also features a third and final book in the series.


I was attracted to the book first by it’s minimal cover, created by Suzanne Dean. The book has two covers which I found out when I flipped it over to read the blurb (there isn’t one.) and found another cover in place, this one credited to the V&A and Steve Banks.

The cover for Wind is very abstract, with a cut squares and leaves which hint to the book’s setting and writer’s heritage from Japan, and makes a lovely change from the complicated covers which are usually found on book shelves.  I am a fan of more simple covers,  vintage hardback books being my favourite, so I opened the book to find out more.

Inside is more decoration, with the front pages designed to match their respective covers in a repeating pattern. Wind featured an abstract pattern, much like something you would find in a museum. Points to me for the worst description ever, but have some photos to see what I mean;


The order of the books is Wind, followed by Pinball and lastly A Wild Sheep Chase. I didn’t know there was a third until I finished wind and read the inner sleeve of the book and proceeded to internally scream. What happens to the rat? Who knows when I’ll find out because I haven’t finished Pinball yet and have no idea when I’ll get my hands onto the third.

The blurb follows the minimal tone of the novel, explaining what happens and nothing more. It tells the bare minimum and entices you becauase of this- no cliffhangers or ‘What will happen?’ It almost sounds…ordinary, like an everyday documentation which draws you into read more.


The style of Wind is personal and calm. The narrator is very matter-of-fact and blunt. No fancy words. He tells you how he feels, what he thinks and gives a real incite into his brain.

The chapters are short overall, with varying lengths throughout which I found odd at first, but I actually began to enjoy this style, especially the cute star divisions when a new chapter isn’t needed, but the events don’t flow into one another. Wind also has illustrations tying into the story.


As for plot, I have yet to figure one out. I mean, the events happen chronologically, and they make sense and have meaning…but the meaning isn’t to the reader- it’s to the narrator. This is what makes the book so special to me. It’s almost as if the narrator has invited us into his life, and we are observing his daily happenings. Nothing elaborate or fancy. Just his life. There is a real sense of ‘average is fine’ which I got from the book, a comforting thing if your like me and in the middle of essentially deciding your future.(yay uni applications)

The characters in the book are also interesting to say the least. The narrator is never named, his friend is only known as “the rat” and there’s a girl with only 9 fingers. Odd, right? This adds to the vague nature of the novel and also spurs me to re-read it again to see if I can piece together more coherently what is happening and what it means. If it means anything. Maybe it is just an interesting story about a person with no deeper meaning. After all, not everything needs to teach you something about life.


The Rat is a prominent character in the book, perhaps more so in Wind as he seems to be struggling, although he rarely shares why. Despite being from a rich family- he hates the rich and is a mysterious character who disappears and reappears through the chapters.

Many of the characters in Wind have little revealed about them- perhaps it reflects how people you meet share things with you, but never everything. It leaves a lot of questions which lead you on until you finish and realize…you have even more questions.

In short, it’s difficult to review the book without revealing what happens within the book and spoiling it. But it is a strange style of writing which is really fun to read and also challenging at times.

Overall, I loved this story, it is much different from the standard motivation-problem-solution or a how-to-life story, and I actually thought it was an autobiography at first. Actually, that’s how I would describe it- A fictional Autobiography.

I’ll review the next story; Pinball in the next post one I have finished reading it. I’ll also review the third book although I have no idea when that will be. What did you guys think? I’m not sure I reviewed the book very well, so tips would be appreciated! I’m curious to see if anyone else has read this too, I’d love to hear your opinions! Thanks for reading!

fashion · Reviews

Christian Siriano- Pre S/S 2016

Sorry for the late blog post, I usually post weekly but I’m trying to get all my revision and summer work finished before we go back! I should have my timetable soon, so then I can fit in a definite slot for my posts.

Onto the actual topic, the next collection I’m going to review is Christian Siriano’s Pre collection. This collection features a lot of peach tones, contrasted with black and navy among the pastel hues. Siriano’s collection is elegant and refined, with long, big skirts and modern necklines. Crew-neck and boater style necklines are a reccuring feature. Overall this collection screams young, modern and chic.

The first piece that caught my eye was this peach evening gown. I love the material used, it reminds me of tissue paper that is used to wrap jewellery in! I also like the unique neckline combined with the pleats, which gives a minimal and effortless elegance to the dress. The fact there is hardly any embellishment to the dress draws more attention to the small details which are executed perfectly. Even the hemline adds an edge to the gown.

Next is this floral print which is used throughout the collection. I love how in each ensemble, Siriano picks a key colour from the print and uses it in a block print to contrast. In this, he has selected a beautiful lavender shade for the top of this model and has used his skill in pleating and frills to create a pattern, rather than printing onto the fabric. Again, the simplistic style draws the eye towards the technique, showcasing his skills as a designer. As for the skirt, the same applies, this time with the wide gathers which gives a more mature undertone to the style.

Lastly, I love the 70s vibe that this over-sized shirt and skirt give in this design. The long sleeves and how the shirt is haphazardly fastened give a ‘day at the beach’ feel to the ensemble, and the geometric print adds to the retro vibe. A touch of modern style is injected into the design with the A line skirt which would look great with a crisp white shirt for the office. The heels and bow tie the garments together with the all matching print trend conveyed by Siriano.

What do you think? Check out the rest of the collection here and leave a comment on your favourite piece!

Or if you’re new, check out my other reviews so far;

Giambattista A/W 2015/16

Barbra Bui Pre S/S 2016

Creatures of the Wind S/S 2016

education · Reviews · Stationery

Zebra Pastel Mildliners review

My new highlighters have arrived! I’ve been so exited for them to arrive so I can use them for my revision and now they’re here I can make cute notes! I thought in tie with my studyblr post I would review them in case any budding studyblr bloggers were interested in buying them!

  
I purchased my highlighters from Amazon, and bought the pastel version of the product. So far I’ve seen two different versions of the pack, with different colours which are linked below the product page. But as I am a pastel nerd, I obviously chose the pastel ones.

  
They are a Japanese brand, and come with 5 different colours; yellow, pink, green, blue and orange, and they have a slight neon tone to them, which is nice because I don’t like really bright colours but it still allows important information to stand out.

  
They also have TWO ENDS! I didn’t know this when I bought the highlighters, I just thought that it would be a slightly thinner version of a highlighter but it’s so much more! There’s a wide slanted end for all your highlighting purposes and on the other end…

  
A pen version! It has a pointed tip so you can write in colour without having to use the wide highlighter which makes everything untidy and ruins your notes causing you to go into a never ending pit of regret and sadness. (Totally haven’t tried to write a title in highlighter before…nope…*insert crying*)

Anyway, the product was sent on the 16th July, and I received them on the 1st August, so two weeks is amazing considering they had to make a world trip from Japan all the way to England. They were in great condition and also came with a note to say thanks for buying the product, thanks Dai Dai!

  
Overall;

Price; 9/10  (I paid £3.6)

Shipping; 10/10 (so fast!)

Packaging; 10/10

Quality; 10/10

Communication; 10/10 (I received regular e-mails notifying me that that they had been dispatched and delivered)

Overall; 10/10

I thoroughly recommend this product if your going back to school in September, and if you do get them, you should tweet or instagram me your notes!

Here is an additional link to the supplier’s websites;

http://www.daidai.biz

http://www.sukiyaki.co

What do you want me to write about next? Comment below!

beauty · Reviews

MUA Lipstick review

I’ve recently added to my makeup collection three new lipsticks from MUA, or Makeup Academy, and thought I’d share my thoughts with you on the product!

 

The first colour I bought was a peachy shade called Juicy, pictured at the top in the photos above. It is very bright when you layer up the product, so if you like a bold lip, then this is for you! I personally like to wear less and have a slight tint to my lip, but maybe one day I’ll try going bold! I also love the pot of extra product at the bottom, which is perfect for applying with a brush.

The second colour is Tulip, the last swatch on the right, which is a nice subtle pink. I haven’t worn this one for a whole day yet but from testing it out, the colour is so pretty! I’ve found that using BB cream on my lips makes the colour more true to the lipstick itself but that could be due to my natural lip colour which is a slightly dark pink shade. It can be a bit dry to use alone, but if you use a bit of lipgloss beforehand, I’ve found that the application is smoother and brighter.

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The last colour I bought was a bit different from my usual shades. It was a lovely mix of brown and purple with a gold sheen in the shade number 9. I love this one and the shade is great if you want to look good but not too dressed up, e.g- college or just going out shopping with friends.

I haven’t worn this one out either, but I tried it on quickly and it has a smooth application and a nice colour with and without using BB cream underneath. I think that the matte ones don’t work as well on my lips as the lipsticks with a shine, they’re a bit more dry than the normal versions, but all three are nice colours and for their price, just £1 each, totally worth the buy.

As for the packaging, the sleek black and silver style with the transparent product pot at the bottom is the best lipstick packaging I’ve seen so far. It makes it easy to find the colour your looking for and is a nice touch to set it apart from competitors.

Overall;

Price- 10/10 (for £1, they are much cheaper than most and for the price, great quality)

Quality- 6/10 (fading and transparency are a slight issue, but only slightly)

Colour- 8/10 (the shades are so beautiful and mostly true to colour when applied)

Lasting- 6/10 (they fade through the day, but if you don’t mind re-applying it isn’t much of an issue)

What do you want me to write about next? Comment below and thanks for reading!

fashion · Reviews

LA MODA Shoe haul and review!

sandals and boots

I came across Lamoda when browsing for some shoes because I was in dire need of new heels. First, I was shocked at their awesome range of styles, then I read the names (I want to meet whoever has the creativity for the products names!) THEN….Then I saw the sale.

If your like me, and hate spending money but love buying new things, then the sale is the first part you go to, and let me be the first to say, Lamoda doesn’t disappoint. My first pair of shoes; Like Paradise White(left of the cover photo) were only £8.99 and the boots, named Cry Me A River, were £9.99. Of course, there were delivery fees but for the standard 3-5 working day delivery, it cost around £2.99, which is so cheap! If you want them quicker, then you can choose how fast you want them to arrive, either on the next working day or as a Saturday delivery. Overall, the prices range from £2.99- £7.99.

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Onto delivery, I received 2 e-mails in total; one to confirm my order and the second notifying me that my order had been dispatched. These both arrived in my inbox the day after I ordered my shoes and, by Thursday, they had arrived! It took 3 days, to get here and we almost directed the postman to our neighbors,thinking it was their parcel, we were so surprised!

The shoes came in a standard plastic bag, but inside each box was in a cute lavender drawstring bag, with the boxes inside. The shoes were wrapped in another soft plastic bag and tissue paper, along with tissue inside to keep the shape.

The shoes themselves are true to size, comfortable to walk in (at least indoors!) and there are no marks on them whatsoever! There was one tiny mark on the white pair, but that’s expected as they are a light colour and anything is noticeable on them. I can’t wait to wear them out!

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Overview;

Packaging; 10/10

Price; 10/10 (so cheap!)

Delivery; 9/10 (the order was actually sent to the billing address, but that may have been a fault on my behalf)

Communication; 9/10

Product; 10/10 (perfect condition, so cute and comfy!)

Overall; 10/10

Find the boots here; http://www.lamoda.co.uk/shoes/boots/cry-me-a-river-black

Find similar sandals here; http://www.lamoda.co.uk/shoes/sandals

fashion · Reviews

Giambattista Valli- A/W 15-16

Just as I mention the man in my previous post, (see here), Giambattista’s new collection hits the Paris runways with a stunning array of dresses, complete with billowing tulle layers and bright floral prints.

Pastels were paired with clashing shades of red and orange, lattice and lace and snow-like skirts swept down the runway, creating a delicate yet powerful impression to the lucky front row.

Feathers, ruffles and high necks were the main themes of this collection, with billowing skirts echoing the form of whip o cream, pin-pointed by Vogue in their overview.

My favourite piece no doubt has to be this mini dress;

If you thought double lace was a fashion faux pas well…your right, it usually is. However, somehow, Giambattista has managed to make it look amazing using contrasting colours and separating the two sections with a open top and baby blue, sequin embellished strip. Textures upon textures have been combined to create a stunning garment which successfully aviods being too overpowering and tacky. The relaxed colour pallet is soft and compliments the fabrics to create a feminine and high-edge garment.

This next dress is femminine with a stylish impact which I wish I could wear everyday. The soft tufts of tulle which make up the skirt look so soft and I can imagine sitting down and being surrounded by the soft fabric. (I’m really tiny so I’d probably be covered by the fabric but I digress…) The monochrome pallet of the dress is a signature look on the runway and merges with the floral jacket, which gives the garment a hint of street style-gone-catwalk edge to it.

Overall, Giambattista’s collection gives a stylish, feminine feel with a subtle hints of statement fabrics and embellishments, once again, creating a youthful collection for the Autumn/Winter season for 2015/16

Reviews · Stationery

Kawaii Box Review~!

Thanks to Jannelle and Kawaii box for hosting a giveaway, I got my hands on the spring 2015 Kawaii box and so I thought I would review it!

Items:

  • Cute alpaca pencil case
  • Cat paw phone charm
  • Green cat charm
  • Mini Korean glitter set
  • Rilakkuma notepad
  • Macaron mini pot
  • Pearl phone stickers 
  • Pastel 3D animal stickers
  • Collon snack box
  • Pastel horse pen
  • Polka dot bow


All the items were in prestine condition and were organised in a neat and tidy pattern under the tissue paper. There was even a handwritten note which said; “spring <3” ( I really want the writers handwriting it was so nice!)

As for the sweets, I’m not entirely sure what flavour they were, green tea or hazelnut possibly? Nevertheless, they tasted so good! Why don’t we have Collon in England?! I have to admit, I joined the thousands of other foreigners in their reaction to he off brand name- Collon sounds a lot like colon when you read it aloud.

The stickers are my favourite item by far, perfect for my organiser for the next academic year! And just as I got into the studyblr craze too. I’m too scared to use the phone stickers on my actual phone as I have a track record of breakin things so I’ll most likely use them in my bullet journal too.

The two charms are equally as cute as the gift, I love he squishy cat paw the most! It came detached from the pencil case but I thought they matched well colour wise. I have no idea where the green cat is from, I thought maybe it was from an anime but I can’t find anything on it. I think it’s an original design by the company.

The notebook, hair clip and macaron pot are three items which I have no idea what to use for! My problem is I have so many notebooks which I haven’t used so it may be some time until I get round to writing in this one. I may use it for reminders as it reminds me of a sticky note. The pot looks like a contact cas but I think it would be good to keep earrings in when I go out, as I don’t wear glasses let alone contacts! as for the bow, o have no idea yet but we’ll see what use I out that too!

Overview; 

Products 10/10

Packaging 9/10

Delivery 7/10

Price —

Communication 7/10 (I don’t order the product so I can’t rate it much, but I did recieve emails about future purchases)

Overall 9/10 I would definitely recommend subscribing to this! Think of it as a monthly treat for hard work!

thank you to Kawaii box and Janelle Jae (YouTube) for going me the op perfuming to review and recieve this! 💕