Introducing the Tulle Dress

6 September 2017

A couple of months ago I teamed up Rosegal to bring you a wishlist. Now its the turn of Zaful and together we're bringing you another wishlist for this seasons must have - the Tulle Dress.

You'll probably recognise a Tulle Dress from what you seen in prom pictures but they also make the perfect Summer to Autumn transition dress. As Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, they also are perfect if you're attending a wedding, christening or any other special occasion in the upcoming weeks.

My Top Tulle Dress Picks:


1) Layered Tulle Cocktail Dress - £26.56

Because I love black this is my absolute favourite. It's the perfect gothic dress that can be dressed up for a night out or worn with trainers for a day time look. Lets not forget about the beautiful hook-and-eye closures at the back collar.


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2) See Thru Tulle Embroidered Maxi Dress - £15.69
I love the detail on this one, and the fact that it is a bit risqué. It also offers something a bit longer if that's what you're looking for. 



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3) Lace Tulle Flare Sleeve Dress - £18.11

I should really stop this all black trend (especially when pretty dresses are concerned) but this one is beautiful and the detail around the shoulder is to die for. 



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4) Embroidered See-Through Lace Dress - £31.67

This one is a bit more structured and again has gorgeous embroidery details on it. If you have a December wedding to attend, this is certainly one to consider with a bold coloured bag - you're good to go!

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5) Long Sleeve Floral Tulle Dress With Tank Top - £17.30

Finally something that isn't black. The long sleeves make it perfect for the transition to Autumn. The perfect combo would be this dress, a fedora and a pair of chunky boots. 


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If you fancy any of the items on my wishlist or selected items on the Zaful website use my code 'ZFEN' for a discount.

Mx


NB: This post was a collaboration with Zaful. However all opinions are honest and my own.

East meets West: Skincare with KiraKira Studios

3 September 2017

If you've read my blog before you'll know I'm a sucker for a good skincare routine. I'm always looking for the best products on the market and it's safe to say Japanese women are known for having the most radiant, glowing and youthful skin. So when skincare and beauty brand, KiraKira Studios got in contact with me I couldn't wait to try out their debut product, AHA which as the bottle says contains 3 kinds of AHA(Alpha-hydroxy Acids) formulated in Japan for Western skincare.

Other facial washes have nothing on this product. The everyday remover or wash simply does the job of just removing make-up whereas AHA hydrates and brightens the skins complexion, stimulates collagen production, promotes cell turnover and increases natural barrier lipids in the skin’s outer layers to help prevent skin’s natural oils and water escaping.

As KiraKira Studios is PETA approved there are no harmful ingredients in the product, so it does the perfect job of removing makeup, oil and dirt without causing irritation to the skin. Within two days of using the product, I noticed my skin became so much softer. 



I usually use it at the start of my skincare routine, massage it into my face in it then use micellar water and cotton wool. When pumped out the product is clear and free from all chemically smells. So if you're like me and don't like putting overly creamy products on your face then this one is for you. At first I was filled with doubt as from the past I've known that clear products don't necessarily get all the makeup off my face BUT with AHA every bit of makeup was removed and my skin felt SO hydrated.

What I liked most about the product was the collection of Alpha-hydroxy Acids used in it. They're all traditionally derived from plants and fermented milk. As these are best known for their benefits to the skin, the AHA cleansing lotion uses the optimal amount of AHAs. The mixture of Citric, Glycolic and Stearic acids work to improve the texture of skin and lightening dark spots, treat fine lines, acne, blackheads and oiliness and reduces skin’s water surface tension.



It's safe to say AHA has a permanent position in my skincare routine. If you want to purchase it and try out 'best facial cleanser on the market'(which I highly agree with), head over to kirakirastudio.com where it retails at £19.99. Also, each purchase you make with KiraKira Studio goes towards helping animals find rescue and refuge from cruelty.

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with KiraKira Studios. However all opinions are honest and my own.

#CoventGardeninBloom

10 July 2017




To celebrate Chelsea Flower Show's '500 Years of Covent Garden', Covent Garden is full of shops and restaurants boosting floral displays exclusive to the area. Not only are they pretty to look at but also the perfect photo spot for Instagram.




Outfit details
1) My Trench Coat is from a market stall in Hangzhou, China but you can find a similar one from Morgan at House of Fraser & from Forever 21.

2) My White Dress is from Jack Wills but I bought it about two years ago, however the Edenfield Broderie Dress (currently on sale) from Jack Wills is very similar.

3) Let's talk about these Gucci dupes from Primark. When a pair of shoes look like they're straight of the catwalk and are only £6, you can't really say no.

#Coventgardeninbloom 

Mx

Getting floral with Shopical.co.uk

21 June 2017

Summer is here! I can finally say that without hesitation as the near 30 degree heat over the weekend proved summer has officially arrived in the U.K. Every summer I always find myself saying 'I don't have anything to wear' as I look into my all black wardrobe. But this year with the help of shopical.co.uk, I no longer have that problem.

The team at Shopical.co.uk believe that online shopping should be simple, fun and an activity that should be shared with your friends and family. The site stocks a mix of local and international cutting-edge ‘fast fashion’ and branded clearance goods using localised mobile and web experiences.




So, I was sent the Black Floral Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress. And words cannot describe how much I love this dress. The first thing that caught my attention were the amazing tie details on each of the shoulders, I really like the attention this brings to the shoulders as well as looking extremely cute. And then when I opened it up and tried it on, it was the deep v-neckline that made me fall in love. I struggle to find a v-neck that is deep enough to show off my bust yet also not too deep so it cheapens the rest of the outfit and this dress does such a great job at sitting in-between. Finally, the white floral pattern with the black background is perfect for someone who always ends up wearing a lot of black - this dress was the perfect summer transition dress.
 

Other favourites of mine include the Navy Floral Midi Dress and the Blue Stripe Bardot Playsuit.

And if the clothes weren't already good value, shopical are pioneers in social shopping which means you can get your purchases at even cheaper price! So behold...Social Shopping! By simply sharing your purchases with friends and family to Facebook using the unique link on the shopical site you can save further on the already discounted items. So for example the Black Floral Tie Sleeve Cold Shoulder Dress is usually £23 but by sharing it on social media it goes down to £18.

Until the end of July, I have my own discount code 'MAYA20' which can be used on all purchases from shopical.co.uk.


#shopshareandsaveonline

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with Shopical.co.uk. However all opinions are honest and my own.
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona photo diary and my top tips!!!

19 June 2017

My 5 top tips for exploring Barcelona:

1) Park Güell. 
You cannot go to Barcelona without visiting one of the major works of art by Gaudi. The official website of the park advises you to book your ticket online to avoid the crowds. BUT if you get to the park before 8:30am or after 8:30pm you can save the 7 euros and explore the park for free at your own risk.
 
2) The metro is your friend. 
Unlike some european cities, Barcelona has a pretty good public transport system with most metros stopping off at all the major tourist destinations leaving you within a short walk of whatever you're trying to find. The only downside is that some parts/lines of the metro close at midnight and as the city has banned Uber, it can make it difficult to get home or just give you another excuse to have another jug of Sangria. 

3) The shopping.
Of course you're going to head to Passeig de Gràcia, THE place to shop and with the country being the birthplace of Zara expect to spend a lot for less. Everyone knows the likes of Zara and Pull & Bear etc. are much cheaper in Spain than in England. The giant Spanish fashion brand sells clothes in its native country 39% cheaper than here, so wait until you get there if you’re planning on buying something.

4) Don't fall into the category of being a 'guiri'. 
A.K.A tourists who spend their time walking up and down Las Ramblas drinking (overpriced) watered down sangria and eating dodgy paella. Las Ramblas is a great tourists spot but do not, I REPEAT do not spend any money on that street. Take it from someone who got ripped off, your best bets include the hidden corners of the Born and the Gothic Quarter. 

5) Misc.
a) MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) is the place to go for all things 'cool'. From watching the skaters to the “calle Joaquin Costa” where you can see some street art. b) Hunt for bargains at the Mercat dels Encants (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only).















































Mx
Manchester, UK

Maya's thoughts on Maya's Light Collection.

13 June 2017

You know you've made it in life when you have a jewellery collection named after you. Well, unfortunately I don't have one named after me, we just happen to share the same name. And it so happens that the 'Maya's Light Collection' from ChloBo has some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery I've ever seen (and coming from a girl who is very picky with jewellery, that's a compliment). The Maya's Light Collection is inspired by a collection of travels and experiences within the Peruvian Jungle and a story of spiritual awareness and new beginnings. I love the fact that this range empowers women, as the Maya's light woman has a gentle soul, strong heart, is grounded, feminine and appreciates simple truths.



The lovely stack pictured above is called The Serenity Set of 5 Stack and retails at £390 on Lance James. Whilst only the best quality mixes of 925 Sterling Silver and rose gold are used to create the stack, the addition of moonstone to bring about hope and intuition is what transforms the stack from just a pretty, well fitting bracelet to a meaningful, pretty, well fitting bracelet. I also love the fact that each of the different charms on the stack all have their own separate meaning.





The Serenity Stack features 5 bracelets all with different meanings:

Mandala Tassel Charm - The tassel distracts all evil and negativity.

Triple Open Heart Charm - Heart = Love

Lotus Charm - The Lotus flower represents purity, hidden beauty and truth.

Star in Star Charm - The well known 'wish upon a star' line resonates with this charm as the star is known to help bring wishes to life.

Mandala Disc Charm - The Mandala is a symbol of harmony, completeness and unity.

More information can be found by clicking this link....










Outfit ideas. 

The rose gold colour of the bracelet is great for accessory matching in an outfit. What do you team gold with?...Gold!!

I paired my gorgeous stack with a on trend gingham/frill skirt, a simple grey top and the 'Balmain-esque' blazer featured in my previous O.O.T.D and to finish it off, a chunky black belt with gold detail. Perfect for summer!






All items are available to browse and buy on the brand new website of Essex jewellers Lance James and the code MAYAP10 can be applied for 10% off your next purchase (Don't say I'm not good to you).

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with Lance James Jewellers. However all opinions are honest and my own.


Anatomicals review.

5 May 2017

There's nothing more I love than a good skincare routine. It's around the months of May/June when University exams take over,so I find myself taking time out on the evening to pamper myself. Not only does this relax me but also avoids the 2 hours sleep I've had from the previous night showing. The latest of my skincare ventures was with the brand Anatomicals. I've heard of Anatomicals before and have previously used their Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches on nights out. And as the saying goes, once you find something that works - stick with it. As I was so eager to try more of Anatomicals products, the PR team kindly sent me some over.

There's no denying the one thing that stands out about their products is the amazing packaging. Anatomicals claim to 'manufacture the world's funkiest toiletries' - and that they do! Lets take a minute to appreciate these amazing tongue-in-cheek product names. I love how quirky the brand is and best of all its affordable starting from just £3.









I feel like facial scrubs have lost the recognition they deserve. With clay masks and peel off masks taking over, the traditional scrub mask will always have a place in my heart. Firstly, this Get outta my face dirtball apricot face scrub smells great! Anatomicals are paragon free and use only the best ingredients, so don't have any chemically smells. The ingredients are also all free from animal testing so if the smell doesn't win you over, that will certainly do so. And the exfoliation I got from this mask was incredible - my skin felt so smooth and hydrated after I washed it off with warm water.

The only thing I can complain about regarding the coconut and mango body location was that there wasn't enough of it. Although 100ml is a good size if you're travelling. Another great thing about Anatomicals is the fact they do a Look Hot & Globe Trot travel set with all the essentials required to keep looking fresh on any type of trip - something I will certainly be purchasing this summer.



I'm not usually one to get a lot of spots(touch wood) but I've had a few tiny little pimples come up with all the stress of final year of Uni. So a couple of nights ago, I started using the
Night And Day Spot Zapper religiously. I love the fact that it has a day and night option as with a lot of other spot serums - I'll put it on in the night then still wake up with the spot in the morning and just cover it up with makeup in the day, without really addressing the problem. But with this miracle wand, I found that the aggravation of the spot reduced almost instantly as it brought bacteria to the surface(look at me getting all zit term technical).



If you wear quite a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, then you will know they can be quite drying so one thing which I'm always on the hunt for is a good lip balm(I seriously have about 3 in my bag, but can never find one when I need one). When something says 'balm' you don't expect the texture to be glossy - but I was pleasantly surprised by the never lose your cherry lip balm. The fact that it has SPF  in and stays on your lips for a long time leaving them look looking plump and soft also goes down a treat.






After relying on the Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches for a number of years, I wanted to 'upgrade' and try the No Old Bags Allowed Eye Gel. With this product a small amount goes a long way. The refreshing, light, non-greasy eye gel contains arnica and orange flower water – both essential ingredients for wide eyed. But it wasn't really an upgrade as this product is just as great! After a couple of 19 hour days trying to get my last piece of University work done, this was thoroughly needed. It is also great to use under make up as it sinks into the skin almost instantly whilst de-puffying any eye bags.



So generally, Anatomicals have some pretty amazing products with some pretty cool packaging. You can find Anatomicals for sale at Superdrug and ASOS.com. They also have a fantastic set of social media pages for you to check out.

Twitter

Instragram

Facebook

and of course www.anatomicals.net

Have you tried Anatomicals before and recommend a product that you can't go without? Comment below! 
Mx 



NB: This post was a collaboration with Anatomicals. However all opinions are honest and my own.

O.O.T.D. - Polkadots & Purple

27 April 2017

So, I found a purple wall.



The Balmain style Blazer : Primark (For those who can't spend over a grand on the original)
Blouse: H&M 
Denim Skirt: ASOS.com 
Bag: Primark (I bought this when I was in Germany, however have found a similar style)
Shoes - Primark (You're most thankful for Primark when its raining and you don't want to ruin your Michael Kors Suede boots).
Windswept hair - my own.



 Mx


Rosegal Summer Mini Dress Wishlist.

The summer season is fast approaching and there's nothing worse than having no sunshine appropriate clothes(especially as I'm the girl with a wardrobe full of black clothes). So I've teamed up with Rosegal to bring you my fave summer mini dress fashion - perfect for festivals, holidays and whatever you fancy doing when the sun is out. Rosegal was started by a group of friends who all share the same love for stunning, expressive fashion.As a leading global online shopping destination, they offer high quality clothing styles at affordable prices and cater for the needs of so many people through their womenswear, menswear and plus size ranges. With literally thousands of items of their website I found it so difficult to pick my top 6. But my picks featuring this lace chiffon dress are so good! And I've even included all the relevant links and product ID's so you can pop these beauties straight into your basket.




1) Trendy Style Round Collar Lace Splicing Chiffon Sleeveless Dress For Women - White.

This dress is beautiful and perfect for any occasion. Wedding, Lunch date...you name it. I love the fact that this dress is so simple yet can be dressed up with a few accessories or a colourful leather jacket.

ID number: 138770702. Click HERE to buy

2) Plunging Neck Tied-Up Bell Sleeves Tribal Print Dress - Purplish Blue

I get so many coachella vibes from this dress. I love the tribal print and the bell sleeves. It'll be perfect paired with a fedora and a chunky pair of boots. My only concern is the open part of the top section, but it's 2017 and there are plenty of underwear options to get over that problem. 

ID number:194468401. Click HERE to buy. 

3) Long Sleeves Striped Flounce Dress - Light Blue

Because my obsession with ruffles hasn't hit its peak(!) This lovely dress just makes it ten times worse. I love how rosegal don't compromise on quality and what you see in terms of fit and description is what you get.

ID number: 194061002. Click HERE to buy.


For a girl who has never worn a red dress in her life, there's a bit of a theme going on with my next three choices. Buy why not, it's summer.

4) Plunging Floral Print Cutout Beach Dress - Red

There are no other words to describe this dress than 'pretty damn cute'. The pattern, the back detail and the cut out section - it's all just to die for. It's the perfect dress for a pool/beach cover up and for only $17.05 - it's such a bargain.

ID number:209703303. Click HERE to buy. 

5) Floral Print Mini Wrap Dress - Red

Rosegal are absolutely killing it! Again another cute red dress with pretty details. Another thing I love about the Rosegal website is that when you're choosing which size to buy(S,M,L,XL) - they actually put the lengths of the products, which for tall girls like myself is a god send!

ID number: 207926604. Click HERE to buy.

6) V-Neck Bell Sleeve Ruffle Short A Line Dress - Red

Two of this years hottest trends in one dress...what's not to love. Bell sleeves and Red(...well, red will always be a summer trend right?)

ID number: 198076902. Click HERE to buy.

So there are my favourite picks, with a shopping basket totalling way more than I could justify to spend but I would definitely check them out at http://www.rosegal.com. Especially as they have so many great cost saving deals on at the moment.  And free worldwide shipping!!

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with Rosegal. However all opinions are honest and my own.

2017 Travel Bag Wishlist.

10 April 2017

For anyone that knows me or reads my blog, you'd know I'm a massive fan of travelling. I'm really good at vacation planning to make sure I get the best out of any trip. My latest post on my top 10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen, Denmark after my trip a couple of weeks ago proves exactly that. One thing I am not too good at is the practical side. My suitcase is always overflowing to the point where it can't shut, so I decided it was time to invest in some new luggage. For me, travel bags and suitcases add to the fun of going on holiday. There's nothing like strolling through an airport with a sturdy and stylish bag on your arm. So before I embark on my next trip, I wanted to share my top 3 bags on my to buy list


1) MAHI Leather.
MAHI Leather derives its name from the MAHI River in India. If you didn't know about MAHI leather, you're about to learn a lot and I guarantee you will fall in love like I did. On browsing the website I first fell in love with the statement Classic Duffle, perfect for a weekend trip. This sturdy soft Vintage Brown leather bag, also available in Vintage Mahogany is the perfect size for electronics, clothing and everything you need for a couple days break. If you love the timeless worn leather look complemented by Brass fittings and YKK zippers, then this bag is for you. Although I ended up with 5 bags in my basket, my second favourite was again another Classic piece but this time was the Backpack in black leather. This would be perfect for day at University as it fits both a A4 pad and a 13" laptop. Both practical and stylish. And a fun fact, because of the natural variation and suppleness of the leather used, every MAHI bag is unique.






One thing I absolutely ADORE about MAHI is the fact founders Camilla and Jamie have created legacy where MAHI Leather donates $1.50 from every purchase to UK charity funding clean water in India, FRANK Water. Not many brands do this and if they do its only on a seasonal basis, so its refreshing to come across a brand that not only cares about the consumers by cutting out the 'middle man' to get the best quality and the best price, but also contribute to society.


Price wise, the bags are situated at just less than £100. You can get your initials stitched onto the bag in a range of colours, so make for great gifts. As seen in GQ and Vogue, you can find them on the relevant social media Instagram, Pinterest, & Facebook.

2) Ted Baker.
I'm not one for patterns on suitcases. Although they do have their benefits as they're easier to find when it comes to the conveyor belt for collecting your luggage, I'm always worried that I'll outgrow the pattern. However, Ted's signature suitcases are one pattern I can't say no to. They're simple, smart and elegant. I've seen quite a few fellow bloggers with the sets and I absolutely love how they look. The Oriental Blossom collection is my favourite. With a hard yet lightweight case for extra protection, the Hully suitcase(which is the medium size) is the perfect size for a 7-10 day holiday. It is my goal to have all the sizes that come in this range. But if you don't fancy the pastel pinks, there are plenty of other designs. Also, I really like the fact that there is a 5 year warranty. 

 

3) Samsonite International.
I had one very bad experience at an airport where I was travelling to Spain and on arrival found a completely wrecked suitcase. What was my worst fear of a suitcase becoming broken on the first day of holiday through no fault of my own, became my reality. So from that experience, whenever I'm buying luggage I've leant towards stability. But in most cases, travel bags that are stable aren't the most stylish. And I've finally found one that embraces the last technological advancements yet is aesthetically pleasing. Samsonsite are renowned for good quality cases and the Cosmopolite, although a bit more pricey at £345, is a game changer. It features ‘revolutionary Curv® technology, a strong, light and scratch-resistant material. 




The great about it, or the excuse that I keep using to convince myself is that each of these beautiful travel bags warrant a different vacation type. The MAHI leather Classic Duffle Bag will be great for a city weekend break, the Ted Baker Oriental Blossom collection for a beach holiday and the Cosmopolite perfect for long distances.

Mx


NB: This post was a collaboration with MAHI leather. However all opinions are honest and my own.

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