Fashion Talk! One Night Abroad!

24 Sep

Hello dear readers,

It’s fashion challenge DAY!!!!

I was contacted by Smartling to do a fashion challenge!! YEAH!!

Smartling is an online translation software company and they have an interest in languages, traveling, fashion, and culture. Their product offers a whole new take on language translation services through a cloud-based translation software platform.
They proposed a project called One Night Abroad in which I could pick anywhere in the world to go for a night out!!
I had several cities in mind but this one is close to my heart as I’ve always wanted to go there and I’ve never even been to the country (Italy). I am talking about Florence the capital city of the Italian region Tuscany.

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Tuscany
Source: http://indulgy.com/post/7P3Hcnd7I1/tuscany-italy

The city has a famous history as the center of Medieval European trade, finance and its the birthplace of the Renaissance. I have studied Art History, coming from an Arts background, and It would be amazing to go to museums and see the architectural heritage of the city.

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Source: “Sanzio 01″ by Raphael – Stitched together from vatican.va. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sanzio_01.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Sanzio_01.jpg

I don’t speak Italian but I find it easy to understand what Italians say, being Portuguese ( Latin roots I guess). I have some Italian friends and i can naturally understand most of what they are talking about. I can’t speak or write it thought :/ .

I speak English when I go abroad because, other than my mother tongue (Portuguese), it is the one i am more fluent in. But also because in most places people also learn and speak English. I also learned french and I can read it, speak it okay but I don’t really remember how to write it much. I learned it for three years and I haven’t been practicing. Spanish I can understand and try to speak what they call “Portunhol” ( a mix between both) but I never formally learned it.

Anyway, I would go to Florence and I would definitely go for a walking tour of the city, trying to see the famous monuments like the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fior, and the beautiful square in the city center called Piazza della Signoria – The Lady square ( aren’t Italian’s charmers?). I would go see the museums such as: Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti.

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Domed cathedral – Santa Maria del Fior
Source: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/spotlight/renaissance-for-kids/

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The Neptune Statue at the Piazza della Signora
Source: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/The-Neptune-Statue-Piazza-Della-Signoria-Florence-Tuscany-Posters_i6226174_.htm

I put together an outfit for day walking and discovering the city:

 

Day Outfit Florence

And another one for a romantic dinner with my lovely husband:

 

Night Outfit: Florence

I would definitely try the pastas and I’d love to try some Italian antipasti (which means –  before the meal and they are like appetizers). I am a big fan of ravioli and I love Italian food in general. I never had it in Italy thought. It must be even better!!! For lunch I would have something light, like a salad or a fresh seafood dish. I’ll really enjoy trying the local cuisine and tasting new dishes as I’m a bit of a foodie. For dinner, after all that walking around  seeing all that art, beautiful scenarios and architecture,  I would like to have a full course Italian meal, served with a delicious Tuscany Chianti.

What you do in Florence if you had only one night there? Suggestions? Comments? :)

xoxo

Non

 

Smartling proposed this post as a challenge to my blog. I wasn’t paid to mention their software or review it. The  One Night Abroad challenge is part of the fashion challenge series I have been doing for a while.

Autumn is coming! NEW FALL STYLES

21 Sep

Hello dear readers!

Autumn is coming ( if you watch Game of Thrones you are probably smiling now – if not, take a look at the memes on 9Gag – Look for “Winter if coming”).
The Autumnal Equinox or Fall Equinox, if you will, falls on the 23rd of September (my friend Rui’s bbday) on 02:29 UTC ( in case your planning an Equinox party :P).

Anyway, this means: NEW seasonal styles!! Yeah
Curious about all the trends? Check out Vogue’s article on 20 trends for Fall/Winter 2014 here by Jennifer Neyt, Eugénie Trochu and Margaux Krehl, translated by Charlotte Sutherland-Hawes.

I selected a few trends from that article that are following us through the seasons and some new ones that are appearing now for autumn. Enjoy!

Sixties Inspiration (On prints and style pieces)

Structured sixties short dresses with high boots but also light fabric wrap dresses with bold sixty prints are a personal favorite of mine for next season. I love dresses :)

sweet_sixties_716372119_north_883x.1Left to right, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent. A trend also seen at Miu Miu, Valentino and Ralph Lauren.

imprim__s_60_s_829760657_north_883x.1Left to right, Prada, Chloé, Valentino. A trend also seen at Jonathan Saunders, Paul & Joe and Diane von Furstenberg.

Source:en.Vogue.fr

 

Head to toe Knits

I love cosy knitted sweaters, scarves and coats and this new head to toe knitted trends looks very comfy. Keep it neutral though for a more balanced look.

mailles_en_all_over_33828732_north_883x.1Left to right, Céline, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs. A trend also seen at Haider Ackermann, Sonia Rykiel and Paul Smith.

Source:en.Vogue.fr

 

Aspen Chic

A personal favorite of mine as really like argyle sweaters with either skirts or skinny jeans. They have that sixties elegant vibe I like so much, and of course, colors!

aspen_chic_362526369_north_883x.1Left to right, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Tommy Hilfiger. A trend also seen at Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Temperley London.

Source:en.Vogue.fr

Sportswear

Sporty styles are become more glamorous with this take on Sportswear. They feel very light and comfortable. What do you think? :)sportswear_843380796_north_883x.1

Left to right, Miu Miu, Fendi, Louis Vuitton. A trend also seen at Céline, Jeremy Scott and T by Alexander Wang.

Source:en.Vogue.fr

 

OUTERWEAR

Oversize Coats +Duvet Coats + Capes + Ponchos + Shep skin Coats (Shearling).

Longer coats accentuate the female form and these are a bit on the loose side but still elegant and feminine. Secretly wanted the Céline coat to be in a different color (light blue, pale pink/nude or sapphire blue).

manteaux_xxl_784881502_north_883x.1Left to right, Céline, Lanvin, Christian Dior. A trend also seen at Miu Miu, Calvin Klein and Costume National.

These coats below certainty look conformable and warm with all the padding and volume they create around the female silhouette. A cosy coccon for temperatures below 32°F or 0ºC.

manteaux_cocoon_229356057_north_883x.1Left to right, Junya Watanabe, Kenzo, Chloé.

Ponchos are inspired by folk art and these are very elegant stylish and feminine. I felt in love with the style from Burberry modeled by Cara Delevingne (timeless classic).

poncho_855297309_north_883x.1Left to right, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry Prorsum. A trend also seen at Tommy Hilfiger, Barbara Bui and Alexis Mabille.

Capes are every so elegant and bring that mystic of fairy tales with them. I immediately think of Red Riding Hood. When I was a child I had a cape with many colors and I remember  feeling like a “lady” wearing it.

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Left to right, Dolce & GabbanaGareth Pugh, Valentino. A trend also seen at Junya Watanabe, Burberry Prorsum and Elie Saab.

Even if you don’t wear products that originated from animals, it’s impressive to see this new take on Shearling ( a skin from a recently sheared sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on).

seconde_peau_790398358_north_883x.1Left to right, Etro, Prada, Burberry Prorsum. A trend also seen at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Anthony Vaccarello.

Source:en.Vogue.fr

 

Do you have a favorite? Are you investing on a a new coat this winter? Which styles are your favorites?

 

Xoxo

 

Non

 

 

 

 

Hairstyle Expectations by Cassandra!

21 Sep

Hello dear readers,

I have recently come across this amazing illustration work by 19-year old graphic designer Cassandra. She portrayed the problematic of hair expectations versus reality in a very fun and anime kind of way. She tackled the “problematic” of hair malfunction versus the high expectations we have from probably seeing it perfectly done in movies (where they fix the stars hair every other take) or from magazines (where they have light fixes, angles to work with and of course – Photoshop). I quite enjoyed this illustration and it made me smile. I hope you enjoy it too :)

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Do you have a favorite one? Mine is probably the reality of natural curls :P Something I’m familiar with! Although its very hard to chose, they are amazing.

source: http://whatanart.com/2014/09/12/expectations-vs-reality-of-hair-styling-products/

xoxo

Non

Makeup: Review Clinique Anti-blemish – Liquid Makeup 2

20 Sep

Hello dear readers,

Again, sorry for the hiatus!

I haven’t forgotten about this review as I have been testing it for a while now! I have to give it the thumbs up.

I have been testing Clinique Anti-Blemish – Liquid Makeup for approximately 10 days now and I’m using it almost every single day.

I apply foundation with my fingers, as I think I have mentioned before, I like to feel how my skin is but also because I never got a brush when started using makeup. I only use a brush to apply Bronzer on my cheeks. Anyway, the coverage for Clinique Anti-Blemish is good and makes my skin feel even and uniform. Of course if you have a zit that left a bump it will cover it but it will still be noticeable. If you have that problem :( you might want to try and apply concealer first for extra coverage.
The makeup is not greasy and blends with my skin tone perfectly!!It leaves a nice matte tone on my skin after applying. It really does what it says on the package. I’m a fan.
It feels like it controls the oiliness of my skin and balances its appearance.

Previously I have been using the Revlon PhotoReady Foundation which works perfectly fine if you have normal skin like I had last year.

Have you ever tried Clinique Anti-blemish – Liquid Makeup? What are your thoughts on it?
Any questions? Comments?

xoxo

Non

P.S This is not a sponsored post. I have bought Clinique Anti-blemish – Liquid Makeup with my own money as I needed a makeup to control my combination skin. Since I had never tried this product before I decided to test it out for the blog!

:)

Fashion Talk! Get your GAME outfit on!

15 Sep

Hello dear readers,

This challenge was inspired by Fanatics. They are the leading online retailer for everything sports, specializing in apparel for all your favorite teams. The challenge was to do a Game day outfit with one of their baseball hats!

I was very excited as I’ve never done a Polyvore board on that theme and I’m sure you all would like a peek at what I put together!!!

The challenge had only to include one of their baseball hats from the MLB Hats Fanatics page and I could put in my own style and sense of fashion for Game Day!! I don’t regularly watch sports in the arena, so this was a fun challenge to do.

I decided to go a bit glam and make it like I was going for a Special Event!!!

I picked the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hat because it was red and I like the logo. It was easy to match with red/gold pieces as well, giving it a more sophisticated look with the statement pieces I selected.

What do you think?

Game Outfit

Chicnova Fashion high rise shorts
€23 – chicnova.com

Michael Kors high top sneaker
€215 – harveynichols.com

RED Valentino real leather handbag
€370 – net-a-porter.com

Fitted sports hat
€27 – fanatics.com

Ray-Ban wrap sunglasses
€170 – lanecrawford.com

I know it’s a little out there! but I think I could get away with it!!

xoxo

Non

P.S Fanatics proposed this post as a challenge to me and in exchange they are sharing it in their affiliated social networks. I wasn’t paid to mention their products or did I review them. I was contacted to do a post with one of their products (hats) of my own choosing in the form of a fashion challenge.

Makeup: Review Clinique Anti-blemish – Liquid Makeup

9 Sep

Hello dear readers,

I’m back!!!! Yeah!!!
Yesterday I went shopping as I needed a new foundation. My old one from Revlon finished and I had no substitute yet!!! If you follow the link you can find my review on that. My skin needed something new as well as the weather in Portugal is very different from the UK and it’s changing my skin back to it’s oily prone habits. Nothing major but its better safe then sorry! So I was very curious to try the Clinique anti-blemish solutions. My skin tone is quite fair so I got the lighter one they got in 02 Fresh Ivory for type 2,3 4 (Dry combination to oily skin). Cause my skin is dry in some spots as well.

I only got this yesterday but I’m going to be testing it out during the week and I’ll keep you all posted. So far It seems to cover my blemishes and dark spots and leaving a smooth surface! I’ll let you know the results in the long run!
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P.S. Not a sponsored post!!!! I got this for my own purposes in my own time with my money! :)

Hi there again!

9 Sep

Hello dear readers,

It has been a long hiatus from the blog as I’m finishing writing up my PhD. I am glad to announce it won’t be long now and when I’m done I’ll have some free time to blog and travel. This summer has been all work and no fun. I haven’t even been to be beach!! And I live close by… bummer!

Amoreira beach in South-West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Portuga, Aljezur in thel morning-surf spot

xoxo Non

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