Styling Dresses For The Sunny Weather

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Okay, so it's a rare occasion that I actually wear a dress but what with all the sunny weather that we have been experiencing recently, I have had to take the plunge. I guess it's just that I'm more of a trouser person, and I do own a vast array of culottes that normally work rather well on a warm day - however, on a couple of occasions it has been perhaps even too warm for those, and so I have saved my legs the trouble of getting incredibly warm by instead wearing a dress.

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to dresses (they can't be too short or too tight-fitting etc etc), but within my wardrobe there are a couple that I really am rather fond of, and that I thought I would talk a little about today...

Dress - New Look (no longer available)
Bag - Penguin
Sunglasses - Topshop

I actually bought this dress last year, for the sole purpose of taking it on my holiday to Italy. Therefore, after said holiday it was just sitting in my wardrobe - and seeing as it is quite a lovely little dress, I was actually quite excited to get to wear it again.

The style of this dress is actually really flattering, as it is more fitted at the top and then flows out at the bottom, which makes it perfect for a warm day because it isn't all that clingy. I also really love the pattern on the dress due to the fact that it really screams summer with it's leafy print; plus, as it was only from New Look I don't remember it costing all that much (because at the end of the day, dresses in New Look are pretty fairly priced).

To finish of the outfit, I decided to just wear a pair of black sandals, and also my beloved Penguin book bag because it's bright green colour really complements the colours of the dress. What's more, of course I also had to wear my new (well, reasonably new) sunglasses from Topshop - at the minute, Topshop honestly have such a great range of sunglasses, and I particularly love my ones due to their serious 90's vibes!

Dress - Stradivarius (no longer available)
Bag - M&S (no longer available)

I'm always quite partial to a shirt dress, but I do struggle to find one that I really love because so many shops only sell ones that look really short on me (which isn't very attractive at all). Therefore, this Stradivarius one is literally perfect as not only does it have a lovely pattern, but it is also longer at the back than the front - so I don't have a perpetual fear of showing my underwear off whenever I bend down in it.

I originally bought this dress for my holiday to Lanzarote earlier in the year, as the light material of this dress makes it perfect for a warm day, but it also looks rather lovely when worn on a nice day in the UK too! To create a more casual look, I finished the outfit off with my black Converse high-tops (although you can't see them in the photos, oops), and also my lovely lime green bag from M&S, which helped to add an extra pop of colour.

Although I would normally choose to wear trousers over a dress any day of the week, the warmer weather has really enabled me to change up my style a little bit. I have actually felt really comfortable wearing the two dresses I have mentioned in this post, and with a few accessories have been able to make them my own - which makes me feel pretty enthusiastic to wear them, and other dresses, on sunny days in the future!

Olivia xo

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Trying a New Cuisine - Lebanese Food at Comptoir Libanais

Sunday, 10 June 2018

When it comes to food, it can be very easy to simply visit the same places over and over again - I should know, because whenever I visit Birmingham I do have a bit of a habit of visiting Pret. Anyway, I now wish to change this because with so many wonderful, different places to eat practically everywhere you look, it's certainly about time that I got a little bit more adventurous with my restaurant choices!

Therefore, a few weekends ago, Me and my Mom decided to visit a new eatery that has opened up in Grand Central, called Comptoir Libanais. Personally, I had never heard of this restaurant before (although they do have a fair few outlets scattered across the UK), but it's vibrant appearance certainly makes it very eye-catching, and so after a look at the menu we decided to try it out.

As you can see, the interior of this restaurant is really quite beautiful - it's so colourful and quirky, and is supposed to evoke a souk-like setting, which can be seen particularly from the vast array of items that you can also buy including bags and books. 

From a scan through the menu, Me and my Mom decided that we would try a Mezze Platter, as it would enable use to try a wide variety of the Middle Eastern food that is on offer at Comptoir Libanais. When the platter arrived at our table, we certainly very keen to tuck in - and I'll now talk you through a few of the things which we got with our mezze...

  • Falafel - this was always going to be a big plus for me because I eat a lot of falafel at home anyway, and if you haven't tried it before then I would definitely recommend it as it's such a great vegetarian food.
  • Cheese Pastries - these were also particularly gorgeous, and tasted rather lovely when paired with the salad which was really tasty (for a salad anyway) as it had a real kick to it.
  • Dips - these were surely the best part of the platter though, as apart from my old-favourite Hummus, we also got to try one that had aubergine in, as well as a glorious beetroot and yoghurt flavoured dip that tasted wonderful with the stack of Pitta bread that we got.
As you can probably tell, I have little knowledge of the proper names for each of these foods (although you can take a look at the menu for yourself here), but regardless of that I must say that I truly loved trying the different parts of our platter, and was actually pretty disappointed once it had all gone (although I was certainly very full up).

My visit to Comptoir Libanois was certainly a very positive one, as not only was it really lovely to try some Lebanese food, but the staff were also very friendly which made the experience even nicer! It was also fantastic to find a restaurant and cuisine that offers such flavoursome vegetarian food, as I know from past experience that some places only offer rather limited and bland ranges - thus, I would really love to visit this place again, if not just for the wonderful dips that they serve...

Olivia xo

Mac Ruby Woo - Some Honest Thoughts

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A red lipstick is one of my favourite things to add to a makeup look if I'm going out of a night; it's classy and timeless, so therefore when my Mom offered me her MAC Ruby Woo lipstick (that she had only used a couple of times), I jumped at the opportunity!

The reason why my Mom passed along said lipstick is because she didn't really like it's consistency because it's matte - although, I mostly use matte lipsticks anyway so I obviously thought that Ruby Woo would be perfect for me. What's more, for years I have heard people rave about how good a lip product Ruby Woo is, and as it is often referred to as one of the ultimate MAC lipsticks, I couldn't wait to get wearing it myself. 

However, I have found myself to feel quite disappointed with this product for the following reasons...

  • Despite being someone who regularly wears matte lipsticks, I have found Ruby Woo rather difficult to apply. Although I made sure to moisturise my lips and pop some red liner on before applying my lipstick, I still found that my MAC lip product simply wouldn't sit properly on my lips and in some places it looked rather patchy and dry.
  • I have also done a bit more research into reviews of Ruby Woo since though, and despite my original thoughts that the product was highly regarded, it seems that quite a lot of people also find it very hard to apply. Therefore, it perhaps isn't really worth it's price tag, and even though I have owned and loved many other MAC lipsticks in the past, I haven't really managed to wear this one outside of the house because it sadly doesn't look that great.

Although, I do have to admit that this lipstick really is a very stunning, highly pigmented red (which makes it even more of a shame that I haven't had much success with it so far), so perhaps I won't give up with said product just yet.

Saying that though, I would be really interested to hear your thoughts on the Ruby Woo lipstick because it seems that a lot of people have differing opinions on this lip product - have you ever tried it before, and if so what did you think of it? 

Olivia xo

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Going to see Noel Gallagher

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Much to everyone's surprise, at the beginning of May I attended my first concert...

Despite being obsessed with all things music, for some reason I had never got round to attending a gig in my 18 years on the planet. Perhaps this is because ticket prices can be a bit pricey nowadays, or maybe it is because a lot of the bands that I like are no longer together anymore - either way though, I was itching to see someone perform live, and therefore when we got tickets to see Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds back in January, I couldn't wait for May to roll around!

Grand Central - One of my favourite places to eat & shop in the city

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The Perfect Jacket For Spring

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

It recently occurred to me that I would really like to post some more fashion-themed items on my blog - although, I must admit that I'm not the most natural when it comes to posing for photos, so this may be a little tricky. However, I did feel very keen to tell you all about a lovely new jacket that I purchased some time back, which is simply perfect for the spring months... and whilst out and about a few weeks ago, I actually managed to get some pictures of it, enabling me to finally write about it!

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