Monday, 17 October 2016

The Lace Blouse Of My Dreams.

When I don't know what to wear, I wear black lace. 

I am a sucker for cute blouses with unique shapes and great detail. This beauty is definitely one of my favorite ones so far and was also part of my first ever Asos collaboration - yay me!

It's a very sexy blouse with the sheer material, which I love. The collar, however, gives it a more girly and romantic vibe, which is a perfect combination and makes it less 'scandalous'. Additionally, the lace detail is incredibly beautiful and done with so much preciscion, the pictures really do not give it justice.
I basically love everything about this blouse, from the ruffles to the lace detail on the sleeves. It's simply stunning.

I styled the blouse with some leather barely-there heels, because lace and leather will always be the best combo, and some ripped jeans to add some 'coolness' to the very romantic and sexy look. However, the blouse can be worn with so many different pieces; from layering it underneath a dress or pairing it with a cute skirt.

How could you wear your lace blouse? 

Blouse: Asos
Shoes: New Look


Thursday, 13 October 2016

My New Music Toy - The August WS300.

'Without music, life would be a mistake' - Friedrich Nietzsche

Being a student means there will be the odd flat party here and there, so I am super excited to have collaborated with August and received this amazing Multiroom Wireless Airplay Speaker. First of all, it's in black (yay) and it's a very sleek design which I love. Secondly and most importantly, the sound is amazing.

In Detail

When I received the product I found it super easy to set up and had no problems at all figuring out how to use it, which is always a plus. I first tried out the Bluetooth connection and loved how smooth the process was, same for the WiFi connection. The speaker comes with an app which is called 'August Alink' and can then be used in connection with WiFi, otherwise, it wouldn't work. Or you just plug your phone directly into a speaker with the provided cable, so plenty of options there.

It's compatible with Airplay, Spotify (only premium though), Tidal, Tune in and iHeart Radio. It also works with your provided music library on the phone, which is what I used. Additionally, those music streaming apps can only be used in combination with the 'August Alink' app and being connected to the speakers WiFi.

Now to the most important part, my boyfriend and I played various genres on the speaker and it never disappointed. From John Legend to hardcore metal (His favourite music, not mine) and a bit of Coldplay too. However what I first did was to play music quietly for an hour or so and then slowly increased the volume, this is to 'break in' the speaker - it's just like having a new pair of shoes really. After the breaking in part, the sound was just superb, excellent quality and beautifully balanced. The bass was not overpowering leaving us both very delighted with this product, so, in short, it's simply amazing.

Lastly, their product is incredibly good and for the price of 100£, you cannot complain. I highly recommend it, not just for the minimal look but also for its quality and as I stated in my previous post (What I Think About Sponsored Posts), I would never publish a review on my blog if I wasn't truly passionate about it. So, please head over to amazon and purchase yourself this beauty of a speaker:

Multiroom Wireless Airplay Speakers - August WS300 - 15W WiFi


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

How to wear the tulle skirt.

Tutus never go out of style

A new season always brings new and exciting trends, just like the tulle skirt. It's a must-have piece this year and is also super versatile. Versatile in a way that you can combine it with anything; from biker jacket to sneakers and always, ALWAYS, look incredible. There is something about a tulle skirt that makes me feel like a modern princess, one that wears black and likes to fight dragons by herself rather than having a prince do it for her.

If you don’t have a tulle skirt yet, you need to go out and buy one. The material and the way how it makes you feel when wearing it is just phenomenal. Also, you can do cute twirls in it and just look magical. However, to not look like a little Disney princess (Unless that’s the look you are going for, no judging) you need to follow a few steps:

1. Add a few ‘grown up’ items such as sunglasses or a big watch.
2. A short tulle skirt isn’t that cool really. Trust me.
3. Styling it with an edgier item such as a leather jacket or cute band tee is super awesome and trendy.

So, ladies, it’s time to go out and buy yourself a little bit of magic and transform yourself into an edgy or maybe glamorous modern princess. Tulle Skirt: Zara Top: H&M Shoes: New Look (similar) Choker: New Look snapchat/instagram:@shelleyannem


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

What I think about sponsored posts.

“It should feel genuinely good to earn income from your blog – you should be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed. If your blog provides genuine value, you fully deserve to earn income from it.” - Steve Pavlina 

If you've been following me for a while now, you may have noticed an increase in sponsored posts and as I would like to consider myself as someone who has a close relationship with their followers/readers, I decided to explain myself and talk about 
sponsored posts.

First of all, what is a sponsored post?

A sponsored post is when a blogger gets contacted by a brand or company to talk about their product. We bloggers then promote it either via social media platforms or the blog itself.

But, a blogger who only posts when they get paid for it is in my eyes not genuine. How are people supposed to know if the product really is good or if it's just great because they got a couple hundred pounds given for it? Now, I am not saying bloggers shouldn't get paid - it's just super important to stay true to yourself, your readers and remember why you started blogging in the first place.

Stay true to yourself 

I started because I wanted to show off my outfits and have a place where I can be myself, write about what makes me happy and what I like. If I can also get paid doing what I love I surely am a winner right?
But to get all the facts straight, I only ever accept sponsored posts if I'm truly passionate about the product. None of the products I represented have ever disappointed me or didn't fascinate me in any way. I have turned projects down simply because they are not 'me' or fit my style. Working full time during the week makes me, even more, pickier with the projects I take on. A sponsored post really is much more than just posting a picture; it involves picture taking, editing, writing and scheduling the posts.

Remember to always stay true to yourself, there is a place for everyone in the blogging world and doing a few sponsored posts here and there won't hurt anyone. 

Friday, 7 October 2016

How to take the perfect selfie in 8 steps.

'Let me take a selfie'

I frequently get asked how I take my selfies so I thought why not put up a post and share my 'wisdom of the perfect selfie'. Taking a good selfie is actually pretty easy and only requires a few simple steps. I personally think that my background in Portrait and Fashion Photography has definitely helped me to identify these steps, just because it's all about the correct lighting, angles, and sharpness. 

Selfies are bigger than ever at the moment, so here are my personal 8 tips to help you take an amazing selfie:

1. Good lighting is key

Poor lighting will ruin any picture, it also helps to increase the sharpness of the image. Furthermore, a badly light picture is unflattering and just simply boring.

I personally think that natural lighting always works the best. I always - ALWAYS - stand in front of a window facing it. By doing that my face is brightened up, but the surroundings are darker.
Additionally, having white curtains behind you can also be a great selfie background.

Tip: Don't turn your back to the sun or you'll just be a dark shadow.

2. Flattering angle - tilt your head slightly

Finding your correct angle can be tricky at first, I always take my selfies at a slight angle and never hold the camera directly in front of me. It's a simple trick that helps make my cheekbones stand out and is just super flattering overall.

3. Correct cropping 

I personally love the square format when it comes to selfies - it's, of course, everyone's personal preference, but I would never take a selfie in a different size.

4. Editing is beneficial

By editing I simply mean enhancing the contrast, brightness or sharpness. I always use VSCO or Afterlight, they are affordable and offer amazing editing tools.

5. Filters are the ones 

Don't ever let anyone tell you that using a filter is fake. Filters bring different feelings and moods to pictures, you can go for a more retro look or add a pink tone to it. Experiment and see what you like. I have found my favourite filters that always make me look on point and can always rely on.

6. Props won't hurt 

By props, I mean flowers, pets (cat selfies with my babygirls are my favourites when I'm home) or accessories such as hats. Having something else in the selfie can make it a little bit more exciting and also show off your lifestyle or fashion sense.

7. Front Lens for easier access 

No matter what, taking a selfie with the front lense will always be easier. Yes, the camera might not be as good as the back one, but at least you can actually see yourself when taking it.

8.  Experiment and find your style 

All of these are my tips, they work for me and may work for a few others. But that doesn't mean they will work for you, experimenting is key to find your perfect selfie style. 

Lastly, never use Flash. It's just a no go. 

Follow me on Snapchat and Instagram to see all my selfies