'The Long-line Bomber'

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'The Long-line Bomber'

With many still riding the 'bomber jacket wave', I was chuffed to join in when I came across this longline piece from 'Romwe'. The side splits and suede finish gives a fresher take to this trend, plus it's super comfy to say the least. To finish this look I went for this soft striped lightweight top and my leather soft jeans that I picked up  from 'Vila' almost 2 years ago. They fit so perfectly but to my dismay I haven't found any like them!. I'm sure you all know that feeling so let's not ponder much on it. 

Moving on swiftly......Seeing as I wanted to opt for a more simple look, I finished it off with my leather converses and leather back pack. I have literally been carrying this bag around with me daily. Initially I felt like 'Dora the explorer' and never quite understood why growns up would carry them, I mean we aren't in primary/ secondary school, and even during those schools days we wanted to ditch them and carry handbags but I love it nonetheless.

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Lots Of Love

Essie

Jeans: Vila,  Top: H&M,  Shoes: Converse,  CoatRomwe,  Bag: Newlook

 Photography by my dearest: simonavision.weebly.com

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Polka-Dot Fun!

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Polka-Dot Fun!

Because I'm into all things minimal, today's ensemble is a mix of my current fave boyfriend jeans, a fun and playful polka dot blouse and for those spring chills this white boyfriend blazer.        

 Let's talk about the shoes for a second!. I’m really hooked on this style of shoe, it’s so retro and awkward looking but I just love it!. I must agree, it is a 'Marmite' type of shoe; 'either you love it, or you don't!'. I keep seeing vintage inspired pumps around so don't be surprised if they make more appearances on the blog but this time bringing an entourage. I'm talking sling back or slip in ones in different shades and textures. This is a trend I actually love and if you know me, I don’t just follow trends, I buy items  I can unashamedly wear years on and these without a shadow of doubt make the cut!. Pointed v-cut shoes give a feminine touch to any look be it dresses, pleated Midis or frayed denim trousers, skirts and everything in between. To encapsulate, this style of shoe gives the right amount of chic!

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Lots Of Love

Essie

Jeans: H&M,  Top: H&M,  Shoes: Bershka,  Blazer: Bershka

 Photography by my dearest: simonavision.weebly.com

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Nude Lip Loves!

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Nude Lip Loves!

With Spring here, I'm holding off bold lips and settling for more nude hues. I've picked up some of my go-to's so keep reading to see what made the list!. With my current Monday - Friday schedule, I rarely wear makeup because I gym 4-5 days a week. Sounds intense right?! but I focus mainly on HITT workouts which are a mere 25-30 mins of high Intensity training! plus shunning such a perk ' free access to a platinum gym just under our office building' would be silly!. Days I have meetings, and don't want to look so fresh faced, I ensure my lips make up for it.

So be it in the week or during my weekend 'doll up' sessions, nude lips cut it!

I am currently using my 'white rabbit vegan lip balmfor my base with my choice of lip pencil on top for a slightly creamy feel. I find lip pencils last that much longer!. However, I do love my 'gosh matte antique lippy' over my lip pencils for a long wearing matte look. At times, I opt for a creamy matte gloss but hands down my neutraliser is the ' Mac strip down pencil' no matter what nude I opt for, if I want to tone it down a wee bit, this lip pencil does just that! giving me ease when it comes to playing around with my hues, so this hands down is my fave lip pencil. 

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NUDE OPTS!

1. Mac 'Strip down' lip pencil. 

2. Mac 'Whirl' lip pencil.

3. NYX Soft matte lip cream 'Abu Dhabi'.

4. Gosh velvet touch matte lipstick 'Antique'.

5. Maybelline Vivid matte liquid lipstick' Nude Thrill'. 

Tip : Achieving a gorgeous pout starts with the base so daily light lip exfoliation and moisturization goes a long way :)! 

Till next time have a blessed weekend! 

Lots Of Love

Essie

Photography by my dearest: simonavision.weebly.com

 

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'SheIn'- Laser Cut Top!

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'SheIn'- Laser Cut Top!

Hello my lovelies. I hope April has been good to you thus far!. We’re almost half way through the month and  1st quarter of 2017. Time really does fly, and I feel I haven’t reached all my goals which is a bit of a damper. However, on a brighter note, the sun is making more frequent appearances here in London which brings a shift to my outfit picks. I’m such a fan of all things white especially during Spring/Summer!, so to play it up a tad I tend to go for detailing, shapes and cuts.

Like below, I teamed my ‘H&M’ boyfriend jeans with this beautiful laser cut loose fit top from ‘Shein’.The sheer  cut-outs and flow makes it  ideal for a day to night look, a boho festive vibe or even just city chic! As I start prepping my capsule spring closet, this piece will defo be amongst my tops being worn on repeat as I love the fabric feel, cut and dressing versatility it offers.

 If you haven’t already pop by ‘SheIn’ I am sure you will find an array of trendy items at pocket friendly prices plus shipping is virtually Worldwide ! Be sure to tell me what your s/s 17 capsule closet entails by commenting below or on my other social media handles.

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Lots Of Love

Essie

Jeans: H&M,  TopSheIn ,  Shoes: Mango

Photography by my dearest: simonavision.weebly.com

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6 Steps To Healthier Natural Hair!

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6 Steps To Healthier Natural Hair!

Kicking off this fresh month with talks on ‘natural hair care’. This is not my routine! I’ll share that with ‘you’z’ in the latter. As per usual, quick story! I’ve been natural for over 5 years give and take. Initially I was hooked into the world of ‘naturalistas’. I big chopped twice! Tired ever brand I watched good reviews on, read blogs, bought more products, Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! I spent so much investing in my hair and Yes! I did see results. I loved the fact my hair was longer, thicker and healthier and in my pursuit of preservation, I got webbed into ‘protective styling’ from wigs, weaves and braids. I did that for a few good years, give little to none TLC to my hair thinking all will be well plus It was super convenient.

It took a long time for me to realise I had only gone and screwed up all hard work. So, last year I was tempted to relax my hair, but my fellow ‘naturalista’s’ forbade me!! 

I then decided this year I will give my hair the love it once used to have, that last push to restoration and if all fails! I will be dancing into 2018 with relaxed hair.

With that the below are things I have vowed to do this year and I will update you all on my progress and give a more detailed routine in months to come.

 

1.      STUDY MY HAIR TYPE!

OK! This doesn’t mean diving and obsessing into vigorous research. I really believe in that mantra of ‘less is more’. Once you know what your hair loves, stick to it!. However, you do need to know and study your hair texture, type, porosity etc before trying out products. Understanding your hair will help you achieve your hair goals.

 

2.      LOOK AFTER ME!

This is paramount in life, when it comes to your hair factors such as stress, lack of a healthy vitamin and protein based foods, dehydration ( water) play a part in your hair health and as they say:’ Your exterior is a reflection of your interior’ so I have introduced healthy lifestyle changes and so far, so good!

 

3.      WASH!

I have stopped using shampoo, reverting to natural cleansers only when I feel I have build-ups which is evident in how your hair takes to style manipulations. Some of these include: clay rinses, acv rinses, bicarbonate of soda rinse but only limited to natural opts!

 

4.       DETANGLING!

Right! so I know there’s a ton of friendly detangling options we naturalista’s love from the famous ‘Denman brush’ to wide tooth combs but I have scratched all these using only my fingers to detangle my hair be it before or after my wash regime! Even now with my crotchet braids in, I only used a comb to part the cornrows but the rest was left to my fingers, starting from the ends to root!

 

5.      CONDITIONING!

This is my favourite thing when it comes to hair care. I have gone back to basics        incorporating more natural opts! This was a tricky one as some leave-ins, conditioners, and deep conditioners despite being somewhat not natural are unrivalled, so I refuse to ditch some of my fave products but rather mix them up more with natural DIY’s.

 

6.      SCALP CARE!

The therapeutic part of this all. I used to always grease my scalp, especially if I had a headache but days later my scalp would start itching like crazy! So, I decided to rather go for a water based solution which makes a massive difference. I now DIY my scalp hydrators with only natural & essential oils, conditioners or natural tea mixes. I also ensure I make time as frequently as possible to just massage my scalp stimulating blood flow, lubricating my scalp and sebum production which relaxes my scalp and aids hair growth! Truth is your scalp doesn't need greasing as it produces its own oils but for some greasing your scalp is a necessity for scalp treatments which I would say still do. 

I have been doing this since January and noticed a difference in just 2 months, even my nephew was like; ‘Aunty your hair looks nice’ and coming from a kid you know there’s truth in it!.  I currently have crotchet braids in but after a few more weeks I will let my hair breathe and get some TLC for a good month before anything else. My aim is to leave my hair out more and look after it more. Let me know if there is anything you have changed in your hair regime that you find has been amazing!

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Till next time!! MUCHAS GRASIAS AND HAPPY NEW MONTH my lovelies.

Lots Of Love

Essie

Photography by my dearest: simonavision.weebly.com

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