I’m writing this early in the morning, while hearing the birds singing and looking outside the window at the winter sun, thinking that it’s not too long now until Spring will start delighting us. Until then, there’s one day that some people might celebrate and some might not. For my ladies who will decide to celebrate their love for themselves, for their partners, family or best friends, I welcome you to my latest post on how to dress for Valentine’s Day in 2020.
How have you been? I hope you’ve embraced the season and that you’ve been creative with your DIYs around the house (inside link). Let’s talk a little bit about fashion today because as you know I’m really about empowerment and making you feel absolutely amazing with your own style. If you ask me about one outfit to empower yourself this Autumn, I can’t rave about this one enough.
Give me a pair of knee high boots and I can conquer the city. Give me a skirt to go with them and you have my favourite outfit this season. Sounds pretty simple, right? Let’s have a look at the accessories which will bring your outfit to life and empower yourself during the coldish but very beautiful days.
How do you feel about your wardrobe right now? I feel that when it comes to my style I’m always looking for ways to upgrade it or make it look fresh without buying completely new outfits (from a sustainability point of view, but also because I live in London and space is quite limited). Now that you know what the inspiration behind this article is, let’s jump into finding out my favourite simple ways to give your wardrobe a fresh look!
1. Wear hair accessories
Yes to hair accessories – probably the only trend that I’m really into at the moment. Pearl clips, marble clips or hair bands, I’m pretty much into anything that can add something to my outfit. Have a think about how you’re going to mix the accessories with your outfits, because they can totally change your overall appearance. Have fun with it!
2. Mix statement tops with high waisted jeans
Absolutely love to do this when I get the chance. Wear a ruffle or big sleeved top with some high waisted jeans and you’re going to take your outfit from boring to impressive. I like how it sits at the border of elegant and casual – making it suitable for many occasions, including cocktail parties, garden birthday parties or even on your holidays. This mix is such a simple way to upgrade your wardrobe and never run out of styles. Enjoy wearing this fun look.
3. Start wearing low heels
I only started wearing heels about a month ago and now we’re rarely apart. They add that wow factor to my outfits and I absolutely love that. It’s strange because I’m like a kid who just discovered chocolate. No, I won’t have a go at eating my shoes, although I love them just as much as I love chocolate. Start wearing low heels and you’ll feel how confident you’re becoming. Confident in yourself and in your own style. Do I need to say that they go with almost anything?
4. Wear statement earrings
Whoop whoop statement earrings are such a wonder. I can wear them for limited time only because I’m allergic to nickel. But, I make sure I’ll enjoy them and get a nice snap while at it. Have you noticed how an outfit can change when you wear bold earrings? I definitely see a big change when I’m wearing bold accessories. It’s really the simplest way to upgrade your wardrobe.
5. Start wearing your belts
The difference belts can make in an outfit. Such a massive one that I was raving about them in this article too. I’m sure you own a belt or two, but never get round wearing them. Choose an outfit that you like from your closet and put a belt around it. You’re going to notice that the outfit will look absolutely stunning. I prefer a medium sized belt with a visible buckle because that will make the most impact on your outfit. Who thought that a belt can upgrade your wardrobe in one second? Quick win! Tag me on Instagram at @notagirlygal for me to check out your take on belts.
I’m so happy to share my tips with you! It’s your time to experience new styles this summer and just have fun with it. There are no rules in fashion, besides the most basic ones, so reinvent yourself everyday. What’s your favourite store this season?
Until next time,
You’re probably looking at your screen thinking ‘not another shopping related post’. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you probably know that I’m not constantly shopping for new items, but sometimes I think having something new feels good. At the moment, I only buy clothes that are unique and look interesting to me. It’s all in the details, babe, because quite frankly and luckily enough, I don’t need anything else as I’m sure most girls don’t actually need to splurge on fashion every week. A few weeks ago, knowing that my shoe collection wasn’t as strong on the summer side, I’ve decided to get a few pairs (at once), but also get some accessories as well while I was at it. Here we are now, we’re looking at the current must haves for Summer 2019!
With its beautiful colours, blooming flowers, warm weather and endless outfit possibilities, summer is making its way to the United Kingdom. As the Brits love the sun (and not only) just as much as the bees love pollen, you can expect lots of good vibes on the streets and a fashion freedom that sometimes can be taken to the extremes. I’ve taken a step back from the long pattern dresses and midi skirts that are trending right now, making girls look like farm keepers (everyone is really free to wear whatever, but this trend is not for me). If you’re done with that look, I’m proposing you a summer outfit that you have to try out now by using clothes you already have in your wardrobe!
Search your wardrobe for work shirts
We all have shirts that we wear to business meetings or more corporate events (do you love this word too?) and it would be a fashion waste not to wear them outside work, obviously styled in a different way. Buttons up is not compulsory, so you can show off a shoulder or both to make the blouse look more casual. Simply unbutton the upper part of your shirt enough so you feel comfortable with it on your shoulder/s and tie a knot at the bottom.
Last summer’s favourite shorts
Remember your favourite shorts from last summer? Pull them out of the bag and pair them with your just styled shirt. Go for white shorts: they’ll give you a more stylish vibe. It took me a while to start wearing white, so if you’re having second thoughts it’s completely understood. However, know this: white is addictive. Soon after I started buying white white and white items.
Your Elegant Flats
As you’re wearing a business casual shirt, go for elegant flats instead of your beloved converses. I’ve found this gem of a pair in an outlet in Bordeaux and fallen in love immediately with its front bow detail. If you happen to have some elegant flats that you think will go well in this combination, why not wear them instead buying a new pair? I’ve however linked at the end of the article similar items just in case.
Oh, hello shiny earrings! It can be argued that this pair of earrings is suitable for evening wear. I say, just have fun with it and incorporate some elegant (colourful) earrings into this outfit because the flats and shirt really allow for it. It’s summer – fashion rules still apply, but we can be more flexible, can’t we? Statement earrings are the way this summer.
Straw bags have been a hit last summer – glossy magazines shown them in all shapes and sizes & fashion websites and fashion bloggers were vowing for them too. I recently got my first one and indeed they’re so cute to wear. Let’s enjoy summer friendly accessories while we still can. Just be careful with your valuable items inside the bag – usually these bags don’t come with a zip.
What do you need for the look?
- Your work shirt – Find similar here.
- White shorts – Find similar here.
- Elegant Flats – Find a similar pair here.
- Straw bag – Find similar here.
- Earrings – Find Similar here. (these are some cute Tucan earrings)
- Sunglasses – buy 15% off here with code NOTAGIRLYGAL15 (affiliate link, only £60 now plus 15% off or anything else in the store)
Urban friendly, this is a perfect outfit for brunch or picnic out in the sun! That’s a summer outfit that you need try to now. What’s your favourite look for this summer? Let’s chat in the comment section! I would love to get inspired by your ideas!
Lots Of Love,
Hello there summer lovers,
Have you started packing for your holiday yet, or are you at the booking stage now? Either way, don’t forget to throw in your bag an absolute gem of an outfit that will make you feel incredible and look like you’re ready to have the best time in the burning sun. You’re in the perfect place because I’m now sharing one Summer outfit that you need to wear on next holiday.
What do you think about ruffles in general? But what about ruffles on holiday? I have to say, I’m a huge huge believer in ruffles and statement blouses. They can make up an outfit in seconds. I absolutely adore wearing special items and I can’t believe how quickly I can create new styles using blouses in different textures and fabrics.
For this look, I went for a white top that goes so well with high waist jeans. The top shows cleavage without showing too much. You can go for different colours or keep it simple in white. Find my top here. The jeans I’m wearing are actually my mother’s (authentic mum’s jeans here) that a designer friend of mine helped me rip. I’m absolutely positive that you can find a pair in your mother’s wardrobe or find a really cool pair in a vintage boutique.
Don’t forget about wearing accessories – it’s a go hard or go homie, know what I mean?
I went for a beautiful pair of earrings that my friend Adriana kindly gifted me. They’re just making the whole look more interesting, find similar here. You can easily create different summer outfits for your holiday if you have the right accessories to hand. Go through your jewellery chest now and pick at least three pairs of earrings, two bracelets and some rings. You’ll then lay your accessories and outfits on your bed and start playing mix & match. Fun guaranteed.
To complete the outfit, I choose this gold belt which I pretty much wear with everything (even as I’m typing this – with a different outfit because the weather is bad again, surprise surprise!). You can find similar here.
Shoes wise, I began to wear low heeled shoes and I feel amazing. My combat boots no longer stay with me everyday of the year. I picked a special pair of red sandals I found in a shop in Bordeaux called Etam. You can find a similar pair here if you live somewhere else in Europe or the States.
Wear this beautiful outfit on rooftops, at beach parties or anywhere you want to make a statement during your holiday. This outfit makes me think of myself in Spain or Latin America drinking Sangria on the beach watching the sunset with Andrei, especially when worn with a red lipstick on. So, if they’re on your bucket list, you know what to wear on your next holiday.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list by clicking on the right hand column and keep up with more summer outfits to come. I’m currently preparing some more beautiful outfits and I can’t wait for you to see them and start wearing them.
With all the holiday talk, I forgot to ask, where are you going on holiday this summer?
Lots of love,
Hello my lovelies,
I’m always on the hunt of outfits I can create with different pieces of clothes I can find in my wardrobe. It’s really rare when I do a big shop of items because luckily enough, I do own a considerable amount of clothes. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t love shopping and getting new stuff in (we all do to be fair), but I’ve managed to find my balance. With that being said, today I’m going to create my own co-ord while exploring the beautiful streets of Bodreaux. Come join me in the most French town, outside Paris.
The first thing to consider when creating your co-ord is the fabric of the two pieces. Are they the same type? If they’re not, do they look amazing together? It’s really important that they create a stunning unit. Otherwise, your outfit will not look like a co-ord. Other than that, as a general ‘rule’ co-ords do have a specific detail – either on the sleeves or the pants, like shown in the pictures below.
For my outfit, I have chosen this a Zara blouse/jacket and a pair of black Calvin Klein trousers made out of a less tick fabric and they blend with the top really well. Your next goal now is to look out for clothes that have some nice details – in my case, we have the beautiful embroidery on the top.
These are the two simple ‘rules’ you need to follow when creating your own co-ord: matching fabrics and ensure you have some stunning details going on. This outfit is perfect for your city breaks this Spring. I’ve visited Bordeaux while wearing this outfit: it was so easy to walk around the city in it, but also my Instagram pictures turned out amazing! Make sure you follow me at @notagirlygal for updates on outfits, women empowerment posts & real life Insta stories (my absolute faves).
My Top Three Things to Do in Bordeaux
Have your morning coffee and dessert at Boulangerie Hotel de Ville.
The Capuccino is spot on and the cakes are absolutely delicious! The decor inside is really traditional and it took me back to old France. You’ll love it there.
Visit Marche de Capucins (Food Market) and eat a Sea Food ‘Boat’
This is a boat for one person – it includes oysters, shells, homar & shrimps. I loved this meal so much, I’m sure I’ll remember the experience I had while visiting the market. The place was clean and everything was beautifully decorated.
Take the train 50 min and visit Arcachon
Visit Arcachon, the Ocean resort next to Bordeaux. I went on a boat trip and it was so much fun (I should have brought a jacket because I caught a cold afterwards, but the views were worth it haha). Watch the sunset to end the day in the most beautiful way.
Where are you travelling to this summer and will you wear co-ords? 🙂
Lots of love,
Oh, beautiful France! I’ve just returned from an impromptu visit to Bordeaux and I had an absolute amazing time from sipping coffee on pretty terraces, observing people’s fashion, enjoying the so popular red wine (in its traditional town) to creating content for my blog and social channels. While packing my luggage, I’ve came across different styles of wearing blazers this season and decided I have to try this particular one out! Let’s find out how to best wear your blazers and jeans this season.
Hourglass shaped body?
What I like to do, especially with black blazers is to create a perfect hourglass body shape by wearing a narrow belt around my waist. I don’t normally have a preference when it comes to where the belt is positioned, but in this combination, you want to make sure that the belt is tight enough on your waist (don’t wear this for a bottomless Prosecco brunch though) to create that hourglass shape. When it comes to the perfect belts, my favourite brand is by far Mango – their quality is amazing, although sometimes I might look out for belts in Zara too.
Where to wear Blazers & Jeans
Depending of where you plan to wear this outfit to, you can choose to wear a black top underneath or a hidden bra for a sexier look. I went for a top underneath my blazer (find similar here) as I was going for a wine tasting and it felt more appropriate for the occasion. I would probably go for the other option on a different occasion such as cocktail party or a rooftop event at night. If you’re visiting Bordeaux, you can’t miss the stunning Wine Museum – expect a history rich experience and some delicious wine too. The views from there are simply breathtaking, so I would definitely recommend to bring your camera to take some pictures for the ‘gram – just avoid the crowds because as you can imagine everyone is looking for getting the best shot.
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of jeans to be honest, but somehow a pair of skinny jeans (find similar here) makes this look really stylish; while a pair of black trousers could potentially ‘destroy’ the look. Just have fun with the items you already have in your wardrobe and come up with a few alternative looks: try checked blazers and jeans or white blazers paired with pale pink jeans!
As I know you love a special occasion to celebrate, it’s English Wine Week! There a few cool options on Virgin Experience Days or Groupon such as Cheese & Wine Tasting Experiences or Countryside Vineyard tours that you can absolutely make the most out of. And no this is not sponsored, I just believe that the outfit can definitely go with the options above and might inspire you to do something different as I’m always on the hunt for unique experiences.
It’s time for a closet tour to create this look – tag me @notagirlygal in your Instagram posts while wearing your take on this outfit, I would love to connect with you.
Until next time,
Hello my favourite readers,
I came across this article in a magazine recently where they discussed about how important it is for your clothes to match the way you feel. Well, that’s interesting I said to myself! Then, I went away and think about how would this apply to me? I realised that for me, to feel positive and motivated I need clothes to lift me up and empower me rather than match the way I feel. What if I feel lazy and tired? I wouldn’t want to wear things that encourage me to stay in that state of mind, but rather to dress in such a way to push myself forward. That’s the inspiration for today’s article on how to express your positivity through your fashion style. Keep on reading to find out exactly what you need to do to motivate yourself on a day when you don’t feel like doing pretty much anything!
1. Wear the same colour mix
I touched on this in my previous post actually, but wearing a single colour or similar colours really make me feel relaxed and ready to start working on my goals for the day. It’s my little trick of motivating myself in those days when I would rather go to a spa instead, even on weekends.
2. Give stylish belts a GO
Are you accessorising your outfits frequently? That’s great! I feel like belts are doing so much for an outfit, far more than bracelets or necklaces. The whole vibe changes when I add a belt – especially if it has wide gold elements on it. Try wearing different shapes of belts (narrow or wide) and see which ones work best for different outfits. I would recommend narrow ones for skirts and wide ones for jeans or worn on top of your outwear coat. Get ready to take your outfits to another level.
3. Wear your hair in a stylish bun
Sometimes a stylish bun is exactly what you need to get your motivation on. For me a bun says ‘I can do this’ louder than hair worn down (unless it’s curly). Who’s with me? 🙋🏻 Put your bun on and expect loads of motivation kicking it. Actually don’t expect it, it’s a mind exercise – imagine it kicking in!
4. Wear your favourite shirt
Wearing your favourite shirt can do wonders to your mood. Wear it when you feel down or unmotivated to feel a little bit happy inside.
5. Say hi to smart shoes!
Hello, beautiful shoes. I know trainers can be comfy and trendy, however I feel like they won’t help your mood. Getting too comfy is not going to boost your motivation, but the opposite. Stay classy and go for smart shoes or sandals over the ‘everyday’ sports shoes.
6. Apply a natural glowy make-up (Kourtney K style)
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this video of Kourtney K for Vogue? Love her or hate her, she actually shared some actionable tips in here. I love this natural look and it will just make you feel so fresh! P.S: Try the scrub she made, it’s awesome – I used it on dry lips and worked wonders.
7. Nourish yourself with a protein salad
I love to cook healthy (if it’s under 15 minutes of course) and treat myself to a nice nourishing meal. On a day where I feel down and need something to lift my mood, I would prepare a delicious Salmon or Tuna, Avocado & Spinach Salad and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s not just yummy, but it will also make you feel amazing from inside out as spinach contains Iron, Calcium & Magnesium and salmon is packed with Omega 3 and Selenium that improve brain function & contribute to your neurological health.
8. Listen to your favourite podcast to get you going
I’ve started listening to Podcasts lately when I prepare food or when I put make-up on, instead of the usual background music. One Podcast that inspires me to give my best and constantly work for my goals is the Overnight success by Maria Hatzistefanis – founder of Rodial and Nip&Fab. I admire her so much for not giving up on her dream of establishing a beauty brand and working constantly for six years without seeing profits! That’s what I call a real commitment and dedication. Her podcast is about lifestyle, fitness and tips on achieving success from different entrepreneurs in various industries. If you’re not feeling too motivated, make sure you tune it first thing in the morning while you’re getting ready or on your way to work. It’s a real mood booster for me!
9. Practice Positive Vocabulary
I mentioned the importance of speaking positively in the How to Become Your Most Confident Self | Action your Life Now post, and if you haven’t checked it already, head over to it and decide for yourself if the power of words can influence your mood. I say, they certainly can 😉
10. Go for a run
Even if you’re not a runner or a workout fanatic, going for a quick jog will lift you up and make you feel more in control. I moved out recently and I am now making the most out of my backyard by going for a run around the flat buildings & the backyard. It’s such a great therapy for when I’m feeling tense or unmotivated. Since I stopped going to the gym, I have replaced that routine with a run and workout exercises in the garage. Although you mind not feel like it, resit the urge to come up with excuses and just go. You will feel amazing afterwards! I would love to recommend a playlist, but I don’t actually listen to music when I work out, perhaps I should listen to some good tunes to keep me going. Let me know your playlist of choice below, I would love to find out great tunes to make me feel motivated.
That’s how to stay motivated and find ways to express your positive self through your style! What other things do you do to get more motivated to achieve your goals?
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Lots of love,
It’s my favourite month of the year! The (slightly) warmer weather, the flowers, happier people and my birthday coming up make me really excited about starting fresh. It might also be the fact that I just moved houses and I feel so much happier in the area as it’s pretty much reminding me of home. I’m looking at the backyard now and the sun rays look so beautiful hitting the leafs and flowers and I can’t help but think about how much I appreciate this place. I’ve also started working out more outside and somehow getting inspired to try different styles in my Spring wardrobe. I also started feeling really good in white dresses and it’s a new feeling for me. What made me rethink some of my fashion choices and how can you wear clothes that show your stylish edge this season? Let’s find out 💫
When I feel happy, I want all my outfits to show that. You know what they say, ‘look good, feel good’, so make that your mantra for the season. I somehow find myself only browsing for white items lately or black (that escalated quickly, right?). I started to enjoy pulling off a more neat look. Don’t you feel more put together when you’re really dressed as ‘less is more’? As much as you might enjoy shopping especially for an occasion, for example holidays prep or a special event, try to wear a new outfit in May for yourself and for your own happiness. As you know, I don’t encourage constant shopping and getting into fast fashion constantly, every now and then it’s totally alright to treat yourself to something new that is going to make you feel amazing!
The concept of ‘less is more’ is actually a state of mind and it’s the perfect time to get into when you have lots going on in your life. Dressing like less is more, helps me clear my mind when I’m juggling lots of tasks during the day. What is the secret you need to know to feel relaxed? Well, I guess you know it by now: wear something that will make you feel super neat and ready to nail the day.
I bought this white dress as a treat at the beginning of Spring and I love how easy it is to find different occasions to wear it to. This week I was invited to a networking event hosted by Enty App and it was really inspiring to meet different women in business and all share our ideas on jewerlly and fashion.
Your turn now. How are you feeling more relaxed? Does your style reflect the way you feel? Let’s get chatting in the comment section below 🙂
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Until next time,