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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.

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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?

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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.

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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,

NotAGirlyGal

 

As I was mentioning in my 2019 Peachy Spring Make-up, this Spring I’m not so into pastels. It feels too 2018 for me; you might not feel the same way and it’s really okay. I mean, we all wear whatever makes us feel awesome, but today I really want to show you ONE amazing trend that I absolutely love: MILITARY inspired clothing. Keep on reading and turn the runway into your own outfits! BE aware: this is not your usual Spring outfit.

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Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Givenchy

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We can see beautiful textures, worn in different combinations for this Spring. Fashion Houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Fendi and Givenchy released their military inspired collections and all I have to say is that I’m deeply in love with the concept. That’s a proper Not A Girly staple: bold & fearless. Let’s break down this trend and adapt it to our own everyday looks, shall we? 💥

Add different textures to your outfit

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I realised this quite recently actually, but adding different textures can take your outfits to the next level. In the military case, you’re looking for a dress or a co-ord that can be accessorised easily. By that I mean wear a belt or jacket on top that’s made out of a different fabric.

I chose a khaki safari dress (find similar here or here) that looks amazing on tanned olive skin. There are loads of options online, you can even type ‘utility dress’ and browse from different pieces. It’s definitely a must have for Spring-Summer!

 

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Make your outfit RUNWAY READY

It’s time to make your outfit look a lot more stylish and turn it into a wearable runway outfit. The easiest way you can do that is to put a cool jacket on top of your dress! I browsed the online stores and found this jacket with pockets for you – it doesn’t have those crazy colours on the back as mine, but I’m sure it will look amazing regardless.

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Last details

Add your last details to make your look pop! I’m in LOVE with stylish & high quality sunglasses – the type that makes your look really chic. This Weekend MVTM pair looks gorgeous in the Khaki combination, especially because their reflection turns dark green at times. Wear a watch that is neat and can easily compliment your outfit as you have a lot going on already. This unique design of the Jaded Rose MVTM watch is simply beautiful and it’s made it in my watch top already! This brand is so popular on Instagram and it’s gaining so much momentum because their products have such a good quality! Use the code NOTAGIRLYGAL15 for 15% off when you shop on the MVTM website.

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Embrace this trend and have a wonderful Spring, everyone ✨  Tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal while wearing this outfit – I would loveee to see you!

Check out my post on what to wear at work to feel more ready to be in control!

Photos by the wonderful Nuno Costa, London photographer.

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

Are you planning your trip to London this Spring or Summer? You’re in the perfect place! I’ve been living in London for a while now, so I thought it’s about time to make a round-up of my favourite places to visit around the English capital 🇬🇧 If you’re also those perfect Instagram shots, keep on reading because this is just the ultimate guide on the best places in London in 2019!

Greenwich & Greenwich Market

Greenwich is not quite in London, but it’s really close by.  The place has an unique vibe of its own and guaranteed you can spend 3 or 4 hours there. Get to Greenwich by a Flipper (London’s water bus) and enjoy all the beautiful views of London on your way! You’ll have such an amazing time as there are lots of fun things to do, from exploring the museums, having a picnic in Greenwich Park and eating delicious food at the Greenwich Market. Definitely a half day well spent!

Kintan Japanese BBQ Restaurant

If you’re a meat lover, then stop by Kintan Japanese BBQ for lunch and cook your own food! The meat comes prepared in different Japanese sauces just ready for you to enjoy. The meat is so tender and you can choose from beef to pork, chicken, squid, lamb and many others! The main courses come with sticky rice which is so delicious even on its own. They also serve veggies and an amazing hot dessert called S’mores – you have to cook this too which is adding to the excitement. It’s such an unique experience and believe it or not, you won’t break the bank by having a meal here.

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The Queen’s Theatre

If you’re passionate about theatre, then book your tickets to watch a West End Show at the Queen’s Theatre. I had the opportunity to watch Les Miserables and I have to say it was a cultural life changing experience! The quality of the performance, the stage costumes and the stage decor was second to none. If you visit London, you can’t miss an outstanding performance at the theatre. Prepare for tears to roll!

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Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge

Enjoying fancy rooftops? Me too! Madison Terrace Bar & Lounge had to be in my guide of Best Places in London because the views you get from there are just stunning. Bonus, you can even wait for the golden hour and take some amazing photos on the terrace. Expect it to be a little bit busy during this time of year, but if you arrive there at around 3pm you should be able to get a table in 20 minutes. Enjoy a glass of Moët and forget about your tired legs!

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Tower Bridge Area & Sparkling Afternoon Tea

After your champagne on the terrace, what do you think about an English afternoon tea with direct views on the Tower Bridge? It doesn’t get more English than that! Book your afternoon tea experience at the Tower Hotel and expect loads of delicious cakes and sandwiches. Go for the sparkling afternoon tea and add a glass of Prosecco. It’s also your chance to try some Scones – the traditional British dessert that goes so well with the sparking wine. Then, you can have an evening walk in the Tower Bridge area on the river Thames.

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I hope you’re even more excited to visit London now! If you don’t have the time to do everything included in my Best Places in London guide, pick at least one place because trust me you will have an absolute blast.

If you’re new around here, I’m Andrada and started my website to make women feel more confident in who they are & their personal style. Subscribe to my blog if you haven’t done so already and let’s keep in touch over on Instagram! 🙂

Enjoy your trip,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello everyone,

Don’t you just love it when you can do a little staycation from time to time? The first time I actually stayed in London for a ‘so-called’ staycation was last weekend. I picked Shoreditch as my go to, because it reminds me of the Northern Quarter in Manchester – you can find it all, from fancy bars to niche coffee places. Keep on reading to find out more about how you could turn your own city into a holiday spot, or how to most enjoy London’s Shoreditch if you’ve never visited.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a cute & fun accommodation, pick Point A Hotels where you can turn your room into a colourful dance floor which comes in handy if you want to capture some cool pictures! They offer an excellent customer service and a great A-list which you can use for discounts at partner brands (restaurants, beauty salons, bars). Some of them are Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch Nails, Rascals – looks super fun, Lanzana Café and many others. All of these are walking distance from the hotel which is great for a change when it comes to London.

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For me, the best part was the breakfast which they call ‘the brekkie’. The area is really stylish and the breakfast was delicious: we had fruit, granola, different types of pastry. I love a great breakfast, so this was a winner for me – guilty for trying everything!

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What to do

Shoreditch is such a fun place! We went to Ballie Ballerson where we danced and played around in their three available ball pits – such a great laugh! I have to say, the person who came up with this idea was a genius – a playground for grownups! We then had a bar crawl to different places around Shoreditch. There’s something fun for everyone, you just need to look up the places first or let yourself go with the vibe.IMG_4946.JPG

What to eat & drink

The pizza at Ballie is absolutely delicious. This was my second time visiting them, and for the first time I went for the bottomless Prosecco and pizza, so I tried all of them. My favourite ones are the BBQ chicken and the Mozzarella & Pesto. Try the David Bowie cocktail – it comes with your own glitter lipstick which is quite unique.

You have to visit Shoreditch and pay the Point A Hotel a visit! It’s your ticket to an unforgettable weekend for sure.

Until next time,

NotAGirlyGal

Hello there,

Choosing your cream trench coat means that you’ll spend a bit of time researching magazines, fashion blogs and perhaps Instagram. I’ll spare you the search. Either you’re getting your Autumn outfits ready for the season or you’re getting your hands on pieces that will make a statement for you this season, this post will show you how to choose your statement trench coat which is a must-have for me.

  1. Look at the overall appearance of the trench

 I’ve seen different types of coats. The fabric can either ‘make or break’ a coat. Make sure your fabric looks of high-quality and it’s thick enough. Waterproof material is an added plus of course, especially if you live in London. Stay away from sheer fabric because not only it won’t keep you warm, but it will look cheap.

TIP: Try the coat on and if it feels heavy, then that’s the one you want.

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  1. Decide on a good length for you

Depending on where you want your cream coat to fall, you want to make sure the length is good for your height. For me, I wanted it to be really long as almost all my outdoor wear is shorter. If you’re looking for a long one too, just make sure your boots can be seen, otherwise you’ll look short.

TIP: Don’t try it on with high heels unless you’re only going to wear it with high heels.

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  1. Look out for features that make it special

Now, the fun part! You want to make a statement – pick items that have cool features. The feature that makes this cream coat stand out is the sleeve detail. Some coats can have badges or stickers. Others can have a cool chain on the top part. It’s up to your personal preference here.

TIP: Look for your coat in unique places such as clothes markets or even vintage stores. Gems are hiding there. That’s how I found mine.

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  1. Add a leather belt

 Replace the boring strap with a brown leather belt. The belt will give your coat a nice proportion – tight on your waist and loose on the bottom. You will look impeccable!

TIP: Choose a medium width belt. Too narrow – it won’t have the desired effect; too wide – it will be too much.

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I hope I helped you in choosing your cream statement coat for Autumn. I just wanted to ask you: How many coats do you have for the season and which one is your favourite from your personal collection?

Lots of love,

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Hello there,

Wearing something cool and comfortable in the same time, during the days that are sightly ‘colder’ than the usually summer days can be a bit difficult. Should you wear a dress? Then, you’ll probably be cold. Should you wear flats? Then, you would probably ruin them in case it rains. No more headaches! For those days, I created, what I like to call ‘the autumn outfit for summer’.

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As you can see, this is not an autumn outfit. Otherwise, I would have call it just that.I easily took some elements that are assigned to autumn styling. But, you probably like to wear items that are not just for summer, too  – and you totally should because it will upgrade your cold summer evenings’ outfits.

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Upgrading your summer outfits

Let’s take a basic summer outfit: shorts and a simple white top (similar here). You would wear this in summer, right? Now, when a summer day is a bit cold you shouldn’t go for long pants, light jumpers and so on. You can still wear your summer clothes! Just wear them with army boots, hats (find mine here), a leather jacket (find mine on sale here) or even longer boots if they are light. I PROMISE you,  your overall appearance will be so cool and you’ll feel so much better – sometimes long pants on a summer day can be a pain (I’m talking from experience haha).

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Keep on reading for more tips on how to actually wear this outfit

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Adding confidence to your outfit

If you’re not used to mixing items like so and if you need a bit of confidence for it, just remind yourself that you are your own kind of beautiful and you can wear whatever empowers you.

Finding your own style

It might be that hats are not your thing or that leather jackets are not. You can try to come up with replacements for these: big statement earrings – the ones you would normally wear in October, or trenches. Take my tips above and just twist them and adapt them to your own style. Get creative and you’ll start to reinvent your wardrobe.

Enjoyed this article? I would love for you to share it on your favourite social media platform or talk to your friends about it 🙂

What is your fashion way of embracing the colder summer days?

Lots of love,

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Hello again girls,

How have you been? I bet you’ve been busy. We all are. All the time. Will we let us stop us from looking fabulous? Right now, I want to talk to you about a routine we as ‘the I want-to-do-it-all girls’ should all have to look and feel ‘a million dollars’ every day.

4 steps to be stylish and don’t spend 5 h getting ready

1. Use less make-up products to be ready quick

Although I really don’t wear make-up everyday as I go to the gym at lunch time, but for the days I want to wear it, I made my own 5 minute make-up routine to quickly apply it before I go to the office. All you need is 5 products and you’ll be ready in wow… 5. Try this: foundation, liquid eye-liner, mascara, natural contour kit, brow kit. Trust me, it’s all you need to look amazing. Try to limit yourself to as little products as possible to avoid the temptation to put eyeshadows at 8 o’clock in the morning just to spend 30 minutes on the make-up. Time waste..

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2. Plan your outfits once a week

As you probably have seen in The Mindset of High Achievers – Habits for Achieving your Desired Fashion Style, you should plan your outfits once a week. In that way, you wouldn’t have to browse all your wardrobe in the morning to decide on your next one and more importantly, it will save you time on ironing in the morning. You got it! Plan & iron once a week for increased productivity.

3. Do your hair in the morning for 5 minutes

Since I have cut my bangs, I am washing them and straightening them everyday. There’s no way my hair will look good if I don’t straighten it just a little bit in the morning. Again, I only do it for 5 – 6 minutes and it looks good. I just feel better when my hair looks put together. Try this even though you don’t have bangs.

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4. Eat healthy

You are what you eat and the more healthy you eat, the better you will feel and the nicer you will look. Carbs and sugar can make you look fat and tired; plus they have negatives effects for your skin too. Reduce the number of carbs and sugar and you will feel amazing results. Opt for a salad in the morning, chicken & vegetables for lunch and salmon for dinner.

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And this is all. Follow these 4 steps and get you looking impeccable all the time 💋 By sharing this article on Facebook, you will help me achieve my goal of improving more girls’ lives.

Hey! Let’s hang out on Instagram follow me on @missandradavonc

Until next time,

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Do you love black leather jackets? Me too! Although I didn’t wear one in three years now,  I find leather jackets to be perfect for the transition between spring and summer. Finding the perfect one might be a challenge, so get browsing and follow my tips to choose your own.

History of the leather jacket

You might not know this, but the first leather jacket was created for fighter pilots in the first World War! It only made it in fashion in the 90’s and it remained at the cool item of a wardrobe.

How to choose your leather jacket

Look at the leather’s quality 

That’s a pretty straight forward advice, but do look out for the leather’s quality. Signs of early damage while it’s already on the store’s hanger has to make you forget about it. Just imagine how many damages it will suffer from while you’re wearing it. If it’s NOT super soft, then the leather will pass the test of time and look its best after you’ve worn it for a while.

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Check the interior fabric

Assuming you’re buying it for Spring, you still want to check its interior. If it looks that it will keep you warm enough for chilly afternoons, then it will make a really good buy. The last thing you want is to freeze in it while sipping cocktails on a rooftop.

Select the right length

I love it when its length is just above my waist. If it’s longer than that, there are chances for me to not like it just as much. That length makes you look taller and goes with pretty much any style: worn with a jumper, over a dress or over a short top.

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Look out for quality zippers

The zippers have to be of good quality because you want your jacket to look on point. Zippers can both ruin and lift up a jacket, so stay close to the quality ones.

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Get the right fit

I can’t stand leather jackets that are baggy and loose. For me, the right fit is the one that stays tight to your body. It makes you look uber chic and ah did I mention you can wear it with a dress in spring?

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Clean it regularly

There are different special cleaning solutions you can use for its maintenance. The leather can break, so in order to prevent this from happening you might want to give it a rigorous clean once in a while.

Convinced? Then go ahead and find your perfect one ☺️tag me in your posts and ask me any questions related to your search below!

Shop my leather jacket here:

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Zara Leather Jacket

Until next time,

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Hello there,

Have you decided on your next city break? Or are you still browsing through the latest offers? Either way, now is the best time to scan your wardrobe and decide on which pieces will make it to the trip with you. We will have a look at what you need to pack to look fierce while on your break! No loads of items needed and no huge luggages!

I find it very useful when I can change my outfit from day to night by only changing certain accessories. As there are a million different options you can try, today I will show you the most up to date thing I do. STAY TUNED!

Let’s take for instance a pair of white shorts

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Basic, right? They will be the base for your outfits!

City Break Day Time Outfit

During the day you need something comfortable, thinking that you would probably be digging into the city’s most beautiful treasures for the whole time. Just to make it clear, comfortable doesn’t mean lounge wear OR super sporty. People take comfortable clothes way too literally! A really nice top will be perfect for this (..aaand I didn’t say T-shirt). I have chosen a black Zara top that feels comfortable and also looks amazing in those Instagram pictures.

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Night Time Outfit for Your City Break

If you’re going out for dinner or going for a night stroll, you want to look cool! While the shorts and boots are still your best friends, it is now time to change your top and add a scarf. I went for a super boho jumper I’ve found in New Look last week. Ready for taking the city!

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See? You only need two items to transition your look from day to night! Do you know someone who packs a lot? Share this blog post on Facebook & Twitter to inspire your friends to pack less and look fierce on their break!

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Until next time,

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Hello lovelies,

How is March treating you so far? I feel like this is the busiest month for me! With loads of reports to write, attending photoshoots, having dear people over and moving houses, I feel like days are flying by. But I’m really having the best time.

If the last outfit ideas were a bit too colourful for you, I have another great option: all black. I sound so extreme now! But really, we all love an all-black outfit (except from Anna Wintour).

I love it how when I twin with someone, I get to write about two outfits in the same post, so everyone gets the most out of it. Let’s go!

Fish Net Dress, Black boots & Cat Eye Sunglasses

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I don’t wear loads of dresses, but honestly this dress feels like a long t-shirt. Quite cool if you think about wearing something that’s not too boy-ish but not very feminine. I feel that this approach kind of defines my style. Wear it with a pair of cat eye sunglasses though for that chic element. You can wear it during Saturday evenings while you’re out and about, but also during day time. It’s the outfit every modern woman needs actually, because it’s super cool to be able to just show up without having to change five times a day.

 Black skinny jeans, Knee-high boots, Embroided Jacket, Hat & Square Sunglasses

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Getting some Michael Jackson vibes with this outfit. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough; it’s that empowering. Keep the other items plain, so that your jacket will stand out. I feel like wearing it during day time could be more suitable than evening time, so get your walking mood on and enjoy the day in this gorgeous outfit.

 Tip: When wearing all black, add a red lipstick for that amazing contrast!

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Let’s be friends on Instagram! Find me at @missandradavonc, follow me and I’ll follow you back in 2 seconds – I’m always active!

Until next time,

MISSANDRADA