Thursday, July 28, 2016

I like big hats and I cannot lie

I have been looking for a summer hat like crazy and still haven't found THE ONE, but considering we are going to sunny and scorching Malta veeery soon... I just couldn't help it and today after visiting thousands of shops in the center of Barcelona I ended up getting one in Parfois.

2016 summer trend is here to stay (at least if you live in southern Europe) and although it may not seem very comfortable whenever you have to carry it around (airport/plane, taxi, bus, train etc.) I'm sure it can save you from a burning sun at certain times of the day. 



PARFOIS
The one I got is big enough and floppy, looking very summery-like, with simple details to make it look a bit safari (colors are lau) and a rope ribbon. My only excuse was Malta, since I do not tend to wear headwear around Barcelona -only when I travel abroad.

More and more people are joining the sun hat this summer, since the heat is helping us to buy a hat more and more every day. As the temperature rises, we go for the messy hair don't care attitude but just in case we can cover that with a hat. Now we have all kinds of styles and materials, from lightweight fabrics to woven straw. Not only they protect your head and hair but also neck and face from the UV rays.

Prices range from low to high, and ASOS offers a lot of variety both in style and budgets. The ones I saw today were mostly in Oysho, H&M and Parfois and prices were more or less the same, around 10-20€.

H&M

OYSHO

H&M

These are just some picks I liked and then I got onto browsing celeb style to see what they are going for this summer, or where some others got the inspiration from (I instantly thought of Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl when I thought about travelling around wearing a hat). But of course I head to Bilson, Palermo and Alba when it comes to fashion and style.

Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen
Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf

Olivia Palermo

Jessica Alba


What do you think of this summer trend? Which ones did you like, if any?
xx
lau.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A perfect time to visit NY? (I'm not crazy)



Yes it's pretty worrying that it's only late-July and I am excited for Christmas.
Always have always will.

Although I have always been a tradition lover when it came to xmas season and wanted to spread all the family joy around by decorating the house and filling up the home with cinnamon and pine tree scents... 




Last xmas was a certainly changing one for my views on the festivities. However instead of slipping into denial or depression (read breakup with xmas) I decided I am going to enjoy my fav holiday of all time no matter what. And i knew 2016 xmas can be challenging and hard, so i decided to spend it abroad with friends (or just one, whatevs.). Running? Nah honey, i see it as acting. No way I am going to go through the holiday blues when i know i love the feeling of cozy evenings, candles, xmas films and stories (i'm such a freak i re-re-re-read A Christmas Carol by Dickens every December). Enough of crying around and trying to win a ticket to spend my xmas abroad with my stories... There was no second left to thinking about a destination when the plan came up. Who can make you feel entertained and busy 24/7 so not to think about other stuff not even for a second? that's right Miss NYC does. 




NYC sure does get the holiday spirit. Who doesn't like the winter holidays, especially abroad? Sure NY can be visited all year round, and locals told me the best time is September but oh well... how can you argue with a xmas & big cities lover? The glamorous city looks festooned in dazzling lights and exaggerated decor all around, and sure brings lots of tourists -which might be our main reason to start thinking about xmas NOW. 




Browsing some info on what to see, what to avoid, curiosities, etc. I found a lot of interesting stuff i wanted to share:

DO:

- Rockefeller Center Plaza (The center of xmas itself) and fall in love with the big tree (there since 1931, now boasting 45.000 LED lights). Crowded but worth it.
- Macy's elaborate Santaland (scene of xmas trees, elves, toys and snow all around.
- Window-shop. All department stores GO BIG on the dressing up for the season.

DON'T:

- my bestie will be angry at reading this but i know she will try anyway. I heard some advice on NOT going for the ice-skating ring due to its prices and queues (up to 2h), though the one in Central Park is bigger and a bit cheaper (it's sth!).
-choose weekends to visit department stores. Better to go mid-day or before shops open.



Interesting facts

Dyker Heights xmas lights: there is a neighbourhood in Brooklyn that goes bonkers with the xmas lights. So far i have seen that on movies (that we keep on watching because they are on TV every year...) but it is apparently true that some Americans lose their minds when it comes to lighten the season up. This Christmas extravaganza is absolutely crazy and therefore I MUST witness that. 




Caroling in Washinton Sq Park: I am such a xmas freak i actually enjoy some caroling during the season. WINE NOT (yes, wine. it will be required by my bestie to cope with so much cursiness) going and see it in person? Im sure the feeling must be incredible. So I heard there's some caroling when the tree is lighten up. Can we join (that might ruin the magic but you're once in NY for the celebration..)


Aaaand well done lau, so much talking about NY + xmas together really got me in the mood so I'm guessing tonight after the dinner+drinks with the girls I'll go for some FRIENDS xmas episode... perfect combo in scorching July. And despite the fact that I'm meeting them in 25 min and still here wearing sporty clothes (read guy basketball stuff -i can't help it, it's the best to wear around the house) and no makeup on whatsoever... go tthe feeling i'll have to be a bit fashionably late today. 







Repeating i'm not crazy just excited for the holiday plans... who's been to ny at xmas? 
xx
lau

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fendi anniversary show: incredibly lovely


Fendi's anniversary was a blast I'm sure. I fell in love with the pictures I saw both for the setting (Rome will always have my heart) and for the style and glam all around the brand. From beaded flapper dresses to shimmering ones, fashion took a step forward in the charming streets of the Italian capital this time:





Fendi models walked on the waters of the gorgeous Fontana di Trevi to celebrate the Italian firm's 90th anniversary. The show collection under the name of "Legends and Fairy Tales" was shown on the fountain with a glass platform that allowed the audience seeing they were almost walking on water. The "Haute Fourrure" show was focused on fur obviously, ranging from trims to full.on shawls, dresses and coats. Floral and fairy-related scenarios, the hairstyles played a fairytale role too. 

What do you think of the gowns shown by Fendi? And the incredible and charming scenario?
xx
lau