Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat?

t-shirt - Primark



NAILS: ModelsOWN Hayley's Comet

*ModelsOWN Hayley's Comet

I was very excited to see the release of the newest addition to the ModelsOWN Beetlejuice collection: Hayley's Comet. The name and colour are just great! The shade changes on your nails depending on the light and can easily turn from green-grey to red. The only minus is that I thought that the colour would be stronger than it actually is. Maybe next time I'll try it on burgundy or red nail polish?



NEW: Wedge Hi-Tops/Trainers

wedge hi-tops - New Look

I was never too sure about the wedge trainers trend. It looked kind of weird and I was always wondering if the shoes are really comfortable (despite some assurance from my friends that they're perfect). However, there's no getting away from the sports luxe trend this season, so I decided to do some research. I saw these in on New Look website (but now it appears that they are no longer available) and tried them in store. I was amazed how well they feel! I also love all the detail - the little studs and a metal-like finish. Can't wait to team them with leggings and pleather trousers!




parka - River Island, sweat top - River Island, skirt - New Look, tights - New Look, shoes - Vans,
ring (eye) - Topshop, ring (vampire) - Me & Zena, necklace - New Look, bag - Primark

When it's raining outside and it's officially autumn, there's no better way to spend you weekend in a museum. I went to National Gallery for Impressionists tour. It's not the same as visiting Musée d'Orsay in Paris, but I still saw one of my favourites: Monet's The Water-Lily Pond and Pissarro's The Louvre under Snow. Later, to keep warm, try out some hot soups in Pret a manger - they have some yummy new flavours!

To keep warm, I've decided to wear my new MEGA STAR sweat top from River Island. I love a ombré look and the writing of course. Perfect for autumn! To brighten up a grey day, I decided to take my old Primark bag.



#LookScary Halloween night in London Dungeons

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dress - H&M, cat ears - River Island, necklace - New Look, bag - ASOS
nails - this post

I was kindly invited by Llymlrs and The London Lipgloss to attend #LookScary event with O2 and Blackberry Red at London Dungeons which took place last Thursday. The event promoted Blackberry Curve 9320, now available in red with BBM Hot Key.   

I have never been in London Dungeons before - I'm very easily scared and even watching horror movies is a big deal for me (after watching The Blair Witch Project few years ago I am still queasy to go to the woods alone). But I never pass a chance to meet blogging ladies and to dress up! I wanted to show off my beautiful River Island cat ears for ages. I adore this trend and still remember the LOVE magazine cover I wrote about in January - I predicted they're gonna be huge! So I went for the cute look, but some girls were looking more Halloween appropriate. I love how Laura dressed up as a creepy doll - her outfit was amazing!

After arrival, we went on a tour of the Dungeons. I don't want to spoil fun for anyone by writing what can you expect, but believe me - there were a lot of screams! Thank you Maria for letting me to hold squash your hand all the way! When we've finished the tour we nibbled on some drinks and canapes and indulged ourselves in chatting. There was also a very accurate mind reader and a card reader. We also saw some Halloween styles created by O2 and Blackberry Red and it was great to see Emily Divine on the screen.

I would like to thank Sarah for kindly lending me her photos.



NAILS: cat claws

Barry M Black
Sally Hansen Royal Icing

This was my attempt to recreate the cat claw nails I saw on Pinterest some time ago.
I wore these for the #LookScary event in London Dungeons, because I came as a kitty cat. 



GlossyBox: October 2012

This month's GlossyBox is way better than the last month's samples only. My relationship with it is that I either love it or hate it (the latter is especially true when I do not get any full-sized products). The theme of this box is Breast Cancer, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I was expecting to receive lots of pink products, but nevertheless, I am quite satisfied with what I got:

Anatomicals DON’T JUST CLEAN IT WOMAN, SCRUB IT BODY SCRUB - I love the grapefruit smell and cute package. This is the product I am most happy about. 

Skinetica Skinetica anti-blemish - finding perfect spot-remover is hard, so I'm looking forward to test it.

Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm – I’m curious how the Premium BB works.

Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick – COULEURS NATURE – I like the gesture, but this one will go to my mum.

Olay Regenerist 3-Point Treatment Cream Fragrance Free – a nice touch, but the sample is too small to see the difference in treatment. 



HALLOWEEN: Dark Side contact lenses

*Phantasee Dark Side coloured contact lenses

I always wanted to try out the all-black eye look for Halloween and thanks to the Vision Direct, this year my friends will be really scared of me.

I have chosen the Dark Side from the Phantasee range. There are so many options to choose from, so you can easily add something extra on the Halloween night. You can still order to receive your portion of scary eyes for a Halloween night! They are very easy to wear, although a little bit bigger than the normal ones. You get used to it quickly though (it took me about 3 minutes).

What is really cool about them is that they are annual replacement lenses which require little maintenance and cleaning. Please check out this dedicated Phantasee FAQ so you can learn more of how to use the lenses. 

Remember to consult attached leaflet before using contact lenses and if you feel any eye irritation or a condition that requires attention, please consult your eye care practitioner immediately.



NEW IN: Lady Gaga FAME perfume and Chanel mirror

Lady Gaga Fame perfume Chanel double mirror
Lady Gaga Fame perfume Chanel double mirror
Lady Gaga Fame perfume Chanel double mirror

Just a bunch of some new stuff I got recently.

Being Lady Gaga's fan, I was really anticipating launch of her first perfume FAME. I didn't want to go with the flow (as some people I know did) and buy it before smelling it - what if I didn't like it? I was, however, very positively surprised - the perfume is sweet and sugary and reminds me a little bit of the famous Fantasy by Britney Spears. The clawed bottle and black colour are just perfect Gaga's staples. I got a set of perfume and shower gel, because as it turns out it is more economical that way (I got mine from Superdrug).

The Chanel double mirror is something chic and pretty. I love all the pretty things!  



NAILS: Revlon Fashionista

Revlon Fashionista (471)

I like Revlon nail polishes, because even though being on the more pricey side, they are sold in large bottles and last a really long time. I like this colour - straight from the autumn palette. It would also look good with some delicate silver pattern. 

On a different note, I haven't done a nails post in ages! I always plan to do them, but in-between I forgot to take nice pictures and off it goes. I'll try to challenge myself and do at least one nail post every week!



WHAT I WORE TODAY: burgundy skater skirt

parka - River Island, blouse - New Look, skirt - New Look, tights - New Look, shoes - New Look,
bracelet - Forever 21, necklace - H&M, belt - New Look, bag - ASOS

This is what I wore last weekend. Burgundy is The Trend this A/W season and it seems to be showing up everywhere. I saw this skirt on the New Look website and it had the perfect cut for me. I love skater dresses and skirts - they are just so feminine and flattering! I've teamed it up with the River Island parka which I'm wearing every day. It seems it's the best purchase I've made in months!

I've also made a little friend in the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden, where was a little talk about the hedgehogs and how to protect them.

There were five hedgehogs - three small and two adults. All of them were rescued. Some people found them in their gardens or on the fields. One of them was rescued being two days old and now made a complete recovery. They will be released in the spring. The lady who made a talk converted one room of her house for hedgehog purposes only. She was also saying that people should not be afraid of the fleas hedgehogs may have, because theirs is a completely different kind to the ones we can find on dogs or cats. Their favourite food is dog food and as a snack they like some beetles or other insects. Unfortunately we were not allowed to touch them, but being so close to them gave me high anyway.



Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 at V&A Museum

Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 features more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.
The exhibition covers over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, are on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

A selection of royal ballgowns are on a display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 also includes dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.

Part of the exhibition is free, it is where you can take the photos. The closed, ticketed part has THE designs and it was a part which I enjoyed the most.

From debutantes and royalty to charity balls and the red carpet, Ballgowns: British glamour since 1950 charts 60 years of stylish evening wear. The exhibition highlights the styles, silhouettes and colours that have been perennial favourites for many years.
Since the mid-20th century, the occasions for wearing formal attire have evolved from the private event to the public parade. In the 1950s the London season was still organised around established events such as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Queen Charlotte’s Birthday Ball.
Towards the end of the century, as these traditions became less important, events such as the charity ball provided a new arena for displaying extravagant evening wear. Today it is the red carpet and celebrity gala that showcase the gowns of glamorous women.
For the most part, ballgowns have stood apart from fashion, while occasionally reflecting current developments in the fashion world. Yet they remain objects of fascination. The luxurious fabrics, intricate work and fine finish demonstrate the skill of British designers in creating dresses that convey splendour and spectacle.

Designing for the ball

Silk dupion gown, Worth of London, about 1955. Museum no. T.214-1973. Given by Mrs Roy Hudson
V&A website
The ballgowns featured in this gallery are mostly couture pieces, handmade for a particular client. These dresses would have been shown as part of a designer’s collection and then chosen by the wearer to be made up in their size and shape. Traditionally couturiers have been happy to include alterations and adjustments to the dresses in order to incorporate the personal taste and requirements of their clients. Often a designer is asked to design a dress to work around a piece of jewellery. Designer Lindsay Evans Robertson, personal assistant to John Cavanagh, recalled being asked to match the colour of silk to a set of aquamarines ‘the size of gobstoppers’. Knowing where the client will wear the dress is essential in order to avoid two people arriving in the same garment. For the initial event this may be possible, but when the dress is worn to subsequent parties, the matter is out of the designer’s hands. David Sassoon of Bellville Sassoon recalls being informed in the 1970s of four important clients invited to stay with the queen at Ascot weekend. All four arrived to dinner in versions of the same dress.


Gown by Victor Edelstein, 1986. Worn and given by Lady Heseltine. Museum no. T.264-2001. Image © David Hughes 2011
V&A website
Carefully chosen for one special occasion, a ballgown should not only flatter the wearer and demonstrate her sense of style but also illustrate an understanding of the significance of the event to which it is worn.


The Occasion

Satin and flocked tulle gown by Vivienne Westwood. Created for Lay Bianca Job-Tyoran to wear to Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1994. Museum no. T14-1997
Satin and flocked tulle gown by Vivienne Westwood. Created for Lay Bianca Job-Tyoran to wear to Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1994. Museum no. T14-1997. Given by Lady Bianca Job-Tyoran. V&A website
Since the 1950s, occasions for wearing evening attire have evolved from the private event to the public parade. Traditionally, the British social season included a variety of balls and other events requiring the most formal dress. Debutante balls, where young women were formally introduced to society, were often their first occasion to wear a grand gown.As society became more egalitarian, the strict social parameters that the season defined were eroded. After Elizabeth II ended formal Court presentations in 1957, other entertainments arose in their place. By the 1980s, private balls were overtaken by the more inclusive charity balls, which allowed entry to all who purchased a ticket.
Other ballgown-wearing occasions include hunt balls and, in Scotland, Burns Night. Britain’s royal family and state officials observe the protocol of state visits in formal attire, their official dinners and gala events requiring the most elaborate of evening gowns.
Within this gallery are gowns worn for a variety of important occasions: royal balls, wedding engagements, private parties, Scottish balls and, more recently, the red-carpet celebrity event. These occasions oblige the wearer to present herself at her finest.



State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress' for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker, 1989. Museum no. T.1-2006. Given by the Franklin Mint
State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress' for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker. V&A website
The royal gown has always garnered attention and interest. Yet the demands of state occasions are quite specific. The dress must not only be attractive, but must allow the wearer to sit and move easily. It must be free from embellishments which could catch or require attention, and it must be able to support regalia. Catherine Walker included thousands of pearls on a dress she designed for Princess Diana to wear on a state visit to Hong Kong in 1989. 


In the Spotlight

Gown by Erdem, A.W 2008. Image © David Hughes
Silk satin and beaded 'Rumina' gown by Erdem, A/W 2008. V&A Website
In recent years, evening wear for the grand occasion has evolved. What was once a more strictly defined set of choices has broadened to a wider selection of silhouettes, materials and surface decoration. As red-carpet events have grown in significance, the paparazzi-lined path now focuses worldwide press attention on how glamorous women are dressed. Such scrutiny leaves little room for misjudgements of taste. As a result, celebrities dress with particular care, both to avoid negative publicity and to make a media splash.

Alexander McQueen, (A/W 2010), Featheruse
Often noted as one of the world's best-dressed woman, Daphne Guiness chose this design to wear to the Costume Institute Gala 'Met Ball' in New York in May 2011. The ball was held to celebrate the opening of the Museum's Alexander McQueen retrospective. Before the ball Daphne staged a live performance in the window of NY department store Barneys, where she dressed and prepared herself for the opening ahead in front of the crowds. The dress is simply stunning and my favourite piece in the whole exhibition - it is so light and looks like floating on air - especially from the back.

This part of the exhibition is free, so you can just pop-in to the museum.

Court and Country (1750-1800)
Court fashion in the 18th century was characterised by the use of extravagant and exclusive silk textiles. Designers and weavers in London also produced high quality silks, their exquisite patterns often based on English flowers.
Court mantua (back view) (1755-60), England, Silk brocaded with gilded silver thread, France or England
The wide-hooped skirts of the mantua were already old fashioned in the 1750s, but women were required to wear this cumbersome style to royal assemblied and balls. It required skill to negotiate doorways and carriages while maintaining a graceful posture. The dresses were often woven and embroidered with gold thread, they sparkled in candlelight, with diamonds and expensive lace adding to the effect.

At Home (1830-1840)
These were years of great change. In the textile industry, the jacquard loo, reduced labour costs and increased productivity. Innovation in the dyeing and fabric printing industry choice for women and speeded up the pace of fashion. Women's dress became increasingly voluminous with balloon-like sleeves and full skirts. Feather-filled sleeve supports and petticoats stiffened with cord or horsehair were used to create the correct silhouette. Magazines circulated information about the latest styles from Paris and London.
Day dress (1835-38), England, Printed Wool
Walking dress (1817-20), England, Silk with silk satin appliqué, silk frogging, tassels and braid
Boots (about 1815), England, Leather

The Fashion System (1947-1960)
Haute couture garments often existed in several versions. The original version would be made to fit the house mannequin and modelled at the seasonal collections. The largest fashion houses often produced several hundred designs for each collection. Couturiers such as Christian Dior named each design. The success of a design was measured by the number of sales to wealthy private clients who ordered made-to-measure copies from a sketch. Each couture house has its own distinctive woven label. These were sewn inside every garment to identify and validate as the work of a particular coutourier. From the 1950s, some included the date of the collection and the design number. Handwritten tape labels sometimes have the client's name or a note about a later alteration. 

Advertising fan (1950-55), France, Hand-painted paper and wood

The Pursuit of Perfection (1947-1960)
Paris was renowned worldwide as the centre for luxurious high fashion. Thousands of people were employed in the trade, and it was a vital part of France's economy. The exclusive reputation of haute couture depended on its high quality. Each garment was ordered and made to measure for individual clients.

Evening dress Jean Dessés (A/W 1948), Paris, Silk velvet
Evening dress Pierre Balmain (about 1950), Paris, silk with ostrich feathers, sequins and rhinestones
Evening dress Pierre Balmain (1957), Paris, Printed and appliqué silk
Shoes Roger Vivier for Dior (1958-60), Paris, Satin embroidered with beads and silk and metal thread

Cocktail dress, 'Tuileries', Antonio Castillo for Lanvin (S/S 1957), Paris
Cocktail dress Cristóbal Balenciaga (1962), Paris,Embroidered wild silk lined with silk