Friday, 29 July 2016

CASEAPP REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!





Let’s start off by stating: I am obsessed with marble. So when Caseapp asked me if I wanted to design my own phone case and laptop skin, I was like HECK YES! If you don’t know what Caseapp is, it’s an online company that lets you design your own case or skin for your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. They also have some of their own designs - which are super cute - in case you’re not feeling too creative! 

Even though my creative self wanted to be all artistic and stuff and design a super cool case, I ended up with a very simple - yet still cool - design. I already had a white marble phone case and I thought a black marble phone case would be better as they are a bit rarer and different. I added the phrase ‘fuck it’ because I absolutely loved the font (though the message might not be 100% appropriate, but who cares). I am so obsessed with it! 

For my laptop skin, I also went with a simple design as I feared that I would get bored of it otherwise! I decided to get one that matched my phone case because #aestheticgoals. 

Overall, I am very pleased with Caseapp as it was very easy to use and shipping was quite quick considering that it was an international delivery (it took around a week for the items to be delivered to Spain). If you love personalisingg your gadgets as much as I do, you should definitely give Caseapp a try and it would also be a great gift! 

AND… IT’S GEIVEAWAY TIME! I partnered with CaseApp to host a giveaway for you guys to have the chance to win any item (up to the value of £22) from their website. You can enter right here! It's open internationally and it will run for three weeks until 19th August. Also, you can use my code RAWRBOWS20 to get 20% off your order (valid until 14th August!). 

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WHERE I WANT TO TRAVEL



If I had all the money in the world, I would spend it all on plane tickets  - and 5 start luxury hotels. I love travelling and exploring new countries and new cultures. There is something about visiting a new city and getting lost in its streets, surrounded by locals and trying a new cuisine. It makes you grow as a person and it’s one of the best inversions, I would much rather visit Australia, Morocco and Japan than buying a Givenchy bag (even though I wouldn’t mind getting one of these gorgeous bags either). 

I usually travel within Europe, just because it’s much cheaper, more convenient and there is so much to see here! However, there are many countries in Asia, America, Africa and Oceania that I would love to visit. Here are my top 10. 

China 

I’ve always wanted to visit China, the culture and ideology there is so different to Europe’s and I feel like it would be a once in a lifetime experience. Plus, Chinese food is my fave!

Morocco 

Ever since I watched Shay Mitchell’s vlogs of the time she visited Marrakesh, I’ve been obsessed with it and I would absolutely love to go.

Fiji 

For some reason Australia is a place that, even though I would like to go someday, it’s not one of my priorities. However, Fiji is a whole different story. I would give anything to go and snorkel in it’s crystal clear water surrounded by amazing sea creatures. 

Peru 

I actually went to Peru when I was younger but that’ the issue, I was so young I don’t remember anything. I would love to visit Machu Pichu and Cusco, the history behind these places is fascinating to me. 

Canada  

North America in general is somewhere I’ve been dying to go for as long as I can remember. I would love to visit New York, Chicago, San Francisco, etc but I mainly want to go to Canada. The scenery there is just breathtaking and I would give anything to go got the Niagara Falls.





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Sunday, 24 July 2016

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE BORED IN SUMMER


I know it’s been summer for a while now but since I was working until recently, summer break has really just started now for me. Summer break meaning long and hot days with pretty much zero responsibilities - unless you think having fun is a responsibility. With this kind of freedom though, comes boredom. Most of us are not used to having so much free time in our hands so when the time comes, we just sit there and watch TV. This, in my opinion, is not the best way to spend my summer. So here are some things to do if you find you get bored because yes, there is such thing is too much free time.


Start a blogThat’s what I did one afternoon when I was bored and a two years later here I am, still blogging and loving it even more every day! 

Videos - Going along the same lines as starting a blog, you could star a YouTube chanel. If you like to go on adventures or you think you live in an interesting place, bring your camera or your phone wherever you are and film your life away! You don’t need to make your videos public if you don’t want to but you can share them with your friends and family, and you’ll love watching them when you’re older!

Study- I know it doesn’t sound like the best plan but if there is a certain topic you’re really interested in, there is no harm in doing some reading on it even if you’re not gonna study it at school! Learning about things you genuinely like can be fun! Alternatively, you could also start learning a language.

Travel - I know travelling can be expensive but there is no need to go to exotic places like Bali, you could visit a city near you or an interesting town in your country. And keep your eye open for last minute flights, you can get very cheap deals. Also, avoid beach destinations such as Spain because the demand is rather high and so flights will be crazy expensive! Flights to colder countries like Norway or Germany are quite cheap in summer. 

Chill with your friends - As they say, it’s not about what you do but who you do it with. If you're bored, call your friends and get out of the house. Even if you just go to the park and chill you’re bound to have a good laugh if you’re with your friends! 


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Friday, 22 July 2016

SUMMER FASHION MUST HAVES

I am back in sunny and warm Spain and, as much as I love London, I have to admit it’s not my favourite place to be during the summer - if it can even be called summer. Now that I can finally dump my jeans and my jackets, I am more than ready to rock all my favourite fashion items: high waisted shorts, off the top shirts, crochet tops, etc. I am a massive fan of summer fashion, so every time the temperature rises I get ridiculously excited to get out and get some of my favourite items I've been eyeing up for weeks.

Today I am going to share with you my must have items for this season. Some of them I already own from previous years, and some of them I am excited to get hold of very soon. I have two go-to stores for my summer wardrobe - Zara and Esprit I love the first one to get the latest trends and 'knock-offs' (they are great at copying big names like Dior, Givenchy...). I go to Esprit when I am looking for a more classic and elegant look, when I'm looking for fashionable timeless pieces.

First, let's start with tops. As I mentioned earlier, I am so into off the shoulder tops at the moment. I find them ridiculously flattering, even though I have to say they are not the comfiest - you know what they say though: no gain, no pain.  I personally adore this denim one, and I feel like it would look awesome with a pair of ripped white shorts. I'm not usually a big fan of patterned clothes but for the past few months I feel like striped clothes have taken over my wardrobe - jumpers, t-shirts, blouses; you name it, I have it. This is why it's no surprise I am absolutely in love with this striped blouse.



Something else I have recently been into are jumpsuits. I love how versatile they can be - casual with a pair of trainers or fancier when paired with some heels. I usually go for neutral colours like military green, burgundy, black or white.



Finally, let's talk about shoes. Who doesn't love shoes? To be honest, I rarely ever buy anything yellow (or anything bright for that matter) but these mustard yellow wedges are ideal for these hotter months. I am also very into espadrilles at the moment!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS




Let me begin by saying one thing: I hate flying. I enjoy going to the airport, going through security, travelling and I even enjoy choosing my outfit or picking up my suitcase. But here is one thing I absolutely despise, spending time in planes. I don't only feel like I am wasting time but I only get ridiculously bored and all I can think about is how much more time I have left on that tiny uncomfortable seat.

This is exactly why I always try to have everything I might need in my handbag - from water to magazines to all sorts of chargers. This is what you'll usually find in my handbag whenever I'm on a plane. 

ELECTRONICS

So these are my absolute must. I usually carry my phone, my laptop and my camera with me. I use my phone to listen to music, play games and take arty pics of pretty cloud. I only use my laptop if I have work to do and sometimes to watch movies but I rarely watch movies on planes. It's also great to have as I can use it to charge my phone. The only reason I carry my DSLR with me is because I know how badly they treat checked in suitcases. I also always carry headphones and all of my chargers.

BEAUTY & FASHION


The only make up I carry with me is lip balm - that is unless I need to go somewhere after landing, in which case I'll carry my make up essentials. I always have hand cream with me as well as my hands are always beyond dry and I peel like a snake. I like to carry my favourite perfume with me too.

Unless I'm flying at like 11PM, I always bring sunglasses with me (the bigger, the better). You know, to cover my sleep deprived face as much as possible. Something else you'll find in my handbag is a hoodie or a big scarf, just in case I get cold in the plane or at the airport. 

RANDOM

Finally,  as probably every other girl, I also have a lot of random stuff in my bag. First of all, I always carry some sort of snack - either fruit or a cereal bar -, chewing gum, keys and passport (obviously); as well as either a book or a magazine to read in the plane if I get bored. Finally, I also carry my notebook where I write down everything and anything - you never know when or where you'll get inspired! 



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Sunday, 17 July 2016

WHY I PREFER ONLINE SHOPPING



It’s fair to say that we live in the world of technology. If I had to take only ONE item with me every time I leave the house I would 100% choose my phone - everything I need is in there, from my debit card to my university timetable. The only other thing I would probably need is my keys but I’ll figure that out later. Nowadays, more and more thing are becoming available online. There’s no need to leave your bed to eat you favourite pitaya bowl or to buy a new pair of trainers. The latter is what I want to talk about today.

Online shopping has quickly become the new way to shop, at least in big cities where items can be delivered in 24hrs and going to a shopping centre can be a nightmare due to overcrowding. I personally have been totally converted, when I first moved to London I would barely ever online shop. Fast forward three years and here I am, pretty much knowing my debit card number, end date and CVV number by hard. 

There are many online stores out there - hundreds of them. So when the time comes, it might be hard to choose which one to go for. One of my favourites, which I recently discovered, is shop2day.co.uk. They offer an amazing online catalogue shopping - basically you buy now and pay later. What that means is, you can buy anything you like/want and then spread the cost with a personal account to suit your budget. They also offer easy returns, which for me is a must as I tend to buy the same item in different colours and different sizes to see which one suits me better, and the last thing I want to do is stress over returning some clothes. 

It’s things like this which you will never find in store and it’s one of the reasons why I much prefer shopping online. Not only that but being able to calmly browse through the entire collection, seeing all the available colours, trying everything on at home with no rush and not having to venture into crazy Oxford Street to return a t-shirt are only some of the advantages of selling your soul to the online world.

This is obviously just my personal opinion and I do like going in stores from time to time, specially when I am back at home where shopping streets are much quieter and significantly less stressful than London! 

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Friday, 15 July 2016

The Spring 2016 Trend List Worth Wearing Next Year

As the fashion gurus and enthusiasts wait for spring 2017 collections, it is just the perfect time to revisit the spring collections of this year to find a few fun picks. This is going to be a special post, where we will cruise through some of the most amazing trends of 2016 spring runways, focusing on ideas that can pretty much make a shift to the upcoming year. After all, every fashionista has her budget!



The striped girl: Bold and extremely accentuating stripes were a major sighting for spring 2016, and if you are someone who likes to plan the closet for every season, you can pretty much keep some of the things for next year. Recently launched Resort Collections for spring 2017 also had a lot of stripes, which can be quite a hint to many. Keep in mind that the stripes this year were extremes in many ways. Apart from bold colour mixes as seen at Max Mara and Christian Dior, there were also a few subtle choices, as seen at DKNY.


The ruffled look: Ruffles have a very feminine and accessorizing quotient that’s hard to ignore. The good thing is ruffles never go out of trend, and you can pretty much find something in every single online store. Pair a nice ruffled shirt with a pencil skirt and pair of tights for a fall feel, or you can just go with a simple dress – the choice is yours. Ruffled outfits often stand out individually, so don’t go for many accessories, which can create a muddled look. For a few nice summer tights, click here, and if you want to find a few runway ideas for this trend, check the collections of Balenciaga and Rosie Assoulin among others.



The pleated feel: Just like ruffles, pleated designs also made a comeback in 2016, and in all likeliness, you will see the idea for 2017, as well. Pleats for the season were varied and functional, adding a lot of dimension to every single look. If you really want to go beyond the basics, there’s a lot to experiment in summer and spring dresses in bright colours. Top names like Hermès, Gucci, Chanel, and Carolina Herrera worked with pleats in a number of ways, and there were plenty of different shades and uses worth checking, including prints and monotone dresses.



Finally, let’s talk of the white shirt revamp for the season. While this might not be the singular trend for next year, unique white shirt remixes were worth a check in spring 2016. If you are someone who likes to keep one trend for each season, a lace design or cut-out white button-down is just for you.
Hope you had a good time reading this. Until we meet again to talk fashion, stay in vogue!

[Images Credit: www.popsugar.com/fashion]

Author: Suzy Walsh is a fashion expert and chief editor for The House Of Elegance Fashion. She is known to the world for her sense of styling, which is often about making fashion easy and understandable for one and all.

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