Hello! I'm back again with a new review post. At the very beginning of my blog in 2015, I got the chance to collaborate with Happiness Boutique and review one of their necklaces. It was one of my first ever collaborations and I remember how excited I was. Now you can imagine what I felt when I saw an email from Happiness Boutique asking me if I wanted to work with them again. Obviously I said yes!

The Compass Necklace | Happiness Boutique

Tuesday, 14 August 2018



During July, my friends and I headed to the northern Italian city of Milan where we spent a week eating good food, wondering about various cities and also encountering a few hiccups (more on this in posts to come). I will be publishing more posts about the places we visited but for now I will be telling you all about Lake Como as it definitely stood out for me. We visited at the end of our holiday so it was a nice change of landscape from cities to mountains. 

On this day I wore a new dress from Zaful. I'm loving wrap dresses lately and I'm also a little obsessed with yellow so I was immediately drawn to it. It's also really comfortable and light so a perfect choice for summer. You may also remember it from a wishlist I published a few months back. Here are a few other wrap dresses from Zaful you may like:

Zaful yellow dress Zaful red dress Zaful blue dress Zaful red dress



Varenna


Our trip started from the lake side town of Varenna which is on the middle right side of Lake Como and about 1 hour away by train from Milan.  This pretty town has the most amazing views of the lake and the shore is lined with colourful houses and boats. This place is perfect for strolling along the promenade and there are many photo opportunities. 

For lunch we ate at Restaurant Olivedo which is opposite the little port of Varenna. There are many restaurants that all boast amazing views so none of the restaurants are a bad option! Also don't forget to finish the meal with an Italian gelato.


Bellagio


We then headed to the town of Bellagio which is a short ferry ride away from Varenna. This town is found in the middle of the lake and is very popular with tourists. We walked all the way to 'La Punta' which is the edge of Bellagio. Here is a little park were you can sit in the shade of the trees and enjoy the views of the lake and mountains around you. There is also a rocky beach were you can swim if you packed your swimsuit or just dip your feet and cool off from the heat.

Bellagio's centre is also beautiful but we did not visit it and instead stayed in the park all afternoon which was really relaxing.


Lecco


Our last stop of the day was the town of Lecco which is found at the bottom right of the lake. The ferry from Bellagio took nearly 2 hours and to be honest I slept a good part of the way there. This is not to say that the views from the ferry were not beautiful but I was a bit too tired. When we finally arrived to Lecco we headed straight to a pizza place as we were starving after the long trip. After strolling a bit through the streets we headed to the train station and back to Milan.



Looking back I must say that the long ferry ride to Lecco was a bit too much and a visit to a place in the middle area of the lake would have been better. This does not mean that I enjoyed the day any less and I hope to go back soon. If you're ever in the northern area of Italy, Lake Como is definitely worth a visit.


Sarah

A Day at Lake Como

Sunday, 5 August 2018 Lake Como, Italy

Hello! I have to admit, this is quite a long overdue post I'm writing today. Recently I've been lucky enough to be able to work with 3INA Malta which is a makeup brand that does all kinds of makeup products that are fun, bold and affordable. In April I had the chance to review the lip vinyl collection and I have been trying out some more products since. You may have already seen some of them on my social media but I have never talked about them in-dept until today.

3INA Collective Haul & Review

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Zaful Jumpsuit* // Vintage Belt // New Look Heels

Hello! Long time no speak (or should I say...write?) The last month or so was quite hectic with exams, assignments and studying to do but I've managed to make it through. I also attended Malta Fashion Week at the end of May which was stressful in its own way but also a fun and exciting experience. The last post I published was in fact all about it, so go on and have a read if you haven't already!

Another thing that happened thanks to blogging was getting invited to The Body Shop Malta's VIP summer event where I got to talk to and meet so many bloggers. We had the chance to check out and try the products currently available. The new banana range smells so good! I have been buying products from The Body Shop for the longest time therefore, I was very honoured to be chosen to attend the event!  My aunt introduced me to their skincare products one birthday some years ago and I have been growing my collection ever since.

I'm honestly very grateful that blogging has let me have these opportunities. I never thought I would ever get to work with some amazing brands let alone attend a prestigious event such as fashion week! I'm glad that I decided to focus more on blogging again this year after thinking about stopping for a while.

You may have seen that I've been trying to create more photo content on Instagram, especially on my stories such as photos of my day and makeup/skincare routines. I also decided to try out the new feature on IGTV which you may or may not heard of. It's a new platform on Instagram that allows you to upload short vertical videos. I think that it's a cool concept and I'm interested to see where it's headed.

So I think that's enough about me, let's get into the outfit details.


You may know that I have a thing for jumpsuits and rompers. They are so easy to wear since you can just put one on and you have a whole outfit. Also a bonus is that they will also not let you down after the slightest bit of breeze! This striped jumpsuit* from Zaful is in the prettiest red colour and I'm sure that I will get a lot of wear out of it. To complete the look I added a simple black belt and my favourite pair of black heeled sandals which I wear with nearly every outfit.

Zaful is an online shop where you can find anything from bikinis to dresses to even sports wear. I have bought from here many times and I highly suggest that you check them out. If you are still unsure about Zaful then now is the right time since they are currently celebrating their 4th anniversary and have many sales and promotions which you can benefit from!

Shop similar accessories:

Zaful black heels Zaful black belt Zaful jumpsuit


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sarah


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Ps. Before you go...The last thing that I wanted to say is that I recently reached 1000 likes on my Facebook page and 2200 followers on Instagram! In order to celebrate I have created a giveaway where you can win these 4 makeup products. Don't forget to check it out and enter if you're interested.


Items marked with an (*) were kindly gifted

The Striped Jumpsuit

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Malta fashion week 2018, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week Malta 2018

The past week was a special time for Maltese fashion lovers since the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta was held. The event took place in the historic building of Fort St. Elmo located in the capital, Valletta. This year I had the pleasure to be invited to this event and granted a media pass which allowed me to attend and cover the events on my social media. You may have watched my Instagram stories from the days that I attended, but if not you can catch up by watching my MFWA2018 highlight on my Instagram profile

This was my first year attending this event so I was really excited about being given this opportunity. Unfortunately, I only managed to attend the launch party, day 2 and day 3 of Malta Fashion Week because it fell right at the start of exams week. Despite this, I still enjoyed my experience and tried to make the best of the time I had available. In this post I have put my favourite photos I took of the shows and presentations I saw during these two days. I hope that you like it!


---Day 2---



Malta fashion week 2018, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week Malta 2018
Asos Trousers // Pimkie Cami // Aldo Bag // New Look Heels

Yana's Jewellery


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The first event of the night was an exhibition by Yana's Jewellery featuring her latest collection titled 'Colores Del Flameco'. Yana Azzopardi is a self-though jewellery designer who creates bespoke costume pieces. Her collection was featured in Brick Lane, London and she now has opened two shops in Malta. This collection was inspired by the art of Flamenco which is a Spanish dance and incorporates Spanish inspired patterns.

Lead make-up artist: Chris Attard 
Lead hairstylist: Priscilla Mifsud Cini

Édith


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The first fashion show was from Edith by Natalie Bronfman who has worked as a successful Costume Designer for film, theatre, opera, and television. This collection took us back to the 50's and 60's with glamorous silhouettes and also brought back the famous bullet bra.  

Lead make-up artist: Chris Attard 
Lead hairstylist: Priscilla Mifsud Cini

Isle & Aqua


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Next up was the presentation of Isle&Aqua by Giulia Pandolfino who is a swimwear designer that recently graduated from the London College of Fashion. This presentation included bikinis, swimsuits and also beach cover ups. The prints were inspired by Maltese coins and the colours from vibrant underwater reefs. The same details of satin purple rose gold chains were included in all the pieces to create a similar look. 

Lead make-up artist: Marilyn Montebello 
Lead hairstylist: Lara & Ruth Steer

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada



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The Agatha Ruiz de la Prada brought a fun and bold look to the catwalk with bright, colour blocking pieces. Agatha started her fashion career in 1981 with a collection in Madrid. She went on to gain international recognition by means of her fashion shows around the world and now owns stores Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, New York, Oporto and Mallorca.

Lead make-up artist: Elaine Galea 
Lead hairstylist: Vanusia Mifsud Vella



Parascandalo



Malta fashion week 2018, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week Malta 2018, Parascandalo

The final show of the night was brought to us by Marco Parascandalo for Parascandalo with his collection titled, .S.T.A.R. These street wear pieces, both for men and women, are ready to wear. He "integrates aspects of Maltese culture, politics and environmental issues into his pieces to produce a very modern mélange, the ultimate social commentary in motion." I love how he puts together lots of different materials and colours to create his collection.

Lead make-up artist: Jennifer Dimech 
Lead hairstylist: Lee Grixti


---Day 3---



Malta fashion week 2018, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week Malta 2018,
New Look Dress // Bershka Heels // Parfois Bag

AB Headpieces


Malta fashion week 2018, Mercedes-Benz Fashion week Malta 2018, AB Headpieces by Adalia 

The first show that I attended from day 3 was that of AB Headpieces by Adalia presenting Peacock's Pride. Adalia creates hat pieces that range from bridal to statement pieces aimed for photoshoots. All the headpieces were beautifully hand crafted with an attention to detail and perfectly matched to the outfits that were also stunning. 

Lead make-up artist: Karen Decelis 
Lead hairstylist: Narelle Fabri Opyrchal

Herminas Reea


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The evening wear collection titled Butterfly Effect, presented by Romanian born, Greek-Armenian Herminas Reea was the first fashion show of the night. The Herminas Reea Brand "is about luxury, confidence and empowerment to women." The collection included beautifully detailed pieces that left me wanting every piece!

Lead make-up artist: Talitha Dimech 
Lead hairstylist: Priscilla Mifsud Cini


Gaetano




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Gaetano's show 'Legacy' "inspired by old Hollywood glamour and fashion icon legends" was definitely a stand out from other presentations. Between the short movie introduction, stunning dresses, singing, dancing and the special guest appearances from singer Claudia Faniello and actress Taryn Mamo Cefai, it was definitely a show to remember. The dresses were all show stoppers.

Lead make-up artist: Marlene Vassallo 
Lead hairstylist: Matthew & Rodrick Castillo

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Once again I would like to thank Malta Fashion Week and Awards for this wonderful opportunity to attend. This event also gave me the chance get to know a lot of bloggers I had only seen online such as Anthea from Fashion Agenda, Kimberly from Little Miss Fabulous x, Fiona from Cruelty Free Malta, Dyna from DYNA and many, many others.


Sarah x

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Body Shop InstaBlur, The Body Shop Matte Clay foundation, Wet & Wild mascara, Wet & Wild kohl liner, New Look primer
The Body Shop InstaBlur, The Body Shop Matte Clay foundation, Wet & Wild mascara, Wet & Wild kohl liner, New Look primer

Hello! How are you doing today? Recently I've been purchasing more makeup than usual, probably because I've been spending a lot of time on Instagram and following more beauty accounts. they do really leave an influence on you! Today I'm going to show you all the products I've bought and giving my honest review on them.

New-In Makeup Review | The Body Shop, Wet & Wild, New Look

Monday, 14 May 2018


I don't know about you, but I've been loving yellow lately. Something about it just makes me feel happy. While browsing on Zaful, I noticed a lot of yellow items of clothes and accessories that I loved and decided to share them with you.

Previously, I have both bought from and collaborated with Zaful and I've always had a positive experience. All the items they have available are both on trend and inexpensive (something I'm a fan of). They also continuously add new arrivals so there's always something new to shop.

The weather here in Malta just went from dull and windy to super hot and sunny in a week so I'm starting to take out my summer clothes. But this also makes me want to buy some new things so I rounded up some which I would like to add to my wardrobe. All the items below are perfect for the Spring and Summer months and I hope you like them as much as I do. How cute are the polka dot dress and the pineapple bag tho?


Click the image to shop


Zaful yellow sunglasses  Zaful yellow blouse  Zaful yellow dress    Zaful yellow top Zaful yellow blouse stripe Zaful yellow tshirt logo Zaful yellow earrings  Zaful yellow tshirt  Zaful yellow shirt strappy  Zaful yellow sweatshirt   Zaful yellow tshirt stripe   Zaful yellow pineapple bag



Are you also loving all the yellow this season?


Sarah

Post in collaboration with Zaful. All opinions are my own

Mellow Yellow

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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