Favourites | Positivity in Fashion: Keep it Bright

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I love when clothing brands have a message behind, especially when it comes to spreading a little bit of positivity out there. Keep it Bright is not only a brand but also a positivity movement which I would like to introduce you to.
The founder, Zara Khalique, started it as a means to promote positive and empowering messages around the world. The brand has gained the support of several celebrities, Miley Cyrus among them who has recently been spotted wearing KIB’s clothing in many occasions. Moreover, I think that the brand suits her fun and hippie personality really well!
What caught my attention were the fun and positive messages on the t-shirts and especially the tie-dye prints. One of my favourite pieces right now is the denim jacket which was customised by Zara with fun and cool patches.
Many of the products are handmade by Zara herself, so every piece is a unique design to add to your wardrobe. The style is hippie and colourful but it also has some pieces which are on the fancier side covered with sequins, embroideries and metallic colours, therefore you may find something which can be easily adapted to your own style.

Me encanta cuando las marcas contienen un mensaje, especialmente cuando se trata de difundir un poco de positividad. Keep it Bright no es solo una marca pero también es un movimiento positivo del cual me gustaría hablaros.
La fundadora, Zara Khalique, creó la marca como una forma de promover mensajes positivos por todo el mundo. La marca ha ganado el apoyo de muchos famosos, entre ellos Miley Cyrus, a quien se ha visto con algunas prendas diseñadas por Zara. Además, creo que la marca refleja su personalidad divertida y hippie muy bien!
Lo que más me llamó la atención cuando descubri Keep it Bright, fueron los mensajes divertidos y positivos en las camisetas y especialmente los estampados tie-dye. Una de mis prendas favoritas en estos momentos es la chaqueta vaquera que Zara ha customizado con parches muy chulos y divertidos. 
Muchos de los productos han sido hechos a mano por ella misma, por lo que cada uno de ellos tiene un diseño único y especial.  El estilo es hippie y muy colorido pero también encontrarás prendas que son un poco más elaboradas cubiertas con lentejuelas, adornos y colores metálicos, por lo que es probable que encuentres algo que se pueda adpatar a tu armario muy fácilmente! 

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hat: Sfera | top: Zara | skirt; Zara | shoes: Musse&Cloud | bag: Misako

Hello! I haven't been able to post regularly but I am back now with some photos that my friend Lara from Beauty's Bloom took when we went to the park a few weeks ago. I really like how they turned out so thank you so much! by the way, she is also a blogger so you can check her blog out!
This is my summer uniform: a white top, something colourful on bottom & white sneakers, and of course hat and sunnies. I really like to keep it simple and with these high temperatures, light colors have become an essential part in my wardrobe so I opt for basic white tees and then add some pops of color with other pieces and complements.
By the way, how's your summer going? Mine consists of reading, Tumblr, drawing, watching films and discovering new music oh and dreaming of the day I go to California... ;)
In terms of music, I have been loving R5's new album Sometime Last Night. Honestly, I wasn't into them when they released their first EP, I liked some of their songs but that was all. Now I feel like their sound has evolved, it is still pop but with some hints of rock and alternative. My favourites are All Night, Smile, Do It Again, F.E.E.L.G.O.O.D, Did You Have Your Fun?, Lightning Strikes and Let's Not Be Alone Tonight. I have also been listening to Tame Impala, Jamie xx, Little Sea and lots of chill electronic music (Soundcloud is perfect for that!). As you can see I have a very eclectic taste in music, if you have any favourites this summer leave them in a comment, I would love to add more music to my playlists!

Holaa! No he podido actualizar el blog de forma regular pero ya estoy de vuelta con unas fotos que mi amiga Lara de Beauty's Bloom tomó cuando fuimos al parque hace unas semanas. Me encanta como han quedado asi que muchas gracias! ^^ por cierto, ella también es blogger así que podeis echarle un vistazo a su blog! :) 
A este conjunto lo llamo mi uniforme de verano que consiste en un top blanco, un pantalon con un estampado o una falda colorida, deportivas blancas y por supuesto un sombrero y unas gafas de sol. Me gusta que sea simple y con estas temperaturas lo mejor son los colores claros asi que siempre opto por una camiseta básica blanca y luego añado algun toque de color con otras prendas y complementos.
Por cierto, como va vuestro verano? El mio consiste en leer, Tumblr, dibujar, ver peliculas y descubrir nueva música ah y soñar en el dia que vaya a California... ;)
En cuanto a música, me esta gustando mucho el nuevo album de R5, Sometime Last Night. La verdad es que no me llamaron mucho la atención cuando sacaron su primer EP, me gustaban algunas de sus canciones pero eso era todo. Creo que es porque su sonido ha evolucionado, aun sigue siendo pop pero combinado con rock y alternativo. Mis favoritas son All Night, Smile, Do It Again, F.E.E.L.G.O.O.D, Did You Have Your Fun?, Lightning Strikes y Let's Not Be Alone Tonight. También he estado escuchando Tame Impala, Jamie xx, Little Sea y un montón de música electrónica chill out (Soundcloud tiene un monton de ese estilo!). Como podeis ver tengo un gusto muy variado asi que si teneis alguna recomendación dejadmela en un comentario, me encantaría añadir música nueva a mis playlists!


HAUTE COUTURE | Wearable Art - Viktor & Rolf


I have always thought of fashion as art, especially haute couture collections which I consider them as wearable art: you can admire them and you can wear them –if you are daring enough to do it. Haute couture collections are not based on the consumer’s tastes and many of them aren’t made for the public to wear because they are more experimental, therefore they end up being exposed in museums. Recently, the Dutch duo presented their latest collection named Wearable Art. They took literally this idea and turned dresses and skirts into different works of art. Considering that Viktor & Rolf have left the ready-to-wear industry to focus on haute couture, it was a very smart way to represent their new beginning and the idea of haute couture as wearable art.

The first video is the runway show which I recommend you to watch to understand better the idea they wanted to express and if you would like to know how the runway show was conducted and how the collection was made, check the second video. 

Siempre he pensado que la moda era arte, especialmente las colecciones de alta costura las cuales considero arte con el que te puedes vestir –sólo si te atreves a llevarlas, esta claro. Las colecciones de alta costura no se basan en los gustos de los consumidores y muchas de ellas no están hechas para que el público las lleve porque son mas experimentales, por lo que terminan siendo expuestas en museos. Recientemente, el duo holandés presentó su ultima colección bajo el nombre: Wearable Art. Tomaron literalmente esta idea y convirtieron vestidos y faldas en diferentes obras de arte. Teniendo en cuenta que Viktor & Rolf dejaron de dedicarse al prêt-à-porter para continuar con la alta costura, esta colección ha sido una forma estupenda para representar su nuevo comienzo y la idea de la alta costura como arte para llevar.

El primer video es el desfile, que os recomiendo ver para entender mejor la idea que querían expresar y si quereis saber como llevaron a cabo el desfile y como se confeccionó la colección, echad un vistazo al segundo video.


Fashion and Identity

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This is a post that I have been wanting to share for a few months but I wasn't sure if this was a relevant topic or if what I wanted to say made any sense. I love the topic of fashion and identity and I often think about the factors that build one's identity, especially regarding fashion. What makes a person wear skinny jeans and not flared jeans? or in general terms, what determines your choices, is it really you? or is it the market? 

First of all, how do I know that I like what I really like and it is not something that the market or society wants me to like? This probably sounds like a tongue twister. But going back to the question, I think it is not that easy to determine why we choose one thing over the other one or how our taste is created. 
The first thing that comes to my mind is that the market plays an important role in our choices. You aren’t going to buy something that the market doesn’t sell, that’s obvious, so we are getting what they want us to consume. We have a variety of things to choose from but this doesn’t mean that we are free in all senses. 
This is a general idea, let's focus on fashion. Who controls the fashion industry? that would be the most important brands that make it to fashion week. They propose to us new styles for the next season. Right after, the fast fashion retailers start working on new pieces based on the proposals of those designers. So what we get at the end is calculated by the big brands. 

Moreover, I think that this sense of “identity” is slowly disappearing. Think about globalisation. Trends are becoming global. Markets used to have have a tough task making a collection that different countries were going to love. Each country has its different values, different notions of fashion and taste. Now, with globalisation, these barriers are vanishing which is great for markets and we have fashion more accessible thanks to online shopping but at the same time, a country’s own fashion identity is no longer that definite, although I must say that we can still see clues that determine a country’s certain style, for example think about the different fashion weeks and you will see that Paris FW is more classy and dressier whereas Milan FW, is always more colourful and extravagant. 

But even if I still believe in the pessimistic view of the market wanting to control us, I think that we conserve our own identity which is reflected in our clothes. There is always a personal reason why we choose one garment over the other, and that my friends, is what style is all about. I think that clothes mirror our personality in some way or another even though sometimes we are attracted to clothes that we will never wear. I’m thinking about the trends that come and go and I wonder if I am faithful to my own style. For instance, the 70s are back, would I have worn that style a few years ago? would I wear this style if it wasn’t on trend? But on the other hand, we change. Our personalities and tastes change and we aren’t the same person as we were yesterday. So it is reasonable that our style changes as we change. We are in a constant evolution and in a process of self-discovery so I guess that's why we own so many things which are so different and why at the end we end up wearing half of them. We just want to feel part of a trend but we realise that it doesn't represent us 100%. As I always say fashion shouldn't be strict and follow the rules, it should be fun, a creative outlet which at the end represent our identity. 

I'm aware that there are many other factors that define one's style, so I would love to open a discussion because I don't know much about this and I would like to know your thoughts on how we make our own fashion choices and how these create our own sense of identity.

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REVIEW | Dealing With Redness: Clinique Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder


Today I would like to talk you about a product that I have been using for the last two months and that is the Clinique Redness Solutions instant relief mineral pressed powderthat's a long name! My skin gets red very easily and sometimes a foundation is not enough because it is still noticeable and I don’t like to wear a heavy foundation everyday.
Most brands make green correctors to cover redness but I realised that yellow correctors worked best for me because it looks more natural since I have a yellow-undertone. I’ve had been using a cream stick corrector from Benefit (You’re Bluffing!) for a long time but they discontinued it and trying to find an alternative I came accross with this Clinique powder.
What I like about it is that it is especially designed for redness and it claims to provide an instant relief. I have tried it when I was looking extremely red and my skin felt like burning, and guess what, it worked. It calmed my skin significantly and I was very shocked. It looked a little bit on the pink side but not extremely red. I wouldn’t say that it covers the redness of my blemishes but they look less inflamed and red. 
It says that you can wear it alone, under or over foundation. I think that alone is not enough for me, so I use the powder under or over it or with a bb cream when I want a more natural look. 
When I was reading the packaging, I saw that it contained probiotic technology something that I would see in yogurts and now they added it to make up! What I think it is supposed to do is to remove the bad bacteria and leave the good ones or something like that, I’m not sure! It is also oil and fragrance free. 
The lasting power is not amazing because it does wear off with sweat but it's not a big problem because when you do some touch-ups it doesn’t look caky. Without taking into account that problem, it stays on for at least 3-5 hours. 
I would recommend this product to anyone who is dealing with rosacea or redness. It calms the skin leaving it very natural and it is suitable to all skin types.

Hoy me gustaría hablaros de un producto que he estado usando durante estos dos últimos meses y es el redness solutions instant relief mineral pressed powder –que nombre tan largo!– de Clinique. Son unos polvos minerales compactos para aliviar las rojeces. Mi piel es muy sensible y se enrojece por cualquier cosa y a veces una base de maquillaje no es suficiente porque aun se ve y no me gusta llevar una base muy cubriente todos los días.
La mayoria de marcas tienen correctores verdes para minimizar la apariencia de rojeces pero me di cuenta de que los correctores amarillos me funcionaban mucho mejor porque quedan más naturales y porque además mi piel tiende más a un color amarillo que a uno rosado. Estuve utilizando uno de Benefit (You're bluffing!) durante muucho tiempo pero lo descatalogaron y buscando una alternativa, me encontré con estos polvos de Clinique.
Lo que más me gusta es que estan diseñados especialmente para tratar las rojeces y aseguran un alivio instantaneo. Lo he probado cuando mi piel estaba muy enrojecida y con una sensacion de ardor, y adivinad qué, funcionó! Calmó mi piel de manera significante y me sorprendí un montón! En vez de estar roja, tenia ya un tono rosa y estaba menos irritada aunque no diría que cubre las rojeces provocadas por los granitos pero si que consigue disminuir un poco la inflamación y que se vean menos rojos.
Los polvos se pueden llevar solos, debajo o encima de una base de maquillaje. En mi caso, solos no seria suficiente y es por eso que los utilizo o bien encima o debajo de la base o bb cream si quiero un look mas natural.
Cuando lei la caja vi que contenía tecnología probiotica, algo que es muy común en los yogures ahora también lo han incluido en maquillaje! Lo que creo que hace esta tecnología es eliminar las bacterias que no son beneficiosas y dejar las que si, aunque la verdad, no estoy muy segura. Además esta libre de aceites y fragancias.
La duración del producto no es muy sorprendente porque con el sudor puede desaparecer antes pero no es un gran problema ya que se puede retocar sin que parezca una mascara. Y si no contamos con ese problema, puede llegar a durar unas 3-5 horas.
Recomendaría este producto a cualquiera que tenga rosacea o rojeces, es una forma fácil de calmar la piel y que se adapta a todo tipo de pieles.