Friday, 5 February 2016

Cryotherapy - The power of ice

Have you ever heard of Cryotherapy? 
Neither had I... until XS Hair in Leeds invited me to a demonstration at their fab event in Leeds last week. 
There were bubbles, pampering, and the power of ice!

I had a very special guest with me to the event (who I think got more out of it than me in the end!) - my little sister! She had come to Leeds for a visit, and I was so happy to get to show her "my" Leeds. She's only ever really been with my parents before, but I had a great time showing her around the younger parts of town.

But back to the event. 
When we arrived we were welcomed with a glass of bubbly, and the first thing we saw was a girl laying on a bed having some sort of treatment on her face. We were promised an in-depth explanation and demonstration shortly.
Having read the benefits on the leaflet I was handed on arrival I was very curious to what this miracle treatment was!

So what is Cryotherapy?
It's a pioneering technology originating from Japan, which uses liquid nitrogen to cool down a concentrated area on your body, which in turn triggers a physiological reaction. These reactions have multiple benefits such as weight loss, tighter skin, reductions of cellulite, wrinkles and acne scars, and even pain relief. 
Or like the lovely ladies at XS Hair explained it in a more humorous way; the freezing temperatures basically tricks your body into believing it's going to die, so the blood rushes to the treated area and plumps up the skin and burns lots of calories.
It's a natural treatment with biological health benefits.

Next up to have a trial session of the facial treatment was Kellie from Big Fashionista.
She was covered in warm towels and had her makeup removed to start with.

Having done the treatment on just one half of the face (the one to the right in the photo) you can already see that her face looks smoother and plumper. 

It was such a popular event, and lots of Leeds bloggers, journalists, and even a soap actor had come to see the wonder of Cryotherapy.

My sister had a quick blast of Cryotherapy done on her chest since she had had a stubborn cough all week. This was followed by a chest rub. She said it was very relaxing. 
 
On top of this, XS Hair treated us to hair styling, and some advice from their hairdressers.
Here's Ally from Digital Diva having a consultation on her fringe, whilst Kellie from Big Fashionista is having her hair curled.

There was also a choice of having your nails done with Shellac polishes. 
Such a luxury event!

My sister and I had a great time learning about Cryotherapy and mingling with other bloggers.
Thank you so much to Cryotherapy UK and XS Hair in Leeds for arranging such a fantastic event!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Styling up a mediocre budget jumper

A standard oversized knitted jumper is boring... Correct?
If you wear it on its own with a pair of jeans, yes! But with the right shoes and accessories you can easily turn this plain garment into a fashionable outfit!

I found this tan coloured knit at Primark last week, and bought it for the purpose of being a comfy go-to jumper for the house. But when trying it on for the second time I realised it would go so well with a pair of tan shoes that were hiding at the back of my wardrobe...

These heeled platform ankle boots from UGG are great for wintery days when you want to look a bit stylish. Or in this case - to spice up a mediocre jumper.

But how to make this outfit complete? Cause you wouldn't see me just walking around solely in tan coloured and earthy hues... That sure would look quite bland!

I'm starting by adding some contrasts in the form of accessories. This black metal lace necklace is a favurite of mine, and I found it at Wallis last year. 

The black necklace got paired with a pair of faux leather leggings for that rock chic look that everyone knows I love.

A black leather handbag to match the leggings, and some golden bling in the form of a set of stacking and midi rings almost completes the outfit. I've gone for gold to better match the earthy colour of the main item, which in this case is the jumper. As you can see in the photo above it has got golden zippers decorating the sides of it.

 The last piece of the puzzle is this black and gold bangle which ties it all together really nicely. I also love it when I accidentally match my outfit colours to my tattoo!

And that is it, folks! - A cosy but stylish winter outfit in warm and earthy hues with contrasting black leather.
What do you think?

Friday, 18 December 2015

Feeling refreshed with a Summer in December

Caribbean holiday
Fashion Infatuation has been on a bit of a break lately, because I decided to escape the cold and treat myself to a holiday!
I've never been on a sun holiday this late in the year before, and it felt really surreal being on a beach one day, only to come home to cold and rain the next - going straight from summer to Christmas!

Punta Cana beach
The destination was the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, which has a pretty solid 28ish degrees all year around, and the softest sandy beaches I've ever experienced!

Dominican Republic holiday
The sea was absolutely crazy at this time of year, with extremely high and strong waves, but that didn't stop me from getting in! 
I lost my beloved Ray Bans to the depths of the sea though... :(

Caribbean sea
Swimwear-wise, I went for a turquoise two piece for this holiday.
I wanted something a bit different from my usual earthy hues - something that would stand out - and thought this colour would look good against tanned skin.

Turquoise bandeau bikini
 If you look at the bikini close-up you can see that it has got decorative patterns that resemble something a bit oriental - a nice detail to a bikini that is otherwise all the same colour.

turquoise bikini
The bandeau style allows me to get a nice and even tan without leaving white strap lines on my shoulders. Should I have needed more support when swimming there was a halterneck strap you could tie to the metal ring in the middle of the bikini top.
Good thing I'm quite small in that department so that the bikini stayed up anyway ;)

holiday nails
My holiday nails for the second week of the holiday (first week was turquoise nails to match the bikini) were painted in a very simple style; just a dusky pink polish topped with a coat of glitter. You can't really go wrong with that.

dusky pink pedicure
And my toe nails are matching, of course!

What I really love about going on a sun holiday is how care-free I feel. It's so relaxing, and I don't worry about anything, and definitely not my looks. Just like it's a two week holiday from everyday life, it's also a break from makeup and other products, as well as from my blog as you may have noticed. It's just a time to enjoy yourself and let the sun, sea and sand work its magic on your dull northern European skin. I feel refreshed, and like a new person!

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Parisian way to style up a pair of chunky boots

 There's this tiny little park in the centre of Leeds, just a 5 minute walk from the shopping area, that is so lovely and quiet. Even though it's so central, not many people seem to know about it. It's located in an old square, and all the buildings surrounding it are old-fashioned, and really posh.

I've made it a habit to walk through this park every time I go to Leeds, and I always admire the pretty town houses with the colourful doors. 
It doesn't feel like being in England, but I imagine this is what the outskirts of Paris look like.

 So when I stumbled across this Paris print t-shirt at Primark the other day, I immediately knew where I wanted to go to photograph it for this outfit post!
It's such a simple t-shirt, but that's also what makes it so versatile. 
A basic piece of clothing like this can be worn with literally anything!

But the real inspiration for this particular outfit was actually the boots.
With them being of a chunky military style, I wanted to continue this style and go for the typical military green and camel colours - but proving that even this style can be worn in a chic and Parisian way.

This khaki green pleated midi skirt is from Boohoo, and is (just like the t-shirt) very versatile and can be worn for any season paired with the right items.

 The ruched sleeve camel coloured blazer in a soft jersey material is from wearall.com
I really love the button details on it, and the sort of military inspired shoulders.

I'm pairing it with a vintage looking pocket watch necklace in brass.

 But back to the Paris print t-shirt...
I've always been quite reluctant to wear standard t-shirts, ad it's just recently that I've embraced this basic item and realised what you can wear it with.
Just because you're wearing a simple t-shirt, it doesn't have to mean you're casual.
I tend to wear my t-shirts with high-waisted skirts, under blazers, and I'll definitely take this one with me on holiday next week when I'll be wearing it with some denim shorts!

 The reddish tan military style boots are from the AW15 collection at Clarks, and they're actually the first flat boots I've had in years. 
I find myself wearing heels a lot, but when I first laid eyes on these badboys, I just knew I had to have them! I also sort of wanted to prove to myself that you an look chic and feminine even when wearing really chunky footwear.
And pssst...! Clarks are actually taking part in Black Friday this year, so you may be able to find yourself a bargain or two if you're out to get your hands (or feet!) on some quality shoes.
 
 The handbag is my trusted cream and beige DKNY.
It's been with me for over a year now, and I still absolutely love it.
With the colours being so basic the bag goes with pretty much anything, and especially with my Paris t-shirt and the earthy hues in this chic military inspired outfit.
 
As usual, let me know what you think of my outfit by leaving a comment.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Creating contrasts with different materials

black fashion
All this talk about Black Friday next week, and I decided to give myself a challenge...
Well, it's Friday, and I'm wearing all black! 
But how can you create contrasts in your outfit when all items are of the same colour?

black clothing different materials
The trick is to wear items of different materials and textures, and the ones you'll see in this outfit are smooth cotton, soft felt, shiny leather and a textured knit.

black leather midi skirt
See what I mean?
The outfit has a lot of contrasts even though it's all the same colour.
Yes, I know I've cheated with the grey clutch bag, but grey is basically light black, right? ;)

The idea for this outfit all started when I fell head over heels in love with this leather look midi skirt from Boohoo
But what would I wear with it? 
I wore several high-waisted midi skirts over the summer and paired them all with crop tops, but the weather isn't quite right for that anymore...
That's when I found this simple but beautiful ruched turtle neck top, also from Boohoo. What I really love about it is the pleated detail over the chest - it really adds so much to the outfit! 

black maxi cardigan
To make the outfit more suitable for Autumn, but also a bit more dramatic, I chose a long knitted maxi cardigan as an extra layer.
Guess where it's from?
My favourite online shop Boohoo, of course!

black friday outfit
I love how it blows in the wind and adds a bit of drama to my life ;)
It's like a cape, and everytime I walk down the stairs wearing it I feel like a queen!

lifef motto necklace
Even my jewellery for this Black Friday outfit is black.
This long chain necklace has a pendant with a simple shiny black ball surrounded by a steel ring with the life motto "THE REST OF YOUR LIFE STARTS TODAY" printed on it.
I'm all for life mottos - I find them really inspiring.

black felt hat
I really like the burnt red floppy felt hat I wore in my last outfit post where I'm blending in with the beautiful Autumn colours, so I decided to get a black hat as well. 
This one isn't quite as floppy, and what makes it different is the faux leather band with a bow that decorates it - a perfect match to my leather look skirt!

DKNY clutch bag
And last but not least, my little cheat accessory; the "light black" clutch bag.
This tiny grey clutch is from DKNY, and it's the perfect little party bag as it has got card slots in it, and therefore works as a wallet as well as a party bag for your going out essentials (keys, phone, lipstick...)
I can see myself using it a lot during the upcoming festive season.

long black cardigan
And that's that - my "Black Friday" outfit.
I know how many fans of all black clothing there are out there, and I hope my tips on how to create contrasts with the same colour will inspire you.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Newspaper print nails with decorative roses

newpaper print nail art
 It has been absolutely ages since I last did a nail polish post, and I have had this style on my mind for quite a while now. The only problem is that I've had short nails for the last couple of months, but I've let them grow out a bit now.

nail polish
 My design today is a newspaper print with decorative roses. 
As usual, I'm a big fan of multiple accent nails, and for this design I'm using 4 different colours.
The pink polish is one that I've mixed myself as i thought the original polish was too bright, and I wanted it to be more of a dusky pink.

barry m lychee
 To start with, I decided which nails I wanted plain, and which ones I wanted my newspaper print on, and simply painted my nails in my two chosen base colours; cream and metallic green.
how to do newspaper nails
 In order to create a newspaper print on your nails there are a few things you need;
  • Little cut-out squares with text from a newspaper
  • A glass with a bit of clear spirit, for example vodka
  • Tweezers
how to newspaper print nails
 Start by placing your newspaper square in the glass of vodka (one at a time), and let it soak for 20-30 seconds before fishing it out with your tweezers.

newspaper nails tutorial
 Place the newspaper square on your nail with the text facing downwards. Press it down onto your nail without moving it back and forth, and press it slightly to make sure that the printed text comes off.

newspaper nail art
 Peel off the piece of newspaper, and tadaa! - There you have your newspaper print nail.
As you can see, the text ends up mirrored.
Quickly apply some topcoat to avoid smudging the print.

how to do rose nail art
 The next step in my nailpolish design is to add some decorative roses to my newspaper print nails. I use a small dotting tool to create these roses, and simply use 2 different polishes (in this case a dusky pink and a purple) and swirl the 2 polishes around until it resembles a rose. Alternate the colours and add more of one until you're happy with your design.

nail art blogger
 I've used the same green nailpolish for the leaves as for my plain nails to make the design match.

newspaper and rose nail art
The last step in my design is to add some studs to the green nails in order to jazz them up a bit. 
Finish off the design with a good, smoothing and fast drying topcoat (my favourite is No7 from Boots), and there you have it - a newspaper print nail design with decorative roses, and green accent nails with studs.