(Mis)Match Made in Heaven

When it comes to nail polish, we were always led to believe that it is improper to have different-colour manis and pedis. However, I've recently been seeing a lot of mismatching going on in that department. It's obvious that that was an old rule that no longer applies.
As you probably already know, I never liked the whacky nail things people do these days (different colour only on one nail, nail designs, ombre nails, etc.) so I guess, this is my version of switching it up.
Here are my favourite colour combinations for mismatched nails:

Black and White
O.P.I in Black Onyx, $12 - Nars in Ecume, $29

Blue and Grey
Dior in Blue Label, $25 - Topshop in Grey, $8

Pink and Orange
China Glaze in Shocking, $9 - Deborah Lippmann x Lara Stone in Double Dutch Orange, $18
Purple and Teal
O.P.I in Rumple's Wiggin', $12 - Butter London in Sprog, $15

So what do you think of mismatching nail polish? What other combinations do you think look nice?


Things I Learned Working at a Fashion Magazine

I recently wrapped up my 3-month internship at the most prominent fashion magazine in my country. Quite frankly, the job had lots of ups and downs, but in retrospect, provided me with many opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise.
So, here are my two cents on what it was like for me to be in the fashion business - the things I learned the hard way phrased in a manner to help guide you to make the best of yours:

It's Not All About Designer Dresses and High-End Shoes
Although I knew that working at a fashion magazine involved a lot tedious desk work, I originally thought it would be a lot more glamorous. Don't get me wrong; I had my fair share of the fabulous fashion life, but little did I know that a lot of long research and writing goes into it. A lot! However, it really is the most rewarding feeling when you see your name in the credits next to something you worked on.

Learn to Speak Up
To be honest, I'm not the shyest person around, but during this job, there were always times where I felt that I should keep my mouth shut because the others probably knew what they were doing more than I did. WRONG. The fashion industry is extremely competitive, and unless you learn to speak up and voice your opinions, you're basically going to be pushed to the sidelines and not be taken seriously. 

Dress Practically
You might want to skip those 6" heels and bandage skirts - chances are you'll be crawling on your knees packing trunks for photo-shoots and climbing ladders to organize items on shelves. Don't get me wrong, you do need to look presentable, and this job does give you a chance to dress well everyday without being judged for it. Just remember, comfort comes first. 

Be Organized
Despite what you may think, your creativity is not enough. You will need to be incredibly organized, resourceful and systematic with your thoughts. There is a lot of paperwork involved, and if you're disorganized, your job will be impossible. And on shoots, you always need to be 10 steps ahead of your boss.

Don't Take Anything Personally
Luckily, I was blessed with an incredible boss who was always kind and helpful. However, I did run into some Miranda-Priestly-esque characters on the job that proved that some things are funnier in movies than they are in real life. Learn to let it go, and not take everything personally. After all, they do have shit to get done.

Don't Quit
This goes hand-in-hand with the point above. It's natural to make mistakes, and it's natural to be screw up every once in a while. After all, you're there to learn, so don't quit. Get back up and fix those mistakes.

Almost Everyone in the Office Has a Level of Eccentricity You Can Not Fathom
Learn to embrace yours.

Have Fun!
Working at a fashion magazine can be tough - some people come out of it feeling like they can conquer anything, and many come out feeling hazed. If you're in it for the right reasons, you'll learn to appreciate and even laugh about the littlest of thing. I personally came out of my internship with amazing memories and great friendships. 

Thanks to everyone who was involved in making this an unforgettable experience for me.


Glossy Pouts

A beauty trend I have been excessively channeling lately has got to be a favourite of mine - a high-shine glossy lip! Just before I head out the door, I make sure to glaze my lips with a show-stopping sparkly finish. I like to do it in fresh summer hues during the day, and dark glamorous tones at nighttime.
Here are my favourite colours when it comes to my summer lip glosses:

Pretty in Pink
Lanc├┤me Juicy Tube Lip Gloss in Miracle, $18
(I own one in Simmer that I can't live without!)

Coral Craze

Stila Lip Glaze in Fruit Punch, $22 on Amazon.com
Creamy Nudes
Napoleon Perdis Lip Gloss in Cafe Au Lait, $23
Rich Reds
Butter London in Come to Bed Red, $18
Dark Depths
Urban Decay High Gloss Lip Colour in Apocalypse, $20

What colours are you sporting this season?


Weekend Getaway Essentials

I'm slipping out of the office a bit early this week, getting ready for my much-needed weekend getaway. I was in the middle of packing when I decided to make a post about the things I make sure to bring with me on these short summer vacations (aside from the obvious things like everyday clothes, underwear, PJs, toiletries, sunscreen, makeup, etc.)
So, if anyone else isn't sure what to pack for a last-minute weekend trip, I hope this post is of use to you!

Straw Hat
Topshop Floppy Hat, $50

White Denim Cut-Offs
Juicy Couture Jean Shorts, $126
Oversized Tank Top
Alexander Wang Loose Tank, $141

Versatile Dress
H&M Beach Dress, $10
Slip-On Shoes
Stella McCartney Cameron Espadrilles, $275

Fit-All Tote Bag
Fossil East/West Tote, $98 $73 (ON SALE AT NORDSTROM!)
Printed Light-Weight Scarf
Forever 21 Palm Tree Scarf, $8.80
Anti-Frizz Hair Spray
Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray, $39
Lip Balm with SPF
EOS Lemon Drop, $3
Poolside Read
I'm currently reading We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

Do I need to add anything else to the checklist? What do you pack for your weekend getaways?
Hope you guys are having a fun summer!


Summer Beach Wear Campaign with Raise.com

For all you shopaholics out there looking to get gift cards to your favourite stores for a reduced price, you've come to the right place! 
Raise.com is the first online marketplace for buying and selling gift cards. I know we've all received pointless ones that we never used, and now, this service makes it possible for you to sell them in exchange for money. You can find so many gift cards at a discounted price. There are gift cards for everyone, ranging from Starbucks to Apple to Macy's to Nike.
I was recently invited to participate in a new interactive campaign with them called the Summer Beach Wear Campaign, asking me to showcase my fashion choices for the season. Although I'm not the biggest fan of summer, I jumped at the idea because not only because it was flattering to me that I was amongst the very few fashion bloggers Raise had invited, but also because it would give my readers an insight on what I wear to different occasions and the basis on which I style my outfits. 
I've included links to where you can buy giftcards to some of the stores used below:

Casual Day Out

For my casual looks, I always like to mix and match slouchy and dressy pieces. For this look, I paired the Equipment Betsie pin-stripe shirt with distressed Black Five boyfriend jeans and burgundy Valentino Rockstud flats. I accessorized the ensemble with those lovely The Row cat-eye sunglasses and Aldo stackable rings. You can save up on those rings and many other Aldo items via Raise.com by clicking here! Cross-body bags are an essential to me on busy days, which is why I chose that Jimmy Choo blue cross-body for a pop of colour.

To The Office
Unfortunately, my job doesn't have a strict dress code, so we often just show up in business casual attire. However, this is my dream office look. The pop of colour came in bigger doses this time with those hot-red Giambattista Valli pants. I toned it down with a white French Connection blouse and plain black Saint Laurent sandals. The Diane von Furstenberg bag brought in a little dash of print with the snake-skin detailing. I finished the look off with that glamorous Mango choker.

Date Night
For date nights, I always opt for a light and flirty ensemble. Keeping the fun Miss Selfridge playsuit the focal point, I kept everything else pretty simple. I paired the romper with a Rebecca Taylor punched white denim jacket and Gianvitto Russo metallic sandals. I finalized the look with a BCBGMAXAZRIA clutch (that you can get for less at Raise.com by clicking here,) Henri Bendel earrings and a Movado Bold silver watch.

I was picturing a warm Sunday brunch while putting this outfit together. I've recently been obsessing over midi dresses, and their ability to make you look so put together. Although this John Lewis one was made for dressier events, I decided to style it with some printed Shoe Republic wedges and a black Prada Saffiano purse for a more casual daytime look. I threw in those Dolce and Gabbana shades, and that fabulous La Mer watch, as well as a pink lip a la Napoleon Perdis for the picture-perfect posh brunch attire.

The Beach
This one was inspired by what's in my suitcase right now, since I'm leaving for a relaxing vacation in a few days. I threw a Monki Avia washed dress over a Triangl bikini (how beautiful is that colour?) and accessorized it with a Rag & Bone fedora, Flora Bella beach tote and Havaianas flip-flops. Beach-chic, check!

For everyone who's looking to either treat themselves with a little shopping spree or give it to a friend, this website is definitely the number one destination for doing so. I'm sure you're itching to try it now! 

So, which was your favourite look?


Summer Nail-Polish Guide

A new season calls for new polish colours, and with bikini season in full swing, we bring you the Summer Nail Polish Guide. Put your winter darks and spring pastels on hold, for it is time to bring out the fun and bright hues. I've mentioned earlier that my nails are almost always painted either ivory, black or red, but I do like to try out other colours as the weather changes.
And so, I hereby present to you, LLS's nail-polish guide for this warm and bright season:

Tangerine - Chanel 'Lilis', $27
Cotton Candy Pink - Orly 'Cotton Candy', $7.99
Whites - Nicole by O.P.I, $10
Lavender - O.P.I 'Lucky Lucky Lavender', $8
Creamy Reds - Butter London 'Ladybird', $15 
So, what colour is on your nails right now?

Lace Grace

Seen all over the Spring/Summer 2014 runways (think Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior), lace is finally being viewed as chic, rather than vintage-looking and best styled with beach waves and tan ankle boots (ugh..)
Here are my favourite ways lace has been worn lately:

However, I do always find myself sticking to lace in neutral colours. Personally, I like this delicate fabric in soft and quiet hues.

What about you?