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8.26.2015

I'm in Andorra!

Right now I'm in Andorra for a few days with my family because you know, a little vacay is always appreciated. That's the main reason I don't think I'll be posting much (at least beauty/fashion related), until next Saturday, when I come back home, as I really want to make the most of these days here and relax from all the stress accumulated.

Anyway, what I really want to share with you is some pictures I took yesterday, as I'm weirdly proud about them. I have to say it wasn't difficult at all to take a decent picture because all of the places we went were already gorgeous. Some of the pictures were taken during a hike we did in the hills (which literally killed me, my muscles are so sore right now), above the main valley in Andorra and the other ones were taken in a little town we went called Os Civís, which was really peaceful and cute.

Here they are...








Don't forget to follow me on my new Instagram account at @julia_coldwell to see all the pictures I've taken on my previous travels and other fun things.

Button-front-skirt-mania

You know what kind of skirt I'm talking about, the skirt which you've seen every single fashion blogger, it girl, celebrity and their mother wear. The skirt you see in every-single-shop you go and it's confusing your mind because you don't know if you absolutely love it or you hate it, maybe the buttons have hypnotized you - I just can't write a post without saying something weird, can't I.

Anyway, you know what skirt I mean.

Personally I absolutely love them, although if I'm honest, when I first saw one, I wasn't as sure, but the more times I saw it styled in so many different ways I liked it better and better. You can find them in denim and in suede and I think they are very flattering either ways as it has an A-line shape. The denim version is perfect for casual looks but can really be dressed up and the suede version is just super chic, but you can also dress it down, it's all about finding the right balance. That's why I decided to put together some of my favourite Street Style outfits which are including this skirt, so if you are planning on buying one (or not), you can have some ideas of how you could wear it. Also I've done some research in the online shops to find the best offers depending on your budget, because ain't nobody (and by nobody I mean me) has thousands of euros to buy a skirt.

Let's get inspired...

The Street Style looks


The picks

Button-Front Skirts

Topshop suede skirt
topshop.com


Topshop flare skirt
topshop.com




Parisian blue denim mini skirt
$31 - newlook.com



What are your thoughts about this style of skirt? Do you think you are going to add it to your wardrobe? I'd love to know.

8.25.2015

The finest selection of makeup tutorials you need to watch A.S.A.P

I myself love a good makeup tutorial, not to recreate them (I rarely do that), but to learn new techniques that at some point will come in handy. They also really relax me, I don't know why I find makeup tutorials so relaxing, maybe because most of the makeup artists have such a calming voice and are just so graceful, like a swam in a lake - I really need to stop with these kinds of comparisons.

I'm one of those people who doesn't bother putting makeup on everyday, I have no problem on going out in public with a fresh makeup free face, but at the same time I also love getting glammed up, enhancing some parts of my face or just having fun with makeup. I personally think makeup is a great tool to give women (or men!) the power to transform into whoever they want to be, it can be a totally different person or just a more confident version of themselves.

I've been watching makeup tutorials for so long, I think it was the first genre of Youtube videos I've ever bumped into and I still watch them now. That's why I decided to make the finest selection of makeup tutorials you need to watch as soon as possible, because even if you never try any of these, you'll just enjoy watching them or at least learn some new tips you might use someday, you never know.

Here they are...

1. Wedding makeup: Amal Clooney by Charlotte Tilbury


2. Modern 'Baby Bardot' Makeup Tutorial by Lisa Eldridge

 


3. Bronze Evening Makeup by Monika Blunder


4. Red Carpet Makeup lool by Nic Chapman (Pixiwoo)


5. Alexa Chung Tutorial by Lisa Eldridge


6. Natural Everyday Makeup by Wayne Goss


7. Nigella Lawson Inspired Makeup by Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo)


8. The Dolce Vita look by Charlotte Tilbury


9. How to do Modern Smokey Eyes by Wendy Rowe (Burberry)


10. My Boyfriend does my makeup featuring Vivianna Does Makeup (a.k.a Anna) and Mark
(This is not really a makeup tutorial but it's dang cute, so I had to include it)



Do you watch makeup tutorials? If so, who is your favourite Youtuber/Makeup Artist? I would love to know.

8.24.2015

I'm not a hair risk-taker (pros and cons of possible new hairstyles)


Today things are going to get hairy - that's one of the reasons I should never attempt comedy or anything similar.

I don't know about you but each time a new season is coming I feel the need to change my hair, it's usually little things, for example, I always get my hair trimmed before summer, sometimes I might go a little crazy and let the hairdresser cut more than the usual (someone call the police because WE HAVE A REBEL RIGHT HERE). Although I have to say I've never done anything really really crazy. As far as hair dying goes, the most ''groundbreaking'' thing I've ever done is having some Babylight highlights done, which simulate the natural highlights you sometimes get during the summer thanks for the sun (yeah, I really am a risk taker), I think it's a great thing to do during the Autumn and Winter, as our hair tends to be a little bit darker.

This year I really want to do something different to my hair, I'm 100% I say this every-single-year, but I REALLY want to do it this time. I don't want to do anything crazy like, I don't know, rainbow-ombré hair (which I think it's fantastic but I just don't think I could pull it off), but maybe a different haircut I've never tried before or a new (staying in the blonde/brunette tones) colour.

So these few days I've been doing some research - and by research I mean stalking every Pinterest and Instagram account about hair - and I've narrowed down the hairstyle options to five lovely possibilities. I don't know which one I'm going to choose because I like them all equally, but the real question here is... CAN I REALLY PULL OFF ANY OF THE HAIRSTYLES? My answer is probably (more like absolutely) not, but you know, you only live once so I might just try fun things with my hair.

Here are the pros and cons of my possible new hairstyles.

1. The Jane Birkin / Francoise Hardy 
Brief description: Boob length straight hair (hurray for the professional hair terms!), with no layers and a messy longer-than-usual fringe.
Pros: It's really classy, chic and timeless at the same time. I wouldn't need to dye my hair because out hair colour is really similar. They are both big beauty and fashion icons for me and this is one of my favourite hairstyles ever.
Cons: I have naturally curled hair so if one day my worst enemy, also know as humidity, did it's thing, I'd have a lovely curly fringe and not in a lovely way, only Beyoncé and Rihanna can look flawless with that. Another con is that a fringe requires retouches every month so it doesn't go on your eyes.



2. The old Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Brief description: Boob length hair, long layers, soft beachy waves and Californian highlights that go from a light brown or dark blonde (like my natural colour) to a lighter blonde.
Pros: Very youthful, feminine and effortless haircut.
Cons: To achieve those natural beachy waves (with by the way, my hair NEVER looks like that after I go to the beach) which magazines claim you can just achieve them with a little bit of hair spray, it will require serious flat iron or curling iron skills.



3. The new Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Brief description: Midi messy haircut with a side part. The hair colour is practically the same as her old hair but with much lighter blonde highlights
Pros: It's fresh, youthful, sexy, easy to manage and easy to dry.
Cons: Will be difficult to remain styles due to the humidity and curly hair which just can't stay straight, unless I really - first learn and then - apply some serious hair skills.



4. The Olivia don't-even-have-to-say-the-surname-because-everyone-knows-it's Palermo.
Brief description: Long polished bob, which can be styled straight or curly, with no layers. It looks like it has some really natural almond-brown highlights.
Pros: Easy to style, effortless, elegant and chic.
Cons: Very similar to my hair right now, just shorter.



5. The Lily Aldridge balayage
Brief description: Boob length (this is the third time I've used the word boob in this post, I don't know why I had to point that out) haircut with long layers and beachy waves. Her hair goes from a really dark brown to a really light brown, but not in an ombré way because if you look closely, some of the hair remain the same colour, so it looks really natural. I'm pretty sure they've used the balayage technique which if you don't know what it means, you have a really good explanation here.
Pros: Effortless, sexy and easy to style.
Cons: Can't think of any cons.



Let me know in the comments which is your favourite hairstyle of the ones above and who knows, maybe in a couple weeks I'll be rocking (at least attempting) a new hairstyle.

8.22.2015

My autumn (fashion) wishlist for 2015

Back to school season is coming, which means that Autumn is just around the corner and I'm so happy about it (happy about Autumn, not particularly happy about going back to school).

I've always preferred the colder seasons because I hate the feeling of being hot and sweaty. Also I much prefer Autumn/Winter fashion, there are more clothing options to play with (my summer outfits just consist of denim cut-offs and a white t-shirt or a romper (thank the Lord for rompers). For Today's post I decided to put together all the things (fashion related) I would like to buy for this following season, also known as ''The wishlist containing things I'll never be able to buy'', but anyway, dreaming is free, unless you buy online while you are sleeping, that will cost you money - I really don't know where that came from.

Let's get into business.
This wishlist is going to be in the form of three outfits. Let me explain: I've styled all the items together, so you can have a better idea about how I'd wear them. Now that I'm thinking about, it is like two posts in a post, because you can also use these outfits as outfit inspiration;)

Wishlist (I)



Topshop off shoulder top
€46 - topshop.com



Rochas jacket
€2.255 - net-a-porter.com



H&M denim jeans
€55 - hm.com



Short brown boots
€32 - romwe.com



Yves Saint Laurent leather shoulder bag
€1.825 - net-a-porter.com



Jeweliq circle pendant necklace
€19 - jeweliq.com



Rag bone wool hat
€230 - farfetch.com



Wishlist (II)





Chloé neck tie
€875 - net-a-porter.com



AG Adriano Goldschmied a line skirt
€1.060 - net-a-porter.com



Tod's slip-on shoes
€515 - net-a-porter.com



Rag bone floppy hat
€170 - farfetch.com



Wishlist (III)




River Island t shirt
€12 - riverisland.com


Balenciaga black jacket
€1.580 - 1stdibs.com


Rag & bone black skinny jeans
€160 - net-a-porter.com


Abercrombie Fitch sneaker
€57 - abercrombie.com


Chanel canvas backpack
fashionphile.com


Marc by Marc Jacobs gold jewelry
€220 - marcjacobs.com



What is in your Autumn wishlist? I'd love to know.