So Long! Summer Sixteen

Is it me or did summer sixteen come and go in a flash? I left my house this morning to be embraced by a very nippy autumn breeze. I was torn between running back to get a big knit scarf or just brave it, hoping that the rest of the day would get warmer.

Anyway, I did this shoot in the peak of summer, one of those days temperatures hit high 20’s and wearing black wasn’t really justifiable. But this good old off the shoulder top got rid of all the cons of wearing this number. How I’m going to miss this trend. It’s one of the most awkward things to wear underneath a blazer or jacket, but that’s not to say off the shoulders are going to disappear completely this autumn. black-layered-topWearing:

Top – Zara

Jeans (Mom jeans) & Sandals – Topshop

Sunglasses – Dior

I had no set plans for the summer, so no holidays, no extensive goals that people make for summer. I decided to go with the flow and carry on working on more personal goals, whilst remaining as flexible as possible and embracing new opportunities. That’s sort of a plan as well, right? And I really do have some good memories of summer sixteen.black-off-the-shoulder-layered-top red-sandals_topshop(…not my ‘rarri :-P)

So, this summer,  on the fun side, I enjoyed a few late nights, most of it spent on the roof terrace in Harvey Nichols, brunch on Sundays in Nottinghill. I know it sounds regular, but I honestly don’t do much in the winter and now that I no longer live in London, I’m not sure how often that’s going to happen in the next 4-6 months. kind_snacks kind-snacksIn another story, have any of you guys tried KIND snacks? They are really REALLY tasty, at the heart of it all, KIND is about celebrating and spreading kindness, one snack and one act at a time, which is one of the reasons why I decided to share this with you guys on the blog. I was sent a few of them initially and I’ve since been going back for more. My faves are Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate & Cherry Cashew.

I’ll be catching up with all the bits from London Fashion Week soon so stay tuned guys 🙂kind-bars

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For A Good Cause

I am officially and wholeheartedly embracing the colour Pink. Believe it or not, I was never a “pink” kind of girl, BUT I’ve done a whole 360 and it’s my favourite colour now – and NO, I’m not kidding. From cotton candy, dusty rose to bubble gum, I’m all in. When worn correctly, it doesn’t even have to look too girly. On that note, I’ve found a way of adding a spec of pink to my everyday look, all for a good cause…

Guess Sparkling Pink Exclusive Watch Wearing: Guess Sparkling Pink Exclusive Watch 

So, this year, GUESS Watches has teamed with online watch retailer WatchShop.com, as the exclusive retailer in the UK for two new timepieces to raise funds for The Get In Touch Foundation. A non-profit organisation committed to raising breast health awareness. October is the official Breast Cancer awareness month both watches are available from now :).

This beaut has the expected luxe feel and could be worn solo as a statement piece, or stacked with other arm candies. Here, I’ve teamed it up with my Monica Vinader friendship bracelet and some other silver tidbits. I’ve never owned a silicone strapped watch, but it feels quite light on the wrist, which is surprising. My favourite bit is the eye-catching pink crystal details.

In another story, right now, I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for London Fashion Week. 2 days to go and I haven’t got my outfits together, no planner and I could not tell you off the top of my head which shows I got invites to. This is my 5th seasons, 3rd of which I would actually be attending as an accredited BFC blogger. You would think I would have myself together, right? But NAH!!

pink-chiffon-shirt_hm a-style-diary_guess_watchshop H&M Pink Shirt Balenciaga City Bag guess-sparkling-pink-exclusive-watch_a-style-diary For A Good CauseWearing:

Shirt: H&M here

Jeans: Topshop here

Bag: Balenciaga here

Shoes: Dune here

Sunglasses: Chanel

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*In collaboration with Watchshop.com for Guess Watches

How To Pull Off Denim on Denim

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]How to pull off denim on denim. Denim on denim is a tricky one to pull off. You would agree with me that if you are not Rihanna who can pretty much pull off anything, you are taking a huge risk on this combo. But the fashion gods have not ruled this look out completely. Which is why after so many years, many designers still have this look in their runway shows season after season. If it’s done the right way, denim on denim could be so cool and chic.[/dropcap]

So, how do you pull off denim on denim? Shades of denim play a HUGE part in the equation. Here is a tip on how to pull off denim on denim. If similar hues e.g both blue, try going from light to dark. A lighter shade of blue on top and a darker on the bottom.

HOW TO PULL OFF DENIM ON DENIMDenim on Denim_fashionUnfinished denim_adidas Stan smithDenim Shirt on Denim TrousersDenim on denim outfitTo complete the look, I accessorised with a statement necklace and a brooch. These details also played a good role by bringing the outfit together nicely. The entire ensemble in this look are old, but you can shop similar pieces below

True story, this shoot was not planned, pictures were taken with my iPhone. I’m actually impressed with the quality of the pictures. I haven’t done an outfit post without my DSLR in about 2 years. I did contemplate if to post or nah, but I hope you guys like the look as much as I do. Signature

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness…

Such a beautiful quote. And some more…

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

“When I look out at the people and they look at me and they’re smiling, then I know that I’m loved. That is the time when I have no worries, no problems.” Etta James

“There is no weapon in the feminine armory to which men are so vulnerable as they are to a smile.” Dorothy Dix

“Start every day with a smile and get it over with.”  W.C. Fields

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Martin Charnin

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” Denis Waitley

“A smile is the universal welcome.” Max Eastman

“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” Les Brown

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” John Ray

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” Kenneth Branagh

Have I convinced you yet about the power of a SMILE? I mean, forget the unspoken code of conduct for the famous bloggers b**ch resting face, it’s all an act. Well, in my case it is. On that note, I recently paid a visit to London’s answer to the quest for a perfect smile, Smilepod. With seven conveniently situated dentistry studios across London, popping out for treatment is as painless as an eyebrow pluck and as speedy as buying a sandwich. I stopped by at the Holborn studio which is about 20 minutes walk from where I work. I would say that’s pretty convenient.SmilePod_A Style Diary_Bankè

There’s a part of me that’s been toying with the idea of getting pearly white gnashers, but I’m not quite ready for a cosmetic job just yet. So, off the back of that, I had a High Gloss Polish treatment. I can only describe as a super intense hygiene and cleaning procedure which visibly left me with a brighter smile immediately after. Since my teeth aren’t extremely stained, it’s the closest and most cost-effective alternative. I would totally recommend it to anyone.

Rounding off, Smilepod offers a new approach to dentistry which takes away the irritations of traditional practices to make professional dental care truly accessible for the first time. Along with the usual, they have also included options like botox, to dermal fillers and lip fillers to the menu. All in an effort to tackle all problems in one and help achieve a natural, more youthful appearance.

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