Friday, 2 January 2015

New Years in Bari!

Kind of abandoned my blog for a good while there! Saying I'm busy with university would be an understatement but thought I'd share a few photos of my short break in Bari over the New Years. Was only there for about four days and it really is a gorgeous city. You can easily see the city in a day but we took our time especially since we weren't too used to the cold so most of our days were spent taking shelter in shops. (FYI great shopping there) Also experienced my first snow there which was incredible!

We also had a day trip to a nearby town called Alberobello which was definately the highlight of the trip. As you can see from the photos, all the houses in this city have these conical roofs called 'Trulli' which were gorgeous.

Have another trip coming soon after my exams so will be sharing my experience then!
Happy New Years everybody!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Fashion and Technology

LFW has recently come to an end and living in another country would naturally make it hard for me to attend but never have I felt a disconnect with anything going on in LFW or anything else fashion related for that matter - and that is all thanks to the rise of technology in fashion. Today's post is all about how the lines between technology and fashion are blurring and how beneficial technology really can be in the fashion industry.

This is an obvious one. Fashion blogging only has become popular in the past few years and it is definitely the biggest way I learn about trends, get outfit inspirations and really learn what is happening in the fashion industry right now. It was become such a big part of the fashion industry that all throughout LFW you can see bloggers right up in the front of runway shows alongside celebrities!

Social Media
Every brand is all over every social media platform - This is also a recent development in technology but it is such an amazing way to connect with your customers and promote your brand. I for one stalk Asos' social media like crazy and with millions of likes/follows on all of their social media they're able to really promote their brand.

Polyvore is a great community based website where users can express their own style. On here you can mix and match products to create fashion collages called sets. It's also a great place to just browse existing products and shop them. I also personally use it to create wishlists or collections of items that inspire me etc.. Below's an example of what can be done on the site.

Set found here

Visual Search Software
This software is something I've recently discovered - I've tried this new app called Style Thief. It uses findSimilar software by Cortexica - a company dedicated to image recognition and visual search technology. With this app, you can basically snap a photo or use an existing photo of an outfit and find similar clothes online. I think it's a great idea - it's not the first time I see an outfit online and just wish I had it. Below are some of my results! I tried out the app with one of my outfits as well as two outfits of other blogs that I follow.

Above you can see my favourite picks from my results. When uploading an image you can choose what item of clothing it is you're looking for as well as whether you want it to be more dependant on colour or texture. You can then sort your results and when you find a result you're happy with, you can go on the website it's found on and buy it, view other colours and even view similar items from the brand. My only critique would have to be that when uploading a photo with a colourful and busy background, the results may pick up colours from the background. So try and minimise busy backgrounds as much as possible or crop them out if you can. But apart from that, the software works great and is a fantastic idea. Be sure to check out this visual software out for yourself!

Style Thief App

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Outfit Favourites: September

Here are some outfits of various bloggers I've been loving this past month! Big fans of all of these and love looking at them for inspiration so be sure to check them out. I'd love to see some outfits you've been loving and be sure to let me know which are your favourites!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

OOTD: Lace Crop Top + Maxi Skirt

Here's what I wore for lunch today. I just picked up this maxi skirt a few days ago from New Look (souldn't find it online but surely it's still in stock in stores) It's not too bright and is a gorgeous burnt orange colour and I paired with a crop top also from New Look and this gold necklace I got from Primark. And naturally, I'm wearing my trusty sliders under that maxi skirt! 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Autumn Wishlist

Okay so it's going to be a while until it's properly Autumn in Malta and I can finally wear a coat but thought I'd put together some things I've been eyeing recently for when it does actually get colder here. I included a jumper that's obviously a staple for Autumn, this gorgeous checked coat and a checked cape as well as these ripped knee high waisted jeans. My favourite piece would definitely have to be these western inspired slingback boots. Sadly, I already own too many black boots otherwise would've gotten this already! Lastly, I've pretty much gone crazy for the crop top trend at the moment and I think this knitted cropped jumper is a great way to stick to the crop top trend in Autumn layered with a cardigan or a jacket on top.

So those were a snippet of items I've been lusting over for Autumn! Which are your favourites?

Monday, 22 September 2014

OOTD: Lace Kimono & Skort

Primark Kimono / H&M Necklace / Similar Cami / Skort / Similar Sliders

Here's an OOTD that I wore to lunch yesterday. Wore a simple cami top with my floral print skort and my usual sliders. I recently went to the Netherlands (check out my posts about it here and here!) and picked up this lace kimono from Primark and this multilayered necklace from H&M.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Netherlands Day 3-7

The next two days were spent in Nijmegen. Everyone biked throughout the city (except for me who's completely incapable of riding a bike ugh) and had our usual city tour. On our second day we had a dutch language workshop and ended our night with an EU night - where both Maltese and Dutch students exchanged food and drinks from their country. Had a blast!

The next day we travelled to Tilburg; it was pretty late when we arrived so we just unpacked, were welcomed by our hosts, went out for dinner and partied afterwards. On Saturday, we spent the day at Den Bosch, a small nearby town where we mainly did a bit of shopping and had a city rally to see all of the attractions. Then our last and final day was spent at De Haag which is where the international court of justice is found. Above you can see a photo of me and my friend in front of the Peace Palace which was absolutely stunning! We then spent our night having dinner in Chinatown and travelled back home for a chill night before returning to Malta in the morning.

And that was the end of my holiday! Really missing it already :/ Can't wait to travel again!

To see my previous post on this holiday click here.