17 Mar 2014

March inspiration & playlist


So here are some of the tunes I've been enjoying this month 

Tori Kelly - All In My Head 

Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle

Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me / Nick of Time

Passenger - Hearts on Fire w/ Ed Sheeran

Bridgit Mendler - 5:15 

Shakira - Can't Remember To Forget You ft. Rihanna




and here's what's been happening this month

Just like the previous two months, the weeks have going in a flash this month. My first school term just ended and so this week I have slightly less classes as a sort of 'term break'. So here I am enjoying, for the first time in around a month (!), the sound of rain outside my window. On top of that I can finally enjoy the comfort of my own bed after having just facilitated 2 camps this past week (talk about building a close relationship with my sleeping bag).


 In general though, this month my goal has been to focus. Leaving behind the pointless hours spent on youtube videos, scrolling through tumblr or on spontaneous American Horror Story marathons. With classes getting harder ('O' levels this year -panic mode: on) and more and more collections like the ready to wear fall '14 ones to admire, the time has come to maximize those daylight hours. On that same note, as you can see I've started making monthly goalsI have come to the realization that there is no need to wait for the new year to reflect on what is going on in our lives and what could be made better.So here's a challenge,


 What is your monthly goal? 
(yes it's already mid March but better now than never!)
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xx
-Mariana

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21 Feb 2014

sports luxe at Chanel


Sure, New York Fashion is now under way and couture week is slowly being drowned out by all the fresh new autumn/winter '14 collections. However, I think it's better late then never to share with ya'll one of my favourite details from the couture week.

You may remember a previous post I did on how to sport your sneakers outside of the gym. Which just touches the surface on how much I adore sport luxe outfits. So you can only imagine how mesmerized I was when I first saw these photos of the Chanel Spring 2014 couture show (on my instagram feed actually!) 


I must admit that at first I really was not a huge fan of this collection. I didn't really dig those corseted midriff and the overall silhouettes were not my cup of tea. However, I definitely was more content when it came to the romantic colour scheme, the luxurious fabrics and most importantly - those shoes. This was actually one of the first times I've seen sports luxe come together in a single piece so well. Lace, pearls and tweeds, I found it hard to pick my favourite pair of sneakers. What I thought really tied them together though were the shoe laces (pun unintended); all in a delicate sheer fabric. 


Chanel collections that fuses contradicting ideas, in this case sporty luxe, do usually result in wonders. Especially for this fusion. Coco Chanel can be said to be the first designers to ever incorporate sporty elements to outfits in the 1920s so no wonder Karl's sports luxe pieces have such a unique yet classic feel to them. Also that liberating freedom which Coco brought in the '20s resonated in this collection too. Mostly though the models, which skipped down the staircase in such a carefree manner. I loved it! It gave the collection a more youthful vibe and an almost ready-to-wear like feel to the ensembles.   

What are your thoughts on this collection?
photos via style.com

xx
-Mariana

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2 Feb 2014

25 random facts about me


So today I decided to post something a little different. A bit more personal. So here are 25 things you may not have know about me!

#1. I can spend hours and hours in art museums. 

#2. I absolutely love Disney movies (I don't think you can ever be too old for them!)

#3. I talk in my sleep. No joke! I've gotten some hilarious testimonials to this.

#4. I really hope I can learn to play the ukulele this year. 

#5. My first celebrity crush was Zac Efron.

#6. I'm 5'5

#7. This is my favourite number.

#8. One of my biggest dreams is to visit (maybe even move to) New York!

#9. I sing all the time to the point that I start annoying people around me haha

#10. I'm a huge perfectionist! Even if it is something that I have procrastinated to the last minute I will still make sure it's done well (hence my sleepless nights >.<)

#11. I don't drink coffee, never have. Unless it is a caramel-ly drink (starbucks caramel frap, I'm looking at you)

#12. I recently just started to watch the first season of American Horror Story. Lets just say that it will probably give me nightmares... but I will most definitely be back for more!

#13. I love being active. I've played netball, was on the track team, self taught myself some gymnastic, now and then I run some 10km races and am currently doing dance! Hip-hop and contemporary are my favourite styles.

#14. I am constantly making 'to-do' lists. I seriously don't think I would get anything done without them.

#15. Being the only person with curly hair in my whole school has proved to be a great conversational starter.

#16. I've only just started to read the Divergent book series but just the trailer has made me so excited about the movie.

#17. I've lived in five different cities in three different countries so far so I'd say I've become quite a flexible person.

#18. Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year. 

#19. This is not something I would normally listen to but there is just something about smooth jazz that gets me in such a good mood.

#20. Topshop is one of my favourite stores but I rarely buy anything from there because living on a students budget is not easy.

#21. I'm a sucker when it comes to sad movies, shorts or even sad youtube videos.Cue the waterworks.

#22. I'm currently in the mids of watching The Mindy Project, The Carrie Diaries, How I met your mother, 2 broke girls, Bones and now American Horror Story Coven.

#23. Would you consider chocolate eating a sport? 

#24. Instagram is one of my favourite apps. It's the first app I check in the morning and the last one before I go to bed.

#25. .. but when I'm on my laptop, tumblr is my guilty pleasure.

So now you know a little bit more about me, could you relate to any of these?
What is one random fact about you?

ps. To all those celebrating, Happy Chinese New Year!
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xx
-Mariana

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