Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.156

by Gio

Hello gorgeous,

ready for this week’s random ramblings? Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Wishlist: coats

coats winter 2014

The weather is getting cooler and it’s time to take out our winter coats. Or buy a new one. That’s just what I was thinking a few days ago, so I obviously turned online for some inspiration. Here are my top picks for this winter season:

1. Alexander McQueen Flared Great Coat: it features a ribbed shawl collar, a double breasted front fastening, a fitted waist, side pockets, long sleeves, ribbed cuffs and pleated skirt section. The blue wool blend will keep you warm even on the coldest winter days.

2. Coast Nolita Crepe Coat: I love the simple and classic style of this coat. It has a fitted tailored shape to flatter, round neck, subtly pleated detailing at the shoulders, side pockets and a hidden zip. The red shade is very eyecatching too, but if you’d like something less bright, pick the black version.

3. Red Valentino Pleated Coat: I love anything pleated and this coat is just adorable. Made of wool, it features a round neck, a concealed fastening, and drawstring waist.

4. Temperley Moya Wool Coat: both the colours and the silhouette are so feminine, aren’t they? A modern take on the classic riding coat, it is tailored to highlight the waist, detailed with matelassé trims under the collar, pocket flaps and features a softly pleated skirt with full lining.

5. Coat in a wool blend: Part of the Conscious collection, this short coat features wide lapels, a tie belt at the waist, and side pockets. It is made partly from recycled wool.

Which one is your favourite?

What I’m Reading Now

how to ruin a queen
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman
The affair of the diamond necklace was a story so absurd that novelists would have blushed to write it for fear of being accused of being too unrealistic. And yet, it fooled many people in the Age of Enlightenment and left Marie Antoinette’s reputation in tatters. It all started when Jeanne de Saint- Remy de Valois, “comtesse” de la Motte, a young woman born in a impoverished noble family that claimed to descend from royalty, convinced the Cardinal de Rohan, whose political ambitions he believed where thwarted by the Queen’s dislike for him, that Marie Antoinette was ready to forgive him and even needed his help to secretly buy a necklace so expensive it threatened to bankrupt its jewellers. Only when the jewellers, tired of waiting for a payment that never arrived, went to the Queen directly the whole scam was uncovered. A trial ensued. Of all the people involved in the plot, only Jeanne and the man who forged the Queen’s signatures on papers were punished. The Cardinal was acquitted not only of theft but also of lese majeste, meaning the court found it possible Marie Antoinette would ask a man she hated to buy a necklace she couldn’t afford and even meet with him alone at night in the gardens of Versailles. Her reputation was completely ruined, making it possible for people to believe the worst calumnies about her during the Revolution.
The Affair of the Diamond Necklace is a story of greed and ambition, prison breaks and assassination attempts, extravagance and credulity, political machinations and even a duel fought with poisoned pigs. Beckham’s retelling reads more like a historical noir novel than an essay. It’s well-researched and highly-detailed, but very readable. If you’re fan of Marie Antoinette or just want to know more about this tragicomic farce, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book. Available at Amazon.

The Links

5 pro makeup tricks you probably don’t know – Makeup Geek

Makeup Revolution ‘The One’ Blush Stick: An Affordable Nars Dupe – London Beauty Queen

If you smoke, your future’s not pretty – Lab Muffin

Perfect cat eyeliner flicks makeup tip – Makeup And Beauty Blog

My top 10 foundations – Beautyholics Anonymous

Sunday Survey, Vol.224

1. I never thought I would like…
Exercising. I have always been quite lazy but now I find it quite pleasant, and it helps me de-stress a lot.

2. What’s your favourite eyeliner colour?
Brown. It isn’t as harsh as black, but it still defines the eyes well.

3. Do you wear makeup on weekends?
Only if I’m going out or testing new makeup products. Today, I think I’ll stay barefaced.

4. Chanel or Dior?
Makeup Dior, but clothes Chanel. I find Chanel makeup is often too sheer, but I love their tweed outfits and easy chic designs.

5. Do you like classical music?
I love it. I often listen to it when I work. It inspires me and never distracts me.

It’s your turn now!
1. I never thought I would like…
2. What’s your favourite eyeliner colour
3. Do you wear makeup on weekends?
4. Chanel or Dior?
5. Do you like classical music?

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Livia (@liviafsoriano) November 2, 2014 - 10:53 am

I’m in love with that Temperley Moya wool coat! x

Gio November 2, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Livia, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Ana November 2, 2014 - 5:17 pm

1. It’s the same with me – I used to be lazy, but now I enjoy exercising (well… moving around a lot 😀 ).

5. I’m just listening to Ispirazione Barocca’s uploads (, so – yes!

I’m loooving that Coast coat.

Re: top 10 foundations. Everybody mentions Bourjois Healthy Mix one and I really wanted to like it, but the lightest shade is too dark and pink for me, boo.
The disappointment is even greater because I really liked how it felt and looked on my skin.

Gio November 2, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Ana, I feel your pain. I lost hope of finding a drugstore foundation for pale skin. They seem to be all too dark or too yellow or too pink. It’s so unfair. *sighs* I hope they will soon realize that we pale girls exist too and will make foundations for us too.

Laurie November 2, 2014 - 6:33 pm

I love Alice Temperley! Her clothes are elegant with just a touch of feminine fun. That coat is to die for.

1. I never thought I would like…
Sports! Growing up, I was “the scholar” and my brother was “the athlete”. But as I got older I realized I am pretty good at sports in my own right.

2. What’s your favourite eyeliner colour
Smoky Brown from Clinique is my HG.

3. Do you wear makeup on weekends?
Not unless I’m going out at night. It feels good to take a break from hairstyling, makeup, etc. when I can.

4. Chanel or Dior?
If I had to choose, I’d say Dior — I mean, DiorShow mascara, after all! 🙂 But I do love Chanel fragrances, esp. Coco Mademoiselle.

5. Do you like classical music?
Love it. My mom took me to lots of opera and symphony as a child, so my appreciation started early.

Gio November 2, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Laurie, Temperley is one of my fave stylists. Her clothes are very elegant indeed. 🙂

I feel the same. I love applying makeup, doing my hair, etc, but every now and then it’s good indeed to take a break. 🙂

Chic Readings November 2, 2014 - 7:47 pm

The book sounds amazing, goes on my to-read list:)
1.Spending time on my laptop, I used to be out of the house all the time and I hated sitting but I guess life changes and we change:)
2. Warm chocolate brown:)
3. Only if I’m attending some kind of event
5.The only music I listen is classic and sometimes country:)

Gio November 2, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Helena, I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

I love country music too. 🙂

Katie November 2, 2014 - 10:05 pm

That Alexander McQueen coat is just stunning.

Gio November 3, 2014 - 6:01 am

Katie, it id indeed. 🙂

Richa Saxena November 3, 2014 - 6:22 am

1. I never thought I would like…Water sports but now I love them 🙂
2. What’s your favourite eyeliner colour – Blue..Its my all time fav liner!
3. Do you wear makeup on weekends? – When I am attending events or going out
4. Chanel or Dior? – Chanel
5. Do you like classical music? I love Classical…I find it very soothing!

Gio November 3, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Richa, I find it very soothing too. 🙂


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