Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.170

by Gio

Hello everyone,

another week has quickly flown by, and that means it’s again time for some random ramblings. So, let’s get started:

My Favourite UK Designers

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With London Fashion Weeks starting soon, I thought it’d be appropriate to share my favourite UK designers with you. Usually, I tend to favour those designers that take inspiration from history and create modern clothes with a vintage vibe, but I also like people who take risks and have a distinct aesthetic. Curious? Read on:

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen was an absolute genius. He took inspiration from literature, theatre, dance, cinema, and music, to create radical and innovative designs that embodied a darker strain of Romanticism, and presented them in lavish and outrageous runway shows. He was never afraid to take risks and push the boundaries. Since his tragic death, the brand has sadly lost some of his edge, imo. Sarah Burton’s creations are more feminine and commercial, which makes the brand more consumer-friendly.

Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood brought modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Her designs, which are instantly recognisable, combine unconformity with a sense of tradition, and are surprisingly wearable. I love the corsets and petticoats, which embody a new and modern Victoria renaissance, and her knack for putting together pieces that at first sight seem to clash but actually work very well together.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham’s designs are perfect for the modern fairytale princess.They embody a modern vintage aesthetic, with silhouettes and bead work that reminds us of the glamour and luxury of a bygone era, but with a modern, sometimes minimalistic twist. The attention to the tiniest details is impeccable.

Alice Temperley

Alice Temperley takes inspirations from the past. Her feminine designs channel a romantic vintage aesthetic with a slightly boho vibe for effortlessly chic looks. Classic and playful, her designs often feature bead work and colourful embroidery that make them easily recognizable.

Suzannah Crabb

Suzannah Crabb creates unique tailored dresses, from ready-to-wear to couture wedding dresses, with a distinct vintage charm but a modern edge. Made with the finest materials, the dresses feature flattering silhouettes and playful details. Minimalist without ever being boring, her designs are perfect for modern girls looking for a timeless look for any occasion, be it the office, a casual date with friends, or a wedding.

What I’m Reading Now

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Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by Catherine M. Pittman, Elizabeth M. Karle
I’ve been suffering with anxiety issues since I was a little girl, and I have read a lot of books on this topic in the past few years, hoping to learn new techniques to help me cope with anxiety every time it rears its ugly head. This is by far the best one I’ve come across so far. As the authors explain, there are two pathways to anxiety. The first is through the amygdala, which acts as a primal response. If you are scared or anxious but don’t know why exactly, that’s the culprit. The amygdala takes over the part of the brain that makes conscious decisions, so telling someone to get a grip just doesn’t work. The other pathway is through the cortex, the center of “worry”, which creates anxiety but thinking about all the things that may go wrong in the future. These types of anxieties are different and need to be treated with different techniques. Here, you’ll find quite a few. They include meditation, exercise, mindfulness, and planning. It’s true none of these are new and can easily be found in most books about anxiety. But most books don’t help you figure out what type of anxiety you have, and explain which techniques will work best for you and which ones won’t at all. This one does. That’s its strength. If you suffer from anxiety or know someone who does, I highly recommend you pick up a copy. It has the potential to change your life. Available at Amazon.

The Links

How to Know Which Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Is Right for You – Dr Cynthia Bailey Skincare

Hourglass Ambient Blush dupe – Lily Pebbles

A guide to sunscreen for people of color – Skincare Addiction

What are the best all-natural products? – Future Derm

Lessons from porn: women are objects to be used, abused, and dismissed – Beauty Redefined

Sunday Survey, Vol.236

1. What’s your favourite animal print or pattern?
I’m not a big fan of animal prints, but I love snake for accessories (shows, belts, bags etc). It’s so elegant, and not so daring as other animal prints are.

2. What was the last skincare product you finished down to the last drop?
Olay Total Effects Day Cream SPF 15. It’s one of my favourite moisturizers.

3. Something you have to remember to do today?
Take a few photos for the blog. Finally a sunny day after so much rain!

4. Guerlain or Givenchy?
Guerlain. Everything about the brand, from the texture of the shades to the packaging, is so luxurious! The only thing I dislike is the price. *sighs*

5. Do you like travelling alone?
I used to be scared of it, but after spending a week in London alone last year, I really enjoy it. It’s so liberating and eye-opening. You can do whatever you want, but at the same time you can only rely on yourself, which makes you discover strengths you didn’t know you had.

It’s your turn now!
1. What’s your favourite animal print or pattern?
2. What was the last skincare product you finished down to the last drop?
3. Something you have to remember to do today?
4. Guerlain or Givenchy?
5. Do you like travelling alone?

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Kiss & Make-up February 8, 2015 - 11:35 am

1. What’s your favourite animal print or pattern? Zebra!

2. What was the last skincare product you finished down to the last drop? An eye cream by Rivoli

3. Something you have to remember to do today? Take out the garbage

4. Guerlain or Givenchy? What an impossible choice… I guess Guerlain?

5. Do you like travelling alone? No, I wouldn’t enjoy that.

Gio February 8, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Melissa, I thought I would never enjoy travelling alone either, but it is actually a lot of fun, and really helps boost your confidence in your abilities too. 🙂

Marina(Makeup4all) February 8, 2015 - 10:08 pm

1. What’s your favourite animal print or pattern? I don’t like animal prints at all.
2. What was the last skincare product you finished down to the last drop? REN serum which I adore.
3. Something you have to remember to do today? It’s already evening, and I don’t do any work on Sunday, just chill and relax.
4. Guerlain or Givenchy? I like both, but design wise – I adore Givenchy’s aesthetics.
5. Do you like travelling alone? I used to, but not so much these days.

Gio February 11, 2015 - 8:01 pm

Marina, I hope you had a relaxing Sunday.

Givenchy’s aesthetic is beautiful, and so you!


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