Sunday, 30 September 2012

5 Mile Walks are Fashionable

Blooper! - I fell over :(
Jumper - Topshop
Trousers - River Island
Coat - Topshop
Scarf - H&M
Hat - H&M
Wellington boots & socks - Hunter
Hello world!

Last week, my school decided to go on a 5 mile walk in order to raise money for some school stuff, it was nice being in non-uniform and having no lessons for a while. This is what I wore for the walk, as the most of school came clad in leggings and Ugg boots, I'm proud to say that I was not one of the latter. I got a lot of compliments on my glossy blue raincoat, and worryingly people couldn't stop "touching" the glossyness of the coat.

Also, I uploaded a video to YouTube! Yay! You can subscribe to my channel here.


Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Style Crush: Alice Dellal

A self-confessed lover of 90s grunge and punk, Alice Dellal seems like the perfect inspiration anyone could ask for the grunge aesthetic. Alice Dellall is arguably one of the most controversial models on the scene, with a semi-shaven head, heiress to a multi-millionaire property business and drummer to the notorious band 'Thrush Metal'; Alice has surely made her mark in many ways beyond her style. Dellal exudes the 'cutting-edge' kind of look in both her beauty and her style. I adore her edgy twist in clothing; I think it's safe to say that Alice's style is every grunge girl's dream!

            
         
 

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Magazine Haul

I am a huge magazine junkie. I love reading books and magazines, and since there's such a huge variety of both, I ultimately feel compelled to well... read everything! I have lots of magazines, half of which I haven't even been able to read yet because of the pile of homework I'm constantly buried under. So what do I do? Collect all my current magazines, both read and to-be-read, and blog about it, of course!

The classic high fashion mags. L-R: i-D, Lula, Vogue
i-D is a pretty and popular art, culture and fashion magazine. The fashion edits are unique, often androgynous and always beautiful. I would recommend this magazine if you're into the grunge aesthetic, as I found grunge to be a constant running theme of the magazine. Perhaps not all of you have heard of Lula magazine, the stunning, ethereal, highly collectable magazine which is sometimes hard to find. If you are a fan of photography and quirky, polished-to-perfection fashion, then Lula is the mag for you! Lastly out of this set of magazines is the infamous Vogue. Vogue is perfect for keeping you up-to-date with the trends as well as providing you with a vast range of products you could splash your cash on.

The mainstream mags. L-R: Company, Look, Glamour
Company is one of my favourite magazines at the moment! I love the relatable fashion spreads and often blogger-related articles. It's perfect and practically essential for every fashion and beauty blogger out there! I have never bought Look magazine before, but at £1.80, it's the perfect pick-me-up for a quick style fix. This is the first time I'm also buying Glamour magazine too, but labelling itself as "Britain's No.1 Women's Magazine", I'm sure it will not fail to impress.

The-ones-you've-never-heard-of mags. L-R: Pigeons & Peacocks, Tank, Purple Fashion
I adore independent magazines; these three are a few of my ultimate favourites. Pigeons & Peacocks describes itself as "a fashion magazine for the post apocalyptic blues", that line was enough to make me want to buy it right away! It's full to the brim with whimsical articles and unique fashion spreads. Tank magazine is very tall in length; it sort of reminds me of a newspaper: bursting with lengthy articles and thoughtful topics. Perfect is you're looking for a good read and some vivid inspiration. Purple Fashion is the priciest magazine I've ever bought, (£20!) I bought it completely on impulse, but you can hear more about that here. Price aside, the magazine is practically as big as an Argos catalogue and it definitely isn't something you'd recycle after a few months.

The artsy culture mags. L-R: Frankie, Nylon
Frankie is an eloquently written Australian magazine, full to the finish with pull out posters, stunning illustrations and endless inspiration. I would recommend Frankie for anyone who is passionate about arts and crafts. I would describe Nylon as a magazine centred around music, culture and fashion. I love reading Nylon if I'm looking to update my iPhone with some new tunes.

What kind of magazines are you into reading? I would love to hear some of your recommendations to add to my ever-growing magazine list!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Hello Yellow


Maxi skirt - Topshop (similar here)
Wedges - Koi Couture

Hello lovelies!

Recently, I've been obsessed with beanie hats. They're so flimsy and have a penchant for sitting on your head rather comfortably. I already have two beanie hats of various assorted colours, and I hope my collection will be growing soon. In fact, whilst I'm sat here writing this post, simultaneously talking to my friend on the phone, (she says hi, by the way) I'm still wearing this neon yellow beanie hat.

Obsessions aside, I've had a pretty boring weekend. I've been buried under mountains of homework, and to top it all off my plans got cancelled too (it sucks when that happens right?!) Here's hoping that next week will be better than this one! On a brighter note, I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I'll have half the day off from school due to my school's prizegiving event. I'm actually pretty excited because I've won a prize this year! Pray that I don't slip when I'm on the stage though, as knowing me I probably will; it would be super embarrassing to fall in front of hundreds of people! #PrayForIffa

I'd also like to thank Chelsea from Chelsea Jade Loves for publishing an interview with me on her blog. You can check it out here. Thanks also to all my readers, I value you all dearly! 

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Dubai Photo Diary


Our private pool
Standing next to the pool
Pool number 2
The balcony
Near the pool again
Inside our villa
Nice view of the pool from the villa
Burj Khalifa
The world's biggest fountain show next to the world's biggest building
The Dubai fountains
Views from Burj Khalifa
More views from Burj Khalifa
And again
The balcony
Sultan's Paradise drink
Shopping!
I went to Dubai during the summer holidays, we go to Dubai frequently and the place has become somewhat of a second home to me. This time round we stayed at the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; (a hotel located in Palm Jumeirah) we stayed in a 10 bedroom villa (known as a Royal Residency by the hotel) complete with a stunning private pool and beach. Most of the bedrooms were not even used, as there were only 5 of us! It was pretty incredible, as during our stay at the villa, Ne Yo and Nicole Scherzinger checked into our hotel! They had been filming X Factor there, but security was very tight, so unfortunately no autographs or photos!

The main thing we did in Dubai was most definitely shopping! From the world's biggest shopping complexes, Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, as well as dozens of other locations, we were pretty spoilt for choice! I enjoyed visiting shops which you won't find in Manchester such as Sephora, Bebe and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as visiting the regular Harvey Nichols and Topshop! As well as shopping, we also went to visit the iconic Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world, a safari trip to the desert, endless trips to various restaurants and many other things.

Dubai is my favourite city, and I hope to live there in the future. If you haven't already been then I really do recommend you add it to your list, as it's a sight not to be missed! I may potentially come again to Dubai during Christmas this year, although it may prove difficult due to exams. I hope you enjoyed this long delayed photo diary, and I would love to hear about your holidays too!
PS: I've added a blogroll to my sidebar, feel free to check it out for a fresh dose of my favourite bloggers!

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Country Girl





Jumper & Necklace - H&M (Dubai)
Coat - River Island
Trouser - Topshop
Boots - Koi Couture
Bag - River Island
Watch - Rolex

Summer has officially drawn to an end, and the chilly, gloomy days of England have fallen upon us again. I am, however, looking forward to all the endless layering of woolly scarves, knitted jumpers and button-up cardigans. But boy is this weather a contrast to Dubai! (I am yet to upload my Dubai photo diary, bare with me!) I've had a lovely weekend full of fancy restaurants, long conversations and Monopoly! (my favourite board game)

My favourite colour for winter has to be burgundy. I love how it surprisingly goes with everything flatters every skin tone too. I bought the burgundy jumper and collar necklace whilst in Dubai, and have been really looking forward to wearing them both in the colder days in England. I am currently on the hunt for more cable knit jumpers, as I firmly believe you can never have too many cable knit jumpers (in England, at least). Another recent purchase of mine has been this Aztec print coat from River Island. It's the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe, as you can wear it as a light coat in summer, or layered over lots and lots of clothing in winter.

Recently I've been reading How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, kindly borrowed from Sarah. Unlike it's ambiguous title, the book is not about how to become a woman. It's a wonderful feminist literature, the type of book that will make you cry with laughter. As well as reading this hilarious book, I've also simultaneously been listening to Of Monsters and Men and an endless playlist full of Marina and the Diamonds.

Love from,

Miss Iffa
xoxo
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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Blogger Interview: Chelsea Jade Loves

I'm really happy to introduce a new post to my blog: interviews! As you know, I love being an active member of the blogging community, so I thought I'd give other bloggers the limelight on my blog, with an interview. I hope you discover some amazing new bloggers with this new addition to my posts, I really enjoy making these posts, and I hope you'll enjoy reading them to!

Chelsea of Chelsea Jade Loves is one of my ultimate favourite bloggers; I love her style, and eagerly await every new post of hers. If you are not already following her blog then I seriously recommend you do, you certainly won't be disappointed! I am truly honoured to be able to interview Chelsea, so thank you to her for giving me this privilege.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Chelsea Jade Arnold, but I go by Chelsea Jade online as it sounds prettier! I’m a 20 year old psychology student, I love clothes, and I’m possibly addicted to shopping. I also enjoy make jewellery, which I sell on a website called Little Teacup Jewellery.

2. What made you want to start a blog?
I initially started out after admiring many fabulous outfits on Lookbook.nu I started uploading my looks but felt that I wanted to post more photos. I took the plunge and started blogging more photos along with a little bit about what I’m wearing and it developed from their!

3. How would you describe your style?
My style changes depending on my mood, but I like to add pieces that make my outfits a little more edgy as I don’t like to look to girly. So probably feminine with a little bit of an edge, though it’s hard to describe as it totally depends on how I’m feeling. My key piece is my leather biker jacket, it goes everywhere with me!

 

4. Where do you like to shop for your clothes?
I do a lot of online shopping mostly ASOS as I like to take advantage of the free shipping! Plus the saved for later feature means I can keep an eye on which pieces I like are low in stock – perfect. I love a bargain so I tend to search eBay and charity shops for second hand goodies. I’ll shop sales on the highstreet too, I adore Miss Selfridge.

5. If you could have anyone's wardrobe, whose would it be?
Ideally I’d love to raid both Alexa Chungs and Lucy from Lulutrixabelle!

6. Do you tend to follow fashion trends?
I like to keep up with fashion trends, I don’t necessarily follow them but I love trying them out. If I like a trend then I will see if I can style it in my own way.

 

7. Which fashion magazines do you enjoy reading?
I’m subscribed to Vogue and I read Company, I love it since its make-over! I love browsing lookbook.nu and reading blogs to see other people takes on trends and their own personal style.

8. Where could you see your blog in a years time?
I hope that it is going to be much bigger and more successful. I want to inspire others and I hope to have created some steady monthly features in addition to my Street Style feature that make readers come back for more. I hope to do this by creating more street style posts, ways to wear and more DIY’s for you guys to try out! And to venture into Vlogging!

9. What advice would you give to any new fashion bloggers?
I would have to say stick with it, write pieces you would want to read yourself. Don’t feel like you have to post every day, go for quality! Get twitter and socialise with other bloggers as it can feel more like a community if you have fellow bloggers to chat to and it’s the perfect way to find new brands!

Check out Chelsea's blog here.

Thanks again to Chelsea!
Love from,

Miss Iffa
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