Gleam of Green

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So, this post is less about style more about hair and how to keep up the appearance of lightened/bleached hair. I recently chose to dye (bleach) my hair and attempt to go grey – a decision I decided to put off for the time being as you can see from my sea green locks.

At first, I was going to get my hair done professionally at a Bleach London salon but after being 20 minutes late to my appointment (oops) and having it get cancelled, I made my mind up to go about it myself. After careful deliberation and being given advice by friends I decided to use a mixture of Bleach London and Lush products to achieve the vision I had for my hair.

From previous posts you can see that the tips of my hair had quite warm caramel-like tones and the first step I took was to apply Bleach London’s Total Bleach to them. I kept it on for about 25 minutes and it did severally lighten my hair about by about 4-5 shades but it was still quite brassy and not quite light enough to be toned grey.

This is where Lush’s hair treatment Marilyn comes in. Marilyn is a pre-wash treatment that aims to gently lighten hair over time through use of natural ingredients such as lemon, saffron and chamomile infusion amongst other essential oils. I applied this an hour or two after bleaching my hair and kept it wrapped up for about 30 minutes before washing it out. It did slightly tone my hair to be less of brassy orange but definitely works better if you put it in on a hot day and sit out in the sun which would aid the lightening process 🙂

I’m a bit of a Lushie at heart (happens to anyone who works there – some products are honestly magical) but I’m being not biased when I say this treatment is the bee’s knees. Apart from naturally lightening your hair in a safe way that isn’t going to cause breakage, Marilyn also includes olive oil which aids in strengthening and moisturising hair follicles. Definitely, a product I am going to keep using over the next couple of months in order to get my light enough to go grey!

I use Lush’s Daddy-O shampoo and Bleach London’s silver conditioner as part of my ritual hair aftercare. The former helps to keep my ends toned and blonde through use of violet leaf absolute and lots of organic lemon juice whereas the latter is a silver based conditioner that again, tones my hair to keep it light and bright for longer but is also heavy enough to keep my hair feeling super soft and moisturised. Something I especially need after bleaching my hair and leaving it so dry and damaged.

The green blue colour you can see on the ends of my hair in these pictures was facilitated by using Bleach London’s semi-permanent dye in colour Bullini. It’s a simple leave in and rinse dye that is a lot brighter and blue-ey on first use but washes out and fades to a light green over time. I think these semi-permanent dye’s are incredible to use if you want a hair change but don’t want to commit to it and I aim on trying more of Bleach London’s semi-permanent colour range (I think pink is next) very soon 🙂

So, for anyone that thinking of dye-ing their own hair and reads this, I hope the info and my own experience helped. All the products I used are really lovely and managed to keep my hair feeling quite healthy and nice to touch despite bleaching.

And if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment xx

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Allo le Monde





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Turtleneck Top – New Look/ASOS

Skirt – ASOS 

Sneakers – Nike 

Bonjour mes amis,

I was in Paris at the end of the month for my best friend’s birthday and thought I’d try to rustle together a blog post to commemorate the trip (and her birthday ofc). Firstly, I just want to say that button up skirts are some of the cutest articles of clothing ever! They make me feel like I live in the countryside, on a prairie like Dorothy – or maybe that’s just the feel that this skirt in particular gave me with its rust colouring and two toned stripes. Either way, I need to invest in more of this particular style of skirt. This outfit was very conservative with its high neck and tights but I quite enjoyed it, it not only made me feel quite mature but gave me these later 80 campus feels (like Clueless but with a longer skirt)

Another thing I became aware of after arriving in Paris – apart from how well I seemed to blend in – mostly because I was wearing mostly black, was how undeniably chic the women there were. There is definitely a cultural appeal about Parisian women, namely that they are immaculately, effortlessly, becomingly stylish and chic, carry themselves with poise and have an explicit presence. More than how they dress, it is not their style that gives them that presence (although it definitely doesn’t hurt) but their attitude.

“You have this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ quality about you”

“She has this Joie de vivre”

Are both French qualities that are constrained within the French language and although they can be prescribed to others outside of the nationality, they cannot be translated. In a way, it is the French attitude that is unable to be transformed or transfigured into any other kind that is not what it first was (French). I feel like that got a bit complicated whilst I was trying to figure out what it was that I was trying to say but ultimately, the French have this sexy confidence that is expressed through their style and the way they carry themselves. Something I both admire and attempt to emulate within my day to day life.

Another interesting element of my trip was the discovery of Paul Signac’s work. So, if I remember correctly, he was an early 20th century Neo-impressionist French painter who painted in dots of pure colour. His paintings were not only fun to look at but incredibly breathtaking when peered closely at. It was crazy to view all the dots that made up the trunk of a tree or the sea – oh wow, the way this man painted the sea! I was in awe truth be told, not only because he was so talented but also because I’m so lazy that to think that someone would take hours on end to paint in dots and create such a masterpiece stirs all sorts of emotions within me. Mostly  it makes me wish I wasn’t so lazy haha.

I’ve included some pictures of his work below for you all to have a look for yourself, although if you want the real deal – Go to Musee D’Orsay if ever in Paris, you will not regret it. Asides from Signac, there is a lot of incredible art (Van Gogh, Picasso etc etc) to enjoy 🙂

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And last but not least, here is a picture of my bezzie’s cute butt, Happy (now Belated) 21rst Birthday beautiful!

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As always, let me know what you think and I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

Bremain

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Me walking away from the economy

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Top – Topshop

Wide Leg Denim Trousers – ASOS

Okay, this post is slightly (very) more politically charged than any other I have ever written or will ever write. Which is also why I chose to put up pictures of me looking generally dissatisfied. Recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with information about the Brexit campaign and personally, I think it’s an incredibly stupid one at that. Why would you choose to leave the EU when doing so would probably – most definitely in my opinion- lead to another recession? (I quite like being able to travel freely through Europe too)

The Brexit campaign in my eyes is entirely based upon prejudice and racism which supporters of anti-immigration revel in. Furthermore, the UK would lose out on investment from abroad and in the long run, the power of its financial sector would diminish. Bye bye influence on the global economy!

I’ve been talking to friends, family and even strangers about the upcoming EU referendum and how incredibly important it is to vote to remain. Some of the people I have talked to were actually going to vote to leave but had no reasoning behind why they had decided to do so – which was frustrating for me. And that’s when I realised that quite a few people will ultimately vote for Brexit or not at all due to being unable to gather sufficient information or judging the situation superficially. This vote really does matter to every single person that lives in Britain as its outcome will directly affect us all.

Now, I don’t normally voice my opinion in politics or on anything at all really on social media platforms but this is too important to glaze over. So, I wrote a little poem to kind of sum it up, this is also the first time I’ll be sharing my poetry on ModainLondres 🙂

 

Leaving without cause for letting

Creeds drawn up over times unteeming.

Investment drying over periods of heavy rain

We can’t possibly choose not to remain

Deafening roars of self subjugation versus a country with flourishing life

Resurrection

Of commerce and communication,

Thoughts and contemplating over treaties of trade

And financial sector complaints.

I would lose friends and so would you

If and when

The UK chooses to refrain

From staying,

Streaming,

Conducting,

Teaming with the EU.

Staying in benefits us all

Leaving will cause our country to fall.

 

(And my best friend will have to relocate to Germany so vote to stay thanks)

 

These are my two cents and although, I don’t wish to influence or corner anyone into accommodating my stance, I do want to urge everyone that is able to vote to look up information on the pros and cons. Make up your own mind on the issue and please, please vote! I know a lot of the time, we (I) think that your vote doesn’t make a difference but I know that if all the people who did think that took a stand, then the results of any election or vote for dairy-free ice cream in cafeteria’s would reflect their efforts. Ripple effect and all.

But yeah mainly vote so my best friends – both of them, won’t have to move away ok thanks xxx

 

 

Summer?

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Top – New Look (Sold Out)/ Missguided Alternative

Peg Trousers – ASOS

Ankle Boots – Office

Monki Drawstring Bag – ASOS

 

Hey Hey,

So I’ve decided against writing posts that focus primarily on talking about what I’m wearing and why I chose to do so because I’ve come to realise that sometimes, I just throw things on and my outfits come through for me (I love those kind of days). More importantly, I got bored with blogging because I was trying to fit this niche of a fashion blogger that posts about just that and that’s not who I inherently am, and it’s why I guess I stayed away for so long.

This blog will now be an open space for anything and everything that inspires or interests me and with this change, my posts will definitely be more regular and well, more me. I’ll be putting my poetry up as well as little travel stories/rants/anything that comes to mind really and I hope you’ll all be accepting of that change. It’s definitely going to change ModainLondres’s layout and overall appeal – maybe – who knows really? (Social media Gods do)

That being said, I am still very passionate about personal style and honing/expressing your own identity through the clothes that you choose to adorn yourself with. Like, hey peg trousers where have you been for the majority of my life? I’m way too much of a committment-phobe to commit to wearing skinny jeans 5/7 days a week and I never quite understood the aesthetic of loose-fitting clothes until quite recently – okay major lie*

I understood, I just didn’t think it was for me – until I rediscovered these trousers in my wardrobe, like damn, I think I might have worn them all week if I wasn’t so regimented with my denim. The khaki top was a birthday present from my sister – thanks again xx and it is so comfortable and the right level of cropped, it’s short but not short enough to feel outed by the cold and that just makes me happy (and warm)

Plus its a great summer colour *prays for sunshine tomorrow*

I’m also going to attempt to trangress the boundaries within which I feel comfortable and so there will be also be a few beauty and (LUSH) hauls on here fairly soon!

And I solemnly promise not to disappear for another 8 months

Nailah xxx

 

 

 

 

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Asymmetrical White Blouse /Alternatives – SheInside

Black Bomber Jacket /Original Bershka (Sold out in Black)

Very Close Jacket Alternative /ASOS

Black Skinny Jeans (Self Ripped) /Topshop

Monochrome Cut out Shoes/Forever 21(Sold Out)

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Ola, Ola!

I started classes at university this week so haven’t had the time to upload the second part of my collaborative shoot with Faisal until now (I blame my time management and all the reading I had to catch up on). A major influence on the styling of this shoot -which was super fun as I’m sure you could tell, I do love my playgrounds! – was the aesthetic of minimalism and monochrome, two of my most favourite styles. I aimed to maintain youthful composure coupled with a sophistication that lends itself with years amassed on ones time scale, trying to keep the look contained to the boundaries of the persona that I wished to reflect. Ripped jeans are amazing and often a fashion staple associated with grunge – very rock and roll, very prominent in the 1980’s-90’s and they make comebacks every few years with runways paying ode to the aforementioned grunge/rock and roll culture i.e. Christopher Decarnin for Balmain 2009 S/S collection. I would have made a more recent example but that was the only one that popped into my head right now haha. I’ve been an advocate of grunge music/fashion for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed playing around with pieces to create new looks that emulate the attitude as well as it’s carefree spirit with darker undertones… or maybe I just love the colour black? 

The asymmetrical hemmed white blouse was purchased years ago from Zara in Portugal and until recently hadn’t been used much if at all so I was glad to weave it into my look – I won’t lie, it is now one of my favourite pieces and I shake my head in disapproval at myself often for not making more use of it in the past. I also combined two necklaces to give the look more of an edge – a velvet band choker (go grunge!) and a softer wooden beaded necklace in order to neutralise the look. Overall, I think it worked well, what says you?

Shooting with Faisal was a pleasure and I hope to have a few more collaborations with him in the future but I’m currently looking for a photographer that could shoot on a more frequent basis. Hit me up if you’re interested (and live in London)! Until then posts may be a bit on the sparse side but I will be focusing on street style in the coming weeks so perhaps not (:

Here’s to the weekend! (One more day to go) XO

Guess who’s back, back again*

 

 

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Plain White TeeASOS/ASOS1

Blue Checked ShirtMissguided

Black Ripped SkinniesTopshop (self ripped)

Black Platform ShoesNew Look

Handbag – Vintage LV

Hello hello!

Being back after two months of absence feels slightly strange but it’s been a hectic last few months what with exams and uni preparation, summer being a gentle reprieve from reality of course. I didn’t quite realise how much I had missed blogging until I started writing this post. Why did I ever stop eh?

Anyway, last week I had a mini test shoot with my friend, Faisal, a talented photographer trying his hand at fashion photography and these are some of the results from the shoot – which I have split up into two parts in order to distinguish the two looks I styled. Recently I’ve been trying to accommodate my personal style and as we do, purchased a new signature scent (it smells divine, divine, divine) and changed my shade of lipstick in the process. The look I was going for here was very laid back with hints of sophistication and a sort of rebellious youthful air; hence the mashup of style paradigms. Given my brief overview does it come as any surprise that we chose to shoot in Camden?

Do check out Faisal’s photography on his:

Instagram; FaisalTreShah

Blog: www.FaisalTreShah.com

And with that I bid you adieu until the next post,

Long live Fashion Week XO

DXB |3| XO

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Maxi Shirt Dress – Original Bershka – Alternatives – Boohoo /AliExpress

Spread Winged Eagle Necklace – AliExpress

Assorted Coloured Leather Bangles – Almari

I must have changed my outfit around four times on the last day I spent in Dubai. The first of which was this gorgeous maxi shirt dress from Bershka – which has got to be one of my favourite stores ever! I first discovered the brand in Portugal around 2008/9 and I must mention that the stock they have in Portugal is better than what their stores stock in the UK. Don’t shoot the messenger cause it’s pretty true. It’s the same with Zara and Desigual – the latter in which I can’t fathom ever buying anything in (it’s almost too messy a sight for my eyes.) The reason for which however I attribute to Portugal being so close to Spain, which is where the brands mentioned above originated from so it makes sense for the Portuguese stores to get the creme de crop in terms of stock.

However I did find this item of clothing in the Bershka store in Westfield! I’ve been biding my time to wear it since December, so of course jumped at the opportunity to get it out in the sunny streets of Dubai and let it take in some air and obtain much needed attention. Don’t you adore the bracelets by the way? (I do.) The ones with the snake print are probably my favourites. They’re adjustable as well so one could wear it as an arm cuff if wanted… which I think I probably will some day soon…

Have a good Bank Holiday or in other regions cases, just a really great weekend everyone!

Nailah XO