Draped Drip Drop

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Top – Noisy May

Trousers – Topshop/Alternative

Heels – Pull&Bear

Olaaa,

I’ve been waiting to wear this outfit out for weeks and finally got a chance to a couple of days ago when it got cooler in the evening for me to don the peg trousers and long sleeved open drape top. I think exposed backs have an increasingly sexy allure and although, I don’t show mine often, I feel incredibly confident when I do.

On a side note, I also really hate wearing skinny jeans at the moment so these trousers (like the others I’ve been wearing recently) gave me room to breathe and just slouch/relax ygm? (You get me?) The heels were also a great find in Pull&Bear’s outlet store (I got them for 10 euros less than you would have at normal stores – still a bargain haha) and they are comfortable to walk in for hours thanks to the thicker heel and sole.

I also leave Lisbon in a couple of days and it’s breaking my heart to go so soon. I usually stay for five weeks or so but I’ve got a lot going on with prepping for third year and various projects and cut my visit to three weeks… which feels kind of odd. The familia is as sad as I am to see me leave and honestly, this summer, like every other has really changed my perception on certain things. It is in this city that I learn more about myself and revert to my true form, around kin and kind that feel the same.

I’ve also got a lot of cool ideas for Modainlondres and the inspiration that has stemmed for this verao (summer) is definitely going to stick around and materialise very soon!

Until then,

Ate Ja xxx

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Pinstripes in Portugal II

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Top – Missguided

Trousers – PrettyLittleThing/Alternative – ASOS/Missguided

Shoes – Topshop

Choker – ASOS

 

Ohayoooo Gozaimasu/Good Morning !

I’m attempting to learn Japanese at the moment and thought I’d test out my slight conversational skills at the start of this post. So, as you can see, the pinstripes are back. I sort of stocked up on these trousers on impulse when PLT went on sale earlier this year. And they are so lightweight and airy that I didn’t get to wear them until I hit warmer climates. That being said, they are truly a Godsend in this heat .

Pairing the camel pinstripes with a similarly vertical stripped tie front crop top that cinched this look at the waist, created a well proportioned svelte figure. Something I aim for in most of my looks to kind of balance the scales as I’m a lot smaller up top than at the bottom. The flower choker is also one of my most favourite finds from this year and it complemented the strong power stripe look by adding a certain feminine softness.

I’m going to disclose a slightly embarrassing fact now. I actually fell down the stairs during this blog shoot and put on a brave face for the last two pictures. I’m really clumsy and honestly, I’m surprised I hadn’t fallen down them before then. I guess I’m trying to supply a moral to my little story here, you’ll fall down stairs in life but as long as you get up and hustle through, you’ll be alright.

Until the next post,

Beijinhos xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinstripes in Portugal

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Top – H&M

Trousers – PrettyLittleThing (Sold Out)/Alternative – ASOS

Shoes – Topshop

Knotwrap – Vintage

Olaaa from sunny Lisboa!

So, I’ve been a bit slow with the blog recently but this dizzying Portuguese heatwave has had me avoiding any sort of manual/not so manual labour. It sort of sucked the energy out of me for the last week or so but I’ve decided not to let it get to me anymore (also it’s letting up so I don’t really have any excuse to)

This outfit was one of the three I actually wore that day, this heat has got me changing outfits more so than I ever have but it was definitely my favourite. The wide leg vertical stripes are so flattering on one’s figure and have a really slimming effect asides from elongating the length of the leg. Pairing it with a simple ribbed high neck vest then created a sort of effortlessly chic look that I jazzed up with my fish skeleton (moons and suns?) earrings and headband. The latter was a lucky find in a Parisian vintage store earlier this year and only cost me a Euro (vintage stores in Paris are the one people)

The silver accents on the boot buckles with the earrings then gave this look more of a colour coolness that alternatively fit right into the vibe I was feeling at that point. I was feeling very cool ngl – the shade from the tree helped too.

I’ve been having a lovely time in Lisbon so far, it really is a city that captured my heart almost instantly. Although, I won’t lie, I hated it as a child. Having to spend a month or two in another country away from friends and the like wasn’t something I appreciated but it’s grown on me over the years. My mama’s family here definitely helps (they’re all crazy and I love them to bits!)

I’ll have another post up very, very soon.

Until then, ate ja xxx

Colourful Curiousity

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Bardot Top – New Look

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Office

Scarf – Vintage

Olaaa,

This was the second part of my visit to Portobello Market and it’s leaning more so onto the picturesque side of the little (long) road that houses the market. The multicoloured houses made me reminisce of the pretty little Dutch houses I had seen in Amsterdam last year. Although, the colours were slightly prettier pastel shades of blue, green, pink and tangerine. It was all a bit dreamy and I loved the setting of space within those housing blocks.

I’ve got a thing for off the shoulder tops as you can tell from the these posts, nothing makes me happier than feeling the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my hair. Despite London’s temperamental weather it was a good day to be out and about and I just want to pause for a second and shout out my friend’s sister Ruee for taking these great pictures. You’re both real MVP’s and I’d be lost without your direction x (Thanks again for showing me Portobello Market Charlottie!)

The car I’m posing next was surprisingly enough, a really kitschy cab and I for one would love to be driven around in it. It made me feel happier the instant I set eyes on it with its meticulously decorated exterior. Inspirationally flower power orientated, it was full of vibrancy and in my opinion was quite soulful. So, I guess the name of the cab (company?) Karma cabs was fitting haha.

Before I get off track, the boat neck top I’m wearing was actually very comfortable and sat easily on my shoulders. I know a lot of the time we can get apprehensive about boat neck/off the shoulder tops due to their penchant to ride up, definitely not a problem with this particular fit! A real bargain at £17.99 too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the last two posts on ModainLondres, I’m off on holiday starting tomorrow so the next few blog posts will be set in sunny Lisbon. The city that forever has my heart in its grips. And before I forget, I tried my hand at curating a little look video for this post (which I couldn’t post on this blog for some reason) that is currently up on my Instagram.

Here’s the link: https://www.instagram.com/reinha.n/ or for ease of access, you could just click onto the Instagram link that’s on the side panel of my blog for a look see 🙂

Have a wonderful day xxx

Little Lisboa in Portobello Bello

 

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Top – Miss Selfridge

Bottoms – BDG Urban Outfitters

Shoes – Office

Choker – Ebay

Ring – Portobello Vendor

Cake – Cafe Lisboa

 

Hellooooo!

So last week was my first visit to Portobello Road and I’ve got to say, I’m in love with the vibe and eclectic feel of the area. It feels authentic enough in my experience without crossing into the commercial (sorry Camden market, thinking of you when I say this) and I honestly can’t wait to visit again!

The vintage stores + the food got me feeling all types of ways – as you can see from the picture I have with the cake from Cafe Lisboa (why has no one ever taken me there before?!) I may have to pause for a minute here just to write an ode to that cafe. It made me reminisce about cafe’s in Portugal, well it is part of the Sical franchise so I guess that it makes sense to but I wasn’t expecting the cake to actually taste like Portuguese cake!

For those of you that don’t know, Portuguese pastries are honestly some of the most delicious kind around, there’s just something about the cream and custard they use that is unlike any other and the cake I had tasted 100% like it was made in Lisbon’s Pasteleira de Belem. It was honestly a magical moment for me.

But focusing on what I wore for my visit (I actually had two outfits for the day). I had on my comfortable pair of BDG mom jeans, that actually didn’t fit me up till the start of this year and a beautiful soft denim bardot top from Miss Selfridge. I felt happy and lighthearted in that outfit and being that comfortable made me feel super carefree and really did make my overall experience of the market even better. I guess my outfit and Portobello Road had real synergy haha

I actually got my ring from the market at this cute little stall near where all the main food stalls were and although I didn’t want to spend any money on the day (I’m pretty broke) I had to get it once I had tried it on. The woman who makes them also told me the stone was a moonstone and I was sold after that. Asides from being one of my favourite stones, I just have a really impulsive personality trait wherein if something feels right to me, I’ve got to have it. Not always a good thing but I don’t regret getting my ring! The choker I got off Ebay and it was sooo cheap, I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so pretty or well made (thought it would be pretty flimsy and cheap looking truth be told)

There will be another outfit post and even a little look video that my friends and I had a lot of fun playing around with. The first I’ve ever made so I’m a little nervous about posting it up but let me know what y’all think andddd what your experiences of the market have been like too!

Or if you haven’t experienced it yet, please go and do!

It’s honestly incredible (and you never know what you’ll find until you look) xx

 

 

 

 

 

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

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