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

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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

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

 

 

 

 

Hehe Hi

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 Camel Knit W/ Roll Neck – ASOS 

Oversized Denim Jacket – Bershka

Black Skinny Jeans – Topshop

Metallic Pink Backpack – Newlook (Sold Out) // Alternative – ASOS

Boots – ASOS

Helloooo!

                    Well, I’m not sure what to say right now, which is hardly surprising seeing as I haven’t blogged in over a year but I’m glad to be back to it. Honest! I’ve missed being able to write on this platform, although reasons as to why I took such a long hiatus are slightly unclear even to myself, I’ve got to say, it was needed. I’ve just started my second year at university so I’ve been taking advantage of the large campus space (time between my lectures) to shoot outfit posts for y’all, so, yes the buildings you see coming up in my posts from time to time are part of my university but hey, girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

I think my favourite aspect of this outfit overall is how much colour is interwoven into the structuring of it, from previous posts you know I’ve always more or less been about the monochrome and minimalism but recently I’ve been having a strangely sensual love affair with colour – my favourite colour at the moment is pink so you know this is true! The backpack in the post is the best thing I’ve bought in months. Months! And it was on sale too! (£10 bargain yo)

I believe that one of the things that made this ensemble so fun to shoot (asides from having my friend Charlotte be my photographer hehe) was how comfortable it was. I’ve never really been an advocate for the winter time, the thought of my days getting shorter and colder makes me want to get into bed and pull the duvet over my head but, but, but I’m really digging my wardrobe this year so that may just change. This knit (which was the most perfect camel colour) is the warmest and most comfortable piece of knitwear I’ve ever owned, it’s not scratchy as knitwear can sometimes be and its just the right level of thickness to keep you warm but not too warm especially when the weathers as partial as it is in London. The denim jacket I could fangirl about due to having been on the look for the perfect one for over a year, so when came across it last month in Bershka, I knew it was my ride or die. Love at first sight sort of moment.

All in all, I love this outfit with its little splashes of compact colour – especially the pink backpack (I had to mention it again, I just had too) oh and the boots – which have always been a staple piece of my wardrobe are slightly higher than usual too haha. ALWAYS a bonus!

I’m really going to try to keep the posting as regular as possible so love me again and see ya soon

XOXO