Another Month, Another Style Dare – April Week One

Have you ever looked in to your wardrobe and thought ‘I have nothing to wear’? Or have had a heavy work schedule and seem to just reach for the same things in your wardrobe each time? I definitely have… but something has broken me out of this rut. This would be a style dare.
As regular readers of this blog would know, for the last couple of months I have been participating in style dares created by the stunning, funny and stylish Andrea from Fox in Flats. This month, there is another one. The idea is pretty basic, you get given a list of prompts – one prompt for each day of the month – and then style an outfit or look that has something to do with the prompt. Check out Andrea’s post on April Style Challenge … Below I have included the list of prompts.

SO much fun! One of my best friend’s Emma is joining me this month – I have loved waiting to see what she has uploaded each day. We share on instagram – where most of the action is – using #forthestyleseekinggirl then mine are linked to facebook and twitter also (search for me @saregiak) Below I have included the first week of the style dare of both For the Style Seeking Girl and Emma – let us know if you have a favourite!

Week One: 01.04.13 – 07.04.13

Day One – Arm Party
 On a day that was stressful I welcomed the excuse (although I rarely need one) to wear a cluster of bracelets that sparkled and tinkled as I walked. I used a pearl necklace wrapped around my wrist as bracelets, a diamonte and crystal encrusted bracelet I picked up in Vegas, 2 silver bracelets with diamonte detail and two padlock chain bracelets. I also used my lovely BYS colour change nail polish (new post up on that soon!) to extend the fun… voila! Arm party!
 
Here is Emma’s arm party! I love the use of a watch with the bracelets. Shiny, fun and practical!
I really love that Emma has used a colour theme, and it is perfect for use at work as well as play!
 
Day Two – Sparkles

 Had so much sparkle to choose from! Ended up choosing sparkly earrings, a tiered necklace that has a line of diamontes and sparkly silver chain bracelets. “Every girl should sparkle …”

Emma wrote on instagram as a caption “Love some sparkles and glitter to brighten the day” …and she definitely shone! A great collection of sparkle without been overbearing. Swarovski crystal studs, a sequinned grey tshirt from Portmans and purple glitter OPI ‘Temptation’ nail polish! LOVE this.
 
Day Three – Scarf
 Wanted to wear a scarf a bit differently and decided to use one of my favourite styles – a head scarf. I wore a beautifully patterned scarf then added some eyeliner paying homage to icons Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Onassis who have worn this style as well as Nicole Ritchie… using the scarf like this is a great way to highlight a curly hairstyle … read – ‘Embrace the Head Scarf’ for more.
A beautiful blood orange scarf from Dotti. Emma said it is great for Autumn, it would also be a great scarf to travel with -would lift any outfit (and spirits after long days/nights) and could be used as a traditional head scarf for cultural purposes (temples, mosques) such as the trip to Dubai we’re taking.
 
Day Four – Slick
Used Audrey Hepburn as my inspiration for a sleek and slick wet look chignon. Rarely wear my hair this slick and had so many compliments on it so I will try it again some day!

I love this look – so perfect and sleek. Front part with front section pinned at the side. Very classy.
 
Day Five – Bright Pink Lipstick
 Don’t often wear such bright lip colours but I really enjoyed this day! I created this lip colour by using a nude lip liner as a base, then some white, shimmer gloss and on top of that I put Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Infrared. paired with a slick of eyeliner and mascara and my bright blue blazer.
Love this shade of lipstick too! Would look great on a night out! How pretty is my best friend!
 
Day Six – Boots
 Studded pleather open-toed, heeled boots with zip detail worn with cable knit leggings from Boohoo – one definite look for when I go away! LONDON here we come
I love this look, the suede camel boots paired with maroon jeans. Emma often pairs this with a top and a pearl coloured blazer – sensational!
 
Day Seven – Dress

 Wore one of my favouite summer shift dresses for a sunny, Sunday afternoon of good company and wine with my cousins. Add some wayfarers, a bun and some tinted moisturiser.. summer in April!

 The look I would use to take this dress from day to night – embellished belt, heels and accessories

One of the dresses Emma is planning to take away on our holiday.
This pretty dress is from Forever New. Love the pattern and design!
 
 

Have you been taking part in the dare? If so let me know and I will look out for your shots! You can follow me @saregiak or look out for my weekly wrap up posts on this blog, For the Style Seeking Girl or check us out on Facebook.

Kooklah/Sarah/For the Style Seeking Girl


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March Style Madness Week Two

I could not believe how quickly the second week of the March style dare from Fox in Flats had come and gone. This was an exciting week for me, I had one of my photos picked by Andrea from Fox as part of the wrap ups/highlights of each day during FABruary, but in week two of the March dare THREE of my shots were picked by Andrea herself.. Absolutley put a huge smile on my face!

If you need a refresher – Andrea provides a list of prompts allocated to each day of the month. Using that prompt, you then style a look or outfit, there are a huge amount of people who take part so the more unique or ‘outside the box’, the better! Here are the prompts:

 
Here are my shots uploaded to my instagram account (follow me – @saregiak) and then linked to my facebook and twitter accounts. Week Two: 08.03.13-14.03.13
 
Day Eight – Red Lipstick
 
Loving red lips lately, so was thrilled for this day. Minimal makeup, red lips and mascara. Pout!
 
Day Nine- Gold
 
A big statement necklace, multilayered gold chain and coin design
 
Day Ten – The Talking T
 
I love this t-shirt, and have had this for a few years. A light-hearted way to make a political statement. This was the first shot to be chosen by Andrea and included in Day Ten’s highlights..
 
Day Eleven – Pointy
 
I absolutely love this studded clutch. It has rounded edges and is a great size as it fits comfortably in my hand. I love it, I feel it adds a touch of edge and luxury to an outfit instantly. My matte bronze mani from Day One suits it perfectly. This photo was chosen by Andrea in Day Eleven’s highlights.
 
Day Twelve – Matte
 
Matte makeup courtesy of Australis Cosmetics – used fresh and flawless foundation, paparazzi perfect blush (in screen siren) and a slick of mascara.
 
Day Thirteen – Yellow
 
Wearing my mustard hued light-weight knit picked up in SoHo in New York City. Perfect for a slightly cooler day with a touch of rain! How I miss New York….
 
Day Fourteen – Madonna
 
This has been my favourite day of the challenge so far! I loved creating this look inspired by a picture I had of Madonna (see below). Dark eyes, red lips, blushed cheeks, faux beauty spot, cluster of chunky necklaces, a massive quiff with a black hair tie. Also used a sequin bra originally purchased from Kiss My Button Vintage ..would love to style more looks inspired by pictures of style icons. This shot was included in Andrea’s Day Fourteen highlights too.
 
The picture of Madonna I used as inspiration. I like to call this The Material Girl Vs The Style Seeking Girl! So much fun! Thankyou Andrea for also choosing my shot for Day Fourteen in one of your highlight uploads. A small part of me hopes Madonna sees all of them! Imitation the most sincerest form of flattery?
 
Are you taking part in the challenge? If so leave me a comment with where to find your pictures and I will have a look! Would love to see them. You can follow mine on instagram – @saregiak or just wait for my weekly updates here. Do you have a favourite shot from Week Two?
Don’t forget to check out my March Style Madness Week One wrap up.
Kooklah Xx


 

What to pack & what not to pack??

So the big USA trip is 11 days and a few hours away and I have begun to cement my list to pack.
My main focus, of course, is clothes (and, well, let’s face it- shoes, accessories), with many trips, you just have to pack for one type of weather with an item or two packed away in case the weather improves or worsens.

My trip… is going to be in varying weather. Here is an overview:

Los Angeles: 18-28 degrees (but heading to fall so probably not high 20s)
San Francisco: 13-23 degrees
Las Vegas: 20-34 degrees
New York City: 9-24 degrees

So in reality I am packing for weather typical of all seasons.. Instead of taking a few jumpers, summer dresses.. I am taking clothes that I can mix and match, layer and turn into winter or summer appropriate outfits in hardly any time at all. For example, going out dresses that can be worn in warm conditions but also paired with a cardigan/jacket and stockings for cooler nights, jeans with flowy tops and light layers instead of bulky items. This includes a fully lined but lightweight trenchcoat that will easily provide cover from cool breezes or warmth over ‘winter’ type layered outfits..

What is your must have outfit or clothing item for travel?

Kooklah Xx

Stay tuned for a list of what I pack (and then when I return I will post if I used it or not!)