Spring colours

Hello everyone,

I’m back with another outfit post because this look is more feminine than my usual outfits but also one that I love. Also perfect for the slightly warmer Spring days to come 😊 … hopefully (at least if you live in London)

I actually shot this look a while ago, but with the weather going super windy and rainy again I was just not motivated to post it, as well as having a hectic couple of weeks.

But, it’s here now 😀 Lately i’ve been so obsessed with co-ords anything with a top and bottom part matching I just NEED.

I particularly liked this set because it’s pink and if you can tell its slightly checkered too and I love that combination. I paired it with a pastel yellow cable knit sweater as the skirt and blazer had a slight creamy/yellowy undertone to it so, fit perfectly.

This outfit is all from Mango [except shoes and bag].

Of course, I then paired it with sneakers, because in case you haven’t noticed I love sneakers and they go with pretty much anything.

I actually was planning to buy a pair of white ankle boots to go with this outfit as I’d been wanting to get myself a pair for a while but of course I just couldn’t find any that I really liked. They either looked too cheap, the heal height or the front of the shoe wasn’t quite right and I wasn’t willing to go designer for a pair of shoes that I know I will probably wear once or twice max. SO I paired them with my (ALWAYS) safe option; McQueen Sneakers. HOWEVER, if you did want something classier, a pair of nice and clean white heeled boot is what I would opt for.

This outfit is perfect for the transition and the bipolar English Spring weather, because of  the warmer sweater but keeping it colourful and fun, as Spring outfits should be 😉

You can also make it cosier by adding a long nude/cream coat or trench over it. I think a nice trench works well with everything and you can find them everywhere on the high st at the moment. Zara & HM are my favourite options at the moment, so if you’re looking check them out first!

I hope you like this outfit and find it as fun as I had shooting the look 😝 See you next time!

Love,

Laura xxx

 

 

 

Velvet Joggers

Hello people,

For this weeks post I’m going to share with you guys an outfit I love, but in particular one item which I am obsessed with lately, which as you can tell from the title, are the velvet joggers… or anything velvet really.

I’m gonna share with you the trousers I bought recently and how I wore them for a casual day. [I am aware the pictures are quite dark but the day I had planned to shoot this it was super dark and gloomy outside… of course… so I had to just work with what I had.]

The joggers I wore here I got from the Zara sale in December and unfortunately I believe they are sold out, however velvet is everywhere at the moment, so it’s not hard to find another pair for a good price. I paired them with a ribbed turtleneck also from Zara as it’s freezing and I prefer wearing these with something fitted on the top, so that turtle neck was perfect. I wanted a casual, effortless outfit to wear that day so I paired them with the Yeezy’s I got recently (& for anyone interested they’re the Yeezy Boost 350 Static V2).

However, these joggers are super easy to dress up and are great as an evening outfit. I would wear them with a simple black pointed stiletto or a high sandal; i.e. black with a crystal strap or silver (I’ve put some examples below) and a bodysuit; plain black, lace or red lace too. I would really recommend getting a pair of these joggers though they’re super comfy and the best part they are trendy and definitely don’t look like you’re out and about in lounge-wear!

I’m also going to leave you some links and pictures of some other VELVET items I like and that you might too.

Leopard print velvet blazer

Black trousers

Deep purple trouser

Jumpsuit

Puffer Jacket ⇒ If you like puffer jackets then this one is definitely for you!

Sneakers ⇒ I’ve had my eyes on these babies for a while – definitely my next sneaker  purchase 😀

Dr Martens ⇒ HOW could I not sneak these in here?! ~ I am in love with their boots (AGAIN… have been wanting them on and off for years) and love their thicker platform collection and the velvet on these make them even cuter

I hope you liked this outfit and find some of the velvet options above usefull and inspiring for one of your next outfits 😀

Love,

Laura xxx

Summer Look-book

Hey everyone,

I wanted to do something a little different this time. I know usually my posts can be quite lengthy and a lot of writing about my lifestyle, food, outfits, travel etc so this time I wanted to show more photos and less writing. So since summer is sadly coming to an end (i’ve had a long summer since I finished my dissertation but… then July past and now it’s September… how did that even happen?!)

Anyways, back to my point, I am creating a sort of short look-book of some of my summer looks for you to enjoy. From beach holiday outfits to city summer looks, so here goes.. enjoy 😀

I hope you enjoyed these, as I just picked a few of my favourite looks and as you can tell I don’t really wear skirts 😛 It’s either dresses or trousers/shorts 😀

Anyways, see you on my next post!

Love,

Laura xxx

The Perfect Wood Watch that Goes with Everything

Hey everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer.

In this post I wanted to share with you another watch brand that kindly sent me one of their watches I liked.

Their brand is called Jord (Insta: @Jord watches), and the watches are made from wood which I think is really cool and different, and the best thing is they look so elegant and don’t look like they’re made from wood at all! They also come inside the cutest little box, as you can see from the photos.

They come in many colours, shapes and sizes, however I had my eyes on one style (the style I got of course) in the light gold-ish colour and the black. I ended up going with the black one (available here) because the other 2 watches I own are light colours so I decided to switch it up and go for something dark which is nicer for winter too. And perfect to match the dark English sky which London gets most year… However, if it looks too dark,the same style comes in 3 other colours… they have lots to choose from!

Anyways, go check them out because they’re awesome and so different… and to be honest, I would just buy one for the cute box they come in! Keep an eye out on my Instagram; (@lauraacastelli), as I might be doing something exciting with them! 😀

I hope you liked this post as much as I enjoyed creating the content to share with you …also don’t be shy, leave a comment and make me happy 🙂

Ok bye for now…

and lots of love,

Laura xx

 

Uni: Over & Out

Hey everyone,

First things first, I finally finished my fashion management course at London College of Fashion and I’m S U P E R happy. As a ‘first post back’, I decided to share what I did the day I finished as it was such an amazing feeling and I felt so relaxed for the first time in a while. I know I haven’t been posting but I’m back with a lot of content to share with you guys.

I went to this cafe which i’d actually been to before, however, not with my boyfriend as the places I pick are normally too healthy for him… he likes his meat and big portions haha

The place is called Daisy Green in Marble Arch and they have many similar chain cafe’s with slightly different names. My boyfriend agreed to come and actually liked it. I love their food, as they’re all healthy but they still have ‘comfort’ food too. On top of that the place itself is really colourful and cute with lovely pink roses all around the outside. I got their Shakshuka which has 2 fried eggs hidden inside and my boyfriend got ‘the bondi’ which had poached eggs, a sausage and more as you can see in the pics. Both plates also had charcoal bread too. Definitely a place I would recommend and I definitely want to try its other ‘sister’ cafes around London!

Since i’ve been getting little sleep ahead of my dissertation deadline, I just wanted to wear something comfy so I wore my mom jeans (Topshop) as they’re really big on me, comfy and are easy to combine. I paired them with a blue striped shirt (H&M) with a denim jacket (Stradivarius) and white platform trainers (Alexander McQueen). I also added some pictures with a different blouse on top (Zara) which i tied up at the front, just to show you a different style.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and the whole post and i’ll see you soon on my next one.

Love,

Laura xxx

Statement belt

Hey everyone,

I’m really sorry for being so M.I.A lately but i’ve been traveling with my family and working on my dissertation as well as applying for jobs… so lets say i’ve been busy busy busy. 😦 it’s has really been non-stop lately, so bear with me.

In this post I’m going to share with you two cute outfits including how I like to style statement belts, which in my case is a Gucci one.

I wanted a casual every day outfit, and this belt is perfect to just throw in a little more sass to the outfit. I wore black jeans and a simple white tee… classic and my fave colour combo (ha i know, not that exciting, but it can never go wrong), paired with the belt and a leather jacket on one occasion and on the next to make it a bit more exciting I added a pink blazer.

 

I am obsessed with wearing blazers, they make your outfit so much cooler and have also recently purchased more to add to my wardrobe. Pink is so trendy at the moment along with more pale, pastel colours and I love it. It makes me happy and it’s so girly and just perfect. I also love baby blue blazers, white with thin black stripes, checked and pretty much all the pastel colours… just to give you a few blazer ideas, incase you were thinking of buying some. This one’s from Bershka but they’re literally EVERYWHERE; Zara, Topshop, H&M, Loavies, you name it and they’ll have cute ones for sure.

I also created a different outfit with the belt while I was on holiday. We were going to be sitting in the car for a few hours because we were visiting different places in the south of Spain so I didn’t feel like jeans but something comfy and I also wanted to wear the belt. So, I went through my boyfriends suitcase and stole a jumper and his bomber…which I absolutely love and is basically mine now… (jk, I wish). In fact I should probably buy my own, but what would be the point of having him if not for stealing his clothes… am I right?! Anyways I added the belt and a pair of platform sneakers… and voila 😀

Outfit details:
Leather jacket (1st outfit): Pinko
Blazer (2nd outfit): Bershka
Sneakers: Adidas - Stan Smiths
Hoodie: Bershka man (boyfriends)
Bomber: Alpha industries
Sneakers: Superga

Hope you liked the photos and outfits! See you on my next post, hopefully not in too long.

Love,

Laura xxx

New jewellery brand

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone’s had a great week so far… we’re not far from the weekend! 😀
A while ago I found this really cute jewellery brand; bare originals on Instagram and was lucky enough that they kindly sent me one of their necklaces.


I got their staple round necklace, available here, which I got personalised with my initial on it. I actually received it in the post on my birthday which was a nice surprise and I love it! I don’t really ever take it off (apart from when showering). I normally stick to silver/white gold jewellery only because I thought my skin tone looked better in it and the rings that have sentimental meaning to, which I never take off, happen to be white gold. Having said this lately I wanted to change a little as I started to get bored of only wearing silver and there has been a lot of gold jewellery that I seem to love, so I took this opportunity to try to mix it up a little and I’m so happy I did! For everyday I like to wear it on its own, nice and simple but when I feel like being a bit more dressy I like to layer it with another gold choker and even another mid length necklace in-between. It just so simple and versatile its so easy to play around with.

 

A lot of people have actually commented on it saying it looks really good on me, so it’s fair to say I’m happy I finally decided to change it around a bit.
Anyways, as I was saying above I adore the necklace they sent me and I’ve actually had a look at their latest collection too and there are some adorable and stylish pieces, which I might even treat myself to soon. One of the pieces I have my eyes on is their star choker. Have a look for yourself i think it’s so cute and has a nice sparkle to it to, which makes it more noticeable. Also the great thing is it’s only CA $20 which is around £12.
Anyways I hope you liked the photos and the necklace and remember to have a look at their other cute items too 🙂

Love,

Laura xxx

Back to blogging

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t been posting for quite a while but I had to take a break from blogging to focus on my exams in January, as well as working at fashion week both in January and February. I now have my dissertation to focus on and a part-time internship that I will be starting in March, however I will be posting regularly again now.

SO…I’v been loving the teddy bear trend lately, and was looking for a jumper or jacket for a long time but never got round to actually buying one. I then randomly came across this one while I was looking at menswear in Harvey Nichols with my boyfriend. I didn’t even think twice to buy it even though it was mens as I absolutely loved it. It’s baby pink and looks and feels like a teddy bear… what more can a girl want 😀

You can find this hoodie on Mki’s online store here or in-store at Harvey Nichols.

I also got sent some samples from this amazing skin care brand called Optiat. They use coffee granules for their products and scrubs and I find them amazing. Oh and they are also cruelty-free, vegan and hand-made in the UK, really trying to stick to natural products over here! I love coffee and I love using masks and scrubs often so this was perfect for me. They smell amazing and they have a variety of different products for different needs and skin types. I was so excited to try them and I definitely think my expectations were met which is why I will be buying more of their full scrubs when i’m next at whole foods or planet organic. After using the scrubs my skin felt amazing.. like.. a baby’s bum :P, for a number of days. The coffee really does the job!

Honestly I REALLY enjoyed all the different samples. They all worked wonders for my skin! BUT, if I really had to recommend one, it would probably be ‘Hit The Sheets’ as I adore the smell of Vanilla. Theres something so calming about it too.

I hope you liked this post and give this brand a try! I will start to post more regularly again now. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see anything in particular.

Hope everyone’s having a lovely start to the weekend!

Lots of Love,

Laura xx

Pre-Xmas lunch

Heyy everyone,

I’m going to write a slighty longer post this time as I have been a little more MIA this time as I have had a lot to study, alongside festive season duties… and with more festivities, I don’t know how much more time I will have to write.

Since all my relatives live in Italy we always spend Christmas there with them, so a lot of my presents usually are cute small things from London as they appreciate those little things more rather than something big you can get anywhere, or even nice clothes from shops that they don’t have in Italy. However, I also think it is the thought and effort that counts, who else agrees?

My boyfriend and I decided to have a pre christmas lunch together since I was going to Italy and he was staying in London. We went to an Italian restaurant, Il Tetto (which means ‘the roof’), which of course, was on the roof of Selfridges. We went as online it looked super festive, which it was, with all the lights and decorations and looked adorable. See for yourself in the photos.

We were super lucky because I forgot to book, so we just went and attempted our luck. We were seated after 20 minutes which was great. The place was really beautiful, we were also lucky with the weather as it was sunny, which made the window seats we had really bright and warm. The food of course, was also really tasty, although, I have to say, the service wasn’t too great. I had the salmon with beans and my boyfriend had the burger (I swear thats all he eats ha), both really good, however, the burger was a bit small for the price… at least in my boyfriends opinion, i’m not really a burger person, so i’m not really sure.

After having eaten we went outside on the terrace to look at the view, sit in the huts for a while and take some pics 😀 which was lovely and relaxing.

Outfit details:
Coat: Canada Goose
Bag: Givenchy
Boots: Zara – Also previously styled here
Jumper & Skirt: Zara (last year)

Anyways I hope everyones enjoying the weekend and festivities, along with the scrumptious food to come 😀

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx

 

Sweater Weather

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend 😀

I have a new outfit to share with you guys. So it is definitely come to that time of the year that all I want to wear is comfy and cosy big knits! Anyone else agree?! Either way I wanted to share with you the last sweater I bought lately (actually thats a lie coz black friday… but still waiting on those). I love this jumper as it is so cosy, soft and it is HUGE and also really easy to dress with jeans, boots or sneakers or even over a dress or with a skirt. Anyways, its too cold for a skirt at the moment.

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I decided to pair it with a new pair of jeans, which a lot of people have been asking me where I got them from. I combined these with statement biker boots because I felt like it completed the look and it is so effortless and cool for those cold and dark winter days.

Outfit details:

Sweater

Biker boots

Jeans

 

I also wanted to share with you a few of my favourite trendy sweaters, perfect for the colder weather…which I love and have my eye on…(of course) 😛

Knitted Rib Sweater

Sweater with Fur Pockets

Contrasting Hem Sweater

Braided Wool Knit

Beaded Collar Sweater

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Hope you liked this sweater weather outfit inspo!

Lots of Love,

Laura xxx