Monday, 11 June 2012

Favourite Magazines! LOOK, COMPANY, MORE, VIVI

[Wrote this post on Saturday but whenever I uploaded the photos, they came out rotated and I couldn't rotate it back. After trying several times, I give up! So I'm sorry about the rotated images!]

So as usual on a nice Tuesday afternoon, I scroll through magazines before intensely reading them and inspecting the latest stock in stores and style ideas. Instantly, I found how different the inside of MORE magazine looked, I'm so impressed! It looks so professional now and I'm loving the way every thing is set out, the font, design and colour schemes. Love it! I'm not saying it was terrible before but it just didn't look very professional as it does now; it looks much more high end! 

I have been religiously flupping through all the pages of LOOK magazine since it first launched around 5 years ago. I love reading the hair styling parts and how to do it and their photoshoots abroad. Ever since there was a new editor a few weeks ago, i have noticed how much more involved the readers are. For example you can submit photos of your looks to be published in the magazine and you can see other people's styles instead of the same sort of combinations. 

My third favourite English magazine is COMPANY HIGH STREET EDIT. This comes out every season; I'm not quite sure when it first published it's first issue but as soon as I saw it on a Tesco shelf, my face lit up. I can't describe how perfect every thing looked inside! THE PAPER! Most amazing paper. The layout, is amazing; the size of the magazine is amazing and best of all, you can flick through it over and over again and not get bored. All these outfits just pop into my mind when I flick through. IF ONLY I HAD THE MONEY! If i were to own my own magazine; which I'd absolutely LOVE [or even just to work in a magazine company...!!!], this is exactly how I'd have my magazine! It is just so perfect! The fonts, the way every thing is spaced out, DIY sections and reader's styles are all combined into one. The first issue I purchased was the Autumn/winter 2011 so I've only had 2 editions of this magazine [the latest, spring/summer one as well]. It is priced at 3.99 but it is SO worth it! 


On to the Japanese/ Chinese magazines... I cannot explain how breathtaking Japanese magazines are [ViVi]. Well. The most popular, well known one within Asia. I am not from Japan, nor do I live or visit Japanese... or even understand Japanese but it is sold in Hong Kong and I'm sure most of East Asia sells it. It is translated into Chinese (the ones sold in Hong Kong) so I'm not sure if they translate it in Korean, for example. Seriously though, it is the most amazing, fashion inspiring-- correction, STYLE inspiring magazine EVER. If you think there is competition, please tell me! 

Onto the content, it is filled with pages and pages and pages of the most beautiful models with dream bodies and the prettiest faces wearing a million different outfits, or the same item styled in various different ways. It is usually the same few models in every issue of Vivi, but hell no does it get boring to see the same face! Lena Fuji, Chikako Watanabe, Matsumoto Ena etc. I cannot express how amazing all the Vivi models are! Every issue is jam-packed with thousands of photos of outfits, beauty products, accessories, shoes, hair, the list goes on! Oh yes, The paper is amazing quality! There are hundreds of pages filled with goodness. 

As you should know, Tokyo/ Japan is one of the most fashion forward places on Earth. Reading one of these magazines, you'll know what's in fashion in London next year. Honestly, the UK is slacking compared to Japan! Let me just show you how beautiful this magazine is. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. You do not need to understand a word of Japanese or Chinese, just let the style, fashion, photos do all the talking and blow your mind. 

Another popular Japanese magazine is Ray. I have a few issues but personally, it is no where near as amazing as Vivi is. The style is so different, it is not what I'd go for apart from a few out of the 39109210 photos in there. However, I do love the beauty section. 

Overall, my favourite magazines: 

Monday, 4 June 2012

Recent Purchases + Others

Love this dress but I found out it was so cheap because it was meant to be a cover up for the beach :( Just layer over a long vest or something. Looks great both with and without a belt. So easy to style! --Topshop, £26

 Better image of the mint playsuit, it comes in other lovely colours which I plan to buy them all when I am financially capable ahaha. --Topshop, £32

 This is just a plain top/dress that I layered under the crotchet dress, I love it! It's so comfortable and feels so smooth; going to get some more to go sleep in! -- H&M, £7.99

 The purchases of that day. The pumps that are hidden are like a weaved wood effect. -- New Look, £14

 If you know me in real life you know I barely wear trousers but seeing my friends wear them at school made me want a pair of tapered trousers. As you can see they're not very flattering on me but I love the colour! I got a beige pair as well. -- Zara, £25.99. Top, Zara, £15.99 [worn back to front]

 When the weather was boiling hot! Bought this dress along with another white dress. The floral one didn't really fit well on the neckline, it was a bit baggy due to my chest size. The back of it is holed so you'll have to wear a good backless bra or a bandeau or something underneath. Personally, I didn't really like it when I put it on. It made me look like a picnic table cloth and was a bit long for my liking but I loved it on the hanger! 

The other white dress I bought [ ] I absolutely love! I had a similar one from 1-2 years back but it was slightly floral. However, If you have a big bust this is not for you. The dress fit and there is good elasticity but the shape of the cup/ bust on the dress is very specific and it just made me look very cheap in a beautiful, plain, white dress. So, I had to refund both of these. Unflattering on my height and shape. :(

 Just how I styled the crotchet dress. 

 WHAT I NEED TO PURCHASE. I saw this T vest on a girl I follow in Instagram and loved it! [hence buying one from Topshop that was similar]. I've had an eye on those shorts for absolutely ages now but they STILL HAVE NOT GOT MY SIZE. waiting. unpatiently. --Zara,  £19.99 and £24.99 I think the shorts were.. or cheaper. They were cheap though for what they are and what I remember!

 GLAMOUR magazine are giving a choice out of 3 little benefit sample sized products. Each magazine is £2 so I thought, why not? I bought all three of them just because I hardly buy benefit cosmetics as I find their sales assistants intimidating but the amount of make up they have on while mine is poorly done and the face I'll have to look at the product, look at the price then pretend to look at the product like i'll buy it later and put it back down.. 

 So it is out of 'Pore fessional', 'Badgal' lash mascara and 'that gal' brightening face primer. I have not tried the pore fessional or the 'thatgal' yet. I'm sure many of you have tried the mascara before but I don't really like it in my experience. 

As much as I love the packaging of benefit products etc etc.. the brush looked amazingly huge and bushy and cute compared to the mascara I usually use but due to my mega poker straight Chinese eyelashes.. They struggled to keep my eyelashes curled once I curled them before applying and after applying. They drooped straight back down. I'd say it's only great if you have thick eyelashes and a lot of them. Since I have very few, sparse eyelashes that are extremely straight. 

 Only photo I have of this leather-like wrap around, studded bracelet. -- New Look, £4.99 . [Most/ all of their jewellery are buy one get one free right now].

 Shorts I tried on. Not sure if I really like them but the size I picked up and tried looked so cute! But for me personally, i would have to wear tights because if I bent over or it was a windy day, all would be exposed. They are like a thick jacquard material. -- River Island. £32 I think? I can't remember.

 The rubbish iPhone camera quality does these shorts no justice! Love these shorts, They're a silky material and with beige + blue patterns on it. They flare out slightly but I love them, sits on my waist nicely and perfect for layering in cold weather, on the beach as a cover up, or in general for summer! 

I've wanted the top for quite a while but there has not been my size. Finally gave in and bought a M so it's slightly oversized on me, which I can layer things so it's okay. Wore my favourite bandeau body underneath. Can wear it with jeans; tuck just the front bit into the shorts/skirt and leave the rest hanging down for a different look; over a collared top etc etc. 

Very worded, if you read through it all, you must be so bored! Thank you for reading :) 

Collection of OOTDs!

Here are a collection of OOTDs, most of them you'll have seen on my Instagram: Salskiii.

Top: Topshop
Velvet skirt: Monki
Scarf: HK
Cardi: H&M

Top: Topshop
Trousers: Zara
Boat shoes: River Island
Tan shoes
Urban Outfitters
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Trousers: Zara [same as before, diff colour]
Top: Topshop
Scarf: HK
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Proenza Schouler  Lookalike, HK

Lace shorts that can't be seen: Zara

Top: River Island
Pleather skirt: H&M
Bag: HK
Necklaces: Topshop
SECOND LAST EXAM! CBA [hence the all hair back]
Dress: Topshop
Belt: From my Zara trousers
Blazer: HK
Bag: Zara

Denim stud/ chain embellished waistcoat: HK

Mint Playsuit: Topshop [can be seen on my new amateur Youtube: missalskiii]!

Love this T! Topshop
Bodycon skirt underneath: Topshop
Necklace: Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses: HK

Awkward arm. Lace/crotchet dress [it's actually beachwear, I didn't realise!] : Topshop;
Bangle: New Look
Sunglasses: River Island
Belt: From Zara trousers

Skirt: Primark [ very light. not ideal to walk home in the wind , also not very flattering on me]

One of my favourite playsuits: HK
Sandals: H&M
Necklace: HK

Same as above.
Hairband: Primark

Leather panel leggings [hardly visible]: Topshop
T: As seen before
Denim jacket: HK

Running out of clothes.
Skirt: Topshop
Denim jacket: HK
Studded boots: Topshop
Black bandeau body: New Look

Scarf: Vintage

Gold speckled crotchet over-sized top: H&M
Shorts: River Island
Bracelet: New Look
Hope you enjoyed! Realised how poor my phone camera quality is.. my camera is broken and I have no friends to take photos for me.. lawl. [Or maybe it's just my sister's dirty mirror muahahah] 

Yes, I have started a very poor YT channel... VERY POOR. Low quality as it's filmed on my phone, I can't edit videos to save my life and my voice is cringey. Started making some videos as I have been mega bored since I have finished exams and lazing on my bed. It is much less effort than blogging but yes I know the quality is crap.. wait til I get emailing my camera man to fix it! 

In the meantime, enjoy my cringe videos and voice.. realised I don't even speak like that but i'm just so awkward. Oh gaad. BUT PLEASE SUBSCRIBE COMMENT ETC! Love you forever <3

Thank you for reading!