1940’s Fashion Show at Revival-Retro!

Welcome to our 1940’s fashion show!
A couple of weeks ago I visited Revival Retro and I wanted to make a video that would look like a fashion show from the 1940’s. I had a great time filming and had the chance to wear some beautiful pieces. Of course I didn’t walk away empty handed, it would take great amounts of will power to ignore all those beautiful clothes and accessories, and I’m not one to resist a temptation! (You can see my haul here).

 
I have to say at this point that I’m not sponsored for this video or blog post, I just genuinely love this store and wanted to show it to my friends and followers!

 
So after you watch the video, come back and find the links about everything I wore:
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Swimsuit: Top and Bottom
 
 
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Dress: sold out but similar here
Shoes: Remix vintage
Bag: Kelly inspired
 
 
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Dress: Stop staring  
Shoes: Remix Vintage 
Hairpiece: not on website ‘handmade item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
 
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Earrings: not on website ‘specialist item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
Bag: envelope clutch
 
 
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Dress: instore (will be on the site soon)
Earrings: Deco Revier
Brooch:not on website ‘handmade item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
 
 I hope you enjoyed this video and blog post and if you’re in London I urge you to visit the store, because you will have a great time and I guarantee you’ll find something (plenty of things) you will like! And if you’re not in London just visit their site, it’s equally addictive! 😉
 And if you do get something, please let me know what you purchased!
 
xxx
 
Arietta
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Havana nights dress – Pinup Couture

imageA couple of weeks ago I visited my favorite retro boutique, Revival Retro, to film a video which you’ll soon be able to watch on my channel. Spoiler: lots of amazing outfits coming up! 😉 Of course I couldn’t resist buying a few things myself. This dress is one of them and I must say I’m in love with it! It’s by the American brand Pinup Couture (Pinup Girl Clothing) and the specific design is called “Havana nights“! I can definitely see myself in Havana, inside a 50’s convertible, wearing this gorgeous dress, a headscarf and a pair of cat eye sunglasses! (Sigh!) imageWell I may not have gone to Havana, but I think me and my amazing photographer Constantinos chose a really nice background in my home town Chania in Crete to capture the beauty of this dress! image About the dress: it ticks all the boxes! High quality material, and plenty of it I might add. It doesn’t even need a petticoat, but imagine how much more flare the skirt would have if I wore one. imageimage I love the pointyness of the bust, because it’s gives you even more of a 50’s silhouette, along with the cinched waist, which enhances the hourglass figure (or creates one). By the way, I wasn’t wearing a bra, but next time I’ll wear it with my bullet bra so it looks extra pointy! imageAnd last but not least, the pockets! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that this fabulous dress has pockets! What more can you ask, seriously?!

 Dress Pinup Couture from Revival Retro

White pumps from Zara (old, but similar here)

Thanks for visiting my blog and please do come back and leave your lovely comments!

xxx

PS: Copyright for the photos belongs to the Photographer and me. If you use any of them, please link back to my blog. Thanks!

Casual date night

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Let’s say you’re going out on a date or for drinks with the girls, but it’s not a super fancy night out, more like a glass of wine at a nice bar in town.
The eternal question for us girls “what do I wear”?!
I always prefer to be overdressed than underdressed, but sometimes I just want to wear something simple but feminine and timeless! And what could be more feminine than a pencil skirt? It’s definitely a wardrobe staple and can be worn and accessorized in so many ways…
So when Lindy Bop had their big sales on a few weeks ago I just had to buy at least one pencil skirt and because I already have about a hundred black ones (!) I thought I’d go for the uber sexy red!
The specific one I’m wearing here it’s out of stock now (totally understandable since it was only £7 on the sale!), but if you visit Lindy Bop you’ll definitely find other colors or patterns, so give it a go. If you’re between sizes like me, I’d suggest going for the smaller one because I find their clothes to run a bit big.

 

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The rest of my outfit consists of a simple tank top from Zara (old) and a bolero from Boohoo (old too). My shoes are from Zara and I think they are in the style of the classic Louboutin pumps, only way cheaper (they were from Zara).
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My bag is vintage, belonged to my mom and the only thing she remembers is that she bought it from Milan many many years ago and it was very expensive. I’m sure it’s a designer bag, but not sure of the brand. If you guys have any idea of what brand it could be, let me know in the comments!

 

Visit my YouTube channel to watch me get ready(ish) for this casual date night!

Thank you for stopping by and see you next Wednesday with another video and blogpost!

Xxx

 

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Lurex Glam

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 “Lurex is the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminium, silver, or gold layer has been vaporised. “Lurex” may also refer to cloth created with the yarn.” (Source Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurex)
I actually thought that the fabric was called Lurex, but it turns out it’s the name of the company that makes that type of yarn. So I don’t know if my dress was made with their yarn, but I will call it Lurex anyway…
It was quite popular in the 1950’s and the 1960’s not just for evening wear, but also in movies and tv shows (Catwoman’s suit in the 1960’s Batman tv series was made of Lurex). I love it because it is so glamorous and elegant and makes even the simplest dress design look special. It is quite sensitive though, as it’s very easy to accidentally pull one of those metallic threads!
I found this beautiful green Lurex dress at the Midcentury market, which takes place twice a year in London (Camden). I love the fit of the dress, even though it doesn’t leave me a lot of room to eat (or breathe lol), but who cares, I just had to grab this unique piece! I’ve only worn it once so far, at a fancy restaurant in London, where I got a lot of stares and a couple of compliments at the ladies room!
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 My shoes are Sergio Rossi (similar here) and I’ve had them for quite a few years, but this classic shape never really goes out of fashion. My gloves are vintage (similar here) and they were my grandmas and the vintage clutch I bought from the Classic Car Boot Sale in London for £5 or £10 if I recall correctly! The brand is Salisbury’s and I don’t think it exists anymore (just used ones on ebay).

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 Take a look at my YouTube video, where I show this outfit and tell me if you like the song I chose 😉
Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again on my next post!
xxx

Two masks and a scrub: an Apivita review

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Gentle exfoliating gel with Apricot

I was looking for a mild scrub, because my skin has a mind of its own. It has the features of oily skin (with the usual annoying shine, especially on the T zone and enlarged pores on the nose), and on the other hand it is very sensitive and gets dehydrated whenever I try to get rid of the oiliness. It’s like my skin wants to be oily and if I dare to try and change that it fights back by becoming dry and patchy. So I’m constantly on the hunt for the product that will magically make my skin more normal without disturbing its peace and quiet! All of the above made me want to try the Apivita gentle exfoliating gel with apricot.

Apivita says:

  • Gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells and impurities
  • Rejuvenates and smoothes the skin while offering a radiant glow
  • Ideal for all skin types, for more frequent and gentle exfoliation

I say:

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • and Yes!!!

It is indeed a mild scrub, but very efficient, leaves skin feeling soft and smells fantastic. Who doesn’t love the scent of Apricot combined with green tea? (APIVITA replaces water in the face scrub range with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action). In the past few weeks I’m trying to use it at least once a week (sometimes twice) and there’s been a slight improvement in the size of my pores. So this product has made it on the Faves list and I intend to buy the full size as soon as I use up my last sachet (it is actually a better value for money).

Express Gold Moisturizing and Revitalizing Mask with prickly pear

Right after a scrub it is advised to use a face mask, because the dead cells are gone and the skin can more easily absorb the beneficial ingredients. So I bought a couple of masks to try and the first was the Moisturizing and Revitalizing Mask with prickly pear. I admit I’ve never used any cosmetic products with prickly pear. As a matter of fact I have a rather disturbing memory of that particular fruit, when at a very young age, I tried to grab a prickly pear and thousands of tiny thorns entered the back of my hand. It was such a pain to get rid of those thorns! But when it comes in the form of a shiny and nice sachet, I have no problem using it!

Apivita says: 

  • Prickly pear, known as “the new aloe vera”, works to moisturize and revitalize skin while enhancing firmness
  • Wheat germ oil and shea butter leave the skin feeling exceptionally soft and supple
  • Lavender essential oil soothes irritations and its aromatic properties relax the senses

I say:

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • and yet again Yes!!!

I can’t help but to totally agree. I use this mask whenever I feel that my skin needs extra hydration and afterwards it does feel soft and fresh. It has a rich cream texture and you apply a thick layer on the face (avoiding the eye area), which you leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with water. I usually leave it on for a bit more and although it dries after a while, it is not one of those masks that “break” with every facial expression.

The only downside for me would be there isn’t a full size version of it, so you’d have to buy the sachets, and the Express Gold line is more expensive than the rest of the masks (the pack includes 2 sachets and you can get 2-3 uses out of every sachet). But it would be ideal for someone who prefers not to commit to one product and wants to use something different each time.

Gentle cleansing mask with pink clay

This is the second mask I chose to try. It’s one of those masks that when applied to the skin they dry completely, so it’s best to avoid facial expressions while having it on. Well, I suppose it’s not that difficult to keep yourself from doing the grumpy cat face or laugh your heart out for just 10 minutes. As soon as you rinse the mask off and reveal a nice, glowing skin, you can smile all you want…

Apivita says:

  • Pink clay gently cleanses the pores without irritating the skin
  • The rose juice, wheat proteins and trace elements combined in the mask help to tone and rejuvenate the skin, leaving a natural, fresh glow behind
  • Ideal for normal, dry and sensitive skin

I say:

  • Almost yes
  • Yes
  • and maybe yes

My sensitive skin feels a bit tight afterwards. It is thoroughly clean, glowing and fresh, but after rinsing the mask off, I definitely need to use a very moisturizing cream, otherwise it feels quite dry. Nonetheless a good mask, cheaper than the Prickly pear one, but still not available in full size.

Have you ever tried these or other products from Apivita?

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Gel ήπιας απολέπισης με βερίκοκο

Έψαχνα για ένα απαλό απολεπιστικό, γιατί το δέρμα μου τις έχει τις παραξενιές του. Από τη μια έχει χαρακτηριστικά λιπαρού δέρματος (με τη γνωστή αντιαισθητική γυαλάδα, ειδικά στο Τ και με τους τεράστιους πόρους, ειδικά στην περιοχή της μύτης), κι από την άλλη είναι ευαίσθητο και αφυδατώνεται με οτιδήποτε πάει να διώξει αυτή την λιπαρότητα. Σαν να μου λέει οτι “όχι κυρία μου, εγώ θέλω να λάμπω σαν τον λαδοπόντικα, κι αν τολμήσεις να με πειράξεις εγώ θα ξεραθώ και θα βγάζω κομματάκια, έτσι για να μάθεις!”. Οπότε κι εγώ προσπαθώ να βρω εκείνα τα θαυματουργά καλλυντικά που δεν θα ταράξουν τους “κύκλους” του δέρματός μου και που θα συμπορευτούμε όλοι αρμονικά, προς την αναζήτηση μιας όμορφης, καθαρής και λαμπερής (από ζωντάνια) επιδερμίδας.
Και μετά από αυτόν τον φλύαρο πρόλογο, καταλήγω στο Gel ήπιας απολέπισης με βερίκοκο της Apivita.

Η Apivita λέει:

  • Απολεπίζει απαλά την επιδερμίδα, απομακρύνοντας τα νεκρά κύτταρα και τους ρύπους
  • Αναζωογονεί και λειαίνει την επιδερμίδα, προσφέροντας λαμπερή όψη
  • Για όλους τους τύπους επιδερμίδας, ιδανικό για πιο συχνή και ήπια απολέπιση

Εγώ λέω:

  • Ναι
  • Ναι
  • και Ναι!!!

Είναι ήπιο, αλλά απολεπίζει αποτελεσματικά, αφήνει το δέρμα πολύ απαλό και μυρίζει ΥΠΕΡΟΧΑ! Ποιός δεν λατρεύει τη μυρωδιά του Βερίκοκου σε συνδυασμό με πράσινο τσάι; (Η Apivita έχει αντικαταστήσει το νερό με πράσινο τσάι, ώστε να ενισχύσει την αντιοξειδωτική δράση). Τον τελευταίο καιρό προσπαθώ να το χρησιμοποιώ τουλάχιστον 1 φορά την εβδομάδα (ίσως και 2) και έχω παρατηρήσει μια κάποια (έστω και ελάχιστη) διαφορά στο μέγεθος των πόρων μου. Οπότε θα παραμείνει στα αγαπημένα και μόλις τελειώσει και το τελευταίο φακελάκι θα πάρω την κανονική συσκευασία που συμφέρει και περισσότερο.

Express Gold Μάσκα Ενυδάτωσης και Αναζωογόνησης

Μετά το Scrub όμως καλό είναι να βάλουμε και μια μασκούλα, μια και έχουν απομακρυνθεί τα νεκρά κύτταρα και το δέρμα μπορεί να δεχτεί και να απορροφήσει κάπως καλύτερα τα συστατικά. Πήρα λοιπόν να δοκιμάσω δύο φακελάκια, εκ των οποίων το ένα ήταν η Μάσκα Ενυδάτωσης και Αναζωογόνησης με Φραγκόσυκο. Ομολογώ πως δεν έχω ποτέ δοκιμάσει καλλυντικό με αυτό το συστατικό. Μόνο όταν ήμουν μικρή πήγα να πιάσω ένα φραγκόσυκο και μου μπήκαν και στις δύο παλάμες χιλιάδες μικρά αγκάθια και τελοσπάντων η πρώτη μου επαφή με το φρούτο αυτό ήταν τραυματική! Αλλά όταν το βρίσκω έτοιμο (το απόσταγμά του), μέσα σε ένα όμορφο, γυαλιστερό φακελάκι, τότε δεν λέω όχι!

Η Apivita λέει:

  • Το φραγκόσυκο, γνωστό ως «η νέα Αλόη» συμβάλλει στην ενυδάτωση και στην αναζωογόνηση της επιδερμίδας, ενώ παράλληλα προωθεί την ελαστικότητά της.
  • Το έλαιο σιταριού και το βούτυρο καριτέ αφήνουν την επιδερμίδα αισθητά πιο απαλή και μαλακή.
  • Το αιθέριο έλαιο λεβάντας καταπραΰνει τους ερεθισμούς και χαλαρώνει τις αισθήσεις.

Εγώ λέω:

  • Ναι
  • Ναι
  • και πάλι Ναι!

Δεν θέλω να επαναλαμβάνομαι, αλλά τι να κάνω που συμφωνώ απόλυτα;! Επιλέγω αυτή τη μάσκα όταν νιώθω ότι το δέρμα μου με τραβάει ή ότι τη χρειάζεται την έξτρα ενυδάτωση και πραγματικά μετά το νιώθω πολύ απαλό και φρέσκο. Αυτή η μάσκα έχει υφή πλούσιας κρέμας και απλώνεις ένα παχύ στρώμα, το οποίο αφαιρείς μετά από ένα 10λεπτο. Εγώ συνήθως την αφήνω λίγο παραπάνω και παρόλο που έχει πια στεγνώσει στο δέρμα μου, δεν είναι από τις κρέμες που “τσιτώνουν” και νιώθεις το δέρμα να τραβάει.
Στα μόνα αρνητικά θα αναφέρω το ότι δεν κυκλοφορεί σε κανονική συσκευασία, παρά μόνο σε φακελάκι και μάλιστα η σειρά Express Gold είναι και πιο ακριβή (αν θυμάμαι καλά 4-5€ τα δύο). Από την άλλη, για κάποιον που θέλει να δοκιμάζει διάφορες μάσκες και να μην “δεσμευτεί” με μια συγκεκριμένη full size συσκευασία, είναι μάλλον ιδανική…

Express Beauty Μάσκα για Απαλό Καθαρισμό με Ροζ Άργιλο

Η δεύτερη μάσκα που επέλεξα να δοκιμάσω. Είναι από τις μάσκες που στεγνώνουν και που καλό είναι όταν τις φοράς να αποφεύγεις τους πολλούς μορφασμούς, γιατί “σπάει”. Καλά δεν παθαίνεις και τίποτα αν για 10 λεπτά δεν συνοφρυωθείς ή δεν σκάσεις στα γέλια! Θα χαμογελάσεις μετά που θα έχεις και ωραίο δέρμα…

Η Apivita λέει:

  • Η ροζ άργιλος καθαρίζει σε βάθος τους πόρους χωρίς να ερεθίζει την επιδερμίδα.
  • Ο χυμός από τριαντάφυλλο, οι πρωτεΐνες σιταριού και τα ιχνοστοιχεία τονώνουν και αναζωογονούν την επιδερμίδα, αφήνοντας μία φυσική φρεσκάδα και λάμψη.
  • Ιδανική για κανονικές, ξηρές και ευαίσθητες επιδερμίδες.

Εγώ λέω:

  • Χμμμ σχεδόν ναι
  • Ναι
  • και πάλι σχεδόν ναι

Το δικό μου ευαίσθητο δέρμα νιώθω πως τραβάει ελαφρώς όταν την αφαιρέσω. Ναι, καθαρίζει αρκετά, το δέρμα είναι λαμπερό και έχει μια φρεσκάδα, αλλά πρέπει στη συνέχεια να χρησιμοποιήσω μια αρκετά ενυδατική κρέμα, αλλιώς το νιώθω στεγνό. Κατά τα άλλα μια αρκετά καλή μάσκα, πιο οικονομική από αυτήν με το Φραγκόσυκο (νομίζω γύρω στα 3€ τα δύο φακελάκια), που όμως πάλι δεν διατίθεται σε Full size.

Έχετε δοκιμάσει τα συγκεκριμένα προϊόντα απο Apivita;

xxx