Sunday, 31 May 2015

Kpop - The Ark


Although this is a slightly different post, I wanted to share one of my new found loves! From the title you may be thinking, oh god, not another person jumping onto the Kpop bandwagon, and if that's the case you wouldn't be wrong. But the following sentence may also make avid Kpop fans question my sanity. I was never very keen on Kpop. It just was never my kind of music. My first ever encounter with it was listening to Taeyang's Wedding Dress, and then of course Psy's Gangnam Style (not sure if anyone could miss it:p). 

Then came EXO's Call Me Baby (HERE) which I started to listen to, a lot. It was just so catchy, and my god do those dudes have moves! But it wasn't until J introduced me to The Ark that I realised that I was beginning to really like this genre. 

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The Ark consists of five girls Minju, Yuna, Yujin, Halla & Jane, and they made their debut just last month. I know a lot of people don't really like how these Kpop groups are formed and I don't know enough to comment really, but having seen a vlog by the girls HERE they seem so so genuine, and it's so lovely to see how close they've become despite their short time together. Since their formation they have been busking around South Korea with these little performances:

Their dancing is absolutely incredible! I wish I could move like that. Because I don't understand or speak Korean I guess if gives me an opportunity to actually appreciate what they're doing. Even if you aren't keen on Kpop you should definitely check out the video below, which is of The Ark dancing side by side (not literally although that would be amazing) with the boyband BTS to the latter's song 'Boy in Luv'! For both, they are off the charts on the swag scale!

The reason I love The Ark so much is that they are so different to other Kpop girlbands in terms of their dance style, and fashion. Don't get me wrong, other kpop girlbands are super talent as well, but I just like how The Ark they don't fit into the 'usual' girlband style. I like how they've got this 'tomboy' kind of look going on, but how do they dance so well in those PU leather pants haha. If this is their niche, I hope they stick to it as I think they're really good role models! Also, anyone who can sing AND dance, live, so well always gets so much respect from me! Although, vocally speaking The Ark aren't as strong as their dance performances, I'm sure with more time and practise, they will excel at both. Below is their first single 'The Light' which may possibly bring a tear to your eye!

Seeing as though I've only recently grown to like Kpop the last month or two, technically I am not an avid Kpop lover, but I'm probably well on the way to becoming one:p  I definitely think that they are the new band to watch, and I hope they do make it.  I obviously don't know them personally but I do wish them all the success in the world, as they deserve it:)

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Do you like Kpop? What new music acts have you discovered recently?

Take care and speak soon. 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Tulle | lifeasapetite #27


This week I am sharing a slightly racier outfit to my usual ones but I hope you guys like it! My mum actually gave me the skirt, but I have never had a chance to wear it. So, given that I was scratching my head over what to wear for a friend's party I thought why not try out this skirt.

Apart from not really having an occasion to wear this skirt, another reason for never wearing it was because I just didn't know how to style it. Also, for some reason, I thought the tulle material reminded me of witches haha. Very silly I know, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to go out of my comfort zone, and try to think of the positives in order to have the inspiration to put together an outfit. 

Thinking of the positives, I really like how the skirt isn't as full as normal tulle skirts, as then there's less material to deal with and also you can see the mini skirt underneath.  If this were a sold coloured skirt, I think it would probably drown my petite frame, but together with the uneven hem and minimal tulle layering it doesn't have that effect. 
Black Tulle Skirt Outfit and Caged White BraletteBlack Tulle Skirt Outfit and Caged White Bralette
It is a well known styling tip that wearing things high on your waist elongates your legs, and as a petite, a tip like that is just what I need. Luckily the waist band on the skirt was small enough to stay on my waist but had enough elastic to not suffocate me :p By pairing it with a simple white caged bralette I look 10000ft taller. Okay, that's a major exaggeration but I did feel so much taller. Also, by placing the skirt on the narrowest part of my midriff it looks like I have abs haha. I know the bralette isn't the most creative option, but because there was so much going on with the skirt, I thought it was best to keep the top bit simple :)
Black Tulle Skirt Outfit and Caged White Bralette
Despite it being said that petites shouldn't wear ankle strap heels, I just can't stay away from them! They just look so gorgeous, but also helps keep my feet in my shoes :p Even though I bought these from Matalan about four years ago I still adore them. Like most of my heels I just wish I had more excuses to wear them hehe.

Black Tulle Skirt Outfit and Caged White Bralette
I paired this outfit with my trusty black clutch, although I think a silver sparkly one would look even better. I need to get myself one of those :p

The one thing I regret about this outfit is actually the bralette. In the sense that I wish I hadn't purchased it. It's from Brandy Melville and cost £15...I know I know ridiculous right? I know it's not extortionate but as an avid bargain hunter I feel cheated especially as I found a cheaper one on Amazon for £6...Moral of the story is never make an impulsive purchase:p 

Bralette: Brandy Melville // HERE or Amazon
Heels: Matalan 
Clutch: Forever 21

I hope you guys enjoyed this little outfit inspiration. I'm not sure whether I'll ever get over my 'fear' of this skirt reminding me of witches  (haha) but at least I gave this a go! How would you style a black tulle skirt? I would love to hear your thoughts :)

Enjoy your long weekend! Take care and speak soon. 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

What to Wear for a Job Interview

What to wear for a job interview?


If you have a job interview lined up, I just want to firstly congratulate you! After hours and hours of research and trying to fit your answers to the word limit, it is always so rewarding to hear some positive news.  Securing that well deserved interview is already a big hurdle, and you don't want your outfit to let you down on the big day. So, have one less thing to worry about by having your outfit interview-appropriate and interview-ready at the very minimum the night before.

This post is written in collaboration with City Calling which is a free career site that matches jobs (in the UK & Ireland) to your personality & skills and you can find more here: Job Vacancies. I have been browsing the website myself the past week and by filling out the profile page a selection of available suitable jobs have been suggested to me. What I like most about the site is that they have articles such as 'How to use LinkedIn to market yourself online', 'Finding the Right Career', and Making a Good Impression On Your First Day which I personally find very insightful. Below are a couple of other articles they have and you can click HERE for more. 
What to wear for a job interview?

So, onto what to wear! Where to begin? Well, it really depends on what kind of interview you're attending. Have a read of what your interview email/letter says and try to dress accordingly. If it says 'Smart Casual' I would always err on the side of caution by being more formal. There's nothing wrong with being a bit smarter.

Although this post will focus more on formal interview outfits, the most important thing for any type of interview outfit is to ensure that you are comfortable in whatever you wear. You don't want to feel self-conscious, or worry about blisters or your skirt riding up etc. 

I think it is an essential for all women (and especially for men) to have a tailored suit. Although they can cost more, they really are worth it as you will look very well put together and automatically interview ready. Or at the very least make sure that you try on a couple of suits to get the perfect one(s). As time-consuming as that may be, finding the style that suits your body is a step closer to not having to worry about your interview outfit. Whether you prefer having lapels or not, or have flared, straight legged or cigarette trousers, you want to wear something that enables you to carry yourself with confidence. 

So skirts, pants or dresses? It really is up to you. Choose whatever makes you feel most comfortable and confident. If you worry about your skirt riding up, choose trousers. If you don't want to worry about what shirt to match with your trousers/skirt, choose a suit dress. Never ever choose anything that is far too tight fitting, you want to be able to walk comfortable and most importantly, be able to breathe! 

What to wear for a job interview? Interview Outfit Ideas
What to wear for a job interview? Interview Outfit Ideas
Typically, formal interview outfits tend to be void of colour, and I would say it is probably best to stay with a more subdued colours. Although I have heard that, for men, it is best to stay away from black suits as they are normally worn at funerals. I'm not sure how true that is but that's something to consider when buying suits. If you do want to add a bit of colour to reflect your personality I would advise something not too in your face, as you want the interviewer to concentrate on what you are saying rather than wondering where you got your bright shirt from. 

I personally tend to go for blues or creams, as an alternate to white or black just because I feel comfortable in those colours and it is just a little different. Also, as I have a tendency to go pink if I am nervous, I have been advised to stay well away from reds or pinks as that will make you look even more red. 

What to wear for a job interview? Interview Outfit Ideas
Heels or Flats? Again, whatever is comfortable and puts you in the 'interview-zone'. I prefer wearing heels because as a petite, this gives me a little bit of a height boost, and does make me feel more confident. However, if you do choose wear heels you don't want to worry about getting blisters or falling over so make sure they are at a sensible height and are comfortable. If you didn't feel as though you could be creative with your outfit, you could always wear shoes that reflect your personality. But again, be quite subtle and don't wear anything to flash. Finally, you want to make sure that you polish them at least the day before your interview. There's nothing more annoying than a polished outfit being ruined by your shoes. 
What to wear for a job interview? Interview Outfit Ideas
Everyone has heard of the phrase less it more, and it couldn't be more true in an interview situation. I am definitely an advocate for wearing your lucky necklace or bracelet etc but make sure that they won't distract you or your interviewer.
What to wear for a job interview? Interview Outfit Ideas

I hope you all enjoyed this post! What are your interview fashion essentials? If you are ever unsure about whether your outfit is too risky/informal for a formal interview, always go for a safe option. You have plenty of chances to experiment with various styles when you've secured your job, of course within reason. But to make sure you have one less thing to worry about on the day of your interview, make sure your outfit is on the 'safe' side. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a comment or an email at Before I go, just want to say good luck! :) 

Have a great week everyone! Take care and speak soon. 

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

White on White | lifeasapetite #26


I hope you've all had an incredible week and are having a wonderful weekend :) For this weeks post I took inspiration from instagram, and in particular from Xiao Ting Zheng ( who did an incredible white on white outfit. It is something I've never tried before but I wanted to put my own spin on it. Although this outfit isn't as stylish as Xiao Ting's I really do like this trend and I hope you all like this post as well, and do check her out :)

White on White Casual Chic Outfit IDea. Forever21 Quilted Pink Backpack
White on White Casual Chic Outfit IDeaWhite Jeans, White Missguided Tshirt and Pink Nike Trainers
If you're running late or out of ideas but want to look chic and stylish effortlessly, I think putting together a white on white outfit is one of the easiest ways to acheive that kind of look - right behind some pointy black heels hehe. White on White just gives such a clean and summer ready look, although please do excuse my crumpled top. It has kind of stifled my attempt on the 'clean' part, sorryyy:p 

I used to be a bit wary about pairing an outfit in the same shade. I know in my Disney Cinderella Inspired Outfits post I paired several shades of blue but I kind of separated the blue with some white, however with this outfit there is no separation until you get to the shoes. As I didn't want to look as though I was stepping out in a jump suit I made sure the top and jeans were of different material. Although the difference is only slight, it's enough to break up the outfit a bit. 

I've blogged about the white cropped New Look jeans a couple of times now, so it's no surprise they're featuring again, but I just love them. And, together with this over sized T-shirt helps bring this outfit to a more casual level. It might just be me, but applying the same theory of wearing nude heels "elongates" your legs, this white on white outfit should give us petites the illusion of being taller as well. 
White on White outfit Idea
As if this white and white outfit isn't bright enough, these fluorescent pink brighten and liven it even more! I never would have thought I would wear trainers in a non-sports context, however, together with a sore foot and seeing a lot of people wearing trainers I thought I would give it ago. I'm one of those silly people who feel that, once I'm in any sports related item of clothing I must do sport and feel guilty if I don't...But I've now overcome that fear and have started wearing these. I posted about these trainers back in August (HERE) and shared that I had bought them for £32.49 (excl. delivery), unfortunately these are out of stock but have linked two websites below with reduced prices as well :) 
White on White outfit Idea
Finally, I just wanted to add a couple of accessories to continue with casual chic look with this cute backpack and cap. I bought this backpack from Forever21 last year really really love it it's got so many compartments. J thinks it looks like an owl:p The cap is actually J's, and shh don't tell him I've taken it:p
Trainers: Sports Shoes // HERE or HERE
T-shirt: Missguided // HERE
Cropped Jeans: New Look // HERE
Bag: Forever 21

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you guys ever tried this white on white trend or trainers trend? If so, or if not do you like it or is a no no? Would love to hear your thoughts :)

Have a great day! Take care and speak soon. 

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Cinderella Swarovski Exhibition


I hope you've all had a wonderful week! I can't believe it's May already, this year has flown by so so quickly! This week I will be sharing a very photo heavy post. A couple of posts back I mentioned that I had been to the Cinderella Exhibition that Swarovski had sponsored and now I can finally share the photos I had taken, sorry it's taken so long! Although the Exhibition was quite short it was amazing to see the costumes and designs, which were incredible! It was also fascinating seeing the rough drawings/plans and old memorabilia.

The photos are in the order of what you saw as you walked round the exhibition, apart from those stunning glass heels which I thought I would start with, and finish as well. We were given little talks as we walked round and was told that five of the glass slippers were made for the movie, and the one that Cate Blanchett broke wasn't one of them. I think I heard that correctly, well I hope so anyway the shoe is far too pretty to break!! It was actually really difficult to take a decent picture of the shoe because it was just so so sparkly, but you can kind of see the various colours and sparkles. You know I love myself some glitter and sparkles so this place was definitely my kind of place. Also, it was for free as well and you can't be critical with anything that is free, especially when it was so spectacular! 


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