September 16, 2014

Jewel Tones // Emerald & Amethyst


Skirt // LYNNE (similar here, also in red & violet)
Top // TOPSHOP (old, similar here)
Clutch // RIVER ISLAND
Earrings // Accessorize (very old, similar here)
Ring// Accessorize (old, similar here)


It's been more than a year that I've been trying to create an outfit in jewel tones, but nothing seemed to be good enough, not even close to what I had in mind. It seems that the time has finally come! That emerald skirt looked so regal even on the hanger! And there was no other place to shoot it than the Academy of Athens. Such an imposing neoclassic building, in the center of Athens, where the marble background makes the emerald green and amethyst purple stand out.

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke










September 12, 2014

Cherry Drops


Skirt // TOPSHOP (sold out, similar here)
Top // ZARA (similar here)
Shoes // ZARA (similar here and here)
Ring // Accessorize (very old, similar here)
Clutch // Vintage (similar here)
Umbrella // Stradivarius (old, similar here)


What an awkward day to shoot an outfit... The beautiful Athenean sky was covered with heavy, gloomy clouds hiding the sun and the daylight, making everything look so grey, just like my outfit! This would look so boring and dull... So when I grabbed my umbrella covered with cherries, it suddenly hit me! I had to add some color to brighten up my look. And it should be a very bright one! So, I put my red lipstick on and a red plastic ring I bought more than a decade ago from Accessorize in London and I was ready to go.

--Bill Blass: "When in doubt, wear red"--

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke

September 10, 2014

Beauty Buys #1: Foundation, Concealer & Body Cream // Review


Although naming it #1, this is NOT my first beauty product review. However, it is the first of a series of posts that I am planning to blog about based on my personal experience: why I bought them/ why I like them (or don't like them)/ if I would purchase them again.

*Maybelline New York FIT ME Foundation, 120*
Why I needed a new foundation: During summer vacation I wasn't wearing foundation, since most of the time I was at the beach or sleeping... In the day I would go for my day cream with SPF and in the evening I would wear a BB cream. However, my skin did tan a bit, so I can't wear my regular foundation anymore.

Why I chose to buy THIS product: About a year ago, Maybelline NY sent me a FIT ME foundation, which unfortunately was too dark for me, so I gave it to a friend to try it. Lucky her, she loved it! Since I wanted a foundation for a very short period of time, which translates more or less to 2 months, until my skin gets its original color, I decided to go for a good quality/average price product.

Why I like it: 1. It is easy to apply. I love foundations in bottles with pumps. That way, I can easily adjust the amount of product 2. The texture is lightweight and my skin looks and feels natural. If I want to cover unevenness and slight blotchiness, I use more product 3. And finally, the color match is perfect for me! 120 is exactly my tanned skin's color.

Would I repurchase: 100% yes, for all the above!

*Maybelline New York FIT ME Concealer, 20*
Why I needed a new concealer: For covering dark circles and at the same time highlighting my eyes matching my new foundation.

Why I chose to buy THIS product: For the same exact reasons as I chose the foundation

Why I like it: 1. It is easy to apply. I prefer concealers with sticks 2. The texture is light 3. And finally, the color match is perfect for my skin!

Would I repurchase: Absolutely!

*Le Petit Marseillais Baume Nourrissant (Nutritive Body Cream)*
Why I needed a new body cream: I rarely use body creams, since I have combination skin, but with sun tanning it gets dry and flakes, so I needed a rich, nourishing cream to avoid this unwanted effect.

Why I chose to buy THIS product: I have been using Le Petit Marseillais shower gels for years and I love them, not only for the softness of my skin but also for the delicious scents. Past summers I used to buy the dry oil, but it wasn't as dry as I would like it to be... leaving stains on all my clothes! #bummer

Why I like it: 1. It is easy to apply. I prefer creams (for face and body) in jars. That way I pick the amount of product I want and use even the last drop! 2. The texture is super rich and my skin feels so soft and elastic after the product dries off 3. And finally, smells deliciously: Karite butter, Sweet almond and Argan oil! I am in heaven

Would I repurchase: Absolutely!

Have you used any of these products? What is your opinion about them?
xoxo
|barefoot duchess|


*Important Note/ Disclaimer: These are NOT sponsored posts. I have bought the products with my own money and the review is 100% based on my personal experience.

Photo by me via Instagram

September 8, 2014

Retro Feeling


Dress // ASOS (find it also in Black)
Bag // ZARA (similar here)
Shoes // ZARA (old, similar here)
Earrings // Accessorize (very old)
Belt // Stradivarius (similar here)


What better to wear for a stroll in the center of Athens, than a strapless polka dot dress. Just like any romantic girl, I am really into wearing retro style dresses. I feel so ME in those dresses, that sometimes I wonder why I am not wearing them everyday!

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke

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September 5, 2014

Resort 2015 // Erin Fetherston


Apart from showcasing the pure elegance of Erin Fetherston's latest Resort Collection, this is also an educational post, for those of us (including myself) that don't really know what a resort collection actually means. Well, according to Wikipedia: Resort wear is a specialized clothing style, as well as a year-round fashion "season". Sometimes known as "cruise wear", it was originally marketed by "upscale" stores and collections only to very affluent customers who were expected to spend the post-Christmas/New Year's weeks in warm-weather climates. 

More recently, designers, store buyers, and the media are viewing "resort wear" as a specialized year-round clothing style and fashion season. There are some important reasons for this. Areas such as Las Vegas, Marbella, Bahamas, Palm Beach, San Juan, and the San Barth and the Mustique Islands were holiday destinations, but they are now places of year-round living for more affluent customers. From the spectacular resort destinations of Dubai, South Africa and Thailand, to the Spanish Coast, Costa Rica and the Greek Islands, resort wear popularity is growing and it is not surprising to see Hawaiian shirts being worn on the Mexican Riviera. It has become a cross-cultural style that signifies relaxation, affluence, and appreciation of nature which displays a sense of style to the wearer.

For an extended and detailed article about pre-collections you can also visit Vogue Australia.

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

All photos via Style.com


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