Saturday, February 24, 2018

Why Instagram Feels Like an Episode from Black Mirror + A Tangerine Fluffy Sweater

Lately I have been trying to breathe life into my forsaken social accounts, starting with the dreadful Instagram. If you are like me, a person who doesn't photograph their strawberry and oatmeal breakfast and if you skip a day without showering, Instagram can be a drag.

Like every fellow blogger, I tried taking snaps of my day to day life and like every person obsessed with their dog, my Instagram is filled with blurred photos of stupid things my dog does. Not surprisingly my Instagram is not very popular. At first I was kind of sad my content was not considered worthy and I kept wondering how I can make it better. I thought about being a cookie-cutter blogger and posting only photos when it looked like I have my life together, but we all know my life is as put together as a pile of socks, so that didn't turn out very well. 

I decided I should read about the topic and after I spent a questionably long time reading through articles on how to become rich and famous on Instagram, I couldn't help but feel like I was in a Black Mirror episode. 
If you've never heard of it, Black Mirror is a series of short movies, unrelated to one another, which depict the future as over-consumed by technology which is making our lives miserable and empty in the long run. It shows a dystopia where people are obsessed with internet, and one episode really manages to stand out and represent Instagram as the source of all evil.
Now, you might think this is going over the top, but more and more I come across people who are feeling left out and unhappy, because they can never reach the likes they think they deserve, they feel left out.

I know this, because I felt it too. Even a cynical bastard like me has feelings and when you put a lot of effort into something, which  is just ignored by the whole world, you feel like an outsider, you feel not good enough. I've tackled this topic with Lookbook's website few years ago, and I feel the same is happening with Instagram now, it is filled with perfect lives, perfect faces, perfect relationships, perfect perfection. And then there's me, the person who's phone makes potato photos.

Even if your content is worthy you still have to be a social fuck and like, comment, follow, put an ungodly amount of hashtags so people can find you easier, it's all constructed in a way which makes Instagram grow and devour. It's algorithm is magical when it comes to making the app more popular, but it's broken when it comes to normal, everyday lives of people. I feel like there's got to be a way in which Instagram can be more centered and focused around people who don't have perfect skin, who don't travel to Dubai, who eat cereal straight from the box, where the hell are those guys? I want to connect with other couch potatoes, but how can I, if I don't even know they exist?

It's an ongoing battle with Instagram, one I most probably will never win. I'm thinking of starting a new trend there - People with generic lives. I can be their leader!
 What do you guys think of this app?

Fashiony part:

This is probably one of my favorite outfits lately, since I am a sucker for fluffy sweaters! I snatched this orange mouthful of joy from a second hand shop and decided to style it down with basic black jeans and velvet pumps.

I am still learning on how to incorporate more basic pieces into my style and I think I'm getting pretty good at it *pats herself on the back*

I also really like how the boobs are outlined with this sweater, it almost seems like I have them which is a nice break from my flat routine. Do you guys likey?

Orange Fluffy Sweater and Leather Back pack - Second hand, Velvet Pumps - Reserved, Black jeans with zippers - Zara (old collection).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Basics Haul - Investing In a Basic Wardrobe

So, recently I've been having a lot of free time, which is like winning the lottery when you're 28. There is so much stuff to do, like doing the laundry, washing dishies, cleaning out doge's crap,  preparing food, fixing the pipes. Nah, I'm just kidding for the last one, we currently have two clogged pipes and the drain looks like a puddle of  soap and despair, and yet, here I am showing you my  new clothes. How's that for procrastination? If somebody can top that, be my guest!

Anyways, as you read in my recent post, I've been trying to change my style, mainly because I do not like it anymore. It is too chaotic and I happen to know why. I have been, for as long as I can remember, steering away from basic clothing like you steer away from a questionable veneric disease. When you open my wardrobe it's like an episode from Frikazoid and CSI, each piece of clothing represents a rainbow and when you combine them together you basically get a vomit of rainbows, if that makes any sense.... 
So recently, I have been on the hunt for basic clothing, and I managed to get my hands on some pretty good deals from second hand shops and the sale from Zara, so without further ado....

The idea of basic clothing is that you have a foundation from where you can build up and layer. If you go all basic, you can never go wrong and if you happen to mix it up with something more unconventional you have your game on. 
I started my hunt for some basic pieces few weeks ago and it's been going not very well. I am pro when it comes to chaos and color, but I also tend to get confused and mix what is basic, what is eccentric, what is just not appropriate at all...I am slowly learning and this post is my first baby step, so be gentle!

The Beige Soft Turtleneck Sweater

I find this sweater super versatile and perfect if you are feeling somewhat blue and don't wanna dress up, but you still don't wanna look like the unkempt sponge you are! 
I love styling this, because once you put it on, a comfortable feeling sets in and how you feel transpires in your body language and mood, which coincidentally transpires into how you look and how people perceive you.
You can wear  this sweater with slim fitted jeans, a blazer or you can go all wild and pair it with a tutu skirt, it's still going to look structured and well putted together.

What I call "The Life Saver"

The life savor is an extremely simple striped blouse which I have been wearing almost every day. I tend to layer it under dresses, or layer on top with funky cardigans. Not to mention that you can wear this under a sweater to banish the cold demons and yes, my dog is basically in every photo, I know, and just like a good obedient customer support representative, I sincerely apologize.  

Denim Dress

I swear to baby Jesus every lady should have a denim dress! I wear this so often even if I paid a 100 bucks for it, it would pay off. You can style it with cardigans, with a skirt, chunky jewelry, snake print knee high booties and in my case, knee high Converse sneakers.
 The Tank Top

 I have never loved tank tops and I probably never would if my friend didn't gift me this top last year. It's one of those pieces that are essential to any wardrobe, especially looks cute with a transparent white shirt underneath and bonus point for keeping you warm.. You can always wear it stand alone as well, because it's not exactly an undergarment. I usually style it underneath other layers, like in this case, the denim dress.

The Bra and The Blazer

Just like the denim dress, I think the blazer is another chameleon piece that can be styled in numerous ways and should be present in every lady's wardrobe. On any occasion you can layer it on top of a beautiful silk dress, or tone it down with some sneakers!

 White Turtleneck Sweater

Lately I have been trying to look out for more sweaters that have a neutral color like, black, gray, brown, all these make for a great base to layer on top or in my case here,  keep the basic look on with black boots and leather backpack.

White Chunky Sweater

Just like the turtleneck, a white casual sweater is all you need for a lazy day or a special date. I chose to buy this one since I didn't want to go all basic with it and I liked the ruffled accent on the top. 
Pencil Brown Skirt

After a whole lot of wearing yellow and pink, I have a new found love for brown. The skirt is the perfect addition to any casual outfit, but you can also dress it up with a cropped top or sequins and I love the huge brown belt that came with it. I am planning on wearing the belt on my waist and tucking in some oversize pieces I have.

A Coat In Neutral Color

I thrifted this coat few days ago and I have been wearing it like second skin. You probably saw it on my Instagram already, but I wanted to showcase it here as well, since  it is soft, fluffy and the perfect milky white color. A colleague of mine told me jokingly that it looks like I snatched my Grandma's carpet, which kind of made me wanna strangle her with it, but never mind that.
I know the Teddy coat is not the most basic pieces of them all, but it still classifies as the most basic coat in my wardrobe!

So what do you guys think, do you invest in the basics, or do you always go for the shiny thing that catches your eyes?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

PPZ Blue Lace Push Up Bra Review

As you ladies already probably know, I am not the busty kind of gal. I have come to terms with what nature has given me, although I must admit, nature has been really stingy when it came to giving me boobies. On the upside I can wear whatever I want with no bra and no one would notice, on the downside I can wear whatever I want with no bra and no one would notice...... 

Because of this, I've always struggled to find a bra that will fit, let alone look good. I once even tried getting one of those teddy onesies, but when I tried them on I looked like a pickle wrapped in lace, not the most sexy thing in the world. 
So, when I was contacted by PPZ to do a photo shoot with one of their lingerie pieces, I was not only skeptical that anything would fit, but I was 100% sure we will have pickle action again.

PPZ are a brand that specialized in lingerie, shape wear and yoga wear, and their website always offers big discounts, which is what actually draw me the most. I have this firm notion that spending a lot of money on underwear that makes you look like a pickle, is not a good investment. Hence my underwear,(if you have ever wondered) consists of 2 washed out bras which are breaking at the seams and one bra with Snoopy which I kept, if a chance comes up to seduce a man who's into The Peanuts series.....

So, with a heavy heart, I decided to try out PPZ's push up demi bra, and hope for the best!

The shipping took around one month to Bulgaria, which gave me some time to read some good books, reconsider my life choices, watch a whole TV series and dye  my hair blonde. The bra came around Valentine's day though, so kudos for timing!

Immediately after trying it on though, you already feel transformed into a Victoria's Secret model. The subtle little rhinestones glistening in the dark blue lace, and not to mention I have boobs....Yes, males who read this, this is what we women do, eeeeeeeeevil I tell ya!

At first it felt a little uncomfortable since I haven't worn a demi bra ever, but after a few hours the comfy feeling sinks in and it's like you're not wearing a bra....Do I hear Mel Gibson's scream in Brave Heart? FREEEEEDOOOOOM!

Overall I am very happy with the quality and style of this push up bra and I am thinking of wearing it underneath some transparent tops I have. The size matches perfectly, you have the needed support, it is comfortable and beautiful, so I would definitely recommend.

I also recently watched a Vlog where the lady was talking that having a good and well fitted bra is the foundation for your outfit. Once you have your essentials sorted, it will transpire in your upper garments as well. And after trying out this bra, I finally realize what she was saying. Wearing this makes my outfits more structured and gives a confidence boost.

So, what do you guys think, are you willing to spend some good money on quality undergarments or you would rather spend them on something more important?

Lace Push up Demi Bra - PPZ