Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Favorites

Hey guys,

I don't know about you, but autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year. I just love the cosy fashion, hot drinks and awesome fall atmosphere. So I thought this might be a good topic to put some favorites together.


I'm so in love with the Yankee Candle in the scent Fireside Treats. It smells just like roasted marshmallows and after one or two hours the whole room smells like a cosy, warm patisserie.

Fake Flowers

Especially in the fall I find it really nice to decorate my room with candles and fake flowers to create a warm atmosphere even though it's getting cold outside. A little bouquet with red and orange flowers makes every room seem so homy and cosy.

Hot Beverages

Whenever I come home from a windy walk outside I am literally always craving any kind of hot drink. During the day I prefer a sweetened macchiato to get a quick boost of energy, but at night there is nothing better than a chai latte or just a normal red fruit tea.
With this being said, it's not going to surprise you that I am in love with the new reusable cups from Starbucks. They are perfect to take your coffee or tea with you to university and look super cute.

Fashionable Rubber Boots

I purchased these Michael Kors rubber boots a moth ago and instantly fell in love with them. They are super stylish, warm and comfortable without making you look like a ten-year-old. The last couple of days I was wearing them almost every time I left the house just because you don't have to worry about them getting dirty or your feet getting wet. Whenever they get dirty you can just wash it of and they look like new.

Big Sweaters

There is nothing more comfortable and cosy as warm big lambswool sweaters in XXL from the GANT men's collection. They might be on the more pricey side, but I can promise you, they are totally worth the money because they have a lovely fit and never get old or itchy.

Big Loose Waves

I actually like this hairstyle all year around, but especially in the fall I appreciate wearing my hair open so it covers up my ears and works just like a scarf around my neck and chest.

XXL Scarfs

In the fall and winter time you will never see me leaving my home without a big wrap around scarf. In my opinion a beautiful scarf completes a warmer outfit and protects you from getting a sore throat. It can also make any boring outfit look like you put a lot of effort in, when really you didn't!

xx Ilaria

Please let us know about your fall favorites :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dinner Outfits

Exeter | UK

Hi everyone! 

Sorry we have been a little absent the last couple of weeks, but things got very busy recently. Ilaria came to visit my at university though, which was so exciting! There was barely time to take any proper picture but we did manage to snap this one just before we went out to dinner on her last night. If you live in the UK and have not been to Ask Italian... I don't know what you are doing with your life! It is maybe even my favorite chain restaurant over here. I tend to always go for my favorite dish which is the seafood linguine. I personally love seafood but I guess that is personal preference. Pizzas are amazing as well, and don't even get me started on the desserts. Mouthwatering, I honestly mean it.
But now to the outfits. It was a bit chilly on this day so we wrapped up a bit. The jeans I had only just purchased and have been wearing almost every day! I've always wanted ripped boyfriend jeans but never found any that are actually fitting and don't make me look bigger than I am.


Top - Zara blouse
Fur vest - Local boutique
Leather Jacket - Zara
Jeans - Hollister
Boots - Tommy Hilfiger

Top - River Island
Bottom - Topshop
Shoes - Local shop
Leather Jacket - Local shop
Bag - Guess

And just look at that food... The cakes were some of the best ever! Pistachio plum tart, cheesecake and a chocolate fudge tart. Some ice cream on the side and my day is made. Maybe even my week that's how delicious it was.

Hope you are all well,

Britta xxx

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Makeup | Minimal Everyday

Before I begin with my makeup routine you have to know that I don't wear makeup every single day. Whenever I say at home, visit close friends and just don't go in public I prefer no makeup at all or a simple BB cream. I am also the kind of person, that doesn't see the need to wear mascara every day, even when I go to university. But still most of my days I can't get around leaving my home an putting some makeup on.

At first I prime my face with the "Smashbox - Photo Finish Primer with Blemish Control" to even out my skin and make the makeup last longer. I also like the fact, that it's for blemish control any oil-free. Whenever I feel like my pores are extra visible I prime my nose chin and the spot right between my eyebrows - where I have larger pores - with the "Benefit - POREfessional pore-minimizing primer", which also prevents the skin from getting oily though out the day.

Then I put on my favorite tinted moisturizer called "bebe - Getönte Feuchtigkeitspflege" in the shade dark and make sure it's all blended in evenly. When applying a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream I prefer using my clean hands over a brush or beauty blender, because it gives a lighter and more natural finish.

Moving on to concealing my spots and dark circles, I am using the "Estée Lauder - Double Wear Concealer" in light/medium or the "Urban Decay - Naked Skin Concealer" in the shade fair/neutral whenever I am less tanned or want an extra brightening effect. Both these concealers are simply amazing and believe me I have to know, I tried nearly every concealer on this planet before I found those two. They are both not to thick or cakey and still have amazing coverage without creasing.

To set my concealer I always go over with a transparent powder, so that the concealer stays put and doesn't move through out the day. I'm using the "Essence - All about matt! fixing compact powder", because it gets the job done, but you can basically use every transparent powder you own.

My favorite part about doing my face makeup is always giving some color to the skin. Therefor I love using the "Benefit - Hoola Bronzer" or the "Essence - Sun Club matt bronzing powder" for lighter skin, to give the face some warmth and dimension. I much more prefer using the Hoola Bronzer because of its cool toned color, but I bought it in a set, which is why I can't travel with it. The Essence one is much cheaper but you have to be careful with how much you are using, cause it tends to look a little orange when you apply to much.

Now that we're done with the face, I always do my brows. When doing your brows it really depends on what your working with. I personally have quite full brows to begin with, so I only use some light brown eyeshadow and a liner brush to fill them in. When traveling I can recommend a brow wiz or any brow pencil that works for you.

Moving on to the eyes, I usually start with a very thin black line on my upper lid and then create a small wing at the end. My all time favourite liner is the "Maybelline - Master Drama Eyeliner" because this "pen-like" liner is very easy to use.
I often line my upper and lower waterline with a black liner as well, so the lashes look fuller. For me the "L'Oreal Paris - Infallible Eye Liner" does the job and stays nearly the whole day.
And last but not least, I put on a thin coat of "Maybelline - Lash Sensational Mascara" in black. Really make sure your lashes are separated to make your eyes look bigger and your lashes longer.

What are your favourite products?

Ilaria xx

Monday, September 21, 2015


IAA - Frankfurt

On Friday I went to the trade visitor day from the IAA (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt, to take a look at the new innovations in the car world. For the whole day we went from one brand to another and it was very inspiring to see what they came up with.
When it comes to colors the industry is very focused on the typical white, silver, black and red, but blue is also on the way. They even presented quite a few matt and semi matt cars, as well as crazy futuristic designs looking like they are part of a spaceship.
All in all I was very impressed by the new technology, that includes autonomous driving and parking assistants which basically do everything for you, and the awesome new designs.
I know this blog is mainly about fashion, but in my opinion cars are a growing part of the fashion culture and you will see, it'll follow this futuristic and minimalist simple way the car designs have already taken.

But now to the outfit I was wearing:
To fit in to the very modern and edgy surrounding I chose to go black and white with some gold details. The turtleneck and the simple print from the top paired with lots of back and leather seems to go very well with the futuristic environment in my eyes.

Top - Zara
Leather Jacket - Forever 21
Jeans - Only
Boots - no name
Bag - George Gina Lucy
Watch - Michael Kors

Tell me what you think about this outfit!

Ilaria xx

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My favorite Perfumes

Perfume Collection | My favorites

Hi beautiful people,

If you're anything like me, you'll never leave the house without having put on some perfume. I personally think smelling nice makes you feel quite good, and there's nothing like a compliment on how good you smell. I do love trying different ones, but over the years I have come to find my favorite ones that I seem to repurchase quite regularly. Most of them are quite pricy, but if you keep in mind how long they last you, it's really worth the money.

I also have to say that they can make quite nice decoration in your room, especially on something like a shelf or plain looking cupboard.

So now, let's get to the real deal.

Miss Dior | Dior
This perfume has a floral touch and is quite light, which I love for the spring and summer! The fruity side combined with the floral, makes it very feminine scent. I have the Eu de Toilette, which of course is not as strong as the actual perfume, but for the price - £54.50 at boots -, it is definitely a great choice.
Wonderstruck | Taylor Swift
I normally am not the biggest fan of celebrity perfumes, but this one is honestly one of the nicest sweet smelling perfumes I have tried. Often times the sweet ones are almost sickly, but this one is the perfect balance between fruity and sweet. With top notes of freesia, apple blossom and raspberry, middle notes of vanilla, and base notes of golden amber and sandal wood, it makes a great perfume for every day wear. With only a price £22 at boots, it makes it a very affordable choice!
Heat Rush | Beyonce
Ironically, this is another celebrity perfume, which is honestly so amazing! Some places have unfortunately discontinued it but if you look around, they should still offer it for around £25.50. It's a very fruity scent with top notes of passion fruit and blood orange. It's great for a fresh feel and a summery aura. One that will definitely not make you feel sickly, if you are prone to that.
Flora | Gucci
A little pricier with £45 for the small eu de toilette bottle, however definitely worth the money. It's a very light and feminine scent, full of contrast with its citrus, peony and sandalwood components. It isn't as sweet as the others, due to the core having rare rose and osmanthus flower (originating from china). Delicate is the perfect way to describe the perfume. (Cutest bottle as well)
The One | Dolce & Gabbana
This perfume is almost the opposite of Flora because it's a lot stronger and 'heavy'. It is one of my favorites but I do have to be careful with the amount I spray because it's very prominent. As expected with D&G the price is around £47. It's a great scent for a night out, as it has a seductive touch with top notes of bergamot, mandarin, peach and lychee. It becomes so strong due to the added floral from the madonna lily, jasmin and vanilla. Perfect if you love a scent that lasts!
Flowerbomb | Victor & Rolf
Now to my all time favorite perfume. I almost feel a little protective over it as I've worn this so much, some of my friends associate the scent with me. It is quite expensive with £50, but not too sweet, not too weak! The top notes are bergamot and jasmin, heart notes jasmin, freesha and orchid and base notes of rose. Great for everyday wear, special occasions or anything really!
Hope you found this helpful for your next perfume purchase,
Britta xx

Friday, September 18, 2015

Healthy to go

Healthy snacks to go | Eat smart

For me the hardest part about eating and staying healthy is taking the time to always prepare a healthy self made meal. I am currently studding at the university and nearly have enough time to buy a sandwich and a coffee to go, let alone to prepare a healthy snack. Especially during the exams when I'm constantly at the uni and barely eat at home, it's hard to stay away from unhealthy or fast food.
But since I'm dealing with this problem for quite a while now, I started trying things and developed some easy and healthy snack ideas besides fresh fruits and vegetables. 

1. Fruit infused water
I know it's technically not a snack but fruit infused water really makes me drink a lot more just because it looks nice and tastes fruity. As we all know staying hydrated is very important and a good bottle of water can be even better than coffee.

2. Healthy snack bars:
Raw or natural snack bars are always a good alternative to the sweet and unhealthy version we all like so much. Of cause you might not be able to buy them on your way to uni or work, but if you just keep some at home you can grab one whenever your in a hurry and have no time to prepare something. I personally like the Raw Bite ones a lot. They are raw, vegan and very good for your metabolism, but there are plenty other nice alternatives out there like the Roo' Bar with goji berries.
3.Vegetable chips
They are not only good for take away but although a perfect replacement for the fatty chips we just love eating during sleepovers or movie nights. Vegetable chips are 100% out of vegetables and taste crazy good even though they are so healthy. If you can't find them in a store you can also try to make your own and decide which vegetables you like the most.

I hope you found those ideas helpful :)
Ilaria xo

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Sky Garden | London

For my dad's birthday this year we went to Sky Garden in London for one of the nicest dinners I have ever had. I did not know what to expect from this place, but it was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere, not to mention the food at the restaurant on the 37th floor above the actual garden. Once the sun had gone down, the bar area had a band playing throughout the night which made the whole scene absolutely unreal. Looking over the entire city while being in such a pretty place was an experience I recommend to everyone. For the occasion I decided to dress smart-casual, as we arrived in the late afternoon, yet I didn't want to go to casual. So I opted for some of my classics.

Top - Zara
Leather leggings - h&m
Chelsea boots - asos
Handbag - Rebecca Minkoff

Britta xx