Friday, April 14, 2017

Our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot


I'm baaaack! I cannot describe how much I've missed this space of mine! As you may (or may not) know, I got married last Sunday and as soon as March hit I had to take a few weeks away from here to deal with all the last minute wedding preparations, moving and decorating our own place, and sorting out anything that had to be done prior to entering married life. It has been a crazy couple of weeks for sure, but also exciting ones! And now, I am so glad I am finally finding the time to sit down and put my thoughts into writing and get back to doing what I love, which is keeping this little corner of the internet updated and full of ideas! I have so much planned for the upcoming weeks and with regards to married life, I cannot wait to share with you guys everything (ok, maybe not everyyyything lol....). I hope you enjoy these marriage related posts and that you come back for more. I will throw in the mix a few fashion posts too because boy, have I missed those!

For now though, given I've been away for a while, I thought I'd start off easy, sharing with you our pre-wedding photoshoot photos. I've shared a couple of them on my Instagram but there are so many more so I'm compiling the best shots in this post! The photographer we hired for our big day kindly offered us a free pre-wedding shoot and of course, being the photo lover that I am I was super excited! I knew it would have been a great opportunity to loosen up in front of the camera, especially for the fiancé who is so camera shy, and to get to know the photographer's work better. Matthew, our photographer, did such a wonderful job with these, imagine what the actual wedding photos will look like! I can't wait to see those and share them here with you. But for now, please enjoy our pre-wedding shoot!

His outfit: Suit: Italian Suit Co // Shoes: Ask the Missus @ Office
Her outfit: Dress: Chi Chi London (here) // Sandals: New Look // Lipstick: NYX Matte in "Alabama

Photos by: Matthew Doyle // Instagram: @matthewdoylephotography // Website: www.matthewdoylephoto.com

Thanks for reading beauties and wishing you a wonderful Easter break!

See you soon!

xoxo
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

10 Amazing (& Easy!) Pancake Recipes

Good morning beauties! Firstly, apologies for the lack of updates recently. Life has been pretty hectic with wedding planning and all (it's SO near) and needless to say it has left me feeling a little overwhelmed. I miss updating this space of mine more regularly but life happens. I will try to bring new content every once in a while but until the wedding, it probably won't be as regular as before which is ok with me given despite the stress, I am having so much fun with planning our big day and I can't wait to share every detail with you guys! Until then, follow me on Instagram where I post daily so you're in the know of what's happening lately!

Now, onto today's post, I'm recycling a post I wrote two years ago which is still very much relevant today given it's Pancake Day! I bring you the ultimate list of pancake recipes you will need for today. These are bound to be crowd-pleasers, and if you want something healthier, more chocolaty or even savoury pancakes, I've got you covered! Check these out:

1. BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW PANCAKES
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Monday, February 20, 2017

S/S 2017 Trends: Ruffles & Fuchsia



Last spring we saw a rise of Ruffles and frills on the catwalk as well as on the high street and I spoke about the trend previously here. This spring it is back and gutsiest than ever which is great news for ruffles lover me. For instance, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen showcased ruffles in black leather embroidered and printed with Scottish roses, which sound just as stunning as they were. Erdem, Preen, Jacquemus and 3.1 Phillip Lim were also among the number of designers keen on the style, each bringing a different take on it. But one thing they all had in common was that there is something about ruffles that seemed perfectly Victorian. I love the exaggerated leaves in garments, the ruffled high neck, ruffles along the collar bone...which is why when I saw this gorgeous denim shirt with excessive ruffling detailing and this throat-constricting neckline, I knew it had to mine. As soon as I spotted this shirt I knew I was onto something. Not only have I worn this a couple of times already (I only got it last week!) but I strongly believe this will be my go-to shirt in the upcoming sunny season! Let's see how I paired it!
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Friday, February 17, 2017

3 Mistakes You Are Probably Making When Applying Mascara


Apart from looking like a mad woman with my eyes (and mouth) wide open when applying it, I am guilty of a few common mistakes we probably all make when it comes to applying the one product we love the most, mascara! You will agree with me that mascara pulls everything together. It can hide dodgy eyeliner (I’m certainly guilty of those), it can make you look more awake, it can give the look a more dramatic finish and we honestly can't get enough of it! With the hundreds of mascaras I've got sitting on my vanity table, I am guilty of making these mistakes with every single one of them. When I recently learned about these mistakes I decided to bring them to the blog and help out a fellow blogger/reader. So here goes, 3 mistakes you are probably making when applying mascara.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

How I Keep My Hair Long & Healthy


My hair has to be one of my most complimented features (my skin is a close second and y'all must be blind to be saying it is flawless haha) on Instagram and blog photos. Which is why, I decided to dedicate an entire post to it and in it give a few tips on how I keep it clean, healthy and protected. Back in 2015, I wrote about my favourite haircare products at the time and whilst the principles still stand, I am doing a few things differently and I believe these changes to have made a massive difference. Today I am much more focused on my internal well-being rather than on the products and something I learned recently is that whilst using the wrong products can result in hair damage and loss, the trick to truly healthy hair has more to do with what goes into your body than styling products and hours spent in front of a mirror. Hair loss, dullness, and slow growth often comes from the absence of nutrients in your body or bad habits. After a bit of research on my end, here are some tips I found if you're looking to keep your hair long and healthy like I am.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Inexpensive Valentine's Day Ideas


Valentine's Day is coming up but of course, you already know that. Annoyingly the date falls on a Tuesday which is a work day and usually a gym night for me but never mind. Now, Valentine's Day can be a little overwhelming and I bet you're asking yourself a few of these questions; "what shall I wear?", "what will I get him/her?", "where are we going for dinner?". So many decisions to make, not to mention what an expensive day it turns out to be! If you're struggling to find the right outfit take a look at my post from last year, Valentine's Day: How To Dress For Winter Date Night. Sexy but warm outfits are a must given how cold it has been these past few days. If you're taking a more personal approach and want some DIY ideas, I also wrote a post 2 years ago about some do it yourself gift ideas, some of which I've used myself and they were a hit so check that out here 10 DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas. If however, you're looking for further inexpensive Valentine's Day ideas which you probably are given you are actually reading this post, you've come to the right place. Here are some tips to make this incredibly profitable date of the year a little less of a burden on your wallet.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The New Denim Shape To Try: Flared Jeans


If you would have told me this would ever happen I would have called you mad, and that just proves how bad I am at predicting fashion trends. But it's true, the time has come for you to put away skintight jeans and embrace this season's denim's new shape; the flared jeans! And before you roll your eyes at me, let me tell you why this is a good thing. The flared look, whilst at first will push you out of your comfort zone, trust me when I say they are incredibly flattering and will compliment your existing wardrobe so no need for new additions! Sounded good enough for me to give them a try, so I did!
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Don't Break Your New Year's Resolution: Keeping Fit The Right Way


"I am going to be fit this year."
"I am going to eat clean and workout."
"I am going to lose weight and get back in shape." 

Who hasn't put this one resolution on their list for 2017? Year after year, the top two New Year's resolutions made are to 1. to get fit, and 2. to lose weight. If either of those is on your to-do list, good for you! Keeping fit is vital and you should not be putting it off until next month or heck, next year. If however, your motivation levels have already drastically dropped you're probably doing this whole fit life wrong. The scramble to lose weight and get fit in the beginning of the year is always a given, and the gym industry reaps all the benefits. But did you know that 4% of new gym goers don't even make it past the end of January and 14% drop out in February? Do you wanna be part of this percentage? I didn't think so! I've been there before myself and yes you save gym money which you can spend on clothes and food, but in the long-run, you know you would have been better off working out with no drop outs. With this in mind, today I bring you 5 tips which massively help me staying focused and motivated!
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Monday, January 30, 2017

My Fail-Safe Winter Look: Jumper, Puffa & OTK Boots


I wake up and I'm instantly drawn to open my weather app. I know what it will tell me but one can only hope for an early spring, am I right?! Having said that, winter fashion is my favourite by far. Whilst it is not favourite to shoot blog photos in, I love dressing in big chunky knits, all the pretty boots I can totally justify buying as well as taking out my coat selection out for a spin (although I always end up wearing the same one all week...go figure). Which is why when Bows Boutiquess invited me to check out their New In winter range I couldn't type a reply fast enough. I had seen the store name come up on my Facebook feed, on those adverts, and I remember loving those big furry coats the models were always sporting. I, of course, never pass a good chance to add winter pieces to my wardrobe and narrowing down to what I wanted from the huge selection was sure tough, but I got there in the end! I thought to myself, what is a fail-safe winter look that is me and perfect for this sort of weather. With that in mind, in my basket it went a chunky knit jumper, a cosy (and waterproof may I add) jacket with faux fur and suedette OTK boots, because one can never have too many pairs o those. I told I am obsessed with these pairings.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wrapping Up Warm With A Poncho & Must Have Ankle Boots


Is there anything more comfortable than a good oversized poncho to make you feel warm in all the right places?! I think not. Which is why when Trendeo got in touch I instantly knew a poncho was what was missing from my closet for the chilly season. I've talked about the cape/blanket wrap/poncho trend before given it was such a big hit last winter. This year I am bringing it back and needless to say, I am loving how chic it looks!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Currently Lusting: My January Fashion Wishlist

Do I need any more clothes? I most certainly do not. With a wardrobe full of knits and coats I can probably go without doing any shopping for a year or even more. But being a woman that loves fashion is hard and with trends hitting me from all directions, one can't help but want new pieces. Maybe if I have a clearout I can fit more pretty things in?! Anyway, here are the things I want in my closet! Payday, you can hurry up now please #broke #aintgotnomoney

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Balancing It All: Working, Blogging & Wedding Planning


It is quite noticeable how quieter it has been around here lately. Since November 2016, I've not put out there the usual number of posts I used to do every month and that is totally ok. I am not saying this is a bad thing at all, because I honestly do not think it is. I am currently going through an important period of my life and whilst I am doing my very best to keep the lights on in this space, I think it is perfectly fine to take a step back once in a while to focus on other priorities.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy 25th Birthday To Me


25 aka quarter of a century. Maybe turning 25 won't be so bad. I can still choose if I want to be wise and mature, or young and care-free. I have every excuse to have a quarter life crisis. 25 means lower car rental rates (even if I don't have a driver's license lol). I can totally justify buying expensive cosmetics; gotta keep that skin young! I am still a "young adult" and have 15 years before "middle age". 30 is the new 20, haven't you heard?! I'll always be ten days older than my future husband but I still look pretty young for my age. I get to celebrate with pizza, family and friends, and most importantly cake!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My 2017 Skincare Resolutions


If I told you I took care of my skin extremely well in 2016, I'd be lying. I know our skin is our body's largest organ and that it serves as a protective barrier between our insides and the rest of the world, and it helps regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Yet, I am as lazy as one can be when it comes to treating my skin right and am often neglecting it from what it really needs. I often forget to give my skin as much care and attention as it deserves and this year I need to make a change. I am not just referring to facial skincare which I've improved a lot lately thankfully, but also body-care which is my biggest challenge as I very much dislike moisturising every day even though I really should. Thankfully my skin isn't too dehydrated but I can only imagine how much better it would look and feel if I actually gave it some TLC. I am now aware that my skin works 24/7 to protect my body from harsh weather (which we seem to get a lot in the UK this time of year), UV rays, injuries, pain and a host of other unpleasant sensations. Setting aside a few minutes each day to tend to my skin seems a small price I will have to pay and these are my 2017 skincare resolutions.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

10 Winter 2017 Wardrobe Essentials You Must Have


January is here and inevitably, we are heading into the thick of winter. This winter is set to be one of the worst in years (although they do say that every year, don't they?!) and if there is one season you need to prep your wardrobe for, this is it. Despite little chance of snow or any sort of polar vortexes, fog and chilly weather is coming our way even more so and there are a few things you need to have in your closet to get you through this time. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be really hot than at any moment feel cold so I am prepared! With this in mind I've picked my 10 winter wardrobe essentials that will cover all bases. And no, I'm not just talking about coats and knitwear because that'd be too easy. I am also adding a few chic ideas because yes you can look good and warm during winter too!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter 2017 Fashion Trends: Black & White Classic


When is sleek and sophisticated monochrome not on trend? Black and white specially is my favourite combination and put together, the shades always look modern and fresh. Wearing black and white head-to-toe is the easiest formula for a put-together look. Whether you are going for a white dress and black accessories, or a white top with black pants; it is hard to mess up this timeless colour combination. Best yet, there are no needs to worry about coordinating accessories since black and white pretty much go hand in hand with anything.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Fashion Trends: My Posts Recap

Happy New Year beauties and welcome back to pamscalfi.com! I hope everyone has enjoyed their time off for Christmas and New Year! I know I've not been around much these past few days but a break was in order. I had been stretching myself thin for a while and desperately needed a break from work and blogging to be able to fully relax, recharge my batteries and enjoy time with family and friends, and I am overjoyed I did just that. 2016 was a busy year for me with scarce holidays, so when the holiday season came around I knew this was going to be "me time". I, of course, missed this place like crazy thinking of the posts you guys were publishing and that I was missing but I am back now and glad to report things will be going back to normal. When I say normal I do need to remind myself that I have a wedding coming up in 3 months or so, so I will not promise the usual 3 posts per week I did last year. But the main goal in terms of blogging this year is to give fashion blogging my best shot seeing I have learned so much about it in 2016 and it has truly  become my passion! I have so much to share with you all in this space and I hope 2017 can be the year I get to do it. And to start things off I am looking back at all of my fashion posts from 2016; I can't believe there were 30 posts which is amazing compared to only 18 in 2015. Let's review!

1. Dungaree Pinafore Dress 
(read here)
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