13.12.19

WHAT TO PACK FOR A SKI TRIP: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE


Beginning of December the Hubby and I went on a ski trip up to Mammoth lakes and preparing and planning what to pack I realised that there is so much to know about what you need on a ski trip.

I am not really a ski fanatic, in fact I have only skied like 6 times in my life. Packing for skiing is fairly new to me, so I imagine that some of you might also be new to skiing having no clue what to pack or what to pay attention to when shopping for ski gear. I mean ski outfit, as you will probably just rent your gear (boots and skis) if you are a beginner.


1. Base Layers

It is super important to pay attention to your base layer. It looks like a normal pair of leggings and just a tight top, but it's not. It is actually absorbing your sweat and heat to keep you warm and dry. There is nothing worse than feeling a wet layer of clothing under your ski outfit! just imagine brrr and it would most probably make you feel colder too. So pay special attention and only buy your base leggings and top at a specialty shops. I got mine back in a ski sports shop in Hungary 2 years ago and it is from a brand called Dainese. They make ski and motorcycle gear.
I have this top in black CLICK HERE  and these pants also in black CLICK HERE.

Here are a couple others I think are cute:





2. Socks

I bought a new pair of ski socks during this trip at Mammoth lakes and I learned a lesson. Even though it said it's the warmest pair of socks it wasn't at all especially compared to my old ski socks. The difference when I compared the socks was not only the material of the warmer pair were "fluffier" and "fuzzier" I discovered that the toe area was of a much thicker material on the warmer pair than on the new one. And it made all the difference. The good ones were from this brand CLICK HERE. I like the over the calf and wear a size M for my EU38-39 size foot.

Some other picks for you:



3. Fleece

Fleece is like my favourite part of the layering because it's warm, soft and fuzzy. MY husband doesn't like them because he finds it to warm so wears a different much cooler layer instead. But I love it. I am always cold even in warmer parts of California so a fleece is a must for me. I like it when it zips all the way down just cause sometimes it will get to warm and you want to be able to remove layers easily and I like it to be a really long fit to cover my hips at the back as it is always just so cold there! Got my new fleece sweater from NorthFace this cyber Monday and here it is: CLICK HERE





4. Your actual ski outfit

I got my ski jacket and pants from OYSHO which is a sportswear and underwear brand from Inditex (ZARA) and I love them. I got them 2 years ago so I can definetly tell you that it is good quality and works and that is is water resistant and all. I wanted something that is timeless and stylish as I planned on not getting new outfit for long time. So I chose a form fitting pair of pants with high waist nt only because that is flattering but it also keeps you warmer. I really wanted a skinny fit but the way the skinny pants end inside your ski boots is not very comfortable for me unfortunately so I got one that goes over your boots but is a skinny fit until your knees. The jacket is also a feminine style with a belt at the waist which I think is also a timeless and always stylish fit.

I actually changed the fir on the hood of my Oysho jacket from the original black to white. I just thought it made it more chic and unique!

What I actually really wanted was a cute ski suit but unless I live on the slopes and can go home to use the restroom I wouldn't wear a one piece. Just imagining it touching the bathroom floor while I try to pee disgusts me lol.

if you are serious about skiing in the future you should invest in the ski jacket and pants as you don't actually need a new one every season if you choose smart :)

I am linking a couple of my favourite ski fits here including ski suits because they are so cute here:




5. ACCESSORIES

Like helmet, goggles, neck warmer and gloves! YOU NEED THEM ALL!



I have a helmet that is together with the goggles/visor and I love this style! It's like wearing and extremely oversized pair of sunnies. Looks a bit alien but still cute. Underneath I wear a neck warmer or a balaclava that also covers my head. Looks a bit funny and makes me look super ugly but I prefer this style especially when it is windy and because it also keeps my hair in place. I got one at Mammoth lakes from the softest material from CLICK HERE.  My gloves are Salomon.




6. BOOTS AND SKIS

I don't own my own yet but when I will it will probably be Nordica boots. The last two times I went skiing Nordica was the only brand whose boots didn't hurt my ankles. I am thinking my ankles might be positioned in an unusual spot as many (all I have tried so far) other brands were hurting the same way. So don't be shy and try as many as possible before renting your ski boots.
Also don't be afraid to ask for shorter skis than what they suggest if you are a beginner (or just simply always scared) as it makes skiing so much easier.

7. EXTRAS

You will also need a pair of moon boots or something similar for when you walk around the village.




I also love having a belt bag or a mini backpack on me while skiing to hold my mini water bottle and some snacks and my sunglasses. My ski jacket is fitted so I need the extra space :)



Hope I was able to give you some great tips on what to look out for! LMK :)
Where is everyone skiing this winter?
xx


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20.11.19

FESTIVE FITS


If this is not the season for sequins then... I have selected a few of my favourite fits for the festive season coming up! Don't worry there are some looks without sequins too.

Let me know your fav look and what you will be wearing during the holidays!

I have also prepared a holiday gift shop for you to browse including gifts for girlfriends and boyfriends! So head over to my Christmas page and check it out if you need inspo for gifts this year!


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4.11.19

STYLING VIDEO: 3 CYCLING SHORTS OUTFITS FOR FALL


This is one my favourite styling videos so far as I love still love the cycling shorts trend and wanted to bring the trend into the colder weather. Well luckily it doesn't get too cold here in California.

Here is the styling video


OUTFIT 1

Shorts - 💸 Topshop 
Crop top - old Primark similar 💸 here and 💸 here
Blazer - 💸 Missy Empire
Boots - 💸 Lulus
Belt - Other Stories
Bag - Brandy Melville - 💸 similar here

OUTFIT 2

Shorts - 💸 Topshop
Knit - 💸 Joie
Jacket -💸  Lulus 
Bag - 💸 Lulus
Shoes - DSW
Belt - Target

OUTFIT 3

Shorts - 💸 Topshop
Crop top - 💸 Zara
Boots - Bershka - 💸 similar here
Hoodie - 💸 Brandy Melville
Bag - Brandy Melville - 💸 similar here

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1.11.19

EYE MAKE UP ROUTINE


I  am no make up guru at all which is why you never see me doing tutorials. I only watch them. But I have a couple favourite products that I love and are so easy to use that I wanted to share them with you! 

Whatever I do I always start by using a toner. I love the Innisfree Jeju Lava seawater... 



For eyebrows I use the Benefit Cosmetics "Precisely, my brow" eyebrow pencil: which is super fine and like very easy to use to create natural looking but defined eyebrows. I use shade n4.



Then I use a Neutrogena Eyeliner which I found when I moved to the US and order it from Amazon Prime. It has 2 ends: one with the eyeliner the other with a smudging (for a smoky effect) and sharpening tool. So handy! I use either the cosmic black or spiced chocolate depending on my mood. 




Then I do my eyelashes: 1, I curl them a little 2, I use a primer: this eyelash primer is tinted so works as a mascara when you want a more natural look 3, The best for last, the roller lash to create the most amazing eyelashes! 

Get them here


*This post contains gifted items (my picks) and affiliate links which means if you buy something I will get a commission from the retailer (you will not be paying more because of this)
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23.10.19

STYLING VIDEO: 4 LEATHER PANTS OUTFITS


I have a new styling video on my Instagram: 4 ways to wear these super cute and extra flattering vegan leather pants from Showpo (gifted).
Watch the styling video linked here and below that you will find the outfit credits.



OUTFIT 1

Top - 💸 Lulus 
Pants - 💸 Showpo 
Bag - 💸 Missslola 
Boots - Bershka - 💸 Similar here

OUTFIT 2 

Cardigan -  Primark - 💸 Similar here
Pants  - 💸 Showpo
Bag - 💸 Studio33
Heels - DSW - 💸 Similar here

 OUTFIT 3

Top - 💸 Zara 
Pants - 💸 Showpo 
Shoes - 💸 DSW 
Bag - Brandy Melville - 💸 similar here
Coat - 💸 In the Style 

 OUTFIT 4

Knit jumper - 💸 Showpo
Pants - 💸 Showpo
Booties - 💸 DSW
Bag - Brandy Melville - 💸 similar here

*Some of the links are affiliate links which means if you buy the item I will get a small commission (you are not paying more because of this)
*Showpo gifted me these 2 Showpo items of my choice.
*Lulus top was also gifted.
*Studio33 bag was also gifted. 
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19.10.19

CARTAGENA TRAVEL GUIDE

Wearing Daige in Getsemaní, Cartagena

This post has been way too long in the making! We traveled to Cartagena in January 2019 for my birthday and I could not have wished for a more amazing place to spend it! Cartagena in Colombia is just so picturesque, fun and has so many really cute restaurants with great food that this post will not do it justice. But I will try.

Bomba Beach Club

We chose Cartagena because me and the hubby both thought about it completely independently and found this coincidence to be a sign. He heard about it from a colleague and I saw it on RHONY (I know lol). He mentioned it a bit scared thinking I will say no not knowing that I had already dreamt of visiting this place from seeing it on tv. So we booked the tickets and a hotel and left SF.


Before telling you where to stay I will tell you where not to stay. And that is any resort-like hotel in the Bocagrande part of the city. We booked our first hotel there after reading great reviews and the fact that there was a beach right in front of it but hated it. We luckily managed to get out of that reservation after spending a couple nights there and having already visited the old town part of Cartagena. 

Hotel Estelar in Bocagrande

We quickly realised that the walled city is where we wanted to be because Bocagrande is just not as charming and the beach there is super busy and really not worth it  (we didn't even go there). So....

1. WHERE TO STAY


After realising that we wanted to spend the rest of our vacay in the old town we booked the ANANDA boutique Hotel. And it was the best decision ever. I can highly recommend you stay here because we had a fab time. And I am picky. Like super picky. Everything from the hotel itself to our room, the decor, the food (I had the veggie risotto by the pool like I don't even know how many times it was so good) was beautiful and delicious. We had breakfast every morning in the hotel restaurant (which had an indoor and patio area too). You could choose from a small but even more delicious menu in the most beautiful setting. 


The advantage of a boutique hotel in the centre is that they are built inside these original colonial style buildings, most of them with a pool and they are right in the centre! So you can walk around in the city and when it gets too hot you just go back to your hotel and jump in the pool!


Ananda Boutique hotel had two pools, one on the rooftop and another one on the ground floor. Most rooms had a window or balcony looking onto this ground floor pool,  ours is on the pictures above.

View from the rooftop at Ananda
Eating my delish veggie risotto by the rooftop pool

2. WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK


Alquímico in Cartagena 

Before going there I prepared list of restaurants I wanted to go to but honestly we almost didn't even need my list as everywhere we went there was a cool restaurant. Like San Francisco or NYC level cool with food to match.

Pizzeria Fernandez Madrid 

The restaurants we visited were: Alma, a hotel Restaurant and bar so good we went back twice, El Kilo, Pizzeria Fernandez Madrid which had tables on the square (Plaza Fernandez) but we spotted a balcony on the cute little Colombian house right next to it with only 3 small tables up there and as it turned out, it was part of that same restaurant. We had both a dinner and a lunch up there and it was such a great experience as you could hear the city and the music from below but also have the privacy, Demente in the Getsemaní neighbourhood which was a pizza place, Zaitun where we went to try something new as they served Colombian-Lebanese fusion food (Soooo GOOOOD), Maria Bonita also in Getsemaní which we spotted while walking around in the neighbourhood because it had the most amazing interior.  But there were so many more restaurants we wished we had been to.

Maria Bonita

The bars: Alquimico, this place is my favourite bar that I have ever been to, make sure you also go to Cafe del Mar located on the western wall of the historical city for sunsets (just get there before opening so you get a good seat) and we also went to the KGB bar well because we are from Eastern Europe lol. We also really wanted to go to Cafe Havana but unluckily it was closed the day we tried.

Alma Restaurante: Steak, Porkbelly, atmosphere, Tuna steak,

Also no need to worry if you go without bookings or a list because the place is full of great restaurants and bars.

The houses are so cute in Cartagena

3. WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO SHOP


In Cartagena: Definitely worth spending a 2-3 days just exploring this beautiful old town which I would divide into two parts: the walled city old town (2 days for sure) and Getsemani (at least a day) which is more of an up and coming trendy-artsy part of the city. Take a cab to Plaza de la Trinidad and walk from there.


Shopping is also really good in Cartagena! The coolest concept stores will be pricey but you will find more affordable options too. Make sure to also check the street vendors for items you saw in shops as they might have it for less... We found a really good menswear store for the hubby and bought like half the store for him: Portomar!


Outside of Cartagena: For my actual birthday we booked a beach club, Blue Apple beach club on a nearby island (where you could also spend a night as it is a hotel too) and on an other day we went to Bomba beach club on the same island. Certainly preferred the birthday beach club experience as it was less chaotic and had a more luxurious feel to it. But both were good beach clubs although you could probably try the Namaste beach club instead of the Bomba club. We also visited an aviary (Aviario Nacional) (our hotel arranged a taxi for us) and if we had more time we would have also gone to Playa Blanca which was a bit further down from the bird place.

Aviario Nacional de Cartagena

Head over to my Instagram (@WhatVeroWears) and check out the Cartagena Highlight!

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