HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: XX – ‘TOGETHER’ (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – THE GREAT GATSBY)

Have you already seen the incredible 3D movie The Great Gatsby? The adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is definitely a must see! The cast is simply amazing, the story is thrilling, but also the soundtrack is just incredible!


The whole soundtrack consists full of songs with a variety in music styles, but without losing the 20’s vibe that you can feel during the movie. My favorite? ‘Together’ from the indie band The XX. The beats are totally killing. It’s so, so good! Congrats to director Baz Luhrmann and Jay-Z for creating such an amazing soundtrack. You can listen to the full soundtrack here.

Listen and decide it for yourself!

-XOXO Marcella

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS STYLE GUIDE: EMILY FIELDS

(Images credit: ABC Family)

To celebrate the new fourth season of Pretty Little Liars (yes, only 3 weeks to go!), I’ve created this special Pretty Little Liars Style Guide. This week it’s all about the sporty and casual style of Emily!


EMILY FIELDS
Emily is that type of girl who people always described as ‘the girl next door’. She’s sweet, kind and very loyal. Not only to her parents, but also to her friends. Especially to her one of her best friend, Alison Dilaurentius… So close, that Emily developed a lot of feelings toward Ali. When Emily hmeard that Ali got killed, she broke her heart. She went through a hard time. Not only she was dealing with the lost of Alison, but also by the fact that she also struggled with her sexuality. Emily is scared that someone is going to find out about all her secrets that she’s been hiding for everyone, even to her friends. Suddenly Emily received a lot of text messages from an anonymous person who seems to know all her secrets…  including her secret crush for Alison.

STYLE
Unlike her complex life, Emily keeps her style always very low-key. From all the four girls, Emily is definitely the least one who dreams about a big, walking in closet. Maybe her style is not so fashionable and excited as her friends, but during the last 3 seasons, Emily’s fashion style has been definitely developed more. Her fashion motto? ‘Less is more!’ Emily shows that you can already rock a simple jeans, without looking boring. Her secret? Read more to find out about her fashion tips and tricks!

MISS SPORTYEmily’s casual style is a truly reflection of her active lifestyle. You can always spot her in many casual items. Think: Blouses, stripes, off-shoulder tops, jeans, cargo pants, cardigans and denim skirts. Many basics, but definitely not boring!

BRIGHT IT UP


Although she likes to wear many basic items (like her favorite kaki pants), Emily definitely doesn’t shy away from using many bold colors! Red, purple, blue or yellow. It fits perfectly with her dark hair and gorgeous olive skin. By also using more bright colors, it makes your outfit more playful.

SCARVES


Emily isn’t a big fan of chunky accessories, like Hanna does, but she definitely loves scarves pretty much! Scarves are also another good way of give your casual outfit that extra little touch. You don’t need to go crazy by using a lot of prints; a simple gorgeous scarf is already very pretty.

JEANS


Sure, without a doubt is Emily definitely more a jeans girl! She wears them many times, with many shirts and blouses, what makes her look more playful. And let’s be honest, what’s not better than wearing one of your favorite pair of jeans. Emily likes all kind of different jeans: Ripped off jeans, skinny jeans, dark blue jeans or just faded jeans.

SKIRTS


Although Emily sure owns a lot of pair of jeans and her style is definitely more casual, she also often wears skirts. Her favorites? Kakhi, denim, army green (she can’t get enough of it!) and a lovely cute white skirt (perfect for summer). That’s her trick to look girly, yet casual. Many times she wears it off with a loose fit top, a striped blouse or a jacket.

STRIPES


One of Emily’s other style signatures, are definitely wearing a lot of striped tops. She even wore a striped bag! Stripes are timeless, you can never go wrong with wearing an striped top! The classic blue/white striped top is always a go, but to make you look more fun, try to wear more bold striped tops.

JACKETS


Emily wears a lot of jackets, from parka’s to leather bomber jackets. She likes many jackets, as long as it is comfortable, casual and combat chic. Her jackets have always some kind of detail, like the leather sleeves or studs.

SNEAKERS


Emily always wear some chic pair of sneakers, that matches perfectly with her casual style. Don’t expect that she wear some kind of tennis shoes. No, she goes for sneakers with details: Studs, pastel colors or funky prints. All Stars of course offers many stylish sneakers, that gives you that extra touch.

MAKEUP


Just like her style, Emily likes to keep it up all low-key. She sticks to her neutral look: Neutral eyeshadow, just a little bit of mascara, nude lipgloss and a soft pink blush. The key to this look, is to maintain a glowing skin. To maintain a healthy skin, it’s important to use a good cleanser! This increases breakouts and pores. After cleaning your skin, it’s good to use a moisturizer that hydrates your skin through the day. Use an oil-free moisturizer, that doesn’t pump out all the extra oil! Then it’s makeup time. To get Emily’s eye makeup, use a nude eyeshadow palette. Many brands offer a palette in these colors, but The Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Makeup Palette, is definitely a must have. For the eyes, use an volumising mascara that creates long lashes. For the lips, use a nude high shine lipgloss. Nude lipsticks can make you feel pale, but a shiny nude lipgloss fits perfectly by any skin tone. And when it comes to the cheeks, pick a blush that makes your skin and reduces also shiness.

HAIR


Emily’s favorite hairstyle, are her long layered locks. They always look healthy and shiny, so it’s important that you use a conditioner, that doesn’t makes your hair heavy or to grease. A good leave-in-conditoner is the Healthy Sexy Hair conditioner, a brand that also Lauren Conrad uses.

NAILS


Just like her makeup, Emily also wears a lot of neutral nail polishes: Nude, mint green, soft orange, white and light yellow. There are many nail polish brands that offer al these colors. A perfect nude is OPI’s ‘Tickle my France-Y’. Essie also offers many gorgeous mint green’s, like Apple Mint Candy.

NEED MORE INSPIRATION?
Do you also like Emily’s casual look and need some more inspiration? Then, check out these 3 selected outfits:

| 1. Bag: Fab | 2. Sneakers: Keds | 3.Top: Delias |
| 4. Nail Polish: Orly (Lemonade) | 5. Skirt: Philipp Plein |
| 1. Cardigan: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | 2. Lip gloss: Bobbi Brown – Nude Beach Collection Summer 2013 |
| 3. Jeans: AG | 4. Sneakers: Marc by Marc Jacobs | 5. Shirt: Splendid

| 1. Nail Polish: Essie – Borrowed and blue | 2. Watch: Ice Watch | 3. Vest: Bardot |
| 4. Jeans: Love Moschino | 5. Sneakers: Superga | 6. Shirt: True Religion | 7. Necklace: Andrea Silver |

Do you like Emily’s style? Would you ever wear some of her pair of sneakers? And which outfit of Emily’s, is your favorite? 

HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: THE BABIES – ‘MESS ME AROUND’ (VIDEO)

Hi Folks! It’s already monday and what’s not better to start the week off with some great music? I’m sure that the Brooklyn based band The Babies, a side project of The Woods/ Vivian Girls, are definitely going to get you through the week with their song ‘Mess Me Around’ from their EP Our House on the Hill. A catchy and funky song, with raw edges. Hello summer playlist!

The song is just as playful as the video, who is directed by Scott Jacobson. In the video you see all kind of different characters, when the band members decided to start hitchhiking, and take you on a mini road trip through Los Angeles. Hilarious!

If you would like to see more of The Babies (and you live in Europe), then I have some good news! Next week The Babies are going to start touring through Europe. A perfect chance to see them performing live! Check here for their spring/summer tour dates.

Check out more of The Babies:
@ Itunes
@ Facebook
@ Twitter: Thebabiesband

HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY: THE MOWGLI’S – “SAN FRANCISCO” (video)

   

Just love, love, love! That’s what first comes to my mind, when I think about the music of The Mowgli’s. If their songs doesn’t make you happy, then nothing will. This Los Angeles based band, who consists of 8 members, has that lovely ’60/’70 ‘s sound that simply puts a smile on your face. Their motto? ‘Making music with love, love making with music’. That’s indeed what the Mowgli’s are doing with their songs and also with their first released video. Check it out!

The song ‘San Francisco’ is just as happy, cheerful and youthful as the video itself, who was directed by Justin Baldoni. I love the part with the confetti, the illustrations that are portrayed in the video and of course their love for the city himself, San Francisco.

If you haven’t already listened to their EP Love is not Dead, you really should give it a try. It’s simply amazing: 5 cheerful, rock n’ roll, indie-folk songs that are perfect for your spring/summer playlist!

Check out more of The Mowgli’s!
@Itunes
@Facebook
@Twitter: themowglis

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS STYLE GUIDE: ARIA MONTGOMERY



Images credit: ABC Family


Happy Pretty Little Fashion Day!

Last week I’ve discussed Hanna’s fabulous style, this week I am going to discuss Aria Montgomery’s gorgeous edgy bohemian style. Do you also adore her style and are you dying to find out how to get her looks? Check out this Pretty Little Liars style guide!


ARIA MONTGOMERY
Aria Montgomery’s style is very outspoken, just like her character. After living for a year in Iceland, Aria still wondered about what happened with her dear friend Alison. When she returned to school, she  reconnected with her old friends: Spencer, Emily and Hanna. Just when Aria found her way back in Rosewood, her life got very complicated: Her mother moved out of the house, her parents got divorced, she constantly fights with her father about a long time secret (what Alison only knew) and the guy she met at the bar, turns out to be her (super cute and hot) English teacher! Big drama! And when you think it couldn’t be more worse, she suddenly received text messages from the anonymous stalker ‘A’, who reveals all her not so pretty secrets….

GET THE LOOK

Trough the years, Aria’s style got a big transformation. Back in 7th grade, Aria always wore pink and purple dreadlocks and her style was more gothic. Her stay in Iceland definitely changed her looks, because nowadays Aria’s style is more bohemian-chic, mixed with edgy and girly pieces. Do you like Aria’s style? Let’s find out how you can steal her looks!

ALL ABOUT THE JACKETS


Have you ever noticed how many times Aria wears a leather jacket? Her wardrobe probably pulls out of all the jackets that she owns! A leather jacket is definitely her style signature, because it perfectly fits with her boho-chic style. Aria wears many girly dresses, but her jacket makes it more edgy. It is a simple and fun way to show off your boho chic side! So try on your favorite leather jacket and wear it off with one of your (girly) dresses. Do you want an even more edgy look? Go for a leather jacket with studs! 


THE DARK SIDE


Unlike Hanna, Aria wears a lot of dark colors: Chocolate brown, grey, black, purple, aubergine, navy , plum and army green. You barely see her wearing bold colors. Aria proves it; Black goes never out of style! But don’t stick to black, try also (like Aria) to mix different kinds of other dark colors too!


LAYERS

Aria is a masterpiece of adding many layers to her outfit. She likes to wear a lot of cardigans over her tops, but she often also wears a simple basic top under her dresses. Another way to simply add some layers to your outfit, is by wearing a jacket! (like I said before, Aria does this many times!).


ALL ABOUT THE BOOTS


Another signature of Aria’s style, are definitely her many pair of boots: Motorbike, ankle or knee-high boots. She wears them with everything! Whenever it’s with a dress, her black skinny jeans or under a sheer maxi dress. She always goes for boots with details, like studs or buckles. It makes your outfit instantly more edgy!

MIX & MATCH


Aria likes to think out of the box and isn’t afraid to play with different kind of patterns, she likes to mix and match her clothes. Lace tights with a floral dress? Or a leopard skirt mixed with a striped blazer? Aria shows that everything is possible by wearing different kinds of patterns, if you just keep the basic color the same with both items. 

LACE


Her style maybe very edgy, but Aria always gives her outfits a girly touch by wearing lace: Lace tops, dresses and tights. It makes your outfit more sophisticated and elegant. So if you want to give your little black dress a new look, just wear them with lace tights! 

EDGY ACCESSOIRES


In each episode, Aria wears always some kind of accessorize. They give her outfits that extra edgy touch! Her favorite accessories: Feather earrings, chunky necklaces, scarves in many patterns (stars, stripes, skulls or geometric shapes), and hats or/ beanies. You don’t have to be a big spender to rock Aria’s look, Forever21 has many fabulous accessories for affordable prices! 

HAIR


Aria is blessed with gorgeous thick dark brown hair, but it’s not very hard to maintain her typical waves! The make-up artists from Pretty Little Liars told that they’ve used a lot of hair products from the brand Tresemme. Their favorite products are Tresemme’s 24 hour body mousse, 24 hour body Shampoo and Conditioner and Finishing Spray. So if you really would like to achieve the shiny and bouncy curls as Aria’s, you definitely should try out these products! The other work is up to your curling iron! As you maybe have noticed on the pictures, Aria’s waves are curled from the inside. So if you are going to use the curling iron, be aware that you are going to wrap it on the right way. The finishing touch is also very important! Aria always puts an extra twist at the end of her brown locks, so make sure that at the end you create an extra fringe! 

MAKEUP


One of Aria’s signature beauty looks, are definitely her fierce eyebrows! They are thick, but in great shape. (plus, full eyebrows are very hot right now!). Some of you are maybe blessed with fuller eyebrows, but even when you’re not, it’s still easy to maintain the same as Aria’s! Just fake it till you make it! To start you have to tweeze all the stray hairs that are outside the arch. After you are finished with the tweezer, it’s time to full them in! With a brow pencil you can create the shape of the brows that you like and fill them in. You could also use some powder to up lighten your brows up or to make them look darker. It’s also a good way to create more thickness! To keep your eyebrows in shape, it’s important to use a eyebrow gel that keeps everything in place. 

NAILS


Aria wears most of the time dark nail polish (that probably doesn’t surprise you, ha!). Although she embraces her dark side, still don’t expect that she always wear her nails black! She likes to wear all different kinds of dark colors: Plum, army green, chocolate brown, dark grey, navy blue and taupe are also some of her favorites. Often she also goes for a more bold, outstanding color, like orange or bright red nail polish (Essie’s Lollipop is one of these gorgeous, poppy red!) or yellow ochre. 

Dress up like Aria!
Are you also a big fan of Aria’s edgy style and need more fashion inspiration to get her look? Take a look at these 3 outfits that I’ve selected. 


| 1. Denim Jacket: Zara | 2. Pumps: Miu Miu | 3. Nail Polish: Barry M (textured nail effects, no. tnp1) |
| 4. Necklace: Forever21 | 5. Dress – Lulu’s |

| 1. Necklace: Club Manhattan (unfortunately sold out, but still available in gold) | 2. Tank top: H&M | 
| 3. Pleated skirt: Alice & Olivia (sold out) | 4. Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | 5. Perfume:Vera Wang – Rock Princess |
| 6.  Smokey Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown – Smokey Eye Collection| 7. Leather Jacket: WH100 (via ASOS) |
| 8. Nail Polish: China Glaze – Urban Nights |

| 1. Scarf – Diana von Furstenberg | 2. Nail Polish: Zoya – Fleck Effect Collection | 3. Booties: Forever21 |
| 4. Top – Object | 5. Eye Shadow – Mac | 6. Pants: Topshop |

Is Aria your favorite style icon from Pretty Little Liars? Are you also a big fan of combat boots? And which outfit of Aria is your personal favorite? Please, tell me. I would love to know your favorite fashion moment from Pretty Little Liars!