Edita wears | Fascinate Me

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Fascinator, Blazer (similar here): c/o Biba (via House of Fraser), Bag: Chanel, Jeans & Sequin Top: ASOS, Fluffy Sandals: Boohoo
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Fascinators are pretty things.  I can’t imagine an activity more fun than trying on a bunch of headpieces. But are these beautiful masterpieces doomed to come out of our wardrobes only once a year, or worse, once in a lifetime? Are the skeletons in your closet wearing your fascinators more than you? Is there actually a thing called wearing a fascinator casually without looking like a Carrie Bradshaw wannabe? All legitimate questions that needed to be answered.

Biba has informed me about their latest collaboration with Vivien Sheriff, a British millinery legend. I got extremely excited because here was my chance to delve deeper into the enigma that was the casual fascinator. Without further ado, I wore it, I experienced it and here is what I found:

1. You don’t have to be at the races to wear one. This Biba fascinator is pretty classic. It wouldn’t look out of place at a wedding, evening party, christening – any formal gathering. But to me, this wasn’t enough. I wanted to go out to dinner wearing it without looking weird. There was no force on Earth that was going to stop me. So I did. I matched it with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a leather golden blazer and a sequin top. This is the secret recipe: Mixing low key with a touch of evening wear. If you balance it right, the fascinator will add individuality to your look.

2. You don’t have to limit yourself to dresses only when planning on wearing a fascinator. You can if you want to – but don’t feel that this is where the fun ends. No, no. We’ve just started. Think outside the box. After all, you’ll need that box once you’re done with the headgear for the day. Jumpsuits can be accompanied by headpieces, as can beautifully-tailored suits, or in my case – denim. To be blunt, if after the party or soirée you are remembered as the “one with the hat”, you didn’t quite nail it. If you are remembered as the “one with impeccable style”, you’ve reached legendary fascinator-wearer status.

3. You do have to feel comfortable and confident when wearing a headpiece. Hats can be delicate as they can be overpowering. You can hide that feeling you get when your high heeled shoes start to hurt or unbutton those jeans after a heavy meal (yes, ladylike), but if you feel even a tad disheartened by your headpiece, there’s no way of hiding that. Thankfully, there’s a remedy to prevent this from happening in the first place. This is fashion: chill, smell the flowers and have fun with your fascinator. There are already too many moments in our lives when we need to be dead serious, this is not one of them. Drink that extra glass of vino, laugh that extra decibel louder – you are in a fabulous headpiece, you CAN. If this doesn’t make you someone else’s #goals, nothing does.

Final thoughts: Inspired to try on a headpiece but are afraid to look ridiculous in it? Then let’s go back to my point about that extra glass of wine. I’m kidding. My genuine advice would be popping down to the nearest millinery or vintage shop and trying on as many headpieces as you can, the kookier, the better. We’re building up your immunity here. If you found one that complements your facial features, we’re in business. If not, simply continue by trying on smaller, more modest pieces. The fascinator that you’ll gravitate towards will almost always be an interpretation of your own personality. Are you an exotic bird of paradise or a classic geometric minimalist? You’ll be surprised how much you find out about yourself from the headpieces you’re naturally drawn to.

Do you wear headpieces casually? Let me know in the comments below.

Edita reports | House Festival With Three UK And Samsung

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Dress: c/o Zaful, Sandals: New Look, Sunglasses: Prada

House Festival

I am a twenty something female living in the UK. I have never been to a music festival before. I certainly dressed as if I was on my way but I have never actually attended one until last week. Three UK and Samsung were kind enough to invite me to tag along to House Festival and see the likes of Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne, John Newman et al. There was a catch: Leave your SLR at home Edita, you’ll be snapping away using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone, they told me. Mortified, I said no. I am bringing my SLR. Okay, they said. But about that in a little bit.

House Festival was fantastic. It was everything I expected and more: The music, the rides, the food and the festival makeovers were such feel-good activities that even now I smile to myself as I type this. You know how it is with festivals, insert surfer-dude voice: You had to be there, man!

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

I was pretty adamant about the option of having the SLR with me. On the day itself I decided to play by the rules of my host, and I ventured out with the smartphone only, thinking – what’s the worst that could happen? The photos turn out to be bad and I don’t report on the event and just tweet about my disappointment? I could live with that. Thankfully, with the S7 Edge, there actually was no risk. The camera on this phone is something else, people. It is divine. It has in-built Photoshop-like functionalities so that the colours of your photos are automatically more vivid, more vibrant and just full of life. It also comes with camera modes, for instance beauty mode – airbrushed skin at your service – or foodie mode – why not take pics of your meals that leave you salivating time and time again? To quote a meme: Not sure… If Samsung or Pavlov’s experiment… But it works.

The phone itself is any Android lover’s best friend. It’s big, it’s cheerful and it’s a little bit geeky. You can spend absolute days customising your settings and apps. It’s really easy to get hooked on all of its functionalities. The operating system is a bit less straight-forward than the iOS but that’s exactly what Android fans love about it. You can make it totally you as opposed to the sentiment that Apple allows you to only be the Apple version of you. Tech lovers out there, are you with me?

I am not a tech guru, nor am I a tech brand snob. I loved using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an awesome smartphone with a fantastic camera. However, if you are into all things Apple, this device might seem too rough around the edges for you at first. Be prepared to play around and get used to the Android operating system and you’ll be snapping selfies in beauty mode in no time.

Zaful

Zaful approached me some time ago for a collaboration. I loved the boho vibes of the brand’s premium line and I got hooked on some of the dresses, this being one of them. Easy breezy, casually glam and comfortable to wear, in my heart this number will forever be known as the House Festival dress.

Edita wears | Off My Shoulders

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Top: c/o Sammy Dress, Skirt: Vintage Frank Usher, Shoes: Jasper James Shoreditch, Earrings: H&M
Images by Ahmed Fayed
I’ve dug up my vintage Frank Usher skirt from the abyss of my wardrobe, and matched it with this off-the-shoulder top from Sammy Dress. I expected a boho gypset vibe from this outfit but I ended up looking like Esmeralda who stopped hanging out with the hunchback of Notre Dame to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a goth.

I haven’t done a darker look in a while. I am excited to share this one with you as it comes in a befitting time. Sometimes your own aura darkens until you are ready to face the light again.

Edita wears | Floral Organza

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Dress: c/o SammyDress, Pumps: New Look, Bag: Zatchels
Images by Tina Muller
I have been a keen admirer of 3D elements on organza dresses for a while now, and I am so glad that finally I can wear a flowing, moving garden on my own backside.

SammyDress got in contact with me promising a low price and fabulous quality. Of course I was sceptical at first: How can such low prices guarantee that I will be wearing actual fabric and not toilet paper? There was only one way to find out. I agreed to cooperate. I wanted to find out what buying from cheap merchants/wholesalers was all about. So here it is, my guide on how not to become an Expectation vs. Reality meme.

Communication

I have been reading a number of customer reviews online, (note: not on the merchant sites themselves; a lot of reviews there seemed doctored to my eye) and the reaction was truly mixed. Some people got exactly what they wanted and didn’t need to communicate with the sellers, others had issues with the products and had to email to complain or request refunds. From patchy English to no responses at all, a whole lot of customers were in shock. I was lucky enough to communicate with someone caring at SammyDress who kept in contact and was there to answer any questions I had. Yes, this dress is sponsored but I promise you, I cancelled many cooperating opportunities with similar brands only because their communication was dreadful. It’s fair that English is not everyone’s first language but I think rudeness and pushiness can be universally understood.

Top tip: Before buying, email the site you are interested in to get a taster of the service you will get. I tried to cooperate with another brand similar to Sammydress and was sent a dress that was so bad, I thought it was not even worthy of being used as a piece of cloth for mopping floors. Unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration. When I voiced my disappointment, they didn’t seem to be bothered that much about working with me, which made me question how would they treat customers if that was how they treated a PR opportunity.

Quality

Essentially, what you are buying here is what I’d like to call is poor man’s couture. Brands from China or Singapore often look around for popular styles, copy photos from the Interwebs and pop the pics on their websites for their seamstresses to sew “something similar”. This is the main reason why the Expectation vs Reality meme is hilarious to so many of us. Though I don’t see myself laughing in the knowledge of someone working day and night sewing these cheap dresses just to be able to make ends meet. On the other hand, without this job, they wouldn’t be able to support their families. It is a closed circle and a topic for a completely different blog post. What quality should you expect? That of a pressured person sewing in a poorly-lit room. I am not stating this to make you feel bad – this is often no different from anywhere else on the high street, once you start to think about it on a deeper level.

Top tip: If you opt for a straight-forward style that is not encrusted in diamanté, beads and sequins, you are more likely to get an item that is a perfect replica of the image you saw on the site. I took a risk with a more complicated style, and in my case it paid off with SammyDress, which is why I am really impressed. Should you take a risk with a complex dress? Depends on how lucky you are in Black Jack.

Price

Clothing sites from China or Singapore have bulk-buyers in mind as their main customers which makes the prices low. A dress may cost you even less than a packet of crisps. That cheap.

Top tip: Common sense is your friend. A wedding gown for $5 will never be your friend, no matter how pure your heart is. Employ logic – clothing for a reasonable price will most likely minimise the hassle of returns, back and forth emails, and the risk of never seeing your refund, as quite a few reviewers found the hard way.

Delivery

I am based in London, so I had absolutely zero issues with the delivery – the items came within a week, faster than some UK-based retailers.

Top tip: I found the delivery information pretty clear on every wholesale website I checked, Sammydress was definitely very straightforward about your delivery options and prices depending on what country you reside in. If you are still not sure, just email them as I said in tip number one. It’s just good to know you are in safe hands before you place an order.

Sizes

In these images I am wearing Medium or a UK 10, so in my case this was quite regular. Having said that, I was also sent a jumpsuit from a competitor which said “one size fits all” and I have proven to be an exception to “all” as it most certainly didn’t fit me. To be fair, this happens in almost any high street shop these days. I once ended up getting a size 6 top and size 14 bottom from a UK retailer. It made me feel skinny AND voluptuous at the same time.

Top tip: If it is an A-line dress or an item that has spandex in the fabric’s consistency, go for your regular size. You might need to go up a size if you are tall purely for the length, and have the item tailored to your size. The same goes for when you feel uncertain, always go a size up so that you can make it smaller easily if you need to.

Final word

I know these types of retailers got a whole lot of bad rep recently. They are what they are. I can’t entirely blame them for the Expectation vs. Reality situation, the consumer too has a lot to answer for expecting Gucci quality for a dollar. As long as you order something beautiful for a reasonable price, you are more likely to get it. It’s as simple as that. I had my frustrations, but landed on gold with this number from Sammydress on this occasion. I am glad I am on the Expectation side of meme.