Pearly whites

17 November 2017

Leicester, UK

I have been obsessed with all things embellished with pearls for a long time! From the classic studs which I keep on stocking up by the dozens,( H&M has the best multipacks) to overly embellished dresses and jackets. Designer houses such as Gucci and Balmain have put pearls back under the spotlight but in more innovative ways. I mean who would have thought that trainers embellished with pearls would be a thing? Gucci certainly did, and made an amazing job at combining both. But one of my favourite combos are denim and pearls. So it would be rude for me to have the fashion background I have and not share a few DIY projects, and help other fashionistas out there achieve this trend without breaking the bank. You can thank me later!

What you need:
A pair of skinny jeans
Fabric scissors
Pearls 2 different sizes
White tread
Pencils two different colours
Masking tape
Sharp seam cutter 

Picked a pair of skinny jeans that are a bit too long for me ( like most of the jeans I own, thanks to my non existent legs) so it’s hard, I dare to say impossible to find he perfect ankle grazing skinny’s that will looks how they meant to look on my short legs. So shortening by a few inches will be the first task.

After trying the jeans on and deciding how much to cut off I used a piece of masking tape to mark the where I will be cutting.

 The tape will be used as a guide and a limit where to distress the new hem.

I used a stich cutter to unpick the edges of the jeans alternately sharp scissor can be used too.

Place the bigger pearls first so the distribution is nicely balanced.

Mark each placement for each pearl with a pencil.

Place smaller pearls.

Mark with a different colour pencil.

Using different colours will be easier when seeing the pearls on.

Repeat the same steps on the back of you wish, for me I wanted to add a few on the back but just at the very bottom part.

Sew all the pearls individually, and be sure to secure each pearl properly.
Using white thread will look much better than any other colour, because it will blend with the pearls.
 And voilà!

Uncomfortably Floral

25 September 2017

The pre mummy Sílvia would look at this suit and say "hell to the no"!
There's something about resisting the uncomfortable and the fear of the unknown, I have been through many situations in the past year alone that tested my backbone metaphorically and physically (trust and believe that 19 hours of labour with no pain relief is definitely a physical test of your backbone).
I have promised myself that in this journey that we call adult life I will take more risks, opt for the uncomfortable instead of the comfortable. The same rule applies to my wardrobe, those who know me know that red is not really my colour unless is in a nice retro matte lipstick or shiny red polish form! So this print was everything I would have ran away from, pyjama outdoors, floral print, red, but I have to say I'm so glad I took the risk.
So much so that I ended up working out different ways to wear the top! This look is perfect for a night out but I can also imagine it paired with skinny jeans for more of a day time feel. Or the pants paired with an off white shirt for a Parisian effortlessly chic look. 
The pyjama trend has definitely won its newest biggest fan, I will be exploring and experimenting with this trend a bit more in the future, I'm fully aware that I'm super late, but hey better late than never!

Wide Shirt - H&M
Trousers - H&M
Earrings  - H&M 
Heels - ZARA 

Many thanks to the amazing Sylvia Chuku for capturing the essence of my grown self , for more of her amazing work check her out on insta @sylviachuku_photography 

The Tile Effect

16 August 2017

A30, Portugal
Roaming the streets of Lisbon is hard not to get under the influence of all the beautiful tiling and rococo details that finishs of the beautiful buildings around the city.
The old buildings have been untouched or messed around with, so all the tiles are original, in some cases they probably have gone through a facelift, but nothing that would compromise the original look, hence why I love it so much.
The preservation of that nostalgic feeling is key, all marble carvings and colourful tiles have influenced me to put on this shirt I bought from H&M about two years ago, the tile like print fits in perfectly with my surroundings, paired with a simple pair of shorts I definitely gave room for this shirt to do the talking.
I have had planned to have two or three more outfit posts but due to the nature of my trip I just really took time to enjoy my family and just really take some time for myself.
 Follow me on Instagram to see more of what I been up to. 

Blouse - H&M
Shorts - H&M
Trainers - H&M
Bag - H&M

As always leave a comment below with any questions or feedback.

Silvia Gomes

Lisboa Bonita

22 July 2017

Lisbon, Portugal
I have been to many places, but nowhere compares or even ever come close to my hometown Lisbon.
Capital of Portugal, doesn't matter how many times I visit, this place will never fail to leave me mesmerised and more in love with it.
I have a love and hate relationship with my visits to Lisbon , love coming and eternally hate leaving, this summer I came back for a short sweet and sour ten days for my daddy's first year memorial service and gathering with my siblings, like I mentioned previously and also made a video about it, I have been wearing black and nothing but black for a full year ( only with the exception of one hour shoot I had with my son), so I have now gone back to normal coloured clothes, and I found that creams and some deep tones have been my go to colours to ease me back to my normal wardrobe.
I hope you enjoy the following series of outfits I wore whilst away with a sprinkle of Lisbon, I will be also posting a full lookbook video on my channel, so stay tuned.


  Hoops  (similar) - H&M
Casio Watch - ASOS
Denim Shirt (similar) - H&M
Shorts (similar) - H&M
Sandals (similar) - H&M

Be sure to let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments box below or stay in touch on my social media!
Sílvia Gomes 

End of the All Black

17 July 2017

The end of my full year in black is approaching and I have to say it's been a hard one.
From the reason why I am in black to the challenge of putting all black outfits together that also need to be suitable for nursing my baby boy it's has been a mission. And yet a massive lesson, to overall appreciate what I have and to learn to work with what i already have in my wardrobe.
I have learnt the multiple uses of each garment and I will most definitely take these lessons and apply to my normal clothes.  I will make e most of my clothes and also be more frugal when shopping, be more picky and shop smarter. Buy items with their purpose and versatility in mind more than just the purpose of following a current trend. 

Motivation Monday #1

24 April 2017

Leicester, UK

"Don't be afraid to get your toes wet, you may find you are a mermaid after all"

Staying focused and willing to take risks will bring you more happiness than the act of dreaming and wishing you did.
Wishing never achieved anything, trying and and taking risks do.
Don't be afraid of going for it, fear and self doubt will forever be your biggest obstacle in life.
So get into the habit of eliminating those negative thoughts and substituting them with positive ones.
Start your week as you mean to go on.
Stay motivated!

I absolutely love supporting and motivating people around me just as much as I enjoy being supported and motivated by those around me. It's important we keep ourselves and our circle motivated and positive.
So I wanted to have a little space on here to dedicate to good vibes, so every Monday I will be sharing some positive and inspirational words, so we set the tone for the rest of the week.
I hope you enjoy these weekly series!

~ Sílvia

New beginnings

23 April 2017

Leicestershire, UK

So here it goes, my very first blog post since I became a mother.
My old blog was doing very well when it all went pear shaped, I have just given birth to my beautiful son Raheim at the time, he was about three weeks old, when suddenly my blog disappeared like it never existed before, I was upset and hurt, but did not want it to overshadow the happiness that I was experiencing in my personal life.
 So I made the decision to step away from it and just focus on my personal life and enjoy the precious moments that I will never get back. In a way I feel like it happened for a reason, i had more time to focus on bonding and raising my boy. I missed putting outfits together and writing about them but I don't regret stepping away at all, if anything the amount of things I have learnt this last year have taught me so much about myself.
Not long after having my baby I lost my father, and in our culture we must show respect to our loved ones by dressing in black, nothing but black clothes down to the underwear.
So this last year I have been in all black, because is my dad I must wear all black for at least a year. I have to say I shopped less, and my styling skills have been tested. As the challenge of wearing all black but making sure all my outfits were nursing friendly. It hasn't been easy but I honestly feel like I have grown so much since then. And certainly know my how to make the most of my wardrobe more than I ever did.
So look out for a few all black suggestions as the end of my all black year approaches.
Stay tuned for all the amazing content I have work hard to put together just for you!
~ Silvia

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