Monday, 24 April 2017

R I O | Release Review

Brand new RIO in the Plaza recently! This got me excited because in the past few years I think RIO has really been stepped up with their offerings, and as Stardoll has been quite uninspiring for me lately, this got me hoping for something good! I really like the advert, the pink is fabulous and eye-catching, and I think the model (again another SD user, tyka11^) looks good in the pieces =)
Highlights This release in RIO definitely ticked all the boxes and really gave a little light back into Stardoll from their recent disappointing times! The pieces are the epitome of the store with brightness and summer exuding from all directions, this is a post I'm certainly looking forward to writing!
Accessories As usual with these one-floor releases the accessories are a compact collection but all fit well with the summer and fruity vibe that the store has, especially the Pineapple Top Handle Handbag, Pineapple Earring and RIO Pineapple Headband, do you see the theme there^ I like the bag really, it's pink and the printing is pretty cool, plus it's certainly a stand out piece! The shoes don't stand out as too unique, I feel like we've had very similar pairs of both that are on offer here. The Supersized Rope Hoop Earrings Left is a nice piece too, and I think it actually suits me as on of the one-earring-only trend! It's also well priced, so makes trying out the trend an easy one. And lastly, and also well priced in SC's are the White Oversized Cateye Glasses (not seen on the first page) - a classic in the sunglasses world and an easy to pair to style. You can't really go wrong with the SC price and I think the style is one which suits a lot of people!
Clothing The clothing in this release are all about the summer! Bright colours, light fabrics, cool shapes and cutouts, plus fab styles! I think there's a bit of everything here, so I think it's possible for everyone to find something that suits them. There are 7 dresses/all-in-ones in the store, with a lot of block colour and honestly I'm still completely drawn to the crisp white pieces on offer! There's three, the Choker Trumpet Playsuit, Laceup Shoulder Bodycon Dress and The Perfect White Dress, and it's the first two that I'm all googly eyes over^^ They have fab shapes and styles, and they fit on the doll really well. They each have unique style features but at the same time, seem easy to combine with other items to work easily into a look. Perfect for summer, and with some creativity I think they could look good all year round! There are 4 tops in the store, ranging in colour and amount of material there is, but I think the focus is on the bustier style, which is shown clearly with the Bustier Frill Tangerine Top and Frill Bustier Top but also partly with the Criss Cross Batwing Blouse which has a cool wrapped style over the chest, creating a look of a bustier. The colours are quite similar with the red/orange, but I think it's a hot one for this years summer and I don't think anyone will mind in the similarities. The Frill Bustier Top also matches the Wide Leg Dot Pants which are so sweet, and a nice spring piece of clothing. I haven't bought them yet, as I'm not sure how much wear I will get from them and I haven't seen anyone else give them a go yet ... maybe once we're really into the right season I will change my mind! Also in the trouser category are the rather awesome Striped Wide Pants! I loved these immediately and couldn't wait to style them! The stripes are current and I think are something easy to work into different styles. They also fit really well too^
Prices This release ranges from 6 to 16SD's, which I think is pretty great and nothing seems too expensive. There are a couple of SS pieces, but also a few items in SC's - overall the prices are good for the store and are comparable to previous releases.
Styled Outfits I loved putting together these looks, and I really like them as a set as well - everything just sort of clicked with these! Unintentionally I seem to have gone for the sporty vibe with all those wide-legged trousers, but actually I love the style on my doll, it's grown on me so much in the past few months. Firstly the Striped Wide Pants which I've stuck with some classic colours for. Even though they're a little more red than an orange-red, I think they suit this long vest pretty well, and I like the clash that the clutch brings to the outfit. I kept it pretty basic elsewhere with white trainers and a smart shirt which I love mixing into different styles. Secondly is the Criss Cross Batwing Blouse which is in more of an orange-red tone^ The recent HB shoes are such a perfect colour match here, that I had to choose light trousers to add something other than more red or orange to the style! The shape of these ones is super classy and I think it really highlights the shapes of the top. And lastly the White Oversized Cateye Glasses, again a sporty styling and again some wide trousers ... but these look so good with them!!! The white long polo makes a good base and the leather jacket is a classic which I never forget to include^ Overall I'm so pleased with these looks - maybe I'll get a few more pieces from the store to try a few more ideas!
Features And a couple of features now! It was clear to see a few pieces becoming popular from this release, but as time passes I've seen much more a range of looks featuring items from the store. First up is t.i.a.f wearing the Striped Wide Pants, Criss Cross Batwing Blouse and the Sky High Top Knot Platforms, it may be a simple combination but I think it works, as does the jewellery additions for this look. The huge single hoop really catches your eye and draws it to the top half of the styling - I really think it makes me convinced that there's more than just RIO items here!
And secondly, always a favourite, Isabella8103 wearing the Pineapple Top Handle Handbag and RIO Pineapple Headband in an all-out sort of way! The prints of the two do well in holding their own against the other competing prints in this outfit, definitely a feat! I love how they've been added to with the bow on the bag, and the other head accessories for the headscarf. It's easy to see them highlighted in this busy style - great job =)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Bursting Spring

Found this beeeautiful Fendi dress in bazaar today, and I immediately saw its potential as a skirt! Giving me slavic vibes with the flower print on black fabric, and I am loving it! Wanted to freshen up the look with the bright red blazer and white shades, so it would not be too dark! Though I'm weirdly into black at the moment, both in Stardoll and real life... 

Items used:
Fendi Inspired Ruffle Dress - Runway
Petal Piles Top - Pretty'n'Love
Bouquet Blouse - Bizou
Fire Red Blazer - Balmain
Barbados Scarf - Riviera
Kurt Sunglasses - Royalty
Front Row Sandals - Young Hollywood
Black Wishbone Thin Belt - Gucci
Dionysus Black Leather Bag - Limited Edition


Despite the upcoming Spring and Summer I still really like this darker styling brought to us by polinapolinka today^ The ocean-tones look great and I love the eye-catching way all the different textures have been brought together, I think it's super effective at making a stand-out styling! These blue trousers are a great base and I love the sheen that the top has to it, which is muted down with the heavy overcoat. The casual trainers are a nice addition, but you have to love the glitz and glamour with the makeup and earrings =)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

We Wear Hotbuys A P R I L | Suede Multi Coloured Handbag

It's been a good few days since our last HB and now it's the last one of the month! Which has come around very fast! This is the Suede Multi Coloured Handbag from Bizou and costs 24SD's. I think this is a really cute version of a bucket bag for our dolls and I also think it's a very versatile one with all those colours to pair with, I think they give it so many different style options that there should at least be one to please everyone =) I also like the texture, the shading and highlighting on the bag make it look like an attractive piece!
We've all picked out slightly different tones of the bag to highlight in our looks, really showing the range of the piece off - hopefully you'll like at least one^ I think the style is good for summer and I look forward to wearing it in a few months time with the rest of my favourite summer pieces! And vote in the poll too, though it might be tricky to pick just one answer:

Friday, 21 April 2017

Stolen dance

Hello again! On this post, I wanted to try another trend that's been around for a few months now: dress over pants. I wasnt really fond of it at first but it grew on me, so I decided to give it a chance. And this LE dress is a good option to start. Let me know your thoughts about it!

I am wearing:
LE dress & bag
DKNY shirt
YH shirt
Cheap Monday shirt
OTTO pants
Runway heels

Cecilia x

Bag It Up Challenge #136

It's Friday! Yay^ I'm relieved as I've had a very busy week! Time for the next challenge post, this time featuring another old Hotbuy, the Gold Chains Bag from RIO which came out in April 2014, so 3 years ago, and I definitely haven't styled it that much in that length of time - this piece is great and easy to style, so I'm sad that I've neglected it! I think it works well in classic styles and the black colour and gold chain make it easy to match with other pieces. I also love the style, the over-shoulder position is great and I love the strap down to the hand, it's totally unique in this way, although I'd love more choices like this on Stardoll =) I stepped a little outside of my box for the look, but I think it suits the street style that these jumpsuit trousers give. The black polo is a good base and fits with the overall look well. I accessorised with just a little gold, matching the bag, but also letting that big chain stand out and catch your eye!

Diamond street

Very cool and chic in this latest feature from singiel - combining classic base pieces with modern current trends in a rather nice way^ The knotted crop top is cool, and I love seeing it paired with a skirt, and a chic one at that! The chained diamond dress is amazing layered ontop of a black base, and the styling as a skirt suits it so well. The accessories fit this style perfectly, the strappy heels, choker and sunglasses. The tartan coat stands out as a street-style piece but also stands out as fitting in well with the rest of the look surprisingly - a good idea, I just wish I had the coat to try out some stylings!

The Mellowest Yellow

Well hello there!
It's taken some time, but I've finally accepted that Spring has sprung. The new Rio release helped in particular with these lovely yellow patterned trousers.

Aren't they lovely? The whole release has a more summery vibe overall, but I thought these would translate into something fresh and breezy. Nothing like white crisp accents and flowers to say Spring!
Also, these earrings are fabulous - the 'rope' effect is subtle enough to still look sophisticated.

Ingredients / You Will Need
Wide Leg Dotted Pants | Rio
Supersized Rope Hoop Earrings | Rio
Slit Sleeve Cape | Tingeling
Gigi Cream Silk Blouse | Limited Edition
Dogwood Headpiece | Voile
Selena White Clutch | Young Hollywood
Tiffany Shoes | Voile