Monday, June 8, 2015

No Use crying over split ice-cream

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all doing well!

Today's post is something I have been putting off for a long long time, probably because I was so much in denial that I didn't want it to seem so real.

So as you know or you probably don't know, I went through a whole year dieting to achieve quite a great goal, losing 13 kilos and being able to put on clothes I had never imagined will fit! You can read about my whole journey here: http://allthingsfabulousblog.blogspot.com/search/label/diet%20diaries

In my last post on exactly the 12th of February 2014 I weighed 57 kilos and I was looking damn fine, I must say. Today, Monday 8th of June 2015 I weigh 67-68 kilos and I look like I'm in my first trimester.



So were did it all go wrong? Simple... I just didn't care anymore!

It all began when I needed a change in my life, I changed everything from my hair, to my style, my relationship etc etc. In that period all I felt like doing was having fun and nothing else, in fact I dare say that 2014 was probably my best year EVER! I was truly enjoying life, made some great memories and went out and enjoyed myself every weekend. With that however, came a lot of junk food and beer, especially in Summer were my signature drink was Cisk Chill Berry.

However, many might say that I did not gain that much weight, in fact looking back at photos this is not evident, reason being is that although I ate unhealthily, I was doing exercise 2-3 times a week, so I didn't gain any weight!

Things changed during the end of the year. I started comfort eating due to a complicated situation in my life and slowly slowly I started exercising less, especially since I had a new opportunity which took up a lot of my time and I then decided to focus on my career.

Come February/ March , my diet has spiralled out of control. I stopped exercising since I was attending a course during the times of my aerobics classes and assignments got intense that I comfort ate my way through these past couple of months.

Last week, I got a huge wake up call when I went on to try some things I had for summer and nothing fit! I had been rarely going out due to assignments that I didn't need to get dressed up, so I didn't realise how much weight I put on. I also went to try on dresses for my cousin's upcoming wedding and ofc I was not seeing myself I did before.

Today I decided that I will no longer let myself throw what I worked so hard for go to waste and I decided that once again I will start taking my dieting seriously and re-start my journey towards a healthy lifestyle including exercise!

That being said, the support I received online and the therapeutic value I got from writing down my struggles on my blog were what kept me going all those months!

So as I said before, let's do this once again and hey, it's ok to fall off the wagon, because you're strong enough to pick yourself up again and keep on driving!

Martina XOXO

Monday, May 25, 2015

Persona Med- Aesthetic Centre & SkinCeuticals- Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness

Hi All,

Hope you are all doing well!

All Things Fabulous has joined Persona Med- Aesthetic Centre's drive towards Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness. Check out this information below... it can save your or some one else's life!


The month of May being dedicated to Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness brings the risks associated with sun exposure and the link with potential skin cancers to the fore of public opinion. To support this global health initiative, Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre, in collaboration with its team of leading dermatologists and supported by SkinCeuticals Advanced Skincare, shall be offering a number of free consultations for mole assessment throughout May, thereby increasing awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection of melanoma.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from melanin-producing cells, which are normally located in the basal layer of the epidermis or within the dermis, the outer layer of the skin. Aggressive forms of melanoma can spread to almost any organ in the body, making it of vital importance to detect it an early stage.

By far the biggest risk for developing melanoma is sun damage (UV radiation). The effects of sun damage are cumulative, meaning that they build up over time. Up to the age of around 30, cells recover quickly from damage and thus visible damage like sunspots, wrinkles and moles are relatively rare. Nonetheless every episode of sun exposure builds up damage (especially in sunny climates like Malta), which comes apparent and visible later in life.

Unfortunately, local dermatologists have seen a sharp rise in cases of melanoma over the last years. Experts indicate that this rise is due to a couple of different factors, such as the depletion of the ozone layer, popularity of tanning beds, more revealing fashion styles, and social norms encouraging the desirability of tanned skin. While it’s true that our bodies need a daily dose of Vitamin D, absorbing enough sunlight to reach your daily requirements is no problem for people living in Malta. With the amount of sun hours and strength of the UV rays in Malta, our daily required dose is easily satisfied without the need for any extra effort.

To protect against the harmful effect of UV radiation, it is recommended to seek shade and avoid the sunniest hours of the day, roughly between 11.00 and 16.00. When outdoors, try to protect your skin as much as possible, wearing a hat, sunglasses and clothing that covers you skin. Also, as a general rule of thumb, it is highly recommended to use a high factor broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF50+) throughout the year, especially in our sun-blessed Malta. In the summer months it is important to re-apply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours throughout the day when exposed to the sun.

Together with SkinCeuticals, Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre emphasizes on the fact that for optimal protection, the use of antioxidants in combination with a bread-spectrum sunscreen will be greatly beneficial and increase one’s protection level against harmful UV & IRA rays. Recent studies show that IRA (infra red radiation) is also responsible for skin’s photo-damaging effects, hence modern sun protection should include filters, that provide IRA protection as well. Whereas sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB radiation from the outside, antioxidants work from the inside, protecting against free radicals formation and DNA damage to skin caused by UV & IRA rays. Studies show that even the best sunscreen, when applied, offers up to 55% protection against UV damage, but when combined with a powerful and well-formulated antioxidant, protection levels rise even up to 98%. In this light, during the month of May, Persona is offering a Free sunscreen to all those who purchase one of SkinCeuticals’ revolutionary antioxidant products,  to help educate on the importance of combining and anti-oxidant with a high SPF sunscreen in one’s daily routine.


Another important element in the fight against melanoma is self-examination, for you to detect suspicious lesions as early as possible, and bring these to the attention of your dermatologist at a very early stage when treatment has a very high success-rate.

A popular method for self-examination is the ABCDE-method, where the letters stand for 5 indicating factors of melanoma; A - for Asymmetry in shape, B – for irregular Borders, C – for Colour variations, D – large (6mm+) Diameter, E – for Evolution that marks a change over time.



‘Dermatologists world-wide insist that there’s nothing healthy about a sun tan, therefore through this campaign, we hope more people will become aware of the dangers of unprotected or inadequately-protected sun exposure’, says Kate Demanuele, General Manager of Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre. ‘Prevention and early detection measurements of skin cancer, can save lives, therefore we hope this campaign will have its needed impact on people’s lifestyle and their skin health.’

By harnessing the power and influence of print and social media, Persona’s aim is to spread the message about melanoma as far and wide as possible. Various informative materials will be spread through Persona’s website (www.persona.com.mt) and its Facebook page (Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre) as well as through the local facebook page of SkinCeuticals, and through local bloggers and media, hoping to reach a bigger crowd.


We remind the public that as part of its SkinCeuticals year-long charity campaign launched earlier this year, Persona will donate 5% of all SkinCeuticals 2015 sales to Hospice Malta at the end of 2015.


SkinCeuticals antioxidants and high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreens are available exclusively at Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre in Ta’ Xbiex or can also be purchased online through the website www.persona.com.mt. Readers can contact Persona on 21340366 or info@persona.com.mt.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

My Week in Pictures- Week Three

Hey Guys!

Hope you are all doing well!!

My third instalment of 'My Week in Pictures' is a little more personal rather than fashion or beauty related, however, I still have some fashion and beauty pictures in tow.

To see my previous post, CLICK ME!!


So last week, my dear friend Chanel, you may remember her from Bon Ton Fashionista, left for a four month adventure to Berlin! I posted this photo of us when Chanel had taken me out when I was feeling a bit blue! Channy has been a total support system during a bit of a bleak phase that I was going through and I will forever be thankful to her!! Miss you my dearest bestja <3 xxx


My headband came out to play again! This time I paired up a Polka Dot Skinny Jeans with a Batwing Striped top and Long Cardigan. I also added some Nautical Inspired Rope Statement earrings. Oh yes, and check out my new mustard heeled combat boots <3

OOTD
Tsega Batwing Striped Top
Calliope Polka Dot Skinny Jeans
Shana Long Cardigan
Ontop Turban Top
Tip Toes Mustard Heeled Combat Boots
Parfois Nautical Roped Statement Earrings
Mango Ring


Some details from the previous days' OOTD. I ADORE this combination. <3


This photo was actually taken a few days before Chanel left for Berlin. We really enjoy sharing a Dolce Gusto together and whilst I was refilling up on water, Chanel grabbed our mugs and found these two cuties!


As I had said in my previous posts, I went a bit haul crazy last month especially when it comes to jewellery and accessories! Check out the gorgeous pieces I got from Mango! First off, the infamous ring I keep posting about and this gorgeous layered silver and gold necklace which I absolutely ADORE!


Last Wednesday I attended an Essence and Catrice event which was awesome since I got to see the lovely bloggers, especially since I was in hibernation, I hadn't seen many of them for ages! Check out  the products I managed to get my hands on ;-)


At home, my did a huge frame of old photos and many of them consist of me wearing a headband. So in true TBT fashion, I posted this old picture of me with a cute monochrome dress and white headband which kind of looks like a turban top... I guess some things never change! (BTW after I posted this my mum told me I never left the house with a head band back in the day!)


This is probably the most risqué outfit I wore. I was quite hesitant to wear it since I have gained a bit of weight lately. I paired up a woollen crop top which is surprisingly very cosy with a flowy midi skirt and my ankle boots! I also decided to take out my layered necklace out for a spin (the photo is not clear but as you saw from earlier on in the post its a gold and silver necklace) and I paired it up with my cross studs.

OOTD
Calliope Dark Grey Crop Top
Calliope Flowy Midi Skirt
Next Ankle Boots
Mango Layered Gold and Silver Statement Necklace
Shana Cross Studs
New Look Laser Cut Clutch
(not clear from photo)
Mango Ring
Tally Weijl Interlinked Ring



This photo is the details of the rings that are not visible in the photo above!

That's all from me!

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Martina X

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Week in Pictures- Week Two

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all doing well!

As you recall from last week, I started off a new instalment, you can see last week's post: HERE!

So what have I been up to this week?


This OOTD is actually from the previous week when I went shopping with Chanel...cheating!! I decided to combine two prints which I thought won't go together but to my surprise they really merged together!
OOTD
Caliope Sweater
Shana Cardigan
Primark Tube Skirt
Primark Polka Dot Bag
H&M Leopard Print Scart
Independent Store Tan Boots
Chamilia Bracelet


Lately I have been drinking ALOT of Herbal Tea, specifically Twinings Vanilla Tea, which is just divine! I usually take this into lessons with me instead of water and carry it in my New Look Travel Mug which was a Christmas Present from a friend of mine, hence, the Penguins with Santa Hats... #notchristmas


This week the weather has been mildly kind to us so I sported my bright red pants for work one day!

OOTD
Orsay Red Jeans
Qed London Off Shoulder Heart Print Top
Jennyfer Cardigan
Primark Tank Top
Bershka Necklace
Tip Toes Mustard Ankle Boots


My gorgeous baby, my love, Titch <3 I took this photo when he was in super cuddle mode, how can you not love this face!


Pastels were front and centre for me this week! I sported my Peachy Pink Trousers and Leather Jacket for work!
OOTD
Orsay Jeans
Caliope Sweater
Primark Tank Top
New Look Leather Jacket
H&M Leopard Scarf
Independent Store Brown Ankle Boots


Last week I stocked up on some eyeliners and lip liners just because! I absolutely LOVE Make Up Store Liners, ok, I may be biased because I work there BUT they really are the best liners I have used, and I have said this even before I started working there! I bought a Black Eyeliner since it's super pigmented and I needed a strong black liner. I bought Seduced by the Dark which is a metallic-ish brown liner which is great for everyday use. With regards to lip liners, I needed a dark lip liner so I went for the darkest lip liner we have which is Russian Bordeaux, a gorgeous wine whilst my colleague suggested I try Gum and Dali. I'm obsessed with Dali already which is a two-toned lip liner having a pinkish and purple shade on either side which you can use separately or mix!


My printed trousers came out to play again!! I paired up my Red Baroque Print Trousers with a Beige Sweater and blue Cardigan and added my new Parfois Statement necklace! You cannot see it very clear from the picture but this necklace has some red touches to it!

OOTD
Caliope Sweater
H&M Baroque Print Trousers
Shana Cardigan
Next Ankle Boots
Parfois Statement Necklace
MVintage Studs


That's all from me!

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Martina X

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Week in Pictures- Week One

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all doing well!

As you recall from my last post, my main focus and content will be mainly on my Instagram and Facebook accounts where I will be sharing my latest OOTDs, Hauls and anything else I find interesting! You can see my last post here: CLICK ME!

I decided to introduce a new segment to my blog were I will be sharing all the pictures I posted throughout the week just in case you missed any, with a short description/ story behind the picture!

So here goes!

Mango Interlinked Ring
Last week I went a little haul crazy, especially when it came to jewellery! I wanted a little break from my assignments and work so I headed to Valletta with Chanel (for all you in the blogging world, Chanel from Bon Ton Fashionista) and I went gagas for this Mango ring... I have practically worn it every time I went out! <3

New Look Polar Bear Jumper
Here in Malta we are experiencing probably one of the coldest winters EVER!! Earlier this week all I felt like doing was curl up in bed with a huge dose of tea and just snuggle under my comfy quilt! However, life is not that simple so I had to get up for work! The first thing I thought as soon as I felt that cold air just as I got out of bed was grab your cosiest jumper or else don't get out of the house! My cosiest jumper happens to be the Christmas Jumper I bought for last year's Christmas festivities which feature cute polar bears! So I said oh well, what the hell... just go for it! #rebel

Ontop Turban Top
So one of the reasons I went shopping to Valletta was actually this beauty over here! I have been seeing so many posts about this new shop that I just had to check it out! Apart from the fact that I wanted to own a Turban Top for quite a while! It took me a while to choose between a woollen beige or blue turban top but thanks to Chanel and the super helpful sales girl at Ontop, blue was the clear winner! #soinlove

Books, Glorious Books
This photo was actually a re-post since I had posted it on Instagram quite a while ago but since they are part of the huge spending spree I did this month I said why not?! I have been wanting to buy the above books for ages and I finally managed to get my hands on them! As you might know or not know, one of people I look up to in showbiz is Lea Michele a.k.a Rachel Barry on Glee, this woman's strength and talent just leave me in awe!! Another book I have been wanting to get my hands on is Jane Hawking's Travelling to Infinity, her memoir about her life with Stephen Hawking or for all you movie junkies, the book that inspired The Theory of Everything! I strongly believe that when a book is turned into a movie, the book always surpasses the movie! Last but not least, Nicholas Sparks infamous The Notebook! Again, same reason as before, I have been wanting to read this book so much, being one of my favourite movies and all!

St. Paddys OOTD
Unfortunately on St. Paddy's Day I could't go out for a pint of Guiness, reason being is that I had a course till late and mum was going for an operation first thing in the morning. Even though I couldn't go out and enjoy myself, I still could look the part! 
OOTD
New Look Mint Fitted Blazer
Esprit Top with Leather Details
Primark Skinny Jeans
New Look Green Statement Necklace
Independent Store Tan Boots

Spots and Stripes
RE-POST: Spots and Stripes OOTD I wore for work one day!
OOTD
Qed London Black and White Jumper
Atmosphere/ Primark Black and White Striped Shirt
New Look Skater Skirt
Peacocks Black Boots

Hello Spring!
Thanks to yesterday's public holiday I had some time to pick out an outfit before heading to hospital to visit my mum! I decided to go full on spring with my floral trousers and wear my new turban top <3
OOTD
New Look Wool Cardigan
Calliope Top
New Look Floral Trousers
New Look Floral Necklace
Ontop Turban Top
Next Ankle Boots

My Chamilia Bracelet <3
So for Christmas I wanted a Chamilia Bracelet super badly! I ended up getting it in January but better late than never ;-) I'm planning to do a post on my bracelet which basically never comes off me unless I'm heading in the shower or sleeping! Till now, this is my collection <3

RGB + CMYK and Polka Dots Themed Party
My friend threw a 'RGB+CMYK/ Polka Dot' Themed Party last week were guests were invited to colour block colours from the colour chart however no patterns except Polka Dots were allowed! I decided to combine quite a few aspects and came up with the above OOTD... and yes, I was the brightest at the party teehee-hee!
OOTD
New Look Boyfriend Blazer
New Look Neon Yellow Tank Top
George Black and Blue Polka Dot Tube Skirt (not very clear)
Next Ankle Boots
Chamilia Bracelet
Mango Interlinked Ring
Tally Weijl Layered Ring
Parfois Gold Studs
Lefties Necklace

Hope you like this instalment!
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Martina X

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'm Back!! Well... Sort of!

Hi Guys!

This post is long overdue, and with good reason.

Due to a number of huge changes in my life, blogging was low on my priority list and thus the cold turkey treatment of my blog and all my social media.

Fret not I am still alive and kicking, however, my priorities have shifted so much during the past few months that I frankly have no time for blogging.

So just to get you in the picture, my career has taken full priority this year, after a full year of fun and no responsibilities, I have finally settled, well sort of, in a job which I absolutely LOVE and full focus is on my career at the moment.

These past few months I was offered the opportunity to teach at a higher secondary institution so you can imagine the shock to my system.. from preparation of lessons to the delivery etc etc, time to blog was seen as precious time. To top all that off, I also started a highly intensive teaching course which requires a lot of time spent researching and implementing assignments. (Yay for huge words seeing that I was writing about theories of learning just a few minutes ago!)

Along with this came the search for comfort and time saving when it comes to my fashion and make up choices, I was back to comfort over style and losing a little part of me which had really boosted my self-esteem. So two weeks ago when I took some time to organise my wardrobe, I realised how much I missed dressing up and actually researching and getting inspiration for my style and make up. Slowly slowly I started adjusting my style, taking the time to get back in fashion fitness and along the way, actual fitness (yes, I admit I have gained a few kgs due to going back to the school routine with fast and easy naughty food choices).

This got me to thinking that blogging had really helped me get out of my shell and had helped me with my self-esteem so I decided that although it is time consuming, I will re-launch my blog, HOWEVER, on my own terms, that is, since writing takes up so much of my time, I decided to go to the next alternative, my Instagram and Facebook pages were I will create and upload content and yes, I am not going to just put the blog aside, but it will not be as frequent as before, if I'm inspired, yes I will write but the core of my content will be on the actual facebook page and instagram accounts.

So.... this brings us to the next order of business, if you haven't already, I dare you to like and follow my instagram and facebook accounts which you may do so by:

Facebook: CLICKING ON ME
Instagram: CLICKING ON ME or finding me @allthingsfab

And just because I know how much you have missed me, check out a sneak peak of an OOTD I will be posting in the coming days:

Oh Hi There!
Until next time,

Martina X

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fabulous Giveaway: Patches & Bonnets!

Hi All,

I hope you are all well!

I have teamed up with my good friend Debs from Patches and Bonnets who specialises in creating vintage-inspired pieces which include recycled & revamped materials 'patched up' with love for whoever wears them :)

If you remember, I wore a special piece at the Malta Fashion Week, International Designers' Show a few months ago from Debs collection! If your memory fails you, you can visit the post here: http://allthingsfabulousblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/ootd-what-i-wore-to-mercedes-benz-malta.htm


Debs is feeling super generous and she will be giving away this gorgeous piece to one of you!

This giveaway is super easy to enter! All you have to do is Like our facebook pages, therefore you need to like Debs' Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/patchesandbonnets?fref=ts and my facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsfabulousblog?fref=ts

Winner will be drawn randomly on 31st July 2014 at noon!

So what are you waiting for?!?! Get liking and Good Luck!!

Martina XOXO


Monday, July 7, 2014

A fabulous guest: Sara's Super Skin Care Regimen!

Hi All!

I hope you are doing well!

Throughout these past few weeks I have been busy as a bee working on a project with my choir so obviously blogging went flying out the window!

Today's post is extra special since I have a fabulous guest called Sara who reached out to me with an informative post on her skin care regime!

Martina XOXO


Hello lovelies! I’m Sara and I am so excited to tell you about my skincare regimen that took my skin from pimply to near-perfect. But before I start, I want to give a huge thank you to Martina for letting me write this for her! Thanks girl!

I used to use a lot of acne products in the hopes of clearing my skin but none would ever work. A pimple would disappear and another one would pop up elsewhere the next day! I used to wash my face with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser and moisturize with Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin night cream. I always had some minor acne and redness but I was turning 20 at the time so I knew my skin needed a change. There came a point when all I wanted was clear skin. That’s it; not a new car or a cute boyfriend—just clear skin!  I realized that I had to start investing in a few higher-quality products, but I vowed to only purchase what was really necessary.

After some trial and error, I finally pinpointed a routine that works! Here are the steps I take to achieve a fresh face on a tight budget:

v  Purpose’s Gentle Cleansing Wash (which can be found at most drugstores) is “clinically shown to be as gentle as water” and I believe it. I’ve never been irritated by this cleanser and it’s great for day and night. It is so light--it literally feels like nothing is on your face. Cetaphil’s cleanser is just as gentle, but a tad pricier.



v  Skinn Cosmetics DermAppeal Microdermabrasion from ShopHQ is my go-to at home microdermabrasion treatment. The amount of times a week you exfoliate depends upon the product you use and your skin type, but for the most part you should exfoliate about 2-3 times per week. If you don’t already, you should definitely do it! Dead skin cells, sebum (oil), bacteria and/or hormones are the building blocks of acne, so don’t let that gunk pile up. When I use the DermAppeal microdermabrasion product, I wash my face and pat it dry and then I splash warm water all over. I spoon out a generous quarter-sized blob with a dry spoon and I massage my face in big, slow circular motions. The active ingredients are triggered with water, so you don’t want to put your fingers in the jar. Finally, I hop in the shower, do my deal and rinse all of the product off. It’s much easier to do it this way because the magnesium granules take a few minutes to wash off. The results are wonderful! I always use this on a Friday so I look all glowy and magical when I go out later that night. J


v  Another type of exfoliant I use is called GlamGlow SuperMud activated charcoal mask and boy, is this stuff super! Ask anyone in the beauty biz and they’ll give a nod to this stuff for its detoxifying properties. It’s a chemical exfoliant with both Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHAs & BHAs) so it leaves your skin really smooth. This mask has a sort of vacuum technology that just draws the goop out of your pores and shrinks your pimples. I do a spot treatment with this every couple of days and when I want to do a full mask, I make sure it’s on a day when I’m not using my Skinn microderm. This product is a little on the pricey side but it’s totally worth it. If you’re not ready to splurge, try the Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask for a little freshening up!


v  The final step in my skincare regimen is the Purely Nourishing moisturizer from Bare Essentials. This is like a dream to apply. My skin thanks me every night when I slather it on! It has an ActiveSoil complex which means it’s formulated with a good amount of potent antioxidants. Keeping your skin moisturized is extremely important, so if your skin isn’t as dry as mine, try a lighter cream like the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath. I use this in the summer months so I don’t break out.


It’s pretty amazing how 4 products can really make a difference in a girl’s life but it’s true! I went from perpetual pimples and constant redness to just a few blackheads on my nose and pinkness on my cheeks.  Gals, it’s all about quality, not quantity, so if you’re unsatisfied with your skin do something about it and invest in a few products! Don’t get frustrated when you buy something and it doesn’t do wonders for you—to find the perfect skincare regimen for you, you’re going to have to do a little trial and error. The most important thing is to have fun with it!!


Thanks for reading! J

Monday, June 23, 2014

Maxfactor Malta- #selfeyemalta competition!

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all doing well!!!

Today's post is extra special!!

Maxfactor Malta have launched an awesome competition were you can be in a chance to win an awesome gift!

What do you need to do to be in a chance to win big?! Have you ever heard of a Selfie? (If you're living under a rock then probably not, but I'm assuming otherwise). Well the Selfie is so one hour ago! Post your SelfEYE (see what they did there) to be in a chance to win!

What do you need to do? SIMPLE...

Upload your SelfEYE on the Maxfactor Malta facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-Factor-Malta/406671259436256?fref=ts

and use the hashtag #selfeyemalta

BUT and listen closely to this.. your photo has to be literally a selfie of your eye...no face, no lips, no ears, no duck faces, just your eye!

Then all you need to do is get your friends and loved ones to vote for you!

You have until the 6th July to enter!

Oh yes.... you have the chance to win the following:


1st Prize – €300 worth of Max Factor products 
2nd Prize – €200 worth of Max Factor products
3rd Prize – €100 worth of Mac Factor products


Awesome right?!

Check out my #selfeyemalta and get posting to win big!


Martina XOXO

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

OOTD: What I wore to the Malta Fashion Awards

Hey Guys!

I had a very good rest after all the Malta Fashion Week Madness... just joking! It was actually a lovely experience which I really enjoyed throughly and I'm trying to get back in my old routine!

As you know, last Saturday marked the biggest fashion event in Malta, the Fashion Awards and what was more suited than a brand new outfit specially bought for this event!

Last Saturday marked the opening of the highly awaited new store, River Island so I obviously had to get myself down there and I found a beautiful jumpsuit which I just had to have! I also went to New Look who had a fantastic "Buy Two, Get One Free" offer and I bought this gorgeous Mint Blazer together with white shoes and a layered necklace!

My hair was done by the lovely and talented Graziella at the Dean Gera Salon at the Point! 


OOTD
River Island Monochrome Detailed Jumpsuit
New Look Mint Blazer
New Look White Heels
New Look Layered Necklace
Aldo Clutch
Forever 21 Bangle

A big thank you goes to Tiziana from Rouge Reveries who took some photos for me, make sure to check out her blog: http://www.rougereveries.com

Hope you liked this look!

Martina XOXO

Sunday, June 1, 2014

OOTD: What I wore to the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week 2014 International Designers Fashion Show

Hey Guys,

This post is coming a day late since I was very busy yesterday going from one thing to another!

One of my good friends, Deb has recently launched a new handmade jewellery company and she had the pleasure of sponsoring me with one of her pieces for this look. Since her pieces are very vintage inspired, I decided to wear a vintage outfit with a modern twist! The piece I chose was actually a long necklace which Deb shortened for me! She also does custom made pieces!

Make sure to check out her facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/patchesandbonnets?fref=ts

For my look I went with a see-through bat wing top paired up with my favourite maxi skirt and leather jacket. After a week in heels I decided to wear flats, my poor feet needed a break :-p


OOTD
Purple (Dorothy Perkins) See Through Bat Wing Top
New Look Maxi Skirt
New Look Leather Jacket
Shana Ballet Shoes
Mango Gold Clutch
Patches & Bonnets Vintage Gem Necklace

For my hair and make up, I decided to go a little gothic chic by pairing a heavy dark eye with a hint of cranberry in my crease together with a nude lip. I pulled my hair up in a high pony tail to finish off this look!


I hope you enjoyed this look! Stay tuned for my last and final look at the Malta Fashion Awards!

Martina XOXO

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week 2014- International Designers Fashion Show

Today marks the last fashion show of the Malta Fashion Week and what better way to end this week than a healthy dose of beautiful pieces coming from all around the world!

This event was supported by Cordina Outside Catering and Meridiana estates.

5 international designers showcased their collection against the backdrop of the Pjazza Regina with magnificent arches and beautiful stone structures, the designs stood out against yet again another beautiful location!

Stunning hair styles were styled by Tony & Guys and Essentials Artistic Team whilst Make Up was done by Elaine Galea, Krista Paris, Talitha Dimech, Diandra Mattei, Gabrielle Zammit Grungo, Leanne Magro & Christelle Lays using Eva Garden Make Up.

Daniela Bozic (Serbia)

The first designer to showcase her work came all the way from Serbia! Daniela Bozic presented her collection titled 'Floral Rhapsody designed for the woman who expresses her emotions through extravagant dresses with strong colours that represent the form of rare and exotic flora.

The main colour used in this colletion was white, however, other colours such as green, black, red and gold were prominent in some gowns whilst the pieces of jewellery styled with the pieces were quite colourful. I noticed that most of the pieces, namely the capes and jackets had a patterned inside. Materials ranged from sheer to embossed to chiffon and velvet.



Joan Isioma Okorodudu (Nigeria)

I remember Joan from last year's Malta Fashion Awards and how much I loved the vibrant patterns and fun designs! This year, Joan definitely did not disappoint!

Joan's collection is all about African culture represented in the bold prints and bright colours used. Her collection is all about having fun with fashion.

From gorgeous jumpsuits to fun flirty dresses to crop tops to wide legged pants and gorgeous jackets to fun suits for the boys, this collection was all about having fun!

Prints were at an all time high in this collection from star prints to abstract prints!


Jean Paul Benielli (France)

'La Femme', an exquisite evening gown collection made of the finest fabrics was presented by Jean Paul Benielli this evening.

These beautiful gowns were made using the finest of fine materials such as hand-embroidered lace, chiffon, organza and satin which combined to create striking silhouettes.

The gowns were finished off with even finer pieces such as Tahitian pearls, Swarowski crystals, sequins, glass beads and chiffons.

These pieces were the kind of pieces which immediately show the hard work that has gone into making each piece since these kind of materials are so fine that they definitely look hand made and customized to create the perfect piece.


Sally Bawa (Nigeria)

Another Nigerian designer rocked the runway tonight! Sally Bawa, beautifully crafted pieces including stunning hand painted pieces with striking designs, combining different patterns and colours.

This collection has been described as the revival of the love of art and the combination of imagination and representation.

From gorgeous floral prints to to abstract art statements donning a number of earthy and floral colours. Crop tops, tailored pieces, dresses, maxi skirts and tailored shirts for men, this collection was quite the work of art!



Judy R. Clark (Scotland, United Kingdom)

The last and final collection came from a country not far away! Harris Tweeds, Scottish lace and tartans  in a non-traditional way donning the signature Judy R Clark tailoring and flamboyant silhouettes.

From elegant fairy tale long dresses to crop tops to military style jackets this collection screamed femininity and girl power and what was more appropriate than Beyonce's Run The World to accompany this female empowered collection?!

Lace details, embellishments, beaded details, chiffon and patterned print statements were the highlights of the dresses which showed the craftsmanship of the tailoring of these pieces.

Two jackets stood out with feather tails bringing your average military jacket to the next level!


And that my dear readers is Malta Fashion Week 2014!! I look forward to attending the Malta Fashion Awards for more fashion fun tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed this journey with me, I know I did!!

Until tomorrow!

Martina XOXO