The Perfect Retro Sunglasses

With the warmer weather and sunny evenings getting closer it’s time to invest in a statement pair of sunglasses for the summer season. It was a difficult search to find the perfect retro pair with that 50’s vintage Cuban style that works so well in the sun but luckily I have found the answer…

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The inspiration was taken from an unusual place, none other than Mr Johnny Depp himself. I am a huge fan of the film The Rum Diary, in which Mr Depp and his now-wife, the beautiful Amber Heard, star; the film is set in the 50’s in Puerto Rico and the costumes, both Male and Female, are absolutely stunning. Throughout the film Johnny sports a pair of retro sunglasses with a metal bar across the top that look great with his tropical tailoring – I knew these were the sunglasses for me, exactly what I was looking for! Luckily I found this very similar pair from Asos, £12, with a more feminine cat-eye shape for that exaggerated retro look. What do you think? What type of sunglasses do you go for in the summer?

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OOTD: Havana Nights

Wednesday night is Salsa night here in Manchester! Instead of the usual black ensemble favoured by dancers, last Wednesday I opted for something a bit more Eye-catching…This orange crop top from Miss Selfridge did just the trick and worked perfectly with my khaki harem pants to stay cool in the underground salsa bar. Accessorised with this pineapple necklace from Primark it was perfect for showing off the remainder of my ballroom tan!
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#cubanstyle Wishlist: Monochrome

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I love shopping and I’m very excited for spring to arrive and bring with it some warmer weather! I have put together a wishlist of items that I’m lusting over at the moment – put together they make a gorgeous monochrome look! The full white skirt is inspired by the classic Cuban look of the 50’s teamed with a more modern-cut crop top to bring the look up to date. I love that the halter neck on this top gives it a sexy latin edge! The black sandals are almost an exact copy of my latin dance shoes with the crossed straps and silver detail so I will definitely be adding these to my collection for the summer months! I personally would wear this look with simple make up – a sultry flick of eyeliner, bronzer and a slick of bright red lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury of course, which would tie in beautifully with this bargain envelope clutch bag. The perfect look for hot summer evenings in the city…if only they would hurry up and arrive!

Crop top – River Island £24.99

Skirt – New Look £19.99

Shoes – River Island

Bag – Dorothy Perkins £10

Feline Flick Eyeliner – Charlotte Tilbury £22.99

Lipstick in Red Carpet Red – Charlotte Tilbury £22.99

Let me know what you think of this #cubanstyle look! Would you wear anything differently?

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OOTD: Summer Cocktails

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So it was my birthday this week which gave me the chance to pull out this little number for some cocktails in Manchester with the girls…

I’d been shopping for a dress for the occasion for a long time. I wanted a pencil dress, preferably white, with my signature nod to 1960’s Cuba and this Carmel dress from Celeb Boutique fit the bill to perfection! Made of a beautiful soft crepe it hugs your figure perfectly and cups are moulded so you don’t need to worry about what to wear underneath. The bright pink and green tropical print make it perfect for summer nights out or for a special occasion and the shape is so classic that it would suit all shapes and won’t go out of fashion. My new fav ;)

Dance rating: 4/10

Whilst I cannot praise this dress enough, it gets a 4 for the dance rating as the pencil style is rather restrictive for movement, but let’s face it, this dress deserves cocktails and soirees, not a sweaty salsa club!

http://www.celebboutique.com/carmel-tropical-print-pencil-dress-us.html

OOTD: Palm tree print for a Sunday afternoon

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Fashion doesn’t really have a place in my profession (Student and Scientist) so on the weekend I love to get dressed up if I’m going out! This isn’t a fashion blog but every now and again I’ll share with you some of my favourite pieces, as I love fashion inspired by Cuba and South America and I find it’s a great way to brighten your day in this grey and rainy city!

I went for afternoon tea yesterday with some friends (yes, I’m British, I love tea, we all do!), in this fantastic Alice in Wonderland-themed tea rooms (Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester – would highly recommend). This gave me the opportunity to wear my new palm tree print shirt which I got from Le Boutique in Manchester. I enjoyed dressing it up yesterday with black trousers and jacket with white heels and is something that I would even wear for more formal days at work, however rare! It would just as easily work untucked with jeans and flip flops for a more casual look though.

When I used to teach salsa, ladies often used to ask me what they should wear or if I could recommend dresses etc for salsa nights, so I’ll start giving my outfits a dance rating, that is, how easy and comfortable they would be to dance in…

Dance rating: 7/10

I often dance in a shirt and these trousers, so this combo would work, however even on a sunny day in Manchester yesterday I was so warm and I think you would melt unless it was a really well air-conditioned venue!

Let me know what you think or if you have any recommendations of anything similar that you think I should check out! :)