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Unlock: A music video

Unlock: A music video

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Necklace – Cartier Amulette

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You know what they say, if you’ve done a round of Scrabble, it’s time for some Charades and beers. Then Karaoke. Then more beers. A plate of quesadilla too if you can distinguish pan from pot. If not, just toss everything into a bucket of KFC Assorted Wings and eat it with a ladle, it all looks the same when it comes out as chunks later. Who says that? I don’t know, probably somebody famous, and fabulous. Somebody last Friday night maybe, who may or may not have had one too many glasses of boxed wine, who sang Swan Princess until the cops showed up at the door. DEREK! YOU AND I WERE MEANT TO BE…

…it took exactly one year and two months to muster up the courage to put this up here for you to see.

I digress. Ladies and gentlefolk, welcome to the charades and karaoke part of the night. Everything is downhill from here. If you’ve been following this blog for the past eight years, you know I’ve shuffled a LOT of shameless face cards and tiled many a Scrabble board with bad grammar and nonsensical rants. It was only time that we moved the party onto the singing and dancing part*.

UNLOCK • Watch the full video below

In all frankness, it took exactly one year and two months – to the day – to muster up the courage to put this up here for you to see. One rainy Sunday in June 2015, I took two buses to get to the On.Cut studio shack up in Hendon, and within about 20 minutes of warm-up** and a packet of Cheesy Dorito’s, we got to recording. At Emarr at the helm, song practically wrote itself. Jam mixed it on the spot. Ten days later we shot the video under an incredibly menstrual July sky and amidst a field of lavender. I could barely remember the words.

It’s not a Billboard topper, heck, it’s shower singing at best, but it’s a small dream come true. Thanks are due to Cartier’s relentless support, to my assistant Simon (who judges Rihanna yet curiously reserves comments on my wailing) and to hidden talents like Emarr & Jam… here’s Unlock.***

* More on Snapchat (ID Sparkncube) and Instagram Stories
** Basically yelling ‘WOW. WOW. WAW. WAAAW’ until the dudes say that’s not really a thing.
*** On hindsight, let’s all pretend that blue smoke grenade is a gassy Pokemon in the wild, and not a hipster filming gimmick that I thought was a great idea at the time. AIN’T IT SO 2015.

Dress – Zara. Shirt – ASOS. Hat – Zara (similar).

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Dress – Razan Alazzouni

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creative direction SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT music produced by <a href=”http://www.on-league.com/” title=”Emarr” target=”_blank”EMARR & MUSICBYJAM video directed by EMARR produced by CUBE COLLECTIVE in collaboration with CARTIER

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Forged Carbon Fiber Jewelry Becomes The Latest Trend In Men's Jewelry

Forged Carbon Fiber Jewelry Becomes The Latest Trend In Men's Jewelry

Forged carbon fiber started to become news a few years ago. Traditionally, while very light, durable, and certainly cool looking, it has been a little hard to work with. Carbon fiber composites and forged carbon fiber bring new flexibility and wider us…

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Shoe of the Month: Chanel pearl mules

Shoe of the Month: Chanel pearl mules

Chanel Metiers d’Art 2015/16 Runway Pearl Mules
It’s with excitement that I get to present my newest pair of Chanel pumps as shoe of the month! What you must know is that this is the first ever mule from Chanel, we’ve seen everything from clogs to cowboy boots and endless versions of he two-toned pumps, however according to Karl Lagerfeld, this is the fashion houses first proper mule. This mule has been on everyones lips since it was sent down the catwalk in December last year and now I understand why.
After buying the boots, the brogues and seeing the nerdy sister version of these – the slingbacks, my interest for classic Chanel shoes was born. I did not live through a big discovery moment with this, this habit has been sneaking up on me. Chanel’s are never teetering high, nor are they in-your-face eye catchers, but delicately beautiful and something I wish to one day pass down to my yet unconceived child. 
The runway shoes differs quite a lot from the main collection. Often adorned in the brands signature hardware (chains and pearls) and are somewhat pricier. However, they are always classic with full injection of fashíon that guarantees to land them on the seasons it-shoe list. The black toed, two-tone shoe was introduced by Chanel exactly 60 years ago and have been their signature ever since. Correctly designed to elongate the leg and shorted the foot, and applauded by petite girls like me around the globe. However, it was the pearl on the heel that really tipped me over. I’ll buy any excuse to have all eyes drawn to my heels.
Let’s celebrate the fact that this is my first ever #shoeofthemonth that get’s a 5/5 in both comfort and quality. Chanel living up to its reputation!
Comfort: 5/5
Very comfortable and adjusts perfectly to you feet. Although these are quite delicate and not meant to be a 24h shoe, you’ll completely forget that you are wearing these.

Quality: 5/5 
As Chanel should be, these are perfect in every way. From the dreamy smooth leather to the CC encrusted pearl detail on the heel, these are a pair to add to the achieve.

Purchase price: £540 in Chanel in Harrods London, July 2016.
As we know, Chanel does not retail online, so the only way to get your hands on these is to visit a store. However these are pretty much sold out at the moment, so I suggest keeping your eye on stores like Vestiaire Collective and eBay.

As seen above in beige, the shoe also comes in a black and a white version – all with the black toe. Available in either leather or suede. There is also a more ‘festive’ version with a snake around the pearl.
Sizing: Runs very true to size. If you are in between, I suggest going half a size down and hope for the toe to stretch out a bit. Mine are a size 37, my usual size
Photos by Mikko Puttonen


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InstaTravels

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InstaTravels


There might not be a reoccurring #5inchanduptravels hashtag trending on Instagram, but that has not stopped me from spamming your feed with scenery changes and the not-so-surprising airplane images (sorry but they really match my feed!). Although recklessly answering NO to the polite ‘Been anywhere nice recently’ questions, I keep forgetting that I have indeed been to a lot of nice places this Summer. Am I starting to rule out European destinations of my ‘serious travels?’ Maybe. Or maybe I just need a little wake up call. 

SOON we are going to go through a few changes here on the blog, one that will lift travel into a more frequent feature. But until then, a little Insta recap of the cities visited over the Summer months. An attempt to become interested in football in Paris resulted in me enjoying our hotels and the lobby bar way more (shocker). A charmingly tipsy trip though Champagne, a lot of back and forts to London, a 24h stop in Stockholm and a wonderful Tuscany trip with Ferrari. A few days in Denmark, Finland from Helsinki to Porvoo and a road trip though the numerous cities and villages that include too many ä’s and ö’s for you to remember them.
This and oh so much more, you find me at @5inchandup.

A special Thank You to the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel


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Europe’s Largest Department Store is an International Shopper’s Dream

Europe’s Largest Department Store is an International Shopper’s Dream

After decades of being the go-to destination for Spain’s fashionable set, El Corte Inglés is celebrating their 75th anniversary. As the largest department store in Europe and fourth largest in the world, El Corte Inglés offers inter…

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Flow Festival

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Flow Festival

CELINE shoes

LOUIS VUITTON bag
CHLOE sunglasses
STELLA MCCARTNEY shoes

Flow Festival, or as we know it – the sweet Finnish festival that can’t be missed, the last stretch of our Nordic summer. The epic and infamous three day extravaganza took place last weekend, and this year I had the pleasure of experiencing it with Zalando. The online store has been big on the festival scene this season. Big enough to host their very own scene in the form of their very own Zalando Factory.

On deliberating what to wear, it occurred to me that hardly anything would look out of place at this city festival. Even a white shirt and jeans would work, so that’s what I did. A festival version of course – crocket replaced crispy cotton, with again relying on a oversized sleeve. With the opportunity of some flower embroidery on my jeans, how could I not? This is coming from someone that owns both a designer and a high-street version, needless to say, you better have some sticker-type patches on your jeans this year. The selection that we are being offered is already too big to choose from, so channel your inner 70’s/80’s kid before we get all serious and with the fall wardrobe.  

On day two I brought a little bit of darkness with some dramatic floor length florals, that seems to still be my favourite festival get up. As fun as a jumpsuit but way more practical, a factor that is underrated at festivals…

But so another successful Flow festival is over. Satisfied over the gourmet food that once again outdid itself – This weekend is a foodies day dream. You can literally have a wheatgrass shot in between your every cider, just the fact of knowing this already reduces the hangover. Happy about the amazing memories I made with my loved ones, some while dancing to Sia’s beautiful performance, some while tasting my way though the drink stands – no wheatgrass shots in sight.


Photos by Janita Autio
In collaboration with Zalando


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Ring leader

Ring leader

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creative direction SHINI PARK editorial assistance SIMON SCHMIDT in collaboration with FARFETCH
above: top J.H. ZANE bag SAVAS white dress GHOST
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Ask me ten years ago if I’d like a bag version of that bus handle I’d gotten to know so well – the circular, plastic reminder that once again I am on the late bus to school and we are one violent swerve away from swinging smack right into someone’s wet armpit. (My glasses would have permanent stains from arm-pubes during exam weeks) If you’d asked me then, I’d have raised an eyebrow, nay, even laughed, at the prospect of a bag that looks like a bus handle ring.

Seemingly, it takes exactly one decade for body cells to turn over, metabolism to slacken, for awkward ideas to become… well frankly, awesome. While my grip on the ring of SAVAS clutch take a familiar, ferocious grasp that one 18-year-old’s good morning relied on, it’s a heck of a stunner – a statement, even. Goes with practically everything, but best seen with puffy, foamy layers and monochrome co-ords as worn in this digitorial for Farfetch.

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Top & bottom – BACK. Boots – Bally. Bag – SAVAS via Farfetch

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below: blouse J.H. ZANE dress FERRE VIA NORDIC POETRY bag SAVAS
above: jacket J.H. ZANE dress GHOST bag SAVAS

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Top – JWon. Velvet culottes – Versace via Nordic Poetry. Shoes – Proenza Schouler. Bag – SAVAS via Farfetch

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The Summer Beauty Edit

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The Summer Beauty Edit


Skin:
L’oreal Sculpting Brush

Eyes:

Eyebrows:

Lips:

Other:


On the quest for a lightly covered, dewy, glowing skin. A look into what I am wearing on my skin this Summer.

It’s been a while since we took a look at my current beauty favourites, so instead of the monthly beauty review, I have moved into a seasonal routine. Not only does this work better for me who likes to see myself as a minimalist in the makeup department, but it also gives me a chance to try and test the products properly before recommending them to you.

Let’s start with the base, I’ve been using The Diorskin Everwear primer mainly for the inbuilt SPF 20 (something I have a high respect for nowadays) but also because it really keeps the foundation in place. It’s does not have a illuminating effect to it, which is something I love about the Tom Ford primer that I’ve recommended previously. It really depends what you want from your foundation. In the summer months I am looking for longevity and skin that does not need much correction or top up during the day. So, I find the Dior Forever foundation to be perfect. With a pore refining effect and a inbuilt SPF, this foundation is a bit on the ‘heavy side’ so you will not need a thick layer. On some days when I want a even more of a natural finish, I blend a bit of the primer into the foundation before applying. I’ve always preferred the use of a well covering foundation on my skin as it does not wear off during the day.

From the many pricey brushed I’ve tried, L’oreal’s new sculpting brush, is my favourite. Ideal for travel with the double brushes, but also amazing quality for it’s price. Same goes for the L’oreal Infallible sculpt contouring palette. It’s one of the best contouring duets I’ve tried, very easy to use and a perfectly balanced creamy texture without being too sticky. I’ve found the highlighter creases a bit, especially if worn under the eye area, So I recommend only using it as a highlighter, not a concealer. Also vital to not choose a colour too dark for your skin, or you might find it hard to use, mine is 03 Medium Dark. 

A surprising newcomer has been the Estée Lauder Perfectionist serum concealer, that comes with both a cream and a stick concealer. While the cream gives a lot of coverage (you only need a very small amount) the stick end works wonders on dark eye circles and has been my trusted touch up tool on the go.

As for the finish, I became familiar with Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer brick compact highlighter in a pervious post and I still keep going back to it. It will last you forever and gives the perfect glow without the glitter. I finish the contouring with a few swipes of the Givenchy glow bronzers, these two products have a very similar finish and is the best way to ‘seal’ the skin after contouring. A loose powder has usually been a bit scary to me because of how thick and matte they tend to look, however the Givenchy’s loose powder has a beautiful sheerness to it, but you will not need much.

My eye routine has not changed that much, I still love the Tom Ford Extreme Mascara and Mac eyeshadows that has a slight red tint to them. For the days that I want a bit more dept to my eyes, I use Givenchy Kohl Couture or the Tom Ford high definition eyeliner for both the inner and outer lash line. As for the best eyebrow products, I still favour Mac over the many tested alternatives. I usually buy the pens in two different shades, one to fill in and other to give shape.

What else? Tom Ford has been a favourite for lip products this summer, I absolutely adore the the branding and names of the TF lips collections. The name is already convincing! For a cute, or in my opinion perfect balance of nude and pink, ‘First Time’ does the trick. On top of all this, there is a few additional beauty products that I have been favouring lately. Red nails continues it’s ongoing success in my book, Tom Ford’s Nail Lacquer in Scarlet Chinois has the prefect flirty red for the warmer months. A current favourite, without leaning too much towards orange, it nails (all puns intended) the ideal summer red lacquer. In the perfume section I am all over Byredo’s new unisex scent – Super Cedar. Light, but not too sweet, summery but not floral, you simply have to try it!


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Shoe of the Month: Dior Conquest Pumps

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Shoe of the Month: Dior Conquest Pumps


Available in a few last pair in black and white
H&M shirt
THE KOOPLES leather jacket

Before we dive into August, I’m going to tease educate you with a pair that truly deserves a shoe of the month feature. As already firmly stated before, Dior really did some magic this year by created these insane beautiful patent sandals right after I had already splurged on the Cruise collection’s satin boots. Although it’s not often that we talk about Dior’s shoes under specific names, these go under ‘Conquest’.

Pointy, sharp, high heels really sets my soul on fire, that you know! I’ve spent the last year hunting down the best, oversized ruffle blouses on the market without even thinking about how that idea would translate into a pair of heels. Well, now we know. It’s the shape, the platform-lacking arch and the brilliantly balanced chunky heel with the pointy toe that does it. The carefree wrap (that definitely looks more casual than it feels) finished off with a high vinyl-like shine. I’m sold, they are sold-out = These do without a doubt take the cake as the shoe of the season.

This summer has been big for Dior, especially in London, as we (finally) welcomed a significant expansion in the form of a new flagship store on Bond Street, allowing us to shop the full range of everything Dior under one roof for the first time in the UK. But in true french fashion, I shot this pair in Paris in one of Hotel Particulier’s suites, aka. My new favourite place in Paris.

Comfort: 2/5
One of my most uncomfortable pair. The straps need to be pulled very tight to not have the side straps ‘hanging’. Also the heel is made too heavy which makes walking quite difficult and painful. It’s slow-motion movement and sit down dinners with this precious pair.

Quality: 4/5 
While the patent leather is a bit more forgiving than normal leather, the heel is made of soft leather and does starch quite easily. Otherwise from that, the shoe is stunning and you can tell from miles away what there is a designer pair coming through.

Purchase price: £750 in Dior London, March 2016
Dior does not sell these online, so these are only available in the main stores and the bigger department houses like Harrods.The shoes comes in three heights, flats, a lower heel and the one featured. The colours they were released in was; Black, white, nude and the multi coloured one (ideal for people like me, that can’t make up their minds)

Sizing: Runs true to size. In this case it’s very important to have the sizing on point as the heel is open and walking in these is already a bit challenging. Mine are a size 37, my usual size.

A special thank you to Hotel Particular Montmartre
Photos by Lasse  


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BEACH & VACATION DRESSES

BEACH & VACATION DRESSES

When thinking of summer travel/vacation destinations, the beach immediately comes to most peoples mind. Now start your vacay early with a shopping trip to SheIn.com. Choose vacation dresses that are loose and flowing or a casual maxi dress which is a great companion on the beach.



Shop casual and affordable print dresses from beachy to Boho, plus lovely evening dresses, too. http://goo.gl/E6oXIW
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SheIn Beach Dresses

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SheIn Beach Dresses

Summer always calls for cool drinks, pool party, blue sea and of course beach dresses!!! Your killer curves will be duly flattered in anything from SheIn stunning range of beach dresses.










Take cover with SheIn sunshine-ready range of beach dresses. Modern and stylish, the collection features mini, midi and maxi designs, available in a choice of beautiful prints and flattering colors.

Shop here: http://goo.gl/EQUKI1
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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend sales and deals are here. You have found the right place for Memorial Day savings and tips for planning affordable shopping with friends and family.

Get ready for summer with the help of SheIn Memorial Day deals. It’s time to lighten up and brighten up for the coming summer. SheIn provides fabulous summer clothing, delicate accessories, and everything you need for your SS16 dressing inspo. With our Memorial Day sale, you can make sure everything is updated for the sunshine and good times.


























The sales are finally here, and there’s a lot to choose from. 

1. 40% OFF OVER US$55 (CODE: HY40)
2. 45% OFF OVER US$105 (CODE: HY45)

Click the link here: http://goo.gl/isFdnt
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Spend More, Save More

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Spend More, Save More

Wanna head from the beach to the bar in breezy dresses, cute shorts and kimonos with cool cut-outs and vintage prints? Now head to SheIn Spend More, Save More activity, one chill-out holiday wardrobe can realize all your romantic wishes in the coming summer vacations.

























For example, if you are exactly going to a cocktail party and want feel special in the occasion, you can consider SheIn’s stylish evening, formal and special occasion pieces. With must-have vests, luxurious lace styles and striking cocktail dresses in Spend More, Save More collection, fashionistas will complete the party look with on-trend clothing and accessories.

Special offers are available online:

1. SPEND US$55+….SAVE 40%
2. SPEND US$105+…SAVE 45%

Click the link to find more style inspo: http://goo.gl/71N3hm


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Skin Care for Makeup: Erborian Liquid Lotions

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Skin Care for Makeup: Erborian Liquid Lotions

Hey beauties! Today, I wanted to share with you my new favorite collection of liquid lotions from Erborian, a French-Korean fusion skin care line. You’ve seen me talk about Erborian in several of my YouTube videos, and I particularly love this line for its multi-benefit purposes and the way the products work hand-in-hand with makeup. These lotions are very versatile and can be used throughout the day for various skin needs, so I made a little “Day In The Life” video tutorial showcasing some of my favorite ways to use them. Check out the video and some details on the products below the break!
 Erborian review & tutorial below

Erborian liquid lotions collection
Product Breakdown
Products Used (in order of appearance):

Erborian Yuza Double Lotion ($36) a Yuza-enriched double phase lotion that provides radiance and nourishment to the skin. I like to use this lotion in the AM, as the first step to my skin care routine. The lotion absorbs quickly and boosts tired and dull skin.

    Erborian Ginseng Milk ($39) a milky lotion that is enriched with the moisturizing and smoothing properties of ginseng to help improve skin’s texture. This lotion can be used in the morning or at night as part of your skin care routine to smooth the appearance of texture. I find that this product also shows immediate results, especially when worn under makeup. I even like to apply using a beauty blended it as a primer for my foundation.
    Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion ($34) a Bamboo-enriched powdery lotion that’s formulated to mattify the skin and reduce the appearance of large open pores. This unique lotion is probably my favorite from the line and can be used over makeup to “reset” it and mattify the surface of your skin. I love to use it on a beauty blender as a blotting tool and also carry a small spray bottle of the product to touch up my face throughout the day. 
    Erborian Eau Ginseng ($39) a watery lotion used for hydrating, smoothing and refreshing tired, dull skin. This lotion can be used in the morning or at night, however, I like to use it as the first step to my night time routine. This lotion leaves a slight residue, and I find that it absorbs into my skin over night. 
    Erborian combines traditional Korean herbal medicinal practices with high-end luxury of French skin care creating groundbreaking products that are efficient and gentle on the skin. Check out the rest of the line at Sephora and watch my other reviews / tutorials for more!

    bisous,


    Maryam Maquillage

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Hair Hacks: Thicker Hairline + Fuller Ponytail

Hair Hacks: Thicker Hairline + Fuller Ponytail

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Hey beauty lovers of the world! I told y’all last week I’m BACK!! Today’s post is a goodie that I’ve been wanting to share for so long, but been a bit hesitant chicken about it… Anyway, I finally decided to “let it rip” and created a video showcasing two of my favorite hair techniques, popularly dubbed as hacks, to make your ponytail appear fuller and your hairline appear thicker. This is a good one, trust me… Once you’re hooked, you’ll never go back. You’re welcome 🙂
Details & Video Tutorial after the jump

Before… :/
Once I got my hairline covered (pun intended), the only thing left was to match my newly thick hairline to an equally full ponytail. Turns out there’s a trick for that as well, and best part is that the whole thing takes under five minutes. All you need is a brush, a comb with a tail, two elastics and a matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color (I explain more in the video). So… are you ready? Watch below & remember to subscribe!
Share the love, tell your mama, tell your sister and your friend! This Hair HACK is too good to keep to yourself! I love you guys and I hope you enjoyed!
bisous,