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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Dior Giveaway


Here`s something extra special for you this spring: a Diorshow mascara giveaway! This is one of my favourite mascaras and you can win it in your preferred shade: black, chestnut, or blue.

To enter you just need to:

2. Like this post on Bloglovin
3. Leave a comment below with your preferred shade: black, chestnut, or blue. 
4. (Optional for extra entry): Tweet or post on your Facebook wall about this giveaway and give the link of the post: http://www.theprovocativecouture.com/2014/04/dior-giveaway.html @theprovcouture

Open worldwide. Last entry on 4th of May.
Good luck!

Alina Anghel. xx

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Today`s Outfit: Styling Tartan

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tartan outfit
styling tartan
tartan shirt
tartan shirt
tartan outfit
styling tartan
style tartan
fenton house
fenton house
(H&M tartan shirt, Asos midi skirt, Asos ankle boots, Asos drop down earrings)

Hampstead Heath is a beautiful area of London, former home of so many artists like Aldous Huxley, John Keats, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Taylor, and many more. The day we visited Fenton House, a beautiful 17th century house, there was an exhibition of all former and current famous Hamptead residents mostly in the area of music, literature, and cinema. The dreamy house and the even more dreamy garden made me lounge for a home like this where you seem to have stepped in a different era. I`m definitely an old soul, the only thing I`m missing though is a couple of millions to buy a house like this.
Now about the outfit. I think this is the first time I`ve worn earrings in an outfit on this blog. I used to have ear piercings when I was small but then high school came when it stopped being cool wearing earrings and after years of not wearing them I was forced to redo my piercings on a day out in Camden. Oh well, when in Camden...Now with infinite possibilities of ear adornment I`m hunting online shops for quirky earrings. If you know any good ones, let me know.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Travel in Style: Aria Las Vegas Hotel Review

aria hotel review
Photo: aria.com

The thing that I loved the most from our stay at Aria is that you can spend your whole holiday inside the hotel without needing to step outside the hotel premises. The hotel has everything you could wish for from multiple restaurants, spa, casino, nightclub, shopping, swimming pools, and even a theatre with Cirque du Soleil performances.

1. The room (14/20)
My boyfriend and I had a Deluxe Room which was very large, although slightly too far from the elevator- we had to walk like 5 mins to even get to the lift (Note: we`re very lazy). This walk can be especially hard coming home in the early mornings tipsy and broke from gambling.
aria hotel review
Photo: aria.com
2. The breakfast & other dining options (12/20)
Plenty of restaurants and cafes to keep you going for days without getting bored. The breakfast buffet was huge, with great variety from dim sum to sushi, American classics, and Mexican. The dishes were good but not great. I think when you have that huge variety of food is extremely hard to get every dish exceptional.
aria hotel review
aria hotel review

3. The pool & spa (18/20)
The spa was one of our favourite places in the hotel as the daily admission to the facilities was very affordable (around $30 per day) and you can use the steam room, jacuzzi, salt room, and ganbanyoku beds. The outside swimming pools had the perfect water temperature. We went there in February and we could very easily swim all day which was fantastic.
aria las vegas hotel review
aria hotel review

4. Location (19/20)
Conveniently located on the strip is perfect for shopping and getting around Vegas.

Room (14/20)
Breakfast & other dining (12/20)
Pool & spa (18/20)
Other facilities (18/20)
Service & atmosphere (15/20)
Location (19/20)

Overall rating: 16/20

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Today`s Outfit: Alice in Wonderland

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alice in wonderland outfit
alice in wonderland editorial
alice in wonderland editorial
alice in wonderland fashion
alice in wonderland fashion
(Vintage jacket from Paris, Zara t-shirt, stripped shorts from Thailand, Asos ankle boots)

As cliche as it might sound I was definitely feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland at Kensington Gardens in London. But unlike Alice I was armed with boots. No messing around here. We`ve been exploring a lot of new places in London which is great thing to do when you start feeling bored with your city and think there`s nothing else new to see. Fortunately London seems to have an infinite source of new restaurants, museums, gardens, shops, and so on.
Although the weather seems gloomy it was actually pretty warm when we took these photos, perfect for taking out this blazer I found in a vintage shop in Paris last year. It was two sizes bigger and had some horrible shoulder pads but I loved the colour and the great condition of fabric so after some slight alterations at home it was ready for wearing. This is one of the main reasons I love thrifting as with patience, and after a load of crap you always find something you really love that you know it`s very unlikely you`ll see on anyone else.
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Monday, 7 April 2014

The Stylish Venice Travel Guide

stylish venice travel guide

Where to stay
  • Palazzetto Madonna: a lovely 4 star boutique hotel in the centre of Venice. Read my review here.
Restaurants & bars

Venice is not really famous for its food. The tourism has brought up a lot of mediocre restaurants with tourist menus where the food is poor as well as the service. However, there are still a lot of hidden delicious gems, you just need to do a bit of research beforehand to avoid disappointment. Here are a few of my favourites:
osteria ai artisti venice
osteria ai artisti venice
  • Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti: definitely the highlight meal of our trip. We had here the best pasta dishes one could imagine. Just looking at the photos makes me hungry.
alle testiere venice
alle testiere venice
alle testiere venice
  • Alle Testiere: another great meal although the place gets full really fast so make sure to book ahead of time.
  • Osteria del Cason: close to our hotel we had here a lovely meal.
  • Dona Onesta: budget friendly restaurant perfect for a casual lunch.
  • Vizio Virtu Cioccolateria: the keyword here is cioccolateria. This place had the most delicious chocolate and pistachio gelato I have ever tasted and it was right next to our hotel. Score!
Things to do
stylish venice travel guide
  • Piazza San Marco: although full of tourists any time of the year really still worth seeing for its grandeur and beauty.
  • Peggy Guggenheim collection: lovely museum showing the works of art collected by Peggy Guggenheim which includes Pollock, Kandinsky, Picasso, and many more.
venice travel guide
  • Rialto market: 700 years old market, perfect for foodies.
  • Walk, walk & walk: Venice is a city made for walking and getting mesmerised by its beauty at every corner. Walking for no reason is perfectly legit here. 

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Five Fields Restaurant Review

The main focus at Five Fields is the presentation which is beautiful. The food was good but nothing mind blowing which was a bit of a disappointment as after reading multiple blogger reviews we thought this might be the best meal of the year. But then again maybe we got too swayed by the hype and set our expectations too high. 
For starters I had the quail with aubergine and artichoke (14/20) which was really nice with the quail cooked perfectly.
five fields quail starter
My partner as a lover of seafood had the rock pool (14/20) which was also pretty good although he thought had a bit too many parts: first two cold dishes and then one hot dish.
five fields rock pool
five fields rock pool starter
For main my partner had the middle white pork (12/20). The problem with this dish was it was far too small for a main and although it was enjoyable it lacked that extra wow factor.
five fields white pork
For my main I had the deer (13/20). The deer was beautiful as well as mushrooms but again lacking that wow factor that makes a dish memorable.
five fields deer
The desserts were probably the biggest disappointment for me. I`m a huge sugar lover so dessert for me is the part I look forward to the most from a meal. The rhubarb vanilla panna cotta (11/20) was pleasant while the warm chocolate tart (8/20) felt really unbalanced. The chocolate pastry, with the chocolate filling and the chocolate powder and a bit of more chocolate on top of that was too much even for a chocolate lover. 
five fields rhubarb panna cotta
five fields chocolate tart
Overall rating: 12/20

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Today`s Outfit: The Spring Jacket

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spring jacket outfit
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womens spring jacket
(Zara jacket, Zara necklace, Asos jumper, Asos shorts, Nelly ankle boots)

Spring has finally arrived in London and it`s beautiful. We took these photos on the first proper spring day right before we headed for the nearest breakfast place to stuff our bellies. I`ve had this jacket since winter when I found it by mistake on sale in a Zara shop. I didn`t get to wear it more than once as it was slightly too big to go under a coat and too light to wear it by itself during the cold winter months. But now it finally gets it`s moment to shine! Paired this with my faithful brown jumper and my super comfortable but smart high waisted for a full on brown & blue combination. 

Speaking of clothing. I`ve been feeling pretty bored with my usual shopping spots recently. Is it just me or everything is starting to look the same in all the shops? I find it harder and harder to find shops that have cool designs without charging huge amounts of money for them. Or maybe they`re just not investing enough in their online optimisation and I can`t find them. 

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