Thursday, September 21, 2017

Purple Collection Launch

A few days ago I accompanied Lara from Every Beauty Addict's Bible to the launch of a new outlet in Birkirkara - Purple. We arrived a bit early so we had plenty of time to take pictures and browse the clothes.

As you enter the shop you are immediately welcomed by Audrey Hepburn who is in my opinion a style icon. The shop is also very modernly designed with plenty of bright lights.



The collection is designed by Alexandra & Sergio who decided to open this store after leaving the UK and moving to Malta. The collection is made in Italy and it reflects the real passion and love for women's fashion. 
I can honestly say that as soon as we entered the store I was going to leave with an item for sure (ps. I left with 2 shhh!). The collection is made up of items which you are going to love for sure. They are very wearable but designed and made with a flair. There are dresses, tops, casual items which can be dressed up, and so much more. I urge you to visit the store as they have really good items! Below are some snapshots of the collection:


Check out the Purple's Facebook Page. And stay tuned for Outfit Posts coming up!

XOXOXO
Pocalocca










Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pupa Extreme Bronze Compact Powder Review

Pupa is one of my favourite makeup brands and I am always looking forward to trying out new products. One of the most recent summer launches is the new Extreme Bronze Compact Powder. I am very picky when it comes to bronzers. And let me tell you, this is one of my favourites!
The Pupa Extreme Bronze Compact Powder is dermatologically tests and poses low risk of allergies, it is non comedogenic and Paraben and fragrance free. This Bronzer makes the skin look nice and even. It has a very soft velvety texture with a natural matt finish.
It has a very fine texture and it blends on the skin like a dream, minimizing blemishes. This bronzer lasts a lot and the face stays mattified for hours. There are 4 shades available.

I love how natural this product can look on the face. It can definitely be built up to give a more tanned effect.



xoxoxo
Pocalocca
Saturday, September 9, 2017

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes

I am not a big fan of eye gels, as I prefer a hydrating cream rather than a gel. However, for some reason I was drawn to this La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes gel. It has quite a gel like consistency. I remember I got this because there was a phase at the beginning of summer where my undereyes were very very dehydrated. 


La Roch Posay is a well established name in skincare. The products are paraben free, fragrance free and are suitable for sensitive eyes.

I found myself using this product morning and evening. It is quite refreshing and feels hydrating. For extra freshness I used to leave it for a few hours in the fridge. I use it also just before I apply makeup. I find that it leaves the under eye area quite hydrated and moisturised. It reduces eye puffiness and the under eye concealer goes on like a dream! 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes has Hyaluronic Acid in it so that the skin absorbs more water. It is also excellent as a moisturiser and to soothe the skin.

I went through this product rather fast. What can I say more? I will definitely stock on this during winter. It should definitely be a staple in your skincare routine too!

What is your favourite eye cream/gel or skin care product?

xoxoxo
Pocalocca
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Renato Balestra - Alta Moda Sotto le Stelle - Malta

Renato Balestra is here to present his 2017 Summer Collection at Alta Moda Sotto le Stelle. A spectacular event being organized by the Chamber of Fashion Malta, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta.
This spectacular show welcomed Maltese dignitaries and distinguished guests as well as other famous personalities coming from Italy and other countries, many of who will be visiting our historic capital city, for the first time. Italian, local TV and media will give extensive coverage to the event and Malta as 2018 Cultural capital of Europe.  

Renato Balestra defines elegance as wearing the appropriate dress for the appropriate time. His designs are meant to be worn. He is inspired by the woman figure herself.

This was simply a beautiful collection. I was amazed by all the dresses and how effortless and elegant they were! Just look at the photos and I am pretty sure you will agree with me!



The Summer 2017 collection is presented with the colours of the sky. The snowy white represents the clouds and the celestial soft blue together with the soft shades orange and gold recreate the golden sun. Elegance is purely expressed in this collection through harmonious simplicity.

Thanks Bernard Polidano for the photos!


The white dresses are embroidered with white or gold patented openwork and the 'cloud' tulle dresses display a shower of exquisite, pale, dew-like embroidery.


The collection closes with a dress which is smothered in gold embroidery. A hieratic bride wears an exquisitely draped milky-white dress, enveloped in a large cloak of beautiful embroidered lace which opens in two butterfly wings.

xoxoxo
Pocalocca


The Malta Chamber of Fashion is honored to have made this possible with the commitment and invaluable support from it's sponsors and patrons namely The Phoenicia, Porsche, Nexos, SU29, Air Malta, MTA, Star Casinos, Environ, Dean Gera, MAC, Victor Azzopardi Jewelers, Niumee, Retail International, Myoka, Costa Cafe, Elegance Chauffeur Service, Bernard Polidano, Pearl Beach, Charles Grech & CO, Tower Supermarkets, Pofessional Security Service, Island Caterers, Magnum, Penny Apap Brown, Charles & Ron, Gruppo Inventa, Corpo Diplomatico, GOES, Skyworth, KKERLY, Parthenope, Frank Salt and Muran.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alta Moda sotto le Stelle by Renato Balestra - The Chamber of Fashion Malta

The Chamber of Fashion Malta Presents “Alta Moda sotto le Stelle”
by Renato Balestra

Phoenicia Hotel Floriana, Malta

Renato Balestra will present his 2017 Summer Collection at St George’s Square in Valletta on the 21st July 2017.  He is here to present his 2017 Summer Collection at Alta Moda Sotto le Stelle. A spectacular event being organized by the Chamber of Fashion Malta, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta.



Malta Chamber of Fashion

Dr. Juliana Scerri Ferrante is a woman who believes that Fashion is Culture inspiring her self by Maltese heritage and a wealth of craftsmanship in Italy. Juliana's vision to form a community in Malta and Italy, where fashion and culture could merge and grow developed into this Chamber which ensures that maximum publicity for the young and new Maltese artists is achieved in events, which lead to a career in fashion giving Malta's talented, ambitious and emerging young fashion designers a quantum leap in getting international exposure. 


(Left to Right - Penny Apap Borg, Marcelo Noce, Renato Balestra, Dr. Gavin Gulia, Caroline Borg, Giuseppe Racioppi, Fabio Benvenuti and Dorianne Mamo)

Today the Chamber is well established as a cultural entity and proudly presents an annual and prestigious Fashion show. These events host Internationally acclaimed designers with many renowned Italian houses showing their collections, inspiring up and coming designers from Malta. This is a commitment that the Chamber has made to encourage more talent to come forward, and take the plunge to show their designs.

As a Chamber it has signed protocols with the leading fashion academies in Rome and Florence.  The aim is to send Maltese students and designers to these Italian academies and fashion houses for short courses and work placements to study, enhance and sharpen their talents before returning to Malta or getting offered opportunities to work overseas. The Chamber is also developing the potential of having Italian students doing their internship in Malta.

This year Juliana has handed over her Presidency to Caroline Borg who will carry the baton and continue with the yearly commitment of staging a spectacular fashion event. Caroline shares the same love and passion for Fashion and Beauty as Juliana and is an avid follower of the Arts, Culture and Dance.  She is well known for her organizational and PR skills. 
 Renato Balestra

Born in Trieste, Renato Balestra comes from a family of architects and engineers. It was not until the last year of his engineering studies, however, that he became involved in fashion, creating a design in response to a bet made among friends.




It is fair to say that fashion chose Renato Balestra, rather than Renato Balestra chose fashion. The move from Milan to Rome was rapid. He started to collaborate with the most important fashion houses in Rome of the time such as the Sorelle Fontana and Shuberth. He enjoyed working for the movie industry.  In not time Renato Balestra opened his first Roman Atelier in Via Gregoriana.  However, a few years later, Via Sistina, became the symbol of Maison Balestra where the designer began his rise to international fame and where he welcomed and created gowns for the most elegant women in the world.

Throughout his career, Renato Balestra has been invited to present his Collections all over the World, and acclaimed with huge international success.  Mr Balestra has been awarded International and National prestigious prizes in recognition of his talent. He prides himself for having designed for famous clients and worldwide celebrities including First Ladies, Princesses and actresses. Renato Balestra has designed the costumes for various theatre operas as well as airline uniforms. 

Maison Balestra is one of the few Italian firms that is still owned by the family combined with a strongly managerial Company structure. Theirs is a tradition that is constantly evolving. 


The Malta Chamber of Fashion is honored to have made this possible with the commitment and invaluable support from it's sponsors and patrons namely The Phoenicia, Porsche, Nexos, SU29, Air Malta, MTA, Star Casinos, Environ, Dean Gera, MAC, Victor Azzopardi Jewelers, Niumee, Retail International, Myoka, Costa Cafe, Elegance Chauffeur Service, Bernard Polidano, Pearl Beach, Charles Grech & CO, Tower Supermarkets, Professional Security Service, Island Caterers, Magnum, Penny Apap Brown, Charles & Ron, Gruppo Inventa, Corpo Diplomatico, GOES, Skyworth, KKERLY, Parthenope, Frank Salt and Muran.

xoxoxo
Pocalocca