Think Pink

Pink seems to be one of the top colours of this spring for bloggers and celebrities everywhere. The colour isn’t overwhelming (unless you want it to be of course), there is a variety of shades available to suit different skin types and you can incorporate it to your wardrobe with accessories, everyday knitwear, light jackets, coats as well as plain or patterned bottoms. The possibilities are endless.

The title of this blog post was inspired by a movie Funny face (1957) starring Audrey Hepburn, where a magazine editor Maggie decides the latest issue is boring and declares every woman (except her) shall wear pink. Check out stills and lyrics to Maggie’s song about pink:

Think pink

I put together a few of my favourite items and looks from street style and runways and recreated the look with a little help of affordable high-street brands. Here’s the result:

Pink jumper

Pink Zara DiorEven Dior thinks pink this season!

Pink skirt and bag

pink_ada_kokosarAda Kokosar demonstrates you can never go wrong with pink and grey (and metallic to catch the sun).

Pink coat

Pink_at_LFW

Pink coat casual style from London Fashion Week, trendy and wearable – I like that!

Inspiration

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I love the long flowing skirt that Jessica Alba paired with oversized sunglasses, cropped black turtleneck and delicate sandals – she looks like a 21st century Disney princess, doesn’t she? In case you were wondering, she wore this to to Ralph Lauren’s runway show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September.

I wonder if something like this is appropriate for a guest to wear at a summer wedding (with a sleeveless version of the top, obviously). More about summer wedding outfits is coming next week!

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Dark Orange

Today, I saw the prettiest wool blazer from Zara in dark orange. I loved the shape and cut immediately, but wasn’t convinced about the colour, so I turned to Polyvore for ideas. Here is the outcome:

How to style - Zara dark orange wool blazer
How to style – Zara dark orange wool blazer

Every look shown here is casual, appropriate for everyday use and each of the tops can be easily replaced with a version of it to fit your personal style (for example: white lace top replaced with crisp white shirt or basic white tee etc.). I chose dark washed jeans as main piece of clothing (besides the blazer), because I find complementary colours make a really good basis for an outfit. I paired this with navy flats for spring and tan wedge sandals for colder summer nights. From here on it was just a matter of trying out what looks good and what doesn’t.

How would you style it?

Love,
B

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Edgy Fashionista and Fierce Style Icon Meet Effortlessly Chic

I’ve been a little disappointed lately, when it comes to fashion and I feel like I have to share my thoughts with you. With fashion weeks well behind us and spring that’s finally warming up, it’s supposed to be time for fresh perspectives and diversity, yet there are the same things getting media’s attention over and over again. With so many must haves, celebrity faves and weekly staples it’s no wonder we are forgetting how to be ourselves. Defined style and unique approach to fashion (be it fashion designers, stylists or fashion bloggers) are rarely noticed and covered properly, which is a shame, because they might reach and inspire those who feel left out, with current situation in fashion industry.

And honestly, since when do random pants, Kenzo tiger sweater, flats and too big camel wool coat make someone an instant fashionista? Or why does a fashion magazine consider it “edgy” when someone wears basic black trousers, white printed t-shirt and a plastic Chanel brooch at a fashion event? Beats me. You know, if black trousers and white t-shirt are indeed edgy, there’s at least a thousand women out there at this very moment just as edgy as the style icon at the event. And no, the brooch is not edgy, it’s expensive. Same goes for the “it” ring, “it” necklace, “it” shoes, “it” clutch etc. Sure they’re pretty, some of them even beautiful and they are a great way to complete the look, but the only edgy thing about them is the thin line between looking fashionable and giving off the I’m-trying-too-hard vibe. Here’s my example of crossing the line to the dark side.

too much

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love some of these, just not as an excuse to be “in”.

There’s something about describing fashion this days that makes no sense at all. For example, when someone with a fashion sense decides to wear something casual, everyone calls it effortlessly chic. I’m quite sure they put some effort in choosing those items or it would just look bad. Also the x is the new black phrase is overused and makes no sense whatsoever. Floral is the new black? No it’s not, because black is always fashionable, classy even, while x from the phrase lasts for about two months, after that it’s “so last year”. There’s no right way to use it, even if Ferre said so 30 years ago or if it was used in Funny Face. I think there are many words in fashion industry that bloggers, magazines and advertisers should finally forget about, among which are fierce (snow leopard is fierce, top bun isn’t), something -ista (because lately it’s anythingista and it’s getting too much) and vintage (when it’s used to describe something that was not expensive enough or was bought in a no name shop) to name a few.

So there it is, a summary of everything that has been on my mind since my last post.

What are your pet peeves involving fashion?

Love,
B

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Accessories – Bags, Shoes, Jewelry and other Accessories

Having the right accessories, shoes, bags and jewellery instantly makes us look more polished and put together as well as gives more use to the clothes we own. For example: A simple black dress is great for a job interview when paired with classic studs. You can celebrate your success later on in a club by adding a statement necklace and changing your bag for a sparkly clutch.
I’ve made a list of 18 pieces roughly divided by seasons, to enhance wardrobe essentials.

All year round accessories

FW SS Accessories

Accessories by codeofstyle on polyvore.com
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7 tips to improve your wardrobe

I’ve made a list of tips to help you improve your wardrobe in an inexpensive and simple way. A few buttons or a simple brooch can make an affordable piece look like million bucks.

1. Change the buttons

Inexpensive items (cardigans, blazers, coats, blouses etc.) usually have basic plastic buttons. With a set of new buttons and a few stitches you can make it chic and unique. Choose the material and colour according to your needs. There are so many types of buttons, such as metallic, pearl, sparkly, natural, wooden, leather etc. The only thing to worry about is the size of the button, because it has to fit the buttonhole just right, without stretching the fabric or sliding out. Best thing to do is to take the item with you when you go button-shopping to make sure it fits well.

Extra tip: After years of wear, when an item is out of fashion or literally falls apart, my mom cuts off her favourite buttons and saves them for a future use. Not a bad idea! Continue reading

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My new year’s resolutions

First of all, I wish you a wonderful year, full of dreams that come true, lots of optimism, love and style.

Looking back on 2012, I realise it was sad, exciting, full of love, worries, happiness, fun, hard work and big changes. This past Christmas and New year’s Eve were the best I’ve ever had, so this year is definitely off to a good start.

Here are my resolutions:
- My boyfriend and I will find a perfect place to call home
- I will take care of my body and health
- I will make a blog post once a week
- I will finish school

Maybe I’ll add new resolutions to the list later this year, but for now this is all I wish for, hope for and work for.

Love,
B

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What To Wear For Dinner on Christmas Eve

Christmas is finally approaching, with all the decorations, Christmas lights, yummy food and sweet smelling candy. It also brings the dilemma of what to wear on that special day. I’ve put together three outfits for three different occasions some of you may be attending soon.

No. 1 – At Home

Having a dinner on Christmas Eve at home usually involves a lot of running around the house, cleaning, decorating and maybe even preparing dinner for the family. While all this can be a little hectic it doesn’t mean you have to stay in sweatpants for the evening. After much needed shower before the dinner, throw on a cute sweater with lots of Christmas spirit, comfortable leggings or tights, soft slippers and your favourite piece of jewellery. Continue reading

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How to organize a wardrobe

There are many steps towards a wardrobe that works and it will take you some time to go from being cluttered with misses to being a hit. Before I go any further, I’d like you to do a little exercise. Think of all the items you own and make a quick list. Give yourself five minutes to do so, than put that list away and read on.

“I have too many clothes, I have too many options.” – Rihanna

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