Monday, 31 March 2014

The Head-to-Toe Exam


            I bet you’ve all been treated at least once with the head-to-toe exam, either from your grandmother saying how you should eat more or from a guy at a party assessing that you have all the bumps and curves one needs to attract a man’s attention. From my experience, whenever I go to a party, there has to be that one girl that makes all guys turn heads and all girls wish they were in her shoes. Yes, being validated by all the guys in a room probably feels great but let’s not forget we’re talking about fashion here. As with almost everything else (lately) fashion tends to go against what would traditionally be accepted as ‘the norm’ - see Leandra Medine’s definition of a man repeller.

            Peer assessment is generally very important and we all count upon it but I don’t think anyone would disagree if I said that, in the fashion industry, it’s essential. Let’s face it, as opinionated and fierce as fashion can get, being photographed by the likes of Scott Schuman or Tommy Ton can represent your validation in the industry. Any girl interested in fashion would probably agree with me, the most important validation you can get is from another girl just like you. Getting the head-to-toe exam from another girl is probably the most flattering thing that’s going to happen to you. Of course, the twofold aspect is that she might as well think you’re the equivalent of Faith Hill’s Oscars outfit in 2002. Fortunately (or not?!) girls in fashion don’t usually refrain their emotions so you’ll be able to notice if they in fact hate your outfit. But if they try to keep it cool, eyeing you from head-to-toe - some of them can be very discreet, it’s a matter of seconds to identify the items and brands one is wearing if you’ve got the experience - then you’re on the right track.

            To be honest, it doesn’t even matter if said person is in fashion or not. If someone whose style you like checks you out then that should be enough. So at the end, the head-to-toe exam is one of the best exams you could go through. If you’re dressed appropriately, of course. 

Picture from Google

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Inspiration #17


There's nothing I could say about this other than it's utter perfection. This is my ultimate inspiration this Spring and what I love most about spending mine in London - the option of this bipolar way of dressing, summer items with coats and sweaters with pj shorts. I'm so excited for this new season now.
Hope you all have a great weekend.  

Photo taken from Vanessa Jackman

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Preppy

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It's Saturday morning and, I don't know for what reason, I've woken up at 8 am sharp. So I just thought of sharing this outfit I shot a couple of days ago while I was photographing a campaign for Cosmopolitan, called 'Cosmo on Campus' - more on that soon.  It's not seldom that I find myself planning what to wear just to discover, when the time comes, that it just doesn't work for me. This time, however, was one of the happy times when my outfit actually looked nicer than I expected it to. Quite a preppy look but tried to keep it a bit edgy with the leather jacket and dark lip. Hope you guys enjoy! 
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I was wearing:
Zara shirt
Vintage skirt 
Topshop leather jacket
Musette bag
&Other Stories rings 
OPI 'Yodel me on my cell' nailpolish

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Transparency cont'd


            The same day my Transparency post went online, RiRi decided to sport this ensemble as if to be a live example of what I was talking about. I was inclined to go as far as to say that she looked girly and innocent with the all-white theme and her obvious change to longer locks. But, obviously, it would’ve been below badgalriri to wear anything underneath this way too revealing Simone Rocha number so her pink panties showing through changed everything. It all started during Paris Fashion Week when she wore this see-through mesh top without a bra, then this, so I’m wondering where it’s all headed to. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Transparency

           
 Okay, so let’s talk transparency. Transparency is good, right? All companies talk about lately is how they aim to achieve maximum transparency towards their clients and employees. Corporate transparency describes the extent to which a corporation's actions are observable by outsiders. By doing that people are more inclined to invest, they’re less afraid of being scammed and employees are more committed.

            My parents have told me my whole life that they don’t really mind where I go as long as I drop them a text to let them know. (This is obviously quite a generous generalisation and they weren’t always indifferent but for the sake of the argument let’s just say they were) Some might say that transparency/honesty is the most important thing in a relationship –
It’s not that you kissed another guy, it’s that I had to find out from someone else – not that anyone would ever say that. But, all jokes aside, honesty aka transparency are very important in order to maintain relationships.

            Besides all personal matters, transparency has been all around us in fashion as well. Everything started when Furla launched their famous Candy Bags and even when they went out of style, or at least out of the public eye, the see-through trend persisted, moving from bag to bag, growing smaller and smaller in size. Even now, a perspex clutch or minaudiere is something most girls would like to have in their bag collection. American Apparel lately introduced see-through skirts which obviously lack the practical aspect of clothing, unless you want to flash everyone, and they don’t come with anything to sport underneath either despite their very steep price of £48. Bottom line, transparency seems to be pretty trendy. However, like with most trends, not everyone can sport them successfully. Transparency is good, until you give away too much. Just like those girls that try to sport sky-high heels without actually knowing how to walk in them – Vine-worthy disaster.


            Transparency is good for investors in a company but unequivocally bad for drugstore plastic bags. Honestly, is it so hard to make some plastic bags that don’t reveal their whole content? It’s not like anyone wants to walk around with a bag so shamelessly transparent that it could just as well scream “She’s got some Always ultra here!” Yep, it’s that time of the month again... At first I thought, why would anyone want to flash their tampons on the street? But then maybe they just didn’t have a bigger bag to shove them in, maybe they didn’t realise they were basically telling everyone that they were having their period until they got on the bus or underground and then, eventually, tried to hide the damn bag under a chair so no one else, beside the tens of people they’d just passed by, could see that. Poor girls. That’s just to show that just because it’s a trend not everyone should do it so beware the next time you buy your intimate products from a drugstore.   


So tell me, would you wear a clear skirt? Would you wear just a clear skirt? 



Pictures taken from Vogue, The Blonde Salad, illustration by me. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Donate by Color

               Ever since I first started following fashion blogs some years ago I’ve noticed that public reactions to fashion seem to be very polarized (to me at least). There’s the people that read Vogue religiously, buy things they see their favourite bloggers wear and have a little folder on their computer where they save all the items they wish they also had. At the other end of the spectrum there are those people that condemn fashion saying that it only promotes shallow traits and that famous fashion bloggers have come where they are only by means of their parents’ money. And I must say that, to some extent, I agree or at least I understand their frustration. At some point it might seem a little unfair to complain about ‘having to pack a suitcase for a month of fashion weeks in 2 days’ (such a hard life!) or flying to 5 different countries during a month. It might be tiresome or stressful to you, but thinking about all the people that don’t have the opportunity to travel, not to mention attend fashion weeks it is unfair and I’m not surprised bloggers get unhappy reactions to such posts.
            
However, it is admirable when, through travel and pictures, you can provide beautiful content that inspires people and, most importantly, when you can give back through your work. So I was very happy a few days ago when I was contacted by Angela&Roi, an online handbag brand that combines fashion and philanthropy through colour. Their products reflect the companies’ strong moral principles and are made of high quality vegan leather thus providing fashionable handbags at a unique price point. For their Donate by Color mission they partnered with eleven non-profit organisations to increase awareness of diseases that take away millions of lives every year. Every medical issue is represented by a specific colour – Lung Cancer awareness links traditionally with the colour white. With every bag purchased, five dollars are automatically donated to the Lung Cancer Alliance and other organisations, depending on the bag’s colour. Every bag is accompanied by a detachable coloured ribbon that is also associated with the specific cause, also aiming to increase awareness. So, if you’re looking for a new bag do check their website, they have an amazing selection, featuring some beautiful colours, I already have my eyes on some of them. This way you can get a beautifully crafted item and help a good cause, whichever your want, just pick your colour. I honestly believe they are doing a brilliant job and have an amazing concept so even if your budgets don't allow you to buy another bag just spread the word and let your friends know about this beautiful project. 



 If you want to know more about them just check their website HERE or their TwitterFacebook or Instagram pages. 


Monday, 17 March 2014

Golden Hour

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            In all the years I’ve travelled and all the beautiful places I’ve been blessed to see I noticed two specific things. One, I always remember best the places I travel to alone and the trips I have to plan. As great as my parents have been, taking me around the world, I realize that so many of the places I’ve seen have somehow faded from my mind. Maybe because I didn’t have to worry about anything – like documents and catching flights, maybe because I didn’t realize what my parents were talking about whenever they would tell me to look out the window instead of playing in the car or talking to my friend. It certainly is a bit sad, thinking of how many more memories I could have had, incredible memories I probably don’t remember now. And two, most of the time, unplanned trips turn out to be the best ones.

            For the past year I have tried to somehow fill in the memories I’ve lost, going back to places I know I loved but didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. And, all in all, I’ve simply begun to plan a lot more travels, to stop taking notes of all the places I want to see and actually go and see them. So last weekend I decided to make a trip down the coast of England, to Brighton, especially the Seven Sisters national park. It wasn’t a very long trip, nor did it require a lot of planning as we were only spending the day there and returning to London in the evening. However, as I said, it was one of the most incredible days in my life. I think most of this is owed to the fact that I didn’t have immense expectations. I knew it would be nice and relaxing but that’s it. And, to be honest, while visiting the actual town of Brighton I felt like it was actually quite depressing. Maybe depressing is too powerful, but all the buildings by the boardwalk looked like they were abandoned. It might not be season (obviously, we were still in February) but painting was still scratching off the outside walls and dust was gathering around the window panes. Everything looked as if we’d gone 10 years back in time. Even the peer was a strange contradiction between the little boutiques that you’d normally see in a city by the sea and all their colours, and the actual emptiness of the place. But the breeze of course was wonderful, just sitting on the beach and listening to the water filled me with joy. So after this I couldn’t have possibly expected anything quite like the Seven Sisters national park. I’m sure we got there at just the right time, the light was amazing, the sun shone through the trees. I don’t think it’s worth talking about it, the pictures are the only ones that can make justice to the park. I just want to thank my friend Laura for coming with me and especially taking so many pictures; it felt great being able to enjoy and soak in the amazing views.

            I hope you enjoy the pictures! 

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This is obviously an overload of pictures but forgive me, I just couldn't make a smaller selection, they were all incredible! 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Warm

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You know how whenever we get mad on our parents for putting us through experiences we hate they tell us we’ll thank them when we grow up? There’s always going to be something we are told at a certain age that would probably make more sense in later years.

            I assume every girl goes through her all-black phase at some point in her life, more so now when it’s actually become a trend. Perhaps when I’ll be 40 I’ll want to dress all colourful and cheery and I’ll regret the times I used to cover myself in black. But for the moment I’ve just decided to embrace that and keep dressing up in black and greys. The outfit I put together here was an attempt to get rid of the all black ensembles, to instil some colour into my daily look, but somehow it didn’t feel right. I hope it’s not me but there are some outfits that might seem a good idea on the spot but prove to somehow miss the mark in the end.

            Don’t get me wrong, I love colour and I do wear it. But I wear it more as a splash of colour for a simple, basic outfit. I’m definitely not the girl you’ll see colour blocking – or not anymore. Maybe I’m starting to regret what I’ve just written – maybe I do love colour. Do I? I guess time will tell. 
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I was wearing:
Zara jacket
Zara top
Massimo Dutti scarf 
H&M jeans
Zara boots
Forever 21 bag 
Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
&Other Stories rings

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Shall We Make-Out?


FIRST KISS from Tatia Pilieva on Vimeo.

            Okay, so I was browsing the internet yesterday and I came across this video by Tatia Pilieva and my first thought was ‘this is so cool! I want to do this, too’ which is ironic because I most definitely wouldn’t go up to a stranger and say: “shall we make out now?”. Which is a shame because who knows? You might just come across the love of your life this way. You might as well get herpes but oh, well, I guess it’s a risk you’ll have to take.

            I remember in school the fights people would have if someone sat in another person’s desk. Oh the carnage... there’d be arguments and people would throw other people’s bags around and put theirs instead as if having your bag in a certain place would mark your territory. Implicitly, other people became collateral damage as they got hit by the mentioned bags and they would start screaming in turn creating this vicious circle that would only be cut off when the teacher came in. Then whoever got their desk stolen would sit in another one, probably closer to the teacher, and give deathly looks to the ‘thief’ all day long. I suppose no one likes to have their habits suddenly change. It’s always a bit sad to see a restaurant you’ve frequented for years close its doors or your favourite movie couples breaking up. You know they’ll get back together but, still, there’s something in there that wishes everything would’ve stayed the same. There was this old lady near my grandmother’s house that I would always see walking her dog in the park nearby until one day I didn’t see her anymore. I was quite sad, I was looking forward to seeing their matching outfits every day. Maybe she moved, maybe she died, maybe she just decided to go to another park, unaware of the routine I’d created in my mind of seeing them every day.

            It’s nice to see things that take us out of our comfort zone, that break the routine we’re in daily. And it’s even better to see how these things lead to fun, beautiful experiences. I guess that’s what this video is all about, the fun of getting out of your comfort zone.

            So, tell me, would you kiss a random stranger?
           


Sunday, 9 March 2014

A[maze]ing

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            I’ve probably said this way too many times and my friends have definitely had enough but with every day I become more and more in love with London. Some of my friends that have been living here for a couple of years used to tell me that after a while you get used to everything and it loses its charm. I don’t think so. There’s always something new to be seen in London and even the streets you’ve walked a thousand times before seem to be different every time. Or at least that’s how I feel. I spent last weekend walking a friend around London and so I got to see some of my favourite spots as well.

            I always find it amazing how London offers so much diversity but sometimes it seems like such a small city. It just happens from time to time that I run into someone I know on the street and it feels so random. What are the chances that out of 8 million people you’d get to see someone you know around town? It always makes me feel small but in a good way, it comes to show that there’s familiarity even in this incredible diversity.

            These pictures come to show an area that I particularly love in London, South Kensington and the V&A. Every street is picture perfect, every corner identical. Of course, when you’ve got a dead battery and no idea where you actually are because every street looks the same you start feeling like you’re in a maze with no exit but nevertheless a beautiful one. The weather was definitely on our side, I was out in a blazer (!!!) and the sun was shining, so I couldn’t ask for anything else.

            What is your favourite spot where you live?

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All pictures were taken by me 
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