This winter its all about the pastels. I know they can be tricky to wear so I created a little look book to share with you some pieces I've been loving on one of my favourite online stores - SHEINSIDE. Enjoy!
I have loved and admired the Aziza Zina brand for a long time, ever since I met one of the designers at Mode Suisse several years ago. The brand's elegance and clean, chic cuts have always appealed to my style and this year, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Days, the brand amazed once again. Summer collections are Aziza Zina's forte, the beautiful tailored silhouettes of the dresses sent down the runway made me want to be at a garden party in late Spring. The primal colours was white, with notes of baby blue and fuchsia, which created a pure and clean feeling. The intricate lace used as details for numerous designs made the collection even more interesting and alluring. To conclude I must say that it was one of my favourite collections and the flower power of the collection seemed to convert everyone observing the runway. Congratulations Aziza Zina for another amazing collection!
I love Zurich, it's so much more vibrant and international than Lausanne or even Geneva. It is the perfect mix of urban and luxurious style. I had a wonderful day that started with a brunch in Bohemia with Digital Eye and other Swiss bloggers. After which I attended the H&M Showroom (check out the full post HERE), and then headed back to town to get some Sprungli hot chocolate with the awesome Ana of Fashionoxic.
As you can see I had a lot of running around and going from place to place, therefore I needed an outfit that was comfortable and warm yet stylish. Denim on denim is one of those trends that have become permanent, it looks effortless and allows for movement and comfort. Here I paired a Mango shirt with my H&M boyfriend jeans, threw over my IRO fur coat and ran around merrily. As for the details, I wore the must-have H&M cap, my beloved 3.1 Philip Lim bag (I've been wearing it non-stop), and Louis Vuitton booties. Always remember comfort and style are not opposites.
This weekend I attended the Mercedes Benz Fashion Days in Zurich, one of the biggest fashion events in Switzerland. H&M is one of the biggest partners and sponsors of the event which means that during these days many events are organised by the fashion house. One of these events was a showroom that showcased the SS 14' collection which I attended on Saturday. I must say I was very impressed with the intricate details and quality of the pieces presented. The main inspiration behind the collection seemed to be boho-chic so lots of flowy dresses, headscarves and denim jackets. Very excited to see this collection hit the stores (put the navy blue sweater on my wishlist already).
There are classic pieces that belong in every girl's closet, a beige Burberry trench is one of them. I, in a very cliche fashion, got mine in London last fall and have sworn by it ever since. There are so many ways to wear it, and so many things to wear it with. It's an investment worth making. I am currently preparing for my exams while also making a schedule for my weekend in Zurich for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Days, I'm so excited to be back in the vibrant city. I will be updating you constantly on Instagram and Twitter!
Under my beloved trench I am wearing an intricate lace top I receiver from Sheinside, the embroidery is exquisite and makes for such a beautiful piece. Check it out - HERE. I am once again promoting flat shoes and sporting my Burberry wellies which look chic yet are very practical in the rain and snow. Along with those are some classic Levi's black jeans, my H&M hat which gives the look a touch of elegance and my 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli satchel which I now swear by. Overall the effect is a very classic look which is practical yet elegant.
I never liked anything about maths, especially not after letters started replacing more and more numbers. Geometry on the other hand I adored, playing with shapes and lines was perhaps the most fun I had in a maths class. Now I am done with school yet geometry seems to always catch my eye, in architecture, home design and, naturally, clothes. Im always a little wary about playing with patterns, I have very little appreciation for all the "Do's" and "Don'ts"so I just go with it.
I decided to wear stripes and checkers and shoot it against a lined background, when I go, I go all out. Im wearing a gorgeous structured miniskirt I received from a really cool online store called Choies, the material is sturdy and I was impressed by the quality of the garment. You can buy the skirt - HERE. I paired it with a vintage blouse that was given to me by my mother, from the "good old 80's". As for outerwear, this is my new favourite coat, the colour, the material, the structure are all perfect, god bless Zara! As for the accessories I am wearing the new cult classic H&M Collection sailor cap and my new Philip Lim 3.1 Pashli Satchel (an investment that's worth it). On my feet are some very comfortable and not heeled brogues which dont kill my feet while walking through town, hope you appreciate my commitment to wearing flat shoes!
I love autumn - the spicy scent of the cold in the mornings, the sounds of the falling leaves, and naturally the colours. Autumn has so many of them, beige, orange, red, brown, dark green, the list goes on and I cannot help but be inspired by all of them. Autumn is also quite a nostalgic time, we let go of the past and let the past die so that we can make something stronger. Maybe all the colours are nature's way of helping us let go.
As I said, I am inspired by the warm shades of autumn and I used as many as I could in this look. The sweater I am wearing is from SheInside and it is incredibly cosy and comfortable. I belted it to give it more shape over my checkered Zara shorts. I am also wearing some beautiful D&G boots and my wonderfully soft wool socks. I can tell they will be my best friends this winter (I got them in 3 colours). I added a little bling with a Topshop necklace and some Chanel pearl earrings. Hope you like the way I used the autumn palette.
I consider myself very lucky in terms of the people I am surrounded by, my closest friends are all creative, artistic and most importantly very talented. Day on day they make me discover and appreciate art, design, and inspire me to create myself. These images are the work of Zoe Horgan who is a little minx, an incredible talent and amazing friend. We took these a while ago and only now has she shown me the final result, and I love the creative way she put these images together. I hope you all do too.
Darker times. The mood of the streets shifted, gray skies, gray buildings, early sunset, late sunrise. I though I should adapt to this new mood and embrace it, which is why this series of pictures are much darker and have a different tone to them than my usual, bright and almost(!) over exposed ones. I took these with Romina right before the Mode Suisse event, which I must say was fantastic this year, and it was almost too dark to take them, yet I love the effect.
I was inspired by sailors, their commitment to comfort yet ability to look so casual and chic. So I mixed mostly the traditional navy, black and white hues. The blazer is a piece I have owned for year and was actually one of my first buys when I started interesting myself in fashion, it is the classic by MaxMara. The skirt is Zara, from the latest collection, and has such a great length and fabric it's perfect for winter. The shoes, the shoes, oh these shoes, I think they have been my most coveted buy this season, they are Louis Vuitton and happen to be the most comfortable, beautiful and perfect autumn shoes (a rare combination). I am also wearing very warm wooly sock as I have a strong appreciation for comfort (like sailors) and a H&M Collection cap. Accessorised with rings from Asos and Juicy Couture and the famous 2.55 Chanel bag I am officially a wanna-be sailor. Arr!
Here are some more modeling shots I wanted to share with you. The mood of these is much darker and more intense then the previous post, the make up is so minimal as is the styling. The power of these shots lies in the colours and shadows as well as the intense facial expression (I had to laugh in between shots to take the edge off, the photographer told me to look like I was an angry murderer). I think that a lot of the time simplicity holds so much more detail and power than elaborate styling or make-up, sometimes so much more character can be seen when all the unnecessary props are removed.
Today I wanted to share some of my favourite LUSH products with you. I love the philosophy of the brand, natural, cruelty free and sustainable. What's there not to love? Nevermind the fact that all of their products smell like heaven...and rainbows and unicorns. Anyways, there are four products I am faithful to and I wanted to share them with you!
1. The Olive Branch - Contains fairtrade olive oil, fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves which give it a soft sweet smell, nothing overpowering like "Flying Fox". The olive oil also works wonders for the skin, it leaves it soft and lightly scented. I hate when my showegels smell overpowering or dry my skin out, this one is perfect - give it a shake and use it with a loofah (too runny to lather on using your hands) and your skin will glow!
2. Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - This is actually a conditioner, yes like the stuff for the hair, for your skin. Its really useful if youre like me and youre simply too lazy to apply cream after the shower, wait for it to dry, etc etc. This cream is easy to use and makes your skin softer than any other cream I have used. Containing a variety of moisturing oils that are good for the skin such as argan oil, cocoa butter, cupuaçu butter, brazil nut oil, almond oil and fair trade shea butter, it gives the skin a powdery rose smell while leaving it divinely smooth. I also noticed that it helps even out your skin tone. Just put it on in the shower after your shower gel, take off with water, and watch magic happen.
3. Rub Rub Rub - I hate it when scrubs are too rough, having sensitive skin some scrubs can be quite bad for it. This one however does a wonderful job at scrubbing without hurting or damaging the skin. It contains mineral-rich sea salt and organic lemon juice as well as some mimosa and orange flower absolutes to give it a subtle scent which lingers on the skin all day.
I love the concept of "indian summer", I think it's what Switzerland is experiencing right now. The thought that you can enjoy several delicious days of warmth when summer seemed to have bid adieu, is divine. At this time I, of course, become sick and enjoy the beautiful sun from the confinement of my sofa. Murphy law all the way.
I took these pictures a few days ago with Romina of Blaastyle when the sun was being kind. Can you imagine I bought these awesome pants a year ago in Paris, in a store called Les Fees de Bengale which first attracted me with the whimsical dresses displayed in the window. I fell in love with the designs even more when I found out all the pieces were sustainable and made of high quality materials. I love Paris for that, it lets you discover so many new brands and cute stores. I paired these statement pants with a crop top I got at Asos and some nude Jimmy Choo heels. To add a contrasting pop of colour I wore the MAC Girl About Town lipstick and a beautiful necklace I received from Swarovski.
As promised I am continuing with the theme of office wear. I love women in suits, I think it is the most sexy yet understated look, a well tailored suit is a must. It's powerful and feminine, strong and fragile all at the same time. Here I decided to play with the rules a little and wore the jacket on bare skin, a look I wouldn't advise for the office (unless you have a very liberal boss), but perfect for an evening party. I find that the most simple things can be sexy without being vulgar, todays society seems to teach us that the more skin you show the more attractive you are. I believe that sexiness and allure are achieved not solely by what you wear, but "the look in your eyes" so to speak.
The suit I am wearing here is Dolce & Gabbana, one of my favourite fashion houses, you want powerful, strong, sexy and feminine all in one, they're your guy. I have owned this suit for years and it never went out of style, its so classic. I love the charcoal gray, the delicate pinstripes, the strong shoulder. Needless to say it's my coup de coeur. I paired it with some simple black heels and a bold red lip by MAC. Sometimes the most simple outfits can be the most intricate.
Have you seen my interview for Edelweiss magazine? I was one of the 13 bloggers asked to style pieces by Swiss designers which will be shown at the annual Edelweiss Showroom in Geneva this year. I chose this feminine Tamara Perez dress, the ethnic accents gave an original touch to what seemed to be a classic design. The full outfit post will be on the blog soon! For now read the whole interview - HERE.
I think nothing quite compares to the satisfaction of your first job, earning your first money and rewarding yourself using means that you earned. Having a paid job for the first time is liberating and also very rewarding in many ways, every purchase has a different meaning, every little luxury you paid for yourself, becomes that much more special. I think that young adults should engage in internships as much as they can before they find a proper job, it teaches discipline and manners that are hard to find elsewhere. My work in Philip Morris International has been an amazing experience that has taught me so many valuable lessons about corporate life.
With corporate life however, comes a dress code. When I found out I could wear jackets and knee length dresses and skirts, and kitten heels without looking ridiculous I was over the moon. In the next few weeks I will try to share with you several "smart" looks that are appropriate for the workplace without being boring. Here I am wearing a razor blue Zara dress that I got a few days ago, the material is great and the colour, even greater. I paired it with a white Sandro tuxedo blazer and really funky Zara heels. I wanted something official yet playful, and let me tell you these heels attracted attention!
I love how this song is so sensual yet still has a captivating and energizing beat. Enjoy!
Unfortunately summer in Switzerland is coming to its end. A betraying breeze can be felt in the morning, a light chill when the sun goes down. For me the end of summer is very melancholy and nostalgic, and quite more significant than... say the end of a year. I tend to have an urgent need to put my life in order, organise my closet, make a plan for the following months. I think it's a similar pattern to that of animals preparing for the long winter months. I have decided to take a gap year, travel, learn Italian, work on myself (cliche I know) and attend university in England next year. I have a lot of exciting plans and one of them is to develop the blog as much as I can, among many others that I plan to share with you!
To bid farewell to summer I picked out some bright shades you don't see much of in winter - blues and greens. This gorgeous top was a birthday gift from the amazing girl who I am lucky enough to call my best friend, who is also the photographer! She and I will be doing our best to take the best pictures in the upcoming month. I am also wearing the cult shorts, these are everywhere and sadly I have succumbed, I got these on SheInside. I also want to point out my beautiful bracelet, this is one of the creations of a new online store called Mosaika, the kind
We are all familiar with "look" based fashion communities such as Lookbook and Chictopia. However there is a new player on the field - the Munich based STYLIGHT community. This new exciting platforms allows you to not only share your look, but to create a sort of moodboard, with videos, quotes, items, pictures or anything else you want. You can get creative and make really special boards which are then projected to the stylish and sleek STYLIGHT community. STYLIGHT allows you to discover new styles, bloggers, inspire, be inspired and most importantly get involved and be creative. I must highlight how amazing their whole team is in supporting and promoting bloggers, they did a lovely article about me earlier this year and I am very grateful for the recognition and continuous interest in Stylittude (follow me on STYLIGHT here). Be sure to check out STYLIGHT, if not to contribute then to be inspired!
I really wanted to share these pictures with you because of how much I love them. They were taken by an amazing photographer called Charles-Elie Lathion a few years back and still remain my favourite shots to date. I used to model more professionally when I was 16 however now I do it much less because of lack of time and lack of desire to do it professionally. However I still do a photoshoot here and there but these pictures have a certain mood to them - power? fragility? femininity? fierceness? or all of the above? Still not quite able to put my finger on it, let me know if you do!
I have decided to introduce a new weekly post on Stylittude. It will be my song inspiration of the week because of how important music is to me. Unfortunately I cannot sing to save my life, can't play any instruments so I resort to researching and discovering amazing artists with beautiful voices and songs that inspire me. I cannot function without music, it is one of my biggest inspirations, and essential part of my daily life, and ever present in almost all of my daily tasks. In this weekly post I will share with you my song crushes of the moment, judging on talent, tune, sometimes even video or styling of the video clip.
Trixie Whitley is a Belgian singer and song writer based in Brooklyn and has one of the most powerful voices I have heard in a while. This song, the words and her voice, are hypnotising and the minimalistic black and white elegance of the clip only highlight her talent. Listen and judge for yourself!
For this upcoming season Sandrine Barabinot, decided to explore the wilderness within us. Aptly named, Rita Wild, is inspired by nature, snowy pastures and wild animals, new symbols such the Rottweiler, lion, panther and wolf are introduced. These were classically used with wooden and semi precious beads such as jade or lapis lazuli to create necklaces and bracelets in numerous shades.
Another angle that was introduces are the cross motif necklaces, earrings and rings. I definitely fell in love with this edgy yet feminine symbol and can't wait to get my hands on those earrings. Another notable piece was the "python" necklace which can be used as a bracelet, necklace or belt. Its very elegant and discrete however is still enough to make a strong statement.
Rita&Zia already have several bag models, and this season they decided to branch out into shoes. Brogues, lace-ups, pumps and boots are all present and as always true to the brand image, available in a variety of styles and materials. It is a very exciting collection which is innovative yet true to the brand's image.
You never really value the freedom of summer holidays until you have to go back to responsibilities, deadlines, jobs, classes. I am finally finding time to get back into the blog, all between a full time office job, waiting for my university answer, and a prospect of moving to another country. This is by a mile, the most exciting and important year of my life so far. I graduated school, turned 18, got an offer from a n incredible university, spent the best summer, and am now getting valuable work experience at a huge corporation. This is a great year, and hopefully a great start to what will be a great journey.
As you probably know I have been loving SheInside, a trendy online boutique retailing trendy and quirky pieces. I recently received this beautiful dungaree-like lavender skirt which is perfect for summer. I paired it with a YSL t-shirt that I got on My Private Boutique, an online outlet with shocking deals on designer items. One thing about me as a blogger is my belief in flats, moccasins, espadrilles, and anything that is comfortable. A lot of bloggers claim their "live in their heels"... there is no way. I love these Louis Vuitton moccasins I received for my birthday, they are great walking shoes and still have an elegant touch. The jacket is another birthday gift, from Sandro, it took me a while to find the perfect white jacket. Hope you like it!
I don't believe in having one set style, maybe thats just my excuse. Most days I love dressing up, I love elegance and femininity, however I also believe in trying out new looks being influenced by different styles. Here I went for a very, rock-punk, dark look. I love feeling like a different person for a day, even if it's just my clothes that have changed. Do you guys think we should have one fixed style, and not stray into other influences?
As for the outfit, I am wearing the daring and infamous "COMMES DES FUCKDOWN" t-shirt that is part of the "Homies" "Feline" etc. family. I got this t-shirt on SheInside, the website I talked to you about in this post. The really have such an awesome choice of pieces that are updated every day. I paired this t-shirt with my classic, Zara leather jacket, and a pair of very explicit tight from Topshop. I also wore my super comfortable Steve Madden booties which I have owned for a while and are my go-to shoes to be comfortable. Another cool piece I am wearing are the Rings&Tings double spike rings I received a while ago, I think they do perfectly with the look and add to the rock-chic effect.
I have always been fascinated by what happens behind the scenes, the final product is always beautiful, however it is the hustle and bustle of what happens outside everyones eyes that intrigues me. I love seeing the organisation, the ways the models relax and act when they're not in the spotlight, the relationship between the team, the racks and racks of clothing and the moodboards. Here are some impressions from the Mode Suisse a couple of months ago. Hope you enjoy!