Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

On Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle.

Totême Top Styles.

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I wouldn’t call myself a gifted stylist, to the contrary, I feel that too often I tend to go on repeat when it comes to clothes. For this reason I like to look up ways of styling one piece by placing it in different outfit contexts, like here at Toteme where a simple pair of black leggings goes a long way when styled with some imagination.

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From the Bookshelf. “Goodbye Things. The New Japanese Minimalism.” by Fumio Sasaki.

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I think that an alternative title to “Goodbye Things. The New Japanese Minimalism.” could be Confessions of a Minimalist, because Fumio Sasaki really shares a lot from his personal struggles that in the end led him to the path of a minimalist. But this is by no means a self help book, but an honest story of a realisation that things and constant craving for more often come from within and are caused by loneliness, self doubt, inferiority complex and the need to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. To have less is liberating. To have less opens the door to self discovery. To have less gives more time, space, freedom and a peace of mind.

The author is somebody whom I would call a radical minimalist. He downsized in every aspect of his “material being”, in the number of possessions and the actual living space. He said farewell to so much, but did so with little regret. Perhaps this lifestyle is not for everyone, definitely not for me, but as you read the book, there is no pressure from the writer to follow his more extreme example. The thought behind can be summarised in a following sentence: love people in your life, not objects, because objects should never be a centrepiece of your universe, only utilities in it.

#NotThatComplicated

 

Ever since I started my blog, Filippa K was featured on several occasions and over the time this brand became one of my favourite. I was almost proud to see the launch of their new campaign called #NotThatComplicated and simply have to write about it. The idea of #NotThatComplicated is based on a philosophy in which simplicity is the purest form of luxury and the guiding principle is to shop less but with greater consciousness and care. Once you do, the way is to own fewer items and use them in rotation, being creative and true to your own sense of style.

My adventure with less is more began in 2013, when I had a period of being out of work with a limited budget and an increasing frustration of having a closet full of clothes and very little to wear. With an extra time on my hands, I started reading more on the quality vs quantity, as well as on how to get more with less. This in turn lead to a major wardrobe clean up and revisiting my whole idea about style and fashion. What I like the most about Filippa K’s initiative is that a clothing brand tells its customers they do not need to buy so much, that in fact they should purchase and own less remembering that basic pieces and a capsule wardrobe can go a long way, if all of them are of the best quality and mixed with some imagination.

It seems that there is an increasing number of people tired with the constant urge to get more and ready for owning less. The growing number of publications on the subject of becoming a minimalist, documentaries, blogs and interviews is a sign that an extensive consumption is not for everyone. Hopefully more brands will pick the initiative and start educating consumers on responsibility and moderation.

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LifeStyle Mix. September.

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September was a month of adjusting to a new reality – life with a cat. After first days filled with great emotions, the following month brought more of a relaxed and calm settling into daily routines and small rituals. With an autumn landscape, rain and cold mornings, cosy evenings spent with my little one are the perfect remedy for autumn blues.

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Coat Check.

Max Mara 1You might have heard that fall is a sweater weather, but for me it is first and foremost a coat weather. A fine coat is a staple that no wardrobe is complete without, and a great coat is not easy to come by. I like a lot this lookbook from Max Mara Atelier, with coats so lovely a fall can easily become the favourite season.Max Mara 2Max Mara 3Max Mara 4Max Mara 5Max Mara 6Max Mara 7

Photos: vogue.ru

Wanderlust and Fjällräven Kånken.

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I hate backpacks, but not when it comes to Kånken. I wish I had bought one years earlier, because if I did, perhaps I would be spared a shoulder condition and some back pains. But better late than never, right?

Fjällraven is a Swedish outdoor clothing brand that introduced Kånken backpack in 1978, as a remedy for steadily increasing number of back problems affecting increasingly younger groups. The design is clean and simple, the product is made of a resistant and light fabric Vinylon F that adds a minimum weight to the backpack cargo. Not surprisingly, Kånken made an international career among school children and their parents alike. Now it is available in several sizes and in a whole rainbow of colours, but in its spirit still true to the original idea and simplistic design. Straight backs are happy backs, as the company introduction says, so don’t be afraid to give it a try, perhaps you will appreciate it just like I did.

For myself I selected a classic black model in the regular size, which is big enough to fit a 13 inch laptop. I use it very often and it proved to be handy on many occasions, from casual weekend trips, hand luggage on a flight to a trusted companion on day excursions during bigger holidays, like on the below picture taken in Lucca. With Kånken your hands are free to hold a camera, you have an extra space for a bottle of water and a snack, as well as shopping, so you don’t need to carry around shopping bags and your handbag at the same time. From every angle it is a win-win situation, not only for your comfort, but also for the comfort of your back and shoulders. On the down side, the design can be too raw for some people and the price is on the high end. When I bought Kånken, my husband said it is the ugliest backpack ever, but I think he changed his opinion now, seeing how often I use it and how handy it really is. I hope he will be more appreciative when I finally buy another one, this time in the Fog shade.

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Autumn Transitions with Filippa K.

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Fall is usually a season that brings a sense of pleasant excitement when it comes to wardrobe options, marking a shift to wools, cashmeres, knits and coats, scarves and boots… It is a transition from outdoor, careless and colourful days to indoor and more somber, reflected living. For inspiration, some looks from the recent Filippa K collection.

Photos: filippa-k.com

LifeStyle Mix. August.

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To describe August in a single word would be to say it was absolutely and unexpectedly crazy, as in C.R.A.Z.Y., yes, you read me right. I do not know what has gotten into me when arranging personal and work related plans, but I was way too optimistic. Running from a place to place and checking in for yet another flight left me in between excited and exhausted, the latter more often as the month continued.

A much awaited travel to Amsterdam was fantastic, but what came after was much, much better… A life long dream came true, this amber eyed British Shorthair beauty moved in and brought so much joy and love into my life, that I cannot imagine how it would be to come home without seeing those chubby chicks and smiley face. Now I long for a quiet, peaceful autumn when I can finally slow down, relax and enjoy life’s little pleasures.

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Amsterdam Travel Diary.

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Amsterdam is a charming city with many delightful sights. I love the architecture, canals and most of all, the 9 Streets district filled with small coffee places, independent boutiques and concept stores. This time I also found time to visit Rijks Museum and admire paintings by Dutch Masters, something that left me with a strong impression.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam, stop at Laura Dols vintage shop, it is a chamber of great finds for those who love bygone fashion. Another good address is Skins Amsterdam, a must visit for all beauty care enthusiasts. Finally, if you have an eye for magazines from all over the world, take a tour to Athenaeum Boekhandel, the selection will make your heart spin.

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From the Bookshelf. “Hygge. The Danish Art of Happiness.” by Marie Tourell Søderberg.

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Ever since hygge became a buzzword, there are more and more publications dedicated to this subject, and since the concept is closely linked to the Danish way of living, several Danish authors decided to share their ideas on what it is and what it means to hygge. Even though this concept is not a new thing for me, because when living in Scandinavia hygge is something you are very much used to (for more, read How to Hygge? ), I was still intrigued to read how can one write about it for those who weren’t born into it.

“Hygge. The Danish Art of Happiness.” is a pleasant, heartwarming book about coming together and experiencing the joy of little things, whether it is a lazy evening by candlelights, playing boardgames with friends or the smell of freshly baked bread rolls, the common ground is in feeling happy, cozy and relaxed, it is about living authentic and being grateful for simple pleasures that life has to offer.