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LifeStyle Mix. November.

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Winter came early this year and from mid month it was already white and rather cold. All this triggered thoughts about Christmas and initiated some preparations for holidays, I simply couldn’t wait to hang my advent stars to illuminate windows after dark and bring some more “hygge” into those short winter days. That wasn’t the only domestic project, we finally replaced our old bookshelves, so my library has a new space which makes me very happy. Little May turned 6 months this November, I cannot believe how fast she grows, I wish she could be a kitten for a little longer. Now it is time to step into December and make the most of it before year ends. Have a good one!

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Inspired by His Closet. Officine Générale.

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Officine Générale started as a brand for men, but recently established a line dedicated to women in response to a growing number of female customers who regularly purchased clothes designed for the opposite sex. It is no secret that men fashion is appealing for women who value clean lines, comfort and simplicity, but due to differences in sizes and cuts, it is not always possible to borrow from husband’s closet or shop in the same stores that he does. Officine Générale makes is much simpler, offering a line inspired by what is “his” and transforming it into “hers”. Judging by the first collection, they did so successfully.

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Photos: officinegenerale.com

From the Bookshelf. “Dress Scandinavian” by Pernille Teisbæk.

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Pernille Teisbæk is an undeniable star of social media, a model and fashion editor who made her name into a globally recognisable brand. Being Danish, she promotes Scandinavian designs and herself favours a simple style identified with Scandinavian aesthetics. Now the time came for Pernille to write a book on the very subject that brought her fame – dressing Scandinavian.

I was very curious about the book and when I finally got it, I read it in two afternoons. The lecture of “Dress Scandinavian” left me with a feeling of a slight disappointment, because in my opinion the subject was treated in too superficial manner. On many pages filled with a great number of good pictures there was very little content, I didn’t learn anything new. The book left me with a sense of an unfulfilled promise. True, living in Norway Scandinavian style and fashion is something that surrounds me every day, so it is no wonder I didn’t find it groundbreaking, but even despite this daily exposure I was hoping for some more practical tips and inspiration on how to do it better. All in all, the lecture was enjoyable, a light entertaining reading that perhaps is more valid for those who would like to master a basic understanding of the Scandinavian style.

Timeless Fashion, an Urban Legend or Reality?

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Sometimes I wonder whether a timeless fashion is just another urban legend that some people are desperate to believe in. With my conviction that some classic pieces and styles never age, I definitely belong to this group of “believers”. Looking at fashion magazines from yesteryears, it is pretty obvious that most outfits featured in editorials would never make it back to glossy pages today. All crazy accessories, revivals of fashions inspired by popular TV series (does “Madman” and “Boardwalk Empire” still ring a bell?), long forgotten it-bags, odd looking sunglasses that were just the thing back in 2015… I remember buying a lovely 20ties inspired dress at Zara, it had fringe, sequins and was so “in” around the time when “The Great Gatsby” movie was released, but will I surprise anyone saying that I never wore it and donated it to charity with a price tag still on, doubting that anyone would buy that dress again…

Nowadays fashion is a spending game, not to call it a loosing game, if you want to be in it, get your credit card ready and make some extra space in your wardrobe by letting go of what you purchased the last season. Does this sound scary? To me it does, this vicious circle of buying and tossing, tossing and buying, fuelled by fashion magazines, blogs and social media. I was really stunned to read recent articles praising H&M and presenting it’s history, no wonder – the concern is in some trouble as the revenue drops, more publicity is a matter of need to boost sales. It is no secret that most fashion magazines and successful blogs will write such pieces to please their major advertisers, in the fashion world this is a common practice.

On the other hand, there still are clothing brands and manufacturers that do not subscribe to this, making collections that age gracefully and are not destined to be forgotten when the new season comes. Beautiful pictures from this post come from Protagonist lookbook. It wouldn’t be any unusual, if not for a fact that this is 2014 collection, yet it looks as great as designed today. This is what I mean by timeless fashion, immune to passing trends and as classic and elegant in 2014 as in 2017 and beyond.

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Photo: protagonist.com

LifeStyle Mix. October.

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Except for a very short trip to Gdansk, there wasn’t all that much happening in October. Ever since little May moved in with us, I try to spend more time at home, enjoying those first months, watching her grow and become more beautiful with each day. With the rainy autumn weather encouraging more indoor activities, staying in, cooking, inviting friends and watching TV series, October was a slow month and… I cannot complain at all. Have a lovely autumn!

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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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Photos: toteme-nyc.com/

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