The Bonnit 

When It comes to rainy days I’m never happy about my outfit or my hair. I believe most of you understand what I’m talking about… Sometimes you even have a great outfit prepared and then you come to realize that it won’t work either because it’s not practical or just because you don’t feel like wearing it. Spring in Portugal it’s usually very pleasant. However, this Spring we’ve been dealing with considerable amounts of water. Non Stop. So it was the perfect time to try some new trends. One of my major problems about rainy days was spending the entire day hidden in a trenchcoat and trying to keep my hair dry. Not only was insignificant if I was wearing a tracksuit under but I also would always end up ruining my hair due to humidity issues (my curls don’t deal very well with that kind of weather). Of course this was all about to change because of a streetstyle photo from fashion week and a very special Instagram account. That was the moment I realized transparent trenchcoats and jackets would save my outfit and bonnets would keep my hair perfect (just ask Rihanna if you have any doubts about it). As for trenchcoats, of course I fell for the Burburry transparent trench. But as for the bonnet… Well, that’s another thing.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear via Vogue.com

 

Rihanna wearing Maison Michel PVC Rain Bonnet via perezhilton.com
Christine, MSFW, via fashionising.com

 

I found The Bonnit through Instagram and instantly fell in love with the concept. As a vintage lover, I’m thrilled whenever people give life again to old trends. And The Bonnit was no exception (just look at their logo!). Until I found them on Instagram I never saw an affordable yet stylish bonnet. The design is amazing, the patterns they offer are very fashionable (I almost couldn’t choose between the little stars and the polka dots and feathers). Each Bonnit package contains two Bonnits, one simple and the other with pattern. They were kind enough to send me a package and I can assure you their costume care is marvelous, so I would recommend them to anyone.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this trend!

 

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The Bonnit Patterns

 

 

SS16 Trends

Spring/Summer 2016. The moment I saw the collections I knew it would be my favorite season. When I saw the proposals for SS16 I immediately knew it was the birth of the tree B´s – the Bold, the Bright, the Beautiful.  And if flowers for Spring sounds a cliché you should try flowers with butterflies and bees. Oh, and let´s not forget about adding some stripes. It seems that all the greatest designers were willing to leave the minimalism behind and encourage the rise of a simple new rule – there are no rules in fashion.

If you thought “less is more” (but down deep you knew you wanted to look like a walking Pollock painting) this is your season. Statement pieces together look even more beautiful than apart. Details are everywhere. There is no color palette because every color is admissible. There is no specific shape because every shape is the perfect one.

In the end, your creativity will always help you to find your perfect outfit.

SS16 is giving us some of the best trends in a long time with one peculiarity. There are so many trends to explore that every single person will be able to identify themselves with some of those (if not almost all). That was the main reason why I was delighted to be part of the Farfetch competition and style some of the best trends from SS16 and hopefully give you some inspiration to create your own Spring/Summer outfits.

Farfetch is the address for 400 fashion boutiques from all around the world. 400 visionary fashion boutiques with the most inspirational pieces. Whenever I´m looking for inspiration, both their site and instagram account are 2 of my first sources.


Graphic patterns and stripes in general are definitely pieces that i´ll always buy. Playing with those prints it´s a thing you´ll probably find yourself doing a lot this season. Just combine the colors of the different patterns and wear what´s more visually appealing to you. If you think that specific polka dots shirt looks really good with a striped skirt, go for it.

When choosing the pieces to style this trend I knew I had to use the black top (from the first look) because it reminded me of an abstract painting. And what better to pair with it than those striped shorts? And because I didn´t think it was enough, I added textured espadrilles with a bit of pattern. The backpack it´s another great option for Spring Summer and you probably have seen a lot of those on street style snaps.

The second look includes an off-shoulder graphic dress (stripes again, I know… couldn´t resist) paired with golden earrings. Whenever I use off-shoulders shirts or dresses I opt for statement earrings and mostly no necklaces or a simple choker.  Lace up shoes seemed to me the best ones to pair with this dress and because pom poms are the perfect pop of color, I added the hat and the phone case.


  
To give the cold shoulder – intentionally cold. Ignoring someone completely.

Or it could be a SS16 trend that consists in showing your neckline and shoulders or just a bit of your shoulders – either way it will look amazing on you. The versatility of off-shoulder pieces (from dresses to all kind of shirts and tops) amazes me. There are so many perfect looks you can create using this trend. To show you this versatility I created two looks, one with jeans and the other with a dress. Because there´s nothing more elegant than showing your neckline and shoulders I accessorized both with different choker necklaces (a great 90´s revival). Simple but effective and you´re still elegant. I´ve been seeing a lot of off-shoulder shirts like the one from the second look and I always knew it would look very 70´s paired with flared jeans and platform shoes. There´s graphic Missoni pattern on the espadrilles to give both a bit of pattern and color to the outfit.

If you´d ask me what would be an “essential” for SS16 I would point the dress from the first look – the cold shoulder floral dress. Two trends in one dress. It´s what happens when bohemian meets chic. I wanted to give it an edgy touch, so I added a fringed bag and wedges.



  


For this trend I thought about light colors, beautiful maxi dresses and lace. One of best things about SS16 is that you´ll be seeing a lot of different silhouettes specially when it comes to dresses. Ruffles, lace culottes and denim on the shoes was my first way of interpreting this trend. The different shades of blue are a great example on how you can wear the same color and play with its variants. The trick is mixing lace with ruffles, it rarely fails when you have different textures.

Because I used a floral dress before – which was one of the first pieces I thought about when styling this trend – I choose a lace up dress with ruffles and (again) added the touch of edginess with boots and pattern.


  
I bet there was at least one day in your life when one of your first thoughts was “I wish I could just go outside in my pajamas”. Well, I had those thoughts. Now it´s a trend and the only contra is that you no longer have that “i´m already in my pajamas” excuse. They come in every pattern and shape just to give you that effortlessly chic look. When styling this trend I immediately knew I wanted a bold approach and not just a subtle silk PJ top with denim. Head-to-toe pyjamas was the coolest trend to style specially after seeing the selection of PJ´s Farfetch has and the wide range of patterns available.

The first look it´s edgier on purpose. I wanted to show you how versatile pyjama´s parts are.

I opted for stilettos on the second look because of the culottes. I couldn’t think of anything more stylish to wear with Pj culottes than those Alexander Wang shoes. Because it was a black and white combo, there´s a touch of gold and a bit of pattern on the bag.

Graphic Stripes – First Set: Kansai Yamamoto Vintage Graphic Print Top; Roberto Cavalli Striped Shorts; Proenza Schouler Classic Espadrilles; Stella Mccartney “Falabella”Backpack. Second Set: Stuart Weitzman “Romanesque” Sandals; Dolce&Gabbana Case; Natasha Zinko Pom Pom Embellished Hat;  Oscar de la Renta Tassel Charm Earrings; Monse Off-Shoulder Wrapped Dress.

The Cold Shoulder – First Set: Goti embellished choker; Givenchy “Shark Lock” wedge sandals; Saint Laurent fringed crossbody bag; Magda Butrym floral print cold shoulder dress. Second Set: Carven latch detail shoulder bag; Stella McCartney flared jeans; Ellery off-shoulder top; Isabel Marant contrasted panel necklace; Missoni wavy stripes platform espadrilles.

Ruffles & Romance – First Set: MSGM lace palazzo pants; Chloé denim wedge sandals; MSGM ruffled one shoulder top; Saint Laurent “Classic Monogram” shoulder bag; Second Set: Sonia Rykiel laced ruffle dress; Chloé “Susanna” boots; Saint Laurent “Monogram” blogger crossbody bag.

Pyjama & Boudoir – First Set: For Restless Sleepers Geometric print pyjama shirt; 6397 piped pyjama pants; Alexa Wagner “Rapunzel” sandals; Victoria Beckham front zip clutch. Second Set: 6397 contrast piping pyjama top; Erika Cavallini piped trim pyjama trousers; Alexander Wang “Annika” pumps; Dolce&Gabbana “Rosalia” crossbody bag.

All pieces can be found at Farfetch

Watch your Back 

Next seasons will be all about making bold statements and expressing personality. Isn’t that what’s great about fashion? Just being able to express yourself through what you wear? And that’s why you whatch your back – and why everyone should do the same – because you wouldn’t want to miss the real life art show passing in front of your eyes. A piece of advice: if you know someone who’s good at it, or if you know how to do it, go ahead and personalize your own denim or leather jackets (and keep in mind that denim should be easier if you are not an expert). Everything counts! So grab inspiration from your favorite paintings, music, pieces of art, quotes, favorite cartoons (and, if I did it right, from this post) and start your own creative process. 🙂

As próximas estações são odes à expressão da personalidade de cada indivíduo e estão repletas de ousadia. É isto que a moda tem de melhor: a expressão da personalidade de cada um através de peças de roupa, acessórios e, ainda mais importante, da maneira como cada um conjuga tudo, afirmando o seu estilo pessoal. O título ‘watch your back’ (cuja tradução em português não exprime tão bem o que eu pretendia dar a entender com este post) foi escolhido não num sentido depreciativo. Foi escolhido atendendo a esta tendência de pintar/imprimir nas partes de trás dos casacos de ganga e blusões de cabedal as imagens mais variadas e os textos mais icónicos, fazendo das ruas verdadeiras galerias de arte vivas. Se conhecerem alguém que saiba fazer, ou se vocês mesmos souberem, um excelente desafio seria tentar pintar ou imprimir. O resultado seria uma peça única, um original vosso – afinal, é disso mesmo que esta tendência se trata. Retirem ideias de tudo aquilo que gostam e vos inspira, desde pinturas, músicas, desenhos animados, excertos de textos (e, se fui bem sucedida, deste post), tudo conta neste processo criativo! 🙂


  
  
  

Photos Source: 1. Vogue.com / 2. ASOS Likes / 3. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 4. Style Du Monde (styledumonde.tumblr.com) / 5. Vogue.com (photo by Tommy Ton) / 6. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 7. WWD / 8. Vogue.com / 9. WWD (photo by Kuba Dabrowski) / 10. Lauren Conrad (laurenconrad.com)

Menswear NYFW Trend Report – Western

Thinking about Fall 2016 trends I came to a conclusion – many of the trends were the same for both genders (soon I’ll give you the full report). Nothing that bothers me so far. My favorite place to shop for shirts and even some jackets will always be the menswear section. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you already know I’m a big fan of the bandana and scarves in general, so you won’t be surprised when I tell you that one of my favorite shows from NYFW was Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2016. The western theme was all over the runway and I must say I was really impressed with what they did to the suits and the embroidery (some figures were not so western – thinking about the Angels and the cat – but still it was all very harmonious). Leather jackets more personalized than ever and scarves on almost every model neck. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong to say about this collection … And I can’t wait to convince my boyfriend to try this western trend! 😉

I’d love to ear your thoughts on this Western thing. Is it a yay ou nay for you? 

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Quando penso nas tendências para este Outono acabo por chegar à conclusão que, a maior parte delas, podem ser partilhadas por ambos os sexos (explico mais sobre isto num post que está para breve). Não é nada que me incomode, antes pelo contrário… O meu sítio preferido para encontrar camisas e alguns tipos de casacos será sempre a secção de homem das lojas! Se me seguem no instagram sabem que sou uma grande fã do regresso das bandanas e de lenços e encharpes no geral, portanto não vão ficar surpreendidos quando revelar que um dos meus desfiles preferidos da NYFW foi o da Dolce&Gabbana Outono 2016. Não sendo propriamente fã dos filmes de Cowboys, aquele desfile – certamente inspirado no tema Western – realmente impressionou-me pela positiva, principalmente devido aos fatos e aos bordados no geral que, não tendo sempre motivos relacionados com o tema em questão (havia gatos e anjos também), resultaram numa composição extremamente harmoniosa. Os bordados nos blusões e casacos eram praticamente sempre acompanhados de lenços. Não tenho rigorosamente nada de mal a dizer desta colecção… E mal posso esperar por convencer o meu namorado a experimentar esta tendência Western! 😉 

Que acham sobre isto? Usavam ou nem por isso? Gostavam de ver usar? 

   
 

Bags have feelings too

 


Certainly you have gone through a lot of street style photos lately (after all, it is Fashion Week). And you must have seen Karlitos hanging on fashion editors bags, small bag chains or another type of bag charm. You must have also spotted great designers whose bags are basically small human beings – you just happen to keep your phone and wallet on their inside.The first thing that crossed my mind was that we were giving our bags personality. The second was that the ‘less is more’ motto definitely will not be a trend for Fall/Winter 2016.

P.s. If you’re OK with sharing your bandana you might want to consider doing what I’ve been doing with my orange fringed bag from Asos. Trust me, it’s a WIN WIN situation and another great way to ‘give your bag personality’.

De certeza que, ultimamente, viram imensas fotos de street style (afinal de contas, está a decorrer a Fashion Week). Devem ter reparado nos Karlitos pendurado nas malas dos editores de moda, correntes e outros tipos de enfeites. Também se devem ter apercebido de designers cujas malas parecem praticamente pequenos seres humanos – nos quais vocês, por acaso, guardam o telemóvel e a carteira. A primeira coisa que me passou pela cabeça foi a personificação das malas. A segunda foi aquela questão do ‘menos é mais’, que definitivamente não se vai manter no Outono/Inverno 2016.

P.s. Se Quiserem partilhar uma bandana com a vossa mala, é só copiarem a primeira foto do post. É outra óptima forma de ‘personalizarem’ as vossas malas 😉


  
  
  

Pictures: https://lespetitsjoueurs.com // http://www.anyahindmarch.com // http://www.fendi.com // asos.com

Winter Pastels 


The first thing I searched for while winter shopping was my very own pastel coat. I’ve spotted those colors on J.Crew and was delighted to hear that they were no longer synonym of spring. And since I already knew what color to chose, a mint coat lies now on my wardrobe.

A primeira coisa que procurei durante as compras de inverno foi um casaco pastel. Vi, pela primeira vez, as tais cores pastel em casacos da J.Crew e fiquei super contente por começarem a trazer essas cores para os casacos de inverno (até aqui só tinha visto nas colecções de primavera/verão). Escolhi um casaco menta, uma vez que era a cor da qual andava à procura.

Choosing the perfect pastel / Escolher a cor pastel perfeita

Think about all those perfect pastel colors – the blue pastel, the rose, the orange, the coral, the lavender..  Find the color that best suits you.

Pensem naquela palette de cores pastel perfeita – os azuis, rosas, laranjas, coral, lavanda… E escolham a cor que mais vos agrada e que vai mais de encontro ao vosso estilo.

 

Jacket or Coat? / Casaco ou Sobretudo? 

The first thing that came to my mind when I first went shopping for pastels was an old Chloé jacket I saw years ago on Pinterest and was never able to find. I immediately though if I should go for a jacket or a coat instead. In the end, I fell in love with a mint coat from Zara and forgot about all the other colors and even the Chloé jacket… But this was me. While the coat gives you a bigger range of options to creat your unique outfits (from a more sophisticated look with stilettos to a more casual one with a good pair of boots or even sneakers) the jacket will be a great option too specially because it will allow you to create a more irreverent look (think about a simple midi dress and some patterned boots or ripped jeans and a statement sweater).

A primeira coisa que me veio à cabeça quando fui à procura do meu casaco pastel foi um casaco de uma colecção antiga da Chloé que vi no Pinterest e ao qual perdi o rasto… Acabei por me apaixonar por um sobretudo menta da Zara e por de parte todas as outras cores e até mesmo o tal casaco da Chloé (que até ali tinha servido de “casaco-modelo” para o que eu queria). A vantagem do sobretudo acaba por ser a maior possibilidade de looks que nos deixa criar, desde os mais sofisticados, com um par de stilettos, até aos mais casuais com umas botas rasas ou até mesmo ténis. O casaco também será uma óptima opção, especialmente para aqueles looks mais irreverentes (por exemplo, com um vestido  liso de malha e umas botas com padrão ou umas calças de ganga rasgadas e uma sweater).

  

  Source of the 9 pictures above: Pinterest

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Happy New Year!

I know it´s already 9th, but since I haven´t been around i´d like to wish you all a fabulous 2016, full of everything you´ve always wanted! It´ll be a year full of new projects and surprises that I can´t wait to share with you 😉 I´ll leave you with small pieces of 2015!

Eu sei que já estamos a 9 de Janeiro… Mas como não tenho feito posts ultimamente quero desejar agora a todos um excelente 2016, com tudo aquilo que sempre desejaram! Vai ser um ano cheio de surpresas e novos projectos, que eu mal posso esperar por partilhar com vocês! 😉 Deixo-vos com pequenas  partes de 2015!

 

Pictures are all mine.

FW15 – The Return of Maximalism

After a few seasons of Pinterest boards full of minimalistic designs and outfits, FW15 is finally here ready to give you everything you need to know how to create your very own personalized closet. Truth be told, there´s a wide range of options and different styles for every type of person (from punk and edgy with Saint Laurent and McQueen´s Victorian mood to Burberry Prorsum and Chloé´s folk). So, my first advice? Because clothes shouldn´t dictate your personality (and these FW15 pieces really do seem to have gained their own), just decide who you want to be. Follow your most fashionable instincts. Remember that patterned and colorful mini skirt you thought you could never mix with an equally beautiful patterned blouse and lots of accessories? You should definitely try it on. Pretend you´re 5 again and play that dress-up game you used to. My second advice? When in lack of inspiration, go spy on your muses – and I´m not only talking about that secret instagram crush we all have… Dig deeper and watch again those old movies that used to inspire you, that book character you always felt connected with, that tv show where you first had your heart broken by a bag (or an handsome male/female intriguing and mysterious character).

In the end, you must feel audacious, leave the rules behind you and say: “Welcome back, Maximalism. I´m ready to give you a tight hug”.

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Colors: Venetian Red; Berry; Oranges; Greens; Purple; Metallics

Patterns: Snake; Stripes; Plaids; Polka Dots; Floral

Fabrics: Tweed; Leather; Velvet

Key Pieces: Capes and Ponchos; Leather and tweed Skirts; Wide-leg pants; retro patterned coat (or a trench); small cross body bags (Chloé; Furla; Lanvin); modernist pumps

Accessories: berets (something i´ve been patiently waiting to wear again) and beanies (and with lots of embroidery); hats; scarves (every type of them); headbands ( another one i´ve been dying to wear..)

Jewels: Go big or go home – oversized earrings and necklaces. Every piece on your jewelry box must make a statement.

Designers: Miu Miu; Gucci (well done, Alessandro Michele); Charlotte Olympia; Bottega Veneta; Marc Jacobs; Lanvin; Balmain (for bold metallics); Burberry; Dolce & Gabbana

Spy on their style: Poppy Delevigne; Iris Apfel; Leandra Medine (from Man Repeller); Mira Duma

Icons: Françoise Hardy; Loulou de La Falaise; Marion Cotillard

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    FW15 BURBERRY2Pictures (in order): Miu Miu FW15 Ready-to-wear; Gucci FW15 Ready-to-wear; Fendi FW15 Ready-to-wear; Dolce&Gabbana FW15 Ready-to-wear; Balmain FW15 Ready-to-wear; Bottega Veneta FW15 Ready-to-wear; Chloé FW15 Ready-to-wear; Burberry Prorsum FW15 Ready-to-wear.
Source: Vogue.com and Style.com

 

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Fall/Winter Favorites I /  Favoritos de Outono/Inverno I

I have a feeling this kind of posts will appear a lot around here from now on… 70s are making a huge comeback on almost every collection I loved so I guess this fall/winter I’ll try on a few ‘new’ trends…😄 Do you have favorites so far? 

Tenho a sensação que este tipo de posts vão aparecer muitas vezes por aqui a partir de agora… Os anos 70 estão a regressar em força e encontram-se presentes em quase todas as coleções que eu gostei, por isso acho que este Outono/Inverno vou mesmo experimentar umas ‘novas’ tendências 😄. Que favoritos têm até agora?

   
 
  

Summer Blues / Azuis de Verão

One of the pre fall 2015 collections i´ve been loving is the Dolce & Gabbana inspired by Maiolica pottery from the Renaissance. Perfect transposition of the Mediterranean culture – which i´m passionate about. This collection happens to be also one of my favorites for this summer (althought it´s pre fall) specially cause it reminds me of Portuguese tiles one of the biggest Portuguese marks when it comes to Arts and Culture.

I´m still not sure which piece I like the most but I would definitely wear a complete look with this beautiful padron.

How would you style this trend and what do you think about it?

Uma das coleções pre fall 2015 que mais gostei foi a da Dolce & Gabbana, inspirada na cerâmica renascentista de Maiolica. Transpõe perfeitamente a cultura mediterrânea, a qual eu adoro. Esta coleção é uma das minhas favoritas para este verão (apesar de ser pre fall) principalmente porque me faz lembrar o Azulejo Português, uma das nossas maiores marcas no que toca à arte e cultura.

Ainda não tenho bem a certeza de que peça gosto mais, embora definitivamente optasse por usar um look completo com este padrão.

Como interpretariam esta tendência e o que acham dela?

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IMG_6301IMG_6299IMG_6297IMG_6296Pictures are from: Pinterest, SheInside, Bainha de Copas