This post was a collaboration with Swedish Stockings. The items were gifted. All opinions are my own. 

Back in 2007 major style lessons were taught to young teens. Every time I heard Your one and only source into the scandalous life of Manhattans elite I knew I was about to see the latest trends and how to bravely style them. Being a major Blair fan I started to wonder why did I even question my mother when she told me that red tights were perfectly okay with tartan skirts.

Years have passed and recent trend reports as well as catwalk photos show me that it is time to put in practice every stocking style lesson I learned. Should we thank Gucci for invading instagram with its patterned hosiery? I should think so, yes.

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But now the real world part of this major trend… The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. If you’re anything like me, you might have been contributing to this waste, specially when it comes to hosiery. Why? Well, tights and socks always seemed to be a one use only garment due to poor quality (note that lack of quality doesn’t necessarily mean cheap hosiery), ready to be thrown away after the first ripped mesh. Sure I used nail polish for minor incidents, sure some of them lasted a bit longer. Not many. Still a waste. To make everything worst I might just be one of the very few people who thinks jeans are not that comfy so skirts, dresses, pants are my safe comfy option. Meaning I have a drawer filled with folded hosiery which is constantly being updated due to lack of quality. So allow me to introduce you to Swedish Stockings,  a sustainable brand well aware of how hosiery is a wasteful business.

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A BIT ABOUT SWEDISH STOCKINGS 

They’re the only sustainable hosiery brand in the world. They create their pantyhose from both pre and post-consumer nylon waste. The production process is a lot less harmful to the environment than traditional nylon production and they are consistently looking for innovative and cleaner ways to produce. They also have a recycling program, meaning they receive your old stockings from other brands and give you a discount code to buy new ones. Thousands of stockings have been recycled thanks to their recycling program. Pretty cool, right?

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As for my looks, I had a lot of fun playing with colors, textures and prints. When it comes to hosiery you have endless options. Personally I don’t like seeing short net socks with jeans, I prefer them with pants (but this is a matter of personal style). Over the knee socks will always be a favorite of mine. Got those Clueless vibes and they´re a (good) journey to the 90´s, what’s not to love? You can wear them with over the knee boots and barely letting them show, with heels or flats. I only avoid wearing them with Chelsea boots since I don’t like to see the different lengths. When it comes to opaque tights, what I love the most is to play color block. Create your own color scheme and play with contrasts.

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ARE THEY WORTH BUYING?

In my opinion, they are. Specially the tights. I was really impressed with the fabrics´ quality (and trust me, I tested it all because I’m a mess when it comes to hosiery). If you take good care of them I believe they’ll last longer than the usual.

LET´S CHAT!

Are you into this FW trend? What’s your favorite? Let me know all about it below 🙂

 

Trends used to begin in the streets. But in the XXI century, when everyone has two not-so-distant lives (the real life and the online life), trends seem to begin in our instagram explore page. That´s where you can find the most popular posts with the latest styling tips and coolest accessories. That´s also where you laugh at memes but I guess that´s not the subject here.

Instagram hasn’t been exactly my favorite place for several reasons but I must admit that when it comes to discover the latest trends and coolest brands, it’s my number 1 source. Finding small brands is basically the reason I ignore all those WhatsApp group messages *cof cof*

“So, Filipa, what shouldn’t we be missing?”

Glad you asked! Chances are, you´ve been seeing a lot of pearls and golden chains, a signficant ammount of shells and sea related accessories (hello, summer!) and hair clips. Lot´s of hair clips. Allow me to show you…

Don’t forget to leave a love note saying hi 🙂

Bohème Lisboa

We all have that special jewelry piece. Maybe you carry it every day around your neck or wrist. Your lucky charm. Bohème Jewelry is the perfect place in Lisbon to find that meaningful piece – either you want to gift yourself or receive the “friend of the month” award.

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Located in the heart of Avenida da Liberdade, it´s a little monochromatic store with a huge variety of trendy and quality jewelry. The owner is super nice and gives the most honest advice on what looks good on you and plenty of cool ideas to style your pieces.

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One of the reasons why I loved this little store so much was because of the variety of styles. Not only modern minimal pieces but also typical Portuguese jewelry. If you´re Portuguese I´m sure you´re familiar with Filigrana. If you´re not, let me introduce you to one of the prettiest techniques Portuguese jewelry has (you can see it right above this text).

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As you might have already seen on my Instagram, I styled a few of my favorite pieces and I thought I´d only wear them during the summer but after a little Pinterest research (like 3 hours because you know how these things work… you start with layering jewelry and you end up choosing the color scheme for your bedroom) I can´t wait to layer my delicate necklaces with cool knitwear. Plus, it was impossible to wear neck scarves and bandanas with necklaces during summertime – which is something that I love to do.

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The last two pieces were the ones I kept. I think I might have used the Turkish eye the entire summer, sometimes layered with the crescent moon sometimes all by itself. As for the crescent moon, it was one of the most wanted summer necklaces and this one and its pretty details just had to be mine 🙂

Don´t forget to check Bohème Lisboa Instagram page and in case you decide to pay a visit to Lisbon, don´t forget to stop by!

This post was a collaboration with Bohème Lisboa. All opinions are my own. 

 

New Categories / Novas Categorias

When I started Dissecting The Look I was new at this blogging thing. I knew what kind of blog I wanted to have and though I also knew I´d like to blog about more than just fashion I wasn´t sure how this would turn out. I was also developing ideas that had been on my mind for years, changing my opinion about the fashion industry so it was much more practical to blog only about Fashion. Slowly I added one more category – Decor.

 Now, almost 2 years later (can´t believe it´s been that long!) it´s time to change things a bit around here and create new content that I´ve wanted to share with you from the very start but didn´t know how to properly do it. That said, I´ll add other categories fashion related and introduce the new sub-categories and categories each with a new post. I´m looking forward to show you the new categories and posts I´ve been working on as well as receiving feedback from you.

A big thank you to each one of you. Nothing would be possible without your amazing support, precious advice and kind words. I can´t thank you enough for making all of this possible 🙂 

portuguese version – 

Quando comecei o Dissecting The Look era nova nesta coisa dos blogs. Sabia já que tipo de blog queria ter e, apesar de querer escrever sobre mais do que apenas moda, não sabia como é que esta experiência ia correr. Ao mesmo tempo, estava ainda a consolidar ideias e a mudar de opinião em relação a múltiplos temas relacionados com a indústria da moda, daí que fosse muito mais fácil optar por abordar apenas moda. Algum tempo mais tarde, adicionei uma outra categoria – Decoração. Era uma das minhas ideias iniciais, um dos temas que sempre me apaixonou e que queria desenvolver. 

Agora, quase 2 anos depois de ter começado o blog (nem acredito que já passou tanto tempo), está na altura de mudar um bocadinho as coisas por aqui e desenvolver ideias/partilhar novos conteúdos que desde o início soube que queria desenvolver. Assim, as mudanças de que vos falo são a introdução de novas categorias e sub-categorias, relacionadas com o mundo da moda e não só. Apresentarei cada uma delas com um novo post. Espero que gostem do que tenho andado a preparar e mal posso esperar por ouvir as vossas opiniões! 

Por fim, um grande obrigado por todo o apoio ao longo deste tempo. Sem duvida que não teria sido possível sem cada um de vocês 🙂 

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

 

 

Cosmopolitan Chic

For this post I bring you the Cosmopolitan Chic challenge – If I were to spend a day at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas , what would my outfit options be?

What would I wear to brunch, dinner at a fancy restaurant (being my favorite Italian food I couldn´t help but notice how perfect this one would be) and a night out with friends at the Marquee night club?

Keeping in mind it is Vegas and the concept of transitional outfits my first thoughts were about the colors – I wanted black (of course!) and pastels for the clothing and bold colors on the accessories – the emerald green, the dark red, gold.

The common pieces were the leather crop top and the coat.

On both outfits I played with the different fabrics and textures in order to create a sophisticated contrast.

 
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SECOND SET
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For this second set I thought about a more irreverent daytime outfit. And because an LBD can never disappoint you the common piece is precisely the Little Black Dress.

Statement Piece – The Watch

When it comes to accessories you must have noticed that I have a passion for watches – you can see one of my favorites on my Instagram. Not only I own a small collection of watches but I also like to keep an eye on new ones to see if I discover my next passion. It is a very personal accessory (I must confess, I use it more as a fashion and sentimental piece rather than timekeeping). So recently I found Invaluable, a live auction marketplace, full of designer watches – you can go from Cartier to Rolex and you won´t get bored. I immediately got inspired to create a few outfits using some of those watches because though I love a good small woman watch I´ve always preferred a more masculine piece to contrast with my outfits and stand out (you can´t deny a good man´s watch looks perfect with fine woman jewelery and elegant clothes!).

Casual Outfit

For the first one I wanted to go simple but classy. I decided to incorporate a few trends (3 of my favorites from Winter, to be honest): the large sweater used with over the knee boots and a contrasting hat. It´s that simple outfit you can always wear when in doubt. For this outfit the perfect watch was this lovely Cartier. The colors, the details and the retro look mixed with small woman bracelets give the perfect touch to the outfit. collab1 watches collab1

A day at the office

When it comes to working clothes – besides of my obvious tendency to black and white outfits, you´ll have to excuse me! – I chose an even bigger watch. It gives the shining touch, the fierce of the outfit. And, once again, it contrasts perfectly with the feminine lines and padrons. This one is a Rolex (one of my dreams, actually).

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Night Out

Why neglect a good watch when going out? There´s no way the outfit could be complete! This time the only jewels are the earrings and the Rolex – you don´t want too much on the same outfit. From all the watches I´ve seen this is definitely my favorite – the simplicity, the color, the size, all perfect.

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First Picture – Casual Outfit

  • Rings – Mango.com
  • Bracelets – Henri Bendel Miss Bendel Rivet Bangle Bracelet (Henribendel.com) // Cartier Bracelet (truefacet.com)
  • Sweater – Amazon.com
  • Hat – Rive Island
  • Boots – Imixcity Womans Over Knee Faux Suede (on Amazon.com)
  • Watch – invaluable.com

Second Picture – A Day At the Office

  • Earrings – Dior (therealreal.com)
  • Top – Vero Moda (at Veromoda.com)
  • Trousers – Nordstrom.com
  • Shoes – Zappos.com
  • Watch – invaluable.com

Third Picture – Night Out

  • Earrings – Marc By Marc Jacobs (at harveynichols.com)
  • Dress – Goodnight Macaroon (goodnightmacaroon.com)
  • Bag – Zara.com
  • Shoes – Zara.com
  • Watch – invaluable.com

All the items can be found at Polyvore.com.

Modani Furniture – Styling a Living Room

Decoration always has been a passion of mine – you can see my personal inspirations on my Pinterest. 

One of the house divisions I always preferred to style is the living room – is the center of the house, the place where you can spend quality time and place where your personal style can stand out for everybody to see.

In order to inspire you when it comes to interiors decoration I made a collage using Modani items – I´m a person whose style is very contemporary with slight retro elements and their furniture includes aspects that I love about furniture and decoration.

About Modani

“Modani furniture conceptualizes on contemporary and modern furniture at very affordable prices. With stores in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago, Modani has designed award winning collections of modern sofas, bedroom, dining room and outdoor furniture. The recipe: influences of eccentric furniture and classic designs from around the world fused with minimalist concepts”

Living Room

My idea was to create a contemporary living room with straight lines and itens that could stand out. The centre piece was the sofa, chosen from Modani’s sofas – and because I think pillows are capable of changing a room instantly the first thing I picked to select the pallet of colors and patterns were precisely the pillows.

The chairs were not initially on my plans but as soon as I saw them I knew I had to incorporate them on my living room. The contrast betweed wood and metallics is something that I always loved to see when it comes to interior decor.

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My Selection (items)

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Items I Also Loved

Unfortunately, due to my color and style choices for this living room I wasn´t able to use all of the items I wanted to. Here are some of the pieces I also loved:

SALA2 SALA3 SALA4 SALA5This items can be found at Polyvore.com and the collage was made with their app.

New Year Eve Inspiration III

Jumpsuit
For the last inspirational post – the Jumpsuit. One of my favorite pieces from the last few years and my favorite option when it comes to parties and events with certain dress codes (along with feminine suits, of course).
I find it a very versatile piece – you can pair it with almost everything and you´ll look great!
This image was created with Polyvore App.