Juna & Ethical Fashion

Supporting fast fashion is something that we´re all guilty of doing at some point. It´s cheaper (and we all love a good bargain), many of us won´t even know the difference and did I mention it´s cheaper? But do you know at what cost it´s cheaper for you?

Sometimes we come across disturbing newspaper articles mentioning big fashion groups´ scandals (price tags with desperate cries for help, for instances), trying to alert us to the issues of the so-called fast fashion. It doesn’t stop most of us from buying but at least it can help us make smarter choices regarding what and where we choose to buy. I didn´t understand much besides the obvious about what sustainable fashion was about and the negative impacts of fast fashion so I did a little research and it´s both an interesting and devastating topic.

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Jewellery by Juna is an eco-friendly brand, using recycled sterling silver, fair trade gold and each piece is hand-crafted, making sure everyone involved in the process is fairly paid and well treated is one of their objectives. A beautiful blue gemstone necklace caught my eye and so that´s what I chose to style.

I was immediately impressed with the quality of the materials (chalcedony, iolite, sterling silver) and I asked for a longer length to have multiple options when it comes to style it (as you know, layering is kind of my thing when it comes to accessories plus the internet says it´s cool and trendy, so…).

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Because of the beautiful pendant I often use it backward, with open back dresses or tops (which I’m counting to look way cooler during the summer when I finally get a proper tan…).

The necklace is just one of the many unique pieces Juna crafts. After this necklace, my favorites are the multiple stacks of rings. Everything is so minimal and tasteful that you can´t possibly go wrong when styling her pieces. Make sure to check Juna´s online store here and her website, which provides useful information on the crafting process and gives you an idea of what ethical fashion is.

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I believe bloggers and influencers have an important role in this matter. With a big following come big responsibilities. At least I always saw it that way. Promoting sustainable fashion is one of the things I care about the most.

There are multiple ways of supporting slow fashion: buying vintage, choosing small companies (you can even help local and small businesses grow), create your own clothes (that´s a tricky one, I know, but it´s a childhood dream) or choosing quality over quantity (you´ll end up saving money with your long-term investment).

Would love to know your thoughts both on my beautiful necklace and sustainable fashion so you know what to do! 🙂

Standfor X DTL

Remember Standfor? Well, I´m happy to announce you my newest collaboration with this amazing Portuguese brand. And you already know how this works: new collection means new statement. This time, we´re walking for One Gender.

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We´re all humans. And that´s the only “gender” that matters. Because we´re not all equal – each and every one of us has a different personality, different tastes, different ways to express ourselves (fashion being just one of them). But we´re all human and that makes us equal regardless of gender. And that, my loves, is a very dear topic to me.

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This collection was designed accordingly to the latest fashion trends (floral prints anyone?) and it´s based on strong powerful ideas such as acceptance, harmony, power, balance, merit.
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The shoes you´re seeing in the photos might not be a very obvious choice for someone who loves monochromatic outfits as I do but they were love at first sight – again. They stand for balance and respect, two of the things that I value the most in a relationship between two people.

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Just like other collections, you can check your hikes counter and see how much you´ve walked in your shoes while making your own statement to the world.

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I paired them with a total black look (and a teddy coat ´cause it´s freezing) because something so colorful and fun should receive as much attention as possible.

As always, would love to know your thoughts on this matter so meet me in the comment section 🙂

This post was a collaboration with Standfor and the shows were gifted to me. All opinions are my own. 

Heritage

As you grow up, you learn to give value to your roots. You learn to appreciate the little things that you might have taken for granted your entire life (something so “irrelevant” like a certain traditional dish that you´re used to eating or an old costume that you never liked that much). Portuguese people have this funny thing where we always have bad things to say about our country. But every time we see a foreign doing it, we immediately react against it.

I am no exception, of course. After two wonderful collaborations with Portuguese brands (and another one to come), I felt the urge to create a little something exclusively dedicated to Portuguese brands. Heritage – Herança. My Portuguese heritage, shared with all of you. I´ll be showing you Portuguese brands, personalities, little pieces of my country and my culture. I hope you´ll love this new series as much as I do!

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. 

 

When I first wrote about the Pajama Trend I knew I was dying to try it – I mean, going out in your pj and look that good, for real? What a dream. But I never found THE right one. So I never got to style that trend. That is, of course, until now.

When the opportunity to collaborate with Silk By Nancy came I knew right away I had to choose this white pj shirt. It was the missing luxurious monochromatic piece I was looking for to rock the PJ trend.

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The title says it all: this silk beauty is the perfect fit. I´m not going to lie, it was hard styling this shirt. I blame the crazy amount of outfit options I came up with. Everything from culottes to palazzo pants and pleated skirts. Sneakers and stilettos. That´s why – SPOILER ALERT – this is not the last time you´ll be seeing this shirt around here. Allow me to be your guide on “How To Style The PJ trend – round 2” and reveal the secrets you need to know to go out in public wearing your pj´s.

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As a monochrome lover, I felt like I owed to the monochromatic Gods this first look. I went for high waist mom jeans to give the edgy touch and contrast with the classy shirt. The pumps are my all time favorite (bought them using a wedding as an excuse) and the only pop of color that this outfit needed. Besides from the lipstick (always add lipstick. Makes everything better). And because I always need to have a bit of print, a starry scarf.

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In a world where you can´t walk down the street without finding someone wearing something that you also have (or worst, that you are wearing), brands like Silk By Nancy make you feel unique again. For someone who is slowly building a wardrobe with quality pieces, I must confess: a silk piece is a must have. Too soft, too luxurious, too stylish. Make sure you stop by and check their variety of silk pieces.

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Aw, don´t I look happy wearing my pj shirt? 🙂 How about you, what´s your relation with this Pj trend and silk luxurious pieces?

This post was made in collaboration with Silk By Nancy. All opinions are my own. 

 

The only SS17 Accessories You Need

(Now that was a long title) I guess it´s safe to say that I’ve been wearing on repeat several pieces that I now consider my personal must-haves.

When people who never notice anything fashion related start telling you that you´ve been wearing a lot the same pieces, I guess it´s safe to say that you´ve found your personal must-haves. I´ll probably be (over)packing them for summer vacations as well.

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I must confess I´ve never seen so many different retro sunglasses in one season. Remember when EVERYONE had a pair of Ray Ban´s wayfarer? That was the time I got my Ray Ban´s Clubmaster. You know, ´cause someone had to be different. Next year everyone had them as well. That marked an entire season. But now we are assisting to a comeback of many different retro styles. From white round to colored lenses, that´s THE accessory to make you feel instantly cooler. Go on, re-create that Kurt Cobain iconic photo. My white sunnies are from Mango, they were love at first sight because they remind me of an old photo of my grandma wearing a very similar pair of sunnies.

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This is probably the most Instagrammed (is this a word?) accessory of the season. I had this little round bag under my eyes for a while, hoping to get it on sales. She was nowhere to be seen online or in the stores. Then, on the most depressing day of my semester, I went to Zara and there she was. The last one on the shelf. We have been living happily ever since.

The bigger one I occasionally steal from my mom and style it with a scarf to match my outfit. I know it’s a classic beach bag, but since I´m not that much of a beach fan, I love wearing it in the city.

Why do you need a straw bag this summer? You can wear it everywhere unless you´re going to a cocktail party, it´s the easiest bag to style because it goes so well with all those typical summer clothes, you´ll never get bored of that bag because it´s seasonal.

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I´m a hat person. It solves bad hair days, it gives that retro touch, it protects you from burning your brains in the summer and helps you face humidity during those awful rainy days. This is an old one from Natura and the black bow was a little DIY. Apart from a tracksuit, straw hats go with everything from tees&jeans to pretty dresses. Plus they add that instant “I’m on vacations” look.

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Minimals will wear them with plain tees. Bold people with graphic prints. Either way, everyone is loving statement earrings (just read it here). Apart from getting stuck in my curls, I´m also a fan. Usually, I wear them with my hair up in a bun or ponytail and with basically everything. After seeing some of your inspiring photos on Instagram I decided I didn´t have enough earrings and bought the last pair on Bershka (I know, right? It was a surprise to me as well.).

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You´ve seen them on my Instagram a lot and – spoiler alert – you will keep seeing them. More than earrings, during hot summer days there is nothing that I love more than wearing delicate necklaces. Most of the times I barely remember they´re hanging on my neck (which makes them perfect for this awful heat) yet they´re there, keeping me fashionable. This one was kindly sent to me by Aphrodite and it adds that cool boho chic vibe. I love the fact that it looks two necklaces yet it´s just one with layers. 

And because you have to think outside the box, I styled it in two different ways. In the first one (as seen in the picture) I didn´t close the necklace clasp and just wrapped the necklace around my neck so it looks like a little choker and a bigger necklace. How to style delicate necklaces like a cool girl? Wear them with a tee, for sure. And make sure they´re not hiding. Also, summer necklines are perfect to show this kind of jewelry and the more the merrier.

How to style delicate necklaces like a cool girl? Wear them with a tee, for sure. And make sure they´re not hiding. Also, summer necklines and off shoulder pieces are perfect to show this kind of jewelry. Remember the more the merrier.

I´d love to hear all about your accessories´ must haves and your opinion on mine, so see you in the comment section 😉

Disclaimer: the necklace was given to me by Aphrodite. Styling and opinions are my own. 

The One

The One. A million things pop into your head when you read these two words. The love of life, probably. But when it comes to fashion, we all have THE one. THE cozy stylish sweater you wear on and on, THE silk scarf that makes any outfit better, THE pair of shoes that make your day brighter. As most you know, THE accessory for me is a bag. Bags are my weakness and my bags are probably THE accessory that I keep impeccable storage. Each of them brings me such joy and reminds me of all the times I snapped at someone who dared to put my bag on the floor. You see, I take that “table for 3: you, me and my bag” very seriously.

When Farfetch contacted me and told me about their newest magazine, The Style Guide, I immediately started going through the amazing editorial content and, inspired by this article, I bring you my favorite bags of the season and will reveal to you my #THEONE. The choice wasn´t hard, it was love at first sight. Can you guess it? Hint: She hides between the beautiful European architecture 🙂

Stella McCartney

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Simon Miller 

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How about you? Did you pick your The One for this summer? Make sure you check Farfetch’s digital magazine. It’s a must see either you’re looking for the latest trends or just deciding what to wear. As always, I’m looking forward to knowing your opinion so meet me in the comment section! 🙂

Quit Phubbing

For those of you struggling to put your phone down for more than a few miserable minutes, meet Phubbing, a XXI century modern disease. ‘But Filipa, what is that Phubbing thing?’ Well, I’m glad you asked!

Phubbing (=phone + snubbing). At some point, we’ve all been guilty of this practice. Who never neglected a friend during a coffee to be checking social media? Who never disconnected from the real world once in a while just because nothing exciting was happening around? The problem is when this becomes a habit. When taking photos of what you’re eating is more important than who’s sitting in front of you. How sad is it to see a couple eating their fancy meal yet not enjoying each other’s company because they’re both holding their phones?

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Let me get one thing straight: I love technology. Besides I’m blogger, which makes me a result of this wonderful technological advance. When it comes to checking my phone, I’m not so bad… most of the times I ignore it completely. It stays either inside my bag or next to me with the screen turned down. But there comes a time when I want to photograph things around me. Could I survive without taking a photo of that pretty sushi before eating it? Of course. But life is short, you gotta collect those beautiful yummy moments to look at them days, months after that meal is gone and think ‘oh boy, that was one hell of a sushi’. Once I’m done photographing, no more phone for me. I like to think that me and my phone have a healthy relationship and I still believe that the best moments are the ones you forget to photograph because you’re too busy having fun.

‘Oh, I see now… but I thought this post was about fashion…’ – and it is, dearest reader. Allow me to introduce Standfor.

Standfor was one of my first collaborations when I created my blog. I was thrilled when I found out that they were a Portuguese shoe brand and I instantly loved their concept. Behind every shoe collection there is a different statement, a reason for people to walk for. We all stand for something and we can all make a difference. That’s what makes them so special. Their newest collection’s theme is Quit Phubbing.

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They were kind enough to let me choose a pair of shoes and these gray boots smiled at me. I especially love the modern design and the sole – I’m literally walking in the clouds! If you ever heard of Portuguese shoes, you know they’re known for their quality and good materials. My Standfor boots are the perfect example of that. They’re leather free, super comfortable and light, which makes them ideal to wear all year long.

I styled them with a suede mini skirt, an oversized t-shirt, fishnets and of course, a scarf (you all know that my life would be incomplete without a good scarf!).

Make sure to check out their website to learn more about phubbing and enjoy your gift card ( kUy7uG8C ) 😉

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts. Were you aware of this concept? Meet me in the comment section! 🙂

My Workspace

Last year I officially run out of space to study. I had so many books and notebooks around me that my tiny desk had to be replaced for a bigger one. But I’m sure you can guess what happened next… More space instantly meant more mess instead of decor goals. And that’s how my pretty corner desk became a law mess – definitely not Instagram worthy.
When Bonaval Store contacted me I knew it was time to finally arrange my workspace the way I always intended to.

Bonaval Concept Store is the perfect place to find unique pieces, something that’s quite hard nowadays. Everything from clothes and accessories both for men and women, home accessories, cosmetics, all from independent brands, definitely worth checking out.

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I chose a Los Angeles print (created from an original Anna Bond illustration) and a beautiful golden frame (with a grid pattern developed on a theme by Albrecht Dürer) in stainless steel. These two pieces were my main inspirations to start decorating. As soon as they arrived, I defined my color scheme and my theme (yes, yes, I’m that kind of person).
Being a creative person who always surrounded herself with mood boards and sketches, I knew I wanted artwork around me and that LA illustration was the perfect fit. The colors, the vintage touch, that summer vibe, the palm trees, the beautiful car reminding me that I could look like Grace Kelly driving – but then again Princess Grace was so classy that the wind didn’t affect her at all….

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The cactus print is not actually a print. It’s a kitchen cloth that I never really saw as a kitchen cloth (nor bought it to be one)… too pretty for that 😉

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After realizing that I already had palm trees and cactus I felt super cool. But something was missing… pineapples (they’re to me what avocados are for Aimee Song). Lucky me, summer decorations are all about tropical stuff so I found some really cool glass candleholders with my beloved pineapples and a different one with city names.Workspace6

My golden grid frame was what made me want all the other decor pieces in golden to contrast with my black desk. Bonaval Store has some of the most creative frames I’ve seen and the one I choose is so pretty and artsy that instead of putting a photo I opted for an old illustration I made.

Let me know your thoughts on my new workspace in the comment section 🙂

P.S. there is a 15% discount code and free shipping on Bonaval Store (dissecting15) just for you, valid until 31/08.

This post was kindly sponsored by Bonaval Store. All opinions are my own.

 

How to Style SS17 Best Trends – part II

Welcome to part II! You didn´t really think that I would leave you with only six trends to style for the entire season, did you?

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I can´t really name more feminine fabrics than Silk, Lace, and Chiffon. Surprisingly, there isn´t anything more versatile to style. It´s all about your mood. Feeling girly or looking for the perfect occasion dress? Style it with some fancy heeled sandals or lace-up flats, put on a beautiful straw hat, grab a little bag and it´s almost like you´re having the time of your life in Mykonos 😉

As for me, I prefer something a little edgier (and Maria Grazia Chiuri somehow read my mind!). Maxi and midi fancy skirts and graphic tees are officially one of my favorite Spring combinations (mostly midi skirts, so that you can give the proper attention to your shoes). Frayed and ripped jeans also look pretty good with lace and see-through tops. If you don´t think this is edgy enough, you know what to do. Grab a moto jacket and put it on your shoulders 🙂

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I blame it on the winter layers. It was such a big and fun trend that nobody wanted to leave it in the closet waiting for next Autumn/Winter. Deconstructed pieces are everywhere (you can find some really cool tees and dresses on Asos) and the trick is how to layer them. Starters Kit: try an oversized shirt with a mini skirt. Your goal is to let everybody know that you didn´t forget to hide the bottom of the shirt inside your skirt.

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Gone are the days when double denim was an awful style mistake. DD is back and for the first time since I saw Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wearing it (I was a child and I had nightmares), I actually want to try this trend. These days denim isn´t just denim anymore. It has pearls, pretty embroidery, ruffles, everything you can think of. It doesn´t even come in just blue. And that´s how creative designers saved double denim. Tip: Try adding a pop of color with your shoes or accessories (like a neck scarf, for example).

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Do I really need to say this one is my all time favorite trend? Endless possibilities of mix and match different prints… I can guarantee you you´ll be seeing a lot more of graphic clothes on my Instagram page. Tip: statement jewelry creates an even bigger contrast. That and neck scarves. You can see how I usually wear it here and here.

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Attention to all the minimalists out there. You can now have your monochromatic Sring/Summer! Gingham, polka dots, stripes, leaves, everything comes in black and white and I can´t honestly think of a more classic and sophisticated combo. If you think it´s too boring (how dare you! 😉 try to add a pop of color with your accessories.

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Flowers for spring. The trend is as big as the cliché. But just look how perfectly it works! I always mix floral prints with monochrome stripes. To me, it´s the most visually appealing combination of prints. You might have seen on my instagram how much I’m loving florals because of this kimono. Last summer I wore it a lot with high waist jeans and this swimsuit .

We´re officially done with trends but you can count on more SS17 reports because I still have a lot to show you. As always, I´d love to know your favorites and how are you going to style them so see you in the comment section 😉