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 🙂

I´m sticking with you

DISCLAIMER: This post is a collaboration with Printworks. All opinions are my own.

I hate seeing everyone wearing and using the same clothes, accessories and even stationary. Anyway, I apologize for the outburst – it was probably because my Instagram search page is only showing people by the pool and having a wonderful time on the Italian Riviera. My point being – I love personalized accessories and frankly, who doesn’t? That wonderful feeling of exclusivity and expression of one´s self… Ah…

I found Printworks through Instagram and I knew I had just found the most perfect accessories for my precious gadgets (and myself, of course).

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Printworks is a Swedish design company focused on personalized gifts, accessories, lifestyle products that make everyday life much more fun (that´s why you can catch me staring at my laptop case or iPhone case when I really should be getting work done). So how does this personalization thing work, you smartly ask. Easy – you can choose from a wide range of cool stickers your favorites and show the world your creative side! Combine them the way you like and voilá! I was amazed by the quality of the materials and their resistance (my cat caught me distracted and had a very long nap in my laptop case…). Once you put the stickers on they stick perfectly on the leather.

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I chose to personalize my laptop case with my blog initials (my brother smartly noted that the stickers have the Gryffindor´s House colors *geek moment* and I got even happier because I´m obviously a lion) and my iPhone case with a F sticker (hello, I´m Filipa, a Fashion-addict and Food lover who´ll always be waiting for Friday). Good stationary and accessories always motivate me to work and since I´m on vacations from college I decided it was about time to post here more frequently – one thing led to the other and here we are!

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But I gotta be honest here – it would be a shame to use this laptop case for laptop purposes only… So I´ve been using it A LOT as a clutch everywhere I go (from the poolside to the casual night drinks).

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So on a scale of 1 – 10 how much do you love personalized accessories? Let me know in the comments section! A little bird told me Printworks is having a summer sale so make sure you stop by 😉

 

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. 

 

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. 

Audaviv Jewelry

After receiving so many kind and thoughtful messages about my accessory game I decided to share with you some tips and tricks. Truth is, everyday life is not a street style glam photo but of course everyone wants to look their best. That´s why during the week I spice up my accessory game with tasteful delicate pieces. Lots of them. The secret is to layer the right pieces properly and I guarantee you you´ll have the most stylish results without looking like a walking Christmas tree 😉

Having lots of jewelry, I came to the conclusion that what was missing in my collection were delicate pieces to give a sophisticated yet casual look. The thing is, I had delicate necklaces and bracelets but after a while they lose color and shine and gain that ugly used look – that´s when I don´t have the courage to neither throw them away nor use them.

So when I became an Audaviv Ambassador my first pieces were – of course – delicate bracelets to build the perfect arm candy. Audaviv is the destination for independent brands whose work was carefully handpicked so you get that very personalized treatment that otherwise you wouldn’t have while shopping and you won´t find that much people wearing the same thing as you (i´m still waiting for the necklaces I want to re-stock, so you get the idea). Plus, you won´t have to scroll and apply lots of filters to hide tacky jewelry (which is new to me, because I find myself constantly doing that).

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I never wear only one necklace. More is more. When the choker obsession (oh God, what a terrible name for a necklace!) became a serious thing, I started layering chokers with small delicate necklaces, mostly with little charms. During summer it´s also cool to layer with body chains.

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This is my everyday motto. I grab several small necklaces and layer them by adjusting each with different lenght. That way you´ll have a slighty longer necklace and all the others will have smaller lenghts. The necklaces below are the ones on my Audaviv wishlist. The second one is currently out of stock so I guess I´ll have to wait until it´s back so that I can finally releash my inner Sailor Moon 😉

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Arm Candy – the act of putting together random (or not…) pretty bracelets and accessories. Lots of them. Since I have a watch addiction (always remeber this place is a non-judgemental zone) I like to begin my arm candy with a good watch. Then I´ll add the bracelets that I believe that look good with the watch (e.g. rose gold watch, rose gold bracelets). So as you can see my arm candy is usually planned and almost never random.

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I almost never use rings and bracelets on the same hand because most of times the final combination seems tacky to me (but hey, that´s just me!). Usually I think it´s better balanced having the rings on one hand and the bracelets and watch on the other. I also combine the rings and the bracelets (e.g. golden bracelets with golden rings).

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This is probably the only bright rose bracelet I own. Or piece of jewelry. Everything else has a dusty rose shade. The reason why I love it so much is because it´s only one bracelet but looks like two (which means more layers therefore more hapiness to me). Because I´m a monochrome addict this bracelet is often the only pop of color. And trust me, it makes all the difference!

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I wear my bracelets backwards all the time (and not because they slide – good thing about these beauties it´s they´re adjustable. It´s probably the first time I own jewerly that doesn´t fall off my tiny wrists). Just take a closer look. Wouldn´t it be a shame not to wear them both ways? You´ll also get 10 points for creativity.

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Of course being an accessory lover I always pay attention to the details. Style is always in the details. In this case, the golden chain on my bag matches my little bracelets.

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When you shop at Audaviv you feel special (and don´t we all like that?). You get your jewelry inside a gorgeous pink box perfect both on the inside and outside. Light pink paper, little bags with your order inside, a card, instructions on how to take care of your new pieces, … I think you´re getting the idea. That´s the thing about choosing startups – not only you´re supporting creative people but you´re also receiving in exchange what you wouldn´t get otherwise. Quality, personalization and a bunch of unique pieces.

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As always would love to know your thoughts so meet me on the comment section 😉
P.S. Looking for more inspiration? Check out Audaviv´s Lookbook!

Fall Trend Report – Accessories 

I may be a monochrome enthusiast and I may even love a lot more than I should a good minimal outfit. But when it comes to accessories I sure know ‘More is more and less is a bore’ (quoting Iris Apfel, the accessory God). Fact is, accessories are my personal everyday statements. So again, this season I can’t help but feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland. There are so many accessories capable of changing an outfit instantly that I had to put an entire post together just for them. If you  follow me on Instagram you already know about my tiny bag addiction and you’ve probably seen some of the bags featured on this trend report. You see, I spent the whole August month carrying only one tiny little bag everywhere due to a monster called Luggage Space and not only I missed my collection but I also found they were all perfect for Fall. Blame it on creative directors. Again.

Nautical Hat

Nautical and military are obvious Fall trends almost every year. But in this particular case Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger was the cause for every fashionista’s inner sailor’s release.

Left Top: ASOS (Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger); Bottom Left: ASOS; Right: Vogue.com

The Beret

Tip n°1 to achieve the fabulous Parisian style. Perfect accessory for a really cold day but mostly for a bad hair day.

Bottom Right: Gucci (via Vogue.com); all the others: ASOS


The Choker 

I know by now you’re all proud owners of several chokers. Maybe even too much of them, but hey – i won’t tell how many I have and won’t ask you either 😉 So far we’ve seen simple one colored chokers. Fall brings new ones, much bolder and creative. Authentic victorian pieces, ready to help you take your layering game to the next level.

Top Left and Right: ASOS; Bottom Left: Chanel (via Vogue.com); Bottom Right: Versace (via Vogue.com)


The Belt 

When I think of vintage pieces belts are the first accessory to cross my mind (I’ll always be searching for the perfect black and gold Yves Saint Laurent logo belt). Gucci, where all the vanguard artists are, brought to Fall/Winter the famous logo belt as well as a sentiment of nostalgia and the temptation of a new – and quite expensive – acquisition. I shall not vacillate.

Top Right: ASOS; Bottom Right: Gucci (via collagevintage.com); Left, from the top: Double Buckle belt from Pull&Bear; Tom Ford (via Vogue.com); Burberry (via Vogue.com)


The Skinny Scarf

The versatile accessory. It can be a head accessory, a choker, a bracelet, a giant bow to your plain shirt.

Top Left: Gucci (via Vogue.com); Top Right: Blumarine (via Vogue.com); Bottom Right and Left: ASOS


The Statement Earrings

Because nothing screams more maximalism like bold jewelry.

Small pictures, from the top: Mango; Mango; Zara; Middle and Right: Marni (via Vogue.com).

The Mini Statement Bag

All time favorite, but that you already knew 🙂 Forget essentials like wallets with every single card you have and huge makeup bags because they won’t fit. And remember that phones these days belong on your hand. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to carry inside your bag car and house keys.

 

Top Left: Versace (via Vogue.com); Top Right: Gucci (via Vogue.com); Bottom Left: Lanvin (via Vogue.com); Bottom Right: Kenzo (via Vogue.com)

Top Left: Oldie from Zara and vintage scarf; Top Right: ASOS; Bottom Left: Parfois (last collection); Bottom Right: Bimba y Lola bag and clutch, both from old collections.

All from Zara
 

As always, i´ll be waiting for your opinions and thoughts 🙂

 

 

 

Space Wallet 

It’s a thing for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter (and also pre-fall, resort, you know how that works…) and it’s up to you to make it work because obviously you won’t be able to carry your house inside your tiny bag just like you did with your tote. 

I’m a very practical person so I only carry with me my essentials for the day (forget about giant make up purses and food). I also am a very big fan of this mini bag trend which you might have guessed from Instagram so my biggest problems are my phone (why do phones have to be so big these days?) and my extra large Lichtenstein-style wallet that doesn’t fit 80% of my bags (no jokes). That leads to several problems, including the struggle to find free space for irrelevant stuff like house keys (who needs them anyways?).

Fashion is not practical all the time. We find ourselves trying to keep up with the coolest yet sometimes most uncomfortable and inconvenient trends so I really appreciate when young entrepreneurs come and save the day.

That said, I was more than thrilled when my Space Wallets arrived. They’re literally the smallest and cutest wallets I’ve seen but also the most practical. They fit perfectly my tiniest bag and I don’t have to choose anymore which cards to bring with me – I can bring them all (and we’re talking about more than 10 cards because… You know… Discounts). Plus, I don’t always carry coins with me so I figured that I could also use the little pocket to keep my headphones safe from getting lost inside my bags. The extra pocket keeps your bills safe (trust me, I’ve tested it). 

The Space Wallet comes in 3 different models each with many different colors and you can even personalize them. Of course I had to choose the ones with stripes… Be sure to check their website and Instagram page to see them! 

Portuguese Version

Uma das novas tendências que nos vai (continuar) a acompanhar ao longo das próximas estações são as mini-malas nas quais só cabem mesmo os essenciais. Cabe-nos não tentar levar a casa inteira para onde quer que vamos, como é hábito em malas grandes. 

Dado que sou uma pessoa extremamente prática, por norma ando apenas com o essencial (nada de grandes bolsas de maquilhagem ou comida). Também sou, como já devem ter adivinhado pelo Instagram, uma grande fã destas mini malas, o que significa que os meus maiores problemas são guardar o telemóvel e a  minha carteira Lichtenstein-style gigante que não cabe em 80% das minhas malas. Isto envolve problemas, designadamente a luta constante para guardar coisas ‘irrelevantes’ como as chaves de casa… 

Acompanhar algumas tendências não tão práticas ou até mesmo inconvenientes não é fácil. É aí que entra o papel dos jovens empreendedores. 

As Space Wallets são as carteirinhas mais pequenas, adoráveis e práticas que eu já vi. Cabem perfeitamente na minha mala mais pequena e guardam todos os meus cartões (têm capacidade para guardar até 20 cartões). Para além disso, como nem sempre ando com moedas, uso o bolso das moedas para guardar os meus headphones (e evitar que se percam). Há três modelos diferentes e imensas cores por onde escolher ( lógico que optei por dois padrões diferentes mas os dois com riscas). Vale a pena espreitar o site e o instagram! 


Disclaimer: The Space Wallets were kindly sent to me but all opinions are my own. 


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

Crazy about accessories

As a very creative person, like I mentioned on a previous post, I seek for detail. Whenever I look at a streetstyle photo, I look for small details that make the person stand out. What is it that makes that outfit unique, besides the person?
Though I always loved (and will continue loving) great statement pieces – an embroidered sweater or printed trousers, a good jumper or even a fabulous dress – there are days when I fell like wearing a simple outfit, preferably with lots of black and White clothing, and make my statement on the accessories department.
This year, everytime I searched for street style photos I chose to see first the accessories selection. After that I did what I like to do the most – searched for the designers of those beautiful pieces.

This post is mainly about bags and clutches – i´m more of a bag than of a shoe person. The ones I wish I had thought of first, the ones I´d love to buy, the ones I take a bow for.

Charlotte Olympia

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Anya Hindmarch

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Mua Mua

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Sarah’s

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REDVALENTINO

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Sophia Webster

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Olympia Le-Tan

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You can find all of these on net-a-Porter.com