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.

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Rihanna wearing Maison Michel PVC Rain Bonnet via perezhilton.com
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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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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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Source: Vogue.com and Style.com

 

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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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Silk Scarf / Lenços de Seda

Ever noticed the obsession with French it girls? You must be familiar with that effortless chic look, minimalistic outfits yet so cool (yes, I believe cool is the word).

Well, one of the privileged accessories to get that look is the silk scarf. And if you are only used to add a little scarf during the sunny days you are doing it wrong.

Silk scarves are one of the perfect fall/winter things for those lazy days when you just want to wear basics and monochromatic outfits – they are the pop of color, the crazy pattern that makes it all fun yet chic.

Don´t feel like wearing it around your neck? Then don´t – bags and wrist are great alternatives if you´re feeling audacious.

p.s.: for more info on How to Dress like a French It Girl – I suggest the book. Or just go trough Pinterest boards, your call!

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Devem estar familiarizados com aquele look chic mas despreocupado, outfits minimalistas mas super fixes (sim, creio que fixe é a palavra).

Um dos acessórios privilegiados para conseguir esse tal look é o lenço de seda. E se estão apenas habituados a usar este acessório durante o verão, estão a fazer algo mal…

Os lenços de seda são um dos melhores acessórios de Outono/Inverno para aqueles dias preguiçosos em que só nos apetece usar básicos e outfits monocromáticos, porque eles dão aquele toque de cor ou adicionam aquele padrão que faz toda a diferença.

Não apetece usar ao pescoço? Então tentem alternativas mais ousadas – as malas ou mesmo o pulso.

P.s.: Para mais informação sobre Como vestir como uma French It Girl – sugiro o livro. Ou então o Pinterest, a decisão é vossa J

Já repararam na obsessão com as French It Girls?

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Pictures: WhoWhatWear

jessicaalizzi-outfit-1Lovely Jessica from Jessica and Love.

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.

New Year Eve Inspiration III

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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.

New Years Eve Inspiration II

Because your options shouldn´t only include heels – and because some heels clearly are not comfy thought we say they are marvelous – the second outfit inspiration is all about flats: moccasins; oxfords; loafers.

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New Years Eve Inspiration

First of all, hope you had an amazing Christmas 🙂

Every New Year´s Eve I have the same problem – what to wear. Should I pick a dress or a great pair of trousers? Do I want glitter on my clothes or not? And what a about the accessories and the shoes?

This year first inspirational board includes what I loved the most about 2014 when it comes to clothes and trends – metallics, black and white contrast, midi-skirts and crops.

I hope you find it helpful!

BTW – the picture was created via Polyvore App (apparently I had an account and never used it!).

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Russian IT girls

After my One Lovely Blog Award post, when I revealed I had a huge crush on Russian IT girls, Lena, from Feline Creatures, said she´d love to see a post about those iconic ladies. Truth is, I´ve been thinking to do that kind of post for a while, but never thought to include them all.

This passion for Russian IT girls is part of a bigger thing – the admiration for Russian Culture, that I have since I was a little girl.

Though my blog is a recent thing, my internet stalking on these girls is much older. The first one that caught my attention was Miroslava Duma – still remember the first photo I saw, on a street style blog, and specially what she was wearing: a universe dress. Her adorable doll-like face, and the fact that she was extremely petite, combined with her notable taste for fashion, made me google her. A few minutes later, I was being introduced to the Russian IT girls.

Known for their national pride (as you can see from some of their looks but, mostly, the way they talk in interviews); exquisite taste; capability of bringing the inside of a couture collection to the streets and success both in the fashion industry and outside, they´ve been attentively observed by fashionistas all around the world and are frequently front row in the most exclusive and important fashion shows. There are several russian IT girls, but 5 in particular that I really love. 4 of them are part of what is called the Russian Fashion Pack – Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko, Vika Gazinskaya and Elena Perminova. The 5ft girl is Anya Ziourova.

Russian Fashion Pack

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Miroslava Duma
She’s The daughter of Russian senator Vasily Duma, and probably the most influential it girl. Always impeccable on street style photos, Mira Duma is even a trendsetter when it comes to maternity clothing. At the very young age of 24 she became the editor of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and later she co-founded the Buro 24/7, an amazing website permanently updated with the most exclusive fashion news.

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Ulyana Sergeenko
After modeling and becoming a fashion magazine photographer, she launched her couture collection and started working as a designer. Her clothes are the mirror of Russian traditions and culture has they include many of its aspects.

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Vika Gazinskaya
Started her own line in 2006, this young designer is known for her extreme creativity and whimsical style details. Embroidery and bold are two words that describe her pieces.

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Elena Perminova
This mother of two turns heads not only for her beauty but also for her creative taste. Every fashion photographer loves her and the question she’s most used to hear is ‘what are you wearing?’.

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Anya Ziourova

She started at American Vogue in accessories and has helped launched Tatler and Allure in Russia.

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Anya Ziourova at Alberta Ferretti

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