A small picnic basket just like they were made back then.

The river running. People laughing distantly. A pop of color in the middle of all the green.

The skies, bluer. The grass, greener than last summer.

The sun, shy, lightning up our faces, creating shadows. The riverside breeze announcing the end of the day. We were home.

*gifted items – sunscreen and straw bag*

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 🙂

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Daily outfits on Instagram are great. Sharing those fabulous looks, making the photos seem so effortless… I’m truly happy that it seems pretty normal to have someone next to you, ready to capture your most fabulous self almost every day.

Now the ugly truth – ain’t nobody got time for that. Unless that’s your job (which let’s face it, it rarely is) none of us feels or looks that fabulous every morning. And allow me to tell you a secret… Most of us don’t have personal photographers 24/7 ready to capture those cool street style snaps.

Since the very beginning that has been my main struggle – finding the time and the people available to take the not-so-occasional #ootd shots.

The solution to supply your demands? The mirror selfie. The real quick effortless solution that I adopted almost 3 years ago. The location? The elevator. Occasionally the big mirror downstairs but since people tend to stare while passing by and to prevent my neighbors from thinking I’m nothing but a narcissist, the elevator is definitely my favorite location.

So for the sake of keeping it real (and because there is a huge amount of storage occupied with ootd selfies) I took the liberty of gathering some of my most acceptable mirror #ootd’s from the past year and share them here with you.

I promise that one day I’ll be a street style star. But for now, allow me to shine on my elevator 😌

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 😉

Layering with Happy Socks

Just as important as the pieces you choose to wear is how you actually wear them – that´s how you show the world how stylish you are 😉 But believe me when I say that never in a million years I´d see myself embracing this new trend… Until, of course, I tried it. If you search between street style photos you´ll surely find lots of cool examples that will make you want to pair your most colorful socks with those amazing velvet shoes you wanted to buy so badly but still haven´t because, oh well, who wears winter sandals with socks?

When Happy Socks contacted me I knew I had to do this post. Fashion is all about taking risks and leaving your comfort zone, right? So that´s just what I did… Happy Socks are perfect to style because of its huge variety of cool prints and bright colors – who would want to hide them? Definitely worth looking at their amazing collection.

Quick tips to style shoes&socks: When in doubt, go for neutral socks. If you´re not a fan of big contrasts nor prints, stick with the same color (example: dark blue heels and baby blue socks). If you´re wearing socks with prints, try to pair them with something that has the same color scheme.

As always, i´d love to meet you on the comments section and know how you´ll be styling your socks & shoes this Fall 🙂

Boots: Zara; Socks: Happy Socks
Mary Jane´s: Zara; Socks: Happy Socks
Shoes: Zara; Socks: Happy Socks
Shoes: La Redoute; Socks: Happy Socks

Left: Dries van Notten (via Style.com); Right: Versace (via Vogue.com)

Left: via http://www.gofeminin.de; Right: Mira Duma (via thezoereport.com)

Left: via Garancedore.com; Right: via thezoereport.com
 

Happy Socks were kindly sent to me. The post was my idea and all opinions are my own. 

LFW Street Style Part II

Part II or how to master the print mixing game. And wear fringes. And what about a total white outfit with pops of red? Have you noticed how elegant a woman in red is? So many questions pop my mind when I look at street style pictures. Am I the only one who barely thinks about trends when scrolling through them? Of course we can always spot trends (and this time I tried as you can see) but I’m always more focused on the person. Street style taught me so much when it comes to finding my own style and identity. A person comfortably trending will always be prettier. Not because she’s trending, no. Because it’s someone who feels comfortable in its second skin – clothes.

Photos courtesy of Farfetch.com/UK

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LFW Street Style Part I

We patiently wait to see the newest trends and inspirations for each new season. It´s not only the clothes or accessories that are about to be revealed. It´s the environment, the light, the artistic process behind every show. But when it comes to street style everything changes. Trendsetter or not, everyone will be showing their personality through what they´re wearing. Multiple inspirations, mixed trends, things that only the person who´s wearing it considers trendy. That´s the beauty of what happens outside a show. And that´s why I consider street style such a strong source of inspiration. Are they waiting to be photographed? Of course. Does it make street style less authentic? Absolutely not. What about you? Do you also think the “magic” begins outside the shows?

Photos courtesy of Farfetch.com/UK

Fall/Winter 16/17 Shoes

Like I told you on the first trend report, this Fall collections have too much information. Maximalism strikes again and you can spot its trace elements both on the clothes and accessories. I´ll be showing you what I believe to be the essential shoes for this season on this trend report and the next one will have all the accessories. Please note that it´s not my fault. Personally, I blame creative directors. The creative process of every important fashion house was just remarkable this Fall/Winter. I, of course, was a victim.

Loafers

It was Fall 2015 and Alessandro Michele had a perfect vision for Gucci. The loafers emerged and they´re not going anywhere anytime soon. If there´s any versatile shoe for this Fall, it´s the loafer. So, have you picked yours?

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Bottom Middle: Gucci (via net-a-porter.com); all the others: ASOS.com

Flat Slides

You´ve already seen them during summer and even last Fall. I must say I have mixed feelings when it comes to flat slides because I don´t find them that comfortable or practical. But i´ll tell you if this relationship makes any progresses. A piece of advice: don´t run while wearing them.

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Top Left: Gucci (via Vogue.com); All the others: ASOS.com

Mid-heel Shoes

Also known as “Granny Shoes” and definitely a very possible acquisition for this season. I find them very comfortable and super stylish, perfect to wear with frilled jeans and a cozy oversized knit (you know, for those days when you don´t want to put much thought on what you´re going to wear).

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Top Left : Chloé (via Farfetch.com); the others: ASOS.com

Ballerina Shoes

I didn´t love ballet very much when I practiced it but I did like my ballerina shoes very much and used to wear them around the house. You can transport yourself back to your childhood days with a classier version of ballerinas or an edgier one. Blame it on Miu Miu. As for my Bimba y Lola edgy ballet shoes, I find them perfect to wear with culottes.

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Top Right and Left: ASOS.com; Bottom Left: Miu Miu (via Vogue.com); Bottom Right: Bimba y Lola (old collection).

Mary-Janes

The classic. Is there anything more feminine than a good pair of Mary-Jane´s? Again, a good reminder of your childhood days. And because velvet is one of the main Fall fabrics, if you want a win-win situation, find yourself a pair of these in velvet. If you´re able to find something that goes terribly wrong with Mary-Janes, please let me know. I haven´t so far. P.s. a tracksuit doesn´t count. We´ll talk about athleisure later.

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Top Left: Dolce & Gabbana (via Farfetch.com); Top Right: Marc Jacobs (via Farfetch.com); Bottom: both ASOS.com

Ankle Boots

I know, I know. But history tends to repeat itself. So ankle boots are a thing, again. But this time the ankle boot trend comes bolder. You can choose from a huge variety of prints and play mix&match with your outfits now more than ever. If you´re not much of a bold prints kind of person, you still have lots of options: pvc, suede, velvet… everything with only one color or a little statement on the heel. Can you guess which one I daydream about? 😉

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Top Left and Right: ASOS.com; Bottom Left: ASOS.com, Bottom Right: ASOS.com (Tommy x Gigi is already on ASOS).

 

As always, I’d love to know what you think. Which are your favorites? See you in the comment section and stay tuned for the next trend report 🙂

 

 

 

Fall/Winter 16/17 Must Haves 

After going through every Fall show I felt lost. Of course every designer has its own source of inspiration every season but Fall 2016 was too much at the same time to dissect. The same designer can take inspiration both from the Renaissance and Picasso, which is completely normal but very hard when you want to fully understand the statement that person is making.   Making sense of trends it’s not always easy, specially when the fashion industry is giving us so much to handle at the same time (from virtual shows to mixing both genders in the same show). This Fall I’ve decided to do a serie of Fall/Winter posts so that you won’t miss a thing. For the first one I chose The Must Haves. Why? Easy, I don’t really like heat. So in the middle of August I was already going through Fall clothes and dreaming about the cold days. And what better way to start than prepare yourself with this season’s key pieces? I promise I carefully analyzed every Vogue I could (and God bless Vogue Runway).

The Cape

The cape strikes again and this Fall you’ll be able to feel like a Game of Thrones character. I must confess my love for capes… You can be wearing a basic long sleeved shirt underneath and you won’t look basic. Looking for that comfy piece to add to your wardorbe? Here you have it. There’s only one little issue concerning the practicality of the cape (at least I have it with the ones I own) – you may want to reconsider using that large tote bag on your shoulder.

Chloé Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com); Gucci Fall 2016 (via honestlywtf.com)
Left: ASOS.com; Top Right: Mango.com; Down: ASOS.com
J.Crew Fall 2016 (via Nymag.com); Marni Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com)

Victorian Shirt

Disclaimer: Please notice that the must haves are not in order (I noticed you could easily think I was playing dress up in the 16th century). Ruffled details, lots of white and see through fabrics plus some lace and dramatic pleated sleeves. When you put it that way it might sound too much and definitely not a versatile piece. But just think how you can create a ton of different looks all with different styles. One day you can wear it with an A-line printed skirt, over the knee socks and loafers and set your inner Blair Waldorf free and the other you can put on your moto leather jacket, some distressed denim jeans and ankle boots and feel a bit more like Prince.

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Left: Valentino Fall 2016 Couture; Top Right: Valentino Fall 2016 Couture; Bottom Right: Chloé Fall 2016
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Statement Knit/Sweater

There´s no way you´ll feel cozier than with an oversized sweater or piece of knit. And there´s no way you´ll be more stylish than the moment you´re wearing an oversized statement sweater or knit. There are no rules here, feel free to style it the way you want (we all have days when a pair of jeans will do and others when a pleated skirt would fit like a glove).

From Left: Peter Pilotto Fall 2016 (via livingly.com); Gucci Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com); Delpozo Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com)
From Left: Versace Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com); Louis Vuitton Fall 2016 (via WWD.com)
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Velvet

Velvet for Fall/Winter is my favorite cliché. There´s something so edgy and flattering about it no matter what color you choose. Last Fall I did an entire post about velvet so feel free to check it and gather some inspiration 😉

From Left: Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Pre Fall (via Vogue.com); Ralph Lauren Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com); 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com)
From Left: Fendi Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com); Valentino Fall 2016 (via Vogue.com)
Pants: Zara.com; Jacket: ASOS.com; Top: Zara.com

Puffa Jacket

(Don´t you just love the name?)

After a never-ending affair with the Bomber Jacket (which I didn´t include in the must haves because by now i´m pretty sure my stylish readers already own at least one) it´s time for a cozier and warmer option. I spent several years hating puffa jackets and not wanting to use them because I didn´t find the “Michelin Toy” look funny at all… Years later I find myself tempted to buy one (don´t get me wrong, I still don´t like that “look” but I think I can manage to find a less exaggerated puffa jacket).

From Left: Balenciaga Fall 2016; Rag & Bone Fall 2016 (both via Vogue.com)
From Left: Stella McCartney Fall 2016; Burberry Pre Fall; Isabel Marant Fall 2016 (all via Vogue.com)
Top: ASOS.com; Bottom: Zara.com

Fringes

I have a little problem here. I´m addicted to fringed sweaters, coats, bags, basically everything fringed. If you follow me on Instagram I´m sure you see a lot my fringed bag. From now on, you´ll be seeing a lot more pieces 🙂 Spoiler alert: I have a fringed cape.

From Left: Altuzarra Fall 2016; Chloé Fall 2016; Michael Kors Fall 2016 (all via Vogue.com)
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Vinyl (PVC)

After seeing a lot of PVC boots (remembering Dior) I patiently waited for the return of plastic to the runways. Here it is, the perfect material to keep your outfits protected from rainy days and add that shiny touch.Personally, if I had to buy a vinyl piece I´d go for a midi A-line skirt. One of my favorite trench coats is a red vinyl piece that I usually wear with – of course – a total black outfit.

Left: Louis Vuitton Fall 2016; Middle Top: Lacoste Fall 2016; Middle Bottom; Nina Ricci Fall 2016; Right: Isabel Marant Fall 2016 (all via Vogue.com)
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Military Jacket/Coat

We´ve been on with this trend for a while now. Is it ever going to leave us? Probabily. Will I ever stop wearing it? Of course not! If I did a list of all the military inspired pieces I have I´d be ashamed. So the only reason I´m not considering buying the coat from the first picture is because as much as I wanted to look like one of Napoleon´s soldiers I already own a long dark blue military jacket from Mango. Now the military blazer… that´s a different story. Here´s another perfect piece to pair with the victorian shirt and a vinyl skirt.

Left: Mango.com; Top Right: Zara.com; Bottom Right: Zara.com

Pleated Skirt

When the pleated skirts returned from the 50´s I wasn´t quite sure how to style them. It took me a while to put together outfits with pleated skirts. Lately, no one can complain about lack of inspiration when it comes to pleated skirts. Street style at its best shows us how they can be easily paired with statement sweaters and heels, a good pair of sneakers, long faux fur jackets and t-shirts. This season Zara has the most exquisite collection of pleated skirts, definitely worth checking.

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First trend report is done, I´ll see you in the comment section and look forward to know your thoughts 😉 Stay tuned for the next one!

Combining Patterns

One of my favorite thing to do is mixing patterns. Don´t ask me why, but there´s something so visually appealing about several different patterns combined in the same outfit. On my last post I told you my opinion about putting clothes together – if you´re comfortable wearing it and if it pleases you, you should wear it and forget about what other people think.

I used to hear a lot of people saying that different prints were not supposed to be combined. It was “too much” they said. But I always loved it. I just wasn´t sure how to do it properly (and by that I mean in a way that suited my taste). After putting some outfits together I realized that I created some “rules” for myself. Everytime I mix prints I end up following these rules. So what are your toughts on this subject? Do you combine patterns?

Different Patterns, Same Color 

Definitely one of my favorite. The contrast between two different patterns with the same colors, particularly if we’re talking about a monochrome outfit, results in something super elegant and it’s the easiest combination to make. This star scarf was love at first sight, for pretty obvious reasons – it was adorable and monochrome 😉

Same Pattern, Different Shape/Size

We all own at least two pieces with stripes or polka dots. If they’re not both top parts, you have a match.

Different Pattern, Harmonical Color Scheme

Guilty of doing this all the time! Everytime I buy something with a pattern I start planning outfit combinations so I pay very much attention to the color scheme. You don’t even need to have matching colors. Just follow your gut and if the final combo looks good enough for you, you’ve got a match.

Different Pattern, Different and Contrasting Colors

Again stripes as an example- I know, I’m sorry. But it was the best way to show you what I meant about not matching the pattern and certainly not the colors and still have a great combo.

Funny fact about this long knit dress: it costed me 5euros on H&M because it was the 3rd round of sales and it was hidden in some dark corner.