SEQUINS AND FLUFF. Lately I’ve been having fun experimenting with textures and materials. This look, which I’ve worn on Sunday for an afternoon stroll in Holland Park, is defined by a mixture of sequins, leather, and fluffy fabric. Speaking of having fun… the same goes for my make up routine, which I try to extend by using bright lipsticks to add the extra oomph to a look. This almost baby pink lipstick YSL Rouge Volupté 7 gives a wonderful contrast to the otherwise all black outfit – without looking too much like Barbie.
COLOUR EXPLOSION. Wearing bright colours in a comfortable fashion is not really what I’d consider my strong suit. Don’t get me wrong, I love bright colours in accessories and shoes, but somehow I often reach for rather muted colours save for the occasional neon statement piece. Yet, when this checked yellow/white coat caught my eye, I was immediately drawn to it for some odd reason. Maybe it’s the classic shape, but I saw lots of options how I could and would wear it.
UNDER WESTWAY. And here is the second instalment of The Ramones T-shirt Series. This time my beloved girly tutu dress got out to play, which doesn’t happen as often as it probably would like to. Mixing styles is always a bit of an adventure, but when I thought about possible outfits with the band shirt this girlish dress came to mind immediately. Not only is it a stunning piece of clothing, but it also reminds me of my ballet days and makes me want to swirl around like a little girl (and consequently makes me look like a crazy person). Unfortunately, there is the danger of looking like a little girl as well.
AUTUMN IN BLOOM. With the last summery shafts of sunlight waving their goodbyes and the first leaves turning from green to shades of yellow, red, and brown, it is evident that autumn season has begun. What it also means is that one has to banish beloved summer dresses and shoes to the back of the wardrobe and unearth sweaters, boots, and the like. It’s not as gloomy as it may sound, though. After all, digging deep in the closet can be highly rewarding when you find pieces that you forgot you ever bought. Take for instance this gold sweater: completely forgot I owned it and fell head over heels in love with it again. Combined with a pair of over-the-knee boots and some gold accessories this outfit suddenly makes autumn look a lot better.
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER. Last week we had what I would call the last hot summery day here in London, which also equaled the last chance to wear an outfit that is short and screams summer heat. This white dress I have had lingering in my wardrobe for more than three years and finally took it out for an afternoon stroll in Notting Hill. I love how you can use a white dress as a canvas to create whatever look you wish. Combined with accessories and shoes in pink I went for a rather feminine look. What is also noteworthy to mention is that I usually prefer gold jewellery, but for this outfit it felt too heavy and somehow too old. I must admit that silver is sometimes the better choice to keep outfits young and fresh.
BAND T-SHIRTS. Styling band t-shirts can be a challenge sometimes. The most obvious combination is probably with a pair of ripped jeans/shorts and boots. I love band t-shirts, because they combine two of my greatest passions: music and fashion. These shirts are a staple in my wardrobe. They always come in handy when I have to get ready in 5 minutes and feel like I have nothing to wear and have no other choice than grabbing something random from my closet.
The other day I was thinking that it would not hurt to get out of my comfort zone and came up with a little experiment that is going to be featured here on the blog. May I introduce to you: “The Ramones T-Shirt Series”. The series is going to consist of several parts – my guess being something like five different outfits – in which I am going to style different looks around my Ramones t-shirt. This time, to create a sporty yet feminine look, I paired it with a fitted skirt in mint green and a pair of black & white Chuck Taylor All Stars, which match the print of the shirt perfectly. I kept the accessories at a minimum and only wore an old pair of green sunglasses and a clear bracelet. Enjoy and rock on!
BALTIC SEA. As a child I often spent my family holidays in Northern Germany at the Baltic Sea. The days there were filled with building countless sandcastles, collecting all sorts of shells and swimming in the sea hoping for the waves to get bigger and higher. Especially Rügen, which is Germany’s largest island, with its beautiful landscape, sandy beaches and lagoons, brings back very fond memories. Although I love the sea, I do not necessarily like lounging on the beach. Since I prefer my skin to be pale and try my hardest to avoid staying in the sun for too long, I am always opting for a shadowy place. This usually causes a lot of amusement amongst my friends and family. Sentences such as “Oh look! The ghost is approaching!” or “Lydia, you are paler than the sand on this beach – camouflage much?” are all way too familiar.
During our five days in Binz, we took advantage of the beautiful pier and Kurhaus for a shoot. It was usually completely packed during the day, so we opted for waking up early and shot during sunrise. I took the colours of the sea as an inspiration and decided to wear a cobalt blue jumpsuit, which I accessorised with gold jewellery. In retrospect I should have added a belt to give the outfit a bit more shape and to create a more put-together look. However, I think the photos turned out nicely and hopefully you agree.
GRAVEL PIT. Let’s be honest, I always wanted to play in a massive sandpit. Finally, my dream came true and I got to slide down hill after hill in a gravel pit we found near Kivijärvi, Eastern Finland. Though, I must admit that my choice of white ripped shorts was not the most appropriate for the occasion, but it was definitely worth it considering the fun we had taking these shots. Back in Barcelona I wore an outfit quite similar to the one in this shoot, but this time I combined it with my Converse shoes and white ripped shorts to give the look a sporty touch.
MIDSUMMER. That time of the year in Finland when the sun is up all day round, city dwellers pack their stuff and leave for a long weekend at summer cottages in the beautiful Finnish nature with family or friends. Usually that special weekend in the end of June is a combination of plenty of good food and drinks, sauna sessions, dips in a lake, and a roaring bonfire while folk music is playing in the background. Your typical cottage attire could be described as extremely comfortable and under normal circumstances completely unacceptable. However, one is in the wild now, where anything (no matter how hideous) goes. This year I decided to show the Finns that it is possible to remain comfortable yet stylish even in the woods.
CITY ESCAPE. Last week it was time to take a break from London city life and explore other parts of Southern England. My boyfriend and I went off to visit a dear friend of mine in Oxford. One has certain expectations of this charming university town: impressive architecture, historical prestige, and university students in funny costumes. And it was exactly that.
To explore the city and to be comfortable on the bus ride I chose an easy, uncomplicated look. The outfit was perfectly suitable for both cuddling up on the bus and strolls through the enchanting old town of Oxford, save perhaps for the heels. The starting point was this rust-coloured Tiger of Sweden sweater borrowed from my boyfriend’s wardrobe. I decided to combine it with a few old gold jewellery pieces as it compliments the warm feel of the sweater. The pyramid-shaped necklace and the knuckle ring give the outfit just the right amount of structure and simplicity. I opted for one of my favourite nail polishes 531 Péridot by Chanel to finish this understated look.