It always seems so warm in London when the sun is out, even if thermometer struggles to get past +5C. Londoners are so fond of every little ray of sunshine we get as it is a damn rare thing in here for about 9 months a year (if not more).
Here I was running some errands on Sunday wearing my favorite Acne cardigan (I am obsessed with it - it goes with everything, is so warm and cosy and will last me a lifetime), Next blouse, H&M jeans, Zara boots, Chanel bag and Ray-Ban sunnies.
Lately I have been thinking a bit about my buying habits. I know that I am self-confessed shopaholic and if I think about the amount of money I have spent on fashion over my lifetime... Let's just say that I might own another property had I not shopped so much for the past 6-7 or so years.
My shopping sprees have resulted in a stuffed-in wardrobe that actually depresses me. It is so full I am struggling to browse through my items to put together simple everyday outfits. I am selling some stuff on eBay from time to time but the truth is that the minimal money you get for your clothes there is just not worth the hassle of photographing, listing, packing and sending away your stuff. I recently sold a beautiful Sonia Rykiel knitted top I had only worn a couple of times for £6, after having paid £120 for it. Is it worth it? No.
Anyway, I can lecture myself all well and good but the truth is that I will never stop shopping. If you are genuinely in love with fashion it is impossible to ignore the shops every time fresh collections arrive but what one can do is re-evaluate the way she shops. No more binge Zara and H&M online sprees but instead an occasional purchase of something way more special - perhaps a little more expensive but from the designer/brand I genuinely love and the items I know I won't tire of a few wears in.
Here are a few beauties that have been on my radar for a while and will most likely make their way into my wardrobe very soon (all items are available now):
T-shirt by Acne Studios here - I don't need this shirt but I want it. I am obsessed with the print on it and can't wait to wear it with black skinnies + fluffy cardie now and denim shorts + gladiator sandals come Summer.
Dark grey jeans by Acne Studios here - I am so tired of all my black jeans fading after the first wash, so I am giving up on those and will invest in a dark grey option instead.
Reptile ankle boots by &Other Stories here - ankle boot perfection. What else is there to say?
Black shopper by Balenciaga here - I am on the market for a new everyday bag, as I have worn my Michael Kors tote to death. This one is minimalistic, chic and super luxe.
I have just purchased this H&M oversized white shirt dress in anticipation of the holiday I recently booked (April - come quicker please). I look forward to pairing it with some Ancient Greek sandals and my Michael Kors mini Selma bag. Aren't these sandals just perfect?
I will also be wearing a breezy summer hat and wouldn't mind this bright white Hermes bracelet!
Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde is the perfect hot weather fragrance (it's one of the freshest scents ever!), so I will be spritzing it on whilst wandering between long and lazy sunbathing sessions :-)
This is not a recently published lookbook, however I believe it is never too late or wrong time for some lovely fashion inspiration :)
Marant has been one of my absolute favorite designers for years and every time she releases a new collection my lust-o-meter kind of explodes. She knows exactly what women want and in my books she simply is the queen of casual wear.
This collection was no exception - loving the colours, cuts, shapes and textures. Needless to say, the Romanian beauty Andreea Diaconu could not have been a better choice for showcasing the collection! Ms Marant can really do no wrong in my eyes...
So I have now officially started my long-awaited Fashion Business course at the London College of Fashion. Due to having a full-time job the course I am taking is part-time but to be honest - it doesn't really feel like it is! The course is tough, already just a few weeks in I have 4 projects/essays to finish by the end of term one (beginning of December that is) :-O Can someone give me more than 24 hours in a day please?
There are about 25 people on my course and all of them have full-time jobs. I think we all can pretty much say goodbye to any kind of social life for the next 3+ years, as our lectures are on two evenings a week plus Saturdays. Due to us not spending that much time in campuses we pretty much have to learn most things on our own and spend a lot of time researching and writing in our own time. Our very first project is creating a digital collage/poster based on a theme we had to pick in relation to a human rights charity. Another essay is an image or object analysis of 1500 words and then two group projects of chosen 2 fashion brands. It's all incredibly exciting and I am still in awe of studying something I feel so passionate about but I can't help but feel a little bit overwhelmed by all of this... We pretty much jumped straight into doing all of these things, without much introduction or base behind the topics. Anyhow, it's just one of these times when I must keep my head up high, get on with it and try to enjoy every minute along the way!
Here I have a little outfit I wore the other day. I am obsessed with Acne Studios - their London Dover Street boutique is fast becoming one of my favourite places in the city and I cannot resist a cheeky pop-in now and then! This logo sweater is now sold out pretty much everywhere (you might find a size L here or there) and I am so happy I managed to bag the last one in smaller sizes. I adore the dark blue colour and gold print in the front plus the warmth and cosiness of it is second to none! Scandis really can do no wrong in the fashion department, me thinks.
A few days ago I returned from one of my favourite vacations ever - beautiful Portugal where I spent 8 sun-filled days with my best friends. I can't even tell you how wonderful this country is in every way - excellent weather, stunning nature and architecture, kind people, great food, nightlife, interesting culture and language... I enjoyed every second and am a bit sad to have returned to cold and grey London.
However, holidays are there to be enjoyed occasionally and the real life always awaits! I am back at my work desk and from this Saturday I will finally start my Fashion Business course at London College of Fashion. Will keep you updated on how it went!
Meanwhile, here is a selection of photos from Portugal and some of the outfits I wore. It was so hot and I was not very well prepared to meet 32C temperatures in Europe in October but of course there were no complaints!
I've had this blog for several years now and I am guilty of not running or updating it properly. I've always had a full-time job and fashion has been a much-loved hobby that is very present in my daily life even though I haven't been that much present in my blog. In December last year I took a 5-day intensive personal styling course in London College of Fashion. I was so impressed by what I saw and learnt that I nearly cried when the course came to an end. It was simply amazing to be surrounded by people who loved and breathed fashion as much as I did. Gaining that additional knowledge about the topic I was so passionate about felt so so good.
After competing the course successfully I started researching what other options there are for me to learn more about fashion without having to quit my day job. I've been working in online travel for many years and living in London, it is absolutely necessary to earn a good salary, so dedicating myself to studies full-time was not an option.
Thankfully, I found out that my beloved University of the Arts London is offering 4 brilliant part-time degree courses in it's London College of Fashion. Lectures are 2 evenings a week and on Saturday mornings. Needless to say, this was perfect for me and here I now am - proud owner of a freshly printed UAL London College of Fashion student card!
The course I am taking is Fashion Business which involves a broad range of topics from product development to buying and merchandising. My studies will officially start in the beginning of October and already I feel that every spare moment I am not studying, is a waste! I am so happy and excited about this opportunity to study in one of the best fashion schools in the world!
I really want to breathe more life into my blog, so I will be using it as my little student diary (among with occasional outfits and shoots). I will be writing about my experience of studying in LCF and documenting my road to the professional fashion world. My goal is to start a career in fashion and I am inviting you to join me on this challenging but very exciting journey!
Camouflage seems to be huge this A/W season and many designers incorporated the print heavily in their collections. I must say that normally I am not a huge fan (like it/don't love it) but I could not resist this fab fluffy jumper where Michael Kors has cleverly mixed orange with the standard greens and greys of camo. I don't usually wear orange either but I don't know what it is about this jumper that appealed to me so badly!
Here I am teaming it with a leather pencil skirt from Mango and brown pointy courts from Zara.
Here is another outfit I wore in Rome's nearly 40C heat. I am so sad that Summer is coming to an end, as I so love being able to wear light and airy outfits where my skin can breathe and the warmth of the sun just feels so good.
Loving these silky lacy shorts by H&M, light as a feather top by Zara, bag by Michael Kors and my trusty brown sandals from Faith.