current mood: sneakerhead
I’m still obsessed with sneakers. Strong favorites are Adidas Gazelles (high on my wish list!), Isabel Marant Bobbys (a recent purchase… thank heaven for Fourth of July sales!), Nike Free Runs and New Balance 574s.
(All images via Pinterest.)
7:23 am • 24 July 2014
wardrobe planning: spring/summer 2014
Even in this rainy country I call home spring has arrived, and summer will soon follow. I find myself dreaming of whites, blues, and pretty prints paired with orange and pink lipstick. I’m thinking slouchy, soft fabrics and luxurious silks paired with ugly-cute clogs and Birkenstock sandals. But at the same time, I’m pondering feminine dresses and ditto strappy shoes. What gives?
9:43 am • 15 May 2014
fashionable reads: the revenge of comfort over style
The brilliant Cathy Horyn wrote this wonderful article about the growing gap between high fashion and how real women want to dress. It’s fitting that a fashion writer and critic of Horyn’s stature chooses this topic for her swan song at the New York Times.
Fitting, yes, because it seems there is a shift in the paradigm happening: women are choosing comfort over style. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we are opting out of being stylish altogether- judging by best-selling items as Isabel Marant’s Dicker boots, Sam Edelman’s Trina sandals or the recent trend of pairing running shoes with everything, women are approximating a sort of chic comfort.
I used to subscribe to the notion that in order to look stylish, one must sacrifice comfort. But in recent years I have found that real, honest comfort is fundamental to inhabiting one’s sense of style. And so this idea of practical luxury, next to a timeless sense of chic, is cementing itself at the core of my own sartorial philosophy. Because let’s be honest, what’s chic about a women painfully hobbling along the street in torturous stiletto’s?
8:08 am • 18 February 2014
current mood: keep running
I’ve been obsessing over running sneakers for months. I love pairing them with literally everything for that effortlessly cool, tomboyish look. Add to that their extreme comfort and you’ve got a win-win situation in my book. Who says you have to sacrifice comfort in the name of style?
I’ve been wearing my black Nike Frees non-stop these few months. I walk in them, bike in them, dance in them, go out in them… Okay, yes, and I occasionally run in them as well.
5:28 am • 5 February 2014
keeping track: my 2013 purchases
I’ve been buying quite a bit of stuff this year (lots of which not on my wish list, oops), so I thought it might be a good idea to catalog my purchases as a way to reflect on my shopping habits.
5:44 am • 11 December 2013
current mood: norwegian wood
Yikes, long time no blog! Sartorially speaking, I haven’t really been up to much, so I didn’t feel inspired enough to blog. Until now, I guess.
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and I’ll be spending them in the Norwegian snow. So yes, I’ll probably be freezing, but the gorgeous landscapes will undoubtedly make up for it. And since cold weather dressing is my favorite, I can’t wait to bust out my trusty winter parka and new Sorel snow boots.
5:24 am • 27 November 2013
style inspiration: barely-there gold jewelry
I remember when I was twelve and my mother took me to the mall to get my ears pierced. It felt like a small initiation to womanhood. I chose a small pair of gold studs, which I had to wear for a solid three weeks.
But being an obnoxious twelve year old, I found myself hating my little studs after wearing them for so long. I wanted hoops, rings, pearls, gemstones, anything but my boring gold studs! So when my piercings finally healed and I was allowed to take them out, I soon found myself rejecting not only stud earrings, but gold jewelry altogether. That’s how tired I was of them. And so I turned to silver.
But I got carried away. Up until a few years ago, I was a total maximalist, especially when jewelry was concerned. I piled on silver rings, bangles, earrings, necklaces- when I think about it, I looked like a Christmas tree.
I still love silver, I do. But I find myself getting drawn more to gold jewelry nowadays. Perhaps the delicate gold band my grandmother left me has something to do with it. My mother says my new affection for gold is a sign of budding maturity. I don’t know if that’s true, but let’s hope so. In the meantime, I turn to these beautiful images, which make my minimalist heart beat faster. Barely-there jewelry has this very sensual quality, doesn’t it? Makes you want to take a closer look…
Some of my favorite jewelry designers include Blanca Monros Gomez, Ginette_NY and BRVTVS.
5:00 am • 10 July 2013
top shops: COS
I know I’ve raved about & Other Stories, but its older sister COS is my real favorite. As you can see, their campaign images are lovely. But more importantly, I just love their pieces, most of which are well-constructed and beautifully designed. COS’s simplistic, minimalistic take on the classics is right up my alley, and they always manage to add an interesting twist to each item. And unlike H&M and Zara, their materials are soft to the touch and of good quality, and you don’t have to break the bank to afford their clothes.
I especially love their tees and tops, of which I own several. I wear this marinière to death and I bought this T-shirt in several colors. The cuts of their tops flatters most figures, including my curvy one, hooray!
Anyway, I could go on about COS all day. Instead, go and visit their beautiful website. They currently have a summer sale, and I recommend their men’s and children’s departments as well.
10:17 am • 18 June 2013
I just love the idea of weeding out the unnecessary and arriving at the core essentials. You know, the things that really matter in life. When browsing, I came across GQ’s ‘ten essentials’ series, which I love. Although listicles such as these often have a casual or commercial tone, the things featured still say a lot about the people who love them. Also, it’s fun to imagine what I’d pick as my absolute essentials…
9:40 am • 18 June 2013
style inspiration: white denim
White denim is risky, not just because it stains easily, but also because it’s hard to create outfits with. But when done right, as in the pictures above, a crisp, white jean becomes undeniably chic.
When unsure what to wear with white jeans, I think it’s best to to keep it simple. Pair them with a timeless blouse, marinière, soft pullover or plain T-shirt. Opt for flat shoes, sandals or a pair of pointy pumps and keep hair loose and flowing.
Just try not to spill too much bolognese sauce on them.
(All images via my Pinterest.)
5:49 am • 29 May 2013