Polo

To be very honest I was watching Monte Carlo a couple of days before I wore this and was inspired (for lack of a better word) by the polo scene. I’ve always loved the whole classic Ralph Lauren look, and decided to give it a go myself.

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Photo 30-11-14 5 25 03 pmI wore a skinny fit white polo tee from Ralph Lauren with ripped jeans and ankle boots. I think it would look perfect with knee high brown leather boots too, but there was no space in my suitcase! I stained my lips with MAC Diva and went from a high ponytail to a french braid. I really love french braids and it fits really well with the equestrian look (in my opinion at least:)). It’s definitely different from what I usually wear and I absolutely loved how refreshing it felt.

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And now moving away from clothes, I went across the bridge to Point Bonita that day and the views are spectacular. I sadly didn’t have time to wait for the tunnel to open and go all the way to the lighthouse, but what I got to see was more than enough. Hearing the waves crashing is one of the best sounds. If you’re in an active mood, there are some great hiking trails in the area too!

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(Sorry the photos are a bit grainy!)

Twirl

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Photo 18-9-14 2 43 46 pmI love grey and black together. It’s not quite monochromatic, but has the same sort of “cool” effect. So I know it’s autumn and pretty close to winter and this is more of a summer outfit, but it’s still good for vacation! Or wear it with sheer black tights, ankle boots and throw a parka on over it and you’re good to go! I love this skater skirt (though I have to be careful of wind) and it hits right at the perfect place to be paired with crop tops. I really like the way this top cuts in at the shoulders and it’s a great length too. Something about this outfit vaguely brings 1960’s mod fashion to mind for me, but I’m no expert so I could be totally mistaken on that.

Photo 18-9-14 2 40 48 pm (1)I did matte red lips (Revlon) which matched my bright red Essie toenails, though my favourite nail colour at the moment is a perfect-for-fall deep oxblood colour. I wore cagey black strappy sandals to tie the outfit together and wore little black and gold Van Cleef & Arpels stud earrings which are obviously very much covered by my hair. Don’t forget to moisturize! The one that works best for me is by Garnier Body with canadian maple leaf extract, but for scented ones I usually go for Victoria’s Secret body lotion topped off with their body mists:)

The best accessory? A smile, (and a laugh too):) I know I was laughing twirling around in the park:)

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Blackout

Photo 13-9-14 5 40 49 pmPhoto 13-9-14 6 33 50 pmBlack is always, always in. On one of those inspiration-less days, an all-black outfit is an easy way to look chic. This colour combination is one you’ll always find on the streets of fashion capitals during fashion weeks around the world. I cheated a little and wore dark blue jeans but black leggings work perfectly too!

 

Photo 13-9-14 6 26 08 pmI paired my dark jeans (from Hollister since their lengths fit me best) with a casual loose black t-shirt (Stradivarius) and my favourite black leather jacket. I wanted to keep the edge and keep the lines sharp so I finished it off with black leather boots from Hugo Boss. Keep to the colour scheme with a black bag (my favourite is from Prada which I’ll feature in a later post) or spice things up with a bright bag (orange works well:))

 

 

Photo 13-9-14 5 19 49 pmI added matte red lips and a hair tie with a gold band (h&m) to edge up the look a little. I wore just a touch of blush and left my eyes completely bare but a jet-black cat-eye with a couple of coats of mascara would look stunning.Photo 13-9-14 8 19 19 pm

 

 

 

 

Whiteout

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Photo 2-9-14 4 42 29 pmSo you already know that I’ve got a thing for white. But I like this dress for more than just its colour. The cut is elegant – strapless and tight, but not too tight, hitting right above the knee. It’s great for a formal event where you don’t want to be too ‘in your face’. It’s definitely a simple dress but with the sophisticated cut, structured fabric and intricate flower detail, it’s anything but forgettable.

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I left my hair down and straight and mostly over one shoulder to leave my pink flower (keeping with the flower theme here) dangly earrings exposed. Wearing this dress by the balcony, I could feel like Paris was right outside the window.

I wore gold-toned eye makeup (Clinique’s chubby stick shadow tint for eyes in 03 Fuller Fudge) and smudged it into brown pencil liner, as well as some light pink blush and lip stick. Strappy, delicate shoes (bronzy gold works!) would go perfectly.

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Till You Drop

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The best thing about following New York work hours here is that I end work pretty early which can only mean one thing: after work shopping. It doesn’t quite make up for having to get to the office at unearthly hours, but it comes close.

The office is located very conveniently (and dangerously) close to Union Square, which is basically shopping paradise for me. The atmosphere is great, there are often musicians playing in the square and people just enjoying a coffee at the many cafés. It’s the perfect place to unwind.

But of course, that isn’t why I go there. Union Square has some of my absolute favourite shops, including many that I don’t get in Berlin (and let me tell you, I am taking full advantage of that fact).

 

Photo 25-9-14 4 34 41 pmMacy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are all there, which of course means hours spent browsing there. There’s a Victoria’s Secret and VS Pink store both there as well for buying swimsuits, lingerie and perfume (and anything really). A short walk down the street is Steve Madden, one of my favourite shoe stores; I bought the best black suede over-the-knee boots there the other day. There’s also the more high-end stores like Prada, Mulberry (eyeing a bag from there;)), Chanel etc.. If you’re on a makeup hunt, there’s the usual Sephora and MAC and Benefit (from SF) and all the department store beauty sections. And apart from the mainstream stores, they have tons of more unique shops, especially on the side streets, where you can get really special pieces. Though if you want really unique, less mainstream stuff, I’d suggest hitting up other shopping areas in SF. Union square is just a very convenient, concentrated and well-known shopping area that I happen to like.

One of my favourite things about shopping here is how friendly the salespeople are. They’re always willing to help and even a little bit of small talk with them can brighten up your day.

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If all the shopping makes you a little bit peckish (and it probably will), grab a frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, or stop by any of the many cafés, for a little pick-me-up:)

If you’re ever in SF, make sure you stop by for some shopping (though you probably don’t need any encouragement:))

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Crew

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Crew neck sweater + boyfriend cut-offs = perfect, lazy, I just rolled out of bed looking this cool outfit. (I’m only half kidding here:)) Grey is one of my favourite fall colours. It’s very basic, but slightly more unexpected than black.

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Photo 26-9-14 6 20 41 pmI just got these denim shorts from Ralph Lauren and I already love the distressed detailing. I was also really drawn to this pair by the patriotic (though I’m not even American) pockets peeking out of the bottom of the shorts. It adds a little special touch. These cut-offs have a very lived-in, worn-in look, which is the perfect way I like my denim. It hits at my waist, a bit higher than my usual shorts and (at least I think) gives the wearer a really nice shape. They’re my new favourite pair, though I say that about every new pair I get.

Photo 26-9-14 6 22 37 pmThe sweater is slightly slouchy, slightly cropped, but definitely way more than slightly cool. I’ve always had a love for sweaters, but I usually go for plain knit sweaters; this one (just from Forever 21 though I don’t usually shop here) is a little different. To be honest, I’m pretty sure the words/names of places are just random, but it gives the look one of those, ‘I’m young and free’ kind of vibes. I love the black on the grey, as well as the font of the words.

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I’m unfortunately pretty short on shoes here due to certain luggage limits, but I think black knee-high gladiator sandals would suit this outfit perfectly. Add a little black shoulder bag with gold detailing for a cute way to stash your phone and lip gloss.

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‘Just do it’

Photo 21-9-14 3 16 28 am‘These shoes were made for walking’ or well actually running in this case. Bottom line is, these are the perfect comfortable shoes for long distances, whether you’re on the slower or faster end of the spectrum. Personally they’re my favourite walking shoes (my running sneakers are neon pink) and though they’re sneakers, I wear them on an almost daily basis once early Autumn arrives (until it’s cold enough to break out the boots).

 

The black is easy to match with; I usually wear them with tight black leggings, which help to elongate my legs (cheating I know!). Their shape is pretty sleek, especially for sneakers, which makes them even more wearable out. They are also great for plane rides, I just wore them on the way here from Berlin. There’s a certain cool, street-style vibe about wearing casual black Nikes out (these are the Nike Free 5.0) and tons of off-duty models have been spotted wearing them out and about.

It may be a trend, or here to stay (the latter hopefully), but no matter what, with their comfort and style, I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

 

Denim Days

Photo 7-9-14 5 19 18 pm Photo 7-9-14 5 18 13 pmEveryone says you need theperfect pair of jeans. And that is totally, 100% true. But I think you also need the perfect denim dress. It’s a little bit girly and a little bit of a surprise (not just your usual cotton sun dress); and great for warm sunny days. The one I’m wearing is strapless with a tight bodice and flared skirt (one of my favourite cuts) and has some beading and sequins on the bodice. And it’s extremely comfortable.

Matching my toenails to the dress, I decked them out in blue polish. I also chose one of my favourite bangles from Marc Jacobs which is tiffany blue and gold, and rather thin (compared to the wide cuffs I usually go for) which gives it a simple and elegant vibe. For my earrings, I chose red studs for a little pop of a different colour. I left my hair down and natural to complete the overall laid-back and effortless feel of the look.Photo 7-9-14 5 19 38 pm

 

 

Embellish

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Photo 13-8-14 12 13 09 pmI really do tend towards dark and, if possible, monochromatic outfits. I’m also into the simplicity and effortlessness of plain t-shirts. However, sunny weather is shorts weather and I can never quite feel comfortable in just a plain t-shirt and pair of shorts. That’s where this new embellished pair from the Kate Moss for Topshop line come into play. I absolutely love them. They’re decorated enough that they don’t feel like just another boring pair of shorts. They have a lace-up tie front, beads all around the bottom and hit at just the perfect place — t-shirts fall right to the top of them.

I opted for a black t-shirt so that my gold Juicy Couture pavé heart necklace would stand out more, and sandals with ankle ties from Raoul, just to add a little something more. Don’t forget a slick of lip gloss:)

So add a little sparkle to your outfit (or life) 🙂

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