A Kunstkammer of Current Trends

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Disclaimer (edited 22/2/2017): Although the overall style of this article may come across as abrasive, it wasn’t written to humiliate or laugh at anybody, nor to preach about how clothes should or shouldn’t look. As an admirer of art I respect fashion as an art form, too; if it wasn’t creative, we wouldn’t speak of trends or styles or anything like that at all. Nevertheless, everybody have their own taste and beliefs, be it in art, fashion or design. We are lucky to be able to wear whatever we want, as well as to express our opinion whenever we want. This is mine.

One of the reasons why the production of such trends irritates me is the environmental one; huge amount of natural or other resources is perpetually invested together with human labor in making of clothes. And then, whenever trends change (style elements, materials, designers who are “in”, etc.), they are donated and/or thrown out. 

But this article is more focused on the aesthethical and functional side of  clothing. It consists of rants of one girl who is fully aware that her taste may be hopelessly conservative.

(Thank you to SA of Dear Beautiful World for inspiring me to share the trends that make me scratch my head.) Continue reading “A Kunstkammer of Current Trends”

15/2/2017 – Unblocking the Colour

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Oriental Poppies, 1927. Source: georgiaokeeffe.net

It’s finally getting warm and sunny here! Birds are singing and you can feel the sunshine warming your skin. Everybody’s happy about it and I’m no exception. In the last two weeks I felt how the gloominess of dark days that are indistinguishable from each other weights my mind and my mood down. Perhaps we got spoiled by several years before that were exceptionally warm because when I was little, winter lasted much longer and there was so much snow we kept sledging almost whole season. This winter should be actually considered as one of those warmer and shorter, too, although it felt quite depressing lately.

Also it’s the last week before the semester starts. Besides work I have a plenty of time to relax and do whatever pleases my mind. Such a luxury! I’m digging into my hobbies to enjoy them before all that hustle and bustle comes back. Continue reading “15/2/2017 – Unblocking the Colour”

Style Icon: Coco

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Watching Coco before Chanel is a feast for eyes – not only for its overall beautiful artistic elaboration but for the costumes, too. It only makes sense that a movie about one of the most iconic personalities of world fashion pays a fair attention to what everybody – and especially her – is wearing in the story. But the story and the character are never too overshadowed by what they wear which is great, because it keeps your attention to what is important. The viewer can both watch what is happening without losing the thread and admire the costumes which were, in my opinion, beyond-this-world beautiful. Continue reading “Style Icon: Coco”

Getting Real Vol. 1: On Ethical Shopping

When I began to write this blog some time ago, one of my intentions was to focus on ethical shopping and don’t support the terrible modern slavery in sweatshops anymore.

(Speaking of slavery, big amount of products we use and consume every day have blood stains on them actually – from bananas or shrimps and other imported food to electronic devices to jewels – our entire modern day comfort is built on blood and tears of masses of people somewhere we don’t care about. I’m not going to preach here; if nothing else, it’s a very strong reminder  for myself to be much more grateful for what I have and take for granted because it’s anything but not a matter of course.)

I was determined to buy less from fast fashion chains and save money to support the local business. The city I live in has its own rich history in textile industry that ended years after the Velvet Revolution, probably with cheap clothes from Asia entering the market. To see Vlnena, an old wool factory being brought down lately by a new owner who wants to build an office complex there instead, hit my nostalgic feelings even more. Supporting local tailors, seamstresses, designer or shoemakers seemed to carry only advantages then.

Continue reading “Getting Real Vol. 1: On Ethical Shopping”

On Shopping Emotional & The Perfect Blue Shirt

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Death by Elocution

Speaking of office, I just landed my first job ever. It’s still a part-time due to my studies but it’s different from so many short-term jobs I did before, and I’m even getting my own desk. So excited!

After receiving the great news I thought I could look around for that perfect shirt I want so much but haven’t been successful yet. Continue reading “On Shopping Emotional & The Perfect Blue Shirt”

Workwear Inspiration – Top & Trousers

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Is it weird to like the idea of dressing formal to work? I don’t fancy uniforms – looking all the same, without any space for own expression and preferences – but unlike everybody that I know I’m not all against wearing something less casual to the office. In fact, I hate looking too casual or shabby which is quite a problem in this country, as if some people didn’t know at all how to dress in other way. Continue reading “Workwear Inspiration – Top & Trousers”

A 2017 Style Wishlist

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Other than black favourite: Marks & Spencer 2 Part Block Heel Court Shoes with Insolia

Since I published my first style-related wishlist, my wardrobe experienced a noticeable growth and I managed to tick off the majority of its items. Yet there are other holes in it that need to fill – and of course, much more temptations and random cravings that look like must-haves while they are not. This updated wishlist is intended to be my shield against such and an anchor in one; something that keeps me firmly standing on the ground, without blowing off my mind on one of the many upcoming “trends” and whatever that crosses my way.  Continue reading “A 2017 Style Wishlist”

Last 2016 Purchases & New Year’s Resolutions

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From Pinterest

Once again, happy new year to everyone!

As I already mentioned in previous post, my attempt to keep a month-long shopping fast wasn’t successful (yes, I didn’t even manage to not shop for such a short time). But I’m quite fine with it as I learned some important lessons, too. Waiting was definitely one of them, followed by writing down a wishlist. Nothing new in here – you probably recall a fair amount of bloggers who recommend the same. However, sometimes it’s hard to appreciate the value of such advices until you really try them out, so that’s the way we learn, I guess.

What I bought was: Continue reading “Last 2016 Purchases & New Year’s Resolutions”

Begin Again

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Joss McKinley. Source: instagram.com/maisongaja/

Back on track.

During the time off this blog I simply couldn’t stop thinking about clothes and shopping, made some shopping mistakes and realised that the place style and fashion occupy among my interests is bigger than I was willing to admit. Writing is my way of living; writing in English and about things that lot of people around me consider useless or at least not so important to be worried about, is a kind of indulgence for me. So hello again, I guess. Continue reading “Begin Again”