Sunday, August 17, 2014

Skin by Finsk Cut Out Boots


Skin By Finsk leather cut-out boots
Hi, everyone,
About 3 months ago I won a giveaway in Fashiolista. I got these cool cut out booties from Skin By Finsk. My blog was in hiatus but I did take photos when it arrived. Yes. lately I take pictures everytime there is new item in my wardrobe as document or to use it for review, or organizing. Hope it's not too old to share. The booties are still available in the store here.

Skin By Finsk is a London-based footwear brand by talented Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten. If you like modern, minimalist, or urban, architecture inspired design then I think you would like their designs. They are unique and would be a strong statement in a look. I read that each shoe is carefully constructed using the highest quality, locally-sourced materials. If you are interested, why don't you check it out here. I have no affiliate program with them and I am not paid to blog it. I just found it interesting (that's why I entered the giveaway) and I'm happy to have these booties.


Unwrap
When they arrived the packaging was pretty neat. Is that a thing? A well thought packaging makes a professional and precious impression, doesn't it?
They came in double boxes. Inside the corrugated box there was the shoe box wrapped in a piece of black paper and sticker and inside the shoe box they wrapped again the shoes with white paper. A cotton shoe pouch is included. The shoes were in shape and good condition. No scratch on the patent leather at all.



First impression
It was just like...cool. I've never had boots like these, modern minimalist style with a bold statement. Leather upper and lining with cut on the sides. Do you notice the green ridge soles? I love the pointy toes and the contrast of black leather and the patent finish. It would be suitable for party, evening or semi formal event too. 

I've never rolled my socks like this since in the 90's :-)


Wearing
I haven't worn them as often as I would like to, because I haven't been used to them yet, so I didn't bring them in my travel and not sure to wear them in a long stroll. The last few weeks the weather seems to be confusing too and I don't want to wear them in the rain although they are probably durable enough.

These cut out booties are comfortable, though at first the leather and the cut feel stiff. The size is half size too big, because 36.5 are not available and I get 37 instead but I can make it more snug with socks (I think I'm going to find a nude color thick socks).

They have stud fastening straps. It keeps the look clean and simple but I am not used to it so at first it was difficult to pull the strap out and hook the hole on the stud again but I'm getting expert.

The ridged EVA soles make walking with the shoes more comfortable, not slippery, less tik tak sound, which I like. Unfortunately, walking on rough parking space in front of our home, little gravels kept stuck on the heel soles and made holes. Next time, with this type of heel sole and patent leather, I would wear them only on a less rough surface and avoid those tiny stones. I don't want the patent leather scratched either.

I like the loop on the back. I have this thought to maybe hang something on it like tassel or tie a piece of scarf trough it. I hope I don't mess the already cool design if I do that though.

How would you style boots like these? I would like to experiment with different looks. Perhaps a cool modern minimalist style or playing around mixing with another styles, vintage elements, or various textures in the ensembles. Let see how the weather is too. Despite the rain, wether it's cold or not, I would need socks. I know...I could experiment to pair them with various socks.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a super inspiring day :)
~Naty~


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Velvet Jacquard Jacket

Photo by Mike K

Hi, everyone.
It's been a while. Here I am, trying to blog again. :)

First, I want to say Happy Eid Mubarak to all of you who celebrate it. I wish you joy and peace.

Mmm... I have another excuses for my hiatus, but who would listen to me whining every now and then after every time I take a blog pause?

I've been feeling not presentable and unrelatable as a person who blog about per...son...al s...tyl...e..., see I start whining! STOP it all there, zip it zip it.

Anyway....
Last month I spent a week in Stuttgart for family reunion. Lucky woman I am, because I have two sisters (plus my mom) with sustainable wardrobe thought which means I went to Stuttgart with empty trolley and came back to Austria with full load of secondhand clothes (grin) (grin).

This jacket was one of those I brought home. I wore it when I attended the opening show of Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival  (if you are interested, it's still running until August 17th and click here for info).

Photo by Mike K and Nataya A
Cotton velvet jacquard A line jacket
The Event
This jacket gives my casual tee-plus-jeans outfit a more dressy look. The Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival show I attended has no formal dress code though, and the dance was contemporary. It even had setting of the stage covered with all kind of clothes all over the place. The show took place in Volkstheater, Vienna. The building was built in1889. I think the floral relief pattern matched the building ornaments, don't you think? Below I pasted pic of me on the Volkstheater interior photos to illustrate what I meant because I didn't take selfie there. Hehehe.


Photo by Nataya A & Mike K
Jacket pattern and interior ornaments

The Weather
It was hot and we arrived at Vienna about an hour before the show. However I felt comfortable with my jacket put on as when we walked around Volkstheater and Museumsquartier it was windy. After I went into the Volkstheater, wew...it's too hot. A lot of people swing their hand fan. I finally gave up my jacket and exposed my casual tee. It's an outwear anyway.

The Fabric
It looks like the jacket is made of cotton velvet jacquard fabric, although I'm not 100% sure because there is no tag. Tell me if I'm wrong. Without inner lining, it feels rough against the skin but it's still comfortable and absorbs sweat. As you can see in the picture above the floral pattern quite matches the ornament of the building interior. I don't know if the color would bleed when I wash as I haven't done it, but I am afraid so. I also wouldn't wear it too often too long under the strong sun again because the color seems to fade or become dull easily. Again, just like my red chiffon shirt and cords pants, I would have to hand wash it alone and lock the bleeding with vinegar soak or use color absorber sheet.

The Silhouette
Maybe it is designed to be a crop jacket, with A line baby doll shape. It's size 10/ EUR S/USA S. My sis is taller than me. On me this jacket ends at the start point of my hip curve. I think it emphasizes my pear figure but somehow, I like it like that. I saw on a magazine, the same type of jacket on a woman with a long torso, the hem of the jacket ends higher so it looks like a bit hanging and exposes more of the waist-to-hip curve. It looks good that way. I could alter the length of my jacket but if I do, I should alter the pockets and the sleeves too otherwise it will not look nice.  By the way, the type of my jeans takes part in determining the whole silhouette too.

The Outfit

Velvet jacket: label Marchie, bought in Indonesia (was my sister's).
Jeans: Nevada Jeans, my old one (one of my three favorites), I bought in Matahari Dept. Store in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Lace up booties: label unknown, thrifted around my town.
Black leather bagRomwe.
Polar sunglassesJacque Lemans.

Photo by Mike K and Nataya A

Photo by Mike K

That's all for now. I wish you have a super inspiring day. Ciao ciao.




Monday, May 19, 2014

Trial/Review & Looks: Red Chiffon Shirt from PersunMall

Two looks with Red Chiffon Shirt from PersunMall.com (free trial).
I laugh my self because of ridic feeling when trying to pose. I actually wanted to show you how the outfits look like when I move. :-)
Unpack Red Chiffon Shirt from PersunMall.com








Hi, hi, hi...
Today I want to share a trial/review and styling of this red chiffon shirt. I won it as a free trial from PersunMall.com. Of course I am happy especially because I've been thinking about adding shirts or blouses in my wardrobe. Tops which look more mature, can be worn for more formal event or party, with fabrics that fall nicely, and long enough to cover my bottom part (one of solutions to my problem: underwear mark when wearing pants without back pockets or legging).

The Trial/Review
In the second photo you can see my unpacking. The package came in a zip lock plastic packaging. They e-mailed me the tracking number after they sent it and the item arrived without damage.

The fabric seems and feels very nice, 100% cotton. It's a little bit sheer so I wore a vest underneath. This shirt feels light, cool and airy, nice loose-fitting for me. The stitches are neat. It has lap concealed red buttons, cute little metallic buttons on the wrists and front fake pockets. It also features curl up sleeve hooks. I would like the pockets to be real functional pockets. More about the look you can see in the photos above. As reference I have small upper and have gained weight around my hips so I think I tend to have a more pear figure. I am 152 tall and the shirt size S. The sleeves are too long for me but I like them that way.

I like the look and  the feeling when I wore it. Similar to satin or fine lace, chiffon fabric is delicate so I would wear it for occasions without involving walking trough woods or bushes. I would also only wash it by hand. It's light to hand wash it anyway. The color bleeds but I do love the red color of this shirt! I let it soaked in diluted vinegar hoping too lock the color not to bleed anymore..

The Look Styling
For this chance I styled the red chiffon shirt two ways with the same color palette. Unfortunately I haven't had chance to do the pictures outside, so maybe next time when I wear it again, maybe with another styling. I would make another outfit post with this shirt. Here are the looks recipee.

For the first look:
  • Red chiffon shirt from PersunMall.com (they have various items), item link Rivet Details Chiffon Shirt in Red here
  • Metallic bodycon skirt: NewYorker,
  • Black lace up booties, black tights, black bag with buckle, and charm earrings of Eiffel Tower! Label Accessories, I bought at EUROSPAR supermarket.
  • Pink lips, instead of red matchy matchy one, and swipe-a-side hair (I don't know how to call it).

As for second look:
  • Red chiffon shirt from PersunMall.com (they have various items), item link Rivet Details Chiffon Shirt in Red here
  • Black vest
  • Shiny black legging-pants from C&A (old)
  • Thrifted black sling back shoes label Ashby, black socks
  • Swarovsky necklace
  • Thrifted Pop Art Giant Black Paint Tube bag! It can be worn as backpack too.
  • Pony tail
  • No nail polish because my nails need a "break" before they're broken!
If you have experiences with similar item, opinions or tips feel free to comment and thank you in advance. :-)  I wish you all a super inspiring day.
xo,
Naty

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