Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outfit: Shabby Garden

Halo, everyone. This is my outfit few days ago. All about light, airy, floral pattern mix and rough texture for summer day with breeze. If you google "shabby chic garden", this look is pretty much like it, but if you google "shabby chic outfit", it's not quite alike :-). Every garment I wear in this look is comfortable, laid back yet totally functional. My imaginary mood board brings my self back to Dries Van Noten and Anna Sui collection in the 80s/90s (my childhood to teens), mixed with classic expedition, adventure, treasure hunter movie like The Indiana Jones. I always love this kind of style. Though when sometimes I think I am bored with it, every time I am browsing or window shopping or thrifting I'm always attracted to pieces in this style.

I bought the canvas bag in flea market for 1 Euro, I forget where it was. The hem is frayed, it even features a cigarette hole that it looks somehow "ugly" cool and strengthens the theme.

The sneakers were given by my sisters. They belonged to her. The color is already dull uneven that they look worn out but cool too. Somehow! Anyway, the soles and inner part are in a very good condition.

At another time I pair the same outfit with different shoes which were a pair of sling-back kitten heels I bought in annual charity market in our small town. I think they made my look looks heavier on top.

I would like my tunic smaller and my pants more tapered and have shorter legs so the look would be less floppy but I've count on my confidence hehehe. My tunic is indeed oversize, not made to be oversize, as well as the pants, except that they fit on the waist and upper hips.The pants' fabric is easily wrinkled, but would be smoother after few minutes wearing (minus the sitting marks). 

Tomorrow would be the first day of the apartment's heating to start on. It's getting colder because lately, one hot summer day followed by bad weather days in a row afterwards. This outfit has been thrown in the laundry and I would need my jacket all the time. How is it in your country? I wish you a nice weather and a super inspiring day!

Outfit mix: 

Floral tunic: light cotton, bought in Thailand.I don't remember where and how much. Maybe in a night local market in Chiang Mai. 
Floral scarf: light cotton, Levi's.
Pants: Lyocell, Mango. By the way, do you know Mango has outlet online shop? Awesome price!
Bag: canvas, fake leather look fabric, unbranded, fleamarket, €1
Sneakers: suede, Timberland
Sling-back kitten heels in tan: leather, 5th Avenue, charity market, €1 

Monday, August 25, 2014

7 Ways to Wear Scarf

7 ways to wear scarf.

Few days ago I have a little experiment with my Levi's long cotton scarf (186 cm x 65 cm). I would like to find some alternatives to cover my arms in the summer to slightly protect  my skin from the sun and chilly breezy wind.

Scarf 1
Scarf 1. I put the scarf over my shoulder and secured it around my waist with a belt. Then I threw the other edge over my other shoulder and slipped it trough the belt and/or belt loop of my pants.  A brooch would be pretty to secure it.

Scarf 2 & 3
Scarf 2 is the basic start of scarf 1 and 3. See the top left pic above. I like to let it fall down long at front and cover my belly.

Scarf 3 is basically the same way as Scarf 1 but I turned the back side around as the front side. In the winter with a warmer scarf I can use the front fold as a muff or like a hoodie jumper pocket to keep my hands warm. For a moment I thought I would just leave the back opened but maybe I need to pin it if I can't keep it staying put on my shoulders.

Scarf 4 & 5
Scarf 4 is the start of scarf 6. See top left pic above. I just wrapped the scarf around my neck twice and the hanging part covered my chest and belly like a halter vest.

Scarf 5. From the scarf 4 I continue the steps by pulling the two "wings" over my shoulders and arms. In this style I love that my neck is also covered but I am afraid that it would kill me if I let it pulled from left and right. Am I paranoid? I often wear my scarf pretty much like that though. Anyway, a brooch would keep it safe. The back side somehow looks like a ladybug costume  :-).

Scarf 6
Scarf 6 is also easy but easy to slip off my shoulders as well. I didn't find it difficult to knot the scarf around my both wrists.

Scarf 7
Scarf 7. I hope you could figure out your self how I did the wrap by seeing the pictures. I have difficulty to explain it in words and actually, there are no exact rules. :) To me this one looks like some traditional outfits in Asia. It only covers one shoulder but I like the result, though I don't like that my bloating stomach looks obvious as I have flat chest too (maybe it would be cute as maternity outfit). 

Floral Scarf: Levi's (cotton, 186 cm x 65 cm)
Jeans: vintage
Shoes: Michelino (bought and made in Indonesia)

That's a wrap for now. i hope seven ways are not too much. I wear scarf very often. I would love to experiment more with it. Thanks for reading and I wish you a super inspiring day. Tschuss!

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.

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 :-)

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 :)

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