The countdown to finally going back to the office, even for just a few days a week, is now becoming a reality.  What are you going to wear?  The rules for office dress codes are changing and evolving and one thing is for sure — No one is giving up comfort for a return to a traditional dress code.  That includes bras that are great for the gym and yoga and also all day wearing at the office. 

Comfy wireless bras are taking a prime location in women’s intimate apparel wardrobes, and it makes sense. We got used to being in fabrics that are soft and stretch, and don’t want to give it up just because we are now leaving the house and going back to work.  It’s almost at an emotional level and part of our focus on wellness. 

Bras for the gym or yoga studio offer lots of options that feature designs focused on comfort and wellness.  But these are not the only wireless options!  There are bras without wires that use the latest technology to lift, support, and give comfort. Contoured cups for shape, brands and wide straps for support, stretch and breathable fabrics for comfort and cooling, are all part of the future of intimate apparel.  Best of all, you’ll want to wear these new styles long after you get home from work.

At the forefront of the biggest lingerie trends are bras that don’t require endless adjusting, provide support in all of the right places, and are pretty. Today’s trends are powered by bras that are supportive with enhanced comfort features like wire free and breathable materials. Underwire bras have new technology to encase wires away from the body or wire alternative materials that are “sandwiched” inside.  Pads have become lighter and softer to flex with the body. Bra linings in wings are soft and flexible, yet supportive.

All of these high-tech innovations in lingerie have helped women embrace self-care and confidence in every phase of their lives.  As we get back to getting dressed, women are now asking – How can they find a bra that offers the same comfort as wearing a bralette or nothing at all?  Dora Lau, founder and president of Dora L International, an intimate apparel global sourcing and design company that has developed programs for the world’s leading brands, offers guidance.

Focus on Comfort First

The most challenging part about wearing a bra, whether it’s for going back to work or out to dinner, is finding that same sense of wellness when relaxing at home.  Particularly when we are going back to sitting down for long hours, a band that starts to dig in and feel uncomfortable is not acceptable. Lau recommends starting a bra search by going a band size up to allow for less pressure on the torso and to have a smoothing back. If you go up a band size, be sure to go one cup smaller so that you have support and the comfort throughout the day. 

Bra sizing can be a bit confusing, so know that for example, a 36C cup is the same as a 38B cup. It’s called a sister size.  But don’t get hung up on the size — it’s all about fit and comfort. Ultimately, if you are not sure if you should go up or down in sizing, it doesn’t hurt to try on a few sizes and styles and see what you like best. If the band is too loose then go back to your original bra size. Going to a store and getting measured or speaking to a bra specialist online is the best way to find a great fitting bra.

 

Think of a Bra as an Investment

Your bra has more of an impact than you might think. Take a before and after picture when wearing a bra with little support and then again with a bra that has more support. The difference will amaze you.  A well-made bra that fits properly is essential for one’s wellness. Investing in quality lingerie dramatically improves both your mental and physical well-being.  When you invest in quality lingerie you will see a dramatic improvement in your posture. This is especially true for women who need a larger cup and require extra support. A bra that is poorly designed or the wrong size, you will not feel or look your best.  There is a lot of engineering that goes into creating a bra and that technology goes a long way to ensuring comfort and confidence.

Select Sports Bras with Innovative Muscle

Women embraced sports bras because of the wireless styles and support.  New technologies have taken these styles to the next level of performance with enhanced climate control features like optimum moisture management and cooling.  There are also great style details that can cross over for all daily activates including work, comfort, and work outs. Silhouettes include crop top styling with SPF factors that can be worn as a top and are perfect for a variety of other activities like going to the beach or taking a yoga class.

Finding a Bra for Every Occasion

With weddings and special events starting up again, new trends in dresses and tops are emerging that require bra styles that are multiway and multifunctional.  Crop tops, deep-v necklines, off the shoulder, cut outs, and cold shoulder styles require strapless bras and open plunge shapes that have multi-position straps and bands.  Incorporating new body comfort technologies like contour breathable pads with lift and no-slip bands and straps will add a layer of comfort and a secure fit.

Embracing the New Sexy

Lau truly believes that “Confidence is the Sexiest thing You Can Wear”. After months of “COVID casual” the demand for sexy bras is back!   Styles are updated and include comfort and “to be seen features” like strappy details, flossing bands, and cut outs. Beautiful laces and embroideries are back in full force. Beautiful laces peeking out under tops add a special something to a wardrobe.

The shutdown left us stranded at home with a silver lining of not having to get out of our PJs. A year later, things have dramatically changed. We’re embracing dressing up again with a twist – new demands that our lingerie should offer confidence and comfort. Not just as an accessory, but as the foundation of how we want to live. The current trend is not new however, this move towards comfort is part of how we are embracing inclusivity, different body types, and wellness.  Instead of being for only one aspect of our lives, relaxing, comfort and confidence is now essential to all that we do.



Sure we may not all be in our early 20s OR have lean tummies and six packs, but I’d like to believe we’ve come further than that, and the body positivity movement has made us all more forgiving and loving towards ourselves and others, SOOOO IF our heart lusts for tiny little tops – I say why the heck not. But you know me,  I can never pass on a denim and little cute top combo. Even nowadays, as a mamma I’m still loving my first fashion crush and my trick is to just get a good pair of high waisted pants, that hold evvvvrything in, act confident, and drink loads of water.

The 90s comeback fashion has sure made a splash when it comes to tops. From tiny, cute, basic – anything that has even a remote resemblance to your 90s “Clueless” days is a go.

My personal faves are racer back tops and basic tops in white especially, and bold coloured spaghetti straps basic tops. I’m into green clothes these days.

Here’s a little inspiration AND some fave pieces you can shop.

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omg sooo cute. 😁

xoxo D.

The day has come my friends when the colour I had always thought to be the ugliest turned out to be the coolest. Imagine that. I don’t know what’s more troubling here, the fact that sage green is suddenly beautiful or that an almost-40-year-old-woman is using the word ‘cool’ to describe it.

So yes sage green is everywhere these days, from gorgeous aesthetic in decor, table setting, accessories of all sorts to actual clothes and entire outfits. It’s a thing and it started quietly before the pandemic only to grow on us little by little until… well it’s gotten to a point where if you know fashion and you love clothes you probably want to dip into this pastel green shade.

It has a bit of retro nostalgia mixed with some teenage kind of coolness a la 90s but ALSO a lot of feminine and delicate vibes in a very pure innocent and cute kinda way.

From little mini skirts, to crop cardigans, to sweats sets, lounge sets, and blazers, or full on suits  – sage green as a trend is one of the biggest fashion things for the past couple of years. And I love it. If not for the colour per se – which is – in my book cute and delicate and very hard to pull off – then for exactly its step by step growing fashion ubiquity in a time and place where I feel like trends no longer exist in their classic kinda way.

Wow that was a long sentence.

How to wear sage green in 2021?

Well you can either pick one sage green item and wear it/test it see how you feel about it, and if you love it, you can go on and drape yourself in sage dresses, suits, tracksuits etc. OR you can directly go for the full on sage green monochrome look.

IF like me you think this colour is hard to pull off (complexion wise) and style into other pieces try wearing a sage green t-shirt or a sage green cardigan or even better a sage green blazer with denim. Why? First off everything looks amazing paired with denim and second it’s a quick, affordable and an easy way to test a colour trend.

You can also go for a soft sage green mani.

The more adventurous style gurus can either rock full on sage green outfits like loungewear sets, sweats sets, suits, or can mix sage green with other crazy colours. Sage green looks AMAZING with any pastel shades especially yellow and pink. It has that beautiful, sad, delicate nostalgia that Lana del Rey songs kinda ooze. (literally just went on apple music to play her latest album now.) For braver fashion souls out there you can mix sage green with strong colours or prints. Purple looks amazing paired with green for some reason, and gingham and florals are prints and pattern winners.

It is a very soothing calm colour with a huge potential for so many looks especially those that hold some retro Americana slightly edgy or delicate twist to them.

I love it!

Shop for sage green outfits.

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How about you?

xoxo D

Simple, easy to throw on, and classic is the key here. If there’s one thing this pandemic changed in terms of fashion it’s that style became much more laid back, and casual. We are still working from home these days so… our lazy asses have even found a way to make office blazers look relaxed. Whats’ my take on this? Well, let’s see: I LOVE IT.  I love the casualness of it all, the style, the vibe, which ironically goes hand in and with my lack of time and motivation really to get all dressed up these days. I still wanna look good tho, if that makes any sense, but if it can be done with good clothes and 0 effort I’m in. And apparently the ‘zoom fashion’ CAN be done in such a way to please both our professional/fashion selves as well as lazy selves.

 Think t-shirts with gorgeous necklaces, or blazers over sporty tank tops, luxe knit cardigans over sweats. That sort if style narrative…

Also… I think we might as well milk this laid back vibe till it’s still here, cause after pandemic like is gone I seriously predict a boom in all aspects of life, fashion included. So I think we’ll be overdressed  and oner the top when this ends for a loooong time.

Bottom line is what does one wear to zoom work meetings? Yeah yeah we know by now there’s a party on the bottom and most often than not we’re in leggings or sweats. Pjs anyone? (raises hand). But do we keep up appearances on the top? Do we bother or need to bother anymore to look professional? YES and NO really. Personally I think the definition of smart wear changed a lot, and is more relaxed. We’re not pretending to be anything we’re not, but we are still keen to look good. For lack of better word.

Hey you’d be surprised to see how cool and put together a blazer looks even over the oldest pj top.

So yes our fashion office life is hanging by our tops alone. That’s all our colleagues and bosses see so no wonder there’s more emphasis on simple cute tops, good makeup, jewelleries, lipstick, low maintenance hairstyles.

Simplicity is the key.

Best tops to wear for zoom meetings:

Blazers over anything.

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T-shirts and necklaces

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Cardigans and knits over loungewear.

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White shirts/button-downs

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Looks and sounds so easy, yet I always end up having a little mental breakdown before a zoom meeting cause I don’t know what to wear.

xoxo D.

I must be the only human alive these days who occasionally still dabs into skinny jeans outfits. I mean it was only last week when I had a hoodie on, all my leggings were in the laundry pile so I pulled a 2017 and wore some skinny jeans. But… look, I was born in the 80s. I lived the dad jeans trend once in my early teens… plus I’m a mom now, and a grown ass woman and I can wear whatever the hell I want. (tbh skinny jeans with a high waist, or skinny high waist mom jeans will forever flatter my body and boost my self confidence. Why argue with that, you know.)

For fashion’s sake girl. – says I to myself.

Also, there comes a point in our fashion lives when even the best most classic staple bores us. Plus fashion is cyclical and the baggy jeans were bound to make a comeback, all you had to do to see that was look at the oversized trends that were happening out there for the past 5 years or so. So yes, with a bit of heartbreak I must say it: skinny jeans are dead.

(I will secretly still pull out my fave pair from time to time. #whynot)

Okay now let’s focus on the present:

What exactly are DAD JEANS? And are they universally flattering? Are they a staple? Are they easy to style and mix? Are they beautiful, or more like cool?

They are SO COOL. Think late 90s Aaliyah and TLC – with a high waist, a long cut, and a million styles in between. The best styles come a mile long (which is a tough one for tall girls like me, but hope dies last.), and they hug the body/waist while still leaving room for coolness. Slim but baggy.

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In theory and on Pinterest they sound like the holy grail of jeans, but in practice you may need to go through more dad jeans pairs until you find the right one for you. Also, is it just me or do they look more flattering on skinny girls? And if you’re tall – you can almost forget about it.

Or maybe I’m just dad jeans traumatised from the last 2 pairs I got. The first one fits perfectly but is too short and my legs look ridiculous aka overgrown woman in kids jeans?!? Plus I feel fat in them. #cottonjeanscandothat

The second pair I got is AMAZING. Baggy, very long, but the waist is too big. I need to tailor them. So… dad jeans style is a process for me. But the style and outfits are a major payoff. And they look more grown up. Serious. Like work pants but way cooler. They are a very very beautiful mix of mom jeans and cool baggy jeans.

It may just take a while to find your perfect pair.

But in case you don’t, or you just don’t like them, girl… I got you. *hugs you in skinny jeans. :)

Happy to be back typing and creating.

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xoxo D

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dashed out of the house with just my phone trying to squeeze it into my pockets, or worse – tailoring my outfit to fit my phone when I didn’t wanna carry a bag. A daily scenario of style compromise or of unnecessarily carrying a bag that I repeated way too many times. The thing is I LOVE bags, BUT as a mom to a very very active and cheeky little toddler girl lemme just say I need comfort and utility in my life more than anything, But I also kinda wanna look decent (read stylish maybe) in the process of running around her or/and running errands. #thestruggleisreal

So coming across a brand like Vaultskin – who value simplicity, utility AND beautiful style all wrapped up into high quality pieces such as phone cases and wallets – was a godsend gift to this busy mama. I love the detailing in their products and the minimalist design which does not take away from utility or style, au contraire it makes it incredibly chic and versatile.

I am wearing the Victoria Case Golden Chain and I absolutely adore it specifically for its simplicity which in personal style translates to versatility. Whether its jeans, sweats or more dressy looks this case fits in like a glove. AND it not just holds my phone but also my cards, leaving my hands free to hang in my pockets for all I care.

In reality I’m busy carrying 2,456 grocery bags, a little toddler girl, and my daily struggles. Which is amazing.

A little backstory about me is… I’m that girl who has about 134 panic attacks a day over losing my phone, but this Victoria phone case literally ends this struggle for me. Also quality wise it’s beyond sturdy, so if Siena decides to have a go at my phone I can yet again rest assured it’ll survive any toddler attack. And guess what? Sturdy still means luxe. #somuchyes

I have chosen the golden chain detail to my iPhone case just cause you know me… ya girl still loves a bling. And I just think a touch of gold is just that… pure gold. ;)

And of course it’s beige cause seriously what isn’t beige these days.

Anyway for this post I wore it against white cause tbh I’ve waited forever to actually have an excuse to wear these pants, and just dress up a little. But on a daily basis, y’all know me from Instagram – I’m in jeans or gym wear all the time. Only happier recently cause I don’t have to think about where to put my phone when I leave the house with Siena. I got my little bag read phone case and I’m good.

So ladies and gents if you need free hands and don’t want wear a bag, but still look like you sort of have a bag, without actually having one (#waitwhat) – this is for you.

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I am wearing the Vaultskin Victoria Case | PLT pants & coat| HM sweater

xoxo D.

The sense of normalcy I have while writing this is no short of what I like to call a good feeling. Yes we wear face masks, and yes we live in pandemic street style reality, BUT some of us still have a big desire to celebrate life through clothes, be it staples, minimal style or just basic ol outfits topped with red lips. Even as those will go masked and covered up… personally I never forget to selfie a rare makeup day situation.

Anyway… back to today’s dilemma (gosh I missed fashion dilemmas)… how weird and refreshing is it that upon documenting this post I literally came across anther such post, almost identical in its (my) quest circa 3 yrs ago?

Am I really that redundant? Or maybe there’s a legitimate dilemma with no wrong or right answers?

What autumn jackets do we reach for once fall season is here: BLAZERS or LEATHER JACKETS?

Sure one does not have to exclude the other. We can all be both Dolce and Gabbana dolls and V. Beckham minimal girls… BUT do we live in a time where the staple of jackets – the leather jacket – has lost ground? How do we feel about that?

I know, I know…. a series of Q that are only making this thing harder.

The truth is both jackets are pretty fab, and at the end of the day it’s all a matter of what you want. At first sight there’s not even a style battle as the differences between them are huge: the leather jacket is more badass, cooler, a forever staple of rocknroll and edge, while the blazer is more polished, professional, sleek, and classic.

Well, leave it to fashion to color out of the lines and ruin a perfectly good antithesis of items, cause in 2020 you can get a badass vibe with a blazer in no less than 3 seconds, and a very clean and classic cut look with a leather jacket in equally the same amount of time.

So you see why 3 years post my initial article I am still struggling to find a decent answer to this?

THE STYLE

Women are pairing blazers with leggings and combat boots, or even track suits. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve worn a blazer over a gym outfit as I made a quick run to the shops. Being a mom I’m always in a hurry in gym clothes but I also always wanna look like I’m not… hence my blazer tendencies lately.

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Oh and don’t get me started on the 2020 leather jackets. They are so BEAUTIFUL in their massive cuts and oversized masculine vibe that to say I adore them is a big understatement. Like I ADORE them. They are the definition of 80s badass style, regardless of what you have underneath: flirty dress, boots, sneakers, stilettos, sweats, leggings, jeans.

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Ultimately it’s all about what your vibe is the day of. Just keep in mind one tip if you can – no matter your jacket of choice, remember bigger is better.

And now it’s your turn: are you team blazer or team leather jacket?

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What a nice chat this was. I feel I’m leaving with an even bigger dilemma but what can I do, that’s life.

Stay safe y’all. xx

 

Few months into 2020 the world has stopped. It has paused everything for about 2 weeks only to later slowly and awkwardly come back to life affected and misshaped, but somehow happy or hopeful. And fashion – although forced to pause and postpone its FW shows at the time, and even now – has too slept and then awakened. Different. Awkward. But somehow still the same.

The 2020 pandemic had changed everything in us and around us, and our personal style made no exception.

To some minds and souls, less prone or ‘affected’ by fashion this makes no difference whatsoever, yet it affects us all, as fashion has always been a true mirror of its times. The 2020 pandemic street style bares some novelty other than the ubiquitous and mandatory face mask. Being forced to stay in lockdowns and quarantines, or just more isolated and home based has truly paved the way for loungewear, tracksuits, pjs, comfy clothes, slob friendly outfits, less makeup, no fancy hair, sunglasses, face masks, sneakers, hats. The so called celebrity look is on everyone these days, incognito, quickly popping out for just 20 min to run the necessary errands, or go for a quick run or walk.

The world has changed its priorities and with it we’ve changed what we wear to the party. (read everyday).

So is there a street style during the 2020 pandemic?

Well… tbh I came here today, after the longest time off (feels f*&*& great to be back btw!) – and my answer to the above title was supposed to be pjs and tracksuits. To be more precise the IRL street style during the 2020 pandemic transitioned to Instagram, to those #OOTD pics of influencers that look so aesthetically pleasing in their casual lounge/tracksuit pants uniform, as I’m scrolling down on insta every day. They are all wearing the same casual cool outfits, face masks and long lashes. So… this is the new street style right?

Right. Why? How?

Well, the fact that we all have to be indoors pretty much all the time has shifted our choice of clothes from maybe more office, chic, elegant, refined styles to… well… pjs all day everyday. Ish. And since instagram is a platform that mirrors reality (eyeroll… BIG eyeroll) it only makes sense that whatever we do around the house in our outfits will be shown on Instagram as #the2020pandemicfashion. And getting out if the house these days – aka IRL street style – is just a quick run to the shops or the park. And most of these errands can and are done in whatever the hell we’re wearing indoors. We’ll throw a mask and sunglasses on top of everything anyway so why bother?

Right?

Yes and no.

While this was true at the beginning of lockdown… and was the 2020 pandemic street style… something strange is starting to happen to fashion and personal style. Maybe it’s our need to socialise, to get dressed so we don’t get depressed, maybe its 2020 FW, which is half assed this year anyway – BUT aside from the Instagram street style STYLE, we also have the normal move-on-with-your-fashion-life-in-a-loud-way kinda fashions, born from our desperation of beauty and normalcy. Some people are wearing nice outfits topped with even nicer face masks. Celebrating life you know.

And THIS exact new reality, triggered by our despair and FW is what actually surprised me upon writing and diving into this post, which I had so ignorantly assumed at first to only be about pjs and slob looks.

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TBH with you all… I think we’ll all come out of this 2020 pandemic changed. And way better dressed, thirsty for fab, over-the-top, BEAUTIFUL outfits.

It feels good to be back y’all. xx

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s hair extensions. In my case… when I have a good hair day it’s most likely the latter, and there’s no shame in the hair extensions game, if you love it, and you need it for a fuller or longer style by all means go for it. Or maybe you wanna try them out for length and colour reasons before or instead of committing to the actual hairstyle. If you think there’s shame in rocking hair extensions of any kind (clip in, ponytails, bangs etc.)… well then you don’t know much about much.

My affair with hair extensions has been long and fun really, and I’ve rocked everything from super long hair to what I thought was an Ariana Grande ponytail to blonder-than-my-actual-hair hair extensions – like in today’s post. The truth is I wanted 2 things from these extensions: 1. to have long hair again and 2. to be blonder again. While as the latter worked and I loved every minute of it, the former was a mild disaster due to my lack of blending in long hair extensions with my blunt cut lob. Hmmm I had no idea it would be so challenging and oh-so-naive me I thought I did a good job, even posted on the gram about it… before I took a double look and was not so thrilled. It was right then and there that I decided to put them in and then trim them to my hair length, curl them a bit for that wavy vibe and pray the whole thing works. And hallelujah it did. I’ve never been so happy and confident about my hair in my life. Of course it’s not my actual hair hence my instant love for it I guess… but whatever. THAT my friends is the actual power of hair extensions when you check yourself out in the makeup mirror with lights, or when they just bounce healthy and heavy on your head.

Highly recommend them, love them to the moon and back, and do wear them for that hair glow.

Outfit wise I’ve always wanted to shoot pics in this vintage dress I got from a boutique in Budapest, so this day was THE day to do it. It was spring, sunny, the wind was blowing, I was feeling like freaking Beyonce. Except I wasn’t even close. #LOL

Oh and I tried to stick to my still current obsession and no-fuss dressing – the monochromatic look. ‘ISH’ And a pop of lipstick, cause quite frankly it does all the difference in photos.

 

Get the look: hair extensions | dress | shoes | bag | leather coat |

Happy weekend everyone.

xoxo D.

As a girl who has more black outfits than an orthodox priest let me just say that wearing white (and colour for that matter) is a bit of a surprise. And no easy task let me tell you that. #outofmycomfortzone BUT if there’s one thing I’m sure of is that I actually LOVE IT. I specifically love the winter white looks and outfits cause they seem so crisp, fresh, and very luxurious somehow. And for spring and summer all-white outfits look incredibly rich and sophisticated, so let’s just say winter white is a practice for summer white… Also lately I dabbled a little bit into yellow outfits, blue, beige, and of course a lot of red, as you very well already know if you follow me on Instagram. Are my black outfits days over? Uhhh hell no, but it’s quite refreshing and fashion-fun to try wearing more colour, and monochromatic outfits, especially with spring almost here.

And YES I’m well aware this post might be a little too late buuuut winter ain’t over in my book till my mother hangs her winter coat and boots. Also it’s still freezing outside and I’ve sat on this post from before Christmas lol, when we went to a skiing resort, and since I don’t ski, I did outfits and photos instead. I love wearing white in winter and I’ve always wanted to do a winter white wearable look, so I resorted yet again to my white skinny jeans, which I paired with a white soft sweater, a white puffer jacket, a white hat, and then there were the brown snow boots and gloves which ‘ruin’ my chromatic, but they’re proper snow boots so at least that.

And yes I’m also aware that skinny jeans days are gone… but hey every now and then I go back. (quite frequently lately tbh #secret)

I did wonder whether or not this post was still relevant, and I think it is. I mean if I switch the boots with sneakers, show some ankle skin, and lose the hat and gloves… it’s a pretty decent warm outfit for early spring.

If it’s too warm outside for sweaters you can wear a white t-shirt white the jeans, and keep the white jacket, OR lose the jacket altogether and wear the white sweater. (aka sweaters as jackets outfits which are my all time faves and the definition of French chic and effortless). Shoes wise I’m a sneakers gal, but you can wear brogues, ankle boots, slides, pumps…

Back to that cold windy snowing winter day: we had so much fun that shooting these photos, that I forgot to reply my lipstick in between shots, after we took a lunch and coffee break. Ah… never mind mind, hope you enjoy the photos and let me know your thoughts on wearing more colour and doing monochromatic looks in the new season.

Shop for my fave white jeans:

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Shop for white tops, from sweaters to t-shirts:

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And now I’ll leave you with my entire winter wonderland world as I secretly pray for spring. :)

xoxo D.