Once in a blue moon (read more often than not) I get overly excited and obsessed over certain pieces, such as the leopard skirt aka the LEO SKIRT. It really sums up two very different things for me: 1) the animal print trend which I love and will forever adore and wear, and 2) skirts, which I almost never wear. I really don’t know why. I find them unnecessary, and quite frankly a lot of work. (they’re dressy AND need a top). Anyway, don’t mind me. Last time I wore a skirt was when I was 8 months pregnant and it was part of a set, so it might as well have been a dress (which it actually looked like). And after that I last had a skirt on in an HM changing room about a month ago, and I looooved how it looked so I bought it. I guess there’s a first time for everything.

I’m dying to wear it, so in my quest for outfit inspiration I thought why not take y’all on my leo skirt journey with me while we look at this instagram trend together.

YES I call it an insta trend cause 4 outta 5 posts on Instagram are of a a leo skirt: chic silky midi leopard and leopard. Everyone’s wearing one with either heels or flats, and yet here I am clueless of what to wear with it. Do you ever get like that?

Nevermind.

1.Leo Skirt with black/white tee

This outfit is so simple yet so sophisticated I’m in love with it. It’s the perfect spring & summer outfit when you wear it with flat mules or sandals. It has that Carrie Bradshaw vibe to it.

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2. Sneakers and leopard skirt

This is more on the normcoare edgy side, clashing this flirty uber feminine skirt with dad sneakers or chunky shoes. This style always looks amazing with a sweater.

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3. Leo skirt and blazer.

Office chic gone wild in a good way. I love a black longline blazer winged at the waist with a belt.

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4. Leo skirt and sweater.

This is a very cool and no-brainer look, and love it because I’m such a fan of a sweater-instead-of-a-jacket-look. This style looks amazing with heels and a cool bag.

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5. Leo skirt and ankle boots or heels.

This is perfection because what doesn’t look amazing with heels? I’m such a fan of sock boots this season (although I’ver heard they’re out of style already, but I really don’t care cause they’re just so flattering) that I think they’re the perfect style for this skirt (apart from kitten heel mules).

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More street style inspo:

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Such a cute and flirty little thing no wonder it’s gotten everyone smitten with it.

xoxo D.



Don’t worry I’m not gonna break into rhymes right now, and I’m also well aware this Q and post are long due, it’s just that the new jeans are everywhere these days, so I had to talk about it. Listen, when skinny jeans started to slowly die I died a little inside. Also I panicked. I mean, what the hell am I supposed to wear now? Boyfriend jeans, flare jeans? They’re okay but they don’t fit my bum properly nor make my legs look long and skinny. So I continued to wear skinnies. (well… I still do even today sometimes, when I’m feeling more ‘sexay’ or something. What? They still look great and can be very flattering.)

However, even the most fashion immature ignoramus grows up eventually, so here I am today loving skinny jeans less and crushing hard over classic denim jeans instead. Which brings me to the answer of what jeans to wear instead of skinny jeans?

Well… there’s the mom jeans, the classic levis jeans, the boot cut, straight leg, cropped jeans, flare jeans, high rise, mid rise, low waist… need I go on?

{And of course there are days when skinny jeans are my fave. Still. Hey you know what they say, you can take the girl outta the skinny jeans but you can’t take the skinny jeans outta there girl.}

 

And then something else happens when you stop wearing skinnies… you suddenly have endless denim choices and outfits that look more grown up and more sophisticated. Truth is the death of skinny jeans brought a new denim trend that sits somewhere between the 80s and 90s style jeans, very classic, somehow relaxed cut, but still following the body’s curves. There’s a lot of play with length, and leg design, and also waist line.

 

Fave jeans

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Personally I will always wear high waisted jeans, mid rise at most, and never ever low waist. I love my denim jeans in blue, fitted around the waist and bum, but also slightly relaxed, and a bit cropped. And no matter how old I am I’ll always love and wear knee ripped jeans.

When it comes to styling jeans in 2019 it’s all about the shoes, from low heel or no heel mules, to sexy stilettos, or block heels the prettier the shoe the better. Like I  always say… it sets the tone of the outfit.

 

Shoes for jeans

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Top wise anything goes with denim, but white will forever be my all time fave. And polka dots are my new fave thing.

 

Tops for jeans

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So… do I still wear skinny jeans? Hell yeah, but not as much. I’ve worn them maybe once a month lately, and I’m very excited for days outside the house, running errands, or just going out to wear and style classic jeans. I know… I know not exactly an existing scenario for many.

And now I’ll leave you with a million jeans outfits.

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What can I say, I’m a denim girl.

xoxo D.

If you know me then you know there’s a few things I don’t shy away from, like bold lips, a glass of wine (or more. okay, a bottle!), gold jewellery, bad food, talking too loud and too passionate about something, leather, animal print… I mean, I love animal print so much I could drape myself in it, the same way George Costanza would drape himself in velvet.

So when last month we had a lunch date in town with the fam I chose to wear ALL the things I’m crazy about this season: leather, animal print, white boots, nude tones, big earrings, red lips, tiny bags. So sue me! These days i get to dress up nice so rarely that when i do… I get carried away, I’m happy, and wanna wear it all. And I try to take pics of it all cause who knows when the next outfit happens.

I mean don’t get me wrong i do wear clothes when i go out to the market, or to run errands, or to hang out with my baby girl, but I’m mostly in my chunky sneakers or ugly old ankle boots, jeans, some random sweatshirt or sweater, and a puffer jacket or a coat. No heels, no bag, no time. It’s my uniform these days the same way activewear was my uniform last year.

But I’m fine with this outfit routine and switch between casual-ugly and tryna-be-chic-and-pretty. A while ago i used to get so worked up and stress about my outfits which only made me run around the house like a headless chicken in my underwear, crying, from under a pile of clothes that i had nothing to wear, only to end up wearing the same outfit over and over again. Sound familiar?! Today I get it. I ain’t got time, and when i do have the time I LOVE to pick my outfit, and do my makeup properly. It’s like a ritual which relaxes me. And I’m okay with this not happening all the time. For now.

What happens next is quite funny and true. When we *do* go somewhere nice, or just make it a day out of a random Saturday or Sunday, man do I love to be a girly girl and plan my outfits in my mind, hoping that they will click IRL asap and we’ll be out the door in no time. Of course this almost never happens, especially now that we have a 6 months old little munchkin, but what can I tell you? I’m a dreamer, and a hopeless planner.

In this post I’m wearing my fave white boots, with my fave pair of leather snake print pants, and a nude coat. The story behind this outfit is that I planed to pair the pants with an animal print turtleneck bodysuit for that mismatched print vibe, but i realised early enough that god, that i could not breast-feed in that turtleneck bodysuit… hence this old basic knit top I’m wearing, which let me tell you… the fact that its not properly tucked in (cause I just breastfed in the car beforehand)…. messes with my ocd big time!!!!

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Anyway… so on these now rare dress up occasions we always make sure we have our camera on, cause you never know. Maybe the light will be okay and maybe we’ll feel like taking pics.

So I hope you guys enjoy these photos and let me know your thoughts on this outfit.

I am wearing:

Snake print pants – Boohoo | Coat – PLT | HM top | Forever21 boots | Nastygal earrings | Tom Ford sunglasses

xoxo D.

I swear this summer went by in like 3 seconds for me, so you can only imagine my despair when, after having embraced summer dresses as a summer uniform – it was all gone. But… if like me you’re a little stubborn, and the weather’s o your side too, there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t wear  summer dresses in autumn.

In fact I think certain styles are great transitional pieces. Hello midi dresses, wrap styles, and long sleeves. Pair them with ankle boots, heels, mules, and rock a blazer, or a cardigan over it all and it’s really the perfect autumn outfit.

Anyway… with this in mind and my love for summer dresses altogether I wore this outfit on a hot Sunday in September when hubby and I took Siena for a walk alongside the river. I felt it was the perfect outfit for a perfect day spent with my beautiful family. Casual but pretty. After pregnancy I find it’s really important for me to feel pretty in clothes, and I think clothes have this capacity to give us that razzmatazz and confidence back…

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What I wore:

Forever21 Dress (similar here)and here) | HM shoes (similar here and here) | Bag | Primark old skinny belt (similar here) | Zaful sunglasses (similar here)

There comes a time, after all trends being done and re-done, when going back to classics feels not just right but kinda of the next natural sartorial step, in one’s fashion life. So when everyone is doing tiny sunglasses, here I am rocking these Tom Ford sunglasses, as big as my face, cat eye and all like nobody’s business. #Iaintsorry Truth is there’s literally nothing as chic as a pair of big designer sunglasses. Ever.

If you know me you know there’s like 3 major things I love: lipsticks, food, and sunglasses. I never ever leave home without a pair regardless of the weather and I try to cover all sunglasses trends and styles – I have so many pairs and so many designers, but if I’m honest 90% of the time, right before I head out I always grab the classics.

The sunglasses I am wearing here are by far my fave, and you can tell they’re designer and the quality is insane because they feel heavy, luxe, sturdy (if that’s even a word to describe sunnies). And even though they’re classics they’re kinda statement too: they’ve got that cat eye edge, and massive frame to hide behind whenever you don’t feel like being seen. I picked them in black (they’re kinda black-mauve–brown-grey gradient) because I can style them more easily this way, but they also come in brown. I love love love them.

For this post I paired them with my pink power-suit and nude heels for that ladyboss kinda vibe, but they look just as amazing if not more paired with minimal simple all-black or all-white outfits, the classic denim and a shirt, or even athletic wear. I feel like a good pair of sunglasses will always be that tiny detail to make an outfit stand out, OR polish it. I think sunglasses are much like a great set of nails, like a good hair day, like a pretty lipstick… you know what I mean?!

I used to rave about tiny sunnies all summer long. Now I’m back to classics and I’m into them more than ever. I got mine via Smartbuyglasses, and I had a fantastic experience with them: fast shipping, great support team, and a HUGE collection of designer sunglasses. I literally spend one hour scrolling their shop. #onlineshoppingaddict going back and forth between classics versus trendy. Glad I picked these.

I am wearing: Tom Ford sunglasses | Quiz pink suit | Anna Cori heels

xoxo D.

It’s a classic, and it’s back. Animal print trend has never been as bold and beautiful as in 2018 autumn. The only question is: do you like it? My love for animal print has existed even since I can remember, from my fashion ignoramus days, to my now slightly more savvy ones, and tbh it’s that one fashion thing I’m always gonna love. Snake, cow, zebra, dots, white, black, brown, blue… you name it, I love it.

However, there’s one thing called too much when it comes to this animal print trend, or more like the fear of too much, too bold, too extravagant, too extra you know. THIS too has guarded my fashion animal print choices throughout time. Sometimes I gave in, and passed on a-head-to-toe-animal-print-look out of fear of looking too extra, and sometimes I’d just say fuck it and rock it.

With 2018 autumn the time has come again for me to decide whether or not I’m a fashion chicken shit. I’d hope the years gone by have thought me to not pay too much attention to what people say and just do your thing… #mymantra, plus I have the confidence of a queen… so look out peeps… I might rock head to toe animal print this season. God knows, who knows… I’m the most confident insecure person out there.

At the end of the day it ain’t such a big deal, it’s just fashion and a wild print, so if you wanna do it but don’t wanna look extra just rock one animal print item, keep it toned down, and pair it with more casual pieces to make it less louder.

If you love it so much that you’d drape yourself in zebra or snake print… go all the way. This will be my new year’s fall fashion challenge: head-to-toe animal print #extraaf

Tips: animal print looks amazing with golden jewellery, red lips, sleek hair, against white, denim, patent or vinyl. And by the looks of it it’s the biggest trend of 2018 autumn… so unleash your inner beast I guess.

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It’s not for the faint hearted ones that’s for sure, but it’s worth the risk!

 

 

Before we completely dive into 2018 autumn fashions and bundling-up outfits I’m gonna give one last call for one of summer’s biggest trends: buttons! They’ve been on my mind and in my outfits quite a lot this past few months, and given their sartorial ubiquity and compatibility with fall seasons… I think this talk is quite appropriate in fact.

Not too long ago I was stating how 2018 summer was all about the luxe laid back style, with a dash of retro celebration – and buttons fall right into this fab fashion pic. Everything with buttons was a hit. And suddenly everything needed buttons, either real or mock. They were decorating dresses, skirts, shirts, sleeves, backs, shirts, bags…

The questions is: why do we have to limit this trend to summer?

Can we do the button trend in autumn 2018?

With the 80s revival coming up so strong I would guess it’s all about neon and zippers, but I also like to think the world of fashion is a free one so if you’re into buttons… button them up, what can I say.

A dash of retro and chicness will always look amazing, so damn the trends if they don’t agree.

How to wear buttons in autumn 2018?

For summer they looked amazing in dark brown colours, on nude beige dresses, and white linen shirts. For 2018 autumn try them on blazers, high waisted pants, tops’ sleeves. In fact, double breasted blazers are such a 2018 autumn thing already… so if that’s not a buttons hint I don’t know what is.

Wear button mini cardigans paired with plaid skirts and ankle boots.

Rock double breasted trench-coats. Mock button sleeves on your fave sweaters.

But somehow autumn *still* feels miles away…

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xoxo D.

 

When it comes to polka dots outfits I’m what you call a converted fashion lover. I did not like them one bit. But that was a long time ago, when the reason behind my dislike was that they looked too girlish and too retro, none of which I was a fan of. Fast forward a few years, and here I am sitting in front of a laptop, dressed in a black and white polka dot wrap dress, that I love beyond words.

So… what is up with polka dots trend in 2018? Are they any different from 2 years ago, or even from way back when I was not a huge fan of them? While the poor suckers have stayed the same (big, small, red, white, black, blue, printed on dresses, tops, shorts, pants of any and all colours)… the way we wear them and style this trend is a bit different these days. Hence my change of heart perhaps.

Polka dots are a bit more polished in 2018, and look amazing in black or white. Or they’re very funky in electric blue or bright pink. Then they can be sexy as hell with a dash of retro when in red. I mean… they’re literally giving me life. From bold polka dots tops paired with jeans, to the classic black dress with white polka dots that looks amazing whether you’re out on a date or shopping on a summer day… I am sold on this trend.

Did I say I love polka dots?

How to wear polka dots in 2018?

One word: effortless. Dom’t try so much. Wear that polka dot top with jeans and a pair of slides. Rock that polka dot dress with non-statement shoes and a messy bun. It’s like that you know. Actually it’s a million ways and it all depends on personal style, but personally I do like 5 very specific polka dot looks, that tbh are all over Instagram these days, surrounded by either flowers, city scapes, beaches, drinks… cool slides, and straw bags.

Who can blame people you know. Any polka dot outfit courtesy of 2018 looks kinda bomb in pics. And IRL of course, but considering the title and all…

1.Black and white polka dots outfits.

Did anyone say sophisticated and chic to the next level?! This is it. Whether it’s a classic polka dot dress (wrap midi or mini styles look best), or a cool top, or a pair off slides… this particular polka dot style is the classic one. It’s retro, it’s timeless, it’s classy, and very very very chic.

Best tip: for extra oomph wear red lips and black sunglasses.

2. White and black polka dot looks.

It’s basically the same thing only it’s not. It’s the other way around than the above and it’s a very summery look. Very feminine, dainty, romantic and looks incredible with layered dainty necklaces and denim.

3. Retro chic polka dots.

They’re having a moment y’all. In palazzo pants, or big sleeve tops, or maxi dresses, this version of polka dots is a more trendy style with a big bold dash of retro vibe. They’re white, blue, yellow, brown, and usually all over some retro tops, or flirty summer dress worn with boots.

4. Blue polka dots.

My mom once told me that blue, actually navy, is one of the most elegant colours ever. Huh! Go figure. And i agree. I mean just look at the blue polka dot thing and you’ll see what I’m saying. Polka dots are more laid back girly, not-so-serious, not-evening appropriate so to say. Well… do them in blue, and shades of blue and think agin. This style look very elegant in a very cool way. No efforts, just simple and pretty.

5. Red polka dots.

Shut the front door. This is my #1 favourite and it’s also one of instagram’s most shared and coveted looks. It just looks so good. It’s retro hot, modern, feminine, chic, summer’ish. The best look is a red polka dot mini wrap dress for the weekend/beach.

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What do you think? Yes or no? Which one’s your fave?

xoxo D.

It feels like it was only last Tuesday that we were wearing what we were saying: professing our weekend love, our hate for Mondays, our lust for coffee and so on. I mean how many ‘I need coffee’ t-shirts can one person wear? It was fun for a while. Up until we were all looking *and saying the same things. Like everything about us and around us became a t-shirt meme. Fast forward a few years… and we’re in the same freaking boat. Only cooler and more expensive this time. And more pretentious. Slightly more sophisticated too. I am of course talking about the designer logo trend mania that’s splashed and splattered everywhere these days.

Especially on the backs of the rich and famous. Alongside the instafamous.

Every cool and fashion relevant soul is wearing some sort of designer logo, whether it’s that Gucci t-shirt, or the Fila, Puma, Yeezy sportswear, or some D&G belt, some Supreme socks, some Balenciaga sneakers… you get it. We’re walking billboards for designers these days, and we seem to be loving it, as we pile up on designer logo stuff, and keep buying them from either online fashion hubs like SSENSE, or from your classic high street stores.

Are we loving it so much though that we have to wear it? Or are we slightly snobbish? Or do we genuinely happen to like some items which happen to have some very famous logos on them.

It was only yesterday that it was un-cool to show off and brag about stuff, right? Now we’re screaming for attention in our big bold Versace logo t-shirts, Levis jeans, and D&G belts. Isn’t it too much?

Okay… okay… I get it, too many questions.

Wearing designer LOGOS in 2018

The truth is… we’re currently at the dawn of minimalism so this may just be a last cry from fashion opulence for a while, OR this may be just the amount of fashion statement we need to spice up our boring, I mean minimalist outfits.

Think about it: a classic all black outfit is anything but boring with a display of the new Balenciaga logo popping up somewhere in your minimalist look. It keeps the whole thing still so chic and fashionably quiet… but it adds… character, and a tad of sartorial smirk if you will for both the fashion savvy and the ignoramuses.

 

If quiet ain’t your shtick… then do a full on Rihanna and drape yourself in designer logos just for the fun of it, or for the love of those clothes AND their logos. Think street style at Fashion Week: louder, bolder, more colourful and not shy from a total designer show-off.

Or… you might just be a simple mortal who occasionally and casually works out… or just chills in gym clothes. Then, my friend… whether you like it or not you will be doing the designer logo trend, because no gym clothes and athleisure is free of logos these days. Personally I don’t mind it, in fact I think it has a bit of 80s nostalgia to it.

Is there an age limit to this designer logo trend mania?

Helllllll no. (*sits down to actually think about it.)

*thinks about it.

Hell no.

However, since age usually comes with some boring baggage like jobs, responsibilities, social conduct, et all… I think the designer logo trend is totally do-able if kept simple and classic. Just do the damn D&G belt without the 2,345 other logos. Wear a Dior logo blazer for work or dinner and you’ll still be killing it in both career as well and fashion.

If you’re slowly pushing 100, but you looooooove fashion and clothes and colours and prints and trends and styles and fads and hats and accessories and everything in between all these… and you HAVE TO WEAR them all at once, or else… then just do it what can I say. #nike

Nonetheless, the more I pile up on years the more I feel I’m leaning towards less is more in fashion. I love a classic minimal style these days, or a classic jeans look, or a summer classic wrap dress. Sure I might style it edgier one day, sporty, chic, elegant, or casual the next… but you get it.

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Therefore the designer logo trend pour moi… is a total yes as a one or two statement pieces, as gym wear, and on some days as a fashion victim’s logo dream. #stillindecisiveaf #facepalm

Your turn now.

Bye.

xoxo D.

 

Listen, when it comes to any makeup trend I’m down for it: trying it at least if not wearing it. TBH beauty trends are the easiest and least commitment demanding of all trends. It’s just you and your mirror, AND if it looks good you’ll take it out. While I tend to use the same makeup look, I do play around with details and subtleties and I loooove experimenting with lipsticks especially. Here’s the thing: I’ve been doing blurred lips forever, blindly unaware it’s actually a makeup trend this year. Sure, I also do lined lips, sometimes overlined lips, sometimes nude, red, of nothing at all depending on my mood. But my go-to lipstick look for the past two years has been blurred lipstick.

Why blurred lips is a makeup trend and not just a look?

I have a new theory lately – that a part of fashion is ridding itself of all the extras, hence the rise of minimalism, or the fuss-free straw bags trend, the disappearance of chunky jewellery and so on. So in this new world of naked beauty – blurred lips were just a matter of time.

They’re low maintenance, easier to apply than lined perfect pouts, and mirror 100% designers beauty vision for SS2018. YES, most designers sent models down the runway in intentionally faded lips, blurry, with darkened centres and faded edges.

THIS is easily translated in less dramatic real life situations as lipsticks so blotted until they look naturally soft, like a hazy stain, like a just bitten effect.

Personally I think it’s a true consequence and response to all those perfectly done instgram makeup trends, it’s like a pretty tiny beauty revolution to just go back to basics and apply lipstick with your fingers, to blot it, to not give a damn about how perfect it looks, but rather to wear it because you feel like it. That’s why I think it’s not just a look, but in the bigger scheme of fashion and beauty things it’s a trend and perhaps a staple that came back to life.

I mean French women use this technique all the time, my mom uses it, off duty models use it. It’s easy and quick and it looks natural.

How to do blurred lips?

Any lipstick colour works, but as a first timer try out with something more natural first so that the edges of your lips blend more easily with the lipstick itself.

  1. apply lipstick trying to follow your natural lip shape
  2. blott
  3. apply again and then smudge it out with your finger
  4. blott again
  5. tap the lipstick on your lips trying to follow your natural lip line, but don’t line it per se

This is what I do, more or less. Less if the lipstick is more natural and following these 5 steps-ish if I’m going for stronger colours.

It’s a great makeup trick for those who have less defined lips edges (*raises hand*) because you save time correcting or defining edges, by simply blurring them. If you have well defined natural lips then forget the edges and blot and blur as you feel like it.

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So how about this makeup trend: do you guys do it, do you like it?

TBH for me it began as a beauty gimmick to be able to continue wearing and re-applying lipstick throughout the entire day without waisting more than 30 seconds. I used to line my lips, wear the same colour lipstick, they’d look amazing, but once I went through a coffee and a sandwich, an apple and a banana the perfection was gone. So I’d start the 5 minutes ritual of lipstick again. #notgood Hence the blurred lips I started doing.

xoxo D.