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hey there everybody. hope you all spent a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the big New Year's party. I came home and spent Christmas with my family, relaxing, eating and sleeping a lot. been recovering from a nasty nasty cold, hence the lack of pictures lately. looking forward to spending New Year's with some friends at a lodge in a small quiet mountain village. it's all gonna be about relaxing, drinking wine and chatting with good old friends. I'm not very good at this wishing part, so I'm just gonna wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year. see you next year with a fresh load of energy and plenty of things to share.

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party girl

friday night I went to the company Christmas party. I didn't have too many expectations because it's not my kind of party, but in the end I had quite a lot of fun. maybe it was due to the fact that a lot of tequila was involved :P.
last year me and my gals decided to make it a theme party, so we dressed in suits, and wore ties and hats. this year we decided to do a modern twist on the 20s so we wore little black dresses, statement tights and headpieces. I also put some make-up on, which I rarely do because I'm not very good at it. I normally end up with a big dark mess around my eyes, and my lipstick/lip gloss only stays on for a couple of minutes. but I think this time I did a pretty good job; went for some brown eyeshadow instead of the black or dark purple I usually use. all in all, everyone at the party (well maybe not everybody, just my girls) looked fabulous, and we partied till 5 in the morning.

dress; h&m; tights: meli melo; shoes: dgm; headpiece: meli melo
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à la the white stripes

red is not one of my favorite colors but I like using in once in a while to make an outfit pop. I especially like using it with black and white, they just go so great together. but how would you feel about an entire wardrobe built only on black, white and red pieces? Jack and Meg from The White Stripes have done it, and their outfits are always über cool. having a 3 color wardrobe is not so crazy after all. I mean, if I take a close look at my closet right now, most of my clothes are black and purple. a splash of color is always welcomed but I usually like to stick to the colors that I love best. now, for the dress I am wearing, it has all the attributes to be one of my favorite winter wear. first of all it's black and white (one of my favorite color combos); second, it's knitted, hence warm and cozy; third, it was a gift from my sweet and generous friend Gianina; and fourth it's perfect for the holidays.

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polka dots fill my eyes and I don't know why

polka dots always remind me of the libertines song "what katie did".  they look so young and fun and always make me sing. even though they are really in right now they kinda have a retro feel to them, they make me think of pin-up girls. in fact, that's kinda what I was going for with this look. well, a toned down pin-up girl of some sorts, anyhow. pulled my hair back, I perfectly aligned my bangs, put on some purple mascara and then chose the clothes. this is one of my favorite tops ever, mainly because it's purple but also because it has purple polka dots on the straps and on the buttons. the skirt may not be pin-upy enough because of the length but I love it just the same.

cardigan:h&m; top: ? don't remember; skirt: h&m, thrifted
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grinch legs

I decided to do a little remix of my own. I really love the the clothes horse's remixes, she's got quite the imagination. I wanted to style my black fitted dress in a different way. I first wore it like this when I went to the drum and bass festival, so for the remix I decided to wear it underneath a simple top, with green tights and belt. it wasn’t until I took the photos that I realized my green tights are actually quite grinch looking. or maybe it’s just the lighting. anyway, I was going for an earthy, natural look, that would combine complementary colors. oh, and I am wearing my lovely button earrings. they are actually made from old wooden buttons.

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weather inappropriate

the days are getting so small and dark and cold now that I am less and less enthusiastic about leaving the house. as much as I love layers, putting on a stack of clothes on just to keep you warm and dry just doesn't leave too much room to having fun with dressing up.  so today I got home from work and decided to play a bit with some things that are not very weather appropriate but that are fun and comfortable. pulled out my denim shorts from under the bed (that's where I keep my summer clothes cuz there's no room for them in the closet right now) and started from that. I wanted to play a bit with volumes so I chose a big black top that has a huge neck, which can be worn several ways. decided to put on some tights just because bare legs didn't seem like a good choice. all in all I had fun with my little project and I think I'm gonna do it again pretty soon.

top: diesel, thrifted; shorts: abercrombie&fitch, thrifted; tights: charme
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morning drama

don't you just hate it when an outfit looks so great in your head, but when you actually put it together it doesn't make any sense? I got so frustrated this morning when it happened. it's bad enough it's monday morning and I have to drag myself to work after a weekend of parties and concerts, so the last thing I need is to put together something else. I ended up keeping only the white tights from the original outfit, put on a black skirt, a polka dotted (plus anchors) shirt and a black blazer. it turned out way fancier than I anticipated, and I wasn't extremely happy with the result just because I rarely dress up for work, but at least it's very work appropriate. oh well, it's just one of those days when things don't go exactly the way you want them to.

blazer: thrifted; shirt: h&m; skirt: no name; boots: afrodita
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shop my mom's closet

it's funny how so many things in my mom's closet are really fashionable right now. I mean, I know fashion follows a circular trend, things come back into fashion every 20-30 years, but it's still amazing how some of the things I wouldn't have been caught dead wearing some years ago are so in right now. luckily my mom kept most of her clothes so there were plenty of things to choose from. she has lots and lots of knitwear, from scarves and shawls to dresses, vests and blouses to berets and then lace tops, blazers and vintage belts. after taking her gorgeous white shawl the previous time I went home, this time I took a funky orange beret that will surely spice up my outfits this winter. here's the fist one:

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dream of McQueen

there are a few things in the fashion world that enter your brain and refuse to ever go away. I've had Alexander McQueen's fall 2009 collection tattooed on my brain from the very first moment I saw it. it comes back to me in flashes, in a repetitive, almost obsessive manner. just like the prints he used, which seemed to go on forever. what I tried today was to pay tribute to this amazing artist by putting on an outfit that would be similar to the ones he sent down the runway. a bit toned down though. the starting point were the tights, which I just bought a couple of days ago. I am soooo in love with them. the white and golden dress  has the same print as the tights, so it was a perfect match.

cardigan: h&m; dress: thrifted; belt: thrifted; tights: meli melo

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rabbit hearted girl

This is a gift it comes with a price
Who is the lamb and who is the knife
Midas is king and he holds me so tight
And turns me to gold in the sunlight
(Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart (raise It Up))

ok, so this song has nothing to do with my outfit today, but it's been on my mind all day long ,  and so I thought I'd share it with you. I haven't done any black and white outfits lately, so I thought I should put my suspenders to good use and start from that. the pants seemed to go great with them, I put on a simple black top and then added the fedora to make it more dramatic. I think fedoras in general go very well with the suspenders. it's as simple as that.

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play the part

I should have taken these pictures earlier in the day. now I'm just tired and sleepy and can barely keep my eyes opened. but I had a wonderful evening at the theatre where I saw a play based on a novel by Mihail Bulgakov called "Heart of a dog". went straight from work, so this is again an outfit that was supposed to take me from day to night, which it did quite gracefully if I can say so myself.

dress: H&M; cardigan: H&M; belt: thrifted; boots: afrodita (?)
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comfy cozy chunky

knits are such an it thing right now, and even though I don't usually follow trends, I am really glad they are. I already have a bunch of them stashed up in my closet and can't wait to get them out. the good thing is I don't have to go around and buy new stuff. I have a bunch of scarves that I've knitted myself, some knitted by my mom or by a friend of mine. I also have some knitted cardigans that I really like, and my favorite of all is this beige chunky one I bought a couple years ago at the flea market. it's so cozy  and comfortable. I took advantage of the warm weekend weather and took my cardi out for a stroll. I paired it with some burberry print pants (thrifted  and altered), black top, purple scarf and bag.

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day to night

last night I went to a concert at the Philharmonic Orchestra. I didn't have much time to change after work so I simply pulled my day skirt up, the one in the previous post, and turned it into a dress. I am totally digging the day to night outfits. I told you I love this skirt so much mostly because of the color but also for it's versatility. I changed the belt,  braided my hair on the side to give it  a more "less casual" look and I was ready to go. had a wonderful night with my friends, listening to Wagner and Brahms, and then a drink in a cozy little bar.

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on the rooftop shouting

the weather was so gorgeous today, so I decided to take another trip to the rooftop of my building during my lunch break. the sky looked amazing and the city was at my feet. such a nice feeling. an old song popped into mind (It’s a crack, I’m back yeah standing/ On the rooftops shouting out,/Baby I’m ready to go - Republica: Ready to go). I am wearing one of my favorite skirts, an old DIY project of mine. I have a huge thing for purple and this dark purple is one of my favorite shades. I kept the rest of the ensemble rather simple with black and white, so that the skirt really pops out.

cardigan: H&M, wife beater: no label; skirt: DIY; booties: no label; necklace: pull&bear
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the sun smiled at me

woke up this morning in a very playful mood. luckily, the weather woke up in the same mood too. it was so sunny and warm outside I decided to go on the rooftop and take some pictures outdoors for a change. it was actually too sunny, I was frowning and making faces in almost all of the pictures because the sun kept getting in my eyes. I tried to translate my playful mood into my outfit of course. I started with my grey jumper dress which I wore over a purple t-shirt, then added some purple knee length socks over my white tights, put on my booties and a cardigan for warmth. layers, layers, layers... love them. oh, and my chair necklace of course, which I've been wearing non stop since I got it. damn, this outfit is too fun for a day at the office. I should be going to a fun fair or something. oh, well...

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chictopia love

one of my outfits (first from the left) was featured on chictopia's style gallery. I am so excited. thanks, you guys! you made my day!!!

* quick update. they just did it again. thanks :)

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doll it up

I went back home this weekend to visit my parents. went thrift shopping on saturday morning but it was quite unsuccessful. it happens sometimes. but that doesn't mean I left home empty handed. my mom gave me this gorgeous knitted shawl that she's had for ages. I'll have to check with her, but I'm pretty sure this shawl is older than I am. it instantly made me get all dressed up and fancy. got myself all dolled up with a strapless purple dress, striped stockings and a pony tail and let the shawl do it's magic.

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le foulard magnifique

my very talented friend Dorota made me the most awesome tunnel scarf. it's purple of course... my obsession with purple has no limits. it is very versatile, it goes with a lot of outfits and can be worn so many different ways. she also made me some cute flowers in black and purple. merci, Doro!

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