Powder pink and floral embroidery

I just realised it has been almost three months since I updated my blog last time! I have been quite busy so far in 2017 and spring has gone unbelievably fast: it should be almost summer even here in Finland but I can`t even remember as cold May as this one is. Last week on one day we had more snow than at Christmas Eve lol!

While I waiting for summer to arrive I want to share is my most recent spring coordinate with you! ^__^

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hair band: F.i.n.t / cardigan: Ank Rouge / skirt: one after another NICE CLAUP / bag: mon Lily / ballerina shoes: Clarks

I have been wearing this ruffle trimmed Ank Rouge cardigan I got a few weeks ago a lot lately and I liked it so much that I ended up getting it also in white. :’) I had been looking for an opportunity to wear my newish light pink ballerina shoes as well and since they match with the light pink Ank Rouge cardigan quite well I decided to build this outfit around these two items.
I usually wear only a few if any accessories which probably makes many of my outfits appear quite simple. Maybe putting more effort into accessories could be one of my “style missions” for this year? ; ) I tried to add some details into this look by wearing my mon Lily faux suede bag and the black ribbon hair band that is one of the newest additions into my hair accessory collection. Besides being easy to coordinate with almost any outfit this F.i.n.t hair band turned out to be really comfortable: I often get a headache even after 15 minutes of wearing a hair band so I was happy to be able to wear this one for hours!

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I finally found a perfect warm red matte lipstick from NYX, happy-happy! The name of the shade is “Pure Red Rouge Pur”!

Items with embroidery details seem to be a huge trend this spring/summer and I remember seeing some items featuring embroidery already in atumn/winter collections. I actually like this trend but some of the embroidered clothes are slightly too bohemian style to fit into my personal style so at the moment this velvet skirt is the only embroidery piece I have.

The skirt a lucky sale found I bought during Christmas sales but I think it is very wearable even in spring/summer although the material is a little thicker. I was surprised how many compliments this skirt has gotten and the quality is really good too: the shade of the black is so deep that it makes some of my black tops look awkwardly grey haha. The floral details are nicely sewn and I really hope that they will last beautiful for a long time..! ♡hermysteriousbusiness_noora_3

It might not be obvious but this time I tried to curl the ends of my hair slightly: hair styling is another thing I hope to put more effort into this year hehe. I cut my hair chin length just before New Year and although I have always liked shorter hair styles this time I felt a bit unsure about the result.

There was nothing wrong with the cut and usually I get used to my new hair quickly but somehow this time I couldn`t feel as enthusiastic about my new look as usually. I started to wonder that maybe short hair simply doesn`t feel “my style” as much as it used to and now when my hair has grown into medium length I feel more like “myself” again. I guess it was nice to try shorter hair again and I actually looked forward to it but for now I think I will stick to medium length or long hair for a while hehe. ^__^

How is spring/summer looking for you so far? I hope you are all well! ♡

photos by Johannes

Brands to explore: F.i.n.t & an another angelus + SS17 collection “Angela”

 

This look from F.i.n.t`s SS16 catalog made me fall in love with F.i.n.t and the picture is overall just lovely.

F.i.n.t`s SS16 (Félicia). This is one of my favourite F.i.n.t/an another angelus catalogue photos ever!

This time I am going to talk about Japanese fashion brand F.i.n.t and its sister brand an another angelus! They have been around for a while already (if I’ve understood right, F.i.n.t was originally established already in 1984!) but I found out about them properly only last summer. Since then I’ve gotten to really like both of the brands.

To me F.i.n.t and an another angelus both look highly vintage inspired and girly. It took me a while to figure out what is the difference between the two of them: is an another angelus a clothing line under F.i.n.t or are they sister brands..? After doing a little research I came to a conclusion that these two are indeed separate brands, however under the same mother company, and they are both sold at F.i.n.t online store. The brand concept written into the official website gave me an impression that F.i.n.t`s look is a mixture of classical vintage style and modern girly trends, whereas an another angelus` clothes are a bit more mature and feminine, but still vintage inspired as well.

Even the old F.i.n.t/an another angelus catalogs are beuatiful! This is F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

I Iove the graphic design of F.i.n.t & an another angelus catalogues! F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

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F.i.n.t SS15 (Rochefort)

A few years old Universal Doll article informed me that originally F.i.n.t stores used to carry a selection of an another angelus pieces, but in 2014 F.i.n.t and an another angelus had separated their businesses in their own individual stores. Now in 2017 the official shoplist still lists an another angelus stores so apparently the separated physical stores have remained.

As I already mentioned earlier, I got familiar with F.i.n.t and an another angelus only last summer, and thinking back I am almost shocked of how I had managed to be unaware of them for so long! Haha… Since last summer I have been very inspired by both of the brands and I keep checking their online store and shop staff coordinates regularly.

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F.i.n.t AW16 (Petulia)

an another angelus AW16 (Petulia)

F.i.n.t and an another angelus seem to share the same collection name every season, and they also present their new items under one catalogue that is divided into to parts for each brand, so you can tell which items are by F.i.n.t and which by an another angelus. I personally like both brands about equally, but I noticed that usually, for some reason, an another angelus` collections seem to include a little less items than F.i.n.t`s.

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Some examples of the shop staff coordinates

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Floral patterns and vintage inspired accessories!

What I especially like about F.i.n.t and an another angelus is their strong vision and brand concept. The style of their catalogues is very movie–like and it is easy to imagine that there is some kind of of story behind the pictures: you almost feel like browsing an art book. Most of the collections have a women´s name: there have been collections named Marjorie, Nancy, Félicia and Petulia for example.

The shop staff coordinates are also very enjoyable to look at, and the shop staff runs blogs that are actively updated with their most recent outfits and new arrivals. Although the clothes are not true vintage, I think both of the brands manage to recreate the vintage feeling quite well and in a very tasteful way.

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F.i.n.t AW15 (Nancy)

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F.i.n.t AW15 (Nancy). I love the illustrations!

To me F.i.n.t`s and an another angelus´ catalogues are among some of the most beautiful ones I have seen, and it was extremely hard to pick only a few examples as you can see! For their catalogues they use mostly foreigners as models, and the locations featured look like they could be in Europe or USA. Maybe this way they try to reach “the vintage feeling” similar to that in 60s European movies or something!

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These two styles look like something that Anna Karina could had worn in the film Une femme est une femme! (an another angelus, SS17 Angela)

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F.i.n.t`s and another angelus` Summer/Spring 2017 catalog was released recently and the current collection is named “Angela”. The main inspirations of this collection are marine fashion, floral patterns and 60s film heroines: especially Angéla (acted by lovely Anna Karina) from the film “Une femme est une femme”. The film features Anna Karina wearing some amazing and most enviable outfits, and many of these looks have been recreated by several bloggers and vintage lovers.

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SS17 (Angela)

The pieces inspired by Anna Karina`s look in the film include the name “Angela” in their titles and so far there are at least ribbon hair bands, a collared one piece in red and black and a long sleeve top with Angéla print. A few pieces that are not yet available remind me of the lingerie pieces featured in Anna Karina`s “sailor stripping scene” which I found very interesting.

Because the new SS17 catalogue doesn`t seem to include all the pieces of the collection, there might be more Angéla inspired items yet to come.

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Angelica onepiece (on the left) and the white bralet with ribbon details (on the right) are among my favourite items of this collection!

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Cute retro cardigan with an embroidery detail (and the left) and the popular Angéla top that already sold out at Fashionwalker.jp (on the right).

Since I am also a huge fan of the movie Une femme est une femme and Anna Karina`s looks in it, I am thrilled to see clothes inspired by it! I already ordered myself the red Angela dress and I am hoping to purchase a few other items later.

The new collection seems to be selling well on Fashionwalker, and some clothes are already sold out after just a few days. Luckily most of the things are still available at the official F.i.n.t online store so that might be worth checking out if you saw something you fancy!

 ♥ F.i.n.t official website

♥ an another angelus website

 ♥ F.i.n.t and an another angelus webstore

image source: the catalogue pictures, shop staff looks, Fashionwalker.jp looks

Sailor girl in beige

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coat, choker & shoes: RoseMarie seoir / bag: vintage / fihnets: tutuanna

After getting my RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag I was excited about trying to make a coordinate with some of the items I received. I came up with a simple outfit for spring featuring the beige sailor style coat, the velvet choker and the pom pom heels – my favourite things from the Happy Bag. Unfortunately it is still way too cold for clothes like these so I probably have to wait till April before I can actually wear this type of outfits outdoors. :’)

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To be realistic I doubt I´ll actually wear this coat together with the pom pom heels in real life since I feel the coat would look nicer paired up with some darker coloured shoes. Some other coloured clothes would probably flatter the heels better too!

I must admit that these pom pom heels are not the easiest to walk with, but then again I might be just clumsy hehe… The heels are super cute and I have been wanting shoes like them for a while but I have a feeling I might use them mostly for the outfit pictures and indoors to be practical. I am a little lazy with “difficult” shoes and besides I am often in a hurry: running while wearing these shoes isn´t probably the best idea heh!

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My attempt to coordinate the coat with something somehow made me like it even more and now I feel I might have more use for it than I first thought. I look forward wearing it especially with classical marine/sailor themed colors such as red and navy blue! Hopefully I’ll manage to feature an outfit like that here on my blog too when spring comes. : )

Thanks for taking your time reading this blog post!

Ps. I wish I didn`t had to include the dark blue rug into the pictures and ruin the colour scheme, but the heels kind of disappeared into the floor without it… ^__^;

photos by Johannes

RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag 2017 review

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RoseMarie seoir fukubukuro 2017 promo picture

In the end of 2016 I ended up preordering my second lucky bag (or Happy Bag) ever! In early 2016 ordered my first fukubukuro from Japanese brand Katie and luckily I was quite satisfied with the things I received.

Originally I thought I would skip all the lucky bags this year but then I saw RoseMarie seoir`s lucky bag: a 21 600 yen (175€) Happy Bag including items worth about 60 000 yen (488€)! I have adored RoseMarie seoir`s items once in a while for a few years but some of them might be a little too sweet and cute for my personal style so somehow I never purchased anything.

This year the RMS`s Happy Bag seemed very tempting though: the Happy Bag was promised to even include a pair of shoes (worth about 15 000 yen) and you were able to request the design and colour you would like to get! Especially the idea about receiving a pair of my preferred shoes made the deal seem very appealing and at last I gave up to temptation and just ordered the fukubukuro.

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A random and sneaky interior picture with the Happy Bag since it matches the rug I made recently hehe…

Because of the customs it took about three long weeks before I finally received my order and I was quite nervous. I knew that the bag should include a few pieces of clothing, some accessories or small goods and the requested shoes. Since everything by RoseMarie seoir is not 100% my style I was worried I´d receive something I didn`t like much or even worse: something a little too small for me (I am not too familiar with their sizing). I also got an impression that if the shoes you requested were out of stock they would replace them with the same design in different colour and I really hoped I could at least receive the shoes I liked – if everything else turned out to be a miss haha…

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A close-up of the Happy Bag

The RoseMarie seoir`s fukubukuro bag this year is super cute but the quality is not mind-blowing – apparently fukubukuro bags often tend to be made kind of cheaply. The bag looks nice in pictures and I like the design but the it is unlined and the material is some kind of synthetic fibre with toilet paper-like texture. The material seems quite strong though and the bag is relatively big.

My Happy Bag included:

 ♥ Sailor inspired trench style coat in beige

 ♥ 2 x Little Twin Stars & RoseMarie seoir collaboration plastic document holders

 ♥ Velvet choker with heart shaped “himitsu” charm in dark blue

 ♥ Sheer white tights with cat embroidery details

♥ “Bunny tail” choker in mint (the necklace with pom poms)

♥ Pair of pom pom heels in beige pink (the shoes I requested!)

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Sailor details on the back side of the coat.

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The coat`s silhouette is a-line with flared hem.

Immediately when I opened the Happy bag I realized I had gotten a coat and unfortunately it was the only actual piece of clothings I received. I was relieved that the coat is cute though: the colour is classical beige and the sailor inspired details are nicely made and still kind of mature. The quality seems good to me although the material is 100% polyester. I am happy that the coat fits me and my style but the problem is that I was already planning to buy a classical beige trench coat this spring. This coat is close to one but still not exactly something I was thinking: would it feel silly to buy a similar coloured trench coat now?

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When I saw the plastic document holders I was a little disappointed because I would rather had received some accessories. Funnily enough I have already started using them anyway so maybe they were something I actually needed haha…

The cat embroidery tights I got are cute but left me feeling very neutral and I don`t particularly look forward wearing them. Since I always wear a skirt or a dress I will likely still have some use for them when it gets warmer.

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The necklaces I received are luckily nice and I especially like the velvet choker: I am often a little picky with any statements and texts written on clothes or accessories but luckily “himitsu” (meaning “secret” in Japanese haha) is still neutral enough for me.

The pom pom necklace named “bunny tail choker” is lovely too and I considered buying it in black or beige pink last summer. Unfortunately mint colour doesn`t match with my clothing too well but I could maybe imagine myself wearing the choker with black coordinates. Still I might consider selling or giving it to someone who likes to colour better. : )

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The shoebox is so cute!

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The pom pom heels are something I looked forward the most and I am really happy with them! They even came with extra heel caps which was a nice addition! However when I examined the shoes better I started to wonder how well they will last in use. The shoes have some nice details that are carefully made such as the golden “RoseMarie seoir” plates on the soles but as you can expect in the shoes like these many parts seem to be glued on. I am a little paranoid if the gluing will start coming off sooner or later but if so I hope that won`t happen too soon. (ㄒoㄒ)

The extra heel caps!

The extra heel caps!

There is also one other thing that worries me a little: the toe area in these heels is lined with the same satin-like material as the outer parts and I was already able to spot a light stain there. It looks like the shoe has gotten some water on it and this must have happened already before I received them. Luckily when you wear the shoes (or don`t observe them too carefully) the stain is hardly noticeable but I especially in new products I personally find even minor faults like this a little disappointing. I am also afraid that the satin lined area under the toes will get nasty looking and dirty quite easily but then again these type of delicate shoes are probably often worn indoors only.

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If you watch carefully you can see the light stain on the right.

In the end I have a little mixed feelings about this Happy Bag and the items I received. I didn`t hate anything but I must admit that I might had rather received for example a dress instead of the coat. The value of the coat is quite a lot, apparently around 34 000 yen so that is probably the reason why it was the only piece of clothing my Happy Bag included. I think that especially the accessories I received could had been nicer and I saw many girls getting a cute bag and even a wallet (besides other small goods/accessories) when they received a few a little cheaper pieces of clothing. Somehow it seems like the amount of the goods/accessories I received was quite small considering how modest they are, maybe the high value of the coat had an effect on that?

I tried my best to write this review pretty honestly and although I wasn`t 100% happy with the items I received I think the RoseMarie seoir Happy Bag deal was still pretty good this year for someone who likes their designs. Usually you have to pay about 20 000-27 000 yen for their onepiece only! I also spied the contents the others got on instagram and many seemed to receive very nice items like a onepiece besides a cute bag, some jewelry, a pair of frilly socks and the shoes they requested! ♥

It was exciting to try the RMS Happy Bag but next year I will probably consider carefully if I am willing to take the risk with the unknown contents again. ^__^ The sales after New Year are generally good anyway so it might be wiser to just buy the items you truly want or need.

What do you think: was this lucky bag a hit or miss? Did you try your luck with any fukubukuros this year? : )

Katie SS 2017 collection: “Rose & Daughters”

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“The Virgin Suicides” (1999)

I have been checking Katie`s website for about a month hoping they would release the SS 2017 lookbook and today it is finally online! The Spring and Summer collection this year is called “Rose & Daughters” and judging from the decorations of their SS 2017 exhibition one of the main inspirations for this collection must be the film “The Virgin Suicides” by Sofia Coppola. One of the collection´s dresses is even named “Rose Garden´s lux’s dress” after one of the film`s main characters!

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Lux wearing a floral dress in The Virgin Suicides.

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Risa and her Lux inspired styling at Rose & Daughters exhibition.

Katie`s Night fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears in Virgin Suicides

Katie`s pink Night Fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears.

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Rose Garden lux´s dress (on the left) and Night Fever bare top worn together with Night Fever skirt and Katie Jeans boogie jacket.

After eyeing the lookbook for a while I spotted the words “Hanging Rock” in the names of several items and got curious: the name sounded a little random to me so I googled it. I found out that there is actually a film called “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (which suddenly started to sound awfully familiar…) directed by Peter Weir and after seeing the school girls in the film wearing white frilly dresses and straw hats I became convinced that some items of the collection are definitely inspired by this film as well!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Very “Picnic at Hanging Rock” inspired look featuring Hanging Rock puff dress and Daughters straw hat (on the left) and a more modern, casual look with a glimpse of the Apple Yard College t-shirt.

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Dreamy sceneries from the “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Unfortunately I haven`t seen “Picnic at Hanging Rock” myself but I love its aesthetics and the plot seems fascinating so I really want to see it now! After doing some research about the film (while trying to not spoil myself) I also realised that the girls in the film are students at “Appleyard College” which probably explains the “Apple Yard Collage” text in one of the collection`s t-shirts! Wikipedia also taught me that even Sofia Coppola was fascinated by “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and the film had an influence on both “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette”.

It isn`t probably a coincidence that Katie also decided to combine the aesthetics of these two films in the same collection. After finding out about the references to “Picnic at Hanging Rock” I wouldn`t be surprised if there were more inspirations and other references that I totally missed haha…

Most of the coordinates for the S/S 2017 lookbook

Most of the coordinates featured in the SS 2017 lookbook.

Lastly some thoughts about the collection itself: the colour palette this Spring/Summer seems to be quite typical to Katie including white, pale pink, light blue and black. Red and bordeax also seem to be present like in the A/W 2016 collection which is great since I have grown to like these colours a lot! A few olive green/khaki pieces are also included.

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt (on the right)

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt.

I think these looks are very cute!

These two looks are so cute! The blue overall is lovely although I couldn`t probably pull it off myself.

Although this collection is mostly quite different from the SS 2016 collection I feel there are some similarities too. In the both collections there are some denim items (jeans and coats) and several simple, casual style clothes at least compared to other collections, for example A/W 2016. The overall feeling of the collection is quite mature and minimalistic and I must admit that I miss the more girly “Katie feeling”. I´d like to love this collection but I must admit that many of the items look a little too simple to my taste.

Some looks featuring the jeans of the collection. I hardly wear trousers so these are not really my style.

The new collection includes two types of high waisted jeans.

The two looks are among the most simply and mature ones of the collections

These two looks are probably among the most minimalistic and mature ones in the whole collection.

I think it is interesting to see Katie doing new things and seeing Elli-Rose modeling the lookbook was a nice surprise: I think she is a little different from the models they have used in the past (typical Katie model seems to be a cute girl with bangs).

I already briefly talked about this with Sara Mari and we both agreed it was interesting to see Katie using a little more mature style model like Elli-Rose which kind of shows that Katie is also for women in their 30s! That makes me happy because in a few years I will already be closer to 30 than 20 myself and I still hope to wear Katie as long as I like their stuff haha…

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan in appeals to me a little for some reason (on the left) and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan (on the left) appeals to me a little and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

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I really like the white + bordeaux combination on the left and the black Café Chic high waist skirt (on the right) is one of my all the time favourite Katie pieces.

I feel that many items from “Rose & Daughters” don`t really suit my personal style but I liked the inspirations behind the collection and the film references. My favourite items from the collection are the Café Chic high waist skirt that does a come back in black and the bordeaux red Rosemary skirt and camisole one-piece.

After seeing how different this collection is compared to their older collections I keep wondering if Katie has started to change their brand identity a little by little. I guess that the next collection might reveal if they take a few steps back to their signature items and girly look or continue to produce more minimalistic and mature pieces.

How do you feel about the new collection? What are your favourite pieces? ^__^ 

image sources: Katie related pictures, TheVirgin Suicides: 1&2, 3, Picnic at Hanging Rock: 1, 2, 3