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Red and velvet for the October girl

Hi there little foxes, I hope autumn is treating you well!

I am still trying to get used to cooler weather and learn to dress up warmly again: I think we can expect the first snow quite soon here in Finland, huh! Luckily I have managed to get a few new additions to my A/W wardrobe which has helped to make dressing up more a little more fun for me.

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This look reflects some of my autumn inspirations pretty well and I was also highly influenced by Anna Karina’s look in the film “Une femme est une femme”. I still hope to properly re-create some of her looks from the film in future! Before that I want to do some preparations like find some blue eye shadow, hehe…

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hair bow & skirt: Katie / turtle neck: Jouetie / shoes: Clarks / magazine: “murmur magazine for men”

Lately I am very much in love with big hairbows and I almost feel like they could become a part of my own “signature look” (to be honest I don`t think I have one quite yet hehe…). Many iconic actresses and models “in the old times” seemed to have some kind of signature style and browsing their pictures makes me think how big role for example their hairstyle played. When thinking about a certain iconic actress or model such as Marilyn Monroe or Twiggy you can immediately remember their signature hair!

I find this fascinating since these days it seems to be more common that celebritites keep changing their hair and style constantly: having the same look for longer periods could be even considered just boring!

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My bangs would had needed a little combing I guess haha….

I have personally had bangs (or fringe) for about 10 years now although my hair colour and style otherwise has varied. Always when I consider growing my bangs out all I have to see is one cute girl with bangs and I already change my mind. I am just hopelessly in love with bangs I guess? ; )

Do you have a signature hairstyle? If not but you had to choose one, how would it be? 

photos taken by Johannes

My A/W 2016 inspirations: “a-60s-Parisian-girl-wanna-be”

Autumn has gone so fast that I can hardly believe that it is already October! Luckily autumn this year has turned out to be quite pleasant and the weather has been really sunny and beautiful! I miss the warmness of summer already but I still think that autumn is the best time for dressing up nicely! Like last autumn I am full of inspiration and I am (probably a little too) excited to talk about my autumn/winter 2016 favourites! Heh…

I guess that my taste hasn`t really changed dramatically since last year: I am still nuts about the 60s, Larme magazine and girly style generally so I am afraid that my choices might be a little predictable haha… I think that in a nutshell my A/W 2016 inspiration could be called something like “a-60s-Parisian-girl-wanna-be”  althought the reality doesn`t probably match with that description totally. In the end I am not sure how an authentic 60s Parisian girl would be plus everything I like is not 100% 60s style.

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Brigitte Bardot and Anna Karina wearing red. Love-love!

COLOURS: RED / BEIGE / LEOPARD

This autumn/winter I am loving quite classical colour combinations and I especially like red, beige and black. My favourite colour in clothes at the moment is definitely red – although this colour has only quite recently re-arrived into my wardrobe. My curiosity for red started already last autumn and the curiosity has slowly developed into a small obsession I guess, hehe. I love red because it is bold and colourful but still so sophisticated. It gives me a nice retro feeling and I also find it very feminine colour at the moment! This year at least bordeaux red seems to be a trend colour since I have noticed many brands using it lately.

Beige and camel (brown) haven`t been much present in my wardrobe either but lately I have started to like this kind of shades more and more. I currently like beige/camel especially in skirts and coats and somehow they look really nice worn together with some red colour. Beige feel very classical and “vintage” (inspired?) to me and I like that impression!

I´d love to recreate this The Umbrellas of Cherbourg inspired look by Katie!

I´d love to recreate this The Umbrellas of Cherbourg inspired look by Katie!

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Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot

My third favourite colour for this A/W is actually not a colour but a pattern: my leopard madness continues! Leopard pattern seems to also be a mainstream trend at the moment so it is a great timing for all the leopard pattern lovers to look for the pieces their wardrobes have been missing. I like leopard pattern in skirts, berets, cardigans, coats, bags and… Well, apparently in about everything (when talking about clothes and accessories) heh! In any case my personal “rule” for wearing leopard pattern would probably be to stick up with only one leopard piece at time to avoid any accidental tackiness. Maybe wearing a leopard beret or + a leopard skirt or something similar together would still be acceptable even in my books though haha… But yeah, this totally depends on your personal taste!

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Skirt by the Virgins

MY FAVOURITE PIECES FOR A/W 2016

After rambling a little about the colours I still wanted to talk about some “must have” pieces for A/W 2016. Naturally these are only my personal choices but even though I try to not obsess over trends some of the the items I like are probably more or less trendy at the moment too. Considering my taste and the things I already mentioned above many of my favourites are not probably that surprising! ; )

Lately I have tried to start paying more attention to the materials of the clothes I buy (or plan to buy). So far I have had quite little knowledge about the qualities and downsides of different materials but I am curious to learn more about this subject. I am also more and more interested to invest in good quality and ethical products, although unfortunately everything I buy doesn`t fill these requirements 100% at least yet. But yeah, I am trying to learn to consider my purchases more carefully!

When shopping Japanese brands (that I like so much) online I have also noticed that suprisingly many brands sometimes have rather high prices considering that the material they use might be “just” polyester, acrylic or similar (something that you don`t probably consider that good quality). Several times when randomly browsing different brands on Fashionwalker online store I have seen clothes that are priced around 70-150€+ but the main materials are still polyester and acrylic. So yeeees, this year I think I will be curiously eyeing the material tags a little more carefully than before and if I see some natural fibres mentioned I consider that positive. :’)

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COATS: a beige trench / camel (coloured) wool coat

This year my favourite coat styles are a classical trench and a vintage style wool coat (I already admired some last year!). In colours I adore beige and camel that are both quite timeless shades. I would wear the trench during the autumn and go with the wool coat during cold winter period.

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wool coats by beautiful people and Katie

After not buying a new winter coat for a few years this autumn I finally gave myself permission to buy a new winter coat and I would love to find a classical (camel coloured hehe) wool coat! Maybe it is still a little too early autumn(?) or something but so far have had problems to find the simple vintage inspired designs that I am looking for… Besides this I have realised how many coats that look like wool coats are actually not made of wool but for example… polyester (again)! :’) Many of these polyester coats are awfully cute but I wonder if they are warm enough for the freezing Finnish winter… Hmmm… My search continues!

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Emerald green and bordeaux red vintage inspired dresses by F.i.n.t and Milk.

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Jill by Jill Stuart

DRESSES: a velvet dress 

I have liked velvet for years already and I already own a few kind of basic velvet pieces that I consider as my “autumn clothes” (generally speaking velvet seems to be worn mostly in autumn and winter time?). I like how velvet feels and looks and luckily it is quite warm too! I remember seeing velvet pieces well presented in A/W collections for years already and also this year they seem to be trendy and popular again. This is fine for me because I would happily welcome a few new velvet pieces into my wardrobe, hehe! Lately I have spotted velvet pieces most often in black, light pink, emerald green and bordeaux red and my personal favourites are (based on my favourite AW colours naturally, hehe) black and bordeaux red.

Currently my favourite styles are the simple skater dress (I have two of these myself!) or camisole dress and the ones with white collars (vintage inspired look). Lately I also find myself liking some patterned velvet pieces like the dress (see the image above) from Jill by Jill Stuart. Especially floral patterns on a dark background appeal to me but unfortunately I can`t find this kind of style too often…

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Skirts by Topshop, Katie, River Island (no longer available) and Jill by Jill Stuart.

SKIRTS: a velvet skirt

Besides velvet dresses I am also in love with velvet skirts: they are comfy and cute! I like black velvet skirts the best: they are super easy to coordinate and create a nice contrast when worn with other colours.

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plaid skirts by allamanda and F.i.n.t

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Noela and F.i.n.t

a vintage inspired plaid skirt

I recently watched the film “Darling” from 1962 and saw the main character wearing a tartan style plaid skirt together with a tight fitting turtle neck: “so cute!”, I thought.  Afterwards I ended up looking at my 60s themed style books and now it is official: I am in love with all kinds of plaid skirts! I already have a few plaid skirts (in shades of brown and in black & white) but this autumn I have grown to like also the red version. I used to have a tiny pleated red plaid skirt when I was about 14 but at some point I started to dislike it a little and since then I haven`t worn check skirts in red. Right now instead of wearing a super tiny plaid skirt I think that the ideal length for me would be the little longer midi version.

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So cute but… why so short? Skirts by Jouetie and titty&Co.

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Jouetie and Topshop (no longer available)

an a-line leopard skirt

My third favourite skirt style for A/W 2016 would naturally be a leopard skirt! This autumn an a-line leopard skirt is apparently also a trendy item because I keep seeing them everywhere and I personally find them super cute too! Unfortunately many of the skirts I have been eyeing have seemed super short and right now would prefer something that covers my butt even if I bend over a little. :’) I generally notice myself liking a little longer skirts than before: maybe I am getting old… :’)

I love the earthly colours of these two NET ViVi coordinates!

I love the earthly colours of these two NET ViVi coordinates!

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Wego and titty&Co.

TOPS: a ribbed turtle neck

My choice for “the must have top” for this season would be a ribbed turtle neck. Ribbed tops have been popular for a while already (maybe even for a few years..?) and I also personally like their texture! Turtle necks keep you (hopefully) warm and they create a nice vintage inspired look worn together with many skirts and they are great for layering. One of my favourite A/W 2016 looks is a slip dress worn over a turtle neck! This autumn my favourite colours in turtle necks are naturally red, beige and black.

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Fifi Chachnil`s fluffy angora heaven!

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Katie (red), Fifi Chachnil (light beige), Milk (light pink & light blue)

fluffy knit cardigans

Last year I was kind of obsessed about fluffy things (especially eyelash cardigans and such) and I still adore fluffiness but I am starting to prefer a little more “toned down” look. Fifi Chachnil’s cruelty free angora knits probably present the “ideal kind of fluffiness” for me but owning one myself remains as my dream for now since the quality has its price. :’) I am not sure if it is partly a coincidence or not (Fifi Chachnil seems quite popular in Japan) but I feel that this autumn many Japanese brands are offering a bit similar style cardigans. Long cardigans seem to be especially trendy this year but I am currently personally more into the shorter ones.

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berets originally from Topshop (no longer available)

HEADWEAR: berets

I have worn berets on and off for years and this autumn I like them a lot again! Berets are perfect for a “wanna-be-Parisian-girl” look and once again they are super timeless. Currently I like especially berets in – once again: red (the ultimate favourite!), black (goes with everything) and in leopard pattern (I might need one, ught!). Btw: am I the only one who sometimes finds it suprisingly confusing to find berets that fit you “just the right way”?

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velvet hair ribbons

I am personally quite bad at using accessories and I hardly wear any jewellery or such. Hair ribbons are my expection and lately I notice myself wearing one almost every other day! In Larme magazine hair accessories like different kinds of ribbons are commonly used and I also love how some vintage actresses (Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karin, Brigitte Bardot…) used to wear them. I find hair bows super cute and they instantly add some girlyness to your outfit. I wish people wore hair ribbons more often these days too!

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American Apparel, Katie and Noela

This autumn I love especially velvet ribbons and at least from Japanese brands they are kind of easy to find. Etsy is probably another great source for all kinds of hair ribbons and if you are a crafty person you can probably make one yourself quite easily. ;)

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This post turned out a little longer than I expected but hopefully reading about my inspirations was somewhat interesting to some of you! :’) Are you inspired to dress up for the autumn and winter? What kinds of things you look forward wearing this year? :)

Image sources: 

Brands mentioned and their webshops: Katie, the Virgins, beautiful people, F.i.n.t, Milk, Jill by Jill Stuart, Topshop, River Island, allamanda, Noela, Jouetie, Wegotitty&Co., Fifi Chachnil, American Apparel

other image sources: image1image2, image3image4/image5, image7,image 8 is scanned from the book “French Chic”, Net Vivi, Fifi Chachnil instagram, topshop berets, Ladies with hair ribbons

Larme inspired pink & black coordinate

About a month ago (time flies, huh?) I went to check out a local Japanese fashion themed fleamarket and this was the outfit I ended up wearing to the event! This was actually my second j-fashion themed event ever and the first one for a few years so I was a bit nervous haha…

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skirt, bag and hair bow: Katie / strappy crop top: Missguided / sheer top: E hyphen world gallery BonBon / shoes: Clarks

I wanted to make this outfit more obviously Larme (magazine) inspired since the event was focused on Japanese fashion. I decided to build my outfit around my Katie garter skirt that I actually wore out for the first time on that day! I bought the skirt already around May from the summer sale but I had been kind of “saving it” since I had been a little paranoid about ruining it somehow (a bit silly, I know!) hehe… My look turned out to be kind of “Katie oriented” but maybe it is not so weird since many of my favourite accessories and clothes are by them.

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My makeup for the event was kind of basic and quickly created: I was already a little late so I decided to keep it simple and just go with some black eyeliner, mascara and shimmery light pink eyeshadow. I also wore a little bit red blush on my cheeks and to my lips I added my favourite orange lipstick although I feel that pink or red could have been a better match for my outfit.

Ideally I would had also curled my hair a little to stay loyal to my Larme inspiration BUT since I am not very good at curling my hair I decided to save an hour or two and keep that also simple, hehe… :”)

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The event itself turned out to be a little smaller than I expected and was more focused on Lolita fashion I think, but I still had lots of fun! I was lucky enough to meet two of my online friends who share my love for the Larme magazine for the first time! Chatting with these two cuties really made my day and I was really happy I decided to go there. I love spending time at home probably a little too much (hehe) but this kind of experiences make me want to be more active and go to see events that interest me more often.

I also hope to get more active at posting my outfits here, let`s see how that goes! Taking outfit photos keeps feeling a little difficult to me but at the same time it would be fun to do small photoshoots etc. for my blog so I try to get better at that! These pictures were kindly taken and edited by my boyfriend Johannes (his instagram).

Thank you for readings this post..! ^__^

Exploring cute shops in Kyoto

When travelling I am always curious to check out some cute and creative local shops and especially stores with unique interiors interest me. In Japan many shops tend to put lots of effort into their interiors which really makes shopping there an experience. After reading some online recommendations and hearing some tips from my Japanese friends I have come across with many interesting shops and places so I thought why not to share some of them with you!

This summer when I visited Japan me and my boyfriend stayed one week in Kyoto and this time I was determined to see a few places that my Japanese friend recommended me. I was able to visit Kyoto for the first time last summer and I was actually supposed to visit some of these places already back then but unfortunately I run out of time. There is always so much to see that choosing where to go can be tricky! But yes: the shops featured in this post are located in Kyoto!

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Maiko Antiques

This small but fascinating shop was one that my local friend recommended me and my boyfriend to see. Maiko Antiques sells all kind of curious old Japanese things such as dolls, wooden things, vintage toys, jewellery, postcards, old photos etc. My friend told us that she used to work there part time during her studies: sounds like a dream to me!

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Old wooden blocks: Maiko Antiques offered several personal but affordable souvenir ideas!

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address: 157 Komatsuchō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0811, Japan

Mariebelle (Kyoto)

This small Chocolate shop was also recommended me by my friend: she said that this shop is a must thing for me to see since I like cute things. I found out that Mariebelle was founded in New York so it is an American brand but they have only a few shops around the world: in USA and Japan.

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The signature blue entrance to the Mariebelle.

When I entered Mariebelle Kyoto I was immediately impressed with their carefully created interior! All the products were beautifully presented and I really liked the blue shade they used in the interior and the packaging. Since the day was a bit rainy and the lighting inside was not very bright I feel that my photos don`t do justice for the cuteness of the shop..!

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The packaging is so beautiful!

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The pricing at the Mariebelle is a bit on the higher side since the chocolate they make is hand crafted. But I think the products are worth their price since they clearly put lots of effort into every little detail. I wanted to support the shop and buy something small to remember the visit so I ended up getting a cute tin box of chocolate powder. The staff packed my Hot Chocolate very beautifully: they even included some faux rose pendants and a cooling gel bag (to prevent the chocolate from melting) into the bag they gave me! I wish I had realised to take a picture of it…

address: 604-8112 京都市中京区柳馬場三条下ル 槌屋町83番地

Leur Getter (Kyoto)

Leur Getter is a girly Japanese Lolita style brand (I am talking about Lolita fashion, not Nakobov`s Lolita) that produces beautiful dresses that often have cute patterns. I had visited Osaka`s Leur Getter store once in summer 2015 because they stock also my favourite brand Katie, but to be honest otherwise the brand itself wasn´t too familiar to me. I actually came across with Kyoto`s Leur Getter accidentally while looking for another store called “Enfant” that used to stock also Katie, Milk and Leur Getter. Unfortunately the shop lady at Leur Getter told me that Enfant had been recently closed for good and now there was only this tiny Leur Getter store left.

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The tiny store front

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Leur Getter dresses

I was slightly disappointed but I must say that the tiny Leur Getter shop was also very fascinating and adorable. The shop is literally one of the smallest shops I have ever visited (even by Japanese standards) but still very charming! The shop staff lady was also very friendly and sweet and she talked a lot with my boyfriend (I wish I knew more Japanese…). We felt so welcome that we wanted to visit the store twice just to talk with the lady although we didn`t end up purchasing anything (I feel a little bad…). I also ended up taking some really cute pictures of the store but the lady kindly asked me to not post them online so I respect her wish: the only picture that I publish is from the store front. In Kyoto Leur Getter is located near the main shopping streets so I really recommend to pay a visit there if you enjoy girly fashion and aesthetics!

address: 京都市下京区寺町通四条下ル貞安前之町619-3-1階

Han

“Han” is a cute shop that we came across while randomly wandering around but I felt it was also worth mentioning! The selection of the shop is very good and there are lots of different (mostly smalls sized) design products and crafts available that would be perfect souvenirs or gifts. Besides Japanese brands and creators they also sell products by foreign designers: I even managed to spot some small Finnish brands that I hadn`t heard of before which was interesting! In any case I felt that their selection is well curated and everything presents certain kind of fresh, cute and colourful style quite well!

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Lunch boxes, jewellery, home decorations and accessories among other things!

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address: 京都府京都市中京区中京区 弁慶石町48 三条 あり も と ビル 1F

Making inspiration collages!

A Collage I made before going to Japan. I used it as a checklist during the trip to keep in mind which kind of items I wanted to look for.

I am really really trying to practise “Buy less, choose well” kind of attitude. One and half a year ago I decided to start keeping a proper wishlist* to avoid impulse buys. : ) Besides having a wishlist I have lately gotten really into making inspiration collages of clothes and items I like! I have always enjoyed displaying my collections and organizing things into nice looking compositions on my shelves. That is probably why I enjoy making digital collages as well! I often use at least some things from my wishlist but also other nice clothes and accessories that help me to make the wholeness more interesting and cute. : ) Generally speaking making collages like this can be fun and even a little bit useful! Hehe…

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Clothes and things mostly by Katie and Bubbles.

I make the collages mostly for fun but at the same time I feel they give me extra inspiration and motivation. : ) Although the idea would be fascinating (hehe), the main point of my collages is not to try to get every single item featured but rather be inspired. Ideally doing collages with possible outfits can help me to see which items from my wishlist work together or if I already own something that could work in a little similar kind of coordinates in real life.

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My newest collage! At the moment I am really into fuchsia x black combination… This time I decided to use a few items I already own.

I personally do all my collages with photoshop, but if you don`t have photoshop there are some mobile applications and such to create similar kind of stuff. My favourite application for this is aillis camera which allows you to do quick and simple collages with your phone. Another easy way to check how some items roughly look together is by print screening some arranged views from your computer. I use Mac and personally I do this by selecting several pictures and opening them all together in preview (and then taking a screenshot). If you find nice things and ideas from magazines (that you dare to cut) making cut and paste collages could also be a great idea! ^__^ Good luck!

*My wishlist is a folder on my computer where I collect images of products/clothes/etc. I like. Then I keep a list of the prices and rank everything to figure out which items I would like to buy the most. : )