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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

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.

ROSE GARDEN lux´s dress and NIGH FEVER bare top

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