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How to fight the winter blues.

Now that the holiday season has come and gone, some people look at the next months ahead with a sigh. Winter is here, days are still short, as cold as ever, and if you live in a place like London there isn't much daylight to grab on to.

 

All of these can affect our moods and make the weeks ahead less enjoyable than we would like to admit.

Here are a few tips and tricks to make the winter more bearable:

- Cosy interior: Scandinavians have long figured out that the best way to survive winter is to keep your house as cosy and as nice looking as possible. Lights can help create a happy and warm aura, fairlights, candles, any kind of indirect sets of lights will help create a lovely atmosphere.

- Don't forget to go out a lot: The sun won't be up for long so we better take on those rays the few minutes we can!

- Have a plan: Make a list of goals you will like to accomplish during the next three months and focus on that instead of the ugly weather.

- Entertainment: Sometimes the best way is to distract ourselves from the harsh reality outside our windows. Starting asking your friends and family for book, films, TV shows and music recommendations.

- Family time: Winter is a good time to spend more hours with your family and loved ones. Organise afternoons in playing board games. Visits to the museum. Cinema nights or ice skating adventures!

- Eat well: Make sure you are eating right, our immune system suffers during the colder months of the year and the best boost you can give it is feeding your body nutritious and varied food. And if it's warm and comforting even better.

- Exercise: Many people won't like it but the truth is that working out regularly improves your mood and keeps you warm!

- Vitamin D: If you live in a place where winters are fairly dark, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement until spring comes. It's not as good as sitting under the sun but it does its job.

- Dress for the weather: It's very important to remember that it's cold outside. We might want to show off that gorgeous outfit we got for Christmas but keeping yourself warm will help your health and mood. Choose a winter coat you absolutely love and pair it with accessories that bring out your personality. Being cold can keep your muscles tight and trigger sorethroats and stuffy noses. Not cool.

 

Which are your hacks to survive the winter blues?

 

 

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Japanese Fashion

Last year I started a series about fashion of the world.

So far I've been focusing on European styles, such as Italian, French, Scandinavian and British. But today, we travel all the way to Asia to one of those countries where the modern and the traditional live in almost perfect harmony: Japan.

The land of constrasts.

Japanese fashion has put itself in the radar little by little for the past 10 years, producing its fair bit of cult fashion designers such as:

 

Let's try and dissect what makes their style so special:

 

- Either very vanguardist or...

If you have a stroll through the streets of Tokyo or Osaka, you will see a bunch of well styled individuals experimenting with textures, shapes, sizes and combinations.

 

- ...very traditional

However, their business attire is probaly one of the most traditional in the whole far East. Both women and men, choose to wear very high quality suits and crisp materials. Both genders again pay an extraordinary attention to personal grooming, from nails to face, to hair, to achieve the perfect clean cut look.

 

- Either minimalist palette or...

Many choose a very minimal colour palette, usually grey, red, black and white.

 

- ...all the colours of the rainbow

While others go all the way in mixing several colours, patterns and prints together. From clothes to accessories.

 

- Exhacerbated shapes and proportions

Many of Japan's trendy pieces of clothes have exagerated proportions. Trousers that are extremely baggy, short, long, wide or tight. Tops and jumpers that are wide in the shoulders and go all the way down to the knees. Flashy shoes. You get the picture.

 

- Making the comfortable chic

Lately designers and brands have been choosing fabrics and designs that are comfortable and flow well with body movements. Highly inspired by active wear with a chic tone to it.

 

- Kawaii

One of Japan's most famous looks. Mostly worn by very young people (with some exceptions), items upon items of childish outfits put on together by adults. Some inspired by Manga or by the beloved Hello Kitty. Think tutus, guys in long skirts, lots of hair clips and rainbow hair. 

 

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1984 vibes or personalised fashion recommendations?

Most of us agree that one of the handicaps of buying fashion online is that you can never be sure if the item will actually fit you and/or look good on you. In that sense, softwares that can predict what will suit our body type and features are incredibly helpful and would stop us from making many mistakes.

These kind of tools will start to be implemented in many international business websites all throughout 2017. But we will talk about that another day.

There is another thing coming!

A different kind of program ready for websites to use,  based on algorithms that are created to absorb data, analyse it and then produce a recommendation.

Instead of helping you figure out if a jacket is your size or if it will look good depending on your height, body type and measurements, this algorithm will try to find out how your brain works, what you like, what you don't like, and then with that information in mind, recommend you a fashion product.

In a way, this is already happening. If you use the web regularly, I'm sure you've already noticed how google keeps track of every purchase, every thing you've looked into in an online shop, any video you've checked on youtube, or any concept you've researched. You would have seen it in pop ads on social media that all of a sudden are very relatable or heavily linked to your online history from 2 hours ago.

This would be the next step. We are talking that for example Selfridges or Harvey Nichols, will receive enough information about you (your hobbies, what music you listen to, places you've visited, things you've bought in the past, books you've read, magazines you read...) that they will be able to recommend you a pair of shoes and be 100% positive that you will love them (and even if you can afford them!)

If this sounds horrifying to you and you think that you will never give away that kind of information for companies to use as they please, know that you are already doing it, and for free!

In may cases that's why social media and other online services are free, it's not because they rely on advertisement, no, it's because you and your data are the products they are selling to bigger companies.

Amazing or terrifying?

 

Tell me in the comments below.

 

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Men's Fashion Week

The year has only just started and fashion weeks are already knocking on our doors.

Starting with London Fashion Week for men! I saw some gorgeous outfits and potential trends in the runway already.

A few key points that stand out:

- Tucked in tops.

- Skinny jeans remain retired in exchange for more comfortable trouser shapes.

- The 70s are here to stay it seems, and with them high roll necks.

- Similar to last year, pyjama inspired fabrics and co-ords are still staples

- Leather everything

- A good 90s patchwork. Who would have thought colourful patches would be trendy again? Not me.

- Crop tops. Because showing your belly isn't just a woman's game. 

 

Here are some cool examples of what's to come in stores everywhere:

 

Did you follow London's Men's Fashion Week? Which were your favourite outifts and trends?

 

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Italian Fashion

Lately I've been appreciating different kinds of European fashion styles and trying to find the key to their tips and secrets.

I've talked about Scandinavian countries and their love for minimalist colour palettes and high quality basics.

I've realised that British people might have staple pieces but aren't afraid of experimenting and setting their own trends.

And I've tapped into the depths of the French wardrobe.

The time has come to talk about Italy and its fashion!

I always say that I can spot an Italian person anywhere in the world. I'm not sure of what gives them away, I can't quite put my finger in what it is exactly.

It's a bit more than just national recognition, it's the details. Not just the clothes they wear but how they wear them. The way they carry themselves.

If you've ever visited Italy or run into a group of Italians while on holiday, you've probably noticed that usually we are well dressed, stylish but without overdoing it.

 

Let's try and dissect how we do it:

 

- We dress for the occasion.

Whether it's a work meeting, a casual afternoon out, an event or a night out, we take into consideration where we are going and what we will be doing before choosing what to wear.

This kind of attention to detail, I believe, makes us stand out.

 

- The perfect blend of trendy and classic pieces.

Italy is one of the capitals of fashion and as such, people are bombarded with brands and designers. However, I think we have found a good balance between classic pieces, handcrafted items and well tested cuts, and the latest trends. We mix and match with harmony producing that chic allure you are used to seeing in us.

 

- Shoes and handbags.Again with the attention to details. Shoes and handbags are as important as a good coat or piece of jewellery. 

 

In Italy we have a huge tradition of very well crafted bags and shoes and it shows in our day to day looks.

 

- Colours.

We aren't afraid of colours and, most importantly, we know how to wear them!

 

- Attitude.

Perhaps the most important treat (and the hardest to emulate) is our philosophy of life. Blame it on better weather, the food or the culture, but the way we structure our lives shows on the clothes we choose and how we move.

 

Can you spot people from your country when you are abroad just by the way they are dressed? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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The Collection

It was perhaps the most anticipated series at the end of summer.

The first timea continental-European public national broadcaster has collaborated with a major subscription video on demand platform, a global distributor and a British production company, on an English-language drama.

The Collection hasn't disappointed, a tv drama set around a fashion house in Paris that emerges during the nazi Occupation in World War II, is full of glamour, fashion history (Dior among others), historical drama and interesting characters.

I've added the show to my list of the Top 5 tv series you can find fashion inspiration in, the name next to the likes of Sex and The City and Mad Men, and The Collection was there for a reason. Every single episode has been tailored to the detail, from the wardrobe to the atmosphere, the dialogues and the plot.

 

Watching The Collection feels a little bit like a treat!

The only thing I find a bit strange is the accents, they don't seem to get them right!

 

Here are a couple of my favourite looks so far:

 

If you haven't watched it yet, I really recommend you give it a try over the holidays. You can watch it on Amazon Video.

 

Which TV shows have you been watching lately? Which ones would you recommend me?

 

 

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French Fashion

The other day we talked about Scandinavian fashion and how to try and emulate their effortlessly cool vibes. We also mentioned Britain and British style. Today we are going to try and dissect how to achieve that je ne sais quois that the French have mastered so well!

They are easy to spot in foreign cities and when you are the one walking around in their country, you are the one that stands out, either you look like you tried too hard or too little.

That's perhaps the key point of French style: look like you haven't put much of a thought behind your appearance and look, create that illusion. Make sure you master it.

Get ready to spend some time defining your personal look in detail, create outfits that scream "I've got out of bed like this and I still look fabulous".

 

Besides that, keep in mind:

 

- Black, white and red.

Pretty much any combination of these colours will help you start up your French style.

A white blouse with a black lavalliére (it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman), black jeans with a perfectly cut blazer, black and white stripped tops, you name it. Then throw some red into the mix: a red bag, a red scarf, a red skirt, a red hat... you get the idea.

 

- Leather.

It doesn't matter if you only own one leather piece, as long as it's good quality. Think leather jackets, handbags and belts.

 

- Hats

Fedoras, beanies and, of course, berets.

 

- Minimal makeup/accessories

If you wear makeup let it be minimal. If you want to make a statement choose between a red lip or black pencil smudged on the sides of the eyes.

Tone down the accessories, very minimal jewellery. Never forget a good scarf.

 

And above all, have fun!

 

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Christmas outfits for her.

On my last post I talked about the holiday season and the pressure to have the perfect outfit for every occasion we are invited too.

December might be the season to be jolly but it also comes with commitments and quite a lot of socialising. Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate our own wardrobes and pick the perfect combinations, here are a few ideas you can take inspiration from.

Remember that these are just that, ideas, you should always adapt them to your own style and body shape, play with them and make them your own!

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Work dinner:

As I've mentioned in my last post about men's looks, most of us go to these straight from work, we have no time to head home and get changed, so we must work with something that will work with our day schedule too.

Think flares. Bell bottoms are back in trend and can be worn in many ways. You can choose a neutral colour, such as black, navy blue or grey, choose them in cotton and they will fall even better. Pair them with high heeled wedges to round the chic 70s look and top it with a ruffled top. 

 

Night out:

Velvet, velvet and velvet. Wear a velvet dress in the shape that flatters you best, slip ons are very trendy right now. Dark green, red, burgundy or black are your colours. Let the dress be the statement and pair it with neutral tights and high heels. Don't forget to accessorize. 

 

Christmas Day:

On the 25th you probably want to be warm, want to be comfortable and want to look good. Choose a cosy short roll neck in a tone that suits you and pair it with a suede mini skirt and ankle boots. Consider choosing a suede skirt with patterns or different colours.

 

New Year's Eve:

Like for men, I also have three options for you:

 

  1. Silky slip on dress over a see through or lace 3/4 sleeve top.
  2. High waist shimmery trousers with a v neck blouse tucked inside and very high heels.
  3. Long lace skirt (extremely trendy at the moment) paired with a lace top and high heeled boots.

 

What are your favourite trends for the holiday season?

 

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Christmas outfits for him

We are officially in the holiday season!

Family time, perhaps a couple of days off, tons of food and celebrations.

If there is something that defines December is parties. Be it family ones, business dinners or reunions with friends, we all try and get together to celebrate, and with it comes the pressure of what to wear. We want to dress properly and festive without overdoing it, let it show that it's a special occasion.

Here are a few outfit suggestions for every single one of those commitments, from the Christmas work dinner, to a night out with your friends, to Christmas Day and New Year's Eve:

 

Work dinner;

You want to dress up a little but without going full on festive. You will probably head to the celebration straight from the office so adapting your day look will be key.

That day choose a different suit than the ones you regularly wear, perhaps one you use in more special days, ditch your day to day shirts and go for a bolder colour, try a dark/black one if you usually wear white and pale ones, give a bright colour a chance maybe. Match the tie with the colour of your shirt and consider adding a pocket handkerchief of the same colour too.

Simple yet effective.

 

Night Out:

Suede and velvet are kings right now. Pick your favourite trousers and match them with a suede or velvet jacket, it can be a bomber or a blazer depending on your style. Pair it with a roll neck top in the same colour and go for moccasins, another seasonal hit. 

 

Christmas Day:

On the 25th we all enjoy a little bit of quirkiness. If you are a big defender of Christmas jumpers or you are heavily encouraged by family to wear one, create a look around it for the fun of it. Wear it with a pair of good jeans rolled all the way up to your ankles, choose ankles socks that match the central colour of your jumper and pair them with pointed shoes. You might not want to get caught dressed like that outside of your house but it is indeed a day to be spent with the family!

 

New Year's Eve:

Everyone does NYE differently, I have three suggestions for you:

 

  1. A colourful suit, burgundy, cerulean, khaki green, with a pale shirt and a skinny tie.
  2.  Slim cut black slacks with with a shirt and black braces.
  3. Dark skinny jeans, with ankle boots, silk blouse with a lavaliere. 

 

Have you decided what you are going to wear yet? Tell me in the comments below!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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