Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Currently loving

Just a few things currently living on my wish list. I am feeling midi skirts, pink lip balms and glamorous red nail polishes right now. What's on your list?

one: Forever 21 Bon Voyage Case

two: Burberry Lip Glow balm in Pink Peony

three: Essie Jump in my jumpsuit

four: SOVAknits beanie

five: Nordstrom wool & cashmere wrap

six: Coast Maurizia lace skirt

seven: Elise Ryan midi lace skirt

eight: Chi Chi London lace midi skirt

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekly outfit inspiration: Pencil skirts

Pencil skirts are one of those closet staples that haven't enjoyed as much wear time as they would deserve. I have built quite a collection over the years, and I'm not really sure why I stopped pulling them out of my closet. Put it down to laziness, or to the lack of creativity. Whatever the reason, it's such a shame that they didn't get the attention they deserve.

I know that they are not the easiest thing to pull off, especially when you have curves (raising my hand), and are a tiny bit too self-conscious (rising my hand, again), but they truly can do wonder for a hourglass shape.

The easiest thing, of course, is to pair a pencil skirt with a simple blouse or a t-shirt for spring & summer, but in my quest for a more creative winter dressing, I've been researching other, more winter-appropriate options.

I love the idea of wearing my pencil skirts with a knit (cashmere or cable, tucked in or not), a statement necklace and my hair in loose waves. Also, after too many years of snubbing them, I find myself once again drawn to the turtlenecks - paired with a perfectly-cut pencil skirt they have that subtle sophistication and elegance I've been craving.

Tell me, are pencil skirts part of your winter wardrobe? What do you like to pair them with?

Image via Fashionsy
I don't own many pieces in navy (and I'm wondering why's that, anyway), but I'm really obsessed with this ensemble. A monochromatic look is always a winner in my book, and I love how this navy blue set is livened up by turquoise accessories. I think this would also look nice with a pair of black knee-high boots and an elegant winter coat.

Image via Atlantic Pacific

I have never been fan of flashy metallics: shimmery gold and silver pieces are just too much for me, and I never knew how to style them in a classy way. This bronze leather skirt, however, is an entirely different story. It's not flashy in the slightest, and matches the two-tone turtlenect almost perfectly. Exactly my idea of chic!

Image via Fashionsy

Leather, knit, plaid. Three elements of a perfect fall/winter outfit. I would just swap the pumps for a pair of camel boots.

Image via Gal Meets Glam

I love the contrast between the summery lace skirt and the fuzzy winter sweater!

Image via Styleoholic

This is by far the safest color bet I can think of: black and gray is one of my favorite winter combos. I love the elegant silhouette of this outfit!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend list #2

I'm happy to report that I crossed off all the items on my very first weekend list, and I had so much fun that I actually forgot to document it on Instagram. Ooops. Real life happening here. I'll try to do better this time, especially because I'm really excited about my new list. I'll be spending this weekend at home, and I'm really looking forward to some quiet and quality time all by myself. I'll sleep in (or at least, I'll try, since my idea of sleeping in over the weekend is usually waking up at 8am. What can I say? I'm definitely a morning person!), I'll read the paper in bed with a cup of coffee in hand, I'll cook and bake up a storm and then wonder what to do with all those goodies. No work-related thoughts will be allowed. I simply can't wait for the Friday afternoon to roll around!

Image via See and Savour

Swap your usual store-bought granola for a delicious homemade alternative. It’s bound to make your morning a little bit sweeter, especially when there are almonds, shredded coconut and vanilla extract involved! (via See and Savour)

On Sunday morning, treat yourself to the most decadent and mouthwatering thing imaginable: a Nutella stuffed French toast. (via Love and Lemons)

Image via My Fotolog
Enjoy some quality „me“ time: turn off your phone, ignore your computer for a while, pour yourself a glass of wine (or a cup of tea, whatever your preference), and spend some time reviewing your plans and goals for the upcoming months. Break the big ones into smaller chunks, make a reasonable to do list, and then get ready to make things happen! (via My Fotolog)

Image via WhoWhatWear

You can also use your „me“ time to ponder these words of the ever-so-wise Diane von Furstenberg. Think of the woman you want to become. What actions do you need to take? There’s no time like today to begin with the first step! (via WhoWhatWear)

Image via Amy's healthy baking

This is definitely one of those why-the-heck-didn’t-I-think-of-this-before? projects. Homemade chocolate chips. Enough said. (via Amy's healthy baking)

Image via Yes, more please

Finish off your weekend with a delicious tomato & spinach soup that’ll make you think that the summer has arrived early this year. Make a large batch, and bring it to the office on Monday: it’ll be SO much better that what the next-door fast food has to offer for lunch! (via Yes, more please)

You can download and print out this list following this link. Select "Print two pages per sheet" option, than cut the sheet to suit your chosen A5 planner.

Will you be trying any of these projects yourself? If you do so, be sure to share them on Instagram, with a hasthtag #mpweekendlist I would love to see what you come up with!
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