Monday, January 30, 2012

My style: Sequins and stripes

H&M top (similar here), Asos sequin skirt, Lancel Premier Flirt Bag, Deichmann shoes, Forever 21 necklace, H&M bracelets, Dorothy Perkins ring, Essie Cute as a Button nail polish

For the past few weeks, I've gone a little bit crazy while shopping for striped t-shirts. The last time I checked, there were at least ten in my closet, in all the cuts and colors possible (from classic Breton stripe, through red and hot pink to yellow). To me, stripes are the most versatile pattern (as well as the easiest one to pull off). There are countless ways you can incorporate them in your daily outfits, whether you're going for comfy or for chic.

As for me, I'm pretty much obsessed with sequins & stripes combo. It looks equal parts fabulous and classic, and it's easier to pull off than it seems. The secret is to keep the proportions and silhouette simple: a pencil skirt and a classic long sleeved tee leave the spotlight to the fabrics and patterns without being overwhelming. Throw on a pair of classic pumps, a statement bag and a bunch of bracelets and you're good to go! (of course, if you live in Austria, and there's snow everywhere, you better take your coat with you!).

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Little things

A set of beautiful and colorful notebooks designed by Agata Ruiz de la Prada, perfect for jotting down inspiring ideas.

I was finally able to track down the perfect pair of leopard pumps (courtesy of Forever 21). Plus, at 10.99€, they were definitely a steal of the week!

A little bit of Paris for cold afternoons: hot chocolate from one of my favorite spots in Paris -- Angelina.

New late night obsession: catching up on Vampire Diaries.

A stylish checkered pink shirt (H&M) that will liven up my winter outfits.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

DIY: Hand painted earrings

I've been smitten with Tom Binns' colorful creations for quite some time, but obviously, at 900 dollars a piece they are way out of my price range. Inspired by several beautiful bloggers' DIY projects, I've decided to try and make some colorful jewelry all by myself. 

I've been collecting costume jewelry for several years, and I have tons and tons of pieces in every shape and color possible. Hovewer, when I go through my collections from time to time, I see items that I've grown tired of or that I don't love anymore (hello, impulsive purchases!). This time, instead of giving them away, I've decided to give a few pieces a second chance and revamp them. Here's how I proceeded:

First on my "to remake" list were these sparkly rhinestone earrings that felt somewhat plain and uninteresting. 

I picked up two bright nail polishes (Essie's Cute as a Button and Fiesta) and started to paint. The inner circle became orange...

... and the outer circle became hot pink (what a surprise!). 

I painted two coats of each nail polish and the results were far beyond my expectations. 

Say hello to my new favorite pair of earrings! Next on my list: vintage brooch and statement necklace. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

From my kitchen: Cinnamon rolls

One thing I really miss in Graz is having a Starbucks on every other corner of the street (like in Paris). Of course, now that I can make my own vanilla latte at home, my life is considerably tastier :) but I was still mourning their delicious cinnamon rolls. And then, over the weekend, it struck me: why couldn't I make them on my own as well? This recipe (minus the glaze) is quite easy and fail-proof, even if I had the hardest time converting the US cups and tablespoons into european grams. But with a considerable help from Google, I got the knack of it at last! And it was well worth the trouble: my place smelled heavenly hours and hours after I made them, and I've come to realize that the homemade cinnamon rolls are even better than my beloved Starbucks version. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

My style: Pops of mustard yellow

H&M blouse (similar here), Brigitte skirt (similar here), Dorothy Perkins bag and shoes, hand-painted earrings (tutorial coming soon!), F21 bangles, Tiffany & Co. bracelet
You know those days, when you wake up and you feel like you need to do something immediately? That's exactly what happened to me over the weekend and it concerned cleaning up my inbox. I was somewhere around 7000 emails, 3000 unread and I knew that it couldn't go on like that. I was unable to keep up with important correspondence and it took me too long to respond. I won't lie, this isn't your ideal weekend program. But now that my inbox is pristine clear again, it feels like a fresh start and I love it!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Little things

A little bit of summer brought to the chilly winter time: fresh Caprese salad and a glass of rosé.

A stack of bracelets from H&M that will accessorize a lot of my future outfits.

A perfect program for an overcast afternoon: hot chocolate, delicious chocolate filled with irish coffee and a stack of fashionable reading. 

A little collection of pretty wrapping papers for a bunch of upcoming decor projects.

A stylish Forever 21 London shopper bag that will accompany me on my weekly gourmet shopping sprees.  

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday's Fancies #31: Inspired

Photo via Sterling Style

One of the best thing about blogging is the insane amount of inspiration I get everyday, while browsing through dozens and dozens of fabulous blogs. There are so many stylish and inspiring ladies out there! I recently read through the entire Sterling Style, and I was so enchanted. Taylor is such a sweet and adorable girl, with a unique, feminine style that I can totally relate to. Plus, she's always readye to share a great tip for a shop, a hairstyle how-to or a set of her own life rules. And I'm not even talking about the fact that she is the founder and the brain behind the wildly popular Glitter Guide. I have a huge style crush on her, and she is entirely to blame for my recent shopping sprees :)

It was difficult to choose only one outfit to recreate for this week's FF, since I love every single one of them. I finally settled on this stylish jeans, blouse and sweater combo. There's something really refreshing and unique about this outfit, and I'm now on the hunt for a perfect red sweater. 

6. Ray Ban Wayfarer$145.00

Be sure to check out Long Distance Loving for more stylish inspiration:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My style: Brights

Forever 21 beret (similar here), earrings and striped shirt, Dorothy Perkins coat (similar here), Galeries Lafayette scarf (similar here), H&M skirt (similar here), Tally Veijl faux fur vest (similar here), C&A tights, Deichmann boots, Fiorelli bag

If there´s one thing I really love about living in Graz, it's the impeccable weather. I've been here for three months already, and it only rained twice. I'm still giddy about the fact that I can soak up the sun everyday and I pretty much forgot what the winter blues was all about. Half of the country is covered in snow (or so they say), and we only saw a few snowflakes that melted almost immediately. However, I cannot deny that we are surrounded by the mountains, so the temperatures are still around or below zero (that means low thirties to my American friends).That's why I simply can't step out of the house other than bundled up from head to toe. We took these pictures over the weekend, while wandering around the city. It still amazes me how many beautiful and unknown places are yet to discover in our new hometown! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

My style: Stellar

Topshop blazer (similar here) and boots, Orsay top, H&M skirt (similar here), Forever 21 necklace, Bijou Brigitte ring, Essie nail polish in "Fiesta" 
To say that I'm in love with stars this season would be a major understatement. I'm pretty much obsessed with everything star print (blame it on Dolce & Gabbana!), and I could wear it everyday (as seen here). I've been obsessing over this Topshop blazer ever since I saw it a few months ago. When it finally arrived to my doorstep last week (together with those hot pink suede booties), I was jumping around like crazy. And of course I had to wear it immediately! Check it out, cause I think you'll be seeing it around a lot  :) 
What is your fashion obsession du jour right now?

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