Azza

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Speaking of beauty, I just wanted to share this Top Shelf with Vogue Hommes International fashion editor Azza Yousif. I really like the way she talks about beauty and she is so lovely herself.

“…You put little drops wherever you want to highlight—and if you’re not wearing eye shadow, you could put a little bit in the middle of your lid and then let it sink in and it just gives a tiny bit of shine. It makes you glow. If I’m going out and my shirt is open, I even put it on my collarbone.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s more chic to not wear nail polish. I’ve also wanted to feel healthier, so that may have something to do with it—I feel like it’s more chic to be able to take care of your nails and for them to be clean and not hide them behind something….”

I find these beauty interviews so nice. Just the idea of girls sharing these (sometimes even intimate) secrets.

(image: Into The Gloss)

Paris, 1995

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Beautiful Emmanuelle Béart in Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud from 1995 is to me a prime reference point for 90s style captured on film.

With her oversized sweaters and coats and simple lines in muted colours and that face, she was everything I imagined a perfect Parisienne to be. Her wardrobe is very utlitiarian and purposeful, never too obvious, which perfectly balances her feminine aura and adds further interest to her character.

(I also still imagine this to be a perfect wardrobe for a job like “writer”, as much as Max Factor and Gwyneth Paltrow try to convince me otherwise. =)

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(all screen caps by me)

“Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed”


I’m back from the working holiday in south of Europe, where I was wearing t-shirts untill 2 weeks ago due to the 30 C weather. Then suddenly it became winter and just as the first snow arrived, I hopped the plane that took me back home.

One of the books I read in my time away from home was Adolf Loos’ Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed. Adolf Loos was an architect and a strong opposer of the ornamental Art Deco movement at the time. This small book was written around the turn of the century Vienna, and it’s very telling of those times in history. Nonetheless, his view of the uniform dressing as opposed to ornamental dressing is very much relevant today and worth reading if you’re interested in such matters.

Persona

I personally love reading about cinematic style on blogs like Clothes on Film or Capture The Castle. My last post about the summer capsule wardrobe consisting solely of simple black pieces, reminded me of the film Persona, by Ingmar Bergman. The film’s stark minimalist style perfectly compliments it’s existential themes, with Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson as two blondes protagonists on what initially looks like the idyllic holiday by the sea. Together, they’re almost like the alternative Scandinavian versions of Brigitte Bardot (Ullmann) and Jean Seberg (Andersson), less whimsical and more somber, but not any less stylish and inspirational.

(All screencaps by me.)

Travelling

I am in need of a proper holiday and am hoping to wrap up my obligations for the time being by the end of the month. After that it’s hopefully off to the Mediterranian, although I’m hoping we’ll be able to squeeze in a weekend at some new and unfamiliar city as well. Like Prague. I’ve never been in Prague before and it seems so lovely. I cannot wait to walk through the strange city, discover new places and just enjoy the sun.

(image from Lost in Translation, via girlinlondon tumblr)

The Language of Flowers


(images via i-n-j-e-c-t tumblr and jazzmine berger by garance doré)

Garance Doré posted this picture (right) from her archives some time ago, because it felt very current despite being several years old. The clean, tomboyish items offset the exuberant femininity of the flowers. Indeed, it evokes a very modern kind of romanticism, where it’s all about finding the balance between contradictions in one look.

I personally love a good print and the idea of a minimalist romantic. When employed all-over, the print becomes almost as monochrome as a solid colour. It’s also a very photogenic look, even if not entirely easy to pull off in everyday life.

I’m still not sure if I could see myself wearing floral pants, though this image below of Gaia Repossi is certainly making me reconsider that idea. The floral print something that could easily be introduced into my existing wardrobe for a modern update on the classic trousers, shirt and blazer combination. The all-over print, as much as I like the idea, is probably somewhat too trendy which means it won’t age too well. I have also yet to find the print that makes my heart beat faster, so this just might be one of those infatuations that I’ll grow out of, if I don’t find the right item. As of now though, I’m not ready to stop looking for that perfect floral piece anytime soon.


(image via maison styling)

Streets


(all images from TURNED OUT by Maya)

This is one of my favourite street style blogs. The photographs look very candid and natural, yet they’re intriguing enough to stand out and make for some the most beautiful and distinctive street style blogs out there. The photographer’s eye seems to be attuned to the most subtle of moods of her subjects. This particular style reminds me of the original street style images, which is oddly refreshing.