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Friday, August 26, 2016

Striped Jumpsuit & Choker

After styling this jumpsuit on vacation, I've been thinking how to give it a different vibe. The jumpsuit has both horizontal and vertical stripes, off shoulder sleeves, but also slits. To compliment it I went for my Prada bow ballerinas, a delicate choker and round "Ozzy" style sunglasses. 

As you've seen, I've been obsessed with chokers and this is one of the newest addition to my small collection. Chokers have appeared since 1798 and have been worn since then by ballerinas, royals and fashionable ladies. They had a huge moment in the 90's and now they're back, being all over the runways and street-style scene. 

What do you think?

Have a pink-tastic day!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pop of Red & Structured Crop

Yay for internet, finally! You really don't realise how dependent we are on internet until you remain without it for a few weeks. Except the lack of networking, it wasn't too bad. Went outside more, ahahah, but that could also be because I love strolling and exploring the cities I live in. Now, to the outfit:

Today is all about that pop of red we all love, in this case both on my lips and shorts. Red is such a sexy and flirty colour, which I often like to wear, especially on my lips. It's just a "girlboss" colour, that looks good all the time. I'm not the kind of woman to wear bold lipstick only at night, as I'm sure you saw by now on the blog. If I like it, I'll wear it to work, to the market or anywhere I need to be. It's all about the attitude, so if you feel empowered wearing a bold lipstick, be it red, purple, blue or black, it doesn't really matter what others think on the street, now does it?! 

This time I paired the red shorts with a structured blouse, which is cropped and loose. It has black floral appliqu├ęs on the collar and a black stripe down the middle. Though very minimalist in design, the blouse has beautiful details, which is why I plan to style it more in the future. To go with the black and white theme, I added my zebra loafers. Of course, you don't have to match your bag with shoes and with your blouse, it's just that sometimes it's fun to be matchy matchy. 

Do you like being matchy matchy at times?

Have a pink-tastic day!

PS: Check out my Instagram for more fun pictures!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Layering for work

Today we're talking about work attire. It's not always easy to look cute and still be work appropriate, while still getting the most out of your clothes, so why not combine some pieces together? This grey dress has a minimal design and a midi length, but a lower back which might not make it work in all offices. To make it look more professional, I added a structured cold shoulder blouse underneath. Of course this attire is fine if you work in a creative environment, where you don't have a strict dress code. 

Fashion is a creative outlet and I just wanted to be resourceful with my clothing, experimenting with pieces that are already in my closet, which by the way I recommend everyone try. The structured blouse styles up the sporty dress and the statement shoes make the whole look less basic. 

Would you wear this to work?

Have a pink-tastic day!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Food Diary #37 -Food Intolerances Edition

What's the worst thing that can happen to a foodie? Of course, except diseases. To find out it has food allergies or intolerances. At the end of April, after receiving some not so good blood analysis, I decided to investigate what was causing them. This led to finding out I have 12 food intolerances and I needed to be on a diet for two months while taking some homeopathic medicine. 

Of course I put it off until exactly one month ago. I didn't want to be on a restrictive diet while on holiday, but did exercise some moderation and cut a few things out completely. However I wanted to hold the diet in summer because of the abundance of fresh fruit.

Here is a list of everything I'm intolerant to:
  1. Milk
  2. Soft cheese (I'm aloud to eat aged cheese and mozzarella)
  3. Butter
  4. Soy (this really hurt, because I was already replacing a lot of dairy products with soy products)
  5. Wheat ( If you know me, you know I love bread so this was devastating. However I'm not allergic to gluten so yay for that)
  6. Tea ( I almost cried for this, I have drunk green tea daily for the last 6 years at least)
  7. Coffee ( this was also pretty bad, but not as bad as tea)
  8. Honey (why?)
  9. Sugar of any kind ( Do you know how hard it is to avoid sugar? It's in everything)
  10. Cacao ( again, why???)
  11. Alcohol 
  12. Legumes (beans, chickpeas, peas, etc.)

You can imagine that before starting this diet, I ate like a cow everything that wasn't permitted anymore. However, like I mentioned, there were a few things I excluded almost immediately and those were : tea, coffee, honey and legumes. I don't drink milk, but ate a lot of ice cream. 

It all sounds pretty dramatic, but it isn't really. Because I'm not allergic to gluten, I was able to eat a lot of spelt pasta, quinoa and rice, which I already ate. I'm going to share today what I've been eating.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Floral Transition into Fall - 5 Tips

I can't believe summer is almost over and that we're starting to transition our wardrobe. As previously mentioned, summer is my favourite season, so today we'll start talking about transitioning one of our favourite summer pieces into autumn. There is no need to bury all of those cute summer clothes yet, some can work just fine for the beginning of fall.

The first piece is the floral dress. Florals are huge in spring and summer, but they can also work in autumn. 
  1. I would suggest keeping it mono-coloured except for the floral print and quite dark in order to counteract the summer vibes from the pattern. 
  2. In this case I added a loose cardigan, but you could also add a blazer or leather jacket, depending on the weather. 
  3. For accessories go for wool floppy hats or fedoras or even a beanie if the dress is sporty. 
  4. As for the footwear, opt for ankle boots or over the knee boots. For those warm autumn days go without tights, it will look best especially because we added the fluffy knitwear. 
  5. Try adding scarves for extra texture and warmth, but be careful not to overdo it with the oversized pieces. Balance it out between the scarf and cardigan/jacket.
What are your favourite tips to transitioning a dress into autumn?

Have a pink-tastic day!
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