Carina Vardie


I took a lovely weekend trip to Amsterdam this April, actually hadn't visited since my 27th birthday when I traveled there for the first time. Amsterdam is beautiful and I enjoyed visiting again after 4 years. Have to say I walked around a lot more this time around and discovered new restaurants, and looking forward to the next visit.

Rather than creating an outfit post for each look, I thought you might enjoy having them paired up in one post. They were all very much me, shirt, blazer and trousers or a dress for the flower gardens. What is your go to outfit?

Cari x

It's that time of the year again when the temperature rises to the optimal point and the linen pieces can come out of storage. Similar to cotton, linen is a beautifully woven natural fiber that is comfortable to wear as the temperature rises. While it is a natural fiber like cotton, it is stronger and takes longer to harvest, making it more expensive as well. That being said, its texture gives clothing a gorgeous fluidity on the body and it's perfect for dresses, shirts and trousers, as well as bedding, table cloths and towels. Definitely a staple fiber worth investing in this summer. 

Cari x


We've know each other for almost a decade now, through all the major hairstyles I've rocked since university. I've alway enjoyed experimenting with haircuts and was never afraid as my hair grows quite fast allowing me to play around. But there's always been something I wanted to do and never had the courage. Partly because everyone has been putting me off from it and partly because of my own fear. Fear that I wouldn't look like myself, and honestly it took a me hot minute to get used to the new look. 

That being said, I couldn't be happier with the results. I decided to lighten my dark blond hair, a process that took a good 11 hours. I asked my hairdresser of over 10 years for blended roots and light blond coloring. The exact shade we decided together and voila the results. In a few months I'll do an update on maintenance and my feelings around the color. 

Cari x

March is here, which means spring is here and I couldn't be happier. Spring and summer are my seasons, the ones where my style thrives and I put in the most effort with my outfits. I've said it before, but during the colder months all I want to do is cozy up with a tea and massive blanket. I do enjoy the layering elements and the dimension they give to an outfit, but the warmer months bring me more happiness. 

One of my favorite clothing items to wear, since the start of this blog, has always been a white shirt and I've added yet another one to my collection. I've been focusing, for a couple of years now, on upgrading my wardrobe with higher quality pieces. Paying more attention to the fabrics, stitching, cut and fit of the pieces I purchase. I still own synthetic materials, but try to buy clothing items made from recycled synthetic fabrics, if I can't avoid them altogether. This new white blouse with covered buttons, bishop sleeves and textured cotton is making my heart skip a beat. It will be perfect to wear with jeans/faux leather trousers, skirts or under dresses, so expect to see more of it. As it's a knitted cotton, it's also the perfect transitional piece now that the weather is warming up.

Cari x

I fell in love with suits sometime in 2014 while doing my internship at Audi, and the love just kept on growing, obsessively maybe. And I'm not the only one who stayed obsessed with women wearing suits, the fashion industry has freshen up suits for women season after season. From asymmetrical components to distressed ones to deconstructed elements, every season offers new interpretations but one thing is clear. Suits will always be in style as they continue to empower women.

This outfit combines multiple elements that are trending right now and that make this a "cool girl's suit". From the cropped blazer with strings to tie around your waist, to the asymmetrical fastening of the trousers and of course the mix of pattern that would have your parents asking if the retailer ran out of material when sewing. Yet all these elements pieced together make for one stylish outfit that draws everyone in. It's fun, outside my comfort zone and a joy to wear. Would you wear this?

Cari x


Do you celebrate Valentine's day? Be it with a partner or best friends. I enjoy any occasion that celebrates love and gives me an excuse to dress up, especially in recent years. Naturally, this means I also have fun planning Valentine's day activities / dates. Remember however, we shouldn't celebrate love only once a year, we should do that all the time. It's something I've emphasized in my own relationships. Make an effort to remind your loved ones that you care about them and how much they mean to you. It has a huge impact even though you might not realize it. 

Back to Valentine's Day, the unfortunate part of this occasion is its timing. February is still very cold, which makes it necessary to layer up an outfit in order to keep warm while stylish. I appreciate anyone who can endure the cold, I once could as well, but nowadays I'd rather be wrapped up in the fluffiest blanket. If you're like me, let me share my best find of this winter: fleece tights! Game changers, truly. They have helped me rock a good number of looks involving dresses or skirts during autumn/winter while keeping me warm. They're also affordable and fairly easy to find, so make sure to add a pair to your wardrobe this year. 

Cari x

Did you know January is considered the most depressing month of the year? Allegedly it's the combination of post Christmas blues, bills and the gray weather that has made it earn the title. While there are many great ways to help combat sadness during January, such as spending time with loved ones, working out, traveling somewhere warm, meditating, nourishing yourself, the one that will instantly lift your mood is something sparkly or colorful. 

This outfit is a simple classy look elevated with a sparkly crop top and pearl combat boots. The juxtaposition of the combat boots with pearls in the heel is pure perfection and me in a boot. I've dreamed of these boots for many years as they encapsulate my style perfectly, feminine, classy with an edge and comfy. The sparkly crop top can be worn so many ways and will shine in summer, but I love how it can liven up a simple look like this one. 

This year I'll play more into the classic pieces I own while elevating the looks with fun accessories. Something to remember as we start this new year is not all that glitter is gold, be mindful of that in everyday life.

Cari x

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