New In – April

I feel now that Spring has finally sprung, there is no turning back. Even if the weather turns gloomy again, a day or two of sunshine is enough to give us high hopes and retire our heavy coats until next winder. 

The sun is shining and it means that many of us were itching for a good Spring clean – and I was ready to look at my wardrobe with a critical eye.

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Having let go of a hefty amount of items in the beginning of the year – and a few more in the last couple of weeks, I had a clearer view of the items I wanted to update my wardrobe.

I’ve been feeling really inspired by people I follow, also by what brands have to offer for this upcoming season and my wishlist seems to be ever expanding.

After a few weeks of deliberation and thought, I  decided to invest in two pieces for my SS18 wardrobe: The Superga X Alexa Chung trainers and the Staud Bisset bucket bag.

Both pieces, although very current, are also very classic. Being a Converse girl through and through, I opted for the high top canvas in ecru from Chung’s collection and was pleasantly surprised that these trainers are extremely comfortable with no ‘break in’ necessary.

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It took me a couple of weeks to finally wear those shoes outside as the weather didn’t cooperate with my spring choices – I definitely didn’t want them to be rained on!

Staud is a brand that I have been following and admiring for a while now – I love all of their bag designs and their clothes, so I was excited to finally acquire something from them! I am still wishing to purchase their velvet handbag, but this navy croc effect bucket bag made my heart sing and was on the top of my list of investment pieces.

Initially, I wanted the brown version of this bag, but being sold out I opted for the navy colour. I find it unusual – it provides a nice detail to any outfit. I like that at night time it looks black, but in day light is bright blue.

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By no means my SS18 wishlist is yet fulfilled, but I am happy that I was able to acquire two key pieces for my wardrobe and I see myself wearing them for many years.

Have you got any ‘biggish’ purchase plans  for this SS18?

Camilla

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Blouse: & Other Stories Old (Similar) | Jeans: Whistles (Old) | Bag: Staud | Shoes: Superga

How to use vintage clothes in a current way

Judging by my previous blog posts you may notice that I wear a lot of vintage and second hand. I have been shopping at vintage stores, charity shops and eBay since my early teens and for one point in my life I wore vintage items from the 1960s and 1970s exclusively.

I find this an interesting fact, as I feel that this period of my life really shaped my personal style.  Even when I wear an outfit consisting entirely of modern pieces I can still see the influence both decades have upon me.

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There is something magical and whimsical in wearing a vintage piece that makes you feel transported to a bygone era a là ‘Somewhere in Time’. It can give you an extra notch of confidence or just make you feel special to be wearing an one-of-a-kind garment.

Having some sort of fashion history background, or just a general interest can be an asset when trying to translate vintage pieces to a modern wardrobe. Trends are no more than one big ol’ loop – things come and go and nowadays you should be able to find a second hand or vintage ‘dupe’ to anything that is currently trendy.

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Taking this handbag as an example; I have bought it recently after taking inspiration from the new Mansur Gavriel collection. Plaits and checks are a big print for SS18, but they are far from being something new. The bamboo closure reminds me of Gucci’s new bamboo handles, which are reminiscent of bags from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This little bag embodies two key Spring/Summer trends and it could easily be sold on high street shops today. The secret when using vintage but keeping it updated is by paying attention to what designers are creating –  then go straight to the original source.

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The best suggestion I can give you is: find something you like and research about it. It’s almost certain that you will find something similar that was made thirty or forty years ago. Do give it a try and I hope this has been helpful to you in some way!

Camilla

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Blouse: H&M | Trousers: Paloma Wool (Similar | Similar) | Shoes: Asos (Similar) Bag: Vintage (Similar)

All the spring clichés

Last week we went to Portugal for 6 days and our first stop was Lisbon, where we stayed for two nights. Normally it’s expected to have spring in full bloom by March, but this very unusual winter gave us a rather cold and wet Portugal instead.

Frankly, I had booked this holiday expecting some sun and vitamin D, but I am really grateful that the weather allowed me to experience a more unexplored Lisbon. Even the main touristic spots weren’t overly hectic. The temperature was around 13C and I was happy to wear my cord jacket and not freeze as I have been in the UK!

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This being our first time in Portugal, I have gone a little bit over excited with my wardrobe and brought all my loud, azulejo inspired clothes. (Who doesn’t want to make use of the most perfect instagram backdrop ever?)

Safe to say I have barely worn them as it was either too cold or too wet. This can only mean that we must book another trip for summer, as I think Portugal will literally shine!

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As we all know, pastels are back with the spring and is embodied in the shape of these lemon corduroy trousers from Zara, which fit like a glove! Wish they have done this cut in an array of different colours, I would have bought them all.

Polka dots return for yet another year and I’m happy with the prospects of wearing this shirt without anyone calling me ‘Austin Powers’ for the foreseeable future. (fingers crossed!)

I apologise for the ever frowning expression on my face – sun ALWAYS seems to shine the minute I decide to take pictures! Note to self: bring sunglasses out.

 

Camilla

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Shirt: Vintage via Pop Boutique (Similar 1, 2) | Trousers: Zara | Shoes: & Other Stories | Bag: Vintage (Similar)

Your perfect wardrobe doesn’t exist

Your perfect wardrobe doesn’t exist. That is something I need to constantly remind myself of. Living in this day and age, where brands make new items available everyday (!) and social media creators constantly produce new content surrounded by those items, it’s hard to not get caught up feeling you don’t have enough – or what you do have is old and inadequate.

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I definitely struggle with those feelings from time to time. Beautifully made clothes are everywhere and the fear of missing out on getting the ‘most perfect blouse of your life’ can be ‘unbearable’. The fact is though, in the end, clothes are just clothes. (I know, groundbreaking)

It might seem odd for me who just started this blog bring up such a downer subject to the mix, but I think this is a good reminder to myself that I don’t need to aspire for perfection all the time.

Perfectionism takes a big role in my life when curating my ‘perfect wardrobe’ and I know I am not the only one who struggles with that! If ‘you are what you wear’, it is actually appalling if someone didn’t care that their wardrobe represents or not who they are in a world that your appearance is the first feature other people see.

Luckily, not everyone thinks this way and I also only believe in this up to an extend. People is what make people, not garments.

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Trends will come and go, that’s fashion in a nutshell. Although you might identify your style more with a trend at a certain time, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find pieces that you love later on as the trend disperses.

Being a fashion victim is one of the big reasons why people – including me – are never happy with their wardrobes. If one is always aspiring for the new and undiscovered, there is no space for appreciation in what is already acquired and known.

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Granted, I see myself with a very defined personal style and aware of what works for me, but even so I am still ever changing and incorporating new facets to my personality and therefore, wardrobe.

I reckon that acknowledging that is the secret to find peace with our wardrobes – we are fundamentally always changing, ageing, evolving. Our wardrobes reflect that.

What is to our taste today couldn’t be tackier tomorrow, this is part of the fun in the self-discovery journey.

Being imperfect with our clothes is, in fact, totally perfect.

Camilla
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Top: Ganni | Denim: & Other Stories | Necklace: Cooperative de Creation (Similar)

An ode to the cardigan

I always had a thing for buttoned clothes. Button downs, double breasted jackets, button flies, the list goes on…

I reckon everyone loves a good old cardi, that being said, I used to see cardigans as a layering piece, something to keep you warm whilst having the practicality of putting on and off, that a jumper normally lacks.

This winter, a new (to me) trend emerged that made me look at this handy piece through fresh eyes. Buttoning it all up or leaving a couple of buttons undone – but wearing it as a jumper or top, instead of wearing it open!

Extremely simple, I know, but sometimes it’s all it takes to get me excited about something. I only had a couple of oversized cardigans that were hand-me-downs from my mum’s closet, so I hit the charity shops and got myself this little red number you see here (plus a beige one I also fell in love with).

What I love about this trend is that I feel like I’m wearing a thick knitted shirt, which is all I desire to wear while it is still nippy outside!

This cardigan in particular is made of 100% cotton and I can’t wait to wear it by itself when spring arrives. I have paired it with one of my favourite pair of trousers, which is the same shade and I couldn’t resist not wearing them together.

Are there any new trends you have observed lately that made you see a piece in a whole new way?

Camilla

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Jacket: Vintage Wrangler (Similar) | Cardigan: Vintage | Trousers: Jesse Kamm | Shoes: Orla Kiely for Clarks (Old) | Bag: Vintage (Similar)

Mother

Coming from Brazil, I used to celebrate Mother’s day in May as most of other countries, but since moving to the UK, I started to celebrate Mother’s Day in March as well.

I am really lucky to have strong women in my life who love and support me unconditionally. Both my mother and mother-in-law are women I admire and would do anything in the world to keep them happy! I can be very protective over them, which is hilarious since I am only 4’11.

My two sisters are also mothers, which I’m still trying to get my head around it to be honest! It is such an incredible feeling to see them discovering new facets of themselves in motherhood while raising my niece and nephew. I am so proud of them everyday, they are my rock.

For this Mother’s Day I thought it would be nice to show you a few old pictures of my mothers as they are my number one source of inspiration, not only style-wise, but also as the amazing human beings they are.

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Hope they will give you all the #styleinspo vibes as well,

Camilla

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Starting a blog when you don’t fit in with the social conformity

It is no surprise to my family and friends that I have always loved clothes and have experimented with them for a long, long time. When I hit puberty I became extremely self-aware of how I could change the way people perceived me just by the way I dressed, but please don’t be miss-lead, I wasn’t a prom queen. I could say it was quite the opposite to be honest, I had facial piercings, stretched ears, purple hair and a very aggressive front.

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Although the main reason I was a little ‘punk’ was because of the music I was into, I have to admit that there was a part of me that was trying to compensate my insecurities through a striking image. I didn’t want people to think I was ‘weak’ or ‘delicate’ just because of my height and weight, I wanted to be seen as the fearless teenager I was whilst my body deceived that in my mind.

It was difficult growing up not conforming to what was the socially accepted dressing code, but I also felt embraced by being part of a subculture in a way I new I would never feel as have I tried to fit the status quo mould in which I never would be able to anyway.

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I can say now that months shy of being 30 years old, I’m comfortable in my own skin. I will never be tall or extremely slender, but I’m finally starting to be at peace with that.

For years I always wanted to put myself out there and share with the world what I love to do most, which is express my creativity through clothing and styling them. Over 10 years ago I used to be part of the Flickr community that uploaded their daily outfits in the platform, then tried the infamous lookbook.nu, but felt extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable there.

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2018 is the year that I have decided to take a risk and give myself the chance to do whatever I want to do! Being a crazy perfectionist, I am my biggest critic, but the fear of failure is the only thing that keeps me from taking the plunge… I hope to conquer that fear!

The fact that I don’t look like what social conformity expects you to look like makes me insecure at times, but I think that letting go of control is something that I need to do in order to grow and be a better person. I am always too afraid of people judging or not liking me, but it’s time to understand that it is impossible to please everyone all the time. I can’t change someone’s perception of me, but I can change how I am affected by it.

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I think that social media should be more inclusive without always having the necessity to fit people in a box (petite, plus size, POC, LGBTQ, etc). Although it is useful to cater to a certain audience, keeping yourself broad is also important. Personally speaking, I don’t follow a content creator judging by the way they are physically, but what entices me is being in awe of the content they produce and how it can inspire me.

I hope that you find some sort of inspiration in this little space of mine. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on conformity in social media?

Camila

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Blazer: Vintage | Turtleneck: Vintage | Trousers: Asos (Similar) | Bag: Céline (Similar) | Shoes: & Other Stories