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)