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THE SPRING TREND YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO.. THE WHITE SHIRT

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Now that the weather is – supposed to be – warming up – and we really enjoyed summer temperatures back in Venice two weeks ago – it’s finally time to start talking summer fashion!

If you are seeking for inspiration, have already been stalking instagram streetsyle stars, devouring vogue and any sort of fashion magazines, pinteresting spring/summer trends, I am sure you have been told to buy at least one white shirt!

Fashion trends speaking, Spring/Summer ’16 is definitely going to make our life easy because who doesn’t own a white shirt?? The good news is that the most coveted item for this coming summer, is most probably already sitting in your closet! I mean.. How cool is that?? You can be trendy while saving money!

Now, if you don’t feel like investing in a new piece, fair enough!

You can still be owning a latest trend piece with what you already own or even borrow from the boyfriend.. hopefully your boyfriend is a good big size so you can sport the oversized look! Otherwise, if you feel like a shopping afternoon of fun or some indoor shopping moments at your laptop, you can upgrade your shirt game. In this case, and it’s my favourite part, the shopping part, what you should bare in mind and make sure to strike a goal are white shirt dresses, cold shoulder shirts, big bell sleeves or oversized shapes.

My passion is to show you how we can wear each season top trends in a realistic way. But let’s be honest, sometimes designers make it pretty hard for us non-models walking the city streets instead of the catwalks.. We are mere mortals after all, aren’t we?? So I am super excited this spring since one of the main trends was already one of my favourite and wardrobe staples! What’s best to wear in spring/summer than a white shirt?? This closet classic is shaping up in so many possible choices, one of my favourites being this Lemon-B shirt dress I layered underneath a leather jacket during my latest trip to Venice.

A big yes to this ultra-accessible trend!!

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Story, styling and creative direction my own. Photography J. Andrews. A special thanks to Lemon-B for partnering in this post.

Inside Out the Look:

Dress: Lemon-B | Jacket: Maje (old) | Boots: Zadig & Voltaire (old) | Bag: Chanel Jumbo | Sunglasses: Celine | Watch: Nicole Vienna | Jewelry Laura Gravestock: Cross Ring, Moon Ring, Heart Ring, Moon Bracelet, Star Bracelet.

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HOW I STYLE MY CASUAL LOOKS

 

There is something about putting on a pair of distressed denim and a t-shirt that just feels so right! But the thing is, you don’t want to feel underdressed.

There is never too much fuss about my outfits, mainly because I think simplicity is always the main key to a good look. Add in your latest sneakers addiction, denim trend and favourite jacket and you are in for a perfect casual look.

My way of styling a casual outfit is to always add chic details. This time being my Chanel jumbo and new Lucky Eyes jewellery.

Basically, I always ask myself  ‘what makes this look special?’ And to me, the special bit is added by one or two max statement pieces.. an edgy pair of shoes, a pretty bag, or some special jewellery. This is where all the attention will go!

The good thing is that, with the right details, you will never feel underdressed for a pretty restaurant or a daily event/meeting even wearing sneakers.. it’s very modern and cool!

           
Story, styling and creative direction my own. Photography A. Ballardini. A special thanks to Lucky Eyes for partnering in this post.
 

Inside Out the Look:

Hoodie: Diesel | Denim Jacket: Calvin Klein | Tanktop: Calvin Klein | Jeans: Citizen of Humanity | Shoes: Nike | Bag: Chanel | Symmetry Series Clear Case: OtterBox | Watch: Nicole Vienna | Jewelry Lucky Eyes: Infinity Necklace, Hamsa Hand Necklace, Geometric Bangle, Eternity Ring, T Bar Ring

 

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BIRTHDAY TRIP TO VENICE

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When I left London to move to Amsterdam what really made me sad was leaving my friends behind. So, when your best friend decides to get on a plane to come and spend your birthday together I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift and a most special birthday! If I say it was extremely perfect and fun, it’s still not enough to describe it!

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We stayed at the Bauers, a luxury hotel just steps away from Piazza S.Marco. Imagine the most beautiful terrace on the water where we spent the longest breakfasts and aperitivo hours.. It was just too good! We made sure our days were slow and enjoyable, just enough time for multiple cappuccinos, a stroll around the canals, a boat trip, a gondola ride, outfit shoots and the most yummy lunches and dinner with way too much vino.

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I decided to wear something really comfy but chic and edgy at the same time. Here, meet my new Style Butler fringed jacket! I love the classic style of black suede mixed with the fringes edgy details. I have been looking for the perfect one for a long time!! A basic boyfriend jeans and white tee combo suddenly is not so average anymore. I kept it casual with my latest sneakers addiction I got just the day before leaving and added gold details to give the look a little festival vibe. I loved the long rosary necklaces from Amen layered on the basic white t-shirt and a hand candy thanks to Jewelry by Add.

Nothing feels better than slipping into your feet a pair of brand new white sneakers. After all, within all the seasonal trends experimenting, the combo ‘denim + white t-shirt + blazer + sneakers’ is still the coolest one in my opinion!

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When they say there are no distances nowadays, I could not agree more. All the ridiculously cool and adventurous plans we made before I left, are now becoming reality and any occasion, fashion week and birthday is a good enough excuse to jump on a plane and meet up with Lorna. Drinking wine while planning the next trip is becoming our favourite thing to do.. Expect more sunny Italian destinations this summer!!

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Photography John Andrews 

 

Inside Out the Look:

Jacket: Style Butler | T-shirt: Levi’s | Jeans: Dricoper | Shoes: Nike | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Watch: Nicole Vienna | Rings: Jewelry by Ad here and here  | Neclaces: AMEN here and here 

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DENIM ON DENIM

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Writing today’s post from Italy on my birthday in a total state of happiness! Emma is asleep next to me, my boyfriend is flying in from Amsterdam, I am getting ready to go out to celebrate with my friends and family, and a birthday trip to Venice is coming on Monday.

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As a thirty-something girl, together with my lifestyle, also my style is adjusting and becoming more stable. This means less trend-experimenting and more awareness of what my own style is about. If you ask me what I will be wearing this spring summer I answer, without a shadow of a doubt, my closet will be made of denim, whites, black and tan colours. I went through a lot of ‘fashion stages’ and it took me about thirty years to become so firm on my own taste but there are some combos that never get olds.

Denim on denim.

While it’s tempting to wear my boyfriend jeans all day every day, it doesn’t hurt to shape up the denim game introducing a skirt and pairing it with a different wash denim shirt and statement OTK boots. Finally, I am not the kind of girl who likes to look too sexy, especially during the day, so I felt very comfortable adding a black knit to dress down the entire look and giving a chic touch added by the gold details.

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Inside Out The Look:

Shirt: Dricoper | Skirt: Dricoper | Boots: Public Desire | Sweater: Isabel Marant | Bag: Gucci | Watch: Nicole Vienna | Love Ring, Knot Ring, Star Ring : Laura Gravestock

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AROUND AMSTERDAM WITH OTTERBOX – EP. 3

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Among leather layering and counting down the days to a more summer bohemian dress code (will be spending great part of my summer in Italy this year), I am still in the city, enjoying the transitional weather and ready to show you more of my favourite spots!

It’s been just over a month I took you around Amsterdam (in case you missed last episode it’s here) inside the warm glass houses of the botanic garden enjoying the lovely tropical temperature, in the middle of city cactus heaven.. Today is time for some culture.. I take you to a museum!

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As third and last episode of this little tour with OtterBox around my favourite Amsterdam places, I chose to take you to the Scheepsvaart museum. As difficult to pronounce as it sounds, for the non-dutchies like me, it is the National Maritime Museum. The building is spectacular and indeed, surrounded by the seaside.

If you think this looks great from the outside, wait until you see the interior!

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I would really recommend you a visit, not only for the museum itself if you are interested in maritime paintings and impressive display of model yachts, but also for the whole experience of a lovely walk along the water from the city centre and this building architecture. I fell in love with the main courtyard area and its incredible intricate glass roof!

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Sartorially speaking, the bare legs season has started and I have been enjoying it already since the fashion month with over the knee boots. It’s the perfect alternative until we will be all ready to show some tan, plus they can upgrade any outfit adding a chic touch. I styled them with a shearling vest to still keep warm but in a spring look and would easily work for a night out just by changing the vest for a black blazer.

I accessorised the look with gold, leopard print and black. Still my same old phone – as old as 5 months old – as main accessory.. considering the amount of time I spend on social media, the zillion of photos I take, the non-stop messaging and the way too many time it drops on the floor thanks to my little one who now just wants to be like mommy – typing on her phone – shame on me!

But this gig is still going on thanks to OtterBox who always takes good care of my essentials, aka iPhone, in a stylish way with the symmetry series clear case in black.

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Together with bare legs season, spring brings back the roof terrace season. So while in the area, I couldn’t resist a walk along the seaside to the Hilton Hotel roof top to enjoy the sun, a breathtaking view of the city and indeed my cappuccino!

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And when you think its over, it’s not just yet!

I put together a video of the best moment of the last 3 episodes around this beautiful city and in the best company, of my well protected phone!

 

Inside Out the Look:

Vest: Stradivarius (linked a similar one on my shop) | Shirt: Designer Remix | Belt: Gucci | Boots: Public Desire | Bag: Givenchy | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Jewelry: Luckyeyes | Bracelets: My Jewellery | Symmetry Series Clear phone case: OtterBox

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