Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Gift of Travel

Wearing Roksanda Pre-Fall 2015

What to give someone that has everything? The answer is simple - a priceless experience.

It’s time to dip into the chocolate covered, mulled wine fuelled, cozy Christmas features and I could not be more excited this time around. Why? Because I get to kick it off with a new discovery of mine, Mr & Mrs Smith: a handpicked, well curated selection of the top boutique hotels around the world. Whether we are talking romantic escapes, pampering spa experiences or best kept boutique hotel secrets, you can be sure you’ll find it on Mr & Mrs Smith. Goodbye headless online hotel browsing, you will not be missed. 

The luxury-hotel booking service has taken an innovative direction by teaming up with one of the hottest names in fashion right now, designer Roksanda Ilincic, for their ‘Get a Room!’ gift card. It goes without saying that the gift card, covered in Roksanda’s iconic block prints, makes the ideal Christmas gift this year. All you need to do is stick a bow on it. Seriously, can I have one? To bring you an insight into the partnership, we spent a day at the London Edition – a recent addition to the Smith collection and one of my personal favourites in town – draped in Roksanda’s newest collections to have the ultimate Christmas Wishlist come to life. Designer gifts, sold out runway shoes, and an unforgettable night at the Penthouse Suite, just a little hint of what to buy me this year. The Christmas countdown has officially started.

In collaboration with Mr & Mrs Smith
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Monday, 23 November 2015

Business, as usual


Before it gets way too cold and way too dark, I’m reflecting back on the warmer days. Can’t say that I really believe in a seasonal summer or autumn attire, my style remains somewhat stable, give or take a few layers. I fell in love with this white collar dress whilst looking for something completely different, soon the dress became one of those pieces that seems to go with absolute everything I own. Blazer and power accessories to match and I feel like the grown up version of something I never got to experience - being a British school girl.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Return of the Platform


PINKO knit
PINKO trousers
ZARA coat
MIU MIU sunglasses



H&M lace shirt



ACNE jacket
ZARA culottes


I’ve teamed up with Nine West for their global #PumpRockers campaign, to show how a great pair of pumps can take you from day to night and become that 24h shoe. Now before you doubt how a 5-inch platform can  work as a casual shoe, let’s state the obvious: I live in my heels, but that you already knew. In order to take the shoe through a series of outfits that illustrates daytime, weekend and party, I wanted something simple, not to be mistaken for boring. The 'Carnation' platform comes in velvet, which is an ideal update for the autumnal festive fashion that we now seem to be entering full force.

In the sea of pointy toes and stiletto heels that I so faithfully have been prioritizing, I wonder if the platform has ever really been ‘gone’ or just been excluded from my shoedrobe. So I decided to give it a go and found that I’ve been missing the shoe that is undoubtedly more fun, not to mention I’m full-heartedly enjoying those extra inches a stiletto can’t reach. Now that is definitely something worth exploring your shoes options for.
In collaboration with Nine West
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Balmain x H&M - The unsung hero pieces


BALMAIN x H&M clothes
THEORY trousers

We’ve all seen the incredible hand-beaded Balmain x H&M dresses, the pieces that without a doubt made the whole collection. However, what definitely deserves a post is the iconic jacket selection, priced at a surprisingly affordable level. All four of the women’s blazers were the first thing to fly off the racks and will most likely be your wisest investment once the dust settles. The gold button galore and almost identical replicas of the original Balmain jackets satisfied my cravings of splurging on the piece that has been sitting in my online cart for what feels like forever.

A sudden urge to need everything in velvet has sprung upon me, the updated interior dreams all started from the smoking jacket worn above. So if you have to choose, or just simply have a stronger mindset than me (highly admired) then make your selection the velvet blazer and skip the underwear in an true Fur Coat No Knickers - fashion.
Pictures by Stefanie

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Military denim


One can wonder if we are already over the culottes. The (in my opinion) ideal pant solution, because hello shoes but on the other side have we not seen enough of these in every store window and catwalk collection in the past few years? The truth is they still do look fresh and ad interest to any boring outfit, funny how a few cropped inches can do that. Not to mention if it's paired with the purchase of the summer, scoring this updated denim jacket adorned with the largest gold buttons on the market and just like that my are-my-culottes-up-to-date wonderings seem somewhat secondary.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Shoe of the month: Valentino 'Rockstud 100mm'

It’s time to dip into another ‘shoe of the month’ feature, this time we are discussing nothing less than the iconic Valentino Rockstud pumps. These have been around for years, I’m sure you’ve come across a version as they come in three heights (the high heel, kitten and ballerinas) in an endless variety of colours and finishes from block heeled gladiators to knee-high boots, the list gones oOonn.

After seeing these maybe too many times over-accessorized, I though I was getting allergic to the shoe often worn as a proof of wealth, I guess these could be named the shoe version of a Chanel bag. My affection started growing only about a year ago when I heard countless times how comfortable the Rockstuds are. Skeptical and with way too much experience of painful footwear, I did some investigation only to discover that nothing proves a heels comfort better than a beat-up, danced-out pair of pumps, which is how I discovered the Rockstuds on fellow international party girls. That’s when I knew that a shoe that looks like it belongs to a Princess but can stand repeated all nighters, had to be mine.

Dressing down this jazzy shoe is key, I wear them mostly with pants or a black dress, gathering compliments (especially from men, hello) every time I wear them. For a two-toned, patent shoe with golden studs, I finds myself wearing these surprisingly often. However they are definitely more ‘dress up’ shoes, which explains why I’ve only featured these once on the blog before. Admittedly, they are not the most fashion forward shoe on the market, but definitely one of the most beautiful. With that said my next purchase will be the same shoes in a all nude finish, the newness of a kitten heel is something that interest me at the moment, we’ll see if I can come to terms with choosing a kitten heel over the high heeled version, oh the horror!

Comfort: 5/5
One of my most comfortable pair, you completely forget you are wearing these and the adjust to your feet after on the first wear.
Quality: 3.5/5
After my first day of wearing these the stitching came apart on the side step so I had to exchange my pair. Unfortunately I’ve heard a few similar stories by other Rockstud owners. I could also be blamed for being a somewhat of a hardcore wearer, so I recommend the more durable patent finish.
Purchase price: €690 from the Valentino store in Paris in February 2015.
The price varies from £445-£1237 depending on the finish and style. Mytheresa, LuisaviaRoma and FWRD has the best selection.

Sizing: Runs true to size.
I bought these in a 37, my usual size and they have stayed perfect without too much stretching. The adjustable strap will keep the foot in place even if it were to stretch on you foot. Compared to Prada or Saint Laurent, there run half a size smaller, so if you are in-between, go up.
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Friday, 23 October 2015

Balmain x H&M


BALMAIN x H&M dress
BALMAIN x H&M boots
DIOR pearl earrings

It’s. Finally. Here. The much anticipated, hyped, highly craved Balmain collection for H&M. I had the privilege to be part of the legendary launch in NYC a few nights ago, where a star studded show was polished off with Backstreet Boys performance (Hello sweet teenage years and most of all NICK). No one was left dry (literally) in their seats that night! We then had a chance to shop the full collection a whole 15 days before the official launch. So on to the garments, that we’ve got a good sneak peek of in the press already, I have to admit I was blown away by the quality of the (hand-beaded, yes) dresses that H&M managed to produce up to a couture-like finish.

Followed by the determination that at least one of the beaded dresses had to be mine, I chose between the long pearl jacket (surely the most recognizable piece from the collection), the black and white embellished dress that weighed probably ten kilos and the one worn above. Hard to say which dress is the strongest piece, of course there is also the coloured ones but if you are going to splurge on the collection, make your choice a beaded one. This black and gold one retails for £399 ($649) and is a little bit more forgiving with it’s slightly stretchy velvet but don’t expect to be able to bend down, sit down (see all-round detailing) or breath. However, I would not even sell it for even double the price, I'm scared to log on to eBay...

The collection, which is by far my favorite H&M collaboration to date will hit stores on the 5th of November. Be ready, I’m not done yet.

Photos by Kira Kosonen