Thursday, 5 May 2016

Blinded by the light


FENDI jacket
CHARLIE MAY denim top
ZARA trousers
CASADEI ‘Blade’ shoes

So we gather here today to revitalise the blogger life. No bitter feelings or bad things to say, lemonade making has not been the case for me lately. Rather a self-discovery of me, myself and I. It’s been a good month, one of the best ones actually, sadly that has not been too well illustrated on my channels. It’s been offline Sandra having the time of her life, living through changes and letting emotions lead - the price has been completely forgetting about time and space, I am trying not to punish myself for that too much. But, now it’s time to wheel it in, strap myself in and not forget to smile, I mean, it’s one hell of a ride anyway.

Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Gone Girl

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H&M hat
SAINT LAURENT bangle

Greetings from a journey I embarked on to find some inner piece, mindfulness and basically meaning to life. Nothing more, nothing less. Bare with me while I sort through a world of new exciting photos and excuse a throwback images from last year. Time fucking flies.
Photos by Anoushka

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Grey Gang


HAIDER ACKERMANN jacket

As part of the fashion week diaries, something I wore on a grey day in London. Undoubtedly similar to what I wore earlier in NYC, but I can’t get enough of these wide trousers. I spotted them in J. Crew’s presentation a year back and finally managed to hunt them down in London. They have been sneaking into all the takes of my travel wardrobe lately, so I’m not fighting back. No Easter posts for me, no cake layering family time because I’ve spent the whole weekend locked inside, trying to fight a cold that seems to be never ending. I guess that is eventually the price we pay for a full month of fashion weeking, but then again we can afford to, after a month of hysterically creating content.
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Shoe of the Month: Gucci ‘Sylvia’ crossover metallic mules




March is shaping up to become quite the month, mainly because I decided to run two Shoe Of the Month features after fashion month forced me skip the previous one. So, say hello to your new summer shoes - because this is a pair that you simply need. They serve you comfort, style, a hell-load of attitude and best of all, won’t rob your dry. Well, can’t exactly call £380 a bargain, but it is about half of what I usually to pay for seasonal, lustworthy shoes! Think of the cost per wear, because these will indeed get some wear this season.

There is simply nothing that I would not want from Gucci at the moment. Alessandro Michele has managed to turn a cool brand into the most desirable on the market at the moment, I have not felt like this about a brand since Mr. Slimane presented the new Saint Laurent a few years ago! I already acquired the floral Dionysus bag and now the golden mules. Hight up on the wish-list I have the ‘Angel’ shoes, which I am starting to think could make quite the interesting Shoe of the Month feature. I am also totally sold on the double G print, something that I did not see growing on me.

But back to the crossover sandals, that I just found out are called Sylvia and or Webby, (I’ve seen them go under both) got me excited about mules again. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever had such decision anxiety in-store because these come in a thousand colour options! The metallic toned come in pink, glitter and gold, even the gold tones come in two different material choices! When you finally made up your mind with the colour, there is also a jazzed up version with a embellished heel and a few crazy amazing runway versions. With that said, I buy enough seasonal shoes every year, only to have them spend most of the time on my shelf, slowly developing from must-haves to collectors items. These mules were launched for the Resort ’16 presentation but has now become a classic style in Gucci’s collections, which is why you should take your pick right about now!

I was pretty sure that my golden choice would be saved for the very special occasions only, but because of the easy slip on cut and the very comfortable fit, I find myself wearing these more than I thought. They are ideal with a black and while outfit, which is undoubtedly what I wear 90% of the time. So with excitement I welcome a golden pair to my collection, a shoe hue that I apologise for neglecting all these years!

Comfort: 5/5
Very comfortable and easy to walk in. The thick, cushiony crossovers make it feel like you are wrapped in pillows, and keeps you securely strapped in. Despite the high heel, the arch is very well designed.

Quality: 4/5 
The shoes are beautifully finished, however, the shiny gold finish shiny makes all scratches are very visible. Be aware of accidentally rubbing your shoes together when walking, scratches on the heel are visible and there to stay.

Purchase price: 495€ from the Gucci store in Paris, January 2016.
The price varies from £380 - $1,290.00 depending on the style. Gucci’s own website has the best selections for both European and US based readers. Matchesfashion.com also has a good selection of Gucci shoes at the moment.

Sizing: Runs true to size.
I bought these in a 37, my usual size. If you are in between sizes, I recommend going down half a size as I imagine the soft straps moulds to your feet. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Conscious Exclusive


H&M Conscious Exclusive collection
MEJURI earrings

Time to (once again) start planning your queuing up to our favourite high-street retailer, because H&M has just revealed what this year Conscious Exclusive collection will look like. I’m excited to be  among the first to show you a few of the pieces that will be part of the range launching on the 7th of April. The collection that tends to be full of long dreamy dresses, lace and soft tailoring, draws inspiration from the archives of Musée des Arts Décoratifs located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris. 

As worn perviously here and here, the annual collection has earned a special place in my heart by now, mostly because there is not another fashion house, not to mention fast fashion retailer that would make sustainability as fashionable or speak of behalf of the use of organic materials in the the same manner.

So prepare yourself for the most lustworthy, organic summer dresses, beautiful ball gowns and even wedding dresses when the full collection drops in stores and online in April.

Photos by Mikko Puttonen
A special Thank You to The nu:group

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Razor sharp


VINTAGE shirt
COS skirt

And so a month of fashion weeks comes to an end. It took me a week to even state this. A month of travelling, what-to-wear planning and show scheduling is finally over for another season and I feel happily peaceful about it. To fuel my Parisian wardrobe I had Casadei to thank, the infamous Italian ‘blade’ heel, has been on my wish-list forever and last week I finally got to add it to my wardrobe in the shade of lemon sorbet. Cute right? You would think that the heel thinner than a cigarette is impossible to balance on, but it is actually quite sturdy and easy to walk in! I guess we have an answer to why the blade is prized worldwide. A good way to kick start the spring wardrobe, although I admit I need the black version. Nothing to complete my bad-ass, black, warrior-princess wardrobe than the blade heel in the darkest hue, this is what stiletto-fetish dreams are made of. To be continued…. 

In collaboration with Casadei
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Go and Love Yourself


2ND DAY gilet
PROENZA SCHOULER headband

The posts always tend to get a bit short and rushed during fashion week season. How do you feel about that? The creative flame is usually running low as all energy goes to faffing around and, well, staying awake (a underrated factor).

Let’ talk about the bucket of flowers sticking up from this get-up, shall we? The very colourful Gucci was added to my collection whilst traveling though Heathrow, tax free = guilty free? Maybe, or more like cushioning the blow of a flowerless Valentine’s Day. You know what they say about loving yourself, on fashion week you need a lot of that.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Shoe of the Month: Dior Cruise Jacquard silk ankle boots


DIOR Cruise Jacquard silk boots

Hello favourite monthly feature, although this is a few days late, in denial I say hello beloved spring collections!! The summer sets are finally hitting the stores right about now, but I wanted to squeeze in a shoe from the Cruise collections, before they vanish from the stores. Dior is killing it in the shoe department to say it lightly. Have you seen the patent sandals from the SS16 collection? If not you will soon, because I might have already got them as well. But now let’s discuss the silk booties! Weirdly enough I don’t have many non leather pairs, my most iconic silk shoe already scored last months feature, is the thought of silk shoes growing on me? What won me over was the stunning shape in these boots, they look like a million dollars and can’t be mistaken for any other than the mighty Dior. I had been flirting with the thought of going in to try the much covered - buckle boot, lower heel version, but realised quickly that these boots are so delicate that I have no time for a lower, more ‘practical’ heel. It’s not like I am going to travel in these princess boots. 

The Cruise boots were seen on the runway, and comes in a 10 cm boot, like the one pictured and a 4.5cm heeled, beautiful buckle version. It comes in a navy printed jacquard, with or without red toe (like mine) or a brown printed silk. It was also produced in a more wearable suede.

Comfort: 4/5
Comfortable but because of the laces on the side, it’s not really possible to wear with socks, hence the bare feet in a silk boot can feel a bit strange.

Quality: 5/5 
Beautiful silk work and stunning composition. However, these are not as durable as leather shoes, so wear them with the respect they deserve. Don’t take them out in the rain, these are meant to be worn only for a little bit at the time or for inside events. I also love idea of such a festive boot, they would work in a amazing victorian inspired look, worn with a gown.

Purchase price: 890€ in Dior Paris, January 2016
Dior does not sell online, so these are only available in the stores and the bigger department stores like Selfridges and Harrods.

The boots comes in two heights, and suede and silk. On the top of the range we have the buckle suede, 4.5cm boot for £920, while the same booth in suede retails for £870. The most ‘affordable’ version is surprisingly enough the one featured, which will set you back £700 if bought here in London. 

Sizing: Runs true to size, but since it’s a boot, you can afford to go up half a size if you must. However, not more than that, because you want the silk to fit your ankle perfectly. Mine are a size 37, my usual size.