Sunday, 25 February 2018

Winter Slump: Just Add Colour

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OK, winter is going nowhere fast. It's useless to fight it, and dreaming of spring at this point is a total waste of time.

I've resigned to my fate, as you can see...

And yes, as far as the outfit is concerned, it's still the same old, same old... But in colour, this time. Isn't colour supposed to brighten your mood or something?
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Taking a Walk Down the Memory Lane

East London graffiti

I used to love London

I still like it, although I have lost some of my enthusiasm in the past few years. Visiting London, or the UK for that matter, is somewhat bitter-sweet these days. And my visits seem to be getting less and less frequent. In fact, last autumn I didn't visit the UK for 5 months (mainly because I was busy with work), and I didn't really miss it.

It's because of Brexit, of course: why would I want to visit a place where I'm seen as a second-class citizen? I'm not a masochist: I think it's useless banging my head against a brick wall. It's not going to make the wall love me more: it will only give me a permanent headache.
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Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Recipe for a Glam and Understated Look

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When it comes to style, I prefer cool and understated to glitz and glamour. I'm a minimalist at heart: I like streamlined shapes and clean lines, without too many details. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't want to amp up the glam factor every now and then.

I just like my glitz and glam in a nice, neat minimalist package. With streamlined shapes, clean lines, and without too many details. Makes sense, right?
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Style Is In The Details

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Where do you start when putting together an outfit?

I always start with accessories. I first choose the bag, shoes, sunglasses etc first, based on my mood. And then I start thinking about the actual outfit to go with my accessories.

Yes, that's how I approach style: I build an outfit around my favourite (of the moment) accessories. My spending habits also reflect this: I have no problem spending (way too much) money on a nice bag, but I would never buy a designer dress. Why? Well, in my opinion, a bag is for life, and it always looks good, whatever your weight. A designer dress, on the other hand, is often not a very practical item. For starters, it usually requires dry cleaning. And that's just silly (= costly, annoying, and not very environmentally friendly).

Besides, I wear mostly simple basics (so much more comfortable), so I need my accessories to make an impact.
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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Uninspired

Breton stripes over 40

Lately I've been feeling  a bit uninspired

As far as style is concerned, among other things. Well, It's not totally unexpected. I mean, I always get into a bit of style rut in winter: wearing a limited set of clothes all the time. And I'm not talking about having a well-curated capsule wardrobe here; I'm talking about wearing the same old, same old, day after day. 
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Bad Tourist in Munich

Munchen

If you follow me on Instagram (where I post all sorts of random pictures that have nothing to do with style or fashion),  you probably noticed I was in Germany a while back. It was a very quick visit, just a couple of days. And even that short weekend visit was split between Munich and Dortmund.

Why these locations? Well, hubby was in Munich for a conference or something, and Dortmund is where we visited family. In other words, I had a day to go sightseeing shopping in Munich by myself, and then the two of us spent another day running like crazy around Dortmund...

Yes, this pretty much sums up how we travel: we're in a hurry, and without a clue as to what we should be seeing. There's a reason I call myself a Bad Tourist...

Anyway, what can a bad tourist do in Munich?
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Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Darker Side of Red

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Red is my colour

Always has been, probably always will. And by 'my colour' I mean that I like it, and it looks good on me. Well, most shades of red suit me, anyway. However, I usually go for either fuchsia or tomato red.

But it's only since the past few years that I've been experimenting with the darker shades of red. And therefore you've seen me wear lots of plum and berry tones, over and over again. However, these are 'safe' colours, in a way, as they're blue-red, and I know they're flattering on my skin tone. Yet, I'm getting a bit bored with my blue-red comfort zone...

So, I've been experimenting with something a bit more unusual (for me, that is). And this is how burgundy has been working its way into my wardrobe, slowly but consistently. And yes, this is a major step outside of my comfort zone.
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

WHAT TO DO IN MADEIRA: Eira do Serrado

Madeira

Mountains are not really my thing. I'm afraid of heights, for starters. And taking the narrow, winding road on the side of the mountain is not exactly my idea of fun. If anything, it reminds me of a roller coaster (which I also hate, by the way).

So, what was I doing, going to this mountain top?
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