Must visit … Kiasma

… I am a great fan of museums (wait, wait it may also happen to you one day), but I rather feel safer admiring masterpieces created before XIX century then after so I was a bit sceptic when entering Kiasma, the Modern Art Museum in Helsinki but … it turned out I loved it.
If you’ll ever have a chance to visit Kiasma, please do so, it’s absolutely worth it !
Click on the logo to visit the official web page and … enjoy !

The quest of the Holy Graal … that is once again about THE STYLE

… it’s like the never-ending story, I mean discussion about the style, chic and/or class, magazines vie with one and another to deliver the best, most complete list of tricks and hints how to be stylish (just to be clear I always enjoy reading those lists) … but come on, let’s be realistic it is not following of those hints that makes you stylish, it can make you look like someone stylish … but that’s something different, isn’t it?
… it’s so much easier to create the certain image then to become an exceptional personality, the second option requires more efforts …

… but as I mentioned, I like to read all of those lists and pick those elements which I find interesting, so please find below the collection of some points which according to my observation are often characteristic for people who I admire, people with class and style:

– it’s rather unlike that you’ll find this person standing in front of a camera and listing which stylish clothes she’s wearing at the moment
– stylish look is mostly a combination of something modest and something impossible to be missed

– stylish way of clothing means expressing your attributes, attitudes, knowledge and always a bit of auto-irony through your outfit; it’s such a cliché but if you pack “no-personality” into the most beautiful outfit it will always remain “no-personality” wearing beautiful outfit

– stylish person do not dress herself to prove something and definitely not to show her superiority over those poor little guys with bad taste …

– now-a-days she is also brave enough to follow the mainstream when she likes it or to go her way when she finds it more appropriate

– she dazzles with her self-confidence but is never cheeky

– she is open, tolerant and no judgemental (but with clear opinions)

– she reads, watches, drinks and eats, travels and goes to yoga classes without informing the whole world about it … but if she does it, it makes you feel happy for her instead of being jealous

– paying her compliments makes her happy, not proud

– what she says is what she does … have you noticed how many people keep repeating that the best style means mixing designer with vintage and budget cloths … I become fed up with this statement (although I find it true) because the same people never or very seldom wear anything except   of designer … you need to be true to be chic …

and some more hard facts … in addition to what I already mentioned in random thoughts about fashion and style … episode 1

– she is usually the fabric freak; I also believe that you can hardly be wrong when wearing
something of good quality and YES, everyone can afford it, there for we have outlets, sales and all kind of shopping conveniences for hunting great pieces for reasonable price, so no excuses here …

– I like when a person who buys designer clothes buys also “the designer”, what I mean by that is buying also the philosophy behind, why is Isabel Marant such a success ? because women adore her; for me this is a very good way of expressing your attitude through your clothes (ps. I keep my fingers crossed for Sandro and Maje)

– I do agree with Nina and Inès de La Fressange that it’s worth to invest in bones but also let us not get crazy here, we do not need to have it all … and for every person invest means something different … so you do not need to sell your TV set to buy yourself the Balmain blazer (of course I also would love to have one but …) … you should know your limits and find something appropriate at your price level, it is possible !

– chic person often smiles when reading this kind of hints … because she already knows them

Please expect I will continue with this topic !
The final statement which I have to make: you can not learn how to be stylish, you either have it or not … and I fully support Karl Lagerfeld opinion regarding being stylish (he mentioned it in one of his interviews for net-a-porter) if you are asking what to do to be stylish most probably you already lost your chance … ha !

my beauty discoveries … Lotion Micellaire Nettoyante et Démaquillante de Avène

again shortly … as much as I love to have my face on my face during the day, in the evening I prefer to get rid of everything … including my make-up
… since years I am using the Lotion Micellaire Nettoyante et Démaquillante de Avène, it has lovely, fresh smell and it leaves the skin really clean, you can feel it !

No expectations …

how does it work: you totally do not feel like going there, it’s cold outside, you’re tired …  finally you go and spend really great time … why? … because you have no expectations !
or: you do not feel like going there because you know there will be a lot of people and you would like to have some time for yourself … finally you go and come back with leather pants !
how strange is this post … ?
anyway … ladies and gentlemen let me introduce one my very first leather pants accompanied by woollen half-gloves, already known sweaters, coat and … red lipstick = perfect winter outfit

Best Wishes

… sometimes you wake up and think: what a beautiful day,
the other day you think: ….. !!??
but it also happens you wake up and feel like wishing something to the world …

Dear You,
I wish you, that one of your dreams come true today,
I wish you no hesitation in choosing the outfit for today,
I wish you a lot of shoes: ……… (fill in the proper type of shoes),
I wish you a cup of coffee or ……., (fill in the proper type of drink) in nice company,
I wish you a lot of great ideas,
I wish you a lot of opportunities to visit some interesting places !

In search of your own style, style lifecycle …

… there is nothing new under the sun, style changes through the years … I believe there are some people who are born with defined and unchangeable idea of their style but I haven’t met any of them …
… when I was very young I had a lot of clothes, the more I had, the more I had nothing to wear ! …  I did not bother so much about the quality, it was more accidental that I got something really great … but in certain way I was happy with my attitude …
… now I am old(er) and I really see, I do not need so much but I want my clothes to be made of great fabrics (I know, I know … nothing new, everyone says that now-a-days: invest in bones, buy essentials that are highest quality and that will serve you for ages)
… but I think this also comes from your attitude to life, you need less because you finally know what suits you best (that’s btw, for me the biggest “mystery” of being stylish)
… just to be clear, I am a healthy woman and I know you can never get enough clothes … but my enough now is different from my enough in the past

… coming back – for a moment – to different styles at different stages of life, have you ever noticed the difference in a way of clothing of single women and those who are already in relationships …?

… and there also some milestones in your life when you just feel like changing a lot in your style … and wardrobe!

It’s even better inside …

today again shortly and I am sure -> not very unconventionally … I like to know something that others don’t, it refers also to my clothes and accessories … it’s funny that an invisible thing/feature can change the look and/or the way you feel just because you are the only one who knows about it; for instance when you’re wearing very sexy lingerie under an old sweater (makes you feel great!) or know the beautiful interior of your clutch …

Winter girl is a sweater girl

I warned you, I will be posting a lot now …
This time shorty … what goes perfectly together as a winter look ?
For me always a big, soft sweater accompanied by jeans or even better by leather pants !

… this one I got on sale, it was a quick buy beCOS I already tried it on before …

… this one is just a sweater but sometimes it’s so hard to find “just a thing”
What else? … just a very gentle, natural make-up, something like this below (this photo is from my early scrapbooks), I love their look !!

boring, ha?

It’s the New Year !! Let’s look back …

Happy New Year !!  It’s been two months since my last post so please be prepared there might be a bit more coming now …

I found one of my first scrapbooks !!! I mentioned them once in ABOUT section.
It’s interesting and funny at the same time to see what I used to like …
I can see now that some of my preferences haven’t changed through the years !
Let me go back for a while to my fashion heroes of the past …

Małgosia Bela at French VOGUE cover in February 2000 ! I am constantly impressed with her beauty but also appreciate the way she is: modest and professional at the same time.

I loved LINDA ! Do you remember Models, the film by Peter Lindberg? (it’s from 1991 -> with Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour).
I so much loved it, watched it million times not only for those amazingly beautiful girls but also for its exceptional climate.
I was totally delighted with Linda’s (Evangelista) beauty, she was just perfect for me. I also admired Stephanie Seymour and Tatjana Patitz, the last one seems to be a bit neurotic but it just adds to her charm …
I’ve just watched the film again and have to admit it has some sentimental value for me. This was one of my earliest sights into the fashion world … (also one of the first available for me at that time – in early nineties).
You have to see the trailer and then the movie !
I love one of the first scenes, when they all are getting out of the car and walking towards camera, all wearing suits …

I used to admire a lot, the style of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, you can see her above on the picture with a dog … she was for me that perfect definition of effortless chic and definitely the person who knew what suited her.

Finally … I was a big fan of Twin Peaks girls: Scherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick and Lara Flyn Boyle, … but this love did not survive through the years … above you can see some good shots of Lara from the time I liked to watch her …