The gentlemen of Lisbon

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After my trip back in February 2010 to Lisbon, my partiality for menswear was intensified to the hilt. The city is chockablock with winsome and thoroughly well-dressed gentlemen donned in their finest everyday clothing. I was truly dazzled to the core by the myriad of dapper men, and scrutinized every one of them, sartorially speaking.

The Portugese gentlemen were decked out in bespoke suits in power-neutral colors for maximum wear-ability and topcoats reflecting the qualities of tailor workmanship, topped off by quintessential flat caps or trilby hats, and old, befitting leather shoes. Occasionally, I spotted young men eating lunch with their girlfriends, youthfully dressed in the same manner mixed with their quirks, charisma, and derring-do. It is no wonder that I was entirely smitten with the Portuguese men’s enchanting magnetism and gracefullness, not to mention their thorough and innate amiability and warm smiles, which is rare in the relatively aloof Norway.

I wish I could enjoy the sight of gentlemen clad in conventional attires daily. Fortunately, I’ll be visiting Milan in July where I decidedly will study every Milanese gentleman I see.

(This post was supposed to be about my trip to Lisbon, haha.. oh well!)

It’s Saturday #3

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It’s high time for a new playlist. Truthfully, this isn’t exactly what I’m listening to these days. Studying for my forthcoming music history final exam equals immersing myself in 20th-century music. I just want to skim over the part where I have to listen to aleatory and serialism… I am sincerely not a major devotee of any form of atonality but, having said that, I prefer listening to twelve-note music to these postwar movements within music. Anyway, enjoy the playlist. Here’s to a happy weekend for all!

Listen to the playlist on Spotify or YouTube.

Tracklist

01. This Land Is Your Land – Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
02. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
03. After The Moment – Craft Spells
04. The Message From The Soul Sisters – Vicki Anderson
05. I Useta Know Her – DJ Quik feat. AMG
06. Light Seep – Bibio
07. When They Fight, They Fight – Generationals
08. We Can Dance - Caravan Palace
09. The Golden Age - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
10. You – Gold Panda
11. Love and Death – Ebo Taylor
12. The View Modest Mouse
13. Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
14. The Haste – Casa del Mirto
15. Tightrope - Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi
16. If You Only Knew - Jurassic 5
17. Brazilian Rhyme Interlude - Earth, Wind & Fire
18. No Kids The Jazz Singer
19. I See a Different You - Koop
20. Blackbird Song - Duptribe
21. Silent Shout - The Knife
22. I Got A Woman - Nicolas Jaar
23. Song For No One - Miike Snow
24. Helicopter – Deerhunter
25. (If You Want My Love) Put Something… – Bobby Womack
26. Maison Klaus – Chateau Marmont
27. Weight Of The World – Active Child
28. Young Blood - The Naked And Famous

Le sport princier de Ferragamo

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I am entirely head-over-heels for Emmanuelle Alt’s casual yet attractively chic take on the “Ferragamo lady’s” aesthetic. It does look like an easy look to approximate, but truly requires a well trained eye for detail in order to flawlessly merge together classic elegance and le sport. The wash of the jeans is elusively impeccable and crisp – why on earth are jeans like these extremely difficult to find? Annoyingly, the rare pairs I somehow manage to unearth are always repellently embellished or just the wrong size or cut. Regardless, you can’t possibly disagree that these jeans are very pretty to look at, even though they are ‘just a simple pair of jeans’. Truth be told, I have a thing for rolled-up jeans in the right wash and cut like these ones. Informal and chic! My penchant for the classic Ferragamo Vara bow has yet to cease increasing in intensity. I’m just waiting for the right hardware and leather. Nice bag as well.. all in all it’s a desirable look. Good thing I rediscovered this picture today, as I’ve been feeling slightly uninspired as of late.

What I would wear today


Barbour ‘Beaufort’ jacket, A.P.C. sweater, Current/Elliott jeans, Alexander Wang loafers, Balenciaga City bag, Omega wrist watch, Byredo perfumeMalin + Goetz candle

Horrible weather in Oslo today, it was just about unbearable. Today, after having finished my English final exam, I celebrated with some ice cream. I tell you, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that eating creamy food in such w-i-n-d-y weather is certainly not the smartest move. Well, I must admit that ice cream isn’t exactly my preferred hair accessory. Note to self: Only eat ice cream when the weather permits. Oh my, I can’t believe I’m actually talking about weather…

And apropos of weather, I think I have to revise my list of potential spring purchases because the climate of late has proven to be my nemesis. I could really use a proper transitional jacket right now. I have also figured out that a Barbour jacket would make the perfect accompaniment to festivals, especially if it rains. Predictably, Norwegian summer nights will be rather chilly this year, so a transitional jacket has unquestionably risen to the top of my list. Furthermore, the large pockets are pretty convenient, as I’m not keen on carrying around a bag at concerts. It’s perfectly roomy, enough to fit all my day and night essentials. So, this is how I would wear the Barbour “beaufort” jacket. I wonder if the jacket’s color goes well with chambray shirts?

By the way, if anyone of you has seen these Current/Elliott jeans in size 24 anywhere, please please please let me know. I have realized that these jeans are, in my inference, the closest to perfection that I have ever found. It’s such an elusive style and shade, which I really regret not purchasing. If I’m not completely off-base here, this particular style/shade is no longer in production, right?

Spring wardrobe planning pt. 3

So, I finally got around to writing a seasonal list of essential things that I might put my hands on soon.

1) An in-between-seasons transitional jacket
A pretty much self-explanatory item. My Isabel Marant bator coat is too hot to wear during the cusps between cold and warm seasons, whereas the other jackets in my closet only exacerbate the chilliness. I am in love with all the jackets shown in the first row, especially the classic Barbour jackets. Unfortunately, it is a little bit too late to invest in one because summer is approaching. By the time I acquire one, people are probably wandering around virtually naked. Besides, my funds are a bit tight right now so it’s not really my top priority unless something very unpredictable occurs. I think I’m going to wait till the sales, as I might be able to unearth some discounted tidbits.

2) A pair of sandals
I don’t own any summer shoes because sandals have never intrigued me until just recently. My sudden desire to wear sandals is a significant turnabout for my style. At first, I had to figure out my previously nonexistent taste in sandals. I must admit it’s a tricky task, but I ultimately ascertained that I am quite fond of cute sandals with sturdy heels and straps that don’t cut my legs in an awkward way. I really like the sandal style that A.P.C. makes with a few alterations every year. However, it’s more likely that I will purchase the black wide-heeled sandals from Zara. They are very elegant in an effortless way, and vaguely reminiscent of the utterly celebrated sandals from Celine. Sadly, they are currently sold out in Oslo and I’m still slightly self-conscious as to toe exposure. I’ve got to work out this issue before getting a pair of sandals.

3) Wide brim sun hat
I’m not a hat person but definitely not a sun worshipper, I assure you. I need a nice but inexpensive hat for the purpose of sun protection that features a wide brim. The only issue is that hats don’t really suit me, so I’m having such a hard time to find a decent one. Plus, I need a hat that reflects the heat because I have dark hair. Everyone who has dark hair knows how infernally hot it gets when you’re in the sun.

4) Ray-Ban sunglasses
I used to own a pair of prescription wayfarer sunglasses but somehow they shrunk or my head most likely expanded, hence they are way too small for me today. Although I already own a pair of prescription sunglasses from Dior, I want a pair of Ray-Bans because I feel more like myself when I’m wearing wayfarers. I feel a tad awful about not wearing the Dior sunnies often because I simply don’t feel comfortable wearing them. After all, they’re a gift from my parents, which means my parents were greatly involved in the process of selecting sunglasses. Alas, not all highly priced investments are successful. Anyway, otticanet.com sells very cheap designer sunglasses, and you get free prescription lenses. Still, I’m wavering between the wayfarers and clubmasters, though I’m not sure if I’m able to pull off the clubmasters. I just have to go for the one pair that suits my face shape.

5) Tailored shorts
See this post.

6) A black pouch
I have been searching for a while for a small, black pouch to use as a go-to clutch for nights out – preferably an inexpensive clutch that won’t suffer from frequent doses of red wine stains and obsolescence. I’m not sure whether I should go for a bag with straps or a hand-held pouch, which might be impractical at times. The pouch from Comme des Garçons is great but too expensive for something that I’m hypothetically disposed to break. I’m considering buying this pouch in black from Clare Vivier. It’s affordable and I wouldn’t feel a deep distress if I accidentally happen to scratch or spill a drink on it.

Beauty investments

Malin + Goetz jojoba face scrub, Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser, toner and midnight recovery concentrate

 
Lately I’ve found myself obsessing over skincare and beauty products. Into The Gloss is partly to blame for the abnormality in my behavior. For me, beauty products are a little bit of inevitable everyday luxury, especially if they work wonders for my skin.

Anyway, I received my most recent beauty investments today. The Malin + Goetz face scrub is totally new to me and I can’t wait to integrate it into my skincare routine. The other Kiehl’s products are absolutely essential part of my day-to-day routine. As for the midnight recovery concentrate, I can’t stress enough the fact that it is a miraculous sleepless night savior. On top of that, Kiehl’s products always look good on your vanity table (I have a perennial penchant for nice, apothecary packaging).

My uniform of the week




Here is what I have been wearing for an entire week, with a few subtle variations. Truth be told, I’m such a creature of habit. Once I get engrossed in a new style-formula discovery, I neglect to wear anything else. Also, I tend wear a certain item day in, day out – in this case these tapered trousers and the Kooples boots. Especially when it comes to bags, I wear only one for months at a time. As for this particular silhouette, I designed it when I was putting together an ensemble for a night out last weekend – probably my go-to outfit for nights out as of now (but swap the breton top for an unbuttoned silk button-down shirt).

That said, I have to be honest… I haven’t worn these trousers since January, but due to weight gain they fit like a glove now, so far as I can tell. As you can see from this post, these trousers made my legs look a tad skeletal and I wasn’t mentally comfortable sporting them back then. And all of a sudden, I’ve become relatively self-conscious about wearing completely fitted pants such as skinny jeans. I suppose it takes time to get used to my body’s physical changes. Nonetheless, it’s just a shame that the pictures don’t do the trousers justice at all. The fit is ultimately impeccable!

Incidentally, I must admit I haven’t been an avid advocate of posting photos of this nature since I reincarnated this blog roughly a year ago. I just recently started to include many outfit shots, perhaps out of habit. I like the idea of curating a style blog that incorporates visual pictures of the curator’s style – after all, that’s what I love seeing on the style blogs I frequent. My Mommy Style and Garderoben are two great examples. Regardless, I dress rather simple, basic and probably boring according to people. Nothing extraordinary or innovative. Sometimes it strikes me that my outfit photos are beyond basic, and I also start wondering if they are blog-worthy at all. Despite that, I am partial to seeing outfits of this nature on other style blog curators (for reference, check out the aforementioned blogs). Anyway, do I post too many photos? Too many details and so on…? Any thoughts and feedback are appreciated. (I wish to cater to my readers because, at the end of the day, you are the visitors of this blog…)


Vintage jacket, A.P.C. shirt, Zara trousers, Balenciaga city bag, The Kooples boots

It’s Saturday #2


As you may have noticed, blogger – the blogging platform I use – has been down. Therefore, another brief flurry of posts is likely to happen very soon. Anyway, here is the second Saturday mixtape. It comprises something for everyone, I promise!

Listen to the playlist on Spotify or YouTube. I hope you like it! Bon week-end!

Tracklist

01. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li
02. Freedom – Jurassic 5
03. Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
04. What Have You Done? - Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
05. Friday Night, Saturday Morning – The Specials
06. Love Me or Leave Me – Nina Simone
07. Filthy Love – We Are Enfant Terrible
08. Walk On The Wild Side - Pink Turtle
09. My Balloon’s Going Up - Archie Bell & the Drells
10. The Big Falls – Framix
11. Get It Together – Beastie Boys
12. Your Girl Kakkmaddafakka
13. Wide Eyes - Local Natives
14. Alright – Jamiroquai
15. Gang Bang Rookie - Snoop Dogg, Pilot
16. Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying - Belle & Sebastian
17. Breakfast - Curren$y
18. Zebra Beach House
19. The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto
20. God Help The Girl - God Help The Girl
21. Nothing But A Heartache - The Flirtations
22. Bruises - Chairlift
23. Nishio - Lemaitre
24. Embody – Sebastian
25. Push The Envelope – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
26. Ca Pourrait Changer – Brigitte Bardot
27. Big Wave – Jenny And Johnny
28. Why Is It So Hard - Charles Bradley

Beauty reminder

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I’m a firm believer that beauty comes from the inside out, and a radiant, flawless complexion is not only a strong reflection of your overall health but also essential for making the most of your looks. Great style and beautiful skin go hand in hand, I suppose. Sometimes external products aren’t enough to do the trick – beautiful skin really does take more than just a jar of beauty potion. Admittedly, I happen to fall into the trap of solely relying on cleansers, creams and such quite often. Turns out, the promises that come along with every beauty product are only likely to occur if you start taking care of the inside.

A couple of weeks ago, my skin was pretty much flawless (for the first time in years) and I didn’t need to conceal it with makeup. I, for one, was naively convinced that my recent beauty investments were the one factor that made improvements to my skin. Apparently, my improved skin was largely a result of dietary and lifestyle factors. Alas, I have unconsciously treated my body badly as of late. Although I’ve been using the same skincare remedies, no sleep, a lot of stress and irregular meals have resulted in an abnormal abundance of obscure sized pimples on my face and a dull, diminished complexion that takes a lot of effort to slightly cover up in the morning. I really loathe when my morning routine gets time-consuming. Therefore, having flawless skin ought to shorten such time-wasting processes.

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Yet, I do have a tendency to neglect the importance of sleep, water and nutrition when I’m in a stressed state of mind. While I don’t want to desist from all the fun things in life that might clearly have a bad impact on my skin, I can indeed improve my approach to beautiful skin by getting more sleep and balance out my diet by putting an end to the sporadic starvation followed by the occasional binge. Frankly, I would never stick to a strict diet or become a total abstainer from things like alcohol, cake, coke (not referring to the drug, lol), and the like just in order to get better skin. I’m not very keen on pursuing flawless skin at the expense of things that matter to me such as quality of life.

Enough beating around the bush – my complexion is an indicator of my health, and this post should remind myself to get a decent amount of sleep every night and take better care of myself even though other things seem to take over my life at times. Often, sudden acne breakouts and bad skin equal a sign of something off-balance. Additionally, I have to start drinking more water. I always forget to drink water. And yes, I want my almost flawless skin back!!

Summery outfits for festivals

Here are some silhouettes that are ideal for summer, outdoors festivals and my style. I’m going to the Hove music festival that takes place on the island of Arendal in southern Norway in the end of June. It is rumored that the festival is situated in beautiful and idyllic surroundings – I’m a sucker for fairytalelike settings. As much as I love music, I’m not really a camping kind of gal, so I have only been to music festivals held in the city. Luckily, I’m not going to sleep in a tent, otherwise I would never go to a festival with camping.

Initially, I was a tad concerned that I don’t really own clothes that are tent festival-appropriate – clothes that I’m eager to trash or adorn with red wine stain and beer, that is. This post evidences that my closet doesn’t encompass throwaway material. On the other hand, I’m not keen on compromising my current philosophy of shopping and wardrobe building by obtaining new, disposable clothes just for this one particular event. Also, I want to wear summery festival versions of my everyday uniform, as I’m not much of a style chameleon. Consistency is the keyword! However, after making these collages I realized that I’ve got nothing to worry about – unless I’m sleeping in a tent for an entire week. I am certainly not planning to bring anything breakable, so why should I worry? Lol! And it’s just clothes (which I spend a fortune on)… haha. Oh well, as you might have gleaned from my reading my posts, it’s in my nature to over-complicate simple things by participating in over-thinking. To be honest, I can’t curb my over-analytical nature.


Vanessa Bruno Athé blazer, A.P.C. breton shirt, Acne shorts, Boyy bag, Repetto flats,
Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses, Byredo ‘Blanche’ perfume, Omega wrist watch

A.P.C. chambray shirt, Acne shorts, See by Chloé sandals, Celine bag, Topshop hat, Stella McCartney bra,
Chanel rouge noir nail polish, Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses, Byredo ‘Blanche’ perfume, Omega wrist watch

Vanessa Bruno Athé blazer, Vanessa Bruno combi shorts, Celine bag, Marni sandals,
Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses, Topshop hat, Byredo ‘Blanche’ perfume, Omega wrist watch

In any case, these outfits are seemingly very consistent in style. If I want to wear these silhouettes during spring or early fall, I just swap the shorts with pants or jeans. As for shirts, I would wear them semi tucked into the shorts and roll up the sleeves for an off-the-cuff look. The linen-cotton blazer serves as a chic go-to jacket for chillier summer nights. Incidentally, I would never wear such delicate fabrics and items to music festivals, let alone a $4000 purse.