Thursday, 29 January 2015

Today's Faux-Pas, Tomorrow's Fashion

Pictures by David F. 
Editing by me

Conventional fashion wisdom would forbid you to mix a mid-length lace trim skirt with a sweater-dress and a long Mao-collar coat. However, I believe the first rule in fashion is that there are no rules. Instead, have fun experimenting, make “mistakes” and learn from them. It was with this spirit that I explore the minimalist and edgy style. It is turning out to be quite a challenge. Colors or patterns often define the outfit. So, how to create a striking look while down-playing these two elements. The answer lies in working with the cut, details and finish. Here I paid attention to matching my shoes to the shades of the top and contrasting the sweater's knit with the skirt's lace trim. Hate to say it, but often there is more thought behind an outfit than meets the eye.

Wearing: H&M conscious shoes / La Redoute skirt / Zara coat / Sud Express sweater / Sismeek watch


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Winter Beauty Routine

Many of you have asked me about my beauty routine. To start with, I have a combination (sensitive and oily) skin which is also acne-prone. Thus, the products I use may not work for everyone. You will do well to ask for a specialist advice first.

First, a few words about the products. I am not sponsored here to refer to specific brands. I have been using La Roche-Posay as my staple for a couple of years and their products have never disappointed me. I have recently added a few brands especially Aesop and Kiehl's.

In the morning I believe more is not better. I simply wash my face with cold water. Then I put a few drops of Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner on a small cotton pad and work it all over my face. Avoid the eye contour area because it may be sensitive to some ingredients. I have previously tested Kiehl's Calendula Toner and like it more. Calendula flowers seem to have magical healing effects on small marks to clear out imperfections. I then moisturize my skin with Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating cream. The fruit scent is quite strong at first but gently fades away. Usually preferring inodorous products, I didn't like it initially but then quickly got used to it.

In the evening The most important step is to clean up your face well after a full day’s exposure to pollution and constant contact with your phones or hands. Residue makeup and dirt make your skin greasy and even cause pimples to grow. Many don't have this problem and find it alright to use regular soap. However doing this over an extended time may result in early wrinkles and marks. When I have a heavy makeup I first use La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Makeup Remover to remove it. I then dampen my face with cold water and use Toleriane Dermo-cleanser that I wash off with a dishcloth. After these two steps, you can be sure your face is cleaned up. Next, I moisturize my skin with Hydraphase Intense Light which feels lighter than Aesop Mandarin cream. I also take care to apply Effaclar Duo+ to the sensitive zones of my face. If you have problematic skin, this routine alone may help you see a big improvement in less than a week!

Every 10 days or once in a while I exfoliate my face by adding Aesop magical Tea Tree Leaf Facial exfoliant to my usual cleanser. This formula is a genius idea as you can choose the dosage. Then for in-depth moisturizing, I use La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask.

 I hope this post has tempted you to try out a few new ideas. Let me know how they work for you!


Monday, 26 January 2015

Kling Inspo

Pictures by Alison L.
Editing by me

Elin Kling has always been a big style inspiration for me. I remember obsessing over this pair of shoes from her first RTW “Nowhere” collection. For this outfit, I wore them with my new Miopo skirt, a bralette visible under my Zara tank top, H&M coat & bag. 

Wearing: Miopo skirt, H&M coat & bag / Zara top / Nowhere shoes / Avinas rings & cuff / Pépit9s bracelet

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Pépit9s In the Wind

One challenge of outdoor photoshoots involves finding a nice backdrop that plays up the outfit. On the day of this shoot, the light was rather harsh and the surroundings too green for the look I planned. So we tried several places before landing on the “right” spot (though we still had to cope with the wind!).

I went for a very classic look with this new Choies wrap dress, a color-matching Gucci bag, high heel boots, and perfecto jacket. I wore my current favorite jewelry from Swiss brand, Pépit9s. Its founder and designer, Sara Mesquida, is resolute in her attention to details and quality. I also learned in a meeting with her that she presents new products weekly yet wants each piece to be timeless rather than to follow seasonal trends. Her creative theme can best be described as effortless chic. She likes to work with semi-precious stones and noble materials such as silver or plated gold. All her pieces are handcrafted in her atelier and limited in number. I am wearing one of her latest creations, "Let there be bubbles" silver bracelet mounted with stones now available on her online boutique, and (as a scoop for you) this gold-plated necklace coming next week! You can get regular updates on new pieces by subscribing to Pépit9s Newsletter.

Wearing: Pépit9s jewelries / Choies dress / La Halle boots / Dior earrings / Vintage Gucci bag