Cats & Destruction

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any of my sewing projects. But lately inspiration has found it’s way back to me and my sewing machine is gonna have to face it and work it’s ass off.

Recently I made this gray oversized sweater and I thought that I could give it a little more life. I bought some acrylics and decided to go for a cute cat face as my first try at hand painting fabric. Previously I’ve only dyed sneakers with acrylics and they turned out pretty good, so I decided to give it a try, I hope you like it!

I’m not sure of how long lasting the print will be, but I love it, I sure will experiment further with some textile paints as well.

Hand painted sweater by Me

Jeans by Reserved

Sneakers by Sinsay

Watch by Forever

The New Fashion Capitals: Part 1 - Helsinki

London, Milan, Paris, New York… over and over and over again. The so called Fashion Capitals with their mainstream fashion weeks and countless designers, models, bloggers and everything that comes with it. Don’t you just want something new? Something fresh? New icons, new idols, cities, esthetiques? Well me too! So let me take you on a journey we’ve both been waiting for.

On this series of articles I’ll take you through the new Fashion Capitals in my opinion and I’ve got some amazing fashion-forward locals to guide us through. First stop - Helsinki!

Since Finland is also in the northern Europe, I feel like I can relate to the Finns and their way of life in a way. I have a huge crush on Helsinki, I instantly fell in love with the city when I visited it and have been thinking about going back ever since, so no wonder that Helsinki will be the first stop!

The local trendsetter Martina M tells me that Helsinki is growing in design and fashion all the time. And when you check out the city’s leading streetstyle blog hel-looks.com you really feel the cool quirky vibe of this fashion hotspot. Martina tells me that ‘Streetstyle in Helsinki is very mixed, you have both the fancier dressed people, the vintage lovers and the trend-followers.’ And I can tell from experience that this is something my hometown Riga lacks.

The city is also home for some amazigly talented designers, such as R/H, Minna Parikka, Daniel Palillo, Ivana Helsinki & Samuji to name a few. Helsinki is filled with outstanding boutiques and amazing thrift shops, the Finns are very concious about nature and numeurous local designers are eco-friendly putting nature & environment first.

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R/H SS2014 ‘Over the moon’ collection

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Ivana Helsinki AW 2014 2015 ‘This is for you gran’ collection

I really admire Martinas unique stlye and if you take a look at her blog, you can find even more stylish looks and inspirig pictures.

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I remember wandering around the streets of Helsinki, surrounded by cool shops and fashion-forward people. I remember feeling inspired by everything - the culture, the language, the weather, the architecture. And so I fell in love with the city and I felt it love me back. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back there. And one day I will.

Writer’s block

I’ve been gone, I’ve been lost. I haven’t given my all to this blog, but it seemed like I had lost some creative gene in my body. And I don’t want that to happen again, so this post is like a promise, like a reminder to myself to keep going. During this dark time of mine, I had a lot of second thoughts about this blog and blogging in general. But finally I realised, that I have been doing this since I was sixteen and it’s made me the person I am today. And I don’t feel like giving that part of myself away. And while I did some thinking, I realised where I got lost. It was when I started running for followers and blog stats and everything that comes with it.
So I’ve changed things. I finally changed my blogging platform and simplified everything quite a bit. And I don’t care how many people will read this, all I care about is that posting this makes me happier. And that’s exactly what I’ve missed.

These photos were actually taken about a month ago, but I finally have it in me to post this look, so I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Jacket by New Yorker

Jeans by Bik Bok

Tee by H&M

Beanie by New Yorker

Sneakers by New Yorker

I’ve missed you!

Overheat

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Summer’s here & the heat is on! I usually find it hard not to lose your personal style during these hot months when you’re forced to wear shorts and flip fops. I really love outerwear & layering, so it’s understandable that summer is not my favourite season. In this post I wanted to show my new amazing cotton blend jacket from sammydress.com which is very lightweight and ideal for summer. I can already see that it’s going to be an essential item in my wardrobe this season.

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I recently discovered  Sammydress which is an amazing online fashion store. The clothes are really unique and the prices blew my mind, plus they’ve got a lot of items on sale, which is great. I really recommend it, I can say that I will be ordering a lot of stuff from there from now on, just need to wait for the next paycheck.

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Jacket by Sammydress
Tee by New Yorker
Pants by Terranova
Boots by CCC
Vintage watch


Enjoy the sun & have a happy shopping!


Alexander Wang x H&M

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I know that we’re all anticipating for summer to finally start, but what if I told you that there is something that would make you want November to come faster? What if that ‘something’ would be H&M partnering up with Alexander Wang? How would that sound for you?
During an event at the Coachella Music Festival, in California, USA, H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. This partnership marks the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on the much anticipated designer collaboration.

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The New York based Fashion Designer’s Alexander Wang’s esthetic is a reflection on contrasts, blending the refined and the imperfect. His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease.
The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men. The designer will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.  The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, including Riga.

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I’m sure we’ll have to start saving money soon, ‘cause this will be a unique shopping experience. Thank you H&M!

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Consumed by sunshine

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You can call me lazy & you can call me boring, but I’ve decided to post my outfit looks as well. So we’ve dumped our winter outerwear & we’ve turned our clocks forward, but the most important thing is that spring is here & it’s staying, at least I hope so.

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I used an iPad case with bike print as a clutch bag, I think it’s a very cool solution of when you don’t want to carry your bag with you & all you need is your keys & your phone. Plus, since I forgot my sunglasses and the sun seems to be very aggressive these days, I used it for that as well, very multifunctional if you ask me.

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College jacket by Piazza Italia
iPad case/ Clutch bag by Cedarwood State
Thrifted pants by Topshop
Cap by House
Sneakers by Converse

Enjoy the sun while it lasts & have a great week!

Bai:doo : A nice place

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It’s been a while since all the holidays have passed and since the celebration season ended. But it wont take long until new ones will come our way & before you know it, birthdays, anniversaries, parties and graduations will take over your organizer and the never-aging question of ‘what to wear?’ will pop up on your mind again. But if you’re above the average fashion consumer with an eye set out for that special something & appreciate quality then this article might be just for you!

Recently I visited Bai:doo which is this cozy workshop/boutique in Riga owned by designer Baiba Tolpežņikova and over tea we discussed her recently established business & fashion in general. Baiba’s clients are mostly women who highly appreciate quality & original design. Bai:doo is both  feminine & classical, but always with a twist and a dreamy aftertaste. ‘I like my clothes to have a fairytale feeling to them,' says Baiba. 'It may sound very cliche, but I get my ideas from my dreams. I see the clothes in my dreams and then recreate them.’ Although her target audience & clientele is mostly women, Baiba sometimes designs for men as well.

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Baiba’s approach to work and her clients could be described as intuitive. ‘Clients come with their own vision of what they imagine and the desirable effect. The minute I get to know the the client, understand the clients background and personal style, everything just evolves naturally.' She always tries to find a healthy balance between what the client wants and her own esthetic 'It’s important not to lose yourself in your work. In the end you’re the designer, not just a tailor.


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Bai:doo was officially opened on October 30th with a fashion show in the old town. ‘Right now I’m still just starting out but I have a distinct vision of what I want to do with my career.' In a few years she would like to have her own clothing line, to produce & sell ready-to-wear garments, maybe even export abroad.
When I ask her about the local street fashion, she points out that women in Latvia tend to look over-dressed. ‘I don’t think that you have to make every day a celebration, but you have to be well groomed and comfortable.’ She adds that for celebrations it’s great to make specially tailored garments.

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And if you’re looking for that special something with a fairytale feeling, then visit Baiba @ Bai:doo in Riga, Avotu street 23.

Gone For Gold

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What is a new year without the new years resolutions? It’s the best time to leave the unnecessary in the past and focus on what’s really important. And studies have shown that one of the most popular new year’s resolutions is getting fitter, doing more sport, eating healthy and getting that gym membership you’ve been talking about for so long. Sounds familiar? This year, It’s one of mine as well. But it couldn’t be a better time for that, cause not only the winter Olympics are right around the corner, but also H&M has launched a special capsule collection inspired by the Swedish Olympic outfits.

If you haven’t heard, then H&M has designed a collection for Swedish Olympic Team and the Swedish Paralympic Team to be worn at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And to celebrate this collection, H&M Sport has created a special capsule collection inspired by the Swedish Olympic outfits so we could not only look amazing in the gym, but also support the Olympic movement. The collection is not just functional sports garments but also casual items that are perfect for layering.

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The color palette comes from the Swedish flag, with dark blue, royal blue and vivid yellow, mixed with blue and yellow snake prints. I found some amazing items in this collection and majority of pieces can be worn outside the gym as well. H&M’s Go Gold collection is perfect to get that relaxed sporty look.

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Cruelty Free Fashion

Do you see yourself as a nice person? Do you think you’re compassionate, caring & a good person in general? Would you ever hurt someone? How much did your bag cost? Your shoes? Your biker jacket? And your accessories - wallet, belt or gloves? You got them on sale? ”That’s so cheap for a leather bag”, that’s what you thought. For you it maybe didn’t cost much, but for someone else, it cost their life.

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Maybe I am being a little radical here, but I can’t stay silent about it. I mean, leather looks great, it’s always on trend, people look at it as a must-have. I am sad that it took me twenty years to become a vegetarian. But it’s not only what you eat - it’s what you wear, what you think, say & do. I’ve made a promise to myself to never buy anything leather or fur ever again. It is sad that the majority of people don’t realize that we live in the 21st century and we don’t need to kill to survive. It’s not the middle ages when people used animal skins to stay warm during the harsh winters. But for some reason, people seem to think that they need to kill to look good. That they need to embellish themselves with skins and furs of animals, so others would think higher of them. Every time I see a rich woman in a fur coat my heart freezes or when I walk into any shoes store and realize that the majority of product is leather it really saddens me. I’m not going to tell anyone how to live their life, but I’m asking you to think to yourself for a second. Is it really ethical to buy something that was killed and put it on your own body. Is it right to wear something that was murdered just for the cause of making profit and making you satisfied. Does it make you feel like a good person? Does it make you happy?

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As a vegetarian, I feel discriminated every day and not only in cafes and restaurants, but also in clothing & shoe stores. However, I do want to applaud brands like Stella McCartney & OlsenHaus for being green and making their choice cruelty free. But for some ever reason, the society have this negativity against vegans and vegetarians, like it’s something bad, something objectionable. But all that I want to do is to spread peace and I dream of peaceful coexistence for the human race and the animal world. If you agree with my opinion and this article makes at least a little bit sense to you, please share it so people would think for a second. I’ve made my choice - what’s yours?

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A Fashion Story: Edie Sedgwick

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We live in a time where it’s easy to take things for granted. We tend to forget things, conversations, memories, happenings, people - we tend to forget everything. It’s because most of us were born in a world where you don’t have to fight for your freedom, rights (yes, most of us, not all of us, unfortunately) & we can do pretty much whatever we want. But we tend to forget that there were people going against the stream for things to be how they are now. We forget that there were people who took risks & set trends that are timeless even though decades have passed. And I think we should talk about these people more than we do & honor them as we can. And I want to honor the hugely inspirational 60’s ‘it girl’ Edie Sedgwick.

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There are a lot of stories about Edie & her tragic lifestyle. But I don’t want to talk about the bad stuff. I started reading articles about her and exploring who she was after watching the amazing movie Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller as Edie. The magic begun when Edie met Andy Warhol at a party after moving to New York city. She starred in his controversial movies and became a muse and a close friend of Andy’s. She started modelling and appeared on the pages of Vogue, Edie instantly became a New York socialite, an ‘it girl’ that young girls would look up to.

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Sedgwick’s timeless style is still widely talked about and admired. She had an iconic ‘More is More’ approach to fashion wearing layers of leopard print and fur over striped t-shirts that she wore as dresses. Her trademarks were huge shoulder length chandelier earrings, exaggerated eye makeup and false eyelashes. Her style has been replicated not only by trendsetters like Courtney Love, Agyness Deyn & Emma Watson, but also by leading fashion houses like Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton & YSL.

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However, because of her troubled childhood & badly influential people around her, Edie went off the track. Her modelling carrier was ruined because of her involvement in the drug scene & Edie was constantly in and out of rehabs and mental hospitals. She died at the early age of twenty-eight in 1971. Let’s remember her as a style icon of the past century.

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