Fictional style files // Edith Crawley - Kittenhood

Fictional style files // Edith Crawley

Fictional style files // Edith Crawley - Kittenhood

When I started watching Downton Abbey some years back, the last person I thought I’d make a style file on was Edith Crawley. My choice at the time was Sybil, with her innovative wear of pants and her rebellious behavior. And then, of course, there was Mary, the character the show focuses most on; or Rose, the young and pretty girl who likes to act out and do her own thing. But what I didn’t realize until the show’s finale was just how much potential Edith had. Out of the sisters (and probably out of the whole household), she’s the unhappiest one throughout the 6 seasons. Every amorous relationship seems more damned than the previous one, but she fights through as a strong, independent woman. She doesn’t need a maid to help her dress, she doesn’t need a driver to go places, she doesn’t need a man to run her magazine or be a mom or move to London. Admittedly, most of her life interests are led by her current love interests, but she still manages to keep viewers on her side and vouch for her. As the show reaches the year 1925, she finally gets what she always wanted (I’m not giving any spoilers!), which is also reflected in the way she dresses. Edith is no longer the ugly duckling. She is a stylish magazine owner with a taste for beautiful headwear, sparkly golden dresses and bold red. Way to go, Edith. 

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How I wore KAUN slippers

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Handmade sweater + Light After Dark jeans + KAUN slippers (c/o)

Slippers are the probably most underrated footwear, and it makes little to no sense! We tend to invest in fancy stilettos that we maybe wear once a year, and completely neglect the only shoes we wear on a daily basis: slippers. I’m a big fan of slippers myself because I’ve spent years working from home exclusively, needing a pair of shoes that I can rely on. So you can imagine I was pretty psyched to try the newly released KAUN slippers, which are handmade in Estonia. 

The first thing that strikes is surely the design, with visible Nordic influence. The slippers came in a cool cardboard box that I consider a fun puzzle in itself. They’re minimalist, handmade from a single piece of felt, and inspired by the pavement in its different states. Not your regular source of inspiration, am I right? The model I have is called Cross, and it takes direct inspiration from pedestrian crossings. They fit generously (I got the XS size, which corresponds to an EU 37-38 while I’m more of an EU 36-37), they’re super easy to slip in and out of, and they’re a cool design piece when they lay on the floor by themselves.

I love that they’re made of natural felt! This material is one of the few that keeps warm in winter and still allows your feet to breathe in summer. I don’t know how that’s possible, just nature working its magic. One downside is that felt tends to gather dust (and the only pets I have in this apartment are dust bunnies, you guys!) – nothing you can’t easily clean with the sponge that came with the slippers. You can learn more about KAUN slippers on their official website, and you should know that their four models are currently available to buy on Amazon

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Valentino SS16 by Steve McCurry

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Just recently released at the beginning of the year, these photos are already stirring up conversations and controversy. There’s a lot of contrast in the images, and you can choose to see that either as beautiful or as offensive. People are asking questions about ethics and principles, as you can see in the comments of Photographer Magazine. These photos were shot by Steve McCurry, renown National Geographic photographer, to showcase the Valentino spring collection. The location is Amboseli National Park in Kenya, a dusty landscape that makes the luxury clothing shine (both in a good and bad way). I had doubts if I should post these, but Valentino is my favorite fashion house and I’m curious how people see these images. What’s your take on this photo shoot? 

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10 ways to wear Pantone Serenity | Kittenhood

10 ways to wear Pantone serenity

So we already covered rose quartz and how to wear it in 2016. You were fully convinced by my arguments and have now decided to get even more into pastels. You’re contemplating Pantone’s other color pick for the year, serenity. Aren’t you? Is my hypnosis working as you read this? I hope so. This is a shade I’m very much into, and which I’ve been wearing a lot in the past few months. Yes, I know, I am way ahead of my time, it’s cool. 

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1. A little blue dress can be just as versatile as its famous black counterpart. Dress it down with loafers, a beanie and a bomber jacket like this chick, or, you know, wear with heels to make it fancy. 

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2. How beautiful is a serenity blue coat? So beautiful. It may not be the most practical idea for winter, but it sure would make those dreary days brighter. Photo from Vanessa Jackman

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3. I’m sorry, I can’t help it: got sleeves? This girl must have taken pictures all day in order to have her picture taken. Totally worth it: that blouse is stunning. 

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4. This is such a fantastic winter look! I love that striped shirt over the turtleneck and those boyish details. I might even reconsider my take on newspaper boy caps circa Andy Sachs

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5. I’m a fan of the blue shirt in general. But I’m an ever bigger fan of how it looks with high waist pants, a big feathers collar and bug belt. Photo from The Sartorialist

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6. An alternative to no. 5: more casual and spring-like. Of course you can add layers underneath and above if the weather reaquires. More photos here

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7. Blue tights, am I right? There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get inspiration from children’s fashion every once in a while. Photo from No Added Sugar

10 ways to wear Pantone Serenity | Kittenhood

8. Warm midi skirt, boots rather than sandals, and a cozy turtleneck sweater. It’s everything you need both in terms of style and warmth! 

10 ways to wear Pantone Serenity | Kittenhood

9. This faux fur clutch is like the rug that ties the room together, but for outfits. I love how the upper half looks so different than the casual lower half. 

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10. I love this style from BAIT Footwear in every color, but this shade of blue is perfection. You’d probably have to wait a little before wearing them properly, but good things are worth waiting for. 

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How I wore a Uniqlo x Lemaire coat

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Uniqlo x Lemaire coat + Light Before Dark jeans + BBup boots + second-hand Pikachu backpack 

Ever since I’ve moved to Berlin, I focused most of my time on work and had the feeling I was missing out on the city experience. After all, the whole reason for moving was to be able to enjoy this amazing place! But, as it happens when you’re no longer a tourist, it’s easy to postpone this museum and that concert saying there’s time for it later. THERE ISN’T. This weekend we woke up earlier than normal, got a couple of work hours in, then spent most of our time out and about. It’s so nice to be able to disconnect (literally) every once in a while – all these years of freelancing (i.e. never being truly offline) might be starting to take their toll.

To sum up Saturday, we walked a lot around the nearby lakes, had great cake in a greenhouse cafe, petted a cat (it’s been too long, you wonderful thing called cat fur), SAW A FOX (after everyone I know already saw one in Berlin and I was feeling left out), saw Tobago Crusoe and the Kalypso Katz plus Songhoy Blues live, and exited the concert hall to fresh snow everywhere. On Sunday, we enjoyed the snow in Schloss Park, where these pictures were taken. I have to add that I’ve dreamed of this Uniqlo x Lemaire coat for months, and I’m so glad I waited: it was 80% off! I admit I didn’t necessarily need a long coat that’s not super warm at this point in my life, but I just couldn’t resist such a deal. I’m a big fan of Uniqlo and the quality of their products, and it feels fancy knowing that Lemaire collaborated on the design. 

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One tweed blazer, six ways | Kittenhood

One tweed blazer, six ways

One tweed blazer, six ways | Kittenhood

This Only blazer was a thrift store find from ages ago, possibly while I was still in university. It was just what I wanted at the time: super warm wool blend fabric, houndstooth print, a very neutral color palette. I wore it as a jacket in springs and autumns. I wore it as an extra layer in winter. I wore it to create a newspaper boy costume one Halloween. I’m getting nostalgic now, and I regret giving it away before moving to Berlin. Where are you, my sweet?! That’s the problem with me and clothes: I get overly attached to them, I hoard them, and then I come to hate them. I’m very good at attaching sentimental value to things (you should see the boxes of my “memories” in my parents’ attic!) so don’t be surprised if you never see me narrowing it down to a capsule wardrobe. Moving to another country, I did get rid of a lot of stuff. But 1. I regret it now and 2. I also kept a lot of stuff (and even marked some of the bags “sentimental value”). 

What’s your relationship to clothes? Are they disposable goods that bear a temporary utility or are they important pieces of your life and memories? 

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Ziggy Played Guitar by Petra Collins

Ziggy played guitar

Ziggy Played Guitar by Petra Collins

I didn’t listen to David Bowie until I was an adult. I’ve often thought he would have blown my mind in high-school. I’ve often thought I’m lucky to be a contemporary of such an enormous icon, and that I’ll be telling my kids Bowie and I were alive at the same time. They would gasp in admiration, naturally. 

Hearing the news about his death made me very sad. But it also brought up in me a sense of infinite community between the people who loved him. I’m overwhelmed by the huge number of people who felt influenced by this one person. It’s so rare that a person is so widely admired by such a variety of people – and I can’t help but think it was the multitude of Bowie’s personas that made this possible. With so many Bowies incarnated over the years, it’s impossible not to find one you can relate to. At Bowie’s former home here, in Berlin (which he shared with Iggy Pop for some years in the 70s), people like me left roses and candles and photos. Babies, pensioners, press, everyone. In the bar next to that, a favorite of the artist’s, people were singing from the top of their lungs is there Life on Mars? 

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“Ziggy Played Guitar” fashion editorial by Petra Collins for Rookie Mag, 2012

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3 work outfits + Oren Isaac glasses review

Just before graduating from college in 2008, my girlfriends and I had a big problem on our minds. It wasn’t that we’re not going to find jobs or that we were about to be thrown into real life unprepared. Our problem was having to swap our funky, colorful wardrobes for pencil skirts, stilettos, blazers and the most boring styles of office attire. We were picturing ourselves as either English teachers or corporate workers, which in our minds meant you couldn’t even wear jeans to work. The corporate, strict environment didn’t happen for any of us – we ended up getting jobs in fields that probably didn’t even exist in 2008. Bullet dodged. 

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Which brings me to today’s post and its work outfits. While I recently start my first job in an office, the dress code there is really casual. That’s why most of the time I’m wearing jeans and a combination of turtleneck, shirt and sweater. I admit to being inspired by J.Crew for this because they have a way of seamlessly pairing basics and turning them into something cool. 

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When the weather is not as gloomy as lately, I always favor dresses. This particular black and white one is impressively versatile – don’t tell anyone, but I’ve already worn it to my interview, first day of work and an office party. I love that it has long sleeves and a simple cut. The print is subtle but not necessarily boring, and it easily fits a shirt underneath. 

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When I’m not working at the office, I have a whole other bunch of freelance projects requiring my attention. Sometimes I’m guilty of going from bed straight to my computer, with all its work emails (and also distractions). My uniform of choice? Pajamas. I got a couple of cozy ones at New Look last winter, and I could just wear them all day. Again, this is a secret, so don’t tell! 

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The one common item in all these looks? My glasses. I wear them exclusively for using the computer and reading, but that takes nearly the entire day, so I’m wearing them a lot. It’s very important to me that they’re lightweight and feel comfortable. And since I tend not to be super careful with them, it’s important that they’re sturdy and good quality. So I’m more than pleased with my new glasses from Oren Isaac (c/o), a new eyewear brand with lots of potential, because they fit all my requirements. I’m wearing the James frame in Brown Crystal, which is just enough tortoiseshell to look cool and just enough transparency to be subtle. Plus they came in a really cute felt pouch that makes a really sweet detail (am I the only one who has a soft spot for felt?). 

What’s your work outfit of choice? 

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

10 ways to wear pantone rose quartz

As you may have heard by now, Rose Quartz is one of the colors designated by Pantone as trendy in 2016. I think that’s excellent news because I love that dusty shade of pink. I’d go as far as calling it a neutral! And I’m pleased to say I already have a few pieces in this color. If your story is a little different, scroll down to see 10 pretty and wearable outfits featuring rose quartz. And if you still don’t like the idea by the time you reach the comment section, feel free to let me know, right there. And you’ll be excused of having to wear this shade in 2016. 

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1. Pink and yellow probably has you thinking of ice cream and summer. But! If the pink is a coat and the yellow is a pair of pants, you can even wear it in winter. Photo from MSGM Pre-Fall 2015

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

2. See that barely visible blouse? That’s all the rose quartz pink you need to look trendy without going over the top. Outfit via What Olivia Did

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

3. Or you can go crazy with a pink coat and bag and beanie! I love how Cat/From Someone In Love paired the soft shade with darker burgundy. 

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

4. Jeans are jeans. But with a soft pink rain coat, they become super jeans! Fab street style snap by Tommy Ton

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

5. Not for the faint at heart, there’s always the option of pink hair. I love how subtle this particular shade is (snapped in Harajuku) and how well it goes with the pink lipstick. 

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

6. For most contrast, wear this shade of pink against all black. I love the pompom beanie and boucle coat on Rozalia Fashion

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

7. You almost can’t go wrong with this bohemian combination (spotted on Hey Natalie Jean): slouchy sweater, pink maxi skirt, and brown accents. 

10 ways to wear rose quartz | Kittenhood

8. An oversized, pink sweater is stylish. It’s cozy. It’s like candy floss for your body. You just can’t say no to that. Photo via Carolines Mode.

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9. If pink is too soft for you, pair it with black and a leather jacket. You might end up making pink look badass. 

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10. Finally, if you don’t want too much pink in your wardrobe, how about just a pair of sunglasses? Studio DIY makes it seem like the best idea (also, how cute is that sweater?)