All images via Vogue.com
Bryr is an American label making beautiful clogs. Inspired by the West Coast lifestyle and handmade in San Francisco from quality materials, the shoes come in a bunch of wonderful styles. And actually, they make me wish I lived in perpetual summer. “We believe whole-heartedly in the intrinsic value of well-made things and we hope to make clogs that in 20 years, your daughter will pull out of the closet and want to wear because they are timeless, beautiful and well-made,” the founder of the label mentions. The Bryr fall collection features cozy felt inserts (which I find innovative), fun detachable fringes, and a classic range of colors to suit all tastes.
Which pair would you choose?
Second-hand shirt + Style Stalker skirt + Hema socks + Bianco shoes
Just when I thought autumn was here and I was starting to put my sandals and sundresses away, it’s summer again. Yesterday afternoon we went to a mobile market, bought some fruits and veggies and homemade goodies, and took them on a picnic on a hill. It was really lovely since no one else was out there on a weekday afternoon. Oh, the perks of being a freelancer! This forest was just nearby, and it looked ethereal in the softly filtered light. So that’s where we took pictures. And P.S: this is my favorite shirt now and I don’t even care that it seems like I haven’t worn anything else in ages. It’s a small size from the men’s section, and it’s perfection.
Last weekend, I went to my hometown for a family event, which was also a chance to see some of the pretty sights in the area. Pictured here is the Siriu lake, an artificial dam lake on the Buzau river. The interesting part is that the embankment dam is made of clay, so it all looks rather natural. The water is extremely blue and the beginning of autumn is making its way through the many forests. There’s a nice layered view from the main road and I imagine it gets even better as the leaves turn yellow.
The changes in weather got me a bit worried lately. So worried, that I had to look for some nice rain outfits. And not the type you usually find recommended in magazines – but actually wearable choices for real rain. You already know the three main pieces: umbrella, rain coat and rain boots. The only issue remains how to make them look cute and stylish rather than frumpy. Here are my finds:
Toast lookbooks never disappoint. If you ever need to set the mood for a certain season, just visit their site. As always, the photography is spotless, the setting dreamy, and the clothes covetable. That blue midi shirt dress is absolute perfection to me! I love this effortless, cozy style by the side of the trailer, and there’s such charm to an off-season beach. The border between summer and autumn bears so much nostalgia, it’s simply beautiful.
I’ve been to Sighisoara plenty of times when I was younger. Back when I was in high-school, the yearly medieval art festival was all the rage for cool young folks around the country, and it was one of my favorite summertime activities. The famous thing about it is that’s it’s still inhabited, despite the array of monuments and historical buildings in the citadel, and it’s supposed to be very well-preserved from medieval times. Passing through the area this weekend, we stopped for lunch and were able to see how the citadel changed. Everything is much more colorful and charming now, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and plenty of tourists. Ten years ago, it was just long-haired teenagers selling leather bracelets and the occasional bar. Naturally, I took some phone snaps for you to see. Yep, that orange house above could be yours.
Sweet Paprika is the label of Romanian fashion blogger Gabriela Atanasov. She’s been designing lovely, vintage-inspired clothes for a few years now, but it was these shoes that really gained by interest. First of all, they’re cute. And they’re not like most shoes you can find on the market today. The secret? They’re handcrafted in an old Romanian footwear factory, following the original 1940s shoe lasts. Isn’t that awesome? What Gabriela did was to update the colors to fun, trendy ones, so that the shoes manage to look contemporary and retro at the same time. As a fan of the old times, I think renewing these designs is rather brilliant, plus I appreciate this idea of supporting a local factory.
Thrifted pajama top + handmade skirt + Happiness Boutique necklace (c/o) + COS shoes
Every piece in this outfit has a story to it. None of the stories is related to ironing, as you can probably tell. The shirt is actually a pajama top I found in a second-hand shop. But with beautiful cat print and Japanese kanji, it was hard to resist. And while I haven’t worn it outside the house before, no one asked me if I’m wearing pajamas, so I’ll take that as a victory.
The skirt is made by my friend G., who also made me this skirt. She says it’s no big deal, but I really admire her determination and skill when it comes to sewing. I know my own sewing machine has been gathering dust for months!
As for the necklace, it’s actually a set of three delicate necklaces from Happiness Boutique. They sell all sorts of beautiful jewelry, but this necklace caught my eye and stole my heart. The three look great together, but can also be worn individually, which I simply adore. The hexagon one has already been included in a couple of (offline) outfits, and I imagine it will quickly become my favorite.
Finally, the shoes are a lucky outlet find from last year. Because you can’t say no to COS shoes in your size when they appear out of the blue.