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.
There’s a nice and pleasant connection between Wes Anderson and Prada – the director famously designed a cafe for the fashion brand, they collaborated on a short movie, and even a perfume ad. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall at one of their meetings? Fandom aside, this collection from Prada’s little sister, Miu Miu, made me think of Wes Anderson movies. Moonrise Kingdom, to be more precise. Cause you can’t think of scouts without thinking of Moonrise Kingdom anymore. The pre-fall 2015 collection comes with capes and boy scout kerchiefs, Sherlock Holmes hats, and chunky oxfords with slouchy socks. Of course, everything is photographed on a very retro wallpaper, which could just as well be the setting to a Wes Anderson movie.
I mentioned Tamara de Lempicka in a recent post, and as soon as I saw her paintings I knew a visual comparison was coming. Most of the paintings are from the 1920s, which makes them old enough and recent enough to have modern photography counterparts. If you take a look at the artist’s biography, you wonder if in today’s world she’d be in the social circle of Vika Gazinskaya and Olivia Palermo.
All painting photos: delempika.org
A number of Romanian fashion designers have recently been invited to create a look inspired by a work of art. The result? Art & Fashion for Education, an exhibition which arrived at the Museum of Art in Cluj on Thursday. What’s with the “education” part, you ask? All the funds raised through the project are used to buy computers for teenagers with special abilities and lack of finances.
The designers involved are Smaranda Almășan, Andreea Bădală, Lucian Broscățean, Ioana Ciolacu, Andrei Dudău, Răzvan Firea, Olah Gyárfás, Adelina Ivan, Irina Marinescu, Marina Moldovan, Sabina Pop, Lucian Rusu and Carmen Secăreanu, who quoted artists Maya Lin, Gottfried Helnwein, Antony Gormley, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tamara Łempicka, Cy Twombly, Mircea Suciu, Joseph Kosuth, Ben Vautier or Mike Kelley as sources of inspiration.
At the opening, we got to see all the pieces up close and chat with some of the designers and guests over a glass of wine. A nice exercise is to research all the artists and try to match them with the appropriate designer. You can still visit the exhibition at the Museum of Art in Cluj, until September 16th.
Are any of you going back to school anytime soon? If so, there’s always inspiration in vintage photographs or movies! This one, for example, was taken at Warren G. Harding High School in Ohio and it’s sooo 1950s. As much as students usually hate uniforms, it’s interesting to see that varsity sweatshirts and the like are now part of everyday fashion.