My Miffy Collection | Kittenhood

My Miffy collection

My Miffy Collection | Kittenhood

Once upon a time, I had a blog section called “blogger’s collection”. You might remember that if you’re an ancient reader. It was a way to promote bloggers I liked while also getting a peek inside their homes via the things they were collecting. (It was so much easier to reach other bloggers back then when everyone wasn’t modelling for high fashion brands!) The collections were really random: vintage nightgowns, brooches, notebooks. I’ve always been interested in collections and I’ve always collected stuff, so I decided to do somewhat of a revival of that old section, this time showing you some of the things I keep around. Not anything big and elaborate – just some subjects I can never resist. 

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I became an instant fan of Miffy when I saw her tiny adorable face in a plane magazine some years back. My first find was the teaspoon, which appeared by surprise in a bin full of dishes at the flea market. The cute bunny is originally Dutch, so when I visited Amsterdam for the first time I went nuts. You could buy stuff almost everywhere, but I really wanted to see the Miffy (aka Nijntje) shop that was far from any other objectives. Found it and, of course, it was closed. So I had to go again. I did that for her. I ended up getting a button and a music box. 

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I found the cookie cutters on Amazon and went completely nuts again. They were just $2, and they’re still available. I don’t know how something so simple can be so painfully cute. So I made Miffy cookies last Easter and I’ll probably make them again this Easter, and on any occasion I can find. Oh yeah, and a picture of the cookies is still my iPhone wallpaper now (and you can get it, too). 

Since 2015 was Miffy’s 60th anniversary, many brands launched special celebratory lines. More stuff for me! I found the Miffy t-shirt at Uniqlo, and I got the panties as a gift (they’re from Primark). Obviously, my collection is tiny, but I’m quite certain I can make it grow. On top of my wishlist is this amazing lamp that I can’t really justify buying. 

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One blue dress, four ways | Kittenhood

One blue dress, four ways

One blue dress, four ways | Kittenhood

This used to be my favorite dress, and it would probably still be if I hadn’t mysteriously stained it all over a while back. The plan is to dye it black to cover the stains, but I’m been so busy for the past couple of years that I never got to doing that. The dress was a birthday gift from my boyfriend, picked by myself from a local vintage fair in 2011. It was what you would call “mint condition”, except for the top button that I never got to mending (I am suspiciously busy, aren’t I?), hence wearing it with a pin at the neckline all the time. I just adore that scallop collar, and the color is so classically pretty. And it’s one of those all-seasons type of dress, as exemplified below. What you can’t tell from the pics, and what I didn’t realize before just now, is that I’ve always worn for special occasions. The first picture was just after my birthday; the second one on our couple anniversary of 3 years; the next one is from my one live TV appearance; and the last one is from Portugal just after my sister’s wedding. So there’s a lot of history to this dress, and I promise publicly that I will find it and mend it and take pictures of it again. 

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3 | Outfit 4 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

10 outfits for cold weather (no bare ankles!)

I’m an appreciator of street style, both online and offline, and I have to admit the best outfits often arise from contrasting combinations. Just like the unlikely-but-beautiful friendship between a kitten and a crow, there’s a lovely surprise in seeing a wool coat paired with bare ankles. But is that practical? Not in my world. If I’m warm enough to have my ankles naked (or my toes or my neck for that matter), then I don’t need a winter coat. So while I pin a lot of these impractical looks, I never take them literally. It feels like street style photos have moved from their “street” status to “editorial”, which makes them more out of reach than ever before. But worry not, you can still get inspiration for real winter. Here are 10 outfits for cold weather to try before spring is finally here:

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1. Rachel of Jag Lever is slaying cold weather with a casual outfit: rolled up jeans with suspenders, a cozy beanie, plus military coat and boots. 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

2. Snow doesn’t stand a chance. This girl is perfectly bundled up and the orange coat is super refreshing. Can we stop making sad, dark colored coats already? Thanks. 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

3. Skirts, dresses? Also perfectly acceptable. Protect your general health with a maxi coat, woolen dress, thick opaque tights and a faux fur stole, like this girl.

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4. Or go the retro way, like The Styling Dutchman. Plaid is a winter staple, and between the midi length of the skirt and the long boots, no one will know how many pair of tights you’re packing. 

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5. These straight jeans on http://www.collagevintage.com/2015/12/retro-jeans/Collage Vintage also allow for some secret layering underneath. 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

6. And yes, you can wear glitter shoes even if it’s freezing. Unless it’s wet, too, in which case, please, keep your glitter safe at home. 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

7. You can opt pro or against that hood all over the head, but on some colder days, I can definitely see the appeal. This Stockholm chick makes black and gray look like a whole new thing, doesn’t she? 

10 outfits for cold weather | Kittenhood

8. Swap the jeans for a denim skirt, but bundle up in a cozy coat and, of course, you will need a plaid scarf to survive. An outfit snapped in Berlin.

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9. There’s nothing like a canvas of neutral clothes to make a brightly colored accessory shine! This Fashion Week goer is clearly very good at this game. 

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10. And, of course, that you can always layer your dresses with shirts underneath to get year-round wear of them. But remember, ankle boots, not bare ankles! 

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How I wore blue & red à la Steve Zissou

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Sheinside dress + Urban Outfitters beanie + clothes swap shirt + H&M tights + flea market shoes 

This dress almost always inspires me to recreate the color palette in Steve Zissou’s crew (see also). There were no submarines available, so it only felt natural to take photos in this beautiful diner. I’m not really a fan of the food there, but the place looks absolutely amazing. The Berlin Pavillion was built in the late 50s as an exhibition space, and when the chain fast food restaurant took over about 10 years ago, they kept most of the building intact, adding retro diner-style furniture and decorations. Like probably any person who’s never been to the US, I have a secret fascination for old school diners on the side of the freeway, with all the waffles and mega fries and extra sauce. What’s that really like, dear American readers? Bust the myth in the comments, if you want! Meanwhile, I’ll hang on to this pretend version. 

P.S. If you have a sudden urge for a Wes Anderson movie night, check out some thematic printable popcorn bags here

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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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Get the look: Edith Crawley 

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February is for love | Kittenhood

February is for love

February is for love | Kittenhood

We’ve got January already bagged, it’s now time to nail February! And what other theme could we talk about if not lovingly ol’ love? If you must know, I probably never celebrated Valentine’s Day, simply because it’s not a tradition in my home country, and I was never fully convinced. But that doesn’t mean I don’t give into the pink and red cheesy stuff every once in a while! It’s actually a color combination I really like, as proven by the above 2013 throwback photo. Plus it’s a good time to get a little romantic – spring is on the way (or so I like to think), I feel like getting out of the house again, moving more, reopening the pastels chapter of my closet. If you’re having similar feelings, then hi, welcome, let’s make a cool, exclusive club. 

Click on the pictures to find out more & shop these cuties, or scroll down for direct links. 

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&Other Stories lace soft bra, for a red-hot Valentine | Golden Ponies heart-shaped bag for you to collect and carry all the valentines you receive |  La Lisette card holder that makes a great gift for girls and guys alike (more colors are available) | The Angry Weather ring, in case you wanted a pretty promise ring on that finger| Modcloth Love Letters to write, stack, and probably never send | Heart headphone splitter that makes sharing headphones less of a nuisance and more of a lovebird kind of thing

P.S. Wildfox sweatshirt available here

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Put some color on // Barbara Laage

Later edit: I found this picture tagged as Sylvia Plath and went with it, but someone very well noticed that it’s not really the writer. The woman pictured is actually Barbara Laage, French actress. I left the rest of the post unchanged to reflect how it was initially thought out. 

I wrote my dissertation thesis around one of Sylvia Plath’s poems (Denouement) and that’s when I started becoming interested in her. She’s one of those rare female authors you learn about when studying literature, and her suicide creates an aura of mystery and impossibility around her. It would be silly to call her a style icon (I get nostalgic about everything from those decades and automatically imagine flawless ladies all around), but I couldn’t help myself from restyling this photo in color. It seems like such an effortless, comfortable outfit for reading. And speaking of reading, I really loved The Bell Jar (especially since it’s been easier for me to relate to a novel than a poem ever since my post-teenage years), and I’d love to read her journals, which are supposedly very insightful. 

Get the look: &Other Stories pants + Uniqlo shirt + The Bell Jar book + The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath book 

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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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Weekend marvels 2/2016

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Watch: Mistress America, a funny and wonderful film that I can’t wait to watch again! Greta Gerwig seems to have it more “together” than usual but guess what… Oh, and it’s directed by the awesome Noah Baumbach. 

Listen: David Bowie on repeat

Wear: I would wear the heck out of these fringed heels from Free People! They’re the perfect spring and autumn shoe. They also come in whiskey brown, but I like this taupe/black combo better.

DIY: Download a couple of free printables and iron them on fabric for some fun Valentine’s Day napkins! Check out my full tutorial on DaWanda.

Bonus:

This cute, romantic and retro editorial from Teen Vogue, featuring Willow Hand. 

A really lovely beret with embroidered bunnies, foxes, and leaves, found on Beau Xoxo

Finally! Barbie is getting different body types and skin tones! The famous lady will now be available in tall, petite and curvy, and 7 skin tones. 

A beautiful editorial in Milk Magazine, inspired by one of my favorite stories, The Virgin Suicides. Whenever you put pretty blond girls together, this is what happens.

I love the tiny porcelain creatures made by Small Wild! They’re always sold out though, and it’s no wonder. 

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Shop handmade // transitional weather skirts

A recent unusually sunny day made me remember why it’s worth going through winter every single year: for the spring. I had been freezing for so long, I didn’t even member how nice a dress or skirt could feel. I’ve been saving a lot of skirts to wishlists lately (my springy subconscious is to blame), so I decided to share them with you. They’re all handmade, and you’ll probably notice most of them feature the same silhouette. I can’t help it – pencil skirts just don’t suit my shape, and I’m always gravitating towards the circle and cloche styles. Surely you can see that in my outfits, that’s probably the one thing that hasn’t changed through the years.  Most of them are pretty simple – timeless basics that you can wear with an array of tops through different seasons. But since some pastel prints never hurt anyone, there are some skirts that look forward to warm weather, too. Click on the photos to get to the respective shops, and let me know in the comments if you have any favorites! 


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