When nothing can be called “new” in the world of fashion, a designer such as Anca Adina Cojocaru appears, with her brand, Imaculatura. This is the same person that conserved a dress a few months ago, and the same person I’m sure we’re gonna hear about over and over. The Invisible Collection has three phases: (1) the visible, which covers, hides, and keeps you warm, exemplified by the beautiful white coats; (2) the neither-nor, which covers but doesn’t hide, and doesn’t keep you warm, i.e. the sheer jumpsuit and dress; and (3) the invisible, which doesn’t do anything, because it doesn’t exist. The latter includes a number of pieces that were showcased in sketch form only, which can be contemplated, made with the designer, or self-made in DIY fashion. Are you impressed already? Because I certainly am.
I don’t know what the situation is where you live, but growing up, all the fathers in my country virtually wore the same fur hat. While women’s hats were mostly round, men’s were rather aerodynamic. They had that very specific, folded look, when not on someone’s head. I never liked them. Not until I realized that every one of these vintage hats could be turned into a DIY fur clutch. And it’s as simple as adding a zipper to a hat – which is like, basic DIY level, right?
What you need:
- vintage fur hat
- thread and needle
Measure your hat and find the zipper length to suit it. You can make it neutral, like I did, or choose a bright neon to pop. Next, pin the zipper to the hat and see how it fits. When it fits, stitch into place. I used my hands, because I didn’t want to risk combining the sewing machine with fur. I suppose you can also use a glue gun to put the two together. If you decide to stitch, make it thorough so it lasts. That’s pretty much it! Since the hat already had a lining, I didn’t alter it in any other way (although inside pockets could come in handy).
Sad Circus by Fanny Latour-Lambert
Watch: Dallas Buyers Club is a movie I fully recommend. Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto (pictured, yes, pictured).
Listen: I gotta get my hands on Tricky’s latest album, I love this song!
Wear: The Pre-Fall collections got me so hooked this year! I even made a board for all the gorgeous outfits I’ve seen.
DIY: 90% of the lights where I live are ugly. You can imagine how much I’d like this one, as DIY-ed on Sugar and Cloth.
Lauren Hutton is now 70, and she’s still gorgeous – she was a model, after all. But look how stylish she was in this old picture! The simple, cableknit sweater, with the tailored pants and worn out lace-up boots make for a perfect everyday outfit. And how about that incredible wavy hair? You can wear it while you casually smoke on the “automatic sprinkler”, but it wouldn’t be out-of-place at a fancy event either. Talk about versatility…
1. Leather & canvas backpack by Kaka Store. The sweetness of the pink hue and the roughness of the brown leather make this a gem.
2. Leather backpack by Kokosina. This one makes me wish I could wander in the forest with treats in my cool backpack.
3. Canvas backpack by Mö. It doesn’t get more retro or fun than this rectangular bag. Just look at that perfect shape!
4. Army style backpack by Otto Bags. If you like classic, military style, this backpack is for you. It looks lightweight and comfy.
5. Waxed canvas backpack by Infusion. A rucksack that looks sturdy and large enough to fit a bunch of stuff. Take me away!
6. Red backpack by Buluchu. Huge bag that would be great for school. It’s also waterproof and pretty to look at in this color combo.
I decided that my favorite color this year is navy. I’m sure you can agree it’s very classy and whatnot. So, while I’m keeping my eyes open for any new navy pieces, I’ll take any blue hue I can see. This lovely coat and sweater are from a new online shop I’m collaborating with, 6ks. Their stuff is affordable and nice, and I’m happy to have chosen versatile clothes that I’ll actually wear. Not to make any resolutions publicly, but I’d really like to make my wardrobe more versatile. In other news, how about this fog? It’s pretty crazy, but it photographs beautifully.
If you ever wondered what the dictionary definition for cute and proper is, look no further. I’ve found the answer in Betina Lou‘s latest line, for the fall winter season. The pieces are not complicated, and that’s what makes them versatile, and possibly timeless. There are neutral colors, mod touches, and a hint of tartan in the Canadian collection, and that’s everything one needs for a good cold season wardrobe. I also love how the lookbook is styled, with ankle boots, the natural looking model and what appears to be her own jewelry. Very wearable, don’t you think?
One of the biggest discoveries of 2013 in my kitchen was the muffin. I had no idea muffins were so easy to make, nor that they could open the door to so many possibilities. I also learned that they’re a great use for quince, which I find to be quite the pretentious fruit (i.e. not easy to eat fresh, not many recipes to cook). The best part is that you can take the basic muffin recipe and adapt it with all sorts of other fruit (apple and pear work this time of the year, but I can’t wait to try apricots, peaches and sour cherries come summer!). And did I mention nuts of all sorts? Or chocolate chip? They all sound amazing! I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear if you skip the sugar and add something like bacon or sausage, they make a perfect breakfast treat. Have you ever tried anything like that? The whole thing makes me really excited about new recipes to try this year – especially since I believe winter days were specifically crafted for staying in and baking. But enough talk, let me show you how I make quince muffins, which are my favorites so far:
- 150g melted butter
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 beaten eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate
- 2 medium quinces
- (optional) orange peel
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Cut the fruit in small cubes and place in a large bowl. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate. Add orange peel if you're using.
- In a different bowl, mix the wet ingredients (butter, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, eggs).
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones, and mix together.
- Bake in a muffin tray for 20-25 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).
- You can also use apple or pear instead of quince.
The style of Ian Chan is something I can’t ever hope to attain: the perfect and minimal combination of tomboy and girly, vintage and modern, basics and statement pieces. According to her Lookbook profile (where she posts most of her pics), she’s a fashion designer, and she lives in China. I love how she wears pants (every style seems to fit her like a glove) and vintage low heels, plus she has a tremendous collection of outerwear. And how cute are her geeky glasses? I know you want them.