Sunday, September 12

let's google "school satchel" together.

I know what I said yesterday, but now the idea of skipping on the school satchel-inspired mulberry alexa and getting a real vintage school satchel instead is growing on me. I love how it's the "real deal", and it appeals immensely to my nerdy side. plus, this way I can save some cash. okay, more than some.
after a day of countless obsessive ebay, etsy, vintage e-shop and google searches with different combinations of the same four or five words related to the topic (mom had to warn me, after seeing a different tan school satchel on the screen of my laptop for the millionth time), here you have what I put together for inspiration.

first things first: alexa chung with her mulberry elkington briefcase.

mulberry elkington
asos (last year's, out of stock now. otherwise I would have bought it already)

(some website of which track I've lost)

while I'm off to google "vintage camel school satchel", please let me know what you think!

Saturday, September 11

alexa question.

good news: there's a chance I might get my hands on the lovely mulberry alexa satchel (which I've been kind of obsessed with) sometime soon. however, believe it or not, everything's not coming up roses. I'm seriously struggling between black and oak. frankly, oak appeals a lot more to me, it's what first comes up to my mind when I think of mulberry alexa. but unfortunately (fortunately?) I already own a mulberry bayswater tote in oak, and I'm not so sure if I want two mulberry bags of the same color and similar shape... and black seems to be more of a color of all seasons, and however shades of camel are trendy this season, you know, I don't buy a designer bag everyday.

I could use some help from my lovely readers... what do you think?


Thursday, September 9

lookbook diaries.

I found these on asos fall lookbook, nice intro to the season. they are pretty explanatory about the fall trends, and they gave me a few tips and tons of inspiration, so I thought you should see them too. I should totally belt up, satchel up and throw some long socks on asap.

Monday, September 6

let's fall in love with ipekyol's f/w collection.

I had been planning to talk about turkish fashion scene here for a while. today I'll introduce you to a turkish brand, ipekyol. it's a favorite shopping spot for both my mother and myself, with its ageless high-quality designs and timeless investment pieces.
I took a look at their fall/winter lookbook and it made me so proud that a a turkish brand has created such a great collection, with some lovely visuals on the lookbook, and I immediately knew I had to share it with my lovely readers. take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the collection, and don't forget to see the whole lookbook here, it's lovely and full of inspiration. seems like I'll break the bank this fall.

 this must be the perfect camel coat, with its perfect shade, military accents and jackie o appeal. I especially love their "camel is the new black" sub-collection, there's a camel coat for everyone.

these lovely chanel-inspired cardigans and blouse seem quite heirloom-worthy. not-so-surprisingly, I can't help but want them all.

classics with a twist- have breakfast at tiffany's, your way.

basics, redefined.
I must thank ipekyol's super-kind public relations department, as I was sent the scans as soon as I asked.

Sunday, September 5

there's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.

I found this list thing in an interesting blog I newly discovered, TOFVenture (you guessed right, there is some mention of Ireland...). I wasn't tagged or anything but I felt like putting down my own.

rules: don't take too long to think about it. list 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. they should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
  • resurrection by leo tolstoy
  • breakfast at tiffany's by truman capote
  • angela's ashes by frank mccourt
  • summer crossing by truman capote
  • the little prince by antoine de saint-éxupery
  • light in august by william faulkner
  • crime and punishment by fyodor dostoevsky
  • death in the orient express by agatha christie
  • jack the ripper: the final solution by stephen knight
  • by grand central station I sat down and wept by elizabeth smart
  • harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban by j.k. rowling
  • the merchant of venice by william shakespeare
  • an ideal husband by oscar wilde
  • the prince by nicolo machiavelli
  • one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez
I tag forgetmenot, my wonderland, i am not your freud and anyone else who wants to do it.

I know, technically this is a fashion blog. so I put together an "off to library" outfit to be posted along. here you go:
    reading and writing

    angel in wool.

    while stalking knit headbands even further, I just ran into the photo of this angel wearing a black one, in her lovely and genuine boho-rock way. worth considering, especially for the times you don't want to look like a prim & proper housewife from 1950's (I often do, but you know, not all the time).

    from garance doré

    Saturday, September 4

    knit headbands.

    accompanying the gorgeous retro buns in prada f/w 2010 fashion show were cable knit headbands in shades of beige, camel, black and blue. these little beauties have such a cozy, down-to-earth but ridiculously elegant retro appeal, I think I'm obsessed! and it's something you can ask your grandma to knit for you... or knit yourself, if you're crafty enough, which I'm not.
    match them to your hair or your eyes, pick a contrasting shade- it's all good.

    what do you think?

    knit headband

    Wednesday, September 1

    a fine romance.

    how can you tell they're really made for each other? by their clothes, of course. I adore both of these couples, the first from florence and the second from ny. let's hope they'll have kids together and spread more stylishness to the world.

    topshop picks

    I'm having a mini topshop craze at the moment, as you can see. tonight I feel like listing my favorites- it must be some sort of mental masturbation I think.

    everytime I come across topshop, I go in and try these shoes on. seriously. I feel like a smart grace kelly with them on. so perfect it's ridiculous.

    I gotta get you in my life, babe.

    the original school satchel. simply amazing.

    it's camel, it' duffle, it's cute.

    winter uniform material alert.

    this is the aran cardigan I've been looking for all over ireland- the color, the pattern, the buttons. and ironically, I finally found it on topshop. 

    I'd wear this cropped denim jacket with a band t-shirt, cigarette pants and ballet flats for a fifties-inspired look with a rebel twist, like in isabel marant f/w 2010

    camel lessons from fall runway

    it's finally september and for the first time in monts I got cold today, which should give me enough excuse to do more fall posts.
    I've been collecting tips on how to use camel from f/w runway shows. here you have some. enjoy!
    1. to add an edge; complete a soft, feminine all-camel ensemble with a denim shirt.

    learn from:

    and me, of course. my way:
    chloe fall

    2. combine camel with gray and tomboy/menswear inspired items for a super-cool schoolgirl finish.

    learn from:
    3.1 philip lim
    dries van noten
    hussein chalayan
    my way:
    camel and gray

    3. keep the retro vibe alive by combining camel with shades of navy, jade, citrus and burnt orange.

    learn from:
    my way:
    camel with a dash of color