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Ph. via Pinterest and ASOS // 1. ASOS Grey Marl Braid Felt Fedora Hat, 28,57€   2. CHRISTY’S Safari Wool Felt Hat, 64,29€   3. RIVER ISLAND Oversize Felt Fedora Hat, 40€   4. CATARZI Classic Fedora Hat (via ASOS), 50€   5. ASOS Felt Fedora Hat w/ Wide Brand, 28,57€   6. CATARZI Classic Fedora Hat (via ASOS), 42,86€

There’s an instant flair given by a hat to the most plain outfit. Yet, most people don’t wear hats anymore and that’s a shame. Besides its practical purpose – did you know that most of our body heat escapes through our extremities, namely our head? – it is an accent that gives extra points in attitude to its user.

There are plenty of types of hats (live and learn! ;) ), but my personal favorite, as seen above, is the fedora – the wide brim fedora. And while I can’t treat myself with a Borsalino or perhaps go shop at Maison Michel, these will have to do. I have a black one from H&M and a burgundy one from PARFOIS, but I wouldn’t mind adding a few more to the list. After all, I am not a big fan of umbrellas, and I’ll have to protect my platinum locks from the rain anyway. Isn’t Fall the perfect season to have fun with Fashion and dress up? I think it is.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend! :D

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ISABEL MARANT Amelia leather and suede sandals, 570€ (via Net-A-Porter)

Although I am still faithful to the idea of the previous post (worthy cravings, because my money is too valuable to be spent unwisely), like I said, sometimes I come across one crush or another. When those crushes – hence the tittle of the post – (that happen to be quite reasonable because these are just perfect for me – good, comfortable, dressy & casual at the same time…) get a little (LOT) out of my budget I ache inside. It’s a pity. Though I don’t thing I’d be able to spend more than 500€ in a pair of shoes at this moment in my life. Yet, I believe in the power of dreams and stubbornness so I’m sure these babies will someday find their way to my feet. Oh yes they will! :) ;)

What about you? Any ‘minor’ unhealthy cravings these days? Tell me all about it! :D

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1. ZARA Shoes, 49,95€    2. DOGEARED 3 Pack Gold-Plated Karma Rings, 77,14€   3. OYSHO Lace Body, 25,99€    4. ASOS Sleveless White Shirt, 28,57€    5. ALDO Leopard Slip On Trainers, 85,72€    6. COS Cashmere Scarf, 69€    7. MANGO Chelsea Boots, 79,99€    8. ZARA Hooded Cape, 79,95€

The older I get the less likely I am to get influenced by trends. I know what I like, I know what works for me and I’ve come to a point in my life where my money is too valuable to be spent recklessly. So I only invest in things I need or at least know I will wear until they fall apart (ok, every now and then I come across a crush and I get off the rails). I prefer classics with better materials (that figure in my ‘eternal’ wishlist) – like the leather boots, the white shirt (never too many…), the blucher shoes, the cashmere scarf, the gold plated rings; and things a little less ‘classic’ – like the trainers and cape – but with a bit of an edge and fun factor. And the sexy thing, of course (because one has to feel good from the inside) – the lace body, I can easily picture with a nice pair of boyfriend jeans, a blazer and trainers for a casual & comfortable feel or a pair of stilettos for a cool femme fatale vibe. ;) Easy.

Have a nice week! :)

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Ph. Lykke Li x & Other Stories 

We all know by now I have a huge crush on Lykke Li… so, let’s skip that part and focus on the collaboration thing here (moment for childish bumping up and down and hysteric “yay’s”). The news broke back in March (I was probably living on the Moon because up until two days ago I was completely unaware of this) and now, the first pictures and film (bellow) were released.

“be the man you want to marry”

I am super excited. I love her style, in and off-stage, not only because she’s highly charismatic, but also due to her strong masculine aesthetics, yet still somehow feminine – a delicate balance I’m always intrigued about and fascinated for (more on androgyny here). I like the good materials, the black, the leather, the clean lines and timeless pieces. I am aware I won’t probably be lucky enough to reach any of them, but who cares? It’s great to know they’re out there anyway. :)

Related readings:
>>  Lykke Li Crafts a Story  //  Interview Magazine
>>  First Look: Lykke Li for & Other Stories  //  VOGUE UK

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Angola changed me in many ways, I believe. Or perhaps it didn’t. Perhaps it just exposed things about myself that were there all along. Besides matters of work, heart, friendships, family, basic needs and the value all those things have in my life, one of the best things to happen was the enhancing of that Less is More motto I was trying to adopt for awhile. I realized I don’t really need that much to live, after all, especially stuff, as half of the things I brought along with me remain untouched  – clothes isn’t the case because well, things wear out, break, rip – also I lost weight – and eight months in a single suitcase isn’t that much indeed, so, as you can imagine, I can’t wait to give my now very few options a fresh breath. Yet, I intend to do this mostly with what I already have and left at home. I did a little shopping once MANGO dropped their prices up to 70% in order to resolve my shortcomings. Now, my new things will be waiting me at home so I don’t have to waste my very few days running the malls, distracting myself with things I don’t care about.

And then, when I caught myself thinking about what else do I want and need, I realized by cravings for this trip to ‘civilization’ are very few and I’m proud of it. Turns out, I don’t need 30 different bracelets, belts, necklaces or rings, because I always wear the same stuff. It is useless to waste money on new, more ‘fierce’ or whatever clothes I’ll hardly ever wear when I already know exactly what makes me feel comfortable and confident on a daily basis. Don’t even get me started on shoes… My style is much more clean and yes, I’m proud of that evolution. To be fair, by witnessing how little most people have in here, it almost feels obscene to think any other way. So, thank you, Angola, for showing me how little I need, and that my hard earned dollars should definitely be spent on much better and memorable things than a piece of fabric or another fancy pair of shoes. After all, I can’t be busting my ass for nothing.

So what do I want to buy? A nice pair of classic folding shades, a straw hat (after all here is mostly sunny all year long), delicate everyday silver jewelry and white button downs. And that’s it. Add to that a new bottle of my favorite foundation, concealer and BB Cream and my shopping is done. Uff! :D

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Remember when I rambled a bit about my new found signature fragrance? Well, if you don’t – fair enough – it’s Coco Noir from Chanel, and you can read all about it in here. The more I wear it the more I like it. It’s a strong smell but it brings me a certain level of confidence, I don’t know… Plus, I really like the bottle – it’s glamourous, sleek, tasteful and powerful. So why not get it in the bag version? I loved the idea!

There’s also the clear option – as in Coco Mademoiselle and Chanel No. 5, for instance. It’s gorgeous too, especially since I have a week spot for translucent bags…

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Having good taste being short on funds can be quite frustrating… But oh, well, there are worst things in the world.
Have a nice weekend, people! ;)

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All images via Pinterest (I think… I’ve had them saved in my laptop for awhile, I can’t remember for sure).

 

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Luanda might be the capital of Angola, but it can be a very dull place to live. Especially if you don’t have a shitload of money to expend everyday (if you do there are plenty of good restaurants to dine at and clubs to discover, as well as boutiques where the plainest pair of shoes rips 200 USD right out your wallet). There isn’t much going on and you have those ‘little’ issues I rarely considered when I was in Portugal, like the lack of security and awful traffic. On the other hand we do live pretty much on the beach (and it seems to be Summer all year long) and there’s plenty of nightlife to enjoy, so yeah there isn’t much available (ohhh, I need an Europe injection so badly…). Anyway, those being basically the options, I find myself short in attire to deal with them. I find almost all my clothes too freakin’ warm to wear most times and I should’ve also brought more bikinis, because well, even though I am the tannest I’ve ever been (Jesus Christ, I was transparent!!), more bikini options would be great to avoid what I might say are unflattering bikini marks, especially on my, well, boobs (since I was never really able in my life to get a proper tan I was never faced with this ‘problem’…).

So I went to look for options and I found these I quite like at Loja dos Bikinis, a portuguese online shop specialized on the matter. I find all four very cute, but I can’t order all of them… Can I? Wouldn’t this break my ‘vow’ to no shopping in 2014 (why the hell did I promised such thing…?!)? Hummm…

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