Mini Cross-body bags with long (chained) straps are fast becoming not just a style statement but also a fashion staple! You can wear them up or down, day and night, and give a sharp outfit a playful twist. These cute bags provide a welcome break from carrying bigger and bulkier hobo and tote bags, yet have plenty of room to carry all the essentials.
Above and below: I’m wearing a small Oliva bag from Moschino. Its golden heart details, a signature of the Italian house, add a touch of modernity and femininity.
A selection of my favourite delicious cross body bags:
- Cleobella Cantina – Cute Minis that come in all colours of the rainbow
- See by Chloe – Zingy lemon yellow
- Chloe Marcie Mini leather hand bag
Mini cross body bags have been catching our eye on the streets all summer long, and it seems that Rachel Bilson loves them, too.
There hasn’t been much sunshine on the British Isles this summer, so I’m adding some sunshine into my wardrobe with a splash of lemon, saffron or mustard. Yellow is a traditionally tricky colour, so if you are unsure if it suits you, try a yellow pattern on a neutral background to tone down the yellow. My wheat crop print dress and ocre yellow bolero are from Moschino Cheap & Chic.
Warm ocre yellow has been a hit for the SS 2012 shows and continues to shine for winter.
Jackie Kennedy in a Vichy checked ocre yellow boat neck dress. Deliciously summery!
My beloved straw bag from Miu Miu with applique flowers and bamboo handles. Tan coloured espadrille wedges fit right in with the sunny theme.
Here I’m wearing the dress with flat espadrilles from Ras and a straw cross body bag from Fossil. Sunglasses from Chloe.
The standout: 1960s for Rebels
The Winter 2012 is coming soon, let’s see what we can learn from Costume Designers of Mad Men.
The Go-Anywhere Cape, which adds some chic and mystique to any outfit. What could be more mod than a deconstructed coat? Many feature slit pockets or side arms that make more practical for daily doings, like carrying a purse or drving a car. How to wear: A simple top or sweater, skinny pants, pencil skirts and bug-eyed sunglasse works out for daily basis.
I WEAR: Red/Black über-plaid coat by Moschino
Nouvelles cards in the Style of Mad Men to frame and decorate or as nice give away.
Ladies, have your credit cards at the ready! This weekend is Sale weekend: Shop and grab yourself high quality brands that usually are out of your wallet’s reach. Whether it’s a timeless classic or a statement piece just for one season, now is the time to splash out.
Department stores are my favourite sale destination; they have massive reductions on everything ranging from High Street to Designer. In the recession-ridden UK, these discounts are 75%!
This Playful Moschino Cheap & Chic dress demonstrates beautifully how designer is different from the high street: The unusual yellow wheat crop print fabric is something a Zara factory in China cannot copy! And the light linen/cotton material is a dream to wear on hot summer days. This dress was reduced from a whopping 395£ to a mere 95£! Yes please I’ll have one! Seen at Selfridges.
Miss Minimalist: Combine a Clean white shirt chic with a romantic nude coloured pleated skirt all rolled into one dress! Stefanel:
was £135, now £70!
Too busy to shop after work? If you know your size at certain brands or you have eyeballed a few items in the shops before, just shop online. This classic white waitress shirt from Stefanel
with Peter Pan collar and green edging detail is a steal for just 40% of its original prize.
Feeling luxurious? This beige ostrich leather wallet from Mulberry comes in at £180 – a bargain compared to its original price of £695! Seen at Selfridges.
Vichy checked pink pants with bird print – Miu Miu £80 seen at Selfridges London
I love going back home to Berlin and re-discover some of Berlin’s most iconic sights. When you’ve been living in your hometown for years, one can get lazy appreciating and visiting the city’s landmarks. One of Berlin’s landmarks is the East Side Gallery. It is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin.
Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.
Above: One of the best known paintings of the East Side Gallery is the Trabi knocking down the wall by Birgit Kinder. I’m wearing a tulip skirt with water colour detail from Moschino Cheap & Chic, Boucle Jacket from Trident, pointy patent leather kitten heels from Logan
The murals are under heritage protection and have been restorated in 2009. The artists transformed the grey concrete rearticulating this into a
lasting expression of freedom and reconciliation.
The painting Fatherland by Günther Schäfer combines the German and Israeli flags and is – in Schäfer’s words – ‘a symbol for peace and a memorial against any kind of fanaticism’. Read more about Schäfer’s painting here.
The East side gallery is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world and consists of 105 paintings from artists from all over the world.
Have you ever visited the East Side Gallery in Berlin? If so, what’s your favourite painting and why?
Not sure about how to pull off the neon trend? Me too, I don’t like too obvious “look at me” neon colors. Try just a hint of neon as part of a knock-out element of your classic outfit, like a belt, shoes or handbags.
Above and below: My neon pink belt is from Buzzard, white trousers with heart pocket detail from Love Moschino, nude Pretty Ballerinas and straw handbag from Sophia C.
My pink sunglasses are from Celine, powder pink cashmere twinset from TK Maxx
Straw and a dash of neon: Straw bag from Rebecca Minkoff with neon yellow leather details. Neon show stopper heels
A bubble skirt, sometimes referred to as a balloon skirt, is gathered at the waist and voluminous towards the hem. It is an hourglass and pearshaped girls best friend as it’s puffed out style can wonderfully hide wide hips and strong thighs while the tight waistband shows off your waist.
A bubble skirt is not really a classic item one must have in their wardrobe, but more of a fashion statement skirt. It can make you look bigger in some instances so just stick to these recommendations and you will sizzle in this statement skirt:
- A bubble skirt should be made of delicate materials like silk or jersey that skims the body nicely
- Make sure it has a bottom skirt underneath and that it is fitted.
- As this is a statement piece, chose bright colours and patterns rather than a safe colur like beige or black
- To compensate for the voluminous lower part, team the skirt with a fitted short top that shows the gathered waistline
- If you wear the skirt with a jacket, make sure it’s short and fitted to the body (see pic 2)
- Keep the sexiness by choosing a lenghth just above the knees
My pleated bubble skirt with heart pattern is from quirky Italian designer Moschino Cheap & Chic.
Chose a short, fitted jacket to wear with a balloon skirt. My turquoise blazer is from Moschino Cheap & Chic
Eva Mendes is the typical pear shape and looks cute yet grown up in this pink bubble skirt from Dior (note the emphasized waist to compensate for the puffiness of the skirt). Her white bubble dress is paired with high heels to add some length.
Moschino is one of my favourite Italian fashion houses. Their playful, girly, fun and quirky style is so Romantique!
The tailoring of Moschino’s dresses is exquisite, everything fits where it should be and emphasises womanly curves without clinging in all the wrong places.
Being in Sardinia this week, I made sure to check out Moschino’s Cheap & Chic Spring / Summer 2012 collection.
These are my highlights of the SS 2012 collection: Above: Yellow and white patterned dress with a very Moschino-esque bow. Lovely light linen/cotton material perfect for balmy summer nights enjoyin a sorbet gelato at Portofino!
This white dress looks like a layered cake! Made from Linen, this is a romantic dream with ruffle detail at the skirt and sleeves.
Warm yellow cotton Moschino dress with a bow. The yellow wedges are from Moschino too but only wearable for experienced high heel connoisseur!
Cute cross brown body bag with gold heart detail.
Helena Christensen wears a gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs simple and feminine eyelet dress from the spring summer 2012 collection. Marc calls this colour “marshmallow white”. The name is fitting for this cute style of the dress. Fabrics like eyelet and waffle are a perfect match for marshmallow white dresses.
I’m wearing a marshmallow white eyelet dress by Max & Co in Porto Cervo, Italy.
Mint nails and pink espadrille flats – what goes better with a marshmallow dress? Nail colour “Nouvelle Vague” by Chanel.
A simple yet captivating waffle marshmallow white dress with boat neck from Moschino Cheap Chic. Seen at Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
There was as much to learn from the street style in between the spring 2012 fashion shows as on the runways. One lesson from Fashion Week Street Style is the Geometry:
Study up and let your outfit take on urban geometry.
For this trend, I had to put on that lovely geometry pastel shirt from Moschino! I wish I could afford it but unfortunately my fashion budget for this month is already used up.
A more understatement geometry shirt by Isabel Marant.