Outfit: Right on track

a dress I designed and sewed, thrifted denim jacket, tote c/o RedBubble, old shoes and ring, coffee pot pin, 'Mulder it's me' pin, 'Be brave' pin

There are times when I feel out of tune with life and with myself and when I feel so stuck in the rut, it feels hopeless to even struggle to get out. Though being down is a way to live, I dislike the feeling of boredom that sometimes accompanies this state. When it turns to dissatisfaction, things tend to get interesting, though. I can't stay dissatisfied long. I go looking for something new and exciting to break my routine. I start to try new things, I fail at them of course, but I don't stop. I follow my curiosity. Finally, I lose my temper and break out of my sorrowful state, only to find out that life can be enjoyed.

This applies as much to living in general, as to my work. I tend to go to very weird places with my designs when I'm in a phase of making stuff up. I often dislike the results and discard them, and have to start from scratch. This dress is one of the pieces that happened along the way to something completely different: it's so weird, it's neither good, nor bad. To an outside eye, it probably isn't even weird at all --just a simple 90s inspired piece. To me it is, though, because I know all the tiny steps I walked while making it, like the stage where it was shortly a smock dress and looked terrible and sad. The final outcome is a mixture of hits and misses, and as much as I enjoy a nice summer dress, I will not be making this one again. There's something awfully off about it, something I can't put my finger on. Perhaps seeing it on a more balanced body would make me appreciate it more. I make things with myself and women similar to me in mind, though, so that's no excuse. Still, a nice excercise. And I really rather like the fabric I picked, so that alone may be reason enough to wear this one from time to time.

I'm wearing a dress I designed and sewed, thrifted denim jacket, tote c/o RedBubble, old shoes and ring, coffee pot pin, 'Mulder it's me' pin, 'Be brave' pin
Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: Picnic mood

a dress I made from self drafted pattern, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, jacket c/o Shein, old oxford flats, vintage rose brooch

I've been in a mood for picnic ever since the summer began but somehow time kept slipping between my fingers until the day we took these photos. It wasn't particularly sunny that day and we knew there would be tons of mosquitoes keeping us company, but it was the only day we could go out --so we went. I don't need to mention that instead of eating food, we happened to be food for various insects buzzing in the air around us... well. At least we managed to get these photos witout much pain (thank you bug repellents) before we scuttled on our way home, half defeated.

Last time I wore this dress, it was freezing! It's a wool dress and kept me warm-ish so that was my only saving grace but do I remember being both furious with the cold and laughing uncontrollably as we took those previous photos. This time around, in some humidity and relative warmth, the dress did ok! That's the sheer wonder of wool, my friends. I kid you not. That said, for even higher temperatures, I'd have to sew something out of more lightweight wool --or stick to cotton, of course. The more I wear this design, the more I feel like it's a pretty nice dress. Just a couple of minor tweaks to make it even better fitting, and I think I'll be ready to let this one out in the wide world...

a dress I made from self drafted pattern, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, jacket c/o Shein, old oxford flats, vintage rose brooch

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit idea: Dress pink for summer

One of my first thoughts on sunmmer fashion now that I'm blonde? Dress pink! I've long had a slight infatuation with pink clothes and it's really weird that I don't own more (I don't even have any fabrics in this colour to sew something for myself! So weird!). As I was browsing the internet for ideas, I came across this dress which, in fact, only looked pink in the thumbnail but it turned out to be printed in a small plaid (this type is called tattersall) that was burgundy and appeared pinkish against the white background. No matter the colour, though, I was already taken with it. While I try to stay away from these traditionally feminine shapes now that my hair is very short, the whole shape of the dress is a dream and I just couldn't help but imagine what to wear it with. It looks like it's taken straight out of some 1950s movie! Audrey Hepburn could easily have worn it on one of her films.

So, sticking with this idea, I came up with this outfit, composed of vintage inspired and true vintage items (these loafers!). 1950s everyday outfit means focusing on detail but avoiding wearing too many pieces. A lady would never add bulk to her look, hence the tiny earrings and small bag. She should always wear a nice hat in summer. The loafers are my personal touch, though. I imagine a lady wearing a lovely pair of classic heels but if this was me, I'd go for flat shoes any day.


Outfit: Out in the light

top and skirt c/o Shein, thrifted hat (similar), yellow bag (similar), old flats

One of my newest style challenges has been finding colours to match my new hair. I never imagined how big a change dyeing my hair would make for me in this area! I'm used to wearing dark and deep colours that compliment my natural contrast of dark hair and light skin. Now that I've taken the contrast away, it feels like I need to subdue my clothes a bit as well. This set of a skirt with a fitted top felt like a natural choice because of its mild green and pink hues. A busy pattern is still a good idea in my case --and a style staple of mine (I honestly can't remember when the last time was that I wore a whole outfit where none of the pieces had a print or embroidery or another embellishment of some sort. That, and I like the idea of being able to wear this set as a dress with a cutout in the middle AND as separate pieces to match something else.

While I love the pattern and style of the skirt I am wearing, I think it's a bit short for me --it would work for the beach perhaps! But to wear it around the city comfortably, I'd have to figure out a way to lengthen it. And I think I have something just perfect in mind! I will be making a simple tutorial about lengthening a skirt soon, so stay tuned to learn how I improved this cute printed number.

I'm wearing top and skirt c/o Shein, thrifted hat (similar), yellow bag (similar), old flats, swallow ring (gift from a friend).

Photos by my boyfriend.


I went blonde!

It happened! I've been thinking about it for a while now and finally decided to go blonde. Long story short? I love it.

It was my first time changing my hair colour, would you believe that? For years I've been watching some gorgeous people change their hair colour but I always thought that I couldn't pull it off like they do. Recently, though, I've felt like I'm owning my decisions regarding my body more and more (remember when I went pixie? And then, I went even shorter) and the curiosity about changing something about my looks kept growing until it finally won. I decided to go platinum blonde. I knew I wanted to do it but was a bit uncertain at the same time. As much as I trust my intuition, I had this question roaming around some deep passages of my brain: what if I don't like it? I didn't let it ruin my decision, though, because the answer to this was easy, really: I'd dye it another color. But, as it turns out, I didn't have to because it was an instant like from the first peek in the mirror!

But this look is so different from the one before! What about your natural color, you ask? I love it. True story. I think it's beautiful, the chocolate brown that goes chestnut in the sunlight. It's gorgeous with its surprising white threads that keep happening more and more as I get older. I will gladly come back to it one day, when the thrill of the new has faded.

So why did I dye my hair if I love my natural color? The answer is very simple, really: I was curious. I wanted to do it. I fing joy in experimenting.

I think if you like something, it doesn't necessarily mean you should never change it. Changes are fun, they are educational, they bring a breath of fresh air to your day to day life. If you are curious about something, why not follow your imagination and gut feeling? I mean, if you want to do something but you don't, why is that? In my case, it would be because of my fear of some outside voices that could bring me negative feedback. But let's be honest here: so what if someone doesn't like it? Does it make their opinion worth more than my own? There is just one person in the world who can tell me what I should or shouldn't do with my body: that person is me. I trust that person to make good decisions. And even if I don't, well, it's not the end of the world. A mistake can be as liberating as a good choice, if not more.

But! Dyeing my hair blonde was definitely a good choice in my book!

What was your best and worst decision regarding your hair? 
What was the biggest change that you made to it? 
How did you like it?


Outfit idea: White lace crop top

As I try out new ways to style myself, I've been thinking about what seems to be a fashion staple of the past few years: a white lace crop top (or, really, you can just have your crop top white, not necessarily lace). Am I bold enough to show my belly? I honestly am not sure about that but with a high waisted skirt I could at least give it a try: this one is long enough to cover the waistband but it's still short enough to look super cute --and it doesn't need to be tucked inside the skirt which means less layers in summer (yay!). I have also found another crop top I liked, aren't the crochet flowers adorable? I'd style it similarily, maybe just with a plain skirt this time.

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Outfit: Into darkness

We took off one night to wander through the city, following the lights that lead us from one spot to another, as if preparing us for a bigger journey. I found myself feeling magically drawn to my memories of earlier times, when I was a young girl and would get similarily mesmerized by the night, breathing it in and feeling its electricity. I wasn't a pretty teen. I didn't care about my looks and didn't care about my clothes. The pieces I'm wearing today are a variation on that theme: they aren't all ruffles and prints, my usual kind of cute. Somehow, though, in this simple ensemble, and in that one rainy night, I found a continuity between the teen me and the me now: something that I've been neglecting and overlooking wuite routinely. I think a continuity like that is valuable in one's life. I'm glad to have seen it.

I'm wearing a skirt I made from self drafted pattern, found blouse and sweater, pin, Clarks mary janes (sold out, similar).

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: Back to school with Redbubble

I'm partnering with Redbubble today to show you guys a way to make lives better. This is a bold claim, I know, so hear me out. Worth it.

I've known about Redbubble for ages. They approached me years ago and invited me to publish some of my works with them. I was a fledgling photographer back then and loved their ingenious idea of spreading art in various forms. If I did not sign up, it was because I felt I had much to learn before I could share my works (which wasn't a bad move, seriously). 'But what is this idea you speak of', I hear you ask? Well, Redbubble is a company where you can shop for art and they allow you to access it in various forms. Whether you like your art quirky, cute or serious, you can find something there that will make your heart jump. And then, by powers of printing magic, you can turn it into a tee or a tote bag or a poster... or almost anything you like, for that matter! A skirt or a duvet cover, yes, and mugs, and sweet sweet journals too. I love a good skirt. I like a tote with a message and --something you might not have known about me --I can't live without journals. I want all the hardcover blank papery goodness with awesome art on it.

So when Redbubble approched me again a while ago and asked if I wanted to make my comeback to school in style with them, I simply had to say: yes, please.

(Side note: the location I picked for this shoot is, conviniently, grounds of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.)

From among the many beautiful items they had in store, I picked some that just made me feel good. A tote that says 'Have a nice day' (art by the hand-letterer skitchism from Jakarta) is an easy way to make a personal statement. It is not just good for me --it's good for other people as well! It reminds everyone that going back to school can be nice. While carrying the tote, I've already met with a few smiles that I gladly nodded back to.
The skirt (by Sam Brewster, an illustrator and filmmaker from London) is not just a fun and cheerful portrayal of London --it serves as a personal memory trigger for me, and reminds me of that time I went to see London and it was one of the best experiences ever. Who wouldn't like to remember and daydream about their vacation travels when school starts?

You know what's making me feel good, too? I knew that when I ordered the pieces for this post, an artist got paid a revenue from the sale made on a site. As an artist myself, and as a human being who believes other humans should be paid for things they do for a living, I think this is awesome. Don't you?

All in all, it's that simple: by shopping at Redbubble, you're supporting independent artists, you are enriching your closet with some seriously stylish items and you are spreading happiness. You do you and an artist gets paid. And someone might smile at you in the street. Sounds good? Go to redbubble.com and get ready to get back to school with style. And to make lives even better (see, I told you!), I have a discount code for 15% off to share with you. Just type arobotheart15 during check out! It's valid until 21.08. so you have plenty of time to browse and pick your favorite pieces. Also check out this collection of pre-selected awesome back to school items, you might just find something perfect for you in there!

I'm wearing a skirt and tote c/o Redbubble, thrifted blouse, old flats. Journal by Pauliina Hannuniemi c/o Redbubble.

Photos by my boyfriend.