Outfit: Transitioning

Man, this is no joke! I actually really needed that cardigan and the beret was not an afterthought, not to mention the scarf. How we're getting so quickly from 30+ temps to about half of that is beyond me. I want that moment of transition, the golden days of late summer and early autumn. That's the time I live for, you know? My favorite time in the world. The beautiful contrast of warm days and cool evenings, the smell of air getting ripe with early fallen leaves, the colours, the wind --everything is so different during this time. It's the time of youth, forever.

The things on my mind are multiplying: the sewing work, the photography work, family stuff, the new cat, my recent attempts to develop a running routine (I mean running as in with my legs and all)... But soon, very soon we go away, who knows where (we seriously don't know yet), for the long-awaited vacation. Come September, we're off. As much as I love my work, I don't remember the last time I was so excited for a break and so deeply aware how much I need it!

I wore a skirt c/o Zaful (sold out, more embroidered skirts), thrifted cardigan and scarf, blouse, sneakers, necklace, old beret and necklace.

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: The calm of the city

wooden pillars earrings c/o Peter Love, Shein dress, old bag, thrifted jacket (more denim jackets), flats, old sunnies

Days like this are rare in Warsaw. All the hum of the big city life was gone --people went on their trips during a long weekend and we found ourselves on this empty street surrounded by old buildingss, free to explore the area and notice things that otherwise wouldhave gotten lost in the visual and auditory overload. I seriously love Warsaw at times like these. It feels like the city is takin a deep breath and welcoming you to see it from a new angle.

I felt like wearing this dress for the blog another time as a reflection of the fact that it's been in high rotation this summer -- such a lovely number to style simply with a cardigan like I did last time, or with a denim jacket like today. I have mostly worn it solo, though, especially in these hot summer days, and with it being made from thin and soft cotton, it helped me deal with the heat nicely. I feel like it will be a good transition piece as well. I can see it styled with opaque tights and a short sweater on top, with the collar peeking out. I could also wear it as a shirt and layer it with a skirt! It's a very versatile piece. I feel like I'm seriously getting ready for autumn and can't wait to wear more layered outfits and scarves and jackets... Every year this happens and it's always so exciting!

I'm wearing wooden pillars earrings c/o Peter Love, Shein dress, old bag, thrifted jacket (more denim jackets), flats, old sunnies.

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: How to wear a midi mesh skirt and how to sew a simple slip for it

As a rule of a thumb, when I pick my clothes, I stick to fabrics that hold their shape. I love trapeze skirts, I feel great in thicker fabrics like velvet or jacquard and I prefer a shirt to a knit tee. But since I've been exploring other possibilities in the more recent times, I was curious how a more romantic style of a skirt would work for me. When Vipshop contacted me and asked if I wanted to style one of their pieces, I came upon this mesh skirt and decided to try it out. That I decided to pair it with a lightweight knit tee is living on the edge for me! The end result? Not too shabby, if I say so myself. I wasn't feeling as confident when I looked in the mirror but once I saw myself in the photos, I felt like things really clicked.

I like this skirt -- first of all, it's embroidered with pretty yellow flowers and honestly I've never been more happy with a trend than this year, when embroidery took the fashion world by a storm. Gimme all the embroidered pieces! I want them all. Also, the skirt is so elegant with the midi length and as it has gatheres at the waist, it makes me appear a bit more full than I really am but I really couldn't mind that! It apprears so feminine and pretty that I feel like a proper lady wearing it.

When I thought more about it, I was pretty surprised that a skirt like this could appear even more casual than the way I wore it here. Remove the necklace and add a regular crew neck tee (why not go for stripes this time around?) and wear white sneakers with it --that's a simple and cute city look you've got there. Naturally, it would be even easier to dress it up, as it has a lot of elegance to it. Just add a pair of heels and wear it with the shirt that it actually comes with (yep, that's a whole set, together with a belt!) and you get a really ladylike vibe.

This skirt comes with a long shirt which serves as a slip, but when I chose to wear it without it, I was left with see-through mesh that needed a proper lining. I whipped up a slip --that's the simplest thing to do!

How to sew a simple slip for a skirt

  • cut a rectangle of fabric of desired length and width,
  • sew up the shorter sides together
  • turn over both raw edges twice
  • sew along the lower edge, starting and finishing in the same place --that's your hem.
  • for the other edge, start sewing along the folded line and finish a few centimeters before the beginning of your stitching line. You have created a small tube/casing.
  • insert a piece of elastic into the casing and once you thread it through with a safety pin, sew together the ends
  • sew over the opening of the casing.
  • Done!
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I'm wearing a skirt and belt c/o VIPshop, a slip I made, flats, vintage basket bag, old tee, old necklace

I took the photos myself.


Outfit: Practicality makes ok

dress, flats, old bag

I used to worry that my arms were too large. Then the weather went crazy with heat and I stopped worrying and took out my strappy dresses. Well, that's not exactly true but it's close. I still worry about that largeness thing but I'm not letting it ruin my summer and my ability to breathe and enjoy the sun with the least possible amount of bulk on my back. I mean, there are days where I prefer to wear a dress or top with sleeves exactly because of the sun. When it's too strong, I don't like to get burned. But other times, when the heat doesn't wreak havoc on my skin, strappy dresses it is. At the moment, that's where I'm at: practicality.

Don't know where that came from. Maybe it happens with age?

As my hair faded from medium pink to a lighter shade, I went and put a washout color in it, this time something close to a lavender shade. That washed out before I was able to snap any photos for the blog and you can see the remains of it in the photos here. If you're following my instagram stories, you might have caught it in its full lilac glory! My hair is now a totally different shade but you'll have to wait for my next post to see the big reveal (I'm being a tad sarcastic here, just in case it doesn't translate to writing).

I'm wearing a Zaful dress, flats, old bag.

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: The perfect smock and how to design it

This must have been one of the hottest days of the year. We set out to visit my Gran who is currently in the hospital, recovering after having undergone a series of surgeries (that's about as much as I wanna talk about it on the blog, so). The hospital grounds are quite out of this world and I fell in love with this nook we found and decided to take photos in. If I look flushed or if my face is similar in color to my hair, here's your explanation: the heat and the stress. I am glad I chose to wear this smock dress that day. Nothing beats a smock on a hot day, if you ask me. Well, that's if you really need to wear clothes at all. I've been wanting to construct a pattern for a dress such as this one for the longest time. In retrospect, I can say I worked on this design for a year.

In fact, it all began with this dress. I was looking at a lot of Korean clothing back then and my gut was telling me that a smock dress just had to happen. So I did this simple sack dress and I liked it for the most part. After some tinkering with that original draft, I created the Late For Tea dress that you guys helped me name! That one is a great piece for colder months. After I finished that one, the idea lay idle in my head until it resurfaced in the summer. Then, I decided I wanted something else. Some more drafts followed, out of which I decided to show you just one --and that one I'm not too fond of!

See, this design process is a mix of many things for me: the basic idea combined with looking for inspirations to make it stand out, then a lot of drawing and redrawing and taking measurements and then drafting the pattern, fitting, redrafting, fitting... adding details, changing my mind, adding different details, changing my mind again... rinse and repeat. For me, it's greatly hit or miss. Whatever I draw on paper does not translate to fabric as easily as one might think. The type of fabric plays a huge part here: finding the right weave, pattern, hand and weight are crucial. Some fabrics just don't work will every design. And while my latest rendition of the perfect smock dress, seen in this post, is far from perfect, I think I'm right on track to finding the correct solution.

I made two more dresses after finishing this one and both look much neater (this one is just a rough sketch, really) --but there are some minute details that need to be corrected. Things that are both vital and completely non-visible, like for example the armscye depth in the front which allows for a comfortable arm movement. You couldn't tell if it was on a hanger but if you tried it on, you definitely would feel that something's off. See, clothing is not just about the visual side of things. It's not just about feeling good in a dress in an emotional way: there's so much more to it that doesn't meet the eye. I've found out it's actually required to think about the practical side of things before I think about the visual --at least when it comes to designing. I am learning about all these hugely important things like the fit and the comfort of wearing as I go. It's a pleasant, though very slow journey.

I'm wearing a smock dress that I designed and made, no name sneakers, Wanderlust pin (sold out, other from KWT designs), thrifted vintage backpack.

Photos by my boyfriend.


Outfit: Pink flower on a cactus or how to get rid of bright pink hair color

Chicwish dress, old flats, old House of Disaster purse (sold out, satchel bag version), thrifted hat

Going blonde recently made an opportunity for me that I'd never had before: dyeing my hair different bright shades! I was certain that I want to have pink hair at some point in time so that was my first choice. I went to a store and bought the first pink color I put my eyes on, went home happily and proceeded to follow the instructions. I put the color in my hair, waited, rinsed and... well, it was pink. Very, very pink, bright magenta neon highliter pen color. See, I was a little bit shocked because I was going for cotton candy pink. Well. Let the moral of this story be: always read stuff they put on packaging, they're doing that for a reason, doofus. I did look at the packaging, only after I did the whole thing. It said 'Vivid color'. 'Semi-premanent color, up to 20 washes'. That's what it said. Well.

You know that I'm one for having fun with style. But this hair? It wasn't fun. It wasn't even funny. It was ridiculous. Now there's two types of ridiculous: one that's good (that would be my purse in this post) and one that's bad. This hair? It was the second type.

How to get rid of extremly bright pink hair color?

Here, I tested it for you so you don't have to.

There's no need for me to tell you how many sessions of washing my hair ensued that same night. They were many. Although probably not as many as 20. They did little to lighten the colour. I went on the internet and cried help to Google. Google pat me on my head and offered a few ways to fight the surprise magenta.

First, I took out the big guns: Vit C pills solution. Hint: don't use the non-soluble tablets like I did. They don't solve in water well and they leave your hair patchy and yellow. Yes, that was a phase my hair went through. Patchy pink and yellow. Lovely. Total fail.

I resisted to give up at that phase, though, and that was good. I found out it's better to go for the soda method: mix even proportions soda and clear shampoo, put it on your head and wait for half an hour (less if your scalp is irritation-prone). I did that twice in two consecutive days and my scalp wasn't super happy about it but my aesthetics and psyche were better. The color finally started to fade.

It was still patchy though (thanks, vitamin C!) so I went on and put in a washout colour in more or less the desired shade of pink. (See, I learn, I read the packaging this time around.) That evened out my hair on the whole as you can see in the photos. But while it photographed pretty well, by the time I've had it on my head for a couple of days, I was more than certain that pink is not the way to be me. Although it does match a wide part of my wardrobe, like this cute Chicwish dress with pink embroidery elements that turned out to be the exact same shade as my hair. I love the dress, by the way, and I'm sure would mix well with any hair color, natural or un-natural.

Another hint: washout colour is great. Why? Because you can wash it out. It took me two sessions with shampoo and my hair turned a very light dirty pink that you'll see in my next post. Still not my colour, so I decided to make a change... but that's too far in the future to talk about. (It's actually in the past now that I'm typing this whole story for you but time continuum on a blog is always a bit screwed, isn't it?)

Have you ever dabbled in non-natural hair colours? What was your experience? What was the biggest fail and the biggest hit? Let me know in the comments!

I'm wearing Chicwish dress, old flats, old House of Disaster purse (sold out, satchel bag version), thrifted hat.

Photos by my boyfriend.