Pin it baby one more time! Hair accessories for grown-ups

I am sure you’ve spotted that pearls are everywhere lately! Handbags made out of pearls, shoes embellishments, dresses, shirts with pearl buttons and even more – pearls in our hairs. Hair accessories really had a come-back last year. I always loved pearls so this trend was right up my alley, but if you still think pearl accessories are too granny or reminiscent of your childhood, I have a few more options for grown-ups.

I am currently in Romania and so tempted to make this post all about the new born kitties I have at home. I am a huge cat lover and very few things make me more excited than being surrounded by them, but this was the first time I saw new-born cats…fresh out the oven. However, I will not make this post about the trip to Romania, but we’ll end this intermezzo and go back to hair accessories.

My absolute favourites are the pearl ones, but I do agree that they are more of a statement piece. Because I normally wear my glasses, I feel that I have too many elements going on if both my hair accessories are very visible and my earrings. So for me pearl pins are a compromise – I usually wear them with understated earrings, or I put my hair in a high bun, with a big pearl pin underneath it. My hair is quite short still for a high bun so that is more practical than it seems.

However, I do not discriminate a simple gold/ silver or even a rose gold hair pin. You can wear them alone for a classy but very practical look, or you can “stack” them for a statement one. In the pictures that we took, I wore them in a fan shape, to keep my hair out of my eyes…as if I needed 4 of them for how much hair I have. Another look that I love is to twist two section from the front of the hair back and pin them in an “X”.

Other accessories that I love and are quite versatile are scarves – all shapes, all sizes. There is nothing that makes your look more relaxed than a loosely tied scarf in your hair. So if you’re trying to grow your bangs or you simply want to spice up your outfit with some hair accessories, this is the right time to do it. We now have so many options for grown-ups also, not only the unicorn glittery ones for kids, but elegant pins, scarves, bands, you name it!

To tell you the truth, I took a few years break from wearing hair accessories, but quite recently my hair has suffered a chemical burn from my hair dye and I was left with shorter hair. I don’t mind having my hair loose, but something that I can’t stand is for it to go into my eyes and this is how I rediscovered my pearl pins which made me curious to find even more accessories that fit my style. Which hair accessories do you like best?

hair accessories | miss casual
SHIRT – River Island
TROUSERS – Zara
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual
hair accessories | miss casual

Oasis SPOT BUTTON THROUGH TOP • Oasis • £20.30
Bl Nk Beckie Spot-Print Pussybow Blouse • £48.95
Womens Blue spot tie front crop shirt • River Island • £22
Womens Light Blue tea top • River Island • £28
Anthropologie Lauren Knotted Headband • Anthropologie • Sold Out
Anthropologie Watercolor Hair Clip Set • Anthropologie • £18.72
Farrow Leia Shell Hair Pin • £14.04
Farrow Mona Mini Hair Clip • £17.16
Farrow Camille Pearl Hair Pin • £10.92
Farrow Michelle Pearl Hair Clip • £10.92

Under £100 outfit from Zara

Why do I feel like I haven’t written an “Under £100” outfit post in ages? Well, it’s only been a few months, unless I woke up one night, wrote a post and went back to sleep…without my knowledge:D. It is no secret that I like affordable fashion and gladly, that’s what high-street retailers are all about. One that is on everybody’s lips when they have a spontaneous party/ event coming up is Zara. At least it’s on my mind every time I need to find an outfit really fast. While I have my doubts about their physical store (blog post – here), and you can read all about it here, their online store is more and more pleasantly surprising.

First thing I noticed when I did my first online order was the packaging. It’s a simple box, tightly closed, then a white tissue paper that protects all my lovely clothes and a simple sticker to keep the tissue in place. Minimal packaging is my favourite! It would be absurd to talk about saving the planet with minimal packaging when we are talking about one of the fastest fashion retailers, but at least this is a compromise.

If you are rolling your eyes reading this because you are an online Zara shopper with experience and are saying: “Hey, blondie! It’s been like this for years” I must say in my defence that I’ve been living under a rock and this is the first time I am buying Zara online. I always found it more overwhelming than the old-school style of going into the store and touching and trying things…and dodging obstacles. What I am saying is that I appreciate that the items of clothing are not individually packed in a plastic bag that you must dispose of…I am sure if you are renting in London, or I heard that New York is the same, your box of a flat makes you very selective of even your trash.

Shall we go back to my Pink Panther outfit?

1. The ruffled top £25.99

For some weird reason, I am back to my grown-up ballerina colours. All I have in mind lately are pastel and dusty pinks, nudes ranging from butter to caramel, even a light pastel blue. Spring might have woken up the ballerina in me. That is what this colour means to me, but to you it can simply be a dusty pink that an adult can wear without any problem. Even though it’s a knit top, it is definitely for the warmer months. It’s very light, pleasant on the skin, and lets your skin breath through.

In these pictures I wore it without a jacket, but it can easily go underneath a classic jacket which will make the entire look more office appropriate. To make this casual or as I like calling it, casual chic, ditch the heels for flats and if you must, ditch the trousers as well for a pair of jeans.

2. The trousers £29.99

Lately, I have been very lucky with Zara trousers. I started experimenting with different designs, not just my trusty black jeans and I was surprised how many of the trousers I like and how many fit me. Does anybody remember when their trousers were really, really long? I am not tall, I am 1.70 m, but those ones seemed to be made for 1.80 m upwards.

These trousers have almost every element I like: they are high-waisted, slightly cropped to show the ankles, that beige/creme pink colour and a belt from the same fabric. I don’t know about you, but this kind of trousers inspire me: I can wear them with a T-shirt and sneakers for a casual look, a shirt for office, an embellished blouse for evening and the list could go on, they are this versatile!

The heels are just my usual metallic heels, but you can replace them with any nude heel you have or as I was tempting you earlier, with flats. Between us, flats would be my go-to. As much as heels elongate the legs and make me feel more confident, I feel flats are more who I really am…most of the time:P

Oki doki (if I’ve ever sent you a message you know I write this quite often) this is all I wanted to say to introduce you to my under £100 Zara outfit for the spring. I feel like something’s in the air so you might see more nude/ light colour schemes from me.

Orange blossom kisses!

zara outfit / under £100 outfit / ballerina outfit / spring outfit / london / miss casual
zara outfit / under £100 outfit / ballerina outfit / spring outfit / london / miss casual
zara outfit / under £100 outfit / ballerina outfit / spring outfit / london / miss casual

SHOP SIMILAR:

Lunik floral print ruffle crop top • $29
Elisabetta Franchi ruffled knit top • Elisabetta Franchi • $278
Asos Design ASOS DESIGN wrap top with ruffle and lace Insert in blue • Asos • $20
TOPSHOP Ruffle Tie Front Blouse • Topshop • $34.97
Asos Design ASOS DESIGN tapered cargo utility pants with buckle detail • Asos • $60
Topshop Emilie Paperbag Waist Tapered Trousers • Topshop • $68
Joseph high-waisted trousers • Joseph • $256
Womens Grey check paperbag waist trousers • River Island • $51.29

Pastels for spring? Groundbreaking!

If you can’t hear Miranda Priestly’s voice in your head when you read this title, I don’t know if we can be friends. Hihi, just joking, but I would convince you to watch “Devil wears Prada” with me first. Pastels are already a cliche when it comes to spring, but after all the black and the rest of the stern colours that we wore during winter, we need to load up on pastel outfits, don’t we?…or maybe this is just my excuse to wear colours.

Also, if you are not yet a colour person but want to experiment with them a bit, pastels are the easiest to pull off. I promise colours can do wonders for your complexion. The right colours for you that is, because if I personally wear red without foundation, I look pinkier than a peony whereas a peachy pink makes me look awake…even when I’m sleeping (haha, not exaggerating at all)

First year that I started blogging, I was only two months into blogging when we reached a new year. I then wrote that I do not feel such a big difference between the 31 of December and the 1st of January, except that it takes me around a week to write the date correctly. For this reason, I am not really into New Year Resolutions, or at least, not during the most conventional time when people usually make these resolutions.

Spring on the other hand, always takes me by surprise. I feel like I am waking up from hibernation and am ready to change everything up. That is when I actually think of my New Year resolutions. This is when I have the extra energy to invest in thinking about changing things, making plans, improving what I am doing already. When the cherries blossom, my mind blossoms as well.

When I did my thinking through everything that I am doing, which I am still in the process of, I realised that my style has changed just slightly. I noticed that my tendency to pick really colourful outfits is slightly milder. After receiving so many compliments for the more neutral outfits that I wore lately, I realised that I am not loosing anything going down this road. At the most, I will be dressed more lady-like. The pastel outfits though are a simple compromise of the two sides of my outfit preferences: colour, but kind of neutral.

My trick to wearing pastel outfits is to combine them with more neutral colours, but light ones: white and beige being my go-tos. The outfit in the pictures below is the perfect example: a lacy white shirt with a pastel yellow satin skirt and for another pastel detail, a lilac belt. Pastel tops are even easier to wear with simple white jeans, beige trousers or if you dare, even another pastel colour skirt.

What are you saying, are you wearing pastels this spring?

P.S. pastels make me thing of ice-cream as well so…pastel kisses!

pastel outfit / yellow skirt / spring outfit / blue house / london / miss casual
SKIRT – Zara
SHIRT – Zara
BELT – River Island (similar)
pastel outfit / yellow skirt / spring outfit / blue house / london / miss casual
pastel outfit / yellow skirt / spring outfit / blue house / london / miss casual
EARRINGS – Les Georgettes (similar)
pastel outfit / yellow skirt / spring outfit / blue house / london / miss casual

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How to wear a white shirt a million ways

You’ve caught me, a million ways is an exaggeration, but I have prepared many ways to wear a white shirt for you to get inspired by. I can’t think of a more boring piece of clothing than a white shirt. Neither of a more useful and versatile one…maybe black jeans.

I meant for the shirt that you see in the pictures to be a white one, but when my delivery arrived and I opened it, little was my surprise that my white shirt was actually beige. Nevertheless, the outfits work just as well for a purely white one as they do for a beige shirt.

For this post, I’ve set a challenge for myself to style this shirt in ways that are as different as possible from each other, for different occasions, and where it is not the main focus. I am missing a skirt on purpose, but you can still replace the trousers with one anytime – I might keep that for another post.

I thought this will be a very practical post now that the weather is slightly friendlier and we started loosing the knits in favour of shirts. And then, the white shirt is…I wouldn’t say a must, because I’m sure you’ll survive without it, but it is really something that all of us seem to have in our wardrobes, right?

Kisses!

Picnic during office hours

trousers / picnic / preppy style / white shirt outfit | vintage outfit / isabella plantation / richmond park / london / miss casual
trousers / picnic / preppy style / white shirt outfit | vintage outfit / isabella plantation / richmond park / london / miss casual
trousers / picnic / preppy style / white shirt outfit | vintage outfit / isabella plantation / richmond park / london / miss casual

Chic-casual

richmond park / spring outfit / nature / london / white shirt outfit / miss casual
richmond park / spring outfit / nature / london / white shirt outfit / miss casual
richmond park / spring outfit / nature / london / white shirt outfit / miss casual

Lace me up

belgravia | white shirt outfit | black outfit | miss casual
belgravia | white shirt outfit | black outfit | miss casual
belgravia | white shirt outfit | black outfit | miss casual

Wearing nudes

smart casual outfit | regents park | white shirt outfit | miss casual
smart casual outfit | regents park | white shirt outfit | miss casual
smart casual outfit | regents park | white shirt outfit | miss casual

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3 ways to wear a heavily printed blouse

You know how I can never only write about the outfit alone, right? This heavily printed blouse made me think of a much deeper issue – the one of being noticed. Better said, when we want to be noticed a bit too eagerly, or when we’ll do anything not to be noticed.

I am mostly an introvert so growing up, I didn’t want to be noticed whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I would have done anything to fit in. I would have rounded the edges of a square peg just to fit it in a round hole. Problem was, I had different taste than the majority of my colleagues.

I will not say that it was a unique one, I have a mirror to tell me otherwise if I want to analyse the sum of choices that I made that I now call “taste”, but I noticed quite that what I liked, was not the most common choice.The wine I liked (I started with the most important – might have something to do with the fact that I am writing this in bed, with a glass of Villa Vinea – Gewurztraminer close-by). The books I liked or the fact that I do love reading books more than watching movies, made me different from my colleagues growing up.

But when it comes to clothes, I will have to ask my friends. I feel that especially as a teenager, I was caught up between a boiling creativity and wanting to fit in. Now I don’t want to fit in anymore, but it’s not my style to rebel out either. So this printed blouse is the beginning of me acknowledging what makes me different and assuming it.

Because I am a practical girl though, let me show you 3 ways to wear a heavily printed blouse.

Office outfit – with skirt

shoreditch | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual
Blouse – River Island
shoreditch | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual

Smart casual outfit – with trousers

natural history museum | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual
natural history museum | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual

Layer it under a dress

natural history museum | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual
natural history museum | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual

Barely there

royal albert hall | cherry blossom | ootd | how to wear a printed blouse | spring outfit | london | miss casual

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Who wears the trousers?

Did I manage to trick you that this will be a post about relationships? If yes, guilty me! Hihi, I was a bit more literal this time, it really will be a post about outfits with trousers…maybe with a peaceful debate on who wears them and who is better to wear them.

Let me start by saying that my favourite place for trousers is on the floor. Now where did your mind go? I was only implying that if I was in such a rush that I would leave them there, I must have something really interesting to do.

I am personally, more a trousers person than a skirt or dress one. For some reason, I have always lived in windy cities and the taught that the wind will blow my skirt and I will flash everyone around, slaps me over my hand every time I choose a skirt. They are more practical, no unwanted glances when you go up the stairs, no skirts caught in the tube door. Also, not that I would climb a tree on my way to work but skirts do not give me a full range of movement.

Which one do you prefer: trousers or skirts? Do you think we’re loosing our femininity with the amount of trousers we’re wearing? I personally don’t. I think I can be just as feminine in trousers and ballerina shoes as I can in skirts and heels.

P.S. We are both wearing trousers…just not the same pair.

Jeans

cool girl outfit / belt bag / cropped top / magnolias / spring outfit / london /miss casual
JEANS – Zara(similar)
casual outfit | reading | book lover | galaxy shirt | bow jeans | cute outfit | highgate | london
JEANS – Asos

Leggings

animal print leggings | casual outfit | winter outfit | graffitti | london | miss casual
LEGGINGS – Asos
animal print | asos outfit | spring outfit | zara shoes | london | miss casual
LEGGINGS – Asos

Leather / Vinyl/ Metallic

shopping arcade london / winter outfit / yellow jumper / christmas decorations / miss casual
Vero Moda (similar)
covent garden / christmas decorations / christmas car / scandi knit / christmas jumper / sequin trousers / london / miss casual
New Look
christmas lights / christmas jumper / missguided knit / vinyl trousers / london / chunky knit / miss casual / mustard knit / london / christmas decorations / vinyl pants / miss casual
Missguided
christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual
Asos(similar)
trousers / picnic / preppy style / vintage outfit / isabella plantation / richmond park / london / miss casual
H&M

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The cool girl’s outfit

Not that I am one, I never was the cool girl, let’s just say that I am good at observing them. Sporty girl? Yes, that and the girl that used to read underneath her desk during boring classes, but never the cool one.

I don’t know what “cool girl” means to you, I hope you will tell me, but for me it means effortless with a little edge to it. A cropped top with a sporty detail, mom jeans, comfortable heels (if you must) or even snickers if that’s you vibe and coffee, always coffee. Did I mention the belt bag? Also, french girls pop into my mind instantly with their effortless style, mixing body fitting and loose clothes – effortless seems to be the key word for my cool girl…and Gwen Stefani.

To come up with this outfit, even though I am pretty sure it looks like a few things that I put together, I had to trick my mind. This style is not something that comes naturally to me so first things first, I started scrolling to my Pinterest “Outfits I love”board. I have all kind of outfits there: girly, elegant, office, street style from fashion weeks…all in all, outfits of much cooler girls than me. After I got into that mental “cool girl outfit” vibe, I went onto the Missguided site and this cropped top that I am wearing in the pictures instantly caught my eye.

Would I have chosen it if I didn’t look at the Pinterest pictures before? We will never know, but I tend to think that I wouldn’t. What I am curious about is where do you look for outfit inspiration? Lately I go for Pinterest more than Instagram, but I am pretty sure that the closest we get to Coachella, I will start spending more time on Instagram also.

Let’s keep things short and cute for this one, what do you say?

Cool girl kisses!

cool girl outfit / belt bag / cropped top / magnolias / spring outfit / london /miss casual
TOP – Missguided
BELT BAG – Missguided
JEANS – Zara (similar)
cool girl outfit / belt bag / cropped top / magnolias / spring outfit / london /miss casual
cool girl outfit / belt bag / cropped top / magnolias / spring outfit / london /miss casual

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Wild, wild west-London

Spring is coming! Not if you check the prognosis for British weather, of course, but nevertheless change is in the air. Maybe for you this will not be a change, but for me it certainly is. Looking back at last year’s outfits, I realised that I have rarely wore animal print. Actually, I only had one sweater and that was it. So for this spring I thought, why wouldn’t I embrace my inner goddess, lioness, or beast, I will not disclose myself that much, and start wearing some animal print.

I first had this thought at the beginning of winter, I can see that the Regent Street Christmas lights were not yet on, so it must have been early November. Ever since, I started slowly introducing animal print that was roaring at me and I was surprised at how natural it was. Can me being a Leo have anything to do with this?

There isn’t much more that I can say about animal print, but let me tell you another story:

I have been wanting to see Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald ever since it came out in the cinemas, I just didn’t. I blame it on Paul because it’s the easiest but truth be told, I haven’t made any effort either. Then I find myself watching my usual videos on Youtube and all kind of advertisements about the movie come up and I frantically press skip when possible, when not, I just don’t watch it because I don’t want anything to spoil the movie.

At work, we talked about the movie and it was so curious how different are the things that make us excited about seeing it. Some are excited to see the movie because Johnny Depp is playing Grindelwald, I was excited because Jude Law is playing Dumbledore and even more excited, because we get to see Hogwarts again…actually, I can’t say which of the two gets me more excited. Harry Potter fans will understand:D

Finally, today we are watching the movie! Yuppi! Now back to our animal print or fantastic beasts and how to wear them…

Cute/Smart – casual outfits

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual
SWEATER – River Island (similar)
animal print | charleston outfit | zebra print | sequin skirt | london | miss casual
SWEATER – River Island
piccadilly circus / london / print dress/ river island / christmas lights / chunky sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
DRESS – Asos (similar)

Casual-ish outfits

Podcasts / river island outfit / snake print skirt / winter outfit / miss casual
SKIRT – River Island
animal print | smake print | stradivarius dress | fortnum and mason | london | miss casual
DRESS – Stradivarius (similar)

Most definitely – casual outfits

animal print leggings | casual outfit | winter outfit | graffitti | london | miss casual
LEGGINGS – Asos
animal print | asos outfit | spring outfit | zara shoes | london | miss casual
LEGGINGS – Asos

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Fantastically printed kisses!

How to wear skirts in winter

If all you can think of in this cold is trousers, trousers and more trousers, you might be in need of some “skirtpiration” (skirt inspiration). At the end of the day, if it’s the weather you worry about, you can layer an entire wardrobe under a skirt, but hardly anything under those jeans. Am I right? Tell me I am, I love these odd moments when it seems like I am. Kidding, too much coffee, and it’s only 8 am.

Look, I get it! It is just so freaking convenient to dress in the uniform that jeans + a sweater is, I am stuck in the same rut. But for the days when you want to look more put together, you can’t go wrong with a skirt. Not that it’s a scientifically proven fact, but if you wear a skirt (and look tired enough), a gentlemen if there are any left on Earth, might offer his place on the tube. Don’t test my theory during peek hours, though. Even so, it might be too far-fetched to hope for anything like this.

My personal secret to wearing skirts in the winter, especially in a windy winter which is the only one London gets, is the length. Midi or maxi, nothing mini or I feel like I am flashing everybody that walks past. If you drive in the narrow streets of London on a Friday or Saturday evening, you are guaranteed to be flashed…which I don’t know about you, but it is a big no-no in my book. Enough blabbering, let’s get into some pictures of the skirts that I wore recently.

Skirty(?) kisses

under £100 outfit / topshop / shoreditch / fringe jumper / satin skirt / winter outfit / london / miss casual
Skirt – TOPSHOP
red outfit / topshop / stradivarius / shoreditch / winter outfit / london / miss casual
(Oups) Dress – TOPSHOP
london door / red sweater / maxi dress / reading / hatchards / miss casual
Cheating…this is a dress, buuuut, because the top part is covered, can we consider it a skirt?

Dress – Stradivarius
winter outfit / coral pink outfit / maxi dress / fluffy sweater / notting hill / london / miss casual
Another dress:D

Dress – Monki (similar)
china town / embellished top / bershka top / black outfit / metallic skirt / winter outfit / party outfit / miss casual
Skirt – Warehouse
london / vinyl skirt / river island / christmas decorations / chunky sweater / personal style / miss casual
Skirt – River Island (similar)
annabel's mayfair / christmas tree / pearl sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
Skirt – Asos
christmas decoration / london / bershka knit / pink skirt / asos outfit / miss casual
Skirt – Asos
river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual
Skirt – River Island

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