Connecting the dots – outfit inspo for Spring / Summer

It’s been years and years since I wore dots for anything else than a show. I always thought they were too childlike for my serious self. Even Mom at some point said that at 13 I was acting like I was 30…well, that is not the case anymore. The older I get, I seem to grow a sense of humour and with it, I started appreciating amongst many other off the dot things, well…dots. Not the typical black, white or red ones, now I am into blue ones or white on a blue background.

I came across a few pieces of clothing from various brands that are creating such fun things with dots. Just think of a deep V shirt with slightly puff sleeves in blue like a Siamese cat’s eyes and cute white dots. Or an asymmetrical sating white skirt with bigger blue dots that simply asks for a dance. Or even better, a jazzy dress with a dropped waist in a classic navy blue with tiny, tiny white dots…or were they yellow?

Aaah, I could continue, but we have only taken pictures of these three, but I promise to leave more options right under our pictures. Have I managed to make you curious about this micro trend? With me it was so funny that I have not realised the pattern until I posted all these pictures on Instagram and then I see – blue dots everywhere:)

hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
SHIRT – River Island
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
DRESS – Mango (similar)
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
SKIRT – River Island
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual
hair accessories / dots trend / blue dots / spring summer trend / london / notting hill | miss casual

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The perfect autumn Mango outfit

Have you noticed how with every change of season, people seem so inspired with their outfits. It feels like we all had that outfit idea at the back of our minds and we were just waiting for the right weather to wear it. This is what happened with this Mango outfit. Since it was still full on summer in London, I had this idea of a colourful chunky knit with a midi skirt.

It’s no news that I love versatile outfits and this Mango outfit is the perfect example. Put on some flats, even sneakers if you dare, and here you have your autumn uniform. Or, and this still gives me the Sex and the City vibes – put on a pair of Manolo Hangisi and the outfit immediately becomes a casual chic, very feminine one.

You might think that I am ahead of the season here, talking about chunky knits, but only last week, it was so cold in the UK (especially in Edinburgh). Now, of course, I check the weather and it gets to 22 degrees C, but after the Indian Summer phenomenon leaves us, we’ll be in desperate need of knit.

Pleated skirt chunky knit silver bag Chelsea pink house Mango outfit | Miss Casual

The green sweater

When I was little, my Mum was a red-head and consequently, she wore a lot of green. Can you tell that I have a soft spot for greens? However, I have put my own spin on it, well, Mango’s spin, and picked a brighter shade of green than what Mum used to wear. Bonus for this chunky knit, I only had a body suit underneath, so the knit was touching my hands and chest directly and it was perfectly comfortable. It was not itchy at all and this is coming from somebody who has quite a “reactive” skin.

The midi pleated skirt

For this Mango outfit, a pleated skirt was hunting my dreams. It just took a while to find the right one. I believe the midi length brings such an elegance to the outfit. Also, surprise, surprise, I was not cold wearing it and one more important thing – it was wind proof. After I moved to London and felt how windy it can get, I stayed away from skirts and dresses from the fear of not flashing anybody. With this Mango outfit though, you’ll have no problem…except if you find a Marilyn Monroe tube situation.

The silver bag

Can it get more versatile than this? A silver bag can be worn with so many colours! Also, because of the boxy shape, it adds such a laid back element to the outfit even though thinking of silver, you’d expect something very “in your face”. For this Mango outfit, I knew exactly that I want to photograph it with a colourful background, so the outfit being this colourful already, I needed subtle coloured accessories. And this is how I came across the bag.

 

I have almost put this Mango outfit in the £100 series because if you take out the bag, the sweater and skirt are just a few pounds more than 100. However, I thought I was getting too flexible with this series rules, so instead, it became just a normal outfit post.

Where would you wear this Mango outfit? Do you think it’s the right weather for it. Keep in mind that I am always cold:)

Kisses

Pleated skirt chunky knit silver bag Chelsea pink house Mango outfit | Miss Casual

Pleated skirt chunky knit Chelsea pink house Mango outfit | Miss Casual

Pleated skirt chunky knit silver bag Chelsea pink house Mango outfit | Miss Casual

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My top 4 sources of inspiration

We all have a choice of what we put into our brain every single day which is why I am always looking for things that will inspire me to become a better blogger, a better writer, to take better pictures to better everything. I am looking for things that inspire me, educate me but not in a classroom kind of way and why not, things that entertain me, but at least two of the three must be reached…or that’s the point either way.

You already know about my blog reading on my way to work, but as I get ready for work, I like people talking to me…in a way, so most of the time I watch youtube. One channel that I follow is ALUX. They claim to be the place where future billionaires come to get inspired, as they remind us at the beginning of every video, which I don’t mind really. I came across their channel a few months ago and I’ve been subscribed ever since. Most of their videos are called “15 things you didn’t know about” someone, something. I go there for juicy details about fashion brands, about travelling destinations but also to get some business training. They summarize the informationn so well, which saves you the time of reading all the books. Even though, knowing myself, I will probably read the books also.

When it comes to fashion documentaries, I must admit that from time to time I indulged in fashion reality shows also. I grew up watching America’s Next Top Model and learned how to smize from Tyra Banks, also here is where I heard new names from the industry except the ones in the magazines. Some of the documentaries that I watched recently and enjoyed are “Diana Vreeland: The eye has to travel” and “The September issue” which I have to admit that I watched before and just the fact that I am mentioning them is not suggestive enough, I am totally recommending these together with “Dior and I” and “Balmain”. Can’t wait to watch “Manolo: The boy who made shoes for lizards” also!

I wrote about Aimee Song’s Youtube channel in my previous post about influencers that inspire me, but this time I want to talk to you (in writing) about her book – “Capture your style”. Don’t start reading this book wishing she will help you learn how to use Instagram with all it’s nooks and crannies. This book has been written a few years ago and Instagram comes up with new features almost every month. This is an excellent book if you want to know more about her mental process from behind the photos, outfits and so on. It is slightly technical, but not boring at all, plus for all of us visuals out there, she has put enough pictures in the book to feed our appetite.

Another way to inspire myself is to read biographies. This one is a diary written by the ex Editor-in-Chiel of Vogue UK, Alexandra Sculman, about an entire year in her life. There are stories of really glam occasions, but also hard work, personal life-work balance issues and one of my favourite parts: the organizing of Vogue’s 100 years anniversary and everything that comes with it,  no  wonder is called “Inside Vogue””. You will recognize a lot of names and you will have a personal view into the fashion industry, which you already know I am fascinated with, and all this from Alexandra Schulman who has been with Vogue since 1992. Sounds interesting, right?

What inspires you? Do you prefer a video, or are you still into books?

Kisses

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Top – Mango

Skirt – Mango

Silver biker jacket

I have to admit, the first time I saw this jacket on Mango’s site, my first thought was ¨that is a dupe of Chanel¨ and second one ¨that is so cool!¨ I love biker jackets, I’ve been wearing them for years. I had cropped ones, faux leather ones, suede, more fitted ones, but never an oversized one and I don’t mean one that I bought in a size too big, but a design that is meant to be oversized. This is me outside of my comfort zone again.

Besides the style, I love love love the colour of it. Ok, my mind might have been a tiny bit influenced by that Chanel show where they have a rocket in the middle. Was it AW 2017? I’m still not over it, hence, for somebody who never owned a piece of clothing in silver, now I have the silver trousers that I shot a month ago and this jacket.

I will keep today’s post short not to bore you with long stories. Or do you prefer longer posts? I am so excited that the weather is changing here in the UK, can’t wait for spring and summer where I don’t need to take 3 layers off until I get to the one I want in the picture, if you know what I mean.

I also have quite an exciting project coming up, but I’ll tell you more about it on Wednesday’s post.

Kisses!

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Bonus picture with the photographer

 

Jacket – Mango

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