26 February 2015

FASHIONABLE RAINCOAT



Raincoats are an indispensable item in this country, especially at this time of the year. But whilst some people need technical raincoats for braving the elements on long walks and treks, others just want something that folds away compactly for when they get caught short in city streets or a nice mac for Autumn that happens to be suitable for rainy weather. There’s an excellent array of technical rain coats on offer this season, but my favourite is this particular jacket shown in the picture above from Primak. It will last you years and there’s really no feature you could wish for that it doesn’t have. At the cheaper end, Primrk  is a great deal for keeping men and women dry for under 20 euros.

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24 February 2015

10 TIPS ON HOW TO THRIFT STORE SHOP

Hello guys,
I’m often asked how I “find the best pieces” or “why I get so lucky” when thrift store shopping.
While knowing how to thrift store shop doesn’t come naturally to everyone, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn the skills you need to consistently score stylish steals and deals at your local thrift store. Although I have 10 years of thrift shopping experience to fall back on, I honestly believe that anyone interested in learning how to thrift can pick up the tricks fast and be a thrift pro in no time.
 
TIP #1: Map – I use the Thrift Shopper Store DirectoryGoodwill and Salvation Army websites to create my a wish-list of stores. Then I plug each store’s address in Google Maps to determine my best route for the least amount of travel time.
#2: Closet – Before thrifting, I examine my closet to note what pieces I haven’t worn yet that season. I’ll take photos of some on my iPhone so that when I’m thrifting, I’ll be inspired to pick up a particular item to match the unworn piece — and finally wear it!
#3: Trends –  I browse the sites of mainstream brands like Forever 21, H&M and Zara to see what these fast fashion chains are selling to give me an idea of the top trends to look for when I’m in the thrift store.
#4: Mobile Apps I use the Etsy app to search for the average prices of vintage brands I spy while thrifting and the Thrift Buddy app to see what thrift stores are near me that I may have missed in my research.
Pre-preparing for your thrift shopping experience guarantees that you’ll have everything you need for hours spent combing the racks, including food, water, amenities, tunes and equipment.
TIP #5: Pack – Pack a goodie bag of necessary rations and emergency supplies like tissues, hand sanitizer and stain remover (to test spots) as well as snack (I love Clif bars and trail mix), water and a sports drink.
#6: Set Limits – Before even stepping foot in a thrift store, I decide how much money I’m willing to spend that day. My limit is typically $20 per store, so if I’m visiting 3 separate stores then I shouldn’t be spending more than $60 total.
#7: Music – I make a thrift mix to help keep me energized and upbeat! A good jam really sets the thrift mood (I’ve definitely danced own the aisles) and makes thrifting more fun!
#8: Shopping Bag –  I bring an eco-friendly collapsible grocery bag to use in place of a cart, which can be too large to push through the aisles comfortably on a busy shopping day.
By sticking to a thrift shopping strategy, you’ll not only buy the things you truly want, but you won’t waste time shopping in a way that doesn’t fulfill your goals. Plus, a good thrift strategy will actually help you to spend more wisely.
TIP #9: Donate – Before you take a thrift shopping trip, review your closet’s inventory and filter out items you no longer wear for donation to the store. Not only is it good thrift karma to donate immediately upon arrival, but cleaning out your closet will inspire mental notes of what you truly (and don’t truly!) need to thrift for.
#10: Pick Sections – Narrow your shopping to three sections or less to stay focused on your day’s goals and to manage time spent in any one store since a section should take you approximately 20 minutes to shop.

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20 February 2015

BLACK TIMBERLAND REVIEW

Hi guys, 

Today, I going to review the 6 inch timberland boots in the colour black.


Comfort
This is where these boots really excel. There was absolutely no pain or discomfort associated with wearing them in. In temperatures below freezing, my feet were snug and warm , and come rain or snow, they remained waterproof. I wore them straight out of the box for 16 consecutive days of sightseeing, covering more miles than many serious hikers, and they didn’t relent – something I wish I could also say for my umbrella…

Tip: I read in another review that it was best to order a size smaller than normal. This reviewer had experienced significant pain until the leather stretched. In my opinion, it’s much better to get them in your usual size. Even if your feet are narrow and they feel roomy, they’ll stay firmly on.

Durability
Timberland boots have been around almost 40 years, so the manufacturers have had a lot of time to tweak any issues and incorporate the best materials. The current design has anti-fatigue technology and uses premium waterproof leather with semi-sealed construction to keep your feet dry. There’s a padded collar to cushion the ankle, and the outer material is rustproof so that the authentic Timberland look doesn’t deteriorate with wear and tear. The rubber gum sole provides traction on challenging terrain and the steel shank gives additional arch support.

Tip: Straggly laces can make these boots look a little unkempt, but if you’re keen not to sacrifice your comfort, you really need to tie them. One way around this issue is to loop the laces so that they end on adjacent eyelets on the inside of the boot. This way, you can tie your laces behind the tongue and tuck them inside the boot out of view.


Style
If celebrities are anything to go by, then the past year has proven that Timberland boots are bang on trend. Everyone from Kanye West to Rihanna has been snapped by the paps wearing them. They’re unisex and surprisingly versatile. While you wouldn’t usually think to wear a hiking boot as a fashion statement – much less pair it with a dress – these actually look pretty damn good with most outfits. Compliments were flooding in from people of all ages, proving that their appeal knows no bounds.

Tip: Straggly laces can make these boots look a little unkempt, but if you’re keen not to sacrifice your comfort, you really need to tie them. One way around this issue is to loop the laces so that they end on adjacent eyelets on the inside of the boot. This way, you can tie your laces behind the tongue and tuck them inside the boot out of view.

Price
As with pretty much anything in life, you get what you pay for. With a recommended retail price of 200 euros, they’re not particularly cheap. Having said that, they deliver on so many levels that it really is worth the splurge. They’ll last you many years, you can wear them for almost any occasion and you’ll look good in the process. I believe that premium Timberland 6 inch boots should be on any city traveller’s packing list.

Tip: Make sure you’re buying the genuine deal by using a trusted retailer. The traditional boots have a punched Timberland logo on the side. They come packaged in a sturdy, branded box and the lace tip ends are burnt rather than tipped with plastic. I ordered mine online from JD Sports and they arrived in good time for my trip and in perfect condition.




16 February 2015

SPORTWEAR ATTIRE ON FLEEK

Hi guys,

I have been really loving the whole sportswear trend recently. It is a way to express yourself in terms of  being comfortable and cozy, yet at the same time you would like to stand out, or to be more precise, being fashionable, The outfit shown in these given illustrations is quite simple as I could say myself. You are always on the right path when you start off building up your outfit with a pair of black skinny jeans. Along with this basic and casual garment, a piece of white cotton tee will never go wrong that excessively screams out the number '2'. On top of it, I added an unknown brand sports jacket that I got in South Korea one year ago, which emotionally reminds me of  how great life was while living there for almost 6 months.


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13 February 2015

A QUICK STOP

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It was a such a busy shooting day, so we (Yannick, the photographer) had a quick stop at Starbucks in Amsterdam in order to gain some energy again for the remain shoots. I ordered a croissant, while on the other hand Yannick got a piece of lemon cheesecake. On that day, I wore a roll neck top that I got in the sale from WE along with a pair of black skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters. As usual, I had to complete this outfit with my new shoulder bag that I got once again in sale from ZARA.

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10 February 2015

COLLABORATING WITH THE PROPERTY OF PART 1

 
Hi guys,
 
On Instagram (@fashionableperfection), I showed a sneak peek of the photo shoot that I have done together with the Property Of (www.thepropertyof.com). In this article I basically show you guys the final result of the first bag out of the 2. This particular bag is called the Mikko Overnight Bag!
 

The Property Of.., a company that is active in the premium bags and small goods market. The company puts its focus on providing an alternative to the classic full leather briefcases. Drawing inspirations from Asian cultures & Western traditions, they combine the best of both worlds with a clean and timeless aesthetic, targeting at men and women with contemporary urban lifestyles.

 The company was selected as an understated and non-label, as a way to simply refer to the unique identity of each bag´s owner. Through its use of our signature leather ID tags, labeling is functional and present while remaining understated. A consistent focus of the company is to offer timeless and functional products. Waxed canvas, denim, heavy duty nylons are just some of the materials used along with the leather customizable ID tags and sturdy hardware in order to complete the entire Property Of look.
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