Posts tagged Zurich
Bright & black

Much to my dismay, the transition towards autumn has undeniably begun. The temperature is starting to feel a bit cooler and as a result I've had to swap my slinky tank tops for chunkier knits. I would complain but the transition means I get to wear this furry lime green jumper and I'm pretty sure that can only be a good thing.

Thankfully bare legs and sandals are still in order so all is not lost. 

Wearing: Samsoe jumper and jacket, Second Female skirt, & Other Stories bag and Birkenstocks.



// ON STICKING TO CLASSICS //

Sometimes I get bogged down with fashun.

My mind gets all cluttered with the idea of attaching sequins to water shoes or wearing socks with sandals. I get fixated on oversized coats and slip on shoes. I troll style.com and Pinterest, scroll through the endless pages of Net-a-Porter like a robot in a trance... looking, searching for the next great thing. Then I snap back to reality. I remember that in fact there are plenty of things in my closet that I love and can wear. I don't need to buy into any trends or get anything new because really what I love (and want to wear) are the classics - of which I have plenty.

Pea coats, Breton stripes, skinny jeans - these are my default items. Each season, regardless of what comes in and out of fashion, these are the pieces I wear over and over again. All I need to do is take off the jacket and swap the boots for Birks and, voila, I've got my summer uniform sorted.

Wearing: Gap jacket, Aubin & Wills jumper, 7 jeans, Balanciaga boots, American Apparel bag and Dolce & Gabanna sunglasses.



En Soie, Zurich

When you wander into En Soie you enter a magical little trove of treasures. The store is packed full of treats and is a bonafide Zurich gem. Since 1894 they've been producing handmade items, all designed in their atelier which is situated just up a cobblestoned road next to the store. 

If you pop into the shop you'll find racks of quirky clothes, a wall covered in scarves, cosmetic pouches, table wear, shoes, jewelry and pretty much anything else you could desire. At the moment it's decked out in full on Christmas cheer - with a tree and a table laid out as if guests should be arriving any moment for a feast. The staff are super friendly and you might even spot the resident dog lurking about if you're lucky. 

My favourite part though is a little secret situated at the back. The first few times I visited I didn't even notice it was there. There's a small staircase right next to the fitting rooms that goes down into a cellar. There you'll find a tiny little alcove filled from floor to ceiling with hand painted pottery. They've got everything you could need - checked dog bowls, plates, egg cups, massive vases and even adorable little ornaments shaped like sheep.

If you're ever in Zurich make sure to stop by En Soie, it's a must see in the city. Bypass the cheesy tourist shops and instead buy something special in here, you're sure to love it for years.

En Soie is located at Strehlgasse 26, Zurich 8001.

Reinvention

For some strange reason, the other day, instead of putting my black Zara skirt on around my bottom I pulled it up to my chest.

Ooo, I stared into the mirror and did a little twirl. It flared out with quite a cute little shape. Voila. I had just gained, without spending any money, a brand new top. 

This weekend I paired it with some grey pinstripe trousers and wandered over to Winterthur to explore some back alleys. I'm not going to lie, I had a massive cardigan and a coat on for most of the time. But the shape of the top was kind of lost when I had on all those layers.

So I stripped down and my absurdity managed to go unnoticed except for the hoard of kids that rode by on their bicycles shouting in German, 'You must be freezing!' Yes, I was. But, thankfully I've got Photoshop and the ability to zap the red tones out of my skin so... if I didn't tell you, you'd never have known that I was actually frozen solid. 

Wearing Zara skirt (as a top), trousers and shoes. Moxham clutch. Vintage earrings.

Stare at the cross
Just hanging out, looking at the lake...
Just hanging out, looking at the lake...

Do you remember the Topshop Unique show? It was awesome.

I've been obsessed with it ever since February. As you know, I'm trying to invest in quality functional wardrobe pieces. Like most people I (sadly) don't have a bottomless budget. I like shopping from high street stores when I can find good pieces. This is why the Topshop show rocked my world so much this past season. The collection was freaky-naughty and stuffed full of pieces I'd love to have in my wardrobe.

Imagine my absolute over-the-moon insane excitement then when I caught wind of the fact that the collection is hitting store next week. Yes, next week. The team were kind enough to send this top over to me in Zurich to try out. Yes, it is amazing. I loved it from the moment I pulled the silky slouchy oversized little number out of its cardboard box. I rubbed it against my cheek and whispered, 'you and me were born to be together.' Okay. I didn't actually do that. This is what you really need to know though: the Topshop Uniqe AW12 collection is hitting stores on Monday. This top will retail for  £75 and if you want to be my twinsie you will get yourself one. I've already requested to have one put on hold because (sadly) the one I'm wearing has to be returned and, double-sady, there is no Topshop in Zurich.

p.s. I wore it into town the other day to check out all the sales... I perved big time on Trois Pommes and their Celine collection. #Drool

Trois Pommes sale window in Zurich
Trois Pommes sale window in Zurich
Shopping
Shopping
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Michael Kors belt and Moxham bracelet

 Wearing: Topshop Unique blouse, 7FAM jeans, Zara heels, Alexander McQueen bag, Moxham bracelet and Michael Kors belt.

der Schweizer
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The Swiss know how to do some things right. Like coffee and pretzels... but also Sundays. Just about everything is closed which can be frustrating if you're on the search for milk or sugar but it's actually pretty darn sweet. Most people can be found either sitting on their balconies, outside cafes, or playing chess in a little park that overlooks the Alps. As I spent most the weekend scrubbing the bathroom, mopping floors, and packing bags in preparation for moving flats... a Sunday afternoon spent drinking iced coffees and roaming the nearly empty streets of Zurich provided a much welcomed break.

For some unknown reason I'm craving all sorts of things that remind me of being a kid... like pony tails and little girly sandals with straps that go around the ankle. I've taken on a newly formed liking to pink and hearts plus each time I get an ice-cream cone it seems to melt so quickly that it drips down the sides and onto my fingers (surely the sort of thing you only see happening to zoned out little children en route to becoming seriously sticky). Maybe it's all this fresh air or the lack of a full time job... whatever it is, it's good and I'm liking it.

Wearing: pink satin sandals and leather miniskirt from Zara, white burnout t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, striped bag from Ikea with black Elizabeth Lau heart attached, Super sunglasses and YSL arty ring.

A perfect day in Zurich
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Arrived back into Zurich in the wee hours of the morning after a crazy week in London. Was met with the most beautiful weather and thought the first hot day of the season deserved macaroons and a lakeside view. The truth is, I'd never had macaroons before (yes, yess, I know everyone is crazy about them). I sort of thought they wouldn't live up to the hype and would be a bit dry and overpriced? But these from Sprüngli were the most delicious little things and I am a serious convert now. Am planning to spend many a day in the sunshine chomping on them...

p.s. my favourite flavour was the cappuccino which tasted like a shot espresso inside.