Posts in Inspiration
// THE LIST OF MY DESIRES //

Lately I’ve been trying to disconnect from the online world. Sometimes I find myself constantly glued to a screen - whether it’s the TV, my laptop or cell phone. There is so much inspiration online that it can be overwhelming. Scrolling through Pinterest, looking at blogs, stalking Instagram, or watching films... it’s all so fast and so all encompassing. 

This past week has provided the perfect excuse to take a step back. It was Easter weekend and then my birthday on the 22nd. We had my husband's family visiting from Sweden and so made the most of the long weekend. Instead of sitting on my sofa in front of Friends, I was out exploring Zurich. I love it when people come to visit because it gives you the excuse to be a tourist in your own town. I was totally reminded of how beautiful Zurich is and how lucky I am to live here. 

For my birthday I was given 'the list of my desires' by Grégoire Delacourt. I just finished it today and, I've got to say, it really got me thinking about what I want from life and how to go about getting it. 

Something I've always loved is hearing about what inspires people. I'm a firm believer in the idea that inspiration is everywhere and that you just have to open your eyes to see it - whether it's food, traveling, books, art or just buying a new striped romper at American Apparel. Sometimes the littlest things can be the most inspiring. I'm trying to get back in touch with what originally made me love blogging. The spontaneity of it and the ability to put across how you're feeling without having anyone edit your work is what I loved so much about it when I started this bad boy back in 2009. When I started blogging I never thought twice about who was reading what I wrote and I just posted about whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I want to get that spontaneity back but I also want to have some structure. To give some regularity to my posts I'm going to start a new feature that focuses on individual people and what they find inspiring. I want to look at all sorts of sources like books, magazines, food, culture, the outdoors and art. I also want to ask people what's on their list of desires. Whether it's something little like a new swimsuit or something big like starting a charity. In order to accomplish what you want you've first got to admit to yourself that you want to achieve it. 

All photos taken with iPhone 5c. Click to enlarge. 



Spring 2014 Collections

While everyone is shoving their faces into the metaphorical pie that is AW14, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on the season that is upon us. Remember spring 2014?

It might be hard to recall but it showed its face last September. Since then we've seen pre-fall and couture - so it might all feel a bit muddled. Funny that the fashion gods have already moved on to next winter while us mere mortals are stuck trying to clamber our way out of the current one. But guys, I promise you this, spring is just around the corner. So before we get sucked into the vortex that is next-next season let's recall what the spring collections were all about.

Rodebjer did bedouin inspired stripes, Prada plastered faces onto everything and Tommy Hilfiger reinvented scuba gear. At Rick Owens the very nature of a fashion show was called into question and at JW Anderson tops were tied on by strings. Exaggerated ruffles made a return at Dries van Noten and Bottega Veneta. Ugly sandals were everywhere and at Lanvin models carried bags that looked full of trash. There was monochrome in abundance, geometric prints galore and, at Celine, Phoebe shook the minimalist agenda. In many collections the focus of sex-appeal moved to the back with deep Vs and crossed straps.

While I might not be able to afford any of the things pictured below, I'll be using them all as inspiration when it comes to getting dressed. Now all we need is some sun. 

Photos via Dazed & Style.com

// A SPORTIER TYPE OF HAUTE COUTURE //

Times, they are a changin'. 

When Lagerfeld had his army of top models run down a flight of steps, as they entered the venue of Chanel's spring 2014 haute couture show, jaws undoubtedly dropped. You don't run in couture, darling. Surely you step lightly, move slowly and stay far far away from red wine and spaghetti. Not so anymore. The new breed of couture wearers, according to Uncle Karl, can now embrace sportswear just like the rest of us. Thank god they don't have to dabble in New Balance or Nike though, these girls get their sneakers from the Chanel couture collection. They're crafted by Massaro and aren't made from cotton but instead feature python, pearls and lace. Best to avoid the puddles then, eh?

While the internet was alight with fascination over the brand's decision to mix sportswear with couture, the fine folks at Dior had actually done exactly same thing just the day before. Granted the statement wasn't as loud as it was at Chanel. Every model wasn't wearing trainers but a fair few of them were. Raf Simons took the movement even further than Lagerfeld dared, because why opt for conventional tennis shoes when you can embrace their even ghastlier brother: the water shoe. The fashion industry may have taken warmly to the trend for ugly flat footwear but, to date, these monstrosities have remained firmly in no man's land - until now.

Who would have thought it possible? Now, I'm considering investing in a pair of $18 Speedo Amphibious Zipwalkers so that I can rock a Dior inspired couture look too. Who needs Chanel when you can have do it yourself Dior, baby? All I need is a pack of sequins and some thread and I'm good to go.

Here's to hoping you'll join me in the movement.

Photos via Style.com



A blonde Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss has always ranked high in my books. She has nailed the wholesome all-American girl thing. She looks down-to-earth and, lets be honest, the girl is achingly beautiful. I've always thought she was a bit square though. She doesn't pack much of an edge.

That was until I saw this editorial from Interview's October issue. Karlie looks fierce. The choppy bleached blonde hair has totally transformed her. She looks edgy and cool. Her dark eyebrows are giving Cara a run for her money. I love the slightly disheveled styling and that she's goofing around with kids in a skate park.

The best bit though is undoubtedly the athletic socks with slip on sandals. An early nod to Prada S/S 14?

Photos via TLS

Karlie Kloss in Interview Magazine October 2013
Karlie Kloss in Interview Magazine October 2013