How To: Stay Warm Without Sacrificing Style

(Starting from the top left: Alexander McQueen, Rupert Sanderson, Saint Laurent, Balmain, GSIX, Balenciaga)
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of seeing plain-old, lace-up, black leather combat boots and those knee-high equestrian boots everywhere/on everyone...boring. What I look for in a boot is equal parts style, functionality, and funkiness. I like looking like I just stepped off the runway, but also like I could kick ass and take names, ya dig?
(Starting from the top left: Stella Jean, PINGHE, Windsmoor, ChicNova, Pull and Bear)
I feel like this one's a no brainer, but it's come to my attention that really cool, colourful coats are kind of hard to come by. The market is flooded with neutral-toned, button-up, and double-breasted coats, making statement coats a difficult find. I tend to go for more subdued tones, but I like a good plaid, long coat, if I can get my hands on one.
(From the top left: Markus Lupfer, Dlux, Pringle of Scotland, Givency, Missoni)
The beanie most likely takes the cake for most popular cold-weather fashion accessory, but I find it's become tired...uninspired, too. Sure, displaying phrases on your noggin like 'dope,' or 'I woke up like this,' and telling the world to 'comme des fuckdown' using your forehead was pretty cool at first, but the reference has kind of lost its relevance at this point. I'd rather opt for something chunky, patterned, colourful, or downright unusual (maybe a combination) instead.


Valentino Pre-Fall 2015

It would seem, once again, that I have communicated telepathically with the RTW design team at Valentino. The brand's new lookbook for this year's pre-fall season falls just short of...dare I say...perfect?

The Italian design house has always produced collections that have spoken to me on a spiritual level; incorporating romantic lace, florals, muted tones, quirky prints, and just the right amount of edge...naturally, I can never get enough of their designs.

The collection uses these signature elements, but with a twist of 70's boyish-ness and angst. I can imagine sporting many of these pieces, the cropped trousers, loose jumpers, and embellished jackets in particular, while cruising down the Venice boardwalk on a skateboard.

A collection as lovely, effortless, and wearable as this certainly deserves a round of applause (and, hopefully a knock off or two at H&M)!

(Images via Vogue.com)


A Quick Update

I'm considering returning to this blog as a means to express myself artistically, once again. I miss writing and recording my thoughts, to be honest. It seems a little bit self-absorbed, in a way, but it is also very therapeutic.

I don't think I'll be posting about my outfits anymore, as my personal style has kind of plateaued into something that may be considered far less interesting than it used to be. Fashion and art are still two of my main interests, but my time has been focused on other things, lately.

My relationship with fashion is a complicated one. I guess that the only way I can think to explain it is one of love/hate. I find that my values don't always line up with the industry. Fashion can be selfish, cruel, soul crushing, and even devastating at times, but it can also bring so much joy and hope to one's life.

I feel like we are in a time where self-expression is hard to come by and where self-expression requires an amount of effort that is sometimes exhausting. At this point in time I am happy to be in the comfort of the background.

I'm not really sure what this post is about. If anyone who used to read my blog views this post, they may recall that I was always a rambler, so maybe that's exactly what this is?

Anyway, Cheers!