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My 10-year-old niece dressed me: Take 2!

My niece has been super obsessed with dressing me for the day that now, once she gets back from school…she runs to come see me to choose my outfit of the day. She’s so adorable! She is getting a lot more into fashion and has been having fun playing with different styles herself and seeing that makes me feel like a proud aunt. So, without making this too long; here how’s the outfit came out:

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She wanted something a little more casual for me to wear as I have been wearing way too many trousers lately. She went for cropped jeans instead and added a little fun slogan sweater to finish it. To avoid the outfit being too too bland, she added interest by playing with layers, hence the shirt under the sweater. Although I felt a little self-conscious wearing this sweater again, I still made efforts to go for it with little niece’s decision. Troublemaker isn’t exactly what I am these days, all I want to do is sleep early and lounge on the couch. Adulthood’s brighter side! Anyway, back to the outfit, I found this beautiful coat at Vallue Village a while ago and couldn’t resist getting it. The color is so bloody cheerful and makes for an amazing spring coat. Perfect for transition period, plus the color is so unique and special–reminds me of a raspberry sorbet!

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ♥ SWEATER: Karsen ♥ PANTS: Calvin Klein ♥ SHIRT: Thrifted ♥ SHOES: New Balance ♥ BAG: Core Life ♥ EARRINGS: Forever 21

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I think I am liking having a personal stylist, haha! Makes for so much fun and you never know what you’ll end up wearing. Having not to think about clothes is quite nice for a change. I’m thinking the niece is on the good track with her attire selection/styling talent.

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Women: so critical and hard on ourselves!

Why are we so wired to put ourselves down even though we are doing great jobs at life? Many of us women tend to put ourselves down and drag ourselves into low levels of confidence and with the amount of criticism we give ourselves (and sometimes each other) we end up going into downhill spiral of never-ending negativity. But why? I mean adulting is hard as it is, then why do we add more pressure to our plates? Like can we give ourselves a break? I met with my osteopath last week and I couldn’t help but think about the things she said to me. We are pressured to be a certain way and that mold that we all need to fit in, who created it? I feel like many of us women, not matter how much we put out, we still think were not good enough. I am just wondering, according to how though? Because no one is out there pushing us to be a certain way, yes society plays a big role into shaping us humans but who cares about it, really! I mean who cares how perfect you are, as long as you are yourself, because let’s face it, no one out there is ever perfect. I met this woman who I see daily, and she is constantly so hard on herself and she looks miserable!!!! Its is insane how sad she looks and sometimes all I want to do is reach out and hug her and tell her that she’s good the way she is. However, I can’t lie because most of the time, I am that way with myself. When is it that we gotta give ourselves a break and a pat on the back to see, YO, YOU’RE DOING WELL!!!! Do men suffer from the same feelings of remorse and self-judgment as much as us, or are we just living inside our own feelings and emotions that we keep missing our successes? I am sure that there are men out there who are as hard as we are on themselves, but I feel like they have to capacity to appreciate life’s little success a lot more than we do.

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WHAT I AM WEARING
SHIRT: Handmade • SKIRT: Vintage • BOOTS: Nine West • BAG: Core Life • BELT: Vintage

I know that women tend to be heroes, we tend to want to do it all and do it all perfectly at that. Just sucks that are missing out on a lot because we cannot stop that little voice inside our head and can’t get past our own expectations. I feel like I have come to an age where I no longer want to be perfect, I just want to be me and need to be at peace with who I am and what I can offer and share the best parts of myself with the people I care about. I no longer feel like I need to push myself to my extreme limits and to make myself mentally and physically sick because I want to be number one. The worst part is that most of us are constantly in competition with ourselves…it’s like the worst kind of competition, because you are always in your own thoughts and in your own head—it’s sickening.

I think what is most important for us women to know is that there is place for all of us in the world, because we are all different and we are all unique in our own way. We all have a gift to share with the world. We simply need to be true to ourselves, be kind to ourselves because when you treat yourself kindly and respect your uniqueness, that’s when you give the world an amazing gift. YOU! What you give it is what you will receive and perhaps if we give ourselves a break and say we’re prefect the way we are, then I am sure that everything will fall perfectly in place. Just like tessellation! I guess, that would be a step closer to happiness from within and a step forward to eliminating negativity, anxiety, anger and all sorts of bad feelings. I think we tend to do more damage to ourselves without even noticing because judging ourselves is a lot more hurtful. if hits is in a different way and on a deeper level.

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So, today, ladies, I give you permission and allow you to fully appreciate who you are and to be kind to yourself! Happy Monday x

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Getting out of my funk and making the most of what’s left of sweater season!

I am making the absolute most of whatever is left of sweater season. If I could wear this 80s vintage neon orange sweater every day, I absolutely would. It gives me so much joy and I feel like since the world is so negative lately, why not get inspired by color to get our moods lifted and happy. Seems a bit difficult these days to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Am I alone on this? Or do you guys feel it too?

Anyway, since I feeling very meh at the moment….I put on the outfit that makes me feel like my bets self and today, I did. A little color and a little clash and a little print is nothing short to pushing me into the lane I want to be in. Perhaps I am feeling blue because little one is now 6 months. Like wth??? How did this happen? I feel like I simply blinked and now jumped fast forward and I am missing out on every little detail of her growth that it makes me feel so icky inside. I can’t push past it and I know I can’t do much except go with the flow. And so that’s what I am doing. Flow, here I am with you by your side, waiting to see what else you got in store for me.

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I feel like orange is the perfect color to marry with blue. The combination is exciting, and it gives life to dead beings. It makes me feel so sad to see so many youngsters stick to just black. I mean black is the king of colors, and yes dress as you please….but don’t miss out on life either!!! Hello, what about yellow?

WHAT I WORE

SWEATER: Vintage ● SHIRT: Thrifted ● PANTS: Zara ● SHOES: Aldo ● BAG: Core Life

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How has your week been so far?? How to you try to get out of your funk?? Do you ride the wave or go the opposite way?? I would love to hear your thought!!

 

Cheers x

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The thrill of the hunt: Etsy’s vintage community is amazeballs!

When I discovered Etsy a few years back, the vintage community wasn’t as big as it is today. It’s bloody awesome how the community grew in the span of five years. When I first started selling on Etsy, I was selling my own custom-made designs with my labels on them and found it very satisfying. Whenever I got a purchase confirmation message, I was celebrating another achievement. When my love for fashion shifted, I decided to close my store and pursue other mediums but then when I thought about it, I figured that since my love for vintage is deep, then why not share it with my fellow vintage lovers. Then I created Le Dressing de Moon and slowly I was growing my current business and I was participating in more shows than I thought I would. I met amazing people, sold amazing pieces and ended up collecting wonderfully unique items that made me truly happy. vintage is not for everyone and sometimes, I feel like I am risking a lot venturing into it but deep down, I know that it is the path that truly makes me happy—so whatever comes from it, at the end, I know I am doing the right thing.

I have a few events coming up and gearing up for sales season has me thrilled and Etsy helps me share my love for my craft. Collecting pieces from the past is rewarding even though it is a niche thing. I discovered many wonderful vendors through Etsy and bought a few things for myself. Even though I sell a lot, I still selfishly keep a few pieces for myself or sometimes, I take them out for a ‘’spin’’. Just like today’s dress. It is a piece I am forever loving because it is versatile even though it’s pretty straightforward—a dress is a dress….but I feel like I can wear this piece so many ways and still make it special. I can wear a sweater over it and it would just look like a skirt, I could wear it with a leather jacket, or I can wear it with a cardigan for a delicate look or the way I did today. I didn’t want too many layers on my body, so I added a little bodysuit underneath and voila, made it work! I really love the juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity with the ”combat boot” addition.

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This is a piece I purchased from a big load I ordered for my shop last spring…even though I was a massive preggo whale, I was quite thrilled to fill up my store with lots of new goodies. This dress seriously makes me feel feminine in the best way possible…not too girly and too exposé…just the right amount of femininity. You can easily add your own touch and make it work for your own body and style. It truly is a 70s beauty! Plus, the fit & flare is suitable for all body shapes!!

WHAT I AM WEARING

DRESS: Vintage ● BODYSUIT: Koton ● SHOES: Doc Martens ● BAG: Core Life

So, if you are in the hunt of special, unique and amazing vintage pieces, don’t be shy to visit my store (shameless plug!!!) but also go on Etsy in general to discover other vendors because Etsy truly is a treasure trove when it comes to that.

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Bloom Baby, Bloom!

Hope your day is as productive and positive as mine! I have been on quite a high lately and sort of on a “no f*cks given” mood and I couldn’t be happier. I tend to have my little moments of anxiety here and there, but once they’re sorted out, I feel bloody alive. I am enjoying being out and about—killing it at life if you will and although I have been having mom-guilt kick in hard, I am comforting myself with the fact that all I am doing currently is for little one and as long as she is smiling, happy and healthy, then I’m doing well. Being a parent is very difficult and not in the sense that you have to take care of another human but it’s due to the fact that you have to deal with emotions such as guilt, frustration and anxiousness. I feel like most days, I do my best and on others, well let’s not go there! Today, I felt very feminine and pretty and that’s because I dug in my endless pile of amazing 70s dresses. Oh the 70s; the patterns are joyous, the tailoring is impeccable and the designs are out of this world. I am totally hooked on the 70s lately and for good reasons; the 70s make me feel like a total babe. Even though my dress was simple today, it still made me feel special—its’ a gorgeous A-line floral dress that I own and have put up on sale in my shop. I wish that I could keep everything, but unfortunately space is limited and I am sure it will go to a better and loving home.

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This 70s floral number is pretty straight-forward and there’s no need to actually hurt your brain trying to style it and even though I wanted to go all out in terms of styling it—I ended up keeping it to a bare minimum. And here’s how it came out:

WHAT I WORE:

DRESS: Vintage (70s) •SHOES: L’Intervalle • BAG: Kate Spade • SUNNIES: Ray-Ban

Spring seems to be on the horizon with the blues skies and mild weather but then the cold sneaks in to remind us that winter is still going strong. Oh spring, you tease! I don’t winter, but I think more sun would do all us of some good!

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The art of clashing prints.

Doesn’t really take a genius to mix and match different patterns because it mostly has to do with confidence to be daring and getting out of your comfort zone. There is something quite magical in having the ability to clash prints and to do it in a bold, stylish way is quite sexy. I have always loved colors but lately I am very into mixing different materials and patterns to express my creativity. Most of us women tend to own loads of different patterns in our wardrobes but are afraid to put them together because of them not matching. But it’s never about matching it’s about going together. There’s no secret formula to this, really, but there are a few simple steps that you can follow to get you started into the never-ending wonderful world of clashing prints. The idea of it seems daunting, but don’t be scared because there is something for everyone!

It’s simple, really, because all you gotta do is follow your gut instinct about mixing and matching different pieces in your wardrobe. Whenever I feel the need to clash print in a little bit of a muted way, I go with stripes. Stripes always win! If you’re team strips like me, then you’re going to love this tip. You can easily clash prints with stripes by adding pieces with different colors, widths and directions. This makes for an interesting combination which allows you to experiment with clashing prints without being too too out there or without feeling extra self-conscious. This one works well for me and I swear by it! Stripes are my everything! Like I mentioned in a previous post where I mixed florals with stripes…sticking to a similar color palette will allow you to be creative yet pulled together. Having one color that runs throughout the whole outfit is the perfect way to look sassy and extra stylish! It allows you to put yourself out there without saying a word but by letting your clothes do the talking. For the girls who want to get into the door of mixing prints while staying clean, classy and chic…simply go with monochromatic prints. You can mix stripes with houndstooth or geometrics with chevron or even graphic prints with tartans. Get creative and go wild! The possibilities are endless, and this strategy is very much foolproof, because the mixing is subtle yet impactful all at the same time. Last, but by no means least, you got my favorite prints…the animal prints! I love love love animal prints and I know they’re very big this season and so is clashing prints. Many designers like Parda or Saint Laurent are coming out with amazing ideas that you can easily get inspired from. So, this brings me to today’s outfit and I was very doubtful at first about making it work and frankly, I am happy I took a risk and went with it, because I felt very confidant and very me in it. Leopard print holds a special place in my heart and although I do not wear it often, I keep it in the back of my wardrobe for those times I feel like being loud.

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I mixed leopard with plaid…yes! Plaid! I instantly felt alive because my outfit was playful and riotous. I even dared to wear and layer 2 shirts over each other. Crazy? Maybe…but I did it anyway! I paired a vintage shirt that I got given from my mom’s friend with a really old plaid shirt I have in my wardrobe. This shirt traveled with me pretty much everywhere and it’s the shirt that I met my husband in…I am really attached to it, yes, and I am intending on keep it for as long as I can. Then simply added leopard and there, outfit made! Did I overthink it?! Not really! I think the best things in life happen when you don’t overthink them! Just go with it and you’ll see that sometimes, the result is fascinating and rewarding.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

SHIRT: Forever 21 (5 years ago) ● SHIRT: Vintage (gifted) ● PANTS: Zara ● SHOES: Charles & Keith ● WATCH: Marc Jacobs ● JEWLERY: Damas (Gold)

If you still struggle to figure out what goes with what and want to try this trend but don’t  know where to start…then I suggest to go with garments that are already made that way. Meaning, go to Zara or H&M to buy dresses or shirts or pants that are already sewn and made with multi-prints. That will get you started with ease and from there you can test your own limits and knowledge. (Show example). You can even play with the contrast of small and large prints. Like why not try wearing a micro polka dot top with a large polka dot printed skirt or trousers? Trying gets you places!

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The how to of a vintage blazer!

Another clashing print outfit but it’s not that outrageous I would say. The color palette is within the same family so it’s still pretty safe. I am gagging at the fact that I can’t wear jeans to the new place I am working for and it sucks because all I want to do is wear jeans. However, this pushes me out of my current style rut and forces me to wear anything that is not within the denim family. Therefore, trousers have been my very best friend lately and I am revisiting old items in my wardrobe that I have kept on the side when I was pregnant. Rediscovering certain of these items has been very interesting and even though I have put on a little bit of weight, I am so happy that they still fit (somewhat nicely). Seeing said items after months of not using them usually gives me different ideas on how to wear and style them. This in itself is such a game changer, because I am not spending on buying new things and I’m being super eco-friendly. If I am bored of certain items (usually that’s what I do), I put them away for a while and decide to revisit in a couple of months. That’s how it usually works with any great piece of art, doesn’t it?! Leave it on the side and work on it when you’re inspired.

Today’s pièce de résistance is a pair of printed culottes I got from Zara 3 years ago while on a trip in Jordan. They were on sale for like 10 bucks and I couldn’t resist the beautiful color. My husband hates them and whenever I wear culottes he never gets it, but nonetheless, I love them! He always thinks that there’s no point to culottes, if pants are going to be cropped then wear shorts instead…men!

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I even almost forgot I still had them, but I got super excited to see that I had kept them and luckily, they’re still in wonderful condition. Seeing that I didn’t want to wear another boring black top with it. I added a printed vintage blazer that I have had in my shop for a while and was debating of selling or not. I mean it’s a boyfriend fit, clearly, but the quality of it is beautiful. I put it on sale then removed it because I wanted to keep it.

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ◊ SHIRT: Vero Moda ◊ PANTS: Zara ◊ SHOES: Doc Martens ◊ WATCH: Marc Jacobs ◊ JEWELRY: Damas (Gold)

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An outfit like this one is still wearable because the colors are muted even though they somewhat clash. But lately, I have been having such a huge interest in clashing prints…perhaps it’s the simplest way I can find to express what’s currently going in my mind. Don’t know if it works for everyone, but for me it does!

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Friday attire!

Getting back into the swing of thing finally and I am feeling a little more energetic and a little less lethargic. Sometimes I ask myself if I can get a little vacation from being a mom, but then decide that I don’t need said vacation because I love baby too freaking much. She is growing and is turning into an amazing child, I can already tell that she will the conquer the world with her infectious smile. She truly is an angel; sometimes a monster and sometimes a pest, but an angle nonetheless. I recently took over a temporary contract to be able to get out there in the real world, with real people and have been using the public transport a lot more and although I can’t always be in heels. I try as much as possible to make it happen as I have too many shoes that are dear to my heart. Today I decided, you know what, gotta make a sacrifice and suffer a little to look a bit more polished and put together. I wore colors and happy ones at that, since the winter seems to be dragging a little bit. Freezing rain isn’t really helping much, but we can’t stop living. Right?!
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The day I chose myself…

How much is too much when you give in a relationship? Doesn’t matter if it’s with your partner, sister, brother, co-worker, best friend or even your neighbor. Sometimes I feel like no matter how much you give, it’s never enough. People these days seem to want more. Or is it just me feeling that way? I can’t help but feel emotionally shut down whenever I am searching for validation. Maybe not validation. That’s not the word. Appreciation? Don’t know how to put it into words, really…I guess, us humans get comfortable sometimes around those we love and because we are comfortable and sure that they won’t leave, we tend to stop valuing their presence. Their true worth becomes less and less important and what bugs me is that we allow ourselves, sometimes, to become less valuable because of comfort. We are afraid to let go of things or people that no longer hold a place in our heart. We sometimes end up in toxic relationships because of that said fear. I mean, I know that some relationships don’t have to last forever…but those that you really invest in should and if they don’t…well the best thing to do for yourself is to move forward, shoulders back and head high because self worth is far more important than any relationship you’ll ever be in. Loving and valuing yourself is far more important than waiting for that one person to give you what you’re looking for. Validation or whatever it may be.

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WHAT I’M WEARING

JACKET: Sam Edelman • TOP: Zara • PANTS: Level 99 • SHOES: L’Intervalle • BAG: Winners • SUNNIES: Kate Spade • BELT: Forever 21

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In a technology driven world, relationships seems to have been shaken to their very core and human connectivity seem to have taken a bit of a break. Or so I think. Not trying to be a sourpuss. I mean, don’t get me wrong, technology has helped us humans explore possibilities we never thought we could reach and we have progressed in ways we never thought we would. However, I believe that we all have something to offer and we all need to be valued and not taken for granted. No matter the relationship we find ourselves in, if you ever feel like you’re not valued, then you deserve better and today, I say I do deserve better and that’s how I decide to choose myself. I may not be perfect and I have many flaws and I admit them openly but I deserve to be valuable and valued. Women, and sometimes some men, tend to let ourselves go down a sour spiral where we think that there’s no way out…but there is. We just have to be brave and move forward. Courage is my crown and I will forever wear it. Today, I say, I deserve more!

We all face those little bumps from time to time, in all walks of life and in all kinds of ways but it’s what we do to overcome them that’s important. And today the sun was shining and so was I! Because whenever you feel the best you, don’t be afraid to share it with the world and with the people that truly appreciate your presence!

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The small things in life…

Right, January has finally left us! I am not one of those people that complains about time or weather because I feel like as long as you are protected from the elements, then YOLO! However, for some reason, I feel like January and the bloody snow want to stay forever and it’s starting to drag me down. So I use color to lift my mood and spirit and to get on with my days. I have big projects coming up and I am very excited to get February started. Le hubs and I are starting new plans for the future and although budgeting is not my forte, we are making thing work. I am super lucky, in the sense that my husband is not one of those men that forbids me to shop…as long as I shop in moderation, then he’s all for it. Now that January is finally gone and will only come back out to play in 11 months, I am feeling extremely inspired but most importantly thankful for those small things in life. And here I am sharing them with you!

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1- This is probably one of the things I am most grateful for lately and it’s getting my confidence back. Slowly but surely, I am getting to where I want to be. Having gone through hard time in the past couple of months, I am finally able to push back the bad thoughts and the negativity to welcome inner peace and happiness. Working on myself is a main priority and although I struggle to make time for myself, I still manage to push through. I enjoy being alone and not in a way that is pathetic; it’s therapeutic and enjoyable. Having even 5 small minutes in a day to simply put a mask on or doing my makeup makes me so happy and I cannot wait to give myself more of what I truly deserve.

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2-Having my husband by my side again and seeing him work hard for us to be happier is something I will forever be grateful for. I am super lucky and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us. And although we sometimes struggle to understand each other and argue/fight often, we still manage to clear the slate at the end of the day and start fresh the next. Marriage is work, but it is something I am very dedicate to making it successful.

3-Clothing and more specifically vintage is giving me all kinds of awesome feels. Getting back out there and doing events and pop up shops and sharing my love for all things vintage is absolutely incredible. I am so in love with what I do and I am extremely joyful to be able to share that with many of you out there. And that fact that I am helping the planet a bit more and being eco-friendly in recycling and reusing people’s clothes is humbling. I am learning on a daily basis and I take my stand into being more sustainable and efficient to our planet and that in itself is a step in the right direction. Also, I have been loving experimenting with different colors and patterns and that, currently, is giving me life!

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4-These things are in no particular order of importance but the most important of them all is baby Sofia. Her little smiles are everything! She’s my saving angel and although she is becoming more and more demanding, waking up to one of her infectious smiles heals my heart and hugs my soul. She is truly one hell of a gem and she makes me the happiest and richest human on the planet. She is beyond adorable and being able to see her grow and develop her personality on the daily is something I am extremely thankful for and words can never express my gratitude for having her in my life.

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WHAT I’M WEARING

JACKET: Vero Moda ◊ SHIRT: Winners ◊ SKIRT: Vintage ◊ SHOES: New Balance ◊ BAG: Zara ◊ SUNNIES: Ray-Ban ◊ BELT: Vintage

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5-Reading. I love reading but not having had lots of time to do it lately, I started to lose the habit of picking up a book and indulging in it. Since little monster is growing, she is quite occupied in exploring her surrounding, so I have a little bit more time to myself and reading is something I am getting back into, especially poetry. I love poetry!

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So here y’all have it! These are currently some of the little things in my life that are making me so happy right now. I’d love to hear if you can relate to feeling this type of gratitude to any number of the small things listed above in the comments below.