My name’s Martyna and I am 16. I am very passionate about fashion and my goal is to create a place where You can broaden your knowledge, experience the beauty of what surrounds You and simply relax. I will also be posting about lifestyle, wellness, design and art – in other words: everything that inspires me.I will be grateful to receive any feedback and suggestions concerning the content or any other aspect of my page.
I hope You will join me in this journey and will enjoy every moment of it.
It feels so good to write for you again. I’m so sorry for not publishing anything lately, but my life got busy with school year ending and I had to devote my time and energy to studying. Thankfully I can say that it was worth it and I’m content with the grades I achieved. Now that I’m done with that, one of my goals for holidays is to focus on growing this blog and creating amazing articles for you.
First one : The only 5 pieces of clothing you’ll need this summer.
The idea for this post came to me when I was away from home for a few weeks with just one small suitcase and so, only a few options as far as outfits go. It surprised me that I always had something to wear and was never unsatisfied with the way I look or feel. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? I know that for many people the concept of not having tons of garments to choose from seems more like a nightmare, but on the other hand they are usually the ones to cry and panic every morning because from millions of dresses they own not even one is suitable to be worn on this day. I also used to be like this, but lately I’ve learned to buy less, but make better choices.
PS: If you’d like an article on that please let me know in the comments.
Coming back to summer clothing. Here’s what I think is important to consider when choosing an outfit during this season:
In Poland, where I currently live, it is around 30ºC. That’s a really high temperature that significantly limits the outfit choices I have. I refuse to be melting in the sun in the name of fashion (OK, I would do anything in the name of fashion, but I try to stay sane for the most part). It can be tempting to just go out in the bikini but society taught us that there are more classy things to do. So, all of the options I’ll present are really light, usually flow and they let your skin breathe.
I try to truly use the opportunities that summer brings, to their fullest, which means that I do much more outdoor activities than normally. Whenever I can, I use public bikes instead of busses or underground as my commute. I also try to always have a small towel with me and if it is possible sit in the park or in the beach and do my usual work. It can be tricky to be comfortable and not have a wardrobe malfunction in skimpy short shorts or in a tight mini skirt. I don’t think that clothes should cause you to change your daily plans or limit them, so in the gallery I created you’ll find pieces that are very universal and practical.
When we think about typical clothes to wear in the heat it’s often things like crop tops, dresses with cut-outs, ”booty shorts”, pineapple-printed shirts, baseball caps, flip flops and other beach/hippie-inspired garments. And don’t get me wrong, I love some of these too, but the problem is that I am aware that they don’t make me look particularly sophisticated. It’s not that I always need to or want to be perceived this way, but quite frequently I do. Living in the city, going to restaurants, museums, running errands, meeting people, I like to be rather elegant. Obviously I won’t go for stiff shirts, suits or long dresses. There are great options that say class and still are appropriate for when it’s hot.
I wasn’t sure if I should include this point in here, because I am a strong believer that trends aren’t eternal and usually are just a tool to make us spend more money on the things we do not need. But there’s one thing that is certainly true: what is on top is what is on store shelves. Even when you don’t intend to, you probably subconsciously buy clothes that were created in accordance to what was presented on the runways and predicted to be profitable. Sometimes it’s even harder to find something simple and basic, instead of a garment all covered in sequins, because they are said to be trendy now. Don’t worry though, if I don’t enjoy what is popular I don’t promote it, I promise.
It is crucial in my opinion to find the balance between looking good and feeling good and I hope that what I’m going to show you will be helpful in achieving that. I can guarantee you that if you’ll take at least some of my advice you will be able to open your closet in the morning and without a single doubt pick your clothes for the beautiful summer day ahead of you.
So, here are the only 5 pieces of clothing you’ll need this summer:
These are seriously life-changing. They come in so many different styles, materials and colors. I love the ones that look like dresses, because they are very often not tight, they fit really well and are perfect for when you want to be a bit more active. I recommend sleeveless ones and since I am a petite girl and always try to make my legs look longer, jumpsuits with underlined waist are my go-to.
2. Camisole top
They are probably the best thing you can wear when it is unbearably hot outside. In fact, they’re there, but you literally feel like you’re naked. Which, in said circumstances is actually a pretty pleasant sensation. If you feel like they are a bit too revealing for the occasion you’re going to, you can always throw on a light cover-up and take it off when it’s no longer necessary. The really go well with both skirts, shorts and even when t’s colder with jeans and an oversized sweater. I love how they add a touch of effortlessness and nonchalance to every look.
3. Wrap dress
Why wrap dress? Isn’t it just a dress? This style of dress is superior to others because of how comfortable it is. It leaves a lot of room for movement, doesn’t stick to your body, usually has decent length and again elongates your silhouette and creates the illusion of an hourglass figure. You can dress it up in a casual as well as formal way, depending on the accessories. It works well with both sandals, heels and sneakers. Also the V-neck is preferable when you don’t want to break a sweat. Some of these dresses are technically not wrap dresses, but they do the job in resembling those.
This name makes me laugh. But the garment is really a useful one. They are shorts that look like a skirt. I’m obsessed with these lately, since they are a compromise between comfortable short shorts and elegant skirts. Most of the time, no one will recognize that they aren’t just a miniskirt and you’ll be able to do whatever you wish without worrying about accidentally showing too much. I recently bought a black, silky skort and when paired with a camisole or tight bodysuit it looks like I’m all dressed up, when in reality I feel as comfy as ever. Once again, some of the pieces below are just shorts, but their purpose is exactly the same as skorts’.
And lastly, you’ll need shoes. Mules are your summer staple. So many women complain that they have no comfortable shoes, that can be worn with jeans as well as a dress. These are the solution. I picked the ones on not to high, stable heel. They’re essentially the more classy slippers. I was surprised to see how good they did on my bike rides and long walks around the town. I particularly love mules in colors that match one’s skin tone, because then they blend with the limbs and you get a mile-long legs look. This doesn’t mean only shoes in nudes, but also golds, silvers and also the transparent ones.
So, that’s it for this post, please let me know what are your go-to clothes for the summer,
MET Gala 2018 has officially arrived and as usual it’s time to free our inner fashion critiques and judge the red carpet looks. This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. It is said to be one of the most controversial topics that was ever proposed by The Costume Institute.
A quick disclaimer: annual MET Ball is a fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It goes together with the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that display, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night, since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Each year, celebrities are chosen to serve as the event’s honorary chairs.
This year’s gala, which marked the event’s 70th anniversary, was co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace. As far as the exhibition goes it will feature 40 Vatican vestments and accessories spanning 15 papacies and some of the pieces have never left the Vatican’s possession before. Items such as Pope Benedict XV’s white silk cape embroidered with gold thread and the pointed bishop’s hat of Pope Leo XIII, will go on display alongside pieces by Coco Chanel, who was educated by nuns, John Galliano, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Donatella Versace, who is a sponsor of the exhibition. What is raising many brows is weather this kind of exhibition should consist of not only clothes, but also sacred artefacts.
The problem I have with this event in general is that for the most part, celebrities do not care about the theme. Why does it bother me? Being dressed according to the topic is a sign of honoring the exhibition and showing respect to the people that worked hard on it. Every single year no matter what the main theme is there are always stars that go for simple, plain, boring tight dresses in black, white or gold. I feel like they’d rather just look good in their safe choices, showcase their hourglass figure instead of at least trying to be brave. MET Gala is the place to go for all(not nothing), to experiment, to wow everybody. The sky is the limit. It should be the ball that gives us all the best haute couture creations from world’s best designers.
Another thing is – the guests are quite often just not that into fashion world. Maybe that’s why they don’t know how to show these extravagant themes in a more to-wear way. It does require a lot of knowledge and imagination and these celebrities might not have these skills. They have their stylists but usually the approach is: better be pretty than odd. I’m obviously not surprised that Anna Wintour invites popular names to her ball, however maybe there should be more guests that are truly passionate about mode and can bring something more to the red carpet.
Religion is certainly not an easy theme, but it also offers a lot of mesmerizing inspiration. It is also very broad and can be approached from many different sides. I personally think that this year’s gala is not the worst one, many stars at least tried to show something relevant – usually crowns or gilded, embroidered pieces. But that’s better than nothing.
Here are some of my favourite looks from MET Gala 2018*:
Let me know in the comments which outfits do you like the most.
*disclaimer: not all of them are following the theme as much as I would desire, but picking only these ones there would be not much to show
Today, what I have for you is photo shoot from one of the most(in my opinion) mesmerizing places in Warsaw – Łazienki Palace Gardens. They’re famous for palatial peacocks that walk around there freely and live concerts that you can enjoy near the Frederick Chopin’s monument. I also love their architecture, white facades, symmetry and sense of nostalgia I always feel there.
I really wanted to show you this long lace dress and there are many reasons for that: from the fact that I’m simply obsessed with it ever since I bought it, to the fact that it goes in theme with one of the biggest trend’s for upcoming season – sheerness that I wrote an article about here. It’s completely transparent, so I decided to put this little black garment underneath and tie a belt around my waist.
What really inspired me was Dolce&Gabbana and their regal, baroque-like looks. I’ve decided on wearing gold statement jewelry from Lilou, that resembles oriental patterns that I had a chance to marvel at last summer when I was in Venice, on the building of the Doge’s Palace. By the way, did you know that Louis Vuitton’s famous monogram was designed by Georges Vuitton who got influenced by this royal residence? As far as the shoes go, I think that this model is the ultimate must-have in every woman’s closet. Why? It’s very elegant, it elongates the legs, looks like heels, can be worn with both skirts and jeans but is so comfortable you’ll want to sleep in it, I promise. Tiny coffer bag with gold chain and padlock, complements the stylization perfectly. The final touch is bold lip, which I obtained by using KatVonD’s Lolita liquid lipstick. The only thing missing is bejeweled crown – then I could go and reign the World.
OK, let’s be real – even without it I’m still going to rule the World.
I know that this outfit may seem like something completely not wearable, too theatrical, too romantic, however if you don’t want to look as dramatic, you can switch the pumps for your favorite sneakers, skip the large accessories and tone the makeup down a bit. Long sheer dresses are really in right now and there are multiple ways to wear them in a casual way. What I like to do, is pair them with t-shirt and skinny jeans, or a simple skirt. Another solution can be putting some garment on top of it – think oversized sweaters and baggy jumpers.
I hope that you’ll enjoy this photo shoot, both the fashion side and the scenery.
Coachella is right around the corner and the festival season will be at its peak in a few weeks. If you’re struggling with picking your ideal outfit and need some help, I’m here to give you a dose of fashion inspiration and teach you something about the roots of festival style.
First wave of festival craze happened in the 70s, because of the Glastonbury Festival in South-West England. Then in the late 90s, it returned, so muddy fields and plastic cups became popular among young audience again and they stayed like that to this day.
I know that for many people speaking about music festivals in terms of fashion happening is foolish and offensive, but the truth is that from the very beginning they were an integral part of mode’s development. The best example is Woodstock and the hippies.
In the 90s, especially in Europe practical issues concerning sleeping on the campsite, unstable weather didn’t make following the latest trends, styles of the best bands or showing off an easy task. The consequence – new woman outfit, consisting of Hunter wellies, tank tops, very short shorts or ripped jeans, big belts and hats, ethnic jewelry and plastic bracelets with VIP Only signs. Pioneer of this style was British supermodel – Kate Moss. The image referred to groupie style and rock chic from 70s, but used more convenient solutions.
Today festivals act as a fashion runway for modern bohemia. In the 20th century, this movement was tied to ethics, poetry and art. Two of their famous representatives were writers: Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe. They were the embodiment of romantic, wayfaring way of living, however, most of them were quite well-off, so their clothing style contained a tinge of merriment. 50 years later Bohemia returned with the Bloomsbury Group and Slade School of Art and then another half century later Barbara Hulnicka with her influential London boutique – Biba, Laura Ashley and hippies in the USA awakened this current once again.
What’s important is the fact that the philosophic depth, social activism were completely shunned. Boho, how it was called from the end of XX century became simply an expensive style, getting inspiration from other cultures, like nomads, with colorful clothes, using elements of national costumes. It wields patterns from Mexican bride gowns, Balkan shirts, American gothic country style, cowboy boots and gladiator sandals. What else? Oversized grunge knitwear, big hat brims, flowers in hair. Accessories are also an important factor – embroidery, layered clothing, feminine materials like silk or chiffon.
For the second time, it’s Kate Moss that sets the trends, creates and becomes the best icon of the boho chic aesthetics. It gets its label as must-have at every music festival, in every richer district in every major, especially European city.
Festivals became a great opportunity for many people to rethink their closet and pull out all the forgotten bold pieces covered in sequins, angel wings and neon bangles. Looking like a nightclub partyer in the daylight is not that eccentric there.
I think that in order to enjoy the experience of a music festival to its fullest you need to first of all feel comfortable, which in the extreme heat or pouring rain can be pretty difficult to achieve. What can help is investing in high quality, light, breathable fabrics, but not forgetting about high, waterproof boots and a jacket. As far as the outfit goes you can totally let your creativity flow and go a bit crazy if you desire so. Don’t be afraid of accessories, colors and shine and don’t forget about your hair and makeup – these can completely transform your entire look. You can let your inner maximalist show and put on as many rings as possible, as many fringes as possible and as many gold tattoos as possible. No need to be modest.
Here are some photos for inspiration. If you’re attending any kind of festival this year I wish you a great time and if not, then maybe you’ll bring a hint of this romantic, boho vibe to the street.
I’ve been feeling down recently. Why? Because winter is so stubborn this year in Poland and doesn’t want to go away, even though it’s almost Easter time. All my friends know that I am the biggest hater of cold weather and simply can’t stand it. It’s like winter sucks out all the will to live and enjoy the world, from me. Still… I don’t give up on myself completely and with a great supply of vanilla candles, tea with cinnamon and fluffy socks I somehow manage to get through cold months.
As far as fashion goes, I find winter to be much more difficult to manage than the rest of the year. I have only a few sets of clothes that I’m not freezing in, so it gets boring after a while. This time however, I was in need of a new coat and decided I want something extraordinary, something to make me be less pessimistic and something to make me feel like an Ice Queen. I was thinking of big, elegant fur (took inspiration from Cruella de Vil). I was looking for it for months, but nothing suited my high (as always) expectations.
And then, one day I went into this huge department store and saw the coat of my dreams hanging calms on the rack – burgundy with black leopard print, made of fake fur, so soft and warm. It was perfect… almost – the price was not perfect. So I left the shop without even trying it on, after showing this beauty to my mother and telling her that at least it’s not like I want something non-existent.
Week passes by and I get a phone call from my mom. In Trussardi’s store there is a huge sale and my glorious jacket costs less than half the original price. Still a splurge, but maybe the worth it one. So I visit this boutique, put it on. .. and fall in love even deeper. It’s such a luxury to be able to wear it, to have it touch my skin, to let my hair rest on it. I am so amazed, looking at myself in the mirror and cherishing the moment. Because Christmas was right around the corner we’ve decide that it will be my present. I wasn’t doubting my love for it, however the price tag was still quite overwhelming.
Month goes by and I unpack this big, gold box and put my newest closet addition on… and I don’t take it off ever since.
I wanted to show it to You so badly, however the weather was awful, so we’ve decided to go to one of my favorite galleries in Warsaw – Zachęta, and shoot there, surrounded by modern art, marble and mirrors.
I hope that you’ll enjoy these pictures and will share your opinions in the comments.
After publishing my first few articles like this one about Rei Kawakubo or this one about sheerness, I’ve noticed many people saying that they like how these garments, designs look but they can’t even imagine wearing them. Why? Everybody has their own reasons, however what I often hear is: I’m too old, too fat, insecure, it won’t suit me, It’s inappropriate. And I started to think and ask myself who set these rules and why so many of us feel the need to follow them.
To me it’s really sad and seems very restrictive. I remember that ever since I was a little girl I loved experimenting with my looks, trying on sequined dresses, high heels, feathery scarfs in thrift stores ( if you don’t visit them often check this out) or stealing long gowns, huge pearl rings, colorful berets from my grandma’s closet. And here’s a thing – I obviously didn’t care what anyone around me was thinking. I was enjoying it and feeling empowered, beautiful and confident. Didn’t you also act like that in your childhood?
So, what has changed? Why do we feel like we’re constantly judged and valued based on our appearance? Why would we rather stay safe in our basic T-shirt and jeans instead of at least trying on this red skirt that screams our name from the shop window?
And I know that for some people wearing plain, classic garments is simply convenient and not something to care about. But after seeing how big of a battle it is for my family members or friends to give themselves permission to go to the changing room in the store and put on something that they love, but feel like it’s not right for their age, body type, position … and so on, I am reassured that this post is much-needed.
Okay, but why did I write about rules if I don’t support setting fashion rules? That’s because my rules are different. They don’t restrict, don’t put anyone in certain boxes. They’re actually really freeing.
So here are my top 3 fashion rules. Enjoy!
Don’t assume that you will look bad in something before you try it on. I hear my mom say it all the time: But I know I’ll look ridiculous! First of all – how do you know if you’ve never worn it before? And second of all if so, then what? What is so awful about looking funny? It’s just clothes… and usually you’re the only one seeing yourself like that. In most cases you’ve simply made up this idea in your mind that this particular item isn’t suitable for you for some reason and it’s reserved for this special group of perfect, tall, elegant models, so you are not allowed to wear it. Well, that’s not true. You’ll never know how to dress well if you’ll keep banning certain types of clothes or colors. And you’ll never be happy, always feeling worse because you are not worth having interesting, beautiful garments. I always try on things that catch my eye and quite often I end up laughing at my look… and moving on.
Trust your inner gut. Usually when I go shopping I am not alone and when trying something on I ask for opinions. But… I don’t let this opinion determine my final decision. And this applies not only to other people’s advice, but also everything I hear and read in the magazines, internet or social media. Maybe Anna Wintour truly believes that wearing all black is horrendous. Fine. I don’t have to agree. So I don’t. If we were to take every piece of information that we encounter daily and take it to our hearts, there would be nothing left for us to wear. I obviously appreciate other’s advice and always consider their points. Sometimes this person is less biased, not as excited and can look at piece we want to buy from a different, more sensible perspective. However, in the end you’ll be the one (in most cases) to pay for it and you’ll be the one to wear it. So, trust yourself, think about how this garment makes you feel and if your inner gut tells you that it would be the perfect purchase, then go for it.
Be creative and have fun. I’m going to repeat it again – clothes are just clothes, no more, no less. Don’t over think your outfits, don’t attach any special value to them. You don’t have to keep concentrating on how you’ll be perceived by others and constantly try to please them. Look at fashion as a tool to express yourself, show your true personality. And I won’t believe that your personality enjoys being trapped in boring, sad clothes that you wear because somebody told you it’s proper or safe. So, let your creativity flow and your awesomeness show. Look for inspiration around you, on streets, in magazines, on the runway, in movies or books and try to incorporate new ideas into your wardrobe. An example? Lately I’ve stumbled upon one of my old favorite music video by The Pussycat Dolls – Wait a minute, where they’re wearing black trench coats, big sunglasses and act like they’re secret agents. I took my black classic trench coat, tied it on my waist to make it look like a dress, added long heeled boots and let my hair loose. I felt incredible and had so much fun. I could tell that my walk was faster and more confident. I was extremely empowered. It’s not surprising, since it has been scientifically proven that changing your style can improve your mood and be really stimulating. Also, know that in order to keep your looks interesting you don’t have to go on a shopping spree. You can work with pieces you already have in your closet. How? Think accessories-belts, shoes and jewelry. I can guarantee you that there’s at least 10 different ways to wear every single piece of clothing you own. And as far as fun goes, it is always possible to find happiness in fashion. Even if you have to follow special dress code. The truth is that it’s enforced on you in order to manifest some kind of idea, like respecting the customers. And it is sometimes advised to fulfill this idea by wearing white shirt and black skirt, but when you think about it, obviously putting on burgundy suit also is elegant and doesn’t offend anyone. So this outside the box and don’t restrict yourself.
I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it inspired you to be brave and stop limiting your fashion choices. I would love to hear your opinions and experiences, so please share them in the comments.
Winter is slowly leaving us, so it’s time to put your big, baggy sweaters and puffy coats away. Yes, I know… sounds rough. We all love feeling cozy, and a fuzzy jumper can certainly give us a sense of security (plus it seems as if somebody hugs you) and calmness.
But let’s leave these sad thoughts and concentrate on what’s just around the corner – spring with its dainty flowers, nostalgic winds and shy sun. Sounds good?
As far as fashion goes this season is pretty exciting and gives a lot of place for experimenting. Since you’re not freezing all the time, there’s no need to wear 5 layers of clothing, but it’s also not like in order not to melt in the summer heat you have to wear shorts and tank tops every single day.
Spring is mild… but it allows you to be wild.
On of the biggest trends for this season is sheerness in all possible forms and ways. Fashion houses like Dior, Mansur Gavriel, Giambattista Valli, John Galliano took advantage of spring’s freeing power and embraced see-through materials.
You probably wonder how on earth is it possible to casually walk half-naked on the street. After looking at the runway photos it might seem like you have to go for all or nothing, but in reality sheerness can be made elegant and even subtle if you won’t go overboard with it.
Here are some simple rules to follow:
Decide on one sheer piece. It can be a dress, shirt, skirt or even just socks. Transparency from head-to-toe can make you look tacky and as if you were in your lingerie. Single staple garment is enough to create original, eye-catching stylization and it will still seem pretty effortless.
Pair it with simple pieces. Sheer fabric should be the star of the show, and it doesn’t need much to shine. It loves monochrome and smooth textures. Your basic black leather jacket might be the best pick to go with sheer dress or maybe well-tailored suit as a company for more eye-catching shirt.
Keep it casual. If you want to make your sheer piece everyday-appropriate you have to robe it of its overpowering boldness. On the runway, designers proposed long transparent dresses that were absolutely beautiful but most of us can’t even imagine an occasion to wear this kind of piece. What I would suggest is pairing sheer skirt with shorts underneath, put denim jacket on flowy dress or funky dotted socks with your mom jeans.
And lastly, just have fun and don’t be afraid to at least try this dreamy sheer dress on, even if you’ll end up looking like a forest fairy … or a witch. It’s just clothes, it’s for pleasure and provocation.