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British ladies have been well-known for wearing hats on all sorts of traditional events for many years. I’m definitely not British nor do I have any British blood running in my family (as far as I know…), but I still have a strange affection towards this hat-wearing habit. Maybe it’s because Israelis basically have no dress code whatsoever, that this sort of tradition appeals to me, or maybe it’s because of the quirky and crazy hat designs that can be seen on these events. Some of them might puzzle you, others will make you smile, but all of them are bound to get your attention. It’s quite amazing how much work and creativity can be put into a hat!
One such even that is taking place these days is The Royal Ascot, one of the most famous horse-racing venues in Europe and it brought forth these lovely ladies who are not hesitant to rock some eccentric head-wear.

הנשים הבריטיות ידועות בעבור הרגלי חבישת הכובעים שלהם באירועים מסורתיים במשך שנים רבות. אני בהחלט לא בריטית וגם אין לי שורשים בריטים ככל הידוע לי, ולמרות זאת, יש לי חיבה יתרה למסורת הכובעים הזאת. ייתכן שזה בגלל שבישראל לא ממש קיים קוד לבוש רשמי כלשהו, או אולי בגלל העיצובים המוזרים והמשוגעים שניתן לראות באירועים מסוג זה. חלקם יעוררו בכם תמיהה, אחרים יגרמו לכם לחייך, אבל מה שבטוח – לא תוכלו להתעלם מהם. די מדהים בעיניי כמה עבודה ויצירתיות אפשר להשקיע בכובע אחד! אחד האירועים מסוג זה הוא הרויאל אסקוט, אחד ממפגשי המירוצים הידועים ביותר באירופה, המתקיים בימים אלה ממש ומהווה הזדמנות פז לגבירות הבריטיות הענוגות לחבוש את כובעיהם יוצאי הדופן.

On the milder side of head-wear, hats have definitely been present in many fashionistas’ wardrobes in the last couple of years and moving on to this spring/summer season as well. From floppy felt hats to smaller, 80s retro hats, they seem to be regaining their fame. When styled properly, donning a hat can make an outfit super-chic. Unfortunately, I lack the guts to wear one myself (I just feel really strange going to work wearing a hat, you know?), so I just enjoy admiring them from afar. Here are some of my Royal Ascot personal favorites:

בנימה “רגועה” יותר, אפשר לומר שכובעים בהחלט הראו נוכחות במלתחות של פאשניסטות בשנתיים האחרונות והמגמה ממשיכה גם לתוך עונת האביב/קיץ הנוכחית. החל מכובעים רחבי שוליים ועד כובעים קטנים בסגנון שנות השמונים, נראה שהם חוזרים לימי הזוהר שלהם. הוספת כובע למראה מסוגנן היטב עשויה בהחלט להוסיף למדד השיק. לצערי, אין לי את האומץ לעטות אחד על עצמי (אני פשוט לא רואה את עצמי יושבת במשרד עם כובע על הראש), ולכן אני מסתפקת בלהעריץ אותם מרחוק. הנה כמה מהכובעים האהובים עליי מהרויאל אסקוט:

A man wearing a horse shaped hat

He’s not technically a woman, but the hat is awesome

Katherine Jenkins wearing a colorful pink and orange hat

constance peach wearing a cake shpaed hat

Yummy

Florance Calridge wearing a hat full of flowers
***These photos were all taken from fashion.telegraph.co.uk, I do not have any rights over them whatsoever.

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Prints Vol. 2 – The Missing Parts

Chicwish best lace top H&M printed pants and black blazer

Chicwish white top H&M printed pants

Chicwish best lace top and H&M printed pants3

Chicwish best lace forward and H&M printed pants

Chicwish best lace back view

Michal miller alexa loafers

There are certain times in a woman’s life when she feels like something’s missing. Like she needs something more.  This happens to me every once in a while when I stare at my wardrobe with some dissatisfaction, I get a sense that something is missing, unbalanced. I’m not talking about quantity, a great wardrobe doesn’t necessarily have to be a huge one, but I do believe it should be diverse. When you find that your closet contains only or mostly just one style of clothing, it might mean that it’s getting a little boring. Obviously, everyone has a different taste and propensity towards certain styles and genres, but I think one of the most fun and interesting aspects in fashion is breaking out of your comfort zone and wearing garments that aren’t necessarily your default choice.

With the coming of spring, this “thing” that was missing for me was definitely more prints and textures. Lately, I’ve been exploring the concept of how to mix different prints and textures, and this outfit is a first step in this direction. Doing it wrong can result in a bit of a clown-ish appearance, but getting it right just takes the outfit to a whole other level. When I see an outfit that’s well thought-out, where everything combines so well together even if it isn’t matching in color, pattern or textures, it just makes me starry eyed. Admittedly, I didn’t go all out just yet, but I really like this outfit as a start. Since I didn’t go for clashing colors, but opted for a white top to go with the printed pants, I thought it would be interesting to wear one that has a special texture. I chose this white blouse from Chicwish that has a lace-like fabric for pockets, sleeves and top back part. I also love the unique shape of its collar. I added loafers that also have two different textures (a first peak at my new purchases from Shoofuni), and finished with a gold necklace and a classic black boyfriend blazer.

I’m wearing:
Best lace forward top – Chicwish (here)
Printed pants – H&M
Alexa loafers – Michal Miller
Black boyfriend blazer – Ebay

What do you like better? Clashing prints or a clean look? And even more importantly – what did you think about my new haircut? :)

 ישנם זמנים בחייה של אישה בהם היא מרגישה שמשהו חסר. זה קורה לי לפעמים כשאני בוחנת את ארון הבגדים שלי בחוסר-סיפוק מסוים , אני מרגישה כאילו יש חסר מסוים, או חוסר-איזון. הכוונה היא לאו דווקא למחסור בבגדים. מלתחה נהדרת לא חייבת לכלול המון בגדים (למרות שאני חוטאת גם בזה לעתים), אבל אני מאמינה שהיא כן צריכה להיות מגוונת.  כאשר את מגלה שהמלתחה שלך מכילה רובה ככולה רק סגנון מסוים של ביגוד, ייתכן שזה אומר שהיא בדרך להיות משעממת משהו. כמובן שלכל אחת טעם משלה ונטייה לאהוב סגנון מסוים יותר מאחרים, אבל לדעתי אחד ההיבטים המעניינים והמהנים ביותר בעולם האופנה הוא לצאת מאיזור הנוחות של עצמך וללבוש פריטים שהם לאו דווקא “ברירת מחדל”.

עם בוא האביב, הרגשתי שה”דבר” הזה שחסר במלתחה שלי הוא הדפסים וטקסטורות מעניינות לרוב. לאחרונה התחלתי לחקור את הנושא של איך לשלב בין הדפסים וטקסטורות שונות, והתלבושת שבתמונה היא צעד ראשון בכיוון. שילוב לא מושכל בין הדפסים או דוגמאות שונות בהחלט עלול ליצור מראה ליצני במקצת, אבל כשעושים את זה נכון המראה פשוט משתדרג בכמה רמות. כשאני רואה מישהי לבושה היטב, עם פריטים שמשתלבים בצורה הרמונית אחד עם השני, גם אם הם לא תואמים בשום צורה ואפילו בזכות העובדה הזו – זה פשוט מסנוור. אודה ואתוודה שעוד לא הלכתי עד הסוף, אבל אני מאוד את התלבושת שבתמונות בתור התחלה. בנוסף, הרגשתי שההדפס הספציפי הזה צריך לבלוט בזכות עצמו ולא להיבלע או לבלוע הדפס אחר. כיוון שלא בחרתי בצבעים מתנגשים, אלא בצבע לבן שיתאים למכנסיים המודפסים, חשבתי שהיה מעניין ללבוש חולצה שיש לה מאפיין מיוחד ולכן בחרתי בחולצה הזו מ-chicwish שיש לה כיסים, שרוולים וחלק אחורי מבד מחורר דמוי-תחרה וצווארון מגניב. הוספתי מוקסינים שחורים שעשויים גם הם משני מרקמים שונים (הצצה ראשונה לרכישות החדשות משופוני), שרשרת בציפוי זהב ובלייזר שחור.

אני לובשת:

חולצה לבנה עם פרטים דמויי-תחרה – Chicwish
מכנסיים עם הדפס – H&M
נעלי “אלכסה” – מיכל מילר
בלייזר שחור – Ebay
שרשרת – שני מנחם

ומה איתכן? אתן אוהבות שילובי הדפסים או מעדיפות את המראה הנקי? ומה חשבתן על התספורת החדשה שלי? :)

Holy Leggings

Cathedral print romwe leggings and H&M sweater

Leggings. What a strange item of clothing, really. My first memory of leggings is that of a small child, somewhere in the early 90s (god I feel old) , when they still enjoyed some fame (no pun intended) left over from the 80s , wearing a pair of red footed ones…The horror…No wonder I wasn’t very fond of them back then.

Anyways, according to Wikipedia, leggings actually started out as an under-garment worn in order to keep warm in cold countries. That’s pretty ironic, considering one of my favorite things about leggings is that often, wearing them actually feels like wearing nothing at all. No, I don’t have any nudist aspirations, I do however like to be comfortable, which is might be considered a fashion faux-pas within itself. They first debuted as a stand alone item somewhere in the 60s. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I know that in the last 4-5 years, or at least it seems so to me, leggings have made a huge comeback. They seem to be everywhere, and my closet is no exception (I’m not really one to care if everyone’s wearing them, at least to a certain limit). I have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with printed leggings. Some designs are just brilliant, while others walk the fine line of being juvenile or just plain ugly.

The first time I came across some crazy-design leggings was on lookbook, and it was none other than one of Black Milk’s designs. They do have some gorgeous designs, but unfortunately, 80$ for a pair of leggings no matter how beautiful, is just too much for me to spend. Luckily, about a year ago, Romwe also released their own line of leggings, which you can say carry a suspicious resemblance to Black Milk’s designs but priced much more reasonably. Some are really cool, some less attractive. The first pair I got was actually as a gift, and it was a pair of galaxy leggings. That only opened my appetite for a second pair, which I’ve been coveting for a while, and here they are before you – cathedral print leggings, or as the BF likes to call them – holy leggings! I find that pretty hilarious.

A close up photo of cathedral printed leggings

Apologies for the crotch shot.

I first wore them with an acid-wash denim shirt, but unfortunately didn’t take any pictures. So you’re gonna have to make do with a more boring version, just paired them with some basic items – cream colored sweater, lace-up black ankle boots and my good ol’ gold and suede necklace. Since it’s a statement item within itself, I think it’s still an interesting outfit without being too flamboyant.

Cathedral print leggings and h&m cream sweater

Cathedral printed leggings and H&M sweater

Romwe printed leggings and H&M cream sweater - upper-body photo

Outfit details:
Printed leggings – Romwe (here)
Cream colored sweater – H&M
Ankle boots – Republic footwear
Gold and suede necklace – local designer

How do you like your leggings? Do you like them at all? Talk to me.

Sailor Stripes

Blue pleated skirt and sailor striped top2

Blue pleated skirt and sailor striped top

Sailor stripes top and purple satchel

Purple Satchel close-up

blue pleated skirt and sailor striped top1

sailor stripes top and gold necklace

I haven’t updated the blog in a week, which is outrageous I know, but for a good reason (which is actually bad) – I was sick. :(

But now I’m all better! Actually started feeling better last week, which is also when I took these pictures. It was a really hot day (the weather lately is just crazy) so it was the perfect excuse to put on a wavy skirt and a light-weight top.

The black & white trend is hitting hard right now, so I think blue & white is a good way to relate to this trend without overdoing it, plus it’s a great combination within itself. I really love sailor stripes, they always have that casual yet elegant look that compliments almost every outfit. The blue pleated skirt which I got on e-bay is also a winner, it’s super comfy and I love its shape and fit. To complete the look, I chose camel with gold accent flats, a gold necklace and a purple satchel from a local shop called Liligrace. This satchel always gets a lot of compliments, it’s a great accessory that can make any look a little more interesting.

Overall it created a sort of a preppy look, but I still think it’s pretty cute. :) What do you think?

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Feeling Feminine

H&M white top and Betsey Johnson ballerina oxfords

H&M white top and mango black pants

H&M white top and Romwe mint backpack

H&M white top, mint backpack and Betsey Johnson ballerina oxfords

Betsey Johnson ballerina oxfords close-up

The previous weekend, the BF and I had the entire day to ourselves which, believe it or not, doesn’t happen very often. He let me sleep in, and after I got up we went to have a late breakfast by the beach. For this casual, but nevertheless fun, occasion I chose an outfit that is comfortable and flattering, plus – I haven’t had a chance to wear that top yet so it was the perfect excuse. I don’t know why this outfit in particular made me feel so feminine, it could be the bright colors or the ballerina – esque oxfords (I think it already shows that I’m wearing them to death :) ), anyway I really loved it  and wanted to share it with you.

Outfit Details
Top – H&M
Pants – Mango
Ballerina oxfords by Betsey Johnson for Steve Madden
Romwe mint backpack
Armani Exchange sunglasses

Hope you had a lovely weekend and thanks for reading!

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Faux Leather Skirt

black faux leather skirt with zipper detail

faux leather skirt4

faux leather skirt

faux leather skirt2

faux leather skirt1faux leather skirt and two-tone swetaer

faux leather skirt and two tone H&M sweater

faux leather skirt and two tone H&M sweater1

faux leather skirt closeup

Outfit details

Faux leather skirt – Love Lola (Israeli shop)
Black suede and gold necklace
Jeffrey Campbell ankle boots
Two-tone angora sleeves sweater – H&M

It’s amazing how one item can change the way you feel. I’ve been craving for a a faux leather skirt since the beginning of winter, but haven’t found one that was quite right. I purchased this skirt about a month ago but didn’t wear it until very recently. You can say it was love at first sight :) wearing it instantly makes me feel sexy and sophisticated. Apart from the figure which is very flattering and the perfect length, I really love the big zipper detail in the front. The reason I didn’t wear it for so long was because it was quite hard to style! Harder than expected, anyway. I didn’t want to wear it with a button down shirt, because it was too much of a “secretary” look in my opinion; on the other hand, it looks too elegant for just any plain shirt. Eventually I decided to go with a simple fitting black top that I’ve had forever, but always saves the day. :) I paired it with complimenting accessories – a black suede and gold necklace, ankle boots , dark grey opaque tights and a two-tone sweater.

I still have to think about more options for this gorgeous skirt, but I think it’s a good combination between simple and sexy.

What do you think? How would you wear it?

A Guide for Fashion Shopping Online – part 2

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In this post, I’ll talk about what to do after you’ve made all the preliminary checks discussed in the previous post, or in other words – start shopping!

Size and Fit

measuring tape

As you probably already know from your experience of shopping in “regular” shops, sizes differ from one shop to another, even if they’re officially the same. I usually prefer shopping on sites that either provide a sizing chart with detailed measurements for each size (in CM or inches) or provide specific measurements for each item separately.

Obviously, in order to know your own measures, you’ll need to measure yourself. The areas I suggest measuring are your bust, your waist, your hips and your arms (for sleeve length). A garment that doesn’t fit in any of these areas will probably not look good on you. All you need is a measuring tape, which can be purchased at any local store that offers sewing supplies or a sewing kit.

I suggest measuring yourself with your bra on, assuming you usually wear one, as it might change your bust size. ASOS, for example, offers a really nice size guide on every product page that explains how to measure yourself properly.

However, even after you’ve measured yourself and compared with the item’s measurements, there are some inaccuracies and this is one of the inevitable disadvantages of shopping online. The bright side is that most sites will allow you to return the item, under certain conditions. This will be discussed later in this post.

Delivery time

shippingIf you opted for express delivery, this will probably not be an issue for you. However, if you’re like me and prefer free shipping, the best advice I can give you here is to be patient. I know that once you’ve made the order, you’re just dying to get those new clothes (as you should :) ), but you still have to be realistic. I’ve seen some comments on shopping sites from frustrated customers, and I think you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration if you read the site’s shipping & delivery information and know what to expect. 5 business days usually means a week at best, and can take up to 10 days, so, at the risk of being redundant – be patient!

It goes without saying that if the delivery is delayed beyond a reasonable period (check the shipping and delivery info before deciding what’s reasonable…), you should definitely contact the site and ask for compensation.

Returns

I hope you won’t need this part and that the item(s) you ordered will be exactly as you expected and fit perfectly (I really do!). However, if you find that the item doesn’t fit, looks totally different or even worse – is damaged, most shopping sites will allow you to return the item, under their specific terms and conditions. It is important to check if this option exists, because not all sites allow returns.

It should be noted, that the seller will not compensate you for the shipping cost of sending the item(s) back, at least as far as I know, so this should also be taken into account. If the shipping cost is higher than the item’s cost, it might not be worth it.

To conclude, I hope this small guide has helped make some sense of online shopping. It might sound complicated, but I believe that if you’ll follow these guidelines, you’ll have a much more positive shopping experience.

Have anything to add?  Questions? Drop me a line. :)

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