STYLING UP A SMOCK DRESS

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Smock dresses are definitely my latest obsession. After having my eye on a black smock dress at work from NORR, I finally found one for a friendlier price in Zara. Make that duty free at Gatwick Airport and you have a bargain! It's the most comfortable thing ever and the material is lovely. I'm definitely going to look for some more on ASOS, they have a massive selection! Dresses like this sometimes tend to look like something babies would wear, so I did my best to roughen it up a bit with my leather jacket and biker boots. Also, how cute is my new ZARA candy wrapper necklace? It was definitely made for me as I have the most uncontrollable sweet tooth.

Today is my last day in Luxembourg, and I feel quite sad having to fly back and get back to work, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I think I'm quite lucky to be able to visit home as often as I do and I definitely don't take it for granted! The few days I spent here were really nice and I made sure I make the most of the time I have here. I also met up with a fellow blogger, Anouk, who took these photos. She recently started a fashion photography blog, so make sure you take a peek! Quite different than usual, but I like it.

Photos & editing by Anouk Kalmes

SUMMER MEMORIES // AFTER THE BEACH


I have a day off work today, so I slept in late, read a book, ate breakfast at lunch time and generally didn't really get out of bed. After having a look through my photos I realized I have quite a few unpublished pictures in my summer archives - less of the fashion stuff and more of the "fun days out" kind. I can't help but feel nostalgic.. I really miss the warm weather and being in Latvia is always my favorite time each year!

These photos are from a really hot day, where I went to the beach with Elizabete and Laura. We only stayed about 2 hours, but that got me more tanned than all of my other beach sessions altogether, because the sun was very strong that day. Afterwards we had quite a long walk to the bus stop so we got really carried away with my camera!

That's all for today! I definitely need to get out of bed and start packing because I'm flying home tomorrow for a little bit - super exciting!

Get the boots here, shorts here and top here.

C'EST CHIC

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Coat - H&M, Jumper - Whistles, Jeans - Lee, Boots - Vagabond, Bag - ASOS

Hey you - long time, no see! While my blog has been kind of quiet, in the backstage I am working on ways I can maintain consistent blogging during this year of a full time job. I will also make some changes to the blog itself, but bear with me, because my life is definitely going in slow motion lately as I am still adjusting to everything.

This is one of the outfits I usually wear to work - the etiquette is all black, so I have bought plenty of black basics to variate between. On my birthday I treated myself to this Whistles jumper - seeing it at work every day just became too unbearable, so I finally had to get it. I love it so much that I probably wear it every third day or something as it is so versatile.

My new black Lee Skyler jeans have become a favorite and they are actually part of my work uniform, kindly gifted to me by Lee. After we did our training on the brand, I fell in love with it real bad. The quality difference between the Lee Skyler high waisted skinny jeans and my Topshop Joni's is outstanding! They never lose their shape, because the material has great recovery qualities after being stretched. I'm also planning on getting the printed version of these jeans. By the way, if you choose to buy this pair I would recommend sizing down (I got mine in W25 as opposed to the usual W26).

Photos by Yousif Sadik

THE DUNE BIKER BOOTS


T-shirt - ASOS, cardigan - UO, skirt - H&M (similar), boots - Dune (here), bag - ASOS, bracelet - Pandora, earrings - ASOS

These boots were one of those split second decisions. I was on my lunch break at work and while browsing Instagram, I saw a photo of these boots posted by @dune_london. They were exactly what I had been looking for - all those hundreds of open Google Chrome tabs with possible, yet eliminated, candidates from the likes of Zara, ASOS or Office... When all hope was eventually lost, the perfect shoe came to ME! Before I knew it, I had them on Next Day Delivery and we have been inseparable ever since.

Currently I'm writing this from the airport, as I managed to go home to Luxembourg for the weekend, but my mini holiday has now come to an end. I came here from Guildford only by trains, which was probably the longest journey I've ever travelled on my own. It was really exhausting but definitely worth it! Luckily there were flights back on the day I needed, so I don't need to repeat that now, haha.

Sorry to keep this so brief, but I've literally been thinking of what to write for the past 20 minutes - it's just too damn difficult at the airport with all these distractions around me! Fortunately the new episode of Revenge is out, so that will keep me busy until boarding. Talk to you later! 

SWEATER DRESS WITH KNEE BOOTS


Dress - ASOS (here), Bag - ASOS (here), Boots - Duo (here), Lipstick - Mac Creme Cup (here)

Knee high boots have been on my wish-list for as long as I can remember, but I could never find a pair that was sturdy enough and stayed tightly around my legs. I'm not a big fan of slouchy boots, personally they don't really do anything for my figure! I was super happy when Duo Boots came to the rescue and gifted me this pair, because they are incredibly flattering, and more than anything I could have ever asked for, in a pair of knee high boots. The suede material is so soft and the boots scream quality, which is something I really value lately.

I'm also extremely happy with this sweater dress that I got on ASOS recently. It is very comfortable and easy to wear, but the lace inserts distinguish it from my other black dresses. They have the same dress with mesh inserts too! I will definitely be getting more simple black dresses, because they really are super easy to wear. Even though my work uniform is all-black, the options are endless!

At the moment I've been working for 6 days straight, but I have a day off on Monday so I can finally breathe. On Wednesday it will be my 21st birthday and on Saturday I'm off to Luxembourg for a quick weekend getaway! I really miss my family and our new cat, besides all this work is not good for my sanity, so I really look forward to a little break.

By the way, thanks to all who participated in my Chi Chi giveaway! I will soon pick a winner myself, based on your outfit suggestions, and contact them by their e-mail. Exciting! 

PLEATS AND LOAFERS

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Skirt - ASOS, Tank top - & Other Stories, Loafers - Zara, Earrings - ASOS, Watch - Daniel Wellington, Lace bra - ASOS

Hey, remember me? Just thought that I'd remind you of my existence. It's just that I work 9-6 errday and once I come home, I usually just end up falling into my bed with my shoes and bag on. I need to figure this whole full time job x personal style blog thing out, but while I do that, I thought I'd send mental kudos to those superhuman bloggers who do have it all figured out.

While I am trying to cut down on the usual outfit chit-chat, I did want to highlight the fact that in this outfit I'm wearing two items that I never imagined I would wear, specifically loafers and a watch. For years I've avoided both - loafers were "grandpa shoes" and a watch was not required because iPhone, duh. Now that I've started working, I'm surprising myself by opting for unusual choices in regards to my outfits. The loafers were necessary because I'm only allowed to wear black shoes at work, but normal ballet flats kill my back and feet, so I tried to find a pair of flats that offer more support. These Zara ones had enough tassels and studs to look more rock 'n' roll rather than "grandpa".

When it comes to timing, I am always extremely punctual. I wouldn't quite call it an OCD, but I do freak out if I am 1 minute late. Now that I'm a working girl (YES, my life really does now revolve around my job), it's crucial to know the time. Access to mobile phone is limited during the day, so this Daniel Wellington watch came just in time. I chose the Classic Glasgow Lady watch, because I adore the combination of gold, white and navy. The black Classic Sheffield Lady could have been more practical, but since I'm new to wearing watches, I decided to go for something more fun. The watch has become an irreplaceable accessory as well as arm candy. If you'd like your own, you can use the code kristianas to get 15% off until the 30th September. Happy shopping! 

WIN CHI CHI HARRIET DRESS

Today I'm giving away this Chi Chi Harriet dress in a size UK8 (size 36 / size Small). The material is quite stretchy, therefore it could also be worn by someone who is one size bigger. I simply haven't ever worn this dress and it even has all the original tags on, so I thought maybe someone else would benefit from it more than me. I decided to skip all the boring giveaway rules and make it really simple, as I really want one of my actual readers to win this, rather than a random person who saw the link on Twitter. I'll add a personal note and a little gift to the parcel too! The giveaway is international and I will cover all costs.

All you need to do for an entry is comment on this post with your e-mail address and how you would style the dress. I'd suggest writing your e-mail address in this form: youremail [at] gmail.com (instead of youremail@gmail.com) , just to avoid lots of junk mail from people who copy-paste e-mail addresses.

As a thank you to Chi Chi, who sent me the dress, I would really appreciate if you clicked on their link and liked their Facebook page, but don't worry if you don't - as I said there are no rules :)

Let's give this one week - enjoy!

Giveaway has ended.