Snow White’s Wedding

Last weekend I was approached by a rather curious proposal that came from a very unlikely source, Lover.ly. Lover.ly is a site that aims to make wedding planning simple – and fun. I have to say I know nothing of wedding planning, I’ve never had to do it and to be honest, I’m not much of a planner to begin with. I always want everything to happen as soon as I get the idea for them, so planning a wedding event for like a year or two in advance seems crazy to me, but I think I’m in the minority in this. From what I’ve heard and seen (mostly on US TV), wedding planning is often far from easy and simple – or fun. It’s often a very stressful time for everyone involved, so I’m glad that Lover.ly is working on making the whole process a bit less of a hassle.

I would say that the biggest wedding-related hassle for most brides-to-be must be picking the right dress. After all, you will be seen in that dress in front of everyone on a day that is mostly about you. Honestly, nobody seems to pay that much attention to the grooms at weddings, perhaps because their attire is always pretty similar! Wedding gowns however… they are the deal. When Lover.ly suggested I would combine a dress with a makeup look for a wedding, my first instinct was “Why me?! I know nothing of weddings, dresses or makeup?!”, though I guess I know a bit about makeup. However… after I sat on the thought for a brief moment (again with my instant action), I realized it could be quite fun to challenge myself with something like this.

When I headed over to Lover.ly to look at the dresses featured, I was overwhelmed again and wondered what did I get myself into. For a while, I had no idea what sort of a dress I could want for the look, until… it hit me! Snow White. When I got married, 7 years ago, I basically picked the first dress that was about the right fit without need for alterations or anything. I actually did not want a wedding dress at all, but at the time, in my little town, there was nothing beautiful and plus size that didn’t seem matronly. The dress I ended up with I did love, even though it did give me a slight cream-cake like appearance, in my opinion. When I wore the dress, people kept saying I looked like Snow White, even though my hair was red. Something about my dress reminded everyone of the Disney Princess! My own dress was off the shoulder, white with deep red detailing. The neckline was entirely adorned with small red and white roses, which were also scattered throughout the flowing part of my dress. It had a slight corset to it and it went along my own natural waist line. It was very beautiful! Not the dress I would choose now, but beautiful none the less. Now, I chose the dress I would actually wear, if I had the chance to do it all over again!

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(click the image to go to Lover.ly, where this dress is featured!)

This dress spoke to me. This Monique Lhuillier dress is described as being ivory silk organza illusion neckline gown with natural waist, long sleeves and embroidered lace overlay. It is a rather formal wedding dress, but at the same time, there’s a certain winter-y lightness to it, due to the see-through bits that I find it versatile enough for many types of wedding. I love the belt detail at the natural waist, something that I personally would like to highlight, since I do actually have a waist. I like the cut of the dress, I think it could be flattering for many body types. The sheerness gives it lightness, the lace gives it intrigue and the sleeves and high neckline add a bit of modesty and vintage charm. It’s a dress of many dimensions, just like a woman has. At least I do! I would actually use that veil too, it is quite lovely and simple.

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(click on the image to view the products on Polyvore)

As far as the hair goes, I would, if there were enough length in the bride’s hair, style it on a low, but rather full bun, allowing for the dress and the bride’s happiness to shine through! I would also add red shoes to the look for a “secret” pop of color underneath the dress. I chose two styles, ballerinas and little t-strap heels that would be comfortable enough for a bit of dancing as well. For the sake of the theme I chose, I also included a Valentino purse, because it would be the perfect choice for Snow White’s perfect day. Personally, I would opt for fake leather where I can, but of course, that is entirely up to the bride!

And then the makeup! This was an easy one! I wanted to choose products that would be both available in several countries (if not physically, at least through ordering online) and cruelty free. NYX is a very affordable, cruelty free brand with a wide range of products, so I would go with it – after all, weddings can be an expensive affair already, why blow a thousand dollars on makeup too? This look I chose can be modified to suit various skin tones. You don’t have to be as pasty white as Snow White herself to pull this look off! If you have very dark skin, I would swap the blush color I chose for something closer to your natural skin tone and same goes for the eyeshadow. The main focus of the look is on the red pout, for which I chose NYX Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, which is a lovely red shade, perhaps a hint cool. If you need or want to use a lip liner, don’t hesitate to use it!
I would apply the blush very lightly on the apples of your cheeks and skip the bronzer – the look is about slightly enhanced natural beauty with the lips taking the main stage. I picked a slightly pink neutral matte eyeshadow that will just nicely even out the color of the eyelid and offer a good platform for nice black gel eyeliner. I would line the upper lash line thinly from the inner corner of the eye, making the line thicker as you head for the outer corner. If you want, you could make it a modest wing. Use a good couple of coats of your favorite, trustworthy mascara and you’re good to go.

If you feel like it, you can of course add to the look what you want / need, such as highlighters, primers, foundations, powders, etc. If you want and dare to, combine your dress with some red jewelry, such as the Carmen -line from Finnish brand Kalevalakoru. I wore the Carmen pendant in my wedding! They do deliver abroad – I should know, my husband ordered my necklace all the way to USA when I was visiting him!

I do hope you enjoy this little look I created and perhaps even got an idea for an upcoming wedding of yours! For me, this was a fun challenge and a delightful break to my usual routines.

PS. For a scent, I could recommend the Victoria’s Secret “Enchanted Apple” – it would go with the theme…
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Wardrobe Wednesday – Feeling the fall

Autumn is hereI’ve officially accepted that Winter Is Coming. I mean… that the fall is here! It’s the end of August and while it should still be fairly warm, it’s very wet outside and when I leave in the morning it’s often also quite chilly. Today, I put on my old, black Vagabond boots for the first time this fall/winter. I love wearing boots, but I feel like I might have been a bit early this year – but at the same time, I really want to wear fall/winter stuff already! I have worn a jacket all week and I have stashed away my summer dresses and dug out my jeans instead. I’m also loving the light weight (yet warm) knits I ordered online when it was still summer.

I’m also starting to adjust to my new hair and it feels it has already grown a bit, even though it has been a mere 1,5 weeks since my cut. I feel like it’s starting to do its thing again and just work, which is nice. I need to fuss with it less. Also, my bangs feel slightly less ridiculous!

As fall (or winter) is coming, I’m happily switching to darker, muted colors and thicker, chunkier pieces in jewelry and clothing. I feel like fall is my season and I’m at my best when I get to layer up a bit! One thing I’m also really loving is my dark, moody nail polish, which is an old O.P.I. shade “We’ll Always Have Paris”, which is a very dark wine/purple/brown kind of hue. Oxblood, perhaps? Gloriously glossy and brooding. One of my favorite necklaces, the chain with spikes gets to make a comeback again as it pairs well with knits and heavy fabrics.

When fall comes, I always get comfortable with blacks, greys and jewel tones and those are the colors I feel the most comfortable with anyway. I do also love white, which I tend to wear throughout the year. In terms of my nails, I go for the dark wine hues, deep blues and purples and I dig out my glitters again (and then curse when I try to remove them).

Are you swapping your wardrobe out for fall/winter already? Is it chilly where you are? What are your fall essentials?

Wardrobe Wednesday : Back To School

 

 

 

 

 

 
I realized that quite a few of my readers are actually going back to school, so I decided to create a few looks just for YOU. Perhaps these will give you some ideas for dressing up for school – though I understand that in some countries (or per some schools) the school wear is regulated one way or another, so pay heed to those regulations first! (Granted that my inner rebel is screaming at the thought of someone telling me what to wear!)
 
Which one of these looks is your favorite? (Or do you just think they all suck?)
 
PS. You can get a better look at the sets by clicking the images!

My favorite summer bracelets

My taste in jewelry changes now and then and as much as I love jewelry, I’m rarely wearing much of it. During summer I wear even less jewelry, because somehow it makes me feel even more uncomfortable when weather is hot (I’m not a fan of hot days). In any case, I thought I would show a few bracelets that I find myself wearing over and over these days.

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The bracelet on the top left I wear all year round as it goes with everything. I got it as a Christmas gift from my mom a couple of years ago and I’ve really liked it since. It’s by Våga and it’s stretchy, so it’s easy to put on and take off, which I like. I really like the chunkiness of it, though I often wear quite delicate bracelets. It’s simple though!

The bracelet on the top right I bought from a summer sale a few years back when I was on a huge “must have all things blue”-kick. I think it only cost a couple of euros and I found it at a clothing store which had a small jewelry section. This bracelet just has summertime written all over it!

The bracelet with the turtle and the bird is called Tortuga and it’s from Kooky Gems, which I adore. I bought this during a campaign they had where a portion of the profits went to animal welfare. They often do campaigns like that and that’s usually when I strike! I already have a list of items I’d love to buy from Kooky Gems once I can! Last time we moved, I happened to be wearing the bracelet through the moving day by accident and all the sweating caused the silvery coating to wear down quite a bit, but I don’t care, it’s still one of my favorite bracelets all year!

The turquoise bracelet was a souvenier brought from Tenerife by my parents, if my memory serves me right. It’s delicate and lovely and high quality. I absolutely love it. It instantly makes me think of beaches and waves when I see it. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors so I often wear this throughout the year as well.

The bracelet in the bottom right corner is locally made, simple and pretty, stretchy, yet elegant. It was made by Siriuskoru (which unfortunately has no home page) and I found it from a sale when a nearby beauty salon was closing up for good. It only cost me 5 euros!

Does your taste in jewelry change throughout the year?

4th of July

For the sake of the Independence Day of my husband’s former home country, I decided to go with the theme and use the colors of the US flag on both my makeup and clothes today. I didn’t have a shirt with stars on it, but I figured that you can never go wrong with sequins. Paired the t-shirt and cardigan with dark blue jeans, by the way.

For makeup I’m wearing my usual Lily Lolo mineral foundation base, BareMinerals bronzer (which I remembered I had), Paese Argan Oil Blush and Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Across the Universe. On the eyes I used MUA Makeup Academy‘s eyeliners in blue and white as well as an old Rimmer eyeshadow palette State of Grace which I’ve had for ages, but pretty much never used (perhaps I should get on that though, since it has the only blues I own?). For mascara I’m wearing Isadora All Day Long Lash mascara in black, for eyebrows, an older dark brown Rimmel brow pen I also recently dug out from my stash. My hair is still red by the way, it just looks dark in the phone’s pictures and cold morning greyness. Oddly Rimmel-ish makeup look then.

Happy Independence Day to the American readers! I hope you have a great one!

PS. See how I totally ditched the rules of either picking bold eyes or bold lips? Yeah. How bad is it?

First some basics and then right out of the comfort zone

Ellos

I ordered some clothing (only a few of them in the picture) from Swedish company, Ellos (who also operate in Finland), who sell their own brand as well as some others, such as Esprit, Björn Borg, Áhkka & Zizzi. I have been ordering a good chunk of my clothing from there for many years as I find that they deliver reasonably quickly (2-4 days if express delivery is chosen, 5-10 days normally, I think) and the returning of products is very easy. I also have credit up to 600 euros with them, which makes it easy to pick stuff, try it and then return the ones I might not wish to keep or that were the wrong size. The sizes do vary quite a bit within their own brand, but in most cases that I have ordered, I’ve ended up returning very little if anything.

This time I ordered a good deal of basics that my closet is sorely lacking. I seriously have 5 t-shirts with sequins on them (!!!) but not a single, decent plain black or grey t-shirt. Yeah. So, I thought that instead of buying the trendiest bits and pieces from the sales, I’d focus on hoarding solid basics for my collection – and then spicing them up with the many scarves I have and perhaps buying some colorful jewelry to accessorize with. Feels right.

So, as for basics, I ordered two tank tops (black & white) which are hopefully thick enough to be worn by themselves as well and not just as undershirts. Three t-shirts (black, white & grey) and three long sleeve knit-style tops (in the picture, also in black, white & grey). Then, somewhat stepping out of my comfort zone (which is jeans and some dresses), I selected slouchy, harem-y pants that I tried on earlier in the summer but felt I wanted a size bigger for a better fit – but then decided to not get them because they were quite pricey. Now that the price was down by about 30 euros, I thought I would order them and see if we have a future together. They are quite airy in terms of fabric though so hopefully the summer will still find its way in Finland at some point and I get to actually wear these this year!

As a complete opposite to those, I ordered tight stretch pants. Depending on the fabric these will be either a hit or a miss. I’m hoping for a hit, but I’m prepared for the miss. I would mostly wear them with a tunic, I think… except that I do realize I don’t really own tunics. Krhm. And then… I ordered that skirt. It’s a pleather skirt with flexible side panels and I love the look of it, but I’m not sure at all as to if it will be something that will look decent on me. I’ve got the badonkadonk worthy of a rap song and this may just end up being a bit much, all things considered.

I also ordered a brand new shower curtain for our new home (moving begins in 22 days!) and apparently, as a gift, I’m getting a mascara and a BB cream from Lumene with my order. Pretty sure the BB will be far too dark, but the mascara might be nice…

Saturday shopping spree

I’ve had a fantastic Saturday today – despite the fact that I had to get my butt out of bed a lot earlier than I normally would, but it has been worth it. I started my morning by going for a pedicure at a nearby salon, which unfortunately is closing its doors for good within the next week. It makes me very sad, because the owner of the place is a fantastic and fun person and we get along great – plus she does a great pedicure! Looking at the bright side though, I got a ton of products very cheaply from their clearance, such as those wonderful Baehr nail polishes that give a lot of color and last a long time!

In the picture on the top you can see all the colors. The clear blueish one is a cuticle oil that I got for 50 cents, so a bargain! The dark nail polish I also got for 50 cents, the others were… I think 2 euros a piece? Lost count at some point. I selected a really bright, vibrant pink one and then three very neutral colors, off-white, nude and brown. That dark one is an interesting one, it looks gunmetal at a quick glance, but it has a green tint to it. Very cool for winter, I think.

In addition to nail polishes, I also got 2 Cuccio Naturalé body butters for my mother to surprise her with and a black tangle teezer for my husband so that he’d stop stealing mine. I also got a freebie nail file (I have so many now!) and a freebie foot file as well + some hand cream samples and… glittery hair pins! Awesome. I also bought a couple of those good face sponges I love AND a bracelet from the partner of the salon, Siriuskoru. It was a mere five euros, but too beautiful for me to resist, especially because it’s neutral enough to go with everything, despite being super sparkly.

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After the pedicure I headed home where my husband was making pancakes! What a lovely surprise, especially since I didn’t manage to get up early enough to have a proper breakfast (not that pancakes are all that proper, but still…). After pancakes and some digesting we headed out to the city to check out a few stores. I drooled over a neat black shopper-style purse, but decided not to get it after all. I did however find myself a really cool summery t-shirt, which I really like – and it’s not blue, purple, white or black like most of my things. Instead it’s… GREEN!

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Somehow very summery to me. I also picked up a very light weight black blazer that will easily go with pretty much everything I own, both for casual wear and party wear. I also found a lovely jacket, which would be perfect for what I’m looking for right now, but they didn’t have my size so I’m going to another one of the same brand’s stores tomorrow to try on the bigger size – it has my name on it. Literally.

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I don’t know if you guys have heard of the Invisibobble yet, but I only just heard about it recently. At first, I thought it was really stupid and pointless, mostly bringing me back to the 90’s and old telephones, but then I watched a video in which those little things were used for ponytails and buns and all kinds of cool hair contraptions and decided that I need to get some. So I did. I got dark brown ones and white ones as they didn’t have the clear ones I was after. The dark brown matches my hair really well and is pretty unnoticeable, even on just a simple ponytail. They do seem to give a really good grip on the ponytail too and it’s not pulling as hard. We might be onto something here!

One of the places I was looking forward the most was Ruohonjuuri, the eco-friendly store I’ve mentioned a few times, I think. I picked up a few things from there too, including 2 shampoo samples and a conditioner sample.

I love everything that smells (or tastes) like peppermint so when I sniffed this Naked Lips peppermint lip balm, I knew it’d have to come home with me. So it did. I also love cleansing wipes, even though I never feel that they’re absolutely capable of removing my makeup, I like to keep them around “in case of an emergency” anyway. I’m curious to see how these ones by Sante perform. I also picked up a lavender shampoo and conditioner by Urtekram, just because I love the smell of lavender! I don’t have very high hopes in terms of their performance, since they are meant for “all hair types”, but I’m hoping that they’ll work as lovely as they smell!

Now, I’m going to go take a shower and then I’m most definitely lifting up my very tired legs!

31 Day Blog Challenge – Day 8

What’s in my bag

My bag of the day is my bright yellow H&M bag. It’s not very large, but it’s usually enough for lugging around my everyday items as it actually holds a lot more than its size would indicate. I believe this bag is two years old now, originally bought from H&M for… I think around 20 euros? Not bad. Faux leather, of course. Inside there is one zipper pocket and 2 small compartments for the phone etc. The clasp you see is the only thing holding it shut so while wearing it, it’s a good idea not to flip the thing around…

My yellow H&M bag

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At any given time, I have a habit of lugging my entire life with me, which is why small purses are my enemy. Ever since… well, pretty much elementary school, I was always the girl to go to when you needed anything throughout your day. I’d have a hairbrush/comb, gum, lip balm, hand lotion, tissues, hairties, you name it. I guess I like to be prepared. These days, I still tend to carry hairties, hairpins, a comb or brush, hand sanitizer, hand cream, lip balm, tissues, gum, a mini hairspray bottle (though I rarely even use hair spray, today it’s with me because my hair is on a bun and I want to be ready to fix it if I need to), my sunglasses, my makeup bag, a mini note book & pen, wallet and phone.

I’ve had my current wallet for a few months. I originally bought it so that I could fit my phone inside my wallet, but the damn thing doesn’t fit all my millions of cards IF my phone is in it, which is why I recently bought a little case for my phone (it’s new, which is the only reason why it’s still while). My phone is the Samsung Galaxy S4. I’ve had it for a bit less than a year now and I’ve been more than happy with it. The camera on it is one of its most important feautures to me, because I need to be able to snap pictures on the go. In most situations, the 13 mpx camera is quite sufficient! I also love that it’s so multi-purpose. It’s quite large, but at the same time, that’s what makes it possible to watch videos on it etc as well. Before I bought my phone, I got the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which sadly mostly functions as my alarm clock these days, because I never get around to carrying it with me.

Right now, I’m also carrying my sunglasses with me as it’s been quite sunny lately (finally!) and I have quite the sensitive eyes. I got my first ever prescription sunglasses (I used to have eyeglasses that had transition lenses) last summer and they’ve been really amazing. Even though, I have to swap between sunnies and my eyeglasses, it’s still better than the transition lenses which took forever to transition from dark to clear after a year or two of use.

My hairspray is a small, handbag friendly size and it’s by IdHAIR. I have no idea as to what the price of it is and I generally don’t have much knowledge on it as I just got it from one of the LivBoxes many months ago. It’s not amazing, if you ask me, seems to wear out quickly on its own, but it works in a pinch. The scent isn’t bad though, which is important to me. I mostly use unscented hairsprays normally. Today, I did fix my bun with an unscented spray at home, but I can’t recall the brand even. It is a giant GIANT bottle that I got from my mom ages ago. My hand sanitizer is The Body Shop’s mango hand sanitizer. The best smelling hand sanitizer in the world. Too bad The Body Shop is owned by L’Oréal… I haven’t yet quite decided on how I feel about that.

My mini notebook is super cute and handy for when I need to say… quickly draft up a shopping list. It’s adorably yummy-looking too! A pen is just handy to have. Gum is something I like carrying with me, though I also often carry some kind of breathmints. Jenkki (Yankee) is a Finnish brand and the eucamenthol flavor is very tasty and delightful, however, as with all gums sold in this country, the flavor really doesn’t last very long. Boo!

For some reason, I have 2 hand creams on me right now. I’m not sure yet about my future with Nivea, because I’ve always loved it, but I think they sell in China nowadays (which means questionable testing)… Favora I got from my pharmacy for free when I bought a face wash from the range.

The contents of my makeup bag today

The contents of my makeup bag today

My little makeup bag is super cute and from H&M. It cost about 3 euros, I think? Within, I usually keep what I might need to do touch-ups on my makeup during the day. Out of habit, I keep a mascara in it as well, though that’s one of those things I never need to reapply. And speaking of mascara, I’m quite loving this Isadora All Day Long Lash mascara I bought recently! I also always carry powder and ideally I’d carry plotting tissues, but right now I’ve ran out (The Body Shop has the best ones). I carry my blush of the day (MUA’s Marshmallow) just in case I’d need to touch up a bit, though I don’t have a brush with me, so I’m pretty sure it would turn out to be a right mess. I carry lip balms with me always (Carmex & Aco, from pharmacy) and today I also carry a couple of lipsticks. The very worn out pen-looking one is Isadora’s, can’t remember what the shade was called, but it’s that perfect everyday hue that just looks really natural. The other lipstick I have with me today is one of the minis from H&M, the Barbie-pink one. Wearing it right now and kind of loving it! I also have an eyeliner with me, in case I need to make my eye makeup more dramatic throughout the day. Apparently, I also have an extra mirror on me, probably because my old powder didn’t have a mirror that would bend back properly – making it hard to fix makeup.

That’s what’s in my bag today!

The Spring Beauty Tag

I got tagged by the lovely Anne of Powder & Puff! I took my sweet time getting to this, but here goes!

1. Do you change your makeup when Spring arrives? If so, how?
I usually swap my darker lipsticks for some brighter and sunnier ones, as in swapping berry lips for coral. I think my look sometimes changes a bit too, I worry a bit less about powdering my face into a matte base and just “go with the glow”. Despite the fact that I’m really pale, longer days don’t really make me up the SPF in my products, but I try to keep an SPF of 15 or 20 all year. I generally just avoid the sun anyway.

2. What’s your favourite Spring fragrance?
This is a tough one. As with makeup, I tend to go towards lighter, fresher fragrances as the spring goes on. I’ve got my eye on one fresh, citrus-y one, but I can’t recall if it even had a name as it was sold in that Eco shop (Ruohonjuuri) I visited recently. I’d love to get that one! I’m honestly very bad at using perfumes and even less likely to get new ones now that I’m reviewing and rethinking my cosmetics in general.

3. What’s going to be your favourite accessory this Spring?
I have to admit, that I like to dig out my sunglasses as soon as possible now that I finally got a prescription pair last summer. I got a good deal on new eyeglasses as well as sunglasses by Armani, so I went with it. My sunnies are quite big and brown tinted, both of which make them excellent for driving – which is the time I use my sunnies the most. Another favorite this spring is that ridiculously bright scarf of mine that I’ve mentioned a million times…

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4. What’s going to be your most worn item of clothing this Spring?
Honestly, it would be that scarf, hah! Spring in Finland is fickle in terms of temperature and windiness and as such, a scarf is something that one should always have around when going outside. If counting just per uses though, I’d probably say my dark, nearly black jeans, which I wear all the time. Those don’t sound very spring-y, do they…

5. What are your Top 3 favourite Spring nail polishes?
Right now, I’d say Summer, a delightful, somehow buttery coral from MUA’s now discontinued (?) Fashionista range, Lemon Cream, a light, fresh lemon yellow shade by Mavala and that minty shade from Baehr that I got a while ago.

6. Do you prefer pumps or sandals in Spring?
Sandals, but that would have to wait until summer! Our spring definitely still calls for winter boots… or at least sneakers.

7. What’s your favourite Spring Jacket?
Right now, it would be my faux leather jacket, which is pretty damn warm.

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8. What’s your favourite flower?
Carnations. Preferably white carnations. My wedding bouquet was also made of carnations. They are somehow so delicate and beautiful, come in so many colors and the feel to me the closest to beautiful wild flowers. I also love peonies, which look a bit like giant carnations mixed with roses… I’m honestly not very picky in terms of flowers. I most often do buy tulips in the spring though, I love their simple and sleek look!

My kimono

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I was recently reviewing my H&M order (after returning those pants – boo!) and swapped my t-shirts for some that were readily available. At the same time, this gorgeous kimono caught my eye and without much thought, I clicked it into my shopping bag! I have no idea how it’s going to look on me, but I’m hoping I’ll love it in real life as much as I loved it in the pictures. I would style it with some dark straight or skinny jeans, nude(ish) faux leather sandals, a bright faux leather purse (that nearly-neon yellow is just so appealing to me!), a simple black tank top, some eye-catching jewelry and bright orange lips and nails.

I should be getting my kimono in April and hopefully by then, the weather will be looking a bit more spring-like too!

How would you style a modern day kimono? Do you own one? If so, how do you wear it?

PS. You can get to my Polyvore page for this look to see all of the items used by clicking the image.