4 months later


It's been four months since I pledged to not buy any clothes for a year. I think it's time for a small follow up on that. But first, let me tell you it's been a weird time. I certainly had to adjust to it mentally. At first, I kept forgetting that I shouldn't buy anything, and so, I once placed an order on a faux fur collar only to scream in terror when it arrived at my door because that was when I finally remembered: no buying of clothes! Another time I had to battle with myself at a thrift store where I'd gone with a friend, because there was this really great navy blue sweater that I coud get for just $2. But I didn't. Yay. Anyway...


I'm just a human being.
I give in to temptations. And so, I actually did buy some clothes. Most of them were vintage, though: two coats and a dress and a cardigan I haven't shown on the blog yet. I also bought a Book of Deer top as a Christmas gift for myself. Then there was this 70s handmade dress on a rack in a thrift store and I just couldn't resist. On a side note: I have this thing about handmade items that I find while thrifting. I feel like I need to rescue them because only in the warmth and safety of my closet will they be properly cherished. It may seem a bit wacko but I'm a sewer, remember? Yeah, and this brings me to point 2.

I'm not able to sew everything I want.
I was so sure of myself when I started this pledge and said I'd sew anything I needed by myself. Well, I was properly humbled in the mean time. Started sewing two coats. Finished neither. Am afraid of ruining not very precious albeit very pretty fabrics. Need to work on that.

This pledge can come across as silly.
I was talking with a friend the other day and we both agreed that actually, my pledge is nothing extraordinary. After all, we both used to have years where we wouldn't buy new clothes either because we didn't have money for that, or because we just weren't interested. So yeah, I'm not making any sort of a breakthrough. I'm aware of that and am not waiting for a gold medal when I finish. I want to do this not to prove that it's possible to not shop for clothes for a year, because, duh, it's the reality of so many people! Instead, I want to check what happens once you got used to the possibility of getting anything, anytime you want, and then it gets taken away from you. It's an experiment on a living body of yours truly. I also want to see what ways there are of acquiring clothes. I want to research ethical fashion more. Which brings me to the next point.

Finding ethical companies is hard.
It's not that they aren't out there. It's just that they don't advertise as such! Each time I find an item of clothing that I like, I try to get to know more about the brand that made it. I start with going to their site where, usually, there is a total of zero information given on production process or manufacturers' working condidions. This makes me suspicious, so I then google for that information, and, usually, find none. This, in turn, makes me irritated and I decide it's not worth it to waste my time and since I'm not allowed to buy anything anyway, I just give up. I will need to get my stuff together and try contacting brands that I really like to find out more about them. Maybe they just haven't figured out that it's ok to say you're working ethically?

This pledge isn't fun.
And I think neither will be switching to ethical shopping --at least initially. I need to own up to the fact that I like to have lots of clothes and I like them cheap. While I don't want to support brands that make their clothes in sweatshops and don't care about their workers, I admit that I like the fact that I can get a cute blouse for just under $10, in my size and delivered at my door. Shopping at thrift stores is a great alternative but can be time consuming and I don't always get the stuff I like in my size. If I want beautiful clothes made with care and great quality, I need to either make them myself, which is time consuming, or buy at ethical companies, which is usually expensive. I have a hunch this is going to force me to adjust my lifestyle to be more sustainable and just plain reasonable. It's worth it.


My main point of interest at the moment is looking for more ethical brands for the remainder of my pledge. I want to contact brands and learn from them about their process. I also want to talk about it more often on the blog, so I can share on the go any new stuff I learned. I had actually written a lengthy introductory piece on the subject a few months back and have been working on it on and off ever since, and I think it's finally time for it to be published. Otherwise, I hope to be able to do interviews with designers and shop owners, to see what people in the industry think on this topic. I'm also thinking about a series of tips for i.e. spotting ethical companies or changing your approach to fast fashion. This is all pretty new to me, but I want to give it my all.

If there is something you think is worth tackling, let me know on facebook!

Minęły już cztery miesiące odkąd postanowiłam, że przez rok nie będę kupowała ubrań. Czas na małe podsumowanie dotychczasowych efektów. Ale zanim przejdę do rzeczy, muszę się przyznać, że jest to dosyć dziwne. Musiałam się dość długo przyzwyczajać do tej nowej sytuacji. Zdarzyło mi się na przykład na początku zamówić kołnierz ze sztucznego futra, i dopiero kiedy przyniósł go kurier, przypomniałam sobie, że przecież miałam nie kupować, i zawyłam żałośnie. Stoczyłam też ze sobą bitwę w second handzie: bitwę o granatowy sweterek za dwa złote. Był idealny. Ale nie kupiłam. Brawo. Ale już ad rem...



Jestem tylko człowiekiem. 
Poddaję się pokusom. W zasadzie więc kupiłam kilka ubrań przez ten czas. Większość z nich jest jednak vintage: dwa płaszcze, sukienka i kardigan. Na święta zrobiłam sobie prezent z bluzki od Book of Deer - to jedyna nowa rzecz, za to etycznie wyprodukowana. No i była jeszcze ta ręcznie szyta sukienka z lat 70-tych, którą wypatrzyłam na wieszaku w second handzie i nie mogłam jej nie zabrać. Tak na marginesie: mam wielką słabość do ubrań domowej roboty, które czasem znajduję na ciuchach. Mam potrzebę je ratować. Tylko w cieple i bezpieczeństwie mojej szafy będą właściwie docenione. Dziwne? Wcale nie, bo przecież sama szyję. Co mi przypomina, że...

Nie potrafię uszyć wszystkiego.
Kiedy zaczynałam to wyzwanie, buńczucznie stwierdziłam, że uszyję sobie co tylko będzie mi potrzebne. Otóż nie. Skruszona przyznaję, że zaczęłam na przykład szyć dwa płaszcze i żadnego nie skończyłam. Boję się zniszczyć niezbyt drogą, ale bardzo ładną tkaninę. Muszę nad tym popracować.

To wyzwanie może się zdawać głupiutkie.
Rozmawiałam któregoś razu z koleżanką i zgodziłyśmy się co do tego, że właściwie moje wyzwanie nie jest niczym szczególnym. W końcu obie miałyśmy w życiu takie momenty, że nie kupowałyśmy ubrań przez rok, bo nie było nas na to stać albo nie było to w kręgu naszych zainteresowań. Żadnego przełomu tu nie zrobię. Zresztą nie czekam na złoty medal na końcu. Chcę w tym postanowieniu dotrwać nie dlatego, żeby udowodnić, że się da, bo - no jasne, że się da! Dla wielu ludzi to zwyczajna codzienność. Ale chcę się dowiedzieć, co się stanie, kiedy komuś przyzwyczajonemu do możliwości kupienia ciucha w dowolnej chwili, odbierze się tę możliwość. To eksperyment na żywym organizmie. Chcę przy okazji zobaczyć, w jaki inny sposób można wejść w posiadanie ubrań. Chcę też dowiedzieć się więcej o etycznej modzie. I tu dochodzimy do kolejnego punku.

Znaleźć etyczne firmy nie jest łatwo.
To nie tak, że ich nie ma. Po prostu o tym nie mówią. Ilekroć znajdę jakieś ubranie, które mi się podoba, próbuję dowiedzieć się więcej o marce, która je stworzyła. Zaczynam od zerknięcia na stronę producenta, gdzie, zazwyczaj, znajduję okrągłe zero informacji na temat ich podejścia do etyki w modzie. Robię się podejrzliwa, więc przeszukuję google pod tym kątem i, zwykle, niczego nie znajduję. Tutaj już się irytuję i stwierdzam, że szkoda mojego czasu, a skoro i tak nie mogę niczego kupić, to olewam dalsze kroki. Gdybym była bardziej cierpliwa, powinnam pisać do firm i osobiście prosić o szersze informacje na temat, który mnie interesuje. Może oni po prostu nie wiedzą, że jeśli robią coś dobrze, to trzeba o tym napisać?

To postanowienie wcale nie jest fajne.
I myślę, że przejście na etyczne podejście do zakupów też nie będzie fajne. Przynajmniej na początku. Muszę się w końcu przyznać do tego, że lubię mieć dużo ciuchów i lubię to, że są tanie. O ile nie chcę dawać swoich pieniędzy firmom, które mają gdzieś warunki pracy swoich wytwórców, to przyznaję, że podoba mi się łatwość, z jaką mogę dostać tanią i ładną bluzeczkę, w moim rozmiarze i w dodatku doręczoną przez kuriera do moich drzwi. Dobrą alternatywą jest kupowanie w second handach, ale tam nie zawsze dostanę to, czego szukam w odpowiednim rozmiarze. W poszukiwaniu ciucha idealnego i  świetnej jakości pozostaje więc albo samodzielne szycie, które zajmuje masę czasu, albo kupowanie u etycznych producentów, które jest zwykle drogie. Zmiany, w których kierunku idę, z pewnością sprawią, że będę musiała tak podejmować konsumenckie wybory i tak przeorganizować swoje życie i  by było bardziej zrównoważone i po prostu rozsądne. Czuję, że warto.



W tej chwili najbardziej ciekawi mnie poszukiwanie marek wytwarzających ubrania etycznie i temu chcę poświęcić pozostały czas. Chcę kontaktować się z firmami i dowiadywać się więcej o ich procesie produkcyjnym. Chcę więcej o tym pisać na blogu, na bieżąco dzieląc się z Wami tym, czego się dowiedziałam. Parę miesięcy temu napisałam wstępny tekst o fast fashion i zmieniałam go już tyle razy, że czas się wreszcie przełamać i go opublikować. Poza tym mam nadzieję zrobić kilka wywiadów z projektantami i właścicielami sklepów, by przekonać się, co ludzie z branży myślą na ten temat. Myślę też o serii wskazówek dotyczących np. znajdowania etycznych marek i zmieniania swojego podejścia do fast fashion. To wszystko jest dla mnie dosyć nowe, ale chcę w to włożyć całe serce.

Jeśli jest coś, co uważacie, że powinnam jeszcze omówić, dajcie mi znać na fejsbuku!

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I made my own baby doll dress


There's just one word: finally! I was pining after a babydoll dress of my own for the longer part of the last year and after a few failed attempts at it, I finally made a pattern that works for me. It's a very comfy design and I just want to live in this dress forever or at least until the end of winter. I made it out of 100% wool given to me by a dear friend (thank you, A.!) and it's warm and perfect for winter, even though I made it sleeveless --I like to wear cardigans with it and sleeves would have made it quite impossible.

The design is very loose-fitting and trapeze-like from all angles, and it appears to be precisely the shape I've been looking for after wearing all the top-fitting skater dresses in the past. There's just some kind of personal space in this dress, you know? It allows me to just be a piece of it and not the center point. I guess sometimes I just want to hide all the curves that I have and not have them define me. I feel like I can just curl up in it and live as a happy ball of plaid for the rest of my life.

Wearing: vintage coat, found cardigan and scarf, me-made dress, Wojas boots.

Photos
by my boyfriend, Bartek.

Jedno słowo: nareszcie. Od miesięcy chciało mi się sukienki o kroju babydoll, i w końcu udało mi się wyprcować odpowiedni wykrój. Teraz już mogę w tej sukience zamieszkać, jest tak wygodna. Wygląda na to, że brakowało mi takiego luźnego kroju po długim czasie noszenia rzeczy dobrze dopasowanych.

Sukienkę uszyłam z pełnej wełny, którą dostałam od przyjaciółki (dzięki, A.!), więc jest ciepła i doskonała na zimę, mimo że nie wszyłam rękawów. Lubię ją jednak nosić z kardiganami, a rękawy by to uniemożliwiły.

Bardzo mi przypadł do gustu kształt tak luźny i trapezowy z każdej strony, że czuję, jakbym miała wokół siebie dużo wolnej, osobistej przestrzeni. Czasem fajnie jest zadecydować, że dziś nie obowiązują mnie moje krągłości i jestem namiotem. W tej sukience mogę się zwinąć w kłębek i być kraciastą kulą do końca swoich dni.

Mam na sobie płaszczyk vintage, znaleziony kardigan i szal, samodzielnie uszytą sukienkę, buty z Wojasa.

Zdjęcia zrobił Bartek.

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Gretel

How do you like Robot's new look? Every year I re-design my blog just to give myself a sort of a fresh start. I thought it was high time to move things a bit and here's what happened. This year, I wanted to do a very subtle kind of layout and I like the final outcome, it's very minimal and, hopefully, pleasing to the eye.

I'd love to turn your attention to a special feature: Robot is now properly bi-lingual! Right under the blog's name are two language categories that you can click on to switch between Polish and English. Finally, my posts won't be seven miles long! I'm really happy I managed to work on this issue, it's been bugging me for the longest time. I can't promise I will always post in two languages, though.

I still think I will make some tweaks to the layout, but we'll see what it really needs as the time passes. Let me know on Facebook if you think it needs something fixed!

Wearing:
vintage coat, found sweater, me-made skirt, old tights, Wojas boots, gifted scarf, Disaster Designs purse.

Photos by my boyfriend, Bartek.

Jak Wam się podoba nowy wygląd Robota? Co roku zmieniam projekt układu graficznego: odświeżam wygląd i głowę. Czas już był najwyższy na drobne przemeblowanie. Miałam w tym roku ochotę na projekt nienarzucający się i delikatny, i podoba mi się to, co zrobiłam. Jest oszczędnie i, mam nadzieję, przyjemnie dla oka.

Chciałabym zwrócić Waszą uwagę na specjalną funkcję: Robot jest teraz porządnie dwujęzyczny! Tuż poniżej tytułu znajdziecie dwie kategorie językowe, między którymi możecie się przekliknąć, żeby przeczytać wersję polską lub angielską. W końcu moje posty nie będą się ciągnęły kilometrami - męczyło mnie to od bardzo dawna. Nie mogę jednak obiecać tak na sto procent, że zawsze będę pisała w obu językach. Ale postaram się!

Myślę, że pojawią się jeszcze jakieś drobne zmiany i dodatki - ten szablon musi się trochę uleżeć, żebym odkryła, czego w nim brakuje. Jeśli i Wy coś znajdziecie, będziecie mieli jakąś sugestię - piszcie na Fejsbuku!

Mam na sobie:
płaszczyk vintage, znalezione sweter, samodzielnie uszytą spódnicę, stare rajstopy, buty z Wojasa, podarowany szalik, torebkę z Disaster Designs.

Zdjęcia zrobił mój chłopak, Bartek.

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Remix: Granny's Jacket


Outfits, clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Those of you who have been here longer, might remember that a year ago I received a few pieces from my Granny's closet. There was a couple of blouses and some skirts and purses, and this jacket. I seriously love this jacket. And it seems to be the most shown outerwear on the blog. I wrote about it at length in this post but long story short, it's made of sturdy wool that keeps me warm in moderate to cool temperatures  --it's even good for lighter winter days we're currently having. With eight posts featuring it from last year to now, it was high time for a remix.
Ci z Was, którzy bywają tu od dłuższego czasu, mogą pamiętać, że rok temu dostałam od Babci kilka rzeczy z jej szafy. Były wśród nich bluzki, spódnice, torebki - była też kurtka z dzisiejszego remiksu. Uwielbiam ją. I widać to, bo z odzieży wierzchniej to ją właśnie najczęściej pokazuję. Napisałam o niej spory tekst w tym pościet, ale mówiąc krótko: wełna dobra na wszystko. Grzeje, nadaje się na chłodny czas, nawet na taką lekką zimę jak teraz, jest jak znalazł. A skoro znalazłam aż osiem różnych zestawów, w których się pojawiła, to czas był najwyższy na remiksowy wpis.


Outfits, clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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Enjoy the silence

I've been sitting here for what feels like hours, and I really have nothing to say today. Enjoy the silence
Siedzę tu już chyba całą wieczność i naprawdę nie mam dziś nic do powiedzena. Enjoy the silence.




All the stuff I'm wearing is either, old, or gifted, or vintage, or found, except for the bag which is new. Hat is new to me vintage from Holy Rags. Pin is also new to me, from soviet era, from Soviet Dreams.

All photos by myself.
Wszystko, co mam na sobie jest albo stare, albo podarowane, albo vintage, albo znalezione, poza torbą, która jest nowa. Kapelusz jest vintage z Holy Rags. Przypinka jest z czasów ZSRR, z Soviet Dreams.

Zdjęcia zrobiłam sama.

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No comment.


I closed the comments section on my blog. It feels good. Here's why.
Zamknęłam komentarze na blogu. Dobrze mi z tym. Oto dlaczego.


I could write a long-winded post about the state of commenting in contemporary blogging communities or I could compare and contrast Polish blogs and foreign blogs (the differences are striking and the similarities surprising) and I could talk at length about different types of engagement that different type of content can create but the simplest explanation for my closing down the comments section on Robot would be: it all stems from my introvertion. In real life, I need large amounts of time reserved just for myself on a daily basis. Judging by the photos that I show on my blog, you could also say that I need a lot of human-less physical space around me --and you would be very right. And so, I've decided that I want my blog to resemble that empty space and that alone time. I want to keep to myself here. It's a very symbolic gesture because I'll still be happy and ready to talk with anyone on other platforms, but making this separation simply works for me and makes me feel lighter and more free to create whatever content I want.

I'm an introvert and while I love being around people, I also get drained by it and need to stay away to recharge. I've noticed that social media interaction is exhausting to me, even more so than interacting with people in "real world". And while I don't want to let go of it all because it can be great, I want to do it on my own terms. And this change to Robot--it just feels right.

There are plenty other places where interaction is more natural for me than on the blog. You can always catch me via e-mail or on instagram or on facebook. See you there!

Mogłabym długo pisać o komentowaniu w blogosferze: kto to robi, dlaczego i w jakim celu, jakie są komentarze u nas i za granicą, czym się różnią, a w czym są podobne. Ale prawdziwym powodem zamknięcia komentarzy na moim blogu była po prostu moja introwertywność. Potrzeba mi dużo przestrzeni i czasu tylko dla siebie. Widać to na moich zdjęciach, zawsze ukrytych gdzieś w lesie, bezludnych, odosobnionych. Zżyłam się z tymi zdjęciami - i z blogiem. Dlatego chciałabym, żeby Robot był takim spokojnym, cichym miejscem tylko dla mnie. To w zasadzie tylko symboliczny gest, bo przecież wciąż będę obecna i chętna do rozmowy w innych mediach społecznościowych, ale to odcięcie mi pasuje i sprawiło, że czuję się lżej i mam więcej swobody.

Jestem introwertyczką, a więc czas spędzany wspólnie z ludźmi rozładowuje moje baterie - a ostatnio zauważyłam, że funkcjonowanie w mediach społecznościowych wyczerpuje mnie szybciej niż spotkania w świecie pozawirtualnym. O ile nie chcę się całkiem pozbywać tych internetowych interakcji, to chciałabym, żeby one funkcjonowały na moich zasadach. Ta zmiana po prostu mi pasuje.

Jest sporo innych miejsc, gdzie możemy się porozumieć. Zawsze możecie mnie złapać mailowo, na fejsbuku i na instagramie. Do zobaczenia!


Everything I'm wearing in this post is either old or found, or a gift.
All photos by myself.

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Inspirations: Book of Deer



Book of Deer

I broke my no-shoppig pledge this Christmas and got myself a blouse you can see in my last post. I decided to allow myself one purchase and knew I wanted to get something from Book of Deer, a brand I've been oohing and aahing at for years now --and when you don't shop at all, your wants kinda crystallize. I am so glad I went with it. Book of Deer is a wonderful brand created by the lovely Eilidh and residing in Hong Kong. Her designs are brought to life in a small Chinese factory under her watchful eye (check it out on her blog).

My top is of exquisite quality: french seams and bias bound seam allowances are not something you often see on ready to wear garments and to me, that just screams: attention to detail and focus on durability. Which is something which, as a sewer, I appreciate immensly. It is made of very high quality, super-soft polyester and while I usually steer clear of synthetic fibres because of my skin issues, the loose-fitting shape of this piece is going to make it ok to wear through all the seasons.

I find Book of Deer's very distinctive style alluring. I love how fresh Eilidh keeps all her silhouettes: they are classic with a retro twist thanks to all the quirky details like unexpected buttons and bows and ambroideries. All of her collections (of which you can see more on her Pinterest) are inspired by things slightly mysterious like deep sea or far north or little coutry house kitchens which she shapes into pieces that make me want to follow a path to an imaginary world where I could lose myself while exploring all the incredible sites. I am a huge fan of the Selkie&Sea collection (I'm so sad I was late to get the skirt with a ship on it!) and also the clothes pin dress of Kitchen Country is a dream. I'm really happy with my Ramekin Jam top, it's just so cute!

There is a huge sale over at Book of Deer right now so it might be a good idea to check it out if you fell in love with Eilidh's designs like I did!

*I know this is a glowing review so stay assured that I am not sponsored by Book of Deer to write it, I just really, really like Eilidh's designs.
Złamałam swoje wyzwanie-nie kupowanie i na Święta sprawiłam sobie bluzkę, którą widzieliście w ostatnim poście. Zdecydowałam, że mogę sobie pozwolić na zakup jednej rzeczy i wiedziałam, że chcę wybrać coś od Book of Deer, marki, której ubrania zachwycają mnie od lat. No, a jak nie kupuje się wcale, to jakoś krystalizują się prawdziwe marzenia. Cieszę się, że to zrobiłam.

Book of Deer jest marką, którą stworzyła Eilidh Ho, działającą w Hong-Kongu i podbijającą serca kobiet na całym świecie. Projekty Eilidh wcielają w życie pracownicy małej chińskiej fabryki, którą opiekuje się sama Eilidh, czuwając, by wszystko działo się dobrze, co możecie obejrzeć na jej blogu.

Moja bluzka jest znakomitej jakości: rzadko się we współcześnie produkowanych ubraniach znajduje szwy francuskie i wykończenia szwów lamówką. Te detale mówią jasno: to odzież, która ma przetrwać lata. Jako człowiek związany z szyciem bardzo doceniam tę dbałość o detal. Sam top uszyty jest z bardzo przyjemnej i mięciutkiej tkaniny poliestrowej. O ile zwykle unikam włókien syntetycznych ze względu na problemy ze skórą, to uznałam, że luźny kształt tej bluzki pozwoli mi ją wygodnie nosić niezależnie od pory roku.

Styl, który prezentuje Book of Deer jest zupełnie czarujący. Podoba mi się świeżość, którą widzę w krojach i doborach materiałów. Jest tu inspiracja modą retro, jak również delikatne nawiązania do współczesnych trendów, ale to wszystko jest bardzo zgrabnie zbalansowane i tworzy uroczy, dziewczęcy efekt. Wszystkie kolekcje (dawniejsze możecie obejrzeć na pintereście BoD) zainspirowane są tematami nieco tajemniczymi: głębinami morskimi, wycieczkami na wieś, wyprawami na daleką Północ. Eilidh przemienia te ulotne pomysły w ubrania, które są jak opowieść - aż chcę się w niej znaleźć i zgubić.

Na stronie Book of Deer jest obecnie wielka przecena, więc warto zajrzeć i dać się uwieść!

*Ta recenzja nie jest sponsorowana, po prostu naprawdę podobają mi się projekty Eilidh.

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HOW TO STAY WARM AND STYLISH IN WINTER

It's freezing outside and she's wearing a skirt? Typical blogger.

See what I did there? I haven't actually heard that remark about myself but I have read it many times. I know, I know, some bloggers DO make weird things like wearing no tights or appearing coat-less in the coldest of winter. I, however, do not like to be cold. When I was much younger, I would take my hat off and unbutton my jacket as soon as I left my mother's sight. But I am grown up now and whereas I do have my rebellious bouts, getting cold on purpose is not one of them. 

I have spent many a freezing winter figuring out how to stay warm and look nice at the same time and I want to share my hard-earned knowledge and obviously enormous experience with you. So if you are either one of those wise people who decide to just stick to your michelin guy looks come winter even though you are so so stylish during warmer seasons, OR if you are a brave person who gets constantly cold in the name of fashion, this small list of tips might be of help to you.


How to stay warm and stylish in winter

Before I get to the proper tips, here's my number one rule of dressing for any weather: match what you wear to your conditions. In winter, you can safely wear less bulky clothes if you are outside just for short periods of time, like just going shopping or hopping between your home and a car and your workplace. On the other hand, if you are a commuter like me and you know sometimes you will have to wait for the bus for who knows how long, layer up. Same goes for situations when you go out during the day and plan to come back in the night: it's going to get colder than when you first went out so, again, layer up. Now, on to the actual clothing tips.

1. Layer properly.
I'm sure you know how to wear your sweater over your shirt and your coat over that. What you need to remember are your most essential pieces: your underwear. Base layer is something I wear religiously in winter. It keeps me warm at all times and is just a thin layer that I can hide under any blouse. It also gives so much warmth that on a day that is not all that cold, I can cut on outer layers --like today. 

2. Know your denier.
If you decide to wear a skirt or a dress in winter, keep your legs and butt warm by wearing tights. Actually, wear those suckers under your jeans, too! Denim is the worst when it comes to staying warm. You can easily find tights with fleece on the inside or made of wool. Look for something over 100 den - it's the measure of thickness of your tights so the higher it is, the warmer it gets. If you are looking to wear a pair of colourful tights but the ones you already have aren't particularly high den, remember that you can layer them over a pair of fleece tights. You can also wear over-the-knee socks for extra warmth --and style. And when it gets super cold, you can even wear your base layer pants. Just wear a pair of regular tights over them in case they have those weird ridges and lines that scream "winter cyclist". At least I would do so but then again --if you're feeling brave, let no one stop you.

3. Wear wool.
I've already written about the benefits of wearing wool before, so I'll just say this: nothing will keep you as warm as a woolen garment. And nothing is quite as stylish, at least in my opinion. In this outfit, my skirt and scarf are made of wool and my boots are lined with it. I find my feet are prone to freezing the most so wearing really warm boots pays off. If it were colder than today, I'd have worn a thick woolen coat --this time I was able to get away with an all-artificial one that is pretty much a joke when it comes to giving warmth --this also goes to prove how great my base layer is (and it allowed me to drop the coat for half a minute so that I could show you my cardigan and not freeze right then and there).


4. Secret weapon: gloves.
Remember that you can layer your gloves/mittens: have a pair of really thin ones hidden under those big, knit ones that give you a -50 modifier to agility. When you have a need to actually use your fingers, you can just take the big mittens off and have your hands ready without them freezing off in an instant.

5. Choose great accessories.
There is no better way to make an outfit more interesting than by adding awesome accessories and winter is the season to take advantage of that. I know I have several hats and mittens or gloves and at least a thousand scarves in high rotation --just to change things up a bit so it doesn't get boring, like wearing the same scarf always with the same coat. It's so easy and so essential.

And that's basically it. If you have any more tips --do share! I'd be keen to learn some secret tricks that you might have!





Coat and cardigan: Top Secret, old
Blouse: Book of  Deer, sold out, same model, different print
Hat: found
Scarf: gift from Bartek's mum
Tights and gloves: ancient
Belt: vintage, gift from my mum
Base layer (you can't see it but it's there): Brubeck
Boots: Rieker

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2015 WRAP UP: OUTFITS&MORE

I picked some of my favorite outfits from the past year for today's wrap-up post. 

Sometimes it was the photos that made me like a shoot more than others, sometimes it was the outfits themselves but all in all, I think the layered looks were my favorites, no matter the season. 

I feel like this year marked a subtle shift in my style. I wore separates almost all of the time, when in the past years, I used to wear more dresses. I also cut down on my flared skirts and went for more modest silhouettes.

Winter and Spring
Left to right, first row: 1, 2, 3; second row: 4, 5, 6.

I loved the photos taken in the old abandoned house that we visited in early spring (photo number 3). I remember how freezing it was! But it was totally worth it to get cold for these dreamy photos. Also our stay in O. was so pleasant that it's only natural that I look back fondly at the photos taken there (photos number 5 and 6).

Summer and Autumn
Left to right, first row: 1, 2, 3; second row: 4, 5, 6.

I have to admit that I'm not into my summer photos as much as into others. I've said it before and I'll say it again: so much heat doesn't let you style stuff in ways that are interesting. Autumn was great, though, with all the layers and scarves that I like so much.

Other things...
But my blog is a bit more than just sewing and outfit photos. This year I talked about two topics that are enormously important to me: ethical fashion and body positivity. I wrote at length about my year-long commitment not to buy clothes. I will do a follow-up on it soon so stay tuned, a lot of interesting thoughts there after four months in! I also wrote about my approach to body --and told my body story  as well. I was a bit uneasy about it at first but then your answers started appearing and thanks to your support I was reassured I did a good thing to write it. 

Which takes me to this next topic: I was so thrilled to receive such great feedback from my readers in all instances. Really, you guys amaze me and I'm so happy that you come here and leave your thoughts. A lot of times your comments make me realize new things or ponder more on topics that I thought I had already made up my mind about. It's great to have people like you here: smart, funny and empathetic. Thank you for being here with me, I am truly grateful for that. Here's to another great year together!

Now, I'm planning some changes to Robot this year, both to the visual side of things and the content. I hope I can steer clear of overdoing stuff and from being overly perfectionistic. If I do something silly, though, I hope I can count on you guys to tell me!

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BREAKING A SPELL

One last post from the last year before I get to wrapping up my outfits for 2015... So this is about a piece that gives me headaches. 

Some clothes are troublesome for me. I have these deeply ingrown ideas about them that seem to make me unable to easily wear them. No matter how many great inspirations I see with those pieces featured, once I try to recreate them, I feel weird and like a fish out of the water. A black pencil skirt is definitely one of those pieces. I've seen it worn casually as well as more officially. It can so easily appear elegant or plain on others. But when I put one on... I get the feeling of ugh. Like I'm wearing a coffin or something. I don't mind pencil skirts --in fact, one of my favorite skirts is this pencil one and I hope to soon be able to wear it again (eh-hum, additional post-christmas inches, heh-hum).

Looking at this outfit in the photos, I see something that is not too shabby and generally acceptable. BUT. I can remember feeling awkward. Like I don't know how to walk properly or like I look mis-proportioned or something (and that lining showing definitely wasn't helping --I need to fix that). Generally I may be afraid that I look old. No, I mean, I may look like an adult. You know? Like I'm a grown up, mature person. Only grown up, mature people wear black pencil skirts. Those confident, gorgeous women who ace their life and work and relationships. So, in fact, maybe this black skirt feels like playing dress up? Like wearing my mother's proverbial high heels when I was a kid (proverbial, because my mother never wore high heels that I could try on as a five-year-old)?

While I think I'm kinda tired of my flared skirts and dresses, I still am not ready to move on to formally grown-up clothes. (So I got a yellow pin with a little mouse and raccoon face mittens to balance it out a bit.)


Skirt: I think it was a gift but really, no idea where it came from.
Blazer: thrifted
Sweater: found
Shirt: thrifted
Boots: Zign
Scarf: found
Hat: local shop/Hala Kopińska
Mittens: C&A
Pin: vintage from Soviet Dreams shop on Etsy

*Photos by my boyfriend, Bartek.

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2015 WRAP UP: SEWING

Happy new year! Now that 2016 is upon us, I wanted to wrap up some of the things I showed you on the blog last year.


The first thing I wanted to review are my sewing endeavours! Sewing has become so important to me this past year, as evidenced by the amount of clothes I'd sewn just for myself as well as those I made for others. So... without further ado, let me show you what I sewed.

Spring
Left to right, first row: 1, 2, 3, single photo, third row: 5, 6, 7.

Out of these, the skirts were a definite hit. I wore the yellow gingham skirt so much that I finally made a remix post with it! The splatter print blouse was a complete miss, though, and I never wore it although I have no idea why because I still think it's totally cute.

Summer
Left to right, first row: 1, 2, 3, second row: 4, 5, 6, third row: 7, 8, 9.

In the summer I did my first and second take on trousers. Shorts, actually. And they turned out to be really nice and easy to make. That white dress was probably my fastest make, I put it together in a few hours I had just before heading out to a summer solstice party. The blue floral dress was a miss, though. Absolutely cute and... well, I had nowhere to wear it to. And the gorgeous floral skirt... The fabric got so disappointingly washed out after just one cleaning that I don't even want to look at it anymore.

Autumn
Left to right, first row: 1, 2, 3, second row: 4, 5, 6

I think my favorite makes of the year happened in the autumn/winter. I've finally unleashed my love for plaids and the outfits I put together with them were by far the most satisfying. All of these makes are something I can't stop wearing --I'm getting a little tired of them already, because they are in such high rotation.

Sewing for others
Wedding dresses 1 and 2.


These two wedding dresses are definitely my biggest accomplishment of the year. I am so proud of them and I can't even tell you how wonderful it was to make them for the two gorgeous ladies who wore them on their special day. Honestly, in my whole life I've never had the pleasure to work with more mannerly and lovely clients. 

There were more things I made for other people, as well as other small things I sewed -like a bag or a simple refashion. And I'm glad I did them all, together with all the stuff pictured above. I feel like I've gained a lot of experience this year, I have learned an enormous amount of important things and I'm ready to gain even more knowledge as I go on. Because I definitely want to go on! I can't wait to sit down at my sewing machine and start something new.

I now wonder, out of these makes, which ones were your favorite? What would you be curious to see me make this year? Feel free to let me know, I'd be thrilled to read all your ideas!