Outfit: Take me a picture

I think I've mentioned it before on the blog but I'll say it again: I used to be very much into vintage cameras! So much so, in fact, that I used to run a small blog where I would write old camera reviews, accompanied by photos that I took with them. My collection at one point was around 40 cameras! This interest has since waned but there still are a couple of analog cameras sitting on our shelves, in part for decoration and in part as a reminder that taking photos with them is always an option. The Ansco that I have in today's shoot is a 1950s medium format camera that we scored in its original faux leather case, with an attachment flash complete with a couple of those fun disposable flashbulbs that have since gone out of production. As this camera uses a type of film that is --again --no longer in production, there is a slim chance we'll ever use it but it's a cool piece of modernist design to have around.

dress c/o Rosegal, thrifted cardigan, old flats (similar), belt and beret

I've also been pleasantly surprised by the weather lately! During our September vacations we actually were really cold most of the time but October seems to be making up for that. I certainly didn't think I'd get to go out with bare legs this year anymore but what do you know? The cardigan wasn't even a necessity and the dress I'm wearing, although rather sheer, was just perfect on its own!

I'm wearing a dress c/o Rosegal, thrifted cardigan, old flats (similar), belt and beret.

Photos by Bartek.


Outfit idea: Come with me to the masked ball

I hear Halloween is coming! Although there is no local tradition of celebrating it in Poland, the Western or, Anglo-Saxon tradition sure reaches us here! While we usually don't treat it as seriously as people located more to the west of here, we do like to dress up and every reason is good to have a party! So, in line with our Polish take on the new tradition --or, rather my take on it --here's an outfit fit for a slightly Halloween-themed ball. A very masked ball! Halloween is all about a masquerade after all, isn't it?

I like to match my accessories by theme and finding all these mask-related pieces was so much fun! Add a glittery dress and here you go. A sort of understated-but-not outfit for a party when you don't want to be too literal about your Halloween inspiratinos. Gosh, I'd wear the hell out of this one!

If you prefer to be less opaque when celebrating your Halloween, why not check out the pieces you can find here (and on sale too!)? There are lots of pumpkin- and ghost- and zombie-themed clothes in there that will make you feel festive! Also you can enter a contest here to win a $100 voucher for your shopping spree on Rosegal. Give yourself a chance!


Outfit: In the end it is beauty that is going to save the world

I have just returned from a weekend spent by a bonfire in a forest, soaked with pine smoke and surrounded by friends old and new, while moments quickly flew by and at the same time seemed to keep lingering on in the balmy air. I love singing and laughing and sharing stories with other people while in the wild. I'm not big on large gatherings nor do I exactly enjoy nights at a noisy club anymore. But this? Learning new songs, opening my throat and heart, sharing whatever bits of knowledge I've gathered through the last 10 years with people who are on the same path -- if there is beauty in this life, this is where I see it shine. I never forget how much it makes me feel alive. I only forget how much I need it. When I remember it though, it's so intense! I sincerely believe that it is through this kind of little encounters with beauty that we grow in our lives.

thrifted dress, sweater, old oxfords and purse and beret, Good Looking Objects necklace (on sale!)

I'm wearing a thrifted dress, sweater, old oxfords and purse and beret, Good Looking Objects necklace (on sale!).

Photos by Bartek.


Outfit: Witchy ways

Just as summer means adventures for me in the real, tangible world, autumn means journeys on other levels. It means stories written and told, it means imagination running wild and extraordinary thoughts taking form. I'm not sure I've ever mentioned it on the blog, but I used to be very much into esotheric knowledge when I was younger. I guess growing up immersed in folk tales and imagining fairies hidden behind every rock on your path can do that to you when you grow up a little. I would read every book about the subject I could put my hands on: fairytales, fantasy, even some practical magic handbooks. Still when I was a kid, I received a marvelous gift in the form of a book on divination --a heavy tome that to this day sits on my shelf, falling apart after years of constant re-reading. My interest waxed and waned through the years, and it now mostly lingers half-forgotten in the depths of my mind. Although I still own a small library focusing on everything that is magical in this world, the most used cards in my house are those I play patience with and all my old 'grimoires' gather dust. I will occasionally open the bag with my tarot deck, just to see if that old bastard is still as talkative as he used to be.

Still, autumn brings back memories and opens eyes to possibilities, and especially on grey and rainy days it makes me feel magic in the air.

dress c/o VipShop, thrifted vintage boots and backpack, old cardigan (similar) and necklace, thrifted scarf

Come to think of it, in a way, you could say that as my iterests shifted, style has become my belief system. It's a thing that turned out to be a strong support and a line of defense. As such, I know it can morph into many images --and there are certain kinds of clothes that will always feel a little more extraordinary than others. Wearing this dress, I couldn't help but feel a little magical again. There is something mysterious about the way the light plays on this fabric, shining softly on the folds as I move, as if some fairy dust sat there on the surface. When I was ordering from VipShop, I thought it would be a nice, albeit simple black dress to wear easily with a denim jacket and a pair of boots. What I received far surpassed my expectations. The fabric of this dress is lightweight viscose with nylon, it's silky to touch and almost opalescent without being over the top in any way. When I first wore it on a warmer day, simply with a pair of loafers, two independent people commented on how magical it looked. Perhaps then, this is the perfect Halloween dress! It can turn you into a witch or a sorceress without you even trying.

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I'm wearing a dress c/o VipShop, thrifted vintage boots and backpack, old cardigan (similar) and necklace, thrifted scarf.

Photos by Bartek.


Remix: How to wear a bottle green pencil skirt

Outfit: An Excited Sort of Beetle

It's weird that I don't wear more pencil skirts because this one is in my top three favorite skirts ever. I've had it since even before writing this blog --it was a thrift find and it went through a lot with me. It used to be straight in shape but I didn't like that so once I figured out how to use a sewing machine, I decided to turn it into a pencil skirt by sewing the sides together at an angle. I actually did a very poor job at that and after a while, the hem started to ripple and look frumpy. It took me a while to convince myself that it was ok to shorten it in order to fix that problem, but once I did, It occured to me that it didn't only look better on its own, it also looked better on me! Again, photos proved to me that whenever I go for shorter lengths rather than longer ones, I look more like myself. Still, even being short, the skirt remains pretty elegant. Its shade of green and the fact that it's made out of nicely soft wool with slight nap make it so much different from the official pencil skirts that I cant's help but associate with office or corporate uniforms that instill great dread in me. I should find a similar type of fabric and make a similar skirt to switch between.

Outfits: 1, 2, 3, 4


Outfit idea: Styling basics to look interesting for fall

You know I'm not one for basic pieces. To be honest, I feel a bit stumped each time I try to style myself without using prints, embroideries and other kinds of embellishments. On the one hand, there's no need to force myself, on the other... that calls for a challenge!

So, how about styling the most basic thing that I thought would give me a headache if I indeed tried to wear it: a tee dress. These come in a variety of colors. My line of thinking was to add other pieces that came in a variety of colors: a beret, a scarf, a biker jacket, a simple purse. This warm-toned set would look good on me since I'm pretty warm and deep in my coloring, but you could easily re-create it to suit yours if you are cooler or lighter. From the pieces I picked, you could, for example, take the dress in green and the scarf in pink and the beret in grey to go with cool toned skin and blonde hair. I bet a navy blue dress and a green scarf would look great with black hair and pale skin.

Admittedly, I couldn't help myself and added some pieces that did have some sort of decoration --the tights and the beret. But, naturally, you could replace those with ones without any prints all too easily! You do you!


Outfit: Autumn creeping in

Just a short post today, saying that I'm already back in the city and back to work. The vacations were so lovely and invigorating! And while the weather in Warsaw may be changeable, I only want to see the brightest and most sunny of days, and memorize them thanks to the photos that we take. We managed to capture the most beautiful, velvety light on the leaves of this ivy (or is it Virginia creeper?)!

thrifted skirt (shortened), blouse, flats, old beret and purse, thrifted cardigan.

The blouse I'm wearing is from a local Polish brand called Medicine, and as I've been following them for a while, I decided this year has been their best, especially in terms of prints. I'm not easy to please these days when it comes to prints, as a lot of them that I see are way too 'novelty' for me, but seeing these beautiful carousel-like horsies, drawn in subdued tones on a pretty blouse with gathers at the arm seams made me cave. Also this dress printed with astrology-inspired shapes that I showed you in another post was a thing I couldn't pass up on. They are collaborating with independent Polish artists to create these prints. That is a big 'yes' in my book. Bravo to Medicine. By the way, this is not an ad or anything, I'm just genuinely impressed with their work.

I'm wearing a thrifted skirt (shortened), blouse, flats, old beret and purse, thrifted cardigan.

Photos by Bartek.


Custom sewing: Hania's wedding dress

I like my brides a little crazy, just like I like my friends. So when Hania, a good friend, asked me if it would be possible to sew her a wedding dress about a week before the wedding, I was happy to take on the challenge. Especially that I knew that an artistic type like Hania would go for anything but traditional. And so, this dress was born: a two piece set, consisting of a pencil skirt and a crop top, made in batik fabric that Hania picked from my vast stash. I thrifted this one a few years back in a small town in Poland... weird place to find original batik, isn't it?

(Btw, spot me in the first photo! Hint: I've got blue hair. Wearing a lovely printed wool crepe dress I made last year and never showed on the blog somehow!)

We borrowed the design from the early 1960s and I did all the pattern drafting to Hania's precisely taken measurements. To say the dress fits like a glove would not be an overstatement. I'm a hard person to impress, especially with my own work, but when I saw Hania try on the skirt, I literally got goosebums (that happens to me when I experience sheer beauty, is it a thing?).

As a bonus, here's my crazy beautiful and crazy crazy Hania with a pan. I love you, my sister.

By the way, check out Hania's incredible talent she shares with the world at Tarantoga Art Dolls.

Hania is wearing a bespoke dress I made from thrifted fabric.
Frist photo taken by Piotr Pytel.
Photos from the shoot taken by Konrad Werkowicz (aka the groom).
I took the other photos.


Outfit: Light the way

This is the last post from the seaside! Well, at least the last outfit post, because I've got a couple of rolls of film to develop and if those photos are any good, I will definitely share some snapshots/postcards from our trip. Anyway, can you believe we've been away for three weeks? Such lovely, long vacation! I couldn't be more happy about it. In the past, we would go away for a week or two tops, but always felt hungry for more afterwards, as if the meal was too small. This long trip proves that three weeks is what we need to really feel rested. As we were leaving the seaside, I did feel a slight twinge --how can we be going away so soon?! Leaving all the biking, mushroom hunting, sight seeing and exploring behindg... But at the same time, I knew I was eager to be home at last, and I couldn't wait to to fall ssleep in my own bed, surrounded by my four pets (did I mention we adopted a second cat in addition to our two dogs and his majesty Shark the cat?). Not to mention my sewing machine! I SO missed sewing, guys!

thrifted dress and cardigan, sweater, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, old boots and beret and purse

We took these photos by the 19th c. lighthouse in Niechorze. Last time we were here, we climbed the stairs to the top and almost got blown off by the wind so we decided to stay safe on the ground this time. The lighthouse itself is quite a sight to see, especially in the night --it's colorfully illuminated and the light it sends itself is pretty mesmerizing as it scans the area in a starburst pattern, especially if you are lucky like we were and see it on a slightly misty night. You can see it in this video I made --taken with my phone cam so not the best quality but decent enough to grasp the idea.

I'm wearing a thrifted dress and cardigan, sweater, necklace c/o Good Looking Objects, old boots and beret and purse

Photos by Bartek.