Monday, 4 July 2016

Kitten heel confessions

I have a confession to make. I’m a secret fan of kitten heels. Although a devoted stiletto lover, from time to time I enjoy pulling on a block heel, which turns out to be the gateway drug to god damn kitten heels. There is something intriguing about the awkward, noticeably 90’s kitten heel that just looks unexplainably chic to me. Maybe it’s the urge to keep trying something new or the excitement of liking something I shouldn't . So instead of easing into it, I wanted to get straight to the point and discuss.
This heel height that surely causes chills in some of you, has to be addressed, styled and done properly. So I sourced what I think is the best kitten heel on the market, the Valentino Rockstud, but this time in a lower version. Found on what I perviously claimed to be one of the best platforms for Rockstuds, Farfetch. Since writing this shoe of the month post on the stud covered classic, two more 110mm pair has lined up on my shoe shelf (we’ll save that for another confession session...) So it was time to take a plunge into the world of the 65mm.
To allow myself to buy such a classic, but overexposed shoe after all these years, I wanted to make sure they’ll get some rotation in my closet, so I followed my own few thumb rules. 1. Can you think of 3 ways of wear them? 2. Will it upgrade your wardrobe? and most importantly, 3. Do you want to wear them right this second? Yes, yes and yes I thought, which ultimately brings us down to ‘it’s all about how you style them’. The lower heel makes this ideal for daytime, but to bring this to 2016, I suggest loose denim, a oversized silhouette and crispy cotton. As for night time, with the risk of looking too predictable, I skipped the LBD and introduced this fantastic dress, that seems to fill most of the SS16 tick-list. Structured cotton, ruffles, gingham, and an asymmetric cut. Classic meets contemporary, attractive and cute, unexpected, but a combination that I most likely could re-wear for years to come. A little tap on my shoulder and an attempt to keep the Rockstuds in season for yet another year.
In collaboration with Farfetch
Photos by Mikko Puttonen

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Spirit of Adventure

CHANEL brougues

Something a bit different today, as I am taking you on a little country trip in the spirit of adventure with Barbour. The British heritage brand that I’ve worked with throughout my blog, has launched a collection especially for this season, containing everything that you need to prepare yourself for a festival summer, available at Country Attire. All you UK based readers knows that this does not always mean being able to stroll around in a cropped crocket top, but rather being prepared and kitted out, not letting the typical English weather be an obstacle. 

My festival approach will be relaxed this year, I feel that’s the only sane option, after all, it’s your holiday so act like it. I might not go as far as pulling on the wellies, although there is a pair or two in the collection. Comfortable pieces that you can actually dance in and a little bit of a heel sounds about right. The British take on festivals might not be as flower-heavy and sand-based as the legendary Coachella, so trust me on the fact that a waxed jacket will be your best bet, for now and the summers to come.

In collaboration with Barbour
Photos by Heidi Hagelstam

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Graduate Fashion Week: Nottingham Trent University

Olivia Barclay

Latasha Hammond

Beth Needham

Chloe Jackson

Laura Tollervey

Charlotte Rollings & Morta Rapalyte

Kendall Baker 

Beth Needham & Josephine Bulmer

Charlotte Yates & Lianyi Chen

This week, after a few amazing Finnish fashion filled days, I flew back to London, just in time to see some of UK’s freshest talent present their collection on Graduate Fashion week. I got to be a guest of Nottingham Trent University again and was blown away to say it lightly. What an amazing amount of talent this University breeds, that was also proven by three students that headed into the finals, of which Chloe Jackson and knitwear designer Kendall Baker was awarded for their refined hard work and imagination.

I was personally mesmerised by Olivia Barclay and her innovative use of layers and exploration of silhouettes, where the balance of masculine and feminine came together in a harmony that I could easily see on myself. Laura Tollervey was another favorite that played with volume and layering in a very ready-to-wear manner. I was especially smitten by her material combinations. Yet another designer worth mentioning was Morta Rapalyte and her bold take on pale hues: a perfect presentation of how to balance hard and soft when it comes to materials. I could go on and on about these young talents, but I am sure we will hear more from these graduates very soon.
In collaboration with Nottingham Trent University

Monday, 30 May 2016

Shoe of the Month: Aquazzura ‘Wild Thing’ Sandals

We need to talk about the shoe that you surely haven't missed if you are a heel-lover like me. The red version of the Aquazurra ‘Wild Thing’ sandals basically flooded Instagram last summer and apparently, we are still not over the pair. There is no end in sight for the fame of the best fringe sandals on the market as they are now part of the current collection. A lower 85mm version has recently been introduced and a block heel for a more practical use (something I know nothing about).

The white version moved into my closed a few months ago, these and a black pair exclusively to FWRD are actually the only version that comes in leather, all the million other version listed above are made in suede. The flirty, super high sandals easily fall in the ‘goes with your whole wardrobe’ category as they are the ideal skinny sandals - without boring you to tears. So no need to repeat myself how well these go with everything from jeans and culottes to all of your skirt lengths, you are good as long as you don’t fully cover the precious sandals. I can’t claim these to be the most comfortable pair of mine, so make sure you don’t suffer without the waves of Uuhs and Oohs that these gather. A truly a joy packed, fun pair, but that is what Mr. Edgardo does best.

I had the privilege of meeting the man himself at Harrods a few months back and did not hesitate on the chance of having him sign my new shoes! I’ll have a phenomenal shoe designer sign my soles over rockstars signing my chest any day of the week. Call me boring but this is my catnip.

Comfort: 3.5/5
Not the coziest shoe on the market, but that’s a bit of a given. The heels stay well on, despite being mostly skinny ties with a stiletto heel. There is not much support not any signs of a platform, so you’ll feel it first in the cushions of your feet. 

Quality: 4.4/5 
The shoes are beautifully made, with a over all smooth beautiful leather finish. The tassels look expensive - details like this is a obvious giveaway for the quality, which in this case is super. The only minus is that the straps that wrap your heel is very unsupportive so they tend to ‘hang’ a bit in the sides.

Purchase price: Gifted in April 2016, however these retail for £490 from the Aquazzura store in London.
All the styles are priced the same at £490. Matchesfashion and Farfetch has a good selection at the moment, for US based readers I recommend checking Barneys as the also carry some exclusive colours.

Sizing: Runs true to size.
I bought these in a 37, my usual size. If you are in between sizes, I recommend going down half a size as these can’t sit loose on your foot.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

See you in HEL


I am spending this week in Finland, as we welcome Helsinki New, our own take on a fashion week. The series of days is being kicked off tonight by a spectacular known as ‘Match made in HEL’ a fashion show that of seven designers from Asia and Europe, showing at Helsinki-Vantaa’s airport runway. What? Yes. I am so proud of this extraordinary event that will bring guests from all over the world to witness the models walk down on what can only be described as the biggest and longest catwalk on the planet.

After being a Londoner for 7 years, I wanted to bring a little of my English politeness together with my Finnish roots. So I took the latest creation of Bora Aksu, who is representing UK in today’s show, for a little stroll in the woods. I ended up looking quite patriotic - draped in our national colours, lost in the newly reawaken Finnish forest. But what could be better than that, honey, I’m home.

I will be live streaming the Match Made in HEL runway show today at 8pm. Local time (GMT+3) Or 6pm. In the UK, on 5 inch and up Facebook wall, see you in HEL my darlings!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Rewind and Refresh

The somewhat extempore trip that I took to Thailand with my sister turned out to be the getaway of a lifetime. Time to reflect, unwind and a attempt to teach myself what it really means to relax, when did it become rocket science? Although I am in a extremely happy place, I’ve been living with that ‘I am too tired to fall asleep’ feeling. I guess it’s learning to identify the difference between being emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted.

I spoke a lot about changes and new beginnings in my previous post. These are evolvements that I am planning to apply to not only my inner self, but to 5 inch and up as well. Soon I’ll be able to introduce you to a all new, better site design, where I (among a lot of things) will be talking about new and innovative designers in a more frequent manner. So on my life changing trip, I packed a dress by Kalita, who is specifically making dresses that translates to perfect travel pieces. Maxi dresses in general are ideal for lazy holiday dressers, which we are all allowed to be on our getaways. The earrings are surprisingly enough not from a local market, but by Katerina Makriyianni. The designer who has recently been snapped up by Net-a-porter was giving me major boho wanderlust before I even knew I was taking a trip, a good nudge in the direction to be a bit more creative with the holiday accessory choices.