Vintage Sailor Girl :: WashedandFound x Playingwithfashion

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For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by fashion and its evolution throughout the decades. I have always imagined myself living in the 50’s or the 60’s, wearing midi skirts and having over the top accessories and hair-dos. For me it was magic, the magic of dressing up and being someone more interesting and more fun. Although I do enjoy the crop tops and the boyfriend jeans I live in on an everyday basis, I do want that fun and pin up style that I saw in the pictures and in movies. Some people might think that by wearing vintage pieces or dressing similar to any of the previous decades, would make your style outdated, like you have just raided your great-great grandmother’s closet and stepped out for a night-out, but that’s not always the case. For me it is the inspiration behind those styles, it is the general feel of that decade and not just copying the style as it is. You should take something from that decade and make it modern and relevant to today’s fashion. You may think it is hard, and maybe you are right. But don’t you worry, I am bringing you a fun series in collaboration with Washed and Found to show you how easy it is to style a Vintage inspired look.

For the first look, we decided to opt for a Sailor pin-up style with the typical combination of the Stripes, Red and Blue, and pair them with some gorgeous vintage high heels. What we wanted to show here is the importance of adding modern and stylish pieces to the vintage ones to obtain the balance for the perfect look.

All the pieces I am wearing for this look are pre-owned pieces from luxury brands, and could be found on the Washed and Found’s website. Some of you might not be comfortable with buying or wearing pre-owned pieces, simply because it is still a new thing and we are not always certain of the sources and the credibility of the stores. But here is where Washed and Found is different than any other store in Lebanon, they take their job very seriously and make sure that you don’t worry about anything regarding, the authenticity, the quality and the price-tag. Washed and Found is the first online store for second-hand luxury brands in Lebanon and the only one with a website. They sell a variety of items and brands (around 200 brands) and have a very low tolerance for items in bad conditions. All the items shown on the website  are 100% authentic and they make sure that each and every item passes all the stages of authentication. If you are a person who have been wanting to invest in a certain luxury brand, Washed and found could be your destination, because they cater for all styles.

So, stay tuned for a lot more coming this week.

 

Washed and Found x Playingwithfashion #1

What I Wore:

Top: Jean Paul Gaultier (link here) | Flared Pants: Escada (link here) | Heels: Vintage Yves Saint Laurent (link here)

On my lips : Sephora Matte Lip Stains in #1

Location: L’Appartement in Ashrafieh, Beirut 

Photos by Lara Karam

 

You can check Washed and Found’s website to check all the amazing pieces they have (direct link here) and follow them on Instagram (@washedandfound) to be up to date with all their newest arrivals and how to style them.

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That 70’s Look …

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If I am to be honest, I was never a huge fan of the 70’s fashion style. I never looked into its fine details and esthetic and simply thought of it as a more careless way of dressing up, since for me the elegance of the 50’s and the perfection of the 60’s were the epitome of Fine Fashion. But in the last couple of years, huge designer brands brought up collections that were highly inspired by that era, and I started slowly appreciating its magic and its lightness.

Now I find myself looking at long floral dresses, airy tops and nude-colored items when I am shopping, and I kind-of dig it now … I am still by no means an expert in this era, but piece by piece I am building my fondness of those 70’s years, when people were free spirited and loved each other.

With this first look, I bring you to the 70s….
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What I Wore:

Top + Skirt: GS stores | Boots: Jessica Simpson | Scarf: Rush&Reez | Earrings: Mango Touch

Photography: Betty from BetKet Photography (follow on Instagram @betketphoto)

Location: Thank you Hilton Beirut for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful room, you really gave these photos the atmosphere we were looking for.

Monochromatic – “ish”

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Monochromatic looks are all the range these days, where all the bloggers look absolutely fantastic in head-to-toe grey, black or white ensembles. You may think it is a very easy look to copy, since it is only one color, so how hard could that be? Well, let me assure you, that it is pretty hard. When building an outfit with one color only, you have to play with different other elements to bring interest to the look. From texture, to fabric to different degradation of color, a lot of things have to be taken into consideration to make “monochromatic” work.

For a color-loving girl, monochromatic looks are hard to apply, so I need to add a little bit of color to make them work for me. For this outfit, I paired a sleeveless wool jumper with a ruffled skirt, to play with textures and added some color with the sneakers and the bag. The colors are not too bold, so for me they still fit in the one-color category.

 

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What I Wore:

Top: Vero Moda | Skirt: Bershka | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: ZARA | Necklace: Topshop

From DAY to NIGHT …

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We all got those days, when we have our daily jobs or errands, running around town, during the first part of the day and have drinks with girlfriends later in the night. So some people tend to panic and pack a change of outfit for later in the day, thus having to carry a bag full of clothes just to change their look. I think it all comes to a certain perspective, where I suggest keeping your basic outfit the same and changing the accessories. Accessories do change the whole outfit, thus allowing you to be more creative and elaborate with lesser pieces in your wardrobe.

But, let’s get back to the post. This Fall it’s all about mixing and matching different textures and silhouettes, so I styled this leather pencil skirt with a fluffy, loose jumper and added the classic pair of chucks and a fun bag to the mix. And here you get a very casual an laid back look with a lot of interesting details that would never look boring. IMG_8955 IMG_8967IMG_8928IMG_8939

For the night option, all we have to do is tuck the jumper into the leather the skirt, thus accentuating the waist and showing off the metal details on top, add a pair of your favorite heels and a small bag and off you go to a fun night with your friends. Changing the color of your lipstick also plays a great role in adding drama and interest to your night ensemble.  IMG_8983 IMG_8997IMG_8977 IMG_9000 IMG_9018 IMG_9024 IMG_9032 IMG_9037

 

DAY LOOK:

Jumper: VeroModa | Skirt: Noisy May by VeroModa | Shoes: Converse | Bag: Braccialini* | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bracelets: ALDO accessories | Rings: Roula Dfouni + Vintage | Lipstick: Up the Amp by MAC

Location: Gemmayze St.

Photography: BetKet Photography

NIGHT LOOK:

Jumper: VeroModa | Skirt: Noisy May by VeroModa | Heels: Promod | Bag: TUA by Braccialini* | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bracelets: ALDO accessories | Rings: Roula Dfouni + Vintage | Lipstick: 107 Kate Moss fro Rimmel London

Location: Coop D’ Etat Rooftop

Photography: BetKet Photography

 

What is your take on transitioning from Day to Night Look??

 

 

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To HIKE or not to HIKE?

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This isn’t going to be a post dedicated solely to fashion, where I would be talking about why I chose a certain outfit and what is trending this season, instead this is a post dedicated to finding inner peace and living the moment. I have always struggled with staying fit, and I know a lot of people would be thinking what struggles am I talking about since I am skinny, but being skinny isn’t being fit, it’s just my good metabolism. Over the years, I have tried everything from enrolling to gym, to TRX classes, to simply running, but I couldn’t stick to any routine for more that a couple of months. For me these exercises were too monotonous and didn’t get me excited for more. After years of struggle, I think I have found my type of exercise and it is HIKING. _MG_9666

There’s nothing more fulfilling than spending your day, admiring the nature around you and discovering new places that you once thought were out of your reach. When I was first invited to the Laklouk hiking trip, I knew it was something I would quite enjoy, but I didn’t know it would actually make me more relaxed and at ease than all the vacations I took this year. We spent 3 hours, climbing and walking through the hills of the Laklouk area, those 3 hours somehow felt like 10 mins and days long at the same time. Weird! I know, but once you are surrounded by nothing but nature, you forget all your problems you had at home and just breathe.

If you haven’t visited the Laklouk area, I would highly recommend it, and please share with me your suggestions for my next HIKE 😀 Enjoy the view. _MG_9737 copy_MG_9661_MG_9691_MG_9639 copy_MG_9740_MG_9746_MG_9794_MG_9745_MG_9821

 

What I Wore: HIKING

Top: ZARA (similar) | Shirt: MAX (similar) | Jeans: Topshop Leighs (similar) | Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (similar)