Outfit: Classic Tomboy

Hey, this is officially my first sweatshirt below.  I’ve never been a sweatshirt kind of girl. I don’t do sporty spice. I couldn’t even bring myself to step a toe into the whole athleisure trend. As far as leisure wear I am a complete pyjama wearer. But after 3 months of apartment changing, renovating and winter I thought id give the sweatshirt a go. And boy I am glad i did.

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Think comfort. Warmth, Softness. Usually in winter I prefer to wear chunky knits. But they can become super bulky and too hot indoors.

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This sweatshirt takes me from the bed straight to the street. Minus the blazer.

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Did I mention these shoes….. My only pair. I am sooo sick of them. I CANNOT wait to open my shoe box out of storage and then I think I will burn these boots. I have been trying to hold off buying a new pair just to see how long I can live with 1 pair of shoes. 3 months i think is my maximum.

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Heres hoping for a great week.

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Outfit: Winter Blues

It’s starting to get mighty chilly in Vienna this week. And knowing that there is only more coldness to come I decided to wear the last of a late summer outfit while I still could.

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A simple shirt & jeans and a dirty pair of converse would usually be a late summer fall outfit but by adding a coat, a wool scarf and a cosy vest singlet underneath I managed to stay a toasty warm and avoid another sweater. Because sweater after sweater day after day can be so boring and claustrophobic for someone who likes a little variety and lightness in their clothes.

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How about these converse. Too dirty? Or just dirty enough? Did I mention that 90% of my closet is in storage. And in a fit of trying to pack light I decided to 2 pair of shoes would be enough for what will be  now till the end of the year. And all my winter boots & shoes are in a box under a pile of probably 20 other boxes. 2 pairs of light type shoes in November & now December? What was I thinking?

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Stripe Dress

Sometimes you need a quick outfit pick me up. Sometimes they include stripes. I grabbed this oversized stripe t-shirt dress on the cheap at H&M recently.  Thinking it would be the perfect dress to throw on over a swimsuit and for basic spring time bumming around.

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I love stripes. Especially blue ones. Thin stripes. Thick stripes. Whats great about this dress is it has some nice vertical stripes happening. Which adds a little but much-needed length and height.

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There is something about stripes that just screams summer. Beach. Ice cream. Boats. Basic all round good times.

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I am also obsessed with this H&M nail polish find – hopscotch. Which is a really pretty neutral grey blue color. I can’t find it online but have a look in store. I have only good things to say about the H&M new nail polishes. They have awesome colors.  They have nice wide brushes and don’t chip too easy if you apply a proper top coat.

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A vintage hat. A white pair of converse and this may be my new go to summer uniform.

 

Babe You Got This

Vienna does this magical thing every spring. It’s like you dropped a whole bunch of hallucinogenics and the sky turns blue. The grass is green again. Flowers start blooming.You litreally hear birds chirping like you are starring in your own Disney movie.  Coming from a country without real seasons. I can only compare spring in Vienna to maybe what was like seeing color TV was the first time.

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And you know you have survived another winter which is like a real life version of the game of thrones threat. It’s a weird transition. You filled with joy and outside becomes a pleasant thing again. But it’s like sudden bang. Then you don’t trust spring. Is it really here? You keep checking your weather app to see if tomorrow is really going to be 19 degrees. Can I wear sandals at 20 degrees?  What if it gets cold again?  Can I really trust this? Can i finally feel relaxed and breathe sunshine?

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Basically if you are a warm weather expat Winter in Vienna you are in survival mode. You start counting the months left to warmer weather like a retirement from the worst job ever. March is the hardest month for me. My vitamin D level must be dangerously anorexic. I feel like I have made it through the worst of the winter. My flight or fight response. Is to fight the winter like a very cold lion warrior. But come March I retreat to flight like a an anxious poodle with an excited bladder and anxiety issues. I surrender very non graciously usually in a hysterical puddle.

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But then Spring finally comes and I finally feel like myself again. I start to feel that connection to earth and nature. I want to hug strangers and dance naked.It is literally akin to what I imagine is bi polar. (undiagnosed) thank you! It is a really beautiful rebirth but its a very stark contrast.

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I havent looked this happy since September!!!!! I picked up this shirt at H&M on the super cheap last week. Babe you got this. To be interpreted as in an empowered “I have this on lockdown” or as in “Please pay for dinner lover”. Take your pick I am going with the empowered version! I am going to ride this magical dragon of spring. Renewal. Rebirth. Sunglasses & skirts.

In the infamous words of Robin Williams-

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

 

 

 

Incognito

Call me crazy?  But I sometimes pretend when I am choosing what to wear some days. That I am terribly famous. Like lady Gaga, JK Rowling, Kanye West type famous. And I am trying to look undercover cool so I don’t get papparazzi’d. But if i did i would look effortlessly chic and end up in a “how to travel in style and stay comfortable” in some trashy magazine article. #goals

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I obscure theme dress daily. It’s like day dreaming but with fashion. Sometimes before falling asleep I will mentally pre pack my wardrobe for Paris fashion week. Or for my non existant trip to the Greek islands. When in reality all I am going the next few days is to the nearest supermarket and Starbucks.

This look is called “You kinda don’t want to be seen but you want to look good not being not being seen” This look comes in handy for hangovers, doctors appointments, dirty hair & fat days.

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Hat here
Top & Scarf – Vintage
Pants- H&M