Monday, April 21, 2014

My way of Style

There's an interesting comment thread in the post with the label EASTER OUTFIT if you feel like reading it through. Would love you to click on the label "Walking in the city" (which is where you find most of my style post accumulated) - and then give your view of it. Always interesting with opinions from others.

Style/clothes/shoes/bags is a way for me to breath, express myself and have fun with the everyday life. It's a creative, spontanios and sometimes planned process in which I take an enormous pleasure of controlling. Style for me is something timeless, something that you put together with a personal touch where you might be influenced by a trend but don't buy the whole concept. Even if you wear some statement pieces, some classic items that are labeled with big brands, I find it very intriguing to combine them in MY WAY.
Fashion is a huge interest of mine and would love to be able to wear crazy outfits everyday and I can assure you I would do it with great pride and pleasure, but fact is that I'm a stay at home mother for the time being and most of the time I have this little drooling baby boy on my hip as a big eyed koala. Then I also have my playful and super energetic toddler running around, kissing me and full with dirt and other things; not very good for sensitive garments and fabrics. So my everyday style is rather easy going, but most of the time with my sort of twist and my way of creating it. Like it or not.

Concerning my hair I have to say that mostly, I find a natural, not too styled hair the absolute most gorgeous. Just as I find a rather naked face much more interesting then a face full with makeup. I think the simplicity of the hair and makeup let's the woman shine through. True beauty doesn't need all of that fixing and I find it often too much when women curl and blow dry their hair into absolute perfection. It just feels flat and boring. Like a parade of Miss America.

We all need makeup, but when it looks painted on the skin, I prefer less then more. Same with hair. I love women who wears extravaganza clothes and outfits, but let's the hair be impeccable in it's simplicity - maybe with a casual pony tail, just loose or a simple knot. It's so liberating and feels somewhat extra interesting. That you care, but only to a certain extend. You're not a slave under fashion nor beauty and you are in charge instead of being a product of perfection or commercial - a woman who wants to change herself to fit in of what Barbie or perfect edited adds taught us was correct.

That's my personal view of it and others my find my way of wearing a rather simple hair and makeup not at all nice. It's fine. I like it. It also take ten minutes in total to get myself together, which is superb and absolutely necessary in my life.

(over sized knitting: Carin Wester, bag: Chanel)

20 comments:

  1. Thank you that you took time and answered and didn't get upset. I was hoping for that :-) Why I wrote that post under Easter outfit was because I actually adore your style as long as it's simple or at least partly simple. Something like the BCN streetstyle. Or the Black'n white outfit (the black Balenciaga coat and white McQueen's sweater) you posted a couple of weeks ago. Your Marant's wedges and black leather pants. But things like the black Ida Sjösted's coat or Malene Birger's dress make me wonder. They are, I think, contrary to what you declare, I mean, you say very often that you like this great simplicity. And that this is what your life requires you to keep to. Fine. I then understand your simple hair and make-up and think it's just great. But these things I mentioned here are actually not simple. That's why I called them "tantiga", because in my eyes they don't suit you, who are usually so laid-back and relaxed in your style. My impression is that you're much better at composing casual outfits - they're just adorable. But the more elegant ones don't always appeal to me. Well, you can't please everybody! :-) Anyway, love your floral Stella Mccartney's skirt and the shoes you bought in Barcelona. Is this some known brand, if I may ask...? Stella

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  2. Hello Stina! Just want to say I love your style and the way you put clothes, bags & shoes together! Keep going and remember you inspire many of us! Having kids and thus little time - finding inspirational women is important! Many thanks! / Margareta

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  3. I think clothes should be worn for ourself and nobody else, and I love looking at all the outfits you put together whether I would wear all of it, some of it or none of it... It is always different and that is why I keep coming back here. X

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  4. You are so incredible beautiful in this picture! Reminding me of Kylie Minougue :) Keep shining, you lovely Mother!

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  5. I love your style. You put together wonderful outfits and accessories. Colors are always well coordinated too. The quality of each piece is excellent.

    Jeans and a sweater make for a classic casual sporty look. Add a high end heel and a coat or long sweater and this makes the entire look more up town (that is not the outfit one wears to the kid's playground).

    Your ability to mix and match pieces to create the perfect outfit for any occasion is impecible. Your mother also always looks great. Like mother, like daughter.

    Thank you for sharing. I greatly appreciate your posts.
    Susan

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  6. Som alltid- du klär dig så stiligt, elegant, snyggt och tilltalande! Du besvarar och belyser så klokt i ditt inlägg, artigt och mkt bra svar till kommentarerna. Hur många kvinnor kan, ärligt talat, vara snygg med minimalt med smink och ett naturligt hår?! Inte jättemånga. Du är dock en av dessa, få förunnat:) Jag tycker exakt lika som dig, simple is the best! Ogillar att kladda på mig smink. Fortsätt med dina fantastiska inspirationsbilder och texter! Hoppas ni haft en fin påskhelg! Vädret kan du inte klaga på;) Kram och allt gott till dig!

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  7. As usual simply beautiful and your little koala on the hips the cuttiest baby!
    Big hugs
    Uta

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  8. to my mind, your style ist absolutely unique and fabulous, just because it is YOUR style! Keep in going with this wonderful self-confident and strong attitude - we need women like you !!!!

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  9. Hi Stina, just made GFC 500. Congratulations ! p.s. : I love your style ! x

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  10. Haters gonna hate! Pay no mind to internet trolls and keep wearing what you love.

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  11. I love your style. It's kind of funny way to mix classics with other stuff but you wear it seriously. I don't wonder that you like Barcelona:) I would say your style is pretty much like Barcelona, a rich mix of styles and colors!

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  12. Stina! I shouldnt put ANY energy of responding people who has comments on how you should wear your hair etc. Who are these unknown ones to even have the maners of making a comment about it. They have huge maner problems. Just saying. Take care.

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  13. You look gorgeous and you are a true source of inspiration! Do not put any more effort in explaining who you are. Always striving to look the very best (in the eyes of others) sounds so empty and shallow. Far from your personality! At least according to the picture I have of you from this blog… /Johanna

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  14. It's very interesting how different lifestyles lead to such opinions on others' clothing choices. I'm also a stay at mom (of three), but life in a small town in rural Canada is obviously much, much different than your own. I always think, "wow she's so dressed up for being a SAHM," compared to the (non-designer) jeans and t-shirt or yoga pants and hoodie crowd that makes up the playgroups we attend. Then again, when I was working, in the environmental industry, being dressed up meant wearing your nice jeans and footwear that didn't have steel toes. A suit? People would have assumed you were interviewing for a new job.

    It's interesting reading about the thought processes that other SAHMs go through in trying to find their personal style, while being cognizant of the demands their clothing will be subjected to. Given the snot, drool, purees, and playdough that your daily life throws at you (literally and figuratively), do you find the higher cost, designer items to be worth it? Do you find that they are more durable than the lower cost big box chain store clothing? Or is it a deliberate sartorial choice that you're making in terms of trying to keep a piece of your pre-child fashionable self? I find it such a struggle at times. Not in the same price bracket as yourself, but it seems so hard to justify spending that little bit extra for something nice that you'd LOVE to wear, only to know it's going to get paint and other things on it. When it seems far more sensible to purchase the cheap t-shirt that you don't care about ruining, but feel dowdy and frumpy in (but it's more practical!).

    Lovely wee boys you have.
    Laura

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  15. Great post, Stina! You're doing so well!

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  16. Well, of course I found simplicity much more beautiful in hair and make-up. The trouble is when your hair is of no good quality and the skin isn't the nicest even though you have the best creams like Jan marini, and hairdresser shampoo etc, even though you spend a fortune on laser, fillers etc and still don´t have the nicest skin then you need lots of make-up. Some of us have bad genes..:(

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    1. Damn. So much negative energy!!
      Stina, please ignore all these anonymous comments. You are awesome, and your style is great, chic and über stylish.

      /Karin

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    2. I think you might have a misunderstanding? Dont you think anonymous was meaning herself and not Stina with the bad genes?

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  17. I must say I do love your style! I think you have a perfect balance between looking very chic and not "too done". As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that every day of life is a special occasion, it's really important to make the effort to look our best everyday, we feel better about ourselves and we are more radiant as a result, everyone benefits! :-) a ripple effect kind of thing.....

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  18. I think your explanation of how style should not be about being a slave to fashion, but a simple enjoyment is very very good. For me, it's simple: shoes and bags have to be impeccable, from then on, it's perfectly fine to wear jeans and a simple white t-shirt. I take care when dressing no matter whether I go to work or to the park with kids. 1. My thing right now are huge statement necklaces (max mara has my favourite ones just now, in my price category), they always give a special something feeling to any outfit. 2. For being a mum who runs to work and then picks up kids from childcare I have chosen to stick to longchamp bags as they are very versatile for me. 3. My make-up routine is very quick but I never go out without it - biotherm roll-on antiperspirant, guerlain foundation, a brush of some rough and some eye pensil. No more. 4. From then on, I prefer few good outfits than a walk-in closet full of stuff. As I 've grown older and have a family with 2 kids, quality means more to me than quantity and I don't mind wearing the same thing on and on. As long as that makes me feel good and special. So yeah, i pretty much agree with all you say. Ah, and not to forget - I have 2 fashion "no-no-s" and they are very important for me. I hate long nails with whatever colour - looks ugly and dirty to me, and I also hate long, ungroomed hair. Simple hair and simple nails for me is the perfect combination.

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