Fashionable Confessions

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I wanna start by thanking all of you who took the time to reach out to me after yesterdays confession about my recent surgery, the amount of love and support made me speechless. I’m humbled and beyond grateful for having so loving readers and followers. Secondly, this post was shot before my surgery in case anyone is wondering. Due to recent trips and event, I have tons of content to share so hang in there. More post surgery pictures are coming but you can always check out these if you missed them.

One thing I enjoy the most about personal style is in the details. How one chooses to style a look, the balance of a look and interesting twist that takes the look to another level. When I was students with poor cashflow, creativity was my only tool to use whatever I had to make it fashionable and stylish since I couldn’t afford designer clothes. Fashion has never been about wearing head to toe designer pieces, for me its about creating a personal style with what you had. Everyone can buy designer clothes, but does that mean you have style?

 

”Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.” – Iris Apfel

 

My father was one of my first fashion inspirations. He dressed well with what he had when he and my mother recently moved from Iran to Sweden in the mid-eighties. Although they had little, he always managed to put together a look and look polished. Same goes for when he’s business had taken off, I remember his morning routines so well. I used to wake up to loud music while he was getting ready before going to work. Back then, we didn’t have internet and social media influencing us either which can also be another reason why the brand awareness has gone to another level.

I am no style expert, nor do I pretend to be but I had a long relationship to fashion and studied it during my years at university. One thing that has always stuck with throughout the years is what Iris Apfel said (see quote above), it’s about self-expression and possessing style by knowing who you are – that’s what makes it personal style.

 

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I was wearing

Zara Shirt – similar here & here

Zara Skirt (old) – similar here & here

Mango Sneakers – her & similar here

Balenziaga Bag – her & here

Celine Sunglasses – here & similar here

Photos by: Fetis For Fine Fabrics

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Let’s Discuss: My Plastic Surgery

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Well if that isn’t a controversial blog title, I don’t know what is. The past days, I have been contemplating whether I should share this with you all or not. Since the beginning, I’ve been honest with you, transparent and showed more vulnerability than any other blogger I know. To be honest, I take pride in that because honesty and realness is something I value.

Although this has nothing with vulnerability to do, I simply wanted to share this with you because it may help someone else or at least clear and shed some light at how a possible process could be. Before deciding to go through with the procedure, I couldn’t find a post about the subject where the person shared their experience, the ones I found were either those horrifying stories where everything went wrong. Friends that have been in the same position said they couldn’t find anything either which is why I hope this post finds someone who looking for a neutral yet true story.

There are many ways to formulate this but I’m just going to type it. I had a nose job last week.

I’ve been thinking about getting one for over ten years, the fear of going under the knife has been the main reason why I haven’t gone through with. In all honesty, I’ve been going back and forth between “this is how my nose looks, and I’m just going to own it” to “maybe I should consider getting a consultation”. For ten years, I’ve been going back and forth and it escalated the past three years. This might sound silly but I felt it grew bigger and the proportions weren’t right.

I’ve heard all the comments such as “you don’t need it”, “there’s nothing wrong with your nose” and even “your nose is what makes you – you ” so please allow me to clarify a few things. No, there was never anything “wrong” with my nose but I wanted it look smaller. My nose is NOT what makes me, this comment is just ridiculous – my personality and heart is what makes me. Kindly  spare me those comments, please.

I booked a couple of consultations, one was really great and the other one was horrible. Since the first doctor was amazing, we literately hugged after the consultation was done so I felt it was now or never – I booked a date.

Family and friends asked me for weeks if I was nervous, I wasn’t. Logically, I thought I should be since I’ve been afraid with going through with it but I couldn’t feel any signs of nervousness. I laughed it off and blamed it on my busy schedule.

The day came, still not nervous. My mother was more nervous than I.  The moment I had dreaded the most came, lying on the bed in the surgery room under lamps but I still felt super cool. The staff was absolutely incredible and so friendly, I felt well taken care off. Before I knew it, I woke up and the show was over. A little drowsy because of the anaesthetics but no pain, no bruises and just a little swallowing around my right eye. Thats it! No joke, I was chocked too!

I’ve expected being bruised and not being able to open my eyes. I wasn’t the only one being chocked, my family and friend were just as chocked as I. But what can I say, i picked a really awesome doctor. These pictures were taken yesterday, as you can see there its swollen but you could never have guessed the surgery was only a week ago.

So, there you have it. And if this post ever finds a person who’s considering surgery – I hope this sheds light on how one person experienced it.  I could never say to a person if he/she should do or not with a surgery, and it’s not my place to have an opinion either. I believe that is a private matter that one should do for herself/himself and not based on what others think or may think. Also,  I am not some twenty year old girl who just woke up one day and decided to go through with this, I’m a thirty something year old woman who has been contemplating surgery for over ten years, I found a doctor that I felt comfortable enough with to go though it.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them – or share your experience if you had surgery.

 

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I was wearing

Zara Shir –  similar here & here

Photo by: Viktoria Möller

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How to: Take your creative work to the next level

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Last night during an event, a conversation about creativity sparked the inspiration for todays topic. As a creative beings, we like to create content that allures, has value and hopefully adds moves the audience. As creative being, we tend to be our own biggest critic. Is it good enough? That person is much better than me and so on, and so on.

Over the past years, I’ve been asking myself those questions but last nights conversation made me realise that I’ve come far in terms of how I perceive my work. Whether you are a blogger, writer, photographer, singer or illustrator, we’ve all experienced moments of doubt. Therefore, I wanted to share a few of my insights of how to take your creative work to the next level.

 

Experiment – If you’re feeling lost and don’t know what your style is, allow yourself to play around and experiment. Step outside your comfort zone. Albert Einstein said ”Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Social Media – There are many reasons why I love social media and its my go-to source of inspiration. Put your work out there, whether  you are a blogger, writer, photographer, illustrator or a singer, there is a platform for your art and where you can get you audience to engage.

 

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

 

Doubt – You can either let your doubts discourage you or fuel based upon how you chose to use these feelings. Doubt can be good because it push you to do better, and whenever you feel doubt take a moment and remember that you decide. Feelings are a compass – learn to read your compass.

Time – Give yourself the time to find your creative voice. Style and sense of aesthetics is an evolving process.

Fun –  One of the most frequent question I get is “How do you find the time to do all the things your doing?” and the answer is that I truly enjoy what I’m doing. Hence, it doesn’t feel like work. And if its not fun, I’m not doing it. Period.

I hope you found these insights useful, do you have any advice you’d like to share? Don’t wait, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I was wearing:

Dress here & similar here

Shoes here & similar here

Sunglasses here & similar here

Bag here & similar here

Photo by: Jose Martinez

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New Phase

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Summer is officially over, well at least on our side of the globe while the Aussies are getting ready for summer. Mention September and a few things come to mind. Fashion month, new collections in stores, seasons changing  and a overall sense of moving into the next phase.

Since we’re moving into the next phase, I like to take the opportunity to squeeze out the most of I can of a few things before the Siberian Swedish cold hits me hard. I’m speaking of skirt, bare legs – yes, that sense of ease and freedom. Some argue that a skirt is still possible during winter with stockings, but the word itself makes me cringe to be honest. No stockings here, period.

There’s many thing things I like about this look – lately, my love for sets has grown remarkably. Almost to the point were I have to remind myself that I shouldn’t purchase another set, haha. Secondly, grey. Yes, I know this might sound weird but I have finally got it – grey! Give me more grey! For those who did know, I’ve been running a campaign against grey for many years and even said such things as ”its not really a color”. I’m sorry, and admit I was wrong. Okay, moving forward – a grey set, knitted (weather is cooling down) and set makes this the perfect to-go look. Its easy and effortless, perfect with sneakers during a workday or pair it up with some heels and leather jacket if you’re off to dinner. Et voila!

I just want to give heads up that there’s going to be a lot of skirt in near future. Thats only because I’m currently based in a very cold country so please bare with me and thank you for your understanding.

Lots of love,

Sara

 

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I was wearing

Top similar here & here

Skirt  similar here & here

Shoes here & similar here

Bag here & similar here

Sunglasses here & similar here

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Simple yet Effective

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When it comes to my own personal style, simplicity is definitely key. I always look for pieces that will stand the test of time, work back in with the rest of my closet and are both comfortable and stylish. This blue power suit ticks all the boxes, or as my dear friend put it ”simple yet effective”.

As well as being chic and easy to wear, this power suit does not require much – it has a language of its own and that’s when you know a garment is effective. Here, I paired it up with a basic black top, short fringe skirt to add movement and nude heels to accentuate my legs. Speaking of simple, yet effective – nude heels must be the epitome of such shoes.

Since we’re in the middle of a transitional season, a blazer is a good idea to stay warm whiteout getting too much. All in all, a blazer is a must and staple piece in every woman wardrobe. I’d advice you to find that special timeless fit, although black is always a safe choice – challenge yourself to go a little outside that comfort zone. Marine blue or cobalt in my case still breathes sophistication without getting boring. This way, you always have a power piece when you don’t know what to wear to wear.

 

 

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I was wearing

Blazer here & similar here

Top here & similar here

Skirt here & similar here

Shoes here & similar here

Photos: Jose Martinez

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