Two Snow Boots That May Cheer You UP!

Dream of warmer days but winter is far from over if you live on the east coast or anywhere else that experiences old man winter. Winter boots along with other bulky items are pretty much the uniform for the next couple of months. So hunting for fresh alternative styles that aren’t so common to make winter dressing a bit more exciting.

The Zurich label, INUIKII and the London label, mou are not brand new players. But they are fresh alternatives to the well known UGG boots. INUIKKI and mou’s super stylish handcrafted boots will brighten up your winter days.  These leather and shearling boots are design conscious and and made from ethically sourced hides and fibers. You will appreciate everything from the detailed stitching, glossy finishes, muted tones to bold vibrant colors. All are certain to be suitable for apres-ski or city strolling. If you have to wear them then let them be fun.

Like the Ugg, both labels have a moon boot like appearance. You like it or you don’t. Unfortunately INUIKII only delivers to EU-countries but some styles are available through Mytheresa. Mou you can purchase directly.

Guest Post: Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum

Let’s see what is happening at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam via Solidliquids. Solidliquids never stops exploring what is around her. She is based in Amsterdam and always has a pulse on what is happening in the city. Enjoy! 

The Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk , and the Van Gogh Museum are some of Amsterdam’s most recognised museums.  Less famous but not less interesting is the Tropenmuseum (The Tropical Museum). This museum shares insightful stories about the huge cultural diversity to be found around the world.  It is a museum about people.

Currently the Tropenmuseum has three special exhibitions alongside their permanent collection that are worth checking out:  Cool Japan, The Bitter Chocolate, and Africa Fashion Cities (sadly ending Jan 6th). 

The Cool Japan exhibition is all about the world’s fascination with everything associated with Japan.  This particular exhibit is broken into small installations.  Two highlights are Kawaii and Otaku.  The Kawaii installation focuses on the growing protest among girls rebelling against the pressure to growing up, working hard, and conforming to the strict demands of society.  Hello Kitty known throughout the world and one you are most likely familiar with represents the commercial success that developed from this rebellion.  Now known throughout Japan as a Kawaii icon. 

The gallery of Otaku is a cozy Japanese corner that is set up for you to experience on a small-scale what it would be like if you were to attend a con.  Otaku was once a term of abuse, but now it is embraced as a nickname similar to what we refer to a “nerd” or “geek”.  The devoted fans to this culture spend hours gaming, reading, watching, and participating in the development of cultural products.   

The Bitter Chocolate exhibit reveals the ugly story of child labour on chocolate plantations.  Fifteen children share their compelling stories and it will change the way you look at chocolate forever!

Bitter Chocolate

The African Fashion Cities is an impressive exhibit told through the eyes of fashion experts from Africa and The Netherlands.  Visitors explore the lively and diverse fashion scenes that shake up the world of fashion.  Local stylists share their perspectives on what drives local styles.  Additionally there are videos of local retailers, photographers, and bloggers from different regions that share their design stories.  One example is the brother and sister team behind 2ManySiblings. They take you to a market in Nairobi where they buy and restyle second-hand designers clothes.   

The Fashion exhibition features creations by The Sartists, a multidisciplinary creative collective from Johannesburg, Said Mahrouf, a Moroccan-Dutch designer, and Maki Oh, an African based fashion label appreciated by Beyonce and Michelle Obama.  By the way did you know Maki Oh’s designer Amaka Osakwe’s inspiration for her Spring 2019 collection came from hanging out in hole-in-the-wall joints know as Bukas in Lagos, Nigeria?  It also happens to be Amaka’s hometown, where these Bukas are typically run by women.  Check out her latest collection.

Amazing! Beautiful! Inspiring!

This is just a peek into Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum.  It is a rich and grand museum that stimulates curiosity. Just exploring the website will capture your interest.  A collection of installations that will draw you in through interaction and personal stories. The Tropenmuseum is worldly and one to experience if you find yourself in Amsterdam.  A hidden treasure!

(All images and videos are from the Tropenmuseum)

There Is No One Like Tilda Swinton

A true lady rock star to add to my appreciation of those who are style risk takers bringing excitement to the fashion world.  The British actress Tilda Swinton is strikingly beautiful and a fashion icon in my opinion with a true sense of self.  She has attitude and confidence to rock her sometimes severe masculine look but never looses her femininity.  Tilda challenges the norm through her unique style choices.  She knows what she likes and stays her course.  Just look how the clothes come to life on that tall lean frame.  But you notice Tilda first (true style!).  Her ability to change like a chameleon with her on-screen roles is remarkable.  Her unforced style is admirable.  Can we pause for a second to applaud Tilda’s ever-changing hair that is edgy, show stopping, and just out right cool?!  She is so flipping awesome in my book!!

(all images from Pinterest)

Pretty Damn Perfect

Now these boots I can get behind.  I am finally coming around to the white boot trend.  Mainly because I haven’t really spotted a pair that have caught my eye.  This has changed with my discovery of Everlane’s soft leather low boot called The Day Boot.  They are made in Italy and have an approachable heel height for everyday travels.  Loving the hint of edge with the center seam detail.  The burgundy is also a beautiful color if you are still undecided on the white.  To me the white seems a bit softer than other white boots I have come across.  These would be an easy and lovely addition to your wardrobe.  The Day Boot is classic, stylish, versatile, and reasonable at $225.00. Score!

Styling Tip: Just Another Way

Belt It!  Here is a styling tip anyone can replicate.  Taking something classic and giving it a chic twist that is center stage.  A tip that I am personally copying and loving with my long cardigans and one particular open front wool coat that I have struggled styling.  Think of it as the bow on the gift.  It is just another way to modify your look with one easy accessory.  Give it a go.  I am sure you have a gem of a belt tucked away in that closet.  If not perhaps it is time to get one.  I hope these styles spark your creative side!  Check out Net-A-Porter for some sale belts.

(all images from Pinterest)

An Ultra Layer That Is A Smart Purchase

The key to surviving winter may be UNIQLO.  It is no secret that I love UNIQLO.  The reason is simple:  they offer clean, well designed, functional, and affordable pieces for the whole family.  Pieces that you will actually wear on repeat.  They also do great collaborations.  If you missed my earlier post about their Alexander Wang collaboration then check it out.  I just received my Heat Tech, NO REGRETS!  Here are two other pieces you should really consider.  The Ultra Light Compact Down Vest is a slim layering piece that will go undetected.  It costs $39.90.  Wear it under a blazer, coat, or over a blouse.  The alternative to the vest is the Ultra Light Compact Down Jacket.  The jacket will cost you $59.90.  Both are amazing adding zero bulk to your look.  They will help keep you toasty.  I personally live in a vest from now through April.  Add the Heat Tech for optimal happiness and warmth.  Happy Winter Folks!

The Extras

It all works and you won’t be a walking trend.  No fuss accessories that will give your wardrobe a refresh.  A bit of color doesn’t hurt anyone.  I know that black is so easy but so is adding a little color.  The wrap is your base to work around.  Underneath it I would wear neutrals consisting of a couple of layers (denim tuxedo and a cozy cardigan or jacket).  Accessories that have complementing colors will give you a look that is a bit more interesting but not so obvious.  Accessories are an easy way to express your own personal style.

Isabel Marant Lipstick, Jennifer Behr Bow, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Wandler Tote, Alexander McQueen Scarf, The Row’s Cape, Haskell Eyeglasses by Warby Parker