Being a super ordinary girl, I grew up playing with Barbies and my mother’s pearls – only I took it to another level by sewing the exact replicas of my mom’s night dresses to the Barbies from hosiery and brutally sticking tiny white beads around their necks with glue which made them so glamourous that they were basically sleeping and showering with pearls. A level of sophistication I can never reach myself, since my very first pearl necklace & earring duo was gifted to me as a wedding present and I freaked out so much that my parents had to lock it to a safe. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to see them again so in the meantime I found comfort in another form of, a more contemporary and young rendition of pearl.
Delfina Delettrez Fendi (here and here) and Sophie Bille Brahe added other dimentions to the double pearl trend which emerged with Dior’s “Mise en Dior” earrings (you can find similar Satomi Kawakita ones here), making it much more fun and relatively quotidian. If you are handy enough, favourite DIY blogger Geneva Vanderzeil created a post to show how it’s done; if not there are really cheap & chic options (here, here and here) or vintage (here, here and here) because if you’re not going to buy pearl earrings vintage, what are you going to buy?
I’m as passionate about menswear as the day is long, which is evident in almost every post on this blog. Let it be a styling trick, an attitude, an oversize cut or the eternal love for trousers; I find inspiration in menswear the most. Actually if I were a little taller I’d probably shop from mens sections even more, now I can only go with Topman‘s XS. In fact last week during a conversation with my husband about how lots of men (especially in Turkey) lack sartorial gusto, I opined that even though the sources and options are scarcer than womenswear, it should be a lot easier for men to dress up sharply even in their daily lives simply because if a man wears what I wear he would look really cool whereas I look like a schoolboy (again, insert here that I’m only 5′ 3″). I think at some point I said (out loud) that I wished I was a guy. As a woman working in fashion, I am somehow pressured to wear something feminine every now and then and day after day I find it so hard to come up with new, cutting edge outfits meanwhile my hubby is always a good-looker, even if it’s just a simple work day for him.
Luckily for me (or for men, depending on your perspective) menswear and womenswear are closer than they ever were. Everything a man wears, a woman can wear conveniently – so much that when I was browsing through menswear F/W 2013 collections I freaked out due to inspiration overload which ended in me buying that gorgeous pair of Miista oxfords which I had my eyes on for a long, long time. So come join me in saluting menswear and all its glory!
My initial intention was to make the title “Under my Umbrella” so the song could get stuck in your head all day long then I remembered how me and my best friend used to drive eachother crazy by texting “ella, ella, ella” in the middle of the day and I didn’t want all of you to hate me so instead I wrote it here which means if you are reading my posts I love you like my best friend!
Back to topic; I am not a “walking in the rain, heart heart heart” kinda person, I frankly hate rain and everything about it. I hate that it makes me depressy, I hate that it makes my hair frizzy, I hate humidity and soaking up everything on the street like a sponge and I hate that I have to occupy my good hand with an umbrella which is always a burden on me later. Though lately I have been thinking that an umbrella may be used as a complementary accessory to your outfit, to enliven the look or create a photographic background – provided that it’s big enough and has an automatic on-off mechanism. Why should I have to sacrifice the tip of my finger everytime I try to keep dry, right?