Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's All Black & White





If I had a quarter for every black & white striped top I own.. I could probably afford a new black & white striped top. It's one of my favorite "go-to" pieces because it's SO versatile. I think this outfit really emphasizes simple, chic, winter dressing.. of course you need to add a coat if you live in a Windy Northern city like me.

This is another outfit inspired by my time spent in France.. simple, feminine, with small details. I love the bow on this skirt because it adds a hint of fun to an otherwise simple staple piece. I paired it with my striped tee, shiny bag, and my favorite knitted cardigan ( I love the way the zig-zag knit pairs with the stripes on my shirt.. it's the inner painter coming out in me.. mixing textures and patterns).

Anyway, I hope you all are keeping chic (and warm) this holiday season! I have so many cute new pieces to put up so thank you all for following up every week!

Cardigan: Anthropologie
Tee: F21
Skirt: UO
Hat: H&M

XOXO
Bisous
Olivia


Friday, December 27, 2013

From Home








Hello to all! Long time no see.. Excuse my lack of updating and thank you for being patient with me! I've had a crazy last two weeks traveling home from Paris (managing to pack my life into two suitcases might I add) , attending a wedding, celebrating christmas, and now I'm in Chicago for the weekend. 

It feels nice to be home but I am already missing Paris like crazy, still dreaming in French, and continue to say "Pardon" to everyone I accidentally run into on the street. Also, where is my 2 euro wine?

Anyway, I can tell you that my style definitely changed while I was in Paris, as I think you all have noticed. I'm very content without the fussiness of overbearing trends that I used to try and implement on the reg.. I prefer toned, elegant, and chic.. with my little touch of grunge of course.

I do love that the faux fur "snood" is popular this season.. it reminds me of the classic fur stoll of the great years passed, and makes every outfit feel a little more luxe. My beautiful Moschino belt was a gift from my boyfriend that I've been lusting for for quite some time.. I think it's quite lovely and looks wonderful cinched around my black A-Line coat as well.

If I don't get a chance to post again before the New Year, I just want to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday! This last year running my blog has been a dream come true because of all of your thoughtful comments, kind words, and continuous support.. from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU ALL. I can't wait to see what the new year has in store for my blog, and of course for you ! (PS: To all my readers that have commented on my blog, every post, since day one.. please know that I do recognize it, and appreciate it more than I could express.. Y'all are the best !)

Anyway, I apologize for the tedious read today.. I just had to get that all off of my chest!

Fur Scarf: Monop'
Blazer: Zara
Dress: Topshop
Belt: Moschino
Boots: Vince Camuto
Bag: Mystery Brand from Paris 

BISOUS BISOUS BISOUS 
xx
Olivia

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter Travels








Confession.. I am kind of running out of ideas on how to look cute in the cold. I'm always on the go.. walking through the city, exploring new places, and traveling. I tend to stick to a uniform of my favorite black swing coat, a chunky knit scarf, and hat of some kind.

I try to keep it as chic as possible, and avoid the Uggs (even though, let's be honest, they are pretty practical traveling through the winter.) 

The rest of the photos are scenic shots of my travels through Zagreb, Croatia, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, this past weekend. I had an amazing trip and I want to travel much more throughout Eastern Europe... what a magnificent and beautiful area of the world!

I can't believe I'll be leaving Europe next week.. Time has truly flown by.

Hat: Vans
Scarf & Coat: Zara
Boots: Doc Martens


Bisous
xoxo
Olivia 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Polished





I have so many coats that it's becoming a problem.. but I just can't help it.. I hate wearing the same one everyday! I found this vintage (faux-fur, of course) jacket in Chicago right before I left for Paris. I happen to think it fits the aesthetic of the city perfectly, and it dresses up a pair of casual blue jeans and leather booties quite nicely.

I'm very excited because this weekend I'll be jetting off to Croatia to visit a friend. We'll also be visiting Vienna, too.. for some much needed Christmas spirit. My family is originally from both Croatia and Austria, so it will be amazing to see my heritage up close and personal. I cannot wait!! Look forward to some amazing photos, because I'll be doing outfit posts/ and scenic ones while I'm there!

Faux Fur Coat: Vintage
Jeans: BDG
Blouse: Zara
Boots: Minelli

XOXO
Bisous
Olivia

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Everyday Layering







Sometimes even a style blogger has to be a little on the cozy side. Its awfully hard to have "dress down" days in Paris because.. well.. no one really dresses down so I always feel the need to look nice (semi-nice, at least)! However, the good news is that Parisians have perfected effortless casual.. and I'm slowly learning.

I just paired a pair of comfy black jeans with a couple of really long flowy tops, a favorite flannel, and an army jacket. I accessorized (quite obviously) with a chunky black scarf, leather bag, felt hat, and ballet flats. The only drawback here is that my legs look much shorter than they actually are in this outfit.. but you can't always have your cake and eat it too. Cute, comfy, and fun for a day of shopping.

Army Jacket: H&M
Flannel: Thrifted
Leopard Top: Milly
Scarf: Zara

bisous,
XOXO
Olivia


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rouge







Versailles round two... I absolutely love it. It's one of those spots that you can visit over and over again it just never loses its magic. This time I wore a long vintage red cotton dress, and covered up with a cropped sweater, leather jacket, and fluffy scarf. 

I love classic looks that make you feel beautiful and nostalgic for the past. This dress was one of my favorite vintage finds in New York this summer.. Although I'm usually not a fan of red and black mixed, I really loved the way it worked here. It's always nice to incorporate some bright color into the cold grey days that are so plentiful here. 

Leather Jacket: Vintage
Dress: Vintage
Scarf: Zara
Shoes: BP
Bag: Coach

Bisous,
XX

Olivia

Monday, November 11, 2013

Naturel






Isn't Paris just beautiful in the fall? I can't get over it. The foliage and crunchy leaves have been making me crave all kinds of rich and rusty colors like burnt sienna and brown leather. I can't help mixing big chunky knits with feminine patterned dresses either.. it's becoming my Parisian uniform. 

I've been building quite the vintage collection, too. From sweaters, cardigans, jackets, blazers, skirts, dresses... It's actually becoming a problem because I have no clue how I'm going to get it all back home in December - I don't even want to think about it!

I have a very special visitor coming this week.. we will be doing outfit shoots every day.. I promise I'm going to step up my game :)

Sweater: Vintage
Dress: Urban
Boots/ Bag: Madewell
Cross Pendant: Vintage

Bisous
xx
Olivia

Monday, November 4, 2013

Amsterdam












I've successfully returned from my first weekend traveling Europe with some friends.. Amsterdam was so amazing. I absolutely fell in love with the colors of the city and the vibrance of the people. We had no plans set in stone, so we spent the majority of our two day stay wandering around the city by foot..through actual sleet and rain.. yea. C'est la vie.. it was still a wonderful weekend and I got to visit a couple of museums that were on my list, among many other activities.

Being that the weather wasn't cooperative at all, I only managed to snag a couple of outfit shots this week.. I promise I'll have a new ootd post this coming week :)

I Hope you enjoyed my little recount of my small weekend away.


XO
Olivia