In this post, I’d like to share things I learned while studying in Italy and working as a shopping assistant. Incorporating trendy pieces into the wardrobe and shopping at a fast fashion retail is fun. Yet, you must consider investing in quality pieces as well. I mean classic, timeless basics. These garments have  high-quality tailoring that compliment your body shape, as well as your personal style. Each basic must be practical and versatile for day and evening. Here are 10 items every woman must own. Splurge on these items, even if  you have a tight budget.

Trench coat. Invest in a great quality trench coat. I recommend Burberry with its distinctive tartan pattern lining. Company founder Thomas Burberry designed this item.Trench

Leather jacket. Splurge on a great leather jacket. Loewe, Spanish luxury fashion house based in Madrid, is world-famous for its leather craftsmanship. Its clients have clothes and accessories tailored to their own personal requirements. Also, you can find great quality leather jacket at good value at www.yoox.com

Leather Jacket


Striped shirt. Traditional striped cotton shirts (“La Mariniere” or Breton shirt) originated in Brittany, France. Sailors wore these uniforms throughout Northern France. The distinctive block pattern on shirt made them easier to spot in the waves. The traditional Breton shirt usually has a boat neckline. The uniforms inspired Coco Chanel and she introduced the design through her nautical collection in 1917. For more information about Chanel click here. For info on how to pull off a stripe look click here. STRIPES

Little black dress. Coco Chanel also designed a timeless classic piece that every woman must have. The little black dress is worn during the day and evening.


BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1981): Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy LBD

Capri or cropped pants. Numerous celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn, Jane Russell, Kim Novak, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, wore the capri. They were designed by the Sonja de Lennart. She named those pants after her favorite holiday destination ― an island on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy.


SABRINA (1954) Audrey Hepburn in capri designed by Sonja de Lennart

Pant Suit/Skirt Suit. Based on your body shape, you must have a pant suit or skirt suit. Avoid buying yours in fast-fashion retail strips. I can instantly recognize a cheap product from a high-quality tailored one. A great suit is timeless and worth of splurge. I personally recommend choosing from Hugo Boss, Emporio/Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Costume National or Calvin Klein.

Balenciaga SS 2013

Balenciaga SS 2013

T-Shirt. You must have at least one high-quality designer T-Shirt. This item will go through multiple washings but always look like new. A great T-shirt gives a youthful touch to any outfit and can be combined with other basics. Choose one that can be worn during the  day and evening.


Street Fashion: Givenchy

Pencil Skirt. The right pencil skirt flatters any body shape when combined with the right pieces. Choose one that has  a lining, which indicates quality, especially in suits and pencil skirts.

Pencil Skirt

A pair of jeans. No commentary needed. You must have a pair of great fitting jeans.


White Shirt. If you purchase the right one, a classic button-down shirt looks amazing. It is necessary, however, to choose a high-quality fabric and a style that has a well-tailored design that compliments your body shape. It’s a versatile piece. Pair it with jeans and it’s polished and casual. Wear it with a pencil skirt and high heels for a chic office look. Accessories and jewelry will change the appearance of just one simple classic shirt. Click here for more details.

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Zara Lookbook Fall 2013


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I just love the new Zara lookbook for Fall.

The Trafaluc collection is so reminiscent of the 90s and reminds me of back issues of Seventeen magazine when I was a tween. The granny length floral dresses, lace slip dresses, and ankle boots resemble a more refined and updated version of the wardrobe from my favorite television show when I was young, ‘My So-Called Life’.

The suiting in the Zara collection is gorgeous. The boxy swing jackets and pleated skirts seem reminiscent of Chloe collections from seasons past. While it’s never fun to have an entire closet full of clothing from one store, it will be hard to resist picking up many pieces from this Fall assortment!

What do you guys think of it?

Images courtesy of Zara

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Trip To San Francisco

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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Japan Town, San Francisco

Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco

 San Francisco Bay

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

They’re Baaaaack!

The 90s trends are back. What are your memories of this time?

I was a teen during this era of uncertainty for Russia. Hyperinflation and long lines for the currency exchange remain fixed in my memory. Unlike the United States, where grunge was extremely popular, sportswear and neon colors dominated Russian markets. Techno music and electronic rock were enormously popular and influenced fashion trends. La Bouche, Dr. Alban, Prodigy, Ace Of Base and similar bands dominated the scene. Also, I will never forget the sudden flow of electronics into our household, which included a ton of video games. The Internet was not accessible to everyone. Many didn’t even know about it. Yet, thanks to my older brother who is extremely obsessed with technology and science fiction I was discovering things, like email, instant messaging, web sites, etc.

I have to admit, the 90s were a fascinating time for me. There were many new things to discover, particularly in the fields of fashion and technology. I was always sort of an early consumer. I always believe like I have to be one of the firsts when it comes to discovering new things.

Today I personally like to incorporate those cute royal blue blue slouchy pants into my wardrobe and pair them with high heels.

Boy In Heels Look: fun, sporty blue slouchy pants paired with high heel shoes.

Boy In Heels Look: fun, sporty blue slouchy pants paired with high-heel shoes.

LANVIN Royal Blue Silk Trousers featuring accent stripe in white at side seams.

LANVIN Royal Blue Silk Trousers featuring accent stripe in white at side seam.

Club Monaco Annie Pants

Club Monaco Annie Pants

What are your thoughts on the 90s revival?

What are your stories and memories of this decade?


An expression of individualism mixed with conservatism is one of the most prevalent traits of Milwaukeeans.  Whether it’s a preppy detail, boho bag or glam rock accessory, there is always an element of Midwestern conservatism in the looks.  I’ve just recently attended a Milwaukee Mad Men gala at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM After Dark)  hoping to find something strikingly inspirational, including Mad Men-inspired red hair and elements of 60s.   Here are my favorite shots:

Radiant, super curly, messy red hair and red lipstick.

Oversized tote with geometric print  dress inspired by 60s.  Playful,

yet sophisticated, loose side  french braid  updo. 

Effortless chic look.

Boho Geometric Print Dress

Mesh polka dot top and Ann Taylor pearl necklace.

  I like the combination of classic elegant accessory with transparent fabric.

Ann Taylor Pearl Necklace

Lady-like snake print golden colored stilettos.
Snake Print Gold Tone Shoes

Geek  chic: bow tie and modern glasses!

I also like the girl’s  black pointed toe shoes with a nude strap. 

  Smart shoes.

A structural dress with crossbody box purse. 

The red hair and green purse stunningly compliment each other.
Red Hair and Green Box Purse

Fun bow tie shoes!
Bow Tie Open Toe Shoes

A lady-like dress, floral shoulder/arm tattoo and 60s glam clasp purse.
MAM AFTER DARK: Floral Arm Tattoo

A textured  dress accessorized with a wide red belt which gives an edgy touch to the look.

Red Belt

Retro eyewear and classic black tie Retro Eyeglasses
Stand-up collar and tucked-in hair.
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