ivo blog -- femme luxe finery - black outfit - flare trousers

Wearing: set – Femme Luxe Finery, bag – vintage Gucci, sandals – Catwalk

Photos by Donata Kukyte

I remember I used to love my flares… when I was a 10-year-old. Who would have thought that love will come back? It came back for real. With more edge and more style, of course.

Since they’ve been trending for a while now, there’s plenty of choices when it comes to different styles, patterns or cuts. I always thought it’s definitely not the right fit for my body type. Completely unflattering. A no-go. Until I came across this pair from Femme Luxe Finery online store. I’m pretty sure these flared trousers are one of the most flattering pieces in my closet. And surely, the fact that they’re black, it’s an absolute bonus. I live in either blue denim or black trousers most of my time – it’s like a second skin to me. So owning every slight variation of them (super straight, relaxed, cropped, wide leg – you get the drift) is a must.

Flares are simply amazing. But if you’re not fully convinced yet, here are five valid reasons to wear flares:

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Totême, 210€

Let’s get back to the basics, shall we? No matter how pleasing for the eye is to have a closet, bursting full of one-off, vintage finds, speaking from my own experience, it usually is impossible to build outfits just from them because nothing actually goes. That’s why it is so important to create a collection of go-to, good quality basics. Having these outfit building-blocks means less struggle dressing up in the morning and fewer spendings all together.

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There is a theory, that it takes 21 days to form or break a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. Well, it took me exactly 2 seconds to get into the habit of using jade roller every single morning. I can proudly say, and I’m not even kidding, that since 21st February, I haven’t missed a day.  Today is 18th June, which makes it almost four months. That’s how good this beauty tool is. Of course, the actual results can be seen only after continued daily use, however, massaging your face with a jade roller can instantly relieve tension by running it along your brows and jawline. It simply feels amazing.

I have no doubts that you have already seen it millions of times all around social media platforms – it has become a hit tool since 2017. These rollers look great in pictures, so, surely, who would miss the opportunity to put something that pretty on their feed. However, there are many more beautiful tools around my house (like the spatula I use for my porridge daily) and I don’t rush to write a whole blog post about any of them. Jade Roller is much more than a pretty thing you roll on your face.

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Wearing: jumpsuit – Femme Luxe Finery, raincoat – Escada

One shoulder trend has been around for a while now (off and on, I guess) however, I am pretty late with this one and discovered it just now. So apologies if you are already over it, I am aware of the fact that this is old news, yet that’s what I’m currently obsessed with. So obsessed that I even got two jumpsuits of the same fit from Femme Luxe Finery, my recent go-to for hot slinky looks.

Black one was the first I got and I completely fell in love with how it fits and feels. Also, it’s so versatile that it can be easily worn during either day or night. With some dressier accessories, it could even be a perfect outfit to a fancy dinner or a wedding (there are more colours to chose from, don’t stress it out, although black is beautiful). Now I have another one, just as chic, in this gorgeous houndstooth print, which is even more appropriate for a daytime look. Don’t you just love when one piece of clothing does it all? I mean, with a jumpsuit like that, all you need to do is to grab accessories you’re in a mood for and – voilà! Ready for the day / for the night / for a birthday bash / for a girly brunch / for a fashion event / for a dirty three-day techno festival – you name it. I can’t think of an occasion where you wouldn’t be able to pull off one of these. (more…)


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Mango Wool Blazer

Here it comes, the second part of The Basic Series. Welcome back, if you have already read the first part, where I shared my top shopping list for a classic white tee. And hello to you, babes, who just found out about this blog. Basic Choices is a series of posts that will most certainly help you out to build that coordinated wardrobe you can always count on.

If basic t-shirts are the starting point of every good wardrobe, a blazer, preferably a black one, is the ultimate wardrobe essential. It doesn’t even matter what you are about to wear that day, thrown over anything or everything, a well-fitted black blazer can be an instant fix.

I, personally, always have to have a one of these on hand. I throw it over a T-shirt or anything at all and it has the power to make me feel polished every time. Essential, if you don’t have too much time to try on several outfits on (which is more or less every day) and if you still need to look your very best (which is also more or less every day).

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Wearing: trousers – Femme Luxe Finery, bag – vintage Gucci, boots – Zalando, camisole top – Lindex, jacket – vintage, sunglasses – vintage

This time I want to emphasize the importance of knowing what suits you. The minute you find that out, you’ll never struggle to get clothing items in any store ever again. When I first opened Femme Luxe Finery webpage, the primary thought was “oh no, this is not me”. If you have followed me for a while, I’m sure you’d say the same. But then I took a second look at it and realized that almost every single item on their lookbook could perfectly be in my wardrobe. Everything depends on how you style it. Take this look as an example. Imagine I would wear a pair of sky-high heels and a glittery top together with these Femme Luxe cigarette trousers. Even the idea of this look sounds a bit tacky. But then you put on an edgy oversized jacket and a pair of cowboy boots instead, and the whole outfit becomes completely homey.

Combining feminine and masculine pieces is the key to my daily looks. I love wearing menswear, yet at the same time, I like to balance it out with something a bit sexier and ladylike. That’s why you often would see me wearing silky scarfs, tiny camisole tops or heels with a jacket five sizes too big. There are tons of elegant pieces of clothing on Femme Luxe Finery that you can either wear as it is, if it suits you, or, if you’re anything like me, style it up and make it your own. The quality is as good as of high street stores like H&M or Zara. Meaning, this is probably not something that would last you a lifetime, but it is perfectly wearable and I could definitely say you get more than you pay for.

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IVOBLOG --- white basic tee - basic series

Welcome to the very first part of my new Basic Choices series. Getting on the latest trends is great, I have nothing against it, however, you won’t be able to do much with them if the base of your day-to-day wardrobe is in chaos. Building out a closet is much the same as building a house – you must lay a solid foundation if you want it to serve its actual purpose. That said, it’s not easy at all. There are more or less a million things that can be wrong with a single white tee or a pair of denim jeans. The cut, the colour, the fabric, the fit, the collar – you name it.

I’ve decided to start these series of posts so that life would become a touch easier. And trust me, having a coordinated wardrobe you can always count on, does exactly that.

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ivoblog---winter lookbook-layers (6)

Wearing: coat – Paco Rabbane, trousers – Lindex, shirt – Suitsupply, earrings – La Venné, turtleneck – Christian Berg Stockholm

Photos – Greta Zilinskaite

I don’t know about you, but for me, this winter seems to be the longest ever. However, I don’t feel like I have a right to complain about it. It’s snowing non-stop and it’s beautiful – I guess we all agree on that. Yet I’m still longing for spring just so I could wear loafers without socks and put on sunglasses more often.

Layering is the only thing that makes dressing up in winter more fun. It is also what saves me from freezing and I can’t emphasize it enough. I’m very aware of the fact that it’s probably a 30th post where I mention the word ‘layers’ but it’s the most relevant thing at the moment and it will be until late March I guess. With this outfit, I really feel like I completely mastered the art of layering. I’m literally dressed like a woollen croissant and you don’t even see all the sheets here. Sooner or later in life we all tend to accept the fact that merino wool tights and a tee underneath make your life hundred times nicer. Sooner would be better, but, oh well, nobody is perfect.

-I.VO-

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All pictures belong to vogue.com

It’s a crazy busy Christmas season, yet before we all completely dive in into the festivities, I wanted to share my Pre-Fall 2019 favorites. Both Resort and Pre-Fall collections give me a major excitement. They’re just always so in tune with the ongoing trends of the season and the fact that you can bring them straight into your wardrobe makes everything so much more fun.

I couldn’t even fit into a top 5, it’s that good, so here you are, a top 7 of Pre-Fall 2019, by yours truly.

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ivoblog -- polka dots in winter (4)

Wearing: bag – vintage Gucci, maxi dress – MaxMara, jumper – handmade knitwear, belt – vintage

Photos – Greta Zilinskaite

A very cold one, but still a golden hour. My favourite and the most magical time to shoot. This time I paired this cosy knitted jumper (by my mum, of course) with a flowy dress and proved myself one more time that summer and winter wardrobes don’t need to be separated. In fact, I think it must not be separated. I never understood the concept of spending hours for these closet switches anyway. Silky camisoles work very well over those warm turtlenecks or under woollen jackets, am I right?

-I.VO-

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