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Wearing: bag – vintage, cowboy boots – Kentucky’s Western (Zalando), backless dress – Femme Luxe Finery, jacket – customized vintage

Photos by @tomaszukovskij

Dress to impress or dress AND impress. I choose the latter, almost daily. And if there’s one piece of clothing that makes this task the easiest thing ever, it’s the dress. Very surprising, I know.

Correct me if I’m wrong, yet it seems sometimes, that women are afraid to dress like women these days. I mean, I love an androgynous look, too and no one would ever be surprised to see me in a full men’s suit. However, I feel that it is very important to stay intact with your feminine side, as well. It is as sexy as it gets and that’s where I believe the inner confidence comes through. I touched this topic in my previous post, take a look. 

We wear jeans and trousers most of the time, thinking that it’s the most comfortable thing to wear. I wouldn’t agree with that statement 100%. Try to put on a dress a bit more often and trust me, you will notice, how freeing it is. True, it is not that easy to climb trees and fences in a tight dress, but other than that, it’s definitely comfy. Especially, if you put on a wrap dress or something oversized and not so structured. Honestly, I feel more comfortable in a loose-knit dress than in a tracksuit.

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Wearing: shirt – Vintage, leather trousers – Vintage, faux leather top – Femme Luxe Finery, shoes – Vintage

Photos by @tomaszukovskij

This post is about wearing leather, yet it’s not that easy to concentrate on writing about leather pieces when in my mind, I’m already in sunny Milan, wearing a flowy dress, with a bowl of pasta in front of me. So, to begin with, let me brag about the fact that I’m going to Italy tomorrow. How much I missed it! I haven’t been to there since last September, which might not seem like a long period of time, yet for me, it’s way too long. Of course, there couldn’t be better timing to come back to Milan like the fashion week. It’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of running around the city, a ton of beautiful people in the streets, a lot of aperitivo meetings and litres of good coffee. That’s to name a few. I feel almost too happy about all of it and surely I will spam my instagram with all things Italian and prepare a post about the trip on the blog as well.

However, that’s not until tomorrow. Now, after sharing my over-flowing excitement with you, we can get back to this post and this look I’m sharing today. Leather. Fall and leather is a perfect match, from year to year, from season to season. It’s full-on autumn in Lithuania, moody and cold and I am ready to leather up as never before (well, maybe more like after coming back from Milan). I’m not cheering for cruelty against animals here, but you can’t deny that leather outfits are simply amazing. And there’re ways to wear them without the guilt. One of my favourite ones is to shop vintage. If you know me a bit, you can be sure that if I’m wearing fur or leather, it’s a vintage piece.

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Balenciaga, $540

Happy autumn everyone! I know it’s still the beginning of September and probably (well, hopefully), summery days will last up until October. However, time goes quickly and it’s always better to be prepared. So here I am, back with The Basic Series, my favourite series of posts I have done so far. I have already covered wardrobe essentials like a black blazer, blue denim jeans and a white Tee. This post is very autumn-friendly as I will talk a bit more about the importance of having a pair of black boots.

How can you even live without having one? Trying to throw together a look without a pair of black boots is like trying to bake a cake without an oven (very smart analogy, I know). Especially for your day-to-day wear. I mean, I love a beautiful red pair of block heels too sometimes, but there’s only a limited amount of outfits you can think of wearing one. Even if you could manage to wear them daily, I really don’t think you want to become the woman in red shoes. It’s just too eye-catching. Whereas a black pair, even if it’s something extraordinary, like the boots by Margiela or Bottega Veneta (added below), is extremely easy to wear every single day. And also proves that practical can still be cool.

-I.VO-

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Wearing: raincoat – Escada vintage, boots – Zara, dress – Femme Luxe Finery, bag – vintage, sunglasses – vintage

Photos by @tomaszukovskij

I’m all about being sexy.

I have never planned to write a post about it, for me that is what comes naturally without a saying, yet I feel like so many of us, both men and women, girls and boys, are still afraid to be confident with their sexuality. Let alone dress sexy and keep their chin up while doing so.

At the same time, I’m not the one who’s telling that only by showing your skin you can look hot. Absolutely not. In fact, if you feel your best covered in layers and layers of clothing – go for it! My point is, it shouldn’t take courage or extra confidence to dress sexy and maybe show a little bit of skin and shape here and there too. Why not, after all. It’s all about the balance.

Quite often I am called sexy (by men and women) and also, very often I get asked, how I manage to look sexy and still keep it classy. Because that is the actual end goal – look and feel appropriate, no matter what are you wearing. Not that I think about it when I put my outfits together, but I instinctively follow a few rules when I dress up. I did my best to structurize it for you and came up with the top four:

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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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