ivoblog -- leather autumn outfit 3

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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ivoblog -- orange tones-ootd 4

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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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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ivoblog -- femme luxe finery-one shoulder trend 1

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…)


ivoblog -- femmeluxefinery-cigarette trousers

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---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.

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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?

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ivoblog -- faux furcoat (8)

Wearing: bag – vintage, velvet suit – Lindex, sunglasses – vintage, coat – Marco Pecci

Photos – Greta Zilinskaite

Just a casual look on a casual day. These days my mission is to complain about the darkness as less as possible, I think I’ve been doing it a touch too much. However it’s not that easy, the sunset is in the middle of the day, I mean! Other than that, life’s pretty good, some exciting things are still coming this year, so stay tuned.

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ivoblog -- autumn look (5)

Wearing: coat – vintage Paco Rabbane, red denim jacket – Lindex

Photos – Greta Zilinskaite

The story of ‘how I got this coat’ is pretty basic and I believe it tells a lot about my shopping habits. I bought it last season, from a second-hand shop (as quite a few of my favourite clothes),  I still love it and I will for a while. I have written an article on buying vintage this spring, check it out HERE if you haven’t yet, it’s all still valid! I think Humana and thrift shopping is very underestimated, especially in Lithuania. Let me know, if there’s any other place where you can hunt down a vintage Paco Rabbane for only a few euros. I’m not aware of such.

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IVOBLOG - denim ootd with escada coat (1)

Wearing: Jeans – Lindex, bag – vintage, top – H&M, neon pink jacket – Escada

Photos – Greta Zilinskaite

No matter what season we are currently in, a quality pair of denim trousers is always a MUST in your closet. It’s comfy as * and extremely versatile too. Unless you’re attending a black-tie event, it’s hard to come up with an occasion where you couldn’t pass with a jeans’ look. With the right fit and the right accessories, of course!

This outfit is pretty much my uniform these days. Great for picking up groceries, comfy for travelling, presentable enough to meet your friends in town – you name it. With your hair slicked up for immediate chicness and a pair of sparkly earrings, this could easily become a perfect party look. Or it also could be dressed down to a casual ‘weekend in the countryside’ ensemble – just switch to a pair of sneakers and throw on a chunky cardigan to keep you cosy and warm.

I could keep naming great options non-stop, yet firstly you need a good pair of jeans, right? I trust Lindex for a number of years now. They have a plenty of fits for every body type, I’m sure you’ll find something just for you.

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