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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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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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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December.. already! It means it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and a lot like Christmas shopping madness as well. It’s always better to get this done early, so the time to fill up these carts is just right. If like me, you find yourself getting a little carried away this time of year, here’s a little something just for you that will surely appease the shopping beast and won’t break the bank.

I present you a list of the best festive gifts that you can get your mitts on. And don’t worry, it’s all under 50 eur!

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1// Large Aqua Cultura vase from minima. makes an amazing gift for a minimalist flowerholic who cares about his/her home looking cosy. Designed and manufactured by Kinto, it is composed of 2 parts, the plate and the vase, which make taking care of plants easy. The plate supports the growing leaves such as herbs and it is also perfectly shaped for bulbs like hyacinth and seeds like avocado. ivoblog--stylish christmas guide under 50 euros--2

2//  Another great gift that I found on minima. online store is this Stool 60 / 80th Anniversary poster, designed by Greige in 2013. They ship internationally, however, if you are ever around Birmingham, UK, minima. has their store in 58 George Street, Birmingham, B3 1QA. Feel free to stop by, I’m sure you’ll find tons of amazing options for Christmas gifts, or just for your own home.

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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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When days are freezing and dark like that, the only thing you can do to fight this November moodiness is drown yourself in sunny memories that hopefully will give you at least a bit of warmth. That’s exactly what I did yesterday and I realized that I haven’t shared even one pic here. September and the beginning of October I spent in my beloved Italy and it was a blast! Not only because Italy is always amazing, but since I used to live there for almost two years, it was great to see all my favourite places and favourite people once again. I also went down to Liguria for week, simply to have some time for myself, which was the cherry on top – I loved it so much!

This post is not a guide to travelling in Italy. It’s more like a fun snapshot diary. So many things I’ve done and places I’ve visited are missing. However I hope you’ll enjoy bits of my autumnal Italian trip and next time I think I will prepare a proper guide for you guys. There are tons of things I could reccomend! Let me know if you think it’s a good idea too. Kisses!

-I.VO-

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1/ Italian pizza // 2/ Bestie who came to see me all the way from Swiss // 3/ Sunny lovely blue sky

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4/ 5/ 6/ Espresso per favore

 

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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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ivoblog -- sweaters for autumn 2018 (10)

By Malene Birger

The “stay warm” topic is very much relevant today, as it is getting colder every hour, and it will stay relevant for four more months (if not longer), at least in the northern part of Europe, where I am based at the moment. That said, I prepared a little post with my top choices for this season. When it comes to sweaters, I am a big believer in quality materials since that is exactly what will help you to keep the optimal body temperature. Lucky me, my mom has golden hands and knits from time to time (check the latest piece of knitwear here), so during the years I’ve gathered a nice collection of thick, -30°C weather approved sweaters.

However, I’m still not sure that what I have is enough for a Lithuanian winter, so I took some time to surf through online stores and check what’s good in there. Here’s what I found, I hope you’ll find something you like too! Or at least you’ll get inspired to wrap yourself up in some warm knitwear. There’s definitely stuff to choose from.

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