mandag 14. november 2016

Goals: Styleinspo a la Kai Avent-deleon

When it comes to style, I have a strong preference for boxy, loose fits. I enjoy playing with different styles and silhouettes, but I love the moments in which I am able to combine comfort and class. Every now and then, I come across someone who embodies a similar aesthetic and I can't but think that maybe we belong to the same tribe. Kai Avent-deleon, owner of the Brooklyn concept boutique, Sincerely, Tommy is one such individual.

This winter, I really would like to invest in more roll-neck sweaters. I love how Kai pairs of this one with asymmetrical skirt and Adidas sneakers and boxy bag. And the colours? So good.

More amazingness in the form of roll-neck sweaters. But it is the mix of colours and textures that makes these two looks so good. From the thick woolliness of the coat to shininess of the shoe, it just works.

She is master of making mesh/see-through look classy and cool. Also those Nike Air Max Liquid Golds? I die. 

The next time I visit New York, I need to make my way to Sincerely Tommy and buy one of these gorgeous purses. I love how its structured form contrasts gorgeously with with more flowy fits.

I love that the past of couple of seasons, we have seen more unconventional trouser silhouettes gain popularity. Personally, I have been on the wide-leg/high-waisted pant train for quite some time. I adore how Kai embraces unconventional shapes and transition these pieces between the seasons. 

I have talked about the unique quality of women who are able to merge coolness with elegance. Kai is one of these women. And I am grateful that she blesses the world not only through her own style, but also through the her dope concept store. If you want to see more of Kai's awesomeness, you can visit her Instagram page or her store.

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mandag 7. november 2016

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 67 (The Art of Being Yourself)

What is more beautiful than being fully yourself? In her Ted Talk, Caroline McHugh unpacks her philosophy of radical self-love and acceptance. She contrasts inferiority and superiority as two negative extremes. The former requires that you perceive  yourself as less than others, the latter that you see yourself above others. McHugh suggests that interiority, focusing on the gifts you have to offer and putting your time, effort, and passion in service of these gifts, can be a way to live your very best life. For not only are you not working towards and living your purpose, but you are also able to celebrate the gifts others have to offer, to celebrate and learn from them.

"There are very few things that I think are gender-specific, but one of them is something I call “approval addiction.” The need to be liked, the need for approbation, or recognition, or for somebody to tell you it’s okay. I find more woman suffer from that affliction than men, and I think it’s one of the most debilitating things. When it comes to being yourself needing other people’s approval, loving somebody else’s opinion, and mistaking it for your own is one of the most debilitating things you’ll do on the road to being yourself. You will never, ever be perceptionless, but it’s important to be perception free."

I will be returning to and unpacking this talk for quite some time. Every now and then, you need a reminder of what matters. This talk came along at just the right time and I am grateful for its lessons.