Sports luxe


Sports luxe is one of the trends that keeps coming around, because it's simple, elegant and at the same time highly wearable. Most designers have been embracing the idea of introducing gym clothes and athletic silhouettes into day and evening-wear and with good reason. Boxy jackets, crops and slouchy pants/luxurious track pants make for comfortable styles, and who doesn't want to be comfortable and fashionable at the same time! I had been searching for a pair of easy-going, glamorous track pants for a while when I came across this pair by Sportmax code. The fabric feels silky and comfy, plus the side stripe supposedly creates the illusion of longer legs - worth a try if you ask me! Paired with a lightweight wool turtleneck, classy S Max Mara coat and my new favourite accessory, the floppy hat, I'm torn between going for a cocktail and going for a jog! 

Boho chic


As a long dedicated fan of skinny jeans I rarely tried anything which didn't fall under this category, simply because I didn't think anything else would suit me as nicely. I only got my first boyfriend jeans about a year and a half ago and it took me more than a few tries till I managed to style them to my liking. This started a chain reaction, an incessant shopping spree where I was trying to get my hands on everything but skinny jeans. I think this is probably when I developed my insane space-making skills, very useful if you're always faced with a wardrobe that's over-capacity. 

What I found most irresistible in the previous H&M collab with ma chère Isabel was the beautiful selection of bottoms, from mono to printed and from leather to cargo. These printed cargo pants were the first item I put in my basket and one of my favourite purchases, as they helped me attempt one of my first boho-ish looks. I matched them with a draped crossover SS14 Helmut Lang top in light grey and a leather biker jacket for a walk around my favourite city :)

Paris excursion


Even though just for a day I managed to take the train from London to Paris and visit some of the best fashion exhibitions yet, those of Alaia and Cartier. We started the day very early trying to fit everything we wished to accomplish in the few free hours we knew we'd have. I first visited the Alaia exhibition in its two separate venues, Musee Galliera and MAM, where I was blown away by the beautiful couture. I was awestruck at the sight of the magnificent Alaia dresses, handcrafted in excruciating detail, standing in all their glory underneath some enormous Matisse paintings in the Museum of Modern Art. I then moved on to the Grand Palais, to visit the Cartier exhibition, where I saw some of their most historical and valuable pieces, normally scattered across the globe, but brought together in one place for this exhibition. The Cartier exhibition will be on until mid-February, so if you happen be in Paris during the time I strongly recommend it (as well as booking in advance!)  


Counting sheep



When you want to feel fabulous, the first thing you should reach for in your closet is a fur coat. It doesn't quite matter whether it's real or faux, or what type of fur it is, this feeling of wearing something big, warm and fuzzy sets you in the right mood. This Isabel Marant Etoile Anders lambskin shearling jacket does exactly that to me. I matched it with a zebra print silk top from the Carven FW13/14 collection, but it goes nicely with any top or camisole in black or an earthy shade. Add a pair of leggings and your favourite ankle boots and you have an effortlessly cool look to take you from day to night. 

Houndstooth


Houndstooth, tartan and all things plaid have been taking up a lot of wardrobe space in my home this season. Love this delicate little print all over the dress and the size play on the skirt. I always pair a big, structured skirt with outerwear that's tight on the waist, like a peplum coat or leather jacket, it helps to visualise the shape of the body and put emphasis on the curves! 

Leopard bomber jacket


And now that Christmas festivities and excessive eating are finally over we're back to casual, comfortable looks and walks about town. Two things I can't live without are booties and bomber jackets, both of which can give a modern twist to any casual look. Super excited to be planning some much needed city breaks very soon, find me on instagram under @athinavalyraki for a first hand account!

Tuxedo


One of the most eye-catching, classy, all time elegant items from the Isabel Marant pour H&M capsule collection, the tuxedo blazer is pretty much an outfit in itself. This, the boyfriend blazer and ruffle skirt (which I have yet to style on the blog, but be patient!) were my favourite items from this season's collaboration. I tried the tuxedo blazer with black skinny pants and A-line flare skirts, always with attention to a nicely fitted waist, and both times I was more or less satisfied with the result. However, only when I styled it with the lace detail Zara mini skirt (now on sale - get it here!) was I truly happy. If you managed to get your hands on the blazer in time (still on ebay but act fast!), take my word for it: this is a killer combo! Alternatively, peplum/ruffle detail skirt like this one will also do the trick! ;)

Caped crusader


I've always been a huge fan of fancy outerwear. Having spent some long, cold winters in London you learn that the most important thing to invest in come winter is coats, jackets, capes and everything with the capacity to keep you warm. A soft cape like this Evi Grintela cashmere blend one can be worn by itself or layered on top of your jacket and will make you feel cozy all day. I wore mine with one of my Christmas-time party dresses, an Ax Paris lace detail bodycon dress (how classy is this collar!) but it will soon be joining my biker jacket on a city break!  

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