The scarf


Have I mentioned I am a collector? I happen to collect.. .everything, which as people like to point out to me is a euphemism for never throwing out anything and living in a mess of my hundreds of garments and accessories - I hope some of you can sympathise! The bad thing about this is that I often forget what I have and end up purchasing something that turns out to be similar to something I already had. The good thing is that as trends come and go, I sometimes "re-discover" things I had entirely forgotten about and I get immensely happy, as if I just bought them. This is pretty much what happened when I realised I had 4 boxes containing scarves which I had yet to open this winter, one of them just for silk square scarves from a million years ago. I got quite amused at how these little things could give new life to an entire outfit and decided to set them free. Here's a simple three-step guide to making use of your long-forgotten headscarves: 
1. Retrieve them from wherever it is you buried them.
2. Do not consider wearing them on your head, not even for a second.
3. Try to tie them around your neck, either leaving both ends hanging in the front or tie a knot on your neck cowboy style like I've done here. 

There's an optional step 4 - let me know if that was as refreshing for you as it was for me ;) 


Vatican City: Kenzo eyes


One more look from Italy, a casual outfit that I wore for my first ever visit to Vatican City state. Had the greatest time exploring this tiny little country in the middle of Rome and even though it is impossible to see all of its magnificent attractions in half a day I can say with certainty that I made it to top 5! This Kenzo lotus eye sweatshirt from the winter 'Eye' capsule collection kept me warm and my new Giuseppe Zanotti velvet sneakers helped keep me comfortable throughout a day of non-stop walking. Turns out it's not so difficult to look stylish and feel comfy, all you need is a hot pair of kicks! 

Rome: Hero


About a week ago I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Rome with my family for my mom's birthday celebrations! We had the most amazing time running from place to place all day, playing tourists with our well-researched list of things to do and places to eat at (suffice it to say that even when I travel purely for leisure I don't leave much to chance). Hope you were following my Roman adventures on Instagram

On my first day there I wore the most incredible mesh bodycon midi dress from Asos, (now on sale here!) with my Sandro cut out Atlanta boots (unfortunately sold out, but there's a nice equivalent over at Zara) and felt like a hero going around bare-legged in February. If you feel like adding a bit of a grunge to your style, but don't want to look like a punk I highly recommend a combo along these lines! 

Boxy jacket


We've talked about sports luxe before and I knew I'd  be coming back to this again and again exploring its various forms, boxy jackets being one of them. Yes, it's hard to put away our leather biker jackets even during the freezing months of the year (speaking like a true addict here), but believe me it's never been a better time to diversify into non-moto jackets.  The boxy, cropped jacket, as sported by Emporio Armani, 3.1. Philip Lim and Thakoon among others on the SS14 RTW catwalks is here to stay. The boxy shape of this jacket comes in every imaginable print, shade and texture and will successfully accompany you to any occasion. If you happen to pass by a Max Mara store, I strongly recommend mine, from the Sportmax Defil√© series coming out in intense turquoise and purple shades - both look marvellous! 

Ready for spring


No matter the cold temperatures I'm ready to put away my floor scraping coats and fluffy fur jackets and welcome spring in brighter colours and lightweight fabrics. Wearing my white Zara jacket from the fall/winter Studio series, my white Gianvito Rossi pumps and Celine baby blue shopper with transparent accessories can't shake the false feeling that it's already April. In preparation for spring outfits I plan to stock up on high waisted, A-line skirts like this one - when worn properly they go a long way to make you feel like a lady- as well as anything and everything baby blue, THE colour for spring 2014! Tune in as we'll soon be discussing more spring/summer trends! ;)


P.S. Congratulations to Sianna Marinova from Sofia, Bulgaria for winning the giveaway for the genuine exotic leather clutch by Laykh! More exciting giveaways coming soon! 

Baroque


Baroque inspired patterns have been firmly back into the fashion scene these past few seasons. Found in tops, skirts, bomber jackets and even sunglasses and other accessories, baroque prints can add an element of excitement to a plain outfit. From Dolce & Gabbana (in my opinion kings of baroque) to Balmain and McQueen, high fashion houses have been obsessed with the trend. I wore my baroque sweater with a Max Mara pencil pleated skirt, favourite Balenciaga sling backs (similar here) and Lovett&co vintage statement necklace. How do you feel about baroque patterns and how do you like to match them? 


Good Morning Tokyo!


Aaah you got me I'm actually in London, not in Tokyo for these photos, but with Isabel Marant anyone can dream these days. Psyched to have finally gotten my hands on the Sandro Atlanta boots (even though I had to search every store in London to find them in my size), the epitome of stylish comfort. Sold out everywhere unfortunately now, but you can find something similar on a budget here. For a day spent walking about town I suggest some fur to keep you warm, and some skinnies to keep you stylish - visit Sugarfree shops for a good selection of both! 

P.S. Enter my new giveaway for a chance to win a genuine exotic leather bag of your choice! Wish I could enter this one myself! 

GIVEAWAY! Win a genuine exotic leather bag of your choice!


Hello friends! Today I write to you with the best antidote for Monday blues! I happen to have a great chance for you to win a genuine exotic skin leather bag from luxury brand Laykh, brought to you by my good friends over at Slate Design. Slate Design is a brand strategy and creative agency that specialises in designing impactful visual stories for beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands. One of the many brands they collaborate with is Hong Kong based brand Laykh! I’ve only recently discovered this brand and I must say, it’s a bag lover’s dream!

By entering this competition you stand a chance to win one of these beautiful, genuine exotic skin leather bags, the ultimate evening accessory, custom-made just for you! Since personal preferences differ and everyone has their own taste in accessories, this time I'm really happy to be able to offer you a choice! 

You can choose between:

The Emma, made of genuine tangerine ostrich, retailing for $820. 


The Krish, made of genuine python skin, retailing for $370. 

The Nancy, made of genuine African Violet Lizard, retailing for $475.
The Tara, made of genuine Gunmetal Metallic Python, retailing for $485.



To enter this exciting international giveaway competition please complete the following steps:

1. Follow @brandmeslate and @laykhhandbags on twitter.

2. Follow Not Your Average Style Fix with Bloglovin and Instagram.

3. Leave a comment below with your email address and bag of choice! The email will be used to contact the winner.

This giveaway will be open for 10 days and the winner will be announced here on the blog on Thursday 13 Feb! 

Good luck everyone!!!


------ This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Sianna Marinova from Sofia, Bulgaria for winning the clutch of her choice! Tune in for more exciting giveaways soon! ------

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