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Much like every other woman, I like big handbags and I cannot lie. I also feel like the content of such big part of a girl’s life may say a lot about her (ask any guy and he’ll at least tell you for sure how a woman’s bag usually translates to him: confusion).

Anyway, like I said before (this is an update to this post), there’s a little voyeur in everyone of us – I pledged myself guilty as charged! Due to this shameful tendency, I always find it curious to peak into other people’s houses, bedrooms, closets, make-up bags and yes, you guessed it, handbags. (Craaaazyyy!!)

Call this giving back if you will, but I believe in transparency (and even if the tone of this whole post is in mockery here I’m being very honest), and so, here’s my portable treasure and survival kit wide open for you to see!

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Ph. Ana Marta Sequeira (edited by me)
I’m wearing: Vintage blazer, ZARA pants (bought on sale) and bag, MANGO silk button down, H&M mohair jumper (bought on sale), CRAIE sneakers, NIKIBI necklace. Rings from ACCESSORIZE, COS and GOLD VELVET.

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I don’t know if it’s because I promised myself 2015 would be the best year of my life (yet), or perhaps because I am finally getting back on track with my life, lately I’ve been very devoted to my weekends (you’ve probably already noticed that through my Instagram).

I work my ass off during the week – between a 9-to-6 job, freelance work, classes and trying to launch my own project (I’m not even mentioning the blog here…), spare time is a very rare thing to have (and yet I am always behind on things!), so when Friday night comes I just switch off my semi-workhalic mode and try to relax and unwind. And it’s funny because even if I try to oppose to this by getting some work done it just doesn’t work, my body or mind just won’t let me focus somehow! This feeling, a few months ago, would be a tragedy causing me a terrible anxiety attack or something like that. Nowadays, as I’m learning that amazing thing that is ‘going with the flow’, I decided to get rid of my whiplash and instead, bring out all my good vibes to face life with a big smile. Turns out that’s half way to an happy life! Ah! Who’d knew? 😉

Amongst flee-market hoping with my friend Marta, lovely brunches and lunches, drinks by night, hang outs by day, playing tourist, or escape a little to unknown must-see places nearby (preferably by the sea), my weekends in Lisbon have been quite rewarding and joyful. Lisbon has this particular ability to make me feel joyful. When I look around there’s so much beauty and charm and there’s always something nice to do, see, try, know. Always. Alone or with company. Always. I even find it pleasant – I actually love it – to get lost! (Every-single-f***in’-day)

Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I realized this is probably where I belong (if one has to belong somewhere). I never felt at home in my hometown, quite the contrary – I always felt misplaced, misunderstood, like I was a big weirdo who couldn’t fit in (and I was). Of course I visit often, and there are good things, but mostly those visits only have my family and friends as motivation.

I can’t say, though, I don’t feel like an outsider at all in Lisbon – I do: I’m still a country girl, with an heavy northern accent (sometimes) and a funny way of expressing myself, but as time goes by I care less and less about whatever that means and makes me. I’m proud of the person I’ve become and those things are only part of my natural charm! 🙂

[ That and flats – sneakers preferably (these particularly) – ’cause I can’t imagine an happy sunday in a pair of gorgeous but torturing heels. No can do. ]

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Ph. Nuno Calisto (edited by me)

I’m wearing: ZARA cape, cashmere jumper and boyfriend jeans; MANGO scarf; H&M bag.

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Rings: ASOS, CHIADO FACTORY, Paris and CHIADO FACTORY again.

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These pictures were took in Aveiro (a city so close to my hometown that yet I barely know, but definitely have to take some time off to explore), back in early December, when I was still very blonde… Yes, I changed back to my old self, as you’ve probably noticed on my Instagram, but I have to confess I kinda already miss my corn colored locks.

Anyway… This outfit features two of my best buys of 2014 (3 actually, but you can’t see my REPETTO ballerinas in any of the pictures): the grey cashmere jumper and the black leather bag. The jumper is my favorite thing to wear any day of the week – I could live in it (really, I am a sucker for anything grey and it is super soft and warm – well, it’s cashmere, after all…) and the bag holds pretty much my entire world in there (more on that on the next post 😉 ) – even my computer every other day of the week. And it still looks as good as new (I can’t say the same for the jumper though as it already shows some pilling bellow the arms). This to say what – it definitely pays off to spend a little more on something better: it’s lasts longer, it looks better, it feels better.

Morals of the story (by the unique and amazing Vivienne Westwood):
BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL, MAKE IT LAST.

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Ph. Joanna Lynn
I’m wearing: Vintage blazer (it was my dad’s – last seen here), MANGO cardigan (worn backwards), ZARA pants, H&M bag, STRADIVARIUS (very old) pumps and PARFOIS hat.

Probably the last outfit pictures of 2014 (no, I also have a few more I took with Nuno in Aveiro yet to post – coming up!), I forgot I asked my sister to take them right before we head to my Grandma’s house for family lunch on Christmas day… Some people buy new clothes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve… I, in these particular times specially, on the other hand, prefer to rely on the oldies I love and know to work. Because in none of the celebrations the focus is on what should I wear (though New Year’s Eve always has me rambling on a few styling options). When you have a closet full of stuff, you don’t need to buy anything else – no you don’t. To take that chance is just and excuse to overspend and add a few more ‘things’ to a pile already too big.

Which leads us to the funny thing about this look I want to share with you: I was obsessed with a pair of burgundy heels (I get these fevers at times… I’ve been also obsessed with ‘the’ camel coat, but I think I’m going to leave that hunt for next Fall…), even thought I couldn’t find a pair I’d feel as perfect (on my budget). Then, amidst of a closet decluttering session at my parents (something I do quite often and find rather therapeutic) I found these pumps I forgot I had! No, they’re not perfect – perfect would be these Gianvito Rossi – but they are better than none.

LESSON LEARNED: Before you hit the mall for yet another reckless buy, drop your bag, take off your shoes, turn around and open your closet. Dive in! Chances are you’ll probably find an handful of gems you didn’t even remember you had. 😉

Trust me. Been there, done that.
(Several times…)

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Ph. Nuno Calisto (edited by me)
I’m wearing: ZARA bomber jacket (from last year’s collection) and cashmere jumper (now on sale), MANGO jeans (very very old); Hat and Moonstone ring bought in Paris; other rings from CHIADO FACTORY; CK City Watch and ANARTXY bracelet. 

As I’ve probably mentioned here before plenty of times already, I have a thing for jackets… It’s my favorite piece of clothing and it’s fair to say I have a modest but expressive collection. In the heat of destroying one of my favorites this past New Year’s Eve (imagine me sobbing because I’m not far from it) I remembered I was yet to post these pictures I took with Nuno a few weeks ago.

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This is my favorite jacket of all… Yet, I almost never wear it cause I’m always afraid I’m going to damage it. You can read the story behind this buy here and here (hint: it has something to do with Ryan Gosling and one of my favorite movies – Drive). I still think it is really really close to look like something only a pimp would wear, but I like the idea of walking on that thin line here… 😉

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Happy Friday!
Enjoy your first weekend of 2015! 🙂

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Ph. Nuno Calisto // ZARA sweater and boyfriend jeans, PARFOIS chain necklace, CK watch, CHIADO FACTORY rings, ANARTXY bracelet and small medal bracelet from MERCI in Paris.

It’s not very often that I find clothing with messages (read t-shirts and sweaters ’cause that’s as far as it goes for me) that appeal to me. I love typography, yet, most things I come across are just so dull, uninteresting, either too girly or just plain stupid and I have to shop in the man’s department in order to get something nicer. And then there are these, just plain pretentious but too cool to pass! 🙂

Plus, now that I have to pay a bit more attention to what I wear to work, a cool oversized and cozy sweatshirt is all I want to live in on a saturday afternoon. Call me lazy, who cares? I just love it – and my Saturdays are supposed to be lazy: it’s my favorite day of the week! And no, I’m neither a princess or a rock star. I am comfortably somewhere in between… And I love it that way.

Thanks again, Nuno, my dear, for the pictures. You rock! 😉

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Ph. Nuno Calisto
I’m wearing: MANGO jumper, ZARA denim shirt, ASOS jeans, TOPSHOP boots, PARFOIS hat, BERSHKA parka, H&M socks.

Although we’re almost in November, this late Summer seems to be having a hard time saying goodbye… Not that I mind, yet, I don’t feel like putting on sandals anymore, especially since that’s what I’ve been wearing for the past 10 months. I miss layering, boots, knits, furs and all those things we can play with during fall. Sartorially speaking, Summer is indeed the most uninteresting of seasons…

No, I don’t miss the cold, spine-wrenching days one is only happy by a fireplace, but I love the road that gets us there.

Yeah, I think that’s my motto in life: It’s not about the ending, the destination, the final – it’s about the journey and how we get there: there’s where all the fun is. 🙂

[ This post is part of the Weekend Sessions – Part 1 / Part 2 ]