miu miu

Miu Miu dress, Pura Lopez pumps

Emiliano and I celebrated a very special day/evening together about a month ago, which meant I got to bring out a special dress for the first time since purchasing it in Italy about the same amount of time ago. We took these photos in my mother's peony garden, which is significant not only because they're my favourite flower, but also for the sentiment of this day. 

Photos taken by Emiliano Sune


the square skirt

Max Mara silk blouse, Louis Vuitton skirt, Emilio Pucci heels, 
Maihagen necklace, resin bow bracelet from Milan

I finally managed to debut this Louis Vuitton skirt (vintage from Milan) that I purchased in 2009. Somehow it fits now - both literally, as I've shrunk a size or two, and stylistically with the new square prints that have been popping up in current Vuitton pieces. It's no secret that fashion is cyclical, yet I always feel the same high level of surprise when something from the past is suddenly so relevant. There is satisfaction in rediscovery.


back in BC

Byblos denim onesie, Emilio Pucci shoes 

Surprise! I'm back in Victoria. The city has undergone many changes in the nearly 2 years spent away: mall complexes have been built, favourite restaurants have expanded, favourite shops have renovated and revamped their interiors. It's a strange sensation to come back to your home city and suddenly feel "foreign", but it is exciting to rediscover the area and to try to remember to speak English to everyone when out and about. Yesterday evening I had to fight the now-reflex of ordering our sushi dinner in Italian. Baby steps.

I wanted to channel a kind of Lana del Rey (outfit - not hair or makeup) vibe and this Byblos onesie (vintage from Italy) with it's Harley Davidson-esq motifs and "live free, ride free, etc" written all over it seemed fitting with a pair of girly pumps. All I need now is a palm tree and a grungy motel pinball machine.

Photos taken by Emiliano Sune


jil minimal

Jil Sander
Looking forward to warm enough weather for these lovely sandals. I love the way they softly curve and their raised-but-narrow silhouette.


dior and minimalism

vintage Dior coat, Jil Sander belt, J Brand jeans, 
Carlo Pazolini shoes, Moschino bag

Back from being sick two times this month... how I managed that I do not know. My body is clearly fed up with defending itself against Euro viruses and just decided to stop I guess. The top portion of this outfit is in recognition of Raf's new post at Dior with a touch of his former Jil Sander. I'm liking this new belt.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


scandinavia girl

Pollini leather jacket, Vince cashmere cardigan, By Malene Birger blouse,
Stefanel tights, Bruno Magli boots, Marni bag

This outfit makes me think of my time living in Oslo Norway four years ago. The Norwegian girls were wearing pearl earrings and leather jackets, leather tall boots and some variation of a cotton blouse like this one, which I purchased there at the time. Being 100% of Norwegian descent myself, I have a fondness for Scandinavian minimalism - both in home design elements and in clothing items. Think of this look as a snapshot of four years ago Oslo... though I think it's still currently acceptable.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


chocolate mint

Calvin Klein Collection leather blazer, Stefanel cardigan, unknown silk top, 
Pure cashmere scarf, Max Mara belt, new J Brand jeans, 
Giuseppe Zanotti booties, Marni bag

I must be craving a Nanaimo bar or something decadently chocolate with mint... these are definitely dessert hues. The colour of these new jeans is aptly called "gingerbread" which is ironic in the sense that my fitting into them is dependent on sensibly keeping real gingerbread to a reasonable minimum... anyone else suddenly jonesing for a cookie?

Photos by Emiliano Sune


28 - thursday's child

Tequila Solo bow top, Comme des Garcons x H&M cardigan, Max Mara belt, 
J Brand jeans, silver and marquite key necklace, sheep slippers

This is what I wore for my birthday dinner yesterday eve, but swapped the slippers for Bruno Magli over the knee boots. Had planned on dressing up more elegantly, but it was freezing out and we were planning to walk the kilometer to the restaurant, so keeping it youthful and casual it is.

Photo by Emiliano Sune using an old point and shoot Canon


lemon meringue

Lacoste top, vintage fur collar, Maison Martin Margiela pants, 
Marni bag, Giuseppe Zanotti booties

This is kind of a part II to the previous post. The lemony-frothiness of the top situation makes me think of spring desserts.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


sunshine neutrals

Pollini leather jacket, vintage fur collar, Maison Martin Margiela pants, 
Marni bag, Giuseppe Zanotti booties

Enjoying the sun in some neutral tones... that blue sky <3

Photos by Emiliano Sune


snake charmer

Stefanel cardigan, cashmere sweater, unknown vintage snake belt, McQ skirt, 
Emilio Cavallini tights, Cole Haan pumps, Marni bag

Wearing python print tights is taking a snake print pretty literally: i.e. freaking my man out just a little bit (he hates snakes), but I think they're actually really flattering in a leg-slimming way. Paired with a vintage snake belt and a harem-hem skirt and we're ready to go. Even the sunshine cooperated to warm up the feel of the look.

Photos by Emiliano Sune 


emerald rodarte

Rodarte knit, Comme des Garcons for H&M blouse, Maison Martin Margiela pants, 
Bruno Magli boots, Marni bag, Marni glasses

Last week brought the best deal I've ever found at an outlet: this incredible Rodarte sweater. It is completely hand knit using many subtle colours and tiny sequins in the emerald and light blue colours. 

Photos by Emiliano Sune


rain dance

Braccialino umbrella, Alberta Ferretti coat, Club Monaco gloves, 
Stefanel tights, Moschino rain boots

We've had a bit of this type of weather lately... not ideal for photographing as Milan seems cast in a dreary grey filter. This was taken on our way back from brunch at a tex-mex restaurant near our place.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


paint it black

photographer: Alan Worsfold.
hair, makeup, styling: Kristina Haugen

This is a photo story/shoot I styled back in Canada just before moving to Milan. Alan Worsfold and I have collaborated before and wanted to do a quick shoot inspired by Lara Stone (my fav model) and Luisa Bianchin (fav ginger model), specifically this editorial from L'Officiel Brazil "Black Fire". We took it pretty literally for some of the images, I was lucky enough to randomly have clothing pieces that were very similar, and other images are an extension of where the story naturally wanted to go. We shot these looks in a record 2-3 hours which is pretty amazing considering it's a team of two doing what usually takes a team of multiples to accomplish. The focus in this series is clearly the hair against the shades and textures of black.

The hair: it got even longer than this before I chopped it off in a long bob nearly 9 months ago, to save the extension for future donation. I'm now growing it out again but it's a process. To keep hair healthy, it's best to avoid heat styling. I'm low maintenance (read lazy) with day-to-day hair anyway so that's convenient. I also invest in Fekkai Glossing conditioner (and shampoo when funds allow). Another completely worthwhile investment is a Mason Pearson (boar B1 or combination BN1) hairbrush. I found mine on ebay for less than half the retail cost and they are reported to last for at least 20 years, so cost-per-use comes out pretty justifiably. This hairbrush is really a magic wand for instant shine and lasting hair health.