Why The New Fashion Rules Is A Must-Read For Every Fashion Enthusiast

When my favorite and most admired fashion blogger Victoria Magrath from InTheFrow announced a while ago that she would be coming out with a book, it was a no brainer for me that I wanted to order a copy of it for my own and support this boss babe - at that time I didn't even exactly know what the book would be about haha!

I just knew it would be a beautiful piece of blogging history. Let me get this off my chest real quick here - I adore Victoria, not only for her amazing style, her awesome career, her kindness when interacting with her readers and followers, but above all for her work ethic and the fact that she pours her heart into the content she creates. And I knew that if this book would be anything like her blogposts, that I could spend HOURS reading - I would absolutely love her debut as an author.

I flew through The New Fashion Rules, avidly flipping page after page and I loved every freaking second of it. I asked my mum for this book as my birthday gift this year, so that makes it even more special to me!

So, let's go on with the book review, before this gets even more cringey haha!
Here are my reasons why The New Fashion Rules is a must-read for everyone with a passion for fashion.

You can read her personality in between the lines

I am still amazed and low key still trying to figure out how Victoria managed to bring across her personality and very own style so well with this book. The book has the tone and language of her blogposts: beautifully written, well-spoken, informative and entertaining. I loved the sprinkles of personal annecdotes and consistent parallels to her life all throughout the chapters. But everything, from the layout of the pages, through the colors and photos that were chosen, up to that beautiful cover - I think every little element is undeniably Victoria, and that in itself is a pretty huge accomplishment.

"The world is a very big place and you have the chance to take advantage of every corner of it. So why miss out on the opportunity?"

It is fresh take on the fashion world

The New Fashion Rules manages to connect elements from a variety of topics, such as fashion history, digitization, blogging, brands, shopping tips - you name it. This exactly makes the book so different, interesting and captivating - it's current, it's meaningful, it's thought-provoking all at the same time.
The fashion world has been changing a lot in the past decade, we all know that, but because so much of that has happened online, most about this topic is written, well online. I love that there is a printed book that manages to capture this very transformation of a whole industry.

There is something for everyone

Victoria says it in the intro herself: this book is for everyone, from students, to bloggers, to people working in the fashion industry, to people just enjoying browsing through high street shops - I promise you, there is something for everyone, because this book has such diverse topics!
I don't have anything to do with fashion from a studies or career point of few, but it is my passion in my past time, and I freaking enjoyed reading this book so much. I love learning something new, and The New Fashion Rules is packed with information you would normally not come across.

It is truly inspiring

I would have never believed that it would be that kind of book that gives you chills while reading certain passages - but it is!
Now, granted I'm the type of person that finds inspiration in everything I come across, however, reading about the beginnings of founders of famous brands, the story behind something that hade a huge impact on the industry and the vision of creators and innovators alike really made me want to stay up all night and flip page after page.
Paired with a lot of different tips on how to rock your very own path in the fashion industry, may it be blogging or just getting the most out of your hard earned money while shopping, this book is a true inspiration!

It is just oh so beautiful!

And last but not least, the aestethic of this book is TO DIE FOR!
I tried to explain it to one of my girlfriends and I basically said that the book looks like you took all of Victorias outfit pictures, mixed them up, melted them together and poured it into a hardcover book haha!
Everything from the cover, to the colors, to the beautiful illustrations and the photos is girly, classy, positive and very pretty to look at. I currently have The New Fashion Rules on my coffee table next to my sofa and there has been no one that has come over since that didn't pick it up and flipped through the pages admiring the stunning photography!

"... And then we have such models being cast aside and replaced by 'new-gen influencers' who can be dressed, airbrushed and created to be exactly what a brand envisions for their imagery. Food for thought."

So, this is it, that is my review on Victoria Magrath's first book The New Fashion Rules!
As you can see, I would 100% recommend this one!

You can get it on Amazon here (nope, this is not an affiliate link!), that's what I did, but I know that Victoria has listed more stores and onlineshops that carry the book in this blogpost right here.

Now, what is your opinion? Have you read the book? Do you plan to?
Leave it in the comments below!

xx Janine

5 Inspirational and Beautiful Coffee Table Books

I recently ordered one of my best friends a beautiful coffee table book called Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic (scroll down to read more about this book!) as her gift for Christmas. I knew this was the perfect choice for someone like her that admires different cultures, has been to every continent and countless of countries - yet still is chasing to fulfill her bucket travel list!

I then got lost scouring through many many pages of other coffee table book recommendations that came up, ordered Elements of Style (see more below!) for myself and decided to put together my personal top five as an inspirational list on my blog!

I tried to keep it pretty versatile, so that you are able to maybe find a new gift idea for someone on your list OR discover a new decorative book to your own collection!

Which one interests you the most? Are there any other recommendations I should be checking out?

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life 
This coffee table book by the author of the blog Elements of style just screams taste, inspiration and so much to discover! It is not only about practical tips, but about her personal life as well, which is amazing and so interesting to me!

Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery. Drawing on her ten years of experience in the interior design industry, Erin combines honest design advice and gorgeous professional photographs and illustrations with personal essays about the lessons she has learned while designing her own home and her own life—the first being: none of our homes or lives is perfect. Like a funny best friend, she reveals the disasters she confronted in her own kitchen renovation, her struggles with anorexia, her epic fight with her husband over a Lucite table, and her secrets for starting a successful blog.

Destinations of a Lifetime
This one sounds like something a travel enthusiast would adore! Destinations of a Lifetime is a collection of 225 amazing places around the world - definitly some inspo for your travel bucket list!

A photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales—both natural and man-made—illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization's world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.

IN VOGUE: An Illustrated History of the Worlds Most Famous Fashion Magazine
I think we can all agree that THE Vogue is iconic and definitely set a massive stone in fashion history. This coffee table book is not only perfect for the fashion victim, but also for someone that adores phantastic photography and classic images. So chic!

In Vogue is a fascinating look at the history of the world's most influential magazine. The complete compendium is illustrated with hundreds of covers and archival interiors of past Vogue editions, featuring the work of some of the twentieth century's most respected artists, cover illustrators, and photographers. In Vogue traces the history, development and influence of this media colossus—from its beginning as a social gazette in the late nineteenth century, to the exploration of modern fashion photography and new visuals in the mid-twentieth century, to its status as the top style magazine today.

Cold Brew Coffee: Techniques, Recipes & Cocktails for Coffee's Hottest Trend
As an avid coffee lover, I can appreciate a book full of gorgeous images AND amazing recipes surrounding my favorite beverage on this planet! This book is not only pretty to look at, but you learn so much as well!

This handy guide will give you all the knowledge you need to get on top of the trend, with illustrated step-by-step techniques for making your own cold brew at home, plus expert advice to help you get the best results from your drink. Also featuring 35 delicious recipes for creating cocktails and desserts with your cold brew coffee, from Espresso Martini and Cold Brew Negroni to Coffee Chocolate Tart, this is a must-have for brewing beginners and small-batch artisans alike.

A book full of unbelievably cute photos of mankinds most loyal companion - do I even need to say more? I have this on my own personal Christmas wishlist this year, I can not wait to flick through these pages!

From specimens on show at Crufts and Westminster to shelter dogs lovingly rescued by volunteers; from the grace and agility of racing greyhounds to adored domestic companions; from Afghan hounds to Hungarian komondors to Chinese crested, the images featured in Dogs promise to deliver one of the most appealing, popular, and exciting photographic tributes to dogs ever published.

Weekly Sales: The ASOS Edition

It is time for another episode of Weekly Sales! This time I will be covering one of my one-stop-shop retailers - ASOS! They literally have EVERYTHING under the sun and right now, they have an awesome sale on winter clothing pieces going on - there are items up to 50% off!
I hope you enjoy my selection!

These trousers are the perfect staple for the holiday season! You can perfectly dress them up with a blouse or silky top and pumps like in this picture, and can utilize them again for office wear with a blazer and flats - winner!

This beanie is super cute and at this great price, it would also make a great gift for someone that likes to stay cozy and toasty during the colder season, aka EVERYONE!

This jacket looks super chic and can be paired perfectly over your holiday party outfit as well!

This is the cutest knit cardigan, it looks so warm! Loving the wrap detail - it adds something more interesting to the look.
This mini dress is just perfect! I've been living in oversized knitted dresses with overknee boots - simplest and most stylish outfit for when you have no time (or nerves) to fuss around with what to wear!

This Nike sweater is so versatile, gret for just lounging around or dressing up properly! If you still need something for a girlfriend or family member for Christmas, I'd seriously consider this as it is at a great price as well!

I think this dove grey is such a unique color and it is perfect to pair with your winter neutrals! 

Maybe not your most winter-proof booties haha but I just had to add these as I think they are so unusual and definitely a statement shoe!
Which one of these items is your favorite? Would you pick up something?
I am in love with the dove grey puffer jacket and the tailored trousers by ASOS Design!

xx Janine

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Pinspiration: Winter Outfits To Try Right Now

Hello everyone!

Today I just wanted to share a quick Pinspiration blogpost presenting you some super cute winter outfit ideas I stumbled upon while browsing the web.

There's a lot of chunky knits, warm coats and stylish accessories - so neither of us has to sacrfice style for warmth ha!

I definitely want to master the art of wearing skirts and dresses during the colder season without freezing to death AND I am taking a lot of styling inspo from the outfits pairing dressier pants with warm sweaters and footwear.

I hope you enjoy my selection!


Which look is your fav??

I personally adore the look of a cream or beige chunky oversized knit with black ripped jeans and LOTS of jewelry!

xx Janine

Weekly Sales

I am back with another Weekly Sales blogpost! 

I missed last weeks one, but I did have so much fun browsing my favorite onlineshops and getting lost in the depths of their sales haha! Hope you enjoy!

I thought this sheer, embellished blouse from & Other Stories is suuuch a cute piece and perfect for this festive season - I can imagine many many ways on how to style this up. And it is only €24!!

Asos have an up to 60% off sale on party dresses right now! Perfect way to get your New Years Eve outfit sorted - I love this velvet, one-shoulder mini dress (so unique!), this more casual one, that would work perfectly for office Christmas partys as well and this sparkly, floor-length number is perfect for if you want to go all out!

H&M have an insane 40% off outerwear sale going on right now - perfect for the colder months!
I fell in love with this parka, I think they gold hardware looks great with that perfect tone of gray - this one is currently only €49.99!

I am obsessed with Urban Outfitters decor and little bits and bops, they always have in the shops and I actually think they make amazing Christmas gifts! Here are some cool things I found in the sale:

Marble Notebook - €8.00 - €4.00

Round Crochet Rug - €99.00 - €49.00

Jewelry Box Gemini - €22.00 - €9.00

Seems like Zara never stopped the Black Friday deals haha: there are sooo many seasonal pieces 40% off right now! This leopard print dress is amazing, such a good, on trend staple pieces right now, these houndstooth pants look amazing paired with ankle boots and the button detail on this blouse is so unique, I have never seen this before!

I could not believe the price of these Lace Pumps by NA-KD Fashion! They are reduced 70% to only €15.28!! What a steal - and these will look amazing with any party or event you are going to this month!

I need to know - what is your favorite of these bargain finds?? 
I am probably most obsessed with the Urban Outfitters items as I am so in gifting mode right now, but I also ordered the blouse from Zara and I can not wait for it to get here, the button details looks super cute!

Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxed first December Sunday :)

xx Janine

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On My Shoppinglist: Winter Staples To Keep You Warm

Happy Monday everyone!

As the temperatures keep dropping over here I have been scouring my favorite onlineshops for those clothing items, that will make your winter outfits look cute and put together yet prevent you from freezing your bum off!

I don't know what it is, but I always seem to sacrifice style for warmth during these colder months - which is fair enough in my honest opinion haha - but the shops are full to the brim with versatile clothes and accessories that keep you toasty AND stylish.

I hope you enjoy my selection!

Second row: Zara, NA-KD, UGG

Let's talk about some of my favorites (that may or may not be already in my shopping cart haha!)

PrettyLittleThing Blue Faux Fur Coat - Ok, can we talk about THIS baby?? I absolutely fell head over heels for this jacket, it does not only look super warm and snuggle it's also one of those head-turners - I'm in love!

New Look Rust Longline Bouclé Scarf - I adooore the color of this scarf, it will go great with my camel and gray coats as well as with a black biker jacket!

PrettyLittleThing White Puffer Jacket - I did not know I needed a white puffer jacket until I saw this one - so chic!

NA-KD Fashion High Neck Sweater - A rollneck sweater is perfect for layering thus keeping you warm. This one is thin enough to wear it under knitted cardigans.

What do you think about my picks? Any favs? If no one mentions the blue PLT faux fur coat I'm going to be personally offended haha!
What is currently in your shopping carts that you are purchasing for winter?

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

xx Janine

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Friday Favs: What I'm Loving Right Now

Happy Friday!

I am actually so glad that this week is over as it was super jam-packed for me and every day felt like it would never end... however, thus I am extra excited for the upcoming weekend and I tought I would celebrate that by introducing a little new segment to my blog!

Here is the first installment of my Friday Favs - a curated selection of all sort of things I've been loving recently. Today I'm sharing style picks, perfume, decor and even a tv show - let's say it's a pretty diverse blogpost :)

I hope you enjoy and please don't forget to share your recent favs in the comments below!

Scented Candles from H&M Home - I did not think that much of these as I picked one up randomly in the store, but let me tell you - these are good! They have four amazing scents that are quite simple and not overdone yet so cozy and they last SO LONG. A bonus: they come in super cute glass packaging in different colors - so minimalist chic!

Black Overknee Boots by ASOS Design - I am absolutely in love with my new overknee boots I purchased a few weeks ago and they really re-ignited my passion for finding new outfits - I adore styling them! They go perfectly with jeans, leggings, skirts and dresses, they are so versatile, I pair them with pretty much every item in my closet. Fall/ winter staple!

Gallery Wall Inspo by Desenio -Desenio has really up'd their game this year! They always had the most amazing prints to personalize your wall decor but now you can create your own gallery wall on their website, put together different prints, get suggestions on what goes together the best and let yourself be inspired by the many well thought-out constellations of different frame sizes and layout for any kind of empty space you want to fill!

Black Opium by YSL - this perfume is one of my colder season favorites! It's sexy, it's dark and it's heavy - so not a scent for the faint hearted haha! No but really, this scent smells heavenly and I use this when going out at night time during the colder months and it makes me feel a million bucks.

Grey Sweater Dress by H&M - Another amazing H&M find is this rollneck sweater dress. It is super slouchy, soft and oversized - it honestly feels like you are wearing your duvet cover out haha! I get tons of comments and questions about this whenever I wear it out, I pair it with tights and booties or my overknee boots or my faux leather leggings. So cozy!

The Bold Type on Amazon Prime - I started watching this show because I wanted something light and easy to watch while building my new shoe shelf (lol) and omg I did not expect to get that HOOKED! It's about three young women working for one of the most successful fashion magazines in NYC all while facing their different personal challenges and struggles along the way. Does not sound like much, but trust me, you will fall in love with the characters. If you like Gossip Girl, you'll enjoy this one as well!

What do you think about my favorite things as of lately? Did this post inspire you to try any of these? And most importantly: what are your Friday Favs??

xx Janine

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Creative Salad Recipes

I have shared on my blog numerous times that I am not much of a cook... I am not a cook at all to be completely honest here and I'll admit that!

Sure, there are the handful of go-to recipes that I can whip up easily and that taste alright, so that I won't be starving, however, if I have the choice, I much rather prefer going to a restaurant, ordering take-out OR letting my boyfriend cook - he loves it and is really good at it, lucky me!!

Now, with the colder season I have definitely noticed that I am NOT eating as much fresh fruit, vegetables and greens as I used to during the warmer months and far less than I should be eating to guarantee for my vitamin and nutrients intake.

So this is why I opted for consciously preparing more salads to serve this purpose: healthy, vitamin-packed and delicious! However, since I am seriously lacking imagination in the cooking department, I, of course, turned to Pinterest to pin some new salad recipes - and let me tell you, I found some amazing ones!!

I am sharing four recipes here today. Please keep in mind, these are NOT mine (god, I wish I was that creative with food haha), I am just curating a cool and yummy selection, please click on the link under each picture to get to the full recipe.

Happy feasting!

1. Haloumi, Zucchini, Tomate and Pearl Couscous Salad

Recipe here

Had to mention this first because it is made with Haloumi and Haloumi is a delicious cheese and cheese is life - that's all. 

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups pearl couscous
  • 4 cups stock (or bone broth if not vegetarian)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 2-3mm thick slices
  • 200g haloumi, cut into 3mm thick slices
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup basil, shredded
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 birds eye chilli, finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
2. Fall Harvest Gorgonzola and Apple Salad

Recipe Here 

Had to share because if this isn't the most perfect salad to whip up last minute for a Thanksgiving gathering - I don't know what is.

  •  1 Sweet Kale Chopped 
  •  1 Pink lady apple, thinly sliced 
  •  5 Ounces of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  •  1 Pear, thinly sliced 
  •  6 Oz of cubed pancetta
  •  1 Cup of Whole Pecans
  •  ½ Cup of Pomegranate seeds 
  •   5 Sage leaves

3. Taco Pasta Salad 

Recipe Here 

This recipe basically sounds like everything my dreams are made of.

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 250g minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 paket taco seasing mix
  • 250g pasta of your choice
  • 250g tomatoes
  • 1 cup of coriander
  • 100g taco sauce mild
  • 1 cup corn 
4. Detox Cauliflower Salad  

Recipe Here

  •  raw cauliflower rice 
  • apples
  • mint and parsley
  • Shallots, super thinly sliced
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Big chunks of buttery avocado
  • honey-olive oil-mustard dressing
  • Lime juice and zest

I already got all the ingredients and will be doing a big bowl of the Fall Harvest salad to bring to work tomorrow - I'm sure my team will absolutely go crazy for it!

That Taco Pasta salad is definitely next on my list!

Which one will you be trying? 

xx Janine

Weekly Sales: The Holiday Party Wear Edition

We are fast approaching the festive season and with it comes all sorts of holiday gatherings, partys and events. I think purchasing a dress or any other outfit for those more special occasions can get pretty expensive, espeically considering you are likely not wearing the items many more times - but it does not have to be!!

I found some great deals on party wear on my favorite retailers websites and wanted to share them here. They are all under €100 but the majority of them are under €50 and there is even a €10 gem in there whaaat!

Hope you enjoy!

Asos is having a 30% off dresses and jumpsuits at the moment, which really inspired this blogpost AND is perfect for the upcoming festive season, so here are some favs I found:

NA-KD Fashion always has some gorgeous dresses, this one would be absolutely perfect for New Years don't you think?? It is only €10.78!

Also love the back detail on this shorter one and this one for something a bit more boho.

This lace trim slip dress is beautiful and on sale for only €19.99!!

Can't forget about the shoes! These ones are perfect to pair with virtually any party outfit from dresses, to skirts to trousers of any sorts - and they are on sale for €25.60!

Also loved this patent pair by Prettylittlething - on sale for only €15!

Which one of these items is your favorite? Are you having any plans for holiday partys or events in the next weeks? And what are you wearing? Share the deets!

I am definitely thinking about picking up the red AX Paris jumpsuit and pair it with a boyfriend blazer for a work Christmas party early December - what do you think??

xx Janine

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