I'm back!

 

Long time no see from gloomy, chilly Copenhagen. The only ray of light cutting through the grayness of everyday life has been the Copenhagen Fashion Week AW17 lately. I've enjoyed it even more than usual, because this was the first time I've been shooting for Scandinavian and American magazines (even tough Czech Fashion Map is still my biggest love) and got more into street style photography. And by 'enjoyed' I actually mean 'ran around the city, shot til the night and edited pics til the morning' haha - but I love it! Creating fashionable backstage stories, having goosebumps during fashion shows and trying to take the best storytelling pic from the streets flooded by fashion bloggers - can't wait for the next fashion week!

PS: If you're looking for a nice place to shoot in the winter, and you don't wanna freeze out, a greenhouse of a botanical garden is the right answer! There's one with a free entrance in Copenhagen, and this is not my last time here, that's for sure!

bomber and trousers: H&M // hoodie: Urban Outfiters // purple velvet top: Weekday // turtleneck: Envii // sneakers: Nike // glasses: EyeBuy Direct

Shopping hacks in Copenhagen #1

 

Every time I enter a designer-like store here in CPH it is usually unusually crowded and I leave in a short moment, overwhelmed and with a depression. Don't wanna go into further details, but while wages are higher here in general, so are the expenses. So you think about each unnecessary purchase of a fashionable piece of clothes here twice.

I mean, even tough Danes don't hasitate to spend money on high fashion, I've noticed a very interesting habit here.

Actually, it's rather nice habit.

One day a season, more than a few popular Danish brands organise a stock sale, where you can buy things even more than 70% off. But be aware - coming here at opening time means to find a 100m long queue of chilled Danes sipping coffee (usually shop provides it for free - supercool approach indeed!) in front of the door, discussing what they would like to buy. Because on this special day, you should come at least 2h earlier to have a chance of getting your fav piece.

Good that I didn't have any special garment I was craving for. So these two Acne pieces I've found there made me so happy.

100% pure wool and warm tones of orange - exactly what I need this winter!

knit: Acne Studios // coat: Baum und Pferdgarten // jeans: Levi's // boots: Zara // bag: BACK // hat: COS

H&M x Kenzo : Why is it uncool?

 

Does anyone still remember the latest H&M x Kenzo collection? It has been hyped enormously since October and everyone cool have been posting pics wearing pieces from the collection. Danish, Czech and also Slovak influencers - everybody was at it - H&M x Kenzo is just awesome!

Since I know these special H&M collabs are always a huge thing in Prague and people go literally crazy about them, I was curious how it looks like here in Denmark. I've heard myths about that..like...people in a queue get paper bands in different colors, depending on the time they arrived and determining the time they're allowed to enter the shop, where they have 10 minutes to look through the collection and are allowed to buy one single thing. If they want more, they're welcome to queue up again for another shot. Only to make sure everyone has an equal chance to buy a piece from collection. You know, the Danish model. As you might have guessed, I just could't miss this social experiment, purely because of the scientific reasons, of course.

On the day D, I've arrived 45 mins before the opening of the store. Very wisely, I've chosen the store in a shopping mall--I won't be freezing outside just to pursue my scientific curiosity! (that's another story, I'll tell you next time).

A couple of kids have already been camping in front of the shop, but besides that, all quiet on the H&M front. I was looking at shop assistants through the shop window while they were making selfies with the new collection, thinking about going for a coffee. People started gathering quickly, coming one after another and joining the queue. Just before the opening of the store, there were around 40 people, including a significant amount of elderly ladies. A bit unusual feeling, as if I was waiting for dicounted goods at Lidl, but very pleasant on the other hand--nice to see, how many older people are into fashion here. (That is if I can call the H&M x Kenzo collection fashion.)

And then, finally the store opened. The queue moved peacefully in. I've been walking around the racks for about half an hour, shopped for some basics, and went home. No shopping-bullying or fights between customers, as you might have already guessed (was a bit dissapinted by that, I've read a lot about it on the UK blogs before).

But I've realized one thing.

To post a pic on the day of a collection launch is not cool at all. I mean, on that day, everyone can have it. By posting it, you're just saying you were not cool enough to post it before the collection launch. While wearing a polyester tiger-patterned coat with blue faux fur and golden plastic buttons before the great launch is kinda status symbol, posting one after that is just a demonstration of a trumpery style and giving in to H&M marketing. And nobody is proud of that.

But ehm.. what about you? Have you bought anything?

 

PS: I need to add, that quality of these H&M x Kenzo tees is amazing. Much better than what I'm used to at H&M (and much better then e.g. Ganni tees). High quality cotton, the white one is not translucent at all, and the label says Conscious. I'm happy!

t-shirt: H&M // coat: & Other Stories // jeans: Weekday // boots: Vagabond // bag: Bimba y Lola

me vs. new make-up trends

 

Despite of all the cosmetic arsenal I own, there is a bad habit spreading here on my vanity table.

I do my make-up way less often than I should. Am I getting naturally prettier as I age?

Unfortunaly not. The reason is, that #nomakeup look is getting very trendy nowadays. But mainly, MAINLY, I'm lazy. It takes me almost half an hour to do my make-up (I'm slow and clumsy), so sometimes..around 4 days a week..I just don't give a shit about that and go barefaced. And it's getting that serious, that one day I actually went out to shoot an outfit armoured just by a single darkbrown lipstick (which turned out to be even worse idea than you could imagine).

Making this story short, let's just say I skip the portraits this time.

What is the moral of this story?

If you don't look like a model and don't wanna look like a mole, put at least a mascara on.

Just in case you wanna shoot some pics, because a camera makes your molish look even worse (and it's the camera's fault, there's not doubt, right?)

jacket: Mango // dress: Mads Nørgaard // pants: H&M // scarf: Acne Studios // sneakers: Nike

Brace yourself, sales are coming

 

I need to tell you something. In spite of all the efforts (bullshitting) to achieve sustainability, not-shopping, and most of all, MINIMALISM (the 2016's most misunderstood term among Czechoslovak bloggers), I've been looking forward to the xmas sales so bad it hurts. My fav Danish brands for half of their price, finally. I've been avoiding these shops for weeks, just to avoid the risk of a painful 'buy know' or 'wait for sales' decision.

#firstworldproblems

So I should be happy now, right?

Last year, I'd been craving for a coat for half a year, and it was sold out during the Christmas Eve (I should have known that sales begin on Christmas and there are plenty of people glued to the internet instead of having hygge with their families, just as I had??) so I didn't have high expectations for this year. But then.. I checked sales in the morning of the 26th of Dec this year and I couldn't believe my eyes.

Everything I'd wanted was 50% off now, and in my size!

Not! Just kiddin'.

The majority of pieces I wanted has been either sold out before Christmas or they weren't on sale. Items which went on sale, were sold out almost immediately, literally disappearing from the cart.

So yeah, I hate sales.

top: Weekday // trousers and jacket: H&M // boots: Vagabond

10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE STOP READING MAGAZINES

 

Going through the last issue of Czech Instyle magazine, one of my old dreams has evaporated - to become its fashion editor one day.

Okey, I haven't really considered that I don't know grammar and can't write readably in general.. Let's just say it wasn't a very realistic dream.

What's more important, its fashion section has spoken from my heart. I was perceiving this aesthetic consonance so intensely that Instyle was the only magazine I have ever subscribed to.

But this is the end now, people stopped reading and Instyle ends. As a geek who never puts his eyes off my cellphone and hands off a keyboard, but still I always buy a magazine on my travels to Czech Rep./Slovakia, so I'm wondering why that is.

1. People prefer fast, pre-chewed information

and don't like to read long articles.

2. Everything they're looking for is on the web, and for free.

3. Speaking about reviews on beauty products, a lot of readers believe that beauty bloggers are more independent in comparison with beauty editors. This is supported by the fact that you never read a criticism on a reviewed product in magazines.

4. On the other hand, you read a lot of ads. Barely camouflaged sometimes. I've read an article about tips for the upcoming Spring earlier this year. After first tip - to buy a vase of flowers, the other ones listed were e.g. 'buy a cat' - with a reference to a particular kennel, 'buy a new mattress' - with a reference to a a particular eshop. Just ridiculous.

5.  People, who still like to read articles instead of browsing hot news on the internet tend to prefer book-thick magazines made from matte paper they can put into their bookshelves, e.g. Kinfolk, Dansk or Cereal.

I intentionally didn't use the term 'quality magazine', because every magazine represents a certain quality to their readers, even those I don't like, but these are few facts in magazines I'm not particularly fond of.

6. Language found in the magazines is more or less similar to language of blogs. Articles deal with the topic only shallowly, lacking depth of knowledge, and usually they don't impress stylistically either. While I should be contemplating the actual topic of the piece, I often find myself wondering about how long that pamphlet took to write. The should-have-been-funny ones, on the other hand, many times make me feel fremdschämen (ha, I've used it!). (I need to add by this point, that by getting older I'm getting extremely demanding too, read rancorous)

When reading a blog post, I don't expect nothing else but a little distraction, while in a magazine, I'd like to read an interesting text, even if dealing with some ..ehm..banal topics, such as fashion and style.

7. Source: Pinterest. Or even no source. I can barely find words how this attitude makes me angry. Especially when I personally know more than a half of depicted bloggers/authors, even though I browse through inspiration and blogs only from time to time. Every student who has ever written a thesis knows that sources have to be listed, why should magazines be any exception?

8. Pointless gifts. Am I the only one who picks the magazine which doesn't contain any key ring, diary, crappy book, etc..?

9. Lack of originality. Speaking about the repetitive topics like "Lose 30lbs fast", etc..

10. Ads all around. Understand why they're there, with no doubts. I just don't trust any of 'illustration' pictures anymore.

And I could mention many more reasons why I think people (or I, personally) dislike mags, but still on my travels to Prague or Slovakia I buy at least one of them. Looking at it in a different light than in my teenage years, often comparing my blog with them, they amuse me, but also disturb.

But unless I stop enjoying the rustle of paper pages or the travel will fly faster without them, I won't stop buying.

jacket: Mango // top: Ganni // jeans: H&M // sneakers: Vagabond // bag: BACK

Black and oversized

It could seem slightly opposite to the blogger's way of thinking, but I have to admit there's something about Mark Zuckerberg's attitude to clothes. It might seem dull to wear the same gray T-shirt and jeans to work everyday, but there's a legitimate reason behind it.

During the day we have a limited cognitive capacity to make a certain amount of decisions. Spending them on wardrobe dilemmas (or what to prepare for dinner - yes, Danish groceries shops, I'm looking at you) seems to be a huge waste. I feel this especially painfully in the mornings, standing in front of my closet, sorting my clothes into 'I have worn it this week already' and 'not suitable for the weather right now' piles. To avoid such situations, similarly to Mark when he goes for his grayish-denim uniform, I go for oversize black hoodie.

Or, it doesn't necessarily have to be something big and black, just make it easy.

The simpler and less over-combined I look, the better I feel. I don't mind wearing the same (or very similar) clothes week after week, because it allows me to focus on more important things during the day, and that's essential (and the morning chill, more time for coffee, convenience of the proven choice during the day.. ).

Is there anyone with a similar opinion? Anyone, who simplifies the wardrobe choice, despite the fact that s/he likes to dress nicely and well?

 

hoodie and trousers: H&M // faux fur: Won Hundred // boots: Vagabond