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Dupe or Original? | How Zara makes this decision hard

Maybe you have spotted it, or you even own one - a Zara dupe of the Acne Velocite jacket. Massive aviator faux leather jacket with a superfurry lining, for a tiny fraction of the original one's price. Really a nice one, no surprises I've seen it so often on streets and blogs everywhere.

You know, the thing about Zara is that there is always this difficult dichotomy - dope style for little money x poor quality and high chance it has been copied from a runway. Lavish fashionista's soul x acknowledgment, WHY all these items are so much cheaper and that stealing intellectual property is bad.

Every coin has two sides and everything can be excused, somehow. Zara brings fashionable pieces to women who fancy stylish wardrobe, but who couldn't be ever able to buy the original version of those.

No more words needed, I have a love-hate relationship with Zara

One way or another, I've decided not to buy this jacket. I've bought an original Acne hat instead of it (but for the same price). It doesn't warm me the whole body like a jacket, however, the feeling that I've supported a designer and haven't chosen to wear a copy, warms me inside.

But let's wait what I'll go for the next time (I've seen some very cool summer shoes collection by Zara ehmm). I'm a lavish fashionista sometimes (read 'too often').

How about you and Zara? Friends, or not really?

Paris | First Impressions | Where to go for brunch

 

Before I bring you a mega-piece with my experience and photos of streetstyle from Paris Fashion Week AW2017 (already looking forward to the Prague one), I prepared some quick tips and my first impressions from Paris. I went there with my boyfriend for a semi-working, semi-vacation trip and here is what I found out.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT PARIS:

  • picturesque streets of Montmartre
  • walking along the Seine river
  • grandiose streets, squares and architecture in the centre, reminding me a bit of either Prague or Budapest
  • restaurants with outdoor seating and great brunch menus you can enjoy throughout the whole day
  • people enjoying themselves and chit-chatting with their friends in those restaurants, even in early-spring rainy weather
  • free tap water with your order
  • meeting Lucie in one of the must-visit places in Paris--Cafe de Flore
  • great pastry
  • night visit of sparkling Eiffel tower
  • Sacre Coeur and the nice views of Paris

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:

  • Three days of neverending rain and running around in wet sneakers
  • The streets outside the centre were a bit dirty
  • Families of homeless people camping on Champs-Élysées
  • Parisians, who are not as chic as I originally thought
  • Parisians, who don't speak English, just as I heard
  • Car culture with a lot of noise and exhaust gasses in the city

WHERE TO GO FOR BRUNCH:

Holybelly - allegedly the best brunch in Paris. And it was really good. But the place is really crowded and you can easily spend half an hour in a queue outside.

Blackburn coffee - even a tad better than Holybelly in my view. And they have free wifi. You have to go for Oeuf cocotte if you visit!

Café de Flore - the ultimate venue for every instagrammer. Unfortunately, we didn't get the round table outside. Nevertheless, both omelette and coffee were delicious, so we survived being in a slightly less photogenic part of the restaurant

Benedict - maybe you've guessed it by the name, yes, Benedict eggs, prepared in different ways for the whole day (but it's also a proper restaurant with daily lunch menu)

Any bakery along the way, we went to Huré - supersoft croissants and maybe the best non-sweet pastry ever

I think there are other European cities which I enjoyed more than Paris. Barcelona, for example. Maybe we were just unlucky with the rainy weather we had in Paris and Barcelona is a paradise for all foodies. It's true, though, that Paris has much more to offer. I'm already looking forward to our next visit, as we've only managed to visit a couple of places. I'm sure Paris will get another chance to prove it's a great city to us. What about you? How do you like Paris? Which European cities do you like most?

coat,trousers, earrings: & Other Stories // sweater: H&M // boots: Zara // bag: BACK // hat: Acne

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

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