WINTER BASICS: MASSIMO DUTTI WOMEN LOOKBOOK

Did you know that Massimo Dutti is Zara’s sister company? They both belong to Inditex which also owns retail chains Bershka, Oysho, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Zara Kids, Pull and Bear, and Uterqüe. And don’t let the Italian name mislead you; Massimo Dutti is a Spanish company. The Italian name is purely fictional and not the name of a real person.

Here are some images from Massimo Dutti’s latest lookbook for women and from its winter campaign.

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OYSHO CONTEST ENTRY

When I was six, I participated in an art contest in celebration of National Nutrition Month. I drew a boy surrounded by smiling fruits and vegetables. I won and took home a set of pop-a-point pencils. I was on cloud nine! But the truth is, I didn’t even know I was in a contest at that time; I just thought that the other kids and I were doing something enjoyable for school.

Win or lose, even without big prizes at stake, I’ve always found contests a lot of fun. So when I received the e-mail  announcing Oysho’s Pop-Up Gallery drawing competition, I didn’t need to be convinced to join.

My entry was inspired by an excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. In Chapter 5, Alice told the Queen that “one can’t believe impossible things.” The Queen replied that Alice just didn’t have much practice. She added: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

And here they are, my five impossible things (during breakfast): a flying milk carton, a dancing apple, a nerdy teacup, a fitness buff teaspoon, and a hippie chic slice of bread. Put them together in one (death-defying) circus act and you get impossible thing no. 6!

So, how many impossible things did you believe today?

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BUNDLED-UP BEAUTIES: ZARA SEPTEMBER 2013 LOOKBOOK

Plaid, gray and blue are the dominant features in Zara’s lookbook for September 2013. Although the weather here in Castelldefels remains summery in general, I think that it’s never too early to explore one’s clothing options for the cold season. (And even though I never wear high heels, I think those gray boots are calling my name.)

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LITTLE MEN, LITTLE WOMEN: MARGARITE S/S 2013

Simple lines, neutral tones, and soft linen and cotton fabric. The latest spring/summer offering of Spanish brand Margarite truly has the right ingredients of sweet elegance. No wonder these little ladies and gents are all smiles.

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LACOSTE S/S 2013 COLLECTION FOR KIDS

There are many things that I like about the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2013 collection for children. I like the muted colors. I like that the clothes are sporty (as one would expect from Lacoste) and very appropriate for kids. I like that they look smart without being fancy nor constrictive. But the best thing about this collection, I must admit, is that the looks are so easy to replicate with cheaper brands. Also, I think that we grown-up women can pick up an inspiration or two from the little ladies here (Hint: T-shirt dress with sneakers is love!).

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