Lighting up the dark in a wild winter mix

by byanika on 22/01/2011 · 20 comments

in By Anika,leopard,Vahni of Grit and Glamour,winter

 Leopard hat, H&M. Tribal scarf, Zara. Baby blues, mum & dad. Paisley scarf bought by mum in Paris 30 years ago. H&M jacket with studs I added from a bag.

Hi Sweethearts!

Thank you all so much for your love and support of my blog! You guys blow me away and make my life happier. <3

Dressing for the nordic cold is easier said than done. The cold makes for beautiful sunsets and funny Monthy Pytonesque walking styles, but it does make it challenging to marry practical with chic. For years I used to find that my outfits at winter were dull with a lack of personal touch. I felt so drab and invisible walking around in black coats that were as interesting as watching football (unless it is mens football and the shorts are short lol. I apologize to all footballfans out there. And to men in short shorts. Go ManU/Leeds! ehem. ).

I find that my fashion is a form of expression for me, same as with decorating my home. I find that I am uncomfortable with when my surroundings and clothes lack identity. I am aware that this might be a sign that I am very dominating, (to my husbond: this was not a question for you HAHA), but really it has to do with being all me. Hm. Is that two sides of the same story? lol. Oh dear.

I don`t know why I didn`t just apply the same principal to my winterdressing as I do with my dresses years ago; wild mixes, studs all over the place and as much pattern as I like, and as we all know, that is a lot of pattern lol. I mean, I might as well liven up the dark with some loud outfits.

So here I am on my way home from work today. Freezing and fierce! Ok, freezing and knackered, but at least I look like me. lol.

How do you stay true to your style when you also need to be practical? Do you stay chic even when hiking, like the fabulous Vahni?


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AnikaByAnika 1 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar January 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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citizenrosebudz 2 citizenrosebudzNo Gravatar January 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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3 Bella QNo Gravatar
January 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

First off you are a doll to post a badge for me. Thank you!
Secondly, I feel for your Nordic clime. I am dealing with trying to keep my style in a colder than normal winter, but so much warmer than snowy Oslo. My tips are: interesting coat, fun hat and replaceable gloves. And LAYERS, so you can add on or take off as needed. My coat fave: the vintage cheetah print number that I wear all day long.
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byanika 4 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

oooo I love the Cheetah number! very sassy indeed :) Your tips are great, I am all about layering, especially seing as how I wear my summery dresses all year round :) That is the closest I get to being a viking lol. <3


5 Grit and GlamourNo Gravatar
January 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I LOVE these shots, Anika! I can’t believe how far your blog has come. So, so great!

And thanks for the mention! I do believe you can be warm, functional, and chic if you put your mind to it. Your photos above are proof. Now I want that leopard beanie!

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byanika 6 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

Thank you for your feedback and support, Vahni, it means a lot to me! I am always wanting to better my blog, and am exited to see where I can take it in the next year. Any feedback is always welcome love! And that beanie would look fab on you, but then again, everything looks fab on you! :D <3


7 KatrinNo Gravatar January 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’ve got the same hat :D Its so sooooft!
That is a lot of scarfs, but it looks all comfy and snuggled up, just like I like it.


byanika 8 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 12:45 am

You have great taste in hats love! haha. I need all that wool to stay warm :) <3


9 ChrissyNo Gravatar January 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hey, I like your new layout! Very chic!
And, living in Chicago, I so get you on dressing for these temps…it is really hard to be warm and cute!
I think you did an awesome job and look gorgeous on that pic!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs xxx


byanika 10 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 12:45 am

Thank you, I am glad you like it! Yes, I understand it gets really cold in the windy city :) Layering is key! :) Thank you for your comment. hugs from me xx


11 vanessaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

I think a great way is buying items that are both your style, and usable. There are so options out there, but you have to look, and it takes time. It amazing what you can find. Printed umbrellas, bold coats, printed rain boots, and detailed gloves. It’s all in how you pull it together.
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byanika 12 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 10:43 am

Hi lovely Vanessa, I agree with you, it is all how you mix items to reflect your personal style. <3


13 ravenNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

I think it is so fierce that you do these glamour shots out on freezing snow-piled-on-the-ground days!! I start hugging myself and looking pathetic in front of a camera below 50 degrees, haha. You look amazing dear!

And gah, I just love the font you use for your blog signature!!!



byanika 14 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thank you so much my sweet Raven! I am so determined to get decent shots that I have to go outside for the light lol. Am doing some more shots today, will need to bundle up under blankets afterwards, so I know what you mean lol

I love the font too, I made the signature here, and it is font number ten. I didn`t manage to install it properly, so I just insert the sign as a pic :) xx


15 fuyumeNo Gravatar January 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

That beret is gorgeous and i love your eye makeup. its freezing here in the uk so the layering of scarfs is a look i may ‘borrow’ xxx
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byanika 16 byanikaNo Gravatar
January 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hi love, borrow away, layering wool really is my only saviour in minus 10 celsius lol. Thanks for your comment! xx


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18 Pierre Roome (helicopter game)No Gravatar February 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I really want to get my hands on this faptastic piece of kit. I can tell I’ll be getting insufficient rest until I conquer the game!!


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Wow this game looks da bomb. How is a girl supposed to get any learning done with amazing distractions like this?!?!


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