Coming into focus in loud stripes and florals

by byanika on 24/01/2011 · 50 comments

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The dress is an H&M-maxi that I reworked by shortening it, widening the neckline a d adding the purple belt from a top I had lying around. I cut the bolero  from an  H&M tunique. The scarf and bangle are also H&M. The neckless is Accessories, the watch is ICE and the wegdes are Nilson.

Hi Sweethearts!

I have always had good sense of humour about my self (with rococco-style legs, a rather roaring and masculine sounding laugh and a nice vareity of tics as a teen I find it helps lol), and sometimes when I take in the full glory of my pattern mixing I can`t help but find it funny. Not funny in a self-ridiculing sort of way, but joyfully, recognizing that I feel free enough to wear what ever I want (finally! my hard work and growing pains are so worth it). Ok, and sometimes I laugh because I think the mixes are bonkers, but I don`t change my outfit like I used to before, no, I wear them outside the house and tell my self, I am dressing up for me and that is fine.

Sometimes I get in my own way, you know? Thinking that I can`t do something, am not worthy. Well, lovelies, those thoughts are usually untrue and basically rubbish. Can you relate? Sometimes I wonder if those fears really disguise my suspicion that I would acheive what it is I want, if I just put my mind to it.  When I understood this I started getting on with it, doing more of what brings me joy, dealing with my own success, owning it! Being invisible was easier, but I like my self so much more when I dare to stand out, not for the sake of grabbing the spotlight, but just because when we own ourselves we come into focus. And then we are seen, really seen.

Simply being me means that I sometimes feel like I am breaking the sound barrier with my outfits, and this outfit that I wore yesterday is a good example of that. Stripes, romantic florals and clashing colours all over the place? Yes! Can you see me now?

I love you my darling friends, each and every one. You are unique, and you move me so.

 

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AnikaByAnika 1 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

[New Post] Coming into focus in loud stripes and florals – via #twitoaster http://byanika.com/2011/01/24/coming-int

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2 KatrinNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This Bolero is the best, it would work so great with all of my black and pink clothes and a gold belt *_* Also I love your necklace.

It is a good thing to come this far, to just not care about what others say and only listen to your self…or to listen to your heart, not you mind, cause your mind sometimes tries to trick you ;D

By the way, I’d never thought that you are over 30 year oO I also thought about maybe 25 or so :D It really surprised. Not that it makes any difference.

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byanika 3 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Katrin darling, I will definately keep that in mind for the giveaway ;D That would be a fab look indeed!

Are you serious? I have worked hard for all of my lines! lol. I`ll be sure to let my sis who actually turns 25 this piece of good news lmao <3

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4 gabriella albaneseNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I love your look and I also have ‘rococco legs’…
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byanika 5 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

You do! Yay! How lovely lol :) thank you for your comment love.

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6 SARANo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

You are always so encouraging!
Thank you so very much for spreading your uniqueness around…it is a balm to those of us FINALLY waking from our slumber :0)
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byanika 7 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Do you really think so? Thank you so much Sara honey, I really take your words to heart. <3

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8 michelleNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

loveeeeeee your outfits!

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9 AlessiaNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hello darling!
I agree with you, the most important thing? BE YOURSELF, whatever you are :)
I’m living a sort of bad period because I started a job I don’t like and I’m not myself. I hope a day I’ll be brave to leave this job for something I really like.
Now it’s hard because in Italy there’s no job so I’m lucky to work, but….
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byanika 10 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Darling, I am sorry to hear that you are not at the happiest place right now. I hope it gets better for you soon, all though I know things are hard down there. We see it on the news here, and my heart goes out to you.
You are Bella, and you can do what ever you set your mind to! kisses <3

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11 Blog to be AliveNo Gravatar
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January 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

It’s beautiful! Really love it!
P.S.: I still haven’t worn my boots! LOL
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byanika 12 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

thank you so much Val! You are darling. I have been thinking about you and those shoes lol, when you finally do get them on I just know you will look fab! xx

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13 MeghanNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I love this mix!!

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byanika 14 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

thank you!

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15 LaCaraNo Gravatar
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January 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Ohhhh Anika, I love the dress! The floral print is so lovely!! :D

And I know what you mean, sometimes we are our own worst enemies. But I’ve been keeping a postive attitude, and now blessings are just flowing my way freely! We just have to take one day at time, and realise we are beautiful.

Lot’s of love!!

<3

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byanika 16 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thank you so much my darling friend. I am so glad to hear that, it goes to show the power of our minds! I am so exited to see you very soon. love u <3

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17 AlissaNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Can you mail that bolero and scarf to me. They are so cute.
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byanika 18 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

What is your adress darling? lol. thank you for the love <3

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19 vanessaNo Gravatar
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January 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I always have a hard time finding knee length dresses. I never thought to just buy maxi dresses, and hem them up. I can even do it the lazy way with Stitch Witchery.
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byanika 20 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

…or even lazier like me, I just cut the exxess material off and leave it, embracing the fringy look. lol Thank you for your comment love 3

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21 Bella QNo Gravatar
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January 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

You know stripes and floral mix is one of my favorite print combos, right? I LOVE! And that bolero looks so fresh in stripes. If you ever do a D.I.Y. video for this let me know!

The dress in floral is lovely and I love how you rework clothing. Practical, frugal and individual: nobody is going to have a dress like you.

It seems when we start with self-acceptance, then come self-love. After that, it becomes easier to accept the differences of others. So I guess it does all start in the home. Perhaps less conflict would exist in the world if we chose to love ourselves more.

Hugs!
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byanika 22 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Honey, if I ever do i will be sure to let you know :) thank you so much for your feedback, I always appreciate it so. And you are right, change starts from within. Let`s be the change! xx

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AnikaByAnika 23 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

RT @anikasweetface Coming into focus in loud stripes and florals http://byanika.com/2011/01/24/coming-int

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necessary2BMe 24 necessary2BMeNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

RT @AnikaByAnika: RT @anikasweetface Coming into focus in loud stripes and florals http://byanika.com/2011/01/24/coming-int

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25 moda gezginiNo Gravatar January 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Hello Anika..wovv Amazing!harika kombinler çok be?endim.beautiful.nice blog:) thanks.k?sses

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byanika 26 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Thank you! xx

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27 THE-LOUDMOUTHNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 1:27 am

Wow! You are such a positive, motivating, inspirational person. I love what you wrote. And you look fab in those mixed patterns!

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byanika 28 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Thank you so much! And thanks for the RTs, very kind of you darling! big kiss! xx

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29 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I love floral, and I love what you stand for, so…nothing else to add.
Fantastic dress. You know how to shine my friend.
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byanika 30 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

You my sweet friend are so kind! I truly appreciate your support :) You always leave such wonderful love in the bloggersphere. You are a beautiful person. Besos xxxx

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31 Lee OliveiraNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Love you dress.. The stamp are so pretty..
Great poses tho
Lee x

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byanika 32 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Thank you so much Lee, I appreciate you stopping by :) xx

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33 Grit and GlamourNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Sometimes we ALL get in our own, way! But yes, I can see you now, and I adore the floral, stripes, and leopard! MEOW!

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byanika 34 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Honey I love it when you purr lol. Thank you for your comment sweetheart! <3

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35 Meagan MorrisonNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Absolutely INCREDIBLE post!! You are such an inspiration Anika. There is no possible way I could have worded what you did so eloquently in this post. OWNING yourself is the way to LIVE in every aspect of your life. Not only are you an innovative designer but one with an intelligent mind and positive message. Rock on girl because you’re AMAZING!!
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byanika 36 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Meagan sweetheart, I can`t tell me how much your feedback means to me. I really appreciate it, and come back to read it whenever I feel down :) <3

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37 Arash MazinaniNo Gravatar January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Wow I love that you actually reworked some of these pieces. Crafting your own belt and also hemming the maxi dress. It’s a cool way to make your pieces your own and unique. I definitely can relate to getting in my own way sometimes we are our own worst enemies.

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byanika 38 byanikaNo Gravatar
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January 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi Arash, thank you for your comment! I am sure this is something most of us to at one time or another, the trick is to get OUT of the way again lol. I sew/rework everything I wear, infact today I had a fun time giving a class on reworking to some of my students :)

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39 TymbreNo Gravatar
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January 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

Hi Anika!

I love this look, keep up the outfit post!
Love them. And the mixed prints look great!

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40 Kirstin MarieNo Gravatar
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January 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I really love this outfit. You look so pretty!!! Your pattern mixing is awesome! I am still a bit scared to mix patterns just yet…
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41 Juju at Tales of WhiNo Gravatar January 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I LOVE it!

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42 BetteNo Gravatar February 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Looking great again Anika!

I nominate byanika for a little blog award… http://betteontoast.blogspot.com/2011/01/this-post-is-just-way-too-long.html#comments

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44 BellaNo Gravatar
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February 6, 2011 at 1:18 am

We see you loud and clear, darling Anika, but how could we not when you look so lovely in this floral dress? In my humble opinion, you will forever look pretty no matter what you wear because you have what my nanna called “belleza interior.” Inner beauty in Spanish. And when you have that, you’re automatically beautiful on the outside!

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45 Niviarsiaq ElliotNo Gravatar February 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

love your funky cool scarf! The layering in this outfit is really interesting.
And haha, I have a manly laugh too! :)
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46 horse gameNo Gravatar February 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

I can’t stand waiting to get my chubby little paws on this! I can already feel my GPA going down until I complete the game!

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47 HaleyNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 5:49 am

You’re so lovely and cute.Love your photos.Be continued.Thanks for your sharing
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byanika 48 byanikaNo Gravatar
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May 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for your lovely comment, I truly take it to heart. I hope your week is going well my dear!

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