A practical everyday look. No, really!

by byanika on 23/02/2011 · 33 comments

in blue,By Anika

 Hi Sweethearts!

This is about as practical as I get in terms of dressing for the cold. Dress with a slip for extra warmth, check.  Warm cardi with sequins for added insulation, check. Scarf, check. Heartwarming feathers, check. Bangle to warm up my puls, check. Pointy earrings to lead the cold away from my earlobes, check. Basically I don`t do practical. I just don`t want to! How is that for impractical defiance.

Basically I am in denial about where I live (Oslo, Norway). Also, I don`t ski (ok, I can make it down a hill if I have made it UP the hill, which is no easy feat, if I have finished reading Vouge on the side of the hill and if I pretend I am dancing flamenco while skiing). I should be inducted into the Department of Funny Walks (Monthy Python, darlings) and elevated to honorary member for all of my funny walks on icy sidewalks (I did a real tumble the other day, and found my self swearing in a mock Glasgow accent, I don`t know what that is about, could be my Scottish ancestry acting up). I wear the sleeves on my coat rolled up because it looks chic (not a good idea in minus 10 Celsius, but I do look good! Unless I just look utterly silly and vain.  I have to think about this. Ok, now I have thought about it, and I have decided that I probably do look silly, but seing as how I am supposedly a fashionista I don`t care.)

Moving on. I sewed this dress recently, the top and bottom have been several previous dresses, but for now they make up a comfy everyday dress. I am more daring now in terms of showing off my waist, not just going for the empire waist-look, and designing my dresses with stretchy waistbands (with fabric cut from T-shirts) are an easy way to make sure that the dress fits snuggly, with just the right amount of stretch for my hourglassy shape.

Tell me, do you also tailor your clothes and/or defy practicality? Ski much?

 

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AnikaByAnika 1 AnikaByAnikaNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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2 VanoueNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

bisous ma jolie!
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byanika 3 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Merci ma cherie! Ca va ma chere? bisous! xx

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4 VanoueNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

oui ça va! I love being in the cool weather of Atlanta. See u on twitter!
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byanika 5 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

<3

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6 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I cannot start to imagen what it must be like to live in a -10ºc. We are about 18+ today, and it starting to smell like spring.I would love to visit Norway one day…
I love the way you customised your clothes, and make them unique. I think that emphasising your waist gives a slimmer look than sack like shapeless. I love what you have done beautiful Anika.
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byanika 7 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Sacramento, my guapa, + 18 is a mild Norwegian summers day haha. Enjoy it sweetheart! Thank you so much for your feedback. Please do come visit me, I`ll take such good care of you! <3 big besos xxxxxxx

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8 LaCaraNo Gravatar
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February 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

You look fantastic as always! But come back to reality my love! You must keep warm!!! Hmmm I think I should hop over to Olso, to make sure you put on a THICK & WARM coat, so you don’t catch a cold! You’re the only person I know, who can look ever so chic and fashionable in ridiculously cold weather lmao!

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byanika 9 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Well darling, you should come here and put me straight! YES! Do come!!!!!!!! You are so sweet and funny :) kiss kiss

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10 JoyNo Gravatar
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February 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I too would love to visit Norway!

It’s cold & snowy where I’m from and I really need to find myself a nice collection of scarves to wear indoors — One of the tips I’ve learned from your blog. You do a fantastic job of looking stylish and put together while keeping warm.

I’ve never been skiing and have never really customized any of my clothing. I am always practical with footwear. No heels on ice and snow – I took a tumble once face first and learned a good lesson! Ouch.

You’re the best, Anika!
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byanika 11 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Joy, in that case, WE are the best! <3 I would love for you to come visit me, really! I sew by hand, and I am self tought, resulting in somewhat surprising results at times lol. I agree with you on the heels on ice, I wear wegdes instead hahahhahahahha. You are such a sweetheart Joy, your comments really mean a lot to me. <3 xx

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12 Kirstin MarieNo Gravatar
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February 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

You look fabulous, lady! I love the fact that you sewed this dress. I am not very good at sewing (in fact sewing machines scare me! I can only hand stitch as of right now). Really great look, I love everything together.
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byanika 13 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you so much dear! I sew everything by hand! lol xx hugs!

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14 KenyettaNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

you look adorable as always. i really want to learn how to sew maybe ill take a class.

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byanika 15 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Darling, come visit me and we`ll sew and hang out and go dancing and shopping! Are you back to blogging yet? I miss you! xx

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16 KenyettaNo Gravatar February 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

that sounds like soooo much fun! i need to starting saving now! lol yeah i have been blogging a bit no real outfit post yet but those are to come and i’ve started a youtube channel :) i miss you too we need to exchange info so we can chat more!
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byanika 17 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Yes, let`s!!! I am coming over to you now darling! xxxxxx ps, I`ll start getting your room ready asap! <3

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18 aliavenueNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

lovely!
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byanika 19 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thank you.

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20 BBMNo Gravatar February 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

anika, please design my house! ure home is like art and you in it is the icing on the cake!

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byanika 21 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Darling, I am coming over to yours now, cherrys and all! Big love to you! xx

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22 myheartbloggedNo Gravatar
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February 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

I really like your dress. Your such a great designer.
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byanika 23 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thank you so much dear! You are very kind! xx

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24 TiffanyNo Gravatar February 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

I try to keep my clothing weather and temperature appropriate (dont want to be too hot or cold) but otherwise I wear what I want, when I want. If that means wearing heeled booties on a hike or painful stilettos to work, then I’ll do it. But every once in a while when I dress in something purely for comfort and not style, I am soo utterly comfortable.

I love your blog and your attitude.
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byanika 25 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I know what you mean sweet Tiffany, I don`t always feel comfortable in my own skin when I only dress sensible, without any whimsy. Thank you for sharing! I will check out your blog soon honey! xx

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26 GRIT & GLAMOURNo Gravatar
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February 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

HAAAAAAAAAAAA! God, you crack me up. In denial about where you live. I’ve always wondered if you’re not totally freezing your @ss off for those OOTD shots!

But as for practicality, I’m with you. I love your everyday look. Coming from a woman who wears five-inch platform sandals to a six-year-old’s birthday party, I’m not one for functional fashion. I will cripple myself, freeze, or overdress…as long as I’m loving the way I look.

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byanika 27 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

The feeling is mutual, you are so funny! Of course I freeze my lovely behind off in those shots, but what I won`t do for ART you know?! Ha ha. I am loving the way you look hon ;D xx

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28 Mish DishNo Gravatar February 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Anika thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. Thank you V for the connection.
You have some great sewing skills. Keep up the good work. I am know following you on twitter
It is all about the self love, journey and discovery.
Xo Mish

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byanika 29 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thank you so much sweets!I agree with you, let`s journey toghether :) xx

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30 Casee MarieNo Gravatar February 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Hee! Can I hug you, please? This post is just…everything I love about you. Really, let’s go hang out in Paris and munch macarons, talk in fake accents and practice our Funny Walks. I wouldn’t do any of those things with anyone else. Also, I want to see you flamenco dance/ski! I’ll just be reading Vogue over here…you go for it, honey. xo

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byanika 31 byanikaNo Gravatar
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February 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Dear, that would be a dream come true. Let`s make it happen! Or we`ll meet in Bath! I love you honey, there is no other way to put it. I have been thinking I must show you pics of my Jane Austen books and stuff like that, things that I would love to share with you if we could hang out toghether! Maybe I can come stay with you sometime! Also, I do have a lovely spare room here in Oslo ;D xx

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32 SamanthaNo Gravatar February 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Someone who speaks Celsius! I had -10 a few days ago, then today it rained. It is now snowing again. I dislike this island sometimes. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the follow!

I have to admit, I’m all about the practical. I always wear my winter boots cause I don’t like wet cold feet. I always have on a big puffy winter jacket to keep warm. Even in the summer I’ve got a jacket. I’m uber prepared for things, basically all the time. Except I always forget gloves and a hat. But warm pockets and a hood make up for it :)

Also, do not worry about being clumsy or clutzy on ice. I probably look more stupid than you do. I avoid all sidewalks for this reason in the winter. 2 inches can put me on my ass. Not so fun.

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