Donna Karan Hearts Haiti


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I admit, the title is so cheesy it practically hurts my eyes and mind, but I needed to put quite a bit of information in the shortest line possible, so this is the one I managed to come up with. Sorry for being predictable and resulting a sentence to suit the jargon of a 16-year old. I am Russian, my vocabulary is limited at times.

Today was supposed to be the day for my Donna Karan: Part I story. I knew some of you were looking forward to that one. And then I’ve discovered something I wasn’t aware of and since the time is running out, I needed to reschedule the rest of the week and put this post up asap. To give everyone a chance to make a difference.

I was reading the news on Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation website when I heard of the Fashion For Haiti: One Million Hearts collaboration launched a week ago to support the Haitian artisans and help them rebuild their lives.

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Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Elie Tahari and Narciso Rodriguez were among nearly 150 designers who put their personal touch on locally-crafted Haitian papier mâché hearts donated by DKNY.

The heart are currently available on eBay with the auction ending on 2 May, so you still have a chance to bid and win one of them. Somewhere inside my mind I feel that Donna herself would be much happier with my writing about this auction than trying to be her biographer, so here I am, prioritising and sharing the news that really matters.

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Donna Karan Spring 2000



When I was a teen, I declared that Donna Karan will be one of the designers I would wear. Even then her aesthetics appealed to me and, perhaps, influenced my style as it developed.

My love for her creations is obvious and I have a good reason for it –just like in case of Diane von Furstenberg, the clothes of a timeless quality are designed for women to be worn and truly enjoyed, in comfort and confidence. And they are so beautifully made!

As the next “fashion week” was approaching I found myself torn between two names, in a position of a parent trying to choose which child she loved the most… Donna Karan was, indeed, one of them. I hesitated, I lost sleep for a couple of days, as insane it may sound to some. And then I walked to my wardrobe, pulled out my Donna Karan dress and knew exactly what would happen next.




Photo source: Donna Karan New York Spring/Summer 2000 campaign

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5 dresses every woman should own: the white dress



The white dress. An epitome of summer elegance.

You just cannot be without it whether you find yourself in a city, planning a holiday or dancing till dawn under the starlit sky. Whatever the situation, the little white dress is definitely one of the wardrobe must-haves.


This little darling isn’t just the light reflector on a hot summer day, but a statement of femininity, romance, purity, freshness and luxury.


Choosing the one may be a challenge, but fortunately for us, designers got it all covered. Sporty and athletic, prim and proper, bohemian and lady-like. Mini and maxi. Lace and jacquard. Silks, organza, cottons and linens.


You pick the dress that tells your story. And then start your summer journey in style. Best accessory to compliment your LWD? A touch of tan, of course.


Where to buy: 1. Cotton peplum dress by Karen Millen (£175 – use promo code SS13DRESSES50 at checkout to get £50 off selected styles), 2. Sleeveless cotton dress by Stella McCartney (£465), 3. Cotton blend twill dress by Zac Posen (£440), 4. Dalia jacquard dress by Whistles (£225), 5. Crocheted cotton dress by See by Chloe (£243), 6. Wool-flannel dress by Issa (£208), 7. Belted dress by Chloe (£1415), 8. Fitted lace & frill dress by Reiss (£169)


Where to buy: 9. Crochet cotton dress by Mango (£55), 10. Cotton & lace dress by Nina Ricci (£1154), 11. Lace trimmed cotton dress by Vanessa Bruno (£172), 12. Cotton embroidered dress by Mango (£43), 13. Relais dress by Sportmax (£668), 14. Voile & silk dress by See by Chloe (£230), 15. Silk patchwork dress by Dosa (£895), 16. Tank dress by Jean Paul Knott (£580)


Where to buy: 17. Tailored bubble dress by Karen Millen (£140), 18. Cotton bonded dress by Oasis (£50), 19. Daisy dress by Warehouse (£40), 20. Speed flare dress by Chalayan (£710), 21. Niade dress by Azzedine Alaia (£2468), 22. Pleat skirt dress by Paul&Joe Sister (£228), 23. Floral embroidered dress by Reiss (£225), 24. A-line dress by Vicedomini (£772)


P.S. There is still time left to vote for Fashioned by Love in the Company’s Style Blog Awards competition. If you haven’t done it yet (and do like my blog), please follow the link, keep pressing the “next page” button until you get to “best fashion blog” category, then choose Fashioned by Love, and continue pressing the “next page” button until you find yourself on the last page to enter your name and email address. Press “submit” and you are done. THANK YOU!


Photo source: Vogue US February 2008,

My dream accessory | Aigner Spring 2013



From the moment I saw this stunning bracelet, a part of the Aigner Spring/Summer 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection, I knew I was in love. It’s such a stunning piece of jewellery – all about nature, beauty and the way it gently wraps around the wrist. I would wear it just like the model on this photo – with a simple silk dress… And it would become one of my most treasured possessions. The only problem is that I have absolutely no idea how and where I could get one.


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Stylish quote



“Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats and furbelows, by trinkets, by clothes easy to copy, or by the shortening or lengthening of a skirt.”

Elsa Schiaparelli


Photo source: Vogue Germany September 2010


P.S. There’s still time to vote for Fashioned by Love in the Company’s Style Blogger Awards competition. For more details visit my Monday post.

Bag of the Month: April is for Angel Jackson



When I came up with an idea of the Bag of the Month feature back in March, it was warmly welcomed by pretty much every girl who read the post. The true love of beautiful accessories was certainly taking a form of a worldwide affair.

The process of choosing the first candidate wasn’t easy, but I definitely wanted to avoid anything that may have an “It” attached to it. Although I understand the appeal of Alexander Wang, Chloe, Proenza, Valentino or Celine, I am a little tired of seeing them everywhere. They are, of course, beautiful, but the “It” factor makes them very, how should I put it, predictable…

What interests me is discovering something new, being surprised and sharing these finds and surprises with you – high end, high street – it’s not going to be about the location or trying to be “on trend”. It will always be about the bag.

I saw Samaya a while ago and thought of her as a gorgeous, exotic, vibrant and classic beauty that I would be proud to take with me anywhere. Designed by two young Brits, Katie and Millie, charming and talented siblings and founders of the Angel Jackson brand, the bag is a part of an extensive collection featured on Monnier Frères, one of my most favourite on-line destinations for designer accessories (and yes, they do stock Chloe, Wang as well as Nina Ricci, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Escada, Jitrois, Vanessa Bruno, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel etc. etc. etc. – every fabulous bag is there, trust me)

According to the website description, Samaya, designed for “the effortlessly stylish and intelligent woman”, has “everything to seduce us” (including a price tag of £178) and I guess, I was an easy target.

What about you? Is your heart beating faster yet?

P.S. There’s still time to vote for Fashioned by Love in the Company’s Style Blogger Awards competition. I know it sounds like a presidential election, but every vote really does count. For more details visit my Monday post.

P.P.S. For your chance to win a beautiful Paul&Joe bracelet, follow the link.

Maryna Linchuk in Harper’s Bazaar 2010 & Company’s Style Blogger Awards 2013



This is officially the longest title ever used on this blog, but in case you missed my Saturday post and in danger of sounding like a broken record to those who do read my blog daily (massive apologies for these extra paragraphs), the story involving Fashioned by Love and Company Style Blogger Awards 2013 was destined to continue…

I got through to the second stage as one of the nominees in the Best Fashion Blog category.

Now I need as many votes as possible to win the thing.

If you love me (or my blog), please follow the link and keep on clicking on the “Next page” button until you get to the 5th category, Best Fashion Blog, where you will see (still feels surreal, to be honest).

Tick the box next to it and then continue clicking the “Next page” button until you get to the last page (page 11, as far as I remember) where you will be asked to enter your name and e-mail address and click “Submit”.

Then you can relax and receive a huge imaginary hug I’ve just sent you (and trust me, I would hug every single one of you if I could).

And now, the Monday Morocco-inspired editorial from the March issue of the US Harper’s Bazaar 2010 featuring gorgeous Maryna Linchuk. I know the story is only about 3 years ago, but I chose it over everything else because I loved the styling so much! For me, this is a great example of casual comfortable elegance that certainly fits the “dress for the century” rule (plus Spring/Summer 2010 was one of my favourite fashion seasons).






And don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY.


Photo source: Harper’s Bazaar US March 2010

Pretty Please



It sounds very surreal, but Fashioned by Love was picked as one of the Best Fashion Blog category nominees in the Company magazine Style Blogger Awards competition.

Frankly, I felt faint when I saw my blog’s name – faint, but so so so very happy. I never thought I’d make it this far (I didn’t even realise that the results were announced yesterday!) and would love to thank everyone who took time to nominate my little blog! You made a dream possible and the most incredible dream – much closer.

And now I have to ask for another massive favour…

Please take a moment to follow the link and choose Fashioned by Love in the Best Fashion Blog category and then get through the rest of the pages until the “submit” button appears.

Thank you for your support!


Photo source: Glamour UK February 2012

Anne-Marie Van Dijk in Madame Figaro 2013



Something beautiful for Friday. Just a few of my favourite shots from the March issue of Madame Figaro featuring gorgeous Anne-Marie Van Dijk. Exquisite!






Makes me secretly wish she was the face of Dior…

Photo source: Madame Figaro 30 March 2013

Birchbox | April 2013 edition



Yesterday I decided to take a day off, jump in a car with my friend and spend a few hours in Brighton. We stopped by an organic shop to stock up on delicious organic groceries – something I was particularly excited about, got all touchy-feely with some beautiful clothes in Comptoir des Cotonniers and had a coffee in a charming French cafe.

Although it was wonderful already, there was another lovely surprise waiting for me as I got home. It was an April Birchbox from the sweet PR elves who contacted me a few days ago asking if I’d like to sample one.

The concept of a beauty box isn’t new, but until now I never really wanted to try one due to the fact that I am very particular with what I put on my skin. What I liked about Birchbox is that most make-up and skincare brands they work with follow the natural/paraben-free/synthetics-free policy – a huge plus both for the skin and health. I talked about parabens before, but in case you are new to the blog, it’s worth mentioning again that parabens have been strongly linked to breast cancer, so, naturally, avoiding them is always a good idea.

Until recently Birchbox was only available in the States, so, for obvious reasons, getting a monthly supply of goodies was out of the question. Luckily, things moved in the right direction and so the Birchbox arrived in the UK to stay.


The April box contained some wonderful and very pretty things including a bar of Le Savon Marjolis soap by La Société Parisienne de Savons (a beautiful mix of ylang ylang and jasmine and very charming packaging), Mirinesse lipstick in Glossy Kiss (the colour, once applied, looked very similar to raspberry – perfect for summer and tanned skin), Paname Paris Mirror (ideal for keeping in my handbag), and samples of Weleda Skin Food (I love this brand), Natio Foaming Cleanser and Gerda Spillmann Renaissance Age Serum.

The Weleda moisturiser had a creamy light texture and felt wonderful on the skin. The fragrance was quite strong and was a combination of calendula, chamomile and rosemary.

I couldn’t use the cleanser – unfortunately it had some pomegranate in it, which, as I discovered last year, I am extremely allergic to, as far as my skin goes.

The serum had a very light, silky, almost water-like texture and gorgeous smell that made me think of Elemis papaya enzyme peel, but turned out to be edelweiss. It’s designed for mature skin, so I can’t comment on the effects of this product. I wish there was a full list of ingredients available, but so far I only managed to find out that the range is free from parabens and synthetics.

I must admit I found it extremely tempting to sign up for a monthly delivery because at £10 (and a bit of extra for P&P) it certainly felt like a good value and great opportunity to discover some new brands. If you are curious, just visit their Birchbox UK for more details.


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Stylish quote



“Simplicity survives the changes of fashion. Fit the century, forget the year.”



Photo source: Christy Turlington in Vogue US August 1993


P.S. One of my favourite quotes and photographs ever.

J. Mendel Spring 2013



Sometimes, when one finds herself in a whirlwind also known as a fashion week, the process of choosing the most beautiful collections and not letting any slip through can become a challenging one. Even though I am destined to view everything on my computer screen rather than witness the glory in person, I still find this four-week visual marathon both fascinating and demanding and, at the end, feel guilty of not talking about the clothes that really are worth all the attention and love.


In a way, it can be a good thing as it allows me to dedicate an entire post to a specific collection. On the other hand, I feel deeply embarrassed for being, lets face it, a blind fool and not writing about a brand that was born in Russia (first ever boutique was opened in St Petersburg in 1870 and soon became official furrier to the Romanov family) and speaks to me on some molecular, genetic level.


J.Mendel was, as far as I am concerned, one of the precious diamonds of the New York fashion week. It was opened by Bette Franke whom I adore. Frankly, if it wasn’t for her being the face of the gorgeous Spring/Summer campaign, I’d probably never got back to the collection to have a second look and eventually found myself hiding behind the laptop with an apologetic look in my eyes.


Luckily, Bette appeared in Vogue, I fell in love with the images and found myself on looking at some of the most beautiful and ethereal clothes imaginable. There were yards and yards of shimmering silks, handfuls of tiny organza flower blossoms, lace and leather and leather looking like lace, luxurious furs and jacquard fabrics with their surface resembling a fine powder made of crushed jewels. It was a daywear dream. And honestly, I wish I didn’t have to wake up…








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Star in stripes | Irene Pfeiffer in Vogue Germany 1994



Wonderful, glorious, sunny, every muscle fibre melting and soul soothing, that’s what my weekend was like. Apart, of course, from Saturday. It rained a lot. Even pupster hated those moments.

Everything change as soon as Sunday came and threw a bunch of sunrays in my window. Suddenly the sky turned turquoise, a gorgeous blue background for the light as air pink coloured soufflé of cherry blossoms, and every living creature, big or small, found themselves enjoying the spring as it should be.

And so the patio doors remained opened until the sky turned powdery lavender and the crocuses closed their happy smiling faces getting ready to catch on some beauty sleep.

As for me… I window-shopped for shoes, then – knitwear and eventually got a bit frustrated with myself for no girl should ever find herself in a situation when she must choose between two beautiful pairs, both calling her name out loud… The knitwear shopping involved admiring a polka dot jumper that I am feeling quite emotionally attached to at the moment. So much so that I may end up doing a post around the subject some time soon.

And the Monday editorial? Well, it’s all about stripes like it’s 1994! Don’t try to figure out why, after looking at polka dots, I chose this story. I am a woman. I am allowed to act without any logic known to or understood by man. Or woman. I simply liked the mood of these photos, the dress on the fifth photo (the one before last), the smiles and the bob (because I had exactly the same cut for years).

Have a beautiful day!

P.S. If you haven’t entered my giveaway yet, do have a look because it really is pretty.







Photo source: Vogue Germany April 1994

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