September 1, 2014
Dress: Free People
Aviators: Ray Ban
The beauty of my surroundings completely absorb me in moments like these. We took a day trip out of Lisbon to the town of Cascais, a 40-minute train ride away, escaping to another gorgeous part of Portugal. Cascais is one of those spots you think only exist in your head, and then suddenly you are walking the streets, seeing it, experiencing it face-to-face.
When we stepped off the train, we had the breezy Atlantic to the left and a charming town to the right. We immediately started walking away from the tourists’ path and dove into the winding cobblestone roads lined left and right with tiny houses straight out of a Woody Allen movie. You could hear Portuguese grandmothers talking to their families as you passed the open windows, flowers grew up and around walls, pastel colours perfectly complemented clean white villas nestled in between — I was utterly speechless. Within minutes we stumbled upon this particular picture perfect street, using the last bit of battery in my camera for a spur-of-the-moment shoot, spinning around and soaking in every detail.
August 29, 2014
Top: Olive Clothing (similar here)
Denim Shorts: Vintage Levi’s (like these ones)
Hat: KaDeWe (same here)
Shoes: Hudson’s Bay (similar here)
Watch: Larsson & Jennings
Gold Rings: H&M (love this one here)
The first thing I fell in love with when arriving to Lisbon is the colourful streets. I couldn’t stop gasping every time I saw another blush pink building. Then I saw mint, yellow, pale blue… it was pastel heaven. It really got me thinking, why don’t we do this all over the world? Doesn’t it make it a happier place?
This was my travel outfit for day one touring around the city. We took an early flight out of Berlin so comfort and casual was all I could think about it. As soon as we arrived to LX Boutique Hotel (more to come on that later), we dropped off our bags and did what we do in every city we first arrive at: walk. We ventured out with no sense of direction in mind, which I find is the best way to get a sense of your boundaries.
Following maps can actually be more frustrating than simply following what street looks best to you. So we followed the pink buildings (I may have been leading the way at this point) and we stumbled across some gorgeous areas that we actually didn’t come across the rest of our time in Lisbon. You never know what you’ll discover when you wander.
August 28, 2014
Dress: Benjamin Ringuet
Shoes: The Mode Collective
Watch: Larsson & Jennings
I’m back from Lisbon! We had the most memorable, enthralling holiday we could have ever asked for, and I feel relaxed, refreshed and ready for what’s to come over the next month for Not Your Standard. I’m so incredibly excited to show you every detail of our trip as we shot a diverse collection of editorials over the past 7 days. We saw another photo opportunity around every corner we turned and I’ll share our entire trip this coming week on NYS — the city, the food, our hotel and, of course, all my outfits. I continue to say ‘we’ in this blog post because Not Your Standard is a two-person team and my boyfriend is just as much a part of it as I am. These shoots and travels wouldn’t happen without him, and I look forward to sharing more of our life with you!
This is one of my favourite dresses that I wore to kick off our week in Lisbon for a drool-worthy dinner at the standout Taberna da Rua das Flores, which was so good it drew us in for a second visit a few days later. This scuba dress by Benjamin Ringuet felt so perfect to save for a royal Portuguese backdrop and the vibrant colours perfectly complement the pearl-white marble of São Bento Palace’s exterior. I love each Ringuet design — not to mention the scuba material makes it fit like a glove — and was equally delighted to learn one of my favourite US stockists, Revolve Clothing, will now carry my favourite pieces of his. The perfect choice for our first date night with Lisbon.
August 21, 2014
Sometimes you just need a little time away to clear your head, dive in to the ocean, eat great food, and have absolutely nothing on the schedule. My guy and I are off to Lisbon, Portugal for a week today! It’s our first time there and we can’t wait to experience the Portuguese culture. I’m excited to feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to tackle September when we return.
Of course I will be instagramming every day – follow our travels: @notyourstandard
image via: tumblr
August 20, 2014
Dress: The Fifth
Jacket: Zara (love this one here)
Shoes: Rachel Zoe (these are similar, mine are not online yet!)
Bag: Zara (need this one)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James
Watch: Larsson & Jennings
Photography by: The Styleograph
It’s been quite a busy week trying to settle upcoming projects and organizing the amazing shoots we have planned for Lisbon, mixed in with those errands that you always seem to have right before a holiday. Since the week was a little chaotic I decided it was time for a little ‘treat yourself day’ — I find it funny how we have to validate those days, but it’s what makes them special. There’s nothing better than realizing all the hard work you do deserves a reward, which is why I’m a big believer in such designated days! It should happen at least once a month; those are the rules I play by. For me it’s that specific purchase where you buy an investment piece for your wardrobe, spending that little bit extra because you know this is something you will wear in and out and feel happy basically every time you put it on. This time around it was a shoe day, and these Rachel Zoe flats were exactly what I was looking for this Fall.