A personal style blog created by Sarah Mikaela. She documents her daily fashion, lifestyle and travel adventures on Framboise Fashion collaborating with brands using her cross creative skills as a writer, stylist and photographer.
IN COLLABORATION WITH KERASTASE Creative direction Sarah Mikaela
Assisted by Giulia Greco
It's a mystery as old as time, when we were thumping around sporting our caveman dreadlocks - how do you wake up with good hair? Disclaimer: in this post, I've had a blow-dry for a dinner the night before shooting this (however all second day footage though, nothing but a hairbrush to touch up for this, so just stay with me). The personal research behind it has been collected by yours truly since October last year, so I've been putting all claims to the test! Kérastase - who I've been a long fan of through their amazing ranges for both pure natural ingredients as well as the best purple hair shampoos on the market - asked me to take part in their Nutritive campaign, and now a range that fearlessly targets dry hair, was the perfect match for my at times hay-like London hair. To paint a picture, I have my hair up and down 20 different ways during the day due to an indecisive nature, plus the wears of travel and weekly heat treatments, I jumped, squealed and backflipped to get my hands on these products. 6 months onwards, and this is my partner-in-crime go-to range for my hair, and to the magic ingredient, that leads us back to the first question, I present to you the 8H Magic Night Serum which with its iris root extract and a 5 vitamin blend, makes the hair feel more than twice as nourished without weighing the hair down (that goes for the entire range) and thus amigos, we all wake up with good and the softest of hair and there's no need to rinse out. Please find evidence attached:
Drop 'Sir Paul Smith' into a conversation, and you have my full attention. Never have I ever met someone so genuine within the fashion industry and so genuinely in line with their brand. Few designers manage to personalise their brand so successfully, that when you have something of theirs, you feel like it is something oftheirs, and it's almost as if what comes from this fashion house is the most natural extension to the fun-loving, kind and charismatic person Paul is. The inspiration for this post comes from his recently launched Tuxedo Collection within the womenswear range. At the launch at the Italian Embassy in London back in December, seeing it worn in black by singer Poppy Ajudha's was by every definition a captivating way of seeing it come to life, and why creating this story around it is beyond an honour.
I could go on about the erasing of lines between menswear and womenswear. Isn't that our favourite thing to casually discuss anyway? However if I can add a personal point to the topic without saying what has already been said by everyone, the process of getting a suit, is something so unique, that within the previous experiences connected to our understanding of ready-to-wear womenswear, hasn't had a match to this and I can only recommend that everyone gets to experience this once. If suits is your thing that is, but let's be real: everyone looks good in a suit. Yes, everyone. Paul himself wears one each and every day, and the superstar of his own company recently added a few styling tips on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware: "I adore suits. I wear them with trainers, the right T-shirt, sometimes a jean with a suit jacket".
ON THE PERFECT SUIT
FROM THE TAILORING TO THE FINISH, THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF GETTING A SUIT RELATES TO THE ART OF DRESSING, NOT THE ACT.
You know I love Copenhagen as much as a full Pringle can, so when the bells ring for fashion week I pack my bags and jump on the first plane. That does to some extent depend on the weather forecast, to be fair, I have known to hit the snooze button on February fashion weeks depending on how many minus degrees we're talking, which of course would also lead onto the question of how on flying earth I could wear my legs out?! Crazy lady.. But still no cats, so I blame it on the quarter of my viking genes and get on with it. Back to fashion week, Copenhagen has quickly in recent time known to become one of the sharpest shooters for street style, and in collaboration with my friends at Sorel, we've pieced together some looks inspired by two of my favourite styles from their current collection. The first outfit I'm wearing, is styled around the Explorer Carnival Boot, feels like a marshmallow on my feet, being the lightest/warmest shoe I own now, and thus my perfect winter boot partner. I hope you'll like this little photo series from Copenhagen, and I can't wait to share the runway reports with you here.
SOREL BOOTS worn with / BEC AND BRIDGE DRESS / POLENE BAG / BRØGGER JACKET
SOREL BOOTS worn with / SELECTED JACKET / MALENE BIRGER TROUSERS / GEORGIA HARDINGE TOP
I'm not going to lie, I've been stumbling around like a un-coordinated gum ball lately. I've come across toddlers with better coordination than me these days, and thus I'm left to ask for a bit of help. Whilst the 9-inch wedges I'm wearing here, seemed like a good idea to buy at the time, they were indeed just the outcome of a spur of the moment high street shopping urge. With coats however, I take my sweet time to make sure I get the right one. The hand I've been reaching out for years in December for my Christmas shopping is also a hub for designer women's jackets - the wonderful Selfridges - had me covered for this one. Being Danish, I swear by the wonders of down jackets, so amongst the candy shop of curated design, I ended up in this part of the field. They're an incomparable source of isolation when it comes to trapping body-heat yet allowing the body to breathe unlike rain parkas, and this Moncler Jacket, has been excelling at the job. Puffer jackets can no doubt be a drowning factor, and that comes from someone with the 5th grade experience of purely being noticed as a turquoise Michelin square, but this women's puffer jacket did everything right. Main thing for me is that I don't turn into a icicle and make it through winter, and as for the style of puffer jacket you go for, I believe it's all about finding something that works for you and expresses your individuality. Personally channeling the Bond look these days and I'm feeling it. Except the boots, they can go.
HAVE A WONDERFUL START TO THE NEW YEAR! X
S A R A H M I K A E L A ASSISTANCE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIULIA GRECO
Admitted. The blog has been a tad bit quiet lately - an un-haunted but indeed empty house with a solitary echo to it. The excuse is a never ending to-do list, a sleep-deprived schedule that requires attention from every state of awareness (and I am not a multi-tasker) and alas the worst one I hear my mind say: "keep up with social media". If I can stare at Instagram, with a hard drive full of back-logged content and still freeze, imagine a website. I say that, and then again, a blog makes so much more sense to me. Perhaps because I was here, before we were all called bloggers, then content creators and now to my personal favourite (please catch the irony) influencers. The word leaves a slippery taste in my mouth, and yet there is so much pressure to create, not only from a place of personal creativity and exploration, but for performance. Truthfully, I can't speak for others, but that emotion kills creativity for me. I'm backing out of it again. Divorcing that state of creativity-crush, and diving into things that previously nourished my creative process - playing music, drawing, meditating.
What were we talking about again? That's right, Paris! As with many others, Paris is a place with endless inspiration on tap. The times I will pick up Parisian VOGUE and flick through, imagining I understand the words, admiring how they display them. Curly typography juxtaposed block letters and casual editorials displaying an air of glam that can only be found in the peaks of fashion's history and still remaining geniously contemporary. Beautiful. I can't say I always feel my best when I'm here, perhaps it's because I always travel alone here, and I end up spending my nights not dancing in the streets of Paris, but listening to CNN editing the better half of the day. The fault to this is only too little time in too beautiful a city.
Until next time.
shoes by ALEXANDER WHITE
jacket by JIGSAW
bag by MICHAEL KORS
blazer VINTAGE silk shirt by GESTUZ medallion by MISSOMA long necklace by MARIA BLACK earrings by TUTTI & CO
Since the first time I put my teeth into pasta, I had a pretty solid hunch that souls were real. It didn't take much convincing or proof, and like the invisible effects on the tides, I knew it was present and I knew it was an entity to care for. Exercising a high level of self-care as a ritual is my way of maintaining that, through meditation on a spiritual, soul-nurturing level, and on the physical side exercising with a routine that works into anything but a predictable schedule, surrounding myself with good people and not least carrying out a mindful skincare routine mornings and evenings. It's one of my favourite times a day, and being a fan of Shiseido's approach to innovative skincare for a long time (they're also the makers of my favourite foundation, the Syncro Skin Glow), I was eager to collaborate and partake in their #StrongSouls campaign championing their serum Ulimune. They had me at Power Infusing, and it's a real treat for its hydrating and fortifying qualities that strengthens the skin from within making it healthier and building up your natural resilience against pollution.
MADE BY SARAH MIKAELA, ASSISTED BY GIULIA GRECO for SWEATY BETTY
Until recent years I've had a very tense relationship with the gym - all very al dente to the point where it's unchewable.The thought of stepping into a gym? Forget it. The entire thought of showing my sportily incompetence for public preview was absolutely not something I'd entertain in any way. But this year; after fumbling a text to my closest gym-bunny Anouska saying: "HOW DO YOU SWITCH THIS ON?!", I finally, unapologetically, got my legs moving on that treadmill (thanks Anouska). And now? Guys, I find this hard to not immediately compare myself to the likes of the Terminator, but let's just say I'm washing and folding my gym-wear every Tuesday and Friday after a sweat. Gym-wear majorly consists of Sweaty Betty bits, as they genuinely just tick my most important boxes of performance and comfort. Emphasising comfort as it's hands down, hand on heart (do I get three hands in metaphorical language?) the kindest support in the room if you're taking on any kind of bad-arse boot camp, treadmill triumph or spin.
I'm lucky to know an absolute artist from here. Ana Luísa Vidal. You can tell when someone takes their talent to their full potential; they just shine, and I feel like this with Ana. Back when we were studying together I would ask her almost every day, where her shoes or accessories were from, and the days that I didn't, it was because I bit my tongue out of self-awareness of how often I was asking. 5 years on, d variables they bring to the final product which - you guessed it - lands on this blog after evenings of 30p instant noodle slurping, with the occasional break to contemplate on the meaning of existence*. Speaking of (oh don't we all love a good subject change, uhm no), let me for once make a book suggestion. In one week I jumped from London to Portugal to Ibiza, and during the time I could not put this one down. The Alchymist by Paul Coelho. Oh, what a work of art (bestseller for 30 years, should have guessed it). It utterly filled my heart and my soul with its wisdom and truth telling, and taught me of travel, individuality, spirituality and most importantly love.
ZARA TOP / KEEPSAKE TROUSERS / SOREL SHOES / CHARLES & KEITH BAG / MISSOMA NECKLACE / SACET BY SARAH MIKAELA RING
Let's get right into it, finally carve out the ice and drop it into our sun-heated drinks - it's officially Summer. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Now I could continue the whole post just saying yes, but it is highly likely the case, that at some point this season we will be either witnessing someone saying yes or attend some fancy occasion, where your once overpriced, oversized T-shirt, that's now been down-cycled into a nightgown due to certain incidents leaving to ketchup stains, simply won't do. I've selected a bunch of dresses that I love this season, have, want to or will purchase(d). Keep it simple, keep it classy. Unless your going to a costume party. Then don't, by all means, please go bananas.