I had a business trip recently to Stockholm, the meeting was very short actually, so it was a wonderful opportunity to book some extra hours for the city. And I have to say, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Not only it is a very beautiful city with lots of things to do – but at the moment there are FOUR fashion exhibitions running! How perfect for me is that?! Indeed, it was a very perfect day. Here is my visual report. Enjoy!


1. Helmut Netwon in Fotografiska (B)

Helmut Newton’s legacy is a significant one. He had a vivid and perverse imagination, but he was not an illustrator of fantasies; his skill was in building his pictures from all that he had so sharply observed in the world in which he lived, that of the sophisticated bourgeoisie. In this regard, he was first and foremost a notable social anthropologist and satirist. And it is his shrewd distillation of all that he had witnessed that gives his images the ring of truth and their lasting hold.

May 31 – September 29, 2013  Address Fotografiska , Stadsgårdshamnen 22 , 116 45 Stockholm

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“I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste…”newton 2

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I love this one. So S…newton 4 newton 5 newton 6

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This one too. So sensual. And strange. Like invasion of privacy. Who are they to each other? Why are people staring? Why is she so calm, knowing there are others in the room?newton 9

I think this is Verushka..not sure though, looks like her.newton 10 newton 17

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Other illustrations in Fotografiska:

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It was absolutely awesome. But it gets better. Next:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaulthier in Design and Architecture Center (E)


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This was pretty cool. The mannequins had faces projected on them, so they were lively – smiling, looking, talking…

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I like the contrast how these 2 pictures are situated next to another – white soft angelic vs. black rough almost sticky




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Finnish model Ninja Sarasalo on the Fragile Perfume ad:


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  This is actually not fur, but bead embroidery. I bet this outfit is very heavy, because there were so many beads. Handmade naturally and very intricate.

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The skeleton outfit worn by Dita von Teese

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Illustration by Gaultier himself of Madonna tour outfits:

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This one particularly caught my eye. I love the high waist and Spahish toreador style:

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A MINK suitcase. How cool is that? This will be so bashed by PETA ;)

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Oh lala! The Paris Eiffel stockings. LOVE.

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Gaulthier himself. The projected version, talking…

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Next on the map -

Fashion Illustrator Mats Gustafson in Millesgården (C)


Mats Gustafson captures the movements of the models and the styles of the garments. His images span a wide range of characteristics, from the graphic silhouette to colourful and painterly expressions. Clothes, bodies and faces are the common theme of the exhibition and many of the works have been published in magazines such as French and Italian Vogue.

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This is a Tiffany ad. Not hard to guess, right ? ;)

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The lines of her legs and shoes ARE impeccable:

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Illustration of THAT Dior 2013 dress:

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I love how the red shiny material is captured here: Mats 17 Mats 18 Mats 19

And this is so amazingly geometric. Love the sharp shoes: Mats 20

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Millesgården turned out to be an amazingly beautiful place. Idyllic. The nature. The views. A piece of heaven on earth. And the weather was so beautiful.

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Beautiful house across the street:

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And then I also went to Stockholm New in Thielska Galleriet (D), but I dont have pics from there. :(

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Monumental iconic fashion photography from legendary magazine Stockholm New juxtaposed with Thielska Galleriets world-famous collection of Nordic and international masterpieces from the previous turn of the century — Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, Eugène Jansson, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson, Prins Eugen, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec, and many more…

The city is so beautiful!

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And what’s a trip without a bit of shopping? I found the perfect Cinderella shoes:

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Nom nom nom… strawberry white-chocolate frappino…shoes 3

As I promised to draw something, here is today’s harvest! Illustration of gorgeous model Helen….and some serious diamonds and sapphires by Cartier. (See Helen’s portfolio here).

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I took some pictures in the dark so the shine of the gems is visible reflected from the flash:

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I changed the color a bit. Sapphires are more in this season ;) Nevertheless, the necklace is absolutely amazing.


Here are the originals from which are illustrations are made. The original images are ©NadiPhotography2013 visit here.

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The two images are drawn on the same paper sheet:

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I really need perhaps to find a different layout for the blog to be able to post WIDER images.


Helen is a dancer too, you can really see that in postures:

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See Helen’s blog here.

Pic credit of gems in Pinterest.

Yes, yes, I know, I have not been drawing for ages. Maybe next weekend. But there has been so much going on… there was such an amazing storm last Saturday – the kind when the skies get intensely dark and cloudy, with the loud sounds of thunder prior to the torrential rain with enormous rain drops. Of course I was caught by the rain outside, with no umbrella. Luckily for me, I love the feeling of walking in the rain. And then, when it was all over – it became wonderfully warm and light and the sky turned light pink. Like in a wonderland. Pathetic fallacy. “The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, esp. in art and literature.”(Source: wikipedia). The way the weather matches one’s mood.

A friend shared these gorgeous images, so I had to post them here. Creating a post was thus so much faster than usual as there was no need to scout around for images and re-arrange them anyhow.

Charlize looks amazing as always. I really like the strength of the “heroine” in this photo shoot. Note her look near-by the pool, how she is expecting HIM and literally examining him. Also – it is her who is driving. A femme fatale, indeed. Not to mention how I like the style of this session – the peplum laquered shirt, the office chic in monochrome and greys with exquisite silk lingerie underneath. Perfection.

Something really cool is on its way to this blog. I am so super excited. I can’t wait for this project to be finished. Maybe a week or two. A really cool post ;) . I won’t spoil the secret and reveal anything.

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Special thanx to dear F. for finding the material.


I’ve been watching again lots of old movies. With Gregory Peck, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant etc. This post is inspired by the cinematography of yesterday. They don’t make them like this anymore, do they?



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Jon Hamm or Don Drapersmoking don draper

The Jaguar

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George Clooney

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To catch a thief with Grace Kelly

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Gregory Peck with Ava Gardner

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Clive Owen

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Steve McQueen

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dancingAnd one of my favorite actors ever: Gregory Peck

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Pic credit found in Pinterest

The amazing photo shoot for Prestige with Yasmin Le Bon. She is 48. As Alicia Keys would say: “This girl is on FIRE!!!”


Pic credit via here

The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. More than 70,000 E-Types were sold.

In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in a The Daily Telegraph online list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. (Source: Wikipedia)


As I am interested in beauty of all sorts – I decided to draw this beautiful car…

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Some details:

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Ok, just for the record – my house is a mess. I am drawing on the floor, because it is comfortable.

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The painting is actually very large – and it is a present.


There is a  movie I absolutely love – Danger Diabolik (1968), starring John Phillip Law and Marisa Mell. It was an Italian-French film based on one of the coolest comics ever. I like comics, action films etc, but this movie is a class apart from other  movie comics from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s because of the design element. Well, first of all of course the car! No comment needed on that.

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Naturally , he has a black one too: dd45

Secondly, the actors are gorgeous:


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Stunning beauty Marisa Mell:

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Thirdly, the interior design is amazing. Imagine, this was in the late 60’s (!!!) and the interior design of his house is today’s modern. I love the glass shower with frosted glass to hide privacy and the red glass boxes to prevent the hair getting wet! Look at the lines!

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Fourthly, the clothes are pretty stylish too. Seriously, they can be worn today in 2013 and look good:

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Fifth reason – the action is really exciting. Robbing banks and world’s most expensive jewelry:

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But mostly, I love the way HE loves HER, the woman of his dreams:

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And the whole idea, that they are a perfect match – they don’t care about the rest of the world and are self-sufficient. Just the two of them!

While searching for info about the movie, I found a great review post with pictures (so the credit for some pictures goes there) and also some comic style posters here. Check it out, pure awesomeness!

Otherwise, sources: Pinterest, Wikipedia & Telegraph

It has been long time since I have made an inspirational mood board post – so here it is! It’s enormous again. But trust me – this is my treasure box – it took ages to collect all of these stunning pictures and also very long time to arrange pictures in specific order. To celebrate the beautiful side of winter – here it is:

If I were a Snow Queen I would wear a crystal necklace everyday and would eat snowflakes for breakfast…


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 I would surround my house with mirrors…crystal 22

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… and would wear glitter and shine all the time…

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… my nails would be silver…


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… silver would be also my shoes…


… there would never be “too much” of crystals…

Dries Van Noten backstage at Paris Fashion Week Fall Winter 2013 Collections

…that icy look, piercing through you…

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… and a very cold kiss…


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…my armor to shield and hide from emotions…

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…carrying piece of ice with me…

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…experimenting with fashion in an icy way to suit a Snow Queen…


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…everything to remind me of ice…

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…a chilly kind of beauty…

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… vanity is my favorite sin…


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…white fur…


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… this is such a STUNNING photo… miaow!


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…couldn’t imagine life without Chanel…

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(Note! The sources of the pictures are in Pinterest board)

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Pic credit: Mary Katrantzou FB

An illustration of the beautiful Pini:

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There is an art project I bumped into in Facebook – Selfless Portraits:


Basically, the app lets you upload you profile pic for being drawn and then you receive somebody else’s picture to draw. You have 48 hours to complete it. I got a picture of Lara:


Here is my illustration:

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Can’t wait to get mine!!

Cheers, O.

Hello there! Here are some illustrations of how I styled Mary Katrantzou clothes.

Be my Valentine


Wonderful red wedges and cute charm bracelet. Yes, Valentine’s day is on its way.

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Please note the lace eye-liner

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The dress.

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Business Chic

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The details (which took a while to draw):

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Lady #1

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The face close-up:

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How cool does she look??!

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The amazing skirt:

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She is wearing a pale/nude pink see-through blouse:business chic 2 close_up

This printed skirt is sooo stunning!


I took a picture in the dark so you can see my favorite golden ink:

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Casual smart

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the golden boots!

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The clothes used here are:

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What do you think?

(Picture sources: Pinterest & Mary Katrantzou Facebook)

Totally in love with my latest hair color, I really hope it stays!



Sometimes being an ordinary golden blonde is boring, so I am not really scared of experiments. Here are some of my favorites documented:


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It was nice that the color was not equally distributed, so there were several shades of pink and lilac:

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This is silver. Unfortunately it did not stay for very long.But then again I don’t have that many grey clothes to wear.

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And this was very cool – steel colored! It, too, was washed of pretty soon, but it was so worth it!

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Now I am really really interested in getting dark grey, but I have to find the right dye. Usually all special dies are really hard to find. I am looking for something like this:

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And then I could gradually move into grey-ish blue like this:

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And then finally be brave enough to color it whole blue – this is absolutely amazing:

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To be honest, as much as I am willing to experiment with hair color, whole blue at the moment is out of my comfort zone. At the moment, I am really interested in this kind of sophisticated light ICY blue color like on these pictures:

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But that is either a wig or photoshopped, because trust me, having experimented with color A LOT, I am telling you that it is impossible to get such long hair colored perfectly with no tints and shades into one light color. It would involve such advance bleaching, that the hair would no longer be alive. And when blue is in bits and pieces, most of the time it looks very “teenager”-cheap, kind of rebel punk type. That is why, I used word sophisticated in the description of the above icy shades.

Below are also examples of how the blue hair can potentially look like. But I think these examples are too dark for me, they are on the “brunette” side more.

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The effect I am looking for is when the blue hair color emphasizes the blue eyes. Like gorgeous Chandra North is demonstrating here. Chances are this is photoshopped, nevertheless – AMAZING:


And who know, maybe one day I will finally have the guts to try turquoise hair…?


The pictures’ sources can be found in Pinterest


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