Monday, 26 September 2016

MILAN DIARY




THE UPDATE

How was September for you guys? I'm extremely curious, as we need to test out Mercury's retrograde effects once and for all. Now, here's mine: failing connections, 40+ hour days, bulking deadlines, missed e-mails, a laptop soaked in hot chocolate (with whipped cream) and the most recent: accidentally boarding a wrong fast train, transporting me cities away from the airport and thereby missing my flight.. Now there were many great things about September too for sure, reuniting with close friends, Amy's impeccable birthday pavlova, Finding Dory (mjaah, still not sure) and not least getting into Sprite again.

And trust me. I am an eternal optimist. It takes a lot of spilt hot chocolate to get me down, but when you've already buried a laptop in the backyard because of a green tea incident last year, you may shed a tear tears a minor lake. And all obstacles are relative, I know, for as my go-to creative guru Elizabeth Gilbert always says about creative work, birds aren't going to drop dead from the sky if things don't go the way you planned. And as it all culminated on a deserted* station an hour south of Milan, when it occurred to me that I wouldn't make it to the airport on time, I just sat down next to my luggage, called my mum and cried my eyes out. It wasn't the missed plane in itself, but all of it together in a very short period of time - the expectations, the intensity of the events in September. And then in our world, if you count yourself and your close ones as being in good health, you can always count yourself as lucky.
*it wasn't deserted, but for the sake of dramatic storytelling..


FIY, my laptop survived, so thank you Universe. However, in the nifty process of cleaning out my keyboard, this pod broke her c key... Every single typed 'c' in September has been on a missing c key, which I've just posted photographic evidence of on Twitter right here. Missing keys and missing flights aren't the worst things that can happen, and on that note (haha, key - note - get it?) let's embark on a new month and hope this was all just because of Mercury.



MIKAEL AGHAL DRESSKEDS SHOES / FOLLI FOLLIE BACK PACK / MIU MIU SUNGLASSES







HOPE YOU'RE ALL HAPPY AND WELL, AND YOUR COMPUTERS LIQUID FREE. I PROMISE IT WON'T BE A WEEK UNTIL THE NEXT POST. WE'RE BACK IN THE OFFICE!


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SARAH MIKAELA

Monday, 19 September 2016

HACKING FASHION WEEK



HEY THERE #LFW

Band-aids? Check. Invites? Check. Cameras? Spare shoes? Müsli bar, lamp post and hand wipes? I'm afraid we're out of space people and I recently found out, that the Mary Poppins bag was a movie trick. Outrageous. The terrain of fashion week is wild, and what you'll want is a whole lot of stuff to make sure you survive just one day out there in the jungle. I've been teaming up with my friends at VVA to take a multi-purpose approach to fashion week accessorising, and if I may say so myself, this brand just nails it.

Allow me to demonstrate. In this post featuring three selected looks, I'm wearing two styles of their Ivy clutch, which I've been customising with different tassels and the clutch itself attaches to the Dahlia tote as an outer pocket. Keeping camera gear, foldable ballerinas and all of the above in the tote, the pocket slash clutch extraordinaire fits a croissant and a decent amount of peanut m&m's which everyone knows counts as legit fashion week fuel. Sorted, right?





BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL JACKET / ZARA DRESS / VVA DAHLIA BAGSENSO SHOES



VVA IVY CLUTCH / NORDENSTAM RING


Caught outside one of Soho's many excellent news agents peeping at my all time favourite magazine. I fear I may be repeating myself here, but it's so refreshing when a women's magazine portrays women in such a sophisticated and imaginatively intelligent way. Mantras during and outside of fashion week can be found here.



SARAH MIKAELA
Post done in collaboration with VVA, photo assistance by the outstanding Amy Barrie.

Monday, 12 September 2016

TONAL ADVENTURES




HINT OF PURPLE

I've turned sweet on the purple hues that have arrived with the reports of AW16. We've all known for ages now, but so are the wonders of impatient fashion, and the time has now finally arrived to truly indulge in this gorgeous colour. Some, as myself, take colour obsessions further and rekindle the pleasures of yoghurt pots, such starting my days lately on a good note with Danone's Light & Free - myrtille saveur, garçon! *Garçon runs off to bring me some more with today's paper and coffee*. True story..






Now good flavour inspires good style, and conveniently being on the topic of AW16, I've particularly loved the details at Louis Vuitton replacing bag handles with scarves. It's such an easy upgrade to a handbag or clutch that needs a bit of a seasonal update, and having a minor Himalayan-esque mountain at home consisting of all the scarves I've collected over time, predominantly from charity shops, it was a fun task to mix and match.

















REISS SHIRT / GESTUZ JEANS / SENSO SHOES / SUNCOO BAG / VINTAGE SCARF / GAS BIJOUX BRACELET / DSQUARED2 EARRINGS

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SARAH MIKAELA

Sunday, 11 September 2016

KINGS CROSS



SOMETHING THERE

Wouldn't it just be awesome if we all agreed? On e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g? I'd think so, but it just isn't the nature of the Universe.. And then again. Whilst confident in our own realities and opinions as if they maintained the round shape of our globe, listening is the best tool we have for peaceful interactions. And I don't mean this from a hippie, New Age point of view.. And then again.

Conflict and tension will only create more of itself if that's the tool you use for problem solving. Born and raised in Denmark with the quirkiness and carefreeness that Australia adds to that equation, I've acquired something I'd like to think as a somewhat justified arrogance.. I highly dislike dropping that adjective, but I'll tell you why. One thing that completely stunned me, when I moved to the UK, was that they shout at each other in the parliament. Now, how does that make any sense at all?!? I can't vote in any country anymore (except for my local council, but comon' gaauuyyys, IWANNAVOTE! (+ I care too, so..)), but I know if I did, I'd be pretty annoyed with electing someone in to find them jumping up and down like grumpy cats.

















STRADIVARIUS LEATHER JACKET / VINTAGE T-SHIRT / PAIGE JEANS / SENSO SHOES / PRADA SUNGLASSES / ZADIG & VOLTAIRE BAG

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SARAH MIKAELA
Photos done together with Kat Terek.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

SHORE PONDERING



EXPOSURE OF JUDGEMENT

Time for a mid-week confession? Alright, team. Just about a month ago, before I went to stunning Albufeira in Portugal, I went through the tiring yet typical monologue so many of us women* go through before going away to publicly expose ourselves on a beach. The whole, abs in a week, sacrificing bread, kind of stuff. The mildly abusive nature my inner monologue was taking was taking away the focus of the wonderful fact, that I was going to spend a whole week in Portugal with close friends.
*men too?

And do you know which realisation I had, once I got to the Portuguese beach? Women (and men) are beautiful. Not just in the conventional sense that we get fed by the media, but in their own, they were actually just beautiful. I wasn't putting any judgement towards them, so what on earth was I doing to myself up until my trip? My hard efforts (okay, by hard efforts I mean no fries with the burger) that had been invested into an unnecessary vulnerability, were in vain, or at least for the wrong reasons. It took me less than a day to eat myself into a spongebob shape, and although I'll admit the realisation made me have an indulgent carb fest that surpassed my limit of well-being, I was one happy spongebob on that beach in Portugal.




I HOPE YOU KEEP INNER DESTRUCTIVE VOICES IN CHECK AND ALLOW YOURSELVES TO INDULGE WHEN LIFE OFFERS LUXURIOUS MOMENTS.
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SARAH MIKAELA